Trent Reznor Strikes Again!

strobelightPitchfork.com – In case there was any doubt that Trent Reznor knows how to yank the internet by it’s collective fiber optics,  check out what the Nailed One twittered & posted to his site yesterday;

“Brand new FULL LENGTH NIN record available now”

Ok, phasers on ‘purchase’ until you go to the NIN site. There’s Trent. . . I think. Wait a minute – what’s with the glasses?

Reading further. . .WTF!?! Featuring Jay-Z!?! Alicia Keys!?!?! PRODUCED BY TIMBALAND!?!? OH MY GOD!!

“Wait a minute. . . it’s April Fool’s Day, isn’t it?  Son of a . . . . ”

Yep, he played us.  Well, probably not most of us – but you can bet SOMEBODY tried to order the damn CD!  Very clever, Mr. Reznor.  Hah hah.

Speaking of Twitter, yeah – I’ve turned to the darkside.  ‘Revmortis’ – add me, I need followers.  Only one so far, some guy last name of Obama.

Hey, you didn’t think he was gonna fix the economy by himself, did you?

Game With Fame: Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam

Here’s your chance to jam with Matt Cameron, drummer for Pearl Jam on the Xbox Live (must be a Gold member) playing Rock Band 2.  Seriously, how cool would that be?

Friend: “What You Do Last Night?”

You: “Oh, jammed with Matt Cameron. . . y’know, played a little ‘Aqualung'”

Friend: “Nuh-uh”

You’re right, no one would believe you.  But it would still be freakin’ kewl, I say!  Anyhow, here’s the link if you’re interested. . . (and I double dog dare you to challenge him on ‘Alive’).

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2009/0327-pearljam.html

What Will They Think Of Next – Personalized M & M’s

Did you know it’s possible to get a personalized assortment of M&M’s now?  You can even add a picture and have it printed into the candy as well.  Ain’t technology grand??  Check it out at http://www.mymms.com.

Now I know this was intended for parties, weddings and what-not, but think of the possibilities!  Oh sure, they have a rather amusing Do’s & Don’ts list (“No Obscenities.  We Don’t Want to Leave a Bad Taste in Anyone’s Mouth”) but surely some enterprising youths are hard at work as I write this, playing with anagram generators and the like in an attempt to slip something by the mighty choco-censors.  It’s like getting a naughty vanity license plate through the system, only contrary to old advertising slogans it DOES melt in your freakin’ hand.

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT encouraging anyone to attempt this as you’ll surely get caught, cut up into little bits and put into candy bars.  Ever seen ‘Willy Wonka”?  Yeah, that stuff’s for real! I AM however wondering aloud (ok, in type – close enough) how long before we see the article on Fark.com where someone has hacked into the M&M website and profanitized a whole boatload of orders?  Or read where some kid gets suspended for having a green M&M which says ‘eat me’.

Personally, I think it’s both a cool yet somewhat risky promotion for the venerable candy company.  I mean, they’re letting just anyone replace the beloved ‘M’.  You don’t see McDonald’s renting out those golden arches, do ya’?  We aren’t pimpin’ out Wendy just yet, are we?

And it is especially brave of M&M/Mars since there’s people like ME out there, who just love to take wholesome promotions like this and RUIN THEM.  SO yeah, I’ll be ordering a batch of RIM OF HELL M&M’s here shortly.  In red and black, of course!

Game With Fame: Disciple!

This week’s Game With Fame is near & dear to my heart.  Noneother than Christian/Southern metal gods Disciple – whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in concert twice & even met in person.  GREAT band, not gonna lie.  Hard rocking, nice as . . .uhm, heck, and a powerful concert experience that I recommend to anyone.  Don’t be a pussy – these Christians rock!  So lighten up, put the attitude aside and give them a chance to prove their artistry on it’s own merits (If you’ve never heard ‘God of Elijah’, ‘Not Rock Stars’  or ‘You are Here’  you’re totally missing out,  mmk?).

Ponder that while you read this press release;

Play Halo 3 with the Band Disciple

Hard rocking Southern and Christian band Disciple will play Halo® 3 with Xbox LIVE® Gold members March 1.

If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with Disciple, send a friend request to the following Gamertags and be online half an hour before (3:30 p.m. EST) the Game with Fame session starts on Sunday, March 1, 4:00 p.m. EST.

* Disciple 1 GWF
* Disciple 2 GWF

Disciple is one of the hardest rocking bands around, and they bring their unique sound to a crescendo in Southern Hospitality, their third full-length released on INO Records. Their hit single “After The World” topped Christian rock charts for a number of weeks and their 2006 album, Scars Remain, won the GMA Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year.

