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Black Friday Giveaway: Jethro Tull “Thick As A Brick” 40th Anniversary Edition

Ian Anderson and his band
Ian Anderson
Enter The Jethro Tull TAAB 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes

When you think of prog rock flautists, surely Ian Anderson and his legendary band Jethro Tull are the first two names that come to mind. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Tull’s chart topping concept album, Thick As A Brick.

In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded the Jethro Tull Progressive Rock classic album ‘Thick As A Brick’. The lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. The record instantly became a number one Billboard Chart album and enjoyed considerable success in many countries of the world.

The TAAB 40th Anniversary Edition features a new 5.1 stereo mix, mixed by Steven Wilson, plus a DVD containing DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, high quality stereos 96/24 (new mix and 1972 flat transfer), the original newspaper over 40 pages, an article by Classic Rock’s Dom Lawson, rare photos from photographers Didi Zill and Robert Ellis, recording and touring mementos and much more, all contained in 104 page 7 ½”x 5 ½” hardback book. It will also be available as a 2 LP set with the original Thick As A Brick remix, and the new Thick As A Brick 2, both as 180gm audiophile pressings and available for the first time in vinyl. The package also has a 72-page 12×12 book all held in a hard card slipcase.

In honor of the epic re-release of Jethro Tull’s classic concept album, I’m giving away two awesome prize packs: 1) Jethro Tull’s full catalog on CD (including the TAAB 40th Anniversary edition), and 2) A signed copy of Thick As A Brick Part 2 (the 2012 follow-up to TAAB) and a TAAB 40th Anniversary vinyl 2LP. Enter the TAAB 40th anniversary sweepstakes at Contest ends on December 1 at midnight, 1 entry per household, US and Canadian entrants only.

Ian Anderson tour dates and Thick As A Brick 40th anniversary edition details after the jump.

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Win “Beasts of The Southern Wild” Soundtrack on Vinyl

Beasts of the Southern Wild Original Score: Music From The Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild, an independent film which is attracting some serious Oscar buzz these days, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 4 via Fox Searchlight. In conjunction with the movie’s home video release, the film’s original score will also be available for the first time on vinyl. Composed by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the score has received widespread critical praise.

Beasts of the Southern Wild has been a sensation on the 2012 independent film scene, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, and finding box office success around the world. Critics and audiences have widely praised the film’s original storytelling, stunning score and cinematography, and potent visceral punch.

The score shapes the emotional arc of the film, in which six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) exists on the brink of orphanhood, in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father, Wink (Dwight Henry), and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild soundtrack arose from a collaboration between the film’s director, Benh Zeitlin, and co-composer/engineer Dan Romer. According to Zeitlin, the two crafted it as “an anthem to express the ferocious, resilient, triumphant mentality necessary to hold out at the end of the world.” It was also important to them that the score reflect the point of view of its imaginative young heroine. Zeitlin says he and Romer intended to “put you in Hushpuppy’s head and experience the adventure through her eyes.”

If that description piqued your curiosity, perhaps you’d like to enter to win your very own copy of the Beasts of the Southern Wild Original Score on vinyl. Contest ends November 30 at midnight ET, US residents only, 1 entry per person.

Featurette on the music from BOTSW and contest entry form after the jump.

PS Beasts of the Southern Wild is also now available o Video On Demand (as of Nov 22).

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Win Tickets to Ultraista at Le Poisson Rouge, Debut Album Out Now

Win Tickets To Ultraista at LPR on Oct 24

Ultraísta, the new band of famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker (Jack White, Beck, REM, and many others) and front woman Laura Bettinson, released their self titled debut album on Temporary Residence last week.

Favoring mantras over traditional choruses and distilling their compositions to the barest essentials, the band possesses the kind of masterful control over the pure anatomy of a pop song that only comes from having played a significant role in redefining the form in the 21st century.

The band only has a handful of dates scheduled for the US so far and one of them is at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, Oct 24 (Buy Tickets). If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to the LPR show go to and fill out the contest entry form. No purchase necessary. Contest ends on Oct 18, at 11:59 59 PM ET, 21+, 1 entry per person.

All Ultraista tour dates, videos for “Smalltalk,” “Static Light,” and “Bad Insect” after the jump.

