The Allman Brothers Band released a new collection of music today, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, cataloging the best performances from six stand-out shows in July and August of 2003–dedicated to Gregg Allman, who passed away in 2017. Released today via the band’s Peach Records (Orchard distribution), the collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Darien Center, NY; Hartford; Charlotte; and Raleigh, with no song repeated. Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 also features special guest live collaborations on four songs with Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson, and Branford Marsalis.The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, percussionist Marc Quiñones, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and guitarist Derek Trucks—the same lineup that lasted through the band’s final run in 2014, marking the band’s longest-running lineup and most consistent in its live performances. According to a press release, “The band had just released their first album in 10 years, the Grammy-nominated Hittin’ The Note and were in top shape.”Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for fans, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 is available in an array of configurations. The fully curated four-CD set will be offered, both physically and digitally. Each of the six concerts will also be available for completists, and this marks the first time any of this music has been made available digitally. Recorded for the then-nascent “Instant Live” CD series (fans picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show as they were being burned on CD), these shows capture the group at full throttle.For this collection, Warren Haynes serves as Supervising Producer and longtime manager Bert Holman as Executive Producer, with Bill Levenson and John Lynskey as Associate Producers.Haynes says in a press statement, “That was an important time in the growth of that incarnation of the ABB. We had just released Hittin’ The Note and everybody was psyched to be playing a lot of new material from an album we all were very proud of and there was new life being breathed into a lot of the older songs.”“Warren was asked to oversee this release because he has a keen ear, a great memory for individual show performances and is a master at song sequencing,” continues Holman. “The entire process went very well; we were all on the same page about what song should be included and in what order, and everybody in the band agreed with the final choices.”You can listen to Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 below, as well as the individual shows from that time period below. For more information, head to the band’s official website.
Back in March, Blink-182 announced a 16-date Las Vegas residency, with shows spanning from May through November at the Palms Casino Resort. Unfortunately, this week, the band has had to postpone the remaining shows in the residency, citing that Travis Barker’s blood clots in his arms are preventing him from being able to play the drums currently.In a recent post on Twitter, Barker announced that he had blood clots in both arms as well as a staph infection, though the drummer promised fans he’d “be back soon.” In an official announcement on Twitter, the band explained that Barker cannot perform until he is cleared by his medical team, adding that the situation is being “closely monitored.” Blink 182’s post also noted that the dates for the residency will be rescheduled, with a post outlining the new dates coming soon to the band’s website. For those unable to attend the new dates, refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.
Groove rock band Aqueous welcomed fans to the Town Ballroom late last month for a sold-out New Year’s Eve performance in their hometown of Buffalo, New York. The night’s NYE show capped off a big year for the emerging jam band, who spent most of their fall and winter touring around the country in promotion of their latest studio album, Color Wheel, which had arrived independently back on October 12th. One of the lengthy jams played during the second set of the sold-out show that night was “Strange Times”, a heady original from their 2012 Willy Is 40 LP. The pro-shot video of the nearly-19-minute performance was shared by the band on Thursday afternoon, and can now be enjoyed by fans to watch from the quiet setting of their own homes.The performance of the song actually started the show’s second half, which would also go on to include classic rock covers of the Grateful Dead‘s “Truckin’” and The Beatles‘ “Hey Jude”. Stage attire that night apparently ranged from fedoras to hockey jerseys, as the band dove right into the song’s opening chords in unison to kickstart the second set. From the opening notes, all four members of the band, especially guitarists Mike Gantzer and Dave Loss, were intensely locked in with one another and spent the first few minutes exchanging vocal duties before letting their guitars take it from there.The jam portion of the lengthy video begins with the music taking a slower turn just before the 3:40-minute mark. Drummer Rob Hauk quickly gets the energy going again as the band dives headfirst into a loose but consistent groove a few minutes later. If fans listen closely, they might even be able to hear their tease of John Williams‘ signature orchestral theme from Jurassic Park. Fans can enjoy the entire performance in the video below.Aqueous – “Strange Times” – 12/31/2018[Video: Aqueous]The October arrival of Color Wheel was not the band’s only album release of 2018. They also shared an album of live recordings over the summer from their sold-out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater back on June 11th. Aqueous will head back out for the start of their 2019 winter tour alongside BIG Something early next month on February 7th. Fans can click here for tickets to the upcoming tour.
