Tool ‘Can’t Seem To Move Forward’ With New Album, According To Maynard James Keenan

first_imgFans anticipating a new album from Tool will have to remain patient. Despite a positive forecast from Tool guitarist Adam Jones in a November 2015 interview with Rolling Stone in which he said, “Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together,” Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has tempered those notions in a new sit down with The Press Enterprise.While the interview was mostly about Keenan’s newer project, Puscifer, he was asked about the Tool album. Keenan explains, “We’ve found a common ground. We just can’t seem to move forward.” Tool took time away from the studio earlier this year for a 17-date tour with Primus but had planned to get back to work on the record shortly thereafter, which would be their first such effort since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Meanwhile, Keenan will continuefocusing on his band Puscifer, his most active project in the past decade, who are gearing up for the second leg of their “Money Shot” tour.Stay tuned for more details on the new, long-awaited Tool album. While you’re waiting, check out a complete concert recording from Tool’s most recent tour earlier this year at Tulsa’s BOK Center via ToolArchive:Setlist: Tool at BOK Center, Tulsa, OK – 1/16/16Set: No Quarter, The Grudge, Parabola, Schism, Opiate, Ænema, Descending, Jambi, Forty Six & 2, Sweat, Stinkfistlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Turkuaz’s Craig Brodhead On Jazz Fest Super Jams, Honoring Fallen Heroes, WuChon, & More

