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by Tyler Gould

22 Sep 2009

The appeal of music games, from PaRappa the Rappa to Rock Band, has never been tied to how close they simulate making actual music, but to the challenge of memory and dexterity, the excitement of trying to keep up with the flow of notes, and the euphoria of being in sync with the rhythm.

Activision’s DJ Hero, hitting North America on October 27th, provides another interface to that tried-and-true experience. The turntable controller has a crossfader and three color-coded buttons for the player to scratch and mash as they scramble to keep pace with the music. A number of artists (e.g. DJ Shadow, Grand Master Flash, Jay-Z) will be playable avatars in the game, and Daft Punk, in addition to their virtual likenesses, have offered some of their stage sets and the following new, exclusive mashups:

Daft Punk “Around the World” vs. Young MC “Bust A Move”
Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. NASA “Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip”
Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Hashim “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)”
Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Queen “We Will Rock You”
Daft Punk “Short Circuit” vs. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
Daft Punk “Technologic” vs. Gary Numan “Cars”
Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation” vs. No Doubt “Hella Good”

There are three more unannounced mixes. Check the video below for some prerendered footage and brief glimpses of the gameplay.

by Eleanore Catolico

22 Sep 2009

TIME WARP!!!  Dance your cares away with Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley and Boober when Fraggle Rock‘s fourth and final season comes out on DVD November 3rd. Envisioned in the mind of Jim Henson, creator of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock debuted on January 10, 1983, broadcast in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It soon became an international phenomenon, with the “Fraggle Rock Theme” reaching number thirty-three on the British charts. Of all Henson’s series Fraggle Rock was the most conceptually rich, with Gorgs, Doozers, and the Silly Creatures of Outer Space all comprising the family-friendly syndicate. The magical world of Fraggle Rock will enchant anyone who is a kid at heart. Here’s Fraggle Rock‘s version of “We Are the World,” with “Children of Tomorrow” (queue warm, fuzzy feelings):

by Katharine Wray

22 Sep 2009

The 69 Eyes
Back In Blood
(The End Records)
Release: 15 September

Helsinki metal band The 69 Eyes jump on the vampire wagon with the video for “Dead Girls Are Easy” off their just-released album, Back In Blood, also available for free download.

01 Back In Blood
02 We Own The Night
03 Dead N’ Gone
04 The Good, The Bad & The Undead
05 Kiss Me Undead
06 Lips of Blood
07 Dead Girls Are Easy
08 Night Watch
09 Some Kind of Magick
10 Hunger
11 Suspriria Snow White
12 Eternal

The 69 Eyes
Dead Girls Are Easy [MP3]


Tour dates after the jump!

by Eleanore Catolico

22 Sep 2009

Eskimo Snow
Releasing: 22 September

Bay Area art-poppers Why? release Eskimo Snow today on Anticon. This time around, their music has a more folksy panache littered with lyrical introversion, a break away from the primal rap and angst-ridden beats of Alopecia. Watch Why? perform “Eskimo Snow”, a somber synth-ballad whose quiet reflections viscerally ring true.

01 These Hands
02 January Twenty Something
03 Against Me
04 Even the Good Wood Gone
05 Into the Shadows of My Embrace
06 One Rose
07 On Rose Walk, Insomniac
08 Berkeley by Hearseback
09 This Blackest Purse
10 Eskimo Snow


by Tyler Gould

22 Sep 2009

Devendra Banhart
What Will We Be
(Warner Brothers)
Releasing: October 27

Live versions of “Baby” and “Chin Chin & Muck Muck” showed up on YouTube a few months back, and both will make it on to the delightfully eccentric folkster’s major label debut. The album version of “Baby” can be streamed on Devendra’s MySpace.

01 Can’t Help but Smiling
02 Angelika
03 Baby
04 Goin’ Back
05 First Song for B
06 Last Song for B
07 Chin Chin & Muck Muck
08 16th & Valencia, Roxy Music
09 Rats
10 Maria Leonza
11 Brindo
12 Meet Me at Lookout Point
13 Walilamdzi
14 Foolin’

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