Umphrey’s McGee’s Hall of Fame Class of 2013 [Stream/Review]

first_imgDear Umphrey’s McGee Fans,You all have great taste in music (but you already knew that). I had the recent privilege of checking out their 2013 Hall of Fame album, and I have two words for ya: holy shit. This is the kind of material that transforms a casual listener into a fan. It’s as if UM wrapped up 10 genres and made it work so tight. It’s just, Umph.Not only that, but what a great idea to have fans vote for their favorite live tracks of the year. Good music made by good people, chosen by good fans. This link on their website really explains their creative process and protools template, for an in depth look at this annual tradition.Here are three tracks you need to be listening to right now:Dump City: With a snare drum roll and anticipated fill we are off to the races grooving. This song starts with twangy stanky guitar riffage, punchy organ, slap bass, and pocket drumming and morphs to metal fusion faster than you can say, “This band is fuckin’ sick, dude!” by the time the sub bass midi drums come in at 5:08 we are thoroughly gliding through the atmosphere on parallel major chords on synth, midi percussion drums, wah guitar wackiness, and all balanced with the bass Bumping in E minor.They take it up, they take it down, and then they bring it all around by 14:57 with what sounds of something out of 90s metal (in the best possible way). One track in the musical ears are worked and weathered, waiting patiently for the next track to kill it.Wappy Sprayberry: So it starts with tasty, classy bass chords and at 0:24 sexifies expressively. If you’re a sucker for 16th note high hats, a wee bit of double bass, chorus pedals, and a disco dipped jam then you’re in for a treat. The next two minutes sounds like a mix of that with the Dynasty warriors video game soundtrack as a cherry on top.At 4:00 though, they go there. Bitcrushed bass with delay pedaled guitar washes over every wave like ocean waves.  This track was recorded at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; and it sure flows. This is the kind of music, specifically, one could listen to on repeat for a month straight and still not get bored of, because they are trying to sing along with all the parts they are trying to hear. Or you sit back and vibe, for that same month long.  Anyone who says Umphrey’s McGee doesn’t groove/jam/get down; show him or her this one. This one right here.Blue Echo: Last song on the list, but not the least. That opening riff sounds something a Pharaoh would write… on acid. The guitar harmony in this is intense as they perfectly drop it into a quieter, more open space where the upright piano can drop fingers on keys like rain on concrete. Then boom! Back to Egyptian heavy rock prowess riffs, this time with a breakbeat behind it.Around 3:32 is where they make the Eminor to Cmajor chord progression belong to them alone. The buildup is loose, yet precise. Every measure grabs you and pulls you in deeper. That’s probably why their shows are so epic, by the time they bring back the good old fashioned hard rock (around 8:38 in this case), old fans and new are screaming in approval and applause.Umphrey’s McGee have done something really special here. They have taken the tracks that the fans loved most this year and made a proverbial “Hall of Fame” for them. Thanks for the sounds, Umphrey’s. Can’t wait for next year’s.Track ListingSet I: Dump City (10.16.13 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT) Kabump > (02.14.13 The Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown, WV) The Triple Wide > (12.28.13 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO) Bad Friday (12.31.13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO) Features Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret Horns Conduit (08.17.13 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL) Debra (05.25.13 Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL)Set II: Wappy Sprayberry > (11.01.13 Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI) Robot World> (06.08.13 Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO) Rebubula (05.24.13 Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL) Der Bluten Kat > Amble On > Der Bluten Kat (12.29.13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO) Features Joshua Redman on saxophone & Jaden Carlson on guitarEncore: Resolution > (08.23.13 Riverfront Park, Nashville, TN) Blue Echo (12.30.13 1 Up Colfax, Denver, CO)last_img read more

Striking Photos Capture The Magic Of Jazz Fest Collaborations

first_imgLoad remaining images What happens after-hours during New Orleans Jazz Fest is truly on another level musically. At any given time around the city you can find some of your favorite musicians, collaborating with your other favorite musicians, collaborating with THEIR favorite musicians! Ah, the beauty of Jazz Fest.L4LM Exclusive: Kick Off Jazzfest With Funky George Porter Jr. Video InterviewPhotographer Sam Shinault captured some magic at this year’s Fiya Powa show at the Maison on Thursday, 4/30 (technically Friday AM). When George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Stanton Moore, Tony Hall, Roosevelt Collier, Ian Neville, Jennifer Hartswick and Big Sam get together from approximately 2 AM till past sunrise, there’s no telling what will go down! (Full gallery at the bottom.)last_img read more

