Monthly Archives: February 2009

“The Girl Ain’t Preggers” now in video game format

Ever wish you could jump over babies and turn them into money?

Well, now you can thanks to BP’s pal, Grampall Jookabox.

As if his video for “The Girl Ain’t Preggers,” which Scott shared with us, wasn’t entertaining enough, Asthmatic Kitty created a video game set to that very same hypnotic song, that surpasses the video.  You run around, jump over babies, turn them into money, collect the money, money = milk, then toss milk bottles at babies.  And most importantly, it has a good message. To, um, feed babies, or something.

Check the game here.

Oh yeah, and the dude is going on tour in Europe in April, lucky bastard.

thanks to pitchfork for this info…yes, that means I’ve started reading them again.

Ryan

SINGLES CLUB: 2

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THE HOUSE OF LOVE

“FEEL”

b/w “IT’S ALL TOO MUCH (Beatles Cover) / “LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU” / “STRANGE BREW (Cream Cover)”

(Guy Chadwick)

The House Of Love are one of my favorite bands that no one’s heard of. Initially signed to Creation Records (UK home of Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine & Oasis, among others), by the time of their third album Babe Rainbow, the band had ended up on Fontana Records in the UK and Mercury in the States. Hyped by the UK music press as the post-Smiths great white hope of the 80s indie scene, many think the HOL’s thunder was stolen by the emerging Stone Roses. By the time of Babe Rainbow‘s release in 1992, The House Of Love were widely-seen as a group that never quite made it to the big leagues, instead eternally relegated to the second division.

Of course, this has nothing to do with their music, which I think is fantastic. Guy Chadwick, the band’s main songwriter, is criminally underrated in my estimation. both lyrically and compositionally. “Feel”, the second single from Babe Rainbow, features signature House Of Love heavily-reverberated guitar, Guy’s sweet croon and a general melancholy mood. So right up my Anglophile alley, then. Also, I tried to find the b-side cover of George Harrison’s “It’s All Too Much”, to no avail. Track it down if you can, quite good.

Here’s the video:

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Gamestop Training Video

I’m sure this has been making the rounds on the internet for the last few weeks now, but I came across this via The Consumerist.

I realize that Gamestop is attempting to make humor out of selling to women, but it still seems somewhat offensive. Imagine they were selling to Latinos or Blacks or any other social class, race, group, etc.

That aside, it’s still pretty amusing.  Nothing like suggesting for your employees  to tell fat women to buy exercise programs for the wii and  awkwardly introduce yourself and make passes at milfs.

Ryan

Pop Secret (just ignore this post, it’s for a class)




SINGLES CLUB: 1

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“REPTILIA”

b/w “MODERN GIRLS AND OLD-FASHIONED MEN”

(Julian Casablancas)

US: 19 (Modern Rock)

UK: 17 (Physical Sales)

I am obsessive compulsive. As such, I like to spend crazy amounts of time making lists, both of the written and play varieties. One playlist I’ve made and have been consistently updating is one I’ve dubbed “Singles Club”. Basically, “Singles Club” is my attempt to collect all of the singles from the various albums, compilations, etc. on my iPod and put them under one roof (so to speak). If it was released as a 7″, 12″, CD single, radio single, video single, download single or whatever else, then it has a place in “Singles Club”. To help make this endeavor seem slightly less masturbatory, I decided to use the playlist as the basis for a new feature, creatively entitled Singles Club. A couple of times a week, I’ll put the SC plsylist on random, and whatever song comes up first is the one I’ll write about. I plan to write a bit about the song, give it some context (maybe some personal reminiscence), and hopefully provide audio, or a video, and physical single info if applicable (i.e. single cover, b-side). So, if you’re not asleep yet, let’s go!

So, the first entry in Singles Club is “Reptilia” by The Strokes, the second single from their second album, 2003’s Room On Fire. Many people seem to think that Room On Fire is little more than a retread of the group’s lauded debut Is This It, a lazy repetition of that album’s style and sound. Many people are wrong. Room is my favorite Strokes album, largely because of what I consider to be a more varied approach to songwriting on the part of Julian Casablancas and more confident, muscular playing on the part of the band. But even the haters seem to have time for “Reptilia”, maybe because it’s one of the Room songs that could most easily have been on its predecessor. Of the three singles from this album, “Reptilia” definitely has more in common with the choppy chords of “The Modern Age” or “New York City Cops”, but it also shows a greater sense of arrangement than many of the more basic tunes on Is This It, presumably due to the band’s enhanced chops derived from extensive touring for that album.

