Last weekend, Phish wrapped up their summer tour with two performances in Southern Calfornia. While fans will be talking about some highlights from the finale in Chula Vista, the show one night prior, at The Forum in Los Angeles, certainly had its moments.Among those moments was an all-out jam session during “Scent of a Mule” in the second set, which saw both Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman playing on the Marimba Lumina instrument. The jam goes into some weird trippy places before returning for the song’s bouncy conclusion.Thanks to Phish, we can share some pro-shot footage of this tune. Watch below, and check out the full phish.net setlist as well.Setlist: Phish at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA – 7/22/16Set 1: The Moma Dance > Sample in a Jar, Paul and Silas, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Heavy Things > Blaze On, Stash, Cavern > Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Axilla, Fuego > Back on the Train > Saw It Again > Prince Caspian > Waves > Joy > The Wedge, Scent of a Mule, Rock and Roll > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus Trey and Fish on Marimba LuminaNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Paul and Silas was played for the first time since October 20, 2013 (107 shows).[Photo by Steve Rose]
Tomorrow, May 20th, during President Donald Trump‘s diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia, bro-country superstar Toby Keith will play a free show in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. An outspoken supporter of the embattled POTUS, Keith was one of the (very) few mainstream artists Trump was able to recruit for his inauguration celebration earlier this year.Toby Keith has built a massively successful country career on songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Whiskey Girl,” “Drunk Americans,” and “Beer For My Horses.” But for this empirically bizarre performance, there will be no bars, whiskey, drunk Americans, or even girls in sight (although there may, in fact, be some horses around somewhere). That’s right: In keeping with the Middle Eastern country’s strict adherence to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law, there will be no women allowed at the performance.Saudi Arabia adheres to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law: Alcohol is strictly prohibited, unrelated men and women are required to be segregated in public, and women are forbidden from doing a number of things that men can do, including driving a car and, apparently, going to see Toby Keith concerts.The Associated Press reports that in addition to the concert, Saudi Arabia has arranged for an extensive schedule of events for Trump’s two-day trip. The various public figures involved in the itinerary include Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (who has previously been indicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court), Fox News anchor Bret Baier and, of course, nobody with a vagina.Of course, the barring of women from the performance is a symptom of the social climate in Saudi Arabia and not necessarily a reflection of Keith’s or Trump’s personal views (though POTUS’s history of sexist behavior is well-documented). That said, just the thought of a sweaty, sober, Trump-ified sausage fest in the sweltering Saudi Arabian heat headlined by Toby Keith makes Fyre Fest seem like Heaven on Earth.[via NBC][Cover photo via Reuters (Trump), Bio.com (Keith)]
RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Highest-ranked African player Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem on Monday all won their first games at the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunis. The three-day event, which began on Monday, is taking place at the Sports Hall of Rades, Tunis in Tunisia with 31 players participating. Participating players – comprising of 16 male and 15 female – are grouped into four in both the male and female categories of the singles event. Consequently, Group 1 of the female category has only three players. The first match in male group one was an easy game for Aruna as he saw off Adam Hmam of Tunisia 3-0 (11-5, 14-12, 11-4). He is now looking forward to a match against Algeria’s Sami Kherouf in the same group. The world number 18-ranked player will complete his group appearance when he faces Oba Kizito Oba of Cote d’Ivoire. Young sensation Omotayo came up strong after an early scare in his first game against Gedeon Kassa of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group 3. The Congolese took the first set 11-8, but an incredible comeback from Omotayo saw him claim victory in the last three sets to win 11-6, 11-3, 11-7. The Nigerian will wait for his remaining group matches against Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw and Algeria’s Larbi Bouriah to determine a possible quarter-finals berth. In the female category, Edem dismissed Safa Saidani in a 3-1 (8-11, 11-9, 11-7,11-6) victory in her first Group 2 game. She then eased past South African Simeen Mookrey also in a 3-1 (11-3, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7) win in her second group game. The 33-year-old’s last group game is against Seychelles Christy Bristol. Egyptian Assar Oman is the reigning champion in the male category.Tags: aruna quadriITTF Africa Top 16 CupOfiong EdemOlajide OmotayoSports Hall
Dowd noted that Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings are higher than those of the last two governors who were re-elected. “I’m not surprised that we’ve improved,” Dowd said. “I am sort of surprised that there’s such a huge number of undecided voters in the Democratic primary. They’re not only undecided, but unenthusiastic.” The two Democratic candidates and their allies are expected to spend at least $70 million combined in the primary, with most of Westly’s spending coming out of his own pocket. Schwarzenegger’s campaign will start the general election with about $10 million banked. The Field Poll released Friday found Angelides and Westly in a statistical dead heat. But the poll also found that one of four likely voters is undecided, a record high in the survey’s 60-year history. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has predicted that turnout Tuesday will be 38 percent, compared with 42.4 percent who voted in 1998, the last competitive Democratic race. “I think there’s voter malaise,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University. With more similarities than differences between the candidates, the primary has come down to them trading attacks on tax increases, the environment and gas prices. And those negative messages, O’Connor said, make voters question the credibility of the candidates. “They may think all of them are unbelievable,” O’Connor said. “The only thing I conclude is that campaign consultants make too much money to start with.” Officials with both campaigns acknowledged that voters may have been turned off by the negative tone, but each has blamed the other for starting the attacks. Earlier in the race, Westly had pledged to run a clean campaign and urged his rival to do the same, a challenge Angelides declined. Angelides, trailing in polls, went into attack mode in the spring, comparing the controller to Schwarzenegger and other Republicans. Westly responded with a series of ads criticizing Angelides’ environmental record as a developer before he became treasurer. “Some folks may be turned off by negative ads, but the fact is Steve Westly made clear from day one he would not be swift-boated,” said Westly campaign spokesman Nick Velasquez, referring to the 2004 presidential campaign attacks against Sen. John Kerry. “He would respond if attacked.” Velasquez said Angelides “spent the last month bashing Steve Westly up and down the state, likening him to Tom DeLay and Rush Limbaugh. If that’s not negative campaigning in a Democratic primary, I don’t know what is.” The Westly campaign, he added, is simply drawing legitimate “contrasts” between the two candidates, particularly on their environmental records. Angelides has responded to the attacks by rolling out the environmental organizations that have endorsed him, such as the League of Conservation Voters, in a series of ads and campaign appearances. The Angelides campaign hopes the environmental issues will help swing some of the Democratic voters who are still undecided. “I think it’s going to be part of what makes the difference on election day,” said Angelides campaign spokesman Dan Newman. “Voters in these final days are going to be able to cut through the mud that Westly has put on TV by looking to these leaders who they respect as (supporting) the candidate we can count on for better schools and a clean environment.” Other high-profile races Tuesday include the campaign for attorney general, with Oakland Mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown facing off against Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo; and the GOP primary for state controller between former Assemblyman Tony Strickland and Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria. In the San Fernando Valley, voters are facing several competitive state legislative races, with the most competitive being the Senate battle between Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez, D-San Fernando, and Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla. They are vying for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, who is termed out and is uncontested in his campaign for Monta ez’s Assembly seat. Monta ez and Padilla combined have raised more than $2 million, making it one of the most expensive legislative races in the state. Just like the two gubernatorial candidates, Monta ez and Padilla have more similarities than differences, in terms of age, ethnic background and political experience, so the campaign has focused on negative attacks on campaign fundraising and political ethics. The state has almost 15.7 million registered voters. Election officials had issued more than 3.8 million absentee ballots and as of Thursday had received almost 935,000. [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – While the hard-fought Democratic race for governor heads to a squeaky-tight finish, the winner of Tuesday’s election may have an even bumpier road ahead after passing that hurdle. The expensive and bruising campaign – with a flurry of attack ads unleashed by both candidates in the last few weeks – may put the winner of the primary at a disadvantage in trying to take down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the fall. And the two candidates – state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly – have essentially performed most of the opposition research on each other that Schwarzenegger’s campaign team will need in the fall – information that’s already being seen by voters in ads attacking campaign fundraising and environmental records. “Westly and Angelides have been effective in one thing: raising doubts about each other,” said Jack Pitney, government professor at Claremont McKenna College. “And those doubts will linger. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Moreover, the Schwarzenegger campaign has probably been taking notes throughout the primary season, and we’ll see some of those attacks re-emerge in the fall.” Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger has been able to sit back and burnish his image with several recent accomplishments, including a deal on an infrastructure bond and a proposed budget that increases education spending and pays down debt. The governor’s campaign has not stated a preference for facing either candidate in the Nov. 7 general election. Schwarzenegger strategist Matthew Dowd boasted that the governor’s campaign is looking stronger now that his approval rating is rebounding from the hits he took during last year’s special election. A Field Poll released Friday found the governor would have a slight lead, 44-42, over Westly in a November matchup, and a 46-39 edge over Angelides.