PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD This Month

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PBS Distribution will release a new collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes on DVD this fall.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors is scheduled for release Sept. 22.  The single-disc collection features six episodes of the beloved series, all of which center on the topic of going outside and appreciating all that the outdoors has to offer.

One of the most notable of the disc’s episodes — “Daniel Explores Nature” — finds Daniel and his parents spending the day outdoors.  Daniel discovers a bird, and in turn learn how birds build their nests.  The bird’s next falls out of the tree, so it’s up to Daniel and his parents to get the nest back in the tree.

“Daniel’s Nature Walk” is another episode featured in the DVD.  This episode’s story follows O the Owl and his uncle X The Owl as the duo goes for a nature walk in the forest.  Along the way, the pair sees all kinds of creatures, such as frogs and worms, and even gets to see a rainbow.

“Daniel Plays in a Gentle Way,” yet another of the DVD’s stories, reminds young viewers about the importance of being careful even when playing.  That lesson is taught as some of Daniel’s friends want to play fast, even though he wants to play slow and safe.

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodExplore The Outdoors will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  Pre-orders are open now.

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Names Without Numbers Plans Debut EP Re-Issue

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Names Without Numbers will re-issue its debut EP next week.

The independent rock band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the EP’s release with a new remastered re-issue of the record July 3.  The re-issue will come through Indie Vision Music.  In anticipation of the record’s re-issue, the band has made the EP’s song ‘This Hallmark Moment.’ available as an instant grat download with pre-orders.

The band was upbeat in talking about the EP’s re-issue in a collective statement.

Wow! We can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we recorded this EP, back when we were just kids,” the statement reads.  “Even though the lineup was a bit different back then, you can hear glimpses of where we were headed as a band. Listening to this again brings back so many memories of song and sound experimentation, best friends long-since moved away, and hours spent driving and sleeping in a stinky van. Recorded in the famous Mogis brothers’ studio in Lincoln, Nebraska before we had any business being there, it still makes us smile. We hope you enjoy it too!”

Names Without Numbers’ upcoming self-titled EP re-issue is just its latest release.  The band released its sophomore album Silos & Smokestacks last year.  The album is available to stream and download through its official website.

More information on Names Without Numbers’ EP re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:


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Asinis’ Debut LP Gives Promise For The Band’s Future

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Independent metalcore band Asinis releases its debut EP Roots today through Seek & Strike.  The band’s debut studio recording, this five-song record is quite a notable first offering from the band.  That is due in part to its lyrical content.  This will be discussed shortly.  Its musical content builds on the foundation formed through its lyrical content and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production and mixing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make Gaia one of this year’s most unique EPs and debuts from any hard rock and metal band.

Asinis’ debut EP Roots is one of this year’s more unique new offerings within the hard rock and metal community, especially being an EP.  That is due in large part to the record’s lyrical content.  That content in question makes up what the band calls the first chapter in the story of the planet Gaia.  The exact wording from a post on the band’s official Facebook page reads, “Roots is the first chapter in the continuing history of the planet Gaia. The listener gets first insights, since it is about the visualization of Gaia, her power, the longings of her creation and about fighting spirit.”  Concept records are typically saved for full-length records, not EPs.  EPs are usually “test records” of sorts for young groups just starting out and in other cases, space fillers for other acts.  So to use an EP and concept record – a concept record with a fantasy story no less – to start out is brave.  The band is to be commended for that.  The band is also to be commended for the way in which the story is told through each song, beginning with the EP’s opener, ‘Gaia.’  The song’s lyrics paint a rich, vivid picture of the planet, the lead verse stating of the environment, “The pulsating blue morning sun charges the atmosphere with its powerful light/Soft winds blow across the lands and seas/Carrying the source of growth/From her core she created the beings/In the image and likeness of herself The diversity – deep within the same/Swing in unity/All is connected In an invisible grid An intricate system Self-regulated.”  The picture becomes richer thanks to the second verse, which states, “The bubbling blood has formed the mountains That raise towards the stars above A shiny gleam emerges now and then It awakes pure force within Dance with the moons Orbit the flashing sun Dance with persistence Until every motion is gone We are dancing We are one We are – we are.”  This is a celebration of life and the force that created it on her planet.  As the story continues, listeners are presented with sub-stories of sorts about the beings who populate the planet.  They are much like us, dealing with many different personal feelings and thoughts, from that person looking for that other person in their life who completes  them in ‘Soulmate’ to the person gaining enlightenment in life in ‘Stardust’ to the person who is feeling pride of overcoming adversity in ‘Victor’ to the person realizing he/she has a greater purpose.  The stories featured within the songs’ lyrical content are stories to which we the listeners can relate.  That is because the concepts in the songs are universal.  The messages are largely positive and will uplift any listener.  What’s more, while they are pat of a bigger story, these songs, in their lyrical presentations stand just as well on their own merits as they do collectively.  Keeping that in mind, the lyrical content featured in Roots serves as a solid foundation for the EP.  It is just one part of what makes Roots so surprisingly appealing.  The lyrics’ musical accompaniments add to the record’s interest.

