Guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, has released his first music video in 16 years for “Exercise Man”, from his upcoming solo record The Deaner Album. The hilarious video features Deaner and his group–Ween cohort Dave Dreiwitz, Meat Puppets guitarist Curt Kirkwood, and drummer Ray Kubian–sporting spandex cycling gear and singing an ode to the “douchebag Exercise Man” who won’t stop working out. Dean plays the title role, hogging lanes of traffic while he feels the burn on his bike, puffing on his ever-present cigarette.Deaner explained the origins of the song in a new interview with Consequence of Sound: “‘Exercise Man’ is my favorite video I’ve done…It was real low-budget and simple. I’ve got a really good story about it. When my son was little, maybe around two years old, we’d be driving around and I’d make up little fucked-up jokes. We’d see a deer squashed on the side of the road and I’d say, ‘Hey Mike, look at the cute little deer!’ That would get him laughing. But every time we’d see one of those jerkoffs with all the gear jogging in the rain I’d yell, ‘Go man! You go buddy! Run! Run!’ Then Mikey would giggle at that. Then I’d start singing, ‘Go-Go-Go Exercise Man!’ There’s actually a couple songs that I’ve written like that, which were basically songs I made up to amuse my son. I wrote ‘Exercise Man’ in like five minutes. It just came right out. I knew it was a keeper because I’d always laugh every time I did an overdub. It never got less funny while we were recording it.”Check out the new video below:You can read the full interview here. The Deaner Album will be available on October 21st via ATO Records.[via Consequence of Sound]
Karl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist D.J. Williams and his band, Shots Fired, are on the front lines of SoCal’s new-era funk scene. An entire music community has materialized around the band’s residency shows, no two of which are the exact same, thanks to an impressive rotating roster that features some of the biggest names in today’s funk, rock, and jam scenes. Performing regularly for the past year almost exclusively in Los Angeles and San Diego, Williams has decided to take his band on field trips for a very limited number of quick strikes while they prepare to release their first album, Live From Over Where.For their Las Vegas debut, Williams has — for one night only — renamed his collective “Bowls Fired,” in recognition of the victims of the recent and horrific attack on the city by a lone gunman. The “Bowls Fired” moniker is also a double entendre that references the party’s host, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, while giving a wink to the band’s cannabis activism. After being detained in the Middle East for 42 nights — in conditions that would make Amnesty International and the U.N. cringe — for possession of a vape pen, Williams was deported and immediately signed a sponsorship deal with Legion of Bloom, who handed out their top shelf “Monarch” vape pens during a recent LA residency.For this one-time-only engagement in Las Vegas, D.J. Williams’ Bowls Fired! will include Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) performing a selection of future funk classics.
On May 30th, Trombone Shorty performed at the 16th annual Sesame Workshop gala in New York City. The event, which benefits the nonprofit organization behind the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, was a high-profile affair, hosted by TV personality and host Katie Couric and, of course, a bunch of muppets including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many others. In addition to honors given out across the night, the gala primarily celebrated the launch of Sesame Workshop’s newly established Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.However, given that this is a music site, most importantly, the gala gave us a series of amazing photos of Trombone Shorty partying with a bunch of muppets, including Elmo, Count von Count, and Zoe. Furthermore, to commemorate the famed New Orleans-bred musician and bandleader’s musical contributions to the evening, Sesame Street crafted a custom Trombone Shorty muppet. You can check out Trombone Shorty’s Twitter post about his muppet doppelgänger below, plus check out more pictures of Trombone Shorty, Katie Couric, and other muppets at the gala here. The Trombone Shorty muppet is the second TV-stylized version of the Orleans Avenue bandleader we’ve seen this year. In March, a cartoon version of him appeared on The Simpsons during a special episode about New Orleans.
Today, Ween has added two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. On October 16th and 17th, Ween will perform their fifth studio album, 12 Golden Country Greats, which they recorded in Nashville in 1995. The shows will feature support from The Sh*t Creek Boys.Pre-sale for these shows open on Wednesday, August 15th at 10 a.m. local time (password: fluffy) here. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17th at 10 a.m. here. You can listen to Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats below:In addition to Nashville, the New Hope, PA natives will continue on with their previously-announced, staggered tour dates. After the band rolls through McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon, in mid-August, the band will take a substantial break until mid-October, allowing Dean Ween to embark with the Dean Ween Group for his rock2 tour in September.Ween will perform at Miami’s The Fillmore on October 13th, St. Augustine, Florida’s St. Augustine Amphitheater on October 14th, and mount a two-night run at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on October 19th and 20th following the Nashville gigs. The band will also stop in Detroit, Michigan on October 30th before heading to Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom for their Halloween show. From there, the group has added three shows in November including a performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 2nd and a two-night run in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 3rd and 4th.For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s official website.
