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It's time to get heavy with a fresh spin on some DIO classics.

BMG and Niji Entertainment Group Inc. partnered to reissue DIO's 1996-2004 studio albums: Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing the Dragon (2002), and Master of the Moon (2004). The new versions feature rare and never-before-released live and studio bonus tracks, newly-remastered by longtime DIO collaborator Wyn Davis with updated artwork from frequent DIO designer Marc Sasso.  

Sunday, November 10 2019 09:31

The Best Black Friday Deals of 2019

Can you believe it's already November?

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating Labor Day in the warmth of summer. Now, the true holiday season is upon us and countless gifts need to be bought before the wilds of winter lock us into our homes. Luckily, there's no better time than now to start building a holiday shopping list and the biggest shopping day of the year is right around the corner: Black Friday.

In fact, some Black Friday deals have already begun. Industry leaders including Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy have rolled out their ads, offering a slew of Black Friday deals weeks before the biggest shopping day of the year. Even Target will offer a two-day presale to get patrons revved up for bigger sales to come, both online and in-store. Shipping trucks move over 70% of the nation's freight by weight but this number is only expected to increase when Black Friday hauls finally arrive. It's better to start your list sooner than later.

Are you looking forward to shopping this year? Check out the following deals to help inspire your inner holiday helper.

A certain king of thieves has acquired a new throne. No, we haven't traveled into a fantasy world where a thieves' guild crowns its own king of their sector of the criminal underworld. This is the real world and in this real world, this thief acquired another type of throne. Though silver has been used in jewelry for more than 6,000 years, this piece of thievery involved its posterior superior; a solid 18-karat gold toilet.

Burglaries are unfortunately commonplace, with 2.5 million occurring every year. However, burglaries that involve golden toilets are few and far between. This is especially true when the golden toilet in question is a piece of art worth around $6 million. Only weeks prior, these were the words issued concerning its security.

"It's not going to be the easiest thing to nick. Firstly it's plumbed in, and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don't plan on guarding it," said Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, brother of the Duke of Marlborough.

It doesn't take a literary savant to see the foreshadowing in this scenario. The piece of art in question is titled America by an Italian artist named Maurizio Cattelan, a character oft referred to as the court jester of the art world. The installation is a piece of participatory art and -- sparing the details of the participation thereof -- it's a fully functional toilet made of solid 18-karat gold. Having been on display in the Blenheim Palace in the UK (pictured top), the Guggenheim Museum loan was recently burgled. On September 14th, the Blenheim Palace issued a tweet:

That unforeseen circumstance was, of course, the golden-toilet-art-installation being stolen from the Palace sometime in the night. While 35% of people wouldn't have discovered an establishment were it not for the sign, Winston Churchill's birthplace, complete with functional solid gold toilet, needed no advertising and could've benefited from better security.

"The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. The artwork has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice," said Jess Milne of the Thames Valley Police.

This was mid-September and the valuable piece has still not been recovered. However, a couple of arrests have been made in connection to the burglary but the toilet evades authorities still. The AC Cobra was famous for reaching 186 MPH on British roads in 1962, but the most famous (and sought after) vehicle right now is the VW Golf that CCTV caught the burglars loading the toilet into before escaping. Police believe there may be another vehicle involved yet, but it remains unconfirmed as the search continues.

North America is the largest market for art only second to Europe. This doesn't bode well for the art piece, especially as more time passes with it unaccounted for. Of course, any sale of such an item as a work of art would be easy to detect due to its uniqueness. But, solid gold is solid gold and worth a great deal whether it's toilet shaped or not. Thus, the insurance company for the Blenheim Palace issued a substantial reward attached to the toilet:

"The reward is up to 100,000 Pounds Sterling and terms are by approval of the insurance company, which includes the safe return leading to an arrest."

The hunt continues and the creator Cattelan is in disbelief. Significant buzz has surrounded his piece ever since it was offered to the White House when Donald Trump was elected President in 2016. But, despite the satirical nature of the installation and the artistic voice of the creator, he's saddened by its theft. Though, the attitude in his words might deceive you:

"When this morning I was informed about the robbery I thought it was a prank and it took me a while, after a few checks, to come to the conclusion that it was true and it wasn't a surreal movie where instead of the jewels of the crown, the thieves went away with a bloody toilet. I always liked heist movies and finally, I'm in one of them. Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold," Cattelan said in a statement after hearing his installation had truly been blagged.

The search is ongoing, but once the golden toilet is recovered, we're certain its security will no longer be number two on their list.

On Sept. 27, GRAMMY winner Sturgill Simpson will release Sound & Fury — a Netflix Original Anime Film — alongside a companion album. Set for release via Elektra Records, the new album features 10 new tracks, the first of which, "Sing Along," was released today. Check out the music video by Japanese anime legend Jumpei Mizusaki below...

Clutch covered Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" as the first single in a series of new studio recordings that will comprise the newly launched Weathermaker Vault Series. The new series marks the first new music from the band since the release of the recent Book Of Bad Decisions.

“Evil” was mixed by 6X Grammy Award winner and Clutch collaborator, Vance Powell (Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys).  

"We’ve had a good amount of downtime since our last tour.  And since the devil finds work for idle hands, we kept ourselves busy by recording some tunes.  “Evil” is the first of them, a song we’ve loved for many, many years," says Clutch frontman Neil Fallon 

Later this week, Clutch will embark on a tour of European festivals and headline dates, followed by a July 12th-August 4th co-headline US tour with Killswitch Engage that also includes Clutch’s curated Earth Rocker Festival in Inwood WV. 

The Raconteurs — Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler — have unveiled “Bored and Razed,” the latest track from their long-awaited new album, HELP US STRANGER (Third Man Records). See the official lyric video for the track below...

The GRAMMY Award-winning rock band’s third studio LP and first new album in more than a decade, HELP US STRANGER arrives everywhere on Friday, June 21. All digital album pre-orders will be joined by instant downloads of the previously released tracks “Sunday Driver,” “Now That You’re Gone,” “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” and “Help Me Stranger,” along with new track “Bored and Razed.”

The Raconteurs are celebrating HELP US STRANGER with an epic world tour – North American dates get underway July 4 and 5 with a two-night-stand at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up Tavern. Due to popular demand, additional dates have been added in a number of major markets, including Detroit, Vancouver, Boston, Oakland, New York, and Nashville.

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