SCI’s Michael Kang Talks Ghoul Train’s Return, Gregg Allman, Acoustic Shows & More

first_imgL4LM: I know a lot of fans were blown away by your recent secret show in Colorado. How did that all come together? MK: A good buddy of ours who we’ve known for years and years and years, it was his 40th birthday, and so he invited us up to come play. Some of were like, you know this could be really fun to have a no-pressure party, and so we came around on it. We told him, we don’t want it to get too out of control, so we’re basically just not going to say anything about it, can’t really release it to the general public. There were no tickets sold or anything like that. It just kinda came about that way, it was a 40th birthday, it was only a couple hundred people there. It was just really fun to have this small intimate, no pressure show.We just showed up and played. I live in California now so I had to fly in for it, but yeah it was super fun.You Can Download The String Cheese Incident’s Secret Show For FreeL4LM: You’re hitting Red Rocks this summer in its 75th year too. That must be exciting.MK: They just asked us… I guess there’s a Red Rocks Hall of Fame, and they’re putting us in the Red Rocks Hall of Fame, which is hilarious. I think at this point, besides Widespread, we’re like the second or third band that’s played there the most. It’s just cool for us.L4LM: That’s quite the honor! Congratulations, and thank you so much for your time Michael. We really appreciate it! Just last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with The String Cheese Incident’s founding member, Michael Kang. The multi-instrumentalist spoke to us at length about the band’s newest endeavor, the SCI Sound Lab, which is essentially a creative workspace that the band can call their own. With new music just released and a whole lot more in the pipeline, Kang switched gears and talked about what fans can’t get enough of – live String Cheese shows!With Electric Forest coming this weekend, a major tour that includes shows at Red Rocks, a collaborative set with Gregg Allman, and the return of Hulaween Festival, there was no shortage of great conversation with Kang. Read on for his take on all of these exciting events!L4LM: Summer tour is coming up soon! It all starts this weekend at Electric Forest. I know that festival has evolved over the years, how do you feel about where it is and where it’s going?MK: It’s great. Our history with that festival goes way back and a long way. Back when we were throwing a lot of the Horning’s Hideout shows, back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, we had this concept of wanting to bring a super immersive atmosphere that not only incorporated music but art and performance art. Just really give people a fully immersive experience that they could experience even if they’re not just watching the show. We did those shows for many years, and then it morphed and evolved due to some of our involvement in Burning Man and going there, seeing the potential for how people can have this kinda of experience. It culminated with our management starting the Rothbury Festival.The first years of Rothbury was right actually when the band was taking a break, but some of us still remained in the production side.  I, and some other friends of mine, brought this immersive style and ambiance to the festival. We stayed involved in the production, so when they decided to re-launch it as Electric Forest, we stayed involved and have been a mainstay at the festival. It was the culmination of us wanting to create this Horning’s Hideout style event in the Midwest, and having more resources to be able to go big with it. The first year it did good, the second year it did even better, and now it’s totally blown up. There’s a focus – a lot of the kids these days are listening to EDM. To me, EDM or live or whatever, they’re still getting to see us for the first time. A lot of the mainstay acts are friends of ours really, Bassnectar – I introduced him to the whole jam scene, way back when. We used to play these shows as Elastic Mystic together, way back when I found him at Burning Man. It’s all one big family as far as I’m concerned. The music may sound different, but it’s still kind of the same people that pervade it all.L4LM: Speaking of Bassnectar, we recently caught an interview where he said he was going to be a “resident DJ” of Electric Forest.MK: Yeah, I heard that too! I think that’s great, I think he gets it. He really believes in the same family community, music as a community vibe that all of us come from and the same kind of place and all that. L4LM: I know you mentioned Horning’s in there a couple