Harvard University and Homeowner’s Rehab Inc. (HRI), a Cambridge-based nonprofit, have agreed to terms on a property transfer for the Putnam Square Apartments at 2 Mt. Auburn Streetthat will ensure the building remains affordable housing.Harvard has required HRI to preserve the 94-unit building as affordable housing for senior citizens for a minimum of 30 years, and ensured that residents’ eligibility and their rent calculation will not change.“We are pleased to reach this milestone with a local nonprofit organization that has created and preserved approximately 2,000 affordable units in Cambridge and brings direct expertise in the management and support of senior affordable housing,” said Christine Heenan, vice president for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “All of the parties involved — residents of the building, City and State government, Harvard, and HRI — shared a commitment to preserve the property as affordable for the long term.”“The City, HRI, and Harvard have a long track record of working together to successfully create and preserve affordable housing in Cambridge,” said Robert Healy, Cambridge’s city manager. “This is the latest chapter in that success story and we are pleased to see this property remain an important element in the City’s portfolio of affordable units available to our senior citizens.”The building, which Harvard has maintained as affordable housing for seniors for more than 40 years, is a unique property among Harvard’s buildings. Harvard committed to bringing in a well-regarded leader in the affordable housing arena to preserve the apartments as an affordable housing community for current and future residents.“HRI is very grateful to Harvard, the Commonwealth, the City of Cambridge, and the Tenant Association for the trust that you have placed in us and we assure you that we are fully committed to meet your expectations,” said HRI Executive Director Peter Daly. HRI has developed more than 1,400 housing units and owns more than 1,150 units in Cambridge — the vast majority of them rented at low to moderate-income rates.The City of Cambridge, Harvard, and HRI have partnered before to preserve affordable housing in Cambridge. Last year, Harvard and HRI worked with the City to preserve long-term affordability at the Chapman Arms Apartments through the property’s sale to HRI. The sale was the first implementation of the State’s then-new preservation statute, Chapter 40T.Harvard and the City of Cambridge have also worked together to improve the quality of life in the City through a range of education, arts, environment, and affordable housing partnerships. In recent years, Harvard has helped create and preserve more than 600 affordable units in Cambridge through its 20/20/2000 Affordable Housing Initiative, by building new affordable housing as part of University housing development, and by selling housing units to the City of Cambridge at rates well below market level to enable long-term affordability.
It is a one-of-a-kind experience to live and study in the heart of a place that doubles as a major sightseeing spot and commercial center.Fighting through busloads of camera-ready tourists past bustling storefronts on the way to class or a meeting, it’s easy to feel world-wearied and annoyed, somehow unnecessarily burdened by this extra level of chaos in our already overly chaotic lives.This is especially true given that the average Harvard student is almost always running to class or a meeting, fulfilling the myriad and incessant obligations that populate our Google calendars.But when a blank slot opens between commitments — on weekends especially — and our tourist friends are absent, deterred by dwindling daylight or inclement weather, Harvard Square becomes a playground, a space for diversion and release, however temporary.With its cornucopia of offerings, Harvard Square — or, colloquially, just “The Square” — and the establishments therein have different and varying degrees of importance for every member of the Harvard community. Thus what follows is a student’s guide to Harvard Square hideaways, but by no means does it purport to be the student’s guide to Harvard Square hideaways.The places below are cherished by many but might go unnoticed by the average tourist, or even by many who live here. Yet for those who do frequent them, there is some quality in each establishment that keeps them returning.The Brattle TheatreFor Spencer Glesby ’19, a large part of the appeal of the Brattle Theatre is its history. Originally a venue for dramatic, musical, and other performances, in 1953 the building that now houses the movie theater was purchased by Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey Jr., former Harvard students and members of the Brattle Theatre Company who shared a passion for French cinema. They transformed the Brattle into the premier art house it is today and, a few years later, established Janus Films, one of the most important film distribution companies in the world.The Brattle Theatre is one of the Boston area’s most cherished cinemas, showing foreign films, cult classics, and forgotten gems of the silver screen since 1953. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut Glesby also thinks of the theater in relation to another hub for film-lovers in the area: the Harvard Film Archive.