New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Algiers (post-worldbeat trio) “Algiers” (Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Matador)
Armored Saint “Win Hands Down” (producer: bassist Joey Vera; Hear here; iTunes) (Metal Blade)
Barenaked Ladies “Silverball” (producer: Gavin Brown; first single: “Matter of Time”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Vanguard)
KaiL Baxley “A Light That Never Dies” (producers: Baxley, Eric Corne; first single: “Mirrors of Paradise”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Forty Below / MRI / RED)
Billy Currington “Summer Forever” (guest: Jessie James Decker; first single: “Doin’ It”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Mercury Nashville)
The Darkness (new drummer: Emily Dolan Davies) “Last of Our Kind” (producer: guitarist Dan Hawkins; first single: “Barbarian”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Canary Dwarf)
Dawes “All Your Favorite Bands” (first single: “Things Happen”; See/read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (HUB)
Zella Day (alt-pop singer-songwriter) “Kicker” (first single: “Hypnotic”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Pinetop / Hollywood)
Jason Derulo “Everything Is 4” (first single: “Want to Want Me”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Beluga Heights / Warner)
Eternal Summers (Virginia power trio) “Gold and Stone” (Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Kanine)
Florence + The Machine “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (producer: Markus Dravs; first single: “What Kind of Man”; Hear here; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Island)
Friend Roulette (Brooklyn indie-rock group) “I See You. Your Eyes Are Red.” (first single: “Stoned Alone”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Goodnight)
Melody Gardot “Currency of Man” (producer: Larry Klein; first single: “Same to You”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Verve)
Girlpool “Before the World Was Big” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Wichita Recordings)
Gloriana “Three” (producer: Matt Serletic; first single: “Trouble”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Emblem / Warner Bros. Nashville / Reprise)
The Great Dischord (Swedish quintet) “Duende” (Hear here; MP3) (Metal Blade)
Helloween “My God-Given Right” (producer: Charlie Bauerfeind; first single: “Lost in America”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Nuclear Blast)
HOLYCHILD “The Shape of Brat Pop to Come” (first single: “Running Behind”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Glassnote)
Husky (Melbourne indie rockers) “Ruckers Hill” (guests: frontman Husky Gawenda, keyboardist Gideon Preiss; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Nevado Music)
Indigo Girls “One Lost Day” (their first studio album in four years; producer: Jordan Brooke Hamlin; guests: Lex Price, Butterfly Boucher, Fred Eltringham, Chris Donohue; first single: “Happy in the Sorrow Key”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (IG Recordings / Vanguard)
Jamie xx “In Colour” (guests: Romy, Oliver Sim, Young Thug, Popcaan; new single: “Loud Places”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Young Turks Recordings)
Jedi Mind Tricks “The Thief and the Fallen” (first single: “Deathless Light”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Enemy Soil)
Kid Wave “Wonderlust” (producer: Dan Austin; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Heavenly Recordings)
Ben Lee “Love Is the Great Rebellion” (producer: Brad Wood; first single: “Big Love”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Warner)
Lil Durk “Remember My Name” (guests: Jeremih, Logic; first single: “Like Me”; See here; MP3; iTunes) (OTF / Coke Boys / Def Jam)
Major Lazer (Diplo’s dancehall trio) “Peace Is the Mission” (producer: Diplo; guests: Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Tarrus Riley, MØ, DJ Snake, Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Mad Cobra, Chronixx, Wild Belle, Elliphant, Jovi Rockwell, Machel Montano; first single: “Lead On”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Mad Decent, June 1)
Marco Minnemann “Celebration” (producer: Scott Schorr; Hear here; See here) (Lazy Bones Recordings, June 1)
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard “Django and Jimmie” (producer: Buddy Cannon; guests: Bobby Bare, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ward Davis; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Legacy Recordings)
