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Music Tuesday: Karl Hyde, Phoenix, !!! & More
Posted on 04.30.13 by Widge @ 11:44 pm

Karl Hyde

More music picks for your Tuesday, co-curated this week by Rob and Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

First up, a pick from Rob: it's Karl Hyde of Underworld fame, with his first solo album, Edgeland. From Rob: "Half Of Underworld's solo debut is a record of blips, bleeps, expansive sounds and grooves." Indeed. The album is already out, though the MP3 version is, according to Amazon, not available until May 7th for some reason. After the jump we have "Sleepless," live in Tokyo from this year. (Amazon: CD; Vinyl.)

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Fun With Spotify: Randomizer & Volume Zero
Posted on 04.29.13 by Widge @ 5:05 pm

I Dreamt the Sunlight Carried Us Back Home

As we grind the machine that eventually will produce a shiny new Music Monday (or Tuesday...the machine isn't new anymore, and sometimes takes a while), please note: there are some offsite music resources that you can take advantage of.

Prof. Tuffley has Randomizer, his series of playlists where I discover 50% of my new music. (The other 50% comes from Rob, of course.) So whatever Tuffley's got cooking is worthy and must be checked out.

While I'm working on the music posts, those songs plus other things I can't find embeds for plus just random stuff that I like and amuses me goes into Volume Zero. You can find the most recent (the companion piece to last week's Music Tuesday), "I Dreamt the Sunlight Carried Us Back Home," here.

Or, hey, the embeds for the latest playlists of both are below the jump. Enjoy.
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Headsup: The Knight, The Dragon, The Angel & More...
Posted on 04.29.13 by Widge @ 12:01 am

There's a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly...your coin. But, you know, it's your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Mr Selfridge PBS Blu-Ray
Touched By An Angel Season 7 DVD
Wyvern Mystery DVD

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Tomb Raider (2013) - Game Review
Posted on 04.26.13 by Brady @ 11:24 pm
Tomb Raider (2013) for Xbox

Since I was old enough to watch them, the Indiana Jones films have been some of my all-time favorites. I even love Temple of Doom, with all of its goofy B-movie charm. And yes, I was in that small minority that even found most of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be pretty enjoyable, even if they did jump the shark with the absurd "nuke-proof fridge." And the monkeys. And flesh-eating ants. ... Okay, so it was pretty ridiculous, but I have no shame in admitting that I am a Crystal Skull apologist.

Maybe that's why I love the Tomb Raider reboot so much. It could be that, no matter how cheesy or unlikely, the sense of discovering a lost artifact deep within a booby-trapped dungeon speaks to my inner child-adventurer. The younger version of me who thought that maybe, just maybe, there was buried treasure somewhere in my backyard. Or, it could be that the game is just rock solid in nearly every aspect, from the gorgeous graphics to the gameplay mechanics. It doesn't matter if you're stealthily choking out cultists, scaling rock walls, or waging all-out war against the crazies living on the mysterious island of Yamatai where you've been stranded. Without giving away too many plot details, something nasty has been going down on this island, where the weather can change on a dime and the people there have taken an unusual interest in you and your party. Pretty much everything in this game just works. It's well-acted, packed with harrowing action setpieces, and features one of the most darkly compelling settings this side of Bioshock's Rapture. Having hit in March, Tomb Raider is already one of 2013's best games.

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Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #38: Apodyopsis
Posted on 04.25.13 by Aaron @ 4:55 am
Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

The comic book villain Bullseye could take out someone from across the street using just a paper clip. Which is impressive, yes. But without words, how could I have conveyed that notion to you? Mime? Charades? An extremely long rebus? No. We need language. After all, scientists now speculate that the Neanderthal died out because they were, in essence, trying to play Pictionary against time for important bits of communcation like "Oh crap, there's a lion right behind you." But Aaron is like Bullseye but with language. His word selection never misses and--bonus--can take down a ceramic bull elephant at fifty yard. So make sure he's on your team! Accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! When you're trying to name your new ska-zydeco band! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

