Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Complete, Live Rehearsals Are In Action

first_img@_JackWinstanley he told me he’d got a new hat for the gorillaz tour and started dancing I’m literally crying— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017Dope.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] One lucky fan had a glorious interaction with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, who apparently revealed that the new album is “finished” and that live tour rehearsals are currently in practice. Jack Winstanley was waiting outside a venue that he works at when he scored the conversation with Albarn, then proceeded to share the news with the world in a series of tweets. See below:DAMON FUCKING ALBARN pic.twitter.com/z4ZQ5z0asA— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017 @sidneyphlegm he says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! — Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 23, 2017last_img read more

RIP Glen Campbell: From Sinatra to Rhinestone Cowboy

first_imgCountry-pop legend Glen Campbell passed away yesterday at the age 81 from Alzheimer’s complications. While those closest to him lost a beloved husband, father, and trusted friend, the world lost a musician who made an indelible mark on the music scene. His battle with the insidious disease and his final concert tour was the subject of the 2014 documentary I’ll Be Me. Campbell’s solo career began in 1961, and over the next five decades, he sold 45 million records, won every conceivable award possible as a country and pop musician (including four Grammys in one night!), and contributed to some of the most famous songs ever recorded. Hell, in 1968, he outsold The Beatles. As part of Phil Spector’s legendary coterie of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, Campbell helped make parts of hit songs from Frank Sinatra to The Monkees and even The Beach Boys.In a statement released yesterday, his surviving family said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”In honor of the late Mr. Campbell, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to look at some of his career highlights. We have his chart topping solo work and a few of his most famous session contributions on tap. Check out the videos below for a peek at the amazing range of material he produced over the course of his singularly impressive career below.Glen Campbell, “Witchita Lineman”Though Dean Martin’s version of “Witchita Lineman” was more popular in Europe, in America, the song was always best known as performed by Glen Campbell. As one of his earliest solo chart toppers, it became part of his incredibly popular late-sixties run of classics.The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” The Wrecking Crew faced one of their biggest challenges when they helped The Beach Boys bring the legendary psychedelic masterpiece Pet Sounds to life. As always, Campbell and his cohorts managed to create unforgettable music without ever overshadowing the sound of the artists they were backing.Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy”Campbell experienced a resurgence in popularity in the late seventies and early eighties, which included the insanely catchy “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The popularity of the song led to a nationwide country-music craze that saw mechanical bulls and cowboy hats fill bars across the nation. Frank Sinatra, “Strangers In the Night”Campbell would always refer to providing back-up for Frank Sinatra in the midst of his heyday as one of his greatest career highlights. Campbell’s work on “Strangers In The Night” was like all of his studio work—exactly what was needed, no more, no less.Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”From 1969 to 1972, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was a hit on the CBS network as part of their “rural” block of programming. Campbell’s cover of John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind” served as the theme song throughout the show’s run and was etched into the mind of millions of regular viewers.Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tambourine Man”To help thicken out Bob Dylan’s take on “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Campbell was brought in to get the guitar sound perfected to compliment Dylan’s off-tone vocals. The result became one of pop’s most enduring songs.Glen Campbell, “Southern Nights”Glen Campbell scored one his biggest hits with an unlikely cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights.” The song served as the title track for his 32nd record and helped Campbell score yet another top ten track.The Monkees, “I’m A Believer” As part of The Wrecking Crew, Campbell’s contribution to The Monkees caused a huge controversy when word that the band hadn’t played their own instruments broke. Check out the rock solid guitar work by Campbell on “I’m A Believer.”Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”Glen Campbell’s last single, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” was part of his Academy Award-nominated documentary I’ll Be Me. The track is a poignant final statement from this legendary artist, and though he lost the award, the song lives on forever.The Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”We thought that The Righteous Brothers and their classic hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” best summed up how we feel about Mr. Campbell’s passing. The world did indeed lose a little bit of love, but the joy Campbell created will be inspiring a loving feeling for generations to come.last_img read more

Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Robert Randolph, TAZ To Perform As “Mempho All-Stars Play Dead”

first_imgOn Friday, October 6, the “Mempho All-Stars” have announced an off-site, late-night performance at Minglewood Hall that will celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead. The “Mempho All-Stars Play Dead” will be supercharged by Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, ARU), Steve Kimock (RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends), Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Wally Ingram (Timbuk 3, Stockholm Syndrome, David Lindley, Cheryl Crow), Ike Stubblefield, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Papa Mali (7 Walkers), Eric McFadden (P-Funk Allstars), DJ Logic, Leslie Mendelson, Lamar Williams Jr. (Les Brers), and MonoNeon.The “Mempho All-Stars Play Dead” will hit the stage at 12:30am to allow for festival-goers to make it after the final act, following DJ Logic & Friends who will be performing at 11:30PM for those looking to start the party early. Tickets start at $20 for Mempho Music Festival ticketholders, and increase to $30 for Mempho Music Festival non-ticketholders. All tickets are on-sale now here.A similar iteration of the “Mempho All-Stars” will perform the Saturday late-night party on October 7, 2017 at the festival grounds. The Super Jam will honor the fallen southern rock greats who passed away earlier this year, founding members of the Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, and Col. Bruce Hampton.Oteil Burbridge, Robert Randolph, John Popper, Eric Krasno, & More Set For Mempho All-Stars JamSponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, the “Mempho All-Stars Play Dead” show will benefit the new “Learn To Rock” program, which aims to build bridges throughout the Memphis community by educating students about the city’s rich musical history. Through the “Learn To Rock” program, 2,000 tickets to MEMPHO will be distributed to music teachers and students throughout the greater Memphis region, including the Shelby County Schools, Memphis Music Initiative, City Leadership (Teach for America, Memphis Teacher Residency), and Soulsville Foundation (Stax Music Academy and Soulsville Charter School).Booker T & Steve Cropper To Lead Memphis Tributes At Mempho Music FestivalMEMPHO Music Festival will be honoring Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steve Cropper and Booker T Jones’s legendary influence on Stax Records and Memphis music with a special tribute on October 7, 2017. First off, BOOKER T PRESENTS: A STAX REVUE & A JOURNEY THROUGH SOUL, BLUES and R&B will perform the main stage, followed by a performance from Steve Cropper & Friends, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Dead & Company), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Eddie Floyd (wrote “Knock on Wood” with Cropper), as well as legendary keyboardist Lester Snell (Isaac Hayes, Shaft, B3 organ), drummer and cousin to Al Jackson, Steve Potts, trombonist Victor Sawyer, and tenor sax player Jim Spake. The back-to-back sets will serve as a continuous tribute to Memphis’s roots in music, as led by the legends themselves.Learn more about next weekend’s festival here.last_img read more

Latin Oration Fanaye Yirga | Harvard Commencement 2013

first_imgLatin Speaker Fanaye Yirga speaks at the 362nd Harvard Commencement Ceremony at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013.Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office holds a competition to select an undergraduate speaker, a graduate student speaker, and a Latin speaker. (The latter is a graduating senior and typically a classics concentrator, though rogue classicists with a knack for the dead language are welcome to submit.) At Morning Exercises on May 30, the chosen three gave their addresses before an audience of tens of thousands gathered in Tercentenary Theatre.Read our story for more information on the speakers.last_img

Notre Dame physicists research traffic

first_imgNotre Dame researchers, including professor of theoretical physics Zoltán Toroczkai and graduate student Yihui Ren, recently completed a model that will predict traffic patterns based on physics principles and published their work in the journal “Nature Communications.”“The motivation of this work is twofold, intellectual inquisitiveness and practical application,” Ren said. “By observing a complicated system, [physicists] always wonder whether there is a simple fundamental underlying principle driving this system. Human mobility on road networks is such a problem. It is also an old problem.”Ren said the desire to design a model to predict traffic patterns was born out of dissatisfaction with previous models.“We found that most researchers [used] gravity laws to study traffic within urban areas,” he said. “… We found this [to be] unsatisfactory. … An urban area is not a closed system, [and] traffic could come from outside of the city. [Dissatisfaction] is a good thing; it indicates there is room for improvement.”Improvement was made through what Ren described as a long and complicated but ultimately rewarding research period in which he collaborated with and received advice from both Toroczkai and fellow physicist Dr. Maria Ercsey-Ravasz of Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. The result was a model that can predict traffic values on a roadway network based on the network structure and the geographic distribution of the population. The model, Ren said, accomplishes three major milestones.“The first is the first-principles nature of our model, [which] enables its usage on any roadway network without knowing traffic data,” Ren said. “The second accomplishment is high accuracy. By comparing with the empirical data, our model can yield a high linear correlation coefficient around 0.75, which is a validation of the correctness of our model.“The third is high computational efficiency. … It can reduce a 24-hour computation to several hours … but still keep a good result.”The model takes into account the unpredictability of humans as they choose their destinations and the routes to those destinations, according to a press release.The factoring in of one’s choice of destination was based on an earlier traffic prediction model developed by Filippo Simini and Marta González that “takes into account the reasons why people travel, such as commuting to a job. That study is coupled with a model of the cost considerations people use to choose which path to take, such as favoring a quicker interstate route over a shorter but slower road.”Ren said their research is “significantly meaningful in … real world practice” and has a practical application when considering, for example, damage to road networks caused by events such as earthquakes. After such events, populations relocate, and the construction of new roads is necessary to mitigate damage.Predicting traffic patterns more accurately could help “evaluate road construction” before costly plans are drawn up and initiated, Ren said.“Our model is ideal for this purpose,” he said.Tags: Construction, department of physics, Physics, roads, theoretical physics, trafficlast_img read more

