Listen To West End Blend’s Exciting New Album “Say Hey!,” Streaming In Full [Premiere]

first_imgHartford based 10-piece West End Blend continue to impress fans wherever they go, delighting with an uproar of musical energy and delicious grooves. Today, the CT based band releases their newest album, Say Hey! The new EP captures that musical magic in recorded format, and the result is simply electricWe’re honored to have the premiere on this brand new album, showcasing West End Blend’s triumphant sonic style. Listen to it below, and be sure to read on for lead singer Erica T. Bryan’s full reflection on the new release.One obvious difference between Say Hey! and West End Blend’s other releases is, of course, the absence of a rapper. I think this past year has been about learning how to move on with our sound after such a big change, and we wanted a record that reflects the group as it is now. In doing so, we’ve had to make clear adjustments to the way we do things, and one of the more subtle but crucial differences between then and now is production.It’s amazing to see how invested we’ve all become in the entire production process after recognizing what we could have done differently with the last records; with this recent release we took greater care to be organized before hitting the studio, experimenting and getting what we wanted during studio time to make the most of it, and being honest with ourselves about what we could improve on or adjust for future live performances. Anyone in the band will tell you I’m a perfectionist, and I know it’s made my life so much easier this time around to not be kicking myself for not trying things. There is always a point after-the-fact when I’m wondering why I didn’t speak up about this or that when I had the chance; this time, I think I got what I wanted out of my own voice and my own writing more so than the other releases, and I think others in the band could probably relate to that feeling.Since establishing our core members, communicating with each other that way has been of greater importance than ever before, and our writing process has evolved a great deal lately. We’re writing and thinking more instinctively, all contributing, but still trusting each other and holding ourselves accountable for our own sections–rhythm section vs. horn section vs. vocals–to come up with a great addition to each new piece of music. More of the writers in the group, myself included, are learning when we need to take a step back and simply let a song of ours go where it’s going to go, let it truly become what it’s meant to be, which is, actually, a West End Blend song.This season’s big tour is something that we all recognized as an exciting possibility, but maybe a distant possibility, and it’s come along much sooner than most of us expected. In all honesty, the past year has been a whirlwind of unexpected, unbelievable opportunities; this summer’s shows have taken us to so many new places with so many new people that every once in awhile I need a moment to catch up. Now this fall it seems we’re suddenly met with a chance to go even further than we’ve ever gone before, promoting a new record with artists we’ve looked up to for years, like The Nth Power, Dopapod, Big Mean Sound Machine, and so many others. It’s definitely scary, and an unbelievable rush. Since joining forces with Mitch Moriber and Eli Novicky of Tone Wheel Music Group, who happen to be long-time friends of ours, we now have not only more outlets and more opportunities to share our music on a much wider scale, but also a pair of impartial judges outside of the band to help us weed through the madness of ten headstrong opinions; it’s something that’s proven to be indispensable for a large group like ours, and really helps us stay focused on making the music we love.Over the past year, it’s become more apparent that we are involved in a very special, very deeply-rooted, musical neighborhood. We’re making music and connections within this giant, talented circuit of funk and soul musicians, and, as other members of West End Blend and I have agreed, we are obviously new kids on the block, and have a lot to learn. I think on the whole we are more committed now than before because we know this really isn’t going away. It’s a fixture in our lives and a part of every decision we make. We’re all a part of this thing that just won’t stop growing if we don’t allow it to, and I don’t think I would have it any other way.West End Blend will be celebrating the new album with an exciting three-night EP Release run, including a show tonight in their hometown venue Arch Street Tavern with Hayley Jane & The Primates. The band will also collaborate with special guests from Turkuaz at The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY tomorrow night, and will play Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on Saturday. Check out the schedule below, and head to the band’s Facebook for details.West End Blend EP Release Dates9/28: Hartford CT – Arch Street Tavern w/ Hayley Jane & The Primates (EP Release Show)9/29: Brooklyn, NY – The Hall at MP featuring special guests from Turkuaz (EP Release Show)10/1: Burlington, VT – Nectar’s w/ Headband ft. members of Dopapod and Turkuaz (EP Release Show)last_img read more

