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Bruce Springsteen’s Autobiography To Be Released September 27, 2016

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Simon & Schuster is proud to announce the world-wide publication of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run, which will be released internationally on September 27, 2016. The work will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India, and rights have already been sold to publishers in nine countries.

Springsteen has been privately writing the autobiography over the past seven years. He began work in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s halftime show.

In Born to Run, Mr. Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Mr. Springsteen notes in his book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”

“This is the book we’ve been hoping for,” said Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster. “Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”

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Apple Announces Music Memos App

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Apple today announced a new addition and a major update to its family of music-making apps for iOS that make it easy for people to tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are. An all-new app called Music Memos lets musicians and songwriters quickly capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. And a major update to GarageBand for iOS introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, a fun way for anyone to make music like a DJ using only their iPhone or iPad.

Musicians and songwriters around the world have used the Voice Memos app on their iPhone to quickly record ideas, and many hit songs first started as Voice Memos. The new Music Memos app is inspired by Voice Memos and takes the functionality even further by adding musician-friendly features designed specifically for songwriting and developing musical ideas. With Music Memos, you can record any musical instrument through the iPhone’s built-in microphone in a high-quality, uncompressed format, then name, tag and rate it to start building a library of your ideas. The app can analyze rhythm and chords of acoustic guitar and piano recordings, and instantly add drums and a bass line to provide a virtual, customizable backing band that plays along to match the feel of your song. Music Memos can even provide basic notation that displays the chords that were played. With iCloud your Music Memos are automatically available across all your Apple devices so you can open them in GarageBand or Logic Pro X to further develop your songs. Musicians can easily share their ideas via email or with their fans through Apple Music Connect. For more information about the new Music Memos app, visit, www.apple.com/music-memos.

Pricing & Availability 

Music Memos is available for free on the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 4s and later, and iPad 2 and later. GarageBand 2.1 for iOS is bundled free with new iOS devices 32GB and larger, is available as a free upgrade for existing users with compatible iOS 9 devices or later, and is available to everyone else for $4.99 via the App Store.

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Joe Bonamassa To Release New Studio Solo Album, Blues of Desperation On March 25, 2016

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Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa announces his brand-new studio solo album, Blues of Desperation, which will be released March 25, 2016. Like his previous solo disc, 2014’s Top 10 Billboard hit Different Shades of Blue, this record features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today.

“I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician,” says Bonamassa, “somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.”

The writing sessions for Blues of Desperation took Bonamassa back to Nashville, where he’d composed Different Shades of Blue, to work with some of Music City’s top tunesmiths, people like James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson.

“These are some of the best guys in the business,” Bonamassa raves. “Lyrically, you’ll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness but there are also some poignant moments about getting away from the stressful, crazy demands of life and losing yourself with your special someone. I think anybody will be able to relate.”

Bonamassa and his longtime producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey) convened at Nashville’s Grand Victor Sound Studios (formerly known as RCA Studio A), and during an intense, five-day period they recorded 11 galvanizing songs with a crack group of musicians including drummers Anton Fig and Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reese Wynans, horn players Lee Thornburg, Paulie Cerra and Mark Douthit, and background singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae and Juanita Tippins.

Of his decade-long collaboration with Shirley, Bonamassa says, “I can explain our relationship with one word – ‘trust.’ I completely trust in Kevin and his musical promptings. He pushes my musical ability by challenging me to not just rest on my laurels or settle for ‘good.’ He expects more out of the other musicians as well and will not hold back when he sees us falling back into our usual routine.”

“Which sometimes calls for unorthodox measures,” says Shirley, who admits that his idea of augmenting Bonamassa’s usual recording band with second drummer Morrow was engineered to “ruffle Joe’s feathers.

“I wanted him to work a little harder, like in his early years,” he says, “so I brought in an additional drummer, just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons.” Of the results, Shirley raves, “Recording ‘Blues of Desperation’ is one of the most exciting recording projects I’ve done. What a joyful noise we made!”

Blues of Desperation is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of “This Train” (Joe’s guitar is set to “rude” throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad “What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time” to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of “The Valley Runs Low,” on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked “Drive,” dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy.

Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound. “No Good Place For the Lonely” features some of the guitarist’s most cauterizing licks yet, and the walloping title track is a white-knuckled, six-string thrill ride guaranteed to jolt the senses. Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa “Best Blues Guitarist” in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.

“There are some long solos on this record and even some mini-jams in the middle of a track where the band would just jive and crank it out,” he says. “[During those jams], we do a tip of the hat to Beck and Clapton from the ‘70s. I think guitar nerds and music fans like myself will love it.”

