Borahm Lee Shares His Love For J Dilla Ahead Of Brooklyn Comes Alive Tribute Jam

first_img“We are going to present a showcase of his music, and the philosophies behind his music.” Borahm LeeLed by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the J Dilla tribute at Brooklyn Comes Alive will explore the annals of a man who is considered among the greatest producers in hip-hop history. The session will include a nuclear-equipped squad well versed in the school of Dilla dawg. Collaborators include drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Chauncey Yearwood (High & Might Brass Band). Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla did not find huge mainstream success during his brief time on Earth. Yet in the decade since his death, Dilla has come to represent a major influence on hip-hop and electronic music’s DNA. His apex was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he created mind-bending music that sounded insanely original, and employed studio tactics that didn’t seem possible. Dilla teased with textures and perfected drum tones. He reimagined the art of the sample, making it malleable instead of rigid. He also blessed the culture with an emotional quotient inside of the bombastic boom bap, a structure that had informed the golden era of hip hop. Dilla broke the mold and stepped into the future.“In the spirit of dub greats like Lee Scratch Perry, and King Tubby, Dilla put the music upfront, so it could carry itself without the rapper, the music itself was potent enough on it’s own. His music can make you go in to a trance, like the dub styles.  It’s so modular, heady, and psychedelic too. There is a hypnotizing quality. But the beats are hard!” Borahm LeeDilla’s imprint is felt far beyond hip-hop: In recent years, the artist formerly known as Jay Dee has left a long shadow over modern jazz and funk. He’s never belonged to the jam band community per se, but since his passing in 2006 from a rare blood disease, his legacy has helped this scene incorporate elements of hip hop and electronica, such as Portland, Maine’s Jaw Gems, or Break Science, Lee’s future-music duo with drummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch.“The man is a movement, he was completely ahead of his time, even more so posthumously. He made so much music, even though he lived such a short life. It’s crazy, yet it’s so tragic. A lot of other legendary artists died far too young too, like Jimi Hendrix or Charlie Parker. I put Dilla right there in that category of artists.” Borahm LeeSo what sets Dilla apart? Why has his creativity, artistic vision and virtuosity proved so captivating to the jam band crowd?For one, Dilla was a sort of human musical encyclopedia. In his studio, he stored and collected thousands of vinyl records, many of them jazz and funk, into specific sections and kept them alphabetized so that he could cue up the perfect sample right when the inspiration struck. He didn’t just rely on his gigantic record collection, either. He was always ready to pick up a guitar or a bass, or sit down behind the drum kit, or tickle on some chords on the keyboard. This type of dedication to minutia, and multi-instrumentalism speaks to the jamband community.Dilla would manically mine clips from albums just for the timbre of a single note, or the crackling textures of vinyl, or the boom-bap of a kick/snare hit. There was Dilla’s approach to lacing up the rhythms of those legendary drumbeats. Many beat-makers use a method known as quantizing, which lets you perfectly subdivide electric drum-machine sounds into positions within a measure. The pattern can repeat itself, known as a “loop.” Dilla instead most often chose to play beats on a drum machine, creating them by hand in real time. That offered him a chance to color his beats and rhythms with a signature drunken monkey style: jazzy, grooving, laid back and landing just behind the beat.“His whole philosophy, from the sounds of his drums, to the rhythmic theories, to the placement and dissection of samples, he did so much to influence the musicians of his day, and especially today. Look at bands like Lettuce or producers like Taylor McFerrin, who’s one of my favorites, and of course a Flying Lotus too. His influence spreads like Bob Marley’s did to reggae music, changes people’s perspective from hip-hop to electronic, and in between, the people know J Dilla.“One can only imagine what this super group of hip-hop and electronic players will cook up for this next installment of Borahm Lee’s tribute to J Dilla, coming up at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Check out three of Borahm Lee’s favorite Dilla deep cuts, below.last_img read more

