of Montreal blend a decidedly classic set of influences with modern production sensibilities to create piece of art that coalesces into something unique on their latest release, Innocence Reaches. Band visionary Kevin Barnes and his collaborators achieve a new level of balance and accessibility to their efforts while merging vintage and modern electronic dance music. By giving listeners a familiar starting point, synth-heavy pop of the early eighties, Barnes and company are able to explore and create something new without worrying that they have lost their listeners along the way.It’s easy to look at of Montreal’s entire history as an incredibly extended and inscrutable love letter to merging art and perfect pop from band visionary Kevin Barnes. In of Montreal’s twenty years of existence, they have followed a wide variety of sonic directions, to varying degrees of success and acceptance. Devout fans anticipate each album trusting that while of Montreal might bring a different style to their each of their recordings, the spirit and passion behind them will permeate the project. Innocence Reaches seems like an effort to expand their audience rather than court their existing fan base, and these more open and airy songs will likely do just that.Crafting tunes like the intro track “Let’s Relate,” a song that could easily be on the play list of any Top 40 station across the nation in 1985, Barnes and company show a sharp eye for details. Vintage drum machine beats guide the tune and much of the record bring a simple nostalgic charm to the proceedings, at least on the surface. Lyrically the material skews in an oddly immature direction, as songs like “It’s Different For Girls” and “My Fair lady” crackle with pop energy but contain almost child like views on gender issues. In a way, in playing music styles from the past of Montreal has apparently decided to “Method Act” out their regression as well.Brief escapes from the album’s theme like the fuzz box guitar laden “Les Chants de Maldoror” evoke earlier, rockier efforts but “A Sport And A Pastime” quickly brings back the bubbly pop. It’s difficult to decipher exactly what Nicolas Dobbratz and Clayton Rychlik are doing in the perfect production sheen that the notoriously finicky Barnes leans towards, but the dexterity the pair show over the course of Innocence Reaches clearly establishes their ability to craft whatever soundscape is asked of them with style.One of the risks of relying heavily on technological instrumentation is the potential loss of connection between the artist and the listener, but on Innocence Reaches the band side-steps those dangers through charm and inescapable hooks. “Ambassador Bridge” blips and bleeps along with the most danceable retro-disco beat of the collection that, as usual, disguises a darker lyrical point. Treading towards the psychedelic darkness of sixties era pop “Chaos Arpeggiating” makes great use of break downs and negative musical space.Closing track “Chap Pilot” finds of Montreal at a bit of a musical cross roads. The band has slowly been wandering down a more and more electronic focused path on this and their previous release, Aureate Gloom. Though there still seems to be room to grow and refine their current mission to mix dance music of the past and present, the abrupt cut off at the end of the disc seems to portend yet another dimension coming in the future. Easily one of the great charms of Montreal brings to the table is their ability to reinvent themselves on the fly. The one thing that you can safely assume about of Montreal is that whatever direction they decide to pursue their muse it will make for some intriguing listening, as this new release evocatively proves.
The Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup just keeps getting better and better. With over 50 artists on the bill, the supergroup formations will be trickling in over the next couple of weeks. Today, we’re excited to announce that drummer Joe Russo and guitarist Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead are teaming up with founding member of Greyboy Allstars organist Robert Walter and bassist Andy Hess, formerly in Gov’t Mule and The Black Crowes, for a supergroup set at the festival!This will be the group’s second time playing together, following their performance as “The Brooklyn Bowl All-Stars” in August of 2014. There’s a distinct mix of rock, soul, funk, and jam in the mix – so be sure not to miss these all-star musicians as they make their BCA debut.Check out this 2014 footage from the group’s debut, courtesy of YouTube user Rey Mdo:Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.So far, BCA has officially announced the All Brothers Band, a debut performance from brothers Oteil & Kofi Burbridge and Neal & Alan Evans, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, a first-time collaboration between Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, Reed Mathis’s Electric Beethoven, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer as an artist-at-large. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements over the coming weeks!In the meantime, see if you can guess what Brooklyn Comes Alive might be in store from the following lineup:Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Supergroups:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis and Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikThe Nth Power Presents Earth, Wind & Power ft. Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny SadownickJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J Dilla: Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Stu BrooksTim Palmieri & Friends: Dan Edinbugh, Jen Durkin, Rob Somerville, Alan EvansNatalie Cressman Presents: Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora PinderhughesThe Coomes Brothers Ft. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Adam Smirnoff & The Shady HornsRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down Ft. Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, Adrian TramontanoManic Focus & FriendsMore information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
[Video: The Met Philadelphia][H/T Philly.com] As reported at Philly.com, Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street will be converted into a new 3,500-capacity Live Nation concert venue, with plans for the site to open to the public as early as December of this year. To complete the massive renovation project, Live Nation entered into a partnership with well-known Philly real estate developer Eric Blumenfeld. As detailed in the article, the cost of the renovation is now projected at $56 million, which comes in over $10 million dollars more than the projected total cost of $45 million announced in May of last year.Notably, Bob Weir and other members of the Grateful Dead are investors in the project. This investment is not necessarily too surprising, given Weir’s and Live Nation head Geoff Gordon’s close relationship. In 2016, Weir officiated Gordon’s wedding to Sayeeda Gordon during a performance at The Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. As Live For Live Music has previously reported, the wedding took place during the set break of the show, which was a stop on Weir’s “Campfire Tour” promoting his solo album, Blue Mountain—in addition to the private nuptuals, the show itself saw sit-ins by Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton.The Metropolitan Opera House is a large 3,500-person venue that takes up a full city block at Broad and Poplar Streets. For the renovation, the main theater will be converted for seated and standing-only general-admission concerts; however, the opera house also contains a number of smaller rooms that could be converted into lounges and additional performances spaces. With the venue’s opening anticipated for the end of 2018, no acts have been announced for The Met’s opening. However, in addition to concerts and, likely, comedy shows, Holy Ghost Church, a partner and former full owner of the space, will host services at the venue after its reopening.As noted by Philly.com, in contrast to other mid-size concert venues around Philadelphia, The Met will be larger and “a good deal more posh” than venues like The Fillmore, Electric Factory, Academy of Music, and Tower, which house a capacity of around 2,500 people. The Met could also be a good fit for artists like Arcade Fire, Lorde, and Lana Del Ray who could easily sell out the renovated space and that have recently performed at a half-full Wells Fargo Center, which has a capacity of around 20,000 people.The Metropolitan Opera House was formerly a historic world-class opera house, which was built in 1908 by the well-known theater impresario Oscar Hammerstein I—also the grandfather of the famed musical librettist Oscar Hammerstein II of the critically acclaimed composing duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. While the venue was used as an opera house through to 1934, the renovation will mark the next evolution of the building, which has formerly been used as a movie theater, ballroom, sports venue, and church.However, the renovation project will likely be a difficult one. The building was unused and vacant from 1988 to 1995, eventually being saved from demolition in 1996 by a different church group after the city declared the site was imminently dangerous. However, after Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center bought the church and spent $5 million dollars stabilizing the venue, the church group tapped Eric Blumenfeld for a development partnership and sold the building to him for $1. In 2015, the church filed a lawsuit against Blumenfeld for the lack of progress, though in 2017, the Holy Ghost Church and Blumenfeld reached a joint ownership agreement.As Blumenthal stated last year about the Metropolitan Opera House, “It’s a glorious old building that had been neglected that anyone with any intelligence would tell you to tear down.”With Holy Ghost Church, Blumenfeld, and Live Nation all on board and full steam ahead, the crew is hopeful that the renovation will be completed by December 2018, though already the expected renovation date has been pushed back from September 2018. You can watch the promo video for Live Nation’s new, renovated concert venue at The Met in Philadephia below.
The Harvard Committee on General Scholarships has awarded Justin Stern the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. The competitive fellowship, which affords scholars the opportunity to conduct research or study outside of Cambridge, is awarded to only one Harvard graduate. Stern was selected by the fellowship committee from a pool of applicants from Harvard’s various graduate Schools.A recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Stern is a research associate in the department of urban planning and design and an instructor in urban planning in the GSD Career Discovery Program. Having also received a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2012-13 year, he will use the Sheldon fellowship to fund research and language study in Hong Kong and Seoul, after which he will continue his studies in a doctoral program. Stern’s research will focus on the political economy of urban morphology in late industrializing countries in Asia, exploring how export-oriented industrialization and the scale of industry in East Asian countries factor into urban design, planning, and other elements of spatial morphology.
LM: Students should be paying careful attention to the actual policy positions of the candidates, including whether their current positions appear to be sincere ones based on their ideological commitments and past positions or instead positions adopted simply to win the next election. Student should also educate themselves about the issues, so they can form independent opinions about important areas over which elected officials have significant influence, taking into account not only what policies will best help them economically but the moral dimensions of policy choices. Finally, students, like all citizens, need to take what they learn, and apply it not only in the ballot box, but in between elections through involvement with politically active organizations and government bodies. The media may turn most of its attention elsewhere after Nov. 8, but citizens should not.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Republican convention LM: At the moment the biggest issue for many voters is the economy, including the apparent fragility of the economic recovery, the rapid pace of change in the workplace, and the resulting uncertainty for many workers and their families. Related concerns include immigration, education, and healthcare costs, but events could easily shift this picture. The most obvious example would be a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which could elevate national security and related issues such as immigration to the forefront.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at Notre Dame, primaries in many of our home states are coming up. What is something we, as college students, should be paying particular attention to? LM: If Trump does not have a majority of pledged delegates, then the likely result of the first delegate vote at the Republican Convention will be no majority winner. I say ‘likely’ because some delegates, primarily Republican National Committee members from certain states, are not formally pledged and so are free to vote for the candidate of their choice, even in the first round. If there is no majority winner on the first vote, at that point delegates are technically released from their commitments based on the primary or caucus results of their state. Even so, many delegates may feel bound by those results for subsequent votes, while others will have been chosen in a manner that ensures their loyalty to the candidate for whom they voted in the first round. At this point it is therefore very difficult to predict the likely results. The key issue will be how far the leadership of the Republican party is willing to go to block a Trump nomination, which could include trying to change the rules I just described, so as to disadvantage Trump.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election? Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this eighth installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asked Notre Dame Law School professor of election law Lloyd Mayer about the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.Rachel O’Grady: Trump just pretty handily won a number of states [last night]. What does this mean for the Republican party down the road? What are the implications of a Trump nomination?Lloyd Mayer: Short-term, it makes it likely that Trump will have the most delegates going into the Republican Convention, but it is less clear whether he will have a majority of delegates. If Trump is nominated, it does not mean that the Democratic Party nominee will definitely win — no one is willing to make such predictions anymore, given how wrong just about everyone was about where the race would be at this point. But his presence at the top of the ticket will alienate some voters who otherwise would vote Republican, likely hurting turnout for Republicans and negatively impacting Republican candidates across the board. If he loses, the Republican Party will have a lot of ground to make up with voters before the next presidential election.ROG: Hillary is gaining serious momentum, but Sanders could win the nomination yet. What are your predictions?LM: Much smarter people than me have been dead wrong when making predictions for this election year, so I am hesitant to claim any ability to foresee the future here. Clinton will have to keep pushing hard to cross the finish line, and it is still possible that some unexpected development or disclosure could derail her campaign. The odds are in her favor, but it will not be over until it’s over. ROG: The potential for a brokered convention is becoming increasingly more likely. Could it happen? What’s the result if it does?
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently issued revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) to target shell companies buying luxury properties. Transactions conducted in Honolulu, Hawaii, are now included under the revised GTO, making a total of seven major metro areas where U.S. title insurance companies are required to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used to pay for high-end real estate. The August 22, 2017, revised GTO also has broadened the transaction categories to now include wire transfers. Any covered transaction made “without a bank loan or other similar form of external financing; and … made, at least in part, using currency or a cashier’s check, a certified check, a traveler’s check, a personal check, a business check, or a money order in any form, or a funds transfer” must be reported to FinCEN.In addition to the revised GTO, FinCEN released FIN-2017-A003 to provide financial institutions and the real estate industry with information on the money laundering risks associated with some real estate transactions. The guidance provides some red flag activity and case examples. FinCEN also has a frequently asked questions document here. continue reading »
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A successful enterprise risk management (ERM) program requires the board, senior leadership team, and committees to work together to identify and mitigate an organization’s risks by ensuring processes are in place and are followed correctly.“An ERM program won’t achieve maximum effectiveness unless you use it for strategic planning purposes as well as more tactically to mitigate operational risks,” says Scott Hood, strategy, risk, and assurance partner with Rochdale Paragon Group.Q: What role do boards, the supervisory committee, and internal audit personnel play with ERM?A: Boards play a key role in supporting an effective risk management culture throughout the credit union. They do this by establishing an ERM policy, asking for information on the organization’s largest risks, ensuring the ERM process includes the right groups throughout the organization, and using the information in setting strategy. Internal audit personnel and the supervisory committee participate in the ERM process by validating that the credit union’s processes for mitigating risks function properly and result in the targeted residual risk benefits.Q: Which group plays the biggest role in this?A: ERM is an important source of information the board uses to understand the organization’s key risks and the processes the credit union uses to mitigate those risks. It provides the board with confidence that management is taking the steps necessary to manage the credit union’s overall risk.Also, the board uses ERM information in setting and evaluating strategies, and ensuring initiatives are within the credit union’s risk appetite. The supervisory committee oversees the testing and analysis that internal audit personnel conduct. That testing is critical to ensure the credit union’s responses to mitigate risk are working as anticipated. Internal audit work also provides confidence to the board and management that risk management processes are appropriate and effective. The supervisory committee oversees the internal audit work.Q: How can the three groups work together?A: The board and supervisory committee should nurture a culture that supports effective risk management processes by setting the tone at the top of the organization, demonstrating interest in risk management activities, and securing adequate resources for effective risk management.These groups need to lead by example that they value the risk management and internal audit activities, and benefit from the work of ERM and internal audit personnel. Internal audit has always performed risk assessments as part of their work in identifying processesto review. ERM personnel now also conduct slightly different risk assessments that go beyond the traditional internal audit assessments by, for example, identifying risks or achieving strategic objectives and opportunity cost exposures.It’s probably not realistic or even desirable for internal audit personnel to stop doing their riskassessment work. But they should use the ERM risk assessments to supplement their risk assessments in identifying the organization’s key risks.Then they should feed their findings back to ERM personnel so ERM can update the credit union’s risk profile and understand the changes in procedures that need to occur.This article initially appeared in Credit Union Directors Newsletter, which provides strategic insights for board & committee members. Subscribe now to the print or PDF versions.
