'GAME OF THRONES' INTRO PLAYED ON AN NES KEYTAR
This all freaking kinds of amazing. It’s everything I didn’t know I needed and so much more.
This bodacious chiptune cover of the Game of Thrones soundtrack by YouTuber Theramin Hero is complete with delicious pulsating blips and bleeps, an 8-bit necktie from ThinkGeek, and frikkin’ lasers!

(via Engadget)

'GAME OF THRONES' INTRO PLAYED ON AN NES KEYTAR

This all freaking kinds of amazing. It’s everything I didn’t know I needed and so much more.

This bodacious chiptune cover of the Game of Thrones soundtrack by YouTuber Theramin Hero is complete with delicious pulsating blips and bleeps, an 8-bit necktie from ThinkGeek, and frikkin’ lasers!

(via Engadget)

THIS IS THE GREATEST INFOMERCIAL FOR A CHIPTUNE ALBUM THAT YOU WILL SEE ALL YEAR

STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH THIS VIDEO!

For the release of his album MAGICABIN, chip musician Bill Kiley put together this hilarious infomercial complete with customer testimonials, corporate buzzword jargon, and cutting edge 90’s stock footage.

Here’s one of the aforementioned testimonials:

"When i was a kid i always dreamed that one day Bill Kiley would release an album like MAGICABIN. Now that I’m an adult, I have NO DREAMS and the album isn’t that big of a deal to me anymore. I mean, I guess it’s cool."

Download the album here for the amazing price of pay-what-you-want!

RECORD STORE DAY GETS GEEKY WITH SCOTT PILGRIM AND GHOSTBUSTERS

Record Store Day is April 19th and the closer we get, the more info on exclusive releases trickles out. Sure, there’s plenty of cool stuff from all your favorite obscure indie bands or whatever (like a 5 LP set of LCD Soundsystem’s last show!), but what’s REALLY awesome is the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack featuring sexy tunes from Anamanaguchi. If that’s not enough awesomesauce to pour down your pants, there’s also a single of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. with the original song plus dance remixes, but more importantly, it glows in the motherfreaking dark.

Record Store Day is a way to celebrate and support independently owned record stores all over the world. Each year musicians release exclusive rare vinyls and, in a way, it’s kind of like collecting Pokémon. Check out the full list of releases announced so far here and be sure to check with your local record store to make sure they’re ordering that weird rare thing you want.

track I Want You Back
artist Ro-Bear

Chiptune Damage: The Jackson 5 Go 8-bit

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.

Like chiptunes? Live in the Philly area?
This month’s 8Static will take place on August 24th at Philamoca. The line-up includes Bubblyfish, Danimal Cannon, Boaconstructor, and visuals by CHiKA. Show up early for a workshop on cryptography by Brian Cohen of Restore the 4th and stick around for the 21+ after party down the street at the Institute bar for a set by Radlib.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Philly’s 8Static Festival which takes place from October 17 - 19.

Like chiptunes? Live in the Philly area?

This month’s 8Static will take place on August 24th at Philamoca. The line-up includes Bubblyfish, Danimal CannonBoaconstructor, and visuals by CHiKA. Show up early for a workshop on cryptography by Brian Cohen of Restore the 4th and stick around for the 21+ after party down the street at the Institute bar for a set by Radlib.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Philly’s 8Static Festival which takes place from October 17 - 19.

Weekend To-Do List

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Have an awesome weekend!

Chiptune Review: Volume = FF by Double Hex

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.

Hit the link for our review of Volume = FF.

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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.

Next, we get into some news stories from the week, take a chiptune break with the thunderously fuzzy sounds of Devil Sluts From Mars" by National Broadcast System, then it’s on to the main topic of this week’s show: Fanboyism & Brand Loyalty.

Tune in next week for our all new segment, Albotas Game Club, where we’ll be playing the first BioShock (some of us for the first time!) and talking about our experiences.

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments, Facebook, and Twitter!

Download the MP3 version of this episode and listen to it whenever you damn well please!

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.
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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.

Check it: More chiptune posts on Albotas
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VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH CHIPTUNE MUSICIAN RO-BEAR
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.
Check out the video below:

Check it: Ro-Bear's chiptune cover of "Believe" by CherBuy: Make chiptunes with Korg DS-10 Plus and LSDJ
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VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH CHIPTUNE MUSICIAN RO-BEAR

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.

