New stuff

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up EP [MP3]” (Hear here; Read here) (Aloe Blacc / XIX Recordings / Interscope)
Rafal Blechacz (Polish pianist) “Chopin Polonaises” (Hear here; MP3) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Black Label Society “Unblackened” (two-CD live album recorded at Club Nokia in Los Angeles; MP3; DVD; Blu-ray) (eOne Music)
David Bromberg Band “Only Slightly Mad” (producer: Larry Campbell; guests: John Sebastian, John McEuen; Hear here; MP3) (Appleseed Recordings)
Cher “Closer to the Truth” (her first studio album since 2001; first single: “Woman’s World”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Warner)
Chvrches (Scottish electro-pop band) “The Bones of What You Believe” (first single: “Gun”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (Glassnote)
Claire (Munich synthpop band) “Broken Promise Land [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Games”; Hear here) (Astralwerks)
Clannad “Nádúr” (their first album since 1998; Hear here; MP3) (ARC Music)
The Colours of Kings (synthpop band) “Up EP [MP3]” (four songs; first single: “My Heart Is a Drum Machine”; Hear here) (Red Corduroy Music)
Ian Davis “Things I Think About [MP3]” (five-song EP; guests: Magan Sade, E&L Beats; Hear here; See here) (The Foundation Music Group LLC)
Deer Tick “Negativity” (producer: Steve Berlin; guest: Vanessa Carlton; first single: “The Rock”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Partisan)
Jason Derulo “Tattoos EP [MP3]” (producers: Ammo, Martin Johnson, Wallpaper.; first single: “The Other Side”; Hear here; Read here) (Beluga Heights / Warner)
Al Di Meola “All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles” (recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London; Hear here; Read here) (Valiana / Songsurfer)
Drake “Nothing Was the Same” (producers: Bink!, Chilly Gonzales, Detail, Hit-Boy, Hudson Mohawke, Jake One, James Blake, Jamie xx, Just Blaze, Key Wane, Majid Jordan, Mike WiLL Made It, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, T-Minus, Young Chop, Zaytoven; guests: Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Hudson Mohawke, Lil Wayne; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (OVO Sound / Young Money / Cash Money / Republic)
Dream Theater “Dream Theater” (producer: guitarist John Petrucci; Hear here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition) (Roadrunner)
Stewart Eastman “The Man I Once Was [MP3]” (producer: Burke Ericson; Hear here) (Long Bar Music)
The Foreign Exchange (Grammy-nominated alt-R&B duo of Phonte and Nicolay) “Love In Flying Colors” (first single: “Call It Home”; Hear here) (+FE Music / Hard Boiled)
Ghostpoet (a.k.a. Obaro Ejimiwe) “Some Say I So I Say Light [MP3]” (producers: Lorca, Richard Formby; Hear here) ([PIAS] America)
Glee Cast “Glee Sings the Beatles [TV soundtrack]” (Hear here) (Columbia)
Matthew Good “Arrows of Desire” (Hear here; MP3) (eOne / FrostByte Media)
Gov’t Mule “Shout!” (their first studio album in four years; contains a bonus disc of versions with guest vocalists; producers: Warren Haynes, Gordie Johnson; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Blue Note)
Sammy Hagar “Sammy Hagar & Friends” (collaborations on originals and covers with Nancy Wilson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Chad Smith, Joe Satriani; producers: Hagar, John Cuniberti; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Frontiers)
Ha Ha Tonka “Lessons” (producers: Dan Molad, The Ryantist; first single: “Colorful Kids”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Bloodshot)
Harleighblu (hip-hop/soul singer) “Forget Me Not” (first single: “Play Me”; Hear here; Read here) (Tru Thoughts)
Headstones (Canadian punk rockers) “Love + Fury” (producers: frontman Hugh Dillon, Chris Osti; first single: “longwaytoneverland”; Hear here; MP3) (Frostbyte)
Shawn Holt and the Teardrops (son of the late Magic Slim) “Daddy Told Me” (guest: John Primer; Hear here) (Blind Pig)
Huerco S. (Kansas City electronic-music artist Brian Leeds) “Colonial Patterns” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Software Recording Co.)
Icona Pop “This Is … Icona Pop” (new single: “All Night”; Hear here; Amazon Exclusive CD + Tote; MP3) (Record Company Ten / Big Beat)
Into It. Over It. (Chicago-based songwriter Evan Weiss) “Intersections” (producer: Brian Deck; Hear here; Vinyl) (Triple Crown)
Alan Jackson “The Bluegrass Album” (includes eight songs penned by Jackson, plus other originals and covers, including a ¾-time version of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky”; producers: Keith Stegall, Jackson’s nephew Adam Wright; Hear here) (Alan’s Country Records / EMI Records Nashville)
Sarah Jarosz “Build Me Up From Bones” (producers: Jarosz, Gary Paczosa; first single: “Over the Edge”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Sugar Hill)
Jessie J “Alive” (guests: Brandy, Big Sean, Dizzee Rascal, Becky G; new single: “It’s My Party”; Hear here; See here) (U.K. – Lava / Republic, Sept. 23)
Jewel “Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection” (her second Christmas album; producers: Jewel, Joe Mardin, Steve Skinner, Robbie Kondor; Hear here; Read here) (Somerset Group Ltd.)
Tiff Jimber (piano pop singer-songwriter) “The Foundation [MP3]” (six-song EP; Hear here) (Cormac, Sept. 24)
Elton John “The Diving Board” (his first solo album since 2006; 12 new songs written by John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin; producer: T Bone Burnett; first single: “Home Again”; Full stream; Hear here; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Super Deluxe Edition) (Capitol / Universal)

