You’ve undoubtedly heard Jimi Hendrix‘s smash hit “Foxy Lady, which Rolling Stone placed at #153 on their 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.” But have you ever wondered to yourself, “Hey, Self, wouldn’t it be cool to hear “Foxy Lady” played using knives, tin cans, a tennis racket, a typewriter, and old landline phone?” No, of course, you haven’t. That’s a pretty silly thing to wonder about. But now, thanks to Italian one-man-band and self-proclaimed “Trash n’ Roll” artist Porcapizza, that dream that nobody has ever had is now a reality and–spoiler alert–it sounds f*cking fantastic.In the video below, Porcapizza uses a vast array of makeshift instruments made from everyday household items. A typewriter outfitted with aluminum cans and run through an effects processor serves as the percussion, assisted with a looper. A telephone receiver acts as the vocal mic, while kitchen butter knives fashioned as a mbira add a metallic bassline. However, the song truly begins to come together when he picks up his homemade four-string guitar, fashioned from a yellow construction hard hat, an old wooden tennis racket, and a bunch of black zip-ties, all assisted by reverb, vocal filters, and a looping system. He even ends the video with a few guitar quotes of another Jimi Hendrix favorite, “Voodoo Child”, a nice little Easter egg for the Hendrix hardcores that may happen to tune in.I know what you’re thinking–I don’t need to hear some guy ruin a song I love by playing it on a bunch of trash. But give Porcapizza’s rendition of “Foxy Lady” just one minute of time, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about:Porcapizza – “Foxy Lady” (Jimi Hendrix cover)To check out more music from Massimo Tortella, better known as Porcapizza, head to his YouTube page.[H/T Music Crowns]
Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments The writing was on the wall when London’s Billy Elliot announced it was departing the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9. The venue’s owner, Cameron Mackintosh, is set to refurbish the house and is aiming to put a small show you might have heard of called Hamilton in there. As previously reported, the British mega-producer will team up with the new musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring it to the West End in 2017 and the Daily Mail writes that the tuner will go into the venue as long as it’s ready.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)
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Cerulean at Main Beach.One of the Gold Coast’s newest projects Cerulean is offering buyers a luxury lifestyle by the beach.Named after the colour blue, Cerulean is being developed by Cityvest, a Queensland-based developer whose projects include Newstead’s Riverstone Apartments and Fortitude Valley’s Atrio Apartments. Director of sales David Higgins said Cerulean was designed for owner-occupiers who “like the finer things in life”.“Everyone who has bought here so far is an owner-occupier and there are only two apartments per floor over 15 levels – giving it a small and friendly vibe – perfect for people new to the area,” he said.“These luxury apartments are very affordable and according to the developer are the lowest price per square metre of any apartments available in Main Beach.” Cerulean at Main Beach will be constructed at 5 Pacific StThe development, to be built at 5 Pacific St, Main Beach, will include 27 three and four-bedroom prestige apartments across 15 levels.Prices start from $1.215 million. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The north-facing boutique development offers views to the river, ocean and city skyline.Apartments feature an open-plan design, 2.7m ceilings, butlers pantry, timber floors and large balconies. “Another benefit of this development is that they are willing to customise floor plans – some buyers have already converted the third bedroom to a multipurpose room,” Mr Higgins said. “One very cool feature of the Cerulean designs is the sensor-activated kitchen benchtop lighting – all you have to do if you get up in the night is wave your hand and the LED lights come on.”Resident facilities include a pool, an outdoor lounge, barbecue facilities and outdoor gym. Cerulean is within walking distance to Main Beach’s Tedder Ave precinct with shops, cafes, restaurants, salons and doctors’ surgeries. Construction is set to start in August. A display suite is at 18 Tedder Ave, Main Beach.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are feeling the effects of their Africa Cup of Nations exploits.Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are struggling with the pace of the Premier League following their Africa Cup of Nations success, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.The pair helped the Ivory Coast to continental silverware during January and February, with City struggling in Toure’s absence.Bony – who arrived from Swansea City in January – has yet to get off the mark for his new club and Pellegrini feels their AFCON involvement has hampered their recent form.”It was important for [Bony] to start the game from the beginning,” Pellegrini said of the striker’s full debut in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Leicester City.”He only played a couple of minutes in the last few games and he only just arrived from the African Cup of Nations, where they played a lot of games. “I think Yaya [Toure] is also feeling the pace of the games.”It would have been better for [Bony] to score, but it was more important to start a game, it was also important for him to have some chances and I think he worked very well.”–
