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Make Your Own ‘Watch Dogs Legion’ Music With Ubisoft and JGL’s New Grift

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Last year Ubisoft tried to convince us that the long-awaited Beyond Good and Evil 2 will in fact be an actual video game and not Michel Ancel’s shared delusion fever dream.
'Last year Ubisoft tried to convince us that the long-awaited Beyond Good and Evil 2  will in fact be an actual video game and not Michel Ancel’s shared delusion fever dream. We got a splashy new CGI trailer promising large-scale space battles, cursing monkey men, and early gameplay that looks like it won’t be possible until the next generation of consoles. However, we also got the weird news that Ubisoft is partnering with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his sketchy art collaboration/grift website HitRecord to crowdsource various assets for the game. Beyond Good and Evil 2 still doesn’t exist. But rather than just twiddle their thumbs, Ubisoft is keeping this JGL partnership going for a game that’s coming out in just a few months. Through HitRecord, you can write your own music for Watch Dogs Legion . In Watch Dogs Legion   players control members of hacker collective DedSec in a hellish future London that basically already exists right now. Instead of controlling a single hero, the game’s whole gimmick is recruiting an endless amount of NPCs to command and using their unique skills. Sneak around as a retired secret agent or wreck shop as an anarchist grandma. With so many characters, we can understand why the development team must be pretty busy. So with HitRecord, they’re crowdsourcing the music to fans. Through the website you can contribute melodies and lyrics in the various genres the game is looking for. And thankfully the payment structure is much clearer this time. Watch Dogs Legion won’t launch until next March. But next January anyone whose contributions made it into the final game will receive up to $2,000 based on how much work was ultimately used. So if you want to participate in something as dystopian as “multi-million dollar cyberpunk video game asks fan community to make the music” and get paid for it, start cranking out some tunes for Watch Dogs Legion . Maybe next time we can pick the next celebrity in Cyberpunk 2077 , although we still would’ve gone with Keanu Reeves .'

Song of the Week: The Sidekicks Blend Shoegaze and Punk on “Ode to Jerry”

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Cleveland’s The Sidekicks have been cult heroes for many since the release of their 2007 debut So Long, Soggy Dog.
'Cleveland’s The Sidekicks have been cult heroes for many since the release of their 2007 debut So Long, Soggy Dog . They’ve been refining their sound since then, spending abundant time on the road and pondering the mysteries of life as they’ve gone — and challenging what they’ve learned into urgent punk anthems for the 21st century.Now, they’ve released a new single, “Ode to Jerry,” which was recorded alongside their new album Happiness Hours . Its sound falls somewhere between Creation Records, pop-punk, and the unpredictable soundscapes of No Age.In other words, it’s terrific.Bassist Ryan Starinsky described the song’s origins in decidedly prophetic terms : “During the recording of ‘Happiness Hours’, Jerry came to me in a dream.There, he gifted me this song to commemorate some rockers who have come before, altogether making me rethink the uncertain realm of death.” The Sidekicks covered Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos” in 2016 , so they’re not exactly strangers to evoking great moment’s from rock’s bygone heroes. “Ode to Jerry” was recorded at the same time as the band’s new album Happiness Hours , produced by John Agnello.Given that Agnello has worked with the likes of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, he’s no stranger to the world of swirling guitars and frenetic drumming, making him an ideal collaborator for these songs. . The post Song of the Week: The Sidekicks Blend Shoegaze and Punk on “Ode to Jerry” appeared first on InsideHook .'