American Aquarium put out one of the best albums of 2012, Burn.Flicker.Die.
(I put Burn.Flicker.Die first or second in my best of 2012 list – until I move the blog archives I can’t check)
Last year they ran a great Kickstarter campaign and released Wolves. I have played these songs all year and could happily listen to Whit on pedal steel for hours and never get tired of it.
American Aquarium – Man I’m Supposed to Be
Okay, I’ll be honest. Jo Wymer is cool. Not the casual, off-hand, ‘Yeah she’s kind of cool’ but the ‘loud, pounding, screamin’ guitars, freakin’ awesome’ kind of cool.
Now that I have the extreme fangirling out of my system, (maybe) I can point out that Jo has started a gofundme for her new cd Racing Thru Red.
After you finish watching the video pop over and check the site out. Drop a few bucks if you can or help by passing the link and news along.
It’s Reset Day on Destiny and the Nightfall is Dust Palace (I know, I know) with solar burn, epic, ironclad, (sigh) brawler and airborne. Airborne is nice but brawler against ironclad is kind of worthless. Still, it is a chance to pull out your solar Long Far Gone and your sword and wreak havoc on Flayers.
The Weekly Crucible is Iron Banner Rift. Yes, I said Rift.
(Those of you who play solo might want to consider playing the Division beta this weekend instead)
Okay, this is very simple. Repeat this over and over until it burns a hole in your brain. Rift is not Clash. You get more points for picking up the Spark than for shooting the other team. Pick up the spark, carry it as far as you can run and even if they shoot you down you are positive point-wise. Add 1500 points for igniting the spark and it is easy to lose if you only play for kills . Again, this is not Clash.
Saladin will have class items and chest armor as well as the IB Scout and Fusion rifles and all of those are also possible drops.
In the non-Destiny word, Japan gets a Pikachu detective game on 3DS (dropping Feb 3, 2016) but no word on when or if it will release in the US.
I want a coffee drinking, crime detecting Pikachu of my own…
The holiday weekend threw my time sense off and I missed the weekly reset for Destiny. The Nightfall this week is Fallen S.A.B.E.R. with ‘grounded’ (because why not stand on the electrified floor) chaff, trickle and small arms. The Weekly Crucible is Zone Control (hold your captured zones or you won’t gain enough points on kills to win).
Xur is in the Vanguard Hall this week. (where Cayde and the Vanguard leaders hang out) Continuing his streak of having nothing I can use he has…nothing I can use. However, if you got your game this past Christmas and are exotic poor he has the Ram, the MK 44’s and the sealed spine (the shiny hunter arms).
Today is Kahuna’s birthday! He is Greywrath on Xbox One so if you see him in Crucible today give a him a quick wave before you blast him off the map.
Bethesda announced a Fallout 4 bugfix/patch is in beta. If you play on PC you can head to Steam and try it out. They are working a huge list of features but my most anticipated are the settler status menu and that wires will no longer require copper. I am also pleased they are adjusting Preston and the never ending Minuteman quests. He is a fun companion but gets so much hate because of the settlement quests. For a full list of fixes and features check out the Fallout 4 forums .
I spent a good sized chunk of my caps on a cool gun so MacCready and I are running missions-for-pay to try and recoup the money and pick up crafting supplies. I need to increase my water production in Sanctuary but since it isn’t on the supply line I have to carry all the components in myself.
(Word of caution – don’t give MacCready a missile launcher unless you enjoy having the world explode in your face every time he sees a radroach).
I have been looking at The Division. From the website:
A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it…
The Division will open briefly for Xbox Beta on January 28th (the 29th for PC and PS4) and run till the 31st. The beta is enormous so Ubisoft is allowing it to be downloaded 48 hours before it opens for play. You can pre-order the game for a guaranteed beta key or sign up on the Division website and hope you are chosen.
I’m going to have another cup of coffee, watch the snow fall and play a few video games. Have a safe and happy weekend.
I am so very sorry…
I didn’t write about music in 2015 (for reasons I may go into at another time) but I did listen to a lot of it. When I sat down to put together a ‘best of’ list I discovered I didn’t have the words, links and images to draw from as in years past. All I have are rambling thoughts and feelings.
So during the next couple of weeks I’ll be presenting (in no particular order) videos from what I ‘feel’ was the best music of 2015.
Jason Isbell has been writing beautiful, honest, and sometimes painful songs for years. While a small part of me is annoyed it took this long for everyone to notice him, the rest of me is thrilled he is getting recognition for his craft.
contains minor spoilers for Fallout 4
I could tell you all that the guys signed a contract with Concord Records last October and this is the first single off their soon-to-release album. I could tell you all the album, Give It Back To You is a great mix of new tracks and previously released on EP ones and includes my personal favorite, Don’t Let Me Get Lonely. I could tell you all to pop over to iTunes for a preview listen to the whole thing and even suggest you pre-order a copy afterwards from there or the band’s website.
Or I could just tell you “this is from The Record Company” and that would pretty much say it all.
Give it Back to You drops February 12, 2016.