The Dude – Quincy Jones

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The Dude

Quincy Jones

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: March 28, 1981

© An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Julio Jones Bros Out With Roddy White In Bahamas During Bye, Happy Birthday!

Here’s a fun way to escape your 1-7 teammates … Julio Jones ditched the Falcons during his squad’s bye this weekend … flying all the way out to the Bahamas to bro down with Roddy White for the ex-ATL star’s birthday — and it looked awesome!!!…

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Aaron Jones becomes Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in win

Jones had seven catches for 159 and two touchdowns, finishing with 229 yards of total offense.
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Vado ft. Jim Jones “Jeff Hamilton,” Lil Durk “Bora Bora” & More | Daily Visuals 10.3.19

Source: NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 23: Jim Jones attends the Johnny Marines Blessings Foundation Christmas Toy Drive at Madison Boys And Girls Club on December 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) 

It’s been a very hot minute since Vado seemed poised to continue to carry Harlem’s Hip-Hop legacy in a post-Dip Set rap scene, but for whatever reason things just didn’t pan out that way and Vado’s been relegated to dropping a gang of mixtapes and gues appearances over the years.

Still the Harlem representative got bars to share like a Snickers 2-pack and returns with some visuals for “Jeff Hamilton” where he and Jim Jones hold court on the block where they’re iced out and leathered down with a team of goons holding them down.

From the east coast to the Society Islands of French Polynesia, Lil Durk rents out a private jet and takes a small group of women with him to enjoy some fun in the sun and some tanning on a yacht in his clip to “Bora Bora.”

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VADO FT. JIM JONES – “JEFF HAMILTON”

LIL DURK – “BORA BORA”

EVERLAST VALENS – “2020 VISION”

SHAM1016 – “SEARCHING 4 THE REAL”

LUCKI – “NASCAR DASHCAR”

APOLLO BROWN FT. GUILTY SIMPSON, FAT RAY & MELANIE RUTHERFORD – “THE BACKBONE”

G1 – “PULL UP”

RAYY DUBB – “BANG IT OUT”

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie – Chuck Jones

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

Chuck Jones

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: September 14, 1979


"Hare-larious" laughs are racing your way in this feature-length animated movie! Join Bugs in his 14-carrot mansion as he presents his cartoon cohorts in their laugh-out-load chase fiascoes. Catch up with dim-witted space traveler Duck Dodgers (Daffy) as he challenges Marvin the Martian for ownership of Planet X. Then, slow down for a "witty wabbit" opera as Bugs upstages Elmer Fudd…again. And speed up with Wile E. Coyote as he pulls out all the stops chasing Road Runner on the long and winding road to disaster after disaster, despite many an ACME devise. Created by animation great Chuck Jones and brought to life by the voice of the one-and-only Mel Blanc, "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie" is full of continuous "quack-ups" and chaos.

© © 1979 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Kirk Jones

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Kirk Jones

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: March 25, 2016


The family you love is back in the sequel to the biggest romantic comedy of all time! Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 brings the beloved family of characters back together. In the years since we first fell for Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett), they have raised a headstrong daughter while trying to keep the spark alive. But just as they think they’re balancing an independent teen, aging parents and the rest of the irrepressible clan, the reveal of a shocking secret will bring the three generations of this family closer than ever as they plan a bigger, fatter and Greeker wedding!

© © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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The Tomorrow Man – Noble Jones

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The Tomorrow Man

Noble Jones

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: May 22, 2019


Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

© © 2019 Bleecker Street Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Kirk Jones

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Kirk Jones

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 18, 2012


Inspired by the perennial bestseller, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. The movie features “lots of laughs, heart and a terrific ensemble of actors at their best” (Peter Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine) and is “a must see!” (Gayle King, O Magazine). The film stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone and Joe Manganiello.

© © 2012 Lions Gate Films Inc. and Alcon Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Week 2 preseason takeaways: Up and down night for Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones

The No. 6 overall pick had a roller coaster game the night after No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray struggled.
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Showcase: Brandon Jones

Men of Montreal is proud to present Showcase Brandon Jones – Brandon Jones & Samuel Stone are not only two porn actors, but also boyfriends in real life. So, it’s not surprising, that when you put these two together, the fact that these two are hot for each other comes through pretty obviously. Brandon is an accomplished porn star who shot a solo for us last year. Samuel is a newcomer whose skills will certainly take him places. Four more scenes and a dynamite bonus solo from Brandon complete this not to be missed movie.

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First-round QBs: Assessing Murray, Jones, Haskins after first week

With training camp in full swing, we look at how the prized draft picks in Arizona, New York and Washington are adjusting to life in the NFL.
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Pics Show Jon Jones and Bro In Strip Club on Night of Alleged Incident

TMZ Sports has obtained pics of UFC star Jon Jones and his brother Chandler Jones inside  TD’s Eubank Showclub in Albuquerque on the night of an alleged incident with a cocktail waitress. As we previously reported, Jon is being investigated…

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Back On the Block – Quincy Jones

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Back On the Block

Quincy Jones

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: January 1, 1989

© ℗ 1989 Qwest Records, Inc. under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Return to Earth – Darcy Wittenburg, Colin Jones & Darren McCullough

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Return to Earth

Darcy Wittenburg, Colin Jones & Darren McCullough

Genre: Sports

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: July 16, 2019


Time is either spent wisely, or it is just spent. Second after second; minute after minute; moment after moment… they’re all there for the taking. All you need is a simple machine that that defies boundaries and knows no limits. This is Return to Earth, the ninth feature from award-winning adventure filmmakers Anthill Films. A cinematic journey that will immediately transport you into that feeling of total immersion you get on a bike ride. Fly through the lush coastal jungles of Oahu. Feel the dust from Utah’s otherworldly landscapes. Lose yourself in the untouched mountains of Patagonia. Connected by true to life examples set by some of the sport’s biggest athletes, unsung shredders and up-and-coming youth, Return to Earth proves that when we lose track of time, we can make the most of it.

© © 2019 Anthill Films

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David Charvet Grabs Dinner with Jermaine Jones’ Estranged Wife

Jermaine Jones might’ve been on to something when he said David Charvet banged his wife and ruined their relationship, ’cause now there’s photos that seem to back him up. The former “Baywatch” star was spotted at a restaurant in Malibu Saturday…

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Jon Jones Dances and Parties After Being Wheeled Away from UFC 239

Jon Jones powered through the pain after his big win Saturday — ’cause he was up on his own two feet dancing the night away … despite having to be wheeled out of the Octagon. The light heavyweight champ — who tied a record with his 13th title…

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Jim Jones ft. Fat Joe “NYC,” Ranna Royce “Key Ivey” & More | Daily Visuals 7.3.19

Source: NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 17: Fat Joe performs onstage during TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIDAL)

As many rappers as there are in the game from the Big Apple you’d be hard pressed to find a pair of prouder New Yorkers than Jim Jones and Fat Joe.

Today the Harlemnite and Boogie Down representative link up for the visuals to “NYC” which features Capo and Don Cartegena holding it down from the rooftop to the streets as some of New York’s most famous landmarks are showcased throughout the clip.

From the East to the West, Ranna Royce is the latest in a long line of women who have taken issue with Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey signing in a bill that bans abortion in the state and in her clip to “Key Ivey” stands up for women across the board fighting for their God given reproductive rights. Props.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Compton AV featuring O.T. Genasis, Classified, and more.

JIM JONES FT. FAT JOE – “NYC”

RANNA ROYCE – “KAY IVEY”

COMPTON AV FT. OT GENASIS – “LET EM HATE”

CLASSIFIED – “SUPER NOVA SCOTIAN”

LIL DONALD – “PETTY EX”

YUNA & LITTLE SIMZ – “PINK YOUTH”

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Diane – Kent Jones

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Diane

Kent Jones

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: March 29, 2019


For Diane (Mary Kay Place), everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can't forget and which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart. Built around an extraordinary, fearless performance from Mary Kay Place, the narrative debut from Kent Jones is a profound, beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.

© © 2018 Diane Film LLC

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever! – Katrina Kahler

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever!

Katrina Kahler

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: June 20, 2014

Publisher: Katrina Kahler

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


An exciting and inspiring book for girls! Julia looks forward to the most exciting event of the year. As the countdown begins, her world fills with new friendships and surprises, especially when a very pretty girl unexpectedly joins her class and they become great friends. In addition, the cutest boy at school suddenly becomes a part of their group and Julia looks forward to the special occasion that they are all planning for. But without warning, the events that begin to unfold are not at all what Julia has anticipated. Is there a bully in their midst and is bullying going on around her? What is in store for Julia and what is the final outcome of her worst day ever? You are sure to love the first book in the Julia Jones series. It is fast paced and suspenseful and will captivate you from start to finish. A fantastic book for girls aged from 9 to 12.

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus – The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Jesse Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Nicky Hopkins & Rocky Dijon

The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Jesse Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Nicky Hopkins & Rocky Dijon - The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus  artwork

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Jesse Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Nicky Hopkins & Rocky Dijon

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: October 12, 1996


The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed before a live audience at a North London TV studio in 1968, Rock and Roll Circus was originally conceived as a BBC TV special but it never aired. It was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and centers on the original line up of the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. The “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” is seen and heard performing six Stones classics-to-be: “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Parachute Woman,” “No Expectations,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Salt of The Earth.” The program also includes full length musical performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono as well as The Dirty Mac, a group that was the first musical context in which John Lennon performed before an audience outside The Beatles. The Dirty Mac was Eric Clapton (lead guitar), The Rolling Stones’ own Keith Richards (bass) and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums) with Lennon on guitar and vocals. A mirthful conversation between Jagger and Lennon to introduce The Dirty Mac finds them referring to each other as “Winston” and “Michael” with Jagger affecting a convincingly flat American accent and Lennon referring to himself as “Winston Leg-Thigh.”

© © 2019 ABKCO Films, Inc.

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In Between – Jenny B. Jones

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In Between

Jenny B. Jones

Genre: Religious

Publish Date: June 26, 2014

Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Originally published in 2007. Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

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Blac Chyna’s Ex, Pilot Jones, Says Rob Kardashian Went Too Far Posting Her Nudes

[[tmz:video id=”0_75s43uka”]] Blac Chyna’s alleged ex-bf might be getting ready to spill more of her secrets … but he still thinks Rob Kardashian’s revenge porn stunt was wrong. We got Pilot Jones leaving Rostrum Records in L.A. — where he’s…

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever! An Exciting and Inspiring Book for Girls – Katrina Kahler

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever! An Exciting and Inspiring Book for Girls

Katrina Kahler

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: June 20, 2014

Publisher: Katrina Kahler

Seller: Smashwords


Julia looks forward to the most exciting event of the year. As the countdown begins, her world fills with new friendships and surprises, especially when a very pretty girl unexpectedly joins her class and they become great friends. In addition, the cutest boy at school suddenly becomes a part of their group and Julia looks forward to the special occasion that they are all planning for. But without warning, the events that begin to unfold are not at all what Julia has anticipated. Is there a bully in their midst and is bullying going on around her? What is in store for Julia and what is the final outcome of her worst day ever? You are sure to love the first book in the Julia Jones series. It is fast paced and suspenseful and will captivate you from start to finish. A fantastic book for girls aged from 9 to 12.

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Genre: Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 30, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Daptone Records

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First Watch: Tom Jones, ‘Elvis Presley Blues’

Tom Jones pays tribute to his longtime friend with a cover of the song “Elvis Presley Blues.”

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Indiana Jones Role Won’t Be Recast, Sorry Chris Pratt

Put down the fedora and whip, Chris Pratt
– no else is going to be Indiana Jones!


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Where I Wanna Be – Donell Jones

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Where I Wanna Be

Donell Jones

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: February 5, 1999

© ℗ 1999 LaFace Records LLC

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Krysten Ritter Talks ‘Jessica Jones’

"Marvel’s Jessica Jones" is heading to Netflix this November, and leading lady Krysten Ritter, who plays the retired superhero, says the series has its own style.


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Krysten Ritter: Playing Jessica In ‘Jessica Jones’ A ‘Dream Come True’

At New York Comic Con 2015, Krysten Ritter tells Access why she loves playing Jessica in the Marvel series, ‘Jessica Jones,’ on Netflix.


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‘Daredevil’ Teases Elektra and Punisher, ‘Jessica Jones’ Reveals Gender Flip at New York Comic Con


‘Daredevil’s’ new cast additions Elodie Yung and Jon Bernthal were onhand to tease their characters, while Carrie-Anne Moss will play Jeryn Hogarth on ‘Jessica Jones.’

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Brighter than the Sun (Unabridged) – Darynda Jones

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Brighter than the Sun (Unabridged)

Darynda Jones

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 10.95

Publish Date: October 6, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Macmillan Audio

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Grace Jones Accuses Kanye West Of ‘Ripping Off’ Her Images

Add Grace Jones to the long list of people annoyed by Kanye West.

The 67-year-old model, singer and actress — famous for her striking, gender-busting look — sounded off about West’s originality (or lack thereof) in a new interview with Paper magazine. She says that some of West’s most acclaimed images owe a huge debt to some that she made in collaboration with photographer Jean-Paul Goude.

