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This Week’s Releases: Nov. 24-25, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Brand New Heavies (new singer: Dawn Joseph) “Sweet Freaks” (Hear here) (earMUSIC / Eagle Rock, Nov. 24)
David Cieri “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” (soundtrack to the PBS mini-series; iTunes) (PBS)
Coldplay “Ghost Stories Live 2014 [CD/DVD]” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Capitol, Nov. 24)
Eminem “Shady XV” (double album, with a collection of the Shady label’s greatest hits from Eminem, 50 Cent, D-12, Obie Trice, etc.; first single: “Guts Over Fear,” feat. Sia; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Shady / Aftermath / Interscope, Nov. 24)
Faith Evans “Incomparable” (first single: “I Deserve It,” feat. Missy Elliott and Sharaya J; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Prolific Music Group / BMG Rights Management, Nov. 24)
Philip Glass “Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes” (double album, with pianist Maki Namekawa; Hear here; iTunes) (Orange Mountain Music)
David Guetta “Listen” (guests: Emeli Sandé, Sam Martin; first single: “Dangerous”; Hear here; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Big Beat / Atlantic, Nov. 24)
JD & The Straight Shot (fronted by James Dolan, head of Cablevision and The Madison Square Garden Company) “Where I’ve Been” (the track “Hard to Find” is featured in the Bill Murray film “St. Vincent”; producer: Joe Walsh; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (JD & The Straight Shot)
Olly Murs “Never Been Better” (producers: Steve Robson, Jason Evigan, Ryan Tedder, TMS, Steve Mac, etc.; guests: Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy; first single: “Wrapped Up”; Hear here) (U.K. – Syco / Epic, Nov. 24)
Pitbull “Globalization” (guests: Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, etc.; new single: “Fireball”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (RCA / Mr. 305 / Polo Grounds, Nov. 24)
CJ Ramone “Last Chance to Dance” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Fat Wreck Chords, Nov. 24)
Rick Ross “Hood Billionaire” (guests: Jay-Z, T.I., R. Kelly, Project Pat, K. Michelle, etc.; first single: “Elvis Presley Blvd”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Maybach / Def Jam, Nov. 24)
Simple Minds “Big Music” (their first album of new material in five years; producers: Steve Osborne, Andy Wright, Steve Hillage; first single: “Honest Town”; Hear here; See here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (Simple Minds / Caroline, Nov. 24)
Various artists “Big Hero 6 [Film soundtrack]” (3D computer-animated superhero-comedy film opens Nov. 7; music by Henry Jackman; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Walt Disney, Nov. 24)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 89” (two CDs, 45 songs; Track list) (U.K. – NOW, Nov. 24)

More Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Amsterdam Red Light District (French punk rockers) “Gone For a While” (guest: Justin Schlosberg from Hell Is For Heroes; first single: “Time Flies”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Red-Light, Nov. 26)
Blacknell “When Rain Was Fun” (producer: Blacknell; guests: Gully Shell, Noam Lavi; first single: “It’s Not That Easy”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Blacknell Music / SUGO Music Group)
Luke Dowler “North” (six-song EP; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (Checkered Owl Music)
The Jack Kerowax (fronted by singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford) “Kerowax” (first single: “Ten Year War”; Hear here; iTunes) (St. Cait)
Carlo Poddighe “Molto Groovy Christmas” (producer-writer-director Roman Coppola and producer Alessandro Casella team with multi-instrumentalist Poddighe for a holiday album recorded in the eclectic style of 1960s and ’70s Italian soundtracks; Hear here) (Molto Groovy Productions, Nov. 28)
September Girls (Dublin-based noise pop quintet) “Veneer” (four-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Kanine, Nov. 24)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Bryan Adams “Reckless (Deluxe Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with a second CD of bonus material; Single CD; Vinyl; Pure Audio Blu-ray; Super Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (A&M / UMe, Nov. 24)
Woody Allen “The Stand-Up Years 1964-1968” (two CDs, 18 tracks, featuring his three stand-up comedy albums, with an audience Q&A) (Razor & Tie, Nov. 24)
Iggy Azalea “Reclassified” (her 2014 album, “The New Class,” with five new songs; MP3; iTunes) (Grand Hustle / Def Jam, Nov. 24)
David Benoit “David Benoit Collection” (Telarc, Nov. 24)
Beyoncé “Beyoncé (The Platinum Edition)” (2013 album; expanded to a two-CD, two-DVD box set, with two new songs; Read here; iTunes) (Columbia, Nov. 24)
Björk “Biophilia Live” (two CDs and one Blu-ray disc; concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland; See here) (Megaforce, Nov. 24)
Eric Clapton “Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (1982 compilation; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
Bing Crosby “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered – The Soundtrack” (PBS special premieres Dec. 2), “Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook” (with previously unreleased tracks), “Some Fine Old Chestnuts (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” (remastered, with previously unreleased tracks), “Songs I Wish I Has Sung the First Time Around …” (Bing Crosby Archive / UMe, Nov. 24)
deadmau5 “5 years of mau5” (double-disc retrospective; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (mau5trap / Ultra, Nov. 24)
Neil Diamond “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” (1973 soundtrack), “Serenade” (1974 album), “Beautiful Noise” (1976 album), “Love at the Greek” (1977 album), “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (1978 album), “September Morn” (1979 album), “The Jazz Singer” (1980 soundtrack), “The Movie Album: As Time Goes By” (1998 album), “12 Songs” (2005 album), “Home Before Dark” (2008 album), “Dreams” (2010 album), “Hot August Night/NYC” (2010 album), “The Bang Years, 1966–1968” (2011 compilation), “All-Time Greatest Hits” (two CDs, 42 songs; see related DVD below) (Capitol / UMe, Nov. 24)
Will Downing “Will Downing Collection” (Concord, Nov. 24)
Game Theory (1980s power-pop band) “Dead Center” (1984 compilation; remastered, with 11 bonus tracks; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Omnivore Recordings, Nov. 24)
Selena Gomez “For You” (15-track greatest-hits collection, with two new songs; MP3; iTunes) (Hollywood, Nov. 24)
Jethro Tull “WarChild: The 40th Anniversary Edition” (1974 album; remastered, with bonus tracks, remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson; two CDs and two DVDs) (Parlophone / Rhino, Nov. 24)
Malo “Malo” (1972 album; remastered) (Varese Sarabande, Nov. 24)
Mark-Almond “Mark-Almond” (1971 album; remastered) (Varese Sarabande, Nov. 24)
Dave Matthews Band “Under the Table and Dreaming (Expanded Edition)” (20th anniversary edition of the 1994 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks; MP3) (RCA / Legacy, Nov. 24)
Joni Mitchell “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced [Box set]” (four CDs, 53 newly remastered songs, curated by Mitchell; Track list) (Rhino, Nov. 24)
The Moody Blues “The Polydor Years 1986-1992 [Box set]” (six CDs and two DVDs, featuring 17 bonus tracks, 11 of them previously unreleased, and a 1991 BBC radio session; Read here) (Polydor / UMe, Nov. 24)
Nickelback “Original Album Series” (five complete albums) (Flashback / Rhino, Nov. 24)
Public Enemy “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album; remastered, featuring the original classic album, new liner notes, bonus tracks and the “Fight the Power Live” DVD; Vinyl) (Def Jam / UMe, Nov. 24)
Seals & Crofts “One on One: Songs From the Original Motion Picture” (1977 soundtrack album; remastered) (Varese Sarabande, Nov. 24)
Simon & Garfunkel “The Complete Albums Collection [Box set]” (12-disc collection includes five studio albums, four live albums, “The Graduate” soundtrack and 1972’s 14x platinum-selling “Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits”; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy, Nov. 24)
Soundgarden “Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path” (three-CD, 50-song rarities collection, including seven previously unreleased tracks; Read here; MP3) (A&M / UMe, Nov. 24)
Lindsey Stirling “Shatter Me: The Complete Experience” (2014 album, with a bonus acoustic version of “Shatter Me,” plus a 48-page magazine with interviews and photos, plus word magnets) (Lindsey Stomp Music, Nov. 28)
Various artists “ICON Gospel” (11 tracks) (Motown Gospel, Nov. 24)
Various artists “Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid” (two-disc set includes the songs and score from the 1989 film, plus work tapes and demos from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman; MP3; iTunes) (Walt Disney, Nov. 24)
The Velvet Underground “The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1969 album; remastered, with a 12-track bonus disc featuring the best of “Live At The Matrix,” taped on Nov. 26-27, 1969; Super Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (Universal / UMe, Nov. 24)

More Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Bangles “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Bangles!” (16 rarities; Track list) (DownKiddie!, Nov. 27)
Supertramp “Alive in America” (R.D.E.G., Nov. 24)
Various artists “Kurdish Music,” “Vanuatu: The Music Tradition of West Futuna” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
Various artists “A Prairie Home Companion: Duets 2” (HighBridge Company)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Jeff Beck “Jeff Beck Live in Tokyo [DVD]” (filmed at Tokyo Dome City Hall on April 9, 2014; See here; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Eagle Rock, Nov. 24)
Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift, et al “The Giver [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Anchor Bay)
Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, et al “The November Man [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (20th Century Fox)
Neil Diamond “Hot August Night / NYC [DVD]” (recorded live at Madison Square Garden in August 2008; Blu-ray) (Capitol / UMe, Nov. 24)
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, et al “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection (XXXI) [DVD]” (four discs, featuring “Jungle Goddess,” “The Painted Hills,” “The Screaming Skull” and “Squirm”) (Shout! Factory)
Jason Isbell “Live at Austin City Limits [DVD]” (filmed on Aug. 19, 2013, with his band The 400 Unit) (Southeastern, Nov. 24)
Bob Marley “Uprising Live! [DVD]” (originally aired on the German program “Rockpalast” in 1980; See here; iTunes) (Eagle Rock, Nov. 24)
Metallica “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster [Blu-ray]” (2004 documentary, with “Metallica: This Monster Lives,” a 25-minute follow-up piece filmed last year; Read here) (Paramount, Nov. 24)
Tyler Perry “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: The Movie [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Lionsgate)
The Postal Service “Everything Will Change [DVD + Blu-ray]” (concert film by Justin Mitchell, filmed at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, Calif., during their 2013 reunion tour; Read here) (Sub Pop, Nov. 24)
R.E.M. “REMTV [DVD]” (six-disc set includes their “Unplugged” episodes, “VH1 Storytellers,” music-award show performances and other live material) (Rhino, Nov. 24)
Saxon “Warriors of the Road: The Saxon Chronicles Part II [DVD]” (includes their 2013 appearance at Steelhouse festival in Britain, plus Wacken Open Air and Download in 2012 and Graspop Metal Meeting in 2013; See here; Blu-ray) (UDR Music)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, et al “The Expendables 3 [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Lionsgate)
Robin Williams, Joel McHale, et al “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Peace Arch Trinity)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Viv Albertine (of The Slits) “Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir [Paperback]” (Kindle; iTunes) (Thomas Dunne Books)
Sun Ra “Sun Ra: Myth, Music & Media [Paperback]”
(authors: Tam Fiofori, Leni Sinclair)
(Karnak House, Nov. 28)
Eric Weisbard “Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music [Kindle]” (iTunes) (University of Chicago Press, Nov. 27)

More Book Releases for the Week of Nov. 25, 2014

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