Friday, July 31, 2015

Foo Fighters - "Learn to Fly", 1000-Person Cover

Back in December, we reported on the 1,000-person band that was being put together in an attempt to lure the Foo Fighters to play in Cesena, Italy. That performance did go off, and now a video of the epic rendition has been released on the group’s official website Rockin1000. Watch the amazing video in the player above.

The video is the brainchild of Fabio Zaffagnini, who simply wants to the Foo Fighters to perform in the Cesena, which is located in the Romagna region of Northern Italy, near the Adriatic Sea. Zaffagnini started the crowd-funding event late last year and raised over 44,000 Euros, the equivalent of over 48,000 U.S. dollars.

The epic clip is shot brilliantly and features artists from all over Italy, who descended on the Italian city of Cesena at their own expense to perform “Learn to Fly.” The clip is destined to go viral and is sure to catch the attention of the band.

While fans in Cesena wait for word from the Foo Fighters camp, they will have a chance to see the band in Italy on Nov. 13 at Unipol Arena in Casalecchio Di Reno and on Nov. 14 in Turin.

Last year there was a successful crowd funded campaign to get the Foo Fighters to play in Richmond, Va. for the first time since 1999. The concert took place on Sept. 17 and the date was declared Foo Fighters Day in the city.

Update: The Foos have responded via Twitter, with a simple message, “Che bello, Cesena” which means, “How beautiful, Cesena!”

Update #2: Dave Grohl has responded, too, with a message suggesting Foo Fighters will indeed play a show in Cesena. It translates to “See you soon, Cesena!”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kurt Vile - "Pretty Pimpin"

Passion Weiss:
Philly-bred six-stringer Kurt Vile has long plumbed this rock ’n’ roll tradition, and on new song “Pretty Pimpin”—the lead single off his forthcoming album b’lieve i’m goin down…, out September 25 on Matador—he wrangles with the same world-weariness of his guitar-toting forebears. With his trademark lilt, he describes waking up in the morning and not recognizing himself in the bathroom mirror. If he always felt like he could be “one thousand miles away but still mean while I say,” now he feels weightless, “like some leaf come in the window of a restroom.”

The song delves into a serious existential revelation, and in another musician’s hands this could easily have been played for high drama (such as Bon Jovi does with the hokey “Wanted Dead or Alive”). But in “Pretty Pimpin,” Vile is his usual unflappable self. The song is built around a guitar hook that wouldn’t sound out of place on commercial radio, but nevertheless doesn’t sound too worked-over. And in the music video Vile’s shown handling his Fender Jaguar with the same tender ease as he would a lover he’s known for years. It’s an approach to a musty old rock archetype that, through sheer nonchalance, comes off sounding genuine and fresh.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ayron Jones & The Way

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Friday, July 24, 2015

World Record Holder for Most Legal Joints Smoked

ABC News:
Irvin Rosenfeld, a 56-year old stockbroker from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., doesn't look like a record-setting pothead, but last week he woke up, turned on CNBC, and lit up his 115,000th joint.

If you think his dealer is thrilled to have a client who has smoked 10 to 12 joints a day for the past 28 years, you're wrong. Rosenfeld, who suffers from a rare form of bone cancer, isn't your typical weed smoker, and his dealer isn't your typical drug pusher. He gets his joints -- 300 at a time, one shipment every 25 days -- courtesy of the United States federal government.

"I don't know that I've broken a record, but I've certainly set one. No one else in the world can document having smoked 115,000 cannabis cigarettes – let alone the ones I smoked before that. I'm living proof that medical cannabis is real medicine. We need to get medicine in the hands of patients who really need it," said Rosenfeld.

Ironically, the government that supplies Rosenfeld with medical marijuana has for decades denied the drug's efficacy, penalized those states that legalized medicinal cannabis and -- until just months ago -- actively prosecuted suppliers in those states.

Rosenfeld said the drug acts as "a muscle relaxant, an anti-inflammatory, a painkiller and keeps tumors from growing."

What it does not do, he said, is get him high.

"I don't get high. I need the medicine; I'm not getting any euphoria," he said.

Rosenfeld said the marijuana allows him to maintain a normal life. He's been married for 36 years, goes to work every day, volunteers teaching disabled children to sail, and is working on a book.

His clients, he said, know about his marijuana use and are impressed by his doggedness.

"I always ask them, 'Have you ever met anyone who has taken on the federal government and won? If you want that kind of expertise and work ethic, then hire me.'"

When Rosenfeld began receiving marijuana from the federal government in 1982, he became the second patient to benefit under a narrowly defined "compassionate protocol" that supplied glaucoma and cancer patients with cannabis until the Federal Drug Administration's Investigational New Drug Program was disbanded a decade later.

Today, Rosenfeld is one of only four patients who continue to receive weed from the federal government. He is the longest surviving member of the program.

He uses the marijuana to treat two conditions -- one called multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis, the other pseudohypoparathyroidism. They cause painful tumors to grow on his bones. His experience, he said, has led him to become one of the nation's most vocal proponents of medical marijuana use.

He has testified before the legislatures of several of the 13 states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes and has for nearly three decades fought the federal government to allow him to continue to use pot.

Though marijuana -- even for medicinal use -- is outlawed under federal law, the government began supplying a handful of patients with the drug in the late 1970s. When the program was outlawed in 1992, Rosenfeld fought to continue receiving the drugs.

Diagnosed when he was 10 years old, Rosenfeld found marijuana helped with his pain when he tried it for the first time as a college student in the 1970s. Desperate not to use an illegal substance, he petitioned the Federal Drug Administration for five years to let him receive government-grown marijuana.

Every month for the last 28 years, Rosenfeld has received 300 joints from the government, sealed in large tins and delivered to his local pharmacy. The marijuana comes from cannabis plants grown by the government on a small farm at the University of Mississippi. The plants are sent to Raleigh, N.C., where the National Institute of Drug Addiction dries them and prepares the cigarettes.

The federal government has traditionally cracked down on states that allow medical marijuana. When the bulk of the program it ran was shut down in the early 1990s, Rosenfeld twice sued and won to be allowed access to federally-grown weed.

Despite the federal government's efforts to grow and produce high quality marijuana, the government's position is decidedly against its use.

The Drug Enforcement Agency does not refer to medical marijuana on its Web site without putting the word "medical" in quotes, and insists there is little science to support the use of smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes.

"There are no FDA-approved medications that are smoked. For one thing, smoking is generally a poor way to deliver medicine. It is difficult to administer safe, regulated dosages of medicines in smoked form. Secondly, the harmful chemicals and carcinogens that are byproducts of smoking create entirely new health problems. There are four times the level of tar in a marijuana cigarette, for example, than in a tobacco cigarette," the DEA says on its Web site.

In March, the Obama administration shifted federal policy away from prosecuting medical-marijuana dispensers in states where distribution had been legalized.

Only once, in 1983, was Rosenfeld arrested for possession. He was picked up in Orlando by a policeman who didn't initially believe his use was federally protected.

Ever since then, he said, he has carried a letter from his local police chief and a security officer at the Miami airport, explaining that he has permission to possess the drugs.

Who better to look to than Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) on the first day of legalized recreational marijuana use in the state of Washington? The "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper took to Reddit on Wednesday, December 6, 2012 for an AMA chat with fans about his favorite girl, Mary Jane.

