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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!

Congratulations! …it’s Friday!

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Monsters - The J. Arthur Keenes Band

Monsters

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. 

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Water2 (Wetter) - The J. Arthur Keenes Band

Water2 (Wetter)

The J. Arthur Keenes Band • Computer Savvy

"Water2 (Wetter)" by The J. Arthur Keenes Band. Cot damn, this dude is at another level with his chiptunes. He’s like UP HERE, and other cats are down there.

This is one of seven Game Boy-based pop tracks from his new release through 8bitpeoples, Computer Savvy, which also includes "The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down" and "Low Tide" (a new take on an old favorite). The EP’s description:

"Smothered in nearly more overdubs than the substandard system it was recorded on could process, Computer Savvy offers a hazy blend of the archaic sounds you know and love with as many other sounds as could fit.”

Download it at this link that I am linking right here.

Hear also: More songs from The J. Arthur Keenes band

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The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down - The J. Arthur Keenes Band

The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down

The J. Arthur Keenes Band • Computer Savvy

"The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down 2.0" by The J. Arthur Keenes Band, a brilliant song from the chiptune phenom’s new album that he “finally finished and mixed and everything.” The artist says he’ll release it soon, and that he put this joint out to “maybe remind people [he] still exists”. How could we have ever forgotten?

If the rest of the project sounds anything like this (or anything like his Pamplemousse EP), it is going to be off the god damn chain.

Hear also: More songs from The J. Arthur Keenes band

The J. Arthur Keenes Band holdin’ it down at Nuit Blanche with a live performance of “The Boring World of Niels Bohr”. You can grab a studio recording for this song and other Keenes tracks from the free Pamplemousse EP.

Here’s a collection of videos from the big “Chip Music Mega Show” at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche two weeks ago. I soooo wish I’d driven up to attend the festival to catch this awesome outdoor event and The Hand Eye Society’s Arcadian Renaissance. I could’ve joined the dude with the white shades to form a pop-and-locking Asian duo.

Hear also: More from The J. Arthur Keenes Band

Cannonball - The J. Arthur Keenes Band

Cannonball

The J. Arthur Keenes Band

"Cannonball" by The J. Arthur Keenes band. I now have three tracks in my iTunes library with this song title, the other two from Damien Rice and The Breeders. They’re all very different sounds but very good, too!

Mr. Keenes says he’s putting together a “long overdue new album of old things” as soon as he finds the time to record it, and will hopefully follow that up with “a new album of new things”. I’m still enjoying his excellent (and free!) EP, Pamplemousse, which released last October.

Hear also: More songs from The J. Arthur Keenes band

"Ocean Stage" by J. Arthur Keenes. Keenes, leader (obviously) of the Tiny Cartridge favorite and Blip Festival 2009 performer J. Arthur Keenes Band, produced this track for a game project that he assumes is abandoned.

The other track he produced for the game, called “Stage1,” is also available at 8bc. Being 8-bit style soundtrack tunes, these don’t feature any of the vocals I associate with Keenes, but they’re pretty great as they are! Plus, they’re designed to be looped. If you like one of these, you can like it continuously.

Hear also: "Low Tide"

“Catfish Lagoon” by The J Arthur Keenes Band. Chip music fans will recognize this artist as the same guy we featured for his corny but excellent song "Low Tide".

He’s also one of the 13 acts announced so far for New York City’s Blip Festival 2009 this December! His upcoming Pamplemousse EP is definitely one to watch out for.

See also: “Starcrossed” from Firebrandboy

"Low Tide" by The J Arthur Keenes band. 8bit Collective visitors should already recognize this excellent song, but I’m dropping it here for the rest of you anyway so you can enjoy the chill track and its  corny waveform puns.

[Update: Posted the full version. Sorry about that!]

See also: “Starcrossed” from Firebrandboy

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