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 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”

The Madison Project Interview

Can you first give us an introduction to the members of the band, and then describe for us the genesis of the Madison Project?

Madison Project is a rock trio that formed Burlington, VT. Forrest Thomas on drums Ben Kogan on bass and me on vocals and guitar. The genesis of Madison Project came from an idea; a vision that i saw. The previous band that i was in was going in a different direction and I found myself not being able to write what i was really trying to put down; it was not comming naturally and i was forcing something that wasnt true. i began writing different guitar parts, melodys and focusing on the hook of the song. when writing “I Am The Target” i wrote what came naturally, of course i have influences but i wasnt trying to sound like other bands, just Madison Project; and i think that it shows on the record. Continue reading “The Madison Project Interview”

Scary Kids Scaring Kids / Finch Contest

Finch and Scary Kids Scaring Kids are embarking on a U.S. co-headlining tour.

Along for the ride on various dates are Foxy Shazam, From First To Last, Tickle Me Pink and Our Last Night.
For our local (Cleveland-area) readers, check them out on 8/30 at the House of Blues. Continue reading “Scary Kids Scaring Kids / Finch Contest”

My First Warped Tour

I have never really been to a music festival, personally I thought I was probably making a huge mistake going to Warped tour, I had the stereotypical view on music festivals. At first I thought it was going to be a dirty, hot, drunken, drug fest. Well this proved me wrong. The whole area was great, kept up and clean, flyers all over the place but no true garbage on the ground, no over flowing trash cans full of beer cans and rotten foodstuffs. It was really hot there, but that’s not really the festivals fault, but they had shade and water available in each section. As for the drug and alcohol issues, a lot of people were drinking, but security insured everyone was kept in line, and I didn’t really see any drug use at the festival. Personally I would have to say if your child is 15 or older that this is a safe environment for them to enjoy their favorite bands and have a good time. But, if you really don’t like the idea of you child going unaccompanied, they actually have “reverse day care” area where adults can chill out while their child enjoys the concert. Continue reading “My First Warped Tour”