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New Releases: April 27, 2018

New Releases (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bart & The Bedazzled “Blue Motel” (producer: Aaron M. Olson; first single: “The House That Built Itself”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Lovemonk)
Jessie Baylin “Strawberry Wind” (Amazon Original children’s album; the Nashville-based singer-songwriter is expecting her second child with her husband, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill; producer: Richard Swift; first single: “Dream Catcher”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download) (New West)
Blitzkrieg “Judge Not!” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Mighty Music)
Blossoms (Stockport, U.K., quintet) “Cool Like You” (first single: “I Can’t Stand It”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; Digital Deluxe Edition, with 11 bonus acoustic tracks; iTunes; On Tour) (Virgin)
Liz Brasher (Memphis-based singer-songwriter) “Outcast” (six-song EP; NPR First Listen; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Fat Possum)
Beth Nielsen Chapman “Hearts of Glass” (producer: Sam Ashworth; guest: Rodney Crowell; Hear here; See here; P&P Archive; Amazon UK; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (BNC)
Cicada Rhythm (Athens, Ga.-based indie folk band) “Everywhere I Go” (producers: Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and Oliver Wood; first single: “Do I Deserve It Yet?”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (New West)
Petula Clark “Vu d’ici” (French-language album; Hear here; iTunes; eBay; On Tour) (Productions Martin Leclerc)
DMA’s (Sydney alt-rock trio) “For Now” (producer: The Presets member Kim Moyes; new single: “In the Air”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes) (Infectious Music)
Dr. Dog “Critical Equation” (first single: “Listening In”; Hear here; NPR’s Songs We Love; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; On Tour) (We Buy Gold Records / Thirty Tigers)
Kat Edmonson “Old Fashioned Gal” (first single: “Old Fashioned Girl”; NPR’s Songs We Love; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Spinnerette)
Foreigner “Foreigner With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus” (recorded at KKL Luzern, Switzerland, on May 20-21, 2017; Read here; Vinyl; Download; eBay; On Tour) (earMUSIC)
Don Gallardo (Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter) “Still Here” (double album; producers: Gallardo, David Pinkston, Dylan Alldredge; guest: Erin Rae; first single: “Something I Gotta Learn”; Hear here; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Rock Ridge Music)
God Is an Astronaut “Epitaph” (producers: God Is An Astronaut, Xenon Field; Vinyl; Download) (Napalm)
Godsmack “When Legends Rise” (their first album in four years; producers: Erik Ron, frontman Sully Erna; first single: “Bulletproof”; Hear here; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (BMG Rights Management)
Grouper (aka California-based singer-songwriter Liz Harris) “Grid of Points” (first single: “Parking Lot”; Hear here; NPR’s Songs We Love; Vinyl; Download; iTunes) (Kranky)
Half Waif (aka Nandi Rose Plunkett) “Lavender” (producers: Plunkett, David Tolomei; first single: “Keep It Out”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; See here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Cascine)
Hawthorne Heights “Bad Frequencies” (producers: Hawthorne Heights, Nick Ingram; first single: “Pink Hearts”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Pure Noise)
Kobra and the Lotus (Calgary-based heavy metal outfit) “Prevail II” (first single: “Losing My Humanity”; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Napalm)
John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, et al “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event)” (See here; Download) (Sony Masterworks)
Michael McDermott “Out From Under” (producer: McDermott; Download; On Tour) (Pauper Sky)
Janelle Monáe “Dirty Computer” (new single: “Make Me Feel”; Hear here; Read here; Download; iTunes) (Bad Boy / Atlantic)
Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (interpretations of jazz and blues standards, plus tracks from Morrison’s songbook; first single: “You’re Driving Me Crazy”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Download; eBay) (Legacy Recordings)
Willie Nelson (turns 85 on April 29) “Last Man Standing” (11 new songs co-written with producer Buddy Cannon; new single: “Me and You”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; See here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Legacy Recordings)
Nolatet (New Orleans quartet led by vibraphonist Mike Dillon) “No Revenge Necessary” (first single: “Black Sheep”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes) (Royal Potato Family)
Okkervil River “In the Rainbow Rain” (first single: “Don’t Move Back to LA”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour) (ATO)
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys” (guests: Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, Swae Lee, YG, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign; new single: “Rockstar”; See here; Read here; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour, with 21 Savage and SOB RBE; Merch) (Republic)
Red Wanting Blue (Columbus, Ohio-based alt-rock quintet) “The Wanting” (Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Blue Élan)
Riot V “Armor of Light” (producer: Chris “The Wizard” Collier; first single: “Victory”; Hear here; Download; iTunes) (Nuclear Blast)
Tom Rush “Voices” (producer: Jim Rooney; first single: “Voices”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour) (Appleseed Recordings)
Skindred “Big Tings” (guests: Reef frontman Gary Stringer, Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell; new single: “Machine”; See here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Napalm)
Speedy Ortiz “Twerp Verse” (first single: “Lucky 88”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Read here; Cassette; Vinyl; Download; On Tour) (Carpark)
Twin Shadow “Caer” (pronounced: ka-air; new single: “Saturdays,” feat. HAIM; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (Reprise)
Keith Urban “Graffiti U” (guests: Julia Michaels, Shy Carter, Kassi Ashton, Lindsay Ell; new single: “Coming Home”; Hear here; Read here; Download; eBay; On Tour; Merch) (Capitol Nashville)
We Are Scientists “Megaplex” (producer: Max Hart; first single: “One In, One Out”; Hear here; See here; Amazon UK; Vinyl; Download; iTunes; On Tour) (100% Records)

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New Releases (Downloads)

