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TAUK Welcomes Nate Werth & Snarky Puppy Horns At Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgOn May 18th, TAUK took the stage for two sets of raucous and invigorating music, featuring no shortage of sit-ins at Brooklyn Bowl. For their first number of the night, the band eschewed some of the conventional trappings of jambandery—the pleasantries were skipped at the outset, such as the traditional “How y’all feeling tonight?”, with the group launching straight into the echoing, resonant number, “The Drop”. Each new measure brought a different dazzling display of tension creation and release, and the band’s simple but elegant light show emphasized that. The song names feel like a burdensome formality impeding the band’s ripping a swathe through genres and time signatures.For “Mokuba”, the drums seemed to play far more prominently than a conventional jam band, as the group’s explosive lead guitar riffs were sometimes more window-dressing to the cacophonous, slapping, and dominant rhythm. An incendiary guitar solo burst into existence before the guitarist fell to the back of the sound, and a real dance party got underway, without the minutiae that characterized the song’s buildup.“Ratchet” was a fiery meteor of a song, instigated by a devilish bass-lead as it streaked across the listener’s consciousness. There was more metal than any other genre in the solos, throwing off heat from the tenacity of the guitarist’s thrilling licks, which was complimented fascinatingly by his more constrained approach to the song’s composed framework. During “Flashback”, the band welcomed an additional percussionist, Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy. His engagement complimented the band, padding the sound in a way that made the music feel less confrontational. The timbre and tone of his instruments seemed to open things up, and his restrained use of rain noises managed to elicit an ambient presence that the band hadn’t displayed up to that point.As the song progressed into an improvisational space, a playful repartee between the organ and guitar picked up in intensity and pace, until their conjoined crescendo became a wail, and the guitar’s solo seemed to overtake the band in one triumphant climax. As the song wrapped with its final section, the guitarist managed to take these almost nonsensical notes and then thread them into a thrilling progression.The introduction of “Square 2” felt like some sort of Michael Jackson meets Umphrey’s McGee pop diddy. The relentlessly catchy keyboard line seemed to take the lead, with a guitar resolving complex problems as it kept the rhythm. The first proper keyboard jam was exhilarating and organic, less overwhelming than his guitar counterpart until a turn to math-rock brought it to a sudden lurching change, and the end of the song slapped the listener in the face.At this point in the night, the band welcomed members of the Snarky Puppy horns, whose entrance added a bleedy psychedelia over flapping keyboard explorations. With their addition, the music became praiseful and peaceful with a recurring riff suggesting tranquility in its symmetry. When the horns were given dominion, the entire tone changed and suddenly a riffing bobbing adoration overtook the sound. The upbeat overtook the downbeat, and the venue seemed to positively shake with fans embracing the dubbier feel. The horn players seemed to bring some of the influence of Snarky Puppy, with builds and drops reminiscent of the group. Suddenly the band’s relentless complexity in their arrangements became more charming than it was intimidating as the sustained notes from the horns over those riffs seemed to level them out.After a relatively brief setbreak, TAUK returned with Nate Werth. The second percussionist added a delicate detail to the rhythm of “Mindshift”, chasing the lead like a serpent after its tail, while the guitarist seemed to emphasize the septant’s flickerings. The first song’s theme was of a latin Bossanova twang, before accelerating off like a formula one racecar and flying through the finish line, checkered flags waving.Next, with patient strokes, TAUK slowly descended into a trance reminiscent of STS9 during “Let It Ride”. The musicians’ forbearance in avoiding a ripping peak gave the song a deep sense of yearning with an exploratory bent. Led by the drummer, the band came out of that trance to the tune of dominant echoing thunder that collapsed the space they’d created. That peaceful pulsing tone was then employed as the band brought the song to a crescendoing climax.“Stepwise”, a song with Middle Eastern threads was absolutely entrancing. While the light show traced an atlas of the stars, the band summoned desert fogs over the charming backdrop and sent the audience off into the deep space of their own heads. “Times Up” reflected the band’s confidence in dealing with arcane time signatures and taking ambitious risks. The guitar’s sound almost sounded like scat singing, as the guitarist threw his notes against the drummer like Jackson Pollock painting boulders. The heavy throbbing from a bass and keys solo was followed by a screecher from the guitar brought the song to a final, roaring resolution.The song “Pitter Pattern” marked the return of Snarky Horns, and the song’s eclectic jazziness provided a great framework for them. While the keyboard player gave his tone an almost cheesy, keytar-reminiscent squishiness, the tune provided the space for him to fade to the back and let the horn players to take some serious solos for the first time. Cries of “Blow baby blow” were hurled up from the audience, instantly infatuated with the trumpet-players flapping ease and wizardry.The next tune, “Premises”, carried a real passion in its reggae throes. While its build-up pulsed and echoed with electronic influences, the horns’ tone made things feel genuine and sincere as the band progressed into its more far-off reaches. A song with more rock and roll in it than a great deal of their other work, “Jupiter” seemed to really capture how fluidly the group can shift between genres, dropping into a jazz breakdown characterized by chaos over an eminently danceable funk bassline.After a brief encore break, the band returned with a very gentle rendition of “The Spot”, which was initially almost perplexing in its anticlimactic-ness. The song doubled over on itself and picked up, thrilling with the guitarist’s tight and fiery notes. The last song of the night saw the triumphant return of the horns, as the band played its heaviest-hitting banger of the evening, “Collateral”. At times verging into almost dubstep-territory, the song seemed to bend the notion of genre almost to unrecognizability.Walking out of a TAUK show, listeners find themselves in a state of both awe and exhaustion, truly fascinated by the level of intricacy in each song and outright marveling at the group’s capacity to perform the repertoire with such ease. There is some strange magic afoot in Oyster Bay, and it has given birth to a group of the most talented musicians in the jam scene, with a taste and tone so wide-ranging and eclectic that it almost seems to defy classification. The only way to really ‘get it’ one would suppose, would be by showing up to the next gig you can catch.last_img read more

Do Americans Really Want a Smaller Government?

first_imgAs the midterm elections approach, many conservative Americans are making the Tea Party-style argument that the U.S. government should be small, localized, and as personally unobtrusive as possible.But according to a new survey by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University, many who take that position also hold positions inconsistent with a small-government mindset…last_img

Band competes for a ‘good cause’

first_img The Notre Dame Band’s video on the website had more than 37,000 views as of Tuesday night, making it one of the highest viewed performances in the contest. While band members would love to win the contest and receive all the recognition that comes with the success, most are hoping Notre Dame wins so that they can give back to the community.  The band is involved in two separate programs, but both involve bringing music into the elementary school classroom. O’Leary said without these charitable programs, the schools band members visit wouldn’t have instruments or the lessons the members provide to the students. Now, the Notre Dame Marching Band is hoping the entire country will be able to see one of their unique routines on national television and raise money for a good cause along the way.  “We actually had planned on performing the song this year before the contest,” Assistant Band Director Emmett O’Leary said. “The song is a classic marching band tune and it worked well for us because there’s a lot you can do with it.” The Notre Dame band submitted a video from the halftime show they performed at Michigan State, which was identical to the halftime performance from the week before at the Michigan game in Notre Dame Stadium.  The performance was highlighted by Band Director Dr. Ken Dye’s musical arrangement, which featured the band members arranging themselves into a volcano — complete with smoke — and the leprechaun on a surfboard.  The contest was organized by CBS to coincide with the network’s premiere of the reboot of the drama, but the famous theme song has been a favorite of marching bands for several years.  “We make an announcement every day to keep voting because everyone is really excited about winning and contributing to the South Bend community in this way,” Garry said.  Even when the first half of a Notre Dame football game concludes and the scoreboard isn’t Irish-friendly, students and fans can always rely on the Fighting Irish band to perform at halftime. “Tons of different schools submitted film for this competition,” senior head drum major Glynnis Garry said. “I think we have a really good shot of winning. Our show is really creative and the arrangement is one of the best arrangements we’ve had in a long time.” The desire to give the money back to the community is one of the driving forces behind the band members trying to get the student body and alumni involved in the voting process. center_img The online contest, which takes place at cbscollegesports.com, features videos from all of the competing bands. Fans can vote once a day for their favorite band.  “We have our own Bandlink programs, where one is run through the Salvation Army for the public schools in the area and the other one we do ourselves for the Catholic schools,” senior assistant drum major Tim Zintak said. The band is one of 18 collegiate marching bands competing in CBS’s “Hawaii Five-O Marching Band Mania” contest, where university and college bands from across the country arrange, choreograph and film an original performance to the theme of the classic television show, “Hawaii Five-O.”  Zintak said he believes the contest is a perfect opportunity for the Notre Dame Marching Band to showcase their dedication to both their values and their art.  When the contest concludes on Oct. 4, the band with the most votes will receive $25,000 and the video of their performance will run on CBS.  “The Notre Dame band has stated from the beginning that if we win, the $25,000 will go to our charity programs,” Garry said.  “We have the students and a couple of staff members go to these underserved areas of town,” O’Leary said. “We’ve also supplied instruments to students in Jamaica through some international groups. There are several great things we could do with this money.” A few band members created a Facebook event titled “Vote for ND Band!” which asks students and other members of the Notre Dame family to vote everyday for the Band of the Fighting Irish’s submission. “This contest really highlights our commitment to service while exhibiting how well we perform,” he said. “I think that perfectly matches up the performance side with the service side that we think and hope the band should be.”last_img read more

