New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
alt-J (Mercury Prize-winning English indie rock band)“This Is All Yours” (Hear here; MP3)(Canvasback / Infectious Music)
Aphex Twin“Syro” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Warp)
Marcia Ball“Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man” (producer: Tom Hambridge; guests: Delbert McClinton, Terrance Simien; Hear here; MP3)(Alligator)
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga“Cheek to Cheek” (jazz album; first single: “Anything Goes”; Read here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(Streamline / Interscope / Columbia)
Big & Rich“Gravity” (guest: Tim McGraw; first single: “Look at You”; Hear here)(Big & Rich / Kobalt Label Services)
Joe Bonamassa“Different Shades of Blue” (producer: Kevin Shirley; Hear here; MP3)(J&R Adventures)
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz“Tyranny” (producer: Shawn Everett; first single: “Where No Eagles Fly”; Hear here; Vinyl)(Cult)
Charm City Devils“Battles” (producer: Skidd Mills; first single: “Shots”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(The End)
Kenny Chesney“The Big Revival” (producers: Chesney, Buddy Cannon; guests: Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Grace Potter; first single: “American Kids”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Blue Chair / BNA)
Gary Clark Jr.“Gary Clark Jr. Live” (two discs; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Warner)
Leonard Cohen“Popular Problems” (producer: Patrick Leonard; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Columbia)
Empires (Chicago alt-rock band)“Orphan” (producer: John Congleton; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Chop Shop / Island)
Erasure“The Violet Flame” (producer: Richard X; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Mute)
Jackie Evancho“Awakening” (producer: Nick Patrick; first single: “Think of Me”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(Portrait / Sony Music Masterworks)
Jennifer Hudson“JHUD” (guests: R. Kelly, Timbaland, T.I.; first single: “I Can’t Describe”; Hear here; Read here; MP3)(RCA)
Information Society“_hello world” (includes a cover of Devo’s “Beautiful World,” feat. Gerald V Casale; first single: “Land of the Blind”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Hakatak International / MVD)
Lenny Kravitz“Strut” (first single: “The Chamber”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(Roxie / Kobalt Label Services)
The Lost Brothers (Irish lo-fi folk duo)“New Songs of Dawn and Dust” (producer: The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones; Hear here; Vinyl)(U.K. – Lojinx, Sept. 22)
Louis C.K.“Oh My God” (his fifth one-hour HBO special, with 12 minutes of bonus material; See here; Vinyl)(Vagrant)
Rob Lynch (British punk-rock singer-songwriter)“All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul” (Hear here; MP3)(Xtra Mile Recordings)
Imelda May“Tribal” (Hear here; See here; MP3)(Verve)
John Mellencamp“Plain Spoken” (his 22nd full-length album; producer: T Bone Burnett; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Republic)
Pentatonix (winners of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”)“PTX Vol. III” (seven-song EP; guest: Lindsey Stirling; Hear here; MP3)(RCA)
Perfume Genius (aka indie-pop artist Mike Hadreas)“Too Bright” (recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead; guest: John Parish; first single: “Queen”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Matador)
Chuck Prophet“Night Surfer” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Yep Roc)
Prude“the dark age of consent” (Hear here)(Metropolis)
Silvas (Brazilian dream-pop artist)“Ocean View” (See here; MP3)(Six Degrees)
Sarah Silverman“We Are Miracles” (taken from her Emmy-nominated HBO special, recorded at the Largo in Los Angeles; See here; Vinyl; MP3)(Sub Pop)
