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New Releases (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
ANMLPLNET (psychedelic dream rock duo: Slothrust leader Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow) “Fall Asleep” (six-song EP; new single: a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download) (Ba Da Bing)
Marcia Ball “Shine Bright” (producer: Steve Berlin; eBay; On Tour) (Alligator)
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective “LIVE” (Hear here; NPR’s Songs We Love; Download; On Tour) (Blue Note)
A Big Yes and a small no “Mise En Abyme” (producer: Kevin Kendrick; first single: “Stranger Things”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Royal Potato Family)
Black Stone Cherry “Family Tree” (guest: Warren Haynes; first single: “Burnin'”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Mascot)
Bishop Briggs (British indie pop-rock singer-songwriter) “Church of Scars” (first single: “White Flag”; See here; Target-Exclusive CD, with two extra songs; Amazon UK; Download; iTunes; On Tour; Merch) (Island)
Brothers Osborne “Port Saint Joe” (producer: Jay Joyce; first single: “Shoot Me Straight”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Read here; Vinyl; On Tour) (EMI Music Nashville)
Bebe Buell “Baring It All: Greetings From Nashbury Park” (singer-former fashion model is the mother of actress Liv Tyler; producer: Jimmy Walls; Vinyl; Download; eBay) (Main Man)
Sera Cahoone “The Flora String Sessions” (seven-song EP; Download) (Lady Muleskinner)
J. Cole “KOD” (Read here; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Roc Nation / Interscope)
Jason Crabb “Unexpected” (producer: Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus; guest: former Pussycat Doll singer Kaya Jones; Hear here; Vinyl; On Tour) (New Day)
Dokken “Return to the East Live (2016)” (featuring original members Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer “Wild” Mick Brown; includes a new song, “It’s Just Another Day”; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
DRINKS (Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley) “Hippo Lite” (Vinyl; Cassette; Download; iTunes) (Drag City)
Exitmusic (indie-pop duo) “The Recognitions” (first single: “I’ll Never Know”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Vinyl; Download; iTunes) (felte)
From Ashes to New “The Future” (new single: “Crazy”; Hear here; Vinyl; On Tour) (Better Noise)
Joshua Hedley “Mr. Jukebox” (first single: “Mr. Jukebox”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Third Man)
Jesus Jones “Passages” (the British band’s first album since 2001; first single: “Suck It Up”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Download; On Tour) (Jesus Jones Recordings / Absolute Label Services)
Kimbra “Primal Heart” (producer: John Congleton; new single: “Top of the World”; Hear here; Amazon.ca; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Warner)
Larkin Poe “Peach” (released as a Download in 2017; Vinyl; On Tour) (Tricki-Woo)
Lord Huron “Vide Noir” (mixed by Dave Fridmann and engineered by Sonny DiPerri; first single: “Wait By the River”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Whispering Pines / Republic)
The Melvins “Pinkus Abortion Technician” (includes a cover of The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”; Hear here; Read here; eBay; On Tour) (Ipecac Recordings)
Ashley Monroe “Sparrow” (producer: Dave Cobb; first single: “Hands On You”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; See here; Vinyl; Download; eBay) (Warner Music Nashville)
Alison Moyet “The Other Live Collection” (recorded during her 2017 world tour to promote her album “Other”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Download; iTunes; On Tour, with Tears For Fears) (Cooking Vinyl)
Old Crow Medicine Show “Volunteer” (producer: Dave Cobb; first single: “Flicker & Shine”; Hear here; Read here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download) (Old Crow Medicine Show / Columbia Nashville)
Shuggie Otis “Inter-Fusion” (fusion rock album, featuring drummer Carmen Appice and bassist Tony Franklin, is his first solo studio LP since 1974’s “Inspiration Information”; Vinyl; Download; eBay) (Cleopatra)
Pennywise “Never Gonna Die” (producer: Cameron Webb; Vinyl; Download; eBay; On Tour) (Epitaph)
A Perfect Circle “Eat the Elephant” (new single: “TalkTalk”; Hear here; Read here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (BMG Rights Management)
Post Animal (Chicago neo-psycho rockers) “When I Think of You in a Castle” (See here; Vinyl, with download card; Cassette; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Polyvinyl)
Peter Rowan “Carter Stanley’s Eyes” (producer: Rowan; guests: Tim O’Brien, Jack Lawrence, Jamie Oldaker, Patrick Sauber, Blaine Sprouse, Chris Henry, Paul Knight; See here; Download) (Rebel)
Sting & Shaggy “44/876” (guests: Robbie Shakespeare of Sly & Robbie, Aidonia, DJ Agent Sasco, Sting’s longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, etc.; first single: “Don’t Make Me Wait”; Hear here; Read here; Target-Exclusive CD, with four extra songs; Download; Digital Deluxe Edition, with four extra songs) (Interscope / A&M)
Stryper “God Damn Evil” (new bassist: Perry Richardson, a founding member of Firehouse; producer: frontman Michael Sweet; first single: “Take It to the Cross”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
TesseracT (British progressive metal band) “Sonder” (new single: “King”; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour, with Plini + Astronoid) (Kscope)
Thievery Corporation “Treasures from the Temple” (guests: Mr. Lif, Sitali, Racquel Jones, Notch, Natalia Clavier, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani; first single: “Voyage Libre”; Hear here; See here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour) (ESL Music)
Various artists “Playing for Change: Listen to the Music” (200+ artists from 25 countries perform 12 classics, feat. The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jack Johnson, Bombino, PFC Band, etc.; first single: Buddy Guy’s “Skin Deep”; profits from the album benefit the Playing For Change Foundation; Hear here; Download) (Motéma Music)
Walter Wolfman Washington (New Orleans soul singer-guitarist) “My Future Is My Past” (producer: Galactic’s Ben Ellman; guests: Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary; first single: “Save Your Love For Me”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (ANTI- / Epitaph)
Donovan Woods “Both Ways” (producer: James Bunton; first single: “Burn That Bridge”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; On Tour) (Meant Well)

