New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Active Child “Mercy” (Pat Grossi’s first album in four years; first single: “1999”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Vagrant)
Bob Baldwin “MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie” (Hear here; MP3) (City Sketches / Red River Entertainment)
David Benoit featuring Jane Monheit “2 in Love” (Hear here) (Concord)
Donald Cumming (former lead singer of The Virgins) “Out Calls Only” (producers: Johnny T. Yerington, Gus Osberg; first single: “Game of the Heart”; Hear/read here; MP3; iTunes) (Washington Square / Razor & Tie)
Hilary Duff “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” (her first album of new material since 2007; producer: Toby Gad; new single: “Sparks”; Hear here; See here) (RCA)
Jonathan Edwards “Tomorrow’s Child” (producer: Darrell Scott; guests: Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Kenny Malone; Hear/read here; MP3) (Rising)
Face Value “Growing Up Young” (producer: Michael Bridgett; first single: “Up Late”; Hear here; MP3) (Face Value, June 14)
Michael Giacchino “Inside Out: Original Soundtrack” (the Pete Docter-directed animated film opens June 19; featuring the voices of Amy Poehler and Bill Hader; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Walt Disney)
Robert Glasper “Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios)” (featuring Vicente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums; original songs, along with acoustic covers of Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Blue Note)
Michael Grimm (“America’s Got Talent” winner in 2010) “Grimm” (first single: “Generation Next”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Mattikay Music)
Wade Hayes “Go Live Your Life” (the country singer has twice survived stage IV colon cancer; producers: Hayes, Dave McAfee; Hear here; MP3) (Conabor)
Heartless Bastards “Restless Ones” (producer: John Congleton; first single: “Gates of Dawn”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Partisan)
High on Fire (Oakland metal band) “Luminiferous” (producer: Kurt Ballou; first single: “The Black Plot”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (eOne Music)
Adam Lambert “The Original High” (executive producers: Max Martin, Shellback; guests: Brian May, Tove Lo; first single: “Ghost Town”; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with three bonus tracks; iTunes) (Warner)
Amos Lee “Amos Lee Live At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony” (Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (ATO)
Sam Lee & Friends (Mercury Prize-nominee) “The Fade in Time” (producers: Arthur Jeffes, Jamie Orchard-Lisle; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (The Nest Collective / Thirty Tigers)
Left Lane Cruiser “Dirty Spliff Blues” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Alive Naturalsound)
Lenka (Australian pop singer) “The Bright Side” (first single: “Blue Skies”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Skipalong / Hickory)
The Lonesome Trio (comedic actor Ed Helms with Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove) “The Lonesome Trio” (the folk-country act’s debut album after more than 20 years together; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Sugar Hill)
Calvin Love “Super Future” (first single: “Daydream”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Arts & Crafts)
Lucifer (heavy-metal trio) “Lucifer I” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Rise Above)
Mates of State “You’re Going to Make It” (four-song EP; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Barsuk)
Mika “No Place in Heaven” (producers: Greg Wells, Mika; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Casablanca / Mika / Virgin)
Hudson Mohawke “Lantern” (the DJ’s first full-length solo album in nearly six years; guests: Miguel, Antony, Jhené Aiko, Irfane, Ruckazoid & Devaeux; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Warp)
Giorgio Moroder “Deja-Vu” (the synth legend’s first solo album in more than 30 years; guests: Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, etc.; first single: “74 Is the New 24”; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (RCA)
Don Omar “The Last Don II” (Hear here; CD + Signed Booklet + Fan Poster; MP3; iTunes) (Machete Music)
Outfit (Liverpool quintet) “Slowness” (first single: “Genderless”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Memphis Industries)
Matt Redman “Unbroken Praise” (recorded live at Abbey Road studios; first single: “It Is Well With My Soul”; Hear here; MP3) (sixstepsrecords / Sparrow)
Ike Reilly “Born On Fire” (his first release in five years; producers: Reilly, band mate Phil Karnats; guest: Tom Morello; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Firebrand / Rock Ridge Music)
Nate Ruess (of Fun.) “Grand Romantic” (first single: “AhHa”; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Fueled by Ramen)
The Selecter “Subculture” (producer: Neil Pyzer; mixed by Prince Fatty; Hear here) (U.K. – DMF, June 15)
The Silver Lake Chorus (L.A. indie-choral group) “The Silver Lake Chorus” (tracks written for the chorus by Sia, Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Ben Gibbard, Justin Vernon; producer: Ben Lee; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Six Degrees)
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators “Live at the Roxy 9.25.14” (See here; Vinyl; DVD; Blu-ray; MP3; iTunes) (Eagle Rock)
Slum Village “YES!” (guests: De La Soul, Bilal, Illa J, BJ The Chicago Kid, Phife Dawg, etc.; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Ne’Astra Music)
The SteelDrivers “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Rounder)
James Taylor “Before This World” (his first album of new material in 13 years; producer: Dave O’Donnell; guests: Sting, Yo-Yo Ma; first single: “Today Today Today”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe Edition; Super Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (Concord)
Third Eye Blind “Dopamine” (their first album in six years; first single: “Everything Is Easy”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Mega Collider)
Various artists “Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)” (written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson; cast: Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker, Garett Ross; See here) (Broadway)
Various artists “Vans Warped Tour ’15” (two CDs, 50 songs; MP3) (SideOneDummy)
Rick Vito (former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, 1987-1991) “Mojo On My Side” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Hypertension Music)
Walk Off the Earth “Sing It All Away” (guest: Steve Aoki; first single: “Rule the World”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
Ryn Weaver “The Fool” (new single: “The Fool”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Interscope)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Black Sheep” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Frog Pad)
Yukon Blonde “On Blonde” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Dine Alone)

More Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Rachel Brown “The Band” (six-song EP; first single: “You Got Me”; Hear here; See here) (Anavista Entertainment)
Cooper (aka Brisbane-based singer Kate Cooper, formerly of An Horse) Cooper (producer: Tim Myers; executive producer: Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara; first single: “This Year”; Hear here; See here) (Mom+Pop)
Demons (Virginia Beach-based project started by longtime Mae guitarist Zach Gehring) “Great Dismal” (six-song EP; first single: “There Is No Reward”; Hear here) (Spartan)
Nick Diamonds (of the bands Islands and The Unicorns) “City of Quartz” (first single: “Bohemian Groove”; Hear here; iTunes) (Manque Music)
Kid Astray (six-piece indie pop group from Norway) “Home Before the Dark” (first single: “It’s Alright”; Hear here; Deluxe Edition, with three bonus tracks; iTunes) (Cosmos Music, June 15)
Little Racer (NYC trio) “Foreign Tongues” (four-song EP; first single: “Montevideo”; Hear here; iTunes) (PaperCup Music)
Peptalk (Brooklyn-based experimental trio) “Islet” (first single: “Podesta”; Hear here; iTunes) (Home Assembly Music, June 15)
Smashing Satellites (Toronto alt-pop band) “SonicAluzion” (new single: “Us”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Aluzion)
Sudden Suspension (Lake County, Ind., pop punk trio) “There’s a Bigger Picture Here” (Hear here; iTunes) (Bad Timing)
TOMKAT (indie electro-pop band from Denton, Texas) “Big Love” (producers: Katrina Cain, Andrew McMillan, Mike Luzecky, Jonny Harmon; first single: “Big Love”; Hear here) (TOMKAT, June 18)
Various artists “Dope: Music From The Motion Picture” (a mix of classic hip-hop and four new songs by the film’s executive producer, Pharrell Williams, under the alias Awreeoh; the movie opens June 19; first single: “Don’t Get Deleted”; See here) (iamOTHER / Columbia)
We Were Wolves (Houston rock quartet) “Ruin Your Weekend” (four-song EP; first single: “Ruin Your Weekend”; Hear here; iTunes) (We Were Wolves)
The Wooden Sky “Let’s Be Ready” (producer: Chris Stringer; first single: “Maybe It’s No Secret”; Hear here) (Nevado Music)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
AIR “The Virgin Suicides (15th Anniversary Box Set)” (2000 soundtrack album; includes colored vinyl, a vinyl EP, two CDs, with outtakes unreleased live performances, along with a 16-page booklet, a film poster, a VIP laminate pass and a download card; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (Rhino / Parlophone)
Bright Light Bright Light “Life Is Hard: The Remixes” (a re-imagining of 2014’s “Life Is Easy” with remixes by Todd Terry, Cyclist, In The Night, Alan Braxe and Severino; Hear here; MP3) (Self Raising / MRI)
Buggles “The Age of Plastic (Collector’s Edition)” (1980 album, including “Video Killed the Radio Star”; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (LMLR)
The Dream Syndicate “The Days of Wine And Roses” (1982 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, et al “Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats: A New Music City” (two-CD, 36-song companion piece to the exhibit on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville throught Dec. 31, 2016; includes a previously unreleased version of Dylan’s “If Not For You”; Read here; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Foreigner “4 [180-gram vinyl]” (1981 album; remastered) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Billie Holiday “Banned From New York City – Live 1948-1957” (two CDs, 42 tracks) (Uptown Jazz)
Grace Jones “Slave to the Rhythm” (1985 album; remastered) (LMLR)
Tim McGraw “35 Biggest Hits” (MP3; iTunes) (Curb)
The Glenn Miller Singers “The Glenn Miller Singers On The Perry Como Show and Other Broadcasts” (Sounds of Yesteryear)
Rush “Permanent Waves [200-gram vinyl]” (1980 album; remastered) (Mercury / UMe)
Jill Scott “Golden Moments: Jill Scott’s Greatest Hits” (includes the previously unreleased “I Adore You”; MP3; iTunes) (Hidden Beach)
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “Night Moves [180-gram vinyl]” (1976 album; remastered; Read here) (Capitol / UMe)
George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers “George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers” (1976 album; remastered and newly mixed by producer Paul Q. Kolderie, with a bonus track, a cover of Elmore James’ “Goodbye Baby”) (Rounder)
Various artists “Magic Bus” (subtitled “3 CDs of Huge Hits From the Hippie Trail”; 57 tracks, featuring The Who, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Mamas & the Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Matthews Southern Comfort, Buffalo Springfield, etc.; See here) (U.K. – UMTV, June 15)
Various artists “TFI Friday – The Album” (two-CD, 40-song compilation of original versions of tracks performed on the British entertainment show during its 1996-2000 run, featuring Ocean Colour Scene, Pulp, Cast, The Charlatans, Catatonia, Stereophonics, James, etc.; See here) (U.K. – UMTV, June 15)
Various artists “Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Cinderella” (1950 soundtrack album; remastered, with seven lost chords recordings and nine bonus tracks) (Walt Disney)
Hank Williams Jr. “35 Biggest Hits” (MP3; iTunes) (Curb)

More Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Eddy Arnold “The Easy Way” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Lorne Greene “Lorne Greene’s American West” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Al Hirt “They’re Playing Our Song” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Waylon Jennings “Honky Tonk Heroes” (1973 album), “This Time” (1974 album), “The Ramblin’ Man” (1974 album), “Dreaming My Dreams” (1975 album), “What Goes Around Comes Around” (1979 album), “Black on Black” (1982 album; see related reissue below) (RCA / Legacy)
Killing Joke “Live at Hammersmith Apollo 16.10.2010” (23 tracks) (Concert Live Ltd.)
Karin Krog “Don’t Just Sing: A Karin Krog Anthology 1963-1999” (16 tracks; iTunes) (Light in the Attic)
Laurice “Best of Laurice Vol. 2” (11 tracks; Hear here) (Mighty Mouth Music)
Ketty Lester “Where Is Love?” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Ted Neeley “Ted Neeley Singles 40th Anniversary: Paradise / Don’t Let It Mess With Your Mind” (Ted Head)
Stevie Pre “Greatest Hits” (13 tracks; Hear here) (Stevie Pre, June 15)
Mongo Santamaria “El Bravo!” (1965 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Sons of the Pioneers “The Sons of the Pioneers sing Legends of the West” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Dwight Twilley “Wild Dogs” (1986 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Waylon & Willie “Clean Shirt” (1991 album) (Epic / Legacy)
Wire Train “… In a Chamber” (1983 album), “Between Two Worlds” (1985 album) (Columbia / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist/cast: Title: Label/studio:
Jeff Daniels “The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season [DVD]” (two discs; Blu-ray) (HBO Studios)
Hal Holbrook “The Bold Ones: The Senator – The Complete Series [DVD]” (three discs) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, et al “Chappie [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Sony Pictures)
John Leyton, Marino Mase, Don Francks “Jericho: The Complete Series [DVD]” (four discs) (Warner Archive Collection)
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams “Laverne & Shirley: The Complete Series [DVD]” (28 discs) (Paramount)
Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Common, Ed Harris, et al “Run All Night [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Tony Randall, Jack Klugman “The Odd Couple: The Complete Series [DVD]” (20 discs) (Paramount)
Various artists “The Wrecking Crew! [DVD]” (documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco; the film puts the spotlight on the core group of studio musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and ’70s; See here; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, et al “Unfinished Business [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Frank Zappa, et al “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels [DVD]” (1971 film, starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr; See here) (MGM)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
David Bowie “Enchanting David Bowie: Space Time Body Memory” (Paperback; authors: Toija Cinque, Christopher Moore) (Bloomsbury Academic, June 18)
David A. Jasen “Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song” (Paperback) (Routledge, June 14)
Kris Kristofferson “Kris Kristofferson: Country Highwayman” (Hardcover; author: Mary G. Hurd) (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
June Millington (of Fanny) “Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World” (Paperback; all profits benefit the Institute for Musical Arts) (
Jeremy Spencer “Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem” (Paperback) (Dey Street Books)
U2 “The World and U2: One Band’s Remaking of Global Activism” (Hardcover; author: Alan McPherson) (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Mick Wall (founding editor of Classic Rock Magazine) “Getcha Rocks Off: Sex & Excess. Bust-Ups & Binges. Life & Death on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Road” (Hardcover) (Orion, June 18)
Stephen Witt “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Viking Adult)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 16, 2015

Cool Stuff

Manufacturer: Product: Release Date:
Microsoft “Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1 TB Bundle,” “Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller” (June 16)
NEAT Microphones “BeeCaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone,” “Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone,” “Kingbee Cartiod Solid State Condenser Microphone,” “Workerbee Cardiod Solid State Condenser Microphone” (June 19)
Philips “SHE8105SL/27 In-Ear Headphones with Mic” (June 15)

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