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New Releases: April 28, 2015

New releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo “Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: 35th Anniversary Tour” (two CDs, one DVD; Hear here) (Mailboat)
Blur “The Magic Whip” (their first album in 12 years; first single: “Go Out”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Parlophone)
Braids (Montreal experimental pop trio) “Deep in the Iris” (producers: Braids, Damian Taylor; first single: “Miniskirt”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Vinyl; MP3) (Arbutus)
Zac Brown Band “Jekyll + Hyde” (guests: Chris Cornell, Sara Bareilles; first single: “Homegrown”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Southern Ground / John Varvatos / Big Machine)
The Cash Box Kings “Holding Court” (Hear here; MP3) (Blind Pig)
The Catalyst Quartet “Bach/Gould Project: Bach-Goldberg Variations | Gould-String Project” (33 tracks; Hear here; MP3) (Azica)
Chubby Knuckle Choir (eclectic Texas quintet) “Reveille” (producer: Andre Moran; guests: bassists Glenn Fukunaga and Sons of Fathers’ David Beck; Hear here) (Chubby Knuckle Choir / Smith Music Group)
ConFunkShun “More Than Love” (their first album since 1986; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Everclear “Black Is the New Black” (first single: “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”; Hear here; MP3) (The End)
Tyler Farr “Suffer in Peace” (producers: Jim Catino, Julian King; guest: Jason Aldean; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia Nashville)
Martin Gore “MG” (16-track electronic instrumental album; producer: Gore; Hear hereVinylMP3) (Mute)
Josh Groban “Stages” (a collection of musical theater covers; guests: Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald, Chris Botti; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Reprise)
Implode (Swedish thrash/death metal band) “I of Everything” (Hear here) (Cramada)
Insane Clown Posse “The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost)” (Hear here; MP3) (Psychopathic)
Klone (French prog-rock sextet) “Here Comes the Sun” (producers: Klone; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Klonosphere / Pelagic)
The Late Call (aka Johannes Mayer) “Golden” (first single: “Carry”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Tapete)
Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions’ original lead vocalist) “Just a Mortal Man” (his first solo album; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Red Beet)
The Leisure Society “The Fine Art of Hanging On” (first single: “Tall Black Cabins”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Full Time Hobby)
Natalie MacMaster + Donnell Leahy “One” (producers: Bob Ezrin, Justin Cortelyou; Hear here; MP3) (Linus Entertainment)
Heather Maloney “Making Me Break” (producer: Bill Reynolds; first single: “Otherwise”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes, with a bonus cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”) (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Mew ” +- “ (the Danish prog band’s first album in six years; producers: Michael Beinhorn, Mew; guest: Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack; Hear here; Box set; Vinyl; MP3) (PIAS America)
Millencolin “True Brew” (first single: “Sense & Sensibility”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Epitaph)
Ambrosia Parsley (NYC singer-songwriter, formerly of Shivaree) “Weeping Cherry” (with one bonus track; Hear here; MP3) (Barbès)
Robert Pollard “Faulty Superheroes” (first single: “Up and Up and Up”; Hear here) (Guided By Voices Inc.)
Raekwon “Fly International Luxurious Art” (producers: Jerry Wonda, She da God, Snaz; guests: Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Estelle, Liz Rodrigues; new single: “Wall to Wall,” feat. Busta Rhymes; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (ICEH20)
Collin Raye “Greatest Hits Live” (MP3) (Goldenlane)
Joe Regen (protégé of pianist Kenny Barron) “Stop Time” (producer: Mitchell Froom; guests: Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello and the Imposters; first single: “I Will Wait”; Hear here; MP3) (Motéma Music)
Roomful of Teeth (Grammy-winning vocal ensemble) “Render” (Hear here; MP3) (New Amsterdam)
Robin Spielberg “Another Time, Another Place” (Hear here) (playMountain Music)
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld “Never were the way she was” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Constellation)
Sofia Talvik (Swedish singer-songwriter) “Big Sky Country” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Makaki Music / Caroline / Universal)
10,000 Maniacs “Twice Told Tales” (a collection of traditional British Isles folk songs; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Tracey Thorn “Songs From The Falling” (soundtrack to director Carol Morley’s full-length feature film debut; MP3) (Strange Feeling, April 27)
Various artists “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (opens in theaters May 1; See here) (Hollywood)
Various artists “Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles” (acoustic renditions by Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, John Wetton, Judy Collins, the late Jack Bruce, David Clayton Thomas, etc.; MP3) (Cleopatra)
The Weepies “Sirens” (their first full-length album in five years; first single: “Sirens”; Hear here; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Matthew West “Live Forever” (first single: “Day One”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Sparrow)

More Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Scott Henderson (guitar virtuoso) “Vibe Station” (Hear here) (Scott Henderson)
Odessa (California songstress) “Odessa” (first single: “I Will Be There”; Hear here) (Chop Shop Music / Republic)
Randy Valentine (reggae artist) “Still Pushing” (eight-song EP; producer: Joe Ariwa; first single: “Wake the Town”; Hear here) (Hemp Higher Productions, May 1)
WIN WIN “Primaries” (new single: “Been So Long”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (Arts & Crafts)

