The Legend of Zelda, part 2

Today we continue our adventure through the bleeps and bloops of 8-bit Nintendo soundtracks.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link seems to be one of the most hated Zelda games. It was different from the first game, and most fans did not like the changes. I chalk it up to a poorly timed experiment. Some things did not work well for what people expected from The Legend of Zelda at the time. However there were some things which the game introduced which have since become staples in the franchise.

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You Gotta Move

Every time I get into a conversation with my boss’s boss about music, she talks about all these people her husband interviewed or reviewed (Ever heard of Carl Arrington? I had not heard of him either, until she came to work for us. Apparently, he is a kind of big deal). She does not usually talk about music I have never heard before.

Recently, however, she introduced me to a Rolling Stones cover I had never heard as well as the original, which was done by Fred McDowell: “You Gotta Move.”

This came off the Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers.” The same album “Brown Sugar” is on, but the latter seems to be the only song on the album I really recognized. Which is a crying shame, really. This is the quintessential blues song.

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The Jack and White

Last month I had the opportunity to go to a little malt shop in Eastern Idaho to see a band I had never heard of before. More than that, I was able to talk to them about their music and their process.

I didn’t know what I was missing, but to my credit, they haven’t been around very long.

Brooke White got national attention in 2008 when she appeared on American Idol,but ended up being eliminated after making it to the Top 5.

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Won’t Those be the Days

Do you ever find yourself listening to one band for a while, not listening to them for months or even years, and then rediscovering them? This happens to me all the time. it even happens to me with books, movies and video games.

One of the oddest experiences is when I play one song on my guitar or piano and then start playing a riff or start singing words to a different song; one I wrote years ago and stopped playing because it was juvenile and not worth keeping in my repertoire. Suddenly it is new again. Having forgotten half the words, I am forced to rewrite them. That is OK by me seeing as how I judged them unworthy of perpetuation in the first place.

That did not happen to me recently. I had a similar, although completely new, experience.

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The Legend of Zelda, Part 1

Two posts ago, I posted about Lana Del Rey’s SNL performance, which included “Video Games.” Sometimes I read a blog which sometimes has “16-bit Saturdays,” blog posts about some of this girls favorite early 90s video games.

This week has been Spring Break. Even though I am done with school, I currently work at the university, so work has been a little slow. Add to that the fact we are pretty much done with two magazines. So I have a little extra time on my hands.

I have this odd habit of listening to video game soundtracks when I read, or edit stories for work, or do homework. However when I play video games, I often listen to other music. My wife likes to tease me about this. She can always tell when I am working, because there is 8-bit epic-ness emanating from my computer. Continue reading

Another American Audio-louge

My sister once asked who took the picture on my blog.

Actually, she wrote, “Quien te tomó la foto de tu blog? Está chevere.”

When I asked her to be more specific, I never got an answer. However, I thought it might be nice, for a change of pace, to post one of those blog posts people do so often nowadays where it is mostly a slide show.

Also, I am in the middle of changing jobs and I just do not want to put too much thought into a blog post. Continue reading

Go Play a Video Game

Almost two months ago, I heard this big stink on the interwebs about Lana Del Ray’s disastrous Saturday Night Live performance. So I watched it. If you have not, I have provided you with it here. And even if you have, watch it again for a bit, just to refresh your memory.

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