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Hey Classic Rock fans, Napkin Art here…

There’s been an awful lot of buzz going ’round the web the last few days over the latest Bob Dylan release, called “Bob Dylan: The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. I,” which sadly to us US fans, is only available in Europe and limited to a mere 100 copies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two new songs from legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will be featured in the second season of CINEMAX’s Emmy®-nominated action drama series STRIKE BACK, which begins Aug. 17. Both previously unreleased songs appear on Dylan’s upcoming album “Tempest,” to be released Sept. 11, marking his 50th anniversary as a recording artist and his 35th studio release.

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Music has an uncanny effect on memory. It can direct a person to a specific place and time in their mind when a familiar song comes on the radio, when a nanosecond’s worth of a guitar lick is present in a television commercial, or when it’s heard in a movie. Music almost has same power as the sense of smell, triggering thoughts from so long ago.

In September 2001 I was just starting my sophomore year of college, not yet 20. I remember the weather in West Texas was pleasant; not too hot and not yet cool enough for a sweater. My roommate and I had just seen Crosby, Stills and Nash play a gig in Dallas the night of September 8, 2001, and like with most concerts it takes us several days to come off Cloud 9. I remember the fantastic greatest hits-like set from the show, and the big, burly roadie type gent three seats down from us that sat stoic for most of the show, until the opening licks of “Southern Cross” hit everyone’s ears, and this guy jumps out of his seat in excitement, as if his chair was electrified. I was still laughing about that moment the morning I rolled out of bed on September 11th. However, the moment I sat down to catch some tv before heading to class I was no longer laughing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings are set to release the stand-alone “Bob Dylan In Concert: Brandeis University 1963” to a wider audience on April 12, 2011 on CD, Vinyl LP and Digital formats.

Originally available as a limited promotion through Amazon for pre-orders of Dylan’s “Original Mono Recordings” and “Bootleg Vol.9” releases last year, overwhelming demand by fans and the public prodded Columbia to make this special recording more commercially available. Read the rest of this entry »

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With all of the great music releases by legendary artists this holiday season, the two ‘must have’ collections this year for sure are from Bob Dylan.

First up, continuing with his ‘Bootleg Series’, collections of rare and unreleased recordings, Dylan’s latest is the “Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos”, 47 tracks featuring an early 20s Dylan on guitar and vocals, with the occasional harmonica and piano to boot. Many of these recordings have not been commercially available until now, almost 50 years since their original recording sessions. The collection also includes an in-depth booklet with liner notes from music historian Colin Escott, and is available on 2CD or 4LP. You really hear Dylan like you’ve never heard him before, as well as these songs in their first incantations ever committed to tape. It certainly feels like hearing these recordings again for the very first time.

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Bob Dylan Wants You To Embrace MONO

by NapkinArt on Oct 19th, 2010

Two very special Bob Dylan releases came out today, “The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964” and “The Original Mono Recordings” box set. Here is a witty and convincing reason why you should want mono…

On a related note, it’s rare I buy CDs anymore, since I’m such a sucker for vinyl records, so I’ll have to wait until December before the “Original Mono Recordings” box is released on wax. But rest assured, I’ll let you know how it holds up. However, look for my review of the “Witmark Demos” album, as well as the Amazon pre-order exclusive live album, “Brandeis University” by week’s end. (I also have to wait to receive my copy from Amazon, since I desperately wanted the exclusive bonus album. Boo…)

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Writer Jay Cocks who wrote “Gangs of new York” was asked by Bob Dylan to write a script of his legendary song “Brownsville Girl” from the Knocked Out Loaded album.  It was co-written by Sam Shepard if you remember.

Sounds like this could be an awesome western film.  Supposedly “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper has been approached to direct with Brad Pitt asked to star as Henry Porter.

This sounds like it could be one of the better movies to come out if it gets green lit.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

An Emperor Media Ltd production, documentary special ‘Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story‘ is from award-winning producer/director Jon Brewer (‘The Most Dangerous Band In The World‘). Mick Ronson’s humble beginnings in Hull, England underpinned his values and modest, unpretentious personality as he worked with the city’s council whilst pursuing his craft with consummate dedication.

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Soundtracks we want to see released on Vinyl!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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I just love soundtracks to movies. I always have and I believe I always will. There is something about a score to a film that just perks me up in all the right ways and inspires my creative side, whether it be to write a screenplay or go back an watch that old film I love. Music is an integral part to films and is considered to be the mojo of every movie. I’m sure we’ve all seen that odd YouTube video of the final scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, where Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca walk down a crowded arena to receive their medals to zero music. It’s super weird and awkward with no music, but just random sound effects of footsteps and a rare cough, laugh, and Chewie’s roar. John Williams did such a great job, as he always does with Star Wars music, but that final scene of music really puts your emotions on full blast. It’s all from the soundtrack too.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you are in the mood for a trip to the desert coupled with some of the greatest musicians that have ever walked the earth, you have about 5 days to wait to order tickets to the “concert of the century” for Desert Trip Fest in Indio. This is a 3-day festival that brings some of the greatest names in rock and roll together for the first time.

