Thursday, October 29, 2020

Composer Danny Elfman signs to ANTI- / Epitaph; watch Eye-Popping New Video for "Happy"

Big news for lovers of Danny Elfman and all things Halloween!




“And for the first time since I don’t remember when, I felt just like my old bony self again and I, Jack, the Pumpkin King, that’s right, I am the Pumpkin King!” - Jack Skellington, sung by Danny Elfman, in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

“Die, die we all pass away / But don't wear a frown 'cause it's really okay / And you might try and hide / And you might try and pray / But we all end up the remains of the day” – Bonejangles, sung by Danny Elfman, in ‘Corpse Bride’

"I originally wrote “Happy” to perform at Coachella 2020. It was written to be an absurd anti-pop song, designed to begin as a very simple pop tune that degrades into something more subversive. The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down." – Danny Elfman

“I always enjoyed Halloween because it was a night to let loose, to become something or someone else,” said renowned film composer Danny Elfman, known for his eccentric and macabre collaborations with director Tim Burton. “[Halloween is] a night to celebrate the dead, and ghosts and monsters of all variety. A night for mutants, zombies, vampires, misfits, and miscreants to celebrate themselves and each other. And, aligned with the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos, a night to celebrate departed spirits… and for me, a night to laugh in death’s face (and feel safe doing so).”

Indeed, Elfman maniacally laughs in death’s face on his new single “Happy”, the first solo music he has released since 1984, and his macabre sense of humor is still very present in the canvas of today’s chaotic dysfunctional landscape. Elfman’s face distorts both with disgust and glee in the song’s unnerving new video; watch it HERE.

Coming out just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, the dark, intensely turbulent track showcases the unease we all feel today, not only amidst the holiday’s ghosts and goblins but within a global pandemic and extraordinarily divisive times.

“Halloween has always been my Big Night,” Elfman explains. “As a child there was no competition. Coincidently, in my earlier band Oingo Boingo, our Halloween shows became special events and our biggest shows of the year. And double coincidently The Nightmare Before Christmas also became a special live Concert Halloween event, which became more successful than I’d ever dreamed possible. This really meant a lot to me as the character of Jack Skellington, who I related to quite closely, has for many years been a very special part of my life.”

The song’s vocals, guitars and synths are provided by Elfman, drums by Josh Freese (The Vandals, Nine Inch Nails), guitar by Nili Brosh (Dethklok), bass by Stu Brooks (Dub Trio) and additional synth design by Randall Dunn.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sights and Sounds: Bright Blue Gorilla, Joe Bonamassa, Gorillaz, Sharon Jones, Don McLean, Little Richard

With the holiday season suddenly here, the parade of wonderful and special year-end releases is already in full swing. This column features a number of wonderful titles ranging from the latest original film from Bright Blue Gorilla and stellar studio albums from Joe Bonamassa and Gorillaz to exciting covers collections from Don McLean and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings as well as several must-have reissues featuring rock 'n' roll founding father Little Richard.

Bright Blue Gorilla
Title: 36 Husbands (Bright Blue Gorilla)
You might like if you enjoy: Bright Blue Gorilla, the Monkees TV show, 
Tell me more: "36 Husbands" is a delightfully zany film loaded with the kind of fun thrills and charm that recall classics ranging from Richard Lester's "Help!" and Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride" to Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men In Tights." A musical adventure comedy written and directed by Michael Glover and produced by Robyn Rosenkrantz  who together comprise the acclaimed musical duo and film making team from Southern California  the story centers around three dynamic women who work to thwart World War III. Of course a cast of crazy characters are featured along the way including a slew of adoring husbands and dastardly villains. Why are all the spies and bad guys (and gals) tuning into the "Bright Blue Gorilla" TV show? No spoilers here - you'll need to watch "36 Husbands" to find out why. A note, "36 Husbands" is a fun-filled romp suitable for all ages. Shot at truly exotic locations in Australia, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Paris and Los Angeles, the film is bolstered by Bright Blue Gorilla's amazing music making magic.

The official poster for "36 Husbands."

