Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves Announces New Free, All-Ages Concert

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Nick Perri & the Underground Thieves will hold a special free show next week.

The band is scheduled to hold the all ages show from 6 – 11 p.m., Aug. 19 at the Garden Pier at The Showboat Hotel & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The concert is part of the AC Jams – Free Summer Concert Series.

The band’s upcoming concert is a co-headlining performance alongside Fungkshui.

The announcement of the new free, all-ages concert comes less than a month after Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves announced a new series of live dates for September. The band’s new tour schedule, which is in support of its latest album, Sun Via, is slated to launch Sept. 7 in the nation’s capitol. It is scheduled to run through Sept. 19 in Des Moines, IA, with dates in cities, such as Chicago, IL; Philadelphia PA and St. Pail, MN along the way.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Sept 7th – Lincoln Theatre – Washington D.C.
Sept 9th – Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
Sept 10th – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 11th – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
Sept 12th – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 14th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
Sept 18th – Palace Theatre – St Paul, MN
Sept 19th – Vel Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA

Perri sat down to talk about the role of Nirvana in his own development Aug. 3 in a discussion on Premiere Guitar.

The band debuted the video for its latest single, ‘I Want You’ May 20 through American Songwriter. The premiere came approximately nine months after the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Feeling Good.’

Sun Via is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://nickperrimusic.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nickperrimusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nickperri

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Nick Perri Talks Nirvana In New “Episode” Of Premiere Guitar’s ‘Hooked’

Nick Perri, front man and namesake of Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves talked about Nirvana’s role in his life and in American culture in a new “episode” of Premiere Guitar‘s “Hooked” video series.

Perri said in the nearly six-minute video that he became a fan of Nirvana thanks in part to a member of his extended family. Who that family member is will be left for audiences to find out on their own. Additionally, Perri talked about the role the Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ played in his early development as a guitarist during the video.

Courtesy: Premiere Guitar/Nick Perri

In other news, the band announced on July 28, a new series of live dates. The band’s new tour schedule, which is in support of its album, Sun Via, is slated to launch Sept. 7 in the nation’s capitol. It is scheduled to run through Sept. 19 in Des Moines, IA, with dates in cities, such as Chicago, IL; Philadelphia PA and St. Pail, MN along the way.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Sept 7th – Lincoln Theatre – Washington D.C.
Sept 9th – Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
Sept 10th – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 11th – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
Sept 12th – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 14th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
Sept 18th – Palace Theatre – St Paul, MN
Sept 19th – Vel Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA

The band debuted the video for its latest single, ‘I Want You’ May 20 through American Songwriter. The premiere came approximately nine months after the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Feeling Good.’

Sun Via is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://nickperrimusic.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nickperrimusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nickperri

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The Sounds, Statements, Sequencing Of Superbloom’s New Album Will Appeal To Fans Of 90s Alt, Grunge Music

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For many people out there, the era that was the 80s is neither dead nor gone (sadly).  Ironically, the 80s is not the only era in which many people choose to live, even though it has passed.  There are also those who choose to remain in the 90s, even though that age is gone, too.  Among those individuals who apparently choose to live in the 90s, even now in the 21st century are the members of the independent alt-rock band Superbloom.  That is evidenced in the band’s album, Pollen.  The 12-song record, scheduled for release Tuesday, is a full-on musical trip back to the 90s, but one that is welcome.  Those musical arrangements that make up the body of this record will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the songs, while difficult to decipher at points without a lyrics sheet, also play into the album’s presentation.  They will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content rounds out the most important of the album’s elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Pollen a surprisingly enjoyable nostalgic trip back to the 90s that any fan of that era’s sounds will enjoy.

 Superbloom’s forthcoming album Pollen is a surprisingly enjoyable musical trip back to the 90s.  More specifically, it is a welcome trip for those who were and still are fans of the grunge and alt-rock movement that was so prevalent during that era.  That is proven primarily through the record’s featured musical arrangements.  Right from the 42-minute record’s opening, audiences are treated to an arrangement that is comparable to works from Foo Fighters in ‘1994.’  Ironically, it was only a year later – 1995 – when Foo Fighters released its self-titled debut album.  Nirvana had released its finale album, In Utero only a year prior in 1993.  It sounded nothing like Foo Fighters’ album, which would of course come later, either.  To that end, maybe the arrangement is meant to sort of highlight the bridge between the two bands.  That is of course just this critic’s interpretation. 