Artist: Title: Label:
BOYTOY “Night Leaf” (producer: Kyle Mullarky; first single: “Mary Anne”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (PaperCup Music)
Dylan Carlson “Conquistador” (first single: “Scorpions In Their Mouths”; Hear here; On Tour) (Sargent House)
Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples “Campfire” (producer: brother Nash Chambers; guest: Emmylou Harris; first single: “The Campfire Song”; See here; On Tour) (Essence Music Group)
Clint Michigan “Centuries” (first single: “Knickerbocker Street”; See/read here) (Kiam)
David Fitzpatrick (Milwaukee singer-songwriter) “Parachutes in Hurricanes” (producer: Gary Tanin) (Daystorm Music)
Ryan Human (piano pop artist) “Ryan Human” (first single: “Be Awesome”; Hear here; On Tour) (Ryan Human)
Kid Koala (scratch DJ and producer Eric San) “Floor Kids (Original Video Game Soundtrack)” (new single: “Five Spot Stomp”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Arts & Crafts)
The Orange Peels “Trespassing” (new single: “Room 222”; Hear here; iTunes) (Minty Fresh)
Sideline “Front and Center” (producer: Tim Surrett; first single: “Thunder Dan”; Hear here; See here; iTunes; On Tour) (Mountain Home)

“This is our first project for our new label – Mountain Home — and working with producer Tim Surrett (a member of Balsam Range),” Sideline’s Steve Dilling (banjo/vocals) tells P&P. “It just seemed that it fell into place. With songs like ‘Frozen In Time’ and ‘Old Time Way,’ the theme started to look nostalgic. We wanted to have a good mix of uptempo, medium, and slow songs, and for the first time, we recorded an instrumental, ‘Cotton Eyed Joe.'”

Southern Halo (country sister trio from Mississippi) “Just Like in the Movies” (producers: Catt Gravitt, Gerald O’Brien; first single: “Anything Is Possible”; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Southern Halo, LLC)

“I had a dream one night in our new Nashville home about the life story of Southern Halo,” Natalia Morris tells P&P. “So I sketched it out as a collection of songs, as if they were individual scenes — just like in the movies. It’s definitely a concept album. All of these songs are like pieces of a puzzle that fit together.”

Spritzer (side project of Matthew Meade, founder of Brooklyn chamber-pop band Friend Roulette) “Love. Lies. Decay.” (new single: “Jean & Helene”; Hear here) (Paper Garden)
Blake Trent (Orlando indie-rock artist) “Blake Trent” (five-song EP; Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (Blake Trent, May 1)
Varsity (Chicago garage-pop quintet) “Parallel Person” (Hear here; CD, out May 18; Vinyl; Cassette; iTunes; On Tour) (Babe City)
Frank Viele “What’s His Name?” (Hear here; iTunes; On Tour) (HMG Recordings)
Witch Casket “Hatred Index” (five-song EP; producer: guitarist Colin “Nylock” Cameron, formerly of Sothis) (Witch Casket)

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Reissues (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Robbie Dupree “Robbie Dupree” (1980 album, featuring “Steal Away” and “Hot Rod Hearts”; remastered, with four bonus tracks), “Street Corner Heroes” (1981 album; remastered, with one bonus track) (Blixa Sounds)
Shirley Ellis “Three Six Nine! The Best of Shirley Ellis” (24 songs; Read here; Amazon UK; eBay) (Ace)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Tuff Enuff” (1986 album; remastered; Amazon UK; eBay; On Tour) (Music on CD)
The Human League “Secrets (Deluxe Edition)” (2001 album; remastered, with a second CD of rare remixes and a non-album B-side; See here; eBay; Merch) (Demon / Edsel)
JULY A.D. “JULY A.D. AGAIN” (producers: Tim McCarthy, Mario Cirillo; first single: “You Got a Strange Way”; Hear here) (Deccagone)

“As we were working on new songs, a friend close to the band reminded us that 2018 marked 10 years of our first officially released album, ‘Face the Light,'” Cirillo tells P&P. “That number, 10 years, struck a chord with us so we decided to revisit our catalog and select songs that we felt best represented us as both working musicians but also as friends. Although we are marking 10 years of releasing our work, our partnership goes back to high school, 1981, as the seeds of JULY A.D. were first planted so on this record, ‘JULY A.D. AGAIN,’ there are a number of songs from our very first sessions back in Brooklyn. It was a fun project for us to assemble as memories came rushing back. This is our work, and we hope it is enjoyed by all.”

Chris Squire “Fish Out of Water” (1975 album; limited-edition box set containing two CDs, two DVDs, one LP and 2×7-inch singles; mastered and cut from the original tapes at Abbey Road studios; Read here; Amazon UK) (Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)
Bram Tchaikovsky “Strange Men, Changed Men: The Complete Recordings 1978-1981” (three-CD set includes three albums, including his biggest hit, “Girl of My Dreams,” plus B-sides and alternative versions; Hear here; Read here) (Cherry Red)
Andy Williams “The Andy Williams Show / Love Story / A Song For You / Alone Again” (1970, 1971 and 1972 albums on two CDs; remastered; eBay) (BGO)
Wishbone Ash “The Vintage Years (1970-1991)” (limited-edition 30-CD box set includes 16 studio albums, plus rarities, B-sides, and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks and a 156-page hardcover book; eBay) (Madfish)
Gary Wright “The Dream Weaver / The Light of Smiles / Touch and Gone / Headin’ Home” (1975, 1977 and 1979 albums on two CDs; remastered; eBay) (BGO)
Steve Wynn “Kerosene Man” (1990 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks), “Dazzling Display” (1992 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks) (Omnivore Recordings)

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