Time Life’s Latest Hee Haw Collection Is Small But Packs Lots Of Laughs

Courtesy:  Time Life Entertainment/StarVista Entertainment

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista Entertainment

CBS’ classic variety series Hee Haw is one of the most surprising series in television’s modern history.  That is because of the length of its run.  It initially ran for two years on CBS from 1969 to 1971 before the network dropped the show, which was originally a replacement for another variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  Even after begin cut from CBS’ ranks as part of its “rural purge” the show still managed to stay on the air in a variety of fashions until 1993.  Even after it finally ended its run on television, it still has not stayed dead thanks to Time Life Entertainment.  When the networks relinquished the reins on the show Time Life picked them up and has kept the show alive for yet another generation thanks to its DVD box sets featuring the show’s episodes.  Time Life has been churning out those box sets for a number of years.  And next Tuesday it will release yet another collection of episodes in the form of The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics.  The core element of this collection is its episodes.  Unlike so many Hee Haw collections before it, this collection features only enough episodes to fill a single disc.  More specifically it features just two episodes.  But they are still enjoyable in their own right.  That brings up the disc’s second most important element, the content of said episodes.  There’s plenty of country and bluegrass for fans of those genres.  There are also plenty of laughs to be had in the skits that serve as the episodes’ main body.  Last but not least of note in this latest collection of sorts is its collective production values and companion booklet.  These pieces of the disc’s presentation round out its most notable elements.  They play their own important part in the whole of Time Life Entertainment’s new Hee Haw presentation.  Together with the episodes and their overall content all three elements make The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics a “collection” that any of the show’s fans should have in his or her own home DVD library.

Time Life Entertainment’s latest “collection” of classic Hee Haw episodes is one more that any of the show’s fans should have in his or her own home DVD library.  This is even with the single disc presentation boasting only two episodes.  Even with just two episodes, the episodes in question are still reason enough in itself for fans of the classic variety show to own this disc.  The episodes in question are both true classics.  They are both lifted from the series’ second season and feature plenty of great music and comedy.  Considering that the show was originally pulled from CBS’ lineup after its second season, this latest pairing becomes all the more important for fans.  It is a document of sorts of the show in its infancy; one that is quite rare nowadays.  That is even with so many other Hee Haw sets having been released over the past decade or so.  Of course the two episodes featured in this latest release are collectively just one important element in its overall presentation.  The actual content presented in each of the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are featured in Time Life Entertainment’s new Hee Haw collection are in themselves an important part of its overall presentation.    They are only one important and notable element of its presentation.  The actual content within the featured episodes is just as important to the presentation of this disc as the episodes themselves.  What audiences get in these episodes is another sampling of what made (and continues to make) Hee Haw such an undervalued series.  Audiences get the classic doctor skit featuring the doc telling his patients not to do what hurts them, the fan favorite front porch skits with grandpa laying out telling jokes with Roy, and so many laugh riot outtakes that audiences themselves will be laughing tears of joy as they hold their sides on the floor.  This is just a miniscule example of what makes the episodes’ content so important to this release’s presentation.  There are also great performances from the likes of Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Peggy Little and lots more across both episodes.  Between the episodes’ great tunes, the laugh-a-minute skits and equally riotous outtakes included in the episodes, the whole of their presentation makes up for the fact that there are only two episodes featured in this collection.  Both episodes will keep audiences that well entertained. Keeping that in mind, both the episodes featured in this new Hee Haw presentation and their content prove hugely important to its overall presentation. They are not the disc’s only notable elements either. The episodes’ collective production values and the disc’s companion booklet are the last but hardly least important elements. The episodes’ production values—their audio and video mix—is so important to their presentation in that if there was any re-mastering done within these episodes it is nearly unnoticeable. That being the case, the look and sound of the episodes creates a wonderful, welcome sense of nostalgia for those that grew up watching this timeless series. And for those that are part of the new generation, the “rough” look of the show versus the spit-shined look and sound of today’s TV shows serve as a reminder of the life and soul of TV back in that era. The sound wasn’t rough per se. but at the same time, it’s clear that it didn’t have that “modern” sound either. Together with the original footage both elements together give a viewing experience that is in itself more than enough reason to see both episodes. On a related note, the companion booklet that comes with The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics is just as important to its presentation as its collective production values. While there’s no specifics about the episodes’ air dates, audiences do at least get a guide in regards to the episodes’ makeup. More specifically it focuses on the musical performances contained within each episode. Audiences can choose between those performances when they choose the “index” option in the DVD’s main menu. Between the two elements, viewers can pick out from either show with ease which performance(s) they want to see. It would have been nice to choose the skits, too. But in Time Life’s defense, the skits move so fast that separating them out would not have made any real sense in hindsight. To that extent, the companion booklet included with this disc still plays its own important part in the overall presentation of the DVD. Together with the welcome, wonderful nostalgic feel that the footage brings in its production values, the two elements together give one more reason that audiences will want to experience these classic Hee Haw episodes. The same can be said just as easily when setting those elements against the DVD’s episodes and their nonstop, laugh-inciting content. All things considered The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics is one more presentation that any Hee Haw fan will want to add to his or her own DVD library.

