New Releases (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Airbourne “Breakin’ Outta Hell” (producer: Bob Marlette; first single: “Breakin’ Outta Hell”; Hear here; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Devendra Banhart “Ape in Pink Marble” (producers: Josiah Steinbrick, Noah Georgeson; first single: “Middle Names”; Hear here; MP3) (Nonesuch)
Beach Slang “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” (first single: “Punks in a Disco Bar”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; Vinyl; MP3) (Polyvinyl)
Joe Bonamassa “Live At The Greek Theatre” (a musical tribute to “The Three Kings of the Blues” – Albert, Freddie and B.B. – filmed in August 2015 and airing on PBS; See here; Vinyl; DVD; Blu-ray; MP3) (J&R Adventures)
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry “Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad” (classic railroad folk and blues standards recorded during their four-day rail trip; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Cooking Vinyl)
Budderside (L.A. hard rockers) “Budderside” (producer: Paul Inder Kilmister, son of Lemmy; guest: Motörhead’s Phil Campbell; first single: “Pain”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Motörhead Music / UDR)
Charred Walls of the Damned (with Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals) “Creatures Watching Over the Dead” (producer: guitarist Jason Suecof; first single: “The Soulless”; Hear here; MP3) (Metal Blade)
Crobot “Welcome to Fat City” (producer: Machine; mixed by engineer Alan Moulder; first single: “Not For Sale”; Hear here; MP3) (Wind-up)
Delerium “Mythologie” (featuring five singers from three countries; Hear here; MP3) (Metropolis)
Every Time I Die “Low Teens” (producer: Will Putney; guests: Tim Singer, Brendan Urie; first single: “The Coin Has a Say”; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with two extra tracks) (Epitaph)
Franco Fagioli (Argentinian operatic countertenor) “Rossini” (with Armonia Atenea, conducted by George Petrou; Hear here) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Flock of Dimes (Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner) “If You See Me Say Yes” (first single: “Semaphore”; Hear here; NPR First Listen; MP3) (Partisan)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (feat. Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds) “Broken Lines” (first single: “Crucifixion”; Hear here; MP3) (Party Smasher Inc. / Cooking Vinyl)
Greensky Bluegrass “Shouted, Written Down & Quoted” (first single: “Past My Prime”; Hear/read here; MP3) (Big Blue Zoo / Thirty Tigers)
Skylar Grey “Natural Causes” (producers: Alex Da Kid, Mike Elizondo, Mark Batson, Symbolic One, Eminem; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope)
How to Dress Well “Care” (first single: “Lost Youth / Lost You”; See here; MP3) (Weird World / Domino)
Kansas “The Prelude Implicit” (their first album since 2000’s “Somewhere to Elsewhere” and their first with new vocalist Ronnie Platt, who took over when Steve Walsh departed in 2014; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3) (InsideOut Music)
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur “Penny’s Farm” (guests: Cindy Cashdollar, Suzy Thompson, Van Dyke Parks, Juli Crockett; See here; MP3) (Kingswood)
Lady Wray (Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray) “Queen Alone” (producers: Leon Michels, Tom Brenneck; first single: “Do It Again”; Hear here; MP3) (Big Crown)
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine” (songs the former Walkmen singer recorded with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij; See here; MP3) (Glassnote)
Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials “The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials” (producers: Lil’ Ed Williams, label president Bruce Iglauer; first single: “Pain”; Hear here; MP3) (Alligator)
LVL UP (indie-pop quartet) “Return to Love” (producer: Mike Ditrio; first single: “Pain”; Hear here; MP3) (Sub Pop)
Billie Marten (U.K. teen singer-songwriter) “Writing of Blues and Yellows” (new single: “Lionhearted”; Hear here; MP3) (U.K. – Chess Club / RCA)
Brian McKnight “An Evening With Brian McKnight” (recorded and filmed in January 2016 at Los Angeles’ historic Saban Theatre, with three new studio tracks were produced by Aaron Pierce; guest: Gino Vannelli; See here; DVD; Blu-ray) (Independent Label Services, Inc.)
Shawn Mendes “Illuminate” (first single: “Treat You Better”; Hear here; See here; Read here; Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Island)
