‘Twas the week after Gamescom, and all through the house…

first_img‘Twas the week after Gamescom, and all through the house…Weekly Roundup: PS Slim leaks, EA considers HD remasters and the UK boomsDan PearsonFriday 26th August 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareEven an empty house casts a shadow. Despite the lack of big news coming out of Gamescom, the massive consumer show still looms large over another quiet news week. This year, 345000 attendees graced the halls of the Koelnmesse, braving security warnings to see another show floor which thrived despite the absence of major announcements. This week’s news peak was undoubtedly the apparent leak of consumer-ready, packaged PS4 Slim units in the UK, with several turning up for sale on various auction and local sale sites. Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter visited the man who claimed to have purchased the first available unit, for less than £300, and verified that it did in fact seem to be the genuine article. Eurogamer has since removed a video showing the machine booting up under legal advisement, but the coverage can still be read here.In some Gamescom news, fans were pleased with Patrick Soderlund’s apparent contradiction of the previous EA stance on HD remakes, when he said that it was something which was under close scrutiny at the publisher. “I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want,” said the executive VP of EA Studios. “The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.””Games, unfortunately, have had their cinematic experiences designated as something like bookends between levels, which can work quite well in something like DOOM, but can drag on if it doesn’t work” Demetri Jagger, CtrlMovieShould EA follow through with the switch, it could mean a wealth of properties seeing the HD treatment as one of the industry’s richest back-catalogues re-opens for business. Still, don’t expect them all to come at once: Soderlund says that they’ll “have to be careful in choosing the right brands for the right reasons at the right time.” In the UK, a new report from TIGA indicated that the domestic industry is growing, with full-time creative staff working in games in the UK now numbering 11,893, an increase of 7.5% over last year. In addition, 21,744 jobs are indirectly supported by the sector. Combined direct and indirect tax revenues generated by the sector for the Treasury increased from £460 million to £514 million, whilst the contribution to UK GDP was up from £1.1bn to £1.25bn in the year leading up to March 2016.”The UK video games development sector is strengthening, succeeding and soaring to new heights,” said TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson. “Employment and investment in the sector surged to record levels in 2016 and the industry’s contribution to GDP reached an all-time high of £1.25 billion.”Elsewhere, a pre-show survey of the attendees of the VR Developer’s Conference in San Francisco indicated that creatives were more inclined to work on Valve’s Vive platform than the Oculus Rift in the future, although the two headsets were tied on current development projects. Interestingly, 78% of those surveyed indicated that they were opposed to the idea of VR platform exclusives. Remedy is under new management, with the Finnish studio bringing in ex-Red Lynx executive Tero Virtala to guide the studio post Quantum Break. In an exclusive interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Virtala said that the end of the transmedia project was a clear chance to rethink strategy, expecting there to be a period of multi-thread development as the company explored new ideas. “I’ve been in the game industry for 18 years, and frankly, I’ve always had male bosses. So it was important for me to seek out women” Nicole Opas, Zynga”This idea has lived for such a long time, but naturally, Quantum Break being such an ambitious and big project, it took most of the resources, people, the energy, most of the money the studio has been using for a long time,” Virtala said. “Now Quantum Break has been made and there is a new phase clearly starting for the company. As this strategic path has been discussed, it’s a commonly shared view that going for multiple projects is the way the people at the company want to go. And it also makes a lot of sense.”But of course, we always follow where the different markets go. It seems like the market’s changing so fast and there are new platforms coming, so no one can say how the market will be in two or three years’ time and what opportunities that might give us.”In other features this week, we spoke to Kabam’s Kevin Chou about AAA budgets and console-quality graphics in the next generation of mobile games, CtrlMovie’s Demetri Jagger about creating a new medium for interactive movies, and new VR studio Squanchtendo, formed by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland and ex-Epic exec Tanya Watson, whilst Zynga’s Nicole Opas asked “Where are all the women at?” “I’ve been in the game industry for 18 years, and frankly, I’ve always had male bosses,” said Opas. “So it was important for me to seek out women, whether it be experienced and seasoned female leaders or new employees to our company fresh out of college.”Elsewhere on GamesIndustry.biz this weekWargaming cuts 64 jobs with WG Cells closureSony raising PS Plus priceZeniMax raises the stakes in Oculus VR lawsuitMario closes out Rio OlympicsGoodgame Studios redundancies could hit 200 peopleIn other newsGoogle is ditching Chrome apps and games, shifting to webFormer BioShock Infinite engineers form Disbelief LLCRelated JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Rovio had a good six months, returning to profit after strong box office performances from Angry Birds the movieMicrosoft cancelled its Russian F2P Halo gameHTC is threatening to drop its sponsorship of League of Legends after a spat with RiotCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Lecturer/Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching Professor-Boston