first_imgThe mighty nine-piece funk extravaganza Turkuaz needs no introduction around these parts, but their longtime guitarist Craig Brodhead deserves some recognition that is long overdue. On the far right, the man in white is a key contributor to Turkuaz’s kaleidoscopic brew, bringing tasty licks and a certain restraint—always serving the song on his axe or a synth, no matter how large or small his part might be. As such, his humbleness onstage makes it somewhat easy to overlook just how much this guy brings to the table. In speaking with him for a few minutes, it’s abundantly clear that Craig Brodhead is one deep cat.After a tour stop in Chico, California, towards the end of yet another mammoth, coast-to-coast Turkuaz sojourn, Brodhead and Live For Live Music’s B.Getz began a lengthy discussion, starting with a tour update. During their conversation, Craig touched on the topic of WuChon, his burgeoning electronic project that’s beginning to turn heads and snap necks with some extremely funky beats, and discussed the upcoming F*ck 2017 late-night jamboree in NOLA.For the second straight year, the guitarist/keyboardist is congregating a veritable armada of homies who will pay tribute to several fallen musical heroes of this most recent ring around the sun. Judging from Brodhead’s thoughtful answers and righteous, ambitious intention, Jazz Festers are primed, locked, and loaded for an all-time threauxdown in the Quarter. From there, Craig spoke about his own personal history in the Crescent City as well as some can’t-miss players and late-night engagements during Jazz Fest.Live For Live Music: Turkuaz is one of the hardest working bands in showbiz, but you had a spell of extended downtime before this recent tour. How did you fill your days and nights between lengthy runs? Craig Brodhead: For us, a month is a long time off, and it was well needed, as we basically went from September until early February, with some minor breaks. I can’t speak for everyone, but I think we all like to spend time with our loved ones that we can’t see as much as we’d like to, as well as just find general ways to decompress and reflect.For me, a lot of open time is a little scary too, so I generally try to keep busy with other work and book other regional gigs. I did some shows with my somewhat new project Headband, which has a rotating cast depending on the location. We did our first Colorado show with Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and Nick Gerlach (Michal Menert), and it was a blast!L4LM: A band like Turkuaz is built for a city like New Orleans. Shed some light on the band’s history and relationship with the Crescent City. What are some memories you have of Jazz Fests past or classic ‘Kuaz hits in the city? When was the first time you personally visited NOLA? CB: Well, first I’d like to say that I consider that a huge compliment to hear that you would associate Turkuaz with NOLA. I first realized my love for New Orleans really before I ever went there. I was at Berklee in 2005 when Katrina happened, and they did this benefit show in the cafeteria. All these incredible New Orleans musicians showed up to play—Khris Royal came in the same year as me and that was the first time I heard him—and it just hit me like a ton of bricks, the kind of history and musicianship that comes out of there.I went there for my first time after Turkuaz played Bear Creek in 2011, and I loved it instantly. When we started working with a booking agency, we made it clear from day one that we wanted to be at Jazz Fest every year. I’m very happy that we stressed that as much as we did, because it takes a long time to earn your stripes and work your way up in the community—down there you really have to earn it.Turkuaz featuring Freekbass – “Everyone’s A Winner” – Bear Creek 2011[Video: galaxysmith]Craig Brodhead: As far as Jazz Fest memories go, there are so many, and they all kind of blend together after awhile. That first year, Dave [Brandwein] had this freak accident where he bruised his radial nerve, and his right hand basically stopped working. We still got through the show; he just sang the songs and Danny Mayer came up halfway through the set and helped fill in. That was terrifying, but his hand healed fine so it’s sort of a good story now.Another year my grandmother had just died, and the shows were obviously very important, so I made the extremely difficult choice to miss the funeral. I kinda felt like she was looking out for me the whole time. All these amazing things just kinda started to happen, and I ended up playing music with people that I had looked up to for a long, long time. It goes without saying that there are just countless incredible sets that I have been lucky enough to see: Garage A Trois at Tipitina’s, Earth Wind & Power at Howlin’ Wolf, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Wil Blades at Blue Nile—all of them just incredible experiences that I hold onto.I was also at Jazz Fest when Prince died in 2016 and Col. Bruce [Hampton] in 2017. Both times the city celebrated in amazing ways. I ended up at the giant purple second-line funeral parade, which was huge and just unforgettable and beautiful. And for Col. Bruce, so many of his close