Moving on from ‘1994,’ the alt-rock and grunge sounds and styles continue from there.  ‘Mary on a Chain’ bears a stylistic approach and sound that is just as comparable to works from Silverchair and Nirvana as to some of the alt-rocks bands that rose to fame during the 1990s.  That is evidenced through the sound and style of the vocal delivery, guitars and bass here.  Even the sound of the drums, thanks to the production, gives them the sound of drums used in so many records during that era.  It makes for an interesting presentation in its own right.

Much the same can be said of ‘Hey Old Man,’ ‘Leash,’ and honestly every other arrangement featured throughout the album.  Audiences are even treated to a Smashing Pumpkins style composition in the album’s latest single, ‘Pollen.’  As if that is not enough, listeners could just as easily argue that the band takes influence from (of all bands) in ‘Glass Candy Wrapper.’  The similarity between this song and Lifehouse’s hit single ‘Hanging By A Moment’ is uncanny.  Whether that similarity was intended is known only to Superbloom’s members.  Regardless, it is an unavoidable comparison.  Taking that into account along with the other arrangements examined here and the rest of the record’s compositions, the whole makes this album appealing for any alt-rock and grunge rock fan if only for its musical content.  Of course the musical content is only a portion of what is deserving of attention.  The lyrical content that accompanies the songs’ musical content is also of note.

The lyrical content featured throughout Pollen is difficult to fully decipher at points without a lyrics sheet to reference.  Though, there are some points at which the lyrics can at least be understood partially.  One of the songs that allows for at least some understanding is the early Nirvana-esque ‘Spill.’  Front man Dave Hoon sings in the song’s lead verse, “I want to buy/A crow of thorns/try it on/And poison my…” The final words here are difficult to decipher.  That aside, the very mention of the crown of thorns makes the song here perhaps about someone putting the weight of the world on their own shoulders.  At another point, Hoon can be understood to sing, “I wish I was someone else/So I redeem myself.”  He later adds, “I wanna buy your sympathy.”  This comes across as the same kind of angsty lyrical content that was so commonplace in music from the 90s in itself.  To that end, that seeming “oh woe is me” lyrical theme here couples perfectly with the sound of the age to take listeners back to the 90s even more.

Interestingly enough, Hoon and company do not just stick to the 90s in terms of the album’s lyrical themes.  Hoon explained in reference to the album’s single, ‘Muzzle, that it is in fact a commentary on the current state of the world.  He said of this song’s theme, “The lyrics for Muzzle were written at the end of summer I think of 2020 when everything was hyper crazy, and I’d always have the news on or be on Twitter or Reddit. So that was the environment Muzzle was written in. I think the song is about having something to say but choosing not to — for better or for worse.”  Those statements are illustrated well as Hoon sings in the song’s lead verse, “Save me from myself/Put me back on the shelf/I thought we understood/If I could turn back time, I would.”  There is even a mention in the second verse about the TV being constantly on.  What is really interesting here is not so much the lyrical theme, but the calm in how Hoon delivers the song’s words.  It’s kind of that hindsight being 20/20 sense, considering the calm in his delivery.  That ads even more to the impact in the song’s lyrical theme, making clear why it is just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content. 

‘Whatever,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is yet another example of the album’s lyrical themes.  As with that featured in ‘Spill,’ this song’s lyrical theme comes across as echoing the angsty emotions so common in music from the 90s.  The song’s subject here seems to be addressing someone else, basically saying he/she is indifferent to being away from others.  That is inferred as Hoon sings, “Wish I was gone/When I come back/I feel a million miles away/Whatever.”  He even says in the song’s opening, “You ever been alone/You just enjoy the way/You like the way it sounds.”  This comes across as being one of those anthemic type of songs that angsty, grunge fans would like.  That is because it seems to present that desire of those young teen audiences to just be away and by themselves, brooding over everything because they like being that way.  This is certain to take listeners right back to that age as it repeats time and again throughout the song’s three minute-plus run time.  It makes the song just one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to its presentation.  It shows the clear intent of Superbloom’s members to connect with listeners through the album’s lyrical content just as much as through its musical content.

