Earliest Known Footage of Joe Russo Resurfaces With Fat Mama In 1996

first_imgDrummer extraordinaire Sir Joe Russo and a choice assembly of musicians will congregate to re-imagine the music of Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’s seminal 1971 album Hooteroll at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, NY this weekend. The April 7 engagement is being billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”. Russo reached back to his legendary, original Boulder, CO band Fat Mama for members Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), and Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion) to make the core of the group. Russo also recruited Darkside’s Dave Harrington (bass), Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), and Jordan McLean (trumpet) to perform Garcia and Wales’ revered jazz-jam record. In addition to unveiling their version of the LP in full, the initial event announcement teased of “other like-minded compositions.” Photo: Michael Weintrob I remember when, as a senior in high school in Cherry Hill, NJ, my older pal Ross Kaufman brought Fat Mama’s debut CD Mammatus back from CU Boulder, over a holiday break. Within a few spins, our squad was transfixed! Much as we found Grant Green by way of The Greyboy Allstars, I would navigate my way to Agharta, On the Corner, and Sextant through Fat Mama. Mammatus was our introduction to the band and the man himself, Sir Joe Russo. The fearless conglomerate evolved over time, from a Herbie Hancock-influenced style to a very textural, shoegaze electro-rage that incorporated much of what was to come, from contemporary behemoths like Radiohead, to the most niche, indie, avant-garde artists imaginable. Their musical fabric was sewn with exploratory sonic adventuring from Kendrick’s then-revolutionary turntablism, vibes and electronics, amid Miles-esque brass leads from the duo of Brett Joseph (tenor saxophone) and Jon Gray (trumpet and trombone). The focused team told mystical and melodic tales atop Russo’s lyrical, jazzy, breakbeat drumming and freewheeling bass gymnastics. For five years, Fat Mama redefined what was possible for our burgeoning scene, purveyors and surveyors on the never-ending search for new land.Former Relix Magazine Assistant Editor Wayan Zoey, who went to high school in Potomac, MD with Deutsch and bassist Jonti Siman, had this to say in reflection of the mighty Fat Mama:“Despite the Herbie Hancock reference in their name, Fat Mama was really the Miles Davis of the jamband universe. While clearly drawing from the jazz tradition, they managed to incorporate elements of nearly every other style of music that exists in the world, spinning them out in wholly original masterpieces of structured improvisation. Their decades-old recordings would still be considered ahead of their time if they came out today.”Read the ALLMusic Fat Mama band bio from the legendary Jesse Jarnow hereWith the approaching Hooteroll event, I found myself going on a Russo rabbit-hole all over the Internet. Beyond the usual mining of rare Benevento/Russo Duo recordings, I unearthed the above video, a barely-viewed Boulder performance from Fat Mama in 1996, clipped from Fat Mama: The Movie, directed by Goldberger’s brother Julian Goldberger. This is apparently the earliest known footage of Sir Joe Russo that circulates.We reached out to keyboardist Deutsch for some clarification: “It’s a medley… ‘Love the Life You Love’ by Kool and the Gang into ‘Camel Job’ by Jonathan Goldberger.”For good measure, because Live For Live Music loves you, bows at the throne of Sir Joe Russo, and mostly to illustrate just how far and wide Fat Mama’s sound and steez would extrapolate over the years, here’s “Knucklehead” from their 1999 live album Loadstar 8.1, and then their unique take on “Upon This Rock,” (a Joe Farrell song sampled by Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Pete Rock, RASCO, Common and more) from their 9/11/11 Brooklyn Bowl reunion.center_img Words: B.Getzlast_img read more