Trump Asks Supreme Court For Fast Action In Census Case

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Shealah Craighead / Whitehouse / Pxhere WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court for fast action on its effort, blocked by a lower court, to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the numbers used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets.In court papers filed Tuesday, the administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by President Donald Trump in place. That would allow for a final decision before the Jan. 10, 2021, deadline in federal law to transmit census numbers that will determine each state’s allotment of seats in the House of Representatives for the next 10 years.Trump said he would reveal his pick Saturday to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Senate Republicans plan to move quickly to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement, over the objections of Democrats who say the winner of the presidential election should name the new justice.In early September, a panel of three federal judges in New York said Trump’s order was unlawful. The judges prohibited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, from excluding people in the country illegally when handing in 2020 census figures used to calculate how many congressional seats each state gets in a process known as apportionment. The judges said that those in the country illegally qualify as people to be counted in the states they reside.The administration’s appeal contends the panel was wrong to even consider the case and also came to the wrong conclusion about whether people living in the U.S. illegally must be counted for purposes of apportionment.The court could reverse the lower-court ruling without even hearing arguments, the administration said. It asked the court to decide how to proceed by mid-October and said it would also ask the justices to put the lower-court ruling on hold, if the three judges don’t themselves do so.Opponents of Trump’s order said it was an effort to suppress the growing political power of Latinos in the U.S. and to discriminate against immigrant communities of color. They also said undocumented residents use the nation’s roads, parks and other public amenities and should be taken into account for any distribution of federal resources.The numbers used for apportionment are derived from the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident that is set to end in two weeks, although there is separate litigation to extend the count because of the coronavirus pandemic. The census also helps determine the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding annually.last_img read more

Hairspray Live! FAQ! Everything You Need to Know

first_imgWhat fun stuff can I do during the broadcast? Criss will give fans a behind-the-scenes look throughout the broadcast, dropping in during the performance with updates and will also host a Facebook Live digital companion show. Make sure to have all your devices at the ready to watch the broadcast, Criss and (of course) live tweet. If you’re already following us on social media, you know we’re going to have a good time together! You can also follow members of the team on Twitter: Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek (@PaulWontorek), Managing Editor Beth Stevens (@beebea) and Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber (@illoydwebber).Which stars should I look out for during the broadcast? This live musical has a supremely star-studded cast! Fierstein returns to his Tony-winning role as Big Mama Edna. Music superstar Ariana Grande returns to her Great White Way roots as Penny Pingleton. Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, and Tony winner Chenoweth is set to channel her pageant vibes as Velma Von Tussle. Also on tap are Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Hayes, Hairspray Tony winner (and Broadway’s original Tracy) Marissa Jaret Winokur, Andrea Martin, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Eichner, original Hairspray film star Ricki Lake and Hairspray’s original Dynamites trio: Shayna Steele, Kamilah Marshall and Judine Somerville. Phew! Got all that straight? Awesome! Follow to the Hollywood backlots to catch up with a few of the superb stars below! How can I watch Hairspray Live!? Tune into NBC from 8/7c to see the big, beautiful broadcast. Be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr for live updates, fun GIFs and more!Can I watch Hairspray Live! if I’m not in the US? Those in the UK can catch Hairspray Live! on ITV2 on December 9, and fans in Australia can tune into SBS on December 10. Check local listings for more info.Who is playing leading lady Tracy Turnblad? After an open call that had over 1,000 Tracy hopefuls hitting the pavement to play the huge-hearted character, Texas native and Marymount Manhattan College student Maddie Baillio is set to make her screen debut in Hairspray Live! (not a bad breakout gig). interviewed the newcomer following the big casting news and has since learned about her “full out” Hairspray Live! journey, her obsession with Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and her cast crush! When does Hairspray Live! air? Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c on NBC.How can I prep for Hairspray Live!? Hairspray Live! stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will host a live half-hour pre-show, Countdown to Hairspray Live!, airing at 7:30PM on NBC on December 7. The special will give viewers a glimpse into the last-minute backstage preparations before the telecast, as well as a look at the casting process, rehearsals and design of the production. Fellow Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss will also appear on the pre-show. Psyched? We thought so. In the meantime, check out’s piece on why Kenny Leon thinks Hairspray Live! is necessary following the 2016 presidential election, a history lesson of the Baltimore streets and a feature on what makes this event the Super Bowl of theater. Plus, watch the cast’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance on repeat below. We can hear the bells! Following The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, NBC’s latest musical broadcast is almost here: Hairspray Live!. This musical is timeless to theater fans, and the starry live event is Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek’s Save the Date pick for the month of December. We’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions about the big, beautiful broadcast so you can find all of the answers in one place. Run and tell that!What is the story of Hairspray?Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show. The 1988 film version was written and directed by John Waters, and the original Broadway version garnered Tony Awards for composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman, lyricist Scott Wittman and scribes Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Kenny. Hairspray also took home the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the story returned to the silver screen in a 2007 film starring John Travolta. The Wiz Live! director Kenny Leon is back at the Peacock network to helm the live television version; both Jerry Mitchell and Harvey Fierstein of the original Broadway production are also on the creative team as choreographer and book adapter, respectively. Caught up? Cool! Get hyped up with the promo below! Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad & Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad(Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC) How can I listen to the soundtrack/see the broadcast after December 7?Good news, Hairspray Live! viewing party planners! The cast album is already on Spotify. (“You Can’t Stop the Beat” is a fan favorite.) Want to share the Hairspray love for the holidays/binge the show again and again for yourself? The original soundtrack to Hairspray Live! will drop on December 9, with the DVD of the telecast scheduled for release on December 20. View Commentslast_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors on the Newsplex: Microbrew Madness

