NEWEST TRACK!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

NEW SONG: "Imminent Doom" (Hour Of Devastation)





Nicol Bolas voice clips used with permission from Voice Of All at voiceofallmtg.com/
Nicol Bolas- twitter.com/Regulavish

Additional Vocals Provided By:
Stanpai- Stanpai.com
Oscar Bernard - twitter.com/osagathegreat

Cover art by God-Bird at God-bird.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Wields The Doomhammer

This isn't about Hearthstone

For once.

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HOUR OF DEVASTATION SONG "IMMINENT DOOM" COMING THIS THURSDAY!

God-Bird-Art did the art for this one and it's looking BADASS!

This one is a song inspired by Arch Enemy, both the band and Nicol Bolas Archenemy.


JAM OF THE WEEK:  "Square Hammer" by GHOST



For a band with a Satanic, Gothic priesthood gimmick their sound is a lot... lighter than I would expect. Not that that's a bad thing, because "Square Hammer" evokes some of the best of Dio's solo work, an era of heavy metal where it wasn't so much "heavy" as it was "grand", like organs and shit. It's that dissonance that makes the band more inviting.

This song and music video make me want to do an FMV game inspired by Ghost's work. Hey, if Chuck Tingle can get one, then so can Ghost. Like Phantasmagoria meets Bioshock. And of course "Square Hammer" would the song in the trailer, in the grand tradition of horror-themed FMV games having really well put together trailers out of their shitty FMVness

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SOUNDCLOUD DYING? NOT REALLY? MAYBE?

Either way, I'm starting to shift a lot of my older songs off Soundcloud and onto stuff like Spotify and Youtube.

So, what that means is that I'm looking for people to do cover art for these releases. It could be just for a collection of older stuff, it could be per song, I'm not sure yet. If you're in the market for smaller commisons, shoot me an email.

Once that gets going, I'll do a regular feature where I highlight my older songs.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Status Quo Sunday And Patches The Pirate Are BFFs

FIRST FRIDAY SHOW RECAP
I cheated on Magic with Hearthstone this weekend. In my defense, 1. I got paid to play a show and B. I came in second and won this sweet keychain.

All in all it was a fun event with a relaxed atmosphere. There was plenty of games, a bar, a coffee shop next door and did I mention plenty of games? I loved the venue and want to play again sometime!

I played Pirate Warrior and Evolve Shaman. Both decks are great for setting up an early board state, but you REALLY need to do your math each turn, because both decks are about establishing a solid board state, then swinging in for big turns. However, what they lack in tools to help preserve said board state, they make up for in speed, ESPECIALLY if your opponent has no solid plays on Turn 2.

AFTER SEEING #SGDQ THIS PAST WEEK
They should leave Twitch Chat as Emote only for at least 4 hours after they would normally shut it off just to see how long the unfunny shitserfs can hold on to their rage for.

Related statistic:
Percentage of people who've used the phrase "Did you just assume my gender?"
Actual Transgender People- 0%
Unfunny Shitserfs- 100%

Other than that, there were tons of incredible speedruns and Doctors Without Borders got over $1.6 Million Dollars!

JAM OF THE WEEK- "The Last Stop For Us" by Evan Gamble

Another song from the Metronomicon! This week is a fun Rock Jam!

Not a whole lot to it really. It's big, loud and has a tight solo. What's different about it though is that it's about a couple on the verge of breaking up. Like "Hey, are we still doing this or not?" More songs should experiment with different stages of a bad relationship other than "NO WAY THIS CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG!" and "WELL SCREW YOU I'M JUST FINE, TIFFANY"

"Last Stop For Us" comes to us from Evan Gamble who's an actor on The Vampire Diaries. I've never seen that show, so I'm assuming he plays a plucky young detective who stole a vampire's diary from his ancient crypt and uses it to solve mysteries that somehow relate to those events of 500 years ago!

So, as much as I love this song, it's... not that fun to play in the game. Not fast enough to be challenging, not complex enough to be interesting, this song basically boils down to "Hit Some Buttons While This Cool Song Plays"

Video's also cool, making the most of that one simple motif of Evan Clones spinning around. TURNING AND TURNING INTO INFINITY!

