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When I was on one of my bouts of searching for music in the same style as the soundtrack from "Drive" (yes, I'm still listening to that synthy stuff years later), I came across some music which actually belongs to the genre of Chiptune.

Chiptune is a genre based on making music purely out of the sounds which can be produced from a gameboy. (Otherwise known as 8-bit music.) For many of us, I think our first exposure to this genre was the 8-bit version of "Threshold" from the "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" soundtrack.

I was pointed to what is probably the best song from Unicorn Kid by a youtube user claiming it was the chiptune equivalent of selling out. So perhaps Unicorn Kid doesn't count as chiptune? (Not sure that adding in a few sounds which AREN'T straight from a gameboy is such a bad idea.) In any case, the song "Lion Hat" consists in a beautiful melding of squeaky noises which really appealed to me. I think others may find it annoying beep-y rubbish, but heck if you don't check it out you won't know what you are missing:

Lion Hat


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More recommended Unicorn Kid music under the cut.... )
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I'm not at all sure what the hell is going on with a bizarre upcoming movie called "Frank" about a band fronted by a figure I remember appearing on channel four during the nineties. But Michael Fassbender stars as the masked frontman and apparently the film also features Maggie Gyllenhaal playing a theramin.

Anyway, this song comes from the movie and regardless of what the film is like, it's a pretty cool song. There's a slight almost out-of-tune element which shouldn't work, but kind of does:


(Song found here on Nialler9)
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Good Vibrations (2012)

I was a little worried when this seemed to be trying to be quirky at the beginning. There's a strange little sequence to indicate that our protagonist lost an eye when he was younger and an insistance that he will see the world differently as a result. (Actually missing an eye means that, through that eye at least, you won't be seeing anything. But let's move on.)

This is a film based on real life and our protagonist is Terri Hooley who ended up being a really important figure in the music scene in Ireland at the height of 'the troubles'.



The situation in Ireland seems to be very easy to misrepresent on film, so it was good here to see people with a real handle on how things actually worked. (As much as I love the series "Burn Notice" the episode where Fiona meets back up with one of her old IRA pals was pretty cringeworthy. The writers seemed to have absolutely no conception of how horrible the situation in Ireland really was and wanted to make it a matter of 'good guys' and 'bad guys' rather than a horrifying mess.)



Terri (played by Richard Dormer) finds that his friends get pulled into either side of the conflict in Northern Ireland and he generally finds that he's too left-wing for either of them, making things pretty dangerous. Early in the film he falls in love with Ruth (played by Jodie Whittaker from "Attack The Block" and "Venus"), but Terri decides that they are not going to leave Belfast. They are not going to let the violence stop them.

Click here for the rest of my review of "Good Vibrations"... )

Here's some examples of the punk rock music from the movie. There's some pretty great stuff here:


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Lynn Carey - All Talk
The whole Radioactive Dreams soundtrack is brilliant. It's a bizarre little film about two lads who have grown up in a bunker sheltering them from a nuclear apocalypse and finally leave the bunker with the ambition to be detectives like they've read about. (You can see it here if you're interested. There's no DVD release planned.) Though the movie's sort of fun, even while watching it I couldn't help but be more interested in the music in the background. This is just one of the awesome songs on that album:

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XTC - "Living Through Another Cuba"
I find this 80s band a bit hit and miss, but there's something very different about their music. I first came across them with the song "Making Plans For Nigel". I've always found something really catchy about this particular song.

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The Foals - "Cassius"
I'm regretting purchasing two albums by this band as their debut album "Antidotes" contains by far their best material. This is the opening track and its just such a fun and exciting song, reminding me somewhat of local ska-punk bands when I was still in school.

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It's bizarre that this song was connected to the Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone. Or any Judge Dredd property for that matter. It doesn't really suit that character at all. The cynical Dredd is not likely to say to anyone "believe in me as I believe in you".

However, it is nonetheless probably my favourite song from The Cure. It's really uplifting and beautiful and I absolutely love it:


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I decided to check out the wikipedia page for "Radioactive Dreams" and it said that the style of music counted as "New Wave". Looking at the wikipedia page for "New Wave" it seems to be some kind of code for "nearly every single band or artist you have ever loved". Either that or the people contributing to the page just felt like name-dropping cool bands as often as possible.

