NEW MUSIC/VIDEO THIS WEEK
Tuesday May 21st, 2013
NEW MUSIC, DVDS AND GAMES
This Week's CDs Include New Music from Daft Punk, French Montana, Darius Rucker and Paul McCartney's Son
• "Random Access Memories", the fourth album from the electronic duo Daft Punk. It includes "Get Lucky", which features Pharrell Williams and is their biggest hit to date.
• "Trouble Will Find Me", the sixth album by The National
• "Love Lust Faith + Dreams", 30 Seconds to Mars . . . the fourth album from the rock band featuring actor Jared Leto.
• "Black Dog Barking", the third album from the Australian rock band Airbourne. The first single off the album is called "Live It Up". Check out the video for it here.
• "A Bad Girl in Harlem", the second album from the rock band New Politics. If you're not familiar with their sound, the whole album is up at MTV's Buzzworthy blog.
• "Warning", Air Dubai . . . A five-song EP. Check out the video for the title track here.
• "Me", James McCartney . . . the son of Beatle Paul McCartney. James has released a few EPs before, but this is his first full-length album. You can preview it on iTunes.
• "The Conversation", the eighth album from the Scottish rock band Texas. You can check out the video for the title track here.
• "Seesaw", this is the second covers album from guitarist Joe Bonamassa and singer Beth Hart. The title track is an Aretha Franklin cover, and they also do Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits".
• "Excuse My French", rapper French Montana. His long-delayed debut album includes the hit singles "Pop That" featuring Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne . . . "Freaks" featuring Nicki Minaj, and "Gifted" featuring The Weeknd.
• "True Believers", the third country album from Darius Rucker. He co-wrote nine of album's 12 tracks, which include Lady Antebellum on a cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show hit "Wagon Wheel", and Sheryl Crow on "Love Without You".
(Interesting Fact: Bob Dylan technically co-wrote "Wagon Wheel". Old Crow Medicine Show wrote the song around an unfinished Dylan demo that's referred to as "Rock Me Mama".
• "Sing for You", Angie Johnson . . . A four-song EP from the Air Force staff sergeant who was a contestant on "The Voice". But she first got noticed after her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" went viral on YouTube.
• "Homeplace", the debut album by Bobby Cyrus, younger cousin of Billy Ray Cyrus. They do a duet called "Milkman's Eyes", and Bobby also coaxed Tom T. Hall out of retirement for a song called "A Rose for Marie", written by Tom and his wife Dixie.
• The score to "Star Trek Into Darkness"
This Week's DVDs Include Al Pacino's "Stand Up Guys" and Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand"
• "The Last Stand" . . . Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a sheriff who sets up a roadblock to keep a drug lord from escaping across the border. Forest Whitaker is the agent in charge of the manhunt, and Johnny Knoxville is a redneck Arnold deputizes.
• "Parker" . . . Jason Statham is a thief looking for revenge on Michael Chiklis, the leader of his old crew, who shot and left him for dead. Jennifer Lopez is also in it.
• "Stand Up Guys" . . . Al Pacino has just served 28 years for refusing to give up one of his mob buddies. Christopher Walken is a friend who picks him up from prison . . . and who's also been given the job of killing him before morning.
• "Side Effects" . . . Rooney Mara becomes a murder suspect after a new drug has unexpected side effects. Channing Tatum plays her husband, Jude Law plays the psychiatrist who prescribed the drugs, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is her former shrink.
• "Beautiful Creatures" . . . British actress Alice Englert stars in this supernatural romance of forbidden love, as a young witch who falls for a human boy. Jeremy Irons plays her uncle, and Emma Thompson plays the leader of the dark witches.
• "Struck By Lightning" was written by Chris Colfer from "Glee". He stars in it as a high school senior looking over the last few weeks of his life after he's killed. "Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland is a popular girl he blackmails, Rebel Wilson is his best friend, and Christina Hendricks plays dad's pregnant girlfriend.
New Games for "Fast & Furious", "Resident Evil", and "Call of Juarez"
"Fast & Furious Showdown" is a co-op racing game on Xbox360, PS3, PC, Wii U, and 3DS. The storyline covers events from the five earlier movies and bridges the gap between "Fast Five" and "Fast & Furious 6", which hits theaters on May 24th. You can switch roles between driver, daredevil, tactician, and gunman. It's rated (T) for Teen.
(When there's no trailer and they only release screenshots for a movie tie-in game, it's probably going to suck.)
"Resident Evil Revelations" for Xbox360, PS3, and Wii U. This was first released as a 3DS game, but now it's been expanded for consoles. The story is set between "Resident Evil 4" and "Resident Evil 5", with Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield take on a cruise ship full of horrors. It's rated (M) for Gore, Intense Violence, and Language. (Trailer)
"Call of Juarez: Gunslinger" is an old west shooter available digitally on Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network, and PC. In the fourth game in the series, you play as a bounty hunter tracking down some of history's most notorious criminals, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Jesse James. It's rated (M) for Mature. (Trailer)
"Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D" is out this Friday. It's an enhanced 3DS version of the Wii game that came out in 2010. Donkey Kong and side kick, Diddy Kong, are on an adventure to retrieve their stolen bananas. It's rated (E) for Everyone. (Trailer)
"Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" has been out for awhile, but it's only just now coming to the Wii U. Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern help Batman & Robin save Gotham from Lex Luthor and the Joker. It's rated (E10) for kids 10 and older. (Trailer)