WHAT ARE YOUR DECKLISTS, CHUMP?
Fine, here you go:
PIRATE WARRIOR
2 x N'Zoth's First Mate
1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Upgrade!2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Fiery War Axe2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Heroic Strike2 x Southsea Captain
 2 x Bloodsail Cultist
2 x Dread Corsair
1 x Spellbreaker
2 x Frothing Berserker1 x Naga Corsair
2 x Kor'kron Elite
1 x Leeroy Jenkins
2 x Mortal Strike
2 x Arcanite Reaper

TOKEN SHAMAN
2 x Evolve
2 x Bloodsail Corsair
1 x Devolve2 x Fire Fly
2 x Flametongue Totem
1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Jade Claws2 x Doppelgangster
2 x Maelstrom Portal2 x Stonehill Defender
2 x Primalfin Totem
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Jade Lightning
2 x Bloodlust
1 x Aya Blackpaw 2 x Thing from Below
1 x Sea Giant

I was able to get out from under a lot of decks, but the only one that really gave me trouble were the Control decks, Priest Control and Freeze Mage. Those aren't about building up an offense, and me kicking it over, they're more about waiting for me to establish a board state, and stopping it at every opportunity. 

Evolve Shaman is great if you can get Primalfin Totem on Turn 1, and Flametounge Totem on Turn 2.

Patches The Pirate is Bae
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is Heading For Friday

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

A holiday that came out because we disrespected authoritarian figures!

FIRST FRIDAY

THIS FRIDAY!



This is going to be cool, because on top of being a concert with two awesome DJs, it's also a Hearthstone Tournament!

7:00 pm - Tournament Sign-Up
8:00 pm - Tournament Starts
9:00 pm - Third Impact Productions (30 min set)*
10:00 pm - Rhythm Bastard (30 min set)*
11:00 pm - DJ TONX (30 min set)*
12:00 am - Spider-Man tickets given away*
1:00 am - Tournament Ends*
(*) - Subject to change.



JAM OF THE WEEK: "For The Love Of God" by Rosie


Another song off of The Metronomicon Soundtrack, this is "For The Love Of God" by the band Rosie. This and "Midnight" are both playable.

I gotta admit, 90% of my love for this song comes from that bass and tom rhythm on the second verse. Playing that section just felt right. My one complaint with The Metronomicon was that there wasn't as much "flow" to the note placement as Amplitude, but that ONE section took me back to those heady days of 2002 and that one time I tried it at PAX East 2016.

Not really much to say here, just a song that's part of a really good soundtrack despite the fact that you will know none of the songs.

LIGHT THIS WEEK?

Other than my concert this week, there's a bunch of stuff that I have been working on but I either can't mention it or sahouldn't mention it. But keep in mind you WILL have new music soon. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Taps Into Dark Forces


FIRST FRIDAY


This is going to be cool, because on top of being a concert with two awesome DJs, it's also a Hearthstone Tournament!

7:00 pm - Tournament Sign-Up
8:00 pm - Tournament Starts
9:00 pm - Third Impact Productions (30 min set)*
10:00 pm - Rhythm Bastard (30 min set)*
11:00 pm - DJ TONX (30 min set)*
12:00 am - Spider-Man tickets given away*
1:00 am - Tournament Ends*
(*) - Subject to change.


I just learned that this is also the same weekend as the Hour Of Devastation Pre-Release, but I should have something for that ready by then...

JAM OF THE WEEK- "Fighting With The Melody" by Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence


Here's what I knew going into this:
Jimmy Urine was in Mindless Self Indulgence

The only song I know by them is "Straight To Video"
Jimmy Urine was in "Lollipop Chainsaw"
It was part of Momocon Favorite Game "The Metronomicon"

What I Didn't Know:
This song was such a banger. 


Demented, driven and delighting in the devilish, "Fighting With The Melody" is more or less the "lead track" off The Metronomicon. Given my previous experience with Mindless Self Indulgence, it sounds similar. 

The rest of the album, "The Secret Cinematic Sounds Of Jimmy Urine" reminded me a lot of John Carpenter's "Lost Themes", but Jimmy Urine's tracks are more energetic, and have more going on. Like, they'd be playing in the nightclubs that are left within a John Carpenter Dystopia.

Both are excellent if if you're into synthy, instrumental music.


METRONOMICON



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Oh yeah, worth the $12 I spent on it, AND I got the deluxe edition with some select choices from the Soundtrack. A controller of some kind is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY especially on harder difficulties. I'm sure you can finagel something "cleaner" than their default, but that default position is REALLY rough.

MORE MERCH ON THE WAY!

Yup! Getting buttons in, and going to run a special promotion where you get a free button with every T-shirt order. 

Hopefully, I'll also have another special item for sale, but I don't want to confirm anything yet.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Giving You A Shot Of Status Quo Sunday


MINI IWAI RECAP
I played Punk Rock and was in a Boy Band, and had a fun time!
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I also had a merch booth!



















