Yonder’s New Album, ‘Love. Ain’t Love,’ Is Packed With Love, Actually [Review]

first_imgOn Love. Ain’t Love, Yonder Mountain String Band finds plenty of new twists on the way to making a stellar record. Their previous release, Black Sheep, served as an introduction to the newest members of the group and the energy their new band configuration brought to the group. With the niceties out of the way, Yonder innovates, expands, and evolves on their newest release, crafting an album that will leave fans — lovingly known far and wide as the “Kinfolk” — shell-shocked and grinning.Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 2017 Summer TourDave Johnston gets things started with “Allison,” merging his quirky, deadpan voice with his staccato banjo and the droning chords of Allie Kral on fiddle. These instruments have a long history of complimenting each other, and after the last few years on the road together, the players have forged a simpatico relationship as well. On the opener and follow-up instrumental “Fall Outta Line,” Kral shows a remarkable dexterity and willingness to commit to providing atmosphere over leads. Add to that the facility of mandolinist Jacob Jolliff and his ability to cycle between background picking and fiery leads, and the selfless nature of Yonder becomes an invaluable tool in the construction of these wonderful new songs.The core elements of Yonder have only grown more distinct. The affability and hopefulness of guitarist Adam Aijala‘s songwriting and vocals give “Bad Taste” a strong foundation rooted in the past without locking it into the group’s former patterns. Bassist Ben Kaufmann sits at the heart of “Take A Chance on Me,” providing the main voice and a rock solid bass loop for the rest of the band to slink through jazzy groove-fest. Johnston provides a meditation on perspective packed with home-spun wisdom as deep as his vocal tones.Yonder Mountain String Band Releases Music Video For “Bad Taste” Off New AlbumThough Love. Ain’t Love is solid and entertaining for the first five tracks, the sixth, “Used To It” is the tune where Yonder truly moves beyond what they were previously capable of producing. The song — a plaintive piano based ballad heavily featuring Kaufmann — transcends the boundaries and limitations of what Yonder can be and asks a fundamental question: How good can they be? Though a tough act to follow, another sterling instrumental led by Aijala comes next, with his guitar-laden line weaving through his comrades-in-arms as they expound effortlessly.Showing that their tongue is still fully capable of finding their cheeks, Yonder found a little space on Love. Ain’t Love to indulge in every modern band’s favorite pastime: the 1970’s cover. King Harvest‘s soft rock classic “Dancin’ In The Moonlight” gets rootsified as only Yonder can, and the result is a cheese-dripping belly full of musical comfort food that warms the body and soul.Yonder may be varying their song structure, but they certainly aren’t abandoning the string music that they named themselves for all those years ago. On “Kobe The Dog,” we get as fine a modern banjo tune as you will hear. The song even closes with another effort at thematically linking song transitions, with a plaintive dog bark morphing into a trains-spinning, steam-driven wheels. “Last Of The Railroad Men,” which comes next, takes a lyrical left turn as wisdom gets thrown out the window with the flash of beauty.The final instrumental of the album, “Up For Brinkleys,” is a rapid fire show of force from Yonder that seems to be more of statement about band solidarity than anything else. While the Yonder Mountain String Band is dead set on expanding upon their limitations, their core is as strong as it has ever been. The way each player detaches from the central jam as they prepare to lend original passages is informative. The final track of the disc, an islands’ energy-infused song called “Groovin’ Away” seems to born from the Yonder’s annual Strings & Sol south-of-the-border getaway. The easy, breezy feel of the music is a perfect way to end this disc, serving as a sunny Aloha from a band both arriving on the scene and finishing their latest recording.Watch Danny Barnes Team With Yonder Mountain At NWSS For Two Barnes Originals [Pro-Shot]Expectations for the follow-up to Black Sheep have been high, and Yonder has managed to produce a record that easily meets and exceeds the wildest dreams of serious fans. Love. Ain’t Love delivers songs that stand head and shoulders above the material on their previous album, which in itself a strong accomplishment. It may be too early to call Love. Ain’t Love the finest Yonder Mountain String Band studio record, though it is surely a solid contender for the crown and a remarkable achievement for the band. There are songs on this disc that do not just deserve but demand the chance to evolve onstage over the next decade, becoming what are sure to be iconic musical touchstones for Kinfolk young and old. You can head over to Yonder’s website here to purchase the album, or stream it below:last_img read more

