Lots of new Mass Effect 3 info has started trickling out and I am getting pretty pumped up. I’m getting back in the working man groove this week, so this is going to be a short one. Get ready for some sci-fi action!
Tag - Music
I’m out on vacation this week in sunny Florida, so this Music Monday is coming a little early. Here’s the music from my favorite ride in Disney World. I have the full soundtrack somewhere in my house that has a lot of neat out-takes with Thurl Ravenscroft and Paul Frees. Fun fact about this song is that to get the creepy disorientated sound, the musicians played portions of the music backwards. Then they took the backwards recordings and reversed them and sync’d it to the other tracks. Pretty wild in the days before computer multi-tracking! See you next week!
Switching it up a bit from last week’s Prog-Metal to some good old fashioned Americana. The Decemberists are one of those hard to classify bands that are just a joy for me to listen to. In the 10 years or so since they got together they’ve put out half a dozen albums. This track is from their latest full-length album “The King is Dead”. It’s a great collection of songs and I can’t recommend it enough (if you like this song). It’s been on the 100 Albums for $5 list over at Amazon every now and then, so you can probably pick it up cheap!
Sorry for the delay on this fine Music Monday, I’ve got a sick kid at home with the triple threat (sore throat, ear infection & pink eye) so I’ve been running to drug stores and doctor’s appointments. I can’t imagine people listening to these posts at work with their speakers cranked up, but just in case… this one has a lot of bad words in it.
Anyway, I know hating Kanye is kind of a ‘thing’ but I really like the dude’s music. He’s kind of an ego-maniac but honestly, I think most famous people are. Some are just better at managing their PR than others. Kanye’s got some pretty amusing lyrics and has a good sense of humor about himself. He even manages to make some jokes about the whole Fish Sticks episode of South Park. This is my favorite track off of his latest album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ” which is easily in my top 5 albums for 2010. Give it a try. (Official Video after the jump, thanks John)
Today’s music comes from the OST of Final Fantasy 13, which I’ve been playing a lot of. I won’t get into the actual game here as I’ll save that for a future post after I’ve finished it. However. the Chocobo theme is one of those nerdy songs that haunts our memories as RPG fans. There have been many iterations of it over the years, but this is by far the most… danceable version. Enjoy Masashi Hmauzu’s “Chocobos of Cocoon”
2011 New Years Resolution, I’m going to start doing this again every week… but I need you people to keep me honest. This week’s Music Feature is the song “Some are Lakes” by Montreal’s Land of Talk. This song absolutely kicks my ass, Elizabeth Powell’s voice is seductive and beautiful. The music has a sound we just don’t get any more from an indie band. It reminds me of bands like The Posies and similar acts from the early 90’s.
I also recommend you check out their newer album ‘Cloak and Cipher’, and check out their web site: http://www.landoftalk.com/
We Jack Bauer fans have a lot of waiting to do over the next few months. Okay, so this past season of 24 certainly wasn’t the finest in the series, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss spending Monday nights with my favorite CTU agents.
That said there is a whole world of 24 out there, including plenty of ways to spend time with Jack while we wait for Day 7 to arrive in January. You might be surprised by the amount of options, ranging from books to video games. Take a look.
24: Declassified Books
There is an entire series of paperback books based on the 24 world. They all happen before the events of Day 1, so you can expect a handful of familiar faces like Tony Almeida and Nina Meyers. I actually haven’t read any of them myself, but I usually hear positive things about them, and I know for a fact they take place in other locations, like New York. There are five books in all, meaning there is plenty to keep you busy. You can of course find these books in any book store or online.
24: The Game for PS2
Let me get this out of the way right now, 24: The Game is absolutely terrible when it actually comes to the game itself, and somehow they managed to make Michelle Dessler look ugly. However, it actually has a decent narrative compared to most video games. It bridges the gaps between Day 2 and 3, answering such questions like “What happened to David after the attack?” and the most important question of all “How did Kate Warner have Jack’s leather coat in the first episode of day 3?” If you can stomach and survive the boring gun fights, poor driving scenes and maddening interrogation sequences, there’s a bit to love for the 24 fan. Being that it is over a year old, you can probably find it really cheap. Oh, and Callery’s soundtrack is top.
24 Day Zero
Day Zero is an animated web series that started at the end of this past season. Each episode is only a few minutes long and offers a look into Jack’s past showing exactly how he became wrapped up in his affair with Nina Meyers. It would appear that this series has all the makings to be great, with original voice talents from the cast, and writers from the show, but it suffers from some really poor animation. It’s more like a comic book than an animated show, but it should help tide fans over. Check it out here.
Pretend to be Jack with 24 Music
Sean Callery’s intense score to the television show can also be purchased on CD. The first disc is a best of from the first three seasons of the show, while the recently released second disc covers tunes from season’s 4 and 5. Relive some of the shows finest moments like the fan favorite “Jack’s Humanity.” Worth a listen if you’re into this sort of stuff.
Worship Jack with his action figure
Due out sometime during August is this awesome Jack Bauer action figure from McFarlane Toys. So even if you can’t watch the show, at least you’ll always have a little reminder of him at your desk. I’m personally stoked.
Enjoy 100 of the show’s greatest moments
The gang over at Progressive Boink put together an amazing list of moments of the first five seasons of 24. They seriously have everything covered, and I found it hilarious that they picked up on and love the same sort of quirks that I do. I thought I was the only one who laughed at stuff like Mike Novak peeking around corners. They also refer to certain scenes by the same names as my friends and I do, like “American Hero.” All of the scenes are accompanied by YouTube clips, so leave open a day or two to go through it all. It’s awesome, go check it out.
Hopefully these few items will help tide you over while you wait for Day 7 to begin. If you haven’t watched 24 before, than use this time to brush up or watch all of the previous seasons. You’ll thank me later.