New stuff

Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Damon Albarn (of Blur)“Dr Dee” (an opera inspired by the life of John Dee [1527-1608], medical and scientific advisor to Elizabeth I; recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Virgin, May 8, 2012)
ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)“Sounds Like This” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Brushfire/Universal Republic, May 8, 2012)
Auburn (U.K. electro-acoustic ensemble featuring singer-songwriter Liz Lenten)“Indian Summer” (producer: guitarist Max Gilkes; Hear here; MP3 Download)(U.K. – Scarlet/Gonzo MultiMedia, May 7, 2012)
Blush (Pan-Asian female fivesome)“The Undivided EP [MP3 Download]” (nine songs; guest: Snoop Dogg; first single: “All Stars”; Hear here)(FarWest Entertainment, May 10, 2012)
Die Pretty“Beyond Fate” (producer: Oliver Straus; Hear here)(Global Creative, May 8, 2012)
DZ Deathrays (thrash-pop duo from Brisbane, Australia)“Bloodstreams [MP3 Download]” (first single: “No Sleep”; Hear here; See here)(Three Quarter, May 8, 2012)
Aaron Freeman (of Ween)“Marvelous Clouds” (features 13 versions of songs written by 20th century poet-songwriter Rod McKuen; producer: Ben Vaughn; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Partisan, May 8, 2012)
Glenn Frey“After Hours” (his first studio album in 20 years; all-standards; See here; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Universal, May 8, 2012)
John Fullbright (Oklahoma singer-songwriter)“From the Ground Up” (Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Blue Dirt/Thirty Tigers, May 8, 2012)
Philip Glass“Glass Symphony No. 9” (featuring Bruckner Orchester Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies; See here)(Orange Mountain Music, May 8, 2012)
Pat Green“Songs We Wished We’d Written II” (covers of Tom Petty, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Todd Snider, etc.; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Sugar Hill, May 8, 2012)
Here We Go Magic (Brooklyn rock band)“A Different Ship” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Secretly Canadian, May 8, 2012)
Horseback (Chapel Hill, N.C., hard-rock group)“Half Blood” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Relapse, May 8, 2012)
Hung (led by Trans Siberian Orchestra electric violnist Lyris Hung)“Hung” (producers: Andy Abel, Lyris Hung; Hear here; MP3 Download)(ReThink/The End May 8, 2012)
Infected Mushroom“Army of Mushrooms [MP3 Download]” (first single: “U-R-So-Fu**ed”; Hear here; CD)(Dim Mak, May 8, 2012)
John 5 (former Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie guitarist)“God Told Me To [CD/DVD]” (cover art by Rob Zombie; includes a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(60 Cycle Hum/Rocket Science, May 8, 2012)
Karmin (pop duo)“Hello” (producers: Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Cirkut, Jon Jon Traxx; first single: “Brokenhearted”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Epic, May 8, 2012)
Keane“Strangeland” (producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition; MP3 Download)(Cherrytree/Interscope, May 8, 2012)
Kindness (London/Berlin-based Adam Bainbridge)“World, You Need a Change of Mind” (includes covers of The Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party” and Anita Dobson’s “Anyone Can Fall in Love”; producers: Bainbridge, Phillipe Zdar; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Casablanca, May 8, 2012)
King Charles (2010 winner of the International Songwriting Competition)“LoveBlood” (first single: “LoveBlood”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Universal Republic, May 8, 2012)
