michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 08/02/2012 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Eureka: Season 5

(Universal)

The final season of the sci-fi TV show about an Oregon town populated by some of the world’s smartest people hit home video the day after the finale aired. And in typical Eureka fashion, the 13 episodes gathered on this three-disc set leave some questions unanswered, despite a last episode rushed to production to tie up loose ends. But fans wouldn’t have it any other way.

BOOK

I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story

(Da Capo)

The singer-songwriter behind “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” died in a plane crash in 1973 when he was only 30. This bio doubles as a memoir for the author, the late singer’s widow Ingrid. Croce’s life wasn’t all that complicated, though he did wrestle with some drug, anger, and groupie issues from time to time. But this book peeks behind the man with the awesome mustache.

BOOK

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Villains: An Explosive Pop-Up of Rivalries

(Jumping Jack)

On one level, this cool book is an in-your-face character study of the Marvel Comics universe, with intricate pop-ups of Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the Hulk emerging from the pages. But it’s also a tidy introduction to the heroes and villains who have been duking it out for more than 50 years now. Thumbnail bios and comic-book milestones fill you in on the histories.

MUSIC

Public Image Ltd.: This Is PiL

(PiL Official)

The band’s first album in 20 years goes on a little too long, and John Lydon has mellowed a bit since his Sex Pistols days. But there’s a solid backbeat to these groove-oriented songs, like the bubbling “One Drop.” And Lydon still finds ways to stretch words (and sometimes your patience) to their breaking points, as he spits out his lyrics like he’s still a pissed-off punk.

VIDEO

Warehouse 13: Season Three

(Universal)

Syfy’s hit series about Secret Service agents and the warehouse filled with otherworldly artifacts is kinda like Men in Black and The X-Files with a little Indiana Jones-style thrill-seeking thrown in. This three-DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the most recent season, including the special holiday episode. Best extra is the ten-part Of Monsters and Men animated web series. 

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