Looking for some entertainment as we head into the long holiday weekend? Check out these albums and DVDs released this week.
Among the product released in conjunction of the Beach Boys’ fiftieth anniversary is this new catch-all DVD, which features interviews with the reunited band members, live performances from their 2012 tour, studio footage from the recording sessions for the 1966 “Good Vibrations” single as well as their new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and tributes to original band members Carl and Dennis Wilson. For lots more on Dennis, be sure to check out the October issue of Modern Drummer magazine.
This three-hour-plus double-DVD features commentary by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Thirty-three classic Queen videos, from mid-’70s classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Killer Queen” to ’80s hits such as “A Kind of Magic” and the Taylor-penned “Radio Ga Ga” are restored and shown in 16:9 widescreen, with audio remixed for DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.
Hammond B-3 great DeFrancesco enlists jazz legends Larry Coryell (guitar) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) on his new one. Cobb, often cited for his playing on Miles Davis’s historic 1959 album Kind of Blue, has performed and recorded with many other world-renowned artists, including Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, and Sarah Vaughan.
The fifth full-length from the band led by former Norma Jean vocalist Josh Scogin features drummer David Kennedy. The Chariot has always written its own oddly heavy rules, but this album represents a turn for the weird, according to Scogin.
Also on their fifth release is the Seattle alt-rock group Minus the Bear, who are returning to the approach of their earlier albums after 2010’s exploratory Omni. “We were building a house with the first three records,” says drummer Erin Tate. “Then with Omni we decided to go to a beach house. Now, with Infinity Overhead, we are back working on our house.”