I tried to think of something to write in this space for ten minutes and then just decided to write this instead.
And we’re back.
You may have noticed that we went a little radio silent next week — and if you don’t know why we did that then, I don’t know, take a look around. As many others had stated, there were much bigger topics being discussed — and that are still being discussed, that deserved and still deserve to be in the forefront of every conversation. It was a rough week — a rough week to live in a world where racism is still everywhere, a rough week to live in a country where your president seems completely oblivious to that fact and a rough week to exist within the internet and see people still not understanding that the Black Lives Matter movement is as real and as valid as the media has been portraying it as.
You know, I heard about the Blackout Tuesday thing happening last week and had originally made the same black box post that everybody else did but the more I browsed around the internet that day and saw what it was actually doing, rather than what it intended to do, I ultimately decided to remove the post. Because in the midst of all those boxes there was useful information - links to click, places to donate, things to read. And those black boxes just drowned out everything that actually mattered. Do we need to turn something so important into a trend? Do we need to feel obligated to do so or else we feel unsupportive? It’s strange territory. But in the end I thought it was most important to listen — to ingest the information being presented, to learn, to educate myself and show my support by letting those that know more than me, be presented at the top of each social feed.
So I didn’t talk about last weeks releases — and to be honest, the only one worth mentioning was Run The Jewels. And at this point, if you haven’t listened to it, that’s on you. Easily one of the best albums of the year. But this time last week I was still kind of speechless about everything — hearing Obama speak so intelligently and caring about the situation and then hearing our sitting president be such a pig of a person is…heartbreaking, honestly.
Black Lives Matter.
And even though there are exciting times ahead — especially after yesterday’s PlayStation 5 reveal — we must not just let what happened last week exist only within last week. We keep the movement going, we keep the protests going, even if every day life around these issues has to keep moving at the same time.
So speaking on that PlayStation 5 reveal from yesterday - yowie wowie. What a moment. What a special, special time to be in love with video games. The box itself is a wild one, but the games were fantastic. They satisfied nearly every single one of my hopes and dreams for this event and I can’t wait to talk about it with Alex and HK when we record Party Crashers on Saturday morning. We’ll have that episode posted by Monday morning. I still have to get the notes together, but it should be a good one.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon 2, Sackboy, Ratchet & Clank — they knocked it out of the park. I can’t wait to see what EA has for us next week and then Ubisoft and Xbox come July. So much fun.
Anyways — let’s take a look at what’s out today.
Naeem - Startisha (Album)
Astronautalis - “The Way I Am” (Single)
T-Pain - "Get Up" (Single)
Bully - "Where to Start" (Single)
FEVER 333 - "Supremecy" (Single)
Leon Bridges - "Sweeter" (feat. Terrace Martin)
Teyana Taylor - "Wake Up Love (feat. Iman)" (Single)
Shamir - "On My Own" (Single)
Gorillaz - "Friday 13th (feat. Octavian)" (Single)
F Is For Family (Netflix)
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Jo Koa: In His Elements (Netflix)
Pokemon Journey’s: The Series (Netflix)
Crossing Swords (Hulu)
Into the Dark: Good Boy (Hulu)
Artemis Fowl (Disney+)
The King of Staten Island (VOD)
For They Know Not What They Do (VOD)
Warborn (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Project Warlock (Xbox One)
Goosebumps: Dead Of Night (Xbox One)
Zaccaria Pinball (PS4)
Super Soccer Blast (PS4)
House Flipper (Switch)
Pew Pew (Switch)
Half Dead (Switch)
Dots 8 (Switch)
Rogue Robots (Switch)
Super Toy Cars 2 (Switch)
As for what I recommend this week — 100% absolutely the new Naeem album. It’s fantastic. You have to listen to it. Aside from that, Crossing Swords looks interesting, F Is For Family is a decent show as well but the thing I’m most excited to watch this weekend is The King of Staten Island. I’m a big fan of Judd Apatow and I enjoy Pete Davidson very much as well so this movie seems like it’s right up my alley. I love Pete in Big Time Adolescence earlier this year so it’s great to see him follow that up with another lead role so quickly.
Aside from that, just take care of yourselves. And each other. Listen to some podcasts, read a couple books and we’ll talk to you guys soon!