In September of last year, Dopapod dropped some big news on fans with the announcement of a yearlong hiatus that will span the entirety of 2018. After seven years as road dogs, the idea of time off resonated with the four-piece progressive jam band—comprised of Eli Winderman (keys and vocals), Rob Compa (guitar and vocals), Chuck Jones (bass), and Neal ‘Fro’ Evans (drums)—feeling that the year would allow them to write new music, spend more quality time with friends and family, and dedicate time to developing side projects like Octave Cat and Oval Sandwich.EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod’s Rob Compa Talks Allman Brothers, Phish, And Future Dopapod PlansHowever, Dopapod coupled their hiatus announcement with even bigger news: the band would be releasing a brand-new album, MEGAGEM, marking the group’s fifth studio release, ahead of an extensive fall tour that spanned through to New Year’s Eve. Especially with the hiatus looming, fans of the group relished the eight-track record. Now, with 2018 upon us and the group’s break in full swing, Dopapod has released a brand-new animated music video for MEGAGEM‘s “Mucho”.The new music video for “Mucho”, which was produced by Avalanche Artists, is truly delightful and features whimsical animations of robots by Curtis Peel. Riffing off the feel-good and ebullient feel of the MEGAGEM track and its positive, life-affirming lyrics, the vibrant video follows a robot as he discovers that’s there’s more to his dull binary life after finding a flower growing on the street and bringing it home. In tune with the overall message of the number, as Eli Winderman explained about the track, “Mucho has quickly become one of our fan favorites. I was trying to write something that was fun and that contained a lesson I’ve learned over the past few years, which is if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.”Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the official music video for Dopapod’s “Mucho”. While the band is on hiatus, make sure to keep an eye on the band via their website or Bandcamp page, as there’s a good chance the group will continue to slowly release new content sporadically in the coming months. As Rob Compa explained to us about recording MEGAGEM in the fall, “We actually recorded enough music to warrant another album coming out sometime next year.” Stay tuned, and enjoy the world premiere of the video for Dopapod’s “Mucho” below!
Autzen Stadium was as loud as it was cracked up to be, but the loss wasn’t about the noise.Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe Trojans were flagged six times for false start, but it wasn’t about the penalties.And USC had just as many takeaways as Oregon, but it wasn’t about the turnovers either.For the first time since coach Pete Carroll arrived at USC, the Trojans lost a game not because of a last-minute field goal or extreme misfortune.Instead, the Trojans were completely dismantled in a 47-20 rout, explained by words that haven’t been heard in Southern California since Carroll arrived in 2001.“We knew what was coming. It wasn’t like they out-schemed us, it wasn’t like they were more athletic than us — we just got beat,” USC senior safety Taylor Mays said. “They beat us straight up playing football.”The Ducks dispatched the Trojans by record-setting proportions, putting up 613 yards of total offense on a defense that was at one point thought to be among the nation’s best. It was the second-worst defensive performance in USC history, surpassed only in 1946 against Notre Dame.Junior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James embarrassed the Trojans on the ground, helping the Ducks rack up 391 rushing yards. Not since 1977 when Texas A&M rushed for 486 yards has USC played so awfully against the run.And the 47 points the Trojans gave up was the most since 1996, when UCLA scored 48 in double overtime.“This was a real mess for us tonight. Oregon did everything they wanted to do,” Carroll said.Masoli had a monster game, passing for 222 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 164 yards and another touchdown. The Trojans couldn’t seem to corral the Oregon quarterback, as he bounced off would-be tacklers and evaded sure sacks.“The runs that he popped, whether they were scrambles or by design, just broke our back,” Carroll said.James was just as impressive, putting up for 184 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound tailback is built similarly to Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers, and he was just as effective.“We just lost track of him back in the backfield about four or five times,” Carroll said.And what about the Trojan defense? Well, there were 11 guys in USC jerseys on the field, but I don’t think many people would consider that defense.At the beginning of the season, the defense was USC’s foundation. Remember how it tamed quarterback Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State? Remember how it corralled Jahvid Best at Cal?But after a second half letdown against Notre Dame, the whispers started. After giving up 36 points and 482 total yards to the Beavers, some eyebrows started to raise.Then it all came crashing down. Oregon scored practically every time it touched the ball. USC forced the Ducks to punt just one time in the entire game.To its credit, the offense hung in there in the first half, putting up 17 points and keeping the game within reach. But then it too started to sputter in the second half, probably because it was trying too hard to overcome an ever-growing Oregon lead.It’s been a long time since a USC team looked so outmatched. It’s been a long time since USC got smacked and instead of fighting back, it just rolled over.