Xavier’s Fans, Latin Music Fans Will Appreciate “Everything” On His New LP

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Independent performer Carlos Xavier released his latest full-length studio recording Vive Todo Ahora late this past March.  The San Francisco-based artist’s new offering is a work that is certain to appeal to fans of not only Xavier, but fans of Latin music in general.  That is due to musical arrangements within each song that are deeply rooted in Xavier’s own Latin roots.  The songs’ lyrical themes are just as accessible as its musical arrangements.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in the form of its opener and title track, which translates roughly to Live Everything Now.  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Yo Quiero Ser’ (I Want To Be) is another addition to the album that serves to support the noted statements.  It will be addressed a little later.  For those dealing with the heartache of love lost, Xavier hits on that, too in the form of ‘Tres Dias’ (Three Days).  That song is just as accessible for listeners as ‘I Want To Be’ and ‘Live Everything Now.’  Each of the songs noted here are important in their own way to the whole of Live Everything Now.  When they are considered along with the six remaining songs that make up the rest of the album, the whole of the record becomes a work that will leave listeners enjoying everything featured in the record.

Carlos Xavier’s new album Vive Todo Ahora is a work that is certain to appeal to Xavier’s fans just as much as those of Latin music.  It is a work that will leave listeners enjoying “everything” featured in the record.  That is due to the overall accessibility of the album’s musical and lyrical content.  The album’s opener and title track is just one of the songs featured in the LP that serves to support the noted statements.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement, which incorporates some familiar Latin elements, such as bongos, congas and horns and with cabasa.  The arrangement even incorporates a familiar Latin style piano line in rather subtle fashion to add to the arrangement’s impact.  The whole of the elements creates a song that conjures thoughts of a night in Havana.  That in itself is certain to put a smile on the face of any Latin music aficionado.  Of course the joy brought through the song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content does just as much to make it appealing.

Xavier sings in the song’s lead verse, “We live in the present/Preparing for the future/The daily routines are the safest step/Let’s still fight/Looking for a better morning/Don’t miss the moment now/Or escape through the window/Don’t walk to the front with devices in hand/Raise your head/Search for the life of your own/In the least expected places/You will find happiness.”  The lyrics here are roughly translated from Xavier’s originally Spanish lyrics, as English translations were not available.  Even with that in mind, the translation is close enough to get from this verse, Xavier is presenting a very positive message here; a message of making the most of life and not staying in one’s comfort zone.  The positive message continues in the song’s second verse, as Xavier sings, “You’ll never have good memories/If you don’t live them at the moment/Forget your sorrows/What’s done is already done/And in the least expected places/You will find happiness/And embrace every strong second/That the seconds do not return more.”  Once again, listeners get a message of living life to the utmost – seizing the day so to speak.  It’s hardly the first time that any performer of any nationality and ethnic background has ever presented such a positive message.  That aside, it is still a message that will always be welcome among listeners of every background.  When that positive message is coupled with the song’s equally accessible and upbeat musical arrangement, the whole of the song shows in itself, and in a big way, why listeners will enjoy this record.  It is just one of the songs featured in the album that makes the album a positive offering from Xavier.  ‘I Want To Be’ is another example of the album’s strength.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘I Want To Be,’ much like that of the album’s opener, features plenty of familiar Latin instruments.  What really makes the arrangement stand out in this case is the sound produced through the whole of the song’s instrumentation.  The sound is one that takes listeners back to the 90s (and maybe even earlier).  It also boasts a certain R&B influence through that whole.  That influence is just subtle enough that when coupled with the song’s more decidedly Latin sound, makes a whole that is once again a whole that is widely accessible.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds to that accessibility.

Xavier sings in the song’s lead verse, “I can only imagine your love/How would it be, to have your pleasure/Every day I think more about your love/Imagining me in your arms/And the taste of your skin/And I know you’ve come to enter my life/And also you need to heal your wounds/And I will be who will give the sweetest caresses/Forever have you clinging to my arms, woman.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I will not find calm if I do not have your love/You are my breath, my breath/And when I let go, I just think about you/Imagining your smile, which lives in me/And without you, maybe the value is lost, in my life/You occupy the most valuable place, my darling/That’s why I will be who will give you the sweetest caresses/Forever cling to my arms, woman.”  It’s pretty obvious what is going on here.  This is a love song.  It is a work that any female listener is certain to enjoy, needless to say.  When such saccharine sweet lyrics are coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of this work proves one that will appeal to plenty of listeners.  When it is considered along with the album’s opener, the two song together create an even clearer picture of why the album in whole has such appeal for listeners.  They are not the album’s only notable additions.  Another notable addition to the album comes in the form of ‘Three Days.’

