Today’s episode features music by SEADRAKE, Sector-Hate, Neuroactive, Julien-K, Signal Aout 42, Cynical Existence, Accessory, Zedna, Trevor Something, Belanova, Marina Siertis, Blue Birds Refuse To Fly, Fantasy Mirrors, Loomec, Lakeside X, Dive, Blue October UK, ALTWAVE, reADJUST, The Whip, Necro Facility, Subimage, LARVA, Days Of Fate, Apollo Zapp, KieTheVez, and John Foxx
Today’s episode features music by Plike, Animal Bodies, Syntec, Kindest Cuts, Soulimage, Candy Flip, Lucid Dementia, Cosmicity, Les Berrtas, Red Storm, The Sweetest Condition, Another Green World, Negative Format, Signal Aout 42, Necro Facility, Sally Dige, Brigade Werther, U-Tek, Torul, Second Decay, Massiv In Mensch, Brave New World, Anodic8, Zanias, Austerity Complex, Neon Lines, Human Decay, and Miss Construction
I’m in love with No Man’s Sky. If you’re an avid action game player, this game may not be for you. Don’t get me wrong, I love my action games, but I also like games that allow unlimited exploring. NMS is massive in scale when it comes to exploring. Hello Games said that even after everyone’s done playing it years down the road, 99% of all star systems will still be undiscovered. That’s some serious scope. It also means I’m dedicated to finding as many star systems as I can, even going “off mission” to do it!
There is action (just not mission-to-mission driven action like in most games). On some planets the Sentinals will attack you on sight. On others you can choose to attach them if you’re really desperate for some action. There are predators on some planets that will attack you if you’re not careful. And space pirates! You gotta defend yourself against them. You can also choose to defend freighters being attacked by space pirates when they put out a distress call (this increases your standing with that alien species).
The game isn’t perfect. I’d change a few things if I could. Primarily, I’d change the space scanner so that it identifies major resources and planet conditions from orbit. The space scanner only detects “anomalies” and sometimes a single building in a star system (your suit scanner (if installed) is more powerful than the one in your spaceship). It’s kinda useless in that sense.
I’d also change the dog fighting. Most of the ships you can salvage from crash sites or buy at space stations/land ports have super slow maneuverability and by the time you turn around to fire at the oncoming ship, they’re right on top of you, firing beams and cannons and you’re taking pretty heavy damage. You constantly have to repair your shields (if you don’t get killed while trying to repair it, as the repair screen is not a pause screen). So make sure you keep plenty of ingredients on board in a storage slot just for shield repairs.
And did you notice the synth soundtrack? Oh yeah!
So in honor of No Man’s Sky, here’s a bunch of music about, well, the sky!
SONG: Blue Sky Night
ALBUM: Alfa Matrix – Matrix Downloaded 004
ARTIST: The Presets
SONG: A New Sky
ARTIST: The Dust of Basement
SONG: In This Sky
ALBUM: Awakening The Oceans (Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST: Rhea’s Obsession
SONG: Between Earth And Sky
ALBUM: Between Earth And Sky
ARTIST: Necro Facility
SONG: Painted Sky
ALBUM: The Black Paintings
SONG: Night Sky
ALBUM: Bones Of What You Believe, The (Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Yellow Sky
ALBUM: Book of Love
ARTIST: Killing Joke
SONG: A Southern Sky
ALBUM: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
ARTIST: The Human League
I have almost 35,000 MP3’s in my collection and that collection grows by hundreds each week. The majority of my music is Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, New Wave, Goth, Punk, Electroclash, Electronica, Darkwave, Shoegaze, and Synthpop (loving the Synthpop Revival going on right now). I even have a bit of EDM and Techno mixed in there as well as some Alternative (mostly old-school alternative back when it was actually alternative and not mainstream. Now that Alternative is mainstream, shouldn’t we call it something else?)
One thing I started doing on Facebook was posting what my MediaMonkey is playing on shuffle. I did this to start introducing people to new music and new bands. The bands out there need fans to help them make money and to spread their amazing music. Not everyone will be a fan of the music I listen to. It’s not Top 40 trendy stuff. You won’t hear it on KISS FM. You may not even hear it on KROQ.
I support the bands and go to the concerts any time they’re in my area. Most of the bands I listen to care about their fans and will actually comment and reply when you post on their page or mention their band in a post. Half the times I post a band’s song, the band likes my post. I’ve even become friends with band members by supporting their bands and going to their shows. When is the last time Janet Jackson or Kanye West liked your post or commented on it? When’s the last time a Top 40 band mentioned you by name on a Facebook post?
So anyway, I’ve decided that I’m going to post my shuffles here as well with links to YouTube videos of the songs I’ve played. Give them a listen: to both the older and newer bands. Discover bands you haven’t heard of before and support them by buying their CDs and music (especially if you can buy it from their web page or bandcamp instead of through a label). Go to their shows when they come to your town. Find the scene in your town and join up! Make sure you get in on bandsintownand songkick to keep up with the bands you like and get notified when they come into town.
With that said, here is the first shuffle I did from 2/4. It was a small one that got me interested in doing this.
ARTIST: Magic Sword
SONG: Sword of Truth
ALBUM: Magic Sword