New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Abandon Kansas “Alligator” (producers: Dustin Burnett, J. Hall; Hear here; MP3) (BC Music)
Joey Alexander (jazz pianist from Bali) “My Favorite Things” (producer: Jason Olaine; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3) (Motema Music)
Steve Aoki “Neon Future II” (collaborators: Moxie, Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Dogg, Rivers Cuomo, NERVO, etc.; first single: “I Love It When You Cry”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Dim Mak / Ultra Music)
Banditos “Banditos” (producer: Andrija Tokic; Hear here; MP3) (Bloodshot)
Tyondai Braxton (experimental rock musician) “HIVE1” (first single: “Scout1”; Hear here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Chappo (Brooklyn-based psych-rock band) “Future Former Self” (Hear here; MP3) (Votiv Music)
Civil War (Swedish heavy metal band) “Gods & Generals” (Hear here; MP3) (Napalm)
Leonard Cohen “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour” (rarities recorded on his recent “Old Ideas” tour, including two new originals, “Never Gave Nobody Trouble” and “Got a Little Secret”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
Crocodiles “Boys” (producer: Martin Thulin; first single: “Crybaby Demon”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Zoo Music)
Della Mae (Nashville-based Americana band) “Della Mae” (producer: Jacquire King; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
David Duchovny (“The X-Files” actor) “Hell or Highwater” (first single: “Hell or Highwater”; See here; Read here; MP3) (ThinkSay Music)
The Early November “Imbue” (first single: “Narrow Mouth”; Hear/read here; MP3) (Rise)
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “The Traveling Kind” (producer: Joe Henry; Hear here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Hinder (new singer: Marshal Dutton) “When the Smoke Clears” (producers: Cody Hanson, Dutton; first single: “Rather Hate Than Hurt”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (The End)
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) “Mad Max: Fury Road – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Hear here; MP3) (WaterTower Music)
The Holydrug Couple “Moonlust” (first single: “Dreamy”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Bones)
Incubus “Trust Fall (Side A)” (four-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Island)
Keith Jarrett “Creation” (from his improvised solo concerts recorded in 2014 in Japan, Canada, and Europe; producer: Jarrett; Hear here; MP3; see related reissue below) (ECM)
Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s) “The Traveler” (recorded with the bluegrass group Black Prairie; first single: “Most in the Summertime,” feat. Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (ATO)
Róisín Murphy “Hairless Toys” (the Irish singer-songwriter’s first album in eight years; first single: “Gone Fishing”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (PIAS America)
Novella “Land” (first single: “Land Gone”; Hear here; MP3) (Sinderlyn)
Pfarmers (featuring members of The National and Menomena) “Gunnera” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Jurassic Pop)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Power in the Blood” (her 16th album is her first in more than six years; producers: Michael Wojewoda, Chris Birkett, Jon Levine; first single: “It’s My Way”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (True North)
Sirenia “The Seventh Life Path” (Hear here; MP3) (Napalm)
Snoop Dogg “Bush” (first single: “Peaches N Cream,” feat. Charlie Wilson; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia)
J.D. Souther “Dance Real Slow” (producer: Larry Klein; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Masterworks)
Steve ‘n’ Seagulls (Finnish band) “Farm Machine” (first single: “You Shook Me All Night Long”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Surfer Blood “1000 Palms” (new single: “Dorian”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Joyful Noise Recordings)
The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson) “Dark Bird Is Home” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
Urban Cone (Swedish electro-pop band) “Polaroid Memories” (first single: “Sadness Disease”; Hear here; MP3) (Astralwerks)
Various artists “Orange Is The New Black: Music From the Original Series” (music composed by Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay and Scott Doherty) (Varese Sarabande)
Various artists “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” (two CDs, 37 songs; producer: Carl Jackson; contributors: Dolly Parton, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, etc.; See here; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Various artists “Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (sequel starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow opens May 15; first single: “Flashlight” by Jessie J; See here; MP3) (UMe / Republic)
Veil of Maya (Chicago metal quartet) “Matriarch” (first single: “Mikasa”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Sumerian)
VNV Nation “Resonance” (recorded with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra at their historic studios in Potsdam, next to the stage where legendary movies like Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” were filmed; Hear here; MP3) (Anachron America)
Warm Soda (power-pop quartet) “Symbolic Dream” (Hear here; MP3) (Castle Face)
Patrick Watson (Canadian indie rocker) “Love Songs For Robots” (first single: “Places You Will Go”; Hear here; MP3) (Domino)
Juan Wauters “Who Me?” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
The Weather Station (Toronto folk artist Tamara Lindeman) “Loyalty” (first single: “Way It Is, Way It Could Be”; Hear here; MP3) (Paradise of Bachelors)

More Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Keith Anderson “I’ll Bring the Music” (six-song EP; his first release since 2008; Hear here) (Keith Anderson)
Eskimeaux (aka songwriter-producer Gabrielle Smith) “O.K.” (producers: Smith, Jack Greenleaf of Sharpless; guests: her former bandmates in The Epoch, plus Henry Crawford and LVL UP’s Nick Corbo; Hear here; CD) (Double Double Whammy)
Thea Gilmore “Ghosts & Graffiti” (part new album, part retrospective, featuring four new songs and six newly recorded versions of old tracks; guests: The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, John Cooper Clarke, Joan As Policewoman, King Creosote, I Am Kloot; Hear here; CD) (Fullfill LLC, May 11)
Honey Barbara (San Antonio rock band) “Wave Grass” (Hear here) (Gifted Amateur Recordings, May 11)
A Light Divided “Mirrors” (first single: “I Am the One Who Knocks”; Hear here) (A Light Divided)
Pat McGee “Pat McGee” (guests: John Popper, Paul Barrerre, Pat Monahan, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Watchel, Danny Kortchmar, Jeff Pevar; first single: “Overboard”; Hear here) (Noble Steed Music)
Queen Latifah, et al “Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)” (premieres May 16 on HBO; includes seven new Queen Latifah performances, in the lead role; See here; CD, due June 2) (Legacy Recordings)
Bebe Rexha “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” (five-song EP; new single: “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy”; Hear here) (Warner)
Bunny Sigler “Bundino” (producers: Sigler, Noisette Saint Man St. Jr., Raymond Earl; first single: “When I Think of You”; Hear here) (BunZ Music)
Trinity River Band “Heartstrings” (producers: Mike Harris, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris; guests: Marty Raybon, Mark Johnson; first single: “Heartstrings”; Hear here) (Orange Blossom)

More Digital Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Mike Bloomfield “Bottom Line Cabaret 31.3.74” (two CDs, 13 songs) (Klondike)
Bob and Ray “The Two and Only” (1970 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)
Lenny Breau “The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau Live!” (1969 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)
Canned Heat “Stockholm 1973” (Vinyl; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Johnny Cash “Wheeling West Virginia October 2 1976” (his appearance on the Jamboree USA show, broadcast on WWVA; Hear here) (Hotspur)
Georgie Fame “Yeh Yeh: The Georgie Fame Collection” (20 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Spectrum Music / UMG, May 11)
Michael Fennelly “Lane Changer” (1973 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)
Andrew Gold “The Late Show – Live 1978” (previously unreleased concert at West Hollywood’s Roxy Theatre; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Jamison Road “Jamison Road” (2012 album, initially independently on CDBaby; producers: Larry Beaird, Brent J. Duersch, Frank J. Larry; Hear here; MP3) (Sojourn)
Keith Jarrett “Barber / Bartók” (piano concerto recordings from 1984 and 1985; MP3) (ECM)
B.B. King “United Western Recorders Hollywood LA, October 1 1972” (75-minute radio broadcast; 14 songs; Hear/read here) (Hi Hat)
Henry Mancini “This Is Henry Mancini” (1970 album; remastered; 20 songs on one CD) (Wounded Bird)
Vince Matthews and Jim Casey “The Kingston Springs Suite” (lost 1972 album produced by Shel Silverstein, with help from Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Cowboy Jack Clement; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Delmore Recording Society)
Wes Montgomery “In the Beginning” (two CDs, containing 26 live and studio recordings from 1949-1958; MP3) (Resonance)
Nashville Pussy “Ten Years of Pussy” (two-CD set includes a 16-track best-of and a bonus “Live in Nottingham”; MP3) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Willie Nelson “Live Dallas Texas KAFM-FM Radio Show” (two CDs; Read here) (Hotspur)
Pure Food and Drug Act “Choice Cuts” (1972 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)
Queen “Queen Forever [Vinyl box set]” (four-LP version of the 36-track two-CD release, with a bonus 12-inch single featuring William Orbit’s mix of “Let Me In Your Heart Again”) (Hollywood)
Return to Forever “Electric Lady Studio, NYC, June 1975” (Hi Hat)
The Smoke “My Friend Jack Eats Sugar Lumps: An Anthology” (three CDs, 55 songs; See here; MP3) (U.K. – Secret, May 11)
Cecil Taylor “Michigan State University, April 15th 1976” (recorded at the Power Center for WCBN-FM’s “Jazz Alive” program; Hear/read here) (Hi Hat)
Various artists “Body Language Vol. XVI” (compiled and mixed by Luxembourg classical and experimental pianist and composer Francesco Tristano; Hear here; Vinyl) (Get Physical Music)
Various artists “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” (soundtrack to the 2014 documentary film; See here) (Dust to Digital)
Various artists “Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Volume 5” (21 tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (U.K. – BBE, May 11)
Various artists “Occult Box” (limited-edition, 666 copies; includes five CDs, bonus 7-inch vinyl, 12-page full-color booklet, postcards, collectible pendant and chaintracks; featuring tracks from The Soft Moon, VOWWS, Bestial Mouths, Magic Wands, Nico, Christian Death, Peter Murphy, Tangerine Dream, Joy Division, Laibach, etc.; See here; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Various artists “The Super Rare Doo Wop Box” (five CDs; MP3) (Rockbeat)
Various artists “Ultimate 80s” (four CDs, 72 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Sony, May 11)
Stevie Ray Vaughan “Spectrum, Philadelphia 23rd May 1988” (Echoes)
Miroslav Vitouš (founding member of Weather Report) “Majesty Music” (1976 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)
Weather Report “The Agora, Columbus, Ohio, October 17th 1972” (recorded for FM broadcast; two CDs, 14 songs; Hear/read here) (Hi Hat)
Johnny Winter “Raisin’ Cain” (1980 album; remastered) (Wounded Bird)

More Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Nate Dogg “The Prodigal Son” (2000 album; remastered) (Conscious Manifesto / Essential Media Group)
INXS “Need You Tonight and Other Hits!” (10 songs) (Sunset Special Markets)
Rainbow “Denver 1979” (Down To Earth tour; Vinyl) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Bessie Smith “The Best of Bessie Smith” (20 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Rick Wakeman “Voyage: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman” (1996 compilation; 21 tracks) (A&M / UMe)

More Digital Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Studio/label:
Robert Conrad, Martin Ross “The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series [DVD]” (26 discs) (Paramount)
Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregory, et al “Mortdecai [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Clint Eastwood “Rawhide: The Complete Collection [DVD]” (59 discs) (Paramount)
Charlton Heston, Katharine Ross, et al “The Colbys: The Complete Collection [DVD]” (12 discs) (Shout! Factory)
Kent McCord, Richard Hatch, et al “Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection [Blu-ray]” (eight discs) (Universal Studios)
Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, et al “Still Alice [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, et al “Jurassic Park Collection [DVD]” (three discs; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Chuck Norris “Walker Texas Ranger: The Complete Collection [DVD]” (52 discs) (Paramount)
Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, et al “They Call Me Mister Tibbs! [Blu-ray]” (1970 film) (Kino Lorber)
Various artists “The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show: Unforgettable Performances [DVD]” (hosted by Carol Burnett; featuring Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, etc.) (Time Life)
Various artists “The Midnight Special [DVD]” (three discs of highlights from the 1970s music series) (Time Life)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Rick Buckler (former drummer of The Jam) “That’s Entertainment: My Life in The Jam” (Paperback; co-author: Ian Snowball; Kindle) (Omnibus Press, May 11)
Bobby Hart “Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles” (Hardcover; co-author: Glenn Ballantyne) (SelectBooks)
Jessica Hopper “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic” (Paperback) (Featherproof Books)
Duff McKagan “How to Be a Man (and other illusions)” (Hardcover; three-song EP) (Da Capo Press)
Dolly Parton “Smart Blonde: The Life of Dolly Parton” (Paperback; author: Stephen Miller; Kindle) (Omnibus Press, May 11)
Questlove “Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove” (Paperback; co-author: Ben Greenman) (Grand Central Publishing)

More Book Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

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