Drummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch and Crown City Rockers founder Headnodic have connected on a ground-breaking new album of analog-future hip-hop entitled First Takes. With an avant-garde approach to creativity and recording, coupled with a shared affinity for the golden-era of Boom-Bap, this dynamic duet has the power to usher in a new exploratory era in beat-making. By embracing a no-rules philosophy First Takes has Deitch and Headnodic reimagining the (former) limits of hip-hop production, employing improvisation as a state of mind.Download the record here, and check out a review and interview below.“T’s Departure” is 1970’s blaxploitation vibe personified, a hard-driving funk groove thumping beneath dramatic strings and a big swirling hook. “King’s Town” transports you to the yardie spot, an organic, bare bones romp through the jazzy dancehall, runnin’ tings with rudebwoy swagger, as Deitch’s jungle rimshots and astounding hi-hat sizzle set a frenetic pace. Headnodic matches colors and sonics with Blunted in the Bomb Shelter-type aplomb. “Data Decimator” unleashes tribalized b-boy riddims with a nod to DJ Shadow, while at the same time hopping the pond to dip in the slowly oozing late 90’s Bristol UK Trip Hop ethos.The tragically short “Swivel” is a Creed Taylor wet dream, with luscious boom-bap breaks, Bob James Rhodes action, Headnodic bringing a flair for flamboyant like his name was Big L. “Neferttiti’s Theme” unveils a grown n’ sexy, the vibe akin to the Madlib Blue Note rare groove old-school; yet Headnodic’s lyrical, musical approach to on-the-fly sample-craftmanship, and the resulting future bass madness, undermines any period specific elements by catapulting the listener to newfound galaxies in sound.“Wamp Rats” is a class in new school blues, a track that locks into an undeniably hip hop format, only to be sliced to shreds with an eargasmic harmonica solo scratched to the surface by Pretty Lights turntable henchman Chris Karns. “The Stage” delivers the dearly departed Shaolin heyoka Ol’ Dirty Bastard to the forefront of a decidedly pimpadelic throwback sample, Headnodic spearheading an excursion to the depths of a chamber at once familiar yet unclaimed. “Nyx” is a clear and present nod to a generation sublime; Pretty Lights Music and it’s ever-evolving diaspora. A classic kick-snare Deitch beat powers the emotional, colorful lament filled with wah-wah guitars, triumphant horns, and soulful R&B crooning.With bombastic Adam Deitch beats storming the soundscape with both reckless abandon and military grade precision, the songs have more bounce to the ounce than your average quasi-loopdigga, or drunken-monkey beat tape. Headnodic’s exotic, imaginative sample collages, engineering mastery and a sixth sense for making heads bob like emergency brakes, the stage is serendipitously set for a wild ride to an even furthur side of lysergic synth dreaming. The duo can hang their fitteds (or five panel) on the fact that they have served the Blue Note and CTI legacies, showing love to Rudy Van Gelder, Creed Taylor, as well as the likes of Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights).Deitch and Headnodic have done Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Evil Dee, and countless other forefathers of the NY’s golden era proud, not to mention modern purveyors of sound design like DJ Shadow, Prefuse73 and Flying Lotus. A potent blend of sample-based collage culture, one-take studio magic betwixt virtuosos of the new millenium, and a chance capturing lightning in a bottle, First Takes is beyond merely just a successful mission; it is a tomorrow promised on this never-ending search for new land. On a day when we may need reminding of artistic and cultural freedom, principled bravery, and affirming ourselves a nation that holds one fact to be self evident: Deitch beats definitely don’t quit.Hot Takes with Berklee brothers in Boom-Bap: A Conversation with Adam Deitch and Headnodic. L4LM: Adam. Thanks for the making the time, and sliding L4LM this dope record for the premiere. Tell us more! Adam Deitch: I just did the album with Ethan (Headnodic). I went to Berklee with him back in the 90’s, he was the dopest producer, even way back then! Check the credits.[Founding member (and often producer and engineer) of the acclaimed Hip-Hop bands Mission: & Crown City Rockers. His career includes collaborations with indie Hip-Hop heavyweights MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, Zion I, Chali 2na, Moe Pope, Del The Funky Homosapien, & more. He is also one-third of the Hip-Hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef The Truth Speaker (Latryx).]L4LM: So you recently connected with him in the studio? AD: He put together a bunch of sampled loops, and then I recorded live drums on top. He then came back and added the live bass, moogs, and other sounds. All of my drum tracks were First Takes, thus the album title. Really thing the Pretty Lights kids will love this analog tasty treat.I would like to add that Headnodic was, to me, representing the new breed of musicians, who were also capable of producing records and had knowledge of samplers, sequencers, mixing techniques etc. as well as a deep understanding of many styles of Hip Hop. He is going to give you a greater understanding of how this project came together.[note: Deitch then connected L4LM to Headnodic, live and direct from the Bay Area.]L4LM: Ethan (Headnodic), thanks for making some time for Live for Live Music. Please tell us a bit about how you dreamt this up? And then brought it fruition? Adam is a very busy cat, always gigging, always moving. And you are out here on the West Coast, so couldn’t be easy. Headnodic: Adam’s band Lettuce was out here playing a several day run at the Fillmore in SF and I invited him to come record at my spot. I thought maybe I would get a handful of 2 bar drum breaks to loop up, maybe he’d track a full structured drum take to one of my “works in progress”, maybe even two.L4LM: I bet this session was a power hour personified. Tell us, what ended up going down when he came through? Headnodic: This dude came to my house with only an hour to play with (he was late for a flight to somewhere). Luckily, I prepped the night before and laid out a ProTools session with 15 or so beats that I had done (with the programmed drums muted). He walked in and we skipped the “hello hi” stuff, and he just threw on the headphones and sat down at the kit. The mics were prepped and the pre-amps were all warmed up. I hit play/record and the beat came on. What he did is what you hear on the record.L4LM: So it was like a jam session, with samples. And you just left them as is?Headnodic: I’m an editor and I love to chop and loop and fly and sample and yatta yatta, but I didn’t want to do sh*t to this drum take. It was game tight. By the time that song ended in his headphones, I had already slid the next one into the ProTools session and in real time he hit it in one take… Threw on another… First Take… Another… First Take… We only had an hour or so, but what he did is what you hear on the record… all first takes.L4LM: Philosophically, please tell our readers about what the First Takes record is all about. Kind of reminds me of Hov, just going in the booth, bars off top, letting it fly. Headnodic: I really wanted to produce this project with the feel of this session in mind. There’s a vibe to this collection of songs that stems from the narrative of it’s creation. This sh*t was live in the studio, dude was on fire and the excitement of that needed to stay on tape. Anything he played, I left as is.To structure the song, I edited the samples and instruments that I laid around his performance and even that editing was minimal. He naturally knew where my all of beats were going. A lot of that intuitive speak comes from the fact that we share the vocabulary of the same era of hip hop beats, but another good chunk of it is that I saw him play back in the late 90s when we were both at Berklee College in Boston and I began to steal his drum fills for the drum programming on my beats, so I’m guessing my tracks & arrangements felt a little like home for him.L4LM: The drums are mic’d so ILL. I mean, it’s has the juiciest, warmest analog feel, so loose and Jay Dee-drunk but still tight as nails. It goes so hard, too. How did you go about getting Adam to sound so right, Ethan?Headnodic: “I use a lot of mics on the kit, keep the drums dead and room dry, and spend a good amount of time dialing in the sound in post. Each track has a distinctly different sound and I wanted the drums to sit comfortably in each landscape, but I also wanted Adam to stick out in the mix and take a starring role. I made a bus of all of the room mics and overheads, and then another with the close mics with effects and coloration (a lot of gating & compression, but no sound replacer or anything like that). I then went back and forth with levels and side-chaining and all that good-good to really find the balance on each one. I go for that analog 70s feeling, and I’m glad you feel it came across on “tape”, but it’s actually all plugins and digital flim-flammerey. I pride myself on making stuff sound good on a budget.Our homie (drummer) Max MacVeety and I spent a good many dead-broke years experimenting with drums trying to make em sound like a million bucks.L4LM: Yes! Love Max. Got hip to him through Karl Denson but I know he runs with Lyrics Born these days. And he’s in that new D.J. Williams krewe Shots Fired! Shout out to Max MacVeety! Headnodic: As far as mixing, I pushed myself to keep the drums very human and push them way into the front. Often I’ll mix to get the Boom & Bap to dominate and it sets a pedestal for the emcee, but since this project is intentionally instrumental I wanted to let that polyrhythmic aspect of rhymes fall on the ghost note work on the snare and the hi-hat. Then push the Boom Bap back in a bit. It’s a delicate balance.”L4LM: Rest assured, every element is lining up right on this record. Great balance, on so many levels. There are a few features on the record. How did they come about? Headnodic: We were blessed with some amazing performances on this project. Chris Karns came in and laid down an amazing harmonica solo, made even more amazing when you take in the fact that he did with a turntable (it’ll make sense when you hear it). We also got some of my Crown City Rockers family Kat O1O & Raashan Ahmad as well as DJ Cutso (from the Bangerz) on a joint. As for the future, who knows? It’s just good to know that we only need an hour or so to get busy like this.L4LM: Adam Deitch, with some final thoughts on Headnodic, the First Takes album release (premiering on Live for Live Music), and the big question everyone wants to know: can the people hold out hope for some kind of live performances of this material with Ethan? AD: Most competent musicians I knew in the mid 90s weren’t even thinking of making their own tracks. Ethan was already doing that. His production aesthetic was an influence on my style of beats and it was a total honor for me to collaborate with him in this way. For this release, we decided to drop it for free, we were inspired by the “Pretty Lights method” of releasing music. And we absolutely will try to play a few shows in 2017 (schedules permitting).Words/Interview: B. GetzPhotos by John Coyne, Leo Docuyanan, B.a.D. PhotographyDon’t miss Adam Deitch pulling double duty at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise, playing with host band Lettuce as well as an exciting collaboration between Break Science and Manic Focus dubbed Manic Science. More information about the festival, which is held in St. Augustine, FL from March 31 – April 1, can be found here.
