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MONDO To Release Superman: The Animated Series Mondo Vinyl At San Diego Comic Con

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Break out those turntables because MONDO is back with another amazing piece of vinyl. Following last year’s must-have series of Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, the MONDO team has turned their attention to Superman: The Animated Series, and DC All Access is pleased to give you your first look! Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con this year, this gorgeous Superman 7-inch features music from Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman/Superman Adventures.

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Learn more at http://mondotees.com

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Aquabats Print By Dave Perillo Available At San Diego Comic Con

This 18×24 print of The Aquabats by Dave Perillo will be available at San Diego Comic Con. Look for it at the toddland booth # 4537. The print will have a limited run of only 60, broken out into a run of 10 per day of the convention, as well as 10 available at the Aquabats! show.

The Aquabats! will also be doing signings on both Friday and Saturday this year at the toddland booth, due to demand. Exact signing times are still TBA.

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Apple Announces Apple Music

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Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming music service, a pioneering worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.

Pricing & Availability

Starting on June 30, music fans around the world are invited to a 3-month free membership, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99/month.

Requires initial sign up. At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings. Family plan requires iCloud Family Sharing. See www.apple.com/icloud/family-sharing for more information.

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Brian Methe To Release Avett Bothers & Eddie Vedder Prints

Today Brian Methe is releasing a few new prints on his site. This is his first poster for the Avett Brothers. June 5, 2015 in Peoria, Ill.  AP run of show version (50) is signed and numbered.  Brian also has a foil version limited to 15. 18X24

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Second, is Methe’s next print in a series of the members of Pearl Jam. Following up on his “McMelty” print is a print of Eddie Vedder entitled “The Voice”.  The artist run is limited to 50, 13X18, signed and numbered.  There will be a foil variant run available soon.

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You can purchase the prints HERE.

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How To Create Your Own Recording Studio

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Many individuals choose to cut down on recording costs by creating their own recording studios. With the right attitude, skills and equipment, individuals can make quality music in a personal studio. There are five simple steps for creating your own recording studio.

Have a Quality Computer

If you do not already have a fast computer you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, you just need to make sure that your computer possesses data at the appropriate processing speeds to handle the program that you will be running while you record.

Choose Your Recording Software

Selecting the right recording software is critical to your sound.  In this case, you get what you pay for. There are lower budget and even free software options available, however they will not create a high quality sound that professional software would. If you are just getting started, free or cheaper software is a good way to get your feet wet and get started, and you can upgrade as you gain more experience.

Install an Audio Interface

The audio interface is essential to the recording process, seeing as it connects the computer to all the recording parts. Depending on whether you use a MAC or a PC, you may need a specific type of interface. You also want to make sure that it has at least two input and two output jacks.

Purchase an Audio Mixer

The audio mixer is the piece of equipment that will manage all of the inputs, allowing you to adjust their outputs as necessary and to record. You will want to make sure that each channel on your audio mixer has adjustments for these essential parts:

– Panning

– Volume

– 3-band equalization

Select Your Microphone, Headphones and Studio Monitors

For each of these pieces there are a number of options available. However, there are a few things to consider that can help in your selection:

– Microphone: dynamic mics are better for recording voices, while condenser mics are better for capturing the sounds of different instruments

– Headphones: some headphones help to cancel out sound but provide less sound quality, while other headphones provide less sound isolation and a better sound quality

– Studio Monitors: monitors are of different quality, but you want to get monitors that provide a flat frequency so that you can hear the music as is, for the best mixing possible

While recording quality music is an intricate process, setting up your personal studio can be quite simple. By following the aforementioned steps you can create your studio and be on your way to composing your next big hit.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Beatles Inspired Print, “The Record Store” By Dave Perillo On May 22, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion  is most pleased to reveal its latest officially licensed Beatles limited edition print release: “The Record Store” by contemporary artist, Dave Perillo, on sale this Friday, May 22nd, 2015!

