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The Apple Years Box Set by George Harrison
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In November 1968, George Harrison released ‘Wonderwall Music’. A soundtrack to an art film called ‘Wonderwall’ this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975’s soul-influenced ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ touching on experimentalism with ‘Electronic Sound’, the magnificent triple album ‘All Things Must Pass’, the chart-topping ‘Living In The Material World’ and the, perhaps, less well-known ‘Dark Horse’. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004’s ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Living In The Material World’ contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.
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Studio 360: Seth Rogen Grows Up & Critics with Attitude
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The Takeaway: Movie Date: Neighbors
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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: "I Wish I’d Made That": ‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller on ‘Children of Men
By all appearances, new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are living the American Dream – complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors’ relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning an epic Greek war for the ages. Also stars Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
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After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.
Key & Peele
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Fresh Air: For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’
All Things Considered: Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama
Morning Edition: For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes
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Wits: Keegan-Michael Key
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The Takeaway: Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama’s Endorsement
WBEZ: The Keegan-Michael Key Interview
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PB & J. Milk and Cookies. Serial Killers & Showers. Some things just go together – like sketch masters Key & Peele. They and their characters are back on DVD – bringing their honest, unvarnished and always brilliantly funny take on pop culture, race and society. From returning faves (substitute teacher!) to fresh material (paintboobs!), this is one perfect pair. Key and Peele Season Three is one not to be missed!
Seasons 1 & 2
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KEY & PEELE SEASONS 1 & 2 give viewers no choice but to laugh again at their hilarious way of examining life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. From gangsters sharing a passion for TWILIGHT, to Ice-T as a naughty puppy, or racist super heroes, KEY & PEELE showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.
We Are the Best!
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WE ARE THE BEST! is a story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as a third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters, WE ARE THE BEST! paints a joyous and sharply observant portrait of the rebellious spirit of youth and growing up different.
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams
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Review by Bill DeVille, host of The Current
It was a little daunting to get started on this album review. In this age of digital downloads, does anyone even care about albums, let alone double albums?! But once I slapped this one in, I realized how much I enjoy Lucinda Williams’ music, and how good she really is; she is one of the great songwriters of our time and an Americana legend.
For her first album in four years, she pulled out all the stops. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is a sprawling collection featuring 20 songs, almost all written by Lucinda herself. During much of her career, it seems like she overthought her albums. With this one, she has more of a devil-may-care attitude. It’s almost as if she said, “Here are my 20 songs; hope you like it!” She introduces her latest batch with the stark, somber and bluesy “Compassion,” which is based on a poem by her father, author and poet Miller Williams, which marks the first time she incorporates her father’s work into her music, and it’s where the album title was borrowed.
From there it kicks into the Tom Petty-esque rocker, “Protection,” then the album’s lead single “Burning Bridges” made me think that just because she’s been happily married for several years now doesn’t mean her music has gone soft, especially when she reels off lines like, “I can add you to a list of things that keep me up at night.” It seems like a good chunk of her material comes from relationships gone wrong; another is “East Side of Town,” which features lines like “You think you’re mister do-good/But you don’t know what you’re talking about/When you find yourself in my neighborhood/You can’t wait to get the hell out.” Maybe she kept her old diaries.
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone features an impressive cast of players. People like Jakob Dylan, Ian McLagan on keys, Elvis Costello’s rhythm section, and guitarists like Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, who lays down his swampy voodoo thing on “West Memphis,” Lucinda’s song for the West Memphis Three. White also does his thing on the greazy funk tune, “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” which is another of the album’s highlights.
There is plenty to like on this one, from the twangy country shuffle of “This Old Heartache,” where Lucinda is longing for a missing lover and features the weepy pedal steel of the legendary Greg Liesz, to the rocker “Everything But the Truth,” with McLagan’s tasty organ flourishes, and some smokin’ guitar from Stuart Mathis from The Wallflowers.
This album is simply rich with top-notch Lucinda tracks. Songs like “Foolishness,” where Lucinda unleashes about it being hard to hide in this world of TMZ and celebrity culture: “All of this foolishness in my life/What i do on my time/Is none of your business and all of mine,” and “One More Day,” which has kind of a blissful, Muscle Shoals feel.
