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  • unmanneddrone 4:23 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Talk about being put on the backburner! Been a bit of a busy one of late, and I’d forgotten about it. Send ’em on through and I’ll get to it when I can!

    May as well do a refresher for those who haven’t submitted…

    Music To Game By

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    Newbies, the theme is indeed “Music To Game By”, so if that means two songs from a custom soundtrack, or any other inference or interpretation, submit away!

  • unmanneddrone 2:02 pm on April 18, 2012 Permalink
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    @cgrajko Utterly useless factoid that would only be useful to terrorists and/or interrogators: Rez is the only game to ever make me feel woozy. A masterpiece, though!

    Another toll from the village bell.

    Music To Game By

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    Throw ’em down, friends. I’ve received tracks from @feenwager and @mjpilon thus far. Should be a hoot, this mix.

  • unmanneddrone 2:19 am on April 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Hello there, fellows. Do you know what time it is? Oh yes. Time to pull back the satin cloth and put forth another Squad Music Mix submission process!

    Music To Game By

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    With this, the second user-submitted theme to rock the block, let us plumb the depths of our own custom gaming soundtracks. Relive those memories of fine music/game combinations and offer up the very best of the very best, for the very best. And yes, if you simply want to throw in game OST favourites, then shine on, my crazy diamonds.

    In the words of an overly zealous Alpha 3 announcer, GO FOR BROKE and/or TRIUMPH OR DIE.

    @cgrajko Magnificent to read your present literary diet. I have this idea to add another character to the Recorderbot squad character pantheon based on a stylised version of one C. Grajko, a beat poet known simply as Supreme Acadeem. “Dropping [sic] clerihews”.

    One novel I always return to is Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh. It’s an interesting novel, especially as it was the first book after The Satanic Verses controversy and speaks rather forlornly to a sense of isolation. I nabbed it during my backpacking adventures in India, wanting to add flavour to my stay in Mumbai and Cochin…both featured as settings within the book. An utterly intoxicating read when the pages speak of your very surroundings, so I forged a special relationship with the book in that respect. That, and I do love Rushdie’s spry and playful cadence particularly in dialogue.

    Currently reading Richard Calder’s Frenzetta. I’ll always recommend this strange baroque science-fiction/fantasy writer, and this novel is no different, though I wouldn’t put it on the level of his Dead Things trilogy just yet. A good comparison would be along the lines of Gene Wolfe in terms of composition, but always semi-elegiac and unapologetically perverse. That said, you’re guaranteed a picaresque romp.

    Also reading Geoffrey Blainey’s Mines in the Spinifex, which is a terrific account of the Mt. Isa mining operations from their inception. The main reason I love Blainey’s work is that he has an eye for detail. His first book, The Peaks of Lyell, was another historical mining operation account and was a fascinating depiction of the mining frontier in the wilds of Western Tasmania from the 1890s onwards.

    @redswir1 Check out John Keegan as well, if you haven’t already. His Barbarossa: Invasion of Russia 1941 title would be a great addition to Beevor’s Stalingrad tome, if you’re not already burnt out on the Eastern Front carnage.

  • Shingro 5:00 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    This was a pretty interesting mix, all my more overt ‘travel’ songs were pulled by previous mixes so I was stumped for the longest time, then suddenly it hit me. Video games, maps, JRPGs… Map themes! Then suddenly it was an embarrassment of riches trying to pick from the hundreds great map themes. In the end I did one map theme and one theme that really transported me Somewhere Else whenever it played.

    Runners up:
    Chrono Trigger: Corridors of Time: (http://youtu.be/bNzYIEY-CcM)
    Persona 4: Signs of Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdtJYmDAZPI)
    Persona 3: When the Moon’s Reaching out to the stars (http://youtu.be/HVcfwg_vXFY)
    Persona 4: Theater theme, just to really mess with all acoustic guitar traveling music I expected =D (http://youtu.be/wfGAgcG4ocg)

    Of course, I’ve completely tipped my hand for future mixes, but if even 1/10th of the people on the board listen to a handful of those links it’s worth it 😀

  • mjpilon 4:43 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    @Bowlisimo Just listened to the song and thought the exact same thing….. now playing the Muppet version on a loop as we speak

    Quick update on my Uncharted 3 playthrough: It took 21 Chapters but, like the previous two games, I officially hit the point where their way of ramping up difficulty/ challenge starts to piss me off ROYALLY. Full field report within the week I expect…

  • unmanneddrone 2:57 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo @beige You both mentioned “Sailing to Philadelphia” in your submissions, which was great. I decided to choose the road less travelled! Happy listening.

    Feenwager Challenge Update:

    A sneaking suspicion Back in Action will last a good long while. The mods the community have churned out thus far are incredible…and make it a savage, savage affair. I lost a good German mercenary this evening…Helmut ‘Grunty’ Grunther went down valiantly as we liberated Cambria General Hospital. I’m using a couple of new mods, Blue Dawn and Fireams Rebalanced, and they essentially make most enemies elite and heavily armoured, with the FR mod doubling the effective operating range of small arms as well as upping misfires and gun jams. Grunty, a fellow who had travelled with me for the fifteen hours I’d spent in BiA thus far, was cornered in a crossfire, with no angle of attack for Hitman and Ira to cover from and Fox helpless to apply first aid.

    Ironically, Grunty died right there on the floor of the hospital, with doctors cowering in their offices no more than ten metres away.

    He was avenged. It took two hours this eve to clear four rooms, but he was avenged. I will miss that man.

    EDIT: Note that also Frank “Hitman” Hennessey was also quite fond of him, so for the next few missions, his morale is going to be utterly buggered. Might keep him at Drassen Airport until his grief is over. This kind of crazy mercenary interplay is an utter shadow of Jagged Alliance 2 – which has incredible intersquad relationships – but I’m chuffed there’s a tiny case of digital glumness going on at the moment.

  • bowlisimo 2:47 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Also, I regret not submitting Jerry Goldsmith.

  • bowlisimo 2:25 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Hell yeah, Squad Mix. This one looks crazy, you guys.

    Three quick things after looking at playlist:
    1. Thank you, whoever submitted Mass Effect, because I didn’t have to do it.
    2. I hope squaddie that submitted Movin’ Right Along knows about The Muppet Movie.
    3. @beige No Sailing to Philadelphia, we both fail.

  • impynickers 7:25 am on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Glory hellelujah!