While the musical and lyrical content featured in Superbloom’s new album goes a long way toward making the album appealing for fans of 90s alt and grunge rock, it is just part of what makes the album appealing for those audiences.  The sequencing of that content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation.  The sequencing shows a clear direction for the album’s songs.  It starts out with a certain fire in its musical content, but gradually pulls back in the pairing of ‘Leash’ and ‘Muzzle.’  From that point on, the energies (and by connection the styles and sounds) in the album vary from song to song and even within the songs.  This ensures listeners’ engagement in its own right.  It ensures that the album does not become monotonous.  Rather, it will keep listeners’ own emotions varying with those in the arrangements.  Keeping that in mind, the sequencing serves as its own strong point for the album.  When it is considered along with the album’s overall content, the whole makes this record a presentation that fans of 90s alt and grunge rock will agree is a welcome musical blast from the past.

Superbloom’s new album, Pollen is an interesting new offering from the independent rock act.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  The arrangements harken back to the alt and grunge rock sounds of the 90s, taking influence from the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Foo Fighters to name just a few similar acts.  That in itself is reason enough for the noted audiences to take in this record.  The lyrical themes seem at least to some extent, to harken back to the angsty lyrical themes featured in music from acts that were popular at the time, too.  The sequencing of that content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation, ensuring listeners’ engagement even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Pollen one of the best of this year’s new independent albums.  Pollen is scheduled for release Tuesday.

More information on Superbloom’s new single, video and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/superbloomnyc.

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Superbloom Debuts New Album’s Latest Single, Companion Video

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Independent alt-rock band Superbloom debuted its latest single and video this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Muzzle‘ Friday, along with its companion video. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Pollen, which is scheduled for release June 1. A vinyl release is scheduled for June 14.

The debut of ‘Muzzle’ and its video follow the debut of the album’s existing singles, ‘Whatever‘ and ‘Mary on a Chain.’ The musical arrangement featured in ‘Muzzle’ is a stark contrast to that of those featured in its predecessors. Where ‘Whatever’ and ‘Mary on a Chain’ boast a more Nirvana-esque grunge sound and style in their arrangements, ‘Muzzle’ presents more of a shoegaze type sound and stylistic approach.

Front man Dave Hoon said in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical theme is a social commentary of sorts.

“The lyrics for Muzzle were written at the end of summer I think of 2020 when everything was hyper crazy,” he said. “And I’d always have the news on or be on Twitter or Reddit. So that was the environment Muzzle was written in. I think the song is about having something to say but choosing not to — for better or for worse.

The video for ‘Muzzle’ is somewhat unrelated to the song’s lyrical theme, considering the noted topic and the footage featured in the video.

Hoon also discussed the video.

The kids in the video are doing the same s*** we all did growing up — before we started paying attention to what’s going on around us,” he said. “And the video is found footage developed by this guy on youtube — so there’s no sound and it’s unedited. I thought that was a cool thing for this song.”

More information on Superbloom’s new single, video and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/superbloomnyc.

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Cultus Black Debuts Video For ‘Negative Creep’ Cover

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Cultus Black returned this week with the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its cover of Nirvana’s ‘Negative Creep‘ Friday.  While the North Carolina-based band’s take on the song stays stylistically true to its source material, it takes Nirvana’s approach and intensifies it with its own metal touch.

The band said of its cover of the song, “There have been lots of Nirvana covers recently, but we felt like we could do it heavier and better.”

The band’s cover of Nirvana’s song is just the latest work from the band.  The group, which features ex-members of Motograter, debuted the video for its own song ‘Witch Hunt‘ May 28.

Front man “L” (a.k.a. James Legion — ex Motograter) explained in a recent interview.