Time Life Entertainment’s latest Hee Haw presentation is yet another piece that any fan of the classic variety series should have in his or her own DVD library. This is evident through the classic episodes featured on the disc and their hilarious content. The wonderful and welcome feeling of nostalgia that is created in audiences in watching these episodes through their production values adds even more enjoyment to the disc’s viewing experience. The companion booklet that is included with the DVD even plays its own important role, making the process of choosing one classic performance or another all the easier for audiences. Each element plays its own important part in the whole of the DVD. Altogether they make The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Classics another must have for anyone that grew up with the classic variety series just as much as for the show’s new generation of audiences. It will be available next Tuesday, February 9th and can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Hee-Haw-Kornfield-Klassics-DVD/dp/B018DSA8ZW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1454689274&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=The+Hee+haw+Collection+Kornfield+Klassics. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

 

Website: http://timelife.com

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Exmortus To Support Amon Amarth On Band’s Upcoming Tour

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Prosthetic Records

Exmortus is hitting the road this spring alongside Amon Amarth and Entombed A.D.

The Whittier, CA-based thrash metal quartet announced Monday that it will join Entombed A.D. as a support act for Amon Amarth on the band’s upcoming Jomsviking North American Tour. The tour kicks off Thursday, April 7th in San Diego, California and currently runs through Saturday, May 21st in Los Angeles, CA. The thirty-five date tour is in support of Amon Amarth’s upcoming album Jomsviking (it’s tenth overall studio recording), which will be released in stores and online on Friday, March 25th. Exmortus’ stint on the Jomsviking North American tour is part of its continued support of its latest full-length studio recording Ride Forth. That album was released earlier this month. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Front man Janan “Conan” Gonzalez was optimistic about the upcoming tour noting his respect for Amon Amarth and its extensive body of work as part of his motivation for performing with Amon Amarth. “I am beyond stoked to tour alongside such renowned viking warriors! Always loved their work and image,” he said. Amon Amarth is the elvish name of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings and I’m a huge Tolkien fan, so I’m sure we’ll get along great.” Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, January 29that 10am local time. More information on ticketing is available online now at http://www.exmortusmusic.com.

Exmortus is currently in the midst of its own headlining tour in support of its new album. The tour runs through February 25th in Gallup, New Mexico and includes a performance at Raleigh, NC’s Pour House. That tour schedule is listed below along with Exmortus’ upcoming tour schedule with Amon Amarth and Entombed A.D.

 

UPCOMING EXMORTUS TOUR DATES

1/25 Winnipeg, MB – The Park *

1/26 Regina, SK – The Exchange *

1/27 Calgary, AB – Nite Owl *

1/28 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *

1/30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater *

1/31 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *

2/1 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *

2/2 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside *

2/3 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go Go *

2/4 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick *

2/5 Tempe, AZ – Club Red *

2/6 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS *

2/7 Reno, NV – PB&Js *

2/8 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *

2/9 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *

2/10 Merriam, KS – Aftershock *

2/11 Austin, TX – Sidewinder *

2/12 San Antonio, TX – Korova *

2/13 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

2/14 Dallas, TX – Trees *

2/15 New Orleans, LA – Siberia *

2/16 Tampa, FL – Orpheum *

2/17 Orlando, FL – The Haven *

2/18 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

2/19 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub *

2/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club *

2/21 Raleigh, NC – Pour House %

2/22 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway %

2/23 Memphis, TN – Murphy’s %

2/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley %

2/25 Gallup, NM – Juggernaut %

4/7 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #

4/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #

4/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls #

4/10 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater #

4/12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #

4/13 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater #

4/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #

4/16 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues #

4/17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle #

4/18 Tampa, FL – The Ritz #

4/20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore #

4/21 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore #

4/22 New York, NY – PlayStation Theatre #

4/23 Boston, MA – House of Blues #

4/25 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall #

4/26 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #

4/28 Quebec City, QC – Imperial #

4/29 Montreal, QC – Metropolis #

4/30 Toronto, ON – The Danforth #

5/1 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #

5/2 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews #

5/4 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant #

5/5 Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #

5/6 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater #

5/7 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater #

5/9 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium #

5/10 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater #

5/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick #

5/13 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre #

5/14 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom #

5/16 Vancouver,BC – The Commodore #

5/17 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market #

5/18 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater #

5/20 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield #

5/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern Theater #

* with Enforcer, Warbringer & Cauldron

% with Warbringer only

# with Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D.

 

In anticipation of Exmortus’ upcoming tour audiences can check out the band’s ‘Relentless’ Official Live Video online now. It can be viewed via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OteUwXtg92c.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

Audiences can stream Ride Forth online now via Spotify. After hearing the album, audiences can purchase it in stores or online via Prosthetic Records’ online store, Amazon, iTunes, and Exmortus’ official Bandcamp page. More information on Exmortus’ upcoming tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.exmortusmusic.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/exmortusband

 

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AHTY’s Debut Re-Issue Is A Welcome Re-Introduction For The Band

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

A little more than three years ago, All Hail The Yeti rose from the wilds of Los Angeles and released its debut self-titled album. The album, released via AFM Records, boasted eleven tracks that completely defied any solid categorization. It is likely because of the inability of critics and audiences to classify the band into one specific sub-genre of the rock world or another that the band has remained just under the mainstream hard rock and metal radar since then. It is a sound that boasts influences from across the rock and metal world including but not limited to: Alice in Chains, Devildriver, Down, Crowbar, and a number of others. Now thanks to Minus Head Records, the band has gotten a new birth and the chance at achieving even more fame. That is because Minus Head Records re-issued All Hail The Yeti this past December. As an added bonus to the eleven songs featured in the original album, Minus Head Records has included three bonus demo tracks in the album’s new re-issue. The combination of those bonuses and the album’s original songs make All Hail The Yeti’s new re-issue an enjoyable re-introduction to the rock realm for the band and an equally solid recording for audiences while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album due out this year also via Minus Head Records.

