New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Blackberry Smoke (Southern-rock quintet) “Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Legged)
Blackhawk “Brothers of the Southland” (their first album in 12 years is a tribute to fallen Southern-rock heroes, including members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Duane Allman, Toy Caldwell, etc.; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Loud & Proud)
Braid “No Coast” (the indie-rock band’s first album in 16 years; producer: Will Yip; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Topshelf)
Rick Braun “Can You Feel It” (guests: Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Jeff Lorber, Philippe Saise, Elliott Yamin; Hear here; MP3) (Artistry Music)
Chelsea Grin (Salt Lake City-based metal band) “Ashes to Ashes” (producers: Chelsea Grin, Diego Farias; first single: “Angels Shall Sin, Demons Shall Pray”; Hear here; MP3) (Artery Recordings / Razor & Tie)
Chicago “‘NOW’ Chicago XXXVI” (producers: Chicago; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Frontiers)
Dirty Heads “Sound of Change” (producers: Supa Dups, Buddah Shampoo, Niles, David Bassett, LD, Rome; guests: B Real, Tech N9ne, Ward 21; first single: “My Sweet Summer”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Five Seven Music)
Everything Goes Cold “Black Out the Sun” (Hear here; MP3) (Metropolis)
French Style Furs “Is Exotic Bait” (producer: Nick Launay; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Frenchkiss)
Gene the Southern Child “Southern Meridian [Vinyl]” (music by Parallel Thought; with two bonus tracks; Hear here) (Adult Swim)
Honeyblood “Honeyblood” (producer: Peter Katis; new single: “Killer Bangs”; Hear here) (FatCat)
Leela James “Fall For You” (producer: James; guest: Anthony Hamilton; new single: “Fall For You”; Hear here; MP3) (J&T / BMG / RED Distribution)
Judas Priest “Redeemer of Souls” (first single: “March of the Damned”; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Epic)
Magic Man (Boston synth-rock band) “Before the Waves” (producer: Alex Aldi; first single: “It All Starts Here”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Neon Gold / Columbia)
Manic Street Preachers “Futurology” (first single: “Walk Me to the Bridge”; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; Manic Street Preachers Official Store) (U.K. – Columbia, July 7)
Richard Marx “Beautiful Goodbye” (his first album of all-new material in 10 years; producers: Marx, Walter Afanasieff; first single: “Whatever We Started”; Hear here; MP3) (Zanzibar, LLC / Kobalt Label Services)
The Mastersons “Good Luck Charm” (producer: Jim Scott; Hear here; Vinyl + MP3; MP3) (New West)
Mary Sarah (18-year-old country singer) “Bridges” (guests: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, the late Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Eugene McGuinness (British singer-songwriter) “Chroma” (producer: Dan Carey; first single: “Godiva”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Domino)
Marco Minnemann “Eeps” (with three bonus tracks; Minnemann played all the instruments; producers: Scott Schorr, Minnemann; See here) (Lazy Bones Recordings, July 9)
Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott “The Fault In Our Stars: Score From The Motion Picture” (31 tracks; MP3) (Atlantic)
Ted Nugent “Shutup&Jam!” (his first album in seven years; guest: Sammy Hagar; Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers)
Icarus Peel & Mordecai Smyth “Barnburner” (producers: Peel, Smyth; guest: Crystal Jacqueline; Hear here) (Mega Dodo, July 7)
Maxi Priest “Easy to Love” (producers: Colin “Bulby” York, Handel Tucker, Red Boyz, Andre “GC” Fennell, Livingstone Brown; guests: Sly & Robbie, Shabba Ranks, Beres Hammond; first single: “Easy to Love”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (VP)
Roxanna “Exotica” (producer: Mark Portmann; first single: “Close Your Eyes”; Hear/read here; MP3) (RoXart Inc. / CEN)
Sia “1000 Forms of Fear” (producer: Greg Kurstin; first single: “Chandelier”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA / Monkey Puzzle)
Sonic Syndicate (Anglo-Swedish modern metal quartet) “Sonic Syndicate” (Hear here; MP3) (Nuclear Blast)
Starset (Columbus, Ohio, rock band fronted by former Downplay singer Dustin Bates) “Transmissions” (producer: Rob Graves; first single: “My Demons”; Hear here; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Lewis Watson “The Morning” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Warner)

More Releases for the Week of July 8, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Adam’s Attic (pop-rock quartet from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) “Can Anybody Hear Me [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Adam’s Attic)
Lena Fayre (L.A. indie singer-songwriter) “I Am Not a Man [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Semper Augustus)
Ryan McKenzie (alt pop-rock singer from Oviedo, Fla.) “In Light & Desperation [MP3]” (five-song EP; ReverbNation) (Ryan McKenzie, July 11)
The Relapse Symphony (Washington, D.C., rockers) “Shadows [MP3]” (producers: John Kendall Royston, Dan Mineart; first single: “We Are the Broken”; Hear here) (Standby)
Isaac Smeele “Nightmares For Relaxation [MP3]” (producer: Smeele; first single: “Abandon Hope”; Hear here) (Alias)
“This project is very personal and based on some very dark life experiences; lost loved ones, relationships gone under, drug addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder from gang violence and mild schizophrenia,” Smeele tells P&P. “Music has helped me stay grounded throughout the years and I have always used it to channel my experiences into an artform. This album is full of dark smooth ambient trip hop/glitch hop vibes and many hyper-focused hours spent on the production and mastering. I hope to bring something calming yet disturbing to your ears so i can chill you out and chill you to the bone.”

