All posts by Raghav Govindarajan

About Raghav Govindarajan

A business professional with a strong love of technology and music. I aim to bring to light new music, technology, and art.

Elephant Gym Concert Review

There are very few bands that I know of that could put on as energetic of a show as a 3 piece. There also fewer bands I know of that could pull off a 2 piece. Both Elephant Gym and Vasudeva pull of both of these feats off splendidly in a packed room at the Mercury Lounge on a Sunday night two weeks ago. Between the high octane energy and the great banter, I left the show in good spirits and hopeful for where some underground music is headed. Continue reading Elephant Gym Concert Review

Shovel Knight PAX East 2018 Interview Part 1

This will be a 2 part interview because of how large this interview. This interview was synthesized from roughly 48 minutes of audio. We would first like to extend the most sincerest thanks to Yacht Club Games team that was at PAX as well as the great gentleman that we interviews. Both Mike Herbster (Level Design) and Sandy Gordon (Pixel Artist) were great to talk to. We decided to hold on to this interview closer to King Knight’s release, but due to delays that Yacht Club discuss here. With that in mind, enjoy the interview below with Mike Herbster. The second part of our interview series will be with Sandy Gordon! Continue reading Shovel Knight PAX East 2018 Interview Part 1

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Morti Viventear- Sleep Deprived Pessimist- Nautilus Edition Review

Ever since hearing Lovecraftsmanship and reviewing it on the website, I’ve been hooked on his work. There is something so fresh about his production style and the fact that his drums are well layered and intricate.  In my review of Lovecraftmanship, I compared him to DJ Shadow and J Dilla. I stand by those claims simply based on his crafting of a beat, but he takes it in a direction much more akin to Flying Lotus and his style of production. When Morti re-released Sleep Deprived Pessimist, I was excited to hear what he had to say, and to say I was surprised was an understatement.  Continue reading Morti Viventear- Sleep Deprived Pessimist- Nautilus Edition Review

Apex Legends- The Battle Royale That Doesn’t Feel Like One

I first heard about Apex Legends a day after it came out. I was surprised, considering it was a Battle Royale, the craze hitting the video game industry by storm, and I had heard nothing about it. My experience with Battle Royale’s is admittedly very minimal. I’d seen a lot of PUBG, but never played it, and played maybe 20 hours of Fornite with friends until I had come to the conclusion that it just wasn’t for me. Apex, on the other hand, plays like an absolutely different game and doesn’t feel like a Battle Royale to me. That is largely in part due to the mechanics. Continue reading Apex Legends- The Battle Royale That Doesn’t Feel Like One

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Top 10 Albums of 2018

2018 was a wild year for everyone involved. At the beginning of the year, I decided to listen to 300 albums that I never listened to before, both new and old. Within the list of 300 albums are quite a few albums from 2018. Because I set out in the beginning of the year to listen to a variety of music, I wasn’t sure how it’d affect my 2018 list and what I sought out. Interestingly enough, there’s some surprising variety. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 2018

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Interview with No Alarms

After seeing the EP posted on reddit, and being downright addicted to a genre of music that I hadn’t visited in years, I decided to reach out to Andrew from No Alarms to talk to him about how the band came to be, some of his inspiration, songwriting approach, and more. He’s an absolute gentleman and I want to take this time to thank him for getting back to me. Continue reading Interview with No Alarms

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The Messenger – The most surprising Metroidvania of the year

I initially saw The Messenger at Pax East 2018. Intrigued by the script font, the blue background and of course, the incredibly fun looking platforming, I added it to my Steam Wishlist on a whim and continued on with my pop culture adventure. A few months later, I get a notification that one of the games on my wishlist released, and on yet another whim, bought it. I knew essentially nothing about the game aside from the platforming aspect. I didn’t know I was in for an adventure that would take a hold of my life ransom for a full week with practically no pause. Continue reading The Messenger – The most surprising Metroidvania of the year

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Dance With The Dead – Loved To Death

Hearing Dance with the Dead for the first time was like a breath of fresh air. I had been submerging myself in the synthwave genre and listened to artists like Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, Gost, Wavshaper and Com Truise. But, as a musician that loves metal , I always wanted some heavier guitars featuring some of that electronic music goodness. Hearing B Sides Volume 1 was glorious, and once the band announced teasers for the new album, I knew I was going to fall in love. August 14th, the album dropped, and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since. Continue reading Dance With The Dead – Loved To Death

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Foo Fighters Concert Review – MSG July 17, 2018

It’s odd to say that I didn’t have music around my whole life. I had only really started listening to music around the age of 13 when I picked up my guitar. My friend Jason, of the same age, started showing me all the bands he loved and grew up with. He showed me Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Maroon 5, and this band call the Foo Fighters. The band name intrigued me. What on earth was a “Foo Fighter”? Then Jason shows me this video of a long-haired Jesus man walking up to a mic and singing the opening lines to a song that would change it all for me “Keep you in the dark , you know they all pretend…” More than a decade from that day, 3 albums, 1 EP later, and I got to see what a “Foo Fighter” really was.

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Runner 3 – Interview

The Bit Trip Runner series has always been charming, bright, and an action packed adventure following Commander Video through a musical journey. At PAX East 2018, the third game in the main series was announced with a release date of May 22, 2018. The game released with great success and improved upon every concept of Runner 2, as if that was even possible.  Continue reading Runner 3 – Interview

Nintendo announced Nintendo Online — and it’s a travesty

Two days ago, Nintendo announced the details about Nintendo Online, their online service for the Nintendo Switch. After having gone over the details of it, I’d have to say that not only is Nintendo Online lackluster, it’s a slap in the face of every consumer that bought the switch that wants to use their online functionality.  Continue reading Nintendo announced Nintendo Online — and it’s a travesty

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My Favorite Metroidvanias

The Metroidvania genre is a very unique, but growing genre. It’s name is a  combination of the popular Nintendo franchise Metroid and Konami’s Castlevania series, specifically Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It is strongly dependent on a few concepts that we’ll list below before we dive into what my favorites are.  Continue reading My Favorite Metroidvanias