Posts tagged Music
Once the City, Always the City

Once the City, Always the CityThere's something that happens to you when you no longer live in New York City... something great. You notice how grand of a city you had in your back pocket and how no other place on earth will compare, no matter how hard they try there just isn't an equal. Is it the smell? God no, it's literally everything you can desire or hope it to be it is but also lets you fall, learn your lesson and best of all get back up.

The smell of NYC is an eclectic taste...err scent, especially the 125th street A train stop at 3AM; however it's part of what makes the city. Besides that whiff you can expect to see/hear/experience all sorts of cultures and people which I think is the best part. I was born (St. Luke's) and raised in Manhattan now reside in Jersey, the pride I have for NY and my old neighborhood Washington Heights never seems to diminish. As if Bloomberg was handing me a check I defend my city no matter where I am, proudly telling people what you can experience in glorious New York. Being gutter while glamorous (it's own Yin-Yang) and always embracing, it forgives you then yells "hey go check this out!" right after. I've seen furiously violent fights erupt at 8AM while going to school and some of the deepest music conversations as the sun comes up, it never gives up, eats itself and is whole again in the morning.

I've met folks that I never thought I'd be chillin' with both normal and famous, met some that I wish I never did but whatever haha. From last row seats in a concert then backstage in a boat talking shit with the musicians, how could I not see the awesome scope of the music scene in New York? The music, oh the music... you can be in Brazil then hop into an explosion of Bhangra and dance in Cuba within a few blocks. No words can describe what a night of music can bring but you can expect the best and worst time of your damn life. The Worse? Yes because life isn't perfect and that's why it's great. It's something special and for those that can't appreciate, I feel sorry for you and wake up!

Why am I writing this? No real reason really... it just popped into my head and I didn't push it away.

Anyways, I love New York.

Forever (Not) Young/Foolish/21?

WGM_OlderThere he goes singing 'bout chains again... all they talking about is beating someone up... that guns n' hoes type of lyrics are null and void... must we talk about cocaine like a kid talks about chocolate? That Bruno Mars song doesn't sound that bad right? What's going on?! Oh shit did I just get old?

Well it's official I'm old. Few are the days where I can kick back and enjoy some ig'nant music on purpose, if the beat is good enough or groups old (Wu) enough then I'll stick around but rare is the case. I've come to this conclusion after a few listens (albeit not serious) of T.I, Big Boi and Wiz Khalifas new albums including a few other non mainstream acts, I just don't enjoy it or feel alienated when listening to this type of stuff. I don't see musical growth if what your rhyming about in your debut album is the same in your 3rd or 4th outing, it can be the same type of material I guess but if you're stuck like a broken record I'm out. Is this a sign of growing up and being some kind of adult or a lack lyrical substance now more than ever? I'm going to say it might be a little of both because I can still sit down and enjoy anything good thats put out, I'm enjoying Wu Block with no problem as I speak errr... type and we all know what Ghostface is about.

It can also be that there are some many acts now that their personalities are as strong as dollar store paper plates holding a big ass piece of pernil, many acts blend together and don't contribute nothing more than just a new hook for the radio or are too gimmicky. I tend to find myself keeping to my "oldies" and some truly fantastic music (read all of WGM) from more level-headed indie artists, I have also reconciled with pop music and have come to terms on its purpose in this world haha. Yeah I said it earlier I enjoyed Bruno Mars ('Locked Out Of Heaven') because his music is catchy and i think the guy actually has talent. You know what tho? He can sing, dance, has style (maybe not all him) and actually performs, yes the long-lost importance of musicians and artists performing and giving a show seems to live on somehow.

I can sit and have a conversation about different types of music and eras easy but one thing I can't talk or relate to is any of this Rick Ross type stuff or that Waka mess. When I take the time out to listen to an album and all I hear are things said years ago by better emcees it turns into a skip and what's next mood. While working I tried to listen to T.I.'s latest and was let down to hear the veteran rapper still talking about how much his chain costs, you're flying around in private jets and this is what ya got? Oh I hear you smoke... album progress lacks in weed raps already but if you must then I'm expecting some D12 Purple Hills type stuff, it seems like Wiz recorded these tracks when he was about to go to bed with a head full of 'Tussin.

