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New Releases: April 1, 2016

New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Algorithm (French electro-metal act) “Brute Force” (guest: Igorrr; new single: “Pointers”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (FiXT)
BABYMETAL (female Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop trio) “Metal Resistance” (producer: Kobametal; first single: “Karate”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (RAL / Sony Music Entertainment)
Matthew Barber & Jill Barber “The Family Album” (first single: “Comes a Time”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Outside Music)
Marco Benevento “The Story of Fred Short” (first single: “Dropkick”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Royal Potato Family)
Andrew Bird “Are You Serious” (guest: Fiona Apple; first single: “Capsized”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with two bonus tracks) (Loma Vista / Concord)
Black Mountain “IV” (their first album since 2010; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Jagjaguwar)
Black Stone Cherry “Kentucky” (producers: Black Stone Cherry; first single: “The Way of the Future”; Hear here; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with two bonus tracks; iTunes) (Mascot Label Group)
Bibio “A Mineral Love” (guests: Gotye, Wax Stag, Oliver St. Louis; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Warp)
Bleached (L.A. sister duo) “Welcome the Worms” (producer: Joe Chiccarelli; first single: “Keep on Keepin’ On”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Dead Oceans)
Bombino (Nigerien guitar virtuoso) ”Azel” (producer: Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Partisan)
Boulevards (aka funk artist Jamil Rashad) “Groove!” (first single: “Cold Call”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Captured Tracks)
Charles Bradley “Changes” (first single: “Changes”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Daptone)
Bill Charlap Trio “Notes From New York” (Hear here; MP3) (impulse! / Verve)
Cheap Trick “Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello” (their first album in seven years; Hear here; MP3) (Big Machine)
John Congleton and the Nighty Nite (Grammy-winning producer) “Until the Horror Goes” (first single: “Until It Goes”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Fat Possum)
Frankie Cosmos (aka New York native Greta Kline) “Next Thing” (new single: “Sinister”; Hear here; MP3) (Bayonet)
Devour the Day “S.O.A.R.” (acronym stands for “suffer, overcome and recover”; producer: Dan Korneff; first single: “Lightning in the Sky”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Dinner! (Danish producer-singer Anders Rhedin) “Psychic Lovers” (second single: “Cool As Ice”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Captured Tracks)
Gareth Emery “100 Reasons to Live” (guests: Christina Novelli, Corey Sanders, Joseph, Garvielle, Alex & Sierra; first single: “Reckless,” feat. Wayward Daughter; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Garuda Music / Armada)
Entheos “The Infinite Nothing” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Artery Recordings)
Explosions in the Sky (Texas post-rock band) “The Wilderness” (first single: “Disintegration Anxiety”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
The Field “The Follower” (Hear here; Read here) (Kompakt Germany)
Robbie Fulks “Upland Stories” (producer: Steve Albini; first single: “Alabama At Night”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Bloodshot)
Laura Gibson “Empire Builder” (producers: Gibson, John Askew; first single: “The Cause”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Barsuk)
Lukas Graham (Danish soul pop band led by Lukas Graham Forchhammer) “Lukas Graham” (first single: “7 Years”; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Warner)
The Heavy “Hurt & The Merciless” (first single: “Since You Been Gone”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Bad Son Recording Company)
Hellsingland Underground (Swedish rockers) “Understanding Gravity” (first single: “Earth’s Gonna Shake”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Wild Kingdom)
Hiromi “Spark” (with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Concord)
Iamthemorning (Russian prog duo) “Lighthouse” (producers: Iamthemorning; guests: Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin, Mariusz Duda; Hear here; MP3) (Kscope)
The Last Shadow Puppets (Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Miles Kane) “Everything You’ve Come To Expect” (producer: James Ford; first single: “Bad Habits”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Domino)
Mike & The Melvins “Three Men and a Baby” (recorded in 1999 but shelved until now; producers: Tim Green, Toshi Kasai; first single: “Chicken ‘n’ Dump”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Sub Pop)
Moderat “III” (first single: “Reminder”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Mute / Monkeytown)
Willie Nile “World War Willie” (producer: Stewart Lerman; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (River House / Virtual Label Group)
Pet Shop Boys “Super” (producer: Stuart Price; first single: “Inner Sanctum”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Kobalt Music Services)
Polyenso (eclectic indie rock/experimental trio from St. Petersburg, Fla.) “Pure in the Plastic” (producer: Jason Pennock; Hear here; MP3) (Dog Radio / Tone Tree Music)
Purple (Beaumont, Texas-based trio) “Bodacious” (first single: “Bliss”; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; iTunes) (PIAS America)
Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi Shankar) “Land of Gold” (the sitarist’s musical response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people; producers: Shankar, husband Joe Wright; guests: M.I.A., Vanessa Redgrave, Alev Lenz; See here; Read here; MP3) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Sasha “Scene Delete” (21 new original tracks; his first studio album in 12 years; Hear here; Read here; MP3; iTunes) (Late Night Tales)
Trapper Schoepp “Rangers & Valentines” (producer: Brendan Benson; guests: brother Tanner Schoepp, The Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge, Superdrag’s John Davis, the McCrary Sisters, Marc Maron; first single: “Ballad of Olof Johnson”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Smile Empty Soul “Shapeshifter” (six-song EP; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Pavement Entertainment)
The Summer Set “Stories for Monday” (Hear here; iTunes) (Fearless)
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones “Little Windows” (producer: Mike Viola; first single: “I Thought That We Said Goodbye”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Cooking Vinyl)
Three Trapped Tigers (London instrumental noise-rock trio) “Silent Earthling” (first single: “Engrams”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Superball Music)
Tombs (Brooklyn black metal quintet) “All Empires Fall” (five-song EP; first single: “Deceiver”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Relapse)
Unwritten Law “Acoustic” (acoustic versions of past hits, plus a new cover of John Legend and MSTRKRFT’s “Heartbreaker”; producers: Jim Perkins, Scott Russo; Hear here; MP3) (Cyber Tracks)
The Used “Live & Acoustic At the Palace” (recorded in Los Angeles; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Hopeless)
Ryan Vail (Derry-born singer-songwriter) “For Every Silence” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Champion Sound Recordings / Believe Recordings)
Various artists “First Daughter Suite (Original Cast Recording)” (new Michael John LaChiusa musical about daughters in the White House; producers: Joel Moss, LaChuisa, Kurt Deutsch; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Ghostlight)
Various artists “Miles Ahead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (musical highlights from Davis’ career plus new recordings overseen by Robert Glasper, with select dialogue from the film’s star, Don Cheadle; biopic opens in theaters on April 1; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia / Legacy)
Weezer “Weezer (The White Album)” (new single: “King of the World”; Hear here; See here; MP3; iTunes) (Crush Music / Weezer)
Yeasayer “Amen & Goodbye” (with help from Joey Waronker; guest: Suzzy Roche; first single: “I Am Chemistry”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Mute)

