Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Marvel Releases 1st Trailer for “Captain America: Civil War”

This is it, The Civil War Begins!  Marvel has finally dropped the first trailer for the “Captain America: Civil War” movie!  Footage for this movie has been highly anticipated as it follows one of Marvel Comic's most popular storylines.  In the Marvel Comics Civil War superheroes takes sides as Captain America and Iron Man clash in a battle of principles as the world starts to decide that Superheroes are too dangerous and should be registered and no longer operate anonymously or without government handling.  This movie is especially exciting since it introduces characters new to the Marvel Movie universe such as Black Panther and the non-Sony version of Spider-Man!  Stay tuned for more footage and Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters May 6, 2016!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Canadian Label Handshake Inc. Up for Sale on Craigslist

This is an interesting turn of events.  Handshake Inc. is/was a Canadian record label ran by Dave Hall that also dabbled in releasing movies and books.  The label has put out releases from various extreme metal bands such as Rwake, defunct grind favorites Gridlink, Japanese band Sigh, fellow Canadians Fuck the Facts and the Maryland Deathfest: The Movie II DVD.  The label has also recently put out a book titled "Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker" current/former member of Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Storm Troopers of Death, and Brutal Truth.  The book was written by Chicago's own Dave Hofer, drummer for Chicago Thrash Ensemble.  It includes rare photos, interviews with Lilker and people that have worked with him (such as Scott Ian and Kevin Sharp), and even reprints of old reviews of his projects.

I say that Handshake 'is/was' a label because owner Dave Hall apparently closed up shop in October citing health issues as the reason.  What is crazy is that he has also put the label up for sale on Craigslist for $5,000! (I'm assuming CAD.)  The purchase includes their back catalogue of EPs, LPs, 3 DVD titles and one book title. Also included with the sale are North American and International distribution, digital royalties, press contacts, remaining stock, 2k Twitter followers and Facebook page with 2k likes.  This seems like a pretty good deal for those that can afford it and are interested in running a label, and it is definitely not something that comes along very often especially in the indie scene.  It will be interesting to see if this does get sold and how that will unfold.  Check out the Craiglist link below and you can read his full announcement of the label closure after the jump.

Buy Here: Handshake Inc. Record Label $5000


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Big K.R.I.T. - It's Better This Way [FREE Mixtape]

Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time) is a rapper/producer from Meridian, Mississippi. After releasing a bunch of solid mixtapes he was signed to Cinematic Music Group and Def Jam Recordings. Since then he has released more mixtapes and two studio albums; Live from the Underground and Cadillactica which came out November of last year. 'It's Better This Way' is his latest mixtape and comes as a surprise to fans since it was pretty much released without warning. It is hosted by legendary Gangsta Grillz mixtape series creator DJ Drama with features from Ludacris, Warren G, BJ The Chicago Kid, DeLorean, and more. This 14-track mixtape was mostly produced by by K.R.I.T. himself with help from Kenneth Whalum and WOLFE de MÇHLS.  The release of this mixtape was also followed by the announcement of his Kritically Acclaimed tour, and you can find those tour dates after the jump below.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Constantine Fan Petition Started to Move Show to new Network

It has been awhile since NBC decided to not pick up the Constantine show for a second season. Since then fans have been clamoring for a way to save the show about the famed DC/Vertigo occult detective character. Even actors such as William Shatner and Stephen Amell joined in on the crusade, which probably led to the crossover event with his Arrow tv show. The episode, titled “Haunted,” sparked an 11% ratings increase in the show’s core demographic. Matt Ryan was perfect as the Hellblazer, and it seems that fans of the Arrow agree.

Now a petition, titled “Save Constantine,” has popped up in hopes to help move the show onto another network. Executive producer David Goyer has stated that part of the reason why Constantine failed was because NBC was “the wrong channel” for such material. The petitioners agree and have listed The CW, El Rey Network, Yahoo Screen, Netflix, and USA as possible replacement homes for the show.

I think the El Rey Network would be a great place for the show, and I have doubts that Netflix would pick it up considering their contracts with Marvel. Constantine is now officially a part of the Arrowverse, along with The Flash and upcoming show Legends of Tomorrow, so it would be in the best interest of The CW to expand on that fanbase.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Relapse Records 2015 Sampler [FREE Download]

It's that time of year again as we welcome the annual Relapse Records sampler once again!  Relapse was not merely satisfied with giving us a free album for their 25th anniversary, so one of the best independent labels for extreme music decided that a second free album this year was necessary!  This year the sampler features tracks from the ever popular Torche and Windhand, brutal grind act Maruta, noisy sludge fiends Primitive Man, retro classic rock bands Christian Mistress and Royal Thunder, Goblin Rebirth, Skinless, experimental genre-benders Pinkish Black and Zombi, supergroup Tau Cross, new band Valkyrie, Finnish doom outfit Hooded Menace and more!  Download the sampler below and click on the jump for tour dates to see a Relapse band in a city near you!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Marvel's Jessica Jones #1 [FREE Digital Comic]

Back in 2013 Marvel announced that they will be releasing some TV shows directly to Netflix, and launched Daredevil earlier this year as the first of those properties. The others that were announced included a Jessica Jones series, Luke Cage, Iron Fist – and a major team-up of said characters with a Defenders TV event.  A month ago a Punisher series was added to the mix with speculation that it will be pushing the Iron Fist property to be a Netflix movie as opposed to a series.

Marvel & Netflix is amping up the marketing for the upcoming release of the next series Jessica Jones, and released the above trailer in anticipation of it.  Marvel has also teamed up with digital comic provider Comixology and is giving away Marvel's Jessica Jones #1 for FREE for a limited time. This incarnation of Jessica Jones was first introduced in Alias; a comic book series created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. It was published by Marvel Comics under Marvel's MAX imprint for a total of 28 issues from 2001 to 2004. In it Jessica Jones was a former costumed superhero named Jewel who retired to become a private investigator, and that plot looks to be the basis for this new Netlflix series. All episodes will be available for streaming Nov 20, 2015 on Netflix, and you can download the free digital comic below.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Loaf Muzik - Live from the Dungeon [FREE Mixtape]

Team Backpack is a media company that, at the risk of oversimplifying, highlights lyricism in Hip Hop by organizing events where underground and up-and-coming rappers can showcase their skills.  Verses, originality and expertise are valued over record sales and the true art of the MC can shine in the form of its most primal state: the cypher.  It was in one of these cypher videos that I came across the New York city foursome Loaf Muzik.  The collective consists of Shadow the Great, Kidaf, Oso Dope and Shine Sinatra and their sound and emphasis on lyricism harkens back to the Golden Era of 90s Hip Hop.  Their music not only brings back memories of underground New York acts like the Duck Down family and of course the Wu, but their rhythm and bounce also brings to mind the West Coast underground greats such as Souls of Mischief and the rest of the Hieroglyphics crew.   By their own admission in the hyper energetic posse cut 'Shinobi Warz' they are here to "resurrect boom bap from that tomb" and though their sound is retro Loaf Muzik definitely have a bright future ahead.  Download their free mixtape "Live From the Dungeon" at the link below.

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