Over the weekend, The Disco Biscuits performed three late-night shows at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. This wasn’t the first time that the Biscuits played a late-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas during Phish‘s run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it certainly won’t be the last. Fans from all over the country flew in to witness what they expected to be three nights of madness. Well, they got what they were looking for.The band kicked things off on Thursday night with “Confrontation” > “I Feel Love” (Donna Summer) > “Confrontation”. It was a good way to ease the Phish fans in attendance into the Biscuits and their style of playing. Next, “After Midnight” > “Basis For a Day” > “Necromancer” > “Basis For a Day” contained some of the best trance-fusion of the night. The final “Basis” jam was blissed-out while still possessing high energy “untz,” but it was only the first night and the band had a lot more to offer fans during the sets that followed.The Disco Biscuits kicked off the second set of night one off with one of their classics, “Crystal Ball”. Keyboardist Aron Magner took the lead during the improvisation, which produced a handful of thoroughly exciting moments. Next up was “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line” > “Tempest” > “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”, a hands-down highlight of the night. The band was clicking and pushing musical boundaries in a way that is now expected by their fans. It’s segments like this that keep the band’s diehard fans coming back for more. The sandwich featured some tasteful riffs from guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig, and bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein was right behind him. They ended the second set with a Las Vegas-appropriate cover of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”.Night 2 started off with a cover of Prince’s “1999”. The Biscuits did the classic song justice and they laid down some premier space funk during the jam. A twenty-six-minute version of “Astronaut” came next, marking one of the most ferocious improvisational highlights of the run. “Jigsaw Earth” > “Triumph” > “Jigsaw Earth” followed, serving as a prime example of the Biscuits’ use of contrast. It got dark and heavy, but also bubbly and light-hearted showcasing opposite ends of the spectrum of their musical range.The following featured just three songs, starting off with a twenty-one-minute version of Men Without Hats‘ “Safety Dance”, a classic cover that’s been in their repertoire for years. As the band gets older, songs like “Little Betty Boop” have truly begun to shine, and they executed this one with patience and purpose. “Spraypaint” closed out the set with twenty minutes of power that echoed throughout Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. They encored with “Floes”, a song written by their original drummer Sam Altman. All in all, Night 2 was good—but the best was yet to come.The third and final night of the run was by far the best of the bunch. The jams got deeper and the band was communicating on a near-telepathic level. The “Little Lai” > “Fifth of Beethoven” got the crowd warmed up and pumping, and the “Digital Buddha” > “Pilin’ It Higher” > “Abraxas” > “Digital Buddha” that closed set one was easily the best segment of the entire run. From blissco to relentless drum n’ bass, the entire band was soaring—they could not miss. If you missed the run, go back and listen to this chunk at all costs.Trance-fusion is a style of music that can be replicated, but only one band can execute it at the highest level, and that’s The Disco Biscuits. The final set of the weekend started with a twenty-two-minute rendition of the Gutwillig classic, “Hot Air Balloon”. That jammed straight into an inverted “Bernstein and Chasnoff”, an impressive change-up for hardcore fans as the song is usually used as a drop-segue. Next came one of Brownstein’s new songs, “Miracles”. A lot of fans have mixed feelings about the song, but the lyrics are strong and it has continued to earn its stripes as a jam vehicle. This one got dark and dirty before transitioning into Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell”. And then… boom! The band jammed back into “Hot Air Balloon” to bookend the set. Finally, the band encored with LCD Soundsystem’s “Home”, which made its way back through “Run Like Hell” to close out the run with style and swagger.In all, this was a successful weekend that definitely outshined the previous Worchester run, but the best is still yet to come. Their shows at The Palace Theater on November 23rd and 24th are going to give fans an example to see top shelf fall Biscuits. After that, the band has a three-night run in the mountains of Colorado at a brand-new venue in Frisco, followed by Holidaze, an event whose potential for greatness is self-explanatory. But the most anticipated run of them all is their return to Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve over four nights at The Fillmore starting on December 28th. The Disco Biscuits are playing more and more dates, and whether you love them or hate them, go catch one and witness their live show. There is nothing else like it in the scene.You can watch full pro-shot video of The Disco Biscuits at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 2nd below via the band’s YouTube page:The Disco Biscuits – 11/2/18 – Full Show[Video: The Disco Biscuits]For a full list of The Disco Biscuits’ upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/1/18I: Confrontation-> I Feel Love-> Confrontation, After Midnight-> Basis for a Day-> Neck Romancer-> Basis for a DayII: Crystal Ball, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Tempest-> Little Shimmy in a Conga Line, Suspicious MindsE: Munchkin InvasionSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/2/18I: 1999-> Astronaut, Jigsaw Earth-> Triumph-> Jigsaw EarthII: Safety Dance-> Little Betty Boop (inverted)-> Spraypaint VictoryE: FloesSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/3/18I: Little Lai-> Fifth of Beethoven, Digital Buddha-> Pilin’ it Higher-> Abraxas-> Digital BuddhaII: Hot Air Balloon-> Bernstein & Chasnoff (inverted)-> Miracles-> Run Like Hell-> Hot Air BalloonE: Home-> Run Like Hell