Snootie Wild (aka hip-hop artist LePreston Porter)“Go Mode” (six-song EP; guests: Yo Gotti, Zed Zilla, K Camp, Starlito; Hear here; MP3)(Epic / CMG)
Duane Stephenson (Jamaican singer-songwriter)“Dangerously Roots” (producers: Clive Hunt, Dean Fraser, Christopher Birch, Phillip “Winta” James, Donovan Germain; guests: Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, Lutan Fyah, Mutabaruka; new single: a cover of Bunny Wailer’s “Cool Runnings”; Hear here; See here)(Kongstar / Greensleeves)
Jeff Tweedy“Sukierae” (first single: “I’ll Sing It”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)(dBpm / ANTI-)
Various artists“The Boxtrolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (the stop-motion animated film opens Sept. 27; music by Dario Marianelli, with an original song by Eric Idle and songs from the group Loch Lomond; See here; MP3)(Back Lot Music)
Whirr“Sway” (producer: Jack Shirley; new single: “Lines”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Graveface)
Lee Ann Womack“The Way I’m Livin'” (producer: Frank Liddell; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3)(Sugar Hill)
Young Rebel Set (British rock band)“Crocodile” (released a year ago in the U.K.; producer: Paul Savage; Hear here; MP3)(New West)

More Releases for the Week of Sept. 23, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label:
AJR (sibling pop trio)“Living Room [MP3]” (producers: AJR; first single: “I’m Ready”; Hear here; See here)(AJR Productions / Warner)
The Bunny Gang“Thrive [MP3]” (first single: “Sirens Through City”; Hear here)(Hardline Entertainment)
Cave Women“Second Chances [MP3]” (producers: Cave Women; first single: “Second Chances”; Hear here)(Cave Women, Sept. 24)
Chancius (dreampop project)“Bando [MP3]” (first single: “A Piece of You Wherever I Go”; Hear here)(Fleetway)
Gazelle Twin (aka British musician-producer Elizabeth Bernholz)“Unflesh [MP3]” (Hear here; Read here; CD; Vinyl)(Last Gang)
Immigrant Union (Australian group led by Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols)“Anyway [MP3]” (first single: “War Is Peace”; Hear here)(MuseBox / Fontana North)
Ray Kludys (Mesa, Ariz.-based boomer rocker)“355 Bleecker [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Ray Kludys, Sept. 20)
Lights“Little Machines [MP3]” (producer: Drew Pearson; first single: “Up We Go”; Hear here; See here; MP3 Deluxe Edition)(Warner)
Lauren Marsh (pop singer from Princeton, N.J.)“The Incurable Heart [MP3]” (ReverbNation; Deluxe Edition)(Lauren Marsh Music / CarChri Music)
Mega Bog (Seattle pop collective led by songwriter Erin Birgy)“Gone Banana [MP3]” (first single: “Year of Patience”; Hear here)(Couple Skate)
Nabiha (Danish pop star)“Mind the Gap [MP3]” (six-song EP; first single: “Mind the Gap”; Hear here)(The End / ADA)
Jim Outlaw (Detroit rocker)“Valley of Isis [MP3]” (ReverbNation)(Ore Creek)
Luke Paulo and the Grapefruit“Mirrors [MP3]” (six-song EP; ReverbNation)(Grapefruit Moon, Sept. 26)
The Rabid Whole (Toronto electronic-rock band)“Problems [MP3]” (six-song EP; producers: Karl Schubach, Andreas Weiss; ReverbNation)(The Rabid Whole)
Iga Victoria (Lisbon-based singer-songwriter)“I Just Love [MP3]” (producer: Adam Malicki; ReverbNation)(Iga Victoria, Sept. 24)
Youth Code“A Place to Stand [MP3]” (producer: Josh Eustis; Hear/read here)(Dias)
Yulianna“Popra ‘Soldier’ [MP3]” (guests: Walter Afanasieff, Carmen Rizzo, Spencer Nezey, the Section Quartet, Ruslan Sirota, Bill Scott, Daniel Mandelman, Jack Dill, Ras; ReverbNation)(Zvon Entertainment, LLC)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist:Title:Label:
Blood, Sweat & Tears“Playlist: The Very Best of Blood, Sweat & Tears”(Columbia / Legacy)
David Bowie“Sound + Vision [Box set]” (four-CD, 70-song set covers 1969-1994, including hits, B-sides, live tracks, soundtrack recordings and remixes; Track list)(Rhino)
David Bowie“Knock On Wood – Live (40th Anniversary Picture Disc) [Vinyl]” (1974 single)(Rhino / Parlophone)
