Utopia District Podcast

Episode 009

Vapor 2021 Selections

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Hello and welcome back to the Utopia District  podcast! ✨ We’ve got a fun episode for you today, so kick back as Indy and the UD team cover some latest vaporwave news, look at our Aesthetic Archives, discuss upcoming vaporwave events, and break down the recent Utopia District Christmas special. A wrap up of another great year of Vaporwave with a fond look back at Utopia District and the vaporwave communities favorite albums of 2021. Join Indy, Gbanas92, DJ Nonn, Maxemus, Charavale, mallbert, and Pizza SLT for this great episode!

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Discussion Topics

Vaporwave Fiction Writing: Shadows in Neon City
Weekly YouTube Show: Luxury Aesthetics Online
Utopia District’s: Favorite Vaporwave Albums of 2021
Christmas Special VHS: BUY NOW!
Watch the Christmas Special here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=PEh7NcJ-DWY 

Vaporwave Christmas Music: Complete Archive
The Weekend using Tomoko Aran’s song: The Weeknd – Out of Time (Official Audio) 
Astro Mega – Channel 20: https://astromegamusic.bandcamp.com/album/channel-20 
Thothep’sReddit Post 

Vaporwave News

Vektroid’s return to Prism Genesis with Fiji Grid TV EX 
10 Year Anniversary of IF’s Euphoria coming up July 2022

Vaporwave Events

Latin All Stars 2022 – Upcoming Vapor Festival 
VaporRave – Feb 26th : IRL in Brooklyn, NY – Tickets on sale here 
Virtual Memory 29 

Release Radar

New Infinity Frequencies – Exit Simulation
New US GOLF 95 release – VICES

Merch / Market (Physicals)

Chocobo & Chill
Black Materia: The Remake
Telepath vinyl pre-order completed
Endlesswaters tape collection boxset release
New Desert Sands Feels Warm at Night physical-only tape

Music We Played On This Episode

 DATAGIRL – Merry Christmas
 SkyTwoHigh ft. Mallbert – 母乳
 tÆ ┬▌mΣ – Sheets
 Mega Ran & GameChops – Black Materia: The Remake – Lifestream
 Pokemon The Movie 2000 – The Legend Comes to Life (Lugia Theme)

Staff on this Episode (Give them a follow!)

Gbanas92 https://twitter.com/gbm_games

DJ Nonn https://twitter.com/dj_nonn

Maxemus https://instagram.com/itchybuttrecords

Charavale https://twitter.com/DrunkOnMedia

mallbert https://twitter.com/Katensu

Pizza SLT https://twitter.com/Pizza_SLT

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Utopia District Podcast : Episode 008

Lost Broadcasts and TV Programming

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We’ve got a fun episode for you today, so kick back as Indy and the UD team look back over the past 20 years and look at what we’ve lost as a byproduct of shifting to new technologies. Join DemoDawg, Maxemus, AbyssyallSea, Mallbert, and Pizza SLT for on this hilarious and thought provoking chat!

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Discussion Topics

The implications and byproducts that lead to why vaporwave was created

Canadian vs American programming and TV networks

TV Channels in the 50 plus range, extra channel TV packages, jailbreaking satellite feeds

Hanging out at the local video store and running into your peers regularly. Free popcorn

Having to watch things when they air. If you missed it, you have to go to work to find it. Avoiding spoilers at school and the workplace

How Power Rangers and Harvey Birdman got made

Preservation of media. Bootleg and lost media markets. Companies not archiving their own content. Copyright abuse

Scholastic book fair

TV Sitcoms: Scrubs, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Seinfeld, SNL

Respect for resources found at the library

Double Dare, American Gladiator, Legend of the Hidden Temple, Nick Arcade, Uh-Oh, Video and Arcade Top 10

Bill Nye the Science Guy, Carl Sagan COSMOS, NOVA Documentaries

Americas Funniest Home Videos  vs Tosh.0 and modern versions

Classic TV: FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Earthworm Jim, Ed Edd and Eddy, Freakazoid, Mummies Alive,Street Sharks, Cow and Chicken, Sky Surfers Strike Force, Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, Ahh Real Monsters, Samurai Pizza Cats, Superhuman Samurai Cyber Squad

Discussion Links

Utopia District Merch Page!

A Very Vapor Christmas

Watch MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge)

Return of G4TV

G4TV Classic Archive

Toonami Tapes by Nanoshrine

RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Canadian Heritage Minutes: Basketball, House Hippos

Staff on this Episode (Give them a follow!)

