By the time Thanksgiving Eve rolls around, LCD Soundsystem will have played five straight shows in support new album, “American Dream,” at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. But it took just one set for the reunited rock outfit from Brooklyn to not only send its shockwaves through Southern California, but also shed light on the paradigm behind the cyclicality of music, art and culture.Friday night, the nearly-80-year-old venue on Sunset Boulevard was fraught with 1980s vibes. Everything from the flashing lights and James Murphy’s vocals—part David Byrne, part Fred Schneider—on stage, to the proclivities of the floor in front of it evoked thoughts of what it must have felt like to rock out in Ronald Reagan’s post-disco America.The slow, heavy synth of “Oh Baby” in the opener instantly transformed the circular Hollywood dance hall into the scene of a cheesy prom night. The familiar tones of “I Can Change”—with it’s contradictory yet no less appropriate mantra to “never change”—got the crowd up and moving to the beat immediately thereafter. The set proceeded with a similar seesaw between new tracks and old favorites, lighthearted love songs and more melancholy considerations of longing and regret–or, in the case of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, both at the same time.The packed house featured a cocktail of young EDM fans and more middle-aged listeners seasoned in now-legacy forms of house and electro, but all gladly obliged when Murphy and company implored them all to “Get Innocuous.” The band lured their Palladium audience into purely physical expression with the punk-rock rhythms of “Movement”, then dropped deep into mournful souls with “Someone Great”.LCD Soundsystem Releases First LP In 7 Years, ‘American Dream’ [Full Stream]After a refreshingly brief break, LCD returned to the stage for an energetic encore that ended with two back-to-back Soundsystem standards—”Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”. As fans filed out of the Palladium and into another pleasant night in the heart of Hollywood, they seemed to emerge from a musical time machine that had transported them to an experience from three decades prior……And not by accident, either. Murphy, LCD’s revered frontman, has ranked the Talking Heads and the B-52s among his biggest influences, alongside the likes of the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Yes and, of course, Daft Punk The shoe certainly fits in this case, since Murphy grew up in Princeton, New Jersey during the ‘80s. Chances are, his musical life was steeped in the sounds of that decade, with the Talking Heads and the B-52s leaving arguably the biggest imprints on his own style.LCD Soundsystem Performs “Tonite” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!So it was, then, that Murphy and company helped to revamp and re-popularize ‘80s music during the 2000s, and have once again stoked the embers of that revival in 2017. And so it is that, as the rule of thumb goes, decades seem to recycle themselves every 20 years or so—the ‘70s syncing with the ‘90s, the ‘80s with the aughts, and so on. It’s the constant churn of generations, of one cohort shaping the minds of its successors and, thus, securing its own legacy. And as their five-night run in Hollywood continues, LCD Soundsystem is sure to further their already-indelible mark on whatever music emerges in the 2020s.You can check out photos from last night’s LCD Soundsystem show below, courtesy of Steve Rose.For more information on the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.SETLIST: LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Hollywood, CA | 11/17/17 Load remaining images LCD Soundsystem Hollywood Palladium 5-Night Run11-17 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium Photo: Steve Rose LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Steve Rose
“Dr Ifeanyi Ubah has endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game. He has promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors for the testimonial match,” revealed Akanni yesterday.While expressing his happiness over the coming of the top businessman to the testimonial project, the former chairman of Lagos State Football Association stressed that Dr Ubah has shown to football loving Nigerians that he is truly a man of the people.“His long association with the senior national team is legendary. How he supported past testimonials for the likes of Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu remain very fresh in our minds. Dr Ubah remains a father figure for us ex internationals,” observed Akanni who used the occasion to call on other well to do Nigerians to support worthy causes meant to celebrate past footballers who have contributed their quota to make Nigerian sports great.Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.Meanwhile, some top players from Europe including William Gallas, Louis Saha, Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar have been booked on the flight to Port Harcourt for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game.Yobo’s former Everton teammate Wayne Rooney and African greats Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, plus a host of other international football personalities have all shown interests in honouring the former Eagles defender who amassed 100 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years.The testimonial game which is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government will be an occasion to celebrate a worthy son of the state who had a distinguished career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With barely one month to the befitting testimonial match planed to mark the retirement of former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, from football slated for May 27 in Port Harcourt, one of Nigeria’s top businessmen, Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, has thrown his weight behind the project.The Capital Oil chairman at the weekend endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game and promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors of the testimonial match.Coordinator of the Yobo Centennial Game who is also a former Super Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, confirmed Ubah’s magnanimity and his involvement in the plan to give the Ogoni-born former Nigerian captain a befitting send-forth from the Beautiful Game.
Participants load the bus for the LGBTQ history bus tour outside of the Raven. (Hillman/Alaska Public)During the rowdy pipeline construction days, bars lined 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Many of those establishments were surprisingly open to gay and lesbian Alaskans. On a bus tour this summer, passengers learned the role those places played in local LGBTQ history.Listen nowMyrna Lachoy stood at the front of a bus with a bull horn, pointing out the locations of old Anchorage bars. “It was so sleazy. It was so much fun!”The passengers giggled at bawdy jokes and memories from 30 and 40 years ago, when bar culture was huge in Anchorage. They were on a tour of historical gay hotspots. Myrna pointed to the original Rendezvous Club in downtown.“We had a lot of fun in that little place. It would hold 40 and we had 80 in it,” she recalled.“That is on the bottom half,” chimed in Russ Reno, another tour guide for the night.“Yeah, right,” Myrna countered.The tour focused on the high points of gay life in the 1970s and 80s – the fun places to drink and do drugs. But Reno pointed out that there was a reason for the culture of escapism in the 1980s – the AIDS epidemic.“How many people have at least five people on this bus that they consider friends?” he asked the crowd, who cheered in response.“Now I’d like you to imagine for a second, without being too depressing here, think about what you would feel like after just maybe two years or three years and losing every single one of those friends, and maybe having yourself and one other left. And that’s what the 80s were all about.”Reno said he gathered with others in bars because they were safe spaces, and they could party away their sadness.Before AIDS, it was easier to be gay in Alaska, he said. People didn’t care as much about your sexual identity. They had the Gay Olympics and gay social organizations, like the Mount McKinley Non-Ascent Club. “We never went up, but we’ve been known to… well, you know the rest of that. We were a gentleman’s club.”Russ Reno speaks to participants of the LGBTQ history bus tour. (Hillman/Alaska Public)The small LGBT community even had political clout, he said, because just a few votes could change everything. “And we could organize relatively quickly, so we’d get people out there to vote. And we learned we could push the election in the direct we wanted it to go, so we became very political back in the day.”But Reno says after the AIDS epidemic started, the general community and religious leaders became more homophobic.Madeline Holdorf was at an annual celebration for the LGBT community and drag performers in 1982 when someone threw tear gas into the room.“When that tear gas bomb went off, everyone thought it was part of an entrance, part of the show. And in fact it was tear gas. I was on the dias, which was part of the main stage. And everyone in the room moved at the same time.”Despite the tear gas incident, Holdorf said for years, hundreds of people would turn out for the event. Part of the reason was that, unlike in other parts of the US, gay men and lesbians hung out together. They didn’t have things separate bars or clubs.But now that the greater community is more accepting of LGBT people, the crowds at those events are much smaller. Holdorf said you don’t have to be in to bars or drag shows to find other gay people any more.One of the bus tour organizers, Nicole Cundiff with Alaskans Together for Equality said that doesn’t mean the LGBT community has achieved equal rights.“We have national marriage equality, and we have some non-discrimination ordinances in the state. But statewide we still don’t have LGBT protections, especially when it comes to our transgender population.”Cundiff said that’s part of the reason why they organized the tour – so people would remember the city’s history and stay motivated to keep pushing for equal protections.
