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Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011

Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up SMiLE on compact disc or vinyl!


Today marks the day that EMI releases the remastered versions of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish and the Siamese Dream. To celebrate, PopMatters would like to give you a chance to win your own copy of the remastered Gish or Siamese Dream. We’d like to share some details on these exciting new remasters and please be sure to check out the album on iTunes at http://itunes.com/smashingpumpkins and visit the band’s site at http://smashingpumpkins.com/ to join the Record Club. 


From the assorted press releases:
As THE SMASHING PUMPKINS get the fully remastered treatment via these reissues, the band is excited to be moving forward by creating new music.  After touring America and Europe this fall—the trek launched October 5 in Los Angeles and wraps December 8 in Lisbon—they will release OCEANIA, “an album within an album,” as part of their in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.  Featuring 13 new songs, OCEANIA will be released in early 2012 (further details TBA).


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ longtime strong bond with their fans continues… via The Smashing Pumpkins Record Club when the reissues of their first two albums—1991’s Gish and 1993’s Siamese Dream—become available.


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Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011
A chance to win SMiLE!

Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up SMiLE on compact disc or vinyl!


Coinciding with the official release of their long lost SMiLE album this month, The Beach Boys have started up a web series entitled, “Starting a SMiLE”, to discuss the legendary SMiLE Sessions. We are sharing the first of the clips below, but for the rest, please check out the official Beach Boys YouTube page.


We know you’ve been looking forward to the album so be sure to pick up The SMiLE Sessions in a variety of formats. Your options to pick up the Never-Before-Released Original 1966-‘67 Album Sessions include:
* Find SMiLE on iTunes now
* Obtain the 2 CD set of SMiLE from Amazon
* Pick up the gorgeous gatefold 2 LP SMiLE at Amazon
* Shell out for The Smile Sessions Box Set with 5 CDs, 2 LPs, a 60-page book and more at Amazon
* Browse the special packages available exclusively at TheBeachBoys.com


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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011
A teaser of the expanded Wish You Were Here sets and two chances to win!

Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up Wish You Were Here on compact disc or vinyl!


Today marks the day that EMI releases the expanded editions of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the best-of compilation A Foot in the Door (following the earlier deluxe release of Dark Side of the Moon. To celebrate, PopMatters would like to give you a taste of the Immersion box set via a teaser video as well as a chance to win your own copy of the remasterd Wish You Were Here. But first we’d like to share some details on these expansive new releases.


From the press release:
Wish You Were Here Immersion 5-disc edition, includes previously unreleased material from the band’s 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute live rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Raving And Drooling” and “You’ve Got To Be Crazy,” two tracks that didn’t make it onto the original album and which were subsequently reworked to become “Sheep” and “Dogs” on the “Animals” album. ‘Immersion’ comes with an exclusive photo book edited by longtime Floyd photographer Jill Furmanovsky and a 36 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson. A must have for all Pink Floyd fans, the collection also includes the forgotten and unique recording of “Wish You Were Here,” featuring the legendary jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. You can immerse yourself in the Wish You Were Here Immersion Box Set via Amazon.


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Monday, Oct 3, 2011
Use Twitter to Win a pair of tickets to see Motopony and Viva Brother!

WIN A PAIR OF TIX TO SEE MOTOPONY AND VIVA BROTHER LIVE!


PopMatters recently had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Blue of the band Motopony as well as to experience the band at a live performance in New York City. Now we’d like to help you experience them live by sharing the details of the band’s Twitter contest for tickets to all the cities on their tour in October.


How to Enter:
You will need a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, sign up for free at http://www.twitter.com.


Make sure you are following @Motopony to receive their updates and following @PopMatters. Just click ‘follow’ on Motopony’s Twitter page here and at PopMatters Twitter page here.


Check out the tour dates below, pick your date, and send the tweet below. Let us know which show you’d like to attend by including your city after the #hashtag.


Tweet This: (Copy and paste but be sure to change the city)
Win free tix to see @Motopony with @VivaBrother live! Details here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/149122-contest-win-a-pair-of-tix-to-see-motopony-live #seeyouin(city)


October
13 - The Legendary Horseshoe - Toronto, ON BUY TIX *
14 - Le Petit Campus - Montreal, PQ BUY TIX
16 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA BUY TIX * 21+
17 - The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA BUY TIX * 21+
18 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI BUY TIX *
19 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY BUY TIX * 19+
21 - The Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC BUY TIX (Motopony headlining show w/ opener Bike Trip )
22 - Club at Water Street - Rochester, NY BUY TIX
24 - The Basement Columbus, OH BUY TIX
25 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL BUY TIX
26 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN BUY TIX
Note: All shows are 18+ unless noted otherwise.


Download Motopony’s self-titled debut album from iTunes here and stay up-to-date with the band motoponymusic.com.. Also get Viva Brother’s latest album on iTunes now and find more info at http://acidlove.net.


You may only enter once! Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the tour date. By entering you are agreeing to these official contest rules:



ELIGIBILITY:
Contest is open to residents of the US 18 and older. Contestants must follow @PopMatters and @Motopony on Twitter to be eligible to win.



HOW TO ENTER:
Detailed instructions on how to enter are located at motoponymusic.com. Winners will be selected randomly and notified via DM from @Motopony on Twitter. Winners will have 24 hours to respond and confirm, after which an alternate winner will be selected. Please note age restrictions before entering the contest.



PRIZES:
The winner will receive 2 tickets to the Motopony/Viva Brother show indicated in his/her contest entry tweet. Prize will be picked up at will call at the venue the night of the show under the winner’s name. Please bring a valid form of ID when picking up tickets.



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Monday, Oct 3, 2011
Giveaway of Ocean's Kingdom just in time for its release on October 4th!

Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up the Ocean’s Kingdom score on compact disc or vinyl!


A couple of weeks back we shared with you a discussion between Sir Paul McCartney and New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins about their new collaboration, Ocean’s Kingdom. With the album coming out tomorrow, October 4th, here in the US, (available at Amazon and other fine retailers) we wanted to make sure this album made a splash on your radar. To help spread the word, we’ve got THREE (3) copies to give away to (3) lucky PopMatters readers! But before we tell you how to enter, we’ll first tell you more about the album and be sure to check out www.paulmccartney.com.


From the Press Release:
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements—“Ocean’s Kingdom”, “Hall of Dance”, “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise”—the ballet tells of a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth. A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Paul’s most challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song.  Trying to write something that expressed an emotion—so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging”.


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