New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Babys “I’ll Have Some of That!” (their first album in 30 years, featuring original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock; lead vocalist is John Bisaha; new single: “I See You There”; Hear here; MP3) (Skyrocket Entertainment / All In Time)
Ginger Baker “Why?” (the Cream drummer’s first solo album in 16 years; he and his touring group Jazz Confusion cover jazz classics and more; Hear/read here; MP3) (Motéma Music)
Bassnectar “Noise Vs. Beauty” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Amorphous Music)
Peter Matthew Bauer (formerly of The Walkmen) “Liberation” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Memphis Industries / Mexican Summer)
Bernhoft (Norwegian retro-soul singer) “Islander” (guest: Jill Scott; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Big Picnic)
Bio Ritmo “Puerta del Sur” (producers: Marlysse Simmons, Bio Ritmo; Hear here; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vampisoul)
Black Bananas “Electric Brick Wall” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Drag City)
Blackburner (EDM duo) “From Dusk To Dub” (guests: Lil Wayne, Royce da 5’9″, Styles P, Kurupt, Jadakiss, Pusha T, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Hypnotic / Cleopatra)
Rubén Blades “Tangos” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Sunnyside)
Deanna Bogart “Just a Wish Away …” (Hear here) (Blind Pig)
Jonathan Butler “Living My Dream” (first single: “African Breeze”; Hear here; MP3) (Artistry Music, June 23)
Claire (Munich-based quintet) “The Great Escape” (new single: “My Audacity”; Hear here; MP3) (Astralwerks)
deadmau5 “while(1<2)” (two-disc, 25-song album; first single: “Avaritia”; Hear here; MP3) (mau5trap / Astralwerks)
Donovan Blanc (N.J. pop duo) “Donovan Blanc” (first single: “Minha Menina”; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Flashlights (Florida guitar-pop band) “Bummer Summer” (producers: Scott Hutchison, Andy Monaghan; first single: “Failure”; Hear here) (Hard Rock)
Peter Frampton “Hummingbird in a Box” (seven-song mini album for a Cincinnati Ballet production that featured his music; producer: Gordon Kennedy; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Phenix Phonograph / RED Distribution, June 23)
G-Eazy “These Things Happen” (guests: A$AP Ferg, Danny Seth, E-40, Jay Ant, Remo, John Michael Rouchell, Devon Baldwin, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (BPG / RVG / G-Eazy, June 23)
Danny Gokey (third-place finalist on the eighth season of “American Idol”) “Hope in Front of Me” (Hear here; MP3) (BMG Rights Management, June 23)
Robert Gordon “I’m Coming Home” (his first album in seven years; Marshall Crenshaw co-wrote and performs on “Walk Hard”; Hear here; MP3) (Lanark)
GusGus “Mexico” (first single: “Crossfade”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Kompakt)
How to Dress Well “What Is This Heart?” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Weird World Record Co. / Domino, June 23)
Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco featuring Billy Hart “Enjoy the View” (producer: Don Was; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Blue Note)
Joe “Bridges” (guest: Kelly Rowland; first single: “Love & Sex, Pt. 2”; Hear here; MP3) (BMG Rights Management, June 23)
Eric Johnson “Europe Live” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group, June 23)
Kitten “Kitten” (first single: “G#”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Elektra, June 23)
Mastodon “Once More ‘Round the Sun” (producer: Nick Raskulinecz; first single: “High Road”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Reprise)
Dan Melchior und Das Menace “Hunger” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Castle Face)
Nothing More (San Antonio rock quartet) “Nothing More” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Eleven Seven Music, June 23)
Phish “Fuego” (producer: Bob Ezrin; first single: “The Line”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (ATO)
PHOX (Madison, Wis.-based sextet) “PHOX” (producer: Brian Joseph; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers (four-time winners of the Blues Music Award for Band of the Year) “Emergency Situation” (Hear here) (Blind Pig)
Prince Malik (dance/pop artist) “Crown Me” (first single: “She’s On Fire”; Hear here; MP3) (PM Music / WhatevaOK / MRI Entertainment)
Rebirth Brass Band “Move Your Body” (guest: Trombone Shorty; Hear here; MP3) (Basin Street, June 23)
Röyksopp & Robyn “Do It Again” (five-song EP; the Swedish alt-pop star and the Norwegian electronic duo have announced a summer tour of Europe and the States; Hear here; MP3) (Cherrytree / Interscope)
Ed Sheeran “x” (producers: Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco; first single: “Sing”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic, June 23)
