March 11, 2014
Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit (Interscope)
While Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III's third album does feature an acoustic version of "Wake Me Up," the mega-hit co-written by him, Mike Einziger and Avicii, you'll discover that there's so much more to the Southern Californian singer-songwriter and musician after listening to all of Lift Your Spirit's tracks. Whether it's a song to get your body moving, like second single "The Man," "Love Is the Answer" and "Can You Do This," or the soaring "Red Velvet Seat," Aloe Blacc's soulful vocals will undoubtedly Lift Your Spirit. He is performing at both weekends of Coachella in April and as part of the James Brown celebration at Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 13.
Metronomy – Love Letters (Because/Elektra)
The British quartet, led by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joseph Mount, holed up in the proudly analogue Toe Rag Studios to record their highly anticipated fourth album, the follow-up to 2011's Mercury Prize-nominated The English Riviera. With innovative tracks like "I'm Aquarius," "The Most Immaculate Haircut" and a title track that boasts a video by the Oscar-winning Michel Gondry, Love Letters does not disappoint. Metronomy invade the Fonda Theatre on June 17.
Ozomatli – Place in the Sun (Vanguard)
No other L.A. band captures the diversity of the city better than the seven-piece, who in nearly 20 years of working together have toured the world, won multiple Grammys, penned a theme song for the Dodgers and had April 23rd declared "Ozomatli Day" by Los Angeles. With their eighth full-length the Latin rock and hip-hop continue representing the region with songs that transcend genre lines, such as the lively title track, "Paleta" with Voces Del Rancho and "Brighter," which features Dave Stewart. Head over to Amoeba Music at 6 p.m. tonight for a free in-store performance from the band, who sign copies of Place in the Sun after their set.
311 – Stereolithic (311)
Happy 311 Day! Longtime fans who aren't able to celebrate with the fivesome in New Orleans this evening can take comfort in today's release of their 11th album. For Stereolithic, the debut offering on their own label, the band reunited with Scott "Scotch" Ralston, who produced the two albums that propelled them to mainstream success, 1997's Transistor and 1999's Soundsystem. As a result, tracks like "Five of Everything" – which has a video helmed by Jigsaw friends director Brian Bowen Smith and editor B Love – "The Great Divide," "Existential Hero" hearken back to the super energetic early days of the group.
Also available – Architects UK's Lost Forever//Lost Together; Charlie Oxford's self-titled; Dean Wareham's self-titled; Disasteratti's Cerebral Hack Artist; Don Williams' Reflections; Elbow's The Take Off and Landing of Everything; The Fat White Family's Champagne Holocaust; Juanes' Loco De Amor; Laibach's Spectre; Ledisi's The Truth; Lune's Music & Sports; MØ's No Mythologies to Follow; Sara Evans' Slow Me Down; September Girls' Cursing the Sea; Tensnake's Glow; Thomas Azier's Hylas; Tying Tiffany's Drop; Warm Soda's Young Reckless Hearts; Young Money's The Rise of an Empire
Available this week – 10% Happier by Dan Harris; The Accident by Chris Pavone; Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer; Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn; Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty; The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD; Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin; Night Broken (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs; Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte; Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy; Power Play by Danielle Steel; The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition by David Allen Sibley; Stone Cold (A Joe Pickett Novel) by C. J. Box; Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke; The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, M.D. and Eve Adamson (March 13)
Film – Belgium's The Broken Circle Breakdown, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, was based on the play written by Mieke Dobbels and Johan Heldenbergh, who also stars in the film as one half of the bluegrass-loving couple at the center of this drama. Actress/singer Veerle Baetens plays his other half and gives a powerful performance as Elise and Didier's love story unfolds; I just read Markus Zusak's heart-wrenching bestseller, loved it and am curious to check out the film adaptation of The Book Thief, starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse; Written and directed by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis delves into the folk scene of 1961 Greenwich Village with a cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman
TV – Big History; Rogue: Complete First Season; Trinity: Complete First Season
Music – Carl Palmer - Decade: 10th Anniversary Celebrating the Music of Emerson Lake & Palmer; Eric Clapton - The 1970s Review; Punk in Africa; Sensation: The Story of the Who's Tommy
Also available – All Things to All Men; Commitment; A Cross to Bear; Dark House; Enemies Closer; Homefront; The Hungover Games; In Fear; Out of the Furnace; The Outsider; Pig; Puncture Wounds