What do you do when you invent your own genre of music? Do you stick to your guns and continue with the same formula? Or do you keep adding to it, helping it to evolve into something familiar, yet new. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been trying to properly answer this question for what seems like their entire career.With eleven studio albums under their belt—including the newly released album The Getaway—it’s of note that five of those records were recorded during major transitions for the band. 90’s mega-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik was made in the wake of original guitarist Hillel Slovak’s untimely passing, and saw the emergence of his replacement, peak-Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. For the next album, One Hot Minute, the band hired Jane’s Addiction veteran Dave Navarro to replace Frusciante after he quit the band due to the pressures of touring. When Frusciante made his grand return for 1999’s Californication, it signaled a major shift in the band’s sound, directing the band into a more melodic and harmony-driven era that seemed to re-define the funk punk rockers. After three classic records with Frusciante, he quit the band again, leading to former guitar tech Josh Klinghoffer’s addition before 2011’s I’m With You.Finally, just when it seemed like they were settling back into their comfort zone, the band decided to make another major shift, as The Getaway is the first RHCP record that was produced by anyone other than Rick Rubin since 1989. While dropping one of this generation’s mastermind producers may be a risk for a band with as much repeat success as the Chili Peppers, the band turned to a talented duo to help them switch gears and re-hone their sound for a new generation, bringing Broken Bells/Black Keys veteran Danger Mouse in to produce the record, and legendary Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich in to mix the record. The influence of these two studio wizards can be felt all over the album, yet, the record sounds like a Red Hot Chili Peppers record. Anthony Keidis’ raps and sings in his unique harmonic style, Flea plays his bass both beautifully and aggressively, Chad Smith’s drums are tight and awesome, and Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar is dreamy and psychedelic. In that sense, the majority of The Getaway feels like a deliberate attempt to re-create some of the band’s best moments from previous albums. However, it also seems that the new production team made sure to incorporate new instruments and sounds into their arsenal to augment the band’s sound.You can listen to a stream of the album, below.The new sound kicks off right away, as opening track “The Getaway” offers a dancey, hi-hat laden beat with chicken picking guitar and dream-like vocal harmonies. Their funky single “Dark Necessities” turns the disco vibe up even more, as Flea and Smith lead the way with a funky rhythm that defines the track. Smith’s usually usual style of fill-based drumming is replaced by tighter, more precise parts, one of Danger Mouse’s hallmarks. Even with the new disco vibe, both tracks sound like they could be on 2002’s By The Way, and that’s probably the point. The band finds most of it’s success on The Getaway on these tracks, and on songs like “Detroit” and We Turn Red,” where the Chili Peppers brings it back to their Blood Sugar Sex Magik sound that old school fans still yearn for.Danger Mouse’s biggest influence on the record comes in the addition of piano, keyboards, and synthesizers to RHCP’s sound. Tracks like “Goodbye Angels,” “The Longest Wave,” and “Sick Love” are all heavily impacted by this stylistic shift. The use of keyboards allows Klinghoffer to provide effects-laden guitar swirls on most of the tracks on the album, and he shines through on several tracks with the new melodic space he’s been provided. If the punk-psychadelia of some of RHCP’s earlier material doesn’t sound as natural with him on guitar, Klinghoffer shines on several of the tracks on The Getaway, and his rhythmic playing and heavy use of effects are reminiscent of Nile Rodgers or The Edge from U2.When the band tries to push itself too far outside of its box, however, the tracks fall flat. Specifically “The Hunter” and “Encore”, two Radiohead-esque tunes tucked in to the back end of the album, come off as awkward compared to the rest of the album, as they just don’t fit Anthony Keidis’ voice. Also, “Feasting on the Flowers” sounds like a cast-off Broken Bells track, and in that sense it feels a bit lazy and forced.In the end, The Getaway gives Chili Peppers fans a lot to work with, with catchy melodies, pulsing beats, and alt-rock perfection making up a majority of the record. Minus a few tunes, they successfully re-invent and re-create the unique Red Hot Chili Peppers sound, using the nostalgia-laden production of Danger Mouse as a catalyst for the classic RHCP sound. The result is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers album since By The Way, and an evolved sound that brings the band into both the past and the future simultaneously.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – With the opening two nights of action in the books at Dodge City Raceway Park, attention shifts to the variety of events slated for the approaching month of May.The state-of-the-art facility in southwest Kansas offers up a little something for everybody in May with Late Models and Sprint Cars taking to the 3/8-mile clay oval along with the track’s always exciting championship chase divisions. Championship point action for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars on May 3 will be complemented by the first Late Model event at DCRP since the 2011 season as the MARS DIRTcar Series squares off with the forces of the NCRA Late Model series.Sanctioned Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars are on the card again on May 10, along with Hornets and the season-opening event for the United Rebel Sprint Series.Finally, rounding out the month of May at DCRP is the May 24 championship chase event featuring a full card of IMCA Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars, plus the Thunder Cars and Hornets.The month of May is part of a blockbuster season of racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park that includes 15 nights of competition. Highlighting the schedule is the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Boothill Showdown on July 4-5 along with a variety of special events for Sprint Cars, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars along the way.Season passes are available for all 13 nights of DCRP competition (excluding the World of Outlaws Boothill Showdown) for $140. Contact the track at 620 225-3277 for season passes.
