Hello everyone! As it happens, every year the vast unknowable demon entities that power the gaming world have aligned and another PAX East has happened without a hitch. I was fortunate enough to once again travel with the MAGFest Jamspace crew to help do some social media coverage and go play some games so I can yell about them on the internet! As with previous editions of the “POST-X X-PACKED X POST” column, this is split up into two sections: #GAMES and #MUSIC – tagged as such so you can jump around with your fancy Find In Page function if you’d prefer to read about one over the other. Also, you should know that much of this article also appears on MAGFest’s fledgling blog, which is where you can find similar content written about MAGFest events and more in the future.
After three years away, I finally made it back to PAX East – and in official MAGFest capacity to boot! I had the distinct pleasure of helping run MAGFest’s social media over the weekend as well as kicking off their brand new blog, which you can check outhere. While everyone else was busy making sure that the MAGFest Jamspace didn’t catch on fire and that all of our wonderful guests were there and properly mic’d, I spent the weekend WATCHING those shows… and getting my hands on some sweet sweet vidja games. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the livestream, and/or if you’re curious about the newest and hottest games, I’ve got you covered. If you want to jump between the music and the games in this article, just CTRL+F this page for #games or #music.
Hello everyone! It is I, Danny Pryor, here to take you on another random adventure!
As you may or may not know, I am a co-host on a show called geekbeatradio (*cough* Mondays 10pm-12am EST on geekbeatradio and wemfradio*cough*), where we talk about everything geek and nerd.
I am very lucky to be able to host some fine events in the wonderful city of Boston and this month has been no exception. Three great events happened in the area and after I tell you a bit about them you will most likely want to live here FOREVER…or at least want to come and visit!
The month of July started off right with an event hosted by geekbeatradio, leaguepodcast, and WEMF’s own Dave Crespo at McGann’s Irish Pub. Now you might ask, “Danny, why do you need THAT many people to host one event?” I’d answer you that when you have Skyblew, D&D Sluggers, AND Mega Ran come to your city, you better call in the cavalry. With the help of some of the best talent you can find in the city, we helped to make the Boston stop of the Odds ‘N’ Ends Tour a total success!
The night started off strong with a force..of Will (Sorry, Force of Will) a nerdcore rapper out of Salem, MA. His music spoke about what is like growing up a nerd and how the people in the nerdcore rap scene have influenced him. One of my favorite songs he performed used a beat by K-Murdock and Mega Ran called Forever which he called “RPGography” which is about his first experiences with tabletop games and RPGs.
As soon as his intro song went out over the speakers, his coveted luchador mask was donned. In full character, he blasted into his first track, “Robot Man“.The crowd moved to the front to join into the festivities once he started “Power Walking the Agro Crag“. He is the only man who can get through “The Legends of the Hidden Temple” with 60 seconds still on the clock.
Sam Mulligan was next in line, who is one of those guys you need for literally EVERY show. He always makes me smile with his catchy, funny tunes about hunting for Sasquatch or getting abducted by aliens. One song, even though it was a cover, was my personal favorite of the night, asking the audience, “What is your Fantasy?” In true to life Sammy Sam form, he nailed every single verse, top to bottom (head to toes?). Don’t forget, he is one of the founding members of HYPE$QUAD, so this is just another one of many talents he is capable of performing in almost any situation.
It was my first time seeing SkyBlew take the stage, and I was not disappointed. Forging a connection with the gamers in the crowd through songs like HM 2, a Pokemon reference to the Hidden Move called “Fly”, while still remaining loyal to his campaign of bringing substance back to hip-hop with tracks like “The Theory of C.O.L.O.R.S.“. It is only a matter of time before this lyrical genius becomes a major player in the hip hop scene, with his heartfelt yet true to life words of wisdom.
D&D Sluggers, to put it bluntly, brings the party. After getting the chance to talk to Soultronand learning a bit about how he uses a Nintendo DS and guitar to make the people move, I was instantly hooked. The song that really got me moving was, “I Will Not Be There“, which brought together this amazing combination of chip and rock that kept me hyperventilating throughout the entire performance.
*BREATH IN, BREATH OUT*
And of course, I can’t go without mentioning the headliner, Random AKA Mega Ran. Since I first heard Mega Ran’s song “Grow Up” I have been following his every move. His brilliant insight into the minds of video game characters, clean lyrics, and all around fun mentality, makes him an amazing act to see live. Some of his instrumentals were played from an original Famicom system and with a custom cart which only added to the nostalgic feelings filling the room. He played a great combination of songs we all know and love, to new tracks that were just recently released, specifically “Infinite Lives” featuring Soultron of D&D Sluggers. Getting the chance to hear the two of them play this live was a sure fire way to get the song stuck in my head for the rest of my life! I even fell victim to his freestyle majesty when I handed him my Legend of Zelda wallet and was called out for not having any money in it. Obviously, chants for an encore ensued so he sat us all down for story time. The fact that he got everyone to sit down on a dirty bar room floor because we all wanted to be good listeners just proves that he is one of the best hip-hop artists around!
A huge thank you to all the artists for coming out and giving it your all, you were all truly inspirational in your performance!
BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL!
On July 4th geekbeatradio was fortunate enough to help run our first ever BBQ at the HorrorHaus here in Boston. Hosted by the magnificent Mega Mega, we set up a projection screen with Super Nintendo games, speakers for live musicians, and even held a costume contest judged by Cosplay aficionados Harley Bean and Knives Jones.
