Kaleo Futuristo – The Future Is Now! (CD)

“I Thought” is a tasty bit of R&B that draws equal inspiration from all different facets of the genre, tying together Aaliyah, Bow Wow, and even Justin Timberlake. The track itself benefits from a solid backing beat, creating for Kaleo a song that should be played on rotation on R&B radio through the country. “Love Slave” further builds off of “I Thought”, creating for listeners a track that is truly timeless, touching heavily upon the eclectic and spontaneous sound of early Nelly more than anything. “The Future Is Now!” is an album that defies genre boundaries, and through its 14 tracks, establishes to listeners exactly whom Kaleo is. Continue reading “Kaleo Futuristo – The Future Is Now! (CD)”

Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe (CD)

Depeche Mode, one of Britain’s best known synth bands, has been slammed by fans and critics for abandoning the sound that made them one of the few late 80’s/early 90’s bands that managed to be both cool enough for the hipsters and accepted by the broader public. Continue reading “Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe (CD)”

Gigantor: The Collection Volume 1 (DVD Set)

Sure, the artistic style of Gigantor may be dated, but this 1964 production is integral for the fledging anime movement that would ultimately take over all creative venues in Japan, as well as influencing generations of animations all over the world. For individuals that want to be amazed by nearly 11 hours of Gigantor, topped with a number of awesome extras, E1’s “Gigantor: The Collection” is something that is a must buy. For those that are not in the know, Gigantor was set in the futuristic year of 2000 (over a lifetime away for the youths that the show was originally oriented toward), and surrounded the events that Little Jimmy Sparks and eir robot, the titular Gigantor, were placed into. The robot itself does not have any more of a link with Little Jimmy than through a robot, so many hijinks abound regarding whom exactly has the remote control at any one time. Continue reading “Gigantor: The Collection Volume 1 (DVD Set)”

Pulling – The Complete First Season (DVD)

Coming off like a British version of Sex and The City, without the obsessive comments about shoes, Pulling does a far better job of appealing to members of both sexes. The first season of the show, originally aired in the UK in 2006, is finally making it to the U.S. via DVD. Continue reading “Pulling – The Complete First Season (DVD)”

Rhoda: Season One (DVD)

While I was about a decade out from being born when Rhoda hit the airwaves, I still was fairly cognizant of the show through the reruns that were present on TV Land and the like. I was actually surprised when I received this DVD set, as I did not believe that a show like Rhoda was scorned for so long in regards to having a DVD set released. For those individuals that did not have the chance to watch or learn about the show in any capacity, Rhoda ran between 1974 and 1978, and was originally spun off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Continue reading “Rhoda: Season One (DVD)”

El Chicano – In The Eye of the Storm (CD)

El Chicano has been on the music scene for nearly 40 years: 1970 marked the first time that the band came together and created their own special type of Latino R&B meets funk. “In The Eye of the Storm” is a documentary that shows the evolution of the band from their earliest days to the present, while the second disc captures their magic in a May 2008 show at The Avalon. Continue reading “El Chicano – In The Eye of the Storm (CD)”

The Ascent of Money (DVD)

The Ascent of Money is one of the few DVDs that one can actually watch that provides a fair and balanced perspective into what is currently happening regarding the economy. Where there are a number of different talking heads weighing in on the issue, only Niall Ferguson seems to have a solid head on eir shoulders. The Ascent of Money, adapted from one of Ferguson’s lectures on the circuit, is an incredibly poignant discussion of what the factors were in creating “the perfect storm” that has ravaged the global economic market. Continue reading “The Ascent of Money (DVD)”

The Casting Out – Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks! (CD)

Though The Casting Out is led by former BoySetsFire singer Nathan Gray, don’t expect this new outfit to sound anything remotely like the post hardcore band he used to front. On the band’s debut, Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks!, the angry guitars and angsty bellows have been replaced by a more pop/punk sound and a few song-along choruses. Continue reading “The Casting Out – Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks! (CD)”

Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka (Vodka)

We have had the ability to taste a number of different types of vodka over the year or so that the alcohol review section has been active. However, we have not had too much in the “organic” section of things, and Blue Ice is one of many reviews that we are conducting over the course of the next month to see how organic spirits stack up to their non-organic brethren. The bottle itself is pretty unique, combining the bottle shape with formed ice crystals on the back of the bottle. Continue reading “Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka (Vodka)”