Frank Shiner “The Real Me” (producer: Gary Katz; first single: “Feels Like Home”; Hear here; MP3) (Bakerson / Pyramid / UMG)
SLAVVE (West Palm Beach duo, based in Brooklyn) “SLAVVE” (seven-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Bloodmoss / ADA)
SomeKindaWonderful “SomeKindaWonderful” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Downtown, June 23)
Strand of Oaks (Philadelphia singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter) “Heal” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow “Sea When Absent” (producer: Jeff Zeigler; new single: “Bye Bye, Big Ocean [The End]”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Lefse, June 23)
Tankard (German thrash metallers) “R.I.B.” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Nuclear Blast, June 23)
Time For Three (classically trained string trio) “Time For Three” (Hear here; MP3) (Universal Music Classics)
Various artists “Jersey Boys: Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Show” (film version of the story of the musical group The Four Seasons opens June 20; directed by Clint Eastwood; See here; MP3) (Rhino)
Various artists “Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors” (producer: Billy Sherwood; contributors: Todd Rundgren, Ian Gillan, Edgar Winter, Steve Morse, David Johansen, Larry Coryell, Mark Farner, Patrick Moraz, Mick Box, Keith Emerson, Lou Gramm, Leslie West, Steve Cropper, Rick Wakeman, Steve Hillage, etc.; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Various artists “22 Jump Street: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum opened June 13; See here; MP3) (Universal Republic)

More Releases for the Week of June 24, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bad Suns (Southern California rock band) “Language & Perspective [MP3]” (producer: Eric Palmquist; first single: “Cardiac Arrest”; Hear here; CD) (Vagrant)
Carsie Blanton (New Orleans-based singer-songwriter) “Not Old, Not New [MP3]” (producer: John Porter; guests: Ellis Marsalis, David Torkanowsky, Neal Caine; Hear here) (So Ferocious)
Sarah Borges (Boston singer-songwriter) “Radio Sweetheart [MP3]” (producer: Steve Berlin; guests: NRBQ’s Terry Adams, Lone Justice’s Ryan Hedgecock; Hear here; See here) (Lonesome Day)
Bubba-San (folky blues singer-songwriter based in Georgia) “Bubba-San’s Bait Shop & Sushi Bar [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Bubba-San Music)
Carolina Story (Nashville singer-songwriters Ben and Emily Roberts) “Chapter Two [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here) (True Bearing Entertainment)
Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen, who won a Grammy this year for Best Dance Recording for “Clarity” with Zedd) “Glorious [MP3]” (Hear here) (Sign of the Times / RCA, June 23)
Matt Harlan “Raven Hotel [MP3]” (producer: Rich Brotherton; Hear here; CD) (Berkalin)
Le Castle Vania (aka Atlanta-based Dylan Eiland) “Feels Like Fire [MP3]” (five-song EP; guests: Mariana Bell, Alyssa Palmer, SunSun; Hear here) (Always Never)
The Loudermilks “The Loudermilks [MP3]” (producers: group members Alan and Chad Edwards; Hear here) (You Know What?)
Mighty Fox (Chicago alt-rock quartet) “Oceans [MP3]” (six-song EP; first single: “Wild Ones”; Hear here; See here) (Mighty Fox)
The Native Sibling (California-based brother-sister duo of Ryan and Kaylee Williams) “Letters Kept to Ourselves [MP3]” (producer: Daniel Mendez; first single: “Carry You”; Hear here; See here) (The Native Sibling)
The Nearly Deads (Nashville alt-rock quartet) “Invisible Tonight [MP3]” (producer: Jon King; first single: “I Said”; ReverbNation) (The Nearly Deads)
Oy (Berlin-based duo) “No Problem Saloon [MP3]” (Hear here) (Crammed Discs)
Raöuf (electro-pop artist) “#therevolution [MP3]” (six-song EP; guest: Leila Allouba; ReverbNation) (Raöuf, June 26)
Speak (Austin synth-pop band) “Pedals [MP3]” (producers: Speak; Hear here) (Playing in Traffic)
The Young Presidents (NYC rock band) “Coalition [MP3]” (producer: Rob Fraboni; guests: Corey Glover, Blondie Chaplin, Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Adam Ezra; Hear here; CD) (Water Music)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Band “Carter Barron Amphitheater Washington DC, July 17th 1976” (MP3) (Keyhole)
Roy Buchanan “Shredding the Blues: Live at My Fathers Place 1978 & 1979” (RockBeat)
Clutch “Earth Rocker Deluxe” (2013 album; with two new songs, a “Earth Rocker Live” CD and a “Live in Denver” DVD) (Weathermaker Music, June 23)
Sam Cooke “Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 [Vinyl]” (2003 compilation; two LPs, 31 songs) (ABKCO)
The Fantastic Dee-Jays (Pittsburgh garage-rock trio) “The Fantastic Dee-Jays” (1966 album; remastered; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Guerssen)
Fleetwood Mac “Greatest Hits [Vinyl]” (1988 album; remastered) (Rhino / Warner)
Aretha Franklin “Aretha’s Gold [Vinyl]” (1969 compilation; remastered) (Friday Music)
