New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Amazing (Swedish quintet) “Picture You” (first single: “Picture You”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
Carl Barât and The Jackals “Let It Reign” (producer: Joby J. Ford; first single: “Glory Days”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Grand Jury)
Glen Campbell “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Soundtrack” (2014 documentary includes Campbell’s final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” plus tracks by The Band Perry and Campbell’s daughter Ashley; See here; MP3) (Big Machine)
Raheem DeVaughn “Love Sex Passion” (guests: Trombone Shorty, Boney James; Hear here; MP3) (eOne Music)
Steve Earle & The Dukes “Terraplane” (producer: R.S. Field; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; Vinyl + MP3; MP3) (New West)
Estelle “True Romance” (first single: “Conqueror”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Established 1980 Inc / BMG Rights Management)
BP Fallon “Live in Texas” (recorded in October 2014 in Austin; Hear here) (Saustex Media)
William Ryan Fritch “Revisionist” (guests: Benoit Pioulard, Origamibiro, D.M. Stith, Esme Patterson; first single: “Heavy”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Lost Tribe Sound)
José González “Vestiges & Claws” (his first album in seven years; producer: González; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mute)
Grooms “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Western Vinyl)
The Juliana Hatfield Three “Whatever, My Love” (their first album in 21 years; producers: Hatfield, Tom Beaujour; first single: “If I Could”; Hear here) (American Laundromat)
Colin Hay “Next Year People” (producer: Hay; first single: “Trying to Get to You”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Compass)
Ibeyi (20-year-old twin sisters) “Ibeyi” (producer: Richard Russell; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (XL Recordings)
Imagine Dragons “Smoke + Mirrors” (producers: Imagine Dragons, Alex Da Kid; new single: “Gold”; Hear here; CD + Concert Ticket; MP3) (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope)
Jorma Kaukonen “Ain’t In No Hurry” (producer: Larry Campbell; guests: Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Red House)
Elle King “Love Stuff” (collaborators: Jeff Bhasker, Eg White, Jacknife Lee, Mark Ronson, Martin Johnson, Dave Bassett, etc.; first single: “Ex’s & Oh’s”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (RCA)
Letts “Hold Fast” (producer: Marcus Mumford; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Community Music / Vagrant)
The Mavericks “Mono” (Hear here) (The Valory Music Co. / Big Machine)
Mourn (quartet from Catalonia, Spain) “Mourn” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Oh Land “Earth Sick” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Tusk or Tooth)
Kate Pierson (of The B-52’s) “Guitars and Microphones” (her debut solo album; producer: Tim Anderson; executive producer: Sia, who co-wrote some of the songs; first single: “Mister Sister”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Lazy Meadow Music / Kobalt Label Services)
A Place to Bury Strangers (Brooklyn noise-rock trio) “Transfixiation” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band “So Delicious!” (producer: Rev. Peyton; Hear here; MP3) (Yazoo / Shanachie)
Brian Simpson “Out of a Dream” (guests: Norman Brown, Najee, Dave Koz, Maysa; first single: “Sky Watcher”; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Pops Staples “Don’t Lose This” (his previously unreleased final recordings from 1990; mixed by Jeff Tweedy; Staples died in 2000; Vinyl; MP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph)
Sylvan (Hamburg prog-rock group) “Home” (Hear here; See/read here; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (Gentle Art of Music)
Texas “Texas 25” (re-recorded greatest hits, reworked with NYC soul outfit Truth & Soul, along with four new songs, plus a second disc of their original hits; MP3) (PIAS America)
36 Crazyfists “Time and Trauma” (Hear here; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Aaron Watson “The Underdog” (producer: Keith Stegall; Hear here; MP3) (BIG Label / Thirty Tigers)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 17, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Book Club (indie-folk collective) “One-Way Moon” (producer: Matt Goldman; Hear here; See here) (Cottage Recording Co. / Bear Kids Recordings)
