Back in March, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band—comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri—have released four music video-supported tracks from the self-titled EP so far, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces”, “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, and “Barbara“, Vulf Records has shared the music video for their sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch.Watch “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with special guests below:[Video: Vulf]The new-ish project—which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song. There’s also a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.
Mickelson caused controversy on Sunday when, within two hours of the United States suffering a third straight defeat in the biennial contest, he criticised the approach of captain Tom Watson. With Watson sitting just a few feet away, Mickelson – who had been left out of a full day’s play on Saturday for the first time in 10 Ryder Cup appearances – stated his support for the methods of Azinger, who captained the side to their last win at Valhalla in 2008. “Unfortunately we have strayed from a winning formula for the last three Ryder Cups and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best,” Mickelson said. Asked if he would captain the side again, Azinger told USA Today: “I’m not going to rule anything out.” The 54-year-old said the United States needed to move away from appointing “lone wolf” captains, instead copying the European model of selecting players who had experience of the Ryder Cup as vice-captains. “The PGA of America (which appoints the captain) has officers that move up the ranks, getting sage advice along the way, and then many of them stick around and keep offering advice,” Azinger said. “I think the PGA of America should recognize their business model is exactly the same as what Europe uses in selecting a captain.” Of the past 10 US captains, only two had previously been vice-captains. ” There is a razor-thin line between winning and losing these matches,” Azinger added. “Europe has the intangible right now. They give themselves the extra one per cent chance to win through its business model and cohesiveness. “Even if you play blackjack perfectly in a casino, the casino still has a very slight edge against you. Right now Europe is the casino and the US is the guy walking to the blackjack table with a fistful of 50s.” Mickelson’s comments, and the timing of them, drew fierce criticism with f ormer PGA Tour player Brandel Chamblee, who now works as an analyst for the Golf Channel, saying: “T hat was as close to a one-man mutiny as I have ever seen. I think that’s a moment that Phil would like to have back. “If you are looking for a reason why the US continues to lose you just saw it, you saw it in one man, Phil Mickelson. “Phil Mickelson, along with the best players of that era, have so corrupted the experience of the Ryder Cup for their fellow competitors by not having records anywhere near where they should given their rank in the game.” Azinger’s success was based on a “pod” system which involved creating three groups of four players and allowing them to have a major influence on decisions, while Watson appeared to rely almost exclusively on his opinion and that of his vice-captains. Asked whether he was consulted in any of the decision-making at Gleneagles, Mickelson said: “No. Nobody here was, in any decision.” Watson had said in the build-up that he would use a modified version of Azinger’s pod system, but added on Sunday: “I didn’t discount it. I just had a different philosophy right off the bat. ” He (Mickelson) has a difference of opinion. That’s okay. My management philosophy is different than his.” Phil Mickelson could get his wish after Paul Azinger said on Monday he was open to a second spell as US Ryder Cup captain. Press Association
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There was a common thread to Jimmy Rollins’ success in his first series ever against the Philadelphia Phillies, hidden in plain sight for all to see.In the seventh inning of a tie game Monday, Rollins batted left-handed and hit a two-run single to left field. Wednesday, he doubled to right field hitting right-handed. Rollins later hit a home run of his own to left-center.The first two hits were both to the opposite field, and that’s been the key to Rollins’ resurgence at the plate. It actually began long before the Phillies came to town.Since June 20, Rollins is hitting .274, not far from his career average of .267 coming into the season. His batting average is up to .214, the highest it’s been since the second week of the season. “You’re not going to get the same kind of hits,” Valentin said. “There are some balls, when the wind blows here, balls don’t go out. In Philly, it’s just a little bit smaller ballpark, great for flyball home runs or balls in the air. Left field and right field are where you have to take advantage of that ballpark.”Dodger Stadium is more symmetrical and more wide-open than Citizens Bank Park. Lately Rollins has been exploring every nook and cranny to his advantage.Rollins’ previous struggles led him to being demoted from first in the batting order, to second, and eventually eighth (and sometimes ninth). For that, he would not blame the adjustment to a new park, or even the way he was being pitched.“It’s on me,” Rollins said. “Nothing’s changed. My book’s been out a long time ago. I just had to make the adjustment.”Yasiel Puig breaks outYasiel Puig was on the field early at Dodger Stadium for a one-on-one batting practice session with McGwire.What were they working on?“Just for him to understand that he’s really not using his legs as much as God gave him,” McGwire said. “There’s a little bit of drift going, and when you drift your hands are a little bit behind you. The major source of strength is built from the ground up. The more stable you are, the shorter you are to the ball, it’s because of using your legs. The emphasis was on him really trying to drive that back knee down to the ground, to allow his hands to be free. “He’s done it. He’s gotten away from it. It’s reinforcement.” The extra practice seemed to pay off.Puig entered the game with seven hits (four singles, three doubles) in his previous 39 at-bats, a .179 average. He lined out, doubled and homered against the Phillies on Thursday.Beachy won’t startThe Dodgers are no longer considering Brandon Beachy to start Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Don Mattingly said.“He’s going to pitch Sunday in Colorado,” for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Mattingly said.Beachy threw 92 pitches in his previous rehab start with the Dodgers’ top affiliate, which at least put him in the conversation to make his Dodgers debut Saturday. Beachy hasn’t pitched all season as he recovers from March 2014 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.Mattingly mentioned another “bullpen game” similar to the one used Monday, and minor league pitcher Zach Lee, as possibilities to start the game instead. During that time Rollins has hit 28.1 percent of balls in play to the opposite field, compared to a rate of 16.8 percent prior to June 20. The key to the turnaround: A meeting among Rollins, hitting coach Mark McGwire and assistant hitting coach John Valentin.“We all three sat down and really broke it down,” he said. “Especially Val being a switch hitter, he knows what it’s like because he was a pull hitter and later in his career he learned to hit the ball the other way ‑ what it took for him to do it and those drills. It helps to have a guy who knows what it’s like to have both sides.”Rollins said they didn’t rely on video for this meeting. Maybe he didn’t need to, since the basic problem ‑ pulling the ball too often ‑ was a familiar one to the 36-year-old shortstop.“That’s nothing new,” Rollins said, “it’s just that I was able to overcome it somehow. This year, the last couple years, it’s been more and more of a struggle to overcome it. Unfortunately it has to happen during the season.”Valentin remembered the struggle well ‑ “when you’re a pull hitter,” he said, “they’re going to pitch you away” ‑ but suggested there was another wrinkle to Rollins’ problem: A new ballpark.