The B-side to “Reptilia” is called “Modern Girls And Old-Fashioned Men”, a duet between crooner Casablancas and singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. Spektor acted as the opener for some of the dates on the Room On Fire tour, and this collaboration makes for a strong flipside.

Here’s the video for “Reptilia” (directed by Jake Scott)…

…and a strange computer animated Sims-esque fan-made video for “Modern Girls”

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cross blog pollination: T-Shirt Album Track 5

Okay, we’re going to change things up a bit here. For the first time ever we’re having a guest-author on TNM.  “Who?” you ask.  Well, John Adrianse, of course. He is editor and author for the blog So Not Original. Go ahead, check it out. It’s pretty sweet.

Anyway, this is a continuation from a series of posts called “T-Shirt Album Tracks.” He posts a pic of a t-shirt he owns then a corresponding song. I quite like the idea.  So click the following links for tracks 1, 2, 3, and 4. And then just peruse the rest of the posts. So enough babbling from me….

T-Shirt Album Track 5

For some reason I had the great (weird?) idea to post a bunch of pictures of my t-shirts on my blog.

Here’s track 5:

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Mr. Ryan C. Meier sent me this t-shirt all they way from Japan while he was there teaching little kiddies how to talk American.
I’d like to meet one of them some time and see if they talk like him or something… maybe there’s a dozen Japanese kids that sound just like Ryan… mind blowing

Here’s a few detail shots of the shirt:

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Ryan also sent me an EP by the band !!!.
here’s one of their best jams:

And there you have it folks. Something that isn’t related to  video games, Rob Dobi, or Japanese serial killers, courtesty of Mr. Adrianse  over at So Not Original.  Add it to your google reader right now!

And I almost forgot, the second entry from the “Beati Paoli Winter Tour 2009” Diary was posted there a few days back.  So to be able to follow my next entry you’ll have to check it out there,  otherwise you’ll be completely lost.

National Game Registry: Mattel Electronics Intellivision

United States Library of Congress

Mattel Electronics Intellivision

image: INTV Funhouse

Mattel Electronics Intellivision
image: Old Computers

Mattel Electronics Intellivision
image: Old Computers

This article features the best games released for the Mattel Electronics Intellivision as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Intellivision
Manufacturer: Mattel Electronics
Debut: 1979 (test market), 1980 (mass market)
Nation of origin: United States

Mattel Electronics entered the video game business in 1979 with their Intellivision console, simultaneously launching the first great console war with competitor Atari. The Intellivision’s controllers were very complex, featuring button inputs, a keypad, and a dial/wheel for directional movement. So complex was the input that overlays were provided for users that had difficulty remembering the controls for each game. The Intellivision is considered by some, thanks to some rather acrobatic logic, to be the first 16-bit system, which shows exactly how meaningless bit counts really are compared to processors and graphics/audio chips. Debatable claims aside, the Intellivision was capable of some very attractive graphics and its games contained more musical content than many of their contemporaries on other systems. Along with its main competitor, the Atari 2600, the Intellivision survived the video game industry crash of 1983 when Mattel’s game development team bought the Intellivision rights from Mattel. The new company, INTV, continued as a mail-order business throughout the 1980s.  The following Intellivision releases have been inducted into the National Game Registry:

Astrosmash (1981)
SNAFU (1981)
Utopia (1981)
Pitfall (1982)
Shark! Shark! (1982)
Thunder Castle (1982)
Diner (1987)

REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Emulation: National Game Registry recommends Nostalgia for Intellivision emulation on home computers.

Manuals: Many Intellivision games are less than self-explanatory. An extensive collection of original manuals and controller overlays may be viewed at Intellivision Lives

Reviews: Video Game Critic offers several Intellivision reviews.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.