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Win A Copy of The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” on DVD

Magical Mystery Tour on Remastered DVD – The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour DVD
Win A Copy of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on Remastered DVD

Beatles fans rejoice. On October 9, Apple Films released a fully restored version of the long out-of-print classic fab four road movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The re-issued film comes in DVD and Blu-ray format and includes a remixed soundtrack (by Giles Martin and Sam Okell), newly filmed interviews, unseen footage, director’s commentary by Paul and a host of other special features.

The Beatles devised, wrote and directed their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs: Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, I Am The Walrus, Flying, Blue Jay Way, and Your Mother Should Know.

Apple Films have fully restored the long out-of-print, classic feature film and it’s now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with a remixed soundtrack (5.1 and stereo) and special features. A special, boxed deluxe edition is also available.

All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.

If you’d like to own your very own copy of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, you can head on down to your favorite B&M store, online merchant or even iTunes. If you’re feeling lucky, you can also enter a win the DVD version of the film at No purchase necessary. Contest ends on Oct 18 at 11:59 59 PM ET, 1 entry per person, US residents only.

Magical Mystery Tour trailer and DVD special features and technical specs after the jump.

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The League Premieres on FX This Thursday | Win A Key Art Poster From The Show

The League Premieres on FX on Thursday, Oct 11 @ 10:30
The League - H.W.J.C.?
Enter to Win This Poster!

Hey folks, while the new NFL season is already here, the new season of The League is just about to start. Tune in for the premiere of Season 4 of The League on Thursday night (Oct 11) at 10:30 PM on FX. The latest season brings Taco, Pete, Kevin, Ruxin, Jenny, Andre and a host of guest stars back together for another 13 episodes of practical jokes, trash talking and of course, fantasy football. But wait, there’s more, if you’re a fan of The League and you’re also the type that likes posters, then have I got contest for you! Head on over to and you can enter to win a key art poster from Season 4 of The League (as pictured above). Contest ends October 16 at 11:59 PM, one entry per person, US residents only.

View a trailer for Season 4 of The League after the jump.

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Win Tickets To Great Lake Swimmers w/ Snowblink at The Bell House on Thursday

Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
New Wild Everywhere
Win Tickets to Great Lake Swimmers and Snowblink at The Bell House!

I’m pretty excited that Tony Dekker and Great Lake Swimmers are coming to back to The Bell House on Thursday night (Oct 4) to promote their new record, New Wild Everywhere. I’m also pretty psyched that Toronto-via-California duo Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman) will be opening for them at the show. Snowblink (who recently performed with Feist at the Polaris Prize Gala) are in town to promote their latest record, entitled Inner Classics. The last bit of good news here is that I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this show to one lucky reader. Contest ends at 1PM ET on Wednesday (Oct 3), winner will be notified right away. (Please only enter if you’re going to go to the show.)

Snowblink – Inner Classics
Snowblink - Inner Classics

Contest entry form, more Great Lake Swimmers tour dates, videos and an SoundCloud embed from Snowblink after the jump.

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Win “Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian” on DVD, Watch It On Comedy Central Tomorrow Night

Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian
Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian.
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Comedian, author, actor, and doodler Demetri Martin is back with another eponymous comedy offering entitled, “Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian”. Standup Comedian will premiere on Saturday, September 29 at 10pm ET/PT on Comedy Central (that’s tomorrow, for a lot of you) and then subsequently be released on DVD and CD on October 2 in an via Comedy Central Records.

The Standup Comedian. extended and uncensored DVD and CD will be released by Comedy Central on October 2nd. The DVD includes over 15 minutes of material not seen in the broadcast, plus a selection of bonus features that include audio commentary, commentary on the audio commentary, an art slide show of rejected concepts, and joke variations. The CD release will have extended and uncensored material and was recorded separately with additional audio-friendly material.

If you’d like to own your very own copy of Standup Comedian DVD, you could always go out and buy one, or you could head over to and try your luck at winning one. No purchase necessary. Contest ends on October 9 at 11:59 59 PM ET, 1 entry per person.

Demetri Martin widget and YouTube video after the jump.

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Blur 21 Box Set Out Now, Win Blur’s Entire Catalog on Remastered CD & Vinyl!

