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A Japanese spacecraft just threw two small rovers at an asteroid

<em>An artistic rendering of the two rovers on Ryugu’s surface.</em>

This morning, a Japanese space probe deposited two tiny rovers on an asteroid nearly 200 million miles from Earth. The vehicle is Hayabusa2, and the rovers were the first in a series of robots that the vehicle will throw at the asteroid’s surface over the next few months.

Operated by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Hayabusa2 is tasked with grabbing a sample from an asteroid named Ryugu and returning those materials to Earth. The spacecraft launched in 2014 on top of a H-IIA rocket and arrived at Ryugu in June. It will grab multiple samples from the asteroid in the year ahead before heading back to our planet late nest year.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Jazz-Funk, Electronic, Hardcore and More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

New Releases

Constant Mongrel
Living in Excellence

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The latest LP from Aussie troublemakers Constant Mongrel is sharper, more focused, and more potent than anything they’ve done to date. The band always excelled at power and fury but on Living in Excellence, they marry those sharp riffs to cunning melodies, landing somewhere on the border between post-punk and deathrock. The album explodes immediately, a big crash of guitar and cymbals collapsing over Hugh Young’s pitch-black, venomous sneer. “Big Boy” is a white-knuckle rave-up, but Young’s vocals are drenched in so much reverb it sounds like he’s singing from inside a mausoleum. The group leavens their palette of deep blues and blacks with the occasional splash of light grey: “More Social” is ushered in by baleful synths and proceeds at a steady, controlled pace, working a quietly melodic bassline and saving all of its ire for an explosion at the chorus. And album closer “Puffy” borders on the anthemic, a flailing sax line and rococo piano adding texture and shape to the broad swipes of guitar. Living in Excellence feels like a leap forward for the band, a calcification of all they’ve done well in the past, and a bold new course for the future.

J. Edward Keyes

Dustin Wong
Fluid World Building

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I know it sounds strange, but hear me out — listening to Dustin Wong’s new whirling-dervish of an LP, you’d swear you were a kid again. Granted, the guitarist’s solo recordings have always skewed whimsical and wide-eyed, especially when compared to the avant art-punk he put forth with his best-known (and long defunct) band, Ponytail: surf guitar, off-kilter synths, and hypnotic loops bubbling and bursting in a manic froth. Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu, however, elevates that zaniness to a whole, new, cosmic plane unexplored on Wong’s previous work. “Shaman Bambu’s Portfolio” and “Desert Via Hovercamel” find him ditching the fluid, Fahey-esque soundscapes of old for chirpy, compressed electronics reminiscent of ’80s video-game sounds, and on the marvelous “Cup of Seashells at Neural Tower,” contorting cheerful steel-drum rhythms into discordant carnival music (and all by his lonesome, too)! Ultimately, Wong’s proves himself as neither shaman nor world-builder on this thing, but rather the god of his own delightfully weird universe — a true avant miracle-worker.

Zoe Camp

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

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Go to J Dilla’s Welcome to Detroit. Listen to this song. It’s a direct nod to Oneness of Juju’s African Rhythms, a percussive jazz-funk classic first released in 1975. The second reissue on Strut—the first was in 2002—African Rhythms is as much about bandleader James “Plunky” Branch as it is about black people as a whole. Branch had been an activist whose first band, Juju, was meant to draw attention to the devastation of apartheid in South Africa. That music was more avant-garde; Oneness of Juju was meant to be festive and educational. “We wanted a song to dance to with a message,” Branch once said. Though political, African Rhythms is full of groove-oriented funk that simply goes and goes.

Marcus J. Moore

Popera Cosmic
Les Enclaves

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I know this might read as a cop out, but Popera Cosmic’s Les Esclaves is truly all over the place. “Poursuite” is gritty psych-rock, with billowing horns and choral moans that swell by the second. Then there’s “Quelle Audace,” an operatic arrangement. It’s all funneled into the 1969 album, dubbed as France’s first true psychedelic LP, now reissued on label Finders Keepers. Les Esclaves was quickly forgotten upon its release, but the music here precedes the release of like-minded Gallic concept records, and looks back just two years to The Beatles’ equally adventurous Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band. Forty-nine years after its release, Les Esclaves still seems fresh and ahead of its time.

