110 posts tagged music
Get In The Groove, Shoegazekid
DS-10 Dominator • The Smallest Party Ever
An older favorite of mine, DS-10 Dominator a.k.a. Rutger Muller lays down some fine shoegaze-style electro house grooves. This track opens for a whole album of DS-10 jams called The Smallest Party Ever, which contains a combination of several electronic genres all on the same album, DS-10 Dominator is defintely not afraid to get into those pounding techno beats.
You should also check out “My House is a Cocoon”, an Amiga bitpop track by Rutger’s other project called Diskette Deluxe.
BUY Korg DS-10 Plus, an updated version of the software DS-10 Dominator uses
1up Show Theme Orchestra
Chris Tilton • 1up Show Theme
♫ Wanna stay home and play all my video games ♫
More than a few of us — peeps that came up in the game blogging scene during the mid-to-late aughties — modeled our voices, our steez if you will, after the cats putting in work at 1UP and its trendsetting shows.
Even as layoffs and game companies picked its staff clean, Jeremy Parish and his skeleton crew managed to make great things with barebones resources. Plus, they called Tiny Cartridge one of the 101 Best Video Game Sites, and invited JC to take part in an episode of Retronauts!
So, it’s awful to hear that Ziff Davis/1UP is shutting down 1UP and laying off most of its team. :o( I’ll be spending the rest of this afternoon listening to these old 1UP Show theme arrangements I downloaded years ago and kept for some reason.
Chip's Challenge • Chip's Challenge Live(s)!
This is from a live recording of Rochester Chip Fest this past December. I had heard of the RIT trio playing at 8static last May but I had never gotten around to listening to their stuff until I was at the festival.
They are another of the many “bands in chipmusic” (chipbands? guitartune? chip off the old rock?) that I am *really* excited about. They also claim that they could beat you in Super Smash Brothers, all of you.
BUY Chip's Challenge live album; the electrofunk experience from SHRIMPS, another of the bands at Rochester Chip Fest
Super Guachin’s “La Gorra” tells the story of a post-apocalyptic scenario in which a mega-corporation sets up a plan for world domination, eventually turning the human race into zombies. Super Guachin is the last hope for the human race, bringing music to the masses with their computers and Game Boys.
Honestly, though, I would play the hell out of that game. Super Guachin’s sound combines chiptunes, cumbia beats, and dubstep to tell the story above, as well as some sweet pixel art visuals.
BUY Super Guachin's Piratas Y Fichines EP
The J. Arthur Keenes Band • The World's Smallest Violin
While I was giving the Rochester Chip comps a listen today, I asked myself, “Why havent I heard a new J. Arthur Keenes Band song in a minute? Dude was mad nice.” A quick Google search revealed, holy crap, Daniel McLay (the fellow behind the non-eponymous band) dropped an EP last August called The World’s Smallest Violin.
I was already of the opinion that this cat has been operating at another level from most chiptune acts — at least when it comes to my tastes — but he’s clearly now in some special stage, collecting bonus gems and swaggin’ out with a Bossa Nova soundtrack, while the rest of the group is fucking around with some miniboss in Area 1 or something.
Danimal Cannon and Zef • Parallel Processing
This is the first track off of Danimal Cannon and Zef’s new collab album Parallel Processing and my personal favorite — “Logic Gatekeeper” starts an exceptional album by setting the bar really high for chiptune prog-metal. Some of you may recognize Danimal Cannon from his work with the tribute/covers bands Armcannon and Metroid Metal.
You can download the entire album on Danimal Cannon’s Bandcamp; it does NOT disappoint one bit (ok, that pun was on purpose). The folks over at Fangamer have teamed up with Danimal Cannon to provide a sweet merch bundle, including a cool Game Boy cartridge Circuit Bender pin!
SEE ALSO Zef's solo work, which should definitely get you dancing!
Megpoid the Music #
…is a music game coming out for PSP in Japan that is somehow not a Hatsune Miku game. It’s pretty close, though, based on a different Vocaloid synthesizer program published by the wonderfully named INTERNET Co. Ltd.
This comes out March 28 for … ¥9,429??? That’s like $105!
BUY PS Vita
♫ Meow ♫ Anamanaguchi’s new single, music video
What is even going on in this video? You have Dark Moon Goths inducting Luke, a go kart race that leaves Peter decapitated, Tumblr employees working the concession stand, some awesome animation, and even a tease of Paul Robertson cats. The song is reckless, too!
You can cop the single for a buck and change at iTunes — the group’s new album, Endless Fantasy, drops this spring.
Cuando Sea Grande
Balun • La Luna
I’m uncertain if Balún really qualifies as “chiptunes,” but I’ve always loved featuring the band’s music here, and — though I have to often remind myself of the fact — this is our blog and ISDGAF if something I want to post doesn’t necessarily fall within our typical parameters.
That aside, the Puerto Rican group included this song in a new, three-track release called La Luna, or as I understand it in English, The Luna. It’s beautiful stuff. Download it for free, enjoy it, and then go through our archive to listen to more of Balún’s dreamy music.
O come ye, o come ye to Mega Man
This is a really cute Mega Man Xmas card put together by Capcom, featuring music from the “Mega Man Christmas Carol 2” fan game! Yes, there are two holiday-themed Mega Man games. If that’s not a Christmas miracle, I don’t know what is.
Oh, well, that, yes.
♫ I wanna be neeeeext to you right now ♫
I can’t stop listening to “#X”, the new opening song for Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. This version is a little longer than the one in the trailer we posted when Atlus announced a U.S. release for next spring, but the song is still way too short at a minute and a half.
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! OST
Here’s the full soundtrack for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage — that’s 34 tracks, nearly an hour and a half of music from the DS and 3DS game. You can also listen to them individually here.
I would’ve loved to have heard some Rebecca Sugar joints in the game, but the OST’s songs with vocals like “Refusing to Refuse” and “Who’s in Charge Here” make up a bit for those deficiencies. But still, throw those in the sequel, guys!