Saturday 26 March 2011 @ 12:53 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Time for a musical Friday, while you’re all out having a good time or geeking it out ’till the wee hours of the morning, I’ve been doing my semi-anual Chrono Trigger replay. So in honor of one of the best RPGs of all time here’s an amazing cover of one of the most underrated songs in the Yasunori Mitsuda’s grand masterpiece OST: Courage and Pride as performed by MegaDriver.
When director Joseph Kosinski revealed that he’d approached Daft Punk to score the Tron: Legacy film and that they’d said “Yes”, many heads exploded. Who better to score a Tron flick than Daft Punk!? (No answers on postcards please!)
Several pieces from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack have hit the web and you can listen to them here.
Now if you’re expecting a bunch of chopped up killer disco samples put through a filter with some four on the floor kicks chucked over the top and some super wicked mixing, then you’ll be disappointed. This is a film soundtrack score. Not a new Daft Punk album. Although watching a Light cycle race to “Technologic” would be pretty awesome.
I for one give a thumbs up for what I’ve heard of Daft Punk’s offering so far. Then again, I love Daft Punk so much I’d swear blind their work was awesome even if it sucked toes. I always dig when musicians do something outside of what they normally do and completely switch gears. No doubt their work on a Hollywood film score will colour their next studio album. God knows when that’ll ever see the light of day. I’ve given up all hope of a follow up to Human after all.
Nico touches the walls are a relatively new band, having only formed in 2004 and having only 2 full length studio albums under their belt. But they’re songs were quickly snapped up to get slotted into popular anime’s. Their lead single “Broken youth” from their first full length studio album featured as an ending theme song for Naruto shippuden and the single “Hologram” from their second album featured as one of two opening theme’s for Fullmetal alchemist: Brotherhood.
If you like a bit of light hearted J-Rock, then you’ll dig this.
I’m a sucker for a bit of feel good melodic J-Rock. And I was drawn to “Hologram” like a google eyed moth to a flame. It’s a great Summer song to drive to on a really nice day. Or alternatively a shit day when you need a bit of a pick me up. I always get stares at traffic lights for my head banging theatrics during the hook.
With Masashi Hamauzu having departed from Square Enix, it’s a bloody good thing he left a good swan song in the form of Final Fantasy XIII‘s soundtrack. Sure, it’s not as memorable as Final Fantasy VI or VII‘s soundtrack. But it’s solid. Contary to popular belief; Uematsu is no the only man on planet Earth who can deliver a solid Final Fantasy soundtrack, and Masashi has done a pretty good job from what I’ve heard of XIII‘s so far. But my favourite piece (aside from the awesome battle theme) is one of the character themes.
As is customary for Final Fantasy, each of the main characters has their own theme song. And whilst Final Fantasy XIII doesn’t have a collection of themes as memorable and as iconic as those from Final Fantasy VII. XIII‘s leading lady has a pretty damn good one. It’s great from the word go. The piano, the strings, the mood, everything. But once the melody from the battle theme kicks in, it’s just plain awesome.
It’s not the kind of theme you would expect a character like Lightning to have, going on early impressions of her doing nothing but laying smack downs and shooting people in the face. But from what we now know of her character, it sums her up really well.
Monday 22 February 2010 @ 12:42 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
It’s been six months after we first saw pictures of Kirsten Dunst in Akihabara wearing a bastardized magical girl costume. First puzzled with the mystery of it all, later on intrigued when we found out that it was a music video that would be part of a much larger documentary about Otaku culture. Now it’s finally here on the interwebs for our enjoyment.
I must say I’m pleasantly surprised at the diverse picture of Akihabara they displayed. Normally when the mainstream west approaches the Otaku world it’s with a very biased perspective, but this video has it all. From pachinko parlors to maid cafes, from idolm@aster to eroge figures and posters. While I’m no fan of the song, Kirsten’s performance was good and we’ll certainly be on the lookout for more information once the full documentary is out.
My only regret? That the happy flower guy we saw back in October appears only a couple of times. What’s your take on this video?
Thursday 11 February 2010 @ 12:27 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
There are some things in life that transcend borders, things that surpass everything else and simply become undeniable facts. For example, today I learned that as much as I love Eurobeat music, 40-something women trying to relive their long-gone teenage years are creepy in any country. Marketing a CD precisely for that segment is simply evil.
Also did that ad just rickroll mainstream Japan? And did so with a legitimate use for a Rick Astley song? I’m speechless!
Tuesday 9 February 2010 @ 11:50 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
As far as fan arranged videogame music goes Rap versions are some of the hardest and riskier ones, most are pretty bad. This Super Mario Land Rap by 8-Bit Duane is one of those little jewels. Not only does it span several songs, the lyrics had me laughing and getting a hard case of nostalgia both at the same time.
Super Mario Land really was one weird ass game as far as Mario games go, man now I want to play it again. Time to go looking for that ROM.
Wednesday 3 February 2010 @ 12:19 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Team Teamwork, the people behind the Zelda hip-hop mashup The Ocarina of Rhyme are back once again and this time it’s all about mana, chocobos and one winged angels. Vinyl fantasy 7 mixes some of the most memorable Final Fantasy 7 tunes with some pretty neat hip-hop tunes (the cool kids still say neat, right?).
You can download the full album or listen to it online, prices start at $0, which is a pretty good bargain. My favorite is M.O.P.’s Ante Up mixed to the battle theme but I suggest you give them all a listen.
What game would you like Team Teamwork to mashup next? My vote’s for Megaman, or maybe Chrono Trigger.
Sunday 13 December 2009 @ 3:14 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Miku fans rejoice, after the first 2 successful ‘live’ concerts by Hatsune Miku there’s, you guessed it, going to be a 3rd one. This time on March 9 of next year and it will be the first solo concert, completely Miku centered. Sadly they are sticking with the giant projector screen format instead of the holographic route. A pity, but I cant see the experience of going to see a computer program sing getting any less real.
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