Back in late 2016, Rich Robinson of the The Black Crowes announced a brand-new spinoff project called The Magpie Salute. To join him for the new band, Robinson recruited former Black Crowes members including guitarist/vocalist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien in addition to Rich Robinson Band member Joe Magistro and lead vocalist, John Hogg. Next Friday, August 10th, The Magpie Salute will release their first studio album, High Water I, via Eagle Rock Entertainment (U.S.), Mascot Label Group (Europe/Australia/New Zealand) and Sony (Japan). Today, ahead of next week’s album release, The Magpie Salute has shared their third single from the album, “Sister Moon”. This marks the third pre-release High Water I single shared by the band, following the releases of “Send Me An Omen” and “For The Wind”.“John and Marc wrote Sister Moon,” remarks Rich Robinson in a press release. “Marc had originally written it on acoustic, but John took the chords and played them on the piano. It’s one of my favorite songs on the record.” You can listen to The Magpie Salute’s newest single, “Sister Moon”, below.The Magpie Salute – “Sister Moon”[Video: The Magpie Salute]Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, and John Hogg will celebrate the release with a string of special acoustic shows in Europe beginning this Sunday in Oslo, Norway and concluding with a sold-out London show on August 10th. The trio will also perform at a free in-store on the day of release at Rough Trade East in London. From there, The Magpie Salute will return to the States for a run of dates with Gov’t Mule throughout the second half of this month.For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information on High Water I or to grab your tickets to any of their upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.The Magpie Salute Upcoming Tour Dates#Aug 5 Oslo, Norway Krosset#Aug 6 Stockholm, Sweden Obaren (Free Show)#Aug 8 Berlin, Germany Lido#Aug 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amstelkerk#Aug 10 London, UK Rough Trade East (In-Store)#Aug 10 London, UK Oslo^August 17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^August 18 Charleston, SC Volvo Cars Stadium^August 19 Nashville, TN The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel^August 21 Huber Heights ,OH Rose Music Center at The Heights*August 23 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*August 24 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*August 25 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre^August 26 Des Moines, IA Brenton Skating Plaza^August 28 Mankato, MN Vetter Stone Amphitheater^August 29 Papillion, NE Sumtur AmphitheaterAugust 30 Boulder, CO Boulder TheaterAugust 31 Park City, UT Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater^September 1 Missoula, MO Big Sky BrewerySeptember 5 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe LiveSeptember 6 Kent, OH Kent StageSeptember 7 New York, NY Sony HallSeptember 8 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music HallSeptember 9 Westbury, NY The Space At WestburySeptember 12 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues FestivalSeptember 13 Portland, ME AURASeptember 14 Beverly, MA Cabot TheatreSeptember 15 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino BallroomSeptember 16 Burlington, VT Grand Point North FestivalSeptember 18 Washington, D.C The HamiltonSeptember 21 Atlanta, GA Buckhead TheatreSeptember 22 Columbia, SC Glass Half FullSeptember 23 Louisville, KY Bourbon & Beyond# – Special Acoustic Trio Shows* = w/Govt. Mule and The Avett Brothers^ = w/Govt. Mule** = w/Blackberry SmokeView Upcoming Tour Dates
General John Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, explained that in 2012, just the naval operations that intercepted 200 tons of cocaine cost the U.S. $600 million, a fraction of the money spent during the fiscal year’s exercises in the regional fight against drug trafficking. At almost 20 knots per hour, the guided-missile frigate USS Thach sails through the equatorial Pacific, a calm sea which is almost a cobalt color at dawn. Eight days ago, the Thach left Balboa, Panama, with a 240-member crew and an AFP journalists’ team on a new mission of Operation Martillo, the counter drug multinational maneuver launched in January 2012 by the United States, European, Caribbean and Central American countries. Time may go by slowly for Sailors at sea; long navigation journeys with nothing to do but patrol. To pass the time the crew performs rescue exercises, tests weapons or follows the old military recipe of painting the boat, which is bashed by saltwater, over and over again. “We board these ships and try to determine if they are carrying smuggled cargo. We search every corner and we try to confirm that there are no secret compartments, since drugs are generally hidden there,” Watkins said. The fight against drug trafficking is considered a “crucial element for the 21st century” by Washington’s Joint Staff, while generals advocate for their budgets in Congress. Men under Eric Watkins’ orders, the Coast Guard chief onboard the warship are tense. From the command position, an officer gives brief orders through loudspeakers. The team reviews their radio equipment and their 9-mm pistols on their waists. Then we feel “less anxious about being away from home, because we know we are doing something positive to protect our families,” James Holm, who has just signed his second four-year contract in the (war) Navy, states. Among other military assistance programs in Central America – where 90% of the cocaine consumed in the United States comes from -, Operation Martillo is one of the most ambitious efforts ever put forward by Washington in the fight against cartels. Suddenly the general alarm goes off: gunners take their positions and a Coast Guard special team prepares a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to intercept a boat suspected of carrying cocaine. The suspicious vessel was detected a few hours earlier by patrol aircraft. As the Thach approached, the smugglers threw the drugs overboard and escaped into international waters. The Navy had the consolation of intercepting another 70 kilos of cocaine. “It makes sense to have such a strong presence south [of the Pacific]”, states Commander Hans Lynch, officer in charge aboard the Thach. He explains that the goal is to intercept the drugs from its departure before it is lost in regional routes. By Dialogo April 04, 2013 However, when the “phase 1 alert” signal goes off, the ship goes into war alert in less than half an hour. “They use fishing speedboats or ultra fast vessels with one or two engines, capable of transporting up to a ton of cargo. They come from Ecuador or Colombia and make routine stops on the littoral on their way north,” Coast Guard Officer Watkins said. Only the Coast Guard can search intercepted boats: sometimes freighters, sometimes pleasure cruises, fishing boats, or even home-made submersibles made by cartels. Since 2006, Mexican cartels changed their modus operandi: they are now using Central America as a stopover, where the weather and some corrupt authorities, allow them to keep several safe havens. With the budget cuts, “all those drugs will reach U.S. shores,” said Kelly. The Pacific and the Caribbean are under the surveillance of four U.S. ships and six aircraft, as well as units from other countries, especially from Europe (France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands) in Caribbean waters. Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), thinks that operations like Martillo are a “good tactic: the closer to the sources the drugs are intercepted, the higher the seized amounts,” he concluded.
US House Of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Joe Biden for president, according to a video statement released by her on Monday.Pelosi’s endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president follows that of US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, former president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Al Gore, who all threw their support behind Biden earlier this month.Biden had hinted he might choose a woman as his vice presidential running mate if he is picked as the party’s nominee, committed to doing so during his debate with rival Bernie Sanders on Sunday.”If I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration, will look like the country, and I commit that I will in fact appoint and pick a woman as vice president. There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman as my vice president,” Biden said.Topics :