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Dave Perillo’s unique take on a very special moment at a most everyday record store. An unusual and quietly meditative piece that catches the Beatles pausing before a record store window, a reflection on all accomplished and all that’s yet to come, it’s as much a meditation on artistry and artistic achievement as it is on fame and identity. Are the Beatles pausing in some “Hard Day’s Night”-like run from their oncoming swarm of fans, or were they already there, quietly taking in the moment, alone and contemplative as only they knew this singular experience? The print is a special one, having required select clearances so Dave might be able to include actual Beatles record covers, tour posters, television performance imagery and related, all in creating his piece. What we see is at once so very public and yet so intimate and private, only the public visage of the Beatles gazes back at the viewer, while Dave’s rendering of nuances such as slight head tilts and telling body language allow us to also stand quietly with the Beatles, sharing this moment with them. A charming piece no doubt, but a poignant one as well.

DHM’s officially licensed Beatles Dave Perillo “The Record Store” limited edition Standard print measures 20″ x 28,” is a 6-color screen print, hand numbered and limited to a worldwide run of only 280 pieces at $65. The Variant edition is a 20″ x 28″ 6-color screen print, 3 colors being metallic ink highlights, hand numbered and limited to only 50 pieces worldwide at $100. The select Foil edition (based on Std colorway) measures 20″ x 28,” a 6-color screen print, on foil, hand numbered and limited to only 10 editions worldwide at $150. The select Foil edition (based on Variant colorway) measures 20″ x 28,” is a 6-color (3 being metallic ink highlights) screen print, on foil, hand numbered and limited to only 10 editions worldwide at $150.

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“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Standard paper edition of 280: $65

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“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Variant paper edition of 50 (with metallic ink highlights): $100

“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Foil edition of 10 (based on Standard colorway): $150

“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Foil edition of 10 (based on Variant colorway/with metallic ink highlights): $150

All editions go on sale this Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at Dark Hall Mansion. They’ll go on sale on our dedicated Store page at 9:30 AM PST here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

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SiriusXM Presents James Taylor Live At The Apollo On June 16, 2015

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Howard Stern announced that legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor will play a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers at the world-famous Apollo Theater on Tuesday, June 16 at 8 pm ET.

James Taylor will perform songs from his 40-plus year career as well as music from his new album Before This World, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 16. The concert will air live on Taylor’s limited-run SiriusXM channel, James Taylor Channel. And yes! Subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event.

The limited-run 24/7 commercial-free James Taylor Channel will air from May 22 – June 22 on Ch. 17, featuring music from  the iconic singer-songwriter’s entire catalog, including all 17 of his studio albums— music from his early albums like Sweet Baby James to his biggest selling album JT as well as his Covers album and his soon-to-be-released Before This World. Additionally, James will sit down for a Q&A session at the SiriusXM studios in New York City as part of the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series. The Q&A session will feature Taylor discussing his new album with a select group of lucky listeners and air Friday, June 19 at 5 pm ET.

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Eric Clapton Releases 3-Disc Best of Compilation, Forever Man

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Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton released a brand-new ‘Best of’ compilation, entitled Forever Man.

Featuring 51 tracks over three CDs, Forever Man spans three decades of Clapton’s Reprise Records years and features classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc.

The collection traces much of Clapton’s career featuring the Grammy Award-winning tracks “Change The World”, “Tears In Heaven”, “Bad Love” and includes materials from Eric’s Grammy Award-winning albums From The Cradle and Unplugged. Guest performers include B.B. King and J.J. Cale.

The release of Forever Man coincides with an upcoming tour, which includes nine concert dates in celebration of his 70th birthday on March 30th. The shows will take place at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd and at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd. The shows will feature Clapton, accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, and Michelle John, with opening support act Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders.

Forever Man is available in multiple configurations: a 3-CD, a 2-CD, a digital download, and a vinyl 2-LP set that will follow. The package also comes with liner notes written by noted rock journalist and author Malcolm Dome.

Track Listing:

CD1- Studio

1. Gotta Get Over
2. I’ve Got A Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart
3. Run Back To Your Side
4. Tears In Heaven
5. Call Me The Breeze
6. Forever Man
7. Believe In Life
8. Bad Love
9. My Father’s Eyes
10. Anyway The Wind Blows – with J.J. Cale
11. Travelin’ Alone
12. Change The World
13. Behind The Mask
14. It’s In The Way That You use It
15. Pretending
16. Riding With The King – with B.B. King
17. Circus
18. Revolution

CD2 – Live

1. Badge
2. Sunshine of Your Love
3. White Room
4. Wonderful Tonight
5. Worried Life Blues
6. Cocaine
7. Layla (Unplugged)
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out (Unplugged)
9. Walkin’ Blues (Unplugged)
10. Them Changes – with Steve Winwood
11. Presence of The Lord – with Steve Winwood
12. Hoochie Coochie Man
13. Goin’ Down Slow
14. Over The Rainbow

