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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What Is Sunday REALLY?

"LEGENDS" NOW ON SOUNDCLOUD!


Whew, this took a while! Inspired by the Magic The Gathering Set, Dominaria!
Yes, this did take a while, because I put so much into it. So, let me break it down:
1. Real Life
PAX East was in April, and right after I started a very physically demanding job, so I wasn't exactly eager to start working on music when I got home, expecially one with as many stumbling blocks as this one.

2. The Tune
I wanted something epic, yet poppy, like The Killers or Bastille. The difference with those guys is that they're full time musicians, or have a band, or work with producers.

I have none of those.

Also, I'm not familiar with the piano, but I managed to get some good licks in there!

3. The Lyrics
The main thrust of this new Dominaria Set is "Legendary Creatures Matter", so Legends was a theme to write around.

The song itself was partly inspired by David Bowie's death in 2016.

After his death, while I did become sad that he's gone, I had an epiphany, as arrogant as it sounds: "Now's My Chance". If not me, then someone else is out there creating awesome things that we just haven't discovered yet. If we keep looking back to the past, then we're just going to get stuck in this cycle of feeling bummed after our heroes die. That shit isn't consistent at all, so it's up to us to be our own heroes.

SCHEDULE CHANGE
OK, so 3000 Brigade Stuff is starting up again, and I can't always think of 3 things to put up on Sunday, especially during slow months. So I'll just put things up whenever! I'll try to do a Jam of the Week per week, because I can write a paragraph or two about a song,

Whatever, my site, my rules, so I'll try this for now.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: INDIGO PROPHECY EPISODE 1


WOW there was a lot more busy work than I remember.

Highlights include:
-Me fighting with a yo-yo
-Me fighting with the controls
-Me fighting with the stealth mechanics
-Me fighting with Claustrophobia
-Stereotypes fighting each other

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Get Up" by Unwritten Law


DAVID CAGE GAMES ARE ART YOU GUYS!

OK, so after Quantic Dream's first game, Omnikron: The Nomad Soul, came Indigo Prophecy, known as Fahrenheit everywhere else. Omnikron was a game that tried to do so much, with a soundtrack from David Bowie.

On the other hand, Indigo Prophecy was a more limited experience, focusing more on narrative, It also included a licensed soundtrack featuring lots of 70s funk and R&B.... and the music of Theory of a Deadman. So, they tried to make this game more "hip" by including them, and setting the trailer to "Get Up" by Unwritten Law.



This made the damn game look like some Matrix shit, without the aforementioned busywork.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SONG? YOU ASK. I was 17 when I first heard it, so I was in the right place to think it was WAY PAST COOL.

Now? On a closer listen, it does a lot of things I like: the bass leading the riff in the intro, how guitars drop out during the verse, the spacious bridge leading to the chaos of the solo, the bass work in the final chorus, the guitar going from standard Deep Nu-Metal chug, to high aprpegios in the chorus. Lots going on, that I wouldn't have paid attention to if I didn't have to give these things a close listen.

This would have been perfect in another game I loved around the same time: SSX 3. Everything about "Get Up" feels like it's "jumping off" to the next part of the song. And it's nu metally. I was a teenager in the early 2000s, so sue me.

Friday, June 8, 2018

HERE'S SOME STUFF MIDWEEK!!! also africa by toto

PATREON SONG RELEASED! "LEGENDS"!
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My new song, inspired by the Dominaria set for Magic The Gathering!

This one took a while because I got REALLY ambitious with it, and haven't been playing Magic as much as I have, but I'm please with the end result.

The set was all about Legendary creatures, and with so many in the set, I had to incorporate legends into the theme. Also, the set is a return to the previous "center" of the Magic Multiverse, Dominaria, so legendary planeswalkers like Teferi, Karn and Jaya Ballard make a comeback. But, it's mostly to set up the current generation of Planeswalkers (Gideon, Jace, Liliana, et al) and their story going froward.

Also, this song is about David Bowie.

FREE SONG: "E3 NUMBER 5"!


