CDs + Vinyl:

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful CD (Atlantic Urban)
Mr. Wonderful is a culmination of every ingredient that’s made Action Bronson’s discography delectable. The musicality is grade A; live instrumentation turns the ablum into a wonderland of sonic discovery. “A Light In The Addict,” featuring Party Supplies and Fools Gold vocalist Black Atlass, and “City Boy Blues,” which boasts the bottom production of 88 Keys and top coating of Party Supplies, both soar with gorgeous orchestration. The latter track in such a zone that Bronson doesn’t spit a single bar, instead letting his vocals ride the wave of soulful rock.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit CD/LP (Mom+Pop)
“While other young musicians pour their most profound thoughts on to their lyric sheet, Courtney Barnett finds the tedium of modern life more interesting. The Australian’s debut album contains songs about hay fever (‘Dead Fox’), swimming (‘Aqua Profunda!’) and the suburbs (‘Depreston’), all delivered in wry lyrical couplets. The music is brilliant, too; fans of early noughties garage-pop acts like Giant Drag, Ben Kweller and Brendan Benson have much to admire with buzzy, upbeat songs such as ‘Elevator Operator.’ Buoyant melodies are tempered by grungy basslines and an occasional slacker-pop vibe. The closing brace of Kim’s Caravan and Boxing Day Blues exhibits a depth and darkness underneath Barnett’s droll exterior” – Irish Times. (Vinyl edition pressed on orange wax.)

Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers CD (Century Media)
Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth combines elements of modern and traditional death metal with ‘70s prog rock and folk.

James Bay – Chaos And The Calm CD/LP (Motown/Universal)
“Admittedly, James Bay ventures dangerously close to MOR territory. He’s a troubadour that enjoys his craft — weaving soul, blues, Americana and soft rock into an easily appreciated message, it’s not difficult to see his appeal. But while some may accuse him of not taking risks, or suggest that by writing popular and infectious melodies he’s any less entitled to respect, there is enough substance here to warrant continued interest in his development.” – Clash Music

Bee Gees – 1974-1979 5xCD (Reprise)
This five-CD clamshell box set features four original albums from 1974 to 1979: Mr. Natural, Main Course, Children Of The World, Spirits Having Flown and a bonus disc of non-album singles and B-sides from the era called The Miami Years.

Big Data – 2.0 CD (WB)
Big Data made their television debut playing “Dangerous” on Late Night with Seth Meyers and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly, named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” and picked for USA Today’s “On the Verge” spotlight. The band’s new album 2.0 features a wide variety of guest spots from Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Twin Shadow, White Sea, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Dylan Rau and Ted Feldman (Bear Hands), Jamie Lidell, and Kimbra.

Björk – Vulnicura CD/LP (One Little Indian)
Vulnicura is the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk. The album was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell.

Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses CD (Rounder)
An emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Charlie Starr’s raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson’s snarling guitars, Brandon Still’s hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner.

Bombadil – Hold On CD/LP (Ramseur)
Bombadil’s rapturous harmonies, sparkling instrumental work; sharp, poignant songwriting and imaginative arrangements still show off their folk roots, but traces of funk, country, rap, R&B, new wave inspired dance beats and the rock of the ‘50s and ‘60s also drift through the mix.

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks 2xCD (J&R Adventures)
The blues guitarist tribute to legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf on this double-disc live release. Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray. Vinyl version due March 31.

Buena Vista Social Club – Lost And Found CD (World Circuit)
Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP Lost And Found is a collection of previously unreleased tracks––some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. The studio tracks presented here were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s following the recording of the original album. Lost And Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. Vinyl version due March 31.

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23 Skidoo – Beyond Time CD+DVD (Les Disques Crepuscule)

Beyond Time is the first album by acclaimed experimental group 23 Skidoo in fifteen years, released in a special double-disc edition combining the soundtrack music to the 2011 documentary film of the same name, and a DVD of the film itself. Directed by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, Beyond Time is a journey into the life and work of artist William Turnbull, from his modest roots as the son of a Dundee shipyard engineer to his standing as one of the world’s most highly regarded modern sculptors. Narration is by Jude Law.

Adelitas Way – Deserve This CDEP (Wild Wild West)

New EP from the Las Vegas hard rockers.

Akatombo – Sometime Never CD (Hand-Held Recordings)

Following his critically acclaimed False Positives and Editions Mego collaborations with E.G. Lewis of Wire/Dome, ex-pat Scotsman and long-time resident of Hiroshima Paul Thomsen Kirk delivers his fourth album. Sometime Never contains 10 tracks of atmospheric, powerful, beat-driven, electronic-based compositions.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase – Bidden CD (Glistening Empire)

Six compositions spanning 1996 to 2009, including the previously unreleased 20-minute “Feldweg” by one-time secret weapon for Caroliner, Fat Worm Of Erro and Deerhoof. Tiny Mix Tapes is pretty sure Bidden can easily “satisfy your deep and abiding desire for your head space to get crackled,” while Bhob Rainey is equally reassuring: “No one [else] handles so many skittering, teeming particles with such (alien) bar room elegance.”

