Top Shelf Tuesday - October 27

October 25, 2009

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we're here to steer you clear of the skunked beer.

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Games

With the release of Forza Motorsport 3, the Xbox 360's answer to the PlayStation's Gran Turismo is back, and more chock-full of content than ever before. Sporting highly detailed vehicle models (over 400 of 'em!), more than 100 tracks spanning the globe, and a robust online community and multiplayer mode, Forza 3 has so much content they had to ship it on two discs! With a totally customizable difficulty system, Forza hopes to reel in newcomers while still appealing to the hardcore driving simulator as well. With GT5 nowhere in sight, it looks like Forza 3 might just take the holeshot.

Ever since the runaway success of the first Guitar Hero game, companies have been quick to add various rock instruments to the rhythm game genre, as well as rock songs to jam out to with your friends. But hip-hop fans were left in the dark. Well, you bass-boomin' vinyl-scratchin' fiends, your prayers have finally been answered in the form of DJ Hero. Featuring a turnable controller in a similar style to the Guitar Hero guitar controllers, you'll be able drop beats, scratch, and crossfade tracks by yourself or with the help of your friends. And if you're the genre-crossing type, you'll be stoked to hear that your guitar-wielding buddies can also join in on selected tracks from artists like Daft Punk, Jay-Z, and DJ Shadow.

DVD

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If you’ve been a fan of the first two Ice Age movies you’ll probably love the third, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. You’ve got the same kooky crew up to their old hijinks, and you’ll have plenty of extras to keep you in dinosaur heaven for awhile. Between the commentary track, the extra trailers, and the featurettes – Gone Nutty – Scrat’s Missing Adventure, No Time for Nuts, The Saber Toothed Squirrel: Nature’s Nutty Buddy, and many others – you’ll be able to spend as much time as you want in the ice age.

Orphan is hitting the shelves in DVD and Blu-ray, so if you like horror movies about horrific little children, then this one’s probably right up your alley. It doesn’t hurt that it’s got a great cast, starring both Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga. It’s not overloaded with extras, but the DVD includes deleted scenes and an alternate ending you won’t want to miss. The Blu-ray edition includes both of those, as well as a digital copy of the film and the featurette titled, Mama’s Little Devils: Bad Seeds and Evil Children. So go check out the Orphan and give yourself the heebie-jeebies.

Music

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Cosmic Egg is the second studio album by the Australian rock outfit Wolfmother. It is the first album released by the second lineup of the band, featuring bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins, formed after original members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left in August 2008. The title of the album comes from a position in yoga described by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale as "like the fetal pose.” This record is new psychedelic rock at its finest and should satisfy all fans of the group’s first full-length effort.

What Will We Be is the brand new record from the multi-talented Devendra Banhart. The LP was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler from A Band of Bees. Rejoining Banhart are old band mates Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington, and Rodrigo Amarante, all of whom worked with him on his previous album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. If you want a record filled with song after diverse song, What Will We Be would be a great grab.

Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to picking up this week?

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