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This Week’s Releases: May 19-20, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Afrojack “Forget the World” (guests: Sting, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (Wall Recordings, May 19)
Haley Bonar “Last War” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Graveface)
Brian Jonestown Massacre “Revelation” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (A Records / Redeye)
Archie Bronson Outfit “Wild Crush” (their first album since 2010; first single: “Two Doves on a Lake”; Hear here; Vinyl) (Domino, May 19)
California Breed (Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Andrew Watt) “California Breed” (producer: Dave Cobb; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Frontiers, May 19)
Chatham County Line “Tightrope” (producers: guitarist Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Yep Roc)
Coldplay “Ghost Stories” (producer: Jon Hopkins; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Parlophone / Atlantic, May 19)
Brody Dalle (ex-Distillers frontwoman and wife of Josh Homme) “Diploid Love” (producers: Dalle, Alain Johannes; first single: “Meet the Foetus / Oh the Joy”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Queen of Hearts Inc. / Caroline, May 19)
Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am” (first single: “Bottoms Up”; Hear here; MP3) (The Valory Music Co., May 19)
Luke Haines (of The Auteurs) “New York in the ’70s” (concept album is “a mythic re-imagining of the New York rock ‘n’ roll scene 1972-1979”; Hear here; See here; MP3) (U.K. – Cherry Red, May 19)
Matt Harlan (Texas singer-songwriter) “Raven Hotel” (producer: Rich Brotherton; guests: Mickey Raphael, Floyd Domino; Hear here; MP3) (Berkalin)
Hedley “Wild Life” (released in their native Canada in November 2013; producers: frontman Jacob Hoggard, Brian Howes; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Capitol, May 19)
Jolie Holland “Wine Dark Sea” (her first album since 2011; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph, May 19)
Lonesome Shack “More Primitive” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Alive Naturalsound)
Steve Miller Band “The Joker Live” (40th anniversary of the 1974 album; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Sailor)
Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) “Upside Down Mountain” (Hear here; Read here; Vinyl, with bonus CD; MP3) (Nonesuch, May 19)
Phillip Phillips “Behind the Light” (producer: Gregg Wattenberg; first single: “Raging Fire”; Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (19 Recordings / Interscope, May 19)
The Roots “… and then you shoot your cousin” (guests: Raheem DeVaughn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez, Patty Crash; first single: “When the People Cheer”; Hear here; Vinyl; The Roots Official Store; MP3) (Def Jam, May 19)
Neal Schon “So U” (fusion and blues-infused album with bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Deen Castronovo; several of the tracks were co-written with Jack Blades; Hear here; MP3) (Frontiers, May 19)
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band “Going Home” (producer: Shepherd; Hear here) (Concord)
Syd Arthur (psychedelic band from Canterbury, England) “Sound Mirror” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Harvest, May 19)
Yann Tiersen “∞ (Infinity)” (first single: “A Midsummer Evening”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mute, May 19)
Various artists “The Bridges of Madison County (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (stars Kellie O’Hara and Steven Pasquale; based on the novel by Robert James Waller; music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; Hear here; MP3) (Ghostlight, May 19)
Various artists “The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture” (romantic comedy-drama film, opening June 6, was directed by Josh Boone, based on John Green’s novel of the same name; featuring tracks by Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Birdy, Grouplove, M83, etc.; See here; Read here; MP3) (Atlantic, May 19)
War “Evolutionary” (their first studio album in 20 years is also packaged with their 1976 greatest-hits album; guests: Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power, Joe Walsh, Malik Yusef, the USC Marching Band; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Far Out / UMe, May 19)

