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Fatherland (album)

Fatherland is the third solo album by Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke. The album was released on 6 October 2017 and was his first solo album released under his full name instead of the professional name of Kele; the album was a departure from the alternative dance and electro house style of his previous two albums and instead opted for a folk sound inspired by Joni Mitchell and Elliott Smith. The album focuses on Kele's experiences being a father despite being a gay man as well as reconnecting with his Nigerian heritage; the album features duets from Olly Alexander from synth-pop band Years & Years and Corinne Bailey Rae on the songs "Grounds for Resentment" and "Versions of Us." Kele embarked on his first solo acoustic tour in support of the album in May 2017 in which he played a mixture of the album, previous solo songs and acoustic renditions of Bloc Party songs. Fatherland received "generally favourable reviews" from critics. Critics praised Okereke's honest and personal lyrics as well as usage of "tenor sax, soft electric piano and clarinets."

Neil Young from AllMusic described the album as "forlorn and delicate" and as remaining "mostly sullen and sharp in its content, but the instrumentation helps lift the songs from the gloom." He praised Okereke's restraint and maturation as a songwriter. Leander Hobbs from The Line of Best Fit described the duets with Olly Alexander and Corinne Bailey Rae as showing "that Okereke understands how to add greater texture and contrast to his shaky vocals without resorting to the autotuned experiments of his early career." However, others were critical of the album, with The Guardian describing "Okereke's shaky voice" as making the album "far slighter than it might have been." Paste magazine said it was a shame "that what lies behind dozens of layers of metaphorical shrouds, isn’t a bit more poetic and interesting." Credits adapted from Discogs. Kele Okereke – lead vocals, lead guitar, songwriting Olly Alexander – co-lead vocals and songwriting on "Grounds for Resentment" Corinne Bailey Rae – co-lead vocals and songwriting on "Versions of Us" Bruce Withycombe – brass Megan Diana McGeorge – brass Paul Brainard – brass Scott Van Schoick – brass Willie Matheis – brass Collette Alexander – cello Sean Flynn – guitar Justin Harris – production Jeff Stuart Saltzman – mixing Nigel Walton – mastering Kele Okereke – photography Rachael Wright – photography David Drake – photography, art direction, layout


Founded in October 1976, The Booksmith is an independent bookstore located in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. When first opened, the store was located below the former I-Beam nightclub. In 1985, the store moved to its current location at 1644 Haight Street at Belvedere, about a block and a half from the intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Other neighborhood businesses include the Persian Aub Zam-Zam, Recycled Records, Amoeba Music, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Located nearby is the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic; the Booksmith caters to neighborhood residents as well as tourists seeking the counter-cultural ambiance of Haight Street. The Booksmith is general interest shop, is a member of both the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Association. In June 2007, The Booksmith was sold by its founder Gary Frank to married couple Christin Evans and Praveen Madan; the original business was closed, a new business, Haight Booksmith LLC, opened in its place.

According to media reports at the time, the new owners plan to take the store in a different direction. In May 2011, SF Weekly in its "Best of San Francisco" issue named Booksmith the city's "Best Reimagined Bookstore." Describing the changes to the bookstore, "The new owners gutted the clogged entranceway, feng shui-ed the interior, gave it a cool Victorian steampunk black-and-teal paint job... with more than 200 in-store author readings a year, Booksmith is more of a literary mecca than ever." The store is known for its "ongoing celebrated events program." In the past, the series has featured many authors including novelists, science fiction writers, historians, Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize winners. Among the celebrated authors who have appeared at past Booksmith events are the Nobel Prize–winning Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, science fiction great Ray Bradbury, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, children's author Lemony Snicket, rock legends Neil Young and Patti Smith, photographers Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.

