M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - June 22nd, 2016
Summer Booty Hits Tenth Anniversary
By DJ Useo
Hey Y'all -
My wife has been in bad pain for a bit, but I couldn't get her to attend it. Today, I succeeded, & it was indeed a serious concern.
Life-threatening for sure, however, it can still be addressed. I mention this now, because I urge any of you who have put off similar concerns to PLEASE go to the doctor. We all want you around, & you're so worth the effort.
I'm taking a pass on my weekly column, so please enjoy this rerun
Well, I did it again. As was the case so many times before, I had decided in advance to take a pass on creating another Summer Booty The Summer Mashup Album. Then, the incredible tracks started coming in unsolicited, & I caved. Lol. As in the past, I now was committed to weeks of extra work, including inviting enough contributors to make sure it' would be a viable release. The friendly mashup forum AUDIOBOOTS www.audioboots.com would be the launching pad that rockets this project to the stars.
Beginning with a plan to somehow reach two "discs" worth of great tracks, I still chose to not decline any "great" mashups. As in most past years, this acceptance policy led to the project swelling to three "discs". All in all, I received only one mashup that didn't have the "vibe of eternal Summer" that was vital to the collections' success. It was a fine one, but without that "feeling", I declined it for inclusion. Gulp. I think Sgt Mash might still be peeved at me. Lol.
Invitations went out to those who were previous contributors, plus those that I thought could manage the requirements, & those who were currently mixing. The resulting combination of bootleggers quickly established the rock solid foundation of the supposed "last" Summer Booty. Early tracks like MP3J's "Get Digital" ( The Beatles vs Daft Punk ) & Solcofn's "History Of The Mack" ( Groove Armada vs Mark Morrison ) really got me into the full motivation required to finish this sucker.
Soon, the vibe hit hard with the invited peeps tracks & I was being blown away by more instant classics like Joan Caramba's "Can't Feel My Dinosaur" ( Was ( Not Was ) vs The Weeknd ), DRA'man's "How Deep Is Your Model" ( Calvin Harris vs Kraftwerk vs Tom Tom Club ), & Skibilibop's "Famous Family Affair" ( Mary G Blige vs Charli XCX ). The wonderful efforts done to grant us all this mashup joy, are very humbling to me. I must express gratitude & praise once more to the bootleggers who gave so freely of their skills.
Ultimately, thirty-one people give us fifty-three marvelous audio blends! Next up, AtoZ, who also gave us four tracks & four videos, provided the cover art that graces the release. Chocomang ( who made six incredible tracks ) then worked up a super hosting page for the project. DJ Petrushka, who had been intimately involved with coordination, also brought her best game with two unbelievable cuts. Still, the offerings arrived from the invited, & we thrilled to the work of Voicedude, Mumdy, DJ Spider, Mr Smuggler, & so very many more.
Lastly, on the day before the actual Summer Solstice release, the album was premiered on KOPIMI RADIO w/ Mazanga Von Badman in a far-reaching success of a live show. I marveled at the main group chat on Facebook that drew over one hundred fellow mashers. Most astonishing was the news that hundreds of thousands of listeners swelled the show into it's best numbers ever. All praise to Mazanga, who made it possible. Listen to the impressive fm show here
( hearthis.at/kopimi/06-19-16-summer-booty-10/ )
On June 20th I posted "SUMMER BOOTY 2016 The Summer Mashup Album". Mirror links are found here
( audioboots.com/Albums/SB2016/ )
Full playlist here
( audioboots.com/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/1118/summer-booty-2016-the-summer-mashup-album )
Preview track video from AtoZ "Electric Me" ( Steve Miller vs Eddy Grant ) is here ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOMB-yRG5Xg )
along with three more of his Summer Booty videos.
I'm confident more videos will appear soon.
