Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop Partner For New ‘Elmo’s World’ DVD

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Shout! Factory has partnered with Sesame Workshop to release a new Sesame Street DVD featuring everyone’s favorite fuzzy friend.

Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Oct. 2 on DVD.  The single-disc presentation features two hours worth of Elmo’s World segments from Sesame Street.  Topics such as painting, cooking and habitats are addressed throughout the collection, with help from Elmo’s friends Mr. Noodle, Smartie the smartphone and Elmo’s goldfish Goldie.

Along with two hours of content, the DVD also features a handful of bonus material including extra episodes of Elmo’s World and two episodes of the Sesame Street spin-off, The Furchester Hotel.  This marks the first time ever that the bonus Furchester Hotel episodes “The Count’s Vacation” and “Space Alien Party” have ever been released on DVD.

The Furchester Hotel features Elmo and fellow Sesame Street favorite Cookie Monster along with the series’ lead cast, The Furchesters.  The Furchesters — Funella Furchester, the owner of the “almost world class” hotel, her husband Furgus Fuzz, their daughter Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz and Isabel — do their best to meet their guests’ every need and request.  Those efforts include lots of problem solving skills from which young audiences will learn.

Pre-orders for Sesame StreetElmo’s World — Elmo Explores are open now via Amazon.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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The Mylars Debuts ‘Breathe Again’ Video

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Independent rock band The Mylars unveiled the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Breathe Again’ via Pure Grain Audio.  The catchy, guitar-driven song is included in the band’s most recent album, 2017’s Melody Records.  It is a work that will appeal both musically and lyrically to fans of Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Vertical Horizon, Sister Hazel and other similar acts.

Front man Danny Roselle explained the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview, saying that the song focuses on taking chances and understanding everything that goes into taking those chances.

“‘Breathe Again’ is a song about going up against the odds time and time again and the sacrifices that are constantly being made to follow your dream,” Roselle said.  “It’s a song about the reality of going after that dream and how it can really affect everyone else around you.  It’s about believing in “that moment” and it’s about realizing how spcial that moment is.  The moment those lights go down and it’s just the five of you making it happen.  It’s that moment that keeps me, Quig, Chris, Nashville and Nick all constantly going forward.”

‘Breathe Again’ follows the release of the album’s lead single and video ‘Forever Done,’ last August and its follow-up, the video for the band’s cover of The Cars’ hit song ‘Let’s Go.’  Both songs are included in Melody Records, The Mylars’ debut album.  The band also released a video for its cover of The Tories’ ‘Wonderful Life‘ this past December as a special Christmas gift to audiences.

Melody Records is available now.  It can be downloaded and ordered online now via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.  More information on The Mylars’ new video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.themylars.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheMylars

 

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Anti-Flag Unveils New Single; Announces More Live Dates

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Anti-Flag has released yet another single from its latest album, American Fall.

The band released the explicitly-titled song ‘Mr. Mother******.’  The song is streaming online now via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and all digital platforms.  It is available for purchase online via iTunes and Amazon.

Guitarist Chris #2 said of the song, which was originally a b-side for the band’s American Attraction picture disc, that it is meant to pay homage to certain social activist organizations.

“Honestly, we just wanted to throw our hat into the ring in the storied history of Stagger Lee,” Chris #2 said.  “Our version has nods to those in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement of today, the black panther movement and the overall fight for social and economic justice.”

He added the song, creatively, was a reflection of the band trying something new in terms of its songwriting approach.

“This is a one-take demo of the song that we thought captured something very cool,” Chris #2 said.  “We were trying to push ourselves to experiment with tempos and structures when writing for American Fall, and those experiments are pretty clear on ‘Mr. Mother******.’

