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Pizza Hut Introduces The World’s First Playable DJ Pizza Box

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As a promotional stunt, Pizza Hut UK worked with printed electronics outfit Novalia to create a unique cardboard pizza box. The specialty box is outfitted with touch-sensitive decks, a mixer and buttons that control volume and pitch. It is battery powered and connects to a DJ’s computer or smartphone via Bluetooth. Customers looking to get their hands on the cardboard deck will need to pay close attention to Pizza Hut’s U.K. Twitter feed. A limited amount of boxes will be available in only five of the 350 U.K. Pizza Hut locations.

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Norah Jones Announces New Album, Day Breaks Due On October 7, 2016

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Norah Jones has announced that her new album Day Breaks, the follow-up to 2012’s Little Broken Hearts, will arrive on October 7th. Jones also unveiled the new video for the album’s tender first single “Carry On,” featuring an elderly couple dancing in their kitchen while Jones serenades them from afar.

The 12-track LP features nine new songs alongside covers of tracks by Neil Young (“Don’t Be Denied”), Horace Silver and Duke Ellington (Jones previously covered Young at the annual Neil Fest all-star concert). Saxophone legend Wayne Shorter, organist Lonnie Smith and drummer Brian Blade also guest on the LP.

Whereas her previous albums were written with Jones on guitar, Day Breaks finds the singer-songwriter returning to the Grammy-winning roots of her smash Come Away With Me by composing the album’s nine original songs on the piano.

Day Breaks Tracklist

1. Burn
2. Tragedy
3. Flipside
4. It’s A Wonderful Time For Love
5. And Then There Was You
6. Don’t Be Denied
7. Day Breaks
8. Peace
9. Once I Had A Laugh
10. Sleeping Wild
11. Carry On
12. Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)

 

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Joe Bonamassa To Release Live At The Greek Theatre CD/DVD/Blu-ray/LP On September 23, 2016

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On September 23rd, GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will deliver Live at the Greek Theatre, a 22-track Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray, and 4-LP Deluxe Edition tribute to three of the greatest bluesmen to ever live – Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King. Live at the Greek Theatre showcases “The Three Kings” tour of 2015; a 14-date US amphitheater tour that culminated at famed Los Angeles venue The Greek. Bonamassa celebrates the trio of blues icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written. The release includes a collector’s edition booklet, and several bonus features containing behind-the-scenes footage and more. Public TV and MTV Live, formerly Palladia, will broadcast the epic Blues tribute performances during their August and September schedules.

Fans will instantly receive a free download of the track “Let the Good Times Roll,” as a thank you for pre-ordering the new Album. Live at the Greek Theatre can be pre-ordered here: http://shop.jbonamassa.com/collections/live-at-the-greek-theatre

 Playing on a warm summer night to a nearly sold-out crowd, Bonamassa’s handpicked set list of songs was called “spectacular” by Premier Guitar; Los Angeles Times said the show “had swing and polish” and that “Bonamassa evoked the signature licks of all three icons while managing to put his own stamp on things.”

Songs ranged from blues standards to deep cuts, including “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “Lonesome Whistle Blues,” “Hummingbird,” “Let The Good Times Roll,” and, of course, B.B. King’s famed “The Thrill Is Gone” as the evening closer. For Bonamassa, the tour’s importance deepened significantly when B.B., his friend and mentor, passed away two months before it began. “My only regret is that B.B. was not alive to see it,” said Bonamassa.

Showcasing “magnificent guitar playing” (The Morning Call), Bonamassa introduced a steady rotation of vintage guitars, including four Gibson ES models, a Gibson Les Paul, a Gibson Flying V, two new Gibson Custom Shop models, two Fender Strats, and a 1972 Dan Erlewine custom Flying V named “Lucy,” originally owned and played by Freddie King and currently in the collection of actor Steven Seagal.

The eleven-piece band included Anton Fig (drums), Kirk Fletcher (guitar), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Ron Dziubla (saxophone), and a trio of backup singers including Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins.

Live at the Greek Theatre continues Bonamassa’s tradition of honoring incredible concert venues like the Royal Albert Hall, the Vienna Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the Beacon Theater. As with all Bonamassa DVD shoots, the performance at the Greek offered a unique presentation of this historical music.

