New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Ashrae Fax (goth/ethereal duo from Greensboro, N.C.)“Never Really Been Into It” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Mexican Summer, Aug. 25)
Randy Bachman“Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story” (recorded live at Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg in April 2013; Hear here; DVD; MP3)(Caroline, Aug. 25)
Jill Barber (Canadian singer-songwriter)“Fool’s Gold” (producers: Les Cooper, Drew Jurecka; first single: “Broken for Good”; Hear here; MP3, with two bonus tracks)(Outside Music)
Basement Jaxx“Junto” (first single: “Unicorn”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Atlantic Jaxx / PIAS, Aug. 25)
Cameron Carpenter (American organist)“If You Could Read My Mind [CD/DVD]” (Hear here; MP3)(Sony Masterworks)
Cold Specks“Neuroplasticity” (first single: “Absisto”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Mute, Aug. 25)
John Cowan“Sixty” (producer: John McFee; guests: Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson, etc.; Hear here; MP3)(Compass)
Dry the River“Alarms in the Heart” (producers: Charlie Hugall, Paul Savage, Peter Miles; guest: The Delgados’ Emma Pollock; first single: “Gethsemane”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Transgressive, Aug. 25)
El May (aka Lara Meyerratken, a multi-instrumentalist from Australia)“The Other Person Is You” (first single: “I Played a Role”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Rose Quartz / Redeye)
Floating Action“Body Questions” (first single: “Unrevenged”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(New West, Aug. 25)
Full Force“Full Force: With Love From Our Friends” (a self-described “True Skool All-Star Project,” feat. Faith Evans, Sheila E, Samantha Fox, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Regina Belle, Cece Peniston, UTFO, Tevin Campbell, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Flavor Flav, Shanice, Howard Hewett, Force MDs, etc.; Hear here; MP3)(Legacy Recordings, Aug. 25)
Ariana Grande“My Everything” (guests: Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Zedd, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Cashmere Cat; new single: “Break Free”; Hear here; Deluxe Version, with three bonus tracks; Deluxe CD Album Bundle, with T-shirt, bracelet and concert video stream; MP3)(Republic, Aug. 25)
The Griswolds (indie-rock quartet from Sydney, Australia)“Be Impressive” (producer: Tony Hoffer; new single: “Right On Track”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Wind-up, Aug. 25)
Robyn Hitchcock“The Man Upstairs” (an album of covers, some well-known, some not; producer: Joe Boyd; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Yep Roc)
il sogno del marinaio (led by Mike Watt)“canto secondo” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3)(clenchedwrench, Aug. 25)
KEM“Promise to Love” (first single: “It’s You”; Hear here; MP3)(Motown, Aug. 25)
Khun Narin Electric Phin Band (musicians from northern Thailand)“Khun Narin Electric Phin Band” (See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Innovative Leisure / ADA, Aug. 25)
Jeff LeBar (Cinderella guitarist)“One for the Road” (Hear here)(Rat Pak)
Machinae Supremacy (Swedish “SID metal” band)“Phantom Shadow” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Spinefarm)
J Mascis“Tied to a Star” (first single: “Every Morning”; Hear here; MP3)(Sub Pop, Aug. 25)
Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag ( former lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers)“Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag” (producer: Mike Napolitano; guest: Ani DiFranco; Hear here; MP3; see related book below)(SKH Music)
MKRV (Russian rock/pop duo)“W.A.Y.” (first single: “It’s You”; Hear here; MP3)(MKRV Music)
The New Pornographers“Brill Bruisers” (their first album since 2010; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Matador, Aug. 25)
Opeth“Pale Communion” (producer: frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt; first single: “Cusp of Eternity”; Hear here; MP3)(Roadrunner, Aug. 25)
Brad Paisley“Moonshine in the Trunk” (producer: Luke Wooten; first single: “River Bank”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Arista Nashville, Aug. 25)
The Rentals“Lost in Alphaville” (first single: “Thought of Sound”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Polyvinyl, Aug. 25)
Rustie (Scottish electronic artist)“Green Language” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Warp, Aug. 25)
Ty Segall“Manipulator” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Drag City)
Thousand Foot Krutch“Oxygen: Inhale” (first single: “Born This Way”; Hear here; MP3)(TFK Music)
The Wytches (Brighton-based garage-rock band)“Annabel Dream Reader” (producer: Bill Ryder-Jones; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Partisan, Aug. 25)
The Young“Chrome Cactus” (producer: Tim Green; first single: “Metal Flake”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Matador, Aug. 25)

More Releases for the Week of Aug. 26, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Johnny Aries (of The Drums)“Unbloomed [MP3]” (Hear here)(Frenchkiss)
