Public Media Distribution Announces ‘Milk Street: Season 1’ Home Release Date

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Christopher Kimball, former host of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country recently made his return to television with his own new television series Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street.  That series’ debut season will make its way home later this month.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk StreetSeason 1 is currently scheduled to be released Jan. 30 on DVD and Feb. 12 on Digital HD.  The series’ debut season will be spread across three discs at a total run time of 390 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $29.99 via PBS’ online store.

Season One of Kimball’s new program features cooking lesson segments taped in-studio, tips and techniques that everyday cooks can use in the kitchen, and product test segments, just as in Kimball’s previous series.  Season One also takes viewers around the globe to learn about various dishes and more.

More information on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.177milkstreet.com

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The Rev. Shawn Amos’ Latest LP Itself Never “Breaks Down”

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Late next month, The Reverend Shawn Amos will release his next full-length studio album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. The nine-song collection will have come less than a year after the release of his most recent album The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, when it is released, and is a welcome return from the veteran bluesman. That is due in no small part to the album’s musical arrangements. They 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. Last but definitely not least of note in examining this record is its overall sequencing. It will also be discussed later. Each noted element is important in its own way to the album’s whole. All things considered, they make The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down a record that never breaks down.

The Reverend Shawn Amos’ latest full-length studio recording The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down is another impressive offering from the veteran bluesman. From start to finish, it is a work that never breaks down. Yes, that awful pun was intended. That is due in no small part to the album’s musical arrangements. The arrangements are so notable because of their variety. The album starts out with a pure, old schoolChicago blues style arrangement — complete with harmonica — in ‘Moved.’ It is an arrangement that will easily appeal to blues purists, considering it is just Amos, a guitar and a harmonica. ‘2017,’ which is also one of the album’s singles, boasts a more modern, almost R&B-infused arrangement that will appeal to fans of B.b. King. ‘Hold Hands’ comes across as a more blues-rock style arrangement, showing even more the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements. That is only the first part of the record, too. ‘The Jean Genie,’ which is a cover of David Bowie’s original and the album’s fourth offering, boasts an arrangement that will appeal to fans of Muddy Waters while the trio of songs that make up the album’s ‘Freedom Suite’ — ‘Uncle Tom’s Prayer’ (one of the album’s three covers), ‘Does My Life Matter’ and ‘We’ve Got To Come Together’ will instantly transport audiences back to the civil rights era through their arrangements (and topical matter, which will be discussed later). Amos’ take on ‘Uncle Tom’s Prayer’ pays full tribute to Cordell Reagon’s original while the full-on contemplative vibe of ‘Does My Life Matter’ will touch listeners deeply with its arrangement. One can almost see the song’s subject going back and forth with himself before finally realizing his place is just as important as anyone else’s as he sings. ‘(We’ve Got To) Come Together,’ with its funky guitars and horns, takes audiences back to the 1970s . As if that isn’t enough, the album’s final pair of songs — ‘Ain’t Gonna Name Names’ and Amos’ cover of (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding,’ which is the third of the album’s covers — keep that musical time capsule wide open. The bonus closer ‘Diggin’ My Potatoes’ is another old school blues opus that will appeal in its own right to blues purists, too. Between that arrangement and each of the others presented throughout the course of the album’s 33-minute run time, it becomes clear just how much the arrangements offer listeners. That in turn shows the importance of the arrangements to the album’s whole. Of course the arrangements are collectively just one part of what makes the album another positive effort from Amos. The album’s lyrical themes are just as important to discuss as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical themes presented throughout this album are so important to note because they are by and large very socially conscious. From the clear push for unity presented in ‘Hold Hands’ to the ‘Freedom Suite,’ which as already noted, takes listeners back to the civil rights, to the original ‘2017,’ which reminds listeners (and warns them) of the impact of the events of 2017, this record’s lyrical themes are very deep concepts. Even ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding’ is a clearly socially conscious work that is just as relevant today as it was way back in 1974. To a lesser extent, one could even argue that ‘Moved,’ the album’s opener, presents its own social conscience as Amos sings from the vantage point of someone struggling internally with some very strong and conflicting thoughts. Given, not every one of the album’s songs boasts the social conscienceness that is evident throughout the majority of the album (I.E. ‘Diggin’ My Potatoes,’ ‘The Jean Genie’), but even with this in mind, those anomalies are still enjoyable in their own right with their themes. Keeping this all in mind, the collective lyrical themes presented throughout this album are just as deep as the album’s musical arrangements. They still are not the last of the album’s most important elements. Its sequencing roudns out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Amos’ forthcoming album is so critical to its presentation because it serves to maintain the album’s energy from start to finish. The album starts slow and brooding in ‘Move,’ wasting no time picking up the energy in the next two songs. ‘Jean Genie’ slows things back down a bit. That more contemplative vibe continues from there through most of the ‘Freedom Suite’ before picking back up in the Suite’s closer. The album pulls back a little more again from there before closing out in solemn, gospel style in ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding.’ That gentle finale makes for an interesting juxtaposition to the album’s opener, which is — again — slow in its own right, but in different fashion. It is just as interesting in comparison to the rest of the album’ stylistically speaking. That variance of energies (and balance) from beginning to end, ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment just as much as the album’s musical arrangements themselves and their companion lyrical themes. When all three elements are considered alongside each other, they create a picture that proves in total that this record is one that at no point ever breaks down.

