‘Cook’s Country: Season 10’ Is Available Now

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The holiday season is here, and with it the cold weather. That means lots of kitchens and homes will be warming up. Those looking for some new dishes to try this holiday season are getting a hand courtesy of PBS and Public Media Distribution in the form of the 10th season of its hit series Cook’s Country.

Cook’s Country: Season 10 was released just this week. It offers plenty of sweet and savory recipes for weeknights and the weekend including plenty of pork dishes, stove top ideas and even some more southern and Italian offerings. Season 10’s full episode-listing is noted below.

The dishes dished out this season are collectively only one key part of its presentation. Once again, all 31 featured recipes are included in printable form for those home cookbooks. the familiar equipment and food testing segments are also included in whole throughout the season.

Cook’s Country: Season 10 is available now exclusively on DVD. It is retailing for MSRP of $29.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and previous seasons of Cook’s Country is available online now at:

Website: http://www.cookscountry.com

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PBS Examines The Knight’s Armor In A New Military-Centric Episode Of ‘NOVA’

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PBS next month will take viewers back to medieval times with a new episode of NOVA on DVD.

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight will be released Tuesday, Dec. 19. The hourlong program examines the importance of knights’ armor in battle. It does this through examination of the armor’s creation, its strength, and ability to withstand attacks from various weapons.

Not only does it examine all of the noted items, but even takes audiences into a workshop as a pair of blacksmith’s try to recreate armor originally crafted in the ROyal Workshop of King Henry VIII. Once the armor is finished, it is tested to see just how strong knights’ armor really was.

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

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PBS Taking Viewers Back To Stonehenge Next Month

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PBS is taking audiences back to Stonehenge this winter.

Public media Distribution will release a new episode of PBS’ hit series NOVA on Tuesday, Dec. 19 focused on the site titled NOVA: Ghosts of Stonehenge. It will come almost a year after the network released Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge on DVD.

This latest look into the ancient site follows archaeologists as they examine bones, remnants of meals and other material in an attempt to figure out the exact purpose of Stonehenge.It also attempts to explain, through its discussions, what led to the site’s downfall not long after it was established.

The one-hour program will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

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Foghat Offering Fans Special Deals During Thanksgiving Weekend

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Foghat is offering its fans some special deals this Thanksgiving weekend.

The veteran rock band is offering fans 30 percent off all of its Foghat Cellars wines and all of its apparel. The deals run from today (Black Friday) through Monday, Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday). The deals on the band’s signature wines includes collector bottles signed personally by Roger Earl.

In order to get the deals on the wines and apparel, fans need just use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to get the deals.

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More information on Foghat’s holiday weekend deals is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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‘Come From Far’ Shows How Far New Kingston Has Come, How Far It Can Go

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New Kingston released this past August, what is the group’s fourth full-length studio recording when it released A Kingston Story: Come From Far. The 10-song offering was the band’s fourth overall album and came almost seven years from the release of its 2010 debut In The Streets. That actually bucks the trend of most mainstream acts regardless of genre, which typically sees acts release the same number of albums in a 10-year period. This latest effort is everything that audiences have come to expect from New Kingston both musically and lyrically, though there are at least a few songs that stand out this time around including ‘Agape’ and ‘Solid As A Rock’ — both of which would fit easily into any mainstream Top 40 pop radio station’s rotation — and ‘Starlight.’ Of course, this trio of songs is only part of what makes this album another work that will appeal to the group’s fans. The album’s seven other songs not noted here combine with the more directly noted works to ensure the album will keep listeners engaged and entertained throughout its 32-minute run time.

