It’s late summer, so you can’t blame Traitor for not bothering to try too hard. It’s got Don Cheadle and Jeff Daniels in it, after all, which is reasonable star power, and a hot-button plot revolving around terrorist attacks on American soil. Making Traitor something more than a disposable B-movie was possible, but at this point in the release calendar, way more effort than it was worth. If espionage thrillers are your thing, this one may just tide you over until James Bond comes back in November.
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If you’ve kept up with titles that are only available on the Japan side of gaming then you’ve heard of the MLB Power Pros series. For the nearly twenty years Japan has played out there love of America’s past time through MLB games like this, though none have reached our shores before 2007. Like last year’s release, MLB Power Pros 2008 scores again with its instantly accessible gameplay and multiple modes. Hardcore ball-players may prefer a more serious simulation of the sport, but others will have no reservations about slamming home runs and scampering around bases with miniature legs.
Recorded in the wake of the band’s freshmen effort Crossing the Invisible Line, Ashes is the inspirational adventure of songwriter Ramen Kia’s ever maturing accounts of his youth. Born during the turmoil of a disheveled Iran, Kia’s music is continual evidence of the power of expression. Along with members Simon Gibson and Toby Ever, Buddahead’s Ashes has something that most of us find relatable.
Peter Salett is a very gifted musician. He has written, scored, and performed multiple songs for such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Ten, Down in the Valley, The Baxter, The Maldonado Miracle, Wet Hot American Summer, Keeping the Faith, and the soon to be released documentary 21 Below. Directors love him because his music compliments and enhances their visions. People like listening to him because his sound is so profound, intricate, and dreamy, a “play it again, Sam,” over and over only to find something you missed listening to it the fifth or sixth time around.
The Gabe Dixon Band has been around since 1999, in one form or another. Dixon (Piano, Vocals), Jano Rix (Drums), and Winston Harrison (Bass, Mandator?) got started as roommates at the University of Miami. Over time, Dixon, with his background as a classically trained pianist, built an impressive resume, playing with the likes of Alison Krauss, O.A.R., and, perhaps most impressively, Paul McCartney. After getting their start focusing on jazz and improvisation, in 2006, the trio shifted their sights to more structured song writing. The result of this change in approach is their self titled album, set to be released on August 26th.
When last we left ¡Forward, Russia!’s debut Give Me A Wall, they were the latest indie craze. Their hi-hat-heavy crunchy rhythms a la Bloc Party churned out a pair of Top 40 singles and catapulted them into the limelight. Their quarky penchant for songs that were all named numbers provided an interesting gimmick to match their indie-pop sensibilities, but it would seemingly pose difficulties to continually reproduce effectively.
A City Dressed in Dynamite is the first release on Modern Savage Recordings from That Handsome Devil, a Boston-grown, now New York-based outfit that owes much of its notoriety to the appearance of “Elephant Bones,” from its eponymous 2006 EP, on the soundtrack of Guitar Hero II. (Fittingly, “Rob the Prez-O-Dent,” from this latest album, will be a playable track in Rock Band II. So THD continues to pioneer a marketing strategy that we should see plenty more of).
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