DVD: Dinosaur Jr.: Live in the Middle East
The alt-rock noisemakers' 2005 reunion tour resulted in some powerful shows—none as staggering as this homecoming from Boston's Middle East venue. Co-founders J Mascis and Lou Barlow hadn't played together in 16 years, but you wouldn't know it listening to blistering versions of "Little Fury Things," "Freak Scene," and a slop-chop cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven."
CD: Aman Iman: Water Is Life
Arabic band Tinariwen has some famous fans—including Carlos Santana and Robert Plant, whose guitarist produced this terrific album. The group runs through a carnival of sounds, picking up bluesy guitar riffs and globetrotting percussion along the way. In their homeland, these guys are outlawed revolutionaries. To us, they're world-music innovators. Think of it as desert-style rock 'n' roll.
CD: The Band: The Best of a Musical History
The six discs of 2005's A Musical History box included quite a few not-so-essential tracks by Bob Dylan's onetime backing band. This single CD (plus bonus DVD) gathers the core recordings: "The Weight," "I Shall Be Released," and "Stage Fright" (but, curiously, no "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). It's the sound of sepia-toned Americana, played by the funkiest bunch of Canadians you'll ever hear.
DVD: My Fleeting House
Like son Jeff, singer-songwriter Tim Buckley's legend swelled after his untimely death. This compilation of TV appearances and interviews with former bandmates puts a face to the music. Fourteen clips span his entire, but brief, career. Best are a 1967 performance of "The Siren Song" from The Monkees and a plugged-in "The Dolphins" from The Old Grey Whistle Test.
MOVIE: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The third and final outing of this entertaining series finds Johnny Depp and his crew of swashbucklers joining forces with a bunch of other pirates to take down Davey Jones and the Flying Dutchman. Plenty of swordplay, high-seas adventure, and monsters of the deep surface. Plus, Keith Richards as Jack's dad. Aargh!
COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE: Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You
London writer Sean Thomas spent a year on assignment meeting girls online, going on dates, and (more often than not) shagging them. His seamy book chronicles all his conquests. For background, he fills you in on the first time he got laid (it involves his parents' cleaning lady) and the girlfriend he forced to have an abortion. He's like the frat-boy jackass who can't shut up about his sex life.