Members Of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses And Screaming Trees Form New Supergroup [Listen]

first_imgLevee Walkers, a new supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees, has released two new singles “Freedom Song” and “Tears for the West”.  While all three musicians have known each other and played together over the years, this particular project was born out of the Mad Season reunion show – both McCready and Martin were in that group with Alice in Chains’ Layne Stayley – that took place in 2014 at Seattle’s Benoroya Hall.Both songs feature vocals from Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman. Apparently, the band will be releasing more music with additional singers, saying that Coleman is one of only “a handful of select singers who will be putting words and voice to the music of the Levee Walkers. More walkers are coming, as they emerge from the shadows”. Check out “Freedom Song”:On the group’s Facebook page, they are described as, “a Seattle band to be sure, but their roots are firmly dug into the foundational music of blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest. To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek. More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths.” We are looking forward to more music from Levee Walkers.Check out their second single “Tears for the West” below:[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

What’s your ‘opening line’?

first_imgIn my travels throughout the U.S., I make it a habit to routinely stop into both banks and credit unions to see how their service and sales stack up.I visit under the guise that I’ve moved to the area and want to learn more about their financial services. Nine times out of 10, the representatives’ “opening line” consists of pulling out a brochure that outlines all of their products and services and then regaling me with the wonderfulness of everything they offer. Yawn.Recently, I went to a local bank in Houston expecting the same response. But the representative took a completely different approach, catching me completely off-guard. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Angels’ Albert Pujols focused on a healthy winter and a bounceback in ’18

first_imgANAHEIM — The day after the Angels were eliminated, most of their regulars had the day off, but Albert Pujols was not among them.Pujols started on Thursday, as he did again on Friday and for Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.By contrast, as the Angels were playing out the string on a losing season last year, Pujols didn’t play at all over the final five games. He was resting a sore right foot that eventually required surgery, making consecutive offseasons with surgery.As the 37-year-old Pujols enters this winter, he says he’s feeling good, the proof being his presence in the lineup when he could easily be sitting out. On Friday night, he stole a base — which he does occasionally when not held close — and scored from second on a single to left. General Manager Billy Eppler said Pujols has told him he has some work he wants to do, regarding nutrition and conditioning, over the winter. Obviously, if Pujols is in better shape, he has a chance to produce better.“There is no doubt he is going to improve his back-of-the-baseball-card type numbers,” Eppler said. “He’s endured so much. There is just too much this guy has in him to expect anything less. He’s always been a player that has been so driven and so focused on his profession. That has not wavered one bit. I don’t think there’s any reason to expect anything other than a strong performance.”The Angels need it, because Pujols has four years and $114 million remaining on his contract, which means he is an immovable object on the roster. Eppler said he’s going into the winter planning on Pujols being a middle of the order hitter in 2018.“I expect him to do what he does,” Eppler said. “That’s be productive.”The production in 2017 has been limited. Pujols has driven in 101 runs, including one on Saturday night. It’s the result of coming to bat with a league-high 448 runners on base. Pujols still drove in 17.41 percent of them, the highest percentage of any Angels player who batted with at least 100 runners on.Pujols’ .242 batting average would be a career-worst, as would his .287 on-base percentage and .674 OPS. With runners in scoring position, though, Pujols hit .264 with a .323 on-base percentage and a .771 OPS.“I know he’s come through in a lot of big spots, night in and night out, month in and month out,” Eppler said. “He’s still somebody that has a lot of presence in the order, who teams are cautious with.”While other teams may view him as still better than his 2017 stats indicate, there has still been a significant discussion in the media this season of his decline. His WAR (-1.6 on Baseball-Reference and -1.8 on Fangraphs) rank him among the worst players in baseball. Those numbers may be misleading because of the weight placed on fielding and baserunning, which are obviously weaknesses now for Pujols.Pujols is clear on the negative reports about him.“I (couldn’t) care less about you guys,” Pujols said, referring to the media. “I don’t play for you guys. I (couldn’t) care less about what you guys write. You can criticize whatever you want. One hundred RBIs … I’ll take that every time.”His disappointment, he said, is not over his performance, but that the team came up short.“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about the ballclub. We had a shot to be in the postseason and obviously over the last 10 games we took a few steps back. That’s my disappointment. … It (stinks) that tomorrow you’re going to hang the jersey in the locker and then go home and watch the rest of the playoffs when you know you have a team that could have been there.” The prospect of Pujols having a surgery-free winter is the primary reason he and the Angels are optimistic that he can improve his performance in 2018.“Just having a full offseason with my training will be awesome,” Pujols said on Saturday. “The last couple years I haven’t been able to come into camp in better shape, the way I always do.”Pujols said he pushed himself to play following the December procedure on his right plantar fascia. He said during the season he was bothered in May by a sore hamstring and in early September by a knee he jammed on a slide into second, but he’s OK now.Considering that, he said he’s satisfied with the numbers he produced, most specifically a 14th season of 100 RBIs, equaling Alex Rodriguez’s major league record.“I wasn’t even supposed to be ready until May to do baseball activity,” Pujols said. “To be able to go to spring training and be able to start right away doing things slowly, I prepared myself as much as I can for the season.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more