Wilco and Billy Bragg: Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
This three-CD set gathers the original 1998 album, 2000's followup, and a disc of new songs, all taken from Woody Guthrie's notebooks. Wilco and Bragg worked from a bunch of lyrics the legendary folksinger left after he died, applying their own brand of rootsy Americana and even British pub-rock to the mix. There are some misses among the 47 songs, but this is mostly warm, timeless music.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Angelina Jolie's directorial debut can get messy at times. But that's to be expected from a love story set in Bosnia, filmed in Bosnia, and even spoken in Bosnian and Serbian. This home-video release includes the previously unreleased English version of the movie too, just in case you don't want to work too hard. Naturally, Jolie hammers issues into your head, but this somber film is better than you'd expect.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIII
The four movies on the latest box set from the '90s cult TV show make their DVD debuts, which is no surprise when you're dealing with stinkers like Code Name: Diamond Head and Last of the Wild Horses. At least King Dinosaur and The Castle of Fu Manchu (starring Christopher Lee as an Asian guy) are good for some laughs. Extras include some where-are-they-know? features on the MST3K crew.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
The real Tiger is a jackass crybaby. But his video game series is still lots of fun to play, especially with the controls getting more and more like the real thing every year. Seriously, there's almost no reason for us to go outside anymore. Your swing matters more than ever now, so be sure to get some practice in before you hit the tour circuit. And watch out for flying clubs!
Rocket Juice and the Moon
Does Damon Albarn ever sleep? The Blur and Gorillaz frontman's latest project is a funky Afrobeat affair that includes one of the guys who helped invent it: drummer Tony Allen, who played with Fela Kuti. Adding appropriately bubbly basslines to the whole thing is Flea, who has more to do here than he does on the latest Chili Peppers album. Erykah Badu also joins the world party.
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