Every Tuesday, we delve into the week's new music and DVD releases to let you know the best way to spend your dollars. It's called Tuesday Taste, and here are some samples of the best this week has to offer:
Arizona-based Calexico consistently creates sounds and songs that sonically stretch well beyond their little corner of the world. The group, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino, are regular collaborators of Neko Case, and their new album Edge of the Sun is another excellent set of music. Here's a taste:
Eels leader E (aka Mark Oliver Everett) has always been one of rock's great experimentalists, crafting a catalog that veers from genre to genre, and using an ever-changing lineup to capture the sounds in his head. The new live album Royal Albert Hall is an excellent primer on Eels music, spanning 28 songs that show Eels to be true treasures of modern rock. Fun sidenote: Journey's ex-singer Steve Perry was a semi-member of the band last year. Here's a sample from the live set:
Dwight Yoakam is the kind of rootsy performer who can give people who say they hate country music second thoughts. The dude is a rebel who eschews Nashville trappings, and occasional actor. Musically, he's a fine writer and guitarist, and killer live performer. Yoakam's latest is called Second Hand Heart. Here's a taste:
MOVIES & TV
The Babadook garnered some incredible reviews, and now the Aussie horror flick finally is available to watch at home. Your scary, lonely, dark home. Here's a taste:
I'm pretty much a Tim Burton apologist, but I've burned out on his takes on classics (Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka) and constant use of Johnny Depp (see: pretty much most of Burton's movies the past two decades). So, I was excited to see him mix it up a bit with his cast and source material for his latest, Big Eyes, the true story of artists Margaret and Walter Keane.
Stuart Murdoch of Brit rockers Belle & Sebastian wrote and directed God Help The Girl, a bit of light fare that is a bit lacking in story, but full of great tunes, as one would expect. Here's a sample: