of Montreal Explores Their Limits On New Album, ‘Innocence Reaches’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgof 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.last_img read more

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Widespread Panic Continues To Bring The Heat, Pays Solemn Tribute To Fan Who Fell In The River

first_imgWidespread Panic resumed their Southern conquest with a second night of music at Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, Tennessee last night. To many fans, the first night was one of the most intense and tight shows of the year, so when it was with great anticipation that the band shuffled back onstage.A short and sweet “Disco” kicked the night off before John Bell led the audience through a serene stroll with a mellow “Wondering” from 1993’s Everyday. Jimmy Herring mystified through a blazin’ “Papa Johnny Road” from Ball (2003) before Dave Schools trounced a bouncy beat for “Walkin’ (For Your Love)” from their self-titled second album.Putting the pedal to the metal, the band came together nicely for a sizzlin’ “Papa’s Home”. This jam from Everyday has several tempo changes and breakdowns and had the audience stompin’ and dancin’ with a full display of the band’s collective talents. A dirty “Shut Up and Drive” from 2010’s Dirty Side Down segued into a heroic version of “Hatfield”. John Bell was in peak form and nailed the lyrics beautifully before dishing out a rousing rap with all the bells, whistles, and descriptions of “Hatfield’s mama with her two-string ukulele” intact.For only the fourth time since its debut at Panic en la Playa Siete, the band delved into a stirring rendition of “Sundown Betty” before cutting a suave cover of Bloodkin’s “Can’t Get High”. To close the set, the boys aced a frenzied “Action Man” from Don’t Tell the Band (2001), leaving the audience in a stunned stupor as they walked off the stage for setbreak.Upon returning to the stage, the band appropriately delved into a cover of Pops Staples‘ song “Hope in a Hopeless World” from Bombs & Butterflies as a homage to the missing teenager who jumped into the Mississippi River the night prior. Jimmy Herring electrified a cutting version of “Pilgrims”, another from Everyday, before JoJo Hermann took the helm for the beginning of a jam that didn’t relent until the end of the second set. An outstanding psychedelic massacre of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High” moved into a heavy and lively “Tie Your Shoes.” With repeating spiraling descents, the entire band came together to casually obliterate this jam.Duane Trucks commandeered the spotlight for a powerful percussive cornucopia before the band returned for the beginning of “Fishwater” with John Bell and Jimmy Herring acting as unstoppable forces. Cody Dickinson from North Mississippi Allstars came out with a washboard to supplement as Dave Schools and JoJo Hermann led the charge on “Big Wooly Mammoth”. The musicians returned from this beloved classic back into “Fishwater” with Cody Dickinson before allowing Sonny Ortiz time to wallop his drum kit with minimum help from Duane Trucks.Widespread Panic w/ Cody Dickinson – “Big Wooly Mammoth” > “Fishwater”[Video: Fred Ramadan]The band returned once more to finish “Fishwater” (this time without Cody Dickinson) before segueing into a raucous and sexy rendition of George Clinton’s “Red Hot Mama”. To conclude the second set and nearly eighty-minute sequence of nonstop jams, the boys hammered home the party-anthem “Chilly Water” complete with a night sky full of flying cups of water.For the encore’s first number, Jimmy Herring led the band through a scorching cover of Murray McLauchlan’s “Honky Red”. Before finishing the evening, John Bell said a few words to make light of last night’s tragic misfortune, “Ladies and gentlemen, this will be the ‘Last Dance’ of the evening. Please take care of each other, watch out for each other so you can live to play another day.” With that, the musicians closed with a cover of Neil Young’s “Last Dance” with a dreamy breakdown and emotionally wrought lyrics.Widespread Panic returns to the stage next on August 24th in Arrington, Virginia for the 6th annual LOCKN’ Festival. Many have speculated about with whom the band will be collaborating, and considering the band played three Neil Young covers this weekend, we can only hope that it is Ol’ Neil himself—or, at the very least, some members of his band, Promise of the Real, who are set to play LOCKN’ the same day as Panic. Until next time, my friends. Work hard, stay well. See the setlist below.For a full list of upcoming dates, head to Widespread Panic’s website.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Mud Island Amphitheater | Memphis, TN | 6/30/18Set 1 Disco, Wondering, Papa Johnny Road, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Papa’s Home, Shut Up and Drive > Hatfield, Sundown Betty, Can’t Get High, Action Man (71 mins)Set 2 Hope In A Hopeless World, Pilgrims, Ride Me High > Tie Your Shoes > Duane Drums > Fishwater > Big Wooly Mammoth* > Fishwater* > Sunny Drums > Fishwater > Red Hot Mama > Chilly Water (95 mins)Encore: Honky Red, Last Dance (18 mins)Notes * w/ Cody Dickinson on washboard (North Mississippi Allstars)last_img read more

