In the summer of 2015, Les Claypool and the boys of Primus embarked on a tour with Sean Lennon and his band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. During this successful summer stint, Sean Lennon (son of Beatle/music legend, John Lennon) and Les Claypool (lead of Primus/modern day bass extraordinaire) took quite a liking to one another. Both of their unique sounds complimented each other in a refreshing yet unexpected way, and throughout the summer tour, Lennon frequently made his way onto the stage, often joining in with Claypool for a mind-bending jam during the Primus fan-favorite, “Southbound Pachyderm.” A full-blown Claypool/Lennon collaboration seemed inevitable, and during the subsequent holiday season, the two modern psychedelic pioneers hunkered down in Claypool’s Sonoma County home known as “Rancho Relaxo” near Occidental, California to record some songs. The result is Monolith of Phobos; ‘Phobos’ being the largest of the two moons of Mars. Named after the Greek god of the same name, Phobos was known as “the personification of horror.” Monolith of Phobos is a damn-near picture perfect psychedelic masterpiece of unbridled proportions. It is truly a spellbinding clashing of musical forces that is impossible to overlook.So, let’s take a look. Be sure to listen along to this one-of-a-kind release.The title track begins the record as many Claypool compositions do, trickling in with eerie loop pedal effects combined with the dins of squawks and squeals from Lennon’s electric guitar, creating a psychedelic soundscape that twists and turns the listener into oblivion. As the tempestuous intro dissipates, Claypool begins with a bass sound harking back to the introduction of “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from the 1990 Primus album Frizzle Fry. As Lennon joins in with his sincerely trippy guitar artistry, it’s immediately clear that something special is happening here; something new, something fresh, something genuine. The opening title track is without a doubt, one of the most melodic pieces we’ve ever heard from Claypool. It’s got a little bit of “Walrus” and a little bit of “Pachyderm;” as if Magical Mystery Tour and Tales from the Punchbowl had a baby. It seems the Beatle-esque sensibilities that the younger Lennon has genetically brought to the table have begun to rub off on Les. His parts are deep yet concise, and seem to be written more for the song, rather than having the bass lead the way. It’s a clean approach which translates into something stunningly gorgeous! The following track, and the album’s first single, “Cricket and the Genie” comes in two movements: Movement 1 “The Delirium” and Movement 2 “Oratorio De Cricket.” It’s an upbeat song that tells a metaphorical tale of a cricket, a genie and a bottle of prescription drugs — even with a flute solo to boot! The opening bass riff is quite similar to “Fisticuffs” from Primus’ 1997 The Brown Album, and its certainly not the only time on the record we hear some similarities from previous Claypool compositions. In no way is this a negative critique, but additionally, the ninth track “Oxycontin Girl” begins with a bass riff strikingly comparable with the Primus classic “Here Come The Bastards.” (But then again, so does “Last Salmon Man” from Green Naugahyde)Moving on, the album’s second single is a perverse parable of sexual deviance, ironically titled “Mr. Wright.” “He’s creeping through the night, to ease his lustful plight. He sets up little cameras ‘cause he likes to watch you pee. What a dirty little bastard he can be.” Here is Claypool doing what he does best; creating twisted tales built around average, everyday characters — but with warped and sinister back-stories. Of course, and as always, good ol’ Les can’t help but pepper in a clever pun like “Something’s going wrong with Mr. Wright” before the song’s end. The Millennial-critical fifth track “Boomerang Baby” unquestionably sounds like a Lennon composition, and is where his father’s voice emanates most prominently in his vocal performance. Additionally, it’s hard to imagine the politically-charged “Ohmerica” happening without Lennon’s Beatle-esque influence on the project. “Ohmerica” comes across like a 21st century Sgt. Pepper with a highly political message focusing on government secrecy and mass surveillance. The balance is consistent throughout Monolith of Phobos. When the musicianship clearly comes from the mind of Claypool, Lennon always compensates perfectly, and vice versa. In “Breath of a Salesman,” Lennon’s playing could even be compared with that of Larry ‘Ler’ LaLonde, in his uncanny ability to fill that ever-so impossible niche required to play alongside a screwball prodigy of the bass-guitar such as Les Claypool. “Captain Lariat,” yet another creepy tale of a seemingly ordinary man with a hidden dark side, in this case, a dentist with an affinity for nitrous oxide (among other nefarious extracurricular activities), is another example of this musical kinship. As the song concludes, we hear a flubbed take of Lennon noodling on his guitar while mimicking the notes as he plucks them. “Keep going” says a reassuring Claypool, encouraging Lennon to continue the take. It’s an interesting tidbit left in the mix for us to enjoy, and even further reveals the warm, almost family-like rapport between the two. To wrap it all up are perhaps the two most impressive pieces of music on the entire record. “Bubbles Burst” > “There’s No Underwear In Space” are