New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

AC/DC“Rock or Bust” (their first album in six years is also their first without ailing founding member Malcolm Young, who has officially retired; Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar; producer: Brendan O’Brien; first single: “Play Ball”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(Columbia)
Mary J. Blige“The London Sessions” (collaborations with such U.K. talent as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans; first single: “Therapy”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(Capitol)
Girlpool (L.A. duo)“Girlpool” (seven-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(Wichita Recordings)
Tracy Lawrence“Greatest Hits: Evolution” (the country star recorded updated versions of his past hits; Hear here; MP3)(Lawrence Music Group)
Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie“December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(Legacy Recordings)
Parkay Quarts (“alter-ego” of Parquet Courts)“Content Nausea” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(What’s Your Rupture?)
Collin Raye“Everlasting” (covers album; Hear here; MP3; iTunes)(Cleopatra)
She & Him“Classics” (guests: Chapin Sisters; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(Columbia)
Sundy Best (country duo)“Salvation City” (producer: RS Field; Hear here; MP3; iTunes)(eOne Music)
Walk the Moon“Talking Is Hard” (first single: “Shut Up + Dance”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(RCA)
Wu-Tang Clan (feat. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna)“A Better Tomorrow” (first single: “Ruckus in B Minor”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes)(Warner)

More CD/Vinyl Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Beacon (Brooklyn-based duo)“L1” (five-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes)(Ghostly International)
Client Liaison“Live at Central Library” (seven-song EP; first single: “Feed the Rhythm”; Hear here)(Dot Dash Recordings)
Edwyn Collins“The Possibilities Are Endless” (music from the documentary film about Collins’ post-stroke recovery; featuring collaborations with Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley; Hear here; See/read here; iTunes)(AED)
Kim Ann Foxman (dance music artist, formerly of Hercules and Love Affair)“It’s All About You / Steal My Secrets [iTunes]” (Hear here)(Firehouse / The Vinyl Factory, Dec. 1)
Kanude“Best Christmas Ever” (producer: Chris Knudson; Hear here)(Lightstone)
The Lost Patrol“Picture Show” (six-song EP; Hear here)(Filter, Dec. 1)
The Slow Readers Club (Manchester-based indie electro band)“Live at Central Library” (first single: “Forever In Your Debt”; Hear here)(Extenso, Dec. 1)
Ryan Troughton Effect“Naturally Selected” (producer: Drew Beck; guest: Beck; first single: “Pray For the Prey”; Hear here; iTunes)(Ryan Troughton Effect)
Victoria+Jean (Swedish-Belgian avant-pop duo)“V+J E.P.” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here)(Victoria+Jean, Dec. 1)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Theodore Bikel“Theodore Bikel’s Treasury of Yiddish Folk & Theatre Songs” (26-song set includes his albums “Theodore Bikel Sings Yiddish Theatre & Folk Songs,” “Theodore Bikel Sings Jewish Folk Songs” and “More Jewish Folk Songs”)(Real Gone Music)
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart“I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite?” (1968 album; remastered)(Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Hadley Caliman“Hadley Caliman” (1971 album; remastered; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
The Cascades“Rhythms of Their Reign 1962-1966” (33 tracks, including their Valiant and RCA years; Track list)(Teensville)
Leonard Cohen“Live in Dublin [CD/DVD]” (three CDs, one DVD; recorded at Dublin’s O2 Arena in September 2013; CD/Blu-ray; iTunes)(Columbia / Legacy)
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane“All of You: The Last Tour 1960 [Box set]” (four CDs; Track list; iTunes)(Acrobat)
The Dells“The Dells: The Early Years – The Complete Singles As & Bs: 1954-62” (29 songs; Track list; iTunes)(Acrobat)
Bonnie Dobson“She’s Like a Swallow” (14 tracks; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Big Beat / Ace, Dec. 1)
The Five Stairsteps“Our Family Portrait / Stairsteps” (1968, 1970 albums on one CD; remastered, with three non-album singles)(SoulMusic Records / Real Gone Music)
Red Foley“Red Foley: The Complete US Country Hits 1944-59” (three CDs, 61 songs; Track list; iTunes)(Acrobat)
Grateful Dead“Dick’s Picks Vol. 14: Boston Music Hall 11/30/73 & 12/2/73 [Box set]” (four CDs)(Real Gone Music)
Jay & The Techniques“The Best of Jay & The Techniques”(Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Linda Jones“The Complete Atco-Loma-Warner Brothers Recordings” (21 songs)(Real Gone Music)
King Crimson“The Elements of King Crimson [Box set]” (two CDs of extracts, elements from studio recordings, alternate takes, live tracks, rehearsals and finished recordings from 1969-2014, much of it previously unreleased on CD; with 24-page booklet)(DGM)
Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis“You’re Gonna Get Next to Me: The Complete Claridge Recordings” (16 tracks; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Kent / Ace, Dec. 1)
Blue Mitchell“Blue Mitchell” (1970 album; remastered; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
New Colony Six“The Mercury Years”(Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Houston Person“Houston Person ’75 / Get Out’a My Way!” (1974, 1975 albums on one CD; remastered; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Westbound / Ace, Dec. 1)
Pixies“PIXIES: Doolittle 25” (1989 album; remastered, with two CDs of bonus B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes)(4AD)
Todd Rundgren“Todd Rundgren At the BBC 1972-1982” (four-disc clamshell box set; Read here)(U.K. – Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red, Dec. 1)
Donna Summer“Donna: The CD Collection” (seven-disc box set contains her albums “The Wanderer,” “Donna Summer,” “Cats Without Claws,” “All Systems Go,” “Another Place and Time,” “Mistaken Identity” and “I’m a Rainbow,” with a free download card; Read here; iTunes), “Donna: The Vinyl Collection”(U.K. – Driven By the Music / Crimson, Dec. 1)
B.J. Thomas“Home Where I Belong / Happy Man” (1976, 1978 albums on one CD; remastered, with bonus tracks), “You Gave Me Love / Miracle” (1979, 1982 albums on one CD; remastered, with bonus tracks)(Real Gone Music)
The Unforgiven“The Unforgiven (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Read here)(Real Gone Music)
Various artists“Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-1970” (18 tracks; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Vanguard / Ace, Dec. 1)
Various artists“Hang On Sloopy: The Bert Berns Story Volume 3” (26 songs; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Ace, Dec. 1)
Various artists“NOW That’s What I Call a Party” (three CDs, 63 songs; Read here)(U.K. – NOW, Dec. 1)
Various artists“Speak Easy: The RPM Records Story Volume 2 1954-57” (two CDs, 56 songs; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Kent / Ace, Dec. 1)
Sarah Vaughan“A Time in My Life” (1971 album; remastered; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
Dionne Warwick“No Night So Long (Expanded Edition)” (1980 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks), “How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album, produced by Luther Vandross; remastered, with six bonus tracks), “Finder of Lost Loves (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks, including three previously unreleased; Hear here)(Funky Town Grooves)
Mary Lou Williams“The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59” (two CDs, 51 songs; Track list)(Fabulous / Acrobat)
Yo La Tengo“Extra Painful!” (deluxe reissue of 1993’s “Painful,” with 15 bonus tracks; Vinyl; MP3)(Matador)

