Last night marked the 24th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City. The benefit to preserve Tibetan culture brought together The National with Sufjan Stevens, performances by Iggy Pop with New Order, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass and more.Just a little background about the benefit, Tibet House U.S. was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique heritage –born of the efforts of many human beings of good spirit, of its contacts with Mongolian, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Persian culture, and of its natural environment – has developed a kind of energy which is very helpful for cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life.I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to help humanity, and particularly our Eastern neighbor, where millions of young Chinese have lost their spiritual values. In this way, I feel very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a role to play in the future of humanity.”Check out two of the higher profile performances from the last night’s event:Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks–The National with Sufjan StevensTransmission– Iggy Pop with New Order[via Consequence of Sound]-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella
Umphrey’s McGee has nominated thirty tracks for the Raw Stewage Quarter at this year’s UMBowl VI. Slated for May 1st in Las Vegas, UMBowl is an annual tradition that sees UM play four themed sets for an thoroughly-extensive night of Umphrey’s music.The “Raw Stewage Quarter” will see Umphrey’s stitch together pieces of improv segments from jams throughout the past year. You can vote for the thirty nominees, all seen below, and the band will take the top picks and merge them together in new and intriguing ways. It’s called “Raw Stewage” because the band often pulls ideas for new originals from these types of sets.Members of UM will perform as The Omega Moos at next week’s Major Rager in Augusta, GA on April 9th, before heading to St. Augustine, FL for two shows with Lettuce on April 10-11.Umphrey’s McGee Raw Stewage 2015:Disc 1 1) Blue Echo (2004/12/10 New York, NY) 2) Ringo (2005/05/11 Eugene, OR) 3) Kabump (2006/11/08 Lawrence, KS) 4) Bridgeless (2007/04/14 Washington, DC) 5) Divisions (2007/06/28 Portsmouth, VA) 6) The Fuzz (2007/10/16 Richmond, VA)Disc 2 1) Utopian Fir (2007/11/17 Birmingham, AL) 2) Uncle Wally (2008/02/28 Davenport, IA) 3) Ocean Billy (2008/05/03 New Orleans, LA) 4) Plunger (2009/03/27 St. Louis, MO)Disc 3 1) Ringo (2011/06/26 Columbus, OH) 2) Higgins (2011/07/02 Kansas City, MO) 3) Steppin’ Razor (2011/07/02 Kansas City, MO) 4) JaJunk (2011/07/09 Chicago, IL) 5) Higgins (2011/10/26 Baton Rouge, LA)Disc 4 1) Resolution (2011/11/04 Kalamazoo, MI) 2) Plunger (2011/12/30 St. Louis, MO) 3) Middle Eastern Metal (2012/04/27 Chicago, IL) 4) Much Obliged (2014/02/20 Chicago, IL) 5) Higgins (2014/04/01 Chattanooga, TN) 6) The Bottom Half (2014/04/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)Disc 5 1) August (2014/04/19 Austin, TX) 2) Wizard Burial Ground (2014/05/04 Brooklyn, NY) 3) In the Kitchen (2014/06/19 London, UK) 4) Phil’s Farm (2014/08/30 Lake Buena Vista, FL) 5) Nemo (2014/10/25 Grand Rapids, MI)Disc 6 1) Eat (2014/10/30 Wilkes-Barre, PA) 2) The Floor (2014/11/01 Boston, MA) 3) Phil’s Farm (2015/01/01 Atlanta, GA) 4) All In Time (2015/01/28 Oxford, MS)
All photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein – full gallery at the bottom5.9.15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NYSet OneDancing In The Streets @ (SM, NA)Dire Wolf @ # * (TH)Cassidy (SM, NA) >St Stephen $ (All) >The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) @ (NA) >Eyes Of The World % # (TH) >Not Fade Away ^ # (All)Set TwoMusic Never Stopped (SM,NA)King Solomon’s MarblesChina Cat Sunflower & (TH) >The Eleven (TH JR) >I Know You Rider # +(All)Morning Dew (TH)One More Saturday Night # (SM)E:Ripple # * = (TH)(NA is Nicole Atkins, lead vocal)@ First Time Played# With Nicole Atkins (Background Vocals)* With Scott Metzger on Pedal Steel – First Time playing it with Almost Dead$ With Other One Teases / Jam (Band) & a “Duo Jam”% With The Eleven Teases (TH & SM)^ With Loose Lucy Teases (TH), a “Duo Jam” & China>Rider Transition Teases (MB)& With Ruben & Cherise teases / Jams (Band), “Exodus” (Bob Marley) ++ Teases (TH) & “Footloose” (Kenny Loggins) Teases (TH)+ With “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (JR)= With Marco on accordion Load remaining images To say that there was some serious energy at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY this past Saturday night for the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead show would be the understatement of the new millennium. The energy was palpable for this sold-out show featuring what could very well be one of the tightest units out there today. To call JRAD a “cover” band would be a disservice in so many ways. What Joe Russo, along with Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger are doing with the expansive Grateful Dead catalog is quite literally turning it upside down and recreating each track they play. We’ve all heard the songs before, but JRAD takes them (some of which are 50+ years old) and quite literally reinvents the wheel.A near 19-minute version of “Dancing in the Streets” got things off to a super funky groove right out of the gates, with special guest Nicole Atkins doing her very own Donna Jean Godcheaux on this special night at The Cap. The crowd couldn’t help themselves. It was as if we were a tea kettle coming to a slow boil, and once the lyrics of “They’re dancing in Chicago, Down in New Orleans, In New York City” were sung things popped, and everyone let loose in exultation. “Dire Wolf” slowed things down, which was probably a good thing, as people may have had heart attacks if JRAD kept up the pace from the “Dancing,” featuring some nice ivory work from Marco Benevento.