Elizabeth Odio Benito, 75, a Costa Rican lawyer and former vice president, has been elected to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The vote took place Tuesday afternoon during a meeting of the Organization of American States General Assembly in Washington, D.C. Odio will sit on the bench of the San José-based court from 2016 to 2021.The jurist’s election to the human rights body comes at a time when Costa Rica has been ordered to appear before the court to explain its noncompliance with a 2012 IACHR order to legalize in vitro fertilization. Ganamos elección de la Dra. Elizabeth Odio Benito como jueza de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos con 20 de los 22 votos posibles.— Manuel A. Gonzalez S (@mgonzalezsanz) June 16, 2015 “Costa Rica is honored by the election of Elizabeth Odio as an IACHR justice. Congratulations, Costa Rica!” tweeted President Luis Guillermo Solís. Costa Rica se honra con la elección de doña Elizabeth Odio como jueza de la CIDH. ¡Felicidades Costa Rica!— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 16, 2015 Odio won the seat with 20 out of 22 votes, according to Foreign Minister Manuel González.Odio has a long resume of accomplishments in international human rights and national government. She was a justice on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia between 1993-1998 and also on the International Criminal Court from 2003 to 2012.Nationally, Odio served as vice president of Costa Rica and environment minister from 1998-2002 and minister of justice from 1990 to 1994. She also represented Costa Rica as the country’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva in 1993. Facebook Comments Related posts:Panama’s diplomatic row with Venezuela indicative of growing presence on world stage Holocaust survivor honored for contributions to Inter-American Court of Human Rights Solís administration cagey on plans for gay union, in vitro fertilization bills Voters head to the polls in El Salvador to elect legislators, mayors
Go back to the e-newsletterContinuing with a commitment to expand its collective of premium guided walks throughout Australia, the Great Walks of Australia has announced the inclusion of the first walk in Western Australia, the Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk by Walk into Luxury.The newest member walk is a four-day experience showcasing WA’s turquoise ocean, white beaches, coastal cliffs and towering karri forests along the Cape to Cape Track which runs through Cape Naturaliste National Park and along Australia’s most south-westerly coastline. It successfully combines this spectacular walking trail with the magnificent food and wine of the Margaret River Region, as well as secluded beachfront accommodation.The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural landscape, get up close with the flora and fauna, swim in the ocean, and enjoy sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Operating throughout autumn and spring, the highlight is undoubtedly spring (September to November) when Western Australia’s famous wildflowers are in full bloom.Accommodation is at the luxury Injidup Spa Retreat where guests can indulge in private plunge pools with uninterrupted ocean views, the perfect reward to a day of walking the trail.Chair of Great Walks of Australia, Geoff Dixon said, “We’re delighted to welcome the Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk into the portfolio. We know from our trade and media partners that there’s a strong interest in this region so when Walk into Luxury approached us with this four-day itinerary that captures the unique beauty of Australia’s South West, it was obvious that they were a perfect fit for the Great Walks of Australia brand. We look forward to working with them and showcasing the diversity of Australia’s guided walking experiences.”Walk into Luxury owners, Nikki and Adam King, said “We’re thrilled to be joining Great Walks of Australia and to be the first walk to put WA on the Great Walks map as a world class walking destination. This recognition is a credit to our team and an exciting opportunity for the Margaret River region and our many local partners. Our hope is that, as a Great Walk, the Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk will help drive increased walker numbers to WA, especially from international markets such as North America, UK, Europe and NZ.”Great Walks of Australia is a collective of nine privately owned walks that highlight the best guided walk experiences in Australia – with coastal, inland and outback trails, high end accommodation, local food and wine, and expert guides. Since its inception in 2012, Great Walks of Australia continues to grow with new member walks to the group, increased brand awareness, and partnerships through activity in the domestic and international markets that are key to the tourism sector of walking in Australia.Go back to the e-newsletter