Father John Misty is a man of simple taste and robust opinion. Known for writing ballads relevant to the present moment, he announces his newest record Pure Comedy in seemingly perfect timing. The topics of choice are clearly defined in the title track, shared below, which explores societal trends, technological obsessions, popular dependencies, and the overall state of humanity across the human lifespan.He describes this new track as a lengthy dissection of “the comedy of man”. While the images in the video seem more specific than the lyrics of the song, he tells NPR, “There’s nothing political about ‘Pure Comedy.’ Unless that’s what the viewer wants, even with all the gratuitous footage of political figures. The video is only ‘about Trump’ in that the video is about human beings.”Images of Trump, Obama, Kanye West, and Pepe the Frog are all characters of the animated depiction. The song also appears to address relevant topics like big pharma, global warming, and natural disasters, as well as societal obsessions like religion, gluttony, and general foolishness.Pure Comedy comes out April 7, but you can listen to the title track below:Josh Tillman teamed up with Jonathon Wilson to produce the 75-minute record, which you can learn more about in the 25-minute documentary film below:You can also see the new album’s artwork, in GIF form, below:
The DFL says that 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players and staff.Cologne previously reported three positive cases, while second-division Stuttgart had reported one “inconclusive result” from a person.The tests were part of the DFL’s hygiene concept as it bids to restart the leagues some time in May. It says teams will also undertake a “a mandatory training camp under quarantine conditions before a possible continuation.”Testing will continue regardless of whether competitive games restart or not.Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors have postponed a decision until Wednesday on whether the Bundesliga could resume without fans present. FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021.The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining.The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played. Associated Press The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.”Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France.Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season.The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.” The Latest: 10 positive tests in top 2 German divisions Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign.___Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. German clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___The Big Ten Conference has announced it will extend the suspension of organized team activities through June 1 and re-evaluate then.The conference previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities. No date for that to end has been set.The Big Ten says it is continuing to consult with medical experts and school leaders to determine appropriate steps for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. May 4, 2020 ___The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German soccer league says there were 10 positive tests for the new coronavirus among 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division. It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.___The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.”The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said during a regents meeting last week it was hoped preparations for the 2020 football season could begin June 1.___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.“The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
— Guyana upset Bermuda 2 – 0; Lady Jags to face Antigua and Barbuda todayJENEA Knight recorded both goals for Guyana (29th, 90+2) in their 2 – 0 upset-win over Bermuda, to start their CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships Group A campaign with three points, following Saturday evening’s entertaining encounter.The ‘Lady Jags’, as they are more commonly known, will play Antigua and Barbuda tonight at the National Track and Field Centre, the host venue for the tournament, from 20:30 hours, in an attempt to go sit on top of the five-team group.Prior to the game, Dr Ivan Joseph, Guyana’s head coach, at a pre-match press conference, confessed that Bermuda is by far the best team in Group A, and the game would’ve given him an idea of what are his chances of advancing; well, seems like his chances are very good.Dr Joseph started with Anissa O’Brien in between the uprights, along with Rylee Traicoff, Jessica Myers, Kiana Khedoo, Audrey Narine, Serena McDonald, Nailah Rowe, Tiandi Smith, Brianna Dessa and captain Jade Vyfihuis.The game was played fluently by both sides, but it was the Lady Jags who would get an early look on goal when Knight had her effort, which was hit hard, denied by the post.Both sides looked dangerous in the attacking third, but Bermuda found it difficult to really get the ball past O’Brien, who pulled off several crucial saves.The Hero! Jenea Knight scored both goals for Guyana in their 2-0 win over Bermuda in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Qualifier at the National Track and Field Centre (Rawle Toney Photo)However, in the 29th minute, after a series of attempts which were saved by Zachary Turner, Knight would score after she pounced on the ball in a goal-mouth scrimmage.Bermuda’s Jade Stewart and Adia Gibson tried to keep the visitors in the game, but O’Brien was up to the task.Guyana ended the first half 1 – 0 and, given the level of play in the first half, the large crowd on hand was anxious for the resumption.It was poetry in motion watching the two sides go at each other, but never was different than the first half.Just when it seemed like the game was going to end with a single goal, Guyana broke the tight Bermuda defence with a beautiful display of touches, starting from the midfield and an excellent finish by Knight put the icing on the cake for the Lady Jags and handed them a much-deserved three points.“I thought we executed well in the final third. That game could’ve easily been 0 – 0 or 2 – 2. I’m pleased with the effort but it could’ve easily gone either way,” Dr Joseph told Chronicle Sport after his side’s win.“We got physically overturned in the centre of the park a little bit and our lack of depth was exposed. But hats off to Bermuda, thought they played a good game and we were lucky to come out with the three points,” the Lady Jags head coach said.Guyana will play Antigua and Barbuda tonight from 20:30 hours, after the St Lucia versus Bermuda encounter, and looking ahead, Dr Joseph reasoned that with the tight scheduling of the tournament, it’s important that the team simply go out and have fun.“It’s a tough game; we had people barely hanging on. I mean this game means nothing if we didn’t take care of business, not just for today’s match, but for the other games as well,” the Guyanese coach opined.
Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanMembers of Undergraduate Student Government’s Special Events Committee give students tickets for the vendors at Monday’s Taste of Downtown LA event on McCarthy Quad. The free event featured samples from various restaurants in Los Angeles.