This feels like it must be outtakes or extras from Jackson. "G7" and "Teetering" are the best tracks on the EP. Some really great cover photography of the band's custom aluminum guitars.
This probably is Tar's best record. It's a wall of loud, lumbering guitars and driving bass lines. This is pretty much what every Illinois-based hard rock indie band aspired to sound like back in 1992. This contains some of their most memorable tracks: "Short Trades," "Walking the King" and especially "Viaduct Removal."
This CD actually compiles Tar's first two releases: Handsome and Roundhouse. While I like many of tunes on this CD, it's my least favorite of their releases. Tar never strays too far from the formula so, if you haven't heard much Tar, this will be pretty indistinguishable from later records. For me this record lacks the droney, bass-heavy sound defined their best records so it tends to get played less.
Over the past few years I have had a love/hate relationship with The Walking Dead T.V. show. Unlike most of the trash in the zombie sub-genre being released these days, the pilot episode was simply one of the best zombie stories ever filmed. However, as the series progressed, it has sunk in quality where at times it just feels like a bad soap opera filled with characters who make the most unrealistic and stupid decisions. The fact that there is a zombie apocalypse going on has little or no bearing on the plot most of the time (you can just replace "zombies" with "earthquake" or another major disaster and you would have the same show).
This is the better of the two Supercollider CDs. The sound is much bigger and they had gotten much more skilled at crafting atmospheric loops of guitar sounds and electronics. They still exist in their own little musical niche and I find myself going back to their music more than most of the bands that I loved during the early nineties because of this uniqueness. Supercollider is a band that more people need to hear.
Supercollider is my favorite band from the nineties that no one seems to know about. I found about them after reading a short interview in Flipside (Nov. 1991) where they were described their use of sequencers and guitar. I was intrigued and bought their CD, Dual, not knowing exactly what to expect. I slowly fell in love with it and eventually got my hands on this, their first CD.
When this record arrived, you could sense the downward trajectory of this band. Not that this is a bad record—Here's to Shutting Up continues with the more interesting arrangements of its predecessor—it's just that Superchunk kinda lost that spark that made them fun to listen to. Maturity's a bitch. I think I own all the Superchunk records I need, and, even though they have since released much-loved albums, that's it for me.
Mostly more of the same from Superchunk but with a lot more non-rock instrumentation like strings and woodwinds thrown in here and there. They haven't gone full Sgt. Peppers, but it's a nice change of pace. Oh, and finally a decent cover.
Clocking in at 31 gigabytes of disk space needed, Max Payne 3 is a monster of a game. I would have bought it at launch, but my old computer just would not be able to run it. The Max Payne series has been one of my favorites for a long time. I love the cheesy noir narration, gritty environments and, of course, the insane slow motion gun battles. The third installment retains all of these elements and gives the game a beautiful audio-visual overhaul. Most notably, the comic panel storytelling device has been replaced with your standard in-game cut scenes. Lots and lots of cut scenes that, at times, interrupt the flow of the game play. You just want to burst through that door guns blazing but then you're forced to watch Max slowly creep his way into cover while explaining that the room was "full of goons."
These Superchunk reviews are going to get a bit repetitive from here on out. Another good collection of poppy rock songs that are drifting farther and farther from punk rock. There are a few questionable choices here ("Nu Bruises"?) but a good record for the mostpart.
An Italian thriller (aka L'ultimo treno della notte) that leaves you feeling a bit icky not because of gore, but because it takes its time depicting horrible people generally being horrible. There are a few attempts to get all philosophical as the characters start conversations about the nature of democracy and violence but then it's immediately back to the sleaze. The sappy main theme is sung by Demis Roussos of Aphrodite's Child!
I'm on a bit of a tear here finishing off games. I guess after that last Winter Steam sale I had about six different games going concurrently. Anyways, I just finished the Rise of the Triad remake and it was pretty much what I expected: a technological upgrade of a mid-Nineties FPS shooter. The developers were pretty clear that outside of the better graphics, sound and controls there were not going to be any big game play changes.
I had hoped that when they adapted the Web version of Surgeon Simulator into a full game they would have added a funny story line à la Trauma Center. Instead they have just expanded the original game by adding two more procedures and a couple more environments. It's still much the same game: purposely horrible game controls, inappropriate tools for the job, painfully hilarious physics interactions and general surgical mayhem.
Like a gazillion other people, Doublefine Adventure was the first Kickstarter that I bought into. It was scheduled to come out two years ago. During the delay I started playing many other more modern adventure games to get me in the groove again (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here). It's finally out (at least the first half of the game is out), but how does it stack up against other adventures?
Four pretty good songs and 45 minute long recording from a community radio program in which the hosts deconstruct the lyrics to "Hyper Enough." Worth one listen, but gets annoying after a while (especially if you suffered through an art school critique).