  • unmanneddrone 6:58 am on March 4, 2012 Permalink |
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    Squad Music Mix 3: Get Out the Map

    (More …)

    • CMWhittington 10:40 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink

      Half way through. There are some great cuts in there. Current predictions:

      @sinfony – Caspian & Mastodon
      @bowlisimo – Billy Joel
      @bluesforbuddha – Thin Lizzy
      @shingro & @angryjedi – Anything Japanese or video game related

    • unmanneddrone 12:39 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Crap, I misspelled Mastodon on both the poster and the MP3. This will haunt me.

    • bowlisimo 1:05 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Holy shit, whoever submitted the theme to Last of the Mohicans really threw me for a loop. I had to go to wikipedia to figure out why the hell you had it credited to Dougie Maclean. So, technically the track in the mix is by Trevor Jones from the movie’s original score, but based on The Gael by Dougie Maclean, who, according to a youtube commenter, also based it on a tune that goes all the way back to Vivaldi.

      You learn something new every day.

    • bowlisimo 1:08 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Edit: Nothing to see here.

    • Pete Davison 1:16 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      You can.

      EDIT: see?

    • unmanneddrone 2:17 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Bowley, it was a bit of a mess trying to figure out who to attribute what to, so I went back to ol’ Dougie. Don’t tell Trevor.

    • bowlisimo 3:02 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      It’s cool. I didn’t even know The Gael existed.

    • beige 2:49 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Fuck yes to whoever submitted Uncharted Worlds / New Worlds. Like Bowley, I knew this needed to be in there but I didn’t want to be the one to throw it into the pile. Have a lot of coding today so this is a perfect compliment to the day. Will listen, post thoughts later. As always, big ups to Alex C for his hard work.

    • impynickers 10:20 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      and that is why internet sourcing is wrong… doh! The mysterious individual who posted this one must be really sorry. He definitely didn’t get his source from a youtube soundtrack mashup. I am sure he checked the internet to make sure every detail was correct before submitting… yes … that sound like this mysterious person. *Shifty eyes*

      Ok Ok …. so the original song is by Trevor Jones, indeed. I later find out that the song I was listening to on youtube was a mashup of good old Trevor and Dougie. I had come across this a few times, and I hadn’t seen the movie in about 15 years so I couldn’t tell the difference. I feel a dope. That said, the original song is incredible as is.

      I have many appologies. To mr. Drone and the rest for depriving them of the challenge of guessing me. But lets face it…. I have left very little consistent trail from my other submissions. If you can find a link between this piece and anything else I have submitted… I will mail you a cupcake.

    • impynickers 10:21 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      There is however one left outstanding.

    • bowlisimo 12:45 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers Ahh, that’s the track you meant to submit? The title of that (in your youtube clip) is actually “Promentory”, and there’s another version floating around from the film that has some more bass in it and is superior to the one they put on the cd (IMHO). Take a listen.

      Believe it or not, I used to hum that song in my head on the schoolbus in elementary school. That movie may be one of the major contributors to my fascination with that time period.

      Also, I would have accepted “The Courier” as Get out the map worthy as well.

    • impynickers 1:58 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      I knew there had to be another Nujabes fan out there. Haven’t a clue which CD Far Fowl’s is off of, but it is pretty chill. Hmmm… Red …. could it be you?

    • impynickers 2:06 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Well now I just want to watch the crap out of that movie. I suppose that is what I will have to do. Thank you sage of all things last and mohican.

    • mjpilon 3:51 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      That Nujabes song is now on permanent play on my iPhone until further notice…. much love to the person you put that in

    • bowlisimo 5:45 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Nujabes is 100% @redswir1

      If it’s not, I’ll be very surprised, especially after he pimped the guy on facebook. Japanese hip hop is pretty cool, it turns out.

    • Shingro 6:58 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      @rocgaude Well sure, but can you tell us apart? =P

      Alright! It’s that time again! I think this time I’m going to put my firsthand impressions down as I go through the mix.

      1. The Proposition: I’m desperately curious why this great instrumental was submitted, it sounds forlorn and the drums make me think someone’s doing a stentorian last walk to their execution D:. Good, but I can only think of my desperate curiosity at the impulse behind the submission
      2. Hee! How perfect! A complete shoe in, I’d put money that whoever suggested this theme also submitted this song, am I right? 🙂 (Though the comment about ‘I’m going to love while my love is young and strong’ can only fill me with a powerful regret over my hermit-ness during earlier years, bittersweet.)
      3. I have never ‘gotten’ rap, I guess that’s probably a surprise to no one. I like the rolling notes in the background but this key just doesn’t fit my lock.
      4. I really like those chimes… then it started to RAWK and I kinda got lost in it while I played King’s Bounty, a good sign =) The ending irrevocably makes me think of The Path.
      5. Man, that piano solo is something else, and those breathy voices melt my heart. ❤
      6. "screw 'em… ONWARDS!" Is what I think when I hear this song, it's probably that drum thump and the cadence of the song, well chosen =)
      7. I as admiring the rattly instrument when the drum came in I had a forced flashback to the Matrix. Trippy D: I didn't expect the drum to feature so heavily and so late from the start of the song. I like the celtic-esque pipes and cadence a lot =)
      8. Jolly! I love the lyrics~ it's a thing I'd sing out loud with a goofy smile on my face =D
      9. The way he ends his ns at the end of lyrics is driving me out of my mind because I know it reminds me of another musical styling, but I can't think of it D: She married an en-glish-mannn
      10. Another one I’m really curious what tie this has to the theme of the mix, my traditionally terrible ears cannot really make out the lyrics, maybe that’s it? There’s a really nice wibbly bit on the guitar solo =D having only the very basics of guitar in me, I can’t imagine how he did it, but am impressed o_O
      11. “I’m just a cowboy” ARE YOU? BECAUSE I SUSPECT YOU MAY ALSO BE A MUSICIAN! >:D *staaaare* I… I’m sorry c_c I don’t know what came over me D:
      12. Interesting and unique, does a lot of different things all together at the same time~ the title also makes it a shoe-in
      13. This one immediately makes me think of far off deserts and colored tents, some middle parts of the music has a sort of ‘strain’ to it, certain notes seem to come out then stretch as if pulled from both ends.
      14. So mellow… so… Cowboy! I was lulled so effectively I was pretty shocked when it got epic near the end, coulda almost been battle music o_O.
      15. PIANO! 😀 Footloose and fancy free~ made me smile =)
      16. Guar plains! What a great theme =) so much violin and changes ‘tone’ so much throughout the song, much much love ❤ That stop beat is great too, so varied I can't imagine getting bored listening to this in-game
      17. Respectable! I like a ;_; song every now and again and am a big fan of 'narrative' songs. (Though I will not ever understand why there always seems to be some sort of devil referance… Is it part of some 'slow guitar music' contract? @_@)
      18. I almost expected the crazy guitar and "FOXEH!!!" to blare out after that opening sting Ala Wayne's World. =D long one! I was real worried early this was one of those 'screamin' songs that doesn't let you hear the music much at all, but there's actually a fairly decent amount of range to it o_O

      Time to sleep, I'll finish up tomorrow

    • unmanneddrone 12:28 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Some great guesses and impressions thus far, fellows. Keep it up.

