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Weekly Picks: New Music and DVD/Blu-Ray Releases

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Posted April 7, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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It's Tuesday, everybody, and that means it's time for you to get knowledge-ified with my internationally recognized list of awesome music, DVD and Blu-Ray releases! You are very, very lucky to receive this wisdom.

Music:

  • Jadakiss: The Last Kiss -- The much-buzzed-about third solo album from rapper Jadakiss is destined to be the biggest commercial release on this week's list.  Because he is an expert on hip and/or hop, I asked Freestyle 101 producer Frank Meyer about this release and he said: "It sounds like 'Commercial Street Hop,' or 'Hip-Pop' if you will." I won't, but thanks, Frank. The former frontman for The Lox, Jadakiss has put out a lot of hot singles, but never a completely mind-blowing album. This could be it. You should buy it.
  • The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage -- I'm going to try to tell you how great The Hold Steady is now, but I already know if you haven't heard this rock band, I'll fail to truly express  their greatness. The Hold Steady are smart, cool, joyful, and infused with musical influences ranging  from Elvis Costello to Tom Waits, to Jack Kerouac to Bruce Springsteen to the Velvet Underground. Basically, everything cool that has been released in the last 40 or so years has found its way into one rock group. Seriously, if you like good things, you'll like this album. It's all there really is to listen to. You should buy this live CD.

  • Europe: Almost Unplugged -- Europe recorded the single "The Final Countdown." You now have "It's the final countdown!" and that keyboard riff in stuck your head. That's my gift to you. I can't imagine why you want to buy this collection of Europe's "hits" recorded with less (but not no) electric instruments. Strangely, though, you do. You want it. In a few months, you'll look at the disc on your desk and wonder why you bought it, but for now, you want it. In short: You should buy it.
     
  • Beefy: Rolling Doubles -- Beefy is a longtime friend of TheFeed and an awesome nerdcore rapper. This isn't really a super new release, but if you haven't heard Beef and his hilarious, geeky flows about comic book stores, boardgames, and dork dates, it's new to you. That other nerdcore friend of TheFeed, YTCracker, even shows up on a cut. How can you go wrong? If you haven't heard Beefy you haven't lived. Buy these tracks.

DVD Releases:

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still: This remake of a 1951 classic sci-fi stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. While the original is vastly superior to this production, the remake is still effective if you need a science fiction fix. There aren't that many huge movies out on DVD this week, so you should buy this. 
  • Yes Man: Jim Carey returns to form in this high-concept movie about a guy who decides to say "yes" to everything question, no matter how ridiculous. While it's not going to change your life or anything, say "yes" to this movie and buy it.

Blu-Ray Releases:

  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact: It's totally unfair to compare this movie to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 is a flat-out masterpiece, and this is...not. But still, 2010 ia solid piece of early '80s sci-fi. It's been largely forgotten by time, but 2010 is a solid movie, and a Blu-Ray release will give all you sci-fi cinephiles out there a crash course on how they used to do special effects before they used computers. Buy it.
  • Mars: The Quest for Life: I'm a sucker for Discovery Channel productions, especially when they are about my second favorite planet (behind Uranus, of course) of all time. This kind of Blu-Ray release is practically porn for science fans. Why not buy it? But speaking of porn...

Left-Field DVD Pick of the Week:

  • Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack: Lumberjacks are the least erotic people on earth, plus, they're functionally illiterate, so I can't imagine their diaries are interesting. But hey, if you want to know about the intimate goings-on of the Brawny paper towel mascot, you should buy this DVD.

Did I miss anything of note?

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