Text 15 Jul JACKSON BROWNE ANNOUNCES U.S. AND U.K. FALL TOUR

JACKSON BROWNE ANNOUNCES U.S. AND U.K. FALL TOUR

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[Tuesday, July 15, 2014] Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne announces fall tour dates in the U.S and U.K to support his new studio album, Standing In The Breach, scheduled for release on October 6 (international) and 7 (U.S.). The fall shows with Jackson and his band begin on September 14 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and end on November 24, at London’s…

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2014-07-07 06.36.16With the recent iOS app update (June 30, 2014) and some renewed love of this 2012 game by Kairosoft, I thought it was time to post a review.

When I noticed this game on the iTunes store, I was drawn to the graphics and style of it, being the old school graphics that I grew up with. I was amused. Then I read on to discover just what kind of game it was. It wasn’t your standard RPG where you gather your party and go on your quest, venturing from village to village in search of better equipment and dungeon to dungeon to defeat the next boss on the way to the next one. This game is about the village, not the quest. The premise is to build up a little village that adventurers not only want to visit, but eventually live in. You add various shops, pathways, and decorations to entice these adventurers, as they pass through to battle a variety of monsters in a variety of places, just beyond the village. The more they win, the more money you get and the bigger the monsters. As they explore, they occasionally come upon new caves, structures, and monsters to defeat. The actual graphic representation of all of this, though, is just a field where various icons appear for where you can go on a quest. You also see monsters appear on the field and watch adventurers do their best to quickly dispatch them.

Those are the basics. In addition to adding buildings, you earn the ability to host events, upgrade buildings, and are responsible for properly equipping your adventurers. As the adventurers go about their business, they earn points that can be used to hold events. The events that you can hold can serve to improve the popularity of your village (which helps it grow), improve specific abilities of your adventurers, plus improve the overall happiness of your adventurers. As the adventurers battle, they do level up, but there are many ways in which you can help them along. The events are one way, giving them presents is another. You can give them items to give them magical spells, improve their strengths, and equip them. While they frequent the armor and weapons shops in the village, it is the equipment that you supply to them that really makes a difference in how well they fare out on the battlefield.

It all boils down to getting your town built up, popular, and keeping your adventurers happy and coming back so that you can reach a five star rating. I played the game through, and it does allow you to continue playing after your goal is met; the buildings and adventurers can still level up and you can continue to improve your village, even if it doesn’t matter anymore. Once you hit five stars, the game goes on, but there are no real big achievements left to strive for. Not that I have found, just yet, but I do continue to play the game. It is a great game to just pick up and play when you have a few minutes. It autosaves your progress, but also allows you to save as you want to.

I have primarily played the game on my iPhone, but it is able to be played on the iPad as well. The game conforms well to any screen and even stretches to allow you to play it vertically or horizontally with no distortion or missing information. I love the flexibility of that, so many games are rigid in whether they are vertical or horizontal, but I like a game that offers options.

Overall, I really enjoy the quality (never had it crash or be buggy) of the game, the flexibility, and the unique goals of the game. It is a little short and easily beat, but it is still a good play, none the less. It is well worth the $3.99 price tag in the days of the “free” games that are pay-to-play. This game is what it is, no need to put any more money into it than you did when you first purchased it and things move rather quickly. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys the old school RPG style games.

For more, visit the Kairosoft website:

http://kairosoft.wikia.com/wiki/Dungeon_Village

Kairosoft’s Dungeon Village for iOS: Game Review With the recent iOS app update (June 30, 2014) and some renewed love of this 2012 game by Kairosoft, I thought it was time to post a review.
Text 8 Jul An Interview With “Skinny” From Mushroomhead

An Interview With “Skinny” From Mushroomhead

imageMushroomhead, has always been to me, one of the few survivors left from my ill fated late 90′s metal days. Not to say there was not any good music, there was. Just not a whole lot of quality. Survivors and innovators, Mushroomhead helped create and maintain a genre of music, if not the whole style involved with it. A lot of people I know have stood beside me at one of many shows performed in…

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Text 6 Jul J-Pop Star KYARY PAMYU PAMYU To Release New Album “Pika Pika Fantajin” On July 29 In The US!

