The Mad Tea Party To Host Papadosio, TAUK, Spafford, & More

first_imgThe Mad Tea Party Jam will return to the Four Quarters Farm in Artemas, Pennsylvania this June 15-18. This year’s lineup will feature three nights of Papadosio, two nights of TAUK, three nights of BIG Something, and two nights of LITZ. Additionally, Spafford will perform two sets, along with performances from Porky’s Groove Machine and a Led Zeppelin tribute set from Electric Love Machine.This year’s theme will be “Summer of Love” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the famed 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. All tickets are currently on sale, with more acts to be added soon. Head to the festival’s website for more information.last_img

Steve Gunn Shares Folky Covers Of The Misfits & Michael Chapman

first_imgSteve Gunn is proving himself to be a musician of many colors. The folk-rock guitarist and singer is currently in the process of gearing up for the January 18th release of his latest studio album, The Unseen In Between. On Monday, Gunn and indie music blog Aquarium Drunkard shared a pair of tasteful covers as part of the outlet’s “Lagniappe Sessions” performance series. The two covers performed by Gunn include Michael Chapman‘s “Among The Trees” and The Misfits‘ “Astro Zombies”. Both recordings were recently tracked at Gold Diggers Recording Studio in East Hollywood, California.Michael Chapman’s “Among The Trees” initially appeared on the English singer’s 1970 Window LP. The easygoing song’s folk instrumentation and relaxed but sincere makeup fits Gunn’s own style perfectly. He sticks pretty close to the original, starting with the descending acoustic guitar riff and minimum production work. Gunn’s version is slightly less energizing than Chapman’s, but that’s okay considering the old folk tune is really about solemn reflections of the past.Gunn’s cover of The Misfits’ 1988 punk anthem is the recording that really sticks out with its polar opposite sound from the original. Surprisingly, the updated version runs at 2:55 minutes (only 0:40 seconds slower than the adrenaline-pumping original) although you’d never think that with Gunn taking more of an eerie folk approach to the rock track. Gunn trades power chords in exchange for fingerpicking as he opens the song with the sounds of his acoustic guitar and soothing vocals. It is slightly odd hearing such an innocent singing performance belt out the unapologetic lyrics of “With just a touch of my burning hand/I’m gonna live my life to destroy your world/Prime directive, exterminate/The whole fuckin’ race.” Yet, if anyone can pull it off with true musical sincerity, it’s Mr. Gunn.“Misfits were my first favorite band when I was a teenager,” Gunn said about the rock band in a statement to go with the two songs’ premiere on Monday. “There’s a certain pop sensibility to their songs, and Glenn Dazing’s Elvis-like yodeling is actually quite melodic. For a punk band, I think he was one of the better singers. Their songs are also very catchy, which helped ingrain almost every lyric into my young mind.” Fans can click here to listen to both recordings in full.This is not the first time in which Gunn has recorded a pair of covers for the “Lagniappe Sessions”. He shared a pair of Smiths covers last winter with his own renditions of “The Night Has Opened My Eyes” and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”.Gunn will head out on his 2019 winter and spring tour beginning later this month with an opening night at Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts on January 31st. Fans can head over to Gunn’s website for tickets and more info on the upcoming tour.last_img read more

A celebration of excellence

first_imgHarvard’s first official Commencement act of 2011 unfolded outside Harvard Hall today (May 24) when a select group of seniors in black caps and gowns gathered for a fife-and-drum procession to Sanders Theatre for the annual Phi Beta Kappa ceremony.“I feel very honored,” said senior Fernando Racimo. The organismic and evolutionary biology concentrator, who is headed to Germany after graduation to study Neanderthal DNA, said he won entrance to the academic honor society through hard work. “I was definitely busier than I have ever been.”Induction into Alpha Iota of Massachusetts, the Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, requires a “record of outstanding scholarly achievement, showing both depth of study and breadth of intellectual interest.”At Harvard, 24 juniors are elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the spring, and 48 seniors in the fall, with another group of seniors elected in the weeks prior to Commencement. Membership cannot exceed 10 percent of the graduating class.Held annually on the Tuesday of Commencement week, the society’s Literary Exercises have been a regular Harvard ritual since the 18th century. The first exercises took place at Holden Chapel in 1782, but have been held at Sanders since 1876. The program centers on two presentations, by a poet and an orator invited by the chapter.This year, orator Joyce Carol Oates, Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor of the Humanities and professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, delivered an oration titled “Inspiration.” Poet Henri Cole, professor of English at Ohio State University, read his work “Swimming Hole, Buck Creek, Springfield, Ohio.”The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum provided music for the event including the Commencement hymn “Fair Harvard” by Samuel Gilman.The author of seven poetry collections, Cole employs a range of emotion in his work. He said his poem for the ceremony, what he described as one long sentence, “flashes back to remembered terrain from adolescence.”“In the poem there are some young swimmers referred to as ‘blossoming buds,’ and it occurred to me that is what all of you graduates are,” said Cole, adding that everyone is “striving toward being, like you. It’s a process that must never cease.”A prolific and multitalented writer, Oates has mastered many genres. She is known for her psychological realism, gothic, and suspense novels, as well as family sagas. With more than 50 novels to her credit, she is also a playwright and essayist and has written many volumes of short stories, works of young adult fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.Kicking off the events of Commencement Week, the Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises in Sanders Theatre included College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds (from left), William Clark, poet Henri Cole, Dudley Herschbach, Lawrence Buell, and Dorothy Austin.In 1969 her novel “them” received the National Book Award.Inspiration can take many forms, an “image, phrase, emotion,” said Oates. Calling to mind past literary greats, she spoke of Herman Melville’s attraction to the “power of blackness” in his contemporary Nathaniel Hawthorne, which had an “immediate and profound” influence on Melville’s masterpiece, “Moby Dick.”For Melville, she said, Hawthorne was like “a great comet sailing into your orbit that changes your life completely.”The idea for author Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” came to her as a sort of dream, one that “possessed” her, said Oates, while the city of Dublin was the driving force behind the works of Irish author James Joyce.Oates also invoked the visual arts as inspiration. To the early surrealists, she said, the world was “a vast forest of signs to be interpreted by the individual artists.”“There is to me something thrilling about the surrealist adventure. Moving out into the world to discover what awaits us … from this perspective, inspiration is anywhere and at any time … we have only to go out and to see.”The ceremony also included the Alpha Iota Prize for Excellence in Teaching awards. This year’s recipients were David Ager, lecturer on sociology; William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development; and Dudley Herschbach, Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science Emeritus.last_img read more