conjoined masterworks of psychedelic wizardry. Straight out of the musical realms of Pink Floyd, this is where the duo’s passion for psychedelia shines on like a crazy diamond. Lennon takes the lead for most of “Bubbles Burst,” as Claypool joins with his calmly cascading backing vocals. What’s even more notable is the restraint coming from Claypool. It’s near impossible to cite a better example of this kind of straightforwardness exuding from Claypool’s playing. As the final puzzle piece is set in place, we sail off into the distance as the orchestration soars and Claypool churns away on his upright bass. Suddenly… it’s over.There’s really no other way to put it, folks: you truly can’t get much better than this. Sean Lennon and Les Claypool are a psychedelic match made in heaven. Monolith of Phobos stands above most of the psychedelic music that has been recorded over the last several decades, and each of these songs is the proof in that pudding. This magnum opus hits shelves this coming Friday, June 3rd, with the band’s tour beginning one day later. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go out and buy this record as soon as humanly possible. You won’t regret it. Come along — indulge in the Delirium!– By Joseph Conlon
Jay-Z‘s Made In America Festival is making its way back to Philadelphia for a Labor Day Weekend celebration from September 3rd-4th. The event will take place at Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will feature performances from Rihanna, Coldplay, Collegrove (ft. 2 Chainz & Lil’ Wayne), Chance the Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Martin Garrix, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jamie XX, Adventure Club and more.TIDAL members get early access to tickets on Wednesday, June 22 at 10AM EST and tickets are on sale to the general public on Monday, June 27 at 10AM EST. Check out the festival website here.
The course explores how businesses can maximize the health and well-being of employees, consumers, the community, and the environment. By improving wellness across these “Four Pillars,” businesses benefit themselves and the greater good by contributing to a healthier population and economy.The nine-week course builds the business case for considering health as an integral part of business practices and offers practical strategies and tools organizations can use to deploy Culture of Health approaches and measure a return on their investment.The list of guest faculty members includes Harvard President Drew Faust; Troyen Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health; and David Barash, the chief medical officer of the GE Foundation. “American society suffers some major challenges concerning health and health care. We need to revitalize our health system and the health and well-being of Americans overall. It’s time to embrace new approaches.” — Howard Koh, Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Principal Investigator for the Harvard Culture of Health program HarvardX is offering a free online course focusing on the role businesses play in improving public health. Taught by Harvard faculty and leaders in industry and public health, “Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health,” demonstrates how promoting the health and well-being of consumers, employees, communities, and the environment improves the bottom line.From reduced productivity caused by illness to pollution’s effect on surrounding communities, businesses are profoundly connected to the nation’s standing in health and well-being. To reach the goal of a healthier society, these organizations must address public health issues. “Every organization — whether in the health sector or not — impacts the public’s health. The Harvard Culture of Health team believes health is good for business and should be a pervasive part of a company’s culture, not differentiated from the credo and everyday practices that serve as the foundation for business.” —The Harvard Culture of Health team “Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health” unites leading faculty from schools across Harvard — including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Medical School — to teach how business can thrive as change agents for a healthier America.The course launches on May 29. Students can enroll for free at any time on edX.Support for this program was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Since the death of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh on Thursday night, the Notre Dame community has honored him with various tributes around campus, spontaneous and planned. We have collected some of those moments here.March 110 a.m. — University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and reflects on Fr. Hesburgh’s legacy in the homily. The Liturgical choir led a rendition of the Alma Mater in Hesburgh’s honor at the end of the Mass.9:33 a.m. — The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team unveiled the patches it will wear to honor Fr. Hesburgh in its Sunday afternoon game against Duke.Feb. 281 p.m. — The No. 2 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team observed a moment of silence in honor of Fr. Hesburgh before its game against Dartmouth in Loftus Sports Center. The team also wore “Fr. Ted” stickers on its helmets.