Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday roundup

Another Thursday, another batch of items presented for your viewing (and linking) pleasure:

  • Whether it's a publicity stunt or a sincere statement of artistic frustration doesn't really matter; the point is that Lewis Taylor is still officially retired from the music biz a year after issuing two of the mostly lovingly praised -- and commercially overlooked -- albums of the recent past, full of sunny pop melodies stretched and twisted into a sort of progressive Beach Boys daydream. Sweet, sweet stuff.

  • Yoko and Paul agree on something; that's always news. This time it's the merits of Starbucks as a distribution vehicle, as Capitol/EMI and iTunes just released a new John Lennon Video Album at SB stores nationwide, featuring 21 of Lennon’s music videos for $24.95. Buy the special gift card stamped with a silver-toned photo of Lennon, take it home and you can redeem it on the iTunes Store for a collection of music videos that includes “Imagine,” “Happy Xmas,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Nobody Told Me,” “Mind Games,” “Working Class Hero” and others, many of which are available digitally for the first time.

  • This week's date movie P.S. I Love You features James Blunt's new single "Same Mistake," and you can stream the video here.

  • EndeverafteR, a Sacramento-based quartet who've opened for KISS, Poison and Cinderella (supplying their own eyeliner, no doubt) are giving away a brand new Washburn Guitar -- sign up for the contest here.

  • Sonic Past Music recently re-released the entire solo catalog of Randy Meisner, bassist, vocalist and songwriter for The Eagles all the way up through Hotel California. You can find this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's solo work here.

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