“This track is for anyone who has ever felt persecuted, anyone who has ever felt like a victim, anyone who was ever made to feel stupid or less than,” he said. This song is here to show the world that we don’t give a f***.”

In other news, Cultus Black is in the studio working on its debut album with producer James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Paramore).  The album’s release date is under consideration.

More information on Cultus Black’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.cultusblack.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/cultusblack

 

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations Debuts Video For ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Cover

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations debuted the video for its cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box‘ this week.

The band debuted the video Thursday.  It is composed of footage sent to the band by its fans.  From a couple enjoying some time on the water, to another couple dancing to even man working on his motorcycle and more, the footage shows the diversity of the group’s fan base.  the video was directed and post-produced by Emma Holbrook.

The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted its cover of the song by itself.

The group discussed the song in a prepared statement at the time of the song’s debut.

“This release is an ode to the world and its struggles,” the statement reads.  “A nod to the past but also a move into the future, and most of all a tribute to all the amazing people who continue to not only support our band but also all the important messaging and movements we try to encourage through our art and influence.”

The debut of the group’s cover of ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ by itself came three months after the group debuted the video for its then latest single, ‘Hourglass.’  ‘Hourglass’ is the third single from Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ latest album 50 Foot Woman.

The album also produced the singles ‘I Feel It‘ and ‘50 Foot Woman.’   The latter of the pair was also featured in Ifiniti’s recent campaign for its QX30 car.

More information on 50 Foot Woman is available online now along with all of Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/HWAffirmations

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/HWAffirmations

 

 

 

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations Debut Cover Of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations debuted a cover of a famous Nirvana song this week.

The group debuted its cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Friday.  The song, available to stream and download here, is a stark contrast to its source material.

Whereas Nirvana’s original was a heavy, gritty song, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ take on the song presents horns and keyboards, giving the cover a distinct hybrid lounge/soul sound.  Williams’ own vocal delivery adds its own touch to the cover, making it an even more unique take on the song.

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations discussed its cover in a collective statement.

“This release is an ode to the world and its struggles,” the statement reads.  “A nod to the past but also a move into the future, and most of all a tribute to all the amazing people who continue to not only support our band but also all the important messaging and movements we try to encourage through our art and influence.”

The cover’s debut comes three months after the group debuted the video for its then latest single, ‘Hourglass.’  ‘Hourglass’ is the third single from Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ latest album 50 Foot Woman.

The album also produced the singles ‘I Feel It‘ and ‘50 Foot Woman.’   The latter of the pair was also featured in Ifiniti’s recent campaign for its QX30 car.

More information on 50 Foot Woman is available online now along with all of Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://hannahsoulwilliams.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/HWAffirmations

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/HWAffirmations

 

 

 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Announces Release Date For New LP, ‘Avocado’

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Family entertainment act Rolie Polie Guacamole will release its new album next month.

The duo — Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin — is scheduled to release its new album Avocado June 19 through RPG Records.  The album is the duo’s seventh full-length family music album.

Avocado boasts a wide range of influences throughout its 13-song body beginning with a Beatles-esque work in the album’s title track/opener.  ‘Ay Batta Batta,’ which immediately follows, is a prog-rock style song while ‘Basketball Jane,’ the album’s third song gives audiences an old-school hip-hop vibe.

‘Fire Truck,’ the record’s fourth entry, is an upbeat rock arrangement.  The variety continues on from there, offering audiences plenty of reason to applaud the album.

Avocado was produced by Dean Jones.  He was assisted by fellow famed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey).

More information on Avocado is available along with all of Rolie Polie Guacamole’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://roliepolieguacamole.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RoliePolieGuac

 

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Audiophiles And Entrepreneurs Alike Must See All Things Must Pass

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Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

All things must pass.  This is such a short, simple statement yet it speaks volumes.  That is why it was chosen as the title for MVD Visual’s new Tower Records documentary by the same name.  The documentary follows the meteoric rise and fall of the once powerhouse music distributor and what led to that rise and fall.  The story is, in itself a key element of the documentary’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information that is presented is just as pivotal to the documentary’s presentation It will be discussed later.  The pictures, footage, and interviews that are used to tell the story are important in their own right to the documentary’s presentation, too.  All things considered, All Things Must Pass proves to be a documentary that any audiophile “Must” see at least once if not more.

All Things Must Pass is a music documentary that every audiophile “must” see at least once if not more.  That is due in large part to the story at the center of the documentary.  The story in question follows the meteoric rise and fall of Tower Records, a store that was once America’s (and the world’s) preeminent music store.  Audiences will be just as enthralled by the story of the company’s unexpected rise to prominence as they will be by its eventual downfall.  The story starts with founder Russ Solomon discussing how he bought his father’s drug store from him (his father) and turned it into a record store.  From there, it follows the expansion of that store into another and then another before eventually becoming a worldwide phenomenon.  It doesn’t end there, though.  As is revealed in the story’s ninety-six minute run time, the company’s peak was also the point at which everything began to collapse.  It is revealed that a combination of factors led to that collapse, beginning with the company’s outstanding debts and expenditures.  The advent of music’s digital era through Napster added to the company’s problems.  The interviewees stress here that this was just one of the elements that spelled the end for Tower Records.  It was not the sole factor in the company’s downfall.  That is something that is especially worth noting here.  One might think, going into the documentary that this would be a major point in the story.  But the surprise of the company’s other financial issues serves as a real surprise element in this story.  It really serves as a reminder to anyone wanting to start up a business—as much as growth can seem so great, that growth must be handled responsibly.  Solomon admits in one of his interview segments that in hindsight, he should have been more fiscally responsible.  He says in the segment in question that had he been more responsible maybe the company might not have met its end.  The loving recollections that he and the company’s former employees share of their time in the end put a touching accent on the story and might even leave some viewers slightly teary-eyed.  Between all that has been noted here and everything else revealed in the story, it is clear why the story by itself is so important to the presentation of All Things Must Pass.  The story at the center of this documentary is just one of its most important elements, too.  The information that is revealed throughout the course of the program is just as important to note as its story.

The story at the center of All Things Must Pass is by itself an undeniably important element in the documentary’s presentation.  That is because it is a powerful underdog story of sorts; a story of a man who dreamed big but sadly let those dreams get too big.  There is no doubt as to the importance of the documentary’s central story, considering this.  It is just one of the documentary’s most important elements, though.  The information that is revealed throughout the story is just as important to the documentary’s presentation as its central story.  Some of the information revealed in the story is funny.  Some is insightful and other information downright surprising.  One of the most interesting of the story’s funny revelations is the amount of drugs and alcohol openly consumed by the company’s employees in its infancy.  There is even a picture of a receipt displayed during this revelation showing the store’s expenditures at one point.  The receipt notes that the store spent more than $300 on cocaine (trucking fuel as it was called at the time) as an expenditure.  One of the more interesting of the story’s insightful revelations is that Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl actually worked at Tower Records at one point and Elton John shopped for his music there, too.  Both men speak on these topics in their own interview segments.  Even Bruce Springsteen is interviewed for the documentary.  He discusses the positive reputation that Tower Records established early on in its life.  Among the most surprising pieces of information revealed in the course of the documentary is what went on in the listening booths at some Tower Records stores.  It is revealed by one interviewee that people made out in the listening booths and even alleges that people had sex in the listening booths, too.  How and why that would happen in such a public place is anyone’s guess.  But it is noted that allegedly both things happened.  Somehow one wouldn’t disagree that any of it happened.  The revelations noted here are just some of the most interesting tidbits of information revealed throughout the documentary.  They are hardly the only interesting revelations made throughout the program.  There are plenty of others that audiences will discover for themselves when they watch this program.  When all of that information is joined with the documentary’s central story, it becomes even clearer why audiophiles and entrepreneurs alike must see this presentation.

