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summer album of the week 09/03/11

pink floyd: wish you were here (released september 1975)

Few albums color the end of summer with such elegant despondency as Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic Wish You Were Here. At its literal core were three songs of social and artistic alienation highlighted by the bittersweet “heroes for ghosts” ballad that serves as the record’s title tune. But surrounding them is the real masterwork – a nine part suite inspired by the absent sanity of Floydian founder Syd Barrett titled Shine On You Crazy Diamond. A work full of melodic contractions that swings from ambient beauty to bluesy urgency, Diamond makes Wish You Were Here the ultimate Pink Floyd moodpiece.

With this, we close this year’s Summer Album of the Week Series. Here is a recap of the music that added ample sunshine, and maybe even a chilly breeze, to the season now past.

+ 5/28/11 – Little Feat: Time Loves a Hero (1977)

+ 6/04/11 – The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)

+ 6/11/11 – Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (1983)

+ 6/18/11 – The Pentangle: The Pentangle (1969).

+ 6/25/11 – Dire Straits: Communique (1979)

+ 7/02/11-  Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)

+ 7/09/11 – ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)

+ 7/16/11 – Yes: Going for the One (1977)

+ 7/23/11 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True (1977)

+ 7/30/11 – The Beach Boys: Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (1965)

+ 8/06/11 – The Beatles: Help! (1965)

+ 8/13/11 – The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers and Sisters (1973)

+ 8/20/11 – Cream: Wheels of Fire (1968)

+ 8/27/11 – John Hiatt: Slow Turning (1988)

+ 9/03/11 – Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)

Fast-food restaurants held up

San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA) April 5, 2007 SAN BERNARDINO — A pair of gun-toting robbers who have hit four fast-food restaurants in Rancho Cucamonga may have taken their act to San Bernardino, authorities said.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, two men entered the Del Taco on North Del Rosa Avenue in San Bernardino. At least one of the men carried a long weapon, likely either a shotgun or rifle, said Sgt. Dan Keil of the San Bernardino Police Department. go to site fast food restaurants

The men hopped over the counter and held the employees at gunpoint as one of the robbers emptied the cash register, Keil said.

The general M-O, the general appearances of these guys, is similar to what s been going on in Rancho (Cucamonga), Keil said.

A pair of robbers have been targeting Rancho Cucamonga s fast food restaurants over the past 10 days.

They ve been hitting us about twice a week, said Sgt. William Hunt of the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff s Station.

Investigators have little to go on.

They describe the duo only as being tall because they wear hoods and bandanas to cover their faces. It appears they are in their late teens or early 20s, Hunt said. go to website fast food restaurants

Each time, they have entered the establishments carrying weapons that are either rifles or shotguns, Hunt said. It s pretty scary, Hunt said. We re quite concerned.

The robbers have arrived on foot each time, leading Hunt to deduce that they park their get-away vehicle on a nearby street.

Investigators with the two departments are conferring to determine if they are trying to catch the same suspects.

It s not uncommon for (robbers) to move out to other cities, Keil said.

summer album of the week 08/27/11

john hiatt: slow turning (released august 1988)

Issued a year after the heroic Bring the Family, the album that finally defined John Hiatt’s songwriting and performance work after a solo career that sagged for nearly 15 years, Slow Turning rolled up the songsmith’s musical sleeves. It enlisted his then-road band (led by the masterful bayou guitarist Sonny Landreth) and offered a fistful of tunes that sounded liberated next to Family’s more obvious domestic leanings. In the years to come, artists like Emmylou Harris and Buddy Guy would cover Slow Turning tunes. But none would match the wily electric cunning Hiatt brought to his own extraordinary songs.

Research on Headache and Migraine Detailed by S.K. Piebes and Co-Authors.

Pediatrics Week May 7, 2011 “Recurrent headaches significantly affect health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adults; the impact of headache on HRQOL among adolescents is unknown, and the psychometric properties of headache-specific outcomes instruments have not been adequately studied in this population. To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) and Pediatric Migraine Disability Assessment (PedMIDAS) in healthy adolescent athletes. Descriptive survey,” researchers in Mesa, United States report. web site at still university

“High school athletic training facilities during the fall sports season. 177 high school athletes (89 males and 88 females). A survey consisting of a demographic and concussion-history questionnaire, a graded symptom scale, the HIT-6, and the PedMIDAS. Internal consistency (alpha), test retest reliability (r(s)), Bland-Altman analyses, and the Mann-Whitney U test were used to evaluate psychometric properties and age and gender differences. The HIT-6 and PedMIDAS item and total scores. Test-retest reliability for the HIT-6 total score was r(s)=.72, and reliability of individual items ranged from r(s)=.52 to .67. The test-retest reliability for the PedMIDAS total score was r(s)=.61, and reliability of individual items ranged from r(s)=.23 to .62. Both scales demonstrated acceptable internal consistency: HIT-6 alpha=.89-.90 and PedMIDAS alpha=.71-.75. The authors found moderate test-retest reliability for the HIT-6 and the PedMIDAS in a healthy adolescent athlete population,” wrote S.K. Piebes and colleagues. go to site at still university

The researchers concluded: “Research on the applicability and utility of the HIT-6 and PedMIDAS in concussed adolescents is warranted.” Piebes and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (Measurement Properties of Headache-Specific Outcomes Scales in Adolescent Athletes. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2011;20(1 Sp. Iss.):129-142).

For additional information, contact S.K. Piebes, AT Still University, Athlet Training Program, Mesa, AZ 85206, United States.

Publisher contact information for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation is: Human Kinetics Publ Inc., 1607 N Market St., PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-2200, USA.

summer album of the week 08/20/11


cream: wheels of fire (released august 1968)

Disraeli Gears is viewed as the masterwork of the all-star British rock trio known as Cream. But on the double-album followup Wheels of Fire, released a year later, their music positively boiled over. One record was filled with studio gems ranging from landmark hits (White Room) to blues variations (Sitting on Top of the World) to originals that pulled all kinds of psychedelic chamber-style punches (Deserted Cities of the Heart). The second disc of Fillmore West live recordings sported blues jams (Spoonful, Crossroads) full of ragged instinct and raw psychedelic fury. A volcano of an album.

summer album of the week 08/13/11


the allman brothers band: brothers and sisters (released august 1973).

allman brothers band: brothers and sisters (released august 1973).

Brothers and Sisters reshifted the Allman Brothers Band’s music following the deaths of founders Duane Allman and Berry Oakley by balancing leadership roles between Gregg Allman and guitarist Dickey Betts. But instead of twin guitar sounds, Betts worked off of leads from pianist Chuck Leavell. The result, curiously, was a commercial breakthrough by way of two Betts tunes – the radio staple Ramblin’ Man and the instrumental tour-de-force Jessica (a showcase for Leavell). Fine Allman originals like Come and Go Blues made the Brothers and Sisters balance the proud voice of a new Allman Brothers Band.

summer album of the week 08/06/11

the beatles: help! (released july 1965)

the beatles: help! (released july 1965)

In honor of Thursday’s Cincinnati concert by Paul McCartney, we present a parting shot from The Beatles’ era of pop innocence. It’s tough to say who has the upper hand. John Lennon offers You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, You’re Going to Lose That Girl and It’s Only Love, three of his most beautifully bittersweet songs. McCartney counters with Yesterday, I’ve Just Seen a Face and The Night Before (all of which he played in Cincy). Toss in George Harrison’s melancholy I Need You and Ringo Starr’s hapless take on Act Naturally and you have a summer portrait of a pop dynasty still under construction.

summer album of the week 07/30/11

the beach boys: summer days (and summer nights!!) (released july 1965)

beach boys: summer days (and summer nights!!) (released july 1965)

In honor of Tuesday’s concert visit by Brian Wilson, we offer the recording that bridged the surf music of The Beach Boys’ early years with the more elaborately orchestrated pop that defined the classic Pet Sounds a year later. You hear the split in the album’s two biggest hits – Help Me Rhonda (a hearty continuance of the group’s initial surf sound) and California Girls (which previewed where Wilson’s music was heading). A bonus: the failed single Let Him Run Wild, which reflected the melancholy that graced so much of The Beach Boys’ summery catalogue from this point on.

Body fat percentage can best measure your health risks

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) May 11, 2011 Washington, May 10 — A new study has warned that people with coronary artery disease and expanded waistlines are at more than twice the risk of dying, including those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the normal range. body fat percentage calculator

These conclusions result from a large study by the Mayo Clinic, involving almost 16,000 people from five countries around the world.

Authors Dian Griesel, and Tom Griesel claim the problem is deeper. It is not just the fat you see. ‘Even more dangerous is the visceral belly fat that resides in the abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs. This internal fat actually makes up a large proportion of the waist measurement,’ said the Griesels.

Visceral fat is more metabolically active and can produce hormones and other substances that have a negative impact on your health including increasing the risk of serious health problems like heart disease; high blood pressure; stroke; type 2 diabetes; metabolic syndrome; some types of cancer; and sleep apnea. go to website body fat percentage calculator

Contrary to common thinking, BMI is not the best measurement for overall risk because many people with readings in the normal range still have dangerous levels of (hidden) visceral fat. BMI is just a measure of weight in proportion to height.

‘Throw away your traditional scale,’ say the Griesels. ‘The only relevant measurement is your Body Fat Percentage. This can be easily calculated with a neck and waist measurement for men, and neck, waist and hip measurements for women.’ Interestingly, even if you are not overweight, a waist measurement of over 33 inches, regardless of your weight, increases health risks.

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summer album of the week 07/23/11

elvis costello: my aim is true (released july 1977)

elvis costello: my aim is true (released july 1977)

When his debut My Aim is True album rocked Britain during the summer of 1977, Elvis Costello embodied the post-punk aesthetic, right down to the squirrelly squint he possessed on the album cover. But inside were regal ballads (Allison), power pop anthems (Miracle Man) and tastefully brutish rockers (Mystery Dance) that signaled the arrival of a master pop stylist. On a renewed listen, the finale Waiting for the End of the World satisfies most – a beat-savvy party tune honoring Armageddon. What could be more punk than that?

summer album of the week 07/16/11

yes: going for the one (released july 1977)

yes: going for the one (released july 1977)

One would have thought commercially visible prog rock as defined by bands like Yes would have fossilized by the time punk reared its safety-pinned head during the summer of 1977. Yet that’s when the established Yes lineup of Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White released four atypically streamlined songs and the epic Awaken on an album that stands as an enchanting and, dare we say, enlightened prog classic. In short, Yes went for the one that summer and got it

Seahawks could add touch of gray to logo, 3rd jersey; Seahawks; New logo, to be unveiled Tuesday, features gray stripe.(Sports)

The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) March 30, 2012 Byline: Danny O’Neil; Seattle Times staff reporter There is a bit of a gray area when it comes to the Seahawks’ new logo, and that’s not just because the team’s new uniforms won’t be unveiled until Tuesday in New York.

A Seahawks logo featuring what appeared to be a gray lower stripe behind the bird’s head appeared on two recent segments on the NFL’s television network. It was reminiscent of the silver stripe that was part of the franchise’s original logo. That logo was changed in 2002 when the franchise changed uniforms. That’s when the Seahawks went from silver helmets to blue, and the logo was altered to include two blue stripes behind the bird’s head.

This year, the Seahawks are one of two teams expected to change their logos. The Carolina Panthers were the other, and they have already released the image of their new logo.

The Seahawks’ new logo will be released Tuesday as part of Nike’s introduction of new NFL uniforms. Nike has replaced Reebok as the NFL’s uniform provider.

The Seahawks’ new uniform is expected to have a third, alternate jersey that will be gray, according to a source. This jersey would be a third option to the blue, which is typically worn at home, and the white shirts often worn on the road. go to website new nfl uniforms go to site new nfl uniforms

The team has not released anything regarding the new uniforms nor a new logo nor commented on it. In fact, the whole thing is a pretty closely guarded secret with precautions taken to make sure pictures don’t leak out.

However, the NFL Network featured what might have been Seattle’s new logo in two different segments during its programming this week, one titled “State of the Franchise” and the other called “On the Clock.” Each segment began with a graphic featuring a Seahawks logo with what appeared to be a light lower stripe behind the bird’s head. When the segment shifted to the NFL Network studio, the Seahawks logo featured behind the anchor did not have a lighter lower stripe. Rather, it was the logo the team has used the previous 10 years with two different shades of blue stripes.

Did the league’s network give an unofficial glimpse of the Seahawks’ new logo? We won’t know for sure until next week.

Notes * Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove will sign with the Green Bay Packers, according to a statement on his Twitter account. Hargrove, 28, signed with Seattle three days before the regular-season opener in 2011, and became a mainstay in Seattle’s third-down pass rush. He appeared in 15 games, had three sacks and recorded a safety in New York when he tackled a Giants running back in the end zone. Seattle’s acquisition of Jason Jones in free agency gave the Seahawks a versatile lineman who will step into that role in the nickel defense.

* The Seahawks announced a five-year deal with Q13 FOX (KCPQ) to broadcast Seattle’s four exhibition games in high definition. The Seahawks and the station will also collaborate on a program that will air Sundays during the NFL season.

Danny O’Neil: 206-464-2364 or

On Twitter @dannyoneil

summer album of the week 07/09/11

zz top: tres hombres (released july 1973)

zz top: tres hombres (released july 1973)

Long before they had Legs or were Sharp Dressed Men, the musketeers known as ZZ Top made up the ultimate Texas combo with a positively wicked Southern blues-soul streak. To this day, Tres Hombres is packed with staples that still fuel the band’s live shows, from the Slim Harpo-inspired boogie hit La Grange to the blues medley of Waitin’ for the Bus and Jesus Just Left Chicago. But dig deeper into the scorching slow blues of Hot, Blue and Righteous and the Lone Star guitar groove of Master of Sparks and ZZ Top’s finest hour fully ignites.

summer album of the week 07/02/11

traffic: john barleycorn must die (releases july 1970)

traffic: john barleycorn must die (releases july 1970)

Though released in late July 1970, Traffic’s landmark John Barleycorn Must Die couldn’t sound more autumnal if it tried. A creative zenith not only for the celebrated British band, but for co-founder Steve Winwood, Barleycorn is a mix of chilly folk tradition (the title tune is an ages-old yarn spun into a ghost story), post-psychedelic pop (Empty Pages) and mutated jazz (the eery instrumental Glad). Though intended as a Winwood solo project, Barleycorn placed a reborn Traffic on an altogether darker road.

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