The Dead Daisies Celebrate July 4th Weekend With Another ‘Live & Louder’ Track

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The Dead Daisies is celebrating the nation’s birthday in a very special way next week.

The band announced Thursday that it will present its cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘American Band’ from its recently released live recording Live & Louder.  The song’s release will be followed by the debut of a companion video on July 4 according to a press release from the band.

Front man John Corabi discussed the band’s history with the song in a recent video, pointing out the band’s link to the song started during an Asian tour in support of America’s military.

“We first did ‘American Band’ by Grand Funk Railroad for our troops in South Korea,” Corabi said.  “We wanted to bring a little bit of something “American” to our men and women in uniform, and give them a taste of home.  So what better way than a American tune by a legendary American band?  The song went over so well, we decided to keep playing it and subsequently recorded it for our Live & Louder album.  Enjoy the Daisies version, the video and the FREEDOM the troops are fighting for on this celebration of our independence as a young, sovereign nation!!!”

Audiences can stream and download the band’s live take of ‘American Band’ online now via Spotify, iTunes and its official website.  More information on the band’s “new” song and video is available online now along with the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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TesseracT Debuts New Single, Video; Launches New Live Schedule

Tesseract is back.

The U.K.-based progressive metal outfit unveiled its new single ‘Smile’ and its companion lyric video this week.  The previously unreleased song was recorded at 4D Studios in Brighton and Celestial Sound Studios in Notts, UK, and produed by Acle Kahney early this spring.

Tesseract Smile Video Grab

The band described the new song as “its most collaborative track in recent years,” with its vocals playing an integral part in bringing it to life. The band’s members added the song’s bass line strengthened the song even more by serving as the backbone for its chorus.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins explained the lyrical concept behind the song is somewhat metaphysical.

“Lyrically, ‘Smile’ carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore the darkest side of the human condition,” Tompkins said.  “The song will witness the manifestation of an ‘entity.’ Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness.  Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form.”

Bassist Amos Williams expanded on Tompkins’ thoughts, saying the song, in its current form, is just one example of what audiences can expect from the band’s next, in-the-works album.

“We chose this track as although it is part of a greater theme, and is in fact toward the end of a story arc, it stands alone very well,” Williams said.  “We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is no way finished.  It is merely one step in a journey.”

Williams went on to discuss his own part in the song’s creation, saying a lot of time and thought was put into the bass’ line as it worked with the rest of the song.

“The verses and choruses stand very far apart from each other,” Williams said.  “There is a tension we wished to build through a minimalist approach, with small phrases that repeat against accompanying parts of different lengths.  These undulate, seemingly getting lost against the non-conventional phrasing of the drums.  All this is nothing new to TesseracT fans, but this time we have really looked to align the lyrical and musical messages.”

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The band’s release this week of ‘Smile’ and its companion video was intentionally timed, as the band has hit the road on a new string of live dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah.  The bands’ tour launched June 23 in Big Flats, NY, and currently runs through July 11 in Pittsburg, PA.  TesseracT also has its own string of headlining dates lined up from July 1 to July 13.  TesseracT’s current live schedule is noted below.

WITH MEGADETH + MESHUGGAH
6/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
6/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavillion
6/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
6/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
7/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
7/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
7/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Centre
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEHEADLINE:
7/01/17 – Indianapolis IN – The Emerson Theater
7/05/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
7/06/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/12/17 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room

7/13/17 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Grill

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‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie’ Re-Issue Is A Wild Visual High For Viewers

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The screwball comedy is a lost art in today’s mainstream movie industry.  As a matter of fact, it is a lost art in the movie industry in whole.  At one point, great classic screwball comedies such as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Some Like It Hot and other similar stories once made the movie industry great.  Today, it seems like overly dramatic works and brainless shoot-‘em-up action flicks run things across the board.  Thankfully, Shout! Factory will soon give audiences an alternative to that endless sea of cookie-cutter theatrical and home releases when it re-issues the classic 1980 stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie on Blu-ray.

