Archive for the ‘Release Tuesday’ Category

RELEASE TUESDAY: July 29, 2014

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


Various Artists: Beck Song Reader (Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Rock

One of the most unique ideas for releasing new music was brought forth by Beck, who originally released it as sheet music only Now, artists like Jack White, Fun, Norah Jones, Jason Isbell, Swamp Dogg, Jack Black, and even Beck himself have recorded the tracks.

James Brown: Get On Up: The James Brown Story Soundtrack (UMe)
File Under: Soundtrack, R&B, Soul, Funk

Back in 1991, Brown’s box set entitled Star Time received a Grammy for Best Album Notes with contributing work from Harry Weinger on the liner notes. Over 20 years later, and Harry is still helping to preserve the man’s legacy.

A couple of tracks here are previously unreleased including “Please Please Please (Live)” and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Live).”

The film opens nationwide on August 1st.

As only James Brown could do…

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye (Warner Bros.)
File Under: Rock

Tom Petty returns for his lucky 13th album.

N’Sync: The Essential (Sony/Legacy)
File Under: Pop, Compilation

In the late ’90s/early ’00s, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, and the rest of the gang ruled pop radio and the album charts. This 2-CD compilation chronicles their success.

Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living (Vanguard)
File Under: Pop, Soul

The album cover looks like it could have been on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Marc’s new album is streaming in full over at his official website.

Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale (Bushbranch/Surfdog)
File Under: Rock

Clapton pays tribute to the man who inspired him throughout his career. Other artists paying tribute to Cale include Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler, and John Mayer, among others.

Cassandra Wilson: Traveling Miles (Blue Note/Universal)
Donald Byrd: Blackbyrd (Blue Note/Universal)
Joe Henderson: Mode For Joe (Blue Note/Universal)
Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (Blue Note/Universal)
Kenny Dorham: Afro-Cuban (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl

For their fifth installment of jazz vinyl reissue series, Blue Note offers up some new(ish) (Cassandra Wilson) and some classics (Kenny Dorham, Donald Byrd, Joe Henderson, and Kenny Burrell).

RELEASE TUESDAY: July 22, 2014

Sunday, July 20th, 2014


Dom Flemons: (Music Maker Relief Foundation)
File Under: Folk, Roots

The former Carolina Chocolate Drop is releasing a solo album of songs new and old. Fans of CCD will not be disappointed with this album.

Back in June, American Songwriter premiered the lovely “San Francisco Baby.”

Common: Nobody’s Smiling (Def Jam)
File Under: Hip-Hop

The Chicago MC releases a brand new album of hard hitting rhymes and partners up with other upcoming talent from the city. A standard and deluxe edition exist, but so does this Target exclusive version which includes another bonus track entitled “City To City.”

Okayplayer is streaming the album in full prior to release.

Common: “Made In Black America”

RELEASE TUESDAY: July 15, 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014


Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun (Motown, Music On Vinyl)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Vinyl

MOV is putting out the first public issue of Badu’s Mama’s Gun on vinyl. Previously only promo copies were sent out to tastemakers, DJs, etc. The album finds the Soulquarians (who produced albums for The Roots, D’Angelo, Slum Village, and Common) in top form.

Erykah Badu: “Bag Lady”

Puss N Boots: No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note)
File Under: Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter

After playing together since 2008, the trio of Catherine Popper, Sasha Dobson, and Norah Jones release their debut album that features a handful of originals and the rest are covers of primarily country music. Amazon’s exclusive version features two bonus tracks, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” and the classic “In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town.”

The band performs the Norah Jones original “Don’t Know What It Means” for the Wall Street Journal in the video below.

Jason Mraz: Yes! (Atlantic)
File Under: Pop

An exclamatory album title from Mr. A-Z. He made a short film entitled “We Can Take The Long way,” which can be seen below, to promote its release.

Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label (Numero)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Reissue, Vinyl, Compilation

The boys in Chicago just keep compiling these impressive compilations of labels long lost, or sometimes never even known, outside of their home territory. The Way Out label was headquartered in Cleveland when another all-time sports talent had a grip on the city, Jim Brown.