“Cassidy” brought Atkins back out to duet with Scott Metzger, who sounds eerily just like Bobby Weir. A super spacey jam brought out the weird we were looking for, and followed with a huge buildup back into the end of the tune. “St. Stephen” saw Tom Hamilton take the lead and shred his way through the song, as the jam leading back into the song could be best described as organized chaos of the most wonderful kind. We were even gifted a nice little Duo jam from Benevento and Russo, which begs the question of when will we see just the The Duo back on stage together? Nicole Atkins shined on “The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)”, as she absolutely blew the crowd away with her vocal prowess. A pretty “Eyes of the World” had everyone in the house swaying back and forth, smiles abound. The first set ended with “Not Fade Away,” and honestly, the show could have ended here and nobody in The Cap would have complained. [Recording courtesy of Eric McRoberts and JRAD]After a much needed libation, “The Music Never Stopped” opened the second set in strong fashion. A super mellow jam in the middle of the song once again led into a strong build-up; one thing that this group is incredible at is bringing the music out of such a serene and tranquil place and then all of a sudden turning things on their head and building things up to this almost frenetic pace, taking the crowd to an elated yet feverish state. It’s super impressive, and the group showcased that talent once again in the ensuing “King Solomon’s Marbles” which featured some great jazzy interplay between Russo and bassist Dave Dreiwitz, who is filthy, by the way. It’s like he is playing lead guitar on the bass, so much fun to watch.“China Cat Sunflower” had what very well may have been the monster jam of the night that led into a stunning “The Eleven” featuring Tom Hamilton leading the charge. Hamilton is a guy that a lot of people in the scene have taken for granted for many years, but is now just beginning to get the credit he deserves. He can essentially play any style of music, take the lead when needed, sit back if that is what is being asked for, yet always finds a way to elevate the music in some way, shape, or form – and with a smile on his face at all times. “I Know You Rider” kept the energy at peak level with the crowd moving and shaking and everyone in attendance singing along in unison; rock n’ roll at its absolute finest. “Morning Dew” was melancholy yet powerful, as you simply closed your eyes and let the music move you, proving that the space in between the notes can be as commanding as the notes themselves.Tom Hamilton Discusses JRAD, Grateful Dead, American Babies and The Life of a Working Musician“One More Saturday Night” brought a fitting end to the Saturday night spectacle. As Metzger screamed with the final build, Russo had one of the biggest smiles of the night on his face (and there were a lot of them), even letting one of his own out after the song ended as he introduced the guitarist. “Ripple” served as the night’s encore, with Benevento on accordion, and with lyrics like “Reach out your hand if your cup be empty, If your cup is full may it be again, Let it be known there is a fountain, That was not made by the hands of men”, we were able to bear witness to that simple fact that this music was not just made by the hands of men such as Garcia, Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart and company, but also through the inspiration of the wonders of life and the mysteries surrounding it, and such music has filled our empty cup many times over, and will do so again and again, in one form or another.Plain and simple, JRAD is in the zone right now. This group, as a collective, is as strong as it gets; their connection to each other is very much Jedi-like. Witnessing the smiles on their faces as they were jamming, it’s clear that it is not just them having a good time playing together, but it’s also their uncanny ability to speak to non-verbally, through the music, catching subtle teases and jokes between one another that makes this project so special. It’s not just fun to listen to, but it’s fun to watch as well. To close this out properly, there is no other group playing the Dead’s music better than these guys. What JRAD is doing is inspired, reinvigorated, reinvented renditions of music that is clearly standing the test of time for both past, present and future generations to enjoy. Let us raise the offering….
