Styx Announces New Album Coming Soon; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

Courtesy: Alpha Dog 2T/UMe

Styx has a new “mission” in 2017.

The veteran rock act announced this week that it will release its new album The Mission June 16 on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.  The album, which will be released via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, will be the band’s first new album in 14 years and its 16th overall studio recording.  Audiences can pre-order The Mission online via various online outlets here now.

The album’s lead single ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ was released Friday at radio and online retail outlets.  The song’s video is streaming online now and can be viewed here.  The song’s high-energy, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of Foghat and other similar acts with its blues-rock-based sound.

Courtesy: Billboard Magazine/Alpha Dog 2T/UMe

The Mission comes forty years after the release of Grand Illusion and is also a concept record.  Recorded over the course of two years, the 43-minute record tells a fictionalized story of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

According to the story’s premise, the six-person crew of the nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft Khedive, being launched by the Global Space Exploration Program (GSEP) is making its maiden voyage and headed to Mars.

The team consists of the pilot, first officer, engineer and three science experts.  The pilot is described as a “fully-hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader,” while the first officer is described as a big brother figure.  The engineer is described as being skeptical of the mission but still does his best.

The band’s lineup on The Mission features Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), co-founder James “JY” Young (guitar/vocals), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards/vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Todd Sucherman (drums/percussion) and Ricky Phillips (bass).

The Mission’s track listing is noted below.

Here’s the track listing for THE MISSION:

CD/Digital:

  1. Overture
  2. Gone Gone Gone
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
  4. Trouble at the Big Show
  5. Locomotive
  6. Radio Silence
  7. The Greater Good
  8. Time May Bend
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
  10. Red Storm
  11. All Systems Stable
  12. Khedive
  13. The Outpost
  14. Mission to Mars

Vinyl:

  1. Overture (Side A)
  2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
  4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
  5. Locomotive (Side A)
  6. Radio Silence (Side A)
  7. The Greater Good (Side B)
  8. Time May Bend (Side B)
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
  10. Red Storm (Side B)
  11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
  12. Khedive (Side B)
  13. The Outpost (Side B)
  14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

More information on The Mission is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.styxworld.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/styxtheband

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Fire From The Gods Unveils ‘Voiceless’ Video

Courtesy: Rise Records

Fire From The Gods is giving its fans their first taste of its “new” album.

The band released the video for its latest single ‘Voiceless’ this week.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album Narrative Retold, which is scheduled to be released May 19 via Rise Records.

Narrative Retold is a re-issue of the band’s 2016 album Narrative, and features the newly added single along with ‘The Taste’ and an acoustic take of ‘Excuse Me.’  It can be pre-ordered online now here. The album is Fire From The Gods’ second full-length studio recording and its first for Rise Records.

Directed by Ramon Boutviseth and produced by Korn front man Jonathan Davis, the video for ‘Voiceless’ crosses footage of the band performing its song in a small studio setting with footage of fans gagged used to illustrate the song’s message.

Courtesy: Rise Records

Front man AJ Channer explained the message presented in the album’s lead single centers on the desensitization of society.  He added while he knows the message is nothing new, there is always a need to remind people they need to pull themselves out of that sense.

“‘The Voiceless’ is referring to the callousness of society,” Channer said.  “This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events.  No one seems to bat an eye.  There is no compassion or care for one’s fellow man.  Violence toward each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days.  Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said.  Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the roses once in a while.”

The message presented in ‘Voiceless’ runs throughout the album just in different ways with one common theme in each message as Channer explained.

“This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American,” Channer said.  “There’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song.  It’s all about the underdog.  We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band.  The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged.  There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger.  I want to channel this in music that can resonate.  This is where we come from and who we are as a band.  I want people to feel empowered by this record.  Come out of the experience knowing somebody thinks like you.”

Fire From The Gods is currently touring in support of its upcoming record.  It will be in Wichita, KS April 23, Springfield, MO on April 26 and Nashville, TN on April 27 to round out the month.  The band will open May with a show in Birmingham, AL on May 2.  Two performances in North Carolina are also included in the band’s current tour schedule on July 4 and 6 in Wilmington and Charlotte respectively.

