The last time Radiohead played Outside Lands was the festival’s inaugural year in 2008.The sound gave out twice on that Friday night in August, creating a brief, silent rock show for the small eternity it lingered. But Thom Yorke and the rest of the collective didn’t miss a beat, miming their way through the sonic void.Each audio miscue was promptly corrected, and the dense crowd overflowed with joy watching these titans of experimental alternative create the festival’s foothold in the music scene.Saturday night, in their return to the Lands End main stage at Golden Gate Park, silence fell again, but this time it wasn’t a malfunction.The muted reception from the crowd blanketed the tens of thousands watching into an authentic identity crisis, prompting the question of whether you came for a performance or for an experience.With EDM standout Zedd putting on a sensory-touching performance across the park, it was the perfect example of how much the live music culture has changed over the past eight years.“Burn the Witch” and the ambient ways of “Daydreaming,” the first two tracks on A Moon Shaped Pool, kicked off the set with a sort of anti-opener atmosphere that left the gathered speechless and Yorke skyrocketing to his musical pocket.The set was absolute bliss, with moody staples “Everything in its Right Place,” “Pyramid Song,” “Nude” blended around danceable numbers like “Lotus Flower” and “The Gloaming.”“Weird Fishes” and “Paranoid Android” provided a more palatable contrast, but there was certainly a purpose to the song selection.Radiohead’s music pushes boundaries and can make people feel uncomfortable. You’re unknowingly forced to address your true driving force for seeing live music, and many responded to that by turning around and seeking out the electronic dance party instead.There’s nothing wrong with that. Those that wanted to be there got what they wanted. Music festivals are special because of the collective experience they offer, but with Radiohead, the set was a little more selfish, focused more individual enjoyment.And this is why Outside Lands stands apart from many of its peers. It’s a perfect reminder of our history and future, and unites those two worlds with ease every single year.There was a shared experience at the end, though. Everyone came together and sang the final words of “Karma Police” with a tinge of truth attached, belting out, “For a minute, I lost myself.”What we found, was another masterful show from Radiohead and a special moment for its fans.Watch “Karma Police” below, courtesy of L Yap.You can see the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists
Peace of MindThat’s what VCE users say about this process. This keeps their converged infrastructure stabilized (by continuously fixing bugs) and optimized (by regularly adding performance and functionality improvements) – without the risk and time-sink of traditional, siloed infrastructure upgrades.So remember my uncle Bill’s advice, and change your oil.Take ActionSee this short video of VCE Vision Management software.Download the analyst white paper, that includes VCE Customer interviews about the process.Down the VCE white paper that outlines the process. My uncle Bill called engine oil “the poor man’s mechanic.” And he was right: refresh the oil every several thousand miles and your engine will perform better and last a lot longer. Admit it: you’ve put it off. (I have.) Now how about that 30K, 45K and 60K mile maintenance? Hmmm, maybe you can delay that too. The dealership will surely charge you big bucks for that tune up.How punctual you are depends on the cost-benefit analysis you do in your head: Do you have the time? Do you want to part with the cash? The car is running fine right now. So why bother? Put it off.We play the same mental game when it comes to upgrading and patching infrastructure. It gets more complicated too, when IT environments are siloed (say, versus all-in-one converged infrastructure systems).Meeting with an enterprise IT team recently, I asked the CIO, “How do you handle upgrades and patches for all layers of infrastructure? Is it a big issue? The CIO said, “not really a problem.”But one of his top managers replied, “I don’t mean to contradict my boss, but keeping infrastructure upgraded with new releases is our biggest nightmare, our biggest time-sink, when we get around to it.”The Complications“When we get around to it.” Sound familiar?Based on my conversations with IT Operations teams (on average, for three different businesses per week), upgrading is one of the most hated IT tasks. They avoid it all costs. And the costs can be big.Here are some examples:“If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Performance is okay, so why drop other projects to plan and do an upgrade? We have too many other priorities”“If it ain’t broke, why risk it? Why upgrade and risk an outage? We don’t have the time or the money for enough lab equipment to test new release interoperability across all the connected infrastructure.”The ImplicationsMany organizations either get so far behind in upgrades that it gets them in trouble.Here are some examples:“We had an outage, and I called my equipment vendor as we were trying to find the root cause. They said that couldn’t help us because we were several releases behind. And there wasn’t any one-hop upgrade to get us up to the current firmware level before they could really help us.”“We just don’t do upgrades — even for years. We just wait until the system gets so out of date that we retire the hardware. It’s easier that way.”I really heard someone say that. He must have an unlimited CAPEX budget.Monitoring software like VCE Vision, allows you to track your components and let you know when it is time to upgrade.The SolutionThe VCE philosophy is to have the compute, storage and network firmware and hypervisor release upgrade process engineered right into its converged systems. This includes:Ongoing system documentation of the required release level upgrade (the VCE Release Certification Matrix)Scheduled delivery of pre-tested releases, whose interoperability are validated by hundreds of hours of regression testingDeliver of patches to address new security vulnerablities or discovered technical glitchesManagement software (VCE Vision Intelligent Operations) that:Assesses infrastructure to tell you what needs to be upgraded with the new releasesDownloads the new pre-tested releases and patchesValidates that you correctly and thoroughly upgraded all the components
America’s iconic Rhythms and Blues singer Aretha Franklin dubbed the Queen of Soul because of her soulful ballads died last week at her home in Detroit, Michigan after a long illness at age 76.Since her death tributes have been coming in from all over the globe. In South Florida there was a very interesting show on a local radio as the DJ hostess invited callers to give their tribute to Aretha and to state their what was their favorite Aretha single. So many are Aretha’s hit that there was hardly consensus, but the most popular turned out to be :Ain’t No Way,” “Natural Woman” and “Rock Steady.”Performance in Jamaica It may be little known that Aretha performed “Rock Steady” at what may have been her only Jamaican performance at the newly created Bob Marley Performing Arts Center at the World Music Festival in 1982.“I have fond remembrance of her performance said “George Brandt” a Kendall, Florida mechanic. “she was outstanding, and the song became a forever hit with me. I recall her also singing a soulful rendition of “Day Dreaming” at that show.”Greatness loss on the youthUnfortunately, some of South Florida’s younger generation is not as familiar with Aretha’s music as her fans mostly over fifty. When we asked a group 20-year-old somethings what was their favorite Aretha hit they noticeable was at a lost. Only one young lady mumbled “Respect.” Another young man, Bradley Coombs, said he recalls hearing Aretha sounds, as his mother “constantly plays her songs on their CD player. I love to hear Aretha singing “Ain’t No way” and “Got to find me an Angel.”Phenomenal Apollo performanceWe were fortunate to see Aretha perform when she was still quite young, only 29, at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1971. It took some three hours for the long line that wrapped around the theater to get in, but Aretha made the wait worthwhile, as she belt out hit after hit like “One step Ahead”, “Never Loved a Man” and a phenomenal version of “Spirit in the Dark” which had the entire theater on its feet, stomping and screaming “Aretha, Aretha.” We have never forgotten that performance, even although it was 47 years ago.Tribute from Judy MowattIn an interview with the Jamaican Observer, Jamaican singer Judy Mowatt, a former member f the I-Threes said Aretha Franklin as one of her favorite acts.“In the 1970s Aretha’s music related to the human situation, especially for us as women. When you think of a song like “Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, this and other songs truly related to me back then. I would later learn that these were based on her own life experiences. I would later realize that when you are committed to a song, it really reaches people in a sincere way,” Mowatt explained. “I saw this when I performed my own songs like Black Woman. Our generation and those who grew up in the 70s and 80s have truly been influenced by Aretha.”Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in Detroit. Her father was civil rights leader Rev C L Franklin. She is survived by four sons.Events to celebrate Aretha’s lifeMultiple events are planned for the celebration of Aretha’s life next week in Detroit. These events are expected to draw dignitaries, musicians and other high-profile figures from around the world.That includes a funeral service Friday, August 31st. A pair of public visitations will take place earlier in the week. The Free Press will provide live coverage of all events, memorials and celebrations throughout the week.Aretha Franklin public visitationWhen: Tuesday, Aug. 28th and Wednesday, Aug. 29th.Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. The viewing is in the museum’s spacious rotunda.Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day.The viewing is open to the public but expect long lines. Aretha Franklin’s funeralWhen: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.Where: Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit, on the city’s west side. The service is limited to family members, friends and selected guests. Public seating may ultimately become available.Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, 19975 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, alongside late family members including her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.