Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Favorite Video Games of 2013 (video)

#videogames #bestof2013 #favorites #rockfile
I have always been a gamer, since the earliest computers and consoles.  I currently game on PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox 360, PSP, Gamecube, Dreamcast and iPhone 5s. This year, I bought fewer games but played longer. These are the games that kept my attention the longest and impressed me the most.

The Last Of Us - The PS3 exclusive sets a new level for dramatic storytelling and addictive game play. One of several games that made you "feel" as you played. 

Bioshock Infinite - Another game whose plot was as interesting as it's game play. I played the PC version and am looking forward to playing again when the game is added to the Playstation Plus list of free games soon!

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - I have sunk more hours into this game on PS4 than almost any other this year and I am 84% done with everything at the time of this posting. The freedom of it's open world and the incredible locations keep me coming back to find every secret and accomplish every mission.

Grand Theft Auto V - A stellar achievement and the best GTA game yet. But, in the end, playing a pirate topped playing a thug for me this year.  I still have a lot to finish and at some point, I will. Loved how the iFruit app worked with the game!

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch - This PS3 exclusive was the best role playing game of the year, beautiful and addictive. Easily my second most played game of the year. We need some JRPGs on PS4, please!

XCOM: Enemy Within - An add-on that makes a great strategy game nearly perfect.

Tomb Raider - The best Lara Croft game since the first, I am looking forward to playing it again when the Definitive Versions come out for PS4 and XBOX One next month!

Metro: Last Light - One of the best shooters of the year, it surpasses it's predecessor in all areas.

Killzone: Shadow Fall - The first truly next gen shooter would probably be ranked higher if my playing it had not been sidetracked by AC4!

Battlefield 4 - As modern shooters go, it's not bad. The campaign is too short and I haven't tried the multi-player. But it looks and plays great on PS4!

Civilzation V: Brave New World - Like XCOM, Civ 5 got an add-on that changes the whole game for the better.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Birthday MAURICE WHITE (video)

#mauricewhite #earthwindandfire #ewaf #rockfile 
 Maurice White (born December 19, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire and the older brother of current and former Earth, Wind & Fire members Verdine White and Fred White respectively. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and he was co-lead singer (along with Phillip Bailey). White has won seven Grammys, and he has been nominated for Grammys 21 times in total.
White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and he was individually inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also known by his nickname Reese, he has worked with several famous recording artists such as Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.
White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the late 1980s, which led him to stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retains executive control of the band, and he remains active in the music business.

source: wikipedia


Monday, December 16, 2013

ASSASSIN'S CREED IV BLACK FLAG Freedom Cry DLC Trailer (video)

#ac4bf #ac4 #ps4 #xboxone #ps3 #x360 #rockfile
Already one of my most played games of 2013 and I've only had it a month, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is getting new content tomorrow! Addicted to it, I am not finished with the game yet but this looks worthy of a purchase!

 Source: Ubisoft


22 JUMP STREET Official Trailer (video)

 #22jumpstreet #rockfile
As someone who only saw a few episodes of the original TV show 21 Jump Street, I don't know why I even watched the 2012 film but it turned out to be one of the funniest movies of the year.  Hopefully, lightning will strike twice.

source: Total Film 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

TOMB RAIDER Definitive Edition (video)

#tombraider #laracroft #rockfile
One of my favorite games of 2013 has been rebuilt for Next Gen consoles (PS4 & Xbox One) and looks great! Looking forward to playing through this again and seeing what's new!

The Definitive Edition of the critically acclaimed action-adventure has been rebuilt for next-gen consoles, featuring an obsessively detailed Lara and a stunningly lifelike world. Endure high-octane combat, customize weapons and gear, and overcome grueling environments to survive Lara's first adventure.

More content on http://www.TombRaider.com

source: Tomb Raider


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

EDGE OF TOMORROW Official Trailer (video)

#edgeoftomorrow #groundhogday #sourcecode #rockfile
Groundhog Day meets Source Code with a side of Gears Of War. Good director and cast, could be interesting!

