Urban Terror (PC Game)

The world of free online first person shooters is a bleak place, full of oddly cartoonish games with slow paces, goofy weapons, and an overall feeling of awkwardness. As poorly as many of these games stack against their non-free competition, you have to give it to the developers for trying, and sometimes they make a gem. One of these few and far between beauties is called Urban Terror.
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H2O ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SHOWS IN DECEMBER

H2O is scheduled to have a fun December as they just announced a quick tour with Man Overboard and Wisdom in Chains and will spend the last part of the month playing shows with the likes of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hatebreed, the Bouncing Souls, and a special show in NYC where you can pick the bands set list! Show details are listed below.

Since the release of their Bridge Nine debut, Nothing To Prove, a while back, H2O has played shows in every corner of the world – from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and more – and won’t be slowing down in 2011. Stay tuned to neufutur.com for exciting announcements about H2O soon.

H2O – ON TOUR
DECEMBER
2 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Man Overboard, Wisdom in Chains
3 Providence, RI @ Club Hell w/ Man Overboard, Wisdom in Chains
4 Westchester, PA @ Club Note w/ Man Overboard, Wisdom in Chains
5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance (Loft Upstairs) w/ Man Overboard, Wisdom in Chains
27 Boston, MA @ House of Blues w/ Mighty Mighty Bosstones
28 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock w/ Hatebreed
29 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony w/ Bouncing Souls
30 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom – NO BARRICADE! Pick H2O’s setlist on PickRSet.com

Dec 27th Boston,Ma HOB w MMB
Dec 28th Allentown,PA Crocidile Rock w Hatebreed
Dec 29th Asbury Park,NJ The Stone Pony w/B Souls
Dec 30th NYC,NYC Highline Ballroom (No Barracade and Pick H20s setlist on PickRset.com – http://www.pickrset.com/bands/h2o/)

Oasis – Stop The Clocks (CD)

Everyone remembers who Oasis are/were. They were the British act who in the mid nineties became nearly as famous as the Beatles while sounding somewhat similar to the Fab Four, albeit with slightly newer influences. The brothers that founded the band – Noel and Liam – were the equivalent of a Mick and Keith or a Steven and Joe, with a number of well documented blowups. The band has fallen out of the public’s eye in the last few years aside from car commercials; while Oasis did release “Don’t Believe The Truth” in 2005, it only sold 65,000 copies the first week in the United States. This was a far cry from their “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory”, which ended up selling 19 million copies.

Anyways, “Stop The Clocks” marks their foray into Greatest Hits territory. It is said that Noel chose the tracks that would ultimately be on the disc, but this seems curious, as there are five tracks from each of the band’s biggest albums. One would think that each of the bands albums would be equally represented, but “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”, “Heathen Chemistry”, and “Be Here Now” only represent two tracks on this compilation. While it is important to casual fans that all of the band’s biggest hits make an appearance on the disc (“Wonderwall”, “Morning Glory”, “Champagne Supernova”, “Don’t Look Back In Anger” are all present), one has to wonder what solid tracks are being left off of this compilation. Obviously, there are going to be a number of songs that will not make the cut for a single disc, but perhaps an album that equally focused on the band’s cumulative output would have been stronger.

At least it seems like “Stop The Clocks” is trying to make the casual fan listen to tracks that they might not otherwise know; most of the bands biggest hits are on the second half of the disc, with “Morning Glory”, “Champagne Supernova”, and “Don’t Look Back In Anger” being the last three tracks on the disc. Still, for those individuals that might have missed out on Oasis the first time, “Stop The Clocks” is a good introduction into the band’s work. It can also represent a starting place for a fan that is looking to get into the next album by Oasis, which will undoubtedly come out sometime here soon (whether soon will be late 2007 or 2008, time will only tell).

