The Queen of Pop was given a platform to talk about the Queen of Soul, and did a disservice to her
In a desperate bid to curb its runaway inflation rate, Venezuela has lopped five zeros from its currency. The move yesterday, which came along with a 95% devaluation of the currency—known as the “strong bolívar”—was also accompanied by a hike in gas prices and a 3,000% increase in the minimum wage.
New banknotes for the currency, now called the the “sovereign bolívar”, were introduced. The redenominated bolívar is now pegged to the petro, a state-run cryptocurrency that doesn’t trade and some consider a scam.
In a more practical sense, though, the move will lighten the load. Before this week, Venezuelans needed stacks of cash to buy the most basic goods, as captured by a remarkable series of photos by Reuters. With the IMF predicting that inflation will hit 1,000,000% by the end of the year, this latest fix may not last very long.
A kilogram of tomatoes cost 5,000,000 bolívares ($0.76) before Aug. 20.
A toilet paper roll cost 2,600,000 bolívares ($0.40) before Aug. 20.
A package of sanitary pads cost 3,500,000 bolívares ($0.53) before Aug. 20.
A kilogram of meat cost 9,500,000 bolívares ($1.45) before Aug. 20.
A kilogram of carrots cost 3,000,000 bolívares ($0.46) before Aug. 20.
A kilogram of rice cost 2,500,000 bolívares ($0.38) before Aug. 20.
A kilogram of cheese cost 7,500,000 bolívares ($1.14) before Aug. 20.
A kilogram of pasta cost 2,500,000 bolívares ($0.38) before Aug. 20.
It’s 50 years since Paul McCartney came up with Hey Jude while driving from London to Surrey – and made a song that’s sung everywhere from football terraces to Oxford colleges. Here’s the story of how it came to be
You could argue forever about which of the Beatles’ songs is the greatest. According to the Daily Telegraph, it’s something nostalgic: In My Life. According to the NME, it’s something psychedelic: Strawberry Fields Forever, which wasn’t even the best song on the single it appeared on, alongside Penny Lane. According to Rolling Stone and USA Today, it’s something epic: A Day in the Life, which often does well in polls, perhaps because it’s written by both Lennon and McCartney.
The debate is diverting but doomed. The Beatles’ range was so broad that it would be easier to name Matisse’s best painting or Meryl Streep’s best performance – which wouldn’t be easy at all. This isn’t just apples and oranges, it’s the whole fruit stall, so if we must use superlatives, we’d better narrow them down. The most covered Beatles song is Yesterday, the biggest seller is She Loves You and the biggest crowdpleaser is Hey Jude.
New Brooklyn band Public Practice is the melding of Drew Citron’s indie-pop project Beverly with members of the freshly-dead punk outfit WALL. The post-punk newcomers have curated a dark optimism in deadpan vocals and funk grooves. Their debut EP Distance Is A Mirror is out in October, and today they’re sharing its lead single “Fate/Glory.” … More »
Jam stalwarts Gov’t Mule confirmed plans for this year’s Fall Tour including their annual Mule-o-Ween celebration.
Umphrey’s McGee welcomed acclaimed bassist Freekbass for a guest spot on Sunday night at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville.
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Over the past two years, world-dominating singer Justin Bieber, 24, and ascendant star Post Malone (née Austin Post), 22, have developed a friendship so close that they’ve started to resemble one another. This week, Post revealed that he’s planning a “nice little” bachelor party for his buddy, who recently proposed to Hailey Baldwin. “We’re gonna do some fishin’,…
Gov’t Mule and The Magpie Salute once again teamed up for a collaborative encore last night at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater.
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Music of Mind Control with Micah is a weekly radio program on WFMU that bills itself as an “exploration into the musical output of religious cults, new religious movements, and individuals of a spiritually inspired and divine nature.” In between songs (most of which are very listenable) the host provides information about the different cults from around the world whose music is featured on the show.
WFMU has good smartphone apps that let you listen to all of their different weekly shows.
Watch The Avett Brothers bust out a classic with Nicole Atkins on Saturday and team with G.E. Smith and Chad Smith on Sunday.
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