[Win This!] : Smashing Pumpkins Deluxe Edition Bundle

Say what you will about Billy Corgan, the guy knows how to divide a room. For everyone who heralds him a musical genius, I bet you could find two people who find him an insufferably pretentious buster. Why, there’s even dissension within the MOKB family, as a 2007 Smashing Pumpkins concert in St. Paul found two contributors going toe-to-toe. Sadly, that legendary post now finds itself floating somewhere in internet purgatory, but the point remains: When it comes to Mr. Corgan, you either really love him or wish him grievous bodily harm.

Me? I find myself firmly entrenched in the pro-Corgan camp. I appreciate his audacity, his singular vision and the zeal with which he pisses off his detractors. I especially love the way in which he has (with the possible exception of 1998’s Adore) relished in bombastic 70s-style arrangements and epic scope at a time when too much music is want to disturb the universe. I mean, come on. The guy has been responsible for some of the most breathtaking songs (see Disarm, Tonight, Tonight and Today) of the last quarter century, and he shows no signs of removing his foot from the neck of popular music as evidenced by this year’s Oceania (go ahead, give it a listen).

Divisive a figure as he is, one would be hard-pressed not to find at least something to like on the band’s 1995 opus, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Produced by Mr. Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, Mellon Collie is a 28-track song cycle that the band’s ambitious leader described as “The Wall for Generation X.” Fans flocked to the record (#1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Diamond-certified sales by the RIAA) and critics stood up on their hinders to applaud, landing the sprawling record on virtually every imaginable year-end “Best Of” list. And you know what? Mellon Collie has aged exceptionally well, sounding every bit as thrilling as when it hit the racks in seventeen years ago.

Now, as part of the band’s ongoing reissue series, Mellon Collie is getting the deluxe treatment, including an expanded 5CD+DVD Deluxe Box Set and the remastered original album in 4LP Vinyl, 2CD, and digital formats. The Deluxe Box Set’s 5 CDs include 64 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material or alternate versions of Mellon Collie era songs, and its DVD features a live show filmed at the Brixton Academy (London 1996), as well as bonus performances from the German music television show Rockpalast (1996). All of these aural goodies have been augmented with two books containing personal notes, lyrics, new collage artwork, plus a Decoupage kit for creating your own Mellon Collie-esque dreams. Finally, all of these drool-inducing sweetmeats have been packed into a 12 x 12 lift-top box with new cover art and velvet-lined disc holder.

MOKB/Smashing Pumpkins Deluxe Edition Bundle Giveaway: Just in time for Xmas, one sharp and lucky MOKB reader is going to score a nice little nugget: a Deluxe Edition Bundle of Smashing Pumpkins’ first four releases, Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Ascariot and of course Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Mouth watering yet? Here’s what we expect. Simply answer the following question: Billy Corgan made a guest appearance on the 1999 live album from what near-legendary rockers? Piece of cake, no? Now click on the Comment link, enter your name and email address, and show us just how smart you be. But do it by Friday, Dec. 14. Names of all folks answering correctly will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. So toss on your thinking cap and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!

[Win This!] : Paradise : “I Love Thousands Every Summer” b/w “Psychic Returns” 7″

Paradise is the musical project of Los Angeles resident Nedelle Torrisi. You might recognize her as one half of the Asthmatic Kitty-signed Cryptacize and her singing with Sufjan Stevens. Her solo recordings to date invoke dreamy, romantic melodies that have the calming effect of a cool breeze on a hot day. Her introduction to the world was via “I Love Thousands Every Summer” b/w “Psychic Returns” 7″ out now through Thin Wrist Recordings. The songs are also to be help comprise Paradises’ forthcoming debut album which was recorded and produced by Kenneth Gilmore (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti).

We happen to get our grubby little hands on a copy of this limited edition pressing and are giving away to one of our lovely readers. All you have to do is leave in the comments your favorite song of 2012 and follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter. We will choose one winner at random on Wednesday, December 5th.

[Win This!] : Beatles Stereo Vinyl Remasters

For a band who hasn’t performed live or released a new record in over forty years, 2012 has been pretty damn good to The Beatles. Seems nary a week passes without something sure to make Beatlemaniacs swoon escaping from the archives. Mono masters, stereo masters, deluxe remastered versions of Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, this year has been like one long extended Christmas if the lads from Liverpool are your thing.

Why, just last week, EMI and Apple Corps released the next holy grail of Beatles collectibles, as the band’s original studio album remasters on stereo vinyl landed on an unsuspecting planet. Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, these fourteen labours of love have more trimmings than your average Thanksgiving feast, including a replica of the original poster in The White Album and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cutouts. Each album is available individually, but if your fanaticism (and budget) can withstand it, there’s a lavish limited boxed edition that features (gasp!) “a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book.” The book is authored by award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a chapter dedicated to each of the albums, as well as insight into the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared. This weighty tome also features a boatload of photographs spanning the band’s recording career, including many purposely omitted from the 2009 CD booklets. Take that!