friends and collaborators were in town that night when he died. Since I did not have the honor of knowing him very well, I just heard these unbelievable stories, one after another, and I feel very lucky that I was able to learn about him from that kind of outpouring.Turkuaz – “Up On Cripple Creek” – Howlin’ Wolf – 4/26/2016[Video: Kendall Deflin]L4LM: This is the second year of an unfortunately necessary concert series in New Orleans, the appropriately-monikered F*ck 2017. You have stepped up to captain the ship once again, and you’ve put together quite a team to honor fallen heroes of music. Why is that important, to celebrate the art and legacy of those who have passed away?Craig Brodhead: There is a lot of value to this kind of celebration I think. One obvious aspect is that there are many people who have a strong connection with this music and they want to experience it again. A less obvious aspect is there are giants who maybe don’t have the notoriety that they should have, and this is a way of paying the proper respect. Leon Ware, for instance, was an incredibly prolific writer and producer, particularly with Marvin Gaye, so we thought it was important to play music he was a part of. Col. Bruce as—a lot of people know his name but aren’t necessarily familiar with his music. Or Clyde Stubblefield—musicians definitely know him, but he doesn’t have nearly the kind of credit he deserves.I see New Orleans, and by extension Jazz Fest, as being essentially about tradition. An unbroken tradition of music and musicians, even down to a lot of the same family names over generations, is what gives New Orleans an authenticity that exists in no other American city and perhaps only in a few places in the world. So we’re just trying to do our own version of that in a respectful way.Fu*k 2016: A Funky Tribute To Musicians We Lost – Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA – 4/30/17[Video: ConcertCasters]L4LM: What artists that passed away this year rocked you the most, personally? Whose death would you say impacted the culture most in the past year? Craig Brodhead: Personally, Col. Bruce was the biggest loss just because I feel like he has this amazing, supernatural touch and deep philosophical influence that was an absolutely essential element of what our whole community now values and in some ways takes for granted. I don’t know if any of the biggest artists we treasure now would be what they are without him. And that’s all of Phish, Oteil [Burbridge], Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, all the way to Nikki Glaspie and Taz [Brandon “Taz” Niederauer], just to name a few. I’m sad that I didn’t get to learn from him in a direct way, but I really try to pay attention to what his close friends continue to pass down. For the culture at large? I think it’s clear, if a bit surprising, how closely we all held the music of Tom Petty. He had this amazing and rare ability to be incredibly simple and direct but also poetic and free of cliché. It is timeless and truly resilient music.L4LM: So how do you go about putting this type of band together. For such a unique, special, and emotional hit, I imagine it’s carefully curated.CB: As far as this band goes, I just called the best musicians I could! No really, I think for any band—and particularly these kinds of one-off shows that involve music of significant complexity with zero rehearsal time—you need to call people that you feel like you can go ‘into war’ with. By that I mean, they obviously need to be consummate professionals, but they also need to be friends and have your back.Everyone that I asked to be part of it has worked together, and we have an established a level of trust that, even if the degree of difficulty is a little scary, I know that every person will be prepared enough and most importantly care enough to execute. Garrett Sayers in particular. If you talk to anyone that works with him, they say the same thing—he’s both the most talented and the most prepared person on every gig. It’s an understatement to say he’s incredible.And you’ll hear essentially the same thing about Joey [Porter] and Lyle Divinsky. Really good bands have a good culture and similar values regarding work and preparedness. And obviously, I have a built-in trust with my Turkuaz bandmates. We really don’t like letting each other down. I have a similar relationship with Nate Werth, DJ Williams, Cris Jacobs. They are all just super dependable people. L4LM: You’ve been developing your electronic project, WuChon, over time. Tell the people about this art you are making outside of the guitar and what it’s all about. I’m particularly curious as to any influences or inspirations on the electronic side of things. I feel like there’s a synergy between the live bands and electronic arts that is not recognized enough. Craig Brodhead: Okay, I’ll totally bite on this one! It’s a big part of the way I’ve always felt compelled to express myself creatively. As much as I generally identify as a guitar player and definitely heavily relate to that tradition, electronic music of many streams has always been fascinating to me. My dad played a lot of Stevie Wonder in the house, and I’d listen to all the synths on Songs in the Key of Life and just wonder “What is that sound?!” Same thing with Pink Floyd. Just obsessed with all those sounds.A friend of my Dad’s brought over an original Minimoog which stayed at our house for awhile, and I didn’t realize how lucky I was to learn a lot of my initial programming on that. I went to go see the Disco Biscuits with my brother when I was in 8th grade, and watching Aron Magner play these evolving phrases and subtly tweaking the sound—I was hooked. He’s a really great sound designer. They also had a lot of great DJs play with them over the years, especially some of the minimalist and dub-techno stuff that my friends and I latched onto.Then, over the years playing with Turkuaz, I started to see the continuity of soul, funk, and disco with all the other streams of dance music. Disco specifically, I used to deride as this vapid 1970s fad and fast forward, and I’m totally obsessed with it now. Two DJs completely flipped me out in the last several years. DJ Soul Sister, out of New Orleans who plays all funk, disco, go-go, and a lot of early hip-hop kinda stuff, and DJ Taka, who is a Japanese DJ who has a residency every weekend at the Light Club in Burlington, Vermont. He’s legitimately a genius. He does funk and disco as well but mixes it seamlessly with early Chicago house, and then a lot of things you’d just never in a million years think would work together. Best dance party in the world, hands down.L4LM: So, I’ve been steadily spinning your phenomenal Space Disco Mixtape, Vol. 1. Such a fun and funky journey. Tell us how did you finally bring WuChon to fruition?CB: So basically after many years of absorbing all this music and understanding more history, I decided to try my hands at DJing myself. I go by the moniker WuChon, which is an odd nickname I acquired many years ago. The cornerstone of my sets is funk and disco, but I’ve gravitated towards some of the nu-disco house stuff. When it gets fast and late, I try to mix in some of my favorite Detroit techno like Moodymann, Richie Hawtin, etc. I do make my own music in that vein but I don’t spin any of it at sets—just do some minor remixes here and there. Someday, I’ll start to work in some of my original stuff though. I just like for people to dance and enjoy themselves.L4LM: In the spirit of people dancing and enjoying themselves, let’s turn around and finish up in New Orleans. What else are you up while you’re in NOLA? Any other Craig Brodhead gigs or hangs we should get hip to? Craig Brodhead: I’m hanging for about a week and doing a handful of gigs and sitting in on a few other sets. Turkuaz is doing two nights at Tipitina’s—the second night, we’re doing a Paul McCartney and Wings set featuring original Wings member Denny Laine, which is pretty cool, I think. I’m guessing people who don’t think they know that music very well will be surprised by how much they do know and will enjoy the stuff they don’t. I’ll be playing a bit on Joey Porter’s Herbie Hancock set as well, and that’s got Sput [Robert “Sput” Searight] on drums. I respect him tremendously so I am extremely excited about that.As far as seeing stuff, Robert Walter has an amazing schedule of shows so I’m gonna try to catch one of his sets. I love seeing [John] Medeski in situations that are outside the norm for him, so I’ll just keep an eye out for that. I’ll never miss Eric Bloom’s sets if I can help it—his commitment to New Orleans music is just extremely deep at this point. Marco Benevento Trio is playing after us at Tipitina’s, and I love seeing Karina Rykman play in his band. I’ll watch Charlie Hunter do anything, and then wherever else the Jazz Fest grids lead me!L4LM: Last question, one I’m asking all my interviews: What does “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” mean to you? CB: I mean, it’s a very cliché answer but obviously the food. I have my spots that I hit every year, but there’s just nothing like waking up with an absolutely hellacious hangover and being nursed back to life by a big bowl of perfect gumbo and a bloody mary, which you can get just about anywhere. But yeah, more of that cliché stuff: watching the sunrise in the backyard at the Maple Leaf, being covered in confectioner sugar after a stop at Café Du Monde, feeling good walking in the sun seeing Royal Way in the tiles on the sidewalk, rushing through Bourbon street as fast as you can, losing your whole group of friends and running into another. All that stuff.If you’ll be in New Orleans For Jazz Fest, don’t miss Fu*k 2017: A Tribute To Those We Lost in 2017 (Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino & many more) featuring Craig Brodhead, Michelangelo Carubba, and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) & Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2nd. For more info, click here, and to purchase tickets, click here. You can also catch Craig at the Maison on Sunday, May 6th, when he’ll appear during a Herbie Hancock Tribute featuring Joey Porter & Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Robert “Sput” Searight & Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note). For more info, click here, and to purchase tickets, click here. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

