A Chill Briefing On The Events That Transpired At Tractorbear, The Disco Biscuits Tribute

first_imgTractorbear is an effort by four lifelong friends from New York City to replicate a bit of the magic and mystery that defined The Disco Biscuits in the band’s infancy, long before they had a namesake festival, sold out Red Rocks, built apps, or jammed with members of the Grateful Dead. This doesn’t mean their setlists are stuck in 1999 (far from it in fact — they busted out the Biscuits’ latest number ‘The Champions” as an encore the first gig they got after the Biscuits debuted it). Rather, Tractorbear inhabits the same sheerly experimental space that once characterized the Disco Biscuits, completely uninhibited by the expectations of an arena-sized audience and beholden only to their desire to put something completely original out there on stage during each performance.In classic Biscuits fashion, Tractorbear was booked to close down the night at The Hall At MP following performances by Uncle Ebeneezer and The Allmost Brothers’ Band, as well as a separate gig for the more electronically-inclined new side-project of Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein with the members of Break Science — Breaking Biscuits — over at Brooklyn Bowl. Hitting the stage a bit after 12:30, the band was obviously expected to deliver a dance party. Before the group got started, however, they brought Corey Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer on stage and performed a one-off cover of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in memory of Chris Cornell, whose suicide at the end of the week broke the hearts of a lot of kids whose formative years were in the early aughts. The lyrics certainly took on a new heaviness in the light of his passing.Beginning now in earnest, the band led off with a calm and patient “Shelby Rose.” Some fans were still filtering in through the MP’s glass doors, and as a warm summer breeze wafted its way through the club, some couples began to glide to the dance floor hand-in-hand while other friends exchanged bear hugs in the middle of a welcoming and grinning audience. The song is one of naive, giddy affection, and the band delivers it as such. With lyrics that border on treacle over a soundscape of devilishly insistent building frenzy, it felt like both a celebration of a pristine springy day and a subtle nod to the potentialities of a long warm night. This more sinister vein was explored as the jam morphed into a ripping and rolling “Tempest,” a song that is more of one pure, drawn-out peak than anything else, with a grimy and insatiable energy to its synths from Steven Lasker that got the crowd jumping. The segment ended with the frenzied chaotic conclusion of “Shelby Rose,” delivered with aplomb from guitarist James Dellisanti and a roar from a crowd that was now invigorated and brimming with friends.Up next, Tractorbear switched into a full-throated delivery of some of the most high-energy songs in the Biscuits’ catalog. First up was a roaring “Munchkin Invasion,” whose complex and fascinating jam was anchored by the stellar percussive talents of Jason Cohen, who managed to keep the band on the same page through a song that really seems to have two speeds: fast and reckless abandon. From deep within a jungle-y jam, the band found its way out on the tips of Paulie Katz’s bass-slapping fingers, who guided them into an all-out dance party in the form of “Rock Candy.” A perfect song to end a set on, the band walked off the stage after the last “Now we both got two” exclamation and into an adoring audience.The second set began sometime around two a.m., but far from seeming enervated, the audience looked its most full and enthusiastic. Starting out softly again, the band eased its way into a jam characterized by Delissanti and Lasker’s teasing of Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue.” The absurdity of it drew some laughs, but the band’s chops certainly weren’t lacking as they started to stretch it out. The freeform jam eventually resolved itself into the end of “Confrontation,” a triumphant bit of music that signaled the beginning of an inverted version of the song. Though it started with the band attacking the beat, by its conclusion, “Confrontation” had proven to be one of the more fully realized jam vehicles of the night, showing off the sort of playfulness that a judgement-free stage presence can foster.Up next was a brief detour through the most unexplored nether regions of The Disco Biscuits’ ample song selection: “Chilled Briefly,” a song that — to this correspondent’s knowledge — has only ever been played once before, at Camp Bisco 7. Up next was a standalone “Mulberry’s Dream,” whose reggae vibes, carefree lyricism, and impish joyfulness make it a summer night’s absolute essence. The last segment of the night saw the band leave it all out on the stage for their fans who had managed to stick it out until the wee hours. Starting with a rocking “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,” the band accelerated into a vertiginous “Cyclone,” a song that still maintained the driving, gritty, techno flavor that characterized it when it was first debuted by JM2 (a supergroup/side project of the Biscuits from more than a decade ago). To close the set, they wove their way out into the end of “Digital Buddha,” showing off their more orchestral, classical flavor and wowing any jam-band fans that might have been unfamiliar with the sheer complexity of some of the Biscuits’ compositions.After a “World Is Spinning” encore, fans headed out into the morning hours with beaming eyes to the sky and hearts full of wonder. Here was a band performing the songs of their idols, re-cast by their own hands and with their own tweaks on them. Up next for Tractorbear will be a show on June 17th at American Beauty in midtown, where they’ll debut a full set of their own originals, as well as perform another set of Biscuity goodness. We’ll see you there![Cover photo via Tractorbear’s Facebook page]Setlist: Tractorbear | The Hall at MP | New York, NY | 5/19/2017Set One: Like a Stone*. Shelby Rose > Tempest > Shelby Rose, Munchkin Invasion (unf) > Rock CandySet Two: Jam** > Confrontation (><) > Chilled Briefly, Mulberry’s Dream, MEMPHIS (unf) > Cyclone > Digital Buddha (end only)Encore: World is Spinning* = Audioslave cover. Featuring Corey Corey J. Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer.** – With “I’m Blue” teaseslast_img read more

