Steve Aoki Releases Details Of New Album, Single, Tour

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Famed producer and DJ Steve Aoki announced this week that he will release a new album this Summer.

Aoki will release Neon Future I on Tuesday, August 12th via Dim Mak/Ultra Music. The double-disc album is the first in a pair of albums that will culminate in early 2015 with the release of Neon Future II. Aoki leads off Neon Future I with the lead single ‘Rage The Night Away,’ which features rapper Wocka Flocka Flame. Audiences can hear the single now online at http://www.soundcloud.com/steveaoki. Aoki explained the concept behind his upcoming album in a recent interview, noting that he views the future of society as being utopian through proper use of technology, music and color. He went on to explain that it was that view that served as the basis for the album’s sound. “When I think of the dance world, I think of how it’s a colorful world. That, along with my fascination with futurism defined the concept of my new album, Neon Future,” he said. “I see the future in a more of a utopian sense, built through technology, music and color. These concepts became the driving force for the creation of my first double album.”

Aoki’s collaboration with rapper Wocka Flocka Flame on the album’s lead single ‘Rage The Night Away,’ which is available now, is not the only collaboration on the album. He also worked with: Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, will.i.am, Flux Pavilion, Bonnie Mckee, and Machine Gun Kelly.

The release of Neon Future I will be celebrated with a headlining performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday, August 16th. From there, Aoki will hit the road for a select handful of dates across the country. His performance at Madison Square Garden will feature a number of special guests and much more. Audiences can check out a trailer now for the performance online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b4WZtfkFZQ&feature=youtu.be. Tickets for the concert go on sale at 12pm ET on May 9th. They can be purchased online via Steve Aoki’s website, http://www.steveaoki.com.

Along with the announcement of his upcoming album and headlining show, Steve Aoki also has announced this week that he and Bud Light Platinum have come to terms on a one-year partnership. The company’s first thirty second TV spot featuring Aoki will air next week. He will be featured in the company’s “Turn up your night” campaign, which is aimed primarily at fans of electronica and dance music in general. In discussing the new partnership, Rob McCarthy, VP of Bud Light brands at Anheuser-Busch told reporters, “The brand looks forward to expanding its range of content through its partnership with Aoki and continuing to build its credibility as the drink of choice for EDM and nightlife lovers.” Aoki shared McCarthy’s sentiment, releasing a statement saying, “I’m always looking for new ways to take things to the next level…so when Bud Light Platinum came to me with the Turn up the Night campaign, it seemed like the perfect fit.”

More information on Neon Future I, Neon Future II, Steve Aoki’s upcoming live performance at Madison Square Garden, future tour dates and more is available online at http://www.steveaoki.com, http://ww.facebook.com/Steve.Aoki, http://twitter.com/steveaoki, and http://dimmakrecs.com. More information on Bud Light Platinum is available online at http://www.BudLightPlatinum.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Releases Full Season Monday Night Football Schedule

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

ESPN opened the 2013 season with a double header and will do so again for the 2014 season. ESPN will open its Monday Night Football regular season broadcast schedule with a double header on September 8th. The first game on the night will see the New York Giants on the road against the Detroit Lions. The game will be the first MNF game to be broadcast from Detroit since September 1971. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast and will have play-by-play duties. He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. The trio will also handle all MNF games, which will begin at 8:15pm ET. Kickoff for all of ESPN’s MNF games is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

The second game on ESPN’s double header slate for Monday, September 8th will see the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Diego Chargers at 10:15pm ET. It will come live from the University of Phoenix Stadium, which will also play host to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.

Now in its 45th season, Monday Night Football’s 2014 season will feature all twelve teams from the 2013 NFL Playoffs. This includes the 2013 NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will take on the Washington Redskins on ESPN’s MNF broadcast October 6th while the Broncos will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on December 22nd.

Eight NFL organizations will each have two games broadcast nationally on ESPN’s MNF. Those teams are the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. Speaking of the Redskins, Washington will renew its long held rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys once again in the 2014 NFL regular season. Washington and Dallas will meet on October 27th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The meeting will be the 16th between the two teams; second only to the rivalry between the Raiders and Broncos, who have met seventeen times.

All of ESPN’s MNF games can be seen both on television on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available daily across ESPN’s various platforms including Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter before and after each game. ESPN’s complete Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is listed below.

ESPN’s 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason
Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins
Regular Season
Sept. 8 7 p.m. New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 15 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 22 8:15 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 29 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 6 8:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 20 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 27 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 3 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 10 8:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 17 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 24 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 1 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 8 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 15 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 22 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBD TBD NFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 2015 8 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

 

 

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Little Feat’s New Live Record One Big Feat

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live releases.  The London based company has proven time and again in its near two decades in operation why it is more than deserving of that title.  Most recently, live recordings from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dream Theater, and Sir Paul McCartney have shown just why Eagle Rock is the leader in live recordings.  Now with the release of Little Feat Live in Holland 1976, it continues to maintain that mantle.  This latest release, which hit stores and online outlets this week, is another success from Eagle Rock for a number of reasons.  One of those reasons is the performance itself.  It serves a number of ends in itself.  In direct relation, that Eagle Rock has provided the concert in an economic and ergonomic double-disc CD/DVD bundle makes this an even better release for audiences.  The quality of the sound and video in the presentation rounds out the whole package.  Considering that nearly four decades have passed since this performance was originally recorded, it sounds just as it did in the band’s performance back in 1976.  The efforts of those charged with transferring the recording from its original masters to CD and DVD along with the packaging and the show itself together make this record a definite candidate to be one of the first releases of 2014 to make this critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings.

Nearly four decades have passed since Little Feat’s 1976 performance at the famed Pink Pop Festival in Holland.  That festival is still going strong today almost forty-five years after it started.  Countless bands and acts have performed at Pink Pop over the course of that time.  However, it would seem that very few performances from the festival’s storied history have ever been released in their entirety. That being the case, it makes this release all the more important for lovers of music with substance.   It becomes a piece of music history, so to speak. It will take older listeners back to their younger days and the joys of going to a concert truly worth one’s time and money. And for those that have become all too comfortable with today’s constant barrage of flash-in-the-pan artists, bands, and groups, it serves as an example of what was once right with not just rock music, but music in general. It shows that real music could (and still can) be made without down-tuned guitars and indecipherable vocals or any amount of foul language and references to drugs and sex. All it needs is heart as is evident throughout every song on this outstanding concert.

It’s been noted that one of the key impacts of this recording is that it will take more experienced audiences happily back to a day when concerts were nowhere near as expensive as they are today, and were far more worth the time, too. On the other side of the coin, it shows younger audiences what once made music and concerts great and still does today especially in a live setting. Eagle Rock has presented the performance in an affordable and ergonomic package including both the audio and video portion of the band’s performance that anyone can afford. On average, the double-disc set retails for about $20. Such a price for a concert that can be enjoyed time and again instead of just once is quite the bonus. That the concert can be enjoyed both on CD and DVD is even better. And that both are presented in a space saving case makes this so much more worth one’s time and money. This is especially the case being that this concert likely isn’t currently available on vinyl. Maybe the good people at Eagle Rock should look into putting it to vinyl for those that really want the full old school concert experience. Yes, that is a hint for anyone at Eagle Rock that might read this. Getting back on topic, audiences should see quite clearly by now what makes Little Feat Live in Holland yet another example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live releases.

Those that have yet to still see what makes Little Feat Live in Holland another example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live releases, will be convinced after hearing and seeing the quality of the recording’s audio and video. Nearly four decades have passed since this concert was originally recorded. Both the audio and video from this recording have stood the test of time quite well. And those charged with transferring both from their original masters onto CD and DVD have obviously taken quite painstaking efforts to present the concert as it should be presented. For that, those individuals are to be highly commended. It’s thanks to their efforts that the ever-growing generation gap in this country will be closed a little more after audiences take the time to take in this latest live release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. The efforts of those charged with bringing this classic concert back to life sits alongside the recording’s packaging and its collective historical and cultural value to make it effectively one of the year’s definitive best new live recordings.

Little Feat Live in Holland 1976 is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Live-Holland-1976-Little-Feat/dp/B00IPL2BCQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1398299812&sr=1-1&keywords=little+feat. More information on Little Feat and its new release is available online at http://www.facebook.com/LittleFeat, http://www.littlefeat.net and http://www.featbase.net. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Satriani Releases New Career-Spanning Box Set

Courtesy:  Epic Records

Courtesy: Epic Records

Joe Satriani released today a brand new box set.

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings is a 15-disc box set containing each of Satriani’s records to date. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZ2M5KE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HZ2M5KE&linkCode=as2&tag=legacy_recordings-20. It is also available as a collectible limited edition USB drive that can be purchased via Satriani’s official website, http://www.satriani.com. The USB drive is available in a 24-bit/96kHz “High Resolution Audio.” The HRA USB drive audio is as close as fans will ever come to the early ½” analog masters and later high sample rate digital masters. That’s because the HRA has higher bandwidth, wider dynamic range, greater detail, and more depth than a conventional CD.

Satriani will be on The Arsenio Hall Show tonight as part of his promotional tour. He will sit in with Hall’s house band. And tomorrow, April 23rd, he will be the featured guest on Rockline with host Bob Coburn, promoting both his new box set and his new book, Strange Beautiful Music. Audiences can find when and on which station they can catch Satch’s interview at http://www.rocklineradio.com/affiliates.php. Fans can also check out his appearance on the season finale of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. Fans can check out that episode online now at http://www.vh1.com/video/that-metal-show/full-episodes/joe-satriani/1725085/playlist.jhtml.

Along with his on-air presence, Joe is featured in the “Life” section of today’s edition of USA Today. Fans can check out the article online at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/04/21/joe-satriani-box-set-autobiography/7476617/. He is also featured on the cover of Guitar World magazine alongside fellow guitar god and Black Label Society front man Zakk Wylde. Fans can check that out at http://www.guitarworld.com/may-2014-guitar-world-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani-how-build-pedal-board-john-frusciante-death-angel-tabs-lessons-and-more.

The complete album listing for Satch’s new box set is noted below:

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings includes:

1986  Not of This Earth

1987  Surfing with the Alien

1989  Flying in a Blue Dream

1992  The Extremist

1993  Time Machine

1995  Joe Satriani

1998  Crystal Planet

2000  Engines of Creation

2002  Strange Beautiful Music

2004  Is There Love in Space?

2006  Super Colossal

2008  Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock

2010  Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

2013  Unstoppable Momentum

2014 Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks

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ABKCO Announces New Trio Of “Clearly Classic” Re-Issues

Courtesy:  ABKCO

Courtesy: ABKCO

ABKCO has announced that it will release three more classic Rolling Stones records to its “Clearly Classic” vinyl series this year.

ABKCO’s “Clearly Classic” started in 2013.It has added to that series of releases Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!: The Rolling Stones in Concert, 12X5, and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2).The new re-issues join ABKCO’s previously released Rolling Stones “Clearly Classic” re-issues Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, and Hot Rocks:1964 1971.
 
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!The Rolling Stones in Concert has the honor of being the first live album by any artist to have reached #1 on the UK charts.The concert on this re-issue was recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden over the course of November 27thand 28th, 1969 and was the first to feature guitarist Mick Taylor.It is considered the best of the Rolling Stones’ live releases to date.The most notable performance on this recording is the band’s nine-plus minute rendition of ‘Midnight Rambler.’This record can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/YaYasLP.
 
12X5 was the Stones’ second full length U.S. release.This album, released in October 1964, combines the band’s EP Five By Five and its singles ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’ as well as their B-sides.The record also features three more tracks that would go on to be included in the Stones’second UK full length album The Rolling Stones No. 2.The upcoming “Clearly Classic” re-issue of this album is based on the original mono mix of the album.It can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/12x5LP.
 
