Matt Storm, co-host of the Crash Chords Podcast, once proclaimed on its very first episode, “As long as human beings have creativity, they will think of something different.” That’s a proud and optimistic statement, warm to the touch but nonetheless brimming with Homosapien zealotry. I’d have loved to hop on board, and yet I couldn’t help but ponder the truth of the matter. In this glorious age of information, with genres erupting into existence at breakneck speed—via osmosis, mitosis, metamorphosis—it seems almost unthinkable that there could actually be a limit to what we can create. Indeed, this flourishing scene might sound like an artistic utopia, but the sobering irony is that quite often, the more knowledge we share, the less individuality we bring to the table; the less unique our upbringing, the more ubiquitous our artistry. So, has it come time to question whether this brave new world of ours could one day… plateau?
This week we gear up for a review of Information Retrieved by Pinback, and then we voice our thoughts on the recent fiasco involving Glee’s “cover” of Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” arrangement
This week we tackle our first video game soundtrack: the Halo 4 OST. Then we get into a discussion on originality in film & video game scores, and the importance of compelling themes and vivid imagery.
Tonight we’re joined by returning guests, the Wall Street Playaz, who come to us with a special choice album suggestion for this week’s review: Hide the Kitchen Knives by The Paper Chase. Then we get some insight into WSP’s latest work, as well as a sneak preview track from their upcoming LP, so stick around!
Welcome back! Join us in our first review of 2013, where we take on the remix album, A Wrenched Virile Lore, released by Mogwai. Then stick around for a discussion on the visual associations we come to have with music.
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Crash Chords! To celebrate, we deliver to you this very special non-episode to commemorate our many off-air shenanigans… (and to dispose of some excess clippage). Enjoy!
Good heavens, is there anything on God’s green Earth that can connect you more with your emotions than music? In times of joy, grief, trouble, or sorrow, is there ever a healthier outlet? When you’re sad, lonely, depressed, or just out-and-out disappointed with the world, isn’t it grand that (somewhere out there) there is a song that connects so profoundly with your current mood or situation? …That one song from that one album that just sums it up so perfectly!
Even though it was written as a novelty, Jerry Samuels’s 1966 single “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” (written under the pseudonym Napoleon XIV) has a way of planting itself deep within your brain, taking root, and then burgeoning forth in mindless recitation without warning or consent.
So, it would seem that we’re beginning to rack up a hefty number of podcasts. It’s been four months, and we’re about to hit Episode #20 this coming week! As for our new listeners, we encourage you to jump in wherever you like. After all, we’re most interested in what interests you! But with our growing backlogs of artists, albums, and topics, we understand that culling our “Podcast Category” page can seem a little daunting. This is why we’ve added a brand new Podcast Archive page, easily accessible just below our main banner for an at-a-glance look at all that we have to offer. (Believe me, when these numbers get higher, you’ll be glad it’s here.)
Like many who dabbled with the game Rock Band a few years back, I was occasionally exposed to a few curious stand-outs, the ones who crept their way into the archives amidst the landmark crowd-pleasers of the last fifty years. One of these new and exciting bands was the Post-Prog wonder, Children of Nova. Their hits, “The Complexity of Light” and “Aracaedion,” weren’t just fun songs to rock out to in the game (though of course they still are); I personally found myself mesmerized at how simultaneously inventive and catchy they were, both on and off the Xbox, despite being relatively unknown.