Floorboard Debuts ‘Navy Blue’ Video

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Independent emo band Floorbird debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Navy Blue‘ Sunday.  The video’s debut comes less than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.  The video presents the band’s members — Eric Reavey, Drew Grahn, Kevin Folk, and Tom Brucker — performing the song, which is the second single from the band’s new EP Fall Apart Anywhere in a variety of settings indoors and out.  The EP is available now.

The debut of ‘Navy Blue’ and its companion video comes less than two months after the band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘I’m Not Nervous.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Navy Blue’ is a gentle, flowing, guitar-driven composition that will appeal to fans of fellow emo acts, such as Dashboard Confessional, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.  The song’s lyrical content meanwhile deals with a personal matter that is at the heart of so many relationships.

Reavey talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Navy Blue is one of the more upbeat songs on the record. It’s all about communication issues – how (for me, at least) they tend to be the most intense when we feel hurt or unheard, which are vexingly the times when healthy communication is most important – and the damage that can cause across your life,” he said.

‘Navy Blue’ and ‘I’m Not Nervous’ are available to stream and download here.

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Laurie Berkner To Hold Two Concerts On Halloween

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Family entertainer Laurie Berkner is giving families a way to celebrate Halloween safely.

Berkner will hold two livestream concerts on Oct. 31.  The first is scheduled to take place at noon ET and the second at 5 p.m. ET.  The ticketed event will feature performances of two new songs from Berkner —  ‘What Am I Gonna Be (for Halloween)‘ and ‘The Superhero Mask Song’ — as well as a variety of other favorites, such as ‘The Cat Came Back,’ ‘When I Woke Up Today’ and ‘This Hat.’

As audiences wait for the concerts’ start, the can enjoy music, videos, and Halloween-themed games in a pre-show lobby.

Special meet-and-greet VIP packages for a post-show session with Berkner are available.  The exclusive meet-and-greet sessions run or two minutes and will allow for virtual photo ops with Berkner.

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GOINGS Debuts New Single, ‘Phone Numbers’

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Independent rock band GOINGS premiered its latest single this week.

The band debuted its single ‘Phone Numbers‘ Wednesday.  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album It’s For You, which is scheduled for release Nov. 13 through Know Hope Records.

The musical arrangement featured in the song is a work that will appeal to fans of the indie-emo realm.  More specifically, the arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Motion City Soundtrack, Dryjacket, and Hikes.

The lyrical content featured in this work makes for its own interest, and will appeal to the noted audiences just as much as its companion content.

‘Phone Numbers’ is available to stream and download herePre-orders for It’s For You are open.

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PBS Distribution Announces ‘Garfield & Friends: Season 3’ Release Date

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PBS Distribution will release the third season of Garfield & Friends to DVD next month.

The 18-episode collection is scheduled for release Oct. 27.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.99.  Season Three features a variety of great shorts both from Garfield and from his U.S. Acres pals.  “For Cats Only” is one of the many great shorts featuring Garfield.  This episode finds Garfield hosting a special program that tells the history of cats on Earth.  According to the story, cats came from another planet, and that they control humans, not the other way around.

In what is yet another of the season’s most memorable moments, the series shows once how far ahead of its time it was in “How The West Was Lost.”  This episode features returning character Cactus Jake, who was voiced throughout the series by Pat Buttram (Robin HoodThe AristocatsThe Fox and the Hound), out of a job after his ranch is automated.  Jake tries a variety of fields, but to no success.  Thanks to Garfield, Jake ends up getting his job back after Garfield sabotages some of the ranch’s robots to prove mechanization is not the answer to the workplace.

In yet another great moment, the series pokes fun at how mainstream commercial radio works in “D.J. Jon” after Jon becomes a disc jockey at his local radio station.  His new (and short-lived) stardom leads Jon to inadvertently neglect Odie and Garfield, so Garfield takes it on himself to  get out of the industry’s grip, to hilarious results.

