Sunday, August 31, 2008

The 8-Bit Revolution...

Through the course of this blog I've done music or music related posts because, well, it's a music blog. But another passion even pre-dating music is video games. Geeky? Nerdy? Fuck that! Fun? Entertaining? Fuck Yeah!

I had been debating doing this before the blog derailed during the summer, but now that things are back on track and the fall looms in the next month(s) (well, in places not named the Southern Western US) here's some fun for all of those sitting at home times- or, if you're a laptop toting type (like me) you can put this on the PC and the laptop and have it for when you're stuck somewhere.

This is a pretty big collection of original NES games (over 300 last time I checked) and two Emulators (JNES and FCE Ultra - I Reccomend FCE). A lot of these were tracked down and converted by the awesome gentleman over at The Old Computer (who also has a wide variety of old games and/or emulators from various systems).

I personally reccomend the FCE as its more compatible with modern use and most importantly, a computer controller. I use the Logitech dual controller similar to this:

and it works nicely for this (and my other Emulators- N64, NES, Sega, Coleco Vision, etc.).

NES Emulator/ROMS (Download)

Some Other Useful links:

The Old Computer (lots of Roms and some Emulators)
The Emulator Zone (Tons of Emulators & info.)
Emulator (wiki page)
ROM Image (wiki page)
NES Wiki (for old times sake)

Enjoy, more may follow

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A few weeks ago, local label Glory Kid Records released their newest record, Glory Kid #010 - a split 12inch release between So. Cal. locals Restrained and Nor. Cal. faves The Separation.

The record hits on all levels possible.

Sonically it attacks you.

Lyrically it engages you.

Emotionally it moves you.

Coming forward in an all out Hardcore Punk explosion you get two up and coming California bands who play on the heavier side of the punk sound and they deliver a lot of ideas to give you pause and reason to think.

This isn't a review of the record, this is an introduction. And all introductions need a good sample, so do yourself a huge favor, download and give the two tracks a good listen. Check out the bands' respective myspace pages for more songs & buy the record already.

Not that it should be THE selling point, but the packaging is great too, with silk screened covers (custom artwork from Andrew Gomez IV), and it comes with a booklet & digital download of the record.

Glory Kid Records /// Restrained /// The Separation

Restrained / Separation Split 2-song Sampler (download)

Friday, August 29, 2008

"This first song is called Neanderthal Convention and Fuck white power!"

To say anything other than I loved and still love Over My Dead Body would be a horrid understatement. From the first time I heard "Be There" to the last show, I enjoyed every moment of as many OMDB shows I possibly could. Other than Faded Grey, there probably wasn't another band I loved seeing more during that same time in the early 2000's. Energy, anger, fun, Straight Edge (blatantly but not ignorantly)- the band made shows a lot more fun for me again.

As such, my return to music posting is a live set of theirs that was recorded at the old Showcase Theatre in Corona, Ca. on May 19, 2001. Straight from the soundboard to the tape which i then recorded to mp3's. All that energy, banter, and fun of an Over My Dead Body show. Enjoy!

Over My Dead Body - "Live: May 19, 2001 :: Showcase Theatre / Corona, Ca" (download)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Swear I'm Not Dead

I know its been too long.

Camp always messes me up.

Lots of other stuff, but I've been promptly yelled at.

Last time it took Chris, now it's Andy.

Here's to finishing at least one thing I start... slowly.