154 posts tagged music
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.
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
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:
- Notes for each of the tracks on Return to Olde World
- Crying shirts O_O
- Acoustic cover of “ES” by Leslie and Devin
- Still dying to hear this recorded proper
Don’t forget to grab an Olde Worlde cassette for $5 (+$3 shipping).
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Must watch, must Kickstart: The Shortsleeves ⊟
I love, love The Shortsleeves, the “dream chip” duo made up of Jenn de la Vega on keyboard and Paul Owens on Game Boy, both of whom have been instrumental in helping other chip acts get noticed. I’ve featured their music here a number of times in the past, and we even used their fabulous “Rabbit Feet” tune for our crowdfunding pitch video, which I’m told isn’t bad!
This pitch video for The Shortsleeves’ newly launched Kickstarter project, though, is just marvelous, perfect even. Watch it. The group wants to put together a full-length album on a cassette that will house its previous tracks, new songs, and remixes from other artists. To do that, Jenn and Paul are hoping to raise $1,000 in the next month. Put down some money for a tape and help them make it happen, please!
Preorder Crying’s “Get Olde” tape ⊟
This is like one of the few times I’m actually happy to have an old’n busted car with a tape deck! You can grab one of these (initial run of 100 cassettes) for $5, plus $3 s/h. Orders will begin shipping out some time next week. The full 7-track digital EP is still available to download with pay-what-you-want pricing at Bandcamp. How many times do I have to tell you that the album is so good?
And if you missed the deadline to submit your own sing-a-long clip for Crying’s upcoming “ES” music video, you can still send something in! It turns out that was a fake deadline, and they don’t care when you submit your video.
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Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix). Damnnnn… This was my favorite track off Endless Fantasy, and Anamanaguchi and Lindsay Lowend somehow managed to improve on it, or at least do its remix justice. That Capcom-esque bit at 00:32 is runnin’ the streets.
The band, currently touring in Europe, also posted a 2K14 version on its Soundcloud page. There’s a music video in the works, too. I saw Anamanaguchi perform the song with Bianca Racquel last summer — shout-outs to Adam for getting me in — and it was unbelievable. I hope this single release gets a lot of play and forces them to do more shows together this year.
The 8Bit Harmonica ⊟
It’s a harmonica inside a Famicom cartridge! That plays chip sounds when you blow into it! It’s like a multilayered joke that also sounds amazing. Good work, ugoita! I want one for musical cassette fufu. Via miki800!
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Doctor Popular’s chiptune album on a GBA cart ⊟
Through this Kickstarter, you can get Doctor Popular’s new album “Destroy All Presets” for any price as a download. Or, if you have $65 to put into it, you can get a custom copy of the GBA music/sound editor Nanoloop with DocPop’s tracks pre-loaded and remixable.
“These special carts will come preloaded with 10 of my tracks for you to play/remix as well as all the software you need to create your own chiptune music on your Game Boy Advance. Each cart comes with an instructable zine (and pdf) to get you started.”
The carts won’t be manufactured unless the Kickstarter goes through. At $2700 of its $6500 goal so far, I think it will! Who doesn’t want a musical doodad for their GBA?
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Crying is awesome ⊟
Oh man, there’s a video of the full live set from Crying’s show at Baltimore two weeks ago. I’ve watched/listened to it three times already, even though the vocals are almost completely drowned out. If you’re into the band, you should check it out for a few reasons:
- They put out our favorite chip release of 2013.
- You’ll feel less depressed about missing MAGFest this weekend.
- You get to actually see Ryan, Elaiza, and Nick rockin’ out.
- There are some new songs that sound great, even if, once again, you can’t hear the vocals.
- That look of surprise when a bunch of people from the audience started singing along with “ES” (TinyCast’s theme song!)
- Holy smokes at that new song after “ES”! That’s gonna be the jam.
Can’t wait for the next Crying release. Can’t wait for someone to record a live set off a soundboard or something, and share that with us. Can’t wait for the band to make it out of the Northeast and perform somewhere near me (or for me to make it to NY and catch a show).
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Robby Duguay • 12 GB of Christmas
Here’s the best new holiday chiptune album, Robby Duguay’s 12 GB of Christmas (shout-outs to Doctor Octoroc’s 8-Bit Jesus, which has been holding it down for years). There’s only four preview tracks online, but oh my gawd, when that first track, “MegaChild”, breaks down around 1:24? This was my face. And “Deck the Zones”, the Sonic tribute? Kris Kringle be wylin out to that joint. It’s like the Christmastime equivalent of M.O.P.’s "Ante Up".
We have a bunch of free codes to download the entire album for free. Want one? Just reblog or leave a comment telling us what your favorite chiptune song/album was in 2013. Or if you don’t listen to chiptunes, just tell us what your jam was in the Year of Lugi. I’ll pick some random winners tomorrow morning and send you the codes (if you’re leaving a comment, make sure to use your real email address)!
And if you don’t want to wait until tomorrow morning, you can cop the album for like seven bones. Joys be thine, kids.
Fulhäst • Stuff?
I was really charmed by this track by Fulhäst. As many of you may already know, I have a weakness for bedroom recordings and chip pop-punk.
Making a telephone mic like the one Nik uses in these recording isn’t too difficult, if you’re an aspiring musician and want to add a simple but incredibly charming vocal effect to your music. I’ve actually been really grateful that 2013 seems to have taken off as a year that chipmusic and vocals finally meet in a widespread way.
Here’s Anamanaguchi’s wild DJ set from last night ⊟
In case you missed it last night, chiptune kings Anamanaguchi tore it up with this DJ set livestreamed from a business center at a damn Marriott Hotel probably somewhere in Ohio. What. Skip to 2:30 to start getting turnt up.
We’re seeing these dudes tonight at the Taft Theatre. Anyone else gonna be at that joint?