M Is FOR MASHUP - June 9th, 2021
The Collected Lobsterdust
By DJ Useo
One of my longtime mashup favorites among the great mixers is DJ Lobsterdust
( lobsterdust.com/ ) . He started before me & will no doubt remain after me. He’s a master of the many styles of mashups, & is well known on the net around the world, & also the Martian, & Venusian club scenes.
Lobsterdust is the full package when it comes to skills at creating mixed blends. He’s always been worth following, & you can count on his great tracks appearing on mashup compilations. Here’s a proper example of why he remains among the bootleg elite. - Kanye West & Lil Pump vs. Commodores - She's a Brick Hoe (lobsterdust mashup)
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9n3U34FQVk )
Now he’s made all his collections available at Bandcamp, & we all experience the benefit.
( lobsterdust.bandcamp.com/ ) I grabbed them all, & frankly, the quality never dips throughout. All 13 albums deliver that thrilling vibe we seek, & he’s made them available at name your price.
You can experience Lobsterdust live on his video Twitch account, where he broadcasts regularly.
( twitch.tv/lobsterdust ) Hopefully, his residency at BOOTIE http://www.bootiemashup.com/ will take up once more when the pandemic eases. In the meantime, enjoy these superb collections. Thanks to LD.
Have the day of good - DJ Konrad Useo
• A Mennonite pastor punished his five-year-old son by removing him from church — an act the son felt was very unfair. To get revenge, the young boy waited until later in the day, when he and his father attended a men’s business meeting, then the boy announced to the group, “My dad will probably deny this, but he smokes sometimes!”
• One Church of Christ preacher, Jimmy Smith, caught another Church of Christ preacher, T.Q. Martin, smoking. Mr. Smith said, “I see you’re burning incense to the devil.” Mr. Martin replied, “Yes, but I didn’t expect him to catch me at it.”
• Wilson Mizner, a rascal, led a life devoted to women, gambling, opium, and the spending of money — and he also devoted his life to wit. After he died, he made one last joke in his will: He left his estate to a woman. Everybody assumed, given the life Mr. Mizner had led, that the woman must have been his mistress, but she was a woman with whom he had had a Platonic friendship for the 15 years he knew her. The woman, Florence Atkinson, called him “the best and dearest friend I ever had in my whole life. … I know [his brother] Addison almost as well as Wilson. We were like three brothers.”
• Revolutionary War general Charles Lee made an infamous will that said, “I desire most earnestly that I may not be buried in any church, or church-yard, or within a mile of any Presbyterian or Anabaptist meeting-house; for since I have resided in this country, I have kept so much bad company when living, that I do not chuse to continue it when dead.”
• Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah was ugly, and the daughter of the Emperor of Rome told him that she thought it was odd that so ugly a man could have such wisdom. He then asked if the Emperor kept wine in earthen vessels. She replied that he did, and Rabbi Joshua told her that it was odd to keep such a good thing as wine in earthen vessels and that the Emperor ought to keep his wine in golden and silver vessels. She told the Emperor what Rabbi Joshua had said, and the Emperor ordered that his wine be kept in golden and silver vessels — but the golden and silver vessels turned the wine sour. Therefore, the Emperor called Rabbi Joshua before him. Rabbi Joshua explained what he and the Emperor’s daughter had discussed, and he stated that he had merely repeated to the Emperor’s daughter the same principle she had told to him — good things should not be kept in common vessels. The Emperor then asked, “Are there no handsome scholars?” Rabbi Joshua replied, “If the scholars were ugly, they would be even more scholarly.”
• A man planted flowers in his garden; however, when the flowers grew, dandelions also grew with them. The man sought advice from friends and tried several ways to get rid of the dandelions, but nothing worked. Finally, the man sought advice from a wise gardener. The wise gardener suggested several ways to get rid of the dandelions, but the man had already tried them. Finally, the wise gardener said, “I suggest that you learn to love dandelions.”
• Many people are in despair over their evil deeds, but instead of turning from evil and doing good, they continue to despair although they instead “could be stringing pearls for the delight of Heaven,” in the words of the Rabbi of Ger. That is why the good Rabbi said, “It is written: ‘Depart from evil and do good’ — turn wholly from evil, do not dwell upon it, and do good. You have done wrong? Then counteract it by doing right.”
• During a sea voyage, a storm raged. A passenger on ship began to scream for help, and his shrieking disturbed the other passengers, who asked the wise Bahlul what could be done to quiet the panicked passenger. “Tie a rope to him and throw him overboard,” Bahlul said. “Just before he drowns, drag him on board. Then he will realize that he is safe on board this ship.”
