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This Week’s Releases: March 11, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” (producers: Pharrell, DJ Khalil, etc.; first single: “The Man”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Interscope)
Paul Carrack “Rain or Shine” (his 16th solo album, released in the U.K. in late November 2013, features five new songs and five covers; Hear here; MP3) (Carrack UK / Proper)
Cowboy Troy “King of Clubs” (producers: John Rich, Charlie Pennachio, Tripp “Sinister” Tribbett; guests: Big & Rich, Bubba Sparxxx, Sinister, Big Smo, Moonshine Bandits, etc.; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Warner Music Nashville)
Elbow “The Take Off and Landing of Everything” (producer: Craig Potter; first single: “New York Morning”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Concord / Fiction)
Sara Evans “Slow Me Down” (producer: Mark Bright; guests: Vince Gill, Gavin DeGraw, Isaac Slade; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (RCA Nashville)
The Falls (Australian duo) “Into the Fire” (five-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Verve)
Jenny Franck “Beautiful Lies” (producer: Jaben Pennell; guest: Michael James, creator of IndieProMix; first single: “Black Crows”; Hear here) (Dark Star)

“I am so proud of the depth this entire album carries,” Franck tells P&P. “As it began coming together, the goal was to stay focused on the meaning. Because of that, the album became a collaborative effort of creative ideas and emotions.”

Ellie Holcomb “As Sure As the Sun” (Hear here; MP3) (Full Heart Music)
Juanes “Loco De Amor” (producer: Steve Lillywhite; first single: “La Luz”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Universal Latino)
KXM (George Lynch, KoRn’s Ray Luzier and King’s X’s dUg Pinnick) “KXM” (with two bonus tracks; producer: Chris Collier; first single: “Rescue Me”; Hear here; Read here) (Rat Pak)
Laibach “Spectre” (the Slovenian avant-garde group’s first studio album since 2006; Hear here; MP3) (Mute)
Ledisi “The Truth” (producers: Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, Ledisi Young; first single: “I Blame You”; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Verve Forecast)
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell “Live” (two discs; Hear here) (Rounder)
Metronomy (English electronic music quartet) “Love Letters” (first single: “I’m Aquarius”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Because Music / Elektra)
MØ (Danish electro pop artist Karen Marie Orsted) “No Mythologies to Follow” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Chess Club / RCA)
Ozomatli “Place in the Sun” (producer: Robert Carranza; guests: Dave Stewart, Xandy Barry of WAX Ltd, Voces Del Rancho; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Vanguard)
Paloma Faith “A Perfect Contradiction” (producers: Pharrell Williams, Plan B, Joss Stone, Raphael Saadiq, Stuart Matthewman; first single: “Can’t Rely On You”; Hear here; See here) (U.K. – RCA, March 10)
September Girls (Irish noise-pop quintet) “Cursing the Sea” (Hear here) (Fortuna Pop)
Tensnake (German DJ and producer Marco Niemerski) “Glow” (collaborators: Nile Rodgers, Jacques Lu Cont aka Stuart Price, Jamie Lidell, MNEK, Fiora, etc.; new single: “Love Sublime”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Astralwerks)
311 “Stereolithic” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (311)
Dean Wareham (of Galaxie 500 and Luna) “Dean Wareham” (producer: Jim James; Hear here; MP3) (Double Feature)
Don Williams “Reflections” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sugar Hill)
Young Money “Rise of an Empire” (guests: Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Shanell, Lil Twist, Christina Milian, Birdman, Weezy, Euro; first single: “We Alright”; Hear here; MP3) (Cash Money / Motown)