Seriously folks it's all glory for ya when its great music but when you constantly feed your audience now the same shtick you did 5 years ago... you might lose some. Give it some heart, work on those lyrics and make it your own. I can respect an emcee tons more when they make up words and stories than when all they do is go small-minded literal on us and it doesn't even sound good. After all is said and done I know everything has its purpose but man are these chain/car/drug raps getting lame, it's been done to death but if you want to try then create something new around it.

Regardless of everything I said let's stay hopeful and maybe one day Pusha T stops rhyming about coke... Oh yeah get off my lawn you pesky kids!

Check out the cowlick! /Rant

Changes In The Wind

At certain points into the year I like to point out what will be going on in the site and if there are any changes coming up. I am officially going to start tackling a few projects I have been working on and should've been for a while, I will also be working with certain familiar faces which you have seen on the site in one way or another. It will be a smooth transition in content and at the same time not impact the awesometastic (it's a word now) music that is always posted.

What does this mean for the site? You will start seeing more experimental design and audio here along with the music posts you all look forward to. So that means more peeks here and there to what makes and revolves around the WGMverse. From the beginning I have wanted to go beyond just words on a post and it's time to finally start shifting into what When Giants Meet was made to be. So stay along for the ride as I also look forward to continue creating bonds with artists and readers by building/creating art, the main objective will be to contribute something positive to music and art overall. Details? That's what you'll see once things start popping up here... haha.

Thanks for believing and staying Giant. WGMeets

Dédale Puzzler Preview #1

We had opportunity to play and preview the new puzzler Dédale coming out in June (iOS, PC, Mac) by Sergey Mohov, a special little puzzler mixed in with clean graphics and cheerful music. It consists of 100 levels and a Dédale-O-Matic (random puzzle generator) mode with a butterfly attracted to colors, music and tiles. Our experience so far with the game has been aspiring to say the least and I found it to be soothing to play while a good amount of fun, the controls are easy and the puzzles don't stay easy which is a good thing. It reminds me of the DS game Polarium but with a fun laid back vibe and has the potential to become a regularly played game in the Giant house. As you guide your arrow around the puzzle in a point A to point B style the butterfly follows your moves fluttering about, the goal is to mark all the tiles without going backwards unless you have a double move tile.


Puzzlers have been a recently growing genre in the industry thanks to mobile gaming but has had it's rough patches, so this is a good sign that indie developers are taking more chances on the beloved genre and creating something new for us. The music is unexpected and very delightful with accordions playing while you pick levels and when you solve a puzzle "Victoire!", while you touch tiles it plays piano keys and once solved it goes on to play a little jingle. I would classify this game as a great time chaser and fun experiment with gameplay music, it works great on PC and will be soon testing it on Mac and maybe iOS devices. I will make 1 or 2 more posts on this game to just update you guys on the gameplay and mac version as well so stay updated! Overall it has been a fun experience and wouldn't really change much of it besides the semi-generic buttons to select the levels.

Below are a few screenshots of the game and a video for it. Enjoy.



Thoughts On Recollect App

I have been using an app called Recollect by Redaranj to share some of the music that I'm playing here and there and just wanted to share it with you guys and also let you know my thoughts on it. On the surface it's a clean and well organized application to share and "collect" songs that you like/are playing/want to remember, but when it gets down to the actual normal flow of things it starts to stutter a bit. Off the bat you are greeted by an elegant interface that has you sharing your music easily via Recollect which sends them to your Twitter (piggybacks on your account) timeline, after finding the track or selecting what you are currently playing (only native iOS music player works from what I see) you are given a few options to type a message as well before tweeting it. Sometimes the app can be a little slow processing the final tweet and the song preview might not appear if it's a indie artist sometimes but that's expected. A very cool feature is that you can 'collect' a song which then goes into a virtual record crate (top right) that you can peruse, and others can look thru your shared songs in the same manner. Besides those few quirks and me wanting a G+ sharing option I like the app and can see the potential to become a favorite for many, it just needs a few more updates and it should be music sharing heaven.