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4:26 PM on 02.24.2012

'The FP', A Movie about Dance Dance Revolution, is a Real Thing.

Have you ever seen a trailer or a poster for a movie and thought to yourself, "Man, this looks like something they'd parody on SNL or something"? Then, you don't know SHIT. The FP is the king of those movies.The movie seems to take place "In a dystopian future" where "Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP')". Naturally, the weapon of choise for these post-apocalyptic skirmishes is "Beat-Beat Revelation", an obvious and hilariously-named embellishment of Dance Dance Revolution, which I'm pretty positive hasn't been popular since at least the advent of the Wii.

Featuring some pretty abysmal production values, ridiculous haircuts and costumes (including some wildly unweildly looking boots that look like they make DDR harder to play), and a mostly cookie-cutter movie plot regarding honor and redemption on tha mean streets of Dystopian Middle-America, The FP looks like the worst idea to ever manage to secure funding since Ted Bundy Teaches Typing For Kids. However, I have to admit that this movie has enough promising so-bad-it's-terrible-but-accidentally-funny factor and quotable lines like "Yo, Clam Chowder!", "Get yo Stale Up Off My Flavor!" and my personal favorite, "I Challenge You To A Beat-Off!" The FP will probably remain relevant and popular among internet circles long after people have forgotten what Dance Dance Revolution was in the first place.

The FP is coming to select theatres on March 16th, 2012, but you can watch the trailer here.   read

11:28 PM on 01.28.2011

Things I like! Volume 1

Folks, we're already almost one month into the new year, and already I can smell a complete turnaround. Many of you probably didn't have a good year in 2010, and I can tell you that neither did I. I lost a job, quit a different job, dropped out of College, and had a friendship that meant a great deal to me end painfully. Through this morass of misery and depression, I was far too wrapped up in the failures of my crumbling social life to take any solace in any of the things that actually bring me joy, like video games, books or music. Suffice to say, I can't think of many things I liked about 2010.

Now, I'm not one to put much stock in the whole "New Year, Clean Slate" philosophy that comes with the whole making resolutions thing but I figured if there was one thing I could resolve to do, is to not have as shit a fucking year as I had in 2010. So I made my resolution as small and as manageable as possible: read more books, watch more movies, play more games and listen to more new music than I have in years past. Surprisingly, the experience has opened me up to more than just books, music and movies.

The month of January alone has hatched upon me such a plethora of treasure that you might excuse me in declaring 2011 the greatest year in Human evolution to date. The amount of great stuff I've discovered this month has me frothing in anticipation of what's to come in the following 11 months, But until then, I've got these nuggets to tide me over:

My Little Pony toys at McDonalds!

If you have yet to see Lauren Faust's (of Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends fame) colorful, hilarious take on the My Little Pony universe, you should definitely check your skepticism at the door and do so. It is without a doubt one of the best cartoons to debut last year, and this year to celebrate McDonalds has included limited edition My Little Pony toys in all their happy meals, featuring all your favorite ponies whose names I'm not at all embarrassed to know: Cherilee, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Celestia, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle are here to brighten up your day and make your Happy Meal truly happy!


Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate!

Soulless is the first novel in Gail Carriger's awesome Parasol Protectorate series, which combines the genres of Steampunk/Alternate History, Supernatural Fantasy, and Victorian Era Romance. Sound too good to be true? It's the really dealie. Let's read the blurb on the back of the book to find out more:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go form there? For bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? WIll her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Sound like something you might be interested in? Make sure you get caught up before the next book in the series, Heartless, releases later this year.

The Bulletstorm demo!

The Bulletstorm demo is short that it's almost frustrating in a sexual sense.It literally packs only so much action in five-or-so minutes of gameplay that it doesn't leave you wanting more so much as it leaves you desperate for it. But still, I enjoyed our brief time together. The game is frantic, fun, funny and colorful (to put it lightly) and I can't wait to get my hands on the full version. You've hooked me, Bulletstorm, now reel me in.

Lego Minifigures!

Special Edition, collectible, and totally awesome, I am addicted to these little guys and I am not afraid to admit it. Lego Minifigures were exclusive to Japan for a time as gatchapon toys but made their debut in the states last year just in time for Christmas and series 3 is out now, which I have been all about. I'm on a fevered quest to collect series 3 in its entirety and so far I have the Fisherman, the Racecar Driver and The Baseball player. Over notables include a Zombie, a masked wrestler (both series 1), a mime (series 2) and a guy in a gorilla suit (series 3).