Edge of Tomorrow is set in the distant future during war between a race of aliens called Mimics and the human race. A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. Tom Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an untrained and ill-equipped officer who is dropped "into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission," but gets stuck in a time loop on the same mission. Doug Liman (Go, Bourne Identity, Jumper) is directing. Warner Bros will release Edge of Tomorrow, formerly All You Need is Kill, in theaters everywhere June 6, 2014.


source: JoBlo.com


Thursday, December 5, 2013

THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Official Trailer (video)

#spiderman #marvel #rockfile
Looks like the Spiderman reboot gets a major upgrade for chapter two! Check out the first trailer, the movie is coming May 2014.

source: Sony Pictures


Monday, December 2, 2013

MUSE Live at Rome Olympic Stadium tomorrow (video)

#muse #bluray #rockfile
Muse are set to release on Blu-ray and CD/DVD Live at Rome Olympic Stadium. Shot in Ultra-High Definition (4K) during the band's stop at the Eternal City in July earlier this year, the show will be distributed on Blu-ray by Warner Brothers. Street date is December 3rd.

On November 5th, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium was screened theatrically in twenty cities around the world in 4K. Following the official announcement the band said:
"We're really excited to be able to release Live at Rome Olympic Stadium as the first ever Ultra-High Definition concert film. It captures an extraordinary amount of detail and not just everything we're doing – the fans, even those at the back, the set, the actors and the incredible atmosphere on a very special night in Rome. We can promise our fans, whether they managed to come to the live shows or not, an entirely new Muse concert experience."

1. Intro
2. Supremacy
3. Panic Station
4. Plug In Baby
5. Resistance
6. Animals
7. Knights of Cydonia
8. Explorers
9. Hysteria
10. Feeling Good
11. Follow Me
12. Madness
13. Time Is Running Out
14. Guiding Light
15. Undisclosed Desires
16. Supermassive Black Hole
17. Survival
18. The 2nd law: Isolated System
19. Uprising
20. Starlight

CD Traklisting:

1. Supremacy
2. Panic Station
3. Resistance
4. Hysteria
5. Animals
6. Knights
7. Explorers
8. Follow Me
9. Madness
10. Guiding Light
11. Super Massive Black Hole
12. Uprising
13. Starlight

source: Blu-Ray.com


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MUPPETS MOST WANTED Official Trailer (video)

 #muppets #muppetmostwanted #rockfile
I really enjoyed the 2011 Muppets reboot, it is one of my favorite movies of that year. It did a lot to re-capture the magic the Muppets originally had. And the sequel (coming in March 2014) looks great! Here is the first trailer:


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BRUCE SOORD with JONAS RENKSE - Radio Star (Live) (audio)

#wisdomofcrowds #brucesoord #jonasrenkse #rockfile
The leaders of two of my favorite bands, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) and Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), released an album together earlier this year and it is definitely in my personal Top 10 for the year. Now, they have released this audio from their debut live gig July 2013, as they get ready for a European tour in December.

For more info visit the album mini-site at: http://www.kscopemusic.com/wisdomofcr...
Order the album at: https://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope

Bruce Soord and Jonas Renkse perform 'Radio Star' at their debut gig at The Garage, London in July 2013 as part of Kscope's Five Year Anniversary Shows.

WISDOM OF CROWDS is the new album from an exciting new project featuring Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief with Jonas Renkse from Katatonia.

Bruce and Jonas take 'Wisdom of Crowds' on tour through Europe in December, catch them at these dates;

Dec 03 Le Batofar, Paris, France
Dec 04 Drucklufthaus, Oberhausen, Germany
Dec 05 Jubez, Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec 06 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Dec 07 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec 08 Jazz Cafe , London, United Kingdom
Dec 11 If Performance Hall, Ankara, Turkey
Dec 12 Jolly Joker, Istanbul, Turkey
Dec 13 Durer Kert, Budapest

Ticket links here: http://www.kscopemusic.com/wisdomofcr...

"Wisdom of Crowds is a jaw-dropping work of art..."
"...this is the sound of two supremely talented artists snatching magic from the ether."
9/10 Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer)

"A masterclass in dynamics and sonic experimentation from two incredibly gifted musicians within the progressive field."
Amit Sharma (Classic Rock Prog)

"...(Soord and Renkse) quarry some amazingly powerful, agile songs with their collaboration"
Eclipsed 8/10

"...Soord demonstrates that he has become a serious songwriter"
Metal Hammer 6/7

"Soord created with nearly every song a small cosmos which is complemented by Renske congenial... an album that can`t be missed"

"...a fusion of the best qualities of the both frontmen... the melancholy of Katatonia... the airiness of Pineapple Thief... catchy from the first listen"
Sonic Seducer

"For sure a candidate for album of 2013."

