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CNN’s Attempt To Police Roger Waters

CNN host Michael Smerconish interviewed Roger Waters about his “This Is Not A Drill” concert tour. By comparing the 7-minute edited version that aired to the 28-minute uncut version, which Smerconish posted, it is evident that producers used the interview to try and paint Waters as a “political madman” to discredit the messages in his show.

Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola put together this video that shows what made the CNN edit a classic example of framing dissent in a manner that was intended to strip Waters of any credibility.

The beginning features the “Bravery of Being Out of Range,” which Gosztola recorded during Waters’ performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Waters used the song from his 1992 album “Amused To Death” to indict every US president since President Ronald Reagan, who has been responsible for death and destruction as an overseer of a war machine. But instead of learning Waters is commenting on an entire system, you may think Waters has only singled out President Joe Biden if you watched CNN.

As Waters shares his opinion about human rights, Taiwan and China, and the war in Ukraine, Smerconish no longer is simply a Pink Floyd fan talking to Waters. Smerconish is acting as a cop, who is there to call out anything Waters says that does not fit into the cable news network’s preferred narratives.


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WIADCA releases Carnival Week roster – Caribbean Life

The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizer of the annual massive Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, on Sunday released the roster for Carnival Week, starting on Thursday, Sept. 1.

“Starting with our first partner event, ‘Vibes w/Voicey Concert’, last year was nice, so we bring it back twice,” said WIADCA in a statement. “New York Carnival Week continues with several events for all ages like Island 2 Island, Youth Fest & Junior Carnival Parade, Pan in A Minor, Paintopia and Amnesia that feature cultural ambassadors representing the Caribbean. “Join us in the ‘BIG YARD’, safe, lots of vibes and easy to get to.

“Carnival Monday, we hit di road,” WIADCA added. “Costumes, valid registrations and permits according to all rules and ‘regs’ are a must to participate, with safety and covid ‘mask-up’ measures as priority.”

WIADCA said, this year, its cultural partners/presenters are “working tirelessly to bring the pageantry of authentic Caribbean Carnival back to the road.”

It said participating 2022 carnival bands/cultural leaders presenting an array of costumed masterpieces.

They include: Freaks Mas’, Sesame Flyers International, Sky Maxx Mas’, Afro Kreyol, Antoine International, Caribbeing, Banboche, Mango Tree Mas’ Adult, New Horizon, Creole Jam, Branches & Associates Band, Suga Candy Mas’, D’ Midas International, Insomnia Mas’ Productions, Mas’ Productions, Kaisokah Moko Jumbies, Sherzel Productions, Platinum Kids Mas’, Stronjeh International Kids and Gemz Kidz.

Except for the Labor Day Carnival Parade, all events take place on the Brooklyn Museum grounds.

They comprise: Thursday, Sept. 1 – Vibes w/Voicey: The Concert Tour | 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Friday, Sept. 2 – Island 2 Island | 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., an explosion of live performances from your favorite soca artists and DJs backed by a live band; Saturday, Sept. 3 – Junior Carnival Parade | 9:00 a.m., route starts at St. John’s Place and Kingston Avenue; International Youth Fest 2022 | 10:00 a.m., Junior Parade of the Bands; and Pan in A Minor ‘With a Minor Change’ | 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., musical feast of rhythmic melodies over the sweet sounds of steel, concert style, with steel bands led by some of New York’s renowned pan virtuosos.

Other events are: Sunday, Sept. 4 – Paintopia | 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., presented in partnership Icebox, Miami Dream Team, Red Antz Miami Jouvert BlackStar Entertainment, New York Carnival; Amnesia Day Party | 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. featuring an all-DJ cast, good food, plenty vibes; and Monday, Sept. 5 – New York Carnival Parade 2022| 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Eastern Parkway Cultural Row.

“This year our return to the parkway inspires us to continue the cultural work on behalf of our community, city, state and partners,” said Michelle Gibbs-Francis, WIADCA Guyanese-born chair. “Without them, the mas’ and pan groups especially, we would not be here today.

“Our losses were tough, but we stood stronger together to overcome by providing for others and producing several impactful community programs for youth, adults and seniors,” she added. “As for our COVID protocols, we have several guidelines in place to verify vaccination and temperature checks.”


