Tribute to Cash on CD, video
Joe Gross, The Stuff
Back in April, ACL Live hosted an 80th birthday tribute to the Man in Black, with lifers such as Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile and many more having their way with Johnny Cash's songs. That show has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and CD as "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash."
Producer Don Was led a band featuring brilliant roots guitarist and producer Buddy Miller, drummer-to-the-stars Kenny Aronoff, Austinite and recent Rock Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan and Greg Leisz. Check out Nelson and Sheryl Crow singing "If I Were a Carpenter," and Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson on "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" (of course).
In addition, Columbia also releases "The Greatest: Country Classics," "The Greatest: Duets," "The Greatest: Gospel Songs" and "The Greatest: Number Ones" from their vast cache of Cash. (Sorry.)
Hawthorne, Calif., (OK, Los Angeles) punk legends Redd Kross crank out "Researching the Blues," their first album in 15 years. It's on Merge, which has become a friendly home for veteran acts (see also power popsters Imperial Teen, Clean guitarist David Kilgour, an upcoming album from Bob Mould).
They also have a strong reissue program, from the Sugar records a few weeks ago to several albums this week from Archers of Loaf, one of the most indie rock-sounding acts that ever indie rocked. The band's 1996 album "All the Nation's Airports" and their 1998 album "White Trash Heroes" get the deluxe double-CD and vinyl treatment.
Elsewhere, American Afrobeat outfit Antibalas releases "Antibalas" on neo-soul label Daptone. The Branford Marsalis Quartet releases the elegantly and directly titled "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" on his own Marsalis Music.
Also look for Antony and the Johnsons' live album "Cut the World" on Secretly Canadian and the excellent garage-psych outfit Apache Dropout's "Bubblegum Graveyard" on Trouble in Mind. ...
For some John Cusack fans, the 2000 movie "High Fidelity" was the beginning of the end, the start of transition from the Thinking Gal's Lifetime Crush to what he his is now, Guy Who is on Twitter More Often Than He is in Movies. It was an odd production from the start, an Americanization of a deeply British novel. Nevertheless, it also launched the movie career of one Jack Black and featured some nice shots of Cusack's beloved Chicago. It makes its Blu-ray debut today with no new extras.
Also appearing on DVD and Blu-ray today is "Marley" (also known as "Marley: A Film By Kevin MacDonald"), a thorough, thoughtful and long-awaited documentary on the life of Bob Marley, which was a South by Southwest Film Festival highlight and critical smash. Extras include a commentary from MacDonald and Ziggy Marley, an 18-minute feature on Marley's impact "Around the World," a long interview with Bunny Wailer and more. ...
Bob Spitz's "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child" hits bookstores today, as does Peter Heller's buzzy post-apocalyptic novel "The Dog Stars" and journalist Chris Hedges and illustrator/journalist Joe Sacco's polemical "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," a bleak, fist-shaking look at the effects of global capitalism in the United States.
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