M Is FOR MASHUP - March 30th, 2016
Frikkenfrack - Useo's Strangest Mashups Reaches Seven
By DJ Useo
I used to make a lot of very strange mashups, along with the normal ones most other people make. I got some major criticism for that practice, but only from a very vocal minority. Eventually I did a few years of radio shows called "The Qradips Show", where I only played the strangest mashups I could find. I'd make up lots of strange ones of my own, just for that show. Sometimes three a week. (!)
When I retired the show, I really slowed down on making the strange mixes. I still make around one a month, as they are overwhelmingly the favorite tracks I post. Now, I've collected 24 of these strange Useo mashups into the latest compilation of my strange mashups. Thus, you now can gain access to " Frikkenfrack 7 : Useo's Strangest Mashups".
( groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2016/03/frikkenfrack-7-useos-strangest-mashups.html ) On this assortment, you'll discover wide novelty style bootleg mixes using artists like Hoosier Hotshots, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, & Aerosmith. Each track is completely goofy, but strangely compelling.
Last night, I was playing this new Frikkenfrack 7 ( groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2016/03/frikkenfrack-7-useos-strangest-mashups.html ) , & I loved it so much, I went back & played tracks from the first 6 volumes. In hindsight, I could see why the goofy tracks do so well. They stand out well among the vast horde of mainstream mashups, offering likable madness that is distinctly different from all the Adele, & Ciley Myrus (sic) mixes. My regular tracks I mostly post at www.hearthis.at, since official.fm/, & Soundcloud.com closed my paid accounts because I posted mashups legally under Creative Commons law.
My weird mashups I post exclusively at www.hulkshare.com ( www.hulkshare.com ), where I do much better than I do elsewhere with normal tracks. To my delight, they often get very satisfying numbers of listeners. I will confess that most of us bootleggers hold the numbers provided in doubt, having no means to confirm them. Still, my normal mashup listeners have gone from around 7000 a track in past, to around 100 (!). You can see why many of my mashup pals are so skeptical, as they experienced a similar drop.
So, when the preview track from this new Frikkenfrack collection, " Green Metal Crystal Ties" ( Tenacious D vs the Zakary Thaks ) ( www.hulkshare.com/djuseo/green-metal-crystal-ties ) reads 5288 plays, I get a nice pleasurable kick. Posting mashups is like fishing with thousands of other fisherman, so you appreciate decent numbers, what with all that competition.
I hope you treat yourself to some "different" sounds, & check out this free zip file. Mirror links are here ( groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2016/03/frikkenfrack-7-useos-strangest-mashups.html )
All previous 6 Frikkenfrack albums are still available down the page here
( djuseomashupalbums.blogspot.com/ 00 )
Tell your friends if you like them. Catch you next week with more mashups.
Extra DJ Useo long mix - DJ Useo - Me & During : a psychedelic mix ( 1:19 ) ( March 2016 ) These are classic tracks edited, & mixed in a very relaxing way. All are edited & mixed quite thoroughly, so the passage is very easy going. Stream, or d/l here or here
( www.bmbx.org/2016/03/me-during/ )
( www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2016/03/dj-useo-psychedelic-chill-mix.html )
Thanks to BMBX for excellent hosting.
Andrew Tobias: In Their Worst Days…
I am enthusiastically neutral between our two fine Democratic candidates.
For all their differences (e.g., free tuition versus debt-free college), Bernie had it exactly right: either of them is, even "on our worst days, 100 times better than any Republican candidate."
Jamelle Bouie: Weakened at Bernie's (Slate)
Bernie Sanders had a good Saturday, but he doesn't have momentum.
Aisha Harris: Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi Discuss Why It Was so Hard to Make a Miles Davis Biopic (Slate)
Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as the iconic Miles Davis, is about as far from a conventional Hollywood biopic as you can get-which may explain, in part, why it took Cheadle nearly a decade to get his directorial debut off the page and into theaters.
Don Cheadle: Statement From Don Cheadle on the Casting of Miles Ahead (Mic)
Our collective experiences, examples that we had seen over and over, made it clear to us that we would have to lean into all the various ways to get this "difficult" movie made; deferring salaries, paying in, crowd-funding, finding tax incentives, begging for money from friends, and casting. But we never moved away from or reworked a concept of the movie for the sole purpose of including a white actor and no specific financier ever said to us, "Go get the white guy and we'll make your movie."
Laura Miller: Batman v Superman's Success Isn't "Devastating" to Critics. That's Not How Criticism Works. (Slate)
Criticism does need defending against inane articles like Variety's response to Batman v Superman's monster weekend box office, headlined "Do Critics Matter at the Box Office?"
Robert Bearman: How rich was Shakespeare? (Prospect)
The playwright had a good business mind and was a canny investor.
Joseph Luzzi: How to Read Dante in the 21st Century (American Scholar)
Breaking the code of "The Divine Comedy" with patient reverence.
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SCOTUS Gives A Win
In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia's death, U.S. labor unions scored a major victory Tuesday with a tie vote in a high-profile Supreme Court case they had once seemed all but certain to lose.
