Wednesday, February 22, 2012

iPad app spotlights George Harrison's guitar collection

The Guitar Collection: George Harrison is a $9.99 app created with the help of the late guitarist's son Dhani that spotlights the different instrument the former Beatle owned and played over the years.

Sounds pretty nifty:
The app, which is authorized by the George Harrison estate and developed by Bandwdth Publishing, works like a miniature showroom and includes digital replicas of seven of the guitars.
Images of George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker 360/12, or the Fender Stratocaster he painted in DayGlo colors and named Rocky, can be manipulated and rotated from every angle; numbered details show the modifications he made to the instruments and, in accompanying audio files, Harrison tells stories of how he acquired the guitars (like the Gretsch Duo Jet he says he bought from a sailor in Liverpool for about £70 in 1961).
Users can see every Beatles or solo track Harrison used the guitars on and play them through the app. (Songs already in your iTunes library can be played in full; otherwise you’ll hear a short excerpt.)
There's a preview here.

BBC Radio this week

Click the links to stream the following shows:

Fantastic Tales Available on BBC iPlayer
Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

Fear on Four Available on BBC iPlayer
Series of horror and suspense tales, hosted by the Man in Black

Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel Available on BBC iPlayer
The Marx Brothers' lost radio shows recreated. Stars Michael Roberts as Groucho Marx.

Hercule Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express Available on BBC iPlayer
Hercule Poirot's train drives into a snow-drift, when a passanger is found murdered

Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World Available on BBC iPlayer
Spoof documentary series starring Tom Baker along with Stewart Lee and Richard Herring

Nineteen Ninety-Eight Available on BBC iPlayer
Orwellian sitcom starring Robert Lindsay

The Goon Show Available on BBC iPlayer
Classic material from one of the all-time radio comedy greats

The Lost Special Available on BBC iPlayer
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of the disappearance of a train en route from Liverpool.

Thrilling Stories of the Railway Available on BBC iPlayer
Detective stories written by Victor Whitechurch

Blues to the Bone: The Life of Etta James Available on BBC iPlayer
Candi Staton presents the story of the great R&B singer.

When Rock Chicks Ruled
Sally Boazman explores the rise of female singer/songwriters in the 60s.

Photo: Twiggy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Trailer for new documentary on American superheroines

Here's a peek at a new documentary now on the festival circuit.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre. 
More here.

New picture from Marvel's Avengers movie

A picture of Hawkeye, Captain America and Black Widow from the upcoming Avengers film.

New comics Feb. 22, 2012: DC Secret Origins, Hulk Masterworks paperback 2, Charlton Phantom, Bill Everett, more!

New releases of note. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

The Chronicles of Kull Volume 5: Dead Men of the Deep and Other Stories

DC Universe: Secret Origins

Captain America: Prisoner of War

Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk - Volume 2

Spider-Man Fights Substance Abuse (Spider-Man (Graphic Novels))

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives (Vol. 1)  (The Bill Everett Archives)

Modesty Blaise: Live Bait (Modesty Blaise (Graphic Novels))

The Phantom The Complete Series: The Charlton Years: Volume One