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Brian’s Unexpected Covers #3: Toys R Us Jingle Guitar Arrangement



Welcome to the third go-around of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. This video is also an homage to one of childhood retail heroes. Toys R Us was one of the most iconic children’s stores in the US, and all over the world. In 2018, after years of battling financial troubles, the company began shutting down all of its store. In its glory days, the Toys R Us jingle was an unforgettable and interconnected part of the brand’s dominance over the toy industry and the whimsy in children’s hearts. This version takes influence from the symphony-style guitar arrangements of musician and astrophysicist Brian May. May, most notably the lead guitarist of English rock band Queen, experimented with gigantic guitar tones and interesting harmonies, found in songs like Killer Queen, I Want to Break Free, and God Save the Queen. In this version, I started out with the familiar, major-key version of the Toys R Us jingle, but stick around for the second half, when I share a “minor” surprise. If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!


Brian’s Unexpected Covers #2: What It’s Like by Everlast in Upbeat Pop-Rock Style



Welcome to the second attempt of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. What It’s Like was a minor key acoustic song covering three stories of folks struggling with poverty and the adversity of life, from the stylings and songwriting of hip-hop star and guitarist Everlast. This version takes influence from late 90s pop rock bands like Deep Blue Something, Eagle Eye Cherry, etc, but generally sounds a lot happier and major-key-sounding than the song’s subject matter would call for.

If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!


Paul Builds Something Useless #2 – Retro Console



In this episode of Paul Builds Something Useless excited by the upcoming Atari VCS console , I setup a home retro gaming console using a Raspberry Pi 3 with a 3d printed Nintendo case with some usb snes style controllers made by Buffalo. The operating system is recalbox available at https://www.recalbox.com/ . Recalbox uses Emulation Station as it’s user interface and Retro Arch for system emulation.  Enjoy!

Parts Used:
Raspberry Pi 3
Retro Flag RetroPi Case (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073ZC4TZY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_bw9SAbWNKR6ED)
Recalbox 18.03.16 (https://archive.recalbox.com/)
Buffalo Classic USB Game pad (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWD8QQJ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_Xx9SAbJYE1M7M)


Brian’s Unexpected Covers #1: Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin in Heavy Metal Style



Back on Episode 7 of Dating Ourselves, we talked about the MTV classic Total Request Live, and how the song Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin has all the elements to be a pretty cool heavy metal song. So, this might be what it would sound like.

This is the first installment of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. Livin’ La Vida Loca was originally a Latin pop song performed by Ricky Martin. This version takes influence from 90s and early 2000s metal bands like Iced Earth, Trivium, etc, but doesn’t really fall into one particular metal subgenre.

If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!


Paul Builds Something Useless #1 – Classic Mp3 Player



In the first episode of Paul Builds Something Useless , I try and recreate the high school car audio experience with a barely usable 3.5″ MP3 Player built on a Raspberry Pi. Velcro and car wiring harness not included.

Parts used:

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
Kuman 3.5″ TFT Touch Screen
9 Layer acrylic Raspberry Pi case
Starter kit: https://goo.gl/7cDZak

Code:
my install script can be found here:
https://goo.gl/RB7EZV

 


Dating Ourselves Paper Blossom Giveaway!



The Crew of Dating Ourselves has teamed with Paper Blossoms by Michal for a special chance to win one of her of specially designed nostalgic themed creations. To be eligible for the contest please leave us a written 5 star review on itunes and fill out the form HERE so that we are able to contact the winners. All contact information will be kept private and only used for the purposes of contacting contest winners. First place winner will have the opportunity to from 1 of 3 handcrafted designs including this now famous Star Wars piece. Please subscribe for updates on the contest as well as awesome audio content.  Learn more about Paper Blossoms by Michal at https://www.facebook.com/PaperBlossomsByMichal/


Welcome back to the past!



Ladies and Germs , hold on to your Pound Puppies and pump up your Reeboks , it’s time for Dating Ourselves. December 17th will be our first episode release. We are looking forward to reliving memories from our Wonder Years. We invite you to join us on our NeverEnding stories from a not so long time ago as we approach middle age together. Please mind our dust as we do a little Home Improvement and ask you, the listener, to submit topics you would be interested in hearing us discuss. With your help, we hope to make our show All That and a bag of chips.