M Is FOR MASHUP - May 13th, 2015
Alan Black In The Seventies and the Eighties
By DJ Useo
Alan Black ( www.alanblack13.com/AlanBlack13/AlanBlack13.com.html ) , the master mixer behind such fine projects as "Inception/Excerption", "Cripple Crab Crutch", & too many more to mention here, has released two new themed mashup albums. To fully access his full discography, merely follow this link
( www.alanblack13.com/AlanBlack13/Music.html )
Tracks from Black have appeared sporadically between projects, but the big drop has now occurred. Two new full Alan Black mashup/bootleg/sample albums are now available. "Set 07 The Seventies", & "Set 08 The Eighties" are both chock full of energetic, & "strangely familiar" mixes sure to intrigue you.
The Seventies Collection ( www.alanblack13.com/AlanBlack13/Set_07_-_The_Seventies.html ) draws upon such distinguished artists as The Clash, The Village People, & Fleetwood Mac, each perfectly paired with modern sources like Knife Party, Lorde, & Bassnectar. Each mix is tight, & appealing, leaving the listener satisfied & eager for more.
My fave track so far on the 70's album is "Message Italiano" ( The Police vs Dean Martin ) . You just don't get this type of delightful genre clash every day. I also had a special affection for the Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Jackson 5, & the David Bowie mixes. Yet, I repeat, all the tracks maintain a splendid consistency of appeal. Also available: an album of bonus material "- Set 07B - The Seventies B-roll -", containing 26 session outtakes. ( !!! ) :D
The eighties collection contains tracks pairing such classic musical acts as Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, & Journey, all combined in a finest kind manner with modern artists like Eagles of Death Metal, Dropkick Murphys, & The Chemical Brothers. Among the 23 cuts contained, I found "Casbah Party" ( The Clash vs Knife Party ) to be my immediate favorite. Others that really sent me, in particular, had Duran Duran vs The New Pornographers, & Culture Club vs Siouxsie and the Banshees. Also available: an album of bonus material "- Set 08B - The Eighties B-roll -" containing 23 session outtakes. ( !!! ) :D
I initially listened to both records in one sitting, with company attending. We all loved the experience, with me being the only person already familiar with Alan Black's superb work. I'm confident you'll find much to enjoy with these 'no charge' mp3 album releases. Thanks for taking the time to peruse this text. Now complete the investment & enjoy the tunes! Me, I'm off to experience the two bonus collections!
I'll be back with more mashup merriment next week. - Konrad
HENRY ROLLINS: WHY I WOULD SELL PIZZA TO NAZIS (LA Weekly)
I read an article posted on Reuters written by Luciana Lopez, which quoted a recent conversation Mike Huckabee had with pastors that was put together by the Family Research Council. Playing to his audience, Huckabee said, "We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity." I hope not. I am completely against the idea of someone not being permitted to be who they want to be.
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CHRIS SUELLENTROP: In Escape Rooms, Video Games Meet Real Life (NY Times)
Everything is interactive these days, thanks to video games and the Internet, even Neil Patrick Harris's forthcoming autobiography, which is being written in the style of a 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book. One of the most interesting fusions of digital culture with an older form - in this case, theater - is the escape room, which locks people behind a closed door and asks them to find a way out.
Aaron E. Carroll: More Consensus on Coffee's Benefits Than You Might Think (NY Times)
When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would "stunt my growth." It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.
Aaron E. Carroll: Simple Rules for Healthy Eating (NY Times)
I've avoided treating any food like the devil. Many nutrition experts do, and it may turn out they're right, but at this point I think the jury is still out. I've therefore tried not to tell you to avoid anything completely. My experience tells me that total abstinence rarely works, although anecdotes exist to support that practice.
RICHARD H. THALER: Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things Matter in Economic Behavior (NY Times)
I chose 137 as a maximum score [for my test] for two reasons. First, it produced an average well into the 90s, and some students scored above 100, generating a reaction approaching ecstasy. Second, because dividing by 137 is not easy to do in your head, I figured that most students wouldn't convert their scores into percentages.
Stuart Jeffries: 'Actors are cattle': when Hitchcock met Truffaut (Guardian)
Hidden necrophilia in Vertigo, glowing milk, an on-set spat with Montgomery Clift … in 1962, Alfred Hitchcock revealed his tricks, and the often shocking meanings behind his films, to fellow director François Truffaut. Now their talks have been turned into the revealing film Hitchcock/Truffaut.
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from Marc Perkel
Hello Bartcop fans,
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to email@example.com.
Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com
But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Sunny but cooler than seasonal.
If you want to make Buffy Sainte-Marie giggle, call her an icon.
"In a way, I think it's kind of funny," she said recently of the oft-used term. "Because success in 'le showbiz' anyway, it's kind of a crapshoot.
"The word icon anyway, what's an icon? It's a symbol for something. If you kindly say I'm an icon, (then) an icon for what?
"An icon, you see them on your computer screen every day. Unless you press the button, you don't know where they lead, right?"
The Saskatchewan-raised Cree singer/songwriter - and decorated owner of an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Juno, Gemini and BAFTA Film Award - sparks different associations for different people, and it's largely generation-dependent.
U.S. Drifting Away
The share of U.S. residents who identify as Christian has shrunk over the past seven years while adults unaffiliated with organized religion now represent a larger portion of the public, a poll released on Tuesday found.
