June 8, 2012 // 2:48 pm
- Sony Entertainment Network Marketing Manager Jeff Safran
is here with this weekend's new Music and Video Unlimited releases below, as follows:
This week, the Music Unlimited service features new releases from The Beach Boys, Brandi Carlile, and The Hives, as well as featured titles from Alan Jackson, The Temper Trap, Owl City, and the Japanroids.
In video, the gripping U.S. Navy SEAL-based feature Act of Valor is available purchase this week in both HD and SD, as well as Disney's John Carter, which is available in 2D or 3D!
It's all over the news, so we're bringing you our very own E3 sale in Collections & Sales offering up to 50 percent on films and TV shows like Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers, G.I. Joe and more!
Last but not least, we bring you a variety of Action flicks for just five bucks in Own $5 Films. Own gripping, edge-of-your-seat films like Black Hawk Down, 28 Weeks Later, The Next Three Days, and many more for just $5 in SD!
Get the full details on this week's highlights here
Featured New Releases:
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made the Radio
29 releases, over 100 million albums sold, three dozen Top 40 singles, 56 Top 100 hits and ten years since their last original album, The Beach Boys are back in full form, reuniting for their 50th anniversary tour and this brand new album.
Written and produced almost entirely by Brian Wilson, his return was the cornerstone of this highly successful reunion, bringing out droves of people to their summer concert leg and a continuous spotlight on the group since it was announced.
The tone is classic Beach Boys, moreso on the dreamier, lazy Sunday, "Pet Sounds" spectrum. An instant hit for fans and hopefully a few new ears as well for this timeless band.
If You Like: The Monkees, Foster the People, Simon and Garfunkel
Recommended Track: "Shelter"
Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek
Brandi Carlile has long teetered on the lines between country, pop, rock, folk and americana music. Her signature vocal twang coupled with rock sensibilities has proven over time to paint a versatile picture of her, but also a grey area, landing her in the views of fans of bands like The Fray, Maroon 5 and Tori Amos whom she has toured with.
Make no mistake though, Bear Creek is as down home as Carlile gets, with boot-stomping, guitar-picking twang and more traditional "country" tones, probably thanks in large part to producer Trina Shoemaker (Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks)
If You Like: Jeff Buckley, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn
Recommended Track: "That Wasn't Me"
The Hives - Lex Hives
A five-year absence since the last Hives record has much to do with the band's departure from their last label, self-releasing and self-producing their latest, "Lex Hives". Aligning the creative needs of the band members took time, alongside multiple mixers, who have worked with Adele, Slayer and Modest Mouse, among others and bonus tracks produced by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.
Not to mention the influence of credited principle songwriter, "Randy Fitzsimmons," their mysterious, "manager," who some say is a pseudonym for Hives bassist, Nichoulas Arson, very much in the vein of the kind of thing this quirky, high-energy band would do.
If You Like: The Vines, The Strokes, The White Stripes
Recommended Track: "Go Right Ahead"
Other Featured Titles Available This Week 6/5/12:
Alan Jackson - Thirty Miles West
The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
The Hives - Lex Hives
Patti Smith - Banga
Owl City - Shooting Star EP
Paul Simon - Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane: 10th Anniversary Edition
Rhett Miller - The Dreamer
Lenny Kravitz - Mama Said (Deluxe Edition)
Big K.R.I.T. - Live From the Underground
River City Extension - Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate
LIARS - WIXIW
Zac Brown Band - The Wind (single)
Coming Up Next Week 6/12/12:
Usher - Looking for Myself
Far East Movement - Dirty Bass
Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life
Various Artists - Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Prodigy - H.N.I.C.
Metric - Synthetica
Jimmy Fallon - Blow Your Pants Off
The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
Motion City Soundtrack - Go
Ed Sheeran - +
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Ashes and Roses
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
Cody Simpson - Preview To Paradise
Oddisee - People Hear What They See
Giant Giant Sand - Tucson
Stepdad - Wildlife Pop