She & Him: New Album Announcement!

She & Him (a.k.a. M. Ward and New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel) just announced the upcoming release and tracklist of their new covers album, Classics. Set for release on December 2nd, Classics will include She & Him’s interpretation of a wide range of “golden oldies” — from Broadyway and Bacharach to Sinatra and Dusty Springfield.

Classics Tracklist:
1. “Stars Fell on Alabama”
2. “Oh No, Not My Baby”
3. “It’s Not for Me to Say”
4. “Stay Awhile”
5. “This Girl’s in Love With You”
6. “Time After Time”
7. “She”
8. “Teach Me Tonight”
9. “It’s Always You”
10. “Unchained Melody”
11. “I’ll Never Be Free”
12. “Would You Like to Take a Walk”
13. “We’ll Meet Again”

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Richard Linklater: Guest Programmer on TCM Tonight!

Tonight Boyhood director Richard Linklater will serve as Guest Programmer for TCM (Turner Classic Movies). As if I didn’t love him enough! Linklater will present three of his favorite classic films as co-host with TCM’s Richard Osborne. Here’s the schedule and film descriptions from the press release:

8 p.m. (EST) – Some Came Running (1958) – Frank Sinatra stars as a disillusioned veteran who returns to his Midwestern hometown in this adaptation of James Jones’ novel. Shirley MacLaine in an Oscar®-nominated performance, and Dean Martin co-star in the film, which was directed by Vincente Minnelli and shot on location in Indiana.

10:30 p.m. (EST) – The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – John Huston’s gripping film noir follows the planning, execution and aftermath of a complex jewel robbery. Sterling Hayden stars as a down-and-out gambler hired to help with the caper. Sam Jaffe co-stars as the mastermind, with James Whitmore as the getaway driver and Louis Calhern as the financial backer. Jean Hagen also stars, and Marilyn Monroe plays a small part.

12:45 a.m. (EST) – Fanny and Alexander (1982) – Ingmar Bergman’s award-winning drama follows the lives of a brother and sister who are members of a large Swedish family full of fascinating characters. Originally intended as a four-part television drama, Fanny and Alexander was re-edited for theatrical release and went on to win four Academy Awards®, including Best Foreign Language Film.

Frank Sinatra: Best of the Best

Muruch‘s resident Sinatra expert, Brendan, shares his take below on the new Best of the Best collection featuring Sinatra recordings from both Reprise and Capitol Records.

Frank Sinatra founded Reprise Records in 1960. He would have some very good years ahead, but his best years were behind him.

A search for “Best of Sinatra” results in a preponderance of collections from the Reprise years, during which time Sinatra rerecorded many of the songs which had made him a star. These songs sound vastly superior in their original versions, released on the Capitol label in the 1950’s, which is why Best of the Best is a welcome addition to the pile of Sinatra retrospectives released in recent years.

For the first time, sparkling Sinatra cuts from the 50’s appear on a disc with some very good Reprise originals, including “Strangers In The Night,” “Summer Wind,” and “Theme From New York, New York.”

Prior to this, I would have recommended Classic Sinatra as the best Sinatra collection, but it was missing those later recordings. Anyone new to Sinatra’s music is truly getting the best of both worlds with this disc.

The deal is sweetened in the Deluxe Edition, which includes a bonus disc of Sinatra in concert at the peak of his powers in 1957. On this occasion, Sinatra’s bandleader is Nelson Riddle, the man responsible for many of those swinging 50’s arrangements. Sinatra ’57 has been out of print for years, so this is an amazing deal for under $20.

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