While my concert went well, the 3000 Brigade show was 1000% OVER. We've worked so hard the past couple months to put it together, and not only did it go well, but the crowd was SUPER into the boy band. 

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Girl, You Need A Shot Of B-12" by B-12

This exists in some weird intersection of like 5 different things: 90's Boy Bands, 00's Let's Try Boy Bands Again Revival, K-Pop, etc. I liked the nods to some of the Backstreet Boys's videos like "Backstreets Back" (the horror movie elements), and "Larger Than Life" (all that future shit)

The American Dad episode this is from didn't impress me much, but goddamn is that song catchy. My favorite low key gags are Toshi with blonde Bieber hair and without his glasses, and the music video changing background every measure.

FIRST FRIDAY
This is going to be cool, because on top of being a concert with two awesome DJs, it's also a Hearthstone Tournament!

7:00 pm - Tournament Sign-Up
8:00 pm - Tournament Starts
9:00 pm - Third Impact Productions (30 min set)*
10:00 pm - Rhythm Bastard (30 min set)*
11:00 pm - DJ TONX (30 min set)*
12:00 am - Spider-Man tickets given away*
1:00 am - Tournament Ends*
(*) - Subject to change.


ORLANDO NERD FEST ON PATREON
Florida's greatest nerd music institution, Orlando Nerd Fest, is on Patreon and is looking to start up a yearly festival for 2018. There's also a SECRET MYSTERY EVENT in November, so hopefully this leads to a revival!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Has A Full Dance Card

ANIME FESTIVAL ORLANDO!
Was fun! The AFO Rumble went well, I got to cosplay, and I got to see Roborob again! There will be a cosplay video, since I got a lot of good stuff out of that.

New discovery I made? I think Team Skull grunts might be my favorite "overdone" cosplay.
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There's a lot at every con I see, but I don't have that same knee jerk reaction as I do with other common ones. I think it's because 1. Skull Grunts are goofy, but quite the center of attention like Deadpool or something. 2. They're meant to go together with other grunts. If you want to see something of beauty, watch two separate groups of grunts lock eyes, then break out into a "TEAM SKULL!" and dance.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Welcome Home" by Coheed And Cambria


I'm linking a lyric video because the music video for this is boring and 2004-era metal band as shit. Also it cuts the song by 2 minutes.

Rock Band 1 was the first I ever heard anything from Coheed, they were that long prog song that sounded nothing like Rush, and more like Led Zepplin.

However, what I didn't expect was the lyrics to... enchant me the way they did. Again, I went in to "Welcome Home" cold the first time I heard it, and knew nothing about the band and the greater mythos. But there'd be a line that would catch my attention and make me wonder if it's more than just a regular "Well, then fuck you too" song.

Plus, the song is an epic journey undertaken by a sad, desperate man looking to make it out of the storm, but a-

You know what, I should just stop here.

UPCOMING SHOWS!
#MtGZzz

While all the big Magic stuff is going down in GP Vegas, some of the community members are doing a thing called MtGZZZ, which is basically a bunch of us saying "Hey, we're not at GP Vegas, let's do a bunch of Magic The Gathering stuff anyway." There's going to be DnD games, people streaming XMage and MTGO, and Discord stuff. Follow the Hashtag for more info!


Mini Iwai
I will be responsible for TWO events! My concert at 3 PM, and I will be part of the 3000 Brigade Event at 6 PM. I should have a table there, but in case that falls through, I'm going to be palling around with the boys and girls from 3K before the event.

Also my favorite tradition of getting drunk and watch AMV Hells in the game room after all my obligations are fulfilled.

C and I Sutdio Summer Series
More info to come, but this is an event series of various video game music acts, and it's going to be a fun time!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Has A Lot To Be Proud Of

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!
This marks the first anniversary since the Pulse nightclub shooting here in Orlando, and the lessons we've learned have been ignored by this administration.

Now more than ever, it's important to remind all our LGBT friends that your lives matter.

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 500 LIKES ON FACEBOOK!



I was going to set up a victory stream tonight, but it'll have to wait until Wednesday.

It was a long way to get here, and it was hard, but I'm thankful for each and everyone of you :D


MOMOCON COSPLAY VIDEO!


First time I've done one of these in over a year. I've been sitting on a couple ideas for a while, but Momocon was big enough that I wanted to go back to this series, and highlight some cosplays I thought were neat. Plus, it shows that I'm not just there to work, I get just as excited to get my geek on as you all are.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Hard Times" by Paramore


A long way away from "Misery Business", eh?

