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Randy Newman’s Lonely At The Top: Studio Albums, 1968–1977 Available On Record Store Day April 22, 2017

The 10th annual Record Store Day is Saturday April 22, 2017 and among the releases at participating indie record stores will be Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums, 1968–1977. The set is comprised of Newman’s first five studio albums—Randy Newman, 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, and Little Criminals—on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM of alternate versions of “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and “Last Night I Had a Dream.”

The collection will receive a limited release of 1,000.

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U2 The Joshua Tree 4CD Super Deluxe Box Set To be Released On June 2, 2017

U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree this June, with a four-CD super deluxe edition box set.

The super deluxe edition box set includes: The Joshua Tree double album, The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987, The Joshua Tree Remixes and The Joshua Tree B-Sides & Outtakes.

In total 25 audio tracks are previously unreleased (including the live material) and the CDs will come housed in a large format 12-inch double gatefold folio. This is packaged with The Joshua Tree – Photographs by The Edge, an 84-page hardcover book of never-before seen photography by The Edge, taken during the original Mojave Desert Joshua Tree shoot in 1986. Additionally this super deluxe set comes with a folio of eight 12-inch Anton Corbijn color prints. The outer box features a “textured embossed gold foiled Joshua tree icon”.

The 30th anniversary edition of The Joshua Tree will be released on June 2, 2017.

Tracklisting:

CD 1 – The Joshua Tree double album

Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers of The Disappeared

CD2 – The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987

Where The Streets Have No Name
I Will Follow
Trip Through Your Wires
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
MLK
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
In God’s Country
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Exit
October
New Year’s Day
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
With or Without You
Party Girl
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
“40”

CD3 – The Joshua Tree Remixes

One Tree Hill (St Francis Hotel Remix)
Bullet The Blue Sky (Jacknife Lee Remix)
Running To Stand Still (Daniel Lanois Remix)
Red Hill Mining Town (Steve Lillywhite 2017 Mix)
With or Without You (Daniel Lanois Remix)
Where The Streets Have No Name (Flood Remix)

CD4 – The Joshua Tree B-Sides & Outtakes

Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Silver And Gold
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87)
One Tree Hill Reprise (Brian Eno 2017 Mix)
Silver and Gold
Beautiful Ghost/Introduction To Songs Of Experience
Wave of Sorrow (Birdland)
Desert of Our Love
Rise Up
Drunk Chicken/America

 

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Electric Violin Is The New Hype of Music For 2017

Violins altogether have been with people far longer than an average instrument. Known to be a wooden string instrument of the violin family, it is the smallest one yet with the highest pitch. Musical instruments such as this one have been around for quite a while. Made with spruce or maple wood, a violin can go a long way if handled with care. A professional violin has already tested time but why are people still opting out to use electric violin?

Hint: modern time can change anything within its radius. 

Years passed have given far larger opportunities for every musical enthusiast. Changes have drawn out a lot of interest and it has never gone better. From flutes down towards pianos, the era now is encroached by a powerful variety of music. This can be said about electric violins such as the Yamaha electric violin as they are becoming popular these days.

According to some reports, 12% of violin learners are now using the electric violin. The reason for using one is the same reason why most individuals are using electric guitars. Acoustic counterpart aside, electronic devices usage has a sense of liberation. With how the industry is tuning in with their songs, a lot of people would like to go with the trend.

Its features are far different from the ordinary one. To think about it, it’s highly improved than expected because it already has volume adjustments, amp, and the ability to change the sound. Anyone can record a piece being played and be able to edit it through the use of a computer. This is one of the biggest factors of playing a modified electric violin. It provides a larger musically inclined perception in changing and creating a new composition.

There are a lot of accessories that can go with it too. Using this type of violin is a gateway to adding a couple of touch-ups, so a person can definitely tweak it a bit. For example, one can use a headset with an SD card full of songs to practice all the while not disturbing others when doing so. See, learners who are beginning to play the violin can’t just play it smoothly. But utilizing a “silent” violin like an electric one can answer to the cause.  There are many choices of items for anyone can use while using their violins.

This kind of violin is not one to disappoint especially with how violin makers are creating their own version of this stringed instrument. Skull is designed perfectly to portray a skull version of a violin, the Rocket EVN has a sleek “S” style, and some only features half of the body. Many sophisticatedly made violins are resurfacing nowadays with lots to offer.

