Recording, ’50s Style |

Inspired by Norman Petty and Sam Phillips, studio owner Dean Amos has lovingly built a perfect recreation of a 1950s recording environment — right down to the dimensions of the pegboard! We eavesdrop on a session at Sugar Ray’s Vintage Recording Studio to find out why it’s still valid to record an entire band to tape, with one microphone. We also talk to engineer Lincoln Grounds and the band about the challenges they faced when recording this way. What we discovered may surprise you…See the interviews and session in the video above and hear the recordings by downloading the files below.

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Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing | Vanity Fair

What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clinton—tweets, interviews, books—is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping.

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David Stockman On The Anything President And The Everything Bubble | Zero Hedge

“The remaining bullishness and buy-the-dips robo-trading that temporarily sustained the dotcom bubble through March 2000 and the housing bubble through September 2008 will soon give way…  This century’s third great bubble’s days are numbered and in just a few digits.”

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What the Jim Webb Debacle in Annapolis Is Teaching the Military

Imagine you are a young midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy processing the news that Jim Webb—Annapolis class of ’68, recipient of the Navy Cross, former senator and secretary of the Navy, former member of the Annapolis faculty, bestselling novelist and acclaimed journalist—has been forced by political pressure to decline an award for distinguished alumni at your school this week.The most widely cited reason for his political toxicity is an article he wrote in 1979 (side note: almost forty years ago!) in Washingtonian Magazine entitled “Women Can’t Fight.” Never mind that he has apologized for both the vivid language of his youth and the ways in which the article made life difficult for women already in the service. (“Clearly, if I had been a more mature individual, there are things that I would not have said in that magazine article. To the extent that this article subjected women at the Academy or the armed forces to undue hardship, I remain profoundly sorry.”) Never mind the fact that Webb was channeling the beliefs of the vast majority of his fellow infantrymen, if in somewhat impolitic language—or that even today, the vast majority of Marines of all grades oppose the inclusion of women in combat units. Never mind that in 1987, as secretary of the Navy, Webb opened a tremendous number of new positions in the service to women. Most of all, never mind that as of December 2015, combat units were all opened to women by order of then-Secretary of Defense Carter, overriding the objections of the Marine Corps (though not of the Army).In other words, the proponents of including women in combat units have won. But, as the case of Webb shows, that’s not enough. You have to salt the fields.

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Alleged ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas town – The Washington Post

The Washington Post ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas townBy Katie Mettler April 14 at 4:51 AM(Google maps)The small town of La Vernia has a population of 1,200 people, a police force of six full-time officers and, like most of Texas, a religious-like investment in its high school football team.Which is why the expanding investigation into disturbing allegations of sexually violent hazing within the school’s male athletic teams, including football, baseball and basketball, has rattled the tightknit community located 30 miles east of San Antonio.Since the end of March, 13 students — seven juveniles and six adults — have been arrested in connection with the hazing scandal, a lawsuit has been filed against La Vernia High School and at least 10 victims have come forward with stories of athletic team “initiations” that included sodomy and sexual abuse with Coke and Gatorade bottles, flashlights and the threaded end of a carbon dioxide tank.

La Vernia police chief Bruce Ritchey has called the scandal a “black eye” on the community. The Texas Rangers took over the investigation earlier this month to ensure impartiality since many of the victims, perpetrators and members of law enforcement know each other intimately,…