Tank & The Bangas Release New Studio Album ‘Green Balloon’ [Listen]

first_imgNew Orleans five-piece Tank and The Bangas have officially released their sophomore studio album, Green Balloon, via Verve Forecast Records.Brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk contest in 2017, Tank and The Bangas have been all aboard a wild ride since the band jumped on the map. Following up the band’s debut LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April 2018, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank herself proves once again she has the ability to grow and develop as both a performer and composer.Tank And The Bangas Release New Hip-Hop-Infused Single “Nice Things” [Listen]Well-respected producers including Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic, and Robert Glasper (who also features on three tracks) were all tapped to help create the 17-track LP.Listen to Tank and The Bangas’ new Green Balloon release below:Tank and The Bangas – Green BalloonFor ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates in support of their Green Balloon release, head to Tank and The Bangas’ website.Tank and The Bangas – Green Balloon Tracklist:01. Colors Introduction02. Spaceships03. Dope Girl Magic04. Ants05. Hot Air Balloons (feat. Alex Isley)06. Forgetfulness07. Get Up Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)08. Too High Prelude09. I Don’t Get High10. Happy Town (feat. Pell)11. Nice Things12. Smoke.Netflix.Chill.13. Floating Interlude14. Mr. Lion15. In London Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)16. Lazy Daze (feat. Robert Glasper)17. Colors ChangeView Tracklistlast_img read more

Old Friends Jack Plotnick and Seth Rudetsky on Why Their Starry, Spoofy Disaster! Is Like Summer Camp

first_img Growing up on Long Island, Seth Rudetsky developed a youthful obsession with disaster movies and a taste for 1970s pop hits like “Torn Between Two Lovers” and “Sky High.” Fast forward almost 40 years, and Rudetsky and his BFF, actor/writer/director Jack Plotnick, have turned their mutual love of the disco decade into the hilariously demented musical Disaster! Set in 1979 on opening night of a shoddily constructed floating casino, Disaster! features a cast of Broadway all-stars: Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Roger Bart, Faith Prince, Kevin Chamberlin and Rachel York, plus Rudetsky and scene-stealing Broadway.com vlogger Jennifer Simard. Chatting about their show, Rudetsky and Plotnick are an entertaining blend of salty and sweet, finishing each other’s sentences and laughing at each other’s quips as they explain how a 20-year friendship can survive the creation of a big Broadway musical.Q: Have you considered issuing a warning that audience members will be humming “Hooked on a Feeling” for weeks after seeing Disaster!?SETH: That’s what we wanted, because we love this music. In the 70s, pop, rock and disco were on the radio at the same time, and this show has all three styles.JACK: There’s so much heart in these songs, and they’re very lyric-centric. That kind of storytelling went away in the 80s.SETH: We do Barry Manilow’s “Daybreak” in the show, and when I saw him on Broadway, he said, “Does anybody write melodies anymore?” I thought, Exactly! Jack and I identify with the amazing melodies of the 70s.JACK: For people our age, it’s a warm memory. I hear this music and it’s like sunshine coming through the windows on a car ride with my family.SETH: You and I had different childhoods. I remember being overweight and hating my body and my parents yelling. But nevertheless…memories! Q: Songs such as “Ben” and “Feelings” are used in funny ways, but you obviously chose them with affection. Have you heard from the writers or original artists? SETH: Barry Manilow was excited we used one of his songs. We’re hoping that all the original stars will come.JACK: Wouldn’t that be a thrill? The person who wrote “Never Can Say Goodbye” [Clifton Davis] works across the street in Aladdin, and we hope he will come. We’re inviting Helen Reddy to sing “I Am Woman.”Q: Aren’t you too young to remember 70s disaster movies?SETH: No, my parents took me! I was the youngest child, so by the time I was born, no one had any boundaries. I saw Death Wish and Taxi Driver, Earthquake and The Poseidon Adventure and a movie about snakes called Sssssss. I wanted to be a meteorologist and was obsessed with disasters. I was so mad that Long Island didn’t have a fault line because I wanted to be in an earthquake.JACK: One of my favorite movies of all time was Airplane! I loved the idea of naughty, high stakes comedy mixed with disasters, so it’s perfect to get to do a musical that pays homage to those movies. Jack Plotnick & Seth Rudetsky photographed in Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Q: Dr. Phil would probably not recommend that best friends write a Broadway show together, with one directing the other. JACK: That’s our relationship. We love creating things together. This just happens to be the biggest thing we’ve gotten to create.SETH: We’ve done so many sketch shows, and it’s always worked—I give him ideas, we write it together and he directs it. We’ve had the exact same creative relationship since 1992.JACK: Basically when we’re working on something, if we both laugh really hard, we say, “Put it in the show.” It’s one vision created by both of us.SETH: My husband is producing the show and that could also be terrible, but it’s not. We just trust each other’s creative input, and one person ends up convincing the other person that something is right. Related Shows Q: Who’s the biggest diva in the cast?SETH: I don’t think anyone is a diva.JACK: That’s the great thing: It feels like summer camp because there’s no ego, just a bunch of people who are happy to be playing together.SETH: That comes from the top, by the way, because Jack is so open to people’s ideas. I would say that Adam Pascal is the least diva. He’s always in a good mood, always smiling.JACK: It’s a thrill to work with Adam in the theater where he started—he just dives in and puts himself in the silliest situations. One of my first theater memories is watching Rent with a standing room ticket. I remember hugging the pole in the back and sobbing as I watched Adam sing. Every time I walk by that spot now, I see the younger me there and pinch myself because I’m so elated to be here. Q: Never mind Kevin Bacon—on Broadway, the game could be “six degrees of Seth Rudetsky.” How did you cast the show from among your famous friends and collaborators? SETH: We just wanted great people. One of our producers loves Kerry Butler and I’ve known her my whole life. Then my husband [Disaster! producer James Wesley] and I were thinking about who would be good opposite her, and at the same moment, we said, “Adam Pascal!” I texted him and he wrote back right away to say he would do it.Q: You’re one of the few people who can boast, “I met Faith Prince in group therapy.” SETH: Oh god, yeah. We met when she was in previews for Guys and Dolls. We know a lot of secrets about each other. This is a rare combination of performers. Jack and I were so impressed that we got amazing actors who are also fantastic singers and SNL-caliber comedians.Q: Is it intimidating, Seth, to share the stage with so many Broadway stars? And Jack, do you wish you were in the cast? SETH: It’s horrifically intimidating! I do a scene with Faith Prince when she’s tapping and it freaks me out. I have a lot of scenes with Roger Bart, and I’m thinking, “I can’t believe such a brilliant comedian is willing to do this show with me.” But everyone in the cast is so supportive.JACK: I’d love to jump in one day. I always forget to write myself a role! [In workshops] I played Scott [now played by Max Crumm] and the villain, Tony [now played by Roger Bart.]SETH: If I take a vacation, Jack could take over for me. Just for a week! Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016last_img read more

