After announcing a hiatus in 2011, theNEWDEAL returned to the scene just a couple years ago. The group wasted no time finding their form, bringing an exciting livetronica energy wherever they go. Backed by the virtuosic talents of founding members Jamie Shields (keys), Dan Kurtz (bass) and new drummer Joel Stouffer, the definitive new sound of theNEWDEAL comes to a head on Mercury Switch, the band’s first studio release in over a decade.Speaking about the new release, Shields said in a statement, “I think we’ve come up with a way to take the best from both the live and studio worlds and make something that’s going to have the energy of a live show, but shaped in a way we could only do in the studio.” From the first notes of opening track, “Dark One,” it’s clear that this is a special release.Light synthesizers emerge from an open soundscape, only to be accompanied by an incredibly funky bassline. As all seven tracks on Mercury Switch are instrumentals, the trio relies heavily on sweeping effects and production efforts to keep the music grooving. Stouffer drives the jam from behind the kit, while Shields experiments through various melodies and effects. With Kurtz holding down the tune like a rock, it’s evident that these songs are meant to take you on a journey, while keeping you dancing all the while.While the majority of the album is fast-paced and high-energy, songs like “Eazy Lazy” slow things down for a more contemplative, minor-key approach. Meanwhile, tracks like “Very Good Then” and title track “Mercury Switch” are longer compositions, weaving through various segments to maximize the momentum. Dan Kurtz goes a bit more in depth about the band’s new approach to making the music for Mercury Switch.“In the last few months we’ve been pushing ourselves to work with new sounds, new styles, new ways of arranging jams, and the stuff we’ve come up with has felt great and exciting to us as a result. We’re listening back to the board tapes of all the shows and finding the parts, even if they’re just a couple of seconds long, that sound the most inspiring and then building studio recordings around them. In some cases we’ll glue a bit from one show in one city to another completely unrelated piece from another town, and create something we’d never have come up with in either just a live or just a studio setting.”The result is an album that defines theNEWDEAL in 2016. Mercury Switch was released on March 4th, and can be purchased via iTunes and more. For everything tND, head to the band’s official website. Stream the band’s leading single “Quattro,” which premiered on L4LM, right here.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Blue Hills Bank Pavillion | Boston, MA | 7/20/18Set One (7:38PM – 8:56PM): Good Lovin’, Iko Iko @, Cumberland Blues > Shakedown Street # -> The Wheel Jam -> Jam -> I Need a Miracle $ > Ramble On RoseSet Two (9:22PM – 10:52AM): Althea, Gonesville, Uncle John’s Band % -> Space -> Morning Dew, China Cat Sunflower ^ -> I Know You RiderEncore: Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream &@ – With a Man Smart Woman Smarter Tease (MB), # – Unfinished, * – Not played since 2017-01-13 Music Farm, Charleston, SC, a gap of 60 shows, $ – With an Unknown Tease (TH), % – Unfinished, ^ – With a DD Bass Solo & The Wheel Teases (TH & Band), & – Not Played since 2017-10-05 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 36 Shows Today, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released the 85th edition of the group’s weekly Taper Tuesday series. This week, the Grateful Dead-inspired band has released the soundboard recording for their show at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion earlier in the summer on July 20th, 2018. Notably, for the performance, guitarist Tom Hamilton played on Jerry Garcia‘s “Wolf Guitar,” the Grateful Dead icon’s go-to instrument for over two decades.However, the performance marked the third time that Hamilton had gotten the opportunity to play the famed instrument. Garcia’s legendary Wolf guitar was auctioned off last June at the Brooklyn Bowl for a whopping $1.6M winning bid from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History. The guitar was auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the previous owner matching the winning bid, making for a whopping $3.2M donation at the end of the night. The auction also served as the vehicle for an all-star performance billed as Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits that saw Tom Hamilton, Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, and Cass McCombs all get the chance to play Wolf before it went to its new home.With Tom Hamilton expertly wielding the Wolf, the energy of the performance was particularly high. Highlights of the show included a performance of “Shakedown Street”, marking the first time the tune had been played in 60 shows, and of “Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream”, marking the first time the encore pick was performed since a gap of 36 shows. Hamilton shined during stand-out solos during “Cumberland Blues” and “Morning Dew”, and the band captivated with the second set’s opening combination of “Althea” into “Gonesville”.You can check out the soundboard from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in July 2018 below, courtesy of Peter Costello and Eric McRoberts. read more