A note, "36 Husbands" is a fun-filled romp suitable for all ages. "36 Husbands" and all of Bright Blue Gorilla's other movies have been featured on Netflix and are currently available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Time Warner and other platforms. A full-length soundtrack featuring all the film's inviting instrumental music and genre-aplenty original songs (including the cool "Love Potion Number 36," melodic "Radiation Song," enthralling "Hold Me" and Americana folk rocker "Labor of Love"). 

Joe Bonamassa
Title: Royal Tea (J&R Adventures)
You might like if you enjoy: Walter Trout, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa
Tell me more: Joe Bonamassa's latest album "Royal Tea" is his strongest album to date, a compelling tour de force that showcases the New York native's amazing guitar work and commanding vocals served up with a full plate of killer original songs. Recorded at legendary Abbey Road Studios in January 2020 and produced by Kevin Shirley, "Royal Tea" thrills as a potent mixture of British blues and Bonamassa's own fusion of various strains of blues across 10 incredible cuts that serve as an immediate reminder why nothing beats the magic of a cohesive album. Bonamassa's guitar work continues to astound; what's more the infectious riffs and jaw-dropping solos always come in the service of absorbing song craft. "Royal Tea" is obvious nod to British blues rock but tagged with Bonamassa's spellbinding fretwork and backing gospel vocals. "A Conversation With Alice" mines '70s greats ranging from Bad Company and The Who to Steely Dan while still sounding fully like a Bonamassa track. The moody "Beyond The Silence"  featuring the talents of keyboardist Reese Wynans  is as beautiful as it is haunting. The heavy "Lookout Man!" shatters any stereotypes about blues being relegated to the past with Bonamassa and his musical mates equaling the might of any of their hard rock and punk contemporaries. Crank this one up. Information:

Title: Song Machine: Season OneStrange Timez (Warner Bros./Parlophone)
You might like if you enjoy: Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Beck
Tell me more: What do Beck, Elton John, Peter Hook, St. Vincent and The Cure's Robert Smith have in common? They join among the large cast of musical notables who guest on tracks  also known as "episodes" – across the ambitious Gorillaz album Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez. The 7th album from the planet's most celebrated virtual band (featuring non-virtual singer/musician-producer Damon Albarn, artist Jamie Hewlett and producer-percussionist Remi Kabaka Jr.), the two-disc deluxe edition of the album features an additional five tracks beyond the standard release's dozen episodes and is worth exploring. Things blastoff with Robert Smith beaming in from a far-off corner of the sonic universe for the the synth-pop sortie "Strange Timez." Beck follows on the funk-flavored "The Valley of the Pagans." Peter Hook's signature bass playing adds New Order-styled dance floor urgency to the propulsive "Aries," a cut that simultaneously swirls around and immerses the listener in reflective bliss. Equally infectious is the driving "Désolé," featuring Albarn's melancholy vocals and Ivory Coast native Fatoumata Diawara's amazing soprano in a perfect creative union. Elton John (featured on "The Pink Phantom") hasn't sounded this relevant since his full-length collaboration with Leon Russell in 2010 (The Union). The deluxe edition of Strange Timez comes to a rousing finale with "How Far?"; that poignant episode features the late afrobeat ace Tony Allen (who also drummed in Albarn's The Good, The Bad & The Queen; Allen sadly passed away in April 2020).

The masterful mix of genres artfully blended together and several dozen A-list artists who join Gorillaz on what is the troupe's best album since 2010's Plastic Beach make for a compelling journey to be sure. 
Gorillaz has announced plans to host a digital event "Song Machine Live" on Dec. 12 and 13, 2020. Additionally, Gorillaz has released a 120-page "Almanac" book to celebrate their 20-year history. Wouldn't it be great to see this "Strange Timez" staged live at Coachella when the festival returns? Information:

