Watch Rage Against The Machine’s First-Ever Live Performance In 1991

first_imgAs the countdown clock on continues to tick, fans are still holding their breath for the slim possibility of a Rage Against The Machine reunion. While reports indicate that the announcement is a new supergroup called Prophets Of Rage, featuring three of the four RATM members with hip hop artists Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real joining the band.The supergroup certainly seems to induce excitement, but fans were really hoping that Zack De La Rocha would get back together with the group for a full-fledged reunion. RATM hasn’t performed in 2011, and they haven’t released new music since 2000; too long for diehard fans eager to experience Rage Against The Machine once again.In that spirit, we wanted to dig through the archives and pull out something truly special: the band’s first live show. Taking place on October 23rd, 1991 – a full 25 years ago – Rage Against The Machine hit the campus of California State University Northridge (CSUN) for their first ever show on The Quad. Many of the band’s critical elements, including hard rocking music and in-your-face vocals, were on display in full force for the CSUN show.Fortunately, someone had the good sense to capture video footage of this debut performance. Without further ado, you can enjoy Rage Against The Machine’s first-ever concert below.Setlist: Rage Against The Machine at The Quad, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, CA – 10/23/911: Killing In The Name (Instrumental) @0:002: Take The Power Back @2:283: Autologic @8:404: Bullet In The Head @13:175: Hit The Deck @19:086: Township Rebellion 23:377: Darkness Of Greed @29:078: Clear The Lane @33:059: Clampdown @37:2510: Know Your Enemy (alternate version) @41:1311: Freedom @46:23last_img read more

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. III

first_img 3:27 Last summer, when rounding out the line up for a local festival I help produce, I booked The Golden Age to fill a spot that had been unexpectedly vacated by another band. In discussions with Bryan Simpson, singer and mandolinist for the group, I was shocked to learn that our show would be the band’s first performance. 2:53 Straight Into The Bridge The No Ones 4:09 3:20 Forces Jill Andrews Flow On River David Childers Embed 2:45 Foreign Voice Claire Hawkins 3:57 I can proudly say that I was there for Day One of The Golden Age. 3:55 Temptation’s Call Will Sexton Expectations Katie Pruitt 4:04 While you are soaking it all, be sure to discover some of Trail Mix’s newest friends in Jonathon Wilson, Juan Tigre, Tonne, Will Sexton, Sea Wolf, The No Ones, and Sweet Lizzy Project. The Golden Age sees Simpson reunited with Cadillac Sky co-founder and banjoist Matt Menefee. Together, the duo has returned to their bluegrass roots. Their first record, I’m Sure It’ll Be Fine, dropped last month. Trail Mix is happy to feature “Weirdo” on this newest edition. The Dream Catcher Juán Tigre Travel To The Moon Sweet Lizzy Project 6:10 5:35 Circles Jeremy Garrett 2:31 2:52 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:33center_img Cackalacky Jim Lauderdale Day One. I have the tee shirt to prove it. The Heart Wants Trout Steak Revival 3:51 4:22 Silver The Secret Sisters Fans of progressive bluegrass probably remember Simpson from his days with Cadillac Sky. After three records, including Letters in the Deep, which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Simpson parted ways with Cadillac Sky in 2010. He returned soon after with The Whistles & The Bells, which saw his music taking a distinctly alt-rock turn. ’69 Corvette Jonathan Wilson 21 Days Brian Fallon This new Trail Mix is packed with some heavy hitters. Check out the newest tracks from Katie Pruitt, Brian Fallon, of The Gaslight Anthem, Jim Lauderdale, Noah Gunderson, The Secret Sisters, Jeremy Garrett, of The Infamous Stringdusters, Jill Andrews, and Dave Simonett, of Trampled By Turtles. In the Western Wind and the Sunrise Dave Simonett 4:36 Plenty Tough, Union Made The Waco Brothers 2:32 Catalina Tonne Weirdo The Golden Age 2:57 Great songs just keep coming. Make sure to tell a friend of fellow music fan about what you are hearing on Trail Mix. It’s too good not to share. And be sure to throw some money at these incredible artists. I know they will appreciate it. Sea Wolf – Forever Nevermore (Through a Dark… Sea Wolf 4:49 4:36 Lover Noah Gunderson Old friends also return this month. The mix is happy to welcome back Claire Hawkins, David Childers, Trout Steak Revival, and The Waco Brothers. Audio PlayerThe Secret SistersSilverUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:57 DOWNLOAD TRAILMIXlast_img read more

