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12:48 PM on 05.03.2010

dTunes: Dread Pirate Stefan Turnbull's Day of Reckoning





Yeeeaaargh!

Oh, hello there, fellow scurvy ridden readers and delectable wenches! Dread Pirate Stefan Turnbull here and I claim this near-derelict blog in the name of...er...Dread Pirate Stefan Turnbull obviously!

Er...

YAAAAAARGH!

Anyway, when I’m sailing on the turbulent, salty and foamy brine that is the internet, I like to stop off and raid blogs for their precious cargo of tobacco, herbs and hobo spices from my vessel The Domo-Kun! YAR!

While I’m there, I like to distract my victims with soothing sounds of tenuous sea songs while my crew rifles through their wallets and turn valuables into booty...or something. I like to think of it as my calling card, like that hilarious duo The Sticky Bandits in the land lubbers’ favourite Home Alone!

YAR HAR HARRRR!

Mastodon – Blood and Thunder

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Mastodon are famous for abridging Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick for illiterate metal fans. I once asked an editor at a famous publishing house if he would read my manuscript called Moby’s Dick; a true account about the famous techno-pop musician and his self-confessed ‘hilarious’ game of whipping out his John Thomas and secretly wiping it on other celebs. The editor hated it, so I burned down the building and stole his personal assistant/wench! YAAAAAR!!!

The Bronx – Knifeman

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The Bronx are from L.A. and they wrote a song called ‘Oceans of Class’, so what they know about sea faring life is beyond me! Well, unless they live right on the coast, but they’re a punk band, thus have no riches and most likely are from the inner-city area. So in summary, they know nothing! As evidenced by this video...sharks can’t survive in fresh water swimming pools! *rolls eyes*

Billy Talent – The Navy Song

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YAH HA HAAAAR! Insert your own nautical pun here!

Every Time I Die – Godspeed Us To Sea

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God sped me to the sea once. I was late for my own raiding party. He’s a nice guy actually! If you see him, tell him ‘Yaaaaaargh!’ and give him a homoerotic wink from me. He’ll know what you’re talking about. Well, unless he’s been drinking.

Mad Capsule Markets – All The Time in Sunny Beach

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God bless Japan and their crystal clear seas that are devoid of intelligent mammals like whales.

Heavens – Patent Pending

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While Matt Skiba is usually found fronting Alkaline Trio, he's also a Satanist, which is nice. Tenuously, Marilyn Manson once said ‘I’m not a slave to a God that doesn’t exist’, which was kind of at odds with the fact he joined his local Satan Church Thingy. I mean, one can’t exist without the other and I should know. When they shared a flat together in London, it was like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple.

Are these jokes doing anything for you?

Million Dead – I Am The Party

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They’re playing on the beach, even though he’s singing about electioneering methods. Well, I like them, so shut up. I'm robbing you, remember?!

Doves – The Sea Song

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Doves aren’t really sea faring creatures like the obviously named seagull, the not so obvious albatross and the ever faithful parrot, so why they’re singing about the sea is beyond me. They don’t even like flying in the rain! The lily livered pansies! YAAAAR!

Minus The Bear – Monkey! Knife! Fight!

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Minus The Bear made an album called Highly Refined Pirates and there’s a song on there with the word ‘monkey’ in the title. You know, like The Secret of Monkey Island had pirates in it!

Alright, alright Goddamit! I’ll admit that I’m clutching at straws here and I put this up because the song is awesome! GOT IT! YAAAAR!

Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty

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Not really a song about sea faring life, but they also did a video for Dashboard where the singer is dressed up like my first love. Plus, it also features famous guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths) losing all sense of dignity by dressing up as an idiot and dancing like a robot. That’s what happens when you sign to a major label.

Pixies – Wave of Mutilation

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You can usually find me sailing on my own wave of mutilation during the weekends. It’s right on a sewage outlet pipe just off the Bristol Channel.

The Paper Chase – This Flood (Acoustic version)

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Flooding is to do with the sea right? Oh wait, that’s rivers. Either way, make sure you’re stocked up on sandbags and paid up with your home insurance. Flooding is no joke. Although it is pretty funny to watch posh people’s homes get ruined if you live near a burst dam.

Deftones – Cherry Waves

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Yaaaaaargh! I’ve run out of pirate-esque jokes! Thank God, we're at the end, huh? YAAAAARGH!

Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea

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Kevin Spacey once played Bobby Darin in a movie, despite the fact that he’s in his fifties...I’m not sure where I’m going with this one but it was probably going to be a laugh at Kevin Spacey’s expense since I’ll never forgive myself for watching him in that awful movie K-Pax, so I’ll just shut up now.



So there you go my lovelies! While you were listening to those delectable songs that were vaguely about the deep blue yonder, I pilfered all your valuables and converted them into pirate booty!

YA---! Hang on...I can’t seem to swing back to my ship here. Could you give me a push?

A bit harder please...

HARDER! YES! Thank you!

Alas, I must be on my way, to raid other derelicts like the Atari forums and then bury my hard earned swag because let’s face it, with the economy the way it is, it’s safer to store it on a beach than put it in the bank. Right?

YAAAAAAR!

Now where the hell did I put the keys to this speedboat?

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1:14 PM on 12.17.2009

dTunes: stevenxonward's Week, Day 4



I’m keeping it rather short today. I was introduced to music from the late 60s and 70s by my dad and my older cousin. I didn’t really find anything worth listening to in the early 90s that wasn’t Boyz II Men, but music from the 60s and 70s always seemed to pique my interest, and not in the quasi-ironic way that everyone likes 70s nowadays. I’d just rather have listened to Triumph or Boston than Hootie and the Blowfish is all.



Elton John – “Roy Rogers”
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Let me go ahead and say it, Elton John is the greatest artist of the 70s that didn’t write his own lyrics. The song is about a father and husband who manages through the mundanity of everyday life by indulging in escapism via the late night Roy Rogers TV show. This song aside, Elton’s catalog of incredible songs is daunting. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was really his last fully decent album, but it is widely regarded as his best. I prefer “Madman Across the Water” and “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player,” and I could’ve just as easily picked “High Flying Bird,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Madman Across the Water,” or any of his other songs prior to 1974.

Led Zeppelin – “Fool In the Rain”
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My favorite Zeppelin song isn’t “Stairway,” or “Black Dog,” or “Whole Lotta Love.” Though I thoroughly enjoy those songs, and nearly every other Zep song, my favorite is this one – the last single released from the last album released prior to John Bonham’s death. “Fool in the Rain” is a lovely song, with an equally amusing story. A man waits in the rain at the corner of a block for a woman he’s just recently met. Angry with himself for waiting for her, and saddened that she hasn’t shown up, he begins an inner-monologue cursing himself and the woman. It’s shortly thereafter that he realizes he’s been waiting on the wrong block.

