New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Mindi Abair“Wild Heart” (producers: Abair, The Decoders: guests: Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Trombone Shorty, Max Weinberg, Waddy Wachtel; Hear here; MP3)(Heads Up / Concord)
Birdy“Fire Within” (released in her native U.K. in September 2013; producers: Rich Costey, Ryan Tedder, Ben Lovett, Jim Abbiss, Fraser T. Smith, Dan Wilson, Jake Gosling, Greg Wells; Hear here; MP3)(Atlantic)
Buffalo Killers“Heavy Reverie [Vinyl]” (producer: Jim Wirt; Hear here; MP3)(Sun Pedal Recordings)
Bury Tomorrow (U.K. metalcore band)“Runes” (first single: “Man on Fire”; Hear here; See here)(Nuclear Blast)
Mariah Carey“Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse” (producers: Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy, Mike Will Made It; guests: Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Nas, Wale, Miguel, Fabolous; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3)(Island Def Jam)
Crowder (“folktronica” artist and former frontman of David Crowder Band)“Neon Steeple” (guest: Emmylou Harris, on a version of “My Sweet Lord”; first single: “I Am”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(sixsteprecords / Capitol CMG)
Ben Frost“A U R O R A” (Hear here; See hereVinylMP3)(Mute)
John Fullbright (Grammy-nominated Americana artist)“Songs” (Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Blue Dirt / Thirty Tigers)
Haunted Hearts (husband/wife duo, Dee Dee Penny from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles)“Initiation” (first single: “Up Is Up [But So Is Down]”; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Zoo Music)
Lillian Axe“One Night in the Temple [CD/DVD]” (acoustic live album; producer: frontman Steve Blaze; Hear here; MP3)(Tummy Touch)
Little Barrie“Shadow” (producers: Seb Lewsley, Edwyn Collins; first single: “Sworn In”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Tummy Touch)
Cher Lloyd“Sorry I’m Late” (guest: T.I.; new single: “Sirens”; Hear here; MP3)(Epic)
Austin Mahone“The Secret” (first single: “Mmm Yeah,” feat. Pitbull; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Chase / Cash Money)
The Martins“A Cappella” (Hear here; MP3)(Gaither Music Group / UMG)
moe.“No Guts, No Glory” (producer: Dave Aron; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl, with three bonus tracks; MP3)(Sugar Hill)
Wendy Moten“Timeless: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting” (producer: Paul Brown; Hear here; MP3)(Woodward Avenue)
Jamie O’Neal“Eternal” (her first album since 2008; producers: O’Neal, husband Rodney Good; guest: Andy Griggs; Hear here; MP3)(Momentum Label Group / Shanachie)
Powerman 5000“Builders of the Future” (their first album in nearly five years; Hear here; MP3)(T-Boy / UMe)
The Ready Set“The Bad & The Better” (guest: Jake Miller; Hear here; MP3)(Razor & Tie)
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis“Our Year” (includes a cover of “Harper Valley P.T.A.”; producer: Brad Jones; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Premium)
Rush Midnight (aka Russ Manning)“Rush Midnight” (first single: “Closer”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Last Gang)
Some Ember (Oakland, Calif., duo)“Some Ember” (producers: Some Ember; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Dream Recordings)
Tedashii (hip-hop artist)“Below Paradise” (guests: Trip Lee, Lecrae, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor, etc.; first single: “Dark Days, Darker Nights”; Hear here; MP3)(Reach)
Sharon Van Etten“Are We There” (producer: Van Etten; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Jagjaguwar)
Various artists“Maleficent [Film soundtrack]” (dark fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie opens May 30; music composed by James Newton Howard; first single: “Once Upon a Dream,” by Lana Del Rey; See here; MP3)(Disney)
Various artists“Midnight Rider: A Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band” (contributors: Leon Russell, Steve Morse, Pat Travers, Commander Cody, Molly Hatchet, The Oak Ridge Boys, Artimus Pyle Band, etc.; MP3)(Cleopatra)
Various artists“Rocky Broadway Original Cast Recording” (the musical opened March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Andy Karl as Rocky, Margo Seibert as Adrian ad Terence Archie as Apollo Creed; See here; Read here; MP3)(Universal Music Enterprises)
Neil Young“A Letter Home” (a collection of covers recorded with Jack White on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters; covers include Phil Ochs’ “Changes,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown,” etc.; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl Box Set; MP3)(Third Man / Warner)

More Releases for the Week of May 27, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Brass Phantoms (Irish garage-rock band)“The Brass Phantoms EP [MP3]” (four-song EP; ReverbNation)(Slick Mantis, May 25)
Henry Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9“Viper’s Drag [MP3]” (first release on the newly relaunched Impulse! label; Hear here; See here; Read here)(Impulse! / Universal)
Chemical Misuse (Quebec City-based hard rock band)“Follow the Light [MP3]” (seven-song EP; ReverbNation)(Chemical Misuse, May 30)
Five Stories Falling (Connecticut rock band)“Dancing With the Angels [MP3]” (seven-song EP; ReverbNation)(Broken)
Constantinos Karaiskos Music (pop/electro-house artist)“Four Seasons of Love (Mixed Moods & Rarities) [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Constantinos Karaiskos Music, May 26)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80“A Long Way to the Beginning [MP3]” (producers: Kuti, Robert Glasper; guests: M-1 of dead prez, Blitz the Ambassador, Nneka; first single: “IMF”; Hear here; See here)(Knitting Factory)
Yonatan Gat (of Monotonix)“Iberian Passage [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here)(Joyful Noise Recordings)
OBN III“Third Time to Harm [MP3]” (Hear here)(Tic Tac Totally)
RAFTREE“RAFTREE EP [MP3]” (four-song EP; producer: Kenneth Raftree; first single: “What I Say”; Hear here)(Twelve23, May 31)
Röyksopp & Robyn“Do It Again [MP3]” (five-song EP; the Swedish alt-pop star and the Norwegian electronic duo have announced a summer tour of Europe and the States; Hear here)(Cherrytree / Interscope, May 26)
Trash Talk“No Peace [MP3]” (first single: “Cloudkicker”; Hear here; See here)(Odd Future)
Zero Minus One (hard rockers from La Crosse, Wis.)“Heroes [MP3]” (six-song EP; ReverbNation)(Zero Minus One)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Audio Adrenaline“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Audio Adrenaline” (MP3)(ForeFront / UMe)
Avalon“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Avalon” (MP3)(Sparrow / UMe)
Tommy Bolin & Zephyr“Zephyr: Deluxe Edition” (1969 album; remastered, with two bonus CDs, “The Live Cuts 1969-1973” and “Live at Tulagi’s [Boulder, CO – June 19, 1973]”; MP3)(Cleopatra)
Delaney Bramlett“Some Things Coming & Mobius Strip” (1972, 1973 albums; remastered; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Up Sounds, May 26)
James Brown“Sex Machine” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1970 double live album; remastered)(Culture Factory USA)
Canned Heat“Reheated” (1988 album; remastered)(Friday Music)
Johnny Cash“Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Duets”(Columbia / Legacy)
The Jimmy Castor Bunch“It’s Just Begun & Phase Two” (1972 albums on one CD, with 19 songs, including “Troglodyte [Cave Man]”; Read here)(U.K. – Robinsongs / Cherry Red, May 26)
Judy Collins“The Essential Judy Collins”(13 songs; MP3)(Cleopatra)
Cradle of Filth“Total Fucking Darkness”(1993 demos; Vinyl; MP3)(Mordgrimm)
The Crusaders“Street Life” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1979 album; remastered)(Culture Factory USA)
dc Talk“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of dc Talk” (MP3)(Forefront / UMe)
Deep Purple“Made in Japan (40th Anniversary Edition)” (1973 album; remastered; Read here; four CD/DVD box set; two-CD edition, featuring the 2013 album remix with all encores from the 1972 tour)(Universal Music Enterprises)
Rick Derringer“Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Derringer” (14 songs; MP3)(Epic / Legacy)
Celine Dion“Playlist: All the Way … A Decade of Song”(Epic / Legacy)
Marianne Faithfull“Dangerous Acquaintances” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1981 album; remastered)(LMLR)
The 5th Dimension“Playlist: The Very Best of The 5th Dimension”(Arista / Legacy)
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto“Getz/Gilberto: 50th Anniversary” (1964 jazz-bossa nova album, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim; won the Grammy for Best Album of the Year in 1965, and “The Girl from Ipanema” won Record of the Year; MP3)(Verve / UMe)
Iron Butterfly“Live At The Galaxy 1967” (Vinyl; MP3)(Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
George Jones“Playlist: The Very Best of George Jones Duets”(Epic / Legacy)
KISS“KISS 40” (two CDs, 40 songs; hits, rarities and live tracks; Read here; MP3)(Mercury / UMe)
Adam Lambert“Playlist: The Very Best of Adam Lambert” (14 songs; MP3)(RCA / Legacy)
Twila Paris“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Twila Paris” (MP3)(Sparrow / UMe)
Petra“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Petra” (MP3)(Starsong / UMe)
Kellie Pickler“Playlist: The Very Best of Kellie Pickler”(RCA / Legacy)
Iggy Pop“Gimme Some Skin: The 7” Collection [Vinyl box set]” (Read here)(Cleopatra)
Elvis Presley“Playlist: The Very Best of Elvis Movie Songs”(RCA / Legacy)
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition“The First Edition” (1967 album; remastered; Vinyl)(Cleopatra)
They Might Be Giants“Idlewild” (17-song compilation; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Idlewild Recordings)
38 Special“Rockin’ Into the Night” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1980 album; remastered), “Tour De Force” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1984 album; remastered)(Culture Factory USA)
Various artists“Holland-Dozier-Holland: The Complete 45s Collection: Invictus/Hot Wax/Music Merchant 1969-1977 [Box set]” (14 CDs, 157 singles and 269 original recordings; Read here)(U.K. – Harmless / Demon Music Group, May 26)
Various artists“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Hymns” (MP3)(Starsong / UMe)
Various artists“20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Women of Christian Music” (MP3)(Starsong / UMe)
Suzanne Vega“Suzanne Vega” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1985 album; remastered), “Solitude Standing” (CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1987 album; remastered)(Culture Factory USA)
Paul Williams“Phantom of the Paradise” (1974 soundtrack album; musical film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Williams, who also composed the Oscar-nominated music; remastered; Hear here), “Ordinary Fool” (1975 album; remastered; Hear here), “The Best of Paul Williams”(Creature Music)
Edgar Winter“Playlist: The Very Best of Edgar Winter”(Epic / Legacy)

More Releases for the Week of May 27, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Astrud Gilberto“I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do [MP3]” (1970 album)(Verve / UMe)
Ronnie Dyson“One Man Band [MP3]” (1973 album; with six bonus tracks)(Columbia / Legacy)
REO Speedwagon“Ridin’ the Storm Out [MP3]” (1974 song, with the original Kevin Cronin vocals; Hear here)(Epic / Legacy)
Various artists“Heard It On the Radio: Big Hits [MP3]” (20 songs; feat. Chilliwack, Planet P Project, New England, Rubicon, City Boy, Prism, Point Blank, etc.)(R.D.E.G., May 26)
Various artists“More New Wave Classics [MP3]” (16 songs; feat. Transvision Vamp, Sue Saad & the Next, Roman Holliday, The Producers, Novo Combo, etc.)(R.D.E.G., May 26)

DVD / Blu-ray

Mahalia Jackson“The Best of Mahalia Jackson Sings Vol. 1 [DVD]” (with a bonus CD)(Synergy Entertainment)
Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, et al“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]” (2004 film)(Criterion Collection)
Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette“The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series [DVD]” (18 discs)(Shout! Factory)
Betty White“Betty White in Life With Elizabeth & Date With the Angels [DVD]” (six discs, 41 episodes of the 1950s series)(Synergy Entertainment)
Stuart Whitman, Jill Townsend, et al“Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series [DVD]” (eight discs; TV western aired on CBS during the 1967-68 season; music composed by Maurice Jarre)(Entertainment One)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of May 27, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Scott B. Bomar“Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock [Paperback]” (foreword by Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band)(Backbeat Books)
Ornette Coleman“The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field [Paperback]” (author: David Neal Lee)(Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.)

More Book Releases for the Week of May 27, 2014

Next week: June 3, 2014

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