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In the recent attacks in Paris, France, most deaths occurred at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. In the above video, the band speaks with Vice about their experience in the horrific event. Many of the band members, especially co-founder Jesse Hughes, are visibly shaken by recalling the events. Their merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was among the casualties.

I have to question the decision to bring in co-founder Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), apparently due to name recognition. He rarely plays live with them, and was not at this show. That said, this video is worth watching. EODM have no plans on abandoning their tour, mostly in defiance of letting the terrists win. Because fuck you, terrists.

Below is the video for EODM’s lead single for their newest album, Zipper Down, “Complexity”:

 

Pictured: an unidentified Zune-lover. Solidarity, my brother.

Pictured: Mr.Microsoft Zune. Solidarity, my brother.

Well, it finally happened. Way back in the distant year of 2011, Microsoft announced that it would no longer produce new versions of the Zune. Designed to compete with the iPod, the Zune never really gained much traction, although in this editor’s opinion it was not due to any shortcomings in the Zune’s hardware or interface, but rather Apple’s fierce and successful marketing hammering the iPod into everyone’s collective consciousness as the only choice in MP3 players.

Despite Microsoft significantly reeling back their support of the device, Zune services continued to be available for the last four years (to the surprise of basically everybody.) However, that ends today as Microsoft has announced they will be discontinuing all remaining Zune supported services. Those who are currently subscribed to the Zune Music Pass will have their accounts converted into Groove Music Pass accounts, for what that’s worth (see: nothing, because you can’t use it on the Zune.) In other words, Zune owners will boot up their players today and find that they are no longer able to stream or download content to their device. And so ends the long sad story of the Zune.

I’ll remember the good times.

"WOOOOOO! WE LOVE LINKIN PARK!" exclaimed these nu metal fans, unaware that they had been gathered for one specific reason. Soon, the gas would begin seeping into the venue, and they would all drift off into an eternal, dreamless slumber.

“WOOOOOO! WE LOVE LINKIN PARK!” exclaimed these nu metal fans, unaware that they had been gathered for one specific reason. Soon, the gas would begin seeping into the venue, and they would all drift off into an eternal, dreamless slumber.

Look, I’m not going to have weekly updates here about Rock Band DLC. Hell, I got bored with nobody reading my Criterion round-ups, and those are infinitely more interesting than whatever songs Harmonix is shoveling out every week. But this, I think, is a very special breed of suck.

Hey gang!

We are excited to announce that chart-topping 2000s rock from Audioslave, Godsmack, and Linkin Park are available in the Rock Band™ Music Store for Xbox One and PlayStation®4 now!

Featured on rock supergroup Audioslave’s self-titled debut album in 2002, “Like A Stone” was the number-one single on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. 2000’s “Awake” is one of Godsmack’s record-breaking fifteen appearances at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Linkin Park scored their fourth consecutive number one on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks with “Lying From You” upon its release as a single in 2004.

Each track can be purchased individually for $1.99.

  • Audioslave – “Like A Stone”
  • Godsmack – “Awake”
  • Linkin Park – “Lying From You”

Okay, “Spoonman” is pretty rad, but other than that, I have no interest in anything from Audioslave, despite enjoying Tom Morello’s work greatly in other forms. But Godsmack and Linkin Park? It’s like Harmonix is trying to piss me off! I understand that they’ve, by now, already made most of the classic hits available. There are noticeable gaps, though, and I would rather have the entirety of David Bowie’s catalog than one more fucking song from fucking Godsmack. Maybe next week we can get a hot Slipknot update, or a nice sorbet of Limp Bizkit?

These tracks are $1.99 each. You know what’s cheaper than that? A bullet. So if you’re thinking of buying these songs, consider that option instead. You can just ask someone to borrow their gun.

nickcaveThat headline might read as an extremely dark and ill-advised joke, but it is not. Arthur Cave, son of my favorite musician Nick Cave, has died from a fall in Brighton. He was found injured at the scene and transported to a hospital where he then died from his injuries. The death has not been regarded as suspicious by the police, and is thought to be a mere accident when goofin’ around, like kids do.

Arthur is survived by his parents Nick and Susie (nee Bick), as well as his twin brother Earl. Cave also sired two other sons from previous relationships. The Cave DNA is still out there.