Pink Floyd – “The Final Cut”
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This is a sad song. It was originally intended to be a track on “The Wall,” but didn’t make the final listing. “The Final Cut” is the titular track of Roger Water’s final album with Pink Floyd, and is generally thought of as a Roger Waters solo album, as David Gilmour had almost zero creative input. It’s sort of a tie between this album and “The Wall” for my favorite Floyd album. The lyrics to this song express the very depths of human loneliness and the desire to be loved. And if I show you my dark side, will you still hold me tonight? And if I open my heart to you, and show you my weak side, what would you do?


Jethro Tull – “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die”
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This is another sad song – kinda. The song’s carefree melody belies it somber lyrical content. I’m not a huge Jethro Tull fan, only because I can’t stand how forced the flute is at times. “Locomotive Breath” would’ve been 100x better had the solo been performed on a guitar. This song is particularly poignant though. The old rocker, distressed and fed up with living a life with the restrictions a family brings, kills himself by riding his motorcycle down a dangerous road at 120mph. By the way, this video is ridiculously funny.

Thin Lizzy – “The Cowboy Song”
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Thin Lizzy is an Irish band, so what they’re doing telling stories of Cowboys, Texas, and Mexico is beyond me. They really nailed it though. Being a Texas boy myself, this song is an accurate depiction of the things I do on a daily basis. I could’ve just as easily picked “Jailbreak,” the title track from the same album, which is probably my favorite song of theirs.

5 Hand Reel – “Carrickfergus”
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I’m actually more of a Dick Gaughan fan than I am a 5 Hand Reel fan, but I already had my Irish folk day yesterday. 5 Hand Reel didn’t see too much by way of fame here in the states, but they were mildly popular in the UK. 5 Hand Reel’s version of this song isn’t as good as the one by the Dubliners, but it is the best non-traditional version I’ve ever heard.   read


11:30 AM on 12.16.2009

dTunes: stevenxonward's Week, Day 3



What’s the opposite of hardcore? Excluding classical, folk music is probably a near perfect antithesis. I don’t have much of an intro for this, aside from thank you to everyone who read yesterday’s post, and sorry if I talk about myself a bit more (or too much) today. Hope you like what you’re about to read and hear!

Also, sorry if I get a bit misty eyed.



StevenXonward – “Love, Scarlet”
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Yesterday I put up a song by my old band, Ever Onward. Today I’m showing you what the “onward” in my name became. Initially I began playing acoustic shows as a means to supplement Ever Onward, and as a way to continue promoting the band throughout our many hiatuses. The pseudonym “StevenXonward” ended up sticking, and eventually became my main (and only) project. I don’t want to go too into why this song was written, as it’s kind of a bummer. Essentially, it’s about waiting for that perfect love. It’s probably my favorite of the songs I’ve written. If you like it, you can listen to more of my stuff at http://www.myspace.com/stevenxonward.

Kate Rusby – “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies”
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This song has the ability to wreck whatever emotional state I may be in at any given moment, reducing me to a weeping sack of failure. I’m not wholly sure as to the subject matter of this song, but I’ve been told it’s about the death of Kate’s father or mother. This song wrecks me because that’s the immediate thought it conjures, and it forces me to face the mortality of my own parents. Kate Rusby is an English singer-songwriter, and my favorite female vocalist. I enjoy nearly every song she’s put out, and I’m secretly hoping to marry her and start a traveling folk music caravan. Well, at least that was supposed to be a secret.

The Dubliners – “Fiddler’s Green”
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Did I ever mention me being a bit of an Irish nationalist? Well, yeah, as much as an American can be, I suppose. The Dubliners embody the spirit of Irish nationalism, with the late Luke Kelly being a Socialist Irish Republican. Along with Kelly, the late Ronnie Drew established The Dubliners as the musical face of Irish folk – really, all of Irish music in general. The Dubliners have done more to keep alive the musical culture and heritage of Ireland than any other artist. This song is about an old sailor on the verge of death, and holds a special place for me because I played it at a funeral for a friend of mine (and former employer).

The Chieftains – “The Lilly of the West”
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The Chieftains are second only to the Dubliners in terms of invigorating the genre of traditional Irish folk music. The Chieftains took a very different approach to introducing traditional Irish music to the mainstream, in that they would record traditional folk covers of modern songs and country songs, and feature famous vocalists (Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, etc.). This song was originally penned by Joan Baez, I believe, and features Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on vocals and guitar. This song is simply beautiful.

Masterless Men – “Now I’m 64”
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Masterless Men are one of the lesser known Irish folk acts, but their catalog of songs is quite impressive. Renditions of “Far Away in Australia,” “Botany Bay,” and “The Foggy Shores of Home” are amongst my favorite folk songs. This song is their finest. Like Kate Rusby’s “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies,” this song also forces me to face the morality of my parents (actually my grandparents). Even typing this out makes me feel all emo inside, so I’ll stop here.

Richard Thompson - “Beeswing”
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I love this song! Richard Thompson’s voice has an incredibly interesting timbre. The near constant vibrato is entrancing. This song is special to me because, like many of us, I once dated a woman whose free spirit could not relegated to being another’s partner for any significant period of time. I suppose she thought I might try to clip her wings, so to speak, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Ah well, these things make for good stories, and “Beeswing” is one of the best.

Ryan Adams – “Come Pick Me Up”
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I’m not a huge fan of the surging Americana genre. I prefer my folk to be decidedly European. However, Ryan Adams is a true standout in the realms of Americana, and this song is his best. Not quite the sorrowful song that breakups generally inspire, this song is about being in love with someone who is not only wrong for you, but actively sabotaging you at every step. It’s a wonderful song, and especially wonderful to those of us who can relate to it.   read


12:29 PM on 12.15.2009

dTunes: stevenxonward's Week, Day 1&2



Like the rest of us, being without Destructoid wrecked my life yesterday. Consequently, it also managed to wreck my plans for this week’s dTunes. I’ll go ahead and make this one extra long to make up for yesterday. Also, I’m writing this intro paragraph last, and while reading through the body below, I notice that this is a lot less about music a lot more about me. That really wasn’t my intention, but it appears as though I enjoy rambling on about myself. Read on for things.