“Kanye has been ripping off stuff from me and Jean-Paul Goude for a long time, so it was no surprise to me,” Jones said. “I believe they would’ve done it anyway, and I believe Jean-Paul when he said he’d rather rip himself off than have someone else rip him off.”

Jones had particular scorn for the Paper magazine cover of Kim Kardashian that West helped create – you know, the one that aimed to “break the Internet.” The image that was the basis for the cover featured model Carolina Beaumont, not Jones, but it was shot by Goude. And Jones thinks that the reaction to both that image and Kardashian and West’s homage to it was confused. 

“The work [Jean-Paul and I] did together, people were calling it racist,” Jones said. “It wasn’t racist at all. It was him basically putting me on a pedestal, really.”

“There’s a lot of humor in that picture in that original, (with) the champagne popping off,” she continued.

You can read the entire interview (which includes some revelations about Jones’ lack of regard for the Internet) on the Paper magazine website

 

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16 Biggest Hits: George Jones – George Jones

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16 Biggest Hits: George Jones

George Jones

Genre: Country

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: July 14, 1998

© ℗ 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1998 " WARNING: All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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Jon Jones — Dana White Attends Court Hearing … Supporting Ex-Champ (PHOTO)

Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones has some serious support inside a New Mexico courtroom this morning — UFC honcho Dana White … who’s waiting for Jones to be arraigned stemming from an alleged hit-and-run crash in April. As we previously reported, Jones…

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Jon Jones — Pleads Guilty In Hit and Run … Gets 18 Months Probation

Jon Jones has just pled guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident … stemming from an incident in April … and was sentenced to 18 months probation. 

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Omarion and Girlfriend Apryl Jones Expecting Baby No. 2—Find Out the Sex!

There’s going to be another addition of love for this Love & Hip Hop family!

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace Jones – Grace Jones

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: October 21, 2003

© ℗ 2003 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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De La Soul and Damon Albarn Jones Perform “Feel Good Inc.” at Dismaland

Controversial street artist Banksy revealed his art exhibit  “Dismaland” to the public in the United Kingdom RECENTLY. The very artistic vision of the amusement part also featured live performances from musical artists including DJ Premiere, Run the Jewels, Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf and many others, but De La Soul ended up being the headliners for last night’s show. The legendary hip hop trio happened to bring out Gorillaz member Damon Albarn out to perform the classic hit “Feel Good Inc.”. Check out the video below.

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Teatum Jones RTW Spring 2016

After watching a documentary on Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones were moved by the words and work of the Nobel Peace Prize winner to create a collection in her honor. The result was a serenely beautiful spring collection, full of rich textures and bold prints in elegant silhouettes.
 
The Woolmark Prize finalists used fil coupé fabrics and raw edges to reference windswept African fields of grass, while native Liberian tribal prints were interpreted into a black, white and red graffiti print. An oversize check was done in wool jacquard in great outerwear, such as a black-and-white cape-cum-jacket.
 
The lineup was mostly finely tailored separates, with a few dresses in the mix. One fit-and-flare white-on-white wool skirt had a silver check woven into the jacquard that was teamed with a simple white cami and worn over raw-edged wide-leg pants, while a great looking white dress had seams picked out in coils of paillettes and tufts of organza.

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Ash Cash Says Puffy Never Reached Out After Her Father Wolf Jones Was Murdered (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Ash Cash stopped by the Doggie Diamonds Live show to discuss her father Anthony ‘Wolf’ Jones. The longtime friend and former bodyguard for Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs was murdered in 2003. His death was reportedly linked to a shootout with members of the Black Mafia Family (BMF).

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So has Puff kept in contact with Wolf’s child? According to Cash, the answer is no. Only one former Bad Boy artist reaches out to her.

“Just Shyne does. I spoke to Shyne not too long ago,” said Cash. “That’s really it. Shyne is the only person that has reached out.”

The lack of communication or support from Puffy and others does not seem to bother Cash. The battle rapper also expressed her willingness to push her career on her own.

“I’m content in my lane. I feel like I’m opening doors for myself, by myself with my own name,” said Cash.

Jones was Combs’ bodyguard at the time of a violent club incident in 1999 involving Shyne. All three men were tried on various counts following the shooting at a New York City club.

Puffy was acquitted on five counts of criminal possession and bribery. Jones was acquitted of criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees. Shyne was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 2009.

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Watch Ash Cash’s interview below.

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Quincy Jones — Hospitalized For Chest Pains

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones was rushed to an L.A. hospital Thursday for chest pains … TMZ has learned.  Law enforcement tells TMZ, 82-year-old Jones was at his home in Bel-Air when he fell ill. An ambulance was called at 1:20 PM, and he…

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Overfed & Undernourished – Troy Jones

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Overfed & Undernourished

Troy Jones

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: January 1, 2015


Overfed & Undernourished examines a global epidemic and our modern lifestyles through one boy’s inspiring and personal journey to regain his health from the inside out.

Interspersed with interviews and advice from leading health and well being experts from around the world, along the way providing simple solutions, and ultimately asking the fundamental question: are we really nourishing ourselves?

© © 2014 Evolvee

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Nanny McPhee – Kirk Jones

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Nanny McPhee

Kirk Jones

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: January 27, 2006


In this wickedly charming tale, Emma Thompson portrays a mysterious woman with special powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and attempts to tame his seven children. The children have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies, but as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their misbehaving has magical and startling consequences. "A magical, fantastic and wonderful fable that will capture the heart of the whole family!" (Maria Salas, NBC-TV)

© © 2005 Nanny McPhee Productions Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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Unbroken: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, Book 4 (Unabridged) – Lisa Renee Jones

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Unbroken: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, Book 4 (Unabridged)

Lisa Renee Jones

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: September 7, 2015

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Foo Fighters Cover ‘Under Pressure’ With John Paul Jones And Roger Taylor

The Foo Fighters got a hand from Roger Taylor and John Paul Jones on the Queen and David Bowie classic “Under Pressure.” The Queen drummer and Led Zeppelin bassist joined Dave Grohl and company at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in England. “Now look,” Grohl told the crowd. “I don’t know if y’all have ever seen a supergroup.”
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Uncovered Secrets – Jade Jones

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Uncovered Secrets

Jade Jones

Genre: African American

Publish Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Jaded Publications

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


A NEW MIND-BLOWING SERIES FOR FANS OF &quot;CAMERON&quot; Jag Campioni never bargained for falling in love with his boss&apos; wife, Cameron. Moving down to Atlanta was meant to be a move for the best. However, somewhere in the middle, he became entrapped in a web of lust, lies, and secrets. Cameron Patterson believed she would have a carefree life after stating &quot;I do.&quot; Unfortunately, things have been everything but carefree. Being the devoted wife to a husband in charge of an intricate car ring was not what she had in mind. Neither was battling her desires for another man. Jude Patterson was given a once in a lifetime opportunity after his boss, King handed down his multi-million dollar operation. As expected, his newly found career also came with its share of responsibilities and enemies. Unfortunately, that isn&apos;t Jude&apos;s only concern. An old love interest unexpectedly comes back into his life, once again challenging his loyalty and devotion.  

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Source Code – Duncan Jones

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Source Code

Duncan Jones

Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: April 1, 2011


When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of an experimental government program called the “Source Code” that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, Colter must re-live the incident over and over again, gathering clues until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack. Captivating from start to finish, Source Code is the mind-blowing action thriller Richard Roeper calls “Confounding, exhilarating, challenging–and the best movie I've seen so far in 2011.

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As Much As I Can, As Black As I Am: The Queer History of Grace Jones

Grace Jones is perched on a ledge above the dancefloor of New York’s 12 West, the state-of-the-art, members-only gay disco, about to take the stage for one her first performances. The year is 1977, and no one is prepared for what’s about to hit them.

Tom Moulton, father of the dance mix and Jones’ early producer, describes the scene: “All of a sudden the spotlight hits her. She starts singing ‘I Need a Man’, and the place goes crazy. After she finishes, she goes, ‘I don’t know about you, honey, but I need a fucking man!’ Talk about a room-worker.Whatever it takes. She was so determined.”

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Billboard Hot 100 Fest Breaks Single Day Attendance Record at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater


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OXNARD, CA—Saying that he is counting down the days until the offseason practices are over, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told reporters Thursday that he can’t believe he was once again stuck sharing a hotel room with owner Jerry Jones during training camp. “Goddammit, this is the fifth straight year they’ve paired us together,” said Witten, explaining that he has come to dread returning to his room each afternoon to find Jones sitting on his bed drinking bottles of Michelob Ultra and watching television at its maximum volume. “He never picks up any of his dirty clothes or trash—Christ, just look at all these copies of Maxim around the room. Plus, when I’m trying to go to sleep at night, all he wants to do is talk about that day’s practice and what the team should be working on before the season starts …




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Forsaken: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, Book 3 (Unabridged) – Lisa Renee Jones

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Genre: Romance

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Publish Date: August 18, 2015

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Foreigner: Live – Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen, Tom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, Jason Bonham & Foreigner

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Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen, Tom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, Jason Bonham & Foreigner

Genre: Concert Films

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Release Date: July 12, 2011


Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Foreigner still puts on an absolutely thrilling and sensational show thirty years later. Singer Kelly Hansen and lead guitarist Mick Jones are a wicked combination on songs like “Hot Blooded” and “Double Vision.” Foreigner’s showmanship is outstanding and this sensational concert is packed with smash hits like “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Urgent,” as well as the newest single “Too Late.” Song List: Night Life, Head Games, Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Too Late, Say You Will, Long Long Way From Home, Double Vision, Blue Morning, Blue Day, Dirty White Boy, Starrider, Feels Like the First Time, Urgent, Juke Box Hero, I Want to Know What Love Is, Hot Blooded.

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Obie Trice “Good Girls,” Jim Jones “We Don’t Play That,” & More | Daily Visuals 8.14.15

It’s been a minute since Deroit’s rap delegate Obie Trice has been on the rap scene, but with his latest LP The Hangover finally making the rounds, the former Eminem protégé releases visuals to the album’s lead single, “Good Girl.”

While he lets us know he has a thing for women who are ladies in the streets but freaks in the, well, strip club, what fans have really been wondering this whole time is has anyone ever found that Golden Ticket that was released with his debut album, Cheers.

And Jim Jones Hulks out along side his brigade of ruffians as they assemble to let everyone know that they about that life on “We Don’t Play That” off of Capo’s Miami Vampin mixtape.

Word of advice, don’t make Jim Jones angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

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CHRIS RIVERS FT. WHISPERS – “STRAIGHT G CHECK”

 

W.W.A. – “STRAIGHT OUTTA CHICAGO”

 

DIPLO, CL, RIFF RAFF & OG MACO – “DOCTOR PEPPER”

 

ANTIX – “IS IT TOO LATE FOR US?”

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Howard Jones: Engage – Howard Jones

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Howard Jones: Engage

Howard Jones

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 19.99

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Release Date: March 9, 2015


ENGAGE is centred around Jones' live show, first performed in November 2013 at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his career. The groundbreaking concept, which includes a vast array of influences that have shaped his work, incorporates the audience's participation through audio-visual elements and the use of apps. It's a celebration of arts seen through Howard's eyes, using all the expressions he loves the most: music, ballet, contemporary dance, cinema and philosophy.

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Noah Jones Ft. Bishop Lamont & Knoc-turnal – “The Recently Deceased” (Prod By Dr. Dre)

Noah Jones releases a Dr. Dre produced bonus track from his latest album The Famine featuring Bishop Lamont & Knoc-turnal entitled “The Recently Deceased”. Cop the album now at www.noahjonesnews.com


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Black Book. Book 1. – Dylan Jones

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Black Book. Book 1.

Dylan Jones

Genre: Adventure

Publish Date: November 23, 2014

Publisher: Dylan Jones

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


1862. The Old West. The man they call Sheriff Jack is actually an undercover soldier from the future. His mission is to find and protect a simple ledger known only as The Black Book. In 2308 an undisclosed military installation receives a faint distress signal from their missing soldier. The project is compromised and a ruthless mercenary is sent in to eliminate Jack. Alone and on the run, Jack must escape those that seek to eliminate him, without losing sight of his prey. Humankind&apos;s final mission may depend on the Black Book, but Jack&apos;s personal quarrel lies with the Devil himself.

