02Mar/21

Break Science Brings Members Of Lettuce For Live Band NOLA Late Night

first_imgSetlist Break Science Live Band at the Blue Nile Mew Orleans, LA 4/30/16 Spins>Reno, Tonight>Good Together, Zion Station, New Durtay, Lonely Heart>Goin’ Down, In Full Effect>Funky Style>Handclap Song>Funky Style, Throwback>I Can See It In Your Face, Let’s Go, Tycho, Boogie Down, Reaction Break Science took their signature hybrid sound of digital samples and sounds with live drums and keys in a far more organic direction with the addition of several members of Lettuce for a funky, sweaty show at the Blue Nile club in New Orleans on the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Trip hop auteur and programming wizard Borahm Lee and  rock steady beat keeper Adam Deitch have used their collaboration to explore a variety of music directions and dimensions, combining funk, EDM styled sound scapes that defy the listener to do anything but surrender and get lost in the grooves they lay down. Last night they were able to show once again how easily their sound could be expanded and enriched with additional live accompaniment by Deitch’s regular partners-in-crime from his main project, Lettuce.Lee was contained behind an array of keyboards and electronic music making devices that he put through their paces.  Not one for flashy, splashy distractions often used in these types of musical collaborations, Lee managed to make dozens of different contributions to each song between his loops, beats, drops and keyboard fills without overpowering his partner Deitch or their guests. It’s a testament to Borham’s deft touch that he could manage to do so much to guide the songs without taking over the show.Adam Deitch, as usual, put on a drum clinic, effortlessly cycling through the various styles and tempos the Break Science material requires with his permagrin showing just how much fun he was having as his musical worlds collided. As a producer as well as a drummer, Deitch is well of the importance of giving talented collaborators a comfortable place to do what they do best.  His familiarity with everyone sharing the stage with him was obviously a source of joy, and his eagerness to lay down a solid foundation for his friends to let loose upon was a testament to his skills and lack of ego.Bassist Jesus Coomes blended his trademark thumping, infectious bass lines with the deep drops and loops programmed in by Lee.  The Blue Nile has a deceptively deep sound thanks to speakers hidden in the stage itself that pumped the fat bass lines directly into the crowds nether regions, inspiring a rather sensual response from the packed crowd. Lettuce’s brass section, The Shady Horns A.K.A. Ryan Zoidis on sax and Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet each brought a unique addition to the show.  Zoidis used a variety of effects to paint dark, psychedelic overtones on the songs, coloring outside the lines and beyond the more straight forward approach he normally takes.  Bloom on the other hand cut through the wall of sound effortlessly with his trumpet and used his natural exuberance to connect with the audience and elevate the energy with his antics.Guitarist Adam “Schmeeans” Smirnoff worked himself into the mix with remarkable restraint that showed a sense of surety in his abilities that allowed him that has come with years of playing in a large ensemble like Lettuce. His smooth rhythm style the fleshed out each piece, with the occasional screaming solo line that reminded the crowd just how much he could do if he wasn’t fulfilling a more focused, supporting role. As each song flowed into the next, the musicians all found new ways to pass the baton between each other, no one player dominating for more than a moment or two.Jazz Fest sees dozens of rare combinations and collaborations each year, but few that come off as seamlessly as the Break Science Live Band show did last night.  The instrumental selections driving combination of funky grooves and entrancing beats seemed to be exactly what the audience needed, s a packed house was locked in a unified dance energy that only stopped when the early show was forced to end so that the room could be cleared for the separate late night show.  It was a pity that the night had to end, as the band and the fans clearly could have kept the love vibe they were sharing going to the break of dawn.  But in the end, beauty is defined by limits. For one incredible set of music a group of musicians kept themselves in check, serving the sound instead of their egos, and the result was a whole far greater than the sum of the parts. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

02Mar/21

Watch Mike Gordon Play Two Songs With Greensky Bluegrass

first_imgLast weekend, jam worlds collided when Mike Gordon performed with progressive bluegrass heroes (and longtime Phish fans) Greensky Bluegrass. The collaboration went down at the band’s inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, which took over the Hoxeyville festival grounds in Wellston, MI.Gordon came on stage toward the end of Greensky Bluegrass’ headlining set on Saturday, June 2nd. The Phish bassist took up an acoustic guitar for a cover of Alison Krauss‘ “Endless Highway” before switching to his usual weapon of choice—the electric bass—for a set-closing take on the Greensky original “Don’t Lie”.Gordon was on hand at Camp Greensky after wrapping up a main stage performance with his own Mike Gordon Band. According to Greensky Bluegrass dobro player Anders Beck, there was a 65% chance that Gordon would sit in at Camp Greensky, so the band was no doubt excited when he did. Fortunately, we can all relive the magic of Greensky & Gordon with this video courtesy of YouTube user Peter Huebner.Greensky Bluegrass feat. Mike Gordon – “Endless Highway” & “Don’t Lie”[Video: Peter Huebner]Can’t get enough of Greensky Bluegrass’ Camp Greensky collaborations? Head over to archive.org to give the full  Saturday show—which featured sit ins from Marco Benevento, Chris Jacobs, and Dusty Ray Simmons—a listen.last_img read more

02Mar/21

Glastonbury Confirms Full 2019 Lineup: Jeff Goldblum, Lukas Nelson, BABYMETAL, More

first_imgOrganizers for England’s Glastonbury Festival have confirmed their full lineup of performers for the 2019 event. Following up on the March announcement for the first round of 2019 performers which included The Cure, Tame Impala, Lauryn Hill, and Wu-Tang Clan, Wednesday morning’s announcement saw the addition of Mac DeMarco, Maggie Rogers, BABYMETAL, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and more to this summer’s event.Related: Britain’s FLY Open Air Festival Banned The Use Of PhonesOther artists included with Wednesday’s lineup additions include country star Carrie Underwood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Vaccines, Sunflower Bean, Four Tet, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Fatboy Slim, Tank and the Bangas, and actor Idris Elba, who will be DJing at the event. Another actor who’ll perform at next month’s festival is Venom star Riz Ahmed, who raps under his Riz MC creative alias.This year’s festival will take place on June 26th-30th this summer at its usual, notoriously muddy home in Pilton, Somerset, England. Glastonbury continues its reputation as one of the largest annual concert productions in the world, welcoming over 1,000 different acts over dozens of stages and performance spaces.Head to the Glastonbury website for general info, a full list of set times, and ticketing details.last_img read more

27Feb/21

Dell Announces Expanded Vostro Portfolio Designed for Small Business Professionals

first_imgDell Technologies World 2019 is upon us, followed closely by National Small Business Week, making it the perfect time to announce the launch of the latest additions to our Vostro portfolio, the Vostro 13 5000 and Vostro 15 7000, designed with the needs of small businesses in mind.Michael Dell founded Dell Technologies in his college dorm room with a revolutionary idea and a great deal of dedication and hard work. These are key ingredients that company founders must possess to start – and successfully grow – a small business. Here at Dell, we understand the challenges facing small businesses today and have built our products and advisory services to enable them to scale, thrive and remain a competitive force in the marketplace, starting with our Vostro line.This is why we are thrilled to launch our new Vostros. The Vostro 13 5000 is the thinnest and lightest Vostro ever, designed for on-the-go business professionals. This portable 13” notebook is just 14.9mm thin with a weight as light as 1.18kg (2.6lb) and is encased in an aluminum cover that is both durable and sleek. The FHD display is surrounded by a 3-sided narrow border, which was made possible with the new 2.7mm HD webcam. While the HD camera provides a clear viewing experience, Waves MaxxAudio Pro boosts volume and SmartByte software ensures video-conferencing applications receive network bandwidth priority to reduce buffering, making it the perfect laptop for on-the-go business professionals who need to attend meetings from anywhere.To add to the lineup, the Vostro 15 7000 is our newest 15” laptop catered to professionals who need a high-performance computer that looks stylish, while keeping cost down. Encased in aluminum and featuring a narrow border FHD display, it is both durable and sleek. With up to Core i7 Intel Coffee Lake-H 6-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, a 97 WHr battery and an optional triple drive expandability storage option, this performance laptop is ideal for content creators or businesses that run intensive applications and need plenty of storage & performance when working on large projects.Vostro laptops come with security features that are easy to use for any business user. With an optional single-sign on fingerprint reader and built-in hardware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip, users can instantly authenticate their systems and feel confident their data is well protected against malware and cyber threats.Dell also knows that small businesses rely on their technology partners for continued support. Therefore, we are offering the option of Dell Pro Support, which provides our customers with 24×7 direct telephone access to advanced-level technicians who are locally based relative to each small business.Small businesses play an incredible part in the nation’s economic growth and that does not go unrecognized. According to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), micro businesses make up 92 percent of all U.S. businesses. As we head into the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, on May 5, a special time when we celebrate the impact of small businesses nationally, we’re excited to kick it off with new Vostros designed to enable and empower small businesses and entrepreneurs.The Vostro 13 5000 will be available on dell.com on May 16 starting at $849. The Vostro 15 7000 will be available on dell.com on May 16 starting at $1149.last_img read more

30Dec/20

Mountain Mama Sits Down with Joe Driver from Sycamore Cycles

first_imgSomewhere around grade school, the realization sunk in that when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, they expected a single answer. One of my greatest struggles remains how to experience all the cool stuff in this world. Now when people ask me what I do, sometimes I just say that I’m a dabbler.It’s easier than explaining my non-linear career path from lawyer to middle-school-librarian to sea kayak guide to ski instructor back to a lawyer, which evolved into a real estate investor and writer. No matter how many careers I try on, there will be some jobs I never get to experience.Take servicing bikes.A few months ago I watched Joe Driver from Sycamore Cycles build my Yeti. A smile spanned my face, as my bike materialized before my eyes. For me, seeing someone connecting pieces into my bike was as far from my personal skill set as a street performer juggling a butcher knife, a metal bat and a butternut squash. That day I got the closest I’d ever come to knowing what it’s like to work in a bike shop and mess around with bikes, so I decided to sit down with Joe and get the scoop on working at Sycamore Cycles.Our conversation went like this:So rumor has it that you sometimes ride in jeans. Is that true or just Brevard bike lore?If it’s below fifty, I wear jeans. Skinny jeans are better than tights. The day I interviewed for Sycamore, we rode out in Pisgah. I was in the parking lot with Art, another employee at Sycamore, and Wes, the owner, and Art looked over at me, “You ready to go, you’re wearing jeans?” I said yep.  Art and Wes just sort of shrugged and exchanged a skeptical look.They hired me anyway.IMG_7760So what was that job interview like?We went for a ride in Pisgah, Cove Creek, Daniel’s Ridge and Cat Gap. On the way there I was nervous about keeping up or riding like crap. We didn’t talk business at all, just talked about riding. It was the weirdest and best interview I’ve ever been on. I was pinned the whole time. After the ride we went to dinner. It was instant click with all the guys, everyone I work with is great and now we’re like a family.Were you worried about what to order?Hell yeah, I didn’t know whether to get a beer or not. Then Wes ordered one so it was easy.How did you find out about Brevard? I kept hearing about the riding here. Last fall I came for a long weekend and we arrived in the dark. The next morning we rode. It was love at first light. Everything was closed by the time we finished riding. After that weekend of riding Pisgah, I wanted to figure out how to live here. I didn’t go to downtown Brevard. I didn’t know about the waterfalls. I hadn’t even heart about Dupont. It’s been one amazing discovery after another.IMG_7762How long have you been biking?Five years ago my best friend, Seth, said we should buy bikes.I was reluctant because whatever I do, I’m all in. Seth convinced me and we each spent a thousand bucks. After three rides I was officially hooked.The next thing I know I have a five thousand dollar bike, I started racing, and I was working at a bike shop.I knew there are better bikes so I needed one. I told myself that I have so much fun on an entry -level bike, how much more fun could I have on a better bike.When did you know you’d like to work on a bike?I’m pretty mechanically inclined so I can work on anything.  I started with simple stuff – adjusting gear, headsets, brakes, and changing flat tires. From there went from selling slash service to primary service. Now I mostly just wrench.I like fixing stuff whether it’s a bike or working with hands, figuring stuff out, making it work.What’s your least favorite part about the job?I don’t like to be greasy. The guys tease me because I wash my hands like twenty times a day.What’s your favorite part?Developing relationships with guys who work there. I like going to work, and end up going there even on my days off. When you walk into the store, someone wants to know where you went, everyone cares about each other and customers.I love working at Sycamore, I guess you could say I’ve got a lot of brand pride.Are there any upcoming races that you’re training for?This weekend some guys from Sycamore are going to 12 hours of Tsali, an endurance mountain bike race with a four-person team. We’ll each take turns riding the loop. It’s a great to be able to race together.Then ORAMM – Off Road Assault of Mount Mitchell – is July 31st. It’s 60 miles, 10,500 feet of climbing That’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’m excited about it. I know it’s going to hurt. What tips do you have for beginners just starting to ride?Just start showing up – check out local mountain bike rides and look for group rides in your area. From there, challenge yourself, try new places and new things.last_img read more

30Dec/20

Outdoor Updates: Three cows lost in Hurricane Dorian found on an Island

first_imgJoin the lottery by submitting an application through the lotteries page on Recreation.gov or via the recreation.gov app. Mark your calendars, river rats. The 2020 river permit lottery season begins on December 1. That’s the day you’ll be able to enter the lottery for your chance to raft, kayak or canoe some of the most famous waterways in the United States. Lotteries will be held for permits on the following rivers: Middle Fork of the Salmon River; Salmon River; Snake River—Hells Canyon; Selway River; Rogue River; Desolation Gray—Green River; Salt River, Dinosaur Green and Yampa River; and the San Juan River. It’s believed that the cows swam four or five miles across Core Sound and washed up on the shores of Cape Lookout, pushed by the strong storm surge. Had the cows not had their lucky break and washed ashore on Cape Lookout, they almost certainly would have been swept out into the open sea and drowned.  Are you looking for a primitive outdoor experience but don’t want to brave the elements? Six new camping cabins at Goose Creek State Park offer campers an upgrade from tent camping. The new camping cabins feature air conditioning, heat, and electrical outlets and can sleep up to six people. Outside of the each cabin is a grill, fire ring, picnic table and tent pad. All cabins have a covered front porch with Adirondack chairs. A bathhouse with showers and sinks is also available on site.  2020 river lottery season opens on December 1 Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County, NC opens new camping cabins When Hurricane Dorian slammed into the North Carolina coast in September it had a devastating effect on the wild cattle that call the area home. On Cedar Island, which was hit with Category 1 force winds and rain, all 20 of the wild cows that lived on the island disappeared after the storm. The cows were assumed dead, but a month later one was seen at Cape Lookout National Seashore. A few weeks later, two more cows were spotted in the same area.  Three cows that went missing during Hurricane Dorian are found on an island miles away from shore  The new campground also has 22 RV campsites. “For the people that like primitive sites they can continue to come and enjoy the primitive sites,” park superintendent Doug Lequire told WITN news. “For the people that want a little higher end camping or a little bit more modern camping they can come and stay at our RV sites.”last_img read more

16Dec/20

Freeport Stabbing Leaves Homeless Man Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man was stabbed in a wooded area of Freeport where three others died in the past six years, including another homeless man who was murdered, New York State police said.The victim, 44-year-old Narciso Cruz-Vazquez, was found suffering from stab wounds in a homeless encampment in woodlands just north of Sunrise Highway and just west of Meadowbrook State Parkway shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, police said. The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries.“He was stabbed multiple times in the torso and is in stable condition,” State Trooper Frank Bandiero told the Press. “He has lived along the Meadowbrook Parkway for years.”The encampment is a short walk from a Freeport village day laborer hiring site, where undocumented immigrants gather to wait for temporary employment. Two homeless men were found dead in the same woods six months apart in 2012 and a third homeless man was convicted of killing one of them.Henry Martinez-Ramos was sentenced last year to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing to death 21-year-old Ermis Alonzo, with whom he had an ongoing dispute, in October 2012. Martinez-Ramos, who also lived in the same woods, hid the victim’s body under a pile of railroad ties next to the adjacent train tracks, authorities have said.That case came after 33-year-old Jose Garrido-Lobo was found dead in those woods in March 2012, but investigators did not suspect foul play, police said at the time.And in 2009, another homeless man, 65-year-old Miguel Angel Sanche, died when his shanty caught fire in an encampment less than a mile north of the latest incident in the same stretch of woods.last_img read more

18Nov/20

Open applications for the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

first_imgThe UNESCO Network of Creative Cities (UCCN) was established in 2004 and seeks to strengthen cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor in sustainable development in terms of economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects. More information, as well as an application guide and application form, can be found HERE. All cities of UNESCO member states and associate members can apply. There is no limit to the number of residents in the city who apply for membership in the Network. To apply, you need to access the documents listed on the official website and find out what it takes to make the city a creative city of the UNESCO network. The network today numbers 180 cities from 72 countries from all parts of the world. By joining the Network, cities acknowledge their commitment to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life, and urban development plans. The UNESCO network of creative cities covers seven creative areas: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. Incomplete applications or those received after that date will not be evaluated. Applications must be submitted in English or French.center_img Source / photo: Ministry of Tourism; UNESCO The application deadline is June 30, 2019, by midnight, and the names of the new Creative Cities for 2019 will be announced by the end of the year. On the website Creative Tourism Network a competition has been announced to join the UNESCO network of creative cities, and they are ready to assist potential applicants in submitting applications.last_img read more

