September is big video game release month – sports games, especially, release in time to take advantage of the beginning of the football, basketball and hockey seasons. But there are many video games for every interest. Here’s a quick list of what’s coming out this month.
Catherine: Full Body (PS4)
Children of Morta (PC)
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)
Last Oasis (PC)
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PC, Switch)
Torchlight II (PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PS4, Xbox One)
NBA 2K20 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Stadia)
Caravan Stories (PS4)
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Gears 5 (Xbox One, PC) Note: Early release for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
Utawarerumonou Zan (PS4)
Borderlands 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Daemon X Machnina (Switch)
NHL 20 (PS4, Xbox One)
AI: The Somnium Files (PS4, Switch, PC)
Lego Jurassic World (Switch)
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch)
Untitled Goose Game (Switch, PC)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered (PS4, PC)
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear (PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Contra: Rogue Corps (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
The Surge 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Mario Kart Tour (iOS, Android)
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (Switch)
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX (PS4, Switch, PC)
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (PS4 – Japan only)
Code Vein (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch)
Last month Taylor Swift got stung by a business deal gone bad. This month she’s made it clear that she will follow Kelly Clarkson’s advice to re-record the music from her first six albums, the ones now owned by her nemesis Scooter Braun. Once re-recorded she will effectively make the earlier work obsolete, which will reduce its value to Braun and give her at least some control of her musical history.
This is another story to add to a long list of recording artists who lost the rights to their own musical past. Some lost the rights forever while others fought expensive legal battles to get back what was theirs – see Billy Joel. Most of the artists, who lost their rights, did so by signing them away when they were too young to know better or too anxious for a career to care.
Taylor Swift was neither. She had proper representation and she cared – even at her young age. Her original deal made her a wealthy woman, unlike many artists who got very little for their creativity. In Taylor’s case, the deal blew up at the very end, when she wanted out. The exit fee was too much for her to accept and Scott Borchetta, owner of her record label, Big Machine, sold out. In walked Scooter. At the end, this is a fight between three people, all of whom are worth hundreds of millions.
Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene through the hit song Old Town Road (and Old Town Road Remix) which has sat atop the Billboard Top 100 charts for 12 straight weeks now. An amazing feat for the up and coming 20 year old music & meme artist.
Fan’s of Lil Nas X and the music world have been anxiously awaiting what was to come next as he continued to define his image and brand in the music industry. What was next was the release of his EP “7” which dropped on Wednesday June 27th. The EP has 8 songs including both Old Town Road, and Old Town Road Remix, thus 6 new tracks. It’s run time is a mere 18 minutes and change, about long enough to listen to while taking a shower and getting ready for school or work.
The EP features the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus (obviously) as well as a song with Cardi B, called Rodeo. Rodeo maybe is the closest song to Old Town Road in terms of the mixture of a country and rap feel, outside of Cardi B’s verses of course. The other songs are kind of all over the place, ending abruptly at times, while never really establishing a theme or flow throughout the EP. “Panini” the second song on the EP, is rather a catchy trap beat with relatable lyrics, and likely will be the new song that grabs the most traction off this EP.
For me personally, the EP was a total disaster. I was (am) a big fan of the Old Town Road songs, and continue to listen to them in daily rotation. However, as far as the rest of the EP goes, I’ll take Panini for my playlist and toss the rest in the do not touch folder. Lil Nas X is only 20, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s made some rookie mistakes and has failed to create an identity for himself with this EP.
X sounded like a combination of Kid Cudi & Khalid, but as if the Monstars from Space Jam stole their talent and forced the artist into the studio to perform. The EP gets a C- from me, and that is only because of Old Town Road. Remove Old Town Road from the equation and you’ve got yourself a major clunker. Hopefully Lil Nas X can rebound from this disappointment of an EP or he’ll find his name added to a famous list of “One and Done” artists that reads LOL Nas X.
“Bad Guy” is more proof of the multi-faceted artistry of Billie Eilish. She operates on so many levels it’s hard to track them. Her tunes are pop confections of consistent quality, her visuals are inventive performance art pieces and her vocals move from feathery to sinister. That’s just on this song.
All of this was apparent in her easiest work, though by comparison it seems as though she was playing it safe back then. The song “Ocean Eyes” from three years ago is one of her most straight forward attempts. The video starts with a simple singer/songwriter delivery and then, without bringing attention to it, her hands come into frame and they appear to be stained with blue ink. No reason, just a visual mention of Ms. Eilish’s bend approach, an approach that has flowered and released all its strangeness as her career has moved forward.
Notably, it is the haunting melodies of hers that provides the solid foundation allowing the strangeness to work so well. If they were too abstract, it would all be disconnected from reality. Billie Eilish is a master work and she has come along at the perfect time, a time when multi-layered media opportunities abound for a multi-faceted artist. The audio-video medium is her instrument.
“Bad Guy” is the number three streamed song and the number six purchased song in the last week of June.