10 Years prep new album, tour

Tennessee based rock band 10 Years is prepping its new release, “Minus The Machine.”  The album is currently slated to hit stores July 31st via Palehorse Records/ILG (WMG).  In celebration, the band has released the first single off the album, ‘Backlash’, online.  The single won’t start playing on radio until June 19th.  Fans can check it out now before it hits radio at http://www.monsterenergy.com/us/en/bands/10-years:tracks/

This album is the first for the band on its own independent label, Palehorse Records.  Frontman Jesse Hasek explained the band’s decision to release the album independently, saying, “We wanted to create an album that has no boundaries.”  He went on to say, “When you feel like you’re being told to go through motions and jump through hoops, it takes the heart out of it. It’s better to do what comes naturally and then figure out the after-effect.”

Along with the early debut of the album’s new single, 10 Years will be heading out on tour this Summer in support of the new album.  The tour kicks off June 27th in Jefferson, Louisiana.  The band will be joined by Fair to Midland and Kyng on most of its dates.  It will also be joining a number of other top acts when it performs at this year’s annual Rockfest festival.  Among the band’s expected to perform this year are:  Godsmack, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, and Hollywood Undead.

Fans can keep up with all the latest from 10 Years online at http://www.10yearsmusic.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic, and on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/10years.

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Otherwise hit the jackpot on major label debut

Good morning, everyone.  As promised earlier this morning, I’ve got an extra edition of Reel Reviews this morning.  The Reel Reviews Music department is loaded with lots and lots of new music.  So along with all the new dvd and blu-ray releases, I’ve got lots of music to present.  This morning, I’ve got the major label debut from a band right out of Las vegas, Nevada.  If you haven’t heard these guys yet, you likely will very soon.  I’ll spare the rambling and present to you, dear readers, the major label debut from Las vegas Nevada’s own, Otherwise, “True Love Never Dies.”

Las Vegas, Nevada based Otherwise is one of the top up and coming acts in mainstream rock.  If the shout out from WWE Superstar and HUGE ROCK STAR (Fozzy fans’ll get that reference) isn’t enough, then the melodic hard rock sounds of the band’s Century Media debut, “True Love Never Dies” will get rockers everywhere putting their horns in the air.  This band has rolled the dice on its major label debut and come up with a lucky seven.  And yes, that was a band pun on the band’s home town.

“True Love Never Dies” is a fitting title for the band’s new album.  That’s because the majority of the songs on this album deal with the ups and downs of personal relationships.  The album opens with the pounding, ‘Die For You.’  This song comes across in the vein of someone who’s going through some rather mixed emotions.  Vocalist Adrian Patrick sings on the song, “There’s nothing left to hide/Want you to see inside/For me there is no doubt/My heart is yours, so rip it out!/I don’t expect you to understand this/I’ll take what you give/But I won’t take it for granted/So alive I’d die for you.”  From there, he drives into a moment, screaming, “Take my heart/Just ri it out! Rip it out!/I’d die for you/Take my heart!/Just rip it out! Rip it out!”.  The emotional mix is only heightened by the guitars that crunch and drive from beginning to end.

Everyone has experienced the moments in life that bring about such emotions that create ‘Die For You.’  It’s one of those pieces to which every listener can relate, both male and female.  Speaking of which, for all the darker more emotional moments on this album, it also has one song that’s rather uplifting both musically and lyrically in ‘I Don’t Apologize (1,000 Pictures).’  The song presents the mood of someone who has overcome the more difficult emotional moments in life, and come out on top.  Patrick sings in this song, ‘No, I’m not gonna hurt anymore/I’ve already walked through that door/All of this time/Could’ve moved on/Should’ve known better than this/And I hope it hits you right between the eyes/I don’t apologize”.  Just as with the album’s opener, there is no gender identification.  It’s a song to which both the band’s male and female audiences can relate.  After the up and down nature of the previous songs, this song proves that through all the negativity and difficulty in relationships, there is still hope of breaking free and being happy.  The positive musical backing to the vocals makes the song that much more of a positive on this opus.

