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When Worlds “Collide,” Hunter Valentine Comes Out Kicking

The recent popularity of indie rockers Hunter Valentine is well-waranted. After two solid albums (one of which, Lessons From The Late Night, was one of the first great female-fronted rock albums of the decade) the newly-dubbed quartet managed to garner plenty of fame for their famous (or infamous) antics on the reality show The Real L Word. Now that the season is over, it’s time for fans new and old to be reminded why a band such as this needs to exist on this planet. Collide and Conquer, their third album, does just that.

Collide and Conquer combines the two strongest elements of their previous albums: the heart of Impatient Romantic and the anarchistic mindset of Lessons From The Late Night. It starts off not with a skip & a hop, but rather a spring & a pounce with “Liar Liar,” a rousing middle finger to the betrayers. Lead vocalist/guitarist Kiyomi screams “I keep my mind straight over you,” and you can bet she has a sinister plan in store for the fibbers of the world. Newcomer Somer Bingham’s keyboarding during the music break adds a more espionage feel to the song, as if the plot in question will leave a trail a blood back to them.

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Episode CL: The Real B Word

How do the Bastards celebrate their 150th show? Simple: by inviting one of their favorite badass drummers to join in on the shenanigans!

This week the B3 crew welcome their very special guest Laura Petracca of Hunter Valentine. Hear all about the goings-on with their upcoming album Collide and Conquer, as well as the shocking and not-so-shocking truths behind their participation in The Real L Word. The Bostonians then invite Laura into the Bastard circle as they all share their thoughts on the new movie The Bourne Legacy, and you won’t believe the pen name she picks.

This calls for one epic drum solo! It’s Episode 150: The Real B Word!

Episode CXLV: An Axe Goes Hand In Hand

The Bastards’ two favorite steampunk kids drop by in an all-new episode!

This week guest stars Locke Valor and Adie of the Vagabonds catch up with the B3 crew about their recent adventures around the steampunk convention circuit. The semi-historical Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is reviewed, along with the demos for Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad. Finally a discussion arises about whether or not America is currently making Japan look bad in the animation realm.

Four score and seven years ago, it was Episode 145: An Axe Goes Hand In Hand.

Toonami Returns To Cartoon Network May 26

Cartoon Network took note of the huge praise they were given for bringing back its beloved Toonami block this past April Fool’s Day. Now it’s looking like it’s here to stay.

Announced today as a part of the [adult swim] lineup, Toonami is ready to be brought back on Saturday May 26. While it’s not clear if old staples like Tenchi Muyo! or Dragonball Z will be part of the redux, it should be guessed that the anime that is currently airing on [adult swim] (i.e. Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist) will be featured in it.

Be sure to keep an eye on the official Toonami page for the latest news regarding its upcoming return.

"Adventure Time" Heading To DS

Our favorite cartoon starring Jake the dog and Finn the human is heading to Nintendo’s handheld!

Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward announced today via his Twitter that his beloved Cartoon Network show will be heading to the Nintendo DS in its first foray into video games. The title will be developed by WayForward Technologies, whose past video games include the critically-acclaimed A Boy and His Blob and Centipede: Infestation.

Little is known currently on what sort of Adventures Jake & Finn will be partaking in, but my fingers are crossed that something involving swords, princesses, and 8-bit autotuned beats will be in the mix.

New Trailers Released for "Game Of Thrones" RPG

Atlus has just released not one, but two new trailers for the upcoming video game adaptation of Game of Thrones. Check out both “The Wall” and “Winter” trailers below.

The Wall Teaser:

Winter Trailer:

The worlds are looking good, but I’m hoping that the human characters are given a bit of a makeover. After seeing what’s been accomplished in Skyrim, Game of Thrones will have to up the ante if they wish to please both fans of RPG titles and those that are into the books & movies. With George R.R. Martin collaborating on the game’s story, though, we could be in for a title that pleases both sides.

Game of Thrones is due in early 2012 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The Vagabonds Present: "The Scheme Before Christmas"

Our friends The Vagabonds present a special version of the Clement Moore classic. Enjoy!

How Secure Is Your "Homeland"?

It’s been a wild ride in the first season of the Golden Globe-nominated Homeland. (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!)

If you watched the video above it gives you an idea of the series. A Marine (played by Damian Lewis) is captured while over in Iraq, then sold to the Al Qaeda and held for eight long years. This reminded me of an actual incident that happened with an American Muslim that went and fought along side Al Qaeda, but with a twist. Somehow the Marine, named Sgt. Nicholas Brody, was not killed in the interrogation, but holds the scars from it. Because of this he was brought under the wing of the head terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negaban). He doesn’t torture Brody, but rather has him teach his son how to speak English and learn other American-based things. However something goes really wrong when an American UAV drone drops a missile right on the compound, killing the son of Abu Nazir.

Sgt. Brody after being found in a compound. I know how it feels to wake up looking like that.

