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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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Record Store Day 2015 Releases

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With Record Store Day a little over a month away, its organizers have released “The List” – a collection of all the rare, curious and limited-edition items that will be available in independent music shops. Foo Fighters, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, U2, Brian Wilson and Bruce Springsteen are among the artists with notable releases coming out on April 18, 2015.

Check out the release list HERE.

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Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert To Air On PBS On April 3, 2015

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Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries.

In her latest album Nostalgia, Lennox has revealed yet another dimension to her formidable talent.  Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook. Nostalgia, the singer’s seventh solo album, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

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And with the Great Performances special, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, the singer’s unique interpretations bring a new intimacy to these timeless classics. The special airs Friday April 3, 2015 at 10 p.m. on PBS.

In the 60-minute concert – which was taped at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles in January – Lennox performs songs from the Nostalgia album like “Summertime,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.”

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The special features Lennox’s fresh takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as she pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, interpreting compositions that have moved her, stripping them down to their emotional and musical core and making them her own, demonstrating how these songs continue to resonate even amid the complexities of modern life.

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On the album, Lennox approached each song as if she had never heard it before, boiling each down to its bare essence. Working together with co-producer Mike Stevens, Lennox started with keyboards and added instrumentation sparingly such as the lacerating guitar solo in the middle of “Screaming” Jay Hawkins’ torrid “I Put a Spell on You.” The orchestrations are used on the special.

Complete song listing:

Memphis in June
Georgia on My Mind
I Put a Spell on You
Summertime
I Cover the Waterfront
Strange Fruit 
God Bless the Child
September in the Rain
The Nearness of You
Mood Indigo

Encores:

Here Comes the Rain Again
Why

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Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy Cassette

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The biggest mix tape of the year now available on cassette tape! Playing an integral role in the blockbuster film, the songs live on a mix tape in the main character’s Walkman, which was given to him by his late mother. The set’s music is heard throughout the film and the tape itself has a prominent role in the movie’s story.

The Guardians cassette will come with a digital download version of the album and is the first music cassette released by Disney since 2003.

Order it HERE for $14.98.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Yellow Submarine Print By Alex Ross On February 26, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion is thrilled to reveal its latest officially licensed Beatles limited edition release: “Yellow Submarine” by preeminent comic book artist, Alex Ross, on sale Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Alex’s singular vision of the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1968 masterpiece, “Yellow Submarine.” Driven by the Beatles legendary music and inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling styles of Pop Art, yet it’s “Yellow Submarine’s” art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann that most defined the film’s pioneering look, and it’s in this spirit of unique innovation and creativity that Alex Ross’s highly unusual take can best be appreciated. Alex has often been referred to as ‘the Norman Rockwell of comics’ yet his “Yellow Submarine” piece reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style. His Blue Meanies are a sight to behold as is his overarching composition that does justice to the sweep of this legendary animated classic. Alex has commented prior on the body of his career’s work noting, “Hopefully by painting the work, you gain a sense of life and believability that will draw the reader in a little more,” and this is dynamically manifest in his massive 6-foot original painting for the Beatle’s “Yellow Submarine.”

Alex has worked on countless high profile projects, legendary comic book characters, Hollywood studios, a print for the Academy Awards, and so much more but he is very well known at this stage of his career for taking on projects of personal relevance and resonance most of all, and it’s in this context that he enthusiastically accepted Dark Hall Mansion’s invitation to a Beatles project, being an enormous fan of the world’s most famous band. Let Alex’s words convey just what the Beatles personally means to him and how meaningful “Yellow Submarine” is as well:

“For as long as I can remember hearing music, I have loved the Beatles. Not only do I believe they are the greatest musical group of all time, but also one of the greatest things to have happened in human history. “Yellow Submarine” has also been one of my favorite films since I was six years old. The opportunity to work with the Beatles’ likenesses in the very inspired context of the “Yellow Submarine” film is an absolute dream come true. There is so much I love about these men, their legacy, and this film.”

It doesn’t get any more clear and his “Yellow Submarine” piece is all Alex. This is the first time Alex has ever done a Beatles project and he was given little constraint, so it’s safe to say all involved on the project, from LA to London, where shocked on receiving a note and attachment one day revealing a stunning 6-foot painting and just exactly how passionate Alex really was about this project! Please see some very special candid progress images of Alex’s piece in development for DHM, attached, each showing him at work on the original painting in his private studio. We’re certain you’ll be impressed!

DHM’s Alex Ross Beatles “Yellow Submarine” limited editions are meticulously printed by Alex’s longstanding personal printer of choice and will be released by Dark Hall Mansion in exact scale to his original painting via limited edition canvas and paper editions. Both Beatles and Alex Ross fans worldwide will have an opportunity to own an officially licensed Beatles, full scale, 72-inch Alex Ross “Yellow Submarine” canvas or paper edition, each personally signed by the artist.

Dark Hall Mansion’s signed Alex Ross “Yellow Submarine” paper edition, limited to a worldwide run of just 295 pieces, will price at $375, while the select signed Alex Ross “Yellow Submarine” canvas edition, with only 125 editions available worldwide, will price at $550.

All Editions go on sale Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at Dark Hall Mansion. They’ll go on sale on our dedicated Store page at 9:30 AM PST HERE.

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The Wooden Boombox

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Designed by: Jake Mize, a designer, basketball legend, and founder of The Wooden Boombox.

Inspiration: “This classic boombox tribute is the design that started the entire Wooden Boombox line. The lines, details, antennas, battery slots and even the knobs are all a nod to the big, boxy chrome ghetto blasters that dominated the street music scene in the 1980s. If you owned one, you loved it. If you didn’t, now’s your chance. This throwback will bring you back to a time when what you played your music on was just as important as what you were listening to.”

Product information:

– Weight: 2lbs
– Koa ply contruction
– Dimensions: 9″ x 6″ x 3″
– Battery Life: 15+ Hours
– Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio input.
– Frequency Response: 100hz – 18,000hz
– Ships with battery charger, audio cable, and some extras.

Order it HERE for $250.

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