Minus Head Records’ new re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s 2012 debut self-titled album is an enjoyable re-introduction for the band into the rock realm. It an equally solid recording for audiences to take in while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this year via Minus Head Records. This is evident through the album’s mix of musical and lyrical content that cannot be classified into one of the rock realm’s subgenres or another. And that is obvious early on in the album’s run in the song ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In regards to its musical content, this song clearly exhibits influences from the previously noted rock and metal acts that have come before. They do so through the song’s heavy, crunching sludge metal sound. Even in that distinct sound, front man Connor Garrity’s spoken word verses and thundering vocals come together to make a vocal style that is unlike that of most metal front men past or present. The general effect of that standout delivery, when set against the song’s pummeling musical content, is a song that will have every head banging. The song’s musical content is a whole different story. The song’s lyrical content comes across as being from the mind of a rather disturbed individual. Garrity’s subject speaks here saying, “This day will forever change my life/I was lost deep inside my sorrow/Thinking this part of me was gone forever/So much of my heart given only to be taken/I built a shield/To protect what was left/And no one deserved what I have to give.” He goes on to say, “Then one evening/Was it summer or was it fall/Both seasons crashing like waves/Sea sick would not come on this day/No sea sick would not come on this day.” From here, Garrity’s subject goes on to tell the story of having met a woman and basically desiring her quite a bit. The thing is that the things that this subject says leads one to paint a picture of him as being of quite the criminal mind. That mindset is alluded to as Garrity writes, “I wanna take you/Take your soul/There will be no ransom note/Abduct this angel from heaven/Will that send me straight to hell/then burn my body down…I want your lips/And your kiss/I need your skin/And your touch/I crave your smell/And your taste/I will have your heart/And your f***.” It is definitely an interesting picture, needless to say. If it is indeed meant to be a bit shocking, then Garrity has accomplished his goal. Given, it’s not the only shock rock piece ever crafted (if indeed it is a shock rock piece so to speak). Sting’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ was sung from the vantage point of a stalker. But even with this in mind, it still is a piece that will get listeners’ attention. One could even argue that it takes ‘Every Breath You Take’ and take it to a whole new disturbing level. That and the song’s musical content make it a clear example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. It is just one example of what makes this record stand out, too. ‘After The Great Fire’ is another example of what makes All Hail The Yet’s debut self-titled album stand out in today’s metal community.

‘When The Sky Falls’ is a prime example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s self-titled debut album stand out in today’s metal community. The song’s pummeling musical content set against its rather intriguing lyrical content makes it a song that in itself will definitely leave listeners thinking and talking. It isn’t the only piece that makes an impact in this record. ‘After The Great Fire’ is similar stylistically speaking to ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In terms of its lyrical content, though, it definitely stands out just as much. It is just as dark of a song in regards to its lyrical content as ‘When The Sky Falls’ just in a completely different manner. This song focuses on a fire that took a number of innocent lives. It hints at a fire at a hospital or some building that housed a medical structure. Garrity doesn’t directly note if the story presented in the song was in reference to an actual fire or structure. But its dark lyrical content will definitely make audiences take note. Garrity writes in this song, “Pure evil inside asbestos walls/This great fire raged one hundred feet tall/Taking forty children cradled in its flames/And two dozen women who were said to be blamed.” He goes on to write a rather vivid description of what happened, noting, “There was a surgical stench in the air/It reeked of flesh and burning hair/You hear the cries behind every door/With screams of pain and festered sores.” He notes in the song’s chorus something that comes across as being a supernatural reference, writing, “I hear the spirits come after the great fire/When the children call after the great fire/Inside the smoke they’re born after the great fire/When the children burn after the great fire.” It is a disturbing image. That goes without saying. And it is just as disturbing of a story, especially considering the song’s verses. Even as dark as it is lyrically, one cannot deny Garrity’s ability to really capture listeners’ attention with his writing. Once again, the song’s lyrical content not only stands on its own proverbial feet but it also paints a picture that makes envisioning the story rather easy, even if audiences don’t want to envision said picture. To that extent it proves in its own right what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out in whole. It is not the last piece that serves that argument. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ is one more example of what makes this record stand out.

Both ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ are key examples of what makes All hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. Their heavy, pummeling musical content coupled with their equally vivid lyrical content make both songs compositions that while being somewhat similar to other metal songs, are just as unlike said offerings. They are just a couple of pieces featured in this record that make it stand out. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ comes later in the album’s run. It is one more example of what makes AHTY stand out. In terms of its musical content, the song is just as pummeling as the songs that come before it. This includes not just ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ but each of the other songs not noted here. In regards to its lyrical content, it is wholly about the Ruby Ridge standoff of 1992, going all the way in-depth even noting that the whole thing stemmed from a land dispute between neighbors Randy Weaver and Terry Kinnison. There is also direct note of the outrage at the government agencies involved and the outcome of their actions. Garrity notes in the song that the agencies shut down the whole mountain on which the family lived (which for all intents and purposes is what happened) in order to conduct their operations. The whole thing opens with a taped quote from Randy Weaver recorded after his arrest in which he notes what he expected to happen. That and the story presented in the song make the song yet again a rather vivid story, and one that is true, too. The very fact that few if any other acts out there past or present have ever crafted songs about this infamous even makes the song stand out even more. And because of that it serves to make AHTY stand out in whole even more. Together with ‘When The Sky Falls,’ ‘After The Great Fire,’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the presentation in whole a record that is, once more, a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community and an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the All Hail The Yeti’s highly anticipated sophomore album.

