Family Guy: Volume Nine
(Twentieth Century Fox)
The 14 episodes on this three-disc DVD are plucked from the eighth and ninth seasons of the show. As expected, there's plenty of cutaway scenes, inappropriate remarks involving race issues/gay people/sloppy sex, and pop culture references so obscure you'll need a cheat sheet by your side to get every joke. Plus, there's the special 150th episode, surely the most moving story ever involving poop-eating.
Rhett Miller: The Interpreter Live at Largo
The Old 97's frontman's solo show at the Los Angeles club in 2008 were the last two shows anyone played there before it moved to a new location. The 14 songs included on this live set are all covers, and they're all kinda cool – from Simon & Garfunkel's “Homeward Bound” and Tom Petty's “American Girl” to Elvis Costello's “Brilliant Mistake” and Pixies' “Wave of Mutilation.”
Not an Airplane: It Could Just Be This Place
Don't let the presence of two mere songs on this California band's latest album fool you. They clock in at more than 30 minutes and pack a lot more sounds than most groups' 20-track records. It's an alt-country concept album of sorts, with different movements (as well as different instruments) pulling the action along. By the time the band winds down its story of heartache, those two songs will sound like a hearty dozen.
This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl
Last year's Foo Fighters' documentary Back and Forth says a lot more about Grohl than this bio, which spends more time on the Nirvana-drummer-turned-Foos-frontman's early career. Still, writer Paul Brannigan pulls a lot of pieces from Grohl's life into the story, doing his best to link them all. What it all comes down to is his music, and This Is a Call offers a peek into the life of the man behind it.
Transformers Prime – Darkness Rising
Why is it that the animated versions of Transformers are so much better than the budget-busting live-action movies that pollute the theaters every couple of years? This one is the latest, and it's awesome. This DVD gathers the CGI show's five-part miniseries Darkness Rising and edits the episodes together for a feature-length experience that's way better than that Moon turd Michael Bay dropped last year.