EXCLUSIVE: Twiddle Talks “PLUMP: Chapter 2” Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow (Friday, April 28th, 2017), Twiddle will release PLUMP: Chapter 2, their follow-up to 2015’s PLUMP: Chapter 1. Since Chapter 1‘s release, the Vermont jammers have toured extensively, headlining clubs across the country and earning slots at some of the jam scene’s most prestigious festivals. Following the release of their new LP, the quartet looks forward to a summer of festival appearances, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Camp Bisco as well as their own homegrown Vermont events Frendly Gathering (June 29-July 1) and  Tumble Down in Vermont (July 28-29).Watch Twiddle Welcome Keller Williams For “Best Feeling” Cover At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]As the band (drummer Brook Jordan, bassist Zdenek Gubb, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey, and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis) embarks on this new “chapter,” we caught up with them to bend their ears about their summer PLUMPtivites:Live For Live Music: The new record (PLUMP Chapter 2) is about to be released; I know that must be exciting! Given how much Twiddle is known as a live band, are there challenges to capturing that live energy and spirit in the studio?Twiddle: It depends on what you’re going for. Some bands try and recreate their live sound in the studio and some bands don’t. With PLUMP, we were trying to lay somewhere between where we knew it would translate in a live environment and also have a recognizable studio quality during the listening experience. Having the ability to bring in horn, string, and lap steel players for the studio was something we can’t do live every show so having that added energy captured for the record is a real treat for us and our fans.L4LM: Several songs on the new album (such as “Juggernaut”) seem to have a different musical style that what we usually hear from you. What sorts of influences did you and the band have? Do you have a favorite track?Zdenek Gubb: I think the band prides themselves in crossing from one genre to the next, whether throughout a show, or even within a singular song. “Juggernaut” is probably one of our favorites. All four of us have our own separate influences, and that probably lends to the band’s multi-genre component.L4LM: Now that you’ve played the songs off of PLUMP Chapter 1 for a while, how have they changed?Mihali Savoulidis: All of our songs evolve and develop in the live sphere. Some more than others of course. If you dig deep enough, you can probably pinpoint some jams that ultimately became permanent parts of a song. Many Chapter 1 songs have become jam vehicles, too, so who knows how these songs could continue to ebb and flow in different directions.L4LM: Your fan base seems to be growing very quickly and Twiddle are now touring more than ever. What do you think were the best strides you made together last year?Brook Jordan: Tumble Down was incredible. Throwing our own two-day event in such a beautiful place like Waterfront Park in Burlington was super cool. Aside from that, PLUMP was the most important thing we did, in terms of making strides. Taken as a whole, there is a lot of music we are really proud of.L4LM: I’m sure you’re excited about the many festival bills you’re on for this summer including your own Tumble Down Festival (July 28-29). Which festivals are you most looking forward to as a fan of music?Brook Jordan: Frendly Gathering is always one of our favorites. This year we’re hosting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Charles Bradley, Madaila, and a lot more. We’ve been playing Frendly since year one, and there is nothing better than getting to enjoy and experience an entire festival. It’s so rare to actually spend time with friends or family at a cool festival, because the band is usually on a tight schedule. Also, like Tumble Down, Frendly allows us to invite the Twiddle family up to our home state of Vermont.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle

first_imgKuprienko was shocked to learn that the man he freed had been buried upside down in the snow for nearly an hour. Experts say that the avalanche fell in large blocks, trapping air pockets within the avalanche debris, which allowed the hiker to breathe. “Obviously this is a miracle that he was able to breathe for that long,” Kuprienko said.  Martin said the band’s dream is to have shows that do not produce single-use plastics and are largely solar powered. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral,” Martin said. “The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” Martin added. Coldplay last toured in 2016 and 2017, playing 122 shows around the world. A hiker’s rescue from Alaskan avalanche called a “miracle” World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle Coldplay won’t tour again until their concerts are carbon-neutral Alex Kuprienko of Anchorage was out for a hike on Flattop Mountain on Saturday when he noticed feet kicking in avalanche debris 100 feet ahead of him on the trail. Kuprienko ran up to the buried person and used his hands to dig around him, freeing the trapped hiker in about five minutes.  Water flow in the Zambezi River, which tumbles over a mass of stone to create Victoria Falls, is at its lowest since 1995. The Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, has said that the current state of the falls are “a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment.”  The band Coldplay has announced that they will not tour for their new album, Everyday Life, until they can figure out how to make their concerts carbon-neutral. “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable but how it can be actively beneficial,” front man Chris Martin told BBC News.  One of Zimbabwe’s most iconic natural features, 355-foot Victoria Falls, has slowed to a trickle following the country’s worst drought in a century. While the waterfall does typically slow in the dry season, The Guardian has described this year’s lack of water as “unprecedented.” last_img read more

