2007 in Music

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything about music for this site, but the thrill of sharing/forcing my opinion on you once again calls and I must again answer the urge to make a list. This time around, I’ll be briefly looking at the five best albums and the ten best songs that this year had to offer.

Before I kick things off, I have to give an honorably mention to the Cold War Kids’ “Robber and Cowards.” This album is simply great, great, great, and I badly want to include it on the list. Sadly, it was a 2006 release. I only came across it this year. As much as it pains me, I don’t want to be like the Grammys and only award something after it’s found fame. So I’ll give it an honorable mention, particularly for the songs “We Used to Vacation” and “Hang Me Up To Dry,” and I’ll keep my eyes open for their next album so I can heap praise on that at the appropriate time. Read the rest of this entry »


A wash…

Well, December has pretty much been a wash for new content here. Apologies but life and a lack of blogging energy has just killed my ability to put new stuff up here.

Hopefully the New Year will see a return of my enthusiasm.

Have a happy holiday, internets.

Politics is fun!

Alright, I’ve come across two news stories today that I thought bear some some discussion. Sorry for the guys who come here looking for comic blogging, I’ll get something up about recent industry crossovers in a week or two.

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Norris Watch, con’t.

(Via Matthew Yglesias)

Look kids: The LA Times is covering the Huckabee/Norris angle that is revolutionizing how campaigns are waged and shaking up the 2008 election.

Some of the juicy bits of this find piece of journalism…

AN A-list celebrity endorsement can lift a presidential campaign. But Chuck Norris’ seal of approval can kick-start the Airbus.


  Suddenly, Huckabee became the presidential example of tough-guy cool. You thought Fred Thompson was going to be the law-and-order candidate? He was looking like a worn-out hound dog Wednesday night as Huckabee strode into the debate with the still buffed-up, 67-year-old Norris by his side.

…but wait there’s more….

Subsequently, Huckabee has surged in the polls, particularly in Iowa, and Norris has been with him every step of the way on the campaign trail.

He sat in the second row at Wednesday’s debate — which was co-sponsored, appropriately enough, by YouTube — and afterward gave glowing interviews about his candidate’s performance. The whole thing was posted on the Internet within seconds.

and the juiciest bit… (italics mine)

“If you are going after those evildoers, you want Norris with you,” said longtime Democratic strategist Rick Taylor, only half-joking. “That’s how I look at it. Norris for secretary of Defense. I feel safer already.”

Just in case you forgot, Chuck Norris has done absolutely nothing to make his views important to anybody. People started making jokes about him on the internet and BOOM! he can sway voters.

This is American politics today, my friends. And it is fucked.


Blizzard and Activision merge.

Activision, the publishing powerhouse behind the Call of Duty and Tony Hawk series; and Vivendi Games, owner of Blizzard Entertainment, which you probably don’t need us to tell you is behind the Warcraft and Starcraft series, are coming together to form “the world’s most profitable games business,” cleverly named Activision Blizzard.

The reports we’ve read so far seem to confuse the matter of Vivendi’s role in the merger, and who will be “wearing the pants” in the relationship, so to speak. As we understand it, Vivendi and Activision will be the ones who are merging, despite Blizzard’s name being in the company’s new moniker. Vivendi will own approximately 52% of the ownership stake in Activision Blizzard

Submitted with utterly horror and a tad bit of confusion.

First EA buys Bioware, then this. What’s next?