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Rock for Kids: Imagination Movers - 10-4 (Independent / December 10, 2018)

Rock for Kids:
Imagination Movers - 10-4
(Independent / December 10, 2018)
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Take polished modern pop/rock, add family-friendly lyrics and polished production, and you've got the appeal of the Imagination Movers. After spending the last decade touring the world, the Emmy-award winning kids' show rock band has just released a new album of upbeat tracks.

Socks meditates on the joys of collecting socks in an upbeat folk/pop mode, slipping into a funky interlude that begins,

Two googly eyes, and a bottle of glue
Put it all together, and what do you do?

So Glad You're Here sings a message about acceptance to a reggae-ish beat. Tight musicianship keeps the music bouncing along, while nimble vocals and three-part harmony, and countermelodies, flesh out the song.

Talking To The Baby is a hilariously upbeat and funky pop song about baby talk that will have parents laughing along with the little ones.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party is a cool retro tune, a standout track wit…

Eclectic Indie Spirit: Adam Rose - Levitate the Base (Independent / November 11 2018)

Eclectic Indie Spirit:
Adam Rose - Levitate the Base
(Independent / November 11, 2018)
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Pittsburgh native Adam Rose has returned to recording after a hiatus due to illness with an eclectic offering of ambient and instrumental psychadelica. Rose plays guitar, drum kit, hand drums, piano, bass guitar, upright bass, violin, cello, utes of various kinds, didgeridoo, trumpet, and a little kazoo, combining his musicianship with a background in programming and engineering, and also produces the release.

Platinum Grime is a funky track that's reminiscent of old school TV show themes, including fuzzy guitars and wa-wa pedals over a driving beat. Swampy Thang is an inventive take on retro rock, with a meandering beat and spooky guitar line.

Slam Dandy is an upbeat power pop-rock track that showcases his guitar work in a growly mode. Freaky Fried Flapjacks is a standout track with an insistent bass line and interesting rhythms.

In The Glow is another memorable track …

The World’s Best Beaches for 2018©

The World’s Best Beaches for 2018©
The people at Flightnetwork.com have polled travel writers and professionals from around the world to come up with what looks like a good list of the world's most wonderful beaches.

I was asked to be one of the judges/contributors to the list, and it was a pleasure to spend some time thinking about the great beaches of the world. I think our beautiful blue globe has too many beaches for any one list to include all the best, but this is an excellent list with a number of categories. Just click on the titles to check out each list.

World's Top 50 Beaches

FlightNetwork crafted The World’s Best Beaches for 2018©, that highlights the best beaches on almost all continents, by conferring with over 1200 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies, who possess endless travel wisdom. The insights we received helped us create a list of beaches that will help travelers access shores that will leave a magical and indelible imprint.

Peruse through the 411 …

Canadiana/Roots/Rock: Norine Braun - Through Train Windows (Braun and Brains Music / 7 December 2018)

Canadiana/Roots/Rock:
Norine Braun - Through Train Windows
(Braun and Brains Music / 7 December 2018)
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Blues, roots, and soul with a modern sensibility - that's the territory mined by Vancouver based singer songwriter Norine Braun. Last year, she and partner Alice Fraser participated in Via Rail's Riding the Rails tour as an Artist On Board. She traveled more than 6,000 kilometres from Vancouver to Halifax, playing music as the Rocky Mountains changed to prairies, boreal forest, urban areas, until finally reaching the Atlantic. After the experience, she was the Musician in Residence at the Banff Centre, where she penned this collection of songs about her experiences.

Norine's voice is both accomplished and intimate, like someone sitting in your living room telling stories. She takes well worn genres and breathes new life into them with insightful and poetic lyrics and musical compositions that add layers of sound and interest to si…

Jazz CD Release:The Pearcy / Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet - Over the Edge (Independent / 12 October 2018)

Jazz CD Release:
The Pearcy / Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet - Over the Edge
(Independent / 12 October 2018)
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A roster jazz cats from Beantown got together to create this project - The Pearcy/Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet - and it took ten years to compile the original tracks on their release, Over The Edge.

"Our goal in creating Over the Edge was to create a modern album that classic jazz listeners could also enjoy. We made an effort to capture the spirit and tradition of classic quintets from 50's and 60's while mixing in modern elements, particularly in the areas rhythm and song form. We think contemporary jazz can be soulful and fun, but inventive at the same time."
"Over the Edge" is the title of the PGJQ's debut album. It contains 10 original compositions written over the course of nearly a decade by co-leaders Wayne Pearcy (Trumpet) and Aaron Gratzmiller (Saxophone). Joining them is an outstanding rhythm section c…

Indie World Cinema: A Moment In The Reeds - Available in Canada & the US December 4 2018

From a media release:

Indie World Cinema:
A Moment In The Reeds2017 | Drama, Romance | 107 Minutes | Finland / UK | Color 
English and Finnish with English Subtitles

• Available December 4 2018 in Canada & the U.S. on DVD, Blu-Ray & digital download
Check it out at the link

The feature debut of Finnish writer/director Mikko Makela is a moving gay romance between a young Finnish academic and a struggling Syrian refugee, set against an idyllic Finnish summer. Filled with nuanced and sexually charged performances from the film's two openly gay leads, Finnish theatre actor Janne Puustinen, and openly gay Syrian actor Boodi Kabbani (who fled Syria and eventually settled in Finland, where he is based - he is one of the very few openly gay Syrian actors in the world), A MOMENT IN THE REEDS is a potent, inherently political, and remarkably mature exploration of an LGBT immigrant refugee's experience in today's world. 

One of the first LGBT-themed films made in Finland, Makel…

Ian - A Film About Inclusion

From a media release:

Oscar-Qualifying Animated Short by MundoLoco Has Unprecedented Release in Latin America"Ian", available now on YouTube, shares the important message of inclusion
I'm a few days late to spread the word about this short film, but it's a film with a message that is always worth checking it out. On November 30th, Oscar-qualifying film "Ian" was released in an unprecedented joint effort from all major children’s Networks in Latin America: Disney, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, YouTube Kids and Pakapaka in Latin America and YouTube Worldwide.

This emotional film is based on the true story of a boy called Ian. The film was created by Emmy nominee Gastón Gorali, produced by Oscar winner and two-time Emmy winner Juan José Campanella and directed by Abel Goldfarb. This important film aims to help children to understand disability and for the message of inclusion to reach every home.

Ian was born with cerebral palsy. All…

Piano Pop: Gina Graves - And We Rise (Independent / October 15, 2018)

Piano Pop:
Gina Graves - And We Rise
(Independent / October 15, 2018)
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It is my hope that these songs will inspire you to honor the callings of your Soul and appreciate your value in the world, while holding your heart as you dare to stand in the face of difficult challenges. These are songs of hope, redemption, and ultimately Divine Love.
At 46, singer songwriter Gina Graves found herself pregnant, a life changing experience that led her to compose the songs that make up this release. With a background in studying classical music and jazz, and a 20 year career as a professional musician and composer, she plays everything but the drums on this album (handled by brother Rich) and produced the release as well.

Her classical training is evident on tracks like Everything You Are, where her ethereal vocals float above atmospheric keyboard accompaniment that swells into an atmospheric and orchestral arrangement.

There are some lovely vocal harmonies on the release that lend …