New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Blessid Union of Souls “Live At Never On Sunday [CD/DVD]” (Hear here; MP3) (Cleopatra)
Elijah Blake (has penned hits for Rihanna, Nas, Alicia Keys, etc.) “Shadows & Diamonds” (new single: “Fading”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (ARTium / Def Jam)
Breaking Benjamin (with several new members) “Dark Before Dawn” (their first album since 2009; first single: “Failure”; Hear here; MP3) (Hollywood)
Leon Bridges (Fort Worth R&B singer) “Coming Home” (producers: Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim; first single: “River”; Hear here; See here; MP3; LP, Signed Lithograph and CD Bundles) (Columbia)
Bully (Nashville alt-rock quartet) “Feels Like” (producer: frontwoman Alicia Bognanno; first single: “Trying”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (StarTime International / Columbia)
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams “Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams” (producer: Campbell; guest: the late Levon Helms; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Red House)
Cayucas (Santa Monica indie pop band) “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” (new single: “Moony Eyed Walrus”; Hear here; MP3) (Secretly Canadian)
Citizen “Everybody Is Going To Heaven” (producer: Will Yip; first single: “Stain”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Run For Cover)
Creepoid (Philly quartet) “Cemetery Highrise Slum” (producer: Peter Mavrogeorgis; first single: “Dried Out”; See here; MP3) (Collect)
Delta Deep (Phil Collen with Robert DeLeo, Debbi Blackwell-Cook and Forrest Robinson) “Delta Deep” (guests: Joe Elliott, David Coverdale, Paul Cook, Simon Laffy; Hear here; MP3) (Mailboat)
Desaparecidos (fronted by Conor Oberst) “Payola” (producers: Desaparecidos, Mike Mogis; Hear here; MP3) (Epitaph)
Eskimo Callboy (German metalcore band) “Crystals” (Hear here; See here; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Fist City “Everything Is a Mess” (producer: Ben Greenberg, recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Transgressive)
Lyfe Jennings “Tree of Lyfe” (first single: “Pretty Is”; See here) (RAL / Sony Music Entertainment)
Freedy Johnston “Neon Repairman” (Hear here; MP3) (Singing Magnet)
Rickie Lee Jones “The Other Side of Desire” (producer: John Porter; Hear here) (The Other Side of Desire Records / Thirty Tigers)
Tori Kelly “Unbreakable Smile” (producer: Max Martin; guests: Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J, Daye Jack; first single: “Nobody Love”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Silent / Capitol)
Lindemann (Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann, with Peter Tägtgren of the bands Hypocrisy and Pain) “Skills in Pills” (first single: “Praise Abort”; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
T. Hardy Morris “Hardy and The Hardknocks: Drownin On a Mountaintop” (first single: “Painted On Attitude”; Hear here; MP3) (Dangerbird)
Motopony (Seattle alt-folk band) “Welcome You” (producer: Mike McCarthy; new single: “1971”; Hear here; Vinyl) (eOne Music / Fast Plastic)
Kacey Musgraves “Pageant Material” (producers: Musgraves, Shane McAnally; first single: “Biscuits”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mercury Nashville)
Najee “You Me & Forever” (Hear here) (Shanachie)
Nappy Roots “The 40 Akerz Project” (producer: 808 Blake of SMKA; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group)
The Orb “Moonbuilding 2703 AD” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Kompakt)
The Other (German metal band) “Fear Itself” (producer: Waldemar Sorychta; Hear here; MP3) (Steamhammer)
Pete Rock “PeteStrumentals 2” (Hear here; MP3) (Mello Music Group)
Jamison Ross (winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition) “Jamison” (Hear here) (Concord)
Neal Schon “Vortez” (double album of instrumental music; guest: Jan Hammer; Hear here) (Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group)
Canaan Smith “Bronco” (first single: “Love You Like That”; Hear here; MP3) (Mercury Nashville)
Corey Smith “While the Gettin’ Is Good” (producer: Keith Stegall; guests: Mike Hines, Kris Dale, Lee Davis, Antwane McMullin, Eric Darken, Dan Dugmore, John Willis, Stuart Duncan, Sam Levin; Hear here) (Sugar Hill)
Trey Songz “Trigga Reloaded” (new single: “About You”; Hear here) (Songbook / Atlantic)
Son Lux “Bones” (first single: “Change Is Everything”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Glassnote)
Richard Thompson “Still” (producer: Jeff Tweedy; first single: “Beatnik Walking”; Hear here; Vinyl; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Fantasy)
Various artists “Teen Beach 2” (sequel starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell airs premieres June 26 on Disney Channel; See here; MP3; DVD) (Walt Disney)
Virgin Steele “Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation” (Hear here; MP3) (Steamhammer / SPV)
Wolf Alice (London quartet) “My Love Is Cool” (producer: Mike Crossey; first single: “Moaning Lisa Smile”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Dirty Hit / RCA)
Bill Wyman “Back to Basics” (the former Rolling Stones bassist’s first solo album in 33 years; producers: Wyman, Andy Wright; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Proper, June 22)

More Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Birth of Joy (rock trio) “Live At Ubu” (23 tracks; Hear here; CD) (Long Branch / SPV)
Jen Dale “Jimi Otis Bacon & Eggs” (five-song EP; producer: Brad Williams; Hear here; iTunes) (recordJet, June 26)
Everlit (Philly hard-rock quartet) “Renovate” (five-song EP; producer: Taylor Larsen; first single: “Break Away”; Hear here; See here; iTunes) (RDC Media Group)
Chris Marshall and the August Light “Some Kind of Dream” (producer: band member Patti King; Hear here) (Chris Marshall and the August Light)
Nightjacket (L.A. dream-pop quintet) “Eternal Phase” (six-song EP; Hear here) (Nightjacket)
Prayers (goth/electronic/industrial duo) “Young Gods” (producer: Travis Barker; guests: Barker, DJ Klever, Skinhead Rob; first single: “Young Gods”; Hear here) (LaSalle)
The Relapse Symphony (D.C. rockers) “Born to Burn” (producer: Sean Small; first single: “A Perfect Lie”; Hear here; See here) (Standby)
Sleep Therapy (power shoegaze outfit) “Creatures” (four-song EP; See here) (Sleep Therapy)
Turk Tresize (Australian roots rock artist) “If It Is to Be” (producer: Andrija Tokic; Hear here; iTunes) (Dairy Shed / Consonant Music / The Orchard)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Asia “AXS XXX: Live In San Francisco” (2012 concert at the Regency Ballroom; two CDs, one DVD) (Frontiers)
Black Mountain “Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” (2005 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Jagjaguwar)
Eric Burdon and War “Eric Burdon Declares ‘War'” (1970 album, featuring “Spill the Wine”; remastered), “The Black Man’s Burdon” (1970 album; remastered; two CDs) (Avenue)
Chicago Transit Authority “Chicago Transit Authority [Vinyl]” (1969 album; two-LP, 180-gram, gatefold cover) (Friday Music)
Gene Clark “Guy Clark / The South Coast of Texas / Better Days” (1978, 1980 and 1983 albums on one CD; remastered; Track list) (U.K. – BGO, June 22)
Duran Duran “Rio (Deluxe Edition)” (1982 album; remastered; 2009 Limited Edition release repackaged in a digipak, featuring alternative mixes, demos, unreleased tracks) (Rhino / Parlophone)
The Jerry Garcia Band “On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987” (three CDs; Read here) (ATO)
Lowell George “The Last Tour / Classic 1979 Broadcast” (Blueline)
Albert Hammond “It Never Rains in Southern California” (1972 album; remastered) (U.K. – Epic, June 22)
Boo Hewerdine “Open” (unreleased recordings from sessions at Britannia Row Studios in 2003; Hear here; MP3) (Reveal)
The Human League “ICON” (best-of) (Virgin / UMe)
The Jam “About the Young Idea: The Very Best of The Jam” (two CDs, 47 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Polydor, June 22)
The Lover Speaks “The Lover Speaks (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album, including the original “No More ‘I Love You’s’ “; remastered, with eight bonus tracks; See here) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, June 22)
Rod McKuen “A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Music From the Original Score” (1969 soundtrack album; remastered; See here; MP3) (Varese Sarabande)
Night Ranger “ICON” (best-of) (Geffen / UMe)
Iggy Pop “Psychophonic Medicine” (three-CD collection of rare post-Stooges live and studio tracks from 1977-85; MP3) (Cleopatra)
David Lee Roth “Sonrisa Salvaje” (Spanish version of his 1986 album “Eat ‘Em and Smile”; remastered; See here), “A Little Ain’t Enough” (1991 album; remastered) (Friday Music)
Smokey “How Far Will You Go? The S&M Recordings, 1973-81” (16 tracks; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Chapter Music)
The Statler Brothers “ICON: Gospel Favorites” (best-of) (Gaither Music Group / UMe)
Stephen Stills “Live in Concert: KBFH Portland Oregon 10-4-76 / The Palladium NYC 1-9-77” (Rox Vox)
Tarja (Finnish metal singer TarjaTurunen, formerly of Nightwish) “You Me & Forever” (recorded at Stadium Luna Park in Buenos Aires on March 27, 2011, during the “What Lies Beneath World” tour; producer: Tarja & Mic; See here; MP3) (earMUSIC)
Various artists “ICON: Ladies of the ’80s” (best-of) (Universal / UMe)
Various artists “Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Volumes 3 & 4: American Teenage Garage Hoot! 1965-1967” (32 tracks, featuring The Vespers, Fugitive Five, Skip Ellis, The Zounds, Edges of Wisdom, Eddie Day & the Night Timers, The Last Image, Five Counts, Sound Carnival, The Tortians, Mystics, etc.) (Crypt)
War “War” (1971 album; remastered), “All Day Music” (1971 album; remastered), “The World Is a Ghetto” (1972 album; remastered), “Deliver the Word” (1973 album; remastered), “War Live” (1974 album; remastered; two CDs), “Platinum Jazz” (1976 album; remastered), “Galaxy” (1977 album; remastered), “Outlaw” (1982 album; remastered), “Peace Sign” (1994 album; remastered) (Avenue)
Tammy Wynette “The First Lady / We Sure Can Love Each Other” (1970, 1971 albums, both making their debuts on CD; remastered; Read here) (U.K. – Morello / Cherry Red, June 22)

More Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Waylon Jennings “Classic Albums Collection” (10 complete albums) (RCA / Legacy)
Various artists “The Best of Cerrone Productions” (42 songs; Hear here) (Because Music)

More Digital Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, et al “The Bridge (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]” (1959 film; Read here; DVD) (Criterion Collection)
Carole King “A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King [DVD]” (Jan. 24, 2014, gala event in Los Angeles, featuring guests James Taylor, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Amy Grant, Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, etc.; See here; Blu-ray) (Shout! Factory)
Marco Leibnitz, Erik Rastetter, et al “H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out of Space [Blu-ray]” (2010 film) (Brink)
Joan Rivers “That Show With Joan Rivers [DVD]” (four discs; 1968-69 series) (Synergy Ent / Topics Entertainment)
Marty Robbins “Marty Robbins Spotlight 2 [DVD]” (10-disc set features such guests on his TV show as Bobby Bare, Mickey Gilley, Roy Acuff, Johnny Rodriguez, Jimmy Dean, Barbara Fairchild, Jack Greene, Boots Randolph, The Kendalls, etc.; See here) (Team Marketing)
The Rolling Stones “From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 [DVD/CD]” (Blu-ray + CD; Vinyl) (Eagle Rock)
Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, et al “The Fisher King (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]” (1991 film; Read here; DVD) (Criterion Collection)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
ABBA “ABBA: The Name of the Game” (Paperback; authors: Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder, Colin Irwin) (Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., June 25)
David Bowie “Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust” (Paperback; author: Simon Goddard) (Ebury Press)
Ben Graham “A Gathering of Promises: The Battle for Texas’s Psychedelic Music, from The 13th Floor Elevators to The Black Angels and Beyond” (Paperback) (Zero Books, June 26)
Allen Klein “Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll” (Hardcover; author: Fred Goodman; Kindle) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Gabriel Rossman “Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation” (Paperback) (Princeton University Press)
Peter Shapiro “Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco” (Kindle) (Faber & Faber)
Sheila E. “The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir” (Paperback) (Atria Books)

More Book Releases for the Week of June 23, 2015

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