Bassnectar Goes Downtempo For New ‘Unlimited’ Album [Review/Stream]

first_imgBass god Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, has done it again with his twelfth studio release Unlimited. Just as his label Amorphous Music suggests, this album is truly unclassifiable, yet it is undeniable that this collection of hypnotic songs is more downtempo than most of his previous releases. But fear not— there is still plenty of heart-thumping bass to cozza frenzy.On Youtube, Bassnectar described the first track “Reaching Out” as a song “about human connection, but also about our personal journeys and how they intersect in cathartic and beautiful ways in a kind of metamorphosis.” The accompanying video stunningly captures this essence and can be watched here.“Music Is The Drug” featuring LUZCID really needs no explanation and leaves one wondering ‘where can I get an IV drip of that?’ “TKO” is a referee-declared hit, with Rye Rye and Zion I delivering the final blows. Tapping in heavy-hitters G Jones and Lafa Taylor, an extra filthy layer of bass is dished up in “Mind Tricks.” It’s easy to get lost in the spiral of this song’s hook: “the mind tricks the body tricks the mind tricks the body.”“Unlimited Combinations” is like a carnival ride for adults. Strap yourselves in, bassheads, we’re going for a ride! “Level Up” with LEViT∆TE features highly electronified elements of traditional Bollywood dance combined with nicely complementing verses by Seattle-based rapper Macntaj. “Shampion Chip” carries a heavy feet-stomping beat for two and a half minutes before bottoming out to wobbly drop full of clickety gloriousness. Right at the halfway mark of the album, “Zogdilla” delivers the heavy basslines just as we need them. Creatures of this same name will no doubt get raucous to this knee-banging track all summer long.A paracosm, as defined by Wikipedia, is a detailed imaginary world created in one’s mind, that may contain humans, animals, and things that exist in reality…or not. With that bit of knowledge drop, it’s interesting to contemplate the intentions and delivery of Bassnectar’s next track “Paracosm,” for which he again partnered with glitch pioneers, The Glitch Mob. You can continue to sail away into the depths of your own mind with “Surrender,” and then wind down an increasingly darker path with “Dream Catcher.”Critical to this other-worldly voyage, both on the album and for live shows, are tracks like “Journey To The Center” and “In The Beginning,” which challenge you to push through the glob of glue that is your head. When you make it through, you’re rewarded with the utterly beautiful “Rising Rising,” which is Bassnectar’s breathtaking remix of Crywolf’s original song. This whimsical lullaby leads into the final track “Inspire the Empathetic” which features a couple of guys laughing – Lorin included – and singing a capella. In 2004, he released a track of this same name, which spotlighted the corruptness of media corporations. Twelve years later, fans across the interwebs are now trying to determine the meaning of this newest release, which is much more light-hearted and political-message-absent, compared to its counterpart. We can think on that, as I’m sure the mastermind Lorin intended us to do.Last week, the hills of Bethel Woods, NY were alive with the sound of bass music, as Lorin unleashed this fury for the first time at Mysteryland USA. While some were caught off guard with the more chilled-out nature of the set, the majority of his legion understood the transformational journey he was directing. Bassnectar’s next stop is Electric Forest, followed by a string of other summer festivals, including Moonrise, Electric Zoo, and Life Is Beautiful. Check out the full tour schedule here.You can stream the new release below.last_img read more