first_imgjeid-96da85858252f949bd35f3eebdd82c30 Preferred Qualifications:Salary Grade:FACAdditional Information:Please submit a cover letter of interest highlighting teachingaccomplishments and relevant professional experience. Candidatesmust also submit a teaching statement, a diversity statement, and acurriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information ofthree references.Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and includes anoutstanding benefits package.For more information about the College, please visit http://khoury.northeastern.edu/Northeastern University is located on the Avenue of the Arts inBoston’s historic Back Bay. The College is adjacent to the Roxburyneighborhood of Boston and is easily accessible by publictransit.Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seekingto recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty andstaff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all itsforms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built onrespectAll qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receiveconsideration for employment. Northeastern does not discriminateagainst any applicant or employee because of race, religion, color,national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status,or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment andsupport of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity. Lecturer/Assistant/Associate/Full TeachingProfessor-BostonAbout Northeastern:Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and aworld leader in experiential learning. The same commitment toconnecting with the world drives our use-inspired researchenterprise. 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Several of our teaching track facultyare also active in diversity initiatives and service to the localBoston community.Khoury College has grown rapidly over the last five years inresponse to increased student demand at the BS, MS, and PhD levelsand we expect to continue this rapid growth for the next severalyears. We invite you to join a fast-moving, ambitious college withan underlying mission that is driven by our motto of “CS forEveryone.” Khoury College is committed to diversity and inclusionin computer science. We aim to establish a computingpopulation—students, faculty, researchers, and staff—that reflectstoday’s global society.Northeastern University is home to 35,000 full- and part-timegraduate and undergraduate students and to the nation’s premiercooperative education program. The past decade has witnessed adramatic increase in Northeastern’s international reputation forresearch and innovative educational programs.Qualifications:Candidates must hold a PhD in Computer Science or related degreefrom an accredited institution by the start date. Demonstratedability or potential for teaching excellence is required; new PhDswith a strong interest in teaching are encouraged to apply. Rank ofappointment will be determined based upon prior experience and willbe discussed with candidates during the interview process.Successful candidates will have demonstrated an expert grasp ofknowledge of the field at all levels and be creative in theirapproach to teaching in an environment of cooperative,interdisciplinary, and experiential education. Strong written,oral, and interpersonal skills are required in order to communicateeffectively with students in person and online.center_img To apply, visit https://careers.pageuppeople.com/879/cw/en-us/job/503947last_img read more

Deep discounts for “bottom fishers”: How 3 deals show the state of Manhattan’s buyer’s market

first_img Message* Email Address* Full Name* The condo at One57 on Billionaires’ Row has been on and off the market for years with an asking price of $27.1 million. A Delaware-based limited liability company, Villa Borghese, agreed to buy the three-bedroom apartment in June at a 32 percent discount. The unit closed for $18.4 million in early December.Extell’s spokesperson admitted “that pricing was set in a different world,” but noted that since news of the Covid-19 vaccine was announced, buyers have been out in force — and the developer says it’s willing to meet them where they are.Davies, known best for bringing the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” to American audiences, apparently agrees. The British producer listed his five-bedroom home for just under $15 million in September 2019. After more than a year on the market, it went into contract this October for $11.4 million, or 25 percent less than its original ask.But considering Davies bought the 6,670-square-foot home for $8.3 million in 2005, he’s still walking away from the deal in the black. He did not respond to requests for comment.The more than 6,000-square-foot unit was marketed using an alternative address, 3 Collister Street, by Douglas Elliman’s Tamer Howard, Raphael De Niro and Maggie Leigh Marshall. Billy Rose and Natasha Barrett of The Agency also provided marketing for the property on the West Coast. Howard, the lead broker on the deal, declined to comment.In a third deal, the buyers — venture capitalist Peter Fenton and his girlfriend, popcorn entrepreneur Kate Greer — didn’t get a discount, but the seller, Orda Management, didn’t turn a huge profit, either.The Silicon Valley-based couple bought a five-bedroom Greenwich Village townhouse through a joint trust for $11.5 million. The seller, an entity linked to developer Orda Management, bought the house in 2017 for $10.5 million.The 4,400-square-foot home spans five floors with three outdoor terraces and a private backyard, plus a wood-burning fireplace. The couple closed the off-market-deal within a month of signing the contract in mid-November. They did not respond to requests for comment.Listing agents Meris, Kenny and Sydney Blumstein declined to comment.Contact Erin Hudson Clockwise from left: 48 West 10th Street with Peter Fenton and Kate Greer, 3 Collister Street with Michael Davies and Extell’s Gary Barnett with One57 (Photos via Getty; Google Maps; One57)Three high-priced deals that closed within two days this month offer a glimpse into the buyer’s market Manhattan has become in 2020.Two of the properties — a condo at Extell Development’s One57, and TV producer Michael Davies’ Tribeca home — sold at deep discounts, to the tune of 32 and 25 percent.A spokesperson for Extell summed it up when reached for comment: “Almost all Covid-era transactions have been at exceptional prices for the buyer. The bottom-fishers think we have hit bottom and it’s time to buy.”Read moreSteve Nash bags Brooklyn townhouse for $5MKate Winslet letting go of Chelsea penthouseSarah Jessica Parker’s former townhouse sells after years on the marketlast_img read more

