New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Album Leaf “Between Waves” (first single: “Back to the Start”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with five bonus remixes) (Relapse)
The Bad Plus “It’s Hard” (includes covers of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” “I Walk the Line,” “Time After Time” and TV on the Radio’s “Staring at the Sun”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (OKeh / Sony Masterworks)
Banks & Steelz (Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks) “Anything But Words” (producers: John Hill, Kid Harpoon; guests: Florence Welch, Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa; new single: “Giant”; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Brother Moses (Fayetteville, Ark.-based indie rock band) “Legends” (five-song EP; producer: Raymond Richards; first single: “Crazy Eyes”; See here; MP3) (Missing Piece)
CNCO “Primera Cita” (guests: Wisin, Abraham Mateo; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Music Latin)
Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah “Compass” (guests: Toots Hibbert, MC Lyte, Cornelius, Eugene Hütz, Rob Birch, Kool A.D., Nina Sky, Crystal Fighters, etc.; first single: “Canta Sim Medo”; Hear here) (Six Degrees)
Joanna Connor (blues-rock guitarist) “Six String Stories” (Hear here) (M.C.)
Controlled Bleeding (veteran experimental rock group) “Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps” (Hear here; Read here) (Artoffact)
Charlie Daniels “Nighthawk” (an acoustic album of cowboy songs; Hear here) (BFD)
Dead Gaze (Oxford, Miss., indie-pop outfit) “Easy Travels” (guests: Julian Lynch, Clay Jones; first single: “Constantly Happy”; Hear here; MP3) (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Delain (Dutch symphonic metal band) “Moonbathers” (with live DVD; Hear here; MP3) (Napalm)
De La Soul “and the Anonymous Nobody” (producers: De La Soul, Dave West; guests: Usher, David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Pete Rock, Little Dragon, 2Chainz, etc.; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (AOI)
Morgan Delt (West Coast psych-pop artist) “Phase Zero” (first single: “I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside”; Hear here; MP3) (Sub Pop)
The Devil Makes Three “Redemption & Ruin” (first single: “Drunken Hearted Man”; Hear here; MP3) (New West)
Dinosaur Pile-Up (British alt-rock trio) “Eleven Eleven” (producer: Tom Dalgety; first single: “11:11”; See here; MP3) (SO Recordings / Caroline)
Céline Dion “Encore un soir” (meaning “One More Night”; producers: Jean-Jacques Goldman, Yann Macé, Luc Leroy; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
DGM (Italian progressive metal band) “The Passage” (producer: Simone Mularoni; guests: Evergrey singer Tom Englund, Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo; Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
DREAMERS (L.A.-based grunge-pop band) “This Album Does Not Exist” (producers: DREAMERS, Kevin Augunas; new single: “Sweet Disaster”; Hear here; MP3) (Fairfax Recordings)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Strong Like That” (horns arranged and conducted by Kenny Rittenhouse; producers: keyboardist Kevin Anker, David Earl, bassist Steve Gomes, frontman Kim Wilson; guests: Anson Funderburgh, Roosevelt Collier, Wes Watkins; Hear here; MP3) (Severn)
Florida Georgia Line “Dig Your Roots” (first single: “H.O.L.Y.”; See here; MP3) (Big Machine)
Gaither Vocal Band “Better Together” (producers: Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Ben Isaacs; Hear here; MP3) (Gaither Music Group)
Glass Animals “How To Be a Human Being” (first single: “Life Itself”; See here; MP3) (Harvest)
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico “Alunizando” (Hear here; MP3) (EGC)
Gringo Star “The Sides and in Between” (first single: “Rotten”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Nevado Music)
Derrick Hodge “The Second” (first single: “The Second”; Hear here; MP3) (Blue Note)
Jack Ingram “Midnight Motel” (his first album since 2009; producer: Jon Randall; first single: “I’m Drinking Through It”; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
Joseph (sister trio) “I’m Alone, No You’re Not” (producer: Mike Mogis; first single: “White Flag”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (ATO)
King Company (Finnish melodic hard rock group) “One for the Road” (first single: “Wheels of No Return”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
Liz Longley “Weightless” (producer: Band of Horses’ Bill Reynolds; Hear here) (Sugar Hill)
