halloween.jambase.com – On Halloween 2011 and 2012 Greensky Bluegrass presented a pair of Totally Bitchin’ ’80s Dance Parties for the occasion in Boulder and San Francisco respectively. As you might have guessed, both shows were chock full of fun ’80s covers featuring the band’s inventive rock-meets-bluegrass twist. For this week’s Full (Halloween) Show Friday selection, we want to share a fantastic recording of the first ’80s Dance Party from October 31, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder.
jambase.com – Today, The Decemberists announced they will soon release a new album, titled What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, in a particularly cool way. Consequence of Sound reports that Decemberists front man Colin Meloy performed a pair of songs, including a tune off the new LP, on the streets of Williamsburg in NYC in front of a mural depicting the cover art for What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
jambase.com – On November 11, Rush will release a massive box set to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. If all goes according to plan, the box set will be the prelude to a 2015 Rush tour as per recent comments guitarist Alex Lifeson made to Artisan News at Saint Jude’s Robby Krieger Celebrity Golf Tournament. “We’re talking about putting a tour together for next spring. So ['R40'] is kind of like the prelude to it,” Lifeson revealed to Artisan News.
jambase.com – Earlier this week, Chicago’s Wilco brought their 20th Anniversary Tour to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for a pair of performances on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The band ended the show each night with an unplugged and generally unamplified second encores in the most famous home of the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday night Wilco performed “Misunderstood” standing on the front of the stage without the help of the PA.
techpresident.com – Spoilers Tough words on the GOP’s 2016 digital gap from one of its own, South Carolina consultant Wesley Donahue. Speaking to Darren Samuelsohn of Politico, Donahue said, “There is a massive talent gap. Half those [presidential campaigns] will have digital staff that don’t know what the hell they’re doing. They’ll end up with some dude who plays on Facebook all day, which somehow makes him a digital expert.
techpresident.com – CA State Sen. Alex Padilla (left,) Davenport Institute’s Pete Peterson (right.) A record low percentage of Californians voted in the mid-term primaries this year. Pete Peterson, a Republican civic engagement expert running to be the next secretary of state, thinks that better technology and design could go a long way toward changing that dismal statistic. “I know what good printing looks like. I know what bad design looks like,” declared the 47-year-old executive director of Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute at a September Secretary of State candidate forum in Sacramento.
sunlightfoundation.com – In a reversal from 2012, liberal billionaires top the list of biggest super PAC donors with a little more than two weeks to go before Election Day. Three of the top five givers lean Democrat, while the king of unlimited money mountain — environmental crusader Tom Steyer of California — is lapping the competition, a Sunlight analysis finds. Taking advantage of the Supreme Courts ruling in the Citizens United case, which opened the door to political spending by outside groups that can raise funds in unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations and labor unions, Republican billionaire donors and the super PACs they funded dominated the 2010 elections.