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EXCLUSIVE: moe.’s Vinnie Amico Talks Hiatus Plans, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Allman Brothers

EXCLUSIVE: moe.’s Vinnie Amico Talks Hiatus Plans, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Allman Brothers

first_imgIf there is one thing moe. drummer Vinnie Amico knows, it’s the importance of keeping time. With the band beginning an unexpected hiatus while bassist Rob Dehrak undergoes cancer treatment, Amico currently has more time on his hands than expected–and he plans to make the absolute most of it. He’s currently in the process of recording and releasing the newest record from his Americana side band, Floodwood. He’s working on writing new material for moe., too, and preparing to take part in the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive alongside an enormous list of incredible artists.Moe. may be taking some time off, but it’s clearly still crunch time for Vinnie, so we’re grateful the drummer could carve out a few minutes to chat about what’s in the works, teaching the young guns, his considerable culinary capabilities, and more. You can check out the conversation below:Live For Live Music: During this hiatus, are you seeking out more opportunities for your side band Floodwood to help keep you active?Vinnie Amico: Yep! Actually I am so busy playing right now I can’t even believe it. Not just with Floodwood either. All the local people I sometimes play with know I’m off tour and they are calling me left and right. I’m playing more gigs than I know what to do with and I am still saying no to at least half of the offers.L4LM: In general you are a pretty physically fit guy. With this extra time off, do you increase your drum exercises to match whatever physical workout regimens you have?VA: I don’t really do that. Playing the drums by yourself is pretty boring to me. That’s why I play as many gigs as I can: Playing [live] is practice to me. Playing music with other musicians is much more fun for me than sitting there alone trying to figure stuff out.I also have a couple people I give lessons to during the week. That actually helps me not only keep my chops up but helps me as a player in general. [Teaching] is not just doing a thing, it’s examining what I am doing and being able to explain why it should be done. That is a fun challenge too. I have to understand something if I am going to teach it to somebody else…I’m more of a general teacher than a patterns guy. I break down everything I do and show folks what I do, why I do it and how I do it. That really helps my drumming. When I play, I don’t really think about what I’m doing.Check and see whether Vinnie really does “know what he’s doing” in this fun clip featuring “Haze” and “Wicked Awesome” below, via Rex Thomson:L4LM: Were you a good drum student? Did you take a lot of drum lessons when you were starting out?VA: I wasn’t a good student. I mean, I took lessons for two years but then I quit. But my mom had bought me a drum kit and I really liked playing. You can ask my students…I’m a very basic teacher. You don’t need all that fancy stuff to be a good, solid, fundamental drummer–that’s what I teach to my students. You need to work the rudiments. You need to learn certain combinations of hand and foot. You need to be able to play a good groove and keep a good time. If you want to get gigs as a drummer, you have to be able to do that. You have to be able to play basically any song in any time. All that other stuff can come later. You don’t want to be some kind of crazy chops guy who can’t keep time in a band. That doesn’t help anybody.L4LM: moe. has done a lot of sit-ins and collaborations this year. As the drummer, you are basically the backbone of the operation. Do you welcome these opportunities to vary your routine, or is it ever annoying to keep changing those things around and even give up your stool from time to time?VA: I like playing music with people. Playing with my guys, playing with other people….I just like playing with people. And the thing about playing with these other people is…it’s usually a cover song. I know so many tunes, but there are so many I don’t. It’s a great thing, a fun challenge: ‘I’ve heard a song a thousand times but I have never played it before but now it’s time to do it!’L4LM: We have a new wave of bands starting to really come into their own on the jam scene. There’s a bunch of them–Spafford, Aqueous, Twiddle, Pigeons, and so on. What do you think about the state of the scene these days?VA: It’s great to see new bands that not only care about the scene but also kick ass! They are working really hard to keep this thing going. They work so hard at it. The quality of playing is impressive. Seems like kids keep getting better. And they’re hitting the road and writing. That is how they get better.Watch Vinnie play in a special rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Friend Of The Devil” during a surprise acoustic set featuring members of moe. and Twiddle at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival below, via Rex Thomson: L4LM: Speaking of writing, are you working on anything of your own during this little break from touring?VA: We are all doing some writing on our own. I have a couple songs floating around in my head. I don’t usually put them down. I just tell the guys the ideas I have. They’re pretty much full song ideas…even if I haven’t worked out every part yet.We do have some