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The Horus Heresy Box Set Volumes 1-12
The Horus Heresy Box Set Volumes 1-12
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $80.10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The actual contents of the box set..., February 5, 2015
... in order, with authors in () are...

01 - Horus Rising (Dan Abnett)
02 - False Gods (Graham McNeill)
03 - Galaxy In Flames (Ben Counter)
04 - The Flight of the Eisenstein (James Swallow)
05 - Fulgrim (Graham McNeill)
06 - Descent of Angels (Mitchel Scanlon) prequel about Dark Angels and the Great Crusade
07 - Legion (Dan Abnett) prequel about the Alpha Legion
08 - Battle for the Abyss (Ben Counter) Set around a giant Word Bearers space vessel
09 - Mechanicum (Graham McNeill) Adeptus Mechanicus Civil War
10 - Tales of Heresy (collection of seven short stories)
11 - Fallen Angels (Mike Lee) sequel to Descent of Angels
12 - A Thousand Sons (Graham McNeill) A different angle on the same battle in Prospero Burns
XX - Whispers of Heresy (exclusive anthology of stories)

This collection basically brings you every novel released up to March of 2010, but there have been several more books since in the ongoing Horus Heresy series, and more in the pipeline for the future.

Three Chords And A Half Truth [+digital booklet]
Three Chords And A Half Truth [+digital booklet]
Price: $9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty terrible, January 19, 2014
I often return to this album thinking, "Hey, it wasn't really that bad, was it?" And every time I remind myself, "Yes, it really was that bad." I had hoped that 'Laugh Now, Laugh Later' would be a springboard to better material, not worse. I guess we'll always have Don't Turn Away and the self-titled album.

Christmas Songs
Christmas Songs
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but this isn't anything new for Bad Religion, October 30, 2013
This review is from: Christmas Songs (Audio CD)
It's a fine album, but for those new to the party: They've been doing Christmas songs in live sets since at least the early 90's KROQ shows. This is the first time they've put out a (non-bootleg) album with just Xmas songs on it, but this is far from anything "new & different" for them. And you can stream this entire album for free on YouTube right now.

5 Album Studio Set
5 Album Studio Set
Price: $36.49
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if not completely necessary, compilation, September 12, 2013
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This review is from: 5 Album Studio Set (Audio CD)
So where are we at with Clash CDs by now?

We had the original CDs back in 1990. We had the 2000 remasters of the whole catalog. And now we have this latest dose of remasters. If you listen to Mick Jones, the advances in remastering technology have made this latest batch the best ever: "Remastering's a really amazing thing. That was the musical point of it all, because there's so much there that you wouldn't have heard before. It was like discovering stuff, because the advances in mastering are so immense since the last time [the Clash catalogue] was remastered in the 90s." Now if you're a fan, you remember the differences between the original CDs and the first remasters released in 2000. That was night & day, and not always for the better (no thanks to whoever screwed up the elevator ding on Koka Kola!) The differences between the 2000 remasters and these are a lot more subtle. I'm not sure the average fan would accurately identify changes between this and the last remaster batch. To my ears, I can't gauge the compression this time around, but it does seem to be brought down to an organic level minus some of the harshness of the 1st remasters.

Looks-wise, this set comes in an attractive compact little box with a box top that slides off. Each album is housed in its own cardboard slipcase inside, with each CD in its own paper sleeve designed to mimic the original LP album, like Japanese special edition releases have been doing for a while. Now keep in mind that you just get the 5 albums in this set, so you don't get Super Black Market Clash (which you do get in the bigger boombox set, along with other singes/rarities) and you don't get Cut The Crap (which you don't get anywhere because it's been disowned for so long.) So I can see mega-fans shelling out for the bigger boombox set with all of its goodies & extra stuff, but for anyone who just wants to hear the band then this is a pretty good deal for every proper album they did. And it looks nice on a shelf.
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Poorly Formed
Poorly Formed
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?! Worst Utters album ever., February 26, 2013
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This review is from: Poorly Formed (Audio CD)
I have an idea what happened, and his name is Jack Dalrymple. The weakness of this album has his fingerprints all over it. Track-by-track (with writing credits):

1)The Librarians Are Hiding Something (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
On the last record, the lead track was the best track. Here, the lead track is (almost) the worst track. The lyrics are straight out of a bad high-school notebook & the music is totally forgettable. Leading off an album with a throwaway is a bad idea.