Hard Times grew on me the more I listened to it, and can appreciate it as its own thing. Paramore have been moving toward Blondie-esque pop-rock since their self titled album. Even the music video has that dreamy neon color scheme that was so big in the 80's (allegedly). It's not sticking with me as hard as some of their other work, but it still brings a smile to my face and a groove in my heart whenever it comes on.

3000 BRIDGADE!
I am happy to announce that I'm working with the 3000 Brigade!

In their words:
"We are the 3000 Brigade! We are here to keep the peace in the Nintendo Universe... and put on kick-ass shows! We are a troupe of performers committed to creating enjoyable Nintendo/Video Game-parody shows, rated "M" for mature!"

I saw them at Mizucon this past year, liked what I saw, and wanted to get involved! I've have been working with them for a couple months now, and I'm really excited to show you what we've been working on!

This year our shows are going to be at the Anime Iwai events, with a preview show at Mini Iwai this Father's Day.


AFO RUMBLE!

THIS FRIDAY!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Status Quo Sunday INVANDED ATLANTA!

MOMOCOOOOON!

The show actually happened! I played it, and people liked it! It's my first out of state con that I performed at, and I hope to do much more into the future, especially since I now need to know what do for future shows, and how to expand my setup and performance for the next one.

Momocon was awesome, and reminded me a lot of PAX East, but with WAAAAY more elbow room.

Most of my time there was spent on Magic stuff: I joined the Magic League to earn free cards, and got to catch a couple of the MtG Events. As it turns out, the people from Magic The Gathering really like my music and love the podcast I'm a part of Voice Of All!

This was a picture I took with members of the Magic Story staff, Kelly Digges, Alison Lurhs and Michael Yichao after the Magic Story Panel:



In the front is a cool guy named Wil, who made them sign Test Of Metal, which is where a millenia old plansewalking dragon notroious for his ruthless scheming says something tastes like "goat balls" and calls planeswalker Tezzeret, a very talented engineer, "Tezzy". Yeah, it might rival "Mills College Anime Club" for most embarassing thing I've read.

Anyways, you can read up on the Magic Story panel on my Tumblr.

You can also watch this video where I revivemy Dovin Baan voice:


MAGFEST VERSUS

Magfest did its own version of Nick Arcade. Nuff said.


INDIE GAMES

You know what's awesome? A con where you can play a shitton of indie games! What's better than that? Playing all those indie games without having to wait so much!

Some favorites:
Use Your Words- Created by BrentalFloss, this is a game in the vein of Jackbox Party Pack games, where you use your cell phone as a controller to type in responses to the prompts. The main difference is that it's not focused on getting the right answer, but giving the funniest response. There's also "Decoy" answers that add a bit of guesswork to the mix, to discourage you from picking what would be an answer that would get less points. The retro 60's TV Show art style looks appealing and contributes to the overall "kayfabe" the game is going for. There's a lot of overlap, but priced right, this could solidly fulfill its own niche.


Rise Of The Metronomicon- Dubstep Fireballs. It's a rhythm game with RPG Elements. Think Amplitude, where completing a measure grants you an attack or spell. There was only a demo setup at Momocon, but there were hints of a deeper system going on. The soundtrack features the likes of Ben Briggs, DJ Cutman, Mega Ran, and Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence. You're not getting big names here, but I enjoyed the tracks they did have. I'm holding off until it comes for consoles, but you can get it now on Steam.

Distance- Easily the most polished game there, Distance barely had an empty seat all weekend. Distance is a driving/platformer game where you drive A FLYING CAR? It looks great, and while there are a couple spots where things get sticky, it's still in Alpha with a ton of new features being added regularly. There's hints of a story toward the end of the demo, but the three levels I got to play presented a satisfying experience that I might be tempted to speed run.
 
Grid Masters- Sometimes people will remember the weirdest games, and I'll be on that shit. For me, that game is Mega Man Battle Network. Grid Masters plays out like a fighting game with that setup, but instead of the randomness of the "cards", you get abilities on cool downs like a MOBA.The demo was setup in an acrade cabinet, which helped sell the fact that it's a fighting game. Still some tweaks to be made, but definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Brawlhalla- I've seen this game everywhere, but never got to play it. Basically it's a free tro play Super Smash Brothers, but with even simpler controls. You choose from a variety of interesting characters who's official lore could only disappoint you, and you try to knock the other characters off the platform. Like I said, Super Smash Bros., but it also is a little floatier in the way Tekken is where you can juggle characters if you're good enough. I got it off Steam, and looking to put some more time into it.

ANIME FESTIVAL ORLANDO RUMBLE 2017! 

It's back!

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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Heads Striaght To The Top

SUPERCON RETRO THIS WEEKEND! 