‘Three Days’ follows immediately, ‘I Want To Be,’ and presents another easily accessible musical arrangement that presents a feeling much unlike that of the noted predecessor.  While somewhat upbeat, the song’s feeling is more reserved than its predecessor and some of the album’s other compositions.  That balance of melancholy and more upbeat mood in itself makes the song stand out.  It does a good job of illustrating the emotions exhibited in the song’s lyrical content.

Xavier sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s been three days since I left my room/And the walls are slowly closing/Hang memories of moments we spent/And as time goes by, you keep on burying me/I do not know what more time, I will follow it by gagging/I extend my hands by reshaping the past/Facing the reality is what is suffocating me/But lose another day, that would be a failure.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I cannot live anymore/You started the desire that I had to feel/Drowned in my sorrows since you’re not here/But today the sadness ends, for you I do not suffer again.”  In other words, for all the pain that this song’s subject has endured, he or she is no longer going to ruminate on that emotional stress, but instead will move forward.  That sentiment works in tandem with the song’s musical arrangement.  As noted already, the song’s arrangement balances a certain sense of melancholy with a more upbeat vibe.  The last lines noted explain that balance.  The way in which the song’s accessible lyrical content and equally accessible musical content comes together makes the song in whole yet another clear example of the album’s overall ability to appeal to listeners.  When it is considered alongside the other songs noted here and the six remaining songs not directly noted here, the end result is a work that will certainly appeal to Xavier’s fans just as much as it will to fans of Latin music in general.

Carlos Xavier’s new album Vive Todo Ahora is a strong new offering from the Canifornia-based Latin musician.  That is proven time and again over the course of the 38-minute record’s body.  The songs discussed here serve to support that statement.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the LP is certain to leave listeners enjoying “everything” featured in its body.  More information on Vive Todo Ahora is available online now along with all of Carlos Xavier’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.carlosxavieronline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CarlosXavier1

 

 

 

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PBS Succeeds Again With Its Latest ‘Nature Cat’ DVD

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Early this year, PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Nature Cat in the form of Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  This latest collection of episodes – another four-episode presentation – is yet another success for the network.  That is especially the case considering that its episodes, which promote outdoor activity and learning, were included in a disc that was originally released in the dead of winter.  Now with summer only days away, those pro-outdoors stories – which form the foundation of the disc’s presentation – are even more timely in their presentation.  They will be discussed shortly.  The biology lessons tied into each story add to the stories even more, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The disc’s average price point put the accent to the disc’s presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

Summer vacation is here or almost here for students across America.  While school is either out for summer or almost out, it doesn’t mean the fun and learning have to stop.  Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide offers young viewers plenty of entertainment while also educating those audiences.  That is done in part through the pro-outdoor stories featured in each of the disc’s four episodes.  From playing a game of hide and seek against Ronald and a group of other cats to exploring nature to learn about organisms that light up at night (and light up the night) to frolicking with some friendly dragonflies to enjoying a game of beach volleyball, the episodes featured in this disc do plenty to promote outdoor activity in the warm weather.  With any luck, young viewers will take that promotion for healthy, active lifestyles, and allow it to inspire them to move more while also learning about all that nature has to offer.  Speaking of learning about all that nature has to offer, the science lessons that are incorporated into the pro-active lifestyle stories add their own positive element to the DVD’s presentation.

