BBC Radio 4 airs Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds"

Check out the radio show that (allegedly) scared the bejeebus out of everyone back in 1938.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman trailer

Watch now! New documentary on the Who's "Tommy"

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New Yorker streams Nick Lowe's upcoming holiday album

Check it out here.

The English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, who is best known in the U.S. for his late-seventies hit “Cruel to Be Kind,” has kept a low profile for the past forty years, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept busy. From his days producing albums for Elvis Costello—he wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”—to his more recent work in other genres, including roots music, he’s been unafraid to try new things. His latest effort is a “Quality Street,” a Christmas album. In classic Lowe style, he gives seasonal fare a singular spin, with a few originals as well as rockabilly, New Orleans, and country versions of classics. No surprise, really, from someone who titled his first solo album, “Jesus of Cool.”

Heck yeah, I will read an ongoing Batman and Scooby-Doo comic book

...particularly if it continues to be scripted by Sholly Fisch. This sounds like fun:
As early as the second issue, you'll see not only the first-ever team-up of Scooby and Ace the Bat-Hound, but also the first-ever meeting between Mystery Inc. and the Mystery Analysts of Gotham City. As an added treat for longtime fans, I've also expanded the roster of the Mystery Analysts to include a bunch of DC's classic detective characters. One of them, in particular, is a natural fit for the Mystery Inc. gang, but I doubt anyone will see him coming.

There are lots more surprise guest stars and cameos waiting in the wings for subsequent issues too. Some of them are members of the Bat-family. Some aren't. And there are some you wouldn't believe even if I told you, which I won't.

Video find: Ray Charles performs "Sail On, Sailor" with the Beach Boys

BBC Radio 6 pays tribute to Lou Reed

The pioneering rocker Lou Reed passed away over the weekend. BBC 6 looks back with a slate of programs that at his impact, and that of his band, the Velvet Underground.

Look here.

Meanwhile, here's the Velvets:

New music Oct. 29, 2013: Arcade Fire; Nick Lowe; Humble Pie; Patti Page; Ramones; Doctor Who, more!

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Reflektor by Arcade Fire

Quality Street: a Seasonal Selection for All the Family by Nick Lowe

Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore-Complete Recordings by Humble Pie

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Christmas With Patti Page

Man & Myth by Roy Harper

The Sire Years 1976-1981 by the Ramones

Doctor Who: Snowmen/The Doctor Widow & The Wardrobe 

Pop focus: Psycho

"Vertigo" may be Alfred Hitchcock's best film. "Rear Window," however, is my favorite. But the scariest is 1960's "Psycho." Any film that can make something as relaxing and pleasant as a hot shower after a long road trip frightening and sinister is coming from a dark, twisted and horrific place.

Here's a look at the film's trailer, it's most famous scenes and other images from the production.