    • Shingro 11:22 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Impressions 2: Son of Impressions

      19. Another great instrumental piece that I’d love to know what it means to the person who submitted it
      20. The middle of this song always gets me~ love it.
      21. Snazzy! Makes me want to groove embarrassingly in my seat, which I suppose is exactly the point
      22. Weapons in the band, title, and lyrics! Pretty good, Would like to hear from the person who submitted it as to the theme connection =)
      23. Nice song for the squad in general 😀 Will forevermore make me think of the squad when I hear it.
      24. Mellow! I like it~
      25. Acapella?! D: I’m startled and fairly impressed. Dem tricorn hats XD
      25. A good closer to the album =D

    • mjpilon 3:33 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Okay… here are my surely completely in-accurate predictions based on feel, intuition, guesswork and insanity 😉

      1. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – @unmanneddrone
      2. Indigo Girls – @rampantbicycle
      3. Aesop Rock – @redswir1
      4. Caspian – @Sinfony
      5. Ken Nakagawa & Akiko Shikata – @angryjedi
      6. Billy Joel – @bowlisimo
      7. Nujabes – @redswir1
      8. Alkaline Trio – @rocgaude
      9. Clutch – @feenwager
      10. Mastadon – @sinfony
      11. Thin Lizzy – @bluesforbuddha
      12. Yasunori Mitsuda – @shingro
      13. Ken Nakagawa & Noriko Mitose – @angryjedi
      14. David Newman – @impynickers
      15. Chuck Berry – Me
      16. Yasunori Mitsuda & Yoko Shimomura – @unmanneddrone
      17. The Boss – @rocgaude
      18. Iris – @feenwager
      19. Dougie MacLean – @impynickers
      20. Nobuo Uematsu – @shingro
      21. Voldmars – @cgrajko
      22. The Sword – @bowlisimo
      23. VAST – @cgrajko
      24. Jack Wall & Sam Hulick – @rampantbicycle
      25. Stan Rogers – @bluesforbuddha
      26. Willie Nelson – Me

      Highlights for me includes Aesop Rock, Nujabes, Clutch, Alkaline Trio, Thin Lizzy, Voldmars and Stan Rogers. A great mix all together. Good job everyone!

    • mjpilon 3:41 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Also Stan Rogers just screams out submission from a Canadian…. Props to my fellow Squaddie Canucks (I hope…) 😉

    • RedSwirl 4:04 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Impressive guys. Didn’t think I’d revealed any of my Nujabes love to the Squad.

      The reason I chose that track was because to me, it felt like it was symbolizing the end of a very long journey, or something like that. I guess that kind of fit, given that the song is actually from his latest posthumous album: Spiritual State, which came out not too long before I submitted the song.

    • bowlisimo 1:45 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink

      @rocgaude @mjpilon How the hell did you guys peg me on Billy Joel so quickly?

    • sinfony 4:10 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink

      Seems people think I like Mastodon a bit more than I actually do.

    • unmanneddrone 2:21 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      Fellows, let me know when you want the BIG REVEAL!

    • feenwager 2:31 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      Dew eet!

    • unmanneddrone 3:20 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’ll let it go for another day…then I’ll pull back the curtains.

      Also, any guesses as to who submitted the theme?

    • mjpilon 12:24 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve got @bowlisimo for this one….

    • feenwager 12:33 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      I had @rampantbicycle pegged as submitting the theme.

    • unmanneddrone 2:50 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      Alright comrades, here comes an avalanche of truth!

      Get Out The Map – A @rampantbicycle Theme

      1. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – @unmanneddrone
      2. Indigo Girls – @rampantbicycle
      3. Aesop Rock – @cgrajko
      4. Caspian – @sinfony
      5. Ken Nakagawa & Akiko Shikata – @shingro
      6. Billy Joel – @bowlisimo
      7. Nujabes – @redswir1
      8. Alkaline Trio – @feenwager
      9. Clutch – @rocgaude
      10. Mastadon – @cgrajko
      11. Thin Lizzy – @feenwager
      12. Yasunori Mitsuda – @rampanybicycle
      13. Ken Nakagawa & Noriko Mitose – @shingro
      14. David Newman – @bowlisimo
      15. Chuck Berry – @mjpilon
      16. Yasunori Mitsuda & Yoko Shimomura – @angryjedi
      17. The Boss – @beige
      18. Iris – @sinfony
      19. Dougie MacLean – @impynickers
      20. Nobuo Uematsu – @angryjedi
      21. Voldmars – @redswir1
      22. The Sword – @rocgaude
      23. VAST – @unmanneddrone
      24. Jack Wall & Sam Hulick – @impynickers
      25. Stan Rogers – @bluesforbuddha
      26. Willie Nelson – @mjpilon

      Thanks to @rampantbicycle for providing a great theme. It certainly catalysed a rather nice blend.

      My submissions, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ “The Proposition #1” and VAST’s “Land of Shame” are not too outlandish. @shingro wanted to know the reason for the opener, and his inference that it sounded like a funeral dirge is not terribly far from the mark, I suppose. It’s a track from the movie of the same name, set in the outback in colonial Australia. The difference between the oft-romanticised Wild West of America and Australia was one of opportunity; America a veritable breadbasket of good agricultural lands and resources. Australia, to this day, remains a desolate and unrelenting land of failure and quiet solemnity. Almost every inland explorer ended up dead. This track, for me, evokes an incredible sense of lonely traversal and uncertain fate.

      And the movie is incredible. Incidentally, the script was written by Cave, and both him and Ellis are part of Grinderman. Little bit of trivia.

      And VAST’s “Land of Shame”? Well. I think we can all work that one out.

    • feenwager 2:54 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      Finally! My contributions weren’t so obvious!

