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KJ Apa Talks his First Gibson

Gibson TV is the iconic guitar maker’s all-original video network. It’s been running an interesting series called “My First Gibson” where artists tell the story of how they acquired their first Gibson guitar.

Riverdale star KJ Apa is a guest on the show talking about how he became a fan of Angus Young and Gibson’s SG guitar. KJ Apa is known for his role as Archie Andrews on the CW drama series Riverdale.

Catch the video above to catch this crossover between comics and music.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Original Video Game Soundtrack to be released on LP for the first time

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire original soundtrack

May the 4th be with you! In celebration of Star Wars DayVarèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming special release of the Original Video Game Soundtrack for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by GRAMMY-nominated composer Joel McNeely. The soundtrack will be released for the first time on LP and reissued on CD on August 7, 2020, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records.

Pre-order for LP and CD is available now.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was developed and published by LucasArts for Nintendo 64 on December 3, 1996, and sold one million copies in its first year. A version for Microsoft Windows followed in 1997, and sold out reissues have kept the game alive amongst the Star Wars fan base since its release over 20 years ago.

As part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, a full soundtrack was composed by Joel McNeely and recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Samples of the soundtrack were used in both versions of the game, with the Windows version containing many of the full tracks. The album art features the main Star Wars characters and was created by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan (Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future).

In the game, which serves as backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the player controls the mercenary Dash Rendar in his efforts to help Luke Skywalker and rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor.


TRACK LISTING Side A:

  1. Main Theme from Star Wars and Leia’s Nightmare (3:41)
  2. The Battle of Gall (7:59)
  3. Imperial City (8:02)
  4. Beggar’s Canyon Chase (2:56)
  5. The Southern Underground (1:48)

 Side B:

  1. Xizor’s Theme (4:35)
  2. The Seduction of Princess Leia (3:38)
  3. Night Skies (4:17)
  4. Into the Sewers (2:55)
  5. The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace (10:44) 

The Proliferation of Marvel Universe Timelines Has Made It Impossible For Me to Use Search Engines to Determine Which Issue From the 70s Had Loki Predicting the Immanence of Ragnarok In Its Final Panel But It Certainly Wasn’t #272, or, New Mountain Goats Tape Song

The Mountain Goats have been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic putting together a new EP and pondering comics.

They’ve released a new song where they wonder what issue of Thor predicted Ragnarok… it definitely wasn’t #272, oh yeah, there’s also a new tape coming.

Check out “The Proliferation of Marvel Universe Timelines Has Made It Impossible For Me to Use Search Engines to Determine Which Issue From the 70s Had Loki Predicting the Immanence of Ragnarok In Its Final Panel But It Certainly Wasn’t #272, or, New Mountain Goats Tape Song”

Z2 Comics Reveals the Cover Art and Tracklist for an Unreleased Grateful Dead LP as Part of the Deluxe Origins Package

Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver.

Grateful Dead Origins will be available in a strictly limited collector’s deluxe edition to be released on June 19, with a standard edition coming the following week on June 23. The standard softcover edition will feature an exclusive download of rare selections from the early years of the band. The limited-run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring exclusive prints and autographed by the comic creators, along with an exclusive vinyl LP of an unreleased recording from an August 1968 performance at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

This previously unreleased show includes the first known West Coast live rendition of “St. Stephen,” and the first known performance of its “William Tell Bridge,” which would join “St. Stephen” to “The Eleven.” The show was recorded to 8-track analog tape, and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.

Grateful Dead Origins
Grateful Dead Origins track list

Exclusive: Get Immersed with the Graphic Novel Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen Soundtrack

This week sees the release of Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen, the debut graphic novel writer Helen Mullane, acclaimed artists Dom Reardon and Matthew Dow Smith, and celebrated colorist Lee Loughridge. It’s a haunting and unsettling coming-of-age horror story for our times and Helen Mullane has created a Spotify playlist of what the main character–NicNiven AKA Nissy, is listening to throughout the story.

In the story, London teen “Nissy” Oswald is stuck in the countryside for the entire summer with only her mother and little brother for company, but things start to look up when she meets Reggie, an attractive and mysterious older man to whom she feels inexorably drawn. As Nissy divides her time between feuding with her mother and lusting for Reggie, the small town is rocked by a grisly murder and everything changes.

Helen writes:

This is a playlist of what Nissy is listening to throughout the story.At first she’s very pissed off that she has to go to Northumberland, listening to a lot of quite aggressive, angry sounds. Later the is intrigued by and then falls for reggie so it gets more romantic and self affirming as she needs to big herself up. Then her heart is broken and finally she comes through a period of trauma and realisation.