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In The Chaos Household
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Final Two Weeks
Conan O’Brien is getting ready to say goodbye to his eponymous late-night show.
The Conan host has set his line-up of celebrity guests for his final two weeks of shows, which end June 24, and is welcoming back a live audience to help him say au revoir.
This comes more than ten years after the former host of The Tonight Show kicked off his TBS show and as he segues to a weekly variety show on sibling streamer HBO Max.
Martin Short, Bill Hader, Mila Kunis, Dana Carvey, JB Smoove and Patton Oswalt will be among those helping O’Brien say goodbye to the format that he has worked in for 28 years.
Jack Black, who called his appearance on Conan’s Late Night in 2000 “the greatest thing I’ve ever done”, will serve as O’Brien’s final guest for the hour-long finale.
Former President Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up) reached less than a million measurable television viewers over the weekend in his return to the public stage at a North Carolina political event.
ABC's “World News Tonight” led the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.3 million viewers. NBC's “Nightly News” had 6.3 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.7 million.
For the week of May 31 to June 6, the 20 most-watched programs in prime time, their networks and viewerships:
1. “America's Got Talent,” NBC, 7.37 million.
2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.06 million.
3. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.74 million.
4. “Kennedy Center Honors,” CBS, 5.32 million.
5. “Station 19,” ABC, 4.9 million.
6. “America's Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.78 million.
7. “Grey's Anatomy,” ABC, 4.76 million.
8. “NCIS,” CBS, 4.72 million.
9. NBA Playoffs: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers (Thursday), TNT, 4.53 million.
10. “FBI,” CBS, 4.27 million.
11. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 4.23 million.
12. “The Chase,” ABC, 4.07 million.
13. “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” NBC, 4.02 million.
14. “United States of Al,” CBS, 3.951 million.
15. “New Amsterdam,” NBC, 3.947 million.
16. Soccer: EE UU vs Mexico, Univision, 3.923 million.
17. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 3.922 million.
18. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 3.89 million.
19. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 3.67 million.
20. NBA Playoffs: L.A. Clippers at Dallas (Friday), ESPN, 3.61 million.
Lucrative Gold Rush
Jeff Jampol has managed the estates of the Doors, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur. “None of my clients tour,” he says. “They’re all dead.”
That hasn’t stopped him from generating big money on their behalf, whether it’s organizing a touring exhibition of Cobain’s artwork, setting up Oliver Stone’s 1991 Doors biopic (which tripled the band’s catalog sales), or producing the 2015 Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue. Jampol compares an artist’s legacy to a dark, cold fireplace with five or six matches on the mantelpiece: Each represents a tool that can spark new interest in the brand — from a book to a docuseries, Broadway musical, or biopic. “If you light the fire incorrectly with one of those matches, it glows for 15 seconds,” he says, “and then you’re left again with a cold, empty, dark fireplace and one burnt match.”
Up till now, living, breathing classic-rock icons like the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan haven’t had to worry much about tending to their respective flames. Touring, merch, and clever marketing of their catalogs have sustained them for well over six decades. But the pandemic has kept them off the road for more than a year, and several of them are reaching an age where road work won’t be possible much longer. “Mick Jagger is 77,” Jampol says. “At some point you’ve got to go, ‘I’m going to enjoy my grandkids.’”
Among artists and investors, an aging group of classic-rock superstars and the inevitable wave of retirements on the not-too-distant horizon has set off something of a gold rush. Entrepreneurs have begun entering Jampol’s line of work and trying to concoct new ways to profit from the legacy of rock stars from days past. Some well-heeled investors are shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars for lucrative publishing catalogs; others are making use of TikTok and developing technologies like holograms; others envision deepfake software that could create “new” songs by departed artists. Industry experts say that’s just the beginning.
While today’s media are new and the dollar figures larger than ever, rock has been trying to broaden its audience and keep older artists in the public consciousness since the very beginning. Documentaries about the Monterey Pop festival and Woodstock canonized those events for posterity. Starting in the mid-Seventies, Hollywood realized the potential for rock biopics and produced films about Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. Subsequent decades introduced tell-all memoirs, docuseries, jukebox musicals, Vegas residencies, full-album playthroughs at concerts, traveling museums, and other endeavors to hold on to consumers’ interests.
Records Surge During Pandemic
Vinyl record sales surged during the pandemic as music lovers fattened their collections, and audio cassettes began a comeback as well, keeping business spinning at record stores.
