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The President’s Manifesto: Beer & Chip Vol.3

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Sup y’all? =) Prez Hoodie here with yet another edition of my beer and chiptune column! Surprisingly enough, it’s survived to a third iteration! Well I’ll be damned….
I mean, uh… That’s awesome! I knew it would all along! :3

Silly introduction out of the way, let’s get on to this month’s beer & chip combo! This time around I’ll be glorying in the delightfulness of the following selections:

Ghost River Golden Ale & Roboctopus.

I decided to go local on this month’s brew selection, snagging a sixer of Memphis, Tennessee’s own Ghost River Golden Ale for my review. 

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What we have here, is a mighty fine beer!

From among seven different choices (four being seasonals), Golden Ale is Ghost River Brewing’s staple brew. Consequently, it’s also their only offering available in bottles
(the other six can only be found on draft at local pubs and/or purchased in kegs from the brewery). Pretty solid offering for a craft brewery, especially in this region!

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Regarding the Golden Ale, it’s a rather light, very refreshing ale, complemented by a mildly sweet flavor (not overpowering) and just enough hoppiness to feel it in the back of your cheeks. Quite honestly, it’s a dangerously drinkable brew for any time of the year; a 6 pack of this tasty goodness has the nasty habit of disappearing far quicker than it has any right to! While the Glacial Pale Ale is probably still my favorite Ghost River brew, their Golden Ale is definitely worth trying out. Many times.

Michael Allen aka Roboctopus, the ale loving chipartist pairing to this month’s brewskie, is both similarly local to me (somewhat: appx. 4 hours away) and responsible for creating some quality chipmusic that is also dangerously addictive!

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The many faces of Roboctopus.
If 4 is many I suppose.

While this fancy tie wearing, occasional guitar playing, Gameboy dance-pop musician has been composing chipmusic for a handful of years now (his first two tracks debuted on 8bc in 2006), his four Bandcamp releases (+ some notable one-offs) of 20+ LSDj jams hold their own against some of the more longstanding hallmark albums of chipmusic, period.

From the ultra catchy LSDjx1 chiptune of his first three EPs – ‘The Landscape Has Been Erased’ (Oct. 2011), ‘Victory Lapse’ (April 2012) & ‘Tidal Bout’ (Dec. 2012) – to the gloriousness of what is both his first full length release & first LSDjx2 album, ‘Disco.txt’ (which successfully released this summer via the Cheapbeats netlabel) this sharply dressed chiptuner consistently creates some of the most infectious dance grooves that modern chipmusic has to offer. Totes a regular winner of the #FEELSGOODMAN award.

While somewhat of a rarity (although rumors of a future album comprised of such do exist), I’m a huge fan of his chip + other instrument(s) work as well. You only need listen to the diverse, yet fantastic mix of instrumentation in his ‘ChipWIN Expansion Pack’ entry “Lights Out For the Invisible Girls” to hear exactly why:

On top of everything else, the robotic octopus (or is he an octopus named Rob? #DeepQuestions) also manages to pull off a damn satisfying live performance. Having personally caught both his BRKFest & Future Night (indie art/music showcase in Nashville, TN) sets this year, I can totes attest to this something fierce. Even the most reluctant, dance-shy nerd struggles to remain still as Roboctopus regales the room in chiptune glory. Favorite tracks such as “Disco.txt” and “All Outta Bubblegum” shine in a new light, blasting from event loudspeakers with an almost tangible energy, as if they were truly designed to make butts move on the dance floor (hint: they were). 

While he comes across as soft-spoken, thoughtful individual in person, Michael speaks so incredibly loudly through his exceptional, feelgood chipmusic. As a lover of excellently crafted, danceable LSDj chiptune, or just damn good music in general, you owe it to yourself to check him out if you haven’t yet. If his tunes don’t stir something in (or outside) of you, chances are you’re probably dead.