Minus Head Records’ re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community. It is an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out sometime this year via Minus Head Records. It is such a surprising recording thanks in large part to its musical content. It mixes elements of sludge metal, metalcore, and pure hard rock for a record that holds its own from beginning to end. The album’s lyrical content is just as important to note. While rather dark, the songs that were penned for the album are rather vivid in their presentations. They paint pictures that even as disturbing as they might be at times, are also quite easy to see. To that extent, the songs’ lyrical content proves to be just as important to this album as its musical content. The combination of both elements makes it an album that will keep listeners engaged from beginning to end. It also makes the album, again, a record that is both a welcome re-introduction for the band and a piece that will keep audiences’ ears as they await the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album later this year. AHTY can be pre-ordered online via the band’s official bandcamp page now at https://ahty.bandcamp.com/album/all-hail-the-yeti-re-issue. More information on All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.allhailtheyeti.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/allhailtheyeti

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Holy Grail Debuts Lyric Video For New Single, ‘No More Heroes’

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Holy Grail will release its latest album next month. In anticipation of the album’s release–the band’s third full-length recording–the band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘No More Heroes’ this week.

The lyric video for ‘No More Heroes’ is an interesting new production. It presents the lyrics for the song set against a backdrop of battle scenes from World War II. It should be noted that the scenes in question are not actual footage but instead computer generated recreations of different scenes from World War II. Even having been re-created via CG, the backdrop in question is surprisingly impressive.

Courtesy:  Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Front man James Paul Luna discussed the concept behind ‘No More Heroes’ in a recent interview noting that the song centers on what is happening around the world as a result of tryanny and what must be done to stop it. “Conspiracy or not, heavy shit is going down in the world, and we can’t survive battling it alone,” he said. “‘No More Heroes’ is about the evils of tyranny and self-will, where only strength in numbers can persevere. We’re all in this together, for the win. With that being said, we’re very pumped to be hitting the road with the mighty Black Tusk this spring. Together, we will wave the flag of heavy metal across North America, and together we will shred in the name of heavy metal. Stay hard and see you soon.” Speaking of the band’s tour, the band is currently touring in support of its new album. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^
2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^
2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^
2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^
2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley
2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick #
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock #
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar #
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter #
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #

^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

‘No More Heroes’ is available now as a digital single. It is included as an instant download with all pre-orders of the band’s new album Times of Pride and Peril. Physical pre-order bundles of Times of Pride and Peril include: 1) A physical copy of the album on CD or LP, 2) Exclusive T-shirt, ong-sleeve, or hoodie designs. Fans can place their orders for physical pre-order bundles online now at http://prostheticrecords.limitedrun.com/bands/holy-grail. Fans can also pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now via iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp at:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/times-of-pride-and-peril/id1061331360

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018AHIGG4?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_sw_su_dp

Bandcamp: https://holygrail.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-pride-and-peril

Vinyl options for Times of Pride and Peril include: Black, Limited-Edition Orange, and Limited-Edition Marble variants. Each vinyl copy of Times of Pride and Peril comes in a gatefold package that includes a color poster/lyric insert and download card. The full track listing for Times of Pride and Peril is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1. Crystal King
2. Waste Them All Away
3. Sudden Death
4. Those Who Will Remain
5. Descent Into The Maelstrom
6. Apotheosis
7. Psychomachia
8. No More Heroes (listen)
9. Pro Patria Mori
10. Black Lotus

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Indie Kindie Music Act’s Latest LP Is A Strong New Effort

Courtesy:  Waldmania PR

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty are likely not one of the more well-known names in the world of children’s music. Interestingly enough the husband and wife duo is nothing new to that realm. Kagan has two solo albums. And the pair together has released two full length studio recordings, all of which have been released without the help of any of the major kindie rock labels out there. And the couple hasn’t stopped there. Last Friday, the duo released its third full-length studio recording Mighty Wolf. Named apparently after the couple’s infant son, Mighty Wolf continues the couple’s long-running tradition of mixing that musical and educational content that it has used in each of its previous recordings. This includes Kagan’s own solo recordings. Even within the context of the album’s musical content, Kagan and Doughty don’t even to one style. That is just one way in which this latest recording stands out. The previously mentioned lyrical content is another important element to consider in this album. Just as the couple mixes things up with the album’s musical content, so does it do with the album’s lyrical content, too. There is a lesson about ecology and a much larger elementary level biology lesson spread across the album’s twenty-three total tracks. Speaking of those tracks, the album’s sequenncing rounds out its most notable elements. While Mighty Wolf consists of twenty-three total tracks, only about half of the presented tracks are actually songs. The other thirteen tracks are set-ups for the the featured songs. The sequencing of all twenty-three songs maintains the album’s fluidity and in turn will keep parents, educators, and children alike fully engaged. That is not to say that the album’s musical and lyrical content won’t keep listeners engaged. As a matter of fact, both elements partnered with the album’s sequencing make the album in whole just as much of a good introduction to Jeff and Paige for new audiences as it is a re-introduction to the couple for those that are more familiar with the pair’s body of work.

