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by J.C. Sciaccotta

9 Dec 2010

George Harrison could only be kept quiet for so long. By the end of the Beatles’ run, the unassuming lead guitarist had blossomed into a songwriting force of nature, contributing some of the best compositions to latter-day Beatles LPs, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Something”, and “Here Comes the Sun”. He was also incredibly prolific, stockpiling upwards of 30 songs by the time the Beatles called it a day in 1970.

Instead of releasing this high-quality material gradually, George decided to go all out, resulting in the world’s first-ever triple album, his magnificent 1970 solo debut, All Things Must Pass. Easily one of the best Beatles solo albums (if not the best), All Things Must Pass is now reissued for Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” sale (November 26). Co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector, the album features perhaps the most grandiose application of Spector’s “wall-of-sound”. The deluxe, three LP reissue features faithfully replicated album art and packaging and features some of Harrison’s greatest songs, including “What is Life” and the number-one smash “My Sweet Lord”.

by Sachyn Mital

1 Dec 2009

Really reaching out to his fans, DJ Shadow is offering up rare and previously unreleased live performances, remixes and alternative versions of his music via his website. In a unique touch, the CDs and vinyl LPs are “created and customized for the buyer, literally “handmade” and assembled on demand, as the order is placed. Additionally, each item is personalized with the buyer’s name inscribed onto the packaging.

Shadow is also a featured remixer in and on the well received DJ Hero video game. He offers up an exclusive autographed edition on his site as a plain format or additionally as a special bonus bundle, including a Shadow avatar t-shirt, some stickers and a rare exclusive vinyl. All Shadow collectors should want this rarity whatever it is. Signed versions are available for all current generation consoles.

DJ Shadow Site

by Sarah Zupko

11 Dec 2008

Queen returned this year with their first album of all-new material since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991. PopMatters found the results pretty satisfying, slapping a 7 on the new record. But those hard-core Queen fans who rushed out to buy The Cosmos Rocks are going to have to pony up again for this deluxe vinyl set as they’ll be able to score the LP of the record, along with the CD and a DVD of a recent live show. Even better though, are the included vinyl editions of Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Day at the Races and the best Queen album of them all, A Night at the Opera. An essential addition to any Queen fan’s collection as well as an ideal gift for any classic rock vinylphile.


by Sarah Zupko

4 Dec 2008

Just more proof that the vinyl renaissance is in full swing, the majors are active again in the vinyl arena. Capitol/EMI is on a campaign to re-issue some of the most popular releases from their vast catalogue in 180-gram audiophile quality with the original LP artwork and packaging in limited edition form. These albums are gorgeous and remind those of us who grew up in the pre-MP3 age of the vital role the physicality and artistic presentation of a new record played in learning to love the music itself. Recent releases in this series include such can’t miss titles as John Lennon’s Imagine, Radiohead’s The Bends/OK Computer/Kid A, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, the Band’s Music from the Big Pink/The Band, Jimi Hendrix’s Hendrix, and many more.


by Sarah Zupko

1 Dec 2008

Hometapes Records out of Portland specializes in smart indie rock and has released quite a few critically acclaimed releases in its young history, including 2008’s Pattern Is Movement release that we deemed worthy of an 8. For the discriminating hipster/vinylphile, Hometapes has released a number of gorgeous limited edition vinyl albums with numbered album art and other special features. Shedding’s self-titled LP comes in light green vinyl with three art inserts and a uniquely numbered fold-out cover. The aforementioned Pattern is Movement LP includes a digital download of the record packed with bonus features as well as a number of printed photographs. Even the CD version includes a little batch of fold-out photos. Nick Butcher’s recent Bee Removal album is packaged as a white vinyl release with hand-screened cover art. Cyne’s erudite backpack hip-hop is also available on a double LP as well as CD. These little touches speak to a strong commitment to artfulness across mediums. In an era of ever more disposable culture, Hometapes works hard to make things meant to save and treasure.


//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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