19Oct/20

North Korea rejects South’s offer of envoys, vows to redeploy troops to border

first_imgTopics : Moon “greatly favors sending special envoys for ‘tiding over crises’ and raises preposterous proposals frequently, but he has to clearly understand that such a trick will no longer work on us,” KCNA said.”The solution to the present crisis between the North and the South caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of the South Korean authorities is impossible and it can be terminated only when proper price is paid.”There was no immediate comment from Moon’s office.Any moves to invalidate cross-border peace deals pose a major setback to Moon’s bid for more lasting reconciliation with the North, while complicating efforts to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea said on Wednesday it had rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating bilateral tensions, and vowed to redeploy troops to demilitarized border units in the latest step towards nullifying inter-Korean peace accords.The announcements made by state media agency KCNA came one day after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office set up in a border town as part of a 2018 agreement by the two countries’ leaders, as tensions flare over propaganda leaflets sent by defectors into the reclusive state.South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Monday offered to send his national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and spy chief Suh Hoon as special envoys. But Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior ruling party official, “flatly rejected the tactless and sinister proposal,” KCNA said.center_img Kim Yo Jong also harshly criticized Moon in another KCNA statement, saying he had failed to implement any of the 2018 pacts and had made inter-Korean ties a “U.S. puppet.”In Monday’s speech, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Moon expressed regret that North Korea-U.S. and inter-Korean relations have not made progress as hoped but asked Pyongyang to maintain peace deals and return to dialogue.In a separate KCNA dispatch on Wednesday, a spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People’s Army (KPA) said it would dispatch troops to Mount Kumgang and Kaesong near the border, where the two Koreas had carried out joint economic projects in the past.Police posts that had been withdrawn from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will be reinstalled, while artillery units near the western sea border where defectors frequently send leaflets will be reinforced with the readiness alert heightened to the level of “top class combat duty,” the spokesman said.The North will also restart sending anti-Seoul leaflets across the border, he added.”Areas favorable for scattering leaflets against the South will open on the whole front line and our people’s drive for scattering leaflets will be guaranteed militarily and thorough-going security measures will be taken,” he said.The KPA said on Tuesday it had been studying an “action plan” to re-enter zones that had been demilitarized under a 2018 inter-Korean military pact and “turn the front line into a fortress.”Seoul’s defense ministry has urged North Korea to abide by the agreement, under which both sides vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and dismantled a number of structures along the DMZ. last_img read more

29Sep/20

Contributions must rise for Dutch builders’ scheme, says chairman

first_imgThe Netherlands’ industry-wide pension fund for construction workers, BpfBouw, is eating into its funding surplus because its contribution rates were set too low, according to its chair. Contributions for the construction scheme will have to increase as they do not cover the running costs, the board said in its 2018 annual report. Unions and employers in the construction industry would have to agree on a new funding arrangement, it said.“We cannot continue like this,” said Mieke van Veldhuizen, chair of the board of the €52.8bn scheme, who represents employees.According to the annual report, BpfBouw’s coverage ratio fell by approximately one percentage point last year, although it subsequently rebounded to 115.7% at the end of March 2019. A declining coverage ratio reduces the chance of pensions being indexed. The scheme has not been able to raise pensions in line with inflation for years. As a result, pensioners have lost around 9% of the purchasing power on their pensions.“It is up to social partners to determine the contribution level,” Van Veldhuizen said. “It is up to us to determine whether we can manage pensions in a balanced way. We have stated that we cannot go on like this for years. Because of the low contributions, we are eating into the coverage ratio and thereby disadvantaging pensioners.”BpfBouw has added its voice to those of metal and engineering sector funds PME and PMT, which have already warned that the current contribution levels are too low and should probably rise next year. The only alternative to a contribution increase would be a reduction in accrued pensions.The effects of a planned new pension system – which is still being hotly debated in the Netherlands – are difficult to estimate. Until an agreement is reached, the current rules need to be applied.BpfBouw is the fourth-largest pension fund in the Netherlands and the only one of the Dutch ‘big five’ that is not at immediate risk of having to lower its pension payouts, due to its healthy funding position. After years of stagnation, the scheme has been able to partly index pensions in the past couple of years to keep up with price inflation.last_img read more