Glenn Close & the Cast of Sunset Boulevard Celebrate Opening Night

first_img© Justin “Squigs” Robertson Everything’s as if we never said good-bye! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard officially opens on February 9 at the Palace Theatre. The Lonny Price-helmed revival stars Glenn Close as faded star Norma Desmond, reprising the role for which she won a Tony Award in 1995.Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard follows Norma Desmond, who seduces Joe Gillis (played by Michael Xavier), a struggling screenwriter, into working on the flop film she believes will put her back into the spotlight.To honor the Tony-winning musical’s anticipated Great White Way return, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave the cast, including Close, Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson, the Broadway Ink treatment. Of course, Norma Desmond’s twisted world appears in black and white, with splashes of shiny gold and deep red.Broadway.com wishes Sunset Boulevard’s cast the greatest opening night of all and a run filled with new ways to dream. Experience the revival at the Palace Theatre through May 28! Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Sunset Boulevard View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017last_img read more

Spring Is An Event In Chesapeake, Virginia.

first_img Hundreds of kayakers and canoeists from across the East Coast launchtheir vessels into the Dismal Swamp Canal’s cool calm waters. The historic waterway serves as the backdrop for the annual 7.5-mile paddling excursion to the Virginia/North Carolina border. Click here for more information. April kicksoff our summer Food Truck Series, where at least once a week, food trucksgather in one of our parks – complete with children’s activities, liveentertainment and a variety of fresh, local food. For our full schedule of events, go to VisitChesapeake.com Paddle for the Border – May 4, 2019 Food Truck Hump Days center_img Chesapeake Jubilee – May 16-19, 2019 Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival – April 6, 2019 If it’s Mayin Chesapeake, it’s strawberry season – and our farmers’ markets are abuzz withactivity. The heart and soul of our local flavor, our working farms offerfresh, locally prepared foods and artisanal creations – from fresh honey, tofresh produce and baked goods. And did we mention the strawberries? Delish! Runners get a chance to trek through what is surely one of the nation’s most unique half marathons, 5K, and the Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run. Runners compete at the annual springtime running of the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon. Participants run on a route along the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail that winds through the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Click here for more information. Strawberry Season This event is more than a carnival, it’s a family tradition. The Jubilee is renowned for the annual Chesapeake Kiwanis Club Shrimp Feast and the BBQ Cook-off Competition. With the famous Zambelli Fireworks, live music, rides and games, this is sure to be a memorable occasion. Click here for more information. No matterwhat your interests, hobbies or passions, you’ll find whatever you’re lookingfor in Chesapeake. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or to makeunforgettable memories with your family, or friends, join us, and let themoments begin.last_img read more

There is a safe way to give teenagers a bit of financial freedom

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bart Scott Bart is the Marketing Communication Coordinator for LSC in Naperville, IL. He has worked for the Illinois Credit Union System in various roles for nearly five years. Prior to his … Web: www.lsc.net Details Independence.It’s what most teens want. Freedom to make decisions about what they wear, who they hang out with, and what they buy. The ability to make decisions on their own, without having to run every single thing past mom and dad. These are important first steps on the path to adulthood.The freedom to spend on their own can be a really big deal for many teens. Teenagers don’t want their parents tagging along when they go shopping with their friends. Truth be told, mom and dad don’t want to be there either – it may be surprising to learn dads don’t really enjoy sitting on a bench in the mall listening to the piano player’s show tune medley. However, as parents, we want to know our kids can make smart decisions before giving them more independence when it comes to spending.Instead of handing them your credit card or a handful of cash, which is really not safe, there is another alternative. More and more credit unions are offering prepaid debit cards for younger consumers. They can serve a dual purpose as they’re a much safer alternative to credit cards or cash, and they’re a teaching tool for financial responsibility as well.Some prepaid debit cards are being specifically designed to introduce teenagers to the safety and convenience of a debit card, while teaching them to spend responsibly. Since these cards must be purchased and loaded by a parent, so it isn’t attached to a deposit account, and it cannot be overdrawn. It even has their name on it so teens can really feel ownership over their spending choices.Some prepaid cards have even started offering companion mobile apps, something that will score high marks for teens already attached to their smart phones. They’ll be able to quickly track what they’ve spent and keep an eye on their balance – and show mom and dad they can spend responsibly!The NewGen® prepaid Visa debit is one such card created just for teens* set to roll out a free mobile app to use alongside it. Credit unions looking for new products to grow and attract future members should seriously consider offering a good prepaid card for younger spenders. They’re the safer way to introduce teens to the world of financial independence. They give tomorrow’s members a taste of that “grown-up” freedom they crave while providing today’s members – their parents – the peace of mind they need.*cardholder must be at least 13 years-old – NewGen will not be issued to anyone under 13.last_img read more

