May 1, 2012

New Dark Knight Rises Trailer Looks Mighty Fine

Returning to my blog for a second for today's obligatory quick news of the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which stirs up my anticipation really well.

And after you couldn't understand Bane in the first promos, he's louder than everyone else now. Oh well!

Check out the fresh snack of our upcoming summer superhero movie highlight:

The Dark Knight Rises – Official Trailer #3

April 17, 2012

Announcing My Indie RPG Debut: Eule's Awakening

I already teased my new project in my latest post, but I have some more information for you today!

Right now, I'm more than busy creating my first own old-school RPG called Eule's Awakening: The Lord of Sin with Eule as leading character and many more friends and folks. I'm working with the awesome new RPG Maker VX Ace, which isn't cheap but efficient and addictive to work with.

Eule's Awakening features a dark but fun storyline, about 8-10 hours of gameplay, the Island from Lost, all-new weapons, armors, items etc., and much more. I plan to release the game for free in June, which is why I'm spending most of my free time working on it at the moment. So I hope you forgive me for neglecting my blog for a few weeks.

I'll leave you with a few screens from a pre-alpha version of the game for now, but you will find more (and bigger ones) at the new Calavera Games website, which is the label for my current and future indie projects, and which holds all the information you need. You can also follow the new Calavera Games page on Facebook to keep yourself up to date, of course. New fans are always welcome! =)


April 11, 2012

3 Pieces of News and Some Oldie

I've been embarrasingly lazy blogging here over the last few days, but I have good reason for that! And of course I'm not on my way to closing the Buzz down, how could I?

It's just that I've got a month full of a very personal project ahead of me, and I will tell you what it is right at the first following bullet point. And some other things I wanted to add right now after that, too.

  • I'm currently creating my own and first RPG with the utterly awesome RPG Maker VX Ace, which I can only recommend. The game stars Eule as the main character who has a fun trip ahead of him. As my debut it won't be a commercial thing, of course, but I believe it's going to be a fun experience. Expect a full announcement post with first impressions next week!
  • After snatching a taste of the forbidden fruit the new ProximaShines album "Into The Void" is, I can honestly say that this album is very different from every earlier release by DaevaRocks, or David Händel, or IAmTheRain, and especially experimental electro fans – and fans of good music – will love this baby. June 2nd's the date you want to mark in you calendar!
  • Only just today did the Film School Rejects post some news about the upcoming Joss Whedon horror flick The Cabin in the Woods – and a fun giveaway taking place right now, in which the first price is...? Well, what could it be? A cabin? Some trees? Dinner with Buffy? No. A bong. Heh!

And so I will leave you with an awesome song from the funky Odd Future crew today, because I believe both you and I have deserved it.

Odd Future – "Oldie"

April 4, 2012

Al Lowe Plans Leisure Suit Larry Remake!

A few months ago I told you about adventure veteran Tim Schafer's new project on Kickstarter, which collected an easy million dollars in only 24 hours. Now another veteran sets out to revive his baby and I couldn't be happier!

Al Lowe, once Sierra's most famous personality, and Replay Games plan to remake Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, which was not only one of history's most pirated games, but also my first English computer game at all.

I remember how I sat in front of the monitor with my friends back then and we just went through the dictionary to see what we could use in the game, but I have to admit that it took us weeks to figure out that we could just yell for a taxi and leave the first scene. Oh, the good times! Leisure Suit Larry 1 has a super-special place in my heart, which is why I HAVE to order all of you to support Al Lowe's campaign right here!

And if you really don't know anything about Larry, one of the sleaziest characters in video game history, I heavily recommend to watch Al's funny clip below, which basically tells you the whole story in witty Al Lowe fashion:

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded – Al Lowe's Kickstarter Clip

April 1, 2012

Google Upgrades Maps to 8-Bit for April Fools'

Google, always known for creative and fun April Fools' jokes, have done it again and prepared over 10 pranks for this year's first April Sunday, although there could, of course, still be more floating around.

My personal favorite is the "upgraded" Google Maps technology, which even warns you that "your system may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations." Heh!

By clicking the "Quest" button, you'll enter the new world of 8-bit Dragon Warrior GMaps, which doesn't only look super-cool in the eyes of people around my age, but also comes with some special landmarks, pandas and bosses, some of which you can admire in the also-new pixelated, color-flooded 8-bit Street View mode. (Not the pandas or bosses, though.)

Check out Google's clip for a brand-new NES GMaps below, and then move on to find all the other pranks this year! =)

Google Maps 8-bit for NES (Trailer)

March 30, 2012

Russian LOST Clone "Ostrov" Doesn't Even Try

Well, if that's an April Fools' joke, they're a bit early with it...but well, it's not, and it's airing since January 31 in Belarus: The Russian Lost, which they apparently call OCTPOB...uhm nope, it's actually Ostrov, meaning "the Island", with the whole title translating to The Island of Unwanted People.

I'm already exhausted now, so I will just leave you with the synopsis so you can form your own opinions:

A group of tourists out of thirteen people, including Lisa and Andrew, arrives in an Asian country, but instead of waiting for an exotic travel ordeal. Shipwrecked, they are saved on a desert island. Accident will survive. Everyone uses his skills to occupy a niche in the new society. Finds her and Lisa. Having read detective stories, it begins its own investigation of the circumstances under which they were a motley company was on the island and makes everyone remember their past. Lisa discovers a strange pattern: they were once connected.

