New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Barenaked Ladies “Grinning Streak” (producers: Gavin Brown, Mark Endert; first single: “Boomerang”; Hear here; MP3) (Vanguard)
George Benson “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (guests: Idina Menzel, Judith Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Concord)
Big Deal (London duo) “June Gloom” (producer: Rory Attwell; first single: “In Your Car”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mute, June 3)
Brother & Co. “Unknow You [MP3]” (producers: Brother & Co.; guests: Andy Plaisted, Dave Westner, Scott Aruda; first single: “Still Love”; Hear here) (Seaewe)
Building 429 “We Won’t Be Shaken” (Hear here; MP3) (Essential)
Capital Cities “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery” (guests: Andre 3000, Shemika Secrest, NPR’s Frank Tavares; first single: “Safe and Sound”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Lazy Hooks / Capitol)
Dave Davies “I Will Be Me” (The Kinks founding member’s first solo album since 2007; guests: members of The Jayhawks, Anti-Flag, Dead Meadow and The Art, plus Oli Brown, Chris Spedding; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Dead Stars (Brooklyn trio) “High Gain [MP3]” (five-song EP; first single: “Waste Away”; Hear here) (Uninhabitable Mansions)
Ell V Gore “Sex Static [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Bad Actors / Last Gang)
Filter “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” (producer: Bob Marlette; first single: “What Do You Say”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Wind-up)
Ben Folds Five “Ben Folds Five Live” (Hear here; Vinyl) (ImAVeePee Records / Legacy)
David Ford (British singer-songwriter) “Charge” (producer: James Brown; first single: “Pour a Little Poison”; Hear here; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces) “Personal Record” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Merge)
Greg Friedman (San Diego-based musician) “Can’t Talk Now [MP3]” (album artwork was designed by the late Storm Thorgerson, of Pink Floyd fame; Hear here) (Populuxe)
Future Bible Heroes (Stephin Merritt’s electronic/disco side project) “Partygoing” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Merge)
The Warren Hood Band “The Warren Hood Band” (producer: Charlie Sexton; Hear here; MP3) (Red Parlor)
Hooverphonic (Belgian electro-rock trio) “The Night Before [MP3]” (Hear here) (Columbia)
Ignorant Noise (Chicago electro-hop DJ/producer) “Pump Up the Noise EP [MP3]” (five songs; Hear/read here) (Synth City, June 3)
Earl Klugh “Hand Picked” (Hear here) (Telarc)
Lonestar “Life As Know It” (original lead singer Richie McDonald rejoins; new single: “Maybe Someday”; Hear here; MP3) (4 Star Records / The Orchard)
Michelle Malone (Americana musician-songwriter) “Day 2 [MP3]” (producer: Shawn Mullins; Hear here) (SBS)
Megadeth “Super Collider” (producer: Johnny K; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Tradecraft / Universal)
Matthew Morrison (of “Glee”) “Where It All Began” (covers of Broadway classics, recorded at Capitol Studios; producer: Phil Ramone; Hear hereRead here) (222 – Adam Levine’s label)
Sean Nelson (former Harvey Danger lead singer) “Make Good Choices [MP3]” (producers: Matt Pence, Steve Fisk, Adam Selzer; guests: Chris Walla, Scott Danbom, Kyle O’Quin, Rachel Blumberg; first single: “Make Good Choices”; Hear here) (Really)
The Olms (singer-songwriters Pete Yorn and J.D. King) “The Olms” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Harvest)
Portugal. The Man “Evil Friends” (producer: Danger Mouse; first single: “Evil Friends”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Atlantic)
Quadron (Danish-born, L.A.-based duo) “Avalanche” (first single: “Hey Love”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vested in Culture / Epic)
Queens of the Stone Age “… Like Clockwork” (producers: Queens of the Stone Age; first single: “My God Is the Sun”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)
LeAnn Rimes “Spitfire” (producer: Darrell Brown; guests: Rob Thomas, Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski; Hear here; MP3, with Amazon-exclusive bonus live track) (Curb – sold exclusively at Walmart)
Rogue Wave “Nightingale Floors” (first single: “College”; Hear here) (Vagrant)
The Roys (sibling bluegrass duo) “Gypsy Runaway Train” (producers: The Roys, Andy Leftwich; first single: “Gypsy Runaway Train”; Hear here; MP3) (Rural Rhythm)
Said the Whale (Vancouver quintet) “I Love You [EP]” (three songs; producers: Tom Dobrzanski, Tyler Bancroft; Hear here; MP3) (Hidden Pony)
Sleeping With Sirens “Feel” (producer: Cameron Mizell; guests: MGK, Matty Mullins, Shayley Bourget, Fronz; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Rise)
James Skelly & The Intenders “Love Undercover” (producers: James & Ian Skelly; guests: The Coral, The Sundowners, Tramp Attack; Hear here) (Skeleton Key, June 3)
Various artists “Giant: Original Cast Recording” (based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber; music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, with a cast of 26 performers and a 17-piece orchestra; producers: Joel Moss, LaChiusa, Kurt Deutsch; Hear/read here; See here; MP3) (Ghostlight)
Various artists “Motown The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording” (producers: Frank Filipetti, Ethan Popp; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Motown / UMe)
Various artists “Vans Warped Tour: 2013 Tour Compilation” (two CDs, 50 songs; MP3) (SideOneDummy)
