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Australian graffiti artist Sofles takes over an empty warehouse in this time-lapse piece titled, “Limitless.” Deftly shot by Selina Miles for Aussie rattle can brand Ironlak. The expansive film also features the work of artists Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench.
French winery, Moët & Chandon, revealed a new, limited “leopard” edition version of its Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne.
Just 60 6-liter Methuselah sized bottles were made, carefully covered in a layer of 22-carat gold leaves, which was applied by renowned French engravers Arthus-Bertrand, and delicately adorned with the design of the leopard’s noble rosettes.
For those who’ve yet to sample Nectar Impérial Rosé, the champagne boasts a a delicious nose of intense fruitiness of ripe berries, ripe yellow peach notes, and a nuance of strawberry preserves; and a sensual palate with intensity of red fruits, nutmeg and caramel, and freshness of redcurrant.
The Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard will be available at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in New York, and at exclusive nightclubs nationwide starting December 1st for $5,000.
Bay Area jazz drummer Donald “Duck” Bailey
Bay Area drummer Donald “Duck” Bailey, best known for his work with jazz organist Jimmy Smith on the storied Blue Note label and a prolific recording career that spanned more than a half century, has passed away. He was 79.
Born March 26, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bailey began performing on drums at the age of 10.
His work with Smith from 1956 to 1963 defined the jazz organ trio, which earned him the title of “King of Organ Trio Drummers.”
In 1965, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began playing immediately with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All Stars. While in Los Angeles, Bailey performed and recorded with Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Kenny Burrell, Hampton Hawes, Ester Phillips, Monk Montgomery, and Jimmy Rowles.
“Jazz fans know Bailey’s sound, even if they don’t always remember his name,” wrote jazz critic Scott Yanow. “[He] is one of the many important players who, for no good reason, haven’t become all that famous. But that’s Bailey floating beneath Smith on the organist’s classic Blue Note albums… The generations of musicians who came up in Bailey’s wake have all received potent and enduring musical wisdom from the drummer via his work with Jimmy Smith.”
Relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area after a stint in Southern California, Bailey continued to astound and amaze behind the drum kit, despite financial hardships and relentless, ongoing back pain in the latter half of his life.
In 1999, Bailey — along with fellow Bay Area drummers Vince Lateano and the late Eddie Marshall — was honored at the 42nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival in a “Salute to Bay Area Drummers.” More recently, Bailey was feted in 2012 by the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music in a National Treasure Concert & Award Presentation featuring Steve Turre, Glen Pearson, Jeff Chambers, and Donald Robinson.
The Yosemite National Park staff recently captured this time-lapse video showing various perspectives of the 2013 Rim Fire — from the Crane Flat Helibase to the Glacier Point. The amazing time-lapse video of smoke billowing from California’s Rim Fire captures the ferocious force of the growing blaze.
“The fire is currently burning in wilderness and is not immediately threatening visitors or employees,” the description reads.
Bay Area residents are woke up a couple of mornings ago shocked and saddened to learn that after 20 years, popular long time, Bay Area fixture Chuy Gomez was unceremoniously let go from radio station KMEL..the so-called ‘People’s Station‘.. There was no Good-Bye to the listeners.. No on air thanks you for his years of hard work..There was no going away party.. Gomez came in yesterday and was basically shown the door..All he got was a ‘Peace out‘..
For those who don’t know, Chuy was very well liked, always down to make room on his show for folks and pretty damn good at his job…But sadly Chuy works for Clear Channel and industry trades have been talking for weeks about how this Bain Capitol owned media empire owes billions of dollars and that they would soon be doing massive cut backs, further consolidation and a lot more smoke and mirror tricks like voice tracking on air deejays who are made to pretend they are in your market while prerecording shows in other cities.
Internally Clear Channel employees are finding their pocketbooks being hit.. Those who make ‘too much’ find their salaries or benefits are reduced or their duties vastly expanded to the point of being overwhelmed as they are made to take on the jobs that were once handled by 2 or 3 people.
Others are simply replaced with thirsty, naive folks who are willing to work for super cheap wages. This is happening at stations all over the country. Some say that’s just the way radio works. Others say its simple exploitation. Looks like longtime radio vet Chuy got caught in that chopping block..
Now because of Chuy’s talent and popularity its anticipated that he’ll land on his feet somehow someway. After 20 years its assumed that he got a halfway decent severance package.. The video he posted on line suggests he’s good..
What’s problematic is that listeners who have literally grown up to him are left hanging. For tens of thousands of listeners Chuy is their favorite personality. He wasn’t your prima donna jock who would only go out in the community when paid. He genuinely likes people and has always made himself available. He comes from the school of radio where its about building community.
