Top Picks: 'Friends' on Blu-ray, Led Zeppelin live DVD, and more
Relive all of 'Friends' with the new Blu-ray set, learn about Thomas Jefferson in Jon Meacham's new biography 'Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,' and more top picks.
Bluegrass music – with its emphasis on poverty, cheating, drinking, and the occasional murder – is not always child-friendly. Astrograss, a Brooklyn-based bluegrass band, turns all of that on its head with The Colored Pencil Factory on Smoggy Borough Records. Playing old-timey favorites like "Sail Away Ladies," "Shortenin' Bread," and "Cluck Old Hen," Astrograss plays familiar, hummable tunes, along with new ones written by guitarist Jordan Shapiro and co-writer Joe Grossman. Don't worry, bluegrass snobs, it's a skilled musicianship that would make Bill Monroe smile.
Celebrity physicist Brian Cox has illuminated the Wonders of the Universe in books, TV specials, and now an iPad and iPhone application. This comprehensive and comprehensible new app ties in text, video, and a swirling, interactive map of the cosmos. The software makes great use of Apple's touch controls, allowing you to swipe your way from the big bang to the end of the universe and pinch your way from whole galaxies down to tiny quarks.
America's favorite coffee-shop patrons arrive on Blu-ray as Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray. The set contains 236 episodes, complete with a 32-page episode guide. New extras for superfans include a gag reel previously only seen by the cast, documentaries that explore the "Friends" phenomenon, cast interviews, and an uncut version of the show's catchy original song "Smelly Cat." The episodes and extras span 10 seasons, so get a cup of hot chocolate and settle in.
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