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Hello Everything: Limited Edition
Hello Everything: Limited Edition

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful but not much else!, 14 Oct. 2006
So, how do you follow 'Ultravisitor', one of the most incredible mind humps in the history of the recorded sound? If you're Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, you do what Autechre did after the point of no return 'Confield' and move backwards. After going to the absolute edge I suppose it's all you can do, and at least unlike Autechre Tom remembered the melodies to give us something, because one problem with going to the edge and then retreating is that all there really is left to do is fart about a bit in the studio.

That's exactly what Tom does on 'Hello Everything', and most of the album feels like a man on auto cruise, messing about, but too comfortable at what he does to do anything that's actually interesting. Not that the album's a bad one, the title and artwork are very suggestive of what it sounds like, melodic and cheerful, for the most part anyway, and there are some killer tunes within, such as download single 'Welcome to Europe', 'Planetarium' and 'The Modern Bass Guitar', which is probably the closest that Tom comes to the 'Feed Me Weird Things' mix of fun and noise that 'Hello Everything' strives to be. The problem lies in just about every other track, the first three are all inseperable from each other, meaning that they wash over you and unless you check the cd player you'll probably not know what one you're on. Then there are the non-melodic duo of 'Orient Orange', ten and a half minutes of not much at all that closes the album leaving a bad last impression, and 'Vacuum Garden', which may be even more pointless, consisting of a whine that merely annoys over its six plus minutes.

At this point I should note that the bonus cd ain't worth a bean, as it appears to be previous attempts at 'Vacuum Garden' were rejected, not a patch on the awesome bonus cd that came with 'Ultravisitor'. It plays a bit like an abstract ambient ep, and anyone who's heard 'Selection Sixteen' will tell you, Squarepusher and ambient don't mix.

So what to make of 'Hello Everyting' then? Frustrating would probably be the word I'd used. This could have been another 'Feed Me Weird Things' or 'Hard Normal Daddy', noisy fun that's inspirational as well. Instead it's a missed opportunity, nothing on it is new or innovative, and beyond some catchy tunes there really isn't alot to recommend here for hardcore Squarepusher fans. Hell two of the better tracks from the sessions, 'Hanningfield Window' and 'Exciton', were left off the album, only being available to download or on a limited edition vinyl available from Warp, further highlighting how much Jenkinson missed the point with this one.

Newbies to Squarepusher may enjoy this, it's by far and away his easiest album to listen to, but it doesn't serve as a good introduction to him as everything else is way heavier. To a Squarepusher fan, besides some good tunes that save it, it's merely okay. Maybe there was an excellent mini-album here, but as a full length experience it just doesn't cut it.

What Comes After The Blues
What Comes After The Blues
Price: £15.18

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody, Country Noir, 19 Aug. 2005
The Magnolia Electric Company is essentially Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia fame but with a superb band around him. The clue to this fact is that the final Songs: Ohia record shares its name with the band. If you've heard Songs: Ohia before then you know to expect a moody, dark record with excellent sonwriting craft from Molina. The band fill out his sound more and make him more accessable but this is a good thing as this album is great, sucking you into its world from the opening chords of "The Dark Don't Hide It" to the closing of "I Can Not Have Seen The Light." If you are a Molina fan then this is essential. If you have never heard him then this is a great place to start. Recommended to fans of Willard Grant Conspirecy, Richmond Fontaine, My Morning Jacket etc.

Night on Earth
Night on Earth

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rare Tom Waits Soundtrack, 12 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Night on Earth (Audio CD)
This album's pretty tough to get a hold of and if you are a diehard Tom Waits fan then it probably annoys you that this is the case. It was released on Island, home to Waits for many years, and the Jim Jarmusch film is very highly thought of, so why hasn't this been treated to a reissue? I'm not claiming it should be given the treatment that was bestowed on the 'One from the Heart' soundtrack, as it is one of the finest ever made, but surely making some more copies available would stop fans having to pay ridiculous money for an album that they want.
So, if you are a Waits fan who doesn't have this, what are you missing out on. Basically an instrumental films score with three numbers that include Waits singing. That'a really it. That's not to say it's not a good album, Waits has a very canny ear for a tune and some of the compositions here are fantastic, but in all honesty it is not an essential purchase, more a curio such as the 'Early Years' albums, an insight into what the man does, but certainly not a defining moment in his career.
So it's really one for the diehards and the completists. You shouldn't really pay over £20 for this. If you enjoy Waits music, and I mean that in the sense of the music that accompanies his lyrics and vocals, then there will be alot here to enjoy. It mainly sounds like his earlier bluesy efforts as opposed to the noisey 'Bone Machine' and avant-garde 'Black Rider', recorded about the same time, so one for fans of early Waits as well.