Rep. Heck: FOM proposal brings credit unions ‘much needed flexibility’

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) field-of-membership proposal is an important modernization that will enhance safety, soundness and services of the credit union industry, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) wrote this week.The Nevada Credit Union League, which coordinated with Heck to make sure the NCUA became aware of his support, was instrumental in getting the letter submitted.“The proposal would provide credit unions with much needed flexibility in establishing an appropriate field of membership for their members, allowing them to serve consumers they are not presently able to serve,” Heck wrote. “The changes would lead to a stronger and more efficient credit union system framework.”Heck also said the proposal would allow federal charters to compete more effectively with state charters that have seen aggressive changes in recent years. continue reading »last_img read more

Future of CBD in Grocery webinar: meet the panellists

first_imgLeila joined the ACI in 2020 after developing advocacy and support provisions for medical cannabis patients as the chair of a national campaign group, the United Patients Alliance, in 2019. She previously led high-profile social and political change campaigns in the UK and abroad and worked in cause-related roles in social enterprise and citizen science. Rosemary has served as a C-suite executive at several biopharma and investment companies and has led multiple successful drug development initiatives. Rosemary is a Charter Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair the Leonard Davis Institute Executive Advisory Board at Wharton. Time is running short to register for The Grocer’s exclusive webinar on the future of CBD in grocery.Due to broadcast on 22 September at 11am, the webinar will pull together top experts in retail, food safety and manufacturing to discuss the opportunities, threats and challenges surrounding this complex but exciting area.It comes as the fast-growing edible CBD trend is set for a sea change – with products given until 31 March to attain novel food status or risk being pulled from retailers’ shelves. Achieving the status can be a lengthy and costly process, further complicated by the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.Our panel will look at how legislation is changing, which products will be affected, how brands and retailers are getting ready for next March, and what the future will look like for CBD food and drink.You’ll get a chance to submit a question to the panel when you register your interest here. So who are they?Leila Simpson, head of external affairs, Association for the Cannabinoid Industry Al Overton, buying director, Planet Organic Al qualified as a herbalist in 1999 and has been involved in natural health retail ever since. Over his 19 year career at Planet Organic he has done almost every job possible, and now as buying director looks after a dynamic and industry leading buying team.Paul Tossell, head of novel foods, Food Standards Agency Rosemary Mazanet, Chief Scientific Officer, Columbia Care Paul has been head of the FSA’s radiological, genetically modified (GM), novel foods and feed additives team since January 2019. He has overseen policy development on CBD compliance with novel food regulations. Paul has been with the FSA since its formation in 2000, having previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).Click or tap here to register for the webinarlast_img read more