Bebeshko about Kielce: It’s not fair to play first match at home

first_imgDinamo Minsk to find a new coach – Bebesko goes to Motor Zaporozhye! ShareTweetShareShareEmail 1 Comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:sergei bebeshko ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMeshkov Brest and Motor Zaporozhye took the chances to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase in front of home fans. Belarussians beat Danish Skjern 27:23 after 31:31 in their first match in Denmark. The first goal is done,but now Sergei Bebeshko has difficult rival ahead, Talant Dujshebaev with Vive Tauron Kielce:-They are very good team. This is the most unpleasant option for us. Kielce beat Barcelona at “Blaugrana” and almost at home. They are the most serious contenders to play in Cologne this season in my opinion. Great coach, good fans, the team with the tradition. They played last year at F4, that says all – said Bebeshko and added:-We will be relaxed. The main thing is to beat them at home. Then, we will see. President Alexander Meshkov has right to say that we are playing with 60% of capacity. I think we have a chance. I believe that the formula of the Champions League at this stage is not entirely fair. Why should we play the first game at home? It is not fair. We were the first in the group, than beat “Skjern”…but we will try to win in Brest.Bebeshko will face his colleague from USSR golden Olympic squad in 1992 – Talant Dujshebaev.center_img 1 Comment That’s simple. You’re playing first at home cuz your team ain’t played in the toughtest gruops of the champions league. Recommended for you AndrzejLepper 7. March 2016. at 16:15 last_img read more

Big Freedia Announces ‘Bounce Shakedown’ Fall Tour Schedule

first_imgNew Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia will bring her unique act on the road this fall for the “Bounce Shakedown” tour. The rapper/singer/twerk master will kick things off with a hometown show at the House of Blues in New Orleans on October 20th before hitting cities across the US through mid-November.New Orleans rapper Boyfriend will open throughout the tour. Seattle-based Hibou will join on October 20-30.Look out for Big Freedia’s new single, “Crazy,” out on September 18th.Big Freedia Fall 2015 Tour DatesOctober 20 — New Orleans, LA @ House of BluesOctober 21 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Bronze Peacock October 22 — Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room October 25 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution October 26 — Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits October 27 — Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel October 29 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts October 30 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza November 1 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall November 4 — Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre November 5 — Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s November 6 — Cleveland, OH @ The Cambridge Room at The House of Blues November 7 — Detroit, MI @ Shelter November 10 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge November 11 — Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater November 13 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant November 15 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Halllast_img read more