Idina Menzel “idina.” (first single: “I See You”; See/read here; MP3) (Warner)
Merchandise “A Corpse Wired For Sound” (first singles: “End of the Week / Flower of Sex”; See here; MP3) (4AD)
Gaby Moreno (Best New Artist winner at the 2013 Latin Grammys) “Ilusión” (first single: “Love Is Gone”; Hear here; MP3) (Metamorfosis Enterprises Inc.)
Randy Newman “The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 3” (newly recorded, stripped-down versions of some of best-known songs, including “Short People,” “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “I Love L.A.”; MP3; see related reissue below) (Nonesuch)
Operation: Mindcrime (led by former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tat) “Resurrection” (first single: “Left for Dead”; Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
Patton Oswalt “Talking for Clapping [Vinyl]” (Emmy-winning Netflix special, recorded in San Francisco in 2015; with digital download and two bonus tracks; See here) (aspecialthing)
Panic Lift (alt-industrial trio) “Skeleton Key” (Hear here; MP3) (Metropolis)
Paper Route (Nashville-based indie pop/rock/electro trio) “Real Emotion” (third single: “Balconies”; Hear here; MP3) (Kemosabe / Sony Music)
The Parrots (Spanish garage rockers) “Los Niños Sin Miedo” (translated as “the fearless children”; first single: “Jame Gumb”; See here; MP3) (PIAS America)
Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as the Sea” (producers: Passenger, Chris Vallejo; guest: Birdy; first single: “Somebody’s Love”; See here; Deluxe Edition; Vinyl, with download card; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Nettwerk)
Lee “Scratch” Perry “Must Be Free” (guests: Subatomic Sound System, The Groovematist, IAmPhloboi; See here; MP3) (Megawave / MVD)
Monte Pittman “Inverted Grasp of Balance” (producer: Jay Ruston; first single: “Pride Comes Before the Fall”; Hear here; MP3) (Metal Blade)
Reckless Kelly “Sunset Motel” (guests: The Mastersons, Bukka Allen, Rosie Flores, Keith Gattis, etc.; first single: “How Can You Love Him [You Don’t Even Like Him]”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (No Big Deal)
Timothy B. Schmit “Leap of Faith” (producers: Schmit, Hank Linderman; first single: “Red Dirt Road”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Benowen)
John Scofield “Country for Old Men” (jazz renditions of classic country tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (impulse! / UMC)
Jake Shimabukuro “Nashville Sessions” (with bass player Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings; Hear here; MP3) (JS)
Source (Boulder, Colo., prog-rock/metal group) “Return to Nothing” (Hear here; MP3) (Pavement Music)
Adam Steffey “Here to Stay” (new versions of his best-known songs from his time with Alison Krauss + Union Station, Mountain Heart, etc.; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Mountain Home Music Company)
Stop Light Observations (Charleston, S.C., “transformational rock” quartet) “Toogoodoo” (first single: “Dinosaur Bones”; Hear here; MP3) (Stop Light Observations)
Various artists “Billion Dollar Babies: A Tribute To Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits” (featuring current/former members of Alice Cooper Band, Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages, Night Ranger, Lillian Axe, Blue Murder, etc.) (Versailles)
Various artists “Queen of Katwe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (biographical drama film, based on Tim Crothers’ book and starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga, opens Sept. 23; See here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with the original score by Alex Heffes) (Walt Disney)
Various artists “Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (DreamWorks 3D computer-animated musical comedy film opens Nov. 4, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, etc.; first single: Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”; music composed by Christophe Beck; See here) (RCA)
Various artists “WOW Hits 2017” (two CDs, 30 songs; Deluxe Edition) (WOW)
Warpaint “Heads Up” (producer: Jacob Bercovici; first single: “New Song”; Hear here; MP3) (Rough Trade)
Rachael Yamagata “Tightrope Walker” (her first album in four years; producers: Yamagata, John Alagia; first single: “Nobody”; See here; MP3) (Frankenfish / Thirty Tigers)
Dwight Yoakam “Swimming Pools, Movie Stars …” (his first exclusively bluegrass album; producers: Yoakam, Gary Paczosa; mixed by Chris Lord Alge; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Sugar Hill)

