New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Avett Brothers “Live Vol. Four” (CD/DVD combo captures the band’s New Year’s Day 2014 concert at Raleigh’s PNC Arena, with two new songs, “Satan Pulls the Strings” and “Rejects in the Attic”) (Republic)
Baroness (stoner metal band) “Purple” (producer: David Fridmann; second single: “Shock Me”; Hear here; MP3) (Abraxan Hymns)
Chris Brown “Royalty” (album is named after his daughter; new single: “Zero”; Hear here; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (RCA)
Cage the Elephant “Tell Me I’m Pretty” (producer: Dan Auerbach; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (RCA)
Ludwig Goransson “Creed (Original Motion Picture Score)” (MP3) (WaterTower Music)
Kid Cudi “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven” (released digitally on Dec. 4; four songs were co-written by Mike Judge; producers: Kid Cudi, Plain Pat; second single: “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven”; MP3) (Wicked Awesome / Republic)
L.A.F. “Project 87” (producers: De Knight, Stevie Keith; guest: Boogie Bryan; first single: “Year of the Dope”; Hear here; MP3) (HippieValley, Dec. 22)
Monica “Code Red” (guests: Timbaland, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Akon, Laiyah; first single: “Just Right for Me”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Ennio Morricone, et al “Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Hear here; MP3) (Verve)
Pusha T “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude.” (guests: Jill Scott, The-Dream, Beanie Sigel, Kehlani, Ab-Liva; new single: “M.F.T.R.”; Hear here; MP3) (G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam)
Various artists “Brooklyn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Lakeshore)
John Williams “Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (J.J. Abrams-directed film opens Dec. 18; See here; MP3) (Walt Disney)

More Releases for Dec. 18, 2015

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Before Their Eyes (post-hardcore band from Findlay, Ohio) “Midwest Modesty” (producers: Craig Owens, Nick Ingram; first single: “We Won’t Make the Same Mistake Again,” feat. Hotel Books; Hear here) (InVogue)
The Bloodhound Gang “Hard-Off” (guest: Joey Fatone; Hear here) (Jimmy Franks Recording Company)
Cartel “Bare Essentials” (acoustic versions of 11 of the band’s best-known songs; producers: Zack Odom, Kenneth Mount; Hear here) (ZK Productions, Dec. 21)
Cowboy Troy “Saloons on Neptune” (Hear here) (Heart Songs for Veterans)
James Newton Howard “Concussion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Sony Classical)
Pacing Pluto (alt-rock trio from Plainville, Conn.) “Another Bright Idea” (first single: “Queens of Spring”; Hear here) (Niveo)
Various artists “Joy (Music From the Motion Picture)” (21 songs, including songs by The Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, The Ronettes, etc., and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes does a version of Cream’s “I Feel Free”; Jennifer Lawrence film opens Christmas Day; Hear here; See here) (ABKCO)
(Z) (futuristic soul artist) “For the Mad Ones” (seven-song EP; Hear here) (Z)

More Digital Releases for Dec. 18, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Electric Light Orchestra “Eldorado [Vinyl]” (1974 album), “A New World Record [Vinyl]” (1976 album), “Out of the Blue [Vinyl]” (1977 double album) (Epic / Legacy)
Maynard Ferguson “Storm” (1982 album; remastered; Hear here), “Live From San Francisco” (1983 show at the Great American Music Hall; Hear here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Cass McCombs “A Folk Set Apart” (19-song anthology is subtitled “Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc.”; Vinyl; Hear/read here) (Domino)
New Grass Revival “Live in Illinois 1978” (with Sam Bush) (Hotspur)
Pantera “The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000” five-CD box set; Vinyl) (Rhino / Atlantic)

More Releases for Dec. 18, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Sarah Brightman “Rarities I,” “Rarities II,” “Rarities III” (Nemo)
James Brown “I’m Real (Expanded Edition)” (1988 album; with 10 bonus tracks) (Legacy Recordings)
Benny Goodman “Meeting at the Summit” (1965 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Billy Griffin (former Miracles lead singer) “Respect (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; with four bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Isaac Hayes “Presenting Isaac Hayes” (1968 album), “Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?” (2005 compilation; 32 songs) (Stax)
Phyllis Hyman “Phyllis Hyman (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks), “You Know How to Love Me (Expanded Edition)” (1979 album; remastered, with seven bonus tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Kongos “Kongos” (2007 album) (Epic / Legacy)
The Lemon Pipers “Green Tambourine” (1968 album), “Jungle Marmalade” (1968 album) (Buddah / Legacy)
Lynyrd Skynyrd “Twenty” (1997 album), “Edge of Forever” (1999 album), “Then and Now” (2000 album) (Sanctuary)
Burr Tillstrom with Fran Allison “Kukla, Fran & Ollie” (1965 album), “Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie” (1965 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Dionne Warwick “No Night So Long (Expanded Edition)” (1980 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks), “How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks), “Finder of Lost Loves (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with 12 bonus tracks) (Arista / Legacy)
Jesse Colin Young “Song for Juli” (1973 album), “Songs for Christmas” (2008 album) (Kani Kapila Music, LLC)

More Digital Releases for Dec. 18, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio:
Halle Berry “Extant: The Second Season [DVD]” (Blu-ray) (Paramount)
William S. Burroughs “Burroughs: The Movie (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1983 documentary, directed by Howard Brookner; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Tom Cruise “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Paramount)
Dexter Darden, Dylan O’Brien, et al “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (20th Century Fox)
Placebo “Placebo MTV Unplugged [DVD]” (filmed on Aug. 19, 2015, at London Studios in the U.K.) (UMe)
Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell “Fantastic Four [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, et al “Ted 2 [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Malala Yousafzai “He Named Me Malala [DVD]” (2015 documentary) (20th Century Fox)

Complete List of Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Stephen Sondheim “On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide” (Hardcover; author: Ethan Mordden) (Oxford University Press, Dec. 17)

More Book Releases

Next week: Dec. 25, 2015

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