Motorhead, Cut Copy and 'Now 37' featuring Eminem leads slow Jan. 8 album release slate
We don’t want to say it’s another slow week when it comes to major releases because we’ll sound like a broken record. Plus, just because there’s not a potential blockbuster in the bunch doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of tasty sets coming out Feb. 8. But, for the love of God, would a name that most record buyers recognize please put out an album! Okay, we’ll calm down now, especially since we know that we that the drought temporarily ends Feb. 22 when Adele releases “21.”
In the meantime, here are Feb. 8’s top treats.
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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, “Tao of the Dead” (Richter Scale/Superballmusic): Rockers explore what happens once we slip off this mortal coil is swelling, ambitious set. Read review www.hitfix.com/blogs/immaculate-noise/posts/album-review-trail-of-deads-tao-of-the-dead
Cut Copy, “Zonoscope” (Modular): Australian dance-pop, electronic act returns with third full-length set that salutes their love of ‘80s synth but veers a little more into the pop world, via such tunes as “Take Me Over.” CC recorded the set in Atlanta with Ben Allen, who co-produced Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion.”
Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Tell Me” (Nonesuch): Protege of Black Keys’ Dan Auerback returns with her second full-length set with Auerback at the helm. The 21-year old from Ohio has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams with her delivery and blend of country and rock.
Motorhead, “The World is Yours” (UDR): With Motorhead awareness experiencing a new wave new to the popularity of “Lemmy,” the documentary on frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the band releases its 20th studio album. By now, you know the drill. Loud guitars, indecipherable lyrics and lots of heaviness.
Over the Rhine, “The Long Surrender” (Great Speckled Dog): Joe Henry produced the latest from this folk-tinged pop act, mainly stripped down to husband and wife of Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler. Remarkably, they’ve been making music for 20 years now. “Surrender” includes a duet with Lucinda Williams.
Various Artists, “NOW That’s What I Call Music 37” (Capitol/EMI): Latest U.S. iteration of the most popular music of the year includes eveything from Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” For those who aren’t quite ready to get into the digital age, but still want an aural scrapbook of the era.
Various Artists, “Waylon — The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume I,” (Scatter): To commemorate the 9th anniversary of this country legend’s passing, his widow and son ahve put together a fitting tribute that includes such like-minded artists as Jamey Johnson (“This Time”), Randy Houser (I’m A Ramblin’ Man”), and Trace Adkins (“You Ask Me To”).
Yanni, “Truth of Touch,” (YanniWake/Rocket Science): Okay, admit it. You’ve missed him. It’s the overcoiffed pianist’s first album of original tunes in eight years. If you haven’t missed him, can you admit you’ve missed the hair?
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
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
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
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
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 | 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
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
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
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