New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Army of the Pharoahs“In Death Reborn” (producers: Blastah Beatz, C-Lance, Vanderslice, Stu Bangas, Paul Nice, Frank Grimes, Leaf Dog, Juan Muteniac, Panik, Lecs Beats, Grim Reaperz; guests: Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Celph Titled, Esoteric, Blacastan, Reef The Lost Cauze, Crypt The Warchild, Des Devious, Lawrence Arnell, Planetary, Block McCloud, King Syze, Ziilla, King Magnetic; first single: “God Particle”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Enemy Soil)
Augustana“Life Imitating Life” (the San Diego rock band’s first album since 2011; producer: John O’Mahony; first single: “Ash and Ember”; Hear here; MP3)(Washington Square Music)
Sebastian Bach“Give ‘Em Hell” (producer: Bob Marlette; guests: Steve Stevens, John 5, Duff McKagan; Hear here; MP3)(Frontiers)
Francesca Battistelli“If We’re Honest” (producer: Ian Eskelin; first single: “Write Your Story”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Warner Nashville)
Drake Bell“Ready, Steady, Go!” (producer: Dave Kaplan; first single: “Bitchcraft”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Surfdog / ADA)
Bethel Music (the worship ministry of Redding, Calif.-based Bethel Church)“You Make Me Brave [CD/DVD]” (featuring Jenn Johnson, Kari Jobe, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger, Kristene DiMarco, Amanda Cook, Leah Valenzuela; Hear here; MP3)(Fuel Distribution)
Alfie Boe (British tenor)“Trust” (released in the U.K. in November 2013; producer: Larry Klein; guests: Booker T. Jones, Jay Bellerose, Lee Sklar; Hear here; MP3)(Capitol)
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim“Here Lies Love: Original Cast Recording” (performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Here Lies Love musical starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Nonesuch)
Albert Castiglia“Solid Ground” (Hear here; MP3)(Ruf)
Sharon Corr (of The Corrs)“The Same Sun” (released in the U.K. in September 2013; Hear here; MP3)(BobbyJean Ltd.)
Eels“The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett” (first single: “Agatha Chang”; Hear here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition; MP3)([PIAS] America)
Future“Honest” (producers: Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, 808 Mafia, Sonny Digital; guests: Kanye West, Andre 3000, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Lil Wayne, etc.; new single: “I Won”; Hear here; MP3)(A-1 Recordings / Freebandz / Epic)
G. Love & Special Sauce“Sugar” (first single: “Nothing Else Quite Like Home”; Hear here; VinylMP3)(Brushfire / Universal Republic)
The Great Party“New Laws” (producer: Michael Nordberg; first single: “She’s Unbelievable”)(The Great Party, April 26)
Morten Harket (a-ha singer)“Brother” (producers: Peter Kvint, Harket; new single: “Brother”; Hear here; See here)(U.K. – Universal, April 21)
Iggy Azalea (stage name for Australian singer-model Amethyst Amelia Kelly)“The New Classic” (producers: The Invisible Men, The Arcade, 1st Down, The Messengers, Watch The Duck, Stargate, Benny Blanco, Reeva & Black, Rock City; guests: Charli XCX, Rita Ora, T.I., Mavado, Watch the Duck; Hear here)(Island)
Keb’ Mo’“BLUESAmericana” (Hear/read here; MP3)(Kind of Blue Music)
Kelis“FOOD” (producer: TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3)(Federal Prism)
Magnolia Sisters (soulful Cajun group)“Love’s Lies” (Hear here; MP3)(Arhoolie)
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s“Sling Shot to Heaven” (Hear here; MP3)(Mariel Recording Company)
Beverley Martyn (ex-wife of guitarist John Martyn)“The Phoenix and the Turtle” (includes “Reckless Jane,” a song she co-wrote with Nick Drake 40 years ago; Read here; MP3)(U.K. – Les Cousins Music, April 21)
The Menzingers (Philly pop-punk band)“Rented World” (Hear/read here; LP + CD; MP3)(Epitaph)
Neon Trees“Pop Psychology” (producer: Tim Pagnotta; first single: “Sleeping With a Friend”; Hear here)(Mercury / Island)
Patrick Park (L.A. singer-songwriter)“Love Like Swords” (producers: Park, Dave Trumfio; Hear here)(Downward Road Recordings)
The Seldom Scene“Long Time … Seldom Scene” (includes a cover of The Byrds’ “Hickory Wind” with Emmylou Harris; producer: Pete Reiniger; guests: Harris, Tom Gray, John Starling, Rickie Simpkins, Chris Eldridge; first single: “Wait a Minute”; Hear here; Read here)(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Semi Precious Weapons“Aviation” (producers: Justin Tranter, Tricky Stewart, Axident, Mike Green, Cole Whittle, Stevy Pyne, Daniel Crean; first single: “Aviation High”; Hear here; MP3)(RedZone)
To Kill a King (London-based indie rock band)“Cannibals With Cutlery” (producer: Jim Abbiss; first single: “Rays”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Xtra Mile Recordings)
Trophy Scars (Morristown, N.J., quartet)“Holy Vacants” (Hear here; MP3)(Monotreme)
Turchi (west North Carolina-based “kudzu boogie” trio)“Can’t Bury Your Past” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Devil Down Records / Redeye)
The Vamps (British pop-rock quartet)“Meet the Vamps” (producers: TMS, Espionage, Bruno Mars; new single: “Last Night”; Hear here; See here)(U.K. – Mercury, April 21)
Various artists“The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Film soundtrack]” (music by Hans Zimmer; featuring Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, Pharrell, Johnny Marr and Phosphorescent; in U.S. theaters on May 2; See here; MP3)(Columbia / Madison Gate)
Various artists“Dconstructed” (top DJs/producers remix classic and current Disney music, including “Let It Go” from “Frozen”; Hear here; MP3)(Walt Disney)
The Whigs“Modern Creation” (producer: Jim Scott; first single: “Hit Me”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3)(New West)
Winger“Better Days Comin'” (Hear hereDeluxe Edition; MP3)(Frontiers)

