On September 19th, longtime Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at the age of 85. Joining the company in 1949, Yamauchi is widely credited as the force behind the company’s transition from a simple hanafuda card manufacturer to its status as a billion dollar video gaming powerhouse.
In honor of of Yamuchi’s contributions to the industry, Thundercat has released a tribute track entitled “Bowzer’s Ballad”. A noted video game devotee in his own right, Thundercat’s homage is like a chiptune version of this summer’s Apocalypse, with sprawling piano and funky bass converted to 8-bit glory for what would easily make the chillest World 2-2 soundtrack ever. Listen in below (via Pitchfork).
In continued support of Apocalypse, Thundercat has also announced a string US tour dates for November. Consult the full schedule below.
Thundercat 2013 Tour Dates:
10/01 – Brussels, BE @ Vaartkapoen
10/02-05 – Bologna, IT @ Robot Festival
10/03 – Rotterdam, NL @ BIRD
10/06 – London, UK @ Village Underground
11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/14 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
11/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
11/17 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/22 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
11/24 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
11/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/26 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
12/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex