New stuff

Artist: Title: Label:
Paul Allen and the Underthinkers (Microsoft co-founder) “Everywhere At Once” (producers: Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley; guests: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Bramhall, David Hidalgo, Ivan Neville, etc.; proceeds benefit educational programs at the charitable organization EMP Museum) (Legacy Recordings)
Asking Alexandria “From Death to Destiny” (producer: Joey Sturgis; Hear here; MP3) (Sumerian)
Jake Bellows “New Ocean” (first single: “I Know You”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Saddle Creek)
Alfie Boe (won a Tony Award in 2002 for “La Boheme”) “Storyteller” (all covers, with a bonus live track, “Angel,” recorded at the Royal Albert Hall; producers: Mike Hedges, Neil Ferris; Hear here; MP3) (Decca)
The Civil Wars “The Civil Wars” (first single: “The One That Got Away”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
Chick Corea “The Vigil” (Hear here; See here) (Concord)
The Dangerous Summer “Golden Record” (first single: “Catholic Girls”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (Hopeless / Universal)
Dawn of Midi (Brooklyn-based trio) “Dysnomia” (Hear here; See here) (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Brett Eldredge “Bring You Back” (producers: Scott Hendricks, Luke Laird, Byron Gallimore, Chris DeStefano, Brad Crisler, Ross Copperman, Eldredge; first single: “Don’t Ya”; Hear here) (Atlantic)
Guy J (Israeli producer) “Balance Presents Guy J” (Hear here) (Balance Music)
Hugh Laurie (former “House” star) “Didn’t It Rain” (producer: Joe Henry; guests: Taj Mahal, Gaby Moreno, Jean McClain, etc.; first single: “Wild Honey”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Warner)
Little Radar (Austin post-indie space-rock band) “Souvenirs” (producer: Mitch Dane; first single: “Siren”; Hear here) (Little Radar)
Lumerians (Oakland-based space rock band) “The High Frontier” (first single: “Dogon Genesis”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Partisan)
LX Sweat (German producer) “City of Sweat” (first single: “V.I.P. L.I.F.E.”; Hear here) (Not Not Fun)
Medicine “To the Happy Few” (the shoegaze trio’s first album together since 1995; new single: “It’s Not Enough”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Captured Tracks)
Moderat (duo of Modeskeletor and Apparat) “II” (Hear here; Deluxe edition; Vinyl) (Mute)
Modern Hut “Generic Treasure [MP3]” (producer: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster; Hear here) (Don Giovanni)
Annie Moses Band (sibling baroque-pop group) “Pilgrims & Prodigals [MP3]” (first single: “Blush”; Hear here; See here) (manAlive / Thirty Tigers)
Newsted (fronted by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok) “Heavy Metal Music” (first single: “Above All”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Collective Sounds / RED)
Pillbuster (Virginia Beach hard rockers) “Pillbuster” (producer: Dick Hodgin; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Stonerkill)
The Polyphonic Spree “Yes, It’s True” (producers: The Speekers, Eric Drew Feldman; first single: “You Don’t Know Me”; Hear here; Read here) (Good)
Pop. 1280 (Brooklyn cyberpunk band) “Imps of Perversion” (producer: Martin Bisi; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Bones)
Pure Bathing Culture (pop duo) “Moon Tides” (first single: “Pendulum”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Partisan)
RocketNumberNine (London-based sibling duo) “MeYouWeYou” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Smalltown Supersound / Redeye)
Amanda Shires (wife of Jason Isbell) “Down Fell the Doves” (producer: Andy LeMaster; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Lightning Rod)
KT Tunstall “Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon” (Hear here; Read here) (Blue Note)
TV Ghost (psychedelic post-punk group) “Disconnect” (first single: “Elevator”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (In the Red)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 47” (20 tracks; MP3) (Universal Music Group)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Chicago “Chicago 18 [MP3]” (1986 album) (Warner)
