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This Week’s Releases: Sept. 23, 2014

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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