New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Ben Abraham (Australian cinematic folk artist)“Sirens” (first single: “Home”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl)(Secretly Canadian)
Guy Andrews (London-based electronic music producer)“Our Spaces” (first single: “In Autumn Arms”; Hear here)(U.K. – Houndstooth)
Kenny Barron Trio“Book of Intuition” (producers: Barron, Jean-Philippe Allard; Hear here; MP3)(Impulse! / Verve)
Andy Bell (of Erasure)“Torsten the Beautiful Libertine” (Hear here; MP3)(Strike Force Entertainment / Cherry Red)
Bestial Mouths (aka avant-garde electronic artist Lynette Cerezo)“Heartless” (Hear here; Vinyl)(Cleopatra)
Big Ups“Before a Million Universes” (third single: “Hope For Someone”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Exploding In Sound)
Black Peaches (new project of Rob Smoughton, formerly of Hot Chip and Scritti Politti)“Get Down You Dirty Rascals” (first single: “Fire & A Water Sign”; Hear here; MP3)(1965 Records)
Boosie Badazz“Out My Feelings in the Past” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Lil Boosie Music)
Byrne and Kelly (Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly)“Echoes” (Hear here; MP3)(Byrne and Kelly)
Steven Curtis Chapman“Worship and Believe” (the first worship of his 29-year career; producers: Chapman, Brent Milligan; guests: Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher; first single: “We Believe”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(Reunion / Chapman)
City of the Sun (NYC acoustic post-rock trio)“to the sun and all the cities in between” (Hear here; MP3)(Chesky)
Club cheval (French EDM quartet)“Discipline” (Hear here; MP3)(Bromance / Parlophone / Warner)
The Coral“Distance Inbetween” (their first album since 2010’s “Butterfly House”; first single: “Miss Fortune”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Ignition)
Face to Face“Protection” (producer: Bill Stevenson; Hear here; MP3)(Fat Wreck Chords)
Genre Peak (electronic music ensemble)“Your Sleekest Engine” (producers: Christopher Scott Cooper, frontman Martin Birke; guests: Steve Jansen, Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri, Matt Malley, Jon Hassell; Hear here)(U.K. – Gonzo Multimedia UK)
Brett Harris“Up in the Air” (the Durham, N.C.-based guitarist-keyboardist was a core band member on the recent series of all-star concerts honoring Big Star’s “Third” album and played on the dB’s 2012 reunion tour; Hear here; MP3)(Hit the Deck Recordings)
Tim Hockenberry (former Trans-Siberian Orchestra / Mickey Hart vocalist)“Tim Hockenberry” (Hear here)(Poignant)
The Knocks“55” (guests: Carly Rae Jepsen, Walk the Moon, Fetty Wap, X Ambassadors, Wyclef Jean, Cam’ron, etc.; new single: “Kiss the Sky”; Hear here; MP3)(Big Beat / Neon Gold)
Ray LaMontagne“Ouroboros” (producer: My Morning Jacket’s Jim James; first single: “Part One – Hey, No Pressure”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Låpsley (British singer Holly Lapsley Fletcher)“Long Way Home” (producers: Rodaidh McDonald, Mura Masa, Paul O’Duffy; new single: “Love Is Blind”; Hear here; MP3)(XL Recordings)
Greg Laswell“Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet” (new single: “Lifetime Ago”; Hear here)(Vanguard)
Loretta Lynn“Full Circle” (her first album in more than a decade; producers: Patsy Lynn Russell, John Carter Cash; recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn.; guests: Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Legacy Recordings)
Anna Meredith (Scottish electronic artist-producer)“Varmints” (first single: “R-Type”; Hear here; MP3)(Moshi Moshi)
Miike Snow“iii” (guest: Charli XCX; first single: “Heart Is Full”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(Downtown / Atlantic)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir / Orchestra at Temple Square“Handel’s Messiah (Deluxe Edition)” (two CDs and a bonus DVD; See here; Read here), “Handel’s Messiah Highlights” (one CD)(Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Mortiis“The Great Deceiver” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Omnipresence / MRI)
Mothers (Athens, Ga., quartet)“When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired” (producer: Drew Vandenberg; first single: “Too Small For Eyes”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Grand Jury Music)
Tyson Motsenbocker“Letters To Lost Loves” (Hear here)(Tooth & Nail)
Nada Surf“You Know Who You Are” (first single: “Believe You’re Mine”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Barsuk)
Newsboys“Love Riot” (first single: “Guilty”; Hear here; MP3)(Fair Trade Services / Columbia)
Ninja Sex Party (L.A.-based musical comedy duo)“Under the Covers” (all-covers album, backed by Tupper Ware Remix Party; Hear here; MP3)(Ninja Sex Party)
ONO“Yes, I’m a Witch Too” (a sequel to Yoko Ono’s 2007 collaboration album “Yes, I’m a Witch”; collaborators: Death Cab For Cutie, Peter Bjorn and John, Sparks, tUnE-yArDs, Moby, Miike Snow, Cibo Matto, Portugal. The Man; Hear here)(Manimal Group)
Roo Panes (U.K. crooner)“Paperweights” (producer: Rupert Coulson; first single: “The Original”; Hear here; See here; MP3)(CRC Music)
Poliça (Minneapolis synth-pop experimentalists)“United Crushers” (first single: “Lime Habit”; Hear here; MP3)(Mom+Pop Music)
Robert Pollard“Of Course You Are” (first single: “I Can Illustrate”; Hear here; MP3)(Fire)
Kelly Richey“Shakedown Soul” (producer: drummer-synth player Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue; Hear here)(Sweet Lucy)
The Rubens (Australian rock quintet)“Hoops” (producers: David Kahne, Michael Brauer; second single: “Hoops”; Hear here; MP3)(Warner)
Granger Smith“Remington” (guests: Brooke Eden, Earl Dibbles Jr.; first single: “Backroad Song”; Hear here; MP3)(Wheelhouse / Broken Bow)
Frank Solivan“Family, Friends & Heroes” (guests: band mates from Dirty Kitchen, along with Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, etc.; Hear here)(Compass)
Sound of Ceres (Colorado-based band)“Nostalgia for Infinity” (first single: “Hand of Winter”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Joyful Noise Recordings)
Esperanza Spalding“Emily’s D+Evolution” (producers: Spalding, Tony Visconti; first single: “One”; Hear here; See here; Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(Concord)
Chris Standring“Ten” (Hear here; MP3)(Ultimate Vibe Recordings, March 8)
The Struts (U.K. rock quartet)“Everybody Wants” (originally released in the U.K. in 2014; producers: Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, Red Triangle; first single: “Kiss This”; Hear here; See here; Read here; MP3)(FreeSolo / Interscope)
Teen Suicide“It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot” (Hear here; Vinyl, with comic book; Cassette)(Run For Cover)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down“A Man Alive” (first single: “Nobody Dies”; Hear here; MP3)(Ribbon Music)
Tiga“No Fantasy Required” (producers: Matthew Dear, Jori Hulkkonen; Hear here; MP3)(Counter)
Reed Turchi (Memphis-based musician)“Speaking in Shadows” (first single: “Offamymind”; Hear here; MP3)(Devil Down)
Unified Highway (Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and producer-DJ Amp Live)“Unified Highway” (includes a cover of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”; guests: Garrett Douglas, Shana Halligan, Tahir Panton, Keznamdi, Busy Signal, Zion I, The Grouch, Courtney Panton Jr., Sophia Scott; first single: “Stand Proud”; Hear here; MP3)(Audible Collision / Strange Focus / MRI)
Various artists“Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay” (the late Finlay, a champion of Texas songwriters, founded the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos; contributors: James McMurtry, Randy Rogers, Slaid Cleaves, Sunny Sweeney, Steve Poltz, Terri Hendrix, etc.; MP3; Hardcover Book)(Eight 30)
Various artists“Zootopia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (animated film opens March 4; See here)(Walt Disney)
Violent Femmes“We Can Do Anything” (their first full-length album in 15 years; first single: “Memory”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(PIAS America)
Wall of Death“Loveland” (producer: Hanni El Khatib; second single: “For a Lover”; Hear here; MP3)(Innovative Leisure)
Wintersleep (Halifax alt-rock band)“The Great Detachment” (producers: Wintersleep, Tony Doogan; Hear here; Vinyl)(Dine Alone Music)
Wussy“Forever Sounds” (first single: “Dropping Houses”; Hear here; MP3)(Shake It)
yndi halda“Under Summer” (the Brighton instrumental-rock quintet’s first album since their debut in 2007; first single: “Golden Threads From the Sun”; Hear here; MP3)(Burnt Toast Vinyl)

