7.31.2020

FULL STURGEON MOON IN AQUARIUS AUG 3

The Sun now tours Leo, and today, the Moon reaches its point of maximum light with a Full Moon in opposition – in your sign Aquarius. Though it’s a season for partnership this Full Moon puts the spotlight firmly on you!

The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 11:59 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from late Saturday night through early Wednesday morning.

The Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the Full Moons in the 1930s, and over time these names have become widely known and used. According to this almanac, as the full Moon in August and the second full Moon of Summer, the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern USA called this the Sturgeon Moon after the large fish that were more easily caught this time of year in the Great Lakes
  • Sydney: Tuesday August 4th, 2020 1.58 am
  • Hong Kong: Monday August 3rd, 2020 11.58 pm
  • Kolkata: Monday August 3rd, 2020 9.28 pm
  • Moscow: Monday August 3rd, 2020 6.58 pm
  • Paris: Monday August 3rd, 2020 5.58 pm
  • London: Monday August 3rd, 2020 4.58 pm
  • New York: Monday August 3rd, 2020 11.58 pm
  • Los Angeles: Monday August 3rd, 2020 8.58 am.

7.30.2020

LEVON HELM: NEW BIOGRAPHY RELEASE AUG 25!


A dazzling, epic biography of Levon Helm––the beloved, legendary drummer and singer of the Band.

He sang the anthems of a generation: "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," and "Life Is a Carnival." Levon Helm's story––told here through sweeping research and interviews with close friends and fellow musicians––is the rollicking story of American popular music itself.


In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed "blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision," as he put it. The result was rock 'n' roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan's folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band. Helm not only provided perfect "in the pocket" rhythm and unforgettable vocals, he was the Band's soul.


Levon traces a rebellious life on the road, from being booed with Bob Dylan to the creative cauldron of Big Pink, the Woodstock Festival, world tours, The Last Waltz, and beyond with the man Dylan called "one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation."



Author Sandra B. Tooze digs deep into what Helm saw as a devastating betrayal by his closest friend, Band guitarist Robbie Robertson––and Levon's career collapse, his near bankruptcy, and the loss of his voice due to throat cancer in 1997.

Levon as Ted Webb with Sissy Spacek

Yet Helm found success in an acting career that included roles in Coal Miner's Daughter and The Right Stuff. Regaining his singing voice, he made his last decade a triumph, opening his barn to the Midnight Rambles and earning three Grammys. Cancer finally claimed his life in 2012.

Levon is penetrating, skillfully told the tale of a music legend from Southern cotton fields to global limelight.

7.26.2020

NY PROG ROCKERS IZZ NEW EP HALF LIFE AVAILABLE 7-28


On the heels of their celebrated 2019 studio album Don’t Panic, IZZ is set to release a 20-minute EP entitled Half Life featuring four tracks including three new studio songs as well as a previously unreleased live version of “The Wait of It All,” a track originally featured on their 2004 EP, Ampersand Volume 1.

Half Life will be available beginning on July 28 via download on Bandcamp: izzmusic.bandcamp.com. A limited vinyl pressing and a limited run of Half Life on CD will also be available for purchase directly from the band and their label, Doone Records, via their website: izzmusic.com.

“The title track of this EP was actually written several years ago, but when we listened to it again recently, it took on new meaning given the uncertainty in the world today and it became obvious to us that we needed to finish mixing it and get it out into the world,” says bassist John Galgano.



Lyrically and thematically, the three new studio songs cover a wide range from the joy and mystery of “The Soul of Music” to the heartfelt contentment of “Into the Sun” to the escapism and wonder of the title track “Half Life.” Musically, the EP shows a different side to IZZ which the band is keen to present to their fans.

“We’re a band that never likes to do the same thing twice. We want to keep things interesting not only for our fans, but for ourselves,” says keyboardist and producer Tom Galgano.

“This EP comes at an interesting time for the band and for the world because we have been using our time at home these past few months to take a deep dive into writing our next proper studio album which we plan on releasing in 2021 and this EP kind of snuck its way into our consciousness, so we decided to go with it and follow the muse,” says drummer Brian Coralian.


IZZ

Paul Bremner: Guitars
Anmarie Byrnes: Vocals
Brian Coralian: Drums & Percussion
Greg DiMiceli: Drums & Percussion
John Galgano: Bass & Vocals
Tom Galgano: Keyboards & Vocals
Laura Meade: Vocals

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7.25.2020

THE IRISH MOB DOCUMENTARY SERIES IS BACK ON NETFLIX!


A must watch for True Crime fanatics like me. This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America/Canada, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth. I watched this last night and it is really good. Compelling stories and very well researched and re-enacted. 4.5 stars


Narrated by Irish actor Steve Wall

Some of the Irish Mobsters featured in this series
  • Jimmy the Gent Burke
  • Danny Greene
  • Mickey Spillane
  • Jimmy Coonan
  • The Stopwatch Gang
  • Whitey Bulger
  • Frank the Irishman Sheeran
Historical and well done. Read More:

7.20.2020

6 FACTS ABOUT THE ROMANTICISM MOVEMENT IN ART


Do you find yourself in a swirling tornado of emotions while looking at a picturesque depiction of life in art? Did you know that such forms of art that depict emotions, life, and nature are a product of the romanticism movement?

Romanticism is an art style that gives preference to human emotions, feelings, and abstract features of life over materialism and rational thoughts. The art forms can range from romanticism oil paintings displaying human innocence, zeal, and desires to illustrative poetry or music.

Romanticism, thus, became an outlet of human feelings for thousands of poets, musicians, and artists- a vast white canvas on which they could paint a medley of emotions.


From a dramatic display of love to the innocence in a child’s face, there is so much more to romanticism than what lurks on the surface, which an art connoisseur like you would love to know. Therefore we’ve master-crafted 6 interesting facts about romanticism movement that will feed your curiosity:

Romanticism is indefinable:

One unique thing about romanticism is that we’re unable to fathom its meaning into words. But it is not as much as the inefficiency of language that makes it hard to define romanticism as it is the complexity of its meaning. In addition to that, this movement didn’t have a definite technical style of art.

You start with human emotions, and it goes beyond humanistic feelings to the realm of fantasies, otherworldly landscapes, ethereal life forms, and superior beings. The true meaning of romanticism can only be contained in beautifully crafted romanticism paintings which are inspired by different spheres of life.

It had a dramatic touch


If you were living in the early 19th-century, you would witness romanticism brewing up as a worldwide art movement across the globe. Romanticism countered the neoclassical movement that promoted rational thoughts, science, practicality, and material aspects of the human form.

The Romanticism era was mainly about showcasing emotions, leading artists to adopt dramatic themes and drastic colours in their paintings. During the early 19th century, romanticism paintings (Sadak in search of waters of oblivion by John Martin) portrayed daily life situations with dramatic tones. They also dramatized the power of nature and the interaction of man with nature.

Representation of nature

Romanticism movement gave a new identity to nature and highlighted its importance. While romantic era paintings like the beaches 1845 by Asher Durand were set upon the theme of nature and its beauty, you’ll also find paintings like The Storm by William turner which spoke of the unparalleled might of nature.



Romantic-era artists were drawn to nature and saw it as a representation of man’s feelings. The “Back-to-Eden” concept also became popular during these times, which revolved around reclaiming child-like purity by getting in touch with “Eden” or nature. Natural disasters were also a common theme in the paintings of romantic era artists.

Romanticism is not same as Romance

Although romanticism sounds similar to Romance, you must not confine the vast horizons of romanticism to the ideas of love and other sappy worldly affairs. The tales of undying love, the promise of Romance, and the complexity of human relationships are all a part of the romanticism art, but romanticism in itself is too broad of a term to be contained only in these emotions.

Romantic paintings may start from human emotions like love, jump to the wrath of nature, and land in an unknown fantasy. They also represent superior human feelings like liberty and freedom. Thus, the idea of romanticism goes beyond the concept of Romance.

Rise of Plein air painting



Plein air painting, also known as painting outdoors, became a popular method of painting during the romanticism movement. As the artists tried to break down the chains of materialism, they saw Plein air as a form of getting away from the predetermined, realistic, and material surroundings. Many romantic era paintings like Wine harvest 1835 by Karoly portray somber outdoor settings of those times.

Focus on emotions rather than the model



Romanticism artists adapted the concept of capturing emotions instead of the physical features of the model. You can find several paintings showcasing raw emotions on human faces and might and strength of animals (like Adonis, the white stallion by James Ward) without recording the realistic details of their physical self.

Own a Romanticism Masterpiece



Romanticism movement in art was remarkable in its portrayal of human desires, feelings, and the idea of self, expanding beyond the material boundaries of the world. The true reflection of the movement can only be absorbed through the masterpieces created by romantic artists of that era. Romanticism carries a different meaning for different people, as the cynosure of the movement was the portrayal of individualism.

If you want to bask at the British romanticism art of the 19th-century romantic art forms, have a close look at the beautifully painted canvases that speak more than what words can ever convey.

7.17.2020

NOREEN RENIER PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR WITH A MIND FOR MURDER!


