Woo hoo! Robert Plants new album, Carry Fire is out! I love hearing new stuff from RP, who could never be pinned down to a single genre! I highly recommend it! Though he is getting older, his voice is still great, and I am really hoping I can see him when he comes to L.A. early next year!

Enjoy the first track on YouTube:

Buy the album here on Amazon!


Jethro Tull: My God (Early Version)

I like Jethro Tull a lot. Not many bands have a certified “rock flute”. This is a great version of a great song that I think maybe describes a lot of what’s going on in the churches now days. I didn’t post it as a religious statement, though, but because its a great song, and I really enjoy Ian Andersons little comment at the beginning about the guitar strings being a bit of a bother. Enjoy!

More Cuphead

A little more video from my son and I playing Cuphead. I cannot stress enough how difficult the game is when you consider everything that happens on the screen at once. Overall the game is not really DIFFICULT compared to other games of its type, there’s just so much happening at once that it is very easy to get distracted! Enjoy! (BTW: I’m the red ‘Cuphead’ that keeps dying while my son is the blue ‘Mugman’. Younger eyes and fingers are a boon in this game!)

Cuphead: Real Review

Back in the day my friend and I used to play a little game named Contra on the SNES. You may have heard of it before. It is probably one of the most well known of the ‘run-n-gun’ style games in which you (and occasionally a second player) move across a map, machine guns blazing, while taking out a constant stream of bad guys. Super C, the iteration of Contra on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System upped the ante with bigger explosions, large bosses and new play mechanics (double guns).

That was many, many years ago.

Enter Cuphead, a unique run-n-gun style game along the same lines as Contra, but with the unique distinction of completely hand drawn animation that reflects the style of old cartoons. Not just any cartoons, but Fleisher cartoons, which you may have heard of if your my age (42) and have every seen old Betty Boop or Superman cartoons, amongst others. The thing is the game really, REALLY does an absolutely fantastic job of emulating the original cartoon style, right down to the odd black, scratchy screen between scenes. For someone of my age it seriously takes me back to being five or six years old, sitting in my grandma’s TV room (yeah, old people used to have a specific room for TV watching), after church on Sunday, tuned in to KTLA Channel 5 Los Angeles watching Colonel Tom Parker host Fleisher cartoons.

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Couple o’ cool things.

A couple of things I enjoyed growing up were old Fleisher cartoons and, when I was a bit older, Dragonball Z.

You’ve probably seen a Fleisher cartoon more than a couple times in your life. I remember going to my grandmas house as a kid and, every Sunday afternoon, KTLA channel 5 with Tom Hatten, and watching Popeye and others (as well as the occasional Godzilla movie).

Well now you can get your Fleisher cartoon fix along with your gaming mix, all at once! Cuphead is an interesting co-op shooter along the lines of Contra, but features some great, Fleisher inspired animation, all done by hand! It really is cool and you have to see it to fully grasp the beauty of it (make sure you watch through to the boss battles or at least skip ahead):

As I got older, around Jr. High my friends and I got into anime and one of the coolest shows you could find was Dragon Ball Z. This was way, way before anime became so mainstream and well before the internet, so it could be difficult to find proper copies of shows. Dragon Ball has been used as the subject of may games in the past, but the latest iteration, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is incredible! You are practically PLAYING THE SHOW! The way the camera changes dynamically during certain attacks and power moves really makes it feel like you are controlling an episode! Its insane!

As usual, Dragon Ball is not intended for those who suffer from epileptic seizures from flashing light patterns!

Cuphead is going to be on PC, and I will likely buy it, as I am a big fan of Contra and the animation style.

Not sure if Dragon Ball is going to be on PC or not, but since I am also a big fan of fighting games I may buy it just for the cool factor and the enjoyment of beating my sons and my brother on 4th of July, when we have our Street Fighter marathon!

Dracula X Remixies


Any gamer worth their salt (and older than 20) should be familiar with the often excellent Castlevania series. For many a century has the Belmont clan battled with the dread Count Dracula, along with many allies.

Aside from the great gameplay one of the equally incredible elements of the game has been the music. Though great from the first entry the series really took off at the Playstation’s Symphony of the Night.

This is not Symphony of the Night.

Dracula X remixies (yes, you read that right) is a remix album of a few songs from the game Dracula X, on the SNES. Released in 1997 it features house/dance beats in songs mixed by several different artists and may not be for everyone. If you like this kind of music, however, it is a rare treat, as you will hear several familiar Castlevania tunes mixed in with thumping bass and trippy beats.

  1. Dracula X – GATE TO HEAVEN – DJ FEILONG Xbeat MIX

Out of all the tracks the only one I really have issue with is track 4: Trans Form. If your listening to this around other people be wary that there is an ongoing scream throughout nearly the entire track that gets old very fast the first dozen or so times you hear it, thought you get used to it after a while. I have had this album for well over 10+ years, so it doesn’t bother me so much.

By far my most favorite tracks are ‘Cemetery of Rainbow’ and both ‘Vampire Killer’ tracks.