Jay-Z has reportedly become the first rapper to amass $1 billion in earnings and assets. According to a new report shared on Monday, the Brooklyn hip-hop artist-turned-entertainment business mogul has apparently accumulated a fortune that “conservatively totals $1 billion.”Related: Watch A 17-Year-Old Biggie Smalls Spit Fire On A Brooklyn Street Corner The report states that Jay-Z’s career earnings as arguably the most popular hip-hop artist in music since the mid-1990s have totaled up to $500 million (before taxes). That money, along with Jay’s income from investments as a business owner for high-powered companies like TIDAL, Roc Nation and Sovereign Brands, has enabled the 49-year-old to become the first hip-hop artist to join the billionaire club. The report makes a point to detail the various arms of Jay’s financial empire with an investment portfolio which ranges from spirits brands and artwork to real estate and tech companies like Uber.It’s worth noting that fellow rapper Dr. Dre supposedly became hip-hop’s first billion-dollar artist when Beats Electronics, the popular headphones brand for which he was a co-founder, was sold to Apple for a whopping $3 billion back in 2014. Unfortunately for Dre, he’ll have to keep earning if he wants to join that billion dollar club, as his net worth only sits at a modest $700 million as of 2015.Jay was recently back in his home city of NYC to help re-open the renovated Webster Hall in late-April. Jay is still currently scheduled to headline the upcoming Woodstock 50 event, although the fate of festival is currently in limbo after its financial backers pulled out of producing the high-profile music event. Hey, maybe Michael Lang could ask Jay-Z to invest some of that $1 billion of his![H/T Forbes] read more
View Comments from $49.50 Chicago Related Shows Ladies and gentleman, Chicago now has a new star in the courtroom! Eddie George, the Heisman Trophy winner, NFL legend and all-around great guy, took his first bow in the Tony-winning revival as slick lawyer Billy Flynn on January 12 at the Ambassador Theatre. Stars Bianca Marroquin, Amra-Faye Wright and the rest of the Chicago cast welcomed George to the show about murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. See George in the show through February 28!
Dennis Hollingsworth was fresh out of college the first time he tried running a farm. It was the early 1980s in south Georgia, and he stuck with it for four years in some of the toughest economic conditions since the Great Depression.Then he left for an IT job.“I went to Atlanta and I thought I would never look back, and I didn’t for years and years,” Hollingsworth said. “But it’s time for me to do some things that I’ve always wanted to do. “Over the next five years, Hollingsworth and his wife plan to leave their 4,300 square-foot home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and move to a manufactured home on a farm in Banks County.They’ll raise goats and calves and the crops needed to feed them.And they’ll have the University of Georgia to provide support and guidance.For the past three years, UGA Cooperative Extension has partnered with the UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and other business educators across the state to equip new farmers with the business acumen they need to succeed.The Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program, offered at locations across the state, brings together UGA outreach units and outside groups to provide multifaceted training for beginning and young farmers.The program focuses on developing mentorships for beginning farmers, providing nuts-and-bolts training in either small ruminant or vegetable production and, maybe most importantly, focuses on financial and business training.Hollingsworth enrolled in the program in Gainesville, Georgia, and worked with Extension County Coordinator Bob Waldorf and SBDC Area Director Bruce Cutler to refine his business plan before launching his farm.“I don’t want to lose money in retirement,” Hollingsworth said. “And that’s why I wanted to put together a business plan. As I did, it became a thing where I could look at it and say, ‘Yeah, you know I could do this for the next 25 years and enjoy it.’”The journeyman program has helped more than 500 young and beginning farmers since it was launched in 2015.Some are young entrepreneurs looking to make the most of the market’s desire for more locally grown food. Some are traditional farmers who are looking to improve an inherited farming business. And many, like Hollingsworth, are second-career farmers looking to make the most of farming in their retirement.Often those who go into farming have big dreams, a passion for hard work and a vision of the simplicity and peace of pastoral life. What they don’t have, in many cases, is a workable business plan.“I know you’ve heard it before, but if you fail to plan, you’re really planning to fail,” Waldorf said.“We have a lot of people who are coming into the area and buying a small farm, and they’re calling me and asking me how they can make that farm work,” he added. “Their very first step should be having a plan down on paper to see if they can make it.”The partnership between UGA Extension and SBDC makes sense because both groups deal with critical, but specialized, programming, Cutler said. Agriculture businesses need this collaborative approach because, while they share a lot of similarities with other small businesses, they’re also plagued by climate-related uncertainty, which makes planning and technical advising even more important. “They have challenges related to nature that are over and above the challenges faced by other businesses,” Cutler said.A big part of the planning is helping people realize when an idea won’t work or that an idea needs major changes before it will work.Having a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and advisors from both the business and agricultural fields can make that process easier.“Bob is discussing what will grow and what won’t grow here from the Extension side,” Cutler said, “and I’m talking about it from the business side: How are you going to sell it?”For more information about training through the Journeyman Farmer Certificate program, visit sustainagga.caes.uga.edu. For more information about the UGA Small Business Development Center, visit www.georgiasbdc.org. read more