This tour was a continuation of the celebration of our blues heritage, which began with the 2014 production of Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Both tours gave a portion of proceeds to presenting partner Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, a non-profit Bonamassa founded in 2011 that promotes the heritage of the blues to the next generation, funds music scholarships, and supplements the loss of music education in public schools.

Bonamassa’s most recent studio album, Blues of Desperation, released March 25, marks his 16th #1 Blues album on the Billboard charts, more than any other artist, and landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, his highest charting yet.

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Chapter And Verse, The Companion Album To Bruce Springsteen’s Autobiography, To Be Released September 23 – Includes 5 Unreleased Tracks

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Chapter and Verse, the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released Sept. 23 on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes Born to Run. Five of the album’s 18 tracks have not been previously released.

Springsteen selected the songs on Chapter and Verse to reflect the themes and sections of Born to Run. The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s Wrecking Ball. The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of Henry Boy and Growin’ Up were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

Chapter and Verse will be available as a single CD and double LP, as well as via digital download and streaming. The package will include lyrics and rare photos. Chapter & Verse will be available for preorder on Friday, July 29.

Chapter and Verse Track Listing:
 
1. Baby I — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
2. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
3. He’s Guilty (The Judge Song) — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
4. Ballad of Jesse James — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
6. Growin’ Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on ‘Tracks’)
7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, ‘The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle’)
8. Born to Run (1975, ‘Born to Run’)
9. Badlands (1977, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’)
10. The River (1980, ‘The River’)
11. My Father’s House (1982, ‘ Nebraska’)
12. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’)
13. Brilliant Disguise (1987, ‘Tunnel of Love’)
14. Living Proof (1992, ‘Lucky Town’)
15. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’)
16. The Rising (2002, ‘The Rising’)
17. Long Time Comin’ (2005, ‘Devils & Dust’)
18. Wrecking Ball (2012, ‘Wrecking Ball’)

Springsteen’s gripping 500-page autobiography, Born to Run, will be released internationally Sept. 27, published in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster. 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.

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The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Album To Be Released On September 9th

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Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, BC for their first concert in Canada.

Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl:  “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers, so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”

While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, GRAMMY Award winning producer Giles Martin and GRAMMY Award winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show…”

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

White Horse Pictures’ GRAMMY Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22). In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17.

Track Listing For The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl:

1. Twist and Shout
2. She’s A Woman
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
4. Ticket To Ride
5. Can’t Buy Me Love
6. Things We Said Today
7. Roll Over Beethoven
8. Boys
9. A Hard Day’s Night!
10. Help!
11. All My Loving
12. She Loves You
13. Long Tall Sally
14. You Can’t Do That
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My baby
17. Baby’s In Black

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Randy Newman Songbook Volume 3 Due on September 23, 2016

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Nonesuch Records will release The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3 on September 23, 2016 as a stand-alone CD and digital album. The album is the third in a series comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Newman’s five-decade career. Previous volumes were released in 2003 and 2011. (A four-LP, vinyl-only limited-edition box set, The Randy Newman Songbook, containing all three volumes in a new, thematic sequencing, is being released simultaneously.) Mitchell Froom and Newman’s lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3.

Track Listing

1. Short People
2. Mama Told Me Not To Come
3. Love Story
4. Burn On
5. You’ve Got A Friend In Me
6. Rollin’
7. Guilty
8. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear
9. Davy The Fat Boy
10. Red Bandana
11. Old Man
12. Real Emotional Girl
13. I Love To See You Smile
14. I Love L.A.
15. Bad News From Home
16. I’ll Be Home

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See Mondo’s Inside Out 7” Record Series & Prints

There are many exclusive pleasures to be had while attending San Diego Comic Con (July 21–24)–you get to see never-before-revealed footage from upcoming films and are allowed access to new details about your favorite comic books. You attend panels full of creative luminaries that give you a peek at the process behind your favorite pop culture. And you get to see lots of people rocking truly mind-boggling cosplay costumes (seriously–the most creative person in all of Comic Con might be the guy who fashioned a remarkably intricate Baymax costume all by himself). Another huge highlight: the shopping.

There are tons of exclusives that can be found on the convention floor during San Diego Comic Con. And one of the premiere shopping destinations at San Diego Comic Con is the Mondo booth (#835). Mondo, is, of course, one of the premier providers of pop culture-inspired coolness. They started out doing limited edition prints for cult favorite movies, and have since moved into apparel, toys, and vinyl records.

