Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announce Posthumous Box Set, “An American Treasure”, Share New Video [Watch]
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced an extensive new posthumous box set titled An American Treasure in tribute to their late leader, Tom Petty—who died suddenly in the early hours of October 3rd, 2017 at the age of 66 as a result of an accidental prescription drug overdose. The Tom Petty An American Treasure set is due to be released on September 28th via Reprise Records, less than a week shy of the first anniversary of Petty’s passing. It also marks the first posthumous release of any kind from Petty’s camp.The name, of course, is appropriate for its subject. While Petty left us all too soon, he made an indelible mark on American music and popular culture, recording countless hits, touring relentlessly across multiple decades, collaborating with some of the world’s greatest musicians, and otherwise cementing himself as one of the most iconic artists of a generation.According to Rolling Stone, the early news of the box set was revealed via a SiriusXM broadcast yesterday evening. However, anticipation for a surprise from Petty’s camp had been growing throughout the day on Monday after a mysterious countdown clock had appeared on TomPetty.com, ticking down the seconds until the official announcement at 10 a.m. EDT this morning.The new box set will include 60 (!) previously unreleased studio and live recordings of the band, obscure recorded tracks, and alternate takes on some of the band’s more popular songs. The material included in the compilation was selected by members of Tom Petty’s surviving family, including his wife, Dana Petty, and their daughter, Adria Petty, alongside Heartbreakers members like Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and the band’s longtime recording partner, Ryan Ulyate. The set also features custom cover artwork by prominent street artist Shepard Fairey, the creator of the iconic Barack Obama 2008 “Change” posters, the ubiquitous Andre The Giant “OBEY” stencil, and more.As Adria Petty and Dana Petty explain about this “labor of love” in its announcement press release,Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years. He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come. We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.The first single from An American Treasure is “Keep A Little Soul”—a previously unreleased recording from 1982 sessions, which resulted in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ classic album, Long After Dark. The song is available for digital download today when you pre-order your copy of An American Treasure. Watch the video featuring rare never-before-seen footage of the band below.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Keep A Little Soul” [Official Music Video][Video: tompetty]The Tom Petty An American Treasure compilation will be available for purchase on September 28th. In addition to the extensive 60-track release, a less-expensive, less-extensive version will be released for purchase as a two-disc set. Pre-orders are for the Tom Petty An American Treasure set are available now. For more information, head to Tom Petty’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Springtime brings questions about gardening, and some of the most common gardening questions have to do with watering, bugs and how to grow more food in less space. Here is some basic information from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to help answer these common questions. Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden? Answer: Plant as early in the spring as the weather will permit to get your plants established before pests arrive. Also, be sure to rotate crops to prevent buildup of pests in one area of the garden. For example, do not plant tomatoes year after year in the same spot in the garden. Rotate tomatoes with corn or beans. You can also plant vegetable varieties that have built-in tolerance or resistance to certain insect pests. And, always buy and plant fresh seeds and healthy, insect-free vegetable plants. Next year, you can till your soil in the winter to expose insects and eggs to cold temperatures and drying winds. Q: How and when should I water my vegetable garden? A: The worst possible method of watering vegetable plants is to spray water over the plants for a few minutes everyday. When you water, use a method that delivers water as directly to the soil as possible and water thoroughly to encourage plant roots to seek moisture and nutrients deep in the soil. Soak the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. A thorough soaking every five to six days is usually sufficient. Of course, weather conditions, like temperature and rainfall will affect frequency of watering. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems provide the best results, as overhead watering is usually a very inefficient way to water. Soaker and drip irrigation systems place the water near the roots and not in the middle of the rows. They also do not wet the foliage, thus helping to reduce leaf spot and other diseases. Vegetables need moisture, but overwatering is harmful. Overwatering not only wastes water but waterlogs the soil, preventing roots from getting air. Overly wet soil is also much more likely to be attacked by root rot and fungus. Watering early in the day reduces water loss by evaporation and allows the foliage to dry quickly. Watering in the late afternoon or evening can leave foliage wet overnight and encourage diseases. Avoid watering in the middle of the day because you will loose much of your irrigation water to evaportation. Q: I have almost no space for a garden. Can I grow vegetables in containers? A: There are a number of vegetable varieties suitable for growing in containers that have small plants and produce either full-sized or miniature fruits. Containers should be large (at least 5 gallons) to prevent rapid loss of moisture and provide adequate room for root growth. One tomato plant will need a 5-gallon bucket, whereas two peppers or two cucumbers can be grown in a 5-gallon container. The biggest challenges will be to properly water and fertilize the plants. They will need more care and attention to perform well. For more information on gardening, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit online at www.ugaextension.
… Brazilian hints new policy to expose local playersNEW head coach of the country’s senior national men’s football team, Márcio Máximo, has made it clear that big names or playing in a big league wouldn’t impress him. He told Chronicle Sport that players have to prove their worth in order to break into the Golden Jaguars team. Following Guyana’s 4-0 defeat to Reggae Boyz on Monday night at the National Track and Field Centre, in the team’s latest match in the CONCACAF Nations League, Máximo was responding to Chronicle Sport’s question as to why Terrel Ondaan, who plays with Grenoble Foot 38 France’s Ligue 2, didn’t find favour in his lineup against Jamaica, even as a substitute.“It’s our new policy to give more chances to local players. I don’t talk about players, I talk about a team. Don’t ask me about a player because I never talk; I talk inside the changing room,” Máximo boldly expressed.Terell Ondaan in action for Guyana during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold CupMany football fans, especially those knowing the ability of the 25-year-old forward who was born in the Netherlands and broke onto the scenes following his youth career at Ajax and Alkmaar Zaanstreek (AZ) football clubs, were left scratching their heads after Ondaan, who made 78 appearances for another top Dutch club, Willem II, was left off of the starting line-ups for both of the Golden Jaguars Nations League encounters.In fact, Ondaan lost his spot to Kelsey Benjamin, a nifty 20-year-old who this season moved to Trinidad and Tobago to play in the Islands’ Professional league with Morvant Caledonia United – a team owned and managed by former Golden Jaguars coach Jamaal Shabazz.Ondaan has found the net once this season in the French league, and has been a regular starter for his side.“Players should prove themselves on the pitch, not with talk or their Curriculum Vitae,” Máximo expressed, while adding that CV doesn’t prove anything. You have to prove it on the pitch. Shelly (Sheldon Holder) was in better condition, that’s why he’s playing. But I don’t like talking about players, I talk about a team.”Máximo’s comments might seem a bit farfetched, given the fact that he could not have seen the players in action, since he only took over after coach Michael Johnson departed in mid-August.Máximo also had only three days in camp with the players in Curacao prior to their game against Aruba where they went on to win 1-0, thanks to a 22nd minute goal from Sheldon Holder.Ondaan, the former Netherlands U-18 and U-21 player, moved from Telstar in the Dutch League to France just upon his return home from the Gold Cup where he made one start (against Panama), winning a penalty that was converted by Neil Danns.Matthew Briggs, Neil Danns, Samuel Cox, Sheldon Holder, Kelsey Benjamin, Liam Gordon, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Akel Clarke and Stephen Duke-McKenna were the overseas-based players on the team for the first two Nations League games.Meanwhile, specifically addressing Guyana’s loss to Jamaica, Máximo recounted, “I think we paid the price in the first half … in the second half we fixed our mistakes, because we went to the changing room and we did our tactical adjustments and we became better. It’s a good lesson for us because Jamaica are a good team.“Of course we are as well, but in the meantime we have a long way to go. I’m not a magician, we’re going to take lessons from each game and for the next game we’re going to get better.”