2) Brains (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
Another pimply-faced borderline-emo "love-song" with lyrics like "I have ticks and tooth decay, I look s*** with s*** for brains." Really? Really bad.

3) Stuck in a circle (Koski)
Thank you, Darius, for trying to save this awful trainwreck of an album. Reminds me of the more thoughtful & pensive tracks of the last album.

4) Pour Beans (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
... but now we're back to awful lines like "Score some weed now on your dump run, You're much too young could you relate some?" I know Johnny Bonnel has never been a wordsmith, but what is going on with this crap?! And again, the music doesn't save it. Just bad.

5) I'm A Little Bit Country (Bonnel/Koski)
It ain't great, but at least it's the actual songwriters collaborating on a track that sounds remotely like the actual band. Although it does lean toward Filthy Thieving Bastards, so beware that if you aren't down with the Celtic stuff. (Minus-5 points for the cheesy title though.)

6) In A Video (Koski)
Alright, I'll forgive Darius for this one. It's him going on a short, little "technology" bender (complete with synth!)

7) Poorly Formed (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
And another whiny rant with tin-can vocals that make it even more annoying. Bad again.

8) Greener Grass (Koski)
Alright, here is the poetry that has always made the Utters more than just another boozed-up streetpunk band. More of this, please!

9) Temporary Contemporary (Koski)
The guitar-sound irritates, but this is a good song with guts and drive.

10) Take A Walk With The Postman (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
If there were only 1 Bonnel/Dalrymple song to give a pass to, this would be it. It's not great, but at least it isn't an abject embarrassment like the others.

11) Military Barbara Billingsley (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
Alright, they had to know they were going to take some heat for this, the WORST Utters song EVER. Name-checking Louis CK, Tiny Fey, and Jon Stewart?! What happened to the Swingin' Utters?!?! Worst song on the album, worst Utters song ever, maybe the worst song I've ever heard.

12) Dreadlock Dread Reggae (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
Sounds like a bad Rancid song. Also sounds like every One Man Army song I've ever heard. Dalrymple!!!

13) The Fake Rat Of Dave Navarro (Bonnel/Dalrymple)
Just read the name of the song & you will instantly understand how bad it is.

14) Sevita Song (Bonnel/Koski)
Now unfortunately they wait until the last track to get a decent song that actually turns out interesting. I wish they would have explored more of this type of songwriting. But they didn't.

So here's the deal: The Swingin Utters are Darius Koski & Johnny Bonnel (and Greg and Spike and maybe Max.) I don't know how Jack Dalrymple got involved with these boys, but now every other song is the worst kind of "streetpunk" throwaway number as what made the Utters special is gradually crowded out. I'm not saying Johnny was ever Shakespeare, but even the dumb lyrics of the past got backed up by a driving backbeat and really great tunes. Now it's bad Dalrymple lyrics delivered via bad production with limp tunes and no guts.

I want Five Lessons back.
I want Dead Flowers back.
I want the Brazen Head EP back.
I do not want 'The Swingin Dalrymples' to ruin a truly great band.
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5-4-3-2-1 Perhaps
5-4-3-2-1 Perhaps
Price: $10.89
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good, not good at all, January 17, 2013
This review is from: 5-4-3-2-1 Perhaps (Audio CD)
I'm really shocked that Duncan has somehow lost the ability to write a simple melody. I wasn't expecting Demmamussabebonk, or Tweet Tweet My Lovely, but I was expecting an album with at least a few memorable tunes. There are really no memorable tunes here, and that's sad. I thought after Disposable Income that Snuff would be able to harness some decent songwriting & kinda grow from there, but this album just sounds bored & monotonous. It's probably even worse than Numb Nuts, which wasn't any great shakes either. Really disappointing. Go buy the new Billy No Mates instead, Duncan still has some good tunes left over there.