Marcus J. Moore

Richard Swift
The Hex

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The final album from Richard Swift serves as a bittersweet summary statement of all of the things the gifted musician and producer excelled at over the course of his too-brief life. Throughout The Hex, Swift takes a host of American music styles—mostly from the 1960s—throws them into a kind of cultural Cuisinart, and emerges with something soulful, melancholy, and devastatingly beautiful. The album opens like a Spaghetti Western, a dawdling bassline and a sweep of Morricone-esque strings, before Swift’s gorgeous, aching voice floats in over top. Swift garnered deserved praise for his skill in the studio, but one of the elements that stands out most about The Hex is his gift as a singer. “Broken Finger Blues” is a spot-on Motown recreation, from the big, booming drums to the twinkling marimba, but it wouldn’t be nearly as effective without Swift’s beautiful falsetto and gently drifting backing vocals. Just two songs later, he switches gears for “Dirty Jim,” a Nilsson-esque, saloon-piano swinger on which Swift swings up the octave and back down again easily and gracefully. But if the record’s first half are focused mostly on genre exercises, on the back half, the clouds begin to gather. “Nancy” is a haunting mood piece heavy on quivering synths and big, chiaroscuro strings. The song is a meditation on loss and sadness that, in light of Swift’s passing, cuts to the core. The Hex is a powerful work, colored by grief and shot through with Swift’s inimitable personality—and a reminder of how much dimmer the music world will be without him.

J. Edward Keyes

Sial
Binasa

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Malay-language Singaporean hardcore outfit SIAL burst onto the scene last year with a ferocious demo and self-titled LP within months of one another. This year’s follow-up EP, Binasa (“Perish”), continues their reign as one of the most consistent and hardest-hitting groups around. Their sound is obviously indebted to ‘80s and ‘90s Japanese crusty noisecore—all blown-out guitars, whirling-knife vocals, and percussion that rattles so quickly it almost blurs—but there are also some good old stompy riffs on the longer tracks, “Mantera” and “Ikut Rasa Binasa.” There’s so much energy packed into this short, vibrant listen that it has a longer tail—there’s a feeling of exhilaration, of being punched up and ready to fight for what matters, long after the actual songs have stopped. They’re headed stateside shortly for a short tour in advance of Toronto’s annual essential punk fest Not Dead Yet, and I would encourage you not to miss them.

Jes Skolnik

Back Catalog

Meat Market
Meat Market

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It’s always tricky revisiting a record you once really loved when (nearly) every subsequent release by the band finds you reconsidering that initial opinion. That’s why I was so excited to find that Meat Market’s self-titled debut, released in 2012 and too quickly lumped into the monolith garage rock sound of the time, still retains the genuine, actually-punk quality that set it apart from its peers in the first place. There’s a lot of energy, wit, and grit in these songs, each one possessing anthemic choruses, whip-smart guitar lines, and loud, charging drums and buried group vocals. What’s most striking in retrospect is how unself-conscious Meat Market is—a record that sounds like it wasn’t made for anyone in particular, and so was made for everyone.

Mariana Timony

This Week’s Essential Releases: Jazz-Funk, Electronic, Hardcore and More

Ch-Ch-Changes to Vault Of Spiders, Captain Marvel Hallowe’en Spooktacular and Avengers: Hallowe’en Special

Last week, Bleeding Cool told you that the MSH Captain Marvel Hallowe’en Spooktacular #1 would now be written by Jeff Loveness and Ty Templeton, in addition to the previously solicited writer/artist Jacob Chabot. 

Now we can add Mario Del Pennino and Ty Templeton to the artist list as well.

Also in Hallowe’en changes, the Avengers: Halloween Special #1 solicited as drawn by Juanan Ramirez will now add artists Laura Braga, Luca Pizzari, and Robert Quinn. Oh and jump from a T rating to a T+ rating. Spooky…

While Vault Of Spiders #1, solicited as coming from Cullen Bunn, Javier Pulido and Sheldon Vella will be joined by writers James Asmus, Jed Mackay, and Nilah Magruder,  and artist Juan Gedeon.

Here’s how the solicits are looking now…

MSH CAPTAIN MARVEL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1
(W) Jacob Chabot, Jeff Loveness, Ty Templeton (A) Mario Del Pennino, Ty Templeton (A/CA) Jacob Chabot
EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO AND YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN GET SPOOKED!
It’s October, and you know what that means! HALLOWEEN! And with Halloween, come tricks and treats alike. But while Captain Marvel and Spidey are trying to get their sugar fix, the rambunctious rogues of the Marvel Universe will be spying and scheming from afar…
All AgesIn Shops: Oct 24, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 01, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AVENGERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1
(W) Gerry Duggan, More (A) Laura Braga, Luca Pizzari, Robert Quinn (CA) Geoff Shaw
TRICK OR TREAT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
PLUS! Spooky stories starring the X-Men & Doctor Doom!
Epic thrills and ghastly horror awaits in these all-new twisted tales! Spanning the breadth of the Marvel Universe, through the macabre lens of a murderer’s row of writers and artists assembled here, see your favorite heroes and villains as you’ve never seen them before!
Also including the Marvel Comics writing debut of Jay Baruchel (This is the End; Goon)!
Rated TIn Shops: Oct 31, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 (OF 2) SG
(W) Cullen Bunn, James Asmus, Jed MacKay, Nilah Magruder (A) Javier Pulido, Juan Gedeon, Sheldon Vella (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
•  Only a Spider-Army can stop the end of the Multiverse!
•  Meet Web-Slinger, the Spider-Man from the Wild West, in an unforgettable story by CULLEN BUNN (X-MEN BLUE) and JAVIER PULIDO (SHE-HULK).
•  He is the Emissary from Hell, he is SUPAIDAMAN! The Spider-Man from the live-action SPIDER-MAN show that aired in Japan in the 1970s is back in comics form in an insane story by JED MACKAY (EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON) and SHELDON VELLA (DEADPOOL, SPIDER-VERSE).
•  And that’s just a glimpse into the VAULT OF SPIDERS!
Rated TIn Shops: Oct 31, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Join Netflix Sci-Fi Film From ‘Catfish’ Directors

