New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

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)

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)

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)

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

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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