New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Lily Allen“Sheezus” (producers: Greg Kurstin, DJ Dahi, Shellback; Hear here; See here; Deluxe edition; MP3, with five bonus tracks)(Warner)
Anastacia“Resurrection” (her first album of original songs since 2008’s “Heavy Rotation”; producers: John Fields, Steve Diamond, Teddy Scott, Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello; first single: “Stupid Little Things”; Hear here; See here)(U.K. – BMG Rights Management, May 5)
Andrew Jackson Jihad“Christmas Island” (Hear here; MP3)(SideOneDummy)
Atmosphere (Minneapolis hip-hop duo)“Southsiders” (first single: “Bitter”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Rhymesayers)
Black Stone Cherry“Magic Mountain” (producer: Joe Barresi; first single: “Me and Mary Jane”; Hear here; MP3)(Roadrunner)
Luka Bloom“Head & Heart” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Compass)
crash“Hardly Criminal” (producer: Ed Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros lead guitarist Mark Noseworthy; guests: members of Zeros, Dawes, Bright Eyes, etc.; first single: “Motion Animal”; Hear/read here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Community Music)
Kat Edmonson“Way Down Low” (producer: Edmonson; guest: Lyle Lovett; Hear here; MP3)(OKeh)
Eno • Hyde (Brian Eno and Karl Hyde)“Someday World” (producers: Eno, Fred Gibson; guests: Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds, Chris Vatalaro; Hear here; Vinyl; Special Edition)(Warp)
Liam Finn (son of Neil Finn)“The Nihilist” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Yep Roc)
Roddy Frame“Seven Dials” (the former Aztec Camera frontman’s first solo album since 2006; producers: Frame, Sebastian Lewsley; first single: “Forty Days of Rain”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(U.K. – AED, May 5)
Kina Grannis“Elements” (first single: “The Fire”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(One Haven Music)
Ben & Ellen Harper (son and mother)“Childhood Home” (first single: “A House Is a Home”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Prestige Folklore)
Hunter Hayes“Storyline” (producers: Hayes, Dann Huff; first single: “Invisible”; Hear here; MP3)(Atlantic Nashville)
The Horrors“Luminous” (the British band’s first album since 2011; producers: The Horrors, Craig Silvey; first single: “I See You”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(XL Recordings)
Nikki Lane“All or Nothin'” (producer: Dan Auerbach; Hear here; Vinyl + MP3; MP3)(New West)
Lykke Li (Swedish pop singer)“I Never Learn” (producers: Björn Yttling, Li, Greg Kurstin; new single: “No Rest For the Wicked”; Hear here; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(LL Recordings / Atlantic)
Matrimony (alt-folk troupe)“Montibello Memories” (producer: Jay Joyce; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Columbia)
Maxïmo Park“Too Much Information” (producers: Maxïmo Park; first single: “Brain Cells”; Hear here; MP3)(Daylighting / [PIAS] America)
Sarah McLachlan“Shine On” (producer: Pierre Marchand; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Verve)
Natalie Merchant“Natalie Merchant” (producer: Merchant; guests: John Medeski, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, Corliss Stafford, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Nonesuch)
Tim LeVan Miller“Boredom Longs For Fear” (producer: Miller; first single: “Darlin”; ReverbNation)(Tim LeVan Miller)
Morning Parade“Pure Adulterated Joy” (first single: “Alienation”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(So Recordings / Caroline)
The Kelly Richey Band“The Kelly Richey Band Live at The Blue Wisp” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Sweet Lucy)
Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)“American Interior” (13 songs inspired by 18th-century Welsh explorer John Evans’ original journey across America; Hear here; See here)(U.K. – Turnstile, May 5)
Santana“Corazón” (producer: Lester Mendez; collaborators: ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter; new single: “Saideira”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Sony Latin Iberia / RCA)
Michael Stanley“The Job” (mixed by legendary producer/engineer Bill Szymczyk; Hear here)(Line Level Music)
Michael Sweet (of Stryper)“I’m Not Your Suicide” (Hear here; MP3; see related book below)(Big3)
tUnE-yArDs“Nikki Nack” (first single: “Water Fountain”; Hear hereVinyl; MP3)(4AD)
Various artists“All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman [CD/DVD]” (all-star tribute recorded at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Jan. 10, 2014, featuring Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Zac Brown, Derek Trucks, John Hiatt, Widespread Panic, etc.; Hear here; Read here)(Rounder)
Various artists“NOW That’s What I Call Music! 50” (21 tracks; MP3; Deluxe Edition, with a second CD of 14 past hits; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(NOW Music)
Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show)“Folk Singer Vol. 1” (producer: David Rawlings; Hear here)(Acony)