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Titles: Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In) (Daptone Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Dusty Springfield, Gladys Knight, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Tell me more: When Sharon Jones passed away on Nov. 8, 2016 after a long battle fighting pancreatic cancer, it didn't put an end to the 60-year-old soul singer's musical legacy. Just listen to the newly-released Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings collection Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In), a batch of 13 covers – including five never-before-heard recordings – that honor the originals and cast a greater appreciation on Jones' ability to conquer any soul or funk cut in sight. Things kick off with a wonderfully faithful take on the Stevie Wonder hit "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours," but she even reaches greater heights via potent reworkings of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" and the Kenny Rogers’ First Edition hit "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" – this specific recording the very first done at the Daptone House of Soul studio in 2002) – as well as an inspired take on the Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith song "Rescue Me." Jones' versions of Gladys Knight's "Giving Up" and Bob Marley's "It Hurts To Be Alone" are especially poignant showcases for Jones' vocal powers. As is noted in the press notes published in connection with this release, many of the recordings were tracked on their own, but others were commissioned for possible use in commercials, films and TV shows. The aforementioned "Rescue Me" as well as Jones' interpretation of the Musique disco fave "In the Bush" were outtakes for 2014's "The Wolf of Wall Street" soundtrack. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In) also includes tracks that were recorded for tributes to Dusty Springfield, The Marvelettes, Shuggie Otis and Prince (her take on "Take Me With U" is wonderfully funky). Information:

Don McLean
Title: Still Playin' Favorites (Time Life)
You might like if you enjoy: Don McLean, Mel Tillis, Glen Campbell
Tell me more: Don McLean delivers a heartfelt tribute to many of his influences on Still Playin' Favorites, a worthy 14-track follow-up to his classic 1973 collection "Playin' Favorites." Whether delving into traditional country (Johnny Cash's "Doggone Lonesome," a spry take on Percy Mayfield's "Hide Nor Hair"), Americana roots rock (Hoyt Axton's "Greenback Dollar," the Amos E. Byrd-Billy Jones getup "Got the Bull By the Horns"), blues (a reworking of the 1959 hit "I Ain't Never," amped up reading of Jenny Lou Carson's "The Keys to the Kingdom"), rockabilly (a rootsy take on the Elvis Presley favorite "Little Sister," a buoyant version of Clyde Moody's "Six White Horses") or folk (the tender "She Used To Love Me A Lot"), McLean hits the mark with affecting versions bolstered by his distinctive baritone vocals. Information:

Little Richard
Title: The Second Coming; Lifetime Friend (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Little Richard, Prince, Sly Stone
Tell me more: Omnivore Recordings is a treasure, continuing to issue expanded and remastered lost classics from under-the-radar and well-known heroes. Look no further than the Los Angeles label's expanded reissues of Little Richard's 1970s and '80s albums; 1972's The Second Coming and 1986's Lifetime Friend arrived on Oct. 23 and were well worth the wait. The Second Coming commences with a celebration of Little Richard's rip-it-up '50s rock sound but bolstered by '70s production techniques; "Mockingbird Sally" features the artist pounding on the piano and searing vocals to match. He conjures up that pioneering approach later on "Rockin' Rockin' Boogie" and "Thomasine." Elsewhere, he explores funk (the freewheeling "Second Line" and "Nuki Suki"), '70s rock ("It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way How You Do It"), New Orleans R&B ("The Saints") and other styles via his signature sound. It doesn't hurt that producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell used a number of studio musicians from the '50s as well as many top session players of the early '70s including to cut the album at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. This reissue features the original album release, two single edits from the period, and several tracks from the 1971 film "S" (starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn) that were composed by Quincy Jones.

Following the release of his 1984 autobiography "The Quasar of Rock and Roll," Little Richard decided to come out of retirement and recorded Lifetime Friend, an LP which would ultimately serve as his final studio album of all new original material. Recorded in London and backed by a surefire cast including Billy Preston, guitarist Travis Wammack, bassist Jesse Boyce and drummer James Stroud, the album blends Richard's distinctive rock sound with spiritual lyrics. Listening to "Great Gosh A'Mighty" is to be again reminded how Richard's rousing style ultimately inspired a talented parade of artists to come ranging from the Beatles and Prince to Vintage Trouble. The album's standout track listing also includes the soulful "Operator" (single and extended edits of the cut are included as bonus tracks), gospel-tinged "Somebody's Comin'," catchy '80s-mining rocker "Destruction," New Wave 'n' soul delight "I Found My Way," the beautiful "One Ray of Sunshine" and explosive "Big House Reunion."

