May 25 2016

Ghoultown-Life After Sundown

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After what seems like an eternity, horror western punks Ghoultown finally get a vinyl release. Originally released in 2008,Life After Sundown, courtesy of Devils Brew Productions , is 12 tracks of spooky western tales told through the onslaught of that classic western country meets punk gothabilly sound that Ghoultown has perfected over the years.

One of the most interesting things about this album,out on July 31, is the vinyl releases themselves. Released on 3 extremely limited different colored vinyl versions. The most exciting being the colored vinyl/obi strip edition.Not only do all Obi Edition orders come with a 4×4 full color embroidered patch of the cover art, a random inserted mystery item will be hidden behind 3 of the Obi strips. The 3 people lucky enough to receive the copies with the hidden item will not only have their money REFUNDED, they will receive a FREE copy of the colored vinyl Obi Edition of Devil’s Brew Productions’ last release, The Big Bad-See You In The Shadows. That’s 2 awesome records FOR FREE!!

And while Life After Sundown doesn’t mark Ghoultown’s first time on vinyl, it DOES mark their first full length album on vinyl. Ghoultown’s albums are sometimes a little hard to come by, so you don’t wanna miss out on this.

And if you just can’t wait until July 31, then make sure the WiFi in your crypt is working and head on over to Devils Brew Productions  and grab you one of the extremely limited soon to be ultra rare Test Press copies with a special edition sleeve.

Or pick up the original CD from The Ghoultown Shop at http://www.ghoultown.com/shop.htm

 

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May 24 2016

6’+ Episode 183 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“A certain legendary horror punk band is reuniting in 2016, so let’s celebrate with cover songs from such devillocked misfits such as ENERGY, VCR, THE BROKEN TOYS, THE CRIMSON GHOSTS, LA BASURA DEL DIABLO and so much more. Monstermatt Patterson will try to convince you that letting Jerry sing was a good idea but that won’t be the biggest laugh you’ll find in THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

May 19 2016

Takeshi Yamada

With roots which trace back to an actual samurai clan, the story of Takeshi Yamada begins in Osaka, Japan. He was born there in 1960 and his passion for artwork started at age 12 thanks to a gift from his father. The early paintings he created at that age led to him deciding on art as a career path later in his teens. Said path eventually led him to America in 1983, where he studied at the California College of the Arts and later at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Art, he went to the University of Michigan School of Art & Design to earn his Master’s degree. His incredible photorealistic paintings, including one of a grindhouse theater in New York, naturally resulted in his work being the subject of many one-man exhibits and displayed in several museums. He is also responsible for several posters, calendar illustrations and even a mural at Six Flags America! But he was not content with mastering one form of artistic expression. That’s when he entered the world of “rogue taxidermy” and sideshow gaffs.

To put it simply, “rogue taxidermy” is the use of taxidermy to create fake animals. Sometimes only actual animal parts are used and sometime other materials are used as well. This is different from a sideshow gaff, which is a completely artificial creation. The concept is hardly new, as the corpses of “baby dragons” were created in medieval times using dead lizards with bat wings sewn onto their bodies. The popularity of such hoaxes even resulted in British scientists initially regarding the platypus as a potential hoax when they were first presented the remains of one in 1798! However, the status of this technique as a valid work of art rather than carnival hucksterism is fairly new. The Rogue Taxidermy website describes it as a form of “pop-surrealist art characterized by mixed media sculptures” and Yamada himself goes into more detail about it in the following videos from IGN and BRIC TV:

His “Museum of World Wonders” is currently spread across three separate Flickr accounts devoted to his creations (in addition to his previously linked personal website). These popular works have also inspired countless others to use his techniques in their prop projects in addition to getting him recognized as one of the biggest names in the sideshow gaff business. Bizarrely, his only film credits appear to be for appearances in a few documentaries. Low budget horror filmmakers should be fighting each other tooth and nail in order to secure his talents for their movies. So spread the word about his work and hopefully we’ll see more of Dr. Yamada on screen. If not, at least we still can appreciate his works in their traditional settings.

