The Mantras Show Off Progressive Music On New Album ‘Knot Suite’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgFor their first studio album in three years, North Carolina based jam band The Mantras show that, while they haven’t been releasing much music, they have certainly not stopped progressing as musicians. Touring incessantly and hosting their own multi-day music festival, Mantrabash, has honed the quintet separately and as a whole to their current apex of talent and skill. Though their frequent live releases have kept fans from feeling too disappointed, the new material on Knot Suite is a impressive snap shot of a band pulling all its talents into focus.Listen to the album below, and read on for our full review.<a href=”http://the-mantras.bandcamp.com/album/knot-suite”>Knot Suite by The Mantras</a>Opening track “Here We Go” eases listeners with a looping sample and some lush orchestration before a snaking, winding jam splits the song in half. Bassist Brian Tyndall shines throughout the instrumental track, his deep line cutting through the mix and giving the higher end excursions on the piano and guitar an unavoidable counter-balance of weight and purpose. On the title track, “Knot Suite” The Mantras manage to walk the fine line between immersive instrumental passages alongside a positive lyrical outlook without skewing too far in either direction.Newest member Julian Sizemore shines on the keys throughout, and his organ sound and his crisp piano notes seem perfectly suited to the southern blues based jams of “All You Here” and “Silas Brown.” Guitarist Keith Allen makes the most of the work being done by his bandmates, with crisp, deftly executed lead lines that pair well with soaring power chords to show a very well rounded set of skills. His entry on the song “DirtNap” sums up his great work on Knot Suite, opening with wall of sound blasts of distorted glory before slicing and dicing his way through the slowly building instrumental.After the intensity of the previous tunes, the relative lightness of “Strongbox” will get listeners smiling and tapping their toes. Not content to go out on anything other than their best foot, it seems like The Mantras decided to save their best new song for last with the fast paced assault of “Destroyer.” True to its title, the tune leaves no corner of the sonic spectrum untouched by its end. As a summation of the album’s spirit, “Destroyer” serves it’s purpose perfectly with each member taking the opportunity to shine their absolute brightest.The Mantras have been a part of the jam scene for more than a decade. Now armed with a amazing set of new tunes, here’s hoping that their tight jams and soaring solos find the ears of a legion of new fans. They’ve certainly earned them.last_img read more

Circles Around The Sun Announces Double Album, Shares First Single [Listen]

first_imgCircles Around The Sun have officially announced an upcoming double album, Let It Wander, due out August 17 via Rhino. The new music marks the first release since the band’s acclaimed 2015 debut record, Interludes For The Dead, which was composed especially for the set break music at the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015.Today, the band released the first of seven tracks, “Immovable Object”, which you can listen to below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall (bandmates in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood) along with bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy recorded the new instrumentals at Castaway 7 Studios in California. Stepping away from the Interludes For The Dead character, Circles Around The Sun’s new album embraces their own personality as a band while maintaining the distinct, groovy sound of their inspired debut album.“More than anything, what you hear on this album is a band growing into its own sound,” Casal said in a press release.The songs on Let It Wander are focused and filled with imaginative musical turns. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds.According to the press release, one of the tracks features a surprise cameo by Chuck D. The charismatic leader of legendary hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy happened to stop by the studio while the band was listening to a song they’d just recorded. He raved to the band how much he loved the music, so they asked him to record an intro. He obliged, and they dedicated “One For Chuck” song to him.LET IT WANDER // Track Listing1. “On My Mind”2. “One For Chuck”3. “Immovable Object”4. “Halicarnassus”5. “Tacoma Narrows”6. “Electric Chair (Don’t Sit There)”7. “Ticket To Helix NGC 7293”last_img read more

