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Rarities and Remastered to Redefine Pink Floyd

The undiscovered diamonds from the psychedelic treasure of Pink Floyd is set to shine. The official website Pinkfloyd.com, has announced “Why Pink Floyd…?, a major release campaign, in an association with EMI, the band’s record label since 1967.

The release is scheduled on September 26, 2011 with versatility to appease every listener. The comprehensive release will include something for everyone along with the previous unreleased tracks, alternate versions, and restored and rare videos of the band’s performances. CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, SACD, various digital formats, iphone Apps, and a brand new ‘Best of’ album will be the major highlights of this grand release.

As it goes for Pink Floyd’s music, ‘experiencing’ is more dominant and integral than mere listening, ‘Why Pink Floyd..?’ is being designed and will be presented in a set of different listening experiences.

DISCOVERY EDITIONS & BOXSET

The ‘Discovery’ collection: 14 Remastered Studio Albums
‘Discovery’ albums are designed as an introduction to the artist, with lyrics booklets.

Discovery editions:
14 x Remastered studio (Discovery) Albums
14 Remastered Studio Albums Discovery Boxset

EXPERIENCE EDITIONS

Experience editions will feature the expanded versions of classic albums. It will include the original remastered album, a disc of additional material and an expanded CD booklet.

Experience editions will include:
The Dark Side of The Moon: Experience Boxset
The Wall: Experience Boxset
Wish You Were Here: Experience Boxset

IMMERSION EDITIONS

This edition will contain remastered, unreleased and audio-visual material, and much additional content. Fans who want more will have something more such as reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors’ items, lavish booklets.

Immersion editions:
The Dark Side Of The Moon Immersion Boxset
Wish You Were Here: Immersion Boxset
The Wall: Immersion Boxset

BEST OF – A FOOT IN THE DOOR
A brand new ‘Best of’ CD with tracks chosen by Pink Floyd featuring new artworks by Storm Thorgerson and remastered tracks by James Guthrie.

Apart from these editions, the mysterious Vinyl edition is also included with this launch.

~Source http://www.whypinkfloyd.com

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Steve Vai Digs ‘Innerness’ a Painfully Beautiful Piece

True to his words on the hunt for exotic guitar brutalities, ‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai, has shared his inner feelings about the track ‘Innerness’ from his upcoming album. The latest post from Steve, on the social media site reads:

“Sometimes I sit in the studio and get an idea, work on it and when I listen to it back, it surpasses my expectations. That’s what just happened here at the new Harmony Hut and I’m blown away. Painfully beautiful piece called “Innerness”. The new record is starting to take shape from audio gold. I just can’t wait for you to hear it.
I know it’s taking me a long time. It always does. So sorry about that.
s”

With anticipation building up for the new 2011 Steve Vai album, the eager fans know that this is definitely worth waiting. Meanwhile as announced in the official Steve Vai website, ‘“The Bodhi Tree” VaiTunes #7 is now available online for download on all the major digital music retailers

iTunes, Amazonmp3, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Lala.com, IMVU, Shockhound, Amie Street, LimeWire Store and the Nokia Music Store‘The Bodhi Tree digital booklet PDF‘ is also available on the VaiTunes page.

Image Courtesy: Vai.com


Kim Kardashian mentions 2010’s nude photos for publicity

While Kim Kardashian blazed the red carpet in Marchesa at the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles, the internet was set on fire by the nude photos of the actress/socialite as she posed for the W Magazine late last year. Google Trends has been volcanic with related search terms.

Kim Kardashian went bare for W Magazine’s ‘Art Issue’. On the cover shot, Kardashian’s assets are covered by strategically placed text bars. In the feature within the magazine, the bombshell is covered with absolutely nothing but silver paint.

If you are wondering how the magazine shots taken last year has yet again made it back to the spotlight, it is all thanks to the show Kourtney and Kim Take New York on E!.

The photos were mentioned on the last night’s episode of the show. The mention seems to serve two purposes. For one, it revived the interest in the ‘W’ photos, which back when released caused quiet a lot of commotion coupled with the Playboy photos. On the other hand, the nudity was hoped at also reviving the show, which seems to be losing popularity without Khloe.

Nothing sells like sex!!


Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: 2011 Nature Theme: Flowers

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2011
Desktop Wallpaper Calender January 2011 Flower Nature Theme

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: February 2011
Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 February Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 March Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 April Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 May Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 June Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 July Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 August Flower Theme Nature

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 September Flower Theme Nature

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2011
Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 October Flower Theme Nature

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: November 2011
Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 November Flower Theme Nature

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 2011
Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 December Flower Theme Nature

These are some handpicked images from Lalbagh flower show, Bangalore – 2011.

To download:

>>> Click on the image

>>>Right click and Save

>>> Free for personal use


Embryo – Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2011

Here is a wallpaper calendar for January 2011 inspired by the Pink Floyd song ‘The Embryo’

“All this love, is all I am
a ball is all I am
I’m so new compared to you
and I am very small

Warm glow, moon gloom
always need a little more room
waiting here seems like years
never seen the light of day

All around I hear strange sounds
come gurgling in my ear
red glow light and darkened night
I feel my dawn is near

Warm glow, moon gloom
always need a little more room
whisper low, here I go
I will see the sunshine show”

To download:
>>>> Click on the image for the original to open
>>>> Right click and save
>>>> Use it as you please


Steve Vai in search of “guitar brutalities” in new year 2011

Steve Vai

Steve Vai - Rare photos from vai.com

‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai has dived into work right at the start of the new year. The three time Grammy Award-winner posted on Facebook that he was in search of “guitar brutalities” while wishing all his fans a Happy New Year.

“Hey Folks, Happy New Year again… and again… and forever!” the Italian American rockstar greeted.

Vai, who released Where the Other Wilds Are in 2010 following the 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are, has revealed that the new year will also bring in another album.

“I am just right now starting to work on a new record… right… now!
I’m diving into the infinity shelf and letting it run all over the place. Looking for exotic guitar brutalities.
I’ll keep you posted on the preposterous.
Thanks for tuning in,” the post on the social media site added.

Earlier, the Guitar International Magazine awarded the title of Guitar DVD of the Year to ‘Steve Vai Live in Minneapolis: Where the Wild Things Are’.

“Seeing Steve Vai live is an experience all unto itself, and his latest live release Where the Wild Things Are couldn’t have captured that essence any better. Though the album was released at the end of 2009, this baby had some legs and continued to amaze and inspire viewers throughout the past 12 months, so we decided to include in the 2010 edition of the awards,” the magazine said on the 2-hours-40-minutes-and-27 tracks DVD.

Besides this, Vai grabbed the ‘Guitar Concert of the Year Award’ for performances on the Experience Hendrix Tour, which “allowed fans to see some of their favorite players pay tribute to a man that has inspired countless millions of guitarists and fan across the globe over the past four decades.”

The Philanthropist has also reminded aspiring guitarists that they need to get their entry into the Steve Vai scholarship competition by Friday, January 7 to be considered. The Guitar Institute, part of London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, has tied up with Steve Vai for the scholarship.


Johnny Cash resurrected by fans, nominated for Grammy

It is beyond doubt that true artists live forever. But, reminding us yet again that it is the true fans and followers who consecrate immortality on to the artists, the crowd-sourced Johnny Cash video has grabbed a spot on this year’s Grammy Nominations.

Johnny Cash

Art submitted on Johnny Cash Project

‘The Man in Black’ has been resurrected by the The Johnny Cash Project, which gave Cash’s final studio recording, ‘Ain’t No Grave’, with a nothing-like-anything-before video. It is a collective, or crowd-sourced, music video put together using the drawings submitted by the denizens of the web.

Now, ‘Ain’t No Grave / The Johnny Cash Project’ figures on the list of nominees for 53rd annual Grammy Awards under the category Best Short Form Music Video, alongside tracks like Eminem & Rihanna’s ‘Love The Way You Lie’ (Explicit Version), ‘Stylo’ of Gorillaz, Mos Def & Bobby Womack, Cee Lo Green’s ‘F*** You’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’.

The Johnny Cash project does face a huge competition. Take for instance the YouTube views of the other contenders, ‘Bad Romance’ has more than 300 million views, ‘F**k You’ has attracted 32 million views while ‘Love The Way You Lie’ has pocketed around 200 million on the video sharing website.

Johnny Cash

Art submitted on Johnny Cash Project

Nevertheless, the Cash nomination stands class apart. For one, the artist’s work has been featured seven years after his death in 2003. The video is created by fans across the world and refreshes itself with every new contribution.

The Johnny Cash Project:

Video director Chris Milk is the man behind the commendable project, produced by Radical Media.