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We’ll Fall Together (Deluxe Edition) – Austin Jones

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We’ll Fall Together (Deluxe Edition)

Austin Jones

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 9.99

Expected Release Date: October 9, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Austin Jones

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January Jones Dishes on Emmys Fashion

JANUARY JONES, RED-CARPET REBEL: Don’t expect January Jones to be trawling the ready-to-wear racks in preparation for the Emmys red carpet on Sept. 20. “I asked for mainly couture, just because not many couture designers want to lend for the Emmys, so I try to rebel and do something a little avant-garde,” the “Mad Men” star noted at Wednesday night’s Zimmermann Melrose Place fete. “I feel like the Emmys were so boring when [“Mad Men”] first got nominated. I went the other way. I find that may be risky, but it’s more fun. I love going outside of the box and wearing what’s not expected. Even if some people don’t agree with it.” Jones said she dresses for herself, not fashion critics. “Whatever I end up choosing is going to make me feel beautiful on that night. I get really into the dress and the hair and makeup and the whole creating a character aspect of it. It also gets me through all my red-carpet jitters when I don’t feel like myself.”
Of course, she is still mindful of what her costars will wear. “I was texting with Christina [Hendricks], asking if she’d found a dress yet. We always try to

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The Other Side of Desire – Rickie Lee Jones

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The Other Side of Desire

Rickie Lee Jones

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 23, 2015

© ℗ 2015 The Other Side of Desire

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Kirk Jones

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Kirk Jones

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: May 18, 2012


Inspired by the perennial bestseller, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. The movie features “lots of laughs, heart and a terrific ensemble of actors at their best” (Peter Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine) and is “a must see!” (Gayle King, O Magazine). The film stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone and Joe Manganiello.

© © 2012 Lions Gate Films Inc. and Alcon Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Now There Is a Tree of Ghosts – Greg Hale Jones

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Now There Is a Tree of Ghosts

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Genre: Blues

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Release Date: December 31, 1997

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Jim Jones “Cops And Rappers,” Shawty Lo “Dope Money, & More | Daily Visuals 7.10.15

The summer of former Love & Hip Hop cast members continues. The latest LHH alumni to drop a musical visual is Dip Set Capo, Jim Jones with his “latest” release, 2012’s “Cops And Rappers.”

Why he decided to breathe life into this 3-year-old cut sans Game is anyone’s guess, but he did. Complete with two models, a room, and nothing else. That is all.

Shawty Lo also decides to go into the stash and pull out a cut from his half year old mixtape, King Of Bankhead. “Dope Money” follows Shawty and Young Scooter around the A as they flaunt cash, jewelry, and cars. In other words this video actually had production value.

Check out more of today’s releases which include work from Slim Thug, Tyler Thomas, Madchild, FatKidsBrotha, and more.

 

JIM JONES – “COPS AND RAPPERS”

 

TYLER THOMAS – “PASSPORT”

SHAWTY LO FT. YOUNG SCOOTER – “DOPE MONEY”

 

SLIM THUG – “ON TOP”

 

MADCHILD – “LOSE MY MIND”

 

FATKIDSBROTHA FT. JACE – “MY DAWGS”

 

HALEEK MAUL – “MONEY GOD”

 

JOHNNY CINCO FT. PROFET – “WHEN I GROW UP”

 

BIGSNEAKZ FT. MR A – “DEEP THOUGHTS”

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Exclusive: Warcraft Director Duncan Jones Discusses Comic-Con Character Sculpts, Unveiling

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Azeroth comes to San Diego this weekend as Legendary Pictures and effects company Weta Workshop reveal two major character sculpts and weaponry from director Duncan Jones’ anticipated fantasy epic Warcraft at San Diego Comic-Con.

And we joined Jones for a walkthrough and exclusive look at the characters of Ogrim Doomhammer and King Llane of the Alliance before the sculpts were revealed to the public on Wednesday’s Preview Night.

Based in the fantasy realm of Azeroth, the June 2016 epic Warcraft — based on Blizzard Entertainment’s video game franchise — revolves around the early encounters between humans and orcs. But when attendees enter the convention hall, the world of fantasy and motion capture special effects won’t seen so far away.

Instead, the massive, battle-scarred and toothy Ogrim looks ready to throttle anyone brave enough to come close to him at the Legendary booth. He is perched on a shelving of rocks and vanquished enemies, clasping his hammer in his right hand, while the left looks ready to snatch up a human-sized snack. Meanwhile, Llane is flanked by soldiers, appearing regal in glinting steel armor, ready for battle at the Weta booth (appropriate since Weta was behind most of the physical costumes, armor, and weaponry seen in the film).

Meanwhile, Duncan Jones looks downright giddy; he has a good reason to be.

Not only is this the first time he had seen the Comic-Con sculpts, beyond concept art as it came together, but the director of Moon and Source Code is putting the finishing touches on his film. After joining the project in 2013, and directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt, he said he has about eight or nine effects left to work on, but that there is a pretty complete film — one which is getting a big push at Saturday’s Legendary panel at SDCC.

In the following interview, Jones spoke about seeing the Weta creations in person, as well as his mindset heading into the con with Warcraft, and what attendees in the hallowed nerdy ground of Hall H might witness on Saturday.

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What was your initial thought upon seeing these Warcraft sculpts?

It’s so cool because we’ve been working on this film for a while now, and the VFX shots have been coming in all the time. They look exquisite and amazing, but to actually see him in person – the physical presence of Ogrim and how thick and huge he is — is really cool.

The sculpts from Weta are stunning. There is also King Llane and a whole troop of soldiers, which is magnificent. And that’s the armor we used in the film. It is an amazing installation.

Do you think this will serve as a way for fans to get into this movie?

Absolutely. This will give people a great sense of the scale of these heroic characters. Ogrim is a pretty large dude, and Llane is very impressive I his armor. I think they’re getting to see an awful lot of stuff, some of which was actually used in the movie as well. It is more than just an exhibition of the style; a lot of this is from the film.

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As a fan of the Warcraft games and sci-fi, talk about how this kind of installation impacts you when you’re bringing a film to the con.

I think the sculpts themselves are icing on the cake. Just the fact you get to go down to Comic-Con, there with a film, makes it a ridiculously exciting experience. I used to go down to the con before I had films involved, so going from just being a fan seeing other people’s stuff to going down with something of your own ramps up the excitement level even more.

How important is Comic-Con for a film’s unveiling?

It is an exponentially growing event for genre films. There is a pretty huge spectrum — from science fiction to super heroes to fantasy and beyond — and we certainly have something where we want to promote this new world. And stake a claim for the fantasy territory that used to be pretty exclusively for the Lord of the Rings films and Tolkien. We have a whole new take on fantasy that we want to show to that audience.

In May Wired ran an interview with you where you said you still had about 50 out of 1,000 effects shots left to work on. So how close is the film to completion?

That number is down to about eight or nine shots left. Our scoring is done, and we’re doing some final mixing. We are doing tweaks to the color grade, but we pretty much have a complete film now. I think everyone is feeling pretty strongly that we have something we can be proud of. The release date is exceptional for us. It is going to be the same release date as Jurassic World was this year, and that’s a good place to be.

So you can pop open that bottle of champagne and celebrate at the con?

Maybe, but not just yet. I don’t want to tempt fate. But I am feeling really good about the film. I’ve shown it to a few people I really trust who are more than happy to be blunt and honest, and they said good things.

You’re working with Industrial Light and Magic for the digital effects, but also with Weta for costumes, weapons, etc. Will you discuss your working relationship with these two giant houses?

Weta has both the digital side and the physical side to the work they do. We used them for a vast amount of the physical side of creating assets, and sculpts for photomatching on set. Weta did a huge amount with us to realize this world. They are phenomenal at what they do. We have also, obviously, been able to work with ILM on the postproduction on the CG side. Their work has also been outstanding. They’re bar has been raised in order to compete with the work Weta Digital does. I think there is a fantastic battle going on between two titans, as far as Weta and ILM trying to one up each other with each film. Right now I think ILM has done an extraordinary job with our film.

This is the very best place you can be in. You want competition and want skilled people wanting to show what they can do in competition with each other. Right now Weta and ILM are doing the best work.

What can we expect from the panel at the con?

There is an awful lot of stuff going on. I am very unsure how much I can talk about. They want to make the reveals as surprising as possible. We do have the panel with most of our main cast there, and we are going to be showing … something that should be a great taster of what to expect from the film. We are doing so much stuff I’m hoping I’ll be given time to actually enjoy the con.

What do you want to take home from the booth?

Actually, there is something that I really want to take home. Over by the Ogrim sculpt, there is a small window that has Garona’s Dagger. That’s very important in the film, and I’d love to get that.

Finally, what is a suggested photo op pose when fans see the sculpts?

I think the thing to do is be realistic. You’re going to get your ass kicked by either Llane or Ogrim, so you should probably be in a death pose.

If you have a chance to see that Ogrim sculpt, you’re really in a perfect place to be pummeled. Maybe you don’t do a death pose, because it looks like he’s about to do the first hit. But I don’t think you’ll survive it. So: Fear! Fear is the thing you want to channel.

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Agi & Sam and Teatum Jones Win Woolmark Prize’s British Final

LONDON — London-based labels Teatum Jones and Agi & Sam were named the winners of the Woolmark Prize’s British Isles Regional Final in London on Friday.
Teatum Jones, a label designed by Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, won the British prize for women’s wear, while Agi & Sam, designed by Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, won the award for men’s wear.
It is the first time that the Woolmark Prize has held a regional British final — in previous years, U.K. designers had competed in a European regional event.
Both labels won 50,000 Australian dollars, or around $ 38,000 at current exchange, in cash sponsorship and have the opportunity to compete in the International Woolmark Prize final.
For women’s wear, the international final will be held in New York in February 2016, while for men’s wear it will be in Florence in January 2016. At the international finals, designers have the chance to win the 100,000 Australian dollar, or $ 76,300, prize and have their winning collection stocked at retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Harvey Nichols in London and 10 Corso Como in Milan, Beijing and Shanghai.
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Problem Child: Leslie Jones (aka Big Les) – Gary Binkow

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Problem Child: Leslie Jones (aka Big Les)

Gary Binkow

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: February 10, 2010


Comedian Leslie Jones (aka Big Les) showcases her hysterically funny stand-up in her first ever comedy video. Known for her wild and crazy stand-up, Leslie toured with Katt Williams during the highly successful 100-city It's Pimpin' Pimpin' tour. All topics are fair game for this comic diva, from basketball and orgasms to relationships and Oprah. Taped in front of a live audience in Hollywood, CA Leslie is funny, shocking, and irrelevant in her hilarious debut.

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McFly: 10th Anniversary Concert – Royal Albert Hall – McFly, Tom Fletscher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, James Bourne, Matt Willis, David Spearing & McBusted

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Release Date: December 26, 2013


McFly document their recent show stopping 10th anniversary celebrations at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Across four incredible sold-out nights, the band – Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd – performed their greatest hits and exclusive tracks with their trademark showmanship, verve and personality. This film captures the excitement and energy of those shows and also includes their incredible, headline-making collaboration with ex-Busted members James Bourne and Matt Willis. Highlights across the release include a debut performance of ’Love Is On The Radio’, the first single from McFly’s forthcoming sixth album, while the main set each night ended with a specially-written musical number performed by Tom entitled ’McFly The Musical’ – telling the story of the band in his own inimitable, humorous style. One of the major talking points of the shows, one kept secret all the way up to opening night, was the ’McBusted’ team-up. Each night McFly were joined onstage by former Busted boys James Bourne and Matt Willis to perform the latter’s huge hits ’Year 3000’ and ’Air Hostess’ as well as McFly’s own ’Shine A Light.’

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WIRED Issue Preview – June 2015 – All Work & All Play, With Rashida Jones

WIRED presents the essential manual to finding happiness at work, with your career coach, Rashida Jones. Optimize your brain, your relationships, and your stuff to achieve a state of occupational bliss. Also this month: How Ebola survivors’ DNA could help treat other deadly viruses, billionaire VCs battle to capture massive ROI, one family’s epic quest to cure their son’s epilepsy, and more.
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Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Team for Rare Show in New York

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: May 24, 1989


There’s nothing more exciting than trying to keep up with the Joneses in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy’s Nazi enemies are back and have kidnapped his father, Professor Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery), in their effort to locate the sacred Holy Grail. Following a trail from America to Venice to the deserts of the Middle East, it’s up to Indy (Harrison Ford) to save his father, save the Grail and save the day in this non-stop, action-packed adventure the whole family will treasure.

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Jim Jones and Juelz Santana — Canada Screwed Us … Out Of $500k!!

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The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones

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The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones

Genre: Western

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Release Date: November 14, 2014


Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones "is magnificent" (THE WRAP) in what critics are calling "the best western since UNFORGIVEN" (BBC). When low-life drifter George Briggs (Jones) is rescued from hanging by the strong-willed Mary Bee Cuddy (Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank), he agrees to help her cross the plains by covered wagon, but the stark beauty of the frontier hides constant threats, enemies, and psychological peril. Also starring Meryl Streep, James Spader, and John Lithgow.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: June 12, 1981


Get ready for edge-of-your-seat thrills in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy (Harrison Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Experience one exciting cliffhanger after another when you discover adventure with the one and only Indiana Jones.

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Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

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Come Away With Me

Norah Jones

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: February 25, 2002

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Cameron

Jade Jones

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: May 17, 2012

Publisher: Jaded Publications

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


ENTER CAMERON&apos;S DRAMA-FILLED WORLD!!! Cameron is a young, sexy hustler who has always used her book smarts and street smarts to survive. Raised as an orphan she has always had the mentality that she has to do what she has to do to get by…and stripping is her hustle of choice. The convenient cash flow is just what she needs to pay for college–but will this lifestyle prove to be more than what she bargained for? Juggling work, school, and an insanely jealous boyfriend, will Cameron be able to survive all the chaos and come out unscathed? Cameron will take you on a crazy journey throughout her life as secrets are revealed, friends are exposed, and drama unfolds. Whoever said stripping was easy didn&apos;t know what the hell they were talking about!

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Eighth Grave After Dark (Unabridged) – Darynda Jones

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Eighth Grave After Dark (Unabridged)

Darynda Jones

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: May 19, 2015

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever! An Exciting and Inspiring Book for Girls – Katrina Kahler

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Julia Jones’ Diary: Book 1: My Worst Day Ever! An Exciting and Inspiring Book for Girls

Katrina Kahler

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: June 20, 2014

Publisher: Katrina Kahler

Seller: Smashwords


Julia looks forward to the most exciting event of the year. As the countdown begins, her world fills with new friendships and surprises, especially when a very pretty girl unexpectedly joins her class and they become great friends. In addition, the cutest boy at school suddenly becomes a part of their group and Julia looks forward to the special occasion that they are all planning for. But without warning, the events that begin to unfold are not at all what Julia has anticipated. Is there a bully in their midst and is bullying going on around her? What is in store for Julia and what is the final outcome of her worst day ever? You are sure to love the first book in the Julia Jones series. It is fast paced and suspenseful and will captivate you from start to finish. A fantastic book for girls aged from 9 to 12.

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Bobby Flay Cheated With January Jones, Claims Estranged Wife In Court Docs

Bobby Flay and Stephanie March’s divorce is not what you’d call amicable.

The couple split in early April after 10 years of marriage and March is challenging the prenup under which Flay is required to pay the actress $ 5,000 a month.

In Touch reports that March is challenging the prenup on the grounds that Flay allegedly cheated on her with three women, including actress January Jones.

A source familiar with the case told the magazine that the former “Law & Order: SVU” actress is claiming in court papers that the 50-year-old celebrity chef “committed adultery” with Jones several times in the in early 2010. The magazine also reports that March has accused Flay of cheating with a food stylist and his assistant.

Page Six previously reported that it’s believed the couple’s prenup had no infidelity clause, and if true, March’s claims likely would not help her cause. However, TMZ reported that the actress also filed documents claiming that it’s her “amazing palate” that is responsible for his success.

Reps for Flay and Jones have yet to respond to requests for comment.

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Rickie Lee Jones talks about a song from her new album, The Other Side Of Desire, along with New Orleans, Fats Domino, courage, proof of God’s existence, Guardians of the Galaxy and creation itself.

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Jim Jones Appears On Highly Questionable To Suggest French Montana Is A Cupcake [VIDEO]

Jim Jones has enjoyed a fruitful and controversial career since he emerged as a successful solo artist in 2006 and that includes various run-ins with rival rappers.

In early 2014, tensions boiled between him and his “frenemy” French Montana and the two were literally scheduled to knuckle up in Miami, but the fight never manifested for whatever reasons.

The Dipset Capo recently appeared on ESPN’s Highly Questionable to answer Bomani Jones and Dan Le Batard’s tangled gauntlet of incriminating questions when that uncooked beef came up in conversation. A highly amused Jimmy knew he had fell into the trap but still offered up his synopsis on the situation sprinkled with a bit of slander because, of course.

“Shout outs to French; he’s a lover not a fighter,” he laughed. “He didn’t want no sauce [with that fight]; I think that would have been his best bet. I still don’t think he want no sauce with that. So he should continue loving, enjoy his career and make the money he’s making because by chance he make that mistake, that’s gonna be a bad mistake for his ass.”

Normally, this would be the time when French would fire back with some slander of his own but he’s currently mourning the loss of his close friend and artist Chinx, so the timing of this interview couldn’t have been any worse.

Reps for Jones tell Hip-Hop Wired that the interview was taped two weeks ago and while Capo isn’t backing down from French being to Kardashian-like to fight him, he didn’t go out his way to disrespect a terrible situation.

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After Joan Didion, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, Quincy Jones Is the Latest Style Icon Turned Model

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When the image of 80-year-old literary icon Joan Didion in Céline’s spring campaign first started circulating online, the outpouring of love and admiration from all corners of the Internet was unparalleled. And then just days later, Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane unveiled the latest poster child for his brand of louche, rock ’n’ roll luxury—none other than Joni Mitchell. Needless to say the fashion blogopshere was atwitter once again.

Now it seems that some seriously stylish gents are trying their hand at modeling, too. Music legend Neil Young was cast in Supreme’s spring campaign dressed in the label’s simple box logo tee, flannel shirt, and hat, and today billboards of music impresario Quincy Jones, the new face of Buscemi—a sneaker line designed by Jon Buscemi, cousin of actor Steve—popped up on the Sunset Strip in L.A. Dressed in a suit, flanked by his signature piano and headphones, the iconic music producer balances Old World sensibilities with signature flair. But it’s not the mogul’s first turn in front of a fashion photographer—back in 2006, he appeared alongside Molly Sims in ads for Jimmy Choo. Given the current trend for older, wiser models, who’s to say what leagues of distinguished gentlemen the new season will bring? Here’s hoping that Sean Connery trades in his kilts for Prada fall 2015, or that Anthony Hopkins swaps out his Savile Row suits for Loewe.

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Bob Jones III Apologizes For Saying Gays Should Be Stoned To Death

Bob Jones III, the controversial evangelical preacher and chancellor of Bob Jones University, has apologized for saying that gays should be stoned to death during comments made at the White House 35 years ago.

Jones, who was the university’s president at the time, was delivering a petition to then-President Jimmy Carter against extending Civil Rights Act protections to gays.

“I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,” he said in 1980, according to the Associated Press. “But it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.”

On Saturday, Jones issued a statement taking back those words.

“I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric. This reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago. It is antithetical to my theology and my 50 years of preaching a redeeming Christ Who came into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Upon now reading these long-forgotten words, they seem to me as words belonging to a total stranger — were my name not attached.

I cannot erase them, but wish I could, because they do not represent the belief of my heart or the content of my preaching. Neither before, nor since, that event in 1980 have I ever advocated the stoning of sinners.”

Jones’ full statement is available on the website of the Greenville, South Carolina, university.

The statement comes after a three-year-old petition calling on Jones to apologize for his comments began getting more attention in recent weeks. The petition was launched on Change.org by BJUnity, an organization dedicated to helping LGBT students from Bob Jones University.

The group accepted the apology.

It is never too late to say you’re sorry,” Jeffrey Hoffman, BJUnity’s executive director, told WSPA. “Most people are just shocked. We never expected to see an apology.”

The organization also released a statement online saying it was grateful that Jones had taken back “words that have caused deep harm for many more people than any of us knows. This means a lot to us because it represents the beginning of a change in the rhetoric and conversation.”

BJUnity also invited both Jones and BJU President Steve Pettit to attend a presentation in Greenville on Monday night by Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.”

Bob Jones University was founded in 1927 by Jones’ grandfather. It was once a frequent stop among Republican presidential hopefuls, hosting Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole and George W. Bush, among others, as they sought the GOP nomination.
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Top Republican Gets the Outragist Treatment from Mother Jones

Ever since I introduced the word “outragist” a few weeks ago I have been waiting for the perfect example in the headlines to drive home my point. And thanks to the fine people at Mother Jones, we have a great one.

Take a look at this headline.

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[If you can’t see the image behind your corporate firewall. it says, “Mitch McConnell Declares Workplace Sexism Over, Says Women Don’t Deserve “Preferential Treatment”]

Now read the article and look for anyplace that Mitch McConnell used the word “deserve,” or anything similar to it. The headline is entirely manufactured. “Deserve” is a fighting word. Do you think Mother Jones’ editors said to themselves this headline sounds accurate? No. This is clearly intentional. Apparently they know their readers will fall for it, which surprises me.

It gets worse. 

The first line of the article says that McConnell “…recently told a group of Kentuckians that gender discrimination in the workplace is a thing of the past.”

Now try to find anything in the article that McConnell said that sounds like that. The closest quote is “I could be wrong, but most of the barriers have been lowered.”

Keep in mind that this guy is a politician from the “less government” party. That’s our context here. When he says most of the barriers have been lowered, one should assume he is talking about things the government could and should do. In that context, his statement that “most of the barriers have been lowered” is 100% factually correct. You would have to ignore the words “most” and “lowered” to think otherwise.

No one including McConnell thinks the workplace is free of sexism. But it is a legitimate question whether government should do more. (Disclosure: I think it should do more, but not necessarily with legislation.) You can hate McConnell for not wanting to be more aggressive on workplace discrimination. That’s entirely fair. But to imagine he would say women don’t “deserve” success is a galaxy away from reality.

One of the “tells” for outragism is that the accusation is ridiculous on its face. It only gets credibility when paired with a photo (usually) of a person you already suspect of being awful. Put the two thoughts together and normal folks will believe ridiculous things. Let’s try that test here. I’ll strip out the name and photo of the politician involved so you can see how ridiculous the claim looks on its face. 

Does the following fictional statement look like it could have happened in our universe?

Top Republican says in public, on the record, that half of his voters do not deserve success.

That is what Mother Jones asks us to swallow. The reason I spotted this bit of outragism so easily is that I read the headline and immediately thought that didn’t happen. So I read the hit piece, and sure enough, it did not.

Disclosures: I’m not a member of a political party. McConnell seems like sort of a dick to me, which makes him a perfect target. And anyone who can read knows that sexism in the workplace exists, including McConnell.

I don’t read Mother Jones, but I had an impression of them as serious journalists. Were they always this bad or is this new?

Scott

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A Conversation with Tom Paxton

Mike Ragogna: Tom, you’ve got a new album Redemption Road. What’s your creative process like these days?

TP: I think I do what I’ve always done. I’m kind of plugged in, kind of receptive, kind of on the lookout for something that needs to be a song, something that can become a song. It can be anything from a trivial whim or a serious theme that I think that I owe to myself to try to write. Or it could be just a sure pleasure of making something up. For example, one of my very favorite songs on the album is “Suzy Most Of All.” You can’t get much more lightweight than that, but I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed writing a song as much as I enjoyed writing that one. I just let myself be free to write what I call “Jump rope rhymes,” which don’t have to make any sense at all. Another model for that song was “Green Green Rocky Road” that Len Chandler and Bob Kaufman wrote so many years ago, that Dave Van Ronk sang so beautifully, you know the one I mean. It’s in Inside Llewyn Davis. That song has some of the most sublimely ridiculous verses. “I go by Baltimore, need no carpet on my floor,” I mean, come on! But it’s perfect. So I availed myself of that freedom to write something like “English muffin/Texas toast,” basically ’cause why not?

MR: That “why not” part is so important. People so often look at singer-songwriter lyrics and say, “Hope these words are better than your last!” It seems like a big responsibility for a singer-songwriter always to be “profound.”

TP: I retired from the avatar business a long time ago. People are responsible for their own damn lives. I don’t have any great advice for them on how to live their lives. All I’m doing is writing songs. I’m not even writing songs for the market, not that there’s anything wrong with doing that. I have good friends who write for the market and that’s perfectly okay, but I don’t have that knack. Every song of mine that has ever been a hit is a song that I basically wrote for myself to sing and somebody else heard it and recorded it very successfully. That’s as close as I’ve come to being a market writer. I’m really more like an amateur who gets lucky now and then.

MR: But don’t forget those people that are camping on your doorstep until you make that next album.

TP: Well, when I have enough good stuff, that’s when there will be another good album. I’m writing a little better right now, so I think maybe it won’t be as long between albums. I don’t know what’s going to happen, because I’m going to stop touring in November. I don’t know what will happen then about the urge to write. At least one of the major impulses or reasons to write is the fear of being seen to have become totally out of touch. I have a need to have some quality new material when I’m out there in concert. When I’m not touring anymore, I don’t know how I’ll feel then. I think I will continue to write, but it’s going to be a new area for me.

MR: It’s pretty inconceivable that someone as conscious as you couldn’t find something you just have to write about.

TP: It’s like the saying, “Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.” I have been very fortunate to have a performing life during very interesting years. I could’ve stood a little less interest, actually, as many of us could. I don’t know how I’m going to feel when I’m not out there all the time as I have been for fifty five years. I’ll continue to perform, I’m just not going to tour anymore.

MR: It’s almost like a supreme court justice. You’re in for life. [laughs]

TP: Well I frequently think of myself in those terms. [laughs] I’m wearing a robe right now, as a matter of fact.

MR: Send the selfie. [laughs] Hey, you’ve got some great company on this album, John Prine, Janis Ian, Dave Palmeroy, Al Perkins…

TP: These are the best. With Prine you pick up the phone and say, “Look, I need some help here, I’m sinking fast, so come and sing a song with me.” Not only does he come and sing a song with me, he buys me dinner. He’s a great guy. About ten years ago my wife and I went to go see him and Iris Dement at The Wolf Trap here in Washington. We were sitting out there and I turned to her and I said, “You know what? I’ve known John for twenty five years and this is the first time I’ve ever had a chance to sit out front and see him do a whole show. What a major treat that was. He’s another one of these “nobody like ’em” artists. There’s nobody like Prine. The song he’s on is such a goofy song, it’s just perfect for him to come and sing on it.

