New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Laurie Anderson “Heart of a Dog” (soundtrack to her first feature film in 30 years, commissioned by the European TV network Arte; See here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Band of Merrymakers (holiday supergroup with a rotation of members) “Welcome to Our Christmas Party” (a portion of the proceeds benefit MusiCares; producers: Sam Hollander, Kevin Griffin; contributors: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon, Christina Perri, Dan Wilson, Mark McGrath, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, Nick Hexum, Owl City, The Mowglis, etc.; See here; Read here) (Portrait / Sony Music Masterworks)
The Laurie Berkner Band “Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs” (two CDs, 57 songs; Hear here; MP3) (Two Tomatoes)
Blue Rodeo “Live at Massey Hall” (MP3) (Warner Music Canada)
Andrea Bocelli “Cinema” (covers of film songs; guests: Ariana Grande, Nicole Scherzinger, Veronica Berti; first single: “Nelle Tue Mani (Now We Are Free),” from the film “Gladiator”; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with three extra tracks) (Verve)
The Brothers Nazaroff “The Brothers Nazaroff: The Happy Prince” (international klezmer supergroup pays tribute to Yiddish troubadour Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff, who recorded the 1954 Folkways LP “Jewish Freilach Songs”; Hear/read here; MP3) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Kenny Burrell “The Road to Love” (MP3) (HighNote)
Vanessa Carlton “Liberman” (the album is named for her her grandfather’s original surname; first single: “Willows”; Hear here; See here; Read here; Deluxe Edition) (Dine Alone Music)
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers “Method to My Madness” (producer: Castro; Hear here; MP3) (Alligator)
The Chapin Sisters (daughters of Tom Chapin) “Today’s Not Yesterday” (producers: The Chapin Sisters, Dan Horne, Jesse Lee; Hear here; MP3) (Lake Bottom)
Cold Fronts “Forever Whatever” (first single: “Buschleague”; Hear here; MP3) (Sire)
Harry Connick Jr. “That Would Be Me” (producers: Eg White, Butch Walker; first single: “[I Do] Like We Do”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
The Cox Family “Gone Like the Cotton” (recording sessions began in 1998 but the album was shelved amid label changes at their original label, Asylum; includes a cover of Bread’s “Lost Without Your Love”; producer: Alison Krauss; guests: Sonny Landreth, Sam Bush, Viktor Krauss, etc.; first single: “Good Imitation of the Blues”; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
Danny Elfman “Goosebumps (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (opens in theaters Oct. 16; See here) (Sony Classical)
5 Seconds of Summer “Sounds Good Feels Good” (producer: John Feldmann; first single: “She’s Kinda Hot”; Hear here; See here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Capitol)
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers “Angels & Ghosts” (first single: “All of This and Nothing”; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia)
Half Moon Run (Montreal quartet) “Sun Leads Me On” (producer: Jim Abbiss; first single: “Trust”; Hear here; MP3) (Glassnote)
Judith Hill (featured in “20 Feet From Stardom”) “Back in Time” (producers: Hill, Prince; Hear here; See here) (NPG)
Killing Joke “Pylon” (Hear here; Deluxe Edition, with five bonus tracks; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Spinefarm)
Like Moths to Flames (Columbus, Ohio, metal-core band) “The Dying Things We Live For” (producer: Will Putney; first single: “Thrown to the Wind”; Hear here; MP3) (Rise)
The Claire Lynch Band “Holiday!” (Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Thrill Hill)
Marianas Trench (Vancouver-based pop-rock quartet; frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”) “Astoria” (producer: Ramsay; first single: “One Love”; Hear here; MP3) (Cherrytree / 604 Records / Interscope)
Vinnie Moore “Aerial Visions” (the UFO guitarist’s eighth studio album; Hear here; MP3) (Mind’s Eye Music)
Shawn Mullins “My Stupid Heart” (his first album in five years; producer: Lari White; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder Sugar Hill)
Thomas Newman “He Named Me Malala (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (new documentary on Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai was directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim; See here; MP3) (Sony Classical)
Joanna Newsom “Divers” (her first album in five years; producers: Steve Albini, Noah Georgeson; first single: “Sapokanikan”; See here; MP3) (Drag City)
Kyle Park (Austin-based country singer-songwriter) “The Blue Roof Sessions” (producer: Park; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Kyle Park Music, Inc.)
Pure Bathing Culture “Pray For Rain” (producer: John Congleton; first single: “Pray For Rain”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Partisan)
Rod Stewart “Another Country” (first single: “Love Is”: Hear here; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Capitol)
Chris Tomlin “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” (recorded live at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville; guests: Crowder, Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters; Hear here; MP3) (sixstepsrecords)
Walter Trout “Battle Scars” (his 18th album chronicles his battle with liver failure and a successful liver transplant; producer: Eric Corne; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group)
Carrie Underwood “Storyteller” (producer: Jay Joyce; first single: “Smoke Break”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (19 Recordings / Arista Nashville)
Various artists “Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins” (contributors: Kasey Chambers, James McMurtry, Tim Easton, Mary Gauthier, Sunny Sweeney, Gurf Morlix, etc.; Hear/read here; MP3) (eight 30)
Various artists “Steve Jobs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (music composed by Daniel Pemberton; MP3) (Backlot Music)
Various artists “The Peanuts Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (CG-animated film opens in theaters on Nov. 6; original score by Christophe Beck; first single: “Better When I’m Dancin’,” Meghan Trainor; See here; MP3) (Epic)
Various artists “Rock the Kasbah (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Bill Murray-Bruce Willis comedy opens Oct. 23; See here; MP3) (Varese Sarabande)
Vienna Boys Choir “Merry Christmas from Vienna” (18 songs; guests: Aida Garifullina, Rolando Villazón; MP3) (Deutsche Grammophon)