More Releases for April 1, 2016

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New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Antwon “Double Ecstasy” (five-song EP; producer: Lars Stalfors; third single: “Girl, Flex”; Hear here; iTunes) (Anticon)
Cornershop “Hold the Corner EP” (three-song EP, feat. Mike Flowers Pops; Hear here) (Ample Play Recordings)
Adrian Daniel “Disillusions” (guests: Jordan Bratton, Dat Dude, Lo; Hear here) (L.D.C., LLC)
Eastward (Melbourne producer) “Laurie Came Home” (four-song EP; first single: “Golden Morning”; Hear here) (Omelette)
Fredrik Georg Eriksson “Vagrants” (first single: “Two of a Kind”; See here) (Novoton, March 30)
Andrew Foshee “Corvair” (producers: Foshee, Joel Nanos; first single: “Fishing”; Hear here; See here) (Indolent Music)

“I would describe the album as ‘an ethereal ride through a psychedelic, Americana sunset, with hues of contemporary pop and acute self-reflection that warp and fade into a trash-talking, star-filled sky,’ ” Foshee tells P&P.

“It is also a huge step outside of the home studio, where I usually record, this time enlisting a handful of talented auxiliary musicians, as well as the expertise of local producer and recording engineer, Joel Nanos at his Element Recording Studio, in an experience that was both terrifying and extremely rewarding.

