Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

Culture Jamming
CD -- Warren Zevon reissues: Before he got reflective on 2003's The Wind, which was recorded while he was dying of cancer, Zevon was a funny, caustic songwriter. Three expanded reissues -- which include previously unreleased bonus tracks -- find him in his prime. Excitable Boy features his most famous songs (like "Werewolves of London" and "Lawyers, Guns, and Money"), but the live Stand in the Fire and the uncharacteristically romantic The Envoy are nearly as timeless.

DVD -- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The first season of Cartoon Network's best show gets the two-disc collector's-set treatment, complete with commentary and bonus scenes. The 13 episodes take place in a house populated by neglected made-up pals -- like the tall, furry Wilt (who's decked out in '70s-style basketball gear, just like Chamberlain) and Coco, who's part bird, part tree. Funny, imaginary, and stuffed with plenty of pop-culture references.

VIDEO GAME -- God of War II: The sequel to the head-severing classic is touted as the PlayStation 2's last hurrah. It places players on top of Mount Olympus, where they must defend the throne from various monsters and wrathful gods. Tons of intricate puzzles and sprawling landscapes await. The game starts with a bang (a battle against the mammoth Colossus of Rhodes) and never lets up.

CD -- Good Morning Revival: Good Charlotte gets a drastic makeover on its fourth album -- a slick, dazzling studio showcase that pretty much eliminates whatever punk the band had left in its pop-punk paradigm. It suits leaders Joel and Benji Madden a whole lot better than the forced sneers, misery, and anxiety of their other records. Go ahead, boys -- live it up.

BOOK -- Nirvana: The Biography: Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Everett True's perceptive read gives a combat-zone view of the ruins. True is clearly biased -- he introduced Cobain to future wife Courtney Love and often shared a stage with Nirvana. But he doesn't let his friendship with the late rocker preclude dishing dirt on Cobain's heroin addiction and first suicide attempt.

BOOK -- Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip Hop in White America: Rap music is merely the jumping-off point in Jason Tanz's fascinating chronicle of cultural bridges in contemporary society. Seattle nerdcore rappers, Midwest urban radio stations, and Chuck D all figure into the story of one white guy's obsession with black music.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- The Starz Comedy Hour: You'd think with three diverse shows in the lineup, at least one would generate some laughs. But two of them -- Head Case, which is set in a shrink's office, and the foul-mouthed puppet program The Bronx Bunny Show -- are stuffed with pointless cameos by folks like Liz Phair and Howie Mandel. Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand-Up is a showcase spearheaded by the unfunny Lawrence. The Starz Comedy Hour premieres at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Starz.

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