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This Week’s Releases: Feb. 18, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Bayside “Cult” (producers: Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta; first single: “Pigsty”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Hopeless)
Bear Hands (Brooklyn quartet) “Distraction” (producer: guitarist Ted Feldman; first single: “Giants”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cantora)
Jonatha Brooke “My Mother Has Four Noses” (her new musical play opens at The Duke on 42nd Street on Feb. 14; Hear here; MP3) (Bad Dog)
Paul Byrom (former Celtic Thunder member) “Thinking of Home” (Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Susan Clynes (Belgian singer-pianist) “Life Is” (producer: Clynes; Hear here; MP3) (MoonJune)
André Cymone (Prince’s original touring bassist) “The Stones” (Hear here; MP3; see related reissues below) (Blindtango)
Embrace “Refugees EP [Vinyl]” (producer: guitarist Richard McNamara; Hear here) (U.K. – Cooking Vinyl, Feb. 17)
The Feeling (British rock band) “Boy Cried Wolf” (released in the U.K. last fall; producers: The Feeling; first single: “Rescue”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (BMG Rights Management)
William Fitzsimmons “Lions” (producer: Chris Walla; first single: “Fortune”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Candice Glover (2013 winner of “American Idol”) “Music Speaks” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (19 Recordings / Interscope)
David Grissom (Austin guitarist-songwriter) “How It Feels to Fly” (includes covers of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica” and ZZ Top’s “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings”; Hear here; MP3) (Wide Load)
Guided By Voices “Motivational Jumpsuit” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Guided by Voices Inc.)
Home Free (Minnesota-based country vocal band won the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”) “Crazy Life” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Columbia)
Talib Kweli “Gravitas” (initially released through his website in December 2013; producers: 6th Sense, J Dilla, Khrysis, Lord Quest, Oh No, Rich Kidd, Statik Selektah, Thaddeus Dixon; guests: Mike Posner, Big K.R.I.T., Gary Clark Jr., Raekwon, Abby Dobson, Black Thought, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl) (Javotti Media)
Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” (first single: “Rental Love”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Dawn Landes (Brooklyn-based songwriter) “Bluebird” (producer: Thomas Bartlett; guests: Norah Jones, Tony Scherr, Rob Moose; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Western Vinyl)
Lydia Loveless (alt-country singer from Columbus, Ohio) “Somewhere Else” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bloodshot)
Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition “Dark Soul of the Night” (Hear here; ReverbNation; Vinyl; MP3) (Fat Possum)
Nine Times Blue (Atlanta alt-rock quartet) “Matter of Time” (six-song EP; ReverbNation; MP3) (Renegade Recordings)
NO “El Prado” (producers: NO; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Arts & Crafts)
Angel Olsen “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” (producer: John Congleton; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Jagjaguwar)
Sean Paul “Full Frequency” (producers: Stargate, The Cataracs, Chef Tone, Benny Blanco, Giorgio Tuinfort; guests: Damian Jr. “Gong” Marley, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Konshens, Prince Royce, etc.; new single: “Entertainment”; Hear here; MP3) (Atlantic)
Phantogram (NYC synth-pop duo) “Voices” (first single: “Fall in Love”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Republic)
The Presidents of the United States of America “Kudos to You!” (funded by fans via PledgeMusic; Hear here; MP3) (PUSACORP / Burnside Distribution)
St. Paul & The Broken Bones (Birmingham, Ala.-based sextet) “Half the City” (producer: Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Single Lock / Thirty Tigers)
Matt Schofield (British blues guitarist) “Far As I Can See” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group)
Skindred “Kill the Power” (several songs written with Russ Ballard; first single: “Kill the Power”; Hear here; MP3) (Red River Entertainment / RED)
Solids (Montreal guitar and drum duo) “Blame Confusion” (producer: Adrian Popovich; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fat Possum)
Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II “Side by Side” (a collection of 14 new and traditional songs; Hear here; MP3) (Rebel)
Cole Swindell “Cole Swindell” (first single: “Chillin’ It”; Hear here; CD + Amazon-exclusive medium T-shirt; MP3) (Warner)
Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) “You Should Be So Lucky” (producer: Glyn Johns; guests: Ringo Starr, Petty, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings; Vinyl; MP3) (Blue Note)
Suzanne Vega “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” (producer: Garry Leonard; Hear here; MP3) (12th Street)
We Are The In Crowd “Weird Kids” (first single: “The Best Thing [That Never Happened]”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Hopeless)
Ron White “A Little Unprofessional” (direct-to-fan comedy special; Hear/read here) (Westwood Entertainment)
Zucchero “La Sesión Cubana” (the Italian blues-rock singer recorded the album in Havana; producers: Zucchero, Don Was; guests: Bebe, Djavan; Hear here; Dual Disc; Deluxe edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Manhattan)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 18, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Falls (Australian duo) “Into the Fire [MP3]” (first single: “Home”; Hear here; See here; CD) (Verve)
God Module “False Face [MP3]” (Hear here; See here) (Metropolis)
Lies of Nazca (Italian progressive metal band) “Aleph [MP3]” (described as “a concept album telling a narrative of the journey of a man who attempts to overturn the unrelenting mechanisms of the universe”; Hear here) (Rogue Records America)
Marwan Maurice (Columbus, Ohio-based singer-songwriter) “Worth Waiting For [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Marwan Maurice, Feb. 14)
Next Door But One “Brighter Days (Stonedove Dub) [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Chemiztri Recordings, Feb. 21)
The Raskins “We Had It All [MP3]” (ReverbNation; See here) (Miral)
Ricky Rebel (aka Ricky Godinez, formerly of No Authority) “I Adore You [MP3]” (guest: Jayk Gallagher; ReverbNation) (Rebel)
Ashley Riley “All the Pretty Things [MP3]” (Hear here) (Riled Up)
Sawtooth “Snacks [MP3]” (producer: Sawtooth; guests: ThornBrain, Ninja Spice, Jacob Russell, King Rust; first single: “Feast”; Hear here) (Nice Dad Music)
Seventrain (San Diego-based hard rockers) “Seventrain [MP3]” (producer: former 24-7 Spyz drummer Joel Maitoza; ReverbNation) (So Cal / Alliance Entertainment, Feb. 14)
LiV Warfield (a touring member of Prince’s New Power Generation) “The Unexpected [MP3]” (producer: Warfield; executive producer: Prince; first single: “Your Show,” co-written with Prince; Hear here) (1860 Property, LLC / Kobalt) Widgets