Bibliography:

The Michigan Alumnus, May/June 1988. “From East To West: Artist Takeshi Yamada Is On The Move.” Sue Burris.
Takeshi Yamada – Wikipedia
MUSEUM OF WORLD WONDERS 1 | Flickr
MUSEUM OF WORLD WONDERS 2 | Flickr
MUSEUM OF WORLD WONDERS 3 | Flickr
Propnomicon: From Beyond
Propnomicon: The Yamada Texts
Takeshi Yamada – IMDb

May 13 2016

TGIF13: 6’+ Episode 182 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Happy Friday the 13th! It’s the only time in 2016 we can celebrate all things Jason Voorhees, so we get in the spirit with music from THE JASONS, HORROR BUSINESS, ZOMBIE!, PROWLER and a brand new WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA track. Monstermatt Patterson is the new head counselor at Camp Crystal Lake and that’s almost as frightening as THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

May 11 2016

6’+ Episode 181 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“We unleash MAY-HEM on the world with a hodgepodge weird music podcast full of full of monstrous tunes — such as sweet serenades from NIM VIND, psychobilly blasts from THE NEUTRONZ and EVIL BOBBLEHEAD and horror punk from DEAD STIFF. Monstermatt Patterson proves that mayhem CAN be funny, while his jokes are not, in another edition of THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE. Plus, Kraig Khaos joins in for another tasty KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

May 08 2016

Free Zombie Music, Volume IV

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It’s Zombie Awareness Month and you know what that means: 13 free zombie tracks arranged in no particular order. Seeing as how many of the bands made it so the only way to obtain a particular track for free was to download the entire album it was on, you are also getting a ton of other free music as well! Just be sure to click on the link on the left for the free download and the one on the right for the artist’s official website:

“I’m Undead”The Theatre Zombies
“The Planet of the Dead”The Theatre Zombies
“Zombies! Whoa oh!”The Theatre Zombies
“Zombie Crawl”Flak Bait
“Zombie Lake”Ron Hexe and Ghoul Squad
“Zombie’s heart”The Monster Ones
“I Ran With A Zombie”The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies
“The Dance of the Living Dead”The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies
“What’s Eating You?”Zombie Surf Camp
“Surf Zombies R Go!”Zombie Surf Camp
“Now, I Am a Zombie”Zombie Surf Camp
“Surf Zombies on Parade”Zombie Surf Camp
“Zombie Twist (Live)”Zombie Surf Camp

As always, Ray O’Bannon is offering free printable CD sleeves and tons of other zombie goodies for you to enjoy. If you burn this compilation to a disc, I highly recommend using one of his sleeves to store it in. You can even print out the image illustrating this article and glue it onto the sleeve if you want to!

Special thanks to the CDC for offering the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the tracks listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…

May 07 2016

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

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Free Comic Book Day is here and once again it’s time for our annual unofficial celebration! Here are but a few of the many free comics that might be of interest to our fans:

The Stuff of Legend – Th3rd World Studios

The Unknowns\Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom – Arcana Comics

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse – Oni Press

Lady Mechanika – Benitez Productions

Mix Tape 2016 – Devil’s Due Publishing/1st Comics

Dark Lilly & Friends – Space Goat Productions

Be sure to visit your local comic book store in order to see the rest! We found a special treat for you today, albeit one that might only be available for a limited time: the band Governor Grimm and the Ghastly Ghouls have made their debut album available as a “Name Your Price” download on Bandcamp! Not only was this the inspiration for a comic book adaptation, but a digital version of the comic is included with the download! But if you want a free download that’s won’t potentially vanish, might we recommend checking out the Uncommon Interests podcast featuring our own Kraig Khaos? It’s a highly informative and entertaining look at comic books, music and films that are often found off the beaten path. No matter what you pick, you’re sure to have a great listening experience as you head out for your freebies!

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

Special thanks to the CDC for offering the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

May 05 2016

Samson in the Wax Museum

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Something strange is going on at the wax museum. After a number of patrons vanish, the museum director calls upon the famous hero El Santo (referred to as “Samson” in the English dub) for help. Not only will doing so protect him from harm, but the presence of the legendary “Man in the Silver Mask” should hopefully make people feel safe enough to continue visiting. But since this is a horror movie involving a wax museum, it should be obvious to the viewer who is behind the disappearances (and what they are doing with the victims).