Northern American (L.A. quartet) “Modern Phenomena” (producer: Raymond Richards; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Heist Or Hit)
Nozinja (aka Richard Mthetwa, a South African Shangaan electro pioneer) “Nozinja Lodge” (first single: “Nwa Baloyi”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Warp)
Paradise Lost (U.K. doom metal band) “The Plague Within” (producer: Jaime Gomez Arellano; Hear here) (Century Media)
Queen Latifah and various artists “Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)” (the biopic, starring Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith, premieres on HBO on May 16; the soundtrack includes seven Queen Latifah performances, along with historic blues and swing classics by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Sippie Wallace, Kid Ory; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Legacy Recordings)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood “Betty’s Blend Volume Two: The Best From the West” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Silver Arrow)
Roman à Clef “Abandonware” (first single: “Abandonware [Josh and Jer]”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Infinite Best)
Marvin Sapp “You Shall Live” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (RCA Inspiration)
Simply Red “Big Love” (their first studio album in eight years; first single: “Shine On”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (East West)
SOAK (18-year-old singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson from Derry, Ireland) “Before We Forgot How To Dream” (first single: “Sea Creatures”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Rough Trade)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin “High Country” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Polyvinyl)
Tenement “Predatory Headlights” (double album; the band’s first release in four years; producers: Tenement, Justin Perkins; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Don Giovanni)
The Tenors “Under One Sky” (includes covers of “Tears in Heaven,” “Lean On Me” and “Who Wants to Live Forever”; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (Decca)
Various artists “An American in Paris: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (now in previews at the Palace Theatre; directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon; Hear/see here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Masterworks Broadway)
Various artists “Entourage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (big-screen version of the HBO series opens June 12; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (WaterTower Music)
Various artists “NOW Summer Hits 2015” (Europe – Universal Strategic, June 1)
Wild Yaks (Brooklyn indie-rock band) “Rejoice! God Loves Wild Yaks” (producer: Kevin S. McMahon; first single: “Paradise”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

More Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Communions (Danish quartet) “Communions” (five-song EP; first single: “Summer’s Oath”; Hear here; iTunes) (Tough Love, June 1)
Dub Pistols “The Return of the Pistoleros” (Hear here; Vinyl; CD; iTunes) (Sunday Best Recordings, June 1)
Empire of Gold (aka Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael Jack Dole) “Raw EP” (five songs; Hear here) (Empire of Gold, June 6)
Expert Alterations (Baltimore indie-pop trio) “Expert Alterations” (five-song EP; first single: “A Bell”; Hear here; iTunes) (Kanine)
Heyrocco (Charleston, S.C., pop-punk trio) “Teenage Movie Soundtrack” (first single: “Elsewhere”; Hear here; See here; CD; iTunes) (Old Flame)
JiHAE (South Korean-born singer-musician) “Illusion of You” (guests: Dave Stewart, Nightmare and the Cat; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Septem, June 5)
Lull (North London quartet) “Lull” (four-song EP; first single: “Bubble Tea”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
Make Them Suffer (Australian six-member metal band) “Old Souls” (producers: Jason Suecoff; Joey Sturgis, Forrester Savell, Roland Lim; first single: “Requiem”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Old Flame)
Ola Fresca (Jose Conde’s NYC-based Latin band) “Elixir” (producers: Conde, Andy Taub; Hear here; iTunes) (Pipiki)
Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi) “Half Awake” (five-song EP; first single: “All In My Head”; Hear here; iTunes) (Volcanic Field)
Ravi Shavi (garage-pop quartet) “Ravi Shavi” (new single: “Indecisions”; Hear here) (Almost Ready)
Violent Femmes “Happy New Year” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Add It Up Productions)