This year at San Diego Comic Con, they’re debuting a series of Inside Out 7” vinyl records, containing segments of Michael Giacchino’s score. Each record will have the main theme (“Bundle of Joy”) and an additional track from Giacchino’s flawless score for the Disney•Pixar classic, as well as exclusive artwork from Phantom City Creative that plays off a classic album cover (including: Isaac Hayes’ Joy, Hole’s Live Through This, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream). Also, each album will have an exclusive colorway that goes along with whatever character it’s associated with. These are beautiful. They’re also funny and clever and totally brilliant. Just like the movie. We love them so, so much.

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Inside Out SDCC Joy
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Joy)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 2500 units
Pressed on Translucent Gold Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Abstract Thought
$15

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Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Sadness)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 2500 units
Pressed on Translucent Blue Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Joy Turns To Sadness
$15

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Inside Out SDCC Fear
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Fear)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Purple Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: The Forgetters
$15

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Inside Out SDCC Disgust
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Disgust)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Green Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Nomanisoneisland / National Movers
$15

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Inside Out SDCC Anger
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Anger)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Red Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Chasing Down Sadness
$15

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Inside Out SDCC Riley
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Riley)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 500 units
Pressed on Translucent Gold & Translucent Blue Half-and-Half Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Imagination Land
$15

Additionally, five of the album covers (all of the emotions–sorry Riley!) will be turned into exclusive prints from Mondo and Cyclops Print Works. They will have a run size of only 420; 200 will be on sale at San Diego Comic Con at the Mondo booth (again: #835) and the rest will be on sale at the Cyclops Print Works website at a later date.

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Inside Out SDCC Joy Print

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Inside Out SDCC Sadness Print

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Inside Out SDCC Fear Print

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Inside Out SDCC Disgust Print

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Inside Out SDCC Anger Print

Size: 18” x 24” (each)
Price: $50 each (tax included)
Printing by: D&L Screen-printing

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Hands: A Song For Orlando

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Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The all-star release, “Hands” — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani.

Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.

Available now exclusively on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/HandsTribute

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Michael Conrad Debuts Single Progress

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Brand new to the Los Angeles alt rock music scene, Michael Conrad will be debuting his first single “Progress” starting this summer. And the song could not have come at a more perfect time. With the election year edging closer, Progress explores today’s socioeconomic status, inequality, and love of power. The song is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. It was recorded at 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa with well-known local producer Lew Richards. Lew has worked with artists such as The Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, and Micha Brown to name a few.

Lew Richards (Producer) states “I had a really great time working with Mike I was honored to be a part of his first real studio recording. He was professional all the way through and I’m really stoked on how the song came out. Look forward to seeing what Mike does in the future.”

Alex Vo (Dobro and Electric Guitar)  said “I had a great time and it was a pleasure working on Mike’s new song!”

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Michael’s guitar style consists of a fast acoustic Celtic rhythm, palm muted strumming, sprinkled in harmonics, and a strong laid back modern rock feel. He has many musical influences including, but not limited to:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, John Butler Trio, and Dispatch. Growing up in a small town in New England, Michael moved out to Los Angeles originally to make a career in the film industry but found himself returning to his love of music and poetry.

Progess has a Wild West feel, utilizing spoken word with a clean and rich sounding chorus. A song that strikes a chord with the listener, both harsh and inviting. A local LA County tour is planned for mid to late summer 2016. The single will be ready for radio play and sent to all media venues in California, Hawaii, Boston, Austin, Atlanta and Nashville areas respectively. Michael is currently working on new material for a full length feature album. Acoustic versions of those songs will be performed at his shows this summer.

For more information, promotion requests or to set up an interview, please contact management either by phone at (424) 335-4230, by email (booking@michaelconradmusic.com) or please visit his website at michaelconradmusic.com.

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Introducing The Fender Mod Shop

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Whether you play professionally or just jam out in your garage, there’s nothing like having a customized guitar. Fender Mod Shop Guitars give you chance to do exactly that.

Using a slick web-based interface, this new service lets you order a Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, or Jazz Bass that’s perfectly matched to your style and sound.

No matter which model you choose, you get to pick your own fingerboard, tuning machine, bridge and hardware color, body color and pickguard combo, and pickup. Once you’re done, your custom axe will be built by the skilled technicians at Fenders Corona, CA factory and shipped to you within 30 days, so you won’t have to wait long to start playing.

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