The findings partially parallel an earlier study in which Chinese researchers found the SARS-CoV in the intestinal tract, sweat glands, and kidneys of SARS victims, in addition to the lungs. That study, however, found no virus in the lymph nodes or muscles. See also: Their study was published electronically in advance of the Jan 15, 2005, issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The authors note that watery diarrhea has often been reported as a SARS symptom. That observation and their own findings indicate that gastrointestinal involvement is common in SARS, which has “implications for infection-control measures and the potential for fecal-oral transmission in community outbreaks,” the report says. The study focused on victims of the SARS outbreak in the Toronto area from March to September of 2003. Autopsies were performed on 21 of 44 patients whose deaths were attributed to SARS. Fifty-one patients who died of other causes during the outbreak and underwent autopsies were used as controls. The researchers found SARS-CoV in 19 of 19 patients who died within 51 days after the onset of infection. All 206 postmortem samples from the 51 non-SARS patients were negative for the virus. Besides the lungs, the SARS virus was found in the small and large bowel, lymph nodes, spleen, liver, heart, kidney, and skeletal muscle of at least some patients. The virus was found in the small and large bowel in 73% (11 of 15) of patients, in the heart in 40% (7 of 18), and in skeletal muscle in 12% (2 of 17). May 10, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Study suggests food, sweat, waste could spread SARS virus” Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests were used to detect SARS-CoV in organ samples. Dec 23, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Although primarily associated with lung infection, the coronavirus that causes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spreads throughout the human body, Canadian researchers have found. “We observed extrapulmonary dissemination of the virus into all major organs, especially the bowel and lymph nodes. These data have implications for the clinical manifestation, disease course and outcome, and transmission of SARS-CoV [SARS coronavirus],” says the report by Gabriella A. Farcas and colleagues of the University of Toronto and three other Toronto institutions. Farcas GA, Poutanen SM, Mazzulli T, et al. Fatal severe acute respiratory syndrome is associated with multiorgan involvement by coronavirus. J Infect Dis 2005 Jan 15:191(2):193-7 [Abstract]
Good editors are hard to come by, and good friends even harder. If you find anyone who is able to be both, make sure you tell them they’re the best, even if it embarrasses them (yes, this one’s for you, Eric). I’m almost 22 and I became a student journalist the year I turned 15, as a high school freshman who was very dumb and very shy and who did not know a damn thing about AP Style. Now I’m eight years older, maybe a little less dumb and shy, and I am completely and irrevocably the person I am today because of the newsrooms that have raised me. When you’re a senior and you meet a wide-eyed freshman, look closely. They probably look a lot like you did four years ago. Do yourself a favor and buy that kid a coffee, because they’ll be kicking ass in the real world right alongside you in a couple of years. Thank you, to anyone who read what I had to say, to anyone who hated it or loved it. Thank you to every member of the Daily Trojan staff, and to every USC athlete who let me learn how to interview by asking them clunky or awkward questions. Thank you to that one dude who commented on a story that I needed to stop writing about sports and go back to watching Ellen DeGeneres and eating corn. Thank you to my mom for reading every, single thing I’ve ever written. My favorite piece of writing of all time (that’s a bold statement but I’m standing by it) is written, of course, by Rick Reilly, the immutable GOAT of sportswriting. It was supposed to be the last thing he ever wrote, a column called “Some truths I’ve discovered” that he published in 2014 when he thought he was hanging up his writing boots for good. You don’t need that third cup of coffee. Really. You don’t. I’ve been a student journalist for over a third of my life. There’s no writer’s block in the world that can’t be conquered by a late night walk across campus (or a dance break by Tomás Mier). I’m no Rick Reilly, and I’m nowhere near the end of my writing career, but as I come the end of my years as a student journalist, I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two about this gig that I’d like to share. So, if you don’t mind, I’m gonna ask for a few more column inches and a few more seconds of your life to share some of my own truths. There are lots of rules to writing. Break all of them. People will tell you that you shouldn’t start a feature with a quote, or that you can’t start a sentence with “and” or “but.” Sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they’re wrong, but the best way to figure out is to give it a try. Talk to everyone. The sports information director, the backup kicker, the water polo captain. Talk to them all. Everyone has a story, and anyone might have the story, the one that makes you the best writer you can be. Goodbyes aren’t easy, but I’m thankful for this one. These eight years have been unforgettable, and because of them I know what my future will look like — full of sports and stories and, most importantly, the people who I have met here, who made every early morning road trip and late night deadline the best of my life. Most of the time, I joke that I hate emotions. But senior year has this strange ability to turn anyone soft. Almost every day this week, I’ve bumped into an old friend on campus and almost began to cry over a random interaction. Every time I walk by Bovard, I feel a little twinge in my chest. Goodbyes are never easy, especially when they’re protracted, and the entirety of this year has felt like a long summation of goodbyes and lasts that are all culminating in the next two weeks. So there it is. My last column, and my last article published in a student newspaper. It’s bittersweet, the kind of goodbye I’ve been dreading and looking forward to for years now. I’m not sure what to say anymore, except one thing — thank you. Never get attached to the lede of your gamer. Just don’t do it. There will be an overtime or a last-minute equalizer, and then you’ll have to trash your darling intro to hurriedly type out something that will just never quite live up to the original. If you want a cookie in the press box, grab it early. Journalists are monsters and will eat every scrap of free food in half the time of any other human. Every story has the same focus, and we all write about the same thing. Sure, some people write about football and soccer, some about politics and arts. But at the end of the day, we’re all writing about people. That’s the only thing that matters. Everything else is just scores and stat sheets. Under any facade of toughness, most hulking, ripped athletes are normally huge softies. Find a way to tap into that in any interview, and you’ll be golden. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” ran weekly on Thursdays.