ALO Tangles Boston in a Ball of Energy At The Sinclair

first_imgThe Sinclair in Cambridge, MA welcomed ALO, with opening act ROAR (formerly known as Yojimbo), on Friday night. ALO has been showcasing their ninth and newest album, “Tangle Of Time”, that was newly released on October 2nd.  The opening performance by ROAR!/Yojimbo was simply spectacular. Those who came to the show late completely missed out on an energetic performance by this power duo. Beats and notes were pouring out of pedals, drums, the trombone, loop machines,  you name it. If you weren’t paying attention, you would never even notice the work these two were putting in on stage to create such trippy flavored sounds that created endless waves of energy. Their command of the instruments created a false sense of a full band on stage. The music flowed seamlessly as they handled multiple instruments and electronic gadgets at once. If you’ve never heard of them, go out and see them immediately. You will walk away a new fan.Getting To Know: ROAR!, The Tenacious New Look Of Yojimbo San Francisco based ALO makes rare appearances on the east, as their last stop in Boston was two years ago. This incredible treat filled the venue from top to bottom with fans in anticipation of hearing music from their new album performed live, along with the other gems coming out of hiding to play. ALO consists of Zach Gill on ukulele and keyboards, Steve Adams on bass, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz on guitar, and David Brogan on drums.ALO opened with an accordion heavy “There Was a Time”. This light and breezy tune eased into a playful guitar jam that took the audience on a dreamy ride with “Dead Still Dance.” The random pounding of the keys danced around the guitar. The piano settled in mid-song and took over for the second half. Brogan took over vocals with “Put Away the Past”, as Gill took out the melodica and jammed out with this fun little instrument. This tune took the audience on a journey with a slow strutting guitar that eventually weaved into a psychedelic, colorful wave of sound. Lebowitz gave the slide guitar some action as they busted out “Wasting Time”. The energy in the venue was definitely turning into a hell of an insane party. This jam rolled right into “Falling Dominoes”. It had a funky beat, with splashes of that bouncy slap coming from Adams’ bass creating an island feel as if you should be sipping a margarita on the sand. The venue was dancing up a storm.ALO Announces ‘Tour D’Amour’ Winter Tour DatesThe set closed out to a spectacular performance of “Maria”. The piano heavy tune turned into a powerful jam midway as Lebowitz took it wide open. His guitar extended around the edges of the song before taking it on a wild ride as he lost himself in the energetic jam he was throwing out to everyone. It was, to put it mildly, simply incredible. Absolute mind-blowing performance to end set one. ALO was on fire. “The Ticket” opened up the second set then slowed the vibe down as they went into a chilled out smooth beat with “Try”. “Coast to Coast” took listeners on a magic carpet ride of kaleidoscopic sound. They took the jam wide open as they weaved in and out of tones between the organ and guitar. It was easy to forget what song they were performing with this vibrant tune. Gill interacted with the audience as he took out some balls of yarn, that were thrown up on stage during the first set, and tangled it around the musicians and their instruments.  He then threw them out into the audience and asked to have it passed around. The yarn eventually made it all the way to the top of the balcony, creating a spider web over the venue. “I Love Music” was performed while the audience was having a blast passing the yarn around. A smooth and creamy “Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down” flowed with a jazz beat. Being in Boston, they threw in touches of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”, which really got the audience on a high. Watch ALO Throw Down At The Brooklyn Bowl With The California Honeydrops And Fruition“Plastic Bubble” had Gill busting out the laser shooting ukulele during this lighthearted song. Adams went into an extended bass slapping performance during “Pobrecito” which then flowed into the set ending, and a big fan favorite, “Barbeque”. Heavy audience participation started off this song, while the musicians barely played.  It was a fantastic performance as the song built in energy before closing out second set. The venue was treated to a double encore with “Speed of Drums”, followed by “Roses & Clover” to end the evening’s performance.  ALO did not disappoint the audience with their high energy performance.  Lets just hope Boston doesn’t have to wait another two years before they come around again. Tour dates can be found here.Setlist: ALO at The Sinclair, Boston, MA – 10/9/15Set One: There Was A Time, Dead Still Dance, Put Away the Past, Blew Out the Walls, Wasting Time (IV Song) Part 1>Falling Dominoes, Push, MariaSet Two: The Ticket, Try, Coast to Coast, I Love Music, Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down, Plastic Bubble, Pobrecito>BarbequeEncore: Speed of Dreams, Roses & CloverWords by Sarah Bourque Follow on Twitterlast_img read more

