Daily Archives: 10/03/2011

Amy Lee – “Rock in Rio” pics

Evanescence do Rock in Rio. Pictured - Amy Lee giving it some. Pics via en.Terra.com

Any blogger worth their salt keeps an eye on their statistics – who’s viewing your posts, where they came to you from, which links they clicked.  If you’re a gamer, this is doubly concerning, as it can become a weird meta-game, replete with obsessive stat counting and refreshing of pages.

Evanescence's short-lived tenure as a goth street gang bemused some fans...

With that in mind, one of the most searched for results which has brought someone to my blog is ‘Amy Lee’, erstwhile lead singer and band leader of Evanescence.  Who would have thunk it?  Still, I’m glad to see that people are reading and who am I to not give people what they want?

Evanescence are back after a few years hiatus and fans are obviously keen to find out what they’re up to in the run up to the release of their self-titled third album.  ‘Making Kelly Clarkson cry’ is one unexpected answer.  Amy Lee’s Twitter, meanwhile, is here.

There’s a stream of new song “My Heart is Broken” over at the official site, with a handy lyric sheet for your perusal.  You might also want to check out the current issue of US rock mag “Revolver”, which features Ms Lee on the cover as part of their annual (and ever so slightly reductively sexist) ’25 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock’ issue.

I did think that we were a bit past that stuff, but a band’s gotta get press in this climate, I guess.

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Forza 4 – demo now up on Live

Like going fast?  Fond of Jeremy Clarkson? Got an Xbox?

Red car? Check. Photorealism? Check. Not "Gran Turismo"? Check.

You’ll be wanting to download the Forza 4 demo, then.

Up now for Gold subscribers, available on Friday if you’ve got a Silver account.

Whilst you Silver folk are waiting, why not watch this if you’ve never seen it before?

 

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Microsoft Fall Dashboard 2011 – now with curiously silent video

Ooh, it's all sleek and new. And I'll bet you people still complain there are no blades...

Joystiq ran this story earlier, but their video (currently) directs to wholly unrelated You Tube trailer for a Shmup. As I wouldn’t want you to be deprived of illumination, here’s a leaked video of the new Xbox 360 user interface – nicknamed ‘Metro’ as per the design for Windows 8 – which is due to reach an Xbox near you on November 15th, or soon thereafter.

If you’re not a gamer, this will mean nothing to you – imagine that you switched on your TV tomorrow morning and found out that you’ve got a new way to navigate around the functions on it and there was an outside chance that it was better than the one you had the day before.  That’s what we’re talking about.

 

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Mrs Rolling Eyeballs on Sci-Fi

Did this remind anybody else of Radiohead's "No Surprises" video?

Mrs Rolling Eyeballs talks Sci-Fi on her blog and I’m inclined to agree with her about the staying power of shows like “Doctor Who” and “Star Trek”.

That there isn’t currently an incarnation of “Trek” on the air is not necessarily an indicator that the show itself is tired out – the J.J. Abrams reboot says ‘Hi!’ – but more that it needed a break to be able to come back in a refined and retooled version.

I09 had a story recently bemoaning the fact that this was the first TV season in many a year which didn’t feature a Sci-Fi show set in space or featuring space travel as an important component in the ongoing story – “Who” probably doesn’t make it as despite the presence of aliens, alien worlds and even space ships, the core focus of the show is time travel and I’m struggling to think of a recent episode other than “The Girl Who Waited” (good catch, Mrs Fluffrick) which actually went to a different planet.

The point is well-made.  Why have we seemingly fallen out of love with shows set amidst space travel – is it as banal a reason as the cost involved to make elaborate sets and incorporate CG aspects or is it just that we prefer to go to the cinema to see such films?

Pretty people versus dinosaurs and timey-wimey large hadron shenanigans. Is it a keeper, though?

Even a massively expensive Sci-Fi adventure like “Terra Nova” is set in our past rather than our future and appears to be using a dystopian present as an excuse to flee into an alternate timeline as yet unmolested by human frailty and ignorance.

I find myself wishing that more shows went with the best parts of Gene Roddenberry’s vision – the idea of humanity living in a time when we’ve gone past petty religious, political and financial divisions and become united for the benefit of all our futures.  Isn’t that, in actual fact, the bolder, more innovative and richer story track to follow because it hasn’t been mined to death – the dystopia angle in a lot of contemporary Sci-Fi is, I feel, a crutch for film-makers who have become somewhat lazy.

“Terra Nova” will certainly be watched by me when it airs in the UK tonight, but I’m not sure that it’s a show that I’m going to stick with.

 

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