“If you look at the history of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne made Notre Dame famous, and Fr. Ted took that and made Notre Dame a great university,” Irish coach Kevin Corrigan said.All day — The American flag in the middle of South Quad flies at half staff.Feb. 279:45 p.m. — Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra played the Notre Dame Alma Mater in honor of Fr. Ted following its concert Friday night.“Notre Dame lost her greatest son,” orchestra director Daniel Stowe said.7:00 p.m. — Fr. Ted was honored by the hockey team before its game against No. 9 Boston College at Compton Family Ice Arena with a moment of silence and a video tribute, in addition to “Fr. Ted” stickers on the Irish helmets.“I had no idea when I first started here what kind of man we had with us here on campus,” Irish coach Jeff Jackson said.7:00 p.m. — The 85th annual Bengal Bouts Tournament remembered Fr. Hesburgh with a moment of silence and a 10-bell salute while his picture was put up on the video boards.5:27 p.m. — Senior Associate Athletics Director John Heisler sent out an email to the Notre Dame football media list reading, “Beginning today, Notre Dame athletic teams will wear ‘Fr. Ted’ patches or stickers on some combination of their uniforms, warm-ups or helmets. Moments of silence will be observed prior to home events in each of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports. In the near future, there will be commemorative signage created for each Notre Dame home athletic venue — to be featured either on the field or court itself or displayed elsewhere at the facility.”3:28 p.m. — The Notre Dame softball team announced through its Twitter account that players would wear black ribbons in their hair during two games against No. 20 Missouri and Georgetown “in honor of the late Father Theodore.”3:00 p.m. — A bouquet of flowers sits in the snow at the feet of the Fr. Hesburgh statue in front of the “Word of Life” mural on the south face of Hesburgh Library.11:00 a.m. — Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins held a press conference to reflect on Fr. Hesburgh’s influence on the University and to provide details about the schedule for the upcoming days.“Next to Fr. Sorin, no one had a greater impact on this University,” Jenkins said. “Notre Dame lost a piece of its heart last night. But Fr. Ted lives on.”At first light — The Notre Dame Grounds Crew began putting up Hesburgh banners on light poles across campus.Throughout the night — Notre Dame students, faculty and community members gathered at the Grotto to remember Fr. Ted. Candles spelling out “TED” were arranged on one of the racks, and some people sang the Alma Mater.1:07 a.m. — The Observer tweeted out the news Fr. Theodore Hesburgh died at the age of 97, confirmed by a University spokesperson. Tags: campus tributes, Remembering Father Hesburgh
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFarmers will soon be able to open gates, track livestock, steer tractors and control other farm jobs by computer, says a University of Georgia researcher.As more rural areas gain high-speed Internet access, a farmer could do all this and not even be on the farm, said Stuart Pocknee, a precision agriculture program coordinator with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Internet farming”A farmer could be out of the state at a meeting or even on vacation and pull up his farm’s Web page and farm,” said Pocknee, who works in the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton, Ga.Internet farming seems a novel idea now. But it’s really not that far-fetched, Pocknee said.Fast communication technology is already being used for many applications. Factory machinery can be accessed and controlled by a technology worker outside the factory. A person can call home to start or stop appliances or the air-conditioning system. A simple home security system can call for help when it senses someone breaking in.Technology may never replace some farming work, he said. But the tractor made farming easier and more efficient than the mule-driven rigs of the early 1900s. Modern communication technology could do the same in this century.Wireless workWireless Internet communications have the greatest potential for on-farm use, he said. Wireless simply means there’s no physical connection between a sender and the receiver. They’re connected by radio waves.UGA’s precision agriculture team has pilot wireless communication projects established on farms now. One allows a farmer to remotely monitor his vegetable packing shed operation. Another will allow a farmer to do the same with his irrigation system.UGA scientists and researchers nationwide will join wireless industry representatives at the Wireless Networking Forum June 16-17 on the UGA Tifton, Ga., campus. They’ll discuss the future for this technology in agriculture.”Only a few researchers are looking at this technology right now for agricultural use,” Pocknee said. “We want to bring those researchers together with wireless industry technology people to learn more of the potential of cutting-edge tools and what agriculture needs to make them work.”Wireless technology products of the past haven’t transferred well to farm use, he said. But newer products have greater potential. They’re more versatile, inexpensive and easier to use.Many variables have to be overcome on a farm, such as trees, hills and extended distances. But it can be done, he said, if there is an interest within the wireless industry and agriculture.”We just want to raise our hand, in a manner of speaking, and let them know we’re here and that potential exists,” Pocknee said.