OK, so TheHashtagonist on Twitter, a writer and podcaster, made a parody version of Mambo No. 5 about E3, and I became REALLY TEMPTED. So I got home, got a free karaoke track, and got to work. All I really had to do was change some words around to fit better, and BOOM, you get this mess!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen


OK, So I know this isn't regarded as the BEST Springsteen song, but I have been thinking about it a lot lately, primary because it's so different. The pacing is upbeat, Bruce begs more than sings, and the song is about that unique kind of depression where you're stuck in a rut and have nothing to do.

However, that specific synth sound, is so calming. It's still the main hook, but the edges are rounded enough that it acts like a sedative. Like, the synths in Toto's "Africa"- Wait.

Shit....

I mentioned Africa on the internet....

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Asks: Where Ya Been Bastard?

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Where Ya Been Lars?" by MC Lars


The intro to MC Lars's "This Gigantic Robot Kills".

So where have I been?

Basically working on this new song.

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I spent all of Labor Day setting this up,

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So things have been slow, just setting up everything for the future!

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!


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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-
 ...oh

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.




Monday, April 2, 2018

No Jokes, No Jesus, Just The Status Quo

PATREON SONG #5: THE DICKPUNCHER
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"The Dickpuncher" is the gritty reboot to the "Dickpuncher" series, as made famous by Marc With A C and StarF. It's about a super hero who punches people (criminals?) in the dick.

I did a good thing by rebooting the series by making him a dark and brooding hero so he can better fit in with the nerdcore music cinematic universe of along with Free Bird, Token Female MC, Billy's Gigantic Robot and of course, Boba Fett.

LET'S PLAY THE ARCADE SPIRITS DEMO!

Despite how goofy I got with playing the demo, I am probably going get the full game to support a Rock Band friend and because I like the set up of it all.

Arcades will always hold a special place is this embittered punk heart of mine. When I lived in New York, there was an arcade in the shopping center I went to all the time, that despite it being a mom-and-pop establishment (no Ma though), was a pretty popular spot that still kept getting new machines. Walking in as a kid and seeing all these new and different machine was so exciting coming from a household where I still had my older brother's NES.
I'm too afraid to check if it's still there, but seeing Francine's Arcade Funplex did take me back.

Here in Florida is that they do have arcade machines in movie theatres and bowling alleys, and there are plenty of places that are "Arcade/Batting Cages/Go Kart" combos, but if you see a business that has "Arcade" on the storefront IT IS A FUCKING LIE.

If you go inside, there's just a shitton of computers that have a slot machine program running. It's like a pachinko parlor but for old boring people.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 6


FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 7

Because I'll be in Boston and I don't want the only impression of me to be an LP of Danganronpa where my mic wasn't on halfway through!

The intrigue gets deeper, the stakes get higher, the despair gets more depressing, and that annoying Otaku Asshole died! Part of why I started this series is because I wanted to have a series where I can chill and solve some light puzzles and basically play along with a police procedural.

Danganronpa is all that cranked up to 11 but with the added bullshit of Awkward Phoenix Wright Logic.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Mean Machine" by Sugar Ray

I only remembered this song because I needed something badass to play during that scene in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon where you're on top of that blood dragon with a turret and mowing down everyone. Before they did stuff like "Fly" and "Every Morning", this is the kind of music Sugar Ray was doing, and... I kinda liked it.

"Mean Machine" comes off the album "Lemonade and Brownies", because of course, and their album after that was called "Floored", which is where their breakthrough single "Fly" comes from. "Floored" is a nu-metal album that they went "pop" with at the end. Since then, their music has been strictly pop/adult alternative, judging from "14:59" (that spawned "Every Morning" and "Someday") and their self-titled (that had "When It's Over").

Something similar also happened to another band from the same era: Green Day. After the success of "Good Riddance" from  Green Day's "Nimrod", their next album "Warning" had a lot more acoustic guitar in their songs, though that only lasted one album and can be thought more of as an experiment.

It's not that I hate the songs Sugar Ray's been known for, it's that THIS is what they were known for. Like the went speeding down the highway at 90 MPH to go to a chill beach party.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Is Ice Cold

SINGLE VERSION OF IMMINENT DOOM IS OUT NOW!

