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16Sep/141

Del Amitri Reissues, Free Tickets For You

In an interview with ATV pal R. Todd Richards, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie spoke about his latest solo disc, Lower Reaches, which was released earlier this year.

He also indicated that there are plans to put out expanded reissues of the band's last two albums, Some Other Sucker's Parade and Can You Do Me Good?

For those of you who already picked up the expanded reissues of Waking Hours, Change Everything and Twisted, you'll know that this is good news. Those reissues were packed with nearly all of the appropriate B-sides from the period...and even as somebody who had personally accumulated all of those B-sides, it was nice to have them collected in one place.

October will bring the release of Into The Mirror, the first official live album from Del Amitri -- you can pre-order signed copies (autographed by Justin and Iain) from the band's website.

Currie launched his U.S. solo tour on Sunday with a show in Nashville that was apparently broadcast on the radio (and I'm looking for a copy -- do you have one?).

He'll be out on the road for a few weeks and you can check out the tour dates, including a long awaited Cleveland date tonight at the Music Box Supper Club.

Speaking of that, if you'd like to go see that Music Box show tonight --- drop me an email here with "Justin Currie Cleveland Concert" in the subject line for your chance to win.  This contest will expire not too long after you read this, so move quickly and good luck!

23Jul/130

Contest: Win A CD Pack Of Music From The Doors!

For $4.99, you can take the Doors with you everywhere that you go. Because of course, here in 2013, it makes sense that this legendary band is still looking to break on through to invade your consciousness in a new and different way -- not just with their catalog of music, but now also via a new interactive app for the iPad.

There's an exhaustive amount of material available on the app, which you can read about below via the official press release.

To celebrate the release of the app, ATV is pleased to offer you the chance to win a three pack of CDs from the Doors, including the releases Live At The Matrix, Live in Pittsburgh 1970 and the When You're Strange soundtrack.

Paired with the new app, it's the most fun that you can possibly have digitally in the comfort of your own home.

For your chance to win these CDs, drop us a line with "Doors CD Contest" in the email subject line and we'll pick one lucky ATV reader to win.

Purchase the official Doors app via this link.

THE DOORS LAUNCH INTERACTIVE iPAD APP,
EXCLUSIVELY ON THE APP STORE

Groundbreaking Band Invites Fans On Immersive Digital Journey,
Telling Their History Through Interactive Content, Music, Photos, Videos, Memorabilia And Graphic Novel

Warner Music Group Presents A New Way To Showcase
And Experience A Band's Entire Career In A Single Download

LOS ANGELES – The Doors are once again poised to break on through with a first-of-its-kind iPad app, THE DOORS, available exclusively on the App Store. Released on May 6, 2013, by Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment, the app brings the band’s story to life with an unprecedented immersive experience that delves deeply into every aspect of The Doors’ iconic career with interactive content, unpublished band images and artwork, rare videos, music, and much more.

THE DOORS APP was conceived and produced by Elektra Records founder and Warner Music legend Jac Holzman, who signed the Doors to the label in 1966, and Robin Hurley; along with the participation of drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and the estate of the late singer 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 now bring The Doors into the digital age with a visionary project that redefines how a band’s work can be chronicled in the virtual realm.

“The genesis of this project began with a desire to digitize the boxed set, to use new technology to improve upon a much-loved fan experience. It made total sense to choose The Doors. They have always been ‘ahead of the curve’ artists and their story is one of the great sagas in rock,” says Holzman. “Together with the band, we tell a compelling tale using materials from The Doors’ own archives and the Warner Music vault plus the hundreds of other sources we chased down – a wealth of treasures including previously unseen photos, fresh interviews, and behind the scenes insights and reflections. Delivered in a single download, this is a riveting approach to showcasing a band's entire career. I believe Warner Music has set the bar higher for future music apps… and that is a very good thing to do!”

An intimate portrait of the band enjoying a drink at the Hard Rock Café — taken by legendary photographer Henry Diltz during a shoot for the Morrison Hotel album — greets visitors on the home page and guides them on a journey through the living history of one of rock’s most fascinating and incendiary groups.

THE DOORS APP is divided into several sections, with the The Story button leading to the true centerpiece, proving endlessly intriguing for both veteran fans and new initiates with hundreds of photos, videos, and interviews. All six albums recorded by the original Doors foursome, as well as the two albums recorded later by the Doors as a trio, are spotlighted here through essays from counterculture icons including Patti Smith and Hunter S. Thompson, Doors historians such as David Fricke, Greil Marcus, and archivist David Dutkowski, as well as pieces from the band and personal reminiscences shared by Holzman. The Story section also highlights extensive technical notes detailing all the equipment used to create every studio album.