The Legend of Zelda - Nes Classics (GBA)
The Legend of Zelda - Nes Classics (GBA)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began, 22 Jun. 2005
It spawned the greatest games series ever and is, justifiably, a classic. It is also majorly important because of it's ability to save on cart, a first, and for the many games that were influenced by it. None of this is disputable, but that doesn't mean to say that this is an altogether satisfying experience.
At the time this came out it was revolutionary and a unique gaming experience, but if you are coming back to it it probably is best served as a nostalgia piece. If you have played other Zeldas from A Link to the Past onwards then this may prove to be a bit of a shock to you, and if you are new to the entire Zelda series then, ironically enough, this probably isn't the one to start with.
So what's the problem with the game? There isn't really one at all it's really more an age thing. The Zelda series has become very sophisticated in the gaming experience provided, with great storylines, fantastic characters and lots of humour and charm, even in titles as frivillous as The Minish Cap. This game has none of this. There is no real plot or interaction with anyone, and the game basically involves you wandering about a sparse Hylian landscape bereft of towns looking for the dungeons. This will obviously come as a disapointment to fans of later titles. The game is also very tough, and today's gamers may not like the fact that opposed to the guiding hands and detailed maps that take them through modern games The Legend of Zelda literally dumps you in the middle of nowhere with nothing and provides a map that is nothing more than a black rectangle with a small dot showing whereabouts in this rectangle you are. There are no hints, and some of the dungeon entrances are rediculously difficult to find. The dungeons may be a saving grace as they feature the usual push block, bomb wall, kill all enemies style puzzles that have featured through out the series. Fans of any of the top down view Zeldas may also find comfort in the faultless execution of this technique as well.
That is not to say this is a bad game. It still is Zelda and it does feel like it albeit in a limited sort of way and the toughness is quite refreshing, especially compared to Minish Cap or Wind Waker. And don't let the basic graphics and sound put you off, remember this is from the 80's and has been presented with it's original NES graphics and sound.
So a classic, yes. Hugely important, yes. Fun, not quite as much as you would hope for or remember.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Players' Choice (GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Players' Choice (GameCube)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The search for the Triforce stops it from getting 5 stars, 22 Jun. 2005
This is a sublime addition to the Zelda series but there are flaws to be dealt with first. The aforementioned triforce hunt really feels like padding as the game's pretty short, by Zelda standards anyway, so right at the end you have to sail around a vast sea, something you have already done a lot of so it's getting a bit tedious, to unearth, first, eight sea charts then enough rupees to have that git Tingle, another reason for the 4 stars, read them then sail away again to find eight shards of triforce piece. Very annoying.
Now on to the positives.
It is a truelly awe inspiring game with a beautifully played plot, that does make sense if you are paying attention. The first time you sail out to sea really is overwhelming as the thing's so big. The gameplay's the same as Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, so no real flaws these and the graphics and sound are phenominal, personally I don't mind the cell-shading as it makes the game look like a 3d version of titles such as A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, as opposed to OOT and MM looking like 3d versions of the original two NES games. That said, the graphics of Twilight Princess do look great, if you haven't seen pictures of the new Zelda it looks like Ocarina of Time after a severe Gamecube assisted makeover.
So, yes, it is flawed and it's short, but overall you won't find many more involving and, crucially, better gaming experiences than The Wind Waker.

Year at the Movies Pb
Year at the Movies Pb
by Kevin Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.85