Local Designer Opens Mid-Brain Design

first_imgBurlington, VT – Nathan Dana announces the opening of Mid-Brain Design and launch of the website, www.mid-brain.com(link is external). Mid-Brain Design specializes in web design, print design, photography, and brand identity.Dana is launching Mid-Brain Design after building a solid career as creative director at Brandthropology, lead web designer at Paul Kaza Associates, and earning a degree in design studies from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and a degree in new media from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).Dana’s previous work includes building well known Vermont websites as VermontVacation.com, ThinkVermont.com, and VermontPersonnel.org and working with organizations from Vermont to abroad including Central Vermont Medical Center, The Alpine Shop, Symquest, New Zealand Auto Car Magazine, and Mark Petch Motor Sport.Mid-Brain Design is located in Burlington and on the web at www.mid-brain.com(link is external).last_img read more

When it comes to saving, more Americans are starting early

first_imgIn its annual savings trends report Inside America’s Savings Plans, Ascensus finds that saving behavior is starting younger—with retirement savers ages 25–34 most likely to be on track to meet their retirement goals. In addition, saving for others is beginning earlier, with more than half of newly opened 529 accounts started when beneficiaries are age 5 or even younger.Automatic features in retirement plans are helping more workers save more, too, with participation rates up in plans that have auto enrollment features. In fact, participation rates hit 80%—10 points higher than participation in plans that don’t have auto enrollment.Still, all is not as good as it could be. The report also finds that 401(k) account balances across all generations and income ranges are relatively low, compared with how much most experts suggest will be required to cover retirement goals.And 529s aren’t in the clear, either, with the average 529 account balance for beneficiaries ages 16–17 only high enough to cover slightly more than half of a “two plus two” college education—consisting of two years at a community college, followed by another two at a public university. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cluster of Vietnamese avian flu cases may shrink