We hope you will join Aaron as he sheds the chains of ignorance while exercising the skill that is knowledge, using that-headdress-Storm-used-to-wear-that-had-the-lockpicking-kid-inside...that is Language.
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Music Tuesday: Depeche Mode, Nakia, Beans on Toast & More...
Posted on 04.23.13 by Widge @ 3:47 am

Depeche Mode

More music picks for your Tuesday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

With new Depeche Mode, I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed "Angel" off of Delta Machine. In fact, when it first came on my iPod on shuffle, I didn't even recognize it as Depeche Mode. I have no idea why--in retrospect, Dave Gahan certainly sounds like himself. But sometimes the coffee just isn't working as well as it should. This is them Live on Letterman, but somehow they've skipped the awkward Dave intro and outro. Note: for about $2 more, you can get CD and MP3 both. So. (Amazon: CD/MP3; MP3.)

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Jolly LLB (2013) - Movie Review
Posted on 04.22.13 by Adarsh @ 12:32 pm
Jolly LLB

Written & Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
Starring: Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla

After the hugely entertaining and popular movie Phas Gaye re Obama in 2010, writer-director Subhash Kapoor is back with Jolly LLB. The trailers try portraying the movie as a light-hearted take on the Indian judicial system starring Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Amrita Rao and Saurabh Shukla in the key roles. The movie pans out in an exactly opposite way: the movie deals with the ineffectiveness and the loopholes of the system with some good courtroom drama and situation comedy peppered in.

The movie is about a hit-and-run case in which a scion of a very rich influential family is the accused case. (The case resembles the the superstar/actor-Salman Khan's hit-and-run trail). He is initially acquitted thanks to the advocating skills of a Senior Advocate Rajpal (Boman Irani). However a junior lawyer Jolly (Arshard Warsi) files a Public interest litigation and reopens the case with the sole motivation of shooting into limelight given the high media frenzy the case has generated. How he undergoes a change of heart and goes on to actually fight the case so that he can get justice for the family of the people killed in the accident forms the crux of the story.

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Wayhomer Review #147: Oblivion (2013)
Posted on 04.19.13 by Widge @ 11:40 pm

Morgan Freeman as Malcolm Beech from Oblivion

Episode #147 for Oblivion (2013), in which our protagonist again rails against the difference between "It's a mystery" and "We didn't think we should address that." In addition, he's frustrated about good ideas that seem to be shrouded in WTFery. And he really wants those sunglasses.
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Your Weekend Justice #192: How to Whack Em With Your Whackems
Posted on 04.19.13 by Widge @ 5:08 am

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that isn't afraid to roll up its sleeves and enter into a bit of fisticuffs. THROUGH TIME.

Half an old twenty dollar bill

Agenda:

  • Serv gives Jon career advice
  • More fun with what people haven't seen
  • Even more fun with Widge's mic
  • Wacky Adventures With Rox!
  • Bartitsu!
  • Doctor Who and the lack of subtitles
  • Doing Harrison Ford
  • What $20 can get you
  • Game of Thrones and ratings
  • Widge vs. Hannibal
  • Tuffley vs. Bates Motel
  • X-Men movie updates
  • Marvel vs. Madge
  • Dalton vs. Brosnan and alternate universes
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    Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #37: Defenestrate
    Posted on 04.17.13 by Aaron @ 11:07 pm
    Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

    Are you dragged down by workaday concerns and worries? Maybe you need to scale back and get some easy wins. Like having a "100 Words to Work Gracefully Into Conversation Before I Die" list, for example. Sure, you want some in there like "Autotonsorialist" (not as perverted as it sounds) or "Mallemaroking" (Hint: Rox has probably done this) but you want reasonably easy wins, yes? Look to Aaron Poole, wordsmith, for the answer. Sure he's got thirty-seven done...but that's thirty-seven you don't need to track down. He's saving you time...and effort. Get on board! So fear not! Accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! When you're trying to name your new ska-zydeco band! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

    We hope you will join Aaron as he vivisects the frog of ignorance while it's mounted on the foamboard of knowledge, using the razor sharp instrument...that is Language.
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