Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

What Cleveland Press described as a “Punk Titan,” Cedric Bixler Zavala, lead to bands “At the Drive-In” and “Mars Volta” has endorsed former early 90’s bandmate Robert Francis O’Rourke aka “Beto” to run for U.S. President. An Irish American, near Kennedy look alike, associated to the early punk rock band “Foss,” upon further investigation, could actually be a good choice for Democratic nominee in the 2020 Presidential Elections.
Punk Rock may be the fire in young people for revolution, that could fuel campaigns and activism in later. According to Rolling Stone magazine, there are five other key persons, the Democrats are considering for a 2020 Democratic Nominee which are: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (consumer financial protections bureau, pursuing equity in hostile and predatory banking industry), Corey Booker (Former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, pursues affordable housing, nondiscrimination), New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Ladroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, Limit Financial Insider Trading, Sexual Assault Justice), Congressman Tim Ryan (Country’s deficit, appropriations and budget committees), Senator Kamala Harris of California (Served as Attorney General in California since 2011, sits on Senate Judiciary Committee, opposed to “Muslim ban,” and “healthcare civil rights”).
Musician, Cedric Bixler-Zavala consoled former bandmate O’Rourke and advised to run for president, after a narrow congressional defeat in Texas against Ted Cruz of only a 2.6 percent margin. What was suggested by the November 6, 2018 defeat for O’Rourke was overwhelming support in Texas for his many state wide and local achievements that could indicate or be the “building blocks” of a future larger national campaign. Sometimes it appears to be the build-up, not the win.
Bixler-Zavala appears to be drumming up support among music fans for his former bandmate with frequent twitter postings, “I don’t care if (you)lost,” Bixler-Zavala Wrote, “you made them tremble with the simple prospect of real change. You are one of us. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. I’m in tears. I can only hope you run for President.”
O’Rourke formerly played bass in the band “Foss” and briefly toured in North America before their break up in about 1995. Bixler-Zavala has been a supporter throughout O’Rourke’s campaign. O’Rourke appears to have donated $28,000 of his personal funds to a House of Representatives Democratic campaign-which appears to be the only way you can win, by supporting others, so they will in turn, support you too.
O’Rourke a Texas politician has surveyed local level Texan problems and invested in a technology company to create more opportunities for the region that was experiencing an “exodus of youth.” While O’Rourke served on El Paso City Council he worked on “prominent local issues” like: sexual and family violence, and urban planning. Some of O’Rourke’s most important achievements had to do with border issues, border deaths and unnecessary CBP force and drug trafficking concerns of which he preferred a liberal stance to Marijuana to avoid drug lord problems from the Ciudad de Juarez.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

https://tonedeaf.com.au/at-drive-in-frontman-bandmate-president/

At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala to Beto O’Rourke: ‘I Can Only Hope You Run for President’

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” releases “Aurora” a sensual song that reminds one of “depuis le tom” or of man’s solitude. Aurora is incredibly serene and mellow then bursting like “streamers or arches of light” or as if a guitar voice was given to nature. Pitchfork described Mineral as “downtempo.” Prior albums by Mineral include “The Power of Failing” and “End Serenading.” In “End Serenading,” heart throb singer Chris Simpson sings, “will you ever know how much I love you?” “Aurora” continues the bands hypnotic sound. In “Aurora,” Simpson is pensive, even philosophical asking, “There’s always a question.” Mineral gives you something like what you could of gotten in a prior year from a band like “The Cure,” -full mood immersion.
Mineral assembled around 1994 and toured in 1996 and 1997, then split up after 4 years together. Band members split into two bands, then alternative projects. Band reunited for a long 8 city tour in 2014 that lasted into 2015. Tour took them from places like: “El Corazon” in Seattle, Washington to “Oxford Art Factory” in Sydney Australia.
Mineral band members equal: Chris Simpson (guitar/vocals), Scott McCarver (guitar), Gabriel Wiley (drums), Jeremy Gomez (bass). Current release, Aurora,” is due out January 4th 2019 in conjunction with a limited edition commemorative book-only 2000 copies will be sold-titled “One Day When We Are Young.” Book comes out in hardcover and will feature articles from music journalist Mischa Pearlman, as well as rare never before seen photos. Mineral has even asked fans to send in their vintage photos of the band with files or links to 25@officialmineral.com. Book also includes handwritten lyrics, memorabilia and 10 inch album with two songs: “Aurora” and “Your Body is the World.” Book totals about 56 pages and is priced at $25. Mineral tends to play sold out shows. Reserve your advance tickets and books now.
Mineral tour dates are listed below:
01-09 Miami, FL – The Ground At Space
01-10 Orlando, FL – The Social
01-11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01-12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01-16 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living
01-17 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
01-19 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
01-20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01-23 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
01-24 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
01-26 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
01-30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
01-31 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room
02-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02-03 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02-14 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
03-17 Tokyo, Japan – Hachioji Rips
03-18 Tokyo, Japan – Fever
03-19 Iwata, Japan – FM Stage
03-20 Nagoya, Japan – Huck Finn
03-21 Kanazawa, Japan – Puddle/Social
03-22 Kyoto, Japan – Growly
03-23 Osaka, Japan – Conpass
05-23 London, England – The Dome
05-24 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Artheater
05-27 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
05-28 Berlin, Germany – Lido
05-29 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
05-30 Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia

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Thanks for a great night LA. See you tonight SF. #mineral2015

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Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips

Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Pop Icon, “Prince,” A.K.A Prince Rogers Nelson, was reported dead on April 21, 2016, following a tragic accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl, a generic Vicodin, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans around the world were left in shock as some reportage has claimed Prince was “in pain.”
Many remember a wild flamboyant, often androgynous, in full make up and high heeled boots man, who danced much like James Brown and sang in falsetto and baritone with great showmanship. Prince often dressed in regal Edwardian styles, wore high collars and ruffles and carried a rose or flower like a young “Romeo.”
Songs were sexually charged and sometimes reminiscent of the black church pulpit. Prince songs such as “Do Me Baby,” began as if beginning an erotic church sermon. Most likely 99% of Prince songs were erotic or having sexual innuendo or strong sexual liberation coming out of the 70’s into early 80’s. Many parents ripped down Dirty Mind posters in the late 70’s, when young children became fanatic for the star, who was featured on a poster naked in the shower. It was rumored that “over- sexed” Prince had or needed hip surgery.
Prince was known for having a strong female presence in his bands and launching careers of several connected bands. Many details about Prince and Former band members are on his official webpage: officialprincemusic.com.
The Prince Estate is now combing through decades of Prince hit’s and going through the famed Prince “vault” where said songs were stored and releasing special footage including the recent three video clips for, “Endorphinmachine,” “Dolphin” and “Rock and Roll is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis).”
Immediately following Prince’s death, The Prince Estate released a “Greatest Hits,” on November 22, 2016 featuring one unreleased song, “Moonbeam,” recorded during a 1999 session. On June 23, 2017 Purple Rain was rereleased as a deluxe and expanded version called “From the Vault and Previously Unreleased.” Deluxe CD was accompanied by a DVD that featured a concert from the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985.
The Prince Estate has dealt with alot of legal disputes over who held master tapes due to co-production and issued restraining orders. In February of 2017, there was also a dispute between Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. over who may release which albums following Prince’s death. Some of Prince’s personal belongings such as Prince’s Bible, stage worn clothes and some personal documents were auctioned in Dallas, Texas on July 21, 2018.
Prince fans know him for the color “purple” which was honored in the uniforms of “Minnesota Timberwolves” basketball team and in a Pantone Color called “Love Symbol” #19-3528.
Some of Prince’s 39 studio produced albums are listed here for collectors (a complete list can be found on Wikipedia):
“For You” (1978), “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind”(1980), “Controversy”(1981), “1999”(1982), “Purple Rain” (1984), “Around the World in a Day”(1985).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)

Song: The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering

The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering
Song by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The loveless are hosting a gathering
All the food is spoiled
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

Lackluster is on the menu
Airpudding for dessert
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

The downtrodden attended the gathering
Now low is now lower than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Superb Clavichord Recital by Carol Lei Breckenridge: Fantasia, Rondos and Variations

Clavichord Recital Breckenridge
Carol Lei Breckenridge Photo Credit: Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

“Superb Clavichord Recital by Carol Lei Breckenridge:
Fantasia, Rondos, and Variations”
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Pease Auditorium featured Carol Lei Breckenridge on a five-octave Clavichord on May 30th 2015 at 4 PM in Eastern Michigan’s Alexander Building. Breckenridge spoke at length about 18th Century Music including those she played by C.P.E. Bach, J. Haydn ad W.A. Mozart. Breckenridge gave a memorable performance in front of a large room-sized organ that takes up most of Pease Auditorium.
Breckenridge said of Bach’s composition, “ it is a sudden contrast piece with a dynamic effect of expression, new style was exploring contrast.” From Bach, Breckenridge played 4 pieces including Fantasia in F Major, Ronda in D Minor, Ronda in A Major, and Rondo in B Flat Major.
Following Bach, was a delightful piece by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Andante with variations in F Minor (1793). The Haydn composition was described by Breckenridge as “binary and with a long coda attached.” Breckenridge said she plays the Haydn piece on Forte Piano but when played on “Clavichord brings out the soulfulness of the piece.” The Haydn composition was full of “librato” which is characteristic of the Clavichord. Breckenridge said you can hold the keys further down to raise the pitch and oscillate the keys to get a librato.
The Saturday evening recital’s finale was a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Ten Variations on a Theme by G.C. Gluck (1784). Breckenridge described Gluck: “Gluck was an Opera Composer (of these melodies) who lived in Vienna around the same time as Mozart.”
The Clavichord, according to Breckenridge, is especially prized in Northwestern Germany for its “Expressive qualities and the quiet individual feeling the player gets from it drawing you in.” A poem was recited by Breckenridge’s husband in German and English from a book titled, “De Clavichord IV,” that described the Clavichord in detail: (paraphrased below)
“Assuager softly consoling Clavichord, calm my heart, deprived of my tranquility, I have not yet been made happy, I lament it to you, sing until dawn appears, until I feel no more pain”
Breckenridge played with the latest technology of a “tablet” for sheet music and an electronic digital pedal device that turned the sheet music’s pages.
She said to pretend you’re in a living room, to the audience, who formed a half moon shape around her. Breckenridge played quietly and emotionally on one of the oldest keyboard designs from the 18th Century that started as a small box. Breckenridge utilized advanced keyboarding skills often playing dramatically with two hands and traversing the keyboard.
“The Clavichord keys hit against brass,” said Breckenridge. Many early keyboardists in the 18th Century were trained on the Clavichord. Mozart and Haydn owned Clavichords for performing and private practice. The Clavichord was described by Breckenridge as a “place to go and a sorrowful private instrument to express feeling.”
Breckenridge will play at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe concert on Tuesday, June 9th 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Goethe-Institut, Boston. “The instrument Breckenridge played for this program was a five-octave unfretted Clavichord built by Paul Irvin, after a 1765 Clavichord by Friederici.” “Carol lei Breckenridge, from Ann Arbor, Michigan specializes in eighteenth-century music played on Clavichord and Forte Piano.” Website: www.carolleibreckenridge.com