Monthly Archives: June 2010

John Lennon Remastered Albums & New Compilations To Be Released In October 2010

Eight of John Lennon’s classic solo albums and other standout recordings have been digitally remastered from his original mixes for a global catalogue initiative commemorating the music legend’s 70th birthday, which falls on October 9.

Overseen by Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” campaign will launch on October 5th with the worldwide release of eight remastered studio albums and several newly-compiled titles.

Double Fantasy, 1980’s GRAMMY Award winner for Album of the Year, will be presented in a newly remixed ‘Stripped Down’ version remixed and produced by Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas, co-producers of the original mix with John Lennon. The new stripped down version of the album comes in an expanded 2CD and digital edition pairing the new version with Lennon’s original mix, remastered.

The campaign’s other new collections include:

•    A hits compilation in two editions titled Power To The People: The Hits
•    A 4 CD set of themed discs titled Gimme Some Truth
•   A deluxe 11 CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and non-album singles, titled the John Lennon Signature Box

All of the remastered albums and collections will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

The albums have been digitally remastered from Lennon’s original mixes by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at EMI Music’s Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York.  All of the remastered titles will be packaged in digisleeves with replicated original album art and booklets with photos and new liner notes by noted British music journalist Paul Du Noyer. The albums to be reissued are:

•    John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
•    Imagine (1971)
•    Some Time In New York City (1972)
•    Mind Games (1973)
•    Walls and Bridges (1974)
•    Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)
•    Double Fantasy Stripped Down (2010) / Double Fantasy (1980)
•    Milk and Honey (1984)

Power To The People: The Hits gathers 15 of Lennon’s most popular songs, and will be available as a 15-track single-disc and digital package, and as an Experience Edition with additional content.  Both versions will be packaged in digisleeves with booklets including a new liner note essay by Du Noyer.

Gimme Some Truth, to be packaged in a slipcase with rare photos and a new liner notes essays by respected American music journalist and author, Anthony DeCurtis, presents 72 of Lennon’s solo recordings on four themed CDs:

•    ‘Roots’ – John’s rock ‘n’ roll roots and influences
•    ‘Working Class Hero’ – John’s socio-political songs
•    ‘Woman’ – John’s love songs
•     ‘Borrowed Time’ – John’s songs about life

The John Lennon Signature Box is a deluxe 11 CD and digital collection of the eight remastered albums, a disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings, and an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles. The CDs will be housed in digisleeves within a deluxe box including a collectible limited edition John Lennon art print and a hardbound book featuring rare photos, artwork, collages, poetry, and new liner notes by DeCurtis.

In celebration of his 70th birthday on October 9, 2010, John Lennon’s life and music will be specially feted with a variety of commemorative releases and events around the world. Please visit www.johnlennon.com for official announcements and updates.

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Australian Bistro Introduces The MenuPad

A restaurant in Sydney, Australia has ditched paper menus for a decidedly digital solution, the MenuPad app running on Apple’s latest creation.

The Global Mundo Tapas restaurant has replaced their paper menus with the iPad.

“We have something that presents really well, sells our food really well and is absolutely dynamic,” said Craig Simpson, general manager, Global Mundo Tapas, adding that the iPad will enhance the dining experience.

Diners can browse, preview and place their orders wirelessly via this ingenious solution.

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Damon Lindelof Ready To Boldly Go…

The tweet shown below was filed by Damon Lindelof on Tuesday. Returning from his well deserved post-LOST vacation, Lindelof is ready to get to work full time on scripting the Star Trek sequel with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. We are now exactly two years away from the announced release date of June 29th, 2012.

The screenwriting team told TrekMovie last week at the Saturn Awards that they have a story and that “the next phase is to get together and try to destroy it.” Looks like that can now happen. Orci/Kurtzman claim to have a “front runner” for the sequel’s villain. (Thanks for the tip Don)

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Pack This! Pad

Pack This is a handy checklist that will make sure that you bring all of the important things that you need when you travel.

It has a clipboard backing and adhesive binding so you can instantly stick this task list on any convenient place such as a wall or behind the door.

The pad includes 60 sheets so you never have to worry about forgetting your socks for that important business trip.

