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NEW Ted Leo Album Is Announced!

Awwwwwwwwwwwww shit!

My boy Tedadore Leo is back in the album making game, after 3 long years away, with his new album The Brutalist Bricks finally hitting shelves on March 9th, via his new label Matador. The cover art is above, and the first release from it, a track called “Even Heroes Have To Die”, can be downloaded right here.

Ted’s had a storied history with labels, and to see him signed to a label as awesome and historic as Matador is great, and honestly, you have one of my most wanted albums for 2010 right here. Just behind the new Los Campesinos.

Either way, I’m super excited, and I hope you enjoy the jam this lovely Tuesday.

Original Post: New Ted Leo – “Even Heroes Have To Die” – MP3 – Stereogum.

Awesome-O-Rama: November 29-December 5

Back once gain to send you into financial ruin, it’s this weeks edition of Awesome-O-Rama dedicated to the nerdy things hitting the shelves this week.

Once again, publishers, developers and movie companies seem to have sat on their laurels this week, presuming that the Thanksgiving sales period pushed existing goods into the hands of consumers, necessitating a “week off”.  Looking at the schedule through the end of the year, it doesn’t seem to let up, so let us wave goodbye to this slow week, and enjoy what little new there is.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVI [Limited Edition]
Continuing their amazing compilation DVDs of the Comedy Central/SciFi classic series, Shout! Factory continues to out do the old Rhino sets, with individual artwork for each movie, better packaging, and in the case of this set, a Tom Servo figure to go with your CROOOOOOOOOW from the 20th Anniversary Set.  The flicks contained in this set are The Corpse Vanishes, Warrior of the Lost World, Night of the Blood Beast, and the seasonal appropriate Santa Claus. I haven’t ordered this set yet myself (as I’ve yet to pickup XIV or XV yet, whoops!), but it would be appreciated under my tree, or under the tree of your local MST3K fan.

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Paper Heart
Is it a documentary? Is it scripted? Most folks weren’t able to figure out what exactly this Charlyne Yi/Michael Cera project was when it made it’s arthouse run over the summer, but now, with it released on video, you might be able to understand it better. Me, I’ll be renting it, but I know some of you might be interested in owning it, so by all means, click above for blu, or here for DVD.

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Avatar: The Game
The most amazing sci-fi movie of all time? Or a $300 Million boondoggle? That’s the question that will be answered on December 18th when Avatar finally hits theaters. Personally, I believe the answer lands somewhere in-between, but this week the video game hits shelves, and if early impressions are to be believed, it’s actually pretty kick ass. You can play as a solider OR the Na’vi, and the game’s story goes around the film, not through it, making it so you can see the movie relatively spoiler free.  What’s super cool? This is the first game that has an option to be played in 3D. Granted, nothing supports it, yet, but THE OPTION IS THERE. The game is available this week for the 360 (linked above), PC, PS3, PSP, Wii and DS.

That’s this week of Awesome. Hope ya dig, and if there’s anything you’re excited about this week, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Aw Snap! It’s the IRON MAN 2 Poster!

After a pretty sleepy few days in the world of nerd news (seriously, that’s why I’ve gone on radio silence. That, and the turkey.), Paramount Pictures has fired up the hype train today with the Yahoo! Exclusive reveal of the first poster of Iron Man 2!

Featuring the new Mark IV armor on Tony , and a peak at James Rhodes as War Machine, this teaser one sheet is in a word – awesome.

Now the big question is…when are we gonna see a trailer? Will it be attached to Avatar or Sherlock Holmes this holiday season? Or neither?! Either way, Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7th, 2010.

Click for a bigger version!

Original Post: ‘Iron Man 2’ Stills – Photo Gallery on Yahoo! Movies.

It’s A Patton Christmas!

As this is written, we are hours away from Thanksgiving.

And with Thanksgiving comes Christmas.

And to get you into the Christmas spirit, comes an animated video set to a bit by Patton Oswalt about the most horrible holiday song of all time…“Christmas Shoes”.

If you’re working today, this most likely is your Friday, so click play, and chuckle away in your cube.

Muppets Meet Queen In An AMAZING Video

As a child, the first deaths I really remember effecting me were not that of a family member or friend, as those came later. Instead, it was the deaths of Jim Henson and Freddie Mercury that really made me understand loss.

In the case of Mercury, growing up with my parents influence of listening to Queen, seeing the spectacle of his memorial concert made me realize the impact one could have in passing.  With Henson, having grown up watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, it was as if an entire part of my life had been shut off.  Suffice to say, as a kid, it really sorta blew my mind.

So, yesterday, the 18th anniversary of Mercury’s death, a video was released onto YouTube which was absolutely transcendent.

One of the first videos appearing as a part of The Muppets new YouTube channel, possibly giving the internet generation their first taste of the classic characters, mixes “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the Muppets.  And I think you can understand why I got goosebumps.

Click play, and enjoy.

Original Post: New Muppet Vid: Bohemian Rhapsody.