Just one last note to thank Rappy, who did the consummate track for this album. "Summer Booty" it is called & it contains fifteen artists on one single! Amazing it is. Rappy also brought on board some pals from Indonesia in the form of San Di, & DJ Zero, who fit in superbly. Thanks to youse mugs & everyone else who gave us enough tracks to last all Summer! Also, the previous nine volumes are all still available down the page here
( djuseomashupalbums.blogspot.com/ )
I wonder if they'll get me to make an eleventh Summer Booty next year? ;)
Tierney Sneed: Alabama Luv Guv's Impeachment Probe Reveals Political Motivation Behind DMV Closures (TPM)
The impeachment investigation report - which was compiled by a special counsel appointed by the legislature - concluded that the driver's license office closures were politically motivated and ordained by the aide at the center of the scandal, Rebekah Mason, as a way to pressure state legislators into getting in line in support of the governor's funding legislation.
Ed Mazza: Jimmy Kimmel Creates A Brutally Honest New Commercial For United Airlines (Huffington Post)
"We'll beat you so badly you'll be using your own face as a flotation device."
Interviews by Phil Hoad: "Michael Douglas: how we made One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Guardian)
'We filmed it at a real mental hospital and some of the patients joined the crew. We had an arsonist in the art department.'
Jonathan Freedland: "The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley" (The Guardian)
Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world.
Victoria Bekiempis: Confessions of a recovering Objectivist (The Guardian)
For a time, I was a devotee of Ayn Rand's ideas. Now I see what a pernicious philosophy rational egoism is - and how dumb!
Gavin Haynes: "'Donald Trump is the Chris Brown of politics' - the best presidential gags" (The Guardian)
Samantha Bee, David Letterman, Aziz Ansari and more on the best jokes in the Trumpiverse.
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White House Correspondents' Dinner
The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has finally found a performer in Hasan Minhaj.
"The Daily Show" senior correspondent joins the ranks of Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Cecily Strong and Larry Wilmore, who have all hosted the event in recent years.
Donald Trump (R-Loser) announced in February he would break tradition by not attending the annual fundraiser, which has historically roasted the sitting Commander in Chief. During a time of increased strain between the White House and press, outlets including Vanity Fair, Bloomberg and the New Yorker canceled their after-parties that typically take place during the festivities.
Jeff Mason, the president of the correspondents' association, told MSNBC on Tuesday morning that he was not seeking a performer who would "roast the president in absentia."
Minhaj joined the "Daily Show" in 2014. Apart from his role on the Comedy Central production, he is known best as a stand-up comic and has appeared in guest spots for shows including "Arrested Development" and "Getting On."
'Seeing Red' Over United
George R.R. Martin
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin gave us the Red Wedding, beheadings, and hordes of killer ice zombies. But even he can't stomach United Airlines.
"I don't often comment on current events, but the story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight - for no reason but to accomodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he'd bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat - has me seeing red," the author wrote Tuesday on his LiveJournal blog.
Usually, Martin sticks to dragons, comic books, and the New York Jets on his blog, but this time he went after United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, calling for his resignation.
"He's a disgrace," Martin said. Munoz finally actually apologized Tuesday for the incident that was caught on video and triggered outrage (and financial losses) at the airline.
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More Than A Quarter Are Egg Accounts
T-rump's Twitter Followers
Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) love for Twitter and his popularity on the social platform is no secret, However, out of his nearly 28 million followers, more than a quarter of the accounts following him are fake, trolls and novice users, data by Social Rank analyzed by Bloomberg found.
Among Trump's top 10 most-engaged followers on Twitter over the past 30 days, five of them were confirmed to be bots and three other accounts appeared to be bots, Bloomberg found. The bots are designed to constantly tweet to Trump.
For example, the account @EveryTrumpDonor has two jobs: mention Trump's Twitter account every hour and reply to the president's tweets twice a day. That account alone has posted more than 15,000 tweets, all of which provide information about Trump's donors from the Federal Election Commission.
Data also shows Trump has more than 7.5 million egg accounts following, accounting for 28 percent of his followers.
Egg account users don't show their faces and usually engage in abusive behavior on Twitter -- and this month, the social media site decided to do something about it. Twitter recently ditched the egg icon profile photo for a new gray, genderless avatar. The company hopes the new design will help "prompt more self-expression" and encourages people to upload their own pictures, since the new default picture looks more like a placeholder.
