New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
ADR (Aaron Davis Ross of Gatekeeper) “Chunky Monkey” (Hear here; MP3) (Hippos in Tanks)
The Afters “Life Is Beautiful” (Hear here; MP3) (Fair Trade Services)
Anika “Anika EP” (six songs, including covers of The Kinks’ “I Go to Sleep,” The Crystals’ “He Hit Me,” Chromatics’ “In the City” and The Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz”; Hear here) (Stones Throw)
Bryan Art “Bryan Art [MP3]” (guests: Queen Ifrica, Warrior King, Capleton & Hawkeye; Hear here) (Altafaan)
Beatallica (Beatles/Metallica mashup band) “Abbey Load” (covers of songs from “Abbey Road”; Hear here; MP3) (Oglio)
The Belle Game (Vancouver quintet) “Ritual Tradition Habit” (producer: John Raham; first single: “Wait Up For You”; Hear here; MP3) (Boompa)
Jeff Berlin (virtuoso electric bassist) “Low Standards” (Hear here; MP3) (Random Act)
Big Country (new lead singer: The Alarm’s Mike Peters) “The Journey” (their first studio album since lead singer Stuart Adamson’s death in December 2001; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red, April 15)
Biv and the Mnemonics (San Francisco indie-rock/alt-rolk quintet) “The Pace” (Hear here; MP3) (Moo Moo)
Born Ruffians “Birthmarks” (producer: Roger Leavens; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Sarah Brightman “Dreamchaser” (first single: “Angel”; Hear here; MP3) (Simha LLC)
Carla Bruni “Little French Songs” (the former French first lady’s first album in five years; Hear here; MP3) (Verve)
The Casket Girls (Savannah, Ga., trio) “The Casket Girls [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Graveface, April 20)
Charli XCX “True Romance” (producers: Ariel Rechtshaid, Patrik Berger, Dimitri Tikovoi, J£ZUS MILLION, Greg Kurstin, Andrew Wyatt, Blood Diamonds, MNEK; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – IAMSOUND, April 15)
Cosmic Punch (alterno-electro-power pop duo) “Clay Pit Road [MP3]” (Hear here) (sunsetrecordings)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “Patterns [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here) (Warner)
Dead Can Dance “In Concert” (a selection of recordings from their 2012 U.S. tour; Hear here; See/read here) ([PIAS] America)
Dead Confederate (Athens, Ga., rock group) “In the Marrow” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Spiderbomb / Redeye)
Drivin N Cryin “Songs from the Psychedelic Time Clock” (third of four EPs released over 12 months; Hear here; MP3) (New! Records/Redeye)
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) “The Low Highway [CD/DVD]” (producers: Earle, Ray Kennedy; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (New West)
Electric iLL (Viva Voce’s Kevin Robinson) “Twisted Light” (five-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Amore!Phonics)
Fall Out Boy “Save Rock and Roll” (their first album since 2008; guests: Elton John, Courtney Love, Big Sean; first single: “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark [Light Em Up]”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3) (Island)
Fallstar (Portland, Ore., hard-rock band) “Backdraft” (guest: Memphis May Fire vocalist Matty Mullins; first single: “Shallow Believer”; Hear here; See here) (Facedown)
The Flaming Lips “The Terror” (producers: Dave Fridmann, The Flaming Lips; first single: “Sun Blows Up Today”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Warner)
Foreign Talks (Portland, Ore., indie-pop quartet) “Foreign Talks” (producers: Brandon Johnson, Kyle Dieker; Hear here; MP3) (Expunged)
Glee Cast “More Than Words [MP3],” “Say [MP3],” “Your Song [MP3]” (Columbia)
JJ Grey & Mofro “This River” (producers: Grey, Dan Prothero; Hear here; MP3) (Alligator)
Iron and Wine “Ghost on Ghost” (producer: Brian Deck; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nonesuch)
John Brown’s Body (Boston reggae band) “Kings & Queens” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Easy Star)
Kid Cudi (aka Scott Mescudi) “Indicud” (producers: Mescudi, Ratatat, Dot da Genius, Kanye West, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker, 88-Keys, Hit-Boy; guests: Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Too $hort, King Chip; new single: “Immortal”; Hear here) (Universal Republic)