2011 Music!

Tuesday has become my favorite day, and that is because Tuesday is new music day! The month of January has seen a slew of great new releases and I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you:


Following the sprawling musical epic that was The Hazards of Love, The Decemberists retreated to rural Oregon to record The King is Dead, a more subdued, down-home Americana-inspired album. A fantastic, fascinating record that showcases Decemberists' Frontman Colin Meloy at the height of his song-writing powers. If there is any resemblance to R.E.M. on this record, know that it is purely intentional, as The Decemberists invited R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck to record a few tracks with them


Here's an album that I bought simply because all the media outlets told me to, and I was not led astray. Kiss Each Other Clean is by far the best Iron and Wine record I've ever heard, and everything from Sam Beam's impressive vocals and fierce biblical imagery coupled with amazing instrumentation on tracks like Rabbit Will Run tell me this album is going to be huge in 2011.


It might surprise you to know that many of the people who form The Aquabats--everyone's favorite Crime-fighting rock band!--also had a hand in creating Yo Gabba Gabba. It might become more apparent after listening to Hi-Five Soup!, the groups most kid-friendly album to date. Not that I'm complaining, because this album is more rock-tastic fun than any album with "adult" sensibilities could ever hope to be. This is pop rock music as it should be: fun, accessible, sincere and unafraid to embrace its goofy side.


I almost hesitate to include this album, since it's been available in Europe since November of last year, but it only hit stateside in January so it counts, dammit! If you've a hankering for the halcyon days of Ozzy Osbourne-helmed Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard hears your pleas and offers you Black Masses, Doom metal at its buzziest and blackest. So much pot was smoked during the recording of this record that listening to it might give you a contact high and cause you to start hallucinating bats. This is the way metal should be.

So I hope you find something you liked, because I know I did, and I know now to keep looking.   read

3:22 AM on 04.20.2010

Three Little Words: Chris Redfield Confirmed


It's real. It's so fucking real.

Special thanks:, &   read

3:00 AM on 08.06.2009

For those born on this day; we salute ye, Children of the Bomb! (and other wildly meandering gibberish paragraphs)

There is nothing more pathetically egotistical than wishing yourself a happy birthday in a public forum (or getting your name tattooed on yourself, but I won't get into that), so instead, I will wish everyone who was born on this day, August 6th, a very happy birthday. If you can, be like me and take some time to morbidly obsess over the fact that this day is also the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Now then, I have a few things I'd like to mumble incoherently about:

- If today is indeed your birthday, perhaps you can delight us by recanting tales of the fabulous treasures that have been bestowed upon you on this, The feast of your birth. For my 18th summer, and my passage into legal adulthood as recognized by the United States Government, I have received a 32 inch LCD Panasonic HDTV with 720p and iPod compatibility, courtesy of my cousin Erik (I don't know if you'll be reading this, Erik, but you have enriched my gaming experience in ways that I only dreamed of while drooling over the Best Buy catalog, and for that I thank you). I promise to post pictures of it (and the rest of my room, which has some trinkets that some of you may find interesting) soon.

- HD gaming is so fucking sexy, you guys. IT IS SO FUCKING SEXY, YOU GUYS. Where have I been these past few years? What the hell have I been missing? I can't believe how amazing this is. This is the best thing ever. I can't wait to play Brutal Legend on this fucking thing. I love this new t.v.

- If you are De bloo, please be aware that I haven't sent you your shirt yet. This is why you have yet to clothe your body in glorious garb depicting the Holy visage of Little Mac. Sorry, brah; my bee. I promise to ship it before year's wane (and should I break my vow, I'll buy you any game you want and send it too you with your shirt).

- If you haven't already, you should go check out Penny Arcade's Automata,a futuristic take on the Prohibition Era. It's a masterpiece, and I hope to see more of it in the future.

- Long time readers of my c-blog (who are as rare as they are imaginary) will know that a while ago I wrote of my intentions to get a tattoo to commemorate the Bombing of Hiroshima (you'll also note that I mentioned Hiroshima and tattoos when opening this blog. Keep in there, it's been a long road and the pay-off's coming). Many of you panned this idea, claiming that it would offend the Japanese population as the major detraction for getting such a tattoo done. This has only steeled my resolve in the matter, and I contacted a tattoo artist and told him about my idea. He did a quick sketch and now I am strongly considering going with his idea. I'd like to once again open the flood gates and gauge your opinion on this new design.

