- Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy
Axl Rose’s anthemic rock voice still makes my panties wetter than the November rain. Chinese Democracy, inflated by all the hype and a very, very long wait, surprisingly lives up to its promise — even with the all new band line-up. “Better” has some of the sickest guitar squeals and “IRS” crunches the classic GNR sound. So, “This I Love” makes me think Axl wants to sing on Broadway, and his mid-life crisis frat bro meets Rasta look isn’t sexy, but the music is still solid gold. This is not an album GNR could have made in the ’80s when they were kids. It’s a bold, fresh, marvelous record that’ll bury Axl’s eccentricities and lift him up like the awesome rock star he truly is, even after all these years. Thanks for the free Dr. Pepper…and my new jams!
- The Fireman aka Paul McCartney Electric Arguments
“Will you still need me…when I’m 64?” Well, Paul McCartney has answered his own question with his latest record. It’s been 10 years since The Fireman made an album and Electric Argument is the first one with lyrics — whee! It grooves with the sound and vision Paul McCartney has made his career on. Over all, the album is full of folksy rock goodness, but after his divorce, McCartney has some rage and “Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight” surprisingly kicks with that oh-so-popular ’70s metal vibe from a man who wasn’t even making that kind of stuff back in the ’70s. It’s a surprise from the happy-go-lucky bard, yet it is successfully hard rock and modern, like a song by a hippiefied Death From Above 1979. Needless to say, if you love the Beatles, this record will not betray your devotion. In fact, it will make you want to grow up, just like Paul McCartney.
- Scott Weiland Happy In Galoshes
The former front man of ’90s alternative outfit Stone Temple Pilots and the more recent rock super group, Velvet Revolver, is on his own. Well, after you get kicked out of two big bands, what is a boy to do? This album, 10 years in the making, is all about his other recent break up — from his wife. In the face of all this self-destruction, we’re glad Scott picked himself and his guitar up and made his second smashing solo record…and we can’t believe it’s called “Happy.”
- Kelli Ali Rocking Horse
Arguably the most angelic voice in the biz, British singer Kelli Ali sings sweetly about heartbreak while a violin plays behind her. This is the fourth solo record for the former Sneaker Pimp.
- “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All”
This holiday DVD features Jon Stewart, Feist, Elvis Costello and the big man himself, Stephen Colbert.
- “Chunking Express: Criterion Collection”
This Chinese love story is so beautiful, you’ll completely sympathize with stalkers. It certainly solidified Wong Kar-wai as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time.
- “Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras”
Directed by his husband, David Furnish, this documentary is an all access pass to what Elton’s life is like on, and off, stage.
- “George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya”
In his final HBO special, the comedian will crack you up, one last time.
- “Bottle Rocket: Criterion Collection”
Even Wes Anderson’s first film is a classic. Starring the Wilson bros, it’s the heist caper that boosted the career of everyone involved.
- “David Lynch: The Lime Green Set”
A collection of selections by the renown weirdo that includes “Eraserhead,” “The Elephant Man,” and “Blue Velvet.”
- “Heart: Dreamboat Annie”
The Seattle sister act performed their seminal album live in 2007. The live DVD includes all their great guitar licks plus special interviews.
- “Back To Basics: Live And Down Under”
Christina Aguilera’s concert video from a 2007 show in Australia.