While admittedly far from perfect, “Santo in the Wax Museum” can be a lot of fun and does offer a few chills along the way. There are plenty of wrestling matches scattered throughout the film and they are never boring. Since this is one of the earlier El Santo films, said matches were filmed in front of a screaming crowd rather than on an empty sound stage. Their enthusiasm is infectious and the ring work shows why Santo was as famous as he was. I have never been able to get into watching professional wrestling, but the film’s high-flying lucha libre action was downright captivating. Sadly our hero’s final battle with the wax monsters was something of a let down. Earlier in the film we get plenty of references to the museum having figures of famous horror characters like Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein’s monster. Given the sheer number of wax figures on display, it seems reasonable to assume El Santo will be battling hordes of monsters come to life. Instead he does battle with a handful of generic monsters, including a pig man! They didn’t even try using the same actors wearing different costumes trick! Oh well, at least we still get Santo kicking the crap out of monsters. Although he is pretty ruthless considering how said monsters used to be innocent people. The reason for the focus on animal-based monsters appears to be due to the writer being inspired by The Island of Lost Souls, right down to the villain wanting to create a panther woman. Speaking of the villain, his motivation is bizarre and not something you would ever see in a modern movie (and for good reason).

Although released in 1963 as Santo en el museo de cera (which translates as “Santo in the Wax Museum” in English), the film went directly to American television as Samson in the Wax Museum in 1965. Presumably the name change was either an attempt to make the film seem less foreign or because of potential issues involving use of a direct translation of El Santo’s name (“The Saint”) in the title. Despite being labeled “campy” by some critics, it’s interesting how the Santo films apparently weren’t campy enough for distributors to pick up in order to cash in on the Batman craze the following year. Mainstream American audiences also missed out on his adventures during the superhero media boom of the 70’s. Perhaps a talented wrestler in a mask was just too “normal” when compared to the likes of Superman and the Incredible Hulk? Whatever the case was, we missed out big time. America desperately needs more El Santo.

The now long defunct Beverly Wilshire Filmworks issued this on DVD back in 2000 as a bargain bin title. As expected, it was the barest of bare bones with only menus and a whopping 4 chapter stops. Thankfully the fullscreen transfer didn’t suffer from any compression issues and looked as decent as an unrestored 16mm print could. But there is one point in the film where the action stops, the screen fills with static and then the film starts right where it left off! There has been speculation this is due to a reel change but I can’t make any definitive statement on the matter. All I can say is how it makes determining the exact running time difficult. Let’s just say it was around 90 minutes of El Santo action. There is actually a restored version of the film on DVD from Lions Gate Entertainment under its original title (and coupled with another El Santo film to boot), but it is only available in its original language. I suspect this is the same transfer which occasionally appears on cable. Hopefully the audio from the dub can be coupled with the restored version for a future home video release.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 01 2016

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

May 7th is the date of Free Comic Book Day 2016, so mark your calendars. And if you don’t have one, be sure to print out and mark your calendars immediately!

For more details, please head over to Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page. We’ll also post a reminder on the big day (along with some special bonus goodies)…

Apr 28 2016

6’+ Episode 180 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Spayed, delayed but never afraid. We’re no scaredy cats here on this feline-fueled episode of the horror music podcast that makes all the black cats howl. Strange Jason celebrates his own ghost cat with a playlist featuring THE DAZZLERS, THE AFTERDARKS, HAUNTED GEORGE, THE INVADERS and so much more. Monstermatt Patterson tries out some new jokes in the alley but ends up with a bad case of fleas on another MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 25 2016

More Tentacle Fun

Let us have a moment of silence for the pool noodles that sacrificed their lives for the cause. You will not be forgotten!

Last week I posted some shots of the awesome textures produced when you slash a pool noodle with a razor knife and then blast it with a heat gun.  I picked up a few more pool noodles this weekend to try and refine the process.  My ultimate goal was to produce a nice looking tentacle prop.  Here’s a look at some of the text subjects.  As tentacles, these suck.  The melting process is too uncontrollable to get a taper down to a point along the length of the noodle. 

If you want eyestalks, the results aren’t half bad.  To get the polyethylene foam to wrap around the eye, in this case a ping pong ball, you have to slash the plastic both vertically and horizontally along one end.  Once the plastic is soft you can compress it it into a bulge by pressing the end into a glass plate.  Then carefully insert the ping pong ball into the still hot foam and press it into the central cavity of the noodle.  I would strongly advise wearing some stout leather gloves when handling the semi-molten plastic. 

