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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #150 on: May 06, 2010, 08:14:10 PM »
Yeah, that's who it was. Fidget called them "the suckiest opening act Canada had to offer."

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #151 on: May 13, 2010, 05:00:15 PM »
Impulse bought the new The Dead Weather (Jack White's other other band) and The National albums, blowing my May music budget.  Damn you, iTunes.

The National's "High Violet" is...okay so far.  It's one of those bands I keep giving chances because everyone from critics to hipster commonfolk seem to adore them, but I find this and "Boxer" to be just sort of melancholy and uninvolving for the most part.

The Dead Weather's new album was a pleasant surprise to me, given the mehness and inconsistency of their debut.  It's just kind of snarly and sludgy and occasionally badass, which is refreshing.  There's not really a whole lot of emphasis on choruses, which leaves the instrumentals to do the heavy lifting, which both works and doesn't work.  One thing that leads to a huge boost in quality over the first album is that Jack White appears much more frequently, coming closer to splitting vocal duties.  His WTF-awesomeness shines through on a few tracks, like the opener, "Blue Blood Blues" ("Check your lips at the door, woman!/ And shake your hips like battleships!").  It's not a great album, but it's solid enough and has a pleasant trace of old school vibe to it.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #152 on: July 14, 2010, 04:39:02 AM »
This Iron Maiden video fucking rocks. Thus endeth the review.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #153 on: July 14, 2010, 06:14:28 AM »
This Iron Maiden video fucking rocks. Thus endeth the review.

I cried tears of joy  ;D
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #154 on: July 14, 2010, 08:05:27 AM »
new Maiden album coming? awesome

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #155 on: July 16, 2010, 07:25:42 AM »
Okay while the video is cool the song itself is pretty disappointing.
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #156 on: July 17, 2010, 02:14:24 AM »
While the video was awesome, I thought the song was only okay at first, but I ended up singing it to myself over and over again later in the day. It grows on you.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #157 on: August 04, 2010, 07:26:04 PM »
So the new Arcade Fire album is unsurprisingly pretty awesomepants. 

In terms of where it fits in with their previous works, "Funeral" was about community and loss with tracks that had sort of a rousing hopefulness, and "Neon Bible" was comparatively downcast, written in a church during the second Bush administration and more about religion and politics: this is more of a loosely themed album about suburbia and feelings of modern disconnectedness.  It's not as downbeat as "Neon Bible", but it continues that album's trend towards a tighter, more propulsive sound, which is mostly welcome.  It doesn't have anything that really feels like a singalong anthem after a few listens, but there are some really captivating tracks.  There's still a nice hodgepodge of influences and a little more synth here and there, some more guitar-oriented tracks over there, etc.

If you're new to the band, definitely look at "Funeral" first as it's a stronger album with higher highs, but this is still quite a good release.

Standout tracks: "The Suburbs", "Half Light II (No Celebration)", "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
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« Reply #158 on: August 12, 2010, 04:27:27 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUfp24dwzOA&playnext=1&videos=IzJ15EWvKeg&feature=featured

Its only the aftermath but the damage speak for itself.

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Here's news clip show our bear doing his Carjack.

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #159 on: August 27, 2010, 11:58:01 AM »
Though I'd mention this as some people here were familiar with his other books.

I just finished up reading John Birmingham's "After America" today, and it was pretty fun, although not as good as the first book, "Without Warning", or his fantastic "Axis of Time" trilogy.  "After America" follows the events in Without Warning, where, just before the launch of the would-be Iraq War, a still-unexplained energy event known only as The Wave sweeps through most of North America, vaporizing humans and many mammals but leaving other plant life and all the infrastructure completely untouched.  In its wake, firestorms and pollution storms rage from accidents and meltdowns, Israel is bullied by its neighbours and turns most of the Middle East into an atomic wasteland, and religious strife tears countries apart at the seams.

