Top Shelf Tuesday - November 17

November 15, 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'll get you high off this week's best supply.

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Stealth combat comes to the Italian Renaissance, an era of arts, riches, and murderous conspiracy. Assassin's Creed II introduces you to Ezio, a new assassin carrying on the deadly lineage of his predecessors. With a whole new batch of weapons and instruments at your disposal courtesy of your homeboy Leonardo Da Vinci, this sequel promises to take your deadly art to the next level. 

With Super Mario Bros Wii, Nintendo gives old-school platforming a makeover and brings your friends along for the ride. Play with up to four people at the same time while navigating all the classic traps and enemies that made the Super Mario Bros. games so addictive the first time around. Of course, no Wii game would be complete without some motion-related control schemes, and a proper 21st century sheen makes this the most vibrant Mario adventure to date.



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J.J. Abrams did the world the service of making Star Trek something everyone could love – no longer do the geeks and fanboys have to cower in the corners with their obsession. In fact, Abrams’s reboot of the franchise is so damn good you’re probably going to want to own it on either DVD or Blu-ray. And there are plenty of extra features for you and your non-geek friends to peruse: deleted scenes, the To Boldly Go featurette, a feature on casting, a featurette on creating the aliens of Star Trek, and more. Need something to get your Star Trek-obsessed friend/relative this holiday season? Look no further. 

Everyone who loved Borat is going to have to pick up a copy of Brüno, if only to use it to offend your friends and family. Sacha Baron Cohen outdoes himself in outrageousness with Brüno, and if you haven’t offended someone in the room by the end of the screening you’ll probably find something in the extra features that will do the trick. You’ve got an entire hour’s worth of alternative, deleted, and extended scenes, enhanced commentary, and more. This is a must own if you are a connoisseur of gross-out humor.



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Them Crooked Vultures is the upcoming debut studio album from the supergroup of the same name. The band is comprised of Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones, and Dave Grohl on drums. The first single from the album, "New Fang," was released in October and is pure balls-to-the-wall rock. The new LP is filled with 13 self-produced tracks that bring rock back to its roots while also giving it a fresh new sound. Get this!

Ultraviolet is the debut LP by Chicago MC Kid Sister and is looking to be one of the more interesting hip-hop releases of the year. DJ A-Trak serves as the executive producer and the album includes production by A-Trak, XXXchange, Sinden, DJ Gant-Man, Hervé, Yuksek, and others. Ultraviolet features sounds from electro, club rap, and straight hip-hop. These productions, mixed with Kid Sister’s raw witty lyrics, make Ultraviolet a tad bit more unique than your average rap record. Scoop this, people.

Did we miss anything? Leave your recommendations in the comments.