Newark's Omnisoul may not take over the world, but with Madden NFL 07, it may take over the world of music. Plus, beating the ban on yard waste, 10 Delacentric blogs you have to see and more.
Under Their Thumbs
Local rockers Omnisoul make one of the countrys most popular video games a real hit.
Rock stars and video games go together like television sets and hotel windows. Its natures way. So it was only natural that the countrys most popular video game has joined forces with Delawares most popular rock band.
Omnisoul, the chart-topping, UD-hopping, Fantastic Four-copping band from Newark was tabbed late last year to help soundtrack Madden NFL 07, the monstrously popular title from EA Sports. Madden, which made its debut more than 10 years ago, has sold more than 51 million copies, making it the most popular football video game franchise ever.
Omnisoul, on the other hand, is still working on its first official release since signing to New York based Wind-Up Records (the home of Creed and Evanescence) in 2005. Were currently writing new songs for the LP, says frontman Derek Fuhrmann. We decided it had been a long time since we first hit the studio. Weve grown as a band and have a bunch of new material we feel the album can benefit from.
With the album in chrysalis, the band asked the label to try to place one of its songs on Maddens soundtrack. With radio being so difficult, often times the best way to get through is with television, film and now video games, Fuhrmann says. Madden is something we knew we wanted. Its the biggest, best video game and it uses music in the best way.
The track, a soaring, stadium-ready rocker, made the cut, and joins the ranks of Audioslave, Wolfmother, Saves the Day, the Rapture and Lupe Fiasco on the Madden 07 soundtrack. According to the band, the song has already made its way to stadiums in the NFL, NHL, MLS and MLB and is a favorite of Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Its a dream come true, Fuhrmann says, especially as a big sports fan.
Listen for Not Giving Up during the Madden 07 title screen, during franchise mode and during breaks in gameplay.
As for Omnisouls best Madden player? Hands down, its myself, says Fuhrmann, a loyal Miami Dolphins fan. [Guitarist] Shawn [Manigly is] a close second place, but when it comes down to it, I dominate him. Matt Amis
Bank for Sale Own a piece of MBNA with one of these
FOR SALE: 200,000-square-foot public building with location, location, location, sited on Wilmingtons stately Rodney Square. Freshly restored granite façade. Interior needs TLC. Price: $20 million or BO.
The Daniel L. Herrmann Courthouse is just one of the glamorous properties Bank of America is selling in the wake of its acquisition of MBNA, the credit card giant that, in its heyday, gobbled up real estate like potato chips.
The Herrmann, a 1916 behemoth designed by Henry Hornbostel, whose work includes 22 buildings on the National Historic Register, was sold by the state to MBNA in 2002 for $13.5 million. Under the direction of then-CEO Charlie Cawley, MBNA poured cash into restoring the exterior, but, after gutting the interior, snipped its plan to transform the building into a grand corporate headquarters.
The cost to complete the job is estimated at $10 million and up. So far, the only serious suitor has been the statein on-and-off negotiations.
Looking for something a bit cozier? MBNAs corporate guesthouse, situated on 1.5 verdant acres off Pennsylvania Avenue, could fit the bill.
Originally constructed in the 1930s as the Haskell family estate, the property boasts a 10-bedroom, 9.5-bath main house and a nine-bedroom carriage house.
Its a beautiful place, very elegant, says Steve Crifasi of Patterson-Schwartz, who has listed the property for $3.2 million.
Zoned for both guesthouse and residential use, the mini estate features such upgrades as individual heat and air conditioning for each room. Furnishings are includedexcept for the art and antiques, of course, Crifasi says.
High flyers might be interested in two top-flight airplane hangars at the New Castle County Airport. The largest began as a single 19,000-square-foot hangar and was expanded by 18,000 square feet for a total of 37,000 square feetlarge enough to house five or six planes and two helicopters, should you have them lying around. Theres an additional 11,000 square feet for office and conference rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, showers, a locker room and private parking.
Its the Taj Mahal of hangars, finished in true, over-the-top MBNA style, says Pete Davisson, founding principal of Jackson Cross Partners. He adds that the property was appraised at $9 million.
The hangar and a smaller, slightly less lavish 10,000-square-foot hangar are generating a lot of buzz.
We are expecting multiple offers, Davisson says. It isnt every day that properties like these come on the market.
Eileen Smith Dallabrida
An Immodest Disposal
A ban on yard waste? Yo, DNREC, make like a tree and leave.
By now, everyone knows its the Year of the Yard Waste Ban. In an attempt to prolong the life of the Cherry Island Landfill, the powers that be instituted a ban on all grass clippings, leaves and other yard scraps that northern Delawareans previously bagged up and set on the curb without a second thought. Our options, were told, are to compost and mulch our yard waste, haul it to the dump ourselves or pay someone to get rid of it for us.
Hey DNREC, compost this.
These options are sending us over the hedge. They cost time, money or both. Were not going to stand for this sort of foolishness in our own back yards, so heres the dirt on beating the ban:
Twigs and branches
Add to soup, pass off as herbs
Open a paper mill
Donate as tinder for local Boy Scout troop-pyromaniac society
Find big stick, carry it, quote Teddy Roosevelt exhaustively
Turn into economy-grade fencing for baseball-hockey-billiards-jai-alai
Use for props and set design for amateur production of Into the Woods
Combine sticks with stones. It cant hurt, can it?
Smuggle into garbage in Pinot Grigio empties. (For the less affluent, Piels 40s will do.)
Use as organic coffee filters
Host luau, grass skirts abound
Use as economy-grade confetti
Murder weapon for the ultra-allergic
Hair replacement for the Chia look
Grassthe other white meat
Build scarecrow clone army
Rake into pile, hide inside from enemies, creditors or caterpillars
Visual aid for joke that begins, Why dont you make like a tree...
Reflect on the austere beauty of bare trees and falling leaves, appear deep
Use as economy-grade mattress stuffing
Make leaf pressings, impress absolutely no one
Who are we trying to fool? Maybe we should just pay.
Matt Amis and Drew Ostroski
The Blog Spot Too much time on your hands? Here are 10 Delacentric blogs youve got to see.
Bloggers: A rogues gallery of cranky Delawareans, though Wilmingtons Mike Matthews handles the bulk Subject matter: Politics, miscellaneous
Description: DWA deconstructs politics and delivers it with all the tact of a sledgehammer. The language may border on PG-13, but these guys rarely miss the mark.
Recent excerpt: Maybe you all in the 1st Senate District should have voted for Les Hendrix. Cause that mofos done more for the beauty of the East and Northsides than any [blank] representing that district has EVER done before!
Blogger: Wilmington resident Dana Garrett: husband, father, working joe
Subject matter: Delaware politics, environment, culture
Description: A champion of alternativeprogressive leftism, Garrett is also host of Progressive Voices, a radio program on UDs WVUD. Few blogs have a firmer grasp on Delaware politics than DW.
Recent excerpt: Why wasnt [Michael] Berg on the stage with other candidates? Objective Delawareans already know the answer: Real democracy only occurs accidentally in Delaware. Its rarely deliberate.