One of my Instagram buddies just turned me on to the career and books by Psychic Investigator Noreen Renier. Fascinating lady with an amazing track record that helps law enforcement and crime victims as well. I ordered both her books tonight and should have them very soon. Can't wait to read her books!  She has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and other shows as well. Here is a bit of bio on Noreen and you can grab her books from the picture links below.

A New Technique for Obtaining Clues from Unsolved Crimes

In 1981, when Psychic Investigator Noreen Renier first lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, her work with police detectives was considered controversial.

Now, she is a well-known psychic detective who has worked on over 600 unsolved cases with city, county, and state Law Enforcement Agencies in 38 states and 6 foreign countries. She has a unique understanding of both the police and the paranormal.

Noreen Renier has often stated a Psychic Detective should be called into an investigation as a last resort when traditional methods have been exhausted. It's possible that Psychic Investigator Noreen Renier has a key for re-opening dead-end cases.

She has an impressive track record and uncanny success in finding missing persons. Perhaps Psychic Detective Noreen Renier can help you find new leads for your unsolved cases. It is possible that the information she picks up could provide clues or a different angle to unsolved crimes..

        

7.16.2020

*NEW* BETTY BRODERICK EPISODE ON SNAPPED!


Last night a new episode of SNAPPED focused on the one and only Betty Broderick! If you missed the show you can watch it here...

On November 5, 1989, Daniel Broderick and new wife Linda Kolkena were gunned down in their home by Betty Broderick. Betty was given a 32-year sentence for the murder, but that’s not the whole story. The devastating events that led up to the double murder include years of abuse, psychological torture and a custody trial that finally triggered Betty to go on a homicidal rampage.





WILLIAM SHATNER JOINS CANNED HEAT "LET'S WORK TOGETHER" NEW SINGLE


Los Angeles, CA - In 1969, songwriter and recording artist Wilbert Harrison released “Let’s Work Together” amidst unprecedented social strife and racial tensions in America. The song was a clarion call to “every boy, girl, woman and man” to join the burgeoning social movements that promoted peace, justice and equality and a declaration that “Together we will stand, divided we’ll fall.” The following year, Southern California hippie blues band Canned Heat released their own version of the song, which became a major hit and amplified Harrison’s call to action and unity.

Now, that same band has teamed up with famed actor and musical interpretationist William Shatner for a much-needed revival of the spirit of unity found in this song.



“Let’s Work Together” features a backing track created by the current line-up of Canned Heat, including long-time drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, as well as a special guest appearance by former member, and revered blues guitarist, Harvey Mandel. The musical stage thus set, Mr. Shatner joins in with a dramatic, passionate rendering of the song’s lyrics, breathing a new life into the message.

Mr. Shatner proclaims, “This is a terrific song for this moment in time!”

Fittingly, “Let’s Work Together” will be one of the centerpieces on Mr. Shatner’s new album, The Blues, coming later this year that will feature a constellation of blues, rock and country performers who work together with Mr. Shatner to bring the blues to life including Sonny Landreth, Brad Paisley, Ritchie Blackmore, Pat Travers, Tyler Bryant and more - courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Stream the single: https://orcd.co/william_shatner_canned_heat

7.13.2020

THE SUN: YOUR WORLD IS BRIGHTER


Your inner sun shines brightly, and the stronger your sun shines the brighter your world becomes.

A spirit that knows no boundaries resonates with the universe and the love and generosity that you share with the world is shared with you.

The Sun card represents success, abundance, and radiance. Like the sun itself, it gives strength and vitality to all those that are lucky enough to feel its rays. There is much joy and happiness that is coming to you.


TIPS TO GENERATE LEADS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA


After establishing the business, the next logical step is expanding it. For expansion to happen, you will have to work towards generating leads. However, you do not have to generate just any leads. You have to take measures to attract people who are relevant and likely to convert. Unfortunately, that’s not the easiest thing to do. Following a popular study, generating marketing leads is a big challenge for about 61% of marketers. Having said that, social media can certainly help you overcome this challenge.

Over the years, there’s been a growing increase in the number of people using social media. It is hopeful that by the end of 2021, approximately 3.02 billion people will already be using social media. Given this kind of number, we all know that brands understand and acknowledge the potential of social media. It is indeed one of the faster and the most powerful ways to interact with your target audience. Hare, in this post, we talk about some of the most effective ways of quality lead generating using social media.

Use custom hashtags

Firstly, you need to use brand-specific and personalized hashtags in all your posts. Kaira, a social media manager for TFTH, says that with the use of brand-specific hashtags, it is easier for the brands to generate quality leads. However, do not overuse the hashtags. You have to use them only when it is applicable and relevant. Hashtags should always be targeted and precise.

