Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coldplay - "Up & Up"

The third single to be taken from Coldplay's acclaimed new album, A Head Full Of Dreams. The album reached number one in the UK, and number two in the US, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Italy. It was the eighth best-selling album of 2015 with 1.9 million copies sold worldwide, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The music video directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia was released on May 16, 2016. The music video is a "poignant, surrealist montage which alludes to contemporary issues."

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Young Boulder Scene in Old-School Style

“We got invested in the DIY scene — mainly the Denver scene, because the one in Boulder wasn’t as thriving — and our idea was initially to get a warehouse and start a venue,” Liam Comer, 24 and from Boulder, explains. “We had done some booking with house shows and at smaller venues with 1190 and wanted to look into getting our own space. Based on that idea, we thought about having a recording studio in the back [of the venue] and eventually thought, ‘Why don’t we start a label and put out music ourselves? We don’t need to put down a huge deposit on a location; we can do that from our homes.”’
For almost a decade, it's been pretty standard for Boulder-born rock bands to relocate to Denver to find regional and national success. That's at least partly due to Boulder’s lack of a small, music-focused venue that could serve as a bridge between cafes and bar-and-grills and headlining the Fox Theatre. Recently, though, Denver bands have started to make the pilgrimage north for gigs more frequently, largely due to First Base Tapes. It’s a cassette-only Boulder label that started releasing albums by interesting, edgy Denver bands like Male Blonding, Scary Drugs and Montoneros last year and is now greatly contributing to the cultivation of a local rock scene in Boulder.

When they arrive for an interview, the young guys (all of them current or former University of Colorado students and DJs at the tremendous Radio 1190) who run First Base Tapes seem more like an army than an indie label. And only five of the nine music-loving First Base Tapes dudes showed up to speak with Westword earlier this month.

Despite not having a small rock club — such as Denver’s hi-dive or Fort Collins’s Hodi’s Half Note — at which to nurture a local scene, First Base Tapes has put on house concerts and warehouse happenings that have been so successful that promising Denver bands are now getting in touch to be a part of what’s happening in Boulder.

Denver indie-rocker Scatter Gather, for instance, is playing a highly anticipated tour kickoff party hosted by First Base in Boulder this Friday, May 20.

“The reason we created this is because we had nothing to do in Boulder,” O’Connor says. “We started off as only going to shows in Denver and only knowing about bands from Denver. We were even mostly putting out tapes by Denver bands, but we’ve made a point of saying, ‘This is a Boulder label.’ We want to have Boulder stand on its own.”

So is there a Boulder music scene now?

“If you would’ve asked me just a few months ago, I would have said no,” O’Connor replies. “But the Forge has been good at helping a lot of Boulder bands come up. Now I know a good four to five that aren’t just the typical jam bands.”

“It’s sparse and it’s selective, but there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on underground, like Grass,” says Ruscitti. “They’re a crazy-good Boulder band.”

“It’s so hard for the Boulder music scene to grow because the Fox and the Boulder theaters just continue to book the same kind of music for the same kind of crowd,” Prior complains.

“Everyone is aware of that in this town, and it’s unfortunate that we don’t have a stepladder [venue],” Comer adds. “The demand is there, but we need that place for the culture to be centered around.”

Earlier this month in a Westword interview, powerful local promoter Don Strasburg questioned whether there is enough demand in Boulder for a small rock club to make it a financially viable endeavor, but Tammariello, in particular, says there is.

“We really want to invest in Boulder. We all feel that there’s a lot of potential here, so making something like a tape label and even doing stuff with the Forge, that’s a great thing. Promoting that kind of culture and getting that kind of stuff back here is definitely worthwhile. Gradually, as things like house shows and warehouse shows start popping up, it gives people an option; it gives people a reason to be invested.”

"Twenty-four-year-old singer/guitarist Michael Colussi, a University of Colorado student from Indiana, told Westword that Grass’s debut album, Dragwire, was recorded in just two days on a "beat-up" 2008 iMac, with minimal subsequent overdubs. Half of Dragwire was tracked at the band’s warehouse space next to the Bus Stop strip club in Boulder, and half at a warehouse in Denver also used by psychedelic Tom Waits For No Man."