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From graffiti to commissions for Louis Vuitton: Meet Futura

Self-taught, and primarily using aerosol cans, Futura soon moved beyond lettering. He began producing distinctive clouds of colour, mixed with spectral outlines of humanoid figures, science fiction motifs and beams of light bursting through imagined cracks.

A hint of Futura’s colourful past can be seen in this collaboration with Hennessy: Hennessy x Futura limited edition cognac. 

Futura didn’t think of it as anything but an adventure until he sold a painting in 1980 for $US250. “I was like wow, two fifty, Jesus!” he says in a deep, New York drawl. “It took me a couple hours to do that. You know, you project that against a five-day work week, eight hours a day, and you think this is cool.”

A subway car he covered entirely with a mural he called Break was captured in a 1980 Martha Cooper photo that went viral before virality was a thing. Futura was famous, or infamous, and among other things, was adopted by The Clash. The English band members were fascinated by New York and the early rap and street art scenes. They had Futura design cover art and join their Combat Rock concert tour. He painted on stage while they played, and even rapped on a Clash album track.

“I had a great time with them. In loving memory of [singer/songwriter] Joe Strummer, what an incredible human being.”

But fame was fleeting. The Clash broke up soon afterwards and the world suddenly lost interest in “the subway guys”. Futura was disillusioned anyway. He felt scammed by galleries, with commissions and often imagined expenses reducing his take to a tiny fraction of the sale price. And his guerrilla work? By the mid-1980s fatherhood brought new obligations. He took jobs as a labourer and at his local post office, then fell into graphic design in the 1990s as PCs began to take off.

Sometimes money is available, sometimes it isn’t, that’s fine by me.

Futura

We met Futura on the Terraces of the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. It is one of the most unlikely places on the planet to celebrate street art, yet its Upaint Festival celebrated its sixth year in summer 2022, again attracting some of the biggest names in the field. Its mission statement is to raise funds for the environmental work of the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco but its other purpose, one assumes, is to break some stereotypes about the principality (though don’t even think about spray-painting those casino walls).

Futura at Upaint Monaco 2022.  Rivierakris/Upaint Art

Futura likes the idea of Upaint, which brings together artists from different eras working in varied styles. “I’m like grandfather status to some kids here,” he says, adding that he enjoys the sense of community and is happy to donate his time and work (the finished canvases are auctioned for the foundation).

“I mean, we all come from this street kind of vibe. We’ve all painted walls. Sometimes money is available, sometimes it isn’t, that’s fine by me.”

In the years between sorting mail and being fêted in Monaco came a remarkable career resurrection. At the turn of the century, “the Banksys and the Shepard Faireys of the world started arriving” and, says Futura, there was new interest in what went before.

A sculpture to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Dover Street Market London: Futura’s trademark “Pointman” character. 

Suddenly, he was in vogue, and then in Vogue. Respectability arrived with commissions from Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garçons, BMW and Uniqlo.

Futura says he is propelled by a restless creative drive. “I’ll always be doing something but, at the same time, it’s not just in the pursuit of fame and recognition, the things that motivated me in the beginning.

“I’m kind of all over the place, creatively: photography, 3D printing, graphic design painting, you know, so I’m not limited to anything at this point in my life.”

He’s collaborating with his son and his wife in New York to fabricate his sculptures using different production techniques, exhibiting around the world, donating time and artworks to various charities and, among much else, working with Nike on a hush-hush project for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Futura is as enthusiastic as ever. “I’m going to be 67 in November. I feel like, I don’t know, 47. I feel like 37, actually, but I’m sure I don’t look it. My energy is good, my health is good. I’m happy.”

Need to know

  • The next Upaint Monaco is scheduled for summer 2023.
  • Futura is exhibiting at Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, until September 18. A selection of his work can be seen at Icnclst.

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Music Reviews: A Superlative Grateful Dead Album, plus Brother Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Paxton & Friends, and Triptides

If you’re a Grateful Dead fan, you may already own recordings of at least part of its 1972 European tour’s last concert, which happened at London’s Lyceum Theatre on May 26th of that year. The group’s Europe ’72 album includes four of the show’s songs; and you can find two more on Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead: England ’72 and Europe ’72 Volume 2

In addition, the whole concert has been previously issued individually and on 2011’s Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, but the former release has been out of print for some time and you’ve got to be a really big fan to own the latter, which comprises 73 CDs and recently showed up on eBay with a $4,500 price tag. 