He made the most of his opportunities

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When they think of medical devices and biomaterials, most people don’t think about the type of stuff they’d find growing in their backyards. But most people aren’t Harvard senior Scott Yim.A biomedical engineering concentrator and Quincy House resident, Yim’s senior project explored the use of naturally derived materials such as bamboo to help reduce the cost of medical devices and biomaterials in the developing world.The project, Yim said, grew out of personal experience and encouragement from his concentration adviser, Sujata Bhatia.“There are many medical devices that are very expensive to manufacture, or that use costly materials that require a lot of processing,” Yim said. “Going forward, I think we need to look into reducing those costs and making those devices more accessible to people, not just in the U.S. but around the world.The research is still in the early stages. Yim’s project focused on combining natural materials with various cell lines to determine whether they were biologically compatible. In the future, he said, the potential clinical applications could be great.“A material like bamboo is very strong. In our tests, we found it to be comparable to rat skeletal muscle,” he said. “It could be used in a host of ways that are exciting and novel.”Working in the lab, however, only scratches the surface of Yim’s undergraduate experience.“This place has been very good to me,” he said. “I was incredibly fortunate and lucky to have the opportunity to come here, and I’ve tried to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves, so I’ve involved myself in quite a lot. I walked onto the men’s varsity volleyball team, I was able to pursue different leadership positions on campus. I never would have thought, coming from my hometown, that I would wind up here.“This place has opened so many doors for me and my family,” Yim added. “The people from my community who have had the opportunity to attend an institution like Harvard are very few and far between, so I tried to take advantage of every opportunity this place afforded me.”During his four years, Yim became one of the most recognized voices on campus. In addition to blogging about his experiences as a student for the Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, he has given tours through the Crimson Key Society, participated in this year’s “Virtual Visitas,” and earlier this year he was elected second marshal for the Class of 2013, a lifelong position that carries into alumni life.Through it all, Yim said, he has worked hard to not become complacent about the opportunity a Harvard education represents.“I think it’s easy for everyday life here to become quite mundane, especially when you’re trudging through problem sets and stressed out about exams,” he said. “But when I give tours, there are always people who say they would love to attend a place like this, and tell me that I’m lucky. That has really reminded me that we are all very fortunate to be here.”As he wraps up the final stages of his senior year, Yim admitted that leaving Cambridge will be bittersweet.“If I were to sum up my experience here in one word, it would be transformative,” he said. “It’s going to be very tough to leave — between my blockmakes, classmates, advisers, Quincy House, and the incredible sense of community. To be surrounded by people who are so passionate is really motivating and challenging at times. It’s definitely made me realize what’s important to me, and what I find happiness in pursuing, and that’s really special. I don’t think there’s any place quite like it.”last_img read more

Journeys through song

first_imgIt’s unlikely that Sugata Bose’s classroom discussions begin with a serenade, but on Monday afternoon his audience needed a little musical inspiration. So in a rich tenor voice, the Harvard historian happily obliged.“I have a great passion for music,” Bose said in Radcliffe’s Agassiz Theatre, where the mood was nothing like the dreary weather outside.To the delight of members of the Silk Road Ensemble, he sang a selection of late 19th- and early 20th-century traditional Bengali songs, and explained how they might inform a new composition based on the sacred Ganges River.Bose, a native of Kolkata, India, and the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, was one of several Harvard faculty members who participated in a recent three-day residency with Silk Road, Yo-Yo Ma’s collective of international performers. The ensemble was back on campus to develop and perform new music based on some of the world’s rivers, and to explore the intersection of arts and academics.“We are trying as an organization to go just beyond the Silk Road trade route and think about it more as just a metaphor,” said violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen. “Rivers are another useful metaphor for cultural exchange.”As part of a Harvard discussion in 2011, the group began investigating the theme of rivers as both musical inspiration and a means of exploring cultural crossroads. Bose took part in that conversation and was struck by the idea of using music to make a difference in communities “that are often divided.” The theme of rivers, he said, “seemed to be a very creative way of … making something uplifting for people who inhabit the banks of the rivers.”On Monday, following the showing of a brief documentary about Varanasi, an ancient city on the edge of the Ganges in northern India, Bose offered suggestions to Sandeep Das, who grew up in Varanasi, and Tokyo native Kojiro Umezaki. The Silk Road musicians are using the Ganges as their muse to create a new work, one that might also help raise awareness about the river.In a clear, resonant voice, developed from an early age with the help of his grandfather, Bose sampled snatches of well-known Bengali songs. He evoked nostalgia with a popular Bengali tune that included the line, “The Ganga is flowing as before, but where are the people of yesteryears?”The song describes the river as representing a type of ancient glory of India, said Bose, one that “seems to have been sort of lost.”“You obviously want to create something that is contemporary, [but] there are some resonances from history that could figure even in modern compositions,” he told Das and Umezaki.Bose also encouraged them to think of their work as a bridge that could help unite people in India, who are often divided along religious lines.“There is no distinction between Muslim and Hindu when a musical performance is held in a city like Varanasi, or even anywhere along the banks of the river.”Das, whose musical career blossomed in Varanasi, said he hopes he and Umezaki can develop an interactive map of the Ganges that plays music associated with different regions in India, and possibly an exchange featuring musicians from Varanasi, to create “some sort of awareness.”“What we heard from Professor Bose was very meaningful,” said Das, “that we could approach the theme with such distinctive ideas.”As part of its artist-in-residence role at Harvard, the Silk Road Ensemble returns to campus annually to collaborate closely with students and faculty from across the University.last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Caissie Levy & More in First Daughter Suite