DemoDawg  https://twitter.com/plasticpalms1

Maxemus  https://instagram.com/itchybuttrecords

AbyssyallSea (Omegakiller)  https://twitter.com/abyssyall

mallbert  https://twitter.com/Katensu

Pizza SLT  https://twitter.com/Pizza_SLT

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Utopia District Podcast : Episode 007

Fashionable Entrance

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Join us in this marvelous episode of the Utopia District Podcast for a Fashionable Entrance (mind the Indy’s audio issues in the beginning bit!). Welcoming new staff members Interro and Jupiter while kicking it old-school with some original classic homies, appreciating vaporwave fashion, diving into some vaporwave games and movies, including a segment on Jupiter’s brand new YouTube series: Max Head Reviews, coming to Utopia District in the near future. An episode you won’t want to miss, and a video episode at that! Catch us at YouTube youtube.com/c/utopiadistrict to watch the video, otherwise find the episode on your favourite Podcast network!

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DISCUSSION TOPICS

– Methods for discovering new and interesting vaporwave
– Approaches on using social media to become more a part of the community
– Utopia District One Year Anniversary! Coming up very soon!
– Is the internet in decay?
– The Land Before Time & other nostalgic films
– Early 90s animation styles, The Minds Eye, Reboot, Jimmy Neutron
– What you lose when re-creating old art
– Background sounds cause nostalgia in vaporwave, liminality

DISCUSSION LINKS

“Max Head Reviews” by Jupiter like the Planet
https://youtube.com/channel/UCyO_m9FaGfTu_hLuvEe4r3w

Private Suite Mag
https://issuu.com/privatesuitemag

ElectroniCON One – Full Video
https://youtube.com/watch?v=mOsabwgXm…

ElectroniCON Two – Full Video
https://youtu.be/m2KrhVyDyhc?t=1262

Neon City Cruising live in LA, NY, & TX
https://utopiadistrict.com/events

Intelligent Drum and Bass
https://youtube.com/watch?v=JK8ilaPZbKE (Peshay)

AestheticBot95
https://twitter.com/AestheticBot95

Pad Chennington’s Top 100 Vaporwave Songs of All Time
https://youtube.com/watch?v=2YpT2PtDEfk

LoungeNet
https://youtube.com/c/LoungeNet/videos

Return of the IRL live vaporwave show
https://twitch.tv/videos/1129721038 (Bootleg VOD)

Vaperror Tour in California
https://twitter.com/PacificPlazaRec/status/1436404760748310529

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MySpace Music Recovery Archive
https://archive.org/details/myspace_dragon_hoard_2010

STAFF ON THIS EPISODE (In Order)

Augnos 
https://twitter.com/AugnosMusic

Interro 
https://twitter.com/mindiddlydindy

Jupiter 
https://instagram.com/jupiterliketheplanet

AbyssyallSea 
https://twitter.com/abyssyall

Prenoko 
https://twitter.com/_Prenoko

Stuad^Dib 
https://twitter.com/StuadD

Check out episode one of Max Head Reviews with Jupiter!

 

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#vaporwave #mallsoft #vaporwavefashion

WORLDWIDE.WAV

Friday, June 11th to Saturday, June 12th

A trans-global virtual vapor festival, running non-stop on Twitch!

 

This event has been organized by Ronny Parres of  Vaporspace StL 
Event Discussion Facebook Page:  https://facebook.com/events/480230349892512 

 

This event consists of 6 blocks, each with their own poster and musicians + visual artists roster.

RELIVE THE FULL EUROPE BLOCK

 

 

CATCH THE FULL EVENT PLAYLIST (WIP)

Vaporspace StL – Block 1

  9:00PM EST Friday

https://twitch.tv/VaporspaceStL 

Rosewood – Block 2

2:00AM EST Saturday

https://twitch.tv/DSDUDE500

Strayawave – Block 3

2:00AM EST Saturday

https://twitch.tv/Strayawave

VSPAN – Block 4

12:01PM EST Saturday

https://twitch.tv/theVSPAN

MPF + UD – Block 5

2:00PM EST Saturday

https://twitch.tv/UtopiaDistrict

All Hell Breaks Loops – Block 6

8:00PM EST Saturday

https://twitch.tv/AllHellBreaksLoops

 

Set Block Times:

9:00PM EST
Block 1 – Vaporspace StL
https://twitch.tv/VaporspaceStL

2:00AM EST
Block 2 – Rosewood
https://twitch.tv/Dsdude500

6:00AM EST
Block 3 – Strayawave
https://twitch.tv/Strayawave

12:01PM EST
Block 4 – VSPAN
https://twitch.tv/theVSPAN

2:00PM EST
Block 5 – Utopia District + My Pet Flamingo
https://twitch.tv/UtopiaDistrict