Lizzie Blazquez (dance artist)“Deep Inside of Me [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(MondoTunes)
Double Score“3>2 [MP3]” (three-song EP; Hear here)(Double Score, Aug. 28)
Heavy Hand (Milwaukee post-noise pop trio)“Northwoods Knives [MP3]” (Hear/read here)(Latest Flame, Aug. 25)
Lewis James (indie rock musician from Manchester, U.K.)“Rock n Roll Experiment [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(LJM, Aug. 29)
Jupiter in Velvet“Bring Me Back 2 Life [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Free 2B Free)
The Lightness of Being (London-based alt-rock band)“Directions [MP3]” (four-song EP; ReverbNation)(The Lightness of Being, Aug. 29)
Merchandise (Florida post-punks)“After the End [MP3]” (first single: “New Killer”; Hear here; See here)(4AD)
Palm Ghosts (Philly indie Americana band)“Palm Ghosts [MP3]” (first single: “Seasons”; ReverbNation; See here)(Surreal Soundworks, Aug. 27)
Rooftop Revolutionaries (L.A. modern hard rock band)“Red [MP3]” (four-song EP; ReverbNation)(Rooftop Revolutionaries)
Mike Sempert“Mid Dream Complete Sessions [MP3]” (with six bonus tracks; Hear here)(Velvet Blue Music)
Souls of Mischief“There Is Only Now (Deluxe Edition) [MP3]” (with bonus instrumental versions; producer: Adrian Younge; guest: Snoop Dogg; Hear here; CD)(Linear Labs)
SW/MM/NG“Feel Not Bad [MP3]” (first single: “Younger”; Hear here; Vinyl; CD)(Old Flame, Aug. 25)
Victorious Marcus (L.A. soul singer-songwriter)“Dreams Come True [MP3],” “No Abuse [MP3],” “The Right Track [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Worldwide Music Group)
Zoot Woman (British electro-pop trio led by producer Stuart Price)“Star Climbing” (first single: “Don’t Tear Yourself Apart”; Hear here; Vinyl; CD)(Embassy One Recordings, Aug. 29)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, et al“Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins” (1964 soundtrack album; remastered; three discs)(Walt Disney, Aug. 25)
Asia“High Voltage Live [CD/DVD]” (recorded July 24, 2010, at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London; MP3)(Frontiers / Universal, Aug. 25)
Mel Carter“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me: The Best of Mel Carter”(Traditions Alive)
Miles Davis“Chronicle: The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951-1956 [Box set]” (eight discs)(Fantasy, Aug. 25)
Deep Purple“Concerto for Group and Orchestra [180-gram vinyl]” (1969 album; remastered)(Rhino / Parlophone, Aug. 25)
Lowell George“Thanks I’ll Eat It Here: The Deluxe Edition” (1979 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Read here)(Friday Music, Aug. 25)
The Glitter Band (originally Gary Glitter’s backup band)“Paris Match” (1977 album; remastered, with 11 bonus tracks; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(U.K. – 7T’s / Cherry Red, Aug. 25)
High Inergy“Turnin’ On (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album, featuring “You Can’t Turn Me Off [In the Middle of Turning Me On]”; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Read here)(U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, Aug. 25)
The Kinks“Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (Deluxe Edition)” (1970 album; remastered, with seven bonus tracks and a second disc of demos, instrumentals and rarities; Read here)(Sanctuary / Sony Music, Aug. 25)
Bruce Hornsby“Solo Concerts” (two-CD compilation of 2012-13 performances; Hear here; MP3)(Vanguard, Aug. 25)
Cheryl Lynn“Cheryl Lynn (Expanded Edition)” (1978 album, featuring “Got to Be Real”; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(U.K. – SoulMusic, Aug. 25)
M83“M83” (2001 album; two CDs; MP3), “Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts” (2004 album; two CDs; MP3), “Before the Dawn Heals Us” (2005 album; two CDs; MP3)(Mute, Aug. 25)
Metallica“Master of Puppets [Vinyl]” (1986 album; remastered), “Metallica [Vinyl]” (1991 album; remastered; two LPs), “Load [Vinyl]” (1996 album; remastered; two LPs), “Reload [Vinyl]” (1997 album; remastered; two LPs), “Garage Inc. [Vinyl]” (1998 album; remastered; two LPs), “S&M [Vinyl]” (1999 album; remastered; two LPs), “St. Anger [Vinyl]” (2003 album; remastered; two LPs; see related DVDs below)(Rhino / Blackened Recordings, Aug. 25)
Various artists“XL Recordings: Pay Close Attention” (two-CD, 35-song label retrospective; featuring tracks by Adele, Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Prodigy, M.I.A., Bobby Womack, Basement Jaxx; 4LP + DVD; DVD contains 10 music videos; MP3)(XL Recordings, Aug. 25)
Wire“Document and Eyewitness 1979-1980” (two discs; Hear here)(Pink Flag)

More Releases for the Week of Aug. 26, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Aquarian Dream“Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream [MP3]” (1976 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Norman Connors“Dance of Magic [MP3]” (1972 album), “Dark of Light [MP3]” (1973 album), “Love From the Sun [MP3]” (1974 album), “Slewfoot [MP3]” (1974 album), “Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1975 album, with two bonus tracks), “You Are My Starship (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1976 album, with two bonus tracks), “Romantic Journey (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1977 album, with two bonus tracks), “Invitation (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1979 album, with two bonus tracks), “Take It to the Limit (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1980 album, with three bonus tracks)(Columbia / Legacy)
