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Gordi Explores The Familiar And Unfamiliar Aspects Of Love On ‘Way I Go’

Australian singer Gordi’s last project came back in 2020 with Our Two Skins. The project stood as her sophomore album and delivered 12 magnificent records through it. Nearly two years removed from its release and Gordi is gearing up to share a new body of work with the world. It comes after Gordi collaborated with Alex Lahey and Troye Sivan while also remixing Julian Baker’s “Little Oblivions.” With her eyes set on the future, Gordi returns with “Way I Go,” a record that details the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of love along with an unrestricted video to accompany the new song.

Gordi spoke about the new song and its video in a press release. “‘Way I Go’ is about the newness and the oldness of being in love. How it saturates and warms you, expands and transforms,” she says. “The video was filmed in one afternoon and features me putting my short-lived career as a swim instructor to good use, before walking around the streets of Brunswick in Melbourne in a dusty pink blazer I bought for $5 from the local Goodwill store.”

“Way I Go” is also the lead single from Gordi’s upcoming six-track Inhuman which is set to arrive on July 15. A press release reveals that the project will explore the “trials of humanity, from love and identity to faith and religion, traversing the spectrum of sorrow to celebration.”

You can watch the video for “Way I Go” above.

Inhuman arrives 7/15 via Jagjaguwar.

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A Supposed Receipt From The VIP Bar At EDC Las Vegas Shows An Astronomical $323K Tab

In recent years, Las Vegas has become a mecca of sorts for music festivals. In 2022, fests from the all-encompassing Life Is Beautiful, to the nostalgia of When We Were Young to even the music and skateboarding mish-mash of Tony Hawk’s Weekend Jam, are all going down in Vegas. But perhaps the most significant one of them all — the largest electronic music festival in North America, mind you — is EDC Las Vegas (the flagship Electric Daisy Carnival event), which just went down last weekend. The three-day bash is the pinnacle of dance music, pyrotechnics, LED lights, and obviously, lavish Vegas spending too. Now a supposed photo of a bar tab receipt from the VIP bottle service area at EDC shows precisely just how insane the spending culture can be in Sin City.

A photo has been making the rounds showing an alleged receipt from the “EDC-LV – Kinetic Field” area of the festival, that totals well over $300K after tip. Most of the tab is comprised of multiple bottles of “Ace of Spades,” which refers to Armand de Brignac champagne. The bottle price for a 3 liter of the Brut is $25,000 and the party ordered four of those. There are also four 1.5 liter bottles ordered at $7,500 a pop. Water and Red Bull buckets come in at a meager $75 each, while there were also two 1.75 liter bottles of Absolut Elyx Single Estate Vodka (lol at vodka from a “single estate”) for $1,650 each, and more. There’s a 9% admin fee of more than $20K, cause why not? Meanwhile, the server, “Domaneque,” got more than $46K via a 20% service charge.

The best part about this though, is from a different photo of an alleged receipt that surfaced, showing a comparatively paltry $167,764.50 total tab after service and admin. The thing is, it looks like the minimum charge is $120,000 and the subtotal was $119,970. So of course, the Vegas bar added a $30 “Unmet Minimum” charge. What a time to be alive and what a whirlwind these trips to the bar must’ve been. Say what you will about all parties involved, but the real winner here? It’s Domaneque, who served both tables and cleared $70,000 in tips. Heck yeah Domaneque!

You can check out the receipts in the posts above.

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Stephen A. Smith Lost It When He Learned Jalen Rose Voted Kyrie Irving Over Trae Young For All-NBA

When the All-NBA teams were unveiled on Tuesday night, there weren’t an awful lot of surprises or snubs to be argued, but once individual voting was released, NBA fans got a chance to see some of the wild one-off ballots that inevitably get submitted.

The most absurd selection this year came from ESPN’s Jalen Rose, who put Kyrie Irving on the third team over Trae Young, despite Irving having played in just 29 games (to Young’s 76) with lesser production. It was a truly outrageous selection and on Wednesday night, after getting cooked on Twitter all day, Rose owned up to the selection being “a mistake” and saying he was glad it didn’t cost Young a spot — to the dismay of Stephen A. Smith.

Stephen A.’s “WHAT?!” was the reaction of pretty much everyone when they saw Rose’s ballot had Irving on it and kudos to Jalen for at least owning up to it as a bad decision, because there really is no defense of Irving for an All-NBA spot, but given the importance of All-NBA honors to players legacies and contracts nowadays, this is something that needs to be figured out before the ballot gets sent in.

He did have to answer to Stephen A., who lit into him in a hilarious rant that Rose couldn’t even really fight back against as Michael Wilbon just laughed.

