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Trail Mix – Holly Bowling

first_imgClassically trained pianist Holly Bowling reimagines Phish on solo piano.To say that pianist Holly Bowling is a big fan of Phish is a bit of an understatement.Bowling, a classically trained pianist who began playing at the age of five, has attended over 300 Phish shows. Her passion for the music of the Vermont based masters of jam has spilled over into her latest musical project, a collection of fifteen classic Phish tunes reinterpreted for piano entitled Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano.Phish fans will revel in the solo piano treatment given to tunes like “Harry Hood,” “Waste,” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird.” Even more impressive, though, was the attention Bowling gave to the transcription of three live cuts, “Twist,” “The Wedge,” and a 37 minute “Tweezer” from the Lake Tahoe show in July of 2013.Yes, you read that right. Every note of a 37 minute “Tweezer,” painstakingly transcribed and played on solo piano. Never before has obsession so easily slipped into a maniacal beauty.I recently caught up with Holly Bowling to chat about that epic “Tweezer” and how I might get my wife to dig Phish a bit more.BRO – You’ve been to 300+ Phish shows. Favorite show of all time?HB – My favorite show is always the next one I’m going to! But I think my favorite show I’ve seen has to be 7/31/13, just for the Tahoe “Tweezer” alone. There are shows that are more complete, but the Tahoe “Tweezer” is the highest musical peak I’ve seen Phish attain, and that carries the show for me.BRO – I can’t get my wife to listen to 37 seconds of a Phish tune. You transcribed a 37 minute “Tweezer” for piano. Is there still time to help my wife “get” Phish on that level?HB – There’s definitely hope! I’ve heard from several people that Distillation of A Dream is a good way to get people into Phish who don’t “get it” yet. It’s sort of a hidden agenda with this record. You throw on this solo piano album around your family, your girlfriend, your coworker, whoever . . . and maybe they’re into it without realizing what they’re listening to. They ask you what it is and you tell them, “Ha! You’re listening to music by Phish right now and you like it!” Try it out on your wife and let me know how it goes.BRO – As a classically trained pianist, you are well familiar with the composers most of us know – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. How do the guys in Phish stack up in comparison?HB – Oh, man. I can’t stack composers up against each other like that. But I will say this – as different as they are, I’ve had moments where Phish’s songwriting has taken me to the same inward place as listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” and I’ve felt the same blissful rush of energy and loss of self while playing Beethoven’s “Waldstein Sonata” that I am always chasing at Phish shows. So they’re both able to achieve IT, and that’s what matters, as far as I’m concerned.BRO – Put together your favorite setlist for me.HB – For me, a perfect set is less about song selection and more about where the songs go once they break away from the composed structure, but my favorite songs in a live setting are “Tweezer,” “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Sand,” and”Twist,” especially the way they have been playing it this summer!! That would be a really solid five song second set right there. If I really get to design a completely unrealistic dream setlist, though, it would start with “Soundcheck Jam” and end with a “40 Minute Anything.” Maybe I’ll throw in a triple encore with with two songs I’m still chasing – “All Things Reconsidered” and “Izabella” – and top it off with “Sanity.”BRO – Page turns up sick and the band calls you to fill in. How quickly are you on the plane?HB – That would be the happiest day of my life. I’d be out the door so fast, I might even forget to put pants on.Holly Bowling will be in Colorado and California over the next couple weeks before returning to the East Coast for shows in New York and Vermont at the end of the month. For more on when and where you can catch Holly live, please check out her website.Make sure you check out Holly’s rendition of “The Squirming Coil” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, and if you are interested in ordering a copy of Distillation Of A Dream, point your browser here.last_img read more