You can actually watch the first season here if you dare, but I guess you will may be satisfied with the trailer below already (at least if you don't speak Russian):

Game of Thrones – "The North Remembers" (Sneak Peek)

via Fuck Yeah Lost! & SpoilerTV

Nosoyo: "Just Before The Faint" Cover & Tracklist Revealed

Today I've got a little exclusive scoop straight out of awesome Amsterdam for you, by which I mean the tracklist for the upcoming debut album of our favorite six-piece Nosoyo.

If you're following the alt-pop ensemble centered around singer/songwriter Donata on Facebook, you may have already discovered the album's title and cover (another pretty design by Joost Stokhof of the things we are), and now you also get the final tracklist.

"Just Before The Faint" will most likely become available mid-April, but since there's no official release date yet I'll just keep you updated when the time has finally come for you to grab the long-anticipated disc. And if you're way too excited right now, you can take a look at Nosoyo's older demo songs on Bandcamp for an early impression of some album songs.

Check out the tracklist and a great clip from Nosoyo's big 2011 tour below:

Nosoyo
"Just Before The Faint"

Album (Spring 2012)

Tracklist:

  • Close To Me
  • Stepping Stone
  • The Closest To Death
  • Clockwise
  • Dreck
  • Bloody Mary Poppins
  • Mirrors
  • Smoke Signal
  • Sharks
  • From Now On

Nosoyo – 2011 Live Tour Clip

Sarah Donner Rocks the Oatmeal's Pterodactyl Poem

Over half a million people have watched the Motherfucking Pterodactyl Song (based on this Oatmeal comic) while I'm writing this, and most of them, me included, have wondered about the beautiful voice that's singing the Oatmeal's lines along the clip.

Well, that's Sarah Donner, indie folkpop "singer/songwriter/creative type who likes cats, 90s mixtapes, musicals, and sequins." She has a lot of good music on her official website, much of it available for free, and I really recommend checking her stuff out, because it's wonderful.

Not only does she seem like a pretty sweet person, but her talent is undeniable. And the Pterodactyl song is awesome! Go for it below and check out some of Sarah's many great solo songs here or here, for example.

Sarah Donner & The Oatmeal – "The Motherfucking Pterodactyl Song"

March 29, 2012

Game of Thrones: HBO's Hot Season 2 Sneaks!

If HBO's countless specials, previews, interviews, first looks, and announcements haven't raised your anticipation for the second season of Game of Thrones yet, the six brand-new sneak peeks from the season opener "The North Remembers" should be more than enough to fire up your excitement for April 1st, when we can finally follow this awesome show on our screens again!

I don't want to say too much and will just leave you to enjoy the first official scenes from the new season, which adapts George R.R. Martin's second Song of Ice and Fire novel, called A Clash of Kings. A little bit of Night's Watch stuff and Tyrion goodness, plus some Robb badassery, some dirty Daenerys, and some freaking awesome dragon special effects!

Game of Thrones – "The North Remembers" (Sneak Peek)

via SpoilerTV

March 27, 2012

Tenacious D's New Video Stars...Wait, Yoshiki?

A new video by the mighty Tenacious D will soon enter our world, foreshadowing the new album "Rize of the Fenix" (due March 15) and it features a lot of famous faces like Dave Grohl, Val Kilmer, and...wait, Yoshiki?

Now how did that happen? You can spot him at about 0:45 into the clip below, which is actually much more interesting in the beginning. Because of Maria Menounos, of course. What did you think?

Click the clip below for a first look at the new Tenacious D video for "To Be The Best" (heh!), starring, yes...that just must be him. Or just watch the song on YouTube, which is not available in Germany. Thanks, GEMA!

Tenacious D – "To Be The Best" Preview Clip

And thanks Evan!

Alcatraz' Season 1 Ends, Let's Have a Second!

So Alcatraz' debut season is over and guess what? The season finale even answered quite a lot questions – or at least allows you to form your own conclusions on many levels that won't be that far off if the show should return to a second season.

Fox still hasn't decided on the fates of two shows I'm following, one being Alcatraz, the other one being Fringe (which, by the way, ends its current season with a two-parter titled "End Game". Does that sound promising?), and I could live with both being renewed.

Anyway, I liked the Alcatraz finale (and the 12th episode running before the finale) and they offered quite a few revelations, while – of course – raising quite a handful of new questions. Even if a possible start into a second season isn't that hard too predict (Possible spoiler ahead: Don't you also believe that Rebecca will naturally wake up eventually because she has something special running through her veins as well?), I also liked the foreshadowing of a nationwide spree of returning inmates as well as their Bullitt car chase tribute.

On a side not, my little site with 63s trading cards is now also finished regarding the first season, and if you haven't seen anything of Alcatraz so far at all, don't be afraid: you don't have to. But if you like the trailer below, why not give it a spin!