I mean check out this list of some of the bands mentioned on the "New Wave Music" page on wikipedia:
The Specials
Madness

Public Image Ltd
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Joy Division
The Cure
Roxy Music
Blondie
Talking Heads
The Police
Elastica
No Doubt
Metric
The Strokes
Interpol
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Franz Ferdinand
Bloc Party
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Frozen (2013)

I had high hopes when I heard this was made by the creators of Tangled. Then I had low expectations when I saw the trailer. Then I was suddenly told it was marvellous by everyone. So the other week, we finally decided to give it a go. (Great thing about childrens' movies is that they stay in the cinema for weeks and weeks.)



Now there were three things that I loved about "Tangled". The hair effects (particularly when she does a whole action-movie bit swinging across a chasm), the horse (OMG the horse! So funny!) and the relationship between the daughter and her mother. It was cool the way we had a villain who felt like a real person for a change. And it was even rather creepy the way that the mother figure was possessive and manipulative like you'd expect from a real person rather than, say, Skeletor.

There was something I really didn't like about Tangled though. It wasn't a huge issue, but it did leave it with an "A-" instead of an "A+". That was the songs. I hated the songs. I found every song was a period of time I would have to sit and wait for things to start happening again. It was never something I actually enjoyed.


Click here to read the rest of the review... )



Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Okay so ironically we move from a film where the worst thing for me was the songs (Frozen), to a film where the best thing about the film was the songs.



I love the Coen Brothers' movies a lot and it has come to my attention that every single last one of them is a black comedy. Heck, even something that seems pretty light-hearted like "Raising Arizona" is about a couple who kidnap a baby. That should not be sweet and cheerful stuff. The sweet and cheerful portrayal is not because the Coens' don't care about baby kidnapping, but because there's a darker side to the story. There's a cheerful nihilism in the background of the Coens' movies, laughing at the misfortunes of the characters. Heck, what other filmmakers would start a movie with a man happily doing a running job in order to commit suicide from his office building? ("The Hudsucker Proxy" btw.)


Click here to read the rest of the review... )
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This is an old favourite of mine. A little more mellow than the songs I've been posting over the past year. Also quite funny. Listen carefully to the lyrics.


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Recently I've been listening to a podcast called "Radiodrome" and they occasionally finish up with an obscure song. They played this song at the end of podcast number 156 and my instant reaction was to try to find out who the artist was. However, looking up the lyrics didn't seem to do the trick. It turns out that the song is only found on the soundtrack of an obscure 80s apocalypse movie called "Radioactive Dreams", so I guess no one bothered to write the lyrics up anywhere. Anyway, having tracked this song down I've just got to share. I have now bought the entire Radioactive Dreams soundtrack, but this song seems to be the best.


The movie is here if you are interested. Doesn't appear to have a DVD release.

Naturally I've had a bit of a kick for music that sort of pretends to be from the 80s in the style of the movie Drive. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I got similarly excited by a song that is actually from the 80s. Check it out:


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I suppose I'm probably the last person to hear about this, right? The latest Horroretc Podcast had this playing at the beginning and I instantly had to get it....


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Turns out these are the same guys who did the amazing soundtrack for the movie "Oblivion". Rewatching that movie recently I was struck by how much more effective that movie was made by its soundtrack, so it seems that the talents of M83 were a major factor in my enjoyment there.


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Maniac (2012)

Before we begin with the review, I absolutely have to share this awesome song from the soundtrack. It's another Drive-esque synthy song and I absolutely love it.


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When I first saw the original 1980s movie "Maniac" I decided that it could not possibly be remade because to do so the original movie would need to have some kind of unique plot that set it apart. That's not to say that the original had nothing to set it apart at all. It was essentially a showcase of Tom Savini's gore effects and that makes it special in its own way. However, a remake clearly would not be a showcase of Tom Savini's gore effects (or at least, if it was, Tom Savini had better have some pretty amazing new tricks up his sleeve to make it worthwhile).



Incredibly the remake has somehow managed to make some distinctive story points which fit the original and part of how it managed to achieve this is by making the story clearer and stronger. In the original movie the insane murderous protagonist possessed a whole load of shopfront mannequins without any real explanation. This time around it turns out that he makes his money by restoring classic mannequins and selling them to collectors. His hideout is actually at the back of a store devoted to this craft.

Read more... )
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Many years ago, I went to a gig at my local music venue. I didn't know who would be playing, but this was a really small venue so it was pretty typical for me not to know what band would be playing. Anyway, it turned out that there were actually two main attractions of the evening. So after the support band finished, the first of those attractions to take the stage was a fairly light-sounding band known as "Coldplay" whose lead singer would keep trying and failing to hit high notes. I remember thinking that the band was great, but that they should ditch their lead singer. (For those who know the band and are surprised that he seems to be able to hit high notes now, I'm pretty sure they use an autotuner. A lot more singers do it than you'd expect nowadays to hide it when they occasionally sing slightly off-key.)

