New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Adelitas Ways“Deserve This” (five-song EP; Hear here; MP3)(Wild Wild West)
The Answer (Northern Irish rockers)“Raise a Little Hell” (producer: Will Maya; Hear here; LP + MP3; MP3)(Napalm)
Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott“The Chopin Project” (guest: Mari Samuelsen; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Mercury Classics)
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield“Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Ramseur)
AWOLNATION“Run” (producer: frontman Aaron Bruno; first single: “Hollow Moon [Bad Wolf]”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Red Bull)
The Bunny Hop“Hair Helmet EP” (producers: Andy Ziats, Andrea Tarka, John White; first single: “How Does That Sound?”; Hear here)(The Bunny Hop)
Marc Cary (electro-acoustic keyboard wizard)“Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2” (Hear here; MP3)(Motéma Music)
Glen Hansard“It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina” (proceeds go to the estate of Jason Molina, the Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. member who died in 2013; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Overcoat Recordings)
Hawk Nelson“Diamonds” (first single: “Drops in the Ocean”; Hear here; MP3)(Fair Trade Services)
Houndmouth“Little Neon Limelight” (producer: Dave Cobb; Hear here; LP + MP3; MP3)(Rough Trade)
Tobias Jesso Jr.“Goon” (producers: Chet White, Patrick Carney, Ariel Rechtshaid; first single: “Hollywood”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(True Panther Sounds)
Stone Jack Jones“Love & Torture” (guest: Patty Griffin; first single: “Shine”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Western Vinyl)
Mark Knopfler“Tracker” (producers: Knopfler, Guy Fletcher; first single: “Beryl”; Hear here; Box set; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(Verve)
Liz Longley“Liz Longley” (producer: Gus Berry; guests: Michael Rhodes, Nir Zidkyahu, Tom Bukovac, Danny Rader, John Hobbs, JT Corenflos, Marco Giovino; Hear here; MP3)(Sugar Hill)
Lunden Reign (prog ensemble)“American Stranger” (producer: Luis Maldonado; Hear here; MP3)(Cleopatra)
Matt Maher“Saints and Sinners” (producers: Maher, Paul Moak; first single: “Because He Lives [Amen]”; Hear here; MP3)(Essential)
Marina and the Diamonds“FROOT” (producers: Marina Diamandis, David Kosten; first single: “Froot”; Hear here; See here)(Neon Gold / Atlantic, March 16)
Marcus Miller“Afrodeezia” (Hear here; MP3)(Blue Note)
Modest Mouse“Strangers to Ourselves” (their first album since 2007; first single: “Lampshades on Fire”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Glacial Pace / Epic)
Allison Moorer“Down to Believing” (producer: Kenny Greenberg; first single: “Like It Used To Be”; Hear here; MP3)(eOne Nashville)
Papa Mali (New Orleans-based singer-guitarist)“Music Is Love” (producer: John Chelew; Hear here; MP3)(429)
The Pine Hill Project (Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell)“Tomorrow You’re Going” (producer: Larry Campbell; first single: a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Live on a Battlefield”; Hear here; MP3)(Signature Sounds)
Ranger (Finnish speed metal band)“Where Evil Dwells” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Spinefarm)
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Aussie singer-songwriter with multicultural ensemble)“Nanna” (mixed by Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Nettwerk)
San Cisco (Australian indie pop band)“Gracetown” (first single: “Run”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl)(Island City)
Sasha’s Bloc (jazz-swing collective)“Heart on Fire” (guests: Jane Monheit, Patrick Tuzzolino, Octavia Pace, Glynis Leflore, Princess Fortier, etc.; Hear here; MP3)(Sasha’s Bloc)
Sleeping With Sirens“Madness” (producers: John Feldmann, Sleeping With Sirens; first single: “Kick Me”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with two bonus tracks)(Epitaph)
Twin Shadow“Eclipse” (first single: “Turn Me Up”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Warner)
Various artists“Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (featuring tracks from Iggy Azalea, Flo Rida, T.I., Prince Royce, David Guetta, DJ Shadow, Juicy J, etc.; opens in theaters on April 3; See here; MP3)(Atlantic)
Various artists“On the Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)” (revival of the classic musical comedy by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Hear here)(PS Classics)

