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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Is Playin' Around

PATREON UPDATES!

OK! So, I'm finally getting some momentum on this month's song, and I'm liking how it's turning out. So my missing Dominaria song is going to be May's Patreon song.

For June, there's a couple things in the pan, but I want that project to be a "Sell Out" album, where I try to compose over video games and take on whatever goes on SongTrader.

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STATUS QUO RADIO PLAYMATS ON SALE VIA INKED GAMING!


Status Quo Radio Playmat

I will have some over stock available on my Bandcamp, but those are limited in supply. I also pan on having my Dino Hunter MD Playmat up on Inked Gaming as well. 

JAM OF THE WEEK: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino


Wow, this is really a music video for the internet age: Using a unique hook to draw the viewer in, and has plenty of small details open to interpretation that become clear on multiple repeats. I want to go back and listen to Childish Gamino's other songs!

Let me just go on YouTube to get the embed code and-
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JAM OF THE WEEK TAKE TWO: "Redbone" by Childish Gambino



OK, this is another Childish Gambino that hasn't been memed to the point of diluting the original. It's a soothing, calming blanket I can wrap my self up in at night.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Tries To Keep It Together

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!

New job is REALLY kicking my ass. That, combined with me not being as into Magic as I used to be has made this new song difficult. I'll still finish it and I have plenty of other songs in the pocket.I have a very taxing job, both physically and mentally, so when I come home I find it difficult to work on music. There's this thing called "Spoon Theory" that KIND OF reflects how I've been feeling. For however much I've been slacking, sanity, stability and my day job have to come first.

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One thing I proposed doing for next month's (June) Patreon is to do a smaller album of shorter songs that are designed to get me work, whether it's game music or whatever's popping on SongTradr. I have WAY more songs on my plate, as well as 10th Anniversary Album stuff to do, but doing smaller, more manageable projects will keep me more sane and on schedule.

3000 BRIGADE: MUSHROOM HIGH RULES!

The video of last November's 3000 Brigade Performance is now available!

YOU might think it's a funny show full of sexy jokes, sexy violence and sexy dancing with all of your favorite characters from all across video games and pop culture, buuuuut.... It is. It really is, screw my anxiety making me think I looked dumb.

Anyway, here's a trip to THE GUN SHOW (photo courtesy of Ben Badger):

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FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 11


WARNING: SPOILERS

WOW what a ride. I figured it would end the way it did, since Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Time Dilema ended in a similar way with "Oh yeah, the world ended and we're all keeping you here for reasons". Junko's monologues went on for way to long, and it got boring after a while, striding into downright annoying with all the voice changes. Still, despite the plot getting both ridiculously full of holes, yet still predictable, it still kept me going to the next week.

Hopefully DR2 improves on a lot of stuff while cutting a lot of the fat (HANGMAN'S GAMBIT!!! BULLET TIME BATTLE!!! WHY YOU SO USELESS?!?!?!?)

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix)" by N.E.R.D.

As far as I'm concerned, this is the definitie version of this song. YEAH IT'S FROM SSX 3, I'M DOING THAT AGAIN.

The original version of "Rock Star" was more subtle and a really nice lick, but it was a little too repetitive, broken up by the drum stings that distract more than add variety. Jason Nevins turns everything WAY THE HELL UP, and adds way more variety with little additions in the productions, varying the guitar pattern a little and dropping everything out at juuuuust the right point so that when everything feels like it SLAMS back.

It's in regular rotation in my workout mix.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Status- OK, I've Been Doing Jack Shit Since SSX 3 is on Backward Compatible

LET'S GET IT OUT OF THE WAY RIGHT NOW:
JAM OF THE WEEK: "Hypersonic" by Jane's Addiction


This song has missed Jam Of The Week for this long? HOW? At first, "Hypersonic" sounds like an anomoly in Jane's Addiction's catalog, since it has a lot more "Dancey" elements to it, and heavily features synths, but it does fit in with the manic energy of "Stop!" and the spaciness of "Mountain Song". "Hypersonic" combines the two in a way that just works so well.