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China’s economy to return fast to potential growth, PBOC says

first_imgChina’s economy will swiftly return to its potential growth rate and there’ll be significant improvement in the coming three months, a senior central bank official said Sunday.“Economic indicators will likely show significant improvement in the second quarter and the Chinese economy will return to potential output level rather swiftly,” People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Chen Yulu told reporters in Beijing.Chen repeated earlier pledges to keep credit growth stable and make good use of the central bank’s targeted easing approach, and did not announce any new stimulus measures. China’s surveyed unemployment rate jumped in March to 6.2 percent, indicating headwinds for local consumption ahead.The stock market has been more resilient than other global markets, with risks low and the impact of the virus being absorbed, said Li Chao, vice chairman of China’s securities regulator, who spoke at the same briefing.The currency will continue to stay at around 7 per dollar with movement on either side of that level, according to Chen.While the virus’ impact on supplies and inflation will likely to continue for a while, price hikes will start to moderate as economy resumes, and inflation growth will slow from the second quarter and continue that way in the rest of the year, Chen said.Topics : China was hit hard in February by the virus and the measures taken to stop its spread, with a historic slump seen across all economic indicators as quarantines and shutdowns stopped the movement of goods and people.Read also: Chinese economic growth hits three-decade lowAlthough activity has restarted it’s still not back at normal levels, with many services business struggling and the outlook for exporters grim as the outbreak covers the rest of the world.“Based on payments, deposits and loan data since March, China’s real economy is improving somewhat due to earlier targeted monetary policies,” Chen said. The PBOC will continue to direct funding to private and small firms as well as those critical to the supply chain, he said.last_img read more

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XFL Week 6 odds, predictions, schedule: Defenders, BattleHawks make playoff push