Duck, Duck, Goose!
Duck, Duck, Goose!
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A blissful return to form, December 7, 2012
This review is from: Duck, Duck, Goose! (MP3 Music)
The 1st BNM record was really good. Probably as good as any latter-day Snuff record. Then Duncan split BNM into an "Eastern" version (with Japanese bandmates) that ended up playing more thrashy pop-punk stuff, and a "Western" version with some of the old Snuff guys. The 2nd BNM record had a lot of the "Eastern" material on it & wasn't something you'd listen to a lot. Now this release comes back around to the melodic material of the 1st record, with a few faster songs, but really NO throwaway numbers, which is nice. It's good to see Duncan still cranking out the good stuff, and with a new Snuff record around the corner, it looks like he's in fine form. Now all we need is a new Guns 'N Wankers album!

FIFA Soccer 13 - Nintendo Wii
FIFA Soccer 13 - Nintendo Wii
Offered by Hooktown Games
Price: $25.47
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shameless redux, October 5, 2012
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This excerpt is all you need to know:

EA offered a comment to Wired about the matter, telling the site that they "felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on Wii," which is a nice way of saying that they don't care much for the Wii anymore. However, they also confirmed that indeed, FIFA 13 contains no new modes or features.

Souvenir: Singles 2004 - 2012
Souvenir: Singles 2004 - 2012
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $11.47
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The collected singles of an underrated BritPop act, June 19, 2012
In the NME, frontman Ricky Wilson recently acquiesced to KC being a 'singles band.'
"People like to refer to us as a singles band and I guess we are a singles band. It's not something we set out to do. We wanted to make albums, but people don't think of us that way. Albums these days seem to adverts for singles with some tracks to bulk them out. It used to be the other way round."

It's not so bad, really. The Smiths had plenty of singles, so did The Jam, so did Blur, so did Oasis, so he is at least in good company. This is aimed at folks who either don't know the band, or haven't been keeping up for the entire time.
So what do you get? Well, you get:

'Oh My God'
'I Predict A Riot'
'Every Day I Love You Less and Less'
'Modern Way'
'You Can Have It All'
from the debut album Employment
'Everything Is Average Nowadays'
'The Angry Mob'
'Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)'
from the sophomore slump album Yours Truly, Angry Mob
'Never Miss A Beat'
'Good Days Bad Days'
from the underrated third album Off With Their Heads
'Little Shocks'
'Man On Mars'
'Kinda Girl You Are'
from the most recent new-wave/post-punk effort The Future Is Medieval
'On The Run'
from the USA version of The Future Is Medieval ('Start The Revolution Without Me.')
and 'Listen To Your Head' which is the latest single.

There are definitely some album tracks that are at least as good if not better than the weaker singles here, so I wouldn't call this a "Greatest Hits." But it's definitely something to wet the whistle of the uninitiated, or expand the range of the folks who remember I Predict A Riot.

AmazonBasics Stylus for Touchscreen Devices Including Kindle Fire HD 8.9-Inch, Kindle Fire HD 7-Inch, Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
AmazonBasics Stylus for Touchscreen Devices Including Kindle Fire HD 8.9-Inch, Kindle Fire HD 7-Inch, Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
Price: $6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars less than ideal for sketching, but fine for general use, January 6, 2012
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It is nice to have a non-finger option for using Kindle Fire, and this fits the bill nicely for those whose digits cannot always be trusted to go where they meant for them to go. I was just hoping for something a little more precise when it comes to sketching or using various art programs on the Kindle Fire. The tip is basically like a really small rubber ball cut in half and doesn't function accurately as a drawing stylus. And the whole piece is barely 4.5" long, with the barrel seemingly fashioned out of an old Bic ballpoint pen, so it doesn't provide much heft. To me it seems overpriced (even as part of the AmazonBasics line.) So if you just need a stylus that will function better than your pointer finger for everyday Kindle use, this will work. But don't expect to be sketching snow-covered pine trees on a cold winter's day.

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