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The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« on: January 23, 2007, 10:22:08 AM »
I was thinking that since it doesn't really seem to have a place other then GAL, and since posting a whole new topic each time someone wants to share a review, it might be a good idea to start a CD & Book review thread.  So if you've just finished a new book, or bought a new CD, then pass on a review as someone here is bound to be interested.

I just bought Skin and Bones by the Foo Fighters, which is a live best of album released late last year.  I downloaded my copy from Itunes which includes the bonus track Ain't it the Life.  Now generally I don't care for live albums, because if I want to hear people screaming and singing along then I'll cover it on my own, but this one was pleasantly well done.  The crowd which must have been small, was quiet when they needed to be and only roared to life between songs or when given warrant by the band.  The range of songs, (see track list below) includes most of their big hits and is a nice selection of their work released to date.  Though personally I would have liked to have heard Monkey Wrench and Learn to Fly, perhaps in place of Big Me.  I hate that song, mainly because of that 'mentos' video even though it has come to be known as classic Foo.

If you like the Foo Fighters, the I highly recommend Skin and Bones.  You will not be disappointed unless you already own every Foo Fighters album released and then what's the point of a best of album.  Or unless you just really dig live albums.  But for everyone else, this is a solid buy.

Track list:
Razor
Over and Out
Walking After You
Marigold
My Hero
Next Year
Another Round
Big Me
Cold Day in the Sunday
Skin and Bones
February Stars
Times Like These
Friend of a Friendship
Best of You
Everlong
Ain't it the Life
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2007, 11:50:00 PM »
Excellent idea Jimi.  Sadly my reviews aren't that lengthy but I'll do my best.  After a recommendation from Flagg I decided to pick up "Sam's Town" by The Killers. Ive got to say he was spot on with his recommendation.  They've got a great sound on this album.  My personal favorite track being "Uncle Jonny" withe som other other great gems "When you were young", "This river is wild" and "Bling".  9/10
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007, 02:22:53 AM »
Excellent idea Jimi.  Sadly my reviews aren't that lengthy but I'll do my best.  After a recommendation from Flagg I decided to pick up "Sam's Town" by The Killers. Ive got to say he was spot on with his recommendation.  They've got a great sound on this album.  My personal favorite track being "Uncle Jonny" withe som other other great gems "When you were young", "This river is wild" and "Bling".  9/10

Yeah, I like the title track and "Where the White Boys Dance" the best. I'd also recomment checking out "The Shins - Wincing the Night Away".

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007, 03:15:58 AM »
^^^I'll be sure to do that.
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2007, 12:55:01 PM »
I just finished Final Impact, the last book in John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy.

The basic premise of the series is that a NATO-esque multinational naval force from 2021 is inadvertently sent back in time to 1942...with most--but not all--of the ships winding up straight in the middle of the US Midway fleet, and, amidst the confusion, blowing the crap out of it.  The books follow how the war takes a totally different turn, as everyone grabs a piece of the technological pie to some degree or another, but is realistic in that the allies don't start suddenly pumping out F-22s...instead, they are only able to skip to the Saber, etc.  There is also a massive culture clash between the "uptimers" from 2021, who are at once socially enlightened but also too ruthless in battle from facing jihadists for 15 years, and the contemporary citizens and allied forces.  Birmingham also puts a lot of wry humor in the books--the aircraft carrier, for example, is the USS Hillary Clinton, named after "the greatest wartime president in United States history".  Final Impact deals mostly with the nuclear race and is quite enjoyable, especially for dealing with the technological progression more than the other books.  It takes place during the vastly-altered D-Day invasion and would-be battle of the Marinaras.

