In this dispatch: Chiptunes, Goth/Darkwave/Industrial, Local Scenster Rock.
So I’m a fan of weird music. There’s a whole scene of people making music from old Game Boys, Ataries, etc. Chiptunes/8bit/videohack, whatever you wanna call it, I love it. If you don’t know 8bitpeoples, you should. They have a couple new releases that I’m listening to RIGHT NOW.
80s Metal, funnelled through an Atari, a drum set and a Marshall Amp – oh yes. Recorded live in London, I’m digging the over-the-top lyrical stylings (which are STRAIGHT FROM HELL) with the bleep bleeps. Get it for free here.
More “traditional” (if thats an appropriate word), this is the right blend of dance and bleep for my sensabilities. Some chiptunes are a little too far off in videogame land for me to really enjoy for more than about a minute; some, such as this album, involve sexy dance beats and mix in the rawk. So, check this out if that’s up your ally. Download for free here.
I became aware of Ego Likeness through Kyle Cassidy’s LJ, and they are an awesome goth/industrial/darkwave/trip-hop kind of outfit with fantastic vocal structure. And I was really excited a couple of weeks ago, because on their website they had a directory of free songs to download, so I snagged about 20 songs from their various albums and have been listening to them non-stop. No worries, I plan to invest in some disc realsoonnow, but it appears that the domain has tragicially expired! Well, they are still easy to check out on MySpace, and I’ll keep checking to see if the website comes back up soon. If not, maybe I’ll shoot them an email and see if they mind me hosting those free songs, cuz they really are worth hearing. Who knows.
LOCAL SCENESTER ROCK
My buddy Brian is in this band called Cure For Static. I have lots of friends in bands, but I usually don’t pimp them unless (a) I think they’re good and (b) they are being smart about promoting themselves – and these guys are both, so thats cool! You can check them out on MySpace, of course, but they are also offering the digital version of their 5-song EP Higher Ground on CDBaby for $1.00. I invested that measly buck, and it’s totally worth it. It’s a tight recording, with a kind of mid-90s alternative vibe infused with more recent indie/pop hooks and sensabilities. Also, it’s the kind of music to which you can dance with girls while listening. So, check out the 1$ EP on CDBaby, if you wanna support a solid local act.