michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — SEPTEMBER 9

In Uncategorized on 09/09/2009 at 1:30 am

TOP PICK

Big Star: Keep an Eye on the Sky

(Rhino)

These power-pop legends released only two albums during their lifetime (a long-lost third record and a reunion album came out later). Yet this massive box manages to fill four CDs with plenty of previously unreleased tunes. Most of them are demos and alternate takes, but like most everything else Big Star did, they’re kinda great.


DVD

Important Things With Demetri Martin: Season One

(Comedy Central)

Deleted scenes and commentary beef up the first seven episodes of comedian Martin’s bizarre sketch and variety program. Each show explores a single theme – like power or brains – with cartoons, prop comedy and music. Pals like David Cross drop by, but it’s Martin’s weird takes on life that bring the funny.


VIDEO

The Office: Season Five

(Universal)

We still wish they’d drop the whole Jim/Pam romance (the British one worked because they didn’t get together until after the show ended), but the show’s cast became one of television’s tightest during its fifth season – even with boss Michael at a rival paper company. Blu-ray bonuses include more than three hours of deleted scenes and four hilarious webisodes.


CD

Os Mutantes: Haih or Amortecedor

(Anti-)

These Brazilian rockers haven’t made a record in 35 years, and there’s only one original member left. But time has been kind to Sergio Dias, who leads this new group of Mutantes through a set of jangly pop, traditional Tropicália and mind-blowing psych workouts. Here’s your chance to hear some new music by an old hipster favorite.


CD

Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome

(2nd Story Sound)

Wainwright’s two-disc project is more than a mere album; it’s a biography of Charlie Poole, a country-music pioneer who drank himself to death at age 39 in 1931. The essays, lyrics and guests (like Wainwright’s famous kids Rufus and Martha) put Poole in perspective. The songs – some traditional, some newly penned by Wainwright – give it heart. –Michael Gallucci

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