    • beige 1:13 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      Ha! You just beat me to the punch Alex, but I had you pegged as Intro Man.

      I knew that my wife was the only person who would have dared submitted the Indigo Girls to a Squad mix (unless someone is hiding an additional X chromosome I don’t know about) and “old yellow map” etc.

      Calin’s inclusion into the mix means that identifying the origin of metal just got more complicated. I had a sense that Willie might also have been from MJ – don’t know why… just a hunch. Billy Joel and Bowley seem correct together as well.

      For my own tracks:
      “My father’s house” is a song that I’ve got several versions of in my music collection. If you asked me “I need a song about the feeling of being utterly lost with no way to find my way back home”… well, there you go. I’m a big fan of the ending, too… like Heart of Darkness you get a Hero Walking Away into a world where nothing will be right again. Love Bruce’s wailing on his acoustic/harmonica there. So raw.

      Stan Rogers? I think it speaks for itself. Since I’m not the only one to submit nautical themed songs for our map compilation I think there’s probably something in the message of manly men singing acapella (!) about freezing to death in the Northwest Passage that is appropriate for this mix. Glad that we had Willie Nelson to cap off the mix though – I was slapping my head as soon as I saw that with a “I shoulda thought of this!” moment.

      In general, the Map Mix was exactly what I was hoping for. Breezy, ramblin’ road music appropriate for cruising down route 66 or wherever with the top down and a diner on the horizon. I’m continually impressed at the Squad’s musical acumen as well as our ability to tailor certain flavors to taste. Your feelings on folk music may vary, but with each one of these down I just get more excited about the next one. Great job everybody!

    • unmanneddrone 1:39 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      Indeed, a fine job on every front. I mentioned this to @mjpilon prior that I do feel a bit self-conscious about providing the opener, but it didn’t really fit anywhere else without kinda killing the flow. If we were to sniff the cork slightly, maybe the title is somewhat thematically fitting…

      …the proposition, Squad, is get off the beaten track – either physically or metaphorically.

      And to follow that up, @rampantbicycle proffers the real kickstart with her fine choice.

      @beige I hope that Springsteen version was alright! Magic stuff.

      In a month or whenever folks’ feel like saying ‘now is the time’, I’ll unveil the next Squaddie-submitted theme and we’ll create another cracking mix.

      This next theme will be rather interesting…

    • cgrajko 6:50 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      First of all, the phrase “get out the map” is way more evocative than it has any right being. @unmanneddrone nailed it: @rampantbicycle had a brilliant choice for the theme.

      My mind went in a lot of different directions when I saw the theme we were using. I initially thought about the type of songs that I would put in a road trip mix, but I worried that would be a bit too obvious for the type of high-brow, ultra-mosaic thinking necessary for The Squad. (Which, I was definitely right about, because there are some brilliant choices here.) So, I thought about the different possibilities for which one would “get out the map,” and I was torn between the idea that we need to get out the map because we’re lost/confused/taking off/etc… and the idea that we’re getting out some bad ass dusty old map to look for treasure (a la The Goonies or something).

      Ultimately, I chose one song for each possibility. The Aesop Rock song, “Skip Town,” was the first one that I decided had to be one of my two choices regardless of whatever else I chose or which direction I wanted to head. A lot of the lyrics here are based around the idea of transition and providing gravity for various moments in time. There isn’t a narrative, per se, it’s more of a post-modern exploration of what it means to travel and be in the mental space in which you need to travel. (As a sidenote, I love the way this guy uses language. He seems to repurpose and invert common phrases in really clever ways, and it makes me want to take a super active role when I’m listening.) I also assumed that a lot of people would include tracks that evoke the desert and wide open spaces, so I wanted something with a bit more of an urban, cityscape feel to it. The image on the cover for the mix is almost exactly what I envisioned when I chose this track.

      The Mastodon track was designed to evoke the idea of an epic adventure. The drums in the slower parts felt very Indiana Jones/Uncharted to me, and made me feel like I needed to have the map out in order to navigate my way through hostile territory. The spoken word part is actually a bit of a cop-out for me, as it ties it up a little too nice, thematically, but Blood Mountain, the album this track came from, is a concept album based around a journey. (To be fair, like three of Mastodon’s albums are about journeys: Leviathan is about Moby Dick, Blood Mountain is about an epic adventure to find a crystal skull, and Crack the Skye is about astral travel tied with Rasputin era Russian mysticism.)

      If anyone’s curious, I had some more folk/acoustic tinged songs that did not make the cut for one reason or another. I was going to submit “Road to Joy” or “Another Travelin’ Song” by Bright Eyes, but I ultimately decided not to submit either. I also almost submitted “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis, but I figured that was a bit cliche and probably a bit too long.

    • mjpilon 3:23 am on March 14, 2012 Permalink

      My selections:

      To be honest, I had a heck of a time finding songs for this theme initially. In my mind, “get out the map” brought up Indiana Jones, Uncharted or some tropical adventure. I searched my music library for songs that evoke those franchises/ images but came up blank. Note that for these mixes, I try to stick to songs I actually have and avoid soundtrack music – I feel that is almost too easy depending on the theme, so I like the effort required to find other tracks to evoke the themes.

      After nothing came up, I froze for a while trying to find what I was looking. Then, my iPhone shuffle brought me to Route 66. Ding Ding Ding! Suddenly my view of the theme switched and it went to road trip and car rides. Nothing like this classic Chuck Berry hit to evoke that feeling. Just love this song. Suddenly, a bunch of songs came to mine although none as amazing as @Feenwager’s Movin’ Right Along (that song has been my go-to for about a week now…. and I am now looking for copies of the Muppet movies to watch as result). I ended up picking “On My Road Again’ because let’s be honest, it just HAD to be there and I guessed most of the Squad would avoid such an obvious choice.

      Just for fun, I consider C. W. McCall’s “Convoy” as a cheesy alternative for the mix but figured it was hard to drop either Willie Nelson or Chuck Berry just to ham it up some 😉

    • beige 1:26 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink

      I came close to both ‘convoy’ and ‘truckin’ by the Grateful Dead except for the fact that ultimately neither of those are actually in my music collection. Try to stick to things that are actually representative.

      Movin’ right along was Jeff? Fucking fantastic.

    • RedSwirl 12:16 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Now that we all know, I don’t think I have to point out the pretty obvious title to my Voldmars track. Strangely though, both of my submissions, to me, each feels like the end of its own journey, each one a different journey.

