Fifteen years and six records later, the Wrinkle Neck Mules are still hard at it.Abstruse.I consider myself a man of many words, but I came across that word for the first time in my 42 years just last week. I was wandering around the internet, checking out what other folks had to say about I Never Thought It Would Go This Far, the new release from Richmond’s Wrinkle Neck Mules. A writer used abstruse to describe one of the tracks from the record and I had no idea what he meant.After consulting Webster, I learned that abstruse means “esoteric” or “complex.” Having spun the new record many times over the last couple weeks, I don’t know if I am buying into that just yet. Maybe it is just too fancy a word. Maybe I haven’t dug deep enough yet. I don’t know.What I do know is that I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is an alt-country gem. The Wrinkle Neck Mules, now fifteen years into their career as a band, crank out lyrically rich, twang-laden roots rock tunes drenched in gravely vocals and crunchy guitar.There is nothing abstruse about that.I recently caught up with Andy Stepanian, guitarist and singer for the band, to chat about the new record.BRO – You guys have been doing this for over fifteen years. Considering the title of your new record, did you think it would go this far?AS – Although the album’s title isn’t solely a reference to longevity, I’d say we certainly never thought this would last 15+ years at the outset. We probably wouldn’t have named ourselves “Wrinkle Neck Mules” if we did. I don’t think any of us thought we would be using those three words in that order for so long.BRO – You had a tune, “Central Daylight Time,” featured recently in a Geico commercial. What did that mean to the band?AS – Ironically, it gave us a lot of credibility. One would think that one of your songs being on a television commercial would do quite the opposite, but, for a lot of folks, it actually took that for them to feel like we were legit. You also get paid for this privilege, which is mighty nice.BRO – We are featuring “Heaven’s High” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AS – In essence, it’s a song about relief and how unburdening the feeling of being relieved can be. Like nearly all of our songs, it’s a pretty non-linear narrative and open for the listener to interpret, but underlying it all is something fairly heavy and scary that turned out not to be so. Don’t be alarmed, though, as it’s a pretty upbeat song.BRO – You guys recently shot a video for “Whistlers & Sparklers.” If you could debut the video on MTV, which old school veejay would bring it on?AS – Probably Doctor Dre and Ed Lover from Yo! MTV Raps.The Wrinkle Neck Mules just came off of a run of shows supporting the release of I Never Thought It Would Go This Far. It looks like the band is taking it easy in March, but fans can catch them in Atlanta, Charleston (SC), Wilmington (NC), and Vienna and Charlottesville (VA) in early April.Be sure to check out “Heaven’s High” on this month’s Trail Mix. And for more information on tour dates and how you can get a copy of the new record, please check out the band’s website.
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Unquestionably this was a historically significant team, one that never had to play a Game 7 and had a double-digit point differential through the season. It also has a chance to do this again, since it controls its essential players for two more seasons.But the Warriors are being given credit for a mid-size revolution that they were slow to endorse.When the lockout ended in late 2011, the Warriors signed DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet that the Clippers matched. They tried to get Tyson Chandler. Eventually they dealt Monta Ellis to Milwaukee to 7-foot Andrew Bogut, who was benched late in the Finals but was a passing, goal-protecting centerpiece for Golden State all season.Some people might be confusing this Warriors season with 2007. Don Nelson’s high-speed crew knocked off top-seeded Dallas in the first round without a significant center. Kerr went “small” in the Finals, to punish a Cavaliers team whose perimeter players were either hurt or clueless (thanks for coming, J.R. Smith), but the 7-footer is not a dinosaur. Why, you have to go all the way back to 2014 to see Tim Duncan lead San Antonio to the championship. Nor will the Warriors’ victory dissuade the Lakers from taking Jahlil Okafor instead of D’Angelo Russell with the second pick of the draft. They will take Russell if they feel he’s a better player, not because he’s part of a trend.But the Warriors also won because of an unprecedented level of self-effacement. Kerr was able to mix and match his bench because he could mothball players like former All-Star David Lee without fearing a disruption, and with the knowledge Lee would produce when needed. Ten different Warriors had at least one double-figure scoring game during the playoffs.The best example of such professionalism came from Jackson, who introduced defense and physicality – and the playoffs – to the franchise. Jackson was fired for reasons that were overwhelmingly personal. He returned to ABC/ESPN and spent most of the playoffs and all six Finals games watching his creation win a championship without him. Listening to him, you never would have known.Cleveland was immediately named the 2016 favorite by those in Las Vegas. But it faces a possible free-agent defection by Love, who missed the Finals with a shoulder injury. Without him, Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson were an impressive arm-and-hammer combo underneath. What if Cleveland had kept Andrew Wiggins, who became Rookie of the Year in Minnesota, instead of trading him for Love? This could join the city’s scrapbook of nightmares: “The Deal.” It was an all-in trade that had a June expiration date. Even if Kyrie Irving recovers fully, nothing is guaranteed.And the Clippers? On Thursday they introduced Lance Stephenson, who should fit well. The man who blows LeBron James’ ear joins a club that blows big playoff leads.Maybe Jordan is shooting 1,000 free throws a day somewhere. Maybe Doc Rivers has discovered why a team with two All-Defense starters can’t stop a wristwatch when it counts. Maybe Blake Griffin can become more of a Draymond Green-playmaker and less of a beast of burden.The new logo is nice, but the Clippers look at the Warriors’ emblem and see a bridge too far. He was only one of the fathers of Golden State’s remarkably quick leapfrog act. Four seasons ago the Warriors won 23 games. Their promising rookie, Stephen Curry, couldn’t quit spraining his ankles. They had just hired Mark Jackson, who hadn’t coached a game of any sort, and were just overcoming decades of instability and experimentation. The Warriors, at one point, had chosen Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, who was fired, returned to college and said he missed the “eye contact,” and used first-round picks on Patrick O’Bryant, Ike Diogu and Anthony Randolph.Myers hired coach Steve Kerr and completed an extraordinary bench. Larry Riley, the former general manager and now an assistant with Golden State, brought almost everything else. And basketball gods played their part. Golden State missed 15 man-games all year through injury, and, incredibly, ran into four playoff opponents whose point guards were hurt.• Social Media: Fans react to new Clippers logo It’s difficult to break this to the Clippers during such a sensitive time, but the logo wasn’t the problem.Not as big a problem as “The Logo.”Jerry West helped walk the Golden State Warriors to this 2015 championship. He advised general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr. He mentored small forward Harrison Barnes. He argued, with his own singular vehemence, that the Warriors should not under any circumstances trade Klay Thompson to Minnesota for Kevin Love.• Photos: Ballmer treats fans to new logo at Sprinkles Cupcakes Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A few years before the death of the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, MJ revealed that he had been abused and beaten by his father, Joe Jackson. The media seized upon these revelations like piranhas closing in on a beef steer that had strayed into waters infested with these aquatic devourers of flesh. There is no excuse for Joe Jackson or any other human being abusing any child physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually but you know what? Joe Jackson’s boys and girls made it big and that in itself may act as a salve on the wounds suffered by his children who in time became arguably the most famous entertainment family in the world. Check this out; however unconventional and allegedly brutal Joe Jackson’s system might have been, there was a method to his madness and his children ended up profiting from the process that he put in place. However, in regards to the ongoing Penn State child abuse scandal a bunch of serious bull crap is spewing out of the mouths of the media. The children that were allegedly sexually abused by ex-PSU coach Jerry Sandusky did not profit on any level from his alleged lust for virgin flesh. A few folks are saying that the funeral of Joe Paterno re-launched and restored his tainted legacy. When I think of the word re-launch, my heart hurts and I can’t help but think of Jan. 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger was launched. The spacecraft exploded shortly thereafter killing all who were on board. The events that transpired on that awful day can never be taken back. You cannot re-launch any vehicle once it has exited the launching pad. How dare these imbeciles imply that that the passing of Paterno automatically gives him “clean hands” in regards to the ongoing scandal. Most people say that Paterno should have “spilled” the beans in a more thorough way but in most states you do not have to be compelled to testify against your spouse. Joe Paterno was “married” to PSU football and he was not going to allow anything including the abuse of a few “have-nots” to threaten his legacy or his marriage to power and money. The accomplishments of Mr. Paterno have been lost in the shuffle of corruption.Did I mention a few of the theories originating from Jimmy Hoffa University or JHU in regards to the disappearance of former prosecutor Ray Gricar being mob influenced? Oops that is politically incorrect, can’t say “mob.” According to my sources; Mr. Gricar is now waiting in line to take over as the curator of MJ’s Neverland Ranch. Uh-huh and I say re-launch the legacy of the late coach Joe Paterno the day that Gricar calls his next press conference to tell us about his new gig.The Pro Bowl is a farce, joke and a spinoff of what professional football is supposed to be. Buyer beware. Take a close look because what you see might just be a preview of the form of play that may be the future of competition in the NFL. These guys may as well have been playing touch football with pads. Was that a football game that the world was watching or did the coaches borrow the playbook from a neighborhood pickup game? In the past I have been credentialed to cover the game and it has never been taken too seriously even by those like me who have traveled over 4660 miles just to sit in the press box. I personally went so I could travel throughout the islands “hanging ten” no, that does not mean riding the waves in Honolulu, but “hanging out” in the “Sun Room” which was my favorite (and cheapest) restaurant near the Hawaiian Hilton which was my place of residence while I was there. In the future, why not alternate the game between San Francisco, San Diego or Seattle in addition to Honolulu and play the game two weeks after the Super Bowl? Currently the game is a crock and there might be a new nickname if it continues as it is now. It will match the Super Bowl; in the future it may just well be called the “Stupid Bowl.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.) I have never been happy about not going to a Super Bowl but this year is the exception. When I covered Super Bowl XL in Detroit I ended up with pneumonia. If they can only hold the “Lombardi Sweepstakes” in a city with a domed stadium then they should go one step farther and require that the entire city be “domed.” I am convinced that my illness was caused by running in and out of activities and venues during Super Bowl week that had extreme temperature variations from stifling hot to bitter cold. The Super Bowl should not be awarded to any city whose average low temp falls below 38 degrees Fahrenheit, domed stadium or not. It does not seem appropriate to be singing, “the weather outside is frightful but the ‘dome’ is so delightful but since I didn’t make All-Pro let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” That’s not right, that’s just not right.
Throughout history, parents have watched their sons, and sometimes daughters, go off to war. Throughout history, parents have plastered on brave faces to say goodbye and wish them well. Throughout history, parents have engaged in silent vigil, stifled emotions in pillowcases and waited. We are no different. Whether we believe in this Bush administration war isn’t a factor in the equation. It was not our choice to make. Still, letting go is never easy – and I don’t want to pretend that I am brave about this. In the months since my husband and I learned that Michael was going to Iraq, we have done everything we could to dissuade him. When we failed, we turned inward and questioned our beliefs, spent sleepless nights and searched for answers. We found none. Michael, who had always loved wearing uniforms as a Cub Scout, and later as a member of Junior ROTC, is an adult. He wants to serve his country. Many of his friends are already in Iraq; some will never come home. But on a Sunday afternoon, Michael had managed to compress time. He gave us love when we most needed it and orchestrated colored memories, some even captured by “last chance” film. “I’ll be home in April,” he said. For reasons I don’t fully understand, the 450-mile trip home felt like suspended animation. It wasn’t as lonely as I thought it would be. In April, it will be spring. We have only to survive winter. Cheryl Romo is a freelance writer and essayist in San Pedro.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Autumn in the rolling green hills of the San Joaquin Delta in Northern California comes with barely a notice, only a hint of crisp air and a touch of color in the leaves that shimmer in the electric breeze. My husband and I had risen early to drive the 450 miles from our home in the suburbs of Los Angeles. For weeks, friends had peppered me with questions, often catching my vulnerability off-guard: “How do you feel about your son being sent to fight in Iraq? Oh, I’m so sorry. Are you worried?” In response, I have been vague. Only a moron would admit the truth. The truth was I felt like dying. As we neared our destination, I busied myself suppressing tears by pretending that I actually cared about what rock groups had recorded whatever bubble-gum songs were playing on the radio. My husband was lost in thoughts that I knew stretched back nearly 25 years when we first brought Michael, our son, home from the hospital. So many things had happened in those intervening years. So many things. We arrived in Marysville and navigated narrow, straight-line farm roads. Finally, after several misses, we located the remote four-acre horse ranch where Michael lives with friends near the Air Force base, where he is stationed. As we approached the old farmhouse and barn, I was concerned about how I would react when I saw him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But my emotions imploded because Michael’s roommates had small, delightful children; his new girlfriend arrived; and our daughter was there with her husband and two boisterous sons. Besides, Michael, who was cooking his first meal for us, wanted only to talk about happy times and good days. War was never mentioned. By late afternoon, when the barbecue stopped smoking, the dishes were washed, and the steak, mashed potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and pumpkin pie were already memories, I reached for my camera and discovered that the only film I had packed in my overnight case was out-of-date, black-and-white, and purchased from the “last chance” bin of a local Rite Aid store. We were too far from civilization to purchase replacement film and, so, I began clicking away, hiding behind the camera to capture scenes my emotions wouldn’t permit me to face. It was a deceptively peaceful afternoon. At Michael’s request, the adults stepped outside to feed carrots to a pair of fly-covered brown horses who had bent over a chain-link fence surrounding the well-tended front lawn. The silence was punctuated by the shouts and giggles of children playing basketball near the barn. While Michael’s carrots temporarily saved grass, the horses were by then demanding affection in exchange for not eating the lawn. By this time, Michael was cavorting on the grass with six whippets, alternately chasing and being chased by the playful dogs. In a palm tree perch high above sat a white-faced barn owl prepared to attack the dogs he viewed as poachers on his mouse-hunting turf. “God damn it, Michael!,” yelled one of our son’s roommates. “Why did you let the dogs out? The owl’s goin’ after ’em.” But Michael continued his dance with the dogs, oblivious to owls, oblivious to danger, oblivious to everything. I tried to capture the joy I saw in his face, but knew that black-and-white was inadequate. In a matter of days, our son would go to Iraq, to a war where there would be no family cookouts or whippets or horses eating grass. Like the change of seasons, Michael’s life – all of our lives, really – was in transition.
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India beat West Indies by 80 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Score | PhotosThey will now play Australia for a place in the semi-finals on Friday. Chasing 269, West Indies were bundled out for 188 in 43 overs with Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj Singh delivering an all-round performance.Yuvraj Singh scored his maiden World Cup ton and finished with figures of 4-0-18-2 to help India win.The West Indies openers Devon Smith and Krik Edwards had batted for a few minutes when R Ashwin justified his inclusion by scalping debutant batsman Edwards. But the off-spinner had to take the help of the review to get his man after umpire had turned down his appeal. Edwards fell for 17 and West Indies lost their first wicket on 34/1 in the 7th over.Post that wicket, the other opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravo put 57 runs for the second wicket before Suresh Raina decided to break their stand in the 17th over. Bravo played an unnecessary pull shot dragging the ball from the off and ended up giving a catch to Harbhajan Singh on 22. West Indies lost their second wicket on 91.However, Smith was still at the crease and he along with Ramnaresh Sarwan went ahead with another timely partnership.Eventually, Zaheer Khan got the better of Smith with his slower ball that pitched on the off and curved in to uproot his off stump. That brought an end to their 63-run partnership and Smith’s innings of 81 runs. The Windies lost their third wicket on 154. Zaheer got the much-needed breakthrough and things started falling in place for India as big-hitter Kieron Pollard too fell. He hooled out on Harbhajan Singh’s ball and ended up getting caught in the deep by Yusuf Pathan on 157/4.advertisementNext the man who performed with the bat and came around to showcase his bowling prowess. Yuvraj Singh claimed Devon Thomas in the 35th over to reduce the opposition to 160/5.Two more wickets — skipper Darreny Sammy and Andre Russell — and the Windies tail was out. And when the tail-enders come to bat things get easy for the bowlers. And they did as India wrapped up the opposition on 188 with seven overs to spare.India innings Yuvraj Singh scored his first World Cup century as India posted 268 after a dismal start that saw Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir walk back on partly scores.Ravi Rampaul scalped Sachin Tendulkar on two. The ball had extra bounce to it and rose to Tendulkar’s throat; even as he tried to defend it the ball took the edge of his bat and keeper Devon Thomas took a clean catch. India fell to 8/1 after winning the toss.There was more to come as a few minutes later, the other opener Gautam Gambhir, opening in place of Virender Sehwag, too fell on a Rampaul delivery. Gambhir went for a big hit but ended up giving a catch to Andre Russell in the deep. He fell for 22 and India fell to 51/2.But, Yuvraj Singh, who has been performing well in the tournament, and Virat Kohli took the Windies bowling head on forging a partnership. However, the two had batted for over an hour that Rampaul struck again to break their 122-run partnership in the 33rd over.The ball dipped in sharply after pitching to crash against his stumps even as Kohli tired to sweep it away. He missed and fell for 59 when the India total was 173.But, Yuvraj Singh was still at the crease and he went on to score his first World Cup century. His ton came off 112 balls and included 10 fours and one six. But, the batsman at the other end, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has not been in form for long, soon departed with leggie Devendra Bishoo claiming his wicket in the next over on 218/4. He could only manage to put 22 runs on board.Post Dhoni’s wicket, new man Suresh Raina too fell with skipper Darren Sammy claiming his wicket 232/5. He could only increase the team total by four runs. Finally Yuvraj Singh too fell after scoring a fine 113 off 123 balls. He wanted to smash Kieron Pollard across the fence but miss-timed the ball to Pollard who made no mistake in taking the big wicket for the day. And India were reduced to 240/6 in the 45th over.Big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too had a brief stay at the crease and departed in the face of Rampaul’s pace. India were 251/7 at the stage. Harbhajan Singh was the next to fall with Pollard taking a fine catch to dismiss him off Andre Russell’s ball.advertisementLater, Rampaul struck back to send tail-ender Zaheer Khan packing and ending with a fiver. Then Russell claimed the last man Munaf Patel to end India’s innings on 268/10 on the first ball of the 50th over.
Ronjan Singh Sodhi spent valuable time at practice on the eve of his double trap event at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Wednesday.In terms of sheer consistency, Ronjan has been in top form for almost four years after taking over the mantle in this event from Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Having equalled the world record scores at a major meet and then shot gold in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Ronjan is aware what the expectations from him are.In shooting, a lot of the indoor events, rifle and pistol, where conditions are standardised, are quite predictable. However, outdoor conditions make double trap more exciting. Light conditions can change, and so can the wind and even rain, but nothing stops the marksmen from shooting this event.People are talking about “huge pressure” on Ronjan as this is his first Olympics. However, on Wednesday, as the champion trained under the watchful eyes of Moraaad Ali Khan, he looked composed.”I think Ronjan is fully composed and understands there is no point getting flustered before the biggest competition in the world. I am happy with the way he has prepared and hope for the best,” said coach Moraad, who finally got an accreditation badge after waiting for almost a week.In Guangzhou, when Ronjan shot gold, it was truly a dominant effort against the best in Asia. Now, having lost 25kg and made technical adjustments as well with his gun, Ronjan will be competing against Walton Eller from the USA, the defending champion, on Thursday.In Beijing, Weller set an Olympic finals record of 190 hits. However, since then, the American has reached only one ISSF final in 12 events.Others who could also shoot well in difficult conditions include Joshua Richmond of the USA, ranked number one in the ISSF world ranking.Compared to the pistol and rifle events, in double trap, it’s all about how soon the shooter finds rhythm. Unless you have nerves of steel and the heart to shoot down the orange clay targets in a quick reaction time, the event can get over even before it starts.”Ronjan has trained very hard for the Olympics and all the training stints in Italy should stand him in good stead,” added Moraad.advertisement
Chelsea boss Sarri: Ampadu can replace Cahillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is happy to promote from within to replace wantaway defender Gary Cahill.Cahill has been linked with a move Southampton as well as several clubs abroad, and Sarri broached the subject of his future at his press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie against Tottenham at Wembley on Tuesday. “His mind is not completely involved in our situation,” said Sarri.”We have to wait. For Cahill, the situation is different. We have (Ethan) Ampadu so we don’t need a replacement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say