Zak: Braun deserving of 2nd-straight MVP

first_imgWould you hire Michael Vick as a dog sitter? No, because he went to jail for hosting dog fights. Would you let MC Hammer handle your finances? No, because he quickly found fame and found bankruptcy even quicker. These are easy decisions.The common thread is society has a hard time forgiving people for their colossal mistakes, struggling to respect them after it’s all over. The same thing is happening to Ryan Braun, and it’s a travesty.Braun’s urine PED-positive sample from last December was eventually proved invalid, and he therefore avoided a 50-game suspension to begin the 2012 season. Brewers fans and the front office were finally able to breathe. While his stats have him in the running for NL Most Valuable Player, the faulty sample has him running into trouble.The 2011 NL MVP is as deserving as any other candidate, yet the odds are against him, based not on what Braun has done in the MVP hunt, but rather on who gets to decide the award.A privileged few from the Baseball Writers Association of America are given MVP votes each year, and while they will speak loudest when the choice is made, there is a common perception Braun cannot win this year’s award.His MVP chances are extremely limited simply because a test linked to his name included the phrase “performance-enhancing drugs.” It is easy to understand, but it isn’t right. Ryan Braun should trump the competition of Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen to win his second-straight MVP award.I would like to start by dissecting the acronym MVP. What makes any particular player the most valuable of all the players in the league? For me, traits of consistency, demand and magnitude – when combined with statistics – constitute the overall value of a player.The fact the Brewers have a pulse is one reason for Braun’s candidacy, because they probably shouldn’t have one. Let’s flash back to July 29, when Milwaukee traded away its ace pitcher, Zack Greinke.Sitting at 11 games under .500 and 12 games out of the wild card race, the Brewers had finally seemed to give up on the 2012 season, siphoning what they could in prospects by dealing Greinke, Braun’s biggest aid in carrying Milwaukee.How did Braun answer to the call? By hitting .315 throughout August and September, tallying 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in just 45 games. The Brewers are now five games over .500 and just two and a half games out of the final playoff spot.Posey passes this test as well, as the Giants have 15 more wins than losses over that stretch. McCutchen is the exact opposite, however, as his Pirates have faded, going 16-31 since.But Braun hasn’t just been great since Greinke’s departure – he has been great all season. An easy way of measuring Braun’s consistency is looking at his best and worst months of the year. Braun’s best was probably August, batting .312 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. His worst came in April, when his .294 average, seven home runs and 17 RBIs seemed, at the time, rather paltry. Fancy that.Braun’s biggest competitors have flopped at different points this season, Posey in May (.253) and McCutchen in August (.252). For a season that stretches 162 games, the Most Valuable Player should be inherently valuable through the entire season.Braun has done just that, and with minimal help from teammates, proving his enormous demand. Everything Ryan Braun does, his team needs every ounce of it.When you visit the Brewers’ statistics page on, five pictures displaying Braun’s smile blanket the page, showing he is the team leader in nearly every statistic. How’s that for valuable?Posey has been magnificent, but the demand for his greatness hasn’t been as large. His now-suspended teammate Melky Cabrera is going to win the NL batting title. Braun’s best helper on the Brewers is batting just .294.With likely the worst bullpen in the league (NL-leading 27 blown saves), the Brewers have desperately needed every one of his league-leading 40 home runs. He also leads the league with 105 RBIs as well as total bases and extra-base hits.After losing Prince Fielder to free agency, Braun was the only sure thing returning to the Brewers lineup in 2012. The cleanup spot was left rather bare, forcing Braun to repeat his 2011 magic and then some.He has done exactly that, matching most of his statistics from a year ago. Only now he will finish with more home runs and even more RBIs. Did I mention he also steals bases?The magnitude of Ryan Braun doesn’t just cover the balls that soar into the stands. With just a pair of steals in his final 15 games, Braun will reach the 30 home runs-30 steals mark for the second consecutive season. Only Alfonso Soriano has completed that feat in the past decade.So what if Braun doesn’t have as many hits as McCutchen or as many doubles as Posey? Put those hits into context and a different story arises, one in which Braun appears more and more valuable to Milwaukee.With two outs and runners in scoring position, possibly the moment a player can prove most valuable, Braun is hitting .286 – 51 points higher than Posey (.235) and 13 higher than McCutchen (.273). He has delivered 16 hits in situations where he was needed most. That’s value.The final 15 games of the season will have a large impact on his MVP chances, but his defective sample of 11 months ago should not.In the end, the MVP race should be left in the hands of the thoroughbreds that have been running this whole time. Someone is sure to go home unhappy, it just shouldn’t be Ryan Braun.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Should Braun’s test keep him out of the MVP race? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more