140 posts tagged music
gwEm and Counter Reset • Glowsticks & Special Brew
Frequent collaborators and good mates gwEm and the Counter Reset remind you what OG techno sounded like with this track off of their new and incredibly cheeky EP “Glowsticks & Special Brew”. With beats made mostly on an Atari, the whole EP takes you back to that special warehouse rave era, crack a glowstick, get critical.
This EP is actually out on the Cheap Beats music netlabel, which has been releasing some AMAZING stuff lately.
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OCHOCINCO - Think Up, Clear Sky (Live)
Wishing I could spend today chilling on this dude’s balcony, taking in the Catalonian countryside and sharing a bottle of red wine with my wife (we were married in Spain!), instead of toiling away in a cubicle right now.
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The J. Arthur Keenes Band • Congratulations/I Love You More
From the single off of The J. Arthur Keenes Band’s new album Mighty Social Lion, we’d be horribly remiss in not posting this (even if it’s not too chippy). If you haven’t noticed before, we’re big fans of The J. Arthur Keenes Band.
You can listen to (and buy!) the rest of the single on Bandcamp, as well as his other releases. Mighty Social Lion comes out on August 10th!
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chalkboards • chalkboards
Deep in the heart of Texas, these two cuties (Anna and Jacob) use Game Boys, instruments and other assorted electronics to make wonderfully floaty pop songs. If you’ve smiled to the twee jams of Japanese duo Lullatone or the kawaii-punk space dreams of California’s Slime Girls then you are almost immediately guaranteed to love chalkboards. The album even features "the sickest kickflip you’ve ever seen", how can you deny that?
Head over to their Bandcamp to listen to the whole gosh-darn adorable thing and maybe given them a few dollars for it or a beautifully screen-printed CD and/or poster of the album. Note: if you buy a CD or poster, you get the download of the album as well. My CD came with an adorable drawing!
Despite Blip Festival’s tragic absence this year, several North American chip enthusiasts have stepped up to provide festivals of their own. I won’t be able to make it to either but I figured I would pass the word on about both of them in case any of our readers wanted the deets.
BRKFest 2013 will be happening for 3 days starting on August 2nd in Lexington, Kentucky the extensive lineup can be seen on the poster above. If you’ve never heard the headliners: Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou (often goes by BSK) is the breakcore/speedcore, Trey Frey makes electronic dance jams and an0va performs chip-prog-rock! You can buy tickets for BRKFest on their EventBrite page.
Toy Company Festival will be happening in Montreal the weekend after BRKFest (August 9th and 10th). You could go to their Facebook event page and read all the names and follow all of the links or you could check out the Toy Company Festival mixtape (I suggest the mixtape) to get a taste of who will be there. The festival is happening at the Société des Arts Technologiques, which you may remember from a previous post of ours. You can get tickets over at the SAT website (no, not the standardized test).
Kris Keyser • Kris Keyser
Few tracks inspire me to move more than Kris Keyser’s “OHC3”. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard it live over the last couple of years, and I still go “YEAAAHHHH” every single time he starts playing it. It has that fast-paced drum and bass quality and is oh-so-solidly crunchy that you can’t help but jump in the mosh pit. No readily available mosh pit? Do not fret, play this track, and add sweat; the effect will be similar.
You can download his brand new self-titled EP: Kris Keyser: the Keysening from his Bandcamp by paying what you want. Ok, it actually doesn’t have the subtitle “the Keysening” I made that up.
Invader Invader(Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) 8-bit EDIT
Here at Animal Crossing bl- I mean, Tiny Cartridge, we enjoy the sweet sound of many, many things. Most recently I have been jamming to the bizarre J-pop/dubstep mashup of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “Invader Invader” so I was pretty happy to discover this wonderful 8-bit edit of that track by KUNIO. It captures all the spirit of the track while avoiding the direct2midi sound of many “8-bit” covers you’ll find around the Internet. Check out his SoundCloud for more cool covers and tracks!
New Leaf's theme music played by an orchestra
You can skip to 01:20 to hear the song played by an ensemble from the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour — God, when those strings come in, right? I only wish it was longer.
Nintendo UK has put up a lot of great New Leaf videos that I’ve been meaning to post. If you missed its series of interviews with series producer Katsuya Eguchi, make sure to watch these videos on the origins of Animal Crossing, Mr. Resetti getting laid off, and why furniture appear as leaves in the game. I could read or listen to the game’s developers talk about their inspirations and design decisions for hours.
revengineers • self-titled ep
It is very rare that I have to write a sad post about some of my favorite chip musicians, but here we are, in a world where the Revengineers have ceased to be (do not worry, all the band members are ok!). The reasons for their separation aren’t clear, and I will not speculate, I just want to thank them for making me smile more times than I can count.
For the uninformed, the Revengineers were a post-rock instrumental chip band from Rochester, NY, I was lucky enough to see them perform twice (once at MAGFest and once at ROC CHIP FEST) and they quite instantly inspired every sort of floating feeling I could muster.
Their self-titled EP is their only official release but captures quite perfectly what they were about. I’ll miss you Revengineers, please have a dozen reunion tours.
DEFINITELY Check out their only EP
Club Nintendo’s Luigi soundtracks
Club Nintendo in Japan is commemorating the Year of Luigi with a new CD collecting 30 songs from the green brother’s games and special themes. Starting next week, people will be able to pick it up for 400 points, or for 200 points if they’ve purchased Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super Luigi, or Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to admire two of Club Nintendo’s Japan-only CD releases with jackets featuring Luigi: Mario & Luigi RPG Sound Selection and Nintendo Sound Selection Vol.3 Luigi <B-Side Music>. I want posters for both of these covers.
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Hey, Animal Crossing is in this old Postal Service art
Isn’t "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" a perfect song? The same could be said for a few other tracks from Postal Service’s debut release, but the perfection of this bleak song is underlined by the GameCube copy of Animal Crossing just hanging out in the album art for its single.
Now, I don’t imagine Ben Gibbard was tending a virtual town when he wrote the song, inspired when he thought ”I’m staring at the asphalt wondering about the gyroids buried underneath” — the art’s actually from husband-and-wife team Kozyndan. You can buy it as a print, pillow, or device skin here.
It’s about time someone covered a Kapp’n song
And Randell killed it — you can see the original lyrics and screenshots here. He recorded another track, too. Remember, K.K. isn’t the only Animal Crossing musician worth covering! Big ups to Player’s Pulse for the link.