U.S. ACRES

The U.S. Acres shorts featured in Season Three offer their own enjoyment.  One of the most notable of this season’s shorts comes in what is clearly a tribute of sorts to The Andy Griffith Show in “The Legal Eagle.”  This short finds Roy Rooster taking it on himself to enforce the farm’s laws.  There’s just one problem:  The laws that Roy is enforcing are out of date, but Roy doesn’t know, so everyone ends up getting locked up, including Roy himself.  There was an episode of The Andy Griffith Show in which Don Knotts’ character Barney Fife got into some trouble for doing much the same, locking up lots of Mayberry’s residents for the tiniest infraction.

Another memorable U.S. Acres short from Season Three comes in the form of “Quack to the Future.”  The short’s title is a take-off of the Back to the Future franchise title.  The short’s story finds Orson hurting Wade’s feelings after he shouted at Wade following an accident.  It is not until after the fact that Orson realizes he overreacted to what happened.  He wishes he could go back in time and undo what he did, leading to another important lesson from the series; that of friendship and being aware of the power of words.

In another of U.S. Acres’ lighter moments, audiences get an adaptation of the classic story Alice in Wonderland when Orson dreams he has gone to Wonderland.  Lanolin plays the part of the Queen of Hearts and is just as loudmouthed as ever.  The dream sequence happened when Orson took a nap after searching for a missing croquet ball.

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Arrow Video Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘The last Starfighter’ Re-issue

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The Last Starfighter will fly again next month.

Lorimar Film Entertainment/Universal’s 1984 sci-fi flick is scheduled for re-issue Oct. 27 through Arrow Video in a new 4K scan on Blu-ray.  The movie follows its central character Alex Rogan, a high school student who ends up being recruited to fight an evil empire after playing a video game that turns out to in fact be a training program to find pilots for the war.

Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue comes with lots of bonus content, such as an archived audio commentary from Nick Castle, the movie’s director, and Rob Cobb, the flick’s production designer; new feature-length audio commentary from Mike White, host of The Last projection Booth Podcast, and the archived four-part documentary “Crossing The Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter.

More bonus content will be announced soon.  Pre-orders are open for Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue of The Last Starfighter.

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Arrow Video Announces ‘Warning From Space’ Re-Issue Date, Specs

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Arrow Video will resurrect the 1956 Japanese science fiction flick Warning From Space next month.

The company is scheduled to re-issue the movie Oct. 13 on Blu-ray.  The story centers on a race of beings from another world that has come to Earth to warn the planet’s people about an impending meteor impact.  The problem is that the beings look like starfish.  Knowing that they will only terrify the planet’s inhabitants, one of the beings takes on the form of a human female so as to spread the warning.

Originally distributed through Toho Company and Daiei Studios, the movie was the first Japanese science fiction movie to be presented in color.  its forthcoming release marks its first-ever high definition release in the United States and a newly restored English dub.

As an added bonus, the movie will also feature a feature-length audio commentary by author Stuart Galbraith IV.  Galbraith wrote the book Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!

Pre-orders for Warning From Space are open.

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Infinite Eve Debuts ‘2020’ Video

Infinite Eve debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new instrumental single ‘2020‘ Tuesday.  Written and performed by Infinite Eve guitarist Paul Warren, the song also features a guest appearance by guitarist Any Wood (Scott Stapp, Rascal Flatts, Sebastian Bach).

The video’s visualization does its own share to engage audiences.  It features an eye whose color constantly changes, as well as what is believed to be Warren performing the song and various digital graphics.  throughout it all, the accents in the bars are echoed in a specific fashion, too.

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The song’s arrangement features a heavy yet controlled guitar riff that echoes the tensions felt by audiences this year.  The ethereal choral vocals and the subtle electronics and keyboards lend the arrangement to comparisons to works from the likes of Dream Theater and Devin Townsend.

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Oklahoma, Iowa State To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule This Weekend

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The Big 12 will take center stage Saturday night on ABC.

The Iowa State Cyclones will host the No. 18. Oklahoma Sooners on this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One.  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Molly McGrath will have the call for the Samsung QLED 4K game of the week.

Each team comes into Saturday night’s Big 12 showdown with a 1-1 record overall.  By Comparison, Iowa State comes into the conference matchup with a 1-0 record while the Sooners are 0-1 in conference play.  That means Oklahoma will look to avoid dropping to 0-2 in conference play while the Cyclones will look to get above .500.