“It’s a great foil to the archive, because it showcases so many new releases that otherwise wouldn’t be shown in the area,” he said. But he also appreciates that the Brattle has “wonderful screenings of old classics, with a specific interest in the cult.” One of his fondest memories so far is viewing one of those films on the big screen. Although it was on the coldest night of his freshman year — 20 degrees below with windchill — “seeing one of my favorite films, Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria,’ as a midnight feature in 33 mm was a highlight of my life!” Glesby said.The SinclairWith the panoply of artistic performances put on by Harvard students every weekend, it seems almost superfluous to have a major concert venue nearby — or at least it makes it more difficult to take advantage of such a fine resource. Yet for a notable portion of students, typically those with a penchant for lesser-known artists ranging in genre from indie rock to rap, the Sinclair plays an essential role in their Harvard experience.Chris Chow ’20 thinks back to when he saw the band Porches at his first concert at the Sinclair. “I stood on the open floor, right in front of the main stage!” Chow speaks to the intimacy of the hall, its relatively small capacity (525 people), large general admission space, and wraparound balcony that make any show a pleasure, both visually and sonically. But just as important is the venue’s proximity, just steps from Harvard dorms. “I’m grateful that the Sinclair is so close to campus because it makes seeing … musicians perform really accessible,” Chow said.The Million-Year PicnicApoorva Rangan ’19 describes the Million-Year Picnic as “one of the easiest places in the Square to get lost in something.” The sheer mass of comics and graphic novels that line the store’s shelves and walls prove her point. Although you might meander through the Square dozens of times and never know the Million-Year Picnic existed — it’s hidden on the downstairs floor of a building that also contains a nail salon and camera outlet — the demographic to which it caters know it well. But it also is welcoming to those who have never picked up a comic book before.Inside the Million Year Picnic, employee Michael Phillips stocks and organizes shelves overflowing with comic books and graphic novels. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerDevotees will find whatever they are hunting down, but a casual visitor also can find satisfaction flipping through the pages of a classic “Batman” comic or discovering something new. Rangan’s first visit to the Million-Year Picnic fell into the latter camp. She fondly recalls picking up “The Arab of the Future,” an autobiographical graphic novel by Franco-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf, formerly of Charlie Hebdo magazine, in which he vividly and beautifully depicts his unusual childhood. Rangan cannot imagine stumbling upon such a book anywhere else.Christ Church Thrift ShopLuca Istodor ’19 says the Christ Church Thrift Shop is “probably as quiet as Harvard Square can get.” Nestled next to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and behind the church whose preservation fund benefits from its proceeds, the thrift store is far from the noise and flurry of the Square. It seems to operate on its own clock. “It seems like no one ever hurries inside. People make conversation,” said Istodor. “They take their time to wrap your purchases, which, although frustrating at first, is a good occasion to stop and breathe between classes, meetings, and essays.”The items for sale in the shop — from beautiful old dresses to stunning antique glass and silverware — seem to occupy a similar temporal space. They are clearly used but not worn; they seem carefully chosen by the volunteers who run the shop for their homeliness and warmth. Whether welcoming a hipster looking for a new outfit or a student looking for some dorm essentials, the thrift shop has something memorable to offer. Indeed, Istodor remembered, “It’s the place where I bought my first wine glass, which was as classy and old as the shop itself.”SaveSaveSaveSave
Eight students from Harvard College have been named the inaugural fellows by the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP), a new consortium of five institutions. They join other fellows from the four partner schools: California State University, Bakersfield, CA; St. Philip’s College, San Antonio; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; and Stanford University, Stanford, CA.The students were drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and all expressed a willingness to engage in dialogue with others across a diversity of opinions and experiences.The ICDP Fellows will participate in a fully remote program that will enable them to collaborate on developing skills to engage and facilitate conversations across political differences at their respective colleges and universities. The students will receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the Fellows group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors over the course of the academic year.“Meaningful engagement across political difference is essential to civil discourse, but increasing polarization has made cross-ideological contact among students less likely,” said Jess Miner, executive director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “Our intercollegiate partnership approach creates opportunities for such engagement by bringing together students from different regions and different types of institutions of higher education: community colleges, state universities, and research universities. We are excited to be able to launch this new fellowship with our partner institutions, to learn from each other, and from our student leaders in the year ahead.”In addition to acquiring real-world skills to become practitioners in facilitating civil disagreement, Fellows will have special opportunities to interact with the community of scholars connected to the ICDP. Fellows will also have access to a wide range of additional online programming offered by the five partner institutions throughout the academic year in support of their academic, professional, and personal development.The ICDP Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium for their year-long participation in the program, which is funded with generous support from the Mellon Foundation. The students representing Harvard in the first cohort are:Claudia Cabral ’22Salma Elsayed ’23Colin Gray-Hoehn ’21Kareem King ’23Claire Oby ’22Paige Proctor ’23Natalie Sherman Jollis ’21Jonathan Zhang ’23 Read Full Story
By going to single socket, IT admins and developers can ignore having to become experts on affinity mapping, application pinning to hot cores, NUMA control, etc., which leads to complexity reduction across the board. At the end of the day, this helps enable application determinism which is becoming critical in the software defined data center for things like SDS, SDN, Edge Computing, CDN, NFV, and so on.So, what new advantages of 1-socket servers have we uncovered?Avoid (or delay) the rack power challenges that are looming, which could reduce the number of servers per rack.Prepare for your Edge Computing needs.Better server cost structure to enable parity generation to generation.Complexity reduction by not making IT admins and applications developers experts on IO and memory NUMA while saving the networking admin from chasing ghosts.To better support you on your digital transformation journey, we updated our PowerEdge portfolio of 1-socket optimized servers using the latest and greatest features in the AMD ROME CPU. PowerEdge R6515 Rack Server and the PowerEdge R7515 Rack Server as shown below.If you have questions, want to go deeper, or want to understand the Dell EMC family of 1-socket optimized servers, please contact one of our friendly sales representatives. For more musings on this and other topics, please follow me on LinkedIn or visit my other blogs. If you have other interesting 1-socket value props please drop me a note – I’m always interested in learning about the challenges in IT today.To learn more about PowerEdge servers, including the R6515 and R7515, visit the PowerEdge Server page, or join the conversation on Twitter. There are now 14 reasons why single socket servers could rule the future. I published a paper last April on The Next Platform entitled Why Single Socket Servers could rule the future, and thought I’d provide an updated view as new products have come to market and we have heard from many customers on this journey.The original top 10 list is shown below:More than enough cores per socket and trending higherReplacement of underutilized 2S serversEasier to hit binary channels of memory, and thus binary memory boundaries (128, 256, 512…)Lower cost for resiliency clustering (less CPUs/memory….)Better software licensing cost for some modelsAvoid NUMA performance hit – IO and MemoryPower density smearing in data center to avoid hot spotsRepurpose NUMA pins for more channels: DDRx or PCIe or future buses (CxL, Gen-Z)Enables better NVMe direct drive connect without PCIe Switches (ok I’m cheating to get to 10 as this is resultant of #8)Gartner agrees and did a paper. (https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-680TWAA&ct=190212&st=sb).Since this original article, I’ve had a lot of conversations with customers and gained some additional insights. Plus, we now have a rich single socket processor that can enable these tenets: AMD’s second-generation EPYC processor codenamed ROME.So what else have we learned? First, from a customer perspective, rack power limits today are fundamentally not changing – or at least not changing very fast. From a worldwide perspective surveying customers, rack power trends are shown below:These numbers are alarming when you consider the direction of CPUs & GPUs that are pushing 300 Watts and beyond in the future. While not everyone adopts the highest end CPU/GPUs, when these devices shift toward higher power, that pulls the sweet spot power up due to normal distribution. Then factor in direction of DDR5 and number of DDR channels, PCIe Gen4/5 and number of lanes, 100G+ Ethernet, and increasing NVMe adoption, and the rack power problem is back with gusto. Customers are facing some critical decisions: (1) accept the future server power rise and cut the number of servers per rack or (2) shift to lower power servers to keep server node count or (3) increase data center rack power and accompanying cooling or (4) move to a colo or the public cloud – that alone won’t address the rack power problem brewing as they too have to deal with the growing rack power problem. With the rise in computational demand driven by data and enabled by AI/ML/DL this situation is not going to get better. Adoption of 1U and 2U single socket servers can greatly reduce the per-node power and thus help take pressure off the rack power problem.Power problems don’t just impact the data center, they are present at the edge. As more data is created at the edge by the ever-increasing number of IoT and IIoT devices, we will need capable computing to analyze and filter the data before results are sent to the DC. For all the reasons in the paragraphs above and below, edge computers will benefit from rich single socket servers. These servers will need to be highly power efficient, provide the performance required to handle the data in real-time, and, in some cases, support Domain Specific Architectures (DSA) like GPUs, FPGAs, and AI accelerators to handle workloads associated with IoT/IIoT. These workloads include data collection, data sorting, data filtering, data analytics, control systems for manufacturing, and AI/ML/DL. The most popular edge servers will differ from their DC counterparts by being smaller. In many situations, edge servers also need to be ruggedized to operate in extended temperature and harsh environmental conditions. Data center servers typically support max 25-35C temperature range. While edge servers need to be designed to operate in warehouse and factory environments (25-55C max temperature) and harsh environments (55-70C max temperature). When you reduce the compute complex from 2 processors and 24-32 DIMMs to 1 