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“Strings of my soul” is the new release outside Asia from Smooth Jazz Guitarist Tak Matsumoto after his first solo effort “Hana” in 2003.
Tagged as the most notorious guitarist in his homeland, Tak is best known for his tenure in B’z, the most successful Hard/blues rock, Japanese act to date, with over 80 million albums sold in the last twenty years. In Japan, they play venues like the Yokohama International Stadium to 140,000 people.
Outside of the successful duo, Tak is also an incredible solo artist who is often revered by the likes of Larry Carlton, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Keb Mo, Pat Metheny and even Eric Clapton. Matsumoto’s guitar experimentation led him from jazz and blues to hard rock and pop; a journey evident on the new album “Strings Of My Soul” out since August 7.
He considers this album “A new album of myself” while re-visiting all of his past favorites songs.
An eclectic mix of Jazz, blues and rock, “Strings of My Soul” demonstrates Tak’s incredible guitar ability and technique as well as his constant instrumental exploration. To get a taste of the Japanese six string virtuoso’s work, take a listen and/or get the album at: http://335records.com/wordpress/?page_id=368“Strings of my soul” is the new release outside Asia from Smooth Jazz... more
“Toast to Freedom” is a music video dedicated to human rights activism around the world. Nearly 50 artists contributed to the video, celebrating Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary. The basic tracks for “Toast to Freedom” were recorded at the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. One of the last studio recordings by the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Levon Helm, it was also one of the closest to his heart.
The song continues a long relationship between Amnesty International and the creative community, which has helped spread the word of its mission almost from the start in 1961. Artists contributing to “Toast to Freedom” included: Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Ewan McGregor, Saul Hernandez, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Florent Pagny, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jimmy Barnes, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Mullins, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Gentleman, among others.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, as well as the “Toast to Freedom” HD music video, the “Making of Toast to Freedom” HD video and the “Toast to Freedom” (Long Version) HD music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/toast-to-freedom-a-celebration-of-amnesty-internationals-50th-anniversary/“Toast to Freedom” is a music video dedicated to human rights activism... more
Urge Your Two U.S. Senators: Block $166 Billion Money Grab by Nuclear Power Industry!
U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Background: In response to high gasoline prices, an energy bill is on the floor of the U.S. House of Represenatives today. To the best of our knowledge, it does not contain subsidies to promote nuclear power. However, legislation to allow offshore oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf could hit the U.S. Senate floor later this week. Not being reported in the media is the fact that this Senate bill also contains massive taxpayer subsidies for the nuclear power industry.
Introduced by the “Gang of 10” Senators in August -- which has now grown to the "Gang of 20" -- the “New Energy Reform Act of 2008” has not yet been put in legislative form and still lacks a bill number. The plan is sponsored by such bipartisan pro-nuclear Senators as Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, as well as Democrats Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
It contains from $87 to $166 billion in nuclear power subsidies of various sorts. These include increasing the number of Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff to expedite new reactor licensing, and authorizing “risk insurance” for nuclear utilities if the start up of their new reactors is delayed for any reason. Other proposed giveaways include funding for training nuclear workers, supporting the re-establishment of a U.S. industrial infrastructure for manufacturing large nuclear components such as reactor pressure vessels, and building a demonstration radioactive waste reprocessing facility. The plan would also massively expand the federal loan guarantees for new reactors, leaving taxpayers on the hook for up to $160 billion if nuclear utilities default on loan repayments. In 2003, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that over half of new reactor construction projects would default on their loans.
Urge Your Two U.S. Senators: Block $166 Billion Money Grab by Nuclear Power Industry!... more
Very soon, Congress may approve legislation allowing the Department of Energy to approve $50 billion and more in federal loan guarantees to build new nuclear power plants. Make sure this does not happen. Very soon, Congress may approve legislation allowing the Department of Energy to... more