Built around early songs not controlled by Sony/ATV publishing, even the poppiest of these indie-flavored covers, such as the Well Pennies’ version of “All My Loving,” underscore the keenly evolved songcraft. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros treat “I Saw Her Standing There” as a folksy hoedown.
“Black Nativity” Soundtrack
The Kasi Lemmons film adaptation of the Broadway musical is out Nov. 27. Get in the spirit early with gospel holiday tunes from Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Nas and Mary J. Blige.
“Artpop” – Lady Gaga
Art pop is far from the only genre the chameleonic artist explores on her third album, which is heavy on disco and techno, but works in influences from the B-52s and Blondie.
“L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food” Roy Choi (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco)
The Los Angeles chef who started the gourmet food truck craze recounts his melting pot influences from deli food to taquerias, including recipes for Korean fried chicken and tempura potato pancakes.
“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” David and Joe Henry (Algonquin Books)
A series of roughly chronological vignettes examines the life of the troubled comic genius, with attention to his many flaws as well as his movie and standup triumphs.
“Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork” Scott Gutterman with Miles Davis (Insight Editions)
The musician’s late-in-life paintings and drawings are paired with his observations and influences. Davis’ wispy, African-influenced female figures mature into bold canvases reminiscent of the work of Jean Michel Basquiat.
“Thor: The Dark World” (Gameloft)
Co-written by Marvel’s Christopher Yost, the free-to-play game serves as a well-designed companion to the movie, and features the hammer-wielding Norse god and his
sidekicks in more than 90 missions as they take on the evil Malekith and his elves.
“Clue: The Big Bang Theory Edition” (USAopoly, Warner Bros. Consumer Products)
The board game revolves around who messed with Sheldon’s stuff, with custom tokens like a defiled toothbrush, and nine rooms in Sheldon’s apartment building utilized to solve the mystery.
Adult Swim Bump Builder app (iOS/Android)
“Make an uncrappy bump, and we might put it on air,” reads the promo campaign for the app, which allows Adult Swim fans to submit their own content for the show’s signature irreverent bumpers between fare like “Childrens Hospital” and “Soul Eater.”