New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Jimmy Barnes “Hindsight” (the Australian legend’s 15th studio album since leaving Cold Chisel 30 years ago; producer: Kevin Shirley; guests: Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, The Living End, Tina Arena, Steven Van Zandt, Joe Bonamassa, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group)
T. Graham Brown “Forever Changed” (producers: Brown, Mark L. Carman; guests: Leon Russell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, Sonya Isaacs, Steve Cropper, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Provident / Mansion Entertainment / Sony RED)
The Charlatans “Modern Nature” (their first album since the death of drummer Jon Brookes; New Order’s Stephen Morris, Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey and The Verve’s Pete Salisbury were used in his place; producers: The Charlatans, Jim Spencer; new single: “So Oh”; Hear here; See here) (U.K. – BMG Chrysalis, Jan. 26)
Jamie Cullum “Interlude” (producer: Benedic Lamdin; guests: Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter; first single: “Good Morning Heartache”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Blue Note)
Corey Dargel “OK It’s Not OK” (guests: Cornelius Dufallo, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, Wil Smith; first single: “There’s Nothing There”; Hear here; MP3) (New Amsterdam)
Dengue Fever “The Deepest Lake” (their first album since 2011; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (TUK TUK)
Doomtree (Minneapolis hip-hop collective) “All Hands” (first single: “Gray Duck”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Doomtree)
Engel (Swedish metal group) “Raven Kings” (producer: In Flames’ Niclas Engelin; first single: “Salvation”; Hear here; MP3) (Gain Music / MRI)
George Ezra “Wanted on Voyage” (released in his native Britain in June 2014; producer: Cam Blackwood; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia)
Hey Rosetta! (Canadian seven-piece indie rock band led by Tim Baker) “Second Sight” (first single: “Kintsukuroi”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sonic / ATO)
Howlin’ Rain (San Francisco blues-rock group) “Mansion Songs” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Easy Sound)
Invisible Familiars “Disturbing Wildlife” (producers: Michael Leonhart, Invisible Familiars; new single: “Heavenly All”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Other Music Recording Co.)
Paul Kelly “Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions” (guests: Clairy Browne, Vika Bull, Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Gawd Aggie Recordings)
Kenny G “Brazilian Nights” (Hear here; MP3) (Concord)
Bettye LaVette “Worthy” (producer: Joe Henry; Hear here; MP3) (Cherry Red)
The Lone Bellow “Then Came the Morning” (producer: The National’s Aaron Dessner; first single: “Fake Roses”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Descendant)
Tony Lucca “Tony Lucca” (first single: “Delilah”; Hear here; MP3) (Off The Record Music)
Menace Beach (Leeds indie-rock group) “Ratworld” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Memphis Industries)
Milo Greene “Control” (producer: Jesse Shatkin; guest: Joey Waronker; first single: “White Lies”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Elektra / Chop Shop)
Ne-Yo “Non-Fiction” (guests: Juicy J, Pitbull, David Guetta, Jeezy, Charisse Mills, Schoolboy Q, T.I., Candice; first single: “She Knows”; Hear here; MP3) (Motown / Compound Entertainment)
Papa Roach “F.E.A.R.” (producers: Kane Churko, Kevin Churko; guests: Royce da 5’9″, Maria Brink; first single: “Face Everything and Rise”; Hear here; MP3) (Eleven Seven Music)
Natalie Prass (Richmond, Va.-based country-soul singer-songwriter) “Natalie Prass” (first single: “Bird of Prey”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Spacebomb / Columbia)
Punch Brothers “The Phosphorescent Blues” (producer: T Bone Burnett; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Sweet & Lynch (Michael Sweet and George Lynch) “Only to Rise” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Frontiers)
Pat Travers Band “Live at the Iridium NYC” (Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers)
2Cellos “Celloverse” (with a bonus DVD containing seven music videos; guest: Lang Lang; Hear here; MP3) (Portrait / Sony Masterworks)
Jim White vs The Packway Handle Band (Athens roots-grass outfit) “Take It Like a Man” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Charlie Wilson “Forever Charlie” (guests: Shaggy, Snoop Dogg; first single: “Touched By an Angel”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)