More Releases for March 4, 2016

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New Releases (MP3s)

Adult Books (L.A. surf punk trio)“Running from the Blows” (Hear here)(Lolipop / Burger)
City of the Sun (NYC indie-rock trio)“To the Sun and All the Cities in Between” (Hear here; CD, out March 18)(Chesky)
Crash Island“Dreamwaves” (four-song EP; Hear here)(Crash Island, March 1)
Dead Stars (Brooklyn-based trio)“Bright Colors” (first single: “Unpopular”; Hear here)(Weird Tree)
The Feeling“The Feeling” (first single: “Spiralling”; Hear here)(Little World)
Hacktivist (Milton Keynes, U.K., quintet)“Outside the Box” (guests: Marlon Hurley, Jamie Graham, Rou Reynolds, Astroid Boys, Jot Maxi; first single: “Buszy”; Hear here)(UNFD / Rise)
John Helix (San Diego-based singer-songwriter)“Tune Out, Turn Off, Disconnect” (second single: “Colombiana”; Hear here)(John Helix)
High Waisted (NYC surf rock band)“On Ludlow” (producer: Bryan Pugh; first single: “Party in the Back”; Hear here)(Eat Trash Be Free)
Idalee (singer-songwriter)“Starting Now” (six-song EP; producer: Ethan Kauffman; first single: “Starting Now”; Hear here; CD)(Idalee Music)
Kendrick Lamar“untitled unmastered.” (a set of recordings originally cut in 2013 and 2014; Hear here; Read here)(Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope)
La Sera“Music For Listening To Music To” (live-recorded analog album; producer: Ryan Adams; first single: “High Notes”; Hear here)(Polyvinyl)
The Mizzerables (Chicago punk band)“As I Am” (producers: Jeff Dean, Joe Mizzi; Hear here)(Whoa!, March 1)
Jennifer O’Connor“Surface Noise” (her first album in five years; producers: O’Connor, Tom Beaujour; new single: “It’s a Lie”; Hear here)(Kiam)
Paper Tigers (Danish rock quartet)“Head Over Heels” (producer: Soren Andersen; first single: “Head Over Heels”; Hear here)(Horus Music)
John Parry (soulful 18-year-old East London singer-songwriter)“Enough” (four-song EP; second single: “What Have I Done”; Hear here; See here)(John Parry)
Prince Rama (Brooklyn synth-pop duo)“Xtreme Now” (first single: “Bahia”; Hear here)(Carpark)
The Qemists“Warrior Sound” (guests: Hacktivist, Kenta Koie, Charlie Rhymes, Ghetts; first single: “Run You”; See here; Import CD)(FiXT)
Reckless Love (Finnish metal group)“InVader” (producer: Ilkka Wirtanen; first single: “Monster”; Hear here; CD, out March 11)(Spinefarm)
RuPaul“Butch Queen” (guests: Taylor Dayne, Ab Soto, Vjuan Allure, Margo Thunder, Ellis Miah, Sharlotte Gibson, Matt Moss, etc.; Hear here)(RuCo, Inc)
Sego (L.A.-based indie pop duo)“Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around” (first single: “Micky Macali”; See here)(Dine Alone)
Sexy Fights (Chicago synth-rock quartet)“Too Far Out” (first single: “The End”; Hear here)(FeelTrip)
The Teen Age (Brooklyn garage-rock quartet)“Bad Seed” (four-song EP; producer: Jason Finkel; first single: “Backwards”; Hear here)(PaperCup Music)
Tonight Alive“Limitless” (first single: “Human Interaction”; Hear here; See here)(Fearless)
Frank Turner“Mittens” (five-song EP; first single: “Mittens”; See here)(Xtra Mile Recordings)

More Digital Releases for March 4, 2016

Best Books of the MonthThe Headphones StoreBand T-ShirtsBest Sellers in CD & Vinyl

