Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez. The future looked bright for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Teaming up with Rob Gronkowski, their two tight end formation set a new standard, breaking league records for the position. He then signed a five year, 40 million dollar extension, and, with his long time girlfriend and baby daughter, moved into a new 1 million dollar home in a Massachusetts suburb. It all came crashing down when Hernandez was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd (the boyfriend of his girlfriend’s sister) and implicated in two murders in Boston. In this new Netflix limited series, director Geno McDermott talks to friends, officials, attorneys, journalists, former teammates – along with the audio of calls that Hernandez made while in prison – to show how a star athlete and devoted family man became a convicted felon who would take his own life in 2017. The three part series covers all facets: the fractured, complicated home life, his struggles with his sexuality; and how drugs, alcohol and an undiagnosed case of CTE may have played a role in his shaping his violent nature. It points out of the warning signs and red flags that everyone is his orbit missed and how quickly people and the organizations associated with Hernandez distanced themselves once the truth came to light. It’s a fascinating and frightening look at one of the most disturbing sports-related crime stories on record. Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez is available now on Netflix.
El Dorado by Marcus King. He’s only 23, but Marcus King has been playing professionally for over a decade and has recorded three critically acclaimed albums under The Marcus King Band. But now, after gaining national attention with a show stopping set at Eric Clapton’s 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, King is releasing his first official solo album. Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, King fuses rock, soul, R&B, gospel and country that stands alongside the classic recordings that came out of Memphis in the late 60s and early 70s. His guitar work crushes, but what really stands out is King’s vocals, which convey a feel and experience well beyond his years. The ballads on the album – particularly ‘Wildflowers & Wine’ – will wreck you. Auerbach’s production work keeps it simple, presenting a live in the studio feel that gives King and the band – which includes American Sound Studio vets Gene Chrisman (drums), and keyboardist Bobby Wood – plenty of room to let the material come free and easy. This officially marks the arrival of the next great singer-songwriter-guitarist and the the first great album of 2020. El Dorado by Marcus King is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming outlets. You can also go to www.marcuskingbang.com for more information.
Radiohead Public Library. This latest project from the beloved British rock band is culls together nearly 30 years of their history including rare tracks, live music, remix EPS, art work, previously unseen photos shot in the studio and links to buy their albums and love performance footage. Highlights include their debut 1992 EP Drill; 1993’s three song ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ single; their documentary Meeting People Is Easy and much more. You can also receive a printable library card to help purchase merch! Christmas may have come and gone, but this is a better-late-than never gift for fans of one of the most beloved bands of the past 30 years. Radiohead Public Library is available now through www.radiohead.com.
New York City: Collecting New York Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious. Since 1923, The Museum of The City Of New York has been collecting and telling the countless stories that makes life in NYC so great. Now this new exhibition looks as some of the best photos the Museum has made part of its permanent collection over the past three years. It includes John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of the Dakota shortly before his death in 1980; Sid Vicious being led away by cops for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen; Billie Holliday and Count Basie rehearsing for the CBS-TV special ‘The Sound Of Jazz’; Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie on a Manhattan rooftop, Run DMC hanging out in Hollis, Queens and much more. It’s a great look back at how the arts and culture blended in beautifully in the Greatest City In The World. Collecting New York Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious will be at The Museum Of The City Of New York through December 31st. You can also go to www.mcny.org for tickets and more information.
Los Angeles: The Museums Annual Free For All. If you are looking to introduce your family or friends to art, cultural heritage, natural history or science, over 40 museums in the Southern California area will be free to the pubic on Saturday. The La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, The Japanese American National Museum, The Descanso Gardens, Skirball and The Autry are just some of the venues that will take part, with special events designed to add even more spice to an already cool day out. A great way to quench your artistic thirst without taking a bit financial hit. The Museum Annuals Free For All Day will take place on this Saturday, January 25th. You can also go to www.socialmuseum.org for a complete list of participating venues and more information.