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Our Sights & Sounds: Sept. & Oct. 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017 at 11:43am

Music CDs & Records

Liona Boyd. No Remedy for Love. CD $14.99. The winner of five Juno Awards and known the world over as “The First Lady of the Guitar,” Boyd has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles. The central theme of her new album is love in its many incarnations, from love for the planet and animals to romantic love and love for the place she now calls home. No Remedy for Love was inspired by the melodic folk, pop and classical music she grew up with and embraces a variety of influences across its seventeen tracks. (Universal. August)

Vijay Iyer Sextet. Far From Over. CD $16.99. His fifth release for ECM since 2014 finds the keyboardist-composer and his dynamic sextet reaching a new peak. Furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call Iyer "one of the world's most inventive new-generation jazz pianists" Far From Over features a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward.The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive to the cathartically elegiac, with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. (Universal. August)

See more of our Sights & Sounds, including DVDs & Blu-Rays, after the jump...

The War on Drugs. Deeper Understanding. CD $14.99. Vinyl 2-LP Set $37.99. For the new album, The War On Drugs' frontman and long-time collaborator of Kurt Vile, Adam Granduciel, challenges the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today's modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates to create a "band record" in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn, Granduciel's gritty love of his craft succeeds in pushing the indie rock band to new heights. (Warner. August)

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer. Not Dark Yet. CD $15.99. Vinyl $28.99. Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written "Is It Too Much" to close out the ten-song set. (Sony. August)

 

DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, directed by George C. Wolfe. DVD $21.99. Blu-ray $28.99. Oprah Winfrey stars in the true story of a woman's search for enlightenment about her mother, whose cancer cells would save millions. Boasting an exceptional cast and production team, and based on Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed 2010 nonfiction best-seller of the same name, this HBO Films drama tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. (HBO Home Video. September)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, directed by David Lynch. Blu-ray $43.99. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, the 2017 release of Lynch’s feature-length series prequel to the original Twin Peaks series presents the film in a 4K digital transfer supervised by Lynch himself and with two different soundtrack options. It also includes the 90 minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes known as “The Missing Pieces,” plus interviews with Lynch, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie, along with two interviews, one brand new and one previously released, with star Sheryl Lee. (Criterion. October)

Broadchurch, The Complete Third Season. DVD $35.99. Set three years after the previous series, the eight-episodes of Season 3 focus on the sexual assault of a local middle-aged woman in the fictional, close-knit coastal town of Broadchurch in Dorset, England. Detectives Hardy and Miller begin to investigate, questioning everyone who was at the party that night, only to discover a lot of the guests have secrets they don't want revealed. In its final season, Broadchurch combines socially conscious themes with suspenseful mystery and a pair of compelling leads. (eOne Films. September)

A Fish Called Wanda, directed by Charles Crichton. Blu-ray $43.99. In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce this classic of British comedy. Now re-issued in a brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, high definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, A Fish Called Wanda finds Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister played by Cleese, embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves, prompting plenty of farce, in-fighting, and mayhem. (Arrow Video. September)

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