It’s time to revamp the ratings!
Greetings adventurers! This episode, after covering the week in geek news, we discuss the ESRB and PEGI and how they need to evolve. PLUS we debut an all new segment! Join us for an all-new episode.
For the uninitiated, Good Co consists of a substantial number of musicians performing electro-swing. If the term “electro-swing” isn’t sufficiently self-explanatory, our run-down for the last record should bring you up to snuff. Genre labels are functional in both directions; bands and artists can manifest their craft with more clarity of vision and audiences can connect to creative works which check all the right boxes (for them). Good Co still firmly operates within the electro-swing genre, but inhabit it more naturally while remaining free to even dabble in a bit of soul and samba. “Holding On” sways right into some some spooky, lounge music territory. Arpeggiated synths sweep up and down the track and combine with some excellent trombone work—an interesting detour from the more typical, jittery types of dance songs.
The modern touches mesh progressively better with each track. “Set Me Free” springs straight out of the 30’s. The modern mastering and thumping bass are its only giveaway. Crisp production serves to sufficiently ground the record as a modern work without alienating its more antique flourishes. The more subtle the electronic influence, the more malleable and easily interpreted the track. That said, I expect to spot a few remixes from this record.
Having lauded Good Co’s ability to thread the needle of old and new, it must be said how treacherous the path can become. Good Co operate in a weird space. No, I don’t mean Seattle (though similarities can be drawn). To be clear, Good Co is, quite simply, a good band. That’s more important than any genre labels with which they might associate. For all its usefulness, the Electro Swing genre seems to be a polarizing element. Anything that offers an easy shortcut to judgement of a work without ever actually interacting with the work in question is a persistent danger. Case in point, this asshole. I mean, damn. What did fun, dance-y, horn driven music ever do to that fella? Nothing that warrants that many words in protest of people trying to have a good time. Legendary curmudgeon Patton Oswalt got over himself as regards to detesting music that doesn’t suit his tastes. Let any bloggers with an axe to grind follow his example.
The only frustrations I suffer are inconsistent vocals and lyrics. Otherwise stellar instrumentation gets dragged down by lifeless or stilted vocal performances. It’s frustrating to really dig into a fantastic sax solo only to be brought up short by a clunky vocal melody or awkward verse. Those issues aside, there’s a lot to enjoy. Listen to “Ride With Me” on a roadtrip and try to tell me a good time won’t be had for the duration. Those shuffling beats and muted horns insist on joy. “Breaking Out” toys with gospel conceits so playfully I can’t help but smile.
…Damn, now I want a Highball.
You can find out more about Good Co by visiting their website. They can also be found on Facebook and Soundcloud.
When Cory isn’t being tied to a chair and forced to write reviews for our site, he can be found all around Houston playing music for one of the several bands he is in, like Golden City Music. You can also stalk him on Twitter, here. Look forward to more reviews from him in the future.
Kings, Batmen and more on an all new…THE SURLY NERD!
Happy 28th Hellraiser!
Greetings adventurers, and welcome to this weeks installment of The Surly Nerd! After a Hannibal filled prelude, we head into comics where we talk all about Batman day. We also talk about IDW’s plans for Archie’s anniversary, what’s new in the world of Gwenpool, and close out level one with a big ‘ol discussion about if Marvel’s plan for Secret Wars can actually work.
In game industry news, Square Enix has some big plans for Kingdom Hearts, the 360’s indy program is getting ready to pass on, we chat about how close the Xbox One is to a windows machine and Tony tells us a story about how Destiny broke friends apart (Thanks Activision). The curtains fall on level two with a discussion about “unfinished games” and what Square Enix plans to do about it.
Over in the world of entertainment we, and the world honors the man and the legend…Stephen King. From there we dive into the Cabin Fever remake and how Eli Roth is involved. James gets excited for the revival of Black Mirror, we celebrate Hellraiser and talk Robocop 2. Entertainment news comes to an end this week as we get into how Hollywood can fuck up a potentially good movie.
Our epilogue this week is all about Star Wars and if the hype is truly real. As always, we appreciate all our adventurers who listen to the show every week and we look forward to your feedback on what we discuss! (firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Grab a drink and settle on in for this weeks action packed episode of…The Surly Nerd
Episode 146: Fantastic Flop
In Comic Industry News – Gwenpool, IDW, Batman, Secret Wars
In Game Industry News – Kingdom Hearts, 360’s indy’s, Xbox One, Destiny, Square Enix
In Entertainment News – Stephen King, Cabin Fever, Black Mirror, Hellraiser, Robocop 2, IT
Epilogue – Star Wars
The legend himself, Stephen King
Read about the things we love to talk about!
All about Episode 7: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Force_Awakens
Learn about Stephen King: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King
I think the title speaks for itself, but this week J comes back and like Godzilla of yore – wrecks shop in all the best ways, all over our show.
In Comic Industry news (22:00) – Sandman gets delayed, Tank Girl comes back and Batman turns 75.
In Game Industry News (56:00)- Square Enix goes back to basics, Ubisoft wants your money yearly, more Valve goes to Oculus, Nintendo wants Unity on 3DS, and the Ouya gets rid of free to play.
In Entertainment News (1:50:00)- Old man Avengers, Chris Evans ready to quit, free movie tickets for all, 4DX, more Harry Potter films, and Prometheus 2 moves forward.
This week in Comic Industry News (16:30) – The future of Axe-cop, ALL the Spider-men and a Comic-con Harley Quinn one-shot.
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In Entertainment News (1:07:00) – More animated LOTR, who is taking over Ghostbusters 3, POWERS comes to Playstation, Scarlett wants more Widow, Tiger Lily gets white-washed, Scarface gets made again, and Boondocks gets a final season.