For those who have never seen this completely outrageous production, it takes the screwball comedy to a whole new level.  Put simply, the hybrid of its screwball and stoner elements puts it into a category all its own; one that many have tried to emulate, but that few have succeeded at copying.  It is not a movie for children due to its drug and sexual content.  Because it is also its own brand of screwball/stoner comedy, it is also very much a niche production.  Even with that in mind, it is still a movie that any comedy fan should see at least once especially now that it will be re-issued next week, if only for that content, which is one of its key elements.  The movie’s story is just as important to note in examining the movie’s overall presentation and will be discussed later.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin about the movie’s making rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is, obviously important in its own right.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of the classic stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of the most outrageous offerings of its type.  Few, if any, movies before or after have ever been able to equal the level of comedic output produced by this movie.  That is due in no small part to its content.  From raunchy bathroom humor to full-on adult jokes about drugs and sex to a completely out of this world visit from a UFO and more, the content in this movie hits on so many different comedic elements.  At the same time, the rapid fire delivery of all of the jokes (which are clearly products of their time) works alongside that vast range of comedic elements to leave viewers wondering what the duo will do next throughout the course of the movie’s 95-minute run time.  On the downside, there is so much going on that by the time the movie reaches its final act, it does have a slightly negative impact on the movie’s pacing.  Luckily though, that doesn’t happen until late in the movie’s run.  Keeping that in mind, the type and amount of content presented throughout Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, while obviously not meant for children (and likely won’t reach everyone) makes it worth at least one watch as well as one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It is just one of the elements that makes this re-issue such a surprise hit.  The movie’s story is another key element that deserves to be discussed in examining the movie’s overall presentation.

The content at the heart of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie forms the foundation of this movie’s entertainment.  One part stoner flick and one part screwball comedy, the combination of those elements’ content makes this raucous comedy one of the most original of its kind.  It is only one of the key elements that makes this movie stand so starkly apart from its counterparts past and present.  Its story is just as important to discuss in examining its overall presentation as its content.  The story, as Marin notes in the re-issue’s new bonus interview, may seem like it’s all over the place at first glance.  However, a closer watch shows it actually does follow a structured continuum of sorts.  What is really interesting is that though Marin provides the bonus interview (which will be discussed shortly), Tommy Chong is in fact the movie’s real star.  That is because in this story, viewers go along with Tommy and his friend Dwayne “Red” Mendoza (obviously Marin plays Mendoza here) while Cheech waits back at the pair’s house for his girlfriend Donna (Evelyn Guerrero—Blood In, Blood Out; The Toolbox Murders; …And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him) to come by.  Every now and then, audiences are taken back to check on Cheech during the course of the movie’s second and third act.  But by and large, Tommy Chong is the real star of this movie as he and “Mendoza” ride around town smoking lots of marijuana and getting into all kinds of mischief.  The content of those misadventures couples with the story to make the movie its own visual high for viewers.  Again, it won’t appeal to everyone, but those elements together will definitely entertain its key audiences.  Keeping this in mind, the movie’s story is not the last of its key elements.  The bonus interview with Marin that comes with the movie’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.