While the album is largely centered on personal relationships, the band includes a tribute the America’s men and women in uniform on the song, ‘Soldiers.’  Given, Otherwise isn’t the first band to ever write a tribute to America’s armed forces.  That aside, it’s still a powerful hard hitting tribute that will have arenas nation wide resounding with the chorus of  “We are the ones who will never be broken/With our final breath/We’ll fight to the death/We are soldiers, We are soldiers.”

“True Love Never Dies” isn’t the first album from Otherwise.  It is however, the band’s first major label release.  And for a major label debut, it is a solid work.  There’s no doubt that after just one listen through this record, Otherwise could easily hold its own against other mainstream heavyweights such as:  Breaking Benjamin, Cold, and Five Finger Death Punch just to name a few.  It would be no surprise if audiences across the country start hearing more of this band very soon.

Fans who want to hear more from Otherwise, and keep up with all the latest from the band can follow it online at http://www.weareotherwise.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/weareotherwise, and via its official Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/otherwisetube.

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Smashing Pumpkins want fans’ art

The members of Smashing Pumpkins are asking fans to submit their best artwork inspired by the band’s new upcoming album, “Imagine Oceania.”  The band will take some of its favorite pieces and include them on its many social networking sites.  A lucky few may even end up on the band’s main website, http://www.smashingpumpkins.com.  Fans can get the full information on the new initiative on the band’s website at http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/oceania/imagine-oceania

Along with this new initiative, the band has started a new challenge in partnership with JPMAG.com.  The challenge allows fans to submit photos for each of the thirteen songs on the band’s upcoming album.  There will be challenges to determine the best photo submission for each song.  One photo from each challenge will be picked to be included on a limited edition print on demand canvas poster that will be signed by the band.  Fans can get more information on this challenge online at http://www.jpmag.com/blog/2012/05/smashing-pumpkins-oceania.html.

Fans can also keep up with all the band’s latest news and more on the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/smashingpumpkins, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smashingpumpkin, and on the band’s official Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/smashingpumpkins.  Fans can even keep up with Smashing Pumpkins frontman and founder Billy Corgan on his own Twitter account at http://twitter.com/Billy.

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Shout! Factory, Nickelodeon “scare” up more fun with Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season 2

Nickelodeon was one of the best networks on television during the 1990’s.  The very mention of the network’s name instantly led to discussions of its famed “Nicktoons” programming.  And if ever there was a leading company among the 90’s Nicktoons, it was Klasky Csupo.  The team of Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo were responsible for what was arguably the most legendary of the Nicktoons in Rugrats.  That beloved cartoon ran from 1991 – 2004.  But it was just one of many shows created by the pair.  they were also responsible for fellow Nicktoons, The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

While Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, and The Wild Thornberrys were relatively well received, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters received mixed reviews.  Chances are that’s because it wasn’t the happy, bright colored style cartoon that Klasky Csupo was known for in its other shows.  It could be argued that it appealed mainly to younger audiences in their goth phases.  But even this cartoon had its positives.  And its second season continued to prove that.  In Season Two, Krumm, Ickis, and Oblina learn about the dangers of spreading rumors and telling the truth.  There’s also a wonderful episode that argues how important monsters have been throughout human history.  Add in the classic animation style for which Klasky Csupo became known with its cartoons, and audiences get a great piece of nostalgia in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season 2.