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Hugh Calkins, former Overseer, Corporation member

first_imgFormer Harvard Board of Overseers and Corporation member Hugh Calkins ’45, J.D. ’49, died at his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on Aug, 4.Calkins served on Harvard’s Board of Overseers from 1966 to 1968 and was a member of the Harvard Corporation from 1968 to 1985. Then-President Derek Bok awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1986 in recognition and appreciation of his two decades of service to the University.“Hugh was one of the three Corporation members who came to see me on a snowy night at the end of 1970 to offer me the presidency. He was certainly a model Corporation member,” Bok said.Henry Rosovsky, who succeeded Calkins on the Corporation, believes Calkins deserves credit for helping create a more open atmosphere for the Corporation across the University.“Hugh was on the Corporation during a very difficult time at Harvard: the 1960s. He was unique in that he extended himself to everyone and spent time with students, as a result of which he made the Corporation and other governing boards more visible. Considering Harvard’s traditions at the time, that was a tremendous service and one of his main achievements.”Born in Newton, Mass., Calkins’ undergraduate years at Harvard were interrupted by service in the Air Force during World War II. He later attended Harvard Law School and was president of the Harvard Law Review.Following graduation he clerked for Justice Learned Hand of the New York Circuit Court and Justice Felix Frankfurter of the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the Cleveland firm of Jones, Day, where he ultimately became senior partner and head of the firm’s tax division. Calkins was active in national legal circles throughout his career, most notably serving as deputy director of President Eisenhower’s Commission on National Goals.Calkins’ experience on the Goals Commission launched his longtime commitment to, and eventual second career in, education. He returned to Cleveland to found Plan for Action by Citizens for Education (PACE) and served on the Cleveland Board of Education from 1965 to 1969.Following his retirement from Jones, Day, Calkins earned a teaching certificate and devoted several years to teaching in inner-city schools in Cleveland. He also managed Initiatives in Urban Education (IUE), a foundation organized for Calkins by his children that is dedicated to improving student achievement outcomes in Cleveland public schools. In that role, Calkins was instrumental in helping found Citizens Academy, a charter school near University Circle that has since gained recognition as one of the state’s highest-achieving charter schools.A September memorial service will be held in Ohio. Remembrances of Hugh Calkins may be shared at http://hughcalkinsremembrances.wordpress.com/about/.last_img read more

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Borrello Demands Legislature Stop Ignoring Rural Student Broadband Access

first_imgALBANY — Senator George Borrello is calling on the Senate Democrat Majority to take immediate action to provide internet access not only for downstate students, but for neglected rural students without broadband access.Borrello said a Democrat broadband tax is keeping taxpayers in rural areas from having any internet access at all, forcing students to find central locations like library parking lots to study remotely during the pandemic.The New York City dominated Senate Majority failed to heed Borrello and other Republicans call to repeal the Democrat tax that stalled broadband expansion in these areas, and has done nothing to improve access upstate, Borrello said.Democrats recently introduced a bill to provide WiFi in New York City homeless shelters, where downstate students also lack access, he said. “We must bridge the digital divide for all students, not just some. It shouldn’t matter if you are a homeless student in New York City learning remotely or a student upstate whose family desperately needs broadband. We cannot leave our children behind at this critical time. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have turned their backs on rural students by implementing a tax on broadband and severely hindering expansion in rural areas,” said Borrello.“It’s long past time to act. We must rescind the Democrat broadband tax to deliver access to Upstate and ensure every student, regardless of where they live, can learn,” Borrello added.Broadband access had been moving ahead until Democrats took the Majority two years ago and passed into law the new tax which is now hindering broadband installation, Republicans said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Week 13 Fantasy QB Rankings: Lamar Jackson, Deshuan Watson falling because of tough matchups

