It’s hard to imagine the companion album to a doc about the legendary Alabama recording studio would be anything less than stellar, and “Muscle Shoals” does not disappoint, featuring tracks from Etta James and Aretha Franklin, as well as Wilson Pickett’s cover of “Hey Jude.”
“New” – Paul McCartney
Few musicians are more capable of coasting, yet on “New,” the 71-year-old explores fresh landscapes, from the nearly punkish “Save Us” to the electro “I’m Looking at Her.”
“My Name Is My Name” – Pusha T
After spending nearly 20 years in Virginia duo the Clipse, Pusha T teams up with producer Kanye West for his first solo outing, packed with guests like Rick Ross.
“John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion” John Varvatos, Holly George-Warren (Harper Design)
The menswear and Converse designer talks about how rock ’n’ roll has influenced his style, with photos of fashion trendsetters including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Patti Smith.
“Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities” Guillermo del Toro, Marc Scott Zicree (Harper Design)
The vast collection of images and objects that informed films such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” are included here along with diary entries, interviews and a foreword from James Cameron.
“The Godfather Family Album” Steve Schapiro, Paul Duncan (Taschen)
Photographer Schapiro was on the set of all three “Godfather” films, capturing Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and the rest of the cast. This hefty scrapbook includes more than 400 photos, essays
“Need for Speed: Rivals” (Electronic Arts; Ghost Games)
Out next month, the 20th installment of EA’s racing franchise will let players take on the role of a racer behind the wheel of an exotic car. New this year is a larger openworld setting, making the opportunity for mayhem even greater.
“Beyond: Two Souls” (Sony Computer Entertainment; Quantic Dream)
Playing out like a movie, this game, exclusive to the PlayStation 3, explores what happens to people after they die, and stars Ellen Page as a girl with psychic abilities. Willem Dafoe is also featured.
Remix and mash up two sets of songs with this innovative and easy-to-use app, and share creations via MashupDJ’s song stream or Facebook. Songs include tracks by Barenaked Ladies, Blue Oyster Cult, Owl City, the Ramones, Spin Doctors and the Temptations.