Notre Dame works to be green

first_img For example, she said the Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) exchange during which students are offered free CFL light bulbs to replace their incandescent bulbs. According to Christopherson, sustainability is now a part of the Contemporary Topics curriculum for Notre Dame students. Notre Dame’s director of Sustainability discussed the University’s current efforts and future plans to be green during a lecture Monday to kick off the Mendoza College of Business Ethics Week. Heather Christopherson, a Notre Dame graduate, said sustainability is part of Catholic social teaching. She said Vatican City has become carbon neutral, and she referenced statements by Pope Benedict XVI about the need to use resources properly. According to Christopherson, the University saves money. “When the University replaced inefficient lights in older buildings around campus, the return on investment was estimated to take four to five years. In the end it only took about a year and a half,” Christopherson said. Christopherson said the three goals of the Sustainability Department are reducing the University’s carbon footprint, reducing waste — including energy, water and trash — and increasing outreach. The University requires new buildings on campus to be built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications rating for green buildings, Christopherson said. The University works with companies like Office Depot to make deliveries to campus more sustainable as well. Supplies from the company now come in green, reusable totes and then delivered to individual professors and departments in brown paper bags, Christopherson said. “We have worked with Office Depot to reduce waste in ordering office supplies,” she said. “In the past, office supplies arrived in cardboard boxes with a lot of unnecessary packaging.” Another example is the effort to get “tailgaters” to recycle, she said. This involved volunteers walking through the parking lots and collecting recyclables from the fans. According to Christopherson, these efforts were very successful and resulted in Notre Dame winning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenge for the Midwest, beating Michigan, Michigan State and other universities. In the area of transportation the University has incorporated the Zipcar program and uses some hybrid vehicles. According to Christopherson there are plans to make use of electric vehicles in the foreseeable future. Christopherson said there is also a program to make laboratories more sustainable. “There was a lab that used four large, inefficient ovens to clean glassware,” she said. “It only took about an hour to clean the glassware, but the ovens were left on 24/7 and only some of the space in each was used. We replaced these four ovens with one new, efficient oven.” A major concern for sustainability is communication. There are various programs in place to try and educate the Notre Dame community about recycling, limiting energy consumption and other concerns, Christopherson said.last_img read more

Networking event promotes South Bend community

first_imgThe Notre Dame student government held its inaugural ‘Go Irish, Go Local’ networking event in the Duncan Student Center on Monday in a push to encourage more Notre Dame students to stay in South Bend for summer internships and after graduation. The event consisted of remarks by representatives in the area, followed by a networking reception that allowed students to talk to a variety of businesses to learn more about summer internships in the South Bend region.Attendees seeking summer interns included the Career Analysis Organization of America, enFocus, Umbaugh and Notre Dame’s own IDEA Center.The organizer of the event, sophomore Fabiola Shipley, said she hopes to drive more attention to South Bend, which she said is “a small city on its way back up.”“People have been leaving Indiana, particularly South Bend,” she said.enFocus representative Patrick Jones said analysts have observed “negative net migration” into Indiana, and in 2011 South Bend made national news as one of the top ten dying cities throughout the United States, but is now having a renaissance of jobs and opportunity.Jones said South Bend has had a successful manufacturing history.“South Bend, over time, has tried to figure out how to reestablish itself as an economic center,” Jones said. He said the emergence of fiber optic technology in the region has driven a huge amount of jobs and opportunity.The goal of the event, Shipley said, was to help reverse the negative net migration into South Bend with the talent fostered at Notre Dame. “Notre Dame students should be more involved and see the opportunities here,” she said. “South Bend economically is really on the rise. … Trends are in an upwards direction.”  Kathy Kruz, the recruiting manager for Mishawaka-based financial advisory company Umbaugh, said South Bend has great potential for continued growth.“The mayor is doing great things and showing great promise,” Kruz said.Program manager at the IDEA Center, Charles Powell, said the IDEA Center contributes to the community.“We are pulling up our bootstraps,” he said. “The IDEA center is on fire. We are doing things this community never thought possible. We are doing things this University never thought possible.” Powell said student startups have taken an upturn since the IDEA center started in July 2017. “In years past Notre Dame was able to put forth three startups,” he said. “This year alone we have already produced ten student startups, and we are soon to produce sixteen startups by the end of this month … and we hope to almost double that by the end of this year.”In closing, Powell directly addressed the audience. He said as South Bend continues to grow and create more economic opportunity, it is clear that both Notre Dame and businesses throughout South Bend want to tap into this potential too.“You represent an amazing group of people. We just haven’t tapped into you yet,” he said.Tags: enFocus, go irish go local, IDEA Center, networking, Student government, umbaughlast_img read more