After America keeps the premise oddly believable and develops it in some interesting ways.  The new America, now only 17 million strong, is trying to re-colonize the heartland, the East Coast cities, and Texas, where a rebellious and racist governor has taken root and been surprisingly effective.  On the East Coast, third world pirates and looters ransack the dead cities and many have fallen under the sway of jihadists seeking to carve out New York and the rest of America as their own new homeland.

While Birmingham doesn't take himself as seriously as Tom Clancy, sometimes he goes a bit off the rails with hipster-isms like the use of "awesomeness" or winks to other sci-fi and fantasy universes.  The characters, too, are at times a bit too overly eccentric and come off as harder to believe than the premise.  A few also feel a bit photocopied or at times boring, like one character who is basically Sam Fisher re-envisioned as a blonde chick.  However, they're pretty decent by and large, and the action is usually pretty fairly compelling.  Fans of war porn will be pleased with a number of sequences, and the action writing is helped by the fact that Birmingham doesn't bog things down by lavishing praise on the technical details of each and every set piece, like Clancy and others sometimes do.  For example, B-52's are big and old and ugly and drop bombs, and that's all that really needs to be said, which Birmingham understands.  There are a number of sequences of "and then the Americans were  in trouble as they crouched behind the ruined store windows of (insert NYC famed landmark/luxury store here) and then OMG HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS ARRIVED AND THEY STARTED SHOOTING THEIR MINIGUNS AND SHELL CASINGS WERE RAINING LIKE RATATATATATATAT RATATATATAT! AND THE JIHADISTS EXPLODED IN BLOOD MIST WHILE BONE CHIPS SPLATTERED EVERYWHERE", which are less interesting than the Axis of Time battles, and get slightly repetitive at times, but are still kinda awesome in a weird way. 

Still, the idea of a weakened American military fighting pirates and jihadists in a deserted, partially-wrecked, depopulated New York City makes for an insane, sometimes gripping atmosphere, and the losses of American soldiers are more affecting than in many typical military fiction redshirt situations, since the Americans are in sort of a Battlestar Galactica scenaro where so many of them have been wiped out.  Though not as much happens in the other plotlines--their events seem to be more geared towards building a third book--the stories presented for the rebuilding in the heartland and in Texas are plausible and interesting enough, although some characters feel like they're just treading water/moving around at times.

I'd recommend it to those who like Clancy but find him a bit too plodding or that his books' "good parts", ie. the 'blowing the hell out of things' parts, don't last long enough.  Check out Without Warning first (which is now available in a cheaper paperback, IIRC) since most of the characters carry over.  The fact that I haven't re-read that book since I got it well over a year ago reduced the enjoyment of this one a bit, as I couldn't really remember a lot of the character background and building that had gone on in the first novel.

But check out the Axis of Time books first, because Prince Harry shoots the crap out of Nazis with AK-47's and stuff.  For reals.
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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #160 on: November 24, 2010, 05:46:07 PM »
I do say lads, while I am not often a fan of rhymed verse, the new urban poetry collection of one Mr. Kanye West is rather enjoyable.  It is much more consistent than his previous offerings, and he hath dropped the rather whimsical skits (save for an unfortunate end-of-song interlude by jester Chris Rock).  The album also includes an array of contributions from other notable minstrels, including an affable chap married to the delightful Beyonce Knowles, whose name escapes me at this time.

Mr. West should be commended most heartily for his impeccable production values and lush instrumentals.  The album is a most pleasing culmination of his previous sounds and efforts, and features slightly more of the, as you say, 'rock and roll' sound popular with those kids these days.

Of course, applause aside, the lovable ragamuffins at Pitchfork giving the album a coveted 10.0 is a cause for a good chuckle. 

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Re: The Review Thread--No Games, Movies, or TV
« Reply #161 on: November 17, 2013, 10:27:39 PM »
Went and saw Thor: The Dark World yesterday. It starts out kinda jumbled but altogether pretty good.  My only problem was with the villians I kept wondering why Thor was fighting Romulans? (and why was the Borg queen working in Asgaurd?) The stinger has me intrigued and Im looking forward to more cosmic stuff from the MCU.
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