Two Of The Late David Bowie’s Final Recordings Have Surfaced [Listen]

first_imgOne of the last projects David Bowie completed before his death earlier this year was Lazarus, a musical that pulled from his vast and varied catalogue of songs. This Friday, October 21st, a compilation album of material from Lazarus will be released via ISO/Columbia/RCA.In addition to the official cast recording of the show and Bowie’s version of the musical’s eerily prophetic title song, the Lazarus compilation will include three never-before-heard Bowie studio tracks. The three songs–“No Plan”, “Killing A Little Time”, and “When I Met You”–were recorded with the same band featured on Bowie’s final album Blackstar (stylized as a solid black five-pointed star), and have only been heard as performed by the cast of Lazarus (which includes the talented Michael C. Hall).Today, two of those three recordings–“When I Met You” and “No Plan”–were played on BBC radio. You can listen to “When I Met You” here (at 51:00) and its gloomy, dramatic counterpart “No Plan” here (46:00). Both of the tracks were recorded with Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti.You can see the full track list for the Lazarus compilation below:CD 1:01. “Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)” – Ricky Nelson02. “Lazarus” – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus03. “It’s No Game” – Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & Original New York Cast of Lazarus04. “This Is Not America” – Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus05. “The Man Who Sold The World” – Charlie Pollack06. “No Plan” – Sophia Anne Caruso07. “Love Is Lost” – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus08. “Changes” – Cristin Milioti & Original New York Cast of Lazarus09. “Where Are We Now” – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus10. “Absolute Beginners” – Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & Original New York Cast of Lazarus11. “Dirty Boys” – Michael Esper12. “Killing A Little Time” – Michael C. Hall13. “Life On Mars” – Sophia Anne Caruso14. “All The Young Dudes” – Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus15. “Sound And Vision” – David Bowie16. “Always Crashing in the Same Car” – Cristin Milioti17. “Valentine’s Day” – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus18. “When I Met You” – Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado19. “Heroes – 4:43” – Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of LazarusCD 2:01. “Lazarus” – David Bowie02. “No Plan” – David Bowie03. “Killing A Little Time” – David Bowie04. “When I Met You” – David Bowie[h/t – Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Smirk central

