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2671  Media / The Soundroom / Favourite Albums of 2006 on: December 30, 2006, 03:46:26 AM
Nemmet -- Joanna Newsom's "Ys" was guaranteed to be a hit. I mean, look at the name!!! In all seriousness, the album is fantastic.

My tastes vary a good bit from a lot of people on this board, but here are my (non-VGM) 2006 picks, in no particular order:

Anathallo - Floating World - an indie band with lots of members doing unique things released their first FULL ALBUM (after being together for about 6 years) in the form of a "concept album." It's all based on a short story (and some poems) that come from various Japanese folk tales/legends. The packaging for the album is superb, and the entire story (Hanakasajijii) is put in the album for you to read. If you aren't in some state of awe by the end of your first listen, you probably weren't paying attention.

DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage - Neal also mentioned this one. It's a fantasy metal band, and if you haven't heard of them, you're way out of the loop. Personally, I liked 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" a little more, but this album is also great.

Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat - The band's third full album was just released in November, and while it has virtually no resemblance to their first two albums (other than the sweet, smooth vocals), it has quickly become a favorite listen of mine. The lyrics are easily the worst thing about the album: contrived, cheap, and "softcore emo" (sort of like "emo lite") to be sure. But the music is darn sweet.

mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister - Another band's third full album, this one came in September. Vocalist/lyricist Aaron Weiss is probably one of the best lyricists alive (to my knowledge anyway). I'm not sure if this album is my favorite of the three (the second, "Catch For Us The Foxes," was solid gold from beginning to end) ... whatever it is, it certainly beat the pants off of most other albums this year.

Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas - This five disc box set contains EPs that Sufjan recorded personally each Christmas since '01 for friends and family. This year, he decided to release them all together in one box: and for $18, it's an excellent deal. The split of new, original, Sufjan-written songs and classic, overdone, unoriginal Christmas songs is about 50/50. And Sufjan spices the old songs up pretty nicely too. The album also comes with a 50 page book including some excellent essays and commentaries on the commercialization of the holiday season, as well as some short stories from Sufjan that help give a feel for why he actually dreads late December and struggles to reconcile his personal feelings about the holiday with all the cheap plastic mirth he finds around him. It was probably the perfect gift for the intellectual in your life, but you'd be a tad late giving it now! :P

Danielson - Ships - If I'm not mistaken, this puppy marked the 8th full album release from Danielson (if you count "Familie," "Brother," and "Tri-" as all the same "Danielson" entity). I've listened to most of those albums, and I own a few of them, but this was really something special. Pitchfork Media gave the album rave reviews, which is what sparked my interest. If you know nothing about the Danielson phenomenon, go here: http://www.danielsonmovie.com/ and read up.

That's it from me. If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be a toss-up with Anathallo and mewithoutYou. But I just love their styles in general...

2672  The Rest / General Discussions / Saddam Hussein Executed in Iraq on: December 30, 2006, 03:29:25 AM
As wildly pacifist as I tend to be, this is a little hard for me. But no one can deny that this b*tch had it coming to him.

I guess the big problem for me is that, by the time he was to be punished, we had already rendered him harmless.

I'd rather just say "what's done is done" than actually celebrate. But, I won't discourage celebration if ppl are feelin' it. :)

2673  The Rest / General Discussions / The best gift that could possibly be given... on: December 27, 2006, 05:29:12 AM
It's easy to do, just follow these steps:
1. Cut a hole in a box
2. Put your junk in that box
3. Make her open the box
And that's the way you do it!

I'm tempted to inscribe these words on my tombstone.

2674  The Rest / General Discussions / These shoes cost 300 dollars on: December 27, 2006, 04:04:41 AM

Sorry for two YouTube posts in a row. It needed to be done though.

2675  The Rest / General Discussions / The best gift that could possibly be given... on: December 27, 2006, 03:58:11 AM

Oh dear mother of God. Andy Samberg + Justin Timberlake (and Mya Rudolph) = pure comedic gold.