Stéphane Vera “Different Shapes + Sizes (Square the Circle) [MP3]” (16-song collection of hi-tech space-jazz funk; Hear here) (nice+smooth ultramedia, June 3)
We Are the City (British Columbia-based progressive rock trio) “Violent” (first single: “Baptism”; producer: Tom Dobrzanski; Hear here) (Hidden Pony)
Gretchen Wilson “Under the Covers” (covers of 1970s classic-rock hits; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Redneck)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Amazing Rhythm Aces “Stacked Deck / Too Stuffed to Jump” (1975, 1976 albums on one CD; includes their Top 20 hit “Third Rate Romance”; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Audio Adrenaline “Big House to Ocean Floor” (16-song best-of; MP3) (ForeFront)
Pat Boone “Friendly Persuasion: His Greatest Hits” (two CDs, 50 songs) (Dynamic)
Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys “Albion Doo-Wah” (1970 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Deep Purple “Live In Copenhagen 1972” (two CDs, 13 songs) (Eagle Rock)
“Little” Jimmy Dickens “The Essential ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens [MP3]” (40 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Doobie Brothers “Live at Wolf Trap” (recorded on July 25, 2004, at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia; See here; Vinyl; DVD; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Vol. II [Hybrid SACD]” (1971 compilation; two discs; it’s among the label’s first batch of new Hybrid SACD releases in 10 years; Read here) (Audio Fidelity)
Duke Ellington “Duke Ellington Plays With the Original Motion Picture Score Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins [MP3]” (1964 album) (Rhino / Warner)
Lefty Frizzell “The Essential Lefty Frizzell [MP3]” (40 songs) (Columbia Nashville / Legacy)
Stephane Grappelli “Feeling + Finesse = Jazz [MP3]” (1962 album) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume 23: Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, 9/17/1972” (originally released in 2001) (Real Gone Music)
Johnny Horton “The Essential Johnny Horton [MP3]” (36 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Killing Joke “The Singles Collection 1979-2012” (three CDs, 42 tracks; Track list) (Spinefarm)
Albert King “Roadhouse Blues” (1991 album; remastered; MP3) (Fantasy)
Marcy Levy “Marcella [MP3]” (1982 album) (RDEG)
Henry Mancini “10: Original Soundtrack” (1979 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Glenn Medeiros “Glenn Medeiros” (1987 album; remastered) (Amherst)
Bill Monroe “The Essential Bill Monroe [MP3]” (40 songs) (RCA / Legacy)
Marty Paich “The Rock-Jazz Incident [MP3]” (1966 album) (Rhino / Warner)
Sly, Slick & Wicked (Cleveland R&B group) “Sho’ Nuff / Ready For You [MP3]” (1973 singles) (Polydor / UMe)
Kaye Starr “The Kay Starr Collection 1939-62” (Acrobat)
The Stranglers “The Old Testament: The U.A. Studio Recordings (1977-1982) [Box set]” (four CDs, plus a fifth bonus CD of rarities; Read here) (U.K. – EMI, June 3)
Surf Punks “Locals Only” (1982 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; MP3) (Real Gone Music)
The Temper Trap “The Temper Trap: Acoustic Sessions [MP3]” (2010 six-song EP; Hear here) (Glassnote / Columbia)
Pat Travers “Live At The Bamboo Room [CD/DVD]” (MP3) (Cleopatra)
The Turtles “It Ain’t Me Babe [180-gram vinyl]” (1965 album; remastered) (FloEdCo / Manifesto)
Various artists “In the Mood: Instrumental Gems From the Embassy Label” (Acrobat)
Various artists “The Old Grey Whistle Test: The Anthems” (three CDs, 59 songs, from artists featured on the 1970s-’80s BBC TV series; Track list) (U.K. – Rhino / Warner, June 3)
Various artists “Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Vol. 2” (23 songs; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, June 3)
Porter Wagoner “The Essential Porter Wagoner [MP3]” (40 songs) (RCA / Legacy)
Mason Williams “The Mason Williams Phonograph Record” (1968 album; remastered), “The Mason Williams Ear Show” (1968 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
The Woodentops “Before During After: Remasters Remixes & Rarities 1982-1992” (three CDs; Hear/read here) (U.K. – One Little Indian, June 3)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Destiny’s Child “Video Anthology [DVD]” (Legacy Recordings)
Alfred Hitchcock “Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection [Blu-ray]” (five discs, featuring “Psycho,” “Rear Window,” “North By Northwest,” “Vertigo” and “Birds”) (Universal)
Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman “Identity Thief [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray) (Universal)
One Direction “One Direction: Life On Stage [DVD]” (85-minute documentary film) (Intrinem Films)
Various artists “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Third Season [DVD]” (five discs) (Warner Home Video)
Hank Williams “The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams [DVD]” (2012 film, starring Henry Thomas and Jesse James; See here; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Frank Zappa “A Token of His Extreme [DVD]” (recorded on Aug. 27, 1974, at KCET in Hollywood; See here) (Zappa Family Trust / Eagle Rock)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
John Mellencamp, Stephen King, T Bone Burnett “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County [Hardcover]” (guests: Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis, Meg Ryan; CD; MP3) (Concord Music Group)

Next week: June 11