More CD/Vinyl Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Powder“Ka-Pow! An Explosive Collection: 1967-68” (26 tracks; Hear/read here)(Big Beat / Ace)
Various artists“Syrian Orthodox Church: Antioch Liturgy,” “Syrian Orthodox Church: Tradition of Tur Abdin in Mesopotamia”(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Bing Crosby“American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered [DVD]” (PBS special premieres nationwide on Dec. 2; See/read here)(PBS Home Video)
Bob Marley“Bob Marley: The Lost Tapes [DVD]” (PBS special premieres nationwide on Dec. 2; See/read here)(Bealeave Pictures)
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, et al“The Hundred-Foot Journey [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes)(Walt Disney)
One Direction“Where We Are: Live from San Siro Stadium [DVD]” (filmed at the end of June 2014; Blu-ray)(Columbia)
Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, et al“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(20th Century Fox)
Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, et al“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [Blu-ray]” (75th anniversary edition of the 1939 Frank Capra classic)(Sony)
Various artists“Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years [DVD]” (hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow; lineup includes Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Foo Fighters, Jimmie Vaughan, etc.; See here)(PBS)
Various artists“A Charlie Brown Christmas: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]”(Warner Home Video)
Various artists“Jack Bruce – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts [DVD]” (recorded Nov. 2-3, 1993, at the E-Werk in Cologne, with guests Ginger Baker, Bernie Worrell, Gary Moore, Clem Clempson, Mary Reilley, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Simon Phillips, Gary Husband; See here; CD; MP3)(Made in Germany Music / MVD)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Leonard Bernstein“The Leonard Bernstein Letters [Paperback]” (author: John Byrne Cooke)(Yale University Press)
Disco Patrick & Patrick Vogt“Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records [Kindle]” (co-author: Robert Ashton)(Soul Jazz Books, Nov. 30)
Michael Garnice“The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae: The Complete Story of Reggae Told Through Its Greatest Songs, Famous and Forgotten [Hardcover]”(Equinox Publishing, Nov. 30)
Kevin Prested“Punk USA: The Rise and Downfall of Lookout! Records [Kindle]”(Microcosm Publishing, Dec. 1)
Michael Sanchez“Fiddle for Dummies [Paperback]” (Kindle)(For Dummies, Dec. 3)

More Book Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Next week: Dec. 9, 2014

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