Alcatraz – Season 1 First Look Trailer

March 22, 2012

L'Arc~en~Ciel Cast & Pay Their MSG Audience

L'Arc~en~Ciel are the first Japanese band to appear live in New York's famous Madison Square Garden this Saturday and you might even get paid to see them live.

No jokes: Gotham Casting is really looking for paid audience and I can only guess it's either because the band didn't sell as much tickets as they expected or because they want only beautiful people to fill the front rows for their recorded live material, which will be sold on DVD later.

So it's up to you, New Yorkers: If you want to spend 4-5 hours of your Saturday panting in front of Hyde, you'll get a whopping $50. Oh, and your friends too, by the way, if you bring some along. Not sure if you still have to buy the ticket, though.

Too funny. I've never seen another band casting audience for their momumental show at MSG before, and if I were a long-time fan of the guys I'd be really pissed to see all those paid people in front of me faking some love for the little crooner. Not sure if good move or just stupid, L'Arc!

L'Arc~en~Ciel – "My Heart Draws A Dream" (Live)

Thanks \o/!

March 20, 2012

Review: Yellow Fried Chickenz - "I" ("One")

Gackt's seven-man boygroup Yellow Fried Chickenz has released their first full album, the 11-song compilation "I" ("One"), and after their latest single flop "Mata, koko de aimasho" my expectations weren't that high to begin with.

But it's not completely awful. In fact, some titles like the opener "Circle" or "Mousou Girl" are quite what you would expect from an album like this: straight-forward, sweeping party rock that is instrumentally flawless. Gackt's potential for catchy melodies is noticeable here as it is on his solo records, and the first YFC single "The End Of The Day" is a prime example for that.

Since at least half of the target audience is female, though, we also get some boring ballads near the end, which are not the strength of those guys in combination. Even worse: the blatant use of auto-tune, which, as an artist like Gackt, is quite an insult to fans who want to hear their favorite singer, not some weird digital version of him. This is taken way too far on the closing ballad "Not Alone", which is an unlistenable snoozefest full of digital crap over an astonishingly underwhelming instrumental.

The worst decision, though, was probably the inclusion of Gackt's former solo track "Mind Forest" in the middle of the album. For once, it's the worse YFC version (naturally) with its clumsy English vocals, but it also humbles every other song on the disc with its way superior songwriting. Especially downers like the overdone and weird "Saishuu tsuukoku Countdown" or "Renai Driver", which is as monotonous as it is stuffed with every possible crap.

Given the title of the album, Gackt will probably continue to underwhelm fans with his YFC project, but in the end, those who need to have this album will probably be happy with it. The few moments of goodness (like my favorite, the rousing "Last Kiss") are not enough to make me happy, though, so I keep looking forward to Gackt's next solo surprise.

Yellow Fried Chickenz – "Last Kiss" (Live)

March 16, 2012

Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Trailer Revealed

The first trailer for Tim Burton's latest project Dark Shadows, a re-imagining of the popular '60s gothic soap, has arrived online and it looks like a lot of fun!

Johnny Depp stars as the 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins and the rest of the cast is stuffed with other big names like Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Lee, and even Alice Cooper as himself. I already love the look and feel of Burton's take on the material, which looks appropriately gloomy, dark and humorous.

Here's a story summary from Wikipedia, with the new trailer below for you to enjoy:

In 1752, the Collins family sails from Liverpool, England to North America. The son, Barnabas, grows up to be a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and is the master of Collinwood Manor. He breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. In 1972, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin and returns to find his once-magnificent manor in ruin. It is occupied by dysfunctional Collins descendants and other residents, all of whom have secrets.

Dark Shadows – Official Trailer

Film School Rejects

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Announced!

Gaming news don't get much better for me than this: Atari, Wizards of the Coast, and Overhaul Games have announced a summer release of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which will be...well, an enhanced edition of one of the most influential and gorgeous RPGs to ever see the light of day. And I can't tell you how much that excites me!

I utterly loved Baldur's Gate, which took storytelling and intuitive gameplay to the next level back in 1998 and spawned not only an epic sequel and some add-ons, but also several spinoffs like the Neverwinter Nights and Icewind Dale series or the ultimately classic Planescape: Torment. And guess what? Even the great sequel will be overhauled, which is just plain awesome!

Word is that the "enhancement" will mostly affect the visual parts of both games, while the isometric view, interface, game contents, and overall gameplay probably won't change much, if at all. Sounds good to me, and I can't wait to return to Candlekeep once again!

Watch some original gameplay below and visit the official homepage for all relevant updates and more media stuff.

Baldur's Gate – Original Gameplay

Thanks Aaron!

March 15, 2012

12012 Release Self-Titled Dir en grey Cover Album

You rarely hear me spilling nice words about 12012 nowadays, which is because they once made hot shit like this or that, and then went on to produce crap like this. Also because their vocalist almost strangled a girl once. Now, after going on hiatus for a year and a half the guys return with their new album "12012", likely called like that so everyone is convinced that this album presents 12012 in their purest form.

But guess what? As early previews already indicated, the sound of 12012 is mostly defined by hardcore copy-and-pasting now. Just look how "heavily influenced" by Limp Bizkit they must have been when writing "Hesitation". Or what about their daring cover of Dir en grey's "Saku", called "Suicide"?