The 4-4 split, in a case that sharply divided the court's liberal union supporters and their conservative opponents, demonstrated how much is riding on President Barack Obama's effort to replace Scalia with a judge who could tilt the balance on the high court for years to come. Senate Republicans say they won't consider any nomination until a new president takes office.
The vacancy helped the liberals this time. The deadlocked vote came in a case that considered whether unions representing government employees can collect fees from workers who choose not to join. California teachers backed by a conservative group said being forced to pay union fees violated the free-speech rights of nonmembers who disagree with the union's policy positions.
The split vote left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the collection of "fair share" fees from nonmembers.
The result was an unlikely reprieve for organized labor. It had seemed virtually certain that the high court would rule 5-4 to overturn a system that's been in place nearly 40 years. But the court now is operating with only eight justices after the Feb. 13 death of Scalia, who had been expected to rule against the unions.
Archaeologists Digging At Boyhood Home
Archeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly includes Native American settlement.
The two-week archaeological dig began Tuesday outside a two-and-a-half story home in Boston's historically black Roxbury neighborhood that was built in 1874.
City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley said his office chose to dig up the site because it's likely that work will be needed soon to shore up the foundation of the vacant and run down structure.
"This is kind of a now-or-never dig," he said. "If we don't do this, the site will be destroyed. We can't afford to wait."
The house was designated a city landmark in 1998 because it's the only known dwelling from the outspoken activist's formative years in Boston still standing.
The Washington Monument was closed on Tuesday after the elevator in the marble obelisk stopped, and the visitors were evacuated safely, the National Park Service said.
It said between 15 and 20 people on the elevator, which stopped midway up the 555-foot-high (169-meter-high) structure, and 25 people at the observation level near the top were evacuated.
"Elevator technicians are on site; the monument will remain closed until their inspection and any necessary repairs are completed," the service added in a statement.
Each year more than 600,000 people visit the monument, which is located at the center of the National Mall in Washington, according to the National Park Service.
Philippine authorities are staging an online exhibition of jewellery owned by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family to try to educate a new generation about the corruption of that era.
The postings on Facebook and Twitter by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) come as the family tries to extend its political comeback in elections in May.
"The Virtual Jewelry Exhibit" began in mid-March with regular postings showcasing valuables recovered after the dictator was ousted by a military-backed popular uprising in 1986.
Aside from pictures of the jewels uploaded regularly, there are postings explaining what they cost the country.
A picture of a diamond tiara comes with the caption: "can fund... the treatment of 12,052 cases of tuberculosis."
Campaign Manager Charged
U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in Florida on Tuesday, the latest chapter in a raucous White House race marked by threats, insults and physical confrontations.
Police in Jupiter, Florida, charged Lewandowski, 42, with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, when she tried to question Trump at a campaign event on March 8.
Police released a video of the incident showing Fields walking alongside Trump and trying to question him. Lewandowski is seen grabbing her arm and pulling her backward. Previous videos of the incident had been obscured by people in the crowd.
At the time, Lewandowski called Fields "delusional" and said he never touched her.
The top attorneys from Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands said on Tuesday they will investigate whether Exxon Mobil Corp misled investors and the public about the risks of climate change.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Earl Walker announced their probes at a news conference in New York, flanked by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and top attorneys from other states.
Healey said fossil fuel companies that have deceived investors about the risks climate change poses to the planet and to their bottom lines "must be held accountable."
A total of 17 U.S. attorneys general are cooperating on probes into whether fossil fuel companies have misled investors on climate change risks. The officials will also collaborate on other climate-related initiatives.
The probes of Exxon were triggered by investigative reports last year by Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times that showed the company's in-house scientists had flagged concerns about climate change decades ago, which the company ignored or contradicted.
Fight For Right To Divorce
She is one of Israel's "chained women" -- the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wives denied a divorce by their husbands and prevented from breaking free by the country's use of Jewish law.
The 30-year-old mother of two is hardly unique in struggling to obtain a divorce in a country where men must grant permission for their wives to leave.
Marriage in Israel is governed by Jewish law, which requires the husband to grant permission through what is known as a "get" before his wife can divorce him.
If the woman has a child with another man without an official divorce, the child is considered fatherless and cannot marry under Jewish law.
Undermines Resident Students
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The University of California has undermined residents by admitting a growing number of nonresident students, some of whom were less qualified than in-state students, California's auditor said in a scathing report released Tuesday.
Out-of-state students pay significantly more than in-state students. But state Auditor Elaine Howle said those admissions come at the expense of California students who are meant to benefit from a public university system considered tops in the country.
"As a public institution, the university should serve primarily those who provide for its financial and civic support - California residents," Howle wrote. "However, over the past several years, the university has failed to put the needs of residents first."
The state audit found the university's drive to admit nonresidents has resulted in an 82 percent increase in the nonresident student population from the academic years 2010-11 through 2014-15, translating into 18,000 students.