Jeepers Creepers! Satchmo at the Waldorf Will Trumpet Off-Broadway, Starring John Douglas Thompson

first_imgWhat a wonderful world! Starring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Gordon Edelstein, the one-man Louis Armstrong bio-play Satchmo at the Waldorf is set to make its New York premiere. Penned by the Wall Street Journal’s theater critic, Terry Teachout, the one-man show will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre February 15. Opening night is scheduled for March 4. Related Shows Satchmo at the Waldorf Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Most recently seen on Broadway in A Time to Kill, Thompson made his Broadway debut opposite Denzel Washington in Julius Ceasar and later appeared alongside Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline in Cyrano de Bergerac. Other credits include Othello, The Emperor Jones, The Forest and Antony and Cleopatra.center_img View Comments In March of 1971, one of the greatest music legends the world would ever know was performing the final set of shows he would ever play at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. But the audiences who adored him onstage never really saw the man behind the trumpet. In Satchmo at the Waldorf, we encounter Louis Armstrong where few ever had the chance to see him: backstage. Reflecting on his own unlikely career amidst a rapidly changing society, the icon is stripped bare, revealing complexities and contradictions that his omnipresent smile, horn and handkerchief belied. Thompson morphs between playing Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser, and fellow trumpeter Miles Davis. The design team for Satchmo at the Waldorf includes scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Kevin Adam and sound design by John Gromada.last_img read more

Coram Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has admitted stabbing a 32-year-old man to death  nearly two years ago.Darrell Scott pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to first-degree manslaughter.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man fatally stabbed Chauncey Scott, 32, also of Coram, on Aug. 27, 2011. The two men are not related.The stabbing occurred during an altercation on the corner of Baldwin Lane and Pinegrove Avenue in Gordon Heights.Scott will be sentenced by Judge Braslow Stephen on March 7.last_img read more

Digital wallets may not be your marketing “ace in the hole”

first_imgOh no! If you’re pondering whether or not your credit union is behind the times in terms of making digital wallet options available for your members, sit back and take a deep breath. According to a recent Gallup poll only 13% of U.S. adults have a digital wallet on their smartphone. Even better news for you, the study also revealed that among consumers who have digital wallets, 38% don’t see any benefits of using the technology. What’s more, nine out of 10 consumers who don’t have a digital wallet say they are very unlikely or unlikely to start using one in the next 12 months (91%).Just because consumers are slow to adopt this technology, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bee keeping an eye on it and planning for the future. Apple has already shot to the No. 2 position in market share with the launch of Apple Pay, even though Google and PayPal have been in the digital wallet space longer. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 things credit unions should know about millennials

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As millennials continue to dominate the workforce and control more than $200B in direct purchasing power, it’s imperative that credit unions understand this generation in order to attract and retain them as members, and communicate and engage with them effectively.Millennials are often described in generalizations, when in reality, they have a variety of needs. They’re single, married, parents, students, entrepreneurs, and so much more.On March 22, we released our What Matters Now: Insights from Millennials research, which focused on millennial motivations, worries and hopes, and how they define success.Here are some key insights from the research to help you better understand and serve Millennials: continue reading »center_img Millennials under 30 are more apprehensive about debt and credit than millennials over 30. Younger millennials are more worried about paying off student loans and less likely to have a current car loan than their over 30 counterparts.last_img read more

