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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 Does a ‘Writings on the Wall’ for the New Album Name

The Letter ‘Y’ makes its appearance besides the official vai logo to raise the anticipation level higher for the upcoming Steve Vai album. The latest post on social networking site announced a teaser for the curious fans.

Source: http://www.vai.com/ Steve Vai posing in front of the wall with the graffit'Y' of the partial album name and the official logo!

“Hey folks, I have the name of the new record but not quite ready to reveal it. See if you can guess it. We will add letters little by little until all is revealed.”

The official site has also announced the launch of GuitarTV.com an interactive, 24-hour online video channel. The main highlights of the video channel will include performances of the world’s greatest guitar players in multiple genres, live concerts, guitar related movies and plenty more.

GuitarTV.com will be launched on May 10th accompanying a live event from Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The official site has announced an Ibanez JEM as prize for fans who will RSVP & join online for the launch. To get early site access register at www.guitartv.com.


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.
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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


Augustana at SXSW 2011 – Photos

Augustana was the soulful self at the high-profile South By Southwest (SXSW) 2011. Photos of the band performing at the event emerged on Facebook. The images attributed to the artist Jesse DeFlorio are in the slideshow below:

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PA asserts Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine did NOT collapse in Russia, but not without a Charlie Sheen joke

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s Personal Assistant, Rikki, churned out a passionate post to assert that the singer did NOT collapse in Russia. In the March 20 piece posted on Megadeth.com, presses that “DAVE MUSTAINE NEVER COLLAPSED IN RUSSIA. Not ON stage, not back stage, not ever. He was NOT rushed to the hospital,” among busting other metal myths but not without a Charlie Sheen joke.

“Dave addressed his health issues himself, and I have no idea where anybody got the idea that there was a collapse because simply put, it is NOT TRUE. Anybody who was at that show can verify that, and as his personal assistant, as his right hand out here on the road, I want to testify to anybody who doubts it, this never happened. It’s really pathetic that people have to play the telephone game and spread bulls*&t rumors to trump up some fantasy that they have played out in their heads,” the PA writes in the blog post titled, ‘DAVE MUSTAINE IN GOOD HEALTH; RUMOR OF HOSPITALIZATION UNTRUE’.

“Please pass the word along to anyone who may say other wise, and to fellow Megadeth fans, and to people who claim to know otherwise,” she goes on to urge, before reiterating the “candid and honest” rockstar’s revelations that the trouble was due to kidney stones, “quite a normal thing, and extremely painful.”

Bashing the rumor mills, the post says, “Something as strongly worded as “collapse” can come across as way more dramatic and blown out of proportion than you may realize.”

In the ensuing argument, Rikki goes on to bust some popular myths about musicians accompanied with an unexpected and hilarious swipe at the scandalous ‘Two and Half Men’ star, Charlie Sheen.

“You heard it here first: Britney Spears does NOT have 2 heads (though Charlie Sheen, I’m not so sure), Ozzy does not eat bats for breakfast on a daily basis, and Dave Mustaine did NOT collapse in Russia.”


India Art Summit – Review

Anushka Rajendran, a Delhi-based art writer, reviews India Art Summit 2011:

I must admit up front. Most of my four days at the India Art Summit was spent crouching over a limited edition work by Prajjwal Chowdhury and not so by choice though even otherwise, I would not have minded lavishing quite some time over the work. When I finally got the opportunity to go around, it was just before everything was closing and a half hour there made sure I was way too saturated to witness the rest with any cognitive prowess whatsoever. Still a few works did grab at my interest and they along with the work by Prajjwal Chowdhury make up the premise of this article. What I enjoyed about the summit beyond all else was how by making an event out of artworks that in most cases remained accessible to all and sundry on an everyday basis, putting all of them in the same space, and lavishing the PR industry’s skills on them, could put a whole city in touch with a part of the aesthetic sphere that do not feature very heavily in their quotidian cultural experience. As we all know, it is no well kept secret that the industry enjoys this exclusivity and does not try too hard to change things while keeping an eye out for prospective patrons. I do not want to tread any Marxist discourse here, but these three days when the doors are thrown open to the public, giving them a reason to access the art world, is one of the reasons that makes the summit significant to me.