New Kingston’s fourth full-length album A Kingston Story: Come From Far is, over the course of its 10-song, 32-minute run time, everything that audiences have come to expect from the group. This applies both musically and lyrically. Of course some of the songs featured included in this record do stand out from their counterparts. ‘Agape’ is one of those standout offerings. Musically speaking, the song easily fits into any mainstream Top 40 pop station’s rotation. The guitar and electronics couple with the group’s vocal delivery make the song a gentle, accessible presentation that will reach a wide range of listeners. Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out. Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement. In regards to its lyrical theme, the song is a moving song about believing in love no matter what. That is proven as guitarist/vocalist Stephen Suckarie sings in the song’s lead verse, “Some people search a lifetime/A lifetime/Tryingto find a love like mine/So I thank the man above for sending me love like this/Though I wasn’t looking, my heart found it/So you can’t give up on love/Love is everything you need in life.” the rest of the song continues in very similar fashion, with that central message of not giving up on love remaining throughout. That positive message is one from which every listener will benefit, and the fact that the group didn’t go over the top in its delivery makes it all the more impacting. When it is coupled with the song’s equally gentle and emotional musical arrangement, that pairing shows clearly why this song stands out on New Kingston’s new record. it is only one of the record’s most notable additions. ‘Solid As A Rock’ is another of the record’s most standout offerings.

‘Solid As A Rock’ stands out from its counterparts — just as ‘Agape’ — in no small part because of its musical arrangement. The song’s arrangement does present something of an old school reggae sound. However, the group doesn’t let it dominate the song. Instead, it incorporates more modern guitar and keyboard lines into the song to make it more up-to-date. The use of those more modern influences in the song’s arrangement makes it another easily accessible and radio ready addition to this record. Of course as is the case with ‘Agape’ again, this song’s musical arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out. Its lyrical theme is important to discuss, too. That theme is one of self-determination and persistence, thus the song’s title ‘Solid As A Rock.” That theme is best illustrated in the song’s final verse in which the group sings, “One day/Oh, one day/things are gonna change/What doesn’t kill me/Can only make me stronger/Growing from the pain…Got to make the best of what this world has given you/It’s up to you…unconditional, you know that we’re solid as a rock.” Similar wording is used earlier in the song as the group addresses naysayers and life’s general challenges. All things considered, the same message of “staying solid as a rock” remains throughout. Keeping that in mind, it is clear here that the group is sending a very positive message that, again, applies to listeners of all ages. When it is coupled with the song’s laid back musical arrangement, that pairing creates such a positive vibe that it makes the song stand out that much more among its counterparts. It is still not the last of the album’s most standout songs. ‘Starlight,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is one more notable inclusion in this record.

‘Starlight’ stands out because of the pairing of its musical arrangement and its lyrical theme. The song’s musical arrangement is a clear throwback to reggae’s roots, with its guitars, keyboards and drums. Even its upbeat tempo is familiar. Keeping that in mind, it doesn’t necessarily stand on its own two feet. However, when that arrangement is coupled with the song’s lyrical theme, which is one of a love song, that pairing makes the song in whole stand out. The group sings of a man who is in love. In fact, it starts off with the statement that “Love is the greatest thing.” From there the group goes on to sing of a man who will love a woman unconditionally, singing, “when the sunlight fades away/And the moonlight starts to wake/Let the sunlight guide the way/Bring your loving my way. This is just the chorus of course. The group sings of all the positives that a woman brings to a man’s life, even calling her a blessing from the heavens and a queen. There is also mention of a man never letting a woman go and working to make sure things work. It would have been so easy for the group to go over the top with way too schmaltzy wording. But it really didn’t do that, nor did it even get away with itself in its delivery of its words. When this is considered with the power in the song’s arrangement, that pairing becomes a whole that stands out among today’s love songs. When it is considered alongside the other songs noted here and those not noted, they make the whole of the record a work that is certain to win applause from the group’s most devout fan base and maybe even garner some new fans. That could include fans who come to the group’s upcoming live shows on its winter 2018 tour, which launches Jan. 24 in Albuquerque, NM. The tour currently runs through Feb. 18 in Colorado Spring, CO and includes performances in Seattle, WA; Bozeman, MT; Eugene, OR and a number of other cities across the midwest and west coast — weather providing.