Chris Sier appointed to lead UK cost transparency push

first_imgBy the end of this year the regulator intends for the group to have achieved consensus on a standardised cost disclosure template, based on Sier’s work with the LGPS. It will also aim to agree how the template will be used, how accuracy will be ensured, and how it should be adapted in future – including for use with “non-mainstream” asset managers”.“It is a brave appointment by the FCA,” said Con Keating, head of research at insurer Brighton Rock and a fellow transparency campaigner. “It makes a statement that the regulator isn’t going to take any prisoners.“To analyse a manager’s skill, you need data on performance, cost and fees. This will harm inefficient and corrupt managers. In so doing, it will make UK asset management more competitive globally.”Sier’s role as convenor is to bring together interested parties – including the asset managers’ trade body, the Investment Association, which initially fiercely rejected calls for transparency – but he has also done his own work on devising cost transparency frameworks.He recently gained recognition for his work adapting a Dutch disclosure template for use by local government pension schemes (LGPS), which has already shed light on areas of ‘hidden’ charges.The LGPS work was facilitated by Unison, the public-sector trade union, which now expects trade union representatives to be part of Sier’s convened committee.Colin Meech, national officer for Unison, said: “We hope that both Chris and the FCA recognise the role trade unions have played both in the UK and in the Netherlands in delivering greater transparency for pension funds. We ask both Chris as convenor and the FCA to ensure that there is a seat for the Trades Union Congress on the cost transparency committee.”The working group was proposed as part of a raft of recommendations from the FCA to improve the asset management sector, set out in its Asset Management Market Study. The UK regulator has appointed Chris Sier to oversee the new framework for cost transparency across the entire asset management sector.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has tasked Sier – an outspoken campaigner for improved disclosure – with leading a working group that will attempt to achieve a consensus on how to make asset management costs clearer.Sier – a professor at Newcastle University Business School – has campaigned for 10 years in both retail and institutional investment to uncover the charges that impact savers.Announcing Sier’s appointment, the FCA said the working group’s first meeting was slated for September.last_img read more

Community Zones to Compete for Tourism Enhancement Competition Prize

first_img Sharing is caring! 101 Views   no discussions Tweet LifestyleLocalNews Community Zones to Compete for Tourism Enhancement Competition Prize by: – February 13, 2020 Sharecenter_img Share                                                     Indian River, PortsmouthThe Dominica Community Tourism Association is inviting communities to compete for best tourism product in its Community Tourism Enhancement Competition.This initiative to enhance Dominica’s community tourism product will be anchored on four pillars: cleanliness, landscaping, hospitality and community involvement.At its launching on Wednesday, February 12th, Lester Riviere, manager of Dominica Community Tourism Association, relayed that the competition is expected to build greater awareness of Dominica’s community tourism subsector.He says that the competition provides an opportunity for communities to promote their uniqueness.“They can showcase their talents and abilities in craft, wellness, culinary skills and others. The good thing is that all the zones will be awarded cash prizes based on their participation and a winning trophy.”Meanwhile, President of the Association, Josephine Dublin-Prince says the competition’s concept is based on grassroots community development.“For that to happen, the base has to be energized,” she said. “This is to create the opportunity to villagers to understand the development…begins with them and transcends from what they do at the community level.”The five zones are:Zone 1 -Giraudel/ EgglestonZone 2-Layou, St Joseph and MeroZone 3- Grandbay and Bellevue ChopinZone 4- Soufriere and Scotts HeadZone 5-Wotten Waven and Laudat Sharelast_img read more

FBI Probe

first_imgEvery day or so you read in the papers or hear on the news that the FBI has named another coach or player who has been investigated for allegedly getting paid by a shoe company.  Coaches, like Rick Pitino of Louisville, have already been fired over supposedly many transgressions through the years.  In Pitino’s case it was more than just the shoe money.  In most of today’s cases, it involves money being paid to either players, their families, or some coaching member for getting a certain player to go to a specific university.I am wondering as this continues to drag on whether more coaches will be fired, or will it just make a huge noise for a while and then fade away.  In many cases in the past, big announcements were made against certain coaches or universities, but after a lengthy investigation very little or no action is taken at all.  Remember the North Carolina academic scandal?  No one lost their job as far as I know, and the university is still eligible for all championships.Shouldn’t the FBI be working on more important things like preventing school shootings & let these basketball investigations be taken by the NCAA?  Just wondering.last_img read more

Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli invite Man City for talks again

first_img Read Also: Bale expected in London today to seal Tottenham return Koulibaly had a contract agreed with Manchester City and is prepared to move, but will not go to war with Napoli as he is settled at the club. He is also open to a move to PSG if they can work out an agreement with Napoli. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 He is keen to see Manchester City revive their interest as it could mean that Napoli could earn more from the centre-back’s departure. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is hoping to see Manchester City revive their interest in Kalidou Koulibaly after he received an offer for the defender from Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester City have walked away from the negotiations after Napoli refused to drop their demands for Koulibaly, even after the Premier League giants offered a deal worth €70m. Koulibaly was Manchester City’s top target, but the club were left frustrated by Napoli’s demands and have turned their attention towards Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez. The 29-year-old defender could still leave the Serie A giants, with PSG tabling a bid worth €59m for him with Napoli. According to Italian daily Tuttosport, De Laurentiis is still counting on Manchester City to return to the negotiations for Koulibaly. The Napoli supremo resisting the temptation of accepting the offer from PSG for the defender in the ongoing transfer window.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Best Car Manufacturers In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

New cookie boosts inspiration from the Gil Scouts

first_imgWednesday, Indiana Girl Scouts started selling their cookies. They will be taking orders and selling at retail locations. New this year on the menu are the ‘Lemon-Ups.’ They are crispy lemon cookies with inspirational messages.You’ll also be able to pick up some of your other favorites like Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, and Tag Alongs. A box of cookies will cost you $5. The money goes back into area Girl Scout troops to help pay for activities and trips. Girl Scouts will start delivering cookies on January 22.last_img read more

O’Mahony hopes for better

first_imgIreland captain Peter O’Mahony is targeting improvements in this weekend’s clash with Canada.after beating the United States by just three points last time out. Press Association The visitors have made seven changes to their side for the match at Toronto’s BMO Field as they look to maintain their unbeaten record over the hosts. “It probably took us a day or two to reflect on our last 80 minutes, get over it and how we enjoyed battling through it and getting the 80 minutes under our belt,” O’Mahony said. center_img “I really enjoyed captaining the side. We’re focused on the 80 minutes, getting that under our belt and getting it done. “We talked about the breakdown and, with a couple of guys going down with illness, that’s not something that you can bat yourself around Tuesday and Thursday. It is up to guys to get themselves mentally right, today’s a big session for us and we have to make sure we’re in the right places and singing off the same hymn sheet.” Canada coach Kieran Cowley took heart from Ireland’s performance during their 15-12 triumph over USA. “We have seen a lot of these players play Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro12, we know them from that, but as a unit it was the first time to see them play,” Crowley said. “As a unit, they would have improved from that, it was their first hit out together and the US put them under a bit of pressure with their defence and it got a little bit messy. But I’m sure they’ll improve after another week together. “When you analyse games you take things from their game. They’ve had a run out now, so they will be a lot better and we have got to put in place our own things.” Ireland team: F Jones (Munster); F McFadden (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), J Downey (Munster), A Trimble (Ulster); I Madigan (Leinster), I Boss (Leinster); T Court (Ulster), R Strauss (Leinster), M Ross (Leinster); D Tuohy (Ulster), D Toner (Leinster); K McLaughlin (Leinster), T O’Donnell (Munster), P O’Mahony (capt, Munster). Reps: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), M McCarthy (Connacht), C Henry (Ulster), P Marshall (Ulster), P Jackson (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht). last_img read more

RVP excited by new United challenge

first_img So, whilst Manuel Pellegrini has to get used to life at Manchester City and Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea, but with a group of players that do not seem to fit with his philosophy, the argument goes that United are in peril. The theory does not really make sense, certainly not to Van Persie. “They can think what they want to think,” the Dutchman told the Guardian. “It doesn’t matter to us. What matters to us is the way that we work. “Trust me, we will work very hard. It’s a huge challenge to all of us and it is one we are looking forward to.” Van Persie took a risk by leaving Arsenal at this time last year. But it paid off handsomely as the Dutchman’s prolific form during the first two-thirds of the campaign allowed United to open up a massive gap on their rivals they eventually had no hope of closing. Van Persie also collected another Golden Boot prize to add to the one he claimed during his final season with the Gunners. And it is clear, there is much more for him to do. “I just see big opportunities. I still have more years left and it’s not like I am saying: ‘Yeah, we won the league so that’s me done’,” he said. Robin van Persie has rejected the notion Manchester United are more vulnerable this season than at any time in the recent past. “I want more now. It makes me even more hungry. We have a great bunch of players so we can win do better.” Meanwhile, United’s tour squad has been bolstered by the arrivals of Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling. Kagawa was always due to link up with his team-mates for the Japan leg of the five-match tour after being given an extended break due to his Confederations Cup campaign. However, Young and Smalling have been battling to overcome ankle and foot injuries respectively. Both have been deemed fit enough to join the tour and flew into Tokyo today before meeting up with their team-mates in Yokohama, where they will face the local J. League side, Yokohama F Marinos, on Tuesday. Even though the Red Devils claimed a record 20th championship by an imposing 11 points last term, Chelsea and Manchester City are tipped to overhaul them. The reason is obvious. The man who guided United to an incredible 13 Premier League titles is no longer at the helm. Press Associationlast_img read more