(Please note that I refrained from referencing The Good Son or The Firstborn is Dead for the duration of this article. You’re welcome.)

ferryfortnite_anothertimeOn the fourth night of Ferry Fortnite, here’s the first true classic of Ferry’s solo career — even if it is almost entirely covers.

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Okay, so These Foolish Things didn’t entirely work. Not really Ferry’s fault, nor that of anyone involved in performing on the album. The covers were entirely adequate, just a bit lacking in imagination, both in the song selection and in the arrangement of the covers themselves. Learning from these mistakes, Another Time, Another Place is, literally, a perfect album.

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Here’s a video for “A New Wave”, one of my favorite tracks from Sleater-Kinney’s new (fantastic) album, No Cities to Love. I’m not entirely sure why this has taken the form of a Bob’s Burgers crossover, but I can’t be mad at it — especially given the godawful, self-indulgent hipster garbage that was the first video from the album. I suppose that was accurate, though, since the title track was also the weakest. Maybe not featuring the actual song for most of the video was a sneaky way to bury it.

Whatever. This new video is good.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR:

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A film so good it can make even people who thought they hated Wes Anderson (i.e. me) change their position. A delightful cast taking part in a farce in several picturesque locations, with stunning cinematography, brings a meta-meta-metafiction to life, when the tale might otherwise have been dull as dirt. – Larry Davis

  1. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (WES ANDERSON)
  2. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier)
  3. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)
  6. The Lego Movie (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller)
  7. Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  8. Godzilla (Gareth Edwards)
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves)
  10. Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin)

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2014 has been kind of a weird year for me. I got a dog this year,(that in and of itself has been pretty damn wild) I was introduced to the vast world of comics, and I moved out of my house that I’d been living in for more than 20 years. But most importantly of all, I played some goddamn video games. And I guess I watched some movies and listened to some music, I dunno. LET’S DO SOME LISTS!

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It’s that time of year, already… Time to reflect on the best (and worst) of these past three hundred and sixty-something days. In all honestly, for games, it’s been a pretty shitty year, with very little in the way of major releases. Seemingly caught off-guard by the new console releases, developers blew their load when they came out, with this year being the proverbial refractory period, as they prepare for all the hot jams coming out next year (see also: #delayedto2015).

On the other hand, it’s been a godsend for the indie movement, as the absence of high-profile “AAA” games has given them a chance to shine where they otherwise might not.

GAME OF THE YEAR:

Jazzpunk is perhaps the funniest game ever made, and definitely the funniest since the heyday of LucasArts adventure games. Humor in games is a very hard thing to do correctly, as it can often by ruined by the player’s agency. Jazzpunk avoids this by making you the catalyst of most of the humor, and assaulting you with a barrage of Police Squad-on-acid visual gags, seen through the veneer of a cartoonish cyberpunk noir.

Other great games this year included Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a pretty amazing game that legitimately innovates in what has become a crowded, staid genre, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which, while not as good as the first Donkey Kong Country Returns, is an absolute gem of a platformer. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to follow up on what might be the best platformer of all time. Rounding out the list: Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac’s return to form in an open-world explosion of insanity and parkour; Wolfenstein: The New Order, a surprisingly meditative take on the horrors of WW2 and what it did to soldiers’ psyche (plus, super-space-suits and laser guns); Persona Q, which blends the core Shin Megami Tensei formula with the more in-depth dungeon crawling of Atlus’ own Etrian Odyssey series; D4, more surrealist insanity from the creator of Deadly Premonition; Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a prologue to The Phantom Pain and a fully realized, if short, experience in its own right; and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, a characteristically awkwardly-titled, blisteringly fast, and absolutely beautiful fighting game from Arc System Works.

  1. JAZZPUNK
  2. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  4. Sunset Overdrive
  5. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  6. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  7. Titanfall
  8. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
  9. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  10. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

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Electric Six are one of my top three favorite bands. For (almost) every year, starting with 2005’s Senor Smoke (the follow-up to their breakout debut, Fire, released in 2003), they’ve put out a studio album, and astonishingly, they’ve maintained a pretty high quality standard. The only real stinker was 2008’s Flashy, the absolute nadir of frontman Dick Valentine’s output, but even then it had a couple of great songs — namely, “Transatlantic Flight” and “Formula 409”.

Human Zoo fares better than Flashy. But not by much.

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