Media picks of the week: Weird Al, Morrissey, Snowpiercer and more!

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 the latest parody hijinks from Weird Al Yankovic, Morrissey's newest solo album, a new sci-fi movie from the director of The Host, and much more!

Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic's career started with "My Bologna," his 1979 send up of The Knack's "My Sharona," and 35 years later, he's still goofing on pop hits. His 14th full length album is chock full of great parodies, including "Tacky" set to the tune of Pharrell's monster hit "Happy," a paean to home improvement called "Handy" (set to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"), a reimagining of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" talking about being really lazy ("Inactive"), and my favorite, a hilarious sendup of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" called "Word Crimes." There's other stuff too, including parodies of Lorde, Foo Fighters, Pixies and more, with some original work thrown in for good measure. It's great for a laugh — though Yankovic's insistence on releasing this as an album rather than as singles hurts the topicality of it, because some of this stuff is getting long in the tooth.

World Peace Is None of Your Business - Morrissey

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey's 10th solo album is Morrissey at his Morrisseyest. He's still focused on social justice, animal rights, homophobia, misogyny, which at once fuels some beautiful songwriting and occasionally makes this collection didactic enough that you'll be reeling the first few times you hear it. Arrangements and compositions here are fantastic — it runs the gamut from latin influences to glam rock to folk and more — with some of the most original creations we've heard since Viva Hate. This should be an easy purchase for anyone who loves Morrissey's music, though I'd recommend neophytes look at his back catalog instead.


Bong Joon-Ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transpierceneige finds Chris Evans (Captain America) as Curtis, the leader of a rebellion inside of a globe-spanning train that holds humanity's last remnants, the survivors of a catastrophe that plunged the world into a new ice age. Passengers exist in a hierarchy, with those in the back of the train forced to scrape together whatever they can to survive, and those in the front living in almost unimaginable luxury. Curtis leads his revolutionaries to confront Wilford, creator of the train, as he battles for nothing less than the future of humanity.

Life Itself

Together with Gene Siskel, Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert changed the way we think about the movies we watch straight up until his death from cancer in 2013. Siskel and Ebert collaborated on "At the Movies," a thoughtful weekly televised collection of movie reviews. Based on his memoirs, Life Itself is a documentary that tells Ebert's story, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, critic, his challenging relationship with Siskel, and ultimately his redemption later in life as he met his wife and faced his greatest health challenges. If you feel like you know Ebert from his reviews, this will give you an entirely new dimension on the man.

Maron, Season 2

Stand up comic Marc Maron has entertained podcast listeners for years with his "WTF" podcast, in which he interviews other stand-up comics and entertainers who he's worked with and knows. Now in its second season, this 30-minute comedy series is a fictionalized version of Maron's life: His insecurities, his relationship foibles, his wacky family, his podcast show and his sometimes strained relationship with his guests and friends all take the spotlight. If you don't get the Sundance Channel or have missed it, now's your chance to catch up.

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible - Sophie Lovell

Dieter Rams headed design at appliance maker Braun from 1961 to 1995. Rams approached the design of his products with ten principles. Among them, he focused on innovation, usefulness, honesty, durability, and as little design as possible, creating some truly beautiful works in the process. He's been an inspiration for generations of designers, but perhaps none more famously than Apple's own head of design, Jony Ive — who also wrote the foreword to this book.

Your movie, TV and music picks?

There are my media picks for this week. What have you found in iTunes that you love? Let me know in the comments.

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