Live For Live Music: With so many songwriters in Fruition, I always wonder how much of a scrum the sessions are. How many songs did you have to choose from for the new album?Jay Cobb Anderson: It was difficult. There were a lot of songs on the table. In the past, we’ve tried to split it up more equally so you heard from each songwriter. For this album we wanted to pick all of the songs we felt the strongest about. I ended up having more songs on this record than the others, but we think these songs fit together the best and were the strongest. This was an especially difficult one though.L4LM: Have you guys considered a double or even a triple album?JCA: Absolutely. Seeing how this one goes…that may end up happening for the next record. We have so much material. That said, another thing we want to do is get a live record out there too. We might end up putting two things out, a live record and an LP. We’ll see.L4LM: I feel like you have a rabid-enough fan base that you could put out two records a year, easily.JCA: I totally agree with you. That’s the thing with being self-promoted. Our whole goal as a band has been to build a strong enough team, including funding, to be able to put out records as much as we would like. That’s been difficult. But we did just sign on with LoHi Records, and this whole experience working with them has been great. We loved working with them. They love us. Watching It All Fall Apart, the new record, it’s a product of that love.With that love in mind, we are already starting to think of stuff for a new album, like I said. We hope this is the start of a long and successful friendship. We’re really excited about that. The way the music industry works now, everything is on you. We want to make more music, but when it’s all on you it’s a lot more difficult.L4LM: Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and his partners really seem to have put something wonderful together with LoHi Records. Did you get to work with Tim on Watching It All Fall Apart?JCA: He didn’t work on the record itself, but he was the catalyst for us joining on LoHi. He sat in with us at the Hillberry Music Festival, and when we got done with our set he asked us what we planned on doing with our new material. That was about the same time when we were considering what to do ourselves. He listened to what we had and said he loved it and invited us to work with LoHi.It was perfect timing. We had been shopping around for a home for the music and hadn’t found any offers we liked. Then we chatted with the crew at LoHi and it evolved into what it is now. And we’re really stoked.Fruition – “Labor Of Love” – Northwest String Summit – 7/12/17[Video: Live For Live Music]L4LM: When writing songs do you ever have moments where you think…”This is it, this is one of the good ones,” or even the opposite like, say, “This blows. No one is gonna dig this at all.” If so, how often are you right?JCA: Absolutely! It’s funny. A lot of the time I get it wrong. Our first single, “I’ll Never Sing Your Name”, wasn’t even on the table for the new record. I thought it was just this little crappy song that I wrote and it ended up being the first single.That happened in the past too…on our album Just One Of Them Nights, I thought the title track was no good at all. Then I played a solo show with my buddy Brad Parsons and he was like “Where did that song come from?” I said something dismissive and he was like, “No man, you need to play that. You need to play that for your band!” And then it became the title track of that album. So I guess I’m not that good at predicting…L4LM: How many shows did Fruition play last year?JCA: Oh god, I have no idea. At least 150. Probably closer to 200.L4LM: Are you folks looking to match the same pace this year?JCA: Oh yeah. We’re on the first leg of a two-and-a-half month tour. I think we’re doing five weeks, taking ten days off, then another five. Then, for spring into the summer we start doing all the one-offs, week-long runs and, of course, the festivals!L4LM: The glorious festivals!JCA: YES!L4LM: When Fruition gets going, you front-line folks have been known to slam around the stage in an almost basketball team-style weave. Ever slip up and slam into each other when you get all caught up in the music?JCA: Oh yeah. A lot of that energy you see, at least like what you are describing, started out in our origins as a busking band. When you’re out on the street playing for cash and trying to get attention, you tend to move around a lot. So much of that stuff, like our movement, comes from that era. Most of the worst instances of banging into each other happened back then…Once we started playing on stages, we got to the point where we had a lot more room. Luckily most of the stages these days give us enough room.L4LM: You gotta watch out for Mimi…she looks like she could take you out with those elbows.JCA: I worry mostly about me and my lanky self.Fruition – “Hey Hey What Can I Do” (Led Zeppelin cover) – Hoxeyville Music Festival – 8/19/17:[Video: Live For Live Music]L4LM: Your live performances are exhausting to watch, but damn exciting too. Do you feel like the new record captures that live Fruition vibe?JCA: Most of the songs that we recorded for this disc are ones we hadn’t played live. It was fun to try and translate that energy into them. I do think this