More information:
» The Permanent Rain Press: "Grass Release New EP"

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mountain Dew Probably Doesn't Shrink Your Penis

"After Coke discoutinued Vault (Surge 2.0), a lot of people have been petitioning for Coke to bring back Surge. It has been off of store shelves since 2001 or so, and was released in the US in 1997. It was tested in Norway in 1996, and did so well it remains there to this day! I imported a few bottles of the Norway "Urge" and it tasted just like Vault but had more of a tang taste to it, and used real sugar."
Claim:   Drinking Mountain Dew brand soda causes one's testicles to shrink.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, 1997]

Origins:   Wild Mountain Dew rumors like the ones quoted above about a popular brand of lemon-lime soda have been circulating for several years now. The first clue to its questionable veracity is the variety of reported effects: Drinking Mountain Dew will shrink your testicles. Or decrease your sperm count. Or cause your penis to grow smaller. Well, whatever occurs, it only happens to guys, and it hits them below the belt, right? Sounds a lot like the early 1990s legend that claimed Tropical Fantasy brand soft drinks contained a "secret ingredient" to cause sterility in black male drinkers, doesn't it?

These rumors are primarily spread about PepsiCo's Mountain Dew soft drink, although it has also been told about Mello Yello (a Coca-Cola product which, though still available, has been supplanted by Surge). The key factor is the presence of a dye called Yellow No. 5 in these drinks (presumably in large quantities), a food coloring that allegedly has nasty effects on one's manhood.

Yellow No. 5, also known as tartrazine, is an FD&C (i.e., approved for use in food, drugs, and cosmetics) coloring dye commonly used to give various foods (such as beverages, candy, and ice cream) a bright lemon yellow color. It has long been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration. It has also been in use since 1916, so if it were shrinking penises and testicles, we'd probably have heard something more than rumors about it by now. (The FDA's established acceptable daily intake [ADI] for tartrazine is 5.0 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day, which is about .01 ounces for a 132-pound person.) Many other common food products contain Yellow No. 5 as well, so more than just Mountain Dew drinkers would notice the effect if it were real. (Soft drinks don't contain a significantly larger amount of Yellow No. 5 than other food

The FDA has required since 1979 that food and drugs containing Yellow No. 5 be labeled to indicate its presence (and the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires similar labeling for meat and poultry), but that requirement came about because tartrazine was found to be associated with a variety of allergic type reactions in sensitive people, not because it wreaked havoc with the male reproductive system.

If you're male and drink a lot of Mountain Dew, you will notice one related but perfectly harmless side effect: quite a bit of yellow liquid will flow out of your penis.

Last updated:   31 December 2005 

More information:
» Snopes: "Does Tropical Fantasy contain a secret ingredient that will render blacks sterile?"
» Wikipedia: Surge (soft drink)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

"A Tale of Momentum & Inertia"

The Atlantic:
Nov 21, 2014
Video by HouseSpecial

No good deed goes unpunished in this goofy short produced by HouseSpecial, a Portland-based animation studio. It's on the shorter side—the whole story lasts just longer than a minute—yet it's animated with remarkable specificity and humor. (The rock monster's eyebrows, for example, are just delightful.) The crew includes Kirk Kelley (creative director), Kameron Gates (writer/director), and Allan Turner (writer).

Friday, May 13, 2016

Becca Krueger - "Everybody Else But You"

Original song by Becca Krueger
Song Production: Fame the Producer, Zack Markle
Video Production: KMGLife Inc.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: #RockTheRed


"The Caps went from Presidents' Trophy winners in April to poof in May after being eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series to Pittsburgh. Since 2000, when the St. Louis Blues went from first in the standings to one-and-done in the playoffs, only four teams that finished the regular season with the best record have gone on to win the Stanley Cup: Chicago in 2013, Detroit in 2008 and '02, and Colorado in 2001. Add in the Vancouver Canucks, who lost the 2011 Cup Final series in seven games to Boston, there have been just as many Presidents' Trophy-winners to reach the final round as have been eliminated in the first round: five each."

Washington has twice won a series after trailing 3-1; against the Rangers in the first round in 2009, and in the division semifinal against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. The Capitals will try to become the 29th team in NHL history to win a best-of-7 playoff series after trailing 3-1. The Penguins have lost a series they have led 3-1 three times, most recently in 2014, when they lost to the Rangers in the second round. Washington has lost five series when holding a 3-1 lead.

"You've got to have the belief that if you win one, win the first period, keep going," Barry Trotz said. "If you win one, then things can change. I mean, we were prime candidates to see it firsthand in the Rangers series last year. Hopefully, all we can do is just look at the game in front of us and just take it from there."