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Dopapod’s Rockin’ New Song, ‘Piazole’

first_imgDopapod continues to fire up audiences across the nation on their fall tour! The band, who pulled off an amazing set at Bonnaroo earlier this year (watch it in full here), has been bringing music new and old on the road to the delight of their fans. One particular song, “Piazole”, happens to be particularly new, as it was debuted on September 25th and has been in heavy rotation ever since. One listen and it’s easy to understand why the band is so eager to perform the new tune. The song was actually reworked from a tune that was debuted in 2014 by a super group called Earthlings, which featured Eli Winderman and Rob Compa of Dopapod, alongside Nate Edgar, Mike Greenfield, and Mark Woodyatt.Thanks to John Mehren of Vicarious Visions and audio by LD Luke Stratton, we have our first, pro-shot taste of this new gem, as performed by Dopapod, from 10/10 in Indianapolis, IN. Dig it:Dopapod continues their fall tour throughout November, including a stop in NYC’s Hall At MP on 11/20. More information about that show is available here.last_img read more

Opinion: Jam Bands And Hip-Hop Have More In Common Than You Think

first_imgAt face value, “jam bands” and hip-hop seem to have very little in common. “Jam” music is characteristically free-form and instrumentally-oriented, and discussions regarding which acts fall under the “jam band” umbrella are rarely straight forward. Hip-hop has clearly defined “pillars” (rapping, DJing, breakdancing, and graffiti) and tends to be more lyrically-oriented. Live jam band shows tend to focus on breaking from the mold of recorded tracks, while hip-hop shows tend to highlight the songs themselves. Jam bands use improvisation as a vehicle to launch your mind into orbit, to another place and time, while hip-hop uses improvisation—freestyling—as a means to focus your attention on the lyrics and wordplay and bring you into their world. Upon a more in-depth examination, however, the hip-hop and jam bands are more alike—and more connected—than many may think, on both a musical and cultural level.For the purpose of clarity, we must first define the term, “jam band”, as many use it as an umbrella term to describe a variety of bands with vastly different sounds. While Google defines “jam band” as “a rock band that plays music characterized by long improvisational passages,” Wikipedia describes it as a movement and collection of bands and musicians who have followed in the footsteps of the Dead and the Allman Brothers by performing concerts consisting of improvisational musical passages, regardless of genre. Bands like Phish, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, moe., Soulive, Leftover Salmon, Blues Traveler, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Galactic, despite their musical differences, would all fall under this broader, more accurate jam band umbrella.Without diminishing the impact that hip-hop, in particular, has had on historically and presently marginalized minority communities, this writer has noticed several similarities between hip-hop and jam band culture that bring the two together in ways that few could have imagined.Culturally, while both have seemingly developed a semblance of a “mainstream” following over recent years—admittedly, hip-hop more so than jam bands—the two genres are alike in having created counterculture movements during their inception. While the term “counterculture” quickly evokes thoughts of the Grateful Dead and the psychedelic ’60s, hip-hop similarly took shape and was fostered by its own new cultural lane in the ’70s, ’80s, and beyond.As Becky Blanchard noted in her paper, The Social Significance of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture, published by Stanford University, “Rap has developed as a form of resistance to the subjugation of working-class African-Americans in urban centers. Though it may be seen primarily as a form of entertainment, rap has the powerful potential to address social, economic, and political issues and acts as a unifying voice for its audience.”Whether directly or indirectly, jam bands have also continued to tackle social, economic, and political issues as well, be it through the music, lyrics, public statements, or the surrounding community rooted in freedom from judgment, love, a strong sense of community, and open-mindedness—something that’s far too scarce in society at large today.In an article for the MEIEA Journal, Casey Lowdermilk explained, “This spirit of being open-minded and willing to experience new things is not only an approach to music, it also translates into a philosophy of life for some fans and helps to explain the attraction of the community. This community is critical to the development of the innovative business practices of jam bands.”Then, there’s the musicality.As Blanchard continued in her paper, “Hip-hop music originated from a combination of traditionally African-American forms of music—including jazz, soul, gospel, and reggae.” Over the years, many hip-hop artists have produced funk and even rock ‘n’ roll-inspired tracks, such as Grandmaster Flash’s “Tear The Roof Off” and Run DMC’s “King Of Rock”. As the genre has evolved into the 21st century, these influences have only grown, as seen via high-profile samples like Kanye West‘s use of James Brown’s “Funky President” on “New God Flow” and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” on “Power”. Even underground hip-hop artists have collaborated with rock acts, such as when Tech N9ne worked with Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter from the Deftones on his 2011 track, “If I could”.Of course, jam bands are also inextricably linked with jazz, funk, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, reggae, and everything in between. For starters, the links between jam bands and jazz are undeniable and have only grown throughout the years. One could argue that jazz is the most significant influence on jam music, as both genres share the same defining characteristic, improvisation.In Phil Lesh’s book Searching For Sound: My Life WIth The Grateful Dead, the bassist described the impact famous jazz musician Miles Davis had on himself and the rest of band when the trumpeter opened up for them at the Fillmore West in San Fransisco, CA in April 1970:As I listened, leaning over the amps with my jaw hanging agape, trying to comprehend the forces that Miles was unleashing onstage, I was thinking, “What’s the use? How can we possibly play after this? We should just go home and try to digest this unbelievable sh!t.” This was our first encounter with Miles’ new direction. ‘Bitches Brew’ had only just been released, but I know I hadn’t yet heard any of it… In some ways, it was similar to what we were trying to do in our free jamming, but ever so much more dense with ideas, and seemingly controlled with an iron first, even at its most alarmingly intense moments. Of us all, only Jerry [Garcia] had the nerve to go back and meet Miles, with whom he struck up a warm conversation. Miles was surprised and delighted to know that we knew and loved his music.Related: Grateful Dead Retrospective: A Look Back At Phil Lesh’s Birthday Shows Over The Years [Audio]In Miles: The Autobiography, the jazz icon touched on that meeting of musical minds as well, clearly illustrating the impact jazz had on the pioneers of jam music:Jerry Garcia, their guitar player, and I hit it off great, talking about music—what they liked and what I liked—and I think we all learned something, grew some. Jerry Garcia loved jazz, and I found out that he loved my music and had been listening to it for a long time. He loved other jazz musicians, too, like Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans.The commonalities jam music and hip-hop don’t just stop