first_imgFor generations, Harvard and humor have gone hand in hand. From “The Great Butter Rebellion” of 1766, when students proclaimed the butter “stinketh,” to a notice posted in 1903 by undergrads urging their classmates to return home due to a (phony) diphtheria outbreak, to the annual hilarity of the Hasty Pudding Theatrical’s musical, it seems mischief and mirth have always been part of campus life.Now one bastion of Crimson irreverence is lifting the curtain on its history, influence, and inner workings.The Harvard Lampoon first appeared in February 1876. Inspired by the London-based Punch, the Harvard humor magazine blended written satire with witty illustrations. The mission of its seven undergrad founders was simple, if open-ended: “Have a cut at everything around us that needs correction.”For almost a century and a half that founding ethos has endured. In honor of the magazine’s 140th anniversary, Harvard University Archives is hosting an exhibition of memorabilia that tells the story of The Lampoon through the years. Though archivists have collected Lampoon material for decades, more recently — spurred in part by the 2009 centennial of the its famous building — they began a more formal conversation with magazine trustees about how best to preserve the publication’s eclectic ephemera.The exhibit ‘shows people what we have been up to creatively for over a century.’ — Mark Steinbach ’17“Essentially, students take things home,” said archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, who helped curate the show. “They might find them years later and send them back to us. We have started to amass a considerable amount of material.”Alumni and students, she added, “are interested in working with us and bringing in more.”“Remorseless Irony and Sarcastic Pens: The Story of the Harvard Lampoon,” on view through Oct. 2, features a sampling of Lampoon-related treasures in five display cases and along several walls of Pusey Library’s ground floor. Original and digitally reproduced manuscripts, sketches, scrapbooks, clippings, magazines, posters, and parodies all help paint a picture of the magazine and how it has shaped and been shaped by campus life and the world beyond Cambridge.The cover of the “Red Scare Issue” from 1950 — featuring a red dragon with a hammer and sickle stuck in its claws — is just one of many Lampoon-related treasures on display through Oct. 2. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“It’s a good chance to see how The Lampoon has fit into Harvard as a whole,” said current Lampoon president Mark Steinbach ’17. The exhibit, he added, “shows people what we have been up to creatively for over a century.”Along one wall several covers highlight the influence of politics on The Lampoon. An illustration of Teddy Roosevelt appeared in 1905. Later cover drawings depicted Franklin Roosevelt shaking the hand of the John Harvard Statue, and presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy riding dodos and waving small American flags. The cover of the “Red Scare Issue” in 1950 featured a red dragon with a hammer and sickle stuck in its claws.You can see the writers “were absolutely being affected one way or the other by the outside world, and their thinking about what they were walking into, what they were reacting to,” said Sniffin-Marinoff.Other covers point to The Lampoon’s love of parody, including one of the magazine’s most famous spoofs, a take-off of a 1972 Cosmopolitan issue complete with the image of a buxom, cross-eyed brunette next to the headline “How to Tell if Your Man is Dead,” as well as a centerfold of Henry Kissinger, his head superimposed on a naked cabdriver. Nearby, a letter from Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, who had seen advance proofs of The Lampoon issue, encouraged the students to tone down their sexy headlines and swap out the woman on the cover with an image of one who appeared more upbeat.One of the Lampoon’s most famous spoofs is a take-off of a 1972 Cosmopolitan issue, complete with a centerfold of Henry Kissinger, his head superimposed on a naked cabdriver. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“She looks gloomy,” wrote Brown, “which is always a put-off.” Readers weren’t put off. The issue broke sales records.No exhibit on The Lampoon would be complete without a nod to its famous pranks. Last summer Lampooners fled for New York with The Crimson president’s chair, and there posed as Crimson staffers and convinced Donald Trump they backed his presidential bid. Proof of the escapade, a photo of Trump sitting in the celebrated seat, is included in the show.To highlight the range of talent that has passed through The Lampoon’s doors, the first exhibit case features a rotating item from the collection. Currently it holds “Bayeux Travesty,” a cover from 1966 by the late David C.K. McClelland ’69 that many consider the magazine’s finest. A faithful take-off of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066, McClelland’s drawing tells the story of a football victory over Yale.Other gems include cover art by Fred Gwynne ’51, who went on to play Herman Munster in “The Munsters,” along with a book of drawings and poems by John Updike ’54. Additional artwork and text from writers and illustrators who found fame at The New Yorker, Life, and in shows such as “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons” point to The Lampoon’s status as a talent farm.“A lot of Lampoon grads were on the ground floor of “The Simpsons,” said Ted Widmer ’84, who crossed paths at the magazine with future “Simpsons” writer and late-night star Conan O’Brien ’85.Widmer ultimately turned his professional focus to politics and history, but the author said he often injects humor into his work and regularly relies on other lessons from his Lampoon days when putting his thoughts on the page.“Not trusting everything that you are told, looking for human interest in everything, especially in the official narratives that governments and institutions tell, and just always trying to look at everything in a fresh new way,” said Widmer, “I got all of that from the Lampoon.” Conan: Explore, learn, take risks In visit to Harvard, O’Brien tells students how humanities opened his world Before landing writing gigs with HBO’s “Veep” and then Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the first African-American woman to run The Lampoon, Alexis Wilkinson ’15, told the Gazette her work with the magazine was a critical piece of her Harvard education.“Anytime I have free time, I’m going to be at The Lampoon if I can,” she said. “I’m going to be thinking about The Lampoon, talking about The Lampoon, I’m going to be working on it. In a lot of ways to me, it’s more important than classes.”The exhibit includes artwork and text from writers and illustrators who found fame at The New Yorker, Life, and in shows such as “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAlong an entire wall hangs the largest artwork in the show, a montage created by Michael Frith ’63, another former Lampoon president. Now a member of the magazine’s graduate board, Frith worked as an editor for Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, at Random House, and later became executive vice president and creative director for Jim Henson Productions, where he helped design beloved Muppets such as the Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, and Fozzie Bear.Seven years ago, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lampoon Castle, Frith created the drawing for the magazine’s holiday card. His piece, “Ghosts of Christmases Past,” features a festive celebration among the magazine’s notable dead.“I was thinking if some of those people could have gotten together for that centennial party, who would those people have been, what would it look like, and how interesting might it have been to attach some faces to those famous names.”In Frith’s bash, Lampoon founder Ralph W. Curtis, Class of 1876, mingles with “Animal House” co-writer Douglas C. Kenney ’68, author George A. Plimpton ’48, Updike, and numerous other Lampoon luminaries.Like many, Frith hopes the Harvard show will lead to a greater appreciation of The Lampoon’s contribution to “American culture all across the board.”The magazine, he added, holds “a long and fascinating history with some of the most extraordinary people who have gone out into the world and really made a mark for themselves and changed the way America works from a very artistic and creative” point of view.For Steinbach, the show highlights something else: The Lampoon’s role in helping Harvard students, and the wider world, not take themselves too seriously.“Harvard can kind of be a serious, self-important place, and The Lampoon likes to be a reaction to that.” That reaction, he added, is key “because you can’t take things too seriously, and The Lampoon embodies that.”SaveSaveSaveSave Relatedlast_img read more