Xbox Music

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Vanessa Bell Armstrong “ICON” (best-of) (Motown Gospel / UMe)
Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs [180-gram vinyl]” (1970 album; remastered), “Barrett [180-gram vinyl]” (1970 album; remastered), “Opel [180-gram vinyl]” (1988 compilation; remastered) (Rhino / Parlophone)
The Blow Monkeys “She Was Only a Grocer’s Daughter: Deluxe Edition” (1987 album; remastered, with a second CD of non-album B-sides and alternate mixes; See here; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – Cherry Red, July 7)
Jackson Browne “Late For the Sky (Remastered 40th Anniversary Edition)” (1974 album; remastered, in eco-digipak; MP3) (Inside Recordings)
Michael Card “ICON” (best-of) (Sparrow / UMe)
Ray Charles “Ray Charles in the 1950s” (three CDs, 84 songs) (Enlightenment)
Climax featuring Sonny Geraci “The Best of Climax: Precious and Few (Deluxe Expanded Edition)” (Varese Sarabande)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “CSNY 1974 [Box set]” (three-CD, one-DVD set includes 40 previously tracks from their 1974 tour, as well as an 188-page booklet; Read here; Blu-ray Audio; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with video) (Rhino)
Neil Diamond “All-Time Greatest Hits” (23 tracks, including a rare solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”; MP3) (Capitol / UMe)
Dream Theater “The Studio Albums 1992-2011 [Box set]” (11 CDs) (Roadrunner)
Steve Earle “Live in Nashville 1995” (MP3) (Shout! Factory)
Ricky Gervais “The Ricky Gervais Guide to …: The Complete First Series, Volumes 1-5” (five-CD of the audio podcasts) (Redbush Entertainment)
Steve Hackett “Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall” (three discs; MP3) (Inside Out U.S.)
Wynonie Harris “The Wynonie Harris Collection 1944-47” (two CDs, 44 songs; MP3) (Acrobat)
John Hartford “Life, Love & Music: 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969” (two-CD set includes “John Hartford Looks at Life” [1966], “Earthwords & Music” [1967], “The Love Album” [1967], “Housing Project” [1968] and ‘John Hartford” [1969]; remastered) (Raven)
Hawk Nelson “ICON” (best-of) (BEC Recordings / UMe)
Loleatta Holloway “Dreamin’: The Loleatta Holloway Anthology 1976-1982” (two CDs, 23 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, July 7)
Marc Jordan “Mannequin” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1978 album; remastered), “Blue Desert” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1979 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
Kansas “The Best of Kansas [1980-gram vinyl]” (1984 compilation; remastered) (Friday Music)
KJ-52 “ICON” (best-of) (BEC Recordings / UMe)
Steve Lawrence “Steve Lawrence Conquers Broadway” (26 showtunes) (Sepia Recordings)
Brenda Lee “The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs 1956-62” (two CDs, 44 songs; MP3) (Acrobat)
John Mellencamp “John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall” (July 31, 2003, concert in New York City; Vinyl; MP3) (Mercury / UMe)
The Mills Brothers “The Mills Brothers Collection 1931-52” (two CDs, 54 songs; MP3) (Fabulous / Acrobat)
Ministry “Last Tangle in Paris: Live 2012” (CD/DVD package documents the band’s 2012 “DeFiBriLaTour”; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (UDR Music / 13th Planet Records, Inc.)
The O.C. Supertones “ICON” (best-of) (BEC Recordings / UMe)
Beth Orton “Central Reservation: Expanded Edition” (1999 album; with a second CD of B-sides, unreleased live recordings and demos; Read here) (3 Loop Music / MVD Entertainment Group)
Skyy “Skyyhigh: The Skyy Anthology 1979-1984” (two CDs, 26 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, July 7)
Cecil Taylor “The Complete Collection 1956-1962” (nine original albums on five CDs) (Enlightenment)
Toto “Toto” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1978 album; remastered), “Hydra” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1979 album; remastered), “Turn Back” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1981 album; remastered), “Toto IV” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1982 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
Various artists “Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Rockers 4” (rare rockabilly and surf music from the 1950s and ’60s) (U.K. – Republic of Music, July 7)
Dale Watson “The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy” (three discs, 42 songs; MP3) (Red River Entertainment)
Wet Willie “The Wetter the Better / Left Coast Live” (1976, 1977 albums on one CD; remastered) (BGO)

More Releases for the Week of July 8, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Eddie Condon “The Eddie Condon Collection 1927-61 [MP3]” (46 songs; Read here; CD) (Acrobat, July 7)
Donny Hathaway “Everything Is Everything [MP3]” (1970 album) (Rhino / Atlantic, July 7)
Chaka Khan “The Studio Album Collection: 1978 – 1992 [MP3]” (nine complete albums) (Rhino / Warner)
Neil Sedaka “The Complete Singles and EPs As & Bs 1956-62 [MP3]” (47 songs) (Acrobat, July 7)
Various artists “100 Rock ‘n’ Roll Workout Music [MP3]” (100 hits from the 1950s and ’60s) (Workout Music Service, July 11)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Rupert Hine “Rupert Hine: Live in Sweden [DVD/CD]” (Read here) (eOne Music)
Linda Ronstadt “Blue Bayou: Live 1977 [DVD]” (Laser Media)
The Who “Quadrophenia [Blu-ray Pure Audio]” (1973 album; remastered) (Geffen / UMe)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of July 8, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
David Ellefson “My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll [Paperback]” (co-author: Joel McIver) (Howard Books)
Rick James “Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James [Hardcover]” (co-author: David Ritz; Kindle) (Atria Books)
Amanda Petrusich “Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (Scribner)
Bob Stanley “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé [Kindle]” (W.W. Norton & Company)
Walter Trout “Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout [Paperback]” (co-author: Henry Yates) (Mascot Records)

More Book Releases for the Week of July 8, 2014

Next week: July 15, 2014

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