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Comes with the standard version of Imminent Doom and a special N64 Remix that I made for PAXAMANIA!










PATREON UPDATE!

Patrons will get the PAXAMANIA version of "Imminent Doom" free, along with this month's song.  I should have the new song, a "re-imagining" of a series of songs across artists in nerdcore, out by next week.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 5

You could hear me loudly going "UHHHHH" after everyone investigated the body closer and then FLIPPED THE FUCK OUT over what they found. When we found out more and it went from immature panicking to a little lesson on expression, gender roles and what true strength really is. I think it's meatier than Naoto in Persona 4, which is the same case as here, but with certain things inverted.

Good job, Danganronpa! You managed to not fuck it up and do something good!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Cool For The Summer" by Demi Lovato

"Um, Spring isn't even here yet-"
SCREW YOU PERSON THAT DOESN'T EXIST!

I've been down in the dumps this past week, I needed a feel good song, and Demi Lovato's "Cool For The Summer" does the trick. When I have bills to pay and all this shit piling up, I just want 3 and a half minutes of Demi Lovato in Miami (?), spending a night where she dances her ass off, thirsts over some random guy (girl?) and wakes up wherever, pretending like there's no tomorrow, because tomorrow only offers reminders of how broke and shitty you are.

That riff though.



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ya Ya Ya It Is Status Quo Sunday

REGARDING OMNI EXPO
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Sadly, due to a familial obligation on the 10th, I will be unable to perform at Omni Expo this year.

I was glad to see it change to a new location last year, and I've seen it grow since Year One, however, something came up. Hopefully I can play again next year!

UNSTABLE ON YOUTUBE!


FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 4


OK, this is so much better paced than the first chapter, now that the premise has been introduced and things are opening up. Next week begins all the detective work!

If you think I'm lying about Danganronpa being Socialist:


After all, it's about a group of people cooperating in the face of a system that rewards exploiting your fellow man and getting away with it for profit. Only, in Danganronpa, the Justice System actually kinda works.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Green Light" by Lorde

OK, if you told me that I'd be hype over a Lorde song, I'd say your were crazy. She made her name with the dour "Lorde: and "Team", and both while a little too slow paced for my liking, were still excellently performed and produced.

What I like Lorde for is that she includes all of these little details that add up to a really shitty overall picture.

"I've never seen a diamond in the flesh" or "I do my makeup in someone else's car" are "Like, Whatever Lady" statements on their own, but more of them together paint a picture. It's not "So stupid it sticks in my head and I have no choice to turn it over in my head" like Fall Out Boy or utterly specific with details like the chorus to "Closer" or "Before He Cheats", bu I think it works, especially when there's nothing else in the song to distract you, and you have to hang on every word.

"YA YA YA I AM LORDE" this song is not!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Status Quo Screw It Janelle Monae

BONUS SONG FOR PATRONS

I'm working on a track for PAXAMANIA IV, and as per tradition, I'm N64-ifying one of my old songs. Which song, you'll have to wait for it, but...

It's coming out free with March's Patreon song!

For everyone else, it'll be the same deal as with "Fire In The Hole" where you can get both versions of the song for a dollar. 

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 3


NOW we're talking! I was kind of spoiled on this first mystery before hand, but I guess they made it easy enough so that you can KIND of guess who did it. I enjoy this more "active" way of handling the court cases in Phoenix Wright.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monae


EVERYONE SHUT THE FUCK UP WE HAVE ALL BEEN BLESSED WITH NEW MUSIC AND APPARENTLY PRINCE CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD.

She seems a lot rougher on these new tracks she put out the other day. Not production wise, because it sounds slicker than ever, but how much she's willing to reveal about herself and open up.

I'm still not sure if "Dirty Computer" is the supposed to be the next set in The Metropolis Saga, but I'm there either way.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Is Busy On Saturday

HEY BASTARD! WHERE ARE YOU GONNA BE THIS WEEKEND?

First up, COMIC CON REVOLUTION WEST PALM BEACH! 
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Sadly, I'm not set up for a show there, but I will be around supporting local nerdery and see what's out there! West Plam Beach is a fairly populated area that acts as a halfway point between Miami and Orlando, and I'm surprised more things aren't set up here.