More Releases for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Alan G. “The Legend of Little Bro Billy” (the next album in his “Billy Saga,” a country album which tells the stories of young gay hero Billy Brennan; producers: Alan G., Gary Tharp, George Reich, Larry Beaird; guest: Roy Samuelson; first single: “Tell Your Story”; Hear here) (NAPA FunLand)
Bengal Blue “CollecTion” (six-song EP; producers: Bengal Blue, Alex Lockwood; first single: “Famous & Fine”; Hear here) (Bengal Blue)
Dodos (San Francisco duo) “Individ” (first single: “Competition”; Hear here) (Polyvinyl)
Glee Cast “Glee: The Music – The Hurt Locker” (four songs) (Columbia)
Pond (offshoot of Tame Impala) “Man It Feels Like Space Again” (producer: Kevin Parker; new single: “Zond”; Hear here; See here) (Modular Recordings)
Purple (Beaumont, Texas, party rock band) “409” (producer: Chris “Frenchie” Smith; Hear here) (PIAS America)
Mandy Rain “Riot EP” (seven songs; first single: “Riot”; Hear here) (Mandyland / Empire)
Suburban Living (aka Philadelphia-based Wesley Bunch) “Suburban Living” (first single: “New Strings”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
Various artists “From Cover to Cover: 30 Years at Nettwerk” (covers compilation celebrates the label’s 30th anniversary; Read here) (Nettwerk)
Various artists “Music from The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (featuring three songs by N.E.R.D.) (Columbia)
The Well Pennies “Endings” (first single: “Drive”; Hear here) (The Well Pennies)
Jamie Woodfin Jr. “Tha Jams’ Rock” (Hear here) (Jamie Woodfin Jr.)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Gov’t Mule featuring John Scofield “Sco-Mule” (two-disc set spotlighting a pair of 1999 shows; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Evil Teen)
Al Hudson and the Soul Partners “The Atco Years” (U.K. – Passion Music, Jan. 26)
The Hues Corporation “Rockin’ Soul / Love Corporation” (1974, 1975 albums on one CD; remastered, with bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Johnny Mathis “You Light Up My Life / Mathis Magic” (1978, 1979 albums on one CD; includes “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” his No. 1 duet with Deniece Williams; remastered), “The Best Days of My Life (Expanded Edition)” (1979 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True: The Best of Milli Vanilli” (budget-priced 16-song collection) (Arista / Sony)
Ron Nagle “Bad Rice” (1970 album, co-produced by Jack Nitzsche, Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue and Nagle; remastered, with alternative mixes and outtakes and a second disc of period demos) (Omnivore Recordings)
Billy Ocean “Billy Ocean (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Elvis Presley “Elvis Love Songs” (three-CD, 75-song collection) (Not Now Music)
Primitives “Galore (Deluxe Edition)” (1991 album; remastered, with a second CD of B-sides and rarities; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red, Jan. 26)
The Shadows of Knight “Live 1966” (16-song set recorded at The Cellar in Chicago; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Sundazed Music)
Joe Simon “The Chokin’ Kind: The Sound Stage 7 Collection” (two CDs, 36 songs) (Airline)
The Soul Stirrers “Joy in My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings” (two CDs, 33 tracks; MP3) (ABKCO)
The Standells “Live on Tour – 1966!” (recorded at the University of Michigan; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Sundazed Music)
The Valentinos “Lookin’ For a Love: The Complete SAR Recordings” (23 tracks; MP3) (ABKCO)
Various artists “Aka Pygmy Music,” “Cameroon: Baka Pygmy Music” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Johnny Winter “Gangster of Love: The Essential Early Years” (two CDs, 36 songs) (Airline)
Wynd Chymes “Pretty Girls, Everywhere (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album, produced by Larry Graham; remastered, with two bonus 12-inch versions) (Funky Town Grooves)

More Releases for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Aretha Franklin “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics: Dance Remixes” (RCA)
Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (featuring their 1965 and 1966 albums of theme music) (RCA / Legacy)
Billy Joe Royal “The Best of Billy Joe Royal” (Legacy Recordings)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, et al “Downton Abbey Season 5 [DVD]” (three discs; Blu-ray) (PBS)
Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, et al “The Judge [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, et al “Before I Go to Sleep [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, et al “My Old Lady [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, et al “The Book of Life [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (20th Century Fox)
Brad Pitt “Fury [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Marion Jacobson “Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America” (Paperback) (University of Illinois Press, Jan. 30)
Pat Morgan “Motown Artist By Artist” (a compilation of 100 Motown artists; Hardcover) (G2 Entertainment, Jan. 26)
Lou Reed “Lou Reed: The Last Interview and Other Conversations” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Melville House)
Randy Weston “African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston “ (Paperback) (Duke University Press Books, Jan. 30)
Deborah Voigt (operatic soprano) “Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-To-Earth Diva” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Harper)

More Music Books for the Week of Jan. 27, 2015

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