Further, a brand needs to create a mix of simple yet unique hashtags for the brand. Moreover, it is equally important to ensure that it isn’t too simple or too long. This is important to help the potential customers discover you, your brand, and your posts on this big world of social media. You can also make the existing customers use those hashtags to gather better visibility.

Hold contests

Another incredibly effective way of lead generation is organizing contests. If you do it right, you’ll get maximum customer traction. Daniel, a social media manager of TrumpLearning, says that since they are new in the market, they would also want to use contests as a way to excite their customers and engage their audience. Contests become effective when the audience knows that they have a chance to win some prizes. It would be great to give your products as a prize.

This will help the customers get a taste of your offerings. It increases their chance of coming back to you for more. You can even collaborate with a top influencer, and tell them to run a contest on your behalf. Influencers can play a pivotal role in helping you expand your reach and engage with your target audience.

Host lives

Live video is a new feature of social media channels, like Instagram or Facebook. However, irrespective of their age, they have certainly made it easier for the brands to engage with the audience and gather more leads. Jane, a social media expert, employed with EduWorldUSA, says that they conducted a bunch of live videos, as it is a fun and simple way to communicate with the brand. Following a popular study, it has been found that 80% of people prefer watching a video instead of seeing a post.

So, with the power of videos, it would be easier for you to connect with your target audience and get their attention. If you make a compelling and engaging live video, you have a chance of longer remembrance from your audience. It is also going to help you generate more leads. Live videos can also help you communicate your emotions and brand values so that the audience can relate to you.

It will help them give a chance to communicate with you by commenting on your posts. Brands mostly organize a Question and Answer session by way of live videos. It helps their target audience ask them specific questions about the products and the brand. This is a greatly effective measure of generating more leads, as after, this Q&A, the audience will know you and your brand better. Moreover, when their doubts are cleared, it is more likely for them to buy your product.

Offer coupons, discount codes, or flash sales

Trust us when we say this, nobody can ever resist a flash sale or a discount on the product or service they have been eyeing. So, you can certainly use this method to fetch you more quality leads. It is also a great medium for raising brand awareness. As when the customers see a discount, they’ll share with their friends more. You should create a sense of urgency when you organize the flash sales by mentioning that it is a limited time offer.

Also, add templates with a strong CTA to make this drill more effective. Jennifer, a social media associate for TAE, says that promoting the discounts on social media is by far the most cost-effective way of getting adequate attention from the audience.

This, too, will help you gain adequate leads via social media. Here, too, you can collaborate with micro-influencers or bloggers who are looking for affiliate marketing opportunities. It is a great strategy to boost your social media engagement and will deliver great results.

7.11.2020

IGGY POP RELEASED A NEW VIDEO ON THE PASSENGER AFTER 43 YRS




"The Passenger" is a song by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner, recorded and released by Iggy Pop on the Lust for Life album in 1977. It was also released as the B-side of the album's only single, "Success". It was released as a single in its own right in March 1998, reaching number 22 in the UK Charts.

The lyrics, written by Iggy Pop allegedly aboard Berlin's S-Bahn, have been interpreted as embodying the nomadic spirit of the punk outcast. Guitarist Ricky Gardiner composed the music. The song is loosely based on a poem by Jim Morrison.


The Passenger Video:

Directed by Simon Taylor / Tomato Studio

Very special thanks to:
Esther Friedman
PPContemporary, Frankfurt / Hubertushöhe Art, Berlin
and Paul McAlpine https://www.instagram.com/paulmcalpinerr
for those beautifully captured shots that make this video truly encapsulate the period.

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SCORSESE DIRECTING NEW DOC ON DAVID JOHANSEN FOR SHOWTIME

The New York Dolls

Showtime Documentary Films announced on Tuesday that renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be directing a new feature on David Johansen, frontman of the New York Dolls.

Co-directed with David Tedeschi — known for his work on other Scorsese documentaries such as No Direction Home and Shine a Light — the film will take an intimate biographical look at Johansen, beginning with his upbringing on Staten Island and his arrival in New York’s East Village in the late Sixties as a teenager.

Buster Poindexter

The doc not only explores Johansen’s time as the lead singer for the New York Dolls but also his stints as the Eighties swing revival alter-ego Buster Poindexter and his Nineties output with the Harry Smiths.
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“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making Mean Streets,” Scorsese said. “Then and now, David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City.

I often see him perform, and over the years I’ve gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience.”

7.10.2020

WHY IS SMALLVILLE ACTRESS/SEX TRAFFICKER ALLISON MACK NOT IN PRISON?


In April of 2019, Allison Mack a 37-year-old actress famous for the tv series Smallville submitted a guilty plea to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy and faces up to 20 years in prison.

However, after posting a 5 million dollar bond she has been under house arrest in the custody of her parents!! What?? She was instrumental in recruiting young women as sex slaves for her sex cult NXIVM (nexium). 

The head of the cult, Keith Raniere is serving a long sentence for his crimes but cute little Allison is not. Mack is no less guilty than Ghislaine Maxwell and just look at the big deal the media is heaping on her. Mack is little and cute and I guess that's why she is ignored by the press.


Ms. Mack is accused of branding these women with tattoos and demanding “collateral” of explicit photos and videos to keep the slaves in line. Read More

“I joined Nxivm first to find purpose,” she said between sobs during last month’s plea hearing in Brooklyn federal court. “I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable.”  She said she was “truly very sorry,” and took responsibility for her actions.

Founded in the 1990s, NXIVM was in the national news in 2017 when the New York Times exposed it as a pyramid scheme and cult that forced its female recruits into sexual slavery. In the years since Raniere was arrested and later indicted on federal charges. In July 2019, the founder was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking. Read More

7.06.2020

HOW TO DEAL WITH COMMON RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS


Relationships are always not a piece of heaven like some people may think. It is like any human relationship, full of ups, downs, mistakes, and happy moments. You reap what you sow, and the quarrels don’t mean that a relationship is toxic or that it must end, sometimes you just need to spot the problem and learn how to fix it together like grown-ups.

Acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step towards building a healthier relationship.

Lack of Communication

Sometimes, we want to feel that our partner can understand us without talking, but they are not mind-readers and it’s so hard to figure out what is going on in someone else’s head. You’ll probably think to yourself and notice that you both actually talk, but issues aren’t getting solved. If that’s the case, then the reason behind it is the lack of communication - you can listen to someone all day but without trying to understand.

You should be with someone that you can talk to and spill what’s on your mind without being judged or made fun of. Moreover, if you’re a secretive person that would rather keep things to themselves, you’ve got to work on it and learn how to communicate. While listening, think deeply about how to make the person feel understood and embraced.

Insecurity

People who have been through past relationships where they have been cheated on or lied to will have a hard time trusting the new partner. We are not saying that’s how it should be, but people come with baggage that we sign up for when we decide to commit to them. Also, your words and actions can make your partner feel insecure because if you’re always hiding things or using degrading language, they will feel that something is wrong with them and it will affect their self-confidence.

If you’re insecure, try to heal and leave behind your past while opening a new honest page with a loving person. Furthermore, we need to think before we throw sharp unforgettable words and always try to tell our lovers that they are great the way they are. We shouldn’t try to paint people with colors they don’t like because at some point they won’t recognize themselves and neither will we.

Intimacy Problems

Intimacy is a very important aspect of any relationship, and when couples face obstacles sexually, the whole relation gets affected somehow. Its absence can lead to hidden feelings of disdain and the desire to go to lengths to get satisfied. The difference in libido levels is what controls the frequency by which people want to have sex.

Also, sexual dysfunctions as premature ejaculation are common and they are easy to solve by desensitizing agents. You’ll find that as is clarified in Promescent's guide, there are different kinds of sprays available, though you must know the difference between each. These agents help couples struggling in bed and aid them in reaching the stable sexual life they want. The physical connection is not to be taken lightly as it is as important as mental and emotional connections.

Recurring Arguments

Well, we all fight and argue about various issues, but a flag should be raised when we fight about the same problems over and over again. It means that no one is listening to the other and nothing is getting solved. It gets frustrating after a while and a gap starts to appear.


If we cared more about each other’s feelings, we will abstain from doing what hurts our partner or reach a middle ground where we are all satisfied. Settling for less is not the solution, but let go of the small details that are not worth it will keep you going.

Spending Unhealthy Amount of Time Together or Apart

Doing things together is great for the survival of any relationship. Reserving in a fancy place or getting movie tickets will keep you both alive. The problem is when you rely too much on your partner and spend all the time together without realizing that this will backfire someday and make you feel suffocated. Being disconnected from the outside world won’t give you both room to grow and preserve your individuality.

On the other hand, being busy all the time and not making time for your partner will negatively impact your relationship. People need to know that the person they are with is available when needed and the worst feeling is being with someone and still feeling lonely. So, you should have a life where you get to practice a hobby or see your friends while being in constant contact with your better half.

Nobody said that sharing your life with someone is easy, but it’s worth it when you’re with the right person. Understanding, communication, physical satisfaction, and mutual respect are signs of a healthy relationship. Even if you face problems down the road, remember that they can be fixed as long as you both are willing to make an effort.
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