New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Joey Calderazzo “Going Home” (Hear here) (Sunnyside)
Camouflage “Greyscale” (guest: Peter Heppner of Wolfsheim; first single: “Shine”; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Bureau B)
David Clayton-Thomas (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) “Soul Ballads” (producer: Lou Pomanti; Hear here) (Airline)
The Coasters “Magical Favorites” (their first new recordings in 35 years; MP3) (Stardust / Cleopatra)
Hannah Cohen “Pleasure Boy” (producer: Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bella Union)
Death Cab For Cutie “Kintsugi” (their first album since Chris Walla departed last year; producer: Rich Costey; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Atlantic)
Eliane Elias “Made in Brazil” (producers: Elias, Steve Rodby, Marc Johnson; guests: Take 6, Mark Kibble, Amanda Brecker, Ed Motta, Robert Menescal; Hear here; MP3) (Concord)
Föllakzoid “III” (first single: “Electric”; Hear here) (Sacred Bones)
Robben Ford (guitar virtuoso) “Into the Sun” (guests: Keb’ Mo’, ZZ Ward, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph, Tyler Bryant; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mascot Label Group)
Full Devil Jacket “Valley of Bones” (the rock group’s first album in 15 years; producer: Justin Rimer; Hear here) (eOne Music)
Richie Furay “Hand in Hand” (guests: Neil Young, Kenny Loggins, Keb’ Mo’; first single: “We Were the Dreamers”; MP3) (eOne)
Hilary Hahn (Grammy Award-winning violinist) “Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 Violin Concertos” (with Paavo Järvi and his orchestra The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; MP3) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Hollywood Undead “Day of the Dead” (first single: “Day of the Dead”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Interscope)
Nick Höppner (Berlin-based DJ-producer) “Folk” (Hear here; MP3) (Ostgut Ton)
José James “Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday” (producer: Don Was; guests: pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Eric Harland; Hear here; MP3) (Blue Note)
Janita (Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter) “Didn’t You, My Dear?” (producer: Blake Morgan; Hear/read here; MP3) (ECR Music Group)
Jodeci “The Past, The Present, The Future” (their first album in nearly 20 years; co-producer: Timbaland; guests: B.o.B, Liana Banks; new single: “Every Moment”; Hear here; MP3) (Epic / Sphinx Music Entertainmen)
Katatonia “Sanctitude” (concert film recorded at London’s Union Chapel; See here; Blu-ray; MP3) (Kscope)
Angélique Kidjo “Sings” (with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Hear here; MP3) (429)
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis “The Third” (producer: Mick Jones of The Clash; first single: “Baby Bye Bye”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sunday Best Recordings)
Dayna Kurtz (New Orleans-based singer-guitarist-producer) “Rise and Fall” (producers: Kurtz, Randy Crafton; Hear here; MP3) (M.C.)
Lower Dens “Escape From Evil” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ribbon Music)
Ludacris “Ludaversal” (guests: Monica, Big K.R.I.T.; new single: “Good Lovin’,” feat. Miguel; Hear here; See here; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (Def Jam)
Jesse Malin “New York Before the War” (his first album in five years; producers: Malin, Derek Cruz; guests: Peter Buck, Craig Finn, Alejandro Escovedo, Wayne Kramer, etc.; first single: “Addicted”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (One Little Indian)
Marching Church (Copenhagen-based project fronted by Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt) “This World Is Not Enough” (first single: “Hungry For Love”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Bones)
Missy Mazzoli “Vespers For a New Dark Age” (with her ensemble Victoire, Glenn Kotche, synth producer Lorna Dune and vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken; the album was commissioned by Carnegie Hall; Hear here; See here; MP3) (New Amsterdam)
Nightwish (Finnish symphonic power metal band) “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” (album was inspired by the work of naturalist Charles Darwin; producer: Tuomas Holopainen; new single: “Shudder Before the Beautiful”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nuclear Blast)
Mark Olson (The Jayhawks co-founder) “Good-bye Lizelle” (dueting with Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold; Hear here; See here; Read here; Vinyl) (Glitterhouse)
Andreas Ottensamer (Austrian clarinettist) “Brahms: The Hungarian Connection” (with the Brahms Clarinet Quintet; MP3) (Mercury Classics)
