After a few months without posts here on 199X, I’m slowly digging through my virtual crates and listening to the music I missed. Consider this a four-track playlist of sexy songs.
Aaliyah - One in a Million (Keys N Krates Remix) (via Salacious Sound)
Usher - DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (Ad Brown Remix)
Stephen Jerzak Ft. Leighton Meester - She Said (The Killabits Remix) (via Plugged Not Thugged)
PS: We’re back on the Hype Machine. Show 199x some love.
Toronto local Scotty Dynamo is back with a music video of one of his best tracks, Make it Right. If his name sounds familiar, its because I’ve blogged about him a few times here on 199X.
Grab some Scotty Dynamo tracks on iTunes, then visit ScottyDynamo.com.
The following post is from Thomas Fortunato, a freelance writer from U S of A who will be writing the occasional field report for us.
NEW YORK CITY—Babycastles, named for bite-sized Portuguese cakes in Japan, is the city’s first independent video games arcade, has been showcasing indie videogames, large-scale art installations, and local chiptune music at the Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery in Manhattan.
I attended the venue on November 4th with my friend Mox, who invited me to come with her and watch her boyfriend, New York chip musician Zen Albatross, perform at the gallery for the “Heavenly Symphony” event organized as a joint venture between Babycastles and videogame culture shop Attract Mode. Performing with Zen Albatross were chip musicians Nullsleep, and George & Jonathan.
Admission was free to get into Babycastles, although drinks were rather pricey: $5 for a can of beer, and $6 for bottles. If I recall correctly, shots of vodka or whiskey were $1. Behind the bar was quite possibly the most addictive video game at the arcade: the “hug machine.”
The hug machine was an old television set with two buttons for controls, one on each side of the box, causing the player to “hug” the machine by putting one hand on each of the buttons. One button makes the on-screen cursor go up, the other makes it go down, and the player must navigate the cursor through a rapidly scrolling “tunnel” without hitting either the ceiling or the floor. The hug machine had very basic black-and-white graphics reminiscent of Pong or MS Dos.
The rest of the games at the arcade were considerably more artistically inspired, both in regards to the graphics in the games themselves the graffiti- and anime-inspired imagery painted on the physical box that housed the hardware. All the machines were for sale, Mox informed me, with one such game carrying an alleged price tag of $5,000.
Hit up Zen Albatross on Twitter, Nullsleep on Twitter and George and Jonathan on Twitter
Then make you sure you follow Nineteen Ninety Never on Twitter. That shit is the future.
Ninjas are definitely the coolest guys around.
Die Antwoord - Enter The Ninja (Douster Butterfly Remix) (via Electro Toronto)
If you like ninjas, you’ll definitely want to read some more ninja posts on 199x.
In related news, my roommate and I bought throwing knives this weekend.
Thanks to finding a bunch of photos from my time in Japan on a couple of recently-restored hard drives, I’ve been suffering from mega bouts of mega Nippon-nostalgia. Mostly, I’m missing Tokyo. That city is just so big and amazing, its hard not to miss. Nothing will ever really compare to it, and nothing can even really describe it.
That means I’m envious of Gejius, who’s living in Tokyo right now.
The kid dropped a free album of tracks that you can download on Soundcloud. He describes his music as funky space disco, and you know I love that style.
SLYDE doesn’t have anything to do with Japan, but I was listening to the track when I was going through these old pictures and it worked, so there you go.
Read more about Life In Lotus Land here.
Slyde is on Twitter
so is Gejius. Say hi to both of them for me. Then follow 199X on Twitter.
When you’re finished doing that, grab more of The XX here.
I’m a sucker for breathless female vocals backed by a housey electro track, so its not a real surprise that I loved this one.
Give it a listen - the reward comes at about 3:18.
Blond:ish & Robson Vidal feat. Coco Hayek - I Miss You (Criss Wave remix)
Buy it on Beatport.
The picture above was ripped from the delightful Jennifer Herd. You can see more on her website, or you can catch her on Twitter.
Its pretty much a fool-proof plan for a video: combine the geek-comedy genius of Seth Green with hot chicks singing about video games, parodying one of the hottest songs of the summer.
Add in a dash of Stan Lee excelsior, and 2 million views later you’ve got a hit.
I give them double bonus points for the Han Shot first reference and for having an amazing video.
As a reader pointed out last year, I spend a lot of time talking about Golden Robots here on 199X.
What’s not like to them? Its like the perfect merger of technology and art - a beautiful mechanism. I like nice watches, but I’d rather be friends with a Golden robot. It would probably be awesome to party with.
Anyways, here are a couple of tracks that might get you thinking about Golden Robots.
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Messed Remix) (Via Phase02.org)
Want to read more about Golden Robots? Check out these posts: