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Some Guys: The New Album From Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton announced his super secret project today.

The musician will release a new album called Some Guys and it is covers of 70s soft rock songs that sound exactly like the originals.

Coulton describes his connection to that era and genre of music:

“In the 70s, I was sensitive kid who liked soft rock (both of those things are still true). These were some of the first songs that I remember really connecting to. I was always pretty sure that this was not a thing that made me cool, but now that I’m in my late 40s, I feel like it’s safe to come out as a soft rock lover. (Hello, I’m Jonathan, and I like Dan Fogelberg.) Lately, I’ve been listening to this kind of music a lot, rediscovering all my old friends, and I couldn’t shake the idea that it would be a lot of fun to just kind of make them again. I didn’t want to do new versions, I wanted to just rebuild the originals from the ground up. I wanted to live inside these songs for a while. I can tell you it felt very warm and cozy in there.”

The album was produced by Solid State producer Christian Cassan. Most of the instruments are played by Cassan and Coulton, but they brought a few friends to accompany them.

Track Listing:

1. Sister Golden Hair – America
2. On and On – Stephen Bishop
3. Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
4. The Things We Do For Love – 10cc
5. Make It with You – Bread
6. New Kid In Town – Eagles
7. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
8. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
9. Easy – Commodores
10. Wildfire – Michael Murphey
11. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
12. If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
13. Crazy Love – Poco
14. Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg

The release date is tentatively scheduled for late March and you can pre-order the album in various formats on Kickstarter HERE.

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A Very Spidey Christmas EP

Sony Classical and Sony Pictures Animation will release a new soundtrack EP featuring the Christmas songs recorded for the studios’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, including Chris Pine’s rendition of Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) (as featured in the movie’s end credits) and Up on the House Top, Joy to the World performed by Shameik Moore and Deck the Halls performed by Jake Johnson. 

A Very Spidey Christmas will be released digitally tomorrow, December 21 and will be available to download HERE.

Here’s the track list of the EP:

1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
4. Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

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Christmas 2018 Carpool Karaoke

James Corden and Michael Buble kick off a holiday mashup of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” with the musicians who joined James for Carpool Karaoke in 2018, including Migos, Cardi B, Paul McCartney, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Barbra Streisand, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.

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Lil Jon Featuring Kool-Aid Man – All I Really Want For Christmas 

Lil Jon appears to be in a jolly mood joining the Kool-Aid Man for the release of the Christmas song, “All I Really Want for Christmas.”  The Atlanta based rapper regales the listener with what he really wants for the holiday, while the Kool-Aid Man serves his trademark “Oh Yeah!!!” phrase.

What’s more festive than the peaceful tones of Lil Jon and that cherished holiday beverage, Kool Aid?

You can stream and download the song HERE.

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Bose Frames

Bose announced Frames, a breakthrough product combining the protection and style of premium sunglasses, the functionality and performance of wireless headphones, and the world’s first audio augmented reality platform — into one revolutionary wearable. 

Frames take micro-acoustics and voice control to an entirely new level, debuting the future of mobile sound in the tiniest, thinnest, most lightweight Bose system ever. With a proprietary open-ear design, Frames can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private. Frames are available in January 2019 for $199, preorders start today, and Bose AR apps are coming next year.

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Apple Music Coming To The Amazon Echo

Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free. Simply enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link your account to start listening.

Apple Music will be available to Alexa customers beginning the week of December 17.

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See Brandi Carlile Sing For Women In Prison In New Mini-Doc

“My greatest heroes have really paired their music with humanitarian efforts, activism, so I wanted to do that right away,” Brandi Carlile says in a mini-documentary depicting her work with her own charitable Looking Out Foundation. The short film chronicles Carlile’s visit during the holidays to the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.

For the past 10 years, the Washington native has gone inside to perform an acoustic set for inmates. In the above clip, shot during the 2017 holiday season, she sings her deeply personal “The Mother,” which she wrote after the birth of her first child, daughter Evangeline. Carlile is also seen being presented a Christmas wreath made by the inmates.

Read more HERE.

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Netflix Releases The Springsteen On Broadway Trailer

The critically acclaimed, three times extended, Broadway phenomenon Springsteen On Broadway makes its global debut on Netflix on December 16, 2018. 

Springsteen on Broadway is a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen. Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography ‘Born to Run,’ Springsteen on Broadway is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, it features a special appearance by Patti Scialfa. The evening has received rave reviews in top media here and abroad.

Springsteen on Broadway is written by Bruce Springsteen, and directed and produced by Emmy Award-winner Thom Zimny (“Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in New York City (2001)”). 

Bruce Springsteen’s historic sold-out series of performances of his one man show Springsteen On Broadway began previews on October 3, 2017 and officially opened October 12. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run, and will close on Broadway on December 15, 2018, bringing the total number of performances to 236.

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Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary 6 CD Collector’s Edition To Be Released On November 30th

On November 30, Capitol/UMe will celebrate a half-century of top-shelf music-making with the release of Neil Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, a 6CD retrospective that spans the singer/songwriter’s entire storied career. This fully loaded collection contains 115 tracks overall set in a hard-cover book, featuring scores of Diamond’s most beloved hits alongside demos, rarities and 15 previously unreleased tracks.

Diamond’s unique connection with audiences the world over is evident all throughout the breadth of material presented on this box set. Witness the folk-rock reverie of “Solitary Man,” the unbridled exuberance of “Cherry Cherry,” the sweet acoustic twang of “Forever in Blue Jeans,” the pure Americana swing of “Kentucky Woman,” the eternal sing-along sunshine of “Sweet Caroline,” the raw emotionality of “I Am…I Said,” the welcoming arms of “America,” and the deeply expressive heartlight that’s on full display in his chart-topping duet with Barbra Streisand, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” for just the tip of the iceberg of Diamond’s artistic achievements. 

A full disc containing 12 unreleased songs, including recently unearthed gems such as “Sunflower,” (written and recently updated by Neil Diamond, originally recorded by Glen Campbell), “Before I Had a Dime” and  “C’est La Vie” a song that Neil co-wrote with friend Gilbert Bécaud. Meanwhile, the original demos of two of Diamond’s most indelible tracks, “I Am…I Said” and “America,” give listeners further insight into the creative process behind a pair of his most iconic songs.

Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums, and 11 Multi-Platinum albums. 

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and has recently received The Johnny Mercer Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, three of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters and artists. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture. 

For the past 50 years and counting, Neil Diamond has been on top of the winds of change in popular music every step of the way. Experience the triumphant drive of his career arc in full with this most inclusive 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.

Here is the full track list of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition compilation:

Disc One: “Solitary Man” (Mono) “Cherry, Cherry” (Mono) “I Got the Feelin’ (Oh No No)” (Mono) “Do It” (Mono) “The Boat That I Row” (Mono) “You Got to Me” (Mono) “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” (Mono) “I’m a Believer” (Mono) “Thank the Lord for the Night Time” (Mono) “Kentucky Woman” (Mono) “Red, Red Wine” (Mono) “Brooklyn Roads” “Glory Road” “Holly Holy” “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” “Shilo” “Sunday Sun” “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show” “Dig In” “Sweet Caroline” “Cracklin’ Rosie” “Soolaimon” “Crunchy Granola Suite” “Lordy” (Live)

Disc Two: “I Am…I Said” (Original Demo) “I Am…I Said” “Done Too Soon” “Stones” “Morningside” “Play Me” “Walk on Water” “Lonely Looking Sky” “Skybird” “Be” “I’ve Been This Way Before” “The Last Picasso” “Rosemary’s Wine” “Song Sung Blue” “Longfellow Serenade” “The Gift of Song” “Beautiful Noise” “Jungletime” “Lady-Oh” “Street Life” “Signs” “Surviving the Life” “Stargazer” “If You Know What I Mean”

Disc Three: “Dry Your Eyes” “Desirée” “Once in a While” “I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight” “America” (Original Demo) “America” “Hello Again” “Love on the Rocks” “Amazed and Confused” “Songs of Life” “Yesterday’s Songs” “I’m Alive” “Heartlight” “On the Way to the Sky” “Headed for the Future” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” — duet with Barbra Streisand “Forever in Blue Jeans” “September Morn”

Disc Four: “The Story of My Life” “It’s a Trip (Go for the Moon)” “Hooked on the Memory of You” “Baby Can I Hold You” (Live in Dublin R.D.S. 1989) “Hard Time for Lovers” “All I Really Need Is You” “If There Were No Dreams” “Someone Who Believes in You” “The Way” “One Good Love” — duet with Waylon Jennings “Blue Highway” — featuring Chet Atkins “Open Wide These Prison Doors” “Everybody” “No Limit” “I Haven’t Played This Song in Years” “You Are the Best Part of Me” “Delirious Love” “I Believe in Happy Endings” “Man of God” “We”

Disc Five: “I’m On to You” “What’s It Gonna Be” “Save Me a Saturday Night” “Captain of a Shipwreck” “Another Day (That Time Forgot)” — duet with Natalie Maines “Don’t Go There” “Home Before Dark” “Forgotten” “Pretty Amazing Grace” “Melody Road” “Nothing but a Heartache” “Something Blue” “In Better Days” “Seongah and Jimmy” “Sunny Disposition” “The Art of Love” “Hell Yeah”

Disc Six: “Sunflower” “C’est La Vie” “Girls Go Fishin'” “Maybe” “Caribbean Cruise” “You Are” “Easy (To Be In Love)” “Before I Had a Dime” “The Ballad of Saving Silverman” “It Don’t Seem Likely” “Long Nights, Hold On” “Moonlight Rider”

Preorder Neil Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition HERE.

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John Williams Creating New Music, Attraction Names Revealed For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, announced some major details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge today at D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort — including the news that John Williams, beloved Star Wars composer, is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land. Star Wars wouldn’t be Star Wars without Williams’ incredible, sweeping scores; getting to hear new work from him at Galaxy’s Edge has us all the more excited.

You can listen to a preview of the music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, in the video above, which also features footage of construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In addition, Chapek played two videos that revealed the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The first, named Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, puts guests behind the controls of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles. We are ready to channel our inner Han, Lando, Chewie, and Rey!

The second attraction, which puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Along with the land’s dynamic elements and additional interactive integration with the Play Disney Parks app, these groundbreaking attractions at Galaxy’s Edge will invite guests to become galactic travelers and live their own Star Wars stories in a galaxy far, far away.

Indeed, there will be much to do at this exotic outpost, as detailed on the Disney Parks Blog. You can visit a street market in Black Spire Outpost, shop at food stalls where you can enjoy delicacies like blue milk, or visit the Cantina where you can see an old friend, Rex, as well as creatures and characters that are hallmarks of the Star Wars universe.

Also, Chapek shared new information about the currently in-development Star Wars-themed resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort. From the moment you board your launch pod, you’ll experience a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins, and exciting action.

Galaxy’s Edge, the highly-anticipated Star Wars-themed land, opens at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and at Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019. 


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