We then get introduced to the second main character Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a C.I.A. operative that was in the field who was talking with an Al Qaeda member on death row. The prisoner finally broke down at the last moment, and told her that an American soldier had been turned, and would be a part of another big attack on America. When the show starts off Carrie seems to be a plain girl that works as a great spy, but as you go along you start finding that there is something wrong. It’s not really until the last three episodes of the season when viewers find out what is really wrong with her.

The next character that has a major part in the story is Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), who is above Carrie in the C.I.A. She is usually the go-thru guy to the head member of the C.I.A. David Estes (David Harewood), while the director of the C.I.A. deals with the Vice-President William Walden (Jamey Sheridan). As you can see this is the chain of command, but it also is a crucial part that deals with America trying to fend off another attack. Saul is a great character, as his personality in the matter went from the person you want to work next to, then to the big giant asshole, and finally the guy who cares about you. Finding out that his wife is of Indian descent deals with the worst aspect of being part of the C.I.A. He can’t always be with her, and you can see the frustration that he has to deal with both that aspect and the concept of saving the world. Believe me: with this character you will have a love/hate feeling towards him, with your feelings veering more towards love.


From left to right: Saul, David, and VP Walden

As the story unravels you’ll find that some of the main characters hide one of the main reasons behind threat in the first place. It always seems when something serious happens someone has their finger on the big read button from the other side of the world. If you can’t read between the lines, then your going to have to watch the show to figure out what the big deal is.

Homeland has done a great job catching my attention, and I hope it wins some of those Golden Globe nominations they have obtained. I also have to give it to Showtime for creating another great series, especially seeing they made Sleeper Cell, another favorite of mine that should’ve been brought back for another season. I can see this show going for at least three seasons if it’s written right. They will need to keep the twists and turns coming, but at a not-so-predictable pace. Within the first 4 episodes I saw where they were going with the series, but they did lead me to believe that they were just going to end the show with one season (which would’ve been a big downfall). All in all Homeland is a damn good show, so if you got access to Showtime and its onDemand service you’ll be able to watch the whole series. For those who don’t have access to Showtime I suggest to waiting for it on DVD, and just watch it captivate you little by little.

Rating: 9.6 out of 10
Show: Homeland
Production: Showtime
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FiOS Hits The Xbox!

I can’t believe it! I’m able to watch live streaming TV right on my Xbox 360!

With Microsoft putting in their new upgrades for the main menu, they have turned the Xbox setup into something that resembles our Droid phones or Apple iPads. I didn’t think it would be possible to put apps on the Xbox, but they have accomplished this. The new setup is pretty great, as you don’t have to keep flipping through everything like you did previously. They have definitely made this a bit more user friendly, especially for Kinect users. I believe that this is what Microsoft originally wanted for Kinect, where you literally walk in, tell your Xbox “Turn on, bitch!” and give me my movies and cable TV; but when I’m bored with that it gives me my damn games. Now the true potential of the FiOS is that besides watching TV shows they will probably be able to do the set up of watching the onDemand programming.

TV Channels for FiOS:

  • CNN HD and CNN Headline News
  • DIY TV
  • MTV HD, MTV2 and VH1 HD
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • The Hallmark Channel
  • Nick HD, TV Land  and Nick Jr.
  • Cartoon Network and Boomerang
  • TNT HD and TBS HD
  • SPIKE HD
  • ESPN HD
  • Food Network HD
  • Home & Garden TV HD,
  • Travel Channel HD
  • TruTV HD
  • Comedy Central HD
  • BET HD
  • HBO HD, HBO2 HD and MAX HD.

Next to the FiOS app they have many more coming in such as UFC, MLB TV, and much more. I’m not sure when they’re supposed to be going up, but I’m looking forward to it. Just make sure that you don’t have a lower-end Xbox with the low memory built in; otherwise they will probably stop you from downloading a lot of these apps. So for all those with an Xbox and FiOS: Enjoy!

PROS:

  • Synchs with FiOS without entering some special code
  • Good selection of channels, some in HD

CONS:

  • Not a cable box substitution
  • Doesn’t get all the basic channels or all the movie channels you pay for
  • Noticed skipping, unintentional reversing of shows
  • Lacks pause/rewind/forward controls

By the way: If you’re wondering about the Comcast app, King Baby Duck will be able to follow up with that. (He has that for his cable provider.) Also I don’t trust Comcast much.

P.S.: A scary thought is if they ever think of making a Chat Roulette app with the Kinect. Let’s just say that would not be a good thing.

Panda’s Latest Video Goodness

It’s been about a month and another one has FINALLY BEEN RELEASED.

In this video I talk about the two currently running TV series Once Upon A Time and Grimm. Both shows are on different networks and each has its weaknesses and strengths. However I look at their origins, and have some thoughts about them.

So grab your beverage of choice and enjoy.