New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Marc Almond “The Velvet Trail” (producer: Chris Braide; guest: Beth Ditto; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Strike Force Entertainment / Cherry Red)
Balkan Clarinet Summit “Many Languages – One Soul” (MP3; iTunes) (Piranha Musik)
BKO Quintet (Malian group) “Bamako Today / BKO On Air” (CD and DVD; MP3; iTunes) (Buda Musique)
Taylor Berrett (22-year-old singer-songwriter from Virginia) “Great Falls” (producer: Jake Gosling; first single: “Those Days”; See here) (Warner)
Will Butler (of Arcade Fire) “Policy” (Vinyl; iTunes) (Merge)
Luke Bryan “Spring Break … Checkin’ Out” (his final “Spring Break” album, featuring five new songs; Hear here; iTunes) (Universal Nashville)
Jack DeJohnette “Made in Chicago” (with Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Larry Gray; Hear here; iTunes) (ECM)
Diagrams (aka songwriter-producer Sam Genders) “Chromatics” (first single: “Phantom Power”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Full Time Hobby)
Empire Cast “Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1” (guests: Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love, Juicy J; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
Europe “War of Kings” (the Swedish rock legends’ 10th studio album; producer: Dave Cobb; first single: “War of Kings”; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Hell & Back Recordings)
Fences (aka singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield) “Lesser Oceans” (new single: “Arrows,” feat. Macklemore, produced by Ryan Lewis; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Elektra)
Future Leaders of the World “Reveal” (first single: “Not Forsaken”; Hear here; iTunes) (Pavement Entertainment / Sony RED)
Emily Hearn “Hourglass” (producer: Chad Copelin; first single: “Volcano”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Old Prince)
Heems (aka Queens, N.Y., rapper Himanshu Suri, formerly of Das Racist) “Eat Pray Thug” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Megaforce)
iVardenspehere (tribal trance electro industrial outfit from Edmonton) “Fable” (Hear here; MP3) (Metropolis)
KC and the Sunshine Band “Feeling You! The ’60s” (covers of 17 1960s songs; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (BFD)
Donna Lewis “Brand New Day” (jazz-inflected pop covers and Lewis originals; producer: David Torn; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Palmetto)
Madonna “Rebel Heart” (producers: Blood Diamonds, Ryan Tedder, Dahi, Diplo, Kanye West, Madonna; first single: “Living for Love”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Super Deluxe; MP3; iTunes) (Boy Toy / Interscope)
Monarchy (synth-pop duo) “Abnocto” (first single: “Dancing in the Corner”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Hacan Sound / Kartel)
Motorama (Russian quintet) “Poverty” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Talitres)
Motor Sister (led by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Mother Superior frontman Jim Wilson) “Ride” (producer: Jay Ruston; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Metal Blade)
Olly Murs “Never Been Better” (guests: Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
NewSong “Faithful: Live Worship” (CD/DVD) (Integrity Music)
Danielle Nicole (ex-Trampled Under Foot singer/bassist/songwriter was a 2014 Blues Music Award winner) “Danielle Nicole” (six-song EP; producer: Anders Osborne; See here) (Concord)
Kim Pensyl “Foreign Love Affair” (Hear here; MP3) (Summit)
Joe Pug (Austin indie-folk artist) “Windfall” (first single: “If Still It Can’t Be Found,” featuring Wilco’s Pat Sansone on Mellotron; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Lightning Rod)
The Rezillos “Zero” (the punk/new wave band’s first album since 1978; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Metropolis)
The Skints (U.K.-based reggae-dub quartet) “FM” (the album is inspired by radio culture, set at an imaginary station in London; producer: Prince Fatty; guests: Horseman, Tippa Irie, MC Rival, Rufus Hound; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Easy Star)
Snowapple (Dutch neo-folk trio) “Illusion” (first single: “California”; Hear here; MP3) (Zip)
Jimmy Somerville “Homage” (12-song tribute to disco; producer: John Winfield; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Cherry Red)
Shania Twain “Still the One: Live from Vegas” (19-song concert, recorded at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace; See here; MP3) (Mercury Nashville)
Various artists “Cinderella: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Kenneth Branagh-directed remake stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera; opens March 13; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Disney)
Laura Welsh “Soft Control” (guest: John Legend; first single: “Cold Front”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Mercury)

More Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Beans On Toast (aka singer-songwriter Jay McAllister) “The Grand Scheme of Things” (producer: Sam Beer; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Future User (fronted by Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford) “#SteroidsOrHeroin” (Hear here; iTunes) (Middle Ring Partnership)