More Releases for the Week of April 22, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Boyce Avenue (Sarasota, Fla.-based melodic rock trio)“No Limits [MP3]” (guest: Milkman; Hear here; See here)(3 Peace)
Glee Cast“Glee The Music, Season 5: Tested [MP3]” (featuring versions of “Addicted to Love,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Let’s Wait Awhile” and “Love Is a Battlefield”; Hear here)(Columbia)
Harvest Mill (Memphis rock group)“The EP [MP3]” (five songs; ReverbNation)(Harvest Mill Entertainment)
KeithM“You Are My #Heaven [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Be Krazy Entertainment)
Nathan Kress (Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter)“It’s Not Enough [MP3]” (six-song EP; ReverbNation)(Nathan Kress, April 23)
Brian Mackey (NYC singer-songwriter)“America [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Brian Mackey)
Asher Roth“RetroHash [MP3]” (producer: Blended Babies; guests: ZZ Ward, Curren$y, Coyle Girelli, Vic Mensa, Major Myjah, Chuck Inglish; new single: “Fast Life”; Hear here)(Pale Fire / Federal Prism)
Sinners Sinners“XI [MP3]” (producer: Nic Jodoin; Hear here)(Cadavra, April 21)
Bruce Springsteen“American Beauty [MP3]” (four-song EP, originally released on vinyl on Record Store Day; Hear here; Read here)(Columbia)
Teen (psychedelic R&B band from NYC)“The Way and Color [MP3]” (producer: Daniel Schlett; first single: “Not Too Long”; Hear here; Read here)(Carpark)
Tempest City“This Ain’t Bogota [MP3]” (five-song EP; ReverbNation)(Tempest City)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

