Top Shelf Tuesday - May 12

May 10, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means -- it's time to head to pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Liam Neeson’s kick-ass action film Taken is spare and swift and hard hitting, just the way we like action films. In case you forgot how much foreign butt Neeson can kick, you’re going to want to pick this one up. There are plenty of bonus features too: an extended cut, a making-of featurette, and a digital copy of the movie, along with commentary from director Pierre Morel and writer Robert Mark Kamen.

Part three of the Underworld series, Rise of the Lycans, stars the hotter-than-hot Rhona Mitra, and the DVD and Blu-ray editions contain some sweet extra features. Some of the features include commentary from the filmmakers, the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – From Script to Screen featurette, The Origin of the Feud featurette, and others. If you’re a fan of the first two films, you’ve got to have this one in your collection. When vampires and werewolves clash the result is awesomeness -- and it never hurts to throw a hot girl with a sword into the mix.



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Art Brut vs. Satan, the third album from the London-based art-punk outfit was produced by Black Francis (a.k.a. Frank Black) and sees the band maturing like never before. A recent quote from wacky lead singer Eddie Argos says it all: ''We recorded the album in a Punk-as-f@*k two weeks in Salem, Oregon,'' explains. ''I don't always enjoy the recording process -- all that fiddling with guitars and drum sounds waiting for my turn to "sing." This time though, we did it just right. We spent a day getting the sound of the instruments perfect, then with all of us in the same room at the same time, with the amazing Black Francis conducting us, we pressed record, jumped around, and played our songs. This is how I always thought albums were made and it's definitely how we're doing it from now on!'' This band has been laying down amazing material for quite some time and Art Brut vs. Satan should be no different.

Divided by Night, the fourth album by electronic music pioneers Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, also known as The Crystal Method, shows the duo bolstered by the innovation, flexibility, and craftsmanship that made the duo club culture icons. Divided By Night is nothing short of a masterpiece and easily the duo's most inventive and accomplished album to date. Divided By Night explodes with an assortment of high caliber guests which includes New Order bassist Peter Hook, Metric frontwoman Emily Haines, drummer Samantha Maloney, one-time Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle, and She Wants Revenge vocalist Justin Warfield. Get it!



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Who will win the battle in Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball? Really, there’s only one good way to settle the age-old question of which is better: a pirate or a ninja.  And that way is dodgeball.  Thankfully, you don’t have to get together a bunch of ninjas, pirates, and balls, you can just buy Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball for the Wii.  Whip balls around any of six arenas and get to the bottom of this rubbery mystery.

Battlestations: Pacific is a WWII follow-up to the popular Battlestations: Midway. It combines the strategic decision-making that you might encounter as a five-star general with the white-knuckle dogfighting you might encounter had you been to Top Gun.  It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s available for the Xbox 360 this Tuesday.

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