True Blood is one of HBO’s flagship shows and is a rare example of a drama that maintains its freshness after seven seasons. The ultimate season has been rounded out through the inclusion of a number of more than capable guest and supporting stars making the 10 episodes of the final season extraordinarily easy to watch. In November HBO will be releasing The Complete Seventh Season box set on Blu ray and DVD (along with a full-run box set of the show), making it easy to collect last season of the show and a convenient package. The video quality of this box set is superb with each of the episodes recorded onto disc at the same quality that they were originally shown on HBO. Continue reading
The titular beginning to Any Other Way is a track that ties together Garbage, Atari Teenage Riot, and an earlier, late seventies / early eighties goth sound (Siouxsie and the Banshees, 45 Grave) into something that is instrumentally intense while having a very approachable sound. Flesh and Bone further varies up RxGF’s sound in its inclusion of dual harmonies; the shuffling sound of the synths and drums create an effort that is ready for dance clubs as well as dark bars. The dichotomy that is created between the human and the inorganic is built throughout Any Other Way; The Dying Grace of Machines shifts the balance of RxGF’s sound into a much more instrumental-heavy format. The move towards this sound allows for an effort that is equal parts Nine Inch Nails and Sisters of Mercy, all while the same funky, dark dance sound is issuing forth through the speakers. Continue reading
Dungeons & Dragons has been one of my favorite games for over 15 years and the game itself has captured the minds and hearts of fans for over 40 years. The Monster Manual is one of the earliest books that TSR (now owned by Wizards of the Coast) released and it is integral for any Dungeon Master (DM) that wants to utilize a bevy of beasties for their game. The important stats are present in the Monster Manual including hit points, size, weight, and special attacks that they possess. Continue reading
All I Think About starts with an energetic clap and stomp sound that sets the stage for the various paths that The Great Escape will take on their eponymous album. This first track introduces listeners to Amie Miriello, whom is able to craft her own distinct musical path while taking up the standard previously carried by Lorde and Adele. The hard, seventies-infused rock that hits hard during this first track will immediately draw attention to The Great Escape. Continue reading
This three-piece act has an energetic rock style that will keep listeners locked in from the beginning to the end of their latest release, Be Yourself. The introductory track on Be Yourself (Be Yourself in Time) shines on honest vocals, intricate guitars, and splashy drums that resound loudly. Hey Darlin’ is soulful, a hint funky, and is completed with a ropey and thick bass line. The production makes the finished effort shine brighly, with each of the EP’s first two tracks a virtual lock for radio airplay.
Our Story deftly blends together the vocal and instrumental side of things to make a filling and fun track that links together surf, psychedelic, 90s alternative, and contemporary pop before it ceases. The second half of Be Yourself showcases that the Dimestore Prophets have additional tools in their repertoire. Good Lovin’ is a track that has hints of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Eagle Eye Cherry. The unique sound achieved by the band during this track provides a huge boost to the momentum, something that is utilized to great effect with the EP’s penultimate cut, Draw for Love. Sunny Day spins things to a close, but the mélange of Sublime, 311, and Fugazi will provide fans with some semblance of where the band may go in the months and the years to follow. The brooding instrumentation created by the band, coupled with reedy, emotive plea of the lead vocals make this a tremendous success in my eyes. Make sure to visit the Dimestore Prophets’ website for additional information about the act, their releases, and additional news from their camp.
Top Tracks: Our Story, Be Yourself in Time
Can’t get behind Robin Thicke’s white guy soul act (be it because there is too much modern pop and not enough soul in the mix… or maybe just because he’s an asshat)? There are plenty of others who can fill that funk void, from the brilliant Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to the under-the-radar jams of someone like Caleb Hawley. Continue reading