Republican congressional leaders remain silent on Biden victory as Trump refuses to concede.

first_imgThe reactions suggested that Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have spent four years clinging tightly to Mr. Trump or at least have avoided publicly countering him for fear of provoking an angry tweet, were sticking to those approaches even after his loss.In the weeks leading up to the election, as Mr. Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, some Republicans including Mr. McConnell gently pushed back without directly rebuking the president, making it clear that if he were to lose, they expected him to abide by the results. “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th,” Mr. McConnell said then. “There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”But Mr. Trump’s reluctance to accept his defeat, and his angry, and false, insistence on Saturday that he had in fact won raised questions about whether any senior Republican would be willing to contradict him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In that statement, released on Twitter as Mr. Trump preemptively contested the outcome of the election, Mr. McConnell had outlined “how this must work in our great country.” “Every legal vote should be counted,” he said. “Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes.”“That’s how Americans’ votes decide the result,” he said.“The election isn’t over until all legal votes are counted and certified,” Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking Republican, said on Twitter. “There are still serious legal challenges that have been made, and until that process is resolved, the election is not final. The American people deserve a fair and transparent process.” As President Trump refused to concede defeat on Saturday, top Republican congressional leaders followed suit, refraining from releasing the customary statements congratulating the victor that have been standard among senior lawmakers in both parties when a presidential election has been declared.Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader and Republican of Kentucky, declined on Saturday to acknowledge Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, with an aide instead pointing reporters to a generic “count all the votes” statement that Mr. McConnell released on Friday before the results were known.- Advertisement –center_img Only a handful of rank-and-file Republicans, including some who are not likely to face voters again, offered their good wishes for Mr. Biden. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Baking jam as a tourist product

first_imgIt is known that Lika, apart from potatoes and škripavac cheese, is the homeland of plums and Lika plums.On that track, on September 20, 2018, in the Lika House in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, plum jam was baked and a tasting of homemade strudels stuffed with plum filling, dumplings stuffed with homemade plums, pancakes with plum jam, buns, plum pie and Lika plum brandy with the trademark of regional quality Lika Quality.The initiative of the Plitvice Lakes National Park “Let’s preserve the old custom of picking plums and baking jam” arose from the desire to preserve the old custom of picking plums and baking jam and planning their presentation to all visitors to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. “Following the trends in gastronomy, we intend to offer our guests as many local foods as possible. We have already included a number of products with the Lika Quality label, and for some restaurants we produce bass, acid and sausages ourselves. Homemade plum jam, which will be served at breakfast, is an addition to this offer which we intend to present part of the gastronomic richness of Lika destinationSaid the director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.Baking jam as a tourist productThe very fact that tourists stay in nature, pick plums, and participate in the process of baking jam is an experience that will not be forgotten. And when at the end of the story they try the jam they created themselves, there is a peak of enthusiasm. Of course, the same jam will be used for breakfast, and one or more jams will be taken to your home, so the story continues as well as memories and emotions about our tourist destination. Now imagine this story about baking brandy, bread, indigenous homemade egg cakes, lavender, etc.…On the other hand, by consuming domestic and organic products, we eat healthily and help, ie connect with local producers in the marketing of their products, which is in line with the sustainable development of tourism.So simple, natural and logical. We have to use local and indigenous groceries from small producers and family farms in our HoReCa channel, because that is exactly the meaning of tourism. Unfortunately, through tourism we encourage imports, instead of encouraging the development of the local economy and agriculture. We fall for lettuce, potatoes, eggs, mussels… The meaning of tourism is to increase tourist consumption and that the same consumption goes down to the local economy. The opposite is counterproductive. One question to think about: What is Split’s daily need for eggs? Week? Monthly? One hen lays about 280 eggs a year. And now imagine how many family farms and people are employed only in a chain that produces domestic eggs for the needs of tourism in Split.A broad topic and just touched the tip of the iceberg, but the message is hopefully clear. Yes it is possible, we just need to deal with the strategic and sustainable development of tourism.Here’s one great example of inspiration.last_img read more