This Month's Picks

Don't Look Back [1967] [Criterion] (DVD)

The quintessential document that defines rock. Bob Dylan at the peak of his masterpiece, Bringing It All Back Home , embodies cool, proto-punk attitude during his acoustic tour of England, before his self-destructive electric tour the next year. Between seeing him create apathy toward the press, disgust to fans and rambling amphetamine driven rants, this is what rock stars emulated since 1965. More

No One Ever Tells You (CD)

Seth MacFarlane
It's not enough to simply conquer movie screens and  Sunday -night television—Seth MacFarlane can also croon like Ol' Blue Eyes. With smooth, classy arrangements that feel right at place in Rat Pack-era Vegas, Seth MacFarlane has the pipes that can swing their way around perfectly in any jazz club. More

South Atlantic Blues (CD)

Scott Fagan
The endless record digging by new record labels brings us many forgotten treasures. The latest discovery by Saint Cecelia Knows is Scott Fagan's little-known masterpiece. Blue-eyed-soul-infused psychedelia with rich arrangements that are guaranteed to be mixtape gold for the next year. Includes a conversation between Fagan and his biological son Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. More
Genre: Blues

A Night At The Odeon (CD)

After airing live on the BBC in 1975, this legendary concert had been lost to the annals of time. Queen now returns ready to destroy your speaker with operatic rock and wailing guitars. Watch Freddie Mercury in his prime not just perform, but perform rock history right in front of you. Incredible. More
Genre: Rock

Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble [5.1 Dolby Surround Sound] (CD)

The masters of cheese, Primus, have their latest album mastered in 5.1 surround sound. Taking their stoned, cartoon POV look at the  Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory  soundtrack, they morph the essential chidren's classic into a strange, grotesque joke onto itself. Far out! More
Genre: Rock

Classic Quadrophenia (CD)

Pete Townshend
The Who's Quadrophenia is, without a doubt, one of the great rock albums. Now Pete Townshend converts the already surprisingly operatic album into a glorious full on symphony. With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring special appearances by Billy Idol and Alfie Boe, Classic Quadrophenia reinvents and subverts rock into something even more spectacular. More
Genre: Rock, Classical

Timeline (CD)

The Mild High Club
The ever expanding Stones Throw Records deviates completely away from hip hop and electronic beats and treads into the world of spacey, funky, Johnathan Richman-esque vistas. In a sort of low-fi, bedroom take on indie by-way-of soul, Mile High Club's Alexander Britten shows off his skills after previously cutting his teeth with Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore and Mac DeMarco. The jams for windy, cold mornings.More
Genre: Rock

Spectre [OST] (CD)

Thomas Newman
Renowned film composer Thomas Newman's soundtrack for the latest Bond flick ebbs and flows with nuanced atmospheres and vibrant crescendos. Tracks like "Donna Lucia" are slow and mysterious, allowing tension to build until it boils over on the movements of "Snow Plane," which doesn't need its filmic hero to generate suspense as its sixteenth-note beats and strings send your pulse racing. The best part? Mexican percussion group Tambuco joins Newman's orchestra to give opener "Los Muertos Vivos Estan" its syncopated underpinning the whole soundtrack some levity with the lively "Day of the Dead." Moody and thrilling, the soundtrack is another exercise in excellence by Newman. More
Genre: Soundtracks

Glitterbug (CD)

The Wombats
This Liverpool indie-pop band's third album emits exuberance from every angle. Bright electronics, dreamy distorted guitars, and Matthew Murphy's charming, engaging vocals come together for festival-ready singalong anthems like "Emoticons." "Give Me a Try's" gleaming synth strut suggests they're successors to The Killers—smarter, but just as hooky. On "Greek Tragedy," the band proves they're more than just a party band, delivering a convincing pop power-ballad about knowing it's time to walk away. The band has said  Glitterbug  was written with an L.A. mindset, and it's easy to see The Wombats fitting in with the many electro-pop bands of Los Angeles. With  Glitterbug , The Wombats are ready for their close-up. More
Genre: Rock

Joy, Departed (CD)

Sorority Noise
It's been a while since we've had a great emo band. Sorority Noise reminds us of what we loved about acts like The Promise Ring and Sunny Day Real Estate with their loud, melodic guitars and sweet vocals. "All I wanna be is the one you sometime miss," they sing on "Corrigan" among some truly Corgan-ish guitar theatrics—how can you resist? Not all of Sorority Noise's lyrics are bummers—"Using" is an ode to getting your mojo back, with terrific shout-along vocals. When you're feeling like some heart-on-sleeve action, Sorority Noise has got your number.More
Genre: Rock