The Corkboard – 10.20.07

ADULT SWIM PRESENTS TRAIL OF DEAD AND DETHKLOK NATIONAL COLLEGE TOUR

Adult Swim, the late-night sister network of Cartoon Network which showcases animation and live action for adults, announces a 12-stop college tour beginning Oct. 29 with two of the country’s top rock acts, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Dethklok. All shows will be free for students and ticket information can be obtained at adultswimpresents.com.

This marks the premiere event for Adult Swim Presents, a series of live entertainment performances. The announcement came to support the release of Dethklok’s new album, Dethalbum, which was released on Sept. 25. This coincides with the greatest most metal band in the world’s DVD release of Metalocalypse season 1, a two-disc DVD, which was released Oct. 2.

Dethklok is the undisputed greatest animated metal band in the galaxy. Created by Brendan Small and Tommy Blacha, their crusades into darkness have been immortalized in Metalocalypse, the animated series available on Adult Swim. This college tour marks the band’s most epic journey where they shall emerge from the brackish pits of darkness to wipe the blood from their mighty axes.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is currently comprised of three core members: Conrad Keely, Jason Reece and Kevin Allen. Formed by Keely and Reece in 1994, Trail of Dead has delivered 5 albums since and has toured the world extensively, winning over fans with its guitar-laden anthems. With each album, a new generation joins the ever-growing legion of fans across the globe. The band’s most recent album, So Divided, is available at iTunes, Emusic (along with other online outlets) and in stores nationwide.

“We are most metally honored to be able to shred for the minds of the collegiate institutions of the United States of Metal America,” said Brendan Small creator and most metal member of Dethklok. “Their blood will surge in the wake of our destruction.”

Schedule for Adult Swim Presents Trail of Dead and Dethklok:
10/29 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ University of New Mexico
10/31 – Las Vegas @ University of Nevada
11/01 – Los Angeles @ University of California
11/02 – Berkley, Calif. @ University of California
11/05 – Fort Collins, Colo. @ Colorado State University
11/07 – Minneapolis @ University of Minnesota
11/08 – Vermillian, S.D. @ University of South Dakota
11/11 – Boulder, Colo. @ University of Colorado
11/13 – Carbondale, Ill. @ Southern Illinois University
11/14 – Madison, Wis. @ University of Wisconsin
11/15 – Norman, Okla. @ University of Oklahoma
11/17 – Lawrence, Kan. @ University of Kansas
11/18 – Chicago, Ill. @ Northwestern University

SHORT FILMS CREATED FOR TRACKS ON SERJ TANKIAN’S SOLO ALBUM TO BE SCREENED IN MOVIE THEATERS ACROSS THE U.S.
Special Los Angeles screening with Serj Tankian in attendance on Oct. 23 to benefit Axis of Justice

Earlier this year, Serj Tankian—the visionary frontman for multi-platinum rock band System of a Down—asked a collection of video and film directors, painters, and digital artists to each create a video for one of the 12 tracks on his forthcoming solo debut album, Elect the Dead, which will be released on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on Oct. 23.

The directors involved in the video project include a prestigious array of artists whom Tankian has befriended over the last decade. They include music video director Tony Petrossian (Taking Back Sunday, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold), who shot the video for “Empty Walls,” the first single from Elect the Dead, photographer/video director Greg Watermann (Mudvayne, Lamb of God, Howie Day), Oscar-nominated Puerto Rican playwright and screenwriter Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), digital artist Roger Kupelian (The Lord of the Rings, Flags of Our Fathers), documentary director Sevag Vrej (System Of A Down, Fair to Midland), short film/music video director Adam Egypt Mortimer (Against Me!, Idiot Pilot) and Beirut-born filmmaker Gariné Torossian (Sparklehorse), among others.

“I asked each of the directors for their visual interpretation of my work,” Tankian explains. “They were asked not to write treatments and that they could make whatever they liked. The results have been overwhelmingly amazing!”

