Bob Weir’s New Solo Album “Blue Mountain” Is Streaming In Full [Listen]

first_imgA long time in the works, fans of Bob Weir now have the opportunity to listen to his full new album, Blue Mountain. Due out on September 30th, a full stream has just been released by NPR Music’s First Listen series. You can stream it below:The new album showcases the first batch of original Bob Weir songs in over 30 years, and features a bounty of incredible musicians, including Josh Ritter, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner and Scott Devendorf.  According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.With the new release, Weir is also hitting the road for an intimate fall tour schedule. Check the full Blue Mountain tracklisting and Bob Weir tour schedule below.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016last_img read more

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New IRS Rules on Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election

first_imgThe Internal Revenue Service says it won’t come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest, increasing the likelihood that no changes will take effect before the 2016 elections.These groups—social welfare nonprofits that can engage in politics, but do not have to disclose their donors—have become a major force in elections, pouring at least $257 million into the 2012 elections. The Wesleyan Media Project estimates that dark money paid for almost half the TV ads aired in the 2014 Senate races.The IRS originally issued a draft version of the rules for dark money groups more than a year ago, but withdrew them for revisions after receiving intense criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.Some advocates of campaign finance reform have touted tighter IRS controls as the best shot of reining in the influence of such groups ahead of the 2016 presidential race.Under the current IRS rules, social welfare nonprofits are allowed to spend money on politics as long as they are “primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community.” But it’s unclear exactly how much revenue groups can put toward politics, and which activities count as political.As ProPublica has reported, social welfare nonprofits have sworn under penalty of perjury that they would not engage in politics and then spent heavily to influence campaigns. Some have spent much or all of the money they raised on elections. Others have reported campaign expenditures to the Federal Election Commission, then told the IRS that the spending was not political.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in June that the agency expected to have revamped draft rules out early next year, but spokeswoman Julianne Breitbeil now says it will take longer. Even the late spring deadline is hardly firm: Marcus Owens, a Washington lawyer who used to run the IRS’ exempt organizations division, said the agency “regularly misses its self-appointed deadlines” for releasing new rules.If the IRS issues a proposal in late spring, it’s possible new rules could be finalized before the 2016 election, said Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a law professor and associate dean at the University of Notre Dame who is an expert in nonprofit tax law.But the agency needs to clear several hurdles to pull this off.Once the new draft comes out, the agency will accept comments from the public—figure 60 to 90 days for that. The IRS is also required to hold a public hearing, which typically follows the comment period. After that, the agency will revise the rules again or move to finalize them, said Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, a former senior attorney for the exempt organizations division in the IRS chief counsel’s office.“I would guess at a minimum it would be a year before they’d be finalized, but that’s optimistic,” she said.John Pomeranz, a Washington lawyer who has advised politically active social welfare nonprofits, said he thought it would be “almost impossible” for the IRS to have the rules in place in 2016.“I would buy you lunch if these rules go into effect before Jan. 1, 2017,” he said.Even if the IRS manages to finish the rules next year, there may be other roadblocks.Republicans, who will control both the Senate and the House next year, could propose legislation blocking or postponing any new strictures on dark money. The House passed a bill introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, earlier this year that would have delayed the implementation of new IRS rules on nonprofits, but the measure didn’t make it out of the Senate. A spokeswoman for Camp declined to comment on whether he would introduce a similar bill next year.“This is going to be a bitter battle,” said Gary Bass, the executive director of the Bauman Foundation, who has called for clearer regulations. Lawsuits filed by those who think the rules don’t go far enough or those who think they go too far could delay the rules further, he added.It’s unknown how aggressive the IRS’ new proposal will be in attempting to rein in political activity by social welfare nonprofits. Some observers expect the agency to set a hard limit on how much of groups’ spending can be devoted to politics, perhaps 40 percent or less. Others think the limit will be higher—close to 50 percent—or that there won’t be a numerical limit at all.David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has called for less restrictive campaign finance regulations, said he doubted the rules would significantly affect the social welfare nonprofits that spend the most on elections, such as Crossroads GPS on the right and Patriot Majority USA on the left.“For the people who are pinning their hopes on IRS rules changing how these groups operate, I think they’re kidding themselves,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”Kuhn, the former IRS senior attorney, said she expected the agency to come up with rules that are “bland and hard to attack.”“The whole controversy of dark money—I really don’t think that’s going to be solved through the IRS regulatory process,” she said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. 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Talk of Matt Kemp’s contract being moved again has died, and Dodgers outfielder is fine with that

