This week in popular culture: ‘Timeless,’ ‘The Girl on the Train’ and a whole mess of records

“Timeless” (NBC). There are three time-travel shows debuting this season (Google “Time After Time” and “Making History” for more info) and, as someone who never gets tired of alternate Earths, alternate histories, changes to the timeline, or timey-wimey stuff in general, I could not be happier. From Eric Kripke (“Supernatural,” which was a smash, and “Revolution,” which nobody cared about) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” which ruled) comes this story of a baddie (what’s up, Goran Visnjic) who absconds with a time machine intent on changing the past to wreck America. He must be stopped! With Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer and Malcolm Barrett. Man, I still miss “Voyagers!” Someone reboot “Voyagers!” (Oct. 3)

a0822931127_10Brookzill!, “Throwback to the Future” (Tommy Boy). Hello, 1990s. Game-changing producer Prince Paul joins Ladybug Mecca (of Digable Planets), Rodrigo Brandão and Don Newkirk for a blend of old-school, sample-based East Coast hip-hop and Brazilian music. (Oct. 7)

Green Day, “Revolution Radio” (Reprise). They are apparently back to making short, sharp shocks. Remember when they were supposed to be a total pan-flash? (Oct. 7)

Norah Jones, “Day Breaks” (Blue Note). She keeps on keepin’ on. Guests include Wayne Shorter and Lonnie Smith. (Oct. 7)

Loretta Lynn, “White Christmas Blue” (Legacy Recordings). Lynn has been around so long that you can say things such as this is her first album of seasonal songs in 50 years. (Oct. 7)

meshuggah_-_the_violent_sleep_of_reasonMeshuggah, “The Violent Sleep of Reason” (Nuclear Blast). Complicated, thunderous, extremely extreme technical death metal. Very few do it better. (Oct. 7)

Pitbull, “Climate Change” (Mr.305 / Polo Grounds Music / RCA). Remember when this dude used to be kind of hard? That was weird. With Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry and many, many more. (Oct. 7)

“The Birth of a Nation.” The story of this Sundance sensation, which tells the tale of Nat Turner’s slave revolt, became much more complicated after it became commonly known that director Nate Parker had been acquitted of a rape, and his screenwriter convicted of one, a conviction that was later overturned; the woman involved committed suicide in 2012. (Oct. 7)

girlontrainposter“The Girl on the Train” It was only a matter of time before Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller hit the big screen. Tate “The Help” Taylor directs Emily Blunt as Rachel, who may or may not have seen a brutal crime. (Oct. 7)


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