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Watch The Trailer For The Documentary About Tower Records ‘All Things Must Pass’

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Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But thats not the story.

All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic companys explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.

Directed by Colin Hanks, the doc will be released on October 16, 2015.

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The Yamaha Silent Guitar

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The Yamaha SLG is the perfect instrument for practice, travel or stage use – any time an acoustic guitar just won’t do. Near-silent performance makes discrete practice simple, Yamaha’s exclusive SRT-Powered pickup system gives incredibly natural acoustic tone through headphones or line-out, studio-quality on-board effects enhance your playing to perfection and line-in functionality makes jamming easy.

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Coupled with unique, striking looks and a rosewood and maple framed full-size collapsible body SLG lets you play whenever and wherever inspiration hits.

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There’s an onboard tuner powered by a pair of AA batteries. Other features include a 6-crystal under-saddle piezo pickup, Studio Response Technology (SRT) pre-amps and pickups, and slimmer design than past guitars. The SLG200S and SLG200N models are priced at $1,015 USD.

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NOW That’s What I Call Halloween To Be Released On September 11, 2015

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NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand’s spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV (“True Blood”) and movie themes (“Halloween,” “The Exorcist,” “Beetlejuice”) to novelty smashes (“Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London”) to radio perennials (“Season of the Witch,” “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “I Put a Spell on You”).

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter’s Theme from “Halloween,” Rob Zombie’s “Dragula,” Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus’ “O Fortuna,” Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”/Theme from “The Exorcist,” Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” INXS’s “Devil Inside,” Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”/Theme from “True Blood,” Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” The Specials’ “Ghost Town,” Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers’ “Monster Mash,” The Citizens of Halloween’s “This is Halloween,” Donovan’s “Season of the Witch,” Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You,” Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title,” Run-D.M.C.’s “Ghostbusters,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare On My Street” and Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me.”

The premium content–by the original artists–selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.

NOW Halloween Tracklisting:

1. John Carpenter –  Halloween Theme
2. Rob Zombie –  Dragula
3. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus –  O Fortuna
4. Mike Oldfield  – Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist)
5. Blue Öyster Cult –  (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
6. INXS  – Devil Inside
7. Jace Everett –  Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)
8. Warren Zevon –  Werewolves of London
9. The Specials  – Ghost Town
10. Oingo Boingo –  Dead Man’s Party
11. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers –  Monster Mash
12. The Citizens of Halloween  – This is Halloween
13. Donovan –  Season Of The Witch
14. Nina Simone –  I Put A Spell On You
15. Danny Elfman –  Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title
16. RUN-D.M.C.  – Ghostbusters
17. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince –  A Nightmare On My Street
18. Rockwell  – Somebody’s Watching Me

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Verve Records & Walt Disney Records Announce Tracklisting For Compilation Album We Love Disney, Due October 30, 2015

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Verve Records and Walt Disney Records have announced the 12 artists who are included on the upcoming compilation album We Love Disney, which will be released on October 30th. The album features the hottest artists from across the pop, rock, R&B, and country worlds delivering their own unique interpretations of classic Disney songs. We Love Disney was produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.

The album features singer-songwriter NE-YO on the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Friend Like Me,” from 1992’s Aladdin; British pop singer and songwriter Jessie J on “Part of Your World,” from 1989’s The Little Mermaid; multi-platinum pop/R&B singer/songwriter Jason Derulo on the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from 1994’s The Lion King; multi-platinum solo artist and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani on the Oscar-nominated song “The Rainbow Connection,” from 1979’s The Muppet Movie; multi-platinum pop singer Ariana Grande on “Zero To Hero,” from 1997’s Hercules; singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko on “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” from 1961’s Alice in Wonderland; rock band Fall Out Boy on “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from 1967’s The Jungle Book; singer-songwriter and Capitol Records artist Tori Kelly on “Colors of the Wind,” the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning theme song from 1995’s Pocahontas; critically acclaimed country artist Kacey Musgraves on “A Spoonful of Sugar” from 1964’s Mary Poppins; soul/R&B singer and Verve Recording artist Charles Perry on “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat,” from 1970’s The Aristocats; British soul singer Jessie Ware on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” which appears in both the 1950 animated film Cinderella as well as this year’s enchanting adaptation of the classic film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James; and best-selling country group Rascal Flatts, accompanied by Hollywood Records’ artist-actress Lucy Hale duet on “Let It Go,” the top-selling, Oscar and Grammy-winning song from the 2013 film Frozen. The album also features a rendition of “It’s a Small World” performed by all of the artists.

“In choosing the artists to appear on We Love Disney, we tried to cover the whole spectrum,” David Foster says. “I wanted great singers. That’s always been my mandate. We set the bar high and everyone who came in absolutely killed it. The vocals on this album are spectacular.”

We Love Disney will be released in several configurations, including as a digital album, a standard CD, a Deluxe CD, on Deluxe Vinyl, and as a picture-disc set. The Deluxe versions feature two bonus tracks from Verve Records’ artists Brenna Whitaker (“It’s Not Easy Being Green” from The Muppet Show) and Yuna (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin). We Love Disney will also be available as a Collector’s Edition Box Set, which includes the digital deluxe album, limited-edition double vinyl, standard-edition double vinyl, limited-edition CD, standard-edition CD, limited-edition double-picture disc, four numbered lithographs, a DVD of “The Magic Behind We Love Disney,” a limited-edition T-shirt featuring a one-time only design, an exclusive tote bag, and a Certificate of Authenticity.