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Talk about an intriguing combination of talent: Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Collateral) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper) have joined the cast of an untitled Netflix sci-fi movie that involves characters gaining superpowers. My curiosity is already piqued by just that small amount of information, but there’s something else that raises my eyebrows even more: the movie will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys behind the 2010 documentary Catfish. Learn more about the project below.

Collider reports that Joost and Schulman, who burst onto the scene with Catfish and went on to direct Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, and small thrillers like Nerve and Viral, are directing this untitled movie and have just secured two huge stars to play major roles. Here’s the outlet’s description of the story and how Foxx and Gordon-Levitt will factor in:

[The untitled film] concerns a drug epidemic that gives people a range of superpowers. The protagonist is believed to be a teenage actress of color who finds herself dealing the drug to help care for her family. Sources say Foxx will play a family man who has suffered a great loss and is desperate to trace the drug’s supply line and find its designer, while Gordon-Levitt will play a beat cop who takes law enforcement matters into his own hands.

This is an intriguing premise from writer Mattson Tomlin (who wrote and directed the 2012 drama Solomon Grundy – which, no, before you get excited, doesn’t have anything to do with the Batman character), and it sounds like it’s playing with several types of movies in one. Is it more of a sci-fi superhero story, a revenge drama, or a vigilante thriller?

I haven’t seen the past couple of movies from Joost and Schulman, but I’d describe them as the types of filmmakers who regularly make the most out of small budgets. I remember the palpable suspense they were able to generate simply by attaching a camera to a rotating floor fan in Paranormal Activity 3, and they even managed to imbue a documentary like Catfish with enough twists, turns, and style to catapult that phrase into the cultural lexicon. I’m looking forward to seeing their continual evolution as filmmakers – especially now that their next step includes teaming up with powerhouse performers like Foxx and Gordon-Levitt. Hopefully the script gives the actors enough to do, since we’ve seen them play seemingly similar characters before in films like Sleepless and The Dark Knight Rises, respectively.

The post Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Join Netflix Sci-Fi Film From ‘Catfish’ Directors appeared first on /Film.

from /Film https://www.slashfilm.com/netflix-sci-fi-film/

Ch-Ch-Changes to Vault Of Spiders, Captain Marvel Hallowe’en Spooktacular and Avengers: Hallowe’en Special

Last week, Bleeding Cool told you that the MSH Captain Marvel Hallowe’en Spooktacular #1 would now be written by Jeff Loveness and Ty Templeton, in addition to the previously solicited writer/artist Jacob Chabot. 

Now we can add Mario Del Pennino and Ty Templeton to the artist list as well.

Also in Hallowe’en changes, the Avengers: Halloween Special #1 solicited as drawn by Juanan Ramirez will now add artists Laura Braga, Luca Pizzari, and Robert Quinn. Oh and jump from a T rating to a T+ rating. Spooky…

While Vault Of Spiders #1, solicited as coming from Cullen Bunn, Javier Pulido and Sheldon Vella will be joined by writers James Asmus, Jed Mackay, and Nilah Magruder,  and artist Juan Gedeon.

