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The Album That Changed My Life: Phish’s “Lawn Boy”

first_imgThere is so much that could be said about Phish‘s second record, Lawn Boy. The album, released in 1990, contained an incredible array of genres packed into one varied album. The track list contains several songs that are now considered classics, as the band continued pushing their skills as both composers and improvisers on the album. The album contains masterpieces like “The Squirming Coil”, “Reba”, and “Split Open and Melt”, as well as songs that would go on to be live staples like “Bathtub Gin” and “Run Like an Antelope”. Lawn Boy was a landmark album in 1990, and it was the one that truly announced Phish to the world and got them signed to Elektra records. Although the album was released in 1990, it didn’t reach my ears until twelve years later, in 2002, as a young 15-year-old at sleepaway camp.I grew up in New York City and listened to all sorts of music. My parents were music lovers, and my Dad was in the music business, so they made sure my brother and I listened to everything. They played us a lot of the Beatles and Steely Dan, and my mom made sure we listened to the Ramones. We listened to the Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Oasis, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers when they blew up, and in a way those bands would shape my musical sensibilities. Eventually I would start playing the drums and started learning about jazz, and I discovered improvisational music, which was, of course, a huge discovery. My freshman year of high school, I saw Dispatch at Roseland Ballroom (RIP) and Soulive with Ryan Zoidis, Rashawn Ross, and Sam Kininger at the Tribeca Rock Club (RIP), and I started becoming interested in music that wasn’t necessarily played on the radio.By the time I got to camp that summer, I was ready and willing to listen to music I had never heard before. My mom is the best, and she used to send me new CDs and Rolling Stone Magazine when I was away at camp, and I distinctly remember reading an article about the first Bonnaroo (which took place in 2002), and reading about Trey Anastasio from a band called Phish. I had only heard of Phish, but never listened to them, and certainly no one I knew listened to them. But Rolling Stone made Bonnaroo sound incredible, and I promised myself then and there that I’d go one day (I have since gone eight times and it is glorious), and I also promised myself I’d look into this band Phish. Luckily, it turned out that a friend of mine had borrowed her brother’s copy of Lawn Boy for the summer. When I saw the album cover, with a vacuum buried in turf, it struck me as very strange, but I was interested to hear what they were all about. I quickly asked if I could borrow it, and she obliged; I eventually would take her with me to my first Phish show in 2004 in Brooklyn at Keyspan Park out of sheer thanks.When I put the album in my walkman, It was like being transported to another world. “The Squirming Coil” was, for a lack of better words, epic. The intricate guitar playing of Anastasio was incredible, and Jon Fishman‘s drumming was otherworldly. The songs distinct sections were compelling, with the band eventually building into the composed section to its peak. I remember being floored when the song’s “we got away” refrain kicked back in, and of course Page McConnell‘s piano-solo conclusion was beautiful. I remember hitting the pause button, and re-listening to the track three or four times in amazement before moving on to the rest of the album. The song still remains one of my favorite Phish songs, and is constantly the answer to my friend’s questions of “what song I’m chasing”.Finally, I moved on to “Reba”, which is such a different energy than “The Squirming Coil”, and immediately Phish’s diversity became clear. The band was almost silly in their inclusiveness of musical genres. I was intrigued, but then the song’s composed section began and I was once again transported to another world. This was the music I had been searching for! Tight, composed, unique, interesting, and adventurous. Eventually, the track reached it’s famous jam section, and it blew my young mind. It was a combination of all of the music I had been exposed to, mixed together into one exciting, indefinable genre.“My Sweet One” followed, and the bluegrass vibes brought a huge smile to my face. I had never listened to bluegrass before, and the quick song really piqued my interested. However, it was “Split Open and Melt”, Mike Gordon‘s brooding bass line, and the song’s dark and wailing guitar outro that fully made me understand this band. I barely had a moment to breath before the jazzy “The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony” started, with it’s silly song structure and audible laughing in the background of the track. I started laughing along with the track, because how couldn’t you? The band’s sense of humor perfectly matched mine, and I loved every second of it.The next track, “Bathtub Gin” was straight weird. I remember thinking that Anastasio’s vocals were somewhat creepy on this track, and I remember thinking that it was unlike anything I had ever listened to. There is an inherent weirdness to Phish, and I guess I must be weird too because I was definitely drawn to that side of them when I listened to Lawn Boy. “Run Like an Antelope” then took me on an unforgettable nine-minute musical journey. the song’s sinister jam section exposed me to “tension and release” improvisation for the first time, and I couldn’t imagine a more exciting musical outlet. Here were four musicians, pushing the envelope in so many different directions, all essentially soloing at once and yet as a unit. It was remarkable.“Lawn Boy” was the only song I felt that I could actually play on the drums, so during the song I was already plotting out how I’d practice it when I got home from camp. Not only did the album make me want to listen to new music, it also made me want to play music differently. I wanted to play progressive rock, funk, jazz…and I wanted to jam! The album, of course, comes to an end with “Bouncing Around the Room”, which drew me in with its poppy, in-the-round vocals and blissful ending.I absolutely loved the album. I think I borrowed it for two weeks before my friend made me give it back to her. I then discovered that my camp counselor had every Phish CD with him in our bunk. I had an entire new universe to explore, a universe I am still exploring to this day. I never would’ve gotten there without that Rolling Stone magazine and my friend’s brother’s copy of “Lawn Boy”. The album is truly special to me, as it is to so many others, and finding it was a landmark moment in my musical life.last_img read more

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Aqueous To Team With Members of Umphrey’s McGee For NYC Late Night

first_imgThe up-and-coming powerhouse that is Aqueous will support Umphrey’s McGee at a number of high-profile shows this summer. The bands recently linked up for a show in Baltimore at the Pier Six Pavilion, and the result was an absolute monster of a performance, so fans have a lot to look forward to for this epic pairing. Kicking off this exciting run is a play at New York City’s Central Park SummerStage on Friday, July 7th, which will feature one set of Aqueous and two full sets from Umphrey’s.When Umphrey’s McGee concludes their show at Central Park, guitar master Jake Cinninger and keyboard wizard Joel Cummins will head over to the Highline Ballroom for some late night madness with Aqueous. Billed as the “Official Umphrey’s McGee After Party: Aqueous with special guests Joel Cummins and Jake Cinninger,” the unique lineup will play together for the very first time at this special late night performance.Watch moe.’s Vinnie Amico and Joel Cummins perform “Kid Charlemagne” with Aqueous at Summer Camp below:Tickets are available now via Ticketweb.– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music Presents: Official Umphrey’s McGee After Party: Aqueous with special guests Joel Cummins and Jake CinningerWhen: Friday, July 7thVenue: Highline Ballroom – 431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011Ages: All AgesPrice: $15.00 adv / $20 dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 11:00 PM[cover photo courtesy of Bill McAlaine Photography]last_img read more

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Streaming Series Featuring Village of Fredonia Debuts Tomorrow