The musical arrangements that accompany Roots’ lyrical themes will appeal to fans of bands, such as Unearth, Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying.  That is evident through the presentation of the sharp, heavy guitars, the equally cutting vocal deliveries, the bass lines and the precision in the time keeping.  From one song to the next, elements of each noted band’s influence is evident along with influences of other well-known metalcore acts.  ‘Gaia,’ the EP’s opener, starts out gentle, but wastes little time launching into its full presentation.  This song likens itself more to works from Unearth and other metalcore acts than KsE or AILD.  ‘Soulmate’ meanwhile is more akin to those two bands with its machine gun drumming and guitars in its opening bars and its short guitar bursts and sharp vocal delivery throughout the rest of its body.  ‘Stardust’ takes the band back in a heavier direction again as the EP enters its midpoint.  ‘Victor,’ is very similar stylistically to works from AILD what with its more melodic yet heavy approach.  ‘Revolution,’ which closes out the EP, is grounded in its guitars and drums.  The dual guitar approach and the stability in the time keeping form a solid foundation on which the vocals and bass rest so easily.  From start to end, the arrangements featured in this record will keep metalcore fans everywhere engaged and entertained in their own right.  Together with the lyrical content, the two sides of the EP’s whole are sure to make this presentation one that will appeal to lots of metal audiences.  They are still only a portion of what makes the EP stand out.  Its overall mixing and production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

The mixing and production that went into Roots is notable because of the balanced sound from each arrangement.  There is a whole lot happening in each song, from the powerhouse guitar lines to the equally searing vocals to the precision in the time keeping (complete with all of the fills) and the low-end from the bass.  It would have been so  easy for those behind the boards to let all of it mingle together and just become a wall of sound.  That has happened with plenty of other bands’ records.  Thankfully it did not happen in this case.  The result is a work whose production and mixing proves just as pivotal to its presentation as its overall content.  All things considered, it proves to be a good introduction from Asinis and a work that shows promise for the band within the metalcore community.

Asinis’ debut EP Roots is an applause-worthy debut from the German metalcore band.  That is due in part to its overall lyrical content.  The lyrical content makes up one chapter of what is apparently going to be an ongoing conceptual story from the band.  The story is original, but still is able to connect with listeners.  The musical arrangements that accompany said lyrical content adds its own element of appeal to the whole, as does the EP’s production and mixing.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Roots.  All things considered, they make Roots a work that shows promise for the band’s future in the metalcore community.  The EP is available now through Seek & Strike.  More information on Roots is available along with all of Asinis’ latest news and more at:



Website: http://asinis.de

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




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New Chuck & Friends DVD Offers More Entertainment, Life Lessons For The Whole Family

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Shout! Kids/Hasbro/The Hub

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Kids/Hasbro/The Hub

Chuck, the adventurous young dump truck is back once again.  And he’s brought all of his friends along for the “ride” in an all new collection of adventures from Shout! Kids, Hasbro, and The Hub.  The brand new collection, titled, When Trucks Fly takes viewers on ten more fun-filled adventures that also teach some very valuable lessons.  The Adventures of Chuck & Friends is just as enjoyable for kids and parents as the series’ previous release, Monster Rally.  The episodes are short enough to keep younger viewers’ attention.  And the bright, vivid colors do their own part in keeping kids engaged.  The adventures themselves will entertain kids.  And the life lessons tied into all ten episodes are equally important.

One of the best episodes included in this latest collection involves a motorcycle named Sam Steering who is blind.  Through the use of his friend, Sidecar, he is able to get around easier.  But he’s not entirely helpless.  As a matter of fact, he even helps keep Chuck’s dad from slipping in some oil early on because he could smell the oil.  Sam is a very helpful character to younger viewers in that he teaches kids that just because he’s different in not being able to see, he’s no different from anyone else.  In understanding this, Chuck and his friends learn to use their senses to locate the parts and toy race car for a race track they want to put together.  In a way, this teaches a very basic level of biology that will perhaps be the building block of getting kids interested in science.  All of the lessons are tied seamlessly together to make an episode that is one of the best in this collection.

When Trucks Fly offers lots of great lessons for kids in every episode as already noted.  Parents will especially appreciate this collection because at least two of the episodes included in this collection teach a lesson of cleanliness.  Both “Mystery He Rode” (yes that’s a spoof of Mystery She Wrote) and “Super Sweeper Chuck” teach kids the importance of keeping things clean and neat.  “Super Sweeper Chuck” teaches this lesson more directly than “Mystery He Rode.”  When Chuck and his friends decide to go off and play a game without cleaning up after themselves, Rowdy is the only one who stays behind to clean.  When Chuck’s dad comes along and sees this, he goes to get the others and bring them back.  The others see the mess that they left and that Rowdy had stayed behind.  They feel bad for having left such a mess and help clean up their mess.  The musical montage included here will get kids engaged even more.

By comparison, “Mystery He Rode” teaches the lesson cleanliness in a more subtle manner as Chuck and his friends look for Rowdy’s missing horn.  Chuck’s mom emphasizes to the boys that they need to put everything back once they’re done as they search for his horn.  It’s good to see this lesson incorporated into this episode, too.  Even more worthwhile in “Mystery He Rode” isn’t so much that lesson as the lesson of not falsely accusing others without proof.  One of the boys is falsely accused of having taken Rowdy’s missing horn at one point.  But thanks to Chuck pointing out one vital piece of evidence, his name is cleared, and the true location of Rowdy’s horn is revealed.  This is yet another important life lesson that parents will appreciate having been taught.  And kids will easily grasp it too.

Just as important as the lessons on cleanliness and accepting people’s differences, parents will appreciate the lessons of teamwork and honor in the episode, “Keep on Trackin’.”  Chuck and his friends are Junior Spark Plug Scouts in this episode.  During a scavenger hunt of sorts, Chuck and the others learn both of these lessons.  Chuck and Flip end up competing with each other instead of with one another.  They realize in the end that they hadn’t lived up to the teamwork or honor.  But in realizing this, they both earn their honor badges because of their honesty and decision to make up and work together from then on.  Yet again, parents and kids alike have one more important life lesson that even adults could learn from believe it or not.  It’s just one more part of the whole that kids and kids at heart will enjoy with every watch.  The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: When Trucks Fly will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, February 19th.  It can be ordered online direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216660.

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