8:00PM EST
Black 6 – Vaporspace StL
https://twitch.tv/VaporspaceStL

2:00AM EST
Block 7 – All Hell Breaks Loops + Pocari Sweat
https://twitch.tv/AllHellBreaksLoops

Vaporspace StL – Block 1

https://twitch.tv/VaporspaceStL

 

Rosewood – Block 2

https://twitch.tv/DSDUDE500

 

Strayawave – Block 3

https://twitch.tv/Strayawave

 

VSPAN – Block 4

https://twitch.tv/theVSPAN

 

My Pet Flamingo + Utopia District – Block 5

https://twitch.tv/UtopiaDistrict

 

All Hell Breaks Loops – Block 6

https://twitch.tv/AllHellBreaksLoops

 

Utopia District Podcast : Episode 005

Interview:

Groovy Kaiju

 

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GROOVY KAIJU

We are thrilled to be sitting down with Groovy Kaiju (FKA Groovy Godzilla) in the UD studio! Join us for a jam packed episode of groovy proportions! Hailing from Long Beach, California, Aaron has been producing music under the name Groovy Kaiju/Godzilla since 2014 and runs music label / collective Oceanfront Online. He also performs under monikers Marquice Turner & Aviscerall. Please enjoy this amazing conversation with one of the communities greatest!

Bandcamp | Spotify | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Discord Server | Merch | SongKick

Oceanfront Online | Soundcloud | YouTube

Aviscerall | Spotify | Bandcamp | Soundcloud

Marquice Turner | Spotify | Soundcloud

aaronthedev.com

Episode Discussion Links: 

Still Groovy Vinyl on Pacific Plaza

Godzilla Got Remastered on Pacific Plaza

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Future Society Volume 1

Legend Of The Drunken Master

Xzibit – Paparazzi

Skate Lingo

Emma’s AMV

Moe Shop

How To Start Coding (and keep coding!)

Music Played In This Episode:

Groovy Kaiju – Space Dandy

Groovy Kaiju – Senorita

Groovy Kaiju – Blackenese (For Future Society)

Groovy Kaiju – Anime T-Shirts

Marquice Turner – Miata

Aviscerall – Lullabyes

Groovy Kaiju – Don’t Play No Games

Groovy Kaiju – Live For The Time

Groovy Kaiju – Long Beach Airport

WaveStyle 96 X Groovy Kaiju – Phenomenal

Groovy Kaiju – Blowin’ My Mind

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Album Review

Nyx
by: Zer0 れい

Written by: listencorp

Album Art By: Zer0 れい

A low level buzz heralds the start of NYX. A little glimpse of the general hue of warm feedback that follows pretty much throughout the release. There’s a sound like some unfathomably large freight train peeling out of a gnarled, gothic station; but as the atmosphere settles a similar sound emerges at a different pitch, clarifying that what we hear is a melodic sequence rather than a sound effect. The hybridization of fizzling static and muffled angelic pads was the cause of such a shocking and intense beginning, but the two aspects separate fairly swiftly. What proceeds from this point sounds something like footage from the rapture spewing from an old television set. Instead of sounding grand and palpable, the pad strings leak out of an unstable and non-grandiose set of speakers. It is almost like awakening from a dream, there was a fleeting moment that felt as though we were experiencing this strange celestial event first-hand. However as we come to understand what is being presented, we realize it claws over toward us from a tired old screen.

As if the old hardware has been on too long and found a way to connect with the spiritual plane. Needle-like euphoria pierces through the unpredictable waves of fuzz, at points the melodies even seem to push through like a hand of pure light desperately trying to permeate its shoddy, fizzling encasement. Throughout this, Zer0れい remains unafraid of leaving the listener in moments of silence. For some artists, music of this style would cause a nerve-racking pressure, where it might feel as thought the artist must always be presenting the atmosphere explicitly. This would cause an overexposure to the fascinating atmosphere. But with Zer0れい there are gaps peppered about, moments without the guiding light of the euphoric ambience, and also where the feedback ceases to spit out static as well. In these brief periods of silence, it almost feels as though your soul is recuperating after being set upon by a strange and entrancing experience.