one captures the energy better. The song “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” [on the album] was recorded totally live. There are a couple of tunes on this record that were recorded almost completely in-the-moment.L4LM: Do you feel like the zeitgeist influences your songwriting? The world is getting kinda weird and harsh lately…JCA: I think with this album it definitely did. Like you said…it’s a strange world out there. There’s no big social commentary on this album, but I think Watching It All Fall Apart kinda works for a title and a description of the way the world seems sometimes.We want to make more of a political statement, but you have to be careful. It seems one of the big problems is the splitting along lines and the dividing that is happening among people being so hard on one side or the other. We don’t want to make that gap bigger…we want to bring people together.For a full list of upcoming Fruition tour dates, head to the band’s website. You can listen to their new album, Watching It All Fall Apart, below via Spotify:Fruition – Watching It All Fall Apart[Cover photo via Sam Shinault] Over the past year, Fruition has seen their stardom rise on a national scale, slowly but steadily climbing up the bills of renowned music festivals and performing at iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We caught up with Fruition lead guitarist Jay Cobb Anderson as he prepared to load in for a gig in Kansas the same week the band’s released their newest disc, Watching It All Fall Apart. The life of a touring musician may be a dream come true, but no one ever claimed it was easy. Even with all that going on, Jay was more than happy to talk about the stellar selection of new tunes on Fruition’s new album and the process the band went through to composing and selecting the tracks.
By Mitch PhillipsLONDON, England (Reuters) – More than 1 000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow ‘hijacked international sport’ over the course of five years, an independent WADA report said yesterday.The second and final part of the report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided exhaustive evidence of an elaborate doping scheme sponsored by Russia’s Sports Ministry.It included switching and changing samples by opening “tamper-proof” bottles – using a method devised by the Russian secret service – and numerous other methods to bypass and cover up drugs tests.“We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back to at least 2011 that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,” McLaren told a news conference.“It was a cover-up of an unprecedented scale ….“We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes and medal winners, who had their positive results automatically falsified.“Over 1 000 athletes competing in Summer, Winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive tests.”WADA president Craig Reedie called the report “alarming” and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had shown evidence of “a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general”.But Russia showed no sign of accepting its conclusions.The Sports Ministry said it would study the WADA report and cooperate fully with anti-doping bodies, but “denies that any government programmes exist to support doping in sport”.“UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS”Track and field chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin said he had not yet seen the report, but conceded that Russian athletics’ problems “did not start yesterday”. However, he said it had now fulfilled all the demands made of it.Yelena Isinbayeva, double Olympic pole vault champion and newly-elected head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency supervisory board, said shortly before the report was released: “It is well known to us that many foreign athletes have a history of doping but compete at an international level with no problems.“If we want to clean up world sport, let’s start … we don’t need to concentrate on just one country.”Dmitry Svishchev, a member of parliament and president of Russia’s Curling Federation, said: “We haven’t heard anything new. Unfounded accusations against us all. If you are Russian, they accuse you of all sins.”McLaren accepted that there could be widespread doping elsewhere, though not on the same level as in Russia, the sole focus of his investigation.McLaren pointed out that Russia had won 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals at London 2012 and no Russian athlete had tested positive.“Yet the Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established,” he said.