The story and content presented in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie are both pivotal to its overall presentation.  Both in themselves and collectively, they create a visual and cinematic experience unlike anything that has come before and after.  They are not its only important elements.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Marin discusses in his interview, which only runs maybe 10 minutes at the most, the approach that he and Tommy Chong took in writing the movie (yes, they wrote the movie’s story and it shows), battling with other creative forces to keep certain scenes in, the duo’s own career history and even that of one Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-Wee Herman) who makes an appearance in this movie and so much more.  The interview isn’t in-depth per se.  However, it does offer audiences new and old alike a new view on the movie, its creation, and what makes it one of those movies that stands the test of time.  When this is considered along with the movie’s story and its overall content, viewers will agree that regardless of their familiarity with the movie, it is unlike any other stoner or even screwball comedy out there and deserves at least one watch.  All things considered, it is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issue.  Scheduled for release next Tuesday, June 13, it is unlike any other stoner and/or screwball comedy that has come before or after.  That is obvious in the movie’s outrageous content (which is only fitting for adult audiences) and its equally outrageous, yet somehow structured story.  The bonus interview with star Cheech Marin about the movie rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important to the movie in its own right, as has been discussed.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie a surprisingly refreshing break from the endless sea of dramas and mindless action flicks currently filling America’s theaters.  Considering this, they combine to make the movie one of the year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Heads To Brazil For New ‘Nature’ Episode

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PBS is taking audiences to South America next month with the second of tow new episodes of its hit wildlife series Nature.

Nature: Hotel Armadillo will be released Tuesday, June 20 exclusively on DVD.  The program takes audiences on a journey to Brazil’s remote 80,000+ square foot Pantanal wet land in search of the elusive Giant Armadillo.

Very little is known about the solitary, nocturnal creature.  That is why the conservation biologist Arnaud Desbiez and members of the Giant Armadillo Project, which is supported by more than 40 zoos and aquariums worldwide, set out to find the animals.

Desbiez and company took specialized equipment on their journey to capture pictures and footage of the giant armadillo in its natural habitat, and learn much more than they ever expected in the process.  They discover once the armadillo vacates its burrow, which can be as deep as 20-feet, the burrow is used for both food and shelter by any number of other animals.

Along with the discovery of the semi-symbiotic relationship between the giant armadillo and other animals, the research team also discovers the armadillo’s wide home range.  It also presents a serious man-made danger facing the creature, which plays such a crucial part in Pantanal’s ecosystem—ranchers who burn the area to promote vegetative growth.

The DVD’s run time is approximately one hour. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Eagles Of Death Metal, Eagle Rock Entertainment Partner For New Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagles of Death Metal have partnered to release a very special new live recording from the band.

I Love You All The TimeLive at the Olympia in Paris will be released Aug. 4, 2017. Originally recorded Feb. 16, 2016 at the Olympia Hall, the concert was the band’s tribute to those who lost their lives during the band’s performance at the Bataclan Theatre on Nov. 13, 2015, only months prior to this concert. Audiences can check out a clip of the concert online now here.

The band’s concert at the Olympia Hall was part of its Nos Amis Tour, and features a number of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Complexity,’ ‘Don’t Speak (I Came To Make a Bang),’ and ‘Cherry Cola,’ ‘I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News), a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save A Prayer’ and others.  The recording’s full set list is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING
1) Intro: Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S’Éveille
2) I Only Want You
3) Don’t Speak (I Came To Make A Bang!)
4) So Easy
5) Complexity
6) Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
7) I Love You All The Time
8) Cherry Cola
9) The Reverend
10) Got A Woman
11) I Got A Feelin’ (Just Nineteen)
12) Stuck In The Metal
13) Miss Alissa
14) I Like To Move In The Night
15) Secret Plans
16) Wannabe In L.A.
17) Bag O’ Miracles
18) Save A Prayer
19) I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)
20) Speaking In Tongues

Front man and band co-founder Jesse Hughes spoke to the audience before the concert, stressing the band felt finishing the concert that was so tragically cut short in November was the right thing to do. He said the city’s support of the band drove the group to decide it had to finish its previous concert as a way to honor those fans and the fans who lost their lives in that horrible event.

“The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love toward this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month,” Hughes said.  “Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming.  Not returning to finish our set was never an option.”

As an additional bonus for fans, the band and Eagle Rock Entertainment have also included a trio of live performances from the band’s Oct. 2015 performance at L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom.  Those performances are of the songs ‘Anything ‘Cept The Truth,’ ‘Bad Dream Mama’ and ‘Shasta Beast.’  These bonus clips are not included in the recording’s 2CD platform.

