New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bowling For Soup “Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 1 – The First Ten Years (1994-2003)” (17 rerecorded singles and fan favorites, plus a new track; Hear here) (Brando / Que-so / RED)
J. Cole “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Roc Nation / Columbia)
Cracker “Berkeley to Bakersfield” (double album; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (429)
Ghostface Killah “36 Seasons” (a concept album about a hip-hop superhero in the 21st century who’s out for revenge; producers: The 45 King, Fizzy Womack, Angela Johnson, Malik Abdul-Rahmaan; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Salvation / Tommy Boy)
Johnny Gill “Game Changer” (guests: New Edition; new single: “Behind Closed Doors”; MP3; iTunes) (J Skillz Entertainment / Caroline)
K. Michelle “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?” (first single: “Maybe I Should Call”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Atlantic)
The Preatures “Blue Planet Eyes” (producers: Jim Eno, guitarist Jack Moffitt; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Harvest)
The Smashing Pumpkins “Monuments to an Elegy” (producer: Howard Willing; first single: “Being Beige”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Martha’s Music / BMG)
Take That “III” (their first album in four years and their first as a trio; producers: Greg Kurstin, John Shanks, Stuart Price, Jeff Lynne; first single: “These Days”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Polydor)
Various artists “KURIOS: Cabinet des Curiosités” (soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil’s latest Big Top show, composed by Raphael Beau with Bob & Bill; Hear here; iTunes) (Cirque du Soleil)
Various artists “Ultra 2015” (Ultra)

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New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Farewell, My Love “Wrapped Up in Pinstripes” (five-song acoustic EP; Hear/read here) (Standby)
Ben Frost “V A R I A N T” (five-song EP; remixes by Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Dutch E Germ, Kangding Ray; Hear here; iTunes) (Mute)
Kissing Cousins (all-female L.A. band) “In With Them” (four-song EP; producer: Ken Ramos; Hear here; Read here) (Velvet Blue Music)
RONiiA “RONiiA” (seven-song EP; producer: Mark McGee; Hear/read here; iTunes) (Totally Gross National Product)
Savant (aka Norwegian DJ-musician Aleksander Vinter) “Zion” (first single: “Mecca”; Hear/read here; iTunes) (SectionZ, Dec. 13)
Jasmine Thompson (14-yeqr-old singer from Central London) “Take Cover” (five-song EP; Hear here; iTunes) (Atlantic)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 9, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Beatles “The Beatles: 1962-1966 [Vinyl]” (1973 compilation), “The Beatles: 1967-1970 [Vinyl]” (1973 compilation), “1 [Vinyl]” (2000 compilation), “Love [Vinyl]” (2006 album) (Capitol / UMe)
Robert Gordon with Link Wray “Robert Gordon with Link Wray” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1977 album; remastered), “Fresh Fish Special” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1978 album; remastered) (Culture Factory)
The Jam “Setting Sons (Deluxe Edition)” (1979 album; remastered, with non-album singles, B-sides, demos, Peel Sessions, live recordings; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Polydor / UMe)
Jefferson Airplane “Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, June 11th 1969” (recorded between the April 1969 sessions for “Volunteers” and their appearance at Woodstock in August 1969) (Keyhole)
LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus material) (Def Jam / UMe)
Scorpions “Blackout [Hybrid SACD]” (1982 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Sex Pistols “Spunk” (1977 bootleg album; Vinyl; iTunes) (Sanctuary / Fontana)
Frank Sinatra “Sinatra: LONDON [Box set]” (three CDs, one DVD, containing the album “Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain,” plus more than 50 previously unreleased recordings; Read here; iTunes), “Sinatra: VEGAS [Box set]” (four discs) (Frank Sinatra Enterprises / UMe)
Tears For Fears “Songs From The Big Chair [Blu-ray Audio]” (1985 album; remastered) (Mercury / UMe)
The Tragically Hip “Fully Completely (Deluxe Edition)” (1993 album; remastered, with bonus material; Vinyl; Super Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Geffen / UMe)
Carrie Underwood “Greatest Hits: Decade #1” (includes new material, such as “Something in the Water”; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Sony Music Nashville)
Various artists “Habemus Papam” (two-CD set of live recordings from the Sistine Chapel Choir, sung before, during and after the Conclave that led to the election of Pope Francis in 2013) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Various artists “When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936” (three CDs, 42 songs; Hear/read here) (Tompkins Square)
Yes “Like It Is: Yes At The Bristol Hippodrome” (MP3; DVD; iTunes) (Frontiers)