Marathon: Becoming a Runner

first_imgIn music, repetition evokes hypnosis and familiarity—the warmth of a house beat, the comfort of a vi, IV, I chord pattern. In writing, repetition evokes a motif, a signal to pay attention to this, or a crutch a writer relies on. In nature, repetition forms in snowflakes and snail shells, a result of mathematics and natural selection. The phenomena of repetition and recursion are so often signifiers of meaning and beauty, except when it comes to how we consume media. Because of the pace of digital media and publishing, information has to constantly be packaged in different ways else we over-familiarize ourselves with it and the package begins to curdle. Every day, we are recalibrating ourselves to the speed with which we need to absorb and familiarize ourselves with new news, new emails, new music, books, movies, because there is no governor on the amount of information we can have. When I’m feeling a pain in my ankle on a run, my brain and body tell me to stop. When I’m blithely checking Twitter before bed, I don’t have any reaction that tells me I have already had too much information for the day.  Becoming an athlete—a class of people I consider myself a part of because of both the constant soreness and exhaustion as well as occasionally not drinking because of a planned workout—has been an all-time great decision, right up there with marriage and seeing OutKast on the Stankonia tour. Unlike becoming a creative—a class of people I consider myself a part of because I occasionally smoke weed and have an astonishing ego—the athlete actually sees measurable progress. Put in work and see results in the body. For instance, mine has gone from writerly schlub to that post-schlub road-biker look with a baby-fat gut and weirdly jacked thighs; the guy who walks into the corner store dripping sweat and tries to buy a huge thing of coconut water and an RxBar with Apple Pay but can’t get the thing to show up on the phone and is holding up the whole line. This, I think, has given me perspective on the struggles of media and music. (I should also add this is why writers are encouraged to embrace a real hobby; to find new perspective through the eyes of a subculture and use it to add dimension to their essays.) In the worst of days online, it can feel like we are trapped in a repetitive, recursive nightmare. We struggle with how to process the same information—delivered in the same kind of way—over and over because nothing seems to be changing. Another day, another spate of horrifying or banal stories and emails delivered with roughly the same tone and commented on wryly or cynically by the same people. At worst, the information becomes toxic and elicits an unwarranted negative response to the sender; at best, we tie our brains into some mariner’s knot to try and have a genuine response to the information. We employ cynicism, nihilism, irony, anger, and contrarianism to try to respond to this sameness. We elide normal response in favor of something so layered and inscrutable as to be entirely without actual meaning. But do we grow? Do we get faster? Do the numbers really go up? For nine months, I haven’t met a day without soreness or left it without exhaustion. Whether nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon or dealing with a pre-arthritic runner’s knee or just a general ache from a speed, distance, or strength workout, my body, at 34, has become the site of a shady remodeling project, a real gut job like someone’s trying to flip me for cash. I ran my first marathon in the spring, came in under four hours, and in the summer I started training for my second. Previously the idea of running two marathons in a year would have seemed preposterous had it crossed my mind at any point during my life, yet here I am, 733 earned miles under my feet since January, hoping to have a good day at the New York Marathon in November. Until this year, I didn’t really know what it took to be an athlete. I had worked out, yes; I had even gone to the gym for a couple years, but that was more out of vanity than any kind of goal (the goal was to look attractive enough to be able to play a convincing Romeo, a contrapuntal action to distract from the fact that this Romeo was going bald). Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Athleticism is, in my understanding of it, doing the same thing and expecting different results—and actually getting them. The first day running on the road is misery. You are moving as if a bungee cord is attached to your back. But each day the bungee loosens until it’s gone, as long as you keep doing the same thing, keep setting the alarm, keep committing to honing the rhythm of the day when you are getting up to run and refining the posture and movement of the legs and body. 800-meter repeats, six times up the hill, four-mile loop at your marathon pace. Running is an exercise of repetition and trust that if you continue to do the workout, it will get better and better. Fall into the pattern like a trance, add a couple of speed workouts, and suddenly my 34-year-old body is using oxygen like a goddamn 20-year-old. The term “brain worms” is employed as a kind of in-joke when someone on Twitter leaps to what seems like the most absurd, layered, reactionary, referential response to a piece of information. Mostly “brain worms” is just what happens when you think the online world is exercise, when you believe you are accruing something or making the numbers go up, when in reality you are just loading an overworked, injured brain and nothing is changing. Everything feels recursive because you cannot process new information. A writer’s journey to becoming a runnercenter_img Jeremy D. Larson is the reviews editor at Pitchfork. So I grew into an oblong creative-type. Soccer practice turned into play rehearsal, baseball turned to transcribing Stan Getz solos, getting exercise was replaced by a life of the mind which included a lay interest in fiction while getting high and ordering two double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s on the way back from band practice. It all flowed easy; there was no one disappointed in my skill level, no teammate disappointed in my fear of the ball, no pithy orange slices to factor into the process.  But also: Put in work and see numbers. Real numbers, times on a stopwatch, data logged, arrayed, and analyzed. I have a record of the same workout I’ve done for the past year and to see my pace quicken, to see my heart rate decrease as I shorten those times little by little has been the most rewarding thing. They say that you need a hobby if you are going to be a creative type, something where you can be objectively successful instead of subjectively and hopelessly typing words trying to convey meaning and style. Cooking, gardening, woodcraft, Starcraft, whatever. Long-distance running has become my hobby, the tangible and tactile activity that exists alongside this indestructible and altogether unhealthy desire to be regarded as a writer and editor of note.  I wasn’t necessarily an athlete growing up: I played sports because that was the main after-school activity you could really do in my town other than Cub Scouts (too churchy) or 4-H (too muddy and too churchy). So I sportsed, but by the time the youth rec league transitioned from charmingly participatory to actually competitive, I was slotted into the also-ran positions in each one: soccer (fullback), track (3000m race), and basketball (guy who’s encouraged to pass it). I was the utility player who clearly didn’t have one of two things that allows young people to excel at sports: the drive to practice or the innate coordination to not have to practice. When I told my dad I wanted to quit baseball, it led to one of the biggest drag-out family fights in our history, the kind everyone looks back on with eyes down and utter shame. Running has made me more sympathetic to an honest response, to patience, to the idea of approaching the same thing with new eyes. At the end of a long 14-mile training run, knowing that it is a distance greater than a half-marathon, that I am just out here doing the work, running a loop, slowly strengthening and building to do better the next time, I feel better than any one moment in life outside of getting some writing done. last_img read more