In fact, most of this new album sounds as if they listened to Dir en grey's latest album "Dum Spiro Spero" for their entire hiatus and then decided to go down the exact same path for their comeback. Wataru's voice is suddenly screaming heavily and growling fiercely in almost every single song, and the guitars and drums follow the same patterns, have the same sound, and play the same sequences like some that you can hear on "Dum Spiro Spero". It's as blatant and creatively dead as you can imagine. I guess their former second guitarist Suga already suspected what the other guys were up to when he left the band in December 2010.

While I will agree that they already had a way rougher sound in their early days, and while I will also agree that not every song on this album is totally forgettable, the amount of stuff they copied is both utterly obvious and stunning at the same time. What's equally sad is that the best songs are those that sound more like the 12012 of recent years, like "Suiren", which comes off as a pretty nice ballad, yet still feels like a rather uninspired re-imagining of many of their older ballads. But you can easily count the moments where you don't feel like listening to a sub-par Dir en grey cover band on one hand.

See, I'm not a big fan of going around and complaining that band A sounds like band B all day, and much of J-rock effectively sounds the same; I get that. But 12012 have taken it quite a bit too far on "12012", which isn't very much 12012 at all. And they could do so much better. Wataru's strength isn't what he's doing here. "Suicide", "Baal-zebul", "Abuse", "Jazetsu", "Ferocious", "Hide & Seek", and "Madman", they all sound the same and are as interchangeable as their "evil" titles. And these are my main gripes with "12012".

12012 – "Saku"

March 12, 2012

Sterling Archer, My New Hero

Continuing my apparent penchant for being late to the party, I just caught up with Archer, one of the coolest and funniest animated shows I've seen recently.

The show's titular hero is a secret agent who has more in common with Charlie Sheen than with James Bond, and hilarity ensues in almost every scene. Here goes Wikipedia:

Set at ISIS, the International Secret Intelligence Service in New York City, suave but incredibly self-centered master spy Sterling Archer deals with global espionage; his domineering, hypersexual mother/boss, Malory Archer; his ex-girlfriend (and fellow ISIS agent), Lana Kane; and his other ISIS co-workers (including fellow agent Ray Gillette, accountant Cyril Figgis, Human Resources representative Pam Poovey, secretary Cheryl Tunt, and Applied Research head Doctor Krieger); as well as a less-than-masculine code name, "Duchess".

Archer features some great voice work, a sweet visual style, and the writers crank out dirty jokes whenever possible. If you can live with the pretty sleazy humor, you should give it a shot immediately and I promise you won't regret it.

The show has been renewed for a fourth season in February, by the way, and I still have to catch up quite a few episodes. Enjoy the promo trailer below and you know what you're in for:

Archer – Season 2 Promo

First Promo for The Killing's New Season

This year's April Fools' Day can't come soon enough for many, because it's the take-off date for the new seasons of several hot TV shows like Game of Thrones. AMC's crime drama The Killing also belongs to the shows that received quite a lot of praise for its debut season, even though it presented its followers with quite the anticlimactic finale and didn't resolve its main mystery, the murder of Rosie Larsen.

The show, a U.S. remake of the Danish original Forbrydelsen, still convinced most critics with its well-written, realistic storyline and superb acting. Reason enough to see how the new season will turn out, and the first official promo already makes me excited for more revelations about the ongoing mystery and the promised handful of new mysteries.

The Killing returns on April 1 and will see most of the season one cast return to a rainy and murky Seattle, where everyone's hiding something. Check out the new trailer below:

The Killing – Season 2 Promo

via SpoilerTV

March 11, 2012

Watch Some Game of Thrones Blu-ray Specials!

A lovely Vimeo user called Amanda did all of us who are eagerly longing for the second season of Game of Thrones a big favor and uploaded some of the cool season one Blu-ray specials.

Of course you still want to buy the awesome Blu-ray set to watch the greatness of this show in super-high quality, so I guess those clips will make you even more excited to grab the set as soon as possible. Enjoy!

Game of Thrones – The Targaryen Dynasty

See below for links to all of the clips:

via SpoilerTV

March 10, 2012

Postal III: Worse Than Its Promos

Running With Scissors must be the only video game developer that has only one extremely notorious franchise in its portfolio. So one may be tempted to ask: How could they churn out such a crappy Postal III, after the second game was such a popular and satirical milestone throughout all the borderline violence?

Hell, the expansion pack with crazy demon Gary Colemans appearing randomly in a dark asylum even belongs to the most frightening sequences I have ever played through. And now look at that piece of generic gory crap below.

You know, while the first Postal was arguably a crappy and entirely tasteless killfest with a psycho antihero and the infamous bonus level where you had to uhm...get rid of a group of children at a playground, the second one went in the right direction. It was a game where you didn't have to use violence to accomplish your goals...that is, if you were willing to stand in line for fifteen minutes to cash your check.

The game was amusing and as over the top as possible, with cats you could use as silencers on your machine gun, and it had a lot of political subtext. Of course, things like urinating on people and making them vomit went a little bit too far for many, what led to the game being banned in several countries, but it was still a game that really let you do whatever you wanted.