This past weekend, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their highly awaited return to The Capitol Theater, NY for a two-night run at the historic venue, and their first shows in Port Chester since their 2016-2017 New Year’s run. As is usual in the New York market (and in most other markets, to boot), the performances sold out at lightning speed, and the band returned the favors by bringing their own electric musicianship and improvisation to one of the late Jerry Garcia‘s favorite venues. SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theater | Port Chester, NY | 7/21/17 (Show #114)Set One: King Solomon’s Marbles > Cumberland Blues, I Need A Miracle > Crazy Fingers > St. Stephen > Play Pause Stop*Set Two: Silvio** > Scarlet Begonias > Cassidy > Fire On The Mountain > Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance > BerthaEncore: Werewolves of London^*Benevento/Russo Duo cover**Bob Dylan cover^Warren Zevon cover[Cover photo via Andrew Rios, from The Ogden, Denver, CO] Both nights nights of the run proved to offer countless highlights. Friday featured JRAD’s first “Dark Hollow” on electric instruments, an “Althea” that segued into (and back out of) “Space,” the band’s debuts of an instrumental “In With The In Crowd” jam (by Ramsey Lewis), “Deep Elem Blues,” and “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” a rendition of “The Wheel” with a jam on Cold Play Cold‘s “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” (another first) sandwiched in between, and much more.Saturday’s performance boasted a dream setlist including “King Solomon’s Marbles,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Crazy Fingers,” “St. Stephen,” and the JRAD debut of Benevento/Russo Duo‘s “Play Pause Stop” in set one, a “Scarlet” > “Cassidy” > “Fire” sandwich, a beautiful “Lost Sailor,” and a celebratory “Bertha” closer in set two, and a howling cover of Warren Zevon‘s “Werewolves of London” to round out the encore.You can watch a selection of pro-shot videos from each night of JRAD’s summer Capitol Theater shows below, via the band’s Facebook and nugs.net.SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theater | Port Chester, NY | 7/21/17Set One (9:00PM – 10:30PM)Jam @ ->Dark Hollow ##Althea ->Space ->Althea Reprise # ->Playing In The Band ->In With the In Crowd Jam $ ->Playing In The Band RepriseThey Love Each OtherGonesville ->Casey Jones >SugareeSet Two (10:57PM – 12:27AM)Deep Elem Blues % (All) ->Easy Wind ->The Wheel ^ ->God Put A Smile Upon Your Face Jam & ->The Wheel Reprise * >So Many Roads ->Dark Star + ->Estimated Prophet ->Touch Of Grey“Happy Birthday to Marco” (Crowd & band sung)E: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue @@ (TH)@ – With a “Lay Down Sally” (Eric Clapton) Tease (TH)## – First Electric Version by Almost Dead – played Acoustic on 2015-12-31 & 2016-10-07.# – First “Split” Althea$ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Ramsey Lewis Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead% – First Time Played By Almost Dead, with a BT Wind Tease (SM). MB 1st Verse, DD 2nd Verse, JR 3rd Verse, SM 4th Verse, TH 5th Verse^ – With a “Jolene” (American Babies) Tease & a So Many Roads Tease (TH)& – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Cold Play Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, with “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) teases (JR & SM)* – With “National Anthem” (Radiohead) Teases (TH)+ – Verse One [email protected]@ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, with a “Take On Me” (Ah-Ha) Tease (MB) Friday 7/21 “Althea”:Friday 7/21 “Deep Elem Blues”:Saturday 7/22 – “King Solomon’s Marbles”:Saturday 7/22 – “Cassidy”:
Jun 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.Vietnam’s National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology has requested that the Ministry of Trade approve a vaccine trial on 10 to 20 volunteers and on 200 to 300 people living in areas that have had poultry outbreaks, China’s news agency, Xinhua, announced today.The trial would run from August to December, sources told Xinhua. The vaccine has been declared effective on mice, monkeys, and chickens, Xinhua said.However, an online version of TIME Asia magazine’s Jun 20 edition has a story that quotes experts with reservations about the vaccine.The seed virus used for Vietnam’s vaccine was mixed with cancer cells to boost replication, and then grown in monkey kidney cells, a method the article describes as highly unorthodox. It is not the same seed virus as the one approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for H5N1 vaccine development.”People could get cancer from the