New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Black Lips “Underneath the Rainbow” (collaborators: Tommy Brenneck, Patrick Carney, Ed Rawls; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vice)
Jessi Colter “Live From Cain’s Ballroom” (her first live album was recorded Sept. 19, 2013, in Tulsa; guests: son Shooter Jennings, David Chernicky; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Black Country Rock)
Demon Hunter “Extremist” (producers: guitarist Jeremiah Scott, Aaron Sprinkle; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Solid State)
Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi All Stars) “Rock ‘n Roll Blues” (producer: Dickinson; first single: “Blood ‘n Guts”; Hear here; Read here; LP + MP3) (New West)
Riley Etheridge Jr. “The Straight and Narrow Way” (producer: Wendell Tilley; guests: Sara Watkins, Erica Falls, Johnny Neel, Dan Dugmore, Jim Keltner; Hear here; MP3) (Rock Ridge Music)
Foster the People “Supermodel” (producer: Paul Epworth; first single: “Coming of Age”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
Eliza Gilkyson “The Nocturne Diaries” (producers: Gilkyson and her son, Cisco Ryder; Hear hereMP3) (Red House)
Hauschka (German pianist-composer) “Abandoned City” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Engelbert Humperdinck “Engelbert Calling” (two-disc duets album, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Gene Simmons, Ron Sexsmith, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Smokey Robinson, etc.; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Conehead / Nova Distribution / Universal, March 17)
I Am the Avalanche (NYC rock quartet) “Wolverines” (producer: drummer Brett “The Ratt” Romnes; Hear/read here; MP3) (I Surrender Records)
Enrique Iglesias “Sex and Love” (producers: The Cataracs, Mark Taylor, Carlos Paucar, RedOne, Marty James, Rome, Metrophonic, etc.; guests: Kylie Minogue, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Marco Antonio Solis, Romeo Santos; Hear here; MP3) (Universal Republic)
Jonathan & Charlotte (“Britain’s Got Talent” finalists) “Perhaps Love” (released in the U.K. in October 2013; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Masterworks)
Jo Dee Messina “Me” (first single: “Peace Sign”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Dreambound / eOne Music)
George Michael “Symphonica” (his first album since 2004; producers: Michael, the late Phil Ramone; first single: “My Baby Just Cares for Me”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Island)
Ronnie Milsap “Summer Number Seventeen” (includes a reprise of “Lost in the Fifties Tonight [In the Still of the Night]”; Hear here; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Kylie Minogue “Kiss Me Once” (producers: Pharrell Williams, Greg Kurstin, Ariel Rechtshaid, MNEK; first single: “Into the Blue,” written by Ed Sheeran; Hear here; Read here; CD/DVD special edition contains two bonus tracks, “Mr. President” and “Sleeping With the Enemy” and video footage; MP3) (Warner / Parlophone)
John Oates “Good Road to Follow” (guests: Vince Gill, Ryan Tedder, Hot Chelle Rae, Bekka Bramlett, Wendy Moten, Jerry Douglas; first single: “Stone Cold Love”; Hear here; MP3) (PS Records / Elektra)
Perfect Pussy (Syracuse noise-punks) “Say Yes to Love” (first single: “Driver”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
The Pretty Reckless “Going to Hell” (first single: “Heaven Knows”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Dex Romweber Duo “Images 13” (first single: “Roll On”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bloodshot)
Ruby The RabbitFoot (Athens, Ga., singer Ruby Kendrick) “New As Dew” (producers: Kendrick, Nate Nelson; first single: “Ways”; Hear here; See here; LP + MP3) (Normaltown / New West)
Sisyphus (Serengeti, Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens) “Sisyphus” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Joyful Noise Recordings / Asthmatic Kitty)
Skrillex “Recess” (producers: Skrillex, Kill the Noise, KillaGraham, Alvin Risk, Mike Will Made It, Diplo; guests: Ragga Twins, Fatman Scoop, Alvin Risk, Chance the Rapper, etc.; new single: “Coast Is Clear”; Hear here; MP3) (OWSLA / Big Beat / Atlantic)
Taking Back Sunday “Happiness Is” (producers: Marc Jacob Hudson, Mike Sapone; first single: “Flicker, Fade”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Hopeless)
Paul Taylor “Tenacity” (producer: Dino Esposito; guests: Jeff Lorber, Jonathan Fritzen; Hear here; MP3) (Peak / eOne Music)
The War on Drugs (aka Adam Granduciel) “Lost in the Dream” (first single: “Red Eyes”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Secretly Canadian)
Various artists “Muppets Most Wanted [Film soundtrack]” (opens March 21; stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, with cameos by Diddy, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Ross Lynch, Usher, etc.; See here; MP3) (Disney)

More Releases for the Week of March 18, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Broken Gold (Austin, Texas-based band led by Riverboat Gamblers’ Ian MacDougall) “Residency at Hundo Beach [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here) (End Sounds)
Martin Lorentzson “Together [MP3]” (producer: Carl Granberg; guests: Pell Hillstrom, Jaime Salazar, Emmi Sandberg, Bebe Riesenfors, Fredrik NIlsson, Patrik Lorentzsonr, Mats Bengtssonerik; first single: “Together”; ReverbNation) (Bamalama Recordings, March 22)

“I wanted to develop as a songwriter and improve my skills through the help of others,” Lorentzson tells P&P. “I also wanted my songs to go places they usually don’t go. So I collaborated with people I’ve never met and worked with before and wrote eight new songs. I’m kind of proud of what we accomplished. Together.”

