Electron made their two-night presence known at the Brooklyn Bowl last weekend. The jam-band, seriously-super-group is comprised of Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits). With those four masters in the room, the weekend was anything but typical.Saturday night brought original Biscuits drummer Sammy “The. Dr.” Altman for a special sit-in, driving an inverted “Confrontation” into “Run Like Hell” (ending only) to close out the epic dance party that was the first set. The second half of the night brought the highly anticipated Pink Floyd “Fearless” set, catapulting off the vibes of the 1971 Meddle track and digging into classics like “Money,” which featured Sam Greenfield on saxophone, a lengthy “Dogs” > “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” > “Dogs” run, and of course, “Comfortably Numb.” Read L4LM’s full show review here.Thanks to audio-taper RichSteele, you can listen to the full set on Archive.org and below:Setlist: Electron at Brooklyn Bowl, New York, NY – 3/12/16Set 1: Plan B, The City > Kamaole Sands > Rock Candy > Confrontation(1) >< Run Like Hell(1,2)Set 2: Breathe, Fearless, Money(3), Hey You, In The Flesh > Run Like Hell(4) > Dogs > Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) > Dogs, Comfortably Numb, Mother, Us & Them(3) > Any Colour You Like > Brain Damage > EclipseEncore: Little LaiNotes: 1 – with Sam Altman on drums2 – ending only3 – with Sam Greenfield on sax4 – dyslexic version(ended in Set 1, started in Set 2)All of set 2 features Justin Mazer on guitar/vocals.
A newly released reel of The Grateful Dead from 1975 has emerged on archive.org containing what compiler Alan Bershaw believes “to be the first 1975 Grateful Dead studio session, with the musicians recording an embryonic version of the ‘Blues For Allah’ title track.” The twenty-two-minute recording is fully instrumental, and from the notes, only has the core members of the Dead present on the recording.The hard copy of the reel was labelled with the notations, “The First Day” and “January,” which are believed to refer to January 1st of 1975 or the Dead’s first recording session during the month or serve as a reference for the band or for Robert Hunter. While the recording has been in circulation before spliced into two parts, this new version remains uncut and of higher sound quality. Take a listen for yourself below, courtesy of uploader Matthew Vernon, and check out the full notes from the original reel-holder Alan Bershaw below.This reel contains what I believe to be the first 1975 Grateful Dead studio session, with the musicians recording an embryonic version of the “Blues For Allah” title track. Its also the earliest recording for what would become the “SNACK Jam,” that they’d soon begin rehearsing with additional musicians (Ned Lagin, Merle Saunders and David Crosby) the following month. This is not to be confused with any of the content on those February 1975 SNACK rehearsals for the Kezar Stadium gig, as Crosby and Saunders are not present here. It also does not match any other “Blues For Allah” studio outtakes tapes that I’m aware of. It’s questionable whether or not Ned Lagin is present here, but I only hear Keith Godchaux playing electric piano. This leads me to believe that this is just the core band with Mickey Hart back on board. There are no vocals, so Donna Godchaux is not present on this recording.The reel case only contains the notation “The First Day” and a date of “January.” I have a few theories for this notation. It could mean that it was literally the first day of 1975, as in January 1, 1975. I think a more likely theory is that it was simply the first day of 1975 studio sessions sometime in January. Bob Gurman, who I inherited this reel from, thought it was the actual working title of this composition, since it was still an instrumental and prior to Robert Hunter’s lyrics being written. I’ve also speculated that this could have been recorded as a guide reference for the band and additional Kezar musicians prior to those rehearsals. It may also have been recorded for Hunter as a template for writing lyrics. Or some combination of all of these possibilities… I should also add that I’m aware of another version of this recording. I also have a DAT that I think I received in trade from Steven Martin back in the early 1990s. That contains this same recording, but with it divided into two sequences, with a short break in the middle. On this reel, those two sequences are seamlessly spliced together. Despite this spliced version originating from the same two sequences, the reel sounds significantly better and has considerably more dynamic range than the two sequences found on the DAT.I’ve scoured through all known notation for 1975 Grateful Dead studio sessions, outtakes and rehearsals, but can find no mention or match to this particular recording – or of any January 1975 studio recordings for that matter. Surprising, since this is such remarkable quality. It very well may be the earliest recording of the Grateful Dead’s return following the 1974 retirement. Have a listen. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. Alan Bershaw – January 2017Alan Bershaw – January 2017
MASON CITY — School administrators statewide the last couple of weeks have been scrambling to prepare for the summer sports season. Mason City High School principal Dan Long says it’s been a collaborative effort working with the rest of their Central Iowa Metro League members schools in establishing schedules and safety protocols.KGLO News · 6 – 4-mchs – 1Athletic Director Dan Phipps says with modifying the teams’ schedules, he’s had to deal with issues such as scheduling umpires and having to think ahead in case there needs to be alterations to the schedule due to weather.KGLO News · 6 – 4-mchs – 2Phipps says athletic directors across the state know that this summer will be a constant situation of having to be fluid and flexible with a myriad of possible situations.KGLO News · 6 – 4-mchs – 3One of the casualties of the revised schedule means that the annual crosstown rivalry games between the Mohawks and Newman will not be played. Long says it was a tough decision to not play those games.KGLO News · 6 – 4-mchs – 4Mason City High’s first games of the year will be on the road at Waukee on Monday June 15th. The Mohawk softball team will play at Clear Lake the next night, with both the baseball and softball home openers being Friday June 19th at home against Dowling. Long and Phipps made their comments Wednesday afternoon during the weekly Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 press conference as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Athletics Department announced Wednesday its first positive COVID-19 test result.A part-time student worker notified the department over the weekend of a positive result and the athletics department staff member that worked closely with the student worker has been quarantined. Contract tracing procedures related to the incident are also underway. Additionally, four student-athletes (two different sports) have experienced symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside of the athletics department who have been infected by the virus. Those student-athletes are also in quarantine and are awaiting test results.