Mario Party 6
Mario Party 6 is the sixth installment in the Mario Party series of board game-style party video games by Nintendo and is the third game in the series made for the GameCube and was released in Japan on November 18, 2004. It is the first GameCube game to make use of a microphone add-on. Mario Party 6 is followed by Mario Party Advance and Mario Party 7. In Mario Party 6, up to four players take turns moving on board game-style stages playing multiplayer minigames to earn coins and stars; the object of the game is to amass the most stars before completing a set number of turns. This is the first game to take out the coin bonus star, replacing it with the Orb star, awarded to the player that used the most Orbs. On multiplayer boards the sun will periodically rise, producing different effects. Changes include spaces moving, different characters appearing, changes to minigames; this is reflected in two new characters and Twila, representing the sun and moon respectively. All ten playable characters from Mario Party 5 return in this game: Mario, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Waluigi, Yoshi, Koopa Kid, Boo.
Brighton and Twila, the sun and moon who watch over the Mario Party world, argue over, more popular. Mario suggests they collect as many Stars; this was the last game in the Mario Party series to have the autoplay capability in Party mode. Every Mario Party game after this will not allow there to be less than one active human player at any time, unless a code is used. Orbs are special items players can either buy with coins at the Orb Hut, they can be used in many ways to give a player an advantage, such as stealing coins from rivals, hampering a rival's progress, or obtaining stars. In Mario Party 5, these were called capsules. Unlike in Mario Party 5, the player does not have to pay to use Orbs on his or her self and may find coins in Orbs. How Orbs are used is determined by the Orb's type; these are: Self, Space and Special. Roadblock type Orbs trigger when passed. Space type Orbs transform a space into a character space and only work if a rival lands on the space. If a player stops on their own character space, they gain five Coins.
Self type Orbs add buffs to the player. Special Orbs are used automatically to protect players' coins or stars from being stolen from Pink Boo and Chain Chomp, occurrences exclusive to certain boards. Solo Mode is where a single player embarks on a special single-row board with a set number of spaces to collect minigames; the player may choose a teammate. The player plays minigames with the computer-controlled Red and Blue Koopa Kids; the dice block for Solo Mode only has the numbers 1-6 on it, unlike Party Mode where the dice blocks have numbers ranging from 1-10. At the end of the board, there is an exclusive rare minigame space, where the player receives a rare minigame without needing to play it. If the player goes past the rare minigame space, they fall off the board and lose all of the minigames they have acquired. To win, the player quit. There are eighty-two minigames in Mario Party 6. No minigames from previous installments of this series return. New to this edition are mic. and rare minigames.
In mic minigames, players must say words into the Gamecube microphone to perform different actions. The majority of rare games are obtained by stopping on the space at the end of Solo Mode, although one is purchased in the Star Bank; the minigames are divided into 4-player, 1-vs.-3, 2-vs.-2, Duel, DK, Bowser and Rare. The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. GameSpot cited the same idea of older Mario Party games. IGN criticized the game's lack of the microphone. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of three eights and one seven for a total of 31 out of 40. Mario Party 6 sold 1.65 million copies. Official website Mario Party 6 at MobyGames
Memory Lane (2012 film)
Memory Lane is a 2012 science-fiction film by American director Shawn Holmes and his directorial debut. The film world-premiered on May 6, 2012 at the Sci-Fi-London film festival in London and was funded by Shawn Holmes with a budget of less than three-hundred dollars. Of the film, Holmes stated that he was inspired to create Memory Lane after his friend Michael Guy Allen returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Filming took place in Martins Ferry and Wheeling, West Virginia. Nick is a soldier suffering from PTSD. One day while he is out jogging he meets Kayla, a suicidal young woman ready to throw herself off a bridge. Nick talks her out of the attempt and the two fall in love. Life seems to be getting better. Heartbroken, he is resuscitated by friends. Moments before he is resuscitated, Nick experiences a series of visions that lead him to believe that Kayla died because she was murdered, not because she killed herself, he decides that the only way to know the truth is to travel to the afterlife to see Kayla, which requires him to kill himself.
Michael Guy Allen as Nick Boxer Meg Braden as Kayla M Julian Curi as Elliot White Zac Snyder as Ben Haven David D'Andrea as Mitch Harper Marianna Alacchi as The Jewelry Lady Critical reception has been positive. The Hollywood News noted that "the film isn't without its faults, but they are ones inherent in low-budget filmmaking. Ain't It Cool News stated that "the concept for "Memory Lane" is a winner."In contrast, DVD Talk wrote "The story was more of a hook and less of a continuous attention-grabber." Official website Memory Lane on IMDb
Memory Lane (Denton, Maryland)
Memory Lane is a historic home located at Denton, Caroline County, Maryland. It a 2 1⁄2-story, frame Italianate-style house constructed in 1864. Notable exterior features include extensive porches, decorative brackets, an octagonal cupola; the entire front facade features a wraparound porch. Memory Lane was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Memory Lane, Caroline County, including photo from 1997, at Maryland Historical Trust
The High Kings
The High Kings are an Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 2008. The band consists of Brian Dunphy, Darren Holden and George Murphy. By June 2016, the group had released four studio albums, two live albums, two live DVDs, their first three studio albums appeared at number three or higher on the Billboard world music chart, the first two went platinum in Ireland, all of their albums charted in Ireland. After the release of their first album, the new group moved from a staged format to a more natural performance style, their third album "Friends for Life" contains both traditional Irish songs, as well as some original songs. Since the inception of the band, The High Kings has toured Ireland, the United States, Europe on multiple occasions. Together they play thirteen instruments during their performances; the group's motto is "Folk'n Roll," and their singing is noted for its close harmonies. Although they sing traditional Irish songs, they are known to sing arrangements of songs from other genres as well.
Finbarr Clancy toured the United States and Ireland in the 1990s with the Clancy Brothers, one of the most successful folk groups in Irish traditional music. He sang and played 5 string banjo, electric bass and flute with the group, which consisted at the time of Finbarr's father, Bobby Clancy, his uncles Paddy Clancy and Liam Clancy, his cousin, singer-songwriter Robbie O'Connell; as part of this group, Finbarr appeared in the Clancy Brothers' filmed Farewell to Ireland performance in 1996, which has since been released on DVD. He performed on three albums with this father, he plays the guitar and sometimes the banjo with The High Kings. Brian Dunphy got his first break as a performer in Riverdance: The Show. After two years as part of Riverdance, he became a member of The Three Irish Tenors. Dunphy had been a member of the band Druid, he released a solo album entitled, Timeless, as well, in which Darren helped cowrite some of the original material. Brian is the son of Sean Dunphy, he plays the bodhrán and guitar with the group.
Martin Furey, son of Irish folk musician Finbar Furey, formed the band Bohinta with his sister Áine in 1992. They had a top ten hit in France with the album Excalibur. Bohinta released two albums and Belladonna. Furey released Howl and concentrated on production and creative writing skills, working with Stuart Bruce, Paul White and Martin Swan, he plays the banjo, bouzouki and the modern low whistle, which his father had helped to create and develop. His singing style is characterised by frequent use of vocal ornamentation. Furey left the band in September 2017. Darren Holden starred in Riverdance: The Show on Broadway for eighteen months, he followed this success by appearing in the Broadway musical Movin' Out. Holden played the role of Billy Joel both on Broadway and on a national tour of the United States, as well as tours of Canada and Japan in 2006. Holden has released three successful solo albums. Was released in 1998 and yielded three top 20 singles in Ireland and one top 30 in Finland. Live and Learn was released in the United States in March 2003, garnering three top 40 airplay hits on the country music charts.
Roadworks followed in 2006 with success in Japan. It was produced by Tommy Byrnes. Holden plays the accordion, mandolin and keyboard with The High Kings, he continues to perform solo shows. Holden represents the band on National Television and global radio interviews and is known in media circles as the groups main spokesperson. On 10 October 2017, the High Kings announced that George Murphy would be joining the group for their Canadian tour dates, he has continued to perform with the group since playing guitar and banjo, as well as providing vocals. Murphy is from a suburb of Dublin, he is best known for his appearance on the RTE program "You're a Star." The High Kings' first album climbed to the top of the Amazon music charts worldwide. The self-titled release reached number two on Billboard Magazine's World Music chart; the album spent a total of thirty-four weeks on the chart. In 2008, the High Kings toured the United States with "Celtic Woman" as the opening act. In 2011, the High Kings toured the US again, playing in Chicago, New Haven, Philadelphia and Atlanta to promote their new album release "Memory Lane," which reached the third spot on Billboard's Top World Albums chart.
