Remembering The Velvet Underground’s Groundbreaking Debut Album [Listen]

first_imgThe Velvet Underground released their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, on March 12th, 1967. The history of the band is bizarre, with pop-artist Andy Warhol originally serving as the catalyst that propelled the band into the public eye and as a guiding force for the direction of the band, more-or-less viewing them as another of his art projects. Warhol brought on Nico, then a German pop singer, to round out The Velvet Underground, joining the already-established roster with John Cale, Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, and Sterling Morrison.Warhol brought the band on to play various events, eventually asking the band to perform at a gala for New York’s Society of Clinical Psychology at the beginning of 1966. The Velvet Underground’s sound was unlike anything at the time, and the attendees of the gala were less than pleased with their sound, which was only compounded by the fact that a filmmaker, Barbara Rudin, accompanying them started hurling insults at the crowd. However, this event was pivotal for the band, as Warhol and The Velvet Underground began playing a series of similarly avant-garde shows titled Exploding Plastic Inevitable, one of which can be seen below.[Video:]Warhol was heavily influential for Reed and his songwriting for the Velvet Underground, frequently feeding Reed specific lyrics to incorporate into songs or a subject to write about. Warhol then helped the band get a record deal with Verve Records and stepped in to produce their first album. However, producing more or less meant giving the Velvet Underground space to record their music, leaving the band alone to record and taking the heat when others criticized their less-than-mainstream sound. When The Velvet Underground & Nico came out, the reception was dull, with a legal issue causing the record to be pulled off the shelves and solidifying that it was not meant to be a commercial success at the time. Despite the album’s initial stalling, The Velvet Underground kept on, releasing their second album without Nico to similarly little acclaim.Over the next few years, the founding members would all go on to leave the band, making the Velvet Underground a relatively short musical project. However, the members of the band did find more than fifteen minutes of fame, as did many of the musicians they inspired during this short time. Thus, The Velvet Underground became a hit after the fact, with their music blowing up decades later as fans of the individual musicians explored their earlier works and as other now-famous artists cited the Velvet Underground as an important musical influence. And important musical influence The Velvet Underground is, with their pioneering sound paving the way for all of alternative rock music to some degree.It’s crazy to think that a band that’s so integral to rock music could fly under the radar for so long. Now, 53 years after the release of The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band is solidly placed in history as a pillar of rock music. Listen to The Velvet Underground & Nico below:The Velvet Underground & Nico – Full Album[Originally published 3/12/17]last_img read more

Sacramento Superior Court rejects PETA’s suit against CMAB

first_imgLast week, the Sacramento Superior Court of the State of California rejected claims by PETA to discredit communications from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) about how California dairy farmers care for their dairy herds.The Court determined that “the Department [of Food and Agriculture] and CMAB members have extensive experience and knowledge that provides strong evidentiary support for the claims made by the challenged marketing statements.”advertisementadvertisement California dairy families take the well-being and care of their cows very seriously.The CMAB’s key responsibility is, and always has been, to market and to create a demand for California dairy products. Through its role, the California Milk Advisory Board also contributes to creating choices for consumers around buying dairy products. PD—From California Milk Advisory Board news releaselast_img read more

Joe Staley ‘overwhelmed’ by tributes post retirement

first_img Associated Press Television News FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley celebrates after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers in Santa Clara, Calif. Staley was the one constant in San Francisco during a more than decade-long roller coaster that saw the 49ers go from the basement to the Super Bowl twice in a career that ended with his retirement last week.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)When Joe Staley announced his retirement following a stellar 13-year career in San Francisco, he was taken aback by the tributes that poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors.The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for the players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen.“I was absolutely overwhelmed and blown away from the response from everybody,” Staley said Tuesday. “That meant so much to me. I’m a lineman. It’s our job to not be noticed and it’s our job to just do our job and do the grunt work. It was really cool.”It was also well-deserved for a player who was one of the best in the game at what he did since entering the NFL as a first-round pick out of Central Michigan in 2007.Staley made six Pro Bowls, played 181 games and was recently honored as one of the NFL’s all-decade players for the 2010s.His signature play came in his first playoff game for the 49ers in January 2012. With San Francisco trailing New Orleans 24-23 in the closing minutes, Staley showed off his speed when he pulled on a keeper, raced down the field ahead of Alex Smith and laid the key block against Roman Harper on a 28-yard TD run that helped the Niners reach the NFC title game.But he takes more pride in his less-noticed work, like times he flattened a defender on a double-team block or gave his quarterback time to throw deep at a crucial moment.Staley was able to thrive in the power game that was prevalent early in his career and had the athleticism to succeed in the more wide-open modern game.“I think he’s a Hall of Famer without a doubt. It’s a no-brainer,” said Niners right tackle Mike McGlinchey, who was taken under Staley’s wing after being a first-round pick in 2018.“Joe was the most complete offensive tackle of his generation and that’s something that should be without a doubt entrenched in the Hall of Fame.”While Staley provided steady play almost from the start, his career was a bit of a roller coaster from a team standpoint.He played for six coaches during his time in San Francisco, dealing with the early struggles under Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary to a resurgence under Jim Harbaugh that featured three trips to the NFC title game and one Super Bowl loss to a downfall under Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.Staley felt revived when Kyle Shanahan took over in 2017, leading to a 13-win season last year and a second trip to the Super Bowl.But what should have been an enjoyable season of on-field success proved to be the toughest of Staley’s career. He broke his leg in Week 2, broke a finger his first game back in Week 10, and then dealt with a neck injury that got progressively worse through the end of the season and ultimately led to his decision to retire at age 35.“It was the right decision for me,” Staley said. “Because of that it was really hard. It will probably be hard going forward but it was the right decision for me and the right decision for my family.”Staley said he started thinking about retirement shortly after the Super Bowl and informed the Niners of his final decision last week before the draft so they could plan for his replacement.He was pleased the team was able to do that by acquiring seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams but his teammates know it will be difficult to fill the void he leaves behind.“I don’t think there’s any replacing Joe Staley,” star tight end George Kittle said. “What Joe did such a great job of was he did instill a lot of values and virtues with the team. We’re all going to have our opportunity to step up and fill the shoes Joe left behind. I don’t think any one person can do it but I think we have a great group of guys who can come together and fill that role.”Staley’s career ended with a second narrow Super Bowl loss as he was unable to win the ultimate prize in football.He was part of a 49ers team that fell just short in a 34-31 loss to Baltimore at the end of the 2012 season and then blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 31-20 loss to the Chiefs in February.“It wasn’t in the cards,” he said. “I gave everything I had to the game of football. I definitely don’t leave my head hung in that respect. I did everything I could do but it just didn’t happen for whatever reason. It didn’t happen for me, it didn’t happen for us. It’s frustrating but it’s not something that will torment me for the rest of my life.” WATCH US LIVE First Published: 29th April, 2020 06:10 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 29th April, 2020 06:10 IST Joe Staley ‘overwhelmed’ By Tributes Post Retirement When Joe Staley announced his retirement following a stellar 13-year career in San Francisco, he was taken aback by the tributes that poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors.last_img read more