      In the case of the Voldmars track, kind of like a hip hop version of Dorothy triumphantly dancing her way home with the gang… or some weird shit like that. The song also reminds me of a racing movie that recently came out and I don’t really know why. So there.

    • Shingro 4:32 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Ah, so much good music.

      For myself I was stumped for ages since I’d just submitted Utada Hikaru’s “Traveling” to the previous mix which would have been a shoe in for this. So weeks down the line I suddenly had that ‘oh man, video game themed board ‘get out the map’ Map musics! And from there it suddenly became incredibly hard to decide.

      In the end I cut things down to the music that I would actually ‘get out the map’ just to hear (enter that zone, go to the overworld, etc.) Chrono Trigger’s Corridors of Time is one such theme, Persona 3 and 4’s map music is another (Signs of Love, When the Moon’s Reaching out to the Stars, Etc.)

      The theme that plays in Croche’s Heart of Gaea is my easily my absolute favorite (Even if I liked Luca’s route better =P) That heartbeat at the start, and the wild piano solo, then the breathy vocals in Hymnos afterwards, for ages walking to work in the winter snow that song gave me the shivers =) (pretty sure that was the song at least, it does get a tad cold up here >_>)

      If I stuck to that theme my second would have easily been The World Ends with You’s Deja Vu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF_Q6nL1AoI I loved it enough to set that to main map music and I’ve played through TWEWY at least 3 times now

      … but I started thinking theoretical again, and wanted to add a theme that really transported me to another place when I heard it and since I was already in Ar Tonelico 2 land my favorite character in there MirJakuri’s theme whenever you visited her in camp put me in mind of strange Arabian, desert locations with sand and tents and whatnot. Like her the theme is strange and somewhat alien yet unique and interesting. So I had to include it as well

    • Shingro 4:33 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Also, I’m greatly amused that @mjpilon managed to exactly switch all of Pete and my music selections =D

    • mjpilon 4:24 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink

      At least I got close…. I am right? :p

  • mjpilon 4:39 pm on March 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Sounds like it will be quite interested…. looking forward to it. Thanks for the effort you put into this each time!

  • RedSwirl 4:04 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone You got mine right?

    @angryjedi Yeah uh, how does League of Legends work again? You can either buy certain items in the game or take the time to unlock them yourself? How does the game get revenue from free players? Ads?

  • unmanneddrone 3:20 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige I heard the blog owner traded up a grasp on basic arithmetic because he was too busy drawing talking, vein-ridden phalli in his maths notebook during school. What a goose.

    Appreciated though! Gotta have something to show for the late hours.

    One last reminder, my friends!

    Get Out The Map

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    Submissions close upon North America’s Sunday eve. In the words of noble Batiatus, that’s two days hence!

    @bowlisimo Oh, my man. Real mecha or bust. All the way with you on that front.

  • mjpilon 5:11 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone did you get my submissions?

    Also, this evening’s 7 man NMRiH run starring myself, @bluesforbuddha, @bowlisimo, @scribl, @shingro @impynickers and his roommate was just another example of why multiplayer amongst the Squad needs to happen more often. Simply an epic 2 hours 😀

  • unmanneddrone 4:35 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @rampantbicycle Cheers for your Squad Mix submissions! Tagged and bagged, all good.

    Almost outta reminders! Folks, get those tracks submitted if you’ve not done so already!

    Get Out The Map

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

  • mjpilon 3:29 pm on February 20, 2012 Permalink
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    I am having a hell of a time picking songs that really fit the theme of this mix….. the first 2 provided me good inspiration right off the bat. Will continue to probe the depth of my music collection

    EDIT: Scratch that…. Just got my inspiration. Guess my mind just needed the extra kick that comes from posting on the Squawkbox :p

  • unmanneddrone 3:52 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink
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    @rampantbicycle Yes, yes! Apologies. Cut and paste effort right here, so we’ll aim to have everything sorted and submitted by the 25th or something, then I’ll have it ready to roll by the end of the month.

    Get Out The Map

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    I shall take motivation to get it out the door quickly via the kind words of my Materials Design & Tech teacher in highschool, the venerable Michael “Mick” Pennisi, in “Pulling the lead outta one’s arse, wombat!”.

    The lead has been removed.

    I played a few more hours of JA:BiA tonight. Feels good. Like Frozen Synapse and Silent Storm had a tryst in the jungle. Playing it pretty casually, letting enemy troops recapture settlements and roadblocks near the airport to, uh, grind? Yes. Grind for weapons, cash and XP. Hitman got himself a SCAR, so we mail-ordered for a reflex scope and a nice entry-level pair of night-vision goggles. Waited until dark and hit a roadblock just to test out the new gear.

    It was hairy, but it worked. Got a Mac-10 for our troubles and I gave it to one of the militia guarding the airport. Sharing is caring, my friends.

  • rampantbicycle 2:12 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink
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    ….Speaking of things that have kind of fallen off the radar…

    …Wasn’t there another Squad mix in the works? I was thinking this morning I should really get my damn tracks together and then it occurred to me I hadn’t heard a thing in a while.

    Just sayin’. ‘Cause, you know, it’s fun and all.

  • RedSwirl 10:41 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Link to the form?

  • bowlisimo 6:15 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink
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    : D

    Well, then I propose a special amendment to “Get out the map” where Sailing to Philadelphia is automatically entered, thus relieving us of the personal responsibility while still maintaining the credibility of this mix.

  • bowlisimo 4:06 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I’ll be honest, that first paragraph of yours went right over my head. Also, I’m actively looking for music to “Get out the map” to, I have a few candidates, you’ll have something soon.

    @Beige Do you have Sailing to Philadelphia covered? Is that too obvious? I know you’re a gullible Knopfler lad. I’m trying to figure out how film-scorey I want to get on you people, hint hint.

  • unmanneddrone 12:24 pm on January 17, 2012 Permalink
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    @impynickers Awesome. What class are you playing? I’ve got some bloody work that needs doing this eve, but hopefully I can make some time for the Zone. I want to source some more ammo for my FN2000, and hopefully make a little cash so that drunk aboard the Skadovsk can do a little upgrading on it. We’ll see.

    @bowlisimo Man, if you didn’t already nab it, there’s an updated version of the patch. It apparently was an unofficial clutch of reworked code and configs before the actual dev sorted things out. Prior to the updated version, snipers were badly affected because it broke the aiming reticule positions in scopes. Being a man with a penchant for the long shot, that would have busted balls more than the game already does.

