My Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his own agenda. Earlier this summer, Jim James released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records. Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–contains 11 original tracks penned by Jim James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals.This week, James released a lyric video for “Over and Over”, directed by Alexander W.G. Rickel with video from Justin Tyler Close. Along with the video, Jim James posted the below powerful message to his social media account:We have a chance- right now- to get involved and change history. to put an end to the seemingly endless cycles of war and racism that continue to divide and conquer us as a people. we have a chance to heal the wounds of slavery and injustice to the native peoples created when america was born by opening our arms and our hearts and using the power of our voice and our vote to say we are tired of this cycle happening OVER and OVER again…we want a new cycle. a life cycle more in tune with nature than constantly against it. one of peace. we want freedom. we want equality. we want love. and we want it NOW.Watch the video below:
Arsenal Legend, Tony Adams, who was in the country to help launch the third season of Airtel’s grassroots football initiative, Airtel Rising Stars, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah – Arthur at his office at the Flagstaff House in Accra.The Arsenal Legend met with the Vice President in the company of the British High Commissioner, Managing Director and other Officials from Airtel Ghana.Tony Adams who played for the ‘Gunners’ for 22 years and captained them for 14 years was extremely delighted to be informed that the Vice President was an ardent fan of Arsenal FC. After much spirited talk among the whole group present about Arsenal and its performance so far, the football legend then added that his main purpose for being in the country was to launch the third season of the Airtel Rising Stars, and to interact with Arsenal fans through media interviews and a fan park where there was a live screening at the handball court at the University of Ghana, Legon of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal.The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Philip Sowah, stated that Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) was a football initiative sponsored by Airtel in partnership with Samsung which sought to unearth bright soccer talents from the grass roots level and nurture them into becoming football stars.According to him, the current Black Maidens team Captain Priscilla Okyere who led her team to a bronze medal at the FIFA U – 17 world football tournament was a product of the previous season of ARS as well as others who were now successfully playing for the country’s U-17 male and female football teams.The team from Airtel then presented the Veep with a framed jersey autographed by all current players of the Arsenal Football team. The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur thanked the team for the kind gesture.