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This Week’s Releases: July 22, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Alvvays (Canadian fuzz-pop quintet) “Alvvays” (producer: Chad VanGaalen; Hear here; MP3) (Polyvinyl)
Anberlin “lowborn” (the Florida band’s final album; producer: Aaron Sprinkle; Hear here; MP3) (Tooth & Nail)
The Black Angels “Clear Lake Forest” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Blue Horizon)
Colony House “When I Was Younger” (first single: “Silhouettes”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Descendant)
Common “Nobody’s Smiling” (first single: “Kingdom,” feat. Vince Staples; Hear here; Deluxe Edition, with signed booklet; MP3) (Artium / Def Jam)
Cormega “Mega Philosophy” (his first album in five years; producer: Large Professor; guests: Az, Redman, Styles P, Raekwon, Nature, Black Rob, Maya Azucena; MP3) (Slimstyle)
Crown the Empire “The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways” (first single: “Initiation”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rise)
Dakota Suite “There Is Calm to Be Done” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Karaoke Kalk)
Field Mouse “Hold Still Life” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Topshelf)
5 Seconds of Summer (Australian pop-punk group) “5 Seconds of Summer” (collaborators: John Feldmann, Jake Sinclair, Steve Robson, The Madden Brothers; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Bundle, with fan zine, deluxe CD, fan poster, etc.; MP3) (Capitol)
Dom Flemons (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops) “Prospect Hill” (Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Music Maker Relief Foundation)
Forevermore “Telos” (Hear here; MP3) (Solid State)
Fozzy “Do You Wanna Start a War” (producer: guitarist Rich Ward; first single: “Lights Go Out”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3) (Century Media)
Freeman (Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween) “Freeman” (first single: “[For a While] I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
Got a Girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan “The Automator” Nakamura) “I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now” (first single: “Did We Live Too Fast”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with 12 instrumental tracks) (Bulk Recordings)
Hook & Anchor (Portland, Ore.-based band) “Hook & Anchor” (producer: Adam Selzer; new single: “Concerning Spectral Pinching”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Jealous Butcher / Woodphone)
Kaskade “I Remember” (Hear here) (Ultra)
Sammy Kershaw “Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones” (producer: Kershaw; guest: Georgette Jones; Hear here; MP3) (Big Hit / MRI / RED)
La Roux “Trouble in Paradise” (Elly Jackson’s first album since 2009; first single: “Let Me Down Gently”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Cherrytree / Interscope)
Marillion “A Sunday Night Above the Rain” (concert/film recorded in Holland and Montreal in 2013; See here; Read here; DVD; Blu-ray; MP3) (Eagle Rock)
Jesse McCartney “In Technicolor” (Hear here; MP3) (Eight0Eight / INgrooves)
Nightmare and the Cat “Simple” (producer: Eric Valentine; Hear here; Vinyl + Digital Album; Vinyl; MP3) (Capitol)
No Devotion (former Thursday and United Nations vocalist Geoff Rickly with the remaining members of Lostprophets) “Stay / Eyeshadow [Vinyl]” (producer: Alex Newport; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Collect)
Bobby Patterson “I Got More Soul!” (includes a cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Poet”; Hear/read here; MP3) (Omnivore Recordings)
Freda Payne “Come Back to Me Love” (the “Band of Gold” singer’s first album in seven years; producer: Bill Cunliffe; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Artistry Music / Mack Avenue)
The Raveonettes “Pe’ahi” (Hear here; Vinyl) (The Raveonettes, Ltd.)