Paul David Wahl

first_img He was a “Born Again Christian’ who loved studying his bible and sharing his faith with others, but most of all, he loved his family. Paul David Wahl, 73, of Groves, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas.Paul David WahlPaul was born on November 24, 1947, in Port Arthur, Texas to Pauline Maxine Hilliard and William Jess Wahl, Jr. Next UpHe was a United States Marine Corp Veteran and a member of the Pentecostal Faith.Paul loved to fish and play golf.center_img Survivors include his sons, Christopher Bradon Wahl of Woodland, California, Toby James Wahl of Tyler, Texas and Jason Aron Miller of Conroe; brother, Richard Wahl of Houston, Texas; sister, Mary Temple of San Augustine, Texas; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bill Wahl of Flint, Texas.A graveside service will take place at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas.last_img read more

Education Agency assessments indicate English mixed, math trending down

first_imgFederal $1,211 State & Local $19,860Vermont also reports performance of historically marginalized students compared to students who are not historically marginalized. Vermont reports these data by combining assessment scores of students from racial or ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, English language learners and students in poverty. The combination is necessary because the number of students that meet those criteria school-by-school or district-by-district are often quite small, and the assessment data must be suppressed for student privacy. Vermont has performance gaps between students in historically marginalized groups when compared to their non-historically marginalized peers. This gap is widening in several cases on the Smarter Balanced Math and ELA assessments.“The disparities on these test results just reinforce that we have more work to do on equity in Vermont,” said Deputy Secretary of Education Heather Bouchey. “Particularly at this time, where we have had to rely on new methods of teaching and remote instruction, it is critical that we are focused on removing the structural barriers to success for Vermonters.”About the Smarter Balanced AssessmentThe Smarter Balanced Assessment Program is administered annually in the spring to students in grades three through nine. These assessments are designed to measure students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.The English Language Arts section of the assessment program includes sections on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Research/Inquiry. The results from each section are combined to form a broad English Language Arts score. The Mathematics assessment includes tasks and questions that address Communicating Reasoning, Problem Solving and Modeling/Data Analysis, and Concepts and Procedures.Both assessments report scale scores and proficiency percentage scores for all students and scale scores for student groups.About the Vermont Science AssessmentThe 2019 test year was the first operational administration of the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA). It is designed to measure students’ mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards(link is external) (NGSS), adopted by Vermont in 2013 as a foundation for science instruction.Based on the Framework for K-12 Education(link is external), the NGSS refocuses K-12 science education to improve readiness for college and STEM careers as well as preparing students to become informed, knowledgeable citizens. The NGSS focus on helping students use scientific inquiry, interdisciplinary thinking and science content to make sense of their natural and designed world. The VTSA is designed to help parents and educators determine if students are on target to achieve proficiency in the NGSS.Vermont’s Smarter Balanced Scores Per-pupil Spending VERMONT Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has released an updated version of the Annual Snapshot with additional indicators and updated data. This release coincides with the release of the 2019 Smarter Balanced assessment scores. The overall assessments by grade showed a mixed result in English, with some up and others down. The math scores, however, indicate a more downward trend. See tables below.New in this release of the Snapshot are indicators for College and Career Readiness(link is external), School Offerings of Flexible (link is external)Pathways, Properly Licensed Educators(link is external), Physical Education and Per-pupil Spending(link is external). This is also the first year of statistically valid results on the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA) and measure students’ mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).A summary of Smarter Balanced Scores is available in the 2019 Smarter Balanced Assessment Fact Sheet(link is external). Full scores and data are available on the Vermont Education Dashboard.(link is external) The Annual Snapshot can be found at is external).“This year’s Smarter Balanced scores reinforce trends that we’re already aware of,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “While Vermont continues to perform well nationally, our performance has plateaued, our growth is stagnant and the percentage of our students achieving proficient scores is too low. It is critically important, especially in the context of the COVID-19 emergency, that we lose no opportunity to support Vermont student learning.”Vermont administers the Smarter Balanced assessment annually in the spring. Students in grades three through nine take the English Language Arts and Mathematics tests. The Vermont Science Assessment is given to students in grades five, eight and eleven. Both the 2019 English Language Arts and Mathematics results are mixed across the grades, with student performance improving in percent proficient and by scale score in some grades compared to 2018 scores, while declining in other grades.Because this is the first year of statistically significant results, the 2019 Science results will serve as a benchmark for tracking schools’ progress in helping students demonstrate knowledge of the NGSS. 37% to 41% percent of students meet proficiency on the assessment in 2019 across the grades assessed.center_img Vermont Summary StatementsAbout the Annual SnapshotThe Annual Snapshot shows detail about school, SU/SD, and statewide achievement in meeting Vermont’s Education Quality Standards. These standards are measured across five domains: Academic Proficiency, Personalization, Safe and Healthy Schools, High Quality Staffing and Investment Priorities.Together with the Integrated Field Reviews, the snapshot help school systems identify successes and areas for improvement for their Continuous Improvement Plans. These plans help SD/SUs meet their goals to ensure high quality schools and equal access to students from Vermont’s historically vulnerable communities. The snapshot is part of a more holistic approach to assessing performance, focused on continuous improvement.Source: MONTPELIER, Vt. – 6.15.2020. Vermont Agency of Education. Connect with the Vermont Agency of Education on Twitter(link is external), Facebook(link is external) and the Web(link is external). Overall $21,071 75048 Studentslast_img read more