Mastic Man Fatally Struck by Van

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old man was killed and a second man was injured when they were struck by a van in Mastic Beach over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Thomas Pietsch was driving a Ford E-250 cargo van southbound on Mastic Road when he struck two pedestrians in the roadway just south of Riverside Avenue at 10:25 p.m. Friday.The victims, Billie Benetatos and 57-year-old Brett Locke, both of Mastic, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where Benetatos died from his injuries, police said.Locke was treated for a broken clavicle. Pietsch, 49, of Mastic Beach, was not injured and stayed at the scene.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Zlarin is the first Croatian island without disposable plastic

first_imgWithin Adriatic Plastic Challenge (APC), an initiative organized by Terra Hub, selected the best innovative solutions that will help stop the further influx of plastic waste into the Adriatic Sea.In a fierce anti-plastic fight, the team “Zlarin – an island without plastic” whose vision is to make Zlarin the first Croatian island without disposable plastic won. Originally from Zlarin, Ana Nataša and Ivana have developed a model that will stop the flow of disposable plastic to the island in the next year.”Zlarin is an island with about two hundred inhabitants, which makes it an ideal place to try this experiment. We only have one supermarket and a few cafes and restaurants which significantly reduces the number of people who need to support our idea. The local community gives us great support and we can’t wait for Zlarin to come to life without plastic”Winning team member Ana Robb told Morski.hrPlastic bags will be replaced by paper and canvas ones, straws will be thrown out, and plastic cups and cutlery will also be replaced with more environmentally friendly solutions. The project is supported by the local population and the tourist board of the island of Zlarin.“We are looking for innovative solutions to the problem of accumulating plastic waste in the sea. Solutions that will work better and faster than normal. Or which will accelerate the emergence of completely new models. Or that will dramatically change the way we do or imagine something possible now. ” point out the organizers of the APC.During the two-day bootcamp, the selected teams, with the help of a mentor, turned the project solutions into business models using design thinking and lean start-up methodologies, and presented their ideas to an expert jury.The implications of this great idea, in addition to environmental awareness and sustainability, can certainly be transferred to tourism, and through a specific ecological tourism product to turn Zlarin into a destination that offers minimal or no impact on the environment with maximum use of local food and resources. If we look further, Zlarin can become the best ambassador of sustainable tourism, because it will become the first island without plastic. And not only through tourism but also through the implementation of all other industries that nurture sustainability and ecology, to the development of the city and the whole community, etc.… Opportunity for development, which was created from a small but powerful idea and vision of development.last_img read more

Philippines eyes Indonesia-made combat vehicles

first_imgPindad president director Abraham Mose said the Philippine representatives could observe the production process at the factory directly, thanks to the MoU.”The government-to-government MoU also allow Philippine representatives to make direct appointments or bidding for Pindad’s products,” he said.Manila had ordered two strategic sealift vessels from state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, as well as two NC-2121 medium cargo aircraft from state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia.”We have a deal with the Indonesian government to buy military equipment we’ll use, while at the same time, we will work to develop our defense industry with other suppliers from Indonesia,” Elefante said.Defense Ministry Director General for Defense Potential Bondan Tiara Sofyan, who accompanied Elefante on his visit to Bandung, said the government would support Indonesia’s strategic defense industries.“We will seize every opportunity. Hopefully, such an MoU for logistics and defense cooperation can support Indonesia’s defense industries to export their products, especially to the Philippines,” said Bondan. (dpk)Topics : The undersecretary expressed particular interest in Pindad’s armored personnel carriers (APC), such as the Anoa and Komodo, as well as in the Harimau medium battle tank recently developed by the weapons manufacturer.Elefante, however, admitted that the 30-ton medium tank might not be suitable for the country. “Our bridges can’t hold vehicles of such weight.”He went on to say that other vehicles manufactured by Pindad had the potential to complement the country’s defense systems.Read also: Indonesia grows muscles as arms manufacturer The Philippine National Defense Department has expressed interest in buying combat vehicles from Indonesia’s state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad.”If our end user is interested, we will get [the combat vehicles] from Pindad and other [Indonesian] industries,” the department’s undersecretary for finance and material, Raymundo Elefante Elefante, said during a visit to Pindad’s factory in Bandung, West Java, on Friday.The visit was a follow-up to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries on logistics and the defense industry.last_img read more