After that,
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Yes, the Overwatch League, that thing I've watched/listened/tweeted about for the past month is coming back for the second stage of the inaugural season and our local team, the Florida Mayhem, is throwing an OFFICIAL viewing party!

Will the Florida Mayhem, who were 1-9 after stage 1, take down the New York Excelsior, who were in the Stage 1 championships with a near perfect 9-1 record? Who knows?

10TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM POLLS: DINO HUNTER MD!

I've had the polls up over on Patreon before, but now I've made the polls public!

I've released a wide swath of music over the past 10 years (though I uploaded my first song to NewGrounds in 2009), and I want to put out an album that covers all of my bases, and the songs I've put out in the first ten years. Some of these songs will be rerecorded, remixed and remastered because I've learned so much since I've first started doing this.

First up, my first album, Dino Hunter MD! Released in 2013, this was a compilation of all the songs I did for a webseries my friends did called Dino Hunter MD, about a rogue anesthesiologist that fights dinosaurs!



FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA EPISODE 2

All right, LET THE FRIENDSHIP TIME BEGIN!

oh fuck someone died. along with my mic

The game has been slow going, but next episode will be WAY more interesting, since that's when all the juicy stuff takes place. So far I'm liking the characters, but it's not particularly compelling to stream.

Again, next week will be all that gritty noir stuff I STARTED this series for!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "The Love Within" by Bloc Party

Bloc Party is best known for their song "Helicopter", but "The Love Within" is off their latest album, Hymns. Appropriate, since the opening sounds a church organ translated by synthesizer, and the entire song has this elevated, airy feel to it.

At first that main organ/piano riff was kind of annoying, but it has this effect similar to scenes in the movies when a guy does a lot of drugs and his brain is going all over the place and it's speeding up and slowing down and that's how love feels a little bit.

Sometimes. For me it's like that, but the time signatures always change and it's a little too quiet.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Is An Orc Cop

NEW PATREON SONG! "WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE"!


New song on Patreon, made available to the public!

This is one of those songs I had the "emotional core" for pretty soon, but took me a while to get going, because I also started a new 9 to 5 job in January, so most of my energy was focused toward that.

Continuing on with Ixalan's theme of Celtic Punk, I went with something a little softer, because when you think about it, the way this set is set up is kind of bittersweet:
Spotlight Card 1: Jace regains his memories
Spotlight Card 2: Vraska asks Jace to remove his memories
Spotlight Card 3: The Immortal Sun is taken into Bolas's care

So there's a lot of bittersweet moments I can pull out of this one. I guess what took so long was how to structure it.

There's a lot I tried to do in this song, so hopefully it came out all right!

Speaking of Jaces... He's baaaaaack....

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10TH ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION POLLS!

All of them are free for non-Patreon people!

Magic The Gathering Songs!

Status Quo Radio Songs!

Early Songs!

Dino Hunter MD Songs!

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: DANGANRONPA #1
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Yeah, so I started up this game! It's a pretty popular series, and as a fan of the Ace Attorney and Zero Escape series, it was recommended to me. I'm not VERY far, I just got up to when the game feels like it's going to "start" but I can only do these for a couple hours, and it's very dialogue heavy. Everything about this game feels like it could "do it" for me, but maybe this wasn't the best game to do this on.
Friday Night Mysteries and Rectangular Reckoning are little indulgences for me that I hope catch on, but I'm always working on them.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Orc Cop" by The Rap Critic


Linsdey Ellis did a video essay on Bright's worldbuilding and the movie Bright:


And the Rap Critic, another YouTube review made this parody song in the style of a Will Smith Lead Single For A Movie Rap.

IT IS SPOT ON.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Will Be Back Next Week

Going away this week for work, so I'm front loading all the goodies here.Plus, the Superbowl happened:


NEW SONG AVAILABLE ON PATREON! "WHEN ALL IS SAID AN DONE"
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"We found our legacy,
Acheived immortality
But when all is said and done,
You'll have to forget about me"


Took a while, but it's finally done!

"HIGH NOON" ON YOUTUBE


Yeehaw mofos! Something for you free freaks!

