Top Shelf Tuesday - March 9

March 7, 2010

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 rummage through the weeds and bugs to give you the dankest nugs.

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The latest in one of the longest running series in video game history, Final Fantasy XIII follows the saga of Lightning, Snow, and the other heroes who've been cursed and are now regarded as enemies of society. With the entire world against them, the heroes have no one but each other to rely on in this massive RPG, which continues the series' tradition of setting new standards for awesomeness in the genre. 

The latest in the series known for its gritty and often bloody portrayal of modern day Japan, Yakuza 3 is an action-adventure PS3 exclusive that lets players engage in intense hand-to-hand brawls within the streets of Okinawa as well as the pulsating and often treacherous city of Tokyo, where only the most badass will survive. Do you have the skills to emerge victorious?



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Director Jason Reitman’s newest film, Up in the Air, is up for all kinds of awards at this year’s Oscars. George Clooney turns in one of his best performances to date, and has a great supporting cast that makes it obvious why it’s gotten so much buzz. The DVD and Blu-ray come with plenty of extra features to keep you busy: you’ll get trailers, commentary from Reitman, deleted scenes, several featurettes, and the Blu-ray comes with even more – Sad Brad’s “Help Yourself” music video, more featurettes, and the storyboards in HD.

Michael Moore’s newest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, once again pushes the envelope, and this time it delves into the economic downturn. What might sound like a boring topic becomes in Moore’s hands riveting, if controversial. Some of the extra features on the DVD include the featurettes Sorry, House – Flippers and Banks – You’re Toast in Flint, MI, The Omnivore’s Dilemma? It’s Capitalism, and many others.



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Plastic Beach is the third studio album by virtual outfit Gorillaz. The new LP features guest performances by Snoop Dogg, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Kano, Bashy, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Little Dragon, Mark E. Smith, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, sinfonia ViVA, and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. Hot damage. Blur maestro Damon Albarn got the idea for Plastic Beach while on a beach next to his house: "I was just looking for all the plastic within the sand", he said. With Plastic Beach, virtual band has taken to a recording studio on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth and is the most deserted spot on the planet. This is gonna be a good one, y’all.

Broken Bells is the self-titled debut album from James Mercer of indie stars The Shins and producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse. Broken Bells shows Mercer on vocals, guitars, and bass while Danger Mouse takes over on organ, drums, piano, synthesizers, and bass. The LP was recorded at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Danger Mouse. Get. It.

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