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April 13, 2016 | 22:41 | Written by: snake911

As a companion piece for the UEP Systems feature, I uploaded the soundtrack to Rising ZAN. It’s an awesome OST that has some great electronic tracks in it. These were recorded from the game itself running on a PS2. This was my first time recording a game soundtrack and I learned a lot. But enough jibber jabber, just listen!

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Video Killed the Radio Star

January 22, 2016 | 20:10 | Written by: snake911

I’m a bit late posting this, but all y’all need to checkout last week’s episode of Pre-Flight which showcases nearly a dozen animated music videos. I knew some of Gill’s picks, but all of Jason’s were new to me with the exception of one. It’s an hour of awesome which I highly recommend.

This is the January 15th episode, so you still got a week to view it before they pull it from the website.

[UPDATE – 1/31]
Since the episode isn't available anymore, here’s the list of music videos that were shown; with links to view them included!

Show Review
Daft Punk - Interstella 5555 (they showed "Aerodynamic")

Gill's picks
Kanye West - "Heartless"
Pearl Jam - "Do the Evolution"
a-ha - "Take On Me"

Jason's picks
Is Tropical - "The Greeks"
Junior Senior - "Move Your Feet"
Tool - "Sober"

Music videos Jason worked on
J Dilla - "Nothing Like This"
Killer Mike - "Reagan"

Adult Swim Facebook Top 5 Animated Music Vids
Gorillaz- "Feel Good Inc,"
a-ha - "Take On Me"
Blockhead - "The Music Scene"
Daft Punk - Interstella 5555
Pearl Jam - "Do the Evolution"

Toonami Facebook Top 5 Animated Music Vids
Daft Punk - Interstella 5555
Gorillaz - "On Melancholy Hill"
Linkin Park - "Breaking The Habit"
Korn - "Freak On a Leash"
Kanye West - "Heartless"

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Echoes of 2015

January 12, 2016 | 19:54 | Written by: snake911

Another year, another list of music I have for you to check out. And for once both Bonobo and TOKiMONSTA didn’t make the list for 2015. *gasp*

ODESZA - "All We Need" (ft. Shy Girls) Remix by Robert DeLong
JimiJames - "Movie"
Lapalux - "Don't Mean A Thing"
Jamie xx - "Girl"
Funkin Matt - "Rapture"
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - "You Know You Like It" Remix by Tchami
Alpine - "Up For Air"
ZHU - "Hold Up, Wait a Minute"
What So Not - "Gemini" (ft. George Maple)
ODESZA - "Light" (ft. Little Dragon)

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Zeitgeist

October 15, 2015 | 22:10 | Written by: snake911

What’s up with everyone all of a sudden talking about Ginuwine? To be honest, I didn’t know who he was until a few weeks ago, but I did know of his hit song “Pony” from 1996, which popped into my head. But I didn’t know what the name of the track was, too. Thank goodness for Google and its autocomplete, because all I had to search by was the part of the song that sounds like a burping noise. And it looks like I’m not the only one who uses that as a searching method because it’s the first phrase that appears in the autocomplete.

A few days ago “Pony” was playing on the news just before they went to a commercial, then I heard it on the radio, and then Giant Bomb mentioned the song as well on the Bombcast. So now in the spirit of helping this flashback get to the masses, let me assist by having you listen to this track and having it get stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.

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In da Best Buy

July 14, 2015 | 20:02 | Written by: snake911

Yesterday I heard the news headline that rapper 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy. At first I thought he was in the same boat as MC Hammer where he kept spending money until he was flat broke. But later on I heard the whole story where he’s not really out of money and it’s more of a strategy to keep his businesses operating while he resolves a court issue.

But until I heard the whole story, I was confused as to why he was filing for bankruptcy. How could someone with so many businesses with so much money flowing in from all directions run out of cash?

This caused me to remember the first time I heard of 50 Cent. I was at a Best Buy looking to get a copy of the dumb hexagonal shaped boxset for the .hack//Sign anime, which came with the first DVD volume, a plush Grunty, the soundtrack (?), and a shirt. While walking through the music aisles to get to the DVD section, a Best Buy employee was walking around with a sheet of paper taped to the back of his shirt that read something like “we’re out of 50 Cent (so don’t ask).” Not really into rap music, I was ignorant of the wildly popular release of his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin', so I’m guessing the store must have ran out of stock of that album quickly and then he was constantly being annoyed by everyone asking him if they had any copies left in stock; thus going to the length of taping a stupid piece of paper to his back letting everyone know of their inventory situation.

Shortly after I would be very familiar with 50 Cent, as his music would be played constantly everywhere for the months following. But whenever there’s something in the news regarding 50 Cent, I always think of that Best Buy employee, walking around the store with that sign taped to his back.

The End

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Belated, but ok

April 12, 2015 | 22:34 | Written by: snake911

My 2014 playlist has a late entry. Normally I don’t add anymore tracks to my annual playlists once the year is over, but this song is sooo good I had to make an acception. “The Charade” from D'Angelo and The Vanguard is an incredible track from the album Black Messiah that was released in the later half of December.

It caught me with its slow paced R&B beat and D'Angelo’s soft spoken, kind of slurred singing. It’s a well arranged track with a good balance of singing and instrumental only parts. The guitar and bass add a warm harmony to the track while his lyrics include a political message -- which I guess was very relevant with all that happened domestically in the US in 2014. The drums and claps tie things together well and song has a nice intro and unwinds so nicely at the end that it makes me want to turn the repeat on.

This is the only song I listened to from Black Messiah, but from the reviews I’ve read, the whole album is worth listening to. If this one track is a representation of the entire album, then I’m in for 11 more musical treats.

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