Gengahr “She’s a Witch” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Transgressive)
Lazy Lions “When Dreaming Lets You Down …” (producers: Lazy Lions; first single: “I Don’t Think It’s Going To Stop”; Hear here) (Leo-9)
Pearson Sound (aka producer David Kennedy) “Pearson Sound” (Hear here) (Hessle Audio, March 9)
Ships Have Sailed “Moodswings” (first single: “If Only”; Hear here; iTunes) (Ships Have Sailed)
Anne Stott (Provincetown, Mass.-based singer-songwriter) “Love Never Dies” (producers: Jon Evans, Stott; first single: “We Are Here”; Hear here; See here) (Anne Stott)
TreeHouse! (Myrtle Beach, S.C., reggae jam rock trio) “Lifted” (first single: “Look into the Stars”; Hear here) (Treehouse Music LLC)
Natalie Walker (electro-pop singer) “Strange Bird” (producer: Malina; Hear here; iTunes) (Dorado)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Mose Allison “Mose Allison: The Complete Recordings: 1957-1962” (MVD Audio)
Julie Andrews, et al “The Sound of Music (50th Anniversary Edition)” (1964 album; remastered, with previously unreleased score cues and all vocal performances; MP3; iTunes; see related DVD/Blu-ray below) (Legacy Recordings)
Louis Armstrong “The Louis Armstrong Collection Vol. 1: The First Decade 1923-32” (two CDs, 48 songs; Track list; MP3) (Fabulous / Acrobat)
Art of Noise “At the End of the Century” (two-CD, one-DVD compilation of music and films from 1995-2000; Read here) (U.K. – ZTT / Salvo, March 9)
The Band “Palladium Circles: The Classic NYC Broadcast 1976” (Iconography)
Chuck Berry “The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61” (two CDs, 50 songs; Track list; MP3) (Acrobat)
Bread “The Best of Bread [4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD]” (1973 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Celtic Thunder “The Very Best of Celtic Thunder” (20 tracks; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Petula Clark “The Sound of Petula Clark” (two CDs, 50 songs; Track list) (U.K. – One Day Music, March 9)
The John Coltrane Quintet featuring Eric Dolphy “So Many Things: The European Tour 1961” (four-disc set; Read here; MP3) (Acrobat / MVD Audio)
Perry Como “Perry Como Live on Tour” (1980 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Bob Crewe “The Complete Elektra Recordings” (two CDs, 26 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads “New Boots and Panties!!” (1977 album; remastered, with a second CD of demos and previously unreleased tracks; MP3), “Do It Yourself” (1979 album; remastered, with a second CD of 17 bonus tracks; MP3), “Laughter” (1980 album; remastered, with a second CD of 16 bonus tracks) (U.K. – Edsel, March 9)
The Fortunes “The Complete Decca Singles 1963-1967 and more” (31 songs; Track list) (Dynamic Voice)
The Guess Who “The Best of The Guess Who [4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD]” (1971 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Tubby Hayes “Symphony: The Lost Session 1972” (recorded live with the Tony Lee Trio at The Hopbine, North Wembley, on Feb. 8, 1972; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Steve Howe “Anthology” (two CDs, 33 tracks) (Rhino)
Judas Priest “Defenders of the Faith (Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with the two-CD “Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984”; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia / Legacy)
Bettye LaVette “Child of the Seventies” (1972 album; remastered, with 10 bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Peggy Lee “At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings” (two CDs, 43 songs; MP3) (Real Gone Music)
The Lookouts “Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories …)” (previously unreleased recordings from 30 years ago, which included guests Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim Armstrong; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Don Giovanni)
Johnny Mathis “Life Is a Song Worth Singing: The Complete Thom Bell Sessions” (two CDs, 29 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Junk Culture (Deluxe Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with a second CD containing B-sides and extended mixes; iTunes) (Virgin / UMe)
Tom Paxton “I’m the Man That Built the Bridges” (1962 live album, recorded at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwch Village; MP3) (Pax)
Art Pepper “Neon Art: Volume Two” (three tunes drawn from the unissued performances of his 1981 tour of Japan; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Primal Fear “Metal Is Forever: The Very Best of Primal Fear” (two CDs, 25 songs) (Metal Mind)
Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George with John Hammond “Ultrasonic Studios 1972” (Iconography)
Minnie Riperton “Her Chess Years” (1997 compilation, featuring her work with The Gems and Rotary Connection) (U.K. – Music on CD, March 9)
Max Roach “The Complete Max Roach: 1953-1958” (nine complete albums, with bonus tracks) (Enlightenment)
Steely Dan “Going Mobile: Classic 1974 Live Radio Broadcast” (Smokin’)
UB40 “Labour of Love (Deluxe Edition)” (1983 album; remastered, with two CDs of B-sides, singles and BBC Radio 1 session tracks and a BBC Radio 1 concert) (Virgin / UMe)
U.K. Subs “Warhead” (1999 album; remastered; MP3) (Secret)
Various artists “Essential Radio Hits of the 60s Volume 7” (17 tracks) (
Various artists “The First US Hot 100: August 1958” (four CDs, 100 songs; Track list; MP3; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Various artists “The Greatest Country Hits of 1958” (four CDs, 120 songs; Track list; MP3; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Various artists “Honky Tonk Song: The Don Law Story 1956-1962” (22-song compilation of the country music producer’s greatest works; Track list) (Cherry Red)
Various artists “1958 British Hit Parade: The B Sides, Part 1 January-June” (four CDs, 75 songs; Track list; MP3; iTunes), “1958 British Hit Parade: The B Sides, Part 2 June-December” (four CDs, 89 songs; Track list; MP3; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Various artists “WOW Hits Party Mix” (two CDs, 30 songs; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Word)
Grover Washington Jr. “Winelight [Hybrid Multichannel SACD]” (1980 album, featuring the Top 5 smash “Just the Two of Us”; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Kitty Wells “The Complete Country Hits: 1952-62” (iTunes) (Acrobat)
John Wetton “The Studio Recordings Anthology” (two CDs, 32 songs; MP3) (Primary Purpose)
Maurice Williams “The Complete Releases 1956-62” (with The Gladiolas and The Zodiacs; two CDs, 37 songs; Track list; MP3) (Acrobat)
Johnny Winter “Live From Japan” (recorded on April 15, 2011; Vinyl; DVD) (MVD)

More Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Black Ivory “Black Ivory” (1976 album; remastered), “Hangin’ Heavy” (1979 album; remastered) (RCA / Legacy)
Julian Cope “Trip Advizer: The Very Best of Julian Cope 1999-2014” (16 tracks) (Head Heritage, March 9)
The Delfonics “The Essential Delfonics” (40 tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Chris Jasper “The Essential Chris Jasper” (29 tracks) (Epic / Legacy)
Evelyn “Champagne” King “The Essential Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King” (30 tracks) (Legacy Recordings)
Gladys Knight & The Pips “The Essential Gladys Knight & The Pips: The Buddah & Columbia Years” (30 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Melba Moore “The Essential Melba Moore” (30 tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Diana Ross “Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Expanded Edition)” (1981 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks), “Silk Electric (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks), “Ross (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks), “Swept Away (Expanded Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with nine bonus tracks), “Eaten Alive (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with nine bonus tracks), “Red Hot Rhythm and Blues” (1987 album; remastered, with 10 bonus tracks), “Greatest Hits: The RCA Years” (18 songs) (RCA / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Studio/label:
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, et al “The Sound of Music (50th Anniversary 5-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray]” (1965 film; DVD) (20th Century Fox)
David Carradine, Jill Ireland, et al “Shane: The Complete Series [DVD]” (three discs) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Foo Fighters “Highways & Holidays: 20 Years of the Foos [DVD]” (two-disc documentary collection) (Pride)
Happy Mondays “Manchester Sound: Happy Mondays & Friends At Cities in the Park [DVD]” (1991 festival in Manchester, U.K.; See here) (Beckmann)
John Hiatt “John Hiatt: Thing Called Love [DVD]” (special collector’s edition) (Laser Media)
John Hughes “John Hughes Yearbook Collection [DVD]” (three-disc set includes “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Weird Science”; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, et al “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Complete Series [DVD]” (24 discs) (Paramount)
Pink Floyd “Pink Floyd: DVD Collector’s Box [DVD]” (two-disc documentary) (The Collector’s Forum)
Linda Ronstadt “Linda Ronstadt: The Story [DVD]” (a musical documentary, featuring music clips from the 1970s and ’80s) (MVD Visual)
Alexandra Shipp, Rachel Crawford “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B [DVD]” (biopic premiered on the Lifetime Channel on Nov. 15, 2014; See here) (Lionsgate)
Slade “Cum On Feel the Noize: Slade Live At Koko [DVD]” (Beckmann)
Various artists “Tribute To Johnny Cash: Live in Concert [DVD]” (1999 concert featuring Cash, Willie Nelson, U2, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, etc.; See here) (MVD)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Eric Clapton “Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton” (Hardcover; author: Paul Scott; Paperback; Kindle) (Headline Book Publishing, March 12)
Ali Graham “99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days, Too” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Workman Publishing Company)
Sean Madigan Hoen “Songs Only You Know: A Memoir” (Paperback; Read here; Kindle) (Soho Press)
Robert M. Marovich “A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music” (Paperback) (University of Illinois Press, March 15)
John Prine “John Prine: In Spite of Himself” (Hardcover; Kindle) (University of Texas Press, March 15)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 10, 2015

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