311 – Stereolithic - The band’s 11th album is their first on their own label after leaving the major labels. Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit - New album from the soul singer/rapper best known by me as the singer of “I Need A Dollar”, but apparently known best to the rest of the world as the singer on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”, which was a #1 song in 22 countries. Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham - ex-Galaxie 500/Luna/Dean and Britta singer/guitarist’s first solo album. Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything - UK alt.rock band’s sixth album. kxm – kxm - Hard Rock super(?)-group featuring Korn’s drummer, George Lynch on guitar and Dug Pinnick on bass and vocals, which makes it sort of worth a small shot. OST – After The Dark [Soundtrack] - This is mostly score work by Korn’s (there they are again) Jonathan Davis, however, it also features four new (?) songs by Glen Phillips. Note: I do not like Korn. Ozomatli – Place in the Sun - Sometimes I feel like a sucker because any band that puts out an album as good as Ozomatli’s 1998 self-titled debut hooks me into listening to everything they ever put out after that. Rough Francis – Maximum Soul Power
- Debut album from the band formed around the children of Bobby Hackney, who was one of the members of Death. As featuring in one of 2013′s best films, A Band Called Death.
American Hustle – [SD Download] – [HD Download] - Nominated for 10 Oscars. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Beyond Outrage – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - Yakuza film directed by the great Takeshi Kitano. Homefront – [DVD]
- Dumb looking Jason Statham movie, but James Franco plays the bad guy and I don’t think I can help myself. (Note: I couldn’t help myself. Not recommended.) Inside Llewyn Davis – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] – [SD Download] – [HD Download] - While not great compared to other Coen Brothers films, it’s still a great film. Lloyd the Conqueror – [DVD] - Another LARPing comedy. This time featuring Brian Posehn. Nymphmaniac – Vol. 1 - [SD or HD Download] - Lars Von Trier’s much discussed film about a woman addicted to sex. Out of the Furnace – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] – [SD Download] – [HD Download] - Family Drama from the director of Crazy Heart. Starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. Punk In Africa – [DVD] - Documentary about the punk movement in three African countries. The Broken Circle Breakdown – [DVD] - Romantic Musical Drama about a couple whose daughter becomes ill. Nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar. The Legend Of Cool Disco Dan – [DVD] - Documentary about Washington D.C., in the 1980′s. Narrated by Henry Rollins, whose stories about those times are always entertaining. Veronica Mars – [SD Download] - [HD Download] (3/14)
- Kickstarter funded follow-up to the cult TV show.
At the end of the year, it seems very difficult to remember which films came out that year. I’ve always tried to keep a good list of the current year, so with this website, I’ve decided to publish that list and keep it current.
The criteria I’ve decided to use for a 2014 release date are: films that opened theatrically on 100 screens or more, or failing that, films that were released on home video, either through physical media or streaming.
This list will probably contain a lot of larger films that we have not bothered to list during weekly new release lists, or want to cover in any way besides a brief mention here. Continue reading →
Carla Bozulich – Boy - ex-Geraldine Fibber’s first album in eight years. Billed as her “pop” album. Cocktail Slippers – People Talk - Female garage-rock band championed (and produced) by Steven Van Zandt. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans - 10th album by the southern rockers that spawned Jason Isbell. John Gorka – Bright Side of Down - Americana artist has been going for almost three decades. Pharrell Williams – G I R L - Neptunes/N.E.R.D producer/rapper, now one of the biggest names in music thanks to Daft Punk. Album features Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Daft Punk Real Estate – Atlas - Indie-Rock band’s third album, recorded at Wilco’s studio. Robben Ford – Day in Nashville The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits The Revivalists – City of Sound - New Orleans based rock music. Toured with Galactic, Tedeshi Trucks band and more. The Unsemble – Unsemble - New instrumental project from Duane Denison, ex-The Jesus Lizard guitarist. We Are Scientists – TV en Francais Various Artists – A Psych Tribute To The Doors
- Features The Black Angels and The Raveonettes
12 Years a Slave – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - The one that won Best Picture last night at the Oscars. Awful Nice – [SD Download] - [HD Download] - [SD Streaming] – [HD Streaming] - Independent SXSW Comedy. The Grandmaster – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - Wong Kar-Wai’s kung-fu film. Hours – [DVD] - Paul Walker struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina The Last Days on Mars – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - Short filmmaker Ruari Robinson finally makes his first feature film (after previously being attached to the live action Akira). This involves Liev Shreiber and Olivia Williams on Mars. Oldboy – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - Absolutely pointless remake of the essential 2003 South Korean thriller. Untold History of the United States – [DVD]
- This 10 part series from Showtime and Oliver Stone looks at events in history which went under reported. Watch the first episode for free.
Every week there are about a thousand new albums released on CD, and countless more released on digital downloads, streaming, free with your phone or any other way people can think to market their music to you in an astonishingly over-crowded marketplace. Each week we highlight some we are interested in hearing, and at the end of the following month we will be publishing what wound up as our favorites.
By my estimation, I listened to about a hundred new albums that were released in January 2014. These are my five favorite songs of the month.
Every week there are hundreds of films released on DVD, Blu-Ray or digital streaming and download. Each week we highlight some we are interested in watching, and at the end of the following month we will be publishing what wound up as our favorites.
In January 2014 we spotlighted 62 titles making their way to home video, of which I started 41, and finished 28. These are my five favorites:
Blue Is the Warmest Color - [DVD] – [Blu-Ray] – [SD Download] – [HD Download] - Cannes-Winning, Golden Globe-Nominated, NC-17 French lesbian drama. Detroit Unleaded - [DVD] Frozen – [SD Download] – [HD Download] Gravity – [DVD] – [Blu-Ray] – [Blu-Ray 3D] - One of the best films of the year. The Great Beauty – [SD Download] – The Great Beauty [HD] - Italian comedy/drama. Won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Nominated for the Oscar. Played at Cannes. Homefront – [SD Download] – [HD Download]
- Dumb looking Jason Statham movie, but James Franco plays the bad guy and I don’t think I can help myself.
Lost in Thailand – [DVD] – Blu-ray] - Apparently this is China’s answer to the Hangover. It’s also the highest grossing Chinese film of all time. Muscle Shoals – [DVD] – [Blu-ray] - Documentary about the historic recordings studios in Alabama. Sundance and SXSW selections. Nebraska – [DVD] – [Blu-Ray] - Alexander Payne’s sixth feature stars Bruce Dern as a man travelling to meet his estranged son. Nominated for six Oscars. The Last Elvis - [DVD] - Argentinian drama about an Elvis impersonator. Sundance 2012. Thor: The Dark World – [DVD] – [Blu-Ray] – [Blu-Ray 3D] – [SD Download] – [HD Download] - Make Mine Marvel. Wait – [DVD] - “Two sisters decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life.”
Beck – Morning Phase - 12 years after Sea Change, Beck returns to the same sound for his 12th album. Hamell on Trial – The Happiest Man in the World - For 25 years, Hamell on Trial has been performing acoustic punk rock, making people think and making them laugh. Lo-Fang – Blue Film - Classically traind folktronica act’s debut album. Touring with Lorde. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project - Her first solo album in 18 years. Produced by Four Tet.