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Yolanda Adams “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Verity / Legacy)
The Afters “I Wish We All Could Win” (2005 album) (Fair Trade Services)
The Allman Brothers Band “Boston Common 8-17-71” (recorded less than three months before guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident; MP3), “Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992” (Read here; MP3; see related DVD and book below) (Allman Brothers Band Recording Company)
Atlantic Starr “Brilliance” (1982 album; remastered; Read here) (U.K. – SoulMusic, Feb. 17)
Bobby Charles “Old No. 1 [180 Gram Vinyl]” (1972 album; remastered) (Light in the Attic)
Cheap Trick “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Epic / Legacy)
Kenny Chesney “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (BNA / Legacy)
Chicago “Chicago VI [Hybrid SACD]” (1973 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Guy Clark “Old No. 1 [180 Gram Vinyl]” (1975 album; remastered) (4 Men With Beards)
Perry Como “The Best of the War Years” (20 tracks) (Stardust / Cleopatra)
Creative Source “Creative Source” (1974 album; remastered) (Solaris)
Bob Dylan “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Columbia / Legacy)
Sara Evans “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (RCA / Legacy)
Terry Huff and Special Delivery “The Lonely One” (1976 album; remastered) (Solaris)
Incredible Bongo Band “Bongo Rock [Vinyl]” (40th anniverary edition; 1973 album; remastered) (U.K. – Mr. Bongo, Feb. 17)
Garland Jeffreys “True Confessions: The Epic Sessions” (two-CD, 34-song set includes the early 1980s albums “Escape Artist,” “Rock & Roll Adult” and “Guts for Love”) (Raven)
Billy Joel “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Columbia / Legacy)
Ocean Colour Scene “Marchin’ Already: Deluxe Edition [CD/DVD]” (1997 album; remastered; three CDs and one DVD; the second CD features B-sides, radio sessions and previously unreleased demos, and the third disc contains their Feb. 22, 1998, show at the Manchester Apollo; the DVD is “Travellers Tunes: Live at Stirling Castle”; Read here) (U.K. – Universal, Feb. 17)
The O’Jays “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
Teddy Pendergrass “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth “All Souled Out: Deluxe Edition” (1991 EP; remastered, with six bonus tracks; See here) (Traffic Entertainment)
John Sebastian “John B. Sebastian + The Four of Us + Tarzana Kid + Welcome Back” (all four Reprise solo albums on two CDs, plus a DVD of a solo concert broadcast from a BBC TV studio in October 1970) (U.K. – Demon Music Group, Feb. 17)
Allan Sherman “There Is Nothing Like a Lox: The Lost Song Parodies of Allan Sherman” (Hear here; MP3) (RockBeat)
Rick Springfield “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (RCA / Legacy)
Various artists “The Art of the 12″, Volume Three” (two CDs, 29 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – ZTT / Salvo, Feb. 17)
Various artists “Putumayo Presents Native America” (MP3) (Putumayo)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 18, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
André Cymone “Livin’ in the New Wave [MP3]” (1982 album), “Survivin’ in the 80’s [MP3]” (1983 album; with four bonus tracks), “A.C. [MP3]” (1985 album; with 20 bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Guster “One Man Wrecking Machine [MP3]” (five-song EP from 2006; See here) (Rhino / Warner)
Melba Moore “Peach Melba [MP3]” (1975 album), “This Is It [MP3]” (1976 album; with two bonus tracks), “A Portrait of Melba [MP3]” (1977 album; with two bonus tracks), “Burn [MP3]” (1979 album; with three bonus tracks), “Closer [MP3]” (1980 album; with four bonus tracks) (Buddah / Legacy)
Táta Vega “Totally Táta [MP3]” (1977 album; Hear here) (Motown / UMe) Widgets

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Allman Brothers Band “Live at Great Woods, Sept. 6, 1991 [DVD]” (Epic / Legacy)
George Clooney, Meryl Streep “Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray/DVD]” (2009 stop-motion animated film from Wes Anderson) (Criterion Collection)
Joel McCrea “Foreign Correspondent (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray/DVD]” (1940 film; See here; Read here) (Criterion Collection)
Various artists “Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season [DVD]” (five discs; Blu-ray/DVD) (HBO Studios)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Feb. 18, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
The Allman Brothers Band “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band [Hardcover]” (author: Alan Paul; Kindle) (St. Martin’s Press)
Robert Gottlieb “Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now [Kindle]” (Read here) (Vintage / Random House, Feb. 19)
Richard Hell “I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography [Paperback]” (Kindle) (Ecco)
Mark Vail “The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument [Paperback]” (Kindle) (Oxford University Press, USA, Feb. 19)

More Book Releases for the Week of Feb. 18, 2014

Next week: Feb. 25, 2014

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