Gender relations club aims to promote discussion

first_imgJunior Caylin McCallick saw a lack of conversation between different genders at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and decided to found the Justice Education Gender Relations Group (JEGRG) in order to spark and facilitate that conversation.“I realized that I had no outlets of engaging in academic conversation with different genders,” McCallick said. “I just want to talk to people. I want to engage in higher-level discussion about the issues we face — and I want to do it in an environment that’s void of solo cups and Tinder.”According to McCallick, the group, which she is doing as an independent academic study project, will meet once per week for four weeks. She said it will have a loose structure in hopes of creating open conversations about subjects varying from how different genders interact to sex positivity to DomerFest.“This group is my way of finding people with similar feelings who want to have a serious, safe dialogue about gender,” McCallick said. “What am I blind to? What do you know that I should know too?”McCallick said the main focus of the group is creating a space in which dialogue of this type can occur.“I realized that I didn’t really know how to communicate with opposite genders because on this campus mostly I just speak with females,” McCallick said. “I realized that was a common problem because I saw people … in different social situations. We’re all educated people, and yet when we meet each other, it becomes this dumb game. … I wanted to figure out why that is and delve deeper in the discrepancies between genders.”McCallick said she wants to create a continuous conversation in which women can speak with men on a professional level in addition to romantic or social contex in order to find the deeper meaning behind certain ideas about other genders.“I feel like I judge very quickly, especially men,” McCallick said. “I don’t know where that comes from in my soul. I just want to talk to someone face-to-face and figure out why I am having this defensive against you and figure out what we can do about it, so that we both can rise because there’s this strange social stigma and I don’t know where it comes from.”According to McCallick, the group will give members the opportunity to engage with and learn the perspectives of people different from them. The group’s dynamic will strengthen communication skills, a tool that will be beneficial later in life, she said.“I think it’s important because [Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are] both institutions of higher learning,” McCallick said. “We can benefit from representing our schools in the business world by knowing how to speak with someone appropriately and knowing what the other side of the issue is.”McCallick estimates the group will have 10 female-identifying members and 10-male identifying members, but it is open to people who identify as any gender.“I want it to be balanced among genders,” McCallick said. “I’m not just saying male and female — I want all genders. I want the balance because I don’t want any one to take control more than the other. … We can get really defensive, and the biggest thing is it has to be a safe environment to say things. You don’t want to get people on the defensive.”The group will begin meeting after spring break. For more information on how to join, email McCallick at cmccal01@saintmarys.eduTags: Caylin McCallick, gender relations, Justice Education Gender Relations Group, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Robinson, Blais unveil plans for student government