The story at the center of All Things Must Pass and the information presented therein are both key elements to the documentary’s overall presentation.  That is because they serve both by themselves and together to show why this is a “must” see music documentary.  They are not the only elements worth noting in examining the documentary’s presentation.  The pictures, footage, and interviews that are used to help tell the story are just as important to the documentary’s presentation as its story and the information shared through the story.  The pictures collectively serve as a visualization for audiences.  It takes viewers back to Tower Records’ infancy, showing just how little the store started with and how far it came. The footage and interviews work with the pictures to illustrate and progress that story even more.  The interviews especially serve to help tell the story because of how frank the interviewees are in their shared memories.  When one puts the footage, pictures and interviews together, they enrich the program’s presentation even more and ensure even more audiences’ maintained engagement.  Audiences’ maintained engagement is even more assured when these elements are joined with the documentary’s central story and the information shared throughout the story.  All things considered All Things Must Pass proves in the end to be a documentary that entrepreneurs and audiophiles alike must see at least once if not more.

All Things Must Pass is a documentary that entrepreneurs and audiophiles alike “must” see at least once if not more.  That is because on one level it is a stirring underdog story of sorts.  It tells the story of one man’s determination to make his dreams come true and provide a place for the community to come together.  On another level it serves as a stark warning for any up-and-coming entrepreneur about fiscal responsibility.  That is because ultimately it was fiscal irresponsibility that spelled the end for Tower Records.  Given, the advent of digital music availability played a part in the company’s downfall, too.  But as the story reveals, it was ultimately fiscal irresponsibility that led to the company’s downfall.  That two-pronged story couples with the information shared throughout the story to make the documentary even more engaging.  The footage, interviews and pictures that are used to help advance the story collectively serve as the final touch to the program.  All things considered, All Things Must Pass proves in the long run to be a presentation that audiophiles and entrepreneurs alike must see.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via MVD Entertainment’s online store at http://mvdshop.com/products/all-things-must-pass-dvd.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group is available online at:

 

 

 

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Audiences Actually Saw Some Real Worthwhile Music Re-Issues In 2015

In the world of the music business there are few releases that are more ardently frowned upon than the annual crop of album re-issues. From one genre to the next every genre sees its own share of re-issues released each year totalling some years close to a hundred if not more. That is counting re-issues from every genre of the mainstream and independent music industry. The reason that re-issues are so oft frowned upon is that nine times out of ten they are little more than contractually obligated space fillers that acts churn out between new albums in order to appease their bosses at their respective record labels. The result is that few re-issues (regardless of genre) ever really offer any real value to audiences. BUt then there are some that actually do bear at least some value. In fact some are surprisingly well worth the listen and even the purchase. This year, Judas Priest’s classic album Defenders of the Faith has proven to be one of those re-issues that actually stands out. Fates Warning’s classic album A Pleasant Shade of Gray is another one of those worthwhile re-issues at least for rock audiences. The same can be said of Anthrax’s re-issue of Spreading the Disease. The rock realm isn’t the only one that saw some worthwhile new re-issues this year. The R&B industry saw a worthwhile re-issue from British R&B star Rainy Milo in her album This Thing of Ours. Even the World Music realm saw at least one worthwhile re-issue in the form of Flavia Coelho’s Mundo Meu. These are just some of the rare worthwhile re-issues to be released this year. There are others, too. And they are all here on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Top New Re-issues. Once again, fifteen total albums have been noted with the top ten being the best and the bottom five still being enjoyable enough to deserve honorable mention. All things considered 2015 saw some rather interesting and enjoyable re-issues. And they are listed here. For your consideration, dear readers, are 2015’s Best New Music Re-Issues.

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 BEST NEW MUSIC RE-ISSUES

1. FATES WARNING — A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY

2. JUDAS PRIEST — DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH

3. ANTHRAX — SPREADING THE DISEASE

4. THE ROLLING STONES — STICKY FINGERS

5. KELAKOS — UNCORKED: RARE TRACKS FROM A 70S BAND

6. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS

7. SAXON — HEAVY METAL THUNDER

8. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

9. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE — UNCONDITIONAL

10. RAINY MILO — THIS THING OF OURS

11. FLAVIA COELO — MUNDO MEU

12. RED LINE CHEMISTRY — CHEMICAL HIGH AND A HAND GRENADE

13. FREEDOM CALL — 666 WEEKS BEYOND ETERNITY

14. NIRVANA — NIRVANA

15. CROWBAR — EQUILIBRIUM

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