The science lessons that are tied into each of the DVD’s four featured episodes are just as diverse as the pro-active lifestyle stories themselves.  The disc’s title episode features a lesson about camouflage.  It’s hardly the first time that viewers have been treated to a lesson about the ways in which prey use colors and patterns in nature to keep from being eaten by predators.  It has been discussed in Wild Kratts, another hit PBS Kids show.  It has also been discussed on PBS’ popular wildlife series Nature more than once.  In the case of this episode, viewers learn specifically how creatures, such as frogs and deer use camouflage to hide from predators.  Nature Cat ends up searching for ways to camouflage himself in a neighborhood-wide game of hide and seek that involves, what else, a dog hunting cats.  “The Glow Games” finds Nature Cat and his friends having to find three different bioluminescent life forms before Ronald.  The episode’s title gives a hint about one of the living, light-creating creatures that Nature Cat and company find.  Another of the bioluminescent creatures that the group finds is a popular summertime creature of the night.  It will be left for audiences to discover on their own.  The third is perhaps the most unexpected.  It will also be left for viewers to discover on their own.  Overall, the beings that Nature Cat and company discover are diverse in their own right.  “The Shell Game” takes audiences to the beach and teaches about invertebrates with the introduction of another of Nature Cat’s friends, a hermit crab who has outgrown his shell.  The crab tells Nature Cat and company that if he can’t find a new shell, he can’t help them face Ronald and his team in a game of beach volleyball.  It goes without saying that such a plot point is original in comparison to Nature Cat’s other episodes and to episodes from other wildlife-based series animated and otherwise.  “Enter The Dragonfly” entertains right from its title, which is a spoof of the famous 1973 Bruce Lee martial arts flick Enter The Dragon.  There’s no martial arts featured in this episode, despite that pun.  Rather, the story has a rather medieval vibe as Ronald is sent on a quest to become one of the Knights of Nature.  In the process, he – and viewers – learn the life cycle of a dragonfly.  That can easily serve as the starting point for lessons about the life cycles of other semi-aquatic animals, such as frogs, toads and salamanders.  By now, the diversity in the science lessons featured in this DVD’s episodes should be obvious.  That diversity goes just as far as the episodes’ pro-healthy lifestyle lessons to making this DVD a joy for audiences of all ages and kinds.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be more money very well-spent.

The average price point for Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is $5.67, using price listings at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ online store.  The most commonly listed price, listed at Walmart, Amazon and Target, is $4.79.  The most expensive listing, $6.99, is at PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Books-A-Million’s website at the time of this review’s posting.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the money spent on this DVD will still go back to PBS even if purchased from a retailer other than PBS.  What’s more, the fact that the DVD’s average price point of less than $7 is one that clearly will not break any consumer’s budget, whether ordered online or in store.  The content noted in the DVD through this review proves the money spent on the DVD is well-spent.  All things considered here, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide becomes a presentation that proves to be yet another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Nature Cat DVD, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is another welcome offering from what is another welcome addition to PBS (and PBS Kids’) program lineup.  That is proven in part through stories that promote active lifestyles in each episode.  The science lessons that are tied into the stories add to each episode’s interest, too.  The DVD’s average price point is anything but a budget buster.  Rather, it is money well-spent, considering the breadth and depth of the DVD’s overall content.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD yet another positive offering from the still very young series.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available along with plenty of Nature Cat activities, printables, episodes and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbskids.org/naturecat

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

 

 

 

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Killswitch Engage, Clutch To Launch Co-Headlining Summer Tour

Killswitch Engage and Clutch will embark on a dual headliner tour this summer.

The tour schedule is scheduled to launch July 8 in Quebec City, QC and run through Aug. 7 in Las Vegas, NV.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Myrtle Beach, SC; Bangor, ME and Tulsa, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:
7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D’ete%
7/11 — London, ON — Rock The Park#
7/12 — Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
7/13 — Inwood, WV — Shiley Acres
7/14 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
7/16 — Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
7/18 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 — Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
7/20 — OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
7/22 — Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
7/23 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/25 — Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
7/26 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
7/28 — Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
7/30 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 — Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
8/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas^
#Festival
^Clutch Only
%KsE Only

Cro Mags JM and All that Remains will serve  as support. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The announcement of KsE and Clutch’s co-headlining tour comes as KsE is wrapping its current tour with Parkway Drive.  The bands’ tour makes its last stop Saturday in Columbus, OH.

Killswitch Engage is touring in support of its most recent album, 2016’s Incarnate.  Clutch is touring in support of its latest album, 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions.

