New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Amaranthe (Swedish metal band) “Massive Addictive” (producer: Jacob Hansen; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Spinefarm)
Apollonia (French supertrio) “Tour à Tour” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Apollonia, Oct. 20)
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal “Talkin’ Christmas!” (producer: Chris Goldsmith; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Sony Masterworks)
Susan Boyle “Hope” (includes covers of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Imagine,” “The Impossible Dream” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Syco Music / Columbia)
Boyz II Men “Collide” (Hear here; MP3) (BMG Rights Management)
Bush “Man on the Run” (the British alt-rock group’s first album since 2011; producer: Nick Raskulinecz; first single: “The Only Way Out”; Hear here; MP3) (Zuma Rock / BMG Rights Management)
Cold War Kids “Hold My Home” (first single: “All This Can Be Yours”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Downtown)
Dennis DeYoung “Dennis DeYoung and The Music of Styx Live in Los Angeles [CD/DVD]” (Blu-ray; MP3) (Frontiers)
Neil Diamond “Melody Road” (producers: Don Was, Jacknife Lee; first single: “The Art of Love”; Vinyl; MP3) (Capitol)
Baxter Dury (English indie-rock singer-songwriter) “It’s a Pleasure” (producers: Dury, Craig Silver; first single: “Pleasure”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Le Label / PIAS)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Holiday” (seasonal standards, traditional carols and new songs, including “Happy Seasons,” inspired by “Happy Feelin’,” and “December,” inspired by “September” and featuring original vocals from Maurice White; producers: frontman Philip Bailey, Myron McKinley; Hear here; MP3) (Legacy Recordings)
Aretha Franklin “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” (producers: Franklin, Clive Davis, Babyface, André 3000, Harvey Mason Jr., Terry Hunter, Eric Kupper; first single: “Rolling in the Deep [The Aretha Version]”; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Goapele “Strong As Glass” (guests: Snoop Dogg, Eric Benét; Hear here; MP3) (Primary Wave / BMG Rights Management)
Anthony Hamilton “Home for the Holidays” (Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Ben Howard “I Forget Where We Are” (producer: Chris Bond; first single: “I Forget Where We Were”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (Republic)
Billy Idol “Kings & Queens of the Underground” (his first album in nearly a decade; the album marks the return of his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens; producers: Trevor Horn, Greg Kurstin; first single: “Can’t Break Me Down”; Hear here; MP3) (BFI / Kobalt Label Services)
INC (Indestructible Noise Command) “Black Hearse Serenade” (producer: Nick Bellmore; first single: “Organ Grinder”; Hear here; MP3) (Ferocious)
Jukebox the Ghost “Jukebox the Ghost” (first single: “The Great Unknown”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Kiesza (Canadian electro-pop singer) “Sound of a Woman” (producer: Rami Samir Afuni; guests: Mick Jenkins, Joey Badass; new single: “No Enemiesz”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Lokal Legend / Island)
Mark Lanegan Band “Phantom Radio” (producer: Alain Johannes; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vagrant)
Annie Lennox “Nostalgia” (standards album; producers: Mike Stevens, Don Was; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Blue Note)
Little Big Town “Pain Killer” (producer: Jay Joyce; first single: “Day Drinking”; Hear here; MP3) (Capitol Nashville)
Logic “Under Pressure” (producers: 6ix, Logic, DJ Dahi, S1, M-Phazes, Kevin Randolph, DJ Khalil, Dun Deal, Alkebulan, Arthur McArthur, Tae Beast, Terrace Martin, etc.; guests: Big Sean, Childish Gambino; new single: “Buried Alive”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Visionary Music Group / Def Jam)
Thurston Moore Band “The Best Day” (recorded with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, and London-based musician James Sedwards; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)
Nude Beach “77” (double album; first single: “I Can’t Keep the Tears From Falling”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Don Giovanni)
Pentatonix (winners of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”) “That’s Christmas to Me” (seven-song EP; guest: Lindsey Stirling; Hear here; MP3) (RCA)
Pitch Black Forecast “As the World Burns” (with four bonus tracks; producer: J Mann of Mushroomhead; guests: M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, and Devin Townsend; first single: “So Low”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ferocious)
The Pop Group (seminal punk-funk provocateurs) “Cabinet of Curiosities” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Freaks R Us)
Primus “Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble” (the first album from the lineup of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander in nearly 20 years; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (ATO)
Slipknot “.5: The Gray Chapter” (Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Edition; MP3) (Roadrunner)
The Stray Birds (Nashville-based traditional folk trio) “Best Medicine” (producer: Stuart Martin; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
T.I. “Paperwork” (producers: B.o.B, DJ Mustard, DJ Toomp, London on da Track; guests: Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Usher, The-Dream, Chris Brown, Skylar Grey, etc.; Hear here; MP3) (Grand Hustle / Columbia)
The Ting Tings “Super Critical” (producers: The Ting Tings, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran; first single: “Wrong Club”; Hear here) (U.K. – Finca, Oct. 20)
Transit (Boston alt-rock band) “Joyride” (producer: Gary Cioffi; Hear here; MP3) (Rise)
The 2 Bears “The Night Is Young” (the second full-length effort from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raphael Rundell, aka Raf Daddy; first single: “Angel [Touch Me]”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Southern Fried)
Various artists “Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell” (26 tracks by more than 20 artists paying homage to cellist-composer-electronic pioneer Arthur Russell; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) “Soused” (producers: Walker, Peter Walsh; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (4AD)
Jessie Ware “Tough Love” (producers: Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon, James Ford, BenZel; new single: “Say You Love Me,” co-written with Ed Sheeran; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (PMR / Friends Keep Secrets / Interscope)

More Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Eliot Bronson (named best songwriter in Creative Loafing’s “Best of Atlanta 2014”) “Eliot Bronson [MP3]” (producer: Dave Cobb; Hear here) (Saturn 5)
The Dan Coyle Wonder Thrills (NYC anti-folk duo) “Perfect Word. Perfect Beat. [MP3]” (producers: Coyle, Scott Mickelson; Hear here) (Dan Coyle Music)
Chris de Burgh “The Hands of Man [MP3]” (his 20th studio album; Hear here) (Ferryman Productions)
Gordon Duthie “Thran [MP3]” (producer: Duthie; Hear here) (Gordon Duthie, Oct. 25)
FF (Seattle-based trio) “Lord [MP3]” (new single: “Past Year”; Hear here) (Couple Skate)
Anna Phoebe (Jurojin / Trans Sibera Orchestra violinist) “Between the Shadow and the Soul [MP3]” (first single: “Mostar”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Deluxe Edition, with four bonus tracks) (Anna Phoebe Music, Oct. 20)
Anna Renee “The Places You’ll Go [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here) (
Tennis System (L.A. trio) “Technicolour Blind [MP3]” (producer: Ulysses Noriega; first single: “Memories & Broken Dreams”; Hear here) (PaperCup Music)
Various artists “Mad Men Christmas: Music From And Inspired By The Hit Series On AMC [MP3]” (Concord)
Various artists “St. Vincent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [MP3]” (comedy-drama starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy opens Oct. 24; See here) (Sony Classical)
Various artists “WWE 2K15: The Soundtrack [MP3]” (a playlist spanning hip-hop, rock, country and more, curated by WWE superstar John Cena; Read here) (Atlantic)
Rick Vito (former Fleetwood Mac guitarist) “Mojo On My Side [MP3]” (Hear here) (Hypertension, Oct. 24)
Vök (Icelandic dream-pop group) “Tension [MP3]” (five-song EP; first single: “ég bíð þín”; Hear here) (MuseBox / Fontana North)
Mitch Winehouse (father of the late Amy Winehouse) “But Beautiful [MP3]” (Hear here; Read here) (Lioness / Metropolis Music Management, Oct. 20)

More MP3 Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

Reissues (CD / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Rick Astley “Whenever You Need Somebody [K2 HD CD]” (1987 album; remastered) (Sony Music)
Andrea Bocelli “Opera: The Ultimate Collection” (MP3) (Decca)
Alice Cooper “Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken” (Hear here; Blu-ray) (UDR Music)
Danger Danger “Danger Danger” (1989 album; remastered) (Rock Candy)
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane “All of You: The Last Tour 1960” (four CDs; Read here) (Trapeze Music & Entertainment)
Gavin DeGraw “Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw” (features three new songs, including “Fire”; MP3) (RCA)
Rory Gallagher “Irish Tour ’74” (40th anniversary expanded deluxe edition; remastered) (Eagle Rock)
Jerry Garcia Band “GarciaLive Volume Five: December 31st 1975, Keystone, Berkeley” (two CDs; MP3) (ATO)
The Hollies “50 At Fifty [Box set]” (three CDs, 49 songs) (Rhino)
Annie Lennox “Medusa [K2 HD CD]” (1995 album; remastered) (Sony Music)
Majic Mijits (Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane) “Majic Mijits” (shelved 1981 album, which had been financed by Keith Richards; remastered, with a second CD of unreleased outtakes; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Easy Action / Wapping Wharf)
Mannheim Steamroller “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40” (best-of collection celebrates the 30th anniversary of Chip Davis’ “Christmas” album and the 40th anniversary of his first “Fresh Aire” release; Ultimate Collection, three discs; MP3) (American Gramaphone)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “The Blue Album” (1980 album; remastered) (Select-O-Hits)
Mineral “1994-1998: The Complete Collection” (two CDs, 30 songs; Read here; MP3) (Arena Rock Recording Co.)
Mott (formed after Ian Hunter left Mott the Hoople) “Drive On” (1975 album; remastered), “Shouting & Pointing” (1976 album; remastered) (Rock Candy)
Mike Oldfield “The Studio Albums: 1992-2003 [Box set]” (eight CDs) (Rhino)
Sleater-Kinney “Start Together: 1994-2006 [Vinyl box set]” (seven LPs, with a 44-page hardcover book) (Sub Pop)
Spandau Ballet “The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet” (two CDs, 29 tracks, including three new songs produced by Trevor Horn; it’s their first new material in five years; Track list) (Rhino)
Various artists “The Best of Revelation Records 1959-1962” (Narroway / City Hall)
Various artists “Footloose [K2 HD CD]” (1984 soundtrack album; remastered) (Sony Music)
Wham! “The Final [K2 HD CD]” (1986 compilation; remastered) (Sony Music)

More Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Cab Calloway “The Best of Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Vol. 1 [MP3]” (35 tracks) (J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali)
Evelyn “Champagne” King “Smooth Talk [MP3]” (1977 album; includes “Shame” and “I Don’t Know If It’s Right”), “Music Box [MP3]” (1979 album; with four bonus 12-inch tracks), “Call on Me [MP3]” (1980 album; with one bonus track), “So Romantic [MP3]” (1984 album; with seven bonus tracks), “A Long Time Coming (A Change Is Gonna Come) [MP3]” (1985 album; with 14 bonus tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Billy Paul “Got My Head On Straight [MP3]” (1975 album) (Philadelphia International / Legacy)
Jimmie Spheeris “Isle of View [MP3]” (1971 album), “The Original Tap Dancing Kid [MP3]” (1973 album), “The Dragon Is Dancing [MP3]” (1975 album), “Ports of the Heart [MP3]” (1976 album) (Epic / Legacy)

More MP3 Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash “The Soul Man: The Complete Second Season [DVD]” (two discs) (Shout! Factory)
Deep Purple “Deep Purple With Orchestra: Live in Verona [DVD]” (filmed in the summer of 2011 at Arena di Verona in Rome; lineup includes Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey; See here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Pee-wee Herman “Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]” (eight discs) (Shout! Factory)
Vincent Price “The Vincent Price Collection II [Blu-ray]” (four-disc set includes “House on Haunted Hill,” “The Return of the Fly,” “The Comedy of Terrors,” “The Raven,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Tomb of Ligeia” and “Dr. Phibes Rises Again”) (Shout! Factory)
Red Skelton “The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years – 1951-1955 [DVD]” (11 discs) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Johnny Thunders “Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders [DVD]” (Danny Garcia-directed documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist; See/read here) (MVD Visual)
TLC “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story [DVD]” (2013 VH1 biopic; See here) (Paramount)
Various artists “Downton Abbey, Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4 [DVD]” (12 discs; Blu-ray) (PBS)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
The Beatles “Where’s Ringo? The Art of the Beatles in 20 Visual Puzzles [Hardcover]” (illustrators: Andrew Grant Jackson, David Ryan Robinson) (Aurum Press Ltd., Oct. 23)
George Clinton “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir [Hardcover]” (co-author: Ben Greenman; Kindle) (Atria Books)
Herbie Hancock “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities [Hardcover]” (co-author: Lisa Dickey) (Viking Adult, Oct. 23)
Vernon Joynson “The Tapestry of Delights: Expanded Two-Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976 [Paperback]” (Borderline Productions, Oct. 22)
Charlie Parker “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker [Paperback]” (author: Stanley Crouch) (Harper Perennial)
Ed Piskor “Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 [Gift box set]” (comic book series) (Fantagraphics, Oct. 18)
Robert Plant “Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin [Hardcover]” (author: Dave Thompson) (Backbeat Books)
Lou Reed “Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story [Paperback]” (author: Victor Bockris) (Harper)
Gene Simmons “Me, Inc. [Hardcover]” (subtitled “Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business”; Kindle) (It Books)
Barbra Streisand “Streisand: In the Camera Eye [Hardcover]” (author: James Spada) (Abrams)
Winslow Yerxa “Harmonica For Dummies [Paperback]” (For Dummies, Oct. 20)

More Book Releases for the Week of Oct. 21, 2014

Next week: Oct. 28, 2014

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