“I made a record I am truly proud of, that finally begins to exemplify both the sounds and lyrical content I’ve always known I was capable of. I kind of ran out of money so I decided to just do an EP and hopefully leave the listener wanting more, but the full-length is underway and I’m really excited about the creative momentum that’s taking place.”

Frontier Folk Nebraska “For the Kid in the Back: Live at the Southgate House Revival” (first single: “Buffalo Summer”; Hear/read here) (No Chaser)
Icicle (aka Montreal writer and composer Krassy Halatchev) “Reverie” (producer: Halatchev; first single: “Paranoid Pigeon”; Hear here) (Herd, April 3)
Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) “Psychopomp” (first single: “The Woman That Loves You”; Hear here) (Yellow K)
Joon Moon “Call Me” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Kwaidan / !K7)
peder (Danish artist) “Come With Me” (first single: “Shadows of My Mind”; Hear here; Instrumental Version and Guest Version, feat. Oh Land, Coco of Quadron, Jonas Bjerre of MEW, etc.) (Lizardshakedown)
Shonen Knife “Adventure” (the Japanese pop-punk trio is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year; first single: “Jump Into the New World”; Hear here; See here) (Good Charamel)
Tancred (aka Jess Abbott) “Out of the Garden” (producers: That Dog’s Anna Waronker, Off!/Redd Kross member Steven McDonald; first single: “Sell My Head”; Hear here; Cassette) (Polyvinyl)
Tengger Cavalry (NYC-based Mongolian folk metal group) “Mountain Side” (Hear here) (Tengger Cavalry)
2 Bit Prophet “Essence of Oblivion” (producer: lead singer Ryan Ferguson; first single: “Essence of Oblivion”; Hear here) (Bunker Ten)
VYNCE (Liverpool quartet) “Lust” (three-song EP; Hear here) (VYNCE)
Woodpigeon (aka Canadian musician Mark Andrew Hamilton) “T R O U B L E” (first single: “Faithful”; Hear here; CD, out April 29) (Boompa)
Yea Big & Kid Static “Quilt No. 2” (Hear here) (Metal Postcard, April 4)

More Digital Releases for April 1, 2016

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Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Allman Brothers Band “Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971” (the first in a series of archival releases; Hear/read here; MP3; iTunes) (Allman Brothers Band Recording Company / RED)
Miles Davis “Melbourne ’88” (two CDs), “Chicago Jazz Festival ’90” (Hi Hat)
Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970 album; remastered), “Derek & the Dominos In Concert” (1973 album; remastered) (U.K. – Universal)
Dragonette “Bodyparts” (2012 album) (Dragonette Inc.)
Duran Duran “Girls On Film 1979 Demo” (featuring the group’s early frontman Andy Wickett, with Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor; Vinyl; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Ensiferum “Two Decades of Greatest Sword Hits” (14 songs; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Herman Kelly “Instant Love Groove / Bassmordrums” (Hear here; MP3) (Essential 12″ Classics, March 31)
Kidz Bop Kids “Kidz Bop Greatest Hits!” (Kidz Bop / Razor & Tie)
Todd Rundgren “Live at the Forum: London 1994” (two CDs; Read here; MP3) (Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)
Sia “Colour the Small One [Vinyl]” (2004 album, making its vinyl debut; available in limited-edition white- and grey-colored vinyl; Hear here; Read here) (Astralwerks)
Slobberbone “Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone” (18 songs; MP3) (New West)
Sufjan Stevens “Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition [Vinyl]” (2006 album; two LPs; Read here) (Asthmatic Kitty)
Various artists “Genius of Time: Larry Levan” (two-CD tribute to the remixer/producer features tracks by Syreeta, Grace Jones, Gwen Guthrie, Smokey Robinson, Esther Williams, NYC Peech Boys, etc.; Read here) (U.K. – Universal)
Various artists “Music of Morocco: From The Library of Congress – Recorded By Paul Bowles 1959” (four-CD box set, with extensive liner notes by Philip Schuyler, field notes by Bowles and an introduction by Lee Ranaldo) (Dust-to-Digital)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Brit Hits” (three CDs, 63 songs) (U.K. – NOW Music)
Various artists “12-Inch Dance: 80s Pop” (three-CD, 30-songs collection includes original 12-inch mixes by Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, etc.; Hear here) (U.K. – Rhino)

