Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including a new album from R&B crooner Joe and Frisky contributor Almie Rose’s first e-book — after the jump!
Slum Village, Evolution: if you like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, then the newest release from Detroit’s Slum Village is the perfect backyard barbecue soundtrack for this weekend.
Joe, Doubleback: Evolution of R&B: I haven’t thought about Joe in YEARS, and it looks like his most recent works have been gospel-tinged, but if you’re into Jodeci or New Edition, then Joe’s latest smooth jams will be just your steez.
The Allman Brothers, Eat A Peach: This isn’t a newbie, but the Allman Brothers classic has been reissued, so if you’re feeling extra patriotic this 4th of July, throw it on the deck with other artists like The Band and Steely Dan.
My Education by Susan Choi: If you liked Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal or Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, then Susan Choi’s terse, erotic novel about an affair in academia is just the thing.
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw: Tash Aw’s exploration of four very different young people’s lives in modern Shanghai brings to mind Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. I found a review copy of this in my local bookstore and haven’t been able to put it down.
I Forgot To Be Famous by Almie Rose: Almie Rose, blogger for Apocalypstick and a Frisky contributor, has put out her first e-book, and it’s a laugh riot. If you’re into Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and Kelly Oxford’s Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar, then this collection of essays about dating and navigating Los Angeles is perfect.