Friday, November 30, 2012

41 (DVD)

George H.W. Bush is a rare example of a modern United States President that only served one term (Carter represents the other case in the last 50 years). That alone would provide more than enough fuel for viewers to be fascinated throughout this documentary’s runtime, but there is free and unfettered access to the former president himself. The types of topics that are broached during 41 seem to know no bounds. Whether George H.W. Bush discusses the time spent in military service during World War II or his role in the Persian Gulf offensive or the high role he assigned to environmental knowledge, there is a solid sense that the man knows intimately what he believes. The discussions provide enough depth for political scientists and for history buffs alike, but the affable attitude of 41 will remind viewers alive during his presidency why he was so damn convincing.

HBO has done a tremendous thing in releasing 41; there seems to be a decided lack in coverage of the republican leaders of the nineties. While there are some still in Washington (Gingrich), I feel that the store of the Republican party during the late eighties and early nineties is one that has not been told. Watch 41 are get educated about the formative years of the internet, the downfall of the former Soviet Union, and what it was like to be President during this interesting time. Online retailers and a great many brick and mortar stores will have 41 in stock.

Rating: 8.5/10

41 (DVD) / 2012 HBO Entertainment / 100 Minutes /

41 (DVD)

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Indie-alt-folk band von Grey will kick off a tour with Company of Thieves on January 23, 2013 at The Bishop in Bloomington, IN. The run will include shows at World Café in Philadelphia (1/29), New York City’s Highline Ballroom (1/31) and Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (2/4).

The band, which recently wrapped up a West Coast tour with Lindsey Stirling, is currently on tour in the South and will play the 2013 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, scheduled for January 18-20 and featuring such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Suzanne Vega, Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. See below for itinerary.

“von Grey is poised to make a splash in the pop scene,” predicted the Santa Barbara News Press while hailed the quartet as an “Artist to Watch,” praising their “incredible musicianship…and intricate harmonies.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution urged: “see them now, because a few years down the road, you might have to pay big bucks for nosebleed seats in an arena to catch these talented musicians” while American Songwriter observed: “When your song is the most added to Triple A Radio, behind Mumford & Sons’ latest single, you know you’re doing something right. That’s the case for von Grey and ‘Coming For You’…”

You can check out von Grey performing “Coming For You,” the lead single from the group’s self-titled EP, and several other songs in The Bing Lounge at KINK FM in Portland, OR at

The classically trained Alpharetta, GA sisters recorded the EP with GRAMMY® winner Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Train, The Gaslight Anthem). von Grey - comprising Annika (lead vocals, violin, banjo, guitar, keys), Fiona (lead vocals, guitar, violin, percussion), Petra (keys, lap steel guitar, background vocals) and Kathryn (cello, bass, mandolin, keys, background vocals) – has performed upwards of 200 shows in the past two years, from recurring residency tours at intimate venues throughout the southeastern U.S. to supporting gigs with such artists as Sarah McLachlan.

von Grey – Upcoming Tour Dates

11/28 – Louisville, KY @ WFPK Winter Wednesday Series w/Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons

11/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/Parachute

12/7 – Sautee, GA @ Sautee Nacoochee Center

12/8 – Savannah, GA @ Tubby’s Tankhouse Thunderbolt – 5th Annual Yuletide Jam benefiting Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

12/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Grocery on Home

12/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Eddie’s Attic

1/11 – Sandy Springs, GA @ Steve’s Live Music

1/18-20 – Walton County, FL @ 30A Songwriters Festival

1/23 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/Company of Thieves

1/24 -  Urbane, IL @ The Canopy Club w/Company of Thieves

1/25 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway w/Company of Thieves

1/26 -  Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre w/Company of Thieves

1/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/Company of Thieves

1/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café w/Company of Thieves

1/30 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall w/Company of Thieves

1/31 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/Company of Thieves

2/1 – Albany, NY @ The Bayou w/Company of Thieves

2/2 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head Tavern w/Company of Thieves

2/4 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java w/Company of Thieves

3/23 -  Hayesville, NC @ Peacock Theatre

Additional dates to be announced.



GLAMOUR OF THE KILL has issued a studio update surrounding their new record due out next year. Click HERE or the image above to view! GLAMOUR OF THE KILL is currently tucked away in Rochester, Michigan with producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack) working on their follow up to “The Summing” which came out last year.

“The Summoning” release in the US was followed by a successful run on the INKED MUSIC TOUR featuring ALESANA. With such momentum, the band is set to release some of their most ferocious material to date. Such accolades include:

“Glamour Of The Kill are one of the UK’s brightest young hopes.” – Kerrang!

“The UK has a new crossover phenomenon in the making.” – Metal Hammer

“Glamour Of The Kill have been thrown in at the deep end and seem to be loving the water!” – Big Cheese

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL now have their sights set on the world beyond their native England, with the strength of their homeland fanbase securely supporting them. British invasions from the Beatles to Oasis to Maiden have come in waves and GOTK are ready to seize their opportunity.

“We started a band because this is what we love to do,” adds frontman Richmond.  “You get to do what you love and have thousands of other people enjoy it with you. I couldn’t ask for anything more. As long as we love what we are doing, we are going to take it as far as we can.”


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Does Your Health Insurance Cover Air Ambulance?

If someone asked you what areas a health insurance covers, then you would know that generally it includes maternity and some common illnesses that also include emergency services. But do you know if your health insurance includes Air ambulance services as well or not?

Considering the heavy expenses that are incurred on air ambulance services, it makes sense to check with your insurance provider to cover air ambulance in your insurance deal. After all, you wouldn’t want to compromise on the health of a family member to save some bucks.