Saga “Sagacity” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3, with nine bonus live tracks) (earMusic / Eagle Rock)
Various artists “Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!” (funny-man Gerard Alessandrini and his cast target “Pippin,” “Kinky Boots,” “Rocky,” “Les Miz,” “Matilda,” “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon,” among others, in this musical parody recorded May 15 at Avatar Studios in Manhattan; Hear/read here; MP3) (DRG)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 88” (two CDs) (U.K. – NOW, July 21)
Wakey!Wakey! “Salvation” (first single: “Wake Up [Lily I Love You]”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mummagrubbs)
Yes “Heaven & Earth” (producer: Roy Thomas Baker; mixed by Billy Sherwood; Roger Dean designed the cover; Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers)

More Releases for the Week of July 22, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Dana Buoy (aka Dana Janssen of Akron/Family) “Preacher [MP3]” (five-song EP; producers: Janssen, Abe Seiferth; Hear here) (Middle West)
James Bond “Live and Let Live [MP3]” (producer: Steve Deutsch; first single: “Give Love”; Hear here) (Middle West)
Casual Strangers (four-piece art-rock band from Austin) “Casual Strangers [MP3]” (Hear here) (Casual Strangers)
Isaac (electro-pop singer and producer from Prince George, BC, Canada) “Ship Around [MP3]” (four-song EP; producer: Isaac Haselkorn; first single: “The Unknowns Blues”; ReverbNation; See here) (Isaac)
King Hookiss (aka EDM artist John Matthew Patrick) “Relax (Robot House Mix) [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Hooki-Sonic Recordings)
Lemaitre (Norwegian duo) “Singularity [MP3]” (four-song EP; guests: Chuck Inglish, LOLO; first single: “High Tide”; Hear here) (Astralwerks)
Janis Mara (Venezuelan-born singer-songwriter) “Love Games [MP3]” (producer: Diego Milesi; guest: Andre “GC” Fennell; ReverbNation) (Hooki-Sonic Recordings, July 20)
Random Hero (Christian rock quartet from Denver) “Oceans of Change [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Red Cord)
Stargroves (NYC indie-pop band) “Stargroves [MP3]” (producer: frontman Teddy Watson; guest: Abigail Breslin; ReverbNation) (Stargroves)
Young Rising Sons (indie-pop quartet from New Jersey) “Young Rising Sons [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here) (Dirty Canvas / Interscope)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Beatles “Meet the Beatles! (The Japan Box)” (five-CD set includes the 50th anniversary Japanese versions of “Meet the Beatles,” “The Beatles Second Album,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help!” and “The Beatles No. 5,” with a 100-page booklet; each with reproduced obi strips and supplement posters) (Capitol / UMe)
Bionic Boogie “Hot Butterfly” (1977 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Blue Magic “Welcome Back” (1981 album; remastered) (Funky Town Grooves)
The Brand New Heavies “Allabouthefunk” (2004 album; with one bonus track; MP3) (Shanachie)
Brass Construction “Brass Construction III / Brass Construction IV” (1977, 1978 albums on one CD; remastered; Hear/read here) (Funky Town Grooves)
Bucks Fizz “Remixes and Rarities” (two CDs, 28 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, July 21)
Anthony Burger “ICON” (12-song best-of) (Gaither Music Group / UMe)
Carman “20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Carman” (MP3) (Capitol Christian Music Group)
Ca$hflow “Ca$hflow (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered, with two bonus 12-inch extended mixes) (Funky Town Grooves)
Cold Blood “Live at the Fillmore West, 30th June 1971” (MP3) (Keyhole)
Jim Croce “Lost Time in a Bottle” (24 demo and live tracks, including a previously unreleased radio concert from Cazenovia College in 1964; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Duran Duran “Rio [Vinyl]” (1982 album; remastered; two LPs, featuring five bonus remixes; Track list) (Rhino / Parlophone)
Emery “The Millennium Collection: 20th Century Masters – The Best of Emery” (MP3) (Tooth & Nail / UMe)
Flock (Chicago-based jazz-rock ensemble) “Heaven Bound: The Lost Album” (previously unreleased mid-’70s recordings; Read here; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace [180-gram vinyl]” (1972 album; remastered; two LPs) (Atlantic)
Gentle Giant “The Power and the Glory” (1974 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; 5.1 Blu-ray/CD mixed by Steven Wilson; DVD/CD) (Alucard)
Pat Green “Here We Go” (1998 album; remastered) (Greenhorse)
Donny Hathaway “Extension of a Man [180-gram vinyl]” (1973 album; remastered) (Atlantic)
Hot Tuna “Live at the Fillmore West, 3rd July 1971” (two CDs) (Keyhole)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Greatest Hits” (Blackheart)
Paul Laurence “Haven’t You Heard (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Eloise Laws “Eloise (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with two bonus 12-inch extended mixes) (Funky Town Grooves)
Melba Moore “What a Woman Needs (Expanded Edition)” (1981 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Hear/read here), “The Other Side of the Rainbow (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks; Hear/read here), “Never Say Never (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album; remastered, with one bonus track; Hear/read here), “Read My Lips (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks; Hear/read here), “A Lot of Love (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks; Hear/read here) (Funky Town Grooves)
Norma Jean “The Millennium Collection: 20th Century Masters – The Best of Norma Jean” (Tooth & Nail / UMe)
Chris Smither “Still on the Levee” (two-CD, 25-song retrospective; MP3) (Signature Sounds)
Starfield “The Millennium Collection: 20th Century Masters – The Best of Starfield” (MP3) (Sparrow / UMe)
Richard Thompson “Acoustic Classics” (14 songs; MP3) (Beeswing, Inc.)
