Crisis Of Conformity – Fist Fight! (“~1983”)

Could this be described as hyper-real hardcore punk? I.e., more real than the real thing? SNL had a skit recently where Fred Armisen gets his old band, “Crisis of Conformity,” back together at his daughter’s wedding. Even though the skit / band are fictional, the song they wrote for the skit is like 80s hardcore punk boiled down to its essential components — so it’s an artifact intended to sound like it was produced in the 1980s, but was written in the last few years. The skit is a simple recipe for slapstick wackiness, but the song itself holds merit. The only thing indicating this recording is recent is that the production value is far too clean for a typical shoestring budget early-80s punk 7″ EP. To really complete the effect, the drums would have to sound like cardboard boxes and the guitars would have to sound like chicken scratch stratocasters played through a transistor radio. Regardless, this song rips.

Cheetahmen (90’s Techno Remix)

In the 90s, some company made an unlicensed NES cartridge called “Action 52,” which contains 52 mini-“games.” If you have any experience with these kinds of offerings, they are 100% scams meant to fool the game-buying parents that buying one cartridge with 52 games is a better deal than buying 52 individual cartridges. Unfortunately, as is typically the case, all of the games are complete garbage and hardly qualify as “games.” The featured sub-game on Action 52 was called “Cheetahmen.” It was reportedly unplayable garbage (as expected), but somehow got a decent theme song. Somebody remixed the theme and it’s classic Mega Man techno-tronic action music. What will video games be like in the year 2118? Will Cheetahmen ever get the sequel it doesn’t deserve?

Elektron Digitakt

I’m a perennial no-money-haver, but I’ve been eyeing this Elektron Digitakt for some time now and am getting more and more convinced I need to snag one. Do you think the Soviet Union would have produced a digital sampling workstation/groovebox like this? Vote for Kodos.

Logg – Dancing Into The Stars (1981)

Jimmy jamboree, first heard this on a Motor City Drum Ensemble set at Dekmantel. So squiggly, funky, and juicy. The bold rhythmic piano stabs, the hustling drums, that bouncing bassline, the confident chord progressions all beneath the soulful multi-layered vocals, even some wonky synths flarping all around. This track has got the goods my man!

Dolby Anol – Visa Mastercard (2010)

Radical. Dolby Anol covered Gay Against You’s “Hairy House” on the “I Play Gay” record — on a side note, I don’t believe there is any copy of the original “Hairy House” available anywhere on the internet at present, based on reviewing the first page of Google search results. Thanks 4 visitin’. Do you believe in reincarnation? I suppose you could argue that if the ultimate fate of the universe is to collapse and Big Bang again, infinitely, then sure, the matter that makes up your body will eventually be recycled and next time your energy might be used to make a rock, or the rope used by an old man to hang himself in the 14th century BC, or the paper wrapper of a Taco Bell Baja Gordita, or the read arm on the hard drive on the server where the first uploaded version of Dolby Anol’s “Visa Mastercard” was stored. I mean if the universe is forever reforming anew (or Anol), infinitely, then one has to assume you’ve already been all those things, and you’ll continue being all those things, forever. Some people achieve peace of mind, others don’t. I oftentimes wonder about the ultimate origin of my thoughts. When I meditate, I watch as thoughts arise from within my brain at random. Thanks for visiting my website. I don’t have anything to sell you. I’ve got some kewl music to share though.

Conway’s Game of Life: Programmable Computer

A programmable computer, built using the simple rules of Conway’s Game of Life, computing the Fibonacci series. Redstone computing in Minecraft is one thing, but this is just fantastic. Now imagine scaling this computer up to the point it could run Conway’s Game of Life as a standalone executable, and then rebuilding the computer in that newly emulated environment, and so on and so on… forget turtles, it’s Conway’s Game of Life all the way down.