I’m sure anyone who watched Tuesday night’s episode of the Colbert Report, which was billed as Colbchella ‘013, noticed the lack of Daft Punk on stage. Colbert explained to the audience and viewers the nature behind their absence, but in case you missed it you’re going to have to read this to believe it. Because MTV had booked Daft Punk to perform at the upcoming Video Music Awards, the helmet-wearing electronic duo were supposedly contractually disallowed from playing any other television performance. Colbert explains it as such:Here’s the story: it’s a true story. We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two hours ago.Colbert was obviously displeased by this turn of events (even jokingly breaking out a bottle hidden under his desk while he told the news), but definitely made light of the situation. Bringing out Ashton Kutcher saying that the whole thing was another rendition of MTV’s Punk’d was the first in his celebrity-fueled episode. What followed was pure genius: Colbert, who had promised the song to his audience, played Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky and danced along to it, with some notable guest appearances. Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Henry Kissinger, the Breaking Bad cast (most notably Bryan Cranston on roller skates), Jeff Daniels, the hosts of America’s Got Talent, and Jimmy Fallon all provided cameos in the song’s play. And Colbert realized that there’s more than one official song-of-the-summer this year, and surprised the audience with another hit performed live; Robin Thicke entertained the audience with a live version of his hit song Blurred Lines, which went off without a hitch. Though it had a rocky start, Colbchella ‘013 was still a memorable night and an entertaining experience. If you still want to catch Daft Punk perform on TV apparently there’s only one place to do it this year, and that will be at the MTV VMAs on August 25th.
Alt rockers The Pixes have officially announced the details of their forthcoming studio album, ‘Indie Cindy,’ the band’s first release since 1991’s Trompe le Monde.Available via the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic, the new record is a compilation of recent EPs.Produced by Gil Norton (who was also behind Doolittle, Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde) the recording features Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering as well as bassist “Ding,” also known as Simon Archer. Not on the record are former bassists for the band Kim Deal and Kim Shattuck. Their current touring bassist—Pax Lenchantin—won’t be featured on the new release either.Indie Cindy will be released on April 29th in a variety of forms. A limited number—5,000 to be exact—of deluxe editions featuring a 13 live track album Live in the USA , recorded on the band’s recent tour, will also be available via their website.Along with the announcement of Indie Cindy came a video for “Snakes,” one of the tracks off the new album:-Sarah Compo (@sarahcompo)
A hilarious parody video from Funny or Die asks, “Do you want an exercise video that combines high-impact cardio with your love of experimental rock band The Talking Heads?” From there, things only get more silly, as a sculpted actor mimics David Byrne’s stage antics from the famous Stop Making Sense video while throwing in some witty puns.“I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go out there and start making some flippy floppy.”We don’t want to spoil all the jokes for you, so watch the hilarious video clip below:
UPDATE: The pay-per-view webcasts are now available via this link.Anyone who didn’t get a ticket to “Fare Thee Well” has been waiting for this announcement…A report in Rolling Stone, published today, promises that all five Grateful Dead performances will be webcasted “via an as-yet-unannounced online streaming platform.” That includes the initial Chicago Soldier Field concerts from July 3-5, as well as the Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara concerts on June 27 and 28.Let’s Be Grateful For The Dead’s 50th ReunionStarting on May 1st, the Dead webcasts will be available as a package for $79.99 via Dead50.net. They will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest commentator Bill Walton, who is perhaps the most famous Deadhead. Set breaks will feature exclusive content like interviews and a documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann.The online broadcasts will also be available on demand if you can’t catch them live.[Via Rolling Stone]
The Parish at House of Blues New Orleans welcomed The TWERK Tour last night, Friday October 16th. The tour, featuring co-headliners Twiddle and The Werks, attracted an eclectic crowd in the New Orleans music-going community — and it was immediately clear that everyone in the room had come out to dance.The Werks eased into the set with “Inside a Dream”, and as the music began the crowd seeped in. The audience was sucked in immediately, and wasted no time to get moving. One of the highlights of the night was The Werks’ rendition of Grateful Dead’s “The Other One”, with guitarist Chris Houser on vocals. As is the case when any Dead cover is played, those listening went wild. The Werks jammed the Weir classic for about twenty minutes, with the band’s own melodies sandwiched between verses. Everyone was in good spirits as the set ended with a birthday cheer for bassist Dino Dimitrouleas (October 16th is also Weir’s birthday).Twiddle began their set around 11 pm, with a room full of jam lovers who were eager for more. Ryan Dempsey teased fans with some Vanessa Carlton piano lines as the band got set up on stage. Mihali Savoulidis brought out New Orleans’ Tom Witek (Tom Witek Jazz Quartet) to accompany Twiddle for “Hattibagen McCrat”. Twiddle’s choice to cover Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (yes, that song from Titanic) had fans quite emotional, with both laughter and heartfelt singing filled the air. Twiddle finished the set with “Polluted Beauty”, but the crowd wanted more.After adamant chanting for an encore, Twiddle returned to the stage with members of The Werks to perform “Hattie’s Jam/When it Rains it Poors”.The impressive lighting in the beautifully rustic Parish room at the House Of Blues, as well as the adoring vibes from the audience, were the icing on the cake to this lively night of live music. Catch the TWERK Tour when it hits your city! Twiddle and The Werks ‘TWERK TOUR’ Dates:10/8 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony10/9 Philadelphia, PA TLA10/10 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live10/11 Richmond, VA The Broadberry10/12 Asheville, NC New Mountain Asheville10/13 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room10/14 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre10/15 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay10/16 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues10/22 Dallas, TX Trees10/23 Rockdale, TX Art Outside10/24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live10/27 Columbia, MO Rose Music Hall10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House10/29 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club10/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache10/31 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge11/1 Chicago, IL Chop Shop11/3 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House11/4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room11/5 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room11/6 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre11/7 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater11/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern11/11 Portland, OR Star Theater11/12 Eugene, OR The WOW Hall11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent11/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club11/19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub11/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall11/21 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Load remaining images
Come tomorrow night, the one and only Nigel Hall will descend on the world-famous Tipitina’s venue in New Orleans to celebrate the release of his new solo album, Ladies And Gentlemen… Nigel Hall. The performance marks the debut of this new material in the Big Easy, and will more than certainly feature support from some of the best musicians around.Since we just can’t get enough of Nigel’s new tunes, we asked him to take over our Instagram accounts in honor of the run. Hall will be posting throughout the day tomorrow, as he prepares for, and performs his new material for the exciting album release party.Follow L4LM on Instagram here and L4LNOLA on Instagram here to catch all of the action!To purchase tickets to the Tipitina’s performance, head to the venue’s official website.
Setlist: Furthur at Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico – 1/20/14Set I: Feel Like a Stranger, Crazy Fingers > China Cat Sunflower > Cassidy, Althea, Loose Lucy, Cosmic CharlieSet II: Help on the Way >Slipknot! >Let It Grow > Eyes of the World > Wharf Rat > Let it Grow > Slipknot > Playing in the Band > Dear Mr. Fantasy > In The Midnight HourEncore: Franklin’s Tower[Photo by Dave Vann] Phish may have just finished up their three-night destination getaway at the Riviera Maya Mexico, but today we turn our attention back to Furthur’s final shows together at Paradise Waits in the Riviera Maya, which began on this day two years ago. Comprised of the Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) on guitar, Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo) on drums, and Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog & The Other Ones) on keyboards, this potent lineup lasted approximately five years before hanging it up.Bob Weir Promises More Dead & Company, RatDog’s Return In 2016However short-lived, Furthur provided Deadheads far and wide a great outlet to once again hear the music of their favorite band and to see two of its flagship members live on stage together again. Since Paradise Waits, the members of Furthur have continued to plug away famously, Lesh playing with a revolving cast of musicians in Phil & Friends and his band Communion, which includes son Grahame Lesh; Weir has gone on to tour with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and his comrades the Rhythm Devils, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart in Dead & Company; Kadlecik has started his own band and continues to feature Dead tunes alongside his originals; Russo started his own Dead-inspired band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and continues to only get bigger; and Chimenti, having cemented his place in Dead circles, played at last summer’s Fare Thee Well concerts in Santa Clara and Chicago with the Core Four of the GD, Trey Anastasio, and Bruce Hornsby, and has gone on to join Weir, Kreutzmann, and Hart during their Dead & Company dates.The New Grateful Dead Archival Release Features Performance From San Francisco 1976Take a look at some video highlights as well as full-show audio from Furthur’s January 20, 2014 show at the Hard Rock Hotel from Paradise Waits below:“Feel Like A Stranger”“Loose Lucy”“Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Let It Grow”“Eyes Of The World”“Wharf Rat”
The Harvard University Library (HUL) Open Collections Program recently launched http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion. Created with support from Arcadia, the new collection, titled “Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics,” brings carefully selected historical materials from Harvard’s renowned libraries, special collections, and archives to Internet users everywhere.The collection includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the global, social history, and public policy implications of disease and to offer important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today.“Contagion” is the third online library collection developed by the Open Collections Program since the program’s inception in 2002.In developing “Contagion,” the program has been guided by a distinguished committee of Harvard faculty members, including:Allan Brandt, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, and professor of the history of science, Harvard Medical SchoolKatharine Park, Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences, FASBarbara Gutman Rosenkrantz, professor of the history of science emeritus, FASRosenberg describes the new collection as “A wonderfully accessible and invaluable tool for the scholar or student at any level. It demonstrates not only that we need to think about disease and its history, but that we can think with it — about society and its values, about government, and about changing ideas. It was an honor to have been associated with this innovative project.”
Scientists at Harvard University have found that a common class of freshwater invertebrate animals called bdelloid rotifers are extraordinarily resistant to ionizing radiation, surviving and continuing to reproduce after doses of gamma radiation much greater than that tolerated by any other animal species studied to date.Because free radicals such as those generated by radiation have been implicated in inflammation, cancer, and aging in higher organisms, the findings — published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Harvard’s Matthew Meselson and graduate student Eugene Gladyshev — could stimulate new lines of research into these medically important problems.“Bdelloid rotifers are far more resistant to ionizing radiation than any of the hundreds of other animal species for which radiation resistance has been examined,” says Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “They are able to recover and resume normal reproduction after receiving a dose of radiation that shatters their genomes, causing hundreds of DNA double-strand breaks which they are nevertheless able to repair.”Meselson and Gladyshev found that the bdelloid rotifers Adineta vaga and Philodina roseola remained reproductively viable after doses of radiation roughly five times greater than other classes of rotifers and other animals could endure.Such radiation resistance appears not to be the result of any special protection of DNA itself against breakage, the researchers say, but instead reflects bdelloid rotifers’ extraordinary ability to protect their DNA-repairing machinery from radiation damage.Roughly a half-millimeter in size and commonly observed under microscopes in high school biology classes, bdelloid rotifers are highly unusual in several regards: They appear to be exclusively asexual, have relatively few transposable genes, and can survive and reproduce after complete desiccation at any stage of their life cycle. Meselson and Gladyshev hypothesize that it’s this last property that explains bdelloids’ apparently unique resistance to radiation.Bdelloid rotifers have been widely studied since at least 1702, when the renowned Dutch scientist and microscopy pioneer Anton van Leeuwenhoek added water to dust retrieved from a rain gutter on his house and observed the organisms in the resulting fluid. He subsequently described the creatures in a letter to Britain’s Royal Society, which still counts an envelope of van Leeuwenhoek’s rain-gutter dust among its holdings.Meselson and Gladyshev’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Eukaryotic Genetics [email protected]
For the second straight week, the Crimson’s rushing attack, which leads the Ivy League, guided the Harvard football team to victory — and for the second straight week, Harvard picked up a decisive road victory, as the Crimson took down the Cornell Big Red on Saturday (Oct. 10) by a score of 28-10.Last week, running back Cheng Ho ’10 was unstoppable, rushing for 132 yards in Harvard’s 28-14 win over Lehigh. This week, it was the running back tandem of Gino Gordon ’11 and Treavor Scales ’13 — who combined for 251 yards and three touchdowns — that guided the Crimson (3-1; 2-0 Ivy League) to their third win of the season.It was a coming-out party of sorts for both running backs. Through the first three games of the season, Gordon entered the game with just 105 yards rushing on 30 carries. Yet on Saturday, the junior exploded for 137 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Scales, who through three games ran for 56 yards, racked up 92 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The freshman’s breakout performance earned him Ivy Rookie of the Week honors on Monday (Oct. 12).The defense, which gave up a season-low 10 points, was led by freshman cornerback Brian Owusu, who recorded two key interceptions, and junior safety Collin Zych, who had eight tackles and two passes broken up on the day.Harvard returns home on Saturday (Oct. 17) to host Lafayette. The Crimson have won the past eight matchups and hold an 11-2 record against the Leopards. Kickoff is set for noon.