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THE PASSING PARADE

News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists


Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #13: June 16, 2010

Caps are for emphasis only.

No table of contents which means you have to read the entire issue to find out everything that's happening. :-)

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A Note from Erik

Welcome to another edition of The Passing Parade, the aperiodical newsletter from Think Tank Media. In this very Moogy issue we have videos, videos and more videos! (Oh, and some rather nice photos, too!) I shall give you a report on the recent Moogus Operandi concert for The Bob Moog Foundation in the beautiful, creative city of Asheville, North Carolina. I will also give you some happy news about our recent download additions to iTunes and ReverbNation, and then finally, I have a bunch of links to the latest videos and photos of Lana and me. Oh yes, and do please come see me on my Facebook page. The latest news always seems to show up there first. And if you want to get in touch for any reason, you can write to me there on Facebook or simply email thethinker (at) thetank (dot) com anytime.

Best wishes, 
Erik Norlander
El Dorado Hills, California, June 2010


Moogus Operandi: wrap up of Erik Norlander's concert for The Bob Moog Foundation

On May 27, 2010, I played a special concert at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC in celebration of the Moog legacy for a fundraiser for The Bob Moog Foundation joined by Lana along with a gathering of amazng Asheville musicians: Woody Wood, Oso Rey, Andy Pond, Ellie LaBar, River Gueguerian, Adama Dembéle, Shen Hunt, Brooks Butler, Amos Gaynes and Chris Tanfield. Vocalist Debrissa McKinney also joined us for the VIP pre-party the night before where we all sampled the delightful new Moog Filtered Ale (now available for shipping through Bruisin' Ales!). We played songs from my new CD,
The Galactic Collective, and a couple of other favorites including a stirring version of Lana's "Queen of the Ocean".

The newly reconfigured Wall of Doom analog modular Moog synthesizer was the centerpiece (or should I say "looming backdrop"!) for the evening thanks to the efforts of engineers Amos Gaynes and August Worley.

Our week in Asheville for this event was an unfortgettable one, and we were quite sad to leave. Thanks to Bob Moog Foundation Executive Director par excellence Michelle Moog Koussa and her incredible staff for creating and executing a truly amazing event. The spirit of Bob Moog  shone brightly this evening and continues to do so because of all your tremendous efforts and unwavering commitment to the Moog legacy.

Please click these links to check out the beautiful galleries from photograper John Leidel of the show and the rehearsals and also coverage from the Asheville Mountain Xpress who provided amazing support for the event.   -- Erik

Moogus Operandi photo by John Leidel

Moogus Operandi photo by John Leidel


New look at The Tank

As I mentioned in the last issue, we have done a little remodeling at www.thetank.com. Please stop by and have a look! Our new pricing for the
back catalog titles should help you fill any gaps in your Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists collection.

Single CDs are $8.99, double CDs and DVDs are $11.99. Imports excluded but still discounted where possible. The behemoth  Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward box set has been discounted as well.

-- Erik

Think Tank Media brain image


Erik Norlander talks about the SampleMoog virtual instrument

A while back, I contributed a fairly huge sample set of my Moog instruments to a virtual instrument called SampleMoog by IK Multimedia (makers of SampleTank, AmpliTube 3, T-Racks, etc.).
My friend Dave Kerzner -- former keyboardist with the late great Kevin Gilbert -- runs Sonic Reality, a company in the Miami area that specializes in detailed samples of vintage instruments and particularly those in the prog rock world. I continue to work with them on several exciting projects. Dave and Sonic Reality created the sounds for SampleMoog and all of the IK Multimedia virtual instruments, and they asked me to sit down and talk about the sounds I contributed to the product. YouTube video here!      -- Erik

Norlander SampleMoog video still


ASIA Featuring John Payne video blogs

ASIA Featuring John Payne is not affiliated with Think Tank Media, but I do play keyboards in the band and have been touring and recording with them for a few years now. Our friend Erik Nielsen has been shooting and assembling some excellent video blogs of interviews and rehearsal footage that I think you will find interesting. I am featured in Episode 3, and I believe I do at least appear in most of the episodes.
Here are the links to the videos:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

There is a lot of great info at the ASIA Featuring John Payne Facebook page as well. If you're a fan of the band or want to learn more about it, please stop by and have a look.  -- Erik

Norlander AFJP video blog still


Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective album cover

(TTMD-1054) Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective
2010 USA CD:  $11.99  Buy Now
Download the best quality 320k mp3s for $9.99 on ReverbNation (indiv. tracks available)

New Release! Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective

New audiophile multimedia studio recordings reinterpret the keyboard wizard's best instrumental compositions

In the spirit of his much acclaimed ROCKET SCIENTISTS - LOOKING BACKWARD multimedia box set comes a new CD releases from symphonic rock keyboard master, Erik Norlander. THE GALACTIC COLLECTIVE is a brand new take on the best of Erik’s vast instrumental compositions written for Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane and his own solo albums over the years. Recorded on an amazing arsenal of classic analog synthesizers (including 6 Moog instruments), Hammond organ and an incredible Steinway model B grand piano at Cleveland Ohio’s prestigious Magnetic North Studio with engineer Chris Keffer and executive producer Dena Henry along with bassist Mark Matthews, drummer Nick LePar and choral vocal sections by Lana Lane and John Payne along with a suite of guest guitarists including John Payne, Mitch Perry, Mark McCrite, Ron Redfield and Freddy DeMarco, Liner notes by Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of The Bob Moog Foundation. THE GALACTIC COLLECTIVE is a must have for all fans of keyboard - oriented instrumental progressive rock. 10 audiophile tracks including the epic 20-minute suite, "The Dark Water". Total Running Time - 79:02. Listen to the music and 
view photos and videos.


Videos from The Galactic Collective

We've posted three songs on YouTube so far including one new video just uploaded yesterday.
Here are the links to the available videos:

Astrology Prelude
Fanfare for Absent Friends
After the Revolution

More to come!

-- Erik

Still from After the Revolution video


DOWNLOAD FREE BONUS TRACKS. No purchase required. Just enter your email address on Erik's page at ReverbNation to receive download links to several FREE bonus tracks. Currently there are 5 available: "Garden of the Moon - Long Version", from The Galactic Collective, and then 4 tracks from Live in St. Petersburg that appear on the DVD but not on the included CD (due to space limitations of the CD medium). Note that you will not receive any additional email -- only the light pestering of this same newsletter, The Passing Parade, which is published just a few times per year.

Where to download

I heartily recommend ReverbNation for your primary digital download source. We have uploaded the best quality 320 kbps mp3 tracks for the complete catalogs of Erik Norlander and Rocket Scientists along with most of the Lana Lane catalog (some live and EP titles remain to uploaded there, but the main albums are all available now). You can also legally download the songs and albums of Lana, Erik and Rocket Scientists on the Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Music Match services. Please do avoid peer-to-peer file sharing services that violate international copyright law and deprive the artists of rightful income.

My new album,
The Galactic Collective, is now available at iTunes. In the next week, the four discs from the Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward, set (2007 Remasters of Earthbound, Brutal Architecture, Oblivion Days and Looking Backward: The 2007 Sessions) will also be availabe on iTunes as separate download titles.

-- Erik

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CD / DVD Availability

You can order Erik's The Galactic Collective, Hommage Symphonique and his Live in St. Petersburg DVD,  Lana's Best of Lana Lane 2000-2008, Red Planet Boulevard and Gemini CDs, 10th Anniversary Concert DVD and the Rocket Scientists Revolution Road CD and Looking Backward box set and all of their available back catalog at http://www.thetank.com. International secure ordering and shipping is available.

Most titles are also available at CDBaby.com. Just added at CDBaby: Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward and Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective! Note that sometimes the international shipping rates at CDBaby.com are better than what we can offer at thetank.com, and so we encourage you to check out their prices if you are in Southern or Eastern Europe, Central and South America, or any other part of the world where our shipping prices seem too high.

In Europe, Think Tank Media titles are distributed by Bertus (Benelux) and Musea (France) and sold through Empire Music in Germany along with many other fine companies throughout Europe. Select Lana Lane titles are released on the Frontiers and Limb Music Products / Diversity Media labels in Italy and Germany respectively. 

In Japan, Think Tank Media titles are nationally released by Marquee, Inc. on their Avalon and Belle Antique labels  http://www.marquee.co.jp

Our CDs and DVDs are also available for sale at Erik and Lana's live shows, so be sure to support independent music and purchase CDs for yourself and all your friends and family! Music is the gift that keeps on giving.

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On the Web

Below is a list of just some of the places to find Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists info on the Internet.

Think Tank Media official web site and shop: http://www.thetank.com

Erik Norlander official web site: http://www.eriknorlander.com

Lana Lane official web site: http://www.lanalane.com

Erik Norlander Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-Norlander/173884704355

Erik and Lana's MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane

Erik and Lana's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ThinkTankMediaMusic

Rocket Scientists MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband

Rocket Scientists YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/rocketscientists

Asia featuring John Payne Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ASIA.featuring.John.Payne

Asia featuring John Payne MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/asiafeaturingjohnpayne

Asia featuring John Payne official web site: http://www.theasiaband.com

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See you next time.

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