If you couldn’t make it to 8Static Fest in Philly, you missed Ro-Bear's performance of “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. But don’t worry! He’s uploaded the jam into the digital ether of the Internet so that I can be consumed and digested by the earholes of all.
If you dig that, be sure to check out our video interview with Ro-Bear HERE and this clip of him covering Cher’s “Believe” at 8Static in Philly a few months back HERE.
Play:The Last of Us and Earthbound. One is a PS3 post-apocalyptic survival horror/stealth/action game that critics are praising as one of the best games of this console generation. The other is a Wii U Virtual Console download of the quirky SNES retro RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release in some form or another for years. Interestingly, both of these games start off with you playing as kids who have been awoken in the middle of the night due to a strange unnatural occurrence.
Read:The Last Policeman by Dan H. Winters. “What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.” This is the first in a trilogy and it’s already been optioned as a TV show. The sequel, Countdown City, just dropped a few days ago and looks to be just as bananas as the first one.
Watch:Pacific Rim. Fan favorite Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget love letter to giant robots and Kaiju monsters. Sadly, this flick didn’t stack up against -of all things- family comedy Grown-Ups 2. Hopefully it takes number one this weekend and restores our faith in humanity.
Listen:Volume = FF by Double Hex. Boston based chiptune artist does chiptune covers of songs by local Boston bands and even shares the profits with them from the record sales. Preview the 4-track EP on Bandcamp where you can buy it for just $4.
Volume = FF is a chiptune cover EP by Double Hex featuring songs from five Boston-based indie bands. Double Hex has the blessings of all of the bands featured on the EP and will be sharing all profits with those bands.
A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast Episode 2: Fanboyism & Brand Loyalty
Join Albotas.com’s brownkidd, Marc DeAngelis, Brown Jon, and their righteous bro, Dwayne Days as they
This week we kicks things off with a segment all about what we’re each into at the moment. Topics vary from Animal Crossing and Last of Us to Magic the Gathering and an obscure region free Japanese shmup for the Xbox 360.
Anamanaguchi Playing Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Monday, June 17
Chiptune darlings Anamanaguchi will inch the chip music scene a bit closer to the mainstream radar when they bring their 8-bit-infused rock and roll sounds to the Late Night stage. Set your DVRs.
I first heard of these guys maybe six or seven years ago and it’s insane to see how far they’ve come. After lending their sounds to a few video game soundtracks, playing PAX a few years back, and then having Disney steal one of their songs for a mobile game, it’s awesome to watch these dudes get bigger and better year after year.
Ro-Bear was gracious enough to brave the icy February wind chill during Philly’s 8Static to speak with us about how he got into chiptunes, his chip pop/rap group Kill3r Whale, and where he sees the chipmusic scene going in the future.
If you are anything like me, you’ve probably messed around with making chiptunes before. Again, if you are like me, you’ve probably quit after a few hours of messing around on your Gameboy or hacked PSP with LSDJ.
There’ll also be an after-party upstairs at the Institute Bar with music by DJ Cutman and all 8Static attendees get 10% off their tab!
You can pay any amount you choose between $7 and $10 to get into the show. If you pay $10, you’ll get a sweet exclusive sticker for being rad. RSVP on 8Static’s Facebook event page and be sure to keep on eye on 8static.com for upcoming shows.
Disney Blatantly Rips Off Chiptune Group Anamanaguchi
Anamanaguchi has lent their blippity-bloopity chip-punk sounds to games like Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game and Bit.Trip Runner, but one game that they DIDN’T lend their sound to is Disney’s PIXL’D. But that didn’t stop whoever made PIXL’D’s soundtrack.
Check out Anamanaguchi’s “Jetpack Blues Sunset Hues” below.
And now check out the trailer for Disney’s PIXEL’D app.
Once word of this whackness got out, Anamanaguchi supporters were quick to voice their disapproval on Disney’s YouTube channel, which Disney was quick to delete. Classy global corporations are classy.
Hire a lawyer, get paid, take over the world with your rock.
[Chiptune Damage] Watch This Dude Play His Game Boy Over Skrillex, Rick Astley, & Carly Rae Jepsen
Chiptune musician Superpowerless recently kicked off a new YouTube channel which he describes as “purely for inappropriately gameboy soloing all the way through every song ever.” Describing this dude as “awesome” would be an understatement. Plus, he has really good hair and a dreamy accent.
If the Skrillex choonage up top didn’t wet your whistle, check out some Game Boy soloing over “Never Gonna’ Give You Up” and “Call Me Maybe” below.
And if that still isn’t enough, check out this rad video for Superpowerless’ song “Wasted My Time” that was funded by MTV and Vodaphone back in 2009 when he won their Fast Track competition.
[Chiptune Damage] Game Boys Are Sooo Mainstream. Pianocade Makes Chiptunes A Little Bit More Awesome
The Pianocade takes chiptuning to a whole new level by combining a standard piano key layout with arcade buttons and a joystick. It’s fully customizable, works with 5-pin or USB midi, and is completely open source. You can even wear it on a guitar strap for added freshness!
The Pianocade comes in three delicious flavors: One Octave ($250CDN), Two Octaves ($325CDN), and if you feel like getting your hands dirty and building your own, the electronics only kid is just $100CDN. Pre-order here.
Check out some videos of the Pianocade in bleepybloopy action below.