MR: How did the Janis Ian piece come together?

TP: I’ve known Janis since she was thirteen. We’ve been doing shows together for the last couple of years. In March and April we’ll be basically on tour here in the states doing a bunch of shows together. That’s a lot of fun for me because it’s not your typical split bill, we actually take the stage together and stay together on stage and sing on one another’s songs, et cetera. It makes for a very different and very entertaining evening, for us as well as–one hopes–The audience.

MR: What do you guys admire about each other?

TP: Well, it starts from the human perspective, I just love Janis. She’s a sassy, strong, strong-willed person who has not had an easy path, unless one thinks that having a hit at fifteen and being washed up at sixteen is an easy path. She’s had a hard way to go and she’s a strong person and a great guitar player. Matter of fact, we have a little fun with that fact in the show, that she is such a great guitar player and I’m merely adequate. There’s room for fun there. We’ve known each other for so long and we talked about doing some shows, so finally she said, “Well, put up or shut up, let’s do it.” So we did and we’re doing it.

MR: Who are the new troubadours? You may not be the avatar anymore, but the message still has to get out there, no?

TP: When it comes to asking where it’s going to come from and from whom, the one thing we can be sure of is that it will come from some place unexpected and from no one we’ve ever heard of before. It just doesn’t move along in nice, orderly ways. Like everybody else, I feel a lack of social commitment in young artists, but I’m not about to criticize them. They’re finding their own way. They’re doing their own thing and in their own time they will direct their attention to the areas that we did. It isn’t the same, but we don’t have a draft anymore. Does anyone realize what a massive change that is? We don’t have a draft, young people don’t graduate from high school with being dragged off to war as part of their immediate future. Believe me, that fact will color your attitude a lot.

MR: And now, of course, I think of your anthem, “Wonder Where I’m Bound.”

TP: I’ve sung that at a few graduations.

MR: It’s a great anthem for old people and young people. And speaking of young people, what advice do you have for new artists, oh non-avatar?

TP: It sounds as if I’m being flippant, but what I tell young people when they ask me what to do is so simple and so difficult–get good. Work at your craft. Take guitar lessons, for God’s sake. Too many young artists play really crappy guitar, and it kills you. You have to at least support your music with your instrument. At least don’t hurt it. Maybe don’t take voice lessons, but maybe some voice coaching. I had some voice coaching which made a huge difference in my singing. I don’t have a trained voice. Voice lessons are almost counter productive. Voice lessons for someone with my kind of barely average equipment has you trying to do things you can’t do and hurting yourself in the process. Some vocal coaching on the other hand is dealing with what you have and helping you make the most of that, and that’s really worth doing. In other words, work at your craft. I don’t write every day now, but I did then. I can’t recommend that highly enough. Write something every damn day so that you’re working at it and studying other artists and other artists whose work you love. Ask yourself, “What is it about their work that I love so much? Why is he or she so important to me?” These are things that they should be asking if they want to get ahead, if they want to improve.

MR: That’s a great answer.

TP: And here’s my other big piece of advice, for writers: They want to know, “How do you get ideas?” I tell them what I do myself: Look around you. If you need stimulation, pick up a paper, look at the paper for anything that moves you in any way. It can be to hilarity, it can be to rage or sorrow, but you’re bound to find a story in that paper that moves you in some way and then write a song from the point of view of either an eyewitness or a participant. This will take you out into the world, writing about the world, holding a mirror up to nature as Shakespeare put it, and above all it’ll get you away from writing all those God damned relationship songs that no one cares about. I tell you what, in my shows these days and for many years now there have been maybe one or two relationship songs, but only a couple. The rest of the songs are about a world that we share. Songs that people identify with because we’ve all seen this stuff happen. I wrote a song as a participant in the twin towers. I wrote a song from the point of view of a survivor. I wasn’t there, that’s not me. I’m using the first person singular but I’m imagining it. That’s what I’m suggesting people do. It can also be silly stuff. First person, not you. It’s not that hard to grasp once you grasp it. You’re writing about not you, you’re writing about us.

MR: Why, you could give a seminar on this, my friend!

TP: I do! I enjoy talking to people about songwriting.

MR: Do you feel that as a songwriter you’ve evolved in tangible ways? You can point out, “I went from here to here?”

TP: Yeah, I can tell. I don’t think I’ve changed as a writer, but I hope I’ve deepened as a writer.

MR: Can you pick that up in other people’s works, like Janis or John?

TP: I’m sure I could. I can’t do it as I sit here right now, I’d have to think about that, but I’m utterly sure that I would find that if I looked for it. In Janis’ work there is still the same kind of concern as there was in Society’s Child. That, by the way, is a very sophisticated melody that she wrote at the age of fifteen. She writes similarly but more profoundly now. I think I would find that in all of the writers I admire. The writers I admire are legion in number.

MR: You’ve seen the whole parade, from Pete Seeger to now.

TP: So much so that I would claim that if not for Pete Seeger, none of this would’ve happened. If that man had not criss-crossed the country singing at every union hall, every college campus, every summer camp throughout the fifties and sixties, none of it would’ve happened. He was the reason that it really came alive. He was the one who turned on my generation so that hundreds and even thousands of us said, “I’ve got to do that. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I have to do.” When I heard The Weavers At Carnegie Hall in ’57, I went from someone who loved folk music to someone who literally had to do it. I was not alone. Peter Yarrow was at that Carnegie Hall concert. He had the same epiphany that I did. “I have got to do this. This is me.”

MR: Beyond Redemption Road, I’m wondering where you’re bound.

TP: [laughs] Probably out for dinner. I’m bound for exactly where I’ve been. More of the same, but less of the same. There’s nothing different I want to do. I’m loving being with my grandsons. I have three grandsons and they’re all here, close to me. That’s an endless, endless joy for me. I lost my wife last year and I’m not doing well at all about that, but I don’t know who does. You do what you can do and you face what you have to face. I’m quieter than I was. I stay at home a lot. I have my daughters who have just been incredible. They call every day and come over. My younger daughter Kate lives in the same complex I live in. She likes to cook for me on weekends and I graciously accept. “More food? Oh no!” [laughs]

MR: Boy, wasn’t it a great time you all had together? How magical was that?

TP: It was magical. I miss so many people so badly, but that’s life.

MR: Do you recognize that you’re an icon?

TP: No. I deny it.

MR: Is that because you’re comparing yourself to other iconic figures?

TP: I don’t really compare myself, because I’m not going to look good if I do. [laughs] You know the poet Billy Collins? He’s fabulous. One of my Christmas presents was a book of his stuff. He has a figure in one of his pieces about going “Down the treacherous halls of high school,” and it just grabbed me. I just read it yesterday and I went back and looked it up again today. “The treacherous halls of high school.” What better adjective could you possibly find for high school than “treacherous?” I mean, the shit that happened in those halls. The damage to our psyches in those god damned halls of high school. [laughs] I don’t know what got me off on that but I just love that choice of adjective. Where were we? Oh, do I realize I’m an icon? No. I know that there are people, God bless them, who have really taken my music and made it their own, and I’m eternally grateful to that. That’s what I set out to do.

I wanted to make a difference in some positive way, and the way I found I could do that possibly was by creating songs. So the kind of songs that I created tend to be the kind of songs that people sing at camps and sing-a-longs, they’re not a string of hits or anything like that, but they are songs that have mattered to people and I’m very grateful for that. And I’m proud of it! I’m proud that I hung in there and kept writing my kinds of songs and had a wonderful time performing them. I’ve been a ham since the second grade in Chicago when I played Uncle Sam and they applauded and I thought, “God, I like that. I’ll have some more of that, please.” So I’m still Uncle Sam all these years later.

MR: Well, I am awed that you gave me an interview. You’ve made such wonderful contributions. If you don’t want to look at yourself as an icon at least look at yourself as someone who’s inspired many people. I think the culture owes you one.

TP: Aw, thank you. I’ll accept. Do they need my address? [laughs]

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Howard Jones

Mike Ragogna: Howard, what’s the story on your Engage multimedia project?

Howard Jones: I’m coming up to my sixtieth birthday and I wanted to challenge myself to something that I’d never done before and really push myself to do something special. I was thinking, “What do people love to do these days? They love to go to shows.” There’s not so much interest in recorded music, but people love to go to a show. So I was thinking, “How can I make an incredibly immersive, visceral experience with all the things that I love all mashed up together?” I love classical music, electronic music, pop music, cinema, contemporary dance, ballet and philosophy. I wanted to bring that all together into a live experience that the audience are very much involved in, so it’s built into it that they’ve got a role to play in the performance. I know that’s a lot of stuff to throw at you, but that’s where it all comes from.

MR: And I just know that phone apps, customized clothing and florescent makeup have something to do with this. Howard, what do phone apps, customized clothing and florescent makeup have to do with this?

HJ: Obviously, I start with the music, but I didn’t want it to have the same kind of form as a normal pop song, so I was kind of liberated from that. I was able to have different, more expansive musical structures. I worked with my friend Steven Taylor on the visuals that go with the show. As I was writing the music, we were trading ideas about how the visual should be. I wanted to have a ballet sequence in there, I wanted some of my passion for Steve Wright music in there and contemporary dance, so we filmed all of those things and came up with a concept in tandem with writing the music. Then the third big element is how to involve the audience as well, so I thought in this day and age everyone’s got a smart phone, we can use apps to broadcast things from the stage. That’s what we’ll be doing in these two shows. The most exciting development for me is that I’ve got my own app now, my own Engage app.

MR: What have you been doing over the last few years in addition to the new Engage concept?

HJ: Every three to five years, I do a new project. The last thing I did was an entirely acoustic album with a string quartet and a big choir. I wanted to write some intimate songs. The album before that was a very electronic album. I’ve tried to mix things up and follow what I’m really feeling at the time.

MR: You’re exploring the analog world with elements like ballet and philosophy to supplement your performances. How do you view the relationship between technology and, well, everything else?

HJ: One of the things of Engage is, “Okay, it’s great that we’ve got all of this amazing technology, but if we don’t watch it we’ll all just end up in a room on our own doing everything virtually.” One of the things of Engage is to remember that the best thing that we can do as a human being is to have face-to-face communication and dialog and interaction. Technology is great. For instance, this morning, I composed a piano solo for a Norwegian guy who was in Thailand. We did it over Skype. I interviewed him and had a dialog with him and then we composed the piece of music. That’s what we can do with technology, but we have to remember that the best thing is when we’re face-to-face. Let’s use technology to bring people together and not separate them.

MR: To be engaged in life.

HJ: Exactly.

MR: Engage has the implication of activating a machine, but really what you’re saying is it’s important to use technology to assist human engagement, not replace it.

HJ: I completely agree. I passionately believe in that, and that’s really the theme of Engage. But at the same time, we’ve got this wonderful technology, let’s use it. Let’s use it in a way that brings people together and excites their imaginations and points out all the great possibilities. That’s my thinking.

MR: As opposed to, “Oh my God, one day technology is going to rule us all!”

HJ: Exactly! I don’t subscribe to that kind of future. Nobody wants that, obviously.

MR: So you’ll have new material that’s associated with Engage but will you also feature older material?

HJ: Engage is a standalone piece that lasts for about thirty five minutes of continuous music. In fact, the release of it which is coming in February is one continuous piece, thirty five minutes long with transitions between the pieces. You’ll be able to download the individual tracks as well, but the actual work is the visuals and the music all together and it takes you on a journey for thirty five minutes. That’s the idea.

MR: Are you interested in revisiting your catalog in a way similar to Engage?

HJ: I’m only doing very few shows with Engage, and then the second half will be a retrospective of my previous work. I’m always trying to reinvigorate that. If you take “New Song,” the very first one, there’s a lot of it that’s out of time. I’ve corrected that now and it’s in the pocket. Also with the technology we have now we can make things sound so good live, there’s no excuse for it not being a good mix live.

MR: Do you occasionally have that thought, “What was I thinking? How come I didn’t hear this then?”

HJ: When I go back to those first two albums, it was just the limitations of the technology, really. The bass lines were played, most all of it was played, the drums were programmed and a few sequences were programmed, but the majority of it was played, so there’s going to be a bit of looseness there. Trying to sync everything up in those days was a nightmare, and it was a bit hit and miss. It still happens. Because we’re always trying to push the boundaries of the things we do live, things do crash. You just have to take it on the chin and find a way around.

MR: Some artists program their productions so intensely that you can’t picture it ever becoming a living, breathing song. Do you feel that some of your songs have benefited over the years from being removed from their original, programmed arrangements?

HJ: I’m very much into that. I sometimes do solo acoustic shows where I just play the songs at the piano, which is their most basic form. That really sheds a new light on them. Then also I work with my guitarist as a duo, or I’ve done things with brass sections and big acoustic bands that give a new life to the songs. I think it’s very important to do that, otherwise one loses interest in it oneself. Even with the electronic setup I very much try to mash things up together and create new sections and allow the music to have a life of its own. I’m not going to slavishly stick to the original recording.

