New releases for Feb. 28, 2012: School of Seven Bells, “Hugo,” Anthony Shadid’s memoir “House of Stone”
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band School of Seven Bells, which includes Lawton-born guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza, has released its third album, “Ghostory.”
It’s the first album for SVIIB to release as a duo; Deheza’s sister Claudia left the group in 2010. “Ghostory” is billed as boasting the influences of ’80s pop, shoegaze and ambient electronic sounds. It also comes with a story in mind: the tale of a young girl named Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life.
For film fans, Martin Scorsese’s beautiful fantasy “Hugo,” which won five Oscars Sunday, dropped on DVD and Blu-ray today. The movie version of Brian Selznick’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” won for art direction, cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. It tied with “The Artist” for the most Academy Award wins this year.
New to the bookshelf, the final book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Oklahoma native Anthony Shadid has been released. Before he died Feb. 16 at age 43 while covering the civil war in Syria for The New York Times, Shadid wrote “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East,” a memoir about his efforts to renovate an abandoned and looted house built by his great-grandfather in a Lebanese village. Shadid spoke passionately about the book when he visited The Oklahoman and spoke to those of us in the News and Information Center last year, and I can’t wait to read it.
Shadid was a reporter for 25 years, 15 of them as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, starting with the Associated Press and The Boston Globe. He died of an apparent asthma attack.
Here is a list of new CDs, DVDs and books out this week, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
School of Seven Bells, “Ghostory.”
Lyle Lovett, “Release Me.”
Celtic Thunder, “Voyage.”
Loreena McKennitt, “Troubadours On The Rhine.”
Il Volo, “Il Volo Takes Flight Live From the Detroit Opera House.”
Pink Floyd, “The Wall – Immersion Box Set.”
The Cranberries, “Roses.”
Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Leaving Eden.”
Estelle, “All of Me.”
Answers to Nothing
Beneath the Darkness
The Hangover Part II
Here’s Lucy: Season 5
I Melt With You
Johnny English Reborn
Law & Order: The Tenth Year
Mission: Impossible – The ’89 TV Season
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Top Gear: The Complete Season 17
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang
Lone Wolf: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes by Joy Wilson