live stuff that is just sitting there ready to roll. In the future, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility that some of that stuff could come out. Floodwood is in the process of finishing an album. Al [Schnier] and I have the Everyone Orchestra and Brooklyn Comes Alive and gigs coming up. He and I are both gonna be real busy with that for sure.L4LM: Brooklyn Comes Alive is going to be quite the party. You’re part of the festival’s tribute to Butch and Gregg, The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music of The Allman Brothers Band. Do you remember when you first encountered the music of the Allmans?VA: Sorta. I know I was pretty young. It was in high school right around the time I got into the Grateful Dead, for pretty much the same reasons. I saw the Dead–the “Jerry” Dead–like fifty or sixty times, and I saw the Allman Brothers around twenty or thirty times over the same period. I studied both both of those bands and their type of music pretty closely.I wanted to know how to play this music correctly and to hear this music correctly. It wasn’t that I wanted to learn how to play the song…I wanted to know how to play the song the way they played it. Both of those bands formed my way of looking at music.Check out moe. rocking the Allman Brothers’ “Southbound” earlier this year at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL:L4LM: What do you think of the core concept of Brooklyn Comes Alive, with the mixing and matching of individual artists and themes as opposed to full bands?VA: It’s really cool. Sure, everybody loves their favorite bands, but this is a chance to see their favorite players do something different. It’s gonna be really good and some of these combinations may end up surprising people. There is so much friendship and energy in the scene…there are gonna be some great moments. There will be times when artists try something for the first time and the audience wonders ‘Holy Crap! What did we just see?’Super-jams can turn into nightmares sometimes, especially when there are too many people onstage. Everyone wants their little shot. It can be a little much. The Brooklyn Comes Alive model, with smaller configurations and actual thought and guidelines behind the pairings…like the Allman Brothers set or us playing with the Aqueous boys…drawing from the catalogs of just two bands. That should be really cool.L4LM: How is that Aqueous/moe. set gonna work? Is it all moe. tunes or some Aqueous material also?VA: I should say “It’s a secret!” but I honestly don’t have any idea. I know the Aqueous dudes have played our music before and that Mike Gantzer is a nut job in a good way. He is so good and he really studies music. If he is doing this he probably knows our songs better than we do by now. Maybe he can tell us what we’re doing wrong. Either way it will be a great night.You can get excited for Brooklyn Comes Alive with pro-shot video of Vinnie and Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee) sitting in with Aqueous at Summer Camp below, via Aqueous:L4LM: What is your perspective on the band taking control of the managerial reigns for moe.?VA: Al is doing most of it. It’s good. We are all more involved in the decision making. The only question is if it is sustainable. I don’t know if Al will get tired of it and say “Screw this!”EXCLUSIVE: moe.’s Al Schnier Talks Hiatus And Coming Collaborations, And Taking On The Responsibilities Of Being The Band’s ManagerWe may end up splitting up the tasks more. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we basically know how to do this stuff ourselves. For now it’s good, and hopefully we can keep this up and maintain it.L4LM: How did you enjoy the return of moe.down?VA: I had a great time. It’s a busy weekend for us but I think it’s worth it. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it and we hope to not only do it again, but grow it into what we wanted it to be.Watch moe. delight their faithful fans with this “Crab Eyes” > “New York City” jam at the 2017 moe.down music festival:L4LM: I know politics is an incredibly touchy subject right now, but I have to ask…have you and the new mayor of moe.down had a face-to-face meeting yet?VA: Shut it. I don’t think we will either…[laughs]L4LM: Before interviewing an artist, I usually reach out to their fans to gather ideas of questions to ask, see what’s on their minds. I would say about 90% of the responses I got for you were food-based. First up…any thoughts on opening your own restaurant?VA: I would love to, but everyone always tells me how hard it is. I’ve never even worked in a restaurant. I’d have to bring people in. We live in a restaurant culture around here and these folks are pretty heavy duty. A lot of competition and a lot of work I just don’t have time for…There will still be some cooking shows coming though, so look forward to that.L4LM: Well, it sounds like you have some really appetizing future plans! Look forward to seeing, hearing and maybe even tasting what you’re cooking up for us!VA: Thanks! See you out there soon!Don’t miss Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier of moe. performing in a wide range of diverse sets at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old. For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day and single-day GA and VIP tickets are available now. The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and so many more!center_img [photo by Jay Blakesberg]last_img read more

Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More Go Sky High in Disaster! Performance

Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More Go Sky High in Disaster! Performance

first_imgThe cast of ‘Disaster’ Related Shows Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016center_img Need some hot stuff, baby, this evening? Look no further. The cast of Disaster! stopped by The Today Show this morning to offer up a earthquake/flood/piranha-free taste of the new jukebox musical. Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, star/creator Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard and more knock out a medley of some of the biggest hits from the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “Without You,” “Sky High” and “Still the One.” You can catch the glitzy gang at the Nederlander Theatre, where the musical comedy officially opens on March 8. View Commentslast_img read more

Cybersecurity on 2016 NCUA OIG audit list

Cybersecurity on 2016 NCUA OIG audit list

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA’s Office of the Inspector General released its list of 2016 audits as part of its performance plan for the coming year.Among the audits slated for 2016 are a review of NCUSIF material losses of more than $25 million, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The audit will determine causes for credit union failures and the resulting loss to the NCUSIF, and will assess the NCUA’s supervision of the credit unions. continue reading »last_img read more

Ex-Bayville Firefighter Charged With Arson

Ex-Bayville Firefighter Charged With Arson

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Bayville Fire Department volunteer firefighter has been arrested for allegedly burning down the historic Mill Pond House in Oyster Bay last year, Nassau County police said.Christopher Zaino was charged Thursday with arson.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged that the 20-year-old set fire to the vacant, historic house, owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, on West Shore Road at 9:25 p.m. March 22, 2014.Oyster Bay Fire Department firefighters extinguished the blaze with help from Atlantic Steamer, Locust Valley and Bayville fire departments.Fire Marshall and Arson/Bomb squad detectives quickly determined that the fire had been intentionally set.Zaino will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Governor Cuomo confirms first positive case of coronavirus in New York State

Governor Cuomo confirms first positive case of coronavirus in New York State

first_img“This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York State. The patient, a woman in her late thirties, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York. “There is no cause for surprise — this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York. A state official said she is currently self-quarantined in her Manhattan home. City and state health officials have previously tested several New York patients who have reported symptoms consistent with the pneumonia-like virus, but until now each suspected case had proven to be a false alarm. “The positive test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround, and is exactly why I advocated for the approval from Vice President Pence that New York was granted just yesterday. “Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation — I look forward to its swift passage.center_img “There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” Cuomo said in a statement sent to 12 News: Stay with 12 News as we continue to learn more about this developing story. NEW YORK (WBNG/AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus in New York State Sunday evening.last_img read more

HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

first_imgApr 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled its plan for developing and buying medical countermeasures against a range of biological, chemical, and other threats, with new anthrax and smallpox vaccines among the near-term priorities.The 21-page implementation plan, released Apr 20 on the HHS Web site and in the Federal Register, details how the agency will acquire countermeasures against 14 threats on its priority list, which include nine category A biological agents, two category B biological agents, typhus, certain volatile nerve agents, and radiological and nuclear agents.HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in an Apr 18 press release that since the Sep 11 terrorist attacks the United States has made significant progress in securing medical countermeasures against a number of threats, but much more work remains.”This plan lays out our path forward in the coming years and will take advantage of our new authorities under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to move forward with Project BioShield,” he said.Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program, was established in 2004 to speed the development of medical treatments for the effects of biological and other unconventional weapons. But major drug companies showed little interest in the program. In passing the All-Hazards Preparedness Act last December, Congress tried to revitalize the program by authorizing partial payments to companies working under BioShield contracts before final delivery of their products.The HHS plan identifies acquisitions the agency will make under the remaining 5 years of Project BioShield, a 10-year program, as well as those the agency will pursue through fiscal year 2023.The report says the maturity of the product development pipeline and estimated costs guided HHS decisions and placement of items on near-term, mid-term, and long-term development lists. The agency focused on the countermeasures that offer the greatest opportunity to improve emergency preparedness across a range of threats.Priority is placed on countermeasures that involve “post-event prophylaxis” or postexposure treatment, the HHS report said. Though single treatments are appropriate for some of the biological threats—a “one bug, one drug” approach—HHS aid it wants to focus its efforts to more efficiently address groups of threats, using tools such as broad-spectrum antibiotics and broad-spectrum antivirals.The centerpiece of the HHS report is two tables: one that plots the priority countermeasures for each threat and another that lists the proposed funding sources for each countermeasure.Diseases listed among the priority threats include anthrax, botulism, glanders, meliodosis, Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers, tularemia, Argentine hemorrhagic fever, typhus, smallpox, and plague.Countermeasures that HHS would like to acquire in the near term, meaning in fiscal years 2007 and 2008, include broad-spectrum antibiotics and anthrax and smallpox vaccines. The report notes that HHS recently canceled a contract for a recombinant anthrax vaccine (a reference to a vaccine that was under development by VaxGen Inc.), but the agency “remains committed to acquiring next-generation anthrax vaccines.”HHS is also working to acquire a smallpox vaccine that would be safe for immunocompromised people, the report notes. The agency “is well advanced in the pre-award stage” of a program to buy one such vaccine, called modified vaccinia Ankara, it says.The list of products for mid-term acquisition—in fiscal years 2009 through 2013—includes broad-spectrum antibiotics, diagnostic tests for all biological agents, an anthrax antitoxin, filovirus countermeasures, and smallpox antivirals, as well as measures for diagnosing and treating radiological and nuclear agents and improving the distribution of nerve agent antidotes.Longer-term projects, beyond fiscal year 2013, would include broad-spectrum antivirals and a single, easy-to-use antidote effective against several volatile nerve agents.In its press release, HHS said it was seeking public comments on the implementation plan, which can be made through the Federal Register. The agency will also hold a stakeholders meeting for those involved in developing medical countermeasures, scheduled July 31 through Aug 2 in Washington, DC.See also:Apr 18 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/04/20070418a.htmlApr 18 CIDRAP News story “Danish firms expects to sell smallpox vaccine to US”last_img read more

Public-private partnerships: One on One

Public-private partnerships: One on One

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

PREMIUMGovt injects $1.5b to save Jiwasraya amid controversies

PREMIUMGovt injects $1.5b to save Jiwasraya amid controversies

first_imgThe government and the House of Representatives have agreed to a Rp 22 trillion (US$1.49 billion) state capital injection to rescue ailing state-owned insurance company PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.State-owned insurance holding company PT Bahana Pembangunan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI) president director Robertus Biliteus said on Sunday the funds would be injected into BPUI in two tranches.“The government will inject Rp 12 trillion in 2021 and the remaining Rp 10 trillion in 2022, with the funds to be used to form a new state-owned life insurer, namely IFG Life,” he said during a virtual press briefing.All of Jiwasraya’s restructured policies would then be transferred to and settled and managed by IFG Life. The policies include Jiwasraya’s traditional and JS Saving Plan products, he said.Jiwasraya is embroiled in a corruption and money laundering case following… Topics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Jiwasraya insurance-companies state-capital-injection PMN JS-Saving-Plan state-budget Google Facebook Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

UK roundup: Retailer faces political pressure over pension funding [updated]

UK roundup: Retailer faces political pressure over pension funding [updated]