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2) is the second of The Rolling Stones’ compilation albums.It was originally released in September 1969.The first of the Stones’compilations was titled Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass).Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2) reached #2 both in the U.S. and UK upon its original release.It includes a number of the Rolling Stones’greatest and most beloved songs including: ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’,Let’s Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Honky Tonk Woman.’Fans will appreciate that even in its re-issue, ABKCO has maintained the original album’s octagonal packaging.Inside the packaging, audiences will find a poem penned by Brian Jones who would pass away only two months before the original release of this album.Jones’ poem is below.This re-issue can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/TTPDVinyl.
When this you see, remember me,
and bear me in your mind.
Let all the world say what they may,
speak of me as you find.
 
The track listing for each of the three upcoming “Clearly Classic” Rolling Stones re-issues is listed below.
 
Track Listings:
Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert
Side 1
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Carol
Stray Cat Blues
Love in Vain
Midnight Rambler
Side 2
Sympathy For the Devil
Live With Me
Little Queenie
Honky Tonk Women
Street Fighting Man
12 X 5
Side 1
Around and Around
Confessin’ the Blues
Empty Heart
Time Is on My Side
Good Times, Bad Times
It’s All Over Now
Side 2
2120 South Michigan Avenue
Under the Boardwalk
Congratulations
Grown Up Wrong
If You Need Me
Susie Q
Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
Side 1
Ruby Tuesday
She’s A Rainbow
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Mother’s Little Helper
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Side 2
Honky Tonk Women
Dandelion
2000 Light Years from Home
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
Street Fighting Man

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NHRA Heads To Texas This Weekend

Courtesy:  NHRA

Courtesy: NHRA

The Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series heads to the Lone Star State this weekend.

The Mello Yellow NHRA Drag Racing Series heads from the famed four-wide lanes of Z-Max Dragway to the Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas this weekend for the annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring National presented by Super Start Batteries. ESPN3 will carry qualifying live Friday, April 15th at 7:30pm and Final Eliminations Sunday, April 27th at Noon. ESPN2 will rebroadcast qualifying Saturday, April 26th at 6pm and Final Eliminations Sunday, April 27th at 7pm.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro-Stock), and Andrew Hines all look to extend their leads in their respective division. Dave Rieff will have the call from the booth for this weekend’s races. He will be joined by Make Dunn for more insight on each matchup.

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Classic Cartoon’s First Proper Release Is A Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

Courtesy:  Mill Creek Entertainment

Courtesy: Mill Creek Entertainment

Dennis The Menace is one of the most beloved characters in the history of America’s various entertainment mediums. Any number of newspapers still proudly run the famed comic strip every day. At least two movies have been crafted based on Dennis The Menace. And even the original live action, black-and-white series has received a proper release over the course of four separate box sets courtesy of Shout! Factory. Certain TV stations even still run that series every day. One of those networks is one that goes by the name of Antenna TV. Yes, that’s a cheap pop for that network. For all of the love that Dennis The Menace has continued to receive today, there is one part of this classic character’s life that has never received proper treatment. That part of his life is the animated series, which ran from 1986 – 1988. Various companies have released bits and pieces of the animated series. But it hasn’t been until this year that it has received a proper release. That is thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment. Mill Creek Entertainment released on March 11th, Dennis The Menace: Volume One on DVD. This set is everything that the show’s now grown up fans have wanted for so many years. Of the series’ seventy-eight total episodes, this collection of episodes boasts thirty-three full length episodes. That’s nearly half of the series’ episodes. Making the set even more impressive is that not only does it boast almost half of the series’ episodes, a close look reveals that the order of episodes in the set was taken directly from the original series. This is a very important part of the success of the set. And last but definitely not least in the triple-disc set is the quality of the footage. The footage still looks as good as it did in its original broadcast nearly three decades ago. These three factors combine to make Dennis The Menace: Volume One among the year’s best new home releases for children and families.

Various companies have tried their hand at releasing bits and pieces of Dennis The Menace: The Animated Series ever since the show went off the air in 1988. Different episodes have seen the light of day on both VHS and DVD before the release of Dennis The Menace: Volume One. None of those releases were anywhere near the level of this collection of episodes. This is the most complete collection of episodes that the series has ever seen. There has been one release in particular that tried to pass off a small handful of episodes as more than it really was, essentially deceiving customers. Applause goes to Mill Creek for not doing the same thing. Mill Creek has in fact released thirty-three episodes from the original seventy-eight in their entirety. The company didn’t just toss in a bunch of shorts and try to call them episodes. They actually presented thirty-three complete episodes to comprise the triple-disc set.