51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To say that we could all use a little more money is likely the understatement of the year. Whether you need to accommodate a new expense or are hoping to save up for a family vacation, setting aside money often requires some level of personal sacrifice.But what if you could easily reduce expenditures on your monthly bills to free up room for a new need or want? Enter “budget hacking.”While not an official term, “budget hacking” means finding money within your fixed expenses, and not simply through reduced latte runs and cancelled social outings. Users of this strategy review their recurring expenses and call on those companies to reduce their bills.In her recent post on applying budget hacking to a health insurance payment, Lauren Bowling of the personal finance blog lbeeandthemoneytree.com writes that she needed to find extra cash in her budget to accommodate a new health care policy. Bowling recently left her full-time position to work for herself, and says that she was struggling to afford her health care premium payment. Her new health care expense totals $297 per month, including a dental policy she’s covering through COBRA from her previous employer. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The traditional definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth but the worldwide shock of the Coronavirus has forced that model to stand on its head.According to economist Elliot Eisenberg, president of Graphs and Laughs, LLC, and wildly popular presenter at CU Direct’s annual conference over the last few years, the shelter in place edicts issued by many government bodies have plunged the U.S. economy directly into a recession.“Household consumption has fallen off a cliff, he said during a recent webinar presented by Origence (a CU Direct brand). A hurricane stops all production and consumption, but it only lasts a few days. This goes on and on for weeks.”Reason for OptimismWith that said, Dr. Eisenberg pointed to two pieces of relatively good news. First, based on the experience of China and South Korea two countries that were hit hard in the early days of the outbreak, Coronavirus seems to take about 40 days to run its course. continue reading »
An additional factor in canceling came from the standpoint of the DICK’s Open taking place in New York state, and having less room to be flexible in comparison to events in parts of the country where there are less cases of COVID-19. “People that are suffering right now because of the pandemic, hotels, motels restaurants, retail, that’s where the economic dollars of the tournament normally end up, because this is the community we live in, because this is home, it makes it particularly difficult for those involved in the tournament.” (WBNG) — The DICK’s Sporting Goods Open tournament has been canceled for 2020.The event was set to take place at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott from August 10-16. In light of the news, Karedes confirmed the DICK”S Open tournament will return in 2021, and will celebrate the 50th year of professional golf in Endicott. Dates are not finalized, but Karedes expects the event to take place during its usual August time frame. This year’s DICK’s Open was set to be the 50th year of professional golf in the Southern Tier, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation. To read DSGO’s full statement, click here. Karedes made note that the tournament being canceled has a significant impact on local charities and businesses. Tournament Director John Karedes said from a logistical standpoint, planning for the event was no longer feasible. As for considering rescheduling rather than a cancellation, Karedes said it was difficult to determine whether or not pushing it to September would have made a difference.
A source familiar with the departing managers’ concerns said there had been dissatisfaction within the industry over the principles – evident by the low level of backing among members – but added that the decision to let membership lapse was not down to any one issue.Reports also alleged that Aberdeen Asset Management and Invesco Perpetual were considering their continued membership.Invesco declined to comment, while Aberdeen could not be reached for comment at the time of writing. Daniel Godfrey, the association’s chief executive, said it would be “incredibly disappointing” if any asset managers were to leave the association.He said he would do everything he could to ensure managers’ continued membership.“Our very pro-active strategy to help a great investment management industry make investment even better can be uncomfortable at times,” he said.“But it is not only the right thing to do given the responsibility of managing other people’s money as their agents, it is essential in the post-global-financial-crisis world if we are to maintain the right to have influence over our future regulatory and legislative environment.” The UK’s asset management association is braced for the departure of two of its members, M&G and Schroders, after dissatisfaction over the work undertaken by the Investment Association (IA).The managers declined to comment on reports they would be leaving the association, but IPE understands that both – with combined assets of £565bn (€721bn) – would be letting their membership lapse at the end of this year.The association recently urged its members to increase transparency, publishing a list of 10 principles that only received support from a minority of members.Only 25 of the association’s 204 members, representing £1.8trn of its £5.5trn in assets, backed the principles, which said clients’ interests should be put ahead of those of the asset manager and called for more transparency on fees.