- Jessica Simpson Do You Know
Simpson’s new country record, Do You Know, begs the questions, do you care? The change in sound from pop to her Texas roots is supposed to be a fresh new image for this bottle blonde, but she still sounds ready made.
- Okkervil River The Stand Ins
Austin’s indie folk hipsters, Okkervill River have seduced us so quickly with their sad stories and sexy voices. After a successful debut with 2007’s The Stage Names, track like “Pop Lie” on their sophomore effort focuses on the same professional and generational cynicism that garnished their initial rave reviews. Who knew rock stars whining about being rock stars would be so endearing?
- Metallica Death Magnet
The Metal gods of Metallica have released their ninth album, but they’ve gotten even more twisted. After recording with their producer of 15 years, Bob Rock, who has worked with basically every influential LA hair metal group, the band picked a new poison with prolific rock, rap, and pop producing superstar, Rick Rubin. It’s fresh doom and gloom for the band that’s been together for almost 30 years.
- Eric Benét Love and Life
Halle Berry’s ex-hubby has made a new record, but it seems like he’s rehashing his old relationship. Still broken hearted, the single You’re the Only One, begs for his love to come back because he believes they still have a future. Wonder what Gabriel Aubrey would say to this smooth singer puttin’ the moves on his baby mama?
- Joan Baez Day After Tomorrow
Arguably America’s most influential female folk singer, Joan Baez has recorded another album. The singer who helped to mold the hippie movement of the past is now looking toward the future in the Day After Tomorrow.
- Calexico Carried to Dust
Who knew two boys would wanna play with a xylophone? The cuties of Calexico have turned out another soothing set of Mexican influenced melodies.
- LL Cool J Exit 13
Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years. And he still sounds as tight as his muscles.
- The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition
The Coen Brothers classic has been re-released in a befitting commemorative bowling ball. Probably one of the few flicks both you and your man can watch over and over again, this movie milestone is certainly something to celebrate. The comic caper with the best cast has got it all: elitists, nihilists, a Nam vet, a hair net pedophile, an abstract artist, a cowboy, and a dude.
- Ugly Betty: Season 2
The soap opera about a Mexican-American girl who works for a fashion magazine is more addictive than guacamole. The misnomered show stars the girl crush-able America Ferrer and season two so juicy, you’ll want to take a bite outta her hot nerd boyfriend, Henry.
- Baby Mama
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler shared the Weekend Update desk on SNL and now, these funny fems have made a movie about a surrogate pregnancy. Too bad they can’t really spawn together!