Watch 25 Years Of Les Claypool New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas In This Video Compilation

first_imgLes Claypool has fostered several variations into the last 25 years of his career, including Primus, Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade, Duo De Twang, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and more. Each band is somehow both unique and distinctly Claypool, highlighting the many influences to his style in a truly celebratory manner. The last 25 years have seen the bassist and his various groups enter the New Year in the Bay Area, with the most recent celebration taking place at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA.Today, Primus shares a 20+ minute montage that contains show posters, video footage, and photos of the last 25 NYE performances that truly documents the levels of extremity that Claypool is known to explore.Any true fan of Les Claypool, and his many brigades, should watch this video, if not for pure entertainment. Footage varies from performances at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, The Fillmore, Warfield, War Memorial Opera House, and more, with opening acts including Dweezil Zappa, Spearhead, Tool, Banyan, and The Deftones.Watch “Les Claypool’s 25 New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas” below:You can watch a couple of videos from Primus’s most recent NYE celebration, including their New Year’s countdown into “Man on the Silver Mountain”, and a performance of “Man on the Silver Mountain” below:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:EnBW is planning a big solar park in Weesow-Willmersdorf, in the northeastern region of Brandenburg. If built, the project would become Germany’s largest solar plant. The company says it has a pipeline of unsubsidized projects with a combined capacity of 800 MW.A statement by the company today revealed EnBW has acquired the 175 MW Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park from Procon Solar, and that the project has been in development since 2009.EnBW says the project would be built without any subsidy provided for under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) with the developer convinced subsidy-free large solar parks will be economically feasible in the near future in Germany. “We have seen a remarkable development over the past few years in solar technology,” said Dirk Güsewell, head of generation portfolio development at EnBW. “Due to technical advances, the cost of constructing solar parks has fallen dramatically – by up to 90% over the last ten years in Germany. Therefore, today the costs involved in solar energy are on at least an equal footing with other technologies – which has also been demonstrated by the results of the latest [renewable energy procurement] auctions. We anticipate that the first large solar projects will be realized without EEG funding in the foreseeable future. Solar energy thus has a realistic chance of achieving this market maturity.”Utility-scale PV plants can generate power for less than €0.05/kWh in Germany at a time when electricity spot prices are rising.More: Unsubsidized 175 MW solar project under development in Germany German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power projectlast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: 5 Tips for Warm Weather Fly Fishing

first_imgIf you haven’t subscribed to Tom Rosenbauer’s Orvis Fly Fishing Guide podcast now is the time. Rosenbauer is a well regarded fly fishing author and the Marketing Director for Orvis Rod and Tackle, and his experience and knowledge of the sport approach encyclopedic levels. In a recent episode of his podcast, Rosenbauer provided some crucial tips for fly fishing in warmer weather. Below are a few of the tips Tom mentions. Listen to the full episode here to hear the list in its entirety.1. Think small and high.Small mountain streams at higher elevations. That’s the place to be when the mercury starts to rise. Though these fisheries usually require a little more effort to locate and  reach, the pay off is well worth the work. High mountain streams remain much cooler than the big rivers down low where trout tend to shut down when temps reach 70 degrees and above.2. Bring out the dries. Subsurface insect activity tends to hit a lull during the month of August so stock your box with dries and leave some of the nymphs at home.6544909609_cc48023f86_b3. Hit the hole early.There’s always something magical about hitting the stream around day break, and arriving early is increasingly important in August. This is when water temps will be at their lowest point of the day, creating a more hospitable feeding environment for the trout you seek. As Rosebauer says in the aforementioned podcast, morning fishing is preferable to evening fishing because the water has had a chance to cool overnight, whereas water temps can reach their highest point of the day after the sun goes down because the stream has been absorbing heat from the sun for several hours.3. Focus on riffles and other portions of swift moving water.There are a few reasons why trout prefer fast moving water in the warm summer months. For one thing, the swift water obscures the vision of potential predators like ospreys and herons. Riffles also produce more food than still water, carrying terrestrials and aquatic insects directly to the fish so they don’t have to expend valuable energy searching for it.26981143953_40e9c5267e_k4. Keep an eye on water temps. Carry a water thermometer and check the stream temp periodically. When water temps begin to approach and exceed 70 degrees call it day or head for colder water. Because oxygen levels decrease at these temps, trout are less active and tend to become extremely vulnerable. If you do hook up, chances are the fish won’t survive the fight.5. Stock your box with ants and beetles. Rosenbauer considers the the use of these flies as a deadly secret weapon in summer time. These are insects that trout are accustomed to seeing year round, so they usually won’t hesitate to eat one when presented properly. Unlike some of the bigger terrestrials that are so popular in summer like grass hoppers and chernobyl chubbies, ants and beetles are subtle and don’t require as much commitment from a curious trout. If you are fishing the bigger terrestrials consider tying an an ant or beetle dropper.More from the Fridays on the Fly blog:last_img read more