first_imgNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis.MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 Fantasy QB RankingsThese rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.RankPlayer1Patrick Mahomes II, KC vs. OAK2Russell Wilson, SEA @ MIA3Drew Brees, NO @ ATL4Matt Ryan, ATL vs. NO5Aaron Rodgers, GB @ NYG6Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. SF7Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. NE8Tom Brady, NE @ HOU9Derek Carr, OAK @ KC10Jameis Winston, TB @ JAX11Carson Wentz, PHI @ MIA12Sam Darnold, NYJ @ CIN13Jared Goff, LAR @ ARZ14Nick Foles, JAX vs. TB15Kirk Cousins, MIN @ SEA16Dak Prescott, DAL vs. BUF17Mitchell Trubisky, CHI @ DET18Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ BAL19Kyler Murray, ARZ vs. LAR20Baker Mayfield, CLE @ PIT21Philip Rivers, LAC @ DEN22Josh Allen, BUF @ DAL23Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. TEN24Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs. PHI25Kyle Allen, CAR vs. WAS26Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ IND27Andy Dalton, CIN vs. NYJ28Daniel Jones, NYG vs. GB29Dwayne Haskins, WAS @ CAR30Devlin Hodges, PIT vs. CLE31Drew Lock, DEN vs. LAC32David Blough, DET vs. CHI Some reliable quarterbacks disappointed for fantasy football owners last week, with Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan doing little despite favorable matchups. Both are back with favorable matchups this week, and both are once again high in our Week 13 fantasy QB rankings. In fact, both are higher than position stalwarts Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, who both face brutal matchups against the 49ers and Patriots, respectively. Fortunately, there are plenty of potential sleepers, a few of which who can be found on the waiver wire, if you don’t trust Jackson or Watson when making your start ’em, sit ’em decisions.We still trust Jackson and Watson, at least enough to rank them in our top 10, as both have shown the ability to produce regardless of opponent. Watson is a little more worrisome than Jackson, as he was shut down two weeks ago by Baltimore and will face a stiffer test on Sunday night against the Patriots. Like Jackson, he might have to utilize his legs more to find value, but we know he can do that, so it’s tough to bench him in what could be a make-or-break week for many.  WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThis week’s top sleepers include Sam Darnold (@ Bengals), Nick Foles (vs. Buccaneers) and Mitchell Trubisky (@ Lions). We don’t blame you if you don’t trust the latter two. You might not even trust a few of the guys in our top 12 despite their favorable matchups. Carson Wentz (@ Dolphins) and Jared Goff (@ Cardinals) have been inconsistent, to say the least, and obviously present risk. Still, with their matchups, it’s tough to imagine them being held down again, even on the road.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endTom Brady (@ Texans) also fits into that group, but we tend to give him the benefit of the doubt in favorable matchups like this. Houston is especially bad at covering backs in the receiving game, so James White gives Brady an added weapon you might not initially think about. Kirk Cousins (@ Seahawks) is in a dreaded “road prime-time” spot, but he handled that with aplomb a few weeks ago in a tougher matchup in Dallas. He should have Adam Thielen (hamstring) back this time around, too.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPFades this week include the resurgent Baker Mayfield (@ Steelers), the somewhat-inconsistent Dak Prescott (vs. Bills), the relatively low-ceiling Josh Allen (@ Cowboys), and the slumping Philip Rivers (@ Broncos). Prescott is the toughest guy in that group to sit, as he’s proven he can produce against anyone. Perhaps he has something special saved up for Thanksgiving, so he’s not a “must-sit”, but just three QBs have produced even two TDs in a game against the Bills (Baker Mayfield, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick), and none have produced three (Mayfield was the only one to throw for two). Buffalo hasn’t exactly faced a murderer’s row of QBs this year, so perhaps its numbers are inflated, but Prescott still has his work cut out for him, especially with Amari Cooper (knee) banged up. MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSlast_img read more

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