Ever Onward – “Dido and Aeneas”
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This is a bit of a primer on me and my history with music. Ever Onward was a band in Corpus Christi, Texas that I started in 2002-2006. I was the vocalist and songwriter, and the “onward” portion of my name is an extension. We were part of the popularizing wave of hardcore bands in Corpus Christi along with Far From Jane, The Contender, xTrip Wirex, They Came Burning, The Golden Age, and quite a few others. Hardcore was just becoming a genre that kids outside of major scenes were starting to notice. Ever Onward had the distinction of being one of the least traditional hardcore bands in Corpus Christi. We weren’t the most popular, or the most talented, or the closest friends, but I loved doing it. Before I became part of the scene in Corpus Christi, there were very few national hardcore bands that would book shows so far south in Texas. If we wanted to see a band we liked, we’d have to go to Austin. I decided to take a pro-active approach and start booking national acts myself. “Dido and Aeneas” was the last song we wrote together. It borrows thematically from the Greek tragedy “Dido and Aeneas.” The song basically sums up my own desires to be remembered for the work I’ve done. I had originally intended to cover each of the local bands and do a whole dTunes day dedicated to locals, but missing yesterday kinda threw a wrench in that. If you’re interested in good Texas hardcore that you probably haven’t already heard, check out the following links:

Far From Jane: http://www.myspace.com/farfromjane
The Golden Age: http://www.myspace.com/thegoldenage
The Contender: http://www.myspace.com/thecontender
Lie and Wait: http://www.myspace.com/lieandwaithc
xTrip Wirex: http://www.myspace.com/xtripwirex361
Ever Onward / Burn These Thoughts: http://www.myspace.com/everonwardtx

Shai Hulud – “Given Flight by Demons Wings”
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Shai Hulud is one of my favorite bands for a number of reasons. In my case, getting older in the hardcore scene meant becoming more socially aware. You could listen to the hardcore bands that were fairly misogynistic, or you could stick with the positive stuff (we call it “posi”). Shai Hulud isn’t necessarily posi, but their negativity stems from not being able to control and erase the negative aspects of life. Shai Hulud provided anthem after anthem for the cynical hardcore kid in me. Whatever aspects of me that were, and still are, misanthropic or virulent are effectively summed up by this band – and this song in particular. Parts of the lyrics to the ending refrain of this song are “you were once a gentle man.” By nature, I am a gentle person, so I couldn’t understand why I was unable to contain this hostility for government, religion, and authority in general. It all has to do with feelings of powerlessness, which I could either accept and move on or just get angry about. Sometimes it’s good to allow yourself to get angry over things you can’t control – or just get angry for any reason. Shai Hulud creates a more intellectual approach to vocalizing that anger.

Set It Straight – “Percent”
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I’ve been straight edge since I was 15, so I’m getting close to 9 years of being substance free. I grew up in the small South Texas city of Aransas Pass. We didn’t have much by way of entertainment, so the kids would start drinking and using at astonishingly young ages. I never understood the appeal of being inebriated, and it wasn’t enough for me to just abstain for engaging in it. Straight edge bands like Set It Straight were important for me because it helped realize that not only is it ok not to drink, but that it’s important to set positive examples (especially for my younger siblings). “Percent” expertly embodied my sentiment at throughout high school. Every social gathering, every party, every holiday was just an excuse for my friends and acquaintances to get together and drink. Really, it’s still that way. “Percent” was Set It Straight’s way of reminding me that there were other people like me who couldn’t relate to that way of living.

Casey Jones – “1 Out Of 3 Had An STD”
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Admittedly, Casey Jones is a bit of a joke band. They’re not quite as posi as Good Clean Fun, but they are a straight edge band that doesn’t really take what they’re doing too seriously. The lyrics to this song might sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, but they’re actually quite good. The song takes a jab at the hardcore kids that extol life’s excesses, particularly those that involve to sexual objectification. Part of the straight edge “tenet” has always been to avoid promiscuity, something that straight edge kids have forgotten as the “movement” has become popularized. Casey Jones is a fun band, and a lot more fun if you’re sober.

Love is Red – “Everything You Love”
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I actually have a lot of “favorite” bands; Love is Red being one of them. Love is Red is probably more responsible than any other band for making want to shift my musical focus away from the more metal side of hardcore towards a more traditional brand. This song is special because it laments the abandonment of ideals by friends who have “broken edge” (quit being straight edge by drinking, smoking, hooking up, etc…) and become something they once rallied against. Essentially, this song is about the kids that sold out and gave in to societal pressures and/or general excess. It’s not about hating the kids, but about hating the choices their making.

Stretch Armstrong – “For the Record”
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Great song, or greatest song? I don’t really listen to this band all that much, but this song is one of the best I’ve ever heard. “Read the lyrics,” is all I have to say.

I'm not exactly pround of the place I'm from / but I've been here my whole life so I guess I'll call it home. / In South Carolina a flag still shows the enslavement of our minds / but in South Carolina I learned from all the times / We went to all-ages shows, Sunday matinees / hanging out wondering if the bands would show and even play. / The bands would come and we would all sing along (sing along sing along). / Would they ever know their impact would last so long? / The world is full of lonely places no matter where you're from. / A crowded show, familiar faces make me feel at home. / Many kids have come and gone but I know what kept me here. / The magic of those songs has sustained me through the years. / I heard the word sincerity and I know now what that means. / I learned it first with Black Flag, mohawks, combat boots and torn-up jeans. / We were more than just a tour date. You were more than just a song. / We sweat and sang together and that helped us to carry on. / We were more. You were more. For the record.

Strike Anywhere – “Extinguish”
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Did I ever mention me being a Marxist? Well, yeah, so are these guys. Amongst the more posi hardcore kids, you’ll find a wealth of leftist intellectualism and activism. Bands like Strike Anywhere, Ignite, Good Clean Fun, etc…, are hardcore’s answer to more mainstream acts like Rage Against the Machine. This song also features one of my favorite lines – “Disrupt and disorder at the empire's borders United by what we do not who we labor for.”

There are quite a few other bands I wanted to list, but I didn’t have much to say about them. If you like modern hardcore, look up the following bands:

Ambitions, Bane, Betrayed, The Carrier, Carry On, Champion, Comeback Kid, Count Me Out, Count the Hours, Crime In Stereo, Dead Hearts, The First Step, Go It Alone, Have Heart, Holding On, Ignite, In Remembrance, It Prevails, Kids Like Us, Killing the Dream, Legacy, Life Long Tragedy, Mental, Miles Away, The Miracle Mile, Reaching Forward, Ruiner, Saints Never Surrender, Set Your Goals, Sinking Ships, Strife, Ten Yard Fight, Trial, Verse, The Warriors, Where Eagles Dare, A Wilhelm Scream, With Honor, xLooking Forwardx, and any band that these bands link to.

