This week, we’ve added a number of new albums to the Music Unlimited service. You can get the entire download on the Sony Entertainment Network blog here; here are this week’s highlights:
Featured New Releases
Mumford & Sons – The Road to Red Rocks
The globe-trotting Brits are back, just a few months after the colossal release of their sophomore album, Babel. The band unveiled footage of their August 2012 performance at the famous Colorado venue in their video for “I Will Wait,” and have since released a documentary/concert film about the show that was the calm before the Babel storm. This audio version includes live renditions of “Lover of the Light,” and “Ghosts that We Knew,” from the recent album, as well as “Little Lion Man,” and “Awake My Soul,” from their 2010 debut, Sigh No More. Catch them perform this Sunday at The 55th GRAMMY Awards.
If You Like: Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers
Recommended Track: “Below My Feet”
Jim James – Region of Light & Sound of God
Jim James is a man of many hats: from his group of indie rock stalwarts, My Morning Jacket, to his “Yim Yames” album of George Harrison covers, to last year’s “New Multitudes” super group tribute to Woodie Guthrie. Until now, the only branch he hasn’t taken yet is a full album of original solo material, which he now embarks on with Region of Light & Sound of God. Many of Jim’s nuances, mostly his vocals, lace the album with a sense of familiarity, alongside some new stripped electronic instrumentals for a very different kind of album. Jim plays a few release shows this month and kicks off a full tour in April through mid-May.
If You Like: My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Wilco
Recommended Track: “Know ‘Til Now”
Josh Groban – All That Echoes
The poster-child for all aspiring choir boys, Josh Groban returns after his 2010 release, Illuminations, with another set of pop-inspired music. His cross-over success as a traditional singer has earned him respect across multiple musical genres and this album features a few more light-hearted pop tunes that could create some leverage for him, including “Brave,” “Below the Line” and his cover of The Swell Season’s Oscar-winning hit, “Falling Slowly.” He kicks off an overseas tour in April and headlines a whopping three nights at the famous Hollywood Bowl in July.
If You Like: Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Tony Bennett
Recommended Track: “Brave”
Other Featured Albums Available This Week
Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension
Harry Connick Jr. – Smokey Mary
Alejandro Sanz – La Música No Se Toca
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Red – Release The Panic
Matt Pond – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand
Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
Eugene Mirman – An Evening Of Comedy In A Fake, Underground Laboratory
William Murphy – God Chaser
Night Beds – Country Sleep
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
Jewel - Greatest Hits
Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By: Great American Songbook Classics
It’s also a jam-packed week for the Video Unlimited service and PlayStation Store as we welcome aboard several of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and returning TV series!
First, own Skyfall before DVD and Blu-ray in stunning HD for an unbeatable price of just $14.99. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must destroy the threat no matter how personal the cost. Want to see more gadget-equipped super-spy in action? Check out our 007 Collection for all 23 James Bond movies starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
Next, the Ben Affleck-directed dramatic thriller Argo featuring Hollywood in a heroic role is also available before DVD and Blu-ray. This front-runner for Oscar’s Best Picture chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. A special bonus feature is included and provides an inside look at real-life experiences endured by actual houseguests, President Jimmy Carter, and Tony Mendez. Get a glimpse of actual documents and cover story!
Then, watch Academy Award winner Denzel Washington in Flight as he plays an airline pilot who miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. But even as he’s being hailed for his heroic efforts, questions arise as to who or what was really at fault. Action-packed, engrossing and powerful, Washington’s performance is being hailed as “a triumph” and one that “will be talked about for years”. Rent the movie starting at just $4.99 today.
Steering over to television and we’ve got an exciting line-up of TV premieres this week! First, Tosh.0 returns tonight on Comedy Central and the all-new episode will be available on the Video Unlimited service and PlayStation Store starting tomorrow, February 6th. Make sure you watch as the Lightning Bolt LARPer gets a Web Redemption and whatever else Daniel feels like doing.
Then, get ready for a high-octane sophomore season of Touch as it premieres on television later this week, with the first episode available starting Saturday, February 9th. In the second season, the story setting shifts from New York to Los Angeles, where Martin and Jake are on the run from the mysterious and possibly sinister research facility Aster Corps, which had shown tremendous interest in exploiting Jake’s precognitive abilities.
Last but not least, the surreal college comedy Community returns to TV this Thursday with a “Hunger Games” spoof, and the new episode will be available on the Video Unlimited service Friday, February 8th. This season, the group will study history with Professor Noel Cornwallis (guest star Malcolm McDowell, (“Entourage,” “Franklin & Bash”); they will make an unexpected trip to Pierce’s mansion on Halloween; Jeff will finally meet his long-lost dad; and Shirley will experience the joys of entrepreneurship with her sandwich shop at Greendale.