Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sights and sounds: Ben and Ellen Harper, 'Scream Park' coming to DVD, The Offspring

Here is a roundup of some cool music-minded items...

Ben Harper and his mother Ellen.
Photo: Danny Clinch
The Wall Street Journal just premiered a new song off Ben and Ellen Harper's collaborative album, Childhood Home, saying it "is setting a new bar for Mother's Day presents."

Landing the week before Mother's Day, the ten songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy. Ben Harper produced Childhood Home "like early Elvis," he told Rolling Stone, after he and Charlie Musselwhite won the "Best Blues Album" GRAMMY Award for last year's critically acclaimed Get Up! (Stax/Concord). "Not one thing is plugged in. It's all acoustic. I think they're going to call it 'Americana,' but it's soul, California, folk rock, American."

Stream Ben and Ellen's "Altar of Love" - "a moving waltz-time country ballad with a vintage AM radio feel" - at the Journal: http://shorefi.re/1h8AO41

'Childhood Home' comes out on May 6, 2014 on Prestige Folkways. 

Hellraiser's Pinhead and Skinny Puppy's Ogre star in 
new retro slasher Scream Park 
 Available on DVD and digital formats on April 22, 2014

Scream Park is a retro slasher horror flick in the Hatchet vein starring Hellraiser's Doug Bradley and co-starring Nivek Ogre from the band Skinny Puppy

Bonus Materials include Director's Commentary, Bloopers, Cast Interviews, Trailers, and more.  

The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing its doors forever. But the park's owner, Hyde (Hellraiser's Doug Bradley), has one last plan to sell more tickets... Murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he has just unleashed a horror that no one can survive.

Official Selection - Texas Frightmare Weekend 2013
Official Selection - Eerie Horror Film Festival - 2013
Official Selection - Horror Realm - 2013 

Select Press Quotes

"The atmosphere is creepy, bringing to mind Black Christmas or John Carpenter's Halloween."
-Doctor Carnage Reviews

"I found so much to enjoy in Scream Park I can't wait for other horror fans to see it."
-Hacked in the Head Reviews

"Scream Park cuts in the tradition of 80s Slasher movies."
-Slasher Studios

"Scream Park comes as close as I've seen to pulling off the 'throwback to the 80s' horror."
-Scared Stiff Reviews

"A loving throwback to 1980s slasher cinema...a gore soaked suspense piece."
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"Some really cool and inventive imagery on display here, the filmmakers love is showing on screen."
-Independent Flicks  

Product Details:
Format: DVD
UPC: 760137619390
Street Date: 04/22/14
PreBook Date: 03/18/14
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 85 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2012
Director: Cary Hill
Producers: Cary Hill, Bruce Koehler, Nathan W. Fullerton
Actors: Doug Bradley, Nivek Ogre, Nicole Beattie, Kailey Marie Harris,
Box Lot: 30
Territory: WORLD
Language: English

LOS ANGELES, CA – 20 years ago today, The Offspring released their breakout album Smash on Epitaph Records and made history.  To celebrate the band will begin playing the album in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the Summer with soon to be announced US Smash dates.  Visit Offspring.com for the full list of current tour dates and to see which dates are the designated Smash shows.  This August, Epitaph will also commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th Anniversary Edition of Smash.  The Offspring’s Dexter Holland and Noodles, as well as Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz, recently shared their thoughts in a retrospective just posted to RollingStone.com, read it here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-offsprings-smash-the-little-punk-lp-that-defeated-the-majors-20140408

- Available now for pre-order via offspring.com, this package will ship and be in stores in mid-August 2014 from Epitaph Records.  The Smash 20th Anniversary Edition will include the following:
- LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl
- CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering
- Restyled album package artwork
- Large format 24 page booklet featuring never before seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson
- Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time

In addition to special 20th Anniversary merchandise, the band are also offering a “collector’s box” combo as a companion piece to the Smash 20th Anniversary Edition.  The box will feature both the CD/Vinyl package and a curated collection of commemorative items including a custom wood box, art print, photo prints, pin, patch, replica pass and guitar pick.  A pre-order for is available now via offspring.com - for the first 250 ordered, the art print will be on fine art linen canvas, numbered and signed by the artist and band.  All orders placed in the first 24 hours will receive a special hand-stamped first day of release card as well.

Smash has sold over six million copies in the United States alone - certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Selling 11 million copies worldwide, Smash is the best-selling independent label album of all time.

The Offspring’s album Smash was an impactful and immediate hit when released in 1994, making a place for the band in an exciting and significant time for alternative music. The album's first single "Come Out and Play" hit number 1 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The following single, "Self Esteem" peaked at number 4, and "Gotta Get Away" hit number 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Track Charts.

For more information, visit: http://offspring.com/

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