SUMMER OF DEAD 2014: Scarlet Begonias, 1974

Yes! The mighty Jesse Jarnow (of WFMU’s Frow Show and Big Day Coming) checks himself into the Mars Hotel. 

The Grateful Dead played “Scarlet Begonias" 28 times during 40 shows in the song’s debut year of 1974, and thank heavens they did because—and this might sound obvious—one never knows how long one is going to get to be the 1974 Grateful Dead. By autumn, the band teetered on burnout and announced a break. When they reemerged in the spring, their nimble and semi-stable quintet lineup had grown, once again featuring second drummer Mickey Hart, absent since 1971. Songs written in the meantime grew new drum parts.

Of the bummers the Grateful Dead perpetrated in the ’80s and ’90s, few seem crueler than the fate that befell “Scarlet Begonias,” transformed into a gaudy dragon-paraded calypso hullaballoo. Jerry Garcia didn’t write many songs like it, before or after, a syncopated bounce with the highly un-Garcia-like characteristic of being quite difficult to play around a campfire on an acoustic guitar. Perhaps because of its bright and straightforward lyrics, it is rarely filed with Garcia’s other complicated prog-Dead era fare, like the jazz harmonies and earthy heaviness of “Eyes of the World.” Its closest relative in the Dead songbook was “China Cat Sunflower,” a similar sunshine beacon that likewise came together around a slinky, snappy Bob Weir rhythm figure. And though “Scarlet Begonias” became one of the Dead’s most durable portable dance parties, its 1974 incarnation was a fairly delicate flower of a song, perfect in nearly every last respect.

The 1974 “Scarlet”s begin with a quick snare snap and then the band is mid-bounce, riding on a sly beat by drummer Bill Kreutzmann. His four bandmates dance around the song’s melodic shape, revealing it between punching bass leads and rich Rhodes figures. It’s a love song, both joyous and wry, replete with an even more joyous kosmik refrain. And, in 1974, the band roars into a jam that seems ready to open up and light out for deeper territories. But it never does. In the airy groove—Garcia said it was influenced by Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard”—the band found a way to move around while staying inside that crowd-pleasing bounce, a vehicle for the soaring Garcia guitar lines that paid the bills, karmically and financially. Even so, the song’s brief jams were a perfect frame for Garcia’s qwizzical qwests, jams that seemed like they could go anywhere, the perfect crossing between populist Dead boogie and head- friendly space explorations. Most of all, “Scarlet Begonias” was a song so good that even the built-in Donna Jean Godchaux vocalization was frequently low key, even pleasant, almost Karen Dalton-like.

When Mickey Hart returned to full-time duty in ‘76, the song’s percussion part grew swollen with thumpery, and “Scarlet Begonias” began its long slow-motion monster movie transfiguration, the jam soon only capable of one inevitable destination. Even throughout the stunning takes of “Scarlet Begonias” during 1977, one hears the high-strung chat-chat-chattering of the cowbell, like the pulse of a Hawaiian-shirted alien creature trying to push its way out of the song’s shell. Fuck that. We are left with these 28 unadorned 1974 versions of “Scarlet Begonias,” each with its own destiny that’s sometimes “It Must Have Been The Roses” and definitely not “Fire On the Mountain,” each one a can of sunshine ready for deployment.

Jesse Jarnow / @bourgwick

mod chat

i’m not a huge mod user. i like stuff that improves textures or removes mild annoyances like loading zones that are legacies from console limitations, but as a whole i prefer the game to be the same, just slightly better looking.

  • beyond boulder dome
  • the second-most popular HD texture mod (the most popular one makes the game look gaudy neon bright and has a ridiculously ugly night sky replacement)
  • darker nights/less wasteland artificial lights (it makes travelling at night feel like a mildly stressful challenge and makes you pathetically grateful for campsites and fire drums),
  • weather mod that adds radstorms and environmental hazards (see above re: campsites)
  • populated casinos/strip
  • populated wasteland
  • mod that removes the second loading gate on the strip
  • multi companion mod so you can take mojave best friends gang screenshots.
  • hotdog vendor :v

don’t use that face replacer pack that’s been all over the character tags lately; it makes raul look like harold circa fallout 2 and turns arcade gannon into the love child of ty*ler oak*ley and an allergy attack. avoid open freeside at all costs as it is irrevocably broken and will hose all your save files including ones that have never been opened with the mod active.

i think that’s it. 

I see with really good eyes this possible transfer of Xabi to Bayern.

We need a experienced player for this position since Basti is out for we don’t know how long and Thiago is still injuried.

Plus we can sign with him for one or maybe two years and this will give time to the youngsters (Gaudi and Pierre) develop themselves.

