Two months ago, a local company that buys and sells music and such posted that they had received a partial discography: “Come grab some of the albums by the progenitors of Jet Rock n’ Roll, Guitar Wolf!!! No flight to Japan necessary!” This was the post that made me realize the full extent of what I want from life. I have a box full of Nirvana stuff, over a thousand CDs, but soon, not anymore…
Most bands sell merchandise at their shows. For years, if I even vaguely enjoyed a band, I would buy a CD, sticker, or shirt to support the arts. Minimalizing one’s lifestyle might imply advocating for the opposite. Fewer of my pesos do pollinate the pockets of performers, however, purchasing with purpose should always be the way to go. If you can answer yes to “will I still listen to this in ten years?,” buy away!
Video Games Live symphonically celebrates the best of videogame music. Led by composer Tommy Tallarico, the orchestra have performed to sold out theaters worldwide for 12 strong years now. Subjectively, I dig the cultural preservation aspect of the series, respect Tallarico’s composing and reviewing work, and enjoy most classic videogame soundtracks. Objectively, there isn’t much to appeal to folks that aren’t already fans. Can Video Games Live attract wider acceptance to this maligned music genre?
Subjective Rating: “8.0 / 10” (★★★★☆ [4/5])
Objective Rating: “6.5 / 10” (★★★☆☆ [3/5])
WANNA CONSIDER A SIDE NOTE? THAT TRON: LEGACY INTRO, MAN. GENIUS. ALRIGHT, KEEP ON READING!
I was curious in seeing Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, despite having not even finished the first episode, based mainly on the strength of the music I’d heard. Along with all the merchandise I’ve passed on over the years, I’ve also watched videos analyzing the psychology of certain characters, so I figured this would be a good chance to dive into the series. Would this concert, were it to return next year, convince someone that otherwise had no interest in the series to investigate further? Does the music stand alone and work on its own?
Videogame expo PAX hosted two nights of concerts over Labor Day weekend. The Friday night line-up consisted of opener Martin Leung the Video Game Pianist, nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot, and headlining the evening was Minibosses-tribute band Bit Brigade. I skipped the Saturday night line-up of Triforce Quartet, 1UPs, and Super Guitar Bros., although with more planning, rest, and effort, I probably could have enjoyed it as much as Friday’s festivities.