Cuomo Adds Medical Marijuana to 2014 Agenda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013.Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed tentatively legalizing medical marijuana during his election-year State of the State address Wednesday, meaning New York State may become the 21st state in the nation to do so.The much-anticipated-yet-still-controversial idea was expected, although the governor didn’t spend as much time discussing it as he did offering updates on earlier initiatives such as building casinos, strengthening public corruption laws and passing a Women’s Equality Agenda—in addition to a few new items on his agenda.“We have to make New York healthier,” Cuomo told the audience while outlining his plan to launch a pilot program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses. “Research suggests that medical marijuana can help manage the pain of cancer and other diseases.”His announcement came a month after state lawmakers held a hearing  in Mineola on a medical marijuana proposal.The address came a day after Vice President Joseph Biden and Cuomo announced a plan to “re-imagine” New York with $16 billion worth of public works projects to rebuild upstate bridges, modernize New York City airports and storm-proofing subway tunnels—a plan they called a national model.Key issues he raised for Long Island—aside from taxes—included spending $100 million statewide on affordable housing, building strategic fuel reserves to pre-empt gas lines like those after Sandy and enhancing storm early detection systems.He also unveiled new plans to freeze property taxes for two years to help homeowners, reform the corporate tax structure to make the state more attractive to business and lower the estate tax so that it’s aligned with other states.Other new plans Cuomo outlined in his address include establishing the nation’s first college specifically for emergency preparedness and homeland security, ensuring three-time drunken-driving convicts lose their licenses for good and offering full scholarships to the top 10 percent of high school graduates who pursue degrees in math or science and agree work in New York for five years after graduation.He announced his support for an existing proposal that would ensure 16 and 17 year old minors would no longer be automatically charged as adults when accused of committing non-violent crimes—a distinction New York shares only with North Carolina.On the casino front, Cuomo said requests for proposals for four upstate Las Vegas-style casinos will be issued in March with bids due in June and winners will be announced in early fall.He additionally tried to defuse bickering sparked by his Moreland Commission on public corruption, co-chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, which began investigating the New York State Legislature in the wake of the latest string of lawmakers’ arrests.“It reflects badly on all of us, because people don’t distinguish,” Cuomo said. “And it goes to the essence of what were trying to do.”He wants new anti-bribery and corruption laws, publicly financed elections and lawmakers to disclosure outside clients with business before the state, among other changes that some in the state Senate and Assembly have resisted.State Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who issued a statement after the address saying that Republicans are “prepared to pass legislation that attacks corruption in government,” signaled that Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Agenda is still a point of contention.While state Assembly Speak Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) stated after the address that Democrats are prepared to once again pass all 10 parts of the proposal, Republicans in the state Senate have backed all but one: reinforcing a woman’s right to an abortion.“Let’s enact a women’s equality bill that protects all women from discrimination in the workplace and ensures equal pay for equal work,” Skelos said, without mentioning the hot-button reproductive rights issue that sank the legislative package last year.“It’s just been another year where government has failed to act on behalf of women,” Cuomo had said during his address. “Stop playing politics with women’s rights.”last_img read more

