M Is FOR MASHUP - November 8th, 2017
Best of MatzeMix
By DJ Useo
One of the very current home producers that rock our world is MatzeMix. I hear his new works quite often, including on various bootleg radio programs. We often hang out in similar circles, & I've found that in addition to his advanced mixing skills, he's a friendly, & intelligent person. All of that adds up to increased pleasure with his newly released album " Best of MatzeMix" ( kopimiradio.net/matzemix ) . MatzeMix's single tracks leave a swath of searing satisfaction, but when you get a big batch all at once, the achievement becomes percievably apparent.
In an advertising coup, the new album was premiered on the world's most successful mashup radio show, "Kopimi Radio w/ Mazanga Von Badman". I was fortunate to be in the group chat during the live broadcast, & got to interact with one happy bunch of listeners. Often, the success of a new release is largely due to listeners sharing the links around with each other. The album can be wonderful, but still fail if people don't tell each other about it. "Best of MatzeMix" doesn't seem to be suffering in that respect.
Bastard pop albums tend to be slightly more challenging than some people can handle, what with the general contrast of styles within one track. Matze's album addresses this by displaying an overwhelmingly appealing manner throughout. Sure, there's plenty of genre clash, except MatzeMix blends them for maximum satisfaction. The flavor he achieves is one that would seem to compell the larger audience.
On this album you'll find cuts like "Sirius Kryptonite" ( Alan Parsons Project vs 3 Doors Down ), "Just The Crazy Way You Are" ( Madonna vs Bruno Mars ), & "Aventura" ( Marcela Gandara vs Mr. Big vs Kings Of Leon vs Fall Out Boy vs Black Eyed Peas vs Boston ). In addition to the 15 tracks, there's an incredibly-fine bonus track called "MatzeMix 13 Sources Mashup" that's worth the allocation of this collection all on it's own.
You can stream or download the Kopimi Radio show here ( hearthis.at/kopimi/bestofmatzemix/ ) & the zip file of MatzeMix's album has mirror links here ( kopimiradio.net/matzemix )
I just love a new mashup album, how about you?
Paul Krugman: Trump, Gillespie and the Same Old Party (NY Times Column)
Trumpism has taken over the G.O.P. because the party was mostly already there.
Garrison Keillor: Donald Trump is done (Chicago Tribune)
When his old campaign manager was indicted Monday, Mr. Trump called me on the phone, crying like a baby, and begged me to endorse him. I said, "You're already president, Mr. President. You were elected." He said, "I'd still like your endorsement." I have a recording of the phone call. It's so sad. Donald Trump is done. He couldn't get elected dogcatcher in New York, his hometown. I was very very nice about it. Very nice. But New Yorkers love dogs and he does not. There are 14 recorded instances of him kicking small dogs, and I have documentary proof of all but two of them.
Josh Marshall: Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails (TPM)
Over the last four days President Trump has made a series of statements demanding his Justice Department 'investigate' Hillary Clinton and other Democratic enemies. These demands aren't entirely new. But by their specificity, repetition and speed they represent a new departure in demands for extra-legal action and rule. We should note that Trump is increasingly acting like a dictator or would be strong man.
Lucy Mangan: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe review - surveillance and survival in dystopian London (The Guardian)
Although I'm an almost lifelong fan of dystopian fiction, ever since accidentally picking up Nineteen Eighty-Four at the age of 10, I find it harder to read now that the gap between it and reality is closing by the day. Dystopias these days read like terrifying premonitions with just enough notice of doom to give your loved ones a kiss goodbye before the apocalypse hits.
Alison Flood: 'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series (The Guardian)
With 4m or 17% of all online ebooks being pirated, novelists including Maggie Stiefvater and Samantha Shannon say theft by fans puts their books at risk.
Lucy Mangan: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor review - mental health advice that felt like good old-fashioned common sense (The Guardian)
Stressed? Depressed? The medical magazine show urged us to get out in the fresh air and eat our greens. Plus: culinary delights on the Italian coast.