The three steps are classic.

2676  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 27, 2006, 03:56:23 AM
it's happened with the SNES/Genesis, the NES/SMS (though most people didn't know the latter even existed until it was long dead, or at least I didn't).

In terms of sales, the SMS meant absolutely nothing. The real competition in Japan was NES vs. NEC's PC Engine. In the US, Nintendo was the standard, with no real competition to speak of.

Just wanted to point that out.

2677  The Rest / General Discussions / Forbes: Gaming's Last Hurrah (As We Know It) on: December 23, 2006, 02:51:12 AM
Quote from the article)

Will there be a PS4? Perhaps, but not a PS5.

Yeah, maybe because the name will get unoriginal. However, if there IS a PS5, I would LOVE to have the contact info for this article's author in ten years and just shove it in his face.

This article is just filled with presumption and analyzing "market trends" that, at the end of the day, will mean next to nothing.

Terrible article.

2678  The Rest / General Discussions / Nazis reclaiming control in Germany on: December 15, 2006, 02:33:33 PM
That's a really scary story. I just watched the film "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days", and I thought "at least Germany doesn't resort to those sorts of tactics anymore." Oh wait...

at least they're not being executed. ^^

2679  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Vth Vanguard on: December 15, 2006, 04:08:55 AM
No US publisher has even been named for Vth Vanguard, so it's unlikely we'll get as swift a release as what XSEED did with 4. Though, if it does come to the US, I hope XSEED is the one that does it. They did an excellent job with WA4, as they also did with Shadow Hearts: FTNW.

I've listened to the opening single from Nana Mizuki, I like it (expect a soundtrack review). You should consider offering up an import reader review for the site if the game really tickles your fancy.

2680  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony's new viral marketing campaign bit them back hard. on: December 15, 2006, 04:05:36 AM
Busted. Nailed. Snagged. As many of you have figured out (maybe our speech was a little too funky fresh???), Peter isn't a real hip-hop maven and this site was actually developed by Sony. Guess we were trying to be just a little too clever. From this point forward, we will just stick to making cool products, and use this site to give you nothing but the facts on the PSP.

Sony Computer Entertainment America

Hmmm...hmm.......what if it's actually a double-hoax, and the people that made the site weren't some lame kids OR Sony, but actually a group who designed the site JUST to be debunked and then claim to be SCEA.


That apology just doesn't seem like something anyone from SCEA would let out.

2681  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony's new viral marketing campaign bit them back hard. on: December 14, 2006, 02:39:25 PM
Still, the publicity stunt worked. Even if the attention was all just people yelling and screaming, it's still attention. It got people in an uproar about yet another silly internet thingamabobber. As Gene Simmons of KISS says, "there's no such thing as bad publicity."

Yeah...if it negatively affects sales, there is such a thing as bad publicity.

And PSP phails. ^^

2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Cop Off the Hook in PS3 Murder on: December 14, 2006, 02:31:08 PM
I live in NC. That's F*cked up.

Someone needs to be prosecuted hardcore.
2683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Ivalice Alliance (Or, Final Fantasy Tactics returns?) on: December 13, 2006, 03:14:04 PM
I'm excited about the announcement of FFT A2. we'll see what that's released on then...
2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea restocked! on: December 11, 2006, 06:59:28 PM
Disgaea became one of those "super-rare-pay-lots-of-money" kinds of games after it went sorely out of print.

Until now, since NIS America has restocked it for only $30.

Buy it before it becomes rare...again.


(it says Oct 27 2006 up top but this was announced Dec. 1).

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / Natural selection is working against us again... on: December 11, 2006, 02:49:57 PM
That's so depressing. Even if the student grabbed some places (even intentionally, such as the breasts) ... he's FOUR! His first memories of boobs are probably involving food, not sex.

So ridiculous.
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