And music junkies, what kind of friend would MOKB be if we didn’t give you the first taste for free?

MOKB/Beatles Stereo Vinyl Remasters Giveaway: One lucky MOKB minion is going to land themselves some sweet swag: the stereo vinyl remasters of Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, about as good a musical trifecta ever cranked out. Gots to get your grubbies on these platters? Here’s what we expect. Simply answer the following question: Who is the only (non-Beatle) musician ever to receive label billing on an official Beatles release? Easy, right? Now just click on the Comment link, enter your name and email address, and show us that mama didn’t raise no dummy. Do it by Friday, November 23rd if you’ve recovered from your tryptophan stupor. Names of all folks answering correctly will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. So git to it and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!

[WIN THIS!] : 2 Tickets to Band of Skulls : August 6th : The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN

English group Band of Skulls have a US tour that kicks off at Lollapalooza early next month in support of their latest LP, Sweet Sour. MOKB Presents is excited to be bringing the band to The Vogue in Indianapolis on Monday, August 6th and we couldn’t be more excited to offer up a pair of tickets to the show. To enter, all you need to do is “like” MOKB on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. After doing this, just give us a shout on Twitter with #gimmeprize a part of the tweet. We will select a winner on Monday, July 23rd. If you don’t win, you can purchase your tickets and find the full show details here.

We will be giving away all kinds of prizes such as festival passes, vinyl, and more via our Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to get connected to us to be in the loop in the future.

[Win This!] : 2 Tickets to The Outlaw Roadshow Tour : July 1st : White River State Park : Indianapolis, IN

Having recently taken the wrapper off their self-released all-covers project, Underwater Sunshine, the Counting Crows are spending their summer vacation headlining The Outlaw Roadshow Tour. Co-presented by Ryan Spaulding of Ryan’s Smashing Life, this rolling musical extravaganza not only finds the band, nearly two decades removed from August And Everything After, showing off their interpretations of songs from heroes like Gram Parson, Richard Thompson and Alex Chilton, but also chaperoning the next generation of musical breakout stars across the country. Depending on the date, you might see any number of hard charging new acts, including Good Old War, Foreign Fields, Filligar, We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies and Field Report. Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon, I think you’ll agree.

MOKB-Outlaw Roadshow Tour Giveaway : MOKB has procured two tickets for the July 1st, Indianapolis Outlaw Roadshow at the White River State Park. Want to win those two tickets? Simply go to and Like MOKB’s Facebook page, and tell us in haiku why you need to go see Counting Crows and all their young friends. Entries have to be in haiku form and received by Friday, June 29th at noon EST. Best haiku, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges, will win. Can’t write haiku? Buy your tickets here.

The Outlaw Roadshow Tour Dates
June 26 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheater*
June 28 – Tuscaloosa, AL @Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
June 29 – Snowden Grove, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater*
July 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River State Park*
July 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront Park#
July 19 – Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent#
July 20 – Cohasset, MA @ South Shore Music Circus#
July 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE#
July 26 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Ragbrai 40th Anniversary#
July 28 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater#
July 31 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater#
Aug 2 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks#
Aug 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Rail Event Center#
Aug 6 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Gardens#
Aug 7 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater#
Aug 11 – Billings, MT @ Magic City Blues Festival#

* Counting Crows w/ Good Old War, Foreign Fields, and Filligar
# Counting Crows w/ We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies, and Field Report

[Win This!] : The Beach Boys : Complete Official Discography

Everyone loves a comeback story, right? The one time champion, now down on his luck, scrapping his way back to the top. It’s a story we seem to never tire of hearing.

In the case of The Beach Boys one could argue that they simply never went away. That their odes to sweet waves, surfer girls and little deuce coupes speak just as loudly to today’s landlocked adolescents as they did half a century ago. However, you and I both know we’ve all put a lot of miles on the old odometer since Kokomo.

But the band is back and celebrating 50 years in the biz with a huge international tour and a new record, That’s Why God Made The Radio (paint your own album cover here), complete with the resplendent harmonies that made the band the toast of the world all those summer nights ago.

Produced by musical mastermind Brian Wilson and evoking that classic Beach Boys sound, That’s Why God Made The Radio landed at #3 on last week’s Billboard chart, making it the band’s highest debut ever. Not bad for a band that’s been recording music since 1961.

Of course, one cannot even begin to describe the influence that The Beach Boys have had on popular music, but it’s probably safe to say that your favorite artist probably has a copy of Pet Sounds (1966), Smile (1966/67) or at least Endless Summer (1974) sitting in their music library.

