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REGGIE & THE FULL EFFECT "Promotional Copy"

posted 5/29/2000 by ryan


I'm the first one around here to immediately dismiss a joke record, but this is no joke. Reggie and the Full Effect is a band with members of(amazingly enough) pop-punk heroes Get Up Kids AND metalcore-masters Coalesce. For real. Thus, this record's best moments come with the effortless MIX of crunching brutality and Weezer-worthy radio fare. The pop is first rate, with hooks and kick ass melodies. And the metal is metal: grinding and pounding. God knows how it works but it does.

Humor + honest to gosh pop hooks + crazy surprises (sudden drum & bass breaks for instance) make this record the best and/or the funniest record we've heard in a while. A pretty successful pastiche of a variety of musical tastes: the aforementioned punk-pop and metal, plus a bunch of other genres brilliantly exploited with a Ween-like irreverence. You get turntable scratching and gangsta rap (the opening 'skit' makes Reggie the victim of a driveby shooting), bizarre but totally appealing '80s new wave love songs, faux-Crass faux-Euro polito-punk songs (the hilarious 'Dwarf Invasion'), and, on one track, even disco grooves MC'ed by a hillbilly calling for some weird linedance that could only have origins in Fresno.

Totally absurd but, man, it works. You have to hear this record.

Microsoft signs Incubus

posted 5/23/2000 by Jason


MICROSOFT "MOTOCROSS MADNESS 2" TO FEATURE MUSIC FROM EPIC RECORDING ARTISTS INCUBUS

Motocross Game for the PC Features Music From Hot Fusion Metal Band

REDMOND, Wash., (May 22, 2000) -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Epic Records Group today announced they have reached an agreement to feature the song "New Skin" by Incubus in "Motocross Madness 2," a new game for the PC from Microsoft. "Motocross Madness 2" is the sequel to the award-winning "Motocross Madness," an action racing game that captures the raw adrenaline of professional motocross racing and freestyle stunt competition.

"Being a big fan of the band, I'm psyched to have Incubus in 'Motocross Madness 2,'" said Robb Rinard, senior game designer at Rainbow Studios. "Our goal with the game was to develop a cutting-edge racing game with the music, action and racing brands that capture the raw spirit of motocross competition. Incubus will really make 'Motocross Madness 2' rock!"

Funk, thrash-rock and hip-hop meet in the sound of Incubus, the Southern California band whose second Epic/Immortal album, "Make Yourself," is now certified gold. Co-produced by Incubus and Scott Litt (R.E.M., Nirvana, Days of the New), "Make Yourself" features the top-five radio hit "Pardon Me." Incubus is supporting 311 on a major U.S. tour, and on July 2 will join the massive Ozzfest tour for the rest of the summer. Updated information can be found on the band's Web site, http://www.enjoyincubus.com/.

Set to hit shelves May 25, 2000, "Motocross Madness 2" lets gamers grab a handful of throttle in over 40 professional motocross racing and freestyle stunt events. In addition to music by Incubus, the game features tracks designed by professional Supercross champ Stephane Roncada and the latest in racing equipment and bikes from Fox Racing Inc., Answer Racing, Honda Motor Company Ltd., Yamaha Motor Company Ltd. and KTM Sportmotorcycle USA Inc.

"Motocross Madness 2" is scheduled to be available domestically this May for an estimated retail price of $39.95. It is being developed by Rainbow Studios, a Phoenix-based, full-spectrum digital production company that develops content for interactive media, film and television. More information about "Motocross Madness 2" can be found at the game's official Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/motocross2/ .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.



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