New Releases (CDs / Vinyl)

Aesop Rock“The Impossible Kid” (first single: “Rings”; Hear here; See here; MP3; Instrumental Version)(Rhymesayers Entertainment)
American Hi-Fi“American Hi-Fi Acoustic” (all-acoustic version of their 2001 debut album; Hear here; MP3)(Rude)
The Bo-Keys“Heartaches By The Number” (original songs with covers of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Swamp Dogg and Ray Price;; guests: Don Bryant, The Masqueraders; Hear here; MP3)(Omnivore Recordings)
The Boxer Rebellion“Ocean By Ocean” (new guitarist: Andrew Smith; first single: “Keep Me Close”; Hear here; MP3)(Absentee Recordings)
Cilver“Not the End of the World” (producer: guitarist Leon Lyazidi; executive producer: Johnny K; Hear here; See here; MP3)(eOne Music)
Ferry Corsten“>Hello>World” (Hear here)(Flashover Recordings)
Kyle Craft“Dolls of Highland” (first single: “Lady of the Ark”; Hear here; MP3)(Sub Pop)
Mike Dillon“Functioning Broke” (reimagines six Elliott Smith compositions, including “Behind the Bars,” “Christian Brothers” and “Independence Day,” Neil Young’s “The Needle & The Damage Done,” Martin Denny’s “The Enchanted Sea,” plus four originals; first single: “Between the Bars”; Hear here; MP3)(The Royal Potato Family)
John Doe“The Westerner” (producer: Howe Gelb; guests: Debbie Harry, Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Cindy Wasserman, Tom Brosseau; first single: “Get on Board”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Cool Rock / Thirty Tigers)
Brian Eno“The Ship” (includes a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free”; Hear here; MP3) (Warp)
Fallujah“Dreamless” (producer: Zack Ohren; Hear here; MP3)(Nuclear Blast)
Greyhounds (Austin psych-soul duo)“Change of Pace” (first single: “Devil’s Eyes”; See here; MP3; iTunes)(Ardent Music)
Petra Haden“Seemed Like a Good Idea: Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris” (Hear here; MP3)(Sunnyside)
Haken“Affinity” (the British progressive metal band’s fourth album; producer: Jens Bogren; second single: “The Endless Knot”; Hear here; MP3)(Inside Out Music)
The Jayhawks“Paging Mr. Proust” (producers: Peter Buck, Tucker Martine, Gary Louris; guest: Mike Mills; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sham / Thirty Tigers)
Mo Kenney (Canadian singer-songwriter)“In My Dreams” (producer: Joel Plaskett; new single: “Take Me Outside”; Hear here; MP3)(Mo Kenney Music)
Levitation Room (L.A. pysch-rock group)“Ethos” (first single: “Crystal Ball”; Hear here; MP3)(Burger)
Lonestar“Never Enders” (first single: “Never Enders”; Hear here; MP3)(Shanachie)
Martina McBride“Reckless” (first single: “Reckless”; Hear here; MP3)(Nash Icon)
Museum Mouth (North Carolina punk trio)“Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig” (Hear/read here; MP3)(Equal Vision)
New Madrid (Athens, Ga., quartet)“magnetkingmagnetqueen” (new single: “Knots”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Normaltown)
Pepper (Kona dub rock trio)“Ohana” (Hear here; MP3)(Law)
Britta Phillips (bass guitarist for Luna)“Luck or Magic” (five original songs and five covers, including The Cars’ “Drive” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”; new single: “Daydream”; Hear here; MP3)(Double Feature)
Pity Sex“White Hot Moon” (producer: Will Yip; new single: “Burden You”; Hear here; Vinyl, with download card; Cassette, with download card; MP3)(Run For Cover)
Plants and Animals (Montreal trio)“Waltzed In From the Rumbling” (first single: “Stay”; Hear here; MP3)(Secret City)
Purson (U.K. act led by vocalist-guitarist Rosalie Cunningham)“Desire’s Magic Theatre” (first single: “Electric Landlady”; Hear here; MP3)(Spinefarm / Machine Elf)
Rogue Wave“Delusions of Grand Fur” (first single: “What Is Left To Solve”; Hear here; MP3)(Easy Sound Recording Company)
Shenandoah“Good News Travels Fast” (the band’s first gospel album, featuring original lead singer Marty Raybon; producer: Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus; guest: Karen Peck; Hear here; MP3)(New Day / Daywind Roots)
Sixx:A.M.“Prayers For The Damned” (first single: “Rise”; Hear here; MP3)(Eleven Seven Music)
Snarky Puppy“Culcha Vulcha” (first single: “Tarova”; See here; NPR First Listen; MP3)(GroundUp Music)
Stimming (Hamburg-based musician)“Alpe Lusia” (Hear here; MP3)(Diynamic)
Sugar Blue“Voyage” (the Grammy Award-Winning harmonica virtuoso’s first studio album in more than five years; includes a cover of Ray Charles’ “Mary Ann”; Hear here)(M.C.)
Travis“Everything At Once” (producer: Michael Ilbert; guest: Josephine Oniyama; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Red Telephone Box)
Tremonti (led by Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti, with Wolfgang Van Halen on bass)“Dust” (producer: Michael “Elvis” Baskette; Hear here; MP3) (FRET12)
Various artists“An American Victory (Studio Cast Recording)” (cast includes Ashley Brown, Adam Jacobs, Jeremy Hayes, Samantha Hill, Ramin Karimloo, Hugh Panaro, Aaron Tveit; MP3)(Broadway)
Various artists“Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 2” (20 tracks; MP3)(Columbia)
Various artists“NOW That’s What I Call Music! 58” (16 hits, plus six “NOW What’s Next” bonus tracks; MP3) (NOW / UMG Recordings)
Various artists“On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (stars Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra; directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo, based on an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris; Hear/see here; MP3)(Masterworks Broadway)
Various artists“Sing Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (comedy-drama film from writer-director John Carney, set in 1980s Dublin, opened April 15; See here; MP3)(Decca)
Victoria+Jean (Swedish-Belgian avant-pop duo)“Divine Love” (sound engineers: John Parish, Ian Caple, Christoffer Berg, Rob Kirwan, Mandy Parnell; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Cadence Music)
Rob Zombie“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” (producer: Zeuss; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (UMe / T-Boy)