More Releases for Oct. 23, 2015

New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Archie and the Bunkers (Cleveland organ/drums duo) “Archie and the Bunkers” (Hear here) (Dirty Water)
Aurora (Birmingham, U.K., rock quintet) “Faith/Breaker” (second single: “Faith/Breaker”; See here) (In At The Deep End)
Beca “Ecliptic” (Hear/read here) (Beca, Oct. 22)
Chasing Claire (trio from Adelaide, Australia) “Options EP” (five songs; producer: Nesta Mitchell; first single: “Deadbeat”) (Chasing Claire)
Dresses (Portland, Ore., indie pop duo) “Let Down” (six-song EP; first single: “Let Down”; Hear here) (Dresses Music)
Malynda Hale “Pieces of Me” (producers: Kevin Porter, Darren Smith; first single: “Gray”; Hear here) (Second Season Music Group, Oct. 20)
Henkel “Spaces and Places” (producer: Kevin Henkel; first single: “In Love”; Hear here) (Henkel Music)
Hudson (L.A. rock quartet) “Cast Out” (five-song EP; first single: “Cast Out”; Hear here) (Custom, Oct. 21)
Little Envy (San Francisco musicians Joseph de los Reyes and Koosh Saxena) “From Inside My Head” (four-song EP; producer: Beau Burchell of Saosin; first single: “Pill”; Hear here) (Housework)
Billy Morrison (currently plays guitar in Billy Idol’s band) “God Shaped Hole” (featuring five original songs and five covers; producers: Morrison, Erik Eldenius; guests: Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro, Steve Stevens, Eldenius; first single: “Gods”; Hear here) (King Mob Music)
Denai Moore (Jamaica-born, London-based singer-songwriter) “Elsewhere” (producers: Rodaidh McDonald, Ben Drew; first single: “Detonate”; Hear here; Import CD) (Because Music)
One Direction “Perfect” (four-song EP, including a Matoma remix and a Big Payno X Afterhrs remix of “Drag Me Down”) (Syco Music, Oct. 22)
The ReAktion (Santiago, Chile-based alt-rock band) “Selknam” (second single: “Synchro”; See here) (The ReAktion / Mainia Recordings)
RuPaul “Slay Belles” (guests: Siedah Garrett, Todrick Hall, Michelle Visagae, Big Freedia, Ellis Miah, Markaholic; Hear here) (RuCo, Inc)
SayWeCanFly (acoustic act Braden Barrie from Lindsay, Ontario) “Darling” (five-song EP; first single: “Darling”; Hear here) (Epitaph)
Spray Paint “Dopers” (producer: Chris Woodhouse; Hear here) (Monofonus Press)
STAL (multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Pierre-Marie Maulini) “Young Hearts” (first single: “Burning Desire”; Hear here) (Sony France)
Bud Summers “The Way” (producer: Freddy B; guests: Jason McAtee, Jake McAtee; first single: “That’s Why”; Hear here) (Fre Lor Sound, Oct. 24)

