Archive for January, 2015

Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Diamonds & Glass’ by The Fluorescent

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With haunting, emotional lyrics that defy any preconceived limits on the chiptune genre, ‘Diamonds & Glass’ by The Fluorescent is a powerful amalgamation of chip, pop, punk, and electronica that is certain to inspire legions of chip musicians for years to come.

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Chris Considers: ‘Invitations’ by Awesome Force

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MAGFest has come and gone, and we’re all busy reconstructing our melted faces. There has been a flurry of incredible album releases to coincide with the MAGFest season, and ‘Invitations’ by Awesome Force is among the most anticipated. With multiple MAGFest and BRKFest performances under his belt, as well as his performance in Arkansas last year which I’ve previously highlighted, Awesome Force (Sean Baker) has been a well-known entity within the chiptune scene for quite a while. The release of his first full-length album via the CheapBeats netlabel fills a gap that we’ve been waiting to see filled, and it’s a cosmic experience that is nothing short of astounding.

Awesome Force performs at MAGFest 13.

Awesome Force at MAGFest 13.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Waveform 5’ by Joshua Morse

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Hey there, ChipWINners! Joshua Morse, having produced chipmusic as early as 2007, has always been recognized as a pioneer of our ever-growing community. His music has been featured in several video games, such as ‘A Wizard’s Lizard’, ‘Onslaught!’, and ‘Lunch Bug’. Additionally, his long-running ‘Waveform’ releases are arguably some of the best chipjazz releases on the block, with each one showcasing Morse’s growth as a musician, not dissimilar to the ‘BLUE’ trilogy composed by chipfunk legend PROTODOME, or the progressively complex pieces written by Pieces of Eight. Just before the turn of the new year, Joshua Morse released ‘Waveform 5’, an EP of five chip-fusion-jazz tracks that’re sure to stick with you. Let’s get to it!

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #18: Poke Cake

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Apologies in advance to all the Pokemon fans out there who just squealed with glee. This is not a cake in the shape of a Pokeball. This is, in fact, a cake you poke.  It is also moist, delicious, and the easiest freaking thing you will ever bake in your life, making it the perfect recipe for the busy lead up to MAGFest.

Poke Cake

Difficulty level:
Newb          |         Apprentice         |         Journeyman         |         Master

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Kuma’s Quick Shots: Round 4

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Hey guys! Welcome back to Quick Shots! I hope this New Year is treating you well and that you guys are pumped and prepped for the upcoming slew of events starting next week! Whether it’s MAGFest or PAXSouth, Frequency or Rockage, the next few weeks are looking fantastic!  But if by some chance you aren’t feeling the power of upcoming events surging through your veins, perhaps these two albums up for review will help turn that around! Let’s get started!

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: “Wordplay” by Chipocrite

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Happy almost MAGFest everyone! In order to get you prepped for the impending wall of chipmusic waiting for you in Maryland in but a few scant days, and as I am the longstanding president of the Paul Weinstein Fan Club/Bowling League (current membership: myself), it is my duty to report to you that there was a new Chipocrite release last month, and if you haven’t listened to it yet you done goofed. The good news is, we can fix that right now! Grab your fancy headphones, go to the comfiest place in your house/apartment/other domicile, and prepare to rock out to ‘Wordplay.’

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