Published by Humanoids the book features a stunning cover by Jock and is out now.

Check out the soundtrack and some of the art from the graphic novel below.

Listen to Rai’s Theme Song, Lyrics by Dan Abnett!

The brand-new RAI series makes its action-packed debut next Wednesday (November 20th), and metal band A Sound of Thunder is celebrating the can’t-miss comic with the song ‘Break Free!’

Featuring lyrics by series writer Dan Abnett, “Break Free” is offered exclusively through the band’s Kickstarter as a companion to their new album Parallel Eternity. The catchy single also comes with an exclusive RAI #1 variant cover by Paul Pelletier, which is an homage to Derek Riggs’ cover for Iron Maiden’s album Somewhere in Time. The limited edition variant is available with the modern trade dress (500 copies) and classic trade dress (200 copies).

Dan Abnett is a veteran of the comic industry, but this was his first time writing lyrics for a song!

Listen to a sample of ‘Break Free’

The Boys Gets 2XLP from Mondo

Mondo Music and Madison Gate Records have announced they’ll be releasing the vinyl record of the original soundtrack to Amazon‘s The Boys. The soundtrack is by Christopher Lennertz. The vinyl goes on sale at noon on Wednesday.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, The Boys tackles our modern obsession with superheroes in media with a biting satire of modern politics and the abuse of power from a fictional League of Heroes who may need to be taken down a peg. Christopher Lennertz has composed a blistering, propulsive score for the darkly comedic series that adeptly parodies the musical landscape of propoganda, all while being a terrific soundtrack to the ensuing action drama that unfolds when the “Supes” collide with the titular anti-heroes tasked with being their checks and balances.

The album feature osriginal artwork by Jack Hughes, liner notes by composer Christopher Lennertz, series creators Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and showrunner Eric Kripke, and pressed on 2X 180 Gram “Compound V” colored vinyl (also available on 2X 180 Gram Black vinyl).

They also are offering free vinyl shipping domestically with a flat $10 fee for international. That runs until 11:59 PM on Wednesday.

THE BOYS – Music From The Amazon Original Series 2XLP. Music by Christopher Lennertz. Artwork by Jack Hughes. Featuring liner notes by composer Christopher Lennerts, series creators Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and showrunner Eric Kripke. Pressed on 2X 180 Gram “Compound V” colored vinyl. Also available on 2X 180 Gram Black vinyl. Expected to Ship in November 2019. Ships Worldwide. $35

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Watchmen Soundtrack Comes to Spotify

HBO‘s Watchmen has been amazing in not just the story and acting but the soundtrack as well.

Composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have brought their unmistakable sound to the television show creating a haunting melody to go with the mystery. The two are award-winning composers who have created music for well over a hundred television and film productions and the two won an Oscar for their score to The Social Network.

You can now listen to the first volume of music on Spotify.

Catch Upgrade Soul’s Vinyl Soundtrack with Tonight’s Listening Party

Ezra Claytan Daniels’ mesmerizing graphic novel debut Upgrade Soul has received widespread praise and award nominations for the comic book industry’s top honors, including The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and ‘Ringo Awards. This fall, the critically acclaimed book is expanding into multimedia with the vinyl release of Alexis Gideon’s Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack and the relaunch of an innovative Upgrade Soul app. Both the app and the soundtrack will be available for purchase October 25th, 2019.

Before the soundtrack is released, FPE Records is hosting a listening party tonight at 8pm CDT.

The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Standard Edition, with black vinyl, retails for $18.00. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition, featuring color vinyl, is exclusively available through FPE Records’ website, via Bandcamp or directly from Ezra Claytan Daniels at appearances. The Upgrade Soul Original Soundtrack Limited Edition retails for $45.00.

Upgrade Soul

Steven Universe The Movie: With Musical Theater Geeks

Steven Universe the Movie is Steven Universe The Musical so one of my guests writes musicals: AriDy Nox is a black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the documentary Flawless Feminism, the sci-fi operetta Project Tiresias, and the dark comedy Joy is Dead, as well as others. AriDy creates out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Ari is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU and a beneficiary of the Musical Theater Factory fellowship afrofuturist musical named Metropolis.

Klaudia Amenabar is a social media producer, pop culture critic, and occasional audio fiction voice actor. You may know her from her embarrassing Tumblr URL from high school Elphibia for President of Galifery or because she tweets too much about either Star Wars or Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure As https://twitter.com/kaludiasays

This is also the episode where https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn compares Steven Universe’s predicament here to Obama ending Organize for America…

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