Among the other centerpieces of The Story section is a graphic novelization of the notorious Miami Incident, where Morrison was falsely accused of exposing himself during a 1969 concert. The infamous episode comes to life here through drawings by award-winning comic book artist Dean Haspiel, words by Adam Holzman (son of Jac), and rare audio of Morrison recorded during the show. This section also includes the once-confidential FBI report, the arrest report, a portion of Jim’s tongue-in-cheek testimony, Morrison’s mug shot, and his posthumous pardon issued in 2010.

Also featured are a comprehensive Timeline, a Cast Of Characters listing key people in the Doors’ universe, an interactive Doors Map of LA that focuses on prime locations in the band’s history, a Gallery filled with rare and iconic images, all song lyrics, in-app links to social media and the iTunes store, and a customizable My Favorites area. All told, the app features over 500 images including band photos, album art, singles, international releases and memorabilia (posters, ticket stubs, advertisements, press releases, contracts, and related correspondence). The app also includes 44 short form videos and 60 audio segments. Holzman had referred to The Doors app as a “1500 piece jigsaw puzzle in three dimensions, which arrives on your iPad, elegantly pre-assembled.”

THE DOORS APP is available for $4.99 from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.appstore.com.

Purchase The Doors App here: http://smarturl.it/doorsapp

To coincide with the launch of THE DOORS APP, each of The Doors’ studio albums have been Mastered For iTunes by their longtime producer Bruce Botnick and are now available exclusively on iTunes. Three new digital boxed sets (The Complete Studio Albums, Behind Closed Doors – The Rarities, and Strange Nights Of Stone Vol. II – The Bright Midnight Archives Concerts) as well as two Mastered For iTunes compilation albums (The Very Best Of and The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits) are also available now on iTunes.

DESCRIPTION

THE DOORS official app. More than 700 images and 100 music and sound clips that will delight and satisfy Doors fans. More than just photos, music and video, this comprehensive compilation in presented in a way that lets you re-discover the intensity and originality of Jim Morrison and the Doors.

The foundation of this app is authentic, source material meticulously produced by their record company president Jac Holzman, and endorsed by the members of the Doors.

Since most of the content is built into the app, you can enjoy the pictures, music, sound and video offline, without WiFi or dinging your data plan. Bonus: Includes the option for group viewing on any flat screen TV.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PHOTO GALLERIES
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* 227 Band Photos featuring rare publicity photos and candid shots of all four.
* 112 images of album and single artwork from around the world
* 196 images of memorabilia
* 75 photos of the notes handwritten on the original recording masters tracksheet. (It's like holding Doors history in your hands.)
* 6 full length original short films for Break On Through, Strange Days, Unknown Soldier, Wild Child, Roadhouse Blues (Live), and the Changeling.

Even better, you can pinch and zoom most of the images to discover details not possible if printed in a book or posted on a website.

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MULTIMEDIA SECTION ON EACH ALBUM
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Includes the albums The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel, Absolutely Live, LA Woman, Other Voices, Full Circle and American Prayer. The story behind each record is revealed through text, photos, videos, music clips, as well as homages from influencers like Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola and The Doors themselves. It's like getting a mini-app for each album.

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LYRIC SHEETS FOR ALL DOOR SONGS
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In one place, the complete lyrics for all the Doors' songs including Riders on the Storm, The End, and When The Music's Over

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INTERACTIVE DOORS TIMELINE
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Weaves highlights of the Doors’ history with other musical and historical events ferreting context otherwise unknown. For example you'll learn that Jimi Hendrix released "Are You Experienced" less than a month before the Doors single "People are Strange" and that the Viet Cong attacked the U.S. Embassy in Saigon just 6 weeks before the Doors released "The Unknown Soldier."

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* EXCLUSIVE GRAPHIC COMIC
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Chronicling Jim Morrison's "incident" in Miami along with the original FBI documents, testimony and arrest report.

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FOR AUDIOPHILE DOORS FANS
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Learn how the Doors' engineered their signature sound for each album with a photo inventory of the exact equipment used on each one.

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INSIDER MINI BIOS
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The 100+ people most important to the history of the band. Discover information about Jim Morrison and the Doors that you can't find in a Google search.

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ADDITIONAL FEATURES
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* PRESS & HOLD any item and it will be filed in the apps FAVORITES sections for instant re-access. Super helpful with all this content.

* An interactive map of the key places in the Doors L.A. lives.

* Share your discoveries with your friends by posting content from the app on Facebook and Twitter.

14Feb/131

Ticket Giveaway: Big Head Todd & The Monsters in New York

ATV favorites Big Head Todd & The Monsters are once again back out on the road, playing sets that mix a hefty dose of blues from their latest release Big Head Todd Blues Club - 100 Years of Robert Johnson with favorites from their vast catalog. With the classic Sister Sweetly album celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the band will naturally be spotlighting tracks from the album in their concert setlists.

