Little Big Gaga

25 11 2009


Not only can Little Big Planet be used to recreate childhood gaming favorites like Duck Hunt or Contra, but it’s got plenty of sack love for modern music too. Like Lady Gaga. Which is good, because it gives me an excuse to draw your attention to this cute-ified machinema port of Bad Romance. Read the rest of this entry »


Review: Anamanaguchi – Dawn Metropolis

7 10 2009


Chiptune music, video game-inspired music in general, has always been faced with the stigma of its seemingly nerdy origins; even its name sounds cold and alien to those who fear the large amount of buttons on a Wii remote. Telling your friends that you hop on YouTube and listen to the Duck Tales NES music or YMCK’s Pictobits remixes has never fallen inside the realm of mainstream understanding; it’s more of a clique thing, really, something that only appeals to those who’ve spent all too much of their time conquering Dr. Wiley’s nefarious bots.

If none of these references are making any sense to you, I’d like to welcome you to my point.

But retro and 8-bit, like so many other relics of the 80s, are making a comeback, one whose impact can be felt all throughout gaming’s digital download services and brings with it a little bleed-over into popular art and music. Enter Anamanaguchi. Read the rest of this entry »

For Girl Talk, bigger isn’t always better

3 09 2009

Girl Talk

It’s hard to agree with those that lament their favorite lesser-known musicians for “selling out;” the quality of their work rarely takes a hit, nor should the listener’s emotional connection be impacted if more of their non-indie peers pay attention.

Alas, watching Gregg Gillis’ performance at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest this past Sunday makes you wonder if those naysayers are on to something after all. Read the rest of this entry »