So, I’m working my way through Vampire Weekend’s sophomore effort. I say working because Contra is so different than their first album that I’ve had to go back and listen to several tracks to truly gain a perspective on them. I’m finishing my first listen of the album as I write this and all in all, I’m really digging it. It almost reminds me of Discovery (Not nearly as much auto-tune) in some parts, but at the same time, it’s something completely different. There are so many different layers, both digital and regular instruments, that affect the ebb and flow of the songs. By the way, this isn’t an album review. I’m not going to give Contra a score, (10/10 OMG11) I just wanted to share my thoughts on it.

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Now, as I’m sure you know, Tuesday is DVD release day. I haven’t seen most of the movies released today. However, I have seen Moon and The Hurt Locker. Like /Film, I’ll tell you whether or not you should rent or buy the two movies.

Fan of action movies? Well, buy The Hurt Locker. I don’t want to sell the film as a straight action film, however. Props go out to the director, Kathryn Bigelow, who essentially turned a generic modern war movie into a twisting thrill ride.
Verdict: 9/10. Buy.

Moon

I wanted to love Moon, I really did. An original concept Sci-Fi film? Count me in. I followed the film for a long time before I actually saw it and I think the hype killed it for me. Perhaps I misinterpreted what I read, but it was a slow, slow movie. It bears all the trademarks of a classic sci-fi film, but it just didn’t do it for me. If you dig sci-fi, then give Moon a chance. You might love it.

-Connor

PS. Want to see how many times I listen to Contra? So do I. Last.fm

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