"the resulting music is hypnotically sublime"
"...both a stimulating and mesmerizing listening experience."
8.5/10 www.metal-discovery.com

"It's the kind of music that would make a fine soundtrack to a long drive through the unending darkness of night."

"A genuinely unique record, it is beautiful and melodic whilst still, unsurprising given the contributors, remorselessly dark."
8/10 Dark Hemyspheres

Album of the Month
"An album of depths which lets the listener discover a lot of exciting details..."
Soundcheck #1
Zillo (DEU)

"...nine extraordinary songs of fascinating melancholy..."
Piranha (DEU)

"The stylistic adventure succeeded completely" "keeps up with Renske`s main band when it comes to the songwriting."
Rock Hard 8/10 (DEU)

Album of the Month
"a suprisingly versatile record, which will reveal its subtlety over time: a spendid album which requires a follow-up".
Rock Hard (FRA)

"Bruce Soord and Jonas Renkse star in one of the jewels of 2013"
9/10 noizzwebzine

Originally written with Renkse's voice in mind, Soord sought out the acclaimed Katatonia vocalist to complete the compositions and release the music to the masses. Despite the rigorous schedules of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia, the two musicians were eventually able to connect.

Both artists are currently enjoying unparalleled success with their main bands.

The Pineapple Thief have just completed a successful European tour following the release of their latest album, All The Wars in September. Rocksound described All The Wars as "an album of Muse-like, slow burning guitar anthems", while Classic Rock stated it was "the sound of a band reaching the height of their powers" and Prog argued it was an "elegant, sophisticated work... moody and meaningful, introspective and universal."

Katatonia also released a new album last year. Dead End Kings was released on the Peaceville label in August and reinforced their position as "one of the most consistently fascinating bands in modern heavy music." (Metal Hammer, 9/10). The album featured heavily in the album of the year polls of magazines around the world and was also nominated for a Grammy in the band's homeland of Sweden.

Wisdom Of Crowds
Radio Star
Frozen North
The Light
Stacked Naked Pretend
Centre Of Gravity
Flows Through You


For more info: http://www.kscopemusic.com/wisdomofcr...

source: Kscope


Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Birthday MITCH EASTER (video)

#mitcheaster #letsactive #rem
Mitch Easter (Born November 15, 1954) is a songwriter, musician, and producer. As a producer, he is probably best known for his work with R.E.M. from 1981 through 1984, though he has also worked with many other acts including Ben Folds Five, Pylon, Helium, Pavement, Suzanne Vega, Game Theory, Marshall Crenshaw, The Connells, Velvet Crush, Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies), and Birds of Avalon.

As a musician, Easter played with the Sneakers during the late 1970s; was the frontman for the band Let's Active during the 1980s and released his first solo album in 2007.

Although commercial success eluded the group, Let's Active's offbeat pop style of jangle pop/power pop was a major influence on later groups such as the aforementioned R.E.M.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

KILLZONE SHADOW FALL Launch Trailer (video)

#killzone #playstation #ps4 #rockfile
I've played the Call Of Duty and Battlefield games, I love the Halo series but as shooters go, the Killzone games have always been more intense experiences.  Maybe because the single player campaign is anything but an afterthought, unlike the current multiplayer champions, but I am very much looking forward to diving back into this world. In stores now, the PS4 system releases Friday (Nov. 15th)

source: Playstation


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brand New ROBOCOP Trailer (video)

#robocop #remakes #reboots #rockfile
Nearly all remakes have been pale imitations of their originals with a few being mildly entertaining versions and most being downright bad. I have no idea if this will be any good but it already looks better than any of the sequels. Nothing can touch the original but it would be nice if this remake was different than all the rest. We shall see.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy Birthday MICHAEL CERVERIS (video)

#michaelcerveris #fringe #rockfile
I saw that it is Michael Cerveris' birthday today and since I enjoyed his performance on Fringe, I thought I would post a clip. While searching, I found much more than I bargained for! Wow!