Now, however, the full show is again available, in one affordable four-CD set called Lyceum Theatre London, England 5/26/72. And if affordability isn’t an issue for you, there’s also a new limited-edition 24-LP set that embraces the group’s entire four-night stand at Lyceum. 

Though a sticker on the album notes that it contains the penultimate performance by organist, harmonica player, and original frontman Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who died in 1973, the accompanying booklet concedes that the set “lacks a showpiece” for him. However, he does make notable contributions to the performance and the absence of a spotlight role for him is about the only unfortunate fact regarding this glorious concert, which, in addition to Pigpen, features all the Dead’s other founding members: lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, and rhythm guitarist Bob Weir. Also on hand are pianist Keith Godchaux and his vocalist wife, Donna, both of whom started playing with the band less than a year before this show, which capped the Dead’s first tour outside North America.

Like Bruce Springsteen in the ’70s and ’80s, this band seemed to want to play forever: the two-set Lyceum show from May 26 includes 31 tracks, many of which incorporate lengthy jams. The three-part “The Other One,” culled from 1968’s Anthem of the Sun, fills nearly half an hour on Disc Three. “Playing in the Band” and “Truckin’,” meanwhile, each run more than 18 minutes and serve as springboards for guitar pyrotechnics that take the music quite a distance from its opening verses. 

The program samples all aspects of the group’s repertoire. In addition to the psychedelia of “The Other One,” the band offers folk-flavored gems like Garcia and Robert Hunter’s “Sugaree” and Tim Rose and Bonnie Dobson’s “Morning Dew.” There are also nods to the Dead’s country influences, including Marty Robbins’s “El Paso” and Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home.” In addition, you’ll find more than a few rock ‘n’ roll jams, among them the group’s stupendous wedding of the traditional “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Band” and Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” Other fan favorites that make the cut include Garcia and Hunter’s “Casey Jones,” Weir and Hunter’s “Sugar Magnolia,” John Phillips’s “Me and My Uncle,” and Weir’s “One More Saturday Night.” 

God knows, there’s not exactly a shortage of live Dead albums to choose from at this point, but if you wanted to introduce someone to the group for the first time, this concert would be as good a place to start as any. It features well-restored and remastered audio, and it hits most of the important bases in the Dead’s catalog up to this point (though you’ll have to look elsewhere for “Dark Star”). It also finds the band consistently fired up and at the top of its form. Garcia’s contributions throughout are particularly breathtaking. On song after song, his soaring, frequently jazz-influenced guitar lines will make you want to stand up and cheer.

More Noteworthy New Albums

The Brother Brothers-Cover to Cover

The Brother BrothersCover to CoverTwin brothers Adam and David Moss grew up listening to the Everly Brothers, and their magnificent harmony vocals have been compared to Phil and Don’s work so often that it’s surprising they didn’t include an Everlys number in this collection of covers. No matter. The song choices are uniformly terrific, and so are the performances, which suggest that these guys are every bit as talented as their fantastic progenitors. Among the dozen tracks: Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” Judee Sill’s “Rugged Road,” the Beatles’ “I Will,” and Robert Earl Keen’s “Feeling Good Again,” which beautifully describes one of those moments in life when everything falls into place.

Bobbie Gentry--Girl from Chickasaw County Highlights

Bobbie GentryThe Girl from Chickasaw County: Highlights from the Capitol MastersBobbie Gentry’s biggest claim to fame by far is 1967’s chart-topping “Ode to Billy Joe,” which ranks among the best written, performed, orchestrated, and produced singles of the 1960s or any other decade. As a Grammy-winning and career-spanning eight-CD box set demonstrated in 2018, however, there was a great deal more to Gentry than this song. That said, the price of the box was undoubtedly too high to attract casual fans, and besides, it’s apparently now out of print. So, the good news is that a new 46-track, two-disc set collects all the essentials, starting, of course, with “Ode to Billie Joe,” and including a couple of live tracks, a duet with Glen Campbell, some alternate versions, and a variety of choice covers.

All New--Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Tom PaxtonCathy Fink & Marcy MarxerAll NewFolk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton will turn 85 later this year, but he sounds as energized and in love with music as he did at half that age. Teaming up here with the veteran folk duo of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, he offers a two-CD acoustic set comprised of 28 songs he wrote with Fink over Zoom during the pandemic. Subjects range from romance (“I’m Still in Love with You”) and homesickness (“Dreams of Home”) to a folk-world giant (“Pete’s Shoulders (The Power of Song)”) and politics (“When the Big, Bad Books Go ‘Boo!’” and the 20-second-long “Trump Lost, Biden Won”). Not everything works on this relentlessly upbeat album but most of it is likely to put a smile on your face.

