New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
Ages and Ages“Divisionary” (producer: Tony Lash; first single: “Divisionary [Do the Right Thing]”; Hear here; MP3)(Partisan)
Animals As Leaders (instrumental prog metal band)“The Joy of Motion” (producer: Misha Mansoor; Hear here; MP3)(Sumerian)
Asia“Gravitas” (Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3)(Frontiers)
The Bad Plus“The Rite of Spring” (the jazz group’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(OKeh)
Barzin“To Live Alone in That Long Summer” (producer: Nick Zubeck; first single: “Fake It ’til You Make It”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Monotreme)
The Baseball Project (feat. members of R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows, The Dream Syndicate, Zuzu’s Petals)“3rd” (Hear here; MP3)(Yep Roc)
The Belle Brigade“Just Because” (producers: The Belle Brigade, Shawn Everett; Hear here; MP3)(ATO)
Big Scary (Australian alt-pop duo)“Not Art” (producer: band member Tom Iansek; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Barsuk)
Boy George“This Is What I Do” (released on MP3 on Oct. 28, 2013; his first album of original material in 18 years; producer: Richie Stevens; guests: DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham, Ally McErlaine, MC Spee, Nizar Al Issa; first single: “King of Everything”; Hear here; See/read here; MP3)(‘Very Me’ Record Label / Kobalt Label Services)
Cage the Gods (British rock band)“Badlands” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(The End)
Erica Campbell (of Mary Mary)“Help” (guest: Lecrae; See here; Read here; MP3)(My Block Inc. / eOne Music)
Circa Zero (Andy Summers of The Police and Rob Giles of The Rescues)“Circus Hero” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(429)
Crash (vocalist Christopher Richard)“Hardly Criminal” (producer: Ed Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros lead guitarist Mark Noseworthy; first single: “Motion Animal”; Hear/read here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Community Music)
The Dandy Warhols“Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia: Live At The Wonder” (See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(The End)
Sarah Davidson (of TNT’s “Private Lives of Nashville Wives”)“Sarah Davidson” (first single: “Drink You Up”; Hear here; MP3)(Suretone)
Divided Heaven (aka Jeff Berman)“Youngblood” (producer: Charlie Stavish; first single: “Melissa Militia”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Say-10)
Will Downing“Euphoria” (guests: Gerald Albright, Najee, Wycliffe Gordon, Chops Horns, Noel Goring; Hear here; MP3)(Will Downing)
Nathan East (founding member of the jazz quartet Fourplay)“Nathan East” (Hear here; MP3)(Yamaha Entertainment Group)
Jillian Edwards (Nashville-based singer-songwriter)“Daydream” (producer: Joe Causey; Hear here; MP3)(My Little Gypsy)
Simone Felice“Strangers” (guests: The Felice Brothers, Leah Siegel, The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites; first single: “Molly-O”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Dualtone)
Future Islands (Baltimore synthpop band)“Singles” (producer: Chris Coady; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(4AD)
Glee Cast“Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes” (13 new songs, including covers of Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time,” plus the Glee cast original song “Loser Like Me”; Hear here)(Columbia)
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa“Live in Amsterdam” (recorded and filmed at Koninklijk Theater Carré; Hear/see here; DVD; Blu-ray)(J&R Adventures)
The Hold Steady“Teeth Dreams” (producer: Nick Raskulinecz; Hear here; MP3)(Washington Square / Razor & Tie)
Hopeless Youth (hard-rock quintet from Montreal)“Disgust” (Hear here; MP3)(Candlelight)
Howler (Minneapolis indie-rock band)“World of Joy” (first single: “Don’t Wanna”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Rough Trade)
Karmin (pop duo)“Pulses” (first single: “I Want It All”; Hear here; MP3)(Epic)
Liars“Mess” (first single: “Mess On a Mission”; Hear here; LP + CD; MP3)(Mute)
Barry Manilow“Night Songs” (his favorite standards from some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century but haven’t been over-performed; Hear here; MP3)(Stiletto Entertainment)
Memphis May Fire“Unconditional” (producers: Cameron Mizell, Kellen McGregor; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Rise)
Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes)“Pocketknife” (producer: Tim Anderson; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Harvest / Capitol)
Mount Carmel (Columbus, Ohio, blues-rock trio)“Get Pure” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Alive Naturalsound)
Jerrod Niemann“High Noon” (producers: Niemann, Jimmie Lee Sloas; guest: Colt Ford; first single: “Drink to That All Night”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Sea Gayle / Arista Nashville)
Owls“Two” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Polyvinyl)
Chuck Ragan“Till Midnight” (producer: Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon; first single: “Non Typical”; Hear here; MP3)(SideOneDummy)
Sage the Gemini“Remember Me” (Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3)(Empire Distribution / Republic)
Seahaven“Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only” (producer: Ben Brodin; first single: “Silhouette (Latin Skin)”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Run For Cover)
Shakira“Shakira.” (guests: Rihanna, Blake Shelton, Magic!; first single: “Can’t Remember to Forget You”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(RCA / Sony Latin Iberia)
Sleeper Agent“About Last Night” (first single: “Waves”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(RCA / Mom+Pop)
Tokyo Police Club“Forcefield” (producers: Doug Boehm, singer-bassist Dave Monks; first single: “Hot Tonight”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Mom+Pop)
Various artists“Rio 2 [Film soundtrack]” (animated sequel opens April 11, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, etc.; the soundtrack, produced by Sérgio Mendes and John Powell, features tracks by Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, Ester Dean, etc.; See here; MP3)(Atlantic)
Various artists“The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 2” (MP3)(Universal Republic)

More Releases for the Week of March 25, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label:
Antigone Rising“Whiskey & Wine Vol. I [MP3]” (“Volume 2” will be issued on Oct. 28; Hear here)(Rising Sun / Blackheart)
Bluffing (NYC duo)“Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom [MP3]” (10-song EP; Hear here)(PaperCup Music)
Kat Boelskov (Danish electro-acoustic pop artist)“Divided [MP3]” (five-song EP; producer: Boelskov; guests: David Hertz, Ida Exner, Jakob Hindhede; first single: “Movies”; Hear Vinyl)(Gateway Music, March 24)
Carbon Airways (French brother-and-sister duo)“Black Sun [MP3]” (seven-song EP; Hear here; See here)(Cherrytree)
Chimurenga Renaissance“riZe vadZimu riZe [MP3]” (guests: Palaceer Lazaro, Mall Saint, M1 of Dead Prez, THEESatisfaction; Hear here)(Brick Lane)
Anna Danes (jazz singer)“Longing [MP3]” (producer: Larry B. White; Hear here)(DLG Recordings)
Exit Vehicles (D.C. indie rock quartet)“EP [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Exit Vehicles, March 22)
Matthew Fowler (19-year-old Orlando-based singer)“Beginning [MP3]” (new single: “Beginners”; Hear here)(Matthew Fowler)
Yasmine Hamdan (jazz singer)“Ya Nass [MP3]” (Hear here)(Crammed Discs)
Jonathan Z (Chicago pianist-singer)“Through These Doors [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Jonathan Z)
Hiro Kone (NYC-based musician-artist Nicky Mao)“The Unmoved Mover [MP3]” (five-song EP; producers: Mao, Tim Dewit; new single: “Phantom”; Hear here)(Group Tightener)
Diamond La Shay“It’s Nothin [MP3]” (producer: Drumma Boy; guest: Wiz Khalifa; Hear here)(Table)
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray“Lean into the Wind [MP3]” (Hear here)(Seven Dead Arson)
Now, Now“Threads Remixed [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here)(Trans)
Olio (L.A. pop-funk trio)“Untitled [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(AD4)
James Supercave“The Afternoon [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here)(Hit City USA)
Trans (feat. Bernard Butler, Jackie McKeown, Paul Borchers and Igor Volk)“Trans Green [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here)(Rough Trade)
Uh Huh Her (L.A. electro-pop duo)“Future Souls [MP3]” (guests: Big Black Delta’s Jonathan Bates, Ché Pope; first single: “Innocence”; Hear here)(Plaid)
We Be Lions (Omaha funk-rock band)“Fingerprint [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(We Be Lions, March 22)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
