Monday, August 21, 2017

Sights and Sounds: The Rolling Stones, Matthew Sweet, Jason Falkner

Two fantastic live albums featuring the Rolling Stones, an eagerly-anticipated return from power pop hero Matthew Sweet and an under-the-radar instrumental tribute to The Beatles courtesy of Jason Falkner make for an essential mix of releases available now.

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: Ladies & Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor
Tell me more: Previously available only as a stand-alone DVD release, it is wonderful that Ladies & Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones is finally available on audio CD and digitally (as an MP3 or via streaming). The 16-track performance captured during the band's four-night stint in Texas during the "Exile On Main Street" tour in 1972 stands as one of the British band's best performances. Indeed, many fans of the Rolling Stones consider the band's late '60s and early '70s material their strongest, and this performance is filled with standout tracks from their catalog delivered with passion and firepower. Listen no further than the wild "Brown Sugar," jaunty "Happy" (love Mick Taylor's guitar work on that one), introspective "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and rowdy "Street Fighting Man." Information: eagle-rock.com.


Artists: Muddy Walters and The Rolling Stones
Title: Checkerboard Lounge: Live Chicago 1981 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters
Tell me more: While the Rolling Stones' 2016 Blue & Lonesome celebrated the band's blues influences, a unique trek to Buddy Guy's intimate club in Chicago in November 1981 showcased a more immersive commemoration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' links with blues music. In the middle of the band's ambitious American tour that year (which attracted approximately 3 million concertgoers), the Rolling Stones dropped by the Checkerboard Lounge to see one of the group's most influential heroes, Muddy Waters, perform. It wasn't long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were on stage performing with the legend. The quality is excellent, as are the loose and authentic performances. Standouts abound, with Muddy Waters'  leading the charge on "You Don't Have to Go," members of the Stones joining Waters for animated takes on the bona fide blues classics "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Hoochie Coochie Man," and a true all-star ensemble with Waters and members of the Stones joined by Chicago blues greats Buddy Guy and Junior Wells for a frantic "Got My Mojo Workin'." Information: eagle-rock.com.



Artist: Matthew Sweet
Title: Tomorrow Forever (Honeycomb Hideout/RED)
You might like if you enjoy: Marshall Crenshaw, the Bangles, the Raspberries
Tell me more: Prior to the release of Tomorrow Forever, power pop hero Matthew Sweet had not issued a new studio album since 2011. "Tomorrow Forever" finds Sweet back with a welcome vengeance, bolstered by a marathon-length 17-song collection that fits on a single audio CD disc but comes packaged as a double LP if you purchase it on vinyl. Sweet dealt with a number of life-changing events leading up to the release of Tomorrow Forever (including the death of his mother and a move from Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska), and there is a definite depth and purpose to the songs this time around. The driving "Trick," swirling psychedelic-edged "Entangled," tender "You Knew Me" (a beautiful tribute to his mother) and the longing rocker "Bittersweet." In addition to his long-time rhythm section (bassist Paul Chastain and drummer Ric Menck), guests on "Tomorrow Forever" include Debbi Peterson (drummer of the Bangles), Jason Victor (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3), Gary Louris (the Jayhawks), Val McCallum (Jackson Browne) and keyboardist Rod Argent (of The Zombies). Information: matthewsweet.com.



Artist: Jason Falkner
Title: Bedtime With The Beatles: Instrumental Versions of Classic Beatles Songs (Sony Wonder)
You might like if you enjoy: The Beatles, Laurence Juber
Tell me more: Thanks to Jason Falkner's continuing high-profile role as a touring member of Beck's band and his acclaimed collaboration with R. Stevie Moore earlier this year (Make It Be), now is an excellent time to catch up on Falkner's previous releases. I was recently introduced to Falkner's 2001 release Bedtime With The Beatles, which features 11 instrumental versions of Fab Four classics. The Beatles' time-tested tunes are solid enough to have fueled an endless parade of tributes, but it are Falkner's singularly dazzling talents as multi-instrumentalist and arranger that make these artful versions rank alongside Laurence Juber's fingerstyle guitar recordings as the finest instrumental interpretations of Lennon/McCartney compositions I've heard. A lush "Across The Universe," haunting "I'm Only Sleeping," dreamy baroque take of "Here There And Everywhere" and gentle guitar-meets-keyboards dance of "In My Life" are among my favorites. But the truth is every track on the disc is outstanding. Information: JasonFalkner.net.

