New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Agalloch (Portland, Ore., metal band) “The Serpent & The Sphere” (producer: Billy Anderson; guest: Musk Ox’s Nathanaël Larochette; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Profound Lore)
Tori Amos “Unrepentant Geraldines” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Mercury Classics / Universal Music Classics)
Joseph Arthur “Lou” (a tribute to his friend, the late Lou Reed; producer: Arthur; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Vanguard)
The Black Keys “Turn Blue” (their first album since 2011’s “El Camino”; first single: “Fever”; Hear here; Vinyl; LP + “Live at the Crystal Ballroom” DVD; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Blondie “Blondie 4(0)-Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download” (three discs; new studio album, produced by Jeff Saltzman, packaged with re-recordings of their past hits; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Noble ID LLC)
Chromeo “White Women” (guests: Solange, Toro Y Moi, Ezra Koenig; Hear here; MP3) (Big Beat / Atlantic, May 12)
Crobot (Central Pennsylvania band) “Crobot” (producer: Machine; first single: “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Wind-up)
Kris Delmhorst “Blood Test” (producers: Delmhorst, Anders Parker; guests: Konrad Meissner, Mark Spencer; first single: “Blood Test”; Hear here; MP3) (Signature Sounds)
Alexandre Desplat “Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Gareth Edwards-directed movie opens May 16; See here; MP3) (WaterTower Music)
Down “Down IV – Part Two” (six-song EP; producers: Michael Thompson, Philip H. Anselmo, Down; Hear here; LP + CD; MP3) (Down / ADA)
Radney Foster “Everything I Should Have Said” (his first solo album of new material in five years; producers: Foster, Justin Tocket; Hear here; MP3) (Devil’s River / Think Indie)
Front Line Assembly “Echoes” (remixes of songs from 2013’s “Echogenetic” by the likes of Youth Code, tweaker, Rhys Fulber, HECQ, etc.; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with four bonus tracks) (Metropolis)
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band “Life in the Bubble” (includes a version of the “Get Smart” theme song; guest: Judith Hill; Hear here; MP3) (Telarc / Concord)
Guided By Voices “Cool Planet” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Guided By Voices)
Incognito “Amplified Soul” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Michael Jackson “XSCAPE” (eight newly unearthed recordings; producers: Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, John McClain; first single: “Love Never Felt So Good”; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Epic)
Kishi Bashi (multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter K. Ishibashi) “Lighght” (first single: “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Little Dragon “Nabuma Rubberband” (first single: “Klapp Klapp”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Loma Vista Recordings)
Major Lazer “Apocalypse Soon” (five-song EP; guests: Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Machel Montano, RDX, Moska, Mr. Fox; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Secretly Canadian / Mad Decent)
Dave Mason “Future’s Past” (first single: “How Do I Get To Heaven”; Hear here; P&P Interview; Read here; Vinyl) (Something Music / MRI)
John Mayall “A Special Life” (his first studio album in five years; producer: Mayall; guest: C.J. Chenier; Hear here; MP3) (Forty Below / MRI)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes “Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!” (covers of “diva” songs by the likes of Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, etc.; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fat Wreck Chords)
Mirah “Changing Light” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Absolute Magnitude Recordings / K)
Mushroomhead “The Righteous & The Butterfly” (includes an industrial-metal cover of Adele’s “Rumour Has It”; producers: Mushroomhead, Bill Korecky; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Megaforce)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “Days of Abandon” (producer: Andy Savours; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yebo Music LLC)
Lee Scratch Perry “Back on the Controls” (producers: Perry, Daniel Boyle; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Upsetter)
Dolly Parton “Blue Smoke” (guests: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Dolly / Sony Masterworks)
Prong “Ruining Lives” (producer: Tommy Victor; Hear here; Read here; also available with a bonus track and poster; MP3) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Rascal Flatts “Rewind” (producers: Rascal Flatts, Howard Benson, Dann Huff; first single: “Rewind”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Big Machine)
Michael W. Smith “Sovereign” (guest: Kari Jobe; first single: “You Won’t Let Go”; Hear here; See here; Deluxe edition; Vinyl; MP3) (Capitol)
Neville Staple (of The Specials) “Ska Crazy!” (guests: Prince Buster, Max Romeo, The Slickers; first single: “Roadblock”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Candi Staton “Life Happens” (opening track “I Ain’t Easy to Love” features John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Jason Isbell; producer: Rick Hall; Hear here; MP3) (Beracah / MRI)
Sylvan Esso “Sylvan Esso” (first single: “Coffee”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
Thine (U.K. dark rock/prog quintet) “The Dead City Blueprint” (first single: “To the Precipice”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Peaceville)
Tom the Lion “Sleep” (first single: “Sleep”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Verve)
Various artists “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (stars Jessie Mueller as King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ghostlight / Razor & Tie)
Various artists “I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson” (a two-CD, 23-song tribute to the film director; contributors: Matt Pond, Telekinesis, Juliana Hatfield, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Freelance Whales, etc.; MP3) (American Laundromat)
Various artists “One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album” (two discs; first single: “We Are One (Ole Ola),” Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Various artists “Orange Is the New Black: Music From the Original Series” (Vinyl; MP3; see related DVD/Blu-ray below) (UMe)
Weatherbox “Flies in All Directions” (first single: “Bring Us the Head of Weatherbox”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Triple Crown / Favorite Gentlemen)
Levi Weaver “Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me” (producer: Aaron Dethrage; guests: Rachael Yamagata, Carina Round; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rock Ridge Music)

More Releases for the Week of May 13, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Hannah Aldridge (native of Muscle Shoals) “Razor Wire [MP3]” (producer: Chris Mara; guests: Jason Isbell’s The 400 Unit; Hear here) (Trodden Black Entertainment)
Jackie Allen “My Favorite Color [MP3]” (the jazz singer’s first album since 2006; features two originals and eight standards reaching from the 1930s into the ’70s; Hear here) (Avant Bass)
The Blue Angel Lounge “A Sea of Trees [MP3]” (producers: Fabien Leseure, The Blue Angel Lounge; Hear here; See here) (A Recordings)
Boytoy (Brooklyn-based trio) “Boytoy [MP3]” (seven-song EP; new single: “Runner”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
The Civil Wars “Live At Eddie’s Attic [MP3]” (Hear here) (Sensibility Recordings / Columbia)
The fundaMentals “Full ‘Mental Jacket [MP3]” (producers: The fundaMentals, Jimmy Hoy; first single: “She’s Dangerous”; Hear here) (Porch Harlot, May 15)
Dylan Gardner (17-year-old singer-songwriter) “Adventures in Real Time [MP3]” (producers: Gardner, John Dragonetti; first single; “Let’s Get Started”; Hear here; See here) (Bingo Masters)
Collin Herring “Some Knives [MP3]” (Hear here) (Collin Herring)
Kenny McGeorge featuring Jo Ann McGeorge “Love’s Embrace [MP3]” (producer: Steve Haggard; first single: “Always Believe”; ReverbNation) (Wild Oats)
Breann McGregor (Encino, Calif.-based pop/dance singer) “Dolly Wishes [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Breann McGregor, May 11)
Only Crime (melodic hardcore quintet) “Pursuance [MP3]” (first single: “”Life Was Fair”; See here) (Rise)
Tribal Seeds “Representing [MP3]” (the reggae band’s first full-length album in five years; guests: Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, etc.; Hear here) (Tribal Seeds Music)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Wayne Cochran “Goin’ Back To Miami: The Soul Sides 1965-1970” (two CDs, 38 songs; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
The Deadbeats “On Tar Beach” (1985 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
Deep Purple “The Many Faces of Deep Purple” (three discs; Read here) (Music Brokers)
Dio “Live in London Hammersmith Apollo 1993” (two discs; See here; MP3; DVD; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Vince Guaraldi Trio “Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (50th Anniversary) [Vinyl]” (1964 album, enhanced with 24-bit remastering by engineer Joe Tarantino; it was the soundtrack to a 60-minute documentary about Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz that never aired; Hear here; Read here), “A Boy Named Charlie Brown: The Original Sound Track Recording” (1969 album; remastered) (Fantasy / Concord)
Jefferson Airplane “Live at the Fillmore: November 25th 1966” (Keyhole)
Wilko Johnson “The Best of Wilko Johnson” (two discs, 25 songs; Vinyl; MP3) (Cadiz Recording Co.)
