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Weekend Recommendations: Books & Music

Each weekend,’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. And hey…if you have something you want to recommend–whatever it is–drop us a line.

Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we? Okay, books and music first…

Book of the Week: Bad Girls: Film Fatales, Sirens and Molls by Tony Turtu. Collectors Press puts out a slew of books that are deliciously retro, and this one is no exception. Here you get lobby cards, posters, stills and various write-ups of such films as The Queen of Babylon, Sin and Desire (“The Story of a Girl Who Couldn’t Control Her Emotions!!”) and Naked Warriors (“Let the Games Begin!”) as the book revels in B-movie heaven. Angie Dickinson provides an interview, she who is probably one of the baddest Hollywood girls in history. (Buy it from Amazon.)

Audiobook of the Week: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, read by Stanley Tucci. Welcome to proto-noir. This is Sin City’s great-granddaddy. A drifter falls for the wife of a diner’s owner, who in turn falls for him. The owner is an asshole, making it easy and justifiable (in their minds anyway) to screw surreptitiously and plot said owner’s demise. This Harper Audio release is read by Needcoffee fave Tucci, which is reason enough to pick it up as if you needed another one besides fun with literary amorality. (Buy it from Amazon.)

Music CD of the Week: Moksha by Amjad Ali Khan. It’s almost boring talking about Real World releases, because the music is anything but. They put out albums that are the perfect antidote to contemporary radio hell. This release, features a master (he’s been playing since he was six…which was in 1951) of the sarod, an Indian instrument, in his element. Check out the tracks “Sandhya” and “Himaalaya” if you want to hear some for yourself. In fact, if you go check out the Real World website, you can download “Sandhya” in DTS urround sound. Sweet. (Buy it from Amazon.)

Comedy CD of the Week: The Best of Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield rocked the house. For some strange, the fondest memory I have of Dangerfield’s comedy was the very brief Help! reference in Back to School, where the guys enter their own dorm rooms only to discover it’s one big party-optimized dwelling. But long before he did his famous face-off against Kinison in that flick, he was on stage delivering scathing and hilarious criticisms of himself. The “No Respect” routine became his trademark, though there was much more going on than that. Eight bits are collected here in this Hip-O release. (Buy it from Amazon.)


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