New stuff

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Aerosmith“Legendary Child [MP3 Download]” (new single, from the film “GI Joe: Retaliation”)(Columbia, May 29, 2012)
Joan Armatrading“Starlight” (Hear here)(U.K. – Hypertension, May 28, 2012)
Azealia Banks (Harlem-raised rapper-singer)“1991 [MP3 Download]” (four-song EP; producer: Jef Martens; Hear here; CD)(Interscope/Polydor, May 29, 2012)
David Benoit“Conversation” (Hear here; MP3 Download)(Heads Up, May 29, 2012)
Wade Bowen“The Given” (first single: “Saturday Night”; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Sea Gayle/BNA, May 29, 2012)
Crystal Bowersox (“American Idol” season 9 finalist)“Once Upon a Time …” (producer: Bowersox; guest: Frankie May; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Crystal Bowersox, May 29, 2012)
Rory Block“I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis” (producers: Block, Rob Davis; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Stony Plain Music, May 29, 2012)
Petula Clark“Petula Clark EP [MP3 Download]” (four songs from her new French album, “Petula”; Hear here)(Vogue, May 29, 2012)
Cadence Weapon (rapper Rollie Pemberton, poet lauerate of Edmonton)“Hope in Dirt City” (first single: “Conditioning”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Upper Class Recordings, May 29, 2012)
Danny Elfman“Men in Black 3 [Film soundtrack]” (sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin opens May 25; See here; MP3 Download)(Sony Masterworks, May 29, 2012)
Rebecca Ferguson (runner-up on the British “X Factor”)“Heaven” (released in the U.K. in early 2011; U.S. version contains a bonus track; producers: Eg White, Fraser T. Smith, Claude Kelly; first single: “Nothing’s Real But Love”; Hear here; ; Read here)(Syco/Columbia, May 29, 2012)
Fort Atlantic (Alabama lo-fi band)“Fort Atlantic” (first single: “Up From the Ground”; Hear here; See here)(Dualtone, May 29, 2012)
For Today (Sioux City-based Christian metalcore band)“Immortal” (producer: Will Putney; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Razor & Tie, May 29, 2012)
Melody Gardot (French jazz/folk chanteuse)“The Absence” (producer: Heitor Pereira; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Verve, May 29, 2012)
Intelligence, The“Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(In the Red, May 29, 2012)
Juanes“Tr3s Presents Juanes: MTV Unplugged” (recorded on Feb. 1, 2012, at Miami’s New World Center; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Universal Latino, May 29, 2012)
King Tuff“King Tuff” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl)(Sub Pop, May 29, 2012)
Ladyhawke (New Zealand singer-songwriter)“Anxiety” (producers: Pip Brown, Pascal Gabriel; first single: “Black White & Blue”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Casablanca, May 29, 2012)
Little Comets“Jennifer and Other Short Stories [MP3 Download]” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here)(Dirty Hit, May 28, 2012)
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles (Minneapolis sextet)“Heat” (producer: Matt Boynton; first single: “Just a Kid”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, May 29, 2012)
Marissa Nadler“The Sister” (first single: “The Wrecking Ball Company”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Box of Cedar, May 29, 2012)
Kalen Nash (frontman of Ponderosa)“Urked [MP3 Download]” (Hear here)(Normaltown/New West, May 29, 2012)
Public Image Ltd.“This is PiL” (their first album in 20 years; first single: “One Drop”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(PiL Official/Redeye, May 29, 2012)
Preteen Zenith (fronted by Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter)“Rubble Guts and BB Eye” (producers: DeLaughter, his former Tripping Daisy bandmate Philip E. Karnats; first single: “Damage Control,” feat. Erykah Badu; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Good Records Recordings, May 29, 2012)
Gemma Ray“Island Fire” (first single: “Runaway”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Bronze Rat, May 29, 2012)
Saint Etienne“Words and Music by Saint Etienne” (their first album in seven years; producers: Saint Etienne, Ian Catt, Richard X, Nick Coler; Hear here; MP3 Download)(U.K. – Heavenly, May 28, 2012)
Scissor Sisters“Magic Hour” (producers: Scissor Sisters, Calvin Harris; collaborators: Harris, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Alex Rihda [BoysNoize], Azealia Banks; new single: “Only the Horses”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Casablanca, May 29, 2012)
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros“Here” (Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Community Music, May 29, 2012)
Sigur Rós“Valtari” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl)(XL Recordings, May 29, 2012)
Simian Mobile Disco“Unpatterns” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Wichita Recordings, May 29, 2012)
Sleepy Turtles (Atlanta folk-rock quintet)“Summer, Hither [MP3 Download]” (first single: “Natures Hymn”; Hear here; See here)(Autumn + Colour, May 29, 2012)
Regina Spektor“What We Saw From the Cheap Seats” (first single: “All the Rowboats”; Hear/read here)(Sire, May 29, 2012)
Sun Kil Moon (Red House Painters’ Mark Kozelek)“Among the Leaves” (Hear/read here)(Caldo Verde, May 29, 2012)
2:54 (sister duo from U.K.)“2:54” (producer: Rob Ellis; first single: “You’re Early”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Fat Possum, May 28, 2012)
Travis Porter (hip-hop group from Decatur, Ga.)“From Day 1” (first single: “Aww Yea”; Hear here; Read here)(Porterhouse/RCA, May 29, 2012)
12 Stones“Beneath the Scars” (producer: Skidd Mills; first single: “Infected”; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Executive Music Group/Fontana/ Universal, May 29, 2012)
Ian Tyson“Raven Singer” (the 78-year-old Canadian icon’s first album in four years; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Stony Plain, May 29, 2012)
Ultravox“Brilliant” (first album from the original lineup in 28 years; Hear here; Read here)(U.K. – EMI, May 27, 2012)
Walkmen, The“Heaven” (producer: Phil Ek; guest: Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold; first single: “Heaven”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Fat Possum, May 29, 2012)
Jody Wisternoff (of Way Out West)“Trails We Blaze” (guests: Pete Josef, Jonathan Mendelsohn; Hear here)(U.K. – Anjunadeep, May 28, 2012)


Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Association, The“The Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles Collection” (two CDs, featuring every A- and B-side released on both labels; Track list)(U.K. – Now Sounds, May 28, 2012)
Bachman & Turner“Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC” (20 songs, recorded in November 2010; MP3 Download; DVD; Blu-ray)(Eagle Rock, May 29, 2012)
George Baker Selection“Essential” (13 songs, including “Little Green Bag” and “Paloma Blanca”)(U.K. – EMI, May 28, 2012)
Harry Belafonte“Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Belafonte”(RCA/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Jim Brickman“Playlist: The Very Best of Jim Brickman”(RCA/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash“Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash”(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Chefs, The (late ’70s British indie-pop band)“Records & Tea: The Best of the Chefs” (24 songs; MP3 Download)(Damaged Goods, May 29, 2012)
Ciara“Playlist: The Very Best of Ciara”(Epic/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Shawn Colvin“Playlist: The Very Best of Shawn Colvin”(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Alice Cooper“Playlist: The Very Best of Alice Cooper” (14 songs; MP3 Download)(Epic/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Rodney Crowell“Playlist: The Very Best of Rodney Crowell” (14 songs; MP3 Download)(Columbia Nashville/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Raheem DeVaughn“Playlist: The Very Best of Raheem DeVaughn”(RCA/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show“Playlist: The Very Best of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show”(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Fad Gadget“The Best of Fad Gadget [MP3 Download]” (30 tracks)(Mute, May 29, 2012)
Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo“I’m Not Me” (1983 album; remastered; Hear here)(Real Gone Music, May 29, 2012)
Foreigner“Alive & Rockin'” (recorded at the Bang Your Head Festival at Balingen in Germany in June 2006; DVD)(Eagle, May 29, 2012)
Fugees“Playlist: The Very Best of Fugees”(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
General Public“All the Rage [MP3 Download]” (1984 album), “All the Rage [MP3 Download]” (1986 album)(Shout! Factory, May 29, 2012)
Grateful Dead“Dick’s Picks Vol. 29: 5/19/77 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA / 5/21/77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena Lakeland, FL” (six CDs), “Dick’s Picks Vol. 30 — Academy of Music, New York City, NY 3/25 & 3/28/72” (four CDs, 36 songs; Read here), “Dick’s Picks Vol. 31 — 8/4-5 Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 8/6/74, Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ” (four CDs, 31 songs; Read here)(Real Gone Music, May 29, 2012)
Heather Headley“Playlist: The Very Best of Heather Headley” (14 songs; MP3 Download)(RCA/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Hot Chocolate“5 Bites: Mini Album [MP3 Download]” (five-song EP of hits)(Capitol, May 28, 2012)
James Ingram“It’s Your Night [MP3 Download]” (1983 album; featuring “Yah Mo B There”)(Hip-O, May 29, 2012)
Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orchestra, The“Basie & Beyond [MP3 Download]” (2000 album)(Hip-O, May 29, 2012)
Lit“Playlist: The Very Best of Lit”(RCA/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Kenny Loggins“Playlist: The Very Best of Kenny Loggins” (14 tracks)(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Manfred Mann“The Very Best of Manfred Mann [MP3 Download]” (20 songs)(EMI, May 29, 2012)
MC Lars“Greatest Hits [MP3 Download]” (16 songs)(Horris, May 28, 2012)
Mel & Kim“That’s the Way It Is — the best of Mel & Kim [MP3 Download]” (17 songs)(EMI, May 29, 2012)