NOW ON FACEBOOK!
Miami Airport and Convention Center
Saturday, April 15th- 7:15 PM
MACC 2
Sunday, April 16th- 5:30 PM
MACC 1

I'm going to be at BOOTH# 1029 selling merch and hanging out!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "To The Top" by Twin Shadow

Just put on some headphones, and let yourself fall into this song. I first heard it on Tales From The Borderlands Ep. 4 this weekend, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. The series has always had excellent taste in music, and while this may not fit the wild-west futurey setting of Borderlands, it really packed a punch when it was used. Episode 4 begins with your crew going into space, and the song is so good at bringing forth this sense of awe and makes you determined to get to the climax of this adventure.

Which is then subsided half an hour later by the most ridiculous sequence in a video game I've played.

Jeff: isn't it the Baba O' Reilly chords?

Shut up.

STATUS QUO STREAM: Tales From The Borderlands Ep. 4


The series continues to deliver, and revitalize the old "Teltale Genre Game". It manages to strike a balance between making me care about the decisions I'm making and keeping a light enough tone that I'm not wrecked by them as I was with Fables and The Walking Dead.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

STATUS QUO SUN-DAYMANIA

ADDED TO THE SIDEBAR: SUPERCON RETRO
Miami Airport and Convention Center
Saturday, April 15th- 7:15 PM
MACC 2
Sunday, April 16th- 5:30 PM
MACC 1

JAM OF THE WEEK: "The Yooka-Laylee Rap"


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I really liked the DK Rap OK? Plus I'm hype for this game.

WRESTLEMANIA THREE WORD REVIEWS

Andre The Giant Battle Royal:
Mojo? Really? Mmm....

Crusierweight Title:
King Neville reigns

Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owen:
Friendship is over

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin:
Oh, that happened

AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon:
God smites Man

Raw Womens Championship:
Good, slow build

Raw Tag Team Champs:
DIVISION IS BROKEN

Mixed Tag Match (John Cena/Nikki Bella vs. The Miz/Maryse)
What'd you expect?

Non-Sanctioned Match- Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Save Crossfit Jesus

Smackdown Womens Championship:
Entrances Were Longer

WWE Championship Match:
It's a trip

Universal Championship
SUPLEX SOPHMORE SLUMP

Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
Thanks, I guess.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

PODCAST RECAP FOR 4/1/2017: Goofs And Grapplesports!

ECHO CHAMBER EPISODE 201

Southpaw Regional Wrestling:

Favorite moments:
-"Not Ric Flair"
-Rusev as a farm hand and Tyler Breeze as a maniacal banker
-John Cena's diction that make Jonesy Spencerson look hyperactive
-SEA CREATURE
-Anything Chris Jericho

Colonel Sanders Is Fucking Ripped:


Enzo Amore Wants To Fuck A Chicken:


Podcast Boyz Go Hard:
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HEEL TURN ROUNDTABLE
I appeared on this to talk about how Wrestlemania Sun/33 will be meh at best.

I'D RATHER NOT EPISODE 48

Oh, those wacky Youtubers with their Fascist Tendencies! They say the darnedest things! But the old media hates them which is why they call out their racist and anti-Semetic jokes.

Thankfully, Patreon is there to aid in monetizing whatever crazy bullshit you want to do because YouTube's CPM market is bullllllshit.

Oh look, JonTron's back on the GameGrumps! Oh wait...



Adam Sandler Ghost. WARNING THIS IS A HAUNTED IMAGE IT WILL BE 2SPOOKY4U

















Hbomberguy, Genius:
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Now let us close with The SJW Regime Manifesto:
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Gets All Magical Up In This

FLORIDA SUPERCON RETRO EVENT IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!

You can find all my info here! 

Submit requests, let friends know about it, do it up! Apparently I have a booth?

Saturday, April 15th- 7:15 PM
MACC 2

Sunday, April 16th- 5:30 PM
MACC 1

What is SUPERCON RETRO? It’s a throwback event to relive the vibe of FLORIDA SUPERCON before it got so big. We’re returning to our old building, the MACC (Miami Airport Convention Center), with a 3-Day RETRO event, and we’ll handpick guests from TV & Movies, Anime, Cartoons, Comics, and Cosplay who we know are super fun to hang out with.

THIS WEEK'S JAM: "Magic" by Mystery Skulls

Mystery Skulls's Forever was such a good album, it's like aural sex. Or at least, the kind of sex on a nice bed with clean silk sheets and surrounded by candles. The production was crisp, the instrumentation was lush and the singing sensual.

