Spoon, 'Crazy Heart' soundtrack, Grammy noms set top Jan. 19 releases
After new chart toppers from Ke$ha and Vampire Weekend came out the first two Tuesdays of 2010, things slow down for this week. Catch your breath now because it picks back up on Jan. 26. In the meantime, let’s look at the top releases of Jan. 19.
Editors, “In This Light and On This Evening” (Fader): British band releases what it calls its “rawest” album to date. Working with producer Flood, the group hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart when “Light” was released domestically in October. Never as big in the U.S. as they are at home, the Editors, nonetheless, have a strong following stateside for their brand of moody indie rock.
Eels, “End Times” (Vagrant): Beloved group, led by Mark Everett (E), ended a four-year break between studio albums last May with the release of “Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire.” Now, less than eight months later comes the band’s eighth studio album, “End Times.” Recorded largely on a four-track recorder, “End Times” chronicles Everett’s divorce following in a long tradition of break-up albums such as “Blood on the Tracks,” “Rumours” and “Tunnel of Love.”
Motion City Soundtrack, “My Dinosaur Life” (Columbia): Pop punksters make the move from Epitaph to Columbia for their fourth studio album. The set reunites the band with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who produced the group’s second album, 2004’s “Commit This to Memory.”
Spoon, “Transference” (Merge): Revered Austin-based indie rock band fronted by Britt Daniel follows up 2007’s acclaimed “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (and two intervening EPs) with its first self-produced set. “Transference,” written by Daniel, continues the group’s lo-fi and quirky, but always charming, musical journey. We’ll see if it can debut in the top 10 as “Ga Ga” did.
Various Artists, “Crazy Heart” (New West): T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham snagged the Golden Globe on Jan. 17 for best original song from a motion picture soundtrack for “The Weary Kind.” Check out that gorgeous song and lots of other originals from “Crazy Heart,” the story of a down-and-out country singer seeking redemption. The film’s stars, Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell, deliver the goods on such songs as “Fallin’ & Flyin’” and “Hold on You.” They’re surrounded by classic tracks from Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and Townes Van Zandt.
Various Artists, “2010 Grammy Nominees” (Capitol/EMI Music): Check out 20 tracks all competing for a Grammy on Jan. 31. The collection, sales of which benefit MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation, features hits from the Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa, Kings of Leon, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Katy Perry and more.
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
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 | 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
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
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
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
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
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