Remada Releases ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

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Rock outfit Remada released its latest single and video this week.

The Chicago, IL-based band unveiled the video for its single ‘Better Tomorrow’ on Tuesday via Bravewords.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming EP, which is currently due out April 29.  Its lyrical message comes across as one that empowers listeners to never give up even in the most difficult situations.

The video, which was filmed in Gary Indiana, was co-directed by Nick Frollo and the band’s vocalist, Matt Daniels. Bassist Ahmed Forero said the process of making the video was in itself powerful.

“Being my first music video shoot, it was a life changing experience,” Forero said.  “It was extremely interesting to see the work put in behind the scenes and then reviewing the final product.  We’re all super happy with it.”

The band has scheduled a short string of live dates in support of its upcoming EP that begins April 7 in Fort Atkinson, WI.  The band’s current live schedule also includes New York and Illinois.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

Upcoming shows:

April
7 – Fort Atkinson, WI – Hijynx Bar
15 – Auburn, NY – Fingerlakes Eventplex Center for Metal Fest
29 – Chicago, IL – The Cobra Lounge (EP release show)

June
10 – Madison, WI – The Annex

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Website: http://www.RemadaOfficial

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Judas Priest Album Re-Issue Is A “Turbo”-Charged Release

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It might be hard for some to believe, but 30 years have passed since veteran hard rock band Judas Priest released its landmark album Turbo.  In celebration of the anniversary, Columbia Records and Legacy Records partnered to re-issue the album last month with some added bonuses.  Those bonuses—a pair of live recordings–will be discussed later, as they are key pieces of the re-issue’s overall presentation.  The original record is the key piece that should be noted in examining this latest re-issue of the classic album and will be discussed shortly. The set’s companion booklet is just as important to the package’s overall presentation as the album and the package’s bonus live discs, and will be discussed later, too. Each element obviously plays its own important part to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, Columbia/Legacy’s recent re-issue of Turbo proves in the end to be one of this year’s top new CD re-issues.

Columbia/Legacy’s recent 30th Anniversary re-issue of Judas Priest’s landmark album Turbo is one of 2017’s top new CD re-issues.  That is due in part to the presentation of the original album in this re-issue.  The work put in to re-master the album’s original masters paid off soundly (bad pun fully intended here).  The guitars, drums and vocals are just as clear and crisp here as in the album’s original release, if not more so.  The album’s sequencing is also the same as in its original release, adding even more to its enjoyment.  The improved audio quality of each track and the mirroring of the original album’s sequencing does plenty to entertain listeners in the album’s re-issue.  It is, collectively, just one part of what makes this re-issue so impressive.  Its companion booklet is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the album.

Turbo’s updated sound quality and the mirroring of its original sequencing here does plenty to impress listeners with this re-issue.  It is just one of the elements that makes this re-issue stand out.  The set’s companion booklet does its own share to enhance the listening experience.  That is because of the material presented within the booklet.  The booklet opens with a brief but concise history lesson on the album’s creation, explaining that Judas Priest was not the only band that was changing its sound at the time that this record was being crafted.  The lesson notes, “heavy metal was kicking into various new gears as we began writing sessions for Turbo as it opens.  From there, it points out the extensive process that followed the original writing, taking the band across two continents.  It even offers an explanation of one of the album’s songs—‘Parental Guidance’—noting that the song tackled the issue of censorship in America at the time.  Between that explanation and the history presented inside the record’s booklet, it all offers plenty for fans and listeners to appreciate.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, too.  The booklet also includes lyrics for each of the album’s nine songs.  On the surface this doesn’t seem very important.  But considering how hit and miss albums have always been in terms of including lyrics, having those lyrics here is another positive.  They serve as a starting point on renewed discussions on the songs’ topics.  In the same breath, having the lyrics printed out also means no chance of misinterpreting the lyrics.  To that end, having the albums lyrics included in its new re-issue is just as important to its presentation as the short but concise history lesson that opens the booklet.  When both elements are coupled, they show clearly why the album’s booklet is just as important to the record’s presentation in its re-issue as the album itself.  It is still not the last of the re-issue’s most important elements.  The live recordings included with the record are just as important to the re-issue’s presentation as its booklet and original album’s presentation.