Postal III doesn't look fun at all. It's just a disjointed, cheaply designed and annoyingly frantic killing spree that gives you the impression they put more effort into coming up with the weirdest weapons than into developing a fun game. Just like Duke Nukem Forever, Postal III came out a few years too late and turned out as nothing more than a glaring disappointment on many levels. Haven't Postal fans suffered enough since Uwe Boll directed the horrible movie?

Postal III – Riot in Prison Mission

March 9, 2012

Listen to Luna Sea's 23-Minute Comeback Epic "The One"!

Luna Sea are gearing up for their first official single release in almost 12 years, a 23-minute epic called "The One", set to hit stores on March 21. The song finally appeared on UStream and made it's way to other video sites for the world to listen.

The song feels like a modern-day medley of gorgeous old Luna Sea goodness and features many sequences with the beloved Sugizo playfulness at work as well as some beautiful melodic compositions. I would almost bet Sugi wrote the whole thing.

Ryuichi's voice sounds great and carries the nostalgic feel of Luna Sea's most popular hits during their the successful mid-90s era. In other words: fans shouldn't be disappointed. Listen to "The One" and it's first presentation below (featuring a pretty hypnotic clip) and feel free to share your opinions!

Luna Sea – "The One –crash to create–"

March 8, 2012

Don Pettit Announces Angry Birds Space

If you were wondering if Rovio's Angry Birds franchise was on the decline after the sequels Seasons and Rio, you'll be asking yourself a totally different question after watching the "NASA Announcement" trailer for Angry Birds Space"Just how much money did they put into that ad?!"

Don Pettit reports from the International Space Station and has some fun with plush birds and balloon pigs before we get to see some gameplay with the new game physics, which look pretty cool and should pose a much more challenging task for casual gamers. See the clip below for Angry Birds Space, which will hit virtual markets and stores on March 22:

Angry Birds Space – NASA Announcement

via Nerdcore

Holy Tonto! First Image of Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger

The first image from the production of the upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger surfaced on the net and, as Film School Reject Cole Abaius correctly remarked, it seems as if Johnny Depp's new interpretation of Tonto is going to be quite the "Goth Captain Jack Sparrow."

I vaguely remember myself being a big fan of The Lone Ranger as a little kid, but that's too far back to remember anything else. Gotta admit that I'm excited for the new Tonto, though. The movie also stars Armie Hammer as the Ranger plus Tom Wilkinson, Helena Bonham Carter and James Badge Dale among many others. It's scheduled for May 31, 2013 so far and here's the official synopsis with the new image posted below:

The Lone Ranger is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

via The Film Stage

March 7, 2012

IAmTheRain: "Regression Therapy" Best Of Album & Exclusive Bonus Disc

David Händel's project IAmTheRain is no longer active, instead he's in the midst of finalizing his brand-new first ProximaShines album right now. But before the new recordings hit the net I present you with a pretty vast package of IAmTheRain hits and unreleased songs assembled into a two-disc best of album, plus an exclusive bonus disc filled with further unreleased leftovers and demo recordings.

"Regression Therapy" is the title for the final IAmTheRain release, which I strongly recommend you to grab if you haven't heard anything about the project yet or just want to complete your IAmTheRain discography. There are also a few modified tracks on the best of discs such as the full version of the former intro "Disastre Digital", a shorter edit of the once-32-minute epic "What Does It Mean?", and a "Wunderwelt" version without the original dialogue samples.

IAmTheRain
"Regression Therapy"

The Best of IAmTheRain

Album (07.03.2012)

Best songs collection of IAmTheRain singles, album hits and unreleased new songs from 2009 - 2011. Includes an exclusive bonus disc only available on this site with 14 more unreleased songs and demo recordings.

Disc 1  « Download »

  • It's Always 4AM (Luchador)
  • InFuture
  • Gold Under My Feet
  • Passenger 41
  • If I Could Do
  • Been Chasing A Dream
  • Planetary Re-entry
  • Good Ghouls
  • Inekonya
  • Gauge
  • Disastre Digital
  • Kimi no Kisso
  • I Be Blue
  • Frozen

Disc 2  « Download »

  • BetterThanLife
  • Although I Never Die
  • Doomkids
  • Untitled
  • Wunderwelt
  • Flare
  • What Does It Mean?
  • Coffin Rides
  • Where Innocence Has Gone So Wild
  • Unknown Sympathy
  • All My Lovers Take The Train
  • Project Peaceforce
  • Friday Night
  • All I Ever Wanted Too

Bonus Disc  « Download »

  • The Shakes (Intro)
  • If I Could Do (Demo Version)
  • Chasing The Dragon (Demo Version)
  • Been Chasing A Dream (Demo Version)
  • Headless God (Demo Version)
  • Le Crouche (Demo Version)
  • Suckers (Interlude)
  • Return To Sandland (Demo Version)
  • Speed Master (Demo Version)
  • Nightmares (Demo Version)
  • Last Try (Demo Version)
  • Cocaine Is My Dying Bride (Demo Version)
  • Ooh Lord (Demo Version)
  • An Open View Into An Open Mind (Outro)

You can listen to the "Passenger 41" below; it's the chosen promotional song for the album, even though you could have put most of them here, because I think they're all good:

IAmTheRain – "Passenger 41"

You can follow Händel's latest efforts with ProximaShines either via the project's official website or Facebook page. A download archive for all the free IAmTheRain releases can be found here.