Leave a comment if you have any interest in checking out more of the stuff my old band did.   read


9:27 AM on 12.11.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 5



To wrap up this week, I'm going to share some of my favorite video game covers. I'm not a die-hard fan of them, and just do not have the time to keep up with places like OCremix, but there are a handful of groups and covers of which I'm fairly fond. Consider this the creme.

The Minibosses - Mega Man 2

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If you listen to video game covers at all, you've heard of the Minibosses. They've been around for what feels like forever, and everything they've done has been pretty polished. I saw these guys at the First Unitarian Church in Philly a while back, and somehow my shouts for them to play this next got through all the cries of "RYGAR." Best show ever.

No Crash Man, though. No one does that for some reason.

Hyadain - CRASH! Let's Do It

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So I have to go to other sources for a Crash Man fix. Hyadain did a whole series of covers of the various Mega Man 2 themes, with homoerotic lyrics overlaid. They're hilarious. He's done a fair amount of work with stuff from other games, too, and most of his songs, while in Japanese, have alt videos where people have inserted English subtitles.

ArmCannon - Bhost Gustors

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Another group that's actually covered Crash Man's theme, these guys seem to be now what the Minibosses were a few years ago, in terms of popularity and amount of live shows. The sound isn't the best version for this song (which is amazing), but this is pretty much their best video ever.

S.S.H. - Zeromus Battle

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Out of Japan, these guys know what they're doing, have done a ton of tracks from a ton of games, and offer pretty much their entire discography for free on their website. The site's in Japanese, as are most of the track titles and game names, but a trip through Babelfish or abducting an East Asian Studies major should help you find what you're looking for.

Game Over - Little Mac's Confession

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This one actually did hit OCremix briefly, but it was good enough that I shelled out to import their EP/demo disc, the aptly named Nintendo Metal, from somewhere in Sweden.

Vomitron - Contra

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Another one-off, but this one's a hefty one, weighing in at least 10 minutes. They managed to medley every single Contra theme into one epically long track. Great driving music. Their non-game stuff isn't too bad, either.

The Protomen - The Trooper

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For a change of pace, let's have a video game tribute band covering something normal, in this case, an Iron Maiden classic. Better known for their two Mega Man-inspired rock operas, these guys seem to love covering stuff. To be honest, I was torn between posting this video and this gem, another classic.

Cocoa Brovaz - Super Brooklyn

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More a sampling than a cover, but really, there is no way this should have worked as well as it does.

Tanguy Ukelele Orchestra - Rainbow Road

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Pretty much just a dude with a ukelele and a voice, TUO's video game covers are actually pretty good in most cases, and certainly quirky.

And, for a bonus, remember that Minibosses show I mentioned with the first video? This is how they closed it, along with Chromelodeon, a local Philly ambient/psychedelic group that was also playing that night, and has unfortunately broken up since.

The Minibosses & Chromelodeon - Legend Of Zelda Medley

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This is the only time this collaboration has ever happened, and it was so beautiful in person that I was nearly moved to tears, given my eternal hard-on for the Zelda series. The video quality isn't nearly as good as the audio, but imagine nearly twelve dudes onstage, and yes that is an electric violin.

Well, it's been fun, hope you enjoyed at least some of the stuff I shared. Maybe they'll let me do this again sometime.   read


4:59 PM on 12.10.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 4



Today's dTunes is brought to you by nekobun and the letter J. Here are some J-named artists who take up sizable chunks of my music library.

Jamiroquai - Canned Heat

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There's no concievable way you could dislike Jamiroquai. Always danceable, and inspiring of good times all around. I don't even care that Jay Kay is allegedly a huge douchebag. They're amazing.

Jawbreaker - Chemistry

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Absolutely my favorite band, ever. I looked into these guys on a tip somewhere between '99 and '00, and instantly regretted that they'd broken up half a decade prior. This track comes from their last, and most polished, album, so the further back you go, the closer to hardcore their sound gets, but it's all great. That, and I give them some extra points for apologizing for contributing to what became the Emo genre.

Jurassic 5 - Jurass Finish First

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I seem to come by a lot of music via video games, now that I think of it. J5's "Improvise" was featured in Jet Grind Radio on the Dreamcast, and I happened upon the album it came from in Borders soon after beating the game. I love rappers who sound like they know how to freestyle and don't feel the need to get gangsta about everything, and this crew brings a whole bunch of them together in one delicious package.

James - Laid

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You'd think that for such a prolific artist, there'd be more than just a handful of videos for this song, most of which (the actual vid, in several versions) are embed-disabled. If there isn't a list out there of bands from Manchester, there really ought to be, because pretty much everything out of that town is at least worth a listen. The Smiths? Buzzcocks? Grand Master FUC-NUKKLE? The previously featured Ting Tings? Joy Division? The Chemical Brothers? New Order? I could do this all day.

Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?

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Double J score. Joe Jackson infuriated me for a brief period, due primarily to one of my cohorts' refusal to do anything but an impromptu murder spree as soon as his Steppin' Out came on in GTA: Vice City. Didn't matter what the mission was, how many cops he had after him already, or whatever. Said friend tortured me with it on his computer and in his car every now and then for a good year after we'd gotten fed up with the game, but it was hopelessly catchy, so I couldn't get too upset.

Once I found out how many other tunes I knew happened to be Jackson's fault, I looked into things a bit further, and got my hands on the bulk of his discography. Joe Jackson's a genius; not quite Elvis Costello calibre, but close.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Wail

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Another big source of artists I like? Beavis & Butt-head. I can't count how much music I have that they made plenty of fun of on that show.

Jets To Brazil - Lemon Yellow Black

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"Hey," you're thinking, "this dude sounds like the vocalist from Jawbreaker." It is. Blake Schwarzenbach is my man-crush prime, and this follow-up project to Jawbreaker has just as solid a place in my heart. His tendency to write songs that tell stories remained intact, but grew up, and explored a lot more than young adult anger and angst in Jets To Brazil's hands.

PS: Finding out your buddy's ex-girlfriend, after she's become his ex, is family friends with one of your heroes, and hangs out with him sometimes, is something of a punch in the face.

Junior Senior - Chicks And Dicks

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You might've come across these doods when Move Your Feet released, since the internet was all "OOOH THE VIDEO LOOKS LIKE VIDEO GAMES" and it made the rounds. All their stuff is just as great, however, and I figured I'd end this batch just like I came into things - dancin'.