More Digital Releases for Oct. 23, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
a-ha “Stay on These Roads (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album; remastered, with five bonus tracks and a second CD of demos and live material; MP3), “East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered, with a second CD of demos and live material; MP3), “Memorial Beach (Deluxe Edition)” (1993 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks and a second CD of demos and live material; Read here; MP3) (Rhino / Warner)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Christmas Album” (1968 album; remastered) (Herb Alpert Presents)
Basement Jaxx “Junto Remixed” (revisions by U.K. duo Wayward, Toolroom’s Adrian Hour, Luciano, Sidney Charles, Alex Metric, etc.; Hear here) (Atlantic Jaxx)
Jack Bruce “Sunshine of Your Love: A Life In Music” (two-CD, 35-song compilation includes the late bassist-vocalist’s work with Cream and solo) (Polydor / UMe)
Climax Blues Band “Live At The BBC (Rock Goes To College, 1978)” (recorded for the BBC series, “Rock Goes to College” at Birmingham Polytechnic on Nov. 3, 1978) (Repertoire)
Faces “Stay With Me: Faces Anthology” (two CDs, 36 songs) (Rhino / Warner)
Fairport Convention “5 Classic Albums” (includes “Fairport Convention,” “What We Did On Our Holidays,” “Unhalfbricking,” “Liege and Lief” and “Full House”) (Spectrum / UMe)
Colt Ford “Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classics” (best-of, with new tracks; MP3) (Average Joes)
Steve Hackett “Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983” (14-disc box set; Read here) (U.K. – Universal Music Group)
Vladimir Horowitz “Vladimir Horowitz in Recital: The Complete Columbia and RCA Live Recordings 1965-1983 [Box set]” (50 CDs) (Sony Classical)
Kissing the Pink “Naked: Expanded Edition” (1983 album; remastered, with seven bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red)
Level 42 “5 Classic Albums” (includes “Level 42,” “The Pursuit of Accidents,” “True Colours,” “World Machine” and “Running in the Family”) (Spectrum / UMe)
The Motors “The Virgin Years” (four-CD box set; Track list) (U.K. – Virgin)
Charlie Rich “25 All-Time Greatest Hits” (Varese Vintage)
Blake Shelton “Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits” (MP3) (Warner)
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs “Completely Under the Covers [Box set]” (four-CD collection includes all three of their “Under the Covers” albums, 15 bonus tracks and a 48-page booklet; Read here) (Edsel / Demon Music Group)
UB40 “5 Classic Albums” (includes “Present Arms,” “Labour of Love,” “Baggariddim,” “Labour of Love II” and “Promises and Lies”) (Spectrum / UMe)
Various artists “BBC Radio 2’s Tracks of My Years With Ken Bruce” (40 tracks selected by Bruce and his guests; Track list) (U.K. – UMTV)
Various artists “A Chorus Line: 40th Anniversary Celebration (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (1975 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks) (Masterworks Broadway)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas” (two CDs) (NOW)
John Williams “Home Alone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): 25th Anniversary Edition” (1990 album; remastered; MP3) (Sony Masterworks)
XTC “Oranges & Lemons (Remixed & Expanded) [CD+ Blu-Ray]” (1989 album; remixed by Steven Wilson in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio; Read here) (U.K. – DGM / Panegyric)