By definition, a violin is a beautifully made with wood, classic instrument. But modern times are taking a turn of the tide specifically with how popular electric stringed instruments are nowadays. With the increasing demands and the changing in views, there’s no question why lots of people would want to use electric violins in the first place.

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Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Festival

Chris Hardwick has decided to create and host a new music, comedy and comic book festival called ID10T. The festival will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Silicon Valley, June 24-25.

With bands like Weezer, Ok Go, Car Seat Headrest, Girl Talk, and TV on the Radio on the music side and comedians like Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel and Oates, and Michael Che on the comedy side, this event is going to be packed with a ton of talented people.

There will also be a Mad Decent dance tent featuring people like Madeon, Zeds Dead, and Troyboi to keep the party going.

Of course, what makes a great festival isn’t just great acts. It’s creating a holistic experience for guests, mixing the festival spirit with a bit of Comic-Con indebted convention fun. So not only is cosplay encouraged for ID10T, but you can expect to see exhibitors like Boom! Studios, Oni Press, Valiant Comics, and Insight Editions, among others. The event is also still accepting exhibitor applicants, so that list will definitely continue to grow.

ID10T will be a fantastic marriage of all the things you love about concerts, live comedy, with a dash of Comic-Con.

Click HERE for more information.

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Wheel Turntable

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Reducing the turntable to its most basic elements, the Miniot Wheel Turntable ($600) cleverly hides its components behind the record itself. An electronically-stabilized belt drive spins the heavy aluminum platter at a perfect 33.3 rpm, while the outer ring secures the record and eliminates resonance.

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The tonearm, modified AT95E cartridge, drive, amp, and electronics sit in a vibration-isolated block inside a cavity in the platter, and it’s all controlled by the center stick. A wood base in walnut, cherry, or mahogany gives the minimal design an added bit of finish. Made in Holland.

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Art Record Covers From Taschen Books

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Since the dawn of modernism, visual and music production have had a particularly intimate relationship. From Luigi Russolo’s 1913 Futurist manifesto L’Arte dei Rumori (The Art of Noise) to Marcel Duchamp’s 1925 double-sided discs Rotoreliefs, the 20th century saw ever more fertile exchange between sounds and shapes, marks and melodies, and different fields of composition and performance.

In Francesco Spampinato’s unique anthology of artists’ record covers, we discover the rhythm of this particular cultural history. The book presents 500 covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through to today, exploring how modernism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, postmodernism, and various forms of contemporary art practice have all informed this collateral field of visual production and supported the mass distribution of music with defining imagery that swiftly and suggestively evokes an aural encounter.

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Along the way, we find Jean-Michel Basquiat’s urban hieroglyphs for his own Tartown record label, Banksy’s stenciled graffiti for Blur, Damien Hirst’s symbolic skull for the Hours, and a skewered Salvador Dalí butterfly on Jackie Gleason’s Lonesome Echo. There are insightful analyses and fact sheets alongside the covers listing the artist, performer, album name, label, year of release, and information on the original artwork. Interviews with Tauba Auerbach, Shepard Fairey, Kim Gordon, Christian Marclay, Albert Oehlen, and Raymond Pettibon add personal accounts on the collaborative relationship between artists and musicians.

Art Record Covers is a 448 page hardcover that retails for $69.99 and can be ordered HERE.

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Jonathan Coulton To Release New Album, Solid State On April 28, 2017

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Jonathan Coulton will release a new album, Solid State on April 28, 2017.

You can pre-order now at solidstate.jonathancoulton.com. The first single is called “All This Time” and is available right now on Spotify, and as a download in iTunes.

Solid State is a concept album about the internet, trolls, artificial intelligence, and how love and empathy will save humanity. There is also a companion graphic novel (136 pages, hardcover) written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Albert Monteys.

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You can also pre-order the digital album wherever fine digital music is sold and/or pre-ordered, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, etc.

To promote the record, Coulton will be on tour, opening for Aimee Mann, April 20 – May 13 in various cities across the country.

Track Listing:

1. Wake Up
2. All This Time
3. Solid State
4. Brave
5. Square Things
6. Pictures of Cats
7. Ordinary Man
8. Robots.Txt
9. Don’t Feed the Trolls
10. Your Tattoo
11. Ball and Chain
12. Sunshine
13. Solid State (Reprise)
14. Pulled Down the Stars
15. All to Myself, Pt. 1
16. All to Myself, Pt. 2
17. There You Are

Listen to the first track, All This Time:

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Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (An Album to Benefit War Child)

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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Brandi’s breakthrough album The Story, legendary and up-and-coming artists are covering the album in its entirety. All proceeds from this new interpretation of The Story will go to War Child UK. Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, and Jim James are some of the artists lending their voices to make music mean more.

Track Listing

“Late Morning Lullaby” – Shovels & Rope
“The Story” – Dolly Parton 
“Turpentine” – Kris Kristofferson
“My Song” – Old Crow Medicine Show
“Wasted” – Jim James
“Have You Ever” – The Avett Brothers
“Josephine” – Anderson East
“Losing Heart” – The Secret Sisters
“Cannonball” – The Indigo Girls
“UntiI I Die” – TORRES
“Downpour” – Margo Price
“Shadow On The Wall” – Ruby Amanfu
“Again Today” – Pearl Jam
“Hiding My Heart” – Adele 

Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (An Album to Benefit War Child) will be released on May 5, 2017. For more info, please click HERE.

Listen to Dolly Parton sing The Story:

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John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection Three-Disc Retrospective Will Be Released On March 17, 2017

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John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is a three-disc retrospective that will be out March 17 and includes new recording of Williams’ scores.

It’s an update of a previous collection, which over two disks included music for Spielberg films Williams recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra for 1991’s Sony Classical: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration and 1995’s Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores. Those collections featured music spanning 1974’s Sugarland Express through Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List (1993).

The update was recorded in 2016 with Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles and includes work from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and the 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

“I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I’d written for Steven’s films,” Williams said in a statement. “So I said to him, ‘ Steven, wouldn’t it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn’t have when the last disc was recorded this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?’ To which Steven responded, ‘This is a great idea. Let’s do it!’ “

The new collection also features the documentary Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues about their collaboration and friendship. Williams has scored all of Spielberg’s films, with the exception of two, and he’s earned three Oscars for his work on Spielberg’s films (and five Oscars in total).

Track Listing:

Disc: 1

1. Raiders March from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
2. Theme from “Always”
3. Adventures on Earth from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
4. Theme from “Sugarland Express”
5. Title Theme from “Jaws”
6. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws”
7. Exsultate Justi from “Empire of the Sun”
8. Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
9. Over the Moon from “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”
10. March from “1941”
11. Cadillac of the Skies from “Empire of the Sun”
12. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
13. Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley

Disc: 2

1. Flying from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
2. Theme From “Jurassic Park”
3. Remembrances from “Schindler’s List”
4. Flight to Neverland from “Hook”
5. The Battle Of Hollywood From “1941” (includes the Irish folksong “The Rakes of Mallow”)
6. Smee’s Plan From “Hook”
7. The Barrel Chase From “Jaws”
8. My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from “Jurassic Park”
9. Jim’s New Life From “Empire Of The Sun”
10. The Dialogue From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”
11. The Lost Boys Ballet From “Hook”
12. Theme from “Schindler’s List”
13. The Basket Chase from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
14. The Face Of Pan from “Hook”
15. The Banquet Scene from “Hook”

Disc: 3

1. The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
2. Dry Your Tears, Afrika from “Amistad”
3. The BFG from “The BFG”
4. With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”
5. The Duel from “The Adventures of Tintin”
6. A New Beginning from “Minority Report”
7. Movement 1: Closing In
8. Movement 2: Reflections
9. Movement 3: Joy Ride
10. Marion’s Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
11. Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan”
12. Dartmoor, 1912 from “War Horse”
13. Viktor’s Tale from “The Terminal”
14. Prayer for Peace from “Munich”
15. Immigration and Building from “The Unfinished Journey”
16. With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”

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Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, A New Documentary Film Begins Airing February 11, On MSGN

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Prospect Productions, Maritime Pictures and MSG Networks present a new documentary film Billy Joel: New York State of Mind. The half-hour film explores Joel’s unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden, now in its 42nd consecutive show! Described by Billboard magazine as “the greatest arena engagement of all time.”

Billy Joel: New York State of Mind features new interviews with the legendary musician, behind-the-scenes footage of Billy, his band and crew, plus interviews with Joel’s “Super-Fans” including actor and comedian Kevin James.

Directed by Jeff Siegel and produced by Jeff Siegel, Nick Barnicle, Colin Barnicle, and Executive Produced by Steve Cohen and Marc Forrest. Billy Joel: New York State Of Mind begins airing this Saturday night, February 11, on MSGN and can also be seen throughout the month of February.

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