More information on the band’s upcoming tour dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firefromthegods

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Blacktop Mojo Releases ‘Where The Wind Blows’ Video

Blacktop Mojo is giving audiences yet another taste of its new album, Burn The Ships.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Where The Wind Blows’ this week. The video follows a young couple’s wild night adventure from a bar to the band’s “private soundcheck” and beyond.  The adventure is set against the backdrop of the band’s new single.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

The band said in a recent interview that making the new video was nothing but fun for the group.

“It was a blast making this video,” the band said in a collective statement.  “We got to do it with a bunch of our friends from our hometown of Palestine, TX in the bar where we played our first show.  It basically turned into a two-day party and the fun we had really comes through in the video.”

Burn The Ships is available now.  It can be ordered online direct via the band’s official website.  More information on the band’s new video is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Set It Off Unveils ‘Hypnotized’ Video

Set It Off seriously set it off this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Hypnotized’ this week. Directed by Matt Alonzo (Xzibit, Tyrese, The Game), the high, energy video sees the band performing its new single in a specially lit set with plenty of fast-paced cuts and special lighting. Audiences can see the video online now here.

Courtesy: Equal Vision Records

Front man Cody Carson said creating the video for ‘Hypnotized’ was just an important process for the band, adding he hoped the band’s fans would enjoy the partnering of the song and its new video.

“We are extremely proud to present the music video for our latest single ‘Hypnotized,’ Carson said. “Writing this song was an extremely cathartic experience with all of that pent up pent-up anger being let out; Making this video felt no different. We understand how important it is to be able to let out your anger, unleash your inner demons and just act out every once in a while.  Songs like this allow you to do that.”

Courtesy: Equal Vision Records

‘Hypnotized’ is taken from the band’s latest full-length studio recording, 2016’s Upside Down, which was released via Equal Vision Records.  The record debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart; No. 10 on its Independent Albums Chart; No. 11 on its Alternative Albums Chart; No. 13 on the Top Rock Albums Chart; No. 20 on the Tastemakers Chart; No. 22 of To Current Albums Chart and No. 51 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The Top 200 ranking made Upside Down Set It Off’s highest charting album to date.

Set It Off wrapped its latest North American tour with Simple Plan this week and will join With Confidence on a string of U.K. dates beginning next month before rejoining Simple Plan for the next leg of its North American tour beginning Aug. 18.  The bands’ current tour schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES

Set It Off w/ With Confidence 
May 23 Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
May 24 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
May 25 Glasgow, UK @ G2
May 27 Birmingham, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival
May 28 Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival
May 29 Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival [ SOLD OUT ]
May 31 London, UK @ 02 Academy Islington

Simple Plan w/ Set It Off 
Aug 18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Aug 19 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Aug 20 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
Aug 22 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 24 Dallas, TX @ House of Blue
Aug 25 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Aug 26 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Aug 28 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum
Aug 29 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 30 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Sep 01 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 02 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre [ SOLD OUT ]
Sep 03 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

More information on Set It Off’s new video, single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://setitoffband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/setitoff

 

 

 

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 reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Terry Ilous Announces New LP’s Online Release Date

Courtesy: FYCO Records

Terry Ilous will release his new solo album next week.

The Great White front man and XYZ founder will release Gypsy Dreams next Friday, April 28 online via iTunes and digital platforms.  Its in-store release date has not yet been announced, but it expected for some time in May with pre-orders available here.

Gypsy Dreams is Ilous’ third solo recording, and is a collection of rock and hard rock tunes with a flamenco flare.  The bands Ilous chose to cover on this record include Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin and others.

In anticipation of the album’s release, a teaser trailer has been released.  It is streaming online now here.  The record features Luis Villegas, Ben Woods and Jose Garcia on guitar, Chris Trujillo, Mike Bennett and Al Velasquez on drums and percussion, Jesse Stern and Mike Paganini on bass, and Natalie Gelman on backup vocals.

Gypsy Dreams’ track listing is noted below.

 

Gypsy Dreams Track listing.

