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BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah announce a new collaborative album, Sour Soul due out February 17th, 2015 through Lex Records. Sour Soul was recorded earlier this year alongside producer Frank Dukes (50 Cent, Lloyd Banks). Following on from the track Six Degrees ft. Danny Brown released on 10″ vinyl earlier this year, they’re back with new track Gunshowers ft Elzhi formerly of Slum Village. The album is influenced by music of the ’60s and ’70s, with BadBadNotGood drawing inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era while eschewing sampling in favor of live instrumentation. With the album, BadBadNotGood have created a cinematic musical staging for Ghostface Killah’s vivid storytelling.

The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary celebration. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story”) will direct the as yet untitled documentary. Alex Blavatnik is financing through his AOMA Sunshine Films. Eric Eisner (“Hamlet 2”), Nicholas Koskoff, and Justin Kreutzmann will serve as producers. Executive Producers are Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film’s music supervisor.

This monumental documentary will meld a cornucopia of never before seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments unearthed from the Grateful Dead’s vast vaults along with newly captured conversations with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe.

“Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them,” said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir in a joint statement.

“The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved,” says Scorsese.

“It’s been ten years since I first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead and I’m thrilled that it’s finally happening,” says Bar-Lev.

“I am ecstatic that this project was able to come together and look forward to finding the perfect distribution home for the film,” says Eisner.

Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

Filmed in London during September 2014, this is the first in a two-part mini documentary that looks at Underworld’s dubnobasswithmyheadman album 20 years after it’s initial release. With exclusive interviews with Underworld’s Rick Smith and Karl Hyde, behind the scenes footage from 20 years ago and today as the band prepare to present the album live for the first time at Royal Festival Hall in October 2014.

This is one of my favourite bands of all time, with one of my classic albums, which should be near at the top of any electronic music lover’s collection. I have to admit, when I got to do PR for their Barking album in 2010, I was a little shocked and might have peed a bit when the deal was done.

The Outside Music label is thrilled to share Compostela – the gorgeous new release of Juno award nominee and ECMA winner, Jenn Grant.

Recorded by producer, musician, fellow ECMA winner and husband Daniel Ledwell in their studio built close to the home they share in Lake Echo, Grant’s fifth full-length studio album features a cornucopia of instruments including flutes, harps, violins, congas, wurlitzer, piano and lap steel all that enhance the depth and subtleties of her effortless singing.

Compostela translates to “Field of Stars” Or “Star Field” – which comes from the legend that the dust of the pilgrims who walk the El Camino, make up the stars that form the Milky Way.  There is an element of space on this new album. Teetering on psychedelic folk and into a balladry of melodic storytelling, you are welcomed into the heart’s cave. A subtle yet pulsing groove, alongside moments of Spanish inspired guitar, reflect an important journey that began in 2012 in Barcelona.

In keeping with the theme of stars, Jenn has included a number of them to support her on this amazing journey including;  Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, Ron Sexmsith, Rose Cousins, Don Kerr, Kim Harris, Stewart Legere, Justin Rutledge, Rachel Sermanni and Grant’s producer for her 2009 release Echoes, Jonathan Goldsmith. For the first time ever, Grant’s brother Daniel Grant, a Toronto based cinematographer performs with her, accompanying her velvety voice on songs like Spanish Moon with the soft touch of his charango playing.

Check out and have a listen and share the first single for Compostela, No One’s Gonna Love You [Quite Like I Do].

Jenn will tour extensively this fall and well into 2015 bringing with her a talented band of players who help to create the colours and textures of her captivating live show. Check the tour dates here.

Moved by the recent events in Ferguson, MO, Grammy Award winning rock guitarist and longtime political activist Tom Morello is releasing “Marching On Ferguson,” a newly recorded version of a song he wrote and performed immediately following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.

“Marching On Ferguson” is available free of charge with all voluntary donations going towards the legal fund local organizations created for those arrested in the protests demanding change in the St. Louis area. “Marching On Ferguson” is available at the web hub for Ferguson October, the initiative that planned the weekend of resistance and is kicking off a national movement to end police violence. It can be downloaded athttp://fergusonoctober.com/artists.

Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released four solo albums as The Nightwatchman and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with BootsRiley of The Coup in 2009. Morello, a graduate of Harvard University in political science, has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).”  Most recently Morello has joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for their current tour in support of Springsteen’s latest studio album High Hopes (Columbia Records) on which Morello is featured on eight tracks.

“100% of the donations from “Marching On Ferguson” will support defending the protestors in the Ferguson area who have faced attacks, wrongful arrest, and violence from the police,” says Morello. “I’ve witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it’s time to say ‘Enough!’ in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in Ferguson, and beyond, give ‘em hell. This song is for you.”

 

Saul Goodman Ralph Steadman
Saul Goodman by Ralph Steadman

For the upcoming limited-edition Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad, show creator Vince Gilligan joined forces with Gonzo illustrator and Hunter S. Thompson BFF Ralph Steadman to create six different covers for each season of the show. Available in February, these spectacular collectibles will be sold exclusively by Zavvi.com ($30 bucks each). Pre-order is going on now but you’re already too late if you wanted the Gus “The Chicken Man” Fring edition for season four (as well as Mike Ehrmantraut’s season five and Hank Schrader’s show finale edition) as they’ve already sold-out. Maybe there’s a way to get some extra cash to buy them on eBay. If only there was a show that taught you how to make something in demand…

Images from each of the six covers follow.

Gus Fring by Ralph Steadman
Gus Fring

Walter White by Ralph Steadman
Walter White

Hank Scrader by Ralph Steadman
Hank Schrader

Mike Ehrmantraut by Ralph Steadman
Mike Ehrmantraut

Jesse Pinkman by Ralph Steadman
Jesse Pinkman

Via Paste Magazine and Dangerous Minds