Fans of Frank Zappa have more to celebrate in the very near future, as the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises have announced that five classic albums will be re-released on 180-gram vinyl. The albums span Zappa’s solo career and his work with The Mothers Of Invention, with releases from the late 60s through the late 70s.The works all showcase Zappa’s wild and experimental musical style, pushing boundaries with their arrangements and their lyrics to create some of the most unique music of the era. The albums getting the re-release treatment are 1967’s Lumpy Gravy, 1968’s We’re Only In It for the Money, 1968’s Cruising with Reuben & the Jets, 1970’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh, and 1979’s Joe’s Garage. Through satire, unique arrangements and more, these are some of the most iconic works by Zappa.The Top 12 Most Essential Frank Zappa AlbumsThese five discs will all be released on December 9th, and they are all available for pre-order now on Amazon. You can pre-order Lumpy Gravy here, We’re Only In It for the Money here, Cruising with Reuben & the Jets here, Weasels Ripped My Flesh here, and Joe’s Garage here.
Topics : Mayors of Metro Manila’s 16 cities announced nighttime curfews on Saturday and urged shopping malls to close for one month, in a bid to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, as the Philippines reported its sixth death.President Rodrigo Duterte has raised the country’s health emergency status to the highest level and issued quarantine measures in the capital, home to 12 million people.All the measures in the Philippine capital, if implemented fully, would be among the strictest in place in Asia, and come as European countries and the United States battle to contain a pandemic that has killed more than 5,000 worldwide. Mayors will issue local ordinances for the temporary closure of malls and establishments, exempting shops offering essential services like groceries, banks and pharmacies. The capital is home to sprawling shopping malls, some of which are among the largest in the world.The Philippines’ health department on Saturday confirmed one new fatality from the coronavirus outbreak, bringing the total number of deaths to six, a day after the country raised its health emergency status to the highest level.The patient, confined at a government hospital in southern Philippines, died late Friday because of complications from severe pneumonia and acute kidney injury, the health ministry said. The Southeast Asian nation had 64 coronavirus cases as of Friday. “To limit the spread of the virus, we need to limit the movement of people. We are slowing down the movement of people in Metro Manila,” Jose Arturo Garcia, general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, told a news conference.Some of the capital’s residents flocked to bus stations and airports ahead of the travel ban that will start Sunday.The president on Thursday issued land and air travel restrictions to and from the capital that will take effect on March 15, and extended school closures to April 12.The nighttime curfew will take effect on March 15 to April 14, but some employees will be exempt, Garcia said, adding that violators will not be reprimanded and not arrested.
In a way, this will be sort of difficult to admit, but a large portion of my sports-watching career was spent struggling to consider that the idea of going to the Rose Bowl – or any BCS game that wasn’t the national championship – was as exciting of a thing as people made it out to be.And before you land on me like an anvil, note the past tense.For the longest time I couldn’t help but feel the Rose Bowl – or, again, any bowl game that was not the national championship game – was merely a consolation prize. It was like in youth soccer tournaments when everyone would be given a tournament-issued ribbon afterwards while two teams got to play for a trophy and one kept it. It was like saying, “Everybody wins! But this other team wins more! Thank you for playing!’”Those sentiments have slowly receded ever since Bret Bielema began wielding teams with flashy top-10 tags on them. As a born-and-raised Wisconsinite, I was too young to fully experience Barry Alvarez’s teams, but once Rose Bowl possibilities seemed real again with Bielema, I began to really sense a divide between Pasadena and whatever Florida and Texas had to offer (outside of the Orange Bowl).But even when I was standing in section 112 of the 97th Rose Bowl, the thought still creeped in my head – especially when Wisconsin lost – that it was just a consolation prize, anyway.I can say now, though, without reservation, that I have since exterminated that idea, and anyone else who feels what I felt should do the same.I just had to realize that college football is a game of inequality and is, therefore, not always a game about winning a championship. Due to its structure, this game is sometimes just about winning respect – or salvaging what’s left of it.Don’t take this as a validation of the nefarious BCS’s existence. It’s a crappy state of affairs for any sport to be in. It’s just that dollars and cents keep the current design in place. And it would be hard to escape the annual controversies of worthiness. Four- or eight-team playoffs would still leave teams hanging and spark whines of disrespect.And in this game where respect is real currency, playing in the Rose Bowl is the next-best thing to playing in a national championship. It is a game drooling with prestige, and if you’re a sports nerd, or nerd in general, you have to love what it offers.For starters, what a thrill it must be to play in not only college football’s oldest bowl game – the 98th edition comes this year – but to play in a stadium designated a National Historic Landmark, an ultra-rarity in the world of sports.In all of college football, there are three other stadiums with such a sticker – the Yale Bowl, Harvard Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Outside of college football, I couldn’t find any other NFL stadium that holds major sporting events.Not even Fenway Park, Wrigley Field or Lambeau Field can claim such regality as the Rose Bowl. For a stadium to remain relevant these days, it’s forced to either renovate or be wiped off the face of the earth. Soldier Field’s NFL tag was removed as a direct result of its spaceship-esque renovation, and if you thought old Yankee Stadium would have been fitting for such an honor, well, it doesn’t exist anymore.Wisconsin will play on a field that has hosted five Super Bowls and events for two summer Olympics, the 1994 FIFA World Cup (including the championship game) and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup – also including the championship game, which the United States won.This is a field where, literally, some of the world’s best athletes have played on, and now, for the second consecutive year, the Badgers will be aligned with them.No, Wisconsin wasn’t selected by anyone to play in this game. It earned its ticket instead. Yeah, voters might not have been all too kind to the Badgers this year, but that doesn’t hide the fact that Wisconsin will still be earning some princely respect for appearing in this game against a worthy opponent in Oregon.You can’t attack the kind of history the Rose Bowl has in relation to its BCS counterparts, and they benefit more from people calling them prestigious, whereas the Rose Bowl is by its own nature.All you have to do is peer across Lake Michigan and compare what we have to what Michigan State has. The Spartans played a fine season (and admit it, you like Kirk Cousins and wouldn’t mind seeing him in the Rose Bowl), but they’ll (undeservedly) be an afterthought on Jan. 2 when they appear in the Outback Bowl.The Badgers, meanwhile, will be playing in a sumptuous scene in southern California, basking in the glow of prestige – which is really what everyone else is out to get.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. What are your thoughts on Rose Bowl compared to other bowl games? Speak your thoughts by emailing [email protected] or tweeting @BHeraldSports or @elliothughes12.