New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Biters (Atlanta rock quartet) “Electric Blood” (first single: “Restless Hearts”; Hear here; MP3) (Earache)
Luke Bryan “Kill the Lights” (producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens; guest: Karen Fairchild; first single: “Kick the Dust Up”; Hear here; MP3) (Capitol Nashville)
Luzmila Carpio (known as the “Voice of the Andes”) “Yuyay Jap’ina Tapes” (Hear here; MP3) (Squirrel Thing Recordings)
The Delta Saints (Nashville rock band) “Bones” (producer: Eddie Spear; Hear here; MP3) (Loud & Proud)
Mac DeMarco (Canadian indie-rock singer-songwriter) “Another One” (eight-song EP; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Captured Tracks)
Iris DeMent “The Trackless Woods” (with original music and melodies, DeMent bring 18 poems by 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life; producers: DeMent, Richard Bennett; Hear here; MP3) (FlariElla)
Dr. Dre “Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre” (the rap mogul’s first album in nearly 16 years will accompany “Straight Outta Compton,” a film on his former band N.W.A.; guests: Eminem, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, etc.) (Aftermath / Interscope)
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers “Heavenly Fire” (producer: Matt Wignall; Hear here; MP3) (Ba Da Bing)
Fear Factory “Genexus” (producer: Rhys Fulber; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (Nuclear Blast)
Jack + Eliza (NYC duo) “Gentle Warnings” (producer: Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor; first single: “Diamonds”; Hear here; MP3) (Yebo Music)
Langhorne Slim & The Law “The Spirit Moves” (producer: Andrija Tokic; first single: “Strangers”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Dualtone Music)
Bobby Long (British singer-songwriter-guitarist) “Ode to Thinking” (producer: Mark Hallman; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Compass)
Miss May I “Deathless” (producer: Joey Sturgis; first single: “I.H.E.”; Hear here; MP3) (Rise)
Teedra Moses “Cognac & Conversation” (guests: Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton; first single: “That One”; Hear here; MP3) (Shanachie)
The Mynabirds “Lovers Know” (producer: Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English; first single: “Semantics”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (Saddle Creek)
Never Shout Never “Black Cat” (producer: Dennis Herring; first single: “Hey! We OK”; Hear here; MP3) (Loveway / Warner)
Night Beds (aka Winston Yellen) “Ivywild” (first single: “Tide Teeth”; Hear/read here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Dead Oceans)
Lindi Ortega (Canadian country singer) “Faded Gloryville” (producers: Dave Cobb, Colin Linden, Ben Tanner, John Paul White; first single: “Ashes”; Hear here; MP3) (Grand Tour / Last Gang)
Leroy Powell and the Messengers (former Shooter Jennings guitarist and cast member of A&E’s “Crazy Hearts: Nashville”) “The Overlords of the Cosmic Revelation” (Hear here; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Michael Ray (winner of “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep”) “Michael Ray” (producer: Scott Hendricks; first single: “Kiss You in the Morning”; Hear here; MP3) (Warner Bros. Nashville)
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique “Love Is Free” (five-song mini album; first single: “Love Is Free”; Hear here) (Konichiwa / Cherrytree / Interscope)
Small Feet (Swedish trio) “From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean” (Hear here; MP3) (Barsuk)
Michael Stasis “RIP III” (Hear here) (Arbutus)
Stone Foundation (U.K. soul-rock band) “A Life Unlimited” (guests: Graham Parker, Nolan Porter, The Four Perfections, The Blow Monkeys’ Dr. Robert; first single: “Beverley”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (The Turning Point Recording Organisation / Republic of Music)
Terror (L.A. hardcore band) “The Twenty Fifth Hour” (Hear here; MP3) (Victory)
TobyMac “This Is Not a Test” (first single: “Beyond Me”; Hear here; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Forefront)
Obie Trice “The Hangover” (guests: Estelle, Young Zeether, Young Buck, Tone Tone, P8tience, J-Nutty, Drey Skonie; first single: “Good Girls”; Hear here; MP3) (Black Market Entertainment)
Ultimate Painting (London band) “Green Lanes” (first single: “Break the Chain”; Hear here; MP3) (Trouble in Mind)
Various artists “Doctor Zhivago (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (the Des McAnuff-helmed production opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 21 and closed on May 10 after 26 preview and 23 regular performances; the cast included Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan and Lora Lee Gayer; Read here) (Broadway)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 55” (21 tracks, featuring Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Jason Derulo, Tove Lo, etc.; Read here; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Various artists “The Scottsboro Boys (Original London Cast)” (the final collaboration between composing duo John Kander and Fred Ebb of “Cabaret” and “Chicago” fame; cast includes Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Forrest McClendon, James T. Lane; Hear here) (Jay)
Various artists “Shaun the Sheep Movie” (film opens Aug. 5; music composed by Ilan Eshkeri; includes songs by Ash’s Tim Wheeler, Eliza Doolittle and Rizzle Kicks, who do a remix of the theme song “Life’s a Treat”; See here; MP3) (Silva Screen)
Astrid Williamson “We Go to Dream” (Hear here) (U.K. – One Little Indian, Aug. 6)
Chelsea Wolfe “Abyss” (producer: John Congleton; first single: “Iron Moon”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sargent House)
Worriers “Imaginary Life” (producer: Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!; first single: “Plans”; Hear here; MP3) (Don Giovanni)

