Jan. 14, 2014
Black Knights – Medieval Chamber (Record Collection)
I was just talking about Wu-Tang Clan's far-reaching influence on music a few days ago, and after listening to the L.A. duo's new album, it's clear that Wu continue to have a strong presence in today's scene. In fact, it was RZA who first introduced the Black Knights (aka Rugged Monk and Crisis the Sharp Shooter) to Medieval Chamber's producer, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Although this is not Frusciante's first time at the helm of an album (see his previous work with the Mars Volta), it marks his first foray into hip-hop production. The resulting 10 tracks are innovative, powerful and pay tribute to Doc Doom, a former member of the group who was shot and killed in 2007.
The Crystal Method – Self-titled (Tiny E)
It's been five years since the Las Vegas duo released an album, and in that time, the world of EDM has seen tremendous change. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland continue to explore various directions of electronic music on their fifth studio effort. Whether it's through new sounds or collaborations with guests such as LeAnn Rimes, Scars on Broadway's Franky Perez, Le Castle Vania, Nick Thayer or Dia Frampton, who provides vocals for the album's first single, "Over It." They celebrate the release with an appearance on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" this morning and a performance at the El Rey on Thursday (Jan. 16).
Supersuckers – Get The Hell (Acetate)
The band celebrates 25 years together with a new album – their ninth. Although they have delved into other genres, from country to garage rock and grunge, in the past, the Supersuckers return to their punk-rock roots on Get The Hell. The quartet recorded the album at Willie Nelson's famed Arlyn Studio in Austin, and it was mixed by Blag Dahlia of Dwarves and Andy Carpenter. If you love the snarling attitude of the Supersuckers' tales of debauchery and excess, you will love this new effort. They head out on tour in a few weeks, stopping at the Troubadour on March 21 with the Toadies.
Also available – AC Angry's Black Denim; Alexis Gershwin's Long Ago and Far Away; Ante Meridian's Sons of Heaven; Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes; Cherry Glazerr's Haxel Princess; David Broza's East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem; De La Tierra's self-titled; Eskimo Callboy's We Are the Mess; James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical; Jennifer Nettles' That Girl; Lanterns on the Lake's Until the Colours Run; Mary Chapin Carpenter's Songs from the Movie; Mustard Plug's Can't Contain It; Number One Gun's This Is All We Know; Painted Palms' Forever; POW!'s Hi-Tech Boom; Roseanne Cash's The River and the Thread; Set to Reflect's Artificial Sun; Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' Give the People What They Want; The Sleepwalker Original Soundtrack (Sondre Lerche); Switchfoot's Fading West
Find It in Everything by Drew Barrymore (Little, Brown and Company)
The actress, director and producer began building her own lifestyle brand with her Flower Cosmetics line and the debut of Barrymore Wines. She continues to venture outside the film world with this new photography book. Over the past 10 years, she has taken photos of any heart-shaped pattern she has come across. From a cloud in the sky and hole in a T-shirt to a discarded straw wrapper and teabag string floating in a mug, she has captured them all. Valentine's Day is still a month away, but Find It in Everything would be an ideal gift for a friend or romantic partner.
Also available – Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow; The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley; Duty by Robert Michael Gates; First Love by James Patterson; Healthy at Home by Tieraona Low Dog; Hollow City by Ransom Riggs; The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman; Wooden by Seth Davis
Film – Director Ryan Coogler's feature-length debut, Fruitvale Station – starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer – is based on the true story of Oakland's Oscar Grant; Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore in the reimagining of Carrie; Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener; Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels' The Butler; Riddick is the third installment of The Chronicles of Riddick series, with Vin Diesel as the title character
TV – Top Gear 20
Music – 20 Feet from Stardom; The Early Days: Leon Russell and Willie Nelson; Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition): Sully Erna's Avalon Live
Also available – A.C.O.D.; Against the Grain; Be My Valentine; Big Sur; Blue Caprice; Gasland Part II; Greedy Lying Bastards; Hawaii; The Hospital; How to Make Money Selling Drugs; I'm in Love with a Church Girl; More to Love; Our Nixon; Plus One; Rewind This!; Run; Short Term; A Single Shot; Spectacular Now; Underdogs; You're Next