Year In Preview: 30+ Musicians Tell Us What They’re Most Looking Forward To In 2017

first_imgThe year of 2016 was certainly an interesting one in the music world. Though many headlines will focus on those who have passed this year, we wanted to reflect on the joyous occasions that music brought throughout 2016. In doing so, we asked a number of musicians to tell us about some of their favorite experiences throughout the year, and will be running features all week to celebrate all things live music.For the final installment of this Year In Review series, we took a slightly different approach and asked, “What music are you mosted excited for in 2017?” Many are looking forward to new releases from their favorite new bands, and several are hoping to be turned on to something totally new and original in the new year. Of course, many of these dedicated musicians are also laser-focused on their own projects, which bodes well for an incredible year of music in 2017Here’s what your favorite artists had to say:Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) – I am just excited for music itself in 2017, but specifically I want to study with Weedie Braimah next year.Scrambled Greg (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – John Mayer Trio, Phish and discovering more new bands like Organ Freeman.Jesus Coomes (Lettuce) – When Jerry comes back and takes a solo with Lettuce. It should be soon I promise.Simon Allen (The New Mastersounds) – The Bernard Purdie & Friends album which our bassist Pete Shand has written, produced and performed with Brian J from the Pimps. Pete played us a few rough mixes on our tour bus last week and we were blown away – it’s the funkiest, most soulful thing I’ve heard in 10 years. I’m so proud of Pete, and I can’t wait to hear the finished record. There is also a Melvin Sparks live LP coming out in 2017 on my label One Note Records. Melvin died suddenly in 2011 and this was his last recorded live show. The album, produced by Eddie Roberts, captures a wonderful performance at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT featuring Kung Fu organist Beau Sasser, drummer Bill Carbone and the Phish horn section, Dave Grippo and Brian McCarthy. Melvin and his music have had such a big influence on The New Mastersounds (we often play his tunes in our live set) and I’m honoured to have a role in curating this piece of his musical legacy.Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) – Man, so much! I always get psyched when Dopapod puts out new stuff and I know they’re working on an album now; I’m super psyched on the Chicago based band Mungion too, and my goal for 2017 is to catch a Kendrick Lamar show, and an Erykah Badu show- those are both bucket list sets! And of course AQ tour and festival season and seeing the ga-jillion other bands that rule in this scene!Rob Compa (Dopapod) – There’s a lot of fantastic bands out there who deserve and need to be heard by more people. I would love to see those bands get the attention they deserve for how hard they work and how much they pour into their art.Dave Watts (The Motet) – Our new album! (Sorry, does that even count??) [Editor’s Note: Sure does, Watts. We can’t wait for new Motet either!]Seth Walker – Working on some new music with Jano Rix of the Wood Brothers. I want to push the boundaries rhythmically, sonically and lyrically. Gotta keep swinging at it.Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) – New Wood Brothers Music! We have the new live record coming out in January and we also start work on a new studio album.JP Biondo (Cabinet) – The unexpected band that I don’t even know I love yet.Chuck Jones (Dopapod) – Jam CruiseCraig Brodhead (Turkuaz) – Jam Cruise.Eli Winderman (Dopapod) – Hopefully Tool and Gorillaz. I’m looking forward to getting into the studio with Dopapod and making some new music as well.Nick Tkachyk (Spafford) – GORILLAZ. PRYDZ. TCHAIKOVSKY.Matt Gibbs (Evolfo) – I’m not sure which of my favorite bands are officially preparing for 2017 releases to be honest! As far as popular stuff I’m aware that LCD Soundsystem and Modest Mouse are working on new albums, I’m pretty excited to see what those dudes are up to. I’m excited about new music from Ty Segall and Meatbodies. There’s so many friends’ bands in Brooklyn that I want more from as well, like Stuyedeyed or Nick Hakim. Can’t wait to hear new material from those guys. Our first full length album Last of the Acid Cowboys will also be out in April and I’m pumped to finally share that with people.Karl Denson – The coming year will be all about the Tiny Universe. I think I’ve completed the pieces of the puzzle to take this musically where I want to go. We’re going to spend a lot of time rehearsing and writing this year in hopes of really creating something long-lasting and memorable. There’s also the possibility of touring Europe with the Rolling Stones. That would be nice too.Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) – TURKUAZTony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) – Dumpstaphunk at Tipitina’sNeal Evans (Dopapod) – Sigur Ros tour ya dummy!David Shaw (The Revivalists) – Hoping for a Childish Gambino tour in 2017.Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident) – SCI Sound Lab releases for Electric Forest FestivalAlric Carter (TAUK) – Lupe Fiasco and Bonobo new record releasesWilliam Apostol (Billy Strings) – I’m always looking forward to what Greensky Bluegrass is up too.. they just keep cranking out amazing songs and albums. Paul and Dave are 2 of my very favorite songwriters. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next!Jeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – Vulfpeck and The Big Something.Nigel Hall (Lettuce) – To make more musicEric Bloom (Lettuce) – LETTUCEDominic Peters (Goldfish) – Goldfish’s new albumRuss Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band) – TAB tour/ Red Rocks, Soule Monde’s new album and tour.Pappy Biondo (Cabinet) – Gatos BlancosLaurie Shook – Gregory Alan Isakov new albumRyan Jalbert (The Motet) – I’m personally excited that we blocked a lot of time on our calendars to work on material for our next record so as soon as we get back our New Year’s run we’re going to hit the ground running. Aside from that there are some highly anticipated album releases slated for next year that I’m psyched to check out. I’ve read that Bjork, Damian Marley, Missy, Chronixx, Beck, JT, Phoenix, MGMT, GZA are just a few of the bands projected to drop a new release. Life goes on!Cory Wong (Vulfpeck collaborator) – Kimbra’s last single blew me away. I’m hoping to hear a new full length from her. I’ve also gotta say that I’m super excited for my homie Theo Katzman’s new record to come out. I’ve heard it and it’s SLAMMING. I can’t wait for the world to get their ears on it.”T Sisters – We are so excited for our tour in support of The Wood Brothers on the East Coast in February!last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: John Spence – Communication is key (#24)

first_imgWelcome to episode 24 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of Today’s guest is John Spence is a consultant and coach to organizations all over the world. He works with startups and businesses in the Fortune 10. He’s been named as one of the top 50 leaders to watch by the American Management Association. He is committed to making the complex, Awesomely Simple. John and I discuss the importance of communication in all areas of life, but especially in business. John also walks us through the 5-steps to creating a culture of accountability. Communication is nothing if there is no accountability. In brief, clarity, managing expectations, agreement, track and post, coach, mentor, train, support, and celebrating success all lead to strong communication and strong, capable teams. Bonus! John reveals his four moments of truth: they are different for every organization. We discuss the food service industry. The food is amazing, the prices are reasonable, but the bathroom is disgusting, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You look at a financial institution, your customers want it done right, it should be easy, they want to be treated well, and the whole thing should be easy!Listen today to learn how communication and accountability are the keystones to success in any business but especially in credit unions and banking. Deal decisively with mediocrity and you will inspire excellence. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find John:John SpenceAuthor, Speaker, Consultant and coach to startups and the Fortune [email protected] Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:Book mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpenceShout out: Dan Berger and Anthony Demangone at NAFCUShout out: Jack Welch, CEO of GECompany mentioned: Rockefeller FoundationTheory X – Leadership mindsetTED Talk: John SpenceBook mentioned: Good to Great: The Three Circles of the Hedgehog Concept by Jim CollinsApps mentioned: EvernoteJapanese word for hoarding books: TsundokuBook mentioned: The Prophet by Kahlil GiibranBook mentioned: A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari KievBook mentioned: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor FranklShout out: Richard BransonPrevious guests: Dan Berger, Jill Nowacki (and episode 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:06] – Welcome back to the show! Randy introduces John Spence this episode’s guest.[02:45] – Communication – the lynchpin of John’s beliefs in business and life.[03:29] – 3 words to define communication: open, honest, and robust![04:10] – Single most important thing that people look for in a leader – They ask great questions![05:08] – Life Hack – If what you’re about to say won’t add any value to the conversation, don’t say it.[06:35] – The biggest problem with companies is a lack of accountability and execution.[07:47] – Just because you can measure something, doesn’t mean you should![08:32] – “Ambiguity breeds mediocrity.” one of John’s favorite quotes![11:11] – How do you hold people accountable in your organization?[11:46] – 5-Steps to Creating a Culture of Accountability[16:25] – John shares his four moments of truth.[17:50] – John shares his path to his current success and breaking through his introversion.[20:34] – Ambiverts: people with the ability to soak through their shirts and love other people at the same time.[21:37] – Making organizations stronger keeps John motivated. He loves opening the door.[23:35] – John recounts his biggest mistake was causing a bottleneck by wanting to make all of the decisions and feeling like he was always right.[24:45] – Leadership has changed dramatically over the years — we discuss the history of leadership practices.[26:02] – “You become what you focus on and like the people you surround yourself with” – TED talk.[27:12] – John recounts his most memorable failure while at Rockefeller Industry.[29:04] – What was the basis for the three accountability steps he implements in his training?[31:30] – Messaging — value versus vision.[33:33] – Fly-fishing is what recharges John’s batteries[34:07] – First time John got into memorable trouble? Wrecking his car at 16![35:20] – John’s daily routine involves eggs and news.[36:04] – How does John keep up with study and action steps?[37:14] – Most impactful album — anything by Sister Hazel[38:13] – Recommended books — The Prophet by Kahlil Giibran, A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari Kiev, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl[39:07] – John’s links to 50 business books he recommends[39:25] – Japanese word for hoarding books: Tsundoku[40:00] – What’s most important and least important for John as he gets older?[41:20] – First person John thinks of when he thinks of success — Richard Branson[41:56] – John’s version/definition of success.[43:20] – John’s final thoughts for the world – Check out the podcast and his newsletter 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Brandon Ingram battles nerves in Lakers preseason debut

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’d probably be lying if I said I didn’t have nerves at all,” Ingram said. “I was just excited. I was excited to get my shot off. I was excited to get on the court.”That partly explains why Lakers coach Luke Walton will refrain from featuring Ingram in the starting lineup at least right away. No need to make Ingram feel overwhelmed when the Lakers acquired 12-year NBA forward Luol Deng to carry a heavier workload.Although Ingram will still log significant minutes during exhibition play, Walton also said he won’t “run him into the ground.”Yet, Ingram’s anxieties in a new environment tell only part of the story. “The nerves will make you miss a shot or a free throw here or there.” Walton said. “But nerves don’t really do anything on defense,. I thought he had some mental lapses on defense that we’ll be sure to point out to him on the film session. But he also had some impressive plays on deflections and blocks.” The promising rookie looked calm as he sat by his locker before his exhibition debut. Despite his unassuming personality, however, it turns out Brandon Ingram can act pretty well.Underneath his calm exterior bore a man becoming anxious before and during the Lakers’ 103-84 victory in their exhibition opener against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Honda Center.The reasons are understandable. The Lakers expect plenty out of Ingram as the NBA’s No. 2 pick. The 19-year-old Ingram also expects plenty from himself in bringing the Lakers some purple-and-gold prosperity. On Tuesday, though, Ingram brought the Lakers a quiet performance by scoring two points, missing all five of his shot attempts and grabbing two rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. center_img Some of those plays contributed significantly toward the Lakers’ reserves chipping away at a double-digit deficit in the second half — all of which could cement Ingram’s early value.Although the Lakers drafted Ingram because of his outside shooting stroke, Walton has also emphasized Ingram’s ability to bolster the Lakers’ defensive presence on the perimeter. The Lakers, after all, ranked nearly last on defense last season in every statistical category.Ingram also listened to his veteran teammates when they said, “This game is going to come easier when you keep playing.”“I don’t think that I had the offensive game that I wanted to have,” Ingram said. “But I tried to attack the game in a different way. I tried to get after it defensively with steals. I tried to do something that would help the team.”Staff movesThe Lakers have not just spent their offseason making changes to their roster. They also made changes to their training staff and analytics department.The Lakers announced the hirings of Jennifer Swanson (head physical therapist), Stacey Robinson (massage therapist) and Sean Light (assistant strength and conditioning coach). The Lakers also hired Lorena Martin (director of sports performance analytics) and Jae Kim (basketball data analyst). While Martin will report to assistant general manager Glenn Carraro, Kim will report to director of basketball analytics Yuju Lee. The Lakers also added Joshua Wright, who will serve as an assistant to Walton.Swanson, with 12 years of experience in the NFL, NHL, MLS and MLB, served as director of sports performance with the Chicago Bulls from 2013-16.Robinson, who worked at Joubert Physical Therapy in Beverly Hills for the past 10 years, has worked with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and the Avengers of the Arena Football League.Light spent the past four years as the strength and conditioning coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. Martin recently completed three years of postdoctoral research at UC San Diego. Kim worked last season as analytics manager for the California men’s basketball team. Wright spent last season as a volunteer with the Wake Forest’s men’s basketball program.last_img read more