Moon (DS)

The one thing that I feel that the DS has sorely missed in the years since its debut have been first person shooters. However, with the creation of Moon by Mastiff Games, the hole that previously existed has been filled by one of the best titles of the new year for the platform. The first thing that players will notice is that the graphics to speed ratio has been carefully calibrated to the best possible outcome. This injects realism into the game’s storyline, which places players into the shoes of Major Kane, who has been tapped to explore a recently-discovered hatch on a futuristic outpost on Earth’s moon. Continue reading “Moon (DS)”

Pronto – All is Golden (CD)

Those expecting Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s side project to play the same alt-country indie rock his full time group is known for may be in for a disappointment. Rather the Jorgensen-fronted Pronto sticks to a brilliant combination of classic AM radio pop with a healthy dose of lyrical cynicism. All is Golden, 13 tracks of truly imaginative rock music, was actually recorded in 2006 with members of Iron & Wine and Califone. Continue reading “Pronto – All is Golden (CD)”

Anne Weiss – Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream (CD)

“I Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie To You” is a track that showcases Weiss’ strength, putting her in a perfect position between a Sarah McLachlan and a Natalie Cole. The track, easily single quality, gets listeners interested in what is to come on “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream”, the latest effort by Weiss. “I Ain’t Got No Reason” also feeds well into “The Song About The Affair That I Am Not Having”. “The Song” is vital to “Concrete World” because it puts the guitar track as a focal point of the track, rivaling the vocals for dominance. The bickering back and forth between the instrumental and vocal sides of Weiss’ works forces each element to step up its game to the point that what results on the album is the best possible music. Continue reading “Anne Weiss – Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream (CD)”

OHNO!THEROBOT #10

Another zine randomly received somehow, OHNO!THEROBOT is the brainchild of Chrix Morix. This Canadian showcases the fact that, beyond the kilometer/mile difference, that there is little distinguishing Americans from Canadians. This zine showcases Chris’ life, without assuming that an individual has had any familiarity with OHNO!THEROBOT before receiving this issue. Hitchhiking, moustaches, and relationships are what Chris focuses on most heavily during this issue. Despite the fact that the issue is only 16 pages, Chris places more than enough in the way of narrative and storylines in this issue, ensuring that one spends a decent amount of time going through OHNO!THEROBOT. Continue reading “OHNO!THEROBOT #10”

Zero Boys – Vicious Circle (CD)

Before receiving “Vicious Circle”, the defining statement of the early-eighties punk/hardcore act Zero Boys, I thought Secretly Canadian was strictly an indie-rock label. Turns out that my assumption was misguided, and the label will release anything that is solid. For those who did not remember (or were not born when the band released this album, including myself), the Zero Boys were an Indianapolis quartet that lit a flag under the youth of midwest America unlike no other during this period. The disc itself starts out with the titular track, a song that more than any other on the CD really speaks volumes for who the band was at that time, and what they intended to do by the end of the disc. Continue reading “Zero Boys – Vicious Circle (CD)”

Skins Volume 1 (DVD)

Does anyone remember the MTV show from the late nineties, Undressed? If so, they will find out that there is a show that blends the hectic sex and actions of the main characters of that show with the youthful indiscretions of a movie like Thirteen. However, unlike Undressed, the characters that are present in Skins are fleshed out and are not seen really as only vessels for gratuitous sex scenes; by the end of the series, individuals will know Tony, Maxxie, Chris, and the rest of the Skins crew as if they were honestly friends with them. Where a number of teen dramas have skirted sex, drug and alcohol use in the United States, this British show takes an honest, realistic, and frank view in its portrayal. Continue reading “Skins Volume 1 (DVD)”

Basic Paper Airplane #2

We here at NeuFutur get a decent amount of zines and other material from sources unknown. Basic Paper Airplane is another one of these zines, and thanks have to go out to Joshua James Amberson for sending out this issue. The backdrop for a number of the different pages of this half-sized zines has to do with cat’s cradle types of twine constructs, which only seems to link up with the zine in the sense that Joshua James links the present to the past a number of times during this issue. Continue reading “Basic Paper Airplane #2”

Ruby Rendrag – Wartime Favorites (CD)

“Not Today” is a track that really challenges what I originally had thought Ruby Rendrag would thought. A very intricate instrumental approach begins “Not Today”, before Rendrag’s own unique vocals take the fore. Hints of Amy Lee, Tori Amos, and The Breeders all unite to create a crunchy brand of rock that has more than a fair share of a pop glean present. With a strong introduction, Rendrag looks to come forth with a track that continues to establish eir as a major force in alternative rock. “Superman” is this follow-up track, and it immediately shows tremendous skill through an emotive setoff strings that ties itself up perfect with the drums and vocals. Continue reading “Ruby Rendrag – Wartime Favorites (CD)”

Steve Lieberman – Psych Ward (CD)

I first wanted to apologize to Steve for not reviewing this disc any time sooner. I had promised eir a timely review of “Psych Ward”, one of eir latest CDs, and I completely dropped the ball. Anyways, here is our review of “Psych Ward”. The disc starts out with “Stigmatiz’d and Label’s”, a minute and a half romp that simultaneously introduces new listeners to Lieberman unique style as well as bridging the gap between this release and the rest in eir discography. The first track is also a little different from previous works of Lieberman’s in that there is a distinct dance (or funk) element married to the punk-typed vocals of eir. Continue reading “Steve Lieberman – Psych Ward (CD)”