"Magic" happens to be one of those tracks that best exemplifies this. Nile Rodgers lays down a neat rhythm guitar and Brandy provides backup vocals. While her role is minimal, she is used a hell of a lot better than Janelle Monae in .fun's "We Are Young". Brandy adds that little something that takes me back to the house/R&B songs that were big in the 90's. It's a throwback jam.

I used this animatic music video because I thought the official one was kinda lame. This one obviously took some inspiration from the animated "Ghost" music video, but that's not a mark against it at all. It's rough and janky, but it manages to tell a more powerful story then "metal people fuck and make a galaxy" like the original.

GP ORLANDO RECAP

Went 4-4 after a HELL of a fight back. Ended up going with an RG Energy Deck, the only good card I pulled was an Ajani, Unyielding. It was a relief to not have to sort everything out and just show up and play. REALLY convienient!
Round 1, lost to a stupid misplay. Round 2, lost to a beatdown deck.

Rounds 3-6, I was on a hot streak, pulling out all the stops, and BARELY scraping by in some matches.

Round 7, I didn't get paired up because the system thought I dropped out. However, I was able to get a match where I was paired up against a NUTS deck.
Round 8. same deal.

Got some cards signed, realized that not even Eric Deschamps knows what's going on Ral Zarek's outfit, made a shitton of money selling off cards, and I got some new toys for my Modern Deck.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Kicks It Old School

SUPERCON RETRO!

I'm playing not one but TWO shows that weekend!

Saturday, April 15th- 7:15 PM
MACC 2

Sunday, April 16th- 5:30 PM
MACC 1

More details to come! I just had a conversation with the production crew, and they seem like they're 100% on point, so I'm looking forward to that!

THIS WEEK'S JAM: "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest


"Why this song?" you ask. Well, ever since Harmonix showed off their recently announced game DropMix, I became intrigued with some of the lesser known songs on the setlist.

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I like the song, it's one of those raps from back in the day where 7 people had verses that went on forever, but can we talk about the music video here?

No, can we? Because this takes me back to something I'm even more familiar with: Multimedia CD-ROMs.  Oh, all the CD Encyclopedias and barebones video editing programs I dicked around with in school! Looking back from 2017, there's nothing crazy going on here, but there's lots of little neat cues that bring it above "thing a 10-year-old can replicate now"

WHATCHA PLAYIN?
All right, here we go:
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Not A Hero- A side scrolling shooter I got from Chrono.GG. I only paid 5 bux for it, which is my limit for something like this. While you might feel like it's a runner and gunner, it's more of a cover shooter, where it's best to slide from cover to cover, taking shots when you have the opportunity.

You play assassins who have been tasked with cleaning up crime in the city so that Bunnylord can be elected Mayor. Bunnylord is the purple guy in the middle there.

The humor both works and doesn't work for me? Bunnylord will say things like "Shooting bad guys in the face is totes awesome sauce" which is the kind of shit that belongs in a D-Tier Deadpool comic, but I never found myself hating it too much. Primarily because I imagine Bunnylord saying it straight faced in his alien, warbled language, and I'm down for that.

Not particularly interesting otherwise, wait for a sale.

Sentinels Of The Multiverse- Another game I got for 5 bucks, but this one is the digital version of the tabletop game of the same name, like Star Realms. It's barebones, relying on online multiplayer (which I haven't tried) and the weekly "one shots" that give you a different challenge to work through. There's also a lot of microtransactions for DLC with expansions for new heroes and new scenarios.

It can get pretty costly, but when you consider how expensive the base game is, at roughly $50 for all the expansions in a more accesible form is nothing to sneeze at.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is In The Hole

NEW SONG: FIRE IN THE HOLE!


This song was in the cooker for a while, but I finally got it done in time for PAX East! Shout out to Owen from Heel Turn/The Zonecasts AND MORE for letting me make the PAXAMANIA version to use in PAXAMANIA 3. Sadly, audio issues fucked up my big break.

That version was made using a tool called N64 Soundbank Tool where you take the N64 ROM, dump it into this program, and you get a soundfont that lets you use the different instruments and sound effects in that ROM.

Yes, it is inspired by Overwatch and no, I don't know when and how many more songs I've got.

OMNI EXPO RECAP

2017 is Omni Expo's first year in the Florida Mall, and it is probably one of my favorite shows so far. Someone bought me a beer, someone bought a T-shirt, and a pit opened up, so at the very least I had a fun gig.

The con itself suffered a bit from the new location since everything was spread out over two separate wings, but that was balanced out with being right by the Florida Mall, so I was able to shop around during the down time and get a cheap bite to eat.