Michael Kiwanuka (winner of the BBC Sound of 2012 prize)“Home Again [MP3 Download]” (CD version arrives in July; released in the U.K. in March; producer: Paul Butler of The Bees; Hear here)(Cherrytree/Interscope, May 8, 2012)
Led Er Est“The Driver” (first single: “Kaiyo Maru”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Sacred Bones, May 8, 2012)
Greg Laswell“Landline” (guests: Ingrid Michaelson, Sia, Sara Bareilles, Elizabeth Ziman; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Vanguard, May 8, 2012)
Martha’s Trouble“A Little Heart Like You [MP3 Download]” (indie folk duo’s album of lullabies; producer: Chris Rosser; Hear here)(Aisling, May 8, 2012)
Mary Mary“Go Get It” (guests: Destiny’s Child, Kirk Franklin, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard; first single: “Go Get It”; Hear here)(My Block/Columbia, May 8, 2012)
Moonlight Cove (Swedish synthpop band)“Hearts of the World [MP3 Download]” (Hear here)(Kinetophone, May 8, 2012)
PS I Love You“Death Dreams” (producer: Matt Rogalsky; first single: “Don’t Go”; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Paper Bag, May 8, 2012)
Trevor Rabin“Jacaranda” (Hear here)(Varese, May 8, 2012)
Royalty, The (El Paso indie chamber-pop band)“Lovers” (producer: Cameron Webb; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Victory, May 8, 2012)
Arturo Sandoval“Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)” (Sandoval’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, his friend and mentor; guests: Gary Burton, Yellowjackets’ Bob Mintzer, Joey DeFrancesco, Eddie Daniels, Ed Calle, Gregg Field, etc.; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(Concord, May 8, 2012)
Silversun Pickups“Neck of the Woods” (producer: Jacknife Lee; first single: “Bloody Mary [Nerve Endings]”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3 Download)(Dangerbird, May 8, 2012)
Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister)“Dee Does Broadway” (guests: Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download; see related book below)(Razor & Tie, May 8, 2012)
Speakers (pop/hip-hop duo)“New Frequency [MP3 Download]” (four-song EP; guests: Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, NiRé All’Dai; Hear here; See here)(Newco/Virgin, May 8, 2012)
Tank“This Is How I Feel” (guests: Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Kris Stephens; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Atlantic, May 8, 2012)
Paul Thorn“What the Hell Is Goin’ On?” (Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers, May 8, 2012)
Various artists“Oh Happy Day: All-Star Music Celebration [MP3 Download]” (featuring Queen Latifah, 3 Doors Down, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph, Al Green and Heather Headley)(EMI Gospel, May 8, 2012)
VHS or Beta“Diamonds and Dub [MP3 Download]” (producer: Jacques Renault; Hear here)(Krian Music Group, May 8, 2012)
Romain Virgo (22-year-old Jamaican singer)“The System” (producers: Shane Brown, Donovan Germain, Viking Productions; first single: “I Know Better”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Download)(VP, May 8, 2012)
Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek)“Sun Midnight Sun” (producer: Blake Mills; guests: Jackson Browne, Fiona Apple, Taylor Goldsmith, Benmont Tench, Sean Watkins; first single: “When It Pleases You”; Hear here; Read here; MP3 Download)(Nonesuch, May 8, 2012)
West of Hell (Vancouver metal group)“Spiral Empire [MP3 Download]” (producer: Rob Shallcross; Hear here)(Reversed, May 8, 2012)
Rita Wilson (actress and wife of Tom Hanks)“AM/FM” (covers of ’60s and ’70s classics; producer: Fred Mollin; guests: Jackson Browne, Faith Hill, Chris Cornell, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Webb, Vince Gill, Patty Scialfa; Read here; MP3 Download)(Decca, May 8, 2012)




Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett“The CBS Television Specials: Live at Carnegie Hall/Live at Lincoln Center” (their 1962 special and 1971 follow-up; Read here; MP3 Download)(Masterworks Broadway, May 8, 2012)
Anvil“Plugged in Permanent” (1996 album), “Plenty of Power” (2001 album)(The End, May 8, 2012)
Barenaked Ladies“Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before!” (12-song rarities collection; MP3 Download)(Rhino, May 8, 2012)
Tracy Byrd“Greatest Hits”(BNA/Legacy, May 8, 2012)
Mariah Carey“The Essential Mariah Carey” (two CDs, 28 hits; Track list; MP3 Download)(Columbia/Legacy, May 8, 2012)
Phil Collins“… But Seriously [24 KT + Gold CD]” (1989 album; remastered)(Audio Fidelity, May 8, 2012)
Critters, The“Younger Girl: The Complete Kapp and Musicor Recordings” (26 songs)(U.K. – Now Sounds, May 7, 2012)
Donald Fagen“Nightfly [180 Gram Vinyl]” (1982 album; remastered)(Warner, May 8, 2012)
Hollies, The“Stay With the Hollies [MP3 Download]” (1964 album, with bonus tracks), “Evolution [MP3 Download]” (1967 album, with bonus tracks), “The Best of The Hollies [MP3 Download]” (23 tracks), “Staying Power [MP3 Download]” (2006 album)(EMI, May 8, 2012)
Kidz Bop Kids“Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits” (MP3 Download)(Razor & Tie, May 8, 2012)
Greg Kihn Band“Best of Beserkley ’75-’84” (21 tracks; MP3 Download)(Riot, May 8, 2012)
Liza Minnelli“Legends of Broadway: Liza Minnelli Live at the Winter Garden” (January 1974 concert, derived from the original master engineered by Phil Ramone; Read here; MP3 Download)(Masterworks Broadway, May 8, 2012)
Moby“Destroyed. Remixed” (2011 album; including remixes by David Lynch, Holy Ghost! and System Divine; Hear here; MP3 Download)(Mute, May 8, 2012)
My Bloody Valentine“EPs 1988-1991” (Read here)(U.K. – Sony Music CMG, May 7, 2012)
Pitbull“Original Hits” (18 songs from his TVT days, 2004-2007; Track list; MP3 Download)(The Orchard, May 8, 2012)
Otis Redding“Otis Redding In Person At The Whisky A Go Go [MP3 Download]” (1968 album)(Rhino/Atlantic, May 8, 2012)
Selena“Ones” (19 of her biggest hits; MP3 Download)(EMI Latin, May 8, 2012)
Shaggy“Essential [MP3 Download]” (12 songs)(Virgin, May 8, 2012)
SOiL“Re-LIVE-ing The Scars: Live in London [CD/DVD]” (reunited with Ryan McCombs, formerly of Drowning Pool; recorded on Oct. 14, 2011, at the Electric Ballroom; See here; MP3 Download)(Bieler Bros., May 8, 2012)
Steps“Ultimate Tour Collection” (19 songs)(U.K. – Sony, May 7, 2012)
Various artists“Da Doo Ron Ron: More from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook” (24 songs; featuring The Dixie Cups, The McCoys, The Crystals, Connie Francis, The Chiffons, Sonny & Cher, Lesley Gore, The Monkees, etc.; Track list)(U.K. – Ace, May 7, 2012)
Various artists“The Roots of the Beach Boys” (other artists’ songs that inspired The Beach Boys, including Chuck Berry, George Gershwin, The Drifters, Fats Domino, etc.; 27 tracks)(Complete Blues/Snapper UK, May 8, 2012)
Various artists“Strong Love: Songs of Gay Liberation 1972-1981” (MP3 Download)(Chapter Music, May 8, 2012)
Gene Vincent“The Capitol Years [Box set]” (four CDs, 120 songs)(Chrome Dreams, May 8, 2012)
Bill Withers“Just As I Am: 40th Anniversary Edition” (1971 album, featuring “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands”; remastered)(U.K. – BBR, May 7, 2012)


Artist:Title:Label/Due date:
Lady Gaga“Lady Gaga’s Secret World [DVD]” (unauthorized biography)(Screen Media, May 8, 2012)
Rolling Stones, The“The Singles 1962-1970 [DVD]”(AIS, May 8, 2012)
Swervedriver“Live in Sydney [DVD]” (shot at the Metro on Feb. 18, 2011)(Cobraside, May 8, 2012)

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
Buddy Guy“When I Left Home: My Story [Hardcover]” (co-author: David Ritz; Kindle)(Da Capo Press, May 8, 2012)
Jimi Hendrix“Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story [Hardcover]” (author: Leon Hendrix; Kindle)(Thomas Dunne Books, May 8, 2012)
Dave Hunter“Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers [Hardcover]”(Voyageur Press, May 7, 2012)
Marilyn Manson“The Long Hard Road Out of Hell [Kindle]” (co-author: Neil Strauss)(It Books, May 8, 2012)
Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister)“Shut Up and Give Me the Mic: A Twisted Memoir [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(Gallery Books, May 8, 2012)

Next week: May 15, 2012

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