Cory Wong is the jedi-master secret weapon of Vulfpeck, plays on 70% of The Beautiful Game, and is referred to as “the album’s Billy Preston.” Vulf-fans might recognize his name from the final track of the 2016 album, or perhaps from some of his appearances with the band in Internet land. Wong’s style blends in perfectly with the originality of the Ann Arbor-bred phenomenons. He’s the subtle hero who can take a guitar part and turn it into his own magical Vulf-y thing.Longtime fans of Vulfpeck are already hip to the name, as Wong made his debut collaboration back in 2013 in their YouTube video “TOUR VLOG 002” when the band had the night off in Tulsa and got funky with the strat-o-master. The jam has since evolved into “Cory Wong,” a song that snuck into Vulfpeck’s live repertoire over the summer and is featured as the final track on The Beautiful Game. Watch the first-ever “Cory Wong” below:Today, Vulfpeck releases the official video of the 2016 album’s recording of “Cory Wong,” complete with Vulfy commentary, original studio videography, and live footage from the Teragram Ballroom performance on June 23, 2016. Released four years after the song’s totally random conception, it’s songs like this that make Vulfpeck so special.Read more about Cory Wong and his work with Vulfpeck in this interview.
BRITT — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Monday to shut down an alleged puppy-laundering ring partly operated in Hancock County.Spokesman Lynn Hicks says the ring sold nearly 1,300 puppies. “And what puppy laundering is, basically is and effort to obscure the source of dogs and deceive customers about where the puppies are coming from,” Hick says.He says the pure-bred puppies were sold as rescue animals by non-profit organizations to organizations outside of Iowa. “Especially places like California and Chicago, which have bans on puppy mill dogs,” according to Hicks. “You can’t in those locations, you can’t buy dogs that have come from anywhere else besides animal shelters or rescue groups.”In addition to California and Illinois, the dogs from Iowa were also sold in Florida and New Jersey. “There is a for-profit breeder based in Britt call J.A.K.’s Puppies. And our lawsuit is alleging that they are essentially serving as the broker, and transferring these dogs through two non-profits — Hobo K9, and Rescue Pets Iowa — essentially laundering through the non-profits, selling them, and exporting them out-of-state,” Hicks explains.The lawsuit alleges the puppies were sold from September 2016 to July 2018 for $714,510. Hicks says they want the operation stopped. “We’re asking the judge to dissolve the non-profits, number one. We are asking them to put a temporary injunction stopping all the defendants in this case from doing any business or charitable activities involving transferring animals and stopping them altogether form doing deceptive practices. And we’d also like to see some civil penalties,” Hicks says.He says they are also seeking refunds for those who bought these dogs. “These dogs were sold for, in some cases, a few thousand dollars at pet shops in California and Chicago. They thought they were buying rescue pets — and they actually didn’t know where they were coming from,” Hick says.The individuals names in the lawsuit are: Jolyn K. Noethe of Britt, president of Hobo K-9 as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies; Kimberly Dolphin of Britt, treasurer of Hobo K9, as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies; Megan Peterson of Wesley, a manager with J.A.K.’s Puppies and secretary of Hobo K9; Russell Kirk of Ottumwa, president, secretary, treasurer and director of Rescue Pets Iowa.Hicks says you should know where the animal you are buying is coming from. He says it is likely not a rescue animal if they are charging you thousands of dollars. “In some cases these dogs were not spayed or neutered. Those are all red flags that this is probably not a rescue dog. Most rescue organizations charge minimal fees,” Hicks says.The lawsuit seeks civil penalties for up to $40,000 for each violation. read more