More Releases for April 29, 2016

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New Releases (MP3s)

Baby in Vain (Copenhagen trio)“For the Kids” (five-song EP; first single: “Martha’s View”; Hear here; See here)(Partisan)
Jaye Bartell (Asheville, N.C.-based singer-songwriter)“Light Enough” (first single: “Tuesdays”; Hear here; CD, out May 6)(Sinderlyn)
Better Enemies (U.K. pop-rock quartet)“Better Enemies” (first single: “Get Me Out”; See here)(Better Enemies, May 1)
Beyoncé“Lemonade” (includes short film; producers: Beyoncé Knowles, Kevin Garrett, Diplo Ezra Koenig, Piero Scaruffi, Jack White, Wynter Gordon, Kevin Cossom, MeLo-X, Kyle Cox, etc.; guests: Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Jack White, James Blake; first single: “Formation”; Hear here; CD/DVD, out May 6) (Parkwood Entertainment, April 25)
Cave States (St. Louis quartet)“True Life” (includes a cover of Badfinger’s “Take It All”; new single: “No Words”; Hear here)(Cave States)
Margaret Cho“American Myth” (the comedian’s first new music in more than six years; Hear here)(Clownery)
Devil’s Gun“Dirty ‘N’ Damned” (producer: Tony “Täde” Carlsson; Hear here; See here)(Black Lodge)
Drake“Views” (producers: 40, Boi-1da, Cubeatz, Brian Bennett; new singles: “One Dance,” “Pop Style”; Hear here)(OVO / Young Money / Republic / BBK)
Linda Draper (Brooklyn-based folk-rock artist)“Modern Day Decay” (Hear here)(Linda Draper)
Greaver (Durham, N.C., post-hardcore quintet)“The Faun” (Hear here)(Cardigan)
James Holt“Sanguine on the Rocks” (six-song EP; Hear here)(James Holt)
Hot Rumour (L.A. alt-rock trio)“MMXVI” (six-song debut EP; Hear here)(Hot Rumour)
Ross Jack (South African rapper)“Self Medicated” (producer: Pete Martin; guests: B.K., Hydro, Lula Beggs; Hear here; See here)(Columbia)
Orbit’s Tears“Orbit’s Tears” (producers: Nigel Gray, Dan O’Brien, Rebecca Pointe; first single: “Seven”; Hear here)(Pointe Productions)
Painted Wives (Southern California hard-rock quintet)“Obsessed with the End” (remixed version of their 2014 DIY album; Hear here)(Century Media)
Peach Kelli Pop“Halloween Mask” (three-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl)(Lauren)
Haley Reinhart (finished third on season 10 of “American Idol”)“Better” (first single: “Better”; Hear here)(ole)
Davy Sage“Waiting For You” (six-song EP; producer: Prince Caleb Banks; guest: PCB; first single: “Waiting For You”; Hear here)(Be Major Music, May 3)
Various artists“Voices of an Angel Vol. 2” (indie-gospel compilation; first single: “God Been Good To Me,” Gloria Russell; Hear here)(Musgrove Distribution)
The Wilding Incident (NYC hardcore band)“Prey for the Wolfpack” (four-song EP; Hear here)(Reaper, April 27)