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Tony Banks“A Curious Feeling” (1979 album; remastered and remixed; Read here; Vinyl), “The Fugitive” (1983 album; remastered and remixed; Read here; Vinyl)(Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)
Elkie Brooks“5 Classic Albums” (five-set include “Two Days Away,” “Shooting Star,” Live And Learn,” “Pearls” and “Pearls II”)(U.K. – UMC)
Jackson Browne“Together Again … Live Syracuse ’71” (two CDs)(Rox Vox)
Devo“EZ Listening Muzak” (expanded edition of the early ’80s albums, originally released on cassette through the band’s fan club, featuring elevator-stye versions of their early songs; Hear here; Vinyl)(Futurismo)
Earth, Wind & Fire“Head to the Sky [Hybrid SACD]” (1973 album; remastered)(Audio Fidelity)
The Isley Brothers“Masterpiece & Smooth Sailin'” (1985, 1987 albums; remastered, with nine bonus tracks; Read here)(Robinsongs / Cherry Red)
Janis Joplin“Janis: Little Girl Blue (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Amy Berg-directed documentary aired on PBS in November 2015; includes solo recordings and her work with Big Brother & the Holding Company; See/read here; MP3)(Columbia / Legacy)
The Lords of the New Church“The Complete I.R.S. Albums Collection” (three CDs, 31 songs)(Real Gone Music)
Nektar“Recycled” (1975 album; remastered)(Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie“Back in Anger: 1995 Radio Transmissions” (two CDs)(Indie Recordings)
Rubettes“The Albums 1974-1977” (five-CD box set includes “Wear It’s At,” “We Can Do It,” “Rubettes,” “Sign of the Times” and “Baby I Know,” with 11 bonus tracks)(Caroline International)
Boz Scaggs“Moments (Deluxe Edition)” (1971 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(Friday Music)
Ray Stevens“Face the Music: The Complete Monument Singles 1965-1970” (24 songs; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Ace)
Howard Tate“I Learned It All the Hard Way: Deep Soul Classics 1966-2003” (29 tracks)(Playback)
Pat Travers and Carmine Appice“The Balls Album” (2004 album, originally titled “It Takes a Lot of Balls”; with two bonus tracks, including a cover of Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”; MP3)(Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
Various artists“Beatfreak! Vol. 1: Rare and Obscure British Beat 1964-1968” (20 tracks, featuring Fingers Lee and the Upperhand, Sons of Fred, The Habits, The Deejays, Ian & the Zodiacs, Fifth Column, Thursday’s Child, Alex Harvey, etc.; Hear/read here)(Particles)
Various artists“Harmony of the Soul: Vocal Groups 1962-1977” (24 tracks; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Kent / Ace)
Various artists“Things Gonna Get Better: Street Funk and Jazz Grooves 1970-1977” (20 tracks; Hear/read here)(U.K. – BGP / Ace)
Various artists“Where the Girls Are, Volume 9” (25 songs, featuring Reparata & The Delrons, The Popsicles, The Lovelites, The Rag Dolls, The Wooden Nickels, etc.; Hear/read here)(U.K. – Ace)
Gene Watson“Barrooms & Bedrooms | The Capitol & MCA Years” (two CDs, 50 songs; Track list)(U.K. – Wrasse)
Margaret Whiting“The Complete London Recordings” (two CDs, 50 songs)(Real Gone Music)
Bobby Whitlock“One of a Kind” (1975 album; remastered), “Rock Your Sox Off” (1976 album; remastered)(Europe – Universal)
John Williams (Australian-born British classical guitarist)“John Williams the Guitarist: The Complete Columbia Album Collection” (59-disc box set)(Sony Classical)
O.V. Wright“Treasured Moments: The Complete Back Beat / ABC Singles” (two CDs, 41 songs; Hear here)(Playback)

More Releases for March 4, 2016

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Reissues (MP3s)

Circle of Dust“Circle of Dust” (1992 debut album; remastered; new single: “Contagion,” the industrial/electronic-rock act’s first new track in nearly 20 years; Hear here; Deluxe Edition, with 16 extra tracks)(FiXT)
Kelly Clarkson“Piece By Piece Remixed” (2015 album; remixes from Victor, Frank Pole, Cheat Codes, etc.)(RCA)
Joe Cocker“Across From Midnight” (1997 album)(Sanctuary)
Aretha Franklin“Through the Storm (Expanded Edition)” (1989 album; with 17 bonus tracks)(Arista / Legacy)
Korn“Untitled” (2007 album)(Korn)

More Digital Releases for March 4, 2016

DVD / Blu-ray

Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, et al“The Martian [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray]” (2015 film)(20th Century Fox)
Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, et al“Creed [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD)(Warner Home Video)
Loretta Lynn“Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl [DVD]” (PBS documentary; See/read here)(Sony Legacy)
Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, et al“Strange Brew [Blu-ray]” (1983 film)(Warner Home Video)
Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, et al“The Americans: The Complete Third Season [DVD]” (four discs)(20th Century Fox)
Various artists“The Decline of Western Civilization [DVD]” (Penelope Spheeris’ 1981 film looking back at the late-1970s Los Angeles punk scene; featuring X, Black Flag, Fear, Germs, Catholic Discipline, Alice Bag Band; See here; Blu-ray)(Shout! Factory)
Johnny Winter“Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty [DVD]” (feature-length documentary by Greg Olliver; includes Winter’s final studio performance; See here)(Megaforce)

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
a-ha“Living a Fan’s Adventure Tale: a-ha in the eyes of the beholders” (Paperback; author: Greg Lansdowne)(Wymer Publishing)
Steven Blush with Paul Rachman and Tony Mann“Lost Rockers: Broken Dreams and Crashed Careers” (Hardcover)(powerHouse Books)
Eric Clapton“Eric Clapton: The World’s Greatest Living Guitarist” (Hardcover; author: Chris Welch)(Carlton Books)
Barney Hoskyns“Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock” (Hardcover)(Da Capo Press)
Pink Floyd“The Complete Pink Floyd: The Ultimate Reference” (Hardcover; author: Glenn Povey; Carlton Books), “Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock” (Hardcover; author: Glenn Povey)(Carlton Books)

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