Lily Kershaw “Midnight in the Garden” (producer: John Fields; Hear here; MP3) (Nettwerk)
Kings of Leon “Mechanical Bull” (producer: Angelo Petraglia; first single: “Supersoaker”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (RCA)
Kneebody (mult-genre ensemble) “The Line” (producers: Kneebody, Chris Dunn; Hear here) (Concord)
Krewella (electronic dance group) “Get Wet” (new single: “Live for the Night”; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia)
Lorde “Pure Heroine” (new single: “Live for the Night”; Hear here; MP3) (Lava Music / Republic)
Mazzy Star “Seasons of Your Day” (producers: members Hope Sandoval and David Roback; guests: the late Bert Jansch, My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O Ciosoig; Hear/read here; Vinyl) (Rhymes of an Hour)
Dara Maclean (contemporary Christian singer-songwriter from Fort Worth) “Wanted” (producer: Paul Mabury; Hear here; See here) (Fervent)
Michelle Makarski / Keith Jarrett “Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano” (two CDs, 25 songs; Hear here; MP3) (ECM)
Neal McCoy “Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride” (guests: Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Raul Malo; Hear here; Read here) (Slate Creek)
Megadeth “Countdown to Extinction: Live” (recorded and filmed at Los Angeles’ Fox Theatre during the band’s “Countdown to Extinction” 20th anniversary tour last November and December; Hear here; DVD) (Tradecraft / UMe )
Metallica “Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture)” (double album features their classics and new songs, recorded at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver; it will debut in IMAX theaters Sept. 27; See here; Read here; see related reissues below) (Blackened Recordings / Rhino)
Joshua Micah (dance-pop/rock artist) “Let It Go [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Sea To Sun Recordings)
Embee Normann (Norwegian singer-songwriter) “In-Between Dusk & Dawn [MP3]” (producers: Stig Enger, Jon Karlsen; first single: “Shimmer”; Hear here; See here) (Enger Music, Sept. 23)
Oh Land (a.k.a. Danish alterna-pop star Nanna Øland Fabricius) “Wish Bone” (first single: “Renaissance Girls”; Hear here; See here) (Federal Prism – label launched by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek)
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band “Take Me to the Land of Hell” (producer: Sean Lennon; first single: “Moonbeams”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Chimera Music)
Pink Martini “Get Happy” (guests: the late Phyllis Diller, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, Ari Shapiro, the von Trapps, Rufus Wainwright; Hear here; MP3) (Heinz)
Promised Land Sound (young Nashville pop-rock band) “Promised Land Sound” (producers: Jem Cohen, Andrija Tokic, William Tyler; first single: “Fadin’ Fast”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Paradise of Bachelors)
Matt Redman “Your Grace Finds Me” (recorded live at LIFT 2013; first single: “Your Grace Finds Me”; Hear here; See here) (sixsteprecords / Sparrow)
R5 (led by Disney star Ross Lynch) “Louder” (Hear here; See here) (Hollywood)
Frankie Rose (formerly of the Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls) “Herein Wild” (first single: “Sorrow”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Fat Possum)
The Smashing Pumpkins “Oceania: Live in NYC” (filmed in 3D in December 2012 at Barclays Center; Read here; DVD; Blu-ray) (Universal Music Enterprises)
Spyro Gyra “The Rhinebeck Sessions” (Hear here; MP3) (Crosseyed Bear Productions)
Sting “The Last Ship” (his first album of all-original material in 10 years; guests: Jimmy Nail, Becky Unthank; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon-exclusive Super Deluxe Edition; MP3; MP3 Super Deluxe) (Cherrytree / A&M / Interscope)
Billy Thompson “Friend [MP3]” (producer: Thompson; guests: Bill Payne, Ron Holloway, James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Kenny Gradney, Mike Finnigan; first single: “While the World’s Winding Down”; Hear here) (Soul Stew)
Allen Toussaint “Songbook” (Hear here) (Rounder)
Traams “Grin” (producers: Rory Atwell, MJ from Hookworms; first single: “Flowers”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl) (FatCat)
Tropic of Cancer “Restless Idylls [MP3]” (Hear here; CD; Vinyl) (Blackest Ever Black, Sept. 23)
Various artists “NCIS: Benchmark (The Official TV Soundtrack)” (14 tracks, featuring Neon Trees, Patty Griffin, Lady Antebellum, The Boxer Rebellion, Jane Monheit, etc.; MP3) (Artists’ Addiction)
Various artists “WOW Hits 2014” (two CDs, 33 tracks; Deluxe edition, two CDs, 39 tracks) (Capitol Christian Music Group)
The Watson Twins “Pioneer Lane” (producer: Everest’s Russell Pollard; Hear here; MP3) (The Watson Twins)


Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Band “The Last Waltz [Box set]” (2002 four-CD reissue of the legendary Thanksgiving Day 1976 concert, with 24 tracks of previously unreleased rehearsals, performances from the show, film, and studio demo tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (Rhino)
Rosemary Butler “Rose [MP3]” (1984 album) (R.D.E.G.)
Ray Charles “Ray Charles Forever [CD/DVD]” (remixed and remastered versions of his classic hits and the previously unreleased “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”; MP3) (Concord)
Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” (1993 album; remastered, with seven bonus B-sides; with a second disc of bonus acoustic material; Read here; MP3) (Virgin / UMe)
Love “De Capo [Hybrid SACD – DSD]” (1967 album; remastered) (Mobile Fidelity)
The Mamas & the Papas “The Mamas & the Papas” (1966 album; remastered; Vinyl), “Deliver” (1967 album; remastered; Vinyl) (Friday Music)
Metallica “Kill ‘Em All” (1983 album; remastered), “Ride the Lightning” (1984 album; remastered), “Master of Puppets” (1986 album; remastered), “… And Justice for All” (1988 album; remastered), “Metallica” (1991 album; remastered), “Garage Inc.” (1998 album; two CDs; remastered) (Blackened Recordings / Rhino)
Elliott Murphy “Lost Generation & Night Lights: The RCA Years” (1975, 1976 albums on one CD; remastered; Hear here; Read here) (Raven)
Nirvana “In Utero: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1993 album; remastered; See here; Box set; standard CD; Vinyl; see related DVD below) (Geffen / UMe)
Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley P.T.A.: Best of the Plantation Years” (two CDs) (Snapper)
Roosevelt Sykes “The Original Honeydripper” (recorded live in 1977 in the small basement blues club of the Blind Pig Café in Ann Arbor, Mich.; with two bonus tracks) (Blind Pig)
Various artists “Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm [Box set]” (six CDs; originally released in 2009; Read here) (Atlantic)
The Waitresses “Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses” (two CDs, 30 songs; Hear here; Read here) (Omnivore Recordings)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man 3 [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Walt Disney)
Bryan Ferry “Live in Lyon [DVD]” (filmed in 2011; guests: Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Marcus Miller, David Gilmour, Flea, Scissor Sisters; See here; Read here; Blu-ray) (Eagle Rock)
Green Day “¡Cuatro! [DVD]” (documentary film, directed by Tim Wheeler; See here; Read here) (Reprise)
Billy Joel “The Last Play at Shea (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]” (Millennium Media Services)
Nirvana “Live and Loud [DVD]” (final touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear recorded at Seattle’s Pier 48 on Dec. 13, 1993, with previously unreleased bonus material) (Geffen)
Neil Young “Neil Young: Heart of Gold – Special Collector’s Edition [DVD]” (2006 documentary and concert film directed by Jonathan Demme; See here) (Paramount Catalog)

Music books

Subject: Title: Publisher/Due date:
Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys) “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It [Hardcover]” (Bird Street Books)
John Hartford “John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain [Hardcover]” (with a previously unreleased 14-track CD of a 1994 live concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium; author: Andrew Vaughan) (StuffWorks Press Inc.)
Sean Kelly “Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes [Paperback]” (Dundurn)
Mathew Klickstein “Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age [Hardcover]” (Read here; Kindle) (Plume / Penguin Book Group USA)
John Lennon “The John Lennon Letters [Paperback]” (editor: Hunter Davies) (Phoenix / The Orion Publishing Group Ltd., Sept. 26)
Charlie Parker “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker [Hardcover]” (author: Stanley Crouch; Kindle) (Harper)
Phish “The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music — 3rd Edition [Paperback]” (Backbeat Books)
Bruce Springsteen “Bruce Springsteen in Focus 1980-2012 [Hardcover]” (author: Debra L. Rothenberg) (Turn the Page Publishing, Sept. 21)
John Taylor “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran [Paperback]” (author: Stanley Crouch; Kindle) (Plume)
Eddie Trunk “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Volume II [Paperback]” (foreword by Slash; Kindle) (Abrams Image)
Kenny Weissberg (host of the eclectic radio show “Music Without Boundaries”) “Off My Rocker: One Man’s Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music [Hardcover]” (Sandra Jonas Publishing House)

Next week: Oct. 1

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.