Game 1: WSH 4, PIT 3 (OT)
Game 2: PIT 2, WSH 1
Game 3: PIT 3, WSH 2
Game 4: PIT 3, WSH 2 (OT)
Game 5: WSH 3, PIT 1
Game 6: PIT 4, WSH 3 (OT)

Wayne Gretzky: "Everybody has a lot of pride as an athlete and when you're an elite athlete and you play head to head against a guy who is your peer, there is more of a motivation factor. I anticipate both players raising their game to another level. But both guys will tell you and I'm sure you've heard it, they can contribute and they're part of it, but you win and lose as a group. Although they're going to raise their games to another level, the teams around both of those guys have to jump on that train too and get their games to another level. That's what elite players do, though. The players will see their work ethic and the level they get to and that pulls the rest of the guys in the group into it too."

"The Washington Capitals were the victors in a hard-fought six-game Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Washington shut out Philadelphia in Games 1 and 6, scored five power-play goals in Game 3 and dominated practically every area on the ice during the series, despite being shut out in Game 5. Special teams were a deciding factor; eight of Washington's 14 goals in the series were scored on the power play and its penalty kill shut down the Flyers."

Game 1: WSH 2, PHI 0
Game 2: WSH 4, PHI 1
Game 3: WSH 6, PHI 1
Game 4: PHI 2, WSH 1
Game 5: PHI 2, WSH 0
Game 6: WSH 1, PHI 0

"I went down to the locker room, and Olie Kolzig, who had won a Vezina Trophy, was our goalie then," Ted Leonsis said. "He said, 'That's the greatest player I've ever seen. That's the hardest shot I've ever dealt with.' It was the first practice."

Ovechkin needed one shift in his first regular-season game to put his imprint on the NHL. He hit Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Radoslav Suchy so hard into the end boards that it dislodged a support beam in the glass, knocking it to the ice. Ovechkin scored two goals in a 3-2 Washington win. A career was born.

More information:
» (Video): Round 2, Gm 4, Capitals at Penguins: Beagle's goal from sharp angle
» "Crosby, Ovechkin close in many areas"
» (Video): Round 2 Infographic PIT WSH

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Leicester City Wins Premiere League Title at 5000:1 Odds

"Leicester City were taken over by Thai owners in 2010, and the stadium has been renamed after King Power, owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's travel retail firm. The 596,000 people who like the club's official Thai page on Facebook were in celebratory mood when the result came in. One user, Anantawat Jhansubin, replied: "Don't forget to bring the trophy to Thailand!" Many other Thai people writing on the Facebook page gave credit to Buddhist monk Phra Prommangkalachan, who is revered by the club's owners. He gave blessings to the team at the start of the season, and has created banners to pray for the club's success."
Leicester's unprecedented title triumph "made mugs of all of us", according to Premier League chief Richard Scudamore.

The Foxes were crowned Premier League champions on Monday, when nearest rivals Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea. The 5,000-1 outsiders beat bigger rivals Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to land their first top-flight title.

"It's probably the biggest sporting story ever and the biggest sporting achievement ever," Scudamore said. "Nobody saw it coming and even when it was halfway through the season nobody said it could be sustained."

It marked the culmination of an incredible run for the East Midlands club, who were only spared relegation last season thanks to a brilliant sequence of results over their final nine games.

"Of course, you can't compare it with other stories," said Scudamore. "You can't compare it with all Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements, you can't compare it with the Sergio Aguero moment, you can't compare it with the Arsenal unbeaten season because they're different things."

Ferguson won the Premier League 13 times while managing Manchester United, Aguero scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester City took the title in 2012 while Arsenal were unbeaten in the 2003-04 top-flight season.

"You're comparing apples with pears. But in terms of an overall story, as an overall achievement, it is absolutely the best."

Leicester are set to make £150m next season from prize money, Champions League participation cash, and increased match-day revenues from ticket and hospitality sales. The Foxes have spent just £57m on their squad - compared with the £320m Manchester United have spent on player transfers in the past three seasons.

Leicester's triumph will mean English football is an even more successful global product, says Sheffield Hallam football finance expert Rob Wilson. He said the story of Leicester, owned by Thai billionaire businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, would increase the Premier League's popularity in South East Asia.

Wilson told BBC Radio 5 live: "In August they had absolutely no superstars in that side. This summer is arguably more challenging as they try to hold on to some of those players and renew some of those contracts to maintain this next year."

Manager Claudio Ranieri said the club would "continue to build" next season.

"When I came here the objective was to create a solid foundation and build together," Ranieri told Sky Sports. "This season is out of our project but our foundations are very solid and we want to do our best. "We don't want to sell anybody. If some player doesn't want to stay with us, I don't want unhappy people. We are looking to add to the team but with the same mentality. Who comes must know we are working hard."