Also, I've been running polls the past couple weeks on my Patreon for my 10th Year Anniversary album. Partrons get to them a week early, but a couple of them opened up for everyone else!

EARLY STUFF

DINO HUNTER MD

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES: READ ONLY MEMORIES FINALE

What a long, strange trip it was.

Not a difficult game or... much of a game, but it's still a very endearing world. All of the little details and politics lend itself to a very plausible setting that, while socially and technologically progressive (genesplicing is common place to where they are their own class with their own issues, a lot of the characters in the game are LGBTQ+, AI and robotics have advanced locally instead of regressed), are still beholden to capitalism (gentrification, the late game involves corporations getting away with murder, and said corporation using an AI created that would feed on every user's personal data through their devices and tailor search results for them), made even worse as time goes on.

There are at least a DOZEN little things I can point to that have no bearing on the overall plot but I love to pieces: Hikkikomori invented sick ass VR worlds, turning into a furry cures disease, we went to Vietnam. Again.

Plus the spoiled milk. The spoiled milk is the key to everything.


I also think I adopted two dorks by the end of it (even though one of them is voiced by the inferior nerd music person NateWantsToBattle):
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JAM OF THE WEEK: "Givin' Them What They Love


This was going to be Paradise City by Guns N' Roses since I'm getting into Burnout Paradise, but 1. It's Black Currenty Month and 2. Prince was "featured" as part of Justin Tmberlake's Half Time performance.

Plus, we should all know by now the glory of Ms. Monae.

This is sex making music. Starts out a slow jam with a lot of punch, then out of nowhere Prince fucking rips out a solo. Perfect opening number for Monae's 2013 The Electric Lady. It also leads nicely into Q.U.E.E.N., like "Yeah, she was looking at me for some undercover love" at the end here, which leads into Q.U.E.E.N. where she opens with "I can't believe all of the things they say about me" in the privacy of the bedroom, where she is then treated like a Queen.


Shit, I need to write that "Status Quo Radio" move treatment...


Friday, January 26, 2018

Rectangular Reckoning: Sentinels Of The Multiverse #1



Love this game! You can get EVERYTHING on Steam for $40, which is one copy of the tabletop version. Makes things really easy to play on your own.

I got my ass beat a lot on this game, but it also has a handy rewind function so you can rethink you past couple moves. Really great game, and worth every penny. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Status Quo Radio Doesn't Want You To Get It On

PATREON SONGS! ON YOUTUBE!

Slowly, but surely, I'm getting shit together here on this Patreon front. A little writer's block, but nothing too bad. I should have it out by the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'm putting up some of the Patreon songs on YouTube to cover all my bases.

Also, one HUGE bonus for Patrons: I'm starting to work on what songs I want to do/redo for my 10 Year Anniversary Album, and I'm going to let Patrons pick some of the songs that I put on there! There's some "Windmill Slams" on there, but I want to know some of the ones I should prioritize.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES PRESENTS: 2064: READ ONLY MEMORIES EPISODE 4

When I do these things, I feel I'm not meant to be a Let's Player, and I realize that I'm really quiet during these streams. But it's OK, because this game has a lot going on, and me jabbering over it would take from the game. Whereas last episode there was a lot of death and mystery going on, this week has it all: personal drama, intrigue, and special guests Dan Ryckert and Xavier Woods.

For a game that's filled with hacker cyberpunk mystery, and aforementioned guest stars, there is a lot of discussion about things like identity and San Francisco tech culture. Some of it can get a little text dumpy, but it's really good world to wrap myself in while I'm playing.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Genghis Khan" by Miike Snow


That little "Whoo hoo hoo" is now stuck in your head.

There's nothing wrong with that, because it's an insanely catchy song. My historian friend is going to nitpick this to shred, it's pretty straightforward: it's about a guy who's super possessive of his partner. It's calming, it's soft and knows when to kick in.

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However, what lends the song its popularity the music video. Typical James Bond scenario, only we see the villain go back to his shitty relationship and is like "Dang, that spy I captured is hella cute, I want him instead." These days a music video needs to have a concept to ride on, and it's entertaining enough.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rectangular Reckoning- Tempo Rogue #1

RECTANGULAR RECKONING: TEMPO ROGUE #1

Tempo Rogue
Format: Standard

2x (0) Backstab
2x (0) Shadowstep
2x (1) Fire Fly
1x (1) Patches the Pirate
2x (1) Southsea Deckhand
2x (1) Swashburglar
1x (2) Prince Keleseth
1x (3) Edwin VanCleef
2x (3) SI:7 Agent
2x (3) Southsea Captain
2x (4) Elven Minstrel
2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
2x (5) Cobalt Scalebane
1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
2x (5) Vilespine Slayer
2x (7) Bonemare
2x (7) Corridor Creeper

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This deck is VERY temperamental, and if you can't get anything to stick, then you're going to have a bad time. There's enough 0-cost spells and 1-cosst minions to make the combo stuff effective.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Gets That Vampire Money

MTG: RIVALS OF IXILAN REVIEW

Song is coming out soon for Patrons!

I haven't done a song like this in a while, and it's hard for me to get back into it.

I also attended a prerelease, and went 3-1!

My deck was primarily WB Vampires. splashing Red for 2 Bombards and Angrath. Vona, Butcher of Magan and Tetzimoc were my other good pulls. The major downside was that it lacked an impressive early game, so I fell behind quite a bit.

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Tetzimoc works a bit like Doomsayer in Hearthstone, from a strategy standpoint: Really great when you want to discourage playing new creatures, not so much when you want active removal. Your opponent will smell your desperation. But I can see it working in as a Late Game board clear. Limited and Commander.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES: 2064: EPISODE 3

UMMMM... THEY WERE DEAD WHEN I GOT- oh Snes games!

Yeah, so I'm REALLY enjoying doing this series. This game is well paced enough that I can make each stream feel like an episode of a series and that, for me, is way more comfortable then what I do with Rectangular Reckoning, which is "do a thing for an hour then quit".

Turing has also REALLY grown on me, and I've compared them to Clementine that we corrupt instead of them making us better. Odd coincidence, that Turing's VO is Mellisa Hutchinson who is Clementine in The Walking Dead and Anna in Deadly Premonition. Also she voices someone in Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds. Uh... Sure?

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Up next after 2064: Read Only Memories is DanganRonpa 1 and 2, another series I've been looking forward to.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Vampire Money" by My Chemical Romance

I went 3-1 with my Vampire Deck at Prerelease.

No, but this album on the whole is definitely a shock to everyone coming off of Welcome To The Black Parade. Not only that, but it's a song about "Oh, you wanted US to be on the Twilight Soundtrack? HAHAHAHA NO!" Feels like a double heel turn with how much of a slam dunk that would have sounded like in 2006.

But, no The Black Parade is a genius album, and My Chemical Romance do as they please.

Plus it name drops David Bowie!

Friday, January 12, 2018

STATE OF THE BASTARD 2018- I'M 30 NOW!

STATE OF THE BASTARD 2018

HOLY SHIT I'M 30


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(artwork by Talez01)

1. 2017 was a goddamn clusterfuck. The rich got richer, the poor have less footholds to climb out of, and a bunch of my fellow white dudes decided that they'd support fascism so they'd no longer have to be inconvenienced with things like "acknowledging other people exist".

And on top of that, I'm 30 now. For some reason, that number makes me feel like I've missed out on SO MANY opportunities. I waver back and forth between "I'm too old for this shit, get real, stop dreaming" and "There are plenty of other people within my niche finding a way to make it happen regardless." I'm always left with a feeling that I could be doing better.

I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for most of my life, and the possibility for autism, which for a while have made it really difficult for me to be out socializing. Ever since I've moved down to Florida, I've been able to join the Magic, convention and nerdcore communities, just feel more comfortable just TALKING to people.

I know it sounds odd, but in its own way, I AM doing better.

Also some of those white dudes faces some measure of comeuppance:
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2. Also, hey I do music!

MOST RECENT SONG: "Unstable"


This was a fun one to do! I managed to get Tweakbench's Triforce while it was free, and every time I use it, I learn something new. Also I managed to get like 5 people to pretend to be attacked by squirrels, so you know, win for me.