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Broadway alums Caissie Levy, Alison Fraser, Betsy Morgan and more in the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s First Daughter Suite. Off-Broadway performances will begin at the Public Theater on October 6, with opening night set for October 21.The show is a follow-up to LaChiusa’s 1993 musical First Lady Suite and explores the complex relationships between First Ladies and their daughters. The production, directed by Kirsten Sanderson, is scheduled to run through November 15.The cast will also include Rachel Bay Jones, Mary Testa, Barbara Walsh, Theresa McCarthy, Isabel Santiago and Carly Tamer. First Daughter Suite Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

Shorts: Water News from Around the Blue Ridge

first_imgPhoto: Will ReevesMust Do Adventures: June See blooming rhododendron: If the Southern Apps are known for one thing, it’s our rhodo. See it in full bloom this month. Check out the 600 acres of blooming rhododendron on Roan Mountain, along the Tenn./N.C. border. Time it with the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival, June 18-19. roanmountain.comTake your kid camping: June 25 is the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. Not enough kids camp. Change that en masse. backyardcampout.org.Ride a bike in downtown Atlanta. The South’s largest city is becoming more bike friendly. Two days a year, the city even shuts down one of its downtown streets for Atlanta Streets Alive, opening the thoroughfare to bikers and pedestrians only. The event will occupy the proposed Atlanta Streetcar route between Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Centennial Olympic Park twice this month (June 4, June 25). atlantastreetsalive.comBreathe EasierA landmark settlement between TVA and the state of North Carolina will require the utility giant to close at least 18 old coal-fired units and spend $5 billion in the cleanup process. It also directs TVA to either clean up or close down the four plants closest to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The state’s lawsuit against TVA was headed to the Supreme Court before the settlement was reached in April.New Whitewater?South Carolina paddlers are anxiously awaiting the unveiling of a brand new whitewater destination. Two dams on Twelvemile Creek, just outside of Clemson in the foothills of the Appalachians, are scheduled to be removed this year. The dam removals will return a two-mile stretch of Twelvemile leading into Lake Hartwell back to its natural state, and paddlers are hopeful that there’s solid class II-III whitewater within that currently dammed section.“The dams were built in the 1800s, so nobody’s ever kayaked those waters,” says Kevin Colburn, national stewardship director for American Whitewater. “The whitewater could be awesome, but nobody really knows.”The hydroelectric dams are being removed as part of a Superfund agreement between the federal government, South Carolina, and the Shlumberger Technology Corporation (current owners of the dams) to allow for natural sedimentation to occur in order to bury 441,000 pounds of PCBs that were released into Twelvemile between 1955 and 1977. The additional whitewater venue is merely a happy side effect of this agreement.Kevin Miller, the president of the Foothills Paddler Association, expects Twelvemile to be a worthy post-work play spot or short weekend destination for Southern boaters. But Twelvemile will be dependent on rainfall, which means it’ll likely only be boatable around 100 days a year.There have already been three years worth of delays in the removal process of the first dam, so it’s unlikely that the second will be removed immediately. But a federal judge has berated the parties responsible for the excessive delays, so the dam removals are expected by the end of the year.“Winter and spring rains next year could provide paddlers their first opportunity to explore a river that hasn’t been seen in over 100 years,” Miller says.See a photo gallery of the River Keeper’s exploratory trip of the French Broad River Paddle Trail.last_img read more

