SXSW 2013 Movie Review: Dave Grohl’s Sound City
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Sound City
Director: Dave Grohl
Screenwriter: Mark Monroe
Cast: Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Paul McCartney

Directed by Dave Grohl, Sound City focuses on the history of the legendary Van Nuys, CA studio for which it is named — where artists like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, and countless others created classic records over the past 40 years — and the never-ending fight to preserve the human element of music in a digital world.

Through interviews with legendary musicians and producers, Sound City uncovers the magic within the walls of that studio and culminates with many of those legends creating a new album on the same legendary Neve console that produced so many hits.

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eBook Deal: Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
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Part of today’s Kindle ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale for only $1.99 (that’s 87% off the regular price of $8.99). If you’d like to purchase a physical copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, the book is also in paperback for only $10.20.

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Wednesday, December 26, 2011, until 11:59pm PST.

Other $1.99 ebook deals today include The Host by Stephenie Meyer; Neil Young’s autobiography Waging Heavy Peace; Just Kids, a memoir by singer Patti Smith; and the George Washington biography Washington: A Life.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Neil Young ‘Harvest’

Harvest, by Neil Young, which still stands as one of America’s great classic folky rock/electric country albums, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

Subtle in its masterstrokes, Harvest finds Neil Young a bit more subdued in a positive sense, sort of a musical detoxing from the CSNY supernova and his reverbed up energetic prior releases such as Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere. By 1972 and Harvest, Young had become a cult figure put on the influential pedestal like a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon, and like those two aforementioned artists, Neil Young also had a rite of passage by way of his sheer, stark creativity and originality. He truly is and remains one of a kind, and the great music on Harvest just solidifies the obvious of Young’s mammoth talents.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: America’s Greatest Hits

The mellow soft rock singer/songwriter sounds of the early to mid 1970s arguably found its apex with the folk rock band America, who released hit after hit during that time. A great collection of all those songs, many which hit top ten or even number one on the charts, are complied on the album America’s Greatest Hits , which is on sale right now in MP3 format for only $5.00 on Amazon.

This record might embody the entire “feelgood” vibes of that time, full of many songs that are guilty pleasures and some that are bona fide pop classics: “A Horse With No Name,” the-rolling-down-the-highway “Ventura Highway,” the ballad “I Need You,” the saccharine strains of “Muskrat Love,” the ex-Beatles producer George Martin-helmed bass-heavy “Tin Man,” and the memorable smash “Sister Golden Hair” among others. A great collection for when it’s time to chill, lay back in the hammock, and take a break from musical headbanging and just letting the noggin sway softly and subtly in the breeze.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Neil Young and Crazy Horse ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, the record that arguably brought Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse onto the level he is best known for today, grungy countrified Jimi Hendrixian-style riffing mixed with heartfelt arrangements and lyrics and backed with Young’s signature fragile yet ultra assured vocal style, is on sale for only $5.00 in MP3 format right now on Amazon.

The record, released in 1969 and sandwiched in between Young’s stint in Buffalo Springfield and right before he joined Crosby, Stills, and Nash, coupled with a solo career which continues to this day, still has all the sonic power and muscle as when it was first released. Opening with the push-pull guitar riff on the now classic track “Cinnamon Girl,” the record instantly charts its sounds, power, and style. The rest of the album is equally as relentless and memorable, “Down by the River,” “The Losing End,” the title track, and especially the album’s closer, “Cowgirl in the Sand,” are punctuated by a loose, stripped-down guitar attack mixed with a sort of dry gulch arrangement and sparseness which actually adds to the Young sound in many ways. This release remains an absolute stunner of a record, which set the stage for Young’s breakthrough success just a few years later with Harvest.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99.

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