New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” (guest: Peabo Bryson; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Heads Up / Concord)
Amanda X (Philly post-punk/pop trio) “Amnesia [Vinyl]” (Hear here; MP3) (Siltbreeze)
Bear in Heaven (new drummer: Jason Nazary) “Time Is Over One Day Old” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
Blues Pills (Swedish rock band) “Blues Pills” (producer: Don Alsterberg; Hear here; MP3) (Nuclear Blast)
Christopher Denny “If the Roses Don’t Kill Us” (producer: Dave Sanger; guests: Cindy Cashdollar, Erika Wennerstrom, Glenn Fukunaga, Lauren Gurgiolo, Marty Muse; first single: “Our Kind of Love”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
The Empty Hearts (rock supergroup features Wally Palmar, Elliot Easton, Andy Babiuk and Clem Burke) “The Empty Hearts” (producers: The Empty Hearts, Ed Stasium; first single: “I Don’t Want Your Love [If You Don’t Want To See Me]”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (429)
Godsmack “1000hp” (producer: Dave Fortman; first single: “1000hp”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Republic)
Andy Grammer “Magazines or Novels” (first single: “Back Home”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (S-Curve)
The Icarus Line “Avowed Slavery” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Agitated)
Al Jarreau “My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” (guests: Dr. John, Jeffrey Osborne, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Boney James, Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Kelly Price; Hear here; MP3) (Concord)
Shooter Jennings “Don’t Wait Up (For George)” (an EP tribute to George Jones; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Black Country Rock)
Kix “Rock Your Face Off” (first single: “Love Me With Your Top Down”; Hear here; MP3) (Loud & Proud)
Ben Miller Band (Joplin, Mo.-based rock band has been touring with ZZ Top) “Any Way, Shape or Form” (producer: Vance Powell; first single: “Hurry Up and Wait”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl + MP3) (New West)
Mozart’s Sister (aka Montreal producer-singer Caila Thompson-Hannant) “Being” (first single: “Enjoy”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Asthmatic Kitty)
Naomi Punk (Olympia, Wash.-based punk trio) “Television Man” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Smokie Norful “Forever Yours” (his first studio album in eight years; first single: “No Greater Love”; Hear here; See here; Deluxe CD Bundle, with signed booklet and poster) (Motown Gospel)
Owl John (aka Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit) “Owl John” (producers: Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and Simon Liddell of Olympic Swimmers; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Canvasback Music / Atlantic)
Tasha Page-Lockhart (season 6 winner of BET’s gospel competition show “Sunday Best”) “Here Right Now” (guests: Kirk Franklin, Lisa Page Brooks, PJ Morton; Hear here; MP3) (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA)
Billy Joe Shaver “Long in the Tooth” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Lightning Rod)
Skid Row “Rise of the Damnation Army: United World Rebellion, Chapter Two” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Megaforce)
Spider Bags “Frozen Letter” (producer: Wesley Wolfe; first single: “Back With You Again in the World”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Merge)
Spoon “They Want My Soul” (producers: Joe Chiccarelli, Dave Fridmann; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Loma Vista / Republic)
Angus & Julia Stone (Australian brother-sister folk-blues group) “Angus & Julia Stone” (producer: Rick Rubin; first single: “Heart Beats Slow”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (American Recordings / Republic)
Sunny Sweeney “Provoked” (first single: “Bad Girl Phase”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3) (Aunt Daddy / Thirty Tigers)
Twin Peaks (Chicago rock-pop band) “Wild Onion” (producers: Twin Peaks, Andrew Humphrey, Colin Croom; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Grand Jury Music)
Vandenberg MoonKings (led by former Vandenberg and Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg) “Vandenberg MoonKings” (guest: David Coverdale; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Mascot)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 51” (21 tracks; MP3) (Universal Music Group / Sony Music Entertainment)
The Wind + The Wave (Austin-based duo) “From the Wreckage” (first single: “With Your Two Hands”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (RCA)

More Releases for the Week of Aug. 5, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Counterpunch (Chicago-based pop punk band) “Bruises [MP3]” (producer: Matt Allison; Hear here) (Cyber Tracks)
The Dead Daisies “Face I Love [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Face I Love”; Hear here) (Spitfire Music / Caroline / Universal)
Operators (analog/electronic/dance project from Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) “EP1 [MP3]” (five songs; Hear/read here) (Operators)
PraXys (D.C.-based singer-producer) “Karma [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Drastik Entertainment)
Prom Date (New Orleans synth-pop band) “Portraits [MP3]” (new single: “Good Morning, Boyfriend”; Hear here) (Prom Date)
Roses (dream-pop trio led by ex-Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez) “Dreamlover [MP3]” (four-song EP; new single: “It’s Over”; See here) (Group Tightener)
Savant (multi-genre artist from Oslo) “Protos [MP3]” (18 songs; Hear here) (SectionZ, Aug. 8)
To Set Ablaze “The Life We Lead [MP3]” (first single: “Years of My Life”; Hear here) (Autumn + Colour)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Chairmen of the Board “The Complete Invictus Studio Recordings: 1969-1978 [Box set]” (nine discs; See here) (U.K. – Edsel, Aug. 4)
Cactus “Live in the USA” (two CDs; 2006 reunion show at B.B. King’s in New York) (Cleopatra)
Bobby Darin “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Gang Starr “ICON” (best-of) (Virgin / UMe)
Herbie Hancock “The Warner Brothers Years (1969-1972)” (three CDs, 19 songs) (Rhino / Warner)
The Human League “Don’t You Want Me: The Collection” (19 tracks; Track list) (U.K. – Spectrum Music / UMC, Aug. 4)
Iron Butterfly “Live at the Galaxy, LA, July 1967” (Keyhole)
Jethro Tull “Original Album Series” (five-disc set includes the albums “Songs from the Wood,” “Heavy Horses,” “Stormwatch,” “A,” “Broadsword and the Beast”) (Chrysalis / Rhino)
Stacy Lattisaw “Take Me All the Way (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Hear/read here) (Funky Town Grooves)
Nils Lofgren “Face the Music [Box set]” (10-disc retrospective) (Fantasy)
Reba McEntire “ICON” (best-of) (Curb / UMe)
MC Hammer “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Moby Grape “Live at Stony Brook University, NY, October 22nd 1968” (Keyhole)
The Monkees “Head [LP + DVD Bundle]” (1968 film and soundtrack album; See here) (
The Mothers of Invention “Wollman Rink Central Park, NY, August 3rd 1968” (Keyhole)
Phyllis Nelson “Move Closer (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with a bonus alternative mix of the title track; Read here; See here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, Aug. 4)
Poison “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Elvis Presley “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) [Box set]” (eight CDs, two DVDs; accompanied the theatrical release of the documentary film of the same name in 1970; Blu-ray) (RCA / Legacy)
Linda Ronstadt “Hand Sown … Home Grown / Silk Purse / Linda Ronstadt” (1969, 1970 and 1972 albums on two CDs; remastered) (U.K. – BGO, Aug. 4)
Linda Ronstadt “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Shaggy “ICON” (best-of) (Virgin / UMe)
Simple Minds “Celebrate – Live From The SSE Hydro Glasgow [CD/DVD]” (93-minute edit of the November 2013 concert; See here; Blu-ray) (U.K. – Edsel, Aug. 4)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems 2” (18 hit singles and remixes, including Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night [T.G.I.F.],” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” Bruno Mars’ “Treasure [Cash Cash Radio Mix]”; MP3) (Universal Music Group / Sony Music Entertainment)
The Youngbloods “The Youngbloods” (1967 album; remastered), “Earth Music” (1968 album; remastered), “Elephant Mountain” (1969 album; remastered) (U.K. – RCA, Aug. 4)
Zephyr (Tommy Bolin’s first band) “Zephyr” (1969 album; remastered, with four bonus live tracks; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)

More Releases for the Week of Aug. 5, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Big Country “The Seer (Deluxe Edition) [MP3]” (1986 album; remastered, with bonus B-sides, remixes, live tracks), “No Place Like Home (Deluxe Edition) [MP3]” (1991 album; remastered, with B-sides and demos) (Mercury / UMe)
LeAnn Rimes “Dance Like You Don’t Give A …. Greatest Hits Remixes [MP3]” (13 tracks; Read here) (Curb)
Various artists “Musics of the Earth: Astonishing and Rare Instruments [MP3],” “Songs of the Earth: Astonishing and Rare Voices [MP3]” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Joel McHale, Donald Glover, et al “Community: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD]” (two discs) (Sony Pictures)
Poco “Poco: Crazy Love – The Ultimate Live Experience [DVD]” (two discs) (Cleopatra)
Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, et al “God’s Not Dead [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Pure Flix)
Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, et al “Phantom of the Paradise (Collector’s Edition) [DVD + Blu-ray]” (1974 musical film; See here) (Shout! Factory)
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, et al “Divergent [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Aug. 5, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
ABBA “ABBA: The Treasures [Hardcover]” (includes new interviews with all four members; authors: Ingmarie Halling, Carl Magnus Palm) (Carlton Books)
Beethoven “Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph [Hardcover]” (author: Jan Swafford; Kindle) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Steve Boone “Hotter Than a Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful [Kindle]” (co-author: Tony Moss; Paperback) (ECW Press)
George Clinton “George Clinton & The Cosmic Odyssey of the P-Funk Empire [Hardcover]” (author: Kris Needs; Kindle) (Omnibus Press)
5 Seconds of Summer “5 Seconds of Summer: She Looks So Perfect [Paperback]” (author: Mary Boone; Kindle) (Triumph Books, Aug. 4)
George, Malcolm and Angus Young “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC [Hardcover]” (author: Jesse Fink; Kindle) (St. Martin’s Press)
David Stubbs “Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany [Kindle]” (Paperback) (Faber & Faber)

More Book Releases for the Week of Aug. 5, 2014

Next week: Aug. 12, 2014

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