More Releases for the Week of May 6, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Max Collins (frontman of Eve 6)“Honey From the Icebox [MP3]” (Hear here)(Max Collins / Frozen Motion)
Coy Kids (N.J. indie-rock trio)“Youthful Days [MP3]” (Hear here)(Texiera / The Orchard)
Dar.Ra (U.K. songwriter-musician)“Battle Hymns [MP3]” (producer: Darragh J. Brady; first single: “Kenetic”; Hear here)(Kusha Deep Music, May 4)
Thomas Dybdahl (Norwegian singer-songwriter)“What’s Left Is Forever [MP3]” (producer: Larry Klein; first single: “This Love Is Here To Stay”; Hear here; See here)(Strange Cargo / Manhattan)
Brett Gleason (Brooklyn singer-songwriter)“Brett Gleason [MP3]” (first single: “Calculated”; Hear here)(Brett Gleason)
Cyndi Harvell“Heartache & Revolution [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Cyndi Harvell)
Les Big Byrd (Swedish duo)“They Worshipped Cats [MP3]” (Joakim Åhlund was a member of Caesars and Teddybears and Frans Johansson was in Fireside; Hear here; See here)(A Recordings, May 5)
MaryJaneDaniels (Nashville alt-country band)“Cinco de Drinko [MP3]” (first single: “Beer”; ReverbNation)(Doublewide Penthouse Music, May 5)
Johnny Orr Band“Down South [MP3]” (producer: Orr; first single: “We’ll Get By [The Autism Song]”; Hear here)(John + John Entertainment, May 5)

“A friend of mine asked me to write (‘We’ll Get By’) in 2012,” Orr tells P&P. “Candi Spitz and I became friends on Facebook, and she has twin sons who are autistic. It actually took a little over a year before anything came to me, but I woke up one morning with the first couple of lines just dancing in my head.”