Plain White T’s “American Nights” (first single: “Pause”; Hear here; MP3) (MRI)
The Prodigy “The Day Is My Enemy” (guests: Flux Pavilion, Sleaford Mods; first single: “Nasty”; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Take Me to the Hospital / Three Six Zero / Warner)
Reptar (indie-electro pop band) “Lurid Glow” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Darius Rucker “Southern Style” (producer: Frank Rogers; first single: “Homegrown Honey”; Hear here; MP3) (Capitol Nashville)
Boz Scaggs “A Fool to Care” (producer: Steve Jordan; guests: Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (429)
Ron Sexsmith “Carousel One” (producer: Jim Scott; Hear here; MP3) (Compass)
The Soft Moon “Deeper” (first single: “Wasting”; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Captured Tracks)
The Sonics “This Is The Sonics” (the ’60s-era Tacoma garage rock band’s first album since 1980; producer: Jim Diamond; Hear here; MP3) (Revox)
Ringo Starr “Postcards From Paradise” (producer: Starr; guests: Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Benmont Tench, Amy Keys, Nathan East, Glen Ballard, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Rockabella / Universal Music Enterprises)
The Staves (U.K. acoustic folk rock trio of sisters) “If I Was” (producer: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Asthmatic Kitty)
Teenage Bottlerocket (Laramie, Wo., punk band) “Tales From Wyoming” (first single: “Nothing Else Matters [When I’m With You]”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rise)
Three Days Grace “Human” (producer: Gavin Brown; new single: “I Am Machine”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (RCA)
Van Halen “Tokyo Dome In Concert” (recorded on June 21, 2013; 23 songs, featuring David Lee Roth on vocals; Vinyl; MP3; see related reissues below) (Rhino)
Various artists “Galavant (Original Soundtrack)” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater; producers: Michael Kosarin, Christopher Lennertz, Menken; TV cast includes Joshua Sasse, Mallory Jansen, Timothy Omundson; guests: “Weird Al” Jankovic, Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Gervais; See here; MP3) (Hollywood)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 90” (two CDs, 45 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Now! Music, March 30)
Wale “The Album About Nothing” (guests: Usher, J. Cole, Jeremih, SZA; Hear here; MP3) (MMG / Atlantic)
Ryley Walker (singer/songwriter-guitarist from Chicago) “Primrose Green” (first single: “Primrose Green”; Hear/read here; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts “Blaster” (producer: Rick Parker; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Softdrive)
Jon Wolfe (country singer) “Natural Man” (producers: Wolfe, Lex Lipsitz, Billy Decker; first single: “Smile On Mine”; Hear here) (Fool Hearted Productions / Tone Tree Music)

More Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Avan Lava (NYC dance pop trio) “Make It Real” (six-song EP; first single: “Leave It All Behind”; Hear here) (Atlas Chair)
Graham Czach (Chicago space-rock pioneer) “Star By Star” (seven-song EP; first single: “Fake It”; Hear here) (Sliced Tomato)
Thom Douvan (composer-guitarist) “All Over Again” (producers: Douvan, Michael Parlett; Hear here) (Redwood Road, April 1)
Yonatan Gat (former Monotonix guitarist) “Director” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Himalia (U.K.-based multi instrumentalist musician and producer) “Distances” (guests: Laurelle, Sakima, Alex Jordahl; first single: “Kingdom”; Hear here) (Pegdoll, March 30)
Lost Boy ? (Brooklyn-based group led by songwriter Davey Jones) “Canned” (first single: “About the Future”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
Madeon (20-year-old French producer) “Adventure” (guests: Passion Pit, Foster the People’s Mark Foster, Aquilo, Bastille’s Dan Smith; first single: “You’re On”; Hear/read here; Deluxe Edition) (Columbia)
Polar Bear “Same As You” (Hear here; Vinyl; CD) (The Leaf Label, March 30)
The Quireboys “St Cecilia and The Gypsy Soul” (new album, with bonus cuts, along with “Halfpenny Dancer” and the previously unreleased 2010 “Halfpenny Dancer” live show; Hear here; CD) (Off Yer Rocka Recordings, March 30)
Sweet Bump It (Echo Park rock, funk and soul septet) “Sweet Bump It” (seven-song EP; first single: “Slow Down”; Hear here; See here) (Sweet Bump It)
Temple Invisible (Romanian electronica trio) “Enter_” (six-song EP, with three bonus remixes; Hear here) (Temple Invisible, March 30)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Apartments “the evening visits … and stays for years (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with bonus rarities and unreleased demos; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Andrew Bird “Weather Systems” (2003 album; Vinyl) (Wegman)