I'd give it an 9/10, the book, and the trilogy as a whole, are immensely enjoyable "popcorn" books, but do have plenty of substance and decent character progression.  I also found the fairly extensive use of British, Australian, Japanese, and German characters rather refreshing.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007, 01:29:22 PM »
I just ordered book three the other day off Amazon and would also recomend the trilogy.  If you've seen the movie The Final Countdown, think of that but with far more substance.
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007, 01:32:55 PM »
I'll be ordering it as soon as the money gets on my credit card. I enjoyed the first two books.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2007, 02:51:43 AM »
I'll soon be finished "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" By Philip K Dick.  Once Im done I have Ultimate X-Men Volumne 1 waiting for me.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2007, 11:01:30 PM »
I just ordered book three the other day off Amazon and would also recomend the trilogy.  If you've seen the movie The Final Countdown, think of that but with far more substance.

I just finished reading Final Impact. What I liked about it, is that much of the political stuff was minimal. As soon as the story started getting political, it would only be a couple of pages until the action started again.

I hope there is a new trilogy with a alternate cold-war because of the events of this trilogy. The universe is interesting, and I would love to read more about it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2007, 01:57:22 AM »
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" - Finished this on monday.  DADOES was the inspiration for Blade Runner. It tells of the moral crisis of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who stalks androids in a fallout-clouded, partially deserted future San Francisco. Now while Blade Runner's basic story is there some of the sci fi aspect is stronger in DADOES.  The idea that living animals being a hot commodity in the future is an interesting one as well.  The part I enjoyed most about  the book was when the 3 remaining androids hold up with John R. Isidore.  I thought it would have been a far more interesting story if it had focused more on this subplot.  Not a bad book, it did have some interesting aspects but I wont be reading it again anytime soon.
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2007, 10:07:39 AM »
This isn't a review, but it seems to fit this topic better than others. Plus, we need to liven this topic up a bit more, so perhaps we should include music and book news here as well if that's alright with you Jimi?
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Singer Cornell quits Audioslave

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is leaving the rock supergroup, blaming "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences".

The singer, who also performed the latest James Bond theme tune, will release his second solo album in May.

Cornell formed Audioslave in 2001 with three former members of Rage Against the Machine, who will reform in April.

The star said: "I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavours."

Cornell, 42, found fame as singer and guitarist with Seattle grunge band Soundgarden, who split in 1997. He released his first solo album, Euphoria Morning, in 1999.

Cornell also wrote and sang You Know My Name - the theme to Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.

Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine will reunite to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, which runs from 27-29 April.

Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello has said the concert will be a one-off.

Morello is also releasing a debut solo album, One Man Revolution, on 24 April, under the name The Nightwatchman.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6369185.stm
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Can't say that I'm surprised as this has been a troubled partnership from the start, but it is a shame because they made some great music and pairings of one of the most unique vocalists and greatest guitarists don't come along that often anymore.

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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2007, 11:14:01 AM »
Yeah, that was rather disappointing.  While "Out of Exile" and "Revelations" were somewhat mediocre, their first album is just fantastic.  I found them a frustrating band in a sense, because it always seemed like there was so much potential, and you kept with them waiting for the big payoff, but they never were able to fully tap that potential. 

Still, I'm excited to hear more of Cornell's solo work.  Euphoria Morning was a fairly enjoyable album, and if he's improved his hooks a bit, I think the next one might be something special.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2007, 02:08:16 PM »
This isn't a review, but it seems to fit this topic better than others. Plus, we need to liven this topic up a bit more, so perhaps we should include music and book news here as well if that's alright with you Jimi?
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Singer Cornell quits Audioslave

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is leaving the rock supergroup, blaming "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences".

The singer, who also performed the latest James Bond theme tune, will release his second solo album in May.

Cornell formed Audioslave in 2001 with three former members of Rage Against the Machine, who will reform in April.

The star said: "I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavours."

Cornell, 42, found fame as singer and guitarist with Seattle grunge band Soundgarden, who split in 1997. He released his first solo album, Euphoria Morning, in 1999.

Cornell also wrote and sang You Know My Name - the theme to Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.

Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine will reunite to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, which runs from 27-29 April.

Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello has said the concert will be a one-off.

Morello is also releasing a debut solo album, One Man Revolution, on 24 April, under the name The Nightwatchman.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6369185.stm
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Can't say that I'm surprised as this has been a troubled partnership from the start, but it is a shame because they made some great music and pairings of one of the most unique vocalists and greatest guitarists don't come along that often anymore.