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Good news, everyone. Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola are teaming up again for a Christmas special for television. If you’ve seen Murray on ‘SNL‘ or in his recent excellent film ‘St. Vincent‘, you would see and hear him singing a variety of songs. Most recently the Bob Dylan song ‘Shelter from the Storm‘. This upcoming Christmas Special he has planned will involve him singing as well. And that my friends, is one exceptional holiday gift I didn’t expect.

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‘The Wonder Years’ Is Finally Coming to DVD!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 12th, 2014

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Well it’s about time. The iconic 80’s tv show, ‘The Wonder Years‘ is finally getting a release on DVD. It has never before been released on home video in it’s entirety with the exception of a few ‘Best Of’ VHS’s. The entire series was released on Netflix a year or so ago, so it was only a matter of time before it got a phsyical release. But it looks like there is no Blu-Ray release scheduled. Most of the original music will be in tact, which was  the major factor of it not being released on home video all these years, since it’s soundtrack contains tons of Beatles music amongst others.  It was just too expensive. This is exciting news. I hope there are some great extras and I hope there is a Blu-Ray release soon.

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Film Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 17th, 2013

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 The Coen Bros. have knocked it out of the park yet again with their latest film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘. Although, I don’t think this will have the big box office draw that ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?‘ or ‘No Country For Old Men‘ had, but I expect people to be talking about this film for months to come and singing the impressive soundtrack, which was produced by T Bone Burnett. In the scale of things, this is a very small film set in the New York folk music scene in the early 60s. In true Coen Bros. fashion, the mood is darkly funny, and follows a man, who tries to find himself later in life through his music. I can’t recommend this film enough.

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Record Store Day is coming up April 21st and looks to be insane.  We scored an early product list for Record Store Day detailing every release on April 21st including how rare each release is and prices.  There will be tons of limited releases, new releases,and classic records sold throughout the entire day.  A few releases include: Phish, Notorious BIG, Bob Dylan, Captain Beefheart, the soundtracks for ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Aerosmith’, David Bowie, The White Stripes, Frank Zappa, and Roky Erickson. It’s going to be amazing.

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Film Review: ‘Warm Bodies’

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 31st, 2013

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Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’sWarm Bodies‘ focuses more on an undead romance than any political or social issues, with having just enough blood and guts for genre fans.  I have to say that this zombie flick ranks right up there with some of the best living dead films ever made.  It’s original, fresh, and has an amazing soundtrack.  I have no doubt that this lovable zombie movie will make tons of money at the box office.

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Hey Classic Rock fans, Napkin Art here…

Europeans, have you ever wanted to put out your very own Beatles single on your very own record label? Well, now you have the freedom to release The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” as much as you want, according to current copyright laws in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hey Rock fans, Napkin Art here…

We’re obsessed with the working genius of Jack White, and we’re happy to hear he is at it again, sifting through his obviously large treasure vault, offering rabid fans access to more rarities via his Third Man Records Vault Subscription Service, this time with a live album of the short-lived band, Jack White and The Bricks, some pre-Raconteurs demos and DVD of a Whirlwind Heat + White Stripes tour for Vault Package 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Music From Jimi Hendrix Coming March 5th!

by NapkinArt on Jan 8th, 2013

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Hey Classic Rock fans, Napkin Art Here…

Believe it or not, Jimi Hendrix has a new album of even more unreleased recordings, coming out March 5th, called “People, Hell and Angels” from Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings. But, how can this be?!? The man has been dead for over 40 years!!! He isn’t considered the ‘Greatest Guitarist EVER’ for no reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film Review: ‘Not Fade Away’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 8th, 2013

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David Chase, mostly known for being the creator and show-runner on HBO‘s ‘The Sopranos‘, marks his first feature film directorial debut with ‘Not Fade Away‘.  I didn’t know what quite to expect from this coming of age film that relies heavy on music of the 50s and 60s as well as political and social issues to further the story, but from  what the trailer showcased, I expected more of a ‘That Thing You Do!‘ type of film, which chronicled the rise and fall of a local band to fame and fortune.  That is not the case with ‘Not Fade Away‘.  Instead we get something a little more in the way of growing up in turbulent times and dealing with change. By all means, Chase made a solid film, but it is not without its flaws.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

We reported a little while ago the possibility of Scorsese and Di Caprio teaming up again for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.  Today it is official.  Martin Scorsese will direct “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCraprio. The deal, which brings Scorsese and DiCaprio together for their fifth feature collaboration, was made official today.

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