Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
You demand some awesome new music to listen to on a loop for the coming weeks and thereafter associate with Christmas forever! It is a reasonable demand, and I shall do my best.
I cannot stop listening to Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which even if you don’t particularly like me you have to admit can only be amazing from the title and band name. I can’t point to anything specifically Christmassy about it, but it still seemed seasonal even the first time I heard it. It is way better than This Home On Ice, which I think is a better-known song of theirs. The guy’s voice is so immediately unmelodious that you have to get over any problem you might have with it in the first few seconds, and after that, the way its loose, sharp, narcoleptically over-casual sound droops off the stiff, lush music creates a weirdly pleasing harmony. How about that.
Destroyer. You can’t go far wrong with Destroyer. The name is misleading, they’re not rubbish metal, although I’m not quite sure what they are. Craig would class them as “gay medieval music,” but that goes for more or less everything I listen to. Suffice to say they can make the line “Students carve hearts out of coal, and I just thought I’d let you know” catchy. That doesn’t really suffice at all, and I don’t have a link except to this rather unrepresentative song, but if you think you might like a band with verses like “It’s just Crystal Country showing us that everything must break to be beautiful, and honey, that’s what I meant when I called and said ‘This is fucked.'” – you’ll probably get along just fine.
craigp: Not that there's anything wrong with Ã¢â‚¬Å“gay medieval musicÃ¢â‚¬Â. My last.fmlist is dominated by a man who makes it almost exclusively. This is the song for me at the moment. Rufus Wainwright singing a song I can't stand at the best of times. OPM2 poison the office with Jeff Buckley's version of it : Hallelujah
Utterly unseasonal as well, but my bedroom's so warm it doesn't feel like Xmas at all. I'd love to link to some of the Squarepusher I've been listening to, but there's little hosted to prove the man's greatness. His album Ã¢â‚¬Å“Music is Rotted One NoteÃ¢â‚¬Â is absolutely incredible. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My SoundÃ¢â‚¬Â off of that and Ã¢â‚¬Å“TundraÃ¢â‚¬Â from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Feed me Weird ThingsÃ¢â‚¬Â would be a nice, semi-representative introduction to the man.
craigp: Oh, and "Tetra-Synch" off of "Ultravisitor", which squiggles better than any song. Ever.
Rossignol: Squarepusher! Ultravisitor is a thoroughly squiggly ablum.