More Releases for Sept. 23, 2016

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New Releases (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Acrylics (NYC duo) “DADA minor” (producers: Acrylics, Eric Gorman; second single: “One In Seven”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
Archie and the Bunkers (Cleveland garage-punk duo) “Mystery Lover” (six-song EP; Hear here; Read here) (Dirty Water)
Luke Bryan “Farm Tour: Here’s to the Farmer” (five-song EP; first single: “Here’s to the Farmer”; See here) (Row Crop / Capitol Nashville)
Dinowalrus (Brooklyn rockers) “Fairweather” (first single: “Tides”; Hear here) (Personal Projects)
The Dustaphonics (London “party beat” rockers) “Johnny & Bo” (producer: DJ Healer Selecta; Hear here) (Dirty Water)
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper “Walking in the Shadows” (the British metal act’s first album since 1987; Hear here; CD, out Oct. 14) (Dissonance Productions)
GRiZ (Denver-based DJ, producer and saxophonist ) “Good Will Prevail” (guests: Eric Krasno, Son Little, Cory Enemy, Sunsquabi, Artifakts, Cherub, Leo Napier; new single: “PS GFY”; Hear here) (All Good)
Imperial State Electric “All Through the Night” (first single: “Read Me Wrong”; Hear here; CD, out Sept. 30) (Psychout)
Mick Jenkins “The Healing Component” (guests: Michael Anthony, BADBADNOTGOOD, theMIND, Ravyn Lenae, jSTOCK, Noname, Xavier Omar; first single: “Spread Love”; Hear here) (Free Nation)
James Leg “Blood on the Keys” (first single: “Hugging the Line”; Hear here; CD, out Sept. 30) (Alive Naturalsound)
Monocled Man (trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Rory Simmons) “We Drift Meridian” (guests: Emilia Mårtensson, Ed Begley; See here; CD, out Nov. 18) (Whirlwind Recordings)
MuteMath “Changes” (a re-imagined version of the band’s “Vitals” album, featuring remixes of each track, plus a new song, “Changes”; Hear here) (Wojtek)
Pete RG “Tender Souls” (second single: “Heaven Knows”; Hear here) (4L Entertainment)
Slender (Montreal rock band) “Revival” (See here) (Slender, Sept. 26)
Ty Dolla $ign “Campaign” (guests: Future, Big TC; first single: “Campaign”; Hear here) (Atlantic)
Vangelis “Rosetta” (13-track album was inspired by and created for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet landing mission; Hear here; CD, out Sept. 30) (Decca)
Jason Walker (Sydney-based alt-country artist) “All-Night Ghost Town” (producer: Shane Nicholson; first single: “Borrowed Tunes”; Hear here) (Lost Highway Australia)

