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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