New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
Chasing Safety (N.J. post-hardcore rock quartet)“Nomad” (new single: “This Is Hell”; See here; MP3) (Outerloop)
Dropkick Murphys“11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” (producer: Ted Hutt; first single: “Blood”; Hear here; MP3; Merch) (Born & Bred)
Gone Is Gone (featuring members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At The Drive-In)“Echolocation” (Hear here; MP3)(Rise)
Anna Netrebko“Puccini: Manon Lescaut” (recorded live in Salzburg; See here; MP3) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch“Hidden Figures (Original Score)” (biographical film, which premiered Dec. 25 before a wide opening release on Jan. 6, stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Kevin Costner; also: “Hidden Figures: The Album”; See here)(Rise)

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label:
Luke Bulla (fiddler/singer-songwriter)“Who Loves You Better” (producer: Bryan Sutton; guests: Sharon and Cheryl White, Maura O’Connell, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Jarosz, Jerry Douglas, Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sam Grisman, etc.; first single: “Temperance Reel”; Hear here) (Pure Music Nashville, Jan. 5)
The Far Field“The Far Field” (producer: Caleb Baker; guests: Maggie Booher, Bronwyn Hagerty, Dave Harmonson; first single: “Roses for You”; Hear here)(The Far Field, Jan. 5)
Royal Nature (N.C. rock band)“Arcane” (the album chronicles drummer-lyricist Ashton Caton’s story of surviving the Nepal earthquake of 2015, dealing with PTSD, and his renewal; producers: bassist-singer Everett Hardin, Caton; Hear here)(Royal Nature, Jan. 9)
Strange Kaoz“Strange Then Stranger – The Mixtape” (producer: Strange Kaoz; first single: “Remy N Henny”; Hear here)(DeeBizness, Jan. 10)
Dale Watson & Ray Benson“Dale & Ray” (Hear here; CD, out Jan. 13; On Tour)(Ameripolitan / Home / Mailboat)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
Kathleen Battle“Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings” (10-CD box set) (Sony Classical)
Grateful Dead“Dick’s Picks 35 – San Diego, CA 8/7/71, Chicago, IL 8/24/71” (four CDs, 45 songs; Merch) (Real Gone Music)
Santana“Lotus [Hybrid SACD]” (1974 double live album; remastered; On Tour; Merch) (Audio Fidelity)
Soundgarden“Badmotorfinger (Super Deluxe Edition)” (1992 album; four CDs, two DVDs and one Blu-ray Audio disc, featuring 109 tracks; 79 songs, videos and mixes are previously unreleased; On Tour; Merch) (A&M / UMe)
Various artists“Puccini: La Bohème” (1987 recordings, featuring Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elizabeth Harwood, Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Herbert von Karajan; Hear here)(Decca)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist:Title:Label:
Nightwish“Vehicle of Spirit [DVD]” (two concerts, at Wembley Arena, London, and Ratina Stadion, Tampere, with bonus material; Blu-ray) (Nuclear Blast)

Next Week: Jan. 13, 2017

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