    @shingro I forgot to mention, sir…I finished the Emi route in Katawa Shoujo! I got a bad ending, I think…no happy happy finale; just the cold hard facts and, dare I say it, an outlook on life strangely dove-tailing a (perhaps slightly embellished) Ukrainian one. I took issue with a few things, namely Hisao being a bit of a dolt and surprisingly (infuriatingly) oblivious to why Emi felt the way she did, despite the cards being on the table rather obviously. Perhaps it was a matter of story-telling emphasis and simply required to paint the exploration of a character aptly.

    In any case, thanks for the recommendation. Unique! I went in feeling a little unsure, a little queasy, a little apprehensive…but ultimately glad I sipped that chamomile.

    OH, just before I forget! A gentle departure lounge DING, and the following message spoken pleasantly over the PA…a reminder for the Squad Music Mix:

    Get Out The Map

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    Thanks to @Cgrajko, @impynickers and the irrepressible @redswir1 for submissions thus far. Logged and retrieved. Some terrific tunes have been corralled!

  • rampantbicycle 10:42 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink
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    @shingro I have just read your Wall o’ Text to Beige while he defended a base in Assassin’s Creed. He wishes me to say:

    “IMO, we wouldn’t be who we are if this wasn’t the kind of place where people could come and testify about erogalges or whatever the fuck else.”

    Which I will interpret to mean that he supports you. 😉 For myself, I will show my library nerd background and quote the inestimable Betty Rosenberg, reader’s advisory hero:

    “Never apologize for your reading taste.”

    The world has room in it for all manner of things, and all of us are free to like and dislike the things we choose. So long as we’re not hurting anyone, it does none of us any good to feel shame over loving what we love.

    We’ve recently played To The Moon, which treats similar subject matter. The difficulties were primarily mental rather than physical, and the condition in question is never once named (though a little judicious internet research can identify it.) Mark says he’s been wondering what you were up to since Dark Souls and that he appreciates hearing from you, and there is talk of investigating Katawa Shoujo in the household, moving problems permitting. 🙂

    By the way, lest it get lost in the shuffle, new squad mix, yay! I will begin looking for tracks as soon as I can…again, moving problems permitting.

  • bowlisimo 4:29 am on January 8, 2012 Permalink
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    @UMD Shit, that’s a tough one. I really wish that music video for Toto – Africa would stop popping into my head. Guess I’m going to need a Land Rover and a machete for this round.

    @feenwager Is there a trial? I’ll totally fuck around for 7 days or whatever, at least until that box price drops. I always hated paying that initial 50 bucks. I vowed never to do that again after Star Trek. I know, I know, I backed the wrong horse on that one, but still…

  • unmanneddrone 2:23 pm on January 7, 2012 Permalink
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    It’s that time again, my dear friends! A new Squad Mix approaches! Theme programmed by one of your fine people…

    Get Out The Map

    Submit two tracks via THIS FORM, supply links if you feel the need, send me MP3s IN ADDITION to your form submission with the appropriate details via email at unmanneddrone ( a t ) gmail (d o t) com IF tracks are really obscure.

    Our first theme from the submissions is now in effect and calling for you all to source inspiration and see just what you make of those four words. It could be HMS Beagle-esque, it could be El Dorado. It could be internalised. It could be stellar in nature! Either way, two tracks – which is a very good number for submissions and a fine piece of advice from @feenwager after Friendly Fire.

  • rampantbicycle 4:45 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Your wish is my command. Theme of Mystery submitted. (Er, theme may or may not actually involve mystery. ;))

    GOG.com wishlist…still not done. Shame! Sorry…I’ve been so busy with the house business…and the obsessing over the house business…

  • unmanneddrone 2:27 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink
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    @angryjedi @rampantbicycle @beige @mjpilon Awesome. Fine Squaddies laying down the inspiration.

    In the case of subsequent Squad Music Mixes, to avoid monopolising and perhaps marginalising tastes on account of theme, I’ve set up another submission form specifically for theme names. Once you’ve submitted a theme, I’ll randomise the submissions and we’ll move through the theme list with each subsequent mix.

    So, go HERE to submit your themes. To add another element of guesswork to the proceedings, the theme’s creator will stay anonymous and be unveiled along with the names of folks with their submissions.

    Cut-off for theme submissions is…hell…when all folks submit their theme, but the sooner the better, for planning and assembly’s sake. Oh, and @rampantbicycle, we’ll throw your covers request in there, but do submit another theme in the spirit of post-mix counter-espionage antics.

  • Pete Davison 11:21 am on December 16, 2011 Permalink
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    OK, my tracks:

    Mercury and Solace by BT is one of my favourite trancey tracks by an artist I still don’t know much about. My brother introduced me to him through the album “Movement in Still Life” a few years back now, and it’s still one of my most-spun records. For me, the audio vibe of Mercury and Solace always conjured up the image of driving through the streets of a city at night, taillights and streetlamps blurring together in a hypnotic lightshow.

    As for the Aquaria track, I just really like it, and feel it has a pleasingly “after dark” chilled out sort of atmosphere to it.

  • rampantbicycle 6:51 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink
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    My selections were based as follows:

    “Pone” by Rei Harakami – Chosen because to me it has that twilight-sun-on-warm-concrete-and-glass feeling. Dusk in the city indeed.

    It’s also from the anime series Boogiepop Phantom, which would have been a dead giveaway if we’d been mentioning albums. 🙂 It’s one crazy show, and it doesn’t much care if you’re following along or not, though it’s complex and interesting and can be interpreted many ways depending what you bring into it. (Curiously, every girl I have watched the series with has had no trouble following the plot, while most boys become confused very quickly, even if they later catch up. I have no idea why this is. Completely unscientific anecdotal evidence, of course. :))

    “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart – Chosen, frankly, because there is a certain puckish instinct I have when confronted with an enterprise like this one to do something just because it seems amusing. 🙂 Well, also, there’s something very driving-through-town-full-of-neon-in-the-80s to it.

    I had an alternate track proposed as well, which I may as well provide here for completeness. Chosen because, hey, vampires! Why not? Also I felt its flavor might be different from the other choices.