Zone3 is Official Swim Partner of Triathlon Ireland

first_img“Zone 3 is renowned as having some of the best wetsuits on the market,” said Triathlon Ireland’s High Performance Director, Chris Jones.“The Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad are competing at the top level so it’s important that we support them as much as possible and teaming up with Zone 3 allows them to compete in the best equipment available.”Craig Wood, Zone3’s Athlete Sponsorship Manager added, “Zone3 prides itself on working with athletes of all ability and looks forward to working closely with the Triathlon Ireland squad.” Related Triathlon Ireland has confirmed it is teaming up with British wetsuit brand Zone3, with the brand now on board as Official Swim Partner to Triathlon Ireland. Zone3 is supporting Triathlon Ireland and the country’s National Junior Squad for 2013 and 2014.Zone 3 was established in 2008 by elite triathlete James Lock who has competed for Ireland on numerous occasions. Lock is a noted swimmer, exiting first out of the water at many elite triathlon events, and is a former Age Group Aquathlon World Champion. As noted by Triathlon Ireland, this in-depth knowledge of the sport, combined with years of research at Loughborough University, has enabled the development of some of the highest performance wetsuits available on the market.last_img read more

Mission Holiday Lights and Festive Sights rescheduled for Friday at community center

first_imgThe SM North choir entertained the crowd last year.The Mission Holiday Lights and Festive Sights celebration that fell victim to the prolonged freezing rain this past weekend, has been rescheduled for Friday night (Dec. 4) at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.Mayor Steve Schowengerdt will light the tree at the community center at 5:30 p.m. and Santa visits will be held from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Free Family Fun Night will be going on at the same time with the indoor playground and other events for children. The traditional fire pits and s’mores also will be part of the Friday night event.The holiday celebration had been scheduled for last Saturday at the Mission Farm and Flower Marketplace at Reeds and Johnson Drive.Music for the evening is still being confirmed.last_img

Trust and competence grow membership

first_imgSee how leading retailers build and sustain consumer engagement.Credit unions never lost credibility the way banks did during the recent financial crisis. But credit unions face challenges in building on their solid reputation and expanding the membership base—especially among younger borrowers.For inspiration, financial institutions might look to retail companies outside the banking industry, according to Accenture. The consulting firm studied more than 100 leading companies—leaders in building long-lasting customer relationships—to identify innovative practices in marketing, sales, and operations.Accenture’s model is built on these five pillars:Build a trusted environment;Enhance 360-degree analytics;Rethink the customer engagement platform;Establish all-channel distribution; andActivate organizational enablers.Trust is the prerequisite for any successful member or customer engagement. Building trust is neither quick nor easy—it’s earned over time through consistency in words and actions.Many credit unions pursue a broad agenda of personal service and community involvement, which aligns with consumers’ desire to see service providers focus on more than just the bottom line.Building on that record of corporate good citizenship, Accenture’s research suggests credit unions also can develop trust by: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Workers’ comp judges apply for reappointment