Robert Kinsler


Friday, August 18, 2017

Cult Icons Collide: 'RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors’ thrills; returns on Thursday, Aug. 24

‘RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who  The Five Doctors’

WHO: Fathom Events, RiffTrax.com® and BBC Worldwide North America
 
WHEN: Thursday, August 17

NEXT: Thursday, August 24; 7:30 p.m. local time      
 
WHERE: Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


The recent high-profile, successful return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 - better known as MST3K  is no surprise. When the original series ended in 1999 after more than a decade of thrilling television audiences, three of the key members of the original groundbreaking series carried on the brash brand of "riffing" (where they humorously comment on movies with well-timed digs and asides that are usually more entertaining than the films themselves) via the developing ability for audiences to stream video and complete downloads at home.

RiffTrax has been so successful, that the celebrated RiffTrax team featuring Michael J. NelsonKevin Murphy and Bill Corbett has been featured in a series of more than two dozen special movie theater screenings .

Most recently, the trio are featured in "RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who  The Five Doctors" that was shown in movie theaters across North America last night (Aug. 17, 2017), and returns for a repeat performance to movie houses across the continent at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

From left, Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and
Kevin Murphy behind-the-scenes at the Belcourt
Theater in Nashville, Tennessee on Aug. 17, 2017.
Yours truly was at the screening last night, and this was truly an entertainment experience that is the perfect blend of sci-fi heaven and smart comedy that was established during MST3K's initial run. With the cooperation of BBC, RiffTrax is able to riff throughout a theaterical showing of a special 1983 episode produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the enduring British sci-fi series "Doctor Who." The full-length episode is beloved by fans of the BBC series, but that doesn't mean Nelson, Murphy and Corbett can't get in plenty of their witty commentary in during the screening. In fact, you wouldn't have to be familiar with RiffTrax or Doctor Who to enjoy this experience.

I didn't take detailed notes during the screening; it was dark and I was having far too much fun laughing (and I am thankfully not one of those idiots who turn on their cell phone when I am in a darkened theater...). But any screening where the far-flung likes of "Dark Shadows," "Buddy Holly," the Cleveland Browns' struggles (the team hasn't had a winning season since 2007), Christopher Lee, The Three Stooges, "Downton Abbey" and even Neville Chamberlain fit nicely into the comedic arc is a good reason to catch this in theaters next Thursday (Aug. 24, 2017).

Oh, and arrive early. For the 30 minutes preceeding the film there were funny title cards blending more of the intelligent RiffTrax humor amidst a mixtape featuring songs from not only the RiffTrax cast, but "Weird Al" Yankovic and They Might Be Giants

Robert Kinsler

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Who's 'Tommy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall' coming to DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl on October 13, 2017

One of rock's most seminal works is being celebrated via an upcoming release courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment...



THE WHO

TOMMY – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

~DVD, BLU-RAY, 2CD, 3LP, AND DIGITAL~
~OCTOBER 13, 2017~
~VIEW TRAILER HERE~

New York, NY (August 17, 2017)—On October 13, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Tommy – Live At The Royal Albert Hall by The Who on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP [MSRP $15.98 DVD, $21.98 Blu-ray, $19.98 2CD, $39.98 3LP]. This unbelievable concert film captures the first-ever live performance by The Who of Tommy in its entirety and boasts over two hours and twenty minutes of content. The show includes all-time classics like “Pinball Wizard”, “I’m Free”, “Amazing Journey”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “I Can’t Explain”, “Who Are You”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “I Can See For Miles”, and many more!
In April 2017, The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career. Previous Who live shows had always dropped two, three or four tracks from the album, but for this show, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the band would perform every track. With specially created animations on a huge screen above the stage and creative use of lighting, the concert told the story of the “deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure played a mean pinball.” In addition, at the end of Tommy, the sell-out crowd was treated to a short set of Who classics. Always a great live band, this performance was a thrilling ride from start to finish.
As well as the incredible full show, Tommy – Live At The Royal Albert Hall includes some great bonus features: a behind-the-scenes featurette, plus full screen animations of both “The Acid Queen” and “Pinball Wizard” with the live performance audio.
This concert film captures some of their greatest work, breathtakingly staged and fully live in full for the first time ever, at an iconic venue. Tommy – Live At The Royal Albert Hall is absolutely unmissable for any fans of The Who.
PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON
TRACK LISTING
1) Introduction

2) Overture

3) It’s A Boy

4) 1921

5) Amazing Journey

6) Sparks

7) Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)

8) Christmas

9) Cousin Kevin

10) The Acid Queen

11) Do You Think It’s Alright?

12) Fiddle About

13) Pinball Wizard

14) There’s A Doctor

15) Go To The Mirror!

16) Tommy Can You Hear Me?

