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This Week’s Releases: Jan. 20, 2015

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Belle and Sebastian “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” (producer: Ben H. Allen III; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; Vinyl box set; MP3; iTunes) (Matador)
Ryan Bingham “Fear and Saturday Night” (producer: Jim Scott; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Axster Bingham)
Jim Ed Brown “In Style Again” (producers: Don Cusic, Bobby Bare; guests: Vince Gill, Helen Corneilus, The Browns, The Whites; first single: “In Style Again”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Plowboy)
Alex Calder “Strange Dreams” (guest: Caitlin Loney; new single: “Lola”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Captured Tracks)
The Decemberists “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” (first single: “Make Me Better”; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Box Set; MP3; iTunes) (Capitol)
Mikky Ekko “Time” (first single: “Smile”; Hear here; See here; Amazon MP3; iTunes) (RCA)
Enter Shikari “The Mindsweep” (producer: Dan Weller; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Hopeless)
Fall Out Boy “American Beauty / American Psycho” (producers: Jake Sinclair, Butch Walker, J.R. Rotem, Omega; new single: “The Kids Aren’t Alright”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (DCD2 / Island)
The Grannies “Ballsier” (producer: Jack Endino; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Saustex)
Joey Bada$$ “B4.DA.$$” (guest: Chronixx, BJ The Chicago Kid, Maverick Sabre, Dymeond Lewis, Raury; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era)
Ledisi “The Intimate Truth” (acoustic version of her 2014 album “The Truth”; MP3; Hear here; iTunes) (Verve)
Lupe Fiasco “Tetsuo & Youth” (producers: S1, DJ Dahi; guests: Guy Sebastian, Nikki Jean, Ab-Soul, Troi, etc.; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (1st & 15th / Atlantic)
Marilyn Manson “The Pale Emperor” (first single: “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Loma Vista Recordings / Concord)
Chrisette Michele “The Lyricists’ Opus” (six-song EP; guest: Justin Lyons; Hear here; MP3) (Rich Hipster / Caroline)
Jack Name “Weird Moons” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Castleface)
Phil Perry “A Better Man” (producers: Perry, Chris Davis; guests: Howard Hewett, Kim Waters, Rick Braun; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
Josh Ritter “Acoustic Live Vol. 1” (recorded in March 2014 at Somerville Theater in Somerville, Mass.) (Josh Ritter)
Sick Feeling (Brooklyn-based band) “Suburban Myth” (first single: “Liberal Arts”; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Terrible / Collect)
Sleater-Kinney “No Cities to Love” (their first album since 2005; producer: John Goodmanson; first single: “Bury Our Friends”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Sub Pop)
Chris Spedding (U.K. guitar legend) “Joyland” (guests: Bryan Ferry, Johnny Marr, Arthur Brown, Ian McShane, Robert Gordon, Glen Matlock, Andy Fraser, etc.; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Cleopatra)
Various artists “On the Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)” (30-member cast led by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, etc.; Read here) (PS Classics)
Various artists “2015 Grammy Nominees” (21 tracks; MP3; iTunes) (RCA)
Viet Cong (Calgary quartet) “Viet Cong” (first single: “Continental Shelf”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Jagjaguwar)

More Releases for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bon Qui Qui (comedian Anjelah Johnson’s “MADtv” character) “Gold Plated Dreams” (Hear here) (Warner / LoudMouth Entertainment)
Caitlin Canty “Reckless Skyline” (producer: Jeffrey Foucault; guests: Billy Conway, Jeremy Moses Curtis, Eric Heywood, Matt Lorenz, Kate Lorenz, Harris Paseltiner; Hear here) (Caitlin Canty)
Chris J. Connolly (singer-songwriter from Staffordshire, England, now based on Long Island) “Flying Lessons” (Hear here; iTunes) (Diversion)
Alan Doyle (lead singer of Great Big Sea) “So Let’s Go” (Hear here; iTunes) (Skinner’s Hill Music)
Erase Errata (San Francisco post-punk trio) “Lost Weekend” (Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Under the Sun)
Evoke (aka Colorado-based electro-pop artist Alden Groves) “Withdrawal” (first single: “To Break”; Hear here; iTunes) (SectionZ)
Glee Cast “Glee: The Music – Jagged Little Tapestry” (five songs) (Columbia)
Grand Vapids (Athens indie/noise rockers) “Guarantees” (producer: Drew Vandenberg; Hear here) (Baby Robot)
Derek Grant (of Alkaline Trio) “Breakdown” (iTunes) (Red Scare Industries)
Mord Fustang “9999 in 1” (new single: “Doppelgangbanger”; Hear here; iTunes) (Haulix)
SayWeCanFly “Between the Roses” (Hear here; iTunes) (SayWeCanFly, Jan. 22)
The Velocity Gospel (new project led by singer-songwriter Emmanuel Canete, formerly of Caution Automatic) “Truth in Prose and Stories” (Hear here) (Dying Van Gogh)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Alphaville “So8os Presents Alphaville (Curated By Blank & Jones)” (two-CD, 29-song collection to mark the group’s 30th anniversary, featuring 12-inch versions and rare B-sides; iTunes) (Soundcolours)
Billy Talent “HITS” (14 songs; Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (The End)
Jackson Browne & David Lindley “Live at the Main Point, 15th August 1973” (entire WBCN-FM radio broadcast) (Echoes)
Catatonia “Way Beyond Blue” (1996 album; remastered, with a 19-track bonus disc), “International Velvet” (1998 album; remastered, with a 13-track bonus disc), “Equally Cursed and Blessed” (1999 album; remastered, with a 11-track bonus disc), “Paper Scissors Stone” (2001 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks and a DVD of 12 music videos) (U.K. – Edsel, Jan. 19)
Exposé “Exposure (Deluxe Edition)” (1987 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus mixes; 19 bonus tracks in all; Track list) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, Jan. 19)
Extreme “Extreme II: Pornograffitti (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered, with a second CD of rare mixes and B-sides; MP3; iTunes) (A&M / UMe)
Michael Franks “Tiger in the Rain” (1979 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)
The Isley Brothers “Playlist: The Very Best of The Isley Brothers” (T-Neck / Legacy)
Jellyfish “Bellybutton (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered; two CDs, with 26 bonus demo and live tracks; See here), “Spilt Milk (Deluxe Edition)” (1993 album; remastered; two CDs, with 25 bonus demo and live tracks; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
The O’Jays “Playlist: The Very Best of The O’Jays” (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
Various artists “All This And World War II: Original Soundtrack” (1976 musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs, performed by such artists as Elton John, Ambrosia, Bee Gees, Jeff Lynne, Peter Gabriel, etc.; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)
Various artists “Hadley Murrell Presents: The Best Arizona Garage Bands 1967-1970” (18 songs; MP3) (HDM)
Various artists “The Rubble Collection Volumes 1-20” (20-CD box set with more than 300 psychedelic songs; Read here) (Rubble)
Edgar Winter Group “Shock Treatment” (1974 album; remastered; CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica) (Culture Factory)

More Releases for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Keith Allison (starred on “Where the Action Is” in the 1960s) “In Action – The Complete Columbia Sides Plus!” (1967 album, with bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Ocean Blue “Davy Jones’ Locker” (2001 album; Read here) (Korda)
Ohio Express “Ohio Express” (1968 album) (Legacy Recordings)
Johnny Ramone “The Final Sessions” (iTunes) (Cleopatra)
Labi Siffre “Crying Laughing Loving Lying” (1972 album; featuring his original “It Must Be Love”; See here), “For the Children” (1973 album (Edsel, Jan. 19)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga “Cheek to Cheek Live! [DVD]” (Blu-ray) (Interscope / Columbia)
James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy, John Ortiz, et al “The Drop [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, et al “Lucy [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Led Zeppelin “The Complete Story [DVD]” (Blueline)
John Oates “Another Good Road [DVD]” (docu-concert, with bonus live CD) (Phunk Shui / Warner Elektra)
Simon Pegg, Elle Fanning, et al “The BoxTrolls [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Tom Rush “Tom Rush: No Regrets [DVD]” (guest: James Taylor) (Ezzie Films / Bluestar Media)
Steeleye Span “The Wintersmith Tour [DVD]” (See here) (Park)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Carl Dixon (former member of The Guess Who and April Wine) “Strange Way to Live: A Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection” (Paperback) (Dundurn, Jan. 24)
Charlie Grace “Rock & Roll’s Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie” (Paperback; co-author: John A. Jackson) (Alfred Publishing)
Grateful Dead “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” (Hardcover; author: Peter Richardson; Kindle) (St. Martin’s Press)
George Harrison “George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door” (Hardcover; author: Graeme Thomson) (Overlook Hardcover, Jan. 22)
Ben Yagoda “The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Riverhead Hardcover, Jan. 22)

More Music Books for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

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