Saturday, November 14, 2009

Country Roads....

I covered a shift today & threw together a mix of some of my favorite country, folk and americana. Give 'er a listen, it's in two parts, about an hour each...

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here's the set list:

Waylon Jennings - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

Steve Young - Lonesome Ornery and Mean

Rolling Stones - Far Away Eyes

The Kinks - Mountain Woman

Harry McClintock - Big Rock Candy Mountain

Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

Patsy Cline - I Fall to Pieces

Marty Robbins - Big Iron

Hank Williams III - Satan Is Real

Scott Biram - Blood, Sweat & Murder

Pine Box Boys - I Kept Her Heart

Old Crow Medicine Show - Silver Dagger

Carter Family - Give Me Roses While I Live

Dwight Yoakam - Fair to Midland

The Knitters - Poor Little Critter on the Road

Loretta Lynn - Portland, Oregon

Steve Earle - Guitar Town

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty - Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

John Prine & Iris Dement - In Spite of Ourselves

The Devil Makes Three - All Hail

Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo

Neko Case - Margaret vs. Pauline

Michael Hurley - Open Up

Greg Brown - Dream Cafe

Sunbear - It Doesn't Matter

Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Handle With Care

Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone

Veloura Caywood - Maximum Level Heartaches

Helio Sequence - Hallelujah

M. Ward - Helicopter

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Man Who Knew Too Much 11-13-09

Today's Show:

Mario Theme

Zelda Wind Waker - Theme

Zelda Wind Waker - Zelda's theme

Loom Soundtrack - Adapted from Tchaikoswki's Swan Lake

Kings Quest - Theme

Final Fantasy 7 - Prelude

Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori - Willow Creek (From Myth II: Soulblighter)

Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori - Great Library (From Myth II: Soulblighter)

Mark Morgan - Khans of New California (From Fallout 2)

Jeremy Soule - Harvest Dawn (from Elder Scrolls: Oblivion)

Jeremy Soule - Reign of the Septims (from Elder Scrolls: Oblivion)

Gary Schyman - Bioshock Theme

Rosemary Clooney - It's Bad For Me

Professor Layton Theme

Yoko Shimamura - Dearly Beloved (from Kingdom Hearts 2)

Shawn Lee - Theme From Bully

No One Lives Forever Theme

Baby Park Theme - From MarioKart Double Dash

The Go Team- Get it Together (from Little Big Planet)

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Theme

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

This sequel picks up shortly after Professor Layton the Curious Village, expands the scope of the game and stands as one of the best handheld games I have ever played. I should start by saying I'm not much of a handheld gamer. Fast paced games on the small screen and tenuous controls generally don't appeal to me. Professor Layton, though, is perfect for me. It's a pick up/put down short session game that remains engrossing and fun.

Playing as Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke, you are thrust in to a surreal murder mystery involving a series of quirky characters and settings. Layton oozes charm - its animation and art design are beautiful, looking gothic yet colorful - reminiscent of Tintin and The Triplets of Belleville. The characters are mysterious and plenty, and each mystery solved unravels a bevvy of new ones that would make Agatha Christie proud. And the music is a divine sort of French pastoral pastiche.

Tying all of these elements together is the core of the gameplay, a series of puzzles and brainteasers. This collection of puzzles would make a good DS title on its own, but its glossy wrapping and mysterious storyline make for a sublime experience.

The Diabolical Box is a longer game than The Curious Village, and while offering a deeper storyline, I did feel like some scenes carried out too long between puzzles or plot advancement. Obstensibly set free to walk about the landscape, the game's design is really rather linear - you have to unlock new areas only when the plot has advanced far enough. While this is nothing new to adventure games, at times it felt slightly tedious going back and forth from each end of the village. A few rewards are given for completism, though, and all in all the slower pace is acceptable.

The Diabolical Box (and Curious Village) is a must have for the DS, and is one of the few handheld games that can stand next to console or PC games in my list of favorites.

Mildly popular in the States, Layton has a big following in Japan and a film and third sequel are in the works.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

MWKTM 11/6/09

A few technical hiccups (gasp) marred this otherwise cynical and tense hour...

Here's a list of tracks for y'all.

Sondre Lerche - Let My Love Open the Door (from the Dan in Real Life soundtrack"

(From the Mighty Boosh) - Electro Boy

Day Man - (From It's Always Sunny in PA)

Naked Gun Theme

Kinks - Everybody's Gonna be happy (From High Fidelity)

(From Step Brothers) - Sweet Child of mine

John Mandel - Suicide is Painless Mash Theme

Closing Credits song from the Royal Tramp... sorry artist unknown

Sheilla Nichols - Fallen for You (From High Fidelity)

Cat Stevens - Trouble (From Harold & Maude)

Master Shake - Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary

Henry Mancini - Pink Panther Theme

When in Rome - The Promise (From Napolean Dynamite)

John C Reilly - Walk Hard (from Walk Hard)

Ras Trent -

Springtime for Hitler & Germany - from the Producers

Rock Me Sexy Jesus - From Hamlet 2

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Very Clever

A few of my favorite things...