Lettuce has confirmed the return of their fourth annual RAGE!FEST in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. The progressive funk band will be joined by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge and The Soul Rebels for a night to remember on Thursday, May 2nd at the Joy Theatre.Tickets to RAGE!FEST go on-sale this Friday at noon local time. Check the band’s website for more information.The 2018 RAGE!FEST featured special guest performances from Eric Krasno and the Booker T Washington High School Marching Band, with opening support from DJ Soul Sister. Do not miss the next edition of RAGE!FEST, as it undoubtedly becomes a must-attend event during your late-night Jazz Fest-ivities.
Rwanda has 10 million people, but no cancer specialists.A recent collaboration between a Waltham medical information company and a Harvard University research institute aims to reduce such professional isolation – and to learn from the medical knowledge and resourcefulness of doctors in the developing world.The company, UpToDate Inc., is working with Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Project to provide better access to its digital information service in countries such as Rwanda.To read more
Genome-wide analysis of mice brains has found that maternally inherited genes are expressed preferentially in the developing brain, while the pattern shifts decisively in favor of paternal influence by adulthood.The researchers report having identified 1,300 genes active in the mouse brain that show some degree of parental bias, greatly expanding on the 45 previously known “imprinted genes” expressed in the brain. Fewer than 100 imprinted genes had been known to exist in the body, suggesting they may be far more common than previously thought.The study was led by Catherine Dulac, chair of Harvard’s department of molecular and cellular biology, and Christopher Gregg, a postdoctoral fellow in her lab, and has been given advance on-line publication by the journal Science.The new work helps in understanding genomic imprinting, through which each parent is thought to contribute genes nudging offspring development in a direction most favorable, and least costly, to the ultimate transmission of that parent’s genetic material. It contributes to scientists’ growing understanding of a subtle tug-of-war between genes inherited from the mother and the father that shapes the development of their offspring early in life, and may provide lasting parental influence well after birth, even into adulthood.“Our work shows that parental bias in gene expression is a major mode of genetic regulation in the brain,” said Dulac, the Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “Despite tantalizing reports, our understanding of the neural systems governed by imprinted genes has been very limited.”In studies of the brains of 15-day-old mice embryos as well as adult mice, Dulac and her colleagues found that about a quarter of brain regions are hotspots for expression of imprinted genes. Many of these genes are expressed in brain areas associated with feeding, mating, pain sensation, social interactions, and motivated behavior.The work builds on previous research by co-author David Haig, the George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Haig’s analysis of rare genetic disorders has shown that certain maternal and paternal genes can clash well into childhood.Other previous research had offered evidence of a genetic struggle for supremacy only during fetal development. In the womb, some genes of paternal origin have been shown to promote increased demands on mothers, leading to fetal overgrowth, while genes of maternal origin tend to have the opposite effect.In the current study, Dulac and her colleagues found that 61 percent of imprinted genes in the fetal brain are maternal in origin, suggesting a major maternal influence over the brain development of offspring. By adulthood, the proportions are flipped. About 70 percent of imprinted genes in both the adult cortex and hypothalamus appear to derive from the father, suggesting a major paternal influence on the brain function of adult offspring.This new work expands on the known timeline for the internal conflict between maternal and paternal genes. Maternal genes may predominate in fetal development, followed by a period of childhood where maternal and paternal genes tussle for control, followed by eventual bias in favor of paternal genes during adulthood.The data also suggest a highly dynamic regulation of parental biases in gene expression during development and in the adult brain, which had not previously been anticipated, as the authors reported major differences in the parental influence exerted upon distinct brain regions.In a second study published by Dulac and her colleagues in Science on-line, the authors report a preferential expression of the maternal versus paternal X chromosome in the cortex of females, demonstrating a maternal influence over the brain function of adult daughters through X-linked genes. This second study also uncovered the existence of sex-specific parental bias in gene expression that may shed new light into sex differences in brain function and disease susceptibility.Dulac, Gregg, and Haig’s co-authors are Jiangwen Zhang, James Butler, and Brandon Weissbourd at Harvard, and Shujun Luo and Gary P. Schroth of Illumina Inc. of Hayward, Calif. The work was funded by the Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