MR: There are a lot of artists who feel that the original recording is the painting, but there are also those who feel like the composition continues to evolve as a growing child.

HJ: I don’t think I’m at the sort of extreme end of that thinking, because I’m aware that you can’t take it too far. There’s got to be certain key elements. “New Song” has got to have that synth riff that sounds roughly like that. It’s sort of cornerstoned the people to trigger the memory of that time. There are other things you can play with, the drum sound, the bass sound, the structure of the song. I’ve got technology that allows me to do harmonies live on stage triggered by midi. “Things Can Only Get Better” had a fantastic remix by Cedric Gervais. We start off with a song quite like the record and then go into the big room, house version of the song which is a lot of fun. I’m certainly open to that.

MR: Where are you as a songwriter now?

HJ: It’s almost about ignoring what you’ve done before. How do you feel? What subject matter comes up from the way that you are looking at the world? I’m aware that the biggest part of my audience is probably in their mid-to-late forties, what sort of things are they going through in their lives? All of those sorts of things are going through my mind. I think an artist should be reflecting the issues that are cropping up for my audience. The audience was garnered from those days in the eighties when they really supported me and they bought my records and I was on the radio all the time and all that stuff. I don’t think you can completely divorce yourself from that, but I think it’s very important to push yourself as a person and a writer, otherwise you’re neglecting your responsibility to your fans, who have invested a lot in you. I bear that in mind. I’m not one of those people who writes and doesn’t care about who’s going to hear it. I do care about who’s going to listen to it.

MR: Howard, what advice do you have for new artists?

HJ: I think that’s a very important question. I think about this a lot. I do try to help young artists and help them to get going and encourage them. One of the things that I’d say is whatever level that you can do your work at, you should do it. If that means that you play your music for a group of friends on a Friday night at a random mate’s house, then do that, because that’s being an artist. In the process of doing that, you will then discover if you really like doing it, if you’ll take it any further, which things work and which things don’t, and then you can develop it from there. But don’t think that you have to start by being on stage at Madison Square Garden. At whatever level you can do your work, do it at that level and it will evolve from there. And the second thing is, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. There’s always going to be somebody who’s way better at writing or way better at playing the keyboard or whatever than you, and there’s going to be a lot of people who are not going to be as good as you. Don’t take into account either of those, just do what you uniquely do. Just really believe in that. I know that’s hard, but that’s what you have to do and to stick to that, you have to constantly work on it. Otherwise, you just won’t do anything.

MR: [laughs] The fear of failure is paralyzing. Even the fear of success.

HJ: Yeah. I think mainly the fear of failure is the big thing, but you know, that’s what the battle always is for artists. We have to overcome it.

MR: Are you in a constant state of self-improvement?

HJ: Absolutely. It’s just central to me to try to improve as a person and as a human being, to improve the way that you interact with other and that you respect others. It’s a life’s work, but I really feel that that is such a great motivating force to get up every day and try and improve. Every aspect of one’s life, your great work, your dealings with other people, your health, try and really move it all forward.

MR: How will you Engage us in the future?

HJ: I’ve got a ten-year plan to do three more pieces related to engage. I want one to be about transformation, the next one to be about dialog and communication, and the third one to be about being aware of being a global citizen. I’ve just got some loose themes at the moment, and engage is the start of that process. So I’m giving myself a challenge to create those, and then in ten years’ time I’ll perform them all together. [laughs]

MR: As a global citizen, how do you feel the globe’s doing?

HJ: We’ve got huge problems, and everyone is very much focusing on the problems. I think it’s important to also remember all of the great things that are going on as well. An example for me is I attended a TEDx day in London on the weekend, it was like nineteen people talking about their lives and how they are making a difference in society. It was absolutely inspirational. It just reminded me, and I’m sure everyone else who was there, that there are all these great people doing amazing things and that we need to remember that, too. There’s problems, yeah, and we’ll solve them, but there’s also amazing, great people doing incredible things, too.

MR: If someone wakes up and immediately wants to change and evolve, what are a couple of things that person can start doing?

HJ: Wow, that’s a question. I practice Buddhism, so I chant every day to raise my life’s state and my outlook on life to a point where I’m trying to view everything as a potential possibility to create value. That’s what I do. I know there’s many ways of doing that, but I personally think it’s quite good to have a method and a strategy for developing a positive outlook on your life. That’s my way of doing it, I chant and I study Buddhism.

MR: And I imagine all of that has worked its way into Engage?

HJ: Yes, that’s right, it’s all in there. I tried to include the themes of respecting each other and cherishing the person in front of you, having dialogs with as many people as possible, creating friendships; I see those as the ways to change the bigger picture. If we make the change within ourselves and our environment then that spreads. That’s the most solid way of creating solid change. That’s my belief.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Martin Sexton

Mike Ragogna: Martin, what was the grand plan behind your latest release, Mixtape Of The Open Road?

Martin Sexton: I set out wanting to make a concept record. It was going to be a bluegrass thing or a traditional rock thing or a vintage country thing, but as the songs came they pointed in twelve different directions, so I went with that flow where the concept is a mixtape. It has Nashville twang, bombastic rock, swingy jazz, folk, soul, and so on. 

MR: What are a couple of your favorite stories behind some of these songs and their creation?

MS: One of the first songs written for this record was “Remember That Ride.” My friend Ned Claflin had to twist my arm to write it with him. He came to me with the chorus about inventing and building this fantasy, futuristic, magical carnival ride. I just wasn’t feeling it, but because I have so much respect and faith in his ideas I took a little leap and went with it. As it sat in my notebook and on our work tape, it was just okay. Since I wasn’t that attached to the tune, I took a real departure production-wise from my usual singer-songwriter thing and just played it live with fuzz bass and distorted drums. That’s all it took to make this track practically sing it self. Take one was the magical take, and now I love the song. 

MR: Studio versus live, which kind of recordings do you prefer making?

MS: The short answer is I love them equally. The not-so-short answer is I enjoy the opportunity to create in studio. The temptation there is always to add more because you can, with all the tracks and technology available. To avoid that I try to keep everything live as possible when I’m in session.  For me this helps escape over-production or sterilization, allowing for mistakes that often times become favorite moments on a record. The live show is it’s own universe. The immediacy and spontaneity on stage with a thousand people singing in harmony is like church. And I’ve never attempted to duplicate the sound of a record live. I use the songs like monkey bars that I play on differently every night.

MR: Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty album was really a document of his time on the road as opposed to just being a “live” album. Just curious, what do you think about that album’s significance? Do you feel that you’ve created a prototype with this album that might inspire others?

MS:  I love that record. What has influenced me most on that is David Lindley’s lap steel playing. I find myself singing his lines when I scat. A lot of my vocal decoration–the notes I sing between phrases–I can attribute to his sense of melody. When I first met David and told him this, he just laughed and humbly credited Lowell George for influencing him. I’ve always been inspired by mixtapes given to me. Hopefully, this album will inspire others.

MR: You have been called fiercely indie. How has today’s music business realities changed or evolved how you approach rolling out your releases?

MS:  I’ve been indie since ’02. Wow, what a great time to be here. The digital era has really democratized the world in ways never seen before.  So many avenues have opened up in the past decade that allow listeners to decide for themselves what they want to hear, buy, or share. While my label (KTR) still rolls out records in a traditional fashion including physical units to retail with more and more vinyl, the combination of this with digital, streaming, radio spins, and touring keeps the music flowing better than ever. 

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

MS: Frank Zappa said shut up and play your guitar. To that, I’ll add shut up and sing, remaining true to your heart all the way.

MR: Looking at your catalog to this point, how would you describe what you’ve created? Beyond Mixtape Of The Road, might you have a favorite album or song/recording that you’ve created?

MS: Chris Smither had it right when he said to me, songs are kind of like kids, some of them grow up and get an education and send checks home to daddy and some are still just flipping burgers, but I love them all equally. 

MR: Rumor has it you recorded a One Direction song. You recorded a One Direction song?

MS: Yeah, my daughter heard from a friend of hers that Harry Styles follows me on Twitter. She then dared me to cover a song. She played me “Story of My Life” and I really dug it so I did a homespun video of it to share on facebook and whatever, then recorded it during my Sirius XM session in New York the next day.

MR: What does the future look like for you? Any projects in the works or anything on the personal side you want to focus on?

MS:  The next year is pretty much charted out for me on the road working the Mixtape album. In addition to that I will be working on renewal and rebuilding and what’s most important, my family. We lost our home recently to a fire. Sometimes it takes catastrophic events to remind us what is most important. As we stood there and watched a lifelong collection of things go up in a massive fury of flames, all that mattered was that we were safe and alive. We are truly blessed, not only with friends and family, but fans who continue to inspire me with their love, support, and example of unity. They come from all walks of life, but set differences aside and show up with their beautiful voices singing as one.

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A Conversation with Chadwick Stokes

Mike Ragogna: Chad, what is The Horse Comanche’s origin story?

Chadwick Stokes:  I didn’t know when I when I wrote the song that there really was a horse named Comanche. I grew up with horses and love to ride so for me it’s a metaphor for being alive. The song looks into the departure of a cosmonaut from his lover.  

MR: What was it like recording with Sam Beam and how does his involvement affect your style or sound?

CS: He was great, very thorough and genuinely into the whole process. We delved into the meanings of certain songs and he encouraged me to do more finger-picking, less strumming.  

MR: Iron And Wine and Lucius guest on the album. Were there specific things you wanted them to bring to The Horse Comanche?

CS: I wanted Sam’s sonic sensibility–his albums with Brian Deck always sound great.

MR: One of the album’s featured tracks, “Mother Maple,” features interesting production elements like a choir and old sample machine. What was the creative process like for the whole project? 

CS: We wanted to make the best album that we could by exploring the potential that the musicians and studio had to offer and worrying about recreating it for the live show later. 

MR: “Our Lives Our Time” talks to intolerance. Is that part of your creative process, to inform as well as entertain? 

CS: Not really. I’m just singing about things that bother me, in that case, or inspire me in other cases. I guess if anything, I want to relate.

MR: From the artist’s own perspective, how does this album compare to your previous works?

CS: It’s just another chapter I suppose. Sam and Brian’s imprint probably sets it apart more than anything else.  Sam’s back up vocals are really special and Brian’s sound pallet is really varied.

MR: How do you ideally see your musical career commencing? Like, what’s the fantasy of your life about three to five years from now?

CS: I’d like to work on a rock opera/film that features different musician friends of mine. I’d like to play rallies and protests and contribute to the movement for peace and justice. I’d like to see gay marriage accepted everywhere, the national abolishment of the death penalty, stricter rules in gun acquisition and a higher minimum wage.  

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

CS:  Give your music away and play as much as you can. And stay awake behind the wheel.

MR: What’s the best advice you were ever given and did you take it?

CS: Don’t sweat the small stuff, from actor Chad Everett by way of news personality Ron Simonsen, otherwise known as Dr. Ron the Actor. I’ve tried.

MR: Anything have your attention other than the new album?

CS: I have a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old at home who are keeping me busy. My wife and I also are involved in our organization Calling All Crows, which, this year, is focusing on women and children who have been displaced in Syria.

MR: Anything you want to say to Sam Beam right about now?

CS: I found your pen.

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A Conversation with Erik Deutsch

Mike Ragogna: Erik, for Outlaw Jazz, what gave you the idea to merge genres and what’s the story behind this album? 

Erik Deutsch: Hey Mike, nice to make your acquaintance. It’s fair to say that this album represents a lifelong journey, and that the merging of the country and jazz styles is a summary of my musical path, to this point. Although I was raised mostly in Washington D.C., my mother is from Nashville. In 1982 dad was offered a job there, so we picked up and left for 5 years–kindergarten to 4th grade for me. During my time in Nashville, I started piano lessons, heard country music everywhere, and attended performances by artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell, and Waylon Jennings. I attended the Ensworth school, as did my younger brother, who became good friends with a classmate, Shooter Jennings. I occasionally found myself over at Shooter’s house, or him at ours, and sometimes crossing paths with his folks–Waylon and Jessi Colter. In third grade, we had a songwriting contest. I penned a ditty about a “hoopsnake”–a mythical reptile who bites his tail and rolls along like a wheel. I won the contest…and the prize? A songwriting session with a professional guitarist/songwriter, John Knowles, and a performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I count that as my first gig.

Fast forward 25 years to New York City. I hear through my old Nashville friends that Shooter has moved to New York, and that he’s looking for a studio to make some music. I put in a call to a friend and voila, a few months later, we’re sitting in my living room talking about making music and putting a new band together. Shooter and I hadn’t seen each other since grade school, but it can be easy catching up with old friends, and this was certainly the case. That led to two studio records with Shooter–Family Man and The Other Life, both of which I’m very proud, and a couple years on the road, including two visits to The Tonight Show and a performance on Letterman

We listened to endless music on the bus, with Shooter, Jon Graboff, and Tony Leone really schooling me with their knowledge of country musicians. I began to realize that there is a wealth of excellent guitar players who recorded instrumental country music (Roy Buchannan, Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Jim Campilongo, etc) but that the list of pianist who did the same is entirely too short. Thus the the idea for Outlaw Jazz was born… to make a record of genre-defying jazz music influenced by country rhythms, harmonies, and beats, with great players and singers, and little bit of outlaw attitude.  