Yeah it's fine with me.  Post away. :) 

And I feel pretty much the same about Audio Slave, the had some great potential and when they worked good, they were awesome, but overall they just weren't that solid on a consistent basis.  Though now that they're separated, I hope that Cornell gets back together with Soundgarden.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2007, 03:57:59 PM »
I want Rage Against the Machine to get back together so bad. They are getting together this year for Coachella, so maybe since Audioslave broke up, they will get back together, or at least a reunion tour. I swear to god if they came within 500 miles of me I would pay hundreds of dollars to see them.

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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2007, 12:20:06 AM »
Apparently Trent Reznor is a also a fan of Lost's online puzzle stuff.

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I'm a huge fan of Trent Reznor's nine inch nails, and I couldn't be more excited for his next album, Year Zero, which hits stores in April. This past week has been mayhem for anyone who has been following the newly launched viral marketing campaign, which all started with a tour shirt that contained the hidden message "I Am Trying To Believe". That led a fan to a website and has since escalated as far as the discovery of an image hidden within the static at the end of NIN's first single, "My Violent Heart", which was found on a USB drive in a bathroom in Portugal two days ago. Things get crazier, much crazier, so if you're a NIN fan click here and get caught up on all the fun you're missing. This puzzle is cooler than when I started watching Lost on TV.

Ive heard the first 2 singles on their Myspace page and Ive got to say I like "My violent heart" better.  Cant wait for Year Zero.
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2007, 08:31:46 AM »
I want Rage Against the Machine to get back together so bad. They are getting together this year for Coachella, so maybe since Audioslave broke up, they will get back together, or at least a reunion tour. I swear to god if they came within 500 miles of me I would pay hundreds of dollars to see them.

Morello made a big deal of pointing out that it would only be a one time thing, and that they have no plans to get back together. That can change of course, but he was pretty emphatic about it at the time, so I wouldn't hope for it happening anytime soon.

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2007, 02:48:17 PM »
I'd say the chances of RATM uniting are far higher than the chances of Soundgarden reuniting.  Besides, Cummerford/Wilk/Morello still seem fairly cordial with Zach de la Rocha and I think they're far more on the same page musically than where Chris Cornell and his bandmates left off.


Getting back to the review part of the thread, I finally bought Arcade Fire's "Funeral".  I was a bit wary of them since they were so hyped, but after listening to it extensively and also snatching a few B-sides and EP tracks like "Cold Wind" from iTunes, I'm very impressed and eagerly awaiting their new album. 

Musically, there's a fair amount going on, but it is always fairly tightly packed -- it doesn't develop into a crazyass mess of competing parts like some other large groups, ex. Broken Social Scene, sometimes fall prey to.  Many of the songs have a really great textured, haunting vibe, while they also brand some with the trademark energetic, hook-laden choruses like the other great Canadian indie bands right now.  The vocals alone aren't amazing on their own, but they suit the music perfectly and the female background vocals are well done and very well placed.

Easily a 9/10, with "Rebellion (Lies)", "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)", "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)", and "Une Annee Sans Lumiere" being most recommended.
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2007, 09:35:04 PM »
I just picked up a copy of the new(ish) "The Rapture" album "Pieces of the People we Love". For those who haven't heard of "The Rapture", they're sort of a funk-electro pop indie band, like an American version of "Franz Ferdinand", or "Ok Go", or "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Anyway, back to the album.

Overall, it's rather good. The tracks are catchy, the lyrics clever, and the sound is distinct enough so that they don't fall into the trap that befalls many a band today (I'm looking at you, Straight Light Run and your ilk); sounding like everyone else.

I'm a particular fan of the title track "Pieces of the People we Love", it's a particularly good song to walk down the street to, and "Don Gon Do It", with a solid bass and groove.