Steve Rose: Justice League: why the only thing dying in blockbusters is our sense of excitement (The Guardian)
How the lucrative superhero franchise has killed off the concept of killing off
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Think that if Bart was around he'd offer up shots of Chinaco for the elections in VA & NJ.
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Visits Puerto Rico
'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visited Puerto Rico, the island where his family is from and where he spent summers, and announced that several organizations will be receiving much needed economic help.
The Hispanic Federation, a New York based Latino non-profit founded by Miranda's father, Luis Miranda, has awarded seven organizations $100,000 each from a fund that totals $2.5 million, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island in September.
The recipients include non-profits that provide social services, sustainable agriculture and help protect the environment, among others.
The plan is for other organizations working on innovative projects on the island to continue receiving money from the fund, called "Amanece/Road to Recovery."
During a press conference in Puerto Rico, the Broadway playwright and actor said in Spanish, "I'm going to continue speaking up and helping Puerto Rico. I want you to know we are here en las buenas y en las malas, during the good and the bad," he said. "There are so many people around the world thinking about this island."
All charges have been dropped against an activist who audibly scoffed during now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' (R-Evil Elf) Senate confirmation hearing in January.
On Monday afternoon, District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu filed a notice of nolle prosequi - a formal notice of abandonment by a prosecutor or plaintiff - in the case against Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz.
Fairooz was arrested in January during the hearing's opening statements and faced misdemeanor charges, including disrupting Congress and parading/demonstrating.
In May, a jury found Fairooz guilty of the criminal misdemeanor charges. She faced being sentenced to up to six months in jail.
When sentencing rolled around in July, however, the judge took issue with the conviction based on laughter alone, threw it out and scheduled a new trial for September, which was then delayed until November.
Disney Ends Ban
Following a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Co. has ended its ban on the Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies.
Five critics groups had blasted the studio's media blackout of the newspaper and pledged to disqualify Disney's films from awards consideration until the blackout was lifted.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics jointly issued the statement Tuesday morning. The Toronto Film Critics Association joined the boycott on Tuesday as well. The New York Times and filmmaker Ava Duvernay also issued statements of support on Tuesday.
The controversy emerged on Nov. 3 when newspaper explained that the studio's films such as "Thor: Ragnarok" were not included in its holiday movie preview because of Disney's refusal to offer advance screenings in response to a Sept. 24 story the Times published that examined the business relationship between the company's flagship California theme park, Disneyland, and the city of Anaheim.
Disney responded the same day by alleging that the Times "showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards" in its coverage of Anaheim and Disneyland.
Kevin Spacey Cut
'Carol Burnett Show' Anniversary Special
CBS is the latest to sidestep any involvement with Kevin Spacey, expunging the embattled actor from its upcoming 50th anniversary special for The Carol Burnett Show. He had recorded a song-and-dance number with Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Kristin Chenoweth last month.
"Kevin Spacey will not be included in the Carol Burnett special," CBS said in a terse statement.
The move comes as fallout continues after allegations brought by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey made sexual advances on him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Spacey soon apologized for the incident and came out as gay, but his remarks have been blasted by GLAAD and other groups.
Since then, Netflix said that next year's Season 6 of House of Cards would be the last for the Emmy-nominated D.C. drama that stars Spacey and Robin Wright, and the series' former showrunner Beau Willimon called the allegations "deeply troubling." Three more men came forward with sexual abuse allegations against Spacey over the weekend, and AFI Fest said Monday that All the Money in the World - which stars the two-time Oscar winner as billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty - has been pulled from its closing-night slot at the event.
'Carol Burnett Show' Anniversary Special
Elects Its First Openly Transgender State Lawmaker
Democrat Danica Roem defeated Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R) on Tuesday, becoming the first openly transgender state lawmaker in Virginia.
Roem is now delegate-elect for Virginia's 13th House of Delegates district, which includes outer suburbs of Washington.
The voters of Virginia's 13th District chose Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump by 14 percentage points in the 2016 election, giving Roem favorable odds going into the election.
