To my detriment, I am obsessed with niche titles, niche music, and even nicher hip hop remixes of niche video game music. It's a curse to want to dig this deep, but someone has to keep digging. Well maybe that person does not need to keep digging but you can't stop me so stop trying to stop me.
30 years ago, Konami released a game called Castlevania. The horror themed adventure game came out in Japan for the Famicom Disk System on September 26, 1986. This also means that the soundtrack, composed by James Banana AHEM i mean Kinuyo Yamashita, has also existed for 30 years! In my personal opinion, the finest waveforms to ever flow out of the NES' 2a03 sound chip.
Advance Wars is my game. The one series I constantly sing the praises of and attempt in vain to get my friends to try. I'd rank this series right alongside Zelda, Super Mario, Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country on my personal list all time great Nintendo series.
Even though I've been talking about 8 Bit Duane and the Amazing BrandO since 2008, it's been a long time since one of their albums has been in my album review periphery. To be plainly honest, I wasn't going to review this EP. I tend to review albums that could use my meager push, but D&B are killing it. Well, as killing it as you can be in this VGM niche. They don't need my help. OR SO I THOUGHT.
This is the latest, hottest, jazziest fire that Mello has dropped since, oh right, EarthBIG. When I think Mello couldn't hit me in the core of my nerd any harder than Nastlevania, he dedicates a full album to those surreal messages from the dudes at Williams Street, those classic Adult Swim bumps you'd read, and hear, between the various animated series.