Anti-Flag will embark on a new tour this spring and summer in support of American Fall.  The two-month-long-plus tour is currently scheduled to run launch May 13 in Somerset, WI and run through July 15 in Tabor, Czech Republic.  The tour includes three festival performances in May at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio; Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wisconsin and Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Canada.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
May 13 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 18-20 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 18-20 Montreal, QC – Pouzza 8
June 7 Interlaken, CH – GreenField Festival
June 8 Bologna, IT – Zona Roveri
June 9 Arluno, IT – Malt Festival
June 10 Cordenons, IT – Rock Town
June 13 Bratislava, SK – Incheba Expo Arena
June 14-17 Nickelsdorf, AT – Novarock Festival
June 22 Dessel, BE – Graspop Festival
June 29 Ysselsteyn, NL – Jera On Air
June 30 Würzburg, DE – Mission Ready Festival
July 6-7 Straubenhardt, DE – Happiness Festival
July 6-8 Hünxe, DE – Ruhrpott Rodeo
July 11-14 Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Festival
July 12-14 Glaubitz, DE – Glaubitz Open Air Back to Future
July 13-15 Tábor, CZ – Mighty Sounds

More information on the band’s upcoming live dates is available along with its new single, news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.anti-flag.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/anti_flag

 

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Demon Hunter Announces ‘Outlive’ Release Date, Track Listing

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

The wait is almost over for Demon Hunter’s next record.

The band announced this week it will release its next full-length studio recording this spring.  The record, Outlive, is the band’s eighth studio recording, will be released Friday, March 31 via Solid State Records.  It can be pre-ordered online now here.

Along with announcing the record’s release date, the band also unveiled the record’s track listing and cover art this week.  The record will be presented with two separate cover designs.

The primary design, pictured above, will be used for the record’s digital and physical release.  The second design, pictured below, will be exclusive to the record’s 2-LP vinyl release.

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Along with its physical and digital releases, Demon Hunter will also release Outlive in a limited edition deluxe box set.  The box set will feature the album in its entirety.  The record will be complimented with two bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes DVD, photo cards, booklet, poster, bandana, ring and more.  The whole thing is contained in a drawer-style box with metallic gold detail.

The record’s track listing features 12 songs including its lead single, ‘Cold Winter Sun.’  Audiences can check out the song online now here.  Front man Ryan said of the single’s debut early last December that he was happy to be able to share the song with the band’s fans.

“After the longest wait between Demon Hunter albums ever, we are so proud to share the first full song from our new album,” Clark said.  It feels amazing to finally unleash a piece of this album to the world.  ‘Cold Winter Sun’ is a perfect example of where we’re at today, maintaining an element of classic Demon Hunter but not so much as to be resting on our laurels.  It’s always been my desire to pull a healthy amount of inspiration from our past, but to also incorporate enough forward progress to keep things interesting.”

‘Cold Winter Sun’ is available online now via iTunesAmazonSpotifyGoogle Play and Apple Music.  Outlive’s full track listing is noted below.

 OUTLIVE TRACK LISTING:
“Trying Times”
“Jesus Wept”
“Cold Winter Sun”
“Died In My Sleep”
“Half As Dead”
“Cold Blood”
“One Step Behind”
“Raining Down”
“The End”
“One Less”
“Patience”
“Slight the Odds”

More information on Outlive is available online now along with all of Demon Hunter’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.demonhunter.net

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/demonhunterband

 

 

 

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Horisont Unveils New Single; Announces Live Dates

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Horisont is giving audiences another glimpse into its upcoming album About Time.

The band has unveiled the latest single from its upcoming album, which is currently slated for release Friday, February 3, 2017 via Century Media Records.  The song is streaming online now via Century Media Records’ Youtube channel, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

Just as with the album’s lead single ‘Electrical,’ this song takes audiences way back to rock’s golden era of the 1960sa and 70s with its arrangement.  The song’s arrangement is centered on its keyboard line and dual guitar attack.  Even the tone in exhibited in the drums harkens back to another era.

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

About Time can be pre-ordered online now. It will be available as a special Edition Digipack platform exclusively in the EU, and as a Jewel Case CD platform in the United States and as gatefold vinyl and digital album.  Those who pre-order the album now will get ‘The Hive’ and ‘Electrical’ as instant grat tracks.

