Friday, August 22, 2014

The Beatles In Mono Box Set Coming September 9th

The Beatles in mono:  This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format.  Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary.  

On September 9, the Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork.  Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy®-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz.

While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s.  Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, the Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett.  The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of the Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

Available now for pre-order at www.thebeatles.com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Doors iPad App Now Available

In 2013, The Doors unveiled a first-of-its-kind iPad app, bringing the band's story to life in a new medium and delivering an unprecedented immersive experience that goes deeply into the band's career with interactive content, unpublished band images and artwork, rare videos, music, and much more. 

The app, simply titled The Doors, was praised by fans and critics alike, earning 2014 Webby Awards Official Honoree status in their "Integrated Mobile Experience" category as well as being named one of the "Best Apps & E-Books Of 2013 For Adults" by Kirkus Reviews. The Doors App is now available as a free download for the first time, exclusively on the App Store, inviting fans to experience a select amount of its exclusive content at no charge, with an easy in-app purchase available for $2.99 to unlock the full version.

This newly launched version of The Doors App offers free access to some of the app's most dynamic features, including an expansive telling of how The Doors came to be, and in-depth essay by David Fricke on the making of their first astonishing LP, recollections from John Densmore and Greil Marcus, rare photos, memorabilia from the era, and 13 videos and song snippets.

Also prominent in the free version is unrestricted access to the "Music Room," featuring interactive discography with all song lyrics and audio samples of the band's first six studio albums plus lyrics synced to each album as you move the LPs in their bin with just a fingertip.

One of the most heralded portions of The Doors App, and included in the free version, is the graphic novelization of the notorious, and politically motivated, Miami Incident, when Morrison was falsely accused of exposing himself during a 1969 concert. That infamous episode is retold through drawings by award-winning comic book artist Dean Haspiel, words by Adam Holzman (son of Jac), and rare audio of Morrison secretly recorded that evening. This section also includes the once-confidential FBI report, the arrest report, Jim's full tongue-in-cheek testimony, Morrison's mug shot, and his posthumous pardon issued in 2010.

The Doors App released by Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment, was conceived and produced by Elektra Records founder and Warner Music legend Jac Holzman, who signed the Doors to his label in 1966, and Robin Hurley; along with the participation of Densmore, Krieger, the late Manzarek, and the estate of Jim Morrison. Holzman, a pioneer in the music industry and a pivotal force throughout the band's career, comes full circle with this app. Holzman and Warner Music bring The Doors into the digital age with a project that redefines how a band's work can be chronicled in the virtual realm.

Other features of The Doors App include:

• 360 Degree View Of Each Album -The story behind each record is revealed through photos, videos, music clips, text as well as homages from influencers like Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola and The Doors themselves.
• Photo Galleries - Six galleries featuring 227 band photos, 112 album and single artwork images, memorabilia from the Elektra Records vault, and 75 handwritten tracking note and tape boxes.
• Videos - Six full length original short films for "Break On Through," "Strange Days," "Unknown Soldier," "Wild Child," "Roadhouse Blues (Live)," and "The Changeling."
• Ray Remembered - Section dedicated solely to the band's legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away in May 2013, featuring an on-camera interview with John Densmore and Robby Krieger reminiscing about the impact Manzarek had on the band and their own lives.
• Interactive Timeline - Weaves highlights of the Door's history in context with other musical and historical events revealing juxtapositions otherwise unknown.
• Cast Of Characters - Insider mini bios on the 100+ people most important to the legend of the band.
• Technical Nuggets - Explore how the Doors' engineered their signature sound for each album with a photo/text gallery of the exact equipment used for each recording.
• Map Of Los Angeles - Interactive L.A. map highlighting key places in the Doors personal and professional lives.

The Doors App is now available from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com.

The Doors App was developed by Rhino US and Brandwidth Group UK.

Download The Doors App - http://smarturl.it/doorsapp
The Doors App official trailer: http://youtu.be/o7wellAebWw
For more information on The Doors, please visit www.thedoors.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An Evening With Dave Mason Coming To The Grammy Museum

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Traffic co-founding member Dave Mason will make a special appearance at The Grammy Museum® in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 16. 

Presented by American Express®, “An Evening With Dave Mason” will feature the singer, songwriter and guitarist discussing his musical journey which spans over 47 years encompassing producing, performing, songwriting and being considered one of rock's great guitar players, along with a brief acoustic performance.

Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater will play host to 200 lucky fans as they join Mason and host Scott Goldman, Vice President of The Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, to discuss Mason’s songwriting process, beginnings in the band Traffic, acclaimed solo career, current touring project “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam,” his latest release, Future's Past and much more.

Tickets are on sale now at www.AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849.

The event will kick off a string of tour dates in California for Mason’s current “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” tour including: 9/17 at the Smothers Theatre in Malibu, CA, 9/18 at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA, 9/20 at Richard & Karen Carpenter PAC in Long Beach, CA, 9/24 at the Sunset Center Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, 9/26 at the Theatre Deville in Vacaville, CA, 9/27 at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA, 9/30 and 10/1 & 10/2 at the Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.

Mason is earning accolades on the road for the Traffic Jam tour which kicked off January 3 in Atlantic City, NJ and will continue through the rest of the year. He has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more.

For the most updated list of tour dates and tickets, please visit davemasonmusic.com/tour.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Bob Seger Returns With New Album, Tour

Bob Seger will be releasing Ride Out, his first new album in eight years -- and possibly his final studio album ever -- on October 14.

The set follows 2006's platinum-certified Face The Promise, which broke an 11-year drought, though Seger has also released new music on the interim compilations Early Seger Vol. 1 in 2009 and Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets in 2011.

Seger produced Ride Out and recorded it at studios in Nashville and suburban Detroit, and he says in a statement that, "I feel really good about this record. This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world -- from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects."

A full track list has not yet been released for Ride Out but the set will include a rendition of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made" that he released to radio last week, as well as the original "All of The Roads" and a cover of the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie song "California Stars" -- all three of which Seger previewed during his spring 2013 concert tour. Other songs he's mentioned recording include "Wonderland," "Ride Out" (once in the running to be the title track) and "Gates of Eden."

It may also be Seger's final word as a recording artist; last year he said with his 70th birthday looming in May of 2015, "I don't know how much more there is to prove. I wouldn't mind putting out one more record, one last swan song. That's all I'm concerned with right now is trying to make that as good as it can be, and then we'll look at everything else and play it by ear. I've had a great career. It's been a great run. I don't want to overstay my welcome."

Seger, who's sold more than 51 millions albums and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame, is planning to tour in support of Ride Out, though no dates have yet been revealed.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Aerosmith Resume Tour After Drummer's Health Scare

Aerosmith will resume their in-progress “Let Rock Rule” tour Saturday, August 16 at the Gorge in George, WA. 

Earlier this week. (Wednesday, August 13), the band cancelled their concert at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA so that drummer Joey Kramer could undergo a minor medical procedure. 

kramer, who has no history of a heart condition, said, “I'm feeling better than ever and I’ll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans. My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time."