FAVORITE SONG I MADE: "Fire In The Hole"


My first Overwatch song! Also my first song I did an N64 Remix for. It would have been featured on League of Heels's PAXAMANIA III, but sadly they had audio issues. It was featured in the Official PAXAMANIA III video, and was played a shitton during The Great Australian Bash. Appropriate, since it was inspired by an Australian video game character.




3. OTHER COOL SHIT I DID

Music For Suplex Saga


This was fun to do! I caught them at the right time, and while the Kickstarter failed, they're still dedicated to the project, so hopefully you can see all of that come to fruition soon.

Patreon 
Honestly, this has been the best motivation for making new music. People line up to listen to your music, and because of that I want to do nice things for you all!

3000 Brigade
Last but not least, the 3000 Brigade, an insane show that was incredible to see come together and 100% worth it to put on. I can only hope I'm around for next year's show!

3. 29 YEAR OLD RESOLUTIONS? DID MAKE THEM?
-More collabs.
Sort of? I've been working with more people for gang vocals and stuff, but nothing TOO deep. Roborob helped with the bassline for Unstable, but that's about it.

-Album #3. Not quite finish it, but have an idea of where it's going.
I do have three "album" projects lined up:
1. A "Best Of/Road Mix/Introduction To" album I can sell at cons. 

-A proper music video. With like a crew and shit.
ha ha nope. I became unemployed halfway through the year.

-Another game. Maybe it's part of a bigger project, maybe it's another game jam. WHO KNOWS?
Yes! It's called Coastal Chomper!

And I did it with Trace Evans aka Pseg on the internets!

I also was part of a video game show "Arcade Pit" with him, and we got our asses kicked...


-500+ Fans on Facebook.
Yes! And 25 more!

4. 30 YEAR OLD RESOLUTIONS!
1. To participate in a League Of Heels Event.

2. Put one of my Album Projects

3. Hit my first donation goal in Patreon

4. Get on something outside an album. Work on a game, VO work, etc

5. PODCAST STUFF!
ECHO CHAMBER- Music, video games, and More?
I'D RATHER NOT- Bad decisions and how we make them!

5. OK NOW GO OUTSIDE THE BOX
GAME OF THE YEAR-The Metronomicon In The Woods 7: Biohazard

We're doing an Echo Chamber episode on this!

WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE AWARD?- A Link To The Past

Finally beat it this year. If your game is well designed enough that randomizing it can be not only possible, but another puzzle in and of itself, you did good. Been waiting TOO long on this SNES classic.

BEST MOVIE I SAW THIS YEAR- Get Out

It is the epitome of "fridge brilliance": everything in this movie is so tight and deliberate, and any question I do have is presented with an answer.

The best horror isn't to MAKE some scary. It's to take something we're afraid of and make it tangible.

TOP 40 SONG I HATED THE LEAST- "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man.


"Hard Times" by Paramore would have been number one with a bullet but it didn't crack the Billboard Hits. Truth be told, I don't even like this song that much. It's got a good vibe to it, and is technically rock.

TREND I LIKED THE LEAST- "Coddling Bigotry" as an occupation.
Remember kids, you don't need to consider other people AT ALL! You're not being racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic! It's the marginalized groups you're picking on should have thicker skin!
Also, guys wearing Kekistan Flags at cons, which are modeled after Nazi Battle Flags.

TREND I LIKED THE MOST- Assholes getting what's coming to them.

See above.

OK THAT WAS KIND OF A DOWNER, HERE'S SOMETHING FUN, AKA MY REAL FAVORITE SONG OF 2017.



ANNUAL STUPID REMINDER THAT I SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH MC BAT COMMANDER
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Done Quick

PREPPING FOR STATE OF THE BASTARD LATER THIS WEEK AND AGDQ IS ON SO THIS IS GOING TO BE SHORT

Metal Gear Block!
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SNAAAAKE EAAATER!

Yeah, this year's been really good so far. The overall presentation has been top notch, and chat is subscriber only, and it has been a delight to see everyone complaining about "freeing the plebs" in chat.

