But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. (cont-)— Cedric Bixler Zavala (@cedricbixler_) January 24, 2013The problem seems to be that Zavala wanted to tour extensively after the release of the new album, while Rodriguez-Lopez instead wanted to push a new band, Bosnian Rainbows. Zavala accused Rodriguez-Lopez of not having his heart in the band and not respecting the fans. The tweets continued to pour out.For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to.— Cedric Bixler Zavala (@cedricbixler_) January 24, 2013Bixler-Zavala did mention that he’d have a solo album out soon, which would sound unlike anything he produced before. He also stated that he was still in love with At The Drive In, the post-hardcore band that Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez were apart of before The Mars Volta. At The Drive In played several small re-union shows last year, including a major slot at Coachella, but never did the re-union tour that fans clamored for.There is probably a lot more to this story. Bixler-Zavala took the blame for the break-up of At The Drive In, claiming it was holding him back when he wanted to go in a new direction. It seems like Rodriguez-Lopez may be to blame this time. Either way, we’ll be waiting a comment from Rodriguez-Lopez to sort this mess out.Read Cedric Bixler Zavala’s full statement:Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going… But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta… I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band.For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. I just feel really guilty for not even really saying the truth because a hiatus is just an insult to the fans. To all our fans all over the world thank you for giving a fuck. You all ruled! I don’t think ill ever hear a fist full of dollars the same. My record will see the light of day soon and I’m excited because it sounds nothing like my previous endeavors. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this.Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.And for the record I’m still in love with [At the Drive-In]. Proof was in MY performance. I would never get on stage if my heart was else where. I have cancelled shows before for knowing full well that my heart was not in it at that moment. Why? Because its an insult to the audience.2 be clear I’m not angry I just wanted to be honest with the people who have allowed me to make a living playing music. What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that’s cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour. So…The Mars Volta are done. Singer Cedric Bixler Zavala spewed out a series of tweets last night, indicating a riff between Bixler-Zavala and lead guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The first tweets thanked the fans and began to explain:Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going (cont-)— Cedric Bixler Zavala (@cedricbixler_) January 24, 2013
[via Jambands] Wilco has announced a 6-night run at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre (where the band played their entire catalog during a run in 2008) on December 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th. The shows will be played in celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary. Wilco is prepping to begin a brief Fall tour, which begins at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on October 21st, and sees the band hit up Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre for a 3-night stint from October 28th-30th.Tickets for the Riviera shows go on sale October 17th at 10am CT, and can be purchased at JamUSA.In other Wilco news, the band will release Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD/LP/Digital box set which contains rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s archives. The box set includes 64 pages of liner notes which feature track-by-track recollections from Jeff Tweedy, and notes from Nels Cline and John Stirratt.Also on the band’s agenda is the release of What’s Your 20, a 2-disc compilation of tracks from the band’s eight studio albums, and two tracks from the Woody Guthrie-penned songs put to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg on the album Mermaid Avenue.Pre-orders for both are currently ongoing.Alpha Mike Foxtrot Tracklist:Disc one:Childlike and Evergreen (Demo) Someone Else’s Song (Demo) Passenger Side (Demo) Promising The T.B. is Whipping Me – with Syd Straw I Must Be High (Live) Casino Queen (Live) Who Were You Thinking Of (Live) I Am Not Willing Burned Blasting Fonda Thirteen Don’t You Honey Me The Lonely 1 (White Hen version) No More Poetry Box Full of Letters (Live) Red-Eyed and Blue (Live) Forget the Flowers (Live) Sunken Treasure (Live) Monday (Demo)Disc two:Passenger Side (Live) Outtasite (Outta Mind) (Live) I Got You (At the End of the Century) (Live) Outta Mind (Outta Site) (Live) James Alley Blues – with Roger McGuinn (Live) At My Window Sad and Lonely (Jeff Tweedy solo) California Stars (Live) One Hundred Years From Now A Shot in the Arm (Remix) ELT (King Size demo) Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (again) (Dave