More Digital Releases for Sept. 23, 2016

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Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Betty Boo “Boomania (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered, with bonus material; See here) (U.K. – Cherry Pop)
David Bowie “David Bowie – Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976]” (12-CD box set includes the previously unreleased album “The Gouster” and “Re:Call 2,” featuring single versions and non-album B-sides; Read here; Vinyl; see related “The Man Who Fell to Earth” soundtrack below) (Rhino / Parlophone)
Ray Charles “The Atlantic Years – In Mono [Vinyl]” (seven-LP box set) (Rhino / Atlantic)
The Chimes “The Chimes (Deluxe Edition)” (1990 album; remastered, a bonus disc of alternative versions and mixes; See here; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red)
Doris Day “60 Essential Recordings” (three CDs) (U.K. – Big 3)
Art Farmer “The Complete Albums Collection 1958-1961” (eight complete albums on four CDs) (Enlightenment)
Fatboy Slim “Better Living Through Chemistry (20th Anniversary Edition)” (1996 album; remastered, with 13 bonus tracks; Vinyl) (U.K. – Skint)
Fleetwood Mac “Mirage (Expanded Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with a second CD featuring 19 early versions, outtakes, alternate takes, etc.; Hear here; Deluxe Edition, featuring three CDs containing B-sides, rarities and live performances, plus one LP and a 5.1 mix on DVD; Standard CD; MP3; MP3 Deluxe) (Rhino / Warner)
Free “The Vinyl Collection” (seven-LP box set, from 1969’s “Tons of Sobs” to 1971’s “Free Live!”) (A&M / UMe)
Leon Haywood “Intimate” (1976 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Kenny G “G Force” (1983 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Nils Lofgren and Grin “Grin, 1+1 & All Out” (1971, 1972 and 1973 albums on two CDs; remastered) (Floating World)
Melanie “Leftover Wine” (1970 live album, recorded at Carnegie Hall; remastered; Hear here) (U.K. – Talking Elephant)
My Chemical Romance “The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) [Vinyl]” (2006 album; with 11 previously unreleased demos and outtakes from the original recording session with producer Rob Cavallo; MP3) (Warner)
My Chemical Romance “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge [Vinyl]” (2004 album; limited-edition pink vinyl) (Warner, Sept. 27)
Randy Newman “The Randy Newman Songbook [Vinyl]” (four-LP box set) (Nonesuch)
Pickettywitch inc. Polly Brown and Sweet Dreams “That Same Old Feeling: The Anthology 1969-1976” (two CDs, 52 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red)
Diana Ross & The Supremes “Baby Love: The Essential Diana Ross & The Supremes” (three CDs, 59 songs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / UMC)
Ryuichi Sakamoto “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Original Soundtrack Album)” (2015 film; MP3) (Milan)
Bridget St. John “Fly High: A Collection of Album Highlights, Singles and B-Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews” (two CDs, 47 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Cherry Red)
Seventh Wonder (Swedish prog-metal band) “Welcome To Atlanta Live 2014” (DVD; MP3) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
Dusty Springfield “A Little Piece of My Heart: The Essential Dusty Springfield” (three CDs, 60 songs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / UMC)
Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (an 18-song compilation/companion piece to his “Born to Run” autobiography, see below; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Columbia)
10cc “I’m Not In Love: The Essential 10cc” (three CDs, 53 songs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / UMC)
Ike & Tina Turner “The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969” (Goldenlane)
UB40 “Red Red Wine: The Essential UB40” (three CDs, 56 songs) (U.K. – Spectrum Audio / UMC)
Various artists “A Capitol Christmas” (24-song label compilation of holiday classics by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, etc.; Vinyl) (Capitol)
Various artists “The Man Who Fell To Earth” (1975 film soundtrack, available for the first time since its original release; two CDs, 25 songs; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (UMC)
Zapp “Zapp I / Zapp II / Zapp III” (1980, 1982 and 1983 albums on two CDs; remastered, with five bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Robinsongs / Cherry Red)
Frank Zappa “ZAPPAtite: Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks” (18-song compilation; MP3) (Zappa)

More Releases for Sept. 23, 2016

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DVD / Blu-ray

Artist(s)/cast: Title: Studio/label:
The Beach Boys “Classic Albums: Pet Sounds [DVD]” (includes more than 30 minutes of additional interviews not included in the broadcast version; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Drivin N Cryin “Scarred But Smarter (Life N Times of Drivin N Cryin) [DVD]” (documentary directed by Eric Von Haessler) (Shanzing Films)
Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, et al “Valley of the Dolls (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1967 film; See/read here; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Erica Gavin, John LaZar, Cynthia Myers, et al “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]” (1970 film; screenplay by Roger Ebert; See/read here; Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)
Justin Hayward “Justin Hayward: Live In Concert At The Capitol Theatre [DVD]” (with a bonus music video, “The Wind of Heaven”) (IM3)
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, et al “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Three [DVD]” (four discs) (Shout! Factory)
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, et al “Central Intelligence [DVD]” (2016 film; Blu-ray; 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) (Warner Home Video)
David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, et al “An American Werewolf in London (Restored Edition) [DVD]” (1981 film) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Various artists “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever [DVD]” (six-disc box set featuring an additional 30 minutes not shown on the original May 16, 1983, broadcast, plus more than 14 hours of extras; See here) (Time Life)

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Music Books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
The Beatles “When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles’ Rise to the Top” (Paperback; author: Larry Kane) (Running Press)
The Beatles “The Zapple Diaries: The Rise and Fall of the Last Beatles Label” (Hardcover; author: Barry Miles) (Abrams Image)
Guy Clark “Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark” (Hardcover; author: Tamara Saviano; Read here) (Texas A&M University Press)
The Rolling Stones “Rollaresque: Or the Rakish Progress of The Rolling Stones – A Tale of Loose Morals” (Hardcover; author: Simon Goddard; Kindle; Free Preview) (Ebury Press)
Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (official autobiography; Hardcover; Kindle; Read here) (Simon & Schuster)

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