first_imgJan 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A reported family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza cases among three brothers in Vietnam may turn out to be only two cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.Contrary to some media reports, the WHO said the 36-year-old younger brother of two men who contracted the disease has not been sick, though test results are still pending.As reported previously, a 46-year-old man and his 42-year-old brother had confirmed H5 avian flu cases, the WHO said. The older man died Jan 9, but the 42-year-old, who cared for his older brother while the latter was sick, has recovered.A Chinese news agency had reported Jan 24 that the 36-year-old brother also had tested positive for avian flu. But the WHO said, “The third brother, aged 36 years, was hospitalized for observation only, did not develop symptoms, and remains in good health. Results of tests, conducted as part of the investigation, are pending.”Previous reports have said the three brothers had shared a meal that included a dish containing raw duck blood, triggering speculation that they acquired avian flu that way. But the WHO did not comment on that theory today, saying only, “The source of infection for the two brothers remains undetermined and investigations are ongoing.”No evidence of additional cases has been found in the two communities where the brothers lived, the WHO said.The agency fears that the H5N1 could launch a pandemic if it develops the ability to spread easily from person to person. The only case so far where person-to-person transmission is believed to have occurred was in Thailand last September, when an 11-year-old girl probably passed the disease to her mother and an aunt.Today the WHO also confirmed two other H5N1 cases that were reported in the news media last weekend. They involved a 35-year-old woman from Dong Thap province, who died Jan 21, and a 17-year-old boy from Bac Lieu province, who died Jan 14.Vietnam has had 10 confirmed human cases, 9 of them fatal, since mid-December, the WHO said. Vietnam now has had 37 confirmed cases, 29 of them fatal, since January 2004, while Thailand has had 17 cases with 12 deaths, according to the WHO.See also:Jan 26 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_26/en/last_img read more

Martin Keown explains what sets Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk apart after superb defending against Tottenham

first_img Comment Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the three points against Spurs (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘He knew that if Son was put through, the ball would be in the back of the net. Sissoko, by contrast, has not scored all season.‘Van Dijk positioned himself to block the pass at all costs while closing down Sissoko just enough to force him into a snap shot.‘His smart, instinctive thinking in the heat of battle earned Liverpool a crucial win.’More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLiverpool went on to snatch a late winner through a fortunate Toby Alderweireld own goal, which sent them back to the top of the Premier League table.The Reds’ defence has been a huge part of their success this campaign, keeping more clean sheets (17) than any other side in the division.MORE: Mohamed Salah lashes out over Golden Boot race with Sergio AgueroMORE: Why Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should drop Hugo Lloris after Liverpool blunder, explains Jermaine Jenas Martin Keown explains what sets Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk apart after superb defending against Tottenham Virgil van Dijk was superb in Liverpool’s win over Tottenham (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has once more earned wild praise after his remarkable defending kept his side in the game against Tottenham on Sunday.The Reds were level at 1-1 with Spurs when Van Dijk was left on his own and back-pedaling against Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son, advancing on the Liverpool goal.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe odds were stacked against the Dutchman, but his superb positional play eliminated the option of Sissoko passing to Son, and forced him into a shot on his weaker left foot.Sissoko’s effort sailed over the crossbar and former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown believes it illustrated Van Dijk’s best qualities as a defender.ADVERTISEMENT Van Dijk is a leader as well as a defender for Liverpool (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘It was a magnificent piece of defending,’ Keown told the Daily Mail. ‘You will not find it in any coaching manual.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘With Tottenham mounting a quick counter-attack, Van Dijk found himself outnumbered with Sissoko running with the ball to his left and Son Heung-min available for a pass on his right.‘What sets Van Dijk apart is the way he thinks clearly in the most pressurised moments.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shareslast_img read more

$1 billion Oakland Estate land blocks now for sale

first_imgThe first blocks are now available in a new $1 billion Scenic Rim masterplanned community in Queensland which will eventually consist of 2000 homes.The 58 lots in the first release at Oakland Estate, a 300ha site at Beaudesert, are priced from $185,000 with blocks ranging from 595sqm to 1109sqm.Work is already under way on a new school, which will open in 2017, and a recently approved shopping precinct which will ultimately include a supermarket, tavern, takeaways and a service station.An over-50s retirement village is also included in the masterplan.White hot: Stockland Cairns hits market with $230m price tagDeveloper James Robinson of Robinson Projects says most buyer inquiries are from locals wanting to upgrade their homes, or Gold Coast and Brisbane residents seeking a new community that blends a semi-rural lifestyle with urban connectivity.“It’s so rare to find a brand-new community of this scale – complete with education, retail, commercial and lifestyle facilities – right at the doorstep of an established town like Beaudesert,” Robinson says.The first blocks are now available in the $1 billion Oakland Estate at Beaudesert.“Beaudesert is on the cusp of unprecedented growth, with up to 18,000 jobs set to be delivered in the Bromelton State Development Area, just 6km from town, over the coming years.”Rail company SCT Logistics, which has committed to a $30 million freight precinct adjacent the Sydney-to-Brisbane rail line, was recently announced as anchor tenant at the Bromelton industrial precinct.Other developers also have projects in the pipeline, including Aquis which plans to convert Patinack Farm in nearby Canungra into a major resort and equestrian precinct.“Oakland Estate will play a key part in this next chapter of growth,” Robinson says.Developer James Robinson at the newly released Oakland Estate. Picture:News Corp AustraliaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“The majority of property in Oakland Estate will be family-sized homesites, which are much larger than the average existing properties in Beaudesert, with plenty of room for a big backyard and storage.“The whole community will be developed in line with Beaudesert’s green and leafy environment, so there will be a 7ha park in stage one along with several other pocket parks in future stages.New dwellings: Rule change puts property developers’ plans in limbo“Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim has always been an attractive tourist destination with wineries, lookouts and hinterland retreats, but the added convenience of new lifestyle amenities, job growth and the opportunity to buy brand new at an affordable price will transform the region into a place more people want to call home,” he says.This story was originally published in Quest Community Newslast_img read more

