So Megatwerp and Xoc have gotten the guys together, and released one of the craziest albums in chiptunes and VGM. Book II Touch of Max Nerds brings together folks from all walks of VGM life and rocks it out something hard! Seventeen tracks with more awesome bands, groups, and artists than I can list. Definitely an album that every VGM lover needs in their arsenal of music. Download the album for the price of free right now at megatwerp.com!
Mega Twerp, the awesome video game music netlabel is now back online! The site has undergone a redesign and, as well as being home to artists such as lutin, Electro Static Discharge, Disastertron, Phlogiston and Spheres of Chaos, the new release from Player Two is now available from MT.
Here's a blurb from the site which explains the Mega Twerp ethos:
"Sometime in the year 200x our history was lost. We are still searching for it. All we can tell you is that we bring you a great selection of Video Game Music. Every "Sub-Genre" is welcome to this site wether you like chiptunes, theme remixes and covers, video game metal, progressive, IDM-style, chip and bass, chip hop, pop, and even bebop. You get the picture. We think there are too many of these "Sub-Genres" and thought it'd be great to have all these styles under on totally awesome netlabel!"
Go, go, go!
If you're into video game music you'll probably be familiar with the concept of netlabels. Netlabels are usually online music labels or catalogues which distribute and promote music, often for free. Some of the most prominent VGM netlabels are 8bitpeoples, Betamod and Mega Twerp. It can be hard to keep track of releases made by the multitude of netlabels, but a site called bleepwatch is willing to do this for you. Calling itself the netlabel blog, bleepwatch makes a post every time a new netlabel release is made. The site covers mainly electronic music, but there is a specific chiptune section. Check it out!
Spamtron and his "dewds" put together a music video for the song Badicality. It has copyright infringemint all over it, but who cares. Awesome is awesome. The song is from Spamtron and Electro Static Discharge's album entitled Triple Screen and is available over at the currently under construction Megatwerp. It's a free download so don't miss out!
Two HUGE concerts this weekend as well. We’ll start off in New York, New York where the MASSIVE
is being held from November 30th-December 3rd. We’ll let them explain.
“THE TANK and 8BITPEOPLES are pleased to present the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools. Familiar devices are pushed in new directions with startling results — Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Game Boys roaring with futuristic floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melody, art-damaged Sega hardware generating fluctuating and abstracted video patterns — and that's only the beginning. An exploration of the chiptune idiom and its close relatives, the Blip Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the history of the form, and will include daily workshops, art installations, and nightly music performances boasting an international roster larger and more far-reaching than any previous event of its kind. Small sounds at large scales pushed to the limit at high volumes — the Blip Festival is an unprecedented event that is not to be missed.” -
The list of performers must be seen to be believed. So if you are in New York DO NOT MISS IT. Also, if you are there let us know how it went (especially with plenty of footage and photos!)
The next big concert is happening over here on the west coast in Los Angeles, CA.
is throwing a big show of their own this Saturday, December 2nd. A good amount of electronic and VG inspired musicians will be in attendance including good pal
will also be in attendance at the Data Age show so we hope to see you there!
One more thing. The Minibosses are having an eBay auction which includes a cornucopia of goods to benefit Child’s Play. The bid is pretty high right now but it is all for the children so give it a look. And of course donate what you can to Child’s Play!
So much news to catch up on, let’s get some out of the way now shall we?
Joey Mariano AKA Animal Style has released a new album under the pseudonym of Tachyon Pistol. The album, titled Reso-Rubbish is available for $8 plus $2 S&H. [UPDATE: download free at filefreakout.com. 11/24/2014] You can order the album, as well as get free downloads of some of the tracks at both the Animal Style and Tachyon Pistol sites. This album includes 14 tracks from Joey Mariano and he also states “I am sorry about this not being an Animal Style album.”
Pixelh8 also has a new album out called Videogames Ruined My Life. “The long awaited 14-track album, which melted two laptops in the process, took two commodore 64's, one 48k spectrum, one nes, one snes, five gameboys, several kids toys and keyboards, countless yards of wire and solder to make. Available To Listen To And Buy From My Page
Lots Of Love, Pixelh8”
There is a very interesting new site up that I wanted to mention, they are known as Plopbox. I think they explain their site better than I can. So here’s what they say about it.
“Plopbox is a kind of jukebox which plays tunes created in the 80-90 on machines like C64, Atari, Amiga, PC and others. You can browse in the archive and clicking on a tune will play it. New tunes, submitted by the users, are added everyday by our admins.
When you have your account, you can use plopbox to manage your own playlist and choose exactly the tunes you want to hear. You will have access to other playlists and can use filters on these. The applet will play the list you selected and plopbox will behave like a web radio.
We're working on more content to offer you the best oldschool experience.”
Bandit Train has a new song called Battle Field for download at his site. Tanooki Rebirth has a new song on his site to listen to. My Parent’s Favorite Music also has a Minibosses remix on their site for download called Make Sense.
Spheres of Chaos have released their first album this past Friday the 13th. The self-titled album is ten tracks long, and you can purchase the album through their official site, or a free download through Megatwerp. Track List below.
3. Save The City
4. Impaled On Spikes
8. Desert Torque
9. Space March
10. Bounty Hunter
Chequered Records have also released a new EP from Temp Sound Solutions recently. Isolated Warrior EP is up for download free and consists of eight songs. TSS is also hard at work on his new album Now Youre Playing With Powar 6. With over 100 songs spanning 2 discs he certainly has his work cut out for him.
