the-inbetween posts categorized as Music

Crystal Castles vs Creative Commons

Remember that time I wrote about the then new Crystal Castles album? My semi-review came from the perspective of someone familiar with the chiptune sound and annoyed by all the Pitchforkerati buzz proclaiming it “innovative.” I objected to those proclamations but, essentially, raved about the music itself and, essentially, admired Crystal Castles‘ nonchalance to the scene. They weren’t of the scene but they were of the same pop-culture zeitgeist, having grown up with 8-bit videogames, that created that scene. Synchronicity…

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Justice – “Stress”

French electro-hipsters Justice recently released a new video for their track “Stress”. [hi-res video link] It lives up to the title. The video follows a gang of banlieue thugs as they go on a rampage across the city. It’s violent and uncompromising, likely to never be seen on TV on this side of the Atlantic, and, to no one’s surprise, already quite controversial. In some ways, it’s a very condensed version of La Haine [trailer]. On a superficial level, the…

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Chiptunes vs Crystal Castles

As a final addendum to my post on Crystal Castles, I present: Crystal Castles – Crimewave (8-bit cover) Yes, somebody did a pure chiptune remix of Crystal Castles. I love it; it’s so meta. A lo-fi 8-bit remix of a song that, itself, was a lo-fi remix of a song. At this point, I expect and hope that somebody brings down the bits even more and remixes the 8-bit version using Monotone.

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Crystal Castles vs Chiptunes

Edit (May 5, 08): Hey, it turns out Crystal Castles are thieving bastards and full of shit. Read more. Crystal Castles is the latest buzz-making indie band to emerge out of Toronto, which has been a relative hotbed of cool independent (and post-independent) music. It’s a scene that has spawned the likes of MSTRKRFT, Holy Fuck and, before them, Death From Above 1979 and Broken Social Scene and the multitudes of artists connected to them in every conceivable way (like…

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Szomorú Vasárnap

The ubiquity of YouTube is a wonderful thing. For every one four million view video on the site there’s another forty thousand videos with a hundred views each. This, as Alex Juhasz [1]calls it, “niche-tube” exists below the radar of YouTube’s popularity and is often a treasure trove of weird and specific videos that only appeal to small subset of people. Some of it is prime research material. Take “Gloomy Sunday” for example. The so called “Hungarian Suicide Song”, which…

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Two Piece Rock Band

Well, I finally jumped on the Rock Band tourbus. Partly because I’m just about done with Burnout Paradise and partly because it was overdue and partly because the disc (not the complete package) can be had for cheap and partly because the latest downloadable content releases were “March of the Pigs” and “Perfect Drug” by NIN (in time for the new digitally distrubuted album release). I am enjoying it — so much more than Guitar Hero 3 — but I…

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Legion of Rock Stars

YouTube is a treasure trove of cover artists, remixers, parodies, mash-ups and everything else. On occasion you might hit the jack-pot and find a hidden gem amidst all the usual quality content. Something that transcends bad. Legion of rock stars, as can be found in fibbocs video channel, is one such stand-out. It’s a “cover band” that does such lousy job with the source material that it becomes oddly hilarious. And it’s a mother lode: there’s 178 of these videos.…

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My Favourite Music of 07

I’m not generally the most up to date with new releases. Some of my favourite and most played albums of this year came out last year (hell, one of them came out in 1969.) Out of the 2007 releases that I did manage to catch, for whatever reason, the top five stand-outs are: Somatik – Learning the Colours. I think I was reading reviews for Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (one of those 2006 albums) when I came across a beyond jazz…

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E4 Obsessiveness

I was reading some of the criticism of Every Extend Extra Extreme and the bulk of it consists of: it’s too easy, too repetitive and too long. I don’t dispute that; it really is. As I was reading those I realized that for nearly the last hour I had one song playing on repeat over and over again*. When it comes to music I like I tend to be obsessive compulsive about it. If I like it, I like it…

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Every Extend Extra Extreme

That mouthful of a title is Q? Entertainment‘s latest XBox Live Arcade game, Every Extend Extra Extreme. It’s essentially a re-imagining of the PSP Every Extend Extra which was a re-working of the freeware title Every Extend, a huge favourite of mine. The PSP version was great in that it provided a nice, portable version of that favourite but I found the new additions to be lacking. I never really got into anything beyond the Classic mode. There was this…

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Mario Paint Music

In the middle of a long four player Bomberman ’93 battle, the topic of conversation turned to music. Specifically, the Bomberman battle theme. All things considered, it was a decent, catchy tune but after more than twenty consecutive repeats it was getting tiresome and complaint worthy. For reasons I forget, somewhere in that talk I brought up The Advantage, the greatest of the NES cover bands. I discovered that the idea of a rock band playing nothing but NES songs…

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Video Unavailable

I was browsing my “Music videos” playlist on YouTube the other day and I was amazed at the number of dead videos. LARGE image follows.

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In the mean time

Though you probably never would have noticed, I had been without my main computer for almost three weeks. Computers can do a lot of things, but dealing with static electricity is not one of them. I don’t know what it is about this new apartment, maybe the radiators?, but this place is a static death zone. It was a minor, somewhat painful, nuisance for a couple of weeks before it erupted into full bore irritation. I was plugging in my…

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