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field.”The IOC on Wednesday extended provisional sanctions against Russian sport over the scandal, and an international ban on its track and field athletes remains in force pending a reform of its anti-doping programme.Yesterday, the IOC noted that it had already set up two commissions to prepare “appropriate sanctions and measures”. One of these will go beyond the scope of McLaren’s investigation and retest all the samples of Russian athletes who participated in the 2014 Winter Games, which Russia hosted in Sochi.Forensic investigations by McLaren’s team detailed how a bank of clean urine samples was kept in a Moscow laboratory, where salt and coffee were added to try to fool officials testing ‘B samples’ in supposedly tamper-proof bottles.DNA MISMATCHESThe report included cases where a doctored B sample did not match the DNA of previous specimens, and of samples that contained a mixture of male and female urine.It added that analysis of the samples from four Russians who won gold in Sochi had shown salt readings that were physiologically impossible, while there was evidence that the samples of 12 Russian Sochi medallists had been tampered with.More than 1 100 items of evidence contained in the report have been made available to the public at the website here, including details and pictures of how microscopes were used to detect the tiny scratch marks made when opening the “tamper-proof” sample bottles.Yesterday’s report provided extensive evidence to support the original July report, which said Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.The IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on Russia competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, letting international sports federations decide which athletes should be allowed to compete. Only athletics and weightlifting banned the entire Russian teams.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) did ban Russia completely from its Rio games, however, and said yesterday the full findings of the report “strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport”.McLaren accepted that Russian authorities had taken many steps since his first report, removing officials who had been involved in the cover-up, setting up a new anti-doping commission and proposing a ‘gold standard’ doping control regime.However, when asked about the comments of Svishchev and Isinbayeva, he said: “The findings are not challengeable … my impression is that there is a certain embedded cultural aspect to what has been going on, so there probably does need to be cultural change.“That doesn’t mean change won’t occur, but it might take longer than a few months or a year.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Forty-two Wellington residents received citations for not wearing seat belts on Monday as part of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign by the Wellington Police Department.Starting on Monday and continuing through Sunday, June 2, drivers can expect increased police presence on Wellington streets as the Wellington Police Department joins over 140 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2013 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign.Not only will you be cited but expect to see your name on the Wellington Police notes.Â This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act.Â Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained.Â Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint.Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually.Â In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited.Â Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat.Â Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds.Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted. Â In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.Â For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station or technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or [email protected] aim of Click It or Ticket is simple:Â to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes.Â According to KDOTâ€™s Traffic Safety section, almost half of those killed in crashes are not belted in.Â At the same time, fully 98 percent of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in.Â In general, unrestrained occupants who are involved in a crash have, at most, only about an 8% chance of not suffering some degree of injury.Â And all for simply not taking the brief moments necessary to secure themselves and ensure that their passengers are secured.Kansas adult seat belt compliance rate is 80% and ranges, by county, from 66% to 89%Â with higher rated generally associated with urban counties. Â Kansasâ€™ adult seat belt compliance rate is 80% and ranges, by county, from 66 to 89 percent, with higher rates generally associated with urban counties.Â Given that unrestrained vehicle occupants are much more likely to die in crashes than are those who buckle in, it is no surprise that the lower restraint usage rate in rural areas is associated with a higher crash fatality rate.Â In fact, in Kansas, while only about one-third of all crashes occur on rural roadways, those roads see fully two-thirds of all crashes with fatalities.Â This is frequently due to vehicles in rural areas unintentionally leaving their driving lane and colliding with off-road obstacles, such as culverts, and/or rolling over and ejecting unbelted occupants.Â One of the grimmest duties a police officer is called upon to perform is to work a crash where an unrestrained occupant is either partially ejected, or completely ejected, and then crushed by the rolling vehicle.Â Urban motorists are more likely to be belted and less likely to leave the road.Â While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection.Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children.Â However, across the state (with the exception of children, ages 0-4, who are buckled in at the rate of 97%) children and teens are buckled in at rates below the 80% rate for adults.