Earlier this year, jam powerhouse Widespread Panic treated fans at Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Hall Theatre to a high-energy show featuring a number of rare covers. In addition to Neil Young‘s “Heart of Gold”, Led Zeppelin‘s “D’yer Maker”, War‘s “Four Cornered Room”, and an instrumental take on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Machine Gun”, the band used their classic original “Proving Ground” as a launching pad for Black Sabbath‘s ode to Mary Jane, “Sweet Leaf”, from their 1971 album Master of Reality.Today, Panic released pro-shot video of the “Proving Ground”/”Sweet Leaf” sandwich, so we can all watch John Bell tackle Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals like a pro. Check it out:Despite recently saying that they would be toning down their famously heavy touring schedule in 2017, the band shows no signs of slowing down this year, with a 20-date summer tour, a 21-date fall tour (including two shows at the new Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn on September 9th and 10th), and a three-night Nashville New Year’s run on the docket.
Today is Record Store Day, a day celebrating the frequent haunts of the crate-digging vinyl lovers among us. In addition to the festivities that occur worldwide in honor of the holiday, there are a number of special limited CD and vinyl releases, and one in particular will have Deadheads jumping for joy. The Grateful Dead just released a 2-LP vinyl of the soundboard from their performance at Vancouver’s P.N.E. Garden Auditorium on July 29th, 1966. The show was first released officially in January of last year as an accompaniment to 50th Anniversary edition to the 2-CD rerelease of The Grateful Dead, because many of the songs from the show were also featured on the group’s debut album.As band archivist David Lemieux explained to Jamband.com’s John Patrick Gatta, “This is a 1966 Dead show, if ever there was an appropriate show to come out on vinyl it’s an album that would have only come out during the vinyl days, not on CD, not on digital download. We just thought it was a perfect thing. We’re really happy with the way this one came out. . . . The side splits are perfect. I love this album. I’ve listened to it on LP many times now. As a vinyl release it works extremely well where you get three or four songs per side and they’re all really short songs — anywhere from three to five minutes.”You can check out the tracklisting for the new release, as well as listen to an unofficial recording below, courtesy of Raoul Duke.Tracklisting for P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66SIDE A: 01 Standing on The Corner 02 I Know You Rider 03 Next Time You See Me 04 Sittin On Top Of The World 05 You Don’t Have To AskSIDE B: 01 Big Boss Man 02 Stealin’ 03 Cardboard Cowboy 04 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 05 Cream Puff WarSIDE 2A 01 Viola Lee Blues 02 Beat It On Down The Line 03 Good Mornin’ Little SchoolgirlSIDE 2B: 01 Cold Rain and Snow 02 One Kind Favor 03 Hey Little One 04 New, New Minglewood Blues[H/T Jambands]
Globe-trotting DJ Paul Oakenfold took a break from spinning hits to collaborate on a graphic novel loosing following his ascension to the top of the charts, entitled The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfold and Friends. Publishers Z2 Comics gathered together four different artists–Tyler Boss, Chris Hunt, Ian McGinty and Koren Shadmi–who will each illustrate a separate chapter of Oakenfold’s rise to world-wide prominence. To make the project even more special, the artist and friends have created an exclusive soundtrack for the graphic novel, which will be distributed in both physical copies and digital downloads.The project celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the trip to Ibiza that inspired Oakenfold to find his way to the DJ booth. He would go on to help shape what is considered “modern club culture” with his take on mixing records and found his genre leading label, Perfecto Records. “I am honored and excited to be a part of the first electronic music graphic novel,” said Oakenfold in a statement. “Being a fan of comic books for many years, I enjoyed telling my story in this context which shows things in a different light.”This is just the first in what Z2 Comics hopes to be a series of collaborations with artists on both the graphic and musical ends of the spectrum. This month sees their newest release, Murder Ballads, (written by Gabe Soria, with art by Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt), which follows the owner of a failed record label and the two bluesmen who give him a chance to return to glory. The graphic novel will include a soundtrack by The Black Keys.“We think bringing together music and graphic novels can be the secret sauce of Z2 Comics,” Josh Frankel, co-publisher at Z2, said. “Our goal is to work closely with musicians and graphic novel creators to create a unique experience, where the music informs the narrative of the graphic novel and vice versa.”The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfold and Friends is scheduled to release on Nov. 21 and will retail for $24.99. You can pre-order it here.Information for this story comes from ComicBookResources.com among other sources.