Kahne Remix) She’s a Jar (Austin demo) Tried and True Student Loan Stereo True Love Will Find You in the End I’m Always in Love (Solo acoustic live) Via Chicago (Austin Demo) Can’t Stand It (Live) Airline to Heaven (Alternate) Any Major Dude Will Tell YouDisc three:I’m the Man Who Loves You (Live) The Good Part Cars Can’t Escape Camera Handshake Drugs (First version) A Magazine Called Sunset Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard Woodgrain More Like the Moon Let Me Come Home Old Maid Hummingbird (Alternate) Spiders (Kidsmoke) (Live) Hell is Chrome (Live) At Least That’s What You Said (Live) The Late Greats (Live) Just a Kid – with The Blisters Kicking TelevisionDisc four:Panthers Theologians (Live) Another Man’s Done Gone (Live) I’m a Wheel (Live) How to Fight Loneliness (Live) One True Vine The Thanks I Get Let’s Not Get Carried Away Hate it Here (Live) Impossible Germany (Live) I Shall Be Released – with Fleet Foxes (Live) What Light (Live) Jesus, Etc. – with Andrew Bird (Live) Glad It’s Over Dark Neon The Jolly Banker Unlikely Japan You and I – with Feist (Live) I Love my LabelWHAT’S YOUR 20: ESSENTIAL TRACKSDisc one:I Must be High Box Full of Letters Passenger Side Casino Queen Misunderstood Red-Eyed and Blue I Got You (At the End of the Century) Monday Outtasite (Outta Mind) Sunken Treasure California Stars Hesitating Beauty A Shot in the Arm Can’t Stand It She’s a Jar I’m Always in Love How to Fight Loneliness Via Chicago Airline to HeavenDisc two:I am Trying to Break Your Heart I’m the Man Who Loves You War on War Jesus, Etc. Ashes of American Flags Heavy Metal Drummer Hummingbird Theologians Handshake Drugs The Late Greats Hate it Here Impossible Germany Walken Wilco (the Song) You and I You Never Know I Might Born Alone Whole Love
Just two weeks before the anniversary of her mother Whitney Houston’s death, Bobby Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home near Atlanta, GA. The 21-year-old was found by her husband and a friend around 10:20 AM and rushed to North Fulton hospital. She was successfully resuscitated. The scare eerily parallels the way her mother passed, submerged in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills Hotel with evidence of heavy drug use. Bobbi and Whitney were extremely close and the death took a huge toll on her — shortly after she was hospitalized and diagnosed with severe stress and anxiety.The cause of Bobbi’s incident has not been revealed and she is currently under medical investigation.
Ever since the end of last year, Trey Anastasio has been teasing new material from his solo outfit in anticipation of a new album. While that album, titled Paper Wheels, is officially released on October 30th, you can get a taste of the new Trey via the NPR Music First Listen program.Trey Anastasio Band Debuts George Harrison Song, Busts Out ‘Dazed And Confused’The hourlong album is chock full of goodies, including tunes like “Bounce”, “Speak To Me”, “Flying Machines” and more! Listen to the whole thing, below:Trey Anastasio Band resumes their fall tour with a two-night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on October 30th and 31st.
Dead & Company continue to impress on every stop of their tour. Last night was a show at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO, a show that included two big tour debuts: “Let It Grow” and “Black Throated Wind.” Thanks to taper Scott T., we now have full audio from this tremendous show. Listen in below: Let’s just say that, any time a show opens with “Shakedown Street,” you know you’re in for a treat. Setlist: Dead & Company at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO – 11/20/15Set I: Shakedown Street bw, Brown Eyed Woman jm, New Minglewood Blues bw, They Love Each Other jm, Black Throated Wind bw, Sugaree jm, The Music Never Stopped bwSet II: Iko Iko bw, Eyes Of The World bw > Let It Grow bw > Lady With A Fan jm > Terrapin Station bw > Drums > Space > The Wheel > Looks Like Rain bw, Sugar Magnolia bwE:Ripple bw jm Load remaining images
Long-time tour bus driver Dave Lowder was involved in a horrible accident last week and needs our help.Dave took the brunt force created by a jack-knifed truck impacted in front of the bus. It took para rescue two and a half hours to cut him out of the bus, while he was conscious, in pain, staring at his mangled foot, and worrying about his beloved companion Cuzco, who went head first through the windshield and was lost for several hours.Thanks to the band Hinder, Cuzco was rescued and returned some time later. Thankfully, no one died in the accident, but Dave will be in the hospital for several more weeks awaiting another surgery before undergoing months of intensive physical therapy.With Dave now out of commission for the next 6-8 months, he’ll be unable to work and pay for his medical bills while also supporting a family. Dave’s brother Jim has set up a GoFundMe page to help Dave combat his expenses while he’s recovering, and we hope that you’ll consider making a contribution to help Dave get back on his feet.Visit the link here to make a donation today.