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New Releases (Downloads)

Artist: Title: Label:
Archie and the Bunkers “Songs From the Lodge” (first single: “Laura”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Dirty Water)
Bikini Death Race (U.K. electroclash duo) “Party Animals” (producer: Valerio Lundini; first single: “Celestico”; See/read here; iTunes) (Ghost Factory Records & Arts, April 23)
Cold Fronts (Philly indie rock band) “Fantasy Du Jour” (first single: “Staying In”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Sire)
The Division Men (Austin indie rock band) “Niños Del Sol” (first single: “Heaven Knows Why”; See here) (The Division Men)
Ellevator (experimental-pop band from Hamilton, Ontario, led by Nabi Sue Bersche) “Ellevator” (five-song EP; new single: “Hounds”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Arts & Crafts)
John Flanagan Trio (folk/Americana band from Australia) “Honest Man” (new single: “Something to Complain About”; See here) (John Flanagan Trio)
David Hopkins (producer-musician) “Overlook” (producer: The Killers’ Mark Stoermer; new single: “C’est La Vie”; See here) (St. August)
My Indigo (side project of Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel) “My Indigo” (producer: den Adel; new single: “Out of the Darkness”; Hear here; CD, out April 27; iTunes) (BMG Rights Management)
Shields (London metal quartet) “Life in Exile” (new single: “Black Dog”; See here) (Long Branch)
Sasha Sloan “sad girl” (six-song EP; See here; iTunes; On Tour) (RCA, April 18)
Sweet Valley (Wavves frontman Nathan Williams and his brother Joel of Roshi’s Garden) “Eternal Champ II” (new single: “Hit and Run”; See here; iTunes) (Ghost Ramp)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip frontman) “Beautiful Thing” (producers: Taylor, UNKLE’s Tim Goldsworthy; first single: “Beautiful Thing”; Hear here; See here; On Tour) (Domino)
Thunderbird (Canadian hard rockers) “Thunderbird” (producers: singer Marc LaFrance, drummer Kelly Stodola; Hear here) (Delinquent, April 25)
Denmark Vessey (Detroit hip-hop artist) “Sun Go Nova” (producers: Earl Sweatshirt, Knxwledge; guests: ADAD, DrxQuinnx, Vic Spencer; first single: “Sun Go Nova”; Hear here; CD, out May 11; iTunes) (Mello Music Group)

More Digital Releases for April 20, 2018 »

Reissues (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Cheech & Chong “Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collector’s Edition” (box set includes the 1978 film on Blu-ray, the original soundtrack on vinyl and CD, with bonus tracks, a 7-inch picture disc and a replica poster; DVD and Blu-ray editions available April 10; Read here) (Rhino / Warner)
The Flaming Lips “Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of The Flaming Lips” (19 songs; Read here; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Rhino / Warner)
Linda Ronstadt “Mad Love [Vinyl]” (1980 album; 180-gram audiophile pink vinyl; eBay) (Friday Music)
Todd Rundgren / Utopia “The Road To Utopia: The Complete Recordings 1974-82” (seven-CD box set, with 15 bonus tracks; mastered by Joe Reagoso) (Friday Music)
Donna Summer “Summer: The Original Hits” (17-song compilation; Target-Exclusive CD, with three bonus tracks; Download, with three extra songs; iTunes; eBay; Merch) (Mercury / UMe)
Pete Townshend “Who Came First (45th Anniversary Expanded Edition)” (1972 album; remastered, with eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions and live performances; Amazon UK; see related Who reissue below) (UMe)
The Who “Live At The Fillmore East 1968” (unreleased recordings from the second of two nights played at Bill Graham’s legendary NYC club; restored and mixed by original sound engineer Bob Pridden; Amazon UK; Vinyl; eBay; Merch) (UMe)
Neil Young “Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live” (recorded in 1973, with his backing band the Santa Monica Flyers; Read here; Vinyl; Download; eBay) (Reprise, April 24)

More Releases for April 20, 2018 »

Reissues (Downloads)

Artist: Title: Label:
Lyrics Born “Later That Day …” (2003 album; with three bonus tracks) (Mobile Home Recordings, April 21)
Giorgio Moroder “Club Remixes: Back to the Roots – Selection One” (remixes by Roger Sanchez, Danny Tenaglia, David Mayer, Denis Naidanow, etc.) (Solaris)

