Marvelous!

A superhero videogame tops this week's picks

TOP PICK

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

(Activision)

The best thing about this videogame (for pretty much every console) is that no superhero in the Marvel universe is too obscure. Are you a Penance fan? He's here. What about Songbird? She's here too. The gameplay is a lot like the original Alliance: You and up to three pals load up heroes with powers and kick ass through various maps. We call dibs on Spidey!

CD

Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty

(Capitol/EMI)

The last of 2009's deluxe remastered Beasties CDs adds a bonus disc — filled with B-sides, remixes and live cuts — to the 1998 album. But the real thrill here is the beefed-up sound: Funky and spacey noises buzz in and out of songs like "Intergalactic" and "Body Movin'," making Nasty the most aurally adventurous Beasties record since Paul's Boutique.

DVD

Jack Johnson En Concert

(Brushfire)

This document of Johnson's 2008 European tour doesn't offer too many surprises: The likable singer-songwriter hangs around with fans before a show, surfs during the day and talks about love. Mostly, though, he performs his laid-back songs onstage for a bunch of French, German and British people, who sing along to almost every word.

DVD

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

(VH1)

This funny, poignant and occasionally rockin' movie tells the story of a real-life Spinal Tap — old-school Canadian metalheads who never quite hit the big time. Fans like Lars Ulrich and Slash talk up the band's influence (Anvil's best-known album is called Metal on Metal), but it's the guys' own stories that'll leave you cheering.

CD

Sliimy: Paint Your Face

(Perezcious/Warner Bros.)

The first artist signed to Internet gossip jackass Perez Hilton's record label is every bit as gay as Hilton. But this 20-year-old Frenchman isn't nearly as annoying, loading his debut with rinky-dink synths and bubbly singalong pop. His ballads really don't go anywhere, but the springy melodies are more fun than drawing dicks on celebrity faces.

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