Â As is the case among adults, so it is with child occupants, in that those in rural counties are less likely to be restrained than those in urban counties. Â Sadly, fully 70% of Kansas drivers who choose not to buckle in themselves also do not buckle in their child passengers.According to Chief Tracy Heath â€œEveryone knows there are seat belt laws and that seat belts and child safety seats save lives and reduce injury, as well as hold down health care costs for all of usâ€.Â But too many drivers play the odds and donâ€™t buckle up, or require their passengers to buckle up because, in their experience, a crash is unlikely.Â But, when a crash does happen â€“ and itâ€™s generally within five miles from home â€“ the four seconds it takes to buckle up looks like a smart investment.Â I want drivers in Wellington to remember that itâ€™s not only about your driving skills, but itâ€™s also about the skills, habits and circumstances of the drivers sharing the road with you.â€œWhen you donâ€™t buckle up yourself, or require your passengers to buckle up, youâ€™re making the decision for everyone in your vehicle that the drivers you meet are not going to be distracted by sleepiness, cell phone conversations, texting, their coffee, changing radio stations, or kids fighting in the back seat.Â And youâ€™re assuming that no animal, mechanical or roadway circumstance will cause you to suddenly slow or veer out of your lane.â€œI want people to know that the Wellington Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions â€“ such as speeding and texting while driving â€“ that make our streets and highways unsafe.â€ 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 (20) 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. +1 Vote up Vote down albert · 377 weeks ago Raising money for wheat festival again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Taxpayer · 377 weeks ago More intrusion from the liberal big government. It’s MY car and My life! Jackbooted Nazi SS troopers should spend their time solving real crime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Observant · 377 weeks ago Don’t blame the police – blame the “CONSERVATIVE”, not “LIBERAL” State of Kansas Legislature…they are the ones that initiated and voted this “police state” law into the books. Now the authorities need no legit reason to stop anyone – all the pieces are in place for the right wing to control other peoples lives completely, not only in their cars, but their homes, their places of work, everywhere. Democracy? Majority Rule? Nope, we lost those desired entities a long time ago! Personal freedoms are dead all in the name of the vociferous minority – “DO IT MY WAY OR HIT THE HIGHWAY!” Welcome to the “DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA”…it’s sad. Report Reply 1 reply · active 377 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 377 weeks ago My husband was stopped several weeks ago for not wearing a seatbelt, when he was in fact wearing a seatbelt. (His shirt was very close in color to the belt webbing and wasn’t clearly visible from a distance.) He wasn’t cited, but he was late for a meeting because of the stop. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Hitler Lives Inobama · 377 weeks ago I can tell you this I cam getting sick and tired of these fools making stupid laws. Its about time to take up arms and move against the big gooberment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down 20white92 · 377 weeks ago The names of the ticketing officers? I think they should be published also, for every ticket. Report Reply 1 reply · active 377 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down HAILHITLER WELLCREW · 377 weeks ago I witnessed one being pulled over falsely the last time the GUSTPO went out in full force, it was right in front of the smoke shop. Don’t be pulling one over just because you think they are not wearing one. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT BEFORE YOU PULL THEM OVER. That law was not passed just to give hitlers cronies the right to second guess if someone is wearing a seat belt. Guess theres plenty of donut money in the coffers after reading yesterdays traffic count of violent seatbelt offenders. HAIL HITLER Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down tired of winers · 377 weeks ago To all of you people posting negative comments about the police, have you stopped to think they are just doing their job as instructed before you start crying? Hitler lives inobama that is scary comment. Report Reply 1 reply · active 376 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down with Observant · 377 weeks ago Ok really? This was not Obama who did this. They are trying to save lives. GET OVER IT! You guys want people to not have big government, but yet when something major happens you want government to come to your rescue. There needs to be a day when everyone who wants big government to go away, really goes away for a month. That means no federal aid. Yes I am talking about social programs such as WIC, food stamps, medicare, medicade. Get over your bible belt republican views. I am glad they are willing to do this and are getting support so I know I am safe also my family is safe. It can be a hassle for people but just because you don’t like it don’t