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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2017: Music
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Music

As the seasons start getting closer and the prospect of gift giving starts to clear off the cobwebs and come front and center to everyone’s consciousness yet again, there’s always the enigma of what to get, and more importantly, will the recipient be satisfied? There are however universals that always crack the corners of the mouth for a smile, music releases and their sometimes re-released box sets being some of them. So that being said, and what remains our annual wont, here’s our picks for some great music recently released and upcoming. And as always, this one goes to eleven.

Check out our 2017 Holiday Geek Gift Guide for Music…

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
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The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the seminal and legendary album by The Beatles, which not only seemed to crystallize the band, but also the entire sensibilities of the youth of the globe during the mid to late 1960s, celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

Released in America on June 2nd, 1967, and a week or so earlier in the band’s native UK, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has become such a recognizable force in pop cultural history, it’s almost like a brand, a headquarters where so many musical and cultural influences spawned. From its rich and vibrantly complex yet totally welcoming cover to the same adjectives applied to the wide range and scope of music, which almost acts as a primer for every single style of music up to that point in musical history (pop, cabaret, vaudeville, psychedelia, straightforward rock) and even acting as a blueprint to just the around the corner genres that followed (like progressive and even acid rock), Sgt. Pepper is a true artifact of a time long gone and yet still acts as a straight arrow pulse right in contemporary society, whether it’s for novelty’s sake or reality’s sake.

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May The 4th: Fan Uses The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ To Tell The Story Of ‘Star Wars’
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The internet is full of all kinds of mashup videos. And those that are lucky enough to go viral can hopefully last a lifetime rather than be a flash in the pan. But for YouTube user Palette-Swap Ninja, his mashup of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Star Wars to tell the story of A New Hope may last a lifetime.

These videos are a hilarious parody that swaps out lyrics of The Beatles’ iconic album and trades them in for vital Star Wars plot points. All of which you can see just by the titles like “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friends” or “Luke is in the Desert.” You can watch the videos below.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016: Music
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Holiday Music Gift Guide 2016

Just like that, it’s that time again, where the holiday season is upon us and the mad scrambles down store aisles to find just the right gifts for friends and loved ones commences. It’s a yearly ritual that always seems to come sooner than later. It’s also a sign that the year is coming to a close, and of course there’s no question that 2016 will remain in memory and history as one of the most turbulent, challenging, and painful times ever seen. It is for that reason that the holiday time should hold even extra special positive emotional weight, as community and solidarity run high among people during this time, acting as sort of metaphoric concrete that fills in the gaps that division among many created. And music too, is an eternal, external, and ultimately internal healing agent for the soul, regardless if times are happy or sad, joyous or maudlin. Music also reflects those aforementioned emotions and more. Here’s some of the best released this past year that will for sure excite even the most hardened by the whirlwind of the times and warm someone’s soul like kindling a hearth on the coldest December nights.

Check out our 2016 Holiday Geek Gift Guide for Music

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Musical Animated Series ‘Beat Bugs’ Brings Beatles Music To Netflix!
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Beat Bugs Netiflix

Netflix has added an exciting new series to its ever expanding repertoire. A new musical animated series, Beat Bugs, brings Beatles music to the young. On top of that already, the songs will be sung by various artists including Eddie Vedder, Pink, and Chris Cornell.

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The Drill Down 407: Here, There, and Everywhere
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This week, has the glow come off Tesla’s perfect record?, the first iPhone jailbreaker has hacked self-driving cars, it’s time for drones to be registered, a fresh batch of data breaches, and streaming music just got a little more Fab … all this and more on this week’s The Drill Down podcast.

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‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’: A Look At Robert Zemeckis’ 1978 Beatlemania Romp
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Robert Zemeckis I Wanna Hold Your Hand

With all the recent hoopla and hullabaloo surrounding the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, it’s easy to forget that the cinematic creative genius dynamic team of Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Steven Spielberg made some pretty adventurous films prior to it, films that in a way set the stage for this timeless classic.

There was Used Cars, the 1980 comedic quilt of craziness which starred Kurt Russell, and 1979’s notoriously panned 1941. But, before that was debut of the team and their glorious work with 1978’s I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The film — executive produced by Spielberg, and directed by Zemekis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gale — was a love letter to not only The Beatles, but the American milieu and craziness that surrounded Beatlemania circa 1964, when the British foursome first landed on New York soil and played The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Geek Gear: The Nightmare Before Christmas ‘Halloween Road’
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Beatles mash-up Halloween Road

Part of the deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired mash-up with The Beatles Abbey Road album cover called “Halloween Road” by TonyCenteno.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Monday, May 26, 2014, 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.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL), women’s, and youth sizes for $10 each. Kids sizes are $10 (Girls, Toddlers, and Onesies); Hoodies for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes). See images on product page for shirt colors. You can also get the design on coasters for $25; prints 18″x24″ for $20, 24″x24″ for $30, and 24″x32″ for $40; headphones and bluetooth speakers for $40 each; and laptop sleeves for $30-$40.

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The Beatles On ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ Celebrates 50 Years
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The Beatles

Another historic plateau gets reached today as 50 years ago, The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, a television program which wound up exposing the Fab Four to millions of Americans right in the comfort of their living rooms and ultimately became one of the most-watched programs in television history.

Like many things The Beatles did during their hugely successful and illustrious career, the Ed Sullivan appearance stands as a high water achievement on the foursome’s resume. The band — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr — had just touched down on American soil two days prior at JFK Airport to a huge brassy noise, as reporters and cameramen came in droves, almost seemingly climbing on top of one another to get the scant amount of intimate time they could with music’s new darling boys. The ensuing press conference was a massive success and that oft used, yet perfect adjective called Beatlemania was perfect to describe all the festivity as these native-born Liverpudlians enveloped the entire city of New York and the entire nation with their effortless grace and attitudinal charm. Millions upon millions of people either shrieked in delight or moaned and groaned in confusion; it simply depended on one’s age bracket. But that Sunday night’s performance at CBS Television Studio 50 in Manhattan would not only be the sonic bridge to make the entire country stand up and realize that The Beatles were a solid, here-to-stay entity, but a sonic bridge that eventually almost the entire world would cross again and again.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Arrive In America
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The Beatles

Today, February 7, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles touching down at New York’s JFK Airport, arriving in America for the first time and signaling the entire beginning of what was to be coined “The British Invasion” and also unbeknownst at the time, the beginning of what was to become one of the most creative, vivid, influential, and turbulent decades – the 1960s. To commemorate the anniversary, a historical marker will be dedicated at JFK Airport this morning*.

Already upping the ante for themselves by having hit records before they left their native England to come to the States, The Beatles exploded in The United States upon their arrival, but not just because of the music. The four men — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr — nary a 25-year-old in the bunch, also handled themselves with the press, which was on a volume level on par with a King or Queen or President coming off that JFK airport tarmac. Decked in similar suits and the famous bowl haircut — which was shaggy enough to move around in the cold February air that day — The Fab Four dazzled the press and the country as Beatlemania was in full force.

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