Between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults who self-identified as Christian fell from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent, or 172.8 million people, driven mainly by drops among Roman Catholics and some Protestants, according to the Pew Research Center poll.
Non-religious U.S. adults who identify as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith have seen their ranks swell over that same time period by about 6 percentage points to 22.8 percent of the population, or 56 million people.
The report, which compares to a similar Pew survey conducted in 2007, found that while the decline in Christianity was most pronounced among younger adults, there were significant declines across ages, races, genders and geographic regions.
Watches 'Game Of Thrones' For 'Historic Reasons'
Snoop Dogg is a huge "Game of Thrones" fan - apparently because he thinks it's real.
In a new interview with the New York Post, the Doggfather said one of the reasons he's so fascinated by the hit HBO series - you know, the one based on George R.R. Martin's fictional book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" and filled with dragons, white walkers, shadow monsters, giants, witches and other not-so-real things - is because it provides a useful history lesson.
"I watch it for historic reasons, to try to understand what this world was based on before I got here," Snoop told the Post. "I like to know how we got from there, to here, and the similarities between then and now."
Snoop Dogg - Long Beach Polytechnic High School - Class of '89
Singing Sailor To Deter Russian Subs
A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay".
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society's (SPAS) cheeky device emits the message in Morse code and is designed to scare off subs from Russia, which does not share Sweden's acceptance of homosexuality.
The so-called Singing Sailor also features a flashing pink neon outline of a seaman clad only in white underpants and a boater's hat, gyrating his hips above the text "Welcome to Sweden -- Gay Since 1944."
That was the year when Sweden decriminalised homosexuality. In contrast, rights groups have recently sounded the alarm over a rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, saying that a ban on "gay propaganda" effectively legalises discrimination.
The End Is Near
After more than 75 years of flying, the end is near for US Airways.
American Airlines plans to shut down the venerable carrier over a 90-day stretch that could begin as soon as July, which would mean a final departure around October.
US Airways flights will slowly disappear and be replaced by American flights in a single reservations system. It's one of the trickiest parts of merging two airlines.
Even if all goes smoothly, vestiges of US Airways will remain. Most noticeably, American won't finish repainting all the US Airways jets until mid-2016 and even later for a few US Airways Express planes. Company executives expect that they will still be combining labor groups and flight-operating systems through 2017, four years after the merger.
US Airways traces its roots back to 1939 and the founding of an airmail-delivery outfit in western Pennsylvania that was called All-American Airways. It became Allegheny Airlines, gobbled up Mohawk Airlines, and morphed into US Air and then US Airways.
Record Sea Ice
Growing sea ice surrounding Antarctica could prompt scientists to consider relocating research stations on the continent, according to the operations manager of the Australian Antarctic Division.
Rob Wooding said that resupplying Australia's Mawson Station -- the longest continuously operated outpost in Antarctica -- relied on access to a bay, a task increasingly complicated by sea ice blocking the way.
"We are noticing that the sea ice situation is becoming more difficult," Wooding told a media briefing on Monday ahead of two days of meetings between top Antarctic science and logistics experts in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.
Wooding said that at Mawson, the ice typically only breaks up for one or two months of the summer, but in the last four to six years this has not happened every year, and some years only partially.
Germanys Top Gunmaker
Heckler and Koch
In the lush forests of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white buildings that house a company under siege.
Heckler and Koch is one of the most successful gun makers in the world. Its HK416 assault rifle is said to have been used to kill Osama bin Laden and the G36 is standard issue for militaries across the globe.
In years past, the company profited from Germany's aggressive export policies. In 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved a controversial but lucrative licensing deal for HK that allows Saudi Arabia to produce the G36 itself.
But lately, the mood in Berlin has shifted. And HK's most important client has become its fiercest critic.
The G36, Berlin says, does not shoot straight in hot weather or when it heats up through constant firing.
Heckler and Koch
Produces Premium Caviar
North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar.
A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and Clark camped two centuries ago.
As paddlefish, one of North America's largest freshwater fish, make their way north to spawn, their eggs, or roe, are processed at the water's edge to make more than 2,000 pounds of caviar prized by clients from Tokyo to Toronto to New York.
The state allows only 1,000 to be caught each year, as the population has dropped roughly in half since the 1970s to about 50,000 today due to overfishing and other factors.
Only about 50 pounds is sold retail, typically in local markets, where a 4 ounce jar costs $100. (Russian caviar can cost twice as much retail.)
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 4-11. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.6 million.
2. "NCIS," CBS, 14.5 million.
3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.4 million.
4. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.4 million.
5. "Dancing With the Stars-Results Show," ABC, 10.3 million.
6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.9 million.
7. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 9.6 million.
8. "The Good Wife," CBS, 9.4 million.
9. "Survivor," CBS, 9.2 million.
10. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.0 million.
11. "60 Minutes" (Special), CBS, 8.8 million.
12. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.580 million.
13. "Modern Family," ABC, 8.572 million.
14. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 8.570 million.
15. "Hawaii Five-O" (Special), CBS, 8.27 million.
16. "Castle," ABC, 8.26 million.
17. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 8.188 million.
18. "Person of Interest," CBS, 8.177 million.
19. "Letterman: A Life on TV," CBS, 8.1 million.
20. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.7 million.