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This Week’s Releases: June 3, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin “Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” (Hear/read here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Big Smo (aka Hick Ross and Boss of the Stix; he’s also the star of his own A&E Network reality series, “Big Smo”) “Kuntry Livin’ “ (guests: Frankie Ballard, Haden Carpenter, Alexander King; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Warner / Elektra Nashville)
Brent Bourgeois “Don’t Look Back” (producers: Bourgeois, Charlie Peacock; guests: Todd Rundgren, Julian Lennon, Larry Tagg, Charlie Peacock, Rachael Lampa, Paige Lewis, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez, Jerry McPherson, John Fields, Adrian Bourgeois; for each album sold through the link, 13 liters of clean water goes to Africa via Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation; Hear here; Read here) (Brent Bourgeois, June 2)
Camper Van Beethoven “El Camino Real” (Hear here; MP3) (429)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Only Run” (guests: Matt Berninger of The National, Kid Koala; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (CYHSY, Inc)
Diamond Version “CI” (first single: “Were You There,” feat. Neil Tennant; Hear here; MP3) (Mute)
Echo and the Bunnymen “Meteorites” (producer: Youth; Hear here; Read here) (429)
Lee Fields and the Expressions “Emma Jean” (first single: a cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Truth & Soul / Redeye)
50 Cent “Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win” (producers: Dr. Dre, Dawaun Parker, Mark Batson, Jake One, Charli Brown Beatz; guests: Jadakiss, ScHoolboy Q, Prodigy, Trey Songz, Yo Gotti; Hear here; MP3) (G-Unit / Caroline)
Fucked Up (Toronto hardcore group) “Glass Boys” (producer: Bill Skibbe; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)
Fu Manchu “Gigantoid” (producer: Andrew Giacumakis; Hear here; MP3) (At The Dojo / Redeye)
Gold-Bears (Atlanta fuzz-pop band) “Dalliance” (first single: “For You”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Slumberland)
Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars” star) “Road Between” (producer: Mark Bright; new single: “You Sound Good to Me”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3) (DMG Nashville / Bigger Picture Group)
Joe Henry “Invisible Hour” (Hear/read here) (Work Song)
James “La Petite Mort” (their first full-length album in six years; producer: Max Dingel; first single: “Moving On”; Hear here; See here) (U.K. – BMG Rights Management / Cooking Vinyl, June 2)
Morgan James (pop singer-actress) “Hunter” (Hear here) (Epic)
Gabriel Kahane “The Ambassador” (producers: Kahane, Casey Foubert, Matt Johnson, Rob Moose; guests: Shara Worden, Aoife O’Donovan, Holcombe Waller; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Music Masterworks)
Miranda Lambert “Platinum” (guests: Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers; first single: “Automatic”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA Nashville)
LP “Forever For Now” (producer: Rob Cavallo; first single: “Night Like This”; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Lydia Lunch “A Fistful of Desert Blues” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Rustblade)
Matisyahu “Akeda” (first single: “Watch the Walls Melt Down”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Akeda / Elm City)
Chaz McKinney “Aquarius” (producer: McKinney; first single: “Cool Alright”; Hear here) (Chaz McKinney)

“I produced this record over the worst year and a half of my life after finally eradicating the old creative team around that had been holding me back for years,” McKinney tells P&P. “At one point, I was in label meetings and A&R offices every few weeks for music I didn’t particularly care for, and now that I have full creative control I’m trying to make the biggest impact possible. It probably won’t mean much, but this record is legitimately the only thing I may have going for me right now — this is me, naked on tape, trying to make a difference and spread some sort of change through music. Music is all I’ve ever done and it’s all I ever want to do. It’s what I see, what I make, and how I speak. ‘Aquarius’ is 16 songs spanning the gamut from hip-hop to prog rock to Motown to dance pop and back again. It’s political, it’s a little heady, but more than anything it’s honest. I hope you’ll understand.”

Idina Menzel “If/Then: Original Broadway Cast Recording” (producers: Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt, David Stone; Hear/see here; Read here) (Masterworks Broadway)
Bob Mould “Beauty & Rain” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Merge)
Pete Molinari (U.K. singer-songwriter) “Theosophy” (producers: Boe Weaver, Andrew Weatherall, Tchad Blake, Liam Watson; guests: Dan Auerbach, Primal Scream’s Barrie Cadogan; first single: “Hang My Head In Shame”; Hear here; MP3) (Clarksville / INgrooves)
Peter Murphy “Lion” (his 10th solo album; producer: Youth; first single: “Hang Up”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Meshell Ndegeocello “Comet, Come to Me” (guests: Doyle Bramhall, Shara Worden; first single: “Conviction”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Naïve)
The Orwells (rock band from Elmhurst, Ill.) “Disgraceland” (Hear here; MP3) (Canvasback / Atlantic)
Parquet Courts (NYC slacker punk band) “Sunbathing Animal” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (What’s Your Rupture? / Mom+Pop)
Kelly Price “Sing Pray Love Vol. 1: Sing” (guests: Ruben Studdard, Algebra Blessett; first single: “It’s My Time”; Hear here; MP3) (eOne Music)
Priests (D.C.-based punk quartet) “Bodies and Control and Money and Power” (seven-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl) (Don Giovanni / Sister Polygon)
Rich Robinson (of The Black Crowes) “The Ceaseless Sight” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (The End)
Rush of Fools (Christian rock quintet from Birmingham, Ala.) “Carry Us Now” (Hear here; MP3) (Provident)
Kathy Sanborn (jazz singer) “Fantasia” (a tribute to her Latin Jazz influences; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Pacific Coast Jazz)
The Shoe (actress Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio) “I’m Okay” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Community Music)
Tijuana Panthers (Long Beach trio) “Wayne Interest” (producer: Richard Swift; first single: “Cherry Street”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (Innovative Leisure)
Various artists “Kitsuné America 3” (14-song compilation; Hear here; MP3, with two bonus tracks) (Kitsuné)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Country Volume 7” (Capitol Nashville)
Various artists “Violet (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (deluxe two-disc set for the Broadway production, starring Sutton Foster; Read here) (PS Classics)

More Releases for the Week of June 3, 2014 Widgets

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bneusounds “Reeltime [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Bneusounds)
Tucker Jameson “Light Up the Night [MP3]” (five-song EP; producer: James Barber; Hear here) (Tucker Jameson)
Adrian Lux (Grammy-nominated producer/DJ) “Make Out [MP3]” (guests: Kaelyn Behr, Lune, Marcus Schossow, JJ, Last Lynx; Hear here) (Ultra)
Joshua Scott Jones (of Steel Magnolia) “The Healing [MP3]” (first single: “Honk [If You’re Tonky]”; Hear here) (JSJ Music)
On Top (Philly heavy metal band) “Top to Bottom [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Ryan Redebaugh “Nearby Places [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Ryan Redebaugh)
Brian Reitzell “Auto Music [MP3]” (the track “Last Summer” features My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, and he commissioned Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis for a snippet used on “Boss”; Hear here) (Smalltown Supersound)
Scenic Route to Alaska (Edmonton band) “Warrington [MP3]” (producer: Jay Sparrow; first single: “Paris”; Hear here; See here) (Scenic Route to Alaska, June 6)
Secret Discovery (German rock band) “Auf Wiedersehen (In Richtung Sieg) [MP3]” (producer: Bernard Butler; ReverbNation) (, June 7)
Teleman (London quartet) “Breakfast [MP3]” (producer: Bernard Butler; Hear here) (Moshi Moshi)
The Teen Age (Brooklyn garage-punk quartet) “Ways to Adapt [MP3]” (four-song EP; producer: Uri Djemal; first single: “Sleep Alone”; Hear here; See here) (PaperCup Music)
3TƎETH “3TƎETH [MP3]” (Hear here) (Artoffact)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Arthur, Hurley & Gottlieb “The Complete Anthology 1973-1974” (two CDs) (ClassicMusicVault)
Batdorf & Rodney “Portfolio” (two-CD, 35-song anthology, with previously unreleased demos; Read here; MP3) (ClassicMusicVault)
The Beach Boys “ICON” (two-CD best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Boyz II Men “ICON” (best-of) (Motown / UMe)
Vikki Carr “The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) (Expanded Edition)” (1972 album; remastered, with 11 bonus tracks), “Love Again: The Lost Columbia Masters” (17 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Nat King Cole “The Extraordinary Nat King Cole” (two CDs, 22 songs, including 14 rare and previously unreleased tracks; MP3) (Capitol / UMe)
Country Weather “San Francisco 1969-1971” (ClassicMusicVault)
Billy Ray Cyrus “ICON: The Distance” (11 songs) (Mercury Nashville / UMe)
John Doe “The Best of John Doe: This Far” (24 tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
The Everly Brothers “Pass the Chicken & Listen/Stories We Could Tell” (1972, 1973 albums on one CD; remastered) (U.K. – Morello, June 2)
Faith Hope & Charity “Faith Hope & Charity (Expanded Edition)” (1975 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks; See here) (Real Gone Music)
Fanny “Charity Ball (Expanded Edition)” (1971 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
The 5th Dimension “Earthbound: The Complete ABC Recordings” (12 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Richard Hayman (harmonica player, arranger and conductor died in 2014 at age 93) “The Richard Hayman Collection” (two CDs, 52 tracks) (Acrobat)
Howlin’ Wolf “The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62” (three CDs, 80 tracks; MP3) (Acrobat)
Imagination “Greatest Hits” (three discs) (U.K. – Sony, June 2)
Clemens Krauss / Richard Strauss “The Complete Decca Recordings” (five discs) (Decca Classics)
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin (Deluxe CD Edition)” (1969 album; remastered, with “Live At The Olympia – Paris, France, October 10, 1969”; Super Deluxe Edition BoxMP3), “Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe CD Edition)” (1969; remastered, with alternate mixes of five songs, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid [She’s Just a Woman],” and the previously unreleased track “La La”; Super Deluxe Edition Box; MP3), “Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe CD Edition)” (1970; remastered, with seven studio outtakes and three previously unheard tracks, “Jennings Farm Blues,” “Bathroom Sound” and “Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind”; See here; Read here; Super Deluxe Edition Box; MP3; Reissues ) (Atlantic / Swan Song)
Marcus Hook Roll Band “Tales of Old Grand-Daddy” (1973 album, featuring the debut recordings of Angus and Malcolm Young before forming AC/DC; remastered, with two previously unreleased tracks and three rarities; produced by The Easybeats founders Harry Vanda and George Young; Vinyl) (U.K. – Polygram, June 2)
Linda Martell (the first black female singer to appear on the Grand Ole Opry) “Color Me Country” (1970 album; remastered; MP3) (Gazell)
Hank Mobley “The Classic Blue Note Collection 1955-1961” (five discs, 53 songs) (Enlightenment)
The Moody Blues “Seventh Sojurn [Vinyl]” (1972 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Morrissey “Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Edition Definitive Master)” (1994 album; remastered by Bill Inglot; with the previously unreleased bonus disc, “Live At The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – 2/26/1995”; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rhino / Warner)
N.W.A. “ICON” (best-of) (Universal Music Group)
The Platters “ICON” (best-of) (Universal Music Group)
Elvis Presley “Elvis Presley Bossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Party Album” (15 songs; MP3) (RCA / Legacy)
The Rolling Stones “Complete Singles (1971-2006) [Box set]” (45 singles packed with rarities, remixes and live versions across 173 tracks; See here) (, June 1)
Todd Rundgren and Utopia “Live at the Electric Ballroom Milwaukee, 23rd October 1978” (two CDs, 17 songs; previously unreleased performance, recorded for an FM simulcast; Read here) (U.K. – Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red, June 2)
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. “The Rat Pack Live!” (three-disc set includes “Live At The Sands” and “Live And Swingin'” and a DVD featuring a 1965 St. Louis performance, with emcee Johnny Carson) (Capitol / UMe)
Soundgarden “Superunknown: Deluxe Edition” (1994 album; remastered, with a second disc of demos, rehearsals, B-sides, etc.; Read here; also available in five-disc Super Deluxe Edition, with a Blu-ray Audio version; Single CD; Vinyl; Hear here; MP3) (A&M / UMe)
Strawbs “Witchwood: The Very Best Of” (19 tracks) (U.K. – Spectrum Music / Universal, June 2)
The Sweet Inspirations “The Complete Atlantic Singles Plus” (two CDs, 37 songs; Read here) (Real Gone Music)
Randy Travis “Hymns: 17 Timeless Songs of Faith” (MP3) (Word)
Tanya Tucker “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol Nashville / UMe)
UB40 “ICON” (best-of) (Virgin / UMe)
Various artists “Legends: Crank It Up [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (17 classic-rock hits, mastered by Steve Hoffman; Read here), “Legends: Get It On [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (17 classic-rock hits, mastered by Steve Hoffman; Read here) (Audio Fidelity)
Village People “ICON” (best-of) (Universal Music Group)
Paul Weller “More Modern Classics” (20-track best-of spanning the past 15 years, with a new track, “Brand New Toy”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Harvest / Capitol)

More Releases for the Week of June 3, 2014 Widgets

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ed Ames “The Ed Ames Album [MP3]” (1964 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Eddy Arnold “Sometimes I’m Happy, Sometimes I’m Blue [MP3]” (1964 album), “Pops Hits From the Country Side [MP3]” (1964 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Chet Atkins “Progressive Pickin’ [MP3]” (1964 album) (RCA / Legacy)
GQ “Disco Nights [MP3]” (1979 album; with five bonus tracks), “Two [MP3]” (1980 album), “Face to Face [MP3]” (1981 album; with one bonus track) (Arista / Legacy)
Ray Parker Jr. “The Other Woman [MP3]” (1982 album; with one bonus track), “Woman Out of Control [MP3]” (1983 album; with one bonus track) (Arista / Legacy)
Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio “Two Places at the Same Time [MP3]” (1980 album; with one bonus track), “A Woman Needs Love [MP3]” (1981 album; with three bonus tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Pockets “Take It On Up [MP3]” (1978 album; with two bonus tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
PF Sloan “Sailor [MP3]” (2006 album) (Shout! Factory)
Various artists “21 Pop Sensations [MP3]” (hits by P!nk, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Chris Brown, Avril Lavigne, John Legend, etc.) (RCA / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/studio:
Alter Bridge “Alter Bridge: Live in Milan [DVD]” (filmed at Mediolanum Forum on Nov. 12, 2013; CD; Blu-ray + CD) (DC3 Music)
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, et al “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (five discs) (Warner Home Video)
Alice Cooper “Super Duper Alice Cooper [DVD]” (doc opera is “the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock ‘n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him”; See here; Blu-ray; Blu-ray Box Set) (Eagle Rock)
Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [DVD]” (21 discs; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, et al “RoboCop [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (MGM)
Jerry Lewis “The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1963 film; includes a CD of prank calls by Lewis from 1959-1972; See here; Read here) (Paramount)
Gary Oliver, David Rintoul, Paul Knops, et al “Son of God [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, et al “True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD]” (four discs; Blu-ray) (HBO / Warner)
Pussy Riot “Death To Prison, Freedom To Protest [Blu-ray]” (Azure)
Olan Soule, Casey Kasem, Ted Knight “The Adventures of Batman [DVD]” (34 installments, 17 episodes from the 1968 cartoon series on two discs; Read here) (Warner Home Video)
Harry Dean Stanton “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction [DVD]” (2013 documentary, directed by Sophie Huber; See here; Read here) (Adopt Films)
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor “Zoolander [Blu-ray]” (2001 film; See here) (Paramount)
Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, et al “Lone Survivor [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, et al “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – 10th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet]” (2004 film; See here) (Universal Studios)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 3, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Dan Coats “The Giant Book of Pop & Rock Sheet Music [Paperback]” (Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., June 2)
John Fahey “Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist [Hardcover]” (author: Steve Lowenthal; Kindle) (Chicago Review Press, June 1)
Barbara Hendricks “Lifting My Voice: A Memoir [Hardcover]” (foreword by Kofi A. Annan; Kindle) (Chicago Review Press, June 1)
Michael Jackson “Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire [Hardcover]” (author: Zack O’Malley Greenburg; Kindle) (Atria Books)
Teenage Head “Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story [Paperback]” (author: Geoff Pevere) (Coach House Books)
Walter Trout “Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout [Paperback]” (co-author: Henry Yates) (Mascot Records, June 2)
Ron Weisner “Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music – Managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson [Hardcover]” (co-author: Alan Goldsher) (Lyons Press / Globe Pequot Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 3, 2014

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