Harvard graduate Alexander J. Berman ’10 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Russia in filmmaking, the Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.Berman is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-11 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/-ZcEDqyMbFw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi//-ZcEDqyMbFw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The new software, called Arepo, solves this problem. Created by Volker Springel, group leader at HITS, Arepo generates a full-fledged simulation of the universe, taking as input only the observed afterglow of the big bang and evolving forward in time for 14 billion years.“We took all the advantages of previous codes and removed the disadvantages,” explained Springel.“Our simulations improve over previous ones as much as the Giant Magellan Telescope will improve upon any telescope that exists now,” said Debora Sijacki of the CfA and a fellow at the Harvard College Observatory.(When completed later this decade, the Giant Magellan Telescope’s 24.5-meter aperture will make it the largest telescope in the world.)One of Arepo’s key advantages is the geometry it uses. Previous simulations divided space into a bunch of cubes of fixed size and shape. Arepo uses a grid that flexes and moves in space to match the motions of the underlying gas, stars, dark matter, and dark energy.The simulations ran on Harvard’s Odyssey high-performance supercomputer, using in total 1,024 processor cores. This fast machine allowed the scientists to compress 14 billion years into only a few months — an endeavor that would have kept a desktop computer busy for hundreds of years!The team’s future goals include simulating much larger volumes of the universe at unprecedented resolution, thus creating the largest and most realistic model of the universe ever made. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and their colleagues at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have invented a new computational approach that can accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over billions of years. For the first time, it’s now possible to build a universe from scratch that brims with galaxies like those we observe around us.“We’ve created the full variety of galaxies we see in the local universe,” said CfA’s Mark Vogelsberger, a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard College Observatory.Our cosmic neighborhood is littered with majestic spiral galaxies such as the Andromeda, the Pinwheel, and the Whirlpool. Spirals are common, but previous simulations had trouble creating them. Instead, they produced lots of blobby galaxies clumped into balls, without the broad disks and outstretched arms of a typical spiral.
Building a new nation can only be done from within, one of America’s top political intellectuals said Thursday, a reality that he said explains the bloody obstacles the United States has encountered in its efforts to create new, democratic governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.Francis Fukuyama, who in 1992 famously predicted “the end of history” because liberal democracies and free market economies suggested an endpoint in the evolution of government, said that external forces can erect the skeleton of state in an embattled country, creating police forces, administrative structures, and taxing authorities. But nation-building goes further and involves a shared sense of national identity, built on elements that tie people together — such as shared culture, language, and history — that cannot be imposed from without.Fukuyama provided an overview in which he said large, diverse nations have a harder row to hoe in creating national identities. Nigeria is an example where little effort has been expended on nation-building, with resulting dysfunction and inter-group violence, while the United States is an example of a diverse nation where people feel a sense of national identity not because of shared ethnicity or longstanding cultural history, but because of a shared set of ideals.Fukuyama spoke at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in a kickoff session for a two-day workshop focused on European national identities, organized with the Grundtvig Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark.Professor of Government Grzegorz Ekiert, the Center for European Studies’ director, introduced Fukuyama, describing him as one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals over the past 20 years and the author of nine books, including 1992’s “The End of History and the Last Man.”Fukuyama, the Nomellini Senior Fellow in Stanford University’s Spogli Institute for International Studies, described several ways that national identities have been constructed, including by moving borders, changing populations, and assimilating people culturally.He used the example of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Russian Federation as an example of changing borders to forge a national identity. The idea of creating a “Soviet Man,” once fostered by the U.S.S.R.’s leaders, never really took hold. In the discussions of what a post-Soviet Russia should look like, the idea that resonated most with people was a “small Russia” vision, in which Russians focused on home and stopped spending manpower and treasure in other places.Changing populations has also been used to forge national identities, sometimes through inhumane means. The ethnic cleansing campaigns that marked the fighting in the Balkans in the 1990s are examples, as is the expansion of the ethnic Han from their original home in northern China to their current domination of the nation. The shuffling of populations after World War II, Fukuyama said, is a big factor in the stability of today’s Europe.Independent cultures across Indonesia’s 11,000 islands and Tanzania’s many tribal groups were assimilated into a national identity forged by authoritarian governments. A common language was required to be taught in all schools, a key factor in building a national identity. Fukuyama contrasted those nations with Nigeria and Kenya, where nation-building efforts were not applied with a strong hand and where inter-group violence has been a problem.Another important factor in forging national identities is “historical amnesia,” Fukuyama said. He cited the political theorist Machiavelli in saying that many of today’s stable nations have their roots in an “original crime,” a violent event such as the Swiss civil war, the partition of India and Pakistan, or the subjugation of native people in the United States. In Denmark, he said, it was German leader Otto von Bismarck’s crime — taking German-speaking provinces from Denmark by force in 1864 — that left behind a Danish-speaking nation where forging a national identity among a people sharing a common language and culture was relatively easy.“He [Machiavelli] says all just enterprises originate in an original crime … I think this is much truer than we would like to admit,” Fukuyama said. “This doesn’t mean that liberal democracies … are any less good as democracies, but it also shouldn’t allow us to forget that they started in an original crime.”