“The potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “Our medical team, headed by Mark Coberley, has done a magnificent job in preparing protocols and procedures for countless scenarios related to the virus.”Pollard said the positive results were not unexpected and he is confident that the medical professionals will skillfully address the situation.“This certainly is not a great surprise. We believe our plan to isolate infected individuals, continually communicate and educate our student-athletes and staff on proper hygiene, ongoing efforts to thoroughly sanitize our facilities, and implement other strategies as necessary, will allow us to ultimately be successful in mitigating the impact of the virus,” Pollard said.One key aspect of the recovery period is isolation for individuals with positive tests. Anyone staff or student-athlete with a positive result will be restricted from department facilities for an extended period of time (3-6 weeks). Individuals, who have been in close contact with an infected individual in the 48 hours leading up to their symptoms, will be isolated for one week followed by further testing. This is mandatory protocol to attempt to contain the potential widespread infection of COVID-19 amongst our athletes, staff, and community.As more student-athletes begin returning to campus in the coming weeks, the sports medicine staff will be educating them on proper hygiene practices, responsible behaviors outside of our facilities and the importance of mitigating risks for contacting COVID-19. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins classic game — 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2015 Class 2A state baseball semifinal — Clear Lake vs. Davis County — 7:00 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Iowa State football coach Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died. Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85.Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.At the age of 33, Majors was hired to take over the Iowa State football program prior to the 1968 season. Majors faced a giant rebuilding project, as the Cyclones were a combined 4-15-1 the two seasons prior to his arrival. In his third season (1970), the Cyclones made progress, recording a 5-6 mark, setting up a breakout season in 1971. Iowa State raced out to a 5-1 mark and ended the season at 8-3, securing a bid to the Sun Bowl, the school’s first-ever postseason appearance. In Majors’ final season in 1972, the Cyclones made it to their second-straight bowl game by participating in the Liberty Bowl, finishing the season with a 5-6-1 mark. One of the highlights of the season was a 23-23 tie vs. No. 3 Nebraska in Clyde Williams Field, ending the Cornhuskers’ 24-game winning streak vs. league opponents. Majors announced his resignation following the Liberty Bowl contest vs. Georgia Tech to take over the head coaching duties at Pittsburgh.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the return of players to the football facility will be controlled. Ferentz and several members of the coaching staff have returned to their offices this week. Players begin returning on Monday.KGLO News · 6 – 4-kfjune – 1Ferentz says they will be bringing back more coaches and staff in stages.KGLO News · 6 – 4-kfjune – 2Ferentz says there are several new guidelines to enter the football facility.KGLO News · 6 – 4-kfjune – 3Ferentz says for the time being staff meetings are still being held via Zoom.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants Congress to consider new legislation expanding federal background checks, as well as other gun violence measures, when lawmakers return this fall. He added, “Background checks and red flags will probably lead the discussion.”McConnell told a Kentucky radio station that he and President Trump discussed several ideas, and that the President is “anxious to get an outcome and so am I.” However, McConnell does not plan to call senators back to Washington early to work on the issue.Meanwhile, more than 200 mayors are asking the Senate to return early from its recess in order to act on gun safety legislation following last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead.A letter from the mayors to McConnell and the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, reads, “Our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them.” They are urging the Senate to vote on two House-passed bills that would expand background checks for gun sales. The letter was signed by El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo, Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley and the mayors of other cities and towns where mass shootings have occurred, including Orlando and Parkland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Annapolis, Maryland.GOP senators are also considering some changes to the existing federal background checks system that would be similar to the so-called “fix-NICS” law that was signed last year and improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. In addition, they are debating whether to strengthen penalties for hate crimes.However, Schumer told reporters this week, “We Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side.”On the other hand, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who along with Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, is pushing a bill to expand background checks, says, “At this point in time leadership comes from President Trump.”