5.0 out of 5 stars My bum hurts!, 4 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Year at the Movies Pb (Paperback)
Kevin Murphy loves film. After reading this wonderful book you will come to realise this but after ten years watching the worst of the worst that film has to offer for TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the cheese that Hollywood churns out continuously, he's pretty jaded about the magic of movies and the cinema going experience. To Murphy the Multiplex has left the whole venture stale, not to mention the fact that the movies being shown are pretty poor as well.
Murphy's mission is to spend every day of one whole year at the cinema or watching a film in public, say a park, a plane or on his own projector. As part of this venture Murphy travelled the world to experience the cinema of far flung lands, test movie buffets, go a full week only eating cinema food, 'Super Size Me ain't that original, a week only sittin in the front row, a week watching the same date movie with different dates, a week working in a cinema, sneaking into Cannes, and meeting a skinny, naked guy claiming to be the real Santa in Iceland.
There's so much more, as well as a heapload of bad movies, although Murphy does see some gems, and his writing is impassioned when it comes to the subject of film. Numerous chapters are dedicated to different aspects of film and the world that surrounds it, and Murphy could make a believer in the magic of cinema out of even the coldest heart. If you love film buy this book, it just may reignite your belief in the cinema going experience. It did for me.
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Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
by Michael J. Nelson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roadhouse is STILL the best American movie EVER!, 4 Sept. 2004
Mike Nelson seems to like suffering. Not content with watching thousands of the worst movies ever made for TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000, he has now decided to submit his retinas to the worst Hollywood has to offer. No bad movie or bad movie actor is sacred, apart from 'Roadhouse' obviously, it being, as Nelson says, the greatest American movie ever made!
Nelson turns his acidic wit to such great cinematic heights as 'Twister,' 'The Saint' and 'Stepmom' but he also attacks bad TV like 'Baywatch' and the best of the worst movie actors such as the Wayans and controversially Brando, though Brando makes a great argument that he could be included on both the best and worst actor lists.
This is a hugely entertaining book for anyone who has seen bad movies, pretty much everyone, and Nelson could just be the man to lead us against the Hollywood cheese factory. Heed his rallying call people, save your brains!

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essentials [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essentials [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Rhino!, 4 Sept. 2004
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Oh praise be to Rhino home video. Not only do we get this tasty little treat for all Misties but Volume 6 of the MST3K Collections is round the corner as well! The only shame with this collection is that one of the episodes is already available.
This collection features the two highest rated episodes in a poll of Misties on the MST3K website; 'Santa Clause Conquers the Martians' and the legendary 'Manos: Hands of Fate.'
As I said shamefully 'Manos' is already available, and this disc is identicle to that one featuring the 'Poopie!' blooper reel, but not to fret if you already own it because the set is priced at that of one of the individual discs so it's not too expensive to own the wonderful 'Santa Clause!' If you don't own 'Manos' then get this straight away! Two of the best episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the hilarious blooper reel and some lovely shiny packaging! You can't ask for more than that!
Thank you Rhino!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mystery Science Theater 3000 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £94.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Information, 11 Aug. 2004
To those looking to own this film, unless Universal give in to the cult of MST3K and re-release it or ITV show it for a fourth time in two years the only way is to get it on video from a marketplace seller on the American Amazon, usually goes for about $10. Obviously you'll need an NSTC compatible video machine. That or you can pay $190 for a DVD copy, it really is that rare!

Wwe: Bad Blood 04 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Wwe: Bad Blood 04 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £6.30

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To hell and back!, 11 Aug. 2004
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bad Blood 2004 is brought to us by Raw and like Backlash 2004 is a pretty solid PPV. Here are the matches:
World Tag Team Championship Match
La Resistence vs. Chris Benoit & Edge (3/5)
Decent enough but Benoit's clearly saving himself for later. Listen for the terrible rendition of the Canadien national anthem from La Resistence that leads to a chorus of USA, only for the crowd to then go wild for two canadiens in Benoit and Edge. Americans can be so dumb!
Chris Jericho vs. Tyson Tomko (3/5)
Another decent match, technique vs. brawn, Tomko could be one to watch.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Shelton Benjamin (4/5)
Watch out for Orton's pre-match interview that leads him to having to fight earlier than scheduled. Two great, young athletes provide a good match. Possible future greats.
Fatal Four-Way for the Women's Championship
Victoria vs. Gail Kim vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus (2/5)
Apart from them being aesthetically more pleasing than two sweaty men going at it, is there anyone who genuinelly enjoys women's matches? The usual fare with Trish going for her fifth title.
Eugene vs. Jonathan Coachman (4/5)
Bloody funny stuff and Eugene proves that his time with the Rock has rubbed off on him!
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Kane (5/5)
Great match, another example of technique vs. brawn but featuring two better examples of those skills.
Hell in a Cell Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (5/5)
47 minutes long, bloody as hell and something for those missing TLC matches. Two fantastic athletes giving all they've got!
Bad Blood is well worth it, especially if you like RAW PPVs. Roll on Vengeance!

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