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Theatre Cat (goodbye)

You know I’m a sucker for poppy chiptunes with vocals, but were you aware that I will also listen to anything about lost cats? Oh God, "Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure" just slays me.

Anyway, Azuria Sky, posted the above track with this description (lyrics here):

"My cat went missing a few months ago, and I tried to push it aside for a very long time. It’s a silly song, but I almost started crying while writing this. Love you, cat."

Azuria Sky has plenty of lovely songs on her SoundCloud, as well as a few EPs on her BandCamp. The Atlanta-based artist is raising money to buy a better mic and a replacement for her broken headphones — buy a shirt from her Teespring campaign and help her out.

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"Diggin in the Carts," a show about retro game music ⊟

Apparently there’s something called “Red Bull Music Academy,” and it’s making this rad series with interviews of both young musicians and legendary game composers, like Hip Tanaka, whaaaaat! Here’s the trailer for episode 2, which runs Thursday. You can watch the first here!

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Panzer Dragoon, Suikoden musicians collaborate on “Journey” album ⊟
Brave Wave too strong.* The latest release, Journey, reunites AKANE, a band featuring Saori Kobayashi, composer of Panzer Dragoon games, and Yumiko Takahashi, known for Suikoden games. The album, featuring compositions from Crimson Dragon and new material, “incorporates Japanese folk vocals, synthesizers and traditional instruments.” It’s so rich, so beautifully orchestrated. I don’t know musical terms, but it’s definitely a trip into a rarely visited area of Sega World, and a stirring listen.
You can pre-order the album here, for release (as well as on iTunes and Spotify) September 29.
*Disclosure! Brave Wave Productions is a contributor to Club Tiny. Anyone reading my opinions on the company should be aware of that fact. I’d be telling you about their releases anyway, I assure you, but just so you know. In any case, you can evaluate independently by just listening to the stuff!
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Panzer Dragoon, Suikoden musicians collaborate on “Journey” album ⊟

Brave Wave too strong.* The latest release, Journey, reunites AKANE, a band featuring Saori Kobayashi, composer of Panzer Dragoon games, and Yumiko Takahashi, known for Suikoden games. The album, featuring compositions from Crimson Dragon and new material, “incorporates Japanese folk vocals, synthesizers and traditional instruments.” It’s so rich, so beautifully orchestrated. I don’t know musical terms, but it’s definitely a trip into a rarely visited area of Sega World, and a stirring listen.

You can pre-order the album here, for release (as well as on iTunes and Spotify) September 29.

*Disclosure! Brave Wave Productions is a contributor to Club Tiny. Anyone reading my opinions on the company should be aware of that fact. I’d be telling you about their releases anyway, I assure you, but just so you know. In any case, you can evaluate independently by just listening to the stuff!

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Konnekted

L-tron • Konnekted

The title track of L-tron’s Konnekted is every sort of dance track. Always impressing with his use of 1 DMG to make his tracks, “Konnekted” packs more raw dance energy than most EDM tracks I see getting played everywhere these days. It is 8 minutes long, true, but by the end of those 8 minutes you should have had yourself a decent dance party break.

L-tron is another of the artists that will be on the lWlVl stage the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd! First up on Saturday night’s performances, so don’t be late! The lWlVl Tumblr has a ton of updates about the show and interviews with some of the artists as well!

If you’ve yet to buy your tickets for lWlVl in Williamsburg, you can save time at the door by getting them online at Brown Paper tickets.

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HONEY

MEISHI SMILE • LUST

Making their New York City debut, Meishi Smile will be playing Friday night’s stage at lWlVl. Founder of the Zoom Lens label and collective, Meishi Smile will likely be delighting the crowd with some excellent j-club, shoegaze, and j-pop jams (I’m personally hoping to hear some bed squeaks).

"HONEY" is a track from Meishi Smile’s first album that came out earlier this year, which also features an excellent chippy remix of the same track by gigandect.

Reminder: Tickets for August 22nd and 23rd’s lWlVl festival in NYC are still available. If you’re into a lot of the music we post on this blog, you will not want to miss it!

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Let’s listen to the Etrian Odyssey 2 remake’s music ⊟

With the launch of New Etrian Odyssey 2: Knight of Fafnir's official Japanese website, Atlus has put out two soundtrack samples from the 3DS game. The series’ music has always been a highlight, what with legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Ys) on deck.

I believe one of the samples, what you hear above, is an orchestral remix from the original DS game — if this is anything like Etrian Odyssey Untold, Knights of Fafnir will feature a Classic Mode with the FM synth music many love from the series. You can also hear the soundtrack sample for the battle music here.

There’s no word yet on a Western release, but I don’t think anyone is expecting this to stay in Japan.

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Crying’s LFS sessions are too frickin’ good ⊟

Seriously, what the frick, y’all. How does this sound so good. How is it that a year after Get Olde released, I’m still looping these songs 2-3 times a day.

