Monthly Archives: May 2011

[ALBUM REVIEW] Death Cab For Cutie: Codes and Keys

Three years ago Death Cab For Cutie released Narrow Stairs, what some would consider to be an underwhelming follow up to their phenomenal album Plans. The problem with Narrow Stairs was simply it was full of self-loathing, it wasn’t an awful album by any standards but it didn’t catch on like the previous two albums. With singles spinning on alternative rock stations “I Will Possess Your Heart”, “Grapevine Fires” and “Cath…” fans were hurting for new music. And that is where we get Codes and Keys. Upon entering the album we get this sense of fear, because Ben Gibbard and the rest of the group have claimed this is a more mature album. They grew up, Gibbard married actress and She and Him frontwoman Zooey Deschanel. The first single “You Are A Tourist” was tough to swallow at first but after a few dozen listens it was love. The following singles “Home is a Fire” as well as “Underneath the Sycamore” were tougher to warm up to. The one that was in between those? “Some Boys” was just odd but eventually a nice track. So does the new guitar-less sound more stringy, Brian Eno themed album work for this band or is it a one and done go back to the mopey waters of whatever they were doing before type?

Track listing

  1. “Home Is a Fire”
  2. “Codes and Keys”
  3. “Some Boys”
  4. “Doors Unlocked and Open”
  5. “You Are a Tourist”
  6. “Unobstructed Views”
  7. “Monday Morning”
  8. “Portable Television”
  9. “Underneath the Sycamore”
  10. “St. Peter’s Cathedral”
  11. “Stay Young, Go Dancing

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

Every so often a movie series comes along that at first had a witting charm of the dear old drunk uncle who everyone finds funny and amusing the first time he gets really drunk. Of course just like the uncle, the series gets old and boring after a period of time, aka multiple sequels. This is exactly what happened to the Pirates franchise. While the first film The Curse of the Black Pearl was one of the better movies that year the follow up Dead Man’s Chest left a large amount of eye brows being lifted. Of course none so as much as the nightmarish finale to the trilogy At World’s End. It seems though that all this may or may not be behind the Disney helmed franchise as we brave new waters sans Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom’s sappy forced love story. Granted that may or may not mean less chemistry for Johnny Depp and every other actor on screen to gallivant with. But nay fear not skeptics, Pirates 4 does everything you thought it would and then some!

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Doctor Who: The Almost People Review

So last week we got the first of a two part semi-season finale. I say semi mainly cause of the ending but I don’t want to give too much away. When it comes to two part serials I tend to not really pay too much attention to the first part and then rewatch it side by side. That means I watch the first part (sometimes I’m fully into it, sometimes not) but when the second part comes back plop on the big telly and I sit, 100% attention spent watching. It’s a test really, more for the serial than for me. You see in order for a multi-part serial to function well you need to be able to watch it side by side, one right after the other to form a nice neat mega serial. This worked well with the opener, although hypothetically the second part could be a separate serial all together. The ultimate question is this, does this one do that well after being mumbled and jumbled in the first part?

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Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh Review

It’s that time again. Another installment of Doctor Who has just finished airing out here in the great country of America. Following up the Neil Gaiman penned episode which most fans have fallen in love with, and who wouldn’t after the previous week’s mediocre pirate episode? Today’s serial is entitledThe Rebel Flesh” and is the first of a two parter that will lead into yet another two part installment that will of course end our first half of the season. That was indeed a mouthful. So the question here is does the episode continue the great ways the season has been moving towards without the inclusion of the pirate episode or do we get another dud?

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LA Noire Full Review

Earlier in the week I had posted a brief early thought on Rockstar’s latest hit LA Noire. My early thoughts were mired in speculation and awe. It was tough to decipher the actual intent of the game. Typically you play an outcast who ends up caught in between two worlds in some way having to choose between the two or something like that, that’s your GTA series in a nut shell. Or you play the guy who is trying to make up for past mistakes, RDR. But this game has you as a war hero cop. A strange development for Rockstar. Do they hit the home run or miss the mark? I’ll tell you in this spoiler free review.

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The Macho Man Is Snapping Into Slim Jim’s In The Pearly Skies

Former WWF superstar Randy “The Macho Man” Savage (not his real name) passed away earlier today. Randall Poffo¬† (real name) suffered a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep. Poffo’s wife was in the car with him and survived. The Macho Man will be remembered for his antics in the ring as well as some of his more colorful interviews. Poffo joined WWF in 1985 where he quickly rose to the title of superstar earning seven championship reigns.He also recorded a rap album as well as making an appearance as Bonesaw in Spider-Man.

Dark Knight Rises News: First Shot Of Bane

Tom Hardy is playing Bane in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming finale The Dark Knight Rises. Not only has the website launched but so has this “teaser” pic of Hardy playing one of the villains in the upcoming film.