continue reading » This year as I prepare to spend Thanksgiving with my family, I’m thinking about the many things I’m thankful for in my personal and professional life.I finally committed to joining a gym and swimming in the wonderful salt water pool several times a week. I am thanking myself for making this a priority, as I always feel energized and happy after a long swim. Plus, I find myself getting many great ideas for CU Management in the lap lane!We launched CUmanagement.com in October after several months of intense work and I am grateful for the amazing team—internal and external—that came together to create this incredibly useful new resource.One of the things I am most thankful for is the successful launch of Advancing Women. As I’ve said to anyone who’ll listen, this is a personally motivating and gratifying project to work on and I’m so grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had from both women and men in the credit union industry. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
continue reading » Having a mentor is an effective and meaningful way to approach career development. Mentors can advise on ideas for getting recognition at work, short- and long-term professional goals, and leadership development. Mentorship is also an effective way to maintain accountability for career growth.In the “10-Minute Mentorship” video series, nationally recognized speaker, author, coach, and 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference emcee Antonio Neves interviews credit union leaders about career development topics. Here are five pieces of advice from guest mentors for stepping it up in the workplace:When plans go off the rails, think differently. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle knows firsthand that the goals you thought you were working toward can change almost overnight. Going into 2020, the credit union movement was “humming on all cylinders,” Nussle says. Then, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began. To respond effectively to a volatile situation, Nussle recommends thinking in terms of horizons. “The first horizon is what you’re doing today,” he says. “The second one is what’s around the corner. The third one is what the future needs to be.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
“In my mind, I’m thinking, I wasted all this time. I can’t have any privacy. I can’t have anytime by myself. This is ruined. I just can’t handle having nothing really to do,” he said to the camera, reflecting on his choice to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in May. “The truth was I started feeling more and more anxious, more and more depressed. Like I was going to do something bad if I didn’t figure something out or take myself out of this position. I think now is the time to work on it.”The New York native continued speaking to Kardashian, telling her on the phone that despite going to therapy every week he “never” has “any breakthroughs and I never feel happy.”He continued: “I didn’t grieve my parents correctly or give it enough time. I just want to be the best person I can be for my family. I just want to learn how to deal with everything the right way.” He noted his plan was to go for “at least a month” to regroup.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bettering himself. Scott Disick opened up to Kourtney Kardashian about feeling trapped amid the coronavirus pandemic in a Keeping Up With the Kardashians sneak peek from the upcoming Thursday, November 12, episode.The Talentless founder, 37, called his ex, 41, during the KUWTK teaser to explain why he needed to go to rehab for “past traumas” relating to the loss of his parents.- Advertisement – After Kardashian agreed to look after the pair’s three children, sons Mason, 10, and Reign, 5, and daughter Penelope, 8, she told the camera how she felt about Disick’s decision.“I am caught a little off guard, because for the first time Scott isn’t being asked to go away,” she explained. “He isn’t having an issue with alcohol or drugs. It’s his ideas so it feels really different.”The Poosh creator added: “I want him to be the best that he can for my kids, and for himself and for me so I am more than happy to support him in any way that I can.”Us Weekly confirmed on May 4 that Disick entered a treatment facility in Colorado, citing “past trauma” as the reason for his stay. Hours later, the reality star left the rehab center after a picture of him at the lodge was published online.“Scott’s breakup and past issues with Kourtney and his parents’ deaths [in October 2013 and January 2014] have deeply affected him,” a source told Us at the time. “Although it didn’t always show up in a negative way, these are things he’s constantly had to battle and live with that don’t go away overnight. … The quarantine has taken a toll on him and brought up old feelings and habits that may have not been fully resolved.”A second source told Us that Kardashian “encouraged Scott to go to rehab and specially APN Lodge because she saw he was struggling.”Shortly after his rehab stay, Disick and Sofia Richie split after nearly three years together. The pair briefly got back together, but called it quits for good in August.