Albert King “Live in the ’70s” (12 songs; MP3) (RockBeat)
Carole King “Tapestry [Vinyl]” (1971 album; remastered), “Music [Vinyl]” (1971 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Freddie King “Live & Loud 1968” (RockBeat)
Landmarq (U.K. prog legends) “Origins: A Landmarq Anthology 1991-2014” (two discs; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red, June 23)
Dorothy Moore “Misty Blue: Expanded Edition” (1975 album; remastered, with one bonus track; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, June 23)
The Mighty Clouds of Joy “ICON” (11-song best-of) (Motown Gospel / UMe)
Lee Morgan “Cornbread [Vinyl]” (1967 album; remastered) (Blue Note)
Willie Nelson “Stardust [Vinyl]” (1978 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
Gram Parsons “GP [180-gram vinyl]” (1973 album; remastered), “Grevious Angel [180-gram vinyl]” (1974 album; remastered) (Rhino)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Up Where We Belong” (1996 live acoustic album; Hear here; See here), “The Pathfinder, Buried Treasures: The Mid-70’s Recordings” (two CDs, 33 songs; Hear here; see related DVD below) (True North)
Small Faces “There Are But Four Small Faces (Deluxe Edition)” (1968 album; remastered; titled “Small Faces” in the U.K.; two CDs, 31 songs; disc 1 contains the 12-song album, with four stereo bonus tracks; disc 2 has the mono promotional DJ version, with three mono bonus tracks) (Charly)
Jimmy Smith “Back at the Chicken Shack [Vinyl]” (1960 album; remastered) (Blue Note)
Three Dog Night “Three Dog Night” (1968 album, aka “One”; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (Iconoclassic)
Various artists “Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways” (21-track set includes Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly, Peg Leg Sam, Mississippi John Hurt, John Cephas, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Various artists “Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul” (unreleased songs from Columbus, Ohio, soul performers; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (The Numero Group)
Various artists “Ghostbusters [Vinyl]” (30th anniversary glow-in-the-dark pressing) (Legacy Recordings, June 23)
Various artists “Imaginations: Psychedelic Sounds from the Young Blood, Beacon and Mother Labels, 1969-1974” (15 songs; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Guerssen)
Various artists “The Lion King: The Legacy Collection” (1994 soundtrack album, with a second disc of previously unreleased music; music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, score composed by Hans Zimmer; Read here) (Walt Disney)
Various artists “Saturday Night Fever [Vinyl]” (1977 soundtrack album; remastered) (Rhino / Reprise)
Various artists “Sixties Girls” (three CDs, 60 songs) (Not Now Music, June 25)

More Releases for the Week of June 24, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Air Supply “The Essential Air Supply [MP3]” (30 tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Gang Starr “Moment of Truth [MP3]” (1998 album) (Virgin)
Dave Mason “The Essential Dave Mason [MP3]” (30 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Eddie Money “The Essential Eddie Money [MP3]” (35 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Toto “The Essential Toto [MP3]” (35 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists “21 Throwback Jams [MP3]” (RCA / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1964 film, with loads of bonus material; Read here; DVD) (Criterion Collection)
Bill Cosby, Robert Culp “I Spy: The Complete Series [DVD]” (NBC series, 1965-1968; 18 discs; Read here) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Peter Gabriel “Back to Front – Live in London [DVD/CD]” (captures the complete live performance of the “So” album from start to finish; filmed at London’s O2 using the latest Ultra High Definition 4K technology; See here; Blu-ray; Exclusive premium bundleicon, with T-shirt and poster) (Eagle Rock)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life – The Documentary [DVD]” (documentary includes interviews with Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Bill Cosby, Taj Mahal, John Kay, etc.; See here) (True North)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 24, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Geoff Dyer “But Beautiful (A Book About Jazz) [Kindle]” (North Point Press)
Gary Hiebner and Simone Hiebner “Social Media for Musicians: SoundCloud [Kindle]” (Cengage Learning, June 25)
Mike “McBeardo” McPadden “Heavy Metal Movies [Paperback]” (subtitled “Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever!”) (Bazillion Points)
PF Sloan “What’s Exactly the Matter with Me? Memoirs of a Life in Music [Paperback]” (co-author: S.E. Feinberg; Kindle) (Jawbone Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 24, 2014

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