More Releases for the Week of May 20, 2014 Widgets

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Haley Bonar “Last War [MP3]” (guest: Justin Vernon; Hear here; See here) (Graveface)
Zac Brown Band “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 [MP3]” (four-song EP; producer: Dave Grohl; guests: Grohl, Oteill Burbridge; CD/DVD) (Southern Ground Artists, May 19)
Vanessa Daou “Trouble Comes EP [MP3]” (six tracks; Hear here) (KID Recordings)
eMC “The Turning Point [MP3]” (producer: 14KT; See here) (M3 / Penalty Entertainment / RED)
The Everymen “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz [MP3]” (guest: A.C. Newman; Hear here) (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Forget Tomorrow (six-piece post-hardcore band from Wolcott, Conn.) “Identity [MP3]” (six-song EP; producer: Taylor Larson; ReverbNation; See here) (Forget Tomorrow)
Glee Cast “Glee: The Music – The Untitled Rachel Berry Project [MP3]” (seven songs; Hear here) (Columbia)
Dan Lawson Band “Soldiers of Fortune [MP3]” (seven songs; Hear here) (Dan Lawson, May 19)
The Mighty Swine “Last Man Standing [MP3]” (includes a cover of Judas Priest’s “Hell Bent for Leather”; producer: Rob Nadler; first single: “Last Man Standing”; Hear here) (Broad Horizon)
Mark Morrison “IAMWHATIAM [MP3]” (seven-song EP; the “Return of the Mack” singer’s first recordings since 2006; guests: DMX, Trae Tha Truth, Keith Murray, Black Rob, Crooked I, Beenie Man, etc.; Hear here) (MackLife, May 19)
Pip (former contestant on “The Voice”) “Hooked [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Bungalo, May 19)
The Ready Set “The Bad & The Better [MP3]” (guest: Jake Miller; Hear here; CD) (Razor & Tie)
Malka Spigel “Gliding [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Tall Grey Buildings”; Hear here; See here) (Swim, May 19)
Tearjerker (Toronto indie-rock trio) “Hiding [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (SQE Music, May 19)
Maureen Toth “Soldier [MP3]” (producer: Jim McGorman; ReverbNation) (Maureen Toth Music)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Joe Bonamassa “Tour De Force: Live in London – The Borderline” (two CDs, 14 tracks), “Tour De Force: Live in London – Hammersmith Apollo” (two CDs, 18 tracks), “Tour De Force: Live in London – Royal Albert Hall” (two CDs, 20 tracks), “Tour De Force: Live in London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire” (two CDs, 15 tracks) (J&R Adventures, May 19)
Chakachas “Jungle Fever: Expanded Edition” (1972 album; remastered, with one bonus track; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break, May 19)
Miles Davis “Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums” (two CDs, 26 songs; Read here; MP3) (Blue Note, May 19)
Devo “Something Else For Everybody” (unreleased demos and rarities from 2006-2009; Hear here; Read here) (Booji Boy)
The Doors “Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine” (1972 compilation; two CDs, 22 songs; MP3) (Rhino / Elektra, May 19)
Billy Joel “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge To Russia” (1987 album; remastered; two CDs; CD/DVD Deluxe Edition; CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition; DVD; Instant Video; MP3) (Columbia / Legacy)
R. Kelly “The Essential R. Kelly” (two CDs, 35 songs; MP3) (RCA / Legacy, May 19)
The Moody Blues “In Search of the Lost Chord [180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl]” (1968 album; remastered) (Friday Music, May 19)
Oasis “Definitely Maybe: Chasing the Sun Edition” (1994 album; remastered, with 33 B-sides and rarities; Vinyl; MP3) (Big Brother Recordings / INgrooves, May 19)
Roy Orbison “Mystery Girl Expanded” (1989 album; with five bonus tracks, including “The Way Is Love,” a new song built around vocals from an Orbison work tape and completed by his three sons; See here; Read here; Deluxe edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Orbison / Legacy, May 19)
R.E.M. “R.E.M. Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions” (two CDs, 33 tracks; MP3) (Rhino / Warner, May 19)
Styx “Paradise Theater [Hybrid SACD]” (1981 album; mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio) (Audio Fidelity)
Various artists “Wild Child: The Warwick Records Story 1959-1962” (three CDs, 75 songs; Read here) (One Day Music)
Hank Williams “The Garden Spot Programs, 1950” (24 previously unreleased songs and jingles recorded in Nashville; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Omnivore Recordings, May 19)
The Zombies “R.I.P.” (previously unreleased 1968 album; with four bonus tracks; Read here) (Varese Sarabande, May 19)