Magic Trick (aka Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys) “Other Man’s Blues” (first single: “More”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Empty Cellar)
Cass McCombs “Mangy Love” (producers: Rob Schnapf, Dan Horne; first single: “Opposite House”; Hear here; MP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph)
Ingrid Michaelson “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Cabin 24)
New Model Army “Winter” (producers: frontman Justin Sullivan, Joe Barresi; See here; MP3) (earMUSIC)
The Price Sisters (bluegrass act from Ohio) “The Price Sisters” (producer: Bil VornDick; Hear here) (Rebel Recordings)
Prophets of Rage (supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill) “The Party’s Over” (five-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Prophets of Rage)
River Whyless (Asheville, N.C., experimental folk-rock quartet) “We All the Light” (Hear here; MP3) (Roll Call)
Todd Rundgren “An Evening With Todd Rundgren: Live at the Ridgefield” (recorded at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Conn., on Dec. 15, 2015; Vinyl; MP3; Blu-ray) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Running Wild (German power metallers) “Rapid Foray” (producer: frontman Rolf Kasparek; Hear here; MP3) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Selah “Greatest Hymns Vol. 2” (includes new recordings of fan favorites “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and “Amazing Grace”; Hear here; MP3) (Curb)
Ashleigh Smith (winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocals Competition) “Sunkissed” (she co-write five of the 10 songs; includes covers of “Sara Smile” and “Blackbird; Hear here; MP3) (Concord)
Todd Smith “There’s a Light” (producer: Ed Cash; first single: “There’s a Light”; See here; MP3) (Curb)
Sodom “Decision Day” (the German thrash metal band’s 15th studio album; producer: Cornelius Rambadt; Hear here; MP3) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Britney Spears “Glory” (first single: “Make Me,” feat. G-Eazy; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; iTunes) (RCA)
Barbra Streisand “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” (her 35th studio album includes a virtual duet with the late Anthony Newley; guests: Antonio Banderas, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, Seth MacFarlane, etc.; first single: “At the Ballet”; See here; Read here; MP3) (Columbia)
SubRosa (Salt Lake City chamber doom band) “For This We Fought the Battle of Ages” (Hear here) (Profound Lore)
Michael Sweet (Stryper frontman) “One Sided War” (with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and guitarist Ethan Brosh; See here) (Rat Pak)
Sylar (NYC metalcore quintet) “Help!” (first single: “Assume”; Hear here; MP3) (Hopeless)
Tesla “Mechanical Resonance Live!” (first single: “Save That Goodness,” written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard; Hear here; MP3) (Tesla Electric Company Recordings / Mailboat)
Various artists “Continental Drift” (eight-song sampler of four pop bands and two labels on two continents; first single: Mercury Girls’ “Holly”; Hear here; MP3) (Slumberland / Fortuna POP!)
The Veils “Total Depravity” (producers: El-P, Adam “Atom” Greenspan, frontman Finn Andrews; first single: “Axolotl”; Hear here; Vinyl, two-LP set with download card; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Vicious Rumors “Concussion Protocol” (producers: Juan Uteaga, guitarist Geoff Thorpe; Hear here) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Butch Walker “Stay Gold” (first single: “East Coast Girl”; Hear here; MP3) (Dangerbird)
The Wounded Kings “Visions in Bone” (the British doom metal band’s final album; producers: Chris Fielding, The Wounded Kings; Hear here; MP3) (Candlelight / Spinefarm)
ZED “Trouble in Eden” (first single: “Royale”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ripple Music)

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Any Given Day (German metalcore band) “Everlasting” (first single: “Endurance”; Hear here) (Redfield)
The Apocalypse Blues Revue “The Apocalypse Blues Revue” (group features Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola, with vocalist Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter; first single: “Whiskey In My Coffee”; Hear here) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group)
Big Gigantic (Colorado livetronica duo) “Brighter Future” (guests: Waka Flocka Flame, Angela McCluskey, Jennifer Hartswick, Pell, GRiZ, Natalie Cressman, Cherub, Naaz, Logic and Rozes; new single: “Got the Love”; Hear here) (Big Gigantic)