Among the videos posted on Tankian’s website www.serjtankian.com is an animated clip for the song “The Unthinking Majority” by filmmaker/video director Tawd Dorenfeld. Also available for viewing on the website are the videos for “Empty Walls” and “Saving Us”.

To celebrate the artistic collaboration of the music and visual interpretations of Serj Tankian’s solo album, Reprise Records and Serjical Strike, in conjunction with digital cinema/music marketing company D&E Entertainment (www.DandEentertainment.com), will screen the videos of Elect the Dead back-to-back, accompanied by an introduction by Tankian at movie theaters across the nation at 8pm on Monday, Oct. 22. This unique experience on the eve of album release offers fans a preview of Elect the Dead in a premium listening and visual environment. A special screening event on the Oct. 23 album release date will take place in Los Angeles with Tankian in attendance.

Special screenings of Elect the Dead: The Short Films will be held at 8pm on Monday, Oct. 22 at the following locations:

Long Island, N.Y. @ Herricks Cinema
Parsippany, N.J. @ Parsippany Cinema
San Francisco @ Embarcadero Center Cinema
San Diego @ Ultrastar Theatres Mission Valley
Boston @ Kendall Square Cinema
Chicago @ Century Centre Cinema
Detroit @ Emagine Novi
Philadelphia @ Clearview’s Anthony Wayne Cinema
Seattle @ Metro Cinemas
Houston @ The River Oaks
Minneapolis @ Lagoon Cinema
Phoenix @ Harkins Tempe Marketplace

To usher in the release date on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Serj Tankian will attend a 9pm screening that evening of Elect the Dead: The Short Films in Los Angeles at the Vista Theater (4473 Sunset Drive). Starting at 7:30pm, the first 300 people in line at the box office to buy tickets for the 9pm showing will be able to have their CDs autographed by Serj after the show. Lining up at the Vista Theatre before is 7:30pm is prohibited. Copies of Elect the Dead will be available for sale at the Vista Theater that night, along with a free poster for every CD purchased. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the box office, with all net proceeds donated to Axis of Justice (www.axisofjustice.org), an organization founded by Tankian and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE UNVEILS TWO EXTRAORDINARY NEW RELEASES
The double-DVD release of the FutureSex/LoveShow Live from Madison Square Garden and FutureSex/LoveSounds deluxe edition

Following a huge showing at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Jive Records’ recording artist Justin Timberlake announced the release of two blockbuster entertainment packages associated with his highly successful FutureSex/LoveShow tour. The celebrated FutureSex/LoveShow Live from Madison Square Garden concert on DVD, available exclusively at Best Buy on Nov. 20, and the FutureSex/LoveSounds deluxe edition, a CD plus bonus DVD edition of his Grammy-winning critically acclaimed sophomore smash on Nov. 27.

The FutureSex/LoveShow Live from Madison Square Garden double DVD provides fans an intimate look at the energetic buzz of activities before, during and after this August 2007 performance. In addition to the concert, the set includes a song by song running commentary by Timberlake, behind-the-scenes concert and backstage footage, a distinct ultra hi-speed bonus concert music video, and full length interviews with Timberlake, the band, and crew. This special two-disc DVD set is exclusively available at Best Buy and Bestbuy.com on Nov. 20. Preorders for the DVD set can be placed now at BestBuy.com.

Release of FutureSex/LoveSounds deluxe edition, an expanded version of his global smash FutureSex/LoveSounds, follows in stores Nov. 27. The deluxe edition includes the original 12 tracks from the multi-platinum album, plus the current buzz single, “Until the End of Time” duet with Beyoncé, and additional all-star bonus tracks with megastar collaborations that will be announced shortly. A bonus DVD of unreleased footage from international worldwide performances, director commentaries and “making of” reels of his acclaimed videos; “SexyBack”, “What Goes Around…Comes Around”, “My Love” and “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” complete the deluxe edition package.

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