Millencolin“The Melancholy Collection [CD/DVD]” (B-sides collection; MP3 Download)(Epitaph, May 29, 2012)
Matt Monro“5 Bites: Mini Album [MP3 Download]” (five-song EP of hits)(Capitol, May 28, 2012)
Mud“The Very Best of Mud [MP3 Download]” (20 songs)(EMI, May 29, 2012)
Nigel Olsson“The Very Best [MP3 Download]” (14 songs)(RDEG, May 29, 2012)
Pet Shop Boys“Format” (B-sides and bonus tracks, 1996-2009; two CDs, 38 songs)(U.K. – Parlophone/EMI, May 28, 2012)
Prong“Playlist: The Very Best of Prong” (14 songs; MP3 Download)(Epic/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Jerry Reed“The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground” (1967, 1968 albums on one CD; remastered)(Real Gone Music, May 29, 2012)
Rose Royce“Flashback with Rose Royce”(Rhino Flashback, May 29, 2012)
Screaming Trees“Playlist: The Very Best of Screaming Trees”(Epic/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Pete Seeger“Playlist: The Very Best of Pete Seeger”(Columbia/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Small Faces“Small Faces (Decca Album): Deluxe Edition” (1966 album; two CDs; remastered, with bonus tracks), “Small Faces From the Beginning: Deluxe Edition” (1967 album; two CDs; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Hip-O, May 29, 2012)
Britney Spears“Playlist: The Very Best of Britney Spears”(Jive/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Supremes, The“The Supremes at the Copa: Expanded Edition” (1965 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus material; MP3 Download)(Hip-O Select, May 29, 2012)
Swans“We Rose from Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head” (double live handmade CD; See/read here)(Young God, May 29, 2012)
Tonex“Playlist: The Very Best of Tonex”(Jive/Legacy, May 29, 2012)
Arturo Toscanini“Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection [Box set]” (85 discs)(RCA, May 29, 2012)
T’Pau“The Best [MP3 Download]” (19 songs)(RDEG, May 29, 2012)
Various artists“The Ace Records Blues Story” (two CDs)(Varese Vintage, May 29, 2012)
Various artists“Intended Play (Matador & True Panther 2011-2012 [MP3 Download]” (11 songs)(Matador, May 29, 2012)
Various artists“Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 1 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs, including Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.”), “Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 2 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs), “Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 3 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs), “Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 4 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs), “Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 5 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs), “Plantation Records: The Singles Set — Part 6 [MP3 Download]” (20 songs)(Sun Records/X5 Music Group, May 29, 2012)
Various artists“Soca Gold 2012 [CD/DVD]” (18 songs)(VP, May 29, 2012)


Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile“Goat Rodeo Sessions [DVD]” (filmed at the House of Blues in Boston; Blu-ray)(Sony Classics, May 29, 2012)
One Direction“Up All Night: The Live Tour [DVD]” (includes three music videos)(Columbia, May 29, 2012)

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
Dick Clark“Dick Clark and the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll [Hardcover]” (author: editors of Life magazine)(Life, May 29, 2012)
eels“Blinking Lights and Other Revelations: The Story of Eels [Hardcover]” (author: Tim Grierson)(Omnibus Press, June 1, 2012)
Queen“Queen: The Complete Illustrated Lyrics [Paperback]”(Backbeat Books, May 29, 2012)
Bruce Springsteen“Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll [Kindle]” (author: Marc Dolan; Hardcover)(W.W. Norton & Company, May 28, 2012)

Next week: June 5, 2012

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