Live acts that included the multi-talented duo of Seventh Gear, playing solo sets as Best Defense and Robotsexmusic, Diamond Machine (who me?), and of course the super sonata songster, Bifflecup! Between the sweet jams playing from geekbeatradio.com, amazing burgers, fantastic friends and a glass of whiskey (neat), made it one of the best 4th of July celebrations I have had in a long time.
YES! THERE’S MORE!!!
July 12th was another big first for geekbeatradio, as we held our first ever video game tournament at Comicazi! We held a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament, as it was the game being played at EVO 2014 that day, and we had plenty of dedicated players there to compete. We handed out cash prizes to the first and second place winners, had live chiptune music playing, and Mega Mega even brought cookies and brownies for everyone. What a guy!
Although it was a bit more of a casual tournament there was still a hunger to win from the competitors as it was a single elimination tournament. The final battle for first was a Captain Falcon mirror match which was a great surprise to me as I usually expect a Fox or Falco to end up being at the end. The game was played on a CRT TV and projected onto a screen for everyone to watch!
The always loyal crew of chip artists came out to perform and keep a fun atmosphere the entire night. Diamond Machine started off the night, followed by Bifflecup, Best Defense, and Robotsexmusic. Everyone played their heart out that night, and we even got a visit from our good friend James Johnson, local entrepreneur and one of the creators of the game “Thief Town“. Go and vote for it on Greenlight since local multiplayer is the future of gaming!!!!
Whew! That is a lot of stuff going on in just a couple of weeks, but we are NOT stopping there!! We still have some AMAZING guests coming on the radio show in the next few weeks, a couple more shows to plan and a few tricks up our sleeves. Make sure to tune in so you are not left in the dark!!!!
Hello and welcome to “The Adventures of Danny Danny Pryor”, my brand new event review column! For about two weeks I have gone on a nonstop chiptune campaign, working with a lot of wonderful people along the way. Here is a quick summary of one of my adventures, the great people I came into contact with, and a few video game references along the way.
POP CULTURE EXPO (TACTICS)
On Memorial Day weekend, I found myself in Wilmington, MA for the Pop Culture Expo: an event focusing on celebrities, comics, and everything nerd. I arrived there with my fellow co-host Bory to setup what would be known as the geekbeatradio stage. With the help of our trusted sound wizard, we showcased some of the finest music this side of the Finath River.
Glenntai held a tutorial on Famitracker, showing people young and old exactly how to make da chip while at the same time melting faces with his music.
Robotsexmusic‘s class was a bit more impromptu, as people tend to just rush the stage when he starts to play.
Two people that I was EXTREMELY happy to see play were Janx and AutoReMi-PK since I don’t see much of them unless it is MAGfest season, and they did not disappoint! Janx played a few chip-hop tracks, while AutoReMi-PK played a version of Chai Kingdom that had me jumping up and down with joy! We were also graced by the sweet tunes of Astro Logic, Best Defense, and Bifflecup! Astro Logic played a lot of his classic tunes but a version of “Forgot about Dre” got people fired up like “dey was in da club”. Best Defense had the biggest setup, running a laptop, MPC, and of course, a game boy! He graced us with some tailor-made beats that he slowly evolved by the end of his set. Bifflecup played a full set of his sonata chiptunes and even played a few new tracks he has been working on. His classical music style plus his Milkytracker skills make for a phenomenal combination.
On Saturday night, I was fortunate to have all these amazing people support me as I opened up the after party which was headlined by Kristen Nairn, also known as Hodor from the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Special thanks to Glenntai for being the perfect hype man to announce me to the stage and to Best Defense for providing me with this SWEET YOUTUBE VIDEO of my performance.
I am extremely thankful for everyone coming and everyone who stayed and helped take everything apart afterwords. Quite possibly one of the best weekends I have had in a LONG WHILE. Special thank you to Maddie and Pixel Pixie Apparel & Promotions for not only making the AMAZING geekbeatradio banner for us, but for supporting us no matter how crazy Bory and I may be.
BONUS PICTURE WHERE I TURNED INTO A SAILOR MOON CHARACTER AND REMY STARTED TO MALFUNCTION
Straight from the mouth of MAGFest’s very own Nick the Newbie:
“What in the ever loving shit is “Jamspace”? Jamspace is music all day every day during pax. We’ve got chiptunes, live video game cover bands, DJs, and even open jam time with provided instruments. We’ve got guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard for playing, or you can even bring your own instruments! Follow @MAGFest on twitter for updates of what’s going on all weekend.”
Boston8Bit is once again bringing a KILLER chiptune lineup to the PAX East Jamspace. In case you can’t read the SUPER SEKSAY flyer just to the left there, here’s the full Friday 3/22 & Saturday 3/23 11:30am – 2:30pm EST lineup!
Seriously y’all, if you don’t get enough VGM/chip jammage in & around PAX East this year (including the AWESOME PAX East main stage lineup HERE) IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN.
And if you can’t come, don’t be a sad panda about it! Just tune into geekbeatradio to catch the livestream of the FULL SCHEDULED JAMSPACE LINEUP (chip & VGM shows)& as much of the CHIPstage as they can grab! There’ll be *SOMETHING* PAX East broadcasting on the UR Fest channel throughout the whole party. GOOD TIMES.
I mean, srsly gaiz, THIS IS AN EPIC F*CKTON OF STUFF. We’re all probably going to survive PAXE 2013 this year, but JUST BARELY. 8) In other words…