Everlast Announces Release Date, Specs For New Album; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Martyr-Inc

Veteran rapper Everlast is scheduled to release his latest solo album in September, and in anticipation of its release, he debuted the album’s lead single this week.

Everlast Presents Whitey Fords House of Pain is scheduled to be released September 7 via Martyr-Inc.  The 15-song record’s lead single, ‘The Culling,’ made its debut on Wednesday.  The song boasts an old-school hip-hop beat against a clearly sociopolitically charged theme, as Everlast noted in a recent interview.in which he called it one of his “chain-of-thought songs like ‘Black Jesus.'”  He said it addresses “lying politicians” while also sending a waning message about the threats to Americans’ freedoms.

Also included in the album is deeply contemplative ‘One Of Us,’ which focuses on his thoughts of God’s existence as it relates to his daughter’s real life battle against cystic fibrosis.  The equally introspective ‘The Climb’ is a more personal discussion on that subject while the Beatles-meets Tom Waits-meets Neil Young style song ‘Summer Rain’ tackles the consequences of drug use.  ‘Dream State’ takes on the music industry itself with all of its back room dealings and back-handed behavior.

For all of the depth that this record offers listeners, it also offers some more light-hearted fair in the ironic ‘Smokin’ & Drinkin.’  The song is ironic considering all the addressing of drugs that is done in this album.  Hop-hop star Aloe Blacc guests on the pessimistic social commentary of ‘Slow Your Roll,’ as something else to anticipate.

The full track listing for Whitey Ford’s House of Pain is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.

Track listing for WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN:
“One Of Us”
“The Culling”
“It Ain’t Easy”
“The Climb (Interlude)”
“The Climb”
“Slow Your Roll featuring Aloe Blacc”
“Smokin’ & Drinkin'”
“Oooohh (I Don’t Need You) featuring Slug”
“Summer Rain (Interlude)”
“Summer Rain”
“Don’t Complain”
“Break It Down”
“Break It Down (Interlude)”
“HeartBeat”
“Dream State”

Everlast will a handful of live shows in support of his new album — his seventh full-length studio album of new material, as 2013’s The Life Acoustic was just a collection of acoustic versions of his previous efforts — starting August 4 in Stateline, Nevada.  His new live schedule also includes performances in Cardwell, MT (Aug. 10), las Vegas, NV (Aug. 24) and Sacramento, CA (Oct. 14).

More information on Everlast’s new single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

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NL Central Foes, Chicago And St. Louis, Close Series Live Today on TBS

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National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wrap up their four-game weekend series this afternoon, and the make or break game for the divisional foes will be broadcast live on TBS.

Coverage of today’s game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET, with Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling on the call.  The Cubs have taken two of the series’ games while the Cards only have one win, so today’s game could mean a series split if the Red Birds Win or a series win for the Cubs if they take the “W”.

Miles Mikolas (MY-koh-lahs) (10-3) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis in today’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 15 against the Cincinnati Reds, another NL opponent.  The Cardinals won that game 6-4.

Mikolas pitched four innings in the game, but John Gant (3-3) was credited with the win.  Mikolas allowed 3 runs, 3 earned runs and 2 walks on 6 hits while striking out two during his time on the mound.

Jose Quintana (8-6) is set to start for Chicago.  His last time on the mound was 12 days ago on July 10 against San Francisco and was credited with the win in the game, having pitched six innings and allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks over that time while striking out 3 batters.  He allowed no runs, no earned runs or even home runs either.

Looking at those numbers, today’s series closer seems to lean in favor of the Cubs.  However, a deeper look at the numbers shows either team could walk away with the win today.  The host Cubs are 30-17 at home so far this season versus 27-23 on the road while St. Louis, which sits third in the NL Central, 7.5 games back from the division (and National League) -leading Cubs, is almost as good on the road as at home, going 26-24 on the road and 24-24 at home.

The Cards’ most recent win came Saturday against the Cubs, so they’ll be looking to even out the series at two games each as it closes.  The Cubs meanwhile will look to rebound from that loss so it can improve to 7-4 in its last 10 games.

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Rob Zombie Signs New Record Deal

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Veteran shock rocker Rob Zombie is officially calling another label home.

Zombie has signed a new record deal with famed metal label Nuclear Blast Records.  Specific terms of the deal have not been made public, but it is known that he will release his first record for the label sometime in 2019.

Zombie said he was happy to have the deal official in a recent interview.

“I am very excited to work with the fine folks at Nuclear Blast,” Zombie said.  “The combination of the label’s grassroots urge to get the hustle done, mixed with the detonation of our most combustible, melodic masterpiece yet should prove to be a winning hybrid of hellacious hullabaloo.”