The Reverend Shawn Amos’ latest full-length studio recording The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down is an effort that itself never breaks down. Rather, it is a record that proves to be another success from the veteran bluesman. As has already been noted, that is due in part to the musical arrangements that will appeal to blues fans of all types and ages. The largely socially conscious lyrical themes presented across the album collectively strengthen its foundation even more. Its sequencing puts the final touch to its presentation. Each element is important in its own way to the album’s whole. All things considered, they make the album another solid new effort from The Reverend Shawn Amos. More information on The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down is available online now along with all of his latest live dates, news and more at:

Website: http://www.shawnamos.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/therevamos

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The Dead Daisies Announce ‘Burn It Down’ Specs

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The Dead Daisies is alive and well.

The band has announced it will release its next album this spring.  Titled Burn It Down, the album will be the band’s fourth full-length studio recording and will be released Friday, April 6, 2018 via Spitfire/SPV.  It will be available on Digipack CD, Digital, picture disc vinyl and deluxe vinyl/CD combo pack.

The 10-song record was recorded in Nashville, TV with Marti Frederiksen leading the project.  Anthony Focx mixed the record while Howie Weinberg handled mastering.  Also joining the band for its latest album is Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, Bad English, Journey).  Castronovo played alongside guitarist Doug Aldrich most recently on Revolution Saints’ most recent album Light in the Dark (2017).

The album’s track listing is noted below.

THE DEAD DAISIES — BURN IT DOWN TRACK LISTING: 

Resurrected

Rise Up

Burn It Down 

Judgement Day 

What Goes Around 

Bitch

Set Me Free

Dead And Gone 

Can’t Take It With You 

Leave Me Alone 

Front man Jon Corabi said in a recent interview that he enjoyed working on the album and was looking forward to its release.

“I’m extremely excited about our new record “Burn It Down!,” Corabi said.  “It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby”

Aldrich anticipated the album’s release, too.

“The new Daisies album will melt your face!,” Aldrich said.  “It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!”

The band will take to the road this spring in Europe in support of Burn It Down beginning April 8 in Glasgow, UK.  The band’s European schedule currently runs through May 12 in Madrid, Spain.  The tour also includes performances in France, Hungary, Belarus, Germany and a number of other nations.  The full schedule is noted below.

THE DEAD DAISIES BURN IT DOWN WORLD TOUR UK & EUROPE:

UK  (with special guests THE TREATMENT* & THE AMORETTES) 

APRIL 

Sunday 8th Garage Glasgow, UK

Monday 9th  Robin 2 Bilston, UK

Tuesday 10th  Koko London, UK*

Thursday 12th  Academy 2 Manchester, UK

Friday 13th  Rock City Nottingham, UK*

Saturday 14th  Academy Bristol, UK*

EUROPE (with special guests THE NEW ROSES) 

APRIL 

Monday 16th  013 Tilburg, NET

Tuesday 17th    Biebob Vosselaar, BEL

Wednesday 18th  Markthalle Hamburg, GER

Friday 20th  Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, SWE

Saturday 21st  Parktreateret Oslo, NOR

Sunday 22nd  Klubben Stockholm, SWE

Tuesday 24th  Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DEN

Wednesday 25th  Rosenhof Osnabrueck, GER

Thursday 26th  Backstage Werk  Munich, GER

Friday 27th  Barba Negra Track Budapest, HUN

Sunday 29th  Simm City Vienna, AUS

MAY 

Tuesday 1st  Thanks Jimi Festival Wroclaw, POL

Thursday 3rd  Kesselhaus Berlin, GER

Friday 4th  Schlachthof Wiesbaden, GER

Saturday 5th  Live Music Hall  Cologne, GER

Sunday 6th  Le Trabendo Paris, FRA

Tuesday 8th  Z7 Pratteln, SWI

Wednesday 9th Live Club  Trezo (Milan), ITA

Friday 11th  Zentral  Pamplona, SPA

Saturday 12th  Mon Madrid, SPA

More information on Burn It Down is available online along with all of The Dead Daisies’ latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://thedeaddaisies.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheDeadDaisies

 

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Blameshift To Make NAMM Appearance Next Week To Promote Its Jewelry Line

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Independent hard rock act Blameshift will be at this year’s annual Winter NAMM Show next week, and the appearance won’t just be to promote its music.

