Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Seriously funny satire, classic psych-pop and new Murder by Death among new releases

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM


Every week the industrial entertainment complex unleashes new releases designed to suck up your entertainment dollar. We're here to help you decide the best ways to spend your hard-earned dollars. We call it Tuesday Taste, and it's on. 

MUSIC

Bob Dylan this week releases his album of classics, Shadows in the Night, and you can read a great interview with him right here. Here are a few other new releases well worth a listen: 

Murder by Death, Big Dark Love. The Indiana band deals in rootsy sounds and gloomy themes for the most part, but on this album they explore some new sonic territory. Here's a taste of the new music: 
Two Gallants, We Are Undone. The duo of Adam Stephes and Tyson Vogal have been playing together since hooking up in the Bay Area as pre-teens. Now in their mid-30s and five albums deep into their career, Two Gallants still make some great, stirring music together. 
The Church, Further/Deeper. This criminally underappreciated Aussie band has been together for 35 years, and they still deliver dreamy psych-pop at a ridiculously high level. They start their tour supporting the new album in Seattle at the end of the month. Here's one of the new songs: 

MOVIES & TV


The big mainstream release this week is John Wick, in which Keanu Reeves goes to extreme lengths to get revenge on the guys who killed his dog. As a former beagle owner myself, I can empathize. Or you can check in to Ouija, a movie that tries to make a children's toy scary, or the latest Nicholas Sparks bit of sentimental glop, The Best of Me

I'd suggest you check out some of these flicks instead: 

Dear White People ultimately pulls a few too many punches, but the winning satire of racial politics on modern college campuses has a lot of great (and hilarious) bits along the way. Here's a taste: 
The Overnighters is a stellar, award-winning documentary about the effects of the oil boom on the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, which was not ready for a giant influx of migrant workers. Here's a look: 
Starred Up is a gritty-as-hell prison flick about an aspiring criminal (Jack O'Connell) put into the same joint as his long-estranged, gang leader father (Ben Mendelsohn). You'll recognize O'Connell as the lead from Unbroken, but this flick got far better reviews for the young actor. 

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