Gran Centenario Rosangel (80 Proof)

In the past, I have not been the biggest fan of tequila. A number of drinking sessions during my younger days led me into having a shot or other drink with tequila in it, and almost all of those nights ended badly. It has only been in the last few years, and especially since my wife likes tequila, that I have started to slightly like the spirit. Where we have had the chance in the past to review a few flavored types of tequila, they have largely either been pepper-infused (Tanteo, Agave Loco), or more traditional types of flavors (Tanteo again, with chocolate and tropical). Continue reading “Gran Centenario Rosangel (80 Proof)”

Antica Sambuca (76 Proof)

A few years back, when I was still in a fraternity, I had a night where I went way too heavy on the Ouzo. While Sambuca is not Ouzo, I still feel as if there are a lot of similarities between the two. Let me be clear here, though: the spirit I had that night was much less in quality than the Antica Sambuca, and it was administered in much higher doses than would make for an easy going type of night. Saying that, however, the Sambuca is for a very specific type of palette, and this exclusivity of taste may explain why the spirit has been nipped at a little less than some of the other spirits that we have received for review during the same period. Continue reading “Antica Sambuca (76 Proof)”

Imagine Music Fest (Nintendo DS)

There have been a number of solid titles in the Imagine line. We here at NeuFutur have had a chance to review some of the previous titles in the series, and they have provided all individuals of all genders and ages with an immerse title that straddles the line between fun and teaching responsibility. For anyone that is familiar with the Jonas Brothers or staged acts like the Naked Brothers Band, there will be something compelling about Imagine Music Fest.
The game itself ties together all the different sides of the music industry, whether it be getting connections, changing fashions, or performing for all of the world to see. Up to three players can get into the whole band creation thing, so individuals will have that much more in the way of replay value added to Imagine Music Fest. The linkage of the more interactive (stylus-driven)elements and traditional reliance on normal buttons is balanced out well, ensuring that players that may not be too terribly familiar with the DS up to this point point will be able to quickly get a handle on Imagine: Music Fest. Continue reading “Imagine Music Fest (Nintendo DS)”

Pearl Plum Vodka (70 Proof)

We received a few bottles from Pearl a few months back, and we were just able to unbury ourselves enough to review one of the bottles. This time around, we are covering Pearl Plum Vodka. Where the Pearl Pomegranate vodka was sampled extensively during our session, individuals (for whatever reason) seemed to be a little wary of sampling the vodka. There is really no need to, as the Plum flavoring makes for a spirit that is simply fantastic. Continue reading “Pearl Plum Vodka (70 Proof)”

Spyro Gyra – Down The Wire (CD)

Spyro Gyra has really gotten a fire under their collective butts the last few years, releasing a string of memorable albums in as short of a time frame as is humanly possible. Their latest, 2009’s “Down The Wire”, is more of the same. The disc starts off with the titular track, which immediately blasts listeners with a tightly-knit bass line that is pushed to higher and higher levels with absolutely sizzling horn work. This intensity is mirrored well in the opening to “Unspoken”, which has Spyro Gyra telling in the space of ten seconds what other bands attempt to tell in the space of a song. Continue reading “Spyro Gyra – Down The Wire (CD)”

Hallelujah! The Complete Collection (DVD)

When one thinks about exactly how many shows still have not had the chance to be transferred to the DVD medium, the number is simply astounding. There are even web sites active right now that are all for the preservation of these older shows, and I would have to think that people on those web sites would be ecstatic because Hallelujah! has made the leap over to the DVD format. Many individuals that are reading this may not be too familiar with the show, but that’s understandable: the show had its heyday from 1981 to 1984, and when one considers the advent of VHS tapes coming a little after that, its not surprising that Hallelujah! really is a hidden gem of British comedy. Continue reading “Hallelujah! The Complete Collection (DVD)”

Mike Jones – The Voice (CD)

Before “The Voice” came out, I could have sworn that Mike Jones was destined to be a one-hit wonder. However, the work that ey has put forth on “The Voice” is enough to cement eir in the annals of rap music. On this release, Jones is all business – there is only one skit (the introduction to “Scandalous Hoes”) – and nary a weak track to be heard here. The aforementioned “Scandalous Hoes” may not be the next single (“Swagg Thru The Roof” looks to be the most viable contender here), but this Jones and T-Pain track just begs to be a crossover hit. Continue reading “Mike Jones – The Voice (CD)”

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes (DVD)

We Shall Remain ties together the past, present, and future of the United States in a titular fashion. By providing a Native American view to things, there are countless individuals, movements, and other issues that never received the coverage that they should have. The different episodes of this series are given more than enough time to showcase the different trends and threads that were running through the period, instead of attempting to cram everything in the space of an hour or two. While the We Shall Remain series does cover the present and future side of things slightly, I would like to see a second series showcase the issues that modern Native Americans face. Whether it be the actions of the AIM or the racism encountered still to this very day, I cannot help but feel that there are still a lot of issues affecting the Native American side of society that are not covered in this series. Continue reading “We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes (DVD)”

Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your favorite Music Scenes – From Punk to Indie and Everything In Between by Leslie Simon (Book)

Ever wondered exactly which Haagan Dazs Henry Rollins used to work at in D.C.? Or, how about what San Francisco collective local punk rockers can visit to take classes on underwear making? Neither have I, but thank God Leslie Simon has. In what has got to be the best guide book on punk rock… well ever, rock journalist Simon answers a slew of questions never asked about punk rock and indie scenes across the U.S. in her latest book Wish You Were Here. Simon, who coauthored Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture, brings back the same snarky tone that made her last guide such a fun read. Continue reading “Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your favorite Music Scenes – From Punk to Indie and Everything In Between by Leslie Simon (Book)”