ABBA“Gold: Greatest Hits – 40th Anniversary Edition” (three CDs, featuring the original 19-song “Gold,” plus “More ABBA Gold” and a third disc of B-sides; Read here)(Polydor / UMe)
Bastille“All This Bad Blood” (deluxe version of the 2013 album “Bad Blood”; 13 bonus tracks; Hear/read here; MP3)(Virgin / UMe)
Chvrches“The Bones of What You Believe (Expanded Edition)” (2013 album; with three bonus tracks; MP3)(Glassnote)
Death“Death III” (recordings from 1975-76, 1980 and 1992, serving as a companion piece to the “A Band Called Death” documentary; Vinyl; MP3)(Drag City)
Fiona“Fiona” (1985 album), “Beyond the Pale” (1986 album; See here), “Heart Like a Gun” (1986 album)(Rock Candy)
Bobby Freeman“Do You Want to Dance? The Best of 1956-1961” (two CDs, 38 songs; contains the albums “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Twist with Bobby Freeman” with rare singles; See here; Read here)(U.K. – Jasmine, April 21)
Godfathers“Godfathers: Deluxe Edition – Remastered & Reloaded” (1993 album, aka “The Orange Album”; remastered; two CDs, with 13 bonus tracks; MP3)(Godfathers Recordings)
Little Feat“Live in Holland 1976 [CD/DVD]” (captured at the Pinkpop festival on June 7, 1976, with Lowell George; See here; MP3)(Eagle Rock)
Joe Satriani“The Complete Studio Recordings [Box set]” (15 CDs, including a disc of bonus tracks)(Epic / Legacy)
Spirit“The Best of Spirit [Vinyl]” (1973 album; remastered)(Friday Music)
Gale Storm“Essential Dot Recordings 1955-1959” (three CDs, 60 songs; Read here)(U.K. – Not Now Music, April 21)
Suede“Suede CD Singles [Box set]” (24 CD singles and a DVD of 28 music videos; Read here)(U.K. – Edsel, April 21)
Toto“Toto” (1978 album), “Hydra” (1979 album), “Turn Back” (1981 album)(Rock Candy)
Various artists“Porky’s Revenge!” (1985 album; produced and assembled by Dave Edmunds; Hear here)(Varese Sarabande)
XTC“Skylarking: Corrected Polarity Edition” (1986 album; with a 5.1 surround mix by engineer Steven Wilson; Read here)(Ape House)

More Releases for the Week of April 22, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Long John Baldry“Boogie Woogie: The Warner Bros. Recordings [MP3]” (42 songs)(Rhino / Warner)
B.T. Express“Keep It Up [MP3]” (1982 album)(Epic / Legacy)
Rosanne Cash“Right or Wrong [MP3]” (1980 album)(Columbia Nashville / Legacy)
Daddy Longlegs“Daddy Longlegs [MP3]” (1970 album)(Rhino / Warner)
Percy Faith“The Essential Percy Faith [MP3]” (32 songs)(Columbia / Legacy)
Robert Goulet“The Essential Robert Goulet [MP3]” (36 songs)(Columbia / Legacy)
Jermaine Jackson“Dynamite (Bonus Track Version) [MP3]” (1984 album; with five bonus tracks), “Precious Moments (Bonus Track Version) [MP3]” (1986 album; with five bonus tracks)(Arista / Legacy)
LaToya Jackson“Hearts Don’t Lie (Bonus Track Version) [MP3]” (1984 album; with seven bonus tracks), “Imagination (Bonus Track Version) [MP3]” (1986 album; with four bonus tracks)(Epic / Legacy)
Frankie Laine“The Essential Frankie Laine [MP3]” (32 songs)(Columbia / Legacy)
Mitch Miller“The Essential Mitch Miller [MP3]” (38 songs)(Columbia / Legacy)
Ronnie Milsap“Night Things [MP3]” (1975 album), “20-20 Vision [MP3]” (1976 album)(RCA / Legacy)
R.E.M.“Dead Letter Office [MP3]” (1987 rarities compilation)(A&M / UMe)
Soft Cell“The Very Best of Soft Cell [MP3]” (19 songs)(Mercury / UMe)
David Steinberg“Booga! Booga! [MP3]” (1974 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
20/20“20/20 [MP3]” (1979 album), “Look Out![MP3]” (1981 album)(Epic / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Jim Backus“Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection 1949-1959 [DVD]” (four discs; See/read here)(Shout! Factory)
The King Family“The King Family Classic Television Specials Collection Volume 1 [DVD]” (two discs of holiday specials from the 1960s; See here; Read here)(Polly O. Entertainment)
Tracy Morgan“Bona Fide [DVD]” (See here)(Comedy Central)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of April 22, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Natalie Cole“Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain [Paperback]” (co-author: David Ritz)(Simon & Schuster, April 19)
Peter Hook“The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club [Paperback]” (Kindle)(It Books)
Elvis Presley“Elvis Presley: A Life in Music [Kindle]” (author: Ernst Jorgensen)(St. Martin’s Griffin)
Lisa Robinson (music journalist)“There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll [Hardcover]” (Read here; Kindle)(Riverhead)
Keith Sharp“Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada’s Music Magazine [Paperback]” (Kindle)(Dundurn, April 19)
Todd Snider“I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales [Paperback]” (Kindle)(Da Capo Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of April 22, 2014

Next week: April 29, 2014

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