Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm
This exhaustive CD set – six discs, 77 songs – replicates the whole dirty-happy experience better than anything else out there (except for the new Woodstock DVD). More than three dozen cuts have never been released, including songs by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Who. Plus, there’s plenty of crowd chatter for your next acid flashback.
Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur
These ’90s Britpoppers were more arch, clever and British than most of their contemporaries. This two-disc collection gathers 25 tracks from all seven of their albums. The best of them – like “Girls & Boys” and “Song 2” (the “woo-hoo!” song) – still thrill. The rest reveal a band that wasn’t afraid to play around a little inside the Britpop bubble.
Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Second Season
Jemaine and Bret still can’t catch a break on the second season of their hit HBO show. They’re still playing gigs in libraries. They still bomb with the ladies. And they’re still writing some of the funniest songs you’ve ever heard. The tunes aren’t as consistently great as the first season’s, but “Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor” is a straight-up classic.
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra
The movie is one long videogame, so this tie-in (for pretty much every console out there) makes much more sense than, say, the Burger King toys. It’s basically a third-person shooter with tons of big-ass weapons and cool vehicles at your disposal. But we never get tired of blowing up things. The two-player co-op mode is best.
Wii Sports Resort
The Wii Sports game that came with the Wii still gets more replay than any other game in our collection. So we totally love this follow-up. The dozen games include archery, sword fighting, basketball and canoeing. Most of them are as addictive as the first batch. Best of all, the game includes the cool new Wii MotionPlus. –Michael Gallucci