of times. Is there any chance of you going back there?MK: You know, we’d like to. Unfortunately, the grounds themselves at Horning’s are a little restricted because it’s very difficult to get into. It’s a pretty small venue, and the guy who owns it, Bob Hornings, really has a pretty busy schedule of a lot of events. He really doesn’t do a lot of concerts there, so when we do come in, it’s quite the big impact, for better or worse for him. We still want to focus on creating these events. If you were to ask us what the band goal was over the next 10 years, it’s to really have a few of these hubs throughout the year – one in the East Coast, one in the South, we’ve got Electric Forest up on the North, and on the West Coast we’d like to start something like that. We can spread this transformative music event that really gets people going. We’ve been able to do that in Suwannee for Hulaween and we want to continue being involved in these things that become more of a complete creative expression of what we feel wants to bring to expand.We’re going to continue to look for places, and it may happen at the actual Horning’s Hideout again. But there are some prohibitive issues with that site. It’s really actually very difficult to pull off for our crew and management. But it is magical and we definitely don’t want to take it off the table either.L4LM: I know a lot of fans are going to be excited for the Gregg Allman Incident coming up. Have you met with Gregg yet? MK: He’s an absolute legend. We’ve been conversing, but at a distance. I’m sure once we get through a couple of these events, we’ll hone it down. We’re trying to figure out what the ideal setlist would be, what he wants to do. We’re just going to see what happens. We’ve now done a few of these collaborations, we usually do one or two a year. Since we’re not doing LOCKN’ this year, and having a big collaboration of some sort – last year we did it with the Doobie Brothers. Every single one that we’ve done has been great, where it’s like a real meeting of the worlds. Yeah, it’s been really cool.Right now we don’t have any specific plans, but I’m sure as time goes on, we’ll work it out.L4LM: There’s just so much material from the Allman Brothers catalog to pull from. MK:  Oh man. It’s dizzying when you really start to think about it. L4LM: So I don’t want to keep you for too long, but I have to ask if our April Fool’s joke about the GWAR Cheese Incident made it back to you guys.MK: Yeah… somebody even mentioned it last night. I was like, man that would awesome, but it would be a stretch. People are taking it seriously. Even our bookkeeper asked, “when are you guys doing this heavy metal thing?” I’m like, “You don’t see the joke in that?”L4LM: I mean, we did do a joke about you doing a dubstep set, and you wound up collaborating with Skrillex on stage.MK: We feel the freedom. We’re obviously not an electronic act but we love electronic music. [Michael] Travis and Jason totally have EOTO, so we’re not afraid of throwing that into the set at all. It’s always funny to sometimes see, because some people are like, “no don’t do that,” but other people are like, “oh my god this is the best thing ever.”But that’s always been our shtick from the beginning. There’s nothing we won’t try.L4LM: Is there anything you haven’t tried yet that you want to or is just whatever comes?MK: Whatever comes. We love the collaborations; they’re really cool because you get a sense of how other songwriters and people have done it. It would be really cool one day to do something with an orchestra. There’s all kinds of stuff that’s possible. We’re always trying to come up with new ideas and see what sticks. But we feel like we cover a pretty broad range of things at the same time.I think at some point we want to do some more fully acoustic stuff too, which is a cool part of our whole band. L4LM: That’s interesting, because Bill Nershi had a similar comment when he spoke to us last year.MK: A lot of times when we’ll play festivals, we’ll change the band, because we have such a varied repertoire. For Billy as mainly an acoustic guitar player, and even for me as a fiddle player and a mandolin player – I play mostly electric now but it’s really fun to play acoustic too – it keeps you on your toes having to keep up all your chops in the varying styles.L4LM: Among those many styles was last year’s “Ghoul Train” set at Hulaween. I think fans are curious as to what you’re going to do next.MK: The Ghoul Train is here to stay for a couple years. There’s so much material, and we’ve already been talking about that. There’s no shortage of shit to throw in the mix there.last_img read more