 

OKLAHOMA WEEK TWO

The visiting Sooners will come in to Saturday’s showdown on the heels of a 38-35 loss to Kansas State last Saturday.  The teams were relatively evenly matched over the course of the game.  Oklahoma outperformed Kansas St. in net rushing and passing yards, totaling 517 yards against Kansas State’s total of 400.

While the Sooners had more total yardage, Kansas St. averaged more yards per play than Oklahoma at 7.8 yards per play to Oklahoma’s 6.8 per play.  Kansas was better on fourth down efficiency at 2-2 while Oklahoma was better with third down conversions at 7-12 versus Kansas State’s total of 2-11.

Penalties were a problem for Kansas State.  The team racked up 13 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Oklahoma totaled 75 yards from 10 penalties.

Oklahoma additionally recorded three interceptions, versus none for Kansas St., certainly helping Kansas State in its win.

 

IOWA STATE WEEK TWO

Iowa State comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of a 37-34 victory over another of its Big 12 opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs in the second game of its season.  The Cyclones dominated on the ground with 212 rushing yards to TCU’s 99 while the Horned Frogs controlled the passing game, throwing for a net passing total of 400 versus 211 for Iowa State.

On a related note, Iowa State averaged a net gain of 8.3 yards per play throughout the game while TCU netted an average gain of 5.9 yards per play.  All things noted, TCU totaled more yardage throughout the game, with 499 yards while Iowa State had a total of 423, not much less than TCU.

TCU was 8-16 in third down conversion efficiency and 0-1 in fourth down conversion.  On the other side of the ball, Iowa Sate was 3-11 on third down conversion efficiency and 0-0 on fourth down conversions.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While the Big 12 will headline the ESPN networks’ Saturday’s day-long college football broadcast schedule, it is just one of the many games tapped for the networks’ weekend-long schedule.  Wake Forest will host Campbell in the weekend’s opener at 7 p.m. ET Friday on the ACC Network.  Louisiana Tech and No. 22 BYU follow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Saturday’s schedule launches at noon ET on ABC as No. 22 BYU hosts Louisiana Tech.  That broadcast will start following ESPN’s weekly college football program College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, which will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN.  The traveling program’s broadcast site is under consideration.

South Florida and Cincinnati are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in a AAC conference matchup while Virginia Tech and Duke will hit the field at 4 p.m .ET on the ACC Network.

No. 1 Clemson hosts Virginia in the day’s final game.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

The ESPN networks’ full college football broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Baylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
  South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
  Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
  East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  1 p.m. North Alabama at Liberty ESPN3
  3 p.m. Houston Baptist at Eastern Kentucky ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
  No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
  South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
  Central Arkansas at North Dakota State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
  Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
  Jacksonville State at Florida State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

 

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Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph Really Was Not For Kids

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Rankin-Bass’ stop motion classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was not for children.  That is the conclusion of this critic after much thought recently.

Much like Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, it has become increasingly clear that Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was in fact created initially for adults.  That is because at its heart, it is really a rumination on how quickly and easily we as society toss aside those who are different from what we consider to be “normal.”

Here is just some of the evidence for that argument:  We already know that Rudolph was shunned by his fellow reindeer when his “secret” was revealed by chance.  Only one of the reindeer — Clarice, a young female — showed any concern for Rudolph.  Rudolph’s own father and Santa were even ashamed by his nose.  His own father even went so far as to try to hide it, which led to the coincidental revelation.  As a result of that occurrence, Rudolph ended up embarking on a journey that led to not only a coming-of-age tale, but even more evidence of the special’s noted bigger, overarching allegorical story.
During the course of his personal journey, Rudolph encounters the “misfit toys,” who themselves were toys created by Santa’s elves.  Those toys were “imperfect,” as each had some “defect” or “impurity.”  The cowboy rode an ostrich instead of a horse.  The water pistol shot grape jelly instead of water.  The boat couldn’t float and the train had square wheels.  The jack-in-the-box was tossed aside just because its name wasn’t Jack.  It was Charlie.  Keep in mind that the toys were created by elves, who themselves are “employed” by Santa, the authoritarian ruler to create “perfection” for “good” little boys and girls. This is a rumination by Rankin-Bass on the focus that we put on kids having the best new, shiny toys.  Why do imperfections make it impossible for toys to be appreciated and loved?  Again, this plays directly into the bigger observation of the message that Rankin-Bass was really trying to deliver through this allegory.

