Eau Claire,WI recording artist and former Minneapolis,MN resident Tyler Franz aKa Breakneck the Mage has recently completed work on two new albums to be released by Sonic Swings Records on February 2nd physically (The VolumeOne Store, Trucker's Union, Tangled Up In Hue, Breakneckthemage.com, accesshiphop.com, volumeone.org) and January 25th digitally (iTUNES us/uk/aus/jp, Amazon, eMusic, Myspace, Pandora, Bandcamp, Breakneckthemage.com).
Because of your status in the industry, press-only advanced copies of both albums are now available for you if interested in reviewing either of the albums. All you need to do is click the above links for each album. I am available anytime for interviews, question, concerns, comments, to get a copy of the albums, or anything else you may need from me.
The Wisconsin CD Release Parties are all set and confirmed for February 11th (The Tomahawk Room, Chippewa Falls), February 25th (House of Rock, Eau Claire) and March 26th (The Waterfront, Menomonie) and will feature performances from Breakneck the Mage and the Tablesetters, Frozen Tundra, The Crest, Flip Philmore, Fathom, Blinded, Moxie, and many special guests and surprises. A show on February 16th at Sauce Soundbar in Minneapolis,MN with Ernie Rhodes and Carnage has also now been confirmed.
Both albums are being pressed as this is being sent out and are currently well ahead of schedule. Both were entirely written, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Breakneck the Mage at his own Green Street Studios in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. As if he wasn’t busy enough, he also handed the artwork and music video portions of both projects.
The first two singles (This Is… ,Liquid Water) from “Overdubs & Overdoses” have already landed online and have received a considerable amount of airplay already. These tracks can be found online at the Breakneck the Mage facebook, myspace, website etc. In addition to this, the first two singles (Breakneck’s Goodie Bag, Video Game Music) from “The Misadventures of Breakneck the Mage” are also available in the same spots.
The award winning musician/entrepreneur has made quite a name for himself over the last five years, doing everything from radio DJ to organizing breakdancing events, and performing everywhere from Kansas City through Chicago and back to Minneapolis on bills featuring many diverse acts like Heiruspecs, Eyedea & Abilities, Awol One, Mac Lethal, Kanser, Tech N9ne, God Johnson, Down Lo & Deploi, Stealin' Strings, Irie Sol, Desdamona, Maria Isa, Golden, I Self Devine, and Dred I Dread. After 2008’s “Goes to Hollywood” helped him earn the “Best Hip Hop Act in the Chippewa Valley” in a reader’s poll, Mage’s next effort was 2009’s “Breakneck the Mage Is Dead” and it garnered some positive press in many publications.
In anticipation, Sonic Swings & Stylings has already released the first two parts of a three music video series created by breakneck the Mage himself using vintage public domain film footage and live performance clips. The first two videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/breakneckthemage , Breakneck's Myspace, and at www.breakneckthemage.com . The first video for Misadventures is called "Time Warp" and will have been released by the time you read this.
Since February is a long time away, Breakneck also decided to release two free mixtapes to hold everyone over. Both "String Cheese, Beef Sticks, and Chocolate Milk" (consiting of old material, freestyles, and colabs) and "Breakneck the Mage Presents…Industry Beats vol. 2" (over popular artists industry songs) as well as many other tracks can be downloaded at the free Breakneck the Mage Audio Alcove over at http://breakneckthemage.bandcamp.com
MP3: DJ Booth x The Dysfunct - "Throw It All Away"
Garcia (of CHP) and Adrianne (of The Rescues) are The Dysfunct. Check out the first leak "Throw It All Away" (prod. by Plex Luthor of ¡Mayday!) off their up coming Djbooth.net sponsored project "The Love Boat".
Quite Nyce who is currently in Europe with his group RADIx took the time to let this track called THE END leak. The track is produced by up and coming producer Crafty. Please feel free to spread to your favorite blogs and social media outlets. As always thank you for the support.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Is Capcom’s Hip-Hop representative switching teams? In a stunning move, hip hopper and educator Random, aka Mega Ran is planning to release a Hip-Hop album using tunes from Square’s hit game Final Fantasy VII on January 31, 2011.
Ran’s new 7-track album will release 14 years to the date that the Final Fantasy 7 game launched in Japan and sent the world into a frenzy.
The production on the album will be handled by Lost Perception, a veteran beat-maker from Phoenix who shares an equal love for Final Fantasy and Hip-Hop.
Since 2007, Random has built an amazing presence, reputation and fanbase by sampling video game tunes and adding original lyrics and driving beats to them, attracting fans in both the video game and hip-hop communities. Random and K-Murdock’s Forever Famicom album dropped last Summer, and has been a huge hit, propelling tours and appearances in Nintendo Power, Wired and other magazines.
Final Fantasy VII (FF7), released in 1997 by Square, has since sold over 9 million copies worldwide, and is widely considered by many to be the greatest game of all time, and one that has revolutionized role playing games (RPGs) forever. Random agrees, and knows he can’t let the diehard fans down.
“Final Fantasy 7 is THE game that got me back into console gaming,” Ran says, after college life at had taken him away from video games for years. “I’ve never to this day been as emotionally invested into a game as I was with FF7, and doubt I will be again.” My heart will always be in 8-bit, but I just wanted to give back to (FF7 creator Nobuo) Uematsu and co. for creating a masterpiece.”
The first single, “Aerith” is a heartbreaking tale retelling one of the most shocking moments in videogame history, the death of Aerith, a playable character in the FF7 game. It is available now on iTunes. The quest begins all over again on January 31, 2011. The album will be available on Random’s official website, megaran.com
BTW, i'm a month out from releasing this album and I have NO TITLE yet! if you ever played Final Fantasy 7, help me out with a suggestion! I'd hate to just call it "Mega Ran meets Final Fantasy" but I will if I have to, lol