The inclusion of thirty-three complete episodes in Dennis The Menace: Volume One is the tip of the proverbial iceberg for this set. Audiences will appreciate that those episodes included in the set are presented in precise chronological order from the original schedule of episodes. It would have been so easy for Mill Creek to just assemble episodes from the series’ two seasons at random. That’s precisely what far too many companies do with their releases today. Mill Creek didn’t go that route, though. Its people actually showed respect for the show’s fans by presenting the first thirty-three episodes as they originally aired. As rare as this is for some indie companies to do, it’s nice to see that Mill Creek has done just that in this case. It makes this set all the more enjoyable for fans.

That Mill Creek has presented the episodes in exactly the same chronological order in which they originally aired is a major bonus for Dennis The Menace: Volume One. That this set contains nearly half of the series episodes in their entirety is just as much of a bonus for viewers. There is one remaining factor to the set that audiences will appreciate. That final factor is the quality of the footage presented. Nearly four decades have passed since Dennis The Menace: The Animated Series originally aired. Technology has changed a lot since then. So it’s nice to see that the show’s original tapes have stood the test of time so well. Even nicer to see is the care that was taken in transferring the original tapes to DVD. The coloring in each episode is as bright today as it was nearly three decades ago. And the sound is just as high quality. Both the audio and video quality of the transfer is impressive. Their quality proves that those at Mill Creek took their jobs seriously in presenting the best possible product to fans of this modern classic. And together with the episodes included in the set, it makes the set complete. It makes this one of the best new releases of the year for children and families.  Here’s to hoping that when and if Mill Creek releases the series’ remaining episodes, they will be just as much of a joy.

Dennis The Menace: Volume One is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Mill Creek Entertainment online at http://www.millcreekdirect.com/dennis-the-menace-volume-one-33-episodes.html.  More information on this and other releases from Mill Creek is available online at http://www.millcreekent.com and http://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NNS Back Under The Lights This Weekend At RIR

Courtesy:  NASCAR/ESPN/ESPN2/ABC

Courtesy: NASCAR/ESPN/ESPN2/ABC

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back under the lights again this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track Friday night at Richmond International for the Toyotacare 250. JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliot currently leads teammate Regan Smith by thirteen points. He will look to extend that lead when he and the rest of the field take the green flag at 7:14pm ET on ESPNNEWS. NASCAR Countdown opens the night’s broadcast at 6:30pm ET on ESPNNEWS.  ESPN2 will carry live qualifying for Friday night’s race at 3:30pm ET.

Nicole Briscoe will anchor Saturday evening’s broadcast of NASCAR Countdown. Allen Bestwick will have lap-by-lap coverage of the race. He will be joined by analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree for all of the action.

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Phil’s Picks Honoring Moms & Dads With Special Giveaway

May and June are two of the most important months of the year every year.  That’s because mothers and fathers across the country are honored by their families over the course of those two months.  In celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Phil’s Picks has a special way for YOU the reader to honor your parents.

Each week through May and June, YOU the reader can get a chance to win a prize of YOUR choice courtesy of Phil’s Picks.  Throughout May, you can win a prize of yourchoice simply mailing your favorite story of how yourmother has impacted your life in a positive way.  You can e-mail your stories to sayblack@yahoo.com for yourchance at a prize of your choice.  If your story is chosen at random, you’ll get to choose a prize of your own from the list below.  The same will apply for stories about fathers throughout June.  The list of prizes from which you can choose is below.

PHIL’S PICKS MOTHERS DAY/FATHERS DAY 2014 GIVEAWAY
DVDS/BLU-RAYS
1) Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun (Blu-ray)

2) After Newtown: Guns in America

3) America’s National Parks: An Eagle’s View (Blu-ray)

4) America Revealed (DVD)

5) The Angry Beavers: Season 2 Part2 (DVD)

6) Amish Shunned, The (DVD)

7) Battle for Brooklyn (DVD)

8) Beautiful Planet: France & Italy (Blu-ray)

9) Beautiful Planet: Spain & Portugal (Blu-ray)

10) Bee Gees, The: One Night Only (Blu-ray)

11) Before & After (Blu-ray)

12) Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings (DVD)

13) Beverly Hills Teens: Volume 1 (DVD)

14) Black Limousine (DVD)

15) Blancanieves (DVD)

16) Born Yesterday (Blu-ray)

17) Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts—Live at Montreux 2013 (Blu-ray/CD Combo Pack)

18) Bully (DVD)

19) The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Favorites (DVD)

20) The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups (DVD)

21) Case of You, A (Blu-ray)

22) CeeLo Green: Loberace Live in Vegas (Blu-ray)

23) Chasing Madoff (Blu-ray)

24) Citizen Gangster (DVD)

25) Cold Warriors: Wolves & Buffalo (DVD)

26) Collaborator (Blu-ray)

27) Cook’s Country: Season 5 (DVD – 2 copies)

28) Cosmopolis (Blu-ray)

29) Craft in America: Crossroads (DVD)

30) Craft inAmerica: Holiday (DVD)

31) Danny Phantom: Season 2 Part 1 (DVD)

32) Danny Phantom: Season 2 Part 2 (DVD)

33) Dark Horse (Blu-ray)

34) Dealin’ With Idiots (DVD)

35) D.O.A. (Blu-ray)

36) Dragon (Blu-ray)

37) Drunkboat (DVD)

38) The Duellists (Blu-ray)

39) Duets (Blu-ray)

40) Earth From Above (Blu-ray)

41) Fabric of the Cosmos, The (DVD)

42) Frank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme (DVD)

43) Fred Won’t Move Out (DVD)

44)Frontline: Endgame—Aids in Black America (DVD)

45) Frontline: League of Denial—The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (DVD)

46) Gone Fishin’ (Blu-ray)

47) The Grand Duel/Kemoa dual movie set (Blu-ray)

48) Harland Williams: A Force of Nature (DVD)

49) Haunter (Blu-ray)

50) Hearts Afire: The Complete Series (DVD)

51) Heineken Kidnapping, The (Blu-ray)

52) Here’s Edie (DVD)

53) High School (DVD)

54) Holy Man (Blu-ray)

55) How to Survive a Plague (DVD)

56) In Fear (Blu-ray)

57) Iron Sky (Blu-ray)

58) Iron Sky: Director’s Cut (Blu-ray/DVD combo Pack)

59) Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (DVD)

60) Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors: Season 2 (DVD)

61) John Wayne: In Action (DVD)

62) John Wayne: In The Saddle (DVD)

63) Jon Lord: Concerto for Group & Orchestra(Blu-ray/CD combo pack)

64) Lay The Favorite (Blu-ray)

65) Last Fall, The (DVD)

66) Last Will. And Testament (DVD)

67) Liberal Arts (Blu-ray)

68) Little White Lies (Blu-ray)

69) Lord of the Dance (DVD)

70) Mama’s Family Season 1 (DVD)

71) Mama’s Family Season 2 (DVD)

72) Mama’s Family Season 3 (DVD)

73) Maximum Conviction (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack)

74) Mia and the Migoo (DVD)

75) Mike and the Mechanics & Paul Carrack: Live @ Shepherd’s Bush London (Blu-ray)

76) Mr. Wrong (Blu-ray)

77) Morning (DVD)

78) Morrisey: 25 Live (Blu-ray)

79) National Parks Exploration Series: Grand Canyon (Blu-ray)

80) National Parks Exploration Series: Yosemite (Blu-ray)

81) Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl (DVD)

82) Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest (DVD)

83) Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On Live @ The Royal Albert Hall (Blu-ray/CD)

84) Nova: Secrets of the Sun (DVD)

85) OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More (Blu-ray)

86) Omnibus: Gene Kelly—Dancing, A Man’s Game (DVD)

87) On The Road (Blu-ray)

88) Other Son, The (Blu-ray)

89) Patti Smith: Live @ Montreux 2005 (Blu-ray)

90) Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record (DVD)

91) Pawn (Blu-ray)

92) Perfect Understanding (Blu-ray)

93) Peter Frampton: Live in Detroit (Blu-ray)

94) Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live (Blu-ray)

95) Peter Gabriel: So—The Definitive Authorized Story of the Album (Blu-ray)

96) PGA: Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament

97) Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (Blu-ray)

98) Portlandia: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

99) Produced by George Martin (DVD)

100) Richard Thompson Band, The: Live @ Celtic Connections

101) Ray Romano: 95 Miles to Go (DVD)

102) Rock and Bullwinkle & Friends: Complete Season 1

103) Samaritan, The (Blu-ray)

104) Sapphire & Steel: The Complete Series (DVD)

105) Save the Date (DVD/CD Soundtrack)

106) Saving the Ocean With Carl Safina: Season 1 (DVD)

107) Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (Blu-ray)

108) Secrets of Highclere Castle (DVD)

109) Shark Divers (Blu-ray)

110) Shelter Me (DVD)

111) Simply Red: Live @ Montreux 2003

112) Sleepwalk With Me (Blu-ray)

113) Special Forces (Blu-ray/DVD)

114) Staind: Live at the Mohegan Sun (Blu-ray/CD)

115) Storming Juno (DVD)

116) Stray Cats: Live @ Montreux 1981

117) Street Sharks: The Complete Series (DVD)

118) Styx: the Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live(Blu-ray/CD)

119) Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Volume 1 (DVD)

120) Sweeney, The (DVD)

121) Syria: Behind The Lines

122) Terminal Velocity (Blu-ray)

123) Touchback (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack)

124) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 1 (DVD)

125) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 2 (DVD)

126) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 3 (DVD)

127) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 4 (DVD)

128) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 5 (DVD)

129) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 6 (DVD)

130) To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey (DVD)

131) Trouble in the Heights (DVD)

132) Trouble With Bliss, The (DVD)

133) Twisted Sister: A Twisted X-Mas: Live in Las Vegas

134) UB40 Live at Montreux 2002 (Blu-ray)

135) Universe, The: The Complete Season 6 (Blu-ray)

136) Veggietales: The Penniless Princess

137) Wacky World of Tex Avery, The: Volume 1 (DVD)

138) White Squall (Blu-ray)

139) Wiggles, The: Big Birthday (DVD)

140) Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (DVD)

141) WordWorld: To The Rescue

142) Your Sister’s Sister (Blu-ray)

CDs
1) All Time Low—Dirty Work

2) Annihilator—Feast

3) Beatallica—Abbey Load

4) Bob Schneider—A Perfect Day

5) Breathe Carolina—Hell Is What You Make It

6) Bush–The Sea of Memories

7) Crowbar—Sever The Wicked Hand

8) Dangerous Summer, The—War Paint

9) Dave Matthews Band–Before These Crowded Streets

10) Dave Matthews Band–Stand Up

11) Dave Matthews Band–Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

12) Dave Matthews Band–Away From The World

13) Darkest Hour—The Human Romance

14) Derek Sherinian—Black Utopia

15) Devin Townsend Project–Ghost

16) Devin Townsend Project–Deconstruction

17) Device–Device (Edited Edition)

18) Divided By Friday—Prove It

19) English Beat, The—Keep The Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat

20) Foreigner—Alive & Rockin’

21) Glasscloud—The Royal Thousand

22) High on Fire—Snakes for the Divine

23) James Durbin–Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

24) Janus—Nox Aeris

25) Joe Grushecky–Somewhere East of Eden

26) Kittie—I’ve Failed You

27) Laura Wilde—Sold My Soul

28) Marillion—Sounds That Can’t Be Made

29) Marillion—Sounds That Can’t Be Made (Deluxe Edition)

30) Matt Skiba & The Sekrets—Babylon

31) Ministry—Enjoy The Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012

32) Nils Lofgren–Old School

33) Peter Gabriel—Live Blood

34) Robert Lamm Songs—The JVE ReMixes

35) Ronnie Montrose–Bearings

36) Roy Orbison—In Dreams: Greatest Hits

37) Saga–Spin It Again! Live In Munich

38) Saving Abel—Bringing Down the Giants

39) Shadidah Omar—Freedom

40) Staind—Live From Mohegan Sun

41) Theory of a Deadman—The Truth Is

42) There For Tomorrow—The Verge

43) Throwdown—Deathless

44) The Winery Dogs–The WInery Dogs (Deluxe Edition)

45) Soundtrack—West of Memphis: Voices for Justice

46) Soundtrack—World’s End, The

Carey & Sample’s New Collaboration Is A Beautiful Collection Of Songs

Courtesy:  Groundloop Records

Courtesy: Groundloop Records

‘Til The Morning, the new album from singers Edie Carey and Sarah Sample, is a good collection of songs for any parents out there with young children. The fourteen-song album is a gentle ride that will easily put any young infant or toddler to sleep and carry them on…well…’til the morning. The album’s collection of covers and original songs will entertain parents just as much as they will younger listeners. As a matter of fact, each song is so well done that some older listeners might find themselves getting teary as the album progresses. They will find themselves getting teary not out of sadness but out of the tenderness in the duo’s delivery of each song. It all starts with the duo’s cover of The Dixie Chicks’ aptly titled song ‘Lullaby.’ Sarah Sample’s original ‘North Star’ is another wonderfully moving addition to the album. And those looking for a true tear jerker will love the album’s closer, ‘Now The Day is Over.’ These three songs represent only a small portion of what the Carey and Sample have to offer on their new collaboration. Every listener will find something to appreciate across the course of the album’s fourteen total songs. After hearing each of those songs, it will be agreed that this is an album that any parent will want to have for their child.

Edie Carey and Sarah Sample’s cover of The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Lullaby’ is a fitting opener for the duo’s new collaboration. That’s primarily because it mirrors so well the album’s subtitle, Lullabies And Songs of Comfort. The gentle strains of the guitar set alongside the equally soft vocals as one of the women sings, “They didn’t have you where I come from/Never knew the best was yet to come/And life began when I saw your face/And I hear your laugh/Like a serenade is a near musical mirror image of the Dixie Chicks’ original song. That makes the song all the more moving for any parent. It will have any parent remembering their own child’s younger days even when the child/children is/are still young. And any parent that isn’t brought to tears from that alone simply has no heart.

Carey and Sample could not have chosen a better way to open their new collaboration than with a cover of The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Lullaby.’ It was the perfect way to set the tone for the album. Another equally moving addition to the album is an original written by Sarah Sample called ‘North Star.’ This piece is a little more upbeat than the album’s opener. But that same gentility is there. The manner in which it is performed makes it so easy to see any mother singing this song to her child. Sample writes in the song’s opening verse, “Hush now/Be still/Lay down your sweet head/Soon you’ll be moving/Mountains instead/You shine so bright/In my arms this night/You are my north/My little north star.” Whether it is her or Carey singing is beside the point. It is again that feeling of pure love and devotion to one’s child that makes the song so moving. And it’s that same moving emotion created by the song that once again will leave any parent tearing up once again.

The third example that helps to best show why any parent would benefit from picking up ‘Til The Morning is the album’s closer, ‘Now The Day is Over.’ Sample and Carey sing this piece together. The two-part harmony on this piece adds a certain added emotion as the duo sings, “Now the day is over/Night is drawing nigh/Shadows of the evening/Steal across the sky. Those that are familiar with children’s nursery rhymes will recognize this piece. It’s just been put to music here. There’s almost a semi-Celtic feel about it in this presentation. It’s almost haunting the effect that their combined vocals has. It is the perfect closer to this album. Of course it isn’t the last good example of why parents will appreciate this record. There are eleven more tracks on the disc from which parents can choose as their own examples. Parents will be able to hear those other eleven songs when the album is made available Tuesday, June 10th on Groundloop Records. It will be available online at http://www.ediecarey.com, http://www.sarahsample.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.cdbaby.com, iTunes and other online outlets.  The duo will head out on the road after the album drops beginning June 18th in New York City. Audiences can go to both women’s websites to check out the duo’s most current tour schedule.

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