March 5, 2012

The Simpsons' Great Game of Thrones Spoof

Last night's episode of The Simpsons came with another surprisingly fun couch gag – a spoof on the burning-hot franchise Game of Thrones.

Featuring the score and style of HBO's epic fantasy series, the Simpsons writers certainly hit the weak spots of all fellow Game of Thrones followers, and if you haven't seen it yet, do so now:

The SimpsonsGame of Thrones Couch Gag

via a thousand Tumblr posts like this one & thanks Jane!

March 4, 2012

Awesome SMB/Portal Mashup Mari0 Out Now!

A few weeks ago, Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover brought a smile to the faces of retro gamers all over the world, and now Maurice Guégan und Sašo Smolej are mashing up things even further with their awesomely original and more-than mega fun Mari0, a blend of the classic Super Mario Bros. and Valve's hit Portal.

A complete from scratch recreation of Super Mario Bros. with a focus on perfectly imitating the feel the 1985 classic gave us. Then give Mario a portal gun, add puzzle game mechanics from Portal and there you go. And if that wasn't crazy enough, play 4-player coop, with everyone having their own Portal gun!

Features:

  • Complete recreation of SMB
  • Elements from Portal
  • Portal gun that shoots portals
  • 4-player simultaneaous coop
  • Level Editor that was used to create the levels in the game
  • 33 different hats
  • Downloadable Mappacks
  • Game modifiers for extra fun

And those game modifiers, teased near the end in the trailer below, look like loads of fun for days, if you can't get enough of retro Mario. I recommend you take no detours, rush straight over to Stabyourself.net and grab Mari0 for whatever OS you like – yeah, it's even available for Windows, Linux, OSX, and Source. Awesome!

Mari0 – Official Trailer

via Nerdcore

March 3, 2012

Ghostbusters III: No Murray? Cast Those Guys!

Ghostbusters fans should be sad these days, since Dan Aykroyd confirmed that Bill Murray won't be a part of the 2018 blockbuster Ghostbusters III, or whenever they'll eventually get their script and movie done.

Alas, casting choices can be so easy. In fact, the cast of FOX's current mystery hit (or rather flop, even if it isn't that bad) Alcatraz includes some names that weirdly but perfectly fit the animated faces of our most favorite ghost hunters. Just cast James Pizzinato, Jim Parrack, Joe Egender, and Mahershala Ali, and you have your quartet ready.

That's just my two cents; don't take me too seriously. Of course a Ghostbusters movie won't be the same without Bill Murray, but it probably won't matter as that movie will probably never be finished anyway.

Gackt's New YFC Song: Forgettable at Best

Well, who would have thought it? After releasing a pretty cool single, Japanese mastermind Gackt immediately follows up with a pretty crappy new song from his boy band Yellow Fried Chickenz, which is called "Mata, koko de aimasho" and sounds like the little pop remix bro of Gackt's way more awesome epic "Kimi ga matteiru kara".

I wonder if they even included one slightly new sequence in this song, or if it's really just the bland copy-and-paste job of former Gackt pop songs it feels like. Not really the appetizer for the new YFC album "One" we have been waiting for, or what do you think? Listen to "Mata, koko de aimasho" below:

Yellow Fried Chickenz – "Mata, koko de aimasho"

Another song by Gackt I hadn't heard before is this "Konayuki" live collab with T.M. Revolution from last Christmas, and it's probably as underwhelming as you would expect such a collaboration to be, but still better than that new YFC thing.

March 1, 2012

LOST Thoughts Available / Cusick on Fringe Set

SpoilerTV broke the news of a new book about my favorite show last night, called LOST Thought, which is "a lively collaboration between 22 leading experts in the online LOST world and the academic community." The book is published by Inukshuk Press and here's a little bit more:

What if all your favorite LOST authors and bloggers were gathered in one place, accessible anytime you wished, day or night? What if you could bring together in the same place the world’s leading authorities on LOST? What would you talk about with them? What fascinating ideas would they bring for your consideration?

What if you could talk with people who never left the Island, who never will leave the Island—whose job it is, in fact, to live, breathe, experience and explain LOST 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

There are such people, and there is such a magical place, in a book: LOST Thought.

You can read a lot more about LOST Thought and view some inside snippets over at SpoilerTV, whose captain Andy Page belongs to the 22 contributors. Likely a pretty interesting read for die-hard Losties like me, I can't help but advise my fellow followers to take a look or grab it right away via CreateSpace or Amazon.

In other news, here's LOST icon Henry Ian Cusick, or Desmond as you know him better, on the set of Fringe, shooting one of this season's later episodes:

Images by Susan Gittins

February 29, 2012

CVG Shares the First 20 Minutes of Diablo III

CVG show what altruism means and shared the first 20 minutes of the incoming RPG hit Diablo III beta, which is sure to fire up even more anticipation in all those who traveled through the first two Blizzard classics.

