Earlier this week, Vulfpeck released their seventh studio record, Mr. Finish Line. While the album is largely the product of mastermind and bandleader Jack Stratton, Tuesday was the first time anyone in the band got to hear the tracks following the day they were recorded (in 1-2 takes) at the studio earlier in the year. Mr. Finish Line features vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, Game Winner keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones, vocalist Theo Katzman, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik–leading vocals on his first-ever Vulf recording–and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. The ten-track, guest-filled album furthers the unexpected brand of Vulfpeck and places itself right in line with the band’s growing trajectory.Ahead of the release, bassist Joe Dart sat down to discuss his perception of the band with longtime Vulf inquirer Allegra Rosenberg. Check out what Joe has to say about Vulcpeck, Mr. Finish Line, and his other projects in the video below!Stream the new album below:
“I want to make a case for the small,” said Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, for “the things that build a life of commitment.”Giving the keynote address for the Hutchins Center Symposium on Martin Luther King Jr. at the Harvard Kennedy School on Friday, Allen began by noting that although the Civil Rights leader “painted on a canvas that feels big,” she and many of her colleagues find themselves advocating smaller-scale activism — and worrying that they are not making a difference.Frequently citing King’s writings, Allen noted, “Through our scientific and technical genius, we’ve made of this world a neighborhood, and yet we’ve not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood.”In a talk that referred frequently to colleagues, many of whom were present and who had spoken earlier at the daylong symposium, Allen shared that she was not initially a fan of “the small,” preferring instead to focus on broad issues concerning domination, attacking the social and economic implications of racial injustice head-on.However, in response to Harvard President Drew Faust’s entreaties, she had spent much of the last two years managing a task force on University inclusion and belonging. With data revealing that the population of African-American scholars in some Harvard programs had slipped, she confessed, “There came a certain point last fall where, in all honesty, I was pretty tired” of the effort.,But even though, she said, she worried that her energies were being frittered away on trivialities, she did find bright spots. For example, she found that the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at the Medical School was doing important work, “changing how students are experiencing the campus,” said Allen. She went on to credit that office’s dean, Joan Y. Reede.“It’s the Civil Rights Movement,” Allen said Reede told her. “It never ended.”That conversation gave Allen pause. “You might think working on something like inclusion and belonging at one of the most elite places in the world doesn’t really count as participating in the Civil Rights Movement,” she said. What she realized was that these smaller, seemingly discrete efforts are all part of a larger whole — that even work toward progress at a university like Harvard will have implications for society.“What we are building here are halls of power,” she said. “And the halls of power are connected to the guns and the prison watch towers. It’s never just about us here at places like Harvard.”,The challenge she threw out to the Harvard community audience was simple: “How do you put together the opportunity and a context like this with the basic inequality that plagues our world?”Paraphrasing Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at the Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who was seated near her, she rephrased her challenge: “It’s a question of whether or not as a professional you stay a warrior or as a professional you become a conformer.”The ways in which that challenge can be answered vary, and some methods can seem, if not small, then quixotic. As an example, Allen cited the work of Bryan Stevenson, M.P.P./J.D. ’85, a social activist and attorney who has long campaigned against bias in the courtroom. Stevenson, Allen noted, realized that the issue underlying the racism of some judges and juries was often simply rooted in ignorance. His answer has been to work to establish the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., opening this month, which documents the more than 4,000 lynchings of black people in the South.“What he was doing was establishing a foundation for the creation of the ethical commitment to brotherhood. It’s not just about policy, it’s also about the intellectual paradigms.”
Ball movement. It’s what propels the Los Angeles Clippers. With it, they are very good. Without it, they’re not.It starts with defense, and goes from there.It’s such a big deal, there are even conversations about it during a game. Like Monday, when the Clippers were destroying the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-101 at Staples Center.“J.J. Redick and I were talking about it right down to the fourth quarter; our defense is starting to sort of find itself,” said point guard Chris Paul, who along with Redick and the other starters was on the bench during that fourth quarter because the lead was as high as 37 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The last three or four games on the road trip, we really started to build our trust and that’s when we are at our best, when we start to get out on transition and moving the ball,” Paul said.That was not happening when the team was struggling at 5-4. It went 6-1 on a road trip that concluded Saturday in Utah.“Early in the season, the ball was sticking,” said Paul, whose team Wednesday plays host to Orlando at 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket/KFWB 980-AM). “Blake (Griffin) and I were talking about it toward the end of the game and we’re just moving the ball and making the right plays right now.”According to coach Doc Rivers, ball movement makes things easier on shooting guard Redick, who Monday scored 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 4 of 5 from 3-point range.Redick can often be seen running around to get open so he can get his shot. “When J.J. is getting shots, it means we are getting good ball movement,” Rivers said. “When he is not getting shots, it means that we are not moving the ball around. Jamal (Crawford) can get his own shot. J.J. is dependent on ball movement.”Rivers not among concernedWhen the Clippers (12-5) lost by 16 points at home to Chicago on Nov. 17, one had to wonder what was going on with the Clippers. Then they got well on the road trip.However, Rivers insisted Monday before tip-off he was not among those worried about the team.“I don’t know,” he said, referring to the 11-day road trip. “I mean, we played well. Yeah, I think we’re definitely better than when we left. But I think you could tell I wasn’t concerned either way. You go through this process. You go through it every year.”Scouting OrlandoThe Orlando Magic entered their game Tuesday at Golden State with a record of 7-12. The Clippers on Nov. 19 defeated Orlando 114-90 on the first game of the recent road trip. In that one, the Clippers’ bench outscored their starters 60-54 with Crawford leading the team off the bench with 22 points.The Magic have some talent, their record notwithstanding. Center Nikola Vucevic and small forward Tobias Harris lead the way. Vucevic, out of USC, was averaging 18.6 points and 11.7 rebounds and Harris was averaging 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. Harris scored 25 against the Clippers two weeks ago and Vucevic went for 19 points and 14 rebounds.The Magic were without guard Evan Fournier (bruised heel) in that game, but he should play Wednesday. He’s averaging 15.4 points.Orlando on Sunday had its most impressive victory of the season, 93-90 at Phoenix, which is 10-8. By the waySeveral members of the New England Patriots were in the Clippers’ locker room following Monday night’s victory, as was pop singer Justin Bieber. The Patriots play at San Diego on Sunday night.