More Digital Releases for April 29, 2016

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Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Bad Company“Live in Concert 1977 & 1979” (two CDs, 30 songs; Hear here) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, et al“Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along” (only available archival recording of the 1921 all-black musical comedy; coincides with a new Broadway revival of “Shuffle Along,” starring Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell and opening this month; Read here; MP3)(Harbinger)
Cheap Trick“One On One & Next Position Please” (1982, 1983 albums on one CD; remastered)(Friday Music)
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen“Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen / Tales From Ozone / We’ve Got a Live One Here!” (three Warner Bros. albums from 1975-76 on two CDs; remastered; Read here)(BGO)
Cream“Classic Album Selection”(U.K. – Universal)
Divine“Shoot Your Shot: Divine Anthology” (two CDs, 27 songs; Read here)(Hot Shot / Cherry Red)
Enchantment“Once Upon a Dream” (1978 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Hear here)(Cherry Red)
Firefall“Firefall / Luna Sea / Elan” (1976, 1977, 1978 albums; remastered; Read here)(BGO)
Buddy Guy / Otis Clay“Live in Chicago 88”(Klondike)
Bernard Herrmann“Taxi Driver (Original Soundtrack Recording) [Vinyl]” (1976 album; 180-gram taxi cab yellow vinyl)(Waxworks)
Judith Hill“Back in Time” (2015 album, recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios; producers: Prince, Hill; Prince plays guitar, bass and drums and provides background vocals; See here)(NPG)
The Independents“Just As Long: The Complete Wand Recordings 1972-74” (23 songs; Read here)(U.K. – Kent / Ace)
Jefferson Airplane“Volunteers [Vinyl]” (1969 album; 180-gram 45rpm two-LP set)(Mobile Fidelity)
George Jones“When My Heart Hurts No More” (30-song collection covering his UA-Mercury years, 1954-1963)(Southern Routes)
Kool & The Gang“Emergency (Deluxe Edition)” (1984 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks and a second CD of remixes, special mixes, a medley and other versions; Read here)(U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red)
Less Than Jake“Live From Astoria” (recorded at the London venue in April 2001; MP3)(Rude)
The Move“Move (Remastered and Expanded Deluxe Edition)” (featuring the mono mix of the 1968 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks; Read here), “Shazam (Remastered and Expanded Deluxe Edition)” (1970 album; remastered, with 37 bonus tracks; Read here)(Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)
Pere Ubu“The Hearpen Singles 1975-1977” (Read here), “The Art of Walking” (1980 album; remastered)(Fire)
Prince“HITnRUN Phase Two” (2015 album) (NPG)
Linda Ronstadt“Canciones de mi Padre” (1987 album; remastered), “Mas Canciones” (1991 album; remastered), “Frenesi” (1992 album; remastered)(Elektra)
Leon Russell“Leon Russell [Hybrid SACD]” (1970 album; remastered)(Audio Fidelity)
Boz Scaggs“Other Roads: The Deluxe Edition” (1988 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks)(Friday Music)
Starship“No Protection / Love Among the Cannibals” (1987, 1989 albums; remastered)(Friday Music)
Touch of Class (brothers Gerald and Pete Jackson wrote “Turn the Beat Around”)“Touch of Class” (1979 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks)(Cherry Red)
Various artists“Great Moments at Carnegie Hall” (43-CD box set; MP3)(Sony Classical)
Various artists“NOW That’s What I Call Broadway” (18-song collection, featuring hits from “Cats,” “Chicago,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” etc.; Read here; MP3) (NOW Music)
Various artists“NOW That’s What I Call Fitness” (three-CD, 62-song set of workout songs; See here)(NOW Music)
Various artists“Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Volume 1 [Vinyl]” (best-of from 1993 through 2009, including the 2004 all-star jam between Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison and Prince on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”; See here)(Time Life)
Various artists“Scratch My Back! Pye Beat Girls 1963-1968” (24 songs; Read here)(U.K. – Ace)

More Releases for April 29, 2016

Reissues (MP3s)

Elvis Presley“Elvis Presley Sings Leiber & Stoller” (24-song compilation)(RCA / Legacy)
Raydio“Raydio (Expanded Edition)” (1978 album, with two bonus tracks), “Rock On (Expanded Edition)” (1979 album; with two bonus tracks)(Arista / Legacy)
Paul Williams“A Little on the Windy Side (Expanded Edition)” (1979 album; with four bonus tracks)(Epic / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for April 29, 2016

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DVD / Blu-ray

Glen Campbell“The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Country Special [DVD]” (guests: Johnny Cash, June Carter, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed, Minnie Pearl)(Shout! Factory)
Daniel Craig“007: The Daniel Craig Collection [DVD]” (four films on four discs; Blu-ray)(MGM)
Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, et al“Top Gun: Thirtieth Anniversary [Blu-ray]” (1986 film; two-disc set)(Paramount)
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, et al“Easy Rider (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1969 film; Read here; Blu-ray)(Criterion Collection)
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, et al“Joy [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray)(20th Century Fox)
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney, et al“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors [DVD]” (2015 TV biopic about Parton’s upbringing, set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955; See here)(Warner Home Video)
Tony Revolori, Talitha Bateman, et al“The 5th Wave [DVD]” (2016 film; Blu-ray; 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Will Smith, Bill Pullman, et al“Independence Day (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]” (1996 film; two-disc set includes the theatrical and extended cuts)(20th Century Fox)
Wishbone Ash“Live In Paris 2015 [DVD]” (filmed at Le Triton Theatre; See here)(+FE Music / Hard Boiled)

More Upcoming DVD / Blu-ray Releases

Best Books of the Month100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
Shaun Adams“The Singer-Songwriter’s Guide to Recording in the Home Studio” (Paperback)(Berklee Press)
Carmen Appice“Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Hardcover; co-author: Ian Gittins; foreword by Rod Stewart)(Chicago Review Press)
The Beatles“The Beatles and the Historians: An Analysis of Writings About the Fab Four” (Paperback; author: Erin Torkelson Weber)(McFarland & Company)
James Brown“Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me” (Paperback; author: Yamma Brown; co-author: Robin Gaby Fisher; Kindle; Free Preview)(Chicago Review Press)
Eric Clapton“Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History – Updated Edition” (Paperback; author: Chris Welch)(Voyageur Press)
Bing Crosby“18 Holes with Bing: Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad” (Hardcover; authors: Nathaniel Crosby, John Strege; Kindle)(Dey Street Books)
Bob Dylan“Seeing the Real You at Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan” (Paperback; author: Britta Lee Shain)(Jawbone Press)
Vicky Edwards“Musical Wit: Quips and Quotes for Musicians and Music Lovers” (Hardcover)(Summersdale)
Jon Fine“Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)” (Paperback; Kindle; Free Preview) (Penguin Books)
Philip Glass“Words Without Music: A Memoir” (Paperback)(Liveright)
Caroline Gnagy“Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History” (Paperback)(Arcadia Publishing)
Billy J. Kramer“Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Autobiography of Billy J. Kramer” (Paperback; co-author: Alyn Shipton)(Equinox Publishing)
Lecrae“Unashamed” (Hardcover; Kindle) (B&H Books)
Love“My Little Red Book: Love Day-By-Day 1945-1971” (Paperback; author: Bruno Ceriotti)(Soundcheck Books)
Johnny Marr“Johnny Marr: The Smiths & the Art of Gun-Slinging” (Paperback; author: Richard Carman)(John Blake)
Paul McCartney“Paul McCartney: The Life” (Hardcover; author: Philip Norman; Kindle) (Little, Brown and Company)
Scotty McCreery“Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream” (Hardcover; co-author: Travis Thrasher; Kindle) (Zondervan)
Maceo Parker“98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music” (Paperback)(Chicago Review Press)
Derek Ridgers (photographer)“Punk London 1977.” (Paperback)(Carpet Bombing Culture)
Michael Ruffino (of Unband)“Adios, Motherfucker: A Gentleman’s Progress Through Rock and Roll” (Kindle)(ABEcco)
Brix Smith Start (formerly of The Fall and The Adult Net)“The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise” (Kindle)(Faber & Faber)
Tracey Thorn (of Everything But the Girl)“Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing” (Paperback; Kindle; Free Preview)(Virago)
Yes“Time and a Word: The Yes Story” (Paperback; author: Martin Popoff; Kindle; Free Preview)(Soundcheck Books)

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Cool Stuff

Manufacturer:Product:Release Date:
Audio Technica“Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog), Black” (Turntable w/ USB LP to DIG Recording Piano Black With RCA Turntable Cleaning System)(May 1)
Audio Technica“Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black”(May 1)
Audio Technica“Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, White” (Stereo Turntable, Navy)(May 1)
2K Games“Battleborn [PlayStation 4]” (also available for Xbox One and PC)(May 3)

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