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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDo something relevant… Please don’t speak on me bro ever again!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 This is an interesting feud that’s developed. As Kanye points out, Bob Ezrin is a stalwart member of the “Old Guard,” a man with a decades long career who’s worked on cultural touchstones and yet has managed to stay relevant to the present day. Kanye West has shown himself to be a talented producer, a performer with aspirations to the higher levels of art and a public persona that is baffling in its complete lack of shame and nuance.  The two couldn’t be farther apart on notoriety scale, but knowing the attention Kanye’s antics bring, Ezrin is about to have his profile raised considerably. Let the good times roll. In an open letter shared by veteran music journalist Bob Lefsetz‘s blog, the Lefsetz Letter, long time record producer Bob Ezrin sharply took Kanye West to task for his over the top antics and self aggrandization. Ezrin has earned the bonafides to speak out on such matters, helping to create masterpieces such as Pink Floyd‘s legendary double album The Wall and Lou Reed’s Berlin, not to mention his recent work on the Phish album, Fuego.In the letter, Ezrin was bluntly dismissive of Kanye’s self purported “Genius,” dropping hits like “…unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.”  The letter wasn’t entirely critical, as he did give Kanye props on his production skills, saying: “In my opinion, his productions are his best work – and I admit I’m jealous of several of them…” though he went on to say “…but I don’t think he’s on quite the same level as Timbaland and Rick Rubin among several others. His song writing – meaning the stuff with melodies – is sophomoric at best.”He even took a moment to lament the recent pairing of West and music icon Paul McCartney, opining “I was embarrassed for Sir Paul – one of the greatest Artists of our era – by their collaboration, though it was pointed out to me that this got him his highest chart position in decades. So I guess he didn’t mind. But I kind of did!”Ezrin worried that people seem to be buying into the hype and equating Kanye’s body of work as “Art” with a capitol “A.”  Or as he puts it “…Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding. What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???” That fact that Kanye has released an album he is still tinkering with, Ezrin was found himself pondering the very nature of West. “The great musicians, writers, poets, rappers, performers, dancers, players, conductors, directors and producers work all their lives for that one moment of complete perfection – that one brilliant performance, that one perfect song, that one enduring and life-altering work. 10,000 hours is peanuts in comparison to the real amount of time spent by true artists in their lifelong pursuit of excellence. But no one else that I have seen is this happy to have the audience watching all along the way. They are working to the culmination of something; to the exquisite feeling of completion that comes from working and reworking until that moment when their creation, or their performance, is as good as it could possibly be. This guy is just feeding the media machine and I’m not even certain to what end. Maybe he JUST needs the attention, like that flasher, and isn’t happy unless he’s the center of it.”He closes a letter with a sad lament.  “I don’t even know why I’m so angry about this. Except maybe I lament for a world where being truly, world-shakingly excellent at anything – at least in the field of popular music if not elsewhere – is no longer absolutely necessary. You can be a star today just by creating a public life that people pay attention to. That’s it. All you have to do is be interesting or likable or shocking enough and you can have your 15 minutes of fame…even if that means that no one will remember you or what you’ve done in just a few years. Line ‘em up. How many “popular artists” have come and gone in just the last decades. In my mind (which is a pretty busy as often too judgmental place, I will admit) real artists make stuff that changes the world and LASTS.”Naturally, Kanye took to Twitter to reply.Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 Ezrin I truly feel sorry for your friends and family that they have had to suffer an idiot like you for so many years…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016last_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Star Files View Comments School of Rock – The Musical Alex Brightman Related Showscenter_img Alex Brightman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 School of Rock star and former Broadway.com vlogger Alex Brightman is set to host the second annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival on March 7. The event, which showcases theater education in NYC public high schools, will spotlight over 100 students performing on a Broadway stage. It will be held at the Winter Garden Theatre, home of School of Rock.The Festival features students from five NYC high schools performing excerpts from their winter productions for top industry professionals. The young actors will perform selections from The Laramie Project, Fences, Beauty and the Beast, A Raisin in the Sun and Miss Saigon.The productions were selected from over 20 across NYC by a panel of theater professionals and arts educators. The Festival is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.Break a leg, everyone!last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWith the women’s track team several weeks into the 2009 outdoor campaign, many of the University of Wisconsin’s athletes are beginning to prove they belong among the nation’s best. ;Two veteran members of Wisconsin’s track squad recently punched their tickets to the NCAA Regionals with outstanding recent performances. Chavon Robinson, a senior from Milwaukee, will be a part of the regional field after posting a mark of 12.74 meters in the triple jump. Robinson holds the school record in the outdoor triple jump but was still relieved to have earned a spot.