New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
All Tiny Creatures “Dark Clock” (first single: “Quickest Cut”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Hometapes)
Attila (Atlanta deathcore band) “About That Life” (first single: “About That Life”; Hear here; MP3) (Artery Recordings / Razor & Tie)
August Burns Red (Christian metalcore band) “Rescue & Restore” (producers: Carson Slovak, Grant McFarland; first single: “Spirit Breaker”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Solid State)
Baby Alpaca (NYC duo) “Baby Alpaca [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Atlas Chair)
Alpha Blondy (West-African reggae vocalist) “Mystic Power [MP3]” (includes a cover of “I Shot the Sheriff” on “J’ai Tue Le Commissaire”; guests: Beenie Man, Jah Fakoly; Hear here) (VP)
Boys Noize (aka Alex Ridha) “Go Hard [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Boysnoize)
Jimmy Cliff “The KCRW Session” (an acoustic performance recorded and broadcast live on the L.A. radio station on June 28, 2012; Hear here; MP3) (Rebirth / UMe)
Natalie Cole “Natalie Cole en Español” (her first Spanish-language album; includes a virtual duet with her father, the late Nat King Cole, on “Acércate Más [Come Closer to Me]”; producer: Rudy Pérez; guests: Andrea Bocelli, Juan Luis Guerra; Hear here; MP3) (Verve)
Alela Diane (Portland, Ore.-based indie folk singer) “About Farewell [MP3]” (Hear here) (Rusted Blue)
Forever the Sickest Kids “J.A.C.K.” (producer: Mike Green; new single: “Nice to Meet You”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fearless)
French Horn Rebellion “Dancing Out [MP3]” (four-song EP, featuring Jody Watley and Young Empires; Hear here) (French Horn Rebellion)
India.Arie “SongVersation” (new single: “Cocoa Butter”; Hear here; MP3) (Motown)
Booker T. Jones “Sound the Alarm” (guests: Gary Clark Jr., Mayer Hawthorne, Estelle, Sheila E., Ted Jones, Luke James, Jay James, Anthony Hamilton, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Stax)
Candye Kane “Coming Out Swingin'” (guest: guitarist Laura Chavez; Hear here; MP3) (Sister Cynic / Redeye)
Jann Klose “Mosaic” (producers: James Frazee, David Bendeth; guest: Carrie Newcomer; Hear here) (People)
The Legendary Pink Dots “The Gethsemane Option” (Hear here) (Metropolis)
Light Heat (aka Quentin Stoltzfus) “Light Heat” (first single: “And the Birds …”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ribbon Music)
Bret Michaels “Jammin’ With Friends” (guests: Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Edwin McCain, Miley Cyrus, Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, Phil Collen, Gary Rossington, Leslie West, Joe Perry, C.C. Deville, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Poor Boy)
Middle Class Rut “Pick Up Your Head” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bright Antenna)
Mood Rings (Atlanta quintet) “VPI Harmony” (first single: “Pathos y Lagrimas”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mexican Summer)
Willie Nile “American Ride” (producers: Nile, Stewart Lerman; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (River House)
Omar (“the father of British neo soul”) “The Man” (guests: Caron Wheeler, original Zamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Pedaljets “What’s In Between [MP3]” (the alt-rock group’s first new material in 23 years; Hear here) (Electric Moth)
Perhapts (aka The Decemberists’ John Moen) “Revise Your Maps” (producer: Jonathan Drews; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Jealous Butcher)
Queensrÿche “Queensrÿche” (the band’s first album with new lead singer Todd La Torre; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Century Media)
Jay Sean “Neon” (first single: “Where You Are”; Hear here; Read here) (Ca$h Money / Republic)
Skillet “Rise” (producer: Howard Benson; first single: “Sick of It”; Hear here; MP3) (Atlantic / Word)
Smith Westerns (Chicago indie rock group) “Soft Will” (producer: Chris Coady; Hear here; MP3) (Mom + Pop)
Mavis Staples “One True Vine” (producer: Jeff Tweedy; Hear here; LP + CD; MP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph)
Serj Tankian “Orca Symphony No. 1 [MP3]” (the System of a Down leader’s first true symphony; Hear here) (Serjical Strike)
Tiësto “Club Life – Volume Three Stockholm” (Hear here; MP3) (Musical Freedom)
Transplants “In a Warzone” (first single: “In a Warzone”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Hellcat / Epitaph)
Treetop Flyers (London quintet) “The Mountain Moves” (producer: Noah Georgeson; first single: “Things Will Change”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Partisan)
Various artists “Let Us In: Americana – The Music of Paul McCartney … for Linda” (Lennon and McCartney songs performed by country artists, with proceeds going to the Woman and Cancer’s Fund, which was created in honor of the late Linda McCartney; contributors: Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Matraca Berg, Buddy Miller, Bruce Cockburn, Teddy Thompson, Lee Ann Womack, etc.; Read here; MP3) (Reviver / BDG / RED)
Ray Vaughn (former Hostages frontman) “Way Down Low” (producer: Michael Rosen; Hear here; MP3) (Rayoso Music)
Wale “The Gifted” (guests: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Jerry Seinfeld, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, etc.; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Maybach Music Group / Warner)
Robert Walter’s 20th Congress “Get Thy Bearings” (includes a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Up From the Skies”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (The Royal Potato Family)
Watermelon Slim & the Workers (roots music performer) “Bull Goose Rooster” (Hear here; MP3) (NorthernBlues Music)
Susan Werner “Hayseed” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Sleeve Dog)
White Wizzard (L.A. heavy metal band) “The Devil’s Cut” (first single: “Strike the Iron”; Hear here; MP3) (Century Media / Earache)
Wise Blood “id [MP3]” (first single: “Universe Is Blessed”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Dovecote)
Yellowjackets “A Rise in the Road” (first album with new bassist, Felix Pastorius, son of the late Jaco Pastorius; Hear here) (Mack Avenue)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Alabama “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
The Allman Brothers Band “Brothers and Sisters: 40th Anniversary Edition” (1973 album; remastered; Read here; Deluxe Edition; Super Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3) (Mercury / UMe)
Tim Andrews “Something About Suburbia: The Sixties Sounds of Tim Andrews” (16 songs; Read here) (U.K. – RPM, June 24)
Backstreet Boys “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
Big Star “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me [Film soundtrack]” (feature-length documentary includes songs from their albums “#1,” “Radio City” and “Third”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Omnivore Recordings)
Brooks & Dunn “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs), “Original Album Classics 2 [Box set]” (five CDs) (Arista / Legacy)
James Brown and the Famous Flames “Best of Live At The Apollo: 50th Anniversary” (1963 album; remastered; Read here; MP3) (Polydor / UMe)
Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack “Born to Love: Expanded Edition” (1983 album, includes “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (U.K. –, June 24)
Johnny Cash “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
De La Soul “3 Feet High and Rising [Vinyl]” (1989 album; remastered) (Rhino)
Dio “Magica: Deluxe Edition” (2000 album; remastered, with a second CD of two bonus songs and six live tracks) (Niji Entertainment)
Celine Dion “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Epic / Legacy)
Steve Earle “The Warner Bros. Years [Box set]” (four CDs, one DVD; Read here) (Shout! Factory)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
emmet swimming “Arlington to Boston [MP3]” (1996 album) (Epic)
Jerry Garcia “GarciaLive 2: August 5th 1990 Greek Theatre” (16 tracks; MP3) (ATO)
Daryl Hall & John Oates “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
Heart “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Epic / Legacy)
Jack’s Mannequin “Live From the El Rey Theatre [CD/DVD]” (Dear Jack Foundation)
Tommy James & The Shondells “The Best of Tommy James & The Shondells [180 gram vinyl]” (1969 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Jane’s Addiction “Live in NYC” (recorded at Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011; Vinyl; MP3; DVD; Blu-ray) (UMe)
Waylon Jennings “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
Billy Joel “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Journey “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
KoRn “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Epic / Legacy)
Dickey Lee “Original Greatest Hits” (20 tracks; Read here) (Real Gone Music)
Loverboy “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Bob Marley and the Wailers “Legend Remixed” (tracks from the “Legend” best-of are remixed by such DJs and producers as Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Jason Bentley, Z-Trip with Lee Scratch Perry, Photek, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Roni Size, RAC, Beats Antique, Nickodemus & Zeb; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Tuff Gong / Island)
Dean Martin “Italian Love Songs” (two CDs; 1962 album, “Dino: Italian Love Songs,” with bonus tracks, including 1954’s “Sway”; Hear here) (Not Now Music)
Sarah McLachlan “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Arista / Legacy)
Eddie Money “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Moody Blues “Timeless Flight [Box set]” (11 remastered CDs, with bonus tracks, and three DVDs of rare TV performances, promo videos and a previously unreleased Paris concert from 1970, plus three DVD audio discs, featuring 5.1 surround sound mixes of six studio albums; Read here; MP3) (Universal Music Enterprises)
Mouth & MacNeal “Absolutely the Best” (14 songs, including their 1972 Top 10 hit “How Do You Do?”) (Fuel)
Willie Nelson “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
New Kids on the Block “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Elvis Presley “King Creole [Hybrid SACD]” (1958 soundtrack album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Elvis Presley “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs), “Original Album Classics: At the Movies [Box set]” (five CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
REO Speedwagon “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Todd Rundgren “Runt [180 gram vinyl]” (1970 album; remastered), “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect [180 gram vinyl]” (1982 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Santana “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Seals & Crofts “Seals & Crofts Greatest Hits [Vinyl]” (1975 album; 180 gram gateful vinyl) (Friday Music)
Nina Simone “Forbidden Fruit / Nina Simone Sings Ellington!” (1961, 1962 albums; remastered) (Not Now Music)
Steppenwolf “Steppenwolf [Vinyl]” (1968 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Streets (AOR band fronted by Kansas’ Steve Walsh) “1st [MP3]” (1983 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)
The Swimming Pool Q’s “The Swimming Pool Q’s: The A&M Years, 1984-1986” (two CDs; Deluxe edition) (Bar/None)
Sylvester “Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits” (Vinyl; MP3) (Fantasy)
Them “Time Out! Time In For Them [MP3]” (1966 album) (Capitol)
Train “California 37: Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour Edition” (2012 album; with three bonus tracks, including a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and three live songs; MP3) (Columbia)
Luther Vandross “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Epic / Legacy)
Various artists “’80s Workout [MP3]” (12 tracks; featuring Pebbles, The Gap Band, Michael Sembello, DeBarge, Kool and the Gang, etc.) (Hip-O)
Various artists “Good For Nothin’: The Vogue Records Story 1956-1962” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “The History of Blue Beat: The Birth of Ska, BB76-BB100 A & B Sides” (three CDs, 50 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Live From the Archives of 650 AM WSM: Volume 1” (in-station performances from the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, featuring Del McCoury Band, Billy Dean, Marty Raybon, The Time Jumpers, The Grascals, Rodney Crowell, JD Souther, etc.; MP3) (Red River Entertainment / RED)
Various artists “Lovesick Blues: Gems From the MGM Vaults” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Only Young Once: The King Records Story 1962” (two CDs, 50 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Night and Day: The Jubilee Records Story 1958-1962” (two CDs, 40 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Point of No Return: The Liberty Records Story 1962” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989 [Box set]” (five CDs, 127 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red)
Various artists “Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle” (two CDs; featuring Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones and Teddy Thompson; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Various artists “A Taste of Honey: Gems From the Mercury Vaults 1962” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day Music)
Various artists “Up On the Roof: Gems From the Atlantic Vaults 1961-1962” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day Music)
Stevie Ray Vaughan “Original Album Classics [Box set]” (five CDs) (Epic / Legacy)
The Whispers “Love Is Where You Find It / Love for Love” (1981, 1983 albums on one CD; remastered) (U.K. – Cherry Red, June 24)
Bobby Whitlock “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: The ABC-Dunhill Recordings” (21 songs; MP3) (Future Days Recordings)
Hank Williams Sr. “Sacred Songs II: The Unreleased Recordings” (Time Life)
Yes “Going For the One [Hybrid SACD]” (1977 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Beatles “Help! [Blu-ray]” (1965 film; digitally restored and a 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of bonus features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film; Read here) (Capitol / Universal)
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman “The Big Lebowski [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]” (1998 film; two discs) (Universal Studios)
Bill Cosby “Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids: The Complete Series [DVD]” (15 discs; animated series ran from 1972 to 1985) (Shout! Factory)
Jethro Tull “Around the World Live [DVD]” (four-disc box set features footage dating as far back as the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, up to Lugano, Switzerland, in 2005) (Eagle Rock)
Alicia Keys “VH1 Storytellers [DVD]” (See here; Blu-ray; CD; MP3) (RCA)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
Steve Miller “Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City [Paperback]” (Da Capo Press)

Next week: July 2