More Releases for the Week of May 20, 2014 Widgets

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Atlanta Rhythm Section “Quinella [MP3]” (1981 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Martyn Bennett (Scottish musician died of cancer in 2005) “Grit (Real World Gold) [MP3]” (2003 album; with two bonus tracks, including Bennett’s remix of Peter Gabriel’s “Sky Blue”; Hear here) (Real World, May 19)
The Buzan Division of the Shingon Sect “Japan: Shomyo Buddhist Ritual – Dai Hannya Ceremony [MP3]” (Auvidis-UNESCO / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
George Jones “Too Wild Too Long [MP3]” (1987 album) (Epic / Legacy)
Mikael Jorgensen (of Wilco) “The Cheetah [MP3]” (2009 instrumental album with Chris Girard and Greg O’Keeffe; Hear here) (Butterscotch)
The Lamas of the Nyingmapa Monastery of Dehra Dun “Tibetan Ritual [MP3]” (Auvidis-UNESCO / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Bette Midler “Songs For the New Depression [MP3]” (1976 album) (Rhino / Atlantic, May 19)
Sha Na Na “The Night Is Still Young [MP3]” (1972 album), “The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll [MP3]” (1973 live album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists “Hard Rock Hits [MP3]” (16 songs; feat. Alcatrazz, Starz, Spys, Girlschool, Gillan, Widow, etc.) (R.D.E.G., May 19)
Various artists “New Wave Classics [MP3]” (16 songs; feat. The Producers, Flash & The Pan, Fiction Factory, Vitamin Z, Transvision Vamp, The Fabulous Poodles, etc.) (R.D.E.G., May 19)
Deniece Williams “I’m So Proud [MP3]” (1983 album, with three bonus tracks), “Hot on the Trail [MP3]” (1986 album, with four bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/studio:
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, et al “The Monuments Men [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Kevin Costner, Tomas Lemarquis, et al “3 Days to Kill [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, et al “Vampire Academy [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Anchor Bay)
John Doe, Aimee Mann, Loudon Wainwright III, et al “Pleased to Meet Me [DVD]” (2013 feature film; See here) (Virgil Films and Entertainment)
Sally Field, Don Porter, et al “Gidget: The Complete Series [DVD]” (three discs; 1965-66 season; Read here) (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, et al “Pompeii [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (Sony Pictures)
Various artists “Ford Archive Gems: Classic TV Commercials [DVD]” (1969 film; See here) (Duke Marketing)
John Wayne “John Wayne: The Epic Collection [DVD]” (40 John Wayne films on 38 discs, with an Amazon-exclusive “Duke” belt buckle) (Warner Home Video)
Jonathan Winters, John Astin, Peter Ustinov, et al “Viva Max! [DVD]” (1969 film; See here) (Cheezy Flicks)
Rob Zombie “The Zombie Horror Picture Show [DVD]” (16-song feature-length concert movie, filmed at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2013, and at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas on Aug. 4, 2013; See here; Read here; Blu-ray) (Zodiac Swan / T-Boy / UMe)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of May 20, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
The Beatles “Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles [Kindle]” (author: Kenneth Womack) (Continuum)
The Beatles “With the Beatles [Kindle]” (author: Lewis Lapham, former Harper’s editor in chief) (Melville House)
Toni Braxton “Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (It Books)
Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey [Paperback]” (updated and revised edition) (Grove Press)
Jesus and Mary Chain “Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus and Mary Chain Story [Paperback]” (author: Zoë Howe; Kindle; Jesus and Mary Chain Official Store) (Polygon, May 19)

More Book Releases for the Week of May 20, 2014

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