Here’s how the solicits are looking now…

MSH CAPTAIN MARVEL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1
(W) Jacob Chabot, Jeff Loveness, Ty Templeton (A) Mario Del Pennino, Ty Templeton (A/CA) Jacob Chabot
EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO AND YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN GET SPOOKED!
It’s October, and you know what that means! HALLOWEEN! And with Halloween, come tricks and treats alike. But while Captain Marvel and Spidey are trying to get their sugar fix, the rambunctious rogues of the Marvel Universe will be spying and scheming from afar…
All AgesIn Shops: Oct 24, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 01, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AVENGERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1
(W) Gerry Duggan, More (A) Laura Braga, Luca Pizzari, Robert Quinn (CA) Geoff Shaw
TRICK OR TREAT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
PLUS! Spooky stories starring the X-Men & Doctor Doom!
Epic thrills and ghastly horror awaits in these all-new twisted tales! Spanning the breadth of the Marvel Universe, through the macabre lens of a murderer’s row of writers and artists assembled here, see your favorite heroes and villains as you’ve never seen them before!
Also including the Marvel Comics writing debut of Jay Baruchel (This is the End; Goon)!
Rated TIn Shops: Oct 31, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 (OF 2) SG
(W) Cullen Bunn, James Asmus, Jed MacKay, Nilah Magruder (A) Javier Pulido, Juan Gedeon, Sheldon Vella (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
•  Only a Spider-Army can stop the end of the Multiverse!
•  Meet Web-Slinger, the Spider-Man from the Wild West, in an unforgettable story by CULLEN BUNN (X-MEN BLUE) and JAVIER PULIDO (SHE-HULK).
•  He is the Emissary from Hell, he is SUPAIDAMAN! The Spider-Man from the live-action SPIDER-MAN show that aired in Japan in the 1970s is back in comics form in an insane story by JED MACKAY (EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON) and SHELDON VELLA (DEADPOOL, SPIDER-VERSE).
•  And that’s just a glimpse into the VAULT OF SPIDERS!
Rated TIn Shops: Oct 31, 2018
Final Orders Due: Oct 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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Thanks, I hate it

Welcome to Fav’d For Later, a Friday roundup of our favorite memes, trends, and all-around good internet content. This week, we will definitely not talk about dicks and other things we cannot unsee.

The internet was abuzz this week with Dong Talk™. If you missed the flurry around Donald Trump and Toad — yes, that one — then consider yourself lucky. (Everyone else, please know I, too, am on the market for brain bleach. I will report back ASAP.)

Not to be outdone by the rest of 2018’s baffling news cycle, DC jumped in with an unsolicited picture of Batman’s dick. The full-frontal comes to us courtesy of Batman: Damned #1, the first in a new limited series about the coc — *chokes* CAPED crusader.

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Bob Iger Says There Will Be a “Slow Down” of Star Wars Content

A rather odd thing happened this summer; a Star Wars movie underperformed at the box office. In May Disney and Lucasfilm released Solo: A Star Wars Story a mere five months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Despite doing very well critically Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed at the domestic and worldwide box office. Fans and critics were beginning to wonder if Star Wars could get a release every year like Marvel or Pixar could.

The Hollywood Reporter recently did an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger and he admitted that there were some issues regarding timing when the idea of too many Star Wars movies came up.

I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.

At the moment we have plenty of Star Wars content in the works. We have a new animated show coming out this year plus some content coming to the streaming service. There are still books, comics, plus Episode IX in fifteen months. The next year or so is going to be interesting to see what Disney and Lucasfilm decide to do but we probably shouldn’t expect a Star Wars movie on the big screen in 2020. If Lucasfilm decides they want that to happen they’ll have to announce, cast, and start production on something soon.

Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.

It will be flying into theaters December 20th, 2019.

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You May Not ‘Color Your Own X-Men’ Any More – But Why?

Here’s an interesting thing. John Byrne is not the greatest fan of B&W comic book art being repurposed for the adult colouring-in book market. That’s why he created his own colouring in book for IDW that told an original story. And a rather good one it was, too.

Now of course, we learn that after posting a new X-Men fanfic story online, he and Marvel have been in talks. 

There’s no word how the talks are going, but the news that the following item had been cancelled stuck out a little.

COLOR YOUR OWN X-MEN TP
(A) Various (CA) John Byrne
In a black-and-white world of hate and fear, the X-Men are a colorful force for good – and now they need your help! We’ve collected incredible illustrations from some of the finest talents ever to draw the Children of the Atom, and now it’s time for you to discover your own uncanny mutant coloring ability! X-Men Blue, X-Men Gold, X-Men Red…it’s entirely up to you! Whether it’s the black-and-yellows of the Original Five, the bold hues of the All-New, All-Different crew or the array of greens, oranges, pinks and purples that have been added to the roster over the years, all your pens, pencils and crayons will have their moment to shine. Featuring your favorite Uncanny, Astonishing, Amazing heroes and evil mutant villains – from Wolverine, Jean Grey and Cyclops to Magneto, Mystique and more! All Ages In Shops: Oct 31, 2018 SRP: $9.99

It’s the only one of Marvel’s many colouring books to be cancelled, and it’s the only one that plays off John Byrne’s name in the promotion. Could John Byrne’s sensibilities have been taken into account, and the volume cancelled ahead of a deal being worked out between them and the new  X-Men story – or other stories – being published?

It’s not outside the realms of possibility…

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