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Happy Ask Strangers for Candy Day. The one day a year where you show your bank account, creativity and other *ahem* things using the costume on your back. It is a day of spooks and frights. It is a day to further fuel this country’s childhood obesity problem, but enough about that. I am the music critic, not cultural analyst. On this Nightmare Night I thought I’d have a Halloween special of my own. Instead of some overlong skit, a pretty picture, a grimdark fanfic, or a hastily put together album, have a song by song analysis of Aviators album Haunted House- And Other Stories.


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While Season 5 may or may not be a ways off, a little tidbit came across twitter from one Ms. Lena Hall and namely her role in recording some episode lines today.  If her name sounds familiar, you may have heard about her winning the 2014 Tony Music Award for Best Actress in a Music (for her role in Hedwig & the Angry Inch).  It may also be the fact she gave a shout out to My Little Pony when she was asked about inspiration.  The other was Marlon Brando.

Outside of the lights of Broadway, Ms.Hall also does some lead singing and song writing for a band known as The Deafening.

The Deafening is New York to it’s core. A ferocious four piece born of the city’s eternal energy. A raw tribute to it’s defiant crush. With blues beating back and rough punk ethos, The Deafening are the natural heirs to the Bowery’s big bad seventies sound. With wild man Burt Rock on guitar, Dylan Doyle on bass, Mick Harrison whipping back the skins, and Lena Hall wailing her little black heart out, this four piece seeks to return to rock it’s dirty sexy city heart.

With this announcement, it also seems to have brought up questions about Season 5 in general.

Understandable as the community is use to new seasons appearing sometime between September & November.  While there has been no official word from Hasbro, keep in mind the various other projects the DHX crew has been handling, such as Equestria Girls 2, the recent announcement of a MLP feature movie, and of course the laying to rest of The Hub Network and the rise of Discovery Family.  We know many hoped that the announcement of “2015” was like previous years when early announcements pointed to long off dates, but it seems currently rumor mill evidence points to Spring of 2015.

I need to stop making these so long.

“Rainbow Rocks” premiered on Discovery Family (nee Hub Network) last Friday and the numbers are in for all three weekend showings courtesy of Douglas Pucci of TV Media Insights. These figures cite Nielsen Media Research. Friday’spremier showing drew 610,000 viewers which on the all-time list would place it 7th all-time among episodes and Equestria Girls movies. The episodes (two-parters counted as one with median viewership) ahead of “Rainbow Rocks” include “Twilight’s Kingdom” (732,500 median), “Princess Twilight Sparkle” (721,000 median), “Power Ponies” (683,000), “For Whom the Sweeite Belle Toils” (658,000), “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” (644,000), and “Somepony to Watch over Me” (625,000). Counting each episode individually, “Rainbow Rocks would be 10th all-time being the second part of “The Crystal Empire.”

Saturday’s viewing at 12:30pm ET/11:30am CT drew 477,000 viewers while Sunday’s encore at 9:30am drew 357,000. So for the three showings, the combined viewership was 1.544 M viewers, or an average of just under 515,000 a viewing over the weekend. The first “Equestria Girls” movie drew 556,000 viewers in its first airing on September 1st, 2013.

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About two months are left to the release of Shine Together, our fifth charity album!

Thanks to the tremendous work of the music community, the ongoing Seeds of Kindness 3 fund-raiser together with our three previous fund-raisers have raised about $150,000 from online donations alone, supporting various Your Siblings and Engineers Without Borders projects in Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania. We incorporated a few suggestions and rule changes to make this work even better for the musicians, and we would like to ask for your help to support the outstanding work of the Against Malaria Foundation!

Soft deadline: November 22nd, 2014
Hard deadline: December 10th, 2014
Release date: December 20th, 2014

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Friends Forever #11 Preview

Friends Forever #11 Cover by Jay P. Fosgitt

Friends Forever #11 Cover by Jay P. Fosgitt

Plenty of comic stuff happening today! In addition to the release of Friends Forever #10 and January’s solicitations, a preview of Friends Forever #11 has already popped up on iTunes, due to be released on November 5th. Check it out after the break.

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You like Smash Mouth? Me neither. You enjoy the last album I reviewed? You did? Want another laugh of the same vein but with Smash Mouth? Then have I got a deal for you!

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