MOKB/Beach Boys Complete Discography Giveaway: One lucky MOKB follower is going to land themselves a pretty damn sweet prize: The Complete Official Beach Boys Discography. And it’s easy-peazy to get registered to win. Simply LIKE the new MOKB page on Facebook and tell us your favorite Beach Boys song by Friday, June 22nd. The winner will be chosen at random, so good luck. And in case you think this contest isn’t worth your time or effort, here’s the complete list of titles you’ll be vying for:

Friends 20/20
Good Vibrations
Party/Stack O Tracks
Live in London
Smiley Smile
Surfer Girl
Little Deuce Coupe
Surfin Safari
Pet Sounds
Carl & The Passions
Warmth Of the Sun
15 Big Ones
In Concert
Endless Harmony
Greatest Hits 3/Brother Years
Pet Sounds Sessions
Merry Christmas
Sounds of Summer
Smile Sessions

[With This!] Kool Keith/Ultramagnetic MCs : Music Hall of Williamsburg : Brooklyn

To celebrate the release of his new record, Love & Danger, MOKB’s fave alien is getting the old crew back together. On Sunday, June 17th, Kool Keith will take the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, joined by his former mates from the legendary Ultramagnetic MCs. Tickets are available here.

Excited? You should be. Doors open at 8, and music starts, well, since Kool Keith is involved, let’s say 9ish.

Kool Keith/Ultramagnetic MCs Ticket Giveaway : MOKB has scored one pair of tickets to the show on Sunday, June 17th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and will give them to one lucky reader. Airfare, lodging, pills, powders and potions are not included, so keep that in mind before entering. If you want to qualify win, simply drop a rhyme in the Comments section that somehow incorporates your name. For example: First name Paul. Last name Bickets. I live in Brooklyn and I want those $%^&*# tickets. You get the idea. Best rhyme will be chosen Friday, June 15th and the tickets will be waiting for the winner at the venue’s Will Call window.

[Win This!] : The Beatles : Yellow Submarine on Blu-Ray

Once upon a time…or maybe twice, there was a young sprog who happened to see a television commercial for a brightly-colored and magical bit of animation called Yellow Submarine. The child was fascinated, and determined to learn more about this fantastic machine and its intriguing inhabitants, but his parents denied him. “Your little mind will be blown,” they assured him. But the child persisted, and eventually he reached a compromise with his mother and father. He would be allowed to watch Yellow Submarine, but on an old 9-inch black and white set in the spare bedroom. “It’s for your own good,” they assured him.

So, when the designated evening arrived, the child hunkered down in font of that ancient television and experienced Yellow Submarine in approximately 256 various shades of grey.

Yes, people, that lad was me. And while my mind wasn’t blown by my encounter with the strangely noirish Yellow Submarine, it wasn’t until many years later that I discovered why the Blue Meanies were so called.

If you’ve not been exposed to The Beatles’ 1968 classic, I will spare you the synopsis here, as it would likely do more harm than good. Suffice to say you get good guys, bad guys, trippy animation, cartoon violence, bad puns and more feel-good universal themes than you can shake a stick at. Of course, you also get a boatload of great music courtesy of those four lads from Liverpool, whom I just discovered, thanks to the special features of the Blue-Ray release, did not even voice their own characters for the film.

Fun fact: An actor named Peter Batten voiced George Harrison for the first half of the film, but he was arrested when he was discovered to be a deserter from the British Army, and his lines were finished by actor Paul Angelis, who also provided the voice of Ringo Starr.

Like many other things from the 60s, Yellow Submarine probably raises more questions than it answers: Why did the Blue Meanies hate music? Was Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D. simply trying to avoid the draft? What happens to Young Fred in the last third of the film? Maybe I’m overthinking it. This is Yellow Submarine, after all, and not Citizen Kane.

Not surpsingly, the Blu-Ray edition of Yellow Submarine looks and sounds great. The Apple Bonkers, Butterfly Stompers, Countdown Clowns, Snapping Turks and The Dreadful Flying Glove all practically leap from the screen into the lap of the viewer. The dialog is crisp (and loud) and the fidelity of the songs likely surpasses that of much of your music collection.

I also feel compelled to mention that I’ve never come across a DVD or Blu-Ray that offers subtitles in so many languages.

And of course, being a top-shelf Blu-Ray release, Yellow Submarine offers a slew of special features sure to tickle fans pink, including:

  • the Mod Odyssey documentary
  • the original theatrical trailer
  • multiple storyboard sequences
  • interviews with select actors and creative staff
  • original pencil drawings
  • behind-the-scene photos

Basically, everything even the most casual Beatles fan could need for a mind-blowing evening at home. Just add your mood-altering substance of choice.

Yelllow Submarine Blu-Ray Giveaway : MOKB has scored one Yellow Submarine Blu-Ray. If you want to qualify win, you need to follow @myoldkyblog on Twitter and tweet us your favorite Beatles song by Friday, June 15th. The winner will be chosen at random.