Rose is not the first to make a wild selection and won’t be the last — sometimes on purpose and sometimes the result of the dreaded dropdown menu — and as he notes, luckily it wasn’t a situation where missing a vote cost Young a spot. The good news is there’s at least one man who will hold him accountable on the other end of that desk and make sure he can’t live down such a selection.

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Matthew McConaughey asks Americans to ‘do better’ after school shooting in his hometown

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

“The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?” he wrote. “We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”

The actor asked “Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers” to reconsider and “renegotiate our wants from our needs,” saying that gun violence “has tragically become our children’s issue.”

“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better,” he wrote. “We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.”

McConaughey ended his message by addressing the unfathomable pain the victims’ families must feel.

“To those who dropped their loved ones off to school not knowing that today was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming,” he said.

McConaughey is a proud Texan who once floated the idea of running for governor without revealing his political affiliation. His humble roots in the Lone Star State were part of his appeal as a potential candidate. “As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said after choosing not to run. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

Although his message stops short of advocating for gun control, it’s clear that he’s asking his fellow Texans to reconsider their relationship with firearms—a bold request for anyone considering a future in local politics. His message comes at a time when a majority of Americans believe in tighter laws to curb gun violence.

In 2020, firearms became the leading cause of death of children and adolescents in the U.S, surpassing motor vehicle crashes.

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Two sisters ask their stepmom to adopt them with sweet memory book

Sisters Gabriella and Julianna Ruvolo know that they’re extremely lucky. Their stepmom Becky Ruvolo has been there for them for most of their lives and it’s clear that they’re grateful to her for it. On May 9, Gabriella posted a video to TikTok to share the very special way the young women honored their stepmom for Mother’s Day.

In the short clip, you can see Becky flanked by the two girls, flipping through a book. On the video are the words “After 12 years… we finally asked our step-mom to adopt us.” As Becky goes through the pages, you can see her becoming increasingly more emotional before she gets to the last page. By then, all three of the women are crying.

“Really?” Becky asks, before putting her head down on the table in tears. “Is that a yes?” the girls ask before embracing her. It’s so touching, you can’t help but feel moved by it.

@gabbyruvolo after 12 years of love, our biggest dream came true 🥹❤️🥰 @beckyruv18 @juliannaruvolo #mothersday #adpotion #fyp ♬ Yellow – Coldplay

Pete, the girls’ father, is the one filming the entire thing, and while you can’t see him, you can guess his heart is swelling with love and pride as much as ours are while watching it.

“I was so caught off guard,” Becky Ruvolo told Good Morning America. “When I read that, it was just pure shock and an honor and the emotions of just like, ‘Is this really happening?'”

And it was really happening. If you ask the sisters, it was always a matter of “when” and not “if” they would ask Becky to officially be their mom. She met them when they were 8 years old and, as they all tell it, the connection was instantaneous.

“We met as friends and then she became mom and it was just, from the start, it was like love at first sight,” Gabriella Ruvolo told Good Morning America.

When Becky married Pete in 2013, she made sure the girls knew just how important they were to her by including them in the ceremony. In the 12 years she’s been in their lives, the twins have always thought of her as the strongest mother figure they have.

“We were already calling her mom because it felt so natural,” Gabriella said.

“We always went to her as we would a mom. She was always there for us,” Julianna added.

It’s really wonderful to see these two young women not only acknowledge the role their stepmom plays in their lives, but find a way to honor all the love and care she has put into them and their family.

“We figured like, what’s the best time to ask the biggest question we will probably ever ask? And why not make it on Mother’s Day? Ask our mom to officially be our mother on the day dedicated to her,” Julianna told GMA.

And what about their dad? Well, he couldn’t be happier, which is why he filmed the moment.

“To actually see it unfold, just filled me with such a feeling of pride, proud for my girls and for my wife. I know how happy that would make her and it really was such a special moment,” he said. He also added that the relationship between the girls and Becky “worked out better than I could have ever dreamed of.”

Based on how people reacted to the TikTok, it seems that stories like the Ruvolos’ are starting to reshape the narrative around blended families and the stereotypes about stepmoms.

“As a step mom to a daughter who never had a relationship with her bio mom …this put me on my knees,” one user wrote.

“My step mom adopted me and my brother may 14th 2018. so happy for you guys!” wrote another.

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Ed Sheeran Will Release Four New Songs Through A ‘Tour Edition’ Of ‘=’

Despite it being nine months since he released his fifth album = (Equals), Ed Sheeran has done a great job making sure that the album’s spirit stays alive during that time span. He recruited Taylor Swift for a remix of “The Joker And The Queen” and then called on Lil Baby for a new take of “2Step.” He’s also given performances of songs from the album on Saturday Night Live and at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. For his latest act, Sheeran is preparing to release a new edition of = with some new songs.