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After a week of mulling over the best course of action, the government has made the decision to repatriate 68 Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said 68 out of the 78 Indonesian citizens on the cruise ship would be taken home by air, without specifying whether they would be flown out in a commercial or military airplane.“What is important now is [the evacuation] would be carried out using an aircraft. The evacuation will occur after we coordinate over the time of the evacuation with the Japanese government,” the minister said in his office on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. Family member shows a picture of their son Dimas Wahyu Pratama who is still aboard the Diamond Princess in Need, Mojosongo, Boyolali, Central Java, Wednesday (2/26/2020). (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho )Two Indonesian crew members who were declared healthy chose to stay in Japan, while the eight who tested positive for the coronavirus were still under treatment in Japan.Read also: Coronavirus: Indonesian citizens aboard Diamond Princess to be put in 28-day quarantine after returning homeForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said initially that nine people tested positive. However, she later confirmed that authorities found that one of the nine had in fact tested negative, meaning only eight Indonesians aboard the ship were infected. “The evacuation is voluntary. If our citizens decide to stay there, we cannot force them to be evacuated,” Retno said.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the 68 Indonesians would be quarantined on the largely uninhabited Sebaru Island in Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta, upon returning to Indonesia.Aerial photo of Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Monday (2/26/2020). (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)The island will hold in quarantine 188 Indonesian crew members of the World Dream cruise ship, which suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong and spending days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal earlier this month.The crew was picked up by the Dr. Soeharso naval hospital ship in the Durian Strait, Karimun, Riau Islands, on Wednesday afternoon and transported to Sebaru Island for observation.“They [Diamond Princess crew] will be put on the same island [as the World Dream crew]. However, the quarantine zones and buildings will be separated,” Terawan said.Read also: BNPB promises better facilities for quarantined World Dream crew membersThe government has been in discussions with its Japanese counterpart regarding the technicalities of the evacuation. The Indonesian government previously said evacuating citizens from the Diamond Princess would risk the spread of infection.“[We are] being careful and considering [the possible consequences] in handling the situation. We cannot be pressured or in a hurry […] All decisions must be thought out carefully,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Wednesday.Japanese authorities quarantined the 3,711 passengers and crew members of the Diamond Princess for two weeks from Feb. 5. By the time the quarantine was over 14 days later, 634 of those aboard tested positive for the coronavirus.Before the decision to repatriate the Indonesians aboard the Diamond Princess was announced, the crew members had expressed hope that the government would airlift them home to prevent any further chance of infection. (syk)Topics :
To counter a slump in exports and the retail sector, the government said it planned to boost spending on welfare and jobs by 10.7%, and allocate 11.9% more on social infrastructure projects.The central bank kept interest rates steady on Thursday, but sharply downgraded its 2020 growth outlook. The Bank of Korea said gross domestic product would likely shrink 1.3% in 2020 – the biggest contraction in more than two decades – from a previous forecast for a 0.2% decline.In the latest blow to economic activity, a minor league baseball pitcher tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, casting doubt on the rest of the sport’s season, Yonhap news agency reported.In late July fans had been allowed to attend baseball games in limited numbers, but with the rising number of infections, stadiums were once again closed to fans by mid-August. “[Some] downturns are inevitable in the real economy due to the tightened preventive measures,” Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beam said at a policy meeting.In an unprecedented move for South Korea, the government on Friday restricted the operation of restaurants, coffee shops and so-called cram schools in the greater Seoul area. Churches, nightclubs and most public schools had already been ordered to close.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 235 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Monday, bringing the country’s total to 20,182 cases and 324 deaths.Daily cases have dropped slightly for five straight days, although they have remained in the low-hundreds for nearly three weeks as a second wave of infections sweeps through densely populated Seoul and spreads around the country. Topics : Measures imposed in South Korea to blunt a surge in coronavirus cases will hurt Asia’s fourth-biggest economy, the government warned on Tuesday, after unprecedented restrictions went into effect in Seoul and surrounding areas.South Korea’s economy shrunk by a seasonally adjusted 3.2% in the April-June period from the previous quarter, revised central bank data showed, the sharpest contraction since the final quarter of 2008. South Korean exports fell for a sixth straight month in August.The government unveiled plans to increase spending aggressively for the next few years and said it was prepared to boost policy support should the rate of infection worsen significantly.