Jeff and Paige’s latest full-length studio recording is a good re-introduction for those that are familiar with the couple’s music. For those that might not be so familiar with the duo’s music on the other hand, it is just as good of an introduction. That is because its mix of musical and lyrical content is similar to that of its previous recordings. The musical content displayed in this record is especially worth the note because on that more macro level, the duo even mixes up the sounds exhibited throughout the course of the record. Early on in the album’s run, Kagan and Doughty present a light kindie rock/pop sound in ‘Triple Rainbow.’ This song isn’t the only instance in which that sound is exhibited. ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Beaver,’ and ‘Dead and Delicious’ each have their own original kindie rock/pop sound that stands out from the other noted songs. ‘Dead and Delicious’ offers something of a blues-influenced sound while ‘Beaver’ has more of a light rock influence a la Dave Matthews Band and others of that ilk. ‘Triple Rainbow’ on the other hand has more of a pure acoustic rock sound. These are just a few of the album’s songs that boast a rock sound. ‘Lightning’ also boasts its own kindie rock sound. As if that isn’t enough for listeners, Kagan and Doughty don’t stick to just a variety of kindie rock sounds throughout their new record. There are also Country/Americana variants presented throughout other featured tracks. Those tracks include: ‘Grandma Gatewood,’ ‘That’s Not The Way,’ ‘Aphid Banquet For Two’ and the album’s closer ‘The Great Monarch Migration.’ The couple even included a poppy sound in ‘The Arctic’s Freezing’ and ‘Ungulate.’ The fact that this album boasts such a myriad of musical stylings from beginning to end (and that there are no defined parameters in the transition from one genre to another) is a big plus for the album in whole. It is just one part of what makes this record worth hearing regardless of listeners’ familiarity with Jeff and Paige. The different lyrical topics (and the topics within those topics) adds even more interest to the album.

The various styles of music that are presented throughout the course of Jeff and Paige’s new album are in themselves plenty of reason for listeners to hear the couple’s latest full-length studio recording. While that content is important to the album’s overall presentation in its own right, it is just one part of what makes the album worth the listen. The mix of topics presented in the album’s lyrical content (and the topics contained within those topics) plays an equally important role in the album’s presentation. The central topics in question are topics of biology and ecology. This is nothing new for Jeff and Paige. However the topics that lie within those topics are what really make the picture painted by the album’s lyrical content whole. The biology lesson contained within the album’s songs centers on different animals of the world and their importance to their respective ecosystems. ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Dead and Delicious’ dispel the myths and stereotypes of spiders and certain birds. In the case of ‘Dead and Delicious’ the bird in question is a raven. It is interesting that Jeff and Paige would go with a raven versus a vulture considering the negative reputation that surrounds vultures. The reality of vultures is that just like ravens, they are basically nature’s garbage men, too. They help clear away road kill, and other dead animals by scavenging. That is not to say that they shouldn’t have gone with a raven. A raven is a good choice. It is just a surprise that the duo opted for a less familiar reference. ‘Beaver’ explains through song the important role that beavers play in building their dams while ‘The Great Monarch Migration’ and ‘the Arctic’s Freezing’ are more general. The prior discusses the life span of monarch butterflies while the latter discusses everyday life for animals in the Arctic.

The lesson about biology and biodiversity is just one of the lessons presented in this album. There is also a lesson about ecology presented in ‘Grandma Gatewood’ and ‘That’s Not The Way.’ ‘Grandma Gatewood’ presents the lesson about ecology and preservation through a story about the real life figure Emma Rowena Gatewood. Gatewood is famous for being the first woman to have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (that is 2,168 miles) by herself and in one season, too. The song tells of her great deed and at the same time celebrates the beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Essentially it emphasizes the need to protect it (and in a larger picture, nature in whole) for the next generation that might want to try to accomplish her feat. On a different note, ‘That’s Not The Way’ discusses the interweaving roles that man and nature play on one another each day. It is a relatively broad topic. But the duo pulls it off quite well here. Together with the lessons on biology and biodiversity, the lessons centered on ecology and nature preservation show in whole why the varied lyrical topics presented throughout this album are just as important to the record’s whole as its varied musical styles. The two elements together give listeners new and old alike plenty of reason to hear Jeff and Paige’s new record. They are just part of the reason that listeners will want to hear Mighty Wolf. The album’s sequencing rounds out the reasons that the album proves itself worth the listen.

The musical and lyrical content that make up the body of Mighty Wolf makes the record an ahem* mighty collection of songs. While both elements together play an important role in the success of this record, they are only a portion of what helps it live up to its title. The album’s sequencing rounds out the ways in which it proves itself to be a strong new effort from the independent children’s entertainers. As previously noted, not all of the tracks featured in this record are musical compositions. Roughly half of its twenty-three total songs are musical numbers. The other tracks are little skits that Jeff and Paige use to introduce each song. On the surface this may not seem like much. However, the sequencing of the musical and non-musical tracks together is more important to th record’s overall presentation than one might think. The introductions serve a double purpose. Their primary purpose is to serve as an introduction to each lesson. The secondary purpose of each non-musical track is as a breather of sorts between songs. They help to break things up as the album progresses. The end result is an increased chance of keeping listeners engaged. It is a smart approach to keeping the album’s pacing solid. That solid pacing combined with the album’s equally engaging musical and lyrical content makes Mighty Wolf a truly mighty new release and an equally mighty independent release for the children’s entertainers.

