Last month, Vulfpeck announced their eighth studio release, Hill Climber, the follow-up to 2017’s Mr. Finish Line, due out December 7, 2018 (pre-order digital download here). Vulfpeck has consistently released a collection of studio recordings every year since their official inception in 2011. Along with the album’s announcement, Vulfpect released a pair of singles, “Lost My Treble Long Ago” and “Soft Parade”. Today, the band has released their fourth version of “It Gets Funkier”. Featuring KNOWER’s Louis Cole on drums, “It Gets Funkier IV” brings the composition to a new level of musicianship. Check out the video below:Vulfpeck feat. Louis Cole – “It Gets Funkier IV”[Video: Vulf]The band offered a pre-order of a limited-edition white vinyl pressing of Hill Climber for 20 pounds (U.K.) each here, although the pressing is now sold out. On the project’s website, the tracklisting is laid out with ten total tracks, featuring special guest collaborations with vocalists Monica Martin and Mike Viola as well as featured vocals from Theo Katzman and Antwaun Stanley.See below for a full tracklisting for Vulfpeck’s upcoming album, Hill Climber.Vulfpeck – Hill Climber TracklistingA SIDEHalf of the Way (feat. Theo Katzman)Darwin Derby (feat. Theo Katzman & Antwaun Stanley)Lonely Town (feat. Theo Katzman)Love is a Beautiful Thing (feat. Theo Katzman & Monica Martin)For Survival (feat. Mike Viola)B SIDESoft ParadeLost My Treble Long AgoDisco Ulysses (Instrumental)The Cup StackerIt Gets Funkier IV (feat. Louis Cole)View ‘Hill Climber’ Tracklisting
As Spafford stormed through the Midwest this past fall, fans were treated to high energy performances filled with exciting improvisational excursions. The band was firing on all cylinders as they made their heavily anticipated first stop in Milwaukee, WI at The Mirarmar Theatre. Fans were treated to a performance packed with jams, some very well placed covers, and a particularly unique setlist.Fortunately, the band has delivered a pro-shot video of one of the major highlights. The band took one of their powerhouse jam vehicles, “Walls”, and paired it with a classic jazz standard “Made For Wesley” to form a beautiful jam sandwich in the first set.Enjoy the 20 plus minute throwdown in the form of “Walls > Made for Wesley > Walls” below!Up next for the band is two big nights in New York, NY, playing on December 30th and 31st at American Beauty alongside The Magic Beans for some Phish after parties. They’ll then hit the road alongside Umphrey’s McGee, with headlining dates of their own as well. The full tour schedule can be seen below, and tickets and more information can be found on the band’s website.Spafford Upcoming Tour DatesDecember 30-31: American Beauty – New York, NY w/ The Magic BeansJanuary 20-21: The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 24: Milkboy Philly – Philadelphia, PAJanuary 25: The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJJanuary 26: College St. Music Hall – New Haven, CT w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 27: State Theatre – Portland, ME w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 28: Palace Theatre – Albany, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 29: Anthology – Rochester, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 1: Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NYFebruary 2: 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 3-4: The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 10: Montbleu Theater – Stateline, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 11: Fox Theater – Oakland, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 16: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 17: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 18: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 19: The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJune 22-25: Electric Forest Weekend One – Rothbury, MIJune 29-July 2: Electric Forest Weekend Two – Rothbury, MI
Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that he believed President Trump was telling him he should drop the FBI’s criminal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during several private conversations between the two men. Comey testified that the president said he “hoped” Comey would “let this go,” asked him for his personal “loyalty,” and urged him to clear Trump’s name publicly from a broader probe into Russian election hacking.Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, also stated that he documented the private conversations in contemporaneous, detailed memos — notes of which he said he shared with a Columbia University law professor and friend in an effort to trigger appointment of a special counsel in the Russia case — because Comey was worried the president might “lie” about what the pair had discussed.In response to Comey’s testimony, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal attorney, denied that Trump had asked for Comey’s loyalty and said the president “never sought to impede” the FBI’s work or directed or suggested that Comey stop investigating “anyone.” Kasowitz accused Comey of being a “government leaker.”Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge in Massachusetts who is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues swirling around the matter.GAZETTE: Does the totality of Comey’s contacts with the president meet the legal standard for obstruction-of-justice or abuse-of-power charges?GERTNER: If what Comey said is believed, it could justify a further investigation into obstruction of justice on the part of the president. The matter certainly warrants an investigation. The elements of obstruction of justice include an act whose natural and probable consequences are to interfere with the administration of justice in some way.In the case of the president, the “act” can be “go easy on Flynn” or “lay off the Flynn investigation.” That clearly is an act that qualifies for obstruction of justice. And in addition, Comey said “I took it as an indication that he wanted me to lay off the investigation.” Here’s a sophisticated player, a former U.S. Attorney, FBI head, who said, “I understood what he was saying, and that’s what he was saying.” So concerned was he about it, in fact, that he did not share it with underlings for fear it would dampen the investigation. It does meet the legal standard for obstruction. The problem is that it’s Comey’s word against the president’s. So it’s not the kind of case that a prosecutor would go forward on without additional information. But in terms of an act that generically fits the standard? Yes, this is an act that fits the standard.The question is, what was the president’s intent? Was it an aside as they were walking into a meeting? Well no, it wasn’t. The president had talked to Comey about loyalty. It was at a meeting in which he asked everyone else to leave, which is an enormously suspicious thing. That was then followed by a number of conversations about the Russian investigation in general — and remember, Flynn is part of the Russian investigation — and then it ends with Comey being fired and the president says that it’s because of the Russian investigation. At first glance, it does look like there was the intent of shutting down the matter. So when I say these acts and the evidence fit into the category of obstruction of justice, would a prosecutor go forward with Comey v. Trump under these circumstances? No. You’d want to find out: Was this said to others? Hence, today’s testimony. You’d want to find out what else was going on. You’d want to find out what other calls the president made, those kinds of things. But generically, if believed, it certainly qualifies for concern over obstruction of justice.The difference between this and President Nixon in Watergate is that in Watergate there was a tape. Comey’s contemporaneous notes are very interesting. The FBI’s contemporaneous notes in criminal cases from one end of the country to the other qualify as good evidence of what the FBI agent said or heard. They’re technically hearsay, but they could be memory-recorded. In other words, if you do it the right away, they can come in as an exception to the hearsay rule. In addition, Comey said he spoke to senior leadership at the FBI, so those are people who likely would corroborate that “he said this to me hours after this meeting.” It would be his testimony, his notes, and what he said to others. In any other criminal case, that’s really good evidence. Is it enough when you go up against the most powerful person in the world? Maybe not yet; that’s why it requires further investigation. One other thing that was interesting: Comey said that the president was not then under investigation. But there’s no question that he is now. He is plainly under investigation for obstruction of justice.GAZETTE: What was your impression of what Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee?GERTNER: Comey is an amazing witness, in several respects. He’s a careful lawyer, so he knows what to say. But he’s also an incredible storyteller, an impassioned and clear one. So his account is not told in dry, legal language. He said over and over again that the Russian interference in our election is “a big deal.” That suggests that when Trump hopes to shut down the Flynn investigation, he’s wanting to shut down an important piece of an important investigation. Comey suggests that’s what he’s really saying. This is a major investigation, and Flynn is obviously an important player. And Comey suggests the president is communicating “shut it down.” I was on NPR just now with a Republican operative who kept on saying, “None of this will matter if we pass good legislation.” You have to pause about that. The integrity of the election was undermined? There’s no good legislation that can justify that. There’s no end/means analysis. That’s what Comey kept coming back to: This goes to the integrity of the democracy.GAZETTE: Did Comey break the law by giving notes of his memos to a friend in order to get them out to the public, as Trump’s attorney Kasowitz seemed to suggest?GERTNER: I don’t know exactly. They were not classified; he was a private citizen at that point. I don’t think he can be prosecuted for anything. The question of whether that is obstruction of justice is a question of context. The action of releasing this information was incredibly self-protective. I don’t think there is anything illegal. GAZETTE: Impeachment is, of course, a political procedure, not a legal one. Is there a legal remedy available if a sitting president is accused of a federal crime allegedly committed while in office?GERTNER: No is the answer. There are some scholars who might disagree, but the overwhelming position of scholars who study American constitutional law say that the only way of addressing presidential misconduct is through impeachment. That’s a structural reason, because if the district attorney of Brooklyn indicted the president — first of all, the district attorney of Brooklyn is a part of the executive branch, is part of the president’s tutelage — how disruptive could that be to the national order if individual district attorneys in different parts of the country could suddenly go after him? So, no, the best answer is the only mechanism is impeachment. Now, that doesn’t mean that the president couldn’t be doing things for which, after he left office and the statute of limitations was met, he could be prosecuted. But right now, the only remedy is impeachment. The only remedy for the obstruction of justice part is impeachment. There also are a whole lot of concerns about Trump’s business dealings and the dealings of his family. It’s entirely possible we’ll see cases against family members. There’s no bar under these circumstances.GAZETTE: Could the president intervene?GERTNER: This would be a constitutional crisis. The president could actually intervene and pardon his family members and pardon himself. But he couldn’t pardon himself for impeachment. He couldn’t stop an impeachment proceeding by pardoning himself. There are two political problems here. One is the House taking action on impeachment. By the way, as to the June 7 testimony, it’s also the case that the witnesses could arguably be in contempt of Congress. The witnesses had no basis to not answer questions. But contempt of Congress likewise takes a majority vote to charge them with it. So the political process here is a whole separate question.GAZETTE: If the special counsel finds that crimes were committed by the president himself, but Congress chooses not to take any action, is that the end of the matter?GERTNER: Yes, that is the end of the matter. There’s no mechanism to charge a sitting president, on the state or federal level. Former President Bill Clinton wound up with a civil case against him, which could continue. So the emoluments challenge is a civil case. Civil cases can proceed. But the president really is immune from prosecution except through the impeachment process, federal or state.GAZETTE: What role, if any, does the Supreme Court play if a president is found to have violated his constitutional oath of office or if, as the National Security Agency report published by The Intercept this week suggests, the special counsel finds that part of the 2016 election voting tally may have been tampered with by Russia? Does the Constitution address this at all?GERTNER: The Constitution doesn’t address that. That’s what Bush v. Gore was about. There are two things. In that situation, the Supreme Court would be obliged to look at the bona fides of the election. And that’s a very extreme step. There’d have to be a smoking gun of major proportions, which there doesn’t seem to be. But the Supreme Court has no role with respect to the president except, as with Nixon, they can deal with issues of disclosure of various kinds — should the president turn over this, should the president turn over that — those kinds of issues.But to challenge the election, there would have to be a smoking gun, like tampering in the voting machines in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. That’s the level it would have to be, and there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of that. If the integrity of the election is undermined because of fake news, there’s nothing we can do about that except to investigate how and why, and see if federal crimes were involved. If the vote was affected in a meaningful way, that would be different. But there’s no reason to believe that, not from what we know now. It would be an incredible deal to set aside the election. It’s very, very remote.