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

Saudi WTO candidate wants practical pilot at the controls

first_imgTopics : Game-changer He said the WTO had to be reformed to show its members that it could still get things done, particularly by driving through trade negotiations have been blocked up for years.”It’s a crossroads, any way you look at it,” Tuwaijri said.He said the COVID-19 crisis would change world trade and the global economy, making it “a window of opportunity to bring back the multilateral trading system” and therefore make the WTO relevant again.However, he said the moment would be short-lived and if it is missed, “we will have to deal with a much worse scenario in the years to come”.Tuwaijri said he hoped the next WTO chief would be chosen on practicality, the ability to open doors, agility, dynamics and delivery.”My ultimate wish is for the organization to really have the right person for the next four years, because it’s going to be a game-changer,” he said.Rather than elections, the WTO selects its director-general through consensus-building.Nominations closed on July 8 and the five male and three female candidates have been busy making their pitch to member states.The eight are set to be reduced to five on Friday, with a further cull to three set to take place in October and a final decision likely in November.Tuwaijri is up against Liam Fox (Britain); Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt); Amina Mohamed (Kenya); Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria); Jesus Seade (Mexico); Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova) and Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea). The WTO is in paralysis due to the trade war between the United States and China, US President Donald Trump’s mistrust of the global trade body and, according to Tuwaijri, a lack of re-evaluation within the organization itself.”Hence my approach is around practical leadership,” he said.”We need to really listen to members, but be very impartial, give ideas… gradual progress: we cannot have a switch on, switch off.” The World Trade Organization has ground to a halt and needs a pragmatic new director-general to drive through reforms, the Saudi candidate for the job said Wednesday.Mohammad al-Tuwaijri, 53, said the WTO, which was founded in 1995, was due a shake-up.”Twenty-five years; in my mind, every organization in the world — regardless of the external environment, which is severe in our case — must have the fresh restart,” he told the Geneva Press Club. Tuwaijri is one of eight candidates in the running to replace Roberto Azevedo. The Brazilian career diplomat quit the WTO helm at the end of August, a year before his second term was due to expire.Three candidates will get the chop on Friday as WTO member states narrow down the field.A former air force pilot who flew more than 30 Gulf War missions, Tuwaijri was a banker who ran JPMorgan’s fledgling Saudi Arabia operations before joining HSBC.The former Saudi economy minister currently advises the kingdom’s royal court on economic strategy.last_img read more

Volunteers needed at Muscatatuk

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Volunteers are still needed for Disaster Response training at Muscatatuc Training Center on North Vernon. If you can walk, stand, and sit you can participate. Anyone 15 years and older may participate.This could be a great fundraiser for youth organizations, schools, and church groups, service organizations.Need 50 volunteers Thursday, July 25th and 100 volunteers Friday, July 26th. Volunteer one or both days. $80.00 per day / per volunteer.The deadline to register as a volunteer is July 10th.Call Bill McDonald at 812-689-6699 or you can email him at mcdon[email protected]last_img