highlights The 28 Test wins have come from 48 matches for Virat Kohli as captainKohli overtook MS Dhoni while Ganguly and Azharuddin are third and fourth in listGraeme Smith remains most successful skipper in the world with 53 Test wins For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli became the most successful Indian captain in terms of Test victories on Monday after his team completed a 2-0 series victory over West Indies. Team India also reached the top of World Test Championship table with 120 points from two matches. This was India’s 28th Test win under the captaincy of Virat Kohli making him the most successful Indian captain in the longest format of the game. He overtook MS Dhoni who has 27 Test victories under his name.Kohli has credited his team for this achievement.”Captaincy is just a c in front of your name honestly. It’s the collective effort that matters,” Kohli told in the post-match presentation. “It’s a by-product of this quality team that we have here, to be honest. If we didn’t have the bowlers that we have, I don’t think the results would have been possible.””Yes you can score as many runs as you want, but if you look at these guys running in and putting their heart in… I mean Shami’s spell today, Bumrah after having a small niggle, Ishant bowling his heart out, Jadeja bowling a long spell… I don’t think without these bowlers it would have been possible. So I think all the credit has to go to the whole team,” he further added.The 28 wins have come from 48 matches for Kohli as captain. His predecessor Dhoni led India to 27 wins from 60 Test matches during his tenure. Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin are third and fourth in the list of successful Indian Test skippers with 21 and 14 wins respectively.Overall, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith remains the most successful skipper in the world with 53 Test wins, followed by ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who recorded 48 Test wins in his captaincy tenure.Under Kohli, India have achieved some memorable victories in both India and abroad. Earlier this year, India clinched their maiden Test series in Australia, beating the hosts 2-1 in their own backyard.(With PTI Inputs)
Move aside John Terry, Tony Adams and Nemanja Vidic; Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen.Well, that’s Vincent Kompany’s opinion anyway.The former Manchester City captain sparked discussions on social media after declaring the Liverpool big man as the best central defender in the Premier League’s history.Kompany argued that despite not playing at the top level for too long, van Dijk has made a significant enough impact in his two-and-a-half years at Liverpool to be adjudged the best.He stated that despite the longevity and success enjoyed by players like Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Vidic in the top flight, the solidity van Dijk had brought to Liverpool gave him the edge“I would go back to players that impressed me when I played against them. I would bring it back to Virgil V=van Dijk. It’s a weird one because he hasn’t been on the scene for as long as these names – John Terry, Rio Ferdinand – these guys were there for a long, long time.”Kompany believes that had he been at the top level much longer, van Dijk would undoubtedly be widely regarded as the best.“The signs he showed in the last few years make it so obvious that if he [van Dijk] had been at the top level before that, he would have been further.“From what I’ve seen, in terms of having an impact of the team – and for a defender it’s never about yourself but your communication with other guys and how you make your team more solid – the Liverpool before van Dijk and the Liverpool after him it’s a completely different setup.”The Dutch defender enjoyed a stellar year for Liverpool last season in the Premier League as he led from the back, as the Reds lost only one game in the Premier League in the last campaign, finishing as runners-up to Manchester City.He was in imperious form for Liverpool in the Champions League as they became European Champions for the sixth time. He also helped Holland reach the UEFA Nations League final.This season van Dijk has been immense for a Liverpool side that has lost only one league game and is six points away from the Premier League title.van Dijk was named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year and was on the final shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.He was also one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or before he was beaten to the award by Lionel Messi.Kompany’s comments have sparked a conversation on social media with some people offering varying views.Names such as multiple Premier League winners, Terry, Ferdinand, Vidic Adams, Jamie Carragher, Ricardo Carvalho have been thrown into the mix.A few even mentioned Kompany himself as being in with a shout for the Premier League’s best defender. More from Citi Sports