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  1. More best of 2006 lists: Popmatters http://www.popmatters.com/pm/features/list/C231/ - Top 60 albums of the year http://www.popmatters.com/pm/features/series/233/ - Best of lists broken down into various genres The Onion AV Club http://www.avclub.com/content/node/56476 - Top 25 albums of the year Both slightly more 'mainstream' than Pitchfork and Tinymixtapes, but quite a few of the same artists still appear. E-X
  2. Long post, but worth it, this is absolute genius: THE SWITCH JERRY: So the roommate laughed at everything I said. GEORGE: Wow. JERRY: It was a great sounding laugh too, kind of lilting and feminine--none of those big coarse "ha's." You know those? GEORGE: Oh yeah: HA-A-A, HA-A-A. JERRY: Yeah. GEORGE: Hate the big coarse "ha." Hate those. JERRY: And the worst part of course is that she also possessed many of the other qualities prized by the superficial man. GEORGE: I see. JERRY: So as you can see, I've got a bit of a problem here. GEORGE: Well, if I hear you correctly--and I think that I do--my advice to you is to finish your meal, pay your check, leave here, and never mention this to anyone again. JERRY: Can't be done, huh? GEORGE: The Switch? JERRY: "The Switch." GEORGE: Can't be done. JERRY: I wonder. GEORGE: Do you realize in the entire history of western civilization no one has successfully accomplished the Roommate Switch? In the Middle Ages you could get locked up for even suggesting it! JERRY: They didn't have roommates in the Middle Ages. GEORGE: How do you know? JERRY: Well for one thing the didn't have appartments. GEORGE: Well, I'm sure at some point between the years 800 and 1200 somewhere there were two women living together. JERRY: The point is I intend to undertake this. And I'll do it with or without you. So if you're scared, if you haven't got the stomach for this, let's get it out right now! And I'll go on my own. If not, you can get on board and we can get to work! Now what's it going to be? GEORGE: All right, dammit, I'm in. JERRY: I couldn't do it without you. GEORGE: All right. Let's get to work. *** GEORGE: All right. Let's go over it again, one more time. JERRY: All right. So I tell Sandy that I want to have a ménage à trois with her and her roommate. GEORGE: That's right. JERRY: And you believe this course of action will have a two-pronged effect. Firstly, the very mention of the idea will cause Sandy to recoil in disgust, whereupon she will insist that I remove myself from the premises. GEORGE: Keep going. JERRY: At this point, it is inevitable that she will seek out the roommate to apprise her of this abhorrent turn of events. GEORGE: Continue. JERRY: The roommate will then offer her friend the requisite sympathy even as part of her cannot help but feel somewhat flattered by her inclusion in the unusual request. GEORGE: A few days go by and a call is placed at a time when Sandy is known to be busy at work. Once the initial awkwardness is relieved with a little playful humour, which she [Laura] of course cannot resist, an invitation to a friendly dinner is proffered. JERRY: Huh. Well, it all sounds pretty good. There's only one flaw in it: They're roommates. She'd have to go out with me behind Sandy's back. She's not gonna do that. GEORGE: You disappoint me, my friend. Sandy wants nothing to do with you. She tells Laura, "If you want to waste your time with that pervert, that's your problem." JERRY: It's a perfect plan. So inspired. So devious. Yet so simple. GEORGE: This is what I do. *** GEORGE: Hey, what happened with Sandy. I forgot all about it. Did you call her? JERRY: Yeah, I did. In fact I went over there. GEORGE: So what happened? She throw you out? Eh? JERRY: No actually, she took it pretty well. GEORGE: So what happened? JERRY: She's into it. GEORGE: Into what? JERRY: The manage. And not only that. She just called me and said she talked to the roommate and the roomate's into the manage too. GEORGE: That's unbelievable. JERRY: Oh, it's a scene man. GEORGE: Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia? JERRY: What are you talking about? I'm not goin' to do it. GEORGE: You're not goin to do it? What do you mean, You're not goin to do it? JERRY: I can't. I'm not an orgy guy. GEORGE: Are you crazy? This is like discovering Plutonium ... by accident. JERRY: Don't you know what it means to become an orgy guy? It changes everything. I'd have to dress different. I'd have to act different. I'd have to grow a mustache and get all kinds of robes and lotions and I'd need a new bedspread and new curtains I'd have to get thick carpeting and weirdo lighting. I'd have to get new friends. I'd have to get orgy friends. ... Naw, I'm not ready for it. GEORGE: If only something like that could happen to me. JERRY: Oh, shut up you couldn't do it either. GEORGE: I know.
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    Reading and Leeds 2006

    The only didn't play it because Pearl Jam didn't perform it at Reading (though they did at Leeds): http://www.tenclub.net/tour/setlist.php?date=200608272000 - Reading Setlist http://www.tenclub.net/tour/setlist.php?date=200608252000 - Leeds Setlist I must admit I was somewhat astounded at how comprehensive their coverage of PJ was, as BBC3 and BBCi combined showed 21 of the 25 songs on the setlist (or 22 of 26 if you include the little 'Interstellar Overdrive' snipet at the start). Good stuff. E-X
  4. I can't believe no-one has mentioned Kelly Clarkson - 'Since U Been Gone' yet.
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    Brand New

    For the non-broadband enabled (and therefore non-torrent enabled), such as myself, the complete set of 9 demos can be found here: http://all-things-go.blogspot.com/2006/01/...-new-demos.html Have only just finished downloading them (just shy of 45MB in total), so will probably post comments later. E-X
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    The Go! Team

