Do the chip with NLFM

5 05 2010

My snazzy podcast over at Nintendo Life dedicated to the best in chip and game music, NLFM, has been going strong for about five episodes now and it already feels different than when it began. Of course, when those episodes are a month apart, there’s plenty of time to grow.

It’s still a cobbled together operation in a way, thanks to my trusty Rock Band mic and handheld pop shield, but so far we’ve covered some pretty great ground. Not only has it seen its very own holiday episode, but we’ve had Norwegian retro rockers Datarock on as well as Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games, who is behind the excellent Bit.Trip series on WiiWare. During his guest stint he revealed first details about Bit.Trip Runner, a pretty nice get for a show in its infancy.

Basically, I’m proud of the show and think that if you haven’t checked it out already then you damn well should if you have even a passing interest in video games and their music. Or just music, for that matter.

There are some great things in store, so stay tuned!





Cruisin’ USA wasn’t all bad

9 11 2009

There are few redeeming factors that Cruisin’ USA has going for it, but the arcade racer will always have a special place in my heart for this tune alone. That and the bug-splatter parts. I know, I’m very mature.

What’s your game music guilty pleasure?





Lego Rock Band: The Best On DS

7 11 2009

I’ve spent a good amount of time with the diminutive DS release of Lego Rock Band and came away thoroughly impressed. It’s a nice return to form of the Amplitude/Frequency style of music game and as such it’s probably the best of the multi-platform attack.

Few licensed games make as good a use of their source material as Lego Rock Band. The Danish toy line may at first seem like a bizarre match for the series, but it’s a charming fit that those who have ever built a plastic pirate ship can’t help but smile over.

Sound too gushing? Check out my full review for why.





David Bowie Goes Minifig

7 10 2009

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Bowie has had a lot of looks over his long and fabled career, so it’s no surprise to see that he’s got yet another one in the pipes.

Blocks.

The man who defies definition will be joining Iggy Pop in the upcoming family-friendly Lego Rock Band as a playable little guy  during his included track “Let’s Dance,” fittingly decked out in period-correct attire.

Yet another reason to look forward to this one.





Review: Anamanaguchi – Dawn Metropolis

7 10 2009

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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 »





Late to the Party: Maskinen – Alla Som Inte Dansar

5 10 2009

This track is a few years old by now I suppose, but I didn’t come across it until this past summer when it randomly appeared on my brother’s iPod and got my head bopping.

It’s a pretty ridiculous tune and one that probably wouldn’t have the same humor associated with calling non-dancers “rapists” if it was in English. But hey, it’s not and damn if it isn’t dancey.





The most metal of Metroids

29 09 2009

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When I caught up with the members of Metroid Metal for a story on Nintendo Life, I asked each member I spoke to what he thought was the most “metal” of all Metroids.

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