Friday, May 19, 2017

In Time for its Landmark 50th Anniversary, Time Life will Release the Groundbreaking Variety Show, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES

"Before there was 'Saturday Night Live', there was 
'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'"
-- The New York Times

SOCK IT TO ME!

IN TIME FOR ITS LANDMARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY, COMMEMORATE A GROUNDBREAKING VARIETY SHOW 
WITH A DELUXE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTOR'S SET AVAILABLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN:
THE COMPLETE SERIES

Time Life Brings Together All Six Seasons (1968-1973) of This Emmy® and
Golden Globe®-Winning, Star-Laden, Genre-Busting Series in One Stunning DVD Set Featuring 140 Complete Episodes Remastered from Original Broadcast Masters - 63% of Which Have NEVER Been Available Before on Any Format - Hours of Specially-Produced Extras,
a 32-Page Collector's Book and More!

Available Exclusively Online at TimeLife.com/LaughIn;
Pre-Order Begins May 9, 2017

Named by TV Guide as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," was also one of the most groundbreaking.  A fast moving barrage of rapid-fire one-liners, on-going sketches, musical numbers and hilarious social and political satire, it was an instant hit following its NBC prime-time debut in 1968.  Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the unique variety series - a psychedelic take-off of a '60s-style happening - perfectly captured the spirit of an era, launched the careers of many a comic actor and writer and fed a new generation's conversations with hip catchphrases like "Sock it to me!," "You bet your sweet bippy!," and "Here come da judge!"  "Laugh In" would go on to become one of the most popular shows in the history of television.

Never before available in its entirety on any format, beginning May 9, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be offered as a deluxe 38-disc collector's set from Time Life and Proven Entertainment with David DiVona.  Featuring all 140 original broadcast episodes plus the pilot, hours of specially-produced extras and featurettes, a bonus disc featuring hours of specially-produced extras, a 32-page collectible memory book featuring "liner notes" from producer/creator George Schlatter and more, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be available to pre-order exclusively at TimeLife.com/LaughIn for $250.

"'Laugh-In' was a free fall of television without a net.  It was dangerous.  
It was controversial. It was totally unpredictable and always funny."
-- George Schlatter

"Laugh-In" originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." on Mondays at 8pm.  With seasoned comedy team Rowan and Martin presiding over the zippy hour-long variety show which capably mixed sketch comedy and sight gags with trenchant political commentary, the comic regulars resonated loudly and hilariously - Goldie Hawn's giggly blonde, Lily Tomlin's snorting telephone operator, Judy Carne's "Sock-It-To-Me" girl, Jo Anne Worley's anti-chicken-joke militant, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster and Arte Johnson's "verrry interesting" German soldier, to name a few.  And over the next six seasons, from 1968-1973, the off-the-wall NBC staple would become a pop culture phenomenon and the #1 rated show during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 television seasons.

The pioneering series -- which would go onto to capture 6 Emmy® Awards (for Outstanding Variety Series, 1971) and 31 nominations, as well as 2 Golden Globe® Awards, including "Best TV Show" (1969) -- can also be remembered by the seemingly endless parade of guest stars who flocked to the red-hot variety show for memorable appearances and cameos including Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jonathan Winters, Carol Channing, The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, Barbara Feldon, Bobby Darin, Andy Griffith, Diana Ross, James Garner, Michael Landon, Buddy Hackett, Steve Lawrence, Jack Lemmon, Kirk Douglas, Robert Goulet, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles, John Wayne, a ukulele-strumming Tiny Tim and many more.  The series' most famous single moment, however, came in 1968 when presidential candidate Richard Nixon surprised viewers with a brief appearance in which he deadpanned "Sock it to me?," before capturing the White House.

Initially, exclusively available online at TimeLife.com/LaughIn, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES commemorates the influential program's landmark 50th anniversary with a handsomely-packaged DVD set from the TV DVD archivists at Time Life.  Across 38 discs and 150+ hours of transformative entertainment, fans of classic TV, comedy and variety will be treated to the series in its entirety for the very first time: all 140 episodes, complete and uncut and remastered from the original broadcast elements for optimal viewing.  89 of the episodes (63%) have never before been released on any format, making this eagerly-anticipated completist's set a valuable - and highly entertaining - collection.

Also included in the collection is the rare pilot episode, a collectible 32-page memory book loaded with archival photos, show images, classic jokes and one-liners, "liner notes" from creator/producer George Schlatter and an exclusive bonus DVD.

