Bye, 2016. You were terrible. Okay, it wasn't all bad. Sure, the world seems like a scary, unpredictable place at the moment. On top of that, the deaths of friends, family, and icons made this an even tougher year than normal for myself and a lot of other folks. So as we pop the 'pagne and scream this year back into its dreadful abyss, let's focus on things that made us happy this year.
On the music front, it seemed like a very unproductive year for me on the surface. Since A Mega Man 2 Guitar Tribute in 2010, I had consistently put out an album every year. Until 2016. It saddened me quite a bit. "Where has my drive been? Do I not like doing this anymore?" I still have a lot of ideas that I want to get out, but I couldn't seem to find the time or energy for it this year. Looking back, there have just been a lot of roadblocks that got in the way. Having a job that required me to travel 50% of the time. Then switching jobs to one that required a lot of inconsistent, long hours. We also bought a house a the end of 2015, which carried over into the new year along with dealing with a previous landlord that illegally cheated us out of thousands of dollars. 2016 was just nothing but peaks and valleys. A smile on a swivel like a ZZ Top guitar. Upside down or right-side up, depending on the day. I just couldn't get a normal routine in 2016. What a lackluster year! Or was it?
Looking back, I still released a good bit of music! On top of that, I performed live at ReplayFX in Pittsburgh in July (which has since driven me to join the local Pittsburgh Pinball League). It was my first live Mega Beardo performance in 4 years. Here's video from that:
So it seemed like a slow year for me, but it actually wasn't. Just slower than normal. I focused less on an album and more on collaborations and compilations, and I'm super proud of everything I released. I still have high hopes for one (maybe two) Mega Beardo albums in 2017 -- one of which is the elusive Belmont 2, which I promise will see the light of day. Until then, here is everything I released in 2016.
Mega Beardo - "Transplant" (Single): download
Mega Beardo - "Now or Never!" (Splatoon Cover): download: YouTube
Mega Beardo - "The Black Wind" (Chronicles of Time: Chrono Trigger Tribute): download
Mega Beardo - "Phantasm" (main theme from Phantasm): download
Mega Beardo ft. Norg - "Backlash" (Blast Corps): download
LONELYROLLINGSTARS - "Splatatouille" (Splatoon): download
LONELYROLLINGSTARS - "Merging Black Holstice (Solstice): download
Viking Guitar: "Absolution/Genesis" (Ghost Covers): stream
Munzadeth ft. Mega Beardo and Viking Guitar: "Areas E & F" (Shatterhand): download
steifig and the Hot Cats - "Joints of Steel" (Chrono Trigger): download : stream
Marshall Art and Friends - "Party at Lab 16" (Chrono Trigger): download