Top Tracks: The Masterplan, Champagne Supernova

Rating: 5.5/10

Oasis – Stop The Clocks / 2006 Columbia / 18 Tracks / http://www.oasisinet.com / http://www.columbiarecords.com / Reviewed 06 May 2007

[JMcQ]

Introducing the art punk experimental pop pastiche of Young Circles… Out 1/11/11

You’ll notice Florida’s Young Circles boasts a RIYL that’s all over the place and might not make any sense. Like the double rainbow, what does this mean?

Well, it means that Young Circles’ art punk experimental pop live electro pastiche is a) all over the map in terms of songs and sounds, and b) wholly original. These guys have a genuinely new sound. I’d recommend you to check them out so you can be one of the first in the conversation, because these guys really have something. The Bones EP is extremely exciting, and is available for you to preview and download below.

RIYL: The Flaming Lips, DJ Shadow, The Walkmen, The Beta Band, Neu, Issac Brock

Bones will be released January 11th 2011

GIVEAWAY TRACK: http://crash-avenue.com/Media/mp3/Young_Circles_Sharp_Teeth.mp3

CORINNE BAILEY RAE: THE LOVE EP, JANUARY 25

Following on the heels of her recent digital single “Is This Love,” GRAMMY®-winning artist Corinne Bailey Rae will release The Love EP on January 25th, 2011, on Capitol Records. The Love EP is a five-song collection of covers that Bailey Rae calls an “homage to some of my favorite musicians, as well as a conversation between some of my musical influences.”

The Love EP opens with a cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – one of Bailey Rae’s favorite songs by the legendary artist. “I met Prince in London at his show at the O2 Arena,” she says. “I was amazed by the gig but even more impressed by the aftershow he did in a small venue where he tore it up on the guitar. I love singing rhythmical music but never seem to write anything like that so getting to do this song was a dream.”

Next up is “Low Red Moon,” written by former Throwing Muses/Breeders singer Tanya Donelly for her band Belly. “Belly were one of the prime influences on my band Helen,” Bailey Rae says. “I was addicted to their song ‘Star’ as a teenager and learnt loads about guitar playing from listening to them. We have made the song, in my opinion, more aggressive and slightly ’60s science fiction.”

“Low Red Moon” is followed by Bailey Rae’s unique take on the 1978 Bob Marley classic “Is This Love,” which cruised up the Urban AC radio chart this fall. “Bob Marley is an incredible songwriter and this is one of my favorites,” Bailey Rae says. “I wanted to bring the tempo back to underline the poignancy of the lyric. Marley’s music is so influenced by American doo-wop, so I loved that guitarist John McCallum gave it this Hendrixy/Curtis Mayfield sound, two musicians who also brought doo-wop into their own sound.”

Bailey Rae also chose to cover “My Love,” a No. 1 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings. “I first heard ‘My Love’ at an event for Paul McCartney at the White House, where I had been invited to play,” Bailey Rae says. “A string section played the song and I was struck by the fragility of that ascending melody on the lyric ‘My love does it good.’ I was also really touched by Stevie Wonder and Paul
McCartney’s relationship. When we recorded this song, it was definitely influenced by Stevie’s sound.”

The Love EP closes with a live version of “Que Sera, Sera” (popularized by Doris Day and Sly Stone) – a song that Bailey Rae and her band have been closing shows with on her recent tour. “I love Sly and the Family Stone’s version, how it takes what feels like a nursery rhyme in Doris Day’s lovely hands and turns it into
a philosophical outcry,” she says. “‘The future’s not ours to see.’ Sometimes I attack this lyric angrily, sometimes I’m peaceful and surrendered to it.”

Bailey Rae co-produced each track on The Love EP with Steve Brown who co-produced Bailey Rae’s latest album The Sea, which bowed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top200 chart in February. The strength of that album, which The New York Times hailed as “a major creative leap forward” and People and The Los Angeles Times awarded with four-star reviews, led to nominations for Q, MOBO, BET, American Smooth Jazz, and Soul Train Music awards, as well as inclusion on the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist.

