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Things I’m looking forward to in 2011

2010 is nearly wrapped up – Christmas is over, the turkey is digested and we uploaded our year end podcast – so all that’s left to think about is the drunken state on New Years Eve and the migraine hell on New Years Day. Oh, and the rest of 2011. That’ll be big too. I just figured I’d run down some of the things I’m hyped for in the coming year.

Games – Where to begin? While there isn’t much in the way of new IPs (other than Bulletstorm and LA Noire), established franchises are getting a huge surplus of games in 2011. Total War: Shogun 2, Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Gears of War 3, to name but a handful. Next year is indeed going to be very busy.

Books – While I don’t really get “hyped” for books and their release dates that much anymore (I prefer to just go to the bookstore and browse), I’ll say that the third book in Chuck Hogan/Guillermo Del Toro’s Strain trilogy has me considerably excited. After the downer ending (spoilers! sometimes middle chapters of trilogies have downer endings, folks) of the second book, I’m really interested to see where they go with the story. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend checking out the first book The Strain – Hogan and Del Toro have taken this waning vampire trend and steered it towards surprising and genuinely scary waters.

Music – Just like games, so much is happening in music this coming year. Firstly, the expected but mysterious new Radiohead album, which has to be coming out in 2011 (it just has to!). I am really, really, really looking forward to it. In fact, I am going through their entire catalogue while writing this article.
As for confirmed albums, The Decemberists (The King is Dead), The Strokes (TBA), Fleet Foxes (TBA), Dr. Dre (Detox, it’s coming out, I promise!), R.E.M. (Collapse Into Now), and M83 (TBA) round out what I’m looking forward to next year.

Movies – Unlike the rest of my categories, movies is kind of sparse. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been exposed to too much 2011 marketing. The only thing I can think of that’s not standard popcorn fare is The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s sprawling opus about the human condition finally comes out next year. Other than that, we’ve got The Deathly Hallows, Pt 2, that third Transformers movie which will be two hours of utter nonsense but I’ll still be endlessly entertained, and a huge bevy of superhero movies I probably won’t see – The Green Lantern, The Green Hornet, Thor (which seriously looks like some atrocious shit), Captain America, et al. Maybe as we progress further through the year some better looking movies will pop up. There are still a few apparently good ones from 2010 I haven’t seen, Black Swan, True Grit and 127 Hours, to name but a few.

 

It should be a pretty fun year for entertainment at least.

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Hey, so we recorded a new episode of the Bodycast

Josh and I got together with Jordan and Steven, two friends of mine to record a super long episode of the Bodycast this week. Clocking in at almost 2 hours, we’re covering our favorite crap of the year, specifically movies and games (and some music and TV). Click on Bodycast at the top of the page for the appropriate links (it’s episode 6!). And remember to try and win our guess that track contest, and win a chance at some random games from the Steam store! Get busy listening…

Music Recommendation: “Picaresque” by The Decemberists

Picaresque by The Decemberists

It might seem odd that I’m recommending an album that came out in 2005, but I am for a couple of reasons.

1) Not many people listen to The Decemberists, and I want to create Decemberists-awareness, as it were.
2) Despite being a Decemberists fan since the release of The Crane Wife in 2006, I hadn’t listened to what I now consider their best work, Picaresque.

Picaresque really hammers the Decemberists Portland origins with the nautical themes and lovelorn ballads. Songs like “The Engine Driver” and “From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)” tell some sad sagas, whereas “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” sets the pattern of epic storytelling that the band would continue in The Crane Wife. “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” is an 8 minute riveting story of revenge and murder, beginning and ending in the belly of a whale (how many songs can boast that?).

Check it out and give it a listen!