Top Shelf Tuesday - January 13

January 13, 2009

It's Tuesday again, and that means it's time to wade through a pile of new releases to get to the gold. This week, we give you the lowdown on Lakeview Terrace, a new LP from The Hold Steady's Franz Nicolay, the highly anticipated Mirror's Edge, and more!


Neil LaBute’s most recent directorial effort, Lakeview Terrace, a tense drama/thriller involving a mixed race couple that moves in next to a cop (Samuel L. Jackson), hits the shelves today. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, there are plenty of extras to keep you steeped in bonus material for awhile. Deleted scenes, audio commentary, and three separate behind-the-scenes featurettes are some of the extra items on the DVD and Blu-ray discs. If you haven’t had your monthly dose of Samuel L. Jackson, here’s your chance.



Major General is the debut solo album from The Hold Steady's piano player Franz Nicolay. If you enjoy the power pop structure that Nicolay's full-time band throws down, you’re sure to love this, although this new LP also features a more diverse sound. With cabaret-inspired tracks like "Hey Dad" and "I'm Done Singing," Major General will hopefully deliver a breath of fresh air to the indie community.

This limited 180 gram double vinyl LP pressing of Cream's classic Wheels of Fire has been released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the long-playing record. This is an exact replica of the original packaging and contains a voucher enabling the buyer to download free MP3 versions of the songs on the record. And if that wasn’t enough, you also get your hands on one of the better rock ‘n’ roll records ever recorded. Back in 1968, this release was largely successful, scoring the band a #3 peak in the U.K. and a #1 in the U.S., and became the world's first platinum-selling double album.



The free-running based adventure game, Mirror’s Edge, has been hailed as a genre-forging game almost universally.  Though it has its downfalls (get it? Like falling off a building), it is undeniably unprecedented in the world of gaming.  It’s been out on consoles for a while, but if you’re a keyboard masher, then you can catch the breaking wave of parkour-based adventure gaming starting this week.

Staying true to the almost mind-numbing breadth of the LOTR trilogy, Lord of the Rings: Conquest offers expansive levels and a choice of both classes of heroes, and heroes within those classes.  You can be a mage, a scout, a warrior, and an archer.  But if you don’t choose the warrior and his mighty broadsword, you are kind of a wuss.  Featuring classic battles such as Pelennor Fields and Minas Tirith, you’ll be able to fight hordes of blood-thirsty orcs, leathery, wing’d ring wraiths, and (our favorite) the battle behemoths, oliphants!