The Sea has been a multi-format smash at radio, giving Bailey Rae her first Top 10 single at Urban AC with the single “Closer” and also receiving play at AC, AAA, and Smooth Jazz formats. She’s toured worldwide in support of The Sea, including two North American outings that featured sold-out headlining shows, a performance at Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and a series of summer dates with Norah Jones. While in the States, Bailey Rae has appeared on numerous television shows, including “TODAY,” “Late Show with David Letterman” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Early Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Ellen,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Tavis Smiley” and “The Mo’Nique Show.”

Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut album bowed at #1 on the U.K. album chart in June 2006 and also earned the Leeds-born musician the distinction of being the first British female singer-songwriter in decades to have her debut album enter The Billboard 200 in the Top 20. By year’s end, it was RIAA-certified Platinum. She won a Q award, a MOJO award, an Image award and two MOBO awards, and was nominated for three GRAMMY awards – “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year” for her first single, “Put Your Records On,” and “Best New Artist.” Her performance on the 2007 GRAMMY Awards telecast sent the album into the Top 5 of The Billboard 200. In 2008, “Like A Star,” her second single, was nominated for “Song Of The Year” and Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, on which Bailey Rae sang the title track, won the GRAMMY for “Album Of The Year.”

The Ocean – Aeolian (CD)

The style of “Aeolian” is fairly undistinguished during “The City and The Sea”. Sure, there is some point where an individual has to go back and say that “yes, this is metal” but beyond this, what else does The Ocean bring to the table? In fact, what The Ocean seem to bring to the table on “Aeolian” is a very long and drawn out approach to creating metal that stays largely away from the sludge metal that typically dominates this type of sound. In a sense, what The Ocean does with “Aeolian”” is essentially slow down a noise recording by a factor of half.

The same spastic guitars and screaming present in noise are here, while the repetitive guitar riffs (the only thing that can be played at breakneck speeds by noise guitarists) are done to perfection by Robin. In a sense, The Ocean distinguish themselves completely from noise and even other metal bands in the near-ten minute epic that is “Austerity”. In this, a more black metal sound is created; the differing sections of the track really are crafted to elicit different feelings toward the band. The band does not have a monolithic approach to the songs on “Aeolian”; the largest exception that one can find on this disc has to be “Une Saison En Enfer”. While there are arrangements during the track that ties it into the other songs on “Aeolian”, there are quite a few arrangements that just scream thrash. The one thing that seems to sink The Ocean during most of “Aeolian” has to be the static arrangements that come forth during tracks like “Necrobabes.com” and “The City In The Sea”.

These tracks start off with interesting beginning sounds but do not change anything up in the last three or four minutes of a song. Thus, by the time the track actually ends, individuals are exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, The Ocean has enough talent to create interesting tracks, but what seems to be the band’s biggest problem is the creation of a track that is just too long for the different riffs and beats that they have assigned to it. When the band accompanies their own style with thrash (“One With The Ocean”), the band is given a longer timer that they can work with. It is only when they try to craft a song without using other styles that they find themselves in trouble. For their next album, further mixing and matching different styles with their own will be the panacea that they can use.

Top Tracks: One With The Ocean, Une Saison En Enfer

Rating: 5.4/10

The Ocean – Aeolian / 2006 Metal Blade / 10 Tracks / http://www.theoceancollective.com / http://www.metalblade.com / Reviewed 11 March 2006

[JMcQ]

SUZANNA CHOFFEL’S “TENNESSEE STUD” IN NEW HIT MOVIE CATFISH

Austin-based singer/songwriter Suzanna Choffel learned of her involvement in the new film Catfish in a surprising manner – through friends congratulating her after having seen it, and obviously after the documentary was already released. In a world where increasing importance has been placed on musicians to have their work heard through alternative channels and music placement in film has become akin to competitive sport, it was the ultimate act of kismet that allowed Suzanna’s version of the Jimmy Driftwood classic, “Tennessee Stud,” to become a centerpiece of one the fall’s most buzzed about cinematic releases.