More Releases for Aug. 7, 2015

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Tracy Bonham “Wax & Gold” (her first full-length album since 2010; producer: Kevin Salem; Hear here; CD, out Aug. 21) (A Woody Hollow)
Gonzales (Colorado singer-songwriter) “Gonzales” (five-song EP; first single: “Time Will Be Your Doctor,” feat. Chris Stills, Disreputable Few and Steve Taylor; Hear here) (Colonel Recordings)
Vivian Green “Vivid” (producer: Kwame; guests: Raheem DeVaughn, Jordan Green, Treena Ferebee; first single: “Get Right Back to My Baby”; Hear here) (Make Noise, LLC)
Harbour (Cincinnati indie pop-rock quartet) “With Love” (four-song EP; Hear here) (The Counter Rhythm Group / Old Flame, Aug. 4)
Mark Kraus (formerly of Jr. Cordoury) “The Story of Everything” (Hear here) (Slow Fi Music, Aug. 8)
LeonDee (Moscow singer-songwriter) “Stay” (guest: Nola; Hear here; iTunes) (LeonDee, Aug. 9)
Luna Aura (Phoenix electronic singer-songwriter/producer) “Supernova” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Luna Aura, Aug. 4)
Secret Eyes (Pennsylvania alt-prog rock band) “Comatose” (guests: Jonny Craig, Craig Mabbitt, Michael Jagmin; first single: “Oh Dear”; Hear here) (Tragic Hero)
Sharkmuffin (Brooklyn-based garage rock trio) “Chartreuse” (new single: “Mondays”; Hear here) (State Capital / Little Dickman)
State Shirt (aka electronic artist Ethan Tufts) “Lost Hills” (Hear here; See here) (Los Fucking Angeles, Aug. 11)
Frank Turner “Positive Songs For Negative People” (first single: “Get Better”; Hear here; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Xtra Mile / Interscope)
Urilia (L.A. extreme metal band feat. members of Dawn of Ashes, As Summer Dies and Demona Mortiss) The Adversarial Light (five-song EP; Hear here; See here) (Urilia, Aug. 11)
Various artists “Ricki and the Flash (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (the comedy-drama film, directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, opens Aug. 7; it stars Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield, etc.; See here) (Universal)
Connor Zwetsch (Tampa-based indie folk singer-songwriter) “What Comes After” (five-song EP; producer: Ryan Hadlock; first single: “Wasting Water”; Hear here) (Jealous Entertainment / Noble Steed Music)

