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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Alice in Chains ‘Unplugged’
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Alice in Chains Unplugged

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for September 2013, Alice in Chains‘s live album Unplugged is on sale for only $5 in MP3 format.

The album, originally released in July 1996, was recorded live at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theatre as part of MTV’s popular MTV Unplugged concert series. Unplugged contained haunting acoustic versions of the band’s most popular songs, like “Down In A Hole,” “Rooster,” “No Excuses,” “Would?,” and “Got Me Wrong.” Alice In Chain’s contribution to the Unplugged series was definitely one of the best, and for me, these versions are right up there with the originals.

The album is also available for only $14.99 as a CD+DVD, which contains the live CD along with the MTV Unplugged concert DVD, and is an AutoRip, which means that with this purchase, you also get a free MP3 version.

Browse the main sale page to see all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of September 2013.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Alice in Chains ‘Unplugged’
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Alice in Chains Unplugged

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for September 2012, Alice in Chains‘s Unplugged is on sale for only $5.

Hard to believe 16 years have gone by since Alice in Chains recorded this live album in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theatre. It was one the band’s last appearances with singer Layne Staley, the toll of his drug addiction obvious in his sickly pale face and emaciated body, though not in his voice. This Unplugged album is not some diluted version of a plugged-in Alice in Chains, but more of a soulful retrospective, quieted down for a deeper experience. Included on the album are all the songs you know, like “No Excuses,” “Rooster,” “Would?,” “Down In A Hole,” and “Got Me Wrong.” There’s also the CD+DVD that contains the live CD along with the MTV Unplugged concert DVD.

Browse the main sale page to see the other 99 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of September 2012.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Alice in Chains’ ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’
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Black Gives Way to Blue

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for May 2012, the Alice in Chains album Black Gives Way To Blue is on sale for only $5.

If you’d like a physical copy of Black Gives Way To Blue, the CD version is available for $10.

Released in 2009, Black Gives Way to Blue is Alice in Chain’s first studio album since their eponymous third album was released back in 1995. It’s also the first album to feature the band’s new singer/guitarist, William DuVall. Not merely a replacement for the late Layne Staley, DuVall’s vocal style and sound fit right in with the heavy, melodic roots of AIC in full effect on this album.

Browse the main sale page to view all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of May 2012.

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Remembering Grunge Pioneers Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley
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Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley

There are two tragic rock and roll death anniversaries to remember today, April 5, both for key figures in the early 1990s Seattle grunge music scene: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died 18 years ago, and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, who died 10 years ago.

Both bands (along with a few others) were instrumental in changing the face of a musical style and generation that was choked by heavy metal, second generation glam, tepid pop music, and unoriginality in many forms in the musical universe during the late 1980s. Nirvana came into that stifled world like a dirty, grungy tidal wave, washing over all the aforementioned genres in a river filled with glass and soot, which was exactly the approach they wanted to take.

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Geek Gear: Firefly Shirt ‘Jar of (Fire)Flys’
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Firefly - Jar of (Fire)Flys

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is a Firefly-themed shirt (with a nod to the Alice In Chains album Jar of Flies) called “Jar of (Fire)Flys” by artist Dana Lechtenberg.

The sale at RIPT began today, Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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William Shatner Receives Honorary Headbanger Award
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Honorary Headbanger

It is official now: William Shatner is an Honorary Headbanger. As we brought to your attention several weeks ago, Captain Kirk himself had been nominated to receive the Honorary Headbanger Award at the annual Revolver Awards. Shatner received his award during the ceremony, and photos of the event are now available for you to check out at the bottom of this post.

Scott Ian from Anthrax and comedian Brian Posehn presented the award to Shatner, which is handed out to someone who is not necessarily seen as being in the metal community, but embodies the spirit of metal. The award is a timely one for Shatner, who is currently working on a new music project: his first-ever metal album.

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When The Shat Hits The Fans: William Shatner To Receive ‘Honorary Headbanger Award’
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Revolver Golden Gods

Spock may not think the merging of Shatner and Metal to be a logical one — but at this point in 2011, William Shatner is becoming more metal than ever. And even at his age of 80, there seems to be no stopping the once Captain of the USS Enterprise, for this year he will be releasing a metal album, as we reported on several weeks ago. To acknowledge his efforts not only towards his current album project, entitled Seeking Major Tom, but also for his entire epic career, William Shatner will next month be awarded the Honorary Headbanger Award at the annual Revolver Awards.

The Revolver Golden Gods is an awards ceremony to recognize all metal, held every year. The Honorary Headbanger Award is handed out to someone who is not necessarily seen as being in the metal community, but embodies the spirit of metal. With his upcoming album featuring collaborative efforts with numerous metal artists, and his long career in Star Trek and acting in other roles over the years, Shatner is an artist of determination who continually breaks down the doors of what people think he should do (or if people just think it to be… odd).

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Is ‘Master Of Puppets’ By Metallica The ‘Top Metal Song Of All Time’?
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Master of PuppetsThe official website for Gibson guitars has released what they perceive to be the top 50 metal songs of all time. Gibson.com’s writers and editors worked on compiling the list over several weeks, releasing 10 entries at a time, and recently released the top 10, which declared the number one metal song to be “Master of Puppets” by Metallica.

In some ways, the number one spot for Metallica is fitting, considering 2011 is the 25th anniversary of the release of their Master of Puppets album. Having said that though, metalheads are notorious for having fierce and strong opinions about what they consider to be their “top songs,” on top of their fierce and strong opinions about what bands are or are not even metal.

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Original Alice In Chains Bassist Mike Starr Has Died
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Alice In ChainsNews outlets and metal sites are reporting that Mike Starr, original bassist for Alice in Chains, has died. He was 44. Starr was found dead in a Salt Lake City, UT, home at 1:42pm this afternoon.

Starr worked with Alice in Chains through to the band’s tour for the album Dirt. He is known for having performed with the band on songs such as “Them Bones,” “Man in the Box.” and “Got Me Wrong.”

Starr recently grabbed attention by ‘checking in’ on television’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. His former colleagues in Alice in Chains were disheartened to see this development, as were many fans. Starr has had a very public battle with drug addiction, and was arrested for possession charges as recently as February 2011. It is uncertain at this point whether his death was drug related.

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