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Pterodactyl Squad • Somewhere Something Incredible

I’m sure I’ve made my predilection for chip-rock using vocal samples well-known, adding yet another group to the list we have Alone In The Universe (the band, not the feeling). Happy to hear about them from the good folks at the Pterodactyl Squad netlabel, Alone In The Universe are two brothers that make delightful pop-punk with subtle but energetic 8-bit melodies.

You can download (and pay what you want) their album Somewhere Something Incredible at the Pterodactyl Squad Bandcamp.

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Bridges

The Shortsleeves • Volume 1

The Shortsleeves’ Volume 1 is out! ⊟

I’m still trying to process that I actually met and saw two of my favorite bands (The Shortsleeves and Crying) at Pulsewave last weekend, plus witnessed an absolutely bonkers set from Nordloef. None of it feels real.

Couple that with today’s release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted album — in a time when crowdfunded works often turn out disappointing or delayed or abandoned — and it all seems like a lovely dream from a weekend nap, certainly not like a real life Tuesday.

Volume 1 offers classic tracks, new songs, and remixes (from friends like Bit Shifter and Bear & Walrus). You can stream them all online for free, but you should buy it because the album is more than worth the $10 the band is asking for. Unfortunately it does not include Jenn de la Vega’s cover of "Hey, I think you’re really cool."

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You should really go to Pulsewave this Saturday ⊟
The monthly NYC chip shop returns this Saturday (5/31) with a can’t-miss lineup: Nordloef, The Shortsleeves, and Crying, with visuals by Miles Joyner. I’ll be there (and will be roaming NYC until Sunday, Netrunner decks in hand, challenging passerbys Pokemon-style), so come and say hi!
The show celebrates the release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted cassette — we’re also celebrating its June 3rd release by giving away several digital copies of the album! Just leave a comment or reblog about your favorite song from The Shortsleeves, Crying, or Nordloef for a chance to win. Of course, Club Tiny Ambassador + 1 members and up automatically receive an entry for the contest.
Congrats to the kids at Crying, by the way, who just signed with Run for Cover records and will be touring the country soon.
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You should really go to Pulsewave this Saturday ⊟

The monthly NYC chip shop returns this Saturday (5/31) with a can’t-miss lineup: Nordloef, The Shortsleeves, and Crying, with visuals by Miles Joyner. I’ll be there (and will be roaming NYC until Sunday, Netrunner decks in hand, challenging passerbys Pokemon-style), so come and say hi!

The show celebrates the release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted cassette — we’re also celebrating its June 3rd release by giving away several digital copies of the album! Just leave a comment or reblog about your favorite song from The Shortsleeves, Crying, or Nordloef for a chance to win. Of course, Club Tiny Ambassador + 1 members and up automatically receive an entry for the contest.

Congrats to the kids at Crying, by the way, who just signed with Run for Cover records and will be touring the country soon.

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Epsilon

Eirik Suhrke • Miyajima

Not long after I finally discovered and posted Brave Wave’s “In Flux” album, the label has released an EP of b-sides! The above is a great chip piece by Eirik “Strotchy” “Spelunky” Suhrke; the $2 6 [sorry! my mistake] (or more; pay what you want) EP also has tracks by Insert Rupee, Andi Bissig, Benjamin Briggs, Souleye, and halc.

Full disclosure: Brave Wave is a big Tiny Cartridge supporter!

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Rock

George & Jonathan • George & Jonathan III

Every single time you think you’ve encountered The Best Music and you feel like you’ve been livin’ that Beautiful Lifestyle, George and Jonathan manage to pull out all the stops once again and blind-side you with III (works best in WebGL-capable browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Safari on desktop, iOS Safari seems to have issues).

George and Jonathan have outdone themselves once again like no one else possibly could, the lofi-funkitude of GnJ’s jams damn well better change your life. “Rock” is head-thrashing, rainbow-colored celebration opening up a mosh pit in the middle of some primo funk jams.

You can listen to George and Jonathan’s III on Bandcamp (where you can buy and download too!), SoundCloud and Spotify

We love you forever George and Jonathan!

DON'T MISS the visual track for "Puppy Love". DON'T MISS IT
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STU - INTRODUCING THE CHIP BASS (MIXTAPE - SIDE B)

Chipmusic veteran and Atari operator STU put together a great mix of of dirty, dirty chipbass tracks. It’s a 31-minute mix but well worth your time and includes Tiny Chip favorites Monodeer, Kodek, Misfit Chris, Disrupt and many more! The mix linked here is side B; there is also a side A with many more favorites.

MORE My favorite STU EP, Atari Solo
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Jamn

This new George & Jonathan track is my jamn. The chip duo — responsible for creating the freshest tunes that make you feel like you’re chillin’ in a Sonic the Hedgehog world in the pre-3D, pre-buff-Knuckles, no-new-friends days — released this track as a teaser to their upcoming album.

Here’s the deal with that album, according to G&J:

"George & Jonathan III is coming very soon.
George & Jonathan III will ruin your life.”

Looking forward to it!

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Volume 1 Remix Preview

One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".

But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:

  • My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
  • Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
  • DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
  • Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
  • Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games

If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.

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Pixel Passion

Arcade High • Pixel Passion

Synthpop dreamwave loveboats Arcade High wowed my metaphorical pants off at this past Pulsewave (almost full video here). The duo from Pittsburgh may be somewhat newcomers to the chipmusic scene but have no shortage of enthusiasm for making great music.

Pixel Passion is the first track off of their album of the same name.  Dreamwave, floatcore, synthpop are all great descriptors but whatever you call it, it never fails to put a smile on my face.

DON'T MISS Their cover of Sonic's Green Hill Zone theme
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Bodega Run (The Riders Remix)

Crying • Return to Olde World

Here’s something to enjoy while we wait for Crying to release its “ES” music video and next EP (which the band finished recording last week). It’s a collection of Olde World demos, along with a “Bodega Run” remix. Love the “Rat Baby” demos on this.

More stuff to have a good cry about:

Don’t forget to grab an Olde Worlde cassette for $5 (+$3 shipping).

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PPCC (GO! GO! DESTROY! RMX.)

Shoujo Chiptune Punk — that’s the music genre listed on Facebook for Slime Girls, a.k.a. Pedro Silva. I’ve had slimegirlsmusic on my mind and playing on my speakers a lot lately.

This particular tune is a Famitracker/NES joint that remixes "PPCC" by Japanese idol group BiS. It makes me feel like I’m painted in 256 vibrant colors, decked out in omocat threads and bouncing around in a probertson GIF.

It makes me feel larger than life, or at least larger than the size limit for animated image uploads — like there’s no way you could post me on Tumblr unless you cut two-thirds of the frames, filtered out every trace of cyan and magenta, and dithered the entire scene to all hell.

It’s almost two years old, but go back and listen to Slime Girls’ Vacation Wasteland EP.

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Monument 010

1000 Needles • Osiris

While I sadly could not make it to this year’s Frequency once again, my timelines were abuzz with praise for 1000 Needles’ performance this year. My first pass through their most recent EP Osiris landed me the above as a clear favorite almost immediately.

Excellent chip-rock grooves and crisp melodies make “Monument 010” my power jam of the EP. Just going to sit over here fist-pumping and head-banging while listening to this track on repeat. The rest of the EP delivers on the emotional robot adventure of reuniting a kingdom literally torn asunder. That’s not hyperbole, that’s the jams.

MORE A sample of all the artists who performed at Frequency 3.0
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