Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TUESDAY TASTE: The TV "Fargo" and Foxygen's magnum opus among today's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Each Tuesday, we’re going to make sure you don’t miss out by highlighting a few new music and video releases to help you figure out how to spend your hard-earned home-entertainment dollar.

Here is what’s new and worth your attention, released Tuesday, Oct. 14: 

MUSIC

Foxygen, ...And Star Power. The experimental-pop duo Foxygen goes full freak-out on a double-album sprawling across 24 songs that incorporate punk, folk and orchestral pop, all in the service of a concept album about UFOs. Or radio. Or something. 


Stars, No One Is Lost. Looking for a new rolling-skating jam? Hey, who isn't? Try album-opener "From the Night" on the new album from Montreal-based indie-pop crew Stars. It's just one of many tunes blending synth bleats with crafty hooks. 


U2, Songs of Innocence. Believe it or not, the album many of us got free suddenly in our iTunes catalog thanks to U2's monster deal with Apple is actually having a traditional release, too. And while so many people kvetched about getting a free album — oh, the humanity! — that Apple was forced to create a page telling iTunes users how to delete it, Songs of Innocence is actually a better album than the old guys have released in years. Despite it's creepy album cover


DVD/BLU-RAY

The X-Men fans out there will surely flock to get their copies of X-Men: Days of Future Past, if they haven't pirated it already. And the kids might connect with Mr. Peabody & Sherman, although I'll stick with my old Bullwinkle and Rocky DVDs, thankyaverymuch! There are, though, some great new releases on video this week. 

Fargo was an unexpected treat as a TV series, one that took many of us who feel Coen Brothers' movies are not to be trifled with by complete surprise in its ability to hold onto the film's spirit while telling its own, utterly engaging story. Inlander resident TV guru Daniel Walters dug the show, and it just might find a nice place on the bookshelf alongside my array of Coen bros' features. Season 1 is a complete 10-episode story full of familiar faces and particularly strong turns from Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. 



Venus in Fur is the film version of a Tony-winning play of the same name, featuring the sexually charged and sometimes sadistic story of a playwright searching for a female lead, a seemingly ill-prepared actress, and one long night in the playwright's office while they toy with each other. Roman Polanski seems a natural in directing the film, starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amaric. 


Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is an incisive documentary about the South Boston gangster who (loosely) inspired the story of the Oscar-winning film The Departed, and the bumbling and stumbling FBI efforts that took years to take him down. 


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