Con Brio Shares Powerfully-Reimagined Cover Of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” [Listen]

first_imgSoulful San Fran septet Con Brio has shared a brand-new, reimagined take on a grunge classic: Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box”. To Con Brio, their take on the smash hit track from Nirvana’s third and final album, 1993’s In Utero, hold more significance than just simply being a fun cover. As Billboard explains, the idea for the cover came as the band was plotting an entire EP of reworked grunge classics. While the project never came to fruition, the band’s experience arranging and recording the cut last year in Atlanta gave them the creative spur they needed to begin work on their next full album, Explorer, due out July 6th.As frontman Ziek McCarter tells Billboard:We had a day off and I thought of a way I wanted to remake it and we came up with that (version) within two or three hours. … Right after that, we wrote a few more songs to propel our writing process in a positive way. We were touring a whole lot at that time and it’s hard to find time to really get seven people in a room to pump out the hits. But after [‘Heart-Shaped Box’] we were able to really dial in the writing process a little bit more. It served us wellI really feel like we’ve honored the life of not just Kurt Cobain but also Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington,” he explains. “Those were people I was listening to growing up. I loved ‘Black Hole Sun.’ I loved Chester Bennington; I loved his voice. And I feel like we have some of that same resilience they possessed in their performances if not necessarily the same way.The fantastic Con Brio take on “Heart-Shaped Box” lends the song an almost Thriller-era Michael Jackson aesthetic, layered with downtempo breaks, swelling brass accents, and powerful psych-pop peaks as the song barrels into its cathartically howling chorus. Give it a listen below via the Con Brio SoundCloud page:Con Brio – “Heart-Shaped Box” [Nirvana cover]For a list of upcoming Con Brio tour dates, head to the band’s website.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Nicaraguan gangs must be confronted: security analyst

first_imgBy Dialogo October 25, 2013 Violent consequences The presence of operatives from transnational criminal organizations and an increase in drug smuggling and weapons trafficking are responsible for an increase in violence in RAAN in recent years, according to Mónica Zalaquett, director of the Center for the Prevention of Violence (CEPREV) “All of Central America is being affected by organized crime and Nicaragua is not the exception. In recent years, there has been no only a considerable increase in drug trafficking but also an increase in weapons trafficking,” said Mónica Zalaquett, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Violence (CEPREV, for its acronym in Spanish). The rate of killings in RAAN was 18 per 100,000 residents in 2011. That is higher than the overall rate of killing in the country, which is 11 per 100,000 people. Expelled gang members Gangs rob from drug cartels Nicaraguan authorities are working hard to combat drug smuggling. In 2012, Nicaraguan security forces seized 4.5 tons of cocaine, $14 million in cash, 141 vehicles connected to drug traffickers, and 153 properties allegedly purchased with drug money. Large cash seizure Some Nicaraguan gangs are robbing transnational drug cartels of drugs, which they then sell to domestic drug dealers. These robberies are commonly known as “drug jolts.” Nicaraguan gangs have been committing such robberies for almost 20 years, according to Nicaraguan security analyst Roberto Orozco. “In 2012, there were at least 27 local groups dedicated to ‘drug jolt’ operations, a phenomenon that originated in the 1990s,” Orozco said. Such crimes do not always involve drugs. Gang members also steal firearms and cash from drug cartel operatives, security analysts said. Gang members who steal drugs from transnational criminal organizations are commonly known as “tumbadores.” Once they steal a shipment of drugs, tumbadores will try to transport the drugs as far north as possible, one tumbador said in an interview with insightcrime.org. The farther north the drugs are smuggled, the more that organized crime groups will be willing to pay, the tumbador said. For example, a kilo of cocaine would be worth $11,000 in El Salvador, $15,000 in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, and $20,000 in Matamoros, in northern Mexico, the tumbador explained. The prices are higher further north because drug smugglers have higher risks and greater expenses the farther north they go, the tumbador said. Maritime drug smuggling In addition to collaborating with local gangs, Mexican drug cartels are sending their own operatives into Nicaragua to coordinate drug purchases, authorities said. In August, 2012, Nicaraguan National Police arrested 18 people who were posing as Mexican journalists. Police found $9.2 million in cash inside a van some of the suspects were using. The suspects were probably doing to use the money to pay for a large amount of drugs in Costa Rica, according to Fernando Borge, a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Police “They were planning to take all the money to Costa Rica to pay for a load,” Borge said. The suspects had press credentials which said they worked for Televisa, a large Mexican television network. Nicaraguan National Police investigators checked with the television network, and confirmed the 18 suspects did not work for Televisa. The press credentials were forgeries, authorities said. One of the 18 suspects, Manuel de Jesus Herrera Pineda, had ties to Los Charros, a gang which smuggles drugs and other illicit items north from Costa Rica into Nicaragua and Mexico. Los Charros has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana, another Mexican transnational criminal organization. The suspects claimed they planned on covering a criminal trial in Managua. In recent years, U.S. authorities have expelled about 100,000 gang members from the country. These gang members have settled in Guatemala, El Savador, Honduras, and souther Mexico. But very few gang members have started living and operating in Nicaragua, according to security analysts. The number of gang members expelled from the United States to Mexico is relatively low, said Mario Zamora, the former Costa Rican director for migration. This pattern has helped Costa Rica, according to Zamora. Since relatively few gang members have been expelled to Nicargaua, very few have made their way south to Costa Rica, he said. Drug enforcement In RAAN, local gangs help drug cartels smuggle drugs along the Atlantic coast. Local gang members operate go-fast boats which smuggle drugs to and from Sandy Bay, located in RAAN. Local gangs, including the Reñazcos and the Tarzanes, collaborate with Los Zetas and the forces of El Chapo to smuggle drugs into and out of Nicaragua, Petray said. These collaborations have led to increased drug sales in RAAN and other parts of Nicaragua, authorities said. “Central America has stopped being just a transit point for drugs to become an operation and activities center,” Félix Maradiaga, the former secretary general of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Defense, told El Pais. Nicaraguan security forces should continue their strong efforts to combat local gangs, which are collaborating with increasing frequency with transnational criminal organizations, said Roberto Petray, director of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights. Collaboration between Nicaraguan gangs and transnational criminal organizations, like the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, is particularly strong in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN), Petray said. “Gangs in Nicaragua are starting to work as hit men and also in human trafficking. These activities must be controlled by the National Police because they are starting to happen within the country,” Petray said. I think fighting the drug trafficking groups and gangs should be more constant and frontal. Governments or states should coordinate efforts and truly try to detain these scourge. We shouldn’t be risking the safety of our families and of our society everyday because of a group of thugslast_img read more