Your grandparents’ Tea Party

first_img“The Rant” took place on Feb. 19, 2009, less than a month after President Barack Obama’s inauguration. CNBC host Rick Santelli denounced the federal mortgage assistance program on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as an effort to “subsidize the losers,” and thus was an affront to the nation’s founding principles.Santelli called for “another tea party” like the one that helped to spur the American Revolution, and within days protesters took to the streets. By the fall, hundreds of Tea Party groups had sprung up across the country. A year later, the movement fostered a conservative surge in the 2010 congressional elections.To conservatives, the Tea Partiers are patriots; to liberals, they’re a scourge on progress and civil society. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, used different words to describe the activists to undergraduates gathered at Sever Hall Wednesday: grandma and grandpa.“These are older men and women, almost all white, a little better educated than typical Americans,” she said. “Their homes are modest size, with pictures of the grandkids. They’re regular white, middle-class people.”Skocpol’s remarks came during a lecture on her most recent book, “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” written with Harvard Ph.D. candidate and co-presenter Vanessa Williamson. The discussion was one in a series of twice-daily book talks by Harvard faculty and alumni during Wintersession programming. Although targeted primarily to undergraduates, the talks were open to the University community.Skocpol and Williamson attended Tea Party meetings and interviewed scores of members in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Arizona. Their research indicated three main forces behind the movement’s success: grassroots activism, funding from wealthy conservative advocacy groups, and publicity from right-leaning broadcasters.“The movement is partially from above, partially from below, and partially a product of right-wing media,” Skocpol said.The Tea Party’s origins are legitimately grassroots, Skocpol said. Its members are passionate and well-informed. Many members have been involved in politics since the 1960s.“These are ordinary men and women who teach themselves about issues and come up with ways to pressure lawmakers in districts and states,” she said. “They have been conservative-minded for their whole lives. Many first got involved in politics during the Goldwater era. Others have been active in the Republican Party on the conservative side, or Christian conservative groups.”Tea Partiers hate “big government” and want to reduce government, she said. At the same time, most of the people Skocpol and Williamson interviewed received Social Security checks, were enrolled in Medicare, and/or collected veterans’ benefits. Skocpol said Tea Partiers knew that their benefits were expensive and, contrary to popular perception, thought that these federal programs were legitimate.“They think that government spending is OK as long as it’s for people who’ve worked all their lives and earned the benefits,” she said. “They speak of themselves as hard-working Americans who deserve all they’re getting from society.”Skocpol said that the activists saw “moochers” and the government programs that supported them as the source of the country’s problems. They often identified these “freeloaders” as lower-income people of color or young people. They saw food stamps, Medicaid, and even Pell Grants as unearned benefits sought by people who were unwilling to work. More than either of these groups, however, Tea Partiers directed their ire at immigrants.“Illegal immigration looms very large in the minds of the grassroots Tea Party movement as a threat to America,” Skocpol said. “That’s true here in Massachusetts as well as in Arizona. It doesn’t seem to matter how many immigrants are actually there in the local area. Illegal immigrants are not resented because they take work from Americans; they’re resented because they use services like education and health care, and ‘real’ Americans like the Tea Partiers will have to pay taxes to cover those benefits.”While the grassroots origins of the movement may be authentic, its expansion and success, Skocpol and Williamson said, are largely the product of funding from professionally run conservative advocacy groups and publicity from right-leaning media outlets. Americans for Prosperity, funded by the wealthy Koch brothers, leveraged the Tea Party to promote an ultra-free market agenda and to assail Obama. Fox News got the word out about the location of rallies and provided information on how to contact organizers. Above all, conservative media gave a sense of solidarity and effectiveness to Tea Party groups dispersed across the country.“Conservative political action committees saw a good thing erupt in 2009, and joined with right-wing media leaders in cheerleading, pushing, leveraging the grassroots protesters to effect change within the Republican Party,” Skocpol said. “Their goal was to move the GOP further to the right in policy terms, and to prevent moderates from getting elected, and from compromising with Democrats if they got there. The right-wing media helped to give scattered protesters and groups the sense that they were in something big together and could affect national politics.”Although Republicans rode the Tea Party wave to electoral success in 2010 and may again in 2012, Skocpol and Williamson say that the movement creates major problems for the GOP long term. In the decades ahead, the American electorate is likely to include more of the people whose perceived interests the Tea Party appears to oppose most vehemently: the young, people of color, and immigrants. For now, though, conservative activists are well-organized, well-funded, and have the time and means to put enormous pressure on elected officials. Moreover, Skocpol said Tea Partiers could be a force in American politics for years.“Many of these people are in their late 50s or early 60s,” she said. “They’re on Medicare. They’re going to be around for a while.”After the talk, John Pulice ’15 said that he appreciated the chance to hear a member of the faculty talk about her work in a way somewhat different from a classroom, and added that the discussion taught him a lot about the Tea Party in his home state of Virginia.“It was interesting to hear what the activists were saying in order to understand my own state better,” he said, “and to learn what the Tea Party is outside of our stereotypes of it.”Freshman Sarah Coughlon agreed, saying, “The image of the TP is the guy in the Paul Revere outfit, and it’s not. It’s your grandma.”last_img read more

Kwasi Appiah calls for replacement of injured players during AFCON

first_imgBlack Stars coach Kwasi Appiah wants the Confederation of African Football to amend the tournament rules regarding injured players at the Africa Cup of Nations.Appiah made this suggestion at this month’s CAF Symposium on the analysis of the 2012 and 2013 tournaments in Cairo.There have been major incidents about some coaches losing their key players to injuries in major tournaments and not having the opportunity to get a back up.Appiah was hit with a similar incident prior to this year’s Nations Cup in South Africa when striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.GFA technical director Oti Akenten, who attended the 3-day Symposium with Kwasi Appiah, in an interview with Joy sports noted that, Appiah’s suggestion was welcomed by the many participants of the event.”He (Kwasi Appiah) also came out with a wonderful suggestion which I’m sure CAF is going to sit down to deliberate on,” said Oti Akenten ”He suggested that in future within the Afcon tournament whiles the matches are going on and you have injury situations which probably rules out your key players , there should be a way for the coaches to invite players who were not originally named in the squad for the tournament.”This idea was applauded by the other coaches and the officials of CAF noted they were going to deliberate on the issue.”last_img read more