The people on board the doomed Titan submersible spent their final moments listening to music in darkness, a new report revealed, as the last known photo of the father and son killed has been published.
Details have emerged about the fatal 18 June expedition, with the New York Times reporting how the divers prepared for the expected 12-hour trip.
Father and son Shahzada and Suleman DawoodBritish billionaire Hamish Harding, French sub pilot Paul-Henri Nargeolet and Stockton Rush, the chief executive of the company OceanGate that owned the submersible, were killed when the vessel suffered a catastrophic implosion.
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Titan debris brought to shore
The last known picture of Shahzada and 19-year-old Suleman has been published. They are pictured on the mothership the Polar Prince wearing an orange waterproof jacket and a life vest.
Christine Dawood, Shahzada’s wife and Suleman’s mother, said they were also given OceanGate flight suits, waterproof trousers, steel-toed boots and helmets.
The Dawoods almost did not make the expedition after their initial flight from Toronto to St John’s in Newfoundland was canceled and their rebooked flight was delayed.
The prominent Pakistani family had met Mr Rush and his wife in February at a cafe near Waterloo station, where they discussed the design and safety of the submersible.
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In the days before their death, the divers attended safety meetings and presentations on board the submersible’s mothership, the Polar Prince, a former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that was built in 1959.
The five people killed were told to eat a “low-residue diet” the day before the dive, and not to drink coffee that morning.
They were also asked to load their favorite songs on their phone to play on a Bluetooth speaker, but Mr Rush insisted no country music be included.
Divers were told to wear thick socks and a hat, as it would get colder the deeper the submersible went.
The five were also warned to avoid getting their feet wet from condensation that would form on the floor.
During the dive, the victims would have only seen bioluminescent sea creatures through the 21-inch porthole on the way down to the Titanic wreckage, as the floodlights were turned off until the submersible reached the seabed to save the battery.
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Mr Rush, the pilot, usually sat at the back of the submersible away from the porthole. The others sat with their backs to the curved walls.
The submersible typically descends at about 25 meters per minute, according to the New York Times, so those on board would feel no sense of motion.
The US newspaper also reported that more Titan missions were aborted than accomplished.
Read more: What happened to the vessel? The stories of the ‘true explorers’ on board
The first four OceanGate dives this year did not reach the Titanic.
There were extensive safety concerns, with several submersible experts flagging issues.
During a Titan mission in 2021, divers had to move their weight from side to side to dislodge weights attached to the submersible which would result in the vessel coming back to the surface when a dive was aborted.
Several investigations into the implosion are under way after pieces of debris were found about 487 meters from the Titanic five days after the vessel lost contact.
I think it’s time for another Mayhem singles round-up, don’t you? Here coming the fourth for 2023, it includes a baker’s dozen of tunes that have been passed on to me or recommended during the previous few weeks and months, there are some rather spiffing tracks.
It features many artists and bands that have appeared on Mayhem’s pages before. There are also four great cover versions in this collection. There are new tracks from Avalanche Party, Apollo Junction, Vaquelin and Liz Davinci who I think all have new albums coming out sometime this year. Judging from their latest offerings, choosing Mayhem’s album of the year for 2023 will be very difficult! Let me know what you think of this great collection of tunes!
You will find a YouTube link to each song in the title (or a link to the audio of the track) and a link to the artist’s website or one of their social media pages when you click the artist’s name. You can also find the link to a Spotify playlist of all these songs by clicking here.
“Serious Dance Music” – Avalanche Party
Ain’t no party like an Avalanche Party and the AP boys are back with what is most definitely a tune for partying to. You probably wouldn’t play this at a work event! I sense an Amazing Snakeheads influence in this fast-paced, frenzied, frenetic, funky, feral, fest of a song. The band all seem to be in top form, especially Kane’s drumming. This is the first single from their upcoming sophomore album, ‘Der Traum Über Alles’. The video is very classy indeed.
“History” – Apollo Junction
The Apollo Junction boys are back with another offering that will feature on their third album, due out later this year. For the first minute, it is soft, acoustic, mellow and pensive. Then the sound continues to build with an almost drone-like guitar sound underpinning it. It finally builds to an immense orchestral-sounding, epic finish. The harmonies are superb and I can imagine this sound echoing across festival fields for years to come. Possibly my favorite Apollo Junction song so far.
“The Grayston Boogie” – Hazy Janes
This is a fine slab of fuzzy, dirty, electric blues. If you are not doing the Grayston Boogie by the end of the track then you should frankly seek medical help. The video has a few fleeting tips as to how to boogie in a Grayston way!
“Back To Black” – The Palava
A brave choice to cover this one. No one could ever hope to emulate the original Amy Winehouse, so the Palava chose to take the song in a different direction. An immaculate blues rock vocal and some gritty, scuzzy garage rock style guitars. I have seen the band play this live and they do it well, but this recording is so much better than that! I bloody love it!
“FKN H8 U 2” – Sad Like You
This bunch is from Adelaide, Australia and this track is reminiscent of the softer side of Blink 182. It is a close-to-perfect amalgam of great pop punk and emo. A heartfelt tale of heartbreak. I am looking forward to hearing more from Sad Like You.
“Pain Reliever” – Liz Davinci
Is Liz Davinci descended from Leonardo? I don’t know, but she is certainly an incredibly talented artist. Vocally there are elements of Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega, and Marcella Detroit here. This tune is beautiful and almost baroque in its construction. I love the way that Liz is not afraid to use the space between the notes. This augers well for her forthcoming album ‘Fata Morgana’.
