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Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Beatle’s ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

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Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading

B.B. King Documentary ‘The Life of Riley’ Now Available on NetFlix

Director John Brewer (Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero, Nat King Kole: Afraid of the Dark) released his documentary on the late B.B. King back in 2012, but it wasn’t released in the US officially until 2014. That said, the film, titled The Life of Riley (B.B. King’s name was Riley B. King), is now available on Netflix. Narrated by Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight), the film features a plethora of musicians, friends, and family, who discuss B.B. King’s long and revolutionary career as an American bluesman, including Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Bono, Ronnie Wood, Dr. John, and Solomon Burke. B.B. King hailed from the flat delta land in Mississippi and eventually made his way to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began regular work as a blues artist. He secured a number of record deals, and when rock music took off in the ’60s, a new interest in King’s and other blues artists of his era as they had never experienced before. Continue reading

‘Vacation’ Sequel/Reboot Will Feature Brief ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Reunion

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A few weeks back we were following the development of a sequel/reboot of the classic National Lampoon‘s Vacation from writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, and that Leslie Mann would be joining a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, and Ed Helms, and original actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. With filming already underway, a cool little bit of news came out of writer/director John Francis Daley in a recent interview with Vulture. Daley was a cast member on director Judd Apatow‘s 1999 TV series Freaks and Geeks, and he may be joining former cast-members Samm Levine and Martin Starr in a brief cameo in the Vacation reboot. We’re at least hoping that they will all three appear at the same time; he really only indicated that they all had roles in the film. It is also awfully coincidental or flat out intentional that Leslie Mann was added to the cast, seeing as her husband is director Judd Apatow! Crazy shit right? Vacation is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 9, 2015, so we’ve got another year before we get to see if the reunion actually happens on screen. Sit tight!