The collection includes more than 6 hours of exclusive bonus features including the complete 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion and interviews with Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter that are only available in this complete collection.

Other exclusive bonus features include:
Interviews with Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues
The Laugh-In Pilot Episode
Still Laugh-In: A Tribute to George Schlatter
Laugh-In Bloopers
How We Won the Emmys
...and more! 
With the combined efforts and input from one of the most talented ensemble casts and the largest, most creative groups of writers, editors, composers, directors, scenic and costume designers ever assembled, "Laugh-In" became an instant classic, transforming pop culture and the medium of television.  And today, 50 years after the show first aired, it remains one of the most memorable and beloved shows in TV history.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Acid Jazz Announce The Best of Rare Mod Box Set || Out Digitally on May 26


The seminal Acid Jazz Records Rare Mod series took its first desert booted steps in 2009 with a selection of 'holy grail' sixties recordings on an album entitled Rare Mod. such was its success that another five LPs followed, plus fourteen eps, four artist albums, two reunion concerts and two box-sets including this one, The Best Of Rare Mod box set. Involving a team of passionate individuals without whom sourcing the material would have been impossible, Damian Jones, Paul 'Smiler' Anderson, label boss Ed Piller and Richard Searle have compiled this triple CD collection of some of the highlight from across the entire series.

Some of the artists featured are more famous or more successful than others, some are sadly no longer with us, but all are equally inspirational; The Artwoods, The Fleur De Lys, Sharon Tandy, Carl Douglas and Geno Washington are familiar names amongst the record collecting in-crowd; The Mountain Men, The Aphex, The Koobas. Kenny Bernard and The Top Six are possibly less so.

From the dancefloor fillers like I'm Out by The Richard Kent Style, soul standards like Rock My Plimsol from the legendary Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy's first band The Ossie Layne Show, through to the wigged out garage R&B of The Mountain Men's Too Many People Around, and the Velvet Underground cover, I'm Waiting For My Man, by David Bowie's first group The Riot Squad. But it's the rediscovered treasures throughout the series that may have remained lost that are perhaps the most interesting; Derek Griffiths (guitarist of The Artwoods), whilst rummaging through a cardboard box, uncovered a forgotten concept album by his jazz-rock outfit, Satisfaction; the flute-tastic House Of The Rising Sun features along with another fantastic track from another of Derek's later bands, Dog Soul, a version of the Eddy Floyd classic Big Bird.

Released on 25th May through Acid Jazz Records,The Best Of Rare Mod CD Boxset contains three CDs accompanied by artwork and extensive sleeve notes. You can pre-order the album on iTunes here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gross out your friends with Fright-Rags' Madballs shirts & socks



Gross out your friends with Fright-Rags' Madballs shirts & socks: bit.ly/MadballsFR
Dawn of the Dead, Aliens, Lon Chaney, & Vincent Price merch coming later this month

As a kid in '80s, there was no shortage of toys aimed to gross out your friends and family. Chief among them were Madballs, the classic toy balls featuring disgusting fun characters. Gross out your loved ones once again with Fright-Rags' new Madballs shirts and socks.

The collection includes five designs by Scarecrowoven, Coki Greenway, Jeff Zornow, and Kyle Crawford. Each one is available on black shirts, with select designs also available on color shirts or baseball tees. Three pairs of custom-knit socks - featuring Hornhead, Slobulus, and Skullface, respectively - are up for grabs as well.

The Madballs collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. Shirts are in stock, while socks will ship in early-May.

Fright-Rags has several other exciting releases planned for the remainder of the month: George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead enamel pin collection on April 21; Aliens shirts, hoodies, and socks for Alien Day on April 26; and Masters of Horror: Lon Chaney & Vincent Price shirts and enamel pins on April 28.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Join The Monster Squad with Fright-Rags' latest apparel



Join The Monster Squad with Fright-Rags' latest apparel
Shirts, socks, & enamel pins on sale now: bit.ly/MonsterSquadFR

If you know that Wolfman's got nards, Creature likes Twinkies, and Stephen King rules, you're the perfect candidate for The Monster Squad. Join the club with Fright-Rags' collection of merchandise dedicated to Fred Dekker's 1987 cult classic.

The Monster Squad Collection features four shirts: a monster mash by Justin Erickson, a "bogus" rendering of Frankenstein's monster by Jimmy Breen, a video-game inspired piece by Timothy Lim, and a reprint of Abrar Ajmal's popular Monster Squad design (also available on hoodies).