Various Artists: Wish I Was Here Soundtrack (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Indie, Soundtrack

Zach Braff (Garden State) is at it again with a new film and curating a soundtrack to go with it including a number of indie darlings such as Cat Power, Bon Iver, The Shins, Hozier, and The Head And The Heart. A vinyl version will follow on August 6th.

The full album can be streamed over at EW’s site. You can also hear the title track sung by Cat Power and written by Coldplay below.

3rd Bass: Cactus Album (Def Jam/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Vinyl

A vinyl reissue of the album that spawned hits like “Steppin’ To The A.M.” and “The Gas Face,” the latter of which featured a nice Aretha Franklin sample. Oh shit, another gas face victim! The video features a ton of cameos of Gilbert Gottfried, Flavor Flav, Russell Simmons, Erick Sermon, and more.

Want to see MF Doom unmasked? Check out the 2:50 mark when he was still known as Zev Love X.

Word up to MC Serch, DJ Richie Rich, and Pete Nice!

3rd Bass: “The Gas Face”


Sunday, July 6th, 2014


Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear (RCA)
File Under: Pop

Sia’s latest album includes the hit and lead single “Chandelier.”

Maxi Priest: Easy To Love (VP Records)
File Under: Reggae

It’s been a few years since we last heard from Maxi Priest, but with his return he is as easy to love as ever.

Maxi Priest feat. Beres Hammond: “Without A Woman”

Richard Marx: Beautiful Goodbye (Target Exclusive Version) (Zanzibar)
File Under: Pop

Even longer away from the scene, hit songwriter and artist Richard Marx returns with an album of new material. Target is offering an exclusive version with 2 bonus tracks. The title track, embedded below, was co-written with Daisy Fuentes, the former MTV VJ, who is rumored to be dating him.

Leela James: Fall For You (BMG)
File Under: R&B

The husky voiced R&B star releases her fifth album. The title track is featured below which is a beautiful acoustic ballad.


Sunday, June 22nd, 2014


Ed Sheeran: X (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic)
File Under: Pop

You’ll find this one in stores on Monday. The deluxe version of this album tacks on an additional 4 tracks. “Sing” has been blowing up radio for a while now. Not sure how we missed that Pharrell produced the track, but that would stand to reason since some of the beginning guitar notes remind us of Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.” And in the middle we’re hearing a bit of the Doobie Brothers!

Ed Sheeran: “Sing”

Bobby Hutcherson: Total Eclipse (Blue Note/Universal)
Jimmy Smith: Back At The Chicken Shack (Blue Note/Universal)
Lee Morgan: Cornbread (Blue Note/Universal)
Dexter Gordon: Go (Blue Note/Universal)
Medeski, Martin, & Wood: Combustication (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl

These will be the 16th through 20th releases in the massive Blue Note 75th Anniversary initiative. We’re enjoying the spotlight being cast again on Blue Note. Be sure to keep checking Wax Poetics for your chance to win a batch of these.

Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush The Show (Def Jam/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Vinyl

Who knew when this album came out in 1987 that Public Enemy would become one of the great classic hip hop bands of all time? “Public Enemy No. 1″ gets a lot of the shine from this album, but our favorite is probably…

Public Enemy: “You’re Gonna Get Yours”

Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul (Numero)
File Under: Soul

Capitol City Soul continues the tradition set forth by Numero’s first entry into their Eccentric Soul series: expanding upon the musical heritage of Columbus, Ohio. As described by Numero on their WordPress page:

“Capitol City Soul paints a more detailed picture of what was really going on in Columbus, Ohio from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. It starts before Capsoul, with groups like The Soul Partners and The Chandlers, and continues on past Capsoul’s untimely demise, following artists like The Kool Blues, The Four Mints, Dean Francis, and Jeff Smith through the later dimensions of their unsung careers. All of this material was unearthed in the ten years since our Capsoul project launched the label, and almost all of it was previously unreleased (or at least barely known.) While it may not have the fanfare of the original release, it was a truly unique document that only Numero (and co-producer Dante Carfagna) could ever be in a position to unearth.”