Blind Boy Fuller “The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Boy Fuller” (25 songs; MP3) (World Music Network)
Erica Campbell “Help 2.0” (2014 album, with two bonus tracks, “More Love” and “I Luh God”; MP3) (eOne Music)
Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy (40th Anniversary Edition)” (1975 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased “Quits”; Vinyl; MP3) (Capitol Nashville / UMe)
Vikki Carr “Intimamente” (20-song best-of; MP3) (Sony Music Latin)
Coheed & Cambria “The Essential Coheed & Cambria” (two CDs, 27 songs; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
Ornette Coleman “Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings” (six-CD box set, originally released in 1993; Read here) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Country Joe and The Fish “Carousel Ballroom 14-02-68” (Hear here) (Keyhole)
Jason Crabb “Through the Fire: The Best of Jason Crabb” (Spring House)
Taylor Dayne “Tell It To My Heart (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album; remastered, with 10 bonus tracks and a second CD of mixes; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, March 30)
Dion “Dion Recorded Live At The Bitter End, August 1971” (17 tracks; Hear/read here; MP3) (U.K. – Ace, March 30)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer “Once Upon a Time Live in South America” (four-CD live set, recorded in April 1993) (RockBeat)
Jeff Golub (died from a rare brain disease on New Year’s Day 2015) “The Vault” (longtime collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner gathered up rare recordings from the jazz guitarist; MP3) (eOne Music)
Grateful Dead “The Best of The Grateful Dead” (two CDs, 32 songs, including the rare “Dark Star” single; mastered in HDCD; MP3) (Grateful Dead / Rhino)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks, Volume Nine: Madison Square Garden, September 16, 1990” (three CDs, 20 tracks), “Dick’s Picks, Volume Eleven: Stanley Theatre, September 27, 1972” (three CDs, 25 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Rob Halford “The Essential Rob Halford” (two CDs, 30 songs; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
Hawkwind “This Is Your Captain Speaking … Your Captain Is Dead” (11-CD box set of albums and singles from their 1970-1974 stint on United Artists; Read here) (U.K. – PLG UK Catalog, March 30)
Rupert Hine “Unshy on the Skyline: The Best of Rupert Hine” (12-song collection of music from his 1981-83 solo albums, compiled by Hine; Read here) (U.K. – Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red, March 30)
Billie Holiday “The Centennial Collection” (20 tracks; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
Jagged Edge “Greatest Hits” (12 tracks) (Cleopatra)
Jefferson Airplane “Return To The Matrix: February 1, 1968” (two-CD live set, recorded at the San Francisco venue; band lineup: Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden) (Relayer)
Judas Priest “The Essential Judas Priest” (two CDs, 34 songs; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
King Curtis “Soul Twist: The Best of the Early Sixties” (Nasjon / Airline)
The Main Ingredient “L.T.D. / Black Seeds” (1970, 1971 albums on one CD; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys “Live ’69 & ’71” (25 tracks; MP3) (Rockbeat)
Quicksilver Messenger Service “Live in San Jose 1966” (Vinyl; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Ride “OX4: The Best of Ride” (2001 compilation) (Rhino)
Simple Minds “Sparkle in the Rain: 30th Anniversary Edition” (1984 album; remastered, with a second CD of rare B-sides; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Super Deluxe Edition) (Virgin / UMe)
The Specials “Specials (Special Edition)” (1979 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus tracks, “Too Much Too Young EP” and “BBC In Concert At the Paris Theatre”; MP3), “More Specials (Special Edition)” (1980 album; remastered, with a second CD containing 13 singles, B-sides and rarities; MP3), “In the Studio (Special Edition)” (1984 album, as The Specials AKA; remastered, with a second CD of rarities, “BBC Peel Session 12/09/83” and instrumentals; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – 2 Tone / Warner, March 30)
Billy Stewart “The Essential Billy Stewart” (two CDs, 35 tracks) (Rockbeat)
Van Halen “Van Halen” (1978 album; remastered by Chris Bellman; Vinyl), “1984” (1984 album; remastered by Chris Bellman; Vinyl) (Rhino)
