Picks of the week...
Rather than slogging through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week so you don't have to get it yourself.
This week we've found dancey jams from a pop prodigy in Vegas, the summer's coldest sci-fi flick, and the best cure for your space odyssey blues, now that Cosmos is off air.
Land of Love and Drowning, by Tiphanie Yanique
Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is starting to get a lot of buzz for its rich tale of love and magic set in the Virgin Islands. Land of Love and Drowning covers three generations of the Bradshaw family who have felt love, loss, drama and a little bit of magic during their emotional stay in the Caribbean, but the star character of Yanique's novel is the the island itself, in all its seductive wonder.
iTunes - $14.99
Set in a future where global warming has caused Earth to resemble something closer to Hoth, Snowpiercer is a post-apocalypic thriller where the remaining population of earth are stuck on a train fueled by a perpetual motion engine that circles the globe once every year. The film has earned praise for being one of the best sci-fi movies of the summer and after opening up to limited audiences two weeks ago, it's already available on iTunes.
iTunes - $6.99
Ab-Soul - These Days
Ab-Soul is the most lyrical member of the TDE rap group, and while his partners in crime, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q,m have been grabbing most of the spotlight this year, his third studio album is finally here. Featuring guest verses from Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Puff, Jay Rock, and of course, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, These Days is the best new rap album to hangout with this weekend.
iTunes - $11.99
America's massive Hydro-electric dams have been one of our crowning achievements in engineering ever since Roosevelt dedicated the Hoover Dam in 1935. Over 70,000 dams have dotted the US since then, but their effects on the environment have been devastating, and removing them isn't easy.DamNation explores how Americans' pride in our marvelous dams has changed to a growing awareness that our future is tied to the health of the rivers we've plugged up.
iTunes - $4.99
Shamir - Northtown
The tunes from Las Vegas' latest pop prodigy, Shamir, should have graced your earbuds by now. His sounds dances somewhere between Prince and the Jackson 5 version of Michael Jackson. It's incredibly infectious, but if you haven't gotten the Shamir bug yet, you can should check out his first EP, Northtown on iTunes.
iTunes - $3.99
The Grand Budapest Hotel
After exploring the forest of New England in Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson has taken his talents to the mountains of Zubrowka - a fictional European nation that lives somewhere in a snow globe. The opulent Grand Budapest Hotel stylishly portrays the life-changing friendship of the hotel's impossibly dignified concierge, and the lobby boy, who get thrown into an adventure after a prized and incredibly valuable painting gets stolen.
iTunes - $5.99
The Universe, by John Brockman
Now that Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson is on break, I'm turning to John Brockman to get my fix of easy-to-understand-but-totally-mindblowing science facts. In his latest book, The Universe, Brockman brings together the world's top physicists and science writers to explain the universe in all its wondrous splendor, providing insights on gravity, dark matter, the energy of empty space, and the possibility of a unified theory.
iTunes - $10.99
Braid - No Coast
Sia's new album is solid, but if you're looking for something different and fun, Braid just came out with their first album in 16 years. You'd expect a bunch of early-2000's era emo musicians to release something out of touch with current music after such a long break, but No Coast is the sound of a band that's perfectly adjusted with age.
iTunes - $9.99
The Hundred Year House, by Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai is following up her acclaimed novel The Borrower with a gothic intergenerational mystery that's full of heartbreak and love. The Hundred Year House stars a grand Midwestern estate, the Laurelfield, and the cursed Devohrs family, who has seen their family home transform into an artist colony and back again, where the occupants who stay there end up haunting it, or being haunted by it.
iTunes - $12.99