Season Two opens with the episode, “Spontaneously Combustible.”  Young Ickis is having some stomach troubles.  He keeps breathing fire, and he doesn’t know why.  He goes to see the monster academy’s doctor to find out what’s wrong.  It turns out that other monsters have had the same problem, and that he simply has to give it about a week to let it pass.  Unbeknownst to him, Zimbo, the Gromble’s assistant (voiced by Tim Curry) is snooping around and hears the doctor tell Ickis about his problem.  Zimbo flies off and tells someone else, leading to rumors throughout the monster academy.  The Gromble catches wind of the rumors being spread around about Ickis.  So he uses class to reassure everyone that the rumors about Ickis are not true.  He tells the class that there have been some very important monsters who had Ickis’ problem.  After Ickis leaves, everybody feels bad and goes to look for him.  They do finally find him, and apologize for all the rumors, and ask him to forgive them.  He does, and all end up happy.  This one episode continues the tradition of Klasky Csupo’s Nicktoons having heart.  Sure, the show’s about monsters.  But it teaches young audiences about the dangers of spreading rumors, and the impact that spreading them can have.  It’s a wonderful way to kick off this two-disc set.

“Spontaneously Combustible” is a great way to start off Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season Two.  It’s just one of a handful of enjoyable episodes in this season.  Another of that handful of enjoyable episodes is in “Rosh ‘O Monster.”  Krumm, Oblina, and Ickis learn the importance of not telling tall tales in this episode.  The P.O.V. storyline is nothing new to television.  But there’s something about this style of episode that regardless of which show, always makes for great television.  And this episode is no exception to that rule.  When the trio scare an entire opera house of humans, they all want to tell the story.  They all try at the same time, leading the viewfinder to break.  So each one tells the story of what happened from their own vantage point, making themselves out to be the leader.  However, when the viewfinder is fixed, the reality of their scare is much different from what any of the trio has told.  The reality is that the scare was completely by accident.  While they had set out to scare the humans, the original plan was obviously quite different than how everything turned out.  As a result of this relevation, the Gromble punishes all three for their dishonesty.  It’s a lesson that viewers both young and old should take to heart.

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters shows that it has heart in Season Two.  And it teaches life lessons.  But that isn’t all it shows.  It shows that it can also entertain while it teaches.  One of the episodes that best epitomizes that ability to entertain and teach is “History of The Monster World.”  Adults and kids alike will love this episode.  Much like Rosh O’ Monster, this episode isn’t the first of its kind.  But it’s always so funny to see history from a totally random and silly vantage point.  In this episode, the Gromble decides to teach his students a lesson on the history of the monster world.  The students all grumble at this.  It’s the same kind of reaction that human students get when they’re told they have to learn history.  And the Gromble’s reaction is similar to that of human teachers.  That’s only part of the joy of this episode.  The real meat and potatoes comes as the Gromble teaches the young monsters about the many contributions of monsters to the human world.  According to monster history, if not for monsters scaring early neanderthal man, the wheel would have never been invented.  Monsters, according to the lesson, were also responsible for the very first message ever transmitted by phone.  And allegedly, if not for monsters, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would never have developed one of the most famed quotes of all time.  The quote in question was, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”  Who would have thought that a monster would really be to credit for the famed line?  It’s a great joke.  The entire episode offers such outlandish history that it’s one of the season’s best episodes.

The second season of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters boasts so much enjoyment from each episode.  But the episodes aren’t all that make the show such a joy.  The show’s animation is similar to other Klasky Csupo Nicktoons.  But it still stood on its own two feet stylistically speaking.  The animation style is closer to earlier Rugrats episodes than any other KC cartoon.  But it still manages to somehow establish its own identity, even with the similarity in style.  In an era when the majority of “cartoons” are cartoons in name only, seeing this classic hand drawn animation adds a whole extra level of enjoyment to what is already a classic cartoon in itself.  That enjoyment mixed with the enjoyment of the stories makes Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season Two one more wonderful piece of television nostalgia for fans of Nickelodeon’s classic 90’s Nicktoons.

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“Summer Adventures” offers lots more laughs from The Garfield Show

Everybody’s favorite orange flabby feline is back.  That’s right.  Garfield is back again.  And he’s brought Jon, Odie and all the others along in the brand new dvd,  “Summer Adventures.”  This brand new dvd presents six more episodes from the most recent Garfield television incarnation, The Garfield Show.  This time out, Garfield helps pizzeria owner Vito save his business as it competes with a mega pizza chain.  He also helps his mouse friend, Squeak, in an original episode.  And in another throwback to the original Garfield and Friends series, Garfield gets some not so good luck when he returns a pot of gold to a leprechaun.  There’s even a bonus episode that will also take viewers back to the original Garfield & Friends series in “Fame Fatale.”

