Saturday, August 29, 2020

Around the Tubes: August 29, 2020

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Elton John, Black Thought, James Bay, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Love Fraud, The CircusIliza’s Comedy Tailgate TourBen 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie, and The Comey Rule.

Elton John celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his career-catapulting performance at the historic Troubadour, in Los Angeles, CA. On August 25, 1970, Elton took the stage for the first time in the United States, a gig that would quickly mark the beginning of his legendary career. Playing to a star-studded, packed house of 300 people, Elton was introduced by Neil Diamond before performing for the likes of  Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton, Linda Ronstandt, Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks, Don Henley, Randy Newman, David Crosby, Leon Russell, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. His set consisted of songs off his debut album, in addition to many unreleased tracks such as the timeless “Your Song,” from his then forthcoming eponymous album Elton John. The concert was highlighted by an extraordinary review from the Los Angeles Times’s music critic, Robert Hilburn, and has since been heralded as one of the greatest concerts of the rock era.  Also celebrating its 50th anniversary is the aforementioned, critically acclaimed debut album, Elton John. In celebration of this golden anniversary, a limited edition Record Store Day exclusive deluxe gatefold 2LP version of the record will be available on August 29, 2020. Pressed on transparent purple vinyl, the first disc features the 2016 remaster of the original album, while the second contains a selection of bonus tracks off the 2008 CD Deluxe Edition, never released on vinyl, as well as two previously unreleased demos of “Border Song” and “Bad Side Of The Moon.” On 30th October the original Elton John album will also be released as a limited-edition gatefold 1LP gold 180 gram vinyl edition with download code. 

Legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought debuts new track “Good Morning,” feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz via Republic Records. This release marks the second track off of Black Thought’s highly anticipated Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, which is set for release September 18, 2020.  Listen to “Good Morning” feat. Pusha TKiller Mike and Swizz BeatzHERE

 James Bay made history by being the first artist to film at The London Eye, performing his hit single “Chew On My Heart” for The Late Late Show with James CordenCheck out James Bay’s Performance of “Chew On My Heart” for The Late Late Show with James Corden Here!  In addition to the performance Bay sat down with James Corden for an interview to discuss his unique connection to Bradley Cooper & A Star Is Born, how he pulled off the incredible performance for the show and the inspiration behind his upcoming new album – his longtime girlfriend Lucy. Watch the interview here!

Gibson Brands--the iconic American instrument maker--has partnered with Orion Pictures on the new film Bill & Ted Face the Music as the official guitar brand of the movie. The film finds the duo--now middle-aged best friends who have yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny--as they head out for a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, the Wyld Stallyns will be helped by their families, old friends, and a few music legends. The third installment in the film franchise starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter is due out on Friday, August 28, in theaters and on demand, pre-order here:  Over 30 guitars from Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer are featured throughout Bill & Ted Face the Music including “Bill” S. Preston ESQ. (Winter) and “Ted” Theodore Logan (Reeves) epic Wyld Stallyns hero guitars, the classic Gibson SG Special, and the Gibson Flying V.

SHOWTIME has released the premiere episode of its new docu-series LOVE FRAUD early for free online sampling, on streaming platforms and on demand. The series is executive produced and directed by Emmy winners and Academy Award® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The premiere episode is available for free now on YouTube and LOVE FRAUD will officially premiere on air this Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  The episode is also available across multiple television and streaming providers’ devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free on demand channels. In addition, the season premiere is available for free on the SHOWTIME stand-alone service at

THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE CRAZIEST POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ON EARTH continues its fifth season this Sunday with an inside look at the 2020 Republican National Convention. 
Hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon, along with guest contributor Jennifer Palmieri, convene in the nation’s capital as President Trump and his allies make a case for re-election amid an historic pandemic and mounting protests following the death of Jacob Blake, an African American man shot by Wisconsin police. For a preview, go to:

Coming to a Drive-In location near you, Comedian Iliza Shlesinger is hitting the road with Iliza’s Comedy Tailgate Tour presented by Monster Energy. With five Netflix specials currently streaming, including her most recent Unveiled and Elder Millennial, she is one of today’s leading comedians with a legion of fans who create and wear their own Iliza inspired swag to her shows. The 9-city trek will bring Iliza to drive-in theaters across the U.S. this October. Socially distanced and safe in their cars, fans will catch every second of Iliza’s set in real time through their car radio. Tickets pre-sales start today and general public tickets go on sale this Friday, August 28th at 10 a.m. local at

Ben Tennyson is back on the alien-fighting scene, and expanding to take on the universe as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie globally on Digital October 11 and on DVD October 27, 2020. Follow the alien-transforming kid hero with all-new powers and settings on this intergalactic adventure, filled with action-packed bonus content including Animatics, exclusive to the DVD. Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie carries a suggested retail price of $14.99 for Digital, $19.99 for the DVD ($24.99 in Canada), and is rated TV-Y7. Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie has an order due date of September 22, 2020.

SHOWTIME has released the official trailer for the upcoming limited series THE COMEY RULEstarring Emmy® winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as former FBI Director James Comey and Emmy winner Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) as President Donald J. Trump. The two-part series will premiere on consecutive nights: Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The full series will be available for on-demand streaming or download on the SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps and partner on-demand platforms starting at 12:01 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, September 27. Based on the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty and more than a year of additional interviews with a number of key principals, THE COMEY RULE was adapted for the screen and directed by Oscar® nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass).  To watch the trailer, go to:

Sunday, August 23, 2020

57 Channels and Only This is On: August 23, 2020

Lovecraft Country: Well that was a lot weirder than I expected. Did not expect to see Jackie Robinson murdering aliens with his baseball bat. But that road trip seemed a bit unnecessary and just delayed everyone from getting to the titular location. I did not quite understand how Jess Merriweather went from asking her sister for a place to stay for a couple weeks and then was packing the car.

The Chi: Oh wow, (barring a major miracle) they killed off Ronnie right after redeeming himself by saving Keisha. But why did it take Coogie’s boy so long to seek retribution? And why do it right after he became a hero? And just who was that kid? Kind of keep to go out by someone we have never seen again. But I guess that is Chicago violence for you.

We Hunt Together: “I’m used to feeling smarter than most people.” Kind of sounds like famous last words. Certainly it was not that smart to kill the dude who you pinned your murder on and try to make it seem like they were homosexual lovers despite one dude having double digit contact on a dating act with females. Also did not help you had to kill a third dude while staging a suicide of the second guy you killed. Is this a low key black comedy? Those British do have a warped sense of humour.