Americans aren’t doing enough to protect their privacy online

first_img 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly every American consumer (98%) believes they are creating safe passwords, but a recent study shows that only 6% are actually doing so.The study by Avast, a company specializing in PC and mobile security, is surprising since 69% of respondents say having others access their personal information is one of their biggest fears. In fact, the research found 74% of Americans would rather have their nude photos leaked than personal banking information, yet fewer people lock their banking apps than their photo apps.The survey of 6,800 consumers found the average length of a password is only eight characters and only 4.7% of consumers use special characters in their passwords. 95% of passwords contain only letters or numbers.Websites are making it much too easy to create these weak passwords. Of the top 20 most-visited websites in the United States, 17 do not require passwords to use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Twelve of these websites accept passwords with as few as six characters, and two even allow passwords of less than six characters. continue reading »last_img read more

‘I’m delighted for him’ – Ian Wright sings Bukayo Saka’s praises after Arsenal’s victory over Wolves

first_imgBukayo Saka broke the deadlock with a brilliant opener as Arsenal beat Wolves (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright says he’s ‘delighted’ for Bukayo Saka after the youngster capped off a ‘fantastic week’ for Arsenal with an impressive individual display in the side’s 2-0 victory over Wolves.Saka has been one of the few success stories of Arsenal’s season and the versatile 18-year-old further enhanced his reputation with an exquisite half-volley past Rui Patricio to break the deadlock at Molineux.Alexandre Lacazette doubled the visitors lead with four minutes remaining of normal time and Mikel Arteta’s men held on for the win which saw them leapfrog Sheffield United into seventh place in the Premier League table. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jul 2020 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Comment Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:54FullscreenWolves 0-2 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/wolves-0-2-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2204672/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Saka’s strike came just three days after he put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the Emirates and club legend Wright sang the teenager’s praises as he discussed his performance on Match of the Day.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m delighted for him,’ the former Arsenal and England striker said.‘It’s been a fantastic week for Arsenal: Saka signing, [Gabriel] Martinelli signing and good talks with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. ‘The way we’re playing is very encouraging. The finish was beautifully guided, it was fantastic. ‘It gets a deflection but he just guides it in, he doesn’t slash at it. Nice smooth technique and put it in the goal. ‘It’s just brilliant to see.’ Advertisementcenter_img ‘I’m delighted for him’ – Ian Wright sings Bukayo Saka’s praises after Arsenal’s victory over Wolves Advertisement Arteta was massively impressed with Saka’s display (Picture: Getty)Saka said he would remember the last few days for the rest of his life after he celebrated his new deal with Arsenal’s opener at Wolves.‘It has been such a great week, signing my contract and then getting my first Premier League goal,’ England Under-19 international told BBC Sport. ‘And it wasn’t a bad goal either so I’m very happy.‘I have to stay humble and keep my feet on the ground to keep learning. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s important for us to have experience and world-class players around to advise us. ‘It was tough for us today but we gave our all and that is what got us over the line.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ian Wright reacts to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sensational claim about Mason GreenwoodMORE: Edu approves Arsenal’s deal for Thomas Parteylast_img read more