The audit also found the university relaxed its academic standards for nonresidents, admitting 16,000 students whose scores fell below the median for admitted resident students.
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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "NCIS," CBS, 15.9 million.
2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.38 million.
3. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.46 million.
4. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 12.38 million.
5. NCAA Basketball: Villanova vs. Kansas, CBS, 11.56 million.
6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.22 million.
7. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.95 million.
8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.76 million.
9. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.57 million.
10. NCAA Basketball: North Carolina vs. Notre Dame, TBS, 10.11 million.
11. "Survivor," CBS, 9.31 million.
12. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 8.76 million.
13. "Scorpion," CBS, 8.65 million.
14. "NCAA Post-Game," TBS, 8.59 million.
15. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 8.5 million.
16. "NCAA Post-Game," CBS, 8.21 million.
17. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 8.02 million.
18. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.91 million.
19. "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," CBS, 7.76 million.
20. "Modern Family," ABC, 7.69 million.
Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.
The actress died early Tuesday morning of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to her agent, Mitchell Stubbs. She died in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, where she had lived for the past quarter-century, according to Teri Weigel, the publicist for her son, actor Sean Astin.
Duke astonished audiences as the young deaf-and-blind Keller first on Broadway, then in the acclaimed 1962 film version, appearing in both alongside Anne Bancroft as Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan (who won an Oscar of her own).
Then in 1963, Duke burst on the TV scene starring in her own sitcom, "The Patty Duke Show," which aired for three seasons. She played dual roles as identical cousins Cathy, "who's lived most everywhere, from Zanzibar to Barclay Square" while (according to the theme song) "Patty's only seen the sights a girl can see from Brooklyn Heights. What a crazy pair!"
In 2015, she would play twin roles again: as a pair of grandmas on an episode of "Liv and Maddie," a series on the Disney Channel.
Born Anna Marie Duke in the New York borough of Queens on Dec. 14, 1946, she had a difficult childhood with abusive parents. By 8 years old she was largely under the control of husband-and-wife talent managers who kept her busy on soap operas and advertising displays.
In the meantime, they supplied her with alcohol and prescription drugs, which accentuated the effects of her undiagnosed bipolar disorder.
In her 1988 memoir, "Call Me Anna," Duke wrote of her condition and the diagnosis she had gotten only six years earlier, and of the subsequent treatment that helped stabilize her life. The book became a 1990 TV film in which she starred, and she became an activist for mental health causes, helping to de-stigmatize bipolar disorder.
With the end of "The Patty Duke Show" in 1966, which left her stereotyped as not one, but two squeaky-clean teenagers, Duke attempted to leap into the nitty-grittiness of adulthood in the 1967 melodrama "Valley of the Dolls," in which she played a showbiz hopeful who falls prey to drug addiction, a broken marriage and shattered dreams.
The film, based on the best-selling Jacqueline Susann pulp novel, was critically slammed but a commercial sensation.
During her career she would win three Emmy Awards, for the TV film "My Sweet Charlie," the miniseries "Captains and the Kings" and the 1979 TV remake of "The Miracle Worker," in which Duke played Annie Sullivan with "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert as Keller.
In the 1980s, she starred in a trio of short-lived sitcoms: "It Takes Two," ''Karen's Song" and "Hail to the Chief," cast as the first female president of the United States.
In addition to her acting career, Duke served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
She starred in several stage productions, including a return to Broadway in 2002 to play Aunt Eller in a revival of the musical "Oklahoma!"
By then, she already had spent a dozen years living in Idaho with her fourth husband, Michael Pearce (who survives her), seeking refuge from the clutter, noise and turmoil of big cities, and from the tumultuous life she had weathered in the past.
James Noble, a Broadway-seasoned actor who appeared on soap operas and films like "10" and "Being There," but perhaps was best known for playing the absent-minded governor to Robert Guillaume's patient head of household in the 1980s sitcom "Benson," has died in Connecticut. He was 94.
Born in Dallas, Noble studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. His Broadway credits include "A Far Country," ''Strange Interlude," ''The Runner Stumbles" and, most notably, "1776."
He also appeared in the movie version of "1776" with Blythe Danner and John Cullum, and played Bo Derek's father in Blake Edwards' hit film "10."
Noble played Dr. Winters in the soap opera "The Doctors" and had roles in "One Life to Live" and "Another World." From 1979-1986, he starred in "Benson," a spin-off of "Soap" that saw Guillaume move from irreverent butler to manager of the home of Noble's scatterbrained governor.
Nobel's other TV credits include most of the hits of the 1970s and '80s, including "Fantasy Island," ''Hart to Hart," ''Starsky and Hutch," ''The Love Boat" and "McCloud."
He married actress Carolyn Coates, and the two appeared onstage together in a number of regional productions including "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His wife died in 2005.
After his years in Hollywood, Noble returned to Connecticut and his theatrical roots. He was an active member of the Theatre Artists Workshop since 1988.
At 85, he formed Open the Gate Pictures with his producing partner Colleen Murphy and made a short film "Glacier Bay."