A Nuclear Blast official who chose not to be identified said the label’s staff shared Zombie’s thoughts and feelings.

“As fans ourselves at Nuclear Blast, we have long admired the artistry of Rob Zombie throughout his extensive and successful career in both music and film,” the official said.  “It is a very exciting opportunity to unite Rob’s visionary talent with Nuclear Blast ingenuity.  Nuclear Blast has a long history of thinking outside of the box and creating personal and collectible experiences for the fans.  We look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences to fans around the world for years to come with the legendary Rob Zombie.”

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Billy Gibbons Announces Release Date, Specs For His Sophomore Solo Album

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Billy Gibbons has a new solo record on the way.

The ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist announced this week that his new, sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records. It will come almost three years after the release of his debut solo record, Perfectamundo, which was released Nov. 6, 2015.

The 11-song record is a tribute to Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock & roll, and features a number of Gibbons’ original works alongside covers of tunes such as ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” and ‘Standing Around Crying.’ In anticipation of the album’s release, a lyric video of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin‘ is streaming now.

Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said.  “the shift back to the blues is natural.  It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition, and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

Gibbons expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbbons said.  “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”

Joining Gibbons on his new record to round out the personnel are: Mike Flanigin (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hanks (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica).

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):

1)         Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)

2)         My Baby She Rocks

3)         Second Line

4)         Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)

5)         Let The Left Hand Know… 

6)         Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)

7)         That’s What She Said

8)         Mo’ Slower Blues

9)         Hollywood 151

10)       Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)

11)       Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

Pre-orders are open now.  Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.  Tour dates in support of The Big Bad Blues will be announced soon.

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Overkill Proves It Can Still “Wreck” It With Its New Live Recording

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Late this past May, veteran thrash metal band Overkill unleashed its latest live recording, Live in Overhausen, to the masses.  The recording, presented in a Blu-ray/CD combo pack platform, is not the band’s first live recording by any means.  In fact, it is the New Jersey-based band’s fourth live recording.  Wrecking EverythingAn Evening in Asbury Park was released separately on CD and on DVD in 2002 while the band’s first ever live recording Wrecking Your Neck was released in 1995.  Live at Wacken Open Air 2007 would go on to be released in 2008.  Now, audiences have this latest live offering from the band, and it proves to be another positive addition to the band’s live catalog.  That is proven in large part through the recording’s set list, which will be addressed shortly.  The

recording’s audio mix is somewhat problematic, sadly.  This cannot be ignored.  Luckily, as problematic as they are, they are not enough to make the recording completely unwatchable.  This will be discussed a little bit later.  Keeping that in mind, it is the recording’s only negative.  The band’s performance of the extensive set list rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is critical in its own way to the overall presentation of Live in Overhausen.  All things considered, they make this recording another welcome addition to any Overkill fan’s music library even despite the audio issues.

Overkill’s latest live recording Live in Overhausen, released just this past May, is not the veteran New Jersey-based thrash metal outfit’s first-ever live recording.  It is however, unarguably, a welcome addition to the music library of any of the band’s fans.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  The set list presents the band performing not one, but two of its classic albums – Feel The Fire, its debut 1985 record, and 1991’s Horrorscope – in their entirety.  This is not the first time that any band has used a live performance to present a studio album in whole, and not the first time this year, either.  However, getting two albums in their entirety takes things up another notch.  What makes this so important is that in a weird way, it actually saves audiences who might not already own those two classic Overkill albums the time and strain of trying to find those albums, and instead not only presents them here, but in a live setting.  It’s really a way of sweetening the proverbial pot so to speak while presenting two key moments in the band’s life.  It’s a more than 110-minute experience that audiences across the board will enjoy if only for the set list.  Staying on the matter of the set list, audiences will note that the recording’s CD presentation comes sans the interview segments included in the Blu-ray presentation.  That might not necessarily be a bad thing because those segments included in the recording’s Blu-ray presentation present the recording’s one negative, its audio.