Section Of S.R. 229 Closed Wednesday, Thursday

first_imgBATESVILLE – A section of S.R. 229 in Batesville will be shut down to traffic Wednesday and Thursday as road crews make preparations for an extended closure this fall.Hillcrest Bridge, just south of the S.R. 229 and S.R. 46, will be closed early Wednesday morning until Thursday night.Posted detours will route motorists in and out of downtown Batesville via Pearl Street.The bridge will be accessible through the weekend but will close again Monday for a much longer duration.  The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close the bridge for up to 55 days.Paul H. Rohe Company, the state’s contractor for the $758,000 bridge project, will remove and replace existing small structure on S.R. 229 that spans a tributary to Little Laughery Creek south of S.R. 46. The bridge also overpasses a golf cart path.The new structure will be a measure 28 feet by 13 feet, extending 54 feet in length.last_img read more

Osimhen, Ndidi, Ighalo top CAF Award shortlist

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Nigeria’s trio of Victor Osimhen, Wilfried Ndidi and Odion Ighalo top the 30-man list for this year’s African Player of the Year award. The lads are being joined by award holder Mohamed Salah, Percy Tau and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the preliminary list of nominees for the 2019 African Player of the Year award. Salah beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Aubameyang to the individual honour in 2018 after impressing for both club and country. He faces competition for this year’s diadem from the young Lille forward who has been in fine scoring form since his move from Royal Charleroi Sporting Club. 2016 winner Riyad Mahrez, 2019 African Cup of Nations top scorer Odion Ighalo and Atletico Madrid midfield trojan Thomas Partey are also in the running. Other prominent players nominated are Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund, Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and PSG’s Idrissa Gueye. The awards will be held on Tuesday, January 7 2020, at Citadel Azure, Hurghada, Egypt.Tags: African Player of the Year awardMohamed SalahOdion IghaloVictor OsimhenWilfried Ndidilast_img read more

Pardew keeping an eye on market

first_img Asked if there is a contingency plan in place, Pardew said: “Yes. I’ve got the Andy Carroll experience here, and that’s one of the benefits of being here for four years. “But I never think that you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League. Even if you’re in it, now there are clubs who can go and poach from there, which has been proven in this window. “You’ve got to be on your toes at all times and I have to say, I think we have been, this year in particular, really on the button on transfers. “I’ve seen some inflated prices this week and that’s worrying with nine days to go.” Tiote has been linked with Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal in recent weeks, but the latest speculation involves Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow. It is understood Lokomotiv had a bid or around £4million rejected earlier this month, and Pardew confirmed that no club yet had come anywhere near presenting Newcastle with a tough decision. He said: “I’m not exactly sure who bid. I heard there were a couple of derisory offers – and I mean way short of his valuation – and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving. “We have all speculation about our players, we have had it in the past. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumours last season with [Yohan] Cabaye and PSG and it happened, so I’m always open-minded about it. Press Association Pardew has no desire to see the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has three years remaining on his contract, leave St James’ Park this summer and indeed is planning to welcome him back to training after a hamstring injury next week and subsequently, into his starting line-up. However, having seen striker Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool for an eye-watering £35million in January 2011 within weeks of his arrival on Tyneside, he knows he can never say never. “I’m a big fan of Cheick, I love the way he plays and the passion he plays with and he’s been an important part of the success here. The players we’ve got round him this year will highlight his game a little bit more. “He will train with us next week and I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay. ” Tiote will not be involved in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa as he continues his recovery, but summer signing Siem De Jong will be having returned to fitness after a foot problem. However, the news of full-back Davide Santon, who underwent knee surgery during the summer, is less positive. Pardew said: “It’s not good news. When the surgeon looked at his knee there was a little bit more damage than we thought. That now looks like mid-November now rather than October.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club is closely monitoring the transfer market amid speculation that they could yet receive a substantial bid for key midfielder Cheick Tiote. last_img read more

