Slow album release week led by Jason Falkner and Juliana Hatfield
Hopefully you have some Valentine's Day candy to last you through this week for your excitement because the album pickings are slim. After a few stellar weeks with new releases from Lady Antebellum, Lil Wayne and Sade, the slate slows to a stop this week. Valentine’s Day has become a major sales pivot (look for sales of Michael Buble and Susan Boyle to go up next week), but the week after is low key. Here are a few of the Feb. 16 releases worth cheering about, but none of them will make a dent on the upper reaches of the charts.
Jason Falkner, “I’m OK, You’re OK” (Cobraside): Fans of smart pop love Jason Falkner for a good reason: he writes melodies that embed themselves in your brain and don’t let go. But if you were a Jellyfish fan, Falkner’s brilliant earlier band, you already knew that.
Juliana Hatfield, “Peace & Love” (Ye Olde): Indie rocker’s releases her 11th studio album via her own label. The set is her most acoustic effort yet and is truly a DIY project: Hatfield wrote, performed, produced, engineered and mixed everything herself. In fact, she’s probably at the CD pressing plant right now putting the CDs in the jewel cases.
Madonna, “Revolver” (Warner Bros.): Madonna’s soon-to-be former label just keeps churning out material. This time it’s an 8-song remix project featuring six remixes of “Revolver,” her single with Lil Wayne that went nowhere, plus two versions of “Celebration,” a single that should have done better. Remixers include David Guetta and Paul van Dyk. We know it's a glorified single, but we wanted to throw in some well-known name here.
Story of the Year, “The Constant” (Epitaph): St. Louis band, and former Vans Warped tour headliner, releases its second album for Epitaph. Hear the rock band’s new album for free before you buy it:
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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