Top Shelf Tuesday - May 26

May 24, 2009

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

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Games

inFamous is the story of Cole, a bike messenger given an assignment to deliver a package that is secretly a bomb. Cole survives the massive explosion and develops electricity-based powers. Soon, Cole discovers that his city has fallen into chaos under the rule of gangs and factions and must fight back against them to restore order. The game allows players to choose what path they would like to follow. Players taking on more good deeds will receive more helpful and exact powers while those who do bad deeds will have more destructive powers. 

Evolving the shooter genre with its unique and exhilarating combination of fluid action and combat, Damnation will feature huge, open environments, frenetic combat, daredevil acrobatics, and high-octane vehicle-based stunts. Presenting players with an intense test of reflexes, quick thinking, and rapid-fire conflict, Damnation will feature vast, breathtaking landscapes, each covering miles of distance and thousands of vertical feet.

 

Music

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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is the newest effort from the French electro-rockers Phoenix. Born out of restlessness and a steady hunt for inspiration, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a career-defining album filled with the band's signature melding of synthetics and organics, sharp, danceable rhythms, infectious choruses with a considerable dose of aural panache and candy-colored pop sensibilities. The album is great from start to finish and should easily satisfy longtime fans as well as any newcomers.

Monoliths & Dimensions is the seventh studio album by drone doom band Sunn O))). The album was created and recorded over a period of two years and features the collaborations of composer Eyvind Kang, Australian guitar player Oren Ambarchi, Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, Dylan Carlson from the drone band Earth, Julian Priester, and horn player Stuart Dempster. There's also an upright bass trio, French and English horns, harp and flute duo, piano, brass, reed and strings ensembles, and a Viennese woman's choir led by Persian vocal savant Jessika Kenney. Get this now.

 

Movies

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Have an anniversary with your special lady friend coming up? Or maybe it’s her birthday? Or maybe you just need to get your rom-com fix? Whatever your need, Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. are both there to help with the DVD and Blu-ray release of New in Town. A funny little romantic comedy that flew under the radar when it hit theaters, the extra features include the featurettes Making New in Town in Winnipeg Canada, The Folk Art of Scrapbooking, and Pudding’s Delicious Role in New in Town. If that’s not enough to get you laid, then a slew of deleted scenes should be the icing on the cake. Don’t do it for you -- do it for her. So that she’ll do it to you.

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

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