Music » Culture Jamming

Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

by

BOOK -- Song: The World's Best Songwriters on Creating Music That Moves Us: This incisive read features more than 100 interviews compiled by American Songwriter magazine. Folks like Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, and Brian Wilson share their work processes, opening up about inspiration, writer's block, and -- in the case of the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne -- "the drug-induced fantastical freaky imaginative thinking."

TV -- The 49th Annual Grammy Awards: We don't watch the Grammys for Album of the Year honors. We watch the Grammys to catch live performances -- by Beyoncé, the Dixie Chicks, and the reunited Police -- and the rambling acceptance speeches. We also can't wait to see presenters like Nelly Furtado and the Black Eyed Peas stumble over their poorly scripted lines. It airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

DVD -- Hustle: Complete Season Two: This fast-moving British TV show features a group of con artists who swindle gangsters and corrupt businessmen -- kinda like modern-day Robin Hoods. The two-disc set includes all six episodes from the second season, plus a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at the making of the heart-pounding cliffhanger.

CD -- John Lee Hooker reissues: Bluesman Hooker defied the blues stereotype. Instead of singing songs about gloomy Mondays and mean ol' women, the Mississippian made party music for people to dance to. Two of his '90s albums -- Boom Boom and Chill Out -- get the deluxe treatment here, with a pair of previously unreleased bonus tracks tagged on to each. Guests like Van Morrison and Carlos Santana drop by to share licks and riffs. Boogielicious!

DVD -- Performance: This 1970 movie stars Mick Jagger as a withdrawn rock star who opens his house to a ruthless mobster who's on the run. Sex, drugs, and some of the most tripped-out scenes ever filmed converge in this long-neglected relic. The remastered disc features the original uncut theatrical version of the movie, plus a pair of insightful docs.

BOOK -- The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience: Professional writers (like Chuck Klosterman and Rick Moody) and not-so-professional writers (like Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and the New Pornographers' Carl Newman) weigh in on their all-time favorite concerts. Props go to everything from a 1955 Miles Davis gig to a White Stripes show a couple years ago.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Beautiful Awakening: We like "So Simple," the first cut on 20-year-old soul-pop singer Stacie Orrico's first CD in four years. We're not so crazy about the next 11 songs, which sound exactly like it. Orrico was 14 when she launched her career as a Christian-pop singer. Now that she's all grown up, she has other things on her mind -- like sex. Too bad she and her crew of expensive producers (including Dallas Austin and Kay Gee) blow their loads so early.

comment

Add a comment