processor with 12-16 DIMMs then you can reinvent what a server looks like and meet the needs of the edge.Another interesting observation and concern brought up by customers is around overall platform cost. Over the last few years the CPU and DRAM pricing has grown. Many customers desire cost parity generation to generation and customers expect to get Y% higher performance – Moore’s Law at work. But as the CPUs grew in capability (cores and cost) they added more DDR channels which were needed to feed the additional cores. To get the best performance you must populate 1 DIMM per channel, which forced customers to install more memory. As the CPU prices rose with additional DRAM required, it broke the generation to generation cost parity aspect. In comes the rich 1-socket server and now at the system level you can buy less DIMMs and CPUs – saving cost and power at the node level without having to trade-off performance.The last point customers have shared with me is around complexity reduction. Many said they had spent weeks chasing what was believed to be a networking issue when it was the 2-socket IO NUMA challenge I highlighted in the last paper. Those customers are coming back and letting us know. By adopting 1-socket servers, buyers are able to reduce application/workload complexity by not making IT and application developers an expert on IO and memory NUMA. In the last paper I showed the impact of IO NUMA on bandwidth and latency (up to 35% bandwidth degradation and 75% latency increase).Below is a view of memory NUMA on a standard 2-socket server where we start with core0 and sweep across all cores measuring data sharing the latency. We then go to core1 and again sweep across all cores, and so on until all pairs of cores have been measured. The lowest bar is the L2/L1 sharing from a parent to its sibling HT core, the next level up is all cores within a socket sharing L3. Next level up is across sockets. And to be honest, the few that are the highest we haven’t concluded what is causing that yet – but I think you get the point – it’s complicated and can cause variability.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new music museum in Nashville is telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music. The National Museum of African American Music has opened in Nashville’s musical tourism district. Unlike museums that focus on a genre or label, this museum is touted as the first to span multiple genres including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who serves as a national chair for the museum, says it was long overdue to honor African American music and the role it has played in America. The museum has 1,600 artifacts in the collection. Visitors can learn dance moves with a virtual instructor and sing “Oh Happy Day” with a choir.
This week, the Gender Issues Committee of student government is trying to promote conversation about body image and understanding through Love Your Body Week.“We have a lot of students here who are perfectionists,” Monica Daegele, director of the Gender Issues Committee, said. “Everyone is well-rounded and talented at a number of things. But with that kind of perfectionist mentality can sometimes come dangerous behaviors and obsessions. The point of Love Your Body Week is to bring into perspective this mentality that a lot of students have.”Daegele said the events planned for the week will emphasize that body image issues are relevant to both men and women.“Eating issues, body-image issues, they are not just a female problem. A lot of men struggle with them, as well,” Daegele said. “A lot of research done in the past 10 years has illustrated that there are so many undiscovered body image issues for men. I think people would be surprised at the number of men who feel uncomfortable with their body, who are trying to fix parts of their body.“In the past, the eating disorder fact sheets we’ve used have largely focused on women, and this year we have one for women and one for men.”Daegele said Love Your Body week will address the stereotype that men don’t have eating issues or body issues.“It’s really quite the opposite — I think one of the statistics is that 43 percent of teenage boys have said they feel uncomfortable with their bodies,” she said.Daegele said events for the week include free RecSports classes and presentations by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. A talk Tuesday night will focus on how advertising portrays male and female bodies.On Wednesday, there will be a screening of the documentary “Happy,” which analyzes happiness in various parts of the world.“Essentially what it looks at is what really makes people happy,” Daegele said. “It does a great job of putting everything into perspective and allowing a greater message to be received.”Daegele said representatives from the University Counseling Center and Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will discuss disordered eating Thursday evening.“They’re going to make it very applicable to Notre Dame,” she said. ‘The title of the presentation is ‘Eliminate the F Word’ — ‘F’ being ‘fat.’ That’s a common theme that will also be present throughout the week, getting students to understand the negative effects it can have on everyone.”On Friday afternoon, there will be free massages in the Sorin Room of the LaFortune Student Center, Daegele said. RecSports will host a workshop Sunday that teaches women how to utilize weight rooms.“There’s a huge stereotype that women shouldn’t lift weights or build muscle,” Daegele said. “This will walk women through the different weights available and show how lifting weights is actually very good for you.”Daegele said the events of the week will take a holistic approach to body appreciation.“We want to show why our bodies are important to us and why taking care of our bodies is so important,” she said.Tags: Body Image