“There is definitely less pressure going into my next meets,” Robinson said. “It’s great to have qualified.”Robinson has come into the 2009 season with high expectations, and after dealing with injuries earlier in her career, she appears to be primed for an outstanding finish to the outdoor campaign. Robinson posted excellent marks throughout the 2008 season in both the triple jump and long jump, but that is not to say there were no struggles along the way.“Last year was tough because I had a new coach, and I wasn’t really sure what direction we were going in,” Robinson said. “I know now that we are headed in the right direction, and I am a lot more confident when I’m out there.”Having settled into her role on the team, Robinson is now looking to refine her technique. The triple jump requires strict attention to detail and can be a difficult event for some of the most talented athletes. Throughout the season, Robinson and her coaches have been working diligently to maximize her performance.“The coaches have been telling us that it is all about where the jump starts,” Robinson said. “I’ve been struggling with it ever since I’ve been at Wisconsin as a triple jumper, but when it all comes together I think I’ll have a pretty good jump.”Robinson will continue to refine her skills as the season progresses, and due to her redshirt, she will have all of next year to improve on her marks as well.UW senior javelin thrower Amy Lewis is competing in her final season for the Badgers. Like Robinson, Lewis just recently qualified for the NCAA Regionals, a goal she expected to accomplish.“It was kind of an expectation to make the NCAA Regionals this year, but it’s great to be able to do it early in the season,” Lewis said. “I’ll be able to work on my technique and get myself ready for the rest of the season from here on out.”This will be the third time in her career Lewis has qualified for Regionals, but the senior from Colts Neck, N.J., is aware of some improvements she still needs to make.“I just want to refine all the footwork that takes place right before I throw,” Lewis said. “That is something I will continue to work on.”Lewis is nearing the end of her UW career and wants to make sure she gives her best effort in her final days as a Badger.“I don’t want to look back on my career have any regrets about anything,” Lewis said. “The seniors and I have had some extra motivation to leave it all on the line every time we go out for a meet.”Regardless of how the season finishes for Lewis, she is proud to have represented her university as a member of the track team, and will look to lead by example as the outdoor season begins to heat up.“I have loved being a part of everything this team has gone through since I have been here,” Lewis said. “Being a leader and having the time to act as a role model has been an exciting time for me.”last_img read more

August 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Lakers had also built a 19-point lead on Wednesday against Charlotte. Apparently, that lesson required more than 48 hours to sink in.“We forgot what got us there,” said Lakers guard Nick Young, who had 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting. “Teams put pressure on us and then try to play one-on-one. We have to play team ball and play smart. We’re thinking too much.” What needs to happen for the Lakers (11-21) to stop a trend where they lost 11 of their last 12 games?“You go through stuff like this; lose leads and lose games you should have won,” said Lakers forward Thomas Robinson, who had eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds. “It’s a process. We got to remember that. We’ll have a rough patch and have to keep fighting. Eventually we’ll close games out.”The Lakers will have a tall order in Friday’s game against Orlando. Randle returned to Los Angeles on Thursday to attend to his fiancé, who is expecting. Nance (left knee) remains sidelined and Walton sounded skeptical that Black (right ankle) would play. MIAMI >> The Lakers proved they can play well enough with an injury-depleted roster. They have not proven they can play well enough to protect double-digit leads.So, the Lakers’ 115-107 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday at American Airlines Arena does not just trace to the team suddenly missing Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. or Tarik Black at power forward. It also stemmed from the Lakers’ coughing up a 19-point lead for the second consecutive game.“We play better when we give up leads,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We start fighting and scrapping. Maybe instead of playing good enough in the first half, we start off slow in the first half and maybe we’ll come out in the second half with a little more fight in us and be able to win some of these games.”The Lakers set the tone early as they scored the game’s first 11 points and forced three turnovers. Then they ended the third quarter allowing the Heat to go on a 13-2 run to force an outcome depending on the final possessions. In the final 3:51, the Lakers missed three of four shots and committed a turnover while the Heat scored 10 points. Walton joked he would ask former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal to play 10 minutes after having his No. 32 Heat jersey retired at halftime. But Walton sounded uncertain afterward if he has any other lineup combinations he could pursue.