That’s nothing compared to Bryant University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which boasts an undergrad enrollment of 3,499. Three, including Dodgers eighth-rounder Ryan Ward, were chosen in the draft.Then there’s Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, which has four draftees enrolled among its 4,648 undergrads. Go Wolves.Bloodlines mattered again, too. The Dodgers drafted the son of retired catcher/minor league coach Bill Hasleman (Ty), and the son of retired catcher Matt Sinatro (Danny). The Padres drafted Dave Roberts’ son, Cole, who’s committed to Loyola Marymount University.AH, THE NAMESAs always, the draft yielded names that would surely be rejected by a book publisher.A.J. Bumpass (Reds), Michael McAvenue (Cubs), Zane Zurbrugg (Brewers), Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Rockies), Maverick Handley (Orioles), Jaxx Groshans (Red Sox), Kona Quiggle (Tigers) and Jackxarel Lebron (Blue Jays) make a mean lineup. Marcus Lee Sang (Phillies) joins Jack Cust and Ray Shook as the rare professional ballplayers whose names are complete sentences. The Dodgers’ second pick, University of North Carolina infielder Michael Busch, played football and hockey in high school. So did their second-round pick last year, University of West Virginia pitcher Michael Grove. Before he was an outfielder at St. Mary’s College, Dodgers 15th-round pick Joe Vranesh was a tight end/linebacker for Concord De La Salle, the top-ranked high school football program in the country. The Astros’ top pick, Cal catcher Kody Lee, possesses a Federerian background. According to his college biography, Lee played three years of water polo at Vista High (San Diego County) and “counts body surfing, bowling, and golfing among his hobbies.” Being a generalist isn’t enough to rocket a young athlete to the top of a major league draft board, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.The opposite might hurt more.Tommy John, the son of the retired pitcher, expressed this thought to me last year. We spoke on the occasion of the release of his own youth athlete training guide, “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance.” John, a chiropractor based in San Diego, is an advocate for generalists. More than endorsing the long-term benefits of generalizing, John cautioned against the short-term drawbacks of specializing – specifically, the heightened injury risk it presents a youth athlete. The rising rate of Tommy John elbow surgery among baseball players prior to college is the most prominent example, or at least the most personal for John.Though Epstein, a former Sports Illustrated staff writer, began his thesis with the example of Federer, he did not stick to sports. “Studies on the development of musicians have found that, like athletes, the most promising often have a period of sampling and lightly structured play before finding the instrument and genre that suits them,” he wrote.More than any major league team, the Angels seem to be applying this theory to their single-sport specialists. After signing Japanese pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani a year ago, they subsequently employed four more two-way players in the minors: Jared Walsh, Kaleb Cowart, Bo Way and William English. Tuesday, the Angels used their fourth-round draft pick on yet another two-way player, Puerto Rican high schooler Erik Rivera. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut In his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” the author David Epstein began with a premise about sports. Roger Federer played a variety of sports as a child, from skiing to squash, before settling on tennis as a teenager. Tiger Woods famously appeared with a golf club on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a 2-year-old. One began as a generalist, the other a specialist. Each became the best athlete in the world at his chosen sport as an adult. Which path, Epstein wondered, was the more reliable route to a successful career?The title gives away the answer.At the risk of sticking a broad concept where it doesn’t apply, major league draft directors offered a decent endorsement for Epstein’s thesis in this year’s draft. Younger specialists – high school athletes who played only baseball – fell out of favor. Older specialists and younger generalists were in.For proof of concept, look at how two of baseball’s most progressive teams, the Astros and Dodgers, navigated the annual 40-round exercise. Houston used only two of its first 35 draft picks on high school players, the Dodgers two of their first 28. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox “We’re going to give him the opportunity to do both,” Angels scouting director Matt Swanson said. “He enjoys doing both. He did both during the summer. Like what we did with Will English, we’ll allow him to get in the system and let him dictate his career. Maybe they’ll develop both ways. Maybe two or three years from now it will slide one way or another. But when you capture an athlete and give him the opportunity to do both, it’s valuable to them and it’s valuable to us.”Perfect Game USA assigns percentile rankings to pitchers as young as middle school age. The draft suggests these rankings couldn’t matter less.OTHER DRAFT TRENDSGeography never seemed to matter less than it did in 2019.Elon University, located in central North Carolina, boasted an undergraduate enrollment of 6,196 students in the 2018-19 school year. Four of them, including Angels eighth-rounder Kyle Brnovich, were chosen in the draft.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield