Every Tuesday we let you know the best of the week's new music and video releases to help you decide how to spend your hard-earned cash. It's a slower week due to Thanksgiving, but there are a few things worth your consideration. Check 'em out:
There are plenty of live sets, greatest-hits collections and "expanded editions" of old albums coming our way, as there always are this time of year. Two you might want to consider:
Soundgarden, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path.
This triple-disc set is broken down into sets of originals, covers and "oddities," and will surely thrill long-time lovers of the Northwest crew more than introduce many new fans to their thud-rock sound. You'll get the full version of "Birth Ritual" from the Singles
soundtrack, among other goodies.
Rick Ross, Hood Billionaire
. The second release by the gangster poet follows on the drug-slinging themes of Mastermind
from the Grammy-nominated MC.
MOVIES & TV
We're not going to lie — it's pretty slim pickings on the new release front for home video. There's the testosterone fest of Expendables 3
, featuring Sly Stallone and a bevy of action stars young and old (and older). There's the sci-fi of The Giver
, Tyler Perry's attempt at blending Christmas mirth and his Madea character
, and the "wait, wasn't that in theaters, like, last week" flick A Merry Friggin Christmas
, but I prefer to pretend Robin Williams never made that one.
For my money, the only worthwhile releases this week come from television.
, the web series-turned-Comedy Central hit
is one of the most entertaining half-hour shows to hit television in a long time. It's a collection of increasingly drunk comedians waxing on about important moments in history, and their rambling is then re-enacted by performers ranging from Jack Black to Winona Ryder to Kristin Wiig — it's a who's who of funny folks. The concept might leave you skeptical, but give it a shot. Now you can get the first two seasons of the show on DVD. Here's a bit of what's in store:
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol XXXI: The Turkey Day Collection
captures four episodes of the show — two from the Comedy Central era hosted by Joel Hodgson, and two from the Sci-Fi Channel era hosted by Mike Nelson. The four movies included and skewered by MST3K
's Tom Servo and Crow are Jungle Goddess
, The Painted Hills
, The Screaming Skull
. Here's a look:
And if you're looking to drive any lingering relatives or friends from the house after your Thanksgiving meal, consider popping in the ridiculously lengthy Lars Von Trier flick Nymphomaniac
, a two-parter being released on video as a "director's cut" this week. The overabundance of Shia LaBeouf should be enough to get you some peace and quiet in no time. Take a peek: