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Dolly Parton 4 CD Boxed Set Giveaway-CLOSED

It seems like Dolly Parton has been around forever.  I have always enjoyed her music and watching her in the few movies she has acted in.  Thanks to Sony Music, one person will win a 4 CD Boxed Set of Dolly’s with 99 songs and includes a full color 60 page booklet of photographs and memorabilia!

How to Enter:

Fill out form completely

Rules:

Open to U.S. residents
One entry per person/e-mail/household
Giveaway ends on December 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm, est.

Extra Entries:

All extra entries are eligible, leave all links to extra entries in comments please
See RULES for all eligible entries

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December 19, 2009 Posted by | Gifts, giveaways, music | Leave a comment

Is Music on A Christmas List?

I’ve been listening to a new cd for the past week, Them Crooked Vultures, which was released in November, and have been enjoying it.  It reminds me of the music I listened to all the time when I was a teenager.  Rock music has always been my favorite, and this band didn’t disappoint. 

It is comprised of Dave Grohl (from Nirvana, Foo Fighters), John Paul Jones (from Led Zeppelin), and Josh Homme (from Queens of the Stone Age).  They are currently on tour in the UK and Europe and will be in New Zealand and Australia in January 2010.

You can purchase their new album in stores now or on iTunes.  If you are into soft rock, country or pop, this album isn’t for you.  If you like hard rock, alternative rock, then you will enjoy this!  The track listing is:

  1. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
  2. Mind Eraser, No Chaser
  3. New Fang
  4. Dead End Friends
  5. Elephants
  6. Scumbag Blues
  7. Bandoliers
  8. Reptiles
  9. Interlude With Ludes
  10. Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
  11. Caligulove
  12. Gunman
  13. Spinning In Daffodils

This would make a nice stocking stuffer for the music lover in your home.  I’m not sure which song I like the best.  I’ll have to listen to it more and decide then…  Listen to a preview below!

‘I received a sample from Total Assault to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Gifts, music | Leave a comment

The Sound Of Music

I remember having to sing Do-Re-Mi over and over again in chorus.  It’s one of those songs you always remember.  I’ve watched the movie/musical quite a few times also.  Did you know it has been 50 years since it opened on Broadway?  Wow!  Sony Music is celebrating this milestone by releasing the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of the Original Cast Recording: The Sound of Music ($11.94 at Amazon) along with a Collectible Pop-up Book ($17.81 at Amazon) from Simon & Schuster.

The Sound of Music opened November 16, 1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, with the original Cast:
Maria Rainer–Mary Martin
Sister Berthe–Elizabeth Howell
Sister Margaretta–Muriel O’Malley
The Mother Abbess–Patricia Neway
Sister Sophia–Karen Shepard
Captain Georg von Trapp–Theodore Bikel
Franz–John Randolph
Frau Schmidt–Nan McFarland
Liesl–Lauri Peters
Friedrich–William Snowden
Louisa–Kathy Dunn
Kurt–Joseph Stewart
Brigitta–Marilyn Rogers
Marta–Mary Susan Locke
Gretl–Evanna Lien
Rolf Gruber–Brian Davies
Elsa Schraeder–Marion Marlowe
Ursula–Luce Ennis
Max Detweiler–Kurt Kasznar
Herr Zeller–Stefan Gierasch
Baron Elberfeld–Kirby Smith
A Postulant–Sue Yaeger
Admiral von Schreiber–Michael Gorrin

The cd includes pictures from the original Broadway cast and information about making the play.  The songs include:

Act I
Preludium
The Sound of Music
Maria
My Favorite Things
Do-Re-Mi
Sixteen Going on Seventeen
The Lonely Goatherd
How Can Love Survive?

The Sound of Music (reprise)
Laendler
So Long, Farewell
Climb Ev’Ry Mountain
Act II
No Way to Stop It
An Ordinary Couple
Processional
Sixteen Going on Seventeen (reprise)
Edelweiss
Climb Ev’Ry Mountain (reprise)
Bonus Tracks
From Switzerland: The Pratt Family–starring Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett
Edelweiss (in German)
Suk Dig Till Bergen (Climb Ev’Ry Mountain) in Swedish

The Pop-up Book is hardcover and is for children 4 years and up and is very nicely done.  On the first page, Maria actually twirls around!  There are 6 pop-up pages along with 14 mini pop-ups that tell the story of Maria and the von Trapp family.