Various artists “Britpop at the BBC” (three CDs, 58 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Rhino, July 21)
Various artists “Gussie Presenting The Right Tracks” (1976 album; remastered; two CDs, 40 songs; Vinyl; MP3) (17 North Parade / VP)
Various artists “Motown Northern Soul” (25 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio, July 21)
ZZ Top “The Baddest” (20-song best-of; Deluxe edition, 40 songs; see related DVD below) (Rhino / Warner)

More Releases for the Week of July 22, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ace of Base “All That She Wants (Remixed) [MP3]” (10 remixes of their 1992 hit) (Playground Music)
Eddy Arnold “Complete Original #1 Hits [MP3]” (28 tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
James Brown “Showtime [MP3]” (1964 album), “Grits & Soul [MP3]” (1964 album), “James Brown Plays James Brown Today & Yesterday [MP3]” (1965 album), “Handful of Soul [MP3]” (1966 album) (Mercury / UMe)
Fairport Convention featuring Sandy Denny “Live at My Fathers Place 1974 [MP3]” (RockBeat)
Phil Ochs “Live in Lansing 1973 [MP3]” (CD) (RockBeat)
The Outfield “Voices of Babylon [MP3]” (1989 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Redbone “Already Here [MP3]” (1972 album; with three bonus tracks), “Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes [MP3]” (1974 album; with six bonus tracks), “Cycles [MP3]” (1977 album; with six bonus tracks) (Epic / Legacy)
Jerry Vale “Have You Looked into Your Heart [MP3]” (1965 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists “Cherry Red Records Indie Hits: 1981-1982 [MP3]” (15 tracks), “Cherry Red Records Indie Hits: 1983-1984 [MP3]” (15 tracks) (Cherry Red, July 21)
Various artists “¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts – 1988: Human Rights Now! [MP3]” (15 tracks; featuring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, etc.; Hear/see here), “¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts – 1998: The Struggle Continues … [MP3]” (25 tracks; featuring Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Shania Twain, etc.; Hear/see here) (Shout! Factory)
Various artists “21 Alt Rock Anthems [MP3]” (feat. Lit, Cake, 311, Jeff Buckley, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, The Verve Pipe, Matthew Sweet, etc.) (Legacy Recordings)
Andy Williams “Call Me Irresponsible [MP3]” (1964 album) (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, et al “Transcendence [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Jay Z “Made in America [DVD]” (documentary directed by Ron Howard; Hear here; Blu-ray) (Phase 4 Films)
Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church, et al “Heaven Is For Real [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Sony)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, et al “Sabotage [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
ZZ Top “Live at Montreux 2013 [DVD]” (Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of July 22, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Richard James Burgess “The History of Music Production [Paperback]” (Kindle) (Oxford University Press, July 25)
Carla Jean Whitley “The Muscle Shoals Sound: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio – How the Swampers Changed American Music [Paperback]” (History Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of July 22, 2014

Next week: July 29, 2014

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