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 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By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaThe cream of Georgia’s 4-H crop met to celebrate and champion their program during the 61st annual State 4-H Congress in Atlanta July 22-24. But 48 individuals emerged as state project competition winners.”Many think 4-H is a program of the past,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, state 4-H program leader. “The young people here show that it is, indeed, a program for the present and the future.”A banquet July 24 honored state winners. At the banquet, the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents recognized Rep. Richard Royal (D-Camilla) with the 2003 Friend of 4-H award for his long-standing commitment and contribution to the Georgia 4-H program.Georgia 4-H is the youth education component of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. State congress is the culmination of a year’s work in a 4-H project. 4-H’ers prepare portfolios of their project work, participate in interviews about their portfolios and give oral presentations for this statewide competition.Here are this year’s state winners, projects and project donors, listed by their home counties. BANKS: Mandy Slaton, environmental science, AGL Resources, Inc.BARTOW: Emily Lloyd, performing arts-vocal, Six Flags Over Georgia.BLECKLEY: Christa DeMasie, bread, Georgia 4-H Foundation.BRYAN: Hannah McCoy, communications, the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association.BURKE: Morgan Franks, dairy and milk science, Angela Broder Nemeth and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.CHARLTON: Berrie Allen, pork production, the Georgia Pork Producers Association.COLUMBIA: Eryc Riddle, power and energy, Chevron.COWETA: Laura Massengill, companion animal science, Bill and Edna Sell, in memory of Scott Sell, Monroe Veterinary Clinic, Inc. and the Georgia 4-H Foundation; Rebecca Miiolen, horse, the Georgia Horse Council.CRAWFORD: Ashley Justice, festive foods for health, Publix Super Markets Charities.CRISP: Zack McKinney, computers, Georgia Power Company.EARLY: Natalie Smith, human development, the Georgia Association Extension 4-H Agents.EFFINGHAM: John Callaway, photography, Georgia Magazine.EMANUEL: Kimberly Page, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc.EVANS: Morgan Casteen, housing and environment, the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.FLOYD: Cherilyn Humphrey, dairy foods, the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk.GORDON: Chaz Mexick, workforce preparation and career development, Randstad North American.GREENE: Reshumda Hull, food fare, the Georgia Development Authority.GWINNETT: Kim Larson, flowers, shrubs and lawns, the Georgia Development Authority.HART: Amber Oglesby, sports, White Water.HEARD: Chris Nowicki, international project, Equifax, Inc.; Scottie Rowell, performing arts – general, Six Flags Over Georgia.IRWIN: Carie Young, fruits, nuts and vegetables, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.JACKSON: Mack Prater, food safety and preservation, Bucky Cook.JONES: Alexandria Chambers, health, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.LANIER: Bryce Tolle, entomology, the Georgia Pest Control Association and the University of Georgia Extension Entomology Department.MADISON: Amy Piche, veterinary science, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary.OCONEE: Stanton Porter, outdoor recreation, White Water; Cole Ryles, performing arts other instrumental, Six Flags Over Georgia; Nathan Eason, physical, biological and earth sciences, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.PEACH: Nekeisha Randall, public speaking, the Georgia Farm Credit Association.PICKENS: Cameron Buchanan, fashion revue, the Georgia Master 4-H Club; Kayla Dobbs, forestry and wood science, International Paper Company; Katy Morgan, poultry and egg science, the Georgia poultry Federation.POLK: Andrea Tolbert, food fast and healthy, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.PULASKI: Daniel Willcox, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power.STEPHENS: Dorothy White, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council.TIFT: Melissa Lee, arts and crafts, Marian S. Fisher and Brandie Rucks Park in honor of Jason and Hope Parris; Daniel Tankersley, beef, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association; Kelly Ann Frizzell, consumer education, Dr. Anupam Goel; Jillian Dunn, dog care and training, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary; Bethany Gates, general recreation, the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, Inc.; Susan Guo, performing arts – piano, Six Flags Over Georgia; Patrick Cannon, target sports, the Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. James Boddie.WALTON: Anna Hull, safety, AGL Resources, Inc.Amanda McCarthy, textile merchandising and interiors, the Georgia 4-H Foundation.WHITFIELD: Shari Taylor, sheep and meat goats, Dr. James and Renee Williamson and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.