Both of these would make excellent gifts, especially for those who love The Sound of Music!  I enjoyed both of them and was really impressed with the quality of the pop-up book.

‘I received samples from Sony Music to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Gifts, Kids, music | Leave a comment

A Thanksgiving With Celebrities-CLOSED

This Thanksgiving you can share the holiday with Sandra Lee from the Food Network and Joshua Bell, Grammy Award Winning Violinist.  She will show you how to make a great Thanksgiving Day feast in less time in her newest book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time.

I have watched her show numerous times and love the way she makes a big meal with simple ingredients.  She even shows you how to decorate the table–if only I was that creative, and gives helpful tips like the one below:

“If you’re facing a time crunch—pick party foods that are delicious and impressive, without being fussy.”

The perfect pairing with the meal is listening to Joshua Bell’s newest album, At Home With Friends, which can be purchased at Amazon.

One person will win a copy of Joshua Bell’s album, At Home With Friends, thanks to Sony!

Rules:
Open to U.S. & Canada
One entry per person/e-mail/household
Fill out form to be entered
Giveaway ends on December 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM, EST.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply.  Leave links in comments please

See RULES for a complete set of ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Food, giveaways, music, News, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment

Nikki Yanofsky’s Debut Album

Nikki Yanofsky, from Montreal, is only 15 years old but that hasn’t stopped her from preparing a debut album, set for release in 2010.  It will include jazz, folk classics and some original songs.  View a preview below…

November 14, 2009 Posted by | music, News | Leave a comment

Fred Figglehorn?

Today was the first time I’ve ever heard of Fred Figglehorn. He is very popular on YouTube it seems and has a new cd out for Christmas, It’s Hackin’ Christmas. It includes four songs and a video:

  • Christmas Cash
  • Christmas is Creepy
  • Jingle Bells
  • The 12 Days of Christmas

You can purchase the cd on iTunes or in Justice Stores (again, never heard of this store), along with FRED merchandise. He has the #2 most YouTube subscriptions and was voted the Best Web Star at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

Watch the video below and visit his website at www.FredChristmas.com.

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Kids, music, News | Leave a comment

Listen to The Lloyd Dobler Effect November 3rd

For all those who remember and love the 80’s, if you live near NYC, you can listen to the Lloyd Dobler Effect perform live on November 3, 2009 at:

  • Penn Station at 10:00 AM
  • Washington Square Park at 12:00 PM
  • Union Square at 2:30 PM
  • Times Square at 4:00 PM

They will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Say Anything starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. Make sure to wear your trench coats and carry your boomboxes! They will be singing ‘In Your Eyes’ acoustically live in Times Square.

You can get a FREE download by registering at www.reverbnation.com/lloyddoblereffect. Their newest album, A Mute Reminder, will be available in March 21010.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | FREE, movies, music | Leave a comment

Los Lobos Goes Disney

The new cd, Los Lobos Goes Disney is available for purchase today, the 27th. It is a collection of 13 classic Disney songs sung with a latin, rock twist.

Track Listing:

  • Heigh-Ho – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • I Wan’na Be Like You – The Jungle Book
  • Not in Nottingham – Robin Hood
  • The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room – The Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Grim Grinning Ghosts – The Haunted Mansion
  • I Will Go Sailing No More – Toy Story
  • The Ugly Bug Ball – Summer Magic
  • Cruella De Vil – 101 Dalmations
  • Bella Notte – Lady and the Tramp
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – Song of the South
  • The Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book
  • Oo-De-Lally – Robin Hood
  • When You Wish Upon a Star/It’s A Small World

You can purchase your copy at Amazon or on iTunes now. Visit LosLobos.org for more information about the band, which started in 1973, tour dates, news and more.

My Opinion:
This is an upbeat, updated rock version of some of your favorite Disney songs. My favorite was Heigh-Ho because that song was always fun to sing while growing up. After listening to this cd, I have been humming or singing these old songs over and over again. You can’t seem to get them out of your head. I actually prefer this new version of the songs than the old classics. Your kids will love singing along to this cd.