Blur 21 (Out on 07/31/12)
Blur 21
Win The Entire Blur Catalog on CD & Vinyl!

Hey folks, it’s been 21 years since the release of Leisure, and due to popular demand, Britpop legends Blur have unleashed a brand new high fidelity, gorgeously packaged, and massively comprehensive (18CD/3DVD) box set, entitled Blur 21.

All seven studio albums are collected with over 5 1/2 hours of unreleased material including 65 previously unreleased tracks and more than twice as many rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book featuring rare and unseen photos and a new and exclusive interview with the band, and a special limited edition 7-inch vinyl featuring a track recorded under the band’s original name, Seymour. The box will also include a digital download code for the albums and all bonus material.

The collection – which sees the first 5 albums re-mastered by Frank Arkwright in Abbey Road Studios – has been fully overseen by Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street.

Sounds awesome right? Well, as Austin Powers might say, in order to mark the occasion of the occasion of the release of the Blur 21 box set, I’m giving away Blur’s entire remastered catalog in CD and vinyl format. These are the same Frank Arkwright discs that make up the Blur 21 box set, but just not in the fancy blue box and without the DVDs. If you’d like to win this killer prize, head on over to and toss your hat in the ring. Contest ends Aug 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET, US residents only, 1 entry per person. Don’t forget, if you spread the word via Facebook and Twitter and you’ll get some sweet bonus entries.

In other related news, Blur’s recent Parklive set (Aug 12, 2012) from Hyde Park in London is now available on iTunes. CD and deluxe versions will follow and can be pre-ordered here.

Full Blur 21 press release and video trailer from Blur @ The 100 Club London after the jump.

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Mac Miller Playing Jones Beach, Win a Macadelic Tour Poster Instantly!

Mac Miller at The FADER Fort at SXSW 2011
Mac Miller
Photo: D. Caplan

OK, this is one is an unabashed attempt to gain new Facebook Likes. Mac Miller and his crew are in town tonight (Aug 2) to play the Nikon at Jones Beach and I’ve got a stack of MM tour posters burning a hole in my pocket. That’s right, if you’d like to win one awesome 11″ x 17″ Macadelic tour poster, go to and enter the contest. It’s an instant win contest, so it will last for as long as I have the prizes (I have about 5 I think). Good luck and if the Mac Miller Nation could tweet the shit out of this that would be awesome.

In other more serious Mac news, the young rapper is being sued for $10 million by Lord Finesse in a dispute over his K.I.D.S mixtape:

Veteran rapper Lord Finesse has filed a lawsuit against Mac Miller over the use of his 1995 track “Hip 2 Da Game,” reports Courthouse News Service. The suit accuses Miller of lifting the track for his own 2010 cut “Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza,” which appeared on his mixtape K.I.D.S. and became a breakout Internet hit for the then-rising rapper.

The outcome of this suit could have serious ramifications for the future of mixtapes and mash-ups in general.

More Mac Miller tour dates and a picture of the poster after the jump.

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Louis CK Nominated for 7 Emmys, Win a Louie Poster!

Win This Louie Poster! (Actual Size 24″ x 35″)
Louie on FX
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Hey folks, if you’re keeping up with your TV award nominations news, you might have heard that Louis CK got a total of seven Emmy nods last week. While Louie the show missed out in Best Comedy category, Louis CK himself was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Louie, as well as Best Director and Best Writer. Louis’ paradigm busting comedy special Live at the Beacon Theatre was also nominated for four Emmys (it aired on FX after being available as a download only special), bringing his total to 7 Emmys, the highest of any individual in one year according to the A.V. Club.

In honor of Louis’ record breaking Emmy nomination haul, I’m giving away a copy of this awesome Louie poster pictured above. (The actual poster is 24″ x 35″, so it’s taller and narrower than the image above, but I actually think it’s cooler.) If you’d like to win this poster, you can enter the contest over at Contest ends Aug 2 at 11:59 PM, US residents only, 1 entry per person.

Louie airs on Thursday nights at 10:30 PM on FX. The 64th Annual Emmy Awards will air on Sep 23 on ABC.

PS The second episode of Parker Posey‘s two episode Park Slope centered ark airs tonight!