During the course of my vigil, I had several brief interactions with visitors at the summit. Save the VIP launch, where almost everyone seemed to know what they were talking about or at least what they wanted from the summit, the rest of them predominantly fell under a singular adjective – overwhelmed. I suppose that is what art does to people. Or, maybe I am being overly presumptuous. Back when Clement Greenberg was the last word in art criticism, he was taken very seriously when he laid out an underlying difference between the works of T.S. Elliot and a Tin Pan Alley song, the former being ‘high brow’ where as the latter was ‘popular,’ though both were the offshoots of the same collective society. We no longer adhere to the gospel of Greenberg. Postmodernism came and knocked out cold humorless formalist masturbations (not that I discredit these in any way for most of my favorite artists fit this description).

India Art Summit

India Art Summit

Though the stalls that welcomed you to the summit mostly featured modern and contemporary masters whose works have become mostly self-referential of their value and genius over anything else it might speak of, weary to the initiated and alien to the uninitiated, the note gradually shifted as one moved along the narrow corridors. Past the Souzas, the Picassos and the Miros, a couple of rungs down but nowhere near down, I came face to face with a work by Mithu Sen that reminded me of the Prajjwal Chowdhury I had been staring at. What I saw was a pink velvet spongy spine, flexible in all its gigantism, going up a wall not unlike a common garden creeper. Her idiom popularly references the kitsch and middle-class household decorative, and takes it very seriously. While she tries to incorporate such a ubiquitous aesthetic into the high space that art assumes, the incongruity of its mere presence on a red carpet playfully pokes fun at taste that may not appear very refined to many connoisseurs. Yet she remains important for this very reason. At the summit, this simultaneously played a different role. For most, right after lines and paint that spoke a language they could not comprehend, for I believe art is an acquired taste, this spine literalized as installation the adjective few of us have not heard – spineless or weak-spined. This is a saying that proliferates, vernacular languages not excluded. This spine brought with it a flash of recognition. Finally something familiar, very relatable.

Similar was the Nano fenced outdoors, decked and decorated with mosaic by Ketna Patel to several times its price, poking fun at Indian Roads and Indian traffic. Prajjwal Chowdhury’s matchboxes carrying images of iconic works that are universally familiar thanks to their heavy dissemination in the mechanical age almost amused whoever chanced by. The use of the matchbox put them in their comfort zone and the recognizability of the images that bring with them some of the fetishized aura of the original, made it endearing. A lot of them wanted to carry individual boxes back with them, not quite able to recognize its status as a work of art. But I must admit, this made me happy. It is not just enough that high and popular art conflate in theory and in practice, as long as the work itself circulates in a highly insulated circuit. The India Art Summit heralds a day when spaces of art conflate beyond mere instances of public art. I have been unfair to some brilliant and note-worthy galleries and artworks in this account by virtue of their omission, most specifically a few that caught my eye like the gallery from Pakistan Grey Noise, Nielson Gallery from Spain and Nature Morte’s booth for Thukral and Tagra’s ‘Put it On’ – whose virtues verge on those of the Mithu Sen as a trophy carried over from their background in advertising. Yet, I hope to have been faithful to the spirit of the summit.

Anushka Rajendran

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Foo Fighters Releases New Single ‘Rope’

The new Foo Fighters’ single track, ‘Rope’ is out to revive the rock band’s hard rocking style. This song definitely carries the Foo Fighters signature sound and is intensifying the wait for the new album for the hungry fans.

Rope Foo Fighters

So until we wait in anticipation, the new single ‘Rope’ will definitely loop in your playlist.

Click to listen to the new single ‘Rope’ by Foo Fighters.


WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange turns muse for Artists

Since the dawn of mankind, art – to a great extent – has been influenced by the external world. At some level artistic expression can be defined as the result of the mingling or rather clashing of the internal with the external. Events across the world and international politics are therefore muses for several artists. Street art and graffiti probably illustrate this phenomenon the best. In the recent past, an unusual muse has emerged for artists across the globe – Julian Assange.

From a coloring book to full-fledged tribute art – the art world seems to be at the awe of the silver haired Australian. The founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is easily one of the most spoken about and debated about personality in the world. Assange’s efforts to bring out the secrets that the authorities want to push under the rug have shaken the world order. A hero to many, villain to few – artistic tributes to the controversial man is now popping up in every street corner, as well as on the world of internet.