New Kingston’s new album A Kingston Story: Come From Far is a work that is certain to appeal to the group’s most devout fan base while also possibly earning the group some new fans. That is due to a mix of familiar musical and lyrical material and some newer material that fits easily into any mainstream Top 40 pop radio station’s rotation. Between that material and the group’s more familiar material, the whole of the album proves over its 10 songs and 32 minutes to be another strong new effort from the group. It is available now in stores and online. It likely will be available at the group’s upcoming Winter 2018 tour stops, too. more information on A Kingston Story: Come From Far is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://newkingstonmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NewKingston

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NewKingstonLive

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Spock’s Beard Offers Audiences Another Solid Live Effort In ‘Snow Live’

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On Aug. 27, 2002, veteran prog-rock outfit Spock’s Beard released what has since come to be known by the band’s fans as one of its most pivotal albums when it released the simply titled, yet complex concept album Snow. The two-disc record was the last for then front man Neal Morse, who left the band for a solo career not too long after its release. Just this month, the band re-visited that seminal album when it released its new live recording Snow Live in stores and online. The recording marks the first time ever that Spock’s Beard has ever performed the album in full in a live setting. That in itself is the bedrock for the recording’s presentation, and will be discussed shortly. Just as important to note in examining the recording is the band’s performance thereof. This will be discussed later. Rounding out the most important of the recording’s elements is its collective bonus material. It will also be discussed later. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the recording. All things considered, Snow Live proves to be another solid live effort from one of the most respected names in the prog community.

Spock’s Beard’s latest live recording Snow Live is hardly the band’s first live recording. Even with that in mind, it can be said easily that this latest live effort from one of the prog community’s most respected names is another solid effort from the band. That is due in no small part to the very fact that it presents the band performing what has become one of its seminal works in whole for the first time ever in one special setting. The setting in question was the latest installment of former front man Neal Morse’s Morsefest. It is somewhat fitting that the band united members past and present in that setting for the performance considering the importance of Morsefest and of Snow. That combination makes the performance a collective show of unity from the band that shows in itself an appreciation for the fans and their respect for Snow. It all combines to make this first-of-its kind performance from Spock’s Beard that much more important. Audiences will especially appreciate the concert’s production values throughout. The audio was expertly balanced throughout, which says plenty considering the size of the venue and that the concert was performed indoors. Recording live shows indoors always presents its own challenge because sound has only so far to go. Those who handled the concert’s sound both in production and post are to be commended for their work here. The same can be said of those responsible for handling the concert’s video production. The work of all involved makes this all too important concert for devout Spock’s Beard fans that much more that much more important and enjoyable. Of course as key as the concert’s very set list and related productions values are collectively to this recording, they are only one part of what makes the recording such a solid effort from Spock’s Beard. The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to discuss in examining its presentation as the show itself.

The band’s performance of its landmark 2002 concept album deserves just as much credit in making the concert watchable as the show itself because of the effort clearly put in by the band members. Between interacting with one another on stage and with the audience through something as simple as a facial gesture or invitation to be part of the show from the floor, the band shows throughout, its dedication to its fans and to properly translating the album from studio to stage. It pays off, too. Audiences will be impressed to experience that effort firsthand, and in turn will agree that said effort is something that must be experienced firsthand to be truly appreciated and understood. Keeping this in mind, audiences will agree in seeing the band’s performance for themselves that said performance goes a long way toward strengthening the recording’s presentation and making it enjoyable for the band’s fans. That performance, even as important as it is to the recording, is not the last of the recording’s most important elements. The bonus material included in the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material featured in Snow Live includes an extensive hour-long presentation of behind-the scenes material and a nearly 40 minute encore set from Morsefest 2016. The songs and the audiences’ full engagement makes the encores that much more entertaining for home viewers, ensuring even more their engagement and entertainment. The band shows just as much dedication to the music and the fans here, too, as in the concert’s main feature, making the encores that much more entertaining. The behind-the-scenes featurette includes an in-depth interview with the band members and an intimate audience ahead of the band’s concert. The interview session includes discussions on the band members’ influences, the creative process in the studio, lineup changes and much more. There are also some more intimate on-camera moments with the band members that offer their own insight including Morse’s own discussion on his conversion to Christianity and its impact on his life. Seeing Morse’s genuine emotion as he discusses the change is moving to say the least. Between those discussions and the others not directly noted here, and the bonus encores, it goes without saying that Snow Live offers plenty of enjoyable and engaging bonus material. When that bonus material is considered along with the recording’s main feature and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements makes Snow Live that much stronger of an offering from Spock’s Beard; an offering that will easily reach every one of Spock’s Beard’s fans.

