Gauntlet Legends – World Warrior

4 02 2011

Video I put together splicing Street Fighter 2 footage for Deeyay and Los D’s project Gauntlet Legends. I may perhaps be the only person besides themselves that have these recordings, so I figured I’d put something out there for it. The Fight is Everything.

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GUTS/GOLD

20 04 2010

DEEYAY

GUTS/GOLD

SAFG 31, October 2009

Jacob posted this up for download on his blog Dead Drone earlier this month. At times radiating, other times electronically destructive like a spaceship blasting electro as it crashes into an alien planet. Features a brief Outmode interview and some of my favorite live Deeyay beats are contained on this tape. SAFG has never been funkier, with Deeyay and Outmode still kicking it strongly with the left-field dance grooves.

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-photo by Stephanie Sanders





9th Day of Tampa – Uh Oh Spades

21 12 2009

As if two rivers were running parallel to each other, went through a couple different paths, and met back up together into one gulf stream is how I feel the journey that Jacob and I made as we drifted along one side and soon crossed paths fully with Stay Away From Ghosts, Cephia’s, and other Tampa based projects into one force. And it’s been one hell of a current, that’s for sure.

Although I didn’t do any music until sometime recently, Jacob was always a big influence on me starting from our early youth. In high school we both didn’t really “get” why everyone loved going to some terrible emo pop shows every weekend of the same exact setlists and also overall why all people seemed to enjoy doing was gossiping and sucking each others’ blood and essence in order to gain their own. Should we waste our time along with these herd hag abominations? Answer: I’d rather kill myself than to live that way for the rest of my life.

-Uh Oh Spades playing at Transitions Art Gallery, 2008. Vid by Alex Gaesser.

Hence, Uh Oh Spades, of course not taking as much as a backlash as I’m making it sound, found a humble approach and escape to what the art world has to offer, and was born. He saved some money, got equipped, and from a RAWR to a Wreck and to the last full length (Look What You’ve Done) Neon Filth, his objective of making a sound of his own was a success. One thing I noticed about Jacob is that he’s pretty good at blending two different styles or moods together to a fixated point that becomes up to the listener and dancer to decide how it makes them feel. Once he moved to Nashville, he changed his project’s name to Deeyay, and along with just a band name change he also morphed into a higher state of body music. Every show that Deeyay plays at now instantly becomes an altered party.

The UOS album that Jacob had offered on Deaddrone is the last full length Neon Filth. It was recorded for the MLU/UOS tour in Summer of ’08 and he came back with not too many copies left. I’m not too sure of how many people from Florida and Tampa itself were able to check it out, but this album has some gems for sure! It’s actually my favorite, not just because of the feel on this one but the time and place I was in when I was listening to this. Jacob had gone to Thailand for a few months to see his family, and I thought it was cool to hear that he’d brought his synth and drum machine along the trip with him. I was waiting to see what kind of eastern vibe he’d get from the temples, shrines and heavenly reaching mountaintops, and sure enough when he came back and played a show he handed me a cassette titled ‘Wreck.’ I remember him recording a couple of the tracks from the time we had an apartment the year prior, but the new songs on side B especially the track 12th Cent blew my mind. I always believed in the potential my friend had, and this release had the evidence. But that wasn’t it, as quickly following up was this album, Neon Filth. I immediately put it into my mom’s boom box and holy shit, Uh Oh Spades has never been this funky before.

It starts off like a dirty DJ set intro, and the clubbers start trickling in on the 2nd track. The synth lines on this track and 8 remind me of watching  a Paper Rad intermission, very 80’s computer music sounding. 3 has some strange electronic creature sounds on it, one of my favorite things that UOS implants into his songs that give them a quirky, sci-fi feel to it. I think the neon trash can be heard on tracks 6 and 7, where both uppity laced keyboards play within deep dirty bass. Hey, this kid’s got nothing to hide, so why not blend it all and destroy duality for good. Last track ends on a good vibe, and gives me a sense that things change but it’s not over, especially for Deeyay.

UH OH SPADES

(LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE) NEON FILTH

Spring 2008, SAFG

Recorded by OUTMODE

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video link for UOS performance for Roundhouse on WMNF 88.5






Where’s the Youth?

10 09 2009

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Uh-Oh Spades – Where’s the Youth? EP

2006

This week is going to be ‘Oldies But Goodies’ week, where I’ll be digging through data and physical data for releases from my friends that I feel will be good to share. I think Uh-Oh Spades will be a good place to start. Just like other previous Uh-Oh releases and other friends’ bands work, this EP is also a personal relic for me, but I’ll keep most of that personal hubbub to the side and talk about the music. I do remember those days though very well; the early fascination with Orlando electronic weirdos Yip-Yip, setting up shows at the skatepark when it was actually still kind of cool, pizza ordering crazes, Altered Beasts frustration, and saving $$$ to move into our 1st apartment where we both kind of started figuring ourselves out I felt.

Anyways, this shortie but sweet as cake EP is one of my favorite Uh-Oh Spades’ releases, a precursor to the transitions to come on albums such as ‘Wreck’ and ‘Look What You’ve Done (Neon Filth)’. Furthering away from the murky, cold wired landscape sounds from earlier material, Spades (Jacob) went into a somewhat more upbeat, quirky electro direction that calls for that boombox touting, addidas wearing MC to give his heart to. But, just as the title questions, the beat-driven, star-eyed youth is lost and voiceless, which ends up making the album sound like the score to a robotic-ruled video game, which is fine with me. Favorite tracks: Memorial Mold and Beet Beat.

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Track Listing:

1. Projection Suicide

2. Sunnier Sunshine

3. William Tell

4. Habitual Barker

5. Bangkok

6. Let it Rock

7. Memorial Mold

8. Beet Beat

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-all photos by Jen M.





Gauntlet Legends: Part Last

22 07 2009

Here’s two more Gauntlet Legends tracks from ‘All teh Dank’ and will be the last ones I’ll be posting. Keep in mind: both of these songs are instrumentals so still are considered to be in demo yet listenable form. I’ll post more information on these dudes and as always any other related project they are in throughout time.

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-photos by Alex G.





Metal Machine Mash-up

19 07 2009

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-by Alex G, 2008

Here’s the second Gauntlet Legends track, called ‘Robut.’ This one is a bit on the smooth side and features vocals on vocoder (take that annoying/overdone/fucking dumb sounding autotunes!).

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Gauntlet Legends – Part 1

17 07 2009

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Gauntlet Legends = two Tampa dudes (one’s now in Nashville); Carlos Bruno aka Los Boogie on vocals and vibes, and beat modulator Yaycub (of Deeyay/Uh-Oh Spades)

A hip-hop electronic project that formed out of freestyle impromptu groove sessions during an often Capcom, retro video gaming aftermath. Only a few tracks and instrumentals were recorded, and in the future holds the opportunity for possibly more. I for one would kill to see this project live, especially this Street Fighter inspired jam off their album ‘All teh dank.’ I’ll post two other songs later this week, thanks for Jacob for sending.

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