Various artists “Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66” (38 tracks; Hear/read here; MP3) (Soundway)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call The ACM Awards 50 Years” (two CDs; Read here; MP3) (Universal Music Group / Sony / The Academy of Country Music / UMGD)
Various artists “The Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes of Country Blues” (24 songs; Hear/read here; MP3) (World Music Network)
Jerry Jeff Walker “No Leavin’ Texas 1968-1982: The Classic Jerry Jeff” (two CDs; 39 tracks from 15 albums and six labels; Read here) (Raven)

More Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bobby Bare “Talk Me Some Sense” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Skeeter Davis & Bobby Bare “Tunes for Two” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Ensemble O-Suwa-Daiko, Oguchi Daihachi (director) “Japan: O-Suwa-Daiko Drums” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
Nicki French “The Singles 1997-2014” (Energise, March 30)
Koishimaru Izutsuya “Japan: Koishimaru Izutsuya: Master of the Kawachi Ondo Epics” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
Ray Price “The Collection 1952-1962” (56 tracks) (Ideal Music, March 30)
Smokie “Smokie 1975 | 2015” (36-song 40th anniversary gold edition, featuring such hits as “Living Next Door to Alice,” plus rarities, new songs and solo songs; CD) (Sony U.K.)
Various artists “Best of Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Volume 5” (Hear here) (Kent / Ace, March 30)

More Digital Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artists: Title: Studio/label:
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney “Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (2013 film; two discs) (Warner Home Video)
Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Boren, et al “The Beat Generation [DVD]” (1959 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, et al “The Imitation Game [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Anchor Bay)
Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn, Pete Seeger, et al “Alice’s Restaurant [Blu-ray]” (1969 film) (Olive Films)
Daryl Hall & John Oates “Live in Dublin [DVD]” (See here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Bob Hope, Lucille Ball “The Facts of Life [DVD]” (1960 film; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, et al “VEEP: The Complete Third Season [DVD]” (two discs; Blu-ray) (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, et al “Interstellar [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Paramount)
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, et al “Wild [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Philip Bailey “Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire” (Paperback) (Plume)
The Beatles “The Beatles: Then There Was Music” (Hardcover; author: Tim Hill) (William Morrow, March 28)
Beck “Throwing Frisbees At The Sun: A Book About Beck” (Paperback; author: Rob Jovanovic; Kindle) (Jawbone Press)
Nick Cave “A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981-2013” (Hardcover; author: Bleddyn Butcher) (Allen & Unwin, April 1)
Nick Cave “A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981-2013” (Hardcover; author: Bleddyn Butcher) (Allen & Unwin, April 1)
Stuart Cosgrove “Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul” (Paperback; Kindle) (Stuart Cosgrove)
Adam Nergal Darski (of Behemoth) “Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth And Beyond” (Paperback; co-author: Mark Eglinton) (Jawbone Press)
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City” (Paperback) (Country Music Hall of Fame)
Noddy Holder (of Slade) “The World According to Noddy: Life Lessons Learned in and Out of Rock & Roll” (Paperback; author: Mark Ribowsky) (Constable, April 2)
Billie Holiday “Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth” (Hardcover; author: John Szwed; Kindle) (Viking Adult)
Sam Jackson “Greatest Classical Recordings (Classic FM Handy Guides)” (Hardcover) (Elliott & Thompson, April 1)
Richard King “Original Rockers” (Hardcover; Read here) (Faber & Faber, April 2)
Preston Lauterbach “Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis” (Hardcover; Kindle) (W.W. Norton & Company, March 30)
Lynyrd Skynyrd “Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd” (Hardcover; author: Mark Ribowsky) (Chicago Review Press, April 1)
Nirvana “I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana” (Paperback; author: Nick Soulsby; Kindle) (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Storm Thorgerson “Mind Over Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd” (Hardcover) (Omnibus Press, April 3)

More Book Releases for the Week of March 31, 2015

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