I'd rate it an overall 7.5/10.
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2007, 01:45:46 AM »
Not to long ago I purchased the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion picture by Gene Roddenberry.  Im about half way through it but its an easy and yet entertaining read.  Roddenberry did have a way of typing things up and some of the stuff he put into the beginning specificly the info about the mind control revolts and Kirks cranial processor really made this worth picking up.
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2007, 04:10:22 AM »
^^^ Yeah, I really love the little background info about Earth's appearance and society that the novelization provides.

You should look up German architect Herman Sörgel's "Atlantropa" project which he first proposed in the 1920s if you want to read more about damming the Straight of Gibraltar and lowering the sea level in the Mediterranean by 200 meters to connect Africa and Europe as one supercontinent (along with other peripheral projects which would theoretically irrigate the Sahara and make North Africa a green belt), because that's clearly what Roddenberry based that idea on. It's a fascinating read, even if the colonialism and environmental issues behind the project are outdated. But you can easily make the connection between it and Roddenberry's description of 23rd century Africa, which is a utopian paradise in the novel as in the Atlantropa proposal.


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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2007, 04:15:57 AM »
^^^ Yeah, I really love the little background info about Earth's appearance and society that the novelization provides.

You should look up German architect Herman Sörgel's "Atlantropa" project which he first proposed in the 1920s if you want to read more about damming the Straight of Gibraltar and lowering the sea level in the Mediterranean by 200 meters to connect Africa and Europe as one supercontinent (along with other peripheral projects which would theoretically irrigate the Sahara and make North Africa a green belt), because that's clearly what Roddenberry based that idea on. It's a fascinating read, even if the colonialism and environmental issues behind the project are outdated. But you can easily make the connection between it and Roddenberry's description of 23rd century Africa, which is a utopian paradise in the novel as in the Atlantropa proposal.



As batshit insane as Atlantropa is, I still think we should totally do it.

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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2007, 04:31:15 AM »
^^^ Yeah, I really love the little background info about Earth's appearance and society that the novelization provides.

You should look up German architect Herman Sörgel's "Atlantropa" project which he first proposed in the 1920s if you want to read more about damming the Straight of Gibraltar and lowering the sea level in the Mediterranean by 200 meters to connect Africa and Europe as one supercontinent (along with other peripheral projects which would theoretically irrigate the Sahara and make North Africa a green belt), because that's clearly what Roddenberry based that idea on. It's a fascinating read, even if the colonialism and environmental issues behind the project are outdated. But you can easily make the connection between it and Roddenberry's description of 23rd century Africa, which is a utopian paradise in the novel as in the Atlantropa proposal.


Actually I do believe Ive heard of that.  If memory serves me they wanted to set up big hyrdoelectric generators that would run on the receding water from the Mediterranean.
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2007, 04:43:28 AM »
^^^ Yeah, I really love the little background info about Earth's appearance and society that the novelization provides.

You should look up German architect Herman Sörgel's "Atlantropa" project which he first proposed in the 1920s if you want to read more about damming the Straight of Gibraltar and lowering the sea level in the Mediterranean by 200 meters to connect Africa and Europe as one supercontinent (along with other peripheral projects which would theoretically irrigate the Sahara and make North Africa a green belt), because that's clearly what Roddenberry based that idea on. It's a fascinating read, even if the colonialism and environmental issues behind the project are outdated. But you can easily make the connection between it and Roddenberry's description of 23rd century Africa, which is a utopian paradise in the novel as in the Atlantropa proposal.


Actually I do believe Ive heard of that.  If memory serves me they wanted to set up big hyrdoelectric generators that would run on the receding water from the Mediterranean.

That and dam all the rivers that empty into the Med. Envornmentally and ecologically it's completely insane, and I don't know that it's even possible from an engineering standpoint, but we should still do it.

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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2007, 05:11:50 AM »
Just because it would be friggin' cool for those few decades before it completely fucked up the climate.

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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2007, 05:13:21 AM »
Just because it would be friggin' cool for those few decades before it completely fucked up the climate.

Yeah, I mean we don't have to worry about how history will judge us because we'll all be dead.