Catfish follows a relationship developed in the digital age that goes awry, played out deceptively over social media by a young man and woman. When the man asks the woman, admittedly an avid equestrian, to send him a song she’s sung about a horse, she offers an audio rip of Choffel’s “Tennessee Stud.” “It’s funny, because I barely remember filming the original version of ‘Tennessee Stud’,” explains Choffel from her home in Austin. “I know it was a Valentine’s Day show in 2009, and I had kind of screwed up the words, so after two days up on YouTube, and something like 50 hits, I asked my manager to take it down and delete the file. How crazy is it that in such a short time span, fate would step in, and it’s a central piece of this story?” Since the original version has been erased, Choffel created a new video of “Tennessee Stud,” which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfywB4K3xOw.

Though new to the world of film, Suzanna Choffel is no stranger to the realm of music. Born and bred in Austin, TX, a city with music at the central core of its being, Suzanna has risen organically through the hallowed ranks of famed Austin musicians, her peers voting her the “Indie Artist of the Year” in 2009. In addition to winning and being named finalist in a melange of respected songwriting and performance competitions, Choffel has the ear and precious time of illustrious musical personnel, both in her backing band and featured in her sophomore release, due to be in stores in early 2011.

Steady Eye Shaky Bow, an album two years in the making, is currently being cooked to perfection by producer Danny Reisch (White Denim, Bright Light Social Hour). The infectious first track, “Archer”, has journalists nationwide comparing Choffel to the likes of Feist, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Neko Case and Erykah Badu for her idiosyncratic smoky, sultry sound with an indie pop sensibility. Choffel is joined on the record by a host of very special guest musicians, such as David Garza, Michael Kincaid of What Made Milwaukee Famous and New Orleans’ legendary Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

A taste of “Archer” can be heard here:

http://www.suzannachoffel.com

DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR – ON TOUR

JANUARY
13 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
14 Dacula, GA @ Awake w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
15 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
16 Whitesburg, KY @ Letcher County Tourism w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
17 Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
18 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84 w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
19 Bay Shore, NY @ Sinai Reform Temple w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
20 Utica, NY @ Hotel Utica w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
21 Waterbury, CT @ South Street Stage w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
22 Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth
23 Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront w/ Casey Jones, The Mongoloids, Hundredth

NeuFutur.com and Rise Against Want To Give You Holiday Grab Bag

To get fans in the holiday spirit, Rise Against is giving away all kinds of awesome swag including a signed copy of their brand new DVD, Another Station: Another Mile, signed posters, stickers, and custom messenger bags made out of recycled tour banners. The DVD, which is available in-stores now, gives fans an inside look at performances of 14 songs, including “Savior” and “Re-Education (Through Labor)” recorded in different locations throughout the world. Continue reading “NeuFutur.com and Rise Against Want To Give You Holiday Grab Bag”

AC/DC: High Voltage Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Ultimate Illustrated History by Phil Sutcliffe (Voyageur Press)

For those about to rock… might want to pick up this bio/coffee table book on AC/DC.

There have been few rock bands as polarizing as AC/DC that have managed to stay relevant across three decades. Call them juvenile, sophomoric, three-chord rock stars or see them as one of the last few torch barriers for unpretentious rock, but there is no denying that Australia’s biggest musical export knows how to write a memorable song.

The book comes with hundreds of photos, playbills, backstage passes, etc. from the band’s early club days up to their latest million-plus selling release, and is packed with collected interviews from throughout their career. The author, Phil Sutcliffe has been covering the band since their salad days and includes plenty of quotes from his earlier magazine interviews. Though most of the stories and quotes are taken either from other bios on the bands or old magazine and newspaper interviews, some are bound to sound familiar to hardcore fans, but unless you’re the mom of Angus and Malcolm Young and you’ve been scrapbooking ever single word written about the band since day one, some of these anecdotes will be new. Continue reading “AC/DC: High Voltage Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Ultimate Illustrated History by Phil Sutcliffe (Voyageur Press)”