Maria Callas“Maria Callas – Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969) [Box set]” (70 discs, with a 136-page hardcover book)(Warner Classics)
Champaign“How ‘Bout Us: Expanded Edition” (1981 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks)(Funky Town Grooves)
Ray Charles“Playlist: The Very Best of Ray Charles”(Columbia / Legacy)
John Coltrane“Offering: Live At Temple University” (two LPs; recorded in his hometown of Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 1966, nine weeks before his death at age 40; Vinyl)(Impulse! / INgrooves)
Common“Playlist: The Very Best of Common”(Columbia / Legacy)
Deep Purple“Graz 1975” (previously unreleased live show at the Liebenauer ice rink in Austria, recorded on April 3, 1975; lineup: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice; Ritchie Blackmore left the band three shows later; Vinyl)(earMUSIC / Eagle Rock)
Bob Dylan“Playlist: The Very Best of Bob Dylan”(Columbia / Legacy)
Herbie Hancock“Dedication” (1974 album; remastered), “Flood” (1975 album; remastered), “Herbie Hancock Trio” (1977 album; remastered), “Tempest in the Colosseum” (1977 album; remastered), “Directstep” (1978 album; remastered), “Five Stars” (1979 album; remastered), “Herbie Hancock Trio With Ron Carter & Tony Williams” (1982 album; remastered),(Wounded Bird)
George Harrison“George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 [Box set]” (nine-disc set includes his first six solo albums, with bonus tracks, plus a DVD featuring several video pieces and a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage; See here), “Wonderwall Music” (1968 album; remastered; MP3), “Electronic Sound” (1969 album; remastered; MP3), “All Things Must Pass” (1970 album; remastered; MP3), “Living in the Material World” (1973 album; remastered; MP3), “Dark Horse” (1974 album; remastered; MP3), “Extra Texture” (1974 album; remastered; MP3)(Capitol / UMe)
Jerry Lee Lewis“The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings” (Vinyl; MP3)(Saguro Road / Time Life)
The Offspring“Playlist: The Offspring’s Greatest Hits”(Columbia / Legacy)
Simple Minds“Celebrate: The Collection” (16 tracks; see related MP3 below)(U.K. – Spectrum Audio, Sept. 22)
The Smashing Pumpkins“Adore (Super Deluxe Edition)” (1998 album; remastered; 107-track, six-CD/DVD box set; Vinyl)(Virgin / UMe)
Edwin Starr“Soul Master (Expanded Edition)” (1968 album, featuring “Agent Double-O-Soul”; remastered, with bonus tracks; Read here), “Involved (Expanded Edition)” (1971 album, featuring “War”; remastered, with bonus tracks; Read here)(U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, Sept. 22)
Thompson Twins“Remixes & Rarities: A Collection of Classic 12″ Mixes & B-Sides” (two CDs, 24 songs; Read here)(U.K. – Cherry Pop, Sept. 22)
Various artists“Playlist: The Very Best of ’90s Country Hits”(Legacy)
Various artists“Shapes & Shadows: Psychedelic Pop and Other Rare Flavours From The Chapter One Vaults 1968-72” (26 tracks; Read here)(U.K. – Grapefruit / Cherry Red, Sept. 22)
Yes“Songs From Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert – Special Edition” (recorded in Lowell, Mass., during their 2004 tour, featuring the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White; MP3; also available on DVD and Blu-ray)(Eagle Rock)
Dwight Yoakam“Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. [Vinyl]” (1986 album; remastered)(Warner)

More Releases for the Week of Sept. 23, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist:Title:Label:
American Flyer“American Flyer [MP3]” (1976 album)(R.D.E.G., Sept. 22)
Nada Surf“B-Sides [MP3]” (15-song rarities collection; Hear here)(Barsuk)
Psychedelic Furs“Talk Talk Talk [MP3]” (1981 album; with three bonus tracks), “Forever Now [MP3]” (1982 album; with six bonus tracks)(Columbia / Legacy)
Simple Minds“Celebrate: Live at the SSE Hydro Glasgow [MP3]”(Edsel, Sept. 22)