But sadly the public airwaves where such relationships are supposed to be fostered are disrupted by wealthy bankers who now own many of these big radio outlets and are determined to make money at all costs. This has resulted in many markets have syndicated morning shows..As for Chuy Gomez, after 20 years just about everyone has a favorite story or memory. For me, I recall when Chuy first came to KMEL and was doing evenings with Rosary..Their show was dope.. Those were fun times.
Before that, I recall Chuy being sidekick to a deejay named Mancow Muller who banked off Chuy and got all this credit for a stunt that Chuy actually pulled off with his homies.. Many will recall when Chuy stopped traffic on the Bay Bridge so he could get a shave.. He was imitating then President Bill Clinton who at that time, famously held up airplane traffic to get a hair cut.. The story made national news with Mancow taking all the bows and getting all the credit resulting in him getting a multi-million dollar contract for a radio station in Chicago. Chuy not too long after left then rival station KLYD, came over to KMEL and got busy..
There are tons of stories folks can tell about Chuy..As noted he is good at what he does and hopefully he lands on his feet elsewhere.. With his departure, it’s truly the end of an era.. Sana G who we know from doing middays and blows things up on the gossip tip will now be doing mornings.
Ideally people should be pushing for media outlets that responsive to community needs from being responsive to the local artist community to be accessible and informative around pressing community issues above and beyond a few PSAs..
One thing that was challenging was that when Chuy would interview guests who had info about the community they would sweat him if they appeared before 9 am when everyone was listening or or he kept them on for ‘too long’.
At other times he would get in trouble and even suspended for speaking ‘spanglish‘ on the air.. The management didn’t want listeners getting confused with KMEL’s once rival station and now sister station KYLD which targeted Latinos..Behind the scenes in cities where corporate outlets own multiple stations the audiences are studied and carefully carved up by ethnicity in a colonizing type of way with little room for going out of your lane to appeal to others even if you are of the same background.
There is so much that can be done to improve these outlets, so hopefully wherever Chuy lands its a place where his talent is respected and has much more freedom.. Bay Area listeners deserve that..Perhaps they will get together and throw Chuy a proper Goodbye Party since Cheap Channel aka Clear Channel didn’t have the decency and respect.
Source: Davey D’s Hiphop Corner
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role on “That ’70s Show,” passed away Wednesday night (August 14). She was just 43 years old.
According to TMZ.com, Kelly died in her sleep while staying at a rehab facility in California for alcohol.
The actress’ agent said she had just voluntarily checked herself in for treatment for alcohol abuse this past week and was determined to clean herself up. ”She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle,” stated Kelly’s agent.
Kelly had long struggled with alcohol, and was arrested at least four times in the past three years for DUI, spousal abuse and assault.
Reports said she had been in and out of rehab centers hoping to kick her alcohol problem, but most recently fell off the wagon following a dispute with her estranged husband Robert Gilliam, who beat her up last May to obtain residual money from her show. He would be convicted of domestic battery last month and sentenced to three years probation and 35 days in jail
Kelly’s new boyfriend brought her to rehab again on Monday (August 12), but she went into cardiac arrest late Wednesday night and passed away.
The wild youth of Chicago has caused an epidemic in a city referred to as ChiRAQ by some of its residence, due to the rash of gun violence and gang warfare. Back in August 2012, hometown star/conscious emcee Lupe Fiasco even expressed his concerns over the culture newcomers like Chief Keef represent.
British filmmaker Will Robson-Scott recently ventured into South and West Chicago to shed light on what life is like there. So, before it’s released later this month, we get a brief glimpse via a trailer in which the narrator explains how the attitude has shifted to a “don’t give a f***” mentality.
Set for release on August 13. Stay tuned…
Source : .ballerstatus.com
The original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reunite for a brand new single to celebrate their 20-year anniversary, entitled “Everything 100.”
On the track, Krayzie, Layzie, Flesh, Bizzy and Wish spit in their trademark melodic flow over the Wundermine production — their first new record in over five years.
In addition to the new song, the group is headlining this year’s Rock The Bells Festival, which kicks off on September 7th in San Bernardino, CA.
One police car was daubed with the words “Kill Pigz” as American flags were torched. “Kill Zimmerman” was also scrawled on the Alameda County Court.
Following a wave of threats to riot in major cities if Zimmerman was cleared of all charges, trouble flared up almost immediately after the verdict was announced late last night.
Unrest appears to be confined to Oakland for the time being, with more peaceful protests taking place in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York and Chicago.
Twitter messages threatening to violently kill George Zimmerman continue to flood the social network.
A hoax is also circulating concerning a video of riots in Vancouver from 2011 which was falsely labeled as having taken place in Miami.
Hopefully some of the unrest seen in Oakland last night will remain limited and the wave of rioting threatened by many will not materialize.