Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album
Ken Caillat – “Bubbly” singer Colbie's dad and the guy who co-produced one of the biggest albums of all time – talks about working with Fleetwood Mac in this new book. The stories about the band's 1977 album are legendary: Everyone was knee deep in booze, coke, and relationship troubles. It all made for a great album. Caillat shares his recollections, bringing a technical eye to the history.
It's not the 1960s TV show or the 2005 big-screen bomb starring Will Ferrell. Instead, this tawdry 1945 melodramatic thriller (available as a manufactured-on-demand title) is about a woman with split personalities. For the record: We prefer the crazy, jealous dame to the sweet girl we're supposed to be rooting for. It's definitely a noir cheapie from its era, but it's a whole lotta fun to watch.
Of Monsters and Men: My Head Is an Animal
This six-piece band comes from Iceland, the country that brought us both Björk and Sigur Rós. But Of Monsters and Men's music is a little more levelheaded, rarely drifting off into fairyland or inventing its own language (though there is a song about talking trees). Their debut album runs the line between folk-rock and chamber-pop, settling into lyrical and musical grooves that are as chilly as they are inviting.
Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game
After 2010's downer All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu -- a tribute to his late mother, folksinger Kate McGarrigle -- Wainwright gets back on track for his seventh album. And he sounds like he's making up for lost time, rolling through a condensed history of pop music of the past 40 years with orchestral showpieces, soft-rock ballads, and bouncy piano tunes. Welcome back.
Timeless Family Classics
The 50 movies, mostly from the '30s and '40s, gathered on these 12 discs are all over the place – from Shirley Temple fluff to Laurel & Hardy laughs to John Wayne adventures. We're not really sure if the boozy and depressing A Star Is Born is really a family film, but it's hard to argue with the best movies here, like Buster Keaton's Civil War classic The General and Charlie Chaplin's weepy The Kid.