Spock’s Beard’s latest live recording Snow Live is a critical addition to the band’s already extensive body of work. It presents what is one of the band’s most influential albums being performed live in whole for the first time ever. What’s more, the album is presented by the band’s members past and present. That show of unity in performance of the album sends its own strong message that fans new and old alike will appreciate. Speaking of the band’s performance, the energy and emotion put into each song’s performance strengthens the concert’s presentation even more. It translates the album expertly from studio to stage while also showing the band’s dedication to presenting a fully enjoyable and immersive experience for audiences. The bonus material included in the concert’s recording puts the finishing touch on the recording with its hour-long interview session and nearly forty-minute encore set. Each noted element plays its own important part in the whole of Snow Live‘s presentation. All things considered, they make the recording another solid effort that Spock’s Beard fans old and new alike will enjoy. It is available now in stores and online. more information on Snow Live is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Sleep Signals’ New EP Sure To “Wake Up” More New Fans

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Early this past September, underground rock act Sleep Signals released its latest studio recording, its EP At The End of the World to the masses. The six-song record, which features musical arrangements that will appeal to fans of Avenged Sevenfold, is a strong effort from the Minneapolis, MN-based band. That is due in part to a diverse array of musical arrangements exhibited throughout its run. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements. They will be discussed later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, and ensures just as much as its musical and lyrical content, listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the EP’s whole. All things considered, the noted elements make this record a work that is certain to wake lots of new listeners.

Sleep Signals’ latest studio recording At The End of the World is a solid new effort that is certain to wake up plenty of new listeners, including possibly mainstream radio programmers. That is especially the case as the band tours in support of its new EP alongside Elisium on “The High Tides Tour.” That ensured growth and success is due in part to the diversity presented in the EP’s musical arrangements. The record opens with an up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement in ‘Suit & Tie Suicide’ that is easily likened to songs from Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides and other similar acts. ‘I’ll Save You,’ the EP’s second song, is just as easily compared to the aforementioned band through its musical arrangement. The band doesn’t stick to that one sound too long, though. ‘Edge of My Sanity’ noticeably changes things up with an arrangement that will appeal to fans of Saving Abel, Hinder, Seether and other similar acts. Such a juxtaposition between the EP’s first three songs makes for quite an impact. The interest doesn’t end there, either. ‘Drive,’ the EP’s fourth track, presents a pure hard rock arrangement that, when coupled with front man Robert Cosgrove’s vocal delivery, conjures thoughts of Buckcherry (at least in this critic’s ears). ‘Rewind’ meanwhile presents an arrangement that leans more in an emocore direction. As the record comes to its end in ‘Welcome to the Masquerade,’ it actually becomes even more musically interesting as it takes those Avenged Sevenfold, etc. influences already exhibited early on and crosses them with the also noted emocore leanings that are also included here. The end result is a work that will certainly keep listeners’ attention just as much as the record’s other works. Whether for that song, the record’s others or all together, it becomes clear in examining the EP’s musical arrangements why exactly they are so critical to its overall performance. They display a wide range of influences that will easily reach just as many listeners. That is definitely to be commended in examining the EP. It is of course just one of the EP’s most important elements. Its lyrical themes are just as important to discuss as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical themes presented throughout Sleep Signals’ new EP At The End of the World because they are just as widespread as the record’s musical arrangements. ‘Suit & Tie Suicide’ comes across as a commentary on people not trying to live their lives, but rather becoming conditioned by life. This is inferred as Cosgrove sings, “Wake up, punch the clock/Another day in a dead-end job/We waste away/We never question who we are and what will be/Are we too blind to see/Reality, a mass deception/But we still feed the machine/9 to 5, we work our lives away/Day in, day out/Suit and tie suicide/Join the funeral procession/It’s our same-routine obsession/You’re not living when you’re dead inside/Suit & tie suicide.” It comes across as a call to people to not be afraid to live their lives; call to take those chances in life. It is not a rare message anywhere in the musical universe, but a positive one nonetheless.