Percy Faith and His Orchestra“Subways Are For Sleeping [MP3]” (1961 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Flatt & Scruggs“Changin’ Times [MP3]” (1967 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Kool & The Gang“Kool and The Gang [MP3]” (1969 album), “Music Is the Message [MP3]” (1972 album), “Good Times [MP3]” (1972 album), “Spirit of the Boogie [MP3]” (1975 album)(Mercury / UMe, Aug. 25)
Jeff Lorber“In the Heat of the Night [MP3]” (1984 album)(Arista / Legacy)
The Jeff Lorber Fusion“Water Sign [MP3]” (1979 album), “Wizard Island [MP3]” (1980 album), “Galaxian [MP3]” (1981 album)(Arista / Legacy)
Marilyn Maye“Meet Marvelous Marilyn Maye [MP3]” (1965 album)(RCA / Legacy)
Rick Nelson“The Complete Epic Recordings [MP3]” (41 songs)(Epic / Legacy)
The New Christy Minstrels“Today [MP3]” (1964 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Patti Page“Gentle On My Mind [MP3]” (1968 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists“Essentials of Americana [MP3]” (10 songs)(Yep Roc, Aug. 25)
Bobby Vinton“Tell Me Why [MP3]” (1964 album)(Epic / Legacy)
Glenn Yarbrough“Baby the Rain Must Fall [MP3]” (1965 album), “It’s Gonna Be Fine [MP3]” (1965 album)(RCA / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Ian Anderson“Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Thick As a Brick – Live in Iceland [DVD]” (filmed and recorded in 2012; Blu-ray)(Eagle Rock, Aug. 25)
Beyoncé“Beyoncé: Live at Wembley [Instant Video]” (2004 concert film)(The Orchard)
Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen“Portlandia: Season Four [DVD]”(MVD)
Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty“Friendly Fire [DVD]” (1979 film)(Kino Lorber)
Kim Coates, Ryan Hurst, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, et al“Sons of Anarchy: Season Six [DVD]” (five discs; Blu-ray)(21st Century Fox)
Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Senta Berger“Cast a Giant Shadow [Blu-ray]” (1966 film; DVD)(Kino Lorber)
Foo Fighters“Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium [Instant Video]” (2008 concert film, with guests Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones)(The Orchard)
Gabe Kaplan, John Travolta, Marcia Strassman, et al“Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series [DVD]” (16 discs; Read here)(Shout! Factory)
Metallica“Cliff ‘Em All [DVD]” (1987 tribute to bassist Cliff Burton, who died a year before in a tour bus accident), “A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica, Part 1 & 2 [DVD]” (1992 documentary on the making of the “Metallica” album; See here), “Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge [DVD/CD]” (1993 live show), “Cunning Stunts [DVD]” (1998 concert), “S&M [DVD]” (documentary on the 1999 concert, conducted by Michael Kamen), “The Videos 1989-2004 [DVD]”(Rhino / Blackened Recordings, Aug. 25)
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, et al“On the Beach [Blu-ray]” (1959 film)(Kino Lorber)
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, et al“Blended [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(Warner Home Video)
Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, et al“All That Jazz (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1979 film; See here; Read here)(Criterion Collection)
Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole, et al“What’s New Pussycat? [DVD]” (1965 comedy film; title song written by Burt Bacharach and performed by Tom Jones; See here; Blu-ray)(Kino Lorber)
Various artists“American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art [DVD]” (2009 documentary; See/read here)(Freakfilms, Inc.)
Various artists“The Golden Age of Television (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (live TV plays of the 1950s, featuring Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, Piper Laurie, etc.; See/read here)(Criterion Collection)
Various artists“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (five discs; the most watched drama in basic cable history returns to AMC on Oct. 13; Blu-ray)(Anchor Bay)
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, et al“The Fault in Our Stars [Instant Video]” (2014 film; Extended HD)(21st Century Fox)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Aug. 26, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
George Benson“Benson: The Autobiography [Hardcover]” (co-author: Alan Goldsher; foreword by Bill Cosby; Kindle)(Da Capo Press)
Tom Maxwell“Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers [Paperback]” (Read here; Kindle)(Oyster Point Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of Aug. 26, 2014

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