Triptides--So Many Days

TriptidesSo Many DaysYou can get a clue as to where this Southern California–based trio is coming from in the first four letters of its name, but you won’t need clues once you start listening to its retro music, which evokes psychedelia from the likes of the Byrds and the Zombies. This latest release finds guitarist, keyboardist, and singer Glenn Brigman, drummer Brendan Peleo-Lazar, and bassist/guitarist Stephen Burns in a likably laid-back mood, featuring dreamy melodies, jingle-jangle guitar, and vocals that often seem redolent of the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone. Imagine a cross between early Pink Floyd ballads like “If” and “Fat Old Sun” and the Laurel Canyon sound from the same era and you won’t be far off.


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Notre Dame football team gets pep talk from rock legend Jon Bon Jovi




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Grieving Sharon Cuneta ecstatic over reunion with KC Concepcion – Manila Bulletin

Grieving Sharon Cuneta ecstatic over reunion with KC Concepcion

“A little HAPPY during days of grieving.”

This is what Megastar Sharon Cuneta wrote on Instagram, as she shared photos of her with eldest daughter, KC Concepcion.

Recall that prior, Sharon has been flooding her social media accounts with posts relating to the untimely passing of actress Cherie Gil.

She wrote recently: “I miss you so, so much…Still cannot imagine the coming days, years without you…Too much of this unexpected, unacceptable, inexplicable stabbing pain in my heart…Love you forever and ever and ever and ever… #mycherie #mylavinia #foreverinmyheart.”

In a separate post, Sharon noted how the local entertainment industry has lost “one of the very best actors it has ever produced.”

“I have lost a part of myself no one can ever replace,” she related.

Sharon also revealed that she was with Cherie during her last moments.

The seasoned actress-singer is currently abroad.

She just completed a concert tour with Regine Velasquez.

She was also seen at the red carpet premiere of Jo Koy’s film “Easter Sunday.”

KC, on the other hand, just completed filming “Asian Persuasions.”

 

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YG Entertainment releases girl band BLACKPINK’s ‘Born Pink’ world tour dates

After a long wait, K-pop band BLACKPINK is all set to perform all across the globe as a part of their Born Pink world tour. The label handling the band, YG Entertainment, shared the tour dates on Twitter. The band is scheduled to begin the tour on Oct. 15, 2022, and conclude on June 21, 2023.

As a part of their tour, the band is expected to make various stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As of press time, the official Born Pink world tour website reads “and more” at the end of the list of dates, indicating that additional dates may be on the way. This will be the girl band’s third concert tour following the BLACKPINK arena tour (2018) and the In Your Area world tour (2018-2020). 

BLACKPINK’s ‘Born Pink’ world tour dates 

The band will commence their concert on October 15 in Seoul and will end on Jun 21, 2023, in Auckland, New Zealand. The new tour dates announcement comes after the band revealed their plans for new music. Pink Venom, the lone pre-release single for Born Pink, is slated for an Aug. 19 release with the whole album due sometime in September. 

The song Venom will mark the group’s second musical release of the year following Ready for Love, a promotional single for their collaboration with PUBG Mobile. On August 8th, Rosé posted a group photo of BLACKPINK on her personal Instagram with the caption, “Congratulations on the 6th anniversary of our beloved BLACKPINK members.” Rosé said, “After working together for a long time and debuting together for 6 years, I think we shared so many memories and learned a lot. I love you.” 

Ever since their debut, BLACKPINK has stormed the Billboard charts. On the Billboard 200, BLACKPINK has climbed as high as No. 2 with the release of The Album, their debut full-length studio album. On the Billboard Hot 100, they have earned seven entries, including How You Like That which is at no 33. 

Earlier this month, YG Entertainment confirmed that the girl group will be making a comeback in August. “We have prepared a lot of BLACKPINK-esque music that has been prepared with great effort over a long time. By the end of this, alongside their comeback, BLACKPINK will embark on the largest-ever world tour for a K-Pop girl group, to expand their communication and reach with fans around the world. We will continue large-scale projects for the group as well,” they wrote. 

 

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