The presentation of Turbo’s original album and its companion booklet are both key pieces of the album’s re-issue.  They are only two of the record’s key elements.  The live recordings included in the record’s re-issue are just as important to its presentation as the album’s presentation and its booklet.  They are spread across two bonus discs and feature five of the songs included in Turbo’s sequencing.  The other songs included in the recordings take listeners all the way back to the band’s 1976 sophomore record Sad Wings of Destiny.  They include ‘Victim of Changes,’ ‘Hell Bent For Leather,’ ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ and so much more.  The whole of those songs makes for a 20-song set list spread across two discs that is in itself a history lesson for new fans.  The band’s performance also serves as a comparison point for the band’s on-stage presence then and its on-stage presence now.  Needless to say the band’s stage presence in these performances shows the band at the top of its game.  The only negative to the whole thing is that a DVD or Blu-ray wasn’t included.  Hopefully Columbia and Legacy will eventually release the performances on one platform, the other or both so as to complete the experience.  Even without a full audio/video experience, the performances, with their rich set lists and equally entertaining performances, do plenty to entertain audiences.  When the insured entertainment from the live recordings is set alongside the positives of the re-issue’s companion booklet and the positives of the original album’s re-mastering, the whole of those elements makes this package in whole one that proves to be one of this year’s top new CD re-issues.

Judas Priest’s 30th anniversary re-issue of its landmark album Turbo is one of this year’s top new CD re-issues.  That is due to the impressive work done to re-master the album’s masters.  The companion booklet that is included with the album plays its own important part in the presentation of the record’s re-issue.  The live recordings included in the set put the finishing touch on the presentation of the album’s re-issue.  Each element is clearly important in its own right, as has already been discussed.  All things considered, they make Turbo’s 30th anniversary re-issue one of 2017’s top new CD re-issues.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this re-issue is available online now along with all of Judas Priest’s news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘A Chef’s Life’ Continues To Cook Up Success In Its Fourth Season

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PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life has become one of the network’s most popular shows since it first debuted some years ago.  The show wrapped its fourth season in 2016 and saw that season released late last November on a two-disc DVD set.  For those who haven’t yet seen Season Four, the series’ fourth season is in itself an enjoyable human drama; so much better than all of the obviously scripted “reality” series on television today.  The story at the core of the series is once again its cornerstone.  However, its home release on DVD does present at least one negative, a lack of printable recipes.  Thankfully, it is the only truly noticeable of the season’s negatives in its recent home release.  The collective information presented throughout Season Four makes up for the season’s one glaring negative.  That information includes the history of the featured ingredients, the stories of the people around Eastern North Carolina and other general information.  When all of that material is coupled with the stories at the center of Season Four, the whole of those elements makes up for the set’s one negative, and in turn makes it another mostly enjoyable collection of episodes from this fan favorite series.

The fourth season of A Chef’s Life is a mostly enjoyable new collection of episodes from PBS’ hit reality series.  That is due in part to the fact that the stories presented throughout the season continue to keep this series completely apart from all of the clearly scripted reality series on television today.  There is no fake drama generated through sharp editing and producers who are aimed only at getting ratings.  Mrs. Howard’s struggle to balance her personal and business life and to maintain her humility through it all is clearly something very real.  Even as Sous Chef John leaves and has to be replaced, there are no alligator tears shed.  It would have been so easy for Howard and others at the restaurant to go that route.  But they didn’t.  They showed they really cared about John and his wife and wished them the best.  Their uncertainty moving forward was just as clearly real.  The emotional struggle going on within Mrs. Howard as she works to balance her life is also fully believable.  This makes Season Four all the easier to watch from one episode to the next.  Speaking of that entertainment that the stories offer, the whole of said stories shows why they are so integral to the season’s presentation in its recent DVD home release.  While there is plenty to appreciate in the stories this season, it is just one of the season’s positives.  While it clearly has positives, there is at least one negative that can’t be ignored in the season’s home release.  That one negative is its lack of printable recipes.

