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This Week’s Releases: March 24, 2015

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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)

Artist: Title: Label:
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

Artist: Title: Label:
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

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