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U.S. Women Win World Cup Final 5-2, After Spectacular Start

In the first five minutes, Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals. Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3, and then Lloyd scored from midfield for a hat trick. The team led 4-0 after just 15 minutes.

#560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

For July 4th, a story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.

Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

Sexts, Hugs, and Rock 'N' Roll

Hanging out with a new celebrity class: the teen kings and queens of social media.

Ellen Cushing | Buzzfeed | Jul 2015
The Innocent Man

The decades-long saga of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife.

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

The main Shanghai Stock Index has lost 30 percent since mid-June, triggering margin calls that have fueled further selling.


While I occasionally forget, I know in my heart of hearts that *The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the best album. Sorry Lifter Puller, I love Fiestas + Fiascos, but The Lamb really takes the cake.

I think I've realized that these days "Back in N.Y.C." is the song I enjoy the most across the album. For a long time it was "Chamber of 32 Doors", but there's something about the thumping bass, synth arpeggio, and the syncopated drums that just do it for me. Gabriel's amplified machismo wail, the bizarre porcupine-cuddling bridge, and it just sounds so amazing! Ugh. Words are dumb, they're not good enough to describe how good this song is.

You're sitting in your comfort you don't believe I'm real,
You cannot buy protection from the way that I feel.
Your progressive hypocrites hand out their trash,
But it was mine in the first place, so I'll burn it to ash.

When you go to download The Lamb from a popular music torrent website, there are a total of 14 versions of this album to choose from. It can be daunting to try to figure out how to choose... Do you get the original release on vinyl? Or the original German vinyl? The 1985 original CD release? The 1986 original Japanese 'Black Triangle' CD release? The 1994 Atlantic remaster? The 2008 Virgin 5.1 or stereo remasters?

Someone asks:

Any consensus on which version is "best?"

This guy likes the original releases:

The 2001 Classics LP 24bit has unfortunately sibilance issues...stick to any pre 1994 Remaster. They are all derived from the same master regardless of EAC peak readings...The PBTHAL German rip is good but the 1st CD pressings are superior.

The 2009 remaster is brickwalled, though not to the extent that later Genesis albums in the same remaster series were. Just comparing the file sizes of the CD-quality FLACs will make this clear. The Charisma CDs and pbthal's rip of the original German release are probably your best bets. The 1994 "Definitive Edition Remasters" aren't bad either.

This guy likes Black Triangle:

Firstly I compared the two 1999 Japanese issues, TOCP-53067-68 and VJCP-68096-97:

VJCP-68096-97 sounds pretty much identical in sound to the '94 DE to me (not bad at all but a little "smiley-faced"). The TOCP-53067-68 is a little brighter - too much so for me.

The 1986 Black Triangle is a whole different beast. No smiley-face EQ, solid mids, full bass. I love it.

The 1985 CD issue sounds mid-way between the Black Triangle and the DE in terms of top end + mids, but with rolled-off bass. There's no rumble from Rutherford's bass pedals; very poor.

And on the 5.1:

Is anyone else disappointed by how incredibly bad the 5.1 mixing is on the DVD and SACD releases? It seems to me like they've just put a big reverb on everything and panned it to the rear channels! Terrible!

Personally I grabbed the Black Triangle release and it sounds pretty amazing, much better than the 'definitive edition' remaster I started off with 11 years ago. Although the bass line on "In The Cage" was so pronounced it was driving me a little crazy... but that just might be my headphones.

Anytime anyone writes about The Lamb, this is worth mentioning:

Note that nearly every edition of this album has the wrong division between "Fly on a Windshield" and "Broadway Melody of 1974"; the latter is supposed to start with the line "Echoes of the Broadway Everglades", but due to an error in CD pressing, which has been copied on nearly every subsequent release, nearly everyone gets the track divisions wrong, including vinyl rippers.

  • Man, I don't feel like I've *ever* heard the bass so clearly on this album. There's an entire bass line underneath the first... : amiantos
  • Worth appending [this review]([link] to this post: > Given all the overt literary references of Selling England by the... : amiantos
Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

The Progress M-28M delivered tons of food, water, oxygen, fuel and other supplies after previous attempts ended in failure.

Greeks Decide The Fate Of Their Economy In Crucial Referendum

The vote is on an international bailout that includes harsh austerity measures. The Athens government is instead pushing for a "no" vote that would give it a mandate to try to negotiate debt relief.

"The Conclusion of the Age of the Prophets"

Remembering the iconoclastic jazz musician Ornette Coleman.

U.S. Women Head Into World Cup Finals With Dominant Defense

The U.S. hasn't given up a goal since its opener against Australia — a stunning scoreless streak of 513 minutes. Now the team meets Japan for a hotly-anticipated rematch of the last World Cup finals.


if i've learned anything
always lie.
good people are broke
and alone.

U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukio Amano says "with cooperation" from Tehran, a report could be finalized.

Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

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Sky High

On fireworks, and the “pyros” who practice the art.

Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Beji Caid Essebsi's office says the president needs the expanded powers to deal with extremists following the attack in Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists.

The Chameleon

Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His “trail of cons,” for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.

David Grann | New Yorker | Aug 2008
Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

He invented the pompom and the iconic "Herkie jump" that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And, his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.

Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says there's as much at stake for the rest of Europe as for Greece itself should they fail to reach an acceptable bailout deal.