The Laurels (psychedelic-shoedaze quartet from Sydney, Australia) “Plains [MP3]” (producer: Liam Judson; Hear here; See here) (Rice Is Nice)
Locust (electronica duo) “You’ll Be Safe Forever” (their first album in 12 years; first single: “Strobes”; Hear here; MP3) (Editions Mego)
Major Lazer (musical project by DJ/producer Diplo) “Free the Universe” (guests: Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, etc.; new single: “Watch Out For This [Bumaye]”; Hear here; MP3) (Mad Decent/Downtown)
Shannon McNally “Small Town Talk” (a tribute to Bobby Charles; producer: Dr. John; first single: “I Must Be in a Good Place Now”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Sumac)
Meat Puppets “Rat Farm” (producer: frontman Curt Kirkwood; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Megaforce)
Jane Monheit “The Heart of the Matter” (12-track homage to songwriters from several genres; producer: Gil Goldstein; Hear here; MP3) (eMarcy/Decca)
Olly Murs (U.K. pop star) “Right Place, Right Time” (guests: Flo Rida, Chiddy Bang; first single: “Heart Skips a Beat”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Syco Music / Columbia)
Willie Nelson and Family (Nelson turns 80 on April 30) “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (producer: Buddy Cannon; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Legacy)
Pharaohs “Replicant Moods” (first single: “Miraculous Feet”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (100% Silk)
The Red Paintings “You’re Not One of Them [EP]” (six songs, including a cover of “Mad World”; Hear here; MP3) (The End)
Kim Richey “Thorn In My Heart” (producer: Neilson Hubbard; guests: Jason Isbel, Trisha Yearwood, Carl Broemel, Pat Sansone; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Sanchez (reggae gospel artist) “Giving Praises {Live} [MP3]” (Hear here) (JASFAR / VPAL Music)
Skid Row “United World Rebellion: Chapter One” (five-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (MRI)
Amy Speace “How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat” (Hear here; MP3) (Thirty Tigers)
The Summer Set “Legendary” (guest: Dia Frampton; first single: “Boomerang”; Hear here; MP3) (The Militia Group)
Thee Oh Sees “Floating Coffin [MP3]” (Hear here) (Castle Face)
The Thermals (post-pop-punk trio) “Desperate Ground” (producer: John Agnello; first single: “Born to Kill”; Hear here; MP3) (Saddle Creek)
Ugly Kid Joe “Stairway to Hell” (nine-song EP; Hear here; See here; MP3) (MRI)
Various artists “False Idols Label Sampler EP [MP3]” (five-song collection of artists signed to Tricky’s label, including Tricky himself; Hear here) (False Idols, April 15)
Various artists “Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake” (tribute album, produced by Drake’s original producer, Joe Boyd; among the contributors are Teddy Thompson, Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan and Lisa Hannigan; MP3) (StorySound)
Vicky Cryer (Louis XIV frontman Jason Hill and friends) “The Synthetic Love of Emotional Engineering” (guests: Dominic Howard, Mark Stoermer, Nick Fyffe, Dave Elitch, Jeff Kite, Alex Carapetis, David Johanssen; Hear here; MP3) (Fancy Animal)
Jessica Ware (British singer-songwriter) “Devotion” (producers: Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, Keith Uddin; Hear here; MP3) (Cherrytree / Interscope)
Andrew Wyatt (of the Swedish electronic pop band Miike Snow) “Descender” (recorded with a 75-member symphony; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Downtown)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito” (producers: TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, Nick Launay; first single: “Sacrilege”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Interscope)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Art Brut (British quintet) “Top of the Pops” (best-of compilation; two CDs, 39 tracks, including two new songs, “Arizona Bay” and “We Make Pop Music”; MP3) (The End)
Joan Baez “Play Me Backwards” (1992 album; remastered; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Elmer Bernstein “Movie and TV Themes” (MP3) (VSOP Music)