Family home on big block perfect for buyers looking for a reno project

first_img9 Stanley Tce, BrightonMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019A three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at Brighton has hit the market and is a blank canvas for a massive renovation project.The property at 9 Stanley Tce, has a price tag of $560,000, and is on a 500sq m block.There is a separate dining area with loads of space and the scope to open it up even more.A separate kitchen features new cabinetry and a stand-alone six-burner stove. Sandgate Real Estate has marketed the property as having a back deck overlooking a large manicured backyard, perfect for family and friends to get together and enjoy the outdoors.last_img

PHOTO: Hoarafushi Coastal Protection Works Completed

first_imgImage source: MTCCThe President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom, marked the completion of HA. Hoarafushi Shore Protection Project today.According to the latest Maldives Transport and Contracting Company’s announcement, main components of this capital development project included dredging of 16.360m³ of material, construction of 880 meters of revetment and a significant amount of sea outfall protection works.Assigned by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the project was completed within 180 days.The Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Ziyath, Members of Parliament and other senior government and company officials attended the ceremony.Image source: MTCClast_img

EPL: Supercomputer makes major prediction in Liverpool’s title challenge

first_img Read Also: Solskjaer names ‘best left-back in England’ ahead of Liverpool cracker “Of course, they are allowed to dream and sing whatever they want and, as long as they do their job in the moment we play, all fine. “But we will not be part of that party yet.” Liverpool will continue their blistering campaign on Thursday with an away trip to Wolves. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Reds hold a whopping 16-point lead over City and even have a match in hand over Pep Guardiola’s men. Liverpool boss Klopp said that he is happy fans are singing “we’re going to win the league,” but he insisted that his side remain focused on their title-challenging ambitions. “They can sing that,” he said. “I am not here to dictate what they sing. “If our fans were not in a good mood now, that would be really strange. A supercomputer has predicted that Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool side will break Manchester City’s record Premier League points tally this season. The Reds have been in scintillating form and are unbeaten in the Premier League in the current campaign. And FiveThirtyEight’s supercomputer suggests that Liverpool will not only capture the league title, but they will also break City’s 100-point tally set in the 2017-18 campaign. The Reds are expected to finish the season with 101 points and the supercomputer believes that there is a 99 per cent of them finishing top of the Premier League. Defending champions City are expected to finish a distant second on 82 points, while Leicester City will secure third place with 69 points. Chelsea will be the final team to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football for the following season, according to FiveThirtyEight. Frank Lampard’s men are expected to end the season with 65 points, putting them six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United (59 points). Tottenham will finish in seventh on 56 points and Arsenal will end the season with 49 points in 10th place, two points behind ninth-placed Everton. Liverpool currently have 64 points in the league table after beating Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

P11-M ‘shabu’ seized in Bacolod City

first_imgAn estimated P11 million worth of suspected shabu was seized in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City’s Barangay Singcang-Airport, Thursday noon. Photo courtesy of RMN DYHB-Bacolod The suspected illegal drug contained in 212 sachets weighing more than a kilogram was seized from 18-year-old Joy Diamante and 23-year-old Rafael Catuar, police said. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA AND CYRUS GARDE BACOLOD City – Over P11 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated in a buy-bust operation at Green Plains Subdivision in Barangay Singcang Airport here. The two suspects were detained. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them.center_img RDEU team leader, Lieutenant Thurzly Castillo, said they have been monitoring the two suspects for two months and they believed the two were members of a notorious drug group operating in Negros Island. Diamante and Catuar – both residents of Purok Langis in the city’s Barangay Banago – initially sold a sachet to a police agent for P1,000. Personnel of the City Drug Enforcement Unit and the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) of the Police Regional Office staged the operation Thursday afternoon. Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, lauded the successful operation./PNlast_img read more