And now mega flops...
Game 188 - Open
Brand New - Same Logic/Teeth
I seldom send indie rock for that matter, so it was a gamble to start with, and it didn't pay off. This was from their newest album released a good 9 years after last (2009) and I picked this song which some say summarises their varied musical career choices and trying out so many things. It is a bit angsty (the lyrics in particular), and I found it quirky with mixed elements and vocals that have been compared to Modest Mouse, though the same theatrics may have thrown people off. I suppose it could be better live. Anyhow I had complained Pitchfork and other critics, and listeners had rated the album on average 85% and above, even 90% so it was disappointing TFBSGers rated it so badly and rejected it outright. However to me it's better than all the generic boring indie rehash TFBSG desperately loves. Thankfully at least one person really enjoyed it, thanks Igorche
But you're no tailor, you're no surgeon, none of your cuts go very straight
Every new layer you uncover reveals something else you hate
And then you cracked your head, and broke some bones
And when you glued them back together you found out you did it wrong
Well this is the same logic that got us into trouble the first time
(When we discovered we could use)
The same logic to get us out of trouble
And shake off all the people we abuse
Game 189 - Baby You Were Born To Flop
24Herbs ft. Janice Vidal - Wonderland
Send something that probably would be overlooked for finals...well I couldn't resist sending this one. It is humorous trashy Cantopop from Hong Kong. 24Herbs is a rap group and I caught wind of them thanks to a video game called "Sleeping Dogs" - really GTA set in Hong Kong where you are an undercover cop breaking into the Triad society. So their music is rather hardcore at times (see examples below). This one though is more tongue in cheek, have fun. Janice has a really smooth voice going. Members of 24Herbs make it sound as campy as possible with lyrics like "i'ma make you my lady, and maybe we can make some babies." "she's so wet, showered in Moet,...she said rap me a song I like street poets". Overall it is delightfully terrible yet musically it can be enjoyed.
However the worst parts are in the Cantonese rapping, if you only understood what was being said "Ngoh yiu zhi, ni dui nogh yeo yi si, Nei yung gan geh heung sui hai mat yeh paai ji. OMG. You So pretty. Yau dik mat yeh sui yiu jik goon hoi hau wa ngoh ji"
(I really need to know what your intentions are towards me. Tell me what brand of perfume you're wearing...Whatever it is you need, just let me know). I obviously expected it to flop and it did, but not before Litotes and N.M.
gave it big pts.
Hey Boo You're so fine
Enticing me I'm a make you mine
Like a diamond in the rough,
You fine what's ill,
leave the rest behind
I'ma make you, my lady and maybe
We can make some babies
My Bonnie, partners in crime
We'll be together for the whole nite
A couple more 24Herbs songs for those with strong hearts
Game 190 - Instrumental
Frank Klepacki - Under Construction
Frank Klepacki is best known for his soundtracks that he composed for Command and Conquer series PC games under Westwood studios. He also created the soundtrack for Dune 2 (1992), and then remodelled these with new tracks for Dune 2000 (1998). Dune 2000, like the aforementioned games are RTS (real time strategy games) where you have to build an base and raise and army to fight against enemy factions. Loosely based off Frank Herbert's Dune universe you control one of three great houses to wrestle control the planet's resource of spice melange. The game is actually available for download online. I find the soundtrack on the whole very creative, diverse and even fit for film soundtrack. Some further comments from song thread I made.
It is some unreal shredding
Also see the first track I present below.
I also leave a few interesting tracks for those who liked my selection. I'm sure
would also take to these had he voted. I could have been a bit more ambitious perhaps:
I had actually wanted to change to this one but sent it bit late, Adey got a bit confused and kept the original link so I decided not to pester him further. The mixed percussion in this one is pretty cool and I might resend for another edition:
and this one is a slow building track but the progression is almost seamless and the climax is incredible, at about 2.5 minutes you don't know what hit you, then the drop...
As you can see from these tracks Frank Klepacki is quite a versatile artist who plays with symphonic instruments to create his soundscapes.
As to the track I picked: It's also good to hear some less used instruments like the harp, and tubular bells, with strong booming bass and drum track underneath to wrap it together. Overall vibe is majestic and crisp, the flow is quite seamless and builds with subtle variations in intensity (fitting track title) especially towards the finale.
This one was actually featured in the game Dune 2 under a different name "Faithful Warriors" - 8 bit version