New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Action Bronson“Mr. Wonderful” (producers: The Alchemist, Mark Ronson, Noah “40” Shebib, Omen, Party Supplies, Statik Selektah, 88-Keys; guests: Chance the Rapper, Party Supplies, Black Atlass; new single: “Baby Blue”; Hear here; MP3)(Vice / Atlantic, March 23)
Courtney Barnett“Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” (first single: “Pedestrian At Best”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Mom+Pop Music, March 23)
James Bay“Chaos and the Calm” (producer: Jacquire King; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Republic, March 23)
Big Data“2.0” (guests: Rivers Cuomo, Kimbra, Dragonette, Jamie Lidell, Twin Shadow, White Sea, Jenn Wasner, Joywave, etc.; first single: “Dangerous”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Warner, March 23)
Björk“Vulnicura” (released on iTunes on Jan. 20; producers: Björk, Arca, The Haxan Cloak; guest: Antony; first single: “Stonemilker”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(One Little Indian, March 23)
Blancmange“Semi Detached” (first single: “Paddington”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(U.K. – Cherry Red, March 23)
Bombadil“Hold On” (first single: “Amy’s Friend”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Ramseur, March 23)
Courage My Love (female rock trio from Toronto)“Becoming” (Hear here; MP3)(InVogue, March 23)
The Cribs“For All My Sisters” (producer: Ric Ocasek; first single: “Burning For No One”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Arts & Crafts, March 23)
Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan“Duets” (includes covers of “Nature Boy,” “Blue in Green,” “Summertime,” “A Child Is Born,” Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”; Read here; MP3)(Mack Avenue, March 23)
Andy Gabbard (of Buffalo Killers)“Fluff” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Alive Naturalsound)
Geographer (San Francisco-based romantic indie pop outfit)“Ghost Modern” (first single: “I’m Ready”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Roll Call, March 23)
The Go! Team“The Scene Between” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Memphis Industries)
Steve Grand“All American Boy” (producer: Aaron Johnson; Hear here; MP3)(Grand Nation, March 23)
Happyness (South London trio)“Weird Little Birthday” (new single: “A Whole New Shape”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Bar/None, March 23)
Hidden Hospitals (Chicago alt-rock band)“Surface Tension” (producer: J. Hall; Hear here; Vinyl)(Hidden Hospitals)
Humming House (Nashville quintet)“Revelries” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Rock Ridge Music, March 23)
Jam City“Dream a Garden” (new single: “Proud”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Night Slugs)
Jeff the Brotherhood (Nashville melodic rockers)“Wasted on the Dream” (producers: Jeff the Brotherhood, Joe Chiccarelli; new single: “Coat Check Girl”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Warner)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion“Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015” (first single: “Do the Get Down”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Mom+Pop Music, March 23)
Kidz Bop Kids“Kidz Bop 28” (MP3)(Razor & Tie, March 23)
Laura Marling“Short Movie” (first single: “Short Movie”; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Ribbon Music, March 23)
Nellie McKay“My Weekly Reader” (covers of 1960s songs, from the likes of The Beatles, The Beatles, The Kinks, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman’s Hermits, etc.; recorded with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick; Hear here; See here; MP3)(429, March 23)
Van Morrison“Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue” (producers: Morrison, Don Was, Bob Rock; guests: Michael Bublé, Steve Winwood, Georgie Fame, Natalie Cole, Shana Morrison, the late Bobby Womack, George Benson, etc.; first single: “Real Real Gone”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Exile Productions / RCA, March 23)
The Myrrors“Arena Negra” (Hear here; Vinyl)(Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock“Spirit On a Mission” (Hear here; Vinyl; Deluxe Edition; MP3)(Inakustik)
Seasick Steve“Sonic Soul Surfer” (producer: Seasick Steve; first single: “Bring It On”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3, with four bonus tracks)(Bronze Rat)
Smallpools (L.A. quartet)“Lovetap!” (producers: Ricky Reed, John Ryan; first single: “Karaoke”; Hear here; See hereVinylMP3)(RCA, March 23)
Sorcerer“In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross” (Hear here)(Metal Blade, March 23)
Ray Stevens“Here We Go Again!” (first single: “Taylor Swift Is Stalkin’ Me”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Clyde, March 23)
Striking Matches (Nashville guitar-wielding duo)“Nothing But the Silence” (producer: T Bone Burnett; first single: “Missing You Tonight”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(I.R.S., March 23)
Strung Out“Transmission.Alpha.Delta” (producer: Kyle Black; Hear here; Vinyl)(Fat Wreck Chords, March 23)
Toto“Toto XIV” (their first album of new material since 2006’s “Falling In Between”; Joseph Williams returns on lead vocals; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Frontiers, March 23)
Various artists“The Fortress of Solitude (Original Cast Recording)” (a coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond; based on the national best-selling novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem; music and lyrics by Michael Friedman; directed by Daniel Aukin; Hear/read here; See here; MP3)(Ghostlight, March 23)
Various artists“Home (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (3D computer-animated buddy comedy film, featuring the voices of Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons, opens March 27; See here; MP3)(Roc Nation, March 23)
Various artists“While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack Album)” (comedy-drama film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts opens March 27; original score by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem; features tracks by Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Foreigner, Haim, Survivor, etc.; See here; MP3)(Milan, March 23)
Vetiver“Complete Strangers” (first single: “Current Carry”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Easy Sound, March 23)

More Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Zack Biss“Brand New” (first single: “Brand New”; ReverbNation)(Zack Biss)
Broken Water“Wrought” (first single: “High-Lo”; Hear here)(Night-People)
Earl Sweatshirt“I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside” (guests: Da$H, Wiki, Na-kel, Vince Staples; first single: “Grief”; Hear here; See here)(Tan Cressida / Columbia, March 23)
Glee Cast“Glee: The Music – 2009” (four songs)(Columbia)
Taarka“Making Tracks Home” (Hear here)(Taarka)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Bananarama“Megarama: The Mixes” (three CDs containing 36 remixes)(U.K. – Edsel, March 23)
Bee Gees“Bee Gees 1974-1979” (five-CD collection includes the albums “Mr. Natural,” “Main Course,” “Children of the World” and “Spirits Having Flown,” with a bonus disc of non-album singles and B-sides titled “The Miami Years”)(RGE / BeeGees Music / Reprise, March 23)
Tony Bennett“Original Album Classics” (five discs)(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
The Brecker Brothers“The Bottom Line Archive Series (Live 1976)” (MP3)(The Bottom Line Record Company, March 23)
James Brown“I’m Real (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album, produced by Full Force; remastered, with a second CD containing 10 bonus tracks; Hear/read here; See here)(Funky Town Grooves)
Buena Vista Social Club“Lost and Found” (previously unreleased tracks, most of which were recorded during the 1997 “Buena Vista Social Club” sessions, produced by Ry Cooder; Hear here; MP3)(World Circuit / Nonesuch, March 23)
Johnny Cash“American Recordings Vinyl Box Set” (seven LPs)(American Recordings / UMe, March 23)
Floyd Cramer“The Essential Recordings” (two CDs, 40 songs; Read here)(U.K. – Primo, March 23)
Tyrone Davis“Let’s Be Closer Together (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks)(Funky Town Grooves)
John Denver“Original Album Classics” (five discs)(RCA / Legacy, March 23)
Eminem“The Vinyl LPs [Box set]” (10-LP collection includes every album, from 1996’s “Infinite” to 2013’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”)(Aftermath / Interscope, March 23)
England Dan & John Ford Coley“The Atlantic Albums +” (four albums, from 1976-79, on two CDs; remastered, with three bonus tracks; Track list)(U.K. – Edsel, March 23)
The Farm“The Complete Studio Recordings 1983-2004” (seven-CD box set includes their first four albums, non-album tracks and B-sides, BBC sessions and remixes; Track list)(U.K. – Edsel, March 23)
Bobbie Gentry“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again: The Best Of” (22 songs; Track list)(U.K. – Spectrum / UMC, March 23)
Ian Gillan“The Complete Studio Recordings” (six-CD box set features five studio albums with the bonus CD “For Gillan Fans Only”; Track list)(U.K. – Edsel, March 23)
Groovie Ghoulies“Appetite For Adrenochrome” (1989 album; remastered; Vinyl; MP3)(Green Door Recording Co.)
Phyllis Hyman“Phyllis Hyman” (1977 album; remastered), “You Know How to Love Me” (1979 album; remastered)(Funky Town Grooves)
Janis Joplin“Original Album Classics” (five discs)(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
Kansas“Original Album Classics” (five discs)(Epic / Legacy, March 23)
Curtis Knight & The Squires feat. Jimi Hendrix“You Can’t Use My Name: The RSVP/PPX Sessions” (recordings from 1965-1967, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer; Vinyl; MP3)(Legacy Recordings, March 23)
Dean Martin“Original Album Classics” (five discs)(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
Meat Loaf“Original Album Classics” (five CDs, featuring his 1981-87 albums, from “Dead Ringer” to “Live At Wembley”)(U.K. – Sony, March 23)
Willie Nile“The Bottom Line Archive Series (Live 1980 & 2000)” (MP3)(The Bottom Line Record Company, March 23)
Quiet Riot“Original Album Classics” (five-CD set)(U.K. – Sony, March 23)
Kenny Rankin“The Bottom Line Archive Series: Plays the Beatles & More (Live 1990)” (MP3)(The Bottom Line Record Company, March 23)
Paul Simon“Original Album Classics”(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
Smokie“Smokie 1975 | 2015” (two-CD, 36-song 40th anniversary gold edition, featuring such hits as “Living Next Door to Alice,” plus rarities, new songs and solo songs; See here; MP3)(U.K. – Sony, March 23)
Starship“Original Album Classics” (three-CD set includes “Knee Deep in the Hoopla,” “No Protection” and “Love Among the Cannibals”)(U.K. – Sony, March 23)
Tavares“Love Storm (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with a bonus remix of “Whodunit”)(U.K. – Soulmusic, March 23)
Thursday“Waiting: 15-Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1999 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks; See here; Vinyl)(Collect)
Train“Platinum Album Collection” (five complete albums)(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
Various artists“Smash Hits 1980” (20 tracks; Track list), “Smash Hits 1981” (20 tracks; Track list), “Smash Hits 1982” (20 tracks; Track list), “Smash Hits 1983” (20 tracks; Track list), “Smash Hits 1984” (20 tracks; Track list), “Smash Hits 1985” (20 tracks; Track list)(U.K. – Rhino, March 23)
Various artists“Strictly DJ T.: 25 Years of Strictly Rhythm [Box set]” (four CDs, 52 songs; Hear here; Read here)(Strictly Rhythm, March 23)
Wham!“Original Album Classics” (three-CD set includes “Fantastic,” “Make It Big” and “Music From the Edge of Heaven”)(U.K. – Sony, March 23)

More Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

The Delfonics“The Essential Delfonics” (40 songs)(Arista / Legacy, March 23)
Janie Fricke“After Midnight” (1987 album), “Labor of Love” (1989 album)(Columbia / Legacy)
Evelyn “Champagne” King“The Essential Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King” (30 songs)(RCA / Legacy, March 23)
Gladys Knight & The Pips“The Essential Gladys Knight & The Pips: The Buddah & Columbia Years” (30 songs)(Columbia / Legacy, March 23)
The men’s choir from the Dar Jnah in Muharraq“Bahrain: Fidjeri: Songs of the Pearl Divers”(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
Melba Moore“The Essential Melba Moore” (30 songs)(RCA / Legacy, March 23)
Various artists“Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways” (25 songs)(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Various artists“Madagascar: Land of the Betsimisaraka” (16 songs)(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
Various artists“25 Years of Perfecto Records” (36 songs, mixed by Paul Oakenfold; Import CD)(Perfecto)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Joe Bonamassa“Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks [DVD]” (Blu-ray; CD; MP3)(J&R Adventures, March 23)
John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, et al“The Sure Thing (30th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]” (1985 film)(Shout! Factory)
Miley Cyrus“Bangerz Tour [DVD]” (features performances in Barcelona and Lisbon, along with behind-the-scenes content focusing on the tour and her personal life; Blu-ray)(RCA, March 23)
Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, et al“Song One [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray)(Cinedigm)
Kansas“Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere [DVD]” (documentary film directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, featuring interviews with Garth Brooks, Brian May, Brendan O’Brien, Rolling Stone journalist David Wild, etc.; with a companion greatest-hits CD; Hear/read here; MP3)(Epic / Legacy, March 23)
Kylie Minogue“Kiss Me Once Live at the SSE Hydro [DVD]” (See here; Read here; Blu-ray; MP3)(Warner, March 23)
Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, et al“In the Woods [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray)(Walt Disney)
Various artists“A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney [DVD]” (2012 special featuring Duane Eddy, Alicia Keys, Cirque du Soleil featuring “The Beatles Love” cast, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Sergio Mendes, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, etc.; See here; Blu-ray)(Shout! Factory, March 23)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Leonard Cohen“A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen” (Paperback; author: Liel Leibovitz)(W.W. Norton & Company, March 23)
Zoe Cormier“Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science” (Hardcover; Kindle)(Da Capo Press)
Nelson George“The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style” (Paperback; Hardcover; Kindle)(William Morrow Paperbacks)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 24, 2015

Now See Here:

“Short Movie,” Laura Marling

Next week: March 31, 2015

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