Notably, Beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg gave his last reading at The Booksmith, a few months before his death. Located in the heart of the Haight Ashbury, the store has hosted many individuals associated with the 1960s counter-culture; these include one-time Digger Peter Coyote. Among the musicians who have appeared at the store are Grateful Dead band members Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart, as well as Grace Slick, Ray Manzarek; some of the Beat-related authors who have appeared at the store include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Diane DiPrima. Over the years, a number of authors have been employed by The Booksmith, including writer Lewis Buzbee, novelist Kiara Brinkman, syndicated cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, San Francisco Bay Guardian contributing writer Todd Lavoie, short story writer Lisa K. Buchanan, humorist Paco Romane. Official website

Kaure–Kosare languages

The Kaure–Kosare languages are a small family in West Papua, near the northern border with Papua New Guinea. The languages are Kosare. Kaure and Kosare are related. There is a history of classifying them with the Kapori–Sause languages; however and Sause show no particular connection to the Kaure languages, may be closer to Kwerba. Foley considers a connection with Trans-New Guinea to be promising, but tentatively leaves Kaure-Kosare out as an independent language family pending further evidence. Usher reconstructs the consonant inventory as follows: Coda consonants are stop *C and nasal *N. Diphthongs are *ɛi, *ɛu, *ai *au. Usher reconstructs the pronouns as: Kaure -- Malcolm. "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley. Papuan pasts: cultural and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782. Kaure languages database at Timothy Usher, New Guinea World, Proto–Nawa River

Rātā (Māori mythology)

In Māori mythology, accounts vary somewhat as to the ancestry of Rātā. He is a grandson of Tāwhaki and son of Wahieroa. Wahieroa is treacherously killed by an ogre. Rātā sets out to avenge the murder, travelling to the home of Matuku, where a servant of the ogre tells him that Matuku comes out to devour people each new moon, that he can be killed at the pool where he washes his face and hair. Rātā waits till the ogre is leaning over with his head in the pool, he kills him. Matuku's bones are used to make spears for hunting birds. Rātā searches for his father's bones, he learns. He must build a canoe to get there, he goes into the forest, fells a tree, cuts off the top. His day's work over, he goes home, returns the next morning. To his surprise he finds the tree standing whole. Once again he cuts it down, he hides in the forest, hears the voices of the multitude of the hākuturi, who set to work to re-erect the tree, putting each chip into its proper place. He runs out and catches some of the hakuturi, who tell him they re-erected the tree because he insulted Tāne, the god of the forest, by not performing the correct rituals before felling the tree.

Rātā is ashamed, expresses regret. The hākuturi make him a canoe, naming it Niwaru. Rātā and his people paddle off to find the Ponaturi. Arriving, Rātā cleverly surrounds them, kills their priests, rescues his father's bones; the Ponaturi give chase. The battle goes badly until Rātā recites an incantation called Titikura that he overheard their priests recite while they were tapping together the bones of Wahieroa. In a flash all Rātā's dead warriors return to attack and slaughter all of the Ponaturi. Rātā is the father of Tūwhakararo, the father of Whakatau. Rata Rata Laka B. G. Biggs,'Maori Myths and Traditions' in A. H. McLintock, Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, 3 Volumes. 1966, II:447-454. R. D. Craig, Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology, 134. G. Grey, Polynesian Mythology, 84-90. E. R. Tregear, Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary, 1891, 232, 399-400. J. White, The Ancient History of the Maori, 7 Volumes, 1887-1891, III:2 for rorotini

Turn It On!

Turn It On! is an album by saxophonist Sonny Stitt recorded in 1971 and released on the Prestige label. The album features Stitt using the varitone, an electronic amplification device which altered the saxophone's sound. Allmusic reviewed the album stating "Stitt uses an electrical device on his tenor that waters down his tone a bit. With organist Leon Spencer, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad setting down unrelenting grooves on most of the five numbers, Stitt only seems to be making cameo appearances". All compositions by Leon Spencer except where noted "Turn It On" - 11:10 "Bar-B-Que Man" - 7:59 "Miss Riverside" - 9:28 "Cry Me a River" - 3:54 "There Are Such Things" - 4:01 Sonny Stitt - tenor saxophone, varitone Virgil Jones - trumpet Leon Spencer Jr. - organ Melvin Sparks - guitar Idris Muhammad - drums