As the concert progresses on its course on the Blu-ray presentation, the audio finds itself constantly rising and falling throughout.  In other words, audiences will find themselves holding their remotes in hand, finger (or thumb) on the volume button ready to adjust the volume.  This is the same issues that so negatively affected Styx front man Tommy Shaw’s latest live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment, too.  It really serves to show that while audio mixes are so often overlooked in the importance of live recording’s they are far more important than one might think.  Getting back on track, considering that audiences get the same set list on the recording’s 2CD presentation as on the Blu-ray presentation of Overkill’s, one can’t help but wonder why if the audio on the recording’s CD was so well-balanced, such attention was not paid to the audio’s balance on the audio-visual presentation that included the interview segments.  Again, while definitely an annoyance in the viewing experience, it is not such that it makes the recording unwatchable.  Of course, hopefully those behind the recording’s production – both on site and in the post production process – will take into account this element for the band’s next live recording.  The interviews are positive additions to the recording, but because their volume is at a different level from the main feature, maybe they would have been better served as bonus material.  Again, it’s something for future consideration.  Keeping this in mind, the variations in the recording’s audio, while not debilitating for the recording, it does not make the recording unwatchable.  To that end, the recording still has one more positive to note.  That last positive is the band’s performance of its extensive set list.

Overkill has been making music and entertaining audiences around the world for nearly 40 years.  That’s a long time for any band.  Yet for as many years as this high-intensity act has been at it, a performance such as this shows that the band has no plans to slow down any time soon.  Front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth commands the stage with the same power as any of his younger counterparts throughout the show.  This is especially evident early on between ‘Blood Money’ and ‘Thanx For Nothin’’as he tells the crowd, “I’m in f****** charge tonight because I say so!”  That’s a pretty telling statement about his own presence.  That energy is just as high throughout the rest of the show, too.  Simply put, even as old as Ellsworth is, his presence is that of a much younger man, in turn making for plenty of entertainment.  His band mates – guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Taylor — shred their way through ‘Live Young, Die Free,’ ‘There’s No Tomorrow,’ ‘Hammerhead’ and the rest of the recording’s extensive 21-song set.  Meanwhile, bassist D.D. Verni and drummer Jason Bittner solidly hold each song’s rhythm and time together, putting the finishing touch to each performance.  Overall, what audiences get in the band’s performance from start to end is a high-energy performance that rivals anything that the band’s younger counterparts put on today, proving that the veteran thrash outfit still has plenty in the tank.  With any luck it still will for at least the foreseeable future, as the world needs bands such as Overkill, who can continue to put on such engaging and entertaining performances.  When the power noted here in the band’s performance is coupled with the extensive two-album, 21-song set, they give audiences more than enough reason for fans to add this recording to their music libraries.  That is even with the issues raised by the audio variances between the concert and interview segments.

Overkill’s new live recording Live in Overhausen is a welcome addition to the home music library of any Overkill fan.  That is due in no small part to a two-album, 21-song set list that takes audiences back to the band’s early days in its debut album and another key moment in its 1991 album Horrorscope.  The band’s performance of those two album in this setting presents Overkill as a band that still has plenty left in the proverbial tank; a band that can rival any of its current younger metal counterparts on the stage.  While both elements do plenty to the positive for the recording, one still can’t ignore the audio issue in the interview segments and main concert feature.  The lack of balance there is problematic, but still not enough to make it unwatchable.  Hopefully this will be taken into account in the band’s future live recordings so that it doesn’t become an issue again. To that end, the positive overall effect of the recording’s set and the band’s performance thereof makes this recording a presentation that while not perfect, is still a welcome addition to any Overkill fan’s music library.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live in Overhausen is available online now along with all of Overkill’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Nonpoint Debuts New Single, ‘Fix This’

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nonpoint is giving audiences yet another preview of its forthcoming album.

The band debuted the new single ‘Fix This’ from its new album on Thursday via Loudwire.  The song is now the third single to be released from the album, which is currently scheduled to be released Aug. 24 via Spinefarm Records.  It was preceded by the release of the singles ‘Chaos & Earthquakes’ and ‘Dodge Your Destiny.’

Audiences will get to hear all three songs and more from X on Nonpoint’s upcoming tour in support of the album, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky.  The nearly month-long tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 19 in Nashville, TN and to include performances in Jacksonville, NC; Athens, GA; Syracuse, NY and a number of other cities along the East Coast.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

NONPOINT
With He Is Legend + Letters From the Fire:

8/21: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
8/23: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch
8/24: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
8/25: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
8/26: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
8/28: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
8/29: Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
8/31: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
9/2: Lynchburg, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Fest
9/6: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/7: Hartford, CT @ The Webster
9/8: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9/11: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
9/14: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
9/15: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
9/16: Easton, PA @ One Center Square
9/19: Nashville, TN @ The Cowan

More information on Nonpoint’s new single, its new album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution’s New ‘Arthur’ DVD Is A Welcome “Present” In Any Family’s Home DVD Library

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Later next month, PBS Distribution is bringing fans of PBS Kids’ hit series Arthur a special new present in the form of the series’ new DVD, Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday.  The DVD’s release will come nearly a year after the special first aired on PBS Kids—Aug. 2, 2017.  Why PBS would wait this long to release the DVD is anyone’s guess.  That aside, it proves to be a presentation that the whole family will enjoy.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the DVD’s main feature and its companion story.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus companion episode included in the DVD adds its own touch to the DVD’s presentation.  Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way, as will be discussed here.  All things considered, they make Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday a new Arthur DVD that was well worth the wait.