The current tour hits New York City this Saturday (2/16) for a show at Irving Plaza. We've got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away to the show, so if you'd like to go and check it out, drop us an email with "Big Head Todd NYC" in the subject line and we'll pick two lucky readers to go to the show!

Good luck!

(Update: Congrats to our two winners, Tim and Jim! Stay tuned for more contest fun coming up!)

15Jul/122

Win A Copy Of Elton John’s New Memoir ‘Love Is The Cure’

Throughout the course of his career, Elton John has rarely done anything in a way that could be considered routine. So with the release of his new memoir Love Is The Cure, it's no surprise that he's using his life story as a platform to also share how we as a society can finally bring an end to the AIDs epidemic.

Love Is The Cure is a look at his life during the era of AIDS and the toll which it has taken on him personally. His friendship with young Ryan White would prove to be deeply inspirational. White's AIDS-related death shook John into taking stock of his own life, which was a mess and as he took steps to change that, he also would seek to discover how he could make a difference in the midst of the growing AIDS crisis.

John's new book documents his personal journey to fight AIDS and also his conversations and experiences with friends like Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Elizabeth Taylor. Proceeds from the sales of the new book will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

We've got several copies of Love Is The Cure to give away. Register below for your chance to win one.

1Jul/121

Contest: Win David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ On Vinyl!

The back cover of David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars carries a very simple message: "To be played at maximum volume." How can one refuse such an invitation like that?

Those who took Bowie up on the offer found themselves enveloped by the sounds of an album that sounded very different than nearly everything that had come prior. 40 years beyond the original 1972 release, Ziggy Stardust is still an engaging listen.

On vinyl, the masterful segue between "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City" is striking. For every time that we hear "We Will Rock You" into "We Are The Champions" and "Feeling That Way" into "Anytime" on the radio, why does it not make similar sense to segue "Ziggy" into "Suffragette?"

So awesome.

In honor of the 40 years that have passed, Ziggy Stardust is being celebrated with an appropriately lavish anniversary issue that is available in several different configurations, including vinyl.

We've got your chance to win a copy of the newly reissued vinyl edition of Ziggy, which has been remastered on heavyweight vinyl. Additionally, the vinyl edition comes with a bonus high resolution audio DVD which contains extra tracks and both the 2012 stereo remaster, plus 2003 remixes engineered by Ken Scott, who co-produced the original album with Bowie.

All you have to do is fill out the form below for your chance to win. We'll pick one lucky ATV reader to get this coveted black wax.

16May/1222

Contest: Free Pair Of Passes To See ‘For The Love Of Music’

A new documentary exploring the roots of the Cambridge folk music scene and Club 47, the legendary Harvard Square coffeehouse, recently screened to rave reviews in front of a sold out crowd at the Boston International Film Festival. Now, For The Love Of Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival will come home for a special hometown screening here in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom this Sunday at 7:30pm as part of the 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival.

The film was co-directed by Todd Kwait, a Cleveland-based lawyer who enthusiastically describes the Club 47 scene as being "unique" for its time. "Unlike the Greenwich Village folk scene that was developing at about the same time in New York, Club 47 wasn’t a bar run by a club owner but rather a non-profit coffee house. That made for more of free-flowing atmosphere with more collaboration between the club and the artists."

For The Love Of Music features interviews with Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Judy Collins and Taj Mahal, all of whom got their start at Club 47. The film features additional interviews with Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan and many others.

Narrated by Peter Coyote, For The Love Of Music documents the day when young Joan Baez would become the first artist to play the club, talking her way into a performance slot. Club 47 would come to play a very important role in the developing American folk revival.

“At the heart of it all was an amateur scene,” singer-songwriter Tom Rush says in the film, “people playing for the love of the music.”

Some of the famous Club 47 alumni perform with today's best known and emerging folk artists in performances that were captured especially for the film. Additionally, For The Love Of Music features audio of two previously unreleased Bob Dylan performances.

Tickets are on sale now for the screenings, but we'll connect one lucky ATV reader with a pair of passes to see the film for free on Sunday night at the Beachland Ballroom. Email us now with "For The Love Of Music" in the subject line for your chance to win!

18Mar/1214

Contest: Win both volumes of Journey’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on vinyl!

Journey released Greatest Hits on November 15th, 1988. Sometime around that time, I saw it in my local record store (the sorely missed Crow's Nest in Crest Hill, Illinois) and had to pick up a copy.

Despite what my good Twitter pal @jukebox65 might want to believe, I was not a Journey diehard at that point. I was among the Journey curious, if there is such a thing. I had heard the name, knew at least a few of the songs and thought they had really, really cool album covers.