More Releases for the Week of March 17, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Antigone Rising“Whiskey & Wine Vol. II” (Hear here)(Rising Shine)
Paul Carrack“Paul Carrack Live at the London Palladium” (See here)(Carrack UK, March 16)
Club America (Brazilian alt-rock quartet)“Let’s Go Outside” (Hear here)(Sonovibe)
earlyRise (L.A. melodic rock group)“Colors” (first single: “Safer In Here”; Hear here; See here; iTunes)(earlyRise, March 20)
The Electric West“Verdugo” (four-song EP; producer: Joseph Calleiro, RA Sound; first single: “Portland”; Hear here)(Future Force, March 21)
Glee Cast“Glee: The Music – We Built This Glee Club” (six songs)(Columbia)
Nic Hessler“Soft Connections” (first single: “Hearts, Repeating”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; CD)(Captured Tracks)
Kendrick Lamar“To Pimp a Butterfly” (producers: Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, etc.; new single: “The Blacker The Berry”; Hear here; CD; iTunes)(Aftermath / Interscope, March 16)
Special Request featuring Rey T“Down and Out” (producers: R. Thomas, C J Thomas; guest: Korrosive; first single: “Down and Out”; Hear here; See here)(MRE Entertainment / Prime USA / InGrooves)
Swiss Lips (dance-electro-pop band from Manchester, U.K.)“Swiss Lips” (first single: “Books”; Hear/read here)(Foreverever, March 16)
Roch Voisine“Movin’ on Maybe” (Hear here; CD)(RV International Inc., March 16)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 17, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Basia“London Warsaw New York (Deluxe Edition)” (1989 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus remixes, B-sides and rarities; Read here)(U.K. – Cherry Pop, March 16)
Dread Zeppelin“Re-Led-ed: The Best Of” (13 tracks; Vinyl)(Cleopatra)
Jefferson Airplane“Bark” (1971 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks)(Iconoclassic)
L.A. Guns“Toronto 1990” (MP3)(Deadline Music / Cleopatra)
Lynyrd Skynyrd“Lynyrd Skynyrd [Vinyl box set]” (six LPs)(Geffen / UMe)
Britt Nicole“The Remixes” (12 tracks; Read here; MP3)(Capitol Christian Music Group)
The Pretty Things“Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky [Box set]” (16-disc collection, celebrating their 50th anniversary, includes 11 studio albums, 42 bonus tracks, two DVDs, etc.; Read here; See here)(Snapper Classics)
Rockwell“Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984 album; remastered)(Japan – Motown / Universal, March 16)
Rush“2112 [Vinyl]” (1976 album; remastered, on 200-gram, heavyweight vinyl), “All the World’s a Stage [Vinyl]” (1976 double album; remastered, on 200-gram, heavyweight vinyl)(Mercury / UMe)
Simple Minds“Sparkle in the Rain (Super Deluxe Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with bonus single edits, B-sides and extended mixes; Read here; MP3)(Virgin)
Randy Stonehill“Welcome to Paradise” (1976 album; remastered)(Solid Rock)
Donna Summer“The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles”(U.K. – Spectrum, March 16)
The Untouchables“Free Yourself: Ska Hits” (13 tracks; See here; MP3)(Cleopatra)

More Releases for the Week of March 17, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

The Crystal Method“The Crystal Method Remixed” (remixes of four songs from their 2014 “The Crystal Method” album; Hear here)(Tiny e)
Gareth Emery“Drive: Refueled” (A-list producers and DJs were enlisted to pump the 12 tracks from last year’s “Drive” with new energy; Hear here)(Garuda)
Tom Jones“Delilah” (1968 album; See here)(Decca)
Various artists“Canada: Music of the Inuit – The Copper Eskimo Tradition”(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

DVD / Blu-ray

Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, et al“Maude: The Complete Series [DVD]” (19 discs)(Shout! Factory)
Christian Bale, John Turturro, et al“Exodus: Gods and Kings [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(20th Century Fox)
Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, et al“Penguins of Madagascar [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD)(20th Century Fox)
David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, et al“Song of the Sea [DVD]” (Oscar-nominated animated film; Blu-ray + DVD)(Universal Studios)
Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson“Top Five [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(Paramount)
Shuggie Otis“Shuggie Otis: Live In Williamsburg [DVD]” (filmed April 19, 2013, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.; See here; CD)(Cleopatra)
Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, et al“Annie [DVD]” (2014 film; bonus features include five sing-along tracks, a deleted song, bloopers, rrivia, outtakes with Sandy, a music video, etc.; Blu-ray + DVD)(Sony Pictures)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 17, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Tony Barrell“Born to Drum: The Truth About the World’s Greatest Drummers–from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl” (Hardcover; Kindle)(Dey Street Books)
Ja Rule“Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man” (Paperback)(Amistad)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 17, 2015

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