decker. (Tucson-based indie folk artist Brandon Decker) “Patsy” (Hear here) (decker.)
Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” (Hear/read here) (Cash Money / Motown, Feb. 13)
Glee Cast “Glee: The Music, Transitioning” (six songs) (Columbia)
Poynte (Atlanta-based rock quintet) “Discreet Enemy” (first single: “Take Control”; Hear here) (THC : Music)
Susanne Sundfør “Ten Love Songs” (producer: Sundfør; guests: Anthony Gonzalez of M83, Svein and Torbjorn from Röyksopp, Lars Horntveth of Jaga Jazzist, the Trondheimsolistene Chamber Ensemble; Hear here) (Sonnet Sound)
Jacob Whitesides (17-year-old singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tenn.) “A Piece of Me” (six-song EP; Hear here) (JW)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Feb. 17, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Jeff Beck “The Early Years” (Blueline)
The Box Tops “The Original Albums 1967-1969” (two CDs, 51 tracks; featuring their first four original albums, with seven bonus tracks, including the mono singles versions of “The Letter” and “Cry Like a Baby”; Read here) (Raven, Feb. 16)
Bunny Lion “Red” (1979 album; remastered; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fantasy Memory)
Thelma Houston “Any Way You Like It (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album, including her No. 1 smash “Don’t Leave Me This Way”; remastered, with six bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – / Cherry Red, Feb. 16)
Bob Marley and The Wailers “Easy Skanking in Boston ’78” (See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Tuff Gong / Island)
Joey Molland (of Badfinger) “After the Pearl” (1983 album; remastered; Hear here) (Gonzo Multimedia)
Art Pepper “Neon Art: Volume One” (features two songs drawn from unissued performances at Parnell’s in Seattle, recorded on Jan. 28, 1981; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
The Pretenders “Pretenders 1979-1999 [Box set]” (14-CD, eight-DVD collection, featuring all eight studio albums, with B-sides, live tracks, soundtrack songs, demos, rarities, promo videos and BBC TV appearances; See here; Read here) (U.K. – Edsel, Feb. 16)
The Sweet “Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be (Expanded Edition)” (1971 album; remastered, with nine bonus tracks and a second eight-song CD titled “The Early Years”; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red, Feb. 16)
Various artists “Java: Sundanese Folk Music,” “Java: Vocal Art” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Various artists “so80s (soEighties) 9” (three CDs, 31 remixes by Blank & Jones, featuring hits by Fleetwood Mac, Sade, Simply Red, The Cars, Duran Duran, Debbie Harry, Matthew Wilder, etc.; Track list) (U.K. – Soundcolours, Feb. 16)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artists/Actors: Title: Studio/Label:
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, et al “Beach Blanket Bingo [DVD]” (1965 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, et al “Dumb and Dumber To [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Roger Ebert “Life Itself [DVD]” (2014 documentary film; Blu-ray) (Magnolia Home Entertainment)
James Franco, Seth Rogen, et al “The Interview [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Jennifer Jones, Roddy McDowall, Lou Rawls, et al “Cult of the Damned [DVD]” (1969 film, also titled “Angel, Angel, Down We Go”; Blu-ray) (Kino Lorber)
Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, et al “The Homesman [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate)
Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, et al “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, et al “St. Vincent [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Anchor Bay)
Dennis Quaid, Ringo Starr, et al “Caveman [DVD]” (1981 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, et al “The Theory of Everything [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Various artists “Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (five discs; Blu-ray) (HBO Studios)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Feb. 17, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Tony Dunsbee “GATHERED FROM COINCIDENCE: A singular history of Sixties’ pop” (Kindle) (M-Y Books Ltd., Feb. 20)
Clint Walker “Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music” (Paperback; foreword by Paul Kelly) (Verse Chorus Press)

More Music Books for the Week of Feb. 17, 2015

Next week: Feb. 24, 2015

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