first_imgCorey Robinson said in some ways, his two roles on campus — student body president and a student assistant to the football team — can be similar. Both allow him to help others reach their goals.“Here at Notre Dame, we have world changers,” Robinson said. “And we’re just trying to put them in the best position to be successful.”Photo courtesy of Becca Blais After a summer of brainstorming and organizing, student government is ready for the new school year, Robinson said. He and student body vice president Becca Blais have plans to roll out a number of new initiatives this semester. And they’ve got big ideas for big events.For the upcoming presidential election, for example, student government will host a campus-wide debate over policy points, with representatives from the College Republicans and College Democrats, followed by a mock election.“We hope to have a big turnout because it’s going to be what everyone’s talking about,” Blais said.The group plans to continue to build upon and improve some of the main points from their campaign platform last winter. That’s why they’re here, Robinson said.“It’s the reason we ran and the reason all of our cabinet’s here — to serve the student body,” he said.InnovationThe administration hopes to help student entrepreneurs build and execute their ideas, Robinson said, with the help of two main initiatives: the Student Venture Incubation Program and a Shark Tank-style innovation competition scheduled for Oct. 10.“At Notre Dame, we’re so centrally focused on service and this idea of making a difference in your community, creating social good wherever you are,” Robinson said. “And entrepreneurship has often been pitched as making money.”But student government hopes to pitch it as a way for students to use their ideas to make a difference in others’ lives.“I think we will have a huge take up,” Robinson said. “Because that’s what Notre Dame students are all about.”The incubation program, led by senior Cornelius McGrath, aims to give student entrepreneurs access to financial resources, material resources and mentors. The project will start this semester, with a group of 18 to 22 students identified by McGrath and his staff who will work to develop their student-run businesses over the course of the term.Similarly, student government plans to promote innovation by asking students with ideas to promote social good in their communities — local or far away — to enter them in the upcoming competition.Robinson, a San Antonio native, said a student could propose a financial literacy course — an example he thinks would create a tangible improvement in his hometown. The student with the winning idea will work with the University to create an online course of sorts to be accessed by people from the target area.“MIT, USC, Northwestern, Chicago — they all push innovation,” Robinson said. “We’re going to do the same, but the Notre Dame way.”SafetyThe administration launched SafeBouND, a version of the free campus transportation service, in an email to students Tuesday. Robinson said they decided to rebrand the program, formerly known as O’SNAP, to reinforce the mission of the service: safety.“A lot of people didn’t understand what O’SNAP was for,” he said. “We’re trying to help students understand the whole point — that this is a safety shuttle service for students trying to walk back to their dorms on campus.”Students can call or use the SafeBouND app to request assistance during the service’s new hours, adjusted around parietals. According to the email sent to the student body, golf carts will only be used Sunday-Wednesday, and walking escorts will be available Thursday-Saturday.Robinson said Student Government is also working to bring a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to campus for the spring semester, though they had initially tried to have something ready for the fall.“There’s been some unexpected push back, for multiple reasons,” he said. “The problem with the rape kits is you need to have a lot of experience before you administer it.”“You get one shot,” Blais added.Student government will implement two new measures aimed at improving safety and community on campus: a sexual assault survivor support group and a faculty ambassador program, which will allow professors to volunteer as sexual assault reporting resources.The survivor group is the first of it’s kind, Blais said, and was organized by senior Grace Watkins, University policy liaison.Robinson said faculty members participating in the ambassador program will be non-confidential reporting resources, who likely undergo some sort of training.“A lot of people don’t feel comfortable talking to administrators about sexual assault,” he said. “We want to continue to be able to break down those doors and barriers, and I think this is a great first step.”InclusionFor the first time, student government is planning Race Relations Week, a four-day series aimed to create conversation about race and its role on campus.The week — which will run Oct. 24 through Oct. 27 — will examine race in relation to psychology, the presidential election, sexual assault and opportunity. Events will feature a number of speakers and discussions with the ultimate goal of garnering interest and reflection on issues surrounding race.“Race relations and the campus climate surrounding them haven’t ever been examined like this,” Robinson said.Student government also planned a tailgate for the Nevada game targeting freshmen who may not have a number of tailgates to jump back and forth between.“We wanted to provide a safe, no pressure, fun tailgate that the entire student body would have access to,” Blais said. “So we came up with this.”The event will take place on the quad between DeBartolo Hall and Eck Hall of Law on Sept. 10.In the spirit of involving students, Robinson said he and Blais have an “open door policy.”“Come in any time you want,” he said.Student government has also launched an Instagram account and Snapchat for people to follow along with their plans and events. They plan to release a monthly newsletter, highlighting different departments and initiatives.“We’re excited that everyone’s back — because over the summer, campus was kind of lonely,” Robinson said. “And I’m excited to wake up every morning to do this.”Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Student governmentlast_img read more

Tobacco tour

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone interested in current tobacco production issues and research for Georgia and Florida should attend the “2006 Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour” June 12-14.The tour starts in Lake City, Fla., and ends in Waycross, Ga. It will include visits to producers’ farms and sites showcasing variety trials and disease research. The tour is sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.To find out more or to register, call (229) 386-3006. Or visit the Web site at www.georgiatobacco.com.last_img read more

WATCH: Deer and Rabbit Interact in Estes Park, CO

first_imgA young deer and a rabbit were recently caught on camera getting to know each other in front of a YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado. If this doesn’t help push you over Hump Day into the the downward slope toward the weekend, nothing will.last_img

Honduran Armed Forces, Firefighters Participate in Rescue Training

first_imgThe high-level cooperation and training prepare Military and civilian institutions to rescue as many people as possible during natural disasters and other emergencies, said Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). Teamwork and skills In response to the earthquakes in El Salvador, Honduras mobilized about “200 service members, principally personnel and equipment from the First Engineering Battalion, who performed tasks distributing humanitarian aid, debris removal, security at public facilities, medical outreach, and repairs to communications,” Honduran Engineering Lieutenant Colonel José Luis Mendieta Corea said. CARAH is the teaching center for the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), a regional agency comprised of the Armed Forces of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. One of its primary goals is providing humanitarian aid during natural disasters and other emergencies. Search and rescue strategies In the first of five steps, they focused on administering first aid, including controlling hemorrhages and treating wounds, burns, and sudden illnesses, as well as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Then, participants studied the incident command system, which responders use to manage resources during emergencies. Honduran firefighters and members of the Armed Forces Humanitarian Rescue Unit (UHR) were recently joined by two Salvadoran and two Nicaraguan Soldiers in exercises to free those trapped in confined spaces or demolished buildings during natural disasters. It’s caused the UHR to train consistently so personnel will be ready to save lives in the event of a natural disaster. “The second block [of training] was certified by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA),” said Captain Lenin López, director of the National Firefighters School. Service members who participated in the course were trained in using strategies for searching and locating victims and rescuing them with manual, hydraulic, and pneumatic tools. The training strengthened teamwork among the Troops and other emergency workers. Afterwards, the Honduran Defense Ministry said that participants “have developed a set of skills necessary to rescue people in natural disasters when they are trapped by debris or in automobile accidents.” “In addition, Joint Task Force (JTF) Bravo shares its experiences in responding to fires and other areas with the Honduras Fire Department,” Colonel Zelaya said. “We generate a multiplying effect for these experiences, techniques, and knowledge to our country’s Armed Forces, who are also part of the humanitarian allied forces.” The UHR is a highly-trained unit dedicated to humanitarian aid operations and conducts domestic and international rescue missions during natural disasters, often working with the Red Cross, Green Cross, and other fire departments. Because of its geographic location, Honduras is vulnerable to the impact of climate change, putting it at risk for increasing numbers of floods and hurricanes in the mountains and coastal areas during the