Check out the video below:

Check it: Ro-Bear's chiptune cover of "Believe" by Cher
Buy: Make chiptunes with Korg DS-10 Plus and LSDJ
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Chiptune Damage: Ro-Bear Covers Cher At 8Static
Here’s a clip from last night’s 8Static event in Philly featuring Ro-Bear doing an epic LSDJ rendition of Cher’s “Do You Believe In Love?”.
WARNING! A huge sing-along approaches around the 3:09 mark.

Ro-Bear was rad enough to let us film a short Q&A segment which I’ll try and have up later this week. In the meantime, just keep re-watching the clip above and bobbing your nugget.
Check it: More chiptunes posts on AlbotasBuy: Make your own chiptunes with Korg DS-10

Chiptune Damage: Ro-Bear Covers Cher At 8Static

Here’s a clip from last night’s 8Static event in Philly featuring Ro-Bear doing an epic LSDJ rendition of Cher’s “Do You Believe In Love?”.

WARNING! A huge sing-along approaches around the 3:09 mark.

Ro-Bear was rad enough to let us film a short Q&A segment which I’ll try and have up later this week. In the meantime, just keep re-watching the clip above and bobbing your nugget.

Check it: More chiptunes posts on Albotas
Buy: Make your own chiptunes with Korg DS-10
Learn to Make Chiptunes Vol. 1
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. 
However, we no longer have that excuse with this nifty zine by Nick Maynard from Kitsch-Bent and Rochester Chip. If you are at all interested, then you should probably pick this up as soon as you can as the last batch sold out in a single day.
Also, if you are needing a needing a new Gameboy, check out what Kitsch-Bent has in stock!
Now I have no excuses to someday be performing at 8Static.
Check It: More Chiptunes at AlbotasBuy It: How to Make Chiptunes Vol. 1

Learn to Make Chiptunes Vol. 1

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. 

However, we no longer have that excuse with this nifty zine by Nick Maynard from Kitsch-Bent and Rochester Chip. If you are at all interested, then you should probably pick this up as soon as you can as the last batch sold out in a single day.

Also, if you are needing a needing a new Gameboy, check out what Kitsch-Bent has in stock!

Now I have no excuses to someday be performing at 8Static.

Check It: More Chiptunes at Albotas
Buy It: How to Make Chiptunes Vol. 1
Philly’s 8Static Lineup February 9, 2013
Do you live in the Philadelphia area? Are you into chip music? Then you need to get your buns over to PhilaMOCA on February 9th for an evening of blippity-bloopity rowdy goodness.
The lineup consists of Doomcloud, Ro-Bear, Ricky Brugal, and Cutman, formerly known as VGM remix artist DJ Cutman, debuting a set of all new original material. Coming all the way from Seattle will be Guybrush on visuals.
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.

Philly’s 8Static Lineup February 9, 2013

Do you live in the Philadelphia area? Are you into chip music? Then you need to get your buns over to PhilaMOCA on February 9th for an evening of blippity-bloopity rowdy goodness.

The lineup consists of Doomcloud, Ro-Bear, Ricky Brugal, and Cutman, formerly known as VGM remix artist DJ Cutman, debuting a set of all new original material. Coming all the way from Seattle will be Guybrush on visuals.

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.

Jay Z + Chrono Trigger = Chrono Jigga
The music of Jay Z and Chrono Trigger are together at last! Check out the song "Ignorant Scene" (A machup of Jay Z’s “Ignorant Shit” and “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger) by 2 Mello below.

If that’s not your cup of Earl Grey, here’s the Ghostbusters theme mashed up with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

Jay Z + Chrono Trigger = Chrono Jigga

The music of Jay Z and Chrono Trigger are together at last! Check out the song "Ignorant Scene" (A machup of Jay Z’s “Ignorant Shit” and “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger) by 2 Mello below.

If that’s not your cup of Earl Grey, here’s the Ghostbusters theme mashed up with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

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.
Dear Anamanaguchi,
Hire a lawyer, get paid, take over the world with your rock.

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.

Dear Anamanaguchi,

Hire a lawyer, get paid, take over the world with your rock.

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