‘Sea of Red’ gives students new identity

first_imgWhen authoritative figures tell college students to do something, the requests usually fall upon deaf ears.Tell them to stop drinking, watch their eating habits and get some sleep, and it’s likely to result in a pretty good amount of students enjoying pizza and beer at 2 a.m. while watching re-runs of “The Daily Show.”At the University of Wisconsin, this especially rings true. Long recognized as a hotbed of activism, protests have become as much a part of the Badger tradition as Bucky himself. From the Vietnam War to gay marriage, students have long made their voices heard on campus by vocalizing their displeasure with those in power.But after years of sticking it to “the man,” students have finally found one they are willing to listen to: head football coach Bret Bielema.Two weeks ago Bielema, in only his second year at the helm, urged fans to dress exclusively in red for Badger home games. No gray UW T-shirts, no white Wisconsin hats, just red. The coach laid out his vision of Camp Randall Stadium as a “Sea of Red.”Amazingly, students adhered to the coach’s request.Starting with The Citadel and continuing Saturday against Iowa, an overwhelming majority of fans, especially in the student section, have shed their white, gray and black Wisconsin apparel in favor of red.Considering Bielema made his announcement at a press conference and not on Facebook (though a group was created to relay the message; it currently has over 2,000 members), the response has been pretty impressive.It probably helped the coach’s case that the football team is ranked in the top 10 nationally and holds the longest winning streak in the country. At this point, fans have plenty of reasons to have a little faith in the coach.Not surprisingly, the team is 2-0 since the fans adopted the all-red look.Now it would be naive to think that there’s a direct correlation between fan dress unity and on-field success, but wearing the same color to games certainly provides its advantages.For one, spotting opposing fans is now easier than ever before. Unless it’s Indiana (or another team with red as a primary color) rolling into town, supporters of Wisconsin’s opponent stick out like a sore thumb, making it considerably easier to find targets for fans to direct their verbal attacks. When Michigan State comes to town this weekend, the Spartan fans and their green attire aren’t going to be difficult for Wisconsin fans to find and poke fun atThere’s no arguing UW is flush with school spirit, but having everyone wear the same color does even more to unify the students. Want to know why College GameDay hasn’t visited Madison in a few years? Well, it’s at least partially to do with particular chants the ESPN crew (and probably most people) deem offensive. The new attire gives the student section a chance to reinvent itself as a still spirited, but slightly more refined bunch.Additionally, the “Sea of Red” gives Wisconsin a hook that can hopefully become synonymous with the football team. College football, in this era, has become about more than just on-field talent. Now, schools hoping to draw the eyes of poll voters and national television broadcasts must have something other than a good team to distinguish themselves.It’s no coincidence that many of the nation’s top teams are as easily recognized by their stadiums and student sections as they are by their quarterback.Florida, last year’s national champion, welcomes opponents to “the Swamp,” Georgia makes its home “Between the Hedges,” Michigan brings 110,000 fans into “the Big House,” and LSU calls the ominously named “Death Valley” home.If fans want Wisconsin to be known for something other than bratwursts and cheese curds, turning the home field into a “Sea of Red” is certainly a step in the right direction.The University Book Store is doing its part to help the cause; now only red items appear in the windows, encouraging fans to keep up the trend as Wisconsin’s newest tradition begins to build roots, but ultimately it comes down to the willingness of the fans to keep the trend going. As long as the football team is winning, there doesn’t seem much of an argument to be made against keeping it up, though.Only time will tell whether or not the tradition continues. It’s easy to take part in the “redness” at first, but can it really last forever? If the team stops winning, fans might stop caring and a return to the white UW tees and Brett Favre jerseys that used to dominate the stands.Win or lose, though, I vote to stick with Bielema’s idea for a while.After all, if Moses parting the Red Sea was a miracle, then the football coach creating a “Sea of Red” has got to be a good omen.Mike is a sophomore with an undecided major. If you”d like to offer another reason why wearing red is a good thing, or know of any other Bret Bielema requests, he can be reached at mackerstein@badgerherald.com.last_img read more