J-Pop Star KYARY PAMYU PAMYU To Release New Album “Pika Pika Fantajin” On July 29 In The US!

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 - The FADER

“…a multimedia artist along the lines of Björk and Lady Gaga, whose aesthetic instincts are strong enough that she’s allowed to scribble way outside of the lines most pop stars have to operate within.” - Pitchfork

“Her live show was one of the most incredible spectacles I’ve ever seen. She’s putting boring, old…

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Text 3 Jul 1 note Dominique Lenore Persi of Stolen Babies

Dominique Lenore Persi of Stolen Babies

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I had the chance to talk with  Dominique Lenore Persi  of the California experimental rock band Stolen Babies.  Singer and accordion player for the band, Dominique leads an odd yet, very entertaining trio. Impossible to nail down, the music has almost a carnival feel, very Dog Fashion Disco. I immediately had a picture in my mind of  the look and feel of this band live and that thought excited…

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Text 27 Jun

A storm was brewing across the state of Michigan, setting up an oppressively humid Detroit evening. A perfect near Summer evening to go inside for a show. Tonight, that show is My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. The venue for tonight’s shenanigans would be The Shelter, downstairs at Saint Andrew’s Hall. This is not TKK’s first rodeo. 27 years and 13 studio albums in, this is a perfected art. Original members, Buzz McCoy and Groovie Mann are at the helm of this two month North American tour, promoting their newest release “Spooky Tricks”, a refined and mature release for the elektric disko sleaze pioneers. I find it almost slinky and silky, compared to the raw sex feel of older work. Having been a fan since the Interscope days,  I was looking forward to this.

The night was billed with DJ Toxic Rainbow as the support for the  headliner. His story is actually pretty cool: legend goes, he grew up a huge TKK fan. Alas, he was always too young to go to any shows. Until one day when there was a fabled Sacramento show; an all ages show. Living in Santa Cruz and being 17, he was finally able to behold the glory of a live TKK show. What makes this special is the whole time, he was talking back and forth with Buzz. So, when he gets there, they had him on the bus, got his groove on stage and the like. Great experience, right? Fast forward to a couple years ago: TKK is putting on a remix contest for a song on their new album, who wins? You guessed it. That same kid, whom they actually remembered!

First up though, there was a local support act, Characteristics.  I wholeheartedly enjoyed this band. The front man worked the crowd, the music was engaging with a psychedelic feel. I could see myself enjoying the living shit out of a headlining show with these guys, I just couldn’t understand why they were playing this one. A very odd choice. Still, these guys got a few new fans that night, including me.

DJ Toxic Rainbow takes the stage next. This set took a minute for the crowd to really get into it. Still, the young DJ had no problem showing poise and skill, working through his set. As for genre? There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to peg him down. His set flowed though many corners of EDM, slowly pulling the crowd to move; obviously enjoying himself. I can see why he won the contest to earn his way on this tour. Most notable part, for me at least, had to be this wrist contraption. It looked like a size of a smartphone, strapped to  his wrist. As he would program things in, he could throw his arm up in different ways to change the music. Neato!

The time had come for the final act of the evening, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. The room was tightly packed close to the stage, in anticipation. Fans bouncing on their heels (literally), looking for the moment to let the dance loose. Say that you have never seen a TKK show. It’s raw sex. You just take this music, throw on some very suggestive lyrics, blatant sexual images and Groovie Mann leading the dance….BOOM! That’s a party. The music feels, at points, like being at an orgy right before that fever hits and everyone gets all nude. Now, it’s at this point I step back, that humidity I spoke of earlier, it worked it’s way in like a poison fog. This is when I see it:  another successful job of people forgetting where they are and the pressures of the world outside that door. They are just dancing; enjoying a great show, by talented and amazing pioneers.

