New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Nicole Atkins “Slow Phaser” (producers: Jim Sclavunos, Tore Johannson; first single: “Girl You Look Amazing”; Hear here; MP3) (Oh’Mercy! / Thirty Tigers)
Augustines “Augustines” (producer: Peter Kat; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Votiv / Oxcart)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Black Beehive” (with eight bonus tracks and an 11×17 deluxe lithograph of the album artwork on heavy stock; producer: Steve Jordan; Hear here; MP3) (Shout! Factory)
Scott H. Biram “Nothin’ But Blood” (guest: Jesse Vain; first single: “When I Die”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bloodshot)
Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (producer: frontman Jack Steadman; guests: Lucy Rose, Rae Morris; first single: “Carry Me”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Vagrant)
Toni Braxton & Babyface “Love, Marriage & Divorce” (first single: “Hurt You”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Motown)
Broken Bells (side project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer) “After the Disco” (first single: “Holding On For Life”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
John Butler Trio “Flesh & Blood” (first single: “Only One”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vanguard)
The Chain Gang of 1974 (aka singer/multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager) “Daydream Forever” (producers: Isom Innis, Tony Hoffer; first single: “Sleepwalking”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Warner)
Diamond Youth (Baltimore alt-rock band) “Shake” (five-song EP; producer: Brian McTernan; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3, with one bonus track) (Topshelf / Universal)
For Today (Christian metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa) “Fight the Silence” (first single: “Fight the Silence”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
The Haden Triplets (Tanya, Rachel and Petra Haden) “The Haden Triplets” (includes covers of the Carter Family, Nick Lowe, Bill Monroe, the Louvin Brothers, etc.; producer: Ry Cooder; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Third Man)
Peter Hammill / Gary Lucas “Other World” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (U.K. – Esoteric Antenna, Feb. 3)
Mary Lambert (co-wrote and sang on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”) “Welcome to the Age of My Body” (four-song EP; first single: “She Keeps Me Warm”; Hear here; MP3) (Capitol)
Pat Metheny Unity Group “Kin (←→)” (Hear here; Read here; LP + CD; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Moonshine Bandits “Calicountry” (first single: “California Country”; Hear here) (Average Joes Entertainment / Suburban Noize)
Marissa Nadler “July” (producer: Randall Dunn; first single: “Dead City Emily”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Bones)
Eric Paslay “Eric Paslay” (producers: Marshall Altman, Daniel Hill, Billy Lynn; first single: “Friday Night,” featured in weekly ESPN’s Friday night college football broadcasts; Hear here; MP3) (EMI Records Nashville)
Dirk Powell (Americana multi-instrumentalist) “Walking Through Clay” (guests: the late Levon Helms and his daughter Amy; Hear here; MP3) (Sugar Hill)
Paul Rodgers “The Royal Sessions” (covers of blues and soul classics of Memphis, recorded at Memphis Royal Studios, home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records; Amazon-exclusive release includes three bonus tracks; Hear here; MP3) (429)
Ruben Studdard “Unconditional Love” (guest: Lalah Hathaway; first single: “Meant to Be”; MP3) (Verve)
Tomorrow We Sail (seven-member band from Leeds, U.K.) “For Those Who Caught the Sun in Flight” (Hear here; Read here) (Gizeh)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 49” (21 songs; MP3) (UMG Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment)
Various artists “This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Volume 1” (producer: Kenny Siegal; contributors: Langhorne Slim, Jenny O, Willy Mason, Yellowbirds, Rasputina, Tracy Bonham, Johnny Society, etc., as well as Nilsson’s daughter Annie; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (The Royal Potato Family)
Various artists “WOW Gospel 2014” (two discs, feat. Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, United Tenors, Donald Lawrence, etc.; Read here; DVD; MP3) (RCA Inspiration)