Coldplay were followed by the other major attraction of the evening. Another up-and-coming band named "Terris". Apparently they'd already received a lot of praise from the NME earlier in the year heralding them as the next Joy Division. (I'm not quite sure what they meant by that, but basically they liked them.) While listening to Coldplay had involved standing and listening, possibly with a bit of bobbing of the head, Terris had a much more visceral sound. The crowd were jumping around to the sound and the atmosphere was incredible.

The next day I knew I'd had a great time, but I'd only heard the band the once and so, as is usual, I was struggling to remember what the music had been like. I was keen to hear the music of Terris again, so I rushed to the local music shop the next day to see what was in stock. All that seemed to be available was a single called "Cannibal Kids" which didn't really seem to capture the excitement of the night before. It was alright, but didn't represent the band at their best.

Coldplay's album came out and they got a lot of attention while I was waiting impatiently for Terris to release something. Some have suggested that perhaps the hype was too great. EVERYONE was clamouring for this album so nerves were no doubt riding high. Still, I was more than a little surprised to find that this glum design was chosen for the cover:


This album was the last thing Terris ever released. It received rather mixed reviews and sales were not high. It's a real pity because I still remember them as "the band that gave a better performance than Coldplay". Here's a few songs from the album to give you a taster of what that performance might have been like and what this band will never develop into.


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I'd describe the album as "a good start". I still have fond memories of that night when I saw them live and it makes me sad to think that there'll never be any new music from this band. Still, maybe that makes me all the happier for what music they DID release. Some bands get better over time and some never get better than their first album. But I'd still have liked it if Terris had the opportunity to show us which way they were going to go, because I've a sneaking suspicion they'd have fitted into the former category.
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Justin Timberlake song altered so that it's a metal song. And it's SO good!


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Andy Rehfeldt does some absolutely amazing genre-switching like this. Check out his Youtube Channel for more awesome stuff if you haven't heard of him before.

He also sometimes does "Radio Disney Versions" of songs where he changes heavy metal songs into cheesy rock. One of the first songs I ever heard from this guy was his radio disney version of "Wait and Bleed" by Slipknot. (If you haven't heard the original of that one it might be worth checking it out for comparison. The joke works better if you know what it's supposed to sound like.)


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On a separate note, anyone not yet heard this awesome mashup of Korn and Taylor Swift? Jonathan Davis' voice is just so amazing.


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Soooo... these kids were signed up for a music label on the spot, right? This is incredible!



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Unfortunately it's some stupid reality tv show and the judges stop them way too early. And you know what? Kids make loud screechy noises all the time without anyone worrying about their vocal chords....

Naturally the Youtube comments make reference to Angela Gossow in Arch Enemy, an absolutely fantastic female death metal singer:



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One last thing. The video labels the America's Got Talent clip as black metal. Am I off in calling it death metal? I listened to a few black metal videos just to check I wasn't making a mistake. The differences between the genres aren't so obvious in many cases.

(Via Horror Etc Podcast Website)
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I cannot wait for this upcoming album to come out. This is great!


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(If you like this video you should probably check out the youtube link above and click "like". Plus in the video information there's a tinyurl link to Mediafire. Apparently the band Flashworx have offered up this EP as a freebie.)

Seriously, the movie Drive has done weird things to my taste in music. I can't stop listening to stuff like this these days....
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Today I present a song from the horror comedy "Detention" which I absolutely loved. It probably won't seem like much unless you've heard it in the movie, but I currently can't stop listening to it. (So I don't know if I'm recommending the song or the movie here. It's like the "Drive" soundtrack all over again...)



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Also there's a cool new poster for "John Dies At The End". ZOMG I want to see this film so much. Now know that it's the director who did "Bubba Ho-Tep", ALL the "Phantasm" movies, and also "Beastmaster" which I've been meaning to see since I was very young. I may have to watch ALL Don Coscarelli's movies.

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Parody of Lana Del Rey's depressing song "Video Games" altered so that it's actually about videogames. What happens when a woman marries the wrong brother?



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Next up, the Cracked "After Hours" discussion also consider who Princess Peach should choose, only this time between Mario and Bowser. You may be surprised by their decision....


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Also somewhat vaguely related is the funniest SMBC video for quite a while now. Not about Super Mario this time, but it is about videogames... and "pie-cake".

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