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This Week’s Releases: May 6, 2014

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 Widgets

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 Widgets

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
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