Posts Tagged ‘wiki’

Mexican Apples From the Balkans

November 5, 2008

Some great music has recently reached my ears, and I really recommend giving a listen to these three bands.

As usual, I’m shamelessly stealing from Wiki here:

Balkan Beat Box is a world music group founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Firewater and Big Lazy and Tomer Yosef (MC, vocals, perc, sampler unit). As a musical project they often cooperate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as on stage. Their current live crew consist of Tomer Yosef, Ben Hendler, Itamar Ziegler, Eyal Talmudi, Uri Kinrot, Jeremiah Lockwood, and Peter Hess. Amongst their other collaborators are Victoria Hannah, the Bulgarian Chicks, and gnawa player Hassan Ben Jaffar.

This is their MySpace. At the very least, check out Digital Monkey. Oh, and Hermetico, too.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic classical guitars. The duo’s members are Rodrigo Sánchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar (‘y’ is spanish for ‘and’). The pair, now residing in Dublin, Ireland, are from Mexico City, Mexico.

What it doesn’t say there, is that most of their songs are covers of rock and metal tracks. Their versions of Orion (Metallica) and Stairway are insanely awesome. Here’s the MySpace link. Oh, and I’m pretty sure the first part of Vikingman is actually the X-Men animated series theme.

Third and final group are The Apples (התפוחים). They don’t seem to have a Wiki page, and I can’t really describe their music myself. Suffice to say it’s unique, awesome, and awesome. Get on their MySpace, and check out Killing. Probably one of the best covers I’ve ever heard.

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari)

October 26, 2008

This is old news, but it’s old news worth (re)telling.

Cave Story

Cave Story

Cave Story, considered one of the best indie games ever, is a solid 2d platformer developed by a single person called Daisuke Amaya, or Pixel for us intrawebs folk. Pixel created the artwork, code and music for this game, and they’re all top notch. It’s an awesome game, and one of my all time favorites. Give it a try if you haven’t already.

To quote the wiki,

Cave Story has been very well-received by critics. 1UP.com described it as “so massive that it rivals modern GBA Castlevania and Metroid games in terms of scope and play time.”[2] InsideMacGames ascribed the game’s popularity to its “polished feel, engaging storyline, and compelling artwork”.[3] In the July 2006 issue of Swedish game magazine Super PLAY, Cave Story was given 1:st place on their list of the 50 best freeware games of all time.[4] EGM stated that “The burgeoning Western indie game scene owes a tremendous debt to Japanese pioneers like Studio Pixel, whose freeware hit Cave Story proved that with sufficient vision, skill, and passion, a single developer can still craft a deep, compelling action game.”[5]

So if you’re interested, use this link to get your grubby hands on the game, and if you happen to own a Wii, you might want to check out the upcoming WiiWare release.