“Perfect Pizza” is the first of the six episodes contained on this single disc compilation.  Much like many of the episodes in The Garfield Show, this episode is a near direct throwback to Garfield & Friends.  It starts off with Jon ordering a pizza for Garfield.  Thinking the pizza is from his favorite pizza place, Vito’s, Garfield is surprised at how terrible the pizza is.  He discovers that the pizza is in fact not from Vito’s.  Rather, it’s from a new competitor, Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace.  The new business has set up shop right next door to Vitos, and is taking customers away from Vito’s thanks to huge deals and coupons.  After finding out how Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace mass produces its pizzas, Jon declares that he’s going back to Vito’s.  Mama Meaney (who happens to be a man) tries to lure Jon back with lots of coupons.  But it doesn’t work.  They go back to Vito’s. 

When they go back to Vito’s Eddie Gourmand calls and orders one of Vito’s pizzas.  He tells Vito that if he likes the pizza, he’ll tell all his viewers about it and tell them to buy his pizzas.  So Vito gets Jon to take the pizza to Gourmand.  Jon has to avoid Mama Meaney the whole way to Gourmand’s place.  In a chance mishap, Jon accidentally carries one of Mama Meaney’s pizzas to Gourmand who tastes it and declares how horrible it is.  But then Garfield gives Gourmand Vito’s pizza.  Gourman tells Vito how great it is, thus saving his business, and putting Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace out of business.  As a reward, Vito tells Jon that they can have free pizza any time they want.  Garfield immediately takes full advantage of that, and digs in.  When Vito asks if Garfield will ever stop, Jon tells Vito, “Sure.  He’ll hit anchovies some time.” 

Long time fans will recognize certain similarities to two classic Garfield & Friends episodes in this one episode.  It combines elements of two episodes from the show’s fourth season in “Supermarket Mania” and “Mamma Manicotti.”  Garfield and Jon have to save a small independent business from a mega-conglomerate in both episodes.  The coupon element comes from the prior of the two classic episodes, while the competing Italian restaurant element comes from the latter of the pair.  Both are equally impressive episodes.  And combined, they make for a fun new episode for The Garfield Show.

“Perfect Pizza” is an enjoyable episode from The Garfield Show.  But it’s not all that makes this compilation of shorts so fun.  In a more original episode, Garfield and his friend Squeak go to Eddie Gourmand’s World of Cheese in the original episode, “It’s a Cheese World.”  This time out, Squeak and his friends see an ad for Eddie Gourmand’s Cheese World theme park.  They beg Garfield to take them.  At first, Garfield declines.  But when Jon finds one of Squeak’s friends eating a piece of cheese that he was going to eat, that becomes an excuse for Garfield to get the mice out of the house.  But to get them into the park, he first has to get them past his friend, Harry.  He tries to hide them under an overcoat, in a pizza box, and even uses an old Looney Tunes style bit that ends up working.  The irony of the mice trying to get in is that Gourmand’s park is failing because it’s made entirely of cheese.  And all the cheese is going bad real fast.  Thinking he’s lost everything, Gourmand isn’t sure what to do until a land developer offers to buy the park.  Gourman agrees, but doesn’t know how to get rid of the buildings until Squeak and his friends offer to take care of it for him.  That leads to a happy ending for all involved.

In one more of this new compilation’s collection of fun episodes, The Garfield Show throws back once again to Garfield & Friends with “Lucky Charm.”  “Lucky Charm” sees Odie discover a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Odie brings the pot back to Garfield.  But, he’s not alone.  The leprechaun that owns the gold is close behind.  When Garfield gives the gold back, the leprechaun grants him any wish that he wants.  Garfield wishes for good luck.  At first Garfield’s luck doesn’t seem so good.  But then he wins the lottery and becomes rich.  It could be argued that this is a throwback to the Garfield & Friends episode, “Fat & Furry.”  And the concept of whether Garfield’s luck was good could be argued to have been taken from the episode, “Curse of the Klopman.”  Getting back to this episode, though.  At first, being rich seems great.  But when he has to endure a pair of cats claiming to be long lost relatives, salesmen, and even an IRS agent, Garfield has to find the leprechaun who put the “Good Luck” spell on him so he can get it undone.  The leprechaun does.  But then he himself is hounded by the same IRS agent.  It’s a hint at “The Curse of the Klopman.”

The episodes listed here are just a small sampling of the laughs that fans will get from this brand new compilation.  However, all six episodes contained here make for more than enough laughs for both kids and kids at heart.  It’s a great introduction to the world of Garfield for younger viewers.  And it will take parents back to the days of Garfield & Friends.  While the compilation is titled, “Summer Adventures”, it’s a great addition to any family’s home library for the whole family all year long.

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Alt-rock indie band, Atlas Genius, signs to WB Records

The family that plays together stays together.  That old adage has proven true for Adelaide, Australia based trio Atlas Genius.  The band–brothers Keith, Steven and Michael Jeffrey–will release its debut EP, “Through The Glass”, through Warner Brothers records June 12th. The band’s guitarist/singer Keith Jeffrey said of being signed, “We had begun to think that music was a pipedream and we had all gone back to university to pursue more realistic careers.”

Fans anxious to hear the new EP can get a sneek peak at a couple of the band’s songs now.  Both ‘Trojans’ and ‘Back Seat’ will be on “Through The Glass.”  And fans can hear them now at http://soundcloud.com/atlas-genius/trojans and http://soundcloud.com/atlas-genius/atlas-genius-back-seat/s-TGfFB

Fans can keep up with all the latest from Atlas Genius online at http://www.atlasgenius.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AtlasGenius, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/atlasgenius.

Fans worldwide can follow keep up with all the latest news from Roger online at his homepage, http://www.rogerhodgson.com/home.html, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RodgerHodgsonOfficial, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RogerHodgson, and on his official Youtube Channel at http://www.YouTube.com/MrRogerHodgson.

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Roger Hodgson tour continues across the world

Legendary singer-songrwiter and Supertramp co-founder Roger Hodgson is continuing his worldwide tour in support of his new album, “Classics Live.”  Hodgson recently finished off the first leg of his American tour and will head overseas for a Summer long tour of Europe beginning next Wednesday, June 6th.  He will return to the U.S. in August beginning in Park City, Utah on August 5th. 

Fans worldwide can keep check out his full concert lineup online at http://www.rogerhodgson.com/documents/tour.html

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Tegan & Sara added to Black Keys tour, confirmed for Austin City Limits

Tegan and Sara have announced that they have officially been added to The Black Keys’ tour later this fall.  The pop-rock duo from Canada will join The Black Keys for a handful of dates in October, beginning October 1st in Fresno, California.  They have also been confirmed as a performer at the Austin City Limits Festival in October.  The pair will be joined by the likes of:  Weezer, Rufus Wainright, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, and a bevy of other acts.  Fans can check out the full lineup at the festival’s website, http://www.aclfestival.com/

While Tegan and Sara prep for their upcoming tour, they’re also busy working on their new album.  They’re giving fans the chance to get an inside view of the recording process at Tegan and Sara’s Carpool Confessional.  Tegan and Sara’s Carpool Confessional is a weekly video series that’s filmed from the backseat of the duo’s car.  It features different guests and musical collaborators each week.  fans can check it out at http://www.teganandsara.com/carpool-confessional/.