So, MGS3 just went off, and now they're loading up Halo 5.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES: 2064 READ ONLY MEMORIES EPISODE 2:


So, Week 2 of Friday Night Mysteries!

2064 is getting really good, and it's shaping up to be a lot less straight foreward than I though, given the breakdown Turing gives at the end of the video.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Starman" by David Bowie


Everyone here on Earth says "Hi". Happy 71st.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rectangular Reckoning: Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links #1



Yeah, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links was free, so I thought, why not?

Unfortunately, it's a port of a phone game. While that's not necessarily bad, it's not optimized, and it's so bad I was bringing the monitor to my face.

I'm not at the point where I'm either SUPER into it, or the initial skinner box stuff has run out, this was just a one off while Hearthstone's season restarts.

Duel Links, and my return to Yu-Gi-Oh didn't do anything to bring me back, but as I mention in the video, I can appreciate what a good deck does.

In general deck building, you want to have a "goal" for your deck. Do you go in aggressively with smaller creatures and overwhelm your opponent to respond (aggro decks)? Do you go wide on the board with many small threats you build up over time (token decks)? Do you stall until you can unleash larger threats (control)?

And there are also combo decks, which are decks that generate a win state once all the pieces in place.

ALL DECKS IN YUGIOH ARE COMBO DECKS.

For example, there is a deck called the "Exodia Mage" in Hearthstone, named after the creature Exodia in YuGiOh. In YuGiOh, Exodia is a creature that means you win the game after you assemble all 5 pieces. On their own, each piece of Exodia is extremely weak, so you have to build your deck toward getting those pieces on the battlefield ASAP, whether its to draw more cards, or put more creatures on the battlefield.

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In Hearthstone, the Exodia Mage deck involves you having 4 copies of a creature that makes your spells cost one less mana to cast,
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in order to cast a spell that grants you an extra turn for free,

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then you play a creature that creates a spell called Fireball in your hand whenever you cast a spell.

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Since you can essentially cast Fireball for free, you can now hurl them at your opponent until they lose.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Status Quo Sunday Refuses To Drop The Ball


PATREON SONG #3: "Unstable", As Inspired By The Magic The Gathering Set


http://www.patreon.com/rhythmbastard/


My last Magic The Gathering song, "Find The Immortal Sun", was meant to be a song that is sung by an entire tavern filled with rowdy pirates.

I got maybe 2 people on that track.

Here? Like 7.

As it's made obvious, this track was very influenced by Devo, since it's got the whole "SCIENCE!" angle. A lot of their choruses have backup vocals, but they don't harmonize, they drone. This decision drives home the point that society is devolving (hence Devo) into mindlessness. While my thought process wasn't that complex, I am glad with the song, especially with everyone pretending to be attacked by squirrels.

It's been a while since I broke out my Triforce VST, which is always fun to do!

Also, I want to give a very big THANK YOU to DJ Roborob for working out the bassline for me. This is a song with a lot going on, and he was able give me something great!

RECTANGULAR RECKONING: DUNGEON RUN #1


This has been my favorite thing from the new Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Pack for Hearthstone. It's the solid single player experience that's great to warm up or blow off steam before I hit the ladder. I wasn't too successful here, but the fun part is that it's like FTL: the runs are long enough that you need to think long term, but short enough that you always feel like you can go for another one.

FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES: 2064 EPISODE 1


This is something new I'm trying out, where I stream a mystery game every week and work my way through it. Another weekly series other than Rectangular Reckoning, trying to blow off steam and do More Content in between songs.

2064 has been interesting so far. It's got an interesting world, with a unique mystery, and as you see in the video, Turing goes from "roll my eyes at them because I've seen this precociuous kid act before" to, "awww, I really wanna help you!"

Speaking of Read Only Memories...

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Main Theme (Neo-SF Streets Mix)" by 2Mello


In the raw video, you heard me say "this is such a banger" many, many times. It hits that right tone of "this COULD be from a 32-bit era game" and "wait, was it?" 2064 is actually a very relaxing, zen game so far. Nothing too complex or out of the ordinary just yet; an adventure game with a calm color pallete, and a soothing soundtrack.

Except for the part at the end where I got tased.

That sucked.