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Music Monday: Sylvan Esso

Despite the fact that their debut LP has been out since May, I’m only just now discovering Sylvan Esso thanks to a tip from a friend this morning. I was told “you need to hear this” and I did indeed need to hear it. So do you.

Sylvan Esso is an electro duo in the vein of Mates of State – albeit more subdued – comprised of two musicians with ties to two other acts. The vocalist, Amelia Meath, lends her honey-smooth vocals to Esso, coming from time spent with Mountain Man. The producer, Nick Sanborn, has a past with Megafaun (which is connected to Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in a 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of way.)

Together, this guy-girl indie pop project invokes the calmer sides of acts like Little Dragon, Chairlift or BANKS.

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Sailor Moon Anniversary Merchandise Expands To Action Figures!

This year has been all about the resurgence of Sailor Moon and the Scouts with the original series and new Crystal series airing on Hulu.  Bandai’s hyper-articulate line of action figures, Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts, has released the core group of Scouts already with and they’ll be finishing out the lineup early next year.

The detail, customization and articulation on these figures is ridiculous and I have to have them. I have to have them now. The Luna figure comes with Sailor Moon, and the Artemis figure comes with Sailor Venus.

They’re clearly a bit pricier than normal action figures, but worth it, in my opinion. If you’re interested, the quickest way to get them is to head over to Amazon and pick one up here: Bandai Tamashii Nations Sailor Moon “Sailor Moon” S.H. Figuarts.

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Former Irrational Games Creatives Working On New Game!

Some of the folks who brought you Bioshock: Infinite and a few that worked on the original Bioshock are brining an entirely new intellectual property to life under the umbrella of startup gaming studio Day For Night Games.

The artistic style is very reminiscent of Bioshock’s period dramatics, but make no mistake, this isn’t some sort of spiritual successor to the worlds of Rapture & Columbia. Those worlds are entirely creations of Ken Levine, and he is not involved in Day For Night.

At first glance from the trailer below, you’ll definitely get a very Sander Cohen-esque vibe, but this isn’t Sander’s world at all.

Overall, I’m pretty interested to see this game get made, and a copy of the game is made available at just the $20 supporter level.

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Weekly Pull List – 10.1.14

AAAAND WE’RE BACK. The latter half of summer has been a boondoggle for me, to be quite frank, but now I’m back in the mode of placing value on things that matter. One new thing that matters is a brand new monthly that launched today in the DC Universe called Gotham Academy.

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This brand new property is brought to the masses by writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. (Fletcher is also co-headlining the new Batgirl creative team.) Karl Kerschl is bringing an inventive & fantastic style to the art direction of the book, and colorists Geyser & Dave McCaig round out the creative team on the debut.

If you’re like me and enjoy James Tynion’s The Woods, I think you’ll like Gotham Academy too. There’s a creative freedom that comes with exploring the antics of late adolescence, especially within the confines of high school. The drama is dramatic-er, the puppy love is love-ier, and the shenanigans are shenanigan-ier. Academy just happens to be set in the most dramatic city of all. Complete with cameos by the Bat-Signal, which, let’s be honest, is triggered there more often than the automatic entry doors at an Alabama Walmart.

To set you up with some pretext, the lead character is a silver-haired scholarship student named Olive who just so happens to have been paired up as a mentor to her (ex)boyfriend’s precocious freshman sister. The entire issue is laden with references to an off-page summer which will no doubt be the basis for many of the stories going forward. There’s even an appearance by civilian-clad Bruce Wayne in the later pages, since the Wayne foundation has a stake in many of the scholarship goings-on around the city.

Side-note: the very first classroom we get a peek into is “History of Gotham” and I would very much like to take that class, please and thanks.

This is definitely a title to add to your pull list if you’re a fan of DC and you want to read a “Gotham” book that isn’t so rainy & dark. This is going to be a caper book full of fun and mystery!

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We All Win with Tyler Rush’s ASS-assin’s Creed Cosplay

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According to Tyler Rush’s twitter bio, he is a Seattle-based porn star (neat!), kink aficionado (our attention, u haz it), and a nerd (aaand boom goes the dynamite).

Over the weekend, Tyler attended a video game themed bar night, called Insert Coin, where he not only took go-going to the next level, but cosplaying as well! It wasn’t enough for the bubble-butt-beau to go dressed as a dead sexy, jockstrap-clad assassin from Assassin’s Creed oh, no! — but he went and made the costume himself, too!

Brava, sir! Now how’s about a special …“presentation” for your new pals at #nerdjizz, eh?!

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Platina Jazz Presents “Sailor Moon” – A Moonlight Serenade

The third episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is out tomorrow, and Sailor Mars fans are rejoicing! Her new introduction and transformation were teased for tomorrow’s episode and the whole thing will, no doubt, blow everyone’s mind — AND OHHMAIGAWD WAS THAT ZOISITE IN THE TEASER THAT I’M ONLY JUST NOW NOTICING?!

For those of us who can’t wait until tomorrow though, here’s a neat music video I found by Swedish band, Platina Jazz! In their “Sailor Moon” video, the band gives a nod to everyone’s favorite bun-head with their own rendition of the original opening theme, “Moonlight Densetsu.”

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First Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Lands

To be perfectly honest, I can’t remember the last time I saw any of the Mad Max movies. I’m not certain I want to look into them either. This reincarnation, however, is drastically changing my mind. Then again, just add Tom Hardy into anything and I’m all over it like white on rice!

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Zoë Kravitz and hits theaters May 15th, 2015.

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GameStop Announces Arkham Knight Exclusives

If you were wondering what that pixelated pic from GameStop was where they mentioned a big announcement coming up, well…

Turns out the announcement is for this little game I’m sure none of you have heard of — Arkham Knight?

These exclusives are for GameStop pre-orders only! Pre-orders will come with not one but TWO (2) additional DLC packs where you will be able to play as both Harley Quinn (which, apparently, was announced about a month ago and I totally missed it) aaaaand the Red Hood!

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Consider my pants officially wet!

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First Look at Colton Haynes as Arsenal in CW’s Arrow!

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Holy crap, you guys!

Colton Haynes’ Roy Harper has come out to play and he’s looking all neat and fetish-y! Entertainment Weekly just released this image of the Arrow star as Arsenal and includes some news on Roy’s involvement in season 3!

Says ew.com:

Last season on Arrow, Roy Harper was injected with Slade’s Mirakuru serum and had to deal with all of the rage that went with it. But now that Roy is Mirakuru-free, what will season three hold for the wearer of red hoodies? For one thing, another red hoodie.

As comic-book fans know, Roy Harper sometimes goes by another name: Arsenal. And not only can EW confirm that Roy will be joining Team Arrow as a fully fledged member in season three, but here’s an exclusive first look at Colton Haynes, who plays Roy, too—in full Arsenal attire (above).

The Arsenal suit will make its first appearance in the first episode of season three, which returns Oct. 8 on The CW.

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