Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: My Morning Jacket, Best Coast among week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:04 PM


Each week we dive into the new releases in music and home video to help you decide what to buy, watch and listen to, and what to skip. It's called the Tuesday Taste, and this week is full of some great tunes. Let's do it: 

MUSIC

This week is full of fine new releases, and picking highlights is a fool's game. But I'm just the kind of fool to do it! There are so many new albums out that at least warrant a listen that I can't even focus on Mikal Cronin, Ivan & Alyosha, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Metz and Mumford and Sons. Go spin those new records when you can. 

In the meantime, here are the three releases I'm most excited for this week: 

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall. The Louisville crew has spent a few years gathering their thoughts and whipping up some new epic riffs, and I'm giddy from what I've heard so far from the new music. And rumor has it they have enough songs recorded to put out a new set perhaps later this year or in 2016. You can stream the whole thing here, and here's a sample: 

Best Coast, California Nights.  
The duo mesmerized me with their past recordings, and seeing them live last year just cemented me as a new fan. Here's a new vid for the title track of California Nights

Mac McCaughan, Non-Believers
. The long-time lead singer of Superchunk (and long-running side project Portastatic) is putting out an album in his own name for the first time, and it touches on both his established knack for pop hooks while throwing plenty of sonic surprises at listeners. Here's a taste of a song called "Wet Leaves:"

MOVIES & TV


The big names among the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases this week include 50 Shades of Grey, which will surely do great on video among people too embarrassed to go see it in theaters — and it did pretty well in theaters, too — and Oscar-snubbed MLK bio-pic Selma

The best new release, though, might just be Mr. Turner, a film about artist J.M.W. Turner that had critics enthralled and earned several Oscar nominations despite being absent from America's megaplex theaters for the most part. Here's a look: 

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