Forza Motorsport 6 is set to cross the finish line on Xbox One September 15. The game is the latest in a longstanding franchise that sets the bar for visual fidelity and authenticity in its digital recreation of vehicles. In advance of this, we’re treated to a fun trailer that has us completely amped for the game. It takes us through a brief history of classic racing titles, complete with a chiptune rendition of Electric Six‘s dance/rock hit, “Danger! High Voltage,” before bringing us to current-day visuals along with the totally bangin’ chorus to the song. Considering we listen to Electric Six every time we drive, this hits us right the feels, man.
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Halifax-born, Toronto-based hip hop word slinger Wordburglar has released his latest album today. Entitled Rapplicable Skills for a reason, this one features loads of nerdy gems including a track about a young Burgie getting his name in Nintendo Power for obtaining a high score in the obscure NES game, NARC. Be sure to check it out if you’re into lyrilogical rhymes!
We’ve featured The Cybertronic Spree on here before for one of their original songs. Here they return to the most iconic of Transformers songs (outside of the actual theme) with a fun rendition of “The Touch,” which was originally performed by 80s anthem superstar Stan Bush. Released ahead of their second anniversary show, the video shows the band in their element: some kind of weird shiny room where they’re free to ham it up for the camera.
The iPod was the music player that made portable sound near ubiquitous to the post-Walkman, post-Discman generation. When used with a massive music collection, it was something quite remarkable to have up to 160 gigs of decent enough audio to schlepp along with us on planes and subways.
It’s been years since Apple has taken their audio devices seriously, and with the move to streaming services via apps, the entire idiom for portable music playing is shifting. On the one hand the vast majority use their phones with the crummy buds they get for free, while another, slightly more passionate community are looking for genuine “high fidelity” from a device that can be held in a pocket.
Picking headphones can be a particularly daunting task, particularly given that many simply assume that one pair of buds is as good as any other. Take any transit ride and you’ll see plenty of white cabled, came-with-the-device pairs being used perfectly well to channel whatever latest hit is being streamed from phones and into ear holes.
From there things go positively bonkers, with some spending thousands and thousands on devices that make incremental (if any) difference in sound reproduction. It’s a dangerous game, and one that can cost you a small fortune if you become hooked.
We’ve all heard the expression that a certain musician really “killed it” at their gig, but this summer has seen its fair share of musical instruments being used as deadly weaponry.
In noir films the violin or guitar case was the obvious ruse for a gun, especially given that so few of the gangsters looked like they’d ever practiced anything other than being hooligans all their lives. Kubrick’s The Killing is a fine example of this, with the incongruous instrument being carried around by the protagonist as a form of subterfuge.
The Transformers cover band The Cybertronic Spree are known for performing the entire soundtrack to the 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie as characters from the film. It’s a sight to behold. Their YouTube videos offer but a small glimpse of what their live act is all about (unfortunately these videos don’t capture their banter and zany antics as well as we’d like – but this fantastic food column about them does).
But now, in addition to offering covers of classic hair-metal 80s jams, the group has released its first original composition alongside a video that for once doesn’t feature live-action footage of a performance.
“Deceptifunk,” if the video is to be believed, was written by Decepticons Soundwave and Rumble (who happen to be members of the band and have seemingly no problem working with Autobots, Spike the human, a Quintesson, and Unicron). And it’s as deceptively catchy as the video is hilarious.
So it’s a song about Soundwave, by Soundwave, and in checking with G1 Transformers lore, the lyrics totally check out as legit. Enjoy!
There are certain shared cultural experiences that can connect strangers, but none quite like the 1990s JRPG. When Final Fantasy VII comes up as a common love in conversation with a newly-met acquaintance, I feel like I know this person already. We have been through the same experiences, toiling through 40 to 100 hours of fully engaged interaction, boatloads of reading, and casual math. We’ve seen the same things, fought the same battles, saved the same planet, and heard the same sounds – old adventuring pals that never met – and that’s why the London Symphony orchestra’s recent tribute to the greatest RPGs of all time is important.
There are some things in life that just go together well. Things like: milk and cookies; popcorn and movies; and boy bands and zombie westerns. Thankfully, the visionary filmmakers at The Asylum are well aware of that last one, as they’ll be producing the film Dead 7, a zombie western horror film written by and starring Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame.
The film, described as a post-apocalyptic drama, will follow the exploits of a “ragtag band of gunslingers” who battle against the zombie plague. Appearing in the film alongside Nick Carter will be fellow Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone. It’s unclear at this point how significant each of the former heartthrob’s roles will be.
Jem and the Holograms debuted as a cartoon series in 1985, created by Christy Marx, a staff writer for the original cartoon shows of Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The odd cartoon that mixed battling bands with sci-fi tech found a way to brand itself into the minds of ’80s kids, even if they didn’t watch it. It was inevitable this “truly outrageous” band would be rebooted. But more significant is that the new Jem and the Holograms comic from IDW, which released its fourth issue this week. . . is really good!
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell put together this reboot story, which Thompson scripted and Campbell did art on, with colors by M. Victoria Robado and letters by Shawn Lee. There is a clear love for the original story, but Campbell and Thompson are also smart enough to ask what needs to be updated so the story doesn’t just retread old ground.