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2nd Pyramid Found
Pharaoh Ameny Qemau
A 3,800-year-old pyramid found with an alabaster block bearing the name of pharaoh Ameny Qemau has been discovered at the site of Dahshur in Egypt.
Another pyramid containing artifacts bearing the name of Ameny Qemau (also spelled Qemaw) was discovered in 1957 in Dahshur, a royal necropolis in the desert on the Nile River's west bank. The finding has left Egyptologists with a mystery as to why the same pharaoh seemingly has two pyramids to his name.
The remains of the pyramid's inner structure were discovered by a team of Egyptian archaeologists and announced today (April 4) by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
"The uncovered remains of the pyramid represents a part of its inner structure, which is composed of a corridor leading to the inner side of the pyramid and a hall, which leads to a southern ramp and a room to the western end," Adel Okasha, the director general of the Dahshur necropolis, said in a statement from the ministry.
Within the inner structure, the team discovered an alabaster block containing 10 lines of hieroglyphic writing. The ministry said it had not yet deciphered the writing on the block.
Pharaoh Ameny Qemau
For three decades, America got tough on crime.
Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms.
But as crime rates dropped since 2000, enforcement policies changed. Even conservative lawmakers sought to reduce mandatory minimum sentences and to lower prison populations, and law enforcement shifted to new models that emphasized community partnerships over mass arrests.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Racist) often reflects fondly on the tough enforcement strategies of decades ago and sees today's comparatively low crime rates as a sign they worked. He is preparing to revive some of those practices even as some involved in criminal justice during that period have come to believe those approaches went too far, for too long.
"In many ways with this administration we are rolling back," said David Baugh, who worked as a federal prosecutor in the 1970s and 1980s before becoming a defense lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. "We are implementing plans that have been proven not to work."
'Concentration Camps' For Gays
"Concentration camps" for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.
Around 100 gay men have been reportedly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chechnya by the police. The "concentration camps" are being used to force homosexuals to commit that they would leave the republic, according to Novaya Gazeta.
The officials in Chechnya started torturing the homosexuals after a Russia-based NGO for LGBT rights - GayRussia.ru - applied for a gay rights march in the capital of Grozny, reports said.
Meanwhile, Chechen's President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of setting up the camps to torture gay people. He has denied the allegation saying, "It's impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic." The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.
DHS Not Releasing
WH Visitor Logs
A group of nonprofit organizations sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday for not releasing details of visitor logs of the White House. Currently, the White House website page at which visitor logs were made available, says: "This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available."
The lawsuit was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It accused the DHS of failing to disclose records of visits to the White House and to Donald Trump (R-Crooked) at his Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower residences. The complaint said that the Secret Service, a part of DHS, which maintains White House visitor logs, violated the law by not providing information for visitors to the White House, Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
"We hoped that the Trump administration would follow the precedent of the Obama administration and continue to release visitor logs, but unfortunately they have not," CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. "Given the many issues we have already seen in this White House with conflicts of interest, outside influence, and potential ethics violations, transparency is more important than ever, so we had no choice but to sue."
Trump has hosted several world leaders at his Mar-a-Lago residence, the most recent one being the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
WH Visitor Logs
Discovered In Ex-Army Tank
$2.4 Million in Gold
A tank collector in the United Kingdom was in for a surprise when he and his mechanic opened one of his tank's diesel fuel tanks. Inside were gold bars totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars.
The tank came into possession of Nick Mead, a tank collector and owner of a href="http://www.tanks-alot.co.uk/main.htm" target="_blank">Tanks Alot, a company that offers tanks and other armored vehicles for driving classes, private events, and television and film appearances. Mead found the tank, an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, on sale on eBay and traded it for an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck.
Mead and his mechanic, Todd Chamberlain, were filming the opening of the fuel tank because they had already found machine gun ammunition in the armored vehicle and wanted video proof in case more ammunition was found. They pulled out five gold bars weighing about twelve pounds worth an estimated $2.4 million. The gold was handed over to authorities, and Mead has placed a receipt for the bars of bullion in a safe deposit box.