Now, with Southern Hospitality, they come into our living rooms, on our car stereos, and on stages around the world blasting out pure rock and roll. The band consists of Kevin Young (vocals), Tim Barrett (drums), Andrew Welch (guitar), Micah Sannan (guitar), Israel Beachy (bass), and Brad Noah (studio guitar). Noah was one of the band’s founding members, but has eschewed the touring routine, and focuses solely on his guitar work and recording. Young notes of Noah’s guitar virtuosity, “Games like Guitar Hero have made it cool to play guitar again. Brad is playing solos in nearly every song. I don’t mean mamby-pamby little things. I mean he’s wearin’ it out. If you’re a guitar player, this will definitely be your favorite Disciple record.”

If you get a chance to play with Disciple, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: “GWF – Disciple.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.

Who: Disciple
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST)
Game: Halo 3
Gamertags: Disciple 1 GWF & Disciple 2 GWF
Link: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2009/0301-disciple.htm

Game With Fame: Lamb of God!

You read that correctly;  LAMB OF GOD will be the featured guests on the next Game With Fame session.  Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little ‘Walk With Me in Hell’, eh?  And hey, it’s on a Saturday this time, so no excuses not to get up, shake off that hangover & then go up against Randy Blythe & Co. on some Call of Duty: World at War!

Ok, here’s the press release. . .

Play Call of Duty: World at War with Lamb of God

Once described as “pure American metal,” and reaching out to fans with six brutal albums including their upcoming Wrath, the band Lamb of God will play Call of Duty®: World at War with Xbox LIVE® Gold members February 14.

If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with Lamb of God, send a friend request to the Gamertag “LoG GWF” and be online half an hour before (10:30 A.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts on Saturday, February 14,11:00 A.M. ET.

For more than a decade, Lamb of God has been burning up stages and arenas all over the world with their blistering hardcore metal sound. From their fan favorites New American Gospel and As the Palaces Burn, to their Grammy-nominated Sacrament, this is metal at its most pure and most honest. Now, with the upcoming release of their latest album Wrath, it’s back to the roots of what makes this band so great in the first place, their live energy.

Guitarist Willie Adler, drummer Chris Adler, bassist John Campbell, guitarist Mark Morton, and vocalist Randy Blythe worked together closely to make Wrath. “It was really collaborative on all levels,” says Morton, “and that’s what you’re hearing when you listen to the record. It’s got this energy, this pulse, this alive feel to it–and I think that comes from the fact that we were all pitching in. This one really is an organic record, meaning that it’s natural–they’re real songs, and every note you hear on it is played by a real person, and it’s all captured in a very old-fashioned way. Chris said something early on in the making of this record that really stuck with me–he said, ‘If we don’t do the kind of record we want to do now, when the hell are we ever going to do it?'”

It sounds like Lamb of God has done exactly the kind of record they wanted to do, and you’ll be able to hear the results February 24 when Wrath is released everywhere music is sold.

If you get a chance to play with Lamb of God, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: “GWF – Lamb of God.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.

Who: Lamb of God
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST (8:00 – 9:30 A.M. PST)
Game: Call of Duty: World at War
Gamertags: LoG GWF (*note space between LoG & GWF)
Link: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2009/0214-lambofgod.htm

Game With Fame: As I Lay Dying

There’s another Game With Fame coming up, this time with your chance to take on As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract or Mychildren Mybride in Halo 3. The official press release is below. Go forth & frag, my children. . .

As I Lay Dying, Protest The Hero, The Human Abstract, MyChildren MyBride Game With Fame

Four scorching hot metalcore and progressive metal bands currently on tour throughout the United States will take time off before their tour date in Tulsa, Oklahoma to play Halo® 3 with Xbox LIVE® members February 8.

If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with members of the bands As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, and MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, send a friend request to the following Gamertags and be online half an hour before (4:30 p.m. EST) the Game with Fame session starts on Sunday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. EST.

* AILDying GWF
* PtheHero GWF
* THAbstract GWF
* MyC MyB GWF

As I Lay Dying
Metal Blade Records’ biggest-selling act, winner of MTV2’s Metal Gods award in 2006, and nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Metal Performance for the single “Nothing Left,” the band As I Lay Dying has acquired a devoted fan base for their on-stage performances and six albums including their latest, An Ocean Between Us. The band consists of Tim Lambesis (vocals), Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), and Josh Gilbert (bass).

Protest The Hero
Protest The Hero, or PTH, say they don’t consider themselves prog, metal, or techno, but we should consider them a fascinating, riff-centric band that has pleased fans with their two full-length albums, Kezia and the white-hot Fortress. The latter album has an especially deep concept, of which lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi notes, “It has to do with Goddess Worship, and how there has been this degendering of the Lord and Savior, and the suppressed feminine. The concept is about the re-emerging of goddess worship and the erosion of faith in scientific process.” The band consists of Rody Walker (vocals), Mirabdolbaghi (bass/vocals), Tim Millar (guitar/vocals), Luke Hoskin (guitar/piano), and Moe Carlson (drums).

The Human Abstract
The sophomore release from the band, Midheaven, should portend good things for the band after it has gone through a few changes since their debut release, Nocturne. The term Midheaven refers to one of the four angles on a natal chart, and is believed by astrologers to outline an individual’s goals, achievements, and standing in the world. Check out the progressive metal sound of Nathan Ells (vocals), Andrew Tapley (guitar), Dean Herrera (guitar), Brett Powell (drums), and Sean Leonard (pianist).

MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE
Hailing from northern Alabama, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (or MCMB) got the attention of their label, Solid State Records, by a non-stop touring effort, plenty of hard work, and a brutally hardcore metal sound that shakes fans to the core. Their debut album is entitled Unbreakable, and the band consists of Matthew Hastings (vocals), Robert Bloomfield (guitar), Brian Hood (drums), and Joe Lengson (bass).

If you get a chance to play with any of the members of these bands, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: “GWF – Metal Bands.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.

WHEN: February 8th
WHEN: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST)
GAME: Halo 3
LINK: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2009/0208-fourmetalbands.htm
GAMERTAGS:
As I Lay Dying Gamertag: AILDying GWF (space between AILDying & GWF)
Protest The Hero Gamertag: PtheHero GWF (space between PtheHero & GWF)
The Human Abstract Gamertag: THAbstract GWF (space between THAbstract & GWF)
My Children My Bride Gamertag: MyC MyB GWF (spaces between MyC & MyB & GWF)

IMVU, or How I Wasted My Holiday Part II

imvuI don’t really like ‘chat’ proggies.  I’m basically an anti-social bastard at times & am annoyed by people pulling me into  IM sessions or trying to talk me up when I’m online gaming.  Hey, if I’m gaming then I’m in KILL mode – approach me at your own risk.  ;>

That being said, I DO get verbose when it’s the weekend & I’m home alone.  Often, rather than drink & drive, I’ll stay in.  Best to be safe, y’know? A by-product of my misspent youth is that I do still get rather social (translation – talkative) after a couple of beers.  Enter IMVU.

IMVU is another instant messanging app but with a difference; it allows you to see & interact with others.  Basically Second Life meets AIM.  And while Second Life allows for an expansive RPG-like experience, IMVU requires less of a learning curve & the ability to own a barebones area with no investment.  So for the occasional user such as myself, it’s a decent way to socialize online without too much effort.  Ok, it’s also nerDAY as all hell & may be indicative of severe social dysfunction issues, this I realize.

Regardless, this past week I went on a couple times, & had an expecially unusual encounter one night – even for IMVU.   I ended up dancing in a vampire club until 2am (my avi did, I merely watched) with some blonde vixen who was looking at me like a Doberman views a porkchop.  This was a semi-private chat room I’d stumbled into, apparently.  A rather avant one.

Not sure what was going on here but I ended up dropping off due to the computer issues I mentioned a few posts back.   Can’t help think that my avatar’s pic narrowly avoided ending up on cyber-milk cartons everywhere.

So word to the wise – like anything else, use this with caution.  Http://www.imvu.com, if you care to check it out.  Watch out for the vamps!

MANswers, or How I Wasted My Holiday Part 1

Nothing says Christmas like bad TV.  Really bad TV.  I’ve lost at least 2 evenings this week to watching the marathon of ‘MANswers’ episodes being run on SPIKE TV.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it is a humorous series of baudy questions addressed with tongue-in-cheek reenactments, gratutious cleavage shots & a smattering of factual documentation, answering a trainwreck of stoner-level queries such as “Which Float Better – Implants or Real Boobs?”, “Self Defense Tips in a Bar Setting” or “How to Tell a Real Hooker From a Cop”.  See what I mean?

But ya’ know what – after watching a few of these “dumb” segments back to back, I was hooked.  After all, I might just NEED to know how to survive if my elevator cable gets cut, or how to properly remove a bullet from my own flesh.

Somewhere out there you just know a cult is developing of wasted chip munchers, memorizing each answer for quotation later at their favorite watering hole.

And yeah – count me as one of them.