“Scott is doing his own thing,” a source told Us earlier this month. “[He’s] in a good place and dating around.”Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs on E! Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “I was just thinking, this whole COVID, staying in, no structure, it doesn’t work for me,” Disick said while on speaker phone in the clip. “It’s making me feel like I just can’t handle staying home, not working. Recently all I’ve been doing is trying to find things to do.”He explained that he even rented a house in Malibu to try and “escape,” but that experience “turned into a total s—tshow” when the press found him.Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian. YouTube (2)The Flip It Like Disick alum revealed during his confessional that he was “tired” with all the ups and downs surrounding the worldwide health crisis.- Advertisement – read more
An online petition calling for the release of South Kalimantan journalist Diananta “Nanta” Putera Samedi, who was recently arrested for his reporting of a land dispute, continues to gather support, reaching over 10,000 signatures as of Sunday.The petition, published on change.org, was started by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) on behalf of Nanta’s wife, Wahyu Widianingsih, and is aimed at President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin and the judges overseeing the case.“I hope that Pak Jokowi, Pak Attorney General and the panel of judges free my husband, because my husband was helping the little people and had no intention of inciting hatred,” Wahyu said in the petition. Nanta, the former chief editor of local media outlet banjarhits.id in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, was reportedly detained by police on May 4 after Sukirman, who claimed to represent the Dayak indigenous people, filed a defamation suit.The defamation suit concerns an article Nanta wrote that was published in November 2019. The article covered an alleged land dispute in the province between the local Dayak community and a palm oil company owned by businessman Syamsudin “Haji Isam” Andi Irsyad.“Of course, we cannot interfere with the legal process, but we can tell the truth and demonstrate what is happening,” Balikpapan Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) advocacy head Fariz Fadhillah said in a statement on Saturday.Fariz said the matter should have been closed when Sukirman reported the article to the Press Council, which is responsible for settling press disputes under the 1999 Press Law. In February, the Press Council issued a recommendation that banjarhits.id should publish Sukirman’s right of reply and apologize.“Banjarhits.id has carried out the Press Council’s recommendation, so the matter is resolved,” Fariz said. “Nanta carried out his duty as a journalist to fulfill the public’s right to know about an incident, and that is protected by the Press Law.”Topics : read more
23 Gardenia Ave, Kirwan. Picture: Shae Beplate.Mr Kotze said he showed the property to a buyer who had been searching for a similar property and they put an offer in before the open home and bought the three-bedroom cottage for $270,000.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In this case it was a classic combination of exactly what the client was looking for because she wanted her mother to move in with her so she needed a property all one level with no stairs, she liked the cottage style and it had a decent sized yard so it was a perfect match,” he said.“The owners were also happy to sell it for a fair price.” REIQ Townsville zone chair and First National Nicholson principal Wayne Nicholson said he was also noticing properties were selling faster and the key to a quick sale was to price it appropriately.“We get lots of properties worth $350,000 and if you list them for $359,000 they will sell in a week or two,” he said. “It’s a price conscious market so properties have to be priced correctly.”Julie Mahoney from Ray White Townsville recently sold 46 Camp St in Mundingburra for $340,000 and 60 Warburton St in North Ward for $420,000. 46 Camp Street, Mundingburra sold before auction.Both properties were due to go to auction on February 13 but were sold after strong offers were made. Ms Mahoney said any oversupply in popular areas had dried up, resulting in properties selling before auction day.“There is a lack of good quality stock in key areas and those two that sold were in North Ward and Mundingburra and they were immaculate,” she said. “The buyers had been looking for quite some time so they … knew what they wanted.” 60 Warburton Street, North Ward sold before auction. Paul Kotze, real estate agent for John Gribbin Realty outside 23 Gardenia Ave, Kirwan. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOWNSVILLE properties are selling faster with houses being snapped up before auction and well-presented properties barely lasting a week on the market.It comes as both Townsville real estate agents and property analysts predict a much more positive economic outlook in 2018.According to Core Logic figures, houses in Townsville were taking an average of 70 days to sell in the middle of last year but that has now come down to 63 days.However, agents are reporting well-presented properties that are priced well in sought-after suburbs are selling much quicker.John Gribbin Realty agent Paul Kotze said a successful offer was submitted on 23 Gardenia Ave in Kirwan four days after the home was listed. read more