That's about it for now. I still have my new t.v. and I'm dying to see how Fight Night Round 4 looks on this puppy. Have a great day, and Have a Happy Birthday!   read

3:33 PM on 06.17.2009

Contestoid: Win this exclusive Punch-out!! t-shirt RESULTS!

Yo, dawgs.

So, summer is upon us finally! YES! And what better way to ring in the new season by announcing the winner of the "Who's Your Favorite Punch-Out!! Character" contest? I probably should have posted this way, way sooner, but you know how hectic stuff gets at the end of any school year; I was super busy, but I'm here now to announce the winner of the contest. I just want to thank you all for your patience (absolutely no one bothered me about picking a winner. Maybe you all just forgot) and that the next time I get something really cool, I'll be sure to give it away in another contest. This was actually really fun! So here's the video in which I announce the winner, and keep coming back to my c-blog for more video game oriented musings coming soon!

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8:20 PM on 05.31.2009

Contestoid: Win this exclusive Gamestop Punch-out!! t-shirt

Yesterday was Saturday, the 30th of May, as many of you may know. My local Gamestop was set to host a Punch-Out!! tourney in celebration of the release of the latest iteration of the venerable video boxing franchise. First prize was an special edition t-shirt, which you can ogle at above. I was lucky enough to be bestowed with this prized garment, but not because I had bested an entire room of fierce, wily foes in a contest of wits and strength as Little Mac had done. No, dear friends and readers. I was the only dumb bastard to show :| But my good fortune may soon become yours, dear friends! Since the shirt is unfortunately about two sizes too small for me (XL) I have decided to give the shirt away to one lucky member of my favorite hardcore gaming community, Destructoid!

So, here's what's gonna happen: I was gonna do something complicated like make it an art context (BTW, if anyone out of the kindness of their hearts wants to draw what a battle between a kung-fu shark and a laser tiger would look like, I would owe you 6 Internets) or do trivia questions, but I'll keep it simple so that everyone has a chance of winning.

All I want to know is Who is your Favorite Punch-Out!! character and Why? Is it the series' protagonist, Little Mac? or his veteran trainer, Doc Louis? Or perhaps it's the unfortunate Glass Joe? or maybe his protege, Gabby Jay? Could it be one of the series' signature characters, such as Bald Bull, Soda Popinski or King Hippo? Could it even be Kid Dynamite, Iron Mike Tyson himself? Be sure to leave your answers in the comments below before 12AM Eastern; Sunday, June 7th 2009 . There. I was originally gonna make the deadline by Wednesday but now I'm giving you an entire week. That should be more than enough time to enter. JOIN THE NINTENDO FUN CLUB TODAY, MAC!   read

11:31 AM on 05.22.2009

360 Friday Night Fights: Totally Sweet Artwork Edition

IN A WORLD... where Blehman is way to busy doing other stuff to write today's Friday Night Fights blog, ONE MAN rises to rid the night off evil and battle the tyranny of Friday Night Boredom. That ME.

Yo, dawgs. Never one to miss an opportunity to be an attention whore, I decided to write the 360 Friday Night Fights blog since Blehman stated that he'd be too busy to write it himself. Before I tell you who's hosting what, I'd like to point out the fine, fine photoshop skills of Danmartigan, who made today's banner. Ya did good, kid.

So with out further ado, Tonight's hosts are:

Zombutler and blehman
Shadowrun2@ 9:30 EST (6:30 PST, 8:30 CST)
GT's: Zombutler and blehmeng

Street Fighter IV @ 11:30 EST (8:30 PST, 10:30 CST)
Gears of War 2 @ 1:00 EST (10:00 PST, 12:00 CST)

smurfee mcgee
Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix
GT: smurfee mcgee @ 10:00 EST (7:00 PST, 9:00 CST)

KD Alpha
Street Fighter 4 @ 12:30 EST (9:30 PST, 11:30 CST)
GT: MichelleMata85

Char Aznable
Gears of War 2 @ 9:00 EST (6:00 PST, 8:00 CST)
GT: ShinigamiBV

And of course, yours truly will be hosting:

