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New Releases: June 30, 2015

New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ancient Ocean (aka J.R. Bohannon) “Blood Moon” (four-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Aranda (OKC rock band led by brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda) “Not the Same” (first single: “Don’t Wake Me”; Hear here; MP3) (Wind-up)
August Burns Red “Found in Far Away Places” (guest: Jeremy McKinnon; first single: “The Wake”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fearless)
Being As An Ocean “Being As An Ocean” (producer: Matthew McClellan; first single: “Little Richie”; Hear here; MP3) (InVogue)
Bilal “In Another Life” (producer: Adrian Younge; first single: “Satellites”; Hear here; MP3) (Purpose Music Group / eOne Music)
Bitter End “Illusions of Dominance” (first single: “Power and Control”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Deathwish)
Easton Corbin “About to Get Real” (producer: Carson Chamberlain; first single: “Baby Be My Love Song”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Mercury Nashville)
Ecstatic Vision (Philly rock group) “Sonic Praise” (first single: “Don’t Kill the Vibe”; Hear here; MP3) (Relapse, June 29)
Failure “The Heart Is a Monster” (the alt-rock band’s first album since 1996; 18 tracks; first single: “Hot Traveler”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (INresidence)
Goblin Rebirth (members of Italian film score figureheads Goblin) “Goblin Rebirth” (Hear here; MP3) (Relapse)
Good Old War “Broken into Better Shape” (producer: Jason Lehning; first single: “Tell Me What You Want From Me”; Hear here; LP + MP3; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Fraser A. Gorman (Australian singer-songwriter) “Slow Gum” (guest: Courtney Barnett; new single: “Broken Hands”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Anxiety / Marathon Artists)
The Internet (Odd Future affiliate led by Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians) “Ego Death” (producers: The Internet, Jimmy Douglass; guests: Janelle Monáe, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa, Tyler, the Creator, etc.; first single: “Special Affair”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Odd Future, June 29)
JOBS (experimental noise collective) “killer BOB sings” (producer: Shannon Fields; first single: “Patient Angel”; Hear here; MP3) (New Amsterdam)
Jungle Rot (death-metal quartet) “Order Shall Prevail” (guest: Max Cavalera; Hear here; MP3) (Victory)
Love Amongst Ruin (fronted by former Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt) “Lose Your Way” (Hear here; MP3) (Ancient B)
Main Attrakionz “808s and Dark Grapes III” (guests: Shady Blaze, Robbie Rob, Dope G., Lo Da Kid; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Vapor, June 29)
Man Overboard (N.J. pop-punk band) “Heavy Love” (producer: Bill Stevenson; first single: “Borderline”; Hear here; LP + CD; MP3) (Rise, June 29)
Ky-Mani Marley (son of Bob Marley) “Maestro” (guests: Damian Marley, Matisyahu, Gentleman, Kreesha Turner; first single: “All the Way”; Hear here; MP3) (Konfrontation Muzic)
Matt Pond PA “The State of Gold” (guests: Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, Matt Iwanusa of Caveman; first single: “More No More”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Doghouse)
Miguel “Wildheart” (guests: Kurupt, Lenny Kravitz; first single: “Coffee (F***ing),” feat. Wale; Hear here; MP3) (ByStorm Entertainment / RCA, June 29)
Popof (aka Alexandre Paounov) “Love Somebody” (new single: “Words Gone,” feat. Arno Joey; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Hot Creations)
Trevor Rabin “Max (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (the MGM film about a military working dog traumatized by his handler’s death opened June 26; See here; MP3) (Sony Classical)
Refused “Freedom” (the punk group’s first album in 17 years; producers: Nick Launay, Shellback; first single: “Elektra”; Hear here; LP + MP3; MP3) (Epitaph / Burning Heart, June 29)
Senses Fail “Pull the Thorns From Your Heart” (producer: Shaun Lopez; first single: “The Importance of the Moment of Death”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Pure Noise)
Slightly Stoopid “Meanwhile … Back at the Lab” (producers: Slightly Stoopid, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman; first single: “Life Rolls On”; Hear here; MP3) (Stoopid)
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Anthology Live” (two CDs; MP3) (RCA Inspiration)
Vince Staples “Summertime ’06” (producers: No I.D., DJ Dahi, Clams Casino and Christian Rich; guests: Daley, DJ Dahi, Joey Fatts, Kilo Fish, etc.; Hear here; See here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (Def Jam)
Twin Danger (bluesy noir jazz duo of Vanessa Bley and longtime Sade member Stuart Matthewman) “Twin Danger” (producer: Twin Danger; first single: “Coldest Kind of Heart”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Decca)
Various artists “Magic Mike XXL: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (sequel opens in theaters July 1; See here; MP3) (WaterTower Music)
The Velvet Teen (Sonoma Country, Calif.-based indie-rock band) “All Is Illusory” (producers: Steve Choi, Roger Camero; Hear here; MP3) (Topshelf)
Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) “Venus” (first single: “Woman [Oh Mama]”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; Clear Vinyl + Signed Lithograph) (Sensibility Music / Columbia, June 29)
X Ambassadors (alt-rock quartet from Ithaca, N.Y.) “VHS” (producer: Alex Da Kid; first single: “Renegades”; Hear here; MP3) (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope)
Neil Young + Promise of the Real “The Monsanto Years” (CD/DVD; with the band Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Michah; Hear here; MP3) (Reprise, June 29)

More Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Dianca Denay (Euro Canadian singer-songwriter) “Halo The Painkiller No. 2” (producers: Denay, Panther Records; first single: “I’m Not That Girl”; Hear here) (Panther, July 1)
Josh Flagg “Lights Out” (three-song EP; producer: Kieran Kelly; first single: “Lights Out”; Hear here) (Residential)
Joacim Henning “Bliss EP” (six songs; producer: dna|ao; first single: “My Girl Likes Girls (#MGLG)”; Hear here) (DNA|AO LLC)
Mocky (songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Dominic “Mocky” Salole) “Key Change” (producer: Mocky; first single: “Whistlin'”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Heavy Sheet)
Old Best Friend (aka Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mike Comite) “Living Alone” (producers: Comite, Steve Sopchak; Hear here; See here; Read here) (
Voice Coils (Brooklyn experimental art-pop quintet) “Heaven’s Sense” (four-song EP; first single: “An Atrium”; Hear here) (Shatter Your Leaves)
Sean Webb (aka The Basement Tapes, an electronic producer/songwriter from Auckland) “Loving Me” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Ralenteer / Marquis, July 1)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Anathema “Fine Days 1999-2004” (box set includes the remastered albums “Judgement,” “A Fine Day To Exit” and “A Natural Disaster,” with the “Where You There?” DVD) (The End)
Banana and the Bunch “Mid-Mountain-Ranch” (1972 album, the sole disc from The Youngbloods’ multi-instrumentalist Banana, aka Lowell Levinger; remastered) (Real Gone Music, June 29)
Harry Chapin “The Bottom Line Archive: Live 1981”(MP3) (The Bottom Line Record Company)
Joe Cocker “With a Little Help From My Friends [Hybrid SACD]” (1969 album; remastered; Read here) (Audio Fidelity, June 29)
The Doors “The Best of the Doors [Hybrid SACD]” (1973 album; remastered; Read here) (Audio Fidelity, June 29)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer “Trilogy (Deluxe Edition)” (1972 album; remastered, with an alternative-mixes disc and a surround sound DVD Audio disc; MP3) (Razor & Tie, June 29)
Fanny “Fanny Hill (Expanded Edition)” (1972 album; remastered, with bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music, June 29)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume Five: Oakland Auditorium Arena 12/26/79” (three CDs, 25 tracks) (Real Gone Music, June 29)
Janis Ian “The Bottom Line Archive: Live 1980”(MP3) (The Bottom Line Record Company)
KC & The Sunshine Band “All in a Night’s Work” (1982 album, featuring “Give It Up”; remastered) (Funky Town Grooves)
Karin Krog “Don’t Just Sing / An Anthology: 1963-1999” (16 tracks) (Light in the Attic)
The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic” (1965 album; remastered), “Daydream” (1966 album; remastered), “Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful” (1966 album; remastered) (Sundazed Music, June 29)
Billy Ocean “City Limit” (1980 album; remastered) (Funky Town Grooves)
Eugene Record (of The Chi-Lites) “Welcome to My Fantasy” (1979 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Hear here) (U.K. – Expansion, June 29)
Ronny and the Daytonas “The Complete Recordings” (two CDs, 48 tracks; 44 Mala, Amy and RCA sides, plus four unreleased tracks) (Real Gone Music, June 29)
311 “311 – Archive” (four-disc, 81-track box set, with 60-page book; featuring unreleased songs, B-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings, alternate versions and demos; MP3) (Volcano Entertainment / Legacy, June 29)
Pete Townshend “Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend” (17 tracks, including two new songs; first single: “Guantanamo”; Hear/read here; MP3; iTunes) (Universal Music Enterprises)
Tina Turner “Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition” (1984 album; remastered, with a second CD containing remixes, B-sides, non-album singles and a live track; Read here; MP3) (Warner / Rhino, June 29)
Various artists “The Bottom Line Archive: In Their Own Words, Volume 1” (MP3), “The Bottom Line Archive: In Their Own Words, Volume 2” (MP3) (The Bottom Line Record Company, June 29)
Various artists “Guys on 45: 1961-1965” (26 songs; Track list) (Teensville)
Various artists “The Jewel/Paula Rock Story” (two CDs, 36 songs; Track list) (Airline)
The Viscounts “Harlem Nocturne” (1965 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music, June 29)

More Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart “Get Hard [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Lois Smith, et al “Five Easy Pieces (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1970 film; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman “Last Knights [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Lionsgate)
Luciano Pavarotti “Pavarotti Plus: Live From the Royal Albert Hall [DVD]” (1995 gala concert includes a duet with Dolora Zajick from Verdi’s “Aida” and the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with Nuccia Focile and Dwayne Croft; See here; Blu-ray) (Decca)
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, et al “While We’re Young [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate)
Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliott, et al “Road House [Blu-ray]” (1989 film) (MGM)
Various artists “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection [DVD]” (four-disc music documentary trilogy box set, containing Penelope Spheeris’ “The Decline of Western Civilization” [1980], “The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” [1988] and “The Decline of Western Civilization Part III” [1998], a 40-page book with an essay written by rock historian Domenic Priore, rare stills, and bonus features; Blu-ray) (Shout! Factory)
John Williams “A John Williams Celebration [DVD]” (the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014/15 Opening Night Concert and Gala pays tribute to the Oscar-winning composer; Blu-ray) (C Major Entertainment)
The Who “Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [DVD]” (See here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
“Weird Al” Yankovic “UHF (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD]” (1989 film; Blu-ray) (Shout! Factory)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
The Cramps “Journey to the Centre of the Cramps” (Paperback; author: Dick Porter) (Omnibus Press, July 1)
Dave Grohl “Dave Grohl – Times Like His: Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Other Misadventures” (Paperback; author: Martin James) (Music Press Books, July 2)
Noddy Holder (of Slade) “The World According To Noddy: Life Lessons Learned In and Out of Rock & Roll” (Paperback) (Little, Brown Book Group, July 1)
Zayn Malik “Zayn: A New Direction” (Hardcover; author: Sarah Oliver) (John Blake Publishing Ltd., July 2)
Loren Weisman “Music Business For Dummies” (Paperback) (For Dummies, June 29)
Charlie Wilson “I Am Charlie Wilson” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Atria Books / 37 Ink)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

Cool Stuff

Manufacturer: Product: Release Date:
Innovative Technology “ITVS-750B Nostalgic Aviator 7-in-1 Turntable Wooden Entertainment Center with Bluetooth” (record vinyl and cassettes to CD; Bluetooth capability streams music wirelessly up to 33 feet away) (June 29)
Philips “M1MKIIBK/27 Fidelio M1 MKII Headphones with Mic” (June 30)
ZAZZ “ZAZZ Handy Kindle/iPadTablet Stand” (June 30)

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