first_img (XFL) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1a/74/houston-roughnecks-xfl-ftr_1erb6oyeb3tt41rlj049zequ44.png?t=-910947048&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/d0/tyree-jackson-xfl-ftr_ruj0ktmjofmc193lmzyww2bqb.png?t=-909838080&w=500&quality=80 In the West Division, only the Roughnecks are above .500 with a 5-0 record. The Renegades are at 2-3, with two of their losses stemming from games in which starting quarterback Landry Jones wasn’t available. The Wildcats are also 2-3 with perhaps the most confusing results of any XFL team so far.Only the top two teams from each division make it into the playoffs, so it should be a fun end to the season, especially in the East. The standings shouldn’t change much following Week 6, assuming the teams expected to win do just that.Last week, I went 2-2 with my picks as I continue to struggle to predict what the Wildcats are going to do. I’m now 14-6 on the season with three of those wrong predictions being the Wildcats in three straight weeks. I’ll look to improve on my record in Week 6 with my picks below.(All odds are courtesy of BetOnline.ag via Sports Insider.)MORE: SN Q&A with XFL commissioner Oliver LuckXFL Week 6 schedule(All times Eastern)GameDateTimeNetworkRoughnecks at Guardians3/142 p.m.ABCBattleHawks at Vipers3/145 p.m.FS2Renegades at Defenders3/154 p.m.FS1Wildcats at Dragons3/157 p.m.ESPN2XFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 6 The XFL has reached the midway point of the season, as we are now five weeks in to the 10-game regular season. There’s been a surprising amount of parity in the league so far, as only two teams have truly struggled so far: the Vipers and Dragons. But even those one-win teams have shown promise in the first five games. The East Division is stacked with three teams tied for first at 3-2. Houston Roughnecks at New York GuardiansSpread: Roughnecks -6.5 (-110), Guardians +6.5 (-110)Over/Under: 47 (-110)The Roughnecks were tested last week as P.J. Walker turned the ball over three times, but that offense is too good to be held down for long. After an uneventful Week 4, Cam Phillips returned with a dominant game in Week 5, finishing 10-122-2 on 13 targets. Phillips now leads the league in receptions (31), receiving yards (455) and receiving touchdowns (9) as he proves he deserves a shot at the NFL.Houston (5-0) will be traveling to New York to face a Guardians team that is 3-2 on the season despite plenty of struggles. New York has allowed more touchdowns (9) than it has scored (8) so far through five games. Luis Perez started the year as the third-string QB, but he’s started the last two games and has helped lead the Guardians to two straight wins. He hasn’t even been that good, but he hasn’t been bad — which is what Matt McGloin was.Despite the Guardians’ win streak and home-field advantage, it’s hard to see this team taking down the Roughnecks. Houston’s offense is just too strong and should have no problem winning this game.Prediction: Roughnecks 28, Guardians 16MORE: The XFL is in “Madden 20” thanks to a dedicated team that made it happenSt. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay VipersSpread: BattleHawks -3 (-120), Vipers +3 (+100)Over/Under: 42 (-110)I thought Tampa Bay would win last week, but the Vipers ultimately fell short, 41-32. I was correct in thinking Tampa Bay’s offense would find its rhythm again after struggling for most of the early part of the season. The Vipers finished with 142 rushing yards along with a 300-yard passing performance by quarterback Taylor “The Corn Dog” Cornelius. The Vipers may be 1-4 on the season, but this isn’t a team to take lightly.The Vipers will be hosting a BattleHawks team that surprisingly struggled in Week 5 against the Defenders. St. Louis finished with a season-low six points, going 0-for-3 in its red zone appearances. St. Louis’ defense still showed up, only allowing one touchdown to D.C., but the offense needs to rebound against Tampa Bay if the BattleHawks want to start winning again.Tampa Bay is tough to nail down. The Vipers have given up the most touchdowns in the league (15) while also allowing the fewest yards (258.8) per game. The math doesn’t add up, but either way, I expect the BattleHawks to get back to their winning ways in a close game.Prediction: BattleHawks 24, Vipers 20Dallas Renegades at D.C. Defenders Spread: Renegades +4.5 (-110), Defenders -4.5 (-110)Over/Under: 35 (-115)Philip Nelson drew the start in place of an injured Jones last week, making it his second start this season for Dallas. In the Renegades’ two starts with Nelson, the offense hasn’t scored a touchdown. Nelson mostly struggled, finishing 28-of-49 for 210 yards with two interceptions against New York last week, while taking three sacks. He’s supposed to start again this week, so I expect this offense to struggle against a D.C. team with a good defense.The Defenders won in Week 5, but it wasn’t pretty. Kicker Tyler Rausa ended up being the MVP for D.C. with three field goals, good from 52, 50 and 22 yards out. The Defenders also benched Cardale Jones after two passes (one of which was an interception) in favor of promising young QB Tyree Jackson. Jackson wasn’t outstanding, but he was efficient, finishing 9-of-14 for 39 yards with a touchdown while adding 32 yards on seven carries.It will be interesting to see if D.C. keeps Jackson at QB or goes back to Jones. Either way, I have a hard time seeing Dallas beating the Defenders in D.C. There’s been a clear distinction between the Defenders at home and on the road this season.Prediction: Defenders 18, Renegades 15L.A. Wildcats at Seattle DragonsSpread: Wildcats -2.5 (-115), Dragons +2.5 (-105)Over/Under: 45 (-110)The Wildcats won last week thanks to a dominant performance by Josh Johnson, who has quietly been one of the league’s star quarterbacks. After missing Week 1 due to injury, Johnson has been effective, as he’s second in the league in passing yards (1,092) and passing touchdowns (11). He’s only thrown two interceptions, and he has the best quarterback rating (106.8) in the league. In the NFL, Johnson was known as a mobile quarterback, but he hasn’t really showcased that side of his game with just 30 yards on 15 carries so far. The Dragons gave the Roughnecks a run for their money last week. B.J. Daniels drew his first start of the season, finishing 14-of-22 for 114 yards. He also ran 10 times for 30 yards, finishing with two scores on the ground. The Dragons have allowed the most touchdowns in the league (15), which will be a challenge as they face a Wildcats offense that’s scored the second-most touchdowns (18) among all teams.I could easily see Seattle winning this game, especially since it’s at home, but the Wildcats’ offense has been too good to struggle against the defense allowing the most yards per game (358.0). Prediction: Wildcats 35, Dragons 28last_img read more

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All-Black Jackie Robinson West Wins Little League World Series U.S. Title

first_imgSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After nearly giving their fans coronaries due to falling behind because of rocky pitching by Joshua Houston, the star pitcher rebounded to pitch five innings and then drove in the tying run with a line single in the fifth to lead the all-black baseball team Jackie Robinson West (Illinois) to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Nevada 7-5 on Saturday in the U.S. final at the Little League World Series.The Great Lakes Region champions from Jackie Robinson West earned the right to meet South Korea in Sunday’s Little League world championship game.Trailing 3-0 after the first and 5-4 heading into the home half of the fifth, Chicago scored three times to win it. Houston’s single tied it after two walks, with runs also scoring on a fielder’s choice and an error.Ed Howard then came on to close it out for Jackie Robinson West, a member of the Urban Initiative which supports Little League programs in underprivileged urban areas.Photos: Twitter, Instagramlast_img read more