Andy Samberg’s musical comedy troupe, The Lonely Island (“I Just Had Sex”, “I’m On A Boat”, “Dick In A Box”), have linked up with famed comedy producer Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad) for a film currently in production.Tegan And Sara, The Lonely Island Bring The Lego Movie To Life With Epic PerformanceThe film parodies “fluffy music documentaries” such as Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never and Katy Perry’s Part of Me. The plot is centered around a rapper who must regrettably reunite with his former boy band after his new album bombs.Apatow will produce the film along with Rodney Rothman, Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Morgan Sackett (Seinfeld) will serve as executive producer.[Via the Hollywood Reporter]
EDM stands for…Ear Drum Murder? Everybody’s Doing Molly? Just one of the many topics explored in a hilarious new parody, “Comedians On EDM.” The roast, which is clearly done in good fun and not an actual attack on electronic dance music, targets the genre’s influx of “DJs”, the difficulties of button-pushing and the drug culture associated with it.“There are seven billion people on this planet but 7.5 billion DJs,” gushes one confused roaster. “Going to an EDM concert without drugs is like going to a 3D show without the glasses,” quips another.Watch the video here:
STS9 is dominating their winter tour! The premiere jamtronica outfit has making waves on the West Coast, and took it to the next level for their show at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO earlier this week. Not only did they play two killer sets, but the group took the time to debut a brand new original, “To The World,” as the first song of the encore.Thanks to YouTube user JMar, who has been cataloging a majority of the band’s live performances, we have quality footage of the entire Aspen show. The new song comes in at around the 2:15:00 mark. Tune in below:Setlist: STS9 at Belly Up, Aspen, CO – 2/3/16Set I: 20-12%, Wika Chikana, New Dawn, New Day, The Rabble – Gobnugget – Unquestionable Jam – Abcees Ending, Aimlessly, MarchSet II: Equinox, Love Don’t Terrorize – Grow, F. Word, Blu Mood, Crystal Instrument, Vapors, Ramone & EmiglioEncore: To The World***, King Pharaoh’s Tomb% – Stream issue. Didn’t come back in ’til Wika.*** – first time played (new song)[H/T JamBase]
Lisner suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought therapy through Home Ground, based at the hospital, which organized the ceremony. But at a pinning ceremony last night at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, along with 40 other Long Island rescue workers, his tireless efforts were remembered. Speakers sounded a note of celebration, but also one of concern. Margie Miller, whose husband, Joel Miller, was killed in the North Tower, spoke of workers’ sacrifices after the attacks. “We will never forget your noble effort,” she said. “You cleared the remains of a city within a city. You tried to bring our loved ones home and we will be forever grateful. The souls of 3,000 people thank you as well.” NASSAU, N.Y. Julius Lisner of Massapequa Park calls himself one of the “forgotten workers” of 9/11. For eight months, he sifted through remains, working to identify victims in a temporary morgue near Ground Zero. “I’m overwhelmed and grateful,” he said. “This is very healing for me. I don’t want everyone to forget the people who are still having problems.” More than 4,000 other Ground Zero responders have done the same since October 2002, organizers said. Lisner, 60, a medical legal investigator for New York City, held his 22-month-old granddaughter as he accepted the blue oval-shaped pin, which bears an image of the American flag in the shape of the Twin Towers against a backdrop of Long Island. For him, the point of the pinning ceremony was twofold. “A lot of Long Island responders never got any recognition and we are trying to get them to get recognition, but also get them to come in for help,” Jack said. Thomas Demaria, a co-founder of Home Ground and an assistant vice president of behavioral health for the hospital, said recognition is part of recovery. “Part of responder culture is not to be recognized because they are service-oriented, but part of the healing process is for them to be able to accept recognition for what they did,” Demaria said. “Responders need help now,” said John Feal, president and founder of Feal Good Foundation, which also helps first responders. Alexander Jack, 54, a demolition worker from Woodbury, was among them. He spent a month after the attacks volunteering at the World Trade Center. And for the last four years he’s been in therapy, dealing with the emotional fallout. His wife, Marilyn, two of his three daughters and his son-in-law were also at the event, which drew about 150 people.
Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending Sept. 22. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu.Sept. 18: Officers were dispatched to Holyoke Center and 60 John F. Kennedy St. on reports of unwanted guests. Officers were dispatched to the Littauer Center to take a report of suspicious activity. An iPod Touch was reported stolen from an unattended backpack in Thayer Hall North. At the Palfrey House, an officer assisted the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) with a motor vehicle that was reportedly broken into. Forty medical vials were reported stolen from the Armenise Building 1. Officers were dispatched to Lehman Hall, where an individual’s stolen bicycle was located, but secured with a different lock. The officers assisted in the return of the bicycle. Police responded to a report of two unwanted guests at the Science Center. The officers spoke to the individuals and after finding no warrants, the individuals were sent on their way. At Quincy House, officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious individual. The suspect was searched, and upon finding a weapon in his possession, the officers placed him under arrest and charged him with trespassing and possession of a dangerous weapon. At the intersection of DeWolfe and Mill streets, officers responded to a report of an individual jumping on motor vehicles. CPD was notified and took over upon arrival.Sept. 19: An individual was arrested for trespassing at the Taubman Center after officers discovered that he was previously warned. At Emerson Hall, an unattended blue Brooks Brothers blazer was reportedly stolen. Officers were dispatched to the stadium, where a fight was reported to be in progress. After speaking with the individuals, the officers sent them on their way.Sept. 20: Officers responded to a report of an individual attempting to enter the Longwood Campus Operations building. After speaking with the officers, the individual was sent on their way. At Lowell House, officers removed a group of individuals from the walkway. An officer assisted CPD with a motor vehicle accident on 1 Eliot St. At 285 Harvard St., an officer took a report of fraudulent charges on a credit card. An officer was dispatched to take a report of harassment at Peabody Terrace.Sept. 21: Officers were dispatched to a report of an individual screaming. The officers searched the area with negative results. At Hamilton Hall, officers responded to a report of an individual receiving harassing phone calls. On 371 Harvard St., an officer assisted CPD in putting out a working fire.Sept. 22: At the Peabody Terrace garage, police took a report of a stolen car stereo, subwoofers, and tires. An unattended toaster was reported stolen from Baker Library. In Harkness Commons, an unwanted guest was sent on their way. At 1000 Memorial Drive an officer assisted the Massachusetts State Police with a disabled vehicle. At Morgan Hall, an officer was dispatched to take a report after a mountain bicycle damaged a parking gate. A trespass warning for all of Harvard University property was issued to three individuals who were behaving suspiciously at Westengard House. The individuals were then sent on their way.Since Sept. 18, there have been six bicycles reported stolen.