Kohli, Ishant put rampant India on verge of series sweep

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyKOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli embellished the pink-ball test with a sparkling century before his quick bowlers reduced Bangladesh to 152-6 in their second innings as the hosts closed in on a 2-0 series sweep on day two of the second and final Test yesterday.After India declared their first innings on 347-9 in their maiden day-night Test, Bangladesh risked losing the match inside two days after slumping spectacularly to 14-4 in the seventh over.But Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, who made 39 before a hamstring injury forced him to retire hurt, batted resolutely to force a third day at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.Bangladesh, dismissed for 106 in the first innings, still trail their hosts by 89 runs.Ishant Sharma, who claimed 5-22 in the first innings, was the wrecker-in-chief in the second as well, returning 4-39 with an impeccable display of seam bowling.Mushfiqur will resume on 59 today, hoping to continue the fight though India look set to seal their 12th consecutive home series victory.India’s top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was not surprised how his pace bowling teammates continued to torment Bangladesh.“Our aim was very simple – to bowl to them in the right areas and try and make them play as many balls as possible,” said Pujara.“We know the ball was going to swing and it was important to control the swing and be accurate with our line and length.”Earlier, Kohli smashed a magnificent 136 and added 99 runs with Ajinkya Rahane who fell for a fluent 51.The India captain cover-drove Ebadot Hossain to reach 99 and, with the crowd chanting his name, took two off spinner Taijul Islam to bring up his 27th Test century, and 20th as captain.He removed his helmet to soak up the applause, then continued the celebrations shortly afterwards by hitting Abu Jayed for four consecutive boundaries.Ebadot dismissed Kohli when Taijul moved from deep square leg and hurled himself into the air to take a stunning catch.Kohli hit 18 fours in his 194-ball vigil, outlasting the entire Bangladesh team who had folded in 30.3 overs in their first innings.Armed with the heavily-lacquered ball, Ishant then mowed down the top order to put Bangladesh on the mat.His second-innings victims included Mominul Haque, who made a nightmarish debut as Bangladesh’s Test captain, being dismissed for a duck in both innings.Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, however, refused to throw in the towel, displaying stomach for the fight that was lacking among their teammates.“We’re still 90-odd runs behind, tomorrow we’ll try to avoid an innings defeat and make them bat again,” Bangladesh quick Al-Amin Hossain said.Bangladesh have had to call two concussion substitutes after Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan sustained nasty blows to the helmet in the first innings.BANGLADESH 1st innings 106INDIA 1st innings o/n 174 for 3Mayank Agarwal c Mehidy Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 14Rohit Sharma lbw Ebadat Hossain 21Cheteshwar Pujara c Shadman Islam b Ebadat Hossain 55Virat Kohli c Taijul Islam b Ebadat Hossain 136Ajinkya Rahane c Ebadat Hossain b Taijul Islam 51Ravindra Jadeja b Abu Jayed 12Wriddhiman Saha not out 17Ravichandran Ashwin lbw Al-Amin Hossain 9Umesh Yadav c Shadman Islam b Abu Jayed 0Ishant Sharma lbw Al-Amin Hossain 0Mohammed Shami not out 10Extras: (b-12, lb-2, w-8) 22Total: (nine wkts decl., 89.4 overs) 347Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-43, 3-137, 4-236, 5-289, 6-308, 7-329, 8-330, 9-331.Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 22.4-3-85-3 (w-1), Abu Jayed 21-6-77-2, Ebadat Hossain 21-3-91-3 (w-3), Taijul Islam 25-2-80-1.BANGLADESH 2nd inningsShadman Islam lbw Ishant Sharma 0Imrul Kayes c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 5Mominul Haque c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma 0Mohammad Mithun c Mohammed Shami b Umesh Yadav 6Mushfiqur Rahim not out 59Mahmudullah, retired hurt 39Mehidy Hasan c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 15Taijul Islam c Ajinkya Rahane b Umesh Yadav 10Extras: (b-8, lb-5, w-5) 18Total: (six wkts, 32.3 overs) 152Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-9, 4-13, 5-133, 6-152.Bowling: Inshant Sharma 9-1-39- 4, Umesh Yadav 10.3-0-40-2, Mohammed Shami 8-0-42-0 (w-1), Ravichandran Ashwin 5-0-18-0.last_img read more

MBB : Founding history: Formation of Big East forged, strengthened basketball rivalries

