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Matt's Picks: February 5th Releases

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Here we are at the end of another week, and I've prepared another list to hopefully get everyone excited for the new releases coming out on February 5th. Don't forget to also check out our Movies and Music pages on for all of our current promotions!


I had a really hard time choosing my favorite music releases for February 5th. There are so many great albums coming out next week that I just couldn’t narrow them down, so here are six that I am really excited about.






EELS is the musical brainchild of the front man who simply goes by the name, E. The band started out as more of a solo project for E, but has transformed into a larger band that has included many other members over the years. Between all of these projects, Wonderful, Glorious will be their 15th studio release. I didn’t really know about EELS until a couple of years ago when they released Hombre Lobo and I first heard the song “Prizefighter,” but I’ve been listening to them ever since and I’m looking forward to this new album.


Frightened Rabbit is a great Scottish band that will be releasing their fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse. You may not think you know who they are, but you may have heard their song “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms” in the shows Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. I first heard them on their second album, The Midnight Organ Fight, with their song “The Modern Leper.” After hearing their new song, “The Woodpile,” I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the new album has to offer.


Guards will be releasing their debut album, In Guards We Trust. I first heard of Guards because their lead singer is the sister of the lead singer from the band Cults, whose self-titled debut is still one of my favorite albums from the last couple of years. After hearing a couple of tracks from this album and really enjoying them, we’ll see if it stays at the top of my list for as long as Cults’ album has.


Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame will be releasing his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. Being a My Morning Jacket fan for some time now, I’m hoping James uses this solo album as an opportunity to explore a new musical direction. I’ve heard that he plays all of the instruments himself on this album.


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will be releasing her third album, We the Common. With her energetic folk-rock sound, Thao is releasing this album after her very well-received sophomore album, Know Better Learn Faster. That is the album that first caught my attention, and I’m looking forward to some new material.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be releasing their aptly titled second album, II. With their critically acclaimed self-titled debut being released less than two years ago, I can’t wait to finally hear this new one in its entirety. 




Celeste and Jesse Forever is a quirky romantic comedy that stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as Celeste and Jesse. It is the story of the two of them going through a divorce and trying to still maintain their friendship. Celeste and Jesse have been best friends since high school so they don’t think it’ll be a problem to still be friends after their divorce, but this proves to be harder than they thought once Jesse ends up in a new relationship. You can view the trailer here.


A Late Quartet is the story of the struggles that a string quartet that has been together for 25 years faces after learning that their oldest member must retire due to illness. It stars Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This movie first caught my attention since Philip Seymour Hoffman is in it, and after seeing the trailer I knew it was a movie that I had to see. You can watch the trailer here.


Animaniacs was a great animated TV series that aired from 1993 to 1998, and the Volume 4 DVD set will be released on February 5th. This series followed the wacky adventures of siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, and for anyone that was a fan of this back when it was on, this is a must have to add to your collection.


What is everybody else looking forward to? Did anyone pick up any other great new releases recently?


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Matt|Senior Social Media Specialist | Best Buy® Corporate