New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
American Authors “What We Live For” (first single: “Pride”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Dirty Canvas / Island)
Area 11 (U.K. alt-rock band) “Modern Synthesis” (producer: Tom Clarke; new single: “The Contract”; Hear here; MP3) (Area 11 / Smihilism / Cooking Vinyl)
Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) “The Bride” (producers: Khan, Dan Carey, Head, Simone Felice, Ben Christophers; first single: “I Do”; Hear here; MP3) (Parlophone)
Nicola Benedetti (Scottish classical violinist) “Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1; Glazunov: Violin Concerto” (with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill Karabits; Hear here; MP3) (Decca Classics)
blink-182 “California” (their first studio album in five years; Alkaline Trio vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba replaces Tom DeLonge; producer: John Feldmann; first single: “Bored to Death”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (BMG Rights Management)
Chelsea Grin (Salt Lake City deathcore band) “Self Inflicted” (new single: “Broken Bonds”; Hear here; MP3) (Rise)
Fates Warning “Theories of Flight” (producer: guitarist Jim Matheos; Hear here; MP3) (InsideOut Music)
Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra violin legend) “Violin Fantasy” (guests: Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin, Billy Sherwood, Nektar; Hear here; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Grace (Australian singer-songwriter) “Could You Be” (guests: G-Eazy, Parker; new single: “Hope You Understand”; See here; MP3) (RCA)
House of Heroes (alt-rock band from Columbus, Ohio) “Colors” (producer: J. Hall; Hear here; MP3) (BC Music)
Durand Jones & The Indications “Durand Jones & The Indications” (Hear here; MP3) (Colemine)
MAGIC! “Primary Colors” (first single: “Lay You Down Easy”; See here; Read here; MP3) (Latium / RCA)
Maxwell “blackSUMMERS’night” (his first album in seven years; first single: “Lake By the Ocean”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
Metronomy “Summer 08” (first single: “Old Skool”; Hear here) (Because Music)
Kyle Riabko, et al “Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined (The Original London Cast Recording)” (producer: Riabko; See here; MP3) (Ghostlight)
Silent Planet (L.A. metalcore band) “Everything Was Sound” (producer: Will Putney; See here; MP3) (Solid State)
Stephen Steinbrink “Anagrams” (producer: Steinbrink; first single: “Absent Mind”; Hear here; MP3) (Melodic)
Terry (Melbourne-based post-punk quartet) “Terry HQ” (new single: “Chitter Chatter”; Hear here; MP3) (Upset the Rhythm)
Various artists “Absolutely Fabulous (The Movie Soundtrack)” (featuring a new version of the theme song “This Wheel’s On Fire” by Kylie Minogue, plus tracks from Jason Derulo, La Roux, Paloma Faith, etc.; “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” opens July 22; See here; Read here; MP3) (Rhino)
Various artists “We Remember Dennis Brown” (double-disc tribute album to the late reggae legend; covers by Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, etc.; Vinyl) (VP)
Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser “Independence Day: Resurgence (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (sequel opened June 24; See here; MP3) (Sony Classical)
Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) “Young In All the Wrong Ways” (producer: Gabe Witcher; guests: Jim James, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Jon Brion, Jay Bellerose; first single: “Move Me”; See here; MP3) (New West)
John Williams “The BFG (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (the Steven Spielberg film opens July 1; See here) (Walt Disney)

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New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ancient Cities “Supermoon Blackout” (first single: “Marmalade”; Hear here) (Ancient Cities)
Rafi Booksaber “Late Summer” (producers: Bookstaber, Paul Grimes, M. Geddes Gengras; first single: “We Can Find a Way”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Woodsist)
Jacob Collier (21-year-old jazz multi-instrumentalist from London) “In My Room” (first single: “Hideaway”; Hear here; See here; CD, out July 15) (Membran)
Consilience “Under Our Beds” (second single: “Walking Through a Dead Night”; Hear here) (Consilience)
Alexandre Desplat “The Secret Life of Pets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (3D computer animated comedy film opens July 8; See here; CD, out July 8) (Back Lot Music)
Effie (U.K. singer-songwriter) “Could You Be” (four-song EP; first single: “Pressure”; Hear here) (Mita)
Delta Goodrem “Wings of the Wild” (includes a cover of The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”; guest: Gizzle; Hear here) (Sony Music Australia)
John Michael Hersey “You Got to Me” (Hear here; See here) (Chordophone)
Martha (British pop-punk quartet) “Blisters in the Pit of My Heart” (producer: MJ; first single: “Goldman’s Detective Agency”; Hear here; See here; NPR First Listen) (Dirtnap)
The Maytags (Des Moines retro-soul band) “Love Lines” (producer: Andrija Tokic; first single: “Marry Ya”; Hear here; See here) (The Maytags)
Native Gold (L.A. alt-electronic rock duo) “A Man We All Admire” (three-song EP; Hear here) (Native Gold, July 5)
Roberto Sass “In Perspective From My Hammock” (producer: Sass; Hear here) (Legacy of Thought, June 27)
Undiscovered Television (London jazz quartet) “Gypsy in a High Rise” (Hear here) (Matchbox Recordings)
Various artists “Ancient Olympia” (Hear here) (Legacy of Thought, June 27)