“There’s new Ed music on the way!” an announcement on Sheeran’s Twitter page read. “The tour edition of ‘=’ drops this Friday. Includes 9 additional tracks, 2 brand new ones, and 2 that were featured in ‘Yesterday.’” Back in 2018, Sheeran played a fictional version of himself in the musical film Yesterday which featured appearances from Himesh Patel and Lily James. His two original tracks from the movie, “One Life” and “Penguins,” were never officially released, but at long last, they will finally be shared with the world thanks to the tour edition of =.

It remains to be seen what the nine additional songs and two new records will be. The announcement comes after Sheeran’s wife Cherry Seaborn gave birth to their second baby girl.

You can view Sheeran’s announcement in the post above.

Ed Sheeran is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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Trump Reportedly Once Phoned Melania To Whine About George Conway Saying Mean Things About Him

There’s yet another Trump-era tell-all book out, but this one isn’t from a reporter or one of his enraged former staffers. It’s from Kellyanne Conway, his longtime senior counselor. Conway was there almost till the bitter end, and she continues to praise him, even as she’s been booed by the crowd at The View. But her book, Here’s the Deal: A Memoir, still contains some juicy and unflattering stories about her former boss.

One of them concerns Conway’s husband, George, who became one of his wife’s boss’ fiercest critics. George remains part of The Lincoln Project, comprised of longtime Republicans who dislike Trump so much that they tried to help Democrats destroy his chances for re-election. George was merciless with the former president, and per his spouse’s new book, it got to him.

“This guy is nasty. He won’t stop,” Trump is said to have told Melania over the phone. “And it’s our Kellyanne. She’s my top person. She knows a lot, too! What are we going to do?’”

But Melania tried to calm him. “Donald,” she said, according to Kellyanne, “this is not her fault. And she is a big girl. Strong and confident.” She reported added, “We don’t control our husbands — and you don’t control us!”

The Conways remain married, having celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. That hasn’t stopped George from continuing to trash Trump. And it hasn’t stopped Kellyanne from claiming that her husband was effectively “cheating” on her with his Twitter account.

(Via Insider)

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Turning schools into fortresses and teachers into trained soldiers isn’t the answer

Every time a school shooting happens, the idea of arming teachers and school administrators gets floated out by folks who believe the NRA mantra, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That notion is so ingrained in parts of the American psyche that a common response to repeated mass shootings of schoolchildren in their classrooms is to add more guns to the equation.

I understand the argument being made. If someone already on the scene was armed and prepared to respond to an active shooter without having to wait for law enforcement, perhaps a maniacal killer could be stopped sooner. And if maniacal killers knew that teachers and administrators were likely to be armed, perhaps they wouldn’t target schools as much. I get the seeming logic of the idea. I really do.

However, there are several fatal flaws with the argument, starting with the fact that the data simply does not back it up.

Armed guards aren’t the help people think they are, so why would armed teachers be?

According to a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open in 2021, there were armed guards present at 23.5% of school shootings from 1980 to 2019. In their analysis, the study authors found that “armed guards were not associated with significant reduction in rates of injuries; in fact, controlling for the aforementioned factors of location and school characteristics, the rate of deaths was 2.83 times greater in schools with an armed guard present.”

In other words, having armed guards standing at the ready doesn’t actually help like people think it does. There was an armed guard who was a former police officer in the Buffalo shooting earlier this month—he was was able to get one shot off and then was killed by the gunman. According to Texas Public Radio, the Uvalde gunman was engaged by law enforcement before entering the school—that didn’t stop him from killing 19 children and two teachers.

And we’re talking about security guards and police officers, whose entire job is to look for and respond to danger. If their “good guy with a gun” presence doesn’t help, why do we think putting guns in the hands of teachers would help?

I’ve been a teacher in a classroom. Teachers are already thinking about and juggling a dozen different things at any given moment. It’s already insane that we expect teachers to drop what they’re doing to run stressful, sometimes traumatizing active shooter drills. The idea of having to switch gears from dividing fractions or analyzing poetry to becoming a trained marksperson when you’re also trying to wrangle a couple of dozen kids in a terrifying and chaotic situation is utter lunacy.

Even trained police officers only have an 18% accuracy rate in high-stress shootout situations. And they are constantly preparing for it. Are we really going to add onto the workload of school personnel by expecting them to be able to take out a gunman that law enforcement often struggles to subdue?

Come on, now. Let’s be reasonable.

Guns and classrooms full of immature humans don’t mix.

The Harvard Injury Control Resource Center has found that, across the board, more guns = more gun deaths. Even just having a gun in the house increases a person’s risk of dying by gun homicide, as well as dying by suicide.

Now let’s imagine putting guns in schools and classrooms, strapped onto teachers and administrators. There is no way that makes kids safer. There’s just no way.