The Type 69 was a Chinese copy of the Soviet T-55 medium tank and sold in large numbers to the Iraqi Army during the 1980s. The Type 69 was armed with a 100-millimeter main gun and a 12.7-millimeter machine gun. The design, first introduced in 1949, is thoroughly obsolete but still serves in Third World armies around the world.
The gold is thought to be Kuwaiti in origin-Iraqi forces engaged in widescale looting of the country after the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Six months after the end of the war, Iraqi authorities returned 3,216 gold bars under UN supervision.
$2.4 Million in Gold
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 3-9. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million.
2. "NCAA Pre-Game," CBS, 14.08 million.
3. "NCIS," CBS, 13.83 million.
4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.6 million.
5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.64 million.
6. "Bull," CBS, 11.1 million.
7. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.47 million.
8. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.04 million.
9. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.77 million.
10. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.52 million.
11. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.51 million.
12. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.85 million.
13. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.77 million.
14. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 8.76 million.
15. "Survivor," CBS, 8.4 million.
16. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.58 million.
17. "Mom," CBS, 7.5 million.
18. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.23 million.
19. "NCAA Basketball Preview" (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.13 million.
20. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.04 million.
David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95.
Letterman had been on the air for years, and had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of nobodies, before he thought to bring on his mom.
But the moment he did, she became a hit, with a cheerful "Hi, David!" in her Indiana accent starting every appearance.
The two had great on-air chemistry, her homespun sincerity proving the perfect foil for her son's urban acerbity.
Her first appearances came via satellite from her Carmel, Indiana, kitchen for a segment called "Guess Mom's Pies," which became a Thanksgiving tradition. Letterman would make a huge production of the bit before finally declaring, usually correctly, "chocolate chiffon!" or "rhubarb!" When he was wrong, she would take on a comforting tone like he was a boy who had lost a little-league game.
She soon started making annual Mother's Day appearances too.
Mengering was a correspondent for the Letterman's Late Show on CBS at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Norway, a role she reprised for the next two winter games, wearing bulky snow gear that made her tiny self almost invisible, and oozing pure sincerity even in absurd bits Letterman's writers had her perform.
After Lillehammer, I couldn't believe how it all took off," Mengering told The New York Times in 1996. "I think it's about the idea of mom and of a family."
Mengering lived all her life in Indiana. She married Letterman's father, a florist named Harry Letterman, in 1942. He died in 1973, and she married structural engineer Hans P. Mengering, who died in 2013.
Once famous, she put out a cookbook, 1996's "Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom," that included recipes such as "Dave's Fried Baloney Sandwich" and the secrets behind many of the pies she had baked for the show.
John Warren Geils Jr.
Guitarist J. Geils, born John Warren Geils Jr., has reportedly died. He was 71.
WCVB-TV Boston reported Tuesday that Geils was found dead in his Groton, Mass., home. He had lived in the town for 35 years.
As leader of the The J. Geils Band, the group had 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including 10 top 40-charting hits. The band's biggest single, "Centerfold," spent six weeks at No. 1, and "Freeze-Frame" peaked at No. 4.
Billboard reached out to the Groton Police Department to confirm the report, but they declined to comment at this time.
Geils formed The J. Geils Band in 1967 with Danny Klein, "Magic Dick" Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd and Peter Wolf (later joined by Seth Justman) while studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. They released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985. They would reunite on and off over the years following. In 2012, Geils left the group for good.
The band's other charting singles include "Love Stinks" (No. 38), "Give It to Me" (No. 30), "Must of Got Lost" (No. 12) and "I Do" (No. 24). They also had 15 charting albums on the Billboard 200, including the No. 1 set Freeze-Frame, which spent four weeks atop the list in 1982 and finished at No. 5 on Billboard's year-end Top Pop Albums chart (while "Centerfold" was the year's No. 5 Top Pop Single).
John Warren Geils Jr.