Foreigner “Head Games [Vinyl]” (1979 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Kim Fowley “Frankenstein and the All-Star Monster Band” (1984 album; remastered) (Varese Sarabande)
Gloria Gaynor “Gloria Gaynor’s Park Avenue Sound” (1978 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks), “Love Tracks” (1978 album, includes “I Will Survive”; remastered, with five bonus tracks) (U.K. – Big Break, Aug. 5)
Richie Havens “Alarm Clock” (1971 album, including “Here Comes the Sun”; remastered) (Stormy Forest Productions)
Icehouse “12 Inch Versions & Remixes Vol. 2” (two CDs, 25 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Repertoire, Aug. 5)
It’s a Beautiful Day “Live At The Fillmore ’68” (MP3) (Classic Music Vault)
Tommy James “Tommy James [MP3]” (1970 album) (Rhino)
Billy Joel “52nd Street [Vinyl]” (1978 album; remastered), “Glass Houses [Vinyl]” (1980 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Nik Kershaw “The Riddle: Remastered Expanded Edition [MP3]” (1984 album; remastered; with three mixes, two B-sides and six live tracks recorded at Lodnon’s Hammersmith Odeon on New Year’s Eve 1984; Read here; CD) (Island / UMe)
John Mellencamp “ICON: Nothing Like I Planned – Greatest Hits Vol. 3” (11 tracks) (Mercury / UMe)
Elvis Presley “The Complete ’50s Albums Collection [MP3]” (109 songs), “Prince From Another Planet [MP3]” (2012 compilation; 47 songs) (RCA / Legacy)
Elvis Presley “Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary” (1973 album; remastered; Deluxe edition; MP3) (RCA / Legacy)
Jimmy Reed “Jimmy Reed Is Back [MP3]” (1976 album) (Rhino)
Santana “Santana III [Vinyl]” (1971 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “ICON: Greatest Hits” (14 tracks) (Capitol / UMe)
Sherbs “The Skill [MP3]” (1980 album), “Defying Gravity [MP3]” (1982 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Wayman Tisdale “The Absolute Greatest Hits” (12 songs; MP3) (Artistry Music)
Various artists “Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways” (30 tracks, featuring Pete Seeger, Dock Boggs, Dink Roberts, etc.; compilation producers: Daniel E. Sheehy, D.A. Sonneborn; Hear here) (Smithsonian Folkways)
Various artists “Girls On 45, Volume 2” (subtitled “A selection of girl group, girlie pop and soul ladies 1963-1967”; 26 songs; MP3) (Teensville)
Various artists “I Got a Woman: Gems from the Decca Vaults” (three CDs, 60 songs) (One Day)
Various artists “Saint Etienne Presents Songs For A Central Park Picnic” (25 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red, Aug. 5)
Andrew Lloyd Webber “ICON” (best-of) (Verve / UMe)
Mason Williams “The Mason Williams Ear Show [MP3]” (1968 album) (Rhino / Warner)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Big Time Rush “Elevation [DVD]” (documentary film) (UNRWORLD)
Cream “Cream Farewell Concert [DVD]” (Nov. 26, 1968, show at London’s Royal Albert Hall; restored extended edition, remastered in 5.1 surround) (Kino Classics)
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman “Oblivion [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Level 42 “Level 42 Live: Town and Country Club, London [DVD]” (recorded in March 1992 at the end of their Guaranteed Tour) (Wienerworld)
Various artists “The Best of Fridays [DVD]” (ABC’s weekly late-night live comedy show ran from April 1980 to April 1982; cast members included Mark Blankfield, Melanie Chartoff, Larry David, Rich Hall, Bruce Mahler, Michael Richards, etc.; See here) (Shout! Factory)
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) (Conveyor)
Various artists “Smash: Season Two [DVD]” (four discs) (Universal Studios)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
Cher “Cher: Strong Enough [Paperback]” (author: Josiah Howard) (Plexus Publishing)
Rob Sheffield “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (It Books)

Next week: Aug. 13