The collection includes two pairs of custom-knit socks as well: one featuring Count Dracula and another stating "Stephen King Rules," as depicted on a shirt in the film. Finally, you can own the film's all-powerful amulet, recreated as a glow-in-the-dark enamel pin.

The Monster Squad Collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. Shirts and enamel pins are in stock, while socks will ship in early-May.

Be sure to check out back with Fright-Rags this Saturday, April 15, for a groovy Midnight Madness Tee available exclusively for 24 hours.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oh Boy Records to Release John Prine Beyond Words



Oh Boy Records to Release John Prine Beyond Words
Prine's first ever songbook featuring a selection of his favorite songs, photographs, and stories

Oh Boy Records is pleased to announce the release of John Prine Beyond Words, available for purchase via https://johnprine.com on April 18th. Beyond Words includes over 100 photographs from Prine's personal collection, copies of handwritten lyrics showing the creative process with select commentary, and lyrics with guitar chords for 60+ classic Prine songs. Watch the trailer for Beyond Words here. The book retails for $34.98 and is currently available for pre-order with free shipping (within in the U.S.).

For fans of Prine, the general consensus of this release is it's about time, as a songbook has been requested at the merch table for years. Personally curated, the book is for both the studied Prine fan and the next generation of songwriters newly discovering his work. Beyond Words is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the man No Depression Magazine dubbed "the poet laureate of our everyday experience."

Beyond Words is new territory for both Prine and Oh Boy Records, as this is Prine's first ever songbook and the label's first foray into book publishing. Decidedly indie, Oh Boy was founded in 1981 by Prine and his manager Al Bunetta, and is the second oldest artist owned independent label in the country; the oldest in Nashville.

For your listening pleasure, Oh Boy created a Spotify playlist to complement the content of Beyond Words.

For more information, please visit http://johnprine.com/. For review copies, please reply to this email.





About John Prine:
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery,' 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.

With his career spanning more than 40 years, Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. In 2005, Prine was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.


About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta.  The label has released more than 40 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel "Slick" Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider-- along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.

In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label's first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" on the A-side and "Silver Bells" on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine's Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist owned independent label in the country, and the oldest in Nashville.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Anthology Based on George Orwell's Classic 1984



“1984 in the 21st Century” Anthology to be Published by Riverdale Avenue Books
-New Anthology will be Available for Free Digital Download NOW!
 
The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books will be releasing 1984 in the 21st Century, a new anthology with essays on how George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 still resonates nearly seven decades after it was first published in the aftermath of WWII.  The anthology will be published on April 4th, 2017, to coincide with the date on which the novel’s main character, Winston Smith, begins his illegal diary, and will be FREE for one day only to the English-reading world online at RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

After the novel 1984 made the #1 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list, Riverdale Avenue Books put out an international call for submissions of essays.  Articles in the book include such notable writers as science fiction legend David Brin, Pulitzer-Prize winner Matt Bai, feminist academic Melissa Febos, and 20 others authors, as well as average citizens.

“With the current political climate, it’s no wonder that 1984 is now #1 on the best-seller lists,” said Publisher and Anthology Editor Lori Perkins. “Readers and writers relate to the political zeitgeist in the novel in current events right now. It gives us all something to think about!”



Downloads of the book are available for sale after the release date at RiverdaleAveBooks.com and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold, as well as an audio edition.


About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award -winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 11 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; VerVe featuring lifestyle titles; and Hera featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full-service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.  Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beware the AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Collection from Fright-Rags



Beware the American Werewolf in London collection from Fright-Rags
Shirts & socks available now: bit.ly/AmericanWerewolfFR

With a clever balance of horror and humor by writer-director John Landis and unparalleled special effects by Rick Baker, An American Werewolf in London remains the werewolf movie to which all other werewolf movies are compared. Fright-Rags salutes the 1981 classic with the An American Werewolf in London Collection.

The horror apparel company has released four new shirts dedicated to the masterpiece of terror by artists Scarecrowoven, Okan BulBul, Chris Burns, and Abrar Ajmal. You can also bring home a souvenir from The Slaughtered Lamb - the pub depicted in the film - in the form of custom-knit socks.

Beware the moon as you journey to Fright-Rags.com to pick up the An American Werewolf in London Collection. All items are in stock now and ready to ship.

While you're there, be sure to check out Fright-Rags' recently re-stocked fan-favorite designs, including The Return of the Living Dead, Cujo, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and more.