WAVE & ROME (Nashville alt-rock band) “Across the Map” (five-song EP; producer: Matt Bronleewe; Hear here; iTunes) (Unsecret Music)
Young Brother (aka Nashville-based singer Dalton Diehl) “Kamikaze” (four-song EP; producers: Dustin Burnett, Ruslan Odnoralov; first single: “Kamikaze”; Hear here; iTunes) (YoBro)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Acker Bilk “The Very Best of Acker Bilk” (two CDs, 50 songs) (One Day Music)
Andrea Bocelli “ICON” (budget-priced best-of) (Decca)
Black Oak Arkansas “The Complete Raunch ‘N’ Roll Live” (1973 album; two CDs; remastered, with 17 bonus tracks; Hear here; iTunes) (Real Gone Music)
Joe Cocker “With a Little Help From My Friends [Hybrid SACD]” (1969 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Jim Croce “The Definitive Croce” (two CDs, 34 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Music Club Deluxe, June 1)
Fatboy Slim “Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars: 15th Anniversary” (2000 album; with a second CD containing 11 remixes; See here; Vinyl) (Skint)
Robin Gibb “Saved By the Bell: The Collected Works of Robin Gibb 1969-1970” (three CDs, 63 songs; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Rhino)
Girlschool “The Collection” (two CDs; iTunes) (Sanctuary / Fontana)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume Six – Hartford Civic Center 10/14/83,” “Dick’s Picks Volume Seven – Alexandra Palace, London, England 9/9-9/11/74” (Real Gone Music)
Iron Butterfly “Ball (Expanded Edition)” (1969 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Jack Ü “Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü” (released digitally in April 2015; guests: Justin Bieber, Kiesza, 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge, Bunji Garlin, Snails, Tarantula, Kai, Fly Boi Keno; MP3; iTunes) (OWSLA / Mad Decent / Atlantic)
The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson “Meet Me in Bluesland” (unreleased recordings from 2003; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Alligator)
Little Richard “Directly From My Heart: The Best of the Specialty & Vee-Jay Years” (three-CD, 64-song box set, with a 30-plus-page illustrated booklet) (Fantasy)
Public Image Ltd. “Rise: The Collection” (16 tracks) (U.K. – Virgin, June 1)
Warren Storm “The Bad Times Make the Good Times: Classic Texas Recordings 1964-1986” (two CDs, 44 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Ace, June 1)
3 Doors Down “ICON: The Greatest Hits” (Republic / UMe)
Various artists “Great British Instrumentals of the ’50s & ’60s” (three CDs, 60 songs; Track list) (U.K. – One Day Music, June 1)
Various artists “Keep a Hold On Him! More Garpax Girls” (24 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Ace, June 1)
Various artists “Pied Piper: Follow Your Soul” (24 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, June 1)
Various artists “Second Helpings: Sequels to the Songs That Left ‘Em Hungry For More!” (24 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Ace, June 1)
Paul Williams “A Little on the Windy Side (Expanded Edition)” (1979 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks; Hear here) (Real Gone Music)
Young Jessie “Hit, Git & Split [Vinyl]” (pressed on 180-gram red vinyl; Read here) (U.K. – Ace, June 1)

More Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Carl Anderson “Protocol (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album, with two bonus tracks) (Epic / Legacy)
The Brecker Brothers “The Essential Brecker Brothers” (26 tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Stanley Clarke “The Essential Stanley Clarke” (26 tracks) (Epic / Legacy)
Perry Como “The Scene Changes” (1965 album), “Lightly Latin” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Lacy J. Dalton “Lacy J. Dalton” (1980 album), “Highway Diner” (1986 album), “Blue Eyed Blues” (1987 album) (Columbia Nashville / Legacy)
Skeeter Davis “Written by the Stars” (1965 album), “Skeeter Sings Standards” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Dexter Gordon “The Essential Dexter Gordon: The Columbia Years” (16 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Lorne Greene “The Man” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Al Hirt “Al Hirt Live at Carnegie Hall” (1965 album), “The Sound of Christmas” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Henry Mancini “Dear Heart and Other Songs About Love” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
John Mayall with Eric Clapton “Blues Breakers” (1966 album, featuring mono and stereo versions of all 12 songs) (Decca / UMe)
The New Birth “The New Birth” (1971 album), “Birth Day” (1972 album), “It’s Been a Long Time” (1973 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Billy Joe Royal “Down in the Boondocks” (1965 album), “Cherry Hill Park” (1969 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Mongo Santamaría “La Bamba” (1965 album), “El Pussy Cat” (1965 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Carl Smith “I Want to Live and Love” (1965 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Ted Taylor “Blues & Soul” (1965 album) (OKeh / Legacy)
Stanley Turrentine “The Essential Stanley Turrentine – The CTI Years” (20 tracks) (Epic / Legacy)
Various artists “Portugal: Festas in Minho,” “Portugal: Music and Dance from Madeira” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
V.S.O.P. / The Quintet “The Essential V.S.O.P. / The Quintet” (17 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist/cast: Title: Label/studio:
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, et al “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD]” (six discs) (Warner Home Video)
Dick Clark, Tuesday Weld, et al “Because They’re Young: 55th Anniversary [DVD]” (1960 film, featuring performances by James Darren and Duane Eddy and the Rebels) (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Kevin Costner, Rafael Martinez, et al “McFarland USA [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Walt Disney)
Billy Crystal, Katherine Helmond, Robert Guillaume, et al “Soap: The Complete Series [DVD]” (90 episodes on eight discs) (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Ensemble cast “The L Word: The Complete Series [DVD]” (24 discs) (Showtime)
Jackie Evancho “Awakening: Live in Concert [DVD]” (filmed for a PBS special) (Sony Masterworks)
Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander “Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD]” (three discs) (Warner Home Video)
Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, et al “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD; iTunes) (Paramount)
Paul Muni, Merle Oberon “A Song To Remember: 70th Anniversary [DVD]” (1945 film) (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, et al “Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series [DVD]” (20 discs) (Universal Studios)
R.E.M. “R.E.M. By MTV [DVD]” (111-minute documentary, with deleted scenes; Blu-ray) (Rhino)
Will Smith, Margot Robbie, et al “Focus [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD; iTunes) (Warner Home Video)
Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, et al “Jupiter Ascending [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD ; iTunes) (Warner Home Video)
Renée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, et al “Made For Each Other [DVD]” (1971 film) (20th Century Fox)
John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, et al “Rio Bravo [Blu-ray]” (1959 film, produced and directed by Howard Hawks) (Warner Home Video)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
AC/DC “AC/DC, Revised & Updated! High-Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History” (Paperback; author: Phil Sutcliffe) (Voyageur Press, June 5)
Toby Creswell “RocKwiz Decades: The Greatest Songs of Our Time” (Kindle) (SBS, June 1)
Ray Foulk “When the World Came to the Isle of Wight Vol 1: Stealing Dylan from Woodstock, Volume One” (Hardcover; co-author: Caroline Foulk) (Medina Publishing, June 4)
Michael Garnice “The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae: The Complete Story of Reggae Told Through Its Greatest Songs, Famous and Forgotten” (Hardcover) (Equinox Publishing, June 1)
Grateful Dead “Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip” (Paperback; foreword by Robert Hunter) (Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd., June 1)
Grateful Dead “Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead” (Paperback; author: Linda Kelly; foreword by Bob Weir; iTunes) (Skyhorse Publishing)
Little Feat “Willin’: The Story of Little Feat” (Paperback; author: Ben Fong-Torres; iTunes) (Da Capo Press)
Huey Morgan “Huey Morgan’s Rebel Heroes: The Renegades of Music & Why We Still Need Them” (Hardcover; Paperback; iTunes) (Cassell Illustrated, June 4)
Peaches “What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches” (Paperback; photographs by Holger Talinski; iTunes) (Akashic Books)
Mark Ribowsky “Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul” (Kindle; Hardcover; iTunes) (Liveright, June 1)
Dan Stiles “One Thing Leads to Another: The Posters and Art of Dan Stiles” (Paperback) (powerHouse Books)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

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