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance @ 11:00 EST (8:00 PST, 10:00 CST)
Street Fighter IV @ 12:00 EST (9:00 PST, 11:00 CST)
Battle Fantasia @ 1:00 EST (10:00 PST, 12:00 CST)
GT: RedfaceNG2

Always remember to shoot the host a message at least an hour before the festivities so you can assure yourself a spot in their party. See you there.   read

11:11 PM on 05.07.2009

Digressions on a Star Trek debate

I could open with a long ramble about, well, whatever, but that would be lame and we have a lot of ground to cover here today. Long story short; Me and my Mom got Star Trek glasses from Burger King today (Kirk and Spock, respectively), which of course necessitated a debate about how was cooler--Which anybody with half a brain knows Kirk is cooler.

Let's face facts here, people: Who pulls the most space-bitches? Kirk. Who kicks ass and then says "Fuck names, yo, I just like kicking ass"? Kirk. Who has a ginormous stick up his ass and is a total buzzkill, like, all the time? Not James T. Kirk, that's for sure. You're totally thinking of Spock, Pal. See, it's like this: Kirk and Spock are like Yin and Yang. Kirk is all about having rad space adventures and getting it on with the all the inter-galactic hunnies while Spock hangs around and is all like "That's not logical, Captain. That's not logical, Captain." And it's like, "Fuck, dude; we’re in SPACE. Isn't this awesome? Why can't you, I dunno, man; lighten up?" Now, if I were Kirk, I'd be all like "My DICK isn't logical" and then I'd beam him down to some remote planet and when he asked to be beamed back aboard I'd be all "Tachyons, dude. Sorry, bro." But the real Kirk wouldn't do something like that, which just goes to show you really need to respect the man's diplomacy and leadership skills.

Unfortunately, my mother could not be reasoned with. It was "Vulcan Death Grip" this and "Vulcan Mind-meld" that. The truth, friends, is that superpowers do not make the man. Take Superman, for example. Can you imagine a more generic, boring superhero? Other than Lame-ass Story Man, the superhero with the ability to lure villains to sleep by talking about articles he read out of Good Housekeeping, I can't think of another hero who can induce a bigger yawn from me other than Superman. He's got super-strength, ice breath, and super lameness. But what makes him so lame? Superman is a total boy scout. He may have the powers of a God, but he has the personality of a crossing-guard. He helped establish the Justice League of America, which is like a bureaucracy for super heroes, and there's nothing like cutting through red tape while you're cutting through crime. It'd be one thing if Superman kept his super-suckitude to himself, but he also tries to impose his cookie-cutter morals on other superheroes? That is weak sauce, Superman. Now, Batman, on the other hand, is like the greatest superhero alive. Not only is he a total renegade bad-ass, but he also moonlights (daylights?) as a Billionaire Playboy, so you know he knows how to live it up. There's the old saying that goes "When they were giving out superpowers, Batman was last in line." That is gross embellishment. When Batman saw the other superheroes getting in line for powers, he laughed and said "Enjoy your powers, bitches. I don't need shitty parlor tricks to be a bad motherfucker." And the other superheroes felt stupid, but they didn't get out of line because that hoped that Batman would at least still respect them if they proved that they weren't mindless lemmings.

So, to reiterate, why are Kirk and Batman so much cooler than Spock or Superman? For all the cool things Spock and Superman can do, they just aren't very cool people. You wouldn't want to grab a beer with Superman or Spock. Spock would just ramble on about how alcohol consumption was illogical because of liver damage and Superman would try to impress the ladies with his Laser eyes which would only result in the loss of four lives and the pub in which you were hanging out catching fire. On the other hand, if you stuck with Batman and Kirk, you could guarantee yourself an awesome night of intergalactic FTL travel, cruising around Gotham, and scoring with chicks. Cause seriously, you have James T. Kirk and Batman as wingmen. If you don't get laid, then I weep for you.   read

3:59 AM on 04.19.2009

Who wants to sell me a Sega Genesis?

So listen.

I would like to become video game collector, which at the current moment is sort of impossible because I can't afford to buy too many video games with my income (I'm 17, so I have no income). Despite this, I have made some pretty decent additions to my collection as of late. For starters, My cousin Eric sold me his dreamcast for $40, and for $40, I bought a PS1 and some old Sega Genesis games from my cousin John. He would have also included an actual Genesis with those games but since his old Genesis is M.I.A I was forced to settle.