rainy season and extreme droughts during the summer, according to the Honduran National Climate Change Directorate (DNCC) website. A team of 28 specialists from the Honduran Fire Department participated with the Troops and other emergency response workers during the 214-hour course at the Honduran Army Technical School facilities and at Fire Station No. 4 in the city of El Carrizal from April 26 through the end of June. center_img An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Mercalli scale was recorded on January 13 of that year, with another one measuring 6.6 striking a month later. They collectively killed 1,159 people, injured 8,115, and destroyed more than 41,000 homes, according to the United Nations report “El Salvador: Evaluation of the earthquake on Tuesday February 13, 2001.” In addition to participating in CARAH-sponsored training, Honduran service members participate every year in Humanitarian Allied Forces (FAHUM), a multi-national exercise coordinated and sponsored by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to evaluate national response mechanisms and inter-agency coordination in the event of a disaster. Training to protect civilians from the dangers of climate change “The primary goal of this course was to speak the same language for every type of disaster — for each of the countries involved in the lifesaving, rescue, and evaluation efforts to be on the same page,” said Colonel José Manuel Zelaya, deputy commanding officer for the Honduran Fire Department. “We all need to recognize the techniques for recoveries, how to do interventions, and how to work as a team or as relief.” Earthquake response According to SOUTHCOM’s Exercise Branch, Honduras will host FAHUM ’15 which will be a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) between August 26 and September 4, designed to discuss/evaluate Honduras’ national disaster response plan at the operational level and build partner nation capacity to respond to a major disaster and to strengthen hemispheric cooperation/collaboration between regional humanitarian entities and military/security forces in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility. “Honduras will also host FAHUM ’16 which will be a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and Field Training Exercise (FTX), between April 19-29, 2016, designed to evaluate/validate Honduras’ ability to integrate national, regional, and international disaster response efforts at the tactical and operational level in response to the effects of a category 5 hurricane,” they added. After that, participants completed the Collapsed Light Structure Rescue Course (CRECL), which is used to train participants in the skills and techniques they’ll need to locate surface-level victims in the event of a fallen structure. The fourth stage was more advanced, as the students’ attention shifts to Search and Rescue in Collapsed Structures (BREC) — the task of penetrating fallen structures in accordance with international standards. Finally, the last stage focused on Rescues in Confined Spaces (REC), which is for 72-hour response teams who use tools to work in small areas that are difficult to access. By Dialogo July 23, 2015 Cooperation with U.S. SOUTHCOM “This is the first training that we have had at this level, the full range,” Colonel Zelaya said. “The rescue course achieved its goal. The UHR now has more human resources who are qualified and know the logistics necessary to deal with national, regional, and international emergency situations.” The UHR has a history of cooperating with the security forces in other countries during times of natural disasters, including when it worked with Salvadoran Military and police forces to help civilians after two major earthquakes struck El Salvador in 2001. In April, Honduras’ Regional Humanitarian Aid Center (CARAH) provided search, rescue, and evacuation training for 32 service members from the UHR, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. They were also taught the best ways to handle hazardous materials. last_img read more