Speaking about how the project was born in Portugal at an art and technology conference back in 2009, where he met Aaron Koblin, who now heads up Google Creative Lab’s Data Arts Team, is quoted as saying in Mashable, “We knew that we would need an artist that had a certain level of universal love for them already existing, and that’s a difficult thing on the Internet nowadays because you only have to go a couple of pages deep to find millions of haters of everything.”

The Johnny Cash Project has a dedicated website, where fans can use a specialized drawing tool to contribute a frame or frames to the video.

Johnny Cash Project

Johnny Cash Project

“A UNIQUE COMMUNAL WORK, A LIVING PORTRAIT OF THE MAN IN BLACK” – reads the website.

“Through this interactive website, participants may draw their own  portrait of Johnny Cash to be integrated into a collective whole. As people all over the world contribute, the project will continue to evolve and grow, one frame at a time.”

According to the video [Watch Official Video], “To date, over 250,000 people from 172 countries have participated in an online video to construct Johnny Cash’s final music video.”

Pixies say:

We continue to love how internet is changing how the world works in almost every way possible. The medium has not only provided the true blue Johnny Cash fans an opportunity to be part of the brilliant musician’s legacy, but has also, consequently, brought him back to life to give the “stars” of the day a run for their money.

Our digital artist is current trying hand on the Johnny Cash Project. If we get our frames up there, we will surely share it with you all. In case, you have already got your art featured or are trying to, share your story with us – tell us about your inspiration and love for ‘The Man in Black’.


Must-have Alice Cooper tracks

In the follow-up of our post on Alice Cooper entering the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, here is a list of must have tracks…

Alice Cooper, the grand daddy of rock music and the Godfather of bands like Megadeth, is a must listen for anyone who has a taste for rock music, particularly shock rock, heavy metal and hard rock.  Ranking #20 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock’ Cooper continues to rock the fans with his career span of about four decades.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

This holiday season the shock-rock legend hit the headlines by serving up a magical Chirstmas Pudding concert with the band’s original line-up amid the news that Alice Cooper was one among the 2011 inductees into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Alice Cooper has given numerous hits for rock lovers and here are some of his ultimate tracks which, finally, took the band into the Hall of Fame and should definitely be on your music playlist:

School’s Out
Album: School’s Out
Year: 1972

Alice Cooper mentioned in an interview that he wanted to capture the last three minutes of the last day of school. He wanted to capture the feeling of a slow fuse burning in a song. Everything else is pretty evident in the song. The burning of the school is one of those images that will always remain fresh in many rock fans memories.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“School’s out for summer,
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces”

No More Mr. Nice Guy
Album: Billion Dollar Babies
Year: 1973

A song that made Alice Cooper reach the #1 spot on US and UK charts. It was basically written by Cooper about the reactions he received from his mother’s church group for his shock rock influenced stage shows.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“No more Mister Nice Guy
No more Mister Clean
No more Mister Nice Guy
They say he’s sick, he’s obscene”

I’m Eighteen
Album: Love It to Death
Year: 1971

A perfect rock anthem for a confused teenager.  The song depicts the struggles of a teenage mind as it captures the angst of those glorious years.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“Lines form on my face and my hands
Lines form on the left and right
I’m in there middle
the middle of life
I’m a boy and I’m a man
I’m eighteen and I like it”

Poison
Album: Trash
Year: 1989

One of the biggest hits of Alice Cooper topping US and UK charts. The song is all about forbidden love.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“I hear you calling and it’s needles and pins (And pins)
I want to hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don’t want to touch you but you’re under my skin (Deep in)
I want to kiss you but your lips are venomous poison
You’re poison running through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison”

Is It My Body
Album: Love It to Death
Year: 1971

The band shifted focus from psychedelic rock and refined its sound to produce this hit track.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“What have I got
that makes you want to love me
Is it my body
or someone I might be
or somethin’ inside me”

Desperado
Album: Killer
Year: 1971

This song is a tribute to Jim Morrison from Alice Cooper. It also happens to be an attempt to progressive rock from the shock-rock band.

Lyrics Excerpt:
“I wear lace
And I wear black leather
My hands are lightning upon my gun”


Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding tastier with Rock Hall of Fame induction

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper’s traditional Christmas Pudding concert this year turned special for two reasons: the announcement that ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ will be among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, and the reunion of that classic Alice Cooper lineup to honor the 10th anniversary of Pudding.

Alice Cooper is among the 2011 inductees, a list that includes Neil Diamond, Dr John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe and Leon Russel.

The shock-rock legend, however, had no idea that the yearly pudding feast is going to get double tasty this year.

“The great thing about it, was I asked the guys to come in for this before I knew anything about the Hall of Fame. Before we were nominated, we were gonna do this. So everything happened while we were all here in our hometown, where we started,” media reports quote Cooper as saying backstage at the Comerica.

Speaking to Free Press days ahead of the concert, Cooper attributed his entry into the Hall of fame to his made-in-Detroit history.

“We weren’t about peace and love; we were too abrasive for LA,” said Cooper.

“We thought the whole world should be about Ferraris, switchblades and blondes and it was in Detroit that people were screaming for us to turn it up. And we did,” the 62-year-old is quoted as saying on Wednesday, while rehearsing for his annual Phoenix-based Christmas Pudding concert with members of his classic lineup including drummer Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway.

“I am so proud to say I’m from Detroit, but more than that – it’s where we belong. When I heard bands like the Stooges, MC5 and Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, we were among kindred spirits. It was a brotherhood. And outsiders, although they may take a step backward when they see us, they definitely respect Detroit artists,” he added.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Cooper along with the other artists will be inducted during a ceremony March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

“I haven’t thought too much about the ceremony, but we’ll probably play ‘School’s Out’ and “Eighteen,’ the two anthems I imagine people want to hear most. And if Jeff Beck or Paul McCartney want to come out, we might let them play …Are you kidding? We’d pass out,” he remarked.

Last year, eleven artists were inducted into the Hall of Fame including ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Stooges and The Hollies.

Pixies say:

Although we are kicking ourselves for not being among the lucky thousands who had the pleasure of watching the original line-up of Alice Cooper stir up ‘Music, Magic and Mayhem’, the induction of Alice Cooper into the Hall of Fame would probably remain one of the highlights of the year. Alice Cooper, for us, is one among the legends – recalling whom we often end up grumbling- “They don’t make music like this anymore”. Growing up listening to Alice Cooper made us understand anger and respect rebellion.


SNL ridicules TIME in support of Assange

From anger and contempt to ridicule – TIME’s decision to overlook WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and recognise Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg as the 2010 ‘Person of the Year’ continues to reign the media. After a large portion of the international media criticized the magazine’s move, Saturday Night Live (SNL) was the latest to join the bandwagon with a little comic touch.

The late-night television sketch comedy ridiculed the TIME’s decision leading to several media outlets interpreting the piece as and yet again reiterating that despite the final decision Assange has emerged the hero.

”SNL’ pits Assange against Zuckerberg’: read a headline on CNET. Mashable wrote: ”SNL’ Skewers Zuckerberg: Is WikiLeaks’ Assange the Hero?’.

Bill Hader plays Julian Assange in the SNL scene, in which the founder of the whistle blower site is depicted as congratulating Time magazine on its selection of Mark Zuckerberg as ‘Person of the Year’.

“Tonight I want to congratulate Time magazine on the excellent selection of Mark Zuckerberg as Person of the Year. Time magazine – always on the cutting edge; discovering Facebook only weeks after your grandmother.”

Among the many observations Hader (Assange) makes, one notable remark is: “What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? Let’s take a look. I give you private information about corporations for free. And I’m a villain. Mark Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year.”

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

The popular live variety show, known for parodying American culture and politics, mainly chose to draw contrasts between the two men.

Zukerburg and Assange are, in fact, very different from each other.

Take for instance, Zuckerburg’s disappointing, if not completely empty, statement on WikiLeaks, released with Time’s press release:

“I mean the wikileaks story is fascinating, but I also just don’t think we’re anywhere near the end of it. And I personally feel like, from the coverage that I’ve read, that I don’t understand enough to fully comment on it, so I won’t.

But I do think it’s a fascinating kind of turn of events, and watching how the different institutions react to it is also fascinating….We definitely don’t wake up in the morning and think about toppling institutions.

But one of the things that I think happens from people being able to share their opinions with their friends or more broadly. You know I really do think there is this concept where the best stuff spreads.”

With this, Zuckerberg seemed to have intended to tell Facebook users that the social networking site is not very different from Wikileaks, while it also tried to appease those against the whistle-blower site by saying that Facebook does not “think about toppling institutions.”

Pixies say:

By snubbing Assange, TIME seems to have contributed positively to the 39-year-old Australian’s image and rather negatively to Zuckerburg’s. SNL’s little piece has asserted that yet again.