More Digital Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
ABBA “ABBA: Deluxe Edition” (1975 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks and a DVD featuring 60 minutes of TV performances, including the complete 1976 TV special “ABBA In Australia”) (U.K. – Universal Music Catalogue, April 27)
Bobby Bare “Storyteller: The Anthology 1960-83” (two CDs, 51 songs, covering his years on RCA, Mercury and Columbia; Read here) (Raven)
Boney M. “Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions & Rarities, Volume 1: 1976-1980,” “Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions & Rarities, Volume 3: 1984-1987” (Farian)
Eric Clapton “Forever Man” (three-CD, 51-song best-of compilation, covering the 1980s to the 2000s; Read here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Reprise)
Billy Cobham “Reflected Journey” (recorded in Tokyo on Feb. 15, 1992; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods “Absolutely the Best of the ’70s” (Nasjon / Airline)
Pat DiNizio “The Best of Pat DiNizio” (Nasjon / Airline)
The Flying Burrito Brothers “Live at the Palomino, North Hollywood, June 8th 1969” (two CDs) (Keyhole)
Rory Gallagher “Irishman in New York” (two CDs, 13 tracks; recorded in September 1979) (Rockbeat)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Vol. 8: Harpur College, Binghamton, NY May 2, 1970” (three CDs, 24 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters “Omaha Civic Auditorium 17th November 1975” (Hi Hat)
The Kingbees “The Kingbees” (1980 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
King Crimson “Live at the Marquee, July 6, 1969,” “Live at the Marquee, August 10, 1971” (two CDs), “Live in Guildford 1972” (Discipline Global Mobile)
La Bouche “Greatest Hits” (16 tracks) (RCA / Sony)
Joni Mitchell “Los Angeles, 26 January 1995” (Klondike)
Juice Newton “Can’t Wait All Night / Old Flame / Emotion” (1984, 1985 and 1987 albums on two CDs; remastered) (U.K. – BGO, April 27)
Ramones “Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 31 January 1978” (Echoes)
Terry Reid “Original Album Series” (five CDs, from 1968’s to “Bang, Bang You’re Terry Reid” to 1991’s “The Driver”) (U.K. – Rhino, April 27)
Dusty Springfield “Faithful” (1971 recordings, produced by Jeff Barry, and intended for an album but never released; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Trans-X “Anthology” (14 tracks; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Various artists “Sources: The Fresh Records Anthology” (three-CD, 46-song collection, compiled by Bill Brewster; Read here) (U.K. – Harmless / Demon Music Group, April 27)
Various artists “Sweet Things From the Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry Songbook” (24 tracks, featuring The Ronettes, The Dixie Cups, The Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Andy Kim, etc.; Read here) (U.K. – Ace, April 27)
Jimmy Webb “Original Album Series” (five CDs) (U.K. – Rhino, April 27)
Johnny Winter “My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, NY, September 8th 1978” (Air Cuts)

More Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bobby Bare “Down & Dirty” (1980 album), “Drunk & Crazy” (1980 album), “As Is” (1981 album), “Ain’t Got Nothin’ to Lose” (1982 album), “Drinkin’ From the Bottle, Singin’ From the Heart” (1983 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Colonel Abrams “About Romance” (1992 album; remastered) (Conscious Manifesto / Essential Media Group)
Andy Fairweather Low “The Very Best of Andy Fairweather Low: The Low Rider” (14 songs) (Proper, April 26)
Fantasy “Fantasy” (1981 album; remastered), “Sex and Material Possessions” (1982 album; remastered) (Conscious Manifesto / Essential Media Group)
Bill Hicks “Philosophy: The Best of Bill Hicks” (21 tracks; also available this week are nine other Hicks comedy albums) (Comedy Dynamics)
Barbara Law (British actress-singer) “Take All of Me” (1979 album; remastered; Hear here) (Conscious Manifesto / Essential Media Group)
The Smoke “My Friend Jack Eats Sugar Lumps: An Anthology” (55 songs; See here; CD) (Secret / MVD, April 27)
The Sorrows “Teenage Heartbreak” (1980 album; remastered; Hear here), “Love Too Late” (1981 album; remastered; See here) (Conscious Manifesto / Essential Media Group)
Various artists “Armenia: Liturgical Chants – Mekhitarist Community of Venice,” “Yemen: Songs from Hadramawt” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

More Digital Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist/cast: Title: Studio/label:
Charles Bronson, Kim Novak “The White Buffalo [Blu-ray]” (1977 film) (Kino Lorber)
Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, et al “Spaceballs [Blu-ray]” (1987 film) (MGM)
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern “Wild At Heart [DVD]” (1990 film) (Kino Lorber)
Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest “Little Man Tate [DVD]” (1991 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On [Blu-ray Audio]” (1973 album; remastered) (Motown / UMe)
Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting “The Wedding Ringer [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw “Convoy [DVD]” (1978 film; Blu-ray) (Kino Lorber)
Paul Newman, Robby Benson “Harry & Son [DVD]” (1984 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
OneRepublic “OneRepublic: No Holding Back [DVD]” (Gonzo Distribution)
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Definitive Performances 1963-1987 [DVD]” (Eagle Rock)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964” (Hardcover; author: Ted Russell) (Rizzoli)
Grateful Dead “So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead” (Hardcover; author: David Browne; Kindle) (Da Capo Press)
Dave Laing “One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock” (Paperback) (PM Press, May 1)
Greil Marcus “Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: Sixth Edition” (Paperback; Kindle) (Plume)
Michaelangelo Matos “The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Dey Street Books)
The Oak Ridge Boys “On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys: Forty Years of Untold Stories and Adventures” (Paperback; author: Joseph S. Bonsall) (Harvest House Publishers, May 1)
Public Enemy “Public Enemy: Inside the Terrordome” (Paperback; author: Tim Grierson; Kindle) (Omnibus Press, May 1)

More Book Releases for the Week of April 28, 2015

Now See Here:

“Tall Black Cabins,” The Leisure Society

Next week: May 5, 2015

March 31 / April 7 / April 14 / April 21

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