Memory: The Origins Of Alien. Released in the summer of 1979, Alien was a global smash, earning over 100 million dollars in the U.S. and over 230 million worldwide. It launched the careers of Sigourney Weaver and director Ridley Scott, and spawned a number of sequels. This new documentary from Alexandre O. Phillipe looks back at the how Scott and his crew combined universal fears and ancient mythology to create one of the most iconic villains in screen history. It also charted a new direction in science fiction that is still being followed today. Anchored by a ton of behind the scenes footage and new interviews with cast members Tom Skerritt and Veronica Carthwright, it’s a fascinating look back at a sci-fi classic. Memory: The Origins Of Alien opens in theaters this weekend. You can also go to www.originsofaliendoc.com for more information.
Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson. For the follow up to his Grammy award winning A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Simpson – as he has done throughout his career – has once again flipped the script. Recorded with his touring band, Simpson produces a set that owes a lot more to groups like Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, and The Cars than it does Merle Haggard and Wayland Jennings. It’s a big, loud, guitar and synth heavy album with lyrics that thumbs its nose its record company execs, and all of the false trappings that comes with success. It’s punk in attitude, outlaw country swagger, but, to the shock of his hardcore country fans, a great rock n roll album. One of the year’s best. Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.
Cars by Ryal. The latest single from the electronic alternative pop duo Ryal (Jacque Ryal and Aaron Nevezie puts a new spin on the Gary Numan classic. They slow down the tempo, which allows the lyrical content to be more hypnotic and haunting. Ryal and Nevezie then add an extended coda with new lyrics that wonderfully expands on Numan’s vision. Ryal are hard at work on their follow up to their critically acclaimed album, Silver & Gold, but this song is an excellent primer to what’s coming up next. Cars by Ryal is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.
Year Of The Monkey by Patti Smith. For her latest book, Smith reflects on the moments that she experienced during a solo trek traveling in 2016 just after her 69th birthday. Whether its a hotel in California, a farm in Kentucky, or a walk in the Arizona desert, Smith waves in observations that are both poignant and poetic, direct point of view and what’s going on internally. She covers everything from art, literature, politics, and influences in a style and prose that we have come to know and love. It’s another great work from one of rock’s greatest writers. One of the year’s best. Year Of The Monkey by Patti Smith is available now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major book retailers.
All Arts. This app provides free access to some of public TV’s best programs including American Masters, Austin City Limits, The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Live At Lincoln Center and much more. So if you are fan of movies, music, dance, theater, or spoken word, this app is your portal to an array of entertainment. All Arts is available now through the Apple App Store. You can also go to www.allarts.wliw.org for more information.