The sheer insanity of the Jazz Fest late night concert calendar just got yet crazier! Vulfpeck is joining home town heroes The Revivalists and The Soul Rebels for a three-in-one funk-rock bonanza. With all three bands known for dynamic performances and booty shaking vibe, The Orpheum Theater is sure to be one big dance party come April 23nd.Vulfpeck’s raucous, raw sound has been winning the national attention and a rabid, ever growing fan base. Joining them on the bill, The Revivalists bring their rocking version of Americana infused funk, all behind magnetic front man David Shaw. And last but by no means least, The Soul Rebels bring their brass band electricity to the stage.Tickets are available starting this Friday HERE.If Vulfpeck is your jam, be sure to check out the funky up and comers at Fool’s Paradise, a destination festival in St. Augustine, FL held from April 1st to 2nd. Featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power and more, this is one fest you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information available here.
A new, long-term study of mortality trends in U.S. counties from 1960 to 2000 finds that an overall average life expectancy increase of 6.5 years for men and women is not reaching many parts of the country. Instead, the life expectancy of a significant segment of the population is actually declining or at best stagnating.Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington found that 4% of the male population and 19% of the female population experienced either decline or stagnation in mortality beginning in the 1980s.“There has always been a view in U.S. health policy that inequalities are more tolerable as long as everyone’s health is improving. There is now evidence that there are large parts of the population in the United States whose health has been getting worse for about two decades,” said Majid Ezzati, Associate Professor of International Health at HSPH and lead author of the study.The majority of the counties that had the worst downward swings in life expectancy were in the Deep South, along the Mississippi River, and in Appalachia, extending into the southern portion of the Midwest and into Texas.The study appears in the April 22, 2008, edition of the open-access journal PLoS Medicine. The researchers analyzed mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics and population data from the U.S. Census Bureau between 1959 and 2001. The study is the first to look at mortality trends in the U.S. by county over such a long period of time. (County data is the smallest measurable unit for which mortality data is available.) The National Center for Health Statistics stopped providing data after 2001. The results showed that, between 1961 and 1999, average life expectancy in the U.S. increased from 66.9 to 74.1 years for men and from 73.5 to 79.6 for women. Looking at individual counties, however, the researchers found that beginning in the 1980s, the best-off counties continued to improve but there was a stagnation or worsening of life expectancy in the worst-off counties–what the researchers refer to as “the reversal of fortunes.” As a result, while men in the best-off counties lived 9.0 years longer than those in the worst-off counties in 1983, by 1999 that gap had increased to 11.0 years; for women the 1983 life expectancy gap of 6.7 years increased to 7.5 years by 1999. Over the past few decades, life expectancy in high-income countries around the world has gradually risen, with few exceptions. Given the consistent trend of declining mortality rates in high-income countries, the results of this study, which show large segments of the American population experiencing stagnating or worsening health conditions, are particularly troubling. Ezzati said, “The finding that 4% of the male population and 19% of the female population experienced either decline or stagnation in mortality is a major public health concern.” Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, added that “life expectancy decline is something that has traditionally been considered a sign that the health and social systems have failed, as has been the case in parts of Africa and Eastern Europe. The fact that is happening to a large number of Americans should be a sign that the U.S. health system needs serious rethinking.” The researchers also analyzed data on deaths from different diseases and showed that the stagnation and worsening mortality was primarily a result of an increase in diabetes, cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, combined with a slowdown or halt in improvements in cardiovascular mortality. An increase in HIV/AIDS and homicides also played a role for men, but not for women.The diseases that are responsible for this troubling trend seem to be most related to smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. “Smoking and blood pressure have a long history of being controlled through both personal and population strategies. There is good evidence on relatively low-cost and effective ways of dealing with these issues if one of the health system’s imperatives becomes to close this widening life expectancy gap,” said Ezzati.
Houghton Library will host an opening reception on Tuesday (Sept. 16) from 5 to 7 p.m. for its major fall exhibition, “To Promote, to Learn, to Teach, to Please: Scientific Images in Early Modern Books.” The exhibition examines how images in early modern European books of science (1500-1750) not only were shaped by the needs of scientific communication, but also were deeply influenced by economic, social, and cultural considerations. Through representative examples, drawn from the collections of Houghton Library and Harvard’s Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments, this exhibition examines early scientific images and the books they illustrated to show how they were intended to appeal both to men of science and to more general audiences. The exhibition is open to the public through Dec. 20 in the Edison and Newman Room of the library.