17) Smash The Mirror

18) Underture

19) I’m Free

20) Miracle Cure

21) Sensation

22) Sally Simpson

23) Welcome

24) Tommy’s Holiday Camp

25) We’re Not Gonna Take It

26) I Can’t Explain

27) Join Together

28) I Can See For Miles

29) Who Are You

30) Love, Reign O’er Me

31) Baba O’Reilly

32) Won’t Get Fooled Again

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sights and Sounds: Madonna, Blackmore's Night, Hans Zimmer live releases coming soon

A number of well-known artists have announced plans to release concert releases, including Madonna, Blackmore's Night (featuring guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer Candice Night) and composer Hans Zimmer...



 MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR
LIVE DVD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL CONCERT FILM
PRE-ORDERS START TODAY - MADONNA'S BIRTHDAY - AUGUST 16, 2017


BONUS CONTENT TO INCLUDE TEARS OF A CLOWN PERFORMANCE FROM AUSTRALIA
 SPECIAL MERCHANDISE BUNDLES AVAILABLE AT MADONNA.COM
"MATERIAL GIRL" AVAILABLE TODAY AT ALL DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICES


Photo credit: Josh Brandao

NEW YORK - August 16, 2017 - To celebrate the Material Girl's birthday, MADONNA today announced that pre-orders for her REBEL HEART TOUR concert film will start from today. The film of the record-breaking tour will be released by Eagle Vision on September 15, 2017 on digital download, DVD and blu-ray complete with bonus content as well as a live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double CD and digital download.  DVD and blu-ray versions come with an audio CD of highlights from the much-heralded tour.   Preorders are available at physical and digital retailers around the world, and with exclusive merchandise bundles at madonna.com.  Additionally, a live version of "Material Girl" is available today from all digital music services.


The MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Sydney Qudos Bank Arena (formerly known as the Allphones Arena) in Australia in March of 2016.  MADONNA:  REBEL HEART TOUR film will also include rare footage from MADONNA:  TEARS OF A CLOWN, the exclusive fanclub show in Melbourne, Australia featuring music, art and mischief.  The show was a celebration of Madonna's return to Australia after 23 years.  MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

The tracklist for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film and live concert album span all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites.  A complete tracklist can be found below.


DVD / Blu-ray TracklistingCD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic02. Iconic
03. Bitch I'm Madonna03. Bitch I'm Madonna
04. Burning Up04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)07. Deeper and Deeper
08. Body Shop08. HeartBreakCity
09. True Blue09. Living For Love
10. Deeper and Deeper10. La Isla Bonita
11. HeartBreakCity11. Rebel Heart
12. Like A Virgin12. Candy Shop
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Living For Love14. Holiday
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from "Tears Of A Clown"
02. Like A Prayer
DOUBLE CD / DIGITAL AUDIO
CD1 TracklistingCD2 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro01. Living For Love
02. Iconic02. La Isla Bonita
03. Bitch I'm Madonna03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Burning Up04. Rebel Heart
05. Holy Water / Vogue05. Music
06. Devil Pray06. Candy Shop
07. Body Shop07. Material Girl
08. True Blue08. La Vie En Rose
09. Deeper and Deeper09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. HeartBreakCity10. Holiday
11. Like A Virgin11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer
DIGITAL VIDEO
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I'm Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
iTUNES ONLY EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from "Tears Of A Clown"
02. Like A Prayer
















































































Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus the special "Tears Of A Clown" fan club show in Melbourne. The tour grossed $169.8M with 1,045,479 in attendance, making her the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in tickets sold over the course of her career. Madonna is also the fourth top grossing touring act since tracking began in 1990.
The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.
Madonna is managed by Guy Oseary / Maverick Management.



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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT THANK THEIR FANS FOR TWO DECADES OF DEDICATION WITH
TO THE MOON AND BACK: 20 YEARS AND BEYOND…CD