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Serj Tankian releases video for new single

System of a Down frontman Serj tankian’s third solo release, “Harakiri” is currently scheduled to hit stores July 10th.  In anticipation of the upcoming release, Tankian has released the video for the first single from the album, ‘Figure It Out.’  Tankian said of the video, “”It’s a comical political song talking about abusive capitalism and the differences created in economic stature and the reaction to it.”  He added, “CEOs have gotten away with murder, until now…”  

The video shows Tankian and his band performing in front of an image of a stock market monitor, while images of CEO’s flash throughout the video.  The CEO’s are the stereotpyical figures, smoking their cigars, drinking champagne, and partying as a banner reading, “Bailout Party” hangs above them.

Fans can check out the video now on Noisecreep, right here: 

http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/05/24/serj-tankian-figure-it-out-video/ .

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New PGA dvd documents a “major” moment in time

Golf, it’s said, is the gentleman’s game.  And since the PGA was founded April 10th, 1916, many gentleman have come through its ranks.  Those names go all the way back to the winner of the inaugural PGA Championship, James M. Barnes.  The PGA Championship was the first of what would become one of the PGA’s “majors.”  In 1934, another of the “majors” began, and has since brought the name of many gentlemen to fame.  That tournament was the Masters Tournament.  Horton Smith won the very first tournament, beating Craig Wood to take that title.  Since then, the Masters Tournament has brought many more names to prominence among the PGA’s ranks, including legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The pair combined for a total of ten Masters titles since Palmer took his first title in 1957.  Now, fifty-five years after Palmer won his first title, members and fans of the PGA could very well be looking at another legend in the making after the conclusion of this year’s Masters Tournament.  His name is Bubba Watson.  And thanks to the people at A&E TV, at&t, ExxonMobile and IBM, fans of the PGA can re-live Watson’s unexpected win at this year’s tournament in the dvd release of “Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament.”

“Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament” takes fans through the tournament from the pre-tournament festivities to the amazing final battle for the title between Watson and South African Louis Oosthuizen.  Along the way, the dvd takes fans on the up and down journey throughout each round.  The final score of each round highlights that there was no clear cut leader.  Each round saw a diferent golfer at the top of the leaderboard.  Fans can watch as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods struggle through the first round.  Their troubles, combined with Henrik Stenson’s collapse late in the first round set up what would become the start of Watson’s weekend rise.

The ups and downs of the tournament aren’t all that make this brand new dvd so enjoyable for golfers and fans of the “gentleman’s sport.”  Fans learn that the 2012 Masters tournament was recorded on a total of twenty-eight 3-D cameras.  It’s noted that the setup was the largest production of its kind.  That in itself is impressive.  Just as impressive is how this final product was edited and assembled for fans, including the soundbites added throughout the highlights.  Those soundbites really helped to emphasize the emotion being felt by the competitors.  The note of the production and the soundbites aren’t the only extra pieces of information that fans get in watching this documentary.  Audiences also learn that the double eagle shot by Oosthuizen in the final round was the first ever on television.  In small part, that may be seemingly irrelevant to anything.  But in the grand scheme of things, it shows how rare such a feat is, and for that matter, how rarely such a feat has ever been recorded.  That being the case, even such a small piece of information plays a big role in the overall presentation of this dvd. 

The doube eagle shot by Oosthuizen was one of many wonderful moments in this year’s Masters tournament.  ANother wonderful moment was watching Watson as he received his first ever green jacket, and the press conference that followed.  He openly professed his faith, and talked frankly with reporters about the tournament, adoption, and life in general.  He showed that he was just an average person who got lucky enough to be where he was.  He seemed to break the sterotypical mold of PGA pros and relate to the average fan and viewer.  Those moments are exactly what the PGA needs to bring in a whole new audience.  And having added them in their entirety as bonus features here makes the overall dvd presentation all the better.

The 2012 Masters Tournament was one of the greatest tournaments in PGA history.  From the weather, to the the ups and downs of tournament favorites, to the unlikely win of Bubba Watson, this new DVD documents it all, in a timely fashion.  The general presentation clocks in at just under an hour.  It all combines for what is a wonderful introduction to the sport for new fans, and an equally wonderful walk down memory lane for fans who have been watching the sport for a very long time.

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