at jazz, either. In an interview with JazzTimes, Deep Banana Blackout guitarist Fuzz explained that while funk, soul, and hip-hop had influenced his band’s sound, it nonetheless remains jazz:It seems to me that jazz was always about individual expression. So to perform it or try to recreate how the original guy had done it seems to be taking away from the original concept. I mean, you’re supposed to take this music and do it your way, right? How can you make this part of your personal expression? Well for me, the thing that I’ve been really feeling for a long time now is definitely funk and soul music. So I’m combining funk, soul and hip hop with the jazz and even a little bit of rock psychedelia. Today there’s no hard and fast rules about making a jazz record. Maybe back in the day some people had a little bit of a snobby attitude about it. Not today.With all of that said, the relationship between jam music and hip-hop doesn’t stop at the influences they share. While relatively rare, the two genres have crossed paths at various notable points over the years, culminating in some memorable moments in music history. Let’s take a look at some of those moments below.Phil Lesh & Friends & Talib KweliBack in 2018, New York City saw one of the most memorable jam band/hip-hop crossovers of all time when Harlem’s Apollo Theater hosted a historic performance billed as Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit for Voter Participation. Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band anchored the HeadCount benefit along with special guests Eric Krasno (guitar), Nicki Bluhm (vocals), Robert Randolph (pedal steel), and the Harlem Gospel Choir.The significance of this event went beyond the 2018 mid-term elections. As the Live For Live Music Editor-in-Chief Andrew O’Brien explained in his coverage of the performance,The Apollo Theater opened in Manhattan’s historically African-American Harlem neighborhood more than a century ago. Ever since, the venue has been a pillar of black culture in the city, giving countless world-class performers a stage and serving as a point of pride for the oft-oppressed community it represents.Throughout the second half of the Apollo’s hundred-plus year lifespan, the Grateful Dead also established themselves as an influential cultural institution—though in a largely separate social space. The Grateful Dead fanbase—and the extended jam band scene that eventually followed in its wake—has always been predominantly white. The “why” behind that notion is another complicated conversation for another day, but going into the benefit, the facts remained: No iteration of the Grateful Dead—nor any of its individual members—had ever played Harlem’s entertainment Mecca, and The Grateful Dead could not have been farther from the zeitgeist of contemporary urban culture.On that day, however, Phil Lesh invited rapper, entrepreneur, and activist Talib Kweli to the stage for a performance that will live on in hip-hop and jam music lore. The video begins with the band playing the Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead classic, “Shakedown Street”, before segueing to Kweli’s “Get By” from his 2002 release, Quality. Watch the unforgettable moment below.Phil Lesh & Friends Ft. Talib Kweli – “Shakedown Street”> “Get By” – 9/7/18[Video: Relix]String Cheese Incident & GZAHalloween in 2015 saw one of the best jam/hip-hop crossovers when String Cheese Incident invited Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA to host the band’s “Ghoul Train” spectacle at Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival in Live Oak, FL.Hosting as Don Cornelius, the iconic show host and creator of Soul Train, GZA took the band and special guests, the Antibalas horns, Sheryl Renee, and Leonard Julien, through an hour-long set of funk and soul classics like “Brick House”, “Car Wash”, “I Want To Take You Higher”, and “Dance To The Music”. The performance marked a high-point in jam/hip-hop collaborations as a premier jam band enlisted one of the biggest rappers alive for a crossover for the ages. Watch the entire set below.String Cheese Incident Ft. GZA, Antibalas Horns, Sheryl Renee, Leonard Julien – 10/31/15 [Full Show][Video: TheSoberGoat]Soulive, Talib Kweli, & Darryl “DMC” McDanielsSoulive has bridged the gap between hip-hop and jam for years. The instrumental funk/jazz trio, comprised of Eric Krasno and brothers Neal and Alan Evans, has worked with many hip-hop acts in the past, both as a group and in different projects. During a 2018 interview with Live For Live Music, Krasno described his deeply rooted love for the genre.“The first records that I bought as a kid were The Beastie Boys’ License to Ill and Run DMC’s Raising Hell, so that was always a thing for me. My parents had really great taste in music and so did my brother, but that was like my music, the one thing that was my era,” he said. Kraz continued, “Early on with Soulive, we linked up with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek and the Rawkus Records people. There’s a guy named DJ Spinna, and through him, I met a lot of other artists.”He went on to describe meeting G-Unit and producing “My Gun Go Off” for 50-Cent‘s Curtis album with longtime friend, producer, and acclaimed drummer, Adam Deitch.“Back in those days—I guess they still do this, though—they would record like 50 songs, and we would just hope that one we made would make it on the album. With Talib Kweli, I worked with him a lot closer, like in the studio, helping him mix things, add instrumentation, and bring other musicians in. He had always been someone that really wants to work with musicians and be apart of the process,” he elaborated.That relationship with Kweli didn’t just manifest itself in the studio. During Soulive’s Bowlive 5 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York on March 20th, 2014, Kweli and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels joined Soulive on stage for a performance of the Run D.M.C. classic, “Peter Piper”. During that show, Soulive and Kweli also treated fans to a rendition of “State of Grace”, from the rapper’s 2013 release, Gravitas. Watch both of those performances below.Soulive ft. Talib Kweli & DMC – “Peter Piper” – 3/20/14[Video: Barry2theB]Soulive ft. Talib Kweli – “State of Grace” – 3/20/14[Video: Barry2theB]Galactic & Chali 2naOut of all the bands in the “jam scene,” Galactic might have the most experience in working with hip-hop artists. The group has worked with several rappers throughout its 26-year career, including Boots Riley, Gift of Gab, Dendemann, and Chali 2na.The latter, Chali 2na, hao s been known to add rhymes to the mix with various acts in the “jam” sphere. This past January on Jam Cruise 18, in addition to his own billed sets with longtime friend, DJ, and fellow Jurassic 5 veteran Cut Chemist, Chali 2na hopped onstage with OG Garage A Trois (featuring Skerik, Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, and Mike Dillon), Galactic, and more to add a layer of hip-hop sensibilities to the jam-heavy event.His relationship with bands like this dates back more than a decade, In 2007, he even recorded a song with Galactic, titled “Think Back”. The group recently performed this song with 2na at The Capitol Theatre on February 7th, 2020. Watch it below.Galactic ft. Chali 2na – “Think Back” – 2/7/20[Video: Stanton Moore]Below, check out a few jam band/hip-hop crossover honorable mentions.Phish ft. Jay-Z – “99 Problems” – 6/18/04[Video: Adam Brandeis]Umphrey’s McGee ft. Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On” – 5/15/15[Video: Live For Live Music]Dumpstaphunk ft. Chali 2na – “Jam 2” – 4/22/16[Video: Live For Live Music]The Killa 4 Dilla (Pt. 1) – New Orleans, LA – 4/30/16[Video: FunkItBlog]The Killa 4 Dilla (Pt. 2) – New Orleans, LA – 4/30/16[Video: FunkItBlog]last_img read more

