Preacher – On The Road / Mumbai Sky Tower

After a successful first season – that had a bit of a lukewarm finale – AMC’s adaptation of the 1990s comic book series PREACHER is back for a second season. The first two episodes aired this week, and the show feels more like the comic than it ever did in season one. 

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Something Else I’ll Never Own: SNES Classic

When Nintendo announced plans for its NES Classic system last year, everyone was overjoyed. And then they realized how few units Nintendo actually shipped of the system. Today, they announced the follow-up – the SNES Classic, collecting 21 Super Nintendo games – and the immediate reaction was, “Oh cool, something else I won’t be able to find!”

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Big Steaming Pile – I Am Bread

One of the aspects of game design that’s always fascinated me is character design. From plumber brothers to blue hedgehogs to whatever the hell Crash Bandicoot was supposed to be, I’m always intrigued by what characters stick and become memorable and which ones fall by the wayside, because there never seems to be any guidelines that dictates what gets over and what doesn’t.

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Song of the Week: Filthy Friends – “The Arrival”

Invitation

I’m always a bit cautious when it comes to supergroups. More often than not, the band never equals or exceeds the sum of its parts. But if “The Arrival” is anything to go on, Filthy Friends will not disappoint. The combination of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson), Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey (Minus 5) boil down their personalities into a short, punky blast.

Tucker’s belting howl remains as powerful as ever. But the song’s grungy chords give her space to ebb and flow in her delivery. When the chorus comes in, the famous jangle of Buck’s guitar enters the scene, a bit harsher than with R.E.M. Outside of his solo work, it’s been years since we’ve heard that tone. Its return is very welcome. Put these elements together with the earthquake of Minus 5 and the roustabout drumming of Rieflin. What do you get? A melodic, lively announcement of a new supergroup on the scene. Filthy Friends have arrived.

Their debut album, Invitation, is out on August 25 via Kill Rock Stars.

Casual Cookery – Flautas

We may be geeks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to create great things in the kitchen. Some of the best dishes can be made quickly and easily as long as you know what you’re doing. Let’s get cooking!

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