The band will be at the conference — held this year at Anaheim, California — from Jan. 25 – 28 to promote its hard rock jewelry line Strung.  Originally created in 2016 after a trial run in 2014, the jewelry line is aimed at both men and women.

One of the band’s newest items that will be on display at the conference is a bracelet called the U Collection Line for Men.  It is the first-ever adjustable bass guitar string bracelet for men.  It uses a heavy gauge string and will come first in silver before eventually being rolled out in other colors throughout the year.

Strung’s current jewelry offerings include 27 different charm bracelets.  Just last year, Strung unveiled a necklace line called the “Rock Goddess Choker Chord” and a unisex beaded line called “The Rock Warrior Collection.”  This line uses the ball ends of a bass guitar and have titled connected to various rock songs.

A portion of all jewelry sold by Strung goes to benefit music education for under privileged children.  More information on Strung is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.getstrung.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/strungofficial

 

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PBS Announces ‘Finding Your Roots: Season 4’ Release Date

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Fans of PBS’ hit genealogy series Finding Your Roots will soon be able to own the series’ fourth season.

PBS and Public Media Distribution announced Monday that the series’ fourth season will be released Tuesday, Feb. 6 on DVD and digital HD.  Season Four sees host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. interviewing celebrities such as Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, Bryant Gumble, Fred Armisen, William H. Macy and even presidential candidate Bernie Sanders among many others.

Over the course of the season’s 600-minute run time, audiences will learn that one of William H. Macy’s family members was a member of America’s very first Air Force.  Also of interest is the revelation that Sanders and entertainer Larry David have quite the interesting and unexpected connection.  Christopher Walken and Amy Schumer receive their own emotional surprises in their interviews, too.  Between all of this and more, audiences have a lot to enjoy in Season 4.

Season Four is spread across three discs and will retail for MSRP of $39.99.  It can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $34.99 via PBS’ online store now.  More information on Finding Your Roots is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/finding-your-roots

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

 

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Colossal Street Jam Unveils New Single, Video

Colossal Street Jam has some brand new music for audiences to enjoy.

The band unveiled this past Friday, the new lyric video for its latest single, ‘Just Take Hold.’  The video is a simple presentation, with much of the lyrics being written by a marker as the song progresses. The lyrics, all black set against a plain white background, fly off the screen after is line is sung, making way for the next line.  At times, the band’s logo makes its way onto the screen, too, for good measure.

The simplicity in the video’s approach is itself a wise approach.  The song itself is a work that musically will appeal to fans of Carlos Santana, The Doobie Brothers, and to a slightly lesser extent, The Allman Brothers Band and even Joe Satriani thanks to its guitar riffs.  Its lyrical content, meanwhile, will appeal to any listener.

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Front man Gene Potts said in a recent interview that he felt the new single shows the band’s growth and its direction.

“Even though our last release, Living Free, is still going strong we decided to get back in the studio and release new music,” Potts said.  “I think this new single shows the inspired direction of our band and its the first track written by all 5 of us. We are beyond excited to share everything we are working on and we hope you all dig this new single.”

More information on the band’s new single, its latest news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.colossalstreetjam.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ColossalStreetJ

 

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Phoenix Rising Unveils ‘If I Say No’ Single, Video

When Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington died last yeah, his passing for all intents and purposes left the band’s future up in the air.  Bennington’s passing and the potential end of the veteran nu-metal outfit left a big hole for many people.  Fans looking to fill the void left by all of this now have another way to do just that thanks to Dallas,TX-based sextet Phoenix Rising.  The band unveiled this week, the video for its latest single, ‘If I Say No,’ which is taken from the band’s upcoming album From The Ashes.

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The song, said the band in a recent interview, is an anthem for those who have been bullied, encouraging those people to stand out against bullies and bullying in general.

“If I Say No” is a song about standing for yourself when you are face to face with someone that is trying to make you feel bad for who and what you are,” the band said in a collective statement.  “Everyone has experienced trying so hard to be accepted as a person, doing everything that we can to succeed, but ultimately being psychologically beat up by another person, or even ourselves when we fail! The song questions “What if I say no?” and responds “Then this all ends” as a battle cry for the listener to rise up and not take it anymore.”

The song’s new companion video sets the song against a comic book style backdrop, adding even more to the song’s impact considering the stigma still attached today even to those who are true comic book fans.  Even with that taken into consideration, the comic book theme was chosen of the band’s own love of comics according to another collective statement from the band.

More information on ‘If I Say No’ is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.phoenixrisingofficial

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PRofficialband

 

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