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SSX 3 is really good with using it's soundtrack, unafraid to chop up a song and mess around with it. Most notably, the song will fade out to the drum and bass parts of the song, phasing ever so slightly, only to come back in full force when you land an impressive trick. The song will also go to the bridge or a quieter part of the song when you enter a tunnel, bursting back into the last chorus before the song ends. It all flows together in to create a dynamic experience with minimal "clunk".

DINO HUNTER MD: STREAMABRATION!
Dino Hunter MD is an internet series I did with some friends of mine from my Alma Mater, Stony Brook University. It's about an anesthesiologist that fights dinosaurs. It's really dumb, and I got my start there in acting and music.

This Saturday, at 8 PM EST, I'm going to stream the entire series, play some of the songs, and you all can join me on Discord and riff on it through the magic of Twitch!

TWITCH:
http://twitch.tv/rhythmbstrd/

DISCORD:
https://discord.gg/uEEs9Ak

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 9


Sakura really is the best girl.

Also, Monokuma's "PUHUHU KILL EACH OTHER! PUHUHU!" schtick wearing more and more thin as the students gain more and more resolve is one of the high points of the game. Like he's all set to be this dictatorial badass and all the students are going like "Fuck off, nerd!"

I'm on the VERGE of figuring out what's going on here, and all of my theories have been flipped around or debunked.

Except for one.

Monokuma represents capitalism.
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He's dismantled after the students resolve to not play his game, representing the working class abandoning the "game" and seek to escape its clutches. There's an article that actually shares a lot of the sentiment that I do. (WARNING: SPOILERS!)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Status Quo Gets By With A Little Help From Its Friends

I MISSED LAST WEEK BECAUSE I WAS PAX EAST
 
All of The Echo Chamber (from L to R: me, The Ozone, Arcanon, Mystakin and Weff).

Oh God, so much happened over that weekend, so I'll just copy some stuff over from my Twitter Thread on it:
-Smack Talk Showdown/FUNEmployed:
So, it used to be that EVERY party game was trying to rip off Cards Against Humanity, which ripped off Apples to Apples.


I am thoroughly sick of Cards Against Humanity. Too much of it relies on the card being funny, the jokes don't work on everybody, and you'll always have one asshole going "OH COME ON! THAT WAS SO FUNNY!" Apples to Apples abstracts thinngs a little bit, since you can't rely on throwing down MIDGETS SHITTING IN A BUCKET LOL.

Smack Talk Showdown and FUNEmployed require you to actually be funny, and use your wits. With Smack Talk Showdown, you cut a wrestling promo with a set up, and have to deal with "Smack" cards that you need to include. FUNEmployed makes you take 4 seemingly random cards and have to present a coherent presentation on why you should get the job.

-Beat 'Em Ups Are BAAAACK! AND ALL THREE OF THEM ARE DIFFERENT?
1. Raging Justice- What's Different?
A unique art style gives the appeance that all of the characters are rotoscoped clay models, like Mortal Kombat makes DKC. Also has objectives where you can arrest certain perps for bonus points.

2. Streets Ablaze- What's different?
Full 3D characters, environmental hazards and a neat little effect that shows off your "finishing moves"

3. The Take Over- What's Different?
Made in conjunction with Matt of Super Best Friends Play, this has full 3D environments, and GUNS. Most importantly though, it has Haggar Dropkicks. MAtt's a fan of the genre, so I know he and the team will do it justice.


-Sentinels Of Freedom:
I love the Sentinel Comics verse, and I'm really glad this game is coming out.


 So far everything "fits" the tone and gameplay of the original Sentinels Of The Multiverse, and creating my own charachter only seems like an added bonus. Who knows? My they'll make me enjoy playing as Fanatic!


FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 8


Now we're getting into the good shit. The Manly Stanley joins me on this episode, and we talk about Zero Escape, Ace Attorney and my Danganronpa Theories. Like I mentioned, I'm going to try another game after this one before going to the sequel.

Hopefully he can join me in future episodes!

JAM OF THE WEEK: Danganronpa Menu Music

Because it's baller and I've never featured it before.