Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! The more years fly by every moment with my family is more and more special. Not just family but friends, loved ones too. It slowly becomes more and more clear that we are all variations on the same person/genetics/relations and it leads to things like time loops and cycles. I hang out with my niece and it is like hanging out with my brother again when we were kids. What I'm saying is life is like some kind of intertwining Bach piece or something, layers of harmony resulting from absolute chaos, and when we see or hear a pattern it is pleasing and often sublime.
I like Thanksgiving as an American Folk Tradition, and one of the few left in existence. Christmas is there but is a capitalist beast that seems to take all the consumerist aspects in like a black hole at the end of the year. Thanksgiving isn't exactly corporate. You could say it's consumerist but try to find anything that ISN'T in society these days. All it requires is a state of mind, maybe some reflection, some friends or family, and some food. The Native Americans opened their hearts to help the pilgrims and it's cool it is THIS spirit that is remembered today. The spiritual truth revolving at the Event Horizon of New Years Eve is that from now on there is a need to help others and reflect on how good you personally may have it and maybe try and give something back. Thinking beyond oneself is not just an arcane esoteric truth buried in religions the world over, it's a practical example of how to be a good Human Being Traveler on Spaceship Earth.\
If Mario is the Beatles and Zelda is the Rolling Stones then Castlevania is the Velvet Underground of video games. Typical of games coming out of Japan, it takes non-dogmatic view of world religious history, introducing characters and monsters and concepts from many different cultures and mashing them up into something very unique. The unique monsters in Castlevania games can number in the hundreds, evolving into the kind of zoological/tactical bestiaries that were kept in medieval times by men of science (by the way back then science was called "magic"). These undead creatures reside in gothic horror atmsopheres of castles, clock towers, graveyards, underground caverns, great cathedrals, etc. Symphony of the Night was a unique entry in the series as the entire game took place inside a single castle, presenting the most spectacular experience of Impossible Architecture one could hope for. It's a shame that video games gave up 2d for 3d because this is easily one of the most beautiful games ever made.
Here I've presented my first-ever Let's Play, which was prompted when I finally verified my youtube account and wanted to test and see if I really could upload videos that were hours-long. They are presented without commentary, so if you like this kind of thing, enjoy!Let's Play Symphony of the Night LUCK MODE 1/3 Beating the game in 1 hour
Flaming Lips have an album out of Beatles covers, many of which have this noise that they have cultivated (and have been working towards really their whole career or at least since Ronald Jones played guitar). It's this orchestral, overblown electronic mishmash of rock and pop and chaotic compositional techniques. Ten years ago I started Dust Bunnies, an Atlanta band who played shoe gaze-inspired covers of Beatles and Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen. The main inspiration was a specific heartbreak plus the slowed-down wall of sound approach from 90s noise rock bands like Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized. The Flaming Lips were a huge influence on me as well-Zaireeka in particular. The first time I ever played a show with Atlanta musicians was in Athens for a Zaireeka listening party. The show featured most of the original members of the Black Lips.
Anyways they were a big influence. I mainly got into them through "Bad Days" on the Batman Forever soundtrack, then Clouds Taste Metallic and Transmissions.... I found almost all of their 90s CDs used at a record store in Gwinnett and was in love with those albums. Their show at the Masquerade in 1999 was a life-changing experience, making me buy a theremin like the one I saw Cornelius play (covering "Love Me Tender" by Elvis).
I enjoyed the new Beatles comp the Flaming Lips did but parts of it feel like lousy performances just edited together in a cool way. Some of the singing is really shitty. All the keyboard stuff and orchestration is amazing. I don't think I'll listen to this more than once cos you are honestly better off listening to Hit to Death in the Future Head. My favorite Lips is still the early 90s wall of guitars punk stuff.
So here's another song I came up with while recording something else ("Clover"), and it's called "Gotta East Some Rats". Actually maybe it should just be called "Rats". I'm really bad at naming songs and don't know if "Gotta Eat Some Rats" looks stupid and like something you wouldn't want to hear or not. I am too close to this song, which is something that happens when I work on some artistic endeavor.
At first it started out an exercise in some droney punk mantra driven by drum machine, like a Suicide song or something, but based on the videogame Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. In the game you are a stealth spy infiltrating jungle bases in some alternate universe Cold War of 1964. To survive you have to kill and eat fauna such as snakes, rats, goats, toads, etc. I came up with a middle 8 Lite that sounded a little like T-Rex when I played it back with vocals recorded. Anyways check it out. Like everything else I do it is underwritten and a little sloppy, yet well-recorded and somewhat structured, and kind of meandering into some psychedelic droney guitar ending.
The bit where I say "rrrrrrrrats" in a couple different voices at once was inspired by an old musical colleague of mine, Phiiliip, who had a cool noise track called "Jizz Rats" on his album "Pet Cancer". Phiiliip is BRILLIANT and his albums are basically if Syd Barrett had come out of retirement in the 90s and joined Beck's band for Odelay.
Check out my full album (which is 19 songs in and still growing) at Bandcamp
I wrote this song recently in the living room, just improvising the melody and singing about things in the room. Once I added some drums cut up from Phantasy Star IV (1993 for Sega Genesis) it quickly became clear that this should be a 90s Britpop-style shoegazey dance track. So that's sort of what I was going for here. I did mean to do a lot more to this recording but I always over-produce things so listened to it today and it sounded good enough to want to put on the album. So hope you enjoy it! Remember, new Dust Bunnies (2xLP) coming out Halloween!
A long time ago I was in a chiptune band called Super Madrigal Brothers, started in 2001 by Scottish musician/author Momus. I made a really cool website called www.supermadrigalbros.com, which you can still see via the web archive. It's a pretty amazing trip back in time for me. Includes lots of graphics cribbed from Castlevania and other games, plus an omnichord-powered minigame thing where you can sweep some Super Mario Bros. 3 stars to play a minor key electronic thing.
You won't believe this one weird trick and it's 2005 again!
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