This is the closest I could get to a tapered tentacle shape.  This particular piece was made with a no-name dollar store noodle.  The plastic foam is noticeably less dense than noodles available at most big box stores.  Trying to cut a taper into the noodle before it undergoes heat treatment is an exercise in frustration.  I think it’s doable, but you’ll need something like a giant pencil sharpener to do it.  I can see using a length of PVC to fit inside the central channel of the noodle, and then rotating it around that.  An electric foam cutting knife, essentially a heated length of wire, could then trim the end of the noodle to the angle of your choice.

This piece was made from a “Funnoodle”brand noodle produced by Jakks Pacific.  They sell the same noodles under a variety of brand names.  The foam formulation is much denser than the cheapo dollar store versions and produces more prominent ridges when heat is applied.  This would be make some nice tabletop wargaming terrain. 

Another “Funnoodle” piece.  The plastic melts perpendicularly to the direction of surface cuts, producing the surface ridging effect.  Multiple short, shallow cuts produce the eye-shaped openings.  Longer, deeper cuts result in the stacked ridges along the top.

While the technique didn’t give me the results I wanted, it would be ideal for producing vines or tendrils for a home haunt or low budget film.  If you only lightly melt the surface after slashing the noodle the texture is almost identical to a palm tree trunk.  They’d be great for some cheap scenery at your poolside tiki bar.

Oh, one last thing, and it may be the coolest part of this whole series of experiments.  I wondered what would happen if you stuck a light source inside the central channel of the pool noodle.  The results were pretty impressive. 

Polyethylene foam has absolutely amazing light transmission properties.  I suspect the even illumination is because of the multiple facets of the internal polyethylene cells.  The entire length, about 14″, lit up with the light from a mini-Maglite LED flashlight powered by two AA batteries. That’s from a very modest 3-watt LED.   With a string of LED lights threaded through the center you could get the entire length of a pool noodle to glow.  Just imagine the cool effects.  How about a bio-luminescent plant?  Or a glowing fairy mushroom?  A wizard’s staff?  Thanks to the flexibility of the polyethylene foam you could even incorporate it into a costume.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Apr 21 2016

A Solution in Search of a Problem

When I need to relax there are few things more rewarding than melting things with a heat gun.

Today I was goofing off with a spare pool noodle and tried slashing it across it’s width with a razor knife before gently melting the surface.  The result was a really interesting ridged texture interspersed with bubbly gaps.  Here are a couple of shots I squeezed off before my camera decided to call it quits.  The piece is about 13″ long and roughly 2 inches in diameter.

It’s a really bizarre organic effect, but I’m not quite sure what it would be good for at this point.  If I was still into tabletop miniatures this would be ideal for some quick and easy Tyranid-syle terrain pieces.  With a nice three tone paintjob and some strands of clear epoxy it would have an awesome, gooey appearance.

It would be great for some kind of tentacle or tendril, but I need to figure out how to taper the effect along the length of the noodle.  The one I was using had a hole running through the middle, so melting it down to a point wasn’t possible.  If I can get my hands on some solid pool noodles without a hole I think the technique has some real possibilities.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Apr 19 2016

Wolf-Face/Teen Agers split 12″-Teen Wolf


say047  Say 10 Records recently released a split 12″ by two up and coming Florida punk bands. The Teen Agers from Orlando who have a pop punk approach to the music but with their own shine to it. And Wolf-Face from St.Petersburg who hide their identities by performing exclusively in werewolf masks. Wich is fitting, as how lead vocalist, Michael J. Wolf had his life story hijacked by Hollywood and made into the film Teen Wolf.

When the Teen Agers side of the record starts, I feel like putting on one of those old Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogames. Mostly because I’m too fat,old and lazy to actually skateboard. But the opening song,”KWM”, does give you that toe taping energy that makes you want to get up and go do something. The cover of Sense Field’s “Buildings” and the “It’s Hard To Know” cover from fellow Florida punkers Hot Water Music has some serious blood running through their veins. What with the honest,endearing, heartfelt lyrics and desperate urgent vocals that make it seem like they are telling you the most important words ever. The songs “River Road” and “Van Pizza Road Apple Coffee” would be right at home on some of those late 90’s Fat Wreck comps we all love. And those songs would definitely be standout tracks on those comps.

