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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Gorillaz “Humility”

JB + 2D!?

JB + 2D!?

Hey, Gorillaz came out with a new music video last week! Jack Black is in it! Take a look-see here:

So a few things: Jack Black appears in this video but does not actually play any of the music or sing any of the lyrics in the audio. Also, Murdoch has been replaced by Ace, a member of the Gangrene Gang from PowerPuff Girls. For serious! Take a look-see here:

Still playing with balls.

Still playing with balls.

Anyhoo, “Humility” is a preview from their upcoming new album, The Now Now. Didn’t Gorillaz just come out with an album last year? I’ve fallen behind!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Friday, 1 June 2018

“Of the Month” June 2018

Video Game/Toy of the Month:

Nintendo Labo

The intricacy and artistry of these cardboard creations is astonishing, but it really probably shouldn’t be. These are A-level Nintendo products, after all. They were made with the same care and attention to detail that produced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. I have a special joy with Nintendo Labo, though, in that I have a four-year-old daughter and we have been constructing and playing with these machines together. It at times seems like this is specifically what Labo was intended to do; get parents and their kids playing together:

Full disclosure: we’ve only built the bug/car, fishing rod, and piano so far. Maybe the house and the motorcycle completely suck donkey poop? But somehow I doubt it.

I’m also excited to dive into the visual programming language that’s hidden inside to see what can be done with it. You know, in all of my spare time…

Videos of the Month:

The Video Game Reviews of Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers is one of the many contributors to Kotaku.com, a video game news/reviews websieyte. He seems pretty innocuous at first, until you start to watch his videos. He has some of the most fascinatingly idiosyncratic and hilarious video game reviews I’ve ever watched. You can watch a whole playlist of his videos rightchea:

I just love the way he titles his reviews, too. Here are some gems:

  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Is Goofier Than A Cotton Candy Sandwich”
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Is Like Doing Your Taxes On The Moon”
  • Golf Story Is Almost The Seinfeld Of Video Games”
  • “Nine Terrible Reasons To Hate Super Mario Odyssey, If You’re A Monster”

So to recap: if you’d like to drink a lake of cackling freak blood, look no further than Tim Rogers. He was born stupid, but he will not die hungry.

Card Game of the Month:

RobotLab

A deceptively simple card game: You start with a solid-color robot body, and you try to play five extremities (two legs, to arms, and one head) of the same color onto it to complete it. But the other players can play differently-colored extremities on your robot body (and you the same to theirs), and you can’t win if your robot isn’t all the same color! You can play cards that remove extremities, but oftentimes other players will be able to remove extremities at the same time, so you have to be careful you’re not opening up too many opportunities for your opponents at the same time. Do you build your robot or block another player? Do you remove a green arm from your red robot, knowing that the yellow robot can remove a blue leg at the same time? It’s still a nicely-paced game; even with the strategy, it never feels bogged down.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 4 May 2018

TONIGHT! The Gentlemen of Leisure are Gonna Leisure It Up in Seattle!

See? They're listed first!

See? They’re listed first!

Remember on Wednesday when I mentioned that Warren Dunes was having a show tonight (Friday), but I wasn’t going to go to it because I was going to a different musics show? No? Oh, well, this is the show that I’m a-gonna go to instead:

Details:
Gentlemen of Leisure, Christa Says Yay, The Harper Conspiracy
Friday, May 4th 9:00 PM
@ Blue Moon Tavern
712 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105 (map)
$8, 21+

So if’n you’re a-gonna go to this show tonight, then I’m a-gonna see you there!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: The Debut of “Come Find Me” by Warren Dunes

You Know These Guys

These guys again!?

Warren Dunes feat. Julia Massey are releasing a new single at a single-release show this Friday. But you can listen to it here before then if’n it pleases ye:

Oh, that single-release show? Here is the info:

Details:
Warren Dunes / Dweller on the Hill / Mirror Ferrari (Barboza event)
Friday, May 4th 7:00 PM
@ Barboza
925 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122 (map)
$10 (Adv) $12 (Door), 21+

Show Show Show!

Show Show Show!

Oddly enough, I will not be seeing you at this show. I’m going to be going to a different show in a different part of Seattle that very night! More on that tomorrow…

(Via KEXP)

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening “Pleasure:” Two New Trevor Peach Albums!

Described as “unhealthily pessimistic,” “morbidly morose,” and “crestfallen in the downtrodden extreme,” Trevor Peach has been writing and performing music since 2004, recording mixtapes for close friends, only recently releasing his entire discography online via Bandcamp.

Well, just a few days ago he surprised us all by releasing not one, but TWO albums!

The first is very punnily-named When In Art, Make Doubt, which Trevor recorded with the Foregone Conclusions backup band. It is 13 brand-new tracks that you can (and should?) listen to the whole thing RIGHTCHEA:

The second album, Wordless Speechless Voiceless, is an anthology of music created between 2014 and 2018, remastered without lyrics. So basically Karaoke versions of FIFTY-TWO FRIKKIN’ Trevor Peach songs so that you can “entertain” your friends by singing to them. In all seriousness, though, it sometimes gets lost in all the overwrought lyrics, but listening to the instrumental versions of Trevor’s songs reminds you that he is actually a rather exceptional guitarist… when he isn’t morosely strumming the same 5 chords in the same rhythm over and over again for three minutes.

There you have it. “Enjoy” these new musics!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

“Of the Month” April 2018

Comic Book of the Month:

Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force

Aside from having one of the greatest names in the history of entertainment, Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force is a thoroughly entertaining pastiche (not parody) of late-70s, early-80s low-budget action “extravaganzas.” Mike Tanner’s script pairs with Łukasz Kowalczuk’s skate-punk b&w art style to create something that is at once exactly as it should be and completely unique. This book was a Kickstarter project, so I’m not sure how to get your hands on it now if you missed out on that other than to find Mike or Łukasz at conventions (maybe Mike can hop into the comments to let us know?).

Instagrammer of the Month:

@dana_dooodles

My pal Dana (who was at one time a recurring villain in Fools Play Improv) started a drawing-a-day project in 2018, and it has consistently been one of my favorite Instagram accounts since then. Some real gems have emerged in that time:

I don't believe in astrology.

I don’t believe in astrology.

Believe in Yourself.

Believe in Yourself – Follow Your Dreams (I want this on a T-shirt SO BAD).

Pokemon I Invented.

Pokemon I Invented.

Website of the Month:

Botnik Studios

Botnik at its core is a predictive text generator. You input a source of text (for example: every single script for Star Trek: The Next Generation), then you start typing and Botnik will give suggestions as to what word you should enter, and what words should come after that (much like your average text message app). I used Botnik combined with a random-number generator to make my H.P. Lovecraft Halloween Posts last year. Well, I’m not the only person using it, and Botnik Studios compiles some of the best of this machine-assisted content generation. And they make me laugh SO HARD. Like these:

Script for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Script for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

They also have a YouTube channel, where they make things that have been scripted by the Botnik generator.

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: E=MC Hawking

e=MC Hawking

e=MC Hawking

You probably heard that renowned science guy Stephen Hawking passed away a couple of weeks ago. Yes, he was incredibly influential, and yes, he helped shed light on just how mind-screamingly WEIRD our universe is. But today I’m paying tribute to his biggest contribution to the world: his body of music as a dope MC.

Here is Stephen Hawking as MC Hawking with “e=MC Hawking”

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.