BY: MATT GRIPPI
Justice “Audio, Video, Disco” (Oct. 25): One of the most exciting releases of October and possibly the year is “Audio, Video, Disco”, the second full-length album by eclectic French electronic duo Justice. Their first album titled “†” (pronounced Cross) was a funky mix of hardcore psychedelic electro beats and painfully catchy pop dance songs. The new album promises to be more of a rock album than the previous one. In fact, the reason why it took four years for the group to release this album was because they had to learn how to play instruments. The first single “Civilization,” was like an epic throwback to 70s rock, and roll with a dance-ready drum beat. Prepare your eardrums for this year’s most anticipated electronic album, and the wave of remixes that are sure to follow.
“Community,” (NBC): NBC’s “Community” is one of the most criminally under-watched shows on television. Boasting an ensemble cast including Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and John Goodman, among others, the show is consistently smart, funny and meta. Each episode is full of references and parodies that make fun of everything from movies and pop culture to the sitcom genre itself. The fact that this show was snubbed by the Emmys is a travesty, make sure to tune in this season.
“The Rum Diary” (Oct. 28): This film, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, stars Johnny Depp as a journalist named Paul Kemp who moves to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. Heavy drinking ensues. This is the second time that Depp has starred in a movie based on the works of the late Thompson, the first being 1998's “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”Depp is the only actor weird enough to pull off a role like this, and it is sure to be a blast watching his rum-soaked hijinks in San Juan.
“Spotify,” free for Mac, PC, iPhone and Android: Spotify is a new program that will change the way you listen to music. It is like having the entire iTunes store to listen to, absolutely free. The free version can be downloaded to any Mac or PC, and has millions of tracks available to stream instantly. There are occasional advertisements, similar to Pandora radio, but unlike Pandora you can choose which music you want to listen to. You can even organize music into playlists that you can listen to over and over again. For $9.99 a month, you can upgrade to Spotify premium and get all of the benefits of Spotify on your mobile phone, ad-free. That’s about the price of one album on iTunes, yet it unlocks thousands of albums instantly.
Do you want to read something really scary this Halloween season? Try the book “2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America” by comedian Albert Brooks. The novel takes place in the near future when Los Angeles has been leveled by a catastrophic earthquake and southern California is in danger of being bought by the Chinese. Meanwhile, cancer has been cured, which only seems to cause more problems. It’s an incredibly bleak outlook of the future of our generation, and it is painfully believable. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry while reading it.
“Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men”: Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” streaming service is constantly adding to its impressive selection of TV shows and movies. Recently, they added two of the best dramas on television to their catalog. “Breaking Bad” and“Mad Men,” two award-winning shows from AMC, are now available in full on Netflix. These are two of the most well-scripted and engaging dramas on TV, and this is the perfect way to catch up. Netflix is only $7.99 per month and is available on all video game consoles