Tommy Trash – Webster Hall 4/6/12

first_imgAustralian DJ and producer Tommy Trash has been around for a while – his 2009 track ‘Need Me to Stay’ gained traction on Ministry of Sound Records, giving him some recognition in Australia and Europe. It has only been over the past few months, however, that Tommy has been making an impact in America, with his first headline tour and a stop at the main stage of last month’s Ultra Music Festival. That week in Miami, he was paraded around by some of the biggest names in music – a set at Laidback Luke’s pool party, an appearance at Steve Aoki’s record showcase, a gig with Dirty South and Thomas Gold, among others. He has recently released tracks on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label and his remix of ‘Antidote’ by Swedish House Mafia has earned approval by the trio themselves. As such, it’s been a pretty eventful 2012 for the long haired producer, who looks like he’d be more comfortable with a guitar than a turntable.It can only be speculated that his year will get busier, as Tommy Trash is on fire. With no previously announced support, the city was buzzing with anticipation solely for the headliner. Hits like ‘Cascade’ and ‘The End” as well as huge remixes of songs like Zedd’s ‘Shave It’ and Steve Aoki’s ‘La Di Da Di’ have made Tommy a common name on many a playlist, including those by some major DJs. It seems like he is at the absolute peak of the hype machine, ready to explode to the next level. For those who were seeing Tommy for the first time, he definitely did not disappoint.Upon taking the stage, Tommy started to drop his mostly only his own original tracks and it played to perfection. There was rarely a dull moment, weaving together patient build ups with absolutely earth shattering electro drops that have become Tommy’s signature sound. Webster Hall was pretty full for a Friday night show with stiff competition, and everyone was bouncing up and down the entire time. It’s really hard to stay still with the consistent, pulsating beats, with layers of extremely catchy synths layered on top. Tommy’s drops resemble a cross between Dirty South and Zedd, mixing that hard hitting pulsating bass with melodic synths that all fit within a general pattern.Tommy Trash’s rise from regional Australian DJ to international phenomenon in just a few short months is exceptional, but it is clearly the years of honing his sound that has allowed for such a well developed sound to take the world by storm. This is definitely an artist to keep an eye on, he has a unique sound and a stage presence that incites a real party atmosphere. Overall, an excellent night of music at Webster Hall.-Justin Charleslast_img read more

Listen: Eddie Murphy ft. Snoop Lion “Red Light”

first_imgEddie Murphy is a man of many talents; anybody that grew up in the 80′s and has seen Raw! knows that Murphy is one of the funniest stand-up comedians ever. His impressions of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Buckwheat from The Little Rascals, and even a New York City African cab driver are enough to make your stomach hurt from laughing so hard. He even delved into the music world, recording “Party All The Time” with Rick James, performed a duet with Michael Jackson “Whatzupwitu.” Well, Murphy is back at it again. He is currently recording an album, titled 9, and has released a new single, featuring Snoop Lion called “Red Light.”And, we’re not going to lie, it’s pretty good. Got a catchy, reggae groove. But you are more than welcome to give it a listen yourself.Here is a video of Murphy recording the track with Snoop:We have to throw this in there for good measure. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one:last_img read more

‘Philosophy School of Phish’ Professor Starts Kickstarter To Produce Film

first_imgLast month, we reported that Oregon State University was offering a course entitled Philosophy School of Phish, based around the jam band’s summer tour. Now it seems the professor wants to document the whole experience in a film. To do so, however, she launched a Kickstarter to raise $25,000 towards the goal.You can watch the short video by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins has made regarding the project: Here’s a short note that she wrote as well, justifying the roots of Phish music within philosophical framework:“I’m a phan and philosopher. My greatest teachers have been Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Phish. Your music and their texts make up the sound track of my life. In his dialogue, Theaetetus, Plato recounts Socrates’ statement that philosophy begins with “wonder.” In my experience, wonder begins at a Phish concert, dancing. Thank you for saving my life and being my muses. For these things, I will never be able to repay you, but I hope to share with others some of the joy you bring me. For my students, this means they get lectures about “Crowd Control,” “Slave to the Traffic Light,” and “Maze.” These are two books that you have taught me much about. I hear your music in them when I read. In the lights and crowd of a live concert, your music brings me concepts. Thank you for all that you do and for bearing your heart on stage.” Supporters of the film are eligible to earn a t-shirt, an eBook of the class material, the DVD of the film, a personalized essay on any Phish-philosophical subject matter, tickets to the film’s premiere, a manifesto written about your personal love of Phish, and even dinner with the professor. Jenkins explains that the money will mainly be used for production, as well as obtaining the rights to use the band within the documentary.Here’s a description of the class, for those curious:last_img read more

Watch The Official Jam Cruise Aftermovie; 2016 Dates & Ports Announced!

first_imgThe official Jam Cruise 13 Aftermovie is here! Look out for you and your friends, and relive the many memories of the MSC Divina 2015.20 Things You Will Only See On Jam CruiseJam Cruise has also announced dates and ports for 2016! Jam Cruise 14 will set sail January 6-11, leaving from Miami and hitting Belize and Cozumel.Featuring music from Lettuce!last_img

Watch: 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Eminem Star In ‘Shady Records’ Documentary

first_imgIn honor of its 15th anniversary, Complex teamed up with Eminem and Paul Rosenberg to release Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story. With a thorough look into Eminem’s career, the documentary contains interviews and footage that offer a look into the world of Shady.Some of the most notable interviews are with Dr. Dre, who contributed to Eminem’s early success, and 50 Cent, whose career Eminem helped to foster. Mr. Porter and Royce Da 5’9″ also make appearances, rounding out a list of great artists in the hip-hop genre that appear in the film.Watch the documentary in full, below:[Via Complex]last_img

David Crosby Covers Joni Mitchell, Shares Stories Of Bob Dylan And Neil Young

first_imgDavid Crosby is one of the best singer-songwriters of the last 50 years. He was a big part of The Byrds, and was involved in one of the first super groups ever, with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young. He has lived a wild life, and, at a sold out show at The Egg in Albany, NY on the last day of June, Crosby not only played songs spanning his entire career but had great stories to go along with them.With a few acoustic guitars, a couple of amps, a rug, and his wonderful smile, Crosby started the show with “Tracks in the Dust” and never looked back. He joked about everything from famous friends, including “poet” Joni Mitchell and “old weird Bob [Dylan].” He expressed his love for the two of them and said that, at the end of the day, these were the two best songwriters ever, though only one has a nice voice.David Crosby Reveals Alarming New Details Surrounding Joni Mitchell’s HealthWith this he instantly did his best Dylan impression and after having fun with it, he thanked Dylan for changing his and everyone’s life in the venue. He then jumped into a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free”. He also spoke about Neil Young, who he called as “weird as snake suspenders,” and how he loved him dearly for it.Howard Stern Gets David Crosby To Apologize To Neil Young’s Girlfriend In Revealing InterviewHe explained how Young always wants perfection, and that it’s a wonder to work with someone like that. He then went into “Carry Me” and “Thousand Roads” before taking a short break.Crosby started the second half off with The Byrds song “Everybody’s Been Burned” and quickly got political, stating how he doesn’t mind politics but doesn’t like politicians. Afterwards, he sang a beautiful a cappella version of “What Are Their Names”. The crowd was so quiet and attentive that you could hear a pin drop.David Crosby On New Music, Old Music, And The Grateful DeadCrosby continuously joked about doing songs that the audience would know, but that he was saving it for later in the show. When that moment finally came, it was in the form of the one-two punch of “Déjà Vu” and “Guinevere” to close the set, and the crowd ate it up. With a bow, a wave of the hand, and a smile, Crosby exited the stage to a thunderous ovation. The fact that he can still play the guitar and sing as beautifully as he does is just fantastic.Check out the remainder of Crosby’s solo acoustic tour dates here.Words and photos by Bryan David Lasky.last_img read more

Stream String Cheese Incident, Twiddle, Dopapod Live From The Red Rocks

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident is gearing up for a huge 3-night run this weekend along with support from Twiddle, Dopapod and Nahko and Medicine for the People. If you can’t make it out to Colorado, stream the shows from the comfort of your couch!Listen To String Cheese Incident’s Catchy New Tune, ‘Stop, Drop, Roll’In anticipation of the upcoming streams, TourGigs is currently offering a free stream of String Cheese’s set from Saturday of this year’s Electric Forest. Watch it here, and tune in July 24-26 to live stream what is sure to be an epic three nights at one of the most spectacular and historic venues in the country.last_img