Julie Andrews“Our Fair Lady: The Divine Julie Andrews” (two CDs, 40 songs)(Memory Lane)
Aztec Camera“High Land, Hard Rain” (1984 album; 30th anniversary deluxe edition, with 16 bonus tracks; remastered; Read here; LP + MP3)(Domino)
Keith Barrow“Physical Attraction (Expanded Edition)” (1978 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(FunkyTownGrooves USA)
Beyoncé“Beyoncé [CD/Blu-ray]” (2013 album; Blu-ray version has three bonus tracks)(Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia)
Boston“Feeling It in Cleveland: Live in Ohio 1976” (recorded at the Agora Ballroom on Sept. 27, 1976; Hear here)(U.K. – Parallel Lines, March 24)
Keni Burke (ex-Five Stairsteps member)“You’re the Best (Expanded Edition)” (1981 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks), “Changes (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks)(FunkyTownGrooves USA)
Eric Carmen“The Essential Eric Carmen” (two CDs, 30 songs; includes a new track, “Brand New Year”)(Arista / Legacy)
Johnny Cash“Out Among the Stars” (previously unreleased recordings with Billy Sherrill from the early 1980s; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
D’Angelo“Live At The Jazz Cafe, London” (recorded in Setpember 1995 during a U.K. promo tour; MP3)(Virgin)
Miles Davis“Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3” (four discs; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
Doris Day“The Essential Doris Day” (two CDs, 36 songs; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
The Dubliners“Dirty Old Town: The Best of The Dubliners” (two CDs, 35 songs; Vinyl)(Not Bad)
Bob Dylan“The Essential Bob Dylan” (two CDs, 32 songs; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
Earth, Wind & Fire“The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire” (two CDs, 35 songs; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
The First Edition“The First Edition / The First Edition’s 2nd” (1967, 1968 albums on one disc; remastered; MP3)(Friday Music)
Billy Griffin (former Miracles singer)“Be With Me (Expanded Edition)” (1978 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks), “Respect Me (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(FunkyTownGrooves USA)
Merle Haggard“Okie From Muskogee: 45th Anniversary Special Edition” (1969 album; remastered, with a second CD containing the 1970 live album “The Fightin’ Side of Me”; Read here; MP3)(Capitol Nashville / UMe)
Julio Iglesias“The Essential Julio Iglesias” (two CDs, 37 tracks; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
Elton John“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” (1973 album; remastered, with nine cover versions by other artists and a best-of “Live At Hammersmith 1973” CD; See here; Read here; Single CD; Vinyl, mastered by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab; Super Deluxe Edition, five-disc CD/DVD box set, including complete “Live At Hammersmith 1973”; Blu-ray Audio; MP3)(Island / UMe)
Lavender Country“Lavender Country” (1973 album; remastered; Hear/read here)(Paradise of Bachelors)
My Chemical Romance“May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001-2013)” (19-track collection includes the previously unreleased “Fake Your Death”; Deluxe edition, with armband; Vinyl, with armband)(Reprise)
Nine Inch Nails and Coil“Recoiled” (five-song remix EP, released posthumously after the deaths of the two original Coil members, Peter Christopherson and John Balance; Hear here; MP3)(Cold Spring)
Roy Orbison“Laminar Flow” (1979 album; remastered)(Friday Music)
Pantera“Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)” (1994 album; remastered, with a second CD featuring live performance from the 1994 Monsters of Rock Festival; MP3)(Rhino)
Sade“The Essential Sade” (two CDs, 29 tracks)(Epic / Legacy)
Rod Stewart“Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night [Box set]” (four CDs, 58 previously unreleased tracks; Read here; MP3)(Rhino / Warner)
The Tymes“Tymes Up: Expanded Edition” (1976 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks)(U.K. – Soulmusic, March 24)
The Who“Tommy (Deluxe Vinyl Edition)” (1969 album; remastered; two LPs)(Geffen / UMe)

More Releases for the Week of March 25, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label:
AFI“AFI [MP3]” (2004 compilation)(Nitro)