Packed with unparalleled musicianship and teeming with the most enthralling collection of songs in Bonamassa’s career, Blues of Desperation is guaranteed to knock out critics and fans alike. By exceeding his own vertiginously high artistic goals, Bonamassa is bound to shatter all other expectations with this record and reach new audiences – no mean feat when you continue his  astonishing track record of hits now includes 15 #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist in history). 2014’s Different Shades of Blue debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, making it his highest charting album, his first top 10 and accounting for his biggest sales week ever. In 2014, the guitarist received his first-ever Grammy nomination (for Best Blues Album) for the album  Seesaw, his second collaboration with blues singing star Beth Hart, and was named 2014’s Billboard Blues Artist of the Year.

Bonamassa’s stature in the music industry has built steadily over the years. Along with his longtime manager, Roy Weisman, the iconoclastic guitarist built his own successful record label, management and concert promotion company called J&R Adventures. In addition, his connection to fans on social media has grown to over 2.4 million Facebook friends, over 131K Twitter followers and 130K Instragram followers.

Prior to the release of Blues of Desperation, Bonamassa – a touring monster who averages about 100 shows a year – will be kicking off the year with a January DVD recording of his intimate acoustic show at New York’s Carnegie Hall before embarking on his second annual Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea blues cruise in February and a full-on electric band trek through the U.S. in April.

Tracklisting:

1.This Train
2. Mountain Climbing
3. Drive
4. No Good Place For The Lonely
5. Blues Of Desperation
6. The Valley Runs Low
7. You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill And The Blues
8. Distant Lonesome Train
9. How Deep This River Runs
10. Livin’ Easy
11. What I’ve Known For A Very Long Time

You can pre-order the album HERE.

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The Beatles coming To Apple Music & Other Streaming Services On Christmas Eve

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The Beatles are set to release their back catalogue on streaming sites including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal for the first time from Christmas Eve, the band’s website said Wednesday.

The deal will see classic albums by the Fab Four such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Revolver” being made available on a total of nine streaming services.

“On December 24 at 12:01 am local time — here, there and everywhere — The Beatles’ music is available for streaming worldwide,” an announcement on the band’s website said. “Happy Crimble (Christmas), with love from us to you.”

The Beatles were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups of all time, releasing 13 studio albums before breaking up in 1970. Their back catalogue is one of the best selling in the world.

The announcement means that fans will be able to listen to the band’s songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Slacker, Tidal, Groove, Rhapsody, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon Prime.

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An Incredible Working Handmade Custom Fender Stratocaster Guitar Made Out of Cardboard

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In the latest episode of the video series “Cardboard Chaos“, the ever-creative company Signal Snowboards partnered with the Fender Custom Shop to make a working Stratocaster neck and body (“Strat”) completely out of cardboard. While various talented employees at Fender proclaimed the finished project to be a “real Strat”, Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson gave the cardboard axe final approval.

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CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions: Brandi Carlile Performs Songs From Her Latest Album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter

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Musician Brandi Carlile has built a huge following since her debut album 10 years ago. Her music covers a lot of ground, including country, rock, pop, and a touch of folk. She’s ably backed by a striking pair of twins whose voices blend perfectly with hers.Her latest album “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” is her highest selling and best reviewed offering yet.

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Bruce Springsteen’s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection Coming December 4, 2015

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On the eve of the 35th anniversary of The River comes the long-awaited news that Bruce’s first #1 album will appear as part of a massive box set in time for the holidays. For longtime fans, the big draws will be more than two-and-a-half hours of stunning, multi-camera concert footage from the River tour’s stop in Tempe, Arizona, and 11 previously unreleased studio outtakes.

These elements are part of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a multi-disc collection due December 4 that follows in the tradition of Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition and The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. Like those box sets, the 4-CD/2-Blu-ray The Ties That Bind gathers remastered audio for the album itself along with never-before-seen concert footage and a Thom Zimny documentary; like The Promise, it also includes previously unreleased studio outtakes from the album sessions. All of these elements will be housed with a coffee table book in a 10″ x 12″ box.

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The audio: 52 tracks on four CDs, including the original The River double album (CDs 1 & 2); the first official release of 1979’s The River: Single Album (CD 3); and a disc of 22 studio outtakes from 1979/80 (CD 4), half of which are previously unreleased.

The video: Two Blu-ray discs featuring a newly edited film of never-released, multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed November 5, 1980 show in Arizona — a particularly intense performance, the day after Ronald Reagan was elected president — with a running time of 2:40; rare tour rehearsal footage of five songs; and a new 60-minute documentary about The River, titled The Ties That Bind.

The set comes with a 148-page coffee table book picturing pages from Springsteen’s notebooks, River-era memorabilia, and 200 rare or previously unseen photos, both studio and live, from photographers including Joel Bernstein, David Gahr, Jim Marchese, and Frank Stefanko. Text includes an updated Songs essay from Springsteen and a new essay by Mikal Gilmore, who describes The River as “pivotal… [the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.”

