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Mickey Hart Announces 25th Anniversary Release Of “Planet Drum” & Plans For New Solo Album

first_imgHas it been 25 years already? Back in 1991, Grateful Dead percussionist/Rhythm Devil Mickey Hart released his seminal album Planet Drum to wild success and critical acclaim. The album, which featured world-renowned percussionists Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram, Babatunde Olatinji, Sikiru Adepoju, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Giovanni Hidalgo, won the first ever World Music Grammy after spending twenty-six weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts. The subsequent tour for the album took the drummers around the world playing to packed audiences on a nightly basis.This was a groundbreaking project, bringing together some of the greatest percussionists of our time. Now, Planet Drum is being re-released as a special 25th anniversary edition in December 2016, including three new tracks that Hart arranged with his frequent collaborator Hussain. The three tracks include “Sea of Showers,” which features Flora Purim and Babatunde Olatunji singing over a rhythm base that includes sounds ranging from a bullroarer to chimes, “Throat Games,” which is an all-globe scat-a-thon and “The Spot,” which is a sonic homage to the water gods.Hart had this to say about the Planet Drum project:“This experience was about people having the will to do it and wanting to come together…because many times, people from different cultures are reticent of getting together with powerful people from other cultures; it’s hard to share rhythm for some musicians who are tradition-bound.  In this case, these folks, they weren’t culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me.  I always wanted to ring that bell.”In other exciting news, the label behind Planet Drum, Universal Music Group, has announced that Hart is entering the studio to put together an album of new material, with a the album set to be released at some point in 2017.Keep an eye out for more information on the 25th anniversary edition of Planet Drum and Mickey Hart’s forthcoming new album. You can head to Hart’s website for more details.last_img read more

Kerber turns on the style to overwhelm Halep

first_imgBy John O’BrienSINGAPORE,(Reuters)-Angelique Kerber produced a polished display to claim her second straight win at the WTA Finals with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Simona Halep yesterday the world number one virtually booking a spot in the semi-finals of the elite eight-woman event.In the second Red Group encounter, Madison Keys claimed her first win of the tournament in a battle between debutants when the American used her powerful forehand to overpower Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 6-4.Kerber (2-0), who beat Cibulkova in her first match on Sunday, was at her resilient best against Halep (1-1), standing firm when her opponent threatened and putting her foot on the accelerator when she sniffed an opportunity to pull away.The German entered the match trailing Halep, who thrashed Keys in her Red Group opener, 4-3 in their head-to-head meetings but the 28-year-old showed flashes of the form that brought her two grand slam titles in 2016.“I’m feeling very, very good here and it’s just great to win my second match here playing my best tennis,” Kerber said. “I’m trying to enjoy all my matches here and I hope the spectators can enjoy it as well.”Kerber came out flying, pushing Halep all around the court with her pinpoint groundstrokes to manufacture an immediate break, which the German consolidated with a gutsy hold after the Romanian set about attacking her opponent’s second serve.Halep was struggling to contain Kerber’s main weapon, her whipped forehand, and while the world number four’s athleticism and speed around the court kept her in the rallies, the German left-hander continued to dictate the early exchanges.HIGH QUALITYThe Romanian, however, was showing more patience and opted to keep Kerber pinned on the baseline rather than going for winners, the strategy paying off as she worked her angles beautifully to break back then hold to love for a 4-3 lead.Kerber was feeling the pressure but maintained her composure and consistency to first stave off her rampant opponent in the eighth game and then pressure Halep into a string of errors to cough up a decisive break of serve in the next.The German held comfortably to seal a high quality opening set in 43 minutes and carried the momentum into the second when she reeled off her fifth game in a row to open a 2-0 lead before Halep finally stopped the rot by holding.The Romanian threw everything she had at Kerber in the next game in an attempt to get the set back on serve but the top seed’s remarkable retrieving skills and ability to hit winners while stretched out wide neutralised the threat.Exerting all that effort for no reward seemed to knock the stuffing out of Halep and Kerber pounced again to seize another break against a demoralised opponent to give her the breathing room she needed to seal an ultimately comfortable victory.In the late match, Keys (1-1) looked a completely different player to the one who surrendered meekly to Halep on Sunday when she jumped all over Cibulkova’s (0-2) serve to race through the first set in just 23 minutes.The Slovak improved to make a contest of it in the second set but a single break in the fifth game was all Keys needed to seal the contest, although the permutations available in the final pool games means all four players can still advance.last_img read more