The Walter Murphy Band “A Fifth of Beethoven: Expanded Edition” (1976 album; remastered, with a bonus extended version of the title track) (U.K. – Hot Shot / BBR, May 12)
Oliver Nelson “Swiss Suite” (1971 album; remastered; Hear/read here; MP3) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
Pink Floyd “Delicate Sound of Thunder” (1988 live album; remastered; two discs) (Rhino / Parlophone)
Lonnie Liston Smith “Cosmic Funk” (1974 album; remastered; Hear/read here; MP3) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
Leon Thomas “Blues and the Soulful Truth” (1973 album; remastered; Hear/read here; MP3) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
The Troggs “Wild Thing: The Very Best of The Troggs” (20 tracks; includes hits, B-sides, album tracks and their 1992 collaboration with R.E.M.) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / Universal, May 12)
Dave Van Ronk “Live in Monterey” (previously unreleased recordings from 1998, cut at Carleton Hall; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Various artists “Bowie Heard Them Here First” (a collection of 24 songs by other artists that David Bowie chose to record; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, May 12)
Various artists “Doré: L.A. Soul Sides” (24 songs; Hear/read here; MP3) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, May 12)
Bobby Vee “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes: The Albums 1961-1962” (two-CD, 47-song set features his first four albums; Hear here) (Jasmine Music, May 16)
Jerry Jeff Walker “Mr. Bojangles / Five Years Gone / Bein’ Free” (1968, 1969 and 1970 albums on two CDs, with two bonus tracks; remastered; Read here) (Raven)
The Who “Live: Camden NJ 7/27/02” (two CDs, 20 songs), “Live: Columbus OH 8/28/02” (two CDs, 20 songs), “Live: Dallas TX 9/21/02” (two CDs, 21 songs), “Live: Denver CO 9/19/02” (two CDs, 21 songs), “Live: Detroit MI 8/23/01” (two CDs, 21 songs), “Live: Homdel NJ 8/30/02” (two CDs), “Live: Irvine CA 9/15/02” (two CDs), “Live: Los Angeles CA 9/17/02” (two CDs), “Live: St Paul MN 9/24/02” (two CDs) (Encore Series)

More Releases for the Week of May 13, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Archie Bell & The Drells “I Can’t Stop Dancing [MP3]” (1968 album) (Rhino / Atlantic, May 12)
Wynonie Harris “The Wynonie Harris Collection 1944-47 [MP3]” (44 songs; CD) (Acrobat)
Brenda Lee “The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs 1956-62 [MP3]” (44 songs; CD) (Acrobat)
Ramsey Lewis “The Essential Ramsey Lewis: The Columbia Years [MP3]” (30 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Mills Brothers “The Mills Brothers Collection 1931-52 [MP3]” (54 songs; CD) (Fabulous / Acrobat)
Wayne Shorter “The Essential Wayne Shorter: The Columbia Years [MP3]” (25 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons “The Definitive Pop Collection [MP3]” (2006 compilation; 30 songs) (Rhino)
Joe Zawinul “The Essential Joe Zawinul: The Columbia Years [MP3]” (26 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/studio:
Björk “When Björk Met Attenborough [Blu-ray]” (a Channel 4 documentary in which the Icelandic singer and broadcaster/naturalist Sir David Attenborough discuss the relationship between humans and music; Hear here; Read here) (One Little Indian)
The Dave Clark Five “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over [DVD]” (“Great Performances” special airs on PBS on April 8; See here; Read here; Blu-ray) (PBS)
Barry Manilow “Manilow Live From Paris Las Vegas [DVD]” (See here) (Stiletto Entertainment)
Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, et al “Her [DVD]” (2013 film; Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay by Spike Jonze; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michelle Hurst, et al “Orange Is the New Black: Season One [DVD]” (theme song by Regina Spektor; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of May 13, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
Bob Dylan “The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob [Hardcover]” (author: David Kinney; Kindle) (Simon & Schuster)
Michael Ochs “1000 Record Covers [Hardcover]” (Read here) (Taschen, May 15)
The Rolling Stones “Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile [Hardcover]” (author: Robert Greenfield; Kindle) (Da Capo Press)

More Book Releases for the Week of May 13, 2014

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