I wasn't alone in my purchase - the compilation has sold over 15 million copies through the years, making it one of those albums that everybody had a copy of at some point - right next to their copies of Aerosmith's Greatest Hits, Frampton Comes Alive and Bruce Springsteen's Human Touch and Lucky Town (ha! just making sure that you're still paying attention).

With the resurgence of vinyl, former Journey frontman Steve Perry set his sights on remastering the band's greatest hits for vinyl - both the original Greatest Hits release and a second volume to add additional tracks that were left off of the first one. Between the two, you've got a pretty good snapshot of many of the very best moments from Journey's career.

Perry's work on the two compilations allowed him to reacquaint himself with both the band's music and how great their songs sound when heard on wax. He says “I truly forgot how sonically exciting and just plain better these Journey tracks sound back where they originally lived…on vinyl.”

“The stereo separation, the center imaging and the sonic depth of the tracks themselves is more true to what we all loved about these original final mixes. All the instruments and voices, to me personally, sound so damn good that all I want to do is reach for the volume and turn it up!”

ATV would like to give you a chance to win vinyl copies of both volumes, plus a special added bonus - a unique journal notebook from Vintage Vinyl Journals, custom-made eco-friendly notebooks made from upcycled vinyl LPs and high quality acid-free paper. Each journal is unique and the one included with this prize pack includes artwork elements from Journey's Greatest Hits Volume 1 &2.

So you'd like to win this for yourself to enjoy on the turntable within the privacy of your own home as you scrawl your inner thoughts into your newly acquired vinyl-centric journal?

We'll make it relatively simple: send us a note with either your favorite Journey-related memory or perhaps an '80s concert memory in general, of a great show that you saw. We'll pick one lucky reader to be the recipient of this prize pack.

Good luck!

10Apr/1121

Contest: A Free MP3 and chance to win “Europe ’72” by The Grateful Dead

I had the great pleasure of speaking with longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux this past week for an interview that will be online soon. How soon? As soon as my fingers can do the transcribing work!  Lemieux is currently knee deep in the assembly work for the highly anticipated 72 CD release of Europe '72, a massive package that brings together all 22 original shows recorded for the original Europe '72 release in their entirety, including overdub-free versions of the original album tracks for the first time ever!

As work continues on the package, the Dead camp have been sharing the occasional taste of the upcoming package with three free MP3s released to date. And now you can add a fourth to the mix - "Casey Jones," as recorded on April 11th, 1972 in Newcastle, England. Capping off the first set, which stretched out 18 tracks deep, this version of "Casey" does a mighty fine job of bringing the train back to the station for a brief pause.

Download the MP3 here and use the widget to share the musical love with all of your friends.

Now, while we can't offer you a freebie copy of the entire upcoming release, we do have a copy of the two CD expanded reissue of Europe '72 ready to ship away to one lucky ATV reader. For your chance to grab it, send us a note with "Grateful Dead" in the subject line. Good luck!

By the way, don't forget that Record Store Day this coming Saturday will be your chance to grab the brand new mono reissue of the first Grateful Dead album, pressed on 180 gram vinyl for all aficionados to enjoy!


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24Mar/112

Contest: Win “The Great Divide” by Tommy Shaw

Music fans have known Tommy Shaw previously both as a member of Styx and as a solo artist, but as a bluegrass player?  That's a new side of Tommy Shaw you might not be as familiar with. Shaw released The Great Divide, his debut bluegrass effort earlier this week (also to be released on vinyl in April), featuring a smattering of special guests including Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Douglas and others.  Having been raised on the genre, Tommy has always been enamored with the ability of bluegrass to connect the listener through storytelling.

You can get a taste of The Great Divide by streaming the sample track  "Shadows in the Moonlight" via this link.

And if you'd like to get your own copy of The Great Divide, there's good news on that topic - we've got a few CD copies of the album to give away to lucky ATV readers and perhaps we're talking about you (unless your name is D.X. Ferris or Jeff Giles). Send us an email here with "Tommy Shaw" in the subject line for your chance to win! We'll leave you here with a rehearsal video of "Shadows in the Moonlight" featuring Tommy and album producer Will Evankovich.

11Mar/1121

Contest: Concert for George Prize Pack

Now that you've had a chance to refresh your memory in regards to what a great concert the George Harrison tribute event was, we'd like to give you the chance to win a prize pack featuring the soon to be available Blu-ray edition of Concert for George (out on 3/22) plus a copy of the two CD version of the show!

For your chance to win this bad boy, all you have to do is send me an email and give me a good reason why you should win this set. Or if you're not feeling that creative, a good story that relates to what you love about George Harrison's music will do nicely as well!