Prepare your credit union for digital disruption at NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Most companies are simply not designed to survive.”-Opening Keynote Speaker Mike WalshWe’re in the midst of a second digital revolution—and it’s loaded with forces that will disrupt your credit union in a big way. Learn what you need to tackle these forces head-on, and even take advantage of them, during the powerful sessions at NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference. View the agenda now!Napa, California—mostly untouched by recent fires—will be host to this special event just for you and your high-level peers. And NAFCU has added more content and more one-of-a-kind Napa networking experiences to make this year’s event more relevant to your needs than ever before.In fact, amazing things will happen at this event packed with the country’s foremost credit union leaders.You’ll:Gain insight into tomorrow’s most impactful forces with keynote Mike Walsh, so your credit union can thrive amidst upcoming technological changesExplore research analysis to help you determine which business and tech trends will matter most to your credit unionDiscover how to build more sustainable business success with closing keynote John Spence, who’ll discuss how to deliver more value to your membersGet details on emerging opportunities in digital payments, interchange maximization, auto lending, and member serviceBuild your network of credit union CEOs and senior executives via tastings and tours that take advantage of America’s premier wine regionStay at the breathtaking Meritage Resort & Spa, set among nine acres of stunning vineyardIt’s all part of a robust agenda designed to help you build a more successful, sustainable credit union.Want a jump-start on the fresh ideas? Get John Spence’s eBook FREE now! Letters to a CEO is full of highly powerful ideas that can dramatically impact your credit union and career.Save $200 when you register by Feb 23 with code CEOSAVINGSlast_img read more

NOPSEMA Opens for Comment 3D Oil’s Plan for Seismic Survey

first_imgAustralia’s NOPSEMA has opened for public comment the environment plan for 3D Oil Limited’s Sauropod 3D marine seismic survey in the Roebuck Basin, within exploration permit WA-527-P.3D Oil proposed on July 16th to undertake the Sauropod 3D marine seismic survey in Commonwealth waters of the Roebuck Basin, within exploration permit WA-527-P. The purpose of the Sauropod 3D survey is to collect high quality geophysical data about rock formations and structures beneath the seabed and assess potential for new oil and gas discoveries.The acquisition area covers approximately 3,500 km2. The acquisition area is surrounded by a larger operational area (approximately 6,000 km2), for the purpose of line turns, run-ins, run-outs, seismic testing and support activities.  The seismic survey will be undertaken in water depths between approximately 95 m to 172 m.The survey will involve a single seismic survey vessel towing a seismic source array with a total volume of 3,090 cubic inches (in3), at a water depth of approximately 5 – 10 m.The seismic source will use compressed air to emit regular pulses of sound that reflect off the seabed and underlying rock formations. The reflected sound wave will be received by up to 12 hydrophone streamers. Each streamer will be up to 7,000 m in length, spaced 75 m apart and towed at a depth of approximately 15 m.The Sauropod 3D survey will take a maximum of 60 days to acquire, and will be undertaken within the acquisition window of January to April 2020, or January to April 2021.The precise timing of the survey is subject to vessel availability, weather conditions and other operational considerations, and will take into account the seasonality of environmental sensitivities, where practicable.last_img read more

Betty Yorn

first_imgBetty S. Yorn 59, of Milan passed away November 16, 2017 at The Waters of Batesville.   Betty was born Sunday May 11, 1958 the daughter of Cecil and Una Faye (Short) Spurlock. She was a member of the Bridge of Hope Church.  She had worked for Deufol as a packer for many years.  Betty enjoyed playing Bingo, crafts, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.Betty is survived by companion: Kelly Yorn of Milan; sons: Sid (Paula) Yorn Holton; Josh (Jennifer) Yorn of Aurora; daughter: Ashley Mullins of North Bend, Ohio; step-father: Jim Johnson of Sunman; Father: Cecil Spurlock of Milan; brothers: Dencil Spurlock of Moores Hill; Jimmy Johnson of Sunman; sisters: Pam Sloan of Batesville; Denis Simms of Milan; Jean Parrish of Illinois.  7 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother; two sisters: Carol Lamberth and Denise Spurlock and grandaughter Kaybree Mullins.Funeral services for Betty will be at 11 AM Tuesday November 21, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Norman officiating.    Visitation will also be Tuesday 9-11AM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street PO Box 243, Milan In 47031, 812-654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave any online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Hamilton County Deery rained out

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series event scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway has been rained out.The next event for the Late Model tour is set for Sunday, May 3 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.last_img