The true reality of the stories in the fourth season of A Chef’s Life is the cornerstone of the season’s enjoyable presentation.  It is clear in watching each of the season’s episodes that there is no fake drama at any point in any of the season’s episodes.  While the stories do plenty of good for the season’s overall presentation, not everything in this season’s home release is positive.  This season’s home release comes without the ability to print out the dishes presented throughout the season.  This is important to note because audiences have been able to print out the recipes for the featured dishes at least in the third season.  So to not have them available for print-out here is a little disheartening.  It forces audiences to either go online to find the recipes or to just buy Mrs. Howard’s new cookbook.  The sad reality is that the recipes were likely left out as a means to push her book since it took so much precedence throughout Season Four.  One can only hope that wasn’t the case.  If it was, then it is not the best way to promote her book.  Thankfully though, this issue is Season Four’s only negative.  The collective information that is presented throughout this season makes up for that negative.

The lack of printable recipes in this season’s home release is a negative about its presentation that cannot be ignored.  It takes away a significant amount from the season’s presentation in its home release.  Luckily though, it is the season’s only negative.  There is still one more positive that can and should be noted.  That positive is the collective information presented throughout the season.  The information in question involves the history of the given ingredients in each episode and the stories of and from the people of Eastern North Carolina.  Audiences will be interested, for instance, to learn of the lack of respect that catfish has as a seafood option.  Just as interesting to learn in this same moment is the southern take on the phrase “more than one way to skin a cat.”  The man who explains its root is partially right, but also partially wrong.  The root he gives is just one of many roots of the verbage.  There are also lessons about the difference between artichokes and sunchokes in “All Sunchoked Up” that will interest foodies and audiences in general.  As if that isn’t enough, the lessons on cabbage are just as interesting even for those who aren’t fans of cabbage.  When these tidbits of information and others are coupled with the season’s engaging stories, they do plenty to make up for the lack of printable recipes this time out.  Overall, they do so much that even with that one glaring negative, the home release of A Chef’s Life: Season Four still proves another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit reality series.

The fourth season of A Chef’s Life is another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit reality series.  That is even despite the fact that audiences aren’t able to print out the recipes this time.  The stories make clearly evident that there is no generated drama from behind lens.  Everything that audiences see on camera is clearly real.  The information that is shared throughout the season adds even more interest to each episode.  Those elements are more than enough to make up for the lack of printable recipes this time out.  All things considered, this season proves to be worth at least one watch and gives hope for the series’ fifth season.  A Chef’s Life: Season Four is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and the series’ previous seasons is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.achefslifeseries.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/chefsouth

 

 

 

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Eve To Adam’s New LP Takes Listeners On An Enjoyable Musical Journey