Setlist for Detroit show

  1. Room on the Moon

  2. Do You Fear (For Your Child)?

  3. Neon Diva

  4. A Continental Touch

  5. Spooky Tricks

  6. Lucifer’s Flowers

  7. The Way We Live Now

  8. Burning Dirt

  9. The Days of Swine and Roses

  10. A Daisy Chain 4 Satan

  11. Monti Karlo

  12. Delicate Terror

  13. And This Is What the Devil Does

  14. Encore:
  15. Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness

  16. Death Threat

  17. Chemical Cop-Out

  18. Hot Blood Rising

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- A Detroit Concert Experience A storm was brewing across the state of Michigan, setting up an oppressively humid Detroit evening. A perfect near Summer evening to go inside for a show.
Text 27 Jun Styx: Master of Shadows for PS4, Xbox One, PC - Gameplay Trailer

Styx: Master of Shadows for PS4, Xbox One, PC – Gameplay Trailer

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Styx: Master of Shadows, the infiltration game developed by Cyanide studio for PlayStation®4, Xbox One® and PC, was revealed in great detail at E3 in Los Angeles where the game attracted the attention of press and players alike.

But for those who missed the chance of attending the game presentation or simply for those who were unable to see us in Los Angeles, here’s the…

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Text 27 Jun Space Hulk: Deathwing (Trailer), the First-Person Shooter for PC

Space Hulk: Deathwing (Trailer), the First-Person Shooter for PC

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Space Hulk: Deathwing, the First-Person Shooter for PC and consoles set in the famous universe of Warhammer 40,000 from Games Workshop, can now reveal its summer trailer!

This first in-game video, created using the game engine (Unreal Engine 4), plunges you headlong into a Space Hulk, with the game’s main character – a Librarian of the Deathwing, and a squad of…

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Text 27 Jun Bailiff, “Helicopter” on SoundCloud
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Marv 4FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —The masters of two mediums come together with an all-new, limited-edition vinyl figure of Sin City’s beloved brute, Marv! This unique interpretation of Marv was created by Eric So, a master of modern design and a leader in the Hong Kong designer-toy movement. With the guidance of Frank Miller, So has sculpted a thirteen-inch vinyl figure that is unlike any that has come before it.

While best known for his groundbreaking toy designs, Eric So is also an accomplished designer in many other areas, such as men’s fashion and accessories. He is a legend in his native Hong Kong, and has made a name for himself worldwide.

In the same spirit as his previous collaboration with Dark Horse (a vinyl figure of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy) or his Nike-commissioned statue of Michael Jordan, So favors a humorous and cartoonish approach over realism. While Marv is depicted in his customary trench coat, he has been transformed through Eric So’s unique approach to angles and features. Still, the influence of Frank Miller’s signature style shines through.

Each figure is individually hand painted and comes with a pack of band-aid stickers, which collectors may affix to Marv as they like. Also included is a certificate of authenticity, signed by both Frank Miller and Eric So.

“Besides the figure itself, the packaqe is innovative and fun” noted Dark Horse vice president of product development, David Scroggy. “Eric has come up with a gray translucent plastic blister that is the flat front of the box. The Marv figure inside is visible in silhouette. The outer surface is over-printed in white, creating the illusion of a shadowy Marv walking in the snow. This was inspired by Miller’s classic Silent Night story. It is a striking package design.”

Frank Miller is widely acclaimed worldwide for his comic work and boasts multiple Hollywood successes, including two adaptations of his masterwork, Sin City. Marv is one of Sin City’s most memorable characters, in both comics and film.

This beautiful thirteen-inch piece will be produced in a limited run of 950 and will arrive just in time for the release of Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Mark your calendars for September 10, when this figure goes on sale for $150.

Sin City and Hong Kong Collide in a Limited Edition Vinyl Figure from Frank Miller and Eric So FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR —The masters of two mediums come together with an all-new, limited-edition vinyl figure of 

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