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Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Archie Bell & The Drells “Hard Not to Like It” (1977 album) (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
edIT “Crying Over Pros for No Reason (Deluxe Edition)” (2004 album; with five bonus tracks) (Glass Air)
Gov’t Mule “Dark Side of the Mule” (Pink Floyd covers, recorded on Halloween 2008 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston; CD; Vinyl; Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Evil Teen)
Gladys Knight and the Pips “Life (Expanded Version)” (1985 album; with 14 bonus tracks) (Buddah / Legacy)
Manic Street Preachers “The Holy Bible 20 (Deluxe Digital)” (1994 album; CD Box Set; Read here; iTunes) (Epic / Legacy)
Marilyn McCoo “Solid Gold (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album; with one bonus track) (RCA / Legacy)
Ronnie Milsap “The RCA Albums Collection” (21 complete albums; iTunes) (RCA / Legacy)
Charley Pride “The Gospel Collection” (20 tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble “What Color Is Love” (1977 album) (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
Supertramp “Crime of the Century (Deluxe Edition)” (1974 album; remastered, with the previously unreleased concert from London’s Hammersmith Odeon from March 1975; CD; Vinyl; Blu-ray Audio; iTunes) (A&M / UMe)
Various artists “Indonesia: Java – Music of the Theatre” (iTunes), “Viet Nam: Court Theatre Music: Hat-Bôi” (iTunes) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 9, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Woody Allen “The Woody Allen Collection [DVD]” (includes “Blue Jasmine,” “Midnight in Paris,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” “To Rome With Love” and “Whatever Works”) (Sony Pictures)
Asking Alexandria “Live From Brixton and Beyond [DVD]” (See here; Read here) (Sumerian)
The Brady Bunch “Brady Bunch: The First Season [DVD]” (four discs), “Brady Bunch: The Second Season [DVD]” (four discs), “Brady Bunch: The Third Season [DVD]” (four discs), “Brady Bunch: The Fourth Season [DVD]” (four discs), “Brady Bunch: The Fifth Season [DVD]” (four discs) (Paramount)
James Brown “Live at the Boston Garden: April 5, 1968 (Extended Edition) [DVD]” (See here; Read here) (Shout! Factory)
Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, et al “Gremlins: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray]” (1984 film) (Warner Home Video)
Michael Chiklis, Jim Caviezel, et al “When the Game Stands Tall [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Sony Pictures)
Sean Connery, John Cleese, David Warner, et al “Time Bandits (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]” (1981 film) (Criterion Collection)
Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, et al “Dolphin Tale 2 [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Warner Home Video)
Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, et al “Forrest Gump: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (1994 film) (Paramount)
Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, et al “The Green Mile: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (1999 film; two discs) (Warner Home Video)
Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, et al “The Jeffersons: The Complete Series [DVD]” (all 253 episodes on 33 discs) (Shout! Factory)
Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., et al “Natural Born Killers: The Director’s Cut – Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (1994 film) (Warner Home Video)
Charlton Heston, et al “Ben-Hur: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (1959 film; two discs) (Turner Classic Movies)
Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, et al “Batman: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (25th anniversary of the 1989 film) (Warner Home Video)
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, et al “Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD]” (2014 film; 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray; iTunes) (Walt Disney)
Various artists “Fox Searchlight Pictures: 20th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray]” (21-disc box set, featuring “Juno,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Garden State,” “[500] Days of Summer,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” etc.; CD) (Fox Searchlight)
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber “Mork & Mindy: The Complete Series [DVD]” (15 discs) (Paramount)
Alan Young, Connie Hines, et al “Mister Ed: The Complete Series [DVD]” (22 discs) (Shout! Factory)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Dec. 9, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Leonard Cohen “On Tour with Leonard Cohen [Hardcover]” (author: Sharon Robinson) (powerHouse Books)
Nick Drake “Remembered for a While [Hardcover]” (Little, Brown and Company)
Jon Kirby & Robbie Busch “Rock Covers [Hardcover]” (Taschen, Dec. 8)
John Lennon “The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution [Paperback]” (author: James A. Mitchell; iTunes) (Seven Stories Press)
Metallica “Birth School Metallica Death: The Inside Story of Metallica (1981-1991) [Paperback]” (authors: Paul Brannigan, Ian Winwood; iTunes) (Da Capo Press)
Bruce Pavitt “Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988 [Paperback]” (Bazillion Points)
Prince “Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain [Hardcover]” (author: Alan Light; Kindle; iTunes) (Atria Books)
John Steventon “DJing for Dummies [Paperback]” (iTunes) (For Dummies, Dec. 8)
Various artists “The Pitchfork Review Issue #4 [Paperback]” (Pitchfork Media)

More Book Releases for the Week of Dec. 9, 2014

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