Happy Valentine’s Day from The Glowing Stars and Crashfaster

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Our limited 7″ vinyl split “In Flames / Shotgun” is available now! We teamed up with Crashfaster to release two songs bringing the melodic 8-bit sounds of the Game Boy to the lovelorn, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

You can purchase the vinyl on our Bandcamp at http://theglowingstars.bandcamp.com for $15 + shipping, or download the tracks for FREE!

Happy V-Day, y’all!

“In Flames / Shotgun” limited split 7″ releases Valentine’s Day

Two years ago, The Glowing Stars released its first demo track “I Know Now” on Valentine’s Day 2011. Here we are again, approaching Valentine’s Day 2013, and we have our last gift to our fans:

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The much anticipated Crashfaster / The Glowing Stars limited split 7″ vinyl is finally here! On one side is crashfaster’s newest track “In Flames,” and on the other side will be “Shotgun” by yours truly. The vinyl is extremely limited as only 250 were made, and the vinyl colors are random. The album will be available on Thursday, February 14, 2013 on both the Crashfaster Bandcamp site and The Glowing Stars Bandcamp site for $15 (+$5 shipping in the US). The song will be FREE to download, and will include an LSDJ .sav file of all of our songs for our fellow chiptuners to enjoy.

If you pre-ordered the album, you should be receiving a shipping confirmation next week. Your order will arrive autographed by all members of both Crashfaster and The Glowing Stars.

You can also get the album early this weekend at Rockage 2.0 in San Jose, CA! Crashfaster and Matthew Joseph Payne will be performing and selling the albums. See below for the full schedule:

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rockage2.0 schedule SATURDAY 2/9 (noon-11pm)
Noon – 2pm DJ Mr Smith
2:00 – 2:30 Cartoon Violence
2:40 – 3:10 rockage Q/A (panel)
3:30 – 4:10 Jean Baudin
4:20 – 5:00 indie game dev (panel)
5:10 – 5:40 Gnarboots
5:50 – 6:00 Silicon Valley Roller Girls (panel)
6:10 – 6:50 Slime Girls
7:00 – 7:40 Shinobu
7:50 – 8:40 Bit Brigade! (performing MegaMan 2)
8:50 – 9:30 crashfaster
9:40 – 11:00 Minibosses

 

rockage2.0 schedule SUNDAY 2/10 (noon-8pm)
Noon – 12:30pm DJ Coco
12:30 – 12:50 Dr. Awkward
12:50 – 1:30 Mega Ran
1:40 – 2:10 Dog Party
2:20 – 3:20 Jazzybosses (jazzy minibosses)
3:30 – 4:00 Psycho Donuts (eating contest)
4:10 – 4:50 Urizen
5:00 – 5:20 TheMADE (panel)
5:20 – 5:50 chiptune 101 (panel)
6:00 – 6:10 Meerenai Shim
6:20 – 7:00 Matthew Joseph Payne
7:10 – 7:20 Prizes / Thanks
7:30 – 8:00 Bit Brigade! (performing Castlevania)

For more information on Rockage 2.0, go here: http://rockagesj.tumblr.com

Thanks again to everyone for the support. We’re especially excited about releasing this last song with our good friends Crashfaster who have been with us every step of the way!

The Glowing Stars on SF Weekly’s All Shook Down Blog

 

If you’re in San Francisco this weekend, be sure to check out Convergence MMXII and the Fourth Annual J-Pop Summit at Japantown Peace Plaza. We’ll be playing a free show right outside at noon! SF Weekly’s music blog All Shook Down wrote a cool article about it today titled “The Video Game-Inspired Music of S.F.’s J-Pop Summit: A Chiptune Off the Old Block.

This is our last local show for a while, and the last show before we kick off our mini Northwest tour with crashfaster, minusbaby and more! First, we’ll be hitting up Slabtown in Portland, OR and playing with awesome Portland punk rock band The Bloodtypes on Wednesday, August 29. Then on Thursday, August 30, we’ll be playing a pre-PAX showcase at Funhouse in Seattle with Danimal Cannon, Freaky DNA and more!

For tickets, showtimes and more information, head on over to our Shows page!

See you at the shows. xoxo

J-Pop Summit and Convergence MMXII Festival. Oh, and tour.

Sharing the stage at California Extreme in Santa Clara last weekend with crashfaster, Slime Girls, Doctor Popular and more was an honor. Thanks to everyone who came out! We also announced our upcoming split single on vinyl with crashfaster. More details on that to come.

Our next show will be on Saturday, August 25 at the Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco. We will be playing at the J-Pop Summit/Convergence MMXII Festival. It’s a free show, so if you’re in the area, drop on by! For more information, visit our Shows page, or go to http://www.j-pop.com/2012/the-glowing-stars/

Last, but definitely not least, we’re happy to announce our pre-PAX Prime 2012 NW mini-tour with crashfaster and minusbaby. We’ll be playing in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Check out the dates below:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
@ Slabtown, Portland, OR
With crashfaster, The Bloodtypes and minusbaby | More details TBA

Thursday, August 30, 2012
@ Funhouse, Seattle, WA
With crashfaster, minusbaby and more | More details TBA

See you at the shows!

Something old, something new

Happy Monday, everyone! We had a blast playing at the San Jose Museum of Art last week. Matt even played a couple of songs from his solo album Gargantuan Acoustic Locator during our intermission (yes, we had an intermission – it was fancy).

We have a few more local shows lined up until we head up north once again to play Portland and Seattle (more details on that to come). Our next show is Saturday, July 28 at California Extreme 2012. California Extreme is an awesome annual event in Santa Clara with free play pinball machines, arcades and more! For more information, visit our shows page or http://www.caextreme.org/

We’ll also be playing Convergence again this year at San Francisco’s Japantown Peace Plaza on Saturday, August 25.

At both of these shows, we’ll be selling our new T-shirts, designed by Awkward Terrible‘s Sam Decimus. We miss those guys, but we’ll be touring up the northwest with them and crashfaster in late August. Take a first peek at the new shirt design below!

Watch this space for new updates. Leading up to our northwest tour, we’ll be working on a new release and lots of other fun stuff!

Tech Connect at the San Jose Museum of Art

Next Thursday, June 21, we’ll be playing at the San Jose Museum of Art’s Third Thursday: Tech Connect – after-work entertainment and activities at the museum. The night will include artist Kathy Aoki and her work “Political Paper Dolls” and a mini-trunk sale by local designers Denise Peacock-Delisch, Lindsay Lassen-Linz Design and Ellen Brook. General admission is $5 after 5 p.m. and you can catch our set at 7 p.m.!

For more information, check out the event page here: http://www.sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-tech-connect

We have a few more shows coming up for the rest of 2012, including a mini tour, so stay tuned for more details on that!

Cinco de Mayo!

We’ll be playing the rockingest, rollingest Cinco de Mayo at Homestead Lanes in Cupertino! We’ll be sharing the stage with friends The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes (Portland)!

With Angel Nova of The Phenomenauts. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

With The Bloodtypes. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Head on over to Facebook and RSVP on the Facebook Event Page to let all your friends know that you’re going to the coolest Cinco de Mayo show ever, and that the only way they can ever achieve such coolness is by following suit and attending, too. You can also find details on the show on our SHOWS page.

See you all there!