More Releases for Oct. 23, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Jeff Beck “Who Else!” (1999 album) (Epic)
Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, et al “The Beverly Hillbillies Featuring the Stars of the CBS Network Television Series” (1965 album, with guests Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs) (Columbia / Legacy)
for KING & COUNTRY “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. (The Anniversary Edition)” (2014 album, with three bonus tracks) (Fervent / Word)
Jars of Clay “The Long Fall Back to Earth (Deluxe Edition)” (2009 album; with six bonus tracks) (Gray Matters)
Jigsaw “Ten Best” (including “Sky High” and “Love Fire”) (Enterprise Music and Distribution, Oct. 26)
Marty Robbins “Christmas with Marty Robbins” (1967 album), “Come Back to Me” (1982 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Tracey Thorn (of Everything But the Girl) “Solo: Songs And Collaborations 1982-2015” (34 songs; CD, out Nov. 6) (Caroline)

More Digital Releases for Oct. 23, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Bill Bixby, Ray Walston “My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series [DVD]” (15 discs) (MPI Home Video)
Martha Davis + The Motels “The Motels Live at the Whisky a Go Go: 50th Anniversary Special [DVD]” (filmed on Jan. 19, 2014; See here; Blu-ray) (Vesuvio Entertainment)
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, et al “Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures [DVD]” (nine-disc set contains the film trilogy along with the animated TV series; Blu-ray) (Universal Studios)
Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]” (1966 animated TV special; Blu-ray) (Warner Home Video)
Lenny Kravitz “Just Let Go: Lenny Kravitz Live [DVD]” (filmed during his 2014 European Tour; with interviews and rehearsal footage; Blu-ray) (Eagle Vision)
Lynyrd Skynyrd “(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) & Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre [DVD]” (filmed in early 2015; See here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Vision)
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell “Live [DVD]” (Rounder)
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, et al “Jurassic World [DVD]” (2015 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, et al “Point Break [DVD]” (1991 film) (Warner Home Video)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for Oct. 20, 2015

  “Thirty Years of Maximum R&B,” The Who“Sounds of Summer: Very Best of The Beach Boys”
…  “The Harper Lee Collection: To Kill a Mockingbird + Go Set a Watchman” [Slipcased Edition]

Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
The Beach Boys “The Beach Boys: America’s Band” (Hardcover; author: Johnny Morgan) (Sterling)
Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney) “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Riverhead Books)
John Cage “Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)” (Hardcover; edited by Richard Kraft and Joe Biel) (Siglio)
Phil Collen (Def Leppard guitarist) “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond” (Kindle; Hardcover; co-author: Chris Epting) (Atria Books)
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track” (Hardcover; authors: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon; Kindle) (Black Dog & Leventhal)
Brian Epstein “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” (Paperback; author: Vivek J. Tiwary; illustrators: Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker) (M Press)
Mick Fleetwood “Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac – The Autobiography” (Paperback; co-author: Anthony Bozza) (Back Bay Books)
Greil Marcus “Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Yale University Press)
Rick Shefchik “Everybody’s Heard about the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock N Roll in Minnesota” (Hardcover) (University of Minnesota Press)
Frank Sinatra “Sinatra: The Chairman” (Hardcover; author: James Kaplan; Kindle) (Doubleday)
Frank Sinatra “Sinatra: The Photographs” (Hardcover; author: Andrew Howick; foreword by Barbara Sinatra) (Abrams)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975” (Hardcover; photographs by Barbara Pyle) (Reel Art Press, Oct. 31)
The Who “The Who: The Official History” (Hardcover; authors: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Ben Marshall; Kindle) (Virgin Books, Oct. 27)

More Book Releases for the Week of Oct. 23, 2015

Next week: Oct. 30, 2015

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