New stuff

Artist: Title: Label:
Mike Aiken “Captains & Cowboys [MP3]” (producers: Dan Baird, Ben Strano, Aiken; guest: Tammy Rogers; first single: “Summertime Song”; Hear here) (Northwind, April 22)
Andrew Bayer (electronica artist) “If It Were You, We’d Never Leave [MP3]” (guests: Ane Brun, Deb Talan, Alison May; first single: “Lose Sight”; Hear here; See here) (Anjunabeats, April 22)
Michael Bublé “To Be Loved” (producer: Bob Rock; first single: “It’s a Beautiful Day”; Hear here; MP3) (143 / Reprise)
The Chapin Sisters “A Date With the Everly Brothers [MP3]” (covers of their favorite Everlys songs; Hear here; See here) (Lake Bottom)
Paula Cole “Raven” (first single: “Eloise”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (675 Records / United For Opportunity)
Fantasia “Side Effects of You” (collaborators: Andrea Martin, Emeli Sandé, Sherrod Lambert, Missy Elliott, Courtney Harrell; guests: Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, etc.; first single: “Lose to Win”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (19 Recordings / RCA)
Glee Cast “Don’t Stop Believin’ [MP3]” (Rachel/Lea Michele solo audition version), “Fight For Your Right (To Party) [MP3],” “Next to Me [MP3],” “Outcast [MP3]” (Columbia)
Har Mar Superstar (R&B alter ego of Sean Tillmann) “Bye Bye 17” (producers: Jim Eno, Tillmann; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cult / Frenchkiss)
Heaven & Earth “Dig” (guests: Howard Leese, Richie Sambora, David Paich; first single: “No Money, No Love”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Quarto Valley)
Tom Jones “Spirit in the Room” (released in May 2012 in the U.K.; includes covers of Tom Waits’ “Bad As Me,” Odetta’s “Hit or Miss” and Low Anthem’s “Charlie Darwin”; producer: Ethan Johns; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
Junip (Swedish rock trio) “Junip” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mute)
Juno Reactor “The Golden Sun of the Great East” (Hear here; MP3) (Metropolis)
Layers and Frames (American-French art-rock group) “Infinite Release [MP3]” (first single: “Take Control”; Hear here; See here) (Layers and Frames, April 22)
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “Love Has Come For You” (producer: Peter Asher; guests: Steep Canyon Rangers, Esperanza Spalding, Waddy Wachtel, Sara and Sean Watkins; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rounder)
The Neighbourhood “I Love You.” (first single: “Sweater Weather”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Columbia)
Phoenix (French alt-rock band) “Bankrupt!” (Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Glassnote)
Queensrÿche (Geoff Tate-fronted version) “Frequency Unknown” (producer: Jason Slater; guests: K.K. Downing, Chris Poland, Ty Tabor, Paul Bostaph, Lita Ford, Brad Gillis, Dave Menikett, Craig Locicero; Hear here; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral) “A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Domino)
Emeli Sandé “iTunes Session [MP3]” (eight-song collection recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood; Hear here) (Capitol)
Slava “Raw Solutions” (Hear here; LP + MP3) (Software Recording Co.)
Snoop Lion “Reincarnation” (reggae- and dancehall-influenced album; producers: Diplo and the Major Lazer production team; guests: Drake, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Akon, Chris Brown, etc.; new single: “Here Comes the King”; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; Vinyl; MP3) (RCA / Vice)
Tate Stevens (season 2 winner of the U.S. version of “The X Factor”) “Tate Stevens” (producer: Blake Chancey; first single: “Holler If You’re With Me”; Hear here; MP3) (Syco Music / RCA Nashville)
Laura Stevenson “Wheel” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Don Giovanni)
The Stick People “Madness” (producer: Dito Godwin; first single: “Think About That”; Hear here) (EFM)
Super Water Sympathy (Louisiana “water-pop” band) “Hydrogen Child” (producer: Cam Blackwood; Hear here; See here) (In Music We Trust)
Sweet Baboo (aka Stephen Black) “Ships [MP3]” (first single: “Let’s Go Swimming Wild”; Hear here; See here) (Moshi Moshi)
Craig Taborn Trio “Chants” (producer: Manfred Eicher; MP3) (ECM)
Tin Cup Serenade (San Francisco-based eclectic band) “Tragic Songs of Hope [MP3]” (producer: frontman Rolf Wilkinson; Hear here) (Tin Cup Serenade Productions)
Frank Turner “Tape Deck Heart” (producer: Rich Costey; first single: “Recovery”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Xtra Mile / Interscope)
White Prism “White Prism EP [MP3]” (five songs; Hear here) (MNRCH) “#willpower” (guests: Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, 2NE1, etc.; first single: “#thatPOWER”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Interscope)
Young Galaxy (Canadian indie pop/dream pop band) “Ultramarine” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Paper Bag)
Rob Zombie “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” (includes a cover of “We’re an American Band”; first single: “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Zodiac Swan / T-Boy / UMe)