vaccine,” according to a TIME quote attributed to Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program.And although the vaccine’s creators say they have followed international protocols to prevent the H5N1 virus from mutating in the course of vaccine production, they “haven’t opened all their records or allowed an inspection of their labs,” the story says. TIME describes WHO officials as trying to convince Vietnam’s government to call off the human testing and create a new vaccine using the WHO-approved seed strain, but indications are that Vietnam’s planned tests will continue.Vietnam has been Ground Zero in this year’s human H5N1 outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004 and continues today. The WHO today updated its avian flu tally to reflect three new human infections diagnosed during the last two weeks of May.”All three patients are from Hanoi and remain alive. No further data about these cases have been provided,” the update noted.WHO now tallies 55 human cases of H5N1 diagnosed in Vietnam since last December. Eighteen of those patients have died.In Australia, researchers this week are touting a new test for avian flu that they say will identify 15 subtypes of flu in poultry within 1 day instead of the usual 3 weeks.The test was created by the Department of Primary Industries in Melbourne, according to a story in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.The test is best used as an early warning system in areas that haven’t already identified a particular strain, said Bob Cameron, Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture, in the Herald story.Details of how the test works and what methods have been used to determine its sensitivity and specificity were not available. However, the story noted that the test will be discussed at a biotechnology conference in Philadelphia that begins on Jun 19.See also:WHO’s Jun 14 avian flu update on Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_14b/en/index.html
The Batesville High School boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Greensburg for their annual invitational. Eleven schools were in competition on a very windy and chilly evening.After a hard fought battle, Batesville boys came out on top separated from East Central by a mere 3 points. Batesville finished with 60 points to East Central’s 63. Greensburg took 3rd with 102 followed by South Dearborn’s 116 and Oldenburg Academy finishing the top 5 with 120.Scoring for Batesville were Caleb Moster, who came in 7th, Connor Bell in 8th, Clay Yeaton in 14th, Brice Keeton in 15th and Quinten Gowdy in 19th. While the top 2 runners ran an outstanding race, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th runners really stepped it up and ran hard through the finish to bring Batesville the victory. Also running on Batesville’s varsity team were Alex Batta in the 40th spot and Elliot Main in 45th. In the reserve race both Will Sittloh and Josh Nobbe ran personal bests. Will with a time of 23:39 and Josh with a time of21:10. Derek Nobbe also ran a good race with a time of 21:04.On the girls side, it was East Central that out nudged the Bulldogs by 7 points. East Central finished with 50 points to Batesville’s 57. Greensburg took the 3rd place spot at 67 points. They were followed by Connersville in 4th with 101 and again Oldenburg Academy finished out the top 5 with 117. Leading the way for Batesville was Emma Gausman in 6th running at 20:43. She was followed by teammate Mary Poltrack in 7th at 20:58. Maria Wessel was 3rd for Batesville in 13th, Audrey Weigel 17th and Kylie Lehman 20th. Also running for varsity was Sarah Poltrack in 24th place with Katie Baumer right behind her in 25th.Again, even though the JV race was not scored, the team really ran well, with 5 girls running a personal best in very windy conditions. Winning the girls race and running a personal best was freshman Carly Fitzpatrick with a time of 22:56. Batesville also captured the next 6 spots. In order they were Madeleine Robben, Audrey Maupin, Breanna Hartman, Anna Kick, Cheyenne Laker and Taylor Meyers. Heidi Shaw came in 10th followed closely by teammate Mary Catherine Barnett in 12th. Also receiving awards were Candice Roell in 16th and Kate Poltrack in 19th. Besides Carly, Anna Kick, Taylor Meyers, Kate Poltrack and Nikki Elkins ran personal bests for the night.The Bulldogs now have a week off of competition as they prepare for the tournament round. Sectionals is next Saturday, October 10th, hosted by South Dearborn at Moores Hill Elementary School. Boys run at 9:00am and the girls will follow. Good Luck Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Lloyd B. Davidson