Theirs was an unlikely friendship. One man was a black abolitionist, orator, and journalist who had been a slave from Maryland, the other a white politician from the backwoods of Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Their political viewpoints ran along highly different lines: One subscribed to radical activism, the other to the staunch traditions of Republicanism. Yet, in the years between 1863 and 1865, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln reached beyond the borders of race and politics to develop a strong camaraderie. Their friendship, says John Stauffer, professor of English and of African and African American studies, shaped the course of American history.“The friendship between Lincoln and Douglass was a utilitarian one, because they needed each other on a political level,” says Stauffer. “Lincoln needed Douglass to help him destroy the Confederacy, and Douglass knew that Lincoln could help him end slavery. But beyond that, these men shared deep commonalities as the pre-eminent self-made men in America.”Stauffer explores the history of Lincoln and Douglass’ friendship in his new book, “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln” (Twelve Publishers). He drew on the correspondence between the two statesmen, as well as their private writings and political documents, to analyze their friendship.The pair first met in August 1863, when Douglass traveled to the White House from his home in Rochester, N.Y., to raise grievances over the treatment of black soldiers. Douglass, who had been recruiting heavily for the Union Army, was dismayed to find that black soldiers were receiving half pay compared with whites and were not being promoted. He hoped that an audience with the president might improve the situation.Upon arrival at the White House, Stauffer says, Douglass sent up his calling card and settled in for what he expected to be a long wait. But within minutes, the president called him in.“Lincoln knew of Douglass, and had probably read his best-selling autobiography, and his journalism,” says Stauffer. “Lincoln had called him one of the most meritorious men in the United States.”Beyond his admiration for Douglass’ writings, however, Lincoln, Stauffer says, recognized an opportunity to forge an alliance that could prove politically fruitful.“Lincoln needed Douglass on his side to recruit black soldiers and defeat the Confederacy,” says Stauffer. “He knew that without the support of blacks it would be impossible to win the war.”At the close of their initial meeting, Lincoln gave Douglass an open invitation to the White House, Stauffer says. From that point on, they began to characterize each other as friends, even though they differed in their political views.Busy schedules prevented the pair from seeing each other again until a year later, in August 1864. At that time the Civil War was going terribly for the Union, and the public was tired of war. Faced with plummeting opinion polls and afraid he wouldn’t be re-elected, Lincoln issued an urgent plea asking Douglass to return to the White House and help him decide how to move forward.“Lincoln had drafted a letter to the public that would essentially have offered him a way to backtrack out of the Emancipation Proclamation,” says Stauffer. “It was an attempt to absolve himself and appease peace advocates without explicitly repudiating his policy.”Douglass strongly advised Lincoln against making the letter public, says Stauffer, and it was never sent.Lincoln also asked Douglass to lead what he termed a “John Brown scheme,” a plan that involved making raids into the South to bring blacks to Union lines. Douglass, says Stauffer, was “amazed,” and later wrote that he never understood just how much Lincoln hated slavery until that particular moment.Douglass wrote the blueprint for the plan, but shortly thereafter Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman conquered Atlanta and the tide of war was turned. Lincoln’s John Brown Scheme was no longer necessary.The third and final meeting between the two “giants” of the Civil War era, as Stauffer calls them, took place in March 1865, at Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. It was a brief encounter — Lincoln was occupied with speeches and handshakes. But he took the time to welcome Douglass, and call him a friend.“He said, ‘There is no man in the country whose opinion I value more than yours,’” Stauffer says, reading from one of Douglass’ letters.The statesmen would have certainly met more, Stauffer notes, but in just over a month Lincoln was assassinated. The brief, unexpected friendship had come to an abrupt end.Beyond the utilitarian aspects of their relationship, says Stauffer, these two men were able to feel comfortable on an “interpersonal level” because they “shared the extraordinary experience of self-making.” Both Lincoln and Douglass grew up in brutal environments: Douglass as a slave, and Lincoln in the “rough-and-tumble, no-holds barred” culture of backwoods Kentucky, says Stauffer. Both men also drew on the power of language to alter their stations.“To be a great orator in that era was the equivalent of being a rock star or professional athlete in today’s society,” says Stauffer, “because public speaking was one of the main forms of public entertainment. If you could learn to communicate forcefully, that was the easiest way to rise up.”Lincoln and Douglass honed their reading, writing, and speaking skills on the same texts, Stauffer notes. These included the Bible, Aesop’s fables, “The Columbian Orator,” and works by Shakespeare, Lord Byron, and Robert Burns.“These men rose up from nothing, using only words for weapons, and came to reshape not only themselves but the nation,” Stauffer says. “The tale of their friendship demonstrates what scholars often misunderstand: People can share profoundly different political beliefs and still feel comfortable at an interpersonal level, particularly if they can draw on a common background and a shared love of literature and language.”