More Releases for April 1, 2016

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Benny Goodman “Meeting at the Summit: Benny Goodman Plays Jazz-Classics with Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould & Igor Stravinsky” (1965 album) (Sony Classical)
Jess and the Bandits “Here We Go Again (Deluxe Edition)” (2015 album; with four bonus tracks) (After Midnight Girl Entertainment LLC)
The New Birth “Blind Baby (Expanded Edition)” (1975 album, featuring “Dream Merchant”) (Buddah / Legacy)
R.E.M. “Green” (1988 album; remastered), “Automatic For the People” (1992 album), “Monster” (1994 album), “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” (1996 album), “Reveal” (2001 album), ” In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003″ (2003 compilation), “Around the Sun” (2004 album), “Accelerate” (2008 album), “Collapse Into Now” (2011 album) (R.E.M. / Concord)
Various artists “Bristol Boys Make More Noise! Mods, Power Pop, Scooter Boys (1979-1987)” (21 songs; Hear here) (Bristol Archive)
Deniece Williams “My Melody (Expanded Edition)” (1981 album; with two bonus tracks), “Niecy (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; with three bonus tracks), “Let’s Hear It For the Boy (Expanded Edition)” (1984 album; with four bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for April 1, 2016

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio:
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Maisie Williams, et al “Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series [DVD]” (four-disc box set; Blu-ray) (BBC Home Entertainment)
Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, et al “A Place to Call Home: Season 3 [DVD]” (three discs) (Acorn Media)
Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, et al “Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Blu-ray + DVD]” (2015 film; Online Video) (Walt Disney Studios)
Pentatonix “Pentatonix: On My Way Home [DVD]” (documentary of their 2015 tour; See here) (RCA)
Glynn Turman, Don Cheadle, Ben Schwartz, et al “House of Lies: The Fourth Season [DVD]” (two discs) (Showtime)

More Upcoming DVD / Blu-ray Releases

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Damon Albarn “Damon Albarn: Blur, Gorillaz and Other Fables” (Paperback; authors: Martin Roach, David Nolan) (John Blake)
Paul Gorman “Punk London: In The City, 1975-78” (Paperback) (Herb Lester Associates)
Michael Jackson “83 Minutes: The Doctor, The Damage and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson” (Paperback; authors: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne) (Blink Publishing)
Tom Jones “Tom Jones: An Extraordinary Life” (Paperback; author: Gwen Russell) (John Blake Publishing Ltd.)
Édith Piaf “Édith Piaf: A Cultural History” (Hardcover; author: David Looseley) (Liverpool University Press)
Queen “Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century” (Paperback; author: former Queen roadie Peter Hince; Kindle; Free Preview) (John Blake)
Patti Smith “Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story” (Paperback; author: Dave Thompson; Kindle; Free Preview) (Chicago Review Press)
Sam Smith “Sam Smith: The Biography” (Hardcover; author: Joe Allan; Kindle; Free Preview) (John Blake)
Travis D. Stimeling “Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin’s Progressive Country Music Scene” (Paperback; Kindle; Free Preview) (Oxford University Press)
Taylor Swift “Dress Up Taylor Swift” (Paperback; with more than 450 stickers) (Michael O’Mara)
Toni Tennille “Toni Tennille: A Memoir” (Hardcover; co-author: Caroline Tennille St. Clair) (Taylor Trade Publishing)
Mary Wells “Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar” (Paperback; author: Peter Benjaminson; Kindle; Free Preview) (Chicago Review Press)
The Who “The Who: Their Generation” (Hardcover; author: Michael A. O’Neill) (Upfront Entertainment)

More Book Releases

Cool Stuff

Manufacturer: Product: Release Date:
Arbob Elliott Smith From A Basement On The Hill Men T Shirts Crew Neck Custom Printed, “Weird Al” Yankovic Alapalooza Crew Neck Tee, plus many more new rock tees (March 28)
Sony “MLB The Show 16” (PlayStation 4; PlayStation 3; MVP Edition) (March 29)
Capcom “Resident Evil 6” (PlayStation 4; Xbox One) (March 29)

Next Week: April 8, 2016

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