RELEASE TUESDAY: June 17, 2014

Sunday, June 15th, 2014


Willie Nelson: Band Of Brothers (Legacy)
File Under: Country

When I’m 81 years old, I pray that I’m still doing what I love like Willie Nelson, whose voice still sounds as perfect as it did 50 years ago. NPR is streaming the album in full.

Here he is performing the title track on Letterman last week.

Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Unstraight Ahead (Now Again)
File Under: Global Grooves

Following multiple EPs (which have exclusive tracks on them) leading up to its release, Jay Whitefield and cohorts release their new full length album. Now Again recently posted the song below from the album.

Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Push Na Ya

Jaded Incorporated: The Big Knock (Republic/Universal)
File Under: Dance, Electronic

Mayer Hawthorne and longtime pal Kendall Tucker team up for a dank album combining elements of electro, new wave, and booty music. The album is streaming in full via KCRW.

Jaded Incorporated: “Coconut Sofa”

David Gray: Mutineers (Deluxe Version) (+180 Records)
File Under: Pop

David Gray releases a new album featuring lead single “Back In The World.” The deluxe version includes a previously unreleased live album (2 CDs) for a few bucks more. Completists may want to note that the vinyl version of the album contains an exclusive track called “Nearly Midnight,” although it also appears to be on available on iTunes as well.

David Gray: “Back In The World”

Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour (Target Deluxe Edition) (Capitol/Universal)
File Under: Pop

Haunting music from newcomer Sam Smith. The Target version includes 3 bonus tracks including a duet of his big hit “Stay With Me.”

Sam Smith: “Stay With Me”

Sam Smith: Ultraviolence (Target Deluxe Edition) (Interscope)
File Under: Pop

Lana Del Rey teams up with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys to produce her new album. Target’s deluxe edition includes a bonus track, “Flipside.”

RELEASE TUESDAY: June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

RELEASE TUESDAY: June 10, 2014


Jack White: Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia)
File Under: Rock

Jack White releases his second solo album, again with quite a varied sound. While you have already missed your chance to order the Vault version , the Ultra LP version (in this case a standard version) is available starting tomorrow that includes all sorts of trickery including a hologram on the vinyl, hidden tracks under the labels, inner groove to outer groove playing, and more, all outlined below.

Oh, and the music:

O.A.R.: The Rockville LP (Vanguard)
File Under: Pop, Rock

Of A Revolution returns with another album of music. Be sure to check their official site for all tour dates. They are actively on tour as we speak!


Thursday, June 5th, 2014


Lee Fields: Emma Jean (Truth & Soul)
File Under: Soul

Lee Fields returns with The Expressions for another sublime album.

Soundgarden: Superunknown (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (Universal)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

Chris Cornell has one of the great rock voices of all time. This album helped he and his bandmates into international stardom on tracks like “Black Hole Sun.” Universal has expanded the album with unreleased demos, rehearsals, b-sides, and more across 4 CDs. A Blu-Ray contains the album in a 5.1 mix.

Nat King Cole: The Extraordinary Nat King Cole (Deluxe Edition) (Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Easy Listening, Compilation

We mistakenly listed this title a week early last week. June 3 is its official release date.

A standard single disc version of this will be released (22 tracks), but keen King connoisseurs may want to grab the deluxe edition that contains another 14 tracks including previously unreleased material.

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Universal/Def Jam)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) (Universal/Def Jam)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) (Universal/Def Jam)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

Only one of the biggest rock music acts of all time… Their first three albums are being reissued with bonus material such as alternate mixes. Throw these in your music player of choice and ramble on.


Monday, May 26th, 2014


Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Universal/Verve)
File Under: Jazz, Global Grooves

The album is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Verve is commemorating it with a deluxe edition that includes the album in both remastered mono and its proper left-right channel stereo configuration (on previous reissues had them switched). Additionally, the mono singles of “The Girl From Ipanema” and “Corcovado” are included.

Just a beautiful album from start to finish.