Toys’ exhibit showcases handcrafted trinkets

first_imgSanta Claus will have an extra helper when spreading holiday cheer this year as the “Toys” exhibit comes to Saint Mary’s College. “Toys,” a presentation of handcrafted wooden toys and puzzle pieces, will be on display in the lobby of the Cushwa-Leighton Library from Dec. 6 through Jan. 12. The exhibit will feature toys created by George Efta, other crafts that were given to him as gifts and pieces that he purchased. Efta is one of the nation’s leading craftsmen of handmade wooden toys and puzzles and is married to Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney. Bob Hohl, reference librarian and curator of the exhibit, said the Saint Mary’s community is excited to host Efta’s public debut. “What is more quintessential of Christmas than a toy handmade and given with love?” he said. According to Hohl, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is decorated every year for Christmas, and “Toys” will be a nice addition to the Christmas trees, wreaths and other seasonal decorations. “We are all ‘Gettin’ merry like Christmas,’ as Maya Angelou has written,” he said. A press release from Saint Mary’s said Efta has been designing, building and selling his handiwork for more than 35 years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, Efta was inspired to create his own wooden crafts after he discovered a toy store in a Minnesota mall. “I thought to myself, ‘I can do that,’” Efta said, “And I couldn’t. But about three months later, I was actually making toys.” According to the press release, all of Efta’s pieces will be made from wood and include planes, cars and other types of toys. “What really intrigues me is the whole range of toys and things that are childlike,” he said. “I have pieces from France, Egypt, Italy, England and other countries. Toys are universal.” Hohl said he expects that the exhibit, which is free to the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame communities as well as the general public, will serve as a unique way to recognize the holiday season. “We hope that Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students will enjoy this exhibit during the next two weeks as the academic semester draws to a close; but we also invite families of the larger community to visit during the holidays to celebrate the special joys of the season,” he said. In addition to the wooden toys crafted by Efta and the other artists, the exhibit will also include handmade puzzles, some of which are double layered. “George’s double-puzzles are a delightful surprise ⎯ two puzzles in one and when you remove the top puzzle, there is another underneath,” Hohl said. “My favorite is the fishbowl with two curious and hungry red cats underneath.” The Cushwa-Leighton Library will also host a reception with Efta open to the public Monday, Dec. 12, from 4:40 p.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Incoming Cabaret Star Emma Stone Talks ‘Nerve-Racking’ B’way Debut & Taylor Swift

first_imgEmma Stone has been bitten by the Broadway bug! The screen fave stars in Birdman, the Great White Way-centric film set to premiere on October 17. But it’s not just on the screen that Stone gets a taste of Broadway. Beginning November 11, the Amazing Spider-Man star will make her heavily anticipated and sure-to-be “perfectly marvelous” debut in Cabaret. “It’s the most nerve-racking thing ever,” she admits during an MTV News interview. But she’s confident that a challenge such as Birdman has prepared her for “the marathon of theater.” So what will happen when BFF Taylor Swift stops by Studio 54? “Sally’s not the most famous or the most talented musical star on the planet,” Stone observes of her character. “So any additional nerve-racking experience is helpful for Sally.” So bring it, T-Swift! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret Related Showslast_img read more

ADAC – camping prices in Europe 2018

first_imgAccording to a price analysis of German ADAC camps in Europe, two adults with a ten-year-old child pay an average of € 35,50 per night in a European camp in the main summer season 2018.With an average price of 29,13 euros, Germany is once again one of the cheapest camping destinations. The cheapest camping, apart from Germany, is possible in Sweden (€ 31,11) and Austria (€ 35,25). The most expensive camping destinations are Switzerland with an average price of 46,78 euros, followed by Italy (€ 46,35) and Denmark (€ 41,32).According to the ADAC, the largest price increase compared to the previous year was registered in Croatia (+ 3,3%) and Austria (2,7%). “The same sea, big differences in price: Italy is the most expensive Mediterranean country for camping, while in Croatia it is cheaper by 12%, and in France the cheapest. ” stated in the ADAC report.Family camping prices in some European countries:Switzerland: 46,78 eurosItaly: 46,35 eurosDenmark: 41,32 eurosThe Netherlands: EUR 40,94Croatia: 40,92 eurosSpain: 39,94 eurosFrance: 36,55 eurosAustria: 34,31 eurosSweden: 31,11 eurosGermany: 29,13 eurosBy the way, last year Croatia was 6th, with a price of 39,60 euros.last_img read more

Frogmore leaps into the Bristol Harbourside fray

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UK must have minister for infrastructure, says PIP chief

first_imgHe said the construction risk usually involved in greenfield infrastructure projects was too high for pension scheme investors typically looking for low risk, long-term, inflation-linked returns to help meet regular pension payment obligations.Dalmore said back in July that it had secured £440m of commitments for its TTT fund from UK pension funds and European investors, and PIP investors were understood to account for most of that, having made a £370m co-investment alongside Dalmore earlier in the month.The PIP was set up by the UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and backed by the UK government, to channel investment into domestic infrastructure.Weston said the PIP wanted to see more investment opportunities like the TTT for UK pension funds.“If the government is serious about increasing institutional investment in infrastructure, then it needs to ensure a long-term pipeline of opportunities is in place to give pension schemes the confidence to build their internal investment systems and capabilities,” he said.In addition to this, the government has to be prepared to structure projects to deliver the low-risk cash flows pension schemes need, he said.“Finally, the government must appoint a minister specifically for infrastructure to oversee these large projects, which will typically cut across a number of government departments,” Weston said.The TTT project will create a new sewer and build a 25km tunnel below the River Thames.It is due to be completed by 2023. If the UK government wants to encourage more institutional investment in infrastructure, it must shape projects in a way that gives pension funds low-risk cash flows, and appoint a minister specifically for infrastructure, the head of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) said.The PIP confirmed it helped secure more than £370m (€506.6m) of investment commitments on behalf of UK pension schemes in the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) project via Dalmore Capital.It said the Bazalgette Tunnel Limited consortium, of which Dalmore is a part, received the licence to own the £4.2bn London “super sewer” on August 24.Mike Weston, chief executive of the PIP, said: “The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a great example of how even greenfield projects can have the risk mitigated to a level acceptable to pension funds.”last_img read more

