Next Wednesday, June 8th, a Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground will get together for a tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA. With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show looks to be one of the most tight-knit tributes to the late Zappa around.For those of you who can’t make it to Hermosa for the webcast, there’s still hope. LiveList, a group that provides quality streaming services for various shows, has announced a promotion. If 500 people sign up to watch the webcast, then LiveList will provide a free stream! All you have to do is register here for the show, and of course you can browse their massive database of live streamed shows in the process.If you like what you see, then be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music around. For tickets and more details, you can head here.
Bassist extraordinaire Freekbass has announced that he will release a new studio album in 2019, via Eddie Roberts‘ new Color Red record label. Color Red will release a new single “Fre3KroNomoKon” on January 15th, with a full-length album expected in May 2019.Freekbass is a decorated performer as a soloist and as a member of the funktronica trio, Headtronics, also featuring DJ Logic and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz. The famed bassist has six full-length albums under his belt, as well as collaborations with Bootsy Collins, Adam Deitch, Mike Gordon, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, and others.Recently, Freekbass and Turkuaz’s resident lady-in-pink, Sammi Garett, have been collaborating and playing live shows together, with Garett set to be a part of Color Red’s upcoming release. In May, the pair released a collaborative funky new single titled “Love In Your Pocket”, paired with a psychedelic and theatric new music video. Freekbass and Garett’s “Love In Your Pocket”, was produced and co-written by Grammy-winner and Groove Collection co-founder Itaal Shur, with its wild music video directed by Angie Wilson. “Love In Your Pocket” taps into Turkuaz’s fun-loving, extravagant feel, highlighting Garett’s influence on her co-collaborator. However, Freekbass makes his presence felt on the new track as well, giving the song a more eclectic edge, with his robotic, gritty vocals.Freekbass ft. Sammi Garett – “Love In Your Pocket”[Video: TheFreekbassChannel]In August, Freakbass released another new single-video titled “Steppin’ Outta Line”, with special guest Sammi Garett on vocals. Produced by Grammy Award winner Itaal Shur and co-written by Lonnie Marshall (Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray), the funky and cosmic dance groove is paired with a comical video, featuring an ’80s-style dance party. Freakbass’s drippy and splashy bass bombs are accompanied perfectly with Garett’s powerful vocals, with additional backup singers assisting on the funkadelic new tune.Freakbass ft. Sammi Garett-“Steppin’ Outta Line”[Video: TheFreekbassChannel]Head to Freekbass’ website for a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.[H/T Jambase]
NZ Herald 19 Dec 2011Two 14-year-old girls will face “serious” assault charges after a brutal bully attack on a classmate that left the girl with spinal injuries. Fourteen-year-old Adriana Kemp is recovering in hospital from surgery in which screws were inserted in her skull to keep her spine straight. She was repeatedly punched by two girls at Flaxmere College in Hastings three weeks ago. The assault was filmed by another student on a cellphone. Adriana has been in and out of hospital for checks and scans since the attack.…. Flaxmere police constable Greg Andrews said two 14-year-olds had been interviewed and referred to Youth Aid. The case was being reviewed, but Mr Andrews expected the pair would appear in court. Charges were being finalised but it was a “serious level of assault”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10774037
Press Association Mourinho was quoted in various reports as having told the businessman: “The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker. I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?” Mourinho has favoured the Cameroon forward of late, ahead of record signing Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Chelsea would not comment on the matter when contacted by Press Association Sport on Tuesday morning, but the club did appear to have indicated in other reports that the quotes were genuine. It was also revealed that in the same conversation he indicated his interest in signing Radamel Falcao, while taking a swipe at the Colombian’s current club Monaco. “I need a striker. Falcao needs a club,” Mourinho is reported to have said. “A player like him cannot play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end (your career with).” The Portuguese is said to have commented on the lack of depth he has up front and questioned Samuel Eto’o’s age in what he took to be a private conversation with a Swiss businessman at a sponsor’s event. The comments were recorded and aired by French television station Canal Plus according to reports in the national newspapers. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reported to have criticised his striking options in what he thought was an off-the-record conversation.