Blind Melon “Blind Melon [MP3]” (1992 album, including “No Rain”; with five bonus tracks) (Capitol)
David Bowie “Aladdin Sane: 40th Anniversary Edition” (1973 album; remastered; MP3) (Virgin / UMe)
The Coasters “The Definitive Coasters: A Sides & B Sides” (two CDs, 61 songs; MP3) (Nineteen Forties Music / Redeye)
Nat King Cole “Calypso [Hybrid SACD]” (1956 album; remastered), “Welcome to the Club [Hybrid SACD]” (1959 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
John Coltrane “Sun Ship: The Complete Sessions” (1965 album; remastered and expanded, 20 tracks; MP3) (Verve Select)
The Dillards “!!!Live!!! !!!almost!!! [MP3]” (1964 album) (Rhino / Elektra)
Dust “Dust / Hard Attack” (1971, 1972 albums on one CD; remastered; See here; MP3) (Sony Legacy)
Everlast “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues [MP3]” (1998 album) (Rhino)
Marvin Gaye “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You [MP3]” (1965 album) (Motown / UMe)
Halestorm “The Strange Case of … [Deluxe edition]” (2012 album; the single “Love Bites [So Do I]” won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance) (Q / Atlantic)
Millie Jackson “The Moods of Millie Jackson: Her Best Ballads” (20 tracks; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, April 15)
Katchafire (New Zealand reggae band) “Best So Far [MP3]” (16-song greatest hits collection; Hear here; CD) (VP)
Level 42 “The Pursuit of Accidents [MP3]” (1982 album; with two bonus tracks) (Polydor / UMe)
The Marvelettes “23 Greatest Hits [MP3]” (1986 compilation), “Deliver: The Singles 1961-1971 [MP3]” (1993 compilation; 42 tracks) (Motown / UMe)
The Mighty Lemon Drops “Out of Hand [MP3]” (1987 album) (Rhino / Warner)
The Miracles “Doin’ Mickey’s Monkey [MP3]” (1963 album) (Motown / UMe)
Shuggie Otis “Inspiration Information / Wings of Love” (1974 album; remastered, with four previously unreleased bonus tracks, and a second disc of the unreleased follow-up album; MP3) (Epic/Legacy)
The Persuaders “The Persuaders [MP3]” (1973 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)
The Rascals “Freedom Suite [MP3]” (1969 album), “Search and Nearness [MP3]” (1971 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “What Love Has … [MP3]” (1970 album) (Motown / UMe)
Diana Ross “Anthology [MP3]” (1986 compilation; 38 songs) (Motown / UMe)
Simple Minds “Celebrate: The Greatest Hits” (two CDs, 36 songs; Read here; Deluxe edition) (Virgin)
Verdelle Smith “Tar & Cement: The Complete Recordings 1965-1967” (22 tracks; Hear here) (Omni Recording Corp.)
The Supremes “New Ways But Love Stays [MP3]” (1970 album; includes “Stoned Love”) (Motown / UMe)
The Temptations “25th Anniversary, Volume One [MP3]” (1986 compilation) (Motown / UMe)
Frankie Valli “Hits” (Rhino Flashback)
Various artists “Arts & Crafts 2003-2013” (label retrospective) (Arts & Crafts)
Various artists “Every Great Motown Song: The First 25 Years Volume 1 – The 1960’s [MP3]” (1984 compilation) (Motown / UMe)
Mary Wells “Looking Back 1961-1964 [MP3]” (1993 compilation; 43 songs) (Motown / UMe)
Yes “Yes [MP3]” (1970 album), “Time and a Word [MP3]” (1970 album), “9012 Live: The Solos [MP3]” (1990 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton “Repo Man (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1984 film; See/read here; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, et al “Django Unchained [DVD]” (2012 film; Blu-ray) (Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay)
Various cast members “Friends: The Complete Series [DVD]” (40 discs) (Warner Home Video)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
David Bowie “David Bowie Is [Hardcover]” (editors: Victoria Broacke, Geoffrey Marsh) (V & A Publishing)
Jethro Tull “A Passion Play: The Story of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull [Paperback]” (author: Brian Rabey) (Soundcheck Books LLP, April 20)
Howard Kaylan (of The Turtles) “Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc. … [Paperback]” (co-author: Jeff Tamarkin; foreword by Penn Jillette) (Backbeat Books)

Next week: April 23