"Love Is All Around." Written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly's band The Crickets, the 56-second Mary Tyler Moore show theme song is a feminist classic with an afterlife long after the show went off the air. Joan Jett did a memorable cover of it,
Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop, & Disco in 1980s Nigeria. "Let's do more music," Godfrey Odili suggests on one of the 20 dance-floor workouts on this energized, sung-mostly-in-English collection, which follows the success of the '80s reissues of Afro-beat synth-pop star William Onyeabor. Fabulous stuff. On Soundway Records.
Randy Newman Songbook. This three-volume set spans the career of the mordant Los Angeles songwriter and film composer, with stripped-down solo piano versions of satiric and sorrowful masterworks such as "Political Science," "Baltimore," and "Davy the Fat Boy." On Nonesuch Records.
Mix Picks: Sharon Jones, 'Manchester by the Sea' soundtrack, Matisyahu, Killiam Shakespeare, 'Jingle Barack'
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Please Come Home for Christmas." A touching Claymation video completed before the death last month of the dynamic, 60-year-old singer, from last year's Christmas album, It's a Holiday Soul Party. Directed by Alex Howard and David Hatter, the clip is made out of 3,200 iPhone photos. Watch here: youtube.com/watch?v=uuuK54ItvGY.
Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."