I found a new label, Cumberland Brothers Music, in Nashville. It’s run by three gentlemen that went to the Ensworth School with Shooter and I, and we were off and running. 

MR: How did you pull together your guest roster that includes Shooter Jennings and Victoria Reed?

ED: Shooter, being such an integral part of the creation of Outlaw Jazz, had to contribute to the music. I chose to record the song “Whistlers and Jugglers” with him. It was written by Shel Silverstein, recorded by Waylon, and one that we had played on the road with Shooter on a nightly basis. It’s a beautiful, evocative song, that deserves a wider audience in my opinion.  

Victoria is an up and coming artist who everybody will probably know about in the next couple of years. She’s got a fantastic first album full of thoughtful, well-written songs that will be released sometime this year, and just spent the entire fall opening up for Citizen Cope on his US tour. I love female vocalists, and her performance on Bo Diddley’s “Dearest Darling” adds so much fun and life to the record.

MR: How was Outlaw Jazz recorded? How did the material come together?

ED: Outlaw Jazz was recorded at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I launched a Kickstarter campaign (my first) and found overwhelming support for the project from friends, family, and fans. The material came together like most of my records: a few songs that had been waiting to be recorded for a while, a couple choice covers to feature our guests artists and bring a recognizable element to the music, and a couple more originals that rounded out the overall concept and balance of the record.  

MR: Are there any moments on the album that you’re especially proud of?

ED: Fortunately, there’s quite a few! I love the rhythm section’s swing on “Outlaw Boogie”; the jam at the end of “Whistlers”; Jon Stewart’s sax on “Dearest Darlin”; the sense of space on “Wild Horses”;  and the overall execution of the trickiest song on the album, “Pickle.”  

MR: What do you think of the state of jazz these days? Who are some of your favorite contemporaries?

ED: I think jazz is in a great place musically, but a bit of a weird place culturally. There’s a great wealth of creative, intelligent, forward-thinking music coming out of the jazz community; jazz mainstays like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Hunter, Fred Hersch, Bill Frisell, Wayne Shorter, Art Lande, Steven Bernstein, and Jon Scofield and continue to make relevant, progressive jazz music. Newer established artists are doing the same: Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau, Ben Allison, Ben Perowsky, Kneebody, Jenny Scheinman, Rudresh Manthappa, Allison Miller, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, and Scott Amendola are some of my favorites.

Unfortunately, people aren’t sure how to classify the music, and aren’t especially good at listening to, buying, and supporting it either. Hopefully the extremely high quality of the art will catch up in popularity and ‘hipness’ in the eyes of the music world sometime soon.  

MR: Will Outlaw Jazz serve as a prototype as to where you’re headed with your material in the future?

ED: It’s hard to say to say right now what the next album will sound like, but I think this record is definitely more than just a “concept album”–it’s music that i’m feeling in my heart and really enjoying performing for and sharing with the listeners. 

MR: Erik, what advice do you have for new artists?

ED: Practice hard, pay tribute to the history of the music, always focus on the developing your personal sound, support your local scene and your peers, don’t worry about genres, and stay positive!  

MR: What’s the best advice ever given to you and did you take it?

ED: At a rehearsal with Ron Miles, I asked, “What should I play on this song”? He answered “I hired you, Erik… why would i tell you what to play? I’m interested in what you are hearing.” Great advice from a great bandleader… I always have it in mind. 

MR: What’s the plan after Outlaw Jazz?

ED: We’ll be playing shows all year to support the record, right now performances in NYC, Nashville, Toronto, Colorado, Mexico, California, Seattle, and DC are on the radar). Then on to the next challenge and hopefully some more good music!
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UNICEF’s World Version of “Imagine,” Chats with EOH’s Isabel Adrian, Polly Gibbons and California X’s Dan Jones

UNICEF PRESENTS WORLD VERSION OF “IMAGINE”

According to UNICEF…

This past November with the support of Yoko Ono, UNICEF invited individuals across the globe to sing John Lennon’s classic “Imagine,” in support of UNICEF’s #IMAGINE campaign to raise awareness for children in need all over the globe in 2015. David Guetta joined in on the global initiative and compiled a never before seen video of the crowd-sourced version of the iconic track. UNICEF has just released this “World Version” featuring individuals and philanthropic celebrities who leant their voices to inspire hope in 2015. Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Scott Foley, Zelda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, Will.I.Am and many more global super stars showcased not only their talent in the video, but also their ambition to make the world a better place in 2015.

This ground-breaking achievement was created using new technology via the Touchcast app inviting everyone to show their support and upload their version of the track to build an interactive “World Version” now available here: http://bit.ly/11m0GEi

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A Conversation with Isabel Adrian

Mike Ragogna: Isabel, you have a new, popular series on Bravo, Euros Of Hollywood, you have a book – Sex, Drugs And A DJ – and you starred in Swedish Hollywood Housewives. How have you practically become a Kardashian with none of the scary narrative and baggage?

Isabel Adrian: Maybe I’m just better at keeping my baggage hidden! Honestly, it feels great to see my hard work pay off. I don’t know what kind of team the Kardashians have behind them, but I’m a one-woman show. Nothing was handed to me growing up, and, at least for me in Sweden, if you’re a blonde girl with blue eyes there’s an expectation that you’ll find a nice guy and get married, and that’s the sum of your life. But I’m not built that way – and, maybe to my detriment, I need to get my hands dirty and do things myself. I was poor and bullied as a kid – and it was pretty damaging to me. But at a certain point, I decided to stop letting other people define me. I became a model – not because I needed the adulation, but because it was my way out. And I used that to build my own mountain so I’d never have to stand on anyone else’s. I have a wonderful family, but for the most part my creative pursuits and my family are kept separate for the sanity of all of us.

MR: It’s no secret you’re married to Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello. What’s the romance novel version of how you got together?

IA: It’s not a romance novel, more of a less scholarly tome. I wrote a thinly veiled version of it in my book. The very short version is that I was dating a man who came from a very good family, and to the outside world seemed perfect. But he wasn’t faithful, and I made the mistake of repeatedly forgiving him for his infidelities. It was tied in to my self-worth at the time, and my mother’s insistence that if I married him I would have the financial stability she had always wanted. I met Steve when he was DJ-ing a party, and I heard a song I loved. I was with my boyfriend, and walked away to ask the DJ what he was playing. I didn’t know who he was. His face barely registered with me. But he looked at me and said, “It’s mine. I can write this song down for you.” Then he wrote down his number. I thought he was being cocky. He thought he was being charming. I guess it was a little bit of both, but I had a boyfriend and didn’t think about it again. I didn’t call. But I did run into him again. And he started to call me from the road. We became friends. Eventually, I broke up with my boyfriend. Three months later, I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my mom, and I’m on the phone. She looks over to me and asks, “Who are you talking to?” I tell her it’s Steve. And she says, “I haven’t seen you smile like that in years.” I don’t think I realized I was in love with him until that moment. And the next time we saw each other… well, let’s just say we started dating.

MR: How was your previous TV show, Swedish Hollywood Housewives, birthed?

IA: I had just moved to LA, pregnant with my daughter, Monday Lily. A girl I befriended asked me if I wanted to be on Swedish Hollywood Housewives. I knew of the show, but hadn’t watched it. My understanding was that it was rich old ladies buying lipstick. But Steve said to me, “You’re like the Swedish Chelsea Handler. Just be yourself. You’ll make the show fun.” I can’t say it’s my proudest moment being on the show, but it was my introduction to LA, and I had a fun time on it. There was an odd theme on the show of the other housewives discussing how much things cost. There was this insane one-upmanship that has never been my style. But I decided instead of being the wet blanket who said she wasn’t raised to brag, I told them everything cost a million dollars. I thought it was funny. My only fear was that there were some people who actually thought I was being serious. Of course, I’m writing this to you on my million dollar computer. When the show ended up winning awards, they bumped me up to a producer which was nice validation for me that what I was doing was working.

MR: What inspired the concept behind Euros…? What’s the story behind the new series?

IA: It’s a great and unique concept: Six Europeans who have been very successful in their respective countries are followed on their individual journeys of now trying to break into various entertainment, music and consumer arenas in the United States. The hardest hurdle for the cast – who are from countries such as Italy, Austria and Albania – is that most of us are unknown in this country so it will take time for Americans to become familiar with us, our dreams and ambitions. Also, since we are already popular in our various home countries, the show can be sold and broadcast all over Europe almost sight unseen, which is a very smart move by Bravo. In fact, EUROS was just sold in my own native Sweden, and will make its debut on Friday, January 9th. I am excited for all my Swedish fans, friends and family to see the show.

MR: From the writer’s perspective, which subject from your book’s title were you excited most to write about?

IA: Actually what was most exciting for me was playing with the idea of what people assume about DJ’s–and turning that on its head. I called it Sex, Drugs, and a DJ as a play on the Sex Pistols song. But at its essence it’s a book about impossible love. The same assumption people have about the music business is the same assumption people have about public relationships – most of it is incorrect. The view isn’t better from the side of the stage, and the sex isn’t better when you’re rich and famous. The grass really isn’t any greener.

MR: Awesome answer! Hey, rumor has it you have a single. Rumor also has it you’ve cloned yourself to handle all these creative things you’re doing, but you know how rumors go…

IA: I love the idea of cloning! While one of me works on my music, the other me can get writing done. And of course, one clone would probably spend a good chunk of the day eating Swedish candy.

MR: What does Steve think of all this?

IA: We are both really creative – and really supportive of each other’s work. But we are also parents. And with that, comes a balancing act every parent struggles with – especially artists. Steve could be touring 200 days of the year, but it would mean he wouldn’t see his family. Very often he flies across the country for a gig, works all night, and is back home for the day. I won’t do a show if it takes too much time away from my family. It’s just not worth it. As much as we love what we do, if Steve and I have to choose between work and seeing our kids’ preschool performance of Wizard of Oz, then we choose our tiny scarecrows every time.

MR: What’s the best advice you were ever given? Did you apply it?

IA: The best advice I was ever given is, “You’re just a cute blonde girl – keep quiet and marry rich.” It was such bad advice that it drove me in the opposite direction. And for that, I’m thankful.

MR: What’s your advice for new artists?

IA: There are a few things that are really important. If you really love something let nothing else get in the way – as long as it’s not damaging to yourself or anyone else. And remember why you started. Don’t follow trends. The great thing about the US is you can actually make it if you work hard. It doesn’t matter where you come from. That’s the apocryphal American Dream, but it is the truth.

MR: What’s your advice to The Kardashians?

IA: The Kardashians seem to be doing just fine without any advice from me. But I wouldn’t mind styling any of them.

MR: Now that the first season of Euros is over, do you have any new projects coming up? Would you like to plug a charity you are involved with?

IA: I’m producing a new song with Kim Kat featuring Victoria Swarovski. I’m having an exhibition at Mouche Gallery with my paintings and photography by Douglas Kirkland about love. I’m working on translating my book into English, and working on the film adaptation. I’m styling DJ’s for Ultra in Miami. I’m releasing a jewelry line. And I’m working on a script with an actor and writer, Seth Menachem, who you probably know from his brilliant Huffington Post articles. Hey, didn’t you mention something about cloning?

MR: By the way, can you fill us in on the Swedish music scene hitting the U.​S. right now?

IA: When I moved here there was only hip hop, rock and country so it was so hard to name drop to get into a club. I’m kidding, but Steve would get a gig and it would be a rave with Hello Kitty bags, and furry boots and neon. It went from Steve doing raves in Anaheim to collaborating with Pharell. Now electronic music is just music–it’s just an electronic way of recording music. I don’t want to brag but Sweden is doing so well because there’s nothing else to do in the winter. We invented Ikea, Spotify, the Nobel Prize, and the Tetra Pak. We have eight months of winter and we’re stuck indoors, so we invent, innovate, or we make music. Swedes are writing music for Justin Bieber, FloRida, Nikki Minaj, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga. There’s so much Swedish music that it’s hard to separate out Mapei is an artist I love. She’s very true to herself. Seinabo Sey is one of my favorite artists coming through this year. And Elliphant is another Swedish artist you should check out.

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A Conversation with Polly Gibbons

Mike Ragogna: Polly, teach us about the Many Faces Of Love! I heard there were seven, but I might have heard wrong.

Polly Gibbons: Well, according to this album, there are five! [laughs] It was an idea that George Klabin, the producer of the album came up with to have an album journey through some of the experiences of love. Firstly, that longing for it and the joy and deliciousness of finding it. The nervous anticipation of hoping it will last. Sometimes the break down and ending of relationships. The grief of losing someone and going over and over it through to eventually having to be philosophical about romantic love and its place in our lives. So it’s a collection of songs from older composers to contemporary ones, hopefully touching upon that.