More information on Killswitch Engage is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.killswitchengage.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

More information on Clutch is available online along with all of the band’s news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Modern Mimes Debuts ‘Mind Lies’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Modern Mimes debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Mind Lies‘ Wednesday.  The neo-goth act’s video presents its members — Adi Elcida Hernandez and Ernesto Paez — performing their single in a dimly lit backdrop.  Hernandez is, for some reason, eventually covered in a variety of paint as the song and video  near their finale.

The debut of ‘Mind Lies’ comes more than six months after the band debuted the video for its cover of Type O Negative’s hit song ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Me‘ and approximately nine months after the band debuted its lead single ‘Stare.’ ‘I Don’t Wanna  Be Me’ was even fully endorsed by the surviving members of the band and has received almost 28,000 views since its debut Nov. 10.

‘Mind Lies’ and ‘Stare’ are both taken from Modern Mimes’ album The Gray.  The album is available now.

Modern Mimes is scheduled to tour in support of The Gray this spring alongside Wayland and Eve To Adam starting May 22.  The bands’ tour is scheduled to run through June 1 and feature performances in cities, such as Madison, WI; Merriam, KS and Boyd, WI.

The full track listing for The Gray is noted below.

The Gray Album:

1. Stunt Double
2. The Gray
3. Black Swan
4. Stare *
5. My Own Summer (Shove It)
6. Mind Lies
7. Final Days
8. Crosses
9. Goodbye Hello

More information on The Gray is available online now along with all of Modern Mimes’ latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.modernmimes.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/modernmimesmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ModernMimes

 

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Don’t Believe in Ghosts Debuts New Single

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Don’t Believe in Ghosts officially released its new single this week.

The band debuted its new song ‘The Chase’ in front of a sold out audience at New York City’s Bowery Electric this week, only days after it premiered online.  The facility is located between Joey Ramone Plaza and 3rd Street in the heart of New York City.

The song is available for download now on various platforms to stream and download now here.  Its debut comes approximately three months after the band debuted its most recent single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ via YouTube MusicAmazoniTunes and Spotify.  That song’s video made its debut March 1.

Don’t Believe in Ghosts is scheduled to perform live May 23 at Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for the concert are available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.dontbelieveinghosts.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/DBIGhosts

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DBIGhosts

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Autopilot Debuts ‘Undisguised’ Video

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Alt-rock band Autopilot debuted the video for its new single Monday.

The band, not to be confused with the North Carolina-based band by the same name, debuted the video for its song ‘Undisguised‘ via YouTube.  Directed by Kevin Van Witt, the video follows one of the band’s members through the streets of a busy city.  As the band member makes his way through the city, he encounters situations such as homeless residents of the city, giant eyeballs looking out of windows (trippy, but true) and otherwise empty streets.

The video’s visualizations are meant to help illustrate the song’s lyrics.  This is explained through a collective statement from the band.  The band’s members note in the statement that the song is a work “that bridges the feelings of the times with modern rock vibes.  It’s a song that questions why do we put up walls when love is what we really want.”

Stylistically, the song lends itself to works from Modest Mouse.  The song is taken from Autopilot’s latest album, Afterglow.  Audiences can stream and down the album here.

More information on Autopilot is available online now at:

 

Website: http://autopilottheband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bandautopilot

 

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‘Finding Your Roots: Season 5’ Scheduled For Release Tuesday

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The fifth season of PBS’ hit series Finding Your Roots comes to DVD Tuesday.

Finding Your RootsSeason Five follows the ancestral paths of 23 more celebrities from various areas.  From the literary world to the world of politics to the worlds of comedy, television and movies, audiences are presented with even more histories that show you never know who you are unless you find your own roots.

Among the most notable of the celebs featured in the fifth season of Finding Your Roots are individuals, such as Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It RalphWreck It RalphRalph Breaks The InternetSchool of Rock), Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg and politician Paul Ryan.  Others featured in this season include, but are not limited to: actor Kal Penn, journalist Lisa Ling and Marco Rubio.

Finding Your RootsSeason Five will retail for MSRP of $39.99, but can be ordered now at a reduced price of $34.99 at PBS’ online store. Its run time is listed  at 600 minutes.

More information on Finding Your Roots is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/finding-your-roots

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HenryLouisGates

 

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