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ In an airport terminal more than a decade ago, Greg Ashford heard the future of the Big East. As he and his wife, Leslie, waited for their connecting flight from Charlotte back home to Connecticut following a vacation, he spotted Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese.The ensuing five-minute conversation between Tranghese and Ashford, a former assistant coach for the Connecticut men’s basketball team, told of the new direction for the conference.‘I hadn’t seen Mike in a long time because I had been out of coaching. But I remember that he didn’t like to fly,’ Ashford said. ‘So here he is down in Carolina, and apparently, he had been down there talking to the schools in that area.‘I remember the conversation just in passing about football, the mention that had surfaced. And so, apparently, football was becoming a prime driver now. So the conference had evolved in that direction.’Though the exact year of the conversation eludes him, the mention of football by Tranghese remains poignant in Ashford’s memory. He spent eight seasons with the Huskies from fall 1978 to spring 1986 and witnessed the creation of the Big East conference in the process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvidence, St. John’s, Georgetown and Syracuse extended invitations to Seton Hall, Connecticut and Boston College to create the original seven-team Big East on May 31, 1979. It was a league designed to bring together schools from the Northeast into a singular basketball-powered conference. Football wouldn’t become a part of the Big East until 1991.‘Starting in the mid-1990s, that’s when football became — schools are starting to think big picture now, I guess,’ Ashford said.Big picture seems to mean big money, and in the most recent shake-up to college athletics, Syracuse and Pittsburgh left the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, a league with a more lucrative television deal and one that provides more financial stability for its members.In doing so, the Orange leaves a conference that its head coach, Jim Boeheim, essentially built. Boeheim took over the reins for SU in 1977 and was instrumental in the formation of the Big East, along with legendary coaches John Thompson of Georgetown, Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s and the league’s commissioner, Dave Gavitt, who was the former Providence head coach.The seven teams began play in the 1979-80 season, kick-starting an amazing run that catapulted the league to the top of the college basketball scene. By the time Syracuse — which won the inaugural conference championship — and Pittsburgh accepted offers to leave, the Big East had swelled to 16 schools and was considered by many to be the best basketball conference in the country.Now, the Orange plays the role of lame duck until the move to the ACC becomes official within the next 27 months. Syracuse leaves behind some of the fiercest conference rivalries in all of college sports, namely its games against Georgetown and Connecticut, and a conference that catalyzed SU’s ascension to becoming an elite program.‘It made us a national program,’ Boeheim said. ‘We were an eastern program, as was everybody else. And the league made us a national program and able to play for national championships. That’s what the Big East did. It was a great, great help for our program.’***By the time Roosevelt Bouie left Manley Field House the day before a game, the ‘Zoo’ had already arrived. Fans — mostly students — lined the walkways outside the arena to secure a ticket to the game. They camped out, hundreds of them, all disciples of the Orangemen.‘It was like 17 below zero sometimes,’ said Bouie, a center for SU from 1976-80. ‘We’d leave practice, and they would be out there like the day before the game.’The night of Jan. 4, 1980, was no different. A low temperature of around eight degrees meant nothing. The ‘Manley Zoo,’ as the overly enthusiastic student section was known, probably welcomed the chill, especially considering the magnitude of the next day’s game.Saturday, Jan. 5, marked Syracuse’s grand entrance into the Big East. The ninth-ranked Orangemen hosted — and pummeled — a Seton Hall team in front of 9,258 crazed fans. The 99-76 win cemented SU as a contender in the fledgling conference and firmly established the role of Manley as one of the team’s greatest weapons.‘On average it was the biggest, loudest group of fans,’ Bouie said. ‘And for the first Big East game, that was record-setting. Nobody wanted to play us in Manley Field House. It was so loud that it was scary sometimes.’Ashford recognized the fear. While an assistant at UConn under head coach Dom Perno, Ashford said the Huskies were scared by Syracuse. When 1980 rolled around, six years elapsed since Connecticut knocked off the Orangemen.