2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Blackmore’s Night – the internationally-heralded Renaissance Rock band helmed by six-string extraordinaire Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night. To celebrate, the band is proud to present To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond…: a two-disc collection of favorites and new material.
To The Moon And Back boasts three brand new songs: “Ghost Of John”, which proudly introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the 6-year daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the close of the song, Blackmore’s “Land Of Hope and Glory” (a reworking of British patriotic anthem “Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1” written in 1902), and a cover of favored Rainbow tune “I Surrender”, with Nightproviding the vocals.
Additionally, the set includes re-recorded versions of catalog favorites “Moonlight Shadow”“Somewhere Over The Sea”“Coming Home”, and “Writing On The Wall”. This new material is buoyed with Blackmore’s Night classics, such as “Shadow Of The Moon”“Ghost Of A Rose”, and “Under A Violet Moon”, and a live version of “Home Again”, fully rounding out this best-of compilation. The included booklet displays a collage of memorabilia, showcasing live band photos, backstage passes, and tour flyers. Completing To The Moon And Back is a behind-the-scenes bonus video of Blackmore and Night rehearsing at a soundcheck, allowing fans an intimate glimpse of the band before a show.
“We hope you enjoy this musical journey down memory lane from Shadow of the Moon…our first release…through our brand new 2017 versions of old favorites and a new surprise song. 20 years of memorable music and beyond...” enthuses Blackmore and Night.
The magic of Blackmore’s Night is their ability to transport the listener to a bygone era, gathered around a fire or in an old renaissance tavern. Their sold-out concerts resemble that era, with band and fans alike decked out in Renaissance garb, losing themselves in the mirth of the music. This ambiance is created via Blackmore’s dexterous movement between acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy, Night’s ethereal vocals and command of seven medieval woodwind instruments (bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, to name a few), and the consummate musicianship of keyboardist/back-up vocalist Bard David, violinist Scarlett Fiddler, back-up vocalist/shawm player Lady Lynn, bassist/rhythmic guitarist Earl Grey, and percussionist Troubadour of Aberdeen.
After 20 amazing years, Blackmore’s Night continue to invite fans and newcomers to join them To The Moon And Back…Won’t you heed their call?
Track Listing:
CD I:
1.) Shadow Of The Moon
2.) Spirit Of The Sea
3.) Renaissance Faire
4.) Play Minstrel Play
5.) Under A Violet Moon
6.) Spanish Nights
7.) Fires At Midnight
8.) Ghost Of A Rose
9.) Cartouche
10.) Village Lanterne
11.) The Circle
12.) 25 Years
13.) Dandelion Wine
14.) Home Again (live)
CD II:
1.) I Surrender (bonus track)
2.) Moonlight Shadow (2017 version)
3.) Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version)
4.) Writing On The Wall (2017 version)
5.) Coming Home (2017 version)
6.) Ghost Of John (bonus track)
7.) Minstrel Hall
8.) Possum Goes To Prague
9.) Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
10.) Nur eine Minute
11.) Village Dance
12.) Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version)
13.) Bonus Video

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS AN EVENING OF FILM SCORE EXCELLENCE


HANS ZIMMER 'LIVE IN PRAGUE' COMING TO DVD, BLU-RAY AND 4LP ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

One of the most successful film music composers working today, Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) will be presented on multiple formats when Live In Prague is released on November 3 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Live In Prague (on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, and 4LP) features themes from: GladiatorInterstellarThe Da Vinci CodePirates Of The CaribbeanSherlock HolmesThe Dark Knight TrilogyThe Lion KingCrimson TideInceptionRain ManDriving Miss Daisyand more!
This concert was filmed on May 7, 2016 in Prague during Hans Zimmer’s hugely successful European concert tour. Zimmer was accompanied by a band, orchestra and choir, 72 musicians in total, including guitarist Johnny Marr (of The Smiths). The staging was spectacular with a ground-breaking light show, stunning visuals, and a state-of-the-art sound system. Hans Zimmer performs on multiple instruments and gives introductory insights to many of the pieces during the concert.
With a multi-award winning career reaching back to the mid-eighties, Zimmer(whose film scores have also earned 2 Golden Globes, 4 Grammys, 4 Satellite Awards, 3 Saturn Awards and 3 Classical Brit Awards along with many more nominations), has developed close working relationships with renowned directors such as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Bay, Ron Howard, Gore Verbinski and Christopher Nolan. His credits include some of the biggest blockbuster movies of all time along with acclaimed TV series such as The Crown and Planet Earth II.
This year, Hans Zimmer has toured across Europe and he takes his show to North America this summer. He has also written the score for the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, which is expected to be one of the biggest films of 2017. Live In Prague is both a celebration of a rare talent and a treat for lovers of both great music and revered films.
TRACK LISTING
1) Medley: Driving (Driving Miss Daisy) / Discombobulate (Sherlock Holmes) / Zoosters Breakout (Madagascar)

2) Medley: Crimson Tide / 160 BPM (Angels And Demons)

3) Gladiator Medley: The Wheat / The Battle / Elysium / Now We Are Free

4) Chevaliers De Sangreal (The Da Vinci Code)

5) The Lion King Medley: Circle Of Life (Prelude) / King Of Pride Rock

6) Pirates Of The Caribbean Medley: Captain Jack Sparrow / One Day / Up Is Down / He’s A Pirate

7) You’re So Cool (True Romance)

8) Rain Man: Main Theme

9) What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World (Man Of Steel)

10) Journey To The Line (The Thin Red Line)

11) The Electro Suite (themes from The Amazing Spider Man 2)

12) The Dark Knight Medley: Why So Serious? / Like A Dog Chasing Cars / Why Do We Fall / Introduce A Little Anarchy / The Fire Rises

13) Aurora

14) Interstellar Medley: Day One / Cornfield Chase / No Time For Caution / Stay 15) Inception Medley: Half Remembered Dream / Dream Is Collapsing / Mombasa / Time