D’Angelo’s Solo Piano Cover Of Prince’s ‘Venus Di Milo’ Is Beautiful

first_imgThe death of Prince has been mourned the world over, as the tragic Purple One passed away last Thursday at the age of 57. While most everyone has performed tributes to the late great artist, those closest to him, musically speaking, have remained somewhat silent.In a truly emotional moment, the great D’Angelo sat down at a Wurlitzer piano and performed a solo version of Prince’s “Venus Di Milo.” Captured just days after Prince’s death, D’Angelo is clearly mourning the loss of someone so inspirational to his own music. While the tribute is only two minutes in length, it is a truly moving tribute to the late artist.Listen to D’Angelo’s take on “Venus Di Milo,” below:The R&B star will also appear on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon for a tribute to Prince, alongside some special guests not yet announced. Tune in tonight!last_img

Radiohead Just Performed ‘Creep’ For The First Time Since 2009, Despite Calling It ‘Crap’ [Watch]

first_imgDespite the band’s public hatred against their first hit single, Radiohead shocked concert attendees with a bust-out “Creep” performance earlier tonight in Paris at Le Zénith. While we all know it to be the song that initially defined the band and its success, “Creep” hasn’t actually been performed live since August 30, 2009. The band would even describe the single as “crap” and told the Guardian that any fans who requested the song in concert were “anally retarded.” Well one fan did make the request, and the band did play it. “This is for the funny guy shouting ‘Creep’ in the back,” Yorke said from the stage. “Only to shock you.” And of course, the crowd went wild.Watch Prince Cover “Creep” At 2008 Coachella PerformanceBut how could a band hate their own song so much? In a 1996 feature with the Guardian, frontman Thom Yorke describes how the song popularized the band after the release of their first two EPs, with “Creep” eventually making its way way onto their first full-length album Pablo Honey. With this fame, however, came torrential downfall.“We sucked Satan’s cock,” Yorke explains about the two-year tour that followed their early success, stunting the creative growth of any new music to come from the band until The Bends came out in 1995. “It took a year-and-a-half to get back to the people we were… to cope with it emotionally.” Guitarist Johnny Greenwood added, “We were like paranoid little mice in cages…We were scared of our instruments, scared of every note not being right.”In addition to their shocking performance of “Creep,” Radiohead played “True Love Waits” as for the first time in ten years. They also made their tour debuts of “No Surprises” from OK Computer and “Pyramid Song” from Amnesiac, in addition to songs off their new album A Moon Shaped Pool (read the review here). The full set played out as 17 songs, with a 5 song encore, and 2 song second encore, totaling 24 songs. Sounds like Paris had quite the night!CreepTrue Love WaitsNo SurprisesDaydreamingPresent TenseRadiohead in Paris @ Le Zénith 5/23/16:Burn the WitchDaydreamingDecks DarkDesert Island DiskFul StopLotus FlowerThe National AnthemMy Iron LungNo Surprises (First performance since 2009)Bloom (Happy Birthday sung to Phil)IdentikitThe NumbersSeparatorThe GloamingEverything in Its Right PlaceIdiotequeBodysnatchersEncore:True Love Waits (First full performance since 2006)Present TenseParanoid AndroidTinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man ThiefWeird Fishes/ArpeggiEncore 2:Creep (First performance since 2009)Pyramid Song[H/T CoS]last_img read more

CSLC introduces language element to Humans Vs Vampires

first_imgBeginning today, Notre Dame’s campus will be the site of an epic battle between humans and vampires.Tuesday marks the first day of the annual Humans vs. Vampires game, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). According to Joachim Castellano, technology and administrative program manager for the CSLC, the game will run through Saturday and ends with an awards ceremony Sunday.“Basically, it’s a game of tag,” Castellano said. “There are two teams, the Humans and the Vampires, and every student who participates will be assigned to one team. [Each team] has to kill each other. There are five missions throughout the games that take place at night, so [students] will see a lot of people running around shooting NERF guns at each other.”According to Castellano, this is the second year the CSLC has sponsored the event. Before the CSLC took over the event, it was sponsored by the Student Activities Office (SAO), he said.Denise Ayo, assistant director for academic programs for the CSLC, said after the center took over the game, they began to incorporate foreign language elements into game play.“For example, [players] receive clues or directions in, for example, German or another foreign language offered at Notre Dame,” Ayo said. “Last year, they had [a mission] where you had to take a big heavy box of dirt across campus. When the humans arrived to figure out their mission, the person there to describe the mission only spoke Korean. So they were sitting there talking in Korean. Also, there are hidden items that will help [members of the team] and give [players] immunity, but the riddles to find [these items] will be in a foreign language.”Originally Humans vs. Zombies was played on Notre Dame’s campus, Ayo said. However, after the CSLC became involved with the game, the center changed the game to Humans vs. Vampires, as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is one of the most widely translated texts in the world.“You can find ‘Dracula’ in Catalan, German, French — all the languages we teach and have instructors here that speak the language,” she said. “That’s why we made the switch from zombies to vampires.”According to Ayo, the “Dracula” aspect of the game and the foreign language aspect of the game intersect throughout play time and during the awards ceremony.“[The game] culminates in a public reading of Dracula in the various languages, which is really exciting,” Ayo said. “It’s the biggest event where students can really interact with the professors. We have professors reading from the texts, we have peer tutors reading from the text, we have foreign language teaching assistants reading from the texts. It’s a great way to integrate students who don’t come into [the CSLC] normally and they come to get their awards and pizza and talk about the game and then they are exposed to foreign language.”Castellano said the main goal of the CSLC is to get students involved with foreign languages. Though the foreign language requirement varies depending on a student’s college, the CSLC wants to engage all students in the study of languages, and this game is a way for the CSLC to reach out to every student, regardless of their language requirement, or lack thereof.“We want students to be passionate about learning a foreign language, so we try to expose students to learning and practicing a language outside of the classroom,” Castellano said. “For anyone who really takes up a foreign language, there are a lot of opportunities to fall in love with it when you are using it in real life. It becomes less of an academic exercise and more like something that is part of everyday life.”By incorporating elements of foreign language into a fun game, Castellano said he believes the center can reach more students.“This event creates a space to use languages in a game-like environment, and we are basically trying to say to Notre Dame students that learning a language is a lot of fun — it is more than what you do in the classroom, and it can open up your world to different opportunities in your life,” he said. “It might start with a Humans vs. Vampires game, but hopefully it will inspire students to study foreign language more deeply and it may lead them to a future career or future life.”Tags: CSLC, Dracula, German, language, vampires, zombieslast_img read more

