Friday, November 5, 2010

Things You Should be... Friday

Things You Should be Listening to...

Animanaguchi- Animanaguchi is a fantastic band out of New York City. Their style is "8 bit music", meaning it sounds like a video game. Listening to them while doing any sort of mundane task, automatically makes you feel like you're in Super Mario Bros. If you're a video game fan, you know that they are the band that did all of the music for the game Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Below is my personal favorite track "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Blues".

Tell 'em Steve Dave- Tell em' Steve Dave is part of the View Askew universe created by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. It is a weekly podcast featuring Bryan Johnson, an unemployed part-time author who lives with his girlfriend, Walter Flannigan, a family man who runs Kevin Smith's comic book store "Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash" in Highlands, New Jersey, and Brian Quinn, a firefighter from Staten Island and friend of the show. These three guys put together a somewhat raunchy, completely hilarious view on life. They also help raise money for some really good causes. Previously, they helped raise money for Brendan Marocco, a vetran who lost his limbs in Iraq ( Currently, they are donating 5 iPads to a special needs classroom, to allow the children to learn better. You can catch them on iTunes, and while you're there you may want to check out some of the other podcasts in the SModcast network!  

Things You Should be Watching...

Fringe- This show has taken a lot of flack as far as being compared to "The X-Files". The comparisons go about as far as that they are both sci-fi themed mysteries. Below is the official description of the show from Fox:

From J.J. Abrams (“Lost”), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Alias,” comes a new drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality.
When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (newcomer Anna Torv) is called in to investigate. After her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley, “Boston Legal”), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. WALTER BISHOP (John Noble, “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son PETER (Joshua Jackson, “Dawson’s Creek”) in to help.
When Olivia’s investigation leads her to manipulative corporate executive NINA SHARP (Blair Brown, “Altered States”), our unlikely trio along with fellow FBI Agents PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick, “The Wire”), CHARLIE FRANCIS (Kirk Acevedo, “Oz”) and ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.
FRINGE is directed by Emmy Award-winning Alex Graves (“The West Wing”) and produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.
 The show features strange happenings, parallel universes and mad scientisit. Being a huge fan of the show since the beginning, I got The Editor to start watching it with me during the second season, because the show is SO good that I didn't want him to get too far behind. 

Things You Should be Reading...

Kick Ass vol 2- The second volume of Kick Ass is now out! I devoured the first issue, and I'm very hopeful about how this volume will go. The first issue was a bit slow on the uptake, but I think that by issue 3, we should see a really amazing tale. It's too new for me to go over the synopsis (I don't want to ruin anything), I'm just happy to see little miss Hit Girl back in action! The only downside to to the Kick Ass series is the looooong duration between issues. If you're a comic collector, certainly buy the individual comics. However, if you're just buying time before the next movie comes out, wait until the second volume is done, then get the compendium. Happy reading!

Kick Ass Volume 2 Ultimate Comics Variant cover.

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