And now for the hotly anticipated (by few) second part of the Magfest blog, the musical extravaganza. Both of you who read part 1 will recall that I mentioned spending time with the chairman of the fest, but what you may not know is that he isalso noted chiptuner Inverse Phase of “Fucked 6502” (the Cee Lo Green “Fuck You” cover) fame.One of my many regrets of ourtrip was missing the chiptune panel. I was going to use this as an opportunity to enjoy some artists I am familiar with as well as an introduction to new ones and a general education about the culture surrounding it. As I said before, it is almost impossible to make it to everything you want to see, especially when some moron schedules it at 11:30 am on Saturday and keeps me out till 6 am the night before. A girl needs her beauty rest!
Now I know the particular song stylings of Brentalfloss are not for everyone, especially if you have a vag and boobs, but I am solidly a fan. His advanced training in music is evident when he plays his beautiful a capella interpretations of the Super Mario melodies on his piano and he is a thoroughly competent drummer. These skills as well as his vocal talents and writing skills were showcased in the Jamspace on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm. He ana special gues guitarist named Dan played a set including some of the old favourites (and of course, to my constant annoyance, his most popular “Tetris Song”) and some newer material that I had not yet heard, such as Zelda II with lyrics and a pokemon song. He put on a good show, throwing candy into the crowd at random intervals (a twix hit me in the bum!) and inviting input from the crowd of about 60. The highlight of the show was the madlibs of his Mega Man 3 with lyrics song and hilarity ensued.
I feel like I’m constantly apologizing for my shortcomings, and in a fine tradition… here I go again. I had never heard the Protomen before MAGFest. I know, right? What the fuck is wrong with me? Well, I’m almost glad because hearing their recordings after the fact, I probably would not have been as excited about them. Don’t get me wrong, they are awesome on their CDs. They just rock so much more live! Seriously, as soon as they hit that first note of the first song of their set on Friday night (from their CD “Act I”) I was hooked. When we went back to see them again the second night I was exhausted. Act II is quite a bit more mellow than the first recording so I found myself nodding off every now and again. I’m sorry! Did I mention is was like 2 am? By the time they had finished their set I was ready to drop dead, but they came back with an encore of songs that I had loved so much the night before. Dodd and I just looked at each other and were like “Yeah!” so we hung out and rocked out to them some more,tyere done their encore they decided to break out with a jamspace favourite from back in the day, a little song called “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I swear I had goosebumps, it was so f-ing beautiful.
**EDITORS NOTE**I couldnt find video of that particular song but here is something just as awesome…. **Birdman**
Some other great bands we enjoyed were Arm Cannon (I met some of the guys and they were super sweet), Year 200X, who were pretty good, and the Megas who are awesome and so hot. There were tons of other bands but we weren’t able to check them out.There’s always next year! By the way, you didn’t hear it from me but there are some rumblings in the MAGFest community about a potential MAGStock/CAMPFest summer festival in the works! Get behind this people and good things will follow!! Check out the info on the MAGFest website or look it up on facebook and get involved.
The thing that surprised me the most about the bands that I discovered and rediscovered at MAGFest is that they all are centred around or have something to do with Mega Man. Now we all know I’m a terrible geek and I have yet to play Mega Man in any capacity. This is something that will be rectified shortly, I assure you (no hate mail!), through a combination of the anniversary edition of Mega Man and the expertise of Mike “The Birdman” Dodd’s Review A Day with which you all should be familiar. I’m working on it, kids! I swear. Well, until next time, I have been the Infamous Kelly! ~If you don’t know, you’re about to find out!~
Furthermore, I say: Elevator Party!
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