By John BurtonRED BANK – The rocky road to establishing a community garden has yielded a harvest of involvement and cooperation for the gardeners and community.“I think this has truly become a community effort,” said Elizabeth Seydell, who chairs the community garden committee.Elizabeth Seydell, Red Bank community garden chairperson, checks on how the season’sharvest is progressing during the community garden’s first year.Located on Marion Street, just west of Eastside Park, the garden, which is in its first year, is a 30-by-80 foot plot of a 5,281 square-foot borough-owned property. The garden has 14 plots measuring an average of 4-by-16 feet, with room for two more – though that property is being held for a possible easement for the neighboring homeowner.The plots were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with gardeners paying $25 for the season’s use. There is a waiting list for plots, Seydell said.Among those tending their crops are families, some with young children, singles, seniors, and the local Girl Scout troop, all who relish the opportunity to plant and sow – even in such small patches, Seydell said.“There is a great sense of community” there, said Cindy Burnham, who spearheaded the idea a couple of years ago. Burnham, who does not have a plot, said the gardeners are all working together, offering advice and help. “It really is people helping people.”Discussions about establishing a community garden, going back about two years, became startlingly heated and controversial. The debate wasn’t so much about the garden itself – all parties insisted they wanted one – but instead about location.Burnham and her allies had been advocating for using a borough-owned property at 94 West Front St., located next to the public library and overlooking the Navesink River.Mayor Pasquale Menna and the Borough Council insisted that site was inappropriate for use as a garden for a number of reasons, including not being centrally located and lack of parking. Borough officials also had reservations about using the limited amount of borough-owned open space for a small number of residents. The library’s board of trustees also worried about how use of the property would impact their facility.Proponents continued to push, quite vocally and pointedly, for the Front Street site, insisting no other borough-owned location was as good for this use.Burnham, who is now on the Republican ticket for Borough Council, also continued to allege Menna and the council, all Democrats, were planning to ultimately sell the property, which they strenuously denied.Years later the tract remains borough property.Menna eventually convened the committee to look at potential garden sites and advise the council. The council finally decided the Marion Street site was the only workable one.“Everything has been going beautifully” at the site, Burnham said last week.Seydell noted that the contentious back and forth was “worth it in the end.”A lifelong borough resident, Seydell said that as a child, she and her father, Bud Riegelman, would use Fair Haven’s community garden when space was available. She cherished those experiences. “I think a community garden is a wonderful experience for everybody,” she said.Gardeners this season are growing tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, string beans and cabbage.“We even got some corn growing,” Burnham said.About a dozen members of Girl Scout Troop 1556 are growing vegetables and flowers, including sunflowers and colorful zalias, said Jenny Rossano, a troop leader.“It’s really nice to see them out there” and enjoying the work, Rossano said. She also hopes the scouts take away a lesson. “I hope they appreciate where their food comes from,” she said.“There is something about putting something in the ground and watching it grow and then it’s available to eat, or to give to someone that is so special,” Seydell said. “It’s an amazing learning experience.”“We want this to be more than just a garden,” Burnham said. “We want it to be an educational aid.”Garden committee meetings are held at the garden on the first Tuesday of the month.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2017)–Looking every bit a turf specialist, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred Prospect Park carved out a dawdling pace en route to a facile 3 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Clifford Sise and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Prospect Park got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.53.A close second to Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes two years ago, Prospect Park, a now 5-year-old full horse by Tapit, was considered a top Derby prospect but his best races since have been on grass.Winless in six starts since winning the Grade III La Jolla Handicap on turf in August, 2015, Prospect Park shrugged off a challenge from Conquest Daddyo to win easily. Off at even money in a field of six older horses, he paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10.When asked if he was relieved to see Prospect Park back in the Winner’s Circle, Sise responded, “You don’t know how relieved I am. There’s been some pressure on me…I haven’t had a good meet, so it was great to see Kent slow it down like that…He always needs about a month between races, so we’ll plan on that.”With two wins, Prospect Park has never been off the board in four starts on turf. With an overall mark of 17-4-7-2, he picked up $37,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $515,770.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Farhaan, who tracked the leader in third position, saved ground and was clearly second best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Wanstead Gardens. The second choice at 3-1, Farhaan paid $4.20 and $3.00.Wanstead Gardens ran on for third money, but never threatened the top two. Off at 5-1 with Mike Smith, he paid $2.60 to show.With the temporary rail at 20 feet, the winner set fractions of 25.16, 50.76, 1:14.62 and 1:37.42.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.