Emergencies come un-knocked, so staying prepared for the worst but hoping for the best is the strategy you should follow. Here are the reasons why air ambulance services have become so popular and are constantly in demand with the insurance providers nowadays:

1.         Air Ambulance Provides Emergency Care in “Golden Hour”

Air ambulance is one of the most important aspects of emergency services. It makes use of aircrafts to get patients to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In extreme emergency cases, a land ambulance may fail to deliver a patient to the doctor’s care, in the crucial ‘golden hour’. The ‘golden hour’ is the term used, in medical circles, for the small window of time, when adequate medical services can be given to a patient to revive his life.

In such situations, an air ambulance can reach the patient, quickly. Such ambulances house paramedics, and other medical supplies, so that the patient maybe treated to some degree, before he reaches the proper medical center. In severe cases, such preliminary medical attention can bridge the fast shortening gap between a patient’s life and death.

2.         They Increase Survival Rate of Patients

The reason for the popularity of air ambulances is that since they help get the patient medical attention quickly, they increase the chances of survival.

3.         The Cost of Air Ambulance is a Lot More Expensive in Comparison to Land Ambulance

The conventional ground ambulance is very affordable, and most insurance companies cover its cost. On the other hand, the maintenance of an air ambulance requires heavy expenses. As a result, they are very costly, with bills running to the tune of several thousands of dollars.  Yet, considering the immense support that they can provide to a critically unwell patient, they can be the only option of survival for a patient.

Make sure that your health insurance covers air ambulance so that you not only get medical attention urgently but also so that you don’t have to pay too much out of your pocket for this medical attention. In case, the coverage appears insufficient to you, you may have to negotiate with your agent, and get a raise in coverage.

Read the fine print before you opt for a plan that comes closest to your expectations of air ambulance coverage. One common aspect that people tend to ignore, when they are getting health insurances done, relates to the clauses on ambulance services. Considering the increase in the number of cardiac arrests, roadside accidents, and other emergency health problems, the need for an ambulance can arise at any time.

If you are not well prepared, the charges for such ambulances can leave a deep dent in your pocket. For this reason, air ambulance coverage by your health insurance policy is absolutely essential. But not just ground ambulance, in the current scenario, air ambulance is also becoming a necessity.

People tend to go with market trends, and advice of friends, when they make their crucial health insurance choice. If you want air ambulance coverage, however, you need to make a more informed choice.

Does Your Health Insurance Cover Air Ambulance?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Helloween To Release New Album Straight Out Of Hell

Do we really have to worry? Is our civilization standing right on the edge of the abyss? Is the Maya calendar actually right, predicting the end of the world on December 21, 2012? New age circles are convinced that the apocalyptic prophecy can be derived from the Mesoamerican civilization’s calendar. “Complete bullshit”, reckons Andi Deris, singer of German melodic metal band Helloween. “We will all survive the year 2012 and face an even more positive and energetic future.” Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on their latest studio album Straight Out Of Hell, scheduled right after the alleged doomsday on January 22, 2013. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themself: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Großkopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner. Weikath: “Straight Out Of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With The Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”

Helloween’s guitarist is referring to tracks such as “Make Fire Catch The Fly”, “Far From the Stars”, “Church Breaks Down”, the title track (written by bass player Markus Großkopf), and the straightforward “Years” – all of them racing through the terrain at full speed. In addition, there is the complex and passionate “Burning Sun” by Michael Weikath, which Deris refers to short and sweet as “one of Weik’s highspeed masterpieces” (the limited edition will feature a special Hammond version in memory of Deep Purple’s recently deceased organ player Jon Lord). “World Of War” by Sascha Gerstner convinces with thrashy guitar riffs, demonstrating Helloween’s impressive virtuosity. Deris: “What’s so special about this band, is the fact that we were always allowed to do anything we wanted, or – even if we allegedly weren’t – did it anyway. Even the at the time slightly tabooed “The Dark Ride” initially earned us negative reviews, but ended up with multiple Gold Awards. That’s the kind of freedom you feel on Straight Out Of Hell as well – we didn’t let anybody or anything put pressure on us.”

But Helloween wouldn’t be Helloween if Straight Out Of Hell would not feature the band’s other, slightly more groovy side as well. With “Waiting For The Thunder” Deris has – in his own words – contributed “a rock song reminding of the old Pink Cream 69 tunes”. Gerstner lets off steam on “Asshole” and complements the album with “Hold Me In Your Arms”, a wonderful ballad, providing the desired antithesis to the otherwise extremely energetic record. Speaking of energy: the determination that has always been an integral part of the Helloween camp was captured perfectly by their producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the band’s own MiSueno studio in Tenerife. Bauerfeind consciously created a raw sound, keeping the edge of Helloween’s new songs and working without computer-controlled devices. “With a world-class drummer like Dani Löble in the studio you don’t need click tracks or computer support”, Markus Großkopf praises his drummer. “Thanks to Dani, the whole album breathes pure authenticity, which distinguishes Straight Out Of Hell from lots of other artists’ productions. In addition, the new album sounds more compact and homogeneous than 7 Sinners has, and is one of the fastest releases in Helloween’s history.”

Also, there are significant differences in a number of topics Helloween tackle on Straight Out Of Hell. The best example of the ability to think outside the box of pure metal cliché is their first single release “Nabataea”, which Helloween’s singer wrote during a holiday. The song is about the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle Eastern region, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabataean city Petra, hidden behind a cliff scenery and only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, is the origin of many myths and legends. Deris: “We took the liberty to tell this exciting culture’s whole story, although the song therefore lasts more than seven minutes. Truth be told, if there had been more to tell, the track would have been even longer.”

Helloween To Release New Album Straight Out Of Hell

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