Dad Recycles Old Crayons Into New Ones for Schools, Hospitals and Art Programs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNo young artist can resist the crisp, new box of crayons that back-to-school season so often brings, but not every little artist has access to them.When Bryan Ware learned that 25 to 35 tons of discarded crayons end up in the landfill each year—where they are terribly slow to biodegrade—he got cooking. Literally.He now extends their useful life through his nonprofit startup, The Crayon Initiative, boiling them down and repurposing them into new boxes of crayons for kids in need.It’s changing the shape of the crayons themselves, too, making them easier for special-needs children to hold.It all started about four years ago, when the Danville, California dad was out to eat with his family one evening, and the waitress brought crayons for the kids.“He was fiddling with a crayon and said, ‘I wonder what happens to these when we leave,’” his wife, Marissa Ware, told Contra Costa Times.Chances are, they go straight into the trash. Restaurants often dump crayons after a single use, because they harbor germs. For that same reason, they can’t be collected up and donated, say, to hospitals.But collecting and donating them to a guy like Ware, and you’ll help The Crayon Initiative donate fresh boxes to hospitals, schools, and art programs. Adults Are Using Coloring Books to Combat StressMore than 100,000 boxes, donated from all over the U.S., have already been transformed into 800,000 thicker, triangular-bodied crayons, while towering bags of old crayons, sorted by color still await their turn in the melting pot.Bryan Ware estimates he has invested nearly $30,000 of his own money into the startup. He partnered with a physical therapist to create the new crayons’ easy-grip design, then arranged for the manufacture of the metal molds needed to transform old crayons into the new shape.With the old crayons piling up in his garage, what he needs now is the corporate funding to scale up and move the operation out of his family’s home and into a proper production facility, complete with warehouse.But for now, with or without other family members’ help, he’ll go on spending 30 to 40 hours a week at the kitchen stove, stirring two big stainless-steel pots full of melting crayons.“We think it’s massive and we’re just scratching the surface of it,” he said.To learn more or to donate to the Crayon Initiative, go to thecrayoninitiative.org. Old crayons can be sent to 540 Glasgow Circle, Danville, CA, 94526.(READ more, w/photos, at Contra Costa Times) Photos: The Crayon Initiative, Facebook — Story tip from Mike McGinleyAdd Color To Someone’s Life Today… Share BelowAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