On St. Patrick's Day, they played for an American audience on "Live with Regis and Kelly," and performed on stage in Boston that night. On 18 March 2012 the High Kings headlined the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square to an estimated 15,000 people. On 20 March 2012 The High Kings were invited to perform at the Official St Patrick's Day Celebrations at The White House in Washington DC, United States; the event was attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. On 6 July 2012 The High Kings were invited to perform at the residence of the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. On 12 March 2013 The High Kings announced a forthcoming third studio album produced by Sharon Shannon and John Dunford, consisting of eight original songs and a selection of classic ballads. On 23 September 2013 The High Kings released Friends For Life on the Sony record label; the album reached number three on the Billboard Top World Albums chart. In 2016 the band performed at RTÉ's Centenary Concert to mark the 100-year anniversary of Ireland's Easter Rising.
Memory Lane (1926 film)
Memory Lane is a 1926 American silent romantic comedy film directed by John M. Stahl and starring Eleanor Boardman, Conrad Nagel and William Haines; the film's sets were designed by the art director Cedric Gibbons. The film was made by Louis B. Mayer's production company and released through First National Pictures though he worked as head of the rival MGM. A woman's wedding day jitters are compounded. Eleanor Boardman as Mary Conrad Nagel as Jimmy Holt William Haines as Joe Field John Steppling as Mary's Father Eugenie Forde as Mary's Mother Frankie Darro as Urchin Dot Farley as Maid Joan Standing as Maid Kate Price as Phone Booth Woman Florence Midgley Dale Fuller Billie Bennett William J. Mann. Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. Viking, 1998. Memory Lane on IMDb
From a Basement on the Hill
From a Basement on the Hill is the sixth and final studio album by the American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Recorded between 2000 and 2003, it was released posthumously in the UK and Europe on Domino on October 18, 2004, in the US the following day on October 19, 2004 through record label ANTI-; the album was planned as a double album, due to contractual obligations with the DreamWorks label, was incomplete at the time of Smith's death. Many of the songs Smith intended for the album remained unfinished, in some cases only lacking vocals. Smith's family hired his former producer Rob Schnapf and ex-girlfriend Joanna Bolme to sort through and finish on the batch of over thirty songs that were recorded for the album, although the estate retained final decision of which tracks to include. Many of the songs reference Smith's lifelong struggles with drug depression, his cause of death is unknown, as the coroner's report remarks that some aspects pointed to suicide and some to murder. The official nature of the case and statements from close friends state that his death is still under speculation.
It has not been investigated further. From a Basement on the Hill became Smith's highest-charting album in the US and was praised by critics, with reviewers complimenting the album's attempts to expand Smith's sound, such as the incorporation of instrumental passages, as well as heavier, guitar-based material. On October 21, 2003, Elliott Smith died of two stab wounds, presumed by many to be self-inflicted; the wounds occurred following a heated argument at the Los Angeles home of his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba. The coroner's determination was that the mode of death was undetermined and raised the possibility of homicide. Smith battled heavy drug addiction and severe depression for most of his life, although he was sober in his final days, seeking treatment at the Neurotransmitter Restoration Center in Beverly Hills and giving up alcohol, red meat, refined sugars and most of his prescribed psychiatric medications on his 34th birthday. Smith took to sobriety with the same intensity with which he took to intoxication, he found himself face-to-face with a lifetime of depression and unmanaged emotional trauma.
The album was planned as a double album, due to contractual obligations with the DreamWorks label. Smith had over fifty songs on digital hard drive, he completed mixing on nine of these tracks with several others lacking only minor revisions or final vocals. Smith's estate hired Schnapf and Bolme to complete mixing on these tracks and chose fifteen for inclusion on the album, released on ANTI- label. During the recording period for the album, Smith had recorded with Steven Drozd and Russell Simins, drummers for The Flaming Lips and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, respectively. Following Smith's death, Rob Schnapf, producer of Smith's earlier albums Either/Or, XO and Figure 8, was hired to mix and produce the album, along with Smith's former girlfriend Joanna Bolme. David McConnell, although present throughout much of the actual recording process, was not consulted during the mixing, nor was he asked for the extensive three years' worth of notes he and Smith had made while the album was being recorded.