PBS Distribution’s new forthcoming Arthur DVD, D.W. and the Beastly Birthday is a DVD that was well worth the year-plus wait.  That is proven in part to the story at the center of center of the DVD’s main feature.  The story takes a page from the famed children’s book Where The Wild Things Are.  In the case of this story, it’s D.W.’s birthday, but Arthur doesn’t want to get pulled into the annual celebration.  That’s because every year, Arthur has to do everything that D.W. wants.  So he gets her a card, not realizing it’s for a boy, and then goes to a show at the planetarium with his classmates as an excuse to avoid her birthday party.  However, while he’s there, the Earth goes through a wormhole, aging everyone except for Arthur’s class by four years.  Of course, the whole thing is a dream sequence, just like D.W.’s trip to Ukubonga, where Arthur’s friends happen to look just like the creatures from the aforementioned book.  Both brother and sister learn their own valuable lesson in the process, obviously.  What’s really interesting to note, in a deeper examination, is that considering this story, one could even argue that the classic Jimmy Stewart classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life was a partial influence, considering the whole thing happens as a result of two dream sequences – the realization of what life would be like, etc.  Keeping in mind the dual influences in this story, and the story that results from those influences, what audiences get here is a story that will entertain audiences of all ages and also ensure said viewers’ engagement.  Sure, it’s not fully original, but there is enough originality here that it makes the story stand easily on its own merits.  To that end, the story at the center of the DVD’s main feature is reason enough in itself for this DVD to be in any family’s home DVD library.  It builds a strong foundation for the DVD’s presentation.  The companion episode Arthur’s Birthday strengthens that foundation even more.

The companion episode included in D.W. and the Beastly Birthday, Arthur’s Birthday strengthens the DVD’s presentation even more as it presents its own birthday-themed story that boasts its own identity separate from that of the DVD’s main feature.  Taken from very first season of Arthur, this story sees Arthur having to navigate some difficult waters when it turns out that Muffy is having her birthday party on the same days as his.  The problem comes when Muffy announces that anyone who doesn’t come to her party isn’t her friend anymore.  Obviously the whole thing has a happy ending after a compromise is made.  That lesson about compromise is in itself key to the episode’s whole from which the whole family will benefit in taking in.  Add in the fact that this episode comes from the series’ debut season and that not even one season of the hit series has been released to DVD or even Blu-ray in whole to this day from PBS Distribution, and the episode proves even more ,a present in itself for audiences. Maybe PBS’ people will read this and take this to heart.  A lot of people would like to see this series start getting proper full season releases from PBS Distribution.  That aside, just having this episode included as a thematically complimenting piece is a bonus.  Having a piece of the series’ origins adds to its positive.  Having noted all of this, the bonus birthday episode is still not the last of the DVD’s positives.  Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday sits at $6.24.  That price was obtained using the DVD’s listing at PBS’ online store and online listings from Target, Best Buy and Amazon.  It didn’t seem to be listed at Wal-Mart’s online site.  Even with this in mind, a 70-minute presentation between the two features at $6.24 is not a bad price at all.  It’s actually quite affordable.  And considering that 70-minute run time, it’s a price that will more than pay for itself as families will enjoy the DVD time and again whether together or if younger viewers watch by themselves.  To that end, the DVD’s average price point proves truly critical in its own right to the DVD’s whole.  When this is considered along with the content in the features and the features themselves, what audiences get here is a DVD that, again will is a welcome present in any family’s home DVD library whether on birthdays or other days.

PBS Kids’ new Arhur DVD, D.W. and the Beastly Birthday is a welcome present for any family whether on a birthday or other day of the year.  That is due in part to the DVD’s main feature, which entertains audiences while presenting some valuable life lessons.  Much the same can be said of the DVD’s companion Season One episode, Arthur’s Birthday.  That episode is also a welcome look back at the history of Arthur since the series still has yet to get a proper full-season release from PBS Distribution.  The DVD’s fully affordable average price point proves to be another positive to the DVD.  Each element is key in its own way to the whole of this DVD.  All things considered, they make Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday a welcome present for the whole family whether on a birthday or any other day.  It will be available August 14.  more information on this DVD is available online now along with plenty of games, printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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