Vinyl’s comeback has been huge. A new generation of people are falling in love with the crackle, ritual and physical experience of holding and reading a record while listening to music. Out of that entire culture is a very niche, but every growing subculture, of people that enjoy video game music on vinyl. According to Blip Blop, a website dedicated to Video Game Vinyl (VGM vinyl), 2016 had around 90 releases on vinyl, while 2017 has nearly 130. Not only is that a huge jump from the previous year, but that’s essentially one VGM Vinyl release every 3 days. So what’s the big deal? Why do people care? Let’s take a look at the various reasons why people buy VGM Vinyl, and vinyl as a whole. Continue reading Why Video Game Vinyl?
The WhatsItTech team was fortunate enough to go to PAX East 2018 this year. During our trip, I was able to lock down a few interviews with some brilliant people. One of them was Darren Korb, composer of the Supergiant Games Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Below you will find the written transcription of our interview. Continue reading Darren Korb PAX East Interview
If anyone hasn’t done so already, check out the review of the ‘ debut album In The Arms of the Sun by Vox Vocis. That album completely blew me away and made me jealous because if I could somehow go back in time, that would be the album I made. When I caught wind of the news that the band was recording their second album, I was extremely excited. I am happy to say that the band did not disappoint. This will be a breakdown of the entire album track by track . Continue reading Vox Vocis – Star Meissa Album Review
I recently was given the amazing opportunity to interview the guys over at Jammy Guitar. Jammy Guitar is a company that’s currently making a portable guitar unlike any other. They’ve gone through many iterations in their prototype stages, but are closing in on a final potential model in the upcoming months. Continue reading Interview: Jammy Guitar
As with many guitar players, I was inspired by the album cover from Steve Vai’s pivotal album Passion and Warfare. The swirled guitar with colors everywhere was captivating to me as a teen. What also held my attention was some of the low end Vai was getting out of his guitar, especially the riff in “The Audience Is Listening”. This build is a result of that inspiration. Continue reading My 7 String Build!
Tunechi F Baby, and the F is for finally back. Lil Wayne has been a seminal MC to the hip hop game. From really pushing the idea of the mixtape forward in the mid to late 2000’s to his birthing a generation of new wave rappers, Wayne is no slouch. Continue reading Lil Wayne – Is it Weezy Season?
Few albums have blown me away first listen the same way this album has. Aside from being the album that put Steve Vai on the map as a fantastic guitar player, it pushed the musical boundaries of instrumental guitar music. There weren’t many seven string players during this time, and with some of his tunes using a 7, Passion and Warfare was on it’s way to be a classic. Continue reading Album Of The Week- Steve Vai – Passion And Warfare
I The Mighty has always been an extremely interesting band to me. In the eight years that they have been a band, they have changed their sound multiple times, but it always sounded like I The Mighty. In their third album, they switched up their sound and vocalist Brent Walsh got incredibly introspective lyrically. They didn’t drop their post-hardcore sound that they had introduced in their label debut album Satori and honed in Connector, but some of the songs are stripped down musically. Continue reading I The Mighty – Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go Album Review
The Dave Brubeck Quartet are known for their groundbreaking album “Time Out”, an album that changed the landscape of music in 1959. Odd time signatures, captivating melodies and infectious rhythms riddled the album and it put the entire quartet on the map. In the three years following the iconic release, the group released fifteen projects. One of which that stood out was Brubeck’s “Bossa Nova U.S.A.” . Continue reading Album Of The Week – Bossa Nova U.S.A.
Vinyl is something that we are all huge fans of here at WhatsItTech. We all have our own turntables, and favorites that we love to spin. From Sting to Perturbator and Technics 1200’s to Sansui’s. We’ve spoke about our love of it at great length in the past! One thing we never really thought we’d see are changes to the ‘traditional’ turntable. Enter Kozmophone, a company shaking up a classic design with a modern spin. Continue reading Kozmophone Turntable – Vintage never looked so good!
Run The Jewels is what you would get if BIg K.R.I.T. and Trent Reznor hooked up, and if Trent could rap. Their second album, Run The Jewels 2 is a bombastic record filled with zippy one liners, earth shattering beats and friendship. Killer Mike and El-P not only created an album that is sounds sonically better than their first project, but they did it the way they wanted to. They released their music for free on their site, and garnered the respect of publications and MC’s everywhere. Without further ado, this weeks’ album is RTJ 2! Continue reading Album Of The Week – Run The Jewels 2
Progressive rock band Intervals, spearheaded by guitar player Aaron Marshall, announced their new album The Way Forward. The album is due to release on December 1, 2017. The band also released their first single, “Touch And Go”. For those who signed up to be a part of Aaron’s Jamplay event back in September heard this song performed on stream. The band is riding the success of their 2015 release of The Shape Of Colour, their first instrumental album. The Way Forward will also be an instrumental, and based on one or two of the other songs the band has teased from live shows and the stream, it certainly is a step forward. Continue reading Intervals’ Release New Single, Announce New Album