New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Marc Almond “The Dancing Marquis” (producers: Tony Visconti, Tris Penna, Jason Buckle; guests: Jarvis Cocker, Martin McCarrick, Danielz; Hear here; MP3) (U.K. – SFE, June 16)
The Antlers “Familiars” (first single: “Palace”; Hear here; See here; LP + CD; MP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph)
Mary J. Blige “Think Like a Man Too [Film soundtrack]” (sequel in theaters June 20; guests: Pharrell Williams, The-Dream; See here; MP3) (Epic)
Cerebral Ballzy (Brooklyn punk band) “Jaded & Faded” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cult – Julian Casablancas’ label)
Death Has No Dominion (Danish duo) “Death Has No Dominion” (Hear here; MP3) (SQE Music)
Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence” (producer: Dan Auerbach; first single: “West Coast”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Interscope / Polydor)
The Felice Brothers “Favorite Waitress” (first single: “Cherry Licorice”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dualtone)
Ben Fields (John Lennon Songwriter Award winner) “Extraordinary Light” (producer: JC Hopkins; guests: Jolie Holland, Warren Smith; first single: “Extraordinary Light”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Sire)
Ghost Town “The After Party” (producers: keyboardist Evan Pearce, Mike Green; first single: “I’m Weird”; Hear here; MP3) (Fueled By Ramen / Haunted Youth)
Glass Towers “Halcyon Days” (released in their native Australia in 2013; first single: “Griffin”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Hub / Dine Alone)
David Gray “Mutineers” (producer: Andy Barlow; first single: “Gulls”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition) (IHT / Kobalt Label Services)
Hiromi “Alive” (with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips; Hear here; MP3) (Telarc / Concord)
Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden “Last Dance” (producer: Manfred Eicher; Hear here; MP3) (ECM)
Linkin Park “The Hunting Party” (producers: bandmates Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson; first single: “Guilty All the Same,” feat. Rakim; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Jennifer Lopez “A.K.A.” (guests: Maxwell, French Montana, Tyga, Big Sean; new single: “First Love”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; Deluxe Fan Bundle) (Capitol)
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band “United States” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Yep Roc)
Dennis Miller “Dennis Miller: America 180°” (recorded at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, Calif.; See here; Read here; MP3) (New Wave Dynamics)
Miniature Tigers “Cruel Runnings” (producer: Chris Zane; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (YEBO Music)
Nazareth “Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone” (the band’s last album with singer Dan McCafferty, whose health problems forced him to retire; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Conveyor / Union Square Music)
Willie Nelson “Band of Brothers” (his first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades; producer: Buddy Cannon; guest: Jamey Johnson; first single: “The Wall”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
NRBQ “Brass Tacks” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Clang!)
Radio Moscow “Magical Dirt” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Alive Naturalsound)
Joshua Redman “Trios Live” (recorded at New York City’s Jazz Standard and Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley; Hear/read here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Shudder “Inside My Head” (producer: Joe Allen; first single: “Inside My Head”; Hear here) (Shudder, June 21)
Sam Smith (British soul singer) “In the Lonely Hour” (producers: Jimmy Napes, Steve Fitzmaurice, Fraser T Smith, Two Inch Punch, Eg White; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Capitol)
Tiësto “A Town Called Paradise” (the EDM star’s first album since 2009; guests: Icona Pop, Krewella, Hardwell, Matthew Koma; new single: “Wasted”; Hear here) (Casablanca)
Trummors (Woodstock, N.Y.-based duo) “Moorish Highway” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Various artists “Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (the Disney production, starring Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, received five Tony Award nominations; producers: Alan Menken, Michael Kosarin, Frank Filipetti, Chris Montan; See here; Read here; MP3) (Walt Disney)
Various artists “Heathers the Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording)” (Off Broadway musical based on the 1980s cult classic film; Hear here; Read here) (Yellow Sound Label)
Various artists “Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World [CD/DVD]” (contributors: Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Andres Calamaro, Toots Hibbert, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal; See here; Read here; MP3) (Palm)
Various artists “Red Hot + Bach” (contributors: Chris Thile, Gabriel Kahane, Ron Carter, King Britt, Kronos Quartet, etc.; Read here) (Sony Music Masterworks)
The Verve Pipe “Overboard” (their first album in 13 years; title track co-written by actor Jeff Daniels; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (LMNO Pop)

