Naxat attax! The Killing Jape is now available for those interested in deadly pranks and pleasant drapes. A great album to listen to while fighting aliens in various otherworldly locales until you fall in love with an alien 'woman' who eventually rescues you from dying in the desert of an uncharted planet.
Netlabel Concatenation Records is back with a new all star compilation of artists from The Shizz Minibosses boards. That album is an indescribably epic 25 track collection of chiptune music brought to you by the dozens of incredible musicians who inhabit The Shizz, and goes by the quite clever name of A Chip off the Shizz Block. As with some prior releases, A Chip Off the Shizz Block is another compilation that is using all donations to contribute toward the MAGFest fund to help many a shizzie make their way to the hallowed halls of MAGFest this January.
The album is available in both digital as well as physical form. The 320kbps MP3 files will run you a minimum $5 donation, whilst the fancy pressed copy will only set you back a meager $8 ($9 Canada, $10 Worldwide). Oh man that's about 32 cents per song! Let's see iTunes beat that price! Not to mention that they are all quality arrangements. From Shnabubula's jazz infused Virtigo to Alex Mauer's fast paced I Guess Your Face Fell Off. Not to mention temp sound solutions' grimey A New Dawn, and even chiptune star Neil Baldwin with his adventurous tune Trapped. That is just a mere handful of the quality tracks on display here. I plan on discussing them in greater length soon as this is an impressive album which I would certainly like to expound on further.
Finally, I hope you are sufficiently prepared to have your own face fall off at the amazing full track list I am including below!
01. MetalBishop - Famiclone Beatdown
02. M-H - Welcome To...
03. Mystic Nova - Fury of the Cyborg
04. bucky - The Exorcist (Final Area BGM)
05. Disasterphase - Ascend
06. temp sound solutions - A New Dawn
07. virt - Turbonugget
08. Wizwars - Fly Away
09. Phlogiston - I Was in the War, Damnit!
10. Zio and TEH LOLZ - Soul Snob
11. Norrin Radd - A Barrage of Hostile Abstractions
12. Alex Mauer - I Guess Your Face Fell Off
13. cacomistle - Blue, Brown, Pink, Grey
14. Alex Atchley - RUFFTRADE
15. Bit_Rat - Sunbeam
16. Prizmatic Spray - Desert Dilemma
17. temp sound solutions - Psionic Blast
18. RushJet1 - Boss9
19. Norrin Radd - Paradoxes Are Unveiled
20. Bit_Rat - Gimmick
21. Mystic Nova - Aerosaga
22. optomon - Hysteria
23. Shnabubula - virtigo
24. Neil Baldwin - Trapped
25. virt - Sorcerors Battle
Alex Atchley comes at us with a new release via Naxat. The EP is tree tunnel and is four free to download tracks of amazing music. I know I say this with a lot of albums, but this one truly deserves a listen for the incredible musicianship and ideas at work over these four songs. While you are hopefully hitting the link to download the album, let's get an in depth look at this album here.
The EP kicks off with the synth rocking letsdothis. The synths add a space frontier feel to the song but the strong drums keep the rock feel cemented through out the track. Slowing down near the middle, the piece changes course a bit before dying out in a fit of feedback. The song has an adventurous explorer type feel, as if traversing the world, or even new, unconquered worlds, all with the excitement and learning of the newness of it all. The title says it best of this brave young interstellar adventurer, "Let's do this."
This kicks right into the atmospheric good weather, an amazing song that would fit into any amazing SNES RPG, save for the really kicking drums. And this is not to mention the incredible vocals of one Jane Vincent from Baltimore based band abiku. The song kicks off with drums, which leads into adventurous synths, as if you were traversing a great range of mountains, along with the emotional vocals that create quite a harrowing experience. This reaches a glitchy experience toward the center which makes great use of the vocals and music together. The song leads out with the repetition of "good weather, and a glitched out breaking down of the music. At first you would think the vocals might not meld well with the high powerful vocals, but do so very well, and makes this song tie with the final track for favorite song on this EP.
From the looming mountains of good weather we are lead to the deep underground of tunnel song, the third and lengthiest track on the album. The intro starts out on the slow side, with long sweeping notes, but once more riffs come in you start to get a great build up, and once the drums burst in you are once again rocking out. With drum fills and leading guitar like chiptunes the song reaches an anthemic tone. Once we hit the middle of the track though, we change gears with some hard thumps which lead into a rather ominous fill as if we are going deeper and deeper into this tunnel the title speaks of. This once again breaks down into some crazy drums and strong tones. By the last minute we are being lead back out of this dark tunnel of sounds at full speed. The dramatic swell at the end interrupted by the chipped out outro leads one to believe that we successfully explored and escaped this forbidden tunnel.
The closing track, gallerix, starts out with a catchy chip pattern, which leads to the very foreboding body of the song, which is reminiscent of games like Metroid. The somber track is the type that one would imagine when remembering the apocalyptic end of a world. Dry, desolate, and devoid of any signs of life. The tones are grave yet nostalgic, like longing for something long gone. The song slowly shifts and turns throughout, but never lifts it's veil of otherwordly distress, even as we reach the end of the song, hoping for that upbeat conclusion, it never comes. The song leaves you quietly pondering the harsh reality of the world in this final piece of tree tunnel.