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Comic Book Pick Of The Week: Wonder Woman # 600

You’re invited to the gala celebration featuring Wonder Woman talent from the past and present to commemorate this landmark issue ($4.99)! Renumbered to reflect Wonder Woman’s starring role in 600 issues, this book features the industry’s top talent – including Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Gail Simone, Joe Madureira and more! Plus, readers won’t want to miss a chance to check out the exciting, all-new direction for the Wonder Woman universe as new ongoing writer J. Michael Straczynski provides a story of his own!

The 56 page milestone issue will be available on June 30th.

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Rango Trailer

Paramount released its first look at upcoming animated movie Rango. Starring Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher and Bill Nighy.

Rango follows a pet chameleon who leaves home to find himself. Set to release on March 18, 2011

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Comic Strip Bandages

When your little superhero gets a scrape, make it all better with Comic Strip Bandages ($6). These latex-free bandages are imprinted with cool “sound effects” from your favorite comic strips (OUCH! OOOW! AAARGH! WHAAM! BAM! or POW!) and arrive in a fun collectible tin. With 24 assorted sizes you’re ready for any “owie” – even the invisible ones.

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Hulu Plus

You can now watch Hulu on your TV, iPhone, or iPad for $10 a month. Hulu Plus is a new ad-supported subscription service from the online video house that lets users watch a huge number of shows — including current season episodes of shows like 30 Rock,Modern Family, and Family Guy, as well as the entire run of classics like The X-Files, Arrested Development, and Miami Vice — in streaming 720p HD on a wide range of devices, including Internet-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung and Sony, the PS3, the Xbox 360, and Apple’s iDevices.

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Prince To Release His New CD ’20Ten’ For Free In Europe

Prince will release his new album, “20Ten,” as a free giveaway with various European newspapers and magazines. In the U.K., Prince has signed up with tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror and its associated Scottish title the Daily Record for the CD giveaway. More than 2.5 million copies will be distributed on July 10 with the newspapers. The deal will also include Prince’s first British newspaper interview in more than a decade and competitions for European concert tickets. The German edition of Rolling Stone has announced that its August issue, to be published July 22, will include a new Prince album, “20Ten.”

As well as including the “20Ten” CD, the magazine will also carry an interview with Prince, who plays a July 5 concert at Berlin Waldbuhne. It has already published a track-by-track of the album online here in German. The 10-track album will not have a regular release at retail or via download, according to a statement from German Rolling Stone, although it seems likely that this only applies to the German market. Prince’s July 2007 album “Planet Earth” was released as a free cover-mount CD with the Mail on Sunday newspaper in the U.K., to coincide with his London O2 Arena shows. U.K. retailers reacted with fury at the newspaper exclusive, following decades of support for the artist by British record stores. As a result of the Mail on Sunday deal, Columbia declined to distribute the album in the U.K. when it released the album internationally a week or so after the newspaper appeared. Three years on, it is still not being distributed in the U.K. on download stores such as iTunes or with physical retailers. Prince has already agreed another deal for Belgium, where the “20Ten” album will be issued with the Het Nieuwblad newspaper on July 10, the day he performs at the country’s Werchter festival. The newspaper already ran an extensive interview with Prince on June 24.

It remains to be seen whether Prince strikes other European deals with magazines and newspapers, and how he intends to release the album in North America.

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The 10 Most Expensive Pieces of Celebrity Memorabilia

Over the weekend, three X-rays of Marilyn Monroe’s chest were sold for a grand total of $45,000 at a movie memorabilia auction in Las Vegas. The X-rays were originally taken from a hospital visit in 1954, when Monroe was 28. Experts estimated the X-rays would fetch $3,000, but it turns out the price of owning objects that have some sort of relationship to famous people, no matter how tenuous, is worth a whole lot more.

To celebrate celebrities, Flavorwire decided to make a list of cherished memorabilia that people were willing to pay a hefty fee to possess. The list includes a helmet, wig, and pair of glasses. (Thanks for the tip D.T.)

Olympic fencing champion Bob Anderson wore this Dearth Vader helmet for the fight sequences in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The universally feared helmet sold for $115,000 at an auction in April 2003.

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