The Answer – Raise A Little Hell CD/2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Napalm)

Gritty guitar work, smoky vocals, and the blues infused spirit of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a six-track bonus disc.

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith CD/LP (Ramseur)

“The songs of Elliott Smith are widely revered — especially by those who came of age in the ‘90s — but a new generation of listeners is only beginning to discover him. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is likely to expose new fans to the great singer-songwriter. Smith released five albums in his lifetime and died in 2003 from two stab wounds to the chest; he’d left a suicide note. His songs, which often dealt with depression and desperation, were beautiful and frequently quiet. This album, by Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett, was made over a four-year period with great love for the man and his songs. The production is lean, the harmonies are beautiful, and the words and melodies are kept at the center of all 12 songs.” — NPR

AWOLNATION – Run CD/LP (Red Bull)

Los Angeles-based electronic rock outfit AWOLNATION exploded onto the UK scene with their global smash “Sail,” featured on a BMW TV advert. The single would go on to be the longest serving song on the Billboard 100 Chart (79 weeks) exceeded by Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” The band’s success racked up the charts across Europe, America, Australia and beyond. Run is the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-topping debut Megalithic Symphony.

The Bad Chapter – Cheers To The Down And Outs CD (Invogue)

Debut album from ex-Attack Attack! and I Am Abomination vocalist Phil Dryor. Sing-along choruses, creative guitar work, and hard-hitting breakdowns.

Bad Veins – The Mess Remade CD (Dynamite Music LLC)

The Cincinnati based indie rock duo remakes their 2012 album The Mess We Made, adding two new songs.

Berner – 20 Lights CD (Bern One Entertainment)

Seven new tracks from the cannabis champion and master cookie maker. Features guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, The Jacka, Ampachino, Mac Dre and more.

Bigg Robb – Showtime CD (Music Access Inc.)

Bigg Robb presents his eleventh solo album. Showtime showcases his trademark style of Southern funk and includes 10 tracks such as “Hotter Than Fish Grease,” “Swing It For Me,” “Good Love” and “Country Girl” which was recorded live from Greenwood, MS.

Per Bloland – Chamber Industrial CD (Tzadik)

Per Bloland studied at Stanford with Brian Ferneyhough and Mark Applebaum, has worked at IRCAM and Oberlin, and currently teaches at Miami University. His innovative sound world brilliantly blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes unlike anything you’ve heard before. His work has been performed worldwide to great acclaim and Tzadik is proud to present his first full CD release. Passionately performed by ECCE Chamber Industrial is an exciting CD of acoustic and electroacoustic compositions filled with surprise and dramatic tension.

Jakob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Jon Christensen – Gefion CD (ECM)

Gefion is Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s first ECM album as leader, following recordings for the label as sideman with Paul Motian and Tomasz Stanko. Like the work of those masters, Bro’s balladeering distils a sense of jazz history in its specific and highly personal atmospheres. The open forms of Bro’s compositions leave plenty of space for his companions drum legend Jon Christensen and creative bassist-of-the-moment Thomas Morgan — to make their statements, interactively and in parallel. Vinyl version due May 19.

Bunny Brunel – Invent your Future CD (Brunel Music)

Featuring jazz-fusion notables Patric Moraz to Virgil Donati to Patrice Rushen, and many more, Brunel wows us with his virtuoso bass playing, imaginative arrangements, and exciting compositions by both him and Chick Corea.

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Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn CD/LP (Ooh La La)

“Break out the Justin Vernon family tree! Aero Flynn is the project of Josh Scott, a musician whose old band Amateur Love shared members with Vernon’s old band, DeYarmond Edison, more than a decade ago. (Specifically, the two bands shared future Megafaun members Brad and Phil Cook and Peter Wolf Crier’s Brian Moen.) Scott is revered in the Wisconsin music scene that yielded Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, Field Report, and so many other great bands. And after years in obscurity, he might finally be ready for his spotlight moment.” — Stereogum

Alialujah Choir – Big Picture Show CD/LP+MP3 (Jealous Butcher)

Forming away from the comforts and constraints of their primary bands (Weinland, M. Ward, Norfolk and Western), Alialujah Choir showcases fuller arrangements than their previous self-titled release, expanding their sound where sparse arrangements create an open bed for two, three and four part vocal harmony, while instrumentation ranging from guitar, upright piano, Theremin, and marching drums allow Alialujah Choir to sing their stories in ethereal allure. Features luminaries from Blind Pilot, Hook & Anchor, and Neko Case Band.

Best Girl Athlete – Carve Every Word CD/LP+MP3 (Minty Fresh)

“Based in the cold North in Aberdeen, Scotland, Best Girl Athlete is producing music with a warmth and maturity beyond her 15 years. The singer/songwriter, aka Katie Buchan, has a youthful innocence contrasted sharply with the experience in music she has inherited from her folk-singer father, Charley Buchan, and is quite evidently a number of steps ahead in comparison to musical contemporaries of her age.” — Gigslutz

The Bevis Frond – Inner Marshland [Reissue/1987] CD/2xLP (Cherry Red)

Inner Marshland is the second album from The Bevis frond, aka Nick Saloman. Originally released in 1987, the album has been long out-of-print and features six bonus tracks from the original sessions. Nick Saloman has the ability to write beautiful, honest pop songs and wrap them in swirling psychedelia. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr and Mary Lou Lord are among The Frond’s many fans and have covered Nick’s songs.

Blackbird Raum – Destroying CD/LP (Silversprocket)

Blackbird Raum’s Destroying is a raging folk/punk record featuring collaborations with Dublin based traditional Irish group Lynched. Recorded to 24 track tape at San Francisco’s legendary Tiny Telephone studio with engineer Jay Pellici (Deerhoof, Om, Sleater-Kinney), Blackbird Raum collage funerary bagpipe whine over ripping fast banjo and mandolin in a folk-orchestral swirl; shouting in dense harmony. Influences of neo-folk, classic Crass records, anarcho-punk, and the Pogues at their most desperate and heard throughout.

Blamstrain – For All The Dreamers In CD/LP (Erotus)

In marked departure from the dubby excellence of previous EP Sunday Dub, Juho Hietala changes up not just his writing process but also overall sound. Whereas previously he’d locked himself into a rigorous writing methodology of time versus restricted sound palette, For All The Dreamers sees Hietala properly letting loose across all manner of influences. The result is wide exploration of sound-with a particular slant on switching between expansive ambient and much heavier percussive led material that spans multiple musical touch points.

The Blues Busters – The Wonder And Glory Of The Blues Busters CD/LP (Secret)

A compilation of early ‘60s tracks by the seminal Jamaican duo. The Blues Busters were the most consistently popular Jamaican male duo of the early 1960s, and were part of the Jamaican party that performed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. They initially worked on a showboat performing in cabaret shows for tourists in Kingston and on Jamaica’s north coast, but got their big break when they were asked to accompany Sam Cooke on his tour of Jamaica.

The Bright Light Social Hour – Space Is The Place CD/LP+MP3 (French Kiss)

On their second album, the collective’s musical palette has expanded, embracing influences as diverse as deep house icon Frankie Knuckles, dance renegades Disclosure, Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, and Detroit Afro-rock revolutionaries Black Merda.

Broadcast – Work And Non Work [Reissue/1997] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – The Noise Made By People [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – Haha Sound [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – Tender Buttons [Reissue/2005] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – The Future Crayon [Reissue/2006] CD/2xLP (Warp)
Broadcast With The Focus Group – Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age [Reissue/2009] CD/LP (Warp)

Nearly five years after the death of frontwoman Trish Keenan, Broadcast’s entire back catalog has been reissued by Warp Records. The English electro-pop outfit released three full-lengths during their more than decade-long career, including their 2000 debut, The Noise Made By People, 2003’s Haha Sound and 2005’s Tender Buttons. Warp’s bundle also includes the band’s 1997 and 2006 compilations, Work And Non Work and The Future Crayon, plus Broadcast’s album with the Focus Group.

Luke Bryan – Spring Break … Checkin’ Out CD (Universal Nashville)

The 50th ACM Awards Show co-host and reigning CMA Entertainer Of The Year releases his final Spring Break album,

Will Butler – Policy CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)

Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon. Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world. Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will.

The Callstore – Save No One CD/2xLP (Tallitres)

New album from the French singer/songwriter. “The solo project of Brittany born Simon Bertrand is a refreshingly unique take on folk/rock-pop with a thick French accent and some quite interesting musical backing. Now based in London for fifteen years, Simon has developed a knack for writing infectious and memorable songs with enough cross Channel integration to appeal to many an audience. His style of semi-spoken, sometimes indecipherable drawl is full of intrigue, but sometimes becomes a little too much. As standalone tracks they appear as mini masterpieces, but as a collection the formula could wear a little thin.” – Louder Than War

Code – Mut CD (Agonia)

“Code has gone full prog post-rock for their latest effort Mut, abandoning much of the black metal leanings in favor of the lands occupied by names like Virus and Solstafir.” – Noisy (Vice)

Bob Crewe – The Complete Elektra Recordings 2xCD (Real Gone Music)

Double-CD set containing a pair of albums plus bonus tracks from the music industry legend. A songwriter, producer, singer, entrepreneur, artist and candidate for the title of the “Fifth Season,” Crewe co-wrote and produced most of the Four Seasons greatest hits, and he also guided the careers of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Oliver, and many others. During 1976 and 1977, Crewe was signed to Elektra Records, where he released two remarkably diverse albums. 1976’s Street Talk resurrected The Bob Crewe Generation, best known for the swinging bachelor pad classic “Music To Watch Girls By,” for the disco age. The following year, Crewe emerged as a singer/songwriter with the solo Motivation. Helmed by legendary rock producer Jerry Wexler and famed Muscle Shoals musician Barry Beckett, Motivation was inspired by Carole King’s Tapestry and remains a passionate, spiritual and raw pop statement.

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