On July 17, 1968, The Beatles presented their animated musical fantasy film Yellow Submarine to the world for the very first time. Making its initial premiere at the London Pavilion on Piccadilly Circus, the film received huge praises of success from its multifaceted audiences. Critics and fans alike were eager to see the British rock band’s masterpiece, and it was positively accepted amongst all.Taking a real step forward incorporating animated motion as a serious art form, Yellow Submarine explores the concepts of Time, Science, Monsters, Nothing; and beyond. While fighting music-hating “Blue Meanings” and navigating the depths of the sea, the film incorporated Beatles hits like “Eleanor Rigby,” “A Day In The Life,” “All Together Now,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to lead the characters through their picturesque journey.While apparently less-than-willing to be involved with such a film, The Beatles only participated in the closing scene, despite being promoted as actors in the film. In any such way, their compositions and performances led the beauty of the film through a smashing success that brought them back into the spotlight, after their trip to India and the recording of the White Album.Let’s take a “sail up to the sun” with this scene from the film:Yellow Submarine
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Democrat Nate McMurray (left) and state Sen. Chris Jacobs (right). Image via New York State Senate / McMurray for Congress Campaign.BUFFALO — The U.S. House district once represented by Chris Collins is on two separate ballots Tuesday in a special election to fill out the convicted former congressional member’s fourth term and in a Republican primary for the GOP line in November’s general election.The unusual situation is part of election season fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. To avoid creating crowds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved the special election originally scheduled for April to coincide with state and federal primary elections.Collins narrowly won reelection in 2018 while under federal indictment for insider trading but pleaded guilty on Sept. 30. He resigned from Congress the next day, setting off a scramble to fill his seat.The special election in the Republican-leaning district pits state Sen. Chris Jacobs, a wealthy developer, against Democrat Nate McMurray, a former town supervisor who lost to Collins by about 2,500 votes two years ago. Accountant Duane Witmer will appear on the Libertarian line and Michael Gammariello for the Green Party. Also Tuesday, Jacobs will be running in the Republican primary against former town Justice Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. The winner also will face McMurray in the general election for a full two-year term that begins in January. Parlato was endorsed by the Conservative Party.Having both elections on the same day raises the possibility that Jacobs could win the seat but lose the opportunity to run for reelection as a Republican in November.President Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement of Jacobs on June 2 and twice more in the following two weeks, describing him as strong on the border, military, Second Amendment, crime and taxes.“Chris has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump blasted in each tweet on behalf of Jacobs to the district that gave him biggest margin of victory of any in the state in the 2016 presidential election. Collins had been the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for president.Nearly 40% of the 27th Congressional District’s voters are registered Republicans. About 30% are Democrats and the rest are independent or enrolled in minor parties, according to the state Board of Elections. The largely rural district touches eight counties between and around Buffalo and Rochester.The double vote could advantage Jacobs, given that Republicans who vote for him in the special election may be unlikely to vote against him in the primary, said political science Professor Timothy Kneeland, of Nazareth College in Rochester.“For a voter, it would be a lot easier and simpler to simply vote for Jacobs for both,” he said.Coincidentally, Collins at one point was scheduled to report to prison June 23, something Kneeland said could have given McMurray, the Democrat, a boost among voters casting ballots that day. A federal judge has since agreed to delay the start of his 26-month sentence until Aug. 18 because of the 69-year-old’s risk of getting COVID-19.Jacobs and McMurray, in the special election’s lone debate, each condemned the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Jacobs aligned with Trump’s call for “law and order” in the aftermath, while McMurray said he opposed the use of the military to control protesters.When asked about Trump’s June 9 tweet suggesting a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being pushed by two Buffalo police officers “could be an ANTIFA provocateur,” Jacobs said there were questions that needed to be answered about the incident. He added he did not believe the officers should have been charged with felonies because they didn’t mean to hurt protester Martin Gugino.McMurray characterized the tweet as “craziness.”