More Releases for the Week of June 17, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Nina Baker (British singer-songwriter) “Quite Frankly [MP3]” (first single: “Single Bed”; ReverbNation; See here) (Resplendent, June 16)
Jeff Brown “Happily Ever After [MP3]” (producer: Ellis Clark; guest: Christine Knodle-Albarran; Hear here) (CAUDog)
Carter “A Ghost Running Through Shadows [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Autumn + Colour, June 16)
Chronotos (alt-pop/rock artist from Bear, Del.) “Clockwork [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Tate Music Group)
Dead By Wednesday (Connecticut hard rock band) “Death of the Rockstar [MP3]” (five-song EP; producer: Nicholas T. Rage of Toxic Holocaust; Hear here) (Ear One Productions)
Michael John Hall “Midnight Whispers: Songs in the Key of Sleep [MP3]” (producer: Hall; first single: “We Are the Champions”; Hear here) (MichaelJohnHallMusic, June 20)
Matt Henshaw (soul-pop singer from Leichester, U.K.) “Always in the Way [MP3]” (four-song EP; ReverbNation) (Matt Henshaw, June 16)
Lovelorn Dolls (electro-rock duo from Brussels) “The Thrill [MP3]” (five-song EP; ReverbNation) (Alfa Matrix, June 20)
Tony Memmel “I Know We’ll Get There [MP3]” (producer: Memmel; guest: Lesleigh Memmel; ReverbNation) (Tony Memmel, June 18)
” ‘I Know We’ll Get There’ was written during the VH1 and Republic Records ‘You Oughta Know’ Make a Band Famous competition,” Memmel tells P&P. “After being narrowed down to the Top 8 bands in the New York City rounds, the contestants were challenged to write a new original song about ‘fame.’

“Lesleigh and I had a matter of hours to write together overnight. We were in a room with the seven other bands, overlooking New York Harbor, and the Statue of Liberty. The challenge really tested us, but we are very proud of the end result.

“This song helped carry us all the way to 4th place, and we are especially moved by the huge outreach from our fanbase.”

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
China Crisis “Wishful Thinking: The Very Best of China Crisis” (17 tracks) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / Universal, June 16)
Long John Baldry “The Best of the Stony Plain Years” (MP3) (Stony Plain)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Spirit (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks, including a 12-inch promo mix of “Getaway”) (U.K. – Big Break, June 16)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra “The Original Recordings That Inspired the Broadway Hit ‘After Midnight’ “ (15 tracks; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
Clemens Krauss / Richard Strauss “The Complete Decca Recordings” (five discs) (Decca Classics)
Dave Matthews Band “Remember Two Things” (1993 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; 180-gram deluxe LP) (Bama Rags / RCA / Legacy)
Willie Nelson “It Will Come To Pass: The Metaphysical Worlds and Poetic Introspections of Willie Nelson” (1960s-early ’70s recordings on RCA, including previously unreleased tracks) (Omni Recording Corp.)
Nightmares on Wax “N.O.W Is the Time” (two-CD, 28-track retrospective; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Warp)
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris “Trio [Vinyl]” (1987 album; remastered) (Warner)
Eddie Rambeau “Come Closer: The Complete Early Recordings 1961-1966” (32 songs; Track list) (Dynamic Voice)
Sade “Stronger Than Pride [Vinyl]” (1988 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Saint Etienne “Tiger Bay [180-gram vinyl]” (1994 album; remastered) (Plain)
Various artists “Psychedelic States: Maryland in the 60s” (two CDs, 54 songs) (Gear Fab)
Various artists “The Ronn Records Story” (two CDs) (Varese Sarabande)
Joe Louis Walker “The Best of the Stony Plain Years” (MP3) (Stony Plain)

More Releases for the Week of June 17, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Wendy James (former Transvision Vamp singer) “Now Ain’t the Time for Your Tears [MP3]” (1993 album; Elvis Costello composed all the songs) (R.D.E.G., June 16)
Waylon Jennings “Music Man [MP3]” (1980 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Melissa Manchester “Mathematics [MP3]” (1985 album; produced by Quincy Jones) (Geffen / UMe)
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. “Marilyn & Billy (Expanded Edition) [MP3]” (1978 album; with a bonus 12-inch mix of “Shine On Silver Moon”; Hear here) (Legacy Recordings)


Artist: Title: Label:
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, et al “Joe [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate)
Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, et al “The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD]” (2014 film, written and directed by Wes Anderson; See here; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Jimi Hendrix “Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle of Wight [Blu-ray]” (filmed in August 1970; See here) (Experience Hendrix / Legacy)
B.B. King “B.B. King: The Life of Riley [Blu-ray]” (2012 documentary film by Jon Brewer, narrated by Morgan Freeman; featuring Bono, Bill Cosby, Eric Clapton, Bill Cosby, Dr. John, Bruce Willis, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, President Obama, etc.; See here; DVD; MP3) (MVD Visual)
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, et al “The LEGO Movie [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD; Everything Is Awesome Edition, with Blu-ray, DVD, Vitruvius minifigure, collectible 3D Emmet photo and bonus 3D movie) (Warner Home Video)
Sinbad “Make Me Wanna Holler [DVD]” (See here) (Comedy Central)
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Claire Underwood, et al “House of Cards: The Complete Second Season [DVD]” (four discs; the Netflix drama won a Peabody Award for excellence this year, and Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 17, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Steve Cushing “Pioneers of the Blues Revival [Hardcover]” (author: Tom Doyle; Kindle) (University of Illinois Press, June 15)
Dave Hunter “The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock [Hardcover]” (Voyageur Press, June 15)
Paul McCartney “Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s [Hardcover]” (author: Tom Doyle; Kindle) (Ballantine Books)
Bruce Springsteen “Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs [Hardcover]” (author: Jim Beviglia; Kindle) (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, June 16)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 17, 2014

Next week: June 24, 2014

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