“They hit us in the mouth and they kept hitting us in the mouth,” Mays said.The mood in the locker room after the game was, not surprisingly, one of disbelief. From the starting quarterback to the fourth string punter, nobody ever expects to lose like this.“I never thought this could happen,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said.What makes this particular loss so debilitating for USC is the shock that Barkley and other players expressed. In close losses, like the one at Washington earlier this year, a team can point to a few elements that changed the game, whether it be turnovers, blown coverages or dumb penalties.After a blowout, there are no scapegoats — not a moment here or player there that could have changed the outcome. After being dismantled, you’re left only with shaken confidence and the knowledge that the team on the opposing sideline is better than you.The challenge now is for the Trojans to prevent this loss from defining their season.“We lost this game, but we don’t want to give up the rest of our season,” redshirt junior linebacker Michael Morgan said.And they won’t. The Trojans will probably respond and come back to win the rest of their games.But the sting of this sound beating will be with them for a long time.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Josh at [email protected]
Houston led the league last season with 65 regular-season wins, but came into the contest next-to-last in the Western Conference.They gained a spot as they continued to claw their way back toward .500, improving to 13-14.“Honestly, we’re in a hole right now,” Harden said. “You look at the standings, we’re in the 14th spot — it’s kind of depressing. But we’ve got to figure it out.“We continue to fight our way through it.”Harden said early-season injuries and the addition of new players contributed to the shaky start to the season, but he remained confident the Rockets can be a force in the West.“I just believe and trust in all my guys,” he said. “We’ll continue to build.”Harden scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets — who led 90-88 through three periods — finally pulled away in a game that featured 13 lead changes and was tied 12 times.He pulled down his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds remaining for the 37th triple-double of his career. He has produced four of the 13 50-point triple-doubles ever recorded in the league.Chris Paul added 14 points and nine assists, Clint Capela chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds and Danuel House added 15 points off the bench for the Rockets.James led the Lakers with 29 points and Kyle Kuzma added 24, but the Lakers saw a two-game winning streak end.– Spurs dominate Clippers –The San Antonio Spurs continued their rise up the Western Conference rankings with a fourth straight victory, 125-87 over the Los Angeles Clippers.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, connecting on 12 of 14 shots. That included his first three-pointer of the season.Rudy Gay scored 21 points and DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli added 14 apiece as six Spurs players scored in double figures.It was the Spurs’ biggest win of the season and gave them four wins in four games of their current six-game homestand. They had arrived back in Texas having lost two on the road to fall three games under .500 for the first time in two decades.“We had a lot of games on the road and that kind of caught up with us,” Aldridge said. “Coming home, guys wanted to recharge and take care of this home stand.”The Phoenix Suns took care of business at home, downing Dallas 99-89 to spoil the season debut of Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki.Nowitzki, who had ankle surgery in April, became the first player in NBA history to suit up for 21 seasons for the same team when he came into the game in the first quarter.He played just over six minutes and scored two points — banking in a jump shot on his first attempt of the night.Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the team were “thrilled” to have Nowitzki back on the floor, but the lowly Suns spoiled the party, snapping a 10-game losing streak.T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 30 points in the Suns’ 99-89 NBA victory over the Dallas Mavericks © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenT.J. Warren led Phoenix with 30 points. Jamal Crawford added 17 off the bench and fellow reserve Josh Jackson contributed 14.Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 15 points, but Dallas were undone by 23 turnovers.A trip south of the border proved fruitful for the Orlando Magic, who ended a three-game skid with a 97-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Mexico City.Center Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Magic, who trailed by four points with 7:35 remaining.Vucevic scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic secured the victory in front of a crowd of 20,021 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki greets teammate Maximilian Kleber after checking out of the first half of his first game of the NBA season against the Phoenix Suns © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 14 – James Harden’s monster 50-point triple-double powered the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 NBA victory over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.Harden, the reigning NBA Most Valuable player, added 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and his second 50-point game of what has been a frustrating campaign for the Rockets so far.