Planning

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Railway station lures buyers to Mango Hill

first_imgThe home at 42 Maryvale Rd, Mango Hill, sold for $583,000.A family home in Mango Hill has sold for well above the suburb median as the local market remains buoyant. The four-bedroom home at 42 Maryvale Rd sold for $583,000, which was more than $72,000 above the median house price for Mango Hill.Ray White Mango Hill marketing agent, Darren Suhle said the home on a 763sq m corner block attracted a lot of interest. “It was your typical family home so it was more the mum and dad with kids looking at this property than investors,” he said. Mr Suhle said part of the attraction was how close the property was to the Mango Hill train station. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“Everyone is going crazy for homes close to the railway station,” he said. The Ray White agent said the Mango Hill market had been quite buoyant and he had seen an increase in activity. According to CoreLogic, the median house price in the suburb increased by 3.1 per cent in the three months to the end of January and 11.2 per cent in the past year to sit at $510,450. “At the moment we can’t get enough listings to supply demand,” Mr Suhle said. “The buyers tend to be more local people moving around rather than interstaters or investors. “A lot of people who are coming out from closer to Brisbane never would have come out to the area before the railway station was built. “They are seeing good value for their money out here and they can still commute to the city.”last_img read more

Feds To Execute 1st Inmate In 17 years For Arkansas Murders

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government is set to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic.Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4 p.m. on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.The execution, the first of a federal death row inmate since 2003, comes after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction on Sunday that had been put in place last week after the victims’ family argued they would be put at high risk for the coronavirus if they had to travel to attend the execution. The family had vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.The decision to move forward with the execution — and two others scheduled later in the week — during a global health pandemic that has killed more than 135,000 people in the United States and is ravaging prisons nationwide, drew scrutiny from civil rights groups and the family of Lee’s victims.The decision has been criticized as a dangerous and political move. Critics argue that the government is creating an unnecessary and manufactured urgency around a topic that isn’t high on the list of American concerns right now. It is also likely to add a new front to the national conversation about criminal justice reform in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department has a duty to carry out the sentences imposed by the courts, including the death penalty, and to bring a sense of closure to the victims and those in the communities where the killings happened.But relatives of those killed by Lee strongly oppose that idea. They wanted to be present to counter any contention that it was being done on their behalf.“For us it is a matter of being there and saying, `This is not being done in our name; we do not want this,’” said relative Monica Veillette.The relatives would be traveling thousands of miles and witnessing the execution in a small room where the social distancing recommended to prevent the virus’ spread is virtually impossible. The federal prison system has struggled in recent months to contain the exploding number of coronavirus cases behind bars. There are currently four confirmed coronavirus cases among inmates at the Terre Haute prison, according to federal statistics, and one inmate there has died.“The federal government has put this family in the untenable position of choosing between their right to witness Danny Lee’s execution and their own health and safety,” the family’s attorney, Baker Kurrus, said Sunday.Barr said he believes the Bureau of Prisons could “carry out these executions without being at risk.” The agency has put a number of additional measures in place, including temperature checks and requiring witnesses to wear masks.On Sunday, the Justice Department disclosed that a staff member involved in preparing for the execution had tested positive for the coronavirus, but said he had not been in the execution chamber and had not come into contact with anyone on the specialized team sent to the prison to handle the execution.The victim’s family hopes there won’t be an execution, ever. They have asked the Justice Department and President Donald Trump not to move forward with the execution and have long asked that he be given a life sentence instead.The three men scheduled to be executed this week had been scheduled to be put to death when Barr announced the federal government would resume executions last year, ending an informal moratorium on federal capital punishment as the issue receded from the public domain. A fourth man is scheduled to be put to death in August.The Justice Department had scheduled five executions set to begin in December, but some of the inmates challenged the new procedures in court, arguing that the government was circumventing proper methods in order to wrongly execute inmates quickly.Executions on the federal level have been rare and the government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988 — most recently in 2003, when Louis Jones was executed for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldier. Though there hasn’t been a federal execution since 2003, the Justice Department has continued to approve death penalty prosecutions and federal courts have sentenced defendants to death.In 2014, following a botched state execution in Oklahoma, President Barack Obama directed the Justice Departmen t to conduct a broad review of capital punishment and issues surrounding lethal injection drugs.The attorney general said last July that the Obama-era review had been completed, clearing the way for executions to resume. He approved a new procedure for lethal injections that replaces the three-drug combination previously used in federal executions with one drug, pentobarbital. This is similar to the procedure used in several states, including Georgia, Missouri and Texas, but not all.last_img