I also must mention Lucinda’s gorgeous cover of “Magnolia,” the lovely tribute to the late J.J. Cale, which clocks in at over nine minutes, making it a stunning closer on a wonderful set of tunes.
There is a lot to absorb here, but if you are a fan of songs and songwriting, this one sounds like a classic to me. Nice work, Lucinda!
A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything by Maximus Thaler, Dayna Safferstein
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Long before supermarkets taught us what we should buy to eat, we simply looked around and ate what looked good. A Curious Harvest marks a return to this kind of thinking. Focusing on ingredients, from the common to the curious, rather than finished dishes Maximus Thaler of The Gleaner’s Kitchen offers a choose-your-own primer for preparing tasty, nutritious meals without dogma or shopping lists. Inside each ingredient is beautifully and reverently illustrated by Dayna Safferstein. On each page is information about storing and preparing, when to roast and when to juice, and what goes well with what. What you won’t find are complicated recipes requiring expensive trips to the supermarket. The result is nothing short of radical.
A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream by Eric Liu
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Airtalk: Former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu on redefining Chinese-American identity
The author examines the role of today’s Chinese Americans, describing his family’s search for identity in the traditions of both countries and reconciling the sometimes opposing views on success, virtue, power and purpose in life.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
Morning Edition: Remembering The ‘Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace’
Traces a young man’s effort to escape the dangers of the streets and his own nature after graduating from Yale, describing his youth in violent 1980s Newark, efforts to navigate two fiercely insular worlds and life-ending drug deals.
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
NPR: A Feisty Writer Spars With Her Young Protege
An elderly woman, content to sit down and write her memoir, is besieged by her family members, who involve her in a variety of dramas and follies.
Epilogue: A Memoir by Will Boast
All Things Considered: An ‘Epilogue’ That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory
The author offers an account of how, after his father, the last remaining member of his immediate family, died, he discovered while settling the estate in Wisconsin that the man he thought he knew actually had had a secret family in England prior to the one he brought to America, a revelation that prompted the author to seek out this new-found family.
Easy Street (The Hard Way): A Memoir by Ron Perlman
Fresh Air: Ron Perlman On ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ And His Many On-Screen Transformations
A revelatory personal account by the Golden Globe-winning star of the hit show Sons of Anarchy describes his coming-of-age in New York’s tough Washington Heights neighborhood, his early achievements in the East Village off-Broadway scene and his work with numerous fellow artists.
Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy
All Things Considered: 'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey
The Brian Lehrer Show: Gail Sheehy’s Passages
The Diane Rehm Show: Gail Sheehy: “Daring: My Passages”
Relating the story of her unconventional life, the author of the self-help classic “Passages” recounts her challenges and victories as a groundbreaking female journalist in the 1960s, reflects on ambition, and shares her own major life passages.
My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War by Anne Sinclair
Weekend Edition: Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In ‘My Grandfather’s Gallery’
The Leonard Lopate Show: A Family Memoir of Art and War
A singular man in the history of modern art, betrayed by Vichy, is the subject of this riveting family memoir
On September 20, 1940, one of the most famous European art dealers disembarked in New York, one of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Leaving behind his beloved Paris gallery, Paul Rosenberg had managed to save his family, but his paintings—modern masterpieces by Cézanne, Monet, Sisley, and others—were not so fortunate. As he fled, dozens of works were seized by Nazi forces and the art dealer’s own legacy was eradicated.
More than half a century later, Anne Sinclair uncovered a box filled with letters. “Curious in spite of myself,” she writes, “I plunged into these archives, in search of the story of my family. To find out who my mother’s father really was … a man hailed as a pioneer in the world of modern art, who then became a pariah in his own country during the Second World War. I was overcome with a desire to fit together the pieces of this French story of art and war.”
Drawing on her grandfather’s intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others, Sinclair takes us on a personal journey through the life of a legendary member of the Parisian art scene in My Grandfather’s Gallery. Rosenberg’s story is emblematic of millions of Jews, rich and poor, whose lives were indelibly altered by World War II. Sinclair’s journey to reclaim her family history paints a picture of modern art on both sides of the Atlantic between the 1920s and 1950s that reframes twentieth-century art history.
A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño
NPR: Bolano’s Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair
Following the sudden death of her parents, teenage Bianca drops out of school and, with her brother, falls in with two petty criminals who share their family apartment and plot a strange crime.