Mighty Wolf is only the third full-length studio recording that Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty have recorded together. For Kagan, it is his fifth full-length recording overall. That aside, this latest effort from the husband and wife children’s entertainers is indeed a mighty new release. This is exhibited through its variety of musical and lyrical content. Its sequencing plays just as much into the album’s success. All three elements are equally important to the album’s overall success in their own right. Collectively they make Mighty Wolf a mighty success for Jeff and Paige. Mighty Wolf is available now. It can be ordered online now via CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffpaige and downloaded via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Wolf-Jeff-Paige/dp/B017YFSL7C/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1448918695&sr=8-1&keywords=Jeff+and+Paige+Mighty+Wolf. More information on this and other releases from Jeff and Paige is available online now along with the latest news from Jeff and Paige at:

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Brent And Co.’s New EP Is Another Rare Diamond In The Rough

Courtesy:  Press Junkie PR/Brent And Co.

Courtesy: Press Junkie PR/Brent And Co.

Up and coming independent group Brent & Co recently released its second EP.  The six-track, self-titled recording is one more of the best of this year’s crop of new EPs.  It is a collection of songs that will impress any fans of Dave Matthew Band, John Mayer, and to a slightly lesser degree Jason Mraz.  That is at least in regards to the record’s overall musical content.  The lyrical content displayed in each of the EP’s songs will impress not just fans of the noted acts but listeners in general.  The combination of both elements throughout the record’s twenty-two minute run time makes it a collection that paints a bright picture for Bren & Co.’s future.

Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP is only the group’s second overall recording.  But in listening to each of its six tracks, it shows that it is a rare diamond in the rough of the independent music scene.  That is because it is one of those rare recordings that serves the argument that independent acts (both those signed to independent labels and those that are currently unsigned) can and at times do hold their own against their more well-known counterparts.  In the case of Brent & Co, the band’s new self-titled EP it holds its own quite well.  While the songs featured on this disc exhibit obvious influences from the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz the songs themselves are just as clearly original both in terms of their lyrical and musical content.  That is most obvious late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Collected.’  The Dave Matthews Band influence is clear in regards to its musical content considering drummer Dominic Fragman’s funk-infused beats and saxophonist Derrick Michaels’ work on his instrument.  Front man and namesake member Brent Peterson adds to that influence with his work on acoustic guitar and even his vocal delivery style.  Even with its musical similarity to Dave Matthews Band here the band members make a clearly concerted effort to not let themselves just be a cookie cutter to the aforementioned band.  Rather they have taken that sound and used it for an original song that holds its own quite well against the likes of DMB and others of that ilk.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content, it is just as enjoyable.  Peterson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Legs tremble/Fingers twist/Eyes lookin’ into mine/As we kiss the last taste better than the last time…never mentioned the risk of falling in love/Well still I see you as you’re walking out that door…I just keep asking myself why is it this way anyway.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “So long running this obsession of mine/I tried to quit but I turn around every time/My friends say I’m crazy/But I know in my mind/Things will work out…just give it a little time.”  Here Peterson comes across as singing from the vantage point of a man that is head over heels for a certain woman.  His friends are telling him not to pursue her and that she’s nothing but trouble.  And he knows deep down that it’s a risk.  But she’s so intoxicating that he just can’t fight it.  What man hasn’t been there?  Exactly.  The upbeat vibes of the song’s musical content complement these lines quite well.  The two come together to paint a rich picture to which so many can relate. That ability of Brent & Co. to relate to its audiences so well and entertain them just as much shows clearly at least in the form of ‘Collected’ why this band’s new EP deserves more than just one listen. It isn’t the only of the record’s high points either. ‘Why Oh Why,’ the record’s third track is another example of what makes this independently released EP so surprisingly enjoyable.

‘Collected’ is in its own right a clear example of what makes Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP a diamond in the rough. It is hardly the only way in which the record shows itself to be so surprising. ‘Why Oh Why,’ the EP’s third track is yet another example of what makes this collection of songs stand out. What’s really interesting here is that where ‘Collected’ boasted something of a Dave Matthews Band sound, ‘Why Oh Why’ boasts something more along the lines of a country/bluegrass sound complete with fiddle played by Patrick McAvinue. Even more interesting (and this is just the opinion of this critic), is that in his delivery here, Peterson actually sounds somewhat like Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz. It is an interesting combination. But it works. And it does so, again, quite surprisingly. That’s just one part of what makes the song work so well. The song’s lyrical content deserves just as much attention. The song’s lyrical content presents a song that is yet another love song. Yet it isn’t one of those standard schmaltzy, over-the-top pieces that are so common among the country/bluegrass world or that of any other musical genre. Rather, it is a touching, heartfelt piece that is sure to put a smile on any loving couple’s faces. Peterson sings from the vantage point of a man trying to convince a woman just how much she means to him. The woman in question obviously has some self-esteem issues as she asks in the song’s chorus, “Why oh why do you waste your time?” She is asking the man why does he waste his time with her. His answer: “You waste your time on me.” He goes on in response to ask her, “Why oh why/Are you so blind to see/You’re beautiful.” Anyone not moved by this is simply not human. From here the man continues to gently convince the unnamed woman of his affection for her in the remaining verses, singing to her over and over again in the final lines that she is so beautiful. The gentility in Peterson’s voice as he sings alongside his choice of words makes this song, at least in terms of its lyrical content, a truly touching and impressive love song. That lyrical content set against the song’s equally moving musical content makes it the kind of song that one might expect to hear on the soundtrack of any major name romantic movie. Considering that it is coming from a largely unknown band, that speaks volumes of the song. It also speaks volumes about the band members’ talents. It still is not the last example of just how surprising Brent & Co.’s new EP proves to be. ‘A Little Bit Closer’ is one more example of that surprise.

