NEWEST TRACK!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Status Quo Sunday IS GOING TO MOMOCON MOFOS!

MOMOCON! 

It's HAPPENING! AHHHH!!!

Remember, the show is at 4 PM in the Omni International Room.

I still need to determine what other panels I'm going to, but I'll be there! Even Thursday has looked really exciting!


JAM OF THE WEEK: "Canary In A Coal Mine" by The Police


OK, I only picked this because I JUST found out that it's very possible Zenyatta from Overwatch was named after a Police album, Zenyatta Mondatta.

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Zenyatta is one of the playable heroes in Overwatch.

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Mondatta was the Omnic Monk who was assassinated in the "Alive" short.


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We all caught up? Good.

I never associate The Police with words like "Happy" or "Upbeat", but it turns out The Police can turn out a good summer jam, eh? "Canary In A Coal Mine" is a fast paced reggae song about someone who's a hypocondriac. It's not deep or difficult to play, it's an enjoyable song from a band I usually associate with more dour fare.

"Don't Stand So Close To Me", the lead track off the album sets kind of a downer tone for the rest of Zenyatta, which is prime Florida Driving Music. Also the rest of the album isn't about pedophilia, which is good.

RICK AND MORTY IS SOME GOOD STUFF

Shocker, right? Imagine if Futurama went more toward the "Twilight Zone", where it's not so much "ALL THE FEELS!", but more like "Let's play around with this concept for 30 minutes and see how far we can take it. For all the WACKY SCIENCE ADVENTURES!, there's this really sad undercurrent to everything. My favorite episodes are where Morty wants to save someone and ends up killing thousands in the process and I always like B-plots focusing on Morty's parent's terrible marriage.

The thing is, you see all of these memes and catchphrases that pop up from the show like "Get Schwitfty", "Wuba Lubba Dub Dub!" and "I'M MR. MESEEKS!" and you see them on T-shirts from Hot Topic and shouted at cons, but those are within the first 5 minutes as the launchpad for the rest of the episode.

It's streaming on Hulu and Adult Swim, so check it out!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Status Quo Sunday STARTS A REVOLUTION

LESS THAN 20 DAYS UNTIL MOMOCON!

NEW SONG! "AETHER REVOLT"

Mostly what prompted me to finish this was God-Bird's really good cover that I photoshopped to hell.




Most of this was written back in January, but as with me, other shit got in the way and I've found the motivation to finish it.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Die Anywhere Else" (as covered by RichardEB)

Hey, the 2006 Warped Tour called, it wants... all its music... back... Yeah! Take that, Rich... who did that really good Undertale album!

Anyway, while I haven't played Night In The Woods yet, it looks like a really neat experience. "Die Anywhere Else" makes sense within the context of the game, which is about a girl who drops out of college and returns to a boom town that has busted. Her town sucks, but now she has nowhere else to go. Jeff called it a "furry millennial simulator", and from what I heard about that game, it seems #relatable.

There are TWO ways you can cover a song about sadness and leaving your : Extremely dour ala Gary Jules' "Mad World" or THIS.

Richard's cover amps up what was an 8-bit cover of a The Cure song into something that could easily be in the Top 40 charts somewhere in the time between "Sugar, We're Going Down" and "Misery Business".

FANDOM ALBUM UPDATE

So, here's the tracks:
1. "Fire In The Hole" (Overwatch- Junkrat)
2.  TBD (Overwatch)
3.  TBD (Overwatch)
4. "Hunting Bigger Game" (Magic The Gathering- Magic 2015)
5. "Take The Oath" (Magic The Gathering- Battle For Zendikar Block)
6. "Change The War" (Magic The Gathering- Khans Of Tarkir)
7.  "Aether Revolt" (Magic The Gathering- Kaladesh)
8. "Freddy Fazbear's Pizza" (Five Nights At Freddy's)
9. "Axe Punk" (Axe Cop)
10. "Force Of Nature" (Team Fortress 2- Scout)
11. "From A Mile Away (Boom Headshot)" (Team Fortress 2- Sniper)
12. "Tower Siege" (Team Fortress 2- Heavy)

I might throw in a couple rarities, it all depends how deep cuts I should put on, and what I have access to. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is Back On Time

Remember to vote on the songs for the upcoming Fandom Compilation! Polls are on the right!

NEW SONG COMING THIS WEEK!

Along with a "single" version with some extra goodies. It is my long overdue Aether Revolt song, and the single version will include a bonus treat from some of the good people at Voice Of All!

MOMOCON! 
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More to come soon, but again, if you want to help raise some funds for Momocon, you can help by purchasing some stuff from my Bandcamp page!

NEW T-SHIRT DESIGN! DOWN TO DUEL?

Down To Duel? Black T-Shirt Front 

This T-shirt makes it super easy to find people to play Magic The Gathering with at large conventions, GPs, or your local game store! Just check off, or put a pin next to the decks you have on you, and you're good to go!

A shirt idea I've had for a while, since I'm the guy that tries to hit up EVERYONE for a game at cons.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "All The Final Fantasy Battle Themes"


So, I'm working on a... thing... and I was looking to get inspired by listening to some old Final Fantasy battle themes during my drive to and from Soul Crushi- I mean, work.