Michael Cerveris (born November 6, 1960) is an American singer, guitarist and actor. He has performed in many stage musicals and plays, including several Stephen Sondheim musicals: Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Road Show, and Passion. He won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Assassins.
He was called, by Playbill.com, "arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway",playing roles from "Shakespeare's Romeo to The Who's Tommy, from the German transsexual rock diva Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the homicidal title character of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd."
Cerveris' most visible television role to date has been as the Observer code-named September in the FOX science fiction television series Fringe. His character, a mysterious man seen attending many unusual events, has appeared regularly during the series and became one of the main characters to bring the story to its end.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

3 minute Sneak Peek of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (video)

 #thehobbit #smaug #rockfile
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

In theaters December 13th.


n theaters December 13th.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Read more at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2013/11/05/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-new-3-minute-sneak-peek/#WHyWKACTEaVsyYG4.99

Friday, November 1, 2013

Headphones/Earphones 2013 (mini reviews)

 #headphones #earphones #reviews #klipsch #rockfile
This is not supposed to be a professional review of headphones. I did not put them to any tests more than my real world use. But, having used headphones since I was very young, I figured I would let you know what I found in a recent crop of listening devices.

I have used headphones/ear buds all my life.  I had a couple of nice sets as a kid and once I got into radio, always having my own pair of earphones was mandatory.  While I have friends who are die-hard Sennheiser fans, I gravitated to Sony On-ear Professional Headphones for brighter highs and a tighter sound. I used them for work and play for many, many years.

As the iPod grew in popularity, in-ear headphones began to appear. Recording artists use them on stage and a set comes bundled with every mp3 player these days.  But, the cheapies you get for free are really not worth listening to and you should upgrade immediately. (Although I have not tried the new Apple Earpods that came with my iPhone 5S, I will and let you know. They supposedly sound better than the older Apple Earbuds but are still not audiophile quality.)

Over the last few years, I tested a set of Audeo Perfect Fit earphones and they have been my favorite but they are pricey, currently around $229. I was sent a free pair for evaluation and they became my permanent set, I really loved the smooth sound. But, eventually the cables became frayed and the set needed to be replaced.  In normal use, these would have lasted a lot longer but I am pretty hard on my headsets.

At the time, connectivity with my iPhone was imperative and I got a pair of Klipsch S4i's in-ear headphones for Christmas. For the money, these headphones rival the much more expensive Audeo for less than half the cost.  I have had several recording artists comment on them while I was using them as interview monitors. It seems a lot of people in the music industry like the Klipcsh. Not only so they make music sound great but my phones calls (on iPhone 4) were clearer, too.

During a recent interview trip, I misplaced my Klipsch and decided to use the opportunity to try out some other headphones.  My first thought was to get bigger "cans" that would be harder to lose.  First up Beats, everybody has a pair....how bad could they be, right?  If you buy a pair of Beats, you should be beaten. Literally. These overpriced headphones are made decently well but sound terrible.  For the younger generation it is more about how they look than how they sound. WRONG! When it comes to music, don't short yourself. Unless all you listen to is rap, you will not enjoy these headphones with their exaggerated bass and unrealistic sound.

To prove that point, I picked up a pair of Noontec Zoro's, made by an Italian company to compete with Beats.  They look like Beats but they do not sound like them...they are much better. Their sound is much more balanced and clean.  And I got my pair for $63 on Amazon, Beats Solo sell for $179.  Although they sounded pretty good, after 29 years in the music industry, I needed something more. But you could do a lot worse than these for a lot more money.

Next, I found a pair of $150-$200 Sennheiser HD 380s for 99 bucks!  Although they have giant over-your-ear cans, I was excited to finally have some "audophile" headphones.  Boy, was I disappointed! While the sound was very balanced and clean, the HD headphones are really for home use. Their sensitivity needs more power and iPhones barely drive them enough.  The sound was great but they are just not built to be portable.  And since a lot of my listening is during dog walks in the South Florida Sun, these also make your head sweat quite a bit.

So, what did I finally decide on? Another pair of Klipsch s4i's. For the money, you cannot beat them. And they have been redesigned since my first pair.  The new flat cable is terrific and they sound better than ever.  Until I can afford to get a pair of x11i's ($350-$500), the x4i's suit my lifestyle and nit-picky, audiophile listening requirements for well under $100.