Waterloo man pleads not guilty to Floyd County murder

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Waterloo man charged with murder more than a year after a body was found in rural Floyd County has pleaded not guilty.Armando Adame III was charged last month with first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Michael Johns. On October 26th of 2017, Johns was reported missing to the Grundy Center Police Department.On December 1st, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a body at 290th Street and Shadow Avenue about 10 miles south of Charles City. The State Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that the cause of Johns’ death was a shotgun wound to the head and ruled the death was a homicide.Adame was arrested in Black Hawk County six days later on December 7th on a federal arrest warrant. In May of last year, he pleaded guilty to three federal firearm charges and was sentenced in October to 25 years in federal prison. Adame was taken into custody on the murder charge on January 29th at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, where he was serving a sentence on prior unrelated convictions.Adame was due in court for his arraignment hearing on Monday, but online court records show that he filed a written plea of not guilty in Floyd County District Court. No trial date has been scheduled.If convicted of first-degree murder, Adame would receive a life prison term without the opportunity for parole.last_img read more

3rd quarter foreclosures hit record high

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHomeowners with spotty credit who have subprime adjustable-rate loans were especially hard hit. Foreclosures and late payments for these borrowers also reached all-time highs in the third quarter. The percentage of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages that entered the foreclosure process soared to a record of 4.72 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 3.84 percent in the second quarter. Late payments jumped to a record high of 18.81 in the third quarter, up from 16.95 percent in the second quarter. The association’s survey covers more than 45million home loans nationwide. Homeowners with spotty credit histories or low incomes who took out higher-risk subprime adjustable-rate mortgages have suffered the most distress as the housing market went from boom to bust. Initially, low interest rates that reset to much higher rates have clobbered these borrowers. Analysts estimate that nearly 2 million adjustable-rate subprime mortgages will reset to higher rates this year and next. Doug Duncan, the association’s chief economist, said that foreclosures and late payments are likely to stay high or get worse in the coming quarters. The mortgage meltdown has hit financial companies with billions of dollars in losses from bad subprime mortgage investments. Some lenders have been forced out of businesses. The situation has elevated the odds of the country falling into a recession. It has roiled Wall Street and has offered lots of fodder for Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the mess. Against this backdrop, the Federal Reserve next week is expected to slice a key interest rate for a third time this year to bolster the economy. Duncan said there were a host of factors to blame for the rise of foreclosures and late payments in the third quarter: broad-based declines in home values; the resetting of adjustable-rate mortgages to higher rates; the drying up of credit for subprime and “jumbo” mortgages, those exceeding $417,000; and economic weakness in some parts of the country. California and Florida – the two largest states in terms of outstanding mortgages – were key drivers in the increase in the national foreclosure rates, the association said. The two states together accounted for 33.7 percent of the subprime adjustable-rate loans that entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter. The two states combined also accounted for 42.4 percent of creditworthy “prime” adjustable-rate mortgages that started the foreclosure process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Home foreclosures shot up to an all-time high in the third quarter, fresh evidence of the problems afflicting distressed homeowners amid the housing meltdown. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its quarterly snapshot of the mortgage market released Thursday said that the percentage of all mortgages nationwide that started the foreclosure process jumped to a record high of 0.78 percent during the July-to-September period. That surpassed the previous high of 0.65 percent set in the prior quarter. More homeowners also fell behind on their monthly payments. The delinquency rate for all mortgages climbed to 5.59 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 5.12 percent in the second quarter and was the highest since 1986, the association said. Payments are considered delinquent if they are 30 or more days past due. last_img read more

Real Betis chief confirms interest in Man City star – but insists no talks yet

first_imgReal Betis will not make a decision on whether to bid for Manchester City forward Nolito until they appoint a new coach, according to the Spanish club.It has been widely reported that Betis have opened talks about a deal for the Spaniard, who has managed just nine Premier League starts this season.However, Betis vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer insists they will not be making a decision on such a deal until a new manager is in place following the sacking of Victor Sanchez del Amo this month.He told Canal Sur Radio: “Would I like to have Nolito? Yes, but we have not contacted him.“We are looking to find players that know La Liga and to bring two or three good reinforcements from outside.“But we have to wait for the new coach to give his opinion on certain signings.“We know what profile of a coach we want and the sooner we complete it, the better.” Nolito in action for Manchester City 1last_img