March 17th, 2010

Midnight Brown is a Hip hop duo based in Petaluma California and composed of Jeff Gerstmann (GameSpot, GiantBomb) and Chris Henderson. Summer of Angst, featured below, is from the album Deadly Electric. It and Midnight Brown’s three other albums are available for free at

I don’t know why so many songs directly reference Ric Flair. I am not an especially big Ric Flair fan. [...]
February 9th, 2010

Vincent Knobil is an avant-garde musician and cartoonist from Paris, France. Vincent’s music — including Orange Boy, the song featured below — can be streamed or downloaded for free from his website. His comic strip is called Geeks In Love.

“There are basically two kinds of listeners: those who like to be surprised, and those who don’t, the latter group outnumbering the first by several orders of magnitude. I belong to the first group, and I can’t listen to – or write – music that doesn’t surprise me, or I lose interest…”
December 20th, 2009

This arrangement of Carol of The Bells was created by Rush Coil (real name Shane Barber) for his album 8-Bit Christmas. The 12-track album is $4 to download ($10 for a limited-run CD) from, and all proceeds are donated to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity. For more information on the charity, visit

Rush Coil presents 8-BIT CHRISTMAS, a full-length album inspired by classic video game music.

Net proceeds from digital sales are donated to Child’s Play! – a charity created by the kind folks at Penny Arcade. The organization presents hospitalized chidren around the globe with games and toys during the holiday season. [...]

December 3rd, 2009

Palette-Swap Ninja is a music duo composed of Dan Amrich and Jude Kelley that creates video game-themed parodies of popular songs. The song featured below, Learn To Spell, is a parody of the song Gives You Hell by The All-American Rejects. The rest of Dan and Jude’s songs are available for free at

Jude Kelley is a chemistry professor with a keytar fetish, but he used to be a rocket scientist. Dan Amrich is a magazine editor with too many guitars, but he used to be a cartoon character. Everything you hear is their fault. [...]
October 27th, 2009

Yellowgold (real name: Jason Howell) is a musician based in San Francisco, California. As Jason Howell, he is a podcast producer and co-host of such podcasts as Buzz Out Loud and Gadgettes. Jason has also released a number of techno and dance mixes under the alias DJ Raygun. The song featured below, One Night Out, is a Yellowgold release from his free album The Mellower, and is available at

I’ve been a musician since I was 12 years old, having recieved my very first keyboard. (Casio PT87, then soon after the Yamaha PSS-480) In high school, I evolved to playing the bass guitar for a Boise, Idaho industrial band called Waste of a Life. Upon the acquisition of an Ensoniq Mirage sampler, we renamed ourselves WAL, and continued to record new material using the new found sampler. During that time, I also joined together with fellow WAL member John Kuehne and drummer Brent Kelly to form the punk rock outfit, Freak in a Jar (full cd available for download). [...]
September 29th, 2009

Ben Lerman is a singer, songwriter, comedian, and ukulele player based in New York City. He is also a frequent guest on the Keith and The Girl Show. The song featured below, Green Card, and the rest of Ben Lerman’s music is available for free at

Ben hopes to one day play his ukulele on the bow of a cruise liner, leaning over the ocean, with only Leonardo DeCaprio’s agent holding him back from perishing in the great blue sea. [...]
September 1st, 2009

Torley Wong of Japan, besides being a Second Life resident, blogger, evangelist, and community ambassador, is (among other things) an improvisational pianist. Using’s Open Source Audio repository, Torley has made nearly four hundred recordings of his original solo piano improvisations available for free. Below is a ride through Civilization Survives from solo piano 6: RRPM (Really Repetitive Piano Music). The image used for the skysphere in this video is Shadows of Pompeii by Flickr user Stuck in Customs.

Torley has over 15 years of experience participating in and managing online communities, from dial-up BBSes to popular forums to Second Life itself. His “special generalist” achievements at Linden Lab involve a multitude of fields, including: leading adoption and usage of communication tools (like the Official Second Life Blog), establishing improved rapport between support and engineering departments, championing social networking initiatives and user outreach, and driving innovative growth of the community’s content creation. Before being reborn into Second Life, Torley was an accomplished concert pianist, electronic music producer, and multimedia designer. [...]