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College Radio Day 2013 (October 1st) & Sony Music Prize Packs!

Why College Radio Day?

The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners. The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission. College radio is the only free live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists on a regular basis. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today, owe their initial break to being played on college radio. Put simply, college radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming.

The organizers also hope that College Radio Day can also be used a fundraising vehicle for those individual stations that choose to participate, benefitting from the extra attention their station will receive on that particular day. Being a participant in this day is free for all college and high school radio stations (AM, FM or online) so that together, for one day, we can lift the profile of an important form of media: college radio. It’s a day of celebration. It’s a day of live music and special interviews. It’s the day college radio comes together.

Read more at the about page here.

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President Barack Obama Praises Student Radio for College Radio Day

From RadioSurvivor.com: Posted on September 30, 2013 by Jennifer Waits

College Radio Day logoThe impending government shut-down didn’t stop President Barack Obama from penning some kind words about college radio in advance of World College Radio Day on October 1, 2013. In a letter submitted to College Radio Day organizers

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Rock104.com is celebrating College Radio Day 3012 all week long! We have partnered with Sony Music Gainesville to give away some cool College Radio Day Prize Packs featuring cool Sony Swag including new releases from Kings Of Leon, The Clash, Sly & The Family Stone, Tom Odell and more!

Rock104.com plays the best of rock’s past, present, and future, so you’ll find a lot of variety in the prize packs, just like you hear on Rock104.com!

CLICK HERE to fill out the contest entry form now through Sunday (10/6/13) at midnight to win a prize pack containing various swag (cool band stickers, koozies, buttons, posters, etc.) plus your choice of a copy of one of the following CDs (see below):

The list of Sony Music CDs available while supplies last includes:

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

RCA Records announces the September 24 release of the new Kings of Leon record, Mechanical Bull. Angelo Petraglia produced the album, which was recorded at the band’s studio in Nashville, TN.

Kings of Leon are fresh off three acclaimed headlining performances at American festivals, Bottle Rock in Napa, CA, Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL, and, the Governor’s Ball in New York City, during which the festival cancelled the band’s Friday night performance due to Tropical Storm Andrea. The band, upset over the cancellation, worked through the night with festival organizers and management to figure out a way to come back on Saturday. The festival found a place for them on the main stage right before the Saturday headliner, during which the fans were treated to the live premiere of Mechanical Bull‘s first single, “Supersoaker.”

The Clash – Hits Back

Features 33 of the band’s iconic tracks across a 2-CD set. The tracklist is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982.

The Clash – Hits Back contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks.  It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he usually taped to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.

“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe’s setlist from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th  July 1982“. – Mick, Paul & Topper.

Sly & The Family Stone – Higher! (Highlights)

All through the brilliant highs and the murky lows of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Sly & The Family Stone had the globe dancing to the music. The creativity of the mixed-race, mixed-gender, and mixed-genre band shines in this CD of highlights from the new 77-track, four-cd box set. This incredible collection showcases the classic hits not just in stereo format, but in the good ol’ mono mixes which went missing long ago with the transistor radio, and in unheard studio outtakes, and concert performances.

The legacy of Sly & The Family Stone persists through four decades of movie and TV soundtracks, commercials, radio playlists, and parties worldwide, and influenced countless makers of rock, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Here s a chance to take it Higher!

Tom Odell – Long Way Down

Odell’s current single, “Another Love,” can be found on both his recently released U.S. EP, Songs From Another Love, and Long Way Down. Hailed by London’s Sunday Times as “genuinely chilling,” it debuted in the Top 10 in the U.K. and is a No. 1 hit in Belgium.Tom s videos for “Another Love” have racked up more than six million views combined. HBO tapped “Can’t Pretend” for the promotional spots for the hit show “The Newsroom” and a live version of “Hold Me” can be heard in “Trench Kisses,” a video from Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2013 advertising campaign, which features Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge.

Classically trained on piano from an early age, Odell grew up in Chichester, located in southeast England, and later moved to Brighton, attracted by its music scene. Eventually, Tom made his way to London, seeking a wider audience. His plan was not immediately successful Odell wound up playing sparsely attended shows, running out of money and sleeping in a car borrowed from his grandmother. A demo found its way to Lily Rose Cooper, who quickly signed him to her In The Name Of record label after seeing Odellperform live. With the label’s blessing, Tom spent nine months holed up in a tiny east London room, outfitted with simply a piano and a desk, penning the songs for his debut. He recorded most of Long Way Down with his band at RAK Studios in London.

Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax

Single disc edition. 2013 release, a collection celebrating the 40th anniversary of these legendary recordings. 1973 was a crucial year in the career of Elvis Presley. Riding high on the success of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite, which was seen by over one billion, Elvis did something remarkable. He chose to take control of his own business. He sold his future royalties to RCA and he started a new publishing company. No one would tell him what to do ever again. Elvis decided that his next recording project would be on his home turf – at the red-hot Stax, the launching pad of such greats as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Isaac Hayes. He assembled the very best musicians in town and he searched for fresh new material that would reflect his new path. The Sax material, an amazing chapter of Elvis’ career, has never been positioned as a whole body of work. Until now. 17 tracks.

Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)(2 CD/ 1 DVD)

Newly remastered for this anniversary release, Rage Against the Machine – XX will be available as a CD in three configurations: 1) 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set housing two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40 page booklet and two-sided poster; 2) 20th Anniversary Special Edition featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack and 3) 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc (with three bonus tracks).

CD 1 includes the original album, remastered, with 3 bonus tracks of collectible b-sides from era.

CD 2 presents the original Rage Against the Machine demo tape. Recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at early Rage shows, the tape achieved mythical word-of-mouth status amongst music fans while helping to seal the band’s deal with Epic Records. The 20th anniversary releases of Rage Against the Machine – XX marks the first time the entire RATM demo tapes have seen a full official release.

Bonus DVD includes the three music videos from the album (Killing In The Name, Bombtrack and Freedom) plus three previously unreleased live performances: Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre 1993), Bombtrack (Soundstage performance 1992) and Wake Up (Nomads 1992).

Mad Season – Above (Deluxe Edition)

Mad Season features the legendary Layne Staley of Alice in Chains on vocals, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on lead guitar, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and bassist John Baker Saunders of the Lamont Cranston Band. The band recorded and released one album, Above, in 1995 which was certified Gold and became an essential touchstone in the history of Seattle rock. Above is the only complete album of Layne Staley’s introspective and mystical lyrics, which were highlighted by additional vocals from Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.

Above (Deluxe Edition) is a three-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD plus a full-color collector’s booklet with previously unseen performance photographs and an essay by Barrett Martin reflecting on the lives of Staley and Saunders and the history of the band.

CD 1 features the original album + an unreleased acoustic instrumental titled “Interlude,” 3 new songs from the band’s unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals and lyrics by Mark Lanegan and a remixed version of the band’s John Lennon cover “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier.”

CD 2 features the full audio set from the bands historical performance at the Moore Theater in Seattle on April 29, 1995, remastered in stereo sound.

The DVD features the first official DVD release of Live at The Moore – Mad Season’s last show ever performed. Not only has Live at The Moore been remixed and remastered, but newly edited by director Duncan Sharp for a beautiful new documentary-like presentation, giving the show an updated look as if the viewer were in room that night. Also included are four performances that have never been seen, including the fan-favorite “Wake Up.”

Also featured is a full concert of the bands performance from New Years Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle (which was shot by the band’s crew for an up close and intimate look at the band) and both performances from Self-Pollution Radio, one newly edited.

Sound City – Real to Reel

SOUND CITY–REAL TO REEL is a brand new collection of all-new all-original songs, each one composed and recorded exclusively for the film within its own 24-hour session on that console after it was reinstalled in Grohl and his Foo Fighters’ own 606 Studios. The new tracks–featuring an amazing and idiosyncratic cast of collaborators including Paul McCartney, Grohl’s former Nirvana and current Foo Fighters bandmates, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Lee Ving of Fear, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine and more–passionately exemplify SOUND CITY’s celebration of the human element of musicianship and recording in an increasingly digital world.

SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, NIN, Rage Against The Machine and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

Grohl’s personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s breakthrough album, Nevermind. Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl’s life.

Incubus HQ Live (CD/DVD)

Last summer, over a span of six days, Incubus celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band by renting out a gallery in downtown Los Angeles to perform and connect with their fans in the most intimate of settings. The band documented this unique experience on high-quality video and stunning audio, making up the much-anticipated release, INCUBUS HQ LIVE.

 

Incubus – The Essential Incubus

28 of their greatest hits on 2 CDs! 16 Top 20 Modern Rocks Hits plus photos and new liner notes.

 

 

PLUS, all prize packs include a copy of the book, “Backstage: All Access,” a collection of photos of rock icons between 1970 and 1983, as captured by acclaimed music journalist Larry Singer.

From 1970 to 1983, Larry Singer was a professional photojournalist working as a stringer for “Circus” magazine and providing images to poster companies of Rock and Roll stars. This books features both unedited published images, and photographs that have never been made available to the public.

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