Easing restrictions on indoor shopping and continued interest in vinyl records provide stores — and shoppers — something to cheer on Saturday, the first of two Record Store Day dates. Although many stores were closed during the early part of the pandemic, people were listening to records at home and boosting online and curbside pickup sales of vinyl.
Vinyl record sales soared in 2020 during the pandemic year, growing 29% to $626 million and surpassing compact discs in sales revenue, according to the Record Industry Association of America.
Audio cassettes, of all things, are also seeing renewed interest — though still something of a novelty when it comes to overall sales — thanks to some help from Hollywood and Netflix.
That surge in interest in records and cassettes bodes well for the annual celebration of indie music stores, those local music hubs where people can thumb through albums, CDs and cassettes, and talk music.
‘Series Of Steps’
Americans should be worried that the Republican party “is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognisable and unacceptable even five years ago”, Barack Obama said on Monday.
The former president warned Americans “to recognise that the path towards an undemocratic America is not gonna happen in just one bang” but will instead come “in a series of steps”, as seen under authoritarian leaders in Hungary and Poland.
Obama told CNN “large portions of an elected Congress [are] going along with the falsehood that there were problems with the election”.
Some Republicans did speak up against Trump’s lie after 6 January, Obama said, praising officials like Brad Raffensperger, the Republican Georgia secretary of state who resisted pressure to overturn Biden’s win there, as “very brave”.
But then, Obama said, “poof, suddenly everybody was back in line. Now, the reason for that is because the base believed it and the base believed it because this had been told to them not just by the president, but by the media that they watch.
Tax Dollars At Work
Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up) cannot be held personally liable for “crude and disrespectful” remarks he made about a woman who accused him of rape because he made the comments while he was president, U.S. Justice Department lawyers told an appeals court late Monday.
Responding to misconduct allegations is part of the president’s job, the government’s lawyers told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. As such, it is the United States itself — and not Trump — who should be the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by columnist E. Jean Carroll, who says Trump raped her in the mid-1990s in an upscale Manhattan department store.
In defending Trump in its filing Monday, the Justice Department is carrying on an effort that began under former U.S. Attorney General William Barr while Trump was still in office.
Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, said in a statement that it was “horrific” that Trump raped her client but it was “truly shocking that the current Department of Justice would allow Donald Trump to get away with lying about it, thereby depriving our client of her day in court.”
“The DOJ’s position is not only legally wrong, it is morally wrong since it would give federal officials free license to cover up private sexual misconduct by publicly brutalizing any woman who has the courage to come forward,” she said. “Calling a woman you sexually assaulted a ‘liar,’ a ‘slut,’ or ‘not my type,’ as Donald Trump did here, is not the official act of an American president.”
Online vigilante “sedition hunters” are reportedly tracking down suspected Capitol rioters not yet arrested or charged by authorities.
More than 400 people have been arrested and charged over their alleged involvement in the attack in Washington DC on 6 January that left five people dead.
But the FBI’s most wanted page still features photos of hundreds more people wanted in connection with the event.
Now groups of “amateur internet sleuths” are reportedly turning the search for the outstanding participants into the “ultimate online manhunt”, according to Bloomberg.
One man, Chris Sigurdson, 58, an out-of-work actor in Canada, said that he spent 40-hours a week poring over photos and videos on social media, eventually leading to the FBI’s arrest and charging of Daniel Ray Caldwell of The Colony, Texas, with his tweets cited in the affidavit.
Enigmatic Waves Confirmed
One of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights our skies can muster is the dancing glow of auroral lights. Yet this fascinating phenomenon is still not fully understood.
We know it's produced by particles blown in from solar storms, accelerated along Earth's magnetic field lines to the higher latitudes, where they rain down into the upper atmosphere. There, interactions with the particles in the atmosphere generate curtains of light that shimmer across the sky.
Now, for the first time, scientists have demonstrated and confirmed the mechanism whereby the particle acceleration occurs - by replicating the process in a laboratory. Just as scientists had thought, powerful electromagnetic waves known as Alfvén waves accelerate electrons along the magnetic field lines.
"The idea that these waves can energize the electrons that create the aurora goes back more than four decades, but this is the first time we've been able to confirm definitively that it works," said physicist Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa.
We've known about Alfvén waves for a long time. They were first described by Swedish electrical engineer Hannes Alfvén in 1942 - transverse waves in an electric fluid that propagate along magnetic field lines. Such waves are an important mechanism for the transport of energy and momentum in magnetohydrodynamic systems; that is, they can accelerate particles.