More Digital Releases for Aug. 7, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Tony Banks “A Chord Too Far” (four-CD, 48-song box set, including four previously unreleased tracks, drawn from his seven solo albums; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)
Mike Bloomfield & Nick Gravenites “Steelyard Blues: Original Sound Track from the Motion Picture” (1972 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Chris Botti “Let’s Fall in Love” (15-song compilation) (Platinum Legends)
Canned Heat “Illinois Blues 1973” (MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Miles Davis “Live in Tokyo 1975” (two CDs; taken from a soundboard recording for post-FM broadcast at Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall; Hear here) (Hi Hat)
Bonnie Dobson “Dear Companion” (1960 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Big Beat / Ace)
Georgie Fame “Georgie Does His Thing With Strings / Knock on Wood E.P. / The CBS A’s & B’s” (1970 album, 1967 EP on one CD and bonus tracks, including “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”; remastered; Read here) (BGO)
Jackson C. Frank “Jackson C. Frank: The Complete Recordings” (three CDs, 67 songs; Hear here; Read here) (Ba Da Bing)
Herbie Hancock Septet “Live at the Boston Jazz Workshop” (recorded March 22, 1973, for broadcast on WBCN-FM; Hear here) (Hi Hat)
Ben E. King “The Complete Atco/Atlantic Singles Vol. 1: 1960-1966” (two CDs, 50 songs; Track list) (Real Gone Music)
Greg Lake “London ’81” (Vinyl; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Don McLean “Live in New York 1971” (broadcast live by WPLJ-FM during the final week of 1971) (All Access)
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra “A Million Dreams Ago” (three CDs, 80 songs; Read here) (Sepia Recordings)
Pavement “The Secret History, Vol. 1 [Vinyl]” (30-song double LP rarities compilation; NPR First Listen) (Matador)
Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham “The Complete Duo Recordings: Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham Live” (includes the 1999 CD “Moments From This Theatre” and a DVD capturing their London tour in 2006; Read here) (Proper)
David Porter (Isaac Hayes’ longtime songwriting partner) “… Into a Real Thing” (1970 album; remastered, with bonus tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Stax / Ace)
Elvis Presley “Today (Legacy Edition)” (1975 album; remastered, with bonus unreleased, undubbed session mixes and a bonus disc containing rare live performances recorded in May-June 1975) (RCA / Legacy)
Robbie Robertson “Carny: Sound Track from the Motion Picture” (1980 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Tom Rush “Tom Rush / Take a Little Walk With Me” (1965, 1966 albums on one CD; remastered) (BGO)
Saga “Best of Saga – Now & Then: The Collection 1979-Infinity” (two CDs, 21 songs; MP3) (earMUSIC)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Many a Mile” (1965 album, including “Until It’s Time For You To Go”; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Vanguard / Ace)
Simon & Garfunkel “The Concert in Central Park (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition)” (1982 album; remastered; PBS will air the full-length film, originally broadcast on HBO in 1982, during its August Pledge Week; check local listings for times), “The Complete Columbia Albums Collection [Vinyl box set]” (six-LP set includes their five studio albums, from 1964-1970, plus the 1972 “Greatest Hits” album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes “Visions of a New World” (1975 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – BGP / Ace)
Dusty Springfield “Come for a Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971” (17 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Swamp Dogg “I’m Not Selling Out / I’m Buying In!” (1981 album, issued on CD for the first time and featuring Esther Phillips on “The Love We Got Ain’t Worth Two Dead Flies”; remastered; Read here) (U.K. – Takoma / Ace)
Various artists “Golden Records: The Early Songwriting Genius of Joe South 1961-1966” (32 tracks, featuring songs by Billy Joe Royal, The Classics, Ray Stevens, The Tams, etc.; Read here; MP3) (Rare Rockin’)
Various artists “Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals II” (20 songs, from the original master tapes; Track list) (Eric)
Various artists “Ian Levine’s Solid Stax Sensations” (25 songs; featuring The Dramatics, Barbara Lewis, Major Lance, Margie Joseph, William Bell, etc.; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call New Wave 80s” (18 tracks, featuring INXS, The Human League, Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Tears For Fears, R.E.M., etc.; also available in a 40-song, digital-only deluxe edition; Read here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with 22 more tracks) (Legacy Recordings)
Various artists “Unlock the Lock: The Kent Records Story Volume 1, 1958-1962” (two CDs, 48 songs; featuring B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Jesse Belvin, Hadda Brooks, etc.; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace)
White Lion “Pride” (1987 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks, including an extended remix of “Wait”), “Big Game” (1989 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (U.K. – Rock Candy)

More Releases for Aug. 7, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Elvis Presley “The Complete ’60s Albums Collection, Vol. 2” (12 full albums) (RCA / Legacy)
Carly Simon “This Kind of Love” (2008 album) (C’est Music)
Willie and the Poor Boys “The Complete Willie and the Poor Boys” (24 songs) (Edsel)

More Digital Releases for Aug. 7, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Gregg Allman “Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA, January 14, 2014 [DVD]” (Blu-ray; CD + Blu-ray; MP3) (Rounder)
Lindsey Stirling “Lindsey Stirling: Live From London [DVD]” (filmed at the Forum Theater in 2014; See here) (Lindseystomp Music)
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, et al “The Divergent Series: Insurgent [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Lionsgate, Aug. 4)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for Aug. 4, 2015

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
AC/DC “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC” (Hardcover; Paperback; Kindle; author: Jesse Fink) (Black and White Publishing, Aug. 5)
Alice in Chains “Alice in Chains: The Untold Story” (Hardcover; author: David de Sola; Kindle) (Thomas Dunne Books, Aug. 4)
Luke Campbell “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City” (Hardcover; co-author: Tanner Colby; Kindle) (Amistad, Aug. 4)
Frank W. Hoffmann “WABC Weekly Music Charts: 1970-1977” (Paperback) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2)
Jewel “Angel Standing By: The Story of Jewel” (Kindle; author: P.J. McFarland) (St. Martin’s Griffin, Aug. 4)
Ed Piskor “Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984” (Paperback graphic novel series) (Fantagraphics, Aug. 8)
Boots Riley (lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club) “Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security – We Are the Bomb” (Paperback) (Haymarket Books, Aug. 4)
Sonny Rollins “Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation” (Kindle; author: Eric Nisenson) (St. Martin’s Press, Aug. 4)

More Book Releases for the Week of Aug. 7, 2015

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