These fleeting respites end with a reiteration of the desolate and decrepit aura that controls NYX. There is also something incredibly unique about the melodies Zer0れい utilizes. They are unrelenting tendrils that sneak past the grainy fugue; long drawling laments. When it feels as though a melodic episode has concluded, the artist finds another combination of notes to keep the sorrowful performance going. In this way the track limps at points, with breaks in feedback and melodic narrative. This serves to amplify the fragmented and heady nature of the music as a whole. At certain stages, it almost sounds like there are voices meshed into the slow-attack notes. Noises like bells can also be heard throughout, before the onslaught of melody is enveloped in waves of heavy distortion. Toward the end, a swirling pool of the euphoric ambience begins to build. The lashes of harsh feedback continue, but every time they hit they disappear, more swiftly than before, into the burgeoning sea of beautiful noise. The opening side to Zer0れい‘s NYX is truly haunting. The atmosphere submerges everything from the very start, everything happens through this heady, violent sludge. But even in such torrid audio conditions, Zer0れい sneaks in moments of pure beauty.

The narrative takes a darker turn still as we enter the second half. The same large sweeps of metallic viscera appear, but this time do not often relent in any meaningful way. Instead, gargantuan shrouds of noise crash into slowly descending whistles. The falling tones are unsettling, as if the music has buckled from the pressure and now hurtles downward like a faltering aeroplane. The feeling is one of overarching disorientation. At least the first half of NYX had a safe space in its sheepish melancholy. In this second part, the listener is completely on their own amidst screaming tunes and violent walls of muddy, metallic nothingness. Even when the melody gains a little bit more of a footing and certain notes are sent across the listener’s bow, they are completely bested and beaten down by the constant monotony of the void. Low notes begin to coo patiently against the tide, almost choral in their delivery.

At a certain point, a deep bass sound begins to enmesh itself in with the dissonance, allowing for melody to inch its way into focus without being hindered by the relentless din. Here we find a little ballast upon which to try and weather the storm; we hear muffled ghosts of notes pulse through a thick fog. After throbbing feedback, all sounds begin to falter. Only certain crackles and flickers have a volatile feel to them, the rest of what we were hearing seems to have hurtled far away from us now. This is one of the only times it seems we are able to hide away from the atmosphere Zer0れい has created. But it is in no way comforting, it feels as if we are mere yards away from this strange ghostly tower in which the noisy struggle rages on. A heavenly chorus emerges through the grayscale rage of sound, its tune bending and screeching. The conclusion to NYX is not the rapturous recalibration of light and dark that we may have hoped for. Rather the two sounds slowly simmer down and stop, the pause is so sudden that it almost feels as if it could just be another swift intermission before the roaring shrieks back in. It fills the listener with dark wonderings about the sounds, which harbored so much power and rage that they could easily burn on forever past the project’s runtime.

Zer0れい assembles defunct sounds and feedback, pitting them against each other and occasionally fusing them together. This is a fairly basic methodology. But, in NYX the artist instills an incredibly harrowing atmosphere, an incapacitating journey through a volatile and alien landscape viewed through rusted old machinery. In the first part, one might imagine a lone TV set, spewing sick light into a living room and entrancing an unaware subject with visions of angelic beauty. The second part sounds like what would be playing when the police break down the subject’s door a few weeks later, finding the apartment’s contents vaporized and the owner driven to madness by the indescribable dark energy enshrined within what was playing.

 

 

Check out the album on Aquablanca 音楽レーベル Feb. 13th

  Zer0 れい 

Thank You! Private Suite!

SOLAR FLARE

Prepare yourselves for this massive livestreaming event!

Sunday Jan. 3rd // Monday Jan. 4th 2021
@ 6:00PM EST

Hosted by SleepPattern & Utopia District
Presented by  _Tesseractive_ & ∆ΣTHΣR░विज्ञान

DAY 1 Event VOD:

DAY 2 Event VOD:

 

EVENT SETLIST ORDER:

Day 1 – Sunday (3rd)

GATEWAY2K X bee fanty
hofuku sochi 報復措置 X AV Limited
b l u e s c r e e n
ʄཞąƈɬąƖ地שเรเ๏ภ X Forest Kids Collective
makugaia (Outer 神殿) X Captn Croozy
doktorb X mingkurray
c a l d o r 32x X broken machine films
Cliché64
∆ΣTHΣR░विज्ञान X _tesseractive_

Day 2 – Monday (4th)

Potted Plant
crustangel X mingkurray
Fear Not ዕጣ ፈንታ X _tesseractive_
These Violent Delights
Ohm-N-I X _tesseractive_ + captncroozy + OPR8R
Forest Kids Collective
Chichicitlalli X moirebender
⁂V‡▲D‡M∇R⁂ X _tesseractive_
Soraksan (Jeju Digital)
NΔVELGΔZER$ ¡n†’l.
ॐ҉ 𝕊𝕠𝕝𝕒𝕣 𝕋𝕖𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕖 X SleepPattern

 

 

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