Though an unusual pairing at first blush, the Philly hip-hop collective-turned-Fallon house band turn out to be inspired collaborators for the Brit songwriter, laying down sumptuously vintage grooves to support some of Costello’s most sensual tunes in years.
Body/Head – “Coming Apart”
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon provides plenty of deceptively melodic noise and hauntingly enigmatic vocals on her minimalist collaboration with bandmate Bill Nace.
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land”
While it never equals the druggy, feel-bad carnality of his earlier mixtapes, Abel Tesfaye’s album is never short on robo-R&B ambiance or sexy misanthropy.
“Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life” Graham Nash (Crown Archetype)
In his own words and photos, Nash reflects on his romance with Joni Mitchell, his friendships with the Beatles, Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and his long career both solo and with Crosby, Stills & Nash.
“Tribute: Vincent Price” CW Cooke
Roger Corman provides the intro for this Bluewater comicbook version, available digitally and in print, telling the horror master’s life story. Bluewater’s also done bios on Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Capra and James Dean.
“Jim Henson: The Biography” Brian Jay Jones (Ballantine)
This doorstop-sized bio is sure to be savored for its exhaustive look at the late Muppet-master, drawn from his diaries and interviews with his family.
NHL 14 (EA Sports)
While EA’s “Madden” and “FIFA” games get more attention, the publisher’s hockey franchise scores a noticeable update with the latest installment. Gameplay is much improved, with player movements on the ice more realistic than ever.
Tiny Death (The Game Atelier)
The producers of the bizarre “Flying Hamster” have launched this free-to-play game for Apple’s iPhone and iPad that has gamers control cute pint-sized Grim Reapers as they harvest souls and battle creatures like a four-headed puppy.
Apple and Android users can channel their inner Godards with this ilmmaking/video posting app and network from the founders of YouTube that lets users shoot and edit videos up to an hour long, as well as remix other users’ videos.