One must simply experience this album for themselves to hear and imagine the highs and the lows that can be gleaned from this stellar release. Once again, you can download it at Naxat's official site for free. I truly hope this ep is merely a taste of the amazing and varied sounds to come. I will end this piece with Naxat's own liner notes for this ep.
the tree tunnel e.p. is 13 minutes of pure melody that is influenced by a variety of musical genres such as: chiptune, synth-pop, shoegaze, and anthemic progressive rock.
all music composed by alex atchley using a variety of softwares such as little sound dj, modplug tracker and fruity loops. it includes a passionate and terrifying vocal performance by jane vincent of baltimore’s abiku, on a re-imagining of their tune “good weather”.
this e.p. is being released as a free online download as two of these songs have been in circulation in the chiptune community for some time, and as a way to relaunch the naxat project once again after a year of silence. video representations are forthcoming.
I am very happy to announce volume 1 in a series of 5 song "mixtapes" from GM4A. The series is called Hey! Listen! and asks you to do just that! The goal of these mixtapes is to introduce you to bands, musicians, and artists who you may have never discovered otherwise. These are amazing folks who deserve recognition and I hope to help them out with that the best I can from this humble corner of the internet. Each volume will include five bands as well as an up and coming artist providing the cover art. Our first collection includes songs from seal of quality, Chiptots, Lumine Hall, Alex Atchley, and Tanuki Suit Riot, and the amazing cover is brought to us by Sasha Palacio.
In RAR file | In ZIP file
Track listing and artwork:
1. seal of quality - woodman + bubbleman
2. Lumine Hall - Take My Heart, Take My Hand
3. Chiptots - Galleno
4. Alex Atchley - Escape Pod
5. Tanuki Suit Riot - Mega Man Master Spark Mandrill
About the artwork:
The woman on the cover is named Haiku, Sasha gives this story about her
"Haiku's Story: Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Haiku is a High School senior, gamer, anime fan, and artist. Her Father is a wealthy art collector and once famous Artist himself before his stroke. Her Mother is a beautiful Poet and had named Haiku after the beautiful Japanese form of poetry. Haiku's name held beauty, strength, and deep meaning. Haiku does have a deeper meaning, little does she know, she's the reincarnation of the famous High Priestess that guards the gates to Heaven."
Thank you to everyone who downloads this album, I hope it gets you to find out more about these fantastic musicians and our amazing album cover artist. Thanks to my friends who gave me feedback on the album. Thanks to Alex Atchley for hosting the album on Hotdog Storm. And of course thanks to everyone who contributed to this first mixtape, and look out for volume 2 coming soon!
How many times has Ducktales melted your face off with it's extreme metal? If your answer is less than 100, then it's because you haven't listened to the new Year 200X album 100 times like I did! The album, We Are Error, is available now on their myspace page for only ten bucks! As stated before I have been listening to it a ton, and it is more than worth the purchase. Also the album has awesome special guests Alex Atchley and Housethegrate, two other very fine musicians. Well hurry up and order the album! Classy track listing is below.
Mega Man 3 (intro by Alex Atchley) - Title Theme
Ducktales - The Moon
Life Force - Level 1 - Level 6 - Boss Music - Level 3
Bad Dudes - Level 2
Ghosts N Goblins - Intro - Level 1
Journey to Silius (feat. housethegrate) - Title Theme - Level 1 - Level 2
Metal Gear - Jungle Theme
Castlevania III - The Beginning
Ninja Gaiden II - Intro
Contra - Jungle - Base - Waterfall - Snowfield - Alien's Lair
River City Ransom - Boss Theme
Mega Man 2 - Title Theme
Zelda II - Title Theme - Battle - Fairy Theme (A Link to the Past) - Palace
I feel pretty bad about not announcing this the day it was released. Not only because it is some damn fine listening. But the proper awesome Alex Atchley is the man behind Hotdog Storm, the place which so kindly hosts all our media and asks nothing in return. He's sort of like a MIDI Jesus. Anyway, he recently released the sequel to Gaiden: Savage II, and it is called Alex Atchley GAIDEN II: The MIDI Wars, and you can download it at Alex Atchley's site!
Definitely give the new album a listen! And be sure to check out all his other stuff on his site as well!
Alex Atchley, owner of hotdogstorm.com, one man member of the Alex Atchley Experience, and doer of things most awesome, has decided to put together a concert this summer in Texas! Here he is for all of the details.
My name is Alex Atchley, I run Hotdogstorm.com! I'm putting together a show in the DFW area of Texas on July 26th. So far, the venue is TBA, but I have a few places in mind that would probably host such an event! So far I only have one confirmed act, the dynamic duo, 1-800 Zombie is going to play, with other acts TBA both local and out of town.
If you would like to attend, please do! If you want to perform let me know at alexatch at hotdogstorm dot com send me all pertinent info and a link to your music. Both local and out of town acts will be considered! Hope to hear from you soon! This is going to be a big event, and I'm proud to be putting it together!