Hopefully they use the space better next year, because it seemed like the staff and everyone knew what they were doing.   

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Lone Digger" by Caravan Palace

You should all know by now I loves me something with a good boogie and a sick music video.

"Lone Digger" is an electro-swing song by the group Caravan Palace. It's very heavy on samples, but they help elevate the beat and the vocals beyond A Good Pop Song and add some fun and chaos.

For the music video, it's Hotline Miami in Zootopia: very sharp, distinct color separation, a dark palatte, and a hell of a lot of blood. Also animals are there. Is it one of my favorite animated music videos? It doesn't quite crack the upper escelon, but it's worth watching.

PAX EAST YESS!!!!

Oh man, how can I sum up such an awesome weekend? Well, for starters, it was really great be surrounded by friends and happy, creative people where I got to try a lot of new things even though it was cold as fuck.

Then I came home to humid weather and the job I hate.

All right, so I'm just going to go after the highlights right now from what I can rememeber:

THURSDAY

-Brattle Theatre had a screen of the League Of Heels Documentary, and it was a nice recap of some of the earlier events I had missed. Kudos to Arron Trites and Eric Pope for having this dumb video game thing last so long.

-Body Slam is such an 80s movie it hurts.

FRIDAY


-Didn't play as much Magic as I wanted, instead I got into a draft with Weff. He beat me down with Tezzeret's Touch/Walking Ballista Combo and I never quite recovered.

-Got to play Secret Hitler for the first time with the devs of "I Expect You To Die". It's a fun game, because unlike Werewolf, there is WAY more leeway and merit for accusations than "You have a lot of chest hair, therefore you are a wolf"

-Played Open Sorcery, an interactive fiction game about an AI used to banish evil spirits. It's intriguing from what I've played and not that much if you want a short story.

-The Harmonix Rock Band Party was good times with many drinks. Didn't play anything, but, you know, many drinks.

SATURDAY

-Spent the morning before PAXAMANIA walking around with Owen, playing some indie games. First up is Smuggler Craft, a racing game akin to Episode I: Podracer for the Nintendo 64. Felt a little slow, but it looks really promising from what I played and they said they'll look into increasing the speed.

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-Back Off Barbarian was a game by The Behemoth, an arcade machine that was set up in their booth. Apparently I'm late to the party on this one, since it was included with Castle Crashers Remastered.

-Then came PAXAMANIA!

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Audio issues prevented my song from being played!
Highlights: Being name dropped, Starting a Fuck You Owen chant, and Trin shutting down a heckler


-Whatever panel this came from:
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SUNDAY

-Didn't do a whole lot that day since I had a flight to catch, but I did manage to catch up with a relative who lives in Boston at this place called Laugh Boston

All in all, a good trip!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Status Quo Wednesday Is On Back On Sunday

UPCOMING STUFF
Omni Expo!
My concert is on Saturday! BE THERE! Working on some new stuff, which you'll find out about under the next header. I also put the damn thing in the sidebar.

PAX East!
Four days of Boston fun times! I'm not performing or anything, I'll just be in Beantown playing some Magic, playing some games, and reveling in the fact that I'm writing the OFFICIAL THEME SONG FOR PAXAMANIA 3, "Fire In The Hole"! Also it's the catalyst to a surprise!

Pat Baer already used it in two of his Baer Caev Promos:



GP Orlando!
Maybe! But I'll have another surprise ready by then!

WHAT SURPRISES?
Next week, I'll have the Single version of "Fire In The Hole" on my Bandcamp page! It'll include the full song, the PAXAMANIA MIX and another new song that also pertains to Overwatch in case you missed the reference!

Also planning on doing the same for my Aether Revolt song that comes out before GP Orlando!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" by Against Me!


Trans Lives Matter.

It's not as visible as skin color, and you can't sell it on something bombastic and emotional like Love Is Love!, they're human beings who deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.

I've known enough trans people in my lifetime at various points in their transitions to know that it's normal. Gender is a question, and some are more confident in their answers than others, and that's fine.

Donald Trump rescinded Obama's Title IX guidance that gave federal protections for transgender students. The protection guaranteed students the right to use restrooms matching their gender, not their sex assigned at birth. That was probably the 7,000th bullshit thing this past week, but I feel this is important.

This was never about the bathrooms, like it was never about where you sat on the bus or at the lunch counter. This was about continuing marginalization.

"Geez, who cares? It's just _____. Suck it up!"- Privileged asshole

EDGESERFS- BECAUSE EDGELORDS DO NOT DESERVE ANY RESPECT AND ARE INDEED SUBSERVIENT TO A GREATER CAUSE OF EDGINESS AND ARE LORDS OF NOTHING
Whoo, where do I begin?

