Sufjan Stevens’ New Album, Where The Hell Is That 70’s Show & More | In Review & Out Today

This Sufjan Stevens album is an hour and twenty minutes long so plan ahead, my friends.

It’s official. I have both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X preordered and I have a little bit less stress in my life because of it. I know, they’re just video games — non-essentials — and I absolutely agree with that. But, I had been saving money on the side, I sold a few things to pay for them and I have this weird brain where when I’m committed to getting something, or when there’s something that I can possibly do now, I want to just do it to alleviate some of that anxiety. Basically I hate anything in limbo — I love creating lists and just as much as I love creating them, I love crossing things off of them. So knowing that I was purchasing these fucking things but being unable to just…do that, was a limbo situation I didn’t want to deal with, lol.

Well that’s over now. Systems secured — now the only immediate stressor in my life is, well, the state of the world, our garbage president and the end of democracy as we know it. But hey, that’s besides the point!

As for entertainment news this week - like I said, Xbox preorders are happening but sold out pretty much everywhere. We’ll discuss our preorder stories on the next Party Crashers episode but until then, check out the most recent episode we recorded on Monday, which wen live on Tuesday morning, a mere hours before we snatched up those Microsoft-made consoles.

Speaking of Microsoft, they also got out their little pocket books and purchased the biggest company they probably had access too, Zenimax, which includes Bethesda Softworks. For 7.5 billion dollars, this was absolutely the biggest acquisition in the gaming industry that I can ever remember. Does this mean the next Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom games will be exclusive to the X? That’s still up in the air — but we discuss it on the Party Crashers episode I mentioned previously, so make sure you check that out and then let us know what you think about it all.

Other than that, not much going on for games — I’m still playing Super Mario Galaxy from the 3D All Stars Collection that was released last week and, as it always has been, the game is stunning. A truly magical experience. Highly recommended.

Also, Console Wars is on CBS All Access and if you’re at all a fan of documentaries and the history of video games from the time that I was growing up (and maybe you too?) in the 90’s, watch it!

But yo, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart for just a second. If you know me at all you know that one of my favorite shows of all time is That 70’s Show. It absolutely still holds up, it’s one of the greatest comedies ever made and in the year 2020 I have grown accustomed to having my favorite shows readily available on one of the meany streaming services that I am currently subscribed to. WELL APPARENTLY Netflix doesn’t know the sort of masterpiece it had on it’s hands because they did not renew their licensing deal and now the show is just non-existent and up for grabs. So Disney+, CBS All Access, Showtime, Hulu, HBO Max — the ball is in your court. Pick up That 70’s Show if you want my subscription for the rest of time.

On the bright side, due to the lack of That 70’s Show I watched Super 8 again and that movies still real cool.

Oh, and speaking of HBO Max — We Are Who We Are is still great. After watching the second episode it seems like each episode we may get a different look at each of the characters in the show and get their perspective, their background a little bit at a time and I’m all about that. Is it a but “much” at times, sure, but it’s real, it feels grounded and I really appreciate that about it.

I got my Apple Watch Series 6 in this week also — as someone that hasn’t had a new watch in at least 3 years, I kind of let it’s features get thrown to the wayside where since gettin this one, I’m heavily focusing on my health and acivities apps, I’m wearing it to be to track my sleep, I’m attempting to close my rings each day, washing my hands for twenty seconds, checking my ECG and Blood Oxygen levels and breathing when it tells me to breath.

Apple Watch: For your health.

As for what’s out today — Sufjan Steven’s is releasing his new album, The Ascension today and it’s a Sufjan that you’ve kiiiind of heard before, but not quite. If it was to be compared to anything he’s done previously, it’s very obviously most closely related to The Age of Adz but with more of a Kid A vibe — I’ve read people explaining it as having lots of “bloops and bleeps” and that couldn’t be more accurate. It’s very synth-heavy, there aren’t a lot of organic instruments and yet Sufjan’s voice rests within each track in the same, whisper, yet high-end tone that he’s been using for the better part of two decades. It’s a lengthy album — clocking in at nearly an hour and twenty minutes long — but it’s also a rewarding one as long as you’re okay with the main focus not being the singer/songwriter style that you may have grown accustomed to.

This record is much more subtle in the words he’s singing — often repeating lines and sampling his own voice — but where it lacks in lines, it succeeds in instrumentals. Each song has a specific build to it and the intricacies of the beats and sounds that are stacked and layered on top of each other, pan back and forth to create a very rewarding experience.

On top of this album-of-the-year-contender today also marks the release date for the new Deftones record, Ohms, new albums from Machine Gun Kelly and A$AP Ferg and some singles by Swae Lee, Travis Scott, ZAYN and The Weeknd. I literally haven’t listened to any of them yet because my morning has consisted of writing this, making espresso and watching Ted Lasso.

And that’s about it! As for what to look forward to — I’d like to get a new video up next week. Not sure on what about yet but I’ve got a couple ideas I’ve been tossing around that’ll either end up as a video or an article — maybe both. Maybe something else will inspire me also.

We’ll also be recording new episodes of Funny Business and Bench Points next week. Kevin had some at-home issues he had to tend to (everyone’s okay, he was just needed) so we were unable to get him on anything for the last week so since those are the two shows he’s a lead guest on, we decided just to push them a week rather than do them without him. So rest assured, we’ll be back very shortly!

Then after that, we’ll be entering October and we’ll be planning Halloween episodes of each of our shows, I’ll probably do another Halloween play through of some Dreams levels and maybe I’ll share a Halloween playlist or something. Spooky season approachin’.

Enjoy your day, your weekend and pick up a copy of God Level Knowledge Darts by Desus & Mero. Mine should be arriving soon but it doesn’t need to be in my hands for me to tell you that it’s an absolute essential.