  1. Whole Lotta Love – (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Boys Of Summer – (Don Henley)
  3. In Your Eyes – (Peter Gabriel)
  4. Long Train Running – (The Doobie Brothers)
  5. Wicked Game – (Chris Isaak)
  6. Heaven And Hell – (Black Sabbath)
  7. Ride Like The Wind – (Christopher Cross)
  8. Love Bites – (Def Leppard)
  9. Kill The King – (Rainbow)

Ilious said of his new album that it is just one part of a bigger vision that he has for the future.

“This project is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future,” Ilous said.  “I decided to start with covers of familiar and rock favorites to introduce the Latin / Flamenco rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin and gypsy gatherings.”

Ilous was upbeat when talking about what audiences can expect from Gypsy Dreams.

“This has been a long road, but the final tracks sound truly amazing, and are definitely worth the wait,” Ilous said.  “I thank all my fans and band for being a part of this journey and for all your support along the way.  I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.”

More information on Gypsy Dreams is available online now along with Ilous’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.terryilous.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Terryilous

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Rize’s New LP Will Appeal To Reggae Fans Of All Ages And Tastes

Courtesy: Baco Records/Rootfire Cooperative/Metropolitan Groove Merchants/Roots Level

Late last month, veteran reggae artist Nattli Rize released her latest full-length studio recording Rebel Frequency.  Rize’s second full-length studio recording, Rebel Frequency puts on full display the political activism so common to her music and her deep running reggae roots.  This record’s opener and title track is a key example of those elements.  ‘Evolutionary,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of said elements.  ‘Hypocrisy’ is one more example of Rize’s political and musical leanings that are so evident once again throughout this album.  Between the songs noted here and those not noted, the lyrical and musical material presented throughout make this record one of this year’s top new reggae records.

Nattali Rize’s sophomore LP Rebel Frequency is one of 2017’s top new reggae records.  That is due to the musical and lyrical statements made throughout the course of the record’s 12-song body.  The statements made through its musical arrangements will keep listeners moving from one to the next while the lyrical statements will get listeners thinking and potentially even politically active in their respective communities.  The record’s opener and title track is just one of the songs included in this record that supports these statements.  In regards to its musical arrangement, ‘Rebel Frequency’ impresses because it mixes old school reggae guitar licks and crosses them with more modern electronic elements for an arrangement that proves fully infectious and danceable.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious and even more powerful.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Rebel Frequency’ is just as infectious and powerful as its musical arrangement because of the message that it sends to listeners.  Rize sings here, “When you think this world can be ruff/You’ve had enough and you nah go take any more/Well now the mission is resistance/So we can get new existence/Now you know what we’re fighting for.”  This is just as sampling of the message that Rize delivers in this song.  She also sings about unity among races and religions, and about standing up for one’s political beliefs.  Most interesting of all is the connectivity of those topics. Her ability to move from one topic to the next so smoothly is impressive in its own right.  Of course, when those powerful words are set alongside the song’s energetic arrangement, the pair’s coupling clearly exhibits in themselves why this record’s music and lyrics are so important to its overall presentation.  ‘Evolutionary’ stands out as another example of the importance this record’s musical and lyrical content to its overall presentation.

‘Rebel Frequency’ translates clearly to listeners through every channel thanks to its musical and lyrical content.  The two elements together make the song a solid start to Rebel Frequency.  They also serve to show why the record’s musical and lyrical content are so important to the record’s presentation.  The musical and lyrical content presented in ‘Evolutionary’ do much the same without wholly repeating any of the songs that come before.  The song’s musical arrangement stands out because while it maintains the reggae roots influences that have made her a fan favorite, it does far more than that.  It couples that standard reggae sound with a much more upbeat hip-hop/EDM hybrid arrangement for a composition that is certain to get listeners moving just as much as the record’s opener and the songs that follow.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, though.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.