Black Coffee (South African house DJ) “Pieces of Me” (guests: Mque, Azola, Lungi Naidoo, Ribatone, NaakMusiQ, Mondli Ngcobo, Portia Monique, Khensy, Nakhane Toure, Cara Frew; first single: “Come With Me”; Hear here) (Ultra)
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan (members of La Sera and Springtime Carnivore) “Take It, It’s Yours” (re-imagined versions of 1970s and ’80s punk and new wave songs; first single: “Bastards of Young”; Hear here) (Polyvinyl)
Hollis Brown (Queens, N.Y.-based indie roots rockers) “Cluster of Pearls” (six-song EP; Hear here) (Alive Naturalsound)
The Hunna (London quartet) “100” (new single: “You & Me”; Hear here) (300 Entertainment / High Time)
Samuel Jack (U.K. soul-pop singer) “Let It All Out” (four-song EP; first single: “Let It All Out”; Hear here; Read here) (Landon)
Jaymay “To Tell the Truth” (Hear here) (Jaymay Music)
Carly Rae Jepsen “E•MO•TION: Side B” (eight-song EP of B-sides from her 2015 album “E·MO·TION”; Hear here) (604 / School Boy / Interscope)
Just a Gent (19-year-old Australian producer) “Stories to Tell” (guests: Samsaruh, Lanks, Melissa Ramsey, Ella Vos, Joey Chavez, Mitch Mulrooney; Hear here) (Lokal Legend)
Layne (indie-pop duo) “The Black Hills” (five-track EP; producers: lead singer Layne Putnam, Devon Corey; Hear here) (Layne Music)
Rabbitfoot Capers (Bristol, U.K.-based band) “Something and Nothing” (producer: guitarist-keyboardist James Caldwell; first single: “So”; Hear here) (Doebuck, Aug. 25)
Raccoon Fighter (NYC garage-rock, psych-surf pop trio) “Hover Craft” (five-song EP; first single: “LVLR”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
ram ramakar “Hummingbird” (producer: ramakar; first single: “Fool’s Paradise”; Hear here) (RAMTUNES, Aug. 25)
The Souls (Finnish rock group) “Eyes Closed” (first single: “Close My Eyes”; See here) (deepdive)
Vince Staples “Prima Donna” (seven-song EP; guests: Kilo Kish, A$AP Rocky; Hear here) (Def Jam, Aug. 25)
Them Bruins (Australian rock quartet) “No One Wants To Dance With Them Bruins” (seven-song EP; new single: “Heading For the Harrows”; Hear here) (Old Flame)
Unspoken “Follow Through” (producers: Seth Mosley, Tedd T, Christopher Stevens, Mitch Dane; first single: “Higher”; Hear here; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with four extra tracks) (Centricity Music)
Guillermo Velázquez y Los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú “Serrano de Corazón” (producers: Alex E. Chávez, Daniel E. Sheehy; first single: “Serrano de corazón [Highlander at Heart]”; See here) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Wall of Orange “Wall of Orange” (producer: Gary Parks; first single: “Sweetest Blue”; Hear here) (Sonic Orange Productions, Aug. 24)
Will Wood & The Tapeworms (N.J. art-rock quintet) “Self-Ish” (producer: Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Kevin Antreassian; guests: members of Foxy Shazam and Frank Iero and the Cellabration; first single: “Mr. Capgras Encounters a Secondhand Vanity”; See here) (Will Wood & The Tapeworms, Aug. 23)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Beach Boys “Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions” (two-CD set of previously unreleased 1961-62 pre-Capitol recordings; Hear/read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Big Country “5 Classic Albums” (five CDs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio)
Joe Cocker “The Album Recordings 1984-2007” (14-CD box set, containing complete studio albums, plus “Joe Cocker Live” and a bonus CD of 19 rarities) (U.K. – Universal)
Sandy Denny “5 Classic Albums” (five CDs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio)
John Denver “Poems, Prayers & Promises [Vinyl]” (1971 album; limited-edition 180-gram RCA orange LP), “Rocky Mountain High [Vinyl]” (1972 album; 180-gram clear-blue splatter LP), “Back Home Again [Vinyl]” (1974 album; 180-gram gold LP) (Night Fever Music)
Greg Guidry “Over the Line” (1982 album, featuring “Goin’ Down”; Hear here) (Europe – Sony)
Level 42 “Collected” (three-CD, 49-song set featuring single edits, radio remixes and 12-inch remixes) (Universal)
The Monkees “The Monkees 50” (three CDs, 50 songs; Read here; MP3), “Forever” (14-song compilation; MP3) (Rhino)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “British Live Performance Series” (recorded in July 1980 for “Rockstage,” a series of TV showcases hosted by the Nottingham Theatre Royal) (Rainman)
Robert Palmer “Collected” (three-CD, 56-song set featuring hits, rarities, B-sides, 12-inch remixes and two tracks from the R&B group Vinegar Joe; Hear/read here) (Universal)
Pink Floyd “The Wall [Vinyl]” (1979 album; two LPs), “The Division Bell [Vinyl]” (1994 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
André Previn “Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker” (seven-CD box set, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra) (Warner Classics / Parlophone)
R.E.M. “Green (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album; remastered, with a 21-song second CD featuring their concert at Greensboro Coliseum, N.C., on Oct. 11, 1989; Vinyl) (Concord Bicycle)
Del Shannon “Ireland Sessions” (RockBeat)
Soundgarden “Louder Than Love [Vinyl” (1989 album), “Down on the Upside [Vinyl]” (1996 album; two 180-gram LPs) (A&M / UMe)
Dusty Springfield “Reputation: Expanded Collector’s Edition” (1990 album; three-disc edition includes the original album, extended versions and remixes, B-sides and promo videos on a DVD; Read here) (Cherry Red)
Amii Stewart “The Hits : Remixed” (12 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Pop)
Twisted Sister “The Best of the Atlantic Years” (19 songs; MP3) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Various artists “Derrick Harriott Reggae, Funk & Soul 1969-1975” (20 songs; Hear here; Vinyl) (Dub Store)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Dance Hits” (three CDs, 65 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Universal)
Scott Walker “5 Classic Albums” (five CDs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio:
Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney, et al “The Commitments: 25th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]” (1991 film; with bonus material) (Image Entertainment)
Stephen Arnell, Katie Cassidy, et al “Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (five discs; Blu-ray) (Warner Home Video)
Backstreet Boys “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of [DVD]” (2015 documentary chronicling the making of their 2013 album and subsequent world tour; See here) (FilmRise)
Carol Burnett, et al “The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes [DVD]” (22-disc box set, featuring 45 episodes) (Time Life)
Deep Purple “Deep Purple Live at the NEC [DVD]” (Eagle Rock)
KISS “KISS Rocks Vegas [DVD/CD]” (filmed during their nine-show run at Hard Rock Hotel in November 2014; DVD/LP) (Eagle Rock)
LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell, et al “NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 7 [DVD]” (six discs) (Paramount)
William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, et al “Shameless: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD]” (three discs; Blu-ray) (Warner Home Video)
Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, et al “Criminal Minds: Season 11 [DVD]” (six discs) (Paramount)
Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, et al “Barbarosa [DVD]” (1982 film; Blu-ray) (Scorpion Releasing)
Buck Owens, Roy Clark, et al “Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition [DVD]” (14-disc box set; musical guests include Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, etc.) (Time Life)
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, et al “Grey’s Anatomy: Complete Twelfth Season [DVD]” (Walt Disney Studios)

More Upcoming DVD / Blu-ray Releases

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Bay City Rollers “When the Screaming Stops: The Dark History of Pop’s First Boy Bands” (Hardcover; author: Simon Spence) (Omnibus Press)
Kurt Cobain “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (Kindle; author: Brett Morgen) (Insight Editions)
Steve Dahl (legendary Chicago DJ) “Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died” (Hardcover; co-author: Dave Hoekstra; photographer: Paul Natkin) (Curbside Splendor Publishing)
Robert Darden “Nothing but Love in God’s Water: Volume 2 – Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City” (Hardcover) (Penn State University Press)
Michael Jackson “Elizabeth & Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop – A Love Story” (Hardcover; author: Donald Bogle) (Atria Books)
Michael Jackson “Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance” (Hardcover; author: Shana Mangatal) (Chicago Review Press)
Keith Morris (of Black Flag and Circle Jerks) “My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor” (Hardcover; co-author: Jim Ruland; Kindle) (Da Capo Press)
The Smiths “Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance: 20th Anniversary Edition” (Paperback; author: Johnny Rogan) (The Overlook Press)

More Book Releases

Next Week: Sept. 2, 2016

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