Dubbing Assange the “new folk hero”, a post on Brooklyn Street Art observed,”Pre-dating the modern ‘Street Art’ movement, the street has traditionally been an outlet for the voice of the people and social movements have almost always gained purchase there.

“Posters of underground heroes are as old as ‘Wanted: Billy the Kid’ nail-ups that people used to rip down and take home. The amount of politically motivated Street Art you see or even themes surrounding social issues seem to ebb and flow in quantity, but they are ever present. Villain to some and emerging folk hero to others, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has already inspired a comic book in addition to some pieces on the street.”

At the fun end of the spectrum, a website simply called Julian Assange Colouring Book allows users to enjoy the relaxing benefits of “Coloring in” ready made outlines of the gifted computer hacker/journalist/founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

“‘Collateral murder’, ‘Cablegate’, sexual misconduct charges against Julian in Sweden, calls for his assassination by the CIA, intrigue, suspense, and conspiracy theories – it all makes for pretty serious stuff.

“So where does the Julian Assange Coloring Book fit in? Well, simply put, it’s not “serious stuff”. It’s a coloring book about Julian Assange (with the occasional WikiLeaks page for good measure),” reads the website’s about section.

Che-Assange-Rasta

Pixies got creative on Julian Assange Colouring Book - mixing Che with Rasta's Red, Gold, Green

But the frivolity – so to speak – ends there as the versatility of the tribute art dedicated to Assange does not fail to awe. A point that needs to be stressed here is the fact that the pieces of reverence towards Assange come from all corners of the world. Amorfart, Hungarian street art site, showcased the making of a five layer stencil on a vinyl album, while the street art from Melbourne has been displayed for the world to see on the photo-sharing website Flickr by Regan Tamanui.

But the best of the lot comes from a French artist called Thierry Ehrmann. Ehrmann is quite a controversial figure. The artist born in Lyon is the founder and current chairman of the Serveur Group, a company that manages databases of art auction quotations through ArtPrice website. Ehrmann sparked off a row in connection with the decoration of his house, the Abode of Chaos. The house located in the peaceful village stick outs as the artist turned it into a replica war zone. Ehrmann is fighting a legal battle to sustain his house in which lives over 2,500 artworks from different artists.

Ehrmann’s photostream on Flickr contains an impressive collection of Assange-inspired art. The first of the three portraits of Julian Assange at the Abode of Chaos has been painted by an artist called Thomas Foucher. The second one has been posted on the occasion of Assange’s arrest, while the third and the most impressive one by Ehrmann has been posted to celebrate Assange being named the Man of the Year by Le Monde. The third portrait of Assange incorporates the fictitious cult-rebel hero ‘V for Vendetta’. While the right half of the portrait is that of Assange, the Guy Fawkes mask that ‘V’ wears forms the left half. This portrayal is extremely striking due to the parallel drawn between the man who fought against the totalitarian government in the Graphic-Novel series by Alan Moore and the man who is fighting against the tightlipped and seemingly scheming leaders and authoritative bodies in a world – present and real – plagued by many miseries.

Julian Assange - Portrait 1 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 1 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 2 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 2 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 3 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 3 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos


Valentine’s Day with Augustana and Lucinda Williams

The Valentine’s Day just got special for music lovers in LA as the ‘Sweet and Low’ rockers Augustana will be performing alongside Lucinda Williams at Bardot on February 14.

Announcing this on Facebook, Augustana wrote, “Hey LA friends, we’re going to be joining the incredibly talented Lucinda Williams for It’s A School Night at Bardot on February 14th (Valentine’s Day)! You can RSVP on their website… See you then!”.

Augustana and Lucinda Williams' 'It's a School Night' show

Augustana and Lucinda Williams' 'It's a School Night' show

Those interested in attending can RSVP on It’s A School Night website.

Augustana has over 170,000 fans on Facebook.

While the gig comes as a great news for the Augustana and Lucinda Williams’ fans in LA, most of the comments on the social networking site were from the disappointed ones.

“GRRRR! I live on the east coast but would be there in a heartbeat if I could! That would be my dream valentine’s day!!” wrote Emily Tennant.

Korey Vallance wrote, “Yet another reason I wish I lived in LA.”

However, one question in the comments threads that did strike us was from Todd Zilla, who asked, “new record any time soon?”

We hope Augustana would heal the thousands of aching hearts who have missed all the recent shows and the one coming up on Valentine’s Day by just releasing a new album.


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!!