Colonel Don Fallin of Cullen, Ala., served as a helicopter pilot in the army for 34 years. After retiring, he hiked the entire 2,190-mile trail, using his adventure to raise money for fellow members of the military. With a Twitter bump from actor Gary Sinise, he raised over $17,600 for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. Coal ash contains toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead, which are known to cause cancer and heart disease. A.T. legend Bob Peoples has operated the hostel for 23 years. He will serve ice cream to the 25,000th hiker. Three-year-old missing in NC forest said a bear kept him safe Casey Hathaway, a North Carolina three-year-old who went missing from his grandmother’s yard, has been found alive after spending two nights in the forest in freezing temperatures. The wind and rain became so bad while Casey was missing that authorities urged volunteers to stay home. But when rescuers, who searched the area with helicopters, drones, K-9 units, and divers, heard a crying kid, they found Casey tangled in thorny bushes, cold and wet but otherwise healthy. The boy told rescuers, and later his family, that a friendly bear kept him safe during his ordeal. Bear experts say the story is likely imagined. Regardless, the child escaped with a few scratches, asking rescuers for some water and his mother. He then recuperated in the hospital eating Cheetos and watching his favorite show, Paw Patrol. A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that men who completed 90 minutes of physical activity a day were 39 percent more likely to reach 90 than their peers who exercised for less than 30 minutes per day. Each additional 30 minutes of exercise was associated with a 5 percent increase in turning 90. Women who exercised 30 to 60 minutes each day improved their chances of reaching 90 by 21 percent. Moving more than 60 minutes each day did not have a significant impact on longevity in women. In the U.S., the average life expectancy in men is 76 and 81 in women. Runners at the Arrowhead 135-mile ultramarathon in International Falls, Minnesota faced temperatures of minus 35 degrees and wind chills as cold as minus 68. Polar vortex weather pounded the 146 racers who toed the line this year in four disciplines: running, cycling, skiing, and kick-sledding. Only 13 runners finished, the last one coming in after nearly 57 hours. Study shows 11 of Georgia’s 12 coal-powered plants are leaking chemicals into the groundwater. Kincora A.T. Hostel will reach the 25,000-visitor milestone next month. Andrew Otazo completed the Miami Marathon carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his back. Otazo has been cleaning up parts of a nature preserve near his home in Florida, removing an estimated 6,500 pounds of garbage over the past year. The marathon was part of a fundraiser for Miami Waterkeeper. Otazo raised over $4,600, which will help clean beaches and mangrove forests and aid in advocating for the reduction of single-use plastic items. Man completes marathon carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his back 1,700 Runners complete 135-mile ultramarathon during polar vortex Here’s how much exercise you need to make it to age 90 Number of bikes donated to disadvantaged kids by the late Avrum Morrow, who passed away in January at the age of 93. The Montreal-based Morrow had been anonymously gifting the bikes via the Sun Youth Organization for more than three decades. For his 60th birthday, Morrow, who became known as “Bike Man” until his identity was revealed after his death, decided he wanted to celebrate by helping others, so he started a program with help from the non-profit that annually sought applications for 100 kids in need of bikes. The program ran for 34 years, during which Morrow, who made his money in manufacturing, spent an estimated $600,000 on the two-wheeled gifts. In 2015 he (without revealing his identity) explained his motivation to the Montreal Gazette: “I remembered that when I was a kid, I couldn’t get a bicycle because my parents didn’t have the means. But I kept begging them, and they finally gave in and bought me a red Raleigh bicycle. I loved that bike so much that I cleaned the spokes with a toothpick.” Retired Colonel Hikes A.T. for Fellow Soldiers
By Dialogo May 17, 2012 QUITO, Ecuador — At least US$1.3 million in presumed Mexican drug cartel money has been recovered from the site of a light aircraft crash in western Ecuador that killed the two crew members, officials said. The cash was found after authorities searched the rural area where the plane had crashed, local police chief Ulises Parreño told reporters May 15, adding that the two crewmembers were identified as Mexican and the plane was Mexico-registered. Interior Minister José Serrano said the light aircraft was typical of those used in drug trafficking operations, suggesting the money was part of a drug trafficking operation gone wrong. Officials said the plane was flying at a low altitude with no lights, in an apparent bid to avoid radar detection, on the night of May 13 before crashing into a hill near the town of Pedernales, in the province of Manabí, on the Pacific coast. [AFP, 16/05/2012; Elcomercio.com (Ecuador), 16/05/2012]
May 15, 2000 Regular News FAMU, FIU to get new law schools Mark D. Killian Associate Editor When House and Senate conferees put the final touches on the state’s $50 billion budget May 3, $2.5 million each was appropriated for Florida A&M and Florida International universities to begin the planning process for launching two new public law schools. The Senate unanimously passed its bill authorizing the creation of the law schools May 2, and as this News went to press, the House was expected to follow suit before the session was scheduled to end May 5. The Governor also has expressed his support for the project. The bills are heralded as a way to increase minority membership in the Bar and bring lower-cost public law schools to Florida’s population centers in the middle and southeastern parts of the state. Both the Board of Regents and The Florida Bar are on record as favoring the expansion of pre-law programs and more minority scholarships as ways of increasing the number of minority lawyers. President Edith Osman said the Bar took its position in part because current law prohibits race-based admissions. “The Bar felt state funds would be better spent providing direct scholarships to minority law students, particularly at a time when our state has an abundance of lawyers,” Osman said. “If the two new schools become a reality, however, the Bar will provide any assistance it can to help them become top-flight institutions.” Senate sponsor Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, gave much of the credit for the measure’s passage to Senate President Toni Jennings, R-Orlando. “This would not have been possible without your support,” Diaz-Balart told Jennings on the Senate floor. “You have gone out of your way to make this possible.” Jennings also alluded to using the creation of the law schools as a bargaining chip with House Speaker John Thrasher, R-Orange Park, who worked hard to secure funds to create a medical school at Florida State University, his alma mater. “The House issue was a medical school,” Jennings said. “The Senate issue became two law schools. Senators, I found something I thought was worth trading a medical school for, and that was two law schools.” Gov. Jeb Bush told reporters he will sign the legislation creating the new schools as long as the focus of the institutions is on recruiting black and Hispanic law students. “We’ve been working very hard with the sponsors for the last. . . 45 days to quietly go about creating a bill that will allow that to happen,” Gov. Bush said. The Senate bill sat dormant for more than half the session before finding its legs and breezing through two key Senate committees with no opposition, then being approved by the full Senate within two busy weeks. The Senate Education Committee unanimously moved SB 68 April 24, and the next day the Fiscal Policy Committee followed suit. Its companion, HB 2129 — by Rep. Rudy Bradley, R-St. Petersburg — was pulled from the House Education Appropriations Committee May 3 and was set for a floor vote when this News went to press. According to figures presented to the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee, the tab for establishing the law schools would be $29.5 million. Of that, $24.6 million would be for capital costs for FAMU and $2.7 million for operational costs. FIU, which says it has the buildings and capital already, would need $2.2 million for operations. If ultimately approved, the new schools would offer about 120 new full-time and 100 part-time seats. Diaz-Balart, though, said start-up costs should be lower for FAMU because it has obtained a free site for the law school, and the university plans to launch a capital campaign to raise additional monies. the time FAMU and FIU expect to graduate their first law students, the universities estimated annual operations costs would be $5.3 million for FAMU and $5.2 million for FIU. The Board of Regents has estimated the operating costs would be around $8 million each. Diaz-Balart said creating the two new public schools is a “common sense approach” to increasing the number of minority lawyers in the state. Currently, Diaz-Balart said, only 8 percent of the state’s lawyers are minorities, compared to 30 percent of the general population. He said creating the schools would provide minorities with access to legal education so they may enter a profession “that has been crucial to empower minorities.” “We also have great under-access to public law schools in the large metropolitan areas,” Diaz-Balart said, noting the FAMU school will be located in Central Florida and FIU’s in Miami. “The [FAMU] law school is proposed to be in Orlando in the Paramour area, because they have offered us the property, and we have spoken with the mayor there,” said Sen. Betty S. Holzendorf, D- Jacksonville. “It is very, very clear that in Central Florida there is a need for access to a public law school.” Officials in Tampa, however, also have contacted FAMU about locating the school in their community. A final decision on where the FAMU school will be located has yet to be determined. If both law schools are approved and opened, soon Florida could find itself with 10 law schools. The Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville received provisional accreditation from the ABA last year, becoming the state’s seventh accredited facility. The Barry School of Law in Orlando is hoping to obtain provisional accreditation shortly. FAMU, FIU to get new law schools
Have we forgotten the disrespect he showed Sen. John McCain during the campaign or his criticism of a Gold Star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention? Did we ignore his insensitivity to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger?The NFL players have been clear that they are demonstrating about police violence toward minorities, and they harbor no ill will or disrespect to the U.S. Armed Forces.President Trump has clearly demonstrated that he disrespects the sacrifice of our armed forces, the legitimate concerns of the NFL players, and the intelligence of every American.President Trump has proven himself the disrespecter-in-chief.Ken LarsenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion President Trump has been quite critical of the professional football players who have expressed their concern about police violence by kneeling during the national anthem.He, and many others, see this as being disrespectful of current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.President Trump’s hypocrisy is stunning.
Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Adams County to fly at half-staff to honor Bryan Westfall.Bryan Westfall, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee, died on Thursday, August 18, 2016, while performing his job duties.Flags shall be lowered to half-staff and remain lowered until sunset on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Bryan Westfall August 18, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter