TNA Impact (Playstation 3)

It has been quite a few years since there has been a challenger to the WWE series of games on the current generation of video game consoles. Midway and TNA wrestling have stepped up to create a contender that goes beyond the Backyard Wrestling and the Fire Pro Wrestling series, and in many ways, TNA Impact surpasses the Smackdown Vs. Raw series. The cast of characters – aside from some veterans such as Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, and Sting – is all new. Viewers of the TNA Impact show will have the possibility to play their favorite characters, whether it be the tag team of LAX (Homicide and Hernandez), Shark Boy, Senshi, or James Storm. Continue reading “TNA Impact (Playstation 3)”

OST: Mamma Mia! (CD)

Mamma Mia! was one of the biggest hits of the summer movie season, and as of right now, the box it brought in far surpassed any other musical released. It is not surprising that Decca chose to release a soundtrack of the film, then. All of listeners’ favorite ABBA tracks are here, be they “The Winner Takes It All”, “The Name of the Game”, “Super Trouper”, or even “Dancing Queen”. For those individuals that want to hear how a true reimagining of ABBA would be, the tracks present on this disc represent a pretty solid smattering of the best of ABBA’s tracks. Continue reading “OST: Mamma Mia! (CD)”

Kenny Lattimore – Timeless (CD)

Kenny Lattimore is an individual that, while not gaining the same commercial success of some of eir colleagues, has cultivated a rapid fan base over the last twenty years. “Timeless” is the disc that is poised to bring Lattimore’s soul-filled stylings into the mainstream, something that is first provided to listeners during the disc’s introductory track, “Something”. Of course, tracks like “And I Love Her” (The Beatles), “Ain’t No Way” (Aretha Franklin), and “Undeniably” (Terence Trent D’Arby) are easy to know as covers, but some tracks are out of left field – Donny Hathaway’s “Giving Up” and Norman Connors’ “You Are My Starship” – are two examples. Continue reading “Kenny Lattimore – Timeless (CD)”

Infinite Undiscovery (Xbox 360)

Infinite Undiscovery is the latest RPG release by Square-Enix, being released on the Xbox 360 platform, coming out at the beginning of September in the United States. Perhaps the best addition to the traditional PRG game play would have to be the real-time nature of the game. Where there seems to be a sort of “pause” present in a number of RPGs when an individual goes into the start menu (items or map segments), Infinite Undiscovery breaks that wall down and ensures that actions can be taken by players, the game, and the larger world in which the action takes place. Continue reading “Infinite Undiscovery (Xbox 360)”

Alabama 3 – Hits & Exit Wounds (CD)

Pretty much, the only familiarity that listeners on this side of the Atlantic would have had with Alabama 3 up to this point would have been through the use of “Woke Up This Morning” as the theme from The Sopranos. Luckily, One Little Indian has released a “greatest hits” for Alabama 3 in “Hits & Exit Wounds”. This disc gives listeners a quick rundown of those tracks deemed best by the band and the label. For those individuals that have the Alabama 3 discography, there are a number of different takes and re-mixes to be had among the 18 distinct cuts on the album. Continue reading “Alabama 3 – Hits & Exit Wounds (CD)”

Billy Joel – The Stranger Legacy Edition (CD)

Billy Joel’s 1977 album, “The Stranger”, has a number of hits that fans of Joel’s would declare as some of Joel’s defining tracks. This means that “Just The Way You Are”, “She’s Always A Woman”, and “Movin’ Out” all reached the top 20, while “Only The Good Die Young” hit #24. A slight bit over thirty years have passed, and Sony Legacy have recreated some of the original magic that made “The Stranger” into the seminal Billy Joel album. Continue reading “Billy Joel – The Stranger Legacy Edition (CD)”

Imagine: Teacher (DS)

A few months ago, we had the chance to go forth and review Imagine: Rock Star for the Nintendo DS. The series continues with Imagine: Teacher, a game that allows individuals to have their first attempt at seeing what a teaching career may be like. Ubisoft has created this game in order to give the female 6-14 subset something substantive to do on their DSes, ensuring that there is a similar amount of customization that will confront them if they do ultimately take up teaching as a career path. That means that individuals can choose to pick what topic they teach (writing, history, music, art math), how they choose to interact with different students, and making school the most fun activity that their virtual classroom can conceivably have (through planning out events like kids’ birthday parties). Continue reading “Imagine: Teacher (DS)”

Strange Day – Face The Change (CD)

“A Beaten Man” is a track that introduces fans to Strange Day well; the band’s eclectic nature is shown perfectly here. Whether it is the vocals calling forth equal amounts Chris Cornell and Axl Rose or the epic instrumental arrangements that operate in the background, listeners that have a chance to give “A Beaten Man” a few spins will understand the band’s allure. Strange Day does not pigeonhole themselves into a small subset of genres or styles; tracks like “A Beaten Man” or “Coming Of The Sun” will have something present for everyone. “Coming Of The Sun” differs from “A Beaten Man” as it takes a more thoughtful, Audioslave meets “Californication”-era Red Hot Chili Peppers. Continue reading “Strange Day – Face The Change (CD)”

G. Love and Special Sauce Custom Guitar Giveaway

Enter at http://www.totalassault.com/contests/id/01634/ for a chance to win the G. Love custom model guitar from Gretsch, along with a SIGNED harmonica and Shure 520DX “Green Bullet” Harmonica Microphone. You’ll see G. Love playing these instruments all summer long on his headline tour with John Butler Trio and Tristan Prettyman. Make sure you pick up a copy of his new album Superhero Brother before you head out to the show! Continue reading “G. Love and Special Sauce Custom Guitar Giveaway”

NeuFutur Print Magazine Reviewed

NeuFutur #6 – At one point in this zine the editor mentions that in the past, his writing has been criticized for being too impersonal. And I would agree with him. Even after he throws in some “personal narrative” it just seems very rigid and reserved. The writing covers – a look at the ENDA, vague insturctions for an electric bicycle, zine and music reviews, a warning about crazed Christian Jack Chick, recommendation to watch the movie “Torch Song Trilogy”, info about VOX, a quick recollection of the UPC in Bowling Green and more. (Slug and Lettuce #73) Continue reading “NeuFutur Print Magazine Reviewed”