    Kevin Shields or RJD2? (or Simian Mobile Disco?) Words cannot describe how disappointed I was with Mr Shields, its not even a good mash-up. As for the album, Fopp are selling the 'original' version, with the non-cleared samples, whereas Virgin are selling the reissued version with three extra tracks, some slight sample changes and remixes, plus the new inferior Ninja vocals. Just thought people might want to know this if they are thinking of purchasing. If you are unsure (ie - you don't know what the new tracks are called), the original version in copyrighted 2004, whereas the reissue is 2005. E-X
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    No Filler

    *cough*'Reggie Jax'*cough* As for personal nominations: Weezer - TBA and Pinkerton DJ Shadow - Endtroducing E-X
  8. See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839486/ - I'm hoping we might see some Mallrats related biz-ness going down at some point (something about magic-eye/sailboats maybe?) As for the show, really enjoyed it, particuarly liked: "I know this might sound crazy in this day and age, but we live in a small town and I've never been face to face with a gay before. I understand now the runnin' probably wasn't necessary." E-X
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    Post Awesome Mashups

    I'm quite partial to the following: Foo Fighters Vs Röyksopp - Alpha Mend Not the usual 'wacky' mashup type affair, but still nice and chilled. E-X
  10. Hey, at least it didn't feature Robbie Fucking Williams. E-X
  11. Sir, I believe you are mistaken. Check both Game stores at Meadowhall, or Gamestation in the city centre (and possibly the Game there too, I didn't have time to go in there today). Had a bash at all the playable demos myself, completely underwhelmed so far I'm afraid. Kameo - has average (do they make any other kind?) Rare platformer written all over it. Not offensively bad or anything, and certainly has some potential with the character swapping dynamic, just completely uninspiring in the bit I played. Call of Duty 2 - like someone mentioned earlier, the default controls are a bit unintuiative, and once again the whole thing seemed uninspiring, in the sense that it doesn't do anything new or exciting, or even particularly well. Maybe I was expecting too much from a shovel-ware title like this. King Kong - discounting this because I only played it for about 2 minutes as you couldn't see anything due to what I'm presuming was a badly set-up TV. Didn't watch any of the movies because I wasn't sure whether they would be in game footage or not. The pad seems decent enough, though slightly too small for my man-sized hands (this comparison may not be helped by the fact I've been playing on a Dreamcast all week and have become accustomed to something a little more chunky). In all honesty, I think the thing I was disappointed most about, given that the three playable demos are not games I would have originally considered buying anyway, is the quality of the 360's graphics. The demo pod title screen boasts of 'movie quality graphics', where at the moment they don't seem to match some of the high-end PC stuff I've seen, and, dare I say it, only seem marginally better than high quality Xbox stuff. This wouldn't normally bother me, if it wasn't for the fact that 'better graphics' (and a more consistent online experience) are the only things that the 360 is really bringing to the table in comparison to the original Xbox. Oh, and one more thing to report on, two sample conversations I heard whilst using a demo unit: Man: "Look an Xbox 360" Woman (presuming his wife/partner): "Is this new?" Man: "Yes" Woman: "So how is this different to the PlayStation 2" Man: "Well the graphics are better" Woman: "Oh" Man 2: "Look an Xbox 360" Woman 2 (once again presuming his wife/partner): "So what can this do [which is unique]?" Man 2: "You can play games with people all over the world now!" Woman 2: "Oh" E-X
  12. http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B...3057499-8195824 Seinfeld Series 5-6 giftset, including miniature puffy shirt!
  13. As has already been implied somewhat, surely the sign of a 'good' laughter track is its transparency, in the sense that if it has been done well you don't really conciously notice its there. For me 'Seinfeld' is an excellent example of this, as I often forget that it features an audience track, the only exception being during seasons 4-6 (approx) where the audience go into rapturous applause whenever Kramer enters Jerry's appartment. Of course the reason for this is probably because I love the show so much and am therefore attuned to the laughs, hence it doesn't seem intrusive on my enjoyment (or otherwise) of what is happening. So yeah, there's nothing more grating than a laughter track on something you don't think is at all funny. Though I would say that something I despise more than this is when you get 'awwwwws' or celebratory cheers when the characters do certain things ('Friends' I'm looking in your direction). Nothing wrong with applause for a particularly good scene or performance, but other shows of 'overt emotional reactions' are just plain stupid. These are fictional characters you are watching you idiots, and this isn't some fucking pantomime. Oh, and while on the subject, please do not applaud just because a 'special celebrity guest star' has just appeared. Grrrrrr. E-X
  14. I can't believe he's going to put his fucking wife in this pic too! I mean it was tolerable in J&SBSB because it was such a self-indulgent fanboy pic anyway, but having her in Clerks 2 seems to indicate that Smith isn't taking the follow up to what is still by far his best film as 'seriously' as he sould be. (Please note: I am aware that Clerks 2 isn't a 'serious' film, but now that he has a budget, he doesn't need to use non-actors, even if they do fuck him on the regular). E-X
  15. None of these are particularly outstanding, but I still have fond memories of them all: Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Saturn) - Defeating Super Akuma - level 8 (1 credit) Capcom Vs SNK (DC) - 100.00 overall score with 1,2 and 4 character teams - level 8 Zelda : OoT (N64)- Completing the Water Temple on my first attempt, without any guides/guidance, or ever getting stuck (think it took about 2 hours) Mario World (SNES) - not difficult, but did all 96 levels in one sitting without having played the game in about 10 years (and having only ever completed 90 levels when I originally played it) E-X
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