That discussion of which boys and girls are “good” leads to its own deeper discussion for another time about whether we should really continue to press that narrative to children.  Does telling children that they’ll only get toys if they’re “good” really benefit them?  What if families can’t afford the best new toys”?  What if a family loses its home to fire or some other circumstance?  We have got to eliminate that narrative that tis toys to behavior.

Getting back on the topic at hand, one must backtrack slightly to examine even more proof of how Rankin-Bass used Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer to deliver its commentary.  When Rudolph went off on his journey of self-discovery, he was joined by the shunned elf Hermie.

The sub-story about Hermie the Elf is in reality an allegory about capitalism and the importance of individualism, and the impact of authoritarian rule. Hermie’s fellow elves and the head elf all made fun of him for wanting to do and think for himself. It was all about making toys for them, but he wasn’t satisfied with that. He had other plans, and was shouted down and laughed at for thinking for celebrating his individualism.

Now, add in that during his early interaction with Rudolph, Hermie builds a snow effigy of the head elf and proceeds to punch it. Yeah, let’s let kids watch that. The very act of building an effigy and essentially destroying it is really an example of the working man standing up to those authoritarian forces that hold them down. Yet again, here we have grown-up themes that are not proper for kids.

When Rudolph and Hermie finally return to the North Pole and Santa’s “kingdom,” the only “celebration” that takes place is a musical number.  Santa and the elves show minimal remorse for having shunned the duo early on.  Yes, they do admit that they were wrong, but their acceptance is in reality, an example of how people do not want to take responsibility for their actions.  That in itself adds even more to the bigger story of how people act.

Add in that when Rudolph’s nose shines, Santa once again seems bothered by it until he “miraculously” realizes that Rudolph’s nose can actually save Christmas because it can help lead the sleigh so that little boys and girls can get their toys.  Santa did not act appreciative.  He acted on an opportunity, again, therein being the authoritarian rule.

The real happy ending comes as the misfit toys are “saved” from the island at which they had previously been exiled.  These are the same toys that were dumped there because the elves made them imperfect to begin with.  Why would elves, — who are supposed to create perfect toys for “good” boys and girls — create “imperfect” toys?  They got new homes, reminding audiences again that all toys (or maybe, people) have a place and deserve love.

As the credits roll, the bird that couldn’t fly is just tossed from Santa’s sleigh without an umbrella.  Watching the reaction of the elf who pulled the bird from Santa’s sack, one can’t help but think in considering what was noted here, maybe that subtle moment in itself was a commentary.  Maybe this was Rankin and Bass commenting on how sometimes we think what we are doing is helping, but in fact it is just being thoughtless and anything but helpful.

Noting again, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is not the only time that Rankin-Bass used a children’s classic to address serious, adult topics.  Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town intentionally used that movie as a commentary about authoritarianism.  That was pointed out in bonus content that came with some of the Rankin-Bass box sets featuring its holiday specials.  To a lesser extent, Jack Frost, another Rankin-Bass special also took on the topic.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes even clearer that Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer clearly was not intended for children, but for adults.

Nehoda’s New LP Gives Promise For The Band’s Future

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Independent rock band Nehoda is scheduled to release its new album But Anyways… Friday.  The nine-song record is an interesting presentation from the band.  That is due to in part to its musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The 39-minute album’s lyrical content also plays into its presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content rounds out the album’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make But Anyways… a work that shows promise for Nehoda.

Nehoda’s forthcoming album But Anyways…is a presentation that is worth hearing at least once.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are of interest because while they do an impressive job of exhibiting the band’s wide range of influences and talents.  From the plodding, Animals-eque ‘Lies’ and ‘Devil’s Bitch’ to the more Bruce Springsteen style approach of ‘Please Don’t Go’ to the Pearl Jam-esque ‘Afterglow’ to the more grunge stoner vibe of ‘I Don’t Know,’ the album’s opener to the more alt-rock approach of ‘Shakey Pop,’ this record takes audiences in a variety of directions.  On the surface, this is a good thing.  That is because again, it shows the wide range of the band’s influences and talents.  It shows that the band is not just some one-trick pony so to speak, which will appeal to plenty of listeners.  This is just one aspect of the record that will appeal to listeners.  The arrangements’ companion lyrical content works with that content to make for even more appeal.