I figured since I was on the internet, I could turn to my favorite hardcore gaming community and see if they'd be willing trade me a sweet old Genesis in exchange for some greenbacks. Now, I know what you must be thinking, "LOL eBay". Well, FUCK eBay. I'd like to buy from a seller that won't subject me to the hassle of PayPal (although if that's the only option I guess *sigh* I guess I understand) and from a seller that I can trust to not send me a box full of rocks or whatever. So, do I see any potential sellers? Here's what I'm asking:

-A Sega Genesis 16-bit console in decent condition (No cracks or other obvious damages). Cables and at least one (1) controller a must.

-Name your price (keep it under $70)

-I'd perfer if you included shipping and handling in your price.

-Serious offers only (so fuck off trolls)   read

10:13 PM on 04.04.2009


That's a little misleading. I don't have a tattoo. All that's certain is that I want to get one and this is the one I want to get:

I know what you're thinking. How? Because I'm fucking psychic. This is you: "Gee, Red, That looks cool but--" and then I'm like "What does it all mean? If you shut up for like ten seconds I'll tell you." Then you'd say: "WHOA! How'd you guess what I was gonna say?" and I'd say: "I just told you, fool. I'm fucking PSYCHIC."

But I digress.

August 6th, 1945 was the day the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan (The Japanese kanji represents “Hiroshima”). August 6th, 1991 was my birthday, and the 46th anniversary of the bombing.

“So...”, you say, “What made you want to get this tattoo in the first place?” it started out like this:

Not too long ago, I overheard a conversation where a guy mention that he was born on August 6th, the same day as the Hiroshima bombing. My birthday is on August 6th, too, and it never occurred to me that my birthday and the Hiroshima bombings were synonymous with the same date. I decided then and there that I wanted a tattoo to commemorate the event. After hitting up some websites, I found an artist who cooked up the awesome design that you see above. I loved it so much that I've decided to get it grafted onto my skin.

I've been asked by several people, "Why would you want commemorate such a thing?" I've thought long and hard and I still can't think of answer that would satisfy anyone who asked. In the end, that doesn't matter, anyway. I get that not everyone will understand or approve of this tattoo and that's not important anyway. What's important is that I'm happy with the artwork I'm getting, and I am. I will say this: I'm not getting this tat because I have some sick, unhealthy obsession with war or because I like it when innocents die or whatever stupid explanation people will come up with so that they can justify judging me. When the A-bomb was dropped, the course of history changed forever. Humanity lost its innocents that day, and that day is and always will be remembered as August 6th, the same day as my birthday. It's a irremovable mark that will stick with that date forever, and in a way, since I share that date, it sort of becomes a part of me and I'm just the kind of person to embrace this weird sort of thing.

The tattoo represents a number of things: A memorial for those lost in the explosion, a reminder of mankind's true destructive nature, etc. I'll be turning 18 this year so I hope to get it on my birthday, which will also mark the 64th anniversary of the bombing. Things have a way of working out like that.   read

10:27 PM on 03.28.2009

Music Reveiw: Crack The Skye

For any music group, in any genre of music; There is a constant pressure to adapt to a persistently changing landscape of musical trends and varying preference from the consumers, to innovate and grow (lest the band's sound grow stale) but still retain the key characteristics that made the band popular and prolific in the first place. Failure to comply with any of these unwritten requirements of Rock Stardom may result in an alienation of not only the core fans but of anyone who had even a passing enjoyment of the band's music.

Mastodon takes these tenants in stride. They never go out of their way to make sure that what they've got is fresh and new because it always just happens that way. The Atlanta Quartet's uncanny ability to constantly top themselves with each new album has made them into the consummate media Rock'n'Roll darlings as well as the reigning kings of today's metal scene. Crack The Skye, the band's forth major label release, looks to be another one of the band's signature: a melodic, expertly written prog masterpiece undeniably that is caked in sludge. How does Crack The Sky live up to this pedigree?

While Crack The Skye is unlike any of the other albums by the band, it is still not a complete departure from the band's signature sound. Like the other Mastodon albums, Crack The Skye represents one of the four classic elements. In this case, it pulls double-duty representing both Air/Wind element and the fifth element, starring Bruce Will--I mean, the fifth element, Aether. To fully embody these two elements, Crack The Skye completely uproots itself from the ground and releases itself from any mortal shell; becoming an intangible being of pure energy and scrubbing itself of any dirt or sludge. The album strives to become the quintessence and bond with all things.