When asked why he took up the job of finishing the album, Schnapf stated, "I had a paternal, protective feeling. I didn't want anybody mucking it up." "Coast to Coast" features poetry by Nelson Gary. Smith told Under the Radar in 2003: "I asked this friend of mine to make up something he could say as fast as he could in fifteen minutes about people healing themselves or being unable to heal themselves. While he's saying this thing there is a main vocal that goes over that." The lyric "You're keeping me around, until I drag us both down" details a dysfunctional relationship. "Pretty" was released as a single in August 2003 on Suicide Squeeze Records, along with a different version of "A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free". According to McConnell, Smith did not intend to have "Pretty" on the album. In "King's Crossing", where he sings "It's Christmas time and the needle's on the tree, the skinny Santa is bringing something to me", Smith alludes to using heroin, which he had many problems with.
Schnapf noted that the track "Ostrich & Chirping", a short instrumental made from sampling and looping the noises made by a toy bird, had nothing to do with Smith and was something that McConnell had recorded by himself. McConnell said "don't ask me how this ended up on the record, I forgot I had put that on one of his reels." From a Basement on the Hill was released on October 19, 2004 a year after Smith's death, through record label ANTI-, a sub-label of Epitaph. It peaked at No. 19 in the US. The album has been re-released by Kill Rock Stars, alongside a remastered reissue of his 1994 debut, Roman Candle; when asked what he believed the late Smith would think of the released version of the album, McConnell told Benjamin Nugent, "I don't think he would have delivered record. The record he would have delivered would have had more songs, would have had different mixes and a little more in-your-face." Schnapf expressed that the final result that he and Bolme had produced was not the album that Smith would have made because Elliott was not around to finish the album.
Bolme said that they did not add anything to the songs, only mixed whatever had been recorded: "I would never presume to add anything. We didn't add anything."In 2004 Elliott Smith had his first Top Twenty debut, as the posthumous collection of his last songs, From a Basement on the Hill, sold 43,000 copies at number 19. A
Wonderland (McFly album)
Wonderland is the second studio album by English pop rock band McFly. It was released in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2005, was a success, being certified platinum, selling over 300,000 copies in the UK peaking at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart breaking the world record for the youngest band to top the album chart twice. Despite being less of a success in the UK, the album went on to match the worldwide sales of McFly's debut album Room on the 3rd Floor, selling over one million copies; the album contains production from early collaborator Hugh Padgham, who co-produced the majority of the band's debut album, as well as production from former Busted producer Steve Power. The album follows more of a story-like narrative than the band's first album, adopts a more advanced style of pop. Unlike the band's first album, there is no hidden track on the album. Four singles were released from the album: "All About You", released as the official Comic Relief single for 2005, "I'll Be OK", "I Wanna Hold You" and the double A-side of "Ultraviolet and The Ballad of Paul K".
A deluxe version of the album was released in special gatefold packagaing, with fold-out photos of the band as well as an extended booklet. The Japanese edition of the album contains two additional tracks plus two music videos. Sharon Mawer of AllMusic said of the album: "The difficult second album was made to look easy by McFly, the four lads from London who saw Busted, their main rivals for the affections of pre-teenage hearts, split up in 2005, leaving them the only guitar-based pop band in town, McFly did not disappoint their army of fans with Wonderland. At the time of release, it contained two number one singles, "I'll Be OK" and the Comic Relief charity hit "All About You," although the Carly Simon/James Taylor B-side, track two on the CD single, "You've Got a Friend" was not included; the same mixture of good, fun 1960s-influenced pop songs and mid-tempo ballads is here, as on the debut album Room on the 3rd Floor, the opening track, "I'll Be OK," being a good example of a boy band trying to sound as little like a boy band as possible with real instruments guitars that, if you stretched your imagination, on the intro could be compared to the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," although it only lasted about fifteen seconds.
The boys felt confident enough to include a sitar on the song "Ultraviolet," which became their least successful single release to date. The turning point of the album came about halfway through - on vinyl it would have been side two - with the "All About You" track, which opened with an orchestral piece and continued throughout the song with a strummed acoustic guitar and had a woodwind instrumental break, and of course, there was quite a memorable song in there as well. This theme was expanded further on the two-part track "She Falls Asleep"—part one a dreamy instrumental heavy on the orchestral string section. One might sneer, but Wonderland was a good album from an talented group of young lads." The Wonderland Tour 2005 McFly website