New stuff

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Kris Allen (“American Idol” season 8 winner)“Thank You Camellia” (collaborators: former Sugarcult singer Tim Pagnotta, Curt Schneider, Nasri & Adam Messinger, Kevin Kadish, Boots Ottestad, etc.; first single: “The Vision of Love”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(19 Recordings/RCA, May 22, 2012)
Blue Foundation (Brooklyn electronic/dream pop duo)“In My Mind, I Am Free” (Hear here; MP3 Download)(Dead People’s Choice, May 22, 2012)
Joe Bonamassa“Driving Towards the Daylight” (producer: Kevin Shirley; guests: Jimmy Barnes, Brad Whitford, Blondie Chaplin, Anton Fig, Pat Thrall, etc.; Hear here; MP3 Download)(J&R Adventures, May 22, 2012)
Cory Branan“Mutt.” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Bloodshot, May 22, 2012)
Cinemascape (Swedish synthpop quartet)“The Falling Impossible” (Hear here; MP3 Download)(conzoom, May 22, 2012)
Cold Specks (songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada)“I Predict a Graceful Expulsion” (Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Mute, May 22, 2012)
Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass)“Gaz Coombes Presents Here Come the Bombs” (Hear here)(U.K. – Hot Fruit Recordings, May 21, 2012)
Cult, The“Choice of Weapon” (producers: Chris Goss, Bob Rock; Read here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Cooking Vinyl, May 22, 2012)
Danks, The“Are You Afraid of the Danks” (producer: Jeff McMurrich; Hear here)(Hidden Pony, May 22, 2012)
Danny Elfman“Men in Black 3 [Film soundtrack/MP3 Download]” (sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin opens May 25; See here)(Sony Masterworks, May 22, 2012)
Frank Gambale featuring BOCA (jazz guitarist)“Soulmine” (Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Wombat, May 22, 2012)
Garbage“Not Your Kind of People” (their first album in seven years; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Stunvolume, May 22, 2012)
Gossip“A Joyful Noise” (producer: Brian Higgins; first single: “Perfect World”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Columbia, May 22, 2012)
JEFF the Neighborhood (Nashville rockers Jake and Jamin Orrall)“Hypnotic Knights EP [MP3 Download]” (a four-song preview of their debut album, “Hypnotic Nights,” out July 17; producers: Dan Auerbach, JEFF The Brotherhood; Hear here)(Warner, May 22, 2012)
Carly Rae Jepsen“Call Me Maybe Remixes [MP3 Download]” (four versions; Hear here)(School Boy/Interscope, May 22, 2012)
Tom Jones“Spirit in the Room” (covers of Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, etc.; producer: Ethan Johns; Hear here; Read here)(U.K. – Island, May 21, 2012)
Kimbra“Vows” (released in Australia in August 2011; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download; MP3 Download/Deluxe version)(Warner, May 22, 2012)
Sonny Landreth“Elemental Journey” (all-instrumental album; guests: Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Robert Greenidge; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Landfall, May 22, 2012)
Maggie & Martin (British pop duo Maggie De Monde and Martin Watkins)“Union [MP3 Download]” (includes a cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This”; producer: Watkins; Hear here; See here)(Beauty Box Recordings, May 21, 2012)
John Mayer“Born and Raised” (producers: Mayer, Don Was; guests: David Crosby, Graham Nash; first single: “Shadow Days”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Columbia, May 22, 2012)
Jon McLaughlin“Promising Promises” (producer: McLaughlin; guest: Sara Bareilles; first single: “Summer Is Over”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Razor & Tie, May 22, 2012)
Men Without Hats“Love in the Age of War” (producer: Dave “Rave” Ogilvie; first single: “Head Above Water”; Hear here)(Canada – Distribution Select, May 22, 2012)
MercyMe“The Hurt & The Healer” (producers: Brown Bannister, Dan Muckula; Hear here; MP3 Download)( Fair Trade/Columbia, May 22, 2012)
Neal. (Neal Evans of Soulive)“Bang” (Hear here; MP3 Download)(Royal Family, May 22, 2012)
Oak Ridge Boys, The“Back Home Again” (12 gospel favorites; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Spring House, May 22, 2012)
ORBO and The Longshots (Norwegian Grammy winners)“Prairie Sun” (producers: ORBO, Erick Jaskowiak; guests: Delbert McClinton, Fats Kaplan, John Jorgenson; first single: “Highway Tears”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Grappa, May 22, 2012)
Nathan Pacheco (featured vocalist on Yanni’s 2009 tour)“Introducing … Nathan Pacheco” (four-song EP; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Disney Pearl Series, May 22, 2012)
Red Hot Chili Peppers“Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP [MP3 Download]” (Hear here)(Warner, May 22, 2012)
Haley Reinhart (finalist on “American Idol” season 10)“Listen Up!” (first single: “Free”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(19 Recordings/Interscope, May 22, 2012)
Royal Thunder (Atlanta rock quartet)“CVI” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Relapse, May 22, 2012)
Slash“Apocalyptic Love” (producer: Eric Valentine; guests: Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Dik Hayd International/EMI, May 22, 2012)
Smile Empty Soul“3’s” (producer: Eddie Wohl; Hear here; MP3 Download)(eOne, May 22, 2012)
Soulsavers (music and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover)“The Light the Dead See” (featuring vocals and lyrics by Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan; guests: Will Oldham, Jason Pierce, Richard Hawley, Mike Patton, Gibby Haynes; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Mute, May 22, 2012)
Michael Stanley“The Hang [MP3 Download]” (Hear here)(Line Level Music, May 22, 2012)
Shannon Stephens (Seattle singer-songwriter)“Pull It Together” (first single: “What Love Looks Like”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Asthmatic Kitty, May 22, 2012)
Trip, The (Australian alt-pop/rock trio)“The Trip” (Hear here)(Megaforce, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: The Broadway Musical [Original Broadway cast recording]” (two-CD set, featuring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier; Hear/see here; MP3 Download)(PS Classics, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“Rags: Music From the Original Movie [TV soundtrack/MP3 Download]” (Cinderella story starring Max Schneider, Keke Palmer, Drake Bell, Zak Santiago, Burkley Duffield, Avan Jogia, and Nick Cannon premieres on Nickelodeon on May 28; See here)(Nickelodeon/Columbia, May 22, 2012)


Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Roy Ayers“You Might Be Surprised (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Funkytowngrooves, May 22, 2012)
Blind Guardian“Memories of a Time to Come: The Best of Blind Guardian [MP3 Download]” (16 tracks)(Virgin, May 22, 2012)
Mike Bloomfield with Nick Gravenites & Al Kooper“Blues at the Fillmore 1968-1969” (featuring guest guitarist Johnny Winter; Read here)(Raven, May 22, 2012)
Cheap Trick“All Shook Up [MP3 Download]” (1980 album; with a bonus single version of “Everything Works Out If You Let It”), “One on One [MP3 Download]” (1982 album), “Next Position Please: The Authorized Version [MP3 Download]” (1983 album; with three bonus tracks), “Standing on the Edge [MP3 Download]” (1985 album), “The Doctor [MP3 Download]” (1986 album), “Lap of Luxury [MP3 Download]” (1988 album), “Busted [MP3 Download]” (1990 album)(Epic/Legacy, May 22, 2012)
Chubby Checker“It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again” (1960, 1961 albums on one CD; 24 songs; MP3 Download)(Real Gone Music/ABKCO, May 22, 2012)
Vic Damone“The Liveliest at Basin Street East [MP3 Download]” (1963 album), “My Baby Loves to Swing [MP3 Download]” (1963 album), “On the Street Where You Live [MP3 Download]” (1964 album)(Capitol, May 22, 2012)
Delirious?“Delirious? The Cutting Edge Years: 20th Anniversary Edition [Box set]” (three CDs, one DVD; Hear here)(Kingsway Music/EMI, May 22, 2012)
Sandy Denny“Sandy: Deluxe Edition” (1972 album; remastered, with bonus material), “Like an Old Fashioned Waltz: Deluxe Edition” (1974 album; remastered, with bonus material), “Rendezvous: Deluxe Edition” (1977 album; remastered, with bonus material)(U.K. – Island, May 21, 2012)
Paul Desmond“Desmond Blue [MP3 Download]” (1961 album), “Two of a Mind [MP3 Download]” (1962 album, with Gerry Mulligan)(RCA/Legacy, May 22, 2012)
Enchantment“Enchantment: Expanded Edition” (1977 album, featuring “Gloria”; remastered, with bonus tracks; Hear here), “Once Upon a Dream: Expanded Edition” (1978 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks; Hear here)(U.K. – BBR, May 21, 2012)
Dan Fogelberg“Windows and Walls/The Wild Places” (1984, 1990 albums; remastered)(U.K. – BGO, May 21, 2012)
Aretha Franklin“Jump to It: Expanded Edition” (1982 album; remastered, with bonus tracks), “Get It Right: Expanded Edition” (1983 album; remastered, with bonus tracks)(U.K. – BBR, May 21, 2012)
Hi-Fi (featuring David Surkamp and Ian Matthews, singers of Pavlov’s Dog and Fairport Convention)“The Complete Collection [CD/DVD]”(Rockville Music, May 22, 2012)
Hollies, The“Radio Fun [MP3 Download]” (32 unreleased BBC recordings, circa 1964-1969; Hear here)(EMI, May 22, 2012)
Hoodoo Gurus“Gold Watch: 20 Golden Greats” (See here)(Sony Music Australia, May 22, 2012)
Jermaine Jackson“Don’t Take It Personal (Expanded Edition)” (1989 album; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Funkytowngrooves, May 22, 2012)
Albert King“I’ll Play the Blues For You” (1972 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Stax, May 22, 2012)
Knack, The“Havin’ a Rave-Up! Live in Los Angeles, 1978” (MP3 Download)(Omnivore Recordings/EMI, May 22, 2012)
Terry Knight and the Pack“Terry Knight and the Pack/Reflections” (1966, 1967 albums on one CD; 24 songs; MP3 Download)(Real Gone Music/ABKCO, May 22, 2012)
Mando Diao“Greatest Hits Volume 1 [MP3 Download]” (22 tracks)(Mute, May 22, 2012)
Paul and Linda McCartney“RAM [Standard Edition]” (1971 album; remastered; See here; Track list; Special Edition, containing the documentary “Ramming”; Deluxe Book Edition; MP3 Download; MP3 Download/Special Edition)(Concord/Hear Music, May 22, 2012)
Mr. Gasser and The Weirdos (1960s rock/surf novelty group)“Hot Rod Hootenanny [MP3 Download]” (1963 album), “Rods n’ Ratfinks [MP3 Download]” (1964 album), “Surfink! [MP3 Download]” (1964 album)(Capitol, May 22, 2012)
Orlons, The“The Wah-Watusi/South Street” (1962, 1963 albums on one CD; 24 songs; MP3 Download)(Real Gone Music/ABKCO, May 22, 2012)
Leontyne Price“Leontyne Price sings Spirituals [MP3 Download]” (23 songs; See here)(RCA Red Seal, May 22, 2012)
Eric Prydz“Eric Prydz Presents Pryda” (a collection of unreleased material; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Astralwerks, May 22, 2012)
Joey Ramone” … ya know?” (never-before-heard songs written and sung by Ramone, who died 11 years ago of lymphoma; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(BMG Rights Management, May 22, 2012)
Patrice Rushen“Watch Out! (Expanded Edition)” (1987 album; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Funkytowngrooves, May 22, 2012)
Ravi Shankar“The Ravi Shankar Collection [Box set]” (10 CDs)(EMI Classics, May 22, 2012)
Small Faces“Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake: Deluxe Edition” (1968 album; three-CD set; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Snapper Classics, May 22, 2012)
Soft Machine, The“The Soft Machine” (1968 album; remastered), “Volume Two” (1969 album; remastered)(Sundazed, May 22, 2012)
Spirit“Two Sides of a Rainbow: Live at the Rainbow, London 1978” (two CDs of recordings at London’s Rainbow Theatre; MP3 Download)(U.K. – Floating World, May 21, 2012)
Tedeschi Trucks Band“Tedeschi Trucks Band Live: Everybody’s Talkin'” (two CDs; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Legacy, May 22, 2012)
Stuart Townsend“Ultimate Collection” (16 songs; MP3 Download)(Kingsway Music/EMI, May 22, 2012)
Three Degrees, The“Standing Up For Love (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Funkytowngrooves, May 22, 2012)
Traffic“Heaven Is In Your Mind” (1967 album, titled “Mr. Fantasy” in the U.K.; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(Sundazed, May 22, 2012)
UFO“The Chrysalis Years (1980-1986) [Box set]” (five CDs, 75 songs; MP3 Download)(Capitol, May 22, 2012)
Urge Overkill“Stull” (six-song EP from 1992, which includes “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”; MP3 Download)(Touch & Go, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“The Influences Behind The Rolling Stones” (27 original recordings that inspired the band)(Europe – Hoo Doo, May 21, 2012)
Various artists“Putumayo Kids Presents Cowboy Playground”(Putumayo Kids, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“Putumayo Presents Bluegrass” (MP3 Download)(Putumayo, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1” (24 songs; MP3 Download)(Real Gone Music/ABKCO, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“Saint Etienne Present Songs for the Lyons Cornerhouse” (25-song pre-rock collection curated by Saint Etienne; Read here)(U.K. – Cherry Red, May 21, 2012)
Various artists“Southern Soul Shake!” (two-CD, 49-song collection highlighting the SSS International and Music City Soul labels from the 1960s and ’70s; featuring Wilbert Harrison, Bettye Lavette, Robert Parker, Big Al Downing, Betty Harris, Hank Ballard, etc.; Hear here; Read here)(U.K. – Charly, May 21, 2012)


Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Alice Cooper“The Strange Case of Alice Cooper — Live 1979: The Madhouse Rock Tour [DVD]” (See here)(Shout! Factory, May 22, 2012)
Grateful Dead“Dawn of the Dead: The Grateful Dead & The Rise of the San Francisco Underground [DVD]” (138-minute documentary; See here)(Sexy Intellectual/MVD Visual, May 22, 2012)
Dean Martin“The Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut [DVD]” (three-disc set includes six entire episodes, featuring such guests as Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Buck Owens, Zero Mostel, Joey Heatherton, Bob Newhart and Tommy Tune)(Time Life, May 22, 2012)
Pink Floyd“Then and Now [DVD]” (two-disc documentary; See here)(Pride, May 22, 2012)
Sade“Sade: Bring Me Home — Live 2011 [DVD/CD]” (Blu-ray; MP3 Download)(Epic, May 22, 2012)
Simply Red“Live at Montreux 2003 [Blu-ray]”(Eagle Rock, May 22, 2012)
Various artists“Big Fun in the Big Town [DVD]” (Bram Van Splunteren’s 1986 hip-hop documentary; See here)(Five Day Weekend/Traffic, May 22, 2012)

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
ABBA“The Complete ABBA: A 40th Anniversary Celebration [Paperback]” (author: Simon Sheridan; Kindle)(Titan Books, May 22, 2012)

Next week: May 29, 2012

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