CD3 – Blues

1. Before You Accuse Me
2. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
3. Hold On I’m Coming – with B.B. King
4. Terraplane Blues
5. It Hurts Me Too
6. Little Queen Of Spades
7. Third Degree
8. Motherless Child
9. Sportin’ Life Blues – with J.J. Cale
10. Ramblin’ On My Mind
11. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
12. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
13. Sweet Home Chicago
14. If I Had Posession Over Judgement Day
15. Hard Times Blues
16. Got You On My mind
17. I’m Tore Down
18. Milkcow’s Calf Blues
19. Key To The Highway – with B.B. King

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Nostalgia: An Evening with Annie Lennox CD + DVD To be Released On May 4, 2015

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Nostalgia: An Evening with Annie Lennox  CD +DVD is scheduled for release on on May 4, 2015.

Shot on January 28, 2015 by director Natalie Johns (Morrissey) at Los Angeles’ art deco Orpheum Theatre, the film captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of the songs from Nostalgia.

Fronting a 19-piece band – including string and horn sections – and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this special evening, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of American standards, ranging from “Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” to one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put A Spell On You.” In addition to its inclusion in the deluxe package, the film can also be purchased on its own in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long form formats at all music retailers and streaming partners.

As she does on her Nostalgia album that spawned this one-of-a-kind concert, the singular approach Lennox brings to these classics enables them to resonate for a 21st Century audience. The artist concludes her extraordinary show with a four-song selection of her own hits performed solo at the piano, including “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “No More I Love You’s,” “Why” and “Sweet Dreams.”

This CD/DVD release provides a truly unique studio and live concert performance that music fans the world over can now experience for themselves.

Track Listing

1. Intro
2. Memphis In June
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. I Put A Spell On You
5. Summertime
6. I Cover The Waterfront
7. Strange Fruit
8. God Bless The Child
9. You Belong To Me
10. September In The Rain
11. I Can Dream, Can’t I?
12. The Nearness Of You
13. Mood Indigo
14. Here Comes The Rain Again
15. No More I Love You’s
16. Why
17. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

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Side Players Take Center Stage

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People rarely give much thought to why popular bands tend to feature the same combinations of instruments. A rock band usually has a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a vocalist, who may or may not be one of the guitarists. Sometimes there is a keyboard player thrown into the mix, but the standard band setup is largely set in stone. For all of the creativity that musicians possess, it is downright odd that so few of them are interested in taking advantage of all of the possibilities available to them. A musician who aspires to be innovative should think outside the box and incorporate different instruments into his basic sound.

Groups like Dave Matthews Band have always taken an inclusive approach, inviting violinist Boyd Tinsley to be a permanent member of the band. Tinsley has contributed a great deal to the band’s success, so there is no reason he should be relegated to the sidelines as an anonymous session player. Bruce Springsteen had a similar mindset when inviting Clarence Clemens to join the E Street Band. The loose feel of the music was greatly amplified by the constant presence of Clemens’ jazzy saxophone.

Alternative music’s regard for instrumentalists has always been inconsistent at best. Many punk bands dabble in ska, but very few of them add horn players to their main lineups. An indie band would sooner create fanfare over featuring guest musicians or vocalists on singular tracks than consider adjusting its overall sound to include those elements on a regular basis. Stepping outside of the typical band format is thought of as experimentation, not a normal progression for musicians who are invested in their craft.

The new crop of vintage-inspired folk bands are an exception. They embrace string players as a nod to country and bluegrass history. The Lumineers’ cellist takes center stage on nearly every one of the group’s songs. Devil Makes Three’s violinist is a permanent fixture on recordings and on tour. Mumford & Sons use an upright bass instead of an electric one.

The recent embracing of string instruments is due in part to the trappings of this particular genre, which emphasizes live acoustic performances, eliminating instruments that need electricity and amplifiers. Another aspect of this trend is the desire to create a lush sound that can be recreated at every performance. As the music industry continues to be in a state of flux, up-and-coming bands would be wise to avoid thinking of string and horn players as session musicians and instead view them as the keys to achieving consistent recordings and live performances, no matter the venue size.

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