Weekend Confirmed Episode 36: Thanksgiving Holiday Special

By Garnett Lee, Nov 25, 2010 1:00pm PST

Garnett, Brian, and Jeff gather round the studio with Del Rio and Brooklyn in the booth for this Thanksgiving Day special edition of Weekend Confirmed. Along with a little eggnog for holiday spirit, Whatcha' Been Playin? gets the festivities started with a closer look at Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and then the upcoming Noble maps for Halo:Reach. The Front Page takes the holiday week off. In its place, the rest of the show includes favorite holiday memories, what games come out with the family at the holidays, and your comments on some of the best topics over the past few weeks. And if you're gearing up for gift shopping or already in the thick of it you won't want to miss the final segment which covers some of the best deals and videogame gift ideas.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 36 - 11/25/2010

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

Whatcha' Been Playin: Start: 00:00:00 End: 00:30:25

Whatcha' Been Playin and Cannata-ford a New Game: Start: 00:31:30 End: 01:00:23

The Warning: Start: 01:01:33 End: 01:29:02

Music Break featuring "Back": 01:29:02 End: 01:32:20

Holiday Specials: Start: 01:32:20 End: 02:03:58

NFL 'Tailgate': Start: 02:04:56 End: 02:14:36

Music Break this week features "Back" by Ivan Ives. Ivan Ives is a new breed of rapper. Mixing golden-era style beats with synthesizers and innovative song concepts with a skin-tight flow, he brings his truth to the mic with fervor and precision.

Originally splashing onto the scene in late 2007, Ives has manifested a name for himself by garnering multitudes of press and guest appearances. Rolling Stone named him one of the next 40 artists to watch. SPIN named him one of 8 artists you should know about. URB put him in their coveted Next 1000 and CMJ gave him in an artist spotlight. XXL/Scratch said, "don't let his indie rocker persona fool you—this guy can spit." The list goes on. Ives' global clout is further solidified by the co-signers on many of his tracks: The Cool Kids, Black Milk, Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), Percee P, Oh No, Cappadonna (Wu-Tang), O.C. (DITC), 2Mex (Visionaries), Vast Aire (Can Ox), and Fresh The Hitman—his main producer.

Ives' facility with his chosen musical form should come as no surprise considering his immersion over the years in the Wu-Tang Clan, D.I.T.C., and Big L. His professed influences are so inclusive, however, that they extend from the Delfonics, Kraftwerk, and Jefferson Starship to Arvo Part, Bela Bartok, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The last one is a clue to what IS surprising about Ives‐he was born in Russia. But you'd never know it from listening to his records (or conversing with him); he sounds like a native of Los Angeles, where he's lived most of his life.

For more, check out the official Ivan Ives website and his "All My Life" video.

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest single, Small Town Hero on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page.

Jeff can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. They've gone daily so there's a new segment to watch every day of the week!

Our Official Facebook Weekend Confirmed Page is coming along now so add us to your Facebook routine. We'll be keeping you up with the latest on the show there as well.

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  • Good show as per usual.

    At some point can you compare the racing games? Now with GT5 out, it would be great to know how close the others have closed the gap. I own both a 360 and a PS3 and while I will be picking up GT5 at some point, I am wondering if I should go grab it now as it is that good, or if I am not missing much by waiting for the Classic Hits price.

    In addition, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit failed me yet again. What I want, is a racing game where I can race on a track with beautiful scenery zipping in and out of traffic. Not this 1 car that seems to be placed "just so" that I crash. No I want to come up on a line of traffic, and watch the 3rd guy in the train try to pull out to pass. I want to race down a 3 lane highway and have to react to which lane is open and go for it. The original Need For Speed Road & Track for the 3DO had a bit of this.

  • Just a quick thank you to Garnett for suggesting Kirby's Epic Yarn a few episodes back. This game wasn't even on my radar - I had dismissed it as complete fluff. But Garnett's discussion on the game and his obvious enjoyment of it made me give it a try since it seems he tends to like the same kind of games I do.

    And I'm glad I gave it a chance. This game is fun. It's borderline nauseatingly cute, and the plot is a children's story, and it's obviously Nintendo's answer to Little Big Planet, but it's flat out fun to play. I lost count of the number of times I'd just sit there during the game and go "Wow, that was cool".