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Ocarina iPhone app

I’ve been wondering why we haven’t seen more iPhone apps that take a page from the DS and incorporate “blow into the mic” functionality. Since I don’t own an iPhone (yet!) though, I may have missed some.

But how cool is this? Nevermind that the movie below demos the “Zeldarian mode,” but get this: apparently it responds not only to your breath and multi-touch, but to the tilt of the iPhone as well. And you can actually listen to other Ocarina app users around the world.

Right now it’s 99 cents. ZOMG!

Ocarina in the App Store.

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Battlestar Galactica’s Problem with Children

**SPOILER ALERT**

Killer baby from It's AliveBabies always ruin good TV shows. I know there are more, but Tabitha on “Bewitched” and Elizabeth on “V” (loved this series) are the only ones I can think of right now. I’m sure VH1 has probably done a special on this specific subject.

Anyway, I worry about “Battlestar Galactica”. Season 3 has already displayed some disappointing lack of imagination with the hetero-normative behavior its characters default to after settling on New Caprica.

Ah, back to normal, let’s get married! Starbuck and Anders, Apollo and Dualla, Tyrol and Cally, Helo and Sharon. I mean, give me a fucking break. (Let us not speak of the corpulent horrors visited on a married Apollo. Thank the gods its fake.)

Yes, Roslin’s advice in the pilot is the smartest, most practical course of action for the story the writers are creating: if the human race is to survive they need to start making babies. I get it. Though it’s only dawning on me now that my strong reaction might be rooted in this being the fictional equivalent of the galling rationale the Washington State Supreme Court employed in its denial of marriage equality this year: marriage is meant for procreation.

Don’t do it girl!Leoben trying to play house with Starbuck is dumb enough without the creepy undercurrents of domestic violence. Shove a baby in her face, tell Starbuck it’s hers and watch her fulfill the ultimate role women can ever hope to attain: wife and mother. This was the stupidest subplot EVER in a show that vaunts itself on creating powerful roles for women.

Slutty Six and the manner in which the camera lingers lasciviously on her, the groan-inducing quest for true love. Men’s fear of female entrapment–Fatal Attraction scenarios, extortion by pregnancy, economic exploitation, the vagina dentata–is at the heart of so much in the series. At least Seven of Nine turned out to be more than a pair of tits in a tight uniform. Her character had conflict of a different order, was imperfect and central to the episodes and stories that made “Star Trek: Voyager” so good leading up to its end.

Who the hell is this person trying to pass herself off as Starbuck? The writers just chose to ignore the elaborate character and backstory that they created to rest on some tired ass patriarchal convention. I almost vomited when she clutched Leoben’s hand in the hospital after the baby recovered from falling down the stairs. You could hear me yelling “Dumbass!” around the block when she insisted on going back for Kacey in the middle of her rescue. And when Kacey’s real mom plucked her from Starbucks’ embrace back on Galactica? I say again, DUMB-fuckin-ASS.

And then there’s Hera.

The opening theme states ominously every week that the Cylons have a plan. Six/Caprica assures Gaius again and again that God has a plan, and that Hera is key. I really truly hope that the writers have a plan for the damn baby that does not involve freaky powers, encourage more heinous domestic situations with badass characters, or that devolve further into “what about the children” scenes that consign the cast to the most inane of gender roles. Because if this goes the way of hybridity being the salvation for both races, I will FLIP OUT. If story-lines continue to devolve by centering more and more on the baby, for no discernible reason other than to prop up regressive notions of family, marriage and hetero-normativity, this will be the biggest squandering of the best sci fi TV series that almost was.

Drunk Cock EPLocal freak-drag treasure Ursula Android sums up my sentiments best. Listen to the MP3 for “Babies!”

For more on marriage equality in Washington State, see the NW Women’s Law Center and Equal Rights Washington.

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My One Day at PAX 2006 – I met Jane Pinckard!

So, I knew that all the prominent game bloggers were gonna be there.

I’ve owned up to the unhappy fact that I am a star fucker. Anyone with the merest shred of celebrity who comes within my vicinity, and I start acting with a studied air of casual indifference. Furtively staring while contriving excuses for an introduction, something, anything that will bestow notice. Pitiful.

Some small, stupid part of me was hoping to make it on The 1UP Show. A segment on gay gamers, maybe. Perhaps Jane and I would check out the local bands and hipster haunts on Capitol Hill later, and I could find out how she came to do everything I love and get paid for it: writer, musician, film producer, gamer, Asian hottie. “It could’ve been me, it should’ve been me.”

I stood around with K for about 10 minutes, waiting for an audience while Ryan, another 1UP Show host/producer and what looked like The 1UP Show entourage, posed for pix and shot the shit.

I wished her luck since I had read she was leaving the show, and left them to their business. One thing I noticed though: all the bloggers I spied that day were much shorter than I expected: Brian Crecente from Kotaku (sorry, man, I hovered while you were buying food but found no graceful way to say hi), Jane, Ryan and Jeremy from 1UP. Weird.

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Get Yer Game Soundtracks Here

The save couchWow, this post on Kotaku led to a goldmine of game music. The soundtrack to Rez is there. And Ico too (another all-time favorite game of mine).

K always liked the song in Ico that would play whenever you saved. Sitting on the couch with Yorda to rest a bit, K would sometimes just let the music play, and we’d bob our heads along. I did some research on how to pull sound out of games or hook up a computer to the PS2, but we never really got far with it.

As far as game soundtracks go, I bought the one for Katamari Damacy and found the Rez tracks a while ago. As a game lover and music lover, I’m not as into listening to game soundtracks as you’d think. It feels a bit off-putting in a weird way. Like the two things shouldn’t mix for some reason. I wonder where this comes from.

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The Frites Come Out at Night

There’s a little store near K’s place that sells authentic Belgian frites: cut into neat three-dimensional rectangles, all the same size, served in a paper cone with your choice of mayo-based dipping sauce and a cute little wooden spear to gobble it up all with.

Their hours, when they first opened at least, were late night, just right for all the hipsters coming out of a concert or a club, nicotine and grease consumed on a street corner.

Much as I love french fries, I can count the amount of times I’ve been there on one hand. Beyond the starchy goodness, there’s something satisfying about walking around, eating something wrapped in paper. With a little wooden spear!

At first I was worried if they’d have enough business, but it seems they’re doing OK. You know why, right? 🙂

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The Stills: “Of Montreal”

Yet another song I heard on KEXP. That was actually last summer when the sun was more prodigal. Finally got around to buying it, the whole album actually.

I like songs with undercurrents of yearning. Either in the lyrics, instrumentation or vocal stylings. Something in the way this is sung and played reminds me of Adorable’s “A to Fade In”, a song that comes this shy of breaking my heart.

Listen to a preview on iTunes.

Of the other tracks on “Logic Will Break Your Heart”, so far I’m listening most to Lola Stars and Stripes, Gender Bombs, Let’s Roll and Changes are No Good.

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Electric Six: “Danger! High Voltage”

I heard this on KEXP the other day and had to get it. Reminded me of Thrill Kill’s “Sex on Wheelz”: brazen, trashy, sexed up fun.

Listen to a preview on iTunes.

Looks like it came out 2 years ago–how did I miss this? The commercial for the DVD release of “Mr & Mrs. Smith” had this playing in the background. Does this mean I missed the window on it when it was cool? Oh well.

Put this one on blast and shake yo dirty ass.

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