Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bumbershoot iPhone App

Announcing the official iPhone app for 2009 Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival.  This invaluable application features the full schedule, artist info, up to the minute schedule updates and the ability to create your personalized schedule. Download it HERE for only $1.99 and rock on!

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David Cross Talks To Time Magazine

In his first book, I Drink for a Reason, comedian David Cross ponders religion, politics and ideas for T-shirts sold at Urban Outfitters (example: “I Have to Go to the Bathroom”). Familiar to fans of the cult TV hit Arrested Development as the “never-nude” Tobias Fünke, Cross doesn’t mince words in print. The book’s preface is direct (“Hello”), its dedication straightforward (“To me. I couldn’t have done it without you”) and its stance on Jim Belushi pretty clear (“I have beef with Jim Belushi”). TIME talked to Cross about the literary scene, his upcoming stand-up tour and what to expect when Arrested Development comes to the big screen.  Read the interview HERE.

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Disney To Acquire Marvel Comics

According to Business Wire, the Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment and its portfolio of 5,000 characters for $4 billion. The deal will be made in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced Monday. The deal will be made final with approval by shareholders. The transaction price will be based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, which was $50 per Marvel share.

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company.

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 70 years in comic books, animation, television, film and merchandising.

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Apple Event Scheduled For September 9th

Apple has confirmed that there will indeed be an event next Wednesday, September 9th. The image on the invitations indicates iPods, or at least “music”, will be the focus. Will we see new iPods with cameras? How about iTunes 9 with some whiz-bang new social networking features? Or will the Beatles songs finally be available on iTunes? I will post the information as soon as it becomes available!

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This Weeks Comic Pick: Strange Tales # 1

Marvel Comics unveils their long-awaited Strange Tales MAX anthology series, but with the talent involved, they may as well have labeled the book Marvel Mome, after Fantagraphics long-running anthology of indie art comics. Culling creators from all over the world of alternative comics and literary graphic novels—from Paul Pope and Matt Kindt to Molly Crabapple and Peter Bagge—the stories in the three-issue Strange Tales comic recast such Marvel super heroes as Spider-Man and the Black Widow as quirky and complicated indie comics icons. And the editors behind the project hope that combination of mainstream superhero and alternative cartoonist will strike different chords for multiple audiences. Strange Tales #1 will be available in comic shops on September 2.

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Kings Of Leon Ready Remix Album, Live DVD

Even though Kings of Leon continue to tour in the wake of 2008’s platinum “Only By Night,” the group is planning a couple of new projects for the fall — and is starting to focus on its next album.

Though both are untitled and unscheduled at the moment, the quartet plans to release a live DVD and a remix album in the coming months. The former was filmed at London’s O2 Arena in July, an appropriate locale since, as drummer Nathan Followill tells Billboard.com, “England is really the first place we broke…We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest?” The show featured some choice rarities, and Followill says “we just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren’t even there.”

Even more exciting, however, is a remix album that came to life after Kings of Leon learned that other artists such as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell had started working on revisions of the band’s songs. Mark Ronson, Kenna, Lykke Li and Linkin Park are also contributing remixes, according to Followill.

“It’s neat to have these people who we would’ve jumped at the chance to work with ourselves…coming to us before we even get a chance to ask them,” the drummer says. “It’s amazing to hear your song played by these people who are so creative. Most of the time it takes me two or three listens to even wrap my head around, ‘Oh man, that’s our song…'”

Amidst all this, Kings of Leon has been working on new material, mostly at sound checks, and has “a good eight or 10 ideas kicking around” according to drummer Followill. “The new stuff is all over the place,” he reports. “I call it ‘Aha Shake…’ but by guys that are a little grown-up and a little better at their instruments. There’s stuff that sounds like Radiohead. There’s stuff that sounds like Thin Lizzy. There’s stuff that sounds like The Band. We’re pretty much to the point now where…we can be experimental and try stuff we would’ve been scared to death to try on the first couple of records. Now we find ourselves being a little more adventurous.”

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Foo Fighters Ready Two New Songs For Greatest Hits

Foo Fighters will commemorate the group’s 15th anniversary with the Nov. 3rd release of Foo Fighters Greatest Hits on Roswell/RCA. The group recorded two new songs for the set — “Word Forward” and “Wheels,” which the quartet debuted at a July 4 barbecue honoring military heroes at the White House — with producer Butch Vig at the Foos’ own 606 studio. They’ll join Grammy Award-winning songs such as “The Pretender,” “All My Life” and “Learn To Fly,” along with “Best Of You,” “Times Like These,” “My Hero, “Everlong” and others.

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Rescue Me To End

FX’s Rescue Me will end in 2011, with a final 19 episodes to come, Variety reports. The Denis Leary firefighter drama will finish its run ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks that inspired it. The current season ends Tuesday, and production on the final episodes will begin in September.

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Bob Dylan Christmas Album on the Way

Rock icon Bob Dylan will sing the old yuletide standards Winter Wonderland, Little Drummer Boy, Must Be Santa, Here Comes Santa Claus, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem on his first ever Christmas album, with royalties going to charity. Dylan’s “Christmas in the Heart” album is due out on October 13, nearly six months after the release of his last studio album, “Together Through Life,” which topped the charts.

Speculation about the Christmas album began surfacing a few months ago, but were initially met with disbelief by some Dylan aficionados, as the singer was not known to record Christmas songs, and his latest albums have featured original material.

Dylan will donate all his U.S. royalties from album sales to the charity group Feeding America, and in a statement he said he hopes it brings “food security to people in need.”

Feeding America said it expects to provide meals to 1.4 million people this holiday season with the album proceeds.

Columbia said Dylan plans to donate his international royalties to two charity organizations that give meals to needy people in Britain and the developing world. But details on that partnership are still being worked out.

Dylan, 68, recently finished a concert tour of minor league ballparks. The singer behind the songs “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” received a Pulitzer Prize last year for his influence on music and culture.

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The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent

An interactive approach to King’s greatest works, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion ($24.98) by Bev Vincent features a wealth of unseen memorabilia from the author’s desk and insightful text that reads between the lines to uncover King’s own compelling biography. Supplemented with rare and previously unpublished ephemera from King’s archives, such as hand-edited manuscript drafts, revealing letters between King and his editor, and personal mementos from his career, this unique companion volume tangibly illuminates the writer’s works and life in a way never done before.

With thousands of horrific pages published since the first lines of Carrie, Stephen King’s gripping perennial fiction has earned him the rightful appelation “The Master of Modern Horror.” The Stephen King Illustrated Companion takes a critical look at King’s most iconic works and reads between the lines to uncover the personal influences and demons as reflected in each monster, epidemic, and depraved character. Unseen family photographs and 16 pieces of previously unpublished ephemera—such as handwritten manuscript notes, typed early drafts, lengthy journal entries, and doodles for King’s college newspaper—complete this tangible tour. Packed with fascinating biographical details, literary interpretations, and personal memorabilia, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion is a must-have addition to any true fan’s library.  This book should be available at your local Barnes and Noble in October.

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