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Linkin Park Premieres New Video Waiting For The End on MTV

by Cindy Robinson (@Cindy7609)

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

The second single from Linkin Park‘s new album, A Thousand Suns is Waiting for the End. The video is out today on MTV.com.

A Thousand Suns evokes the feel of an apocalyptic world, full of dark emotion and melancholy. As a long time fan of Linkin Park, this one has been a challenge for me. The vocals by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda are strong, the musicianship excellent on an album with an overall feeling of despair. Reviews across the board have been mixed, some calling it their best work yet while others are left wondering what the band has actually been working on for the last two years.

For this reviewer, I will classify this one as a grower – a new piece of music I add into the mix, encouraging myself to give it a few listens and let it grow on me. I’m curious to see how this album translates into a live show. The new songs are blending well into rock radio though, and generating a lot of talk.

A Thousand Suns is out now on iTunes. Watch Link Park’s site for news on tour information.

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My Chemical Romance Prepare to Launch Danger Days: True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys

 By Cindy Robinson

My Chemical Romance

 

American rockers My Chemical Romance are back with the release of their new single Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) now available on iTunes.

It’s the first release from their fourth album, Danger Days: True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys due out on November 22, 2010 on Warner Bros Reprise Records.

Will they be able to top the phenomenal success of their 2006 album Welcome To The Black Parade? How does the new single compare to their earlier work? Do you love it or hate it? Has it made your high rotation list? We definitely can’t wait to hear Danger Days… in its entirety!

The album has 15 tracks:

1. Look Alive, Sunshine
2. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
3. Bulletproof Heart
4. SING
5. Planetary (GO!)
6. The Only Hope For Me is You
7. Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report
8. Party Poison
9. Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back
10. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
11. Summertime
12. DESTROYA
13. The Kids From Yesterday
14. Goodnite, Dr. Death
15. Vampire Money

MCR has already scheduled a smattering of UK dates late in 2010 for their World Contamination Tour which is slated to hit the USA in 2011. Tickets for the UK show are now on sale and the dates include:

October 23rd – HMV Apollo – London, UK
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October 24th – 02 Apollo – Manchester, UK
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October 25th – Edinburgh Corn Exchange – Edinburgh, UK
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October 30th – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
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November 1st – Cigale – Paris, France
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November 3rd – Kesselhaus – Berlin, Germany
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November 4th – Grünspan – Hamburg, Germany
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November 5th – Visions Presents Show @ FZW – Dortmund, Germany
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David Bowie Releases Station to Station for a New Generation

Station to Station

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By Cindy Robinson 

Out now from Virgin/EMI is the 1976 David Bowie album Station to Station newly remastered along with the previously unreleased fan favorite, a live Bowie performance from Nassau Coliseum in 1976. Available are the fantastic Special Edition ( 3 CD and digital download) and limited Deluxe Edition (5 CD + DVD Audio + 3 LP) packages of the album & live performance packaged with glossy color booklets, postcards & replica fan club items. 

Do the songs stand the test of time? His voice is rich and songs like Life on Mars, Rebel Rebel and Changes sound as incredible now as they did thirty years ago. 

The mixing & sound quality of the live performance is well done, enhancing Bowie’s vocals while minimizing the crowd noise allowing the songs to shine through. 

All that this remastered edition is missing is some  live DVD footage. It would have been fabulous to see some archival footage from the 70’s showing off Bowie’s visionary style. 

David Bowie 2004

 

And alas, listening to his smooth crooning on a live recording only makes the Bowie fan sorely miss seeing his live performances with diminished hope that Bowie will ever tour again, or do more than a handful of shows in select cities. 

David Bowie has confirmed that he is at work on a new book. Word of the book recently leaked and the 63-year-old has since confirmed some details through his official website

“We still don’t want to give too much away just yet, suffice to say that David Bowie has been working on a book entitled Bowie: Object,” was the official statement on Bowie’s site. 

The statement continued on to say the book “is a collection of pieces from the Bowie archive, wherein, for the first time, fans and all those interested in popular culture will have the opportunity to understand more about the Bowie creative process and his impact on modern popular music.” 

The publication will be available in several different colors, making the book a striking object in itself. A release date is yet to be confirmed but Bowie fans will surely be looking forward to any works the artist is planning to release in the near future! 

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Iron Man 2 Now Available on DVD & Blu-Ray

by Cindy Robinson

Paramount Pictures & Marvel Entertainment’s Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today! Look for an alternate beginning to the film and nearly three hours of bonus features.

Iron Man 2 DVD courtesy of Marvel

 

Follow up to Marvel’s 2008 smash hit Iron Man, the sequel also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson , Don Cheadle and Sam Rockwell. The sequel wasn’t quite as great as the first film, feeling a bit choppy in places but there’s no denying that Robert Downey Jr put on a stellar performance with his usual sarcastic wit & charm. Mickey Rourke’s brief appearance as Whiplash was strong.

Iron Man 2 picks up six months after the end of the first movie, where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has used his Iron Man armor to bring about a negotiated peace treaty between the major super powers of the world, and his immense popularity with the general public is only furthered when he fulfills his father’s dream by opening the “Stark Expo”, to showcase all the latest inventions that will benefit the world. Stark is, however, still vilified by the United States government, and Senator Stern (Gary Shandling) in particular, who demands that he hand his armor technology over for military application. Stark refuses, publicly shaming rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) in the process by highlighting his own failed attempts at recreating the technology. All is not well in Stark’s life, however: he has discovered that the palladium in the arc reactor keeping shrapnel from penetrating his heart has begun to poison his body, slowly killing him, and all attempts to find a substitute element have failed. Slowly going off the rails as a consequence of what he believes to be his impending death, he appoints his former personal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) CEO of Stark Industries, replacing her with Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson).

Robert Downey Jr premieres Iron Man 2 in Hollywood

 

We’ll next see Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s character, Natasha Romanoff (the Black Widow) in the upcoming Joss Whedon directed Marvel mastermind, the Avengers due out in 2012.

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New Fall TV Shows – NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds

NCIS (TV series)

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What shows are you most looking forward to watching this fall on TV? I’m looking forward to NCIS, as I always find it to be entertaining.

I also want to check out Hawaii Five-O this season! The early reviews have definitely been thumbs up for this remake of the classic show. I did miss the series premiere of it last night due to other obligations so will have to play catch up before next week!

Who watched Dancing With the Stars and what did you think? Sorry I won’t be mentioning much about that show this season with a certain politicians daughter on it…

How about Criminal Minds? Come on, who doesn’t want to be frisked by Shemar Moore??

Are there other new shows out there this season that you recommend? Let us know so we can check them out too!

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