USA TODAY's music staff offers a weekend tip sheet of sound recommendations spanning the media landscape.
Massive tome pays tribute to Kiss
Subtlety has never been a Kiss trademark, so it's not surprising that the KISS Monster Book is literally humongous. The celebration of the band's 40-year history is 3 feet high, 2.5 feet wide, 2 inches thick and crammed with 127 rare and exclusive images from some of rock's greatest photographers. The book is arranged to re-create the Kiss live experience. Only 1,000 copies will be available at $4,250 and they will be individually signed, dated and numbered by the band's current lineup. The book is hand-stitched and bound in Italy with a choice of 11 cover designs. Details: kissmonsterbook.com. — Jones
Don't get hysterical: Def Leppard videos are a click away
British arena rockers Def Leppard have taken time out from the second leg of their U.S. summer tour to release seven classic videos from their 1987 Hysteria album for the first time digitally via iTunes. The venerable pop-metalists —Joe Elliott, Steve Clark (on what would be his last album with the group), Phil Collen, Rick "Sav" Savage and Rick Allen can be seen in all their glory performing Animal, Armageddon It, Hysteria, Love Bites, Rocket, Women and Pour Some Sugar On Me. The videos are being sold individually and as a collection. Robert John "Mutt'' Lange produced the band's fourth album, which hit No. 1 in the USA and the U.K. and has sold 20 million copies. Hysteria took more than three years to record, partly because drummer Allen lost his left arm in an auto accident and had to relearn his craft using a combo acoustic/electronic kit with foot pedals. — Shriver
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performs in a trailer
The South by Southwest music fest is best known as an event to discover worthy up-and-coming acts. But there are plenty of veteran acts, too. Among them: Jimmy Cliff, who performed One More, off his critically lauded album, Rebirth, in an Airstream trailer during the festival. Now that video is available to everyone who couldn't fit in the trailer, didn't know about the trailer, or just want to see Cliff's impassioned acoustic performance. Bonus: You can also see other acts, such as Allen Stone and Alberta Cross, cram into the On-Airstreaming trailer. Not at the same time, of course. To get to the video series, "like" the On-Airstreaming page on Facebook. — Lopez
Los Lobos marks groundbreaking album's 20th anniversary
Los Lobos celebrates the release of seminal album Kiko, which in 1992 brought the veteran band its first widespread acclaim. In addition to the Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition CD, the band is also putting out Kiko Live on CD, DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray/CD set ($14-$25, all on Shout! Factory). The live set captures a Feb. 24, 2006 performance of the album in its entirety at the House of Blues in San Diego. It also includes interviews with the band about the making of the album. The 20th anniversary set comes with demo tracks, live recordings and fresh liner notes. — Jones
Phyllis Diller's final recording?
Comedian Phyllis Diller has been the subject of many tributes since her death Monday at 95. Few, though, are as poignant as the one from Thomas Lauderdale of the Portland, Ore., lounge-pop ensemble Pink Martini. In January, Lauderdale recorded a version of Charlie Chaplin's Smile with Diller in her Los Angeles living room. Diller comes across as wistful, but still funny, in her take on the song. Lauderdale plans to include the recording on Pink Martini's next album but posted a first-take version to YouTube and SoundCloud (soundcloud.com/heinzrecords/phyllis-diller-thomas) this week. — Mansfield