Texas native Grant Dull is not the guy one would expect to see at the forefront of a revolution in Latin American music. A former resident of San Antonio with no connection to Latin America (other than his hometown's proximity to the Mexican border), he is one of the co-founders of Buenos Aires, Arg ... More >>
*Family Fun Arcade Prepares to Close After Four Decades
*10 Best Arcades in L.A.
Ever get the hankering to play some classic arcade games, but, alas, you're nowhere near your arcade? Or your go-to place is Granada Hills' Family Fun Arcade, which is set to close?
If you have an iPhone, yo ... More >>
Grindcore band Terrorizer formed here, and their 1989 debut World Downfall was extremely influential. After 2006's reunion album Darker Days Ahead guitarist Jesse Pintado passed away, but the rest of Terrorizer has a new album, Hordes Of Zombies, out February 28th.
Now weirdly, and out of nowhere, ... More >>
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She ain't no Princess Peach, but Kreayshawn now has her very own video game. Kreayshawn: The Game bowed earlier this month, courtesy of Toronto-based illustrator-cum-game-designer Beth Maher. The 8-bit creation places the L.A. rapper alongsid ... More >>
Proximal Records"Dam-Funk is just a class act." That's according to Benedek, an upcoming L.A.-based producer who just so happens to have Dam's vocals lavished all over the title track to his debut EP, the jubilant, cowbell-embellished funk work-out "That's My Jam!" The hook-up came about afte ... More >>
Liz OhanesianComputeHer live at Obsolete
Cristina Fuentes is a master of Game Boy beats.
She plays "8-bit" music, also known as "chip" music or "chiptunes," whose name references computer chips. What unites musicians of this genre is not so much a specific sound, but rather the technology ... More >>
L.A. label Learning Music has just dropped a new music treat just in time for Christmas: a beat-heavy cassette (yes, cassette) in gift-ribbon red -- an album rightly dubbed LARGER (for the size of the sound, not the medium) featuring collabs with Teen Inc., Julia Holter, Adult Swim bro DJ Dou ... More >>
It was the summer of 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and millions of Americans were knocking down virtual walls of their own alongside their Soviet counterparts as Nintendo released the Game Boy with Tetris packed in with the system.
Ivan FernandezOver 20 years later (25 fo ... More >>
By Liz Gonzales
On Saturday night in a small boxy room lit only by a dim Chinese lantern, colored spotlights and a red-bulb lamp, the air was thick with theÂ diverse energy-bursting soundtrack courtesy of DJs Naha, Miyuki, Baseck, Skull Vomit, Tech Itch and EMU, who, combined, embrace ... More >>
Kyle Robinson is a toy maker in Eugene, Oregon. When he's not busy in the workshop, he makes chip music under the name Thretris. Eventually, he combined his love of 8-bit sounds with his talent for modifying objects by making custom Game Boys.
"As it turned out, a lot of musicians and collectors r ... More >>
Check out CuriousJosh's latest column for more photos from Wham Bam Thank You NAMM.
Josh "CuriousJosh" ReissPeter KirnLast weekend, thousands of musicians, DJs, producers and other assorted gearheads headed out to Southern California for NAMM, the annual industry trade show. While most of the ... More >>
If you're a Weezer fan, or an 8-Bit fan, here's something that will give you a chuckle and/or a conniption: the classic self-titled first Weezer album, as heard harnessed through 8-Bit technology.
From the Pterodactyl Squad net label:
The songs on this compilation have mostly been created ... More >>
Kevin ScanlonAbout 12 years ago, my wife and I pulled her original Atari 2600 out of storage and hooked it up to our television. We set it on the floor, next to my Sega Genesis, and showed it to our kids.
"What's that?" One of them asked.
"This is how we started playing video games at home when we ... More >>
Liz OhanesianVenetian Snares at Darkmatter Soundsystem, 2/28/09
Since 2001, Darkmatter Soundsystem has been at the forefront of the L.A. underground, when they helped to popularize breakcore, drum 'n' bass' noisy cousin, and dubstep, locally. Over the years, they have released their own harsh-soundi ... More >>