The lyrical material presented in ‘Evolutionary’ is important to discuss because it is just as thought-provoking as that presented in ‘Rebel Frequency.’  Rize actually displays her hip-hop chops here as she raps, “One mind, one voice can be all it takes to spark a fyah that liberates/Watch your words, what they perpetuate/This world is one that we co-create/We live this dream while the dreamers sleep/So we shift their mindset and we celebrate/Champion of the mission, yeh/We come to live in love/System crusher, no oppressor/We go rize above/Forward pon the mountain/Tell our people here we come/Overstand in this movement/One is all and all are one/Revolution is the evolution of our consciousness and minds.”  The message here is very much along the lines of that presented in ‘Rebel Frequency.’  The difference between the two is that here Rize adds in a message about thinking before one speaks along with other messages.  Again, the transitions from statement to statement make the song all the more enjoyable.  When those transitions are set alongside the song’s messages and its musical arrangement, the whole of those elements makes the song in whole another standout addition to the record. They show in whole again the importance of this record’s musical and lyrical content to its overall presentation.  Collectively, they make this song just one more of the record’s standout works.  ‘Hypocrisy’ is yet another example of the importance of the musical and lyrical content presented in this record.

‘Rebel Frequency’ and ‘Evolutionary’ both prove to be key additions to Nattali Rize’s latest LP.  That is due both to their musical arrangements and to their lyrical content.  Those elements make both songs stand out additions to Rize’s new record.  They also show why the record’s musical and lyrical content stands out so strongly in its presentation.  Much the same can be said of ‘Hyprocrisy,’ which comes even later in the record’s run.  This song’s musical arrangement is a pure, upbeat reggae composition, driven by Rize’s work on the guitar.  That upbeat arrangement in itself does plenty to keep listeners engaged.  The song’s lyrical theme builds on that interest by protesting in a manner of speaking.  She protests against a variety of items including politicians and working conditions for everyday workers (or so it would seem).  Such statements throw back to reggae’s roots in every way.  Keeping that in mind, the song’s lyrical theme and its musical arrangement partner to show why it is one more standout addition to Rebel Frequency.  They combine to show once more why the record’s musical and lyrical content are key to its overall presentation.  The other songs not noted here could be used just as easily to display the importance of the record’s musical and lyrical content.  All things considered, the musical and lyrical content presented throughout Rebel Frequency paints a picture of a record that any old school and new school reggae fans alike will appreciate; a record that is one of this year’s top new reggae records.

Nattali Rize’s new LP Rebel Frequency broadcasts a musical and lyrical message that will appeal to reggae fans of all ages and tastes.  That is due in part to musical arrangements that expertly balance old school reggae foundations with new school elements.  This is done throughout the course of the record’s 12-song body with not a single song rehashing the last.  The record’s lyrical content is just as important to note because of the positive vibes presented in each song’s lyrics.  The combination of those two elements in each song makes the record in whole a surprisingly enjoyable work from start to finish.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Rebel Frequency is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://nattalirize.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nattalirize

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

‘Sports Detectives: Season One’ Is A Winning Debut For Smithsonian Channel Series

Courtesy: Smithsonian Channel/Public Media Distribution

Early this month, Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel partnered to release the first season of the network’s new sports history-based series Sports Detectives on DVD.  One part History Detectives, one part 30 for 30 and one part Expedition Unknown, this introductory season will appeal to any sports and sports history buff. That is due in no small part to the sports that it covers over the course of its episodes.  The stories that are presented within each episode are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered.  The transitions that are used in the two-part episodes round out the season’s most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the season’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Sports Detectives: Season One is, overall, a winner for any sports aficionado.

The debut season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives is a presentation that will appeal to sports buffs of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the sports that are covered over the course of its 300-minutes.  From the first disc to the second, the series covers all of America’s major sports.  There are two stories from Major League Baseball, two from the National Football League, one from the National Hockey League and one from the National Basketball Association.  They are not the only sports that are covered in this collection.  NASCAR fans get a nod with a story focusing on the legend of Dale Earnhardt’s pink K-2 Ford driven early in his career, one for the horse racing fans out there and even one focusing on the boxing world.  Simply put, those behind the series made sure to reach out to fans of as many sports as possible with these stories  The only downside here is that there is no listing of the stories inside or outside the box.  Even with that in mind, the inclusion of stories from most of the sports world’s major arenas (yes, that bad pun was intended) is in itself plays a big part in the program’s overall presentation.  The fact that the series has yet to touch on soccer (yes, that bad pun was intended, too) gives fodder for more stories.  There are certain to be stories from the worlds of golf and tennis, too.  That is not even mentioning the college sports realm, too.  Keeping that in mind, this gives plenty of material for at least a second season.  Keeping all of this in mind, the sports that are covered and the sports that could be covered in a second season of Sports Detectives show why they are pivotal to the series’ first season.  They are, collectively speaking, just part of what makes this season so enjoyable for sports lovers.  The stories presented within the episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this season as the sports presented within the episodes.

