Confirmed: Page McConnell’s Vida Blue Is Recording With Spam Allstars In Miami [Photos]

first_imgVida Blue and the Spam Allstars back in the studio together for the first time in 15 years!: Russell Batiste warming up in the studio: Posts on the Spam Allstars’ Instagram page have confirmed the revival of Page McConnell (Phish), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit), and Russell Batiste‘s (The funky Meters) early-2000’s live electronic trio, Vida Blue, nearly 14 years after their last performance together.Earlier this week, a Facebook post by Miami Afro-Cuban outfit Spam Allstars stoked excitement for the potential return of the group. Vida Blue recorded their sophomore album, The Illustrated Band, with the Spam Allstars in 2003, and toured alongside them throughout 2004 until their final performance at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11th, 2004.The initial post was somewhat cryptic. It read: “14 years ago we had the honor to record and perform with Page McConnell’s Vida Blue with Russell Batiste & Oteil Burbridge. Today Spam Allstars are looking forward to getting into the studio again with this crew!! Stay tuned…”Since then, a series of photos and video clips have appeared on Spam Allstars’ Instagram, confirming that this highly-talented group has not only reconvened but is also recording music at the venerable Criteria Studios in Miami. Criteria has hosted numerous well-known artists over the years. Roughly 250 Gold or Platinum-certified singles and albums have been recorded there, including the Allman Brothers Band‘s Eat A Peach, Derek and the Dominos‘ “Layla”, and James Brown‘s “I Feel Good”.You can check out various clips and photos from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars ongoing recording session at Miami’s Criteria Studios below via Spam Allstars Instagram:Korg VC10 vocoder with lyrics posted on it, including Gary Numan‘s “Cars”, among others:center_img We can’t wait to hear what this incredibly talented and creative group is cooking up! Welcome back, Vida Blue![Cover photo: Spam Allstars Instagram]last_img read more

Newport woman jailed for dog attack on hospital staff

first_img Share The attack happened outside Newport’s Royal Gwent HospitalA woman has been jailed for ordering her dog to attack two security guards outside a hospital casualty unit.Chantelle Bennett, 29, set her bull terrier called Socks on the men at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital after she was escorted from the building.Cardiff Crown Court heard she also attacked a police officer.She was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of owning a dangerous dog, unlawful wounding and assaulting a police officer.Prosecutor James Wilson said Bennett, from the city, went to the hospital with a friend who was injured on a night out.She was escorted out of the accident and emergency department by security guards William Walmsley and Gamel Abdullah after she became aggressive.Mr Wilson said: “The security guards lifted her under her arms and took her outside.“But in the car park Bennett shouted “get them” at the dog.“The bull terrier started jumping up and biting Mr Walmsley and Bennett swung the dog’s chain at the him hitting his head.”Mr Walmsley, 30, suffered bite wounds to his arms, hands and legs and a gash to the head caused by the lead.Mr Wilson said Bennett then assaulted a police officer who stepped in to rescue the security officers.As well as being jailed Bennett was banned from keeping a dog for five years and a judge ordered that the dog should be destroyed. Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 18 Views   no discussions BBC News News Newport woman jailed for dog attack on hospital staff by: – February 25, 2011last_img read more

Baseball wins two games in season opener weekend

first_imgThe Trojans followed up their win Friday night with a commanding performance on Saturday. They claimed the second game of the series with a score of 11-0. The Trojans won two of their first three games against Nebraska Omaha to start the season 2-1. USC won in dramatic fashion on opening night, as senior second baseman Brandon Perez hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to seal a 6-5 victory at Dedeaux Field Friday night. Both teams were scoreless through the first three and a half innings of play, until USC scored eight unanswered runs in the fourth inning. The Trojans took the game with ease afterward. The team dug themselves into a deep hole in the first inning, as freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain gave up five runs to start the game. Hubbs replaced him midway through the first inning with sophomore pitcher Isaac Esqueda. “It definitely felt good to come back and get that win,” Perez said. “We had some rust to shake off for it being the first game of the season, but I’m glad that we came off on top.” Junior Chris Clarke pitches against Utah Valley. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) The Trojans managed to stop the Mavericks from scoring in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half of the inning, junior center fielder Matthew Acosta hit a single, allowing junior infielder Tyler Pritchard to score a run to tie the game at five apiece. Later in the inning, Perez kept his composure as he singled to left center field, scoring Acosta and winning the game for the Trojans 6-5. “We were able to stay within and have zone discipline,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “We got to their reliever and then we had the big inning. I think that coupled with Beller just continuing to throw zero, after zero, after zero made it tough on them because they couldn’t get anything going.” The Mavericks added to their lead by scoring two more runs and bringing the score to 5-2 in the middle of the eighth inning. But the Trojans brought the game to within one run after sophomore right fielder Jamal O’Guinn hit a home run, a two-run blast over the right field fence.center_img Despite the change, the Trojans still allowed 12 runs in the first five innings. The team demonstrated resilience by scoring eight unanswered runs, but it proved to be too little, too late for the Trojans. “I felt confidence throwing strikes today,” Beller said. “I knew the defense was going to play a great game behind me, so I just wanted to put the ball in play and make the plays behind me like they did.” The Trojans look to continue their winning form as they host Arkansas next weekend at Dedeaux Field. The first game between the two teams will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. USC put up a fight Friday as it was down 3-0 after the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, senior shortstop Chase Bushor hit a home run to bring the score up to 3-2. However, the Trojans were unable to claim the opening series sweep as they lost Sunday’s game 9-12. Beller showed confidence and composure as he took the mound Saturday, throwing five strikeouts in seven innings and giving up two walks. Following the first inning, Beller seemed untouchable, and the Mavericks could not seem to get a hit. Beller threw the first shutout of the season on Saturday. “When the ball goes up in the air, and it goes to the outfield, unless it’s barrelled up, I’m almost 100 percent confident that it’s going to get caught,” sophomore pitcher John Beller said. “Matt [Acosta] and Blake [Sabol] — they got wheels. Jamal [O’Guinn] has an absolute hose, so I have a lot of confidence when the ball goes into the air.”last_img read more