Artist: Title: Label:
Angel “Sinful” (1979 album; remastered) (BGO)
Big Country “The Seer [MP3]” (1996 album) (Mercury / UMe)
dc Talk “Free At Last” (1992 album; remastered), “Jesus Freak” (1995 album; remastered), “Supernatural” (1998 album; remastered) (ForeFront)
Peter Green Splinter Group “The Very Best of Peter Green Splinter Group” (two CDs, 32 songs; MP3) (Snapper)
Trey Lorenz (former Mariah Carey duet partner) “Mr. Mista” (2006 album; remastered) (Cleopatra)
Jeff Lynne / ELO “Armchair Theatre” (1990 album; remastered, with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Borderline” and “Forecast”; MP3), “Electric Light Orchestra Live” (2001 performance on PBS special; with two bonus tracks, “Out of Luck” and “Cold Feet”; MP3), “Zoom” (2001 album; remastered, with new track, “One Day,” recorded in 2004; MP3) (Frontiers)
Mantovani & His Orchestra “Gypsy Soul [MP3]” (1985 album) (Mercury / UMe)
Bob Marley & The Wailers “Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1978 album; remastered; two CDs, 24 tracks, with the unreleased live show, “Live at Ahoy Hallen,” recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 7, 1978; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Island / Tuff Gong / UMe)
Alanis Morissette “Live at Montreux 2012” (MP3) (Eagle Rock)
Richard Pryor “Are You Serious??? [MP3]” (1977 album) (Shout! Factory)
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Special Occasion [MP3]” (1968 album) (Motown / UMe)
Nile Rodgers “B-Movie Matinee [MP3]” (1985 album) (Rhino / Warner)
The Rolling Stones “The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971” (16 tracks) (ABKCO)
The Statler Brothers “The Best From the Farewell Concert” (DVD) (Spring House)
10,000 Maniacs “Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs [MP3]” (2004 compilation; 31 songs) (Rhino / Elektra)
Various artists “Hitsville USA, The Motown Collection 1972-1992 [MP3]” (1993 compilation, 78 songs) (Motown / UMe)
Various artists “Putumayo Kids Presents Latin Dreamland” (Putumayo Kids)
Various artists “The Very Best TV Ad Songs” (two CDs, 40 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Sony, April 22)
The Ventures “(The) Ventures in Space [MP3]” (1963 album), “The Fabulous Ventures [MP3]” (1964 album), “On Stage [MP3]” (1965 album) (Capitol)
Wet Willie “The Wetter the Better / Left Coast Live” (1976, 1977 albums on one CD; remastered) (BGO)
Yellowman “Reggae Anthology: Young, Gifted & Yellow” (two CDs, 40 songs; MP3) (VP)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Cheech & Chong “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie! [DVD]” (directed by Branden Chambers and Eric D. Chambers; See here; Blu-ray; MP3) (20th Century Fox)
Various artists “Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop [DVD]” (documentary includes interviews with Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Nerina Pallot and Richard Hawley; See here) (MVD)
Whitesnake “Made in Japan [DVD/CD]” (two CDs, one DVD; shot in HD in 5.1 and stereo during the group’s co-headlining set at the “Loud Park” festival on Oct. 11, 2011, at Saitama Super Arena; See here; MP3) (Frontiers)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Jimmy Webb “Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting [Kindle]” (Hyperion)

Video games

Subject: Title: Media/Due date:
Namco “Star Trek [X360]” (PS3) (Namco)

Next week: April 30