New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Alice in Chains “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” (first single: “Hollow”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Virgin)
Bastille (British alt-rock band) “Haunt [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Pompeii”; Hear here; See here) (Virgin)
Terence Blanchard “Magnetic” (guests: Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Lionel Loueke; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Blue Note)
Blue-Eyed Son “Shadows on the Son [MP3]” (five-song EP; producer: Matt Ellis; first single: “All Went Black”; Hear here) (Eenie Meenie)
Marshall Chapman “Blaze of Glory” (guests: Todd Snider, Will Kimbrough, Jim Mayer, Casey Wood, Mike Utley; Hear here; MP3) (TallGirl)
CocoRosie “Tales of a GrassWidow” (first single: “Gravediggress”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (City Slang)
Crystal Fighters (U.K. folk/electronica band) “Cave Rave” (producer: Justin Meldal-Johnsen; first single: “Separator”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Atlantic)
Daze of Dawn (rock power-trio from Valencia, Spain) “Soda King Cool [MP3]” (includes covers of “You Oughta Know” and “I Am the Walrus”; producer: Claude Robillard; first single: “Falling in Love”; Hear here) (Clamrecords, May 31)
Della Mae (Boston-based alt-grassers) “This World Oft Can Be” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (New Rounder)
Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin “All in the Same Boat” (Read here; See here; MP3) (Big Hit)
Dubtronic Kru (Jamaica roots-reggae band) “Evolution [MP3]” (Hear here; CD) (Dubtonic Kru / VPAL Music)
Eisley “Currents” (producer: Eisley; Hear here; MP3) (Equal Vision)
Danny Elfman “Epic [Film soundtrack]” (animated movie based on William Joyce’s children book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler and Beyoncé Knowles; opens in theaters May 24; See here; MP3) (Sony Classics)
Eliane Elias (Brazilian pianist-vocalist-arranger) “I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)” (guests: ex-husband Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro-Neves; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Concord)
Antoine Fafard (bassist-composer) “Occultus Tramitis” (guests: Terry Bozzio, Jerry Goodman, Gavin Harrison, Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Dave Weckl; Hear here; MP3) (Unicorn Digital, June 1)
Feathers (female electronic/pop band from Austin) “If All Now Here” (producers: Feathers, Brian Foote; Hear here; See here; MP3) (NYX)
John Fogerty “Wrote a Song For Everyone” (producer: Fogerty; guests: Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Alan Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, etc.; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vanguard)
Guster “Live Acoustic” (recorded during their 2012 acoustic tour; Hear here; MP3) (Ocho Mule)
Hot Club of Cowtown “Rendezvous in Rhythm” (producer: Lloyd Maines; Hear here; MP3) (Gold Strike)
Imaginary Cities “Fall of Romance” (producers: Rusty Matyas, Howard Redekopp; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Votiv)
Kid Ink (hip-hop rapper/producer) “Almost Home [MP3]” (six-song EP; producers: Lifted, Rico Love, Dwayne “D’town” Nesmith, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, N4, Ned Cameron, Devin Cruise; guests: guests: Meek Mill, Wale, Rico Love, Sterling Simms, French Montana, A$AP Ferg; first single: “Bad Ass”; Hear here) (88 Classic / RCA)
Little Mix (British girl group won the eighth season of “The X Factor”) “DNA” (released in the U.K. in November 2012; producers: TMS, Future Cut, Steve Mac, Jarrad Rogers, Richard “Biff” Stannard, Ash Howes, etc.; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Columbia)
Laura Marling “Once I Was an Eagle” (producer: Ethan Johns; Hear here; Read here; LP + MP3; MP3) (Ribbon Music)
Monster Truck “Furiosity” (producer: Eric Ratz; first single: “Sweet Mountain River”; P&P interview; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dine Alone)
Kevin Nealon “Whelmed … But Not Overly” (Showtime special recorded in Denver; Read here; MP3) (New Wave Dynamics)
Nebula868 (Trinidadian hip-hop duo) “DaBiznis [MP3]” (first single: “Peep Show”; Hear here) (Precision Digital / Fox Fuse)
NEEDTOBREATHE (South Carolina rock band) “Cercas Blancas [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Atlantic)
Oblivians “Desperation” (garage punk trio’s first album since 1997; first single: “I’ll Be Gone”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (In the Red)
The Pastels (Glasgow indie pop band) “Slow Summits” (producers: The Pastels, John McEntire; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Domino)
Popa Chubby “Universal Breakdown Blues” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mascot Label Group)
Kermit Ruffins “We Partyin’ Traditional Style!” (first single: “Treme Second Line”; Hear here; MP3) (Basin Street)
Sean Nicholas Savage (Montreal singer-songwriter) “Other Life” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Arbutus)
Sizzla “The Messiah” (Hear here; MP3) (Kalonji Music / VP)
Skinny Puppy “Weapon” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Metropolis)
The Stranglers “Giants” (with 2011 live bonus tracks; producers: Louie Nicastro, The Stranglers; Hear here; MP3) (All My People / Fontana North)
Strangely Alright “The Time Machine Is Broken” (producers: Todd Ensminger, Regan Lane; first single: “Train to Nowhere”; Hear here; MP3) (Mannequin Bonfire, June 1)

BTW: “‘The Time Machine is Broken’ is our first release, and is positive, realistic and hopeful,” Lane tells P&P. “Time, acceptance, taking action, living in the moment, forgiveness and invariably love are the recurring lyrical themes that are addressed, with a point of view that could be considered spiritual but is based on the thought that basically you get what you give.

“With emotional vocals, crunchy and chiming electric/ acoustic guitars, lush background harmonies and swirling mellotrons and strings, our new CD is both modern and retro. The colorful production is courtesy of our producer Todd Ensminger.”