James Harden’s 47-point eruption lift Rockets past Jazz

first_img“I know he’s the MVP and everything, but this level the last three or four games is where it’s really high,” D’Antoni said. “It’s as good as he’s ever played.”Harden scored 47 points to help the Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz 102-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt was Houston’s first victory over the Jazz this season after dropping the first two meetings. The team’s current winning streak comes following a three-game skid.Monday’s performance came after Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over the Lakers on Thursday and another triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win at Memphis. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard James Harden reacts after making a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re in a hole,” he said. “I keep saying the same thing, but if you look at the standings it (stinks) to look and see you’re not where you’re supposed to be. We just continue to work and build our way up there.”Mitchell had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of five.“We had a hard time scoring for a while, and that was about the same time we weren’t close enough to (Harden), and he rose up and hit a big 3 and made a series of plays,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.Harden, who hit 15 of 16 free throws, had six rebounds, five assists and five steals.“He’s been getting really hot the last week, playing really aggressive, and we let him get to the free throw line, which was one of the things that we were talking about trying to avoid,” Rubio said.The Rockets had a 10-point lead after three periods and Harden put them up by 11 on a 3-pointer with about nine minutes left in the fourth. Mitchell had a nifty spinning layup before the Rockets missed five shots over their next two possessions and Danuel House turned it over the next time down.Mitchell’s layup started a 9-0 run for the Jazz, capped by a 3 from Rubio that got them to 90-88 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.Harden scored Houston’s first points in more than 3 1/2 minutes after that, and things between him and Rudy Gobert got a little testy after that. Gobert fouled Harden as he dribbled down the court and Harden approached Gobert after the call. There was some minor pushing between the two before Harden walked away.The Rockets led by 13 at halftime but Utah opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run to get to 52-49 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.Utah used a 7-0 spurt later in the quarter to take a 58-57 lead. But Harden took over after that, scoring all of Houston’s points in a 9-2 run that gave the Rockets a six-point lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. Harden converted three-point plays on consecutive possessions before hitting a 3 after a turnover by Jae Crowder. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Houston was up by four about a minute later when Harden sailed over the 7-foot-1 Gobert for a one-handed dunk before a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker made it 73-64. Snyder was handed a technical after that for yelling at the officials, and Harden made the free throw.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert had 18 points and 13 rebounds. … The Jazz had 23 turnovers. … Crowder finished with 14 points.Rockets: Waived F/C Zhou Qi. … James Ennis missed his third straight game with a strained right hamstring and D’Antoni said Ennis could be out as long as two weeks. … Brandon Knight had three points and a rebound in his third game back after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery. … Paul had 11 points and nine assists.THEY SAID ITHarden on his one-handed dunk over Gobert : “I still got some juice in these legs. For you bigs out there that want to keep testing (me),” Harden said before cracking up. “Nah, I’m just playing. The lane was open all night. The bigs were going back, taking away the lob, taking away the lob, so I had to get to the rim and finish.”UP NEXTJazz: Host Golden State on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host Washington on Wednesday night. “He’s the best offensive player I’ve ever seen — like, seriously,” teammate Chris Paul said. “He can drive. He can shoot. He’s got ballhandling, so it’s going to be a tough night for you, whoever it is. I don’t care what you’re doing.”Houston led by double digits early in the fourth quarter, but poor shooting left the Rockets tied with about two minutes left. A 3-pointer by Harden put Houston back on top and he added two free throws with about a minute remaining to make it 99-94.Donovan Mitchell was fouled by Eric Gordon on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to cut the lead to two with 35 seconds left.Then, under heavy pressure from Ricky Rubio, Harden stepped back and hit a 3 to make it 102-97 with 13.3 seconds left, securing the victory.Harden brushed off talk of his recent dominance, insisting that it’s something he has to do with the Rockets (15-14) in 10th place in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stronger, faster’ Manny Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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