first_imgImage by Small Business Revolution / Deluxe.FREDONIA – A streaming series filmed in the Village of Fredonia that features local businesses will debut tomorrow on Hulu and Amazon Prime.Amanda Brinkman, founder of Small Business Revolution, will speak virtually at an outdoor event that will kick off the show’s fifth season which filmed in the Chautauqua County village earlier this year.The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce and Festivals Fredonia are hosting the socially distanced reveal party starting at 5 p.m. at the Vineyards Golf Course on Berry Road in Fredonia.Anyone in the community is welcome to attend, as long as they wear a mask and social distance themselves from others. Several local businesses are featured in the show, including Fresh & Fancy Floral Design Studio, The Hair Bar Salon, Lena’s Pizza Wings and Subs, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, Nyce & Clean Auto Detailing, Om Nohm Bakery & Café, and Vineyards Golf Course. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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IEEFA update: Tipping point looms for fossil fuels as capital flows to renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享December 21, 2019 (Sydney IEEFA) — A tipping point for the future of fossil fuels may have been reached this year as financial markets massively down-rated traditional energy companies, with their slumping share prices destroying “staggering” amounts of shareholder wealth.That is the view of Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who argues in his new report Tipping Point: Global Renewable Energy Leaders Outperform on Global Markets that professional investors now recognise the inevitability of thermal coal’s decline and the uptake of clean, renewable energy.Investors in coal-fired power plants, he notes, “are banking on questionable premises. First that governments will not put a substantial price on carbon emissions or pollution, and secondly, that the double-digit deflation in renewable energy and battery technologies will cease.”BUCKLEY CONTRASTS THE PERFORMANCE OF EIGHT OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST LISTED, PRIVATE RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSET OWNERS/INVESTORS that are aggressively decarbonising their holdings with diehard fossil fuel stocks, showing that renewable energy investments vastly outperform them.The stock price of Australia’s Macquarie Group, a leading investor in green energies, has risen 129% over the last five years, quadrupling the Australian equity market’s growth. But in 2019 alone, Australia’s four main coal miners – Whitehaven, Yancoal, New Hope Corp and Coronado Coal, have declined between 18% and 37%.“As the capital flow moves to predominantly bankrolling renewable energy, the capital market derates the incumbent industry now owning stranded thermal power plants,” say Buckley.“The world could well look back on 2019 as the tipping point: The moment when global capital markets accepted the technology-driven inevitability of a crossover from polluting thermal coal and increased uptake of sustainable, clean, renewable energy.”Full report: Tipping Point – Global Renewable Energy Leaders Outperform on Global MarketsMedia Contacts Kate Finlayson ([email protected]) +61 418 254 237Eric Meijer ([email protected]) +61 490 449 601 Author contact: Tim Buckley ([email protected])About IEEFAThe Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) conducts global research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy. IEEFA update: Tipping point looms for fossil fuels as capital flows to renewables Shareholder wealth destroyed as thermal coal goes up in smokelast_img read more

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Western Australia government approves proposed 15GW solar and wind project

first_imgWestern Australia government approves proposed 15GW solar and wind project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus Media:The Western Australia (WA) state government has approved development of a 15,000MW solar and wind project, which will export electricity to Indonesia and supply the WA iron ore sector.The project, in the Pilbara region of the state, is the first stage of the proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), which is targeted to expand to 26,000MW, WA minister for state development Alannah MacTiernan said.Most of power generated from the project is earmarked for export to Indonesia, while 3,000MW will supply the local mining sector.The project will also provide markets in Asia with green hydrogen and ammonia, MacTiernan said.The AREH consortium includes Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and Australian private-sector energy firms CWP Renewables and InterContinental Energy.AREH is the largest renewable energy export project planned in Australia. The 10,000MW Australian-Asean Power Link in the Northern Territory (NT) includes the construction of a 3,000MW high-voltage power transmission cable which will transmit power from a proposed solar farm to Singapore.[Kevin Morrison]More: Western Australia OKs renewable power export projectlast_img read more

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Prospects for seasonal flu vaccine supply improving

