New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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

Artist: Title: Label:
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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