first_imgAlso check out the BRO #ultimate100 Blue Ridge Outdoors’ Ross Ruffing talks with the Charlottesville Newsplex about the latest issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine and it’s annual region-wide reader poll contest: Microbrew Madness — a bracket style online competition between 32 Blue Ridge breweries that garnered more than 50,000 votes over the course of five weeks.last_img

Long Island Weather Rainy Before Sunny Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is forecast to have a wet week on tap, but Memorial Day weekend revelers can expect clear, sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s, just in time for beach season to return.The chance of rainy weather Monday will continue into Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to Upton-based meteorologists with the National Weather Service.The predictions alternate between a likelihood of showers and thunderstorms. Fog will continue from Monday into Tuesday.After it clears up Friday, the forecast calls for a mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with the good weather continuing into Memorial Day on Monday.last_img read more

5 reasons why your credit union’s website matters most

first_imgThe way your website looks can indicate whether a potential member will want to join your credit union in mere seconds. But why does having a top-notch website matter? Let’s dig deeper.First Impressions MatterResearch shows that a first impression is formed within seven seconds. This means that when a new user lands on your credit union’s website, they will have decided whether or not they want to become a member in the time it took to read this sentence. It’s that fast. It has been proven that a visually pleasing website is more likely to retain users. With a strong web design, you’re creating a bigger opportunity to impress new users and convert them into members.Brand MattersA credit union’s website is its personal online branding portal. Your website paints a picture of who the credit union is, what it does and how it does it. The good news is that if you have a well-designed site, then you are in control of every aspect of that message. This means you can share your story with colors, images and typography that reflects the tone of your CU. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UGP: By monopolizing transport, the City of Dubrovnik violates several laws and calls into question the existence of carriers

first_imgAs a result, private carriers become much more expensive, and the city of Dubrovnik itself has been damaged by a hefty amount of at least 900.000,00 kuna, which is how much the city earns annually from tolls on the Pile plateau, according to the UGP. “Although Libertas – Dubrovnik doo bought the mentioned buses on credit, we repeat that this is a company that is owned by the city of Dubrovnik and as such is subsidized from the city budget. Vehicles purchased with subsidies may not be used for commercial purposes on behalf of a third party, in this case. Even if specific buses were not purchased with a subsidy, the company is still subsidized by the City (salaries, maintenance, fuel ()”Point out from UGP. The UGP additionally states that at the session of the City Council, Mayor Mato Franković stated that within a maximum of two years, only and exclusively Libertas will operate in the city of Dubrovnik. Libertas – Dubrovnik entered the market with its price list of the mentioned transfers, which are slightly more expensive than private carriers, but at the same time the City of Dubrovnik, ie the company Sanitat Dubrovnik, abolished the obligation to pay a stop fee on the Pile plateau. In July 2019, the City of Dubrovnik sent a letter to travel agencies with a proposal for a new organization of traffic, which stated that from 01.04.2020. public city transport Libertas-Dubrovnik doo (a company owned by the city of Dubrovnik) will be the only one that will be able to transport guests from ships on cruises on the route Luka Dubrovnik – Pile. The situation in this case is completely clear. In a completely illegal way, the local self-government unit is trying to enter the market by establishing a monopoly, said Marko Slišković, a member of the tourism committee of the Voice of Entrepreneurs association, adding: “As far as I know, we live in a democratic state where the rules of market competition are clearly set. We can compare this move of the city of Dubrovnik with the socialist way of governing, and such a thing should be a long-forgotten past.” Namely, the members of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association from Dubrovnik are hindered by none other than the city of Dubrovnik, monopolizing the transport of tourists in certain locations. Due to the needs of these transfers, Libertas – Dubrovnik doo bought six articulated buses (three are already running in Dubrovnik, while three are still announced). Articulated buses are city buses and can only be registered as such, in which case they would perform occasional transport. The city of Dubrovnik prevents the work of local occasional carriers by giving a monopoly for transport on certain routes to companies owned by the city, point out the Association of Voices of Entrepreneurs. “I hereby order the local authorities of the city of Dubrovnik to suspend the proceedings and to publicly apologize to all citizens of the city of Dubrovnik. The Association of Entrepreneurs will, as before, monitor their every step and we will definitely not allow such anomalies to the detriment of entrepreneurs and all citizens of the city of Dubrovnik. ” Slišković concluded.center_img UGP considers the behavior of the city of Dubrovnik inadmissible. In this way, they get directly involved in market competition, using their powers to monopolize the market, and at the same time they are the only ones who will make money from the occasional transport of tourists. / / / GUESTS FROM THE CRUISER WILL BE TRANSPORTED BY LOW-FLOOR BUS TO THE SAW Photo: City of Dubrovnik “In all of the above, we find that the City of Dubrovnik is in violation of the law on road transport, the law on communal economy, the law on management of local self-government units, but also the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia since it is a pure monopoly prohibited by Article 49. The Bus Association has 45 members with about 150 buses, while in Dubrovnik there are a dozen other buses that are not members of the Association. Not to mention how much impact the implementation of this decision would have on our business, especially after the COVID 19 pandemic.” said Vesna Lukić, president of the Ragusa Bus Association. It is a matter of a pure transfer, although the city government persistently uses the term “shuttle”, which is not the case, the UGP emphasizes. Cover photo: of Dubrovnik / Illustration: HrTurizamlast_img read more

