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Monday, Sep 8, 2014
We discuss Supergiant Games's follow up to what many critics felt was the best game of 2011, considering if Transistor measures up to the legacy of Bastion.

Supergiant Games created an indie sensation with its 2011 game, Bastion. As a result, this year’s follow up, Transistor, had to contend with some big expectations from fans of the first game.


This week we discuss Transistor and how it measures up to its older sibling.


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Monday, Sep 8, 2014
Magic Boy is Japanese animated cinema in the style of Disney.

Magic Boy has the distinction of being the second Japanese animated feature in color. The first was The Tale of the White Serpent (1958), released in the US as Panda and the Magic Serpent in July 1961. Since MGM distributed the English-dubbed Magic Boy in June 1961 (according to IMDB), it was the first to be seen in the US. That version is now available on demand from Warner Archive.


Sasuke is a boy who lives in the forest with his older sister and his little animal friends. When the faun’s mother is killed by a sea monster who is actually an evil witch (as indicated by traditional long black hair and chalk-white skin), Sasuke climbs a mountain to learn magic from a hermit. This takes three years, during which neither he nor the baby animals ever get bigger. After the obligatory training sequences, there’s a big fight—lots of death but no blood—in which he’s aided by the local handsome prince who’d been so unhelpful in saving the village from destruction by the witch’s army.


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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
alt-J has stepped in front of many cameras leading up to the release of its new album, This is All Yours, including two videos for single "Every Other Freckle".

Leeds-based indie rock outfit alt-J is having a busy time leading up to the release of its newest studio effort, This is All Yours. Following numerous live performances, both at concerts and on late-night television shows, the British trio has released twinned music videos for their latest single, “Every Other Freckle”; one represents a “boy’s perspective”, the other a “girl’s perspective”.


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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
In this amazing new video, bluegrass legends Del McCoury and Tim O'Brien chat about my hero Bill Monroe, the Del McCoury Band, and the importance of Hot Rize.

Hot Rize was at the forefront of newgrass in the ‘80s and then the band broke up into four amazing solo careers from members Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien, and Bryan Sutton. Now the seminal act is reforming for a new album When I’m Free, releasing 30 September. CMT has the group’s latest video, while you can catch the performance and discussion with McCoury and O’Brien below.


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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Sweden's Simian Ghost has shared a full album stream on Soundcloud.

The alt-pop artist received “Record of the Year” from readers of Dagensskiva.se for debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere. Check out what all of the fuss is about.



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