blame Obama. Report Reply 2 replies · active 377 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 377 weeks ago “Elected” officials passed the law years ago. It’s the law and it is being enforced. (Did you take the time and effort to vote?) Additionally – people who are injured in accidents, that don’t have insurance, are treated at hospitals, and the the rest of us end up paying their medical bills via higher insurance premiums and higher costs for care. This law saves lives – and it hopefully keeps people out of the hospitals – and medical costs don’t increase – just wear the damn thing and quit whining about it. It’s been the law for years now. Obey the law – don’t get a ticket – simple as that. (And this law was in effect long before Obama or Brownback. Your ignorance amazes me.) And it bothers me that people fault the police for doing their job and helping save lives. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago 12Next » 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. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Anthony Rendon, coming off a third-place finish in the NL MVP voting and a World Series title at only 29 years old, will cash in with a long-term, high-dollar contract this offseason. He’ll deserve every penny. But not every playoff contender with a need at third base is willing to pay the price it will take to land Rendon — even though, again, he’s worth it. For those teams looking for secondary options, Josh Donaldson is available. CardinalsWhy this makes sense: To be honest, it really doesn’t. The Cardinals have been connected to Donaldson, and he makes sense in a vacuum. But the reality is they already have two third-base options who won’t/can’t be moved: veteran Matt Carpenter and 2019 rookie phenom Tommy Edman. And even though Donaldson, who turns 34 in December and is coming off a 37-homer season, would be an upgrade, remember that the Cardinals just gave Carpenter a two-year extension last spring — when he was coming off a 36-homer year, heading into his Age 33 season — and that didn’t go well at all. The logjam at third, along with the hesitancy based on the Carpenter situation, is almost certainly enough to keep them out of the bidding. White SoxWhy this makes sense: The White Sox could shift Yoan Moncada from third base to second base — vastly upping their production from the position — and bring Donaldson in to play the hot corner. That would be a big upgrade, and having the intensely competitive Donaldson in the still-young Sox clubhouse could help the youngsters learn how to win. DodgersWhy this makes sense: Third base at Dodger Stadium has belong to Justin Turner for quite a while now, but he’s 35 and has only one year remaining on his current deal. If the Dodgers decide Donaldson is their ideal third baseman, Turner could play first or even second as the Dodgers shift pieces around to find the right mix. MORE: Seven potential landing spots for Stephen StrasburgAfter a couple of years with injury issues — he played a total of 165 games in 2017-18 — Donaldson signed a one-year deal with the Braves last offseason and was a star once again. He played 155 games, swatted 37 homers, posted a 127 OPS+ and a 6.1 bWAR in his Age 33 season. He’s proven he’s worth a multi-year deal, though at 33 it will likely be three or four years, maximum, not the seven or eight Rendon could get. Like Rendon, though, Donaldson does come with draft-pick compensation.So which teams are/should be interested? Let’s take a look. BravesWhy this makes sense: Donaldson was pretty much everything the Braves could have hoped for during his (so far) one-season stay with the club, and having him back in the middle of a dynamic lineup — and playing solid defense at third base — would be a big help in their push for a deeper run into October. They won’t be able to lure Donaldson back with another high-dollar one-year deal, though, and it’s a real question whether they’ll choose to spend a bunch of free-agent dollars on a reunion. RangersWhy this makes sense: The Rangers need a third baseman, after Cooperstown-bound Adrian Beltre’s retirement. But Donaldson’s going to be 34, and the Rangers might be a year or two away from legitimate playoff contention. They’d have to sell him on their rebuilding efforts being closer to fruition. PhilliesWhy this makes sense: Maikel Franco has been Philly’s primary third baseman the past four years, but he wasn’t good in 2019 — .234 average, 80 OPS+, minus-0.8 bWAR — and there’s very little chance he’ll be with the club when spring training rolls around. He’ll be traded or released. Even though the Phillies have other pressing needs this offseason — hi, elite free-agent pitchers! — Donaldson makes a lot of sense. At 34, he won’t command a deal longer than three years, which is reasonable. And based on what he did last year for the Braves — he hit six homers and had 16 RBIs in 18 games vs. Philly in 2019, btw — he’s clearly still an impact player at the plate and with the glove. NationalsWhy this makes sense: If the Nationals can’t work out a long-term deal to bring Anthony Rendon back to D.C., they could do much worse than a short-term deal with Donaldson. If Donaldson wants to find a new home quickly, though — remember, he signed with the Braves last offseason before the end of November — this might not work.