Today, I’m also very glad to announce a special giveaway between Lost In The Sound and Little, Brown and Company. To support Elton and his organization, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we are giving away three copies of the new book to readers from either the US or Canada (sorry, no PO boxes!).
We’ll be doing a random drawing in two weeks (July 31, 2012) to decide on three winners who will receive one copy each. How do you enter?
You can read more about the book below via press release.
For the first time ever Elton John tells his own intensely personal story. Filled with exclusive details about his relationships with famous friends like Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana, LOVE IS THE CURE (Little, Brown and Company/July 17, 2012/ISBN: ) is a truly revelatory look at one of the world’s most beloved singers and songwriters. LOVE IS THE CURE is a deeply personal account of his life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring look at what we must do to bring the epidemic to an end.
In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan’s inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.
Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the stigma of AIDS and finding a cure. For the past 20 years he has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to-date to fighting the disease worldwide. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life, and his infinite determination to stop its spread.
Elton John says, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer-and help to change-by writing this book.” Sir Elton John’s first book is a deeply personal account of his life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring look at what we must do to bring the epidemic to an end.
The sale of Love Is the Cure will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), founded in 1992, has raised $275 million to fight the AIDS epidemic and help those affected by it. EJAF has supported hundreds of projects focusing on marginalized, stigmatized, and at-risk populations in 55 countries. EJAF is one of the largest AIDS grant-making organizations in the world, and the largest in the UK.
Both Dominic and ILLA are on point on “Live Lucid (Pt. 1)”, which serves as an introduction to Dominic’s lifestyle and philosophy. Living lucid, as he describes it, is being able to live out your dreams and to create your own destiny. As he tears up ILLA’s masterfully constructed strings with verse after verse, it’s clear that he lives what he preaches: Dominic’s passion for his music and his desire to make his dreams come true shine in his rhymes and because of that, I’m glad to have a chance to premiere the track today and be a part of his lucid dreaming. Give it a listen for yourself below.
Jane’s Addiction dominated the Los Angeles rock scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, becoming one of the first alt rock bands to achieve mainstream success worldwide before breaking up for the first time in 1991. Whether or not you are a fan, this is your chance to win a piece of the band’s storied history.
Dave Melillo of Nocturnal Me performed his band’s new single “Love Is A Lie” acoustically for us in a brand new Lost In The Sound Session. In his take of the song, Dave strips down the electric and funk influences of the original, leaving only his guitar and voice. It’s strikingly honest and a very personal take on the original track. Nocturnal Me’s new EP Two Faced will be released on July 19th via Apparition Records. You can preorder the EP here.
If you enjoyed this session, be sure to check out Nocturnal Me’s website, Twitter, and Bandcamp. Dave is also scheduled to perform the entire new EP live via Stickam tomorrow (the day of the EP’s release) at 9pm EST.
Pop rockers All Time Low are currently gearing up for their “Gimme Summer Ya Love” Tour in support of their new album, Dirty Work. We’ve partnered with the band to give a pair of tickets away to one fan on each date of the tour. Five of these winners will then also receive a copy of Sims Generation, which includes “I Feel Like Dancin’”, the first single from Dirty Work.
Enter the contest here. The contest ends July 20th and the tour begins on the 25th, so act now.
To foster charity work in the community, Rise Against is holding a contest to find out what their fans doing to help out. The band will be selecting 50 of their favorite entries and donating a t-shirt to the Los Angeles Youth Network under each winners name. The winners will also receive a free t-shirt and signed copy of Endgame from the entire band.
To enter, visit our contest page here and fill out the information near the bottom of the page. The band will be selecting winners on June 23.
Chris Cleary and Bobby DiBari, the duo behind eletropop band Hailey, It Happens, performed their single “Brighter” acoustically in our newest Lost In The Sound Session. Their album Aurora (read our review here) was released independently on April 5, 2011 and was mixed by Paul Levitt (The Dangerous Summer, All Time Low). You can stream the entire album over at the band’s Purevolume page.
Today we are very excited to bring you an exclusive Lost In The Sound Session with The Great Valley, who performed their new single “Dirty Work” acoustically. Their new album Ruthless was released independently on March 1, 2011 and can be purchased from iTunes here.
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Calvin Lauber, lead guitarist of Looking For Alaska, has provided us with an exclusive insight into the band’s recent experiences, their new sound, and their upcoming full-length debut album. You can check out a brand new demo titled “Psalm Of A Pharisee” below.
Calvin: ”So, basically since you guys last heard from us, we’ve done a whole lot of stuff. Done a lot of touring, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville, which were all super awesome. But biggest in LFA camp is that the last few months we’ve really been cracking down on finishing our new album. This summer we are going into the studio with Tyler Orr at First Street Studios. He’s recorded some of our favorite bands, such as As Cities Burn,Copeland, So Long Forgotten, and more, so needless to say we are super excited. The new stuff, as you’ll be able to hear in the new demo, is a bit darker and heavier. This record is definitely going to be heavily influenced by bands like Thrice, Circa Survive, As Cities Burn, stuff like that. The new record doesn’t have a title yet, but we’re going to start recording at the end of july, so hopefully the record will be out this fall. If you dig the demo, and you liked our last EP Everything We All Wish We Could Be, we have hope that you will dig the new album too! If you want to help us out the biggest thing you can do is just show a friend (or two or more) our band. That would mean the world to us.
Thanks for reading guys, we love you!”
“Psalm Of A Pharisee” indeed carries a much heavier sound than the music on the band’s debut EP Everything We All Wish We Could Be, which was riddled with more catchy and poppy guitar riffs. Give it a listen above.
Big Big Plans is a four piece pop punk/pop rock band from West Chester, Pennsylvania. The band is composed of Eric Thomas Reavey on vocals and guitar, Kevin Shishko on drums, Derek Parker on guitar, and JP Florio on bass and vocals. Their first release was a 3 song EP titled 2010 EP back in early 2010. Since then, the band has been hard at work on a new full length that is set to come out in the next few months titledEverything You’re Hiding. “Stop & Go”, which is the first single off the new record is just a taste of what they have in store. Since forming, Big Big Plans has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Four Year Strong, Polar Bear Club, and Koji. While they are made up of 3 college students and a high school junior, they are still hard at work currently writing more material to be released after the LP and also playing as many shows as possible.