Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of January 6th 2009


  • Ximena Sarinana Mediocre
    The Mexican actress is from cinematic royalty, but with this album she truly makes a name for herself. Like a Latina Fiona Apple, her album of jazzy, seductive grinds translates even though it’s in Spanish.
  • Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
    For their ninth record, this band took a chill pill. Yet, they still manage to keep their sonic edge with a soothing symphony of synths.
  • Erin McCarley Love, Save The Empty
    This singer/songwriter voices piano ballads about childhood playthings and morning after regrets. Wah, wah, you’re almost 30, it’s time to grow up.
  • Glasvegas Self-Titled
    Originally from Glasgow, this band sounds somewhere between U2 and a ’50s prom. The singer has an adorably swoon-worthy accent and a cool chick drummer keeps their beats, so I’m sure they’ll get a warm welcome in America.
  • Brighton Port Authority I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
    This disc is a compilation of previously and shockingly unreleased contemporary songs recorded in the Brighton Port Authority studio. How do the likes of David Byrne, Martha Wainwright, Dizzee Rascal and Iggy Pop make music that gets buried? Well, we’re glad they’re seeing the light now.


  • “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl”
    Billie Piper plays a high-class hooker with a heart of gold in the Showtime series based on a British book.
  • “The Wackness”
    Grown up kid star Josh Peck shows his teenage dark side as he plays a hip-hop loving dope dealer in mid-’90s New York City.
  • “Disaster Movie”
    Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, blah, blah, blah, crap spoof.
  • “The Tudors”
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the king of sexy. He breaks from the Catholic Church just so he can do who he wants in season two.
  • “Bangkok Dangerous”
    While the name sounds promising, especially since it stars leather-clad hottie [Simcha! Eww! — Editor] Nic Cage, it got an unbelievably low 9 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • “Righteous Kill”
    DeNiro and Pacino play veteran cops, again.
  • “Pineapple Express”
    The Monday Menage-worthy Judd Apatow flick all about drug dealers and bromancing stars Seth Rogan and a Golden Globe-nominated James Franco.
  • “Celine Sur Les Plaines”
    This crazy bitch sings in the 400th anniversary of Quebec City with special guests like her family! Beware: It’s subtitled from the original French into English.