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Album Review: Attack on Memory | Cloud Nothings

​”Fast riffs and neo-dinosaurean beats make you want to shake your head and dance in a fresh batch of warm butterscotch pudding.” writes Rebecca Vigil in her review of Cloud Nothings new album.

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Attack on Memory

By Cloud Nothings

Melodies seductively leak from the piano and join a pulsating guitar riff all while a libidinously deep bass, creeps on in. Synesthesia settles as harmonic values and various hues of floating color melt into one and shake your whole world upside down.  Your entire world being shattered only highlights the beginning to an epic adventure. “Give up, come to. Give up, we’re through.” these lyrics float out of the speakers and haunt as much as they release ones tethered soul.  Fast riffs and neo-dinosaurean beats make you want to shake your head and dance in a fresh batch of warm butterscotch pudding.  What is going on? You are listening to the Cloud Nothings. They are an indie-rock band straight out of Ohio. Attack on memory is their third studio album and they obviously get better with time. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to one of the best albums of 2012 now is the time for redemption. I suggest loading the music on some sort of portable music player and going on a bike ride. Prepare for this epic bike ride by obtaining an 8-bit sword, an avocado pit, and a lighter. GET THIS, NOW.  You’re welcome. 

by Rebecca Vigil

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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