I didn't, because I was too busy playing the more relaxed BioWare RPGs back then, but I have to admit that the gameplay footage looks pretty sweet.

Here are the hot 20 minutes of fresh Barbarian gameplay:

Diablo III – First 20 Minutes

via 4Player Podcast

February 25, 2012

New Hodgy Beats EP is Delightfully Delicious

It's almost impossible to follow the more-than regular output of Odd Future, everyone's current favorite hip hop collective. But sometimes, I have to take a few days off and snatch a batch of their recent and mostly free recordings, which I did last night when I discovered that Hodgy Beats just released a new EP.

The untitled 9-track package is quite a slick combo of old-school beats and chilled-out vocals, the perfect thing for a slow Friday or Saturday night. You should totally get it, not only because it comes with some smooth work by The Alchemist. I'd only love to hear a bit more of the beautiful tracks, since half of them don't run for more than two minutes, which still turns the EP into quite a delicious snack.

Grab the free EP over at Odd-Future.com!

Hodgy Beats – "Lamented"

HBO's First Look at the New Game of Thrones Season

HBO has revealed their official first look trailer for the much anticipated second season of their hit series Game of Thrones, and it's awesome! Lots of new faces, dragons, fighting and foreshadowing included. Hell yeah!

Take a look for yourself and get even more excited for the new season of Game of Thrones, which returns on April 1:

Game of Thrones – Season 2 First Look

via SpoilerTV

MTV IGGY's Dir en grey Feature

MTV IGGY has shared a four-minute clip of their Dir en grey special, which features the guys talking about their latest album, their work in the midst of the recent Japan catastrophes, and their fans overseas. Nothing that you haven't read a few times before if you're a fan, but fun nevertheless – especially Kyo and his defiant stance.

Check out the clip below:

Dir en grey – MTV IGGY Feature Clip

There are still no updates concerning Kyo's vocal cord problems, unfortunately.

February 21, 2012

Monk Runs for Mayor in New 2-Hour TV Movie

Being a die-hard fan of Tony Shalhoub's quirky detective Monk, the following piece of today's news surprised me in such a positive way: Monk will return to our TV screens and show creator Andy Breckman was eager to spill some more details about it:

Breckman says, "Just today as we did this interview, I just finished writing a Monk movie." [...] "I'll even tell you the title of it. 'Mr. Monk for Mayor'. He runs for mayor of San Francisco." Breckman expects you'll see the new Monk show this December, and he's hoping it will have a sequel.

The show, which came to an end after eight seasons in 2009, averaging almost 5.2 million viewers during its final run with numbers climbing up to 9.4 million during a touching two-part finale, was one of USA Network's most popular weekly outings with a total of 125 episodes.

And I missed it ever since the finale.

Monk – Square Tomato

via My9TV and SpoilerTV

February 15, 2012

Jonny Lee Miller is Elementary's New Sherlock

Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a show about the classic stories about Sherlock Holmes taking place in our modern times? Oh, right, I forgot there already is a show about a modern Sherlock. And it's great! So...CBS, why would you make just another one based on the same premise?

CBS' new show Elementary indeed goes for just the same thing as Sherlock and wants to bring the classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into today's times (probably set in the U.S., though), and they signed Dexter and Trainspotting baddie Jonny Lee Miller for the leading role as the next Sherlock Holmes.

I'm not a big fan of Miller (probably because he tends to play unlikeable characters) and I loathe the idea of CBS copying BBC's established and highly acclaimed premise. The internet seems to think the same for now, and I wonder if they will actually deliver something unique or just blatantly rip off Mark Gatiss' and Steven Moffat's series. What do you expect?

via The Hollywood Reporter

February 14, 2012

Awake: NBC Debuts the First 8 Minutes Online!

I already wrote about this new show called Awake back in August 2011, when it wasn't scheduled for a premiere date yet. After months of waiting, NBC has finally set the premiere for March 1 and even revealed the first eight minutes of the pilot episode!

I haven't found the time to watch the clip below yet, so I can't say much more about Awake right now other than that I've been excited for this one since its first teaser trailer appeared online. It seems to have quite a decent cast and thrilling story behind it. If you didn't know anything about Awake yet, here's a little summary:

Police detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) regains consciousness following a car accident involving his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) and his son Rex (Dylan Minnette). Michael moves back and forth between two realities: In one, Rex survived while Hannah is dead; in the other, Hannah survived but Rex did not. Trying to keep both his loved ones alive, Michael starts living a "double life," moving back and forth between the two realities, dealing with different personal conflicts and police partners. He also starts noticing strange links between the two realities.

Seems like the audience will be tasked to figure out what's going on or which reality is real – or if anything is real at all –, what sounds like a sweet premise. If you're curious now, check out the first eight minutes here:

Awake – First 8 Minutes

via SpoilerTV & HuffPostTV

Gackt: PV for New Dragon Age Theme Revealed

As I earlier reported, Japan's golden throat Gackt composed the theme song "Until The Last Day" for the upcoming Dragon Age anime Dawn of the Seeker. Today, the full PV for Gackt's latest single arrived, and it features a lot of scenes from the movie Dragon Age fans are eagerly anticipating.