Packaging for both new Little Richard titles feature historical photographs, ephemera and a new essay from Bill Dahl. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New song + video out today: Joey Molland, “I Don’t Wanna to Be Done With You”

 Several weeks ago I reviewed the terrific new album from singer-songwriter/guitarist Joey Molland, Be True To Yourself. You can see that review HERE.

Check out Molland's thoughts on the great track "I Don't Wanna Be Done With You" and accompanying official video out now:

“This was the first song [producer] Mark Hudson and I recorded together, it came from an idea I had sent to [producer] Mark Hudson, He loved the idea and Melody but not the lyric so he wrote a new one. We both thought it turned out ok and confirmed to us that we could work together. This kind of song or lyric editing goes on a lot in recording projects, but in the nature of creating it can sometimes be difficult to allow each other the freedom to cut and dice the ideas without the fuss of discussing the whole idea too closely and losing the magic.” —Joey Molland

Check out Molland's official new music video for "I Don't Wanna Be Done With You" HERE.

Monday, October 26, 2020

AC/DC unleash official video for 'Shot in the Dark' today

 Here is news on the forthcoming AC/DC album! Based on the power and energy of the "Shot In The Dark" music video (and the strength of Brian Johnson's lead vocals), I can't wait to hear this album...Robert Kinsler


AC/DC unleashes the video for Shot In The Dark” directed by their longtime video director, David Mallet. The release of the video was preceded by a conversation between Mallet and the band, touching on stories from their biggest and best videos, watch the video here and conversation here.
AC/DC releases their seventeenth full-length album POWER UP on November 13, 2020. This marks the legendary band’s first new music since 2014.  POWER UP is available for pre-order HERE.
For the album, the band reunited with producer Brendan O’Brien who helmed Black Ice in 2008 and Rock Or Bust in 2014.  Charged up for the next decade, AC/DC cut twelve new tracks for the album, proudly maintaining their signature sound and all of its powerful hallmarks.
POWER UP will be available in multiple configurations that will excite collectors and die-hard fans alike, including digital, CD, and deluxe versions. The limited edition, one-of-a-kind deluxe POWER UP box is the ultimate fan package. Hit the button on the side of the box and watch the flashing neon AC/DC logo light up while the opening bars of “Shot In The Dark” blast out of the built-in speaker. Inside the box is the full CD package in a soft-pack with a 20-page booklet that features exclusive photos and USB charging cable allowing the box to remain powered up and on display. The vinyl LP will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket. Limited edition variants of the LP will be available at select retailers nationwide, as well as the band’s online store. The album will be available on all digital platforms.
Check out the full tracklisting below!
AC/DC are back in 2020. Get ready for POWER UP now.

1.     Realize
2.     Rejection
3.     Shot In The Dark
4.     Through The Mists Of Time
5.     Kick You When You’re Down
6.     Witch’s Spell
7.     Demon Fire
8.     Wild Reputation
9.     No Man’s Land
10.  Systems Down
11.  Money Shot
12.  Code Red
AC/DC are one of the most influential rock bands in history with over 200 million albums sold worldwide and 71.5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone. The double-diamond Back in Black stands out as “bestselling album by any band ever” and “third bestselling album by any artist” with global sales of 50 million and counting. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® in 2003. The band also garnered their first GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “War Machine” during 2010. They continue to sell out stadiums on multiple continents, sell millions of albums annually, and generate streams in the billions. AC/DC return with POWER UP in 2020.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Sights and Sounds: Royal Blood, Don McLean, Van Morrison, 'McCartney III' preview

 Music news aplenty going into the weekend including updates on Royal Blood (whose set blew away at Coachella back in 2015), Don McLean, and Paul McCartney's forthcoming album...Robert Kinsler

Royal Blood share new video for hit single "Trouble's Coming”


Royal Blood is Mike Kerr (vocals, keys, bass, piano)
and Ben Thatcher (drums).

October 23, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) -
 Royal Blood are back. The taut rhythms and electrifying riffs that burst from their current hit single “Trouble’s Coming” herald a bold evolution in their sound as they stride confidently towards next year’s release of their highly anticipated third album. Click here to view and share the video. Click here to stream the track.