Juan Wauters (of The Beets) “N.A.P. North American Poetry” (guest: Carmelle; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Wild Moccasins (Houston indie-pop quintet) “88 92” (Hear here; See here; LP + MP3) (New West)
Within Temptation (Dutch symphonic metal band) “Hydra” (producer: Daniel Gibson; guests: ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, Dave Pirner, Xzibit, Tarja Turunen; new single: “Dangerous”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nuclear Blast America)
Xiu Xiu (avant-garde group from San Jose, Calif.) “Angel Guts: Red Classroom” (producer: John Congleton; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Polyvinyl)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 4, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Matt Andersen (bluesy singer from New Brunswick, Canada) “Weightless [MP3]” (producer: Steve Berlin; Hear/read here; CD, out April 1) (True North)
Suzy Bogguss “Lucky [MP3]” (covers of Merle Haggard songs; Hear here; Read here) (Loyal Dutchess)
Deluge Grander (Baltimore-based prog-rock band) “Heliotians [MP3]” (Hear/read here; See here) (Emkog, Feb. 5)
Lolawolf (Zoe Kravitz and members of Reputante) “Lolawolf [MP3]” (five-song EP; producer: Jimmy Giannopoulos; first single: “What Love Is”; Hear here) (Innit Recordings)
Macedo (identical twin sisters) “Paper Doll [MP3]” (Hear here) (MoonGold)
Various artists “Sweetheart 2014 [MP3]” (all-star compilation of love-song cover versions, available in Starbucks stores; feat. Beck, Fiona Apple, Sharon Jones, Ben Harper, Brandi Carlile, Jim James, Vampire Weekend, etc.; Read here) (Hear Music / Concord)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Jon Anderson “Olias of Sunhillow [Hybrid SACD]” (1976 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Burt Bacharach “Together? (Original Soundtrack Recording)” (1979 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Mike Bloomfield “From His Head to His Heart to His Hands [Box set]” (three CDs, one DVD, produced and curated by Al Kooper; Read here; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
Brotherhood (formed by Phil “Fang” Volk after he left the Raiders in 1967) “Brotherhood: The Complete Recordings” (two CDs, 29 tracks, featuring all three RCA albums) (7-N Music)
Carl Carlton “Carl Carlton” (1981 album, includes “She’s a Bad Mama Jama [She’s Built, She’s Stacked]”; remastered) (U.K. – Big Break, Feb. 3)
Kim Carnes “Barking At Airplanes” (CD vinyl replica; 1985 album; remastered), “Lighthouse” (CD vinyl replica; 1986 album; remastered) (Culture Factory)
Alice Cooper “Billion Dollar Babies [Hybrid SACD]” (1973 album; remastered; mastered by Steve Hoffman) (Audio Fidelity)
The Doobie Brothers “Stampede [Hybrid SACD]” (1975 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Aretha Franklin “The Queen of Soul [Box set]” (four CDs; MP3) (Rhino)
The J. Geils Band “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Gene “Olympian” (1995 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks), “To See the Lights” (1996 rarities compilation; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks), “Drawn to the Deep End” (1997 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks), “Revelations” (1999 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks), “Libertine” (2001 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks) (U.K. – Demon Music Group, Feb. 3)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Vol. 20: Capital Centre, Landover, MD 9/25/76” (four CDs) (Razor & Tie)
The Mamas and the Papas “A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of the Mamas and the Papas” (1970 compilation; 20 songs) (Razor & Tie)
Dean Martin “This Time I’m Swingin’ [Hybrid SACD]” (1960 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Gwen McCrae “Gwen McCrae” (1974 album; remastered) (U.K. – Big Break, Feb. 3)
Steve Miller Band “Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, April 28th 1968” (two CDs) (Forcex)
Orange Juice (U.K. post-punk band led by Edwyn Collins) “You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever” (1982 album; remastered), “Rip It Up” (1982 album; remastered), “Texas Fever” (1984 album; remastered), “Orange Juice” (1984 album; remastered) (Domino)
Ozric Tentacles “Vitamin Enhanced [Box set]” (six-disc set includes the band’s first six albums) (Snapper UK)
Phreek “Patrick Adams presents Phreek” (1978 album; remastered) (U.K. – Big Break, Feb. 3)
Otis Redding “The King of Soul [Box set]” (four CDs; MP3) (Rhino)
