The three main mullahs of the Blue Genie group are Rory Skagen, Kevin Collins, and Dana Younger, thirtysomething artists whose work you've seen before, even if you're a recent transplant to the River City. The armadillo-festooned entrance to Threadgill's World Headquarters on Riverside Drive; the guitar gal atop Fran's Hamburgers, the be-fezzed monkey perched atop Lone Star Illusions, the cheerful green wyrm heralding Dragonsnaps, and the just-installed dancing zebra in a Carmen Miranda get-up over Lucy in Disguise, all on South Congress; the comically inspired guy grinning from the roof of the Lightbulb Shop and the skull-with-octopus-legs ("the ," corrects Skagen) menacing the airspace above Atomic Tattoo on Burnet Road; and, of course, the big blue Arabian Nights-ish djinn, complete with magic lamp, towering over pedestrians and vehicles on South First Street at Annie.
Robin Weber, owner of Guitar Gallery since 1997, thinks they're a bargain. She represents more than 50 of the best luthiers, or guitar builders, in the country, including Mr. Needham, and specializes in selling high-end acoustic guitars.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Um Jammer Lammy is staged in the same Parappa world and puts you behind the 2D personality of Lammy, a young female guitar gal trying to get to her next band gig and ultimately build her self-esteem through music. But if you're expecting a cool story, well, you might be unpleasantly surprised. If you can look past all the crazy effects and wild animations, the plot isn't as funny, or as cute, as Parappa the Rapper's. In fact, it was kind of bland. I might be nitpicking just a tad, but hey, the story just lacked and it had to be mentioned. But the rest of the game is sweet.
November 27, 2015
Classic Axe Guitar Gallery will be opening on Fridays from 12noon to 5pm from Nov 27th thru Dec 18th. Merry