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New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Black Submarine (features two former members of The Verve) “New Shores [MP3]” (Hear here) (Black Submarine)
The Glass Jars (Birmingham, Ala., indie folk-rock band) “The Evolution of Containment [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (The Glass Jars, March 9)
Joan As Police Woman (singer-songwriter Joan Wasser) “The Classic [MP3]” (Hear here; See here; CD) ([PIAS] America)
Lesedi Lo-Fi (L.A. indie singer-songwriter) “Street Faces [MP3]” (ReverbNation; See here) (Lesedi Lo-Fi)
Saint Legion (Costa Rican hard-rock band) “Saint Legion [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Saint Legion)
The Sons (Derbyshire, England-based pop-rock band) “Heading Into Land [MP3]” (producers: The Sons, Rich Collins, Rob Newman; guest: Louise Croft; first single: “Death Love Money”; Hear here; See here) (Cannon Fodder Recordings, March 10)
“Over a year ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign; we failed, it was heartbreaking,” multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Steven Herron tells P&P. “So we decided to do it ourselves; we launched our own crowdfunding platform and ended up making more money than we would’ve done with Kickstarter. In short, it was amazing, and so through the generosity of our fans we were able to record 25 songs, mix and master the best 12 and press a load of CDs. This is our third studio album, it is the best thing we’ve ever done, it only exists due to the generosity of our fans. if you like pop, indie pop, AAA, etc, you’ll like this.”

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Allman Brothers Band “ICON 2” (best-of) (Geffen / UMe)
Louis Armstrong “ICON” (best-of) (Universal / UMe)
The Bonniwell Music Machine “The Bonniwell Music Machine” (1968 album of rarities and outtakes from the original Music Machine of “Talk Talk” fame; includes a second CD of bonus material; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Big Beat / Ace, March 10)
David Bowie “Rebel Rebel [Vinyl]” (40th anniversary limited edition 7-inch picture disc) (Parlophone)
The Ray Brown Trio featuring Gene Harris “Soular Energy [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (1985 album; remastered; Read here) (Analogue Productions)
Johnny Cash “ICON 2” (best-of) (Mercury / UMe)
Chicago “Live in in Japan” (two CDs; 1975 album, recorded in Osaka in 1972; remastered) (Rhino)
Dr. Hook “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Ella Fitzgerald “ICON” (best-of) (Verve / UMe)
The J. Geils Band “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Lesley Gore “Girl Talk” (1964 album; remastered, with 13 bonus tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, March 10)
Merle Haggard “ICON” (two CDs) (Capitol Nashville / UMe)
Lena Horne “Lena on the Blue Side” (1962 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks; Read here) (Sepia Recordings)
Kansas “Kansas [Vinyl]” (1974 album; remastered), “Song For America [Vinyl]” (1975 album; remastered), “Masque [Vinyl]” (1975 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Patti LaBelle “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Chris LeDoux “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Little River Band “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Elvis Presley “Elvis Is Back! Legacy Edition” (1960 album; remastered, with a second disc containing 1961’s “Something For Everybody,” plus 12 bonus tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Public Enemy “ICON” (best-of) (Def Jam / UMe)
Eddie Rabbitt “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Kenny Rogers “ICON 2” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Gil Scott-Heron “Pieces of a Man” (1971 album, including “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (BGP / City Hall)
Various artists “Lou Adler: A Musical History” (25 tracks, featuring Adler-produced songs by Sam Cooke, The Mamas & The Papas, Carole King, The Everly Brothers, Merry Clayton, Spirit, etc.; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, March 10)
Various artists “ICON: The Best of Blue Note” (two CDs), “ICON: Classic Rock,” “ICON: Country,” “ICON: ’90s Hits” (UMG)
Hank Williams Sr. “ICON 2” (best-of) (Mercury / UMe)
Trisha Yearwood “ICON” (two CDs) (MCA Nashville / UMe)