Frank Sinatra “Point of No Return [Hybrid SACD]” (1962 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Small Faces “Here Come the Nice: The Immediate Years 1967-1969 [Box set]” (Amazon-exclusive collection containing four CDs, 75 tracks, with a 72-page hardbound coffee-table book and many other extras; limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, personally signed by members Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan; See here; Track list) (Charly / Snapper Music Group)
Smith “A Group Called Smith / Minus-Plus” (1969, 1970 albums; remastered) (Razor & Tie)
Troyka “Troyka” (1970 album, originally issued by Cotillion Records; remastered, with one bonus track, “The Wedding Song”; Hear here) (Real Gone Music)
Tina Turner “Love Songs” (18 songs; Read here; MP3) (Parlophone)
Various artists “Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection” (music from the BBC’s “Doctor Who” series over the past 50 years; two CDs, 45 songs; Read here; MP3) (Silva America)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 4, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Afros “Kickin’ Afrolistics [MP3]” (1990 album) (Def Jam)
Leroy Carr “The Essential Leroy Carr [MP3]” (40 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Cyrkle “Neon [MP3]” (1967 album, with nine bonus tracks; Hear here) (Columbia / Legacy)
Phil Everly “Star Spangled Springer [MP3]” (1973 album) (Legacy)
The Everly Brothers “The Very Best of the Everly Brothers [MP3]” (12 tracks) (Rhino / Warner)
Flatlinerz “U.S.A. [MP3]” (1994 album) (Def Jam)
Oran “Juice” Jones “Juice [MP3]” (1986 album) (Def Jam)
Richard Kerr “Richard Kerr [MP3]” (1976 album from the composer of Barry Manilow’s hits “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It” and “Somewhere in the Night”) (Epic / Legacy)
Curtis Mayfield “The Essentials [MP3]” (12 songs), “Love Is the Place [MP3]” (1981 album), “Honesty [MP3]” (1982 album), “We Come in Peace With a Message of Love [MP3]” (1988 album), “Take It to the Streets [MP3]” (1990 album) (Rhino)
Mighty Sam McClain “The Amy Records Sessions (1966-1969) [MP3]” (18 tracks) (Legacy)
MC Serch “Return of the Product [MP3]” (1992 album) (Def Jam)
Public Enemy “Greatest Misses [MP3]” (1992 album) (Def Jam)
Son House “The Essential Son House [MP3]” (21 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Charles Bronson “Death Wish: 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]” (1974 vigilante film; See here) (Paramount)
Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock “Two Weeks Notice [Blu-ray]” (2002 romantic comedy film; See here) (Warner Home Video)
Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, et al “Dallas Buyers Club [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]” (2013 bio-drama film; See here) (Truth Entertainment / Voltage Pictures)
Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, et al “About Time [DVD]” (2013 British romantic comedy film; See here; Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) (Universal Studios)
Kenny Rogers “The Gambler Collection [DVD]” (three-disc set includes all three 1980s “Gambler” TV movies) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Various artists “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook [DVD]” (featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Micky Dolenz, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Nikki Blonsky, etc., plus more than 300 students from several Newtown dance groups, the Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th grades and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir; See here; Blu-ray) (Broadway Records)
Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler “Free Birds [DVD]” (2013 animated film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Feb. 4, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
The Beatles “All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release [Kindle]” (authors: Jean-Michel Guesdon, Philippe Margotin; preface by Patti Smith) (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)
The Beatles “The Beatles Are Here! 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember [Paperback]” (author: Penelope Rowlands) (Algonquin Books)
The Beatles “Six Days that Changed the World, February 1964 [Hardcover]” (photos by Bill Eppridge) (Rizzoli)
Ringo Starr “Octopus’s Garden [Hardcover]” (children’s book based on the Beatles song; illustrator: Ben Cort) (Aladdin)

Next week: Feb. 11, 2014

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