‘I received a sample to facilitate my review and I was NOT compensated in any way. This is my honest opinion only.’

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Kids, music, review | Leave a comment

Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome-CLOSED

How many of you haven’t heard of Yo Gabba Gabba–the popular kids show that teaches life lessons, with modern music and colorful characters? The new CD, Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome, released October 20, 2009.

They are also doing a tour this year in Los Angeles November 15th, New York November 21st, Dallas November 28th, and in Chicago December 5th. To find out more about the Yo Gabba Gabba Live: There’s A Party In My City tours, visit YoGabbaGabbaLive.com and purchase tickets at TicketMaster.com Children under one year are admitted FREE.

New episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba air daily at 1:00, 1:30 and 10:30 PM ESTon Nick Jr. October 12-16th and will be replayed, so you can watch if you happened to miss them. This is their third season already! It was created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schulz and produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN.

We received the new CD, Christmas in Gabba Land Board Book and Meet My Family DVD to review. The new CD–Music Is Awesome:
It contains 21 songs, which you can purchase on Amazon for $9.49.

Meet My Family DVD:
It is 96 minutes long, Not Rated, which can be purchased for $11.99 at Amazon.

Christmas in Gabba Land Board Book by Louise Jameson:

  • Simon Spotlight
  • Board Book
  • 12 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1-4169-9167-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4169-9167-0
  • Ages: 2 – 5
  • Grades: P – K
  • Released on October 6th
  • Price: $7.99

Summary:
What happens in Gabba Land at Christmas time? The Gabba gang decorates the tree and makes presents… and takes pictures of the festivities! This padded board book with photo sleeves lets kids see themselves in Gabba land!

My Opinion:
The CD was fun to listen to and believe me, your kids will be listening to it all the time. The DVD featured Muno and his family when they came to visit. It showed the importance and fun of doing things together and of course, singing and dancing. The Board Book would make a nice stocking stuffer for your little ones, especially those who love Yo Gabba Gabba. There is room for two pictures, so they can be included in the story.

‘I received a sample from W!ILDBRAIN to facilitate my review and I was NOT compensated in any way. This is my honest opinion only. Also, they have supplied the CD for the giveaway, thank you!’

One Person will WIN the new CD Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome! Rules:

  • Open to US residents only
  • One entry per person
  • Fill out form completely to be entered
  • Giveaway ends November 14, 2009 at 9:00 PM, EST.

Extra Entries:

  • All extra entries apply.
  • See Rules for the full set of Rules.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

October 21, 2009 Posted by | giveaways, Kids, movies, music, review | Leave a comment

Five For Fighting Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

Thanks to One2One Network, I had the opportunity to listen to Five For Fighting’s newest album Slice, which was available in stores October 13, 2009. John Ondrasick’s debut album, Message for Albert, was released in 1997 but he really became popular with the hit ‘Superman’ from the album America Town, in 2001. I love that song!

Songs include:
Slice
Note to The Unknown Soldier
Tuesday
Chances
This Dance
Above the Timberline
Transfer
Hope
Story of Your Life
Love Can’t Change the Weather
Augie Nieto

*Purchase a copy of Slice on Amazon or iTunes. You can view all his Tour Dates, videos, tweets and find out more on his website. Also visit John on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube.

My Opinion:
I enjoyed listening to the pop-rock songs, especially the song ‘Slice’. There was a good mixture of fast and slow to give it variety. Great lyrics, some of which really make you think. I would definitely recommend this one!

‘I received a sample from One2One Network to facilitate my review and I was NOT compensated in any way. This is my honest opinion only.’

One Person will WIN an autographed copy of Slice, provided by One2One Network!


Rules:

  • Open to US residents only
  • One entry per person
  • Fill out form completely to be entered
  • Giveaway ends November 7, 2009 at 9:00 PM, EST.

Extra Entries:

  • All extra entries apply.
  • See Giveaway Rules (top of page) for full set of rules.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

October 18, 2009 Posted by | giveaways, music, One2One Network, review | Leave a comment