I've got a feeling tomorrow's closing post might be a bit slim, given where I want to go with it, but we'll see.   read


6:14 PM on 12.09.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 3



For day three, I feel like nerding out a little, and sharing some of the Japanese music I'm into. My yellow fever's definitely receeded over the years, and I can't remember the last time I actively bothered to read any manga or follow an anime, but most of the music I ran into in my more Japanophilic days has stayed around.

And no, it's not going to be a bunch of anime and game theme songs. For the most part. So much for sticking to less than ten songs a post.

TWO-MIX - White Reflection

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TWO-MIX has to be the first J-group I really got into, after some internet cohorts introduced me to them in high school. They're fairly poppy, but not quite as sugar-coated and annoying as a lot of other j-pop out there. That, and they just do not stop; I think the last album of theirs I got was BPM Cube, at least five years ago, and there's a lot of unfamiliar material I noticed when finding this vid.

The vid itself was produced in direct conjunction with the duo, and included as a bonus on one of their early "best of" albums, of which they have a gajillion. If they sound familiar to you, they've done themes for Gundam Wing and Detective Conan/Case Closed, among other things, and the vocalist, Minami Takayama, does Conan's voice in the original show.

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - GT400

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If you ever forget how to rock, put on some TMGE. Immune to the corrosive influences of visual kei, ballady power-pop, or any other sort of crap that turns into more spectacle than songwriting, these guys are a much more comfortable alternative to sticking a guitar straight into your ear.

Shaka Labbits - Flapper

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I'll admit this band was introduced to me via a video game opening, but the guy who brought the game back with him from Japan to show us made the effort of finding their first album (and is, oddly enough, the person who posted this video in the first place). Rolling with a mid-heavy, ska-punkish sound, with things getting more straight-rock in flavor as they aged, with the occasional hilarious Engrish thrown in to most of their tracks, I can't help but be in a better mood whenever they come on. Also, their version of That Thing You Do is easily one of my favorite covers of anything, ever. Yeah, the song from the movie.

Peelander-Z - MAD TIGER

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Technically, these guys are Japanese-American, but that means it's much easier to see them live, especially on the east coast. Of the three times I've seen them, I've been pulled onstage twice as a percussionist for this song (you'll see, around 2:20), and had a pair of glasses demolished in the mosh pit that formed at the most recent instance (yeah, bad idea, but I needed new ones anyway). Noisy garage punk and nonsensical, sometimes satirical lyrics make for a great time, every time. I'm pretty sure I'm somewhere in the crowd from the footage they start off with and return to a couple times.

Guitar Wolf - Gakulan Rider

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My favorite story about Guitar Wolf was from a friend of mine I never knew was into them, until I mentioned them in passing, and he elaborated about this time he saw them live. Guitar Wolf (the lead guy) spent a good twenty minutes just combing his hair at the front of the stage. The crowd kept getting louder and demanding something happen, but he was unfazed. Suddenly, he just wails into the opening chords of the set, and refuses stop for the rest of the night, save for replacing several guitar strings between every two or three songs.

If you like your rock noisy, not to mention LOUD, these guys are for you. If you enjoy goofy sci-fi or zombie flicks, they are also right up your alley; they were the driving force behind and starred in such a film that goes by the name of Wild Zero. Watch it, and you shall not be disappointed.

Love Psychedelico - Lady Madonna

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Another band introduced to me by the same guy as Shaka Labbits, falling in love with Love Psychedelico was almost instantaneous. Their interesting folk-rock sound, combined with the vocalist's effortless shifts from Japanese to (pretty good) English, and back again, make for a listening experience relatively uncommon amongst Japanese rockers.

Round Table f/ Nino - Groovin' Magic

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Okay, I confess, it's another anime theme; this song was the opener to the (amazing) show Diebuster/Gunbuster 2. Which you should watch right now, or as soon as you're done with this article, because it is over-the-top Gainax at its best. Anyway, between this and recalling the OP they did for the show Chobits (which blows, don't waste your time watching that one), I decided to investigate them a bit further. Round Table consistently inspires dancing, pairing poppy, upbeat tunes with funky basslines and sensibility.

Guitar Vader - She's So Heavy

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A fixture from the Jet Set/Grind Radio games, Guitar Vader has come a long way, and polished its sound quite a bit since then. Fortunately, they did so without diminishing their garage sound roots, even with the occasional experimentation with synthesizers alongside more traditional instrumentation. The best way to get a handle on them is to try and track down their first full album, entitled Die Happy!

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Kaneda

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Okay, this is the last direct-from-anime one, I promise. Geinoh Yamashirogumi did the entire soundtrack for Akira, but that's nothing compared to the rest of their repertoire. This crew experiments with instruments and musical traditions from all across the globe, with albums that have explored Africa, regions of Europe, and so many other places. I picked this video in particular so you could see it wasn't just one or two dudes messing around in a studio; Geinoh Yamashirogumi is serious business.

Here's a fun challenge for you to try: next time makeouts are imminent, put on the Akira soundtrack, and see how far you and your partner can go before it gets too awkward or ridiculous. Escalation of activities is permitted, but you have to keep the album on. No one I know has finished the entire LP. No one.

Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken

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Another Japanese-American group, Yuka and Miho of Cibo Matto managed to get some brief publicity back in the 90s, with videos for Sugar Water and Know Your Chicken (which embedding was disabled on) seeing at least a bit of airtime on MTV, before sliding quietly back into obscurity. An odd blend of
styles that jumps all over the place, these girls had a little bit of something for everyone, with laughable lyrics to go along with. I'm not sure if Yuka went on to much else afterward, but Miho Hattori landed a gig as Noodle's voice in Gorillaz.

Tommy February6 - Everyday At The Bus Stop

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Sometimes, you just need some cheesy, 80s-inspired synthpop. This isn't just throwaway bubblegum, though; Tomoko Kawase, formerly (and once again) of The Brilliant Green is a damn genius, and knew exactly what she was doing with this persona. As a contrast to all this sugar, she later went on to release material as a flipside persona of sorts, Tommy Heavenly6, which was darker and more punk-inspired. Both personae have recently dropped new material, too, which was not entirely expected after her rejoining her old band and putting out a new album with them.

FUN FACT: Despite the fact that most of her songs are primarily in English, Tomoko barely knows any English herself.

