Music new releases Nov. 5, 2013: Beatles; Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs; The Who; Disney; CCR; Ry Cooder; Miles Davis, more!

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The Beatles On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

Beatles Live At The BBC (Remastered)

The Beatles Live At The BBC - The Collection

Under the Covers, Vol. 3 by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

Tommy (Super Deluxe Edition) by The Who

Disney Classics

Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording

Creedence Clearwater Revival (box set)

Songs For Slim: Rockin' Here Tonight - A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap (2CD)

1970-1987 by Ry Cooder

The Original Mono Recordings by Miles Davis

Never My Love: The Anthology by Donny Hathaway

Funky Christmas

Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers (Limited Edition)

The Fame Singles Volume 2, 1970-73

Boppin' By The Bayou - More Dynamite

The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music?

Book a Trip 2: More Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records

DVD and Blu-ray new releases Nov. 5, 2013: Hobbit; Mad Men; Naked City; Jimi Hendrix; Under to Dome; Rolling Stones; Dr. Feelgood!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

Mad Men: Season Six

Naked City: The Complete Series

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A Comin'

Under the Dome

Rolling Stones - Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live

The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story

Dr. Feelgood - Oil City Confidential

East of Eden

Pop focus: Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground

This week we look back at Lou Reed, who passed away earlier this week, and his pioneering work with the Velvet Underground, along with some of his solo music.

Brian Eno famously relayed a quote from Reed that only 30,000 people bought the first Velvets album, but everyone of them started a band. That's not true. If it were, there would've been a lot more interesting bands through the late 60s and early 70s.

But there's no denying that Reed's mixing of street poetry and garage rock with the avant garde touches of John Cale -- not to mention the icy vocals of Nico on the band's first LP and the primal drumming of Moe Tucker -- runs as a thread all through the rock'n'roll that followed: glam, punk and indie. Reed, and the group, are bound to be talked about for a long time to come.

Here's a clip of artist Andy Warhol, who famously "discovered" and promoted the group, and the Velvets.

And here's the full PBS "American Masters" profile "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart."

 Reed penned one of rock's great guitar riffs with the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane." Here he demonstrates it to Elvis Costello:

 Here's Reed jamming in 2007 with Pete Townshend.

And, as a special bonus, here's Lou Reed's Honda scooter ad. Why settle for walking on the wild side? 

ZBS Foundation announces new Jack Flanders audio adventure

If you've not heard any of ZBS Media's great radio series of the 70s through today, you're missing a big chunk of mystery, magic and delight in your life. The outfit's hallmark character is Jack Flanders, an affable fellow who stumples through mystic adventures throughout this world and others. "The Fourth Tower of Inverness" and "Moon Over Morocco" are classics. ZBS also has done a number of sci-fi series starring Ruby, the "galactic gumshoe."

Here's info on the new Flanders release:
In Belize, Jack Flanders meets Friedrich, the owner of a bar called Fat Freddy´s. Jack knew his brother Klaus back in Rio de Janeiro. Shortly before Klaus died he sent Friedrich a blue crystal stone along with a note, "Hear this for me."

Later, when Jack and Mojo are talking to Lindz, a waitress at Fat Freddy´s, she suggests, "Why not build a crystal radio receiver?" They do, and begin to pick up music that sounds ancient and alien. Listening late one night, Jack hears a woman´s voice accusing him, "You! You!"

He begins to have disturbing dreams, being lost in a jungle, coming upon a moonlit Mayan temple covered with black orchids. At the top of the pyramid is a gigantic stone jaguar. He later discovers the Jaguar Temple does exist.

That night, camped at the base of the pyramid, he once again dreams of the mysterious woman who takes him by the hand and leads him down into the depths of the temple. 2 hours.

Listen to a sample:

Available on 2 CDs or MP3 download.

Pop culture roundup: Beatles blog! Super marching band! War of the Worlds!

The long-running 'zine Beatlefan has launched a blog called Something New. A warm welcome to the 21st century, guys! Look forward to visiting this regularly!


Watch as the Ohio State University Marching Band creates the Superman logo, pays tribute to Harry Potter and forms a huge dinosaur in this spectacular half-time show.


Comics great Neal Adams has created "Lego-ized" versions of some of his most famous comics illustrations. Check out his Facebook page for regular updates.


That big panic in 1938 caused by Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast? Never happened, according to a pair of researchers.
How did the story of panicked listeners begin? Blame America’s newspapers. Radio had siphoned off advertising revenue from print during the Depression, badly damaging the newspaper industry. So the papers seized the opportunity presented by Welles’ program to discredit radio as a source of news. The newspaper industry sensationalized the panic to prove to advertisers, and regulators, that radio management was irresponsible and not to be trusted. In an editorial titled “Terror by Radio,” the New York Times reproached “radio officials” for approving the interweaving of “blood-curdling fiction” with news flashes “offered in exactly the manner that real news would have been given.”

Ringo Starr's new collection, "Photograph," has been getting a lot of attention here recently. Here's another selection of the Beatle's personal photograps.


More Beatles: A Liverpool house John Lennon lived in off-and-on during his first five years has sold for $771,000.
The house was sold on Tuesday in an auction at the Cavern Club, where the Beatles performed regularly in the early 1960s. The buyer is an American, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

The late Lou Reed famously said, according to Brian Eno, that the first Velvet Underground LP only sold 30,000 copies, but seemingly everyone who bought it started a band. But who many copies die the "banana" album really sell?



Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

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