Critics decry reopening of migrant worker placement

first_imgIda said in a press conference on July 30 that the new decree aimed at supporting the recovery of the domestic economy during the transition to the so-called COVID-19 new normal.“We see it as necessary for Indonesian migrant worker candidates to return to work in their destination countries while we are maintaining the principles of protection of workers’ rights and health protocols,” said Ida.When asked about the controversial timing of the decision, the Manpower Ministry’s acting director general for training and placement Aris Wahyudi said the government was trying to carefully balance the economic concerns of workers who sought employment abroad and public health.“If we revoke [the ban] too soon, it will be perceived as if we are abandoning health [aspects],” Aris told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “On the other hand, we don’t want to see a steep decline [in the economy]. With the WHO [World Health Organization] saying this pandemic will continue for a long time, should we refrain from engaging in economic activities [for a lengthy period]?”Aris said his office took into account the demands to lift the ban from both prospective migrant workers and the P3MIs, while acknowledging that there was also demand for Indonesian migrant workers from foreign countries.Aris maintained that health protocols would be strictly enforced during the recruitment and placement processes, partly to avoid Indonesia being perceived by other countries as a “virus exporter”.The ministry initially said that it would allow Indonesian migrant workers to be sent to 14 territories, namely Kuwait, Algeria, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Maldives, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Qatar, Taiwan, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This was based on consultations with Indonesian diplomats abroad, according to Ida.However, it has now removed Kuwait from the preliminary list after Kuwait issued on Aug. 1 an entry ban for 31 countries, including Indonesia.Ida said that the number of countries listed as placement destinations could change at a moment’s notice.“The list can either be expanded or reduced depending on conditions at home and abroad. The government has to make sure that the placement process is safe and guarantees the protection of our migrant workers,” Ida told the Post on Tuesday.She went on to say that the placement process would officially start after her office finalized the list of the first batch of destination countries or territories.The ministry is now working together with the BP2MI to establish a joint team to monitor daily developments relating to the pandemic and migrant labor, given the dynamics of the health crisis.According to BP2MI data, 88,973 worker candidates’ applications were suspended when the government imposed the restriction in March.Aris said the government would first select the migrant workers from this pool of candidates, prioritizing applicants who met the requirements in the new decree before moving to other prospective workers.“Not all those whose [application processes] were halted can immediately go abroad. There will be reselection,” said Aris. “If the conditions do not allow them to go, then they will not go.”BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani earlier said that his agency was ready to join hands with the ministry in ensuring that the resumption of recruitment and placement was accompanied by strict health protocols. He said the move was made to ensure access to employment.According to BP2MI data, 3.74 million Indonesian migrant workers abroad sent home a total of Rp 160 trillion (US$10.9 billion) in remittances in 2019. He said that sending migrant workers abroad was a risky move at a time when COVID-19 in Indonesia showed no signs of abating and while other countries were confronting a second wave of outbreaks.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah signed on July 29 a ministerial decree that essentially revoked an earlier decree that had put restrictions in place on March 18.The new decree stipulates that the government gradually allows worker placement to selected countries that have declared that they are open for migrant workers. The recruitment and placement processes are subject to health protocols, the cost of which may not be passed on from the P3MIs to applicants.Prospective migrant workers who already have visas in hand, are already registered with the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers’ (BP2MI) protection system and whose application processes are handled by registered P3MIs will get priority in being sent abroad, the decree states. Topics :center_img Critics have decried the government’s recent decision to lift a ban on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers, which was suspended in March when the country was dealing with the early emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.Wahyu Susilo from labor rights group Migrant Care said the decision could lead to haphazard recruitment and placement processes and encourage illicit activities by illegal migrant worker placement companies (P3MIs).“This could lead to a haphazard recruitment process in Indonesia’s migrant-sending regions,” he said.last_img read more

Home Run Derby 2019: Three takeaways from Pete Alonso’s win over Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

first_img MLB All-Star 2019: CC Sabathia receives invite, will be honored before game Bell and Alonso entered the day as favorites, but Bell had a first-round exit after hitting 18 compared to Acuña’s 25. Alonso survived by knocking out the hometown-favorite Santana in the first round and made it to the finals with a walk off to knock out Acuña.Alonso ended up winning the contest, beating out Guerrero in the finals for $1 million and the derby championship. Related News Santana spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland and was traded back to the Indians after spending a year with the Phillies.He is batting .297. MLB All-Star Game 2019: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres added to AL team as injury replacement Justin Verlander ‘100%’ believes MLB is juicing balls for more home runs Everybody loves the long ball and there was plenty of that Monday in this year’s Home Run Derby.Matt Chapman, Pete Alonso, Josh Bell, Alex Bregman, Joc Pederson, Ronald Acuña Jr., Carlos Santana and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all showed their stuff at Progressive Field, but it was the young stars who stole the show. Let loose. ❄️🐻 pic.twitter.com/vZfYAAxD02— New York Mets (@Mets) July 9, 2019Chapman, the top seed who had the unfortunate luck of being pitted against Guerrero, was eliminated in the first round.Here are three takeaways from the 2019 Home Run Derby:Vladimir Guerrero Jr. proves he belongs, and then someGuerrero wanted 30 in the first round. He didn’t get it, but he was certainly close.Guerrero ended regulation with 24 home runs — the most of anyone in the first round — but then had a 30 second bonus. It was in that time the 20-year-old third baseman fired off five more homers to set a derby record. He beat Josh Hamilton’s previous mark of 28 in a round.MADE FOR THE MOMENT! #PLAKATA 💥 | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/7S9le7RSoS— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 9, 2019As the youngest player in the derby, many wondered how Guerrero would handle the pressure after he had just eight home runs before the All-Star break.He proved his first-round feat wasn’t just a one time thing. He hit 29 again in regulation during the semifinals against Pederson. When that round finally ended, he had the most home runs (69) in a single derby ever and still had a round to go.Guerrero finished with 91 total homers.The derby had its first ever swing offPederson and Guerrero were in the playoffs. Yes, the playoffs. While they both hope to be competing in the postseason after the second half of the season, they were in another high-pressure scenario Monday.Pederson and Guerrero were tied throughout the second round and extra time, which forced a swing off for the first-time ever. Each batter got three swings, Guerrero picked his cautiously but only had one home run. Pederson also had just one homer in the first swing off.The two went toe-to-toe again but it was Guerrero who had the edge, beating Pederson 40 to 39.We’re watching HISTORY! #PLAKATA 💥| #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/1TEKh6G4YU— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 9, 2019Carlos Santana couldn’t get it done in front of a home crowd.Santana received by far the biggest cheer during the player introductions to start the night. If anyone is used to hitting in the park, it’s the Indians infielder.But, he was eliminated from the derby in the first round after Alonso beat his mark of 13. Santana, who entered with 19 homers so far this season, struggled Monday. It took him about a minute to get going and he was able to gain momentum with 90 seconds left. Despite the early elimination, Santana, who is a first time All-Star, still enjoyed his day“I’m excited, especially here in Cleveland. I’m going to enjoy it,” Santana said.last_img read more