Boom Boom Satellites - Push Eject

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Harder listening and more experimental than a lot of the other stuff in this article, Boom Boom Satellites was a lucky find during a channel-flip back in high school, where they were featured on some international music snippet on CNN. Unlike a lot of the other groups mentioned, they've actually seen some albums released in the US. Their style, to me, seems like what would happen if distortiony rock and trip hop had a slightly malformed but savant child. If nothing else, they get points for song titles such as Scatterin' Monkey and Shut Up And Explode.

Towa Tei - Technova

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While he is of Korean descent, Towa Tei's spent most of his life in Japan. You should definitely recognize him; under the name Towa Towa, he was on the tables for Deee-lite, and is pretty easy to spot in the video for Groove Is In The Heart (hints: he's not Bootsy Collins and he's not the guy on slide whistle). Even before his stint with them, Towa was an established DJ, and went right back to the scene once Deee-lite's day in the sun ended. He's played around with all sorts of genres and languages, so chances are, he's done something, somewhere, that you would enjoy.

Now that I've sufficiently inundated you with music from the land of the rising sun, feel free to indulge in an orgy of bagpipe music, black metal, or what-have-you to purge yourself. Hopefully, I've shown you that music doesn't have to be in a language you understand to be enjoyable.   read


4:48 PM on 12.08.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 2



For my second day, I figured I'd try and get into the holiday spirit with some alt-Crimbo jams. Stuff like this is what helps me survive the barrage of the same old Christmas shlock unleashed upon the masses every year. This one's a bit heftier than yesterday's, with thirteen tracks; one for each Day of Christmas.

Cosmicity - This Is Your Crappy Christmas Present

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Forgive the video, it was the only one I could find with this song. Despite being a fan of Cosmicity, and having the album it's hidden on (Escape Pod For Two), I didn't even know this song existed until Last.fm dropped it on me at random last week. Consider this post my crappy Christmas present to all of you.

Oscar The Grouch - I Hate Christmas

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This is how I feel at an earlier and earlier point every year, with Christmas decor and displays going up even more and more ahead of time. Before Thanksgiving was bad enough, but now it's around Hallowe'en that they start? Come on.

Everclear - I Will Be Hating You For Christmas

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A hidden track on So Much For The Afterglow, this is one of two Everclear songs I can still stand, besides the album's title track. Not sure why, but it's catchy. I'd bet money that it's about Art Alexakis' dad, because being pissed at his father is all the dude can write songs about. No wonder some friends and I out-partied them in Vegas last year.

Type O Negative - Red Water (Christmas Mourning)

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A little more downbeat, even moreso now that it's had personal significance for me the past couple of years. I still enjoy it musically, however, and it's nice to hear Peter Steele singing about a holiday that isn't Hallowe'en. Definitely a contrast to the primarily over-cheery bollocks the season tends to engender.

Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let It Snow

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The Ting Tings are one of the few bands I've bothered to really get into recently, and I highly recommend their debut album. If I remember correctly, they were discovered via their MySpace, so there's a twinkle of hope for all you aspiring musicians willing to brave that wasteland. The song itself is a parody of one of their album tracks, Shut Up And Let Me Go.

Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis

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You can never go wrong with a little Run DMC. Ever.

Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas

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I mentioned my love for Erasure, briefly, in yesterday's post; in all honesty, I have a soft spot for a whole lot of 80s-90s gay dance music. I'm really glad PSB finally decided to release this openly, as it's been little more than an exclusive single for their fan club members for over a decade. This ends up dominating my holiday playlists rather often, due to the fact that there were a whole pile of remixed versions of this on said single, but at least they're all pretty good.

MST3K - (Let's Have A) Patrick Swayze Christmas

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There is nothing wrong with maintaining this tradition, even with Mr. Swayze's passing this year. If anything, he would want us to carry (and carol) on.

Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol

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This, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.

Harry And The Potters - Wizard Chess

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FUN FACT: I originally got into this Harry Potter tribute band because of a fine lady. That didn't pan out, but the music stuck, and I even went to a show and bought one of their shirts. Corny, yes, but cute in most cases if you're a fan of the books.

David Sedaris - Crumpet The Elf

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Okay, it's not music, but one of the songs I wanted to include was embed-disabled, so I had to fill the gap to maintain my Twelve Days theme. David Sedaris is hilarious, and in '06, read a selection from his Santaland Diaries, which chronicle his time working as a department store Santa's elf henchman, on NPR. I'm not sure, but I think they replay it yearly, and I know there's a CD of the whole story somewhere.

James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto

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James Brown's Funky Christmas is arguably the best Christmas album ever produced, and features one of the most terrifying images of James himself on the cover. The entire album is worth a listen, but I included this song since it was the first one I heard off it. The album pictured in the video is not the same one, though he looks pretty terrifying in that get-up, too.

Richard Cheese - Jingle Bells

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And, to close, some more traditional fare from one of your favorite, parody lounge singers. Yet another terrible video used due to lack of alternatives, but skip ahead to 0:29 or so to avoid the inexplicable inclusion of this guy opening the CD and putting it in his laptop. I mean, really, guy.

Before I go, I'd also like to point out that both Billy Idol and Twisted Sister have put out Christmas albums in recent years, and they are both mind-blowing. I would've included stuff from them, but it would've ended up being the entire albums in both cases, and this post is already long enough. Idol actually takes a more tongue-in-cheek, vaguely loungey approach to a lot of traditional songs, but it works in every case, almost to the point that it leaves the listener confused. Twisted Sister, on the other hand, played around a bit more, with the riffs off their version of O Come All Ye Faithful being an almost exact clone of We're Not Gonna Take It. Check them out if you so desire.   read


5:19 PM on 12.07.2009

dTunes: nekobun's Week, Day 1



Fresh week, and dTunes returns again, with me, nekobun, at the helm. Since I found out I was doing this week at the last minute, we'll just jump right in now and I'll get chatty later. I will acknowledge right up front that my tastes are fairly scattered, so I'm going more for thematic days rather than anything genre- or band-based.

For day one, I'll share some briefly-popular artists you might know, but tracks may not've heard, as they're not singles that've seen radio play or other widespread distribution.

Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy

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A track off Rage's eponymous album, this was actually the first RAtM song I was exposed to while knowing it was theirs. Of all the ways I could've heard it, a friend of mine sent me a Sailor Moon AMV featuring it and asked for feedback. I obliged, and the AMV was... well, it was an anime music video, I mean, come on. The music, however, stuck with me, and led quickly to getting the album and developing a more solid Rage fandom.