Getz/Gilberto: “Corcovado”

Grant Green: Idle Moments (Blue Note/Universal)
Hank Mobley: Soul Station (Blue Note/Universal)
Madlib: Shades Of Blue (Blue Note/Universal)
McCoy Tyner: The Real McCoy (Blue Note/Universal)
Horace Silver Quintet: Song For My Father (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl

Another month, another batch of Blue Note reissues. We’re particularly excited to see the Madlib set get a vinyl issue.

Nat King Cole: The Extraordinary Nat King Cole (Deluxe Edition) (Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Easy Listening

A standard single disc version of this will be released (22 tracks), but keen King connoisseurs may want to grab the deluxe edition that contains another 14 tracks including previously unreleased material.

LL Cool J: Radio (Universal/Def Jam)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Vinyl

LL blasted his way to ghetto blasters and the world at large with this debut album. Yes, the title track and “Rock The Bells” are classics, but don’t sleep on deep cuts like “Dangerous.”

Kiss: Kiss 40 (Universal)
File Under: Rock, Classic Rock

Classic Kiss is presented in studio and live versions with a smattering of demos included across 2 discs. Solo material is also included.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (CD/DVD) (Stones Throw)
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (CD/Blu-Ray) (Stones Throw)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Documentary

The venerable label is featured in a documentary highlighting the story of Peanut Butter Wolf and friends. The soundtrack that is included with both the Blu-Ray and DVD versions houses tracks from Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc, The Quakers, and Jaylib (Dilla and Madlib).

RELEASE TUESDAY: May 19/20, 2014

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

It’s another oddball split-day release weeks the music industry likes to do periodically.


The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
File Under: Hip-Hop

The world’s most acclaimed hip-hop band, even before their stint began on The Tonight Show, releases their 11th (!) studio album. Pitchfork is streaming the entire album in advance of the Monday release date, and it sounds like their best effort in years including some lovely piano work all throughout the album.

The Roots: “When The People Cheer”

Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Target Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic)
File Under: Pop

The album isn’t long at nine tracks hovering around the 40-minute mark, but while some of it sounds relatively neutered (lead single “Magic” isn’t exactly inspiring) other tracks follow in the spirit of where “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise” found the band exploring like “A Sky Full Of Stars.” iTunes is offering a stream of the full album through release day.

Target landed a monster deal with the band that finds an exclusive three bonus tracks on their release (“All Your Friends,” “Ghost Story,” and “O (Reprise)”)

Also, don’t forget that on Sunday night that NBC is airing a prime time special including the band performing material from the album as well as visuals created just for this project.

Various Artists: Strange Breaks And Mr. Thing III (BBE)
File Under: Soul, Funk, Rock, Breaks, Compilation

The acclaimed breaks series returns.

Phillip Phillips: Behind The Light (Target Deluxe Exclusive Edition) (Interscope)
File Under: Pop, Rock

A standard edition of this album exists that houses 12 tracks. However, a deluxe edition (available everywhere) adds three more to the fray. Buy it at Target and get an exclusive additional track, “Grace.”

Phillip Phillips: “Raging Fire”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Goin’ Home (Best Buy Exclusive Edition) (Concord)
File Under: Blues

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has blues chops, and with his latest effort he looks back on material that has inspired him as a musician. View a making-of video below.

Best Buy has an exclusive edition with three extra tracks, “Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy,” “Can You Hear Me,” and “Trick Bag.”

Oasis: Definitely Maybe (Deluxe Edition) (Big Brother Recordings)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue

Twenty years ago, Oasis released their debut “Definitely Maybe” that included singles like “Supersonic” and “Shakermaker.” While it’s been revisited before, the band and label are looking back again, this time including b-sides, demos and more.

A 3-CD version is being released stateside, but hardcore fans might want to check the limited UK box set that includes an exclusive 7″, the 2LP, and more goodies in a magnetic lid box.

SuperDeluxeEdition has done a fantastic job laying out the various formats and content in each that this reissue is available in.

This is just the beginning for the band’s reissues. Two other catalog albums are scheduled to be revisited this year.

Oasis: “Shakermaker”