College interim president reflects on term

first_imgAfter 36 years with Saint Mary’s, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil’s term came to an end Friday. Nekvasil stepped into the role of interim president following the abrupt resignation of former President Jan Cervelli in October 2018. Nekvasil previously held the roles of Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs since 2017, before which she worked as part of the faculty in the biology department.Highlights of Nekvasil’s tenure as interim president include the changing of the academic calendar to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, filling the year-long vacancy of a Belles Against Violence Office coordinator and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shandong Women’s University to pursue research collaborations and exchange programs. “The most rewarding part of this experience was just being able to work with individuals across the College — students, faculty, staff and the sisters — toward a common goal,” Nekvasil said. “I really love the holistic approach to what we do.”From the moment she stepped into the position, Nekvasil said she felt like those in the campus community were all “linking arms and moving forward together.”“It was this collaboration to operate on all of the best parts of the College that made my experience so rewarding,” she said.Holding a leadership position such as the president of the College comes with great decision making responsibility. Nekvasil said her biggest challenge was making decisions she did not feel she knew enough about to make. “In those situations where I felt uncertain, I had to rely on other people who had been in leadership positions or whatever positions they were in, to trust their expertise and trust them to advise and make the appropriate decisions,” she said.Nekvasil will officially be on sabbatical for the 2020-2021 academic year before officially retiring in May 2021. She is looking forward to using this time to declutter her home of 32 years and preparing to move to Tennessee to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters, she said. Although this chapter of her life may be coming to an end, Nekvasil has been approached for other opportunities which would allow her to get back in the classroom and engage with students. When asked to summarize her term in one word Nekvasil described her time as “blessed.”“I just want the community to know how deeply grateful I am for everyone’s openness and their trust in me,” Nekvasil said. “I know that couldn’t have been easy and yet they took the chance to trust me and that‘s true for students all the way through to the Board of Trustees. Being welcomed into this role and in this position gave me the confidence to know — even if someone wasn’t necessarily in agreement with the decision — that they were giving us and the leadership the benefit of the doubt that we were making the best decisions for the community.”Katie Conboy will officially begin her term as the 14th College president Monday. Tags: Administration, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, Katie Conboy, Saint Mary’s Board of Trusteeslast_img read more