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Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Count Basie “The Essential Count Basie [MP3]” (48 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Sidney Becht “The Essential Sidney Becht [MP3]” (48 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Big Daddy Weave “Love Come To Life: The Redeemed Edition [MP3]” (2012 album; with five bonus tracks) (Fervent / Word)
Capital Cities “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery (Deluxe) [MP3]” (2013 album; with five bonus tracks) (Lazy Hooks / Capitol)
Cody ChesnuTT “Landing On a Hundred: B-Sides and Remixes [MP3]” (2012 album; featuring Gary Clark Jr. and Questlove; Hear here) (Vibration Vineyard)
Charlie Christian “The Essential Charlie Christian [MP3]” (39 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem “Hearty and Hellish! A Live Nightclub Performance [MP3]” (1962 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Miles Davis “Classic Albums Collection [MP3]” (includes 10 complete albums) (Columbia / Legacy)
Deep Purple “Slaves and Masters [MP3]” (1990 album; with two bonus tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
William DeVaughn “Be Thankful For What You Got [MP3]” (1974 album) (Rhino)
The Escape Club “White Fields [MP3]” (1986 album; remastered, with seven bonus tracks) (The Escape Club, March 10)
Grateful Dead “Complete Road Trips [MP3]” (17 albums worth of live material from the 1970s-1990s) (Grateful Dead / Rhino)
Lionel Hampton “The Essential Lionel Hampton [MP3]” (50 songs) (RCA / Legacy)
Woody Herman “The Essential Woody Herman [MP3]” (50 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Kraftwerk “Computer World [MP3]” (1981 album), “Techno Pop [MP3]” (1987 album), “The Mix [MP3]” (1991 compilation) (Rhino / Elektra)
Mark Lindsay “Silver Bird [MP3]” (1970 album), “You’ve Got a Friend [MP3]” (1971 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Dean Martin “Dino Latino [MP3]” (1962 album) (Dean Martin / Legacy)
Ben Selvin & His Orchestra “Cheerful Little Earful (Authentic Recordings 1929-1930) [MP3]” (16 tracks) (HotJazz)
Simply Red “Picture Book [MP3]” (1985 album; contains “Holding Back the Years” and “Money’s Too Tight [To Mention]”) (Rhino / Elektra)
10cc “Clever Clogs: 10cc Live in Concert [MP3]” (17 songs, recorded at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, in March 2007; featuring original members Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley with top musicians Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess; See here; CD) (Wienerworld)
The Youngbloods “The Youngbloods [MP3]” (1967 album; includes “Get Together”), “Earth Music [MP3]” (1967 album) (RCA / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/studio:
James Dean “Rebel Without a Cause [Blu-ray]” (1955 film; See here), “East of Eden [Blu-ray]” (1955 film; See here), “Giant [Blu-ray]” (1956 film; See here) (Warner Home Video)
Emmylou Harris “Hour of Gold: Live in Germany 2000 [DVD]” (Hudson Street / Allegro)
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, et al “Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Wilko Johnson (former Dr Feelgood guitarist was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year) “Live At Koko: Camden Town, London, March 2013 [DVD]” (See here) (Cadiz Music)
James Taylor “Sweet Baby James Live [DVD]” (Hudson Street / Allegro)
The Who “Sensation: The Story of The Who’s Tommy [DVD]” (BBC Four documentary featuring interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey; See here; Read here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 11, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
ABBA “ABBA: The Official Photo Book [Hardcover]” (authors: Jan Gradvall, Petter Karlsson) (Bokforlaget Max Strom, March 10)
Brian Epstein “In My Life: The Brian Epstein Story [Kindle]” (author: Debbie Geller) (Thomas Dunne Books)
Lee Friedlander “Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Culture [Hardcover]” (Yale University Art Gallery)
Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive [Kindle]” (St. Martin’s Press)
Paul McCartney “LIFE Paul McCartney [Hardcover]” (includes rarely seen photography and commentary by Harry Benson) (LIFE)
Patrick Pfeiffer “Bass Guitar For Dummies [Paperback]” (Kindle) (For Dummies, March 10)
Huey “Piano” Smith “Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues [Kindle]” (author: John Wirt) (LSU Press, March 10)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 11, 2014

Next week: March 18, 2014

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