Samuel Umtiti determined to stay at Barcelona despite Arsenal interest

first_imgArsenal are believed to have concerns of their own over Umtiti’s knee issues (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman has been working on strengthening the muscles around his knee, but so far it shows little sign of improvement and his form has continued to suffer since reporting back for duty.He had another sub-par match against Villarreal on Tuesday night, making a number of crucial mistakes – two of which resulted in goals – and there are concerns he will never get back to his excellent levels of last season.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Samuel Umtiti determined to stay at Barcelona despite Arsenal interest Umtiti gave a lacklustre performance against Villarreal on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have previously been linked with the World Cup winner, while more recently Arsenal emerged as a serious contender to try and sign the 25-year-old with Unai Emery eager to sign a new centre-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Umtiti has little intention of leaving Barcelona and wants to win back his place in the side.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe is convinced that he can oust Lenglet from the team once he has fully recovered from his knee injury and prove that Barca do not need to spend as much as £75m on De Ligt.Umtiti has missed a large number of games due to his injury problems, with bits of loose cartilage in his knee, but opted to put off surgery and instead underwent conservative treatment over winter.center_img The Frenchman is not ready to leave Camp Nou just yet (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti does not want to leave Barcelona despite interest from Arsenal and is determined to fight for his future at Camp Nou, according to reports in Spain.The Frenchman has dropped down the pecking order this season due to a persistent knee injury and the rise of Clement Lenglet, who has cemented his place alongside Gerard Pique in the heart of the defence.Barca are also trying to sign Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt, and had earmarked Umtiti as a player they could sell to raise funds and free up a squad place. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 11:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link300Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Dominica Government to issue securities on Regional Government Securities Market

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica Government to issue securities on Regional Government Securities Market by: – February 22, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Flag of DominicaOn 24 February 2012, the Government of Dominica will be the sixth OECS Government to issue securities on the Regional Government Securities Market (RGSM). The Government will be issue a 91-day Treasury bill of $15 million for the purpose of financing part of their operational budget and to refinance existing debt at a lower cost. The maximum rate offered on the Treasury bill will be 6 per cent.The RGSM was established in 2002 by the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) as part of its thrust to develop money and capital markets in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The specific objectives of the RGSM are to:a. To raise short and long term capital at the lowest possible cost;b. To provide investment opportunities for residents; andc. To develop money and capital markets in the Eastern Caribbean.Since the inception of the RGSM, five of the eight member Governments of the ECCU have utilised the market to meet their financing needs. These included St Kitts and Nevis (2002), Grenada (2003), St Vincent and the Grenadines (2003), Saint Lucia (2004) and Antigua and Barbuda (2006). To date a total of 263 auctions have been held on the RGSM with Governments raising a total of $5.2 billion. The Governments have saved an estimated EC$33 million through the use of this facility. In addition, the Governments have been able to reduce the risk of their debt portfolios by widening the investor base and broadening the maturity structure. Residents of the ECCU have also benefitted from the advent of the RGSM through the opportunity to invest in higher yielding assets. Investors have also been able to reduce their exposure to risk by diversifying their assets across a wider selection of instruments and Governments.Investors in Dominica and across the region can participate in the auction through one of ten licensed brokers authorised to participate in the auction. Yields on these securities will not be subject to any tax, duty or levy by ECCU Governments.The Government of Dominica is expected to benefit from the usage of the RGSM through the reduction in the cost of funding of its operations and the enhancement in its ability to manage its debt portfolio. This will benefit the current fiscal situation by reducing debt service costs. The Government of Dominica has the lowest debt service ratio of the six independent countries in the currency union. The debt service to revenue ratio for Dominica was 9.74 per cent as at December 2010 for which comparable data are available.The Government has undertaken a promotional campaign in collaboration with its lead broker, the National Bank of Dominica, in Dominica and in Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and through a video conference with brokers in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis.Further information on the specific terms of the Treasury bill issue and the licensed broker dealers can be obtained from the approved prospectus that is available from the Ministry of Finance or on the following websites:(i) www.dominica.gov.dm(ii) www.ecseonline.comPress ReleaseGovernment Information Servicelast_img read more