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And that concludes this month’s volume of my beer & chip column! Hope you enjoyed the read, and that you get a chance to enjoy both the beer (come visit & I’ll buy you one!) and the music of Roboctopus (you have zero excuse for missing the music; embeds to ALL THE OCTOALBUMS are just below this). Until next month, cheers to all of ya!!

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie

Roboctopus
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Ghost River Golden Ale | Ghost River Brewing

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The President’s Manifesto: Beer & Chip Vol.2

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Sup y’all? =) Prez Hoodie here with another edition of my monthly chip & beer special! Unlike the debut write-up on Solarbear & Pabst, this one is very unfortunately not being composed from a wonderful condo balcony in idyllic Pensacola Beach, Florida….

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*THIS* was the view. Exactly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That regrettable consideration aside, time to get on with the write-up! Today I’ll be covering both one of my very favorite chipartists & beers, a combination of which could (appropriately) rock the entire cosmos itself:

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat & Auxcide.

I should honestly just stop here. Anyone who has sampled either (even the skeptical crew of last Sunday’s episode of ‘Getting Weird With Nole & Josh‘) understands 1000%.

But for those of you that haven’t had either existence altering experience, allow me to elucidate! As many of you are well aware by this point (i.e. thanks to my endless harping about it :3 ), I consider Sam Adams Cherry Wheat to be a modern marvel of brewing ingenuity. A FANTASTIEXCELLENT wheat ale laced with subtle hints of both honey and cherry, resulting in what I consider a damn near perfect brew. And #REALTALK: I’m not typically a huge fan of honey or cherry flavoring in my beverages. But something about the way that this well known Boston brewery incorporates both flavorings into said ale leaves me in pure love/lust to consume it’s delightful alcoholic beverage with wild abandon!!

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Regarding its equally AMAZEBALLS chiptune counterpart, Bryan Dobbins aka Auxcide, my love affair with his ethereal yet driving, progtastic yet danceable, epic space themed chipmusic hybrid began shortly after discovering his track (DAT BREAKDOWN!!! <3) on the ‘Pxl-Bot One Year Later‘ compilation in June 2012. This lead to my immediate discovery and appropriately hyperbolic (of course! ;) videogamedj.com review of his debut LSDjx2 album ‘of Atoms and Stardust’. Fast forward through a series of other fantastic singles, a remix album, an EP, & various live events (BRKFest 2013 anyone??) and you have what I STILL seriously consider to be one of the most well put together amalgamates of chiptune & electronic music that the current scene has to offer.

His most recent (April 2013) two part EP ‘[ Dimensions ]’ is what keeps pulling me back with a ferocity, however. Four tracks x2 (first set chip+, 2nd set all LSDj) epitomize all that is Auxcide in just under 30 minutes of exceptional music: from the absolutely soaring opening track ‘Astral’ and joyous dancing revelry of ‘Oversoul’, to the extraordinary build-up-palooza frenzy of ‘Spirit’ and enormously dense title track ‘Dimensions’, Auxcide crafts a release that transcends your “general chiptune album” in damn near every way possible.

For me personally, it really all comes back to ‘Oversoul’, which, using the full scope of powers invested in my made-up Presidential wuttehfurkevar, I declare to be yet another epic anthem of chiptune and/or life in general.

Or I could just sum up this entire damn write-up with Bryan’s sublime summation of why he both composes and loves chiptune so much:

“BECAUSE IT MAKES PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD INTO A FAMILY”

Well put, son. Well put indeed. ♥♥♥

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Tune in next time for another fantastically ridiculous, ridiculously fantastic chip & beer pairing! In the meantime, enjoy some Sam Adams Cherry Wheat & Auxcide (i.e. one of the best pairings of quality beer & music that this world offers)! And, if at all possible, don’t miss the most excellent IRL opportunity to enjoy this delightful combination during Bryan’s main stage chip showcase debut at MAGFest 12 this coming January!
Until then, CHEERS TO ALL OF YA!!

Much \m||m/,
President Hoodie

Auxcide
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Sam Adams Cherry Wheat | Sam Adams Brewery

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