Horisont will hit the road in support of About Time for a European tour beginning March 16, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.  The band’s European tour currently runs through April 1, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

HORISONT Live Dates: 

16.03.2017 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
17.03.2017 Siegen (Germany) – Vortex
18.03.2017 Düsseldorf (Germany) – Pitcher
19.03.2017 Helmond (Netherlands) – Cacaofabriek
20.03.2017 Nijmegen (Netherlands) – Merleyn
21.03.2017 Liège (Belgium) – La Zone
23.03.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
25.03.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
26.03.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Das Bach
27.03.2017 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
28.03.2017 Weiher (Germany) – Live Music Hall
29.03.2017 Lichtenfels (Germany) – Paunchy Cats
30.03.2017 Berlin (Germany) – Privatclub
31.03.2017 Randers (Denmark) – Von Hatten*
01.04.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Huset*

 

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Website: http://www.horistonmusic.com

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

 

 

 

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Theory Of A Deadman Unveils Video For Its ‘Hallelujah’ Cover

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Theory of a Deadman has released a touching new video for its cover of Leonard Cohen’s timeless hit ‘Hallelujah in celebration of the holiday season.

The video presents the story of front man Tyler Connolly’s adoption of an orphan kitten at Christmas time.  It follows the pair’s friendship from the kitten’s youth right up to it’s adult life, with both showing great love for the other.

There are no sad moments anywhere in this story, either.  It is all happiness and will leave not a single eye dry.  Audiences can check out the video here.

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Fans can get the song now online via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music. More information on the band’s cover of ‘Hallelujah’ is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.theoryofadeadman.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TOADM

 

 

 

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‘Peanuts’ Movies Are New Again…Sort Of

Courtesy: CBS DVD/Paramount

Courtesy: CBS DVD/Paramount

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever next week with the re-issue of two classic Peanuts movies—Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown.  The two new re-issues will be released Tuesday, September 6th in stores and online. While not the first time ever that the specials have been released to the masses (they were released on their own standalone platforms and in a pair of multi-movie sets just last year along with the full-length Peanuts movies Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back) ) these latest re-issues are a good fit for anyone that might not have been lucky enough to get their hands on the specials’ DVD re-issues.  That is due at least in part to each movie’s general presentation. That will be discussed shortly.  The story behind each movie is just as important to note as each movie’s presentation.  That will be discussed later.  The movies’ pricing rounds out each presentation’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle in the movies’ overall presentation. As important as they are to note, audiences should also keep in mind that CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount will be re-issuing them again later this fall in a new Blu-ray dual movie presentation just as they were last year in DVD format.  Keeping that in mind, while these re-issues are enjoyable in their own right, audiences might be better served to wait for that upcoming re-issue and hold off on these.

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount’s new Blu-ray presentations of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown are enjoyable new re-issues for anyone that might not already own the movies’ DVD presentation.  That is due at least in part to the movies’ general presentations.  The movies’ new Blu-ray presentations are exactly the same as that of their DVD counterparts.  Audiences get in each movie just the movies, nothing more, nothing less.  In other words they are bare bones releases just like their DVD counterparts.  This is important to note because there are so many studios out there who make each of their titles’ re-issues different from one another in one way or another.  That isn’t the case here.  The movies’ Blu-ray presentations are mirror images of their DVD counterparts except for their platforms.  Keeping that in mind, the stories behind the movies are just as important to note as the movies’ presentations.

