New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Airbourne (Australian metal band) “Black Dog Barking” (producer: Brian Howes; Hear here; MP3) (Roadrunner)
Alpine (Australian sextet) “A Is For Alphine” (producer: Dann Hume; first single: “Hands”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Votiv)
The Beach Boys “The Beach Boys Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour” (two CDs, 41 songs; recorded during their 2012 reunion tour; MP3) (Capitol / UMe)
Randall Bramblett “Bright Spots” (Hear here; Read here; MP3) (New West)
The Brand New Heavies (new vocalist: Dawn Joseph) “Forward” (their first album since 2006; first single: “Sunlight”; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes “Baby Caught the Bus” (released in the group’s native Australia in 2012; Hear here) (Vanguard)
Burning Rain (Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich’s original band) “Epic Obsession” (with two bonus tracks; Hear here; see related reissues below; MP3) (Frontiers)
Jamie Cullum “Momentum” (producers: Jim Abbiss, Dan The Automator; guests: Roots Manuva; first single: “Everything You Didn’t Do”; Hear here) (U.K. – Island, May 20)
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” (their first album since 2005; guests: Pharrell Williams, Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, Panda Bear; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Daft Punk / Columbia)
Flash “Flash Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter” (British prog rock legends’ first album in 40 years; Carter was an original member of Yes; Hear here; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Bob James & David Sanborn “Quartette Humaine” (with James Genus and Steve Gadd; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Okeh / Sony Masterworks)
Angie Johnson (contestant on Team Cee Lo on season two of “The Voice”) “Sing For You” (four-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Music Nashville)
Emma Louise “vs. Head vs. Heart” (producer: Matt Redlich; Hear here; MP3) (Frenchkiss)
Majical Cloudz “Impersonator” (first single: “Bugs Don’t Buzz”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)
Audra McDonald “Go Back Home” (the singer-actress’ first solo album in seven years; producer: Doug Petty; Hear/read here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Pat Metheny “Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20” (Read here; MP3) (Nonesuch / Tzadik)
French Montana (rapper) “Excuse My French” (guests: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Lion, Scarface, Ne-Yo, Raekwon, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Birdman, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Diddy, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Maybach Music Group / Interscope)
Willy Moon (indie-pop singer from New Zealand) “Here’s Willy Moon” (producer: Pulp’s Steve Mackey; Hear here) (Interscope)
The National “Trouble Will Find Me” (Hear here; LP + MP3) (4AD)
New Politics (Brooklyn-based rock trio) “A Bad Girl in Harlem” (first single: “Harlem”; Hear here; See here; LP + MP3) (RCA)
Open Air Stereo (Laguna Beach, Calif., rock-pop quartet) “Primates” (producers: Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, Peter Stengaard; first single: “Stuck On You”; Hear here; MP3) (Goomba Music)
Radiation City “Animals in the Median” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Tender Loving Empire)
Radical Dads “Rapid Reality” (Hear here) (Uninhabitable Mansions)
Don Rigsby “Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley” (guests: Stanley and former Clinch Mountain Boys Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore, Steve Sparkman; first single: “The Mountain Doctor”; Hear here; MP3) (Rebel)
Darius Rucker “True Believers” (guests: Sheryl Crow, Mallary Hope; first single: “True Believers”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Capitol Nashville)
Thirty Seconds to Mars “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” (producer: Steve Lillywhite; first single: “Up in the Air”; Vinyl; MP3) (Virgin)
Various artists “Fast & Furious 6 [Film soundtrack]” (action-movie sequel opens May 24; See here; MP3) (Def Jam)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Ace “Five-a-Side [MP3]” (1974 album; featuring “How Long”) (RDEG)
Chet Atkins “Playlist: The Very Best of Chet Atkins” (RCA / Legacy)
Jeff Buckley “Playlist: The Very Best of Jeff Buckley” (Columbia / Legacy)
Burning Rain “Burning Rain” (1999 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; MP3), “Pleasure to Burn” (2000 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; MP3) (Frontiers)