Years ago, maybe ten of them even, when I had the time and fewer important things that demanded my attention, I’d spend hours searching for live variations of songs I loved, or applying wonky Winamp filters, all so I could find new ways to enjoy those tracks. I fell out of that quirk, but these new sessions from OHNOIMLATEFORSCHOOL has brought that experience back for me. You can her the uncertainty and concern so much more in the vocals of this version, versus the original release.

If you missed it, you can also hear Crying cover CHVRCHES’ “The Mother We Share” here. There’s also a video of the band performing our podcast’s theme song “ES”!

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lWlVl - 2 days of lo-bit music, art, & interactive work - August 22-23 ⊟
Hot on the heels of Cincinnati’s excellent BRKfest, lWlVl brings chipmusic back to the big stage in NYC.
We don’t even know where to start, so many Tiny favorites will be playing the stage at Villain in Brooklyn: Meishi Smile, SLIME GIRLS, Shirobon, IAYD, Covox, Meneo, and so many more! We’ll feature some of the artists gracing the stage that weekend in the days leading up to the festival!
In addition to some pretty rad musical performers, lWlVl will feature the work of artists like Phillip Stearns, Daniel Temkin, Raquel Meyers, Batsly Adams, and Chromacle in exhibitions and visuals throughout the show. And if you need to relax away from the crowd for a moment, Death by Audio Arcade will provide a collection of indie arcade booths to the festival as well.
You can already purchase tickets over at Brown Paper Tickets, and there’s even an option to join the volunteer army that’s making lWlVl happen if you can’t cover the full price of the festival ticket!
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lWlVl - 2 days of lo-bit music, art, & interactive work - August 22-23 ⊟

Hot on the heels of Cincinnati’s excellent BRKfest, lWlVl brings chipmusic back to the big stage in NYC.

We don’t even know where to start, so many Tiny favorites will be playing the stage at Villain in Brooklyn: Meishi Smile, SLIME GIRLS, Shirobon, IAYD, Covox, Meneo, and so many more! We’ll feature some of the artists gracing the stage that weekend in the days leading up to the festival!

In addition to some pretty rad musical performers, lWlVl will feature the work of artists like Phillip Stearns, Daniel Temkin, Raquel Meyers, Batsly Adams, and Chromacle in exhibitions and visuals throughout the show. And if you need to relax away from the crowd for a moment, Death by Audio Arcade will provide a collection of indie arcade booths to the festival as well.

You can already purchase tickets over at Brown Paper Tickets, and there’s even an option to join the volunteer army that’s making lWlVl happen if you can’t cover the full price of the festival ticket!

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precious jewel

knife city • precious jewel EP

The title track off of knife city's latest EP is a serious banger, and if you've ever high-fived the sweaty Luke Silas after an Anamanaguchi set, you’ll know he’s no stranger to tearing the dance floor a new one. 

A masterpiece of chiphaus/chipstep, “precious jewel” has been a part of knife city sets for a while now, but it’s really good to see it get a proper release on the world wide web. The rest of the EP includes remixes of knife city tracks by Boaconstructor, IAYD, Iron Curtain and Sabrepulse.

It’s available as a name-your-price/pay-what-you-want Bandcamp download, but I know the bars in Luke’s neighborhood do a $5 beer + shot special.

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BRKfest this weekend! ⊟
Midwesterners, don’t forget that BRKfest, the three-day chiptune showcase featuring dozens of artists, starts tonight at Cincinnati’s Chameleon! I’ll be there a bit. All these awesome people will be there. You should come.
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BRKfest this weekend! ⊟

Midwesterners, don’t forget that BRKfest, the three-day chiptune showcase featuring dozens of artists, starts tonight at Cincinnati’s Chameleon! I’ll be there a bit. All these awesome people will be there. You should come.

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Television

Love Hz • Pop Ramen

Pop Ramen is the new album by Love Hz, a supergroup made up of Austin bands Chalkboards and hashtagyoloswag. With its combination of chip melodies and live guitar/drums/ukulele(?), this is an Album for JC.

Fun fact about me: I need a constant supply of upbeat melodic pop-rock or I will die.

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BRKfest - three-day chip music festival next week ⊟

Likely the biggest chip music showcase in the Midwest, BRKfest, will return to Cincinnati, OH on July 25-27! The extravaganza will host dozens of bleep bloop artists, including Cheap Dinosaurs, Glomag, Corset Lore, and Chipocrite — see more of the announced acts here. The festival will also offer merch and open mic opportunities.

Though I live in Cincinnati, I somehow managed to never hear about this annual event until last month. Sooooo it’s time time to fix that. I plan to head over to the Chameleon for at least one or two nights — you should too! Click these links for more details about the event and to purchase a pass/shirt. And here’s a BRKfest trailer to get you pumped!

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