Just weeks after its release, it’s already approaching 6 million streams. The duo landed on the cover of ROCK THIS, Spotify’s flagship global rock playlist, while breaking the Top 20 at the Alternative and Active Rock formats in the US. Add support from alternative radio everywhere, plus global media attention spanning Rolling Stone, NMESpinClash and much more. Royal Blood are set to make the biggest impact of an all-conquering career.

Today, Royal Blood share the official video for “Trouble’s Coming.” Their granite-heavy bass and drums attack is now flavored by insistent grooves inspired by Daft Punk, Justice and Phillipe Zdar. The video was directed by Dir. LX, best known for his work on U.K. rap and grime icons such as Dave, Bugzy Malone and Kojo Funds, and takes his cues from Mike Kerr’s ominous lyrics to create a video that pulsates with foreboding atmospherics and cinematic, neo-noir flair.

“Trouble’s Coming” proved to be the turning point in the creative process. It concisely tees up what to expect from the record: a very organic infusion of their visceral hard rock sting with a dance-tinged rhythm that grooves rather than pummels.

In the space of just two albums, Royal Blood have ascended to become one of the world’s biggest and most vital rock bands. The Brighton, England duo have scored two U.K. #1 albums - their self-titled double-Platinum, self-titled debut from 2014 and 2017’s How Did We Get So Dark? – in the process of selling 2 million albums worldwide. Their acclaim has included the BRIT Award for Best British Groupplus further accolades at the NME and Kerrang! Awards as well as a Mercury Prize nomination. What’s more, they’ve made a major international impact, hitting the Top 10 in a further seven territories and peaking at #2 on the U.S. Alternative Album chart. Further U.S. success has included three #1 hits at Rock Radio, plus four Top 20 records at Alternative Radio.

A huge draw in the live arena, Royal Blood’s most recent full-scale U.K. and Ireland headline tour saw them perform in front of 100,000 people, including 30,000 over three sold-out nights at London’s cavernous Alexandra Palace. Key festivals have included Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury (where they famously discovered, mid-set, that their second album had debuted at #1), Reading and Leeds Festivals. Highlights of their extensive international touring include huge North American tours with Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters, plus headline shows as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney.

Don McLean releases new album 'Still Playin' Favorites'

A follow-up to his 1973 covers album 'Playin' Favorites', this new collection digs deep into the roots of American music and adds a rock and roll edge to country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul gems

FAIRFAX, Va. - Don McLean pays homage to American music with his new covers album, Still Playin’ Favorites, released today through Time Life. Spanning more than 100 years of songwriting, McLean assembled a treasury of music from country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz and soul for the album, performing them with a rock and roll twist. Don discusses several of the tracks in a new video series on his YouTube channel, including “Backwater Blues,” originally recorded by Bessie Smith in 1927.

“I just love writing songs and I love hearing songs by good writers that make sense and have lyrics that say something and that are pretty simple,” Don explains about the concept behind the album. “My version is just a little bit more rock and roll, a little harder-edged, with drums and double guitars,” he goes on to say about the classic blues and jazz song, “Backwater Blues.” When it came to recording “Got The Bull By The Horns,” originally performed by Johnny Horton, “I changed a few of the words, I hope he won’t mind,” McLean admits good-naturedly. The collection also features songs made famous by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Clyde Moody, Mel Tillis, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Presley, and more.

Still Playin’ Favorites
 is modeled after his first album of cover songs, Playin’ Favorites, a remarkable artistic statement for a young songwriter to release on the heels of his masterworks “American Pie” and “Vincent.” The new album extends his original tribute to the great songwriters who have helped shape American music and, in turn, McLean’s work.

To keep up with Don McLean and be a part of his upcoming announcements, visit his website and follow his social channels linked below.