MR: Artists ranging from Van Morrison to Joss Stone have complimented your voice. Briefly, catch us up your musical history and who your influences were.

PG: The artists who first grabbed my ears ranged from Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Prince, D’Angelo, Mary J Blige… Billie Holiday was the first ‘”jazz” singer that made me wonder about the genre and explore it more when I was about 14. I didn’t know I could sing until I was about 13 or 14 and then I seemed to gather some attention quite quickly at school and then with a local jazz bassist who introduced me to some artists on the British jazz scene who took me under their wing and got me going. I had my first professional gig at 17 in London and drove 100 miles from the farm in Suffolk twice a month.

MR: With your recordings, even your performances, do you feel like you’re on any kind of creative mission and what is it?

PG: I want to try my best to tell the story of the song. I think storytelling is one of human kind’s most powerful tools to move, teach, soothe, empathize and share etc. I think improvising and play is also a mission, finding something new in the music each time I sing, being as free as possible and as in the moment as I can be.

MR: How did you become associated with Resonance Records

PG: I made a video for a friend as a kind of favor and George Klabin, the founder of Resonance Records saw it and called me up in October 2013. Then by February 2014, I was over in Los Angeles recording an album with him. It was pretty fast moving, but we talked a lot over the period and got on very well, both of us being quite direct and also having a good amount of respect for each other.

MR: Can you take us on a little tour of the new album from the artist’s perspective? Do you have a favorite track or one that you’re most proud of on Many Faces Of Love?

PG: Well, I think the selection of material we have on the album is pretty fine and diverse. I love so many types of music and I think there’s good reflection of that on the album. From jazzy blues to soul/r&b and also the “singer songwriter” genre, though I dislike that description. For example, I do a song by the great Rickie Lee Jones called “Company.” That’s a special one for me…what a song! “That’s Enough For Me” by Patti Austin and Dave Grusin has a lovely backing vocal arrangement done by myself and British pianist James Pearson, which I think is funky and fun. Then there’s “Love Comes and Goes” by Carroll Coates, which is just beautiful! George and I deliberated over the selection for some time trying to get a good balance. Hard to pick a favorite! Ha!

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

PG: You’ll have to love it and be patient. Don’t be hard on yourself. Days of wilderness stretching before you to fill up and then busy gigs and then wilderness! I suppose, keep a balance in your life as best you can. Have plenty of other loves and interests. People are more important than music, it doesn’t exist without them!

MR: What’s the best advice you were given and did you follow it?

PG: To keep trying to love people even when they are vile. I daily try and follow that advice towards others and myself.

MR: What do you think about the state of jazz these days?

PG: Jazz shmazz! It’s a very odd community really, with pockets of brilliance and wonder and at the same time cynicism and esotericism. I very much believe in the ethos of this genre and the joy and depth it can offer but it seems to have changed its game from whence it came! It started as dance music and improvised music and since has taken so many different paths I think it’s very hard to characterize any more. All I can say for me is that I love to play and have fun and harmony and melody have such infinite potential. It’ll always excite me and I’ll always want to explore that, whether I’ll be considered related to jazz anymore, who knows! The fact this genre always seems to either evoke extreme reactions in people or take people into an in depth debate, I think is a super thing in itself!

MR: What does your future look like?

PG: Well, hopefully, I’ll be singing more and sharing it with plenty of people throughout the world! I love traveling, meeting people and learning about new cultures. I hope my future has good health in it and plenty of decent friends and family!

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A Conversation with Dan Jones

Mike Ragogna: California X, eh? What’s the secret origin story of the band?

Dan Jones: The band started back in 2011 while singer Lemmy Gurtowsky and I were living in New Haven, Connecticut. The initial idea was to write some pop songs with two really loud fuzzy guitars. After some noodling, we realized having two guitars and no bass was just kind of lame so I switched. Lemmy quickly wrote a few songs that got us excited about doing this band for real. It took a little while to find someone to drum, but our friend Jack Barrett joined when we moved to western mass.

MR: How did you get signed to Don Giovanni Records?

DJ: After recording our first LP, we had no idea who would have any interest in putting it out. Our drummer at the time was originally from Syracuse, and had met joe (who runs Don Giovanni) at a few shows in that area. Don Giovanni was the first and only label we asked. Luckily, joe was into it and has been an amazing person to work with.

MR: You’re back together with producer Justin Pizzoferrato. Didn’t you already do that and I’m kidding, of course?

DJ: Working with Justin is really easy for us. He totally gets what we’re trying to do and has great ideas. He makes us sound incredible and we’re really happy with how the new record came out.

MR: Fine, there’s that. So a group named “California X” moves from Connecticut to Western Mass. Reading that sentence, you can see where this might be confusing.

DJ: After finishing school in Hartford, we didn’t really have an idea of where to go next. A few of our friends we’re talking about moving to western mass and then Lemmy got into a graduate program at U-Mass, which kind of confirmed the idea. Moving there was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s a special place.

MR: The band like’s its rock hard, definitely shaken. Are there any contemporaries you’d allow into your Bondrock club, my not at all implying you’re influenced by John Barry?

DJ: There are way too many great bands putting out new records to name. There is some amazing music being made in western mass right now. Our friends in Potty Mouth and Blessed State are always great to watch live. We just played a few dates with our friends Ovlov from Connecticut and they blew us away every night.

MR: What are some of the band’s creative or live high points you all enjoyed most?

DJ: The whole process of seeing this new record come together was one of the most exciting things I’ve experienced. The tour that we’re currently on has been amazing so far. Our New York show was definitely a highlight. Playing in England last year was also incredible. We met some great people and ate mushy peas.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

DJ: I don’t think I’m in a position to be giving anyone advice. We’re all figuring this out as we go. If I had to suggest anything, it would be to just start touring. There are tons of great people ready to help book shows, feed you and show you a good time.

MR: As Meat Loaf might ask, when do you think these rock and roll dreams will come through?

DJ: It seems like they’re coming through now. We’re incredibly lucky that people seem to like what we’re doing and they’re willing to come out and support us on the road. Playing in this band has given us some incredible opportunities.

MR: California X five years from now?

DJ: Hopefully, we’ll still be able to sustain this. Recording this new album has definitely reinvigorated us and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones

He’s given Hollywood one of the most memorable performances of the season as a little known World War II hero who mapped out our technological future. He’s also Sherlock Holmes! The one and only BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH is here! The handsome star of “The…
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Country Singer on ESPN — Jerry Jones & Chris Christie Are Gay Lovers

GLAAD is probably gonna have a thing or two to say about this one …Because a big country music star just took a cheap shot at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Gov. Chris Christie live on ESPN … and let’s put it this way, he suggested there were…

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Laurence Jones, Christina Skjolberg, Albert Castiglia – Blues Caravan 2014 – Ruf

As a way of introducing talent the Blues Caravan works but stands or falls on the talent of the players – 2014 was a Grand Cru year.

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Back On the Block – Quincy Jones

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Back On the Block

Quincy Jones

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: December 31, 1988

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GameTrailers Best of 2014 Awards Personal Picks: Brandon Jones and Daniel Bloodworth

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Brandon and Daniel have a hearty chat about their favorites of the year as we wrap up our Personal Picks in the Best of 2014 Awards.
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In Between – Jenny B. Jones

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Genre: Religious

Publish Date: June 26, 2014

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Originally published in 2007. Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Katie and her new &quot;wrong crowd&quot; get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she&apos;s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she&apos;ll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

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Sharon Jones, Daptone Super Soul Revue Channels James Brown at the Apollo: Concert Review


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James Earl Jones Having ‘Fascinating’ Time in Return to Broadway

Award-winning actor James Earl Jones, 83, who takes the stage in the play “You Can’t Take it With You” as Grandpa Vanderhof, said it’s “wonderful” to be back on Broadway.

The comedic play, whose cast includes Rose Byrne, Kristine Nielsen, Annaleigh Ashford and Elizabeth Ashley, is about an engaged couple introducing their very different families to each other.

“It is ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ … These families are equal in dignity but not in wealth,” Jones said. “The wealth has set the other family, the boy’s family, apart in a way that’s not all that healthy and Grandpa knows that because he came from that world. … He was very aggressive, making an attempt at Wall St. Here’s a guy who I’ll say … tried then gave it up. But the other family has thrived and … the father of the groom is the epitome of the dignified American. … And he’s got this son. … And my granddaughter’s in love with him.”

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He called the experience “fascinating.”

“Every member of the cast carries the play. There’s no star. It’s not on my shoulders,” Jones said. “It’s on every one of our shoulders, and they do it beautifully. They’re really some sharpshooters.”

Jones, who provided the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, won the Voice Icon Award from the first-ever Voice Arts Awards in November.

He said Star Wars fans still come by the theater to get autographs.

“I love that they think well of it,” he said. “I’m very proud to have been a part of that. It’s a great cult growing up around the whole — good for George [Lucas] and good for everybody, including the mythologists that inspired George.”

A new Star Wars film is expected out in 2015.

As for Jones, despite all the accolades and achievements, he said he was still the same person who was born in Mississippi and raised on a Michigan farm.

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He remembers his grandfather’s advice to take things one step at a time.

“Every production I do is another step. Destiny — I don’t know what that is. … Just the step is what’s important,” he said.  “The journey is what’s important. I consider myself a journeyman actor. I love the phrase.”

ABC News’ Brinda Adhikari contributed to this story.

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Janie Jones, Will Powers

Zaylen Skye is just barely legal, and she has the ID to prove it. This naughty minx wants to get some hard banging now that she’s an adult, and she is putting it up to Will Powers. You don’t have to tell this stud twice – he has her bent over with her perfect little butt in the air in no time. He gets her doggy style, and she looks back to marvel at the size of that great shaft. Before long she is finding out that this good hard banging is what she requires all the time, and she makes sure to get a good dose of ejaculate too.

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Janie Jones, Will Powers

Zaylen Skye is just barely legal, and she has the ID to prove it. This naughty minx wants to get some hard pounding now that she’s an adult, and she is putting it up to Will Powers. You don’t have to tell this guy twice – he has her bent over with her perfect little anus in the air in no time. He gets her doggy style, and she looks back to marvel at the size of that great dick. Before long she is finding out that this good hard pounding is what she wants all the time, and she makes sure to get a good dose of cum too.

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January Jones' Childhood Photos Are Seriously The Best

January Jones may play an often unlikeable person on “Mad Men,” but the actress is anything but that way in real life, at least judging from her Instagram account.

Jones regularly takes to the social media platform to share #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and #FBF (Flashback Friday) photos, and, boy, do we thank her for the efforts. Jones’ account has an array of snaps ranging from feathered bangs to scary clowns to the actress washing cars; we honestly can’t decide which is our favorite. Regardless, however, it’s clear that the Jones family definitely beats the Drapers. Take a look at highlights below:


I’ve always been very tidy it seems..but this job looks like it’s gonna require some help. #sisters #TBT


The Jones sisters are here to remind all homely little girls to dream big.. anything is possible with the confidence to ignore judgement, encouragement from a friend, love for yourself and the patience to grow out a bad haircut. #tbt #mybangsareNOTsupposedtobefeathered


#tbt to the time I came back home from NYC and shared my new found makeup artist skills with my sisters and cousins. #theydontstillhatemeandistillthinktheylookfierce


#tbt to when I’d wash the honda with a smile for extra cash. #gottahustlebitches


#tbt #imwiththeband #tightsonourheadstoaddglamourandsexappeal #Imwearingacardiganvestwithnoshirtanddontgiveashit


#nofilter #obviously #ilovemy9yroldself


#tbt to 1978. #loveyoumom #doyoustillhavethosebadassspecs?


#tbt to the day my parents chose to print THIS shot..I can’t imagine what the others must’ve looked like. #Iwaseithermauledbymylittlebabysisterorourpetcatfluffy #RIPfluffybutthatswhatyougetformaulingmyface


“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?” Fannie Brice #tbt to 1981 or thereabouts when I was cool


#tbt to scotch tape haircuts courtesy of @ksjones1975 #loveyoumom


#tbt and #nationalsiblingday To my partners in crime, fellow dreamers, best friends, and loves of my life…my sisters. Love you @jinadjones @jcrjones


#tbt to when I was NOT a fan of bing dressed up like Laura Ingalls Wilder. #posingbythecathouseagain


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso #dancingtothebeatofanoiselessdrumpad


I’m cool. And you can suck it. #thataboutcoversit


#tbt to the Christmas I received my first microphone. #ironicthatkaraokenowgivesmenightmares #tearsforfears


#tbt to an 80’s Christmas where we all rocked our Mom’s designs and epic hair styling. #Idontthinkmyblacknylonsareageappropriate


#fbf to my first year, happy as a clam, because my Mommy was the best!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I love you! #happyasclamsstill


I’ve obviously been dressing myself for a very long time. Don’t be afraid to take risks people. #getyouryardworkon #tbt


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY #loveyoumom


#tbt to 5th grade when I asked my hairstylist to make me more aerodynamic. #partyinthebacky’all

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