Hey, turns out some of these are pretty good! The only ones I dislike are the Dissidia remixes; they sound like the Watermelon Pizza equivalent of the original songs. Yeah, I'm sure you can recognize it, but how it's put together is just wrong. It's like saying a Pop Tart is a sandwich.

Anyway, some of these are pretty good, Final Fantasy 6 and 10 probably being my favorites. 13 wins the award for "Best Song Despite How Much I Hated The Game"

I don't have a whole lot to say here, it's just a good collection of the best parts of the Final Fantasy games!

STATUS QUO STREAM- TALES FROM THE BORDERLANDS EP. 5


Probably the best Telltale Game and the best Borderlands game?

I might have liked Ep. 4 a tad more, but this ties a nice little bow on everything.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fandom Music Compilation Album Details

OK! So, I'm giving a little more background on this, and why I'm hype about it.

1. YOU CAN VOTE ON THE SONGS!

Some I already know what I'm going to do, some I'm not so sure about, so that's why I'm letting you choose some! 
 
I want this to be an album you can give to your friends as an introduction to my greater work, sobe sure to pick your favorites, and leave some suggestions in the comments.

2. AT LEAST 12 SONGS, SOME NEW, SOME OLD
There's going to be AT LEAST 12 songs on the album, and it shakes up as follows:
  • 3 Team Fortress 2 songs:
    • "Force Of Nature"
    • "From A Mile Away (Boom, Headshot)"
    • One other song, voted on by you. The previous 2 are the most obvious references, so I'm leaving this one up to you guys
  • 3 Overwatch songs:
    • "Fire In The Hole"
    • 2 other songs currently in the works, more details later. But for now, these will be the FIRST PLACE you can hear these new tracks.
  • 3 Magic The Gathering songs:
    • "Hunting Bigger Game"- It encapsulates that FNM excitement so well, and it's the song I throw cards out to.
    • 2 other songs, voted on by you!
  • 3 other fandom songs:
    • "Freddy Fazbear's Pizza"- Again, I play this song live ALL THE TIME, and this is the first time I'm selling a recorded version.
    • "Axe Punk"- Another live set favorite about everyone's favorite cop with an Axe!
    • OPEN- Let me know in the comments! Check out my Soundcloud, and if there's any you think I missed that doesn't fit in one of the above cateregories, let me know.

3. I WANT ON OF YOU TO DRAW THE COVER!

Pretty evident! Post in the comments, or send me an email to your portofolio!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Status Quo Uh... Sunday?

Sorry for missing last week. It was a combination of not getting enough sleep (I'm writing this ona day I woke up at 1 PM) and having too much to write. Self care! Who knew?

SUPERCON RECAP!

A VERY good weekend! I played two kick ass shows, sold some merch, and met some awesome people!

I spent a lot of time at my booth, because they were kind enough to give me one, so I didn't do a lot of wandering around, save for a couple panels my friends were running.

A couple highlights:
-Florida Supercon Championship Wrestling
Man, was this a treat! Much better than the show at Ultracon, since the crowd was way more hype for it, and the costumes themselves looked a lot better. 
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Also, the abundance of pro wrestling guests, like Teddy Long, Leva Bates, and Stud Magnum gave the event a lot more of a push.

-My Two Shows
Well, duh. Obviously. Saturday was right before the Cosplay Competition and drew a really good crowd, and Sunday, while smaller, still had a lot of great energy. Kudos to the sound crew, and apologies to whoever had to clean up.

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JAM OF THE WEEK: "Tie Your Mother Down" by Queen


This song I heard on the Guitar Hero Live main setlist, as part of the "Classic Rock" band's campaign. GHL's campaign is a solid experience, and the classic rock tracks feel like a nice endcap to all the modern rock. Seriously, that level has the only songs made before 2001.

It's a Queen song, so obviously it rules, but a lot of people forget that Queen made this kind of bluesy rock music as well. Not doubting their big piano heavy ballads like "Somebody To Love" and "Bohemian Rhapsody", it's that those are so good, it's like finding a feature in a game you love to pieces and going "SHIT, I CAN DO THIS THE WHOLE TIME?"

MOMOCON!
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I'M PLAYING THERE!

This is my first out of state con, and I'm super psyched. Curretnly, I'm slated for Friday afternoon, but I'll more details on this next week, as I'm still trying to plan a lot of stuff out.

Going to Atlanta is a HUGE opportunity for me, but it's also a big expense. If you want to help out, please consider getting something from my Bandcamp!

COMPILATION ALBUM









Speaking of Bandcamp, I'm considering putting together an album of all my fandom related songs. While Status Quo Radio was inspired by TF2, and I sell it as such, it's not as immediately recognizable as all the other songs I usually play live.

The closest thing I've seen to this is what Mega Ran called a "Road Mix". It's a great concept, since it's all the songs people know, without having the pressure of a PROPER ALBUM or the legacy of a GREATEST HITS.

On this, I'll probably have a couple of my Magic The Gathering songs, the more obviously referential songs off Status Quo Radio, and some of the others you hear at every RB show. I plan on having it ready for MomoCon, and I'll post some more details on that next update.

I am going to be releasing a newsletter that all this stuff in greater detail, so sign up, and you'll be able to give me some input!