first_imgAug 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Prospects for an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccine this year brightened today with federal approval of a new flu vaccine and a report of progress in fixing problems at Chiron’s flu vaccine plant in England.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) Fluarix vaccine for use in adults. In addition, the FDA said Chiron has made “significant progress” in addressing problems at its flu vaccine plant, where contamination last year forced the company to scrub the sale of about 48 million doses of vaccine to the United States.Referring to both developments, Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told CIDRAP News, “This is very good news. We’re cautiously optimistic, but there are still things that are unknown.”Allen, who works in the CDC’s National Immunization Program, said the CDC currently estimates the US flu vaccine supply for this season will range from about 79 million to 87 million doses. That includes 50 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 3 million doses from MedImmune, 8 million from GSK, and between 18 million and 26 million from Chiron.”That would be roughly equivalent to the number of doses that are used in a typical flu season,” Allen said.The demand for flu shots this year, in the wake of last year’s shortage, is a big unknown, he said. “We don’t really know how the public is going to react this year and the impact of last season on [vaccine] uptake.” People who didn’t get vaccinated during last year’s shortage and never caught the flu may feel they don’t need a shot, while others may hurry to get a shot because they fear another shortage, Allen said.He said some recommendations on priorities for flu immunization would be published tomorrow in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The FDA said Fluarix, which contains inactivated flu virus, is the first vaccine to gain approval under the agency’s accelerated approval process. The process allows the FDA to license products on the basis of results that are “reasonably likely to predict ultimate clinical benefit,” as opposed to actual proof of efficacy.”Accelerated approval has allowed us to evaluate and approve Fluarix in record time so that we can make available additional safe and effective flu vaccines,” FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said in a news release. “I commend our Center for Biologics for taking extraordinary steps to help us be better prepared for both the upcoming and future flu seasons.”GSK showed that Fluarix generated levels of protective antibodies that are likely to be effective in preventing flu, the FDA said. The agency said it evaluated data from four clinical studies involving about 1,200 adults, as well as data from post-marketing reports from other countries where the vaccine is used. Officials said they would also require the company to conduct further clinical studies.Fluarix has been in use since 1992 and is currently distributed in 92 countries, GSK said.The report on progress at Chiron’s British plant came after a 9-day FDA inspection in July and subsequent communications between Chiron and the FDA. The company said in a news release, “The FDA found Chiron’s responses and proposed corrective actions to the FDA inspection observations . . . to be ‘generally acceptable.'”Dr. Jesse Goodman of the FDA said in a statement, “The letter that we issued to them this week is a positive development and shows significant progress on their part. However, additional work is needed to determine the amount of vaccine Chiron may be able to supply the U.S. market for the upcoming flu season. FDA will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of their corrective actions going forward. In addition, any vaccine produced must pass all tests for safety and potency before it can be marketed in the U.S.”The British government suspended Chiron’s manufacturing license when contamination was found at the plant last year. But British regulators authorized the company to resume production in March, after the company improved its equipment and processes.”We remain focused on our objective of delivering Fluvirin vaccine to the US market in support of public health efforts to prepare for the upcoming influenza season,” Chiron CEO Howard Pien said in the news release.See also:FDA announcement of Fluarix approvalhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108481.htmlast_img read more

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Dutch pension-fund ‘herding’ threatens financial stability, DNB warns

first_imgDutch pension funds exhibit herding behaviour in their investment policies, which could pose a danger for financial stability, according to research conducted by regulator DNB.The Dutch financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad, quoting from a survey to be published in ESB, a magazine for economists, said “aping behaviour” was the most obvious example of herding.Four DNB researchers, who analysed the monthly trading data of 39 pension funds between 2009 and 2016, found several signs that the schemes had emulated similar-sized schemes or the three largest Dutch pension funds – ABP (€359bn), PFZW (€172bn) and PMT (€63bn).They said this was a problem, “as pension funds ignored their own data, which leads to markets working inefficiently”. They also noted that pension funds responded in a similar ways to changes in legislation, said Het Financieele Dagblad.For example, the researchers found that Dutch schemes began hedging the interest risk on their liabilities through interest swaps after legislation changed in 2007 and the pensions system became increasingly susceptible to interest-rate movements.Further, pension funds tended to re-balance their investment portfolios in a similar way in the wake of market movements.Dutch pension funds in general use quite narrow bandwidths in their strategic investment policies, which requires them to re-balance continuously.If they achieve a significant return on their equity holdings, for example, they need to divest stock to prevent an overweighting in their asset mix.In the opinion of the DNB’s researchers, however, this kind of herd behaviour is actually positive “because it increases stability, as it counters cyclical price movements”.Dutch pension funds, with combined assets of more than €1.3trn, comprise a substantial part of global pension assets worth more than €26trn.Because they have evolved to become major players on the financial markets, the focus on their investment behaviour has grown.Dutch schemes investing or selling the same assets at the same time could exacerbate market volatility, according to the DNB’s researchers.last_img read more

