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Sex, Drugs + No Musical Merit

Recently a reporter asked me how it felt to be returning to the original ground of Woodstock for Mysteryland festival.  It caught me off guard a bit and I had to take a moment to think about it.

Electronic Music is having a moment. And we are living in it.

THIS is why it’s so exciting to be headed to Bethel, New York to be headlining Mysteryland at Woodstock in May. The timing could not be more appropriate. Woodstock is part of everyone’s vocabulary. I’m convinced children are just born with the image of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar on fire seared into their brains. We all know the stories and the iconic musicians who changed Rock Music over those storied three days in 1969.

During the original Woodstock, Rock was still cutting its teeth on Pop Culture. Like Electronic Music now, it was mired in tales of rampant drug use and accused of having little musical merit. It terrified the Moral Authority, with its sexuality and racial mixing. And music critics went crazy describing the act of plugging in an electric guitar as simple and crude, a violation of the heritage of the past.

Now Electronic Music is poised to be able to mirror what our predecessors did.  This summer more than 500,000 people will attend EDC over 3 days in Las Vegas.  Our goal isn’t to violate taboos, for the sake of shock value, but to push things forward.

The parallels between where we are now and what was happening back in the late 60’s can’t be ignored. At a time when the fusion of technology and artistry are absorbed into our everyday lives, it’s stupefying that comments still exist from people like The Arcade Fire, who should actually know better (“Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival,”) And an entire article could be written on the irony – or is it just plain stupidity – of the video Rolling Stone embarrassingly made called “Rocker vs. DJ” with the choice quote: “[DJ’s are] low quality mp3 pushers. Third-class whores ready to give it away to the first bidder. No audience will ever chant your name, or know your songs by heart, because you are anonymity.” (Clearly Rolling Stone wasn’t one of the two-million viewers that watched my Ultra set on YouTube. There was an audience. They were chanting my name. They knew my songs by heart. But perhaps I’m not the Third-class whore they’re talking about? More First-class? I dare to dream big.)

The Arcade Fire and Rolling Stone Magazine have replaced the Moral Authority of the 60’s. Ohhhhhh the irony… these are interesting days.

The honor is mine. To be involved with pushing music forward, changing the conversations about it and setting fire to arguments that it’s not “real” music, in the shadow of The Who and Sly & the Family Stone is hugely inspiring. There was a cultural shift with the original Woodstock. People figured out that Janis Joplin was more than a singer. Santana is more than a guitarist. There’s more to Electronic Music than guys pressing play on their iPods, repetitive beats and ravers wearing fuzzy boots. This is the right moment and the proper real estate to bring this truth to the forefront. I look forward to being part of this new history and bringing my sound along for the ride. Our time is now.

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This is a bit late for my liking since I ended up falling asleep before I could finish these subs after Atlus put out the trailer earlier today/yesterday, but I had too much pride to not complete them so here you go: the new trailer for Persona 4 Ultimax/Arena 2, now available in a language other than Japanese! If you’re seriously hyped for this game, you’ve probably already read up on what’s coming, but for the rest of you who didn’t know, here you go!

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Capcom has launched Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Edition Hpyer Edition Ex+ Alpha (you read that right), a four-player co-op add-on for Dead Rising 3.

Players can play as as Frank West, Chuck Greene, Nick Ramos and Annie Greene and cosplay as Capcom characters, using their signature attacks and super moves, to save the city from zombie hordes, dangerous Shadow Bosses, and giant Super Zombies.

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So I might have whipped up subtitles for that new Persona 4 Arena sequel that sports a magnificent subtitle and even more magnificent suplexes.

Will boycott Atlus USA if the localized edition is not similarly ludicrous.

Also, if you’re freaking out about it only talking about an arcade release, hush. We all know this is coming to consoles soon enough.

Enjoy!

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Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix - Trailer

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Images from Ultra Toukon Densetsu—translated roughly as Legend of the Ultra Fighting Spirit. This simplistic, super-deformed 1993 beat-em-up from Banpresto is just one of several Ultraman games I’ve come across in my blogging here, but it’s the first I’ve covered, and even here it’s only about the art and not the (mediocre) game itself—that’s pretty much the norm for licensed Ultraman games from what I’ve seen.

When I was very young, I watched the dubbed version of Ultraman all the time. It’s been probably thirty-five years since I’ve seen an episode of it. I only remember there being one Ultraman. Imagine my surprise when I went to check an enemy featured in one of the Ultraman video games and came across one of several websites that showed there to be more than three dozen characters classified as “Ultraman,” with a history spanning nearly five decades and more villains and plotlines than the soap operas of old. As such, most of the enemies, environments and conflicts portrayed in these games are completely unknown to me, but it brings back fond memories nonetheless.

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