I would just like to make it known that Mates of State are a really good band. Especially their album “Team Boo”. I think I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve talked to who’ve known them since an ex-girlfriend showed me “Bring it Back”…and I think that’s very sad. They’re way too much fun to listen to for me to ignore them; I feel like it’s the kind of music that you can’t help but like, at least the first time you hear it. Opinions on Mates are formed after the fact.
I guess the Farfisa sound isn’t all that popular in modern indie pop, but I am crazy about it on all of Mates’ stuff, especially the aforementioned favorite album of theirs. I think it’s a wonderful combination of sounds that these two have discovered – the uncluttered arrangement of drums, organ, and two voices that’s (sort of) their signature at this point. I mean, I don’t want to write a music review here, but I do want to make sure that my opinion on the matter is clear: Mates of State are a great band, and I love them completely. Go see them in concert. Last time I saw them, you know who the opening acts were? A musical standup comic and a sword swallower. She swallowed two swords at once. It was crazy. Icing on the cake. Go see Mates of State.
Work on “The Game” is progressing much more quickly than at any other time in the past few weeks: I’m finishing up a framework (am I authorized to use such words?) that allows fairly intuitive control of the motion of enemies on the 2D plane. After that’s done, my last big non-design goal is to create a system that allows laser shapes to be shot by the group – like Ikaruga but more awesome (maybe). And a title. A title would be great. Hopefully this is all behind me by the end of the semester. And you, reader, will be playing a sweet dinosaur-based arcade shooter set in space on these very interwebs.
Oh, and check out Mac OS 10.7. App store? I don’t know, man. I’m incredulous over here. But we’ll see.
So having said these things, here is a reminder of the importance of radness.
This is going well. I like blogging.