Each week we like to help you separate the awesome from the awful among the new music and home video releases. After all, no one wants to waste their hard-earned dollars.
Here is what's new and worth a look this week:
AC/DC, Rock or Bust.
Granted, if you have one AC/DC album (and chances are you do—Back in Black
has sold an estimated 50 million copies to date), you pretty much have all the AC/DC you need. But each new release comes with some new gems to the Aussie stomp-rock canon, and Rock or Bust
comes with additional intrigue thanks to dementia in rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young
and alleged murder-for-hire plots
involving drummer Phil Rudd. It's all very rock 'n' roll. Here's a taste of the new AC/DC, via a tune called "Play Ball," and it's just as subtle as one might expect:
She & Him, Classics
. Haters gonna hate, but this project of manic pixie dream girl
Zooey Deschanel and uber-talented M. Ward
has consistently delivered solid retro-sounding tunes touching on girl-group doo-wop, '60s blue-eyed soul and classic country. On this new one, the duo tackles a slew of covers ranging from the expected (Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin) to the surprising (Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert). Here's their take on Springfield's "Stay Awhile:"
Wu-Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow
. It's a little hard to believe that this new Wu-Tang album ever saw the light of day, given the hip-hoppers' utter dysfunction in how they work together
(or don't). But they did a lot of live shows this summer, and here comes a new set of East Coast rhymes that ushers the one-time sonic pioneers into middle age.
MOVIES & TV
This week's big mainstream release is the well-received Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
, and those looking for something the whole family can enjoy, from Grandma on down to the kids, might want to check out the Helen Mirren foodie flick The Hundred-Foot Journey
If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, though, consider The Congress
, a tripped-out look at Hollywood, aging and technology in which Robin Wright plays a version of herself who sells her digital likeness to "Miramount Studio" in order to care for her sick child, only to see that digital likeness become a star years later. Here's a look:
As we all eagerly await Season 2 of Broad City
to kick off on Jan. 14 (see the NSFW teaser trailer for the new season here
), Season 1 appears on DVD to remind you that Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are making some of the funniest comedy on TV or the web (where this series got its start).