Hot Buttered Rum, the progressive five-piece bluegrass band out of San Francisco, California, is gearing up for a big year. With almost two decades under their belts, in 2018, Hot Buttered Rum will release their sixth studio album, Lonesome Panoramic. A follow up to 2010’s Limbs Akimbo, their self-titled release in 2014, and the trio of EPs released as The Kite & The Key in 2015 and 2016, Lonesome Panoramic was self-produced by the band; recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, California, along the Panoramic Highway; and is slated for a July 20th release this summer.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, explained in a press release, “Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo string band tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have.”Hot Buttered Rum has become a staple of the progressive bluegrass scene with their quick-paced and fiery blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. With the addition of drums in 2008, the group cemented itself as a music festival favorite, regularly performing nationally renowned events like Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, and many, many more. Furthermore, the band’s hearty resume has led to some truly astounding collaborations, including playing with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Kyle Hollingsworth, and others and being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”With the release of Lonesome Panoramic on the horizon, Hot Buttered Rum has been generous enough to share with us a sneak peek at what to expect from their latest studio effort, which features cameo collaborations from ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The Coffis Brothers, and Rainbow Girls.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, noted to Live For Live Music,I wrote “Country Tunes & Love Songs” with the Coffis Brothers, Kellen and Jamie. To me, the opening chord progression invokes the subject matter of the song, so it wrote itself. Sometimes, good songs come from when you aren’t swinging for the fences, you just put a good swing on the ball and it finds a gap. We ended up producing it with a lot of strummy twelve-string guitar, with the memory of Tom Petty whispering in our ears.“Country Tunes & Love Songs” is the third track on the upcoming Lonesome Panoramic, marking one of the few songs on the new album on which the band’s multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates plays the dobro, rather than his trusty banjo. Tapping into the band’s more rock-oriented Americana side, the mid-tempo tune finds Keefe vocally accompanied by Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who offer up blissful vocal harmonies.You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “Country Tunes & Love Songs” below. “Country Tunes & Love Songs” will be formally released on the band’s upcoming album, Lonesome Panoramic, which is due out on July 20th via independent release. For more information on the album or the band, head to Hot Buttered Rum’s website here. You can also check out a full track listing for the new album below. Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing:1. You Can Tell 2:11 (Yates)2. Sittin’ Here Alone 3:14 (Keefe)3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.) 4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)4. How Short the Song 3:27 (Yates)5. Treasure Island Blues 4:46 (Yates)6. Never Got Married 2:50 (Keefe)7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls) 4:54 (Keefe)8. Sleeping Giants 5:04 (Yates)9. Leaving Dallas 4:31 (Keefe)10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)11. Mighty Fine 4:25 (Keefe)12. The One that Everybody Knows 8:04 (Yates)13. The Deep End (ft. ALO) 4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)Guest Musicians:Jamie Coffis – vocals (3)Kellen Coffis – vocals (3)Rainbow Girls: Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May – backup vocals (7,13)Dan Lebowitz (ALO) – electric guitar & vocals (13)Zach Gill (ALO) – vocals (13)View All Tracks
continue reading » Philadelphia-based fintech start-up cred.ai has unveiled a new banking platform for millennials, complete with a solid metal credit card, and a mission to disrupt the banking system.The platform, backed by high-profile investors including John Legend and former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, launched its app and Unicorn Visa Card in beta on August 6 and plans to open applications to all consumers in early Fall. While beta participants include some of cred.ai’s backers, founders are targeting two demographics that inspired the project: banking newcomers and younger Americans distrustful of the financial system.For the newcomers — from recent college graduates to individuals previously unable to apply for credit cards — cred.ai is betting that its proprietary Credit Optimizer tool will be a selling point: it has been designed to help users build credit quickly.Largely in the millennial and Gen Z age bracket, the credit-averse population needs new tools to get past their hesitation and reframe their mindset around credit, according to cred.ai co-founder Ryan Brown. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NBA FREE AGENCY: Latest news, rumors on Kyrie IrvingIrving is widely considered a lock to leave the Celtics, as is veteran center Al Horford. Boston is already preparing to chase Kemba Walker once free agency begins, so Irving will be joining the third team of his career this summer.But where exactly will he land? Based on all the reporting to this point, Irving should be wearing a Nets jersey when the 2019-20 season kicks off, though there’s always a chance he changes his mind. For now, let’s start with the favorite.Kyrie Irving signs with the NetsHello, Brooklyn. Here’s your new point guard.The Nets have been consistently connected to Irving, who could replace fellow All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the starting lineup. Brooklyn is already a playoff team with a terrific coach in Kenny Atkinson and intriguing youngsters at multiple positions, including Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen. After the disastrous Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, the Nets’ front office, led by general manager Sean Marks, has done an incredible job of recovering and rebuilding year by year.Brooklyn makes sense as a free agency destination. This may even be a done deal in Irving’s head. However, the move doesn’t come without some apprehension.Irving is a better player than Russell, but is the talent and production gap enough to outweigh fears of Irving’s impact in the locker room? And if the Nets’ plan is to sign both Irving and Kevin Durant, how will they handle a scenario in which Irving is on board but Durant stays with the Warriors or shifts elsewhere?To be clear, Irving wasn’t the only problem in Boston. It’s impossible to know how the Celtics would have fared with a healthy Gordon Hayward. Maybe Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier could have handled their roles better. Brad Stevens put plenty of the blame on himself for not fitting the puzzle pieces together.But Irving was certainly a significant part of the problem. Giving him the keys and sliding him into a leadership position might not be the wisest decision, especially considering the Nets had excellent chemistry last season. The bet here is that the Nets will offer Irving a max deal (four years, approximately $140 million), with or without a guarantee from Durant. Perhaps Irving will recognize this is his last chance to positively alter his reputation.MORE: Kevin Durant free agency fitsKyrie Irving signs with the LakersThis situation just got more interesting.The Lakers recently sent three players to the Wizards as part of the Anthony Davis trade, and Davis waived his $4 million trade bonus. That pushed Los Angeles to max cap space ahead of free agency, allowing general manager Rob Pelinka to target the likes of Irving and Kawhi Leonard. Marc Stein of The New York Times says the Lakers are “swinging for the fences.”Irving knows as well as anyone the highs and lows of playing next to LeBron James. There was plenty of drama in Cleveland, but the Cavs also reached multiple NBA Finals and famously overcame a 3-1 lead against the mighty Warriors in 2016 to win the title. Irving’s shot over Stephen Curry late in Game 7 remains the signature moment of his career.A trio of James, Davis and Irving? To use a basketball term, that would be really freaking good. It wouldn’t work immediately — it’s always a process, except when sliding Durant into Harrison Barnes’ spot — but the potential would be off the charts.Bigger question: What does Irving want? He won a championship. He is one of the most recognizable faces in the league. He’s got a signature shoe and starred in a feature film. The money is the same everywhere outside of Boston.Does it matter if he’s not “The Man” in Los Angeles? Maybe that’s the difference. That option is simply not available to him here with LeBron running the show. If Irving didn’t enjoy that failed experiment with the Celtics, though, the Lakers are suddenly a lot more attractive.MORE: Kawhi Leonard free agency fitsKyrie Irving signs with the KnicksIt wasn’t all that long ago the Knicks essentially had Irving and Durant on direct flights to Madison Square Garden.Unfortunately for Spike Lee and the rest of the fan base, the NBA landscape can change quickly.It’s possible the Knicks could sell Irving on being the face of franchise. He would be the No. 1 option, even if Durant joined him, because Durant’s recovery from a ruptured Achilles could take a full year. But there are concerns about leadership at the top of the organizational chart.From The Athletic’s Frank Isola:Irving is intent on living in the New York area and a person close to the All-Star point guard says he prefers the Brooklyn Nets over the Knicks because he has concerns about Knicks’ management, including ownership.Yes, as long as James Dolan is around, the Knicks will always be a step behind in attempting to sign marquee free agents. Players are too smart not to notice the influence of owners and the huge impact it can have throughout the franchise. Ownership is one of the biggest competitive advantages — and in this case, a major disadvantage — in the NBA. Living in New York City and getting the opportunity to create a winning atmosphere is appealing. There are a few fun prospects on the Knicks roster, too, including No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett.Still, it’s difficult to envision how the Knicks can surpass the Nets on Irving’s list. Compare the stability in the front offices and current rosters. It shouldn’t be hard to follow Irving’s thought process. (Following his thought process on anything else is more of a challenge).New York could be looking at second-tier free agents and another lottery season. Kyrie Irving is entering free agency after a season in which he averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range. He made an All-NBA team, further solidifying himself as one of the league’s top guards.And yet, the Celtics’ 2018-19 campaign was a complete disappointment. Once considered the Eastern Conference favorite to reach the NBA Finals, Boston flamed out in the second round against a superior Bucks squad in a series filled with poor shooting and lackluster defense from Irving.
Kenya would have been the second successive east African country to stage the CHAN after Rwanda in 2016.Other hosts since the 2009 inception of the Nations Championship were the Ivory Coast, Sudan and South Africa.Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia have qualified for the 2018 finals.Kenya completed the line-up as the host nation — a position they now forfeit.Meanwhile, Egypt have replaced Zambia as hosts of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, which doubles as qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Zambia said they could not afford to stage the eight-nation competition. Some CAF officials cited political uncertainity as one of the issues that led to the CHAN cancellation. A presidential election re-run is set for next month between Kenyatta (left) and OdingaJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Kenya were stripped Saturday of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after a CAF executive committee meeting in Accra.The decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day gathering of the African football “cabinet” headed by president Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar.Slow preparations for the January 12/February 4 tournament led to a decision widely anticipated for several weeks.“It was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the (CHAN) competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country,” a CAF statement said.Nations wishing to replace Kenya have until October 1 to submit bids with the new hosts to be named next month.There has been media speculation that Morocco or South Africa could take over the running of the tournament.A CAF inspection team departed Kenya on September 17 to report that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the tournament for home-based footballers.Some CAF officials also expressed concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled presidential elections are set to be rerun late October.It is the second time the regional economic powerhouse has lost the right to stage a CAF competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts. Share on: WhatsApp
Erik ten Hag’s side duly fell behind inside the opening minute at home to Utrecht on Sunday, but they bounced back to win 4-1 with Dusan Tadic scoring twice.That, combined with a 1-0 defeat for rivals PSV Eindhoven at AZ Alkmaar, means a record 34th league title, and a first since 2014, looks to be in the bag.Ajax are three points clear of PSV and have a far superior goal difference ahead of the final round of games. The Amsterdam side go to second-bottom De Graafschap on Wednesday while PSV host Heracles.– Neymar back in mood –It has been a frustrating few months for Neymar but the Brazilian was back to something like his best for Paris Saint-Germain.The world’s most expensive player scored one goal — unusually with his head — and set up another as PSG won 2-1 at Angers, a return to form for a side who had won just once in their previous seven outings.He can now look forward to the Copa America on home soil next month, with his club season over. Neymar is suspended for the last two games of the campaign, and finishes with 15 goals in only 17 league appearances in PSG’s run to the title.– Pistol Piatek misses mark –AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek’s sharp-shooting skills were missing again as he went a fifth game without scoring in a 1-0 win at Fiorentina.A goal in Tuscany would have seen the player dubbed the “Pistol” and “Robocop” match a feat achieved by Juventus’s John Charles in 1957-58 and Brazilian Ronaldo with Inter in 1997-98 by scoring against 15 different teams in his first Serie A season.Piatek was plying his trade in Poland with Cracovia last year, but after a record-breaking start to the season with Genoa, he joined Milan during the winter transfer window for 35 million euros.The 23-year-old has eight goals for Milan, added to his 13 for Genoa. That leaves him equal with Cristiano Ronaldo on 21 overall, five behind Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria.“Piatek shouldn’t worry about his goals, because he started the season so well at Genoa and then with us, he doesn’t need to worry,” insisted coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose side are fifth.Share on: WhatsApp Paris Saint-Germain. PHOTO via @PSG_EnglishParis, France | AFP | Bayern Munich missed the chance to wrap up the Bundesliga title, but Ajax bounced back to close in on the Dutch crown, while Neymar offered a timely reminder of his quality at the weekend.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five main talking points from Europe as the end of the season approaches:– Bundesliga title race still crazy –Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac called the Bundesliga title race “crazy” two weeks ago, and it got even crazier on Saturday.Kovac’s side missed the chance to wrap up the title a week early as they were held 0-0 at RB Leipzig, and rivals Borussia Dortmund battled to a 3-2 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf.After returning to within two points of the leaders on Saturday, Dortmund are now convinced they can pull off a mini-miracle on the last day.“Everything is to play for, we firmly believe we can do it,” team director Sebastian Kehl told Sky.Dortmund need to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach next Saturday and hope that Bayern slip up at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.– Barcelona fans vote with feet –Barcelona’s first game after being knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool came at home to Getafe. Supporters welcomed their team back with a scattering of whistles before kick-off at the Camp Nou, where there were swathes of empty seats.A crowd of 57,000 was one of the lowest of the campaign for Barca, although the fact they have already wrapped up the Spanish title was partly to blame for that.Arturo Vidal’s finish and a late own-goal gave Barcelona a 2-0 win, with the defeat for Getafe seriously damaging their hopes of Champions League qualification as they dropped out of the top four to be replaced by Valencia.“It was a difficult game for all of us,” said Sergio Busquets. “We are trying to heal a wound that isn’t small.”– Ajax show resolve –After the agony of their Champions League semi-final defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax fans may have feared that the inevitable hangover would damage their team’s chances of winning the Dutch title.