With only seven tracks and clocking in at 50 minutes, Crack The Skye seems a bit anemic, to me at least. Crack boasts another Mastodon signature: perfect song arrangement and sequencing. While few in numbers, the seven tracks fit perfectly together and all stand on their own merit. Mastodon knows how to make albums that are mostly killer with very little filler, but Crack stands out for being almost entirely flawless. It's almost like a rock-opera in that more enjoyment can be derived when you listen to album in a single sitting, in chronological order instead of just listening to the songs separately.

Drawing upon themes of wormholes, astral projection, space & time travel and Tsarist Russia, is a trippy, colorful (but never psychedelic) trip through self-awareness and the cosmos. The use of banjos, tambourines, keyboards, and slightly untuned drums help give the album a untethered, drifting sound. The songs all last about 5 minutes with three exceptions: Divinations (3:39) which is as close to a classic Mastodon song as you'll get from Crack The Skye, and The Czar and The Last Baron: two epically long prog masterpieces both clocking in at 10:54 and 13:01 respectively.

Another way Mastodon has branded Crack The Skye as uniquely theirs is how obvious the band's fantastic synergy shines through. Ever member contributes something to each song that makes it memorable. Every song is ambitious and adds a different element to the overall arrangement. A great example of this is on the first track Oblivion, on which drummer/chief creative force Brann Dailor and bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders share vocal duties as a duet. On top of being a God-tier drummer, Dailor also showcases a haunting, other-worldly voice that really has to be heard to be believed, (when you hear him sing the lyrics "I tried to burrow a hole into the ground/breaking all the fingers and nails from my hand", the hair on the back of your neck will stand up) which when contrasted against Sanders' grainy, fierce growl, it really lets the listener know that what they are listening to is unlike anything that has ever been put out before.

And yet, where Crack The Skye succeeds the most is where it ultimately falls short. While in its quest to become one with the aether, Mastodon forgot that in this state they could not be touched by the hands of man. The album is extremely ambitious, so much so that long time fans and newcomers may be turned off by how simply grand it is in scale. It's hard to know where to start with a piece of work like this and the inability to comprehend every complexity of it can be discouraging. Crack The Skye can be beautiful in its design but can be menacing in its elaboration. This is definitely the type of album that needs multiple listens to truly grasp what a monumental effort is.

For now, Mastodon fans can expect to look forward to the next release. As stated before, the band has a talent for constantly topping itself with each release. When even beginning to imagine what a successor to Crack The Skye could be like, the mind boggles.   read

9:59 PM on 03.17.2009

Happy Saint Paddy's Day + New MF DOOM album? YEAH!

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day. Not many people know the story of St. Patrick's day, who St. Patrick is or the history of the animosity between Irish Catholics and Protestants. Heck, I know there's still a lot I don't understand about the holiday, but here in America, St. Paddy's is a day when we can all take part in the famous Irish spirit and knock back a couple brews.

I just wanted to share with you all a quick bit of music news that has absolutely rocked my world: Most of you don't know who MF DOOM is and quiet frankly, I weep for you. DOOM is the king of Indie Hip-Hop and one of the most amazing rappers in the biz today. It's been about five years since his last solo record (Not counting the live album Live from Planet X), but that's not to say that he hasn't been keeping busy. DOOM has produced a huge body of work, appearing as a guest on many albums and collaborating with other artists such as Ghostface Killah, Danger Mouse and Madlib.

This awesomely left-field news, which has come on the wake of the GTA: Chinatown Wars theme song featuring DOOM himself, is that not only is Metal Fingers dropping a new album this year, it's hitting stores NEXT WEEK. You can only imagine the hip-hopgasm I'm having right now.

I can not stress what awesome news this is. Maybe I would have known about the album earlier if I went to music news sites more often or something, but honestly, I don't care. This is akin to Capcom holding a press conference and saying "We are officially announcing Marvel vs. Capcom 3. In fact, we are announcing that we have finished production on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and that it'll be on shelves next week." The news is that rad.

Anyways, I'm off this peice. I'm kinda hoping to have the opportunity to write more Video-game related blogs soon. Money's tight, so no promises.   read

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