Every week Apple adds tons of new media content on iTunes — music, books, movies and more. It's impossible to keep up with all of it, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! This week we've got new electronic music from the maker of 2010's breakout hit Swim, a sequel that's better than the original, a biography from a punk pop icon, and more!
Our Love - Caribou
Electronic musician Dan Snaith has been making music since the beginning of the new millennium, first as Manitoba and later as Caribou (yes, he's Canadian), but he broke out in 2010 with Swim, with the club hit including Odessa. Now he's back with Our Love, which combines house beats, soul vocals, hip-hop samples and synths into a layered, textured groove.
Their name and its obvious acronym may make you assume that Texas Hippie Coalition is a stoner rock band, and sure, there's some of that, but these guys rock — hard. Start with southern rock, add in liberal doses of hard rock and metal and you end up with Texas Hippie Coalition — a curious mix they call "red dirt metal" (after the Red River Valley location in North Texas where they're from). On their fourth outing, they're grittier and harder than ever, with Big Dad Ritch growling and yelling his way through 10 songs. Monster In Me is a great song to play at your next Halloween party.
It's rare that a sequel is better than the original movie, but I'd argue that's exactly the case with The Purge: Anarchy. America has been remade, and it's a land of freedom, peace and opportunity — as long as you're one of the haves, rather than the have nots. Because once a year, for 12 hours, murder and mayhem is not only allowed but encouraged. Five strangers find themselves bound together over the course of the Purge night — will they survive?
Thirty years from now, Earth is on the brink of environmental collapse, and robots protect remaining humans — until one robot overrides its programming. An insurance agent (Antonio Banderas) is sent to investigate, and what he uncovers may alter the future trajectory of life on Earth forever. If you liked Asimov's I, Robot (the written stories, not the execrable Will Smith movie), you may also connect with some the themes presented in Automata. (Also available to buy for $14.99)
Penny Dreadful brings us back to Victorian London, where adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and the medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) are on the hunt for a supernatural predator that has taken Murray's daughter. They recruit an American sharpshooter (Josh Harnett) as a hired gun, and soon find themselves in league with none other than Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein. It sounds ludicrous but the story works — it's erotic, horrifying and gripping. Now available as an early release.
The incomparable Billy Idol cast an enduring shadow on pop culture. First as part of punk rock band Generation X and later as a solo act, Idol was there, from the birth of punk in the U.K. in the 1970s to the rise of post-punk and his assimilation as a dance-rock pop icon in the 1980s and beyond. In his own words, Idol recounts the story of his life - with all the drugs, sex and debauchery you might expect, but told so entertainingly you'll be charmed regardless.