The Must List: May 9, 2008
1. DANNY FEDERICI
Bruce Springsteen’s E Street bandmate died on April 17, so be sure to spare a moment for his wistful accordion on ”4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” The Jersey Shore never sounded so good.
2. THE PAPER
If your brain has atrophied from The Hills, we’ve got the heady antidote: MTV’s new docuseries about a backbiting high school newspaper editor and her band of not-so-loyal staffers.
3. HELLO, Tristan Prettyman
We welcome the dreamy beach babe’s evolution to brisk blues diva on her lush second album.
4. THE SUSPICIONS OF MR. WHICHER, by Kate Summerscale
In 1860, a Scotland Yard inspector is on the kidnapping-murder case in this gripping true-crime account.
5. THE RED BALLOON on DVD
Mon dieu! (Or is it mon ballon?) Can it be that the 1956 children’s classic has never been released on DVD? Criterion finally rectifies that error.
6. AMERICAN EARTH
This anthology of environmental writing includes everyone from Thoreau to Al Gore — on, yes, recycled paper.
7. ”DRACULA’S LAMENT” Video
Jason Segel’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall ditty is just begging for a YouTube fan vid. Thankfully there’s already one up starring Count von Count.
8. SANTOGOLD, Santogold
The Brooklyn artist may draw comparisons to M.I.A., but her raw album full of driving dance tracks and evocative anthems proves a talent all her own.
9. RICHARD JENKINS in ‘The Visitor’
Hey, it’s the ghost dad from Six Feet Under! The character actor finally stars — and shines — as a djembe-playing professor in the big-screen drama.
10. BONES on Fox
Forget the dead bodies. We’re still waiting for more on the Booth-and-Brennan kiss from earlier this season.
Submitted by Erica Martinson