“Five Years” – Easy All Stars/ Steel Pulse
This is the second cover in this singles selection (there will be more) and it does what I think makes a perfect cover in that it isn’t a simple facsimile of the original. This is the first track to be released from the Easy All Stars forthcoming album of a reggae reimagining of Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ album. This one works perfectly and bodes well for the album. The Dame’s rarely touched reggae, and when he did it was never particularly good in my opinion. But Easy All Stars with Steel Pulse show with absolute certainty that Bowie can work in a reggae style.
“Feelin’ Good” – The Black Skies Ft. Hellbound Glory
We have another cover in the singles round up. This time it was a smoky, heavy, swampy, garage rock version on Nina Simone’s iconic classic “Feelin’ Good”. For me this version takes back ownership of the song from Muse after Matt Bellamy’s somewhat histrionic and over-the-top take on the tune from a few years ago.
“Tell Me With Your Eyes” – Witch Of The East
Witch Of The East returns with a fabulous new song. This is punk, post punk, electro, dance with a goth icing and a pinch of New Order. Based on this, if there is another Witch Of The East album in development it will be bloody wonderful.
“Back-Alley Barn Dance” – I Tell Lies
Get into this band now, then when they break big you can impress your friends by saying you were there at the start. This song is full on rock with large shots of Yard Act and Sleaford Mods and a shady undercurrent of mounting anger. Go see them live as soon as you can!
“Wicked Game” – JW Paris
Gemma, Danny and Aaron returned with a stonking cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. It feels like the Velvet Underground made the song originally back in the 60s and then Isaak covered it in 1989. OK, I know that isn’t true, right? This must be top of the list to be on the Twin Peaks soundtrack if there is ever another remake, prequel or sequel. I love that in the blurb to the video on YouTube the band state “Dear lovers, snoggers and nighttime doggers. We’ve recorded a cover of one of our favorites in light of the smoochin’ season” that cracked me up, well the nighttime doggers bit anyway!
“The Bona Fide Money Laundering Society” – Vaquelin
Another banging tune from Vaquelin, it kicks off like Led Zeppelin on Quaaludes and the vocals are classic 70s rock style with a dash of Bowie’s Tin Machine Style. The screaming lead guitar, particularly in the last part of the track is something Mick Ronson would be proud of. The second album from Vaquelin looks like it will be better than the first based on this tune!
“Greed” – The Undercover Hippy
The Undercover Hippy is an expert at protest tunes, because it’s done in a very clever and subtle way. The reggae backing has shades of another great band, Captain Ska. This song questions the greed and or incompetence of our less than industrial leaders. We need more artists like this calling out the scummy liars in government.
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David Crosby was fond of “letting his freak flag fly” even to the end.
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The iconic folk-rock songwriter and instrumental guitarist in the formation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash passed away earlier this week at age 81, leaving behind an incredible legacy.
His death came less than two months after he released a solo live album and just a week after announcing a California concert. It also came a little more than one week after the death of the legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck at age 78.
In what’s described as Crosby’s last video interview before his death, the singer candidly discussed his mortality and continued his musical journey in the final years of his life.
“I’m sort of towards the end of my life. However much time I’ve got, isn’t really the significant thing. It’s what I do with that time,” he told the interviewer.
“It looks to me that the only contribution I can make, the place that I can help is to make more music and do it really well, and spend whatever time I do have trying to make it better, trying to make more music.”
View that video interview here, and check out the Local Spins review of his final West Michigan concert, which took place at Kalamazoo State Theater in 2018: David Crosby stays relevant with old and new songs.
VIDEO: An interview with David Crosby (Flex Media)
A cause of death hasn’t been announced.
Of course, Crosby’s career also included bickering with bandmates and trouble with drugs, but fans will remember him best for the groundbreaking music and wonderful harmonies that he created.
“One of the real greats who will be remembered forever,” one fan wrote on Facebook. “Thank you so much for a lifetime of wonderful music memories.”
Wrote another: “Greatest harmony singer of his generation.”
Read more about Crosby and reactions from his bandmates at Billboard here: https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/david-crosby-dead-byrds-csny-crosby-stills-nash-obituary-1235202047/. Billboard also has created its list of the Top 10 songs ever recorded by Crosby.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S NOR-EAST’R ANNOUNCES ITS 2023 FESTIVAL LINEUP
One of northern Michigan’s favorite grass-roots festivals has announced its lineup for 2023, ranging from familiar names on the regional music scene such as Drew Nelson, Jill Jack and Jen Sygit to emerging artists Charlie Millard and Ben Traverse.
Taking place June 9-11 at Oscoda County Fairgrounds in Mio, Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival ranked No. 3 in Local Spins’ 2020 readers’ poll of favorite Michigan festivals.
Drew Nelson & Hwy 2 (Photo/Anna Sink)
In addition to the aforementioned artists, the 2023 event will feature Harper & Midwest Kind, The Rough & Tumble, Annie & Rod Capps, Chain of Lakes, Josh Rose & The Founding Fathers, Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis, Ruth & Max Bloomquist, Blue Water Ramblers, The Whiskey Charmers, Michael Robertson and many more.
View the full roster of performers online at noreastrfest.org or scroll down for the festival poster.
Early bird tickets – available until April 15, when prices go up – are $25 for an adult day pass or $55 for a weekend pass. Tickets and details online here.
And check out Local Spins’ Michigan Music Festivals 2023 Guide with a full listing of Michigan festivals.