Home Thoughts from Abroad

by Robert Browning

Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower —
Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

Slick’s gaudy ass piece of shit car can be heard coming up to the starting from a mile away and she does her best to turn out the unhealthy rumble of his engine by turning her radio up louder and blasting her music. She’s been sharpening her fingers to points with a nail file, pulling off the old shell until there’s nothing but shiny sharp black beneath, perfect for those nasty hand to hand fights that crop up now and then when someone tries to pin her car against the rail and push her off a cliff.

Itchy pops his head out of the Discharge’s sunroof and crams his fingers in his mouth, whistling shrilly, until she finally shuts off the radio because she can’t manage to drown them both out. “Aaaaye Snowman, look at what the idiot did to his car.”

She reluctantly opens her car door and steps out to see. It’s worth getting out, and she just grins, putting a hand to her mouth. “Oh Slick, you idiot.”

The moron must have gone off-road last race without enough money to pay for repairs. His engine sounds like hell because he’s put a roadsign through it, and bent the various sharp knife-spikes on his car. She leans on the side of her car and laughs with Itchy at the ruined mess that was once the Black Spade.

“FUCK YOU TOO!” Slick screeches at them and he sounds worse for wear too. No hospital visits for him she supposes. He better hope he can win this one or he might just fall out of the standings entirely when he dies. Of course, if anyone could win a race with a fucked up car, it would be him. He points a finger at her and makes a throat cutting gesture. Snowman just wiggles her fingers at him, letting Slick see she’s been filling them again.

Her real competition this round is Itchy though. The Discharge is fast and more than that, it’s a faraday cage that protects him from the nasty electrostatic discharges that it puts out once it gets going past sixty. So by the time you do catch up to him, he’s usually got enough juice to destroy anyone who gets too close to him. Itchy carries himself like a man who thinks he has the race in the bag.

But he’s in for a nasty surprise this round. She’s been working on her car in anticipation of this moment, and when he tries to hit her with electricity, she’s going to hit him with the ice-whips and freeze him solid. They’ve been calling her the Ice Bitch all season, so she supposes she might as well live up to the name.

She slides into the drivers seat and gets ready as the countdown begins.

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Sagrada Família

With its unparalleled Gothic architecture, Sagrada Família is the most stunning Roman Catholic church in the world. Located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, the church has been under construction for over 160. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the church is as yet unfinished. However, Sagrada Família was still designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica.

Combining Gothic and Art Nouveau forms, Gaudí devoted his last years to the project. At the time of his death in 1926, it was less than a quarter complete. Sagrada Família’s construction was interrupted again by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume slow progress for many decades. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

The church is composed of three major facades: the Passion facade, the Nativity facade and the Glory facade. Much of the ornate Nativity facade was completed by Gaudí himself. The Passion facade’s graphic nature and gaunt, tortured figures remain true to Gaudí’s original vision, meant to inspire fear and reverence.

The church’s interior is defined by incredible columns that reach majestically toward the ceiling. Gaudí’s plans called for 18 spires, as well as numerous towers, chapels, and portals. When built, the tallest spire, which symbolizes Jesus Christ, will secure Sagrada Família’s place as the world’s largest church building. Relished by the art community, one critic stated that the church is, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

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From sports car to mythical monster car, this fantastic vehicle is a BMW Z4 that was extravagantly transformed into a dragon car. We love how the gull-wing doors have been turned into the dragon’s wings.

"Sprayed a gaudy gold, the BMW Z4 has then painstakingly been adorned with the limbs of a dragon, including legs and feet with golden claws, wings on the scissor doors, a tail that sashays behind it and a bonnet that is covered in scales. Each and every scale is made from the bone of China’s indigenous mountain yak, and is designed with a dragon-inspired pattern."

These photos were taken while the spectacular car was on display at the China Import and Export Fair in the southern Guangdong province.

[via Dailymail.co.uk]

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Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926)

Spanish architect born in Reus, in the Catalonia region of Spain and leader of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.

Much of Gaudí’s work was marked by his big passions in life: architecture, nature, religion.Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in which he was skilled: ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces.

Gaudí’s work enjoys widespread international appeal and many studies are devoted to understanding his architecture. Today, his work finds admirers among architects and the general public alike. His masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Catalonia.Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudí’s Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images permeate his work. This earned him the nickname “God’s Architect”and led to calls for his beatification.

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New Video Depicts the Amazing Final Stages of Construction of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona | via. ThisIsColossal

The foundation responsible for the construction of the famous Sagrada Família church in Barcelona recently released a video depicting what the final stages of construction will look like as nearly 150 years of building (and delays) finally wraps up in 2026. The breathtaking clip combines footage shot from a helicopter with computer-animated renderings to show what the basilica, designed by Antoni Gaudí, will look like. The structure is said to be “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

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