Wheatus - A Little Respect

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While what little renown Wheatus does have is mostly as a one hit wonder, for Teenage Dirtbag, this cover of an Erasure classic is incredibly solid. It's also been, often enough, the only form in which I can find it on karaoke playlists, since it's one of my staples. Between this and Teenage Dirtbag, you'd think their entire repertoire involved sappy, adolescent romance, but the rest of their album actually features moderately more angry, if not teen-angsty material.

Harvey Danger - Private Helicopter

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I would have posted the actual music video, but UMG disabled embedding, so here's the next best live recording I could find. Harvey Danger might ring a bell to some of you, as the guys who gave us Flagpole Sitta; you know, "Paranoia paranoia everybody's comin' to get me..." et cetera. This was off the same album, and I believe it got a brief radio presence in some markets, but for the most part was overlooked. One of my all-time favorites by these guys, who've been active a lot more than most people think.

Simple Minds - Changeling

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The guys who gave us Don't You Forget About Me, the theme song from The Breakfast Club, were actually rather interesting in their first five years as a band. Things sounded a lot meatier than the New Wave path they eventually settled upon, even in their poppier first LP. It's neat to see how some of your favorite bands have changed, and where they came from.

Sugar Ray - Tap, Twist, Snap

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Oddly enough, the guys in Sugar Ray weren't always the musical equivalent of a massive, quivering vagina. Their old sound was a great deal harder than the stuff you hear in Fly and Someday, and a bit of that still clung to them when they released Floored, the album Fly came from. I still don't see the wisdom in completely alienating whatever fanbase they may have had up to that point, but I'm willing to bet it's made them piles of money they can swim through a la Scrooge McDuck.

Elastica - Stutter

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Elastica got a bit of exposure in the 90s, mostly for their track Connection, which if nothing else, you might recall being in the TV ads for the film Hackers while being completely absent from the movie's soundtrack. Trying to find Connection and who played it was something of a holy grail when I was a kid, what without the internet being what it is now, and when I finally found a copy of their first, self-titled album, I dove in headfirst. This has always been one of my favorites, even though it got stacked behind a lot of their bigger hits in the album order and feels a bit tacked on at the end. Also of note, Elastica's frontwoman dated Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) for a while. You probably want to date Damon Albarn, too, if you know what's good for you, so this is kind of the next best thing.

And there you go, day one. Turned into a bit of a mid-90s to early-00s fest for the most part, but I hope you all enjoyed it well enough to come back for tomorrow's installment. Which should be up a lot earlier than this one, I might add.   read


8:38 AM on 11.27.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 5

I apologize in advance, as I am a retail employee in these United States of America, and today, I will find no such shelter or respite to finish this before about 9pm. However, here is a small sampling of what tunes you can expect, and I will have a header image and (mostly) full-effect story for each song ready to rock later on tonight. This much I promise you!

- EL
(trying like hell to stay above water)


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As this is a videogame-related site, most people here would agree with my sentiment that a great score in a game is like a great score in a film: music really does make a world of difference. Some things can only be communicated through music, and the wrong piece of music (or even the right music) in the wrong place (or even the right place!) can make or break a scene, sequence or an entire project singlehandedly. This piece, as my final act as your week-long host, is a downright massive entry highlighting my opinion of phenomenal videogame music you may or may not have heard of. These songs are all readily hummable at will from my memory banks, and now I get to share these tracks with you, and this fills me with a considerable sense of pride. Read on, and listen well, as these are tracks of Legend.




SOUL BLAZER - Dr. Leo's Basement
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This video is taken from an actual playthrough, so wait until the player descends into the basement, and enjoy. This track is something I've always wanted to slow down and make a rap beat to. It would be f'n sicksauce. What's rad is the entire soundtrack is absolutely amazing, some of the best 16-bit action RPG tunes you can come across.


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Chemical Plant Zone
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This song has one of the greatest 16-bit basslines ever. As in, EVER ever. I would love a band like the Minibosses to cover this track more than any other VG tune. It would rule.


Chrono Trigger - Theme Of Magus
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The greatest character leitmotif I've ever heard. Hands down. Right up there with The Imperial March. This entire song bleeds darkness, like an oncoming storm destined to wipe out an entire world. Magus is one of my favorite characters in all of videogames, and this song suits his brand of unstoppable rage. Black Rock, Omega Flare, this game's so wrapped up you can call him Senor Juego Burrito. Badass-squared. Proper.


Tetris (NES) - Music #3
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The most relaxing tune ever. I used to fall asleep to this tune as a child, watching my uncle wipe the floor with Pajitnov's classic godfather of the genre. Level 20, here we come.


Marble Madness - Stage 2
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Out of all of the classic tracks in this classic game (a Rare original!), this one sticks out the most. This stage always got me amped.


The Guardian Legend - Forest Labyrinth
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Jump to 4:29, sorry about the quality.
Another playthrough video, this time a tune from a game I previously wrote about for a Monthly Musing assignment back in September. This game has some of the best 8-bit music EVER, all-time, no-contest, don't-fuck-with-me-about-this EVER. If you never played it, with all due respect, slap the hell out of yourself and all of your friends. You're exempt if you're not from the 80's, but are no less guilty.



Gitaroo Man - The Legendary Theme
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Acoustic version.

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Electric version. And fucking amazing. From a fucking amazing game.


Zelda: ALTTP - Dark World Overworld Theme
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This song is burned forever into the deepest recesses of my cerebral crevasses. Say that motherfucker 5 times fast.


Street Fighter II - Ken Masters, Bitch!
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Dude owns a boat. Dude gets off of the boat, leaving the party on the boat to kick someone's ass. Dude, victorious, gets back onto the boat for drinks and hot chicks, leaving behind someone who just got their ass kicked staring at him leaving in all of his ass-kicking pimp glory. Who wouldn't want to be Ken?


[size=25]Radirgy - Ukiha Shopping Mall[/stage]
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This track is what got me interested in playing the game, actually. I saw a friend playing it (and I'm already a sucker for a good shmup) and heard this tune. Had to play just because of the happy tunes.


Rez - Creation/State Of Art
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This is my favorite stage in the game (stage 3). Play this game on a great TV with a great sound system, and you will actually feel the possible timelines of your life diverge, with the one where you never played this game becoming the life you never wanted to live.


ActRaiser - Fillmore, Act 1
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This shit gets me hyped every goddamn time I play this game. Without. Fail.


Project Justice - Seijyun Girls' High School Courtyard
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This song fucking rocks, if just for the break...wak a wak, awaaa wak a wak, awaaa...
Shit is serious, son. Project Justice fucking rules.


Street Fighter 4 - Sakura's Theme
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This is how all of the music of SF4 should have been. The stage music itself is just slightly above forgettable, but the work they did on the preexisting themes trump most of the work they've ever done.


Street Fighter 4 - Cammy's Theme
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ESPECIALLY this one. GODDAMN, this is soooo well done. Capcom needs to stick with this line of thought for SSF4. If they don't, I'm going to be quite cross indeed. Really, the only thing that is better than these efforts in Capcom's entire history is...


Mega Man 2 - Bubble Man Stage
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Don't fuck around and say that MM2 isn't the best in the series.
You'd be a liar, and only kidding yourself. For real. Stop hating.


Thanks for listening, thanks for commenting (if you've done so), and thanks for dtuning in.
It's been a great privilege hosting this week. I'll catch you all on the flip.

- EL   read


9:39 AM on 11.26.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 4

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving. Good luck to all on your attempts at turkey and pie genocide, as I will be doing my own irreparable damage to those groups very shortly.

However, I do have a responsibility, and I intend to uphold it.



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Alright. I've been waiting to drop this one on you all for a while. These guys are one of my all time, undisputed, favorite guilty pleasures. There is no other band out there that sound quite like they do, some groups could be counted as inspirations, but no other group can say that they copy their style down to the finest of details in any way, shape or form. They are their own style, their own kind. They are awesome beyond measure, and prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that music is, in fact, the most universal language we as human beings possess.

They are Bomb Factory. And they're here to kick your ass with the power of raw sound.



- EVERYDAY LEGEND TOURS THE JAPANESE BOMB FACTORY -



In the beginning, I heard this song:

Bomb Factory - Exciter
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This is the theme song for Tecmo's Dead Or Alive 2/DOA2 Hardcore. I remember picking this game up (not just for the boobs, but because I am a big Jeet Kune Do proponent, and Jann Lee is about the best representation of the style in a videogame) for the Sega Dreamcast and hearing this song tear my ears in half right on startup. That very day, I was out scouring the internet via whatever means I had at my disposal to find more music from this band named "Bomb Factory." I could only understand about half of what the lead singer was saying, but it didn't matter - the language of "rock your fucking face off" translated quite well enough.


Bomb Factory - Awaited Time
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I do a lot of things to Bomb Factory's music. Work, play, gym, mowing my lawn, games, driving (GOD, I LOVE DRIVING TO BOMB FACTORY), you name it, I'll do it to Bomb Factory's tunes, no complaints there. This one gets me particularly amped, and I have no real reason why. It's most likely something about the boundless energy in this song that gets me ready to do anything. This is one of my all-time favorite songs ever, regardless of band, genre or age.


Bomb Factory - Down
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Again, a song I could wreck faces to, no prob.


Bomb Factory - How Do You Feel?
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One of the few tracks I've heard by them that have primarily Japanese lyrics. If you haven't brushed up on any Nihongo lately, don't sweat it, as it's not like you need to understand what's actually being said. A lot of folks I've tried to introduce them to (100% of them American) complain that they couldn't figure out what Jun-Ya was saying. It's irrelevant at best, as you really can't figure out what's being said in American modern metal music anyway, at least these guys try to make a sound that isn't like amplified phlegm removal.


Bomb Factory - Viper
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One of their newer songs, and one of my favorites.


Bomb Factory - Break Up
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Live, in France. I wish they'd play the southeast coast of the US, I'd go see them without fail. I'd love to meet these guys, actually. From what I have heard, they're all pretty fluent in English, and I'd jump at the chance to ask them how they feel about what I've basically based this entry on - why these guys are as good as they are and yet can't seem to get a major foothold established in America, where they deserve to get some serious airplay, in my opinion. I know they've had a compilation released here in the States, but that sucker needs marketing push behind it to not get lost in the shuffle. Someone high up somewhere, anywhere, needs to start pimping this band out here. There's ears that deserve them.


Hopefully this has served three purposes: introduced the band to people who have never heard them (or heard of them), gotten folks who had heard of them to take a chance on them, and brought present fans of them on Dtoid out of the woodwork to start pushing them to people here. They're HUGE in Japan. They're pretty well-known in Europe. But here, the West Coast has about the only knowledge of their existence that I've noticed. Here on the East Coast there are precious few of us who pack our iPods full of Bomb Factory jams.

Maybe that'll change. A man can dream, right?

- EL

Coming up:

Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music   read


9:46 AM on 11.25.2009

dTunes: Everyday Legend's Week, Day 3

"Bad artists copy. Great artists steal."
- Pablo Picasso

That adage goes double for music.

In my eyes (ears?), any artist or band who seeks to remake a previous work of another artist/band should do two things:
1.) Take a preexisting tune and adhere strictly, nearly religiously strict to the feel and emotion of the original work, down to the most minute detail, and
2.) Do not merely copy, make it your own.
This is a very difficult line to straddle, as it means outright theft of a song and putting so much aftermarket stuff on it that it stands on its own as an original piece, or at least as strongly as an original piece would if it were an original recording. Many people cover great songs, and a majority of them fail in my eyes.

This entry is about those who didn't fail in the least.


- EVERYDAY LEGEND IS LOST UNDER THE COVERS -


Lazlo Bane - Overkill
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This song was originally done by Men At Work, an Austrailian outfit most popular for their songs "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under." Lazlo Bane is best known for their song "Superman," the theme from Scrubs.

Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
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This is one of the best covers I have ever heard. Hands down. David Byrne is called a genius for a fucking reason.

Van Halen - Pretty Woman
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This is a live version, because finding the video on YouTube outright sucks. However, these guys were in their damn prime in this recording, and it shows.


Deadsy - Tom Sawyer
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Not a big Deadsy fan. But this cover did it RIGHT.


Disturbed - Land Of Confusion
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Not a big fan of Disturbed, either. Too many instances of "rah" and "ah." In fact, I know of two covers they've done, and this is the only one that I'd say they really succeeded with.


Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
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Say what you will about this choice, but the fact remains: they did a damn good job of translating a Michael Jackson pop song to modern rock sensibilities. Any arguments are therefore rendered null and void. So there.


Ben Folds - Bitches Ain't Shit
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It's a shame that the last time I saw him live, he wouldn't play this song. A lot of people asked for it. The live video here proves why.

The (English) Beat - Tears Of A Clown
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Wow. Amazing cover of a soul classic by Smokey Robinson, done by a group highly regarded os one of the originators of ska as we know it today.

So, that's all for now. If I get a second shot at it, then I'll drop some other covers here for you all.
Smother all 'yall in them shits. Yeuh.
- EL

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