first_img“Do you remain confident that the current recovery plan will be sufficient to clear the deficit?” the MP asked.The pension deficit for the company’s defined benefit scheme fell from £646m (€739m) in October 2016 to £492m the same time last year thanks in part, Dixons Carphone said at the time, to a £46m contribution and “changes in discount and inflation rate assumptions”.Mothercare schemes set to exit PPF assessment as restructuring plan agreed UK MPs have written to Dixons Carphone requesting clarity over the funding of its pension scheme in the wake of a profit warning last week that sent the telecoms and electronics retailer’s share price into a tailspin.The Work and Pensions Select Committee, a cross-party group of MPs from the UK’s lower house of parliament, has sent a letter to Dixons Carphone following news that its 2018 profits could be as much as 21% lower than the previous year.In a letter addressed to Geoffrey Budd, chairman of DSG Pension Trustees, Frank Field, the committee’s chair, wrote: “The new group chief executive remarked in the latest update that ‘there’s plenty to fix’ in the company and that ‘nobody is happy with our performance today’. As the company pursues its plans to address these issues, to what extent is it keeping the pension scheme trustees informed and engaged?”Field further touched upon prospective plans to reduce the scheme’s deficit. Credit: Susanna RustA Mothercare shop in Wood Green, LondonTwo defined benefit (DB) pension funds sponsored by another struggling high street retailer, Mothercare, are set to exit the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) following creditor approval for a restructuring plan.The company, which retails to parents of babies and young children, moved to refinance its business in May by proposing to enter into company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) for three of its subsidiaries, Mothercare UK, Early Learning Centre (ELC) and Children’s World.The DB schemes for Mothercare and ELC were placed into the PPF’s assessment period.Creditors this week approved plans for Mothercare and ELC, which could now trigger the return of the company’s two DB plans – the Executive and Staff schemes – to the trustees’ control from the auspices of the PPF.Creditors rejected the CVA for Children’s World, which does not operate a DB scheme.FTSE 350 schemes near full fundingThe aggregate shortfall of defined benefit schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies fell by nearly a third during May, according to Mercer.FTSE 350 pension schemes’ total deficit was £34bn at the end of the month, compared to £50bn at the end of April. Total assets rose to £791bn while liabilities were £825bn, giving an aggregate funding ratio of 96%.It continues a trend of improving funding across listed company schemes over the past two years. Mercer’s estimate showed a £156bn funding gap in September 2016, which shrank to £72bn at the start of this year.Alan Baker, chair of Mercer’s DB policy group, warned schemes not to be complacent: “Market swings could dramatically reverse these improvements and have done so in the past. Therefore, it’s important that trustees and sponsors understand the risks they’re exposed to and have the right strategies in place to lock in these gains.”A similar estimate from JLT Employee Benefits put the FTSE 350 DB scheme shortfall at just £9bn at the end of May, inferring an aggregate funding position of 99%.Note: This article has been updated to confirm that Mothercare’s DB schemes have not yet left the PPF’s assessment process.last_img read more

Fertility ‘predicted by mother’

Fertility ‘predicted by mother’

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Fertility peaks between 18 and 31 years of age, say expertsWomen may be able to better gauge their own fertility based on the age their mother went through the menopause, a study has concluded.Women whose mothers had an early menopause had far fewer eggs in their ovaries than those whose mothers had a later menopause, a Danish team found.Women with fewer viable eggs have fewer chances to conceive. The study, of 527 women aged between 20 and 40, was reported in the journal Human Reproduction.Ovarian reserveResearchers looked at two accepted methods to assess how many eggs the women had – known as their “ovarian reserve” – levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC). Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. These are released from the ovary cyclically, usually one every month after puberty, until menopause. The AFC and AMH give readings doctors an idea of how many yet-to-be released eggs remain in the ovary.In the study of female healthcare workers, the researchers found both AMH and AFC declined faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause (before the age of 45) compared to women whose mothers had a late menopause (after the age of 55).Average AMH levels declined by 8.6%, 6.8% and 4.2% a year in the groups of women with mothers who had early, normal or late menopauses, respectively. A similar pattern was seen for AFC, with annual declines of 5.8%, 4.7% and 3.2% in the same groups, respectively.Start youngPast research suggests there is about 20 years between a woman’s fertility starting to decline and the onset of menopause. So a woman who enters the menopause at 45 may have experienced a decline in her fertility at the age of 25.Lead researcher Dr Janne Bentzen said: “Our findings support the idea that the ovarian reserve is influenced by hereditary factors. However, long-term follow-up studies are required.”Also, having fewer eggs does not necessarily mean that the woman will go on to have fewer babies. Dr Valentine Akande, a consultant gynaecologist and spokesman for the British Fertility Society, said the findings were helpful, but that women should not be overly concerned if their mother did have an early menopause. “There is a huge amount of variation among women. Some will have more eggs and some will have less.“Whilst it is assumed that lower egg number is associated with more challenges at getting pregnant this study did not look at that.“Currently there is no test that can accurately predict fertility. “The advice remains the same – the younger you start trying for a baby the more likely you are to be successful.”He said, in general, women are most fertile between the ages of 18 and 31. BBC News Share HealthLifestyle Fertility ‘predicted by mother’ by: – November 7, 2012last_img read more