    Excellent choices, everyone! Personally I feel that either next time we should all go cotton-candy fluffy (thus ensuring Shingro is well-camouflaged! ;)) or try something less thematic but still organized around a central idea, like the “covers” suggestion I proposed earlier. (If we do that, we should probably mandate that we specify the original artist to the best of our knowledge as well, so that that information can be included in the…er…liner notes?…)

    FYI to whoever got me for Squad Santa: Still working on my GOG wishlist, will have up shortly. 🙂

  • mjpilon 4:55 am on December 15, 2011 Permalink
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    So the reasoning behind my choices:

    Alexi Murdoch – “Orange Sky”. First song that came to mind when the theme “Dusk Metropolis” was developed. A staple in my mellow/ slightly down playlist for about a decade now. Love the simplicity of the track and its focus on the performance itself. No frills, essentially just a man with his acoustic guitar. The images evoked by the song fit the theme in my mind and on a personal note, I can’t tell you how many times over the past 6 years I have played this song as I walked through downtown Montreal or overlooking the city from Mont-Royal as the sun sets. Simply a perfect moment everytime – so this is very much a personal interpretation of the theme.

    The Strokes – “Evening Sun”. I’ll be honest: I had a hell of time trying to find a second song in my library which reflected the theme as vividly as my 1st choice. Nothing came to mind instantly or really fit upon searching my library. In the end, I picked this song last minute solely based on its title :p. I know I know…That’s a bad cope-out. I will never resort to that option again – if I do, feel free to revoke my Squad card :p Anyway, it is a song I enjoy – it just doesn’t have the same significance as my 1st choice.

  • unmanneddrone 10:55 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @sinfony Aw man, that’s awesome. I love tales like that; intertwining airliners and whatnot. My own personal story was…actually, yes, going to Honkers for the first time and it was around dusk. Listening to Annie Nightingale’s syndicated electronica show on one of Cathay’s radio channels and Boards of Canada’s “A Beautiful Place out in the Country” came on. Man, talk about rich and awe-inspiring (despite the fact it’s about the Branch Davidians)…but @rocgaude had made his mark in the squadmix with “Telephasic Workshop”, so all was right with the world.

    And Young Team is mad-good. Good show.

  • unmanneddrone 10:48 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Yeah, I remarked to @rocgaude that it was definitely a harder thing to rig with any semblance of cohesion, this particular squad mix – especially given how headspacey and introspective many of the tracks were. Still, the flow seemed to undulate respectably; short stretches of downtempo think-music met with slightly more raw and charged tracks. You guys certainly submitted great stuff.

    Woohoo! Demigod just got submitted to Steam, for a cool 6.99! I spent a lot of time with the demo back in the day and during its dark launch and usual set of bugger-ups, but damn…at this price? I certainly wouldn’t say no to Santa dropping this into a digital stocking…


    …how subtle. 😛

    EDIT: OH GOD, and X3: Albion Prelude, too! @bowlisimo – will you take the plunge once again?

  • impynickers 9:44 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    What was a I trying to accomplish with my submissions you ask?
    Well, the mellow flow of the Swollen Members calls back to my late teens. I have fine memories rolling through the city with windows rolled down, letting the sun fall and watching the night life take over. Very similar to the scenario @beige described in his listening experience.Cruising at night is just a perfect fit for this music. It also doesn’t hurt that they are an icon of Canadian hip-hop, one of the few. I gotta pimp where I may.
    Then we have The Message. As if I need a reason to let Grandmaster Flash spread the word.
    In high school one of my good friends was the only living Breakdancers I ever knew. He tore up the school dances every year. It was through him mainly my repertoire of the classic 80’s beats took hold. That said I haven’t made any serious attempt to breakdance since I was 4, that is to say attempts were neither legitimate nor spectacular by any stretch. Grandmaster Flash is no fool, and I figured he would tell it like it is like he knows how to do. You want dusk metropolis? You can’t handle dusk metropolis.

  • Shingro 5:09 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    For myself there was the Utada Hikaru one, but I was bereft of theme-appropriate items otherwise, so I actually took a set of suggestions from a friend of mine who loves the more dark and gritty themes. I think it turned out pretty well in a haunting sort of way. His other suggestions were two Murdered by Death songs, which were good but not city-esque.

    Looking forwards to the next one! I’m not sure whether I like the personal interpretation and diversity or the real tight focus better… What does the rest of the squad think?

  • feenwager 4:16 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    My reasons for my picks were pretty simple, actually. I too was inspired by my time in HK, and the theme of Dusk Metropolis made me of course think of the city heading into night.

    Fire It Up is the kind of song someone would play on their way into the city, ready to do…whatever it is that’s on the agenda. Let’s rock.

    Closest Thing… is the song for the end of the night. Perhaps everything hasn’t gone the way it should, or perhaps a crazy night in the city wasn’t really the cure for what ails ya. Either way, I thought that tune fit the bill.

  • bowlisimo 3:12 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Care to shed any light on song placement? I’m sure most of that was by feel, but was there any overall progression you were going for?

    Anyway, I guess it’s time to reassess the musical stereotypes I’ve placed you all in. The only ones I would have guessed for sure were Pete on Aquaria (first one that stood out), Feen on Black label (no doubt), Beige on Ultramarine from HEAT (gut feeling), Rampant on Pone (hunch), the rest was a crap shoot. God bless ye who tried to pin people down.

  • RedSwirl 2:02 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Okay now lemme get down to my reasonings:

    Melancolie by Kassin: @bluesforbuddha Was not far off with his explanation on this one. Even linking it to @shingro was a good guess because this song is indeed from an anime show with themes similar to what Beige describes.

    In short, the show, Michiko to Hatchin, is a sort of wacked-out “for girls” crime drama from some of the guys behind Cowboy Bebop that takes place in what appears to be the underbelly of contemporary Brazil. If you really want the original context, here it is. The show goes to a lot of places from there that are different, but similar.

    Martin, Marcus, and Malcom by The Jazzistics: Surprisingly I actually haven’t found any more of this group’s work. I randomly found it off of one of those albums that adult swim put together on their website (which I seriously suggest you all check out). If you don’t know, SOMEBODY over there in Atlanta lives and breathes Jazzhop.

  • unmanneddrone 1:35 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, lagomorphs and tortoises. To you, I shall unveil the Squad Mix and as such, you shall see how ye fared in the guessing game.