Take That“Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection (Digital Edition) [MP3]” (19 tracks)(RCA / Legacy)
Various artists“Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974 [MP3]” (201 songs)(Rhino / Atlantic)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist:Title:Label:
Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, et al“State Trooper: The Complete Series [DVD]” (11 discs)(Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, et al“Halloween: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]” (15 discs)(Anchor Bay)
Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, et al“How I Met Your Mother: The Whole Story, Seasons 1-9 [DVD]” (28 discs)(21st Century Fox)
Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, et al“Mama’s Family: The Complete Collection [DVD]” (24 discs)(Time Life Entertainment)
Fess Parker, Ed Ames, et al“Daniel Boone: The Complete Series [DVD]” (36 discs)(20th Century Fox)
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, et al“Neighbors [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD)(Universal Studios)
Various artists“The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology [Blu-ray]” (five-disc set features five films in the horror series, 1973-2005, based on the novel created by William Blatty; music by Mike Oldfield, Barry DeVorzon, Ennio Morricone and Jack Nitzsche)(Warner Home Video)
Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, et al“Moscow on the Hudson [DVD]” (1984 film)(Mill Creek Entertainment)
Yes“Songs From Tsongas: Yes 35th Anniversary Concert [DVD]” (2004 tour; See here; Blu-ray)(Eagle Rock)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 23, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher:
ABBA“ABBA: 600 Rare, Classic, and Unseen Photos Telling the Complete Story [Hardcover]” (author: Petter Karlsson)(Max Strom)
Charles Affron & Mirella Jona Affron“Grand Opera: The Story of the Met [Hardcover]” (Kindle)(University of California Press)
Gina Arnold“Kiss This: Punk In The Present Tense [Kindle]”(St. Martin’s Griffin)
The Beatles“The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music [Hardcover]” (editor: Hunter Davies)(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Sept. 25)
Glen Campbell“Life With My Father Glen Campbell [Hardcover]” (authors: Debby Campbell, Mark Bego)(Overlook Hardcover, Sept. 25)
Danny Clinch (photographer)“Danny Clinch: Still Moving [Hardcover]” (foreword by Bruce Springsteen)(Abrams)
Danger Mouse“Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album (33 1/3) [Hardcover]” (author: Charles Fairchild; Kindle)(Bloomsbury Academic, Sept. 25)
Peter Gabriel“Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel [Hardcover]” (author: Daryl Easlea; Kindle)(Overlook Hardcover, Sept. 25)
Michael Jackson“Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (33 1/3) [Kindle]” (author: Susan Fast)(Bloomsbury Academic, Sept. 25)
Lisa Lee“This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards [Hardcover]” (foreword by Reba McEntire)(Insight Editions)
Mel Lewis“The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis [Hardcover]” (author: Chris Smith)(University of North Texas Press, Sept. 20)
One Direction“One Direction: Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography [Audible Audio Edition]” (free with Audible trial; Kindle; Audiobook)(HarperCollins, Sept. 25)
Gill Paul“Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Stories: True Tales of the Passion and Drama Behind the Stage Acts [Hardcover]”(The Ivy Press, Sept. 22)
Jim Peterik (of Survivor and The Ides of March)“Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member [Paperback]” (co-author: Lisa Torem; Kindle)(BenBella Books)
Chris Stein“Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk [Hardcover]”(Rizzoli)

More Book Releases for the Week of Sept. 23, 2014

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