BT scheme loses final court appeal against PPF levy exemption

first_imgIn a statement, the scheme said: “We welcome the clarity the judgement provides and have proceeded to date on the basis that the levy would remain payable.”A spokesman for BT said it accepted, but was disappointed, by the court’s decision.The ruling is the latest in a number of court cases for BTPS, which has been seeking to clarify in front of domestic courts the extent of the Crown Guarantee – a guarantee that would require the UK government to support the formerly state-owned company’s pension fund were it to become insolvent.A UK Court of Appeal ruling from July found that the UK government would not be required to meet the costs of a buyout were the sponsor to collapse.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to European Court of Justice verdict The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) has seen its exemption from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy confirmed as unlawful state aid.The UK’s second-largest pension fund had been appealing a 2013 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that found it was incompatible with the single European market to be exempt from the lifeboat scheme’s levy, and therefore amounted to state support.It followed an investigation by the European competition authorities in 2007 that led to then-competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to order an end to the PPF levy exemption.In its judgement, the court said the appeal was “unfounded” and would be dismissed, ordering BT and the BTPS to cover all associated costs.last_img read more

Netflix removes controversial suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why

first_imgOver two years after its initial release, Netflix announced Monday that it was altered the graphic suicide scene in the popular series 13 Reasons Why.Netflix said it has “been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,” which has been accused of irresponsibly handling the topic of suicide and self-harm.The creator of the show, Brian Yorkey, also released a statement via Twitter following the announcement. The original, nearly three-minute-long scene, which is no longer available on Netflix, aired midway through the season one finale.It depicted the suicide of the main character, Hannah Baker played by actress Katherine Langford.The controversial scene displays the teenager’s entire suicide, which includes graphic video of the girl using a razor blade to kill herself in a bathtub.Shortly after, Hannah’s mother, played by actress Kate Walsh discovers her daughter’s lifeless body in the blood-filled tub.Male lead Dylan Minnette provides voiceover during the entire scene as he tells the school’s guidance counselor precisely what happened to Hannah.The episode opened with a warning to viewers that the installment “may not be suitable for younger audiences” and included “graphic depictions of violence and suicide.”The show attempted to combat the criticism before removing the scene with a Netflix segment called 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons,’ which features the cast and delves into the issues surrounding the show.Despite this, the show received severe criticism and faced further accusations of triggering young adults and teenagers.The new scene, which has been updated on the Netflix site, features Hannah looking at herself in the mirror before cutting to her parents’ reaction to her suicide.There is no longer any depiction of the character using a razor blade to end her life or the immediate aftermath.Netflix will also monitor and issue take-downs for any pirated clips that feature the original, unedited scene, reports say.last_img read more

India’s tour Down Under could happen in front of fans!

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 2r5NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsiqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7ls3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 32aWould you ever consider trying this?😱8o2aCan your students do this? 🌚27dr6cRoller skating! Powered by Firework The past three months under the novel Coronavirus pandemic saw absoilutely no cricketing action, as the global lock down restricted all fixtures, series and tournaments. However, BCCI has recently hinted at a return of IPL 2020 around October, just a few days after Team India’s tour of Australia was confirmed for December, although with a catch. With the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus, all upcoming fixtures were proposed as behind closed doors events. However, it has been hinted that Kohli and co’s visit to Down Under can be possible in front of a crowd, a delightful news for the stadium goers!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWhile in India, USA, UK, Russia and Brazil, the battle against COVID-19 is going tougher by each day, Australia is an example of the countries that have been successful to curb the spread of the virus. With 6,783 recoveries out of 7,290 cases, Australia has been relaxing its nationwide lock down, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that crowds up to 10,000 will be allowed in sporting venues that have a capacity of 40,000, in the current unlatching of restrictions in the country, termed as ‘Step 3’.“For outdoor organised events, sporting (or) cultural we will be moving, as part of Step 3, for events in stadia or other venues of that nature with a capacity of 40,000 or less to enable attendance at those events which are ticketed and are seated, and all the social distancing rules apply, for up to 25 percent of the capacity of those venues to take patrons.” PM Morrison announced on Friday.Advertisement The four match Test series will have matches at the The Gabba in Brisbane, Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground, and the restriction lifts of Step 3 will be done according to the different territories, as Morrison further stated.“This is not something that’s happening straight away; this is something that would be happening as part of Step 3, where states and territories choose to move to that, and it will require a bit more work, so that’s in July, but we have to give venues and others time to prepare for that sort of change, and I think that would be welcome,” the Aussie PM added.Advertisement India’s Test series against Australia starts on December 3rd.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Olympian boxer Manoj Kumar’s coach Rajesh Kumar nominated for Dronacharya AwardDarren Sammy brings an end to the ‘Kalu’ saga; wants to ‘educate’ instead of criticize Advertisementlast_img read more