I’m 5 feet 5 inches and 130 pounds. One average high schooler could overpower me in five seconds. Against two kids, I wouldn’t stand a chance. How many incidents of kids taking guns from teachers would we see if teachers were carrying? How many incidents of teachers shooting their own students to prevent them from taking their gun would we see? How many more kids would be traumatized by witnessing such scenarios?

What if a teacher loses it in an altercation with a student? What if an armed adult accidentally shoots inside a school (it’s happened, in California and Virginia). What if a teacher takes off their gun to go to the bathroom and forgets about it? (That’s also happened in Pennsylvania and Florida—at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, of all places.)

And the idea of armed teachers being a deterrent? How many active shooters, who are often on a suicide mission anyway, would be deterred by the possibility of school personnel being armed? If 23.5% weren’t deterred by armed security guards, why would they be daunted by an armed teacher?

And we haven’t even gotten into what happens when law enforcement arrives and gets confused about who the good guys with guns are and who the bad guys with guns are.

Schools shouldn’t have to be turned into fortresses in a civilized nation.

If we really want to claim “greatness” as a nation and imagine that we hold any standing in the world as a beacon of freedom, we can’t turn schools into armed fortresses. No other developed nation has to do that. In no other developed nation are guns the No. 1 cause of death for children and teens. No other nation, developed or developing, has more guns than people.

We can talk all day long about mental illness and poor parenting and lack of moral compass, but every other country has those issues too. What they don’t have is easy, ubiquitous access to obscene numbers of guns and a culture that celebrates guns as symbols of freedom.

When guns are the leading cause of death for American children, they don’t mean freedom. When our babies can’t sit in a classroom without fearing for their lives, they are not free. The gun nuts can rant about tyranny all they want, but regular school shootings are not the price we have to pay for freedom.

In fact, the opposite is true. Freedom is literally the price we are paying to keep the gun lobby happy and politicians’ pockets lined. It’s long past time we recognized it and it’s certainly time to do something meaningful about it.

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Sky Ferreira Makes A Roaring Return With The Shimmering ‘Don’t Forget’

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a few artists make their return to the music scene after years of staying quiet. Kendrick Lamar delivered his fifth album Mr. Morale & The Bigger Steppers a couple of weeks ago and it came five years after DAMN. My Chemical Romance also released “The Foundations Of Decay” this month and that record was the band’s first in eight years. Now, Sky Ferreira is joining in on the fun as she returns with “Don’t Forget,” her first single since 2019.

Ferreira’s new record is a shimmering release that brings new hope to fans that her long-awaited second album, Masochism will arrive at some point in the near future. “Don’t Forget” is also Ferreira’s first song since she released “Downhill Lullaby” back in 2019, and that record at the time was her first in six years. With that in mind, it’s unknown when Ferreira’s next release will arrive, so for the time being, it’s best that we appreciate this new record for the foreseeable future.

Back in 2013, Ferreira released her debut album Night Time, My Time. It delivered 12 songs to listeners and by the end of the year, Night Time, My Time was heralded as one of the best albums of 2013. Fans of Ferreira are hoping for the same with Masochism.

You can listen to Ferreira’s “Don’t Forget” here.

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The Author Of ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Has Been Convicted Of Murdering Her Husband

In 2011, romance novelist Nancy Brophy wrote a curious blog post. It was called “How to Murder Your Husband,” and it detailed how she, in a purely speculative fashion, would do just that. One commenter joked that she would check up on her husband. Then, in 2018, Brophy’s husband was murdered. Nancy was a suspect and now, after a seven-week trial, she has been convicted of that very deed.

As per The New York Times, a jury found Brophy guilty of shooting her husband, chef Daniel, at the Oregon Culinary Institute, where he taught. The weapon was a “ghost gun,” or a handmade weapon used so as to be untraceable, which she made from parts ordered from separate outlets, including an extra slide and barrel she purchased on eBay. He was killed in the morning, before classes. Students arriving for class found his body.

The case against Nancy was, prosecutors admitted, all circumstantial. But they concluded that not only was there enough of such evidence, but also that no one else but her could have committed the crime. Nancy and her lawyers contended that she and her late husband were happily married and that she had no motive for killing him. She also claimed a fictional version of the deed for which she has been convicted would not hold up to scrutiny, saying, “An editor would laugh and say, ‘I think you need to work harder on this story. You have kind of a big hole in it.”

Nancy’s aforementioned blog post is not as incriminating as it sounds. In it, she runs through a list of weapons, whose efficacy she rates. Guns, like the one she’s said to have used, are “too loud and noisy.” Knives are too bloody. Garrotes require too much upper-body strength. She seems to conclude that poison is the best bet. The judge in her murder trial tossed the post as evidence.

The second-degree murder charge for which Brophy has been convicted carries a punishment of life in prison. She will be sentenced on June 13.

(Via NYT)