Also be sure to check out the info for the new Blip Festival. More news on that as we get it.
8 Bit Bandit has just released four new tracks for free download on his myspace site including tracks like Pogo and Keep the Salsa Fresh. Very good stuff. Also keep an eye out for his new collaboration with Dumfoundead The Super Barrio Bros. EP.
Two new albums coming our way from 8bitpeoples. Anamanaguchi’s new 7 track album Power Supply has come out recently. Also Vim’s Extended Loo Break also coming in at 7 tracks. Both are free downloads so check them out.
One more note, check out the events section, we just updated it today with some new shows! Also don’t forget VGL!
Dataage has a big show coming up in San Francisco, Ca. It will include two rooms full of music as well as art by Nanospore and others.
ArcadeComa has a new song entitled Killing Time. Entertainment System has two new tracks for download. Both live recordings from 8 Bit Genocide, Tetris and Arkanoid. Elijah B. Torn has his album Sarge Shukar Rough for sale on iTunes. Pholigiston also has two new songs up Aim for Justice! and Insert. Sabrepulse has two of his albums, Famicom Connection and the Terra Ep, both available free for download on his site.
More Metroid anniversary news, check out the Magfest Magfestroid shirt which you can pick up at cafepress for $20.
Finally, if your nerd music experience doesn’t start or end with video games, definitely check out VAUNT! VAUNT! This Portland, Oregon based site is all about nerd rock, VGM included.
The Good Nintentions Cosplay Ball is tonight! With bands Entertainment System, Chromelodeon, Temp Sound Solutions, and Geist. This is what ES had to say about the show, “Otakon was great last year, but this year they didn't want band acts at the con. We're throwing a concert on the Friday of the con so all the awesome people that saw us last year can still come out and rock this year. What an amazing line up, opening we have the J-pop power punk of annapolis natives Geist, next our good pal Temp Sound Solution, which will be followed by the non-stop video game rock'n'roll of ES, then as if that was'nt alread ythe most awesome thing you ever heard of CHROMELODEON from Philly is closing with a mind bending explosion of sound and light! this show is taking place only a few blocks from the convention center and it should be one to remember. if you're not from the area and have any questions about the venue and getting there, feel free to message us.”
If you are in or near Vienna, Virginia, tonight Play! A Videogame Symphony is coming to your town at the Wolf Trap Filene Center. For you folks in Chicago, Illinois this Saturday Video Games Live is in your town occupying the Rosemont Theatre.
Artist Elijah B. Torn is playing this Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sunday night in New York, New York. Check out his site for more info.
2. Painting with Grey Matter
MegaTwerp is also sending some music our way in the form of an album from Elegant Men. This duo consists of musicians Spookmeister C and Spamtron. The album, Elegance, is going for $6 (this is with shipping included). It consists of 12 genre spanning songs and clocks in at near thirty minutes. Track List is as follows.
1. Vincent Price
2. Gary Busey
3. James Brown
4. Charles Bronson
5. Phil Collins
6. John Travolta
7. Moe, Larry, and Curly
8. Christopher Walken
9. Charlton Heston
10. Tim Curry
11. Bruce Campbell
12. Elegant Woman
But that’s not it! “Using samples from Elegance along with other sources, Spamtron has created some remixes and original compositions and even some covers that blend perfectly (in my eyes) together. I tend to chime in every now and then, but it's mostly Spamtron's thing. This one is a lil bit more laid back, but don't let it catch you off guard. I really enjoy this one, and hopefully you all will, too. - Spookmeister C”
Yes, along with the Album Elegance, several chiptune artists have decided to remix several tracks of the album, and decided to call this remix album, Elegant Dudes. This album will come free for those who order the Elegance album. It consists of 12 Tracks and is 23 minutes in length.
8 Bit Weapon has released his album, Vaporware Soundtracks 2.0, in Amoeba Records in Hollywood for $9.99. So if you are in Hollywood, stop by Amoeba Records and pick it up.
New tracks coming down the pipe from typeA and Super Dracula, head on over to their sites to listen in.
Canadian chiptunist Lutin also has a new track, At the Bottom of the Lake, up from his forthcoming album being released October 6th on Megatwerp. Lutin also has a split EP in the works with artist WHARF. Lutin says about the upcoming split, “it looks to be an epic audio battle for the ages: think cotton-candy chiptune pop meets circuit bent land mines. ” The split is being released through magic swamp and will be available on CDR mini.
Chiptune artists 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer are currently working on starting a new chiptunes label/ video game company named “Floppypop” and even plan on releasing a new game for the commodore 64 next year!
VGM label Megatwerp are currently working on new albums and CDR’s. More news on that to come.
Artist The Skeleton has released a new album entitled “I Want To Eat My Pikachu” and you can go to his site and contact him to order.
Track listing is as follows:
1. I Want To Eat My Pikachu
3. Skate or Die!!
4. Dead Baby (In My Laundry Basket)
5. Jolt Party!!!!
6. Katamari Damacy
7. Fruit Snack Attack!!
8. Double Dragon
9. Can’t Get Up
And finally, Artist Syntax Cataract has a new song up entitled “Gilles de Rais” on his site, so head over there and check that out.