SomethingALaMode (Parisian electro-pop duo)“Endless Stairs [MP3]” (guests: DWNTWN, Dan Black, Lola, Adam Joseph, Rinko Kikuchi; Hear here; See here)(SALM, May 5)
Stand Up And Say No“Assuming Loyal [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Can You Feel”; Hear here)(9218-1924 Quebec Inc.)
Strange Anthem (Melbourne, Australia-based singer-songwriter Daniel Laverack)“Volume 1 [MP3]” (three-song EP; ReverbNation)(MondoTunes, May 4)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Big Country“Steeltown: Deluxe Edition” (1984 album; remastered, with a second CD of B-sides, radio edits, demos and other rarities; Read here)(U.K. – Universal, May 5)
Blue Magic“Message From the Magic” (1977 album; remastered)(Funky Town Grooves)
Eric Clapton“Journeyman [Hybrid SACD]” (1989 album; remastered)(Audio Fidelity)
John Coltrane“The Complete Ray Draper Quintet Sessions 1957-58” (MP3)(Acrobat)
A Firm Handshake (lead singer Zach Sobiech died last year after a bout with cancer)“Fix Me Up (Deluxe Edition) [CD/DVD]” (their debut 2013 EP contains the song “Clouds,” which became a YouTube sensation before Sobiech’s death in May 2013; 100 percent of all net proceeds from “Clouds” go to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund; See here; MP3; see related book below)(Rock the Cause)
The Flying Burrito Brothers“Devils In Disguise: 1971 Live Broadcast” (18 tracks)(Smokin’)
Connie Francis“The Complete US & UK Singles A’s & B’s, 1958-62” (four CDs; MP3)(Acrobat)
Jellyfish“Bellybutton: Deluxe Edition” (1990 album; remastered, with a second disc of bonus material), “Spilt Milk: Deluxe Edition” (1993 album; remastered, with a second disc of bonus material; Read here)(Omnivore Recordings)
Ramsey Lewis“Complete Recordings 1960-1962 [Box set]” (eight full albums on four CDs; Read here)(Enlightenment)
Kirsty MacColl“All I Ever Wanted: The Anthology” (two-CD, 43-song collection of hits, album cuts, rare B-sides, live sessions, etc.)(U.K. – Salvo, May 5)
The Move“Live at Fillmore 1969” (two CDs; Read here)(Right Recordings)
Various artists“Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014” (14-song dancehall compilation; See here; MP3)(Greensleeves / VP)
Various artists“Top 40: 80s Essentials” (two CDs, 40 songs; Track list)(U.K. – Crimson / Demon Music Group, May 5)
Muddy Waters“The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles As & Bs 1947-62” (four CDs, 49 songs; Read here; MP3)(Acrobat)

More Releases for the Week of May 6, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Kings Road“Heaven and Earth [MP3]” (1997 album)(R.D.E.G., May 5)
Rustic Overtones“¡Viva Nueva! [MP3]” (2001 album)(Rhino)
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia“Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 [MP3]”(Shout! Factory)
Cal Tjader“Black Orchid [MP3]” (1993 compilation; 30 songs)(Mood Indigo)
The Trash Can Sinatras“I’ve Seen Everything [MP3]” (1993 album; includes “Hayfever”)(R.D.E.G., May 5)
Various artists“Every Child Deserves a Lifetime: Songs From The For Our Children Series [MP3]” (2007 compilation features tracks from Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Faith Hill, Babyface, etc.; benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation)(Shout! Factoe22ry)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Kristen Bell“Veronica Mars [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(Warner Home Video)
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd“The Blues Brothers [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1980 film; featuring theatrical and extended versions; See here)(Universal Studios)
Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo, Concetta Tomei, et al“China Beach: Season 3 [DVD]” (See here)(StarVista / Time Life)
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep“The Bridges of Madison County [Blu-ray]” (1995 film; See here)(Warner Home Video)
Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman“Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]” (1974 film, directed by Mel Brooks; See here)(Warner Home Video)
Public Enemy“Welcome to the Terrordome: 20 years of Rap, Rock and Revolution [DVD]” (2010 documentary film; See here)(Eastlink)
Various artists“A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert [DVD]” (Jan. 21, 1989, show featuring never-before-seen performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Carla Thomas, etc.; Read here)(Shout! Factory)
Suzanne Vega“Solitude Standing [DVD]” (filmed at the Rome Auditorium in July 2003; See here)(Wienerworld / MVD)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of May 6, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
Alexandra Crockett“Metal Cats [Paperback]” (hardcore-metal musicians and their cats)(powerHouse Books)
Jessye Norman“Stand Up Straight and Sing! [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Joe Satriani“Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(BenBella Books)
Laura Sobiech (mother of the late Zach Sobiech)“Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way [Hardcover]” (Paperback; Kindle)(Thomas Nelson)
Rick Springfield“Magnificent Vibration: A Novel [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(Touchstone)
Michael Sweet“Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed [Hardcover]” (co-authors: Dave Rose, Doug Van Pelt)(Big3)

More Book Releases for the Week of May 6, 2014

Next week: May 13, 2014

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