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Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Eddy Arnold “Each Road I Take: The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions” (27 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
The Association “Original Album Series” (five-CD set includes “And Then … Along Comes The Association,” “Renaissance,” “Insight Out,” “Birthday” and “The Association”) (U.K. – Rhino / Warner)
Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s “ (two CDs, 31 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Booker T. & The MG’s “The Very Best of Booker T. & The MG’s” (two CDs, 49 hits, rarities, studio and live recordings from 1962-1968, with 8-page booklet; Track list) (U.K. – Metro Select)
David Bowie “I Dig Everything: The Pye Singles 1966 “ (six songs) (Sanctuary)
Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) “I Am the Greatest!” (1963 spoken-word album) (U.K. – Sony)
Betty Davis “The Columbia Years 1968-1969” (includes eight previously unreleased tracks; six of the cuts were co-produced by former husband Miles Davis; Hear here; Read here) (Light in the Attic)
The Delfonics “40 Classic Soul Sides” (two CDs) (Real Gone Music)
Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, et al “The Point (Original Cast Recording)” (1977 London cast album, originally released only in Europe; remastered; Read here) (Varèse Sarabande)
Patty Duke “The Complete Album Collection” (two CDs) (Real Gone Music)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds “On the Verge” (2013 album) (Severn)
The Format “B-Sides & Rarities” (18 songs; MP3) (The Vanity Label)
Billy Joel “Glass Houses [Vinyl]” (1980 album; 180-gram audiophile clear vinyl) (Friday Music)
Bryan Lee (New Orleans blues veteran) “Play One For Me” (2013 album; guests: Kim Wilson and Johnny Moeller of the Fabulous Thunderbirds; horn arrangements by Willie Henderson) (Severn)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Pronto Monto” (the Canadian sister folk duo’s 1978 album makes its CD debut; remastered; Hear here; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)
Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) “Son of the Seventh Son” (2012 album), “For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters” (2014 album; with Fabulous Thunderbirds singer Kim Wilson; Hear here) (Severn)
Charlie Parker “Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes” (two CDs) (Verve)
Cliff Richard “Original Album Series” (five-CD set includes “Cliff,” “Cliff Sings,” “Me and My Shadows,” “Listen to Cliff” and “21 Today”) (U.K. – Rhino / Parlophone)
Sea Level “Sea Level / Long Walk on a Short Pier” (1977, 1979 albums on one CD; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Survivor “The Definitive Collection” (two CDs, 35 songs) (Real Gone Music)
The Tubes “Young and Rich / Now” (1976, 1977 albums; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Uriah Heep “The Classic Rock Years” (three-CD, three-DVD box set) (U.K. – The Store For Music)
Van Zant “Red White & Blue (Live)” (recorded on Jan. 28, 2006, at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga., during the only tour by brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant; MP3) (Loud & Proud)
Various artists “Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar Festivals” (three CDs, 40 songs; MP3) (Rhino)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Reggae Party” (three CDs, 69 songs; Track list) (U.K. – NOW)

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Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
The Arbors “A Symphony for Susan” (1967 album; Hear here) (Columbia / Legacy)
Roy Ayers “In the Dark” (1984 album; with three bonus tracks), “You Might Be Surprised …” (1985 album; with six bonus tracks), “I’m the One (For Your Love Tonight)” (1987 album; with two bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Barefoot Jerry “You Can’t Get Off with Your Shoes On” (1975 album), “Keys to the Country” (1979 album) (Monument / Legacy)
Charles Calello and Orchestra “Direct Hits” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Norm Crosby “She Wouldn’t Eat the Mushrooms (Recorded Live at the Copacabana” (1966 album; Hear here) (Epic / Legacy)
Vic Damone “Stay With Me” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Erroll Garner “The Most Happy Piano” (1956 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Don Gibson “Great Country Songs” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
Robert Goulet “I Remember You” (1966 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Richie Havens “Time” (1999 compilation) (Stormy Forest Productions)
Al Hirt “The Horn Meets ‘The Hornet'” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
The Paul Horn Quintet “Monday, Monday” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)
The Manhattans “It Feels So Good (Expanded Version)” (1977 album; with four bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Charley Pride “Country Charley Pride” (1966 album), “Charley Pride’s 10th Album” (1970 album), “From Me to You” (1970 album) (RCA / Legacy)
The Stairsteps (aka The Five Stairsteps) “Stairsteps” (1970 album, featuring “O-o-h Child”) (Buddah / Legacy)
Various artists “The Daydreamer (Original Soundtrack Recording)” (1966 album; Rankin/Bass stop-motion puppet animation and live-action musical fantasy film starred Patty Duke, Jack Gilford, Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, etc.; theme song sung by Robert Goulet; See here) (Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists “First Class Rock Steady” (40-song compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s musical genre rock steady; Hear here) (17 North Parade / VP)
The Village Stompers “A Taste of Honey (and Other Goodies)” (1966 album) (Epic / Legacy)
Porter Wagoner “Live on the Road” (1966 album) (RCA / Legacy)

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DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio:
Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, et al “The In-Laws (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1979 film; See/read here; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, et al “I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams [DVD]” (2016 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, et al “By the Sea [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, et al “House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (four discs; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Glenn Berger “Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More …” (Paperback) (Schaffner Press)
Bring Me the Horizon “Bring Me the Horizon: Heavy Sounds from Steel City” (Paperback; author: Ben Welch) (John Blake)
Judy Dyble “An Accidental Musician: The Official Biography Of Judy Dyble” (Paperback; co-author: Dave Thompson) (Soundcheck Books)
Fleetwood Mac “Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters” (Hardcover; author: Sean Egan) (Chicago Review Press)
Mel Lewis “The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis” (Paperback; author: Chris Smith) (University of North Texas Press)
Daryl “MC” McDaniel “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Amistad)

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