Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso UFO – Iao Chant From Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out CD/LP (Riot Season)
New album from Japanese cosmic heavies featuring an expanded Melting Paraiso U.F.O. line-up (now including the guitar skills of Japan underground legend and new full-time member Tabata Mitsuru (Boredoms). Also available on color vinyl.
Blood Of Heroes – Waking Nightmare CD/LP (Ohm Resistance)
Powered by a very out of the box Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu) performance, the powerful beat and bass of Submerged, vocal modulations of Dr. Israel and glass shard electronics of Enduser, Waking Nightmare delivers a powerful meditation on loss and redemption during the end days of human civilization.
Blur – Parklive 2xCD/DVD (Virgin)
Blur performed the entire Parklife album live at Hyde Park, which marked the close of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Also available on stand-alone DVD.
Johnny Cash – The Complete Columbia Album Collection 63xCD (Sony/Legacy)
59 albums plus two new compilations: The Singles; and a double-CD, 55-song collection of single sides that did not originally appear on albums.
Michael Chapman – Pachyderm CD/LP (Blast First Petite)
The second in series of more improvised musical releases is a minimalist masterpiece — a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman has done before.
Alice Cooper – Old School 4xCD (UMe)
Career-spanning set features four discs loaded with demos, pre-production and rehearsal recordings of classic Alice Cooper tracks, radio spots, interview anecdotes, plus a full live show captured on the 1971 Killer tour, Live In St Louis, along with a 60-page yearbook charting the incredible rise of Alice Cooper complete with many rare photos.