Equities drive 6% first-half return at Denmark’s LD

first_imgLD, which manages a non-contributory scheme for Danes based on cost-of-living allowances for workers granted in 1980, said total assets grew to DKK56bn, up DKK1.6bn from the end of December last year.It said this was a level not seen since 2007. Danish pension fund LD has reported an overall return for January to June of DKK3bn (€402m), corresponding to a 5.7% return.This compares to 5% for the same period last year.In its interim report, LD said equities generated 16.2%, while combined corporate bond and sovereign bond portfolios returned 0.7%.Its main balanced fund, LD Vælger, which is used by 90.9% of scheme members, returned 4.9% in the six-month period, while the equities fund produced 26.7%.last_img read more

UN: Children massacred in South Sudan battles

first_imgDozens of children have been killed in fighting in South Sudan, where battles rage despite political deals to end almost two years of civil war, the United Nations has said.The UN said that fighting in the northern battleground state of Unity has “intensified with grave consequences for civilians” in recent weeks, adding that 40,000 people are also starving to death.The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released late on Friday detailed killings in just one area of Unity state during a two-week period.It said that in the Leer district of southern Unity, which has swapped hands multiple times between government and rebel forces, at least 80 civilians were killed between October 4 to 22. Almost three-quarters of those killed were children – at least 57 killed in Leer – while there were more than 50 cases of rape being used as “a weapon of war”, the report said.Both sides are accused of having perpetrated ethnic massacres, recruited and killed children and carried out widespread rape, torture and forced displacement of populations to “cleanse” areas of their opponents.Hunger experts from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) have warned of a “concrete risk of famine” before the end of the year if fighting continues and aid does not reach the hardest-hit areas.While some aid has reached two districts in Unity – Buaw and Koch – other areas are cut off.Some 3.9 million people are in critical need of aid – a third of the country’s population and a massive 80% rise compared to the same period last year, the UN said.Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.The army and rebels have repeatedly accused each other of breaking an internationally-brokered August 26 ceasefire, the eighth such agreement aimed at ending the nearly two-year long war.last_img read more

Barcelona upbeat Suarez will return after COVID-19 break

first_imgQuique Setien is keeping in close contact with his coaching staff as Barcelona plan for a return to action, and those around him are hopeful that Luis Suarez will return after the coronavirus-enforced break and be like a new signing. Barcelona hopeful Luis Suarez will return after COVID-19 breakAdvertisement The Uruguayan striker had been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, with Los Cules even signing Martin Braithwaite as an emergency measure, yet it seems as though the delay to action has given Suarez the time to recover. Fran Soto, the Blaugrana’s fitness coach, has assured Setien that Suarez’s recovery has gone well and that once training restarts he will be able to work under the same conditions as the rest of his teammates. Read Also: Man City star leaks information on Messi quitting Barcelona Loading… “The virus hasn’t been the same in every country and decisions are being made according to the reality of the country,” Setien confirmed.“I’m looking forward to finishing the season, I wouldn’t like to win the championship in this manner.“If we can continue, it would be common sense to do so; you have to complete the season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eder Sarabia, Setien’s assistant coach, has gone a step further and all but guaranteed the return of the former Liverpool star.“We’re hopeful that he will be like a great new signing,” Sarabia declared.“Until now there was a summer window, a January window and then a period of confinement.“We have this belief about Suarez because we’ve seen him work like crazy to recover quickly.”With Ligue 1 having awarded their domestic title to Paris Saint-Germain as they were 12 points clear at the top of the table when the competition stopped, Setien has been forced to look at a similar situation in Spain, where his Barcelona team would be crowned champions in such a scenario, despite only having a two-point advantage over Real Madrid. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The WorldThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharginglast_img read more