Sure, how about "Geez, suck it up! It's just a joke!"- Privileged asshole

Speaking of jokes, "Triggered" and "Did You Just Assume My Gender?" are not jokes.

A. The joke is "Ha! People upset by something!" or "Ha! Trans people exist!"
B. It be countered by "Sorry, my bad!"

Cool? Cool. That "Sorry, my bad!" thing is going to come up again.


Since I'm going to drop the ball on this one, Film Critic Hulk summed this up very well in an essay he wrote.

A lot of assholes who use their "edginess" and readiness to disregard and offend the marginalized finally got what was coming to them in the past couple weeks, and while it is optimistic, this has been going on for too long, there's always this pushback when people get called on their bigotry. Not even in a defensive "I'm not racist/sexist/etc!", but in a "Quit killing our buzz, maaaaaan!".

First off,

Free Speech

Secondly,
This insistence on "being offensive" and "triggering SJWs" means one thing: You have nothing to contribute, and have no desire to improve.

Milo Yannipolis is self-hating wreck who actively harmed others, and PewDiePie might go the JonTron route and start shilling for Briebart and InfoWars because it's easier than saying "I messed up" and reconsidering your attitude.

Think of it like this: if you were exactly the same as you are right now, only not white and not male, what would you be able to do? How would you be able to make yourself useful to others?

The greatest failing of my generation is "participation trophies" or "we're too soft", it the fact that we have the power to learn about others experiences, then choose not to, because we'd rather laugh then take a second and listen.


If all you have is provocation, then don't get upset when you get punched in the face.


To wrap it up: HBomberGuy, right on cue!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

PODCAST RECAPS FOR 2/11/2017: Sad, Old Men

ECHO CHAMBER EPISODE 196

-OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!?



-Apparently Scrath and Sniuff actually existed:


Sounds exactly as good as you imagine a hair metal band in the 90's would sound.

-Online Play I couldn't get to work, but I'm glad it's there with all the features we mentioned. Namely the "all members get one song".

-As someone coming off a Game Jam, most of what happens when making a game comes from the testing, more so then the coding. For example. you can program a basic collision detection code to get everything else moving, but until you find out stuff like "running in a corner accelerates your character so hard you go to another dimension",then you go back and fix that error.

Like the old proverb, "Most Writing Comes In The Editing"

-I'M A GOOFY GOOBER!


​-Legendary Punk Singer Jello Biafra:
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-Legendary Punk SInger Jello Biafra on Not Owen President

I'D RATHER NOT EPISODE 45 

-The Lee Harvey Oswalds DO exist, and I have more likes on Facebook then them and I'm a slightly better singer than them.




-YOU'RE FAKE NEWS OWEN

-The "We're gong to call you fake news until you stop attacking us" is a real thing, sadly.

-Adolf Hitler was born in 1889. If you bang in 1910s Germany, you could pop out Eva Braun. She's not a leader, though so chances are you're popping out the modern day equivalent of a modern day millennial.

-Here's John Howland's Wikipedia page, since this podcast will be the most anyone's ever thought about him.

-This the Zero Escape Timeline. Some highlights:
  • (1904) In April, copies of Phi and Delta arrive (presumably in Germany or Europe) via transporter from 2029 following D-END 2. 
  • (1905) Ten months after arriving by transporter, another copy of Phi is sent to 2008.
  • (December 25, 2028) - In California, Sigma is knocked out by Soporil in his car. His consciousness is pushed to January 25, 2074, and his 68-year-old consciousness occupies his body in the present time. Phi's consciousness also switches places with her future consciousness. Akane joins Sigma and Phi, but her consciousness isn't from the future so she hasn't experienced the Radical-6 outbreak. The three of them infiltrate the Mars Mission Test Site (Dcom) in Nevada after using Crash Keys to hack the admin server to include them. Six others have joined the Dcom experiment for their own reasons: Junpei, Mira, Eric, Carlos, Diana, and Q
  • (January 27, 2074) Akane has been wearing K's armor. K is revealed to be Kyle, a clone of Sigma, who has been kept in cold sleep since the beginning of the Nonary Game in this timeline. Sigma learns that his body is 67 years old, but his consciousness is from the past. Akane attacks Phi with the Myrmidon knife, making Phi and Sigma's consciousness jump back to the past to April 13th, 2029. 
 -And now a message from Commissioner Gordon:

















VOICE OF ALL- AER 7 BREAKING POINTS


Dovin Baan is Dovout Baan. I'd also like to show you the bloopers I recorded!