Still Playin' Favorites track listing:
01. So Doggone Lonesome (Johnny Cash)
02. Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton, Ken Ramsey)
03. Hide Nor Hair (Morton Craft, Percy Mayfield)
04. I Ain’t Never (Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis)
05. Little Sister (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman)
06. I’m Going To Live The Life I Sing About in My Song (Thomas A. Dorsey)
07. Six White Horses (Clyde Moody)
08. Treat Me Nice (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
09. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) (Bob Dylan)
10. Backwater Blues (Bessie Smith)
11. The Keys to the Kingdom (Jenny Lou Carson)
12. Got The Bull By The Horns (Amos E. Byrd, Billy Jones)
13. Tell Old Bill (Traditional, Arranged by Don McLean)
14. She Used To Love Me A Lot (Charles W. Quillen, Dennis Morgan, Kye Fleming)

About Don McLean:
Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Now in 2020, Don signed a recording contract with Time Life to release his catalog of recordings as well as the highly anticipated new album Still Playin’ Favorites, releasing October 23rd. “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie BIOS and much more to be announced. And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean! 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of American Pie with a world tour to follow.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison shares 'No More Lockdown,' anti-lockdown original protest song

Rock Cellar magazine has a timely update and link to hear the newly-released blues-flavored track "No More Lockdown" from legendary great Van Morrison you can see HERE. The lyrics for the hard-hitting song taking a swipe at government overreach are also included on the post.

'McCartney III' update via Music Worth Buying co-host TJR

TJR has a new video preview on Paul McCartney's forthcoming album McCartney III that you can see via his YouTube channel HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sights and Sounds: Paul McCartney, Michael Ubaldini, Richard X. Heyman, Goo Goo Dolls, Stevie Wonder

I wanted to share a few wonderful videos I caught over the past few days...Robert Kinsler

Paul McCartney is set to release 'McCartney III' on Dec. 11, 2020.
Photo: Mary McCartney

Paul McCartney 
has just announced the forthcoming release of McCartney III coming December 11th! Watch the just-posted trailer HERE.

Michael Ubaldini has release his official video for the timely Americana gem "Money and Power that you can view HERE.

Richard X. Heyman has issued a melodic new single titled "Choices We Make" - catch the great video HERE.

Goo Goo Dolls are releasing their first-ever holiday music album (Its Christmas All Over) on Oct. 30. Check out the band's version of "Let It Snow" HERE. Is it really Christmas in two months? 

Finally, my Music Worth Buying co-host TJR reviews two new Stevie Wonder singles. Watch his review HERE.

'36 Husbands' released in the U.S.; comedy available via Apple TV, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube Movies

I will be watching and reviewing "36 Husbands" in my next regular column, but I wanted to share the official media release I received from the talented Michael Glover and Robyn Rosenkrantz - better known as Bright Blue Gorilla...Robert Kinsler

36 Husbands on location: Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Our stars: Dominic Anglim, Nadine Nourney, Christa Pasch, Roberta Bianchini

Celebrate the USA Release of 36 Husbands!

Today's the day for the USA release of our super sweet, uplifting, family-friendly indie film 36 Husbands! Thanks (in advance) for renting and talking-it-up! We truly hope you enjoy the film and forget the world’s troubles for 90 minutes!

Here are links to various places to watch 36 Husbands:
itunes (now called Apple TV)AmazonGooglePlayYouTube Movies.

(photo below - scene from 36 Husbands: On the BBG TV Show,
Robyn & Michael do a gig in a little out-of-the-way-place...)

BBG TV Show scene from 36 Husbands

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Apple TV...

A few days ago 36 Husbands was released in Europe. We got high-visibility in the iTunes/Apple TV store... Things were looking great until we found out we were listed in the ACTION FILM CATEGORY!

Of course 36 Husbands is NOT an action film, it's a mild-mannered-comedy-musical-spoof!

Next thing we knew, many fans of violent R-rated action films rented our non-violent PG family-friendly film and they found our little comedy... um... somewhat lacking in blood-curdling-hormone-surging-thrills.

Then... they ran to imdb (there's a lot of running in Action Films) and gave us a "1" rating (out of 10). This made 36 Husbands film rating NOSE-DIVE from an 8.7 to a 3.9 in a matter of hours.

Fortunately, our distributor intervened with Apple TV and the category was changed to COMEDY, where we belong...

Our imdb ratings are beginning to climb again. But we need your help!