    01 – M83 – “Skin of the Night” – Sinfony
    02 – The Swollen Members – “Deep End” – Impynickers
    03 – Murray Head – “One Night in Bangkok” – Bowlisimo
    04 – Kassin – “Melancolie” – Redswirl
    05 – The Silversun Pickups – “Royal We” – Roc Gaude
    06 – The Strokes – “Evening Sun” – MJPilon
    07 – Stars – “Going Going Gone” – Shingro
    08 – Grandmaster Flash – “The Message” – Impynickers
    09 – BT – “Mercury & Solace” – Angryjedi
    10 – The Jazzistics – “Martin Marcus and Malcom” – Redswirl
    11 – Rei Harakami – “Pone” – Rampant Bicycle
    12 – Brothomstates – “End of an Era” – Unmanneddrone
    13 – Butch Walker & The Black Widows – “Closest thing to you I’m gonna find” – Feenwager
    14 – Air – “Le Soleil Est Pres de Moi” – Beige
    15 – Corey Hart – “Sunglasses At Night” – Rampant Bicycle
    16 – Utada Hikaru – “Travelling” – Shingro
    17 – Alec Holowka – “The Traveller” – Angryjedi
    18 – Access To Arasaka – “400 Bloc Overground” – Unmanneddrone
    19 – Black Label Society – “Fire It Up” – Feenwager
    20 – Alexi Murdoch – “Orange Sky” – MJPilon
    21 – Edward Shearmur – “Taxi Ride” – Bowlisimo
    22 – Boards of Canada – “Telephasic Workshop” – Roc Gaude
    23 – Michael Brook – “Ultramarine” – Beige
    24 – Mogwai – “I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead” – Sinfony

    Again, bravo to you folks and thanks for being patient in submitting and all that jazz. Love putting these together and this one certainly has a cohesiveness of high distinction. You’ve all done yourselves proud!

    Now, the epilogue. Where and how does one’s choice of track fit with the theme? First of all, the theme itself…if you want a rundown of the poster from go to woe, I shamefully will link you up HERE to a blog post on the creation…but the name itself came from our very own Feenwager’s work trip to Hong Kong.

    Huge fan of Honkers, and the time spent there either in transit or holiday, the city is a vibrant and exuberant place – whether it’s the Kowloon streets of neon, tenements and their parasitic ranks of air conditioning boxes jutting out into the concrete canyons; or the crisp and balanced busyness of Hong Kong Island, with its luxurious mix of greenery and skyscraper. Not to mention the water traffic…goddamn, the logistical rambunctiousness of the waterways…oh dear, I’ve gotten way off track. Anyway, yes, being a sucker for cities, and always feeling philosophical during the transition from day to night, there happened a coalescing of themes and notions that became…well…what you see and hear.

    So, yes, my track explanations…

    Brothomstates – End of an Era. This track accompanied me in my last days before leaving Down Under; those strange months where I was winding up one life and, haphazardly, kicking off another. In any case, the name was fitting, but I spent a lot of time walking our dog through the outer suburbs of the city and always ended up atop this rather steep hill that overlooked the city centre, usually at dusk. Rather wistful, given that this particular hill was under an aircraft flightpath…with the evening international arrivals parading only the largest of machines overhead, their landing gear dropping from the undercarriage as they made their pass and continued their descent. Sentimental.

    Access To Arasaka – 400 Bloc Overground – Now this churning piece of digital business…it’s perhaps a nod to the great cyberpunk metropolitan idealism within pop-culture. The inclines, the edges, the tenacity of a city moving into darkness; a side many cannot see the full extent of. There’s a discernable aural ambience cast by the evening and onwards. The noise, but paradoxically, the absence of noise. Darkened inner city suburbs, sometimes nothing more than nigh-inaudible domestic muffles and those dim, unmistakeable changes of colour that occur when a television bathes a living room in light – carelessly witnessed in the periphery of vision as one walks to one’s destination. 400 Bloc Overground seems to encompass both the sparked, flashy and determined acceleration of a city at night, but also the subdued semi-slumber of suburbs during their nocturnal hours.

    Now, friends, care to share your inspirations for the submission? Lyrics, attached memories, evocation?

  • RocGaude 3:23 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Go for it. Aside from the obvious ones (@feenwager‘s picks, @sinfony’s Mogwai pick), I’m clueless.

    @bluesforbuddha did nail it for my Silversun Pickups selection which I DID pimp on a past Squadcast. Nice memory! I would never submit a Strokes song, though. That guy’s voice makes me want to punch things.

  • impynickers 1:14 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I am good with the big reveal. That is if everyone isn’t still scratching their brains.

  • RedSwirl 1:02 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha @bowlisimo Nope and nope.

  • unmanneddrone 12:22 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Some great guesses on the Squad Mix submissions. Although, @beige, I’d be far too embarrassed to think one of my submissions could lead this fine collection. No, that terrific M83 track was not of my choosing.

    Is the time right to put up the submission list/associated names?

  • RocGaude 8:18 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink
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    My Steam list is in no particular order. It’s the preferred list of mine to pull from because it’s filled with nothing but Mac games meaning I can actually PLAY what I’m gifted. 😉

    Seriously, whoever is responsible for submitting Deep End by Swollen Members on the Squad Mix gets a fuckin’ cookie. Been listening to nothing but their back catalog since yesterday and my productivity has skyrocketed.

  • bowlisimo 7:58 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Confucius say, “Man who go through airport sideways going to Bangkok.” That tingling you felt was your subconscious vaguely recalling a lonely shoutcast circa 2006. Not too surprised you got that one. Now, exactly how @mjpilon came to the same conclusion before you is a god damned mystery.

    As for Mercury and Solace, I approve of your guess, but that was not my bag, baby. You’re right though, if it’s not me it’s probably @redswir1.

    Edward Shearmur’s Taxi Ride, however, was definitely from me, which you can find by looking no further than his (imho) beautiful minimalist score for the movie K-Pax. It’s one of those “driving at night” pieces of music, where you can almost see the road lines and light posts fly by as the sun goes down and city starts to comes alive. Glad you enjoyed it, though Taxi Ride is kind of the energetic exception to a mostly restrained film score. [Would you like to know more?]

  • feenwager 6:58 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink
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    I guess my picks were both pretty easy this time around. Next time, you’re all in big, big trouble.

  • RocGaude 8:39 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    Seriously, that Swollen Members track should become the Squad’s theme song. So fuckin’ sick.

  • RocGaude 3:24 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager My mistake. I meant Butch Walker.

  • RedSwirl 12:42 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @mjpilon Nope. Way off bro.

  • feenwager 12:17 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @rocgaude There’s no Roger in this mix. That was last time around, brother.

  • RocGaude 4:50 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager How is Black Label the “gimme” when Roger Clyne’s in the mix?

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