Chuck Berry“One Dozen Berrys [MP3]” (1958 album), “New Juke Box Hits [MP3]” (1961 album), “Chuck Berry Twist [MP3]” (1962 album), “Chuck Berry On Stage [MP3]” (1963 album), “Bo Diddley/Chuck Berry: Two Great Guitars [MP3]” (1964 album), “Chuck Berry in London [MP3]” (1965 album), “Fresh Berry’s [MP3]” (1965 album), “Live At Fillmore Auditorium [MP3]” (1967 album), “Back Home [MP3]” (1970 album), “San Francisco Dues [MP3]” (1971 album), “Bio [MP3]” (1973 album), “Chuck Berry [MP3]” (1975 album)(Geffen / UMe)
The Call“Into the Woods [MP3]” (1987 album)(Rhino / Elektra)
Johnny Cash“Classic Albums Collection [MP3]” (10 complete albums)(Columbia / Legacy)
Maya Jane Coles (British-Japanese producer/DJ)“Comfort (Deluxe Edition) [MP3]” (2013 album; with five bonus tracks; Read here)(I/AM/ME)
Dru Hill“Hits [MP3]” (2005 compilation; 17 songs)(Def Soul / UMe)
The Kinks“The Kinks’ Greatest: Celluloid Heroes [MP3]” (1976 compilation), “Come Dancing With the Kinks (The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986) [MP3]” (1986 compilation; 18 songs)(Legacy Recordings)
Love“The Best of Love [MP3]” (2003 compilation; 23 songs)(Rhino / Elektra)
Lulu“The Atco Sessions 1969-72 [MP3]” (39 songs)(Rhino / Atlantic)
Jody Miller“Complete Epic Hits [MP3]” (25 songs)(Epic / Legacy)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 RiffTrax Guys“RiffTrax Sings! More Songs from the Guys of Mystery Science Theater 3000 [MP3]”(RiffTrax)
Lou Reed“The Sire Years: The Solo Collection [MP3]” (89 songs)(Rhino / Warner)
Simply Red“Song Book 1985-2010 [MP3]” (61 songs)(Rhino)
Tears For Fears“Mad World: The Collection [MP3]” (2010 U.K. compilation; 35 songs)(Spectrum Music / UMe)
Various artists“Beverly Hills Cop II [MP3]” (1987 soundtrack album)(Geffen / UMe)
War“Galaxy [MP3]” (1977 album)(Avenue / UMe)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist:Title:Label/studio:
Lucille Ball“Here’s Lucy: The Complete Series [DVD]” (24 discs, with bonus material; Read here)(MPI Home Video)
Jane Birkin, Irene Handl, Jack MacGowran, et al“Wonderwall [DVD]” (1968 film; music by George Harrison; Read/see here; Blu-ray)(Shout! Factory)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, et al“The Wolf of Wall Street [DVD]” (2013 film; See here; Blu-ray + DVD)(Paramount)
Mick Jagger“Performance [Blu-ray]” (1970 British crime drama film; See here)(Warner Archive Collection)
Joni Mitchell“Woman of Heart & Mind + Painting With Words and Music [SD Blu-ray]” (two discs; documentary and 1998 concert film; See here)(Eagle Rock)
Jason Patric, Keifer Sutherland, Corey Haim, et al“The Lost Boys [Blu-ray]” (1987 film; See here)(Warner Home Video)
Lou Reed“Classic Albums: Transformer & Live At Montreux 2000 [SD Blu-ray]” (two discs; See here)(Eagle Rock)
Various artists“Great Pianists of the 20th Century [SD Blu-ray]” (more than 15 hours of footage from 1950-1978, featuring performances by Glenn Gould, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Georges Cziffra, Wilhelm Kempff, Byron Janis, Alfred Brendel, etc.; Read here)(EuroArts)
Various artists“A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen [DVD]” (hosted by Jon Stewart on Feb. 8, 2013, featuring Alabama Shakes, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Sting, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, John Legend, etc.; See here; Read here; Blu-ray)(Columbia)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 25, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Kate Bush“HomeGround: The Kate Bush Magazine, Anthology One 1982-2012 – Wuthering Heights to The Sensual World [Paperback]” (editors: Krystyna Fitzgerald-Morris, et al; Read here)(Crescent Moon Publishing)
Ian Curtis & Joy Division“Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division [Paperback]” (author: Deborah Curtis)(Faber & Faber)
Gang of Four“33 1/3: Gang of Four’s Entertainment! [Paperback]” (author: Kevin J.H. Dettmar)(Bloomsbury Academic, March 27)
Nelson George“The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(William Morrow)
Nirvana“Nirvana FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important Band of the 1990s [Paperback]” (author: John D. Luerssen)(Backbeat Books, March 26)
Roland Orzabal (of Tears For Fears)“Sex, Drugs & Opera: There’s Life After Rock ‘n’ Roll [Kindle]” (Read here)(Acorn Digital Press, March 26)
Pantera“Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera [Paperback]” (author: Rex Brown)(Da Capo Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 25, 2014

Next week: April 1, 2014

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