The-Dream “IV Play” (guests: Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Big Sean, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous; first single: “IV Play”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Def Jam)
Tokyo Taboo (London-based female-fronted synthpop rock) “Naked [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here) (Tokyo Taboo, May 30)
Tommy & The High Pilots (Santa Barbara quartet) “Only Human” (producers: Matt Wallace, Jason McEntire, Marc McClusky; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Redbird)
Tricky “False Idols” (first single: “Parenthesis”; Hear here; MP3) (False Idols)
Various artists “Arts & Crafts: X” (new collaborations between the label’s roster; Hear here; MP3) (Arts & Crafts)
Various artists “Kinky Boots: Original Broadway Cast Recording” (adaptation of the cross-dressing comedy film, featuring lyrics and original score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein; it has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score; producers: Lauper, William Wittman, Stephen Oremus; See/read here; MP3) (Masterworks Broadway)
Various artists “True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series, Volume 4” (14 tracks, featuring Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis, The Heavy, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Los Lobos, etc.; MP3) (ATO)
When Saints Go Machine (electro-pop quartet from Copenhagen) “Infinity Pool” (guest: Killer Mike; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (!K7)
Yellowbirds “Songs From the Vanished Frontier” (first single: “Young Men of Promise”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (The Royal Potato Family)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
John Barry “The Music of John Barry [MP3]” (24-song movie theme collection) (Columbia)
Basia “Time and Tide: Deluxe Edition” (1987 album; remastered, with a second CD of single versions, non-album B-sides, remixes and alternate versions) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, May 27)
Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck “Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962” (for the first time, the complete performance from the White House Seminar American Jazz Concert on Aug. 28, 1962; Read here; MP3) (RPM / Columbia / Legacy)
Christopher Cross “Christopher Cross [180-gram vinyl]” (1979 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Dio “Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986” (two discs; recorded at The Spectrum on June 17, 1986; See here; Vinyl; MP3; DVD) (Eagle Rock)
Enchantment “Utopia” (1983 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – BBR / Cherry Red, May 27)
Fleetwood Mac “Rumours: Deluxe Edition [MP3]” (1977 album; MP3 / Super Deluxe Edition) (Rhino / Warner, May 31)
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette “Somewhere” (recorded live in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2009; MP3) (ECM)
The Marshall Tucker Band “Live! From Spartanburg South Carolina: The South Carolina Music Hall of Fame Concert” (with guest Charlie Daniels; MP3) (Ramblin’ / Shout! Factory)
Paul McCartney & Wings “Wings Over America” (1976 album; remastered; Read here; Deluxe Edition, with four discs, including a DVD featuring the 75-minute TV special “Wings Over the World” and a new short film; Vinyl; MP3) (Hear Music / Concord Music Group)
MFSB “MFSB” (1972 album; remastered, with one bonus track; Read here) (U.K. – BBR / Cherry Red, May 27)
The Monkees “Justus: The Deluxe Edition [CD/DVD]” (1996 album; remastered; the original Rhino Home Video DVD contains backstage interviews and music videos; Hear here) (Friday Music / Ryko)
Gene Pitney “I’m Gonna Be Strong / Looking Thru the Eyes of Love” (1965 albums; remastered, with three bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – RPM, May 27)
Rise Against “RPM10” (10th anniversary edition of “Revolutions Per Minute,” with 10 bonus tracks; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fat Wreck Chords)
The Rolling Stones “Beggars Banquet [Vinyl]” (1968 album; remastered), “Let It Bleed [Vinyl]” (1969 album; remastered), “Hot Rocks 1964-1971 [Vinyl]” (1971 album; remastered) (ABKCO)
Shakespears Sister “Hormonally Yours [MP3]” (1992 album) (Rhino)
Sally Shapiro “Elsewhere [MP3]” (remix collection) (Paper Bag)
Silver “Silver [MP3]” (1976 album; featuring the Top 20 hit “Wham Bam”) (RDEG)
Snow Patrol “Greatest Hits [MP3]” (14 songs; CD) (Island / UMe)
Rod Stewart “Live 1975-1998 [Box set]” (four CDs) (Warner)
Syreeta “Syreeta” (1980 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. –, May 27)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call 30 Years” (three CDs, 60 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Universal, May 27)
Various artists “Philly ReGrooved 3: Tom Moulton Remixes – More From the Master” (includes acts from the Atlantic, Atco, Buddah, Chelsea, Columbia, Roxbury and Defected labels; Hear here) (U.K. – Harmless, May 27)
Tony Joe White “Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings [MP3]” (81 studio tracks, outtakes and live recordings) (Rhino / Warner)
Widespread Panic “Oak Mountain 2001 _ Night 1” (three CDs; recorded at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, Ala., on July 27, 2001, featuring all six original members) (Widespread)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Judas Priest “Epitaph [DVD]” (closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012; See here; Blu-ray) (Legacy Recordings)
Anna Moffo (Italian-American opera singer-actress died in 2006) “Anna Moffo in Opera and Song [DVD]” (from “The Voice of Firestone” program on Jan. 13, 1963, joined by Robert Merrill and conducted by Arthur Fiedler; Hear here; Read here) (Kultur)
Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr “The Magic Christian [DVD]” (1969 film; the soundtrack includes Badfinger’s “Come and Get It” and Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air”; See here; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton “Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray] (1963 film; Blu-ray + Book) (20th Century Fox)

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
The Beatles “100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die [Paperback]” (author: Gillian G. Gaar) (Triumph Books, June 1)
Iron Maiden “Iron Maiden: On Board Flight 666 [Hardcover]” (Orion Publishing, June 1)
Rush “Rush: The Illustrated History [Hardcover]” (author: Martin Popoff) (Voyageur Press, May 30)

Next week: June 4