The album and box set can all be pre-ordered now at https://www.welovedisneymusic.com/. Those who pre-order the digital album via participating retailers will receive an instant download of NE-YO’s “Friend Like Me.”

The tracklisting for We Love Disney is as follows:

NE-YO “Friend Like Me” (Aladdin)
Jessie J “Part of Your World “(The Little Mermaid)
Jason Derulo “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King)
Gwen Stefani “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie)
Ariana Grande “Zero To Hero” (Hercules)
Jhené Aiko “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” (Alice in Wonderland)
Fall Out Boy “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” (The Jungle Book)
Tori Kelly “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas)
Kacey Musgraves “A Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins)
Charles Perry “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” (The Aristocats)
Jessie Ware “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella)
Lucy Hale & Rascal Flatts “Let It Go” (Frozen)
Various Artists “It’s a Small World”

Bonus tracks on Deluxe CD, Vinyl, and Picture Disc:

Brenna Whitaker “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (The Muppet Show)
Yuna “A Whole New World” (Aladdin)

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All New Peanuts Greatest Hits by Vince Guaraldi Trio Available On July 31, 2015

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All new for 2015! Peanuts Greatest Hits features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Peanuts Greatest Hits includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable ‘Linus and Lucy,’ the ‘Charlie Brown Theme’ from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the festive ‘Christmas Is Coming’ from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the humorous ‘Little Birdie,’ which features vocals by Vince Guaraldi himself!

Peanuts Greatest Hits includes new liner notes by Derrick Bang, Peanuts historian and author of 2012’s Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, who proclaims that, ‘Guaraldi’s themes and the animated Peanuts gang remain a genius blend of music and image.’

Available on July 31, 2015.

Track Listing:

1. Linus and Lucy
2. Charlie Brown Theme
3. Baseball Theme
4. Oh, Good Grief
5. Happiness Is
6. Little Birdie
7. Great Pumpkin Waltz
8. Thanksgiving Theme
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
11. Skating
12. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

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Dr. Dre’s First Album In 16 Years Will Be Released On August 7, 2015

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Dr. Dre announced the release of his first album since 1999’s 2001 on his The Pharmacy show on Apple Music. The album is titled Compton: The Soundtrack and will hit stores on August 7, 2015. He confirmed the album is completely different than the infamous Detox project and that it was inspired by the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton (8/14).

The LP will feature vocals from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Jill Scott, Jon Connor, Marsha Amrosius, Snoop and many more.

Tracklist:

1) Intro
2) Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus)
3) Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
4) It’s All On Me (feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
5) All In a Day’s Work (feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
6) Darkside/Gone (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
7) Loose Cannons (feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
8) Issues (feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
9) Deep Water (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10) Jon Connor – One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop Dogg)
11) The Game – Just Another Day (feat. Asia Bryant)
12) For the Love of Money (feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13) Satisfaction (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14) Animals (feat. Anderson Paak)
15) Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
16) Talking To My Diary

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MONDO Announces 2015 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives

Best known for its popular limited-edition posters, MONDO the boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain has exclusive artwork available for attendees at San Diego Comic Con (July 8-12). Yet its booth in the San Diego Convention Center will also have new action figures, vinyl records and other merch for the geek crowd.

The exclusives include:

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Ant-Man poster ($85). Mondo has a variety of pieces for sale as well as some licensing announcements in store, but one of the items of note to superhero fans will be a holofoil screen print (limited to 175) inspired by the new Ant-Man film (in theaters July 17). Artist Kevin Tong said he wanted the design “to show Ant-Man’s scale, the intensity of his transformation, and really just trying to make a poster as fun and dynamic as the movie.”

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Ninja Turtles figures (price TBD).

After Mondo dipped its toes in the toy business beginning last Comic-Con, this summer brings the first in a new series of toys based on the original TMNT comics of the 1980s. First up is Leonardo, who stands 11 inches tall and comes with a bunch of accessories including weapons, a blue mask to match the cartoons and a red mask from the comics. Also on display will be the upcoming figures of Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael.

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First Hellboy statue ($200). Before he became a comic-book hero and a movie star played by Ron Perlman, Hellboy was a black and white sketch done in 1991 by creator and artist Mike Mignola. Mondo’s created a polystone statue of this first pass at the horned hero — with the name “Hellboy” emblazoned on his belt — plus a variant color version done by original Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart. You can see him in San Diego but can’t take him home yet — interested parties can preorder Hellboy now at Mondo’s website. (Monster fiends will also want to stop by the booth to check out an upcoming Godzilla sculpture as well.)

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Superman vinyl ($25). Those with record players and a place in their heart for Shirley Walker’s theme composed for Superman: The Animated Series will want to pick up a die-cut single. Artwork for the cover is by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, and the record is cut in the shape of Superman’s iconic “S” shield — folks can choose between red vinyl or Kryptonite green.

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Aliens soundtrack ($35). This one’s special for fans of the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who died last week in a plane crash: A vinyl soundtrack of his score for James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi flick Aliens. The deluxe edition features more than a dozen musical cues new to vinyl plus five bonus tracks, and a cover design by artist Killian Eng. “I wanted the alien to play a big role,” he said, “but at the same time incorporate its shape into the materials of the space station, almost like it becomes the station itself, keeping the marines in a steady merciless grip.”

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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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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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