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Our Sights & Sounds for Summer 2016

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:43pm

Neil Young. Earth. 2-disc CD Set $19.99. Neil Young‘s new live set, enhanced by studio overdubs, does more than offer a new take on favourites from across his storied career. In a collection of 13 songs performed without interruption over a 98 minute concert, Earth combines reinterpretations of Young's environmental songs featuring the Promise of the Real band along with sounds of the earth, from car horns to cows. The album includes tracks taken from last year’s The Monsanto Years to his 1970 classic After the Gold Rush, as well as the previously unreleased song “I Won’t Quit”. (Warner Music. June)

Jeff Beck. Loud Hailer. CD $15.99. The legendary guitarist's first studio album in six years combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power to the power of love. The record contains 11 tracks that span funk, electronic music, soul and the blues with an emphasis on vocal songs. To help him write the 11 tracks, Beck teamed up with London singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the songs, with Beck rounding out the album with two of his signature instrumentals. (Warner. July)

Paris to Kyiv. Fragmenti Remixes. CD $20.00. Paris To Kyiv’s Fragmenti was originally released in 2005, a sonic tapestry of ancient Ukrainian song fragments and contemporary sounds. Nearly 11 years later, the remix album explores crossroads between the ancient Ukrainian sounds of Alexis Kochan’s Paris to Kyiv project infused with delicately crafted 21st century electronic wizardry. Other contributors include Greece’s Cayetano, composer Joe Silva, Canadian house music pioneers Miguel Graca and Trevor Walker, and a pair of remixes by Balanced Records’ founders Kasm and Solidaze. (Indie. May)

The Beach Boys. Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Edition. 4-disc CD & Blu-ray Audio Set $95.992-disc CD Set $21.99 / Vinyl $25.99. The Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds, is universally hailed as one of popular music's most important recordings of all time. Fifty years after its original release, the 13 songs flow like few records before or after it. But what didn't make it onto the original record — the early fragmented takes of classic songs like “Sloop John B” or the snippets of dialogue between Brian Wilson and the musicians — reveals Wilson crafting the album that would become his masterpiece. (Universal. June)

Look after the jump for our favourite new Blu-Rays and DVDs...

The New World directed by Terence Malick. 3-disc Blu-ray set $52.99. Malick's singular vision of early seventeenth-century America reimagines the apocryphal meeting between British explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan native Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals, then follows Pocahontas as she marries John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and moves to England. A poetic meditation on nature, violence, love and civilization, The New World is a film of uncommon power and technical splendour that shows Malick at the height of his visual and philosophical powers. (Criterion. July)

Green Room directed by Jeremy Saulnier. DVD $26.99 / Blu-ray $29.99. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights are about to call it quits when they get a booking at a club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely a third-rate gig escalates into something sinister when they witness an act of violence they were not meant to see. Intense, emotional and ingeniously twisted, Green Room stars Patrick Stewart as the diabolical club owner in a brilliantly devious portrayal of a man who is elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying as he squares off against the surprisingly resilient punk band. (Alliance. July)

Murdoch Mysteries Season 9. 5-disc DVD set $79.99. Based on characters from the novels by Maureen Jennings, the series takes place in Toronto around the turn of the 20th century and follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary as he solves many of his cases using methods of detection, such as fingerprinting, blood testing and surveillance, that were unusual at the time. The interplay between the inquisitive though troubled and gently pious Murdoch with his more down-to-earth colleagues are what have made this resilient Canadian TV series a success around the world. (KRK. August)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller directed by Robert Altman. Blu-ray $48.99. Altman's unorthodox western may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema that transformed Hollywood in the early 1970s. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as an enterprising gambler and a bordello madam, both newcomers to a raw Pacific Northwest mining town, who join forces to create a superior kind of whorehouse. With its fascinatingly flawed characters, evocative cinematography, soundtrack, and songs by Leonard Cohen, McCabe & Mrs. Miller deglamorized and revitalized an American genre. (Criterion. August)

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