‘Collected’ and ‘A Little Bit Closer’ are both clear examples of what makes Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP a surprisingly enjoyable collection of songs. While both songs are enjoyable additions to the EP in their own right, they are hardly the disc’s only high points. ‘A Little Bit Closer,’ which opens the record, is one more high point that deserves to be noted. In regards to its musical content ‘A Little Bit Closer’ instantly conjures thoughts of John Mayer and Jack Johnson (if one can imagine the two acts’ sounds combined into one). Peterson is just as impressive here both in regards to his vocal delivery as to his talents on the guitar. One can almost see him on stage holding his guitar close as he sings a la Dave Matthews, but singing with the style of Johnson and Mayer. Dominic Fragman shows yet again his own talents behind the drum kit as he keeps time. There is a certain free-flowing, bouncy energy exuded in his performance here. It’s almost as if he is just jamming out versus actually playing a fully constructed section of the song. His performance just feels and sounds that natural. The harmonies generated by bassist Joseph Martone add even more depth to the song, making for even more enjoyment. Add in the song’s equally interesting lyrical content and audiences get quite the interesting composition. In regards to the song’s lyrical content, the song explains itself especially through its title. Peterson is singing about a man wanting to get closer to his woman. Though, since he doesn’t directly note that the singer is male, it could just as easily be a woman. So it really goes both ways. From sitting together on the couch, on the beach, or other situations, the song’s subject asks his/her love interest how he/she would react if the other got closer, got bolder and made that move to show that affection for the other. The positive energy in the song’s musical content wonderfully compliments this question and the very anticipation of making that move expressed by Peterson’s subject throughout the song. It is one of those songs that will help set the mood for any brand new couple that is beginning to move past that very first stage of getting to know one another. All of this in mind, ‘A Little Bit Closer’ proves in the end to be a solid introduction for Brent & Co. on its new EP. It also proves the song to be one more of the record’s highest points. Together with ‘Why Oh Why’ and ‘Collected,’ all three songs clearly and solidly show why this up and coming independent act is destined for greatness given the right support. Brent & Co. is available now. It can be downloaded direct via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Brent-Co/dp/B017E3O3TY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1447777701&sr=1-1&keywords=Brent+%26+Co.

Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP is one of the best of this year’s crop of new EPs. That is because of its originality and ability to entertain audiences in whole. Over the course of its twenty-minute plus run time, Brent & Co. keeps audiences engaged and entertained with songs that musically display the influence of the band’s more well-known counterparts, yet still maintain their own identity from beginning to end. The record’s lyrical content is just as certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained. That is because while the songs are lyrically centered on relationships, not one of the songs ever goes over the top in its lyrical content. They never get schmaltzy. This is exhibited in all three of the songs noted here. It is also exhibited just as much in the EP’s remaining trio of tracks. Regardless of which song(s) one chooses, it can be said of the record in whole that it is a diamond in the rough that every listener will be glad to discover. More information on  More information on Brent & Co. is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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The Pop Ups Prove They’re The Real Deal With Their New LP

Courtesy:  Pop Up City Records

Courtesy: Pop Up City Records

When the kindie rock duo The Pop Ups released its album Appetite For Construction last year, it released an album that was one of the year’s best new children’s albums. That is because it was one of the most creative both in regards to its musical and lyrical content. Now a little more than a year after the record’s release–the pair’s third full-length studio offering–Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein have followed it up with what is some of its best work to date in its fourth full-length recording Great Pretenders Club. This record is *pardon the bad pun* proof that The Pop Ups are no pretenders. Rather the pair has proven with this record that it is the real deal. Over the course of its eleven tracks and thirty-eight minutes, Rabinowitz and Stein show that they have re-invented themselves yet again all while maintaining some sense of their previous records. This applies largely to the record’s musical content. In regards to the record’s lyrical content that is just as family friendly as ever. As important as both elements are to the whole of this record, the sequencing of the songs is just as important to the album’s overall presentation as the songs’ content. The combination of all three elements makes Great Pretender’s Club a record that is a real contender for a spot on this year’s list of the best new children’s albums once again.

The Pop Ups’ new full-length studio recording Great Pretender’s Club is a real candidate for a spot on the list for this year’s best new children’s album. There is a number of reasons that this is the case. The central reason for its success is its musical content. Throughout the course of the record’s eleven songs and thirty-eight minutes Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein show time and again that they have re-invented their sound once again all without losing the elements that made their previous albums so entertaining. The 80s sound that served as the foundation for 2014’s Appetite For Construction is included once again here. But it is far less prevalent in this record than its predecessor. The only place in which that sound is truly evident is in the synth-driven ‘Googly Eyes.’ There are just as many elements of the pair’s 2011 debut album Outside Voices and its followup, 2012’s Radio Jungle throughout the rest of the record beginning with the infectious danceable vibes of the album’s opener ‘Pretend We Forget’ and ‘We Live in An Orchestra.’ The more airy, indie rock sound of ‘On Air’ is just as entertaining as is the R&B-influenced ‘Bird & Rhino’ and the upbeat rocker that is ‘Treasure Hunter.’ Those that are familiar with The Pop Ups’ body of work so far will even catch the band’s throwback to its previous albums in the semi-reggae-infused ‘Stuff.’ These are just a handful of examples of how the musical content exhibited throughout Great Pretenders Club makes it an impressive new release. That is not to take anything away from any of the songs not noted here. All eleven songs show in their own right just how enjoyable Great Pretenders Club is for listeners. Collectively they are plenty of proof in the argument for the album’s place in the list of this year’s best new children’s albums. They are just one reason that this record proves so impressive, too. The lyrical content put on display throughout each of the record’s songs is even more proof in that argument.

The musical content put on display over the course of The Pop Ups’ new album is plenty of proof in itself why this latest offering from the kindie rock duo is deserving yet again of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new children’s albums. That is because it shows the pair doesn’t rest easy on its laurels. It takes the best elements of its predecessors and mixes them into a wholly new record here. It is just one reason that this album proves so enjoyable, too. The lyrical content exhibited throughout the course of the record’s near forty-minute run time is just as important to note in the album’s enjoyment as its musical content. In the simply titled ‘Bird & Rhino’ Rabinowitz and Stein in fact present the story of a bird and a rhinoceros that are best friends. On the surface, it’s just a fun story about a bird and a rhino. On a deeper level, it is a basic biology lesson about animal symbiosis. It also plays on the legend about rhinos stamping out fires. To this day there is no real proof of rhinos’ tendency to stamp out fires. It is just a fun little tale. And The Pop Ups have made it even more fun here. Audiences can hear the song for themselves right now and even see the song’s companion video via The Pop Ups’ official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thepopups. It’s just one example of how the lyrical content exhibited throughout this record makes it enjoyable. The upbeat indie-rock tune ‘Treasure Hunter’ is another example of how Great Pretenders proves to be the real deal. It comes from the vantage point of a young child using his or her imagination as he or she hunts for “treasure.” The treasure in question doesn’t even have to be gold. As the pair sings in the song’s second verse, “I drew a map/To help you find your keys/You’re gonna find it when you find it/You’re gonna find it when you look right under your keys/I took your hat/Hid it underneath the stairs/You’re gonna find it when you find it/You’re gonna find it when you go to get some extra chairs.” It celebrates the joys of a child’s innocence in just this one way. It could even be argued that it encourages parents to spend time with their kids being treasure hunters with them, building that all too important family bond. The simply titled, infectious ‘Indoor Picnic’ is one more example of how Great Pretenders Club’s lyrical content makes it just as enjoyable as its musical content. Rabinowitz and Stein sing here about children using their imaginations to make…well…an indoor picnic. The pair sings about using their imaginations and that they don’t necessarily have to use real food for said picnic. Of course, it could serve as the catalyst for parents and children taking something bad such as a rainy day and making it great by in fact having a real indoor picnic. It’s one more way in which the song’s lyrical content not only promotes the use of a child’s imagination but the interaction of children and their parents. If for no reason other than that of encouraging parents and children to spend time together, the song’s lyrical content shows why it is just as important to the song as its musical content. It is hardly the last example of how the album’s lyrical content overall plays an important role in the album’s success. There are eight other songs presented here that could show just as much the importance of the album’s lyrical content to its success. Whether for those songs or for the ones directly noted here, it can be said of all eleven songs that their combined lyrical content works hand in hand with their musical content to make a completely clear argument in favor of the album’s placement on any critic’s list of the year’s best new children’s albums.

Both the musical and lyrical content displayed over the course of Great Pretenders Club is more than enough reason for this album earning a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new children’s albums. For all of the importance that both elements exhibit, they are hardly the only elements that make this album so enjoyable. The sequencing of the featured songs is just as important to the album as their musical and lyrical content. As audiences will note from start to finish the songs’ different sounds change from one song to the next. But through it all, the album never once loses its listeners. It all opens with the infectious vibes of ‘Pretend We Forgot’ before moving on to the equally danceable ‘We Live in an Orchestra.’ The EDM style sound of ‘On Air’ and 80s-influenced ‘Googly Eyes’ are as different as can be stylistically speaking. But the energy exuded by both songs is just enough to keep listeners engaged regardless. ‘Indoor Picnic’ is just as infectious with its upbeat pop rock sound. The funk style sound in ‘Bird & Rhino’ is just as certain to keep listeners engaged, even in its tamer moments. The songs noted here represent just the first half of Great Pretenders Club. The album’s remaining five compositions will each keep listeners’ ears just as much as those that make up the first half of the album. All things considered, the sequencing of this record’s songs coupled with the songs’ musical and lyrical content makes the album in whole one that is, again, a clear candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new children’s albums.

The Pop Ups’ latest full-length studio offering Great Pretender’s Club is an aptly titled collection of songs. That is because it shows that this kindie rock band is anything but a pretender. It is in fact that real deal in the world of children’s music. It proves this through music that despite throwing back to all three of its previous albums, is completely original from beginning to end. The album’s lyrical content is just as original. It strays in large part from the standard material presented in so many children’s albums. And the sequencing of the album’s songs solidifies the album, ensuring listeners’ engagement from beginning to end. Each element in its own right plays its own important part in the album’s overall presentation. In whole, all three elements make this record a presentation that is just as much the real deal as the musicians that crafted and recorded it. Great Pretenders Club is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded direct via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0159HEDVK?ref=dmm_sm_fb_92515_pua_ald. More information on Great Pretenders Club is available online now along with The Pop Ups’ latest news at:

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