The lyrical content that is featured throughout Nehoda’s new album is key to discuss because it is so simple and accessible for listeners.  The album opens with a clear sociopolitical commentary that goes after a variety of institutions.  Band namesake and founder Patrick Nehoda opens the song by addressing those who would attack anyone who might want to speak their minds as he writes, “Try to find your voice/It ain’t f****** correct/Try to make a choice/Cut you off at the neck.”  That second line in the song’s lead verse comes across as a statement of how people are just as apt to attack one another for standing on one side of an issue or another.  The short and simple here is that he is seemingly making a statement about how divided America has become.  In the song’s second verse, Nehoda seems to address the government sending people off to war and the fact that when American forces go overseas, innocent people (including children) are killed.  It is a lot of metaphorical language, but it would seem to make sense at least in this critic’s mind.  This is inferred as Nehoda sings, “Governments killing babies/Children for hire/It’s no wonder the youth of the world/Want to set this place on fire.”  That line about “children for hire” maybe hints at people as young as 18 (basically children) are hired by the military to go to war and “kill babies.”  Again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  That aside, it certainly seems to be somewhere in that proverbial ballpark.  Sociopolitical commentary is anything but new to the rock realm, but is no less impacting here as it is in those other instances.  From here, things take a noticeable change, focusing more on the topic of relationships and inner struggles.  Case in point are songs, such as ‘Devil’s Bitch,’ ‘Lies,’ and ‘Just Another Season.’  ‘Afterglow’ meanwhile takes a slightly different, more upbeat tone.  ‘Shakey Pop’ does center on a personal relationship, but comes across more as a song whose story is more of a coming-of-age presentation than the standard work about relationships of any kind.  Simply put, the lyrical themes featured throughout this record will connect with listeners just as much as its wide range of musical arrangements if not more so.  Now keeping that in mind, it is still just one more of the elements that warrants examination.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Nehoda’s new album is important to examine not so much just because of the songs’ energies, but rather the ability of this element to connect the album’s distinct musical styles.  Case in point are the transitions between the record’s first three songs.  The stoner rock opener that is ‘I Don’t Know’ dies off and fades out slow enough that when the equally slow, introspective ‘Lies’ opens up, the transition is fluid.  The same can be said of the transition between that song and its follow-up, ‘Devil’s Bitch.’  Now while the transitions between the album’s first three songs are solid, that is also because the songs’ arrangements are so similar.  From there, things change notably.  ‘Shakey Pop,’ which immediately follows ‘Devil’s Bitch’ is more of a Foo Fighters type work in comparison to the gritty blues rock sound and approach of ‘Devil’s Bitch.’  Yet somehow the transition works even in this case.  Maybe it is again the amount of time given between songs and the fashion in which the prior ends and the latter begins.  The two are clearly different, but each has a certain heavy fuzz about them, giving at least some connection.  The relaxed finale of ‘Shakey Pop’ is what makes its transition into the even more reserved ‘Walk Away’ work as well as it does.  Much the same can be said of the transition between ‘Walk Away’ and the album’s title track.  Interestingly enough, that song gradually builds to a very heavy arrangement.  The heavy opening bar of the otherwise contemplative ‘Just Another Season’ is what makes the transition there work as well as it does.  The record’s final two songs move just as fluidly as the rest of the album’s entries.  The end result is a presentation that shows despite having so many distinct musical influences and styles throughout, those behind the glass put in a lot of time and thought to ensure this aesthetic aspect strengthened the album’s presentation just as much as its content.  When it is considered along with the collective content, the whole of the album becomes even more worth hearing.  As a matter of fact, they combine to make the album a presentation that in hearing, listeners will agree shows some promise for Nehoda.

Nehoda’s new album But Anyways… is a work that will leave audiences saying anything but But Anyways…  Rather, it will keep them engaged and focused on its presentation throughout.  That is proven through its diverse musical arrangements and its accessible lyrical content.  When that content is joined with the album’s sequencing, the whole of the album proves itself a presentation that shows some promise for Nehoda’s future.  But Anyways… is scheduled for release Friday.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

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