81 blunts a day; 567 blunts a week; 29,565 blunts a year.
That means Snoop smokes in 3.89 years what it took Irvin Rosenfeld 28 years to smoke...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Best Soccer Goals of 2014-2015

Messi vs. Bayern Munich, Champions League

Vargas vs. Peru, Copa America Semifinal

Fan-made Top 10 from Champions League

Fan-made Top 10 Goals including FIFA World Cup

More golazos:
» UEFA: Top 10 Champions League Goals
» UEFA: Top 10 Europa League Goals and Set-Piece Goals

The Helio Sequence - "Battle Lines"

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

USWNT Wins Record Third FIFA Women's World Cup Title

"The FIFA Women’s World Cup final against Japan, which aired on Fox, was the most-watched soccer telecast in U.S. history with 25.4 million viewers, according to Fox Sports. The record was previously held by 2014’s U.S. vs. Portugal Men’s World Cup game, which 18.2 million viewers tuned in for. The previous record holder for the most-watched women’s match belonged to 1999’s Women’s World Cup game between U.S. and China, which had 18 million viewers."
NBC Sports:
Carli Lloyd scored the quickest goal in a Women’s World Cup final, slicing a shot with the outside of her left foot from a corner kick in the third minute of a 5-2 victory over Japan, as the United States became the first team to win the tournament three times.

Lloyd was far from done, becoming the first player to score three goals in the final of this tournament. All came in the first 16 minutes, before an ecstatic announced crowd of 53,341 at BC Place Stadium, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The United States built a 4-0 lead, was never really threatened as Japan closed the gap to 4-2, and found redemption after losing to Japan in a penalty shootout in the final of the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

The World Cup title is the United States’ first since 1999. They are also three-time defending Olympic champions, having beaten Japan in the 2012 Olympic final in London. Lloyd scored twice in that final to beat Japan as well.

“Ms. Lloyd, well she always does this to us,” Japan head coach Norio Sasaki said after the game, dropping his head and smiling.

Not only did she score the winning goals against China in the quarterfinals and Germany in the semifinals, the No. 10 stung quickly and often on Sunday. With her hat trick, Lloyd brought her total for the tournament to six goals and one assist, earning her the Silver Boot. And she won the Golden Ball award for best player.

Lloyd became the first player in history to score a hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final; Michelle Akers is the only other player to net a multi-goal game in a final, scoring twice in 1991. Lloyd’s goal in the 3rd minute was the fastest ever scored in a final. Lloyd also became the first American player to score in four straight World Cup games.

This wasn't just a World Cup win for the first time in 16 years. This was a win-of-a-kind: No other country has lifted the Women's World Cup three times (1991, 1999 and now, 2015).

The World Cup matches over the last month proved to be a showcase of dominance for international women's soccer, led by the powerhouse American team and stars like Abby Wambach, 35, the game's all-time leading scorer, regardless of gender. Wambach's 183 international goals dwarfs those of the top U.S. men's player, Landon Donovan, who has scored 57.

Wambach played in her final World Cup match, entering the game in the 79th minute for Tobin Heath. It was also the final World Cup match for Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa, playing in her co-record sixth World Cup.

Hope Solo leaves Canada with the Golden Gloves, given to the best goalie of the competition. The United States finished the tournament unbeaten, winning all but one game – a scoreless draw against Sweden in the group stage.

A rough start in the opening minutes of the World Cup against Australia – when Solo made two tournament changing saves and Megan Rapinoe scored her first of two goals early against the run of play – feels like a memory of year’s past. After the tie with Sweden, the Americans scraped past Nigeria to win Group D and then narrowly defeated 10-player Colombia in the round of 16 before coming into their own in the quarterfinal against China.

In that match, U.S. coach Jill Ellis inserted Morgan Brian and allowed Lloyd to push higher up the field, a move that truly paid dividends in the semifinal against Germany, which the United States dominated. Building off of those successes, Ellis stuck with the same starting XI from the semifinal in Sunday’s final against Japan, freeing up Lloyd to sit behind Morgan and do what she does best: Push forward and score goals.

More information:
» Slate: "The USWNT and Women’s World Cup Have Evolved Eons From 1999"
» Washington Post: "Why hardly anyone sponsored the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history"