Coutinho impresses Pele

first_img Such form has seen the midfielder work his way back into the Brazil set-up and led to praise from Pele, who will be at Liverpool’s derby encounter with United on Sunday. “Oh yes (I like Coutinho) – no doubt, no doubt,” the Brazil great told Press Association Sport. “He is an excellent player and intelligent, but we have a lot of individuals in Brazil. Unfortunately we cannot play with all the players we have.” Coutinho is in the Brazil squad for the forthcoming friendlies against France and Chile, which follow Sunday’s match – an encounter Pele will attend as a guest of SUBWAY. “It is going to be a great game, no doubt about that,” he said. “This a top fixture and good to see.” Coutinho is part of the new breed Brazil coach Dunga is trusting to make up for last summer’s World Cup embarrassment. Brazil were not the only country to underwhelm, with England another country failing to meet expectations. The early exit of English sides in Europe has increased concerns over the quality of football in the country, yet Pele is not worried for the home of football. “I think the level of football in England is top,” he said. “Last year there were some surprises, not only with the English team at the World Cup. “I made a lot of interviews in Europe before the World Cup and saw some of Germany’s games, so I said the Germans were very well prepared.” Press Association The talented 22-year-old was seen as a bit of a gamble when the Reds forked out £8.5million to bring him over from Inter Milan. That deal now looks like a bargain, though, as Coutinho has been one of the stars of the Premier League season. center_img Pele has been impressed by compatriot Philippe Coutinho and is looking forward to seeing the Liverpool man in action against Manchester United. last_img read more

Charles City man’s murder sentencing delayed again, defense says new material evidence has surfaced

first_imgNEWTON — The sentencing date for a Charles City man convicted of murder in central Iowa has been delayed once again and a hearing has been scheduled to decide on post-trial motions made in the case.54-year-old Randy Linderman was found guilty by a Jasper County jury of first-degree murder back in November. Linderman was accused of murdering Jose Berber on March 6th of 2017 in rural Jasper County. A family member found Berber’s body inside his rural Newton home, with an autopsy determining that Berber died of blunt force trauma.Linderman was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday in Jasper County District Court, but Judge Richard Clogg approved the sixth continuance of his sentencing on Monday. Clogg has scheduled a hearing on post-trial  motions and sentencing for July 10th.Linderman’s attorney Christine Branstad has filed a motion for a new trial after claiming they’ve discovered new material evidence that was not able to be produced during his trial.If Clogg rules against a new trial, Linderman would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole.last_img read more