When it comes to innovation, I think there is no place better than Harvard to start work on an important initiative. In my view, it is the only place that effectively combines entrepreneurship, leadership, and knowledge-sharing into a coherent whole.Last fall, I took a course called “Societies of the World 47: Contemporary South Asia: A Survey of Intractable Problems and Innovative Solutions.” The class, taught by Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Tarun Khanna, was one of the first of its kind to offer cross-collaboration among Harvard institutions, drawing students from the business, law, education, and undergraduate Schools. Utilizing the case study method, we learned about issues in South Asia relating to education, health, finance, and infrastructure.What stood out to me the most about these case studies was that they featured young entrepreneurs, taking stances on interesting issues where they could have an impact. They developed their interests, built networks of supporters, and then made their causes known to others. Throughout this process, I realized that these young entrepreneurs weren’t fixated on a single issue but rather took multiple perspectives into consideration to frame their solutions. As a General Education course, it was clear what I should take from the class: that a successful entrepreneur was one who could craft an initiative by learning from all other areas of expertise through various resources.As a final project, students formed groups of three to five to mock up business plans for social enterprises of their own. The top teams from the class would receive support and funding to implement their plans over the summer. My team, made up of graduate and undergraduate students with backgrounds in education, social studies, economics, and engineering, worked to create Mobilize! Digital Libraries, a service that provided access to innovative educational materials through intuitive modern technology, thus motivating self-directed learning, supporting existing academic infrastructure, and aiding positive social change.We aimed to operate at the intersection of education, technology, and mobility, harnessing the best materials and practices to inspire students toward new ways of thinking while generating greater interest in self-improving academic performance. By spring, our team had been selected as one of the top ones to receive funding. We set our course to go to India to implement our social enterprise.At the same time, I become involved in another organization on campus, the US-India Initiative. Run entirely by students, the student group aimed to foster initial interactions and long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India and to leverage these relationships to address some of India’s most pressing social and economic issues.When I joined, the group was in its initial stages, having organized one conference in Delhi. As I learned more about the group’s efforts, I couldn’t help but get more involved. The team quickly took on more by hosting events on Harvard’s campus, reaching out to other colleges in the United States to start chapters, and organizing a second summer conference, this time at one of the top colleges in India, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. By the end of the summer, both Mobilize! Digital Libraries and the Harvard US-India Initiative had taught me that the primary reason for their success was that they were headed by a diverse group of students who were interested in the same issues as me, a key characteristic that I think could only happen at Harvard.Now, I’m taking my interests further. The US-India Initiative is expanding by creating chapters in both high schools in the United States and in colleges in India. The organization is launching Impact, a magazine about social entrepreneurship written exclusively by students that will be available to the broader Harvard community as well as to other US-India Initiative chapters.I also will travel to India this winter to work on some initial senior thesis research, an endeavor that was only made possible by the support of a winter grant from the South Asia Institute at Harvard.Harvard made it possible for me to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds to come together and work on a common cause. Launching a social enterprise takes a great deal of effort, time and resources, but it also requires many perspectives to refine the solution — a trait that students here possess.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at Jim[email protected]