Click HERE for further details.

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Google Releases YouTube Music App For iOS

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Google has released its new YouTube Music app for iOS in the U.S. App Store, following the company’s announcement last month that it would arrive following the debut of its new YouTube Red subscription service. YouTube Music is focused on allowing users to watch and listen to the entire catalog of music videos available on YouTube, with discovery features that allow users to tap on tracks they love and explore from there. Users can listen to music online for free, with ads, while YouTube Red subscribers get the ability to watch ad-free videos and listen to music offline, in the background, or without having to load the video. Users will automatically receive a free fourteen-day trial of YouTube Red upon signing into the YouTube Music app.

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Sia To Release New Album This Is Acting On January 29, 2016

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Singer/songwriter/producer/massive hitmaker Sia announced that her album This Is Acting will be released everywhere on January 29, 2016 (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records). Sia revealed cover art and album release date for This Is Acting via her new Instagram account earlier this week. In celebration of her album pre-order going live, Sia premieres her video for “Alive” on Vevo. Fans who pre-order This Is Acting will receive “Alive” and new track “Bird Set Free” instantly. Click HERE to watch the video for “Alive.” Click HERE to listen to “Bird Set Free.” Sia will be performing “Alive” and “Bird Set Free” on “Saturday Night Live” on November 7th.

The video for “Alive” stars 9 year old child actress/dancer Mahiro Takano and was filmed in Chiba, Japan. The video was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, the same creative team behind the videos for “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry.”

In addition to Jessie Shatkin who produced “Alive,” Sia also worked with longtime collaborator/producer Greg Kurstin on This Is Acting. “Alive,” the album’s first single was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia’s massive four-time Grammy nominated “Chandelier.”

Sia released her #1 charting, critically-acclaimed, and gold-certified album 1000 Forms of Fear (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) last year in July, which features her massive breakthrough singles “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart.” The groundbreaking video for “Chandelier” has enjoyed an unprecedented 965 million views and its follow-up video “Elastic Heart” with over 436 million views.

An astonishingly creative and uncompromising performer, Sia is also a highly prolific hit maker and songwriter, having penned several hit singles over the last few years for others. She has crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Katy Perry (“Double Rainbow”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Kelly Clarkson (“Invincible”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Making the Most of the Night”), Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”) and Celine Dion (“Love Me Back To Life”), and many more. Sia has also been the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including “Titanium” with David Guetta, “Beautiful Pain” with Eminem, and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida. Additionally, Sia was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for the song “Opportunity” from the 2014 adaptation of the Broadway musical “Annie.”

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Beatles Pepperland Print By Marq Spusta On October 27, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion is honored to reveal a piece over a year in the making, their officially licensed Beatles limited edition print, “Pepperland,” by contemporary artist, Marq Spusta, on sale next Tuesday, October 27th, 2015!

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Marq Spusta’s amazing journey into the very heart of the Beatles’ world. This gorgeous and meticulously illustrated piece has taken artist Marq Spusta over a year to complete on and off, and its tone radiates as much about beauty, art, and love as does the brilliance that is the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” Let your eyes feast on the beautifully detailed minutiae that not only recognizes beloved characters, elements and moments but the creative wonder and beauty that is this masterpiece of a movie. Marq’s lovely composition elegantly brings forth the surreal to reflect on our very real world, and as with the Beatles’ music, we’re all that much better for it.

DHM’s officially licensed Beatles Marq Spusta “Pepperland” limited edition Standard print measures 36″ x 24,” Marq’s largest piece ever, is a 10-color screen print, hand numbered, with all editions artist-signed by Marq Spusta himself, and limited to a worldwide run of 455 pieces at $90. Marq’s Gold Variant edition “Pepperland” is a 36″ x 24″ 10-color screen print on a golden paper stock personally chosen by Marq, hand numbered, and artist-signed, this edition limited to only 150 pieces worldwide at $125. The select Foil edition “Pepperland” measures 36″ x 24,” is a 9-color screen print, on foil stock, also hand numbered and artist-signed, and limited to only 30 editions worldwide at $195.

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Pepperland 36″ x 24″  Standard edition of 455: $90

BEATLES-SPUSTA PEPPERLAND-VARIANT EDITION

Pepperland  36″ x 24″  Variant edition of  150: $125

Pepperland  36″ x 24″  Select Foil edition of 30: $195

All editions are screen printed, hand numbered, and personally signed by artist Marq Spusta. All editions go on sale next Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2015 at 9:30 AM PST on Dark Hall Mansion dedicated Store page at: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

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