Roem's historic victory, which was called about an hour after polls closed, elated LGBTQ advocates. The outcome was that much sweeter because Marshall co-sponsored a 2006 Virginia constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that prompted LGBTQ activists to dub him "Bigot Bob." Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe," also introduced the bill that would have banned transgender public school students from using the bathrooms of their choice.
Roem ran on a platform of improving the state's infrastructure, including State Route 28, raising teacher salaries, and championing LGBTQ and immigrant rights.
Approval Rating Tanking
President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) base appeared to be anything but intact this week, as his approval ratings continued their decline to lows that no other president in modern American history has suffered during a first year in office.
Support among the noncollege-educated white voters who made up a big portion of the Trump base throughout the 2016 election dropped 13 percent in a CNN poll published Monday afternoon, to 49 percent from 59 percent approval at the 100-day mark. In the poll conducted Thursday through Sunday, the commander in chief's overall approval rating among voters also reached a new low for a CNN survey since Inauguration Day, dipping to 36 percent from 37 percent, as independents and minorities also continued to abandon Trump.
Trump's base in recent weeks has appeared increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of public service duties since taking control of the Oval Office. The majority of working class white and independent voters said they disapproved of the president's efforts on upholding his campaign promises, according to a Fox News poll published October 30, including tax and health care reform.
The latest CNN poll aligned with other red flags for Trump throughout the week, including in Gallup's polling published Monday: The president's approval hit a new low, at 33 percent. It doesn't look like his problems are going away anytime soon, either.
Nearly half of Americans said they believe Trump himself committed a crime in his alleged dealings with the Russians, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Thursday. That number was well up from an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published in July, in which 25 percent of those surveyed said they suspected the president committed illegal acts during the campaign, while 29 percent said they believed that he had been unethical but that his actions did not amount to a crime.
Third Gray Wolf Killed
Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such unsolved death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. Another wolf was shot by a hunter who claimed self-defense.
The wolf was found dead Oct. 29 in Klamath County on state forest land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a $5,000 reward for information on the killing, authorities said Monday.
The wolf was known to biologists as OR-25 and was wearing a tracking collar. It was believed to have killed a calf at a private ranch near Prospect earlier this year, according to state wildlife officials.
OR-33, another collared male, was found shot dead April 23 about 20 miles northwest of Klamath Falls in Fremont-Winema National Forest. OR-28, a collared female, was found dead Oct. 6, 2016, in Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake.
Killing gray wolves in the western two-thirds of Oregon is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and of Oregon state game laws. The federal offense is punishable by up to a $100,000 fine, a year in jail or both. The maximum state penalty is a fine of $6,250 and a year in jail.
Oldest Mammal Ancestor
As ancestors go, it might not look particularly distinguished, but this toothy rat-like creature is the forefather of us all.
Remains of the little nocturnal mammal, which lived 145million years ago, were recently discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, by paleontologists from the University of Portsmouth.
The animal is the earliest in a line that eventually leads to humans, as well as branching off along the way to evolve into creatures as diverse as blue whales and pigmy shrews.
The new species has been named 'Durlstotherim newmani', after keen amateur paleontologist Charlie Newman, 51. The landlord of the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers founded his own fossil museum in the pub, and helped scientists collect the new specimens.
Mr Newman, made headlines in 2015 when he built his own 12ft-high Stonehenge in a field he owns using 35 tonnes of timber, although he was later ordered to tear it down by Purbeck District Council.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. World Series Game 7: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 28.29 million.
2. World Series Game 6: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 22.33 million.
3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.09 million.
4. NFL Football: Oakland at Miami, NBC, 14.36 million.
5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.16 million.
6. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 12.83 million.
7. "NCIS," CBS, 12.11 million.
8. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 11.43 million.
9. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 10.58 million.
10. NFL Football: Denver at Kansas City," ESPN, 10.49 million.
11. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 9.93 million.
12. "Bull," CBS, 9.63 million.
13. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.62 million.
14. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.27 million.
15. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 9.11 million.
16. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.86 million.
17. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.63 million.
18. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 8.52 million.
19. "Mom," CBS, 8.46 million.
20. "This is Us," NBC, 8.43 million.