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Hard rock outfit Eve To Adam has been on quite the voyage since originally forming in 2001 in New York.  From lineup and label changes to struggles getting albums released to playing with some of rock’s biggest names past and present, this band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life.  So it makes sense that with its latest album—its fifth full length album—the band opted for the title Odyssey.  The 10-song, 37-minute album was released late last month via Rocktagon Worldwide Music, and shows both musically and lyrically how far this band has come in the now 16 years that it has been in existence. Its heavy emphasis on electronics and keyboards presents a sound that will appeal to fans of Orgy, Powerman 5000 and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content is just as varied.  It ranges from a commentary about the life in ‘The Price’ to a statement of self-confidence in the fist-pumping opener ‘Altitude’ to the anthemic closer ‘Day Drinkin’ and more.  Between the varied lyrical themes presented throughout the record and its musical arrangements, the whole of those elements makes Odyssey a musical journey that is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length studio recording Odyssey is a musical journey that proves well worth taking.  That is exhibited through the record’s musical arrangements and its widely varying lyrical themes.  ‘The Price’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support these statements. The song’s up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will instantly have listeners pumping their fists as their blood flows so fast with the music.  The intensity in that arrangement serves well to illustrate the emotion expressed in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be a commentary of sorts of life.  That is inferred as front man Taki Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “The price is high/You know you were told/Oh darling let me go/Before my body’s cold/And my weary heart grows old/The memory/Now comes to me/So far removed/From a life I used to know/Suddenly you realize it/The time remaining has been bought and sold.”  It is as is Sassaris is saying here, “let me make the most of my life.”  That is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s chorus, “Money all day all day/You gotta get paid/Running around insane/No time to hesitate/Some days, some days/You never get ahead/Well I’m not your slave, no slave/The price will be paid.”  Who precisely Sassaris is addressing as he sings, “I’m not your slave” would be interesting to learn.  That aside, it seems even more through this and the song’s lead verse that he is singing about not letting life get the better of one’s self.  The contrast of that chorus to the song’s second verse seems to hint at that message even more. Sassaris sings in that second verse, “The style instills/It makes this work/Consuming all my thoughts/Inside these fears stand tall/One by one the brave now fall.”  The song’s chorus responds to that message with its message of making the most once again.  When that seeming message of overcoming life’s difficult moments presented in the song’s lyrical content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make this song stand out against the record’s other offerings.  It also serves to help show why this record in whole is a musical journey worth taking, and is just one example of what makes that trip worthwhile.  ‘Altitude,’ the album’s opener, is another example of what makes journey taken through this record so worthwhile.

‘The Price’ is a clear example of what makes the journey taken through Odyssey worthwhile.  That is due to the partnering of the song’s driving musical arrangement and its thought provoking lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make the trip taken through this record so worthwhile, too.  ‘Altitude,’ the record’s opener is another example of what makes that journey so worthwhile.  As with ‘The Price’ that is exhibited in part through the song’s musical arrangement.  This song’s musical arrangement is heavy on keyboards.  The combination of the keyboards with the guitars and vocal elements in the mid-tempo rocker makes the song a solid start to the record.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting to take in.  Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s now fast approaching/It’s my favorite time you see/The moment right before you reach/You feel this clarity/A painful total freedom/I have no anxiety/Anything that steals from this/Becomes an enemy/You’ll see.  This is a statement of confidence, plain and simple.  Considering the band’s *ahem* odyssey up to the point of this album’s release, it makes sense that it would be the record’s first lyrical statement. It is Sassaris saying, “I’m still here.  Nothing is going to get me down.”  That message is driven home even more as he and the rest of the band sing in the song’s chorus, “Free from me/I’m far above it all/Not a worry in my head/I’m free from me/I’m far above it all/For as long as I can be.”  The song’s second verse solidifies that message of confidence and optimism even more as Sassaris sings, “Don’t you take for granted/This zero gravity/It’s never very easy/To escape captivity/Now try to remember/Why you fought for this release/This elevation’s beautiful/But it’s difficult to breathe/You’ll see.”  He comes across as saying that getting that getting out on one’s own, so don’t’ lose sight of things on that personal journey.  It’s a strong statement, and again is only this critic’s interpretation.  Hopefully it is the correct interpretation, but should not be taking as gospel.  That aside, that seeming message of self-confidence and determination, when coupled with the song’s hard-hitting musical arrangement, makes this song a solid first impression from the band on this latest effort.  The combination of the two elements shows in its own way what makes the journey taken in this record is worthwhile.  It is not the last song that serves to support that statement, either.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’’ supports that statement, too.

‘The Price’ and ‘Altitude’ are both songs that serve to show why the musical journey on which Eve To Adam takes listeners on its new album is so worthwhile.  They are only two examples of what makes that journey worthwhile.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’ puts the proverbial exclamation mark on that statement.  As with the previously noted compositions, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Unlike those songs, this song’s composition is more of a straight forward rock song.  It can be argued that it is the album’s most radio-ready song, too, with its anthemic arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as Sassaris and company sing, “You know what we need right now/You feel it when we’re hanging out…So we’re day drinkin’/throw ‘em back till the morning light/Day drinkin’/Livin’ hard, but it feels so right/Numb the pain to fight the fire/Day drinkin’/There ain’t no shame in this way of life.”  Such content, coupled with the song’s bombastic arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue.  This should come as no surprise considering said band is one of the acts that ETA has emulated in its previous albums.  It’s just a fun song and an equally fun final statement from the band on this record.  It shows one last time why indeed the journey on which this record takes listeners is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length album Odyssey sends listeners on quite the musical journey over the course of its 10 songs and 37 minutes.  From the high energy and confidence expressed in its opener to the more contemplative yet still powerful content of ‘The Price’ to the fun, infectious content of the album’s closer and all points in-between, this record offers listeners plenty to appreciate.  All things considered, they make the journey that listeners take this time fully worthwhile.  Odyssey is available now in stores and online.  More information on Odyssey is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.evetoadam.rocks

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Shout! Factory Kids Announces Release Date For First ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Collection

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The first collection of Nickelodeon’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is set to be released in stores and online this summer.

The series, which features the voice talent of Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, The Voice), will see its first volume of episodes, Kuu Kuu Harajuku : Music, Baby!, released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  It will feature 14 episodes from the series’ debut season.  The collection’s episodes are noted below.

Episodes Include:

Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight

Music, Baby / Wanted Audience

Game Over / Phony Ponies

Hello Puppy / G, This Is Awfully Deep

Baby’s Birthday / Labor Of Love

Bad Boy and Little Girl / Yummy Bear Nado

Drums of Doom / Adventures In Housesitting

*Special Features TBD

Early shipments of the DVD will include a bonus code to download the series’ theme song while supplies last.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the all-girl band HJ5 through its world of music, fashion and style.  It is Stefani’s brainchild and aimed directly at young female audiences, encouraging them to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and use their imaginations.

The series is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani.  It is commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia).

DHX Media distributes the series internationally and licensed the series to Shout! Factory.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Remark Hoping To Get Positive Remarks Across America With Its Music

Russia has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to everything going on in Washington, D.C. – but for all of the negativity coming out of the news concerning the former Communist nation, some good musical news has been coming out of Russia lately.

Russian rock outfit Remark released its debut, self-titled album last year, and has been making waves overseas with the record.  Now the band has its eyes set on the U.S. with its latest single ‘Falling.’

The released its lead single in its home county last year, and is now spreading the song across America with the song’s companion video.  The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

It is just one of the latest songs to be released from the band’s debut record.  Also out now are the videos for the band’s singles ‘Vesna’ and ‘Wild Run.’

Remark’s name has been building over the years as it has shared the stage with major American acts such as Slash and Myles Kennedy, Tom Keifer, W.A.S.P., Dope and others.

 

More information on Remark is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.remarkband.com

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

 

 

 

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New WWII Doc Presents Stories From The War Below The Waves

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Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel are partnering to bring audiences some rarely told tales from World War II this spring.

Hell Below will be released on DVD on Tuesday, April 8. The six-part series presents stories of the war below the waves throughout World War II. It starts in 1940 as Hitler’s U-Boats start attacking allied convoys in the Atlantic and the Allies’ response to the attacks.

The series’ second segment, “Hitler’s Revenge,” begins in December 1941.  Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl Donitz, German Commander of U-Boats, looks to capitalize on the chaos that ensued with what was dubbed Operation Drumbeat.  He orders five German subs to sail to New York Harbor and launch an attack there, which they did with some success.

The impact of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and New York are presented in the series’ next segment, “America Fights Back.”  This segment shows America’s efforts to transform its sub fleet from patrol vehicles to predators.  The effort is fraught with danger, too, as is evidenced in this episode.

The segments listed here are just part of the story presented in Hell Below.  The series has three more episodes for audiences to take in, including a gripping story about a June 1944 effort by an Allied sub crew to save Allied commandos in Japanese-held Borneo and an equally powerful story about the USS Tang that will keep audiences just as engaged.

The six segments that make up the body of Hell Below span almost five hours on two discs.  The double-disc set will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $24.99.

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