If you've seen 36 Husbands, will you please go to this link (imdb), and give our tender little film a high-star-boost to counteract the wrath of our violence-loving brothers? And if you write a heartfelt review it will  help other film-lovers to discover this labor-of-love. Thanks!

Speaking of "running"... We're proud to present our VERY FIRST 36 Husbands behind-the-scenes video. We hope you enjoy this trip to Paris!

 36 Husbands - MAKING OF - Paris 

A huge Gorilla thanks to all our friends who have already rented, rated, and reviewed 36 Husbands! We often hear from people who have been cheered up by one of our films or songs and it's only possible because of your wonderful support.

Thanks for making our first 30 years of Bright Blue Gorilla adventures so fun and full of love and surprises!

Robyn & Michael
"Remain Calm... Share Your Bananas..."

 photo above: 36 Husbands on location in Australia

Monday, October 19, 2020

It's Springsteen Week On Apple Music

More big news to share on a Monday!

The rock legend launches new Apple Music radio show, premieres documentary film on Apple TV+, hosts a special Apple Music fan event and more

Fans can also tune in to the brand new Apple Music TV this Thursday for Springsteen music videos all day long leading into the release of LETTER TO YOU

The week kicks off with an exclusive in-depth interview with Zane Lowe today


Leading into the release of his highly anticipated twentieth studio album Letter to You the 
first recorded live and together with the E Street Band since 1984's Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen and Apple Music have planned a week of music and events including a brand new radio show, an exclusive album listening party, the anticipated release of his documentary film and more. 

To kick off the celebration, Springsteen sits down for an in-depth exclusive interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe airing today at 10am PT HERE. The interview will also be available on Apple Podcasts HERE.

Monday October 19 - "Letter to You Radio" Special 

The Letter to You Radio Special airs today and will feature five episodes, each dedicated to a time period in Springsteen's career. Joined by a special guest on each episode, listeners will hear Springsteen discuss his career from its inception to his latest album Letter To You recorded with the E Street Band. Special guests include long time manager Jon Landau and Clive Davis, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Jon Stewart and E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt. 
Fans can expect a new episode to drop every day this week at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET simultaneously on the new Apple Music Hits radio station HERE as well as Bruce Springsteen's exclusive SiriusXM channel E Street Radio, on SiriusXM radios (channel 20) and on the SiriusXM app. All episodes will be available on Apple Music on demand following broadcast. Additionally, the special series will replay on SiriusXM's E Street Radio on Monday, October 26 through Friday October 30.  

The new Apple Music Hits radio station launched earlier this year and offers a full catalog of the biggest songs fans know and love from the '80s, '90s, and 2000s as well as remarkable new shows from notable artists and hosts, connecting listeners with the stories behind the most popular songs in the world. Listen Here

Thursday, October 22 - Apple Music TV takeover and "New Music Daily Presents" Album Listening Party 

On Thursday, its all Bruce all day with a full 24-hour Bruce Springsteen music video takeover on the brand new Apple Music TV that will lead right into the "New Music Daily Present" album listening party and fan event. During the event the rock icon will spend some time hanging out with 1,000 of his Apple Music super fans, share brand new music, preview clips from the anticipated Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You documentary premiering on Apple TV+ and participate in a live fan Q&A moderated by Zane Lowe. 

Tune in to the global live stream Thursday, October 22 at 8pm PT on Apple Music.

New Music Daily Presents is a series of Apple Music hosted virtual listening parties, harkening back to the album listening parties of yore but now with almost unlimited, ways for artists to treat their biggest fans to something special before releasing new music to the world. Acting as an event extensions of some of Apple Music's most popular and influential playlists, these virtual listening parties could include everything from unreleased tracks, to special guests and will also give fans the opportunity to chat live with their favorite artists. Subscribe to the New Music Daily playlist on Apple Music.  

Friday, October 23 - Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You documentary drops on Apple TV+

Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday to coincide with the album release. The documentary pays tribute to The E Street Band, rock 'n' roll, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen's life as the artist reflects on love and loss while recording with his full band live in the studio for the first time in decades. Watch HERE.

Stream Letter to You on Apple Music beginning Friday, October 23. In the meantime, Catch up on all things Bruce Springsteen HERE. 


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