As serious as Sleep Signals is in its new EP’s opener, it doesn’t stay too serious for too long. ‘Drive’ supports that statement through its lyrical theme, which is a simple song about a woman. Cosgrove sings of the woman in question, “I didn’t wanna be the one to slow us down and fall behind/But I’m addicted to how she moves/She goes so fast she blows my mind/3 a.m., an empty room/A night so long, it’s never-ending/She always gets what she wants/Keeps me knocking down the door/I’m always coming back for more.” That is just a small glimpse into how crazy the woman in question makes the song’s subject. Cosgrove additionally sings from the subject’s viewpoint, “I wanna get you alone,” clearly showing how much he wants the woman. The energy in the song’s musical arrangement makes that message even more fun. Even as much as it stands out from the more serious message of the EP’s opener, it is not the last example of the EP’s lyrical diversity. ‘Welcome to the Masquerade,’ the EP’s closer is certain to generate its own share of discussions if it hasn’t already done so.

Cosgrove sings in the first verse of ”Welcome to the Masquerade,’ “You wear a crown of fake gold/You live a life you sold your soul…your heart is black/This time it’s over/So don’t close your eyes/You must see what you have done/See what you have become/And now I’ll carry on/You will never be the death of me/I will watch you waste life away/Day by day/Behind the mask into the shade/Welcome to the masquerade.” That lead verse leads one to infer that the song is meant to be a commentary on someone who has lived a life trying to deceive others, yet hasn’t fully succeeded in doing that. That seeming commentary is strengthened even more as Cosgrove sings in the song’s second verse, “Another place, another time/Another day you left behind/Everyday/And everyone/Your time is coming/So don’t close your eyes/You must see what you have done/See what you’ve become.” It’s a strong message, needless to say, and yet another example of the record’s lyrical diversity. It still is not the last of the songs that serves to exemplify that diversity, either. The EP’s other songs serve in their own right to support that statement just as much. Keeping that in mind, examining those songs along with the works noted here proves the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes to its whole just as much as its musical arrangements. They of course are collectively still not the last important element to note here. The record’s overall sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Sleep Signals’ new EP rounds out its most important elements. In examining the record’s sequencing, listeners will note that the EP’s energy remains relatively stable from one song to the next. The record’s first two entries are solid, driving works even despite their different stylistic approaches in their arrangements. ‘Edge of My Sanity’ pulls things back even more with its brooding musical and lyrical energies. Even being brooding, those energies only last so long before the EP picks right back up in ‘Drive.’ That driving energy remains right to the record’s end, ensuring even more listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment. Simply put, from one song to the next, it is clear that plenty of time and thought was put into this record’s sequencing. That time and thought paid off, too. When it is considered alongside the songs’ arrangements and their lyrical themes, the whole of the record proves to be another solid effort that definitely will wake up plenty of new fans.

Sleep Signals’ new EP At The End of the World is a solid new effort that is certain to wake plenty of new fans to the band and its body of work. That is proven through the diversity exhibited in the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. The time and thought put into the record’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation. When all three elements are joined, they make this EP a work that is certain to wake lots of new fans. It is available now, and can be bought at any of the band’s current live dates. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below. Tickets for the shows can be bought at the band’s official website.

11/22 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
11/24 Satellite Beach, FL @ Wynfield’s
11/26 Daytona Beach, FL @ Rok Bar
11/28 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
11/30 Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
12/1 Lake Charles, LA @ The Center Stage
12/2 Houston, TX @ Acadia
12/3 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
12/5 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
12/6 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
12/7 Ames, IA @ DG’s Tap House
12/8 Fort Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
12/9 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s Bar

More information on Sleep Signals’ new EP, its new tour, latest news and more is available online now at:

Website: http://www,sleepsignals.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sleepsignals

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