first_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp’s message has never wavered.From the time he was surprisingly re-acquired by his first team in a trade all about the salaries moved, Kemp has said how pleased he was to be back in blue and he didn’t want to pack his bags again.“The whole time I had expressed that I wanted to be here and be a part of this,” Kemp said again Sunday. “I don’t think anyone wants to be traded from a team that made the World Series last year. My main focus is getting back to the playoffs and helping this team in any way possible. Why not be a part of that and try to make things happen?”Kemp has done that well enough to lead the Dodgers in batting (.310), hits (79) and RBIs (51) and rank second among National League outfielders – ahead of Nationals star Bryce Harper – in the most recent update of fan voting totals. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts might be able to pinpoint just when Kemp unpacked mentally.“I think that changed in early May,” Roberts said. “That’s kind of when Matt … asserted himself, his personality and his voice with this club.“Through spring training and the beginning part of the season, it’s ‘I’m here. It’s not my team.’ …. It’s everyone’s team. But I think the comfort level has taken a couple steps up. … I think he’s a lot more comfortable. There’s been a lot of noise since we traded for him and he’s been nothing but professional to kind of stay the course and be productive.”INTERNATIONAL SIGNINGSTwo years ago, the Dodgers soared past the salary cap on international signing bonuses, spending more than $40 million for a group of Latin American prospects led by Yadier Alvarez, Yusniel Diaz, Omar Estevez, Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito.As a result, the Dodgers were limited to signing bonuses no higher than $300,000 for two years. That restriction ended Monday as the 2018-19 international signing period began.The Dodgers went back to spending immediately, signing 16-year-old Venezuelan catcher Diego Cartaya among others. Cartaya is the top-ranked international prospect on’s list, No. 3 on Baseball America’s list. He reportedly received a $2.5 million bonus.The Dodgers have also reportedly signed Dominican right-hander Jerming Rosario (30th on MLB’s international prospects list, 23rd on Baseball America’s) for $600,000 and Dominican infielder Alex DeJesus for $500,000.And they also signed Venezuelan infielder Luis Carlos Izturis. His uncles, Cesar and Maicer, played in the major leagues.Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the Dodgers have a signing-bonus pool of approximately $4.9 million. It is a hard cap and cannot be exceeded.ALSORight-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. Roberts said he expects Buehler to throw a bullpen session on Friday and then it will be decided whether he needs to make another start for the Quakes before rejoining the Dodgers. Buehler’s only game action since June 8 was a disastrous inning against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.Left-hander Tony Cingrani threw a bullpen session Monday afternoon. When Cingrani is ready to return from his shoulder injury, Roberts said he expects the left-hander to go out on a rehab assignment before he is activated from the DL.UP NEXTPirates (RHP Ivan Nova, 4-5, 4.02 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-4, 2.84 ERA), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles The talk of Kemp and his contract being moved has pretty much disappeared – along with the Dodgers’ efforts to do just that. At some point, Kemp must have breathed a sigh of relief, relaxing with the realization that he might actually spend the whole season in Los Angeles after all.“I wasn’t listening to it at the beginning,” Kemp claimed. “You hear people say things but you just take it for what it is. Everybody has their opinion. I know what I’m capable of doing and that’s helping this team win.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Kemp might have ignored the talk of being moved to another team. But his Dodgers teammates heard it, too.“Obviously you see the stuff on Twitter, saying who knows if he’ll be on the team and all that,” Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said. “But when he showed up in spring training and he was in shape, hitting from the start, I think everyone wanted him to be our starting left fielder.“It’s a bat you can stick in the middle of our lineup and have an impact. To think he’s most likely going to be an All-Star, hitting .300 and leading our team – him and Max Muncy – obviously, it’s been really fun to watch. … a really good thing that’s taking people by surprise I guess.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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