The Mouth of Ghosts (London-based trip-hop quintet) “You Will Go Again from Me EP [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here; See here) (The Mouth of Ghosts, March 16)
Ray Price (the Country Music Hall of Famer died in December 2013) “Beauty Is … [MP3]” (three-song EP, his final recordings; the full 12-song album is available at Walmart and Cracker Barrel stores; guest: Vince Gill; Read here) (Amerimonte LLC, March 16)
Ian Roberts “Come Outside and Play [MP3]” (four-song EP; producer: Tristan Ivemy; first single: “Sweetlove Butterfly”; P&P Feature; Hear here; See here; CD) (Our Little Label, March 17)

“Others are saying it’s fresh and new, that I have a unique sound but that my songs still sound familiar,” Roberts tells P&P. “Of course, it’s lovely to hear that, I just think that I write songs with melody, I write the kind of songs that I want to hear. It’s my debut EP so I have many dreams.”

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Butterfield Blues Band “East-West [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (1966 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Belinda Carlisle “The Collection [CD/DVD]” (contains a new song, “Goodbye Just Go”) (U.K. – DMG TV, March 17)
Eric Clapton “Behind the Sun [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (1985 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
The Everly Brothers “The Very Best of the Everly Brothers” (U.K. – Rhino, March 17)
The Exploited “The Massacre” (1990 album; remastered), “Beat the Bastards” (1990 album; remastered), “Fuck the System” (2003 album; remastered) (Nuclear Blast America)
Amy Grant “Time Again … Live” (recorded April 11-12, 2006, at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas; MP3) (Amy Grant / UMe)
Groove Armada “Northern Star: 15th Anniversary Edition” (1998 album; remastered, with a second CD of eight bonus tracks) (Tummy Touch)
Jim Messina “Messina” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1981 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
Esther Phillips “Baby I’m for Real! 4 Classic Albums 1971-1974” (two-CD set includes 1971’s “From a Whisper to a Scream,” 1972’s “Alone Again, Naturally,” 1973’s “Black-Eyed Blues” and 1974’s “Performance”; remastered; Read here) (Raven)
Poco “Ghost Town” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1982 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
Elvis Presley “Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis: Legacy Edition” (1974 album; remastered; contains all concert tracks not included on the original vinyl; a second disc contains a previously unreleased mono “test run” of the entire concert, recorded at Richmond Coliseum two days earlier on March 18, 1974; Read here; MP3) (RCA / Legacy)
Todd Rundgren “A Wizard, A True Star [180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl]” (1973 album; remastered; two LPs) (Friday Music)
Saxon “The Complete Studio Album Collection 1979-1988 [Box set]” (10 CDs) (Rhino)
The Stranglers “Feline” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1983 album; remastered), “Aural Sculpture” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1984 album; remastered), “Dreamtime” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1986 album; remastered), “All Live and All of the Night” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1988 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
Donna Summer “I Remember Yesterday” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1977 album; remastered), “She Works Hard for the Money” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1983 album; remastered) (Culture Factory USA)
UFO “The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986 [Box set]” (10 CDs) (Rhino)
Various artists “Step Inside My Soul: Rare ’70s and Modern Soul” (18 songs; Read here) (Cree)
The Velvet Underground “Live at the Boston Tea Party: December 12th 1968” (two CDs; Hear here) (Keyhole)
Barry White “Can’t Get Enough [Vinyl]” (1974 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)

More Releases for the Week of March 18, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
David Ruffin “My Whole World Ended [MP3]” (1969 album), “David Ruffin [MP3]” (1973 album) (Motown / UMe)
Village People “Cruisin’ [MP3]” (1978 album; includes “Y.M.C.A.”) (Mercury / UMe)


Artist: Title: Label/studio:
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, et al “American Hustle [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray + DVD) (Sony Pictures)
Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, et al “Frozen [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray + DVD) (Walt Disney)
Judy Collins “Judy Collins: Live In Ireland [DVD]” (See here; CD) (Cleopatra)
Idris Elba, Naomie Harris “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray) (Anchor Bay)
Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs “The Dukes of September [DVD]” (filmed in November 2012 and aired on PBS’ “Great Performances”; See here; Blu-ray) (429)
Stephen Hawking “A Brief History of Time (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1991 documentary, directed by Errol Morris, with music by Philip Glass; See here) (Criterion Collection)
Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks “Saving Mr. Banks [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray + DVD) (Walt Disney)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 18, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Alex Chilton “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man [Hardcover]” (author: Holly George-Warren; Kindle) (Viking Adult, March 20)
Kurt Cobain “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain [Hardcover]” (author: Charles R. Cross; Kindle) (It Books)
David Roberts “Rock Atlas USA: The Musical Landscape of America [Paperback]” (a guide to 650 music locations across the U.S.) (Clarksdale)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 18, 2014

Other music-related items

Brand: Title: Manufacturer:
Amazon Easter Gift Cards (Amazon)
ASUS Chromebox (Read here) (ASUS, March 18)
Audio-Technica Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL Professional Headphones (Read here) (Audio-Technica, March 19)
Fugoo Fugoo Sport Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Read here) (Fugoo, March 21)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Read here) (Samsung, March 20)

Next week: March 25, 2014

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