michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING – FEBRUARY 18

In Uncategorized on 02/18/2009 at 2:30 am

TOP PICK

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

(Shout! Factory)

Since 1976, Amnesty International has hosted benefit concerts starring everyone from English funnymen Monty Python to English rocker Peter Gabriel. This three-DVD box gathers five shows from ’76 through ’89 featuring many stellar performances, including an unplugged Pete Townshend and a pre-House Hugh Laurie.



CD

Bee Gees: Odessa

(Reprise)

Before they raised their voices and tightened their trousers for the disco explosion, the Bee Gees were a Beatlesque pop band that dabbled in folk and psychedelia. This extras-stuffed three-disc set celebrates the 40th anniversary of the group’s most mind-bending freak-out, which is loaded with baroque arrangements and flowery orchestration. Wild!



CD

Pat Green: What I’m For

(BNA/Sony BMG)

Singer-songwriter Green’s twangy ruminations on girlfriends, factory workers and long nights of drinking pack more hooks than almost anything else coming out of Nashville these days. Best: “Country Star,” a name-dropping riff on Nickelback’s bloated “Rockstar,” complete with Big & Rich, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood references.



BOOK

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 1

(Vertigo)

Before he wrote the best comic book ever (Watchmen – duh), Moore penned the almost-as-excellent Swamp Thing. This volume gathers the first eight issues in Moore’s run. The leafy creature’s stories combine complex characters, rich storytelling and a breakdown of comic convention — traits that Moore would explore and elevate even more in later works.



DVD

Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

(Capitol/EMI)

Wilson’s gooey, cluttered concept album about California was way too gooey and cluttered. But this live performance practically redeems the whole mess. Watching the large group of musicians – string players, horn players, some guy who plays the triangle – put all the pieces together in a crammed Hollywood studio reveals plenty of music-making magic.

–Michael Gallucci

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