Published on May 17th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: May 17, 2021



“Culture III,” Migos – release date, June 11

“Former Things,” LoneLady – June 25

“Bittersweet Demons,” The Murlocs – June 25

“Quiet Girl,” My Autumn Amor – July 16

“Fragments,” Trifecta – Aug. 20

“The Comeback Special: Live at the Royal Albert Hall,” the The – Oct. 1

“Another Day,” Chris Liebing – Nov. 19

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“Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire” box sets, Queensrÿche – June 25

“The Jimmy Clanton Collection 1957-62,” Jimmy Clanton – July 2

“Stories to Tell: Greatest Hits and More,” Richard Marx – July 2

“The Charlie Parker Collection 1941-1954,” Charlie Parker – July 2

“The Art Tatum Collection 1932-47,” Art Tatum – July 2


“The 12″ Album,” Howard Jones – June 11

“Flamin’ Groovies Now,” Flamin’ Groovies – Nov. 5


“Original Cast Album: Company (The Criterion Collection),” Stephen Sondheim, Dean Jones, Elaine Stritch, Barbara Barrie, et al – Aug. 17

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“Deadlights Liar,” Thief Bandit (producer: Erik Sunding; The Sign)

“Slum Beach Denny,” DENM (guests: Jared Watson of Dirty Heads, Casey Veggies, Sword Beach, The Patten, JAG, Darnell Williams; new single: “Life’s 2 Short”; Ineffable)

“Cruel Games,” The Relentless (“Paradise City” band; Read here; Sumerian)

“Restiveness,” Icicle (first single: “This Wonderful Smack”; Hear here; Herd)

“Life Cast In Glass,” Mouth For War (1126)

“Be Necessary,” Rainy Days (new single: “Burn”; Hear here; Pontes Studio)

“Vaste,” Ink Sticks & Stones (five-song EP; Hear here; Indépendant)

“Here Be Dragons,” Janita (See here; ECR Music Group)

“All In,” Emily Kate (four-song EP; producer: Shawn Moore; Hear here; Emily Kate Music)

“MON MARI,” Triya Love (Hear here; Triya Love)

“Hot Bref Boy Volume 8,” Boxguts and Beatahoe (23 original songs; producer: Beatahoe; Sphinx Brick)

“Electric Storm,” Tesla Shamans (first single: “Shamans”; See here; Tesla Shamans)

“Ashlyn Nicole,” Ashlyn Nicole (six-song EP; producer: Tom Orrell; first single: “Start With Me”; Hear here; Ashlyn Nicole)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Annalie, Hanson
Anyone But Me, Steven Wilson
Billy, John Grant
Fear Colours, LoneLady
What Can I Say?, Greg Loiacono (founding member of The Mother Hips)
I Can’t Help It, Render Sisters
The Kids, Jacob and the Dazey Chain
Monster, Carolina East
9, Adeline
Lisbon, Peter Serrado
Lemonade, Sean Hassard
All I Want, Olivia O

Fake Friends, Romanie
The Wake, Foolproof
Diversity : AM, TYO
Hide and Seek, Mia Baron
Unbreakable, Mylane
Black Rainbow / Moonlight, Koreless
Gold Jacket, Jessicka
Sunset Samba, Russ Hewitt feat. Jorge Strunz
Hope You’re Doing Well, Nate Leavitt
Human Hell, Juan Manuel Rey
She’s a Queen, Allison Cipris
Everybody Talks, Rowan
Shine, Hannah Schzde
Paris, Teresa Guidry
Oh Yeah, Jordana Talsky


Taj Mahal (79)
Bill Bruford (72)
George Johnson [The Brothers Johnson] (68)
Paul Di’Anno [Iron Maiden] (63)
Enya (60)
Page McConnell (58)
O’Dell [Mint Condition] (56)
Trent Reznor (56)
Dave Abbruzzese (53)
Jordan Knight (51)
Darnell Van Rensalier [Shai] (51)
Josh Homme (48)
Andrea Corr (47)
Kandi Burruss (45)
Passenger (37)


Lucky Peterson (1964-2020)

Guy Clark (1941-2016)

Alan O’Day (1940-2013)

Donna Summer (1948-2012)

Little Johnny Taylor (1943-2002)

Bruce Fairbairn (1949-1999)

Kevin Gilbert (1966-1996)

Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1935-1996)

Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933)

 RELEASED ON MAY 17 IN … 2013 

“Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk (debuted at No. 1 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts; winner of five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year; their third and final album, featuring “Get Lucky,” “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Doin’ It Right”; producers: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; guests: Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, Julian Casablancas, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Paul Williams, etc.; Columbia)


Neal Ford (Neal Ford and the Fanatics)


> Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez Are Officially Married (CNN)

> Paul McCartney Docuseries to Be Released on Hulu in July (Variety)

> Irving Plaza In New York City Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Renovation (All Access)

> Marking Legendary Golden-Age Pianist Erroll Garner’s Centennial (NPR)

> Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 Lineup and Dates Announced (Pitchfork)

> Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer Announce New Hella Mega Tour Dates (Rolling Stone)

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