April 24, 2013 • 03:13:06 p.m.

5 Faves: Things we are excited about this week 4/4

ALBUMS

Bowie, DM, Thom Yorke, etc. 

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for music fans. Or this fan at least. Not only has there been a great new album, “The Next Day,” from old favorite David Bowie, but new releases have included one from Thom Yorke of Radiohead (with his side project Atoms for Peace, “Amok”), and the latest from newcomer Telekinesis, “Dormarion.” Add to that a new album, “Delta Machine,” from Depeche Mode, a favorite from my college days, and there’s almost too much to keep up with. So much music. So little time. – Joan Oliver

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VIDEO GAME

‘The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct’

Feeling lost since season three of “The Walking Dead” ended Sunday? Don’t want to wait until October to see the undead wreacking havoc on your TV screen? Give “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” video game a try. The game’s story begins before what we’ve seen in the television series as Daryl and Merle Dixon are just discovering those around them aren’t exactly dead after their last breath. The game requires you to make tough choices about who to add to your group when traveling and which routes to take to each destination. In other words, the story changes depending on your decisions. The possibility for multiple stories and several creative weapon choices, including a hammer, a pipe and Daryl’s crossbow, make this game a fun play. If anything, at least it will help bridge the gap until the first episode of season 4. The game is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC. – Rob Carroll

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PODCAST

‘Tech News Today’

If you’re a tech geek or just enjoy hearing the latest in tech news, TWiT TV’s “Tech News Today” is for you. Recorded live every weekday at noon (available for download or streaming later in the day), Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar and Jason Howell offer listeners a fun and friendly ride through the need-to-know tech news of the day. The show starts with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse and finishes with the randomizer, featuring one or two of the more quirky bits of the day. Find it on iTunes or at http://twit.tv/tnt. – R. Scott Helmchen

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APP

Endless Alphabet

I’ve got kids (three younger than 4), so I’m always looking for new apps to entertain them when they’re having a tough time. In general, I try to avoid putting things in front of them at all times. But sometimes you need a distraction. The Endless Alphabet app is that. Essentially, it’s a puzzle, where you drag the letters to spell out the word. While you’re dragging it, the letter makes its sound. Then, when you’re done, the app acts out the word to explain it. It’s good, it’s short and it keeps your younger child preoccupied when you need it. Available on iTunes– Jon Styf

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TELEVISION

‘Archer’

To function in polite society, one must usually stifle the inappropriate and immature comments that are frequently the first to come to mind. That’s why “Archer” is such an enjoyable half-hour break from reality as every hilarious line gives into that immature impulse. Mix that with the infallible spy theme filled with gadgets, guns and cocktails, and you’ve got yourself a show that will have you laughing in spite of yourself. The animated show follows the employees of a top secret spy agency, ISIS, who, despite their own stupidity, manage to make it through one action-packed mission after another. Getting toward the end of its fourth season, the characters, voiced by Chris Parnell, H. Jon Benjamin, and Aisha Tyler to name a few, are fully developed but still bring surprises with their outrageous puns and one-liners. The finale is April 11 on FX, and with the show getting steadily funnier, I can’t wait to see it back. – Veronica Jones


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