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Dragnet Season Two On DVD From Shout! Factory 7/6

Monday, May 31st, 2010


DRAGNET 1968: SEASON 2 Featuring 28 Original Episodes Beautifully Remastered and Extensive Bonus Content in a Collectible 6-DVD Set


Santa Monica, California – Insert Date – Sergeant Joe Friday and his hard-nosed partner Bill Gannon from the classic crime drama Dragnet, starring master storyteller Jack Webb and Emmy®-winner Harry Morgan (M*A*S*H*) hit the streets of Los Angeles in the name of law and order, to protect and to serve when Dragnet 1968: Season 2 arrives on DVD for the first time July 6, 2010 from Shout! Factory and the NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group. Brimming with all 28 memorable episodes from this groundbreaking police drama, the 6-DVD box set is packed with special bonus content that includes Dragnet 1966 pilot movie, vintage Dragnet 1969 trailer, featurette Jack Webb – The Man Behind Badge 714, plus a commemorative booklet. A must-have for aficionados of crime, mystery classics and TV-DVD collectors, Dragnet 1968: Season 2 DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.

The community landscape is littered daily by juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, student dissidence and con-artistry but, just like that, it can all be brought to a screeching halt when Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and officer Gannon (Harry Morgan) appear on the scene. Ladies and gentlemen, the stories you are about to see are true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. This is Dragnet 1968.  Season Two features notable guest stars including Jan Michael-Vincent (Airwolf), Heather Menzies (Piranha), Juanita Moore (Imitation of Life), Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), and Kent McCord (Adam-12), among others.

Originally conceived by Jack Webb as a radio program and then a popular NBC 1950s television series, the Dragnet series from 1967–1970 featured creator Jack Webb’s visionary cop drama in its prime – paving the way for the unforgettable hit shows Adam-12 and Emergency!.

Dragnet 1968: Season 2  Bonus Content:

Jack Webb – The Man Behind Badge 714: A discussion with Peggy Webber, Tom Williams, Jackie Loughery, Herb Ellis and more.
Dragnet 1966 Pilot Movie
Vintage Dragnet 1969 Trailer
Commemorative Booklet 

MANOWAR and friends salute Ronnie James Dio

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

And the raddest news of the week award goes to this press release sent out by Magic Circle Music…… 

Metal heavyweights MANOWAR will honor the legacy of Ronnie James Dio with “Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio”.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio said “Heavy Metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege of being his friend and I, along with other friends and admirers, wish to honor him.”

In addition to MANOWAR, the musical salute to the man who inspired heavy metal musicians all over the world, features performances by HolyHell, Metalforce, Awaken, Avigal, Crosswind, Dean Cascione, Harlet, and more. 

The enhanced CD, part one of a two part tribute, will feature new interpretations of classics like ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Heaven & Hell’, ‘I Speed At Night’ and ‘Catch The Rainbow’ among others. 

For news and release dates go to www.magiccirclemusic.com or www.manowar.com

Kingdom Of Sorrow’s Heroes To Dust Available On Relapse 6/8/10

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

KINGDOM OF SORROW: Debut “Heroes To Dust”

KINGDOM OF SORROW has debuted the third preview track, “Heroes To Dust”, from their highly-anticipated new album Behind The Blackest Tears. “Heroes To Dust” can be heard online now via the KINGDOM OF SORROW MySpace page: MySpace.com/KingdomOfSorrow along with “Enlightened To Extinction” and “God’s Law In The Devil’s Land”. Behind The Blackest Tears will be released on June 8th and is available for pre-order at this location.

KINGDOM OF SORROW recently posted more video footage of Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein in the studio working on Behind The Blackest Tears at this location. Behind The Blackest Tears was recorded at Dexters Lab Recordings (Milford, CT) with engineer Nick Bellmore and mixed and mastered by Zeuss at Planet Z Recordings (Hadley, MA).

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be touring this summer as part of Ozzfest 2010.  The band will be appearing on the second stage during this long-running, traveling US festival. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below with the complete festival line-up available at Ozzfest.com.

Updated KINGDOM OF SORROW news / tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com.

KINGDOM OF SORROW Tour Dates: Touring as part of Ozzfest 2010

August 17   Tinley Park, IL               First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
August 19   Burgettstown, PA           First Niagara Pavilion
August 21   Hartford, CT                   Comcast Theater
August 22   Camden, NJ                  Susquehanna Bank Center
August 24   Mansfield, MA               Comcast Center

“a bona fide speaker-shredding affair, a slamming hardcore-metal celebration” 4 ½ Stars – Revolver

“Heavier than fuck, this is a full force, decimating record” 4K – Kerrang!

“Windstein’s riffs alone feel like they’re three-years fossilized, slowly crushed under felled trees, dead things and mountains until they’re hard as diamonds” – Decibel

“Kingdom of Sorrow’s debut is one big, mean, heavy mother.” – Exclaim Magazine

“a great record.” 9/10 – Outburn              

“so heavy it’s gonna have to pressed on plutonium!” 4/5 Stars – Total Guitar

CD Review: The Flatliners – Cavalcade

Saturday, May 29th, 2010



The Flatliners – Cavalcade

Label: Fat Wreck Chords

Release Date: April 13, 2010

List Price: $10.00


The Flatliners, who hail from Richmond Hill, Ontario just outside of Toronto, have been going steady for close to a decade now. Having formed and released their first demo in 2002, they put out their first album, Destroy To Create, on Union Label Group before signing with Fat Wreck Chords in 2007 and releasing The Great Awake, an album which brought them some well deserved attention. Cut to 2010 and the band has just finished a tour of Canada with label mates The Cobra Skulls (one of the best punk bands out there right now) in support of their new full length album, Calvalcade.


The Flatliner’s are one of those ‘punk’ bands that don’t necessarily limit themselves to traditional three chord Ramones influenced punk or harder edged hardcore stuff but instead mix it up throwing in a heavy ska influence as well as elements from folk punk and good old fashioned rock and roll. Their latest album is definitely an evolution compared to The Great Awake, both lyrically and musically. This release allows the band – made up of Chris Cresswell on guitar and vocals, Scott Brigham on guitar, Jon Darbey on bass and Paul Ramirez on drums – to play around with their sound a bit and alternate between guitar driven tracks like the opening The Calming Collection to more aggressive and memorable numbers like Bleed, a fast and almost antagonistic song that’ll stick in your head and which is one of the stand out numbers on the CD. On He Was A Jazzman the band brings back the ska sound they’ve experimented with on a regular basis, while Monumental is a fairly straight ahead pop song.


Cresswell’s vocal style isn’t slick or glossy but rather rough sounding and it lends itself well to the band’s up tempo sound. Cavalcade is a fairly eclectic album in terms of sound, influence and flow and his voice is a welcome constant that actually does a really good job of holding things together. There are moments where some of the songs sort of blend together and become indistinguishable but overall Cavalcade is a solid follow up to their first Fat release and is a pretty good starting point for those who are new to the band simply because without watering things down they’ve made a slightly more accessible and polished album than they did before.


Fat’s CD is a nice package, and the disc includes a nice booklet of lyrics done up as an old fashioned leatherbound book that compliments the cover art really nicely. Stuff like that doesn’t matter to some but there are certainly lots of us out there who still appreciate things like cover art and inserts particularly when they’re done with the cool sort of style they’ve been done with here.


For more information hit the Fat Wreck Chords website by clicking here or visit The Flatliner’s site by clicking here!