That 2CD platform is just one of the platforms on which the recording will be made available.  It will also be available on DVD and digital video/audio platforms through UMe.

More information on I Love You All The TimeLive at the Olympia Paris is available online now along with all of Eagles of Death Metal’s latest news and more at:

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Craft Recordings To Re-Issue Monk/Coletrane Collection On Vinyl Next Month

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Craft Records will re-issue a collection of live recordings from John Coletrane and Thelonious Monk next month.

Thelonious Monk with John Coletrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings will be released June 9 in a deluxe vinyl box set and can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon. The new re-issue will feature new box art, rare photos and 1800-gram vinyl discs re-mastered from the recordings’ original analog masters.  The recordings will be available on hi-res digital platforms, too.

Audiences can watch a video presenting the collection’s unboxing online now here.  Craft Recordings President Sig Sigworth said the importance of the collection made it an obvious choice for a first impression from the fledgling company.

“Craft Recordings is built on a dedication to create innovative, high-quality releases,” Sigworth said.  “The intersection of John Coletrane and Thelonious Monk in 1957 defines high-quality and innovation, so it was an easy choice to have this unique package be Craft Recordings’ debut release.”

The upcoming collection holds special significance being released this year because 2017 marks what would have been Monk’s 100th birthday.  He and Coletrane are not the only big jazz names featured on the recordings.  Also featured in the collection are the likes of Art Blakey, Wilbur Ware, Coleman Hawkins, Shadow Wilson, Ray Copeland and Gigi Gryce.

The collection’s liner notes were written by Orrin Keepnews.

The complete track listing for the 3-LP collection is noted below.

Track List:

Disc One           

A1. Monk’s Mood [false start]

A2. Monk’s Mood

A3. Crepuscule with Nellie [take 1]

A4. Crepuscule with Nellie [take 2]

A5. Crepuscule with Nellie [breakdown]

B1. Blues for Tomorrow [first stereo release]

B2. Crepuscule with Nellie [edited: retakes 4 & 5]

Disc Two

A1. Crepuscule with Nellie [retake 6]

A2. Off Minor [take 4]

A3. Off Minor [take 5]

A4. Abide with Me [take 1]

A5. Abide with Me

B1. Ephistrophy [short version]

B2. Ephistrophy

B3. Well, You Needn’t [opening]

Disc Three                                       

A1. Well, You Needn’t

A2. Ruby, My Dear [with Coleman Hawkins]

B1. Ruby, My Dear [with John Coltrane]

B2. Nutty

B3. Trinkle, Tinkle

More information on Thelonious Monk with John Coletrane: The Complete 1957 Recordings is available online now at http://craftrecordings.com.

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Red Sox, Orioles Open 4-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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The Red Sox will play host to the Orioles Monday night live on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.

Monday night’s game is the first in a four-game series between the American League East opponents.  It replaces the network’s previously scheduled Indians-Tigers matchup.  The game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET and is subject to local blackout restrictions in each teams’ markets.

Chris Sale is expected to get the start for Boston, though mlb.com has Rick Porcello scheduled as the starter for the Red Sox.  Dylan Bundy is expected to take the mound for the Orioles.

Monday night’s series opener between the Sox and the “Orange Birds” is certain to be an interesting one, going by the numbers.  Baltimore is currently in the midst of a two-game skid, but is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The team’s weakness is that it has performed better at home (8 – 3) so far this season than on the road (6 – 5).

By comparison, Boston has also performed far better at home (8 – 5) so far this season than on the road (4 – 6) but not quite as impressively as Baltimore.  Boston is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games and looking to bounce back Sunday from a 7 – 4 loss against the Chicago Cubs.

Win or lose in that series-ending game, Boston will be hungry for another “W.”  Looking at the overall picture painted by those numbers, Monday night’s game could go to either team.

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