As we flip the record over, Wolf-Face starts us off with what we think is a slow ballad in the form of the song “Goddamn This Beast”. But about 1/2 way through the song, it turns into a full on,head bobbing rocker. It is then followed up by the super catchy “Boof Ain’t Too Loose.” And while obvious lyrics that reference the love plot of Teen Wolf,this song seems to use those references as a metaphor for real subject matter. Very similar to what they do in the lyrics for “I’m So Much Better”.  Which is great. Wolf-Face does a cover version of the TV On The Radio song “Wolf Like Me” that,in my opinion far surpasses the original. Wich is super rare for any cover song. But WF create such a force with this song. The song sounds epic in a way that’s hard to describe. The other song on here is “W-O-L-F Spells Shitkicker”. A song I played on my segment of 6ft Plus episode 178. A rousing song about being a cool as fuck,ass kicking werewolf.

Both bands brought their A game to this record. Proof, again that a split LP doesn’t have to have a good side and a meh side. This LP is A+ and I’ve been listening to it A LOT since it’s release. It’s available either digitally or in various vinyl colors from the bands, Say 10 Records, or Smartpunk.com  And check out both bands at Wolf-Face (who have new record coming out VERY soon from Swamp Cabbage Records ) and Teen Agers (who are on tour in europe. Catch them at Groezrock.)

Apr 18 2016

6’+ Episode 179 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“HEY! HO! LET’S GO! It’s a horror-power-punk fueled episode inspired by those four non-brothers from Queens. On this horror punk podcast, fueled by the ghosts of CBGB’s, there’s music from KOBANES, THE HALLINGTONS, MURDERLAND, HORROR OF ’59 and more. A special segment featuring THE MOANS as we play their new EP. Plus, Monstermatt Patterson tries to become Monstermatt Ramone and the results are not pretty on the latest MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 16 2016

Record Store Day Is Here!

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It’s the third Saturday of April and you know what that means: our unofficial celebration of Record Store Day is finally here! It’s just our way of offering something extra for those who missed out on the official exclusives they had their eyes on (or who just plain don’t have a record store in their area). Judging from our analytics data, it would be much more accurate to say it’s for people to check out the day after Record Store Day!

Thanks to the vinyl revival, it’s getting harder and harder to track down LPs that aren’t sold out. Hopefully the following items in this year’s suggested vinyl purchases will still be available by the time you see them:

The Surf Zombies
The Coffin Daggers
Kava Kon
Ding Dong Devils
The Martini Kings
Clouseaux
Anima Morte

That last link also leads to a treasure trove of potential purchases from lots of other artists!

Speaking of artists, some like to give you the option of choosing between a free download or buying their work at a price you think is fair. The Out of Limits actually do this for their entire catalog! Others, such as the Ghoulies prefer to offer an album of their choosing rather than potentially give away everything. Speaking of ghouls, the Gabba Ghouls and GhoulKids also use this payment model for select releases. Honeymoonhill brings us a fright night of music and Noelle Picara uses her special brand of “dark theatrical piano rock” to tell a special tale regarding a famous monster. You might have to use a translation program to navigate their page, but the music of LOS FRENETICOS is well worth it. Finally, dive into the “Scythe” music universe with Jon of the Shred and prepare to be blown away!

Last but not least are our free downloads:

Strange Jason is a big fan of Lugosi’s Morphine and one listen will immediately demonstrate why. Actor/musician Christophe Murdock and Mazinga are both offering free EPs while Globelamp has a free full album. Let’s not forget all of the free tracks available from High Jinx and Here Come The Mummies on SoundCloud!

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Apr 11 2016

Power of the Night

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the film Critters and there is only one way to properly celebrate. So, thanks to
TheSpringwoodSlasher, here is the film’s most famous musical composition:

Back when I first saw the movie, I assumed this was just another example of some indie band teaming up with the makers of a low budget movie. The repeated use of the song in the film was all too easy to attribute to some producer trying to squeeze as much use out of a single licensed track as possible. But had I actually paid attention to the end credits, I would have figured out the lead singer “Johnny Steele” was played by Terrence Mann and that “Power of the Night” was created especially for the film. Sadly, the song was apparently left off the CD version of the film’s soundtrack. But thankfully it was included on the original LP version. Perhaps there’s hope for a new pressing from a specialty label since vinyl has made a comeback. Throw in a free digital download and you’ve got a surefire hit!

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