Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Awe-Some Jams

I haven't updated in a while and unfortunately I don't have anything too important to say today... so we'll keep it light-hearted! A couple friends of mine recently linked me some music, and if I say so myself, it's great shit. The guys in these bands are fucking visionaries.

First, here is a cover of "Such Great Heights" (The Postal Service, another band I adore) done by some badass metal dudes called Confide. Don't let the "Love" and "Hope" tattoos on the one guy's fingers confuse you: it'll melt your face.

This next band, known as Entropy, has some pretty dark lyrics, but hilarious names and shit. The bassist refers to herself as "mAlice" and says that "strawberries are a metaphor for blood." Where do they come up with this great sense of humor!? They're hardcore about their music, even carpooling their fans to shows and stuff (apparently the Lexington music scene isn't ready for their level of awesome). They're activists too in a sense, as demonstrated by this blog post about the educational system in America.

How do I know why America’s public school system was designed the way it was (age-segregated, six to eight 50-minute classes in a row announced by Pavlovian bells, emphasis on rote memorization, lorded over by unquestionable authority figures, etc.)? Because the men who designed, funded, and implemented America’s formal educational system in the late 1800s and early 1900s wrote about what they were doing. Almost all of these books, articles, and reports are out of print and hard to obtain.
These dudes are digging up some really obscure and important information and converting it to lyrics. Check out their music on their MySpace. As an aside: lol at their URL, it's "entropy is pretty awesome in most measurable ways i mean wow." This was funny enough to be both their URL and a blog post title where they give out awards to people for being "Punk as Hell," "Because Entropy said so" and because they can do wicked shit with their arms.

Here's another YouTube, this time a band called "Attack Attack!" with their song "Stick Stickly" (fucking Nickelodeon references ftw). I love their headbang\hop, the Crabcore stance, and the guitar swinging choreography. It's so fresh and cool looking. Listen at least to the 8th or 9th breakdown, where it goes all super-cool Electronica (who DOESN'T love Electronica?) The blonde chick in the video keeps covering her ears. If she doesn't, they may shatter her brain with their metalitude.

And lastly, here's a band in the same vein as "Attack Attack!" called BrokeNCYDE with their single "Freaxxx." I assume the three X's are like how you rate liquor, cause this shit will get you seriously drunk on the devil's brew. It's hardcore, man - just look at all the gang signs, smoke rings, and beer they spill for their homies. I'm 99% certain they'll get famous because they combine the best elements of the best genres (Electronica, Screamo, and T-Pain autotuned Hip hop... such a kewl effect).

Anyway, that's all for today. These guys are real music revolutionaries combining music styles and stuff. All these bands are pretty small right now so you can become one of us true fans that support them before they sell out their musical genius and start becoming catchy trash!

Monday, July 20, 2009

ROMiniscing: ActRaiser (Super NES)

This week, it's a clever mix of hack-and-slash and city-building. If you like platformers with a twist, click the title.

As always, ZSNES is the way to go. I hope everyone is enjoying their summers!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ROMiniscing: Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (Super NES)

Click title. Read. Download. Enjoy.

This is one of those games that surprised the hell out of me because I had literally never heard of it until about two years ago when a friend recommended it. It's not 100% polished, but it's still damn good. It manages to be original even with all the Tactical RPGs that have come since.

Anyway, this shit's worth playing. Absofuckinglutely it is.

ZSNES is best.

Monday, July 6, 2009

ROMiniscing: Adventure (Atari 2600)

Adventure. Geez, what is there to say? I mean, it's such a painfully simple game that I don't think today's gamers can appreciate it, but at the same time it's such a masterpiece for its time that it deserves to be talked about for decades to come. It manages to be simultaneously timeless and dated somehow.

Clearly, the only solution is for you to play and judge for yourself. Click the title, read the piece, and dig up Stella or some other emulator.