Battles – Dross Glop CD (Warp)
All 11 re-works, available for the first time in one place. Remixers include Hudson Mohawke, Shabazz Palaces, Kode9, Briean DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance).
Chris Botti – Impressions CD (Columbia)
On his new album smooooth jazz superstar Chris Botti performs with superstars Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and Mark Knopfler.
Butterfly Boucher - Butterfly Boucher CD (Situation Operation)
With two major label albums behind her, touring as bass player with Sarah McLachlan, producing Missy Higgins, Butterfly returns with her brand new self-produced, self-released, self-titled album. Trivia: she did an in-store at CD Central once when she was touring with the Barenaked Ladies.
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Their Satanic Majesties Second Request [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (A. Records)
Double HQ-180 yellow vinyl with a white sunsplash.
Jon Cleary - Occapella CD (FHQ)
Sixth release from English-born, New Orleans veteran is a tribute to Cleary’s musical touchstone: Allen Toussaint.
Dragonforce – The Power Within CD (Roadrunner)
New album featuring their “fastest songs to date.”
Dry The River – Shallow Bed CD (RCA)
Debut from the British alt-rock quintet. Shallow Bed was produced by Peter Katis who has worked with Interpol and The National.
Gaddabouts – Look Out Now 2xCD (RacecarLotta)
Sophomore album features songwriter and musician Edie Brickell alongside Steve Gadd, Pino Palladino and Andy Fairweather-Low.
Grinderman – Grinderman 2 RMX CD/2xLP+CD (Anti)
A collection of remixes, reinterpretations and collaborations based on songs from the band’s 2010 critically celebrated album.
Hiss Golden Messenger - Poor Moon CD (Tompkins Square)
Hiss Golden Messenger is Durham, North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor, in partnership with multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch. “Fans of Will Oldham and Bill Callahan will find much to admire in the work of M.C. Taylor, a revivalist who also lectures in folklore.” — Guardian UK
Horse Feathers – Cynic’s New Year CD (Kill Rock Stars)
Wrapped around Justin Ringle’s unique vocals are sparkling guitars, dancing fiddles, and smoky banjo woven through the foundation of the lower strings. But new elements are everywhere: horn, woodwind and brass appear and fade, and drums drive the beat in places, providing new texture and heft.
Eric Hutchinson – Moving Up Living Down CD (WB)
Latest album from Washington, DC-raised singer, pianist and guitarist.
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Stoned & Dethroned  LP (1972)
First time available in vinyl! Though the hooks were still there, Stoned & Dethroned emerged with a calmer, almost folk/country-tinged sound. Any feedback appears as hazy atmospherics rather than pain-inducing squeals.
Jack Johnson – Jack Johnson & Friends: Best of Kokua Festival CD/2xLP (Universal Republic)
A 13-track compilation of live performances from Jack Johnson’s Koka Festival benefit concert for the Koka Hawaii Foundation. Highlights onstage collaborations with Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, and more.
Janis Joplin - Pearl Sessions 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
A collection of never-before-heard studio outtakes, live recordings, and other rarities, The Pearl Sessions documents the legacy of Janis Joplin’s posthumous 1971 masterpiece album, The Pearl.
K’Jon – Moving On CD (Shanachie)
New from the R&B artist.
Lightships - Electric Cable CD/LP (Domino)
Lightships is the brain child of Teenage Fanclub singer/songwriter/bassist and founding member Gerard Love.
Lushlife – Plateau Vision CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
That rare, contemplative hip-hop LP; one that somehow balanced its hazed-out cassette experimentations with the pop-friendly underpinnings of big-room hip-hop. Expertly incubates ’60s psych eccentricities, and gauzy low-fi production techniques with ’96-era hip-hop swagger.
Maps & Atlases - Beware And Be Grateful CD/LP (Barsuk)
Their second album — boundary-busting, asymmetrical pop.
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Marley – OST 2xCD/3xLP (Tuff Going/Island)
Soundtrack to the Marley feature film. Featured are classic studio recordings, a special Kindred Spirit dub mix of “Exodus” and tracks from various live performances including, for the first time on record, the 1978 One Love Peace Concert performance of “Jammin’” during which Marley joined the hands of bitter political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga.
JD McPherson – Signs & Signifiers CD/LP (Zoe)
From Broken Arrow, Oklahoma comes JD McPherson, an artist with an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown.
Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word CD (Atlantic)
On his new album the troubadour teams up with djembe player extraordinaire Noel “Toca” Rivera.
Neon Trees – Picture Show CD (Island)
Sophomore effort from Provo, Utah quartet that spends lots of time on the bus. Vinyl version due next week (April 24).
John Jacob Niles – Boone-Tolliver Recordings CD/LP+MP3 (L.m. Dupli-cation)
Archive collection from the folk singer. In the 1950s, while audio recording was still an astronomically expensive art, limited to the laboratory-like environment of the professional studio, a few forward-thinking artists began to experiment with the idea of home recording. Sun Ra in Chicago and Les Paul in New York made history away from the studios. And deep in Appalachia, John Jacob Niles recorded a series of EPs in the place where he was most comfortable singing: his living room.
Operation Ivy – Hectic [Reissue/1988] 12” (Epitaph)
Operation Ivy – Energy [Reissue/1991] LP (Epitaph)
Vinyl reissues of their debut six-song EP and first full-length. (due in later this week).
Our Lady Peace – Curve CD (E1)
Eighth album from the veteran hard rock band.
Doug Paisley – Golden Embers CDEP/12” (No Quarter)
Use this affordably priced EP as an excuse to acquaint yourself with one of the finest working songwriters, who Time Out NY called “the purest voice to come down the pike in ages.”
Rebecca Pidgeon - Slingshot CD (Decca)
Slingshot includes a co-production between the singer/songwriter and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/film director David Mamet.
Radio Moscow – 3 & 3 Quarters CD/LP (Alive)
3 & 3 Quarters is Radio Moscow’s previously unreleased debut album. Recorded entirely by Parker Griggs (he plays all the instruments) when he was only 17-18, this is garage music reminiscent of the Nuggets and Pebbles compilations, with a dash of Killed By Death dropped into the mix.
Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light CD (Fat Possum)
Recorded over the past two years in Wales, Los Angeles and Reykjavik, and mixed for a year in the confines of J. Spacemans own home, Sweet Heart Sweet Light is Spiritualized’s seventh studio album.
Yann Tiersen – Skyline CD/LP (Anti)
Skyline finds Tiersen taking a confident step forward, cementing the sound of his early, darker work, continuing his explorations of rock and progressive sonics with a cinematic palette.
Train - California 37 CD (Sony)
New album from the Grammy Award winning band.
Luther Vandross - Hidden Gems CD (Sony Legacy)
Hidden Gems is a compilation of album tracks, soundtrack offerings and rare live performances.
Dar Williams – In The Time Of The Gods CD (Razor & Tie)
Williams’ ninth studio album features guest musicians including Larry Campbell, Charley Drayton, Gerry Leonard, and Rob Hyman.
Hank Williams III - Long Gone Daddy CD/LP (Curb)
This career-spanning sampler of Hank III songs includes several previously unreleased recordings.