Schweitzer Fellows commit to community service

first_imgHonoring the legacy of Albert Schweitzer, area graduate students are committing to a year of service with a community agency. In a competitive selection process, 29 students — including six from Harvard — were recently selected as 2007-08 Boston Schweitzer Fellows.Each fellow will devote more than 200 hours of service to local communities lacking access to adequate health services. Fellows receive a standard stipend of $2,000.The Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program has selected a new class of fellows annually since 1991. In addition to their direct community service, the fellows meet monthly to share ideas and experiences. Once the Boston fellows have completed their year of service, they join a network of more than 1,300 Schweitzer “Fellows for Life” across the United States and abroad. Virtually all continue to support and inspire each other through continuing commitment to lives of service.Harvard’s Boston Schweitzer Fellows,including their projects, are as follows:Luis Nicolas Gonzalez Castro, Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology,Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Castro is assisting in direct care activities serving as a medical interpreter for Hispanic patients and translating brochures and other materials into Spanish.Yi Li, Harvard Medical School (HMS), Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Li is the program and volunteer coordinator for the Boston Asthma Swim Program located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. This program builds upon evidence that swimming provides benefits to asthmatic children. Once a week, the after-school program brings together elementary-aged, asthmatic students to learn about the basics of respiratory physiology, asthma care, and healthy lifestyle decisions.Zirui Song, HMS, Brookside Community Health Center. Song is collaborating with the Brookside Community Health Center in Jamaica Plain to develop a youth sports program. His project is part of a comprehensive approach to encourage pediatric patients to adopt a healthier and more physically fit lifestyle.Tuyen Trinh, Harvard School of Public Health, Manville School. Trinh’s project, Creativity with Veggies and Fruits, aims to increase consumption of vegetables and fruits among students at Manville School, a therapeutic day school. Trinh achieves this goal through weekly education about fruits and vegetables and a fun cooking class.Venis Wilder, HMS, North Cambridge Health Center. Wilder is collaborating with the North Cambridge Health Center to improve the care of immigrant residents in the nearby Jefferson Park housing development. She will participate in the development of health fairs, wellness workshops, and other means of outreach for the family medicine clinic and the surrounding community.Sarah Zaman, HMS, is organizing health workshops for homeless women in Greater Boston. Participants determine the topics covered during the workshops. She is also working with the women to create a book about health and homelessness as they have experienced it.last_img read more

Toni Morrison named Radcliffe Medalist

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced that author and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be awarded the 2007 Radcliffe Institute Medal at the annual Radcliffe Day luncheon on Friday (June 8) at 12:45 p.m. Drew G. Faust, president-elect of Harvard University and dean of the Radcliffe Institute, will provide opening remarks and present the medal. Morrison will give the keynote address.The Radcliffe Institute awards its medal annually, during the Harvard-Radcliffe Commencement Week, to an individual whose life and work has had a significant impact on society. The 2006 recipient was Linda Greenhouse, longtime Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. Other past honorees include Madeleine Korbel Albright, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Dole, Billie Jean King, and Janet Reno. For her extraordinary accomplishments and impact on people in America and around the world — as an author, educator, and scholar — Toni Morrison was selected to be the 2007 Radcliffe Institute medalist.Morrison’s eight major novels — “The Bluest Eye” (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970), “Sula” (Knopf, 1973), “Song of Solomon” (Knopf, 1977), “Tar Baby” (Knopf, 1981), “Beloved” (Knopf, 1987), “Jazz” (Knopf, 1992), “Paradise” (Knopf, 1998), and “Love” (Knopf, 2003) — have earned extensive critical acclaim. She received the National Book Critics Award in 1978 for “Song of Solomon” and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for “Beloved.” Both novels were chosen as the main selections for the Book of the Month Club in 1977 and 1987, respectively. In 1993, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In 2006, “Beloved” was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as the best work of American fiction published in the last quarter-century.Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. She was appointed the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the spring of 1989 and held the post until 2006. Prior to her appointment at Princeton, Morrison was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years. Among her other prestigious awards are the 2000 National Humanities Medal, the 2000 Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend Award, the 1996 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the Rhegium Julii Prize for Literature in 1994. She has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities and honorary degrees from numerous other institutions, including Harvard.Morrison is a trustee of the New York Public Library and a member of the Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the North American Network of Cities of Asylum, and the Authors Guild, where she served on the Guild Council and as foundation treasurer. She served on the National Council of the Arts for six years and is a member of the Africa Watch and Helsinki Watch Committees on Human Rights.The Radcliffe Day luncheon is open to Radcliffe and Harvard alumnae/i and their guests.last_img read more

Chu on Harvard: ‘I wish I could stay here forever.’

first_imgHarvard women’s hockey forward Julie Chu retired from figure skating pretty much before she’d begun. At the tender age of 8, when she was still finding her balance on the ice, Chu opted instead for the rigors of the puck and stick. It proved to be a sage decision. Since swapping out the patterned twirls and regimented routines of figure skating for hockey’s speed and inventiveness, Chu has pretty much gone where she pleases.While most athletes must trudge through the different levels of competition — from youth programs to high school to college and then, hopefully, on to the semi-professional, professional, or international circuits — Chu has parlayed her supreme athleticism and outstanding vision on the ice into something of a free pass.An Olympic veteran prior to her arrival at Harvard, Chu helped the Crimson turn out three consecutive NCAA title game appearances during her tenure. Along the way, she’s collected Ivy League accolades of every stripe, a second Olympic medal, and most recently, women’s hockey’s version of the Heisman Trophy, the coveted Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. What’s most remarkable, she’s done so by honoring a team philosophy seldom matched by “star” players (one suspects you don’t get 196 assists, a Harvard record, any other way).“The thing about hockey is it’s so interactive on so many levels,” explains Chu, the co-Ivy League player of year. “You really can’t have one person just dominant out there. At this level especially — college and national — you have to have a well-rounded team. Everyone plays their role and everyone plays their part and it has to be everyone in it with the mentality of ‘Let’s do what’s best for the team.’ That’s really what’s going to get us far, both individually and as a team.”A native of Fairfield, Conn., Chu began her quick ascent as a high school junior at Choate Rosemary Hall when she was invited to train with the U.S. team in preparation for the World Championships. Just 17 years old, Chu — then an accomplished athlete participating in both boys’ and girls’ programs — spent weeks competing among her idols. And though she was ultimately cut from the team, the experience opened her eyes to the possibility of playing on the sport’s biggest stage. “Wow,” Chu recalls thinking as a teenager, “I really have a chance to compete with these guys.”The following year, in 2001, Chu was invited back to train with the team, forcing her to take two terms off from Choate. This time around, Chu made the squad — then gearing up for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City — to become the team’s first woman of Asian descent, and at just 18 years old, one of its youngest members.In joining Team USA, she was forced to defer her enrollment to Harvard until fall 2002. It was a decision that ultimately paid huge dividends for Chu, who, in addition to traveling the world on pre-Olympic tours (competing in China and throughout North America), also won silver in Salt Lake City. She found the opportunity to compete for her country, in her country, a particularly moving experience. “I was on cloud nine,” Chu recalled.In fall 2002, freshman Chu joined a talent-stacked Harvard squad featuring Jennifer Botterill ’03 (of the 2002 gold medal-winning Canadian team) and Angela Ruggiero ’04 of Team USA. Among these more experienced luminaries, Chu immediately made an impact with the Crimson — and on collegiate hockey in general. As a rookie, she was second in the nation in scoring with 42 goals and 51 assists en route to earning Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Ivy rookie of the year honors. After falling to Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in double overtime in the NCAA championship game, Chu and company went on to compete, in vain, in the national title game over the next two seasons. Obviously disappointed with the results, Chu didn’t dwell on the team’s failed bid for a title. “Whether we won or lost, whatever our final results were … we just want to enjoy the process.”Harvard sorely missed Chu’s productivity during its 2005-06 campaign, when the rising senior again reported for duty with the red, white, and blue for the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. With Chu off the roster, the Crimson failed to make its fourth-straight NCAA title game appearance, finishing a relatively disappointing 18-13-4. In Italy, meanwhile, Chu tallied a pair of assists as the U.S. downed Finland in the bronze-medal contest.Wrapping up her career in third place on the Crimson’s career-scoring chart, Chu (who led all Division 1 players this past season with 1.6 assists per game) is now training for the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Whether that’s with a Women’s National Hockey League franchise in Canada or the one in Minnesota, she’s still sorting out. And after the Games, this hockey-lifer and psychology concentrator aspires to coach.“I wish I could stay here forever,” Chu says about Harvard, citing the phenomenal training facilities, coaching staff, and of course, its team. Yet for the mobile, independent Chu, one suspects that wherever she goes, “forever” might get a little old.last_img read more