Courtesy:  CBS DVD/Paramount

Courtesy: CBS DVD/Paramount

The general presentation of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown are key to note for each.  That is because each movie’s presentation is a mirror image of its DVD counterpart save for the fact that they are now on Blu-ray platform.  That means audiences both with and without the movies’ previous DVD re-issues will be on the same level in terms of what each title offers for entertainment.  Keeping that in mind, the movie’s stories are just as important to note as the presentations themselves.  Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home follows Snoopy as he suddenly packs up and leaves Charlie Brown one day without any explanation whatsoever.  At first everyone is left wondering why Snoopy left.  The final revelation as to Snoopy’s disappearance is one that will move audiences of all ages to both smiles and tears.  Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown is the first of the Peanuts movies to ever be created.  The movie follows Charlie Brown as he wins his school’s spelling bee and is sent to New York City to compete at a national level.  Meanwhile Charlie’s best friend Linus is in search of his beloved blanket after it “mysteriously” disappears.  Things seem to be going well for Charlie Brown at first.  But when the big day arrives, things don’t turn out quite as he (and his friends) had hoped.  The story still has a happy ending of sorts when it’s all said and done.  That being the case, its story is just as enjoyable as that of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home. When the movies’ stories are set against their general presentation, the two elements join together to show even more why these new Peanuts Blu-ray re-issues are just as enjoyable as their recently released DVD counterparts.  The stories are general presentations of each movie are not the movies’ only key elements to consider.  Each movie’s pricing rounds out their most important elements.

The general presentation of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown and the movies’ stories are both key elements of the movies’ new Blu-ray re-issues.  While each element plays its own important part in the movies’ collective presentation they are not the movies’ only important elements.  The movies’ pricing in their new Blu-ray re-issues are just as important to note as the other, previously noted elements.  Each movie’s retail MSRP is a little more than $17 each in its new Blu-ray platform.  That is according to Amazon.com, where audiences can order each movie online.  Wal-Mart lists each movie at the same price online. Best Buy has each movie listed at $17.99 in its new Blu-ray platform while Target doesn’t have either one listed.  Odds are when and if Target opts to include the movies in its online listings, that price will likely be close to the same if not the same as those listed here.  One can only hope that those prices will be lower in store.  Considering that each movie is presented in exactly the same fashion as their DVD counterparts, those prices far too high.  Given the price will be high simply because they are presented in Blu-ray.  But by comparison the movies’ pricing on DVD is only about eight dollars each.  That should make the movies’ Blu-ray platforms no more than $10 or $11 at the most…maybe $15, but no more than that.  Keeping this in mind, the movies’ pricing is perhaps their only downfall.  That is especially the case being that CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount are going to re-issue them again later this fall on a double-movie Blu-ray combo set; a set that will likely be an equal price for the two together as for just one movie on Blu-ray.  All things considered, CBS Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray re-issues of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown are both enjoyable in their own right.  But any true Peanuts fan that doesn’t already own either movie on DVD will be better served to wait for the movies’ upcoming double-movie BD re-issue or to just pick up the movies’ DVD re-issues since they are the same as these re-issues and cheaper.

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount’s new Blu-ray re-issues of Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home and Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown are both enjoyable in their own right.  Any true Peanuts fan will agree with that.  At the same time, true Peanuts fans will also question-along with this critic—if they were even needed.  That is because the general presentation of each movie is the same here as in their 2015 DVD re-issues.  There is no more or less in these re-issues as was presented in the movie’s 2015 DVD re-issues.  And the story presented in each movie is exactly the same as before, too.  The movies’ MSRP across the board in their new Blu-ray re-issues puts the final nail in their proverbial coffin.  While the movies are enjoyable thanks to their stories and their hand-drawn animation, that pricing—and the other  previously noted elements–proves that true Peanuts fans would be better served to purchase the movies in their DVD platforms if they don’t already own them.  Those that do already own the movies have no reason to purchase them again in these latest re-issues.  All things considered, even those that don’t already own these movies on DVD would be better served to purchase them on DVD (especially in their four-movie set) unless they can’t find them on DVD.  That is about the only reason that audiences should even consider purchasing them in their new Blu-ray platforms.

More information on these and other Peanuts releases is available online now along with all of the latest Peanuts news and more at:

 

 

 

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