Rochester pair arrested for area car wash thefts

first_imgMASON CITY — Two people from Rochester Minnesota have been charged after allegedly damaging property and stealing money from coin machines at several car washes around the area in August and September. 39-year-old Danielle Minea and 41-year-old Kyle Kuchenmeister are facing charges of ongoing criminal conduct, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree theft. Mason City police chief Jeff Brinkley in a written release thanked members of the public who shared information with investigating authorities about the identity of the suspects.last_img

Love-fest: Kevin Love is the new face of Cavaliers

first_imgMOST READ INDEPENDENCE, Ohio— Kevin Love signed his new contract and proudly put on a hard hat. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sick Malaysian badminton star out of World Championships, Asian Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As the NBA waited for James to make his move earlier this month, Love was with friends on Long Island when he got word that his teammate was bound for LA.“I was kind of just sitting there in a crowd of people and I go, ’Huh, OK, well, let me go call Koby,’” Love said. “Koby actually ended up calling me and made a couple calls and we need to figure some things out, but here we go, let’s build this thing.”Love, who will turn 30 in September, just completed his fourth season with Cleveland, which was swept by Golden State in the Finals. And although James is elsewhere, Love believes that with him and young players like rookie guard Collin Sexton, forwards Cedi Osman and Larry Nance and others, Cleveland can remain more than competitive.“You lose the best player in the world, you have to form a new identity,” he said. “But I think in some cases what we lose in identity we will make up but we also have in culture. We’ve always had a culture here that has been very hard working. … I think we’re going to see a lot of guys really having fun and being themselves and playing really hard-nosed basketball.”Altman said it wasn’t long after James announced he wasn’t coming back that he made his commitment to Love.“Right after LeBron decided to leave, I called Kevin first,” Altman said. “I said: ‘Kev, I’m not trading you. I want you to be here and I want you to be a part of this thing,’ and he was all in then, too. He’s never wavered in his commitment, not once in the four years since we traded for him and not once this summer and, to me, that’s really, really meaningful.“He wants to be a part of this franchise and be the leader. I think he’s earned that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins It’s now his team.“I look back, everything happens for a reason,” Love said. “My best friend from back home said, ‘It always works out.’ This is where I wanted to be. I’ve said that all along. There were some tough times where potentially I would have been traded and my name came up in rumors every few months. But hopefully that ends now.”Love didn’t know when he arrived at the arena that he would be meeting with carpenters, electricians, plumbers and team employees to celebrate his signing. General manager Koby Altman wanted to surprise him.Moments after signing, Love took a selfie with the workers and posted it on Instagram.READ: Cavs star Love reveals battle with panic attacks“It wasn’t even my idea, but I thought it was great,” Love said. “I had all the people behind me. It’s almost like, to me it’s not a rebuild, because we have talent, we have championship-caliber guys, and we have young and fresh guys that are going to be willing to learn and come along in this league.“I think guys putting on their hard hats and coming to work every day — that has to be the identity to our team, and I think we have guys that are cut from that cloth and are going to be willing to go out there and prove themselves.”Love will make $24.1 million next season before the extension begins, making his contract worth $145 million over five years. Love waived his option for 2019-20 and there are no other options or trade clauses within the new deal.He will be paid $28.9 million in 2019-20, $31.3 million in 2020-21 and 2021-22, and $28.8 million in 2022-23.The deal gives Love obvious financial security, and it locks up an elite player for the Cavaliers, who want to avoid stumbling the way they did when James left the first time in free agency in 2010. The Cleveland Cavaliers will rebuild around him.The All-Star forward made a long-term commitment to the franchise on Tuesday by signing a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers, who believe Love can help them stay competitive following LeBron James’ departure.The 29-year-old Love, who was nearly traded twice by Cleveland, signed the extension in front of dozens of construction workers inside Quicken Loans Arena, the team’s downtown home, which is undergoing a $140 million renovation not unlike the makeover taking place with the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions.READ: Cavaliers sign Kevin Love to 4-year, $120M extensionThe symbolic moment wasn’t lost on Love, who came to Cleveland four years ago to join James and Kyrie Irving and form the Cavs’ “Big 3.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more