first_img Workers’ comp judges apply for reappointment The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet November 1, at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport for the purpose of interviewing the following judges of compensation claims for reappointment: Wilbur Anderson (DAY), Diane Beck (SAR), Gerardo Castiello (MIA), M. Renee Hill (GNS), Margret Kerr (MIA), Daniel Lewis (FTL), Mark Massey (TPA), Stephen Rosen (SPT), Thomas Sculco (ORL); and to interview prospective applicants/candidates for nomination as judge of compensation claims for the West Palm Beach District, to replace Mary D’Ambrosio upon her retirement. The commission will also interview applicants for appointment to serve as a commissioner; three will be appointed by the commission. One appointee must reside in the First District Court of Appeal jurisdictional area; one must reside in the Third District Court of Appeal jurisdictional area; and one must reside in the Fifth District Court of Appeal jurisdictional area. Application forms for both the reappointment as judge and for commission appointed commissioner are on the OJCC website,, under the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission tab. Applications (one original) shall be submitted to Lisa Mustain, The Division of Administrative Hearings, The DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32399-3060 or, no later than October 7 by 5 p.m., ET. This may be hard copy by mail or delivery, or electronic in PDF format by email. The application form is on the OJCC website,, under the Nominating Commission tab. Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be addressed in writing to: Wogan “Wogie” Badcock, SNCJCC chair), P.O. Box 497, Mulberry 33860. If you wish to speak at the meeting in opposition to the reappointment of any of the above judges or the nomination of any applicant, written notice must be provided to Mustain no later than October 18 at 5 p.m., ET. Your letter should state your intention to address the commission and a brief explanation regarding your request. If you wish to present any documents in support of your appearance before the commission, copies must be provided to the chair and DOAH no later than October 18 by 5 p.m., ET. The commission will not ordinarily grant any requests for personal appearances to speak in favor of any of the above sitting judges. However, the committee will accept letters in support of the current judges as long as they are delivered to Mustain by October 18 at 5 p.m., ET. If opposition to reappointment of a sitting judge is appropriately filed, then the commission may allow personal appearance to speak in favor of the judge at the commission’s discretion. September 1, 2016 Regular News Workers’ comp judges apply for reappointmentlast_img read more

Research shows how students engage with feedback is as important as its content

first_imgLinkedIn A new research review which consolidates thinking on how students engage with feedback has been published by psychologists at the University of Surrey and Aston University in Educational Psychologist. Run in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the project has also led to the launch of a ‘Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit‘, which suggests interactive workshops and a feedback portfolio as ways of helping students to better engage with their feedback.Getting feedback on assignments is a key part of the learning process for students, and optimising its effectiveness is particularly important in an era of rising tuition fees and concern among universities about student satisfaction levels and their impact on league table rankings.The systematic review, which looked at evidence from 195 different studies published since 1985, revealed that learners’ engagement with feedback is often poor, with many students failing to look at written feedback or only looking at it once. The review acknowledges that there are a range of reasons why students fail to engage effectively with feedback – for example, they may find it difficult to understand, may not know how to use it, may not feel capable of changing what they do, or may lack motivation to engage with the advice they receive. Share Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img The review found that students’ use of feedback is influenced not just by what advice is given, but also by various characteristics of the sender and receiver, and characteristics of the learning context. For example the modular structure of many degree courses means that students can perceive feedback on one assignment as irrelevant if they have now moved onto a new module.One of the main recommendations to emerge from the review was that when educators try to improve students’ use of feedback, they should first focus on the skills that their students will need in order to engage effectively. The authors identified a number of crucial learning skills and suggested that multiple interventions are likely to be needed to successfully improve all of these skills.Based on this research, the Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit has been created to help educators and students overcome some of the key barriers to engagement with feedback. Including a feedback guide for students, the toolkit suggests running feedback workshops, and using a feedback portfolio aimed at enabling students to see how feedback influences their progression.The review’s lead author, Dr Naomi Winstone from the University of Surrey, commented, “It’s very clear that receiving feedback shouldn’t be the end of the process: it should be the starting point.“What we’ve proposed is that students will often need support in developing the necessary skills for using feedback well. Making space within the curriculum to specifically focus on these skills could help more students to make better use of the advice they receive.” Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

State Police Launch Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico Throughout March

first_imgNMSP will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints throughout March in all New Mexico counties. Courtesy photoNMSP News:State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March.NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.last_img