Sounds Like John Wall Will Actually Torture Lonzo Ball Tonight

Most of us are expecting the Wizards to pound the Lakers tonight, but you should probably still tune in just to see whatever the hell John Wall does against Lonzo Ball. Marcin Gortat predicted a 48-minute torture session after hearing LaVar Ball talk trash (after a Lakers loss, of course), and it appears Wall has designs on backing up his teammate’s tweets.

“No mercy”, he told the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner:

“Nah, no mercy,” Wall responded when asked if he would show leniency to the 19-year-old rookie point guard despite his braggadocious father.

“Certain matchups you really get up for. Like when you play [Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry], you definitely want to have a good game,” Wall said. “I’m playing against [Ball]. [Gortat] said what he said about me. I didn’t say anything. His dad has been talking. … That makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play.”

Call me crazy, but it sure seems like all the pressure is on the Wizards and Wall here. Everyone is expecting Wall to kill Lonzo — anything less than a thrashing (monster blowout, poster dunks, broken ankles) could will be spun into a positive by LaVar.

Despite Gortat’s thoughts on LaVar, not everyone associated with the Wiz hates the BBB hypeman — head coach Scott Brooks had a measured take:

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Enjoy the Psychedelic Sounds of Zuli

As I sit with Zuli, born Ryan Camenzuli, we immediately bond over our Long Island roots and our early love for pop punk bands (like The Starting Line, Patent Pending and Paramore). That’s without mentioning our shared nostalgia for local childhood staples like The Crazy Donkey, where most teenagers (like myself) saw their first real live show. So in the case of shared hometowns and early tastes in music, Camenzuli and I are two birds of a feather. But, he shares of his journey to a solo career, the road to finding his independent sound was a path he had to travel all by himself. Zuli got his start working with a few different bands, but only recently made the decision to strip himself of bandmates. “Bands are tricky. There are a lot of personalities and emotions involved,” he says. “I really wanted to have full creative and artistic control over what I was making, so I went into my home studio and started working by myself.”

On Human Freakout Mountain

On Human Freakout Mountain

Spoiler alert: the solo life suits him. Zuli’s debut full-length album, On Human Freakout Mountain is relatable, cool and somewhat trippy. Being inspired by his own personal fears of taking a leap of faith to create music on his own, the album offers an empathetic voice paired with a bright, melodic sound.

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“I was inspired a lot by the struggles and fears of life as far as writing and making music go but I think the concept applies to everything,” he explains. “Whether you’re trying to make it as a software designer or a musician, everyone has tribulations.” As far as his musical inspiration, Zuli remains steadfast in his love for the band Animal Collective but admits there’s a lot of Beach Boys influence on the album. Compared to his 2015 EP Supernatural Voodoo, Zuli continues to keep pop sensibility at the forefront of his sound, but really strives to develop his lyrical content and expand on his range. “When it’s loud, it gets really loud. And when it’s quiet, it’s really subdued. I think it’s just more abrasive,” he admits.

With a group of his best friends as his band on the road, Zuli gushes to me about his team within the music community. “I’m able to work on everything myself, composing all the songs to the best of my ability and then I bring it to the guys and we figure out how to perform them,” he says. He continues to explain how although he has a strong singular vision, having the support system that he’s been blessed with makes the process that much better.

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As our conversation shifts to Zuli’s upcoming schedule, which includes a few festivals, we naturally migrate back to the importance of live music. “Music is a beautiful thing. Going to live music changed my life. If I hadn’t seen some of the bands I grew up loving, I would never have even considered doing something like this,” he says. With shows in Brooklyn, Charlottesville and Nashville this fall, Zuli will be busy returning that same favor to music lovers, spreading his good vibes and good tunes.

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Sounds Like Yankees Fans Haven’t Forgiven Joe Girardi For Blowing Game 2

As you guys already know, Yankees fans are IRATE about Joe Girardi failing to challenge Lonnie Chisenhall’s controversial hit-by-pitch. Like 80 percent of fans want him canned immediately, and judging from the cold reception Joe got tonight, they haven’t backed off that stance.

Seriously. Poor Joe was treated like he was a member of the Cleveland Indians tonight as they rained down boos during pregame introductions:

This monster flub couldn’t have come at a worse time for Joe — he’s on the final year of a four-year contract that he signed back in 2013.

Aroldis Chapman certainly won’t be missing Joe if this it:

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12 Things Armie Hammer’s Voice Sounds Like, According to These Thirsty People on Twitter

This week, Macmillan posted an excerpt from the forthcoming audiobook for Call Me By Your Name, which comes out Oct. 3 and is voiced by Armie Hammer. Armie, if you’re not aware, also stars in the film adaptation of the book; the movie, which co-stars young actor Timothée Chalamet, has already been igniting film festivals and causing major Oscar buzz. But you don’t need to wait for the film to have some pretty intense *feelings* about the story. In fact, this audiobook excerpt, featuring Armie’s delicious and velvety voice, is more than enough to cause some internal stirrings. We’ll leave it to the actual excerpt and these thirsty internet reactions to illustrate what we mean.

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Discover the Honest Sounds of Cobi

Soulful singer-songwriter Mike Cobi, now known as Cobi, began his career as the front man in Boston-based indie band Gentlemen Hall. Thanks to a string of singles that delivered both heartfelt lyrics and a dynamic voice reminiscent of Hozier, Cobi has already made a name for himself as a solo artist. With his first EP Songs from the Ashes pt. 1, Cobi further establishes himself as an emotive lyricist backed by mesmerizing synth sounds. “Each song has come from some type of pain that has burned out,” Cobi says. “It’s like the alchemy or the transformation of pain into something more beautiful.”

With just three tracks, the EP encapsulates Cobi’s raw energy and unique songwriting ability. “Some songs are based on personal experiences and others are more imaginative,” he says. “They each have layers of meaning which is how I experience music. I think people can take the songs and interpret them how they see fit.”

Cobi

Cobi

From the ethereal sounds of “Underneath” to the pulsating beat of “Goddess,” Songs from the Ashes pt. 1 offers listeners plenty of room for interpretation. Still, the singer suggests just one bit of guidance: “Listen with an open heart and don’t try to analyze and figure things out,” Cobi says. “If people open their hearts and shut off their minds, they’ll understand it because chances are, they’ve experience the feelings that the songs are coming from.”

With a full-length album in the works, Cobi is eager to grab people’s ear and share his honest sound.

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The Infectious Sounds of Magic Giant

As we enter the peak of festival season, it’s time you meet the most festive band in the circuit: Magic Giant. Looking at this three-piece group, I’m not sure if they have just hopped off a bus from Burning Man or if perhaps they were recreating the dirty and beautiful world of Woodstock for the past week. Decked out in bandanas, bracelets, rings, headbands and scarves, I’m definitely impressed that someone has been able to out-do me when it comes to accessorizing. 

Austin “Bis” Bisnow, Zambricki “Z” Li and Brian “Zang” Zaghi are all real names, I promise. Together they are Magic Giant, and they’ve quickly become a must-see in this summer’s festival scene with their buzzy energy and upbeat sound. So far they’ve hit up Sun Drenched Music Festival, LaureLive Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Arroyo Seco Festival. The boys of Magic Giant have an infectious charm on stage, fully immersing the audience in what is essentially a massive “jump and scream and laugh and love” type of dance party. This inclusive energy translates off stage as well. As the band sits in front of me, I can feel the excitement radiating off of them.

“Did you see anyone at the Coffee House yet? I heard it’s a cool vibe, very chillaxed,” lead vocalist Bis comes out of the gate with natural friendly banter. “Kasey, right? Where are you from?” He’s now interviewing me. “Come to our show later, we have someone doing a proposal on stage!” The three friends continue on about how amped they are for the secret proposal and I realize I’ve been taken hostage into a web of hilarious chatter and back-and-forth wit.

“Zam and I needed a guitarist,” Bis says, explaining how the trio was formed. ”We saw Zang playing bass in a friend’s band in L.A. and loved him. We went home and Google-stalked him and saw some videos of him salsa dancing. We don’t integrate salsa dancing into our music at all, but we were fully blown away.”

Zam chimes in, “Hey! With album two, you never know. I wouldn’t say salsa dancing is off the table.”

It turns out that the guitarist of Magic Giant, Zang, wasn’t all too interested in this colorful duo’s offer to join their band. “I wasn’t looking to join a band, but they were persistent,” Zang admits. The alt-folk trio officially formed in 2014 and has recently released their debut album In the Wind.

The album was written during an emotional period for the band and those moments have resonated with fans. “People have reached out to us to let us know that our music has helped with depression and personal issues. On the live side though, the shows have just been about crazy dance-party stuff,” Zam says.

“We just want to make people smile. Something as big as someone losing themselves in a dance or as simple as a smile, we want there to be an underlying feeling of joy in the music” Zang adds.

The guys are feeding off of each other at this point, generating a buzzy conversation about the various meanings behind their music. “We appreciate the levels our music can have. If someone wants to listen to it on the first listen and groove and dance, that’s great. If someone chooses to go to a deeper place with the lyrics, that’s cool too,” Bis concludes. 

Magic Giant recorded In the Wind while on tour last year, in a solar-powered recording studio. “We were touring and tracking in between festivals. We had the freedom to change anything and everything,” Zam explains.

One of the band’s favorite songs off the album is “Jade.” The song had been a work in progress when they first played it at a festival in California, and a fan approached the band afterwards and expressed how spiritually connected she felt with the song. Her friend Jade had passed away at the age of 16 and the girl had felt her presence throughout the entire performance. “The song took on an entirely new shape after that. It evolved into being totally about Jade and we were able to do it on the road,” Zam confesses. 

From emotional moments to bursts of energy on-stage, Magic Giant is an eclectic band with a surprising range. Even more surprising to me are the following tidbits I gathered during my time with them:

1. Zang was once an upright bass player in the Philharmonic.

2. Zam learned how to play the violin, fiddle, viola and cello after being hit by a car when he was 12. After waking up from a coma, he taught himself how to play the violin in just a few days. Later on he learned that this was called Acquired Savant Syndrome. He wasn’t just a genius when it came to string instruments.

3. Bis played Division One football at the University of Colorado. He was a long snapper.

You can catch Magic Giant at Worldfest in California, WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Canada and RiSE Festival in Nevada later this year.

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Jamie Foxx’s Impersonation of Ed Sheeran’s British Accent Is as Funny as It Sounds

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to spill the beans about what life was like living with Ed Sheeran back when the «Shape of You» singer was just a struggling artist. The 49-year-old comedian appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently and spoke about how Ed Sheeran ended up sleeping on his couch for six weeks. According to Jamie, Ed showed up at the studio of his satellite radio show, The Foxxhole, in 2010 and convinced Jamie to invite him to his house to play some of his music.

«He played and I said, ‘you’re incredible!'» Jamie recalled. It led him to offer Ed a place to stay. Watch the full video above to hear Jamie doing a hilarious impersonation of Ed’s British accent, then hear what happened when Jamie put Ed’s skills to the test by taking him to a talent show with an all-black audience.

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TGIF: Enjoy Dog Selfies, Which Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

This has been a real asshole of a week. But the weekend is almost here. So focus on that. Give yourself a break, and enjoy the miracle that is dog selfies.

The hilarious (and sometimes controversial*) Twitter account We Rate Dogs threw down an odd challenge for National Selfie Day.

And the internet responded with bliss upon bliss upon OMGZ PUPPERS!

There are SO many more. Just go. Just scroll. Just deep breathe.

*Want to know about the We Rate Dogs dust up? Check out the Reply All ep, «Fog of Covfefe.»

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