The stories that are presented within each episode are so important to discuss because of the history that each story presents.  The stories also don’t always result in a clear answer either.  The story of Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Gold Medal supports both of those statements.  Audiences learn through this story about how he represented his country at the 1960 Olympics, only to allegedly throw it in the Ohio River upon his return to the U.S.  The alleged incident happened, according to the story, after he was denied service in his still segregated home city of Louisville.  Not to give away too much here, but the story is never fully solved despite the lengths to which the investigative team of Kevin Barrows and Lauren Gardner go to try to solve the mystery.  That the story isn’t solved actually adds to its interest, leaving one wonder if there is any validity to Ali’s story or not.

The story of Ali’s missing 1960 Olympic Gold medal is just one example of the importance of this season’s stories.  The story of Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat is another prime example of the importance of the season’s episodes.  This is one of the stories that is solved.  The investigation here finds a bat that was in fact once in the hands of the baseball legend.  The revelation that someone out there has a bat that was in fact once held (and used in a game) by the legendary figure is in itself incredible.  The history behind the bat is just as interesting.  It is just one more of the stories that shows the importance of the stories featured in this season.  There is also a story centered on famed horse Secretariat’s saddle cloth that is just as interesting.

The story of Secretariat’s supposedly missing saddle cloth is another one that results in the mystery being solved.  What is so interesting in this story is the revelation of how easily it could have and did go missing in the commotion following Secretariat’s win in one of horse racing’s biggest events.  The story keeps audiences engaged because of the twists and turns that it presents as it eventually leads to the discovery of the saddle cloth.  Those twists and turns keep viewers wondering right up to the eventual discovery if it will turn up.  Again, it is just one more example of why the episodes’ stories are so important to the season’s overall presentation.  The story of a flag brought to the ice after the famed “miracle on ice” Olympic matchup between the U.S. and Russia, the location of an NFL Champion’s ring and that of a famed basketball are a few more examples of why this season’s stories are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered in examining the season’s overall presentation.  As important as the stories presented in these episodes are to the season’s overall presentation, they are not the last of its important elements.  The transitions used in the two-part episodes are important to note, too.

The sports and stories presented throughout the first season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives are both key elements to discuss in examining the season’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements to examine either.  The transitions that are used in the season’s two-part episodes are important in their own right to the season’s presentation.  The transitions used in said episodes are so important because they are so smooth. The case of the missing NFL Championship ring and the missing “Immaculate Reception” is a prime example of that statement.  Those behind the lens picked all of the right moments to connect one story to the other, thus keeping the story moving.  It is clear in watching the episode that the choices were made not only through the discussions but also through the shots.  This same approach was used in the episode focusing on Dale Earnhardt’s K-2 Ford and Secretariat’s saddle cloth and in the episode focusing on Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat and Kirk Gibson’s home run ball.  Those smart transitions will certainly keep audiences just as engaged as the stories themselves.  That is because they enhance the stories, thus making them all the more engaging.  When this element is set alongside the show’s actual stories and the sports that are featured, the whole of the elements makes this season of Sports Detectives a win for sports buffs of all ages and tastes.

Sports Detectives: Season One is a winning start for Smithsonian Channel’s new sports-based series.  That is due, as already discussed, to the diversity of sports featured in the season’s two discs and 300 minutes.  The stories at the center of each episode are just as important to discuss as the featured sports.  The transitions that are used in each episode (or more specifically, the editing in general) is the finishing touch to the season’s presentation.  Of course one could also argue the interviews, footage and pictures used in each story are important in their own right, too.  Those who point out those elements would be right, too.  All things considered, the debut season of Sports Detectives leaves no mystery why it is a winning presentation.  It is available now and can be ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on Sports Detectives and other Smithsonian Channel series is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SmithsonianChan

 

 

 

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.