The video not only looks just fine, but the song actually belongs to Gackt's more awesome recent efforts, which is why I think you should just check out the clip below and enjoy!

Gackt – "Until The Last Day"

February 10, 2012

Composite Sketches of Literary Characters

I agree with Nerdcore's René on this one, because it's really one of the best ideas to sprout online lately: Brian Joseph Davis' tumblelog The Composites, which features "images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters." Awesome!

There are not that many examples online for now, but I'm sure the site will grow fast and pretty interesting soon. And I also agree with René in that the images could be a little bigger, but anyway, I have so many characters I'd want to see there...should probably prepare a long mail for Brian. Let's say, what about Drizzt Do'Urden? =)

Leave a comment and tell me who you would like on Brian's site, but first take a look at The Composites for yourself.

Double Fine Adventure Collects $1,200,000+ Kickstarter Funding

Yesterday, news went around the net that renowned adventure game designer Tim Schafer along with his crew posted a new point-and-click project on Kickstarter, tentatively called a Double Fine Adventure, since no big company is backing or releasing adventures professionally anymore, apparently.

If Schafer's name didn't ring any bell, his famous projects of the past certainly will: Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle – need I say more? And here's the awesome thing: It took only 8 hours for the project on Kickstarter to reach its goal of a $400,000 sum funding. Even more awesome: The project has actually racked up over $1,200,000 in the last 24 hours!

To me, that shows that there are indeed way more people than me craving the return of some good old point-and-click goodness, and that there are enough people who haven't forgotten Schafer's genre landmarks of the past, which are still loved way more than any modern game about warfare will ever be.

You can find a lot more interesting stuff about the upcoming game on doublefine.com or at the Kickstarter project page. And here's Schafer's funny announcement clip:

Double Fine Kickstarter Promotional

February 9, 2012

Super Mario Crossover 2 Released, Makes My Retro Heart Bounce

Exploding Rabbit are the folks who made you replay the classic Super Mario Bros. with other famous characters like Mega Man or Link in their great Super Mario Bros. Crossover retro mashup. And guess what, they just released their brand-new SMB Crossover 2.0 update last night, which blasts you with even more nostalgic awesomeness!

Besides two new playable characters and lots of new power-ups and music, the flash game is now skinnable with various visual retro styles:

The two big things added are skinnable graphics and a new power up system. There are about 800 tracks of music in the game now. We also added Luigi and Bass as playable characters, and because of the skinning system, it seems as if there are many more characters.

Watch the trailer below to get a quick impression of what that means – or get right into it and show them koopas!

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0 – Official Trailer

via Nerdcore

House to Conclude After Current Season

The day House followers have been dreading for months has come – the producers have officially decided to conclude the show after the current 8th season and explain their move in an open letter to the fans:

After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.

While all this comes as a full package of sad news for those who have loved the show for the last eight years (me included), it's probably for the better to end the show now, after the previous season as well as the current one have already seen quite a decline in writing and quality compared to the years before.

Ausiello teases that we can at least look forward to a satisfying series finale, which will air this May and which might see some of the earlier regulars like Liza Edelstein, Jennifer Morrison or Olivia Wilde return for a final appearance. I'm really looking forward to an awesome finale and let's keep our fingers crossed that they'll finish the series in style.

We're gonna miss you, Greg!

The Rum Diary: Fun, Though Not Fantastic

I finally managed to watch the Johnny Depp's Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary last night, and while it certainly is much more low-key and less weird than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it's still a pretty enjoyable affair, not only because of Amber Heard's stunning beauty.

Johnny Depp, who discovered Thompson's semi-autobiographic and yet unpublished novel back when he became close friends with the author during the filming of Fear and Loathing and convinced him to release it, stars as a younger version of Thompson's alter ego Paul Kemp, who moves to Puerto Rico to work for a fictional newspaper, but gets entangled in a blur of politic schemes, rooster fights, loads of alcohol, and the beautiful girlfriend of the rich and powerful Sanderson.

Since The Rum Diary was written in the early 1960s, you shouldn't expect another LSD-fueled craze like Thompson described in the more popular and hilarious Fear and Loathing here, but Depp's latest adventure already starts with Kemp in full hangover mode even before he meets his new boss for the first time. The rest of the movie is more about Kemp's moral struggle with Sanderson's ambitions (and girlfriend) than about drug trips, but there are quite a handful of funny scenes that will certainly remind you of Thompson's Las Vegas alter ego Raoul Duke, especially the one scene below, which is a direct nod to Thompson's later escapades and features Johnny Depp's trademark acid gaze.

Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli and Depp all deliver some fine performances, but your favorite character will probably be Giovanni Ribisi's Moberg, a super-hilarious Hitler freak and total crackhead, who distills "470-proof" alcohol and slurs some of the best lines in the movie. And while the fun is there, the story somewhat suffers from the underdeveloped characters and the feeling that they probably held back a lot of their intended hilarity to provide the movie with a more authentic flair.

But since you couldn't expect them to make another Fear and Loathing anyway, you should give The Rum Diary a chance. Not only to enjoy the great acting and the adorable Amber Heard, but also for the scene below:

The Rum Diary – Tongue Scene

"Your tongue is like an accusatory giblet!"