UK lifeboat fund announces DVLA boss as new CEO

first_imgBefore joining the DVLA, he was keeper of The National Archives and previously worked at Thomson Reuters in a range of roles, including global head of sales operations.PPF chairman, Arnold Wagner, said: “I am delighted someone of Oliver’s calibre has decided to join the PPF.“We have a proven team at the PPF and his leadership will ensure that the PPF enters the next phase of its development well placed to continue to protect the millions of people in the UK who belong to defined benefit pension schemes.”Morley said the PPF’s mission strongly attracted him to the role. ”The PPF plays a fundamental role in the pensions’ landscape, protecting the retirement savings of millions of people,” he said. “The PPF is now an organisation with over £30bn in assets and over 250,000 members and I will ensure that these members, as well as the schemes across the UK that pay the levy, are well served.”The PPF announced Rubenstein’s departure in July. He has led the lifeboat fund as its chief executive since April 2009. During his tenure the PPF won several IPE awards, and Rubenstein himself was recognised for his work with a Lifetime Achievement award at the IPE Awards last month.The UK’s pension fund association welcomed Morely’s appointment and thanked Rubenstein for his contribution.Julian Mund, chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “As chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund since April 2009, [Rubenstein] has worked hard to build confidence in the industries lifeboat and helped to ensure that individuals are protected should the worst happen and their scheme fail.“We look forward to working closely with Oliver Morley and his team in the future as we focus on safeguarding the retirement savings of millions of people.” Morley will be the PPF’s fourth chief executive. See IPE’s December 2017 magazine for an interview with Alan Rubenstein Oliver Morely is to take over from Alan Rubenstein as chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the £28.7bn (€32.2bn) lifeboat fund announced today.Morely will join in March from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), where he has been chief executive since 2013.Morely has led a digital and organisational overhaul of the DVLA, which maintains a database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain and the UK, respectively. The DVLA is one of the UK’s biggest multi-channel service organisations, with over 45m customers, 402.5m digital interactions, and £6bn in revenue collected for the UK government per year.Morely was recognised for his digital services work at the DVLA by being awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK’s 2017 New Year honours.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic Stays On Top In Latest ATP World Rankings

first_imgBeijing: Novak Djokovic remains atop in the latest ATP world rankings released on Monday, in which there has been no changes in the top 10 places. Serbia’s Djokovic has 12,415 points to hold a massive lead to second-placed Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who has 7,945. IANS Also Read: Novak Djokovic Remains World No 1last_img

Karachi braces for its first taste of ODI cricket in a decade today

first_imgIT has been ten years since Karachi saw its last ODI. In that time, three World Cups have been staged, a generation has grown up, and the one-day game has been through a revolution. Sure, this is only a tender sapling of a tour, containing only limited-overs fixtures, with 10 Sri Lanka players having refused to travel. But we are at the start of the longest trip an international side has made to Pakistan since 2009, and PCB hopes that top-flight cricket will really set about putting its roots down in the country this time. Could a home Test series be on the horizon?It is difficult to put into words how much the resumption of a regular schedule could mean to Pakistan. Whole cities coming alive for matches, packed stadiums gasping at withering spells of fast bowling and spin-bowling wizardry, while tense battles play out in storeyed venues.Forget Pakistan; cricket needs this. It would also be fitting, of course, if Misbah-ul-Haq, who shepherded Pakistan so masterfully through their nomad years, gets this chance to shape the team’s long-ached-for return home.But perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves. Sri Lanka have sent a substantially weakened team, owing to 10 players’ continued doubts over the security situation.Against a side missing the likes of Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and designated captain Dimuth Karunaratne, the hosts start as strong favourites. What’s more important than the runs or wickets, though, is that the tour is on. And that it goes well.The old coach is gone, as are selectors and support staff, but Sarfaraz Ahmed is still around as captain, despite Pakistan’s failure to make it to the World Cup semi-finals. But will it be the same old Sarfaraz? Will he still bat in the lower middle order? Will he employ the same tactics? How much will Misbah, in his powerful new avatar, change the way Sarfaraz approaches his job? And after a modest World Cup personally, can Sarfaraz lift himself into good form again?Sri Lanka’s top order is among the most brittle in ODIs at the best of times, and it is the batting that has been most weakened by the withdrawals.Their captain for this series, Lahiru Thirimanne, struggles to make the first-choice XI, for example. Nevertheless, Thirimanne is the most experienced batsman on tour, and if Sri Lanka are to make competitive totals here, he will probably be required to play the sorts of long, measured innings he specialises in at his best. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more