Caffeine consumption does not appear to be associated with overall breast cancer risk, according to a report in the Oct. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, there is a possibility of increased risk for women with benign breast disease or for tumors that are hormone-receptor negative or larger than 2 centimeters.Caffeine is probably the most commonly consumed drug worldwide, present in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some medications, according to background information in the article. It was hypothesized that caffeine may increase the risk of breast cancer after a study showed that women with noncancerous breast disease experienced relief from their symptoms after removing caffeine from their diet.Ken Ishitani of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Japan, and colleagues studied 38,432 women 45 years or older who provided dietary information in 1992-95. Over an average of 10 years of follow-up, 1,188 of the women developed invasive breast cancer. “Consumption of caffeine and caffeinated beverages and foods was not statistically significantly associated with overall risk of breast cancer,” the authors write. Among women with benign breast disease, a nonsignificant positive association with breast cancer risk was observed for those in the highest quintile (one-fifth) of caffeine consumption and a significant association was observed for those in the highest category of coffee consumption (four cups or more daily).Consuming caffeine was also associated with a 68 percent increased risk of estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer, or tumors to which the hormones estrogen and progesterone do not bind, and a 79 percent increased risk for breast tumors larger than 2 centimeters.“The mechanisms by which caffeine may affect breast carcinogenesis are complex and remain unclear,” the authors write. “In the present investigation, caffeine consumption was associated with increased risk of breast cancers negative for both estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors or larger than 2 centimeters, which have less favorable prognoses. These findings indicate that caffeine consumption may affect breast cancer progression, and such an effect may be independent of the estrogen pathway.” Further study is required to better understand caffeine’s role, they note.
An intimate relationship between the residents of Harbin city in northeastern China and their mother river, the Songhua. A revealing insight into the personal struggles and national identity of Sudanese potters on the banks of the White Nile. These are the subjects of two ethnographic films premiering Feb. 11 at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography.The program, “Sensory Ethnography: New Harvard Student Ethnographic Works,” features films about experience, culture, and nature by Harvard’s Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) and anthropology students. The films, “Songhua” by J.P. Sniadecki and “Mud Missive” by Fatin Abbas, are part of a VES/anthropology course that challenges students to bypass traditional forms of ethnographic filmmaking and engage both familiar and unfamiliar cultural phenomena with fresh eyes and ears.“Both ‘Mud Missive’ and ‘Songhua’ exemplify innovative ethnographic filmmaking — where the filmmakers retain a patient and unwavering gaze upon their subjects going about their daily lives,” says the Peabody Museum’s Associate Curator of Visual Anthropology Ilisa Barbash, explaining that when most people consider ethnographic filmmaking, they imagine a National Geographic-type documentary. “In contrast,” she says, “these films are slices of life, portraits of individual people in a particular time and place. Any narration is personal, and the editing is comprised of long, patient takes.” This approach allows the audience to enter the sensory worlds of the film subjects in an intimate way, she explains. “The focus on minutiae invites the audience to contemplate these activities in a larger global and political context.”“‘Songhua’ is the first visual work I’ve made in China,” says Sniadecki, a doctoral candidate in social anthropology. “It’s also the first time I’ve explored a sense of place through the lens of a camera and the electronic signal of a microphone.” While studying film as an undergraduate in Michigan, Sniadecki spent his junior year learning Mandarin in Shanghai. His interest in Chinese society and media anthropology eventually led him back to China to film “Songhua” and his most recent project, “Demolition.” Both screened internationally.“This is my first film,” says Abbas, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literature and Comparative Studies. “It’s kind of scary in some ways.” Scary, surely, judging from the intimate nature of “Mud Missive,” which reflects not just on the people of Sudan, but on Abbas’ own life as a Sudanese expatriate. By interweaving the materials and activities of Sudanese potters, Abbas delves into the issue of identity — through her subjects, herself, and a Sudanese nation in conflict with itself.“It’s also very exciting, too,” she is quick to add.Sniadecki agrees. “I am grateful to share this piece with the Harvard community, and am continually amazed that, no matter where it is shown, viewers find within it a range of significance which cannot be reduced to a single interpretation.”After the screening, the filmmakers will partake in a discussion moderated by Barbash, who welcomes Sniadecki and Abbas to the legion of filmmakers who have received critical support from the Peabody Museum. “The Peabody Museum’s involvement in ethnographic film projects is over half a century old,” says Barbash. “It was the birthplace of Harvard’s Film Study Center in the 1950s, which has produced some of the most important and seminal ethnographic films of the 20th century.”