LGBTQ students escorted out of Iowa Capitol

first_imgDES MOINES — A group of students was escorted out of the Iowa capitol by state troopers after some transgender students refused to leave a men’s restroom and use gender-neutral restrooms instead.Iowa Safe Schools executive director Nate Monson says the LGBTQ students were at the capitol to lobby legislators. “Students were using the restrooms that they identify with and under the Iowa Civil Rights Act for the past 13 years, that’s been a protected class,” Monson says. “The state troopers at the capitol told our students that was not the case and they physically escorted about 150 students LGBTQ youth out the door.”Someone had called capitol police to report an adult and minor females were in a men’s restroom. A video posted online shows a trooper telling the group his concern was about “some type of possible sexual activity” in the restroom. No one was arrested, but a couple of dozen students wound up waiting on the capitol steps for nearly three hours for a school bus to pick them up.Fifteen-year-old Morgan Gooden of Mitchellville says students in the group aren’t mad, but they are annoyed.“We all just want this to stop,” Gooden says. “This was supposed to be our day to talk to legislators…and they had to ruin it for us over a bathroom.”Monson, who organized the lobby day, is seeking a meeting with the governor and the state public safety commissioner to discuss the incident.last_img read more

Pimps? Really, Nick? What are quick-buck coaches?

first_imgby Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Pimps?Really, Nick.If agents are no better than pimps, what does that make you and all those other suddenly sanctimonious college coaches who lie to kids while recruiting them in the first place?Nick Saban took home $4 million or so last year from Alabama, which has collected more probation-worthy violations (three) than any other high-profile football program in the country over the last two decades. The SEC used to be the runaway leader in the category but was doing a pretty good job cleaning itself up. SEC MEDIA DAY—Alabama coach Nick Saban talks to the media during the Southeastern Conference Media Days July 21, in Hoover, Ala. At least until last week.That’s when a raft of accusations about players receiving “extra benefits” from an agent—beginning with a player at ACC school North Carolina — detoured quickly into SEC waters. In short order, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama all learned they were officially under suspicion by the NCAA—Georgia was added to the list Thursday—prompting the tirade from Saban at the conference’s annual media day’s festivities.“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that’s creating it right now on behalf of the agents. The agents that do this—and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp?“I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None,” Saban continued. “How would you feel if they did it to your child?”Oh, I don’t know, maybe the same way some parents felt when their son came home and told them you decided not to renew his scholarship, which undoubtedly said more about the caliber of athlete he is than whether he was a good student.Or maybe the way the parents felt when their kid came home and told them you were leaving Michigan State for LSU, then LSU for the Miami Dolphins.And don’t even get us started about leaving the Dolphins in the lurch, since you flat-out lied about leaving Miami. Loyalty can be a funny thing, no?So spare us the lecture about how much you care. Most coaches genuinely care about their guys, Saban included, and would love to see them graduate. It makes life easier all the way around. But the No. 1 priority for those at Saban’s level is to win, and make plenty of money doing it. No one should have any illusions about that. At the very top of Division I football, everyone is using everyone—the suits who run the Bowl Championship Series, the university presidents, coaches, athletic directors and yes, those evil agents—and all of them are getting paid except for the kids.To be fair, the kids are plenty culpable. They know the rules, and the overwhelming majority abide by them. On top of that, every big-time athletic program has at least one full-time compliance officer, and some employ as many as seven or eight. No one is forcing them to go to parties, drive cars they can’t afford or take envelopes stuffed with cash.And Saban is right in one important way about the greaseball agents and their runners. They know the temptations they’re dangling could not only derail a kid’s career, it could put an entire program underwater for years to come, a la USC after Reggie Bush.Everyone hates agents—even scrupulous agents—unless they have one. The problem with making unscrupulous agents the villains in this drama is that just like the kids they pick off, they’re only the low-hanging fruit. Considering the way college football is structured, it’s nothing short of laughable to hear the coaches and conference commissioners occupying the branches above to suggest the rot could be stopped there.Big-time college football is effectively running a minor-league system for the NFL, and they’re doing it largely on the backs of kids whose football schoolwork is so demanding that many will never be able to take advantage of the scholarship that gets thrown in with it.It’s not about the scholarships, anyway. As incoming Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly noted not too long ago, both of his predecessors routinely boasted some of the best graduation rates in the nation and both got fired. But not surprising, the most honest assessment of the whole mess was uttered by Steve Spurrier.When asked about how best to go about cleaning it up, the old ballcoach admitted he didn’t have a solution, then added: “I guess sometimes the lure of taking some cash right away affects all of us.”Perfect.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.)last_img read more