More Digital Releases for April 20, 2018 »

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio/label:
Various artists “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert [DVD]” (four-disc collection of 53 live performances from induction ceremonies between 2010-2017; Read here; Blu-ray) (Time Life, April 24)
Leo “Bud” Welch “Late Blossom Blues: The Journey of Leo ‘Bud’ Welch [DVD]” (feature-length documentary about the Mississippi bluesman whose recording career began at age 81; See here) (City Hall)

More Upcoming DVD / Blu-ray Releases »


Highlights: New stuff – Janelle Monáe … Post Malone … Willie Nelson … Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco … Foreigner … Godsmack … We Are Scientists … Tom Rush … Twin Shadow … Okkervil River … Dr. Dog … Kat Edmonson … Speedy Ortiz … etc.; Reissues – Chris Squire … … Wishbone Ash … Steve Wynn … The Fabulous Thunderbirds … Shirley Ellis … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Shinedown … The Temptations … Rita Coolidge … Belly … Leon Bridges … Eleanor Friedberger … Matt and Kim … Frank Turner … Leftover Salmon … Trampled by Turtles … George Lopez … Mat Kearney … Gaz Coombes … Middle Kids … etc.; Reissues – Simon & Garfunkel … Liz Phair … Frank Sinatra … James Brown … Brian Eno … Ornette Coleman … Odetta … Roy Buchanan … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Arctic Monkeys … Charlie Puth … Loreena McKennitt … Beach House … Ry Cooder … Brent Cobb … Simian Mobile Disco … Sevendust … La Luz … The Magic Numbers … The Sea and Cake … Strung Out … Jess Williamson … Jizzy Pearl … etc.; Reissues – Glenn Frey … Jerry Garcia … Buck Owens … Leonard Bernstein … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Ray LaMontagne … BTS … Courtney Barnett … James Bay … Joan Armatrading … Matthew Sweet … Basia … Five Finger Death Punch … Parquet Courts … Nellie McKay … Low Cut Connie … Tom Grennan … etc.; Reissues – Pink Floyd … Steve Miller Band … Otis Redding … Gomez … Simon & Garfunkel … Supertramp … Stephen Bishop … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Weezer … Snow Patrol … CHVRCHES … Jennifer Warnes … Jonathan Davis … Michael Franks … Ian Moore … Ben Howard … Fortunate Ones … The Hunna … etc.; Reissues – Ornette Coleman … Yo-Yo Ma … Secret Garden … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Roger Daltrey … Neko Case … Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore … Natalie Prass … Owl City … Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson … etc.; Reissues – Def Leppard … The Sylvers … Foster Sylvers … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Lily Allen … Sugarland … Dierks Bentley … Lykke Li … Tremonti … Snail Mail … The Bamboos … Miles Kane … Welshly Arms … Andy Brown … Betty Buckley … Jesse Dayton … Erin Rae … Claptone … etc.; Reissues – Eric Clapton … Black Sabbath … Megadeth … Johnny Mathis … Violent Femmes … Holly Golightly … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Johnny Marr … Arthur Buck … Mike Shinoda … Nick Lowe … Wilko Johnson … Gin Blossoms … Rebelution … Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever … Olivia Chaney … Melody’s Echo Chamber … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Panic! At the Disco … 5 Seconds of Summer … Danny Goffey … The Orb … Bebe Rexha … Kamasi Washington … James Williamson and the Pink Hearts … The Record Company … The Wave Pictures … T. Hardy Morris … etc.; Reissues – Garbage … Peter Murphy … Michala Petri … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Bullet For My Valentine … Jim James … The Milk Carton Kids … The Innocence Mission … Wild Moccasins … Let’s Eat Grandma … Sons of Bill … etc.; Reissues – The Flaming Lips … Five Star … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – The Nude Party … DevilDriver … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Cowboy Junkies … Wimps … Chastity … Simon Love … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Paul Carrack … Balún … etc.


Highlights: Reissues – Dire Straits … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Gilbert O’Sullivan … Sinsaenum … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – The Coral … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Carrie Underwood … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Hardcore Superstar … etc.; Reissues – Marillion … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Echo & The Bunnymen … etc.


Highlights: New stuff – Seventh Wonder … City of Thieves … etc.











(UPDATED DAILY and LISTED ALPHABETICALLY; with special thanks to Jef Fazekas, Kris Arndt, Joe Garcia, Brad McClen, Claus Cheng, Jeremy Rossiter, Jennifer Long, Paula Ford, Steve Walker, Jason Beck, Mark Gershkovich, Timmy Lopez-Fitzgerald, Rob Kaiser, Ramon Lawrence, Mike Hill, Matteo Pari, Kurt M. Albrand, Lee Redfern. Release dates and album titles are subject to change at a record company’s whim – just because. Pause & Play is dedicated to the loving memories of John, Susan, Angie, Joe, Sam, Binky, Finn, JJ, Crown, Swirl, Patton, Meow and Chelsea Galipault. With love to Mo, Bowie, Goldberg and Fang.)


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