...and for other things you need to know about this week, including a night out with David Sedaris, a night in with Gary Lineker and an earth-sjaking encounter with The RockMore
As far as backstories go, some albums have more interesting geneses than others. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third, Multi-Love, which is out tomorrow, however, is definitely in the “more interesting” camp. The inspiration for the band’s main man Ruban Nielson, a New Zealander who now lives in Portland, Oregon, was the decision he and his wife made to invite a young woman Nielson met at a gig to join them and their two kids in their house to give a polyamorous relationship a try. The dream you might think, but as Nielson revealed in a recent interview with Pitchfork, it wasn’t all three-way cuddles in the kitchen. Still, it was obviously a pretty fruitful situation in which to write and record an album, as Multi-Love is a wonderfully synth-driven smorgasbord of invention and psychedelic curiosity.
Out on Tuesday 26 May (Jagjaguwar)
No one’s going to make a case for San Andreas (3D) as one of the great movies of this year. Or even one of the better ones. But if you want a switch-your-brain-off blockbuster in which loads of famous landmarks get destroyed in a cloud of pixelated dust, then Bob - or rather, Dwayne - is your uncle. The gist of this one is that the meeting of tectonic plates known as the San Andreas Fault that runs 810 miles through California and caused the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake among others, is up to its old tricks again. In fact, this time it’s really mad, and threatening to take Los Angeles, San Francisco and any other American conurbation it fancies down with it. Luckily there’s a plucky rescue-helicopter pilot nearby, played – of course, by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – and he’s not being swallowed into the bowels of the earth without one hell of a fight.
Out on Friday 29 May