EMGS in New Barents Sea Sale

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into data licensing agreements with an undisclosed client.The agreements are related to 3D CSEM multi-client data in the Barents Sea in Norway, the company informed.The agreements represent combined revenues of approximately USD 1.2 million.According to the company’s multi-client data library, EMGS in Norway covers nearly 50,000 square kilometers of 3D full azimuth multi-client data in the Barents Sea.last_img

Caribbean Tourism Industry decision makers to debate investment opportunities at hotel & tourism investment conference

first_imgNewsRegional Caribbean Tourism Industry decision makers to debate investment opportunities at hotel & tourism investment conference by: – April 24, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Photo credit: perspectivemagazine.comSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (24 April, 2012) – Some of the Caribbean tourism industry’s top decision makers will share their perspectives on investment opportunities in the region at the 16th Annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC), which gets underway here in earnest tomorrow with an official opening ceremony. Four members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism – the highest decision making body of the region’s tourism development agency – will help set the stage for discussion on challenges facing the sector, as well as the potential for development. The CTO chairman, Hon Ricky Skerritt, who is also the minister of tourism and international transport for St. Kitts and Nevis, will be part of a panel discussing the Caribbean on the world tourism stage. The presenters, including a corporate finance expert and a tourism researcher, will seek to provide tools and vital data to help frame the discussion during the conference.They will also identify opportunities for tourism development in the Caribbean. The 90-minute session dubbed, Setting the Scene: Challenges, Potential and Opportunities – The Caribbean on the World Tourism Stage, will be followed almost immediately by a session on public and private sector partnerships. This session will feature Hon. Karine Roy-Camille, the president of the Martinique Tourism Authority; Hon. John Maginley, Antigua & Barbuda’s minister of tourism and civil aviation; and Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, the minister of tourism and civil aviation of The Bahamas.They will share their vision of investment opportunities in the region and the policies that are required to encourage expansion.Both sessions will take place on Wednesday April 25 and are among the highlights of the 24- to 26 April conference, which is being held organized by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and the CTO. Press Release Tweetlast_img read more

Marsha Lee Acra, 69

first_imgMarsha Lee Acra, 69, of Milan passed away Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born at Milan on April 9, 1948 the daughter of Walter and Thelma Taylor Knowlton. Survivors include her mother Thelma Knowlton of Milan; two sons Douglas (Summer) Acra, and Jon Acra and his fiancé Audra Kistler all of Milan; three grandchildren Holden, Madysen, and Kaylee Acra; one brother Bruce (Darlene) Knowlton of Milan; one sister Malena (Jim) Lovins of Milan. She was preceded in death by her father and her granddaughter Micayla Acra. Mrs. Acra was a 1966 graduate of Versailles High School. She received her Associate’s Degree in nursing from Vincennes University and then her BS in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She retired in 2013 after 37 years as a registered nurse and supervisor with the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. Marsha was a member of the Milan United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Micayla Acra Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.last_img read more