Jerry Butler “Iceman: The Mercury Years [MP3]” (1992 compilation, 44 songs) (Mercury / UMe)
The Byrds “Younger Than Yesterday [MP3]” (1967 album; with five bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Captain Beyond “Live in Texas October 6, 1973” (Vinyl; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
David Crowder*Band “All This For a King: The Essential Collection” (includes two new songs and four new mixes) (SixSteps / EMI)
Mac Davis “A Little More Action Please: The Anthology 1970-1985” (23 tracks; Read here) (Raven)
Eagles “The Studio Albums 1972-1979 [MP3]” (featuring all six studio albums) (Rhino / Elektra)
Judy Garland “Creations 1929-1943: Songs She Introduced [MP3]” (48 tracks), “Creations 1943-1962: Songs She Introduced [MP3]” (46 tracks; Read here) (JPS, May 20)
Ian Hunter “Ian Hunter [MP3]” (1975 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Michael Jackson “Michael Jackson: The Complete Remix Suite [MP3]” (2009 compilation; 20 tracks) (Motown / UMe)
Patty Loveless “Playlist: The Very Best of Patty Loveless” (Epic / Legacy)
Mindy McCready “Playlist: The Very Best of Mindy McCready” (BNA / Legacy)
New York Dolls “Too Much Too Soon” (1974 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)
Billy Ocean “Playlist: The Very Best of Billy Ocean” (RCA / Legacy)
Robert Palmer “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” (1976 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica), “Riptide” (1985 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)
Iggy Pop “Playlist: The Very Best of Iggy Pop” (RCA / Legacy)
Primus “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” (1991 album, with three previously unreleased bonus tracks and two live recordings; newly mixed in stereo and Dolby 5.1 Surround, overseen by Les Claypool; Dual Disc; Vinyl) (Interscope / UMe)
Tito Puente “Playlist: The Very Best of Tito Puente” (Columbia / Legacy)
R.E.O. Speedwagon “R.E.O. [MP3]” (1976 album) (Epic / Legacy)
Restless Heart “Playlist: The Very Best of Restless Heart” (RCA / Legacy)
Diana Ross “Playlist: The Very Best of Diana Ross” (RCA / Legacy)
Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes “Playlist: The Very Best of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes” (Epic / Legacy)
Switchfoot “Playlist: The Very Best of Switchfoot” (Columbia / Legacy)
Donna Summer “Playlist: The Very Best of Donna Summer” (Epic / Legacy)
Townes Van Zandt “High Low and In Between” (1971 album; remastered; Vinyl), “The Late Great Townes Van Zandt” (1972 album; remastered; Read here; Vinyl) (Omnivore Recordings)
Various artists “FM” (1978 soundtrack album; remastered; two CDs; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; Track list) (Culture Factory)
Various artists “Joe Meek – Telstar: Anthology” (three CDs, 75 songs; Track list) (Not Now)
Various artists “Putumayo Presents Brazilian Beat,” “Putumayo Presents Brazilian Lounge,” “Putumayo Presents Women of Brazil” (Putumayo)
Various artists “Watch Your Mouth: Gems from the Warner Brother Vaults” (three CDs, 75 songs) (One Day)
Wang Chung “Points on the Curve” (1984 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica), “Mosaic” (1986 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)
Warrant “Playlist: The Very Best of Warrant” (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Chevy Chase “National Lampoon’s Vacation: 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (1983 film), “Vegas Vacation [Blu-ray] (1997 film) (Warner)
The Moody Blues “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival [DVD/CD] (recorded in August 1970; See here) (Eagle Rock)
Aaron Neville “My True Story [DVD] (recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, with guests Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five, and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings; aired on PBS stations in March 2013; Read/see here) (Blue Note)
The Rolling Stones “The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane [DVD] (2012 documentary directed by Brett Morgen; See here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Various artists “Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera [DVD] (three discs) (Warner)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
Dave Thompson “Goldmine Record Album Price Guide: 7th Edition [Paperback]” (Krause Publications, May 22)
Jo Wood (ex-wife of Ronnie Wood) “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: 30 Years Married to a Rolling Stone [Hardcover]” (Read here; Kindle) (It Books/HarperCollins)

Next week: May 28