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Belgian woman euthanised after heartbreak

first_imgChristian Concern 11 February 2016FAMILY FIRST COMMENT: This is a disturbing but predicted outcome of euthanasia: “The law requires that two doctors and a psychologist evaluate a person’s request for euthanasia. In Belgium, euthanasia on the grounds of ‘unbearable suffering’ is permitted. In this case, the doctors decided that Tine’s break-up was a reasonable justification for her wanting to end her life. The two sisters felt that very little effort was made to persuade Tine to live.”  Two women have spoken out about the euthanasia of their sister, Tine Nys, in Belgium.On Christmas Eve 2009, Tine, who was 37 at the time, announced her intention to pursue euthanasia, following a split from her boyfriend.She was killed by lethal injection on 24 April 2010, with her parents and her sisters Lotte and Sophie by her side.In a recent interview with Terzake, a Flemish current affairs television programme, Lotte and Sophie expressed their dismay at the attitude doctors took toward Tine’s request.The law requires that two doctors and a psychologist evaluate a person’s request for euthanasia. In Belgium, euthanasia on the grounds of ‘unbearable suffering’ is permitted.In this case, the doctors decided that Tine’s break-up was a reasonable justification for her wanting to end her life. The two sisters felt that very little effort was made to persuade Tine to live.Not only did the three doctors fail to communicate with each other, but they failed to offer treatment for Tine’s diagnosed autism.One doctor described Tine’s death as “a lethal injection administered to a favourite pet to end its suffering”.A Flemish psychiatrist, Joris Vandenberghe, commented: “This is really very worrying. The bar for euthanasia should be higherREAD MORE: http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/belgian-woman-euthanised-after-heartbreak?utm_source=Christian+Concern&utm_campaign=ce19b2199c-WN-2016-02-13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-ce19b2199c-127299873last_img read more

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Wolves land £19m-rated Portuguese winger from Olympiacos

first_imgWolves have completed the £19million signing of Portugal winger Daniel Podence on a four-year deal from Olympiacos.Advertisement Promoted ContentMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseRevealed: 6 Hidden Secrets Of The Great Wall Of ChinaThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath Away The 24-year-old can play on either wing and is just the latest Portuguese addition to a Wolves squad laced with impressive players from the country. Podence touched down in the Midlands on Wednesday for a medical and has now put pen to paper on a deal that will see him go straight into Wolves’ squad for the game against Manchester United on Saturday.center_img Loading… Read Also: Wolves unveil Ecuador forward CampanaHe came through the Sporting Lisbon academy – also responsible for the likes of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho – and he has played in Portugal’s youth set-up with Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota.On joining the club, he said: ‘I’m very excited. It was always a childhood dream of mine to play in the Premier League and I look at this achievement as a dream come true.‘Wolves are a team with a big project, with ambitious goals to look forward to, where I’ll get to meet former teammates with whom I had the pleasure to play with in the past and I hope to be very successful here.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Ferris set to miss Lions tour

first_img The Ulster and Ireland flanker suffered the injury on provincial duty in November, but had been expected to be back in action at some point during the RBS 6 Nations. However, the 27-year-old has had to undergo another procedure to clean out bone fragments and will be absent until late May or early June, just as the British & Irish Lions embark on their tour of Australia. An Ulster statement read: “Ulster back-row forward, Stephen Ferris, was reviewed last week as part of his ongoing rehabilitation from an ankle injury that he sustained in November. “At that review, it was discovered that although he had made excellent progress, some minor issues still remained. “Those issues included function at the ankle continuing to cause pain. “Having considered all specialist medical opinions given, Stephen underwent successful ankle surgery in Belfast yesterday (Wednesday), during which fragments of bone were removed. “Stephen will be out of rugby for a further three months but following this period is expected to make a full and complete return to the game.” Ferris was also unfortunate with injury on the Lions’ 2009 tour of South Africa. The back-rower had appeared set for a place in the Test side after a series of impressive displays, only for a knee injury to end his trip prematurely. Stephen Ferris’ Lions aspirations appear to be over after he was ruled out for another three months following a second operation on his injured ankle.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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