The genius behind Vulfpeck and their social media brilliancy is Jack Stratton. Stratton likes to share things. Music, words, videos, content content content. This is how it’s always been, but some of us are only just catching on. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find some of the best gems in the deepest corners of the Internet. Whether or not they are meant to be found, we will never know. (I’m looking at you, DJ Paradiddle).While posted in October of 2015, this excerpt from Vulfmon is ever-so relevant. Paired with the anthemic “Christmas In LA”, Stratton writes The ‘Santa Clause’ Loopehole: Earlier this year I was denied Israeli citizenship. Read the glory:My maternal bloodline wasn’t Jewish. Apparently my dad wasn’t Jewish either. He had misheard an uncle at a young age. The crisis was consuming all my mental real estate. I confided in a friend. He recommended a good lawyer. “You’re a songwriter?” the lawyer asked. “Yes.” “Are you notable? You write using traditional song structure? You know, verse, chorus type stuff?” “Yes.” The lawyer looked up over his glasses. “I have good news. Hidden in the citizenship legislation there’s a loophole. It’s referred to as the ‘Santa Clause’; it states that if you pen a Top 40 Christmas song, you’ll be granted immediate Israeli citizenship. It’s considered the purest act of Judaism in the modern world. Irving Berlin (“White Christmas”), Mel Tormé (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”), Johnny Marks (“Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) . . . These are great Jews!” The lawyer wished me luck and handed me David T. Walker’s phone number.Vulfpeck – “Christmas in L.A.”In an interview with Theo Katzman, he told us “For ‘Christmas in L.A.’, we had an instrumental, and Jack was like, ‘I’m hearing like na-na-nana-nana-da-da-da-dee-dada-da Christmas!’ and I remember being like, ‘Aw man, that’s just like a steady stream of 16th notes. That’s just so many words. I don’t know if I can do that. Whatever.’ Then I forgot about it and it came to me one day, and I was like, ‘All the little children and all the big children, it’s Christmas!’ Anyway, that was a collaborative thing, and then I wrote the verses for that one ahead of time.” Read the full interview, about what it means to be Vulfpeck, here.[Originally published 12/22/18]
Farmington Public Safety on Thursday asked for help identifying two people suspected of committing crimes in downtown Farmington.According to posts on the department’s Facebook page, the man pictured below was seen on video stealing items at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market August 21, then went to Dagwood’s Deli where he stole a tip jar while staff members were distracted. The Department is also looking for information about a woman accused of taking an envelope of money from another customer while shopping at the Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. If you recognize the woman pictured above, call Commander DuLong at 248-474-5500 ext. 2246. Reported by If you recognize this man, call Detective Wood at 248-474-5500 ext. 2239 or the on-duty supervisor at 248-474-4700 ext. 2. admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Ole Miss sophomore Rod Taylor and other younger offensive linemen have stepped in well.OXFORD – The Ole Miss offensive line grew younger throughout last Saturday’s game against Alabama. Injuries to starters may force the Rebels to continue that youth movement.The Rebels started against the Crimson Tide a group that combined for 42 starts entering this season but lost right guard Justin Bell and center Robert Conyers, two of their three most-experienced members, to injury during the game.Two second-year players, sophomore Rod Taylor and redshirt freshman Jordan Sims, found themselves thrown into the Rebels’ most important game of the season. Starters lining up next to them included true freshman Javon Patterson and redshirt freshman Sean Rawlings.“We finished the last two quarters with two freshmen on the offensive line, which was a huge task against that front,” Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze said. “They held their own at times, got beat some. I think you’re going to get beat some when you play that caliber of competition.“But I was really proud of the way they fought. They really fought hard. They are going to improve. They’re young and learning how to go about this kind of deal. We need them.”The No. 3 Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) — who play host to Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. — only allowed two sacks for a combined 12 yards to a strong Crimson Tide front seven.But the Rebels rushed for only 92 yards on 32 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per attempt, a sign the offensive line wasn’t able to open holes for its running backs. Sophomore Jordan Wilkins led the team with seven carries for 39 yards, while senior Jaylen Walton was second with 33 rushing yards.Freeze described Bell and Conyers on Monday as questionable for Saturday’s game because of their injuries but said Wednesday that Conyers has been practicing and would attempt to play this weekend but that Bell’s status remains uncertain after not practicing.Taylor and Sims could replace Bell, while Ben Still would be Conyers’ likely replacement.Because of the injuries, Freeze said Monday, 6-foot-3, 302-pound tight end/offensive lineman Jeremy Liggins could also play offensive tackle.One key for the Rebels’ offensive line would be a potential return of star left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who hasn’t played this season due to a “pending process” with the NCAA and doesn’t seem likely to play Saturday against Vanderbilt.Freeze declined comment on Tunsil’s status but reiterated he hopes for a resolution soon.If Tunsil returns, Rebels left tackle Fahn Cooper would likely move back to right tackle and send Rawlings to the bench. But Cooper has been impressed with how early in his career Rawlings, as well as Patterson, has been able to contribute to an offensive line missing its best player and that could be without another starter or two this weekend.“It doesn’t surprise me because of what kind of kids they are,” Cooper said. “At no point were they big-headed. They weren’t like, ‘Oh, man, cool, I get to start a game against…’ They take it day by day by day by day by day by day and practice and improve.“That’s why they were able to contribute and play well. They all came into the game with a type of savvy that you usually don’t see out of kids that are so young or inexperienced.”Rebels make SI coverOle Miss has made the cover of Sports Illustrated once again.Safety Trae Elston is on the front of this week’s issue, pictured screaming during the team’s 43-37 road upset of Alabama last Saturday. It’s the sixth time the team has made the cover and the fourth since Greg Hardy was pictured tackling Tim Tebow in 2008.The Rebels shared Sports Illustrated’s front cover on Oct. 13, 2014, with Mississippi State. Ole Miss and the Bulldogs were tied at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 after beating Alabama and Texas A&M, respectively.Contact Daniel Paulling at [email protected] Follow @DanielPaulling on Twitter.