“Obviously we’re trying to come up with those game plans for when this stuff happens,” Walton said. “But maybe we’re missing something. You got any suggestions, let us know and we’ll take them into consideration.”The Lakers seemed fine with Lou Williams (27 points) Young (20), D’Angelo Russell (17) Timofey Mozgov (14) and Luol Deng (13). The Lakers initially played smoothly with Deng as the starting power forward, Brandon Ingram as the small forward and Robinson providing the bulk of backup minutes at power forward. But Metta World Peace offered a plus-minus (-7) during the Heat’s late third-quarter run.Walton also bemoaned the Lakers for not wrapping up Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who had 23 points, 13 rebounds. Or that the Lakers did not pay enough attention to Miami forward Justice Winslow, who had a career-high in points (23) and tied a career-high in rebounds (13).“I told the guys we’ll get there,” Walton said. “I don’t know when its going to be. But we’re playing good basketball. We’re not doing the little things that make you win ball games.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWellington girls celebrate Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The girls basketball sign in the Wellington High School gymnasium will no longer stand alone. Wellington has just won the 2015-16 Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.Wellington defeated Circle 51-32 to improve to 9-0 in league with one more regular season game to play – a trip Thursday to Clearwater. The Crusaders are 19-0 overall and have the opportunity to wrap up their first undefeated regular season in history – boys or girls – before heading into the sub-state basketball tournament next week to be played in Wellington.The Crusaders batted down the Thunderbirds, who were 7-1 in league coming in, with a potent switch-point defense, allowing Circle just 10 points in the second half and four field goals – two of those in the waning moments with the game wrapped up.“The girls had a meeting before the game, and decided defense was going to decide this game,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “They had to win the 50-50 battle, and outbound the opponent.”Wellington had 11 blocked shots for the game as Circle had no answers inside or outside in shooting the ball.Adams said Wellington’s switch-point zone allowed the team to pressure the perimeter while staying in a zone formation. Circle, which shot five 3-pointers in the first game between these two opponents, had just two in the first half – both coming during a wild second quarter.Wellington would end up with 13 deflections and seven steals. Wellington also had 37 rebounds including 25 defensively and 12 offensively.On the other end, the Crusaders shot 45 percent from the field which was much lower in the second half. The Crusaders have been wicked beyond the three-point line as of late. Not Tuesday. They had only two 3-pointers for the game and was 2-of-11 beyond the arch.Wellington got rolling early, taking an early 9-2 lead and held an 11-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter.Circle had its best quarter in the second, scoring 17 of its 32 points. But Wellington was playing tit-for-tat outscoring Circle 20-17 and taking a 31-22 advantage into halftime. The second quarter alone accounted for more than 50 percent of the points scored the rest of the game.Wellington and Circle traded misses for much of the third quarter, but Wellington would go on a 7-2 spurt at the three-minute mark to open up a 15-point lead. Circle could never get any closer.The Crusaders were led by Grace Mitchell with 15 points, all of those points in the first half. Lauryn Snipes had 12.———Technical foul: Mitchell was called for a technical foul in the first half after hitting a 3-pointer. Adams explained that it was not for being belligerent but instead as she was falling she grabbed the jersey of the Circle defender as she was going down. 6 32 — Circle 11 17 5 Wellington 52, Circle 32 Follow us on Twitter. 10center_img Wellington — G. Mitchell 15, L. Snipes 12, A. Rusk 9, S. French 8, T. Zimmerman 6, T. French 1.Total: 20 (2) 5-11 51. 21 4 Wellington 10 — 51 Circle — E. Dennison 9, K. Martin 7, C. Kifer 5, K. Rushing 4, C. Beck 3, S. Jeffries 2, K. Kelly 2. Total: 11 (1) 11-14 32. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Bobby WIlson · 233 weeks ago Congrats Lady Crusaders. Well done Coach Adams and the rest of the staff. Job well done. So proud of all of you. Just a classy team all around. Good luck the rest of the season. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Valerie · 233 weeks ago So proud! Congrats Coaches and girls! Historical night. Can’t wait to see the banner on the wall of the gym. First one ever for girls basketball. Exciting times! Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Rhonda · 233 weeks ago Congratulations ladies – Lauryn we are so proud of you sorry we didn’t get to see you play last Friday but will definitely be making another trip home soon to see you play Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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