‘We were intimidated by Syracuse, that was my perspective,’ Ashford said.Yet in the first year of the Big East, that all changed. When the Huskies entered Manley on Jan. 26, they didn’t believe SU was the dominant machine that trounced them by 40 points two seasons earlier.UConn hung tough, but ultimately lost 99-89. A year later, the Huskies beat the Orange twice in the regular season.The rivalry was born.‘That year in Manley, we finally got over our jitters,’ Ashford said. ‘We saw them as no different than anyone else. … They were talented the following year, but our guys came to play, and that was the turning point. That was fantastic. I have to say that was a highlight.’***Georgetown was too confident for fear. Despite SU’s 57-game home winning streak, the Orangemen’s No. 2 national ranking and the raucous ‘Zoo,’ the Hoyas strode into Manley on Feb. 12, 1980, unfazed.The final game to ever be played at Manley went down to the wire. It was senior night for Bouie and teammate Louis Orr, who together formed the ‘Bouie ‘N Louie Show’ on the court. Bouie led the team in scoring that year with 16.1 points per game. Orr grabbed the most rebounds for the Orangemen.Though Georgetown was unranked, SU’s senior class had never beaten the Hoyas, meaning this was their last chance to do so at home. And Georgetown let them know it.‘They knew that if we ever beat a Maryland or Syracuse, John Duren (a three-time All-American guard for the Hoyas from 1978-80) would call the opposing players on the phone and make jokes at them and crack jokes about them,’ former Georgetown forward Craig Shelton said. ‘He would do that a lot.’But in Bouie ‘N Louie’s final home game, it was a freshman who left them stunned.Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, hit two free throws with five seconds left to give the Hoyas a 52-50 win. Streak over. Manley closed.‘At that time, I didn’t know the magnitude of what was going on,’ Floyd said. ‘But looking back on it, that was a historic moment in the Big East. And that rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown just really took off from a national level.’***John Toner called Perno, Ashford and Jim O’Brien, the other UConn assistant coach, into his office in 1979 with an offer. Toner, then the athletic director at Connecticut, presented his basketball staff with a mandatory invitation.‘He had presented to us basically an invitation to be in the Big East,’ Ashford said. ‘And for us, after we left that meeting, we felt that we had no choice but to join because it was going to be a great opportunity.’Thirty-two years later, Daryl Gross was in Toner’s shoes. The Syracuse athletic director called a coaches meeting with his entire staff to discuss the school’s move to the ACC.Just as UConn had felt obligated to accept, so too did Gross in 2011.‘Obviously, very empathetic to the Big East, you know,’ Gross said. ‘And I’ve been here seven years, I have a lot of colleagues there, and we understand it. But at the same time, the opportunity for the ACC is one that you just can’t second-guess yourself on.’Gross described the demeanor of the coaches as ‘fired up’ during that meeting. ‘Just back flips,’ he said.Boeheim wasn’t at that meeting. He was out recruiting. The face of Syracuse basketball and a Big East lifer, Boeheim’s reaction to the move was quite different.‘The chancellor has to make the decision based on what’s best for the university, and she did that, and I’m very comfortable with that,’ he said.Best for the university doesn’t necessarily mean best for Syracuse’s highest-grossing revenue sport. Though Boeheim did say rivalry games with Georgetown and St. John’s are likely to continue as nonconference matchups following the move to the ACC, that doesn’t mean the former participants are satisfied.Sleepy Floyd was ‘shocked’ to hear Syracuse and Pittsburgh were jumping ship. He couldn’t imagine the Big East without the Hoyas-Orange rivalry that has entertained the country for so many years.‘It’s very sad when I heard that Syracuse was leaving the Big East and going to the ACC, basically being driven by football dollars,’ he said. ‘ … That is a sad state of affairs in America.’Eric Devendorf, an SU guard in the late 2000s, is convinced Boeheim would have rather stayed in the Big East. He gives the coaching mogul ‘a year or two’ in the ACC before he retires.As Syracuse and Pittsburgh depart, the future of the league itself is in jeopardy. Though 14 basketball schools remain, the conference is left with only six football schools. And as Floyd pointed out, football and money are the driving forces of the conference at this point.On the day rumors about SU and Pitt defecting first surfaced in the national media, Dave Gavitt, one of the founders of the Big East and the league’s first commissioner, passed away. Two days later on Sept. 18, those schools officially moved on.‘It’s something that over time, I saw it happening,’ Ashford said. ‘And at this point in time, I can see really clearly why. Football was in the mix.‘ … And my thought was that Dave, the genius behind the Big East, had died. And maybe, hopefully, the Big East doesn’t die as well.’[email protected]center_img Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more