Palm Springs, A Sufjan B-Side & More | In Review & Out Today

Summer vibes on the tube and a delightful dreamscape in the holes of your ears.

It was pretty much in the 90’s all week and I will never understand you people that prefer Summer of the sweet, sweet embrace of Fall into Winter. Psychopaths, you all are. It’s so hot that I can’t even be outside because even if I stripped every inch of clothing off my body I’d still be sweating like a ham. If I could rip my skin off I would, but I can’t. And then you have Fall - just toss on a sweatshirt of a flannel. Or winter - just grab a beanie and a jacket. Here’s the deal, on our honeymoon my wife and I went snowboarding up in Canada in negative degree weather and I would take that over this hot garbage any day.


But with that being said, there were at least some bright spots this week.


  • The Xbox Games Showcase was finally announced - July 23rd we’ll get our first look at what games we’ll be playing on the Xbox Series X this Holiday and beyond. I’m pretty excited for it, honestly. I need to see more of Halo Infinite. Anything else that happens is just whipped cream on my Halo-ass ice cream sundae. We’ll be doing another predictions video for the YouTube channel next week or so in anticipation for that.


  • Ubisoft’s event is this weekend and we did a predictions video for that on Tuesday which you can check out on our YouTube channel now. It was a good time, despite the video not coming through for me. Audio only, it is though! Which may be the way to go for this type of stuff going forward - if GamExplain can do it, why can’t we!


  • Speaking of recording audio though, shoutout to Elgato because my Wave 3 microphone finally came in this week and my goodness, that thing is so sleek, so clean - it’s absolutely my favorite microphone and I don’t regret that purchase at all. Although it did make some cracking noises a few time in our Ubisoft video so if that keeps up I’ll be singing a different song in the coming weeks. Here’s to hoping that was a fluke.


  • Almost done with The Last of Us Part II, by the way. I’m trying desperately to have it beaten by next Friday when Paper Mario and Ghost of Tsushima both drop so I’m not overwhelmed. I think I can do it — despite my lack of time to get it done.


  • ONE LAST GAME THING - people are hating on WWE 2K Battlegrounds hard but I just wanna be the first person to toss out there that the game looks like hella fun. A little simple, a little over the top, but fuck it. I’m down for the art style, I’m down for the ridiculousness, let’s go.


  • Follow up from last week - Hamilton rules. My wife and I watched it on megabed last Friday and the time flew by - it’s incredible how well all of that show comes together. More impressive than a live concert or sometimes even the most layered film or television show. To do that night after night, no way. My brain can’t even comprehend that shit.


  • We also started watching Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries and man, I really hope doing this type of show on something with such a widespread user base like Netflix pays off. If any of these cases gets solved due to this reboot, I’ll be ecstatic. That’s some real 2020 shit.


  • I also feel back in love with To Pimp A Butterfly this week. Not that I ever fell out of love with it, but I hadn’t listened to it in a while and I was working on my favorite albums of all time list, as I always am in my spare time, and I needed to remind myself of where it ranks and shit, this album may be a top ten forever. Incredible songwriting, fantastic beats (not beasts) and lyrics and subject matter above the heads of so many other artists within any genre.


Anyways, on with the list:


Music:

Juice WRLD - Legends Never Die (Album)

100 gecs - 100 gecs and The Tree of Clues (Album)

Summer Walker - Life On Earth (EP)
Sufjan Stevens - “My Rajneesh” (Single)

Dominic Fike - “Politics & Violence” (Single)

Kid Cudi - “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady (feat. Eminem)” (Single)

Katy Perry - “Smile” (Single)

The Dangerous Summer - “Fuck Them All” (Single)

H.E.R - “Do to Me” (Single)

KAYTRANADA - “Look Easy (feat. Lucky Daye)” (Single)

Foster the People - “The Things We Do” (Single)

Cavetown - “Smoke Signals (feat. Tessa Violet)” (Single)


Television:

Palm Springs (Hulu)

The New York Times Presents (FX)

The Claudia Kishi Club (Netflix)

Down to Earth With Zac Efron (Netflix)

Greatness Code (Apple TV+)

Greyhound (Apple TV+)

Little Voice (Apple TV+)

The Old Guard (Netflix)

Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along (Disney)

Breathe: Into the Shadows (Prime)


Film:

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (VOD)

First Cow (VOD)

Sometimes Always Never (VOD)


Games:

The Great Perhaps (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

Distraint 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire (Xbox One)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

NASCAR Heat 5 (PS4, Xbox One)

Budget Cuts (PS4)

F1 2020 (PS4, Xbox One, Stadia)

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (PS4, Xbox One)

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise (Switch)

Gas Station: Highway Services (Switch)

Creepy Tale (Switch)


As for what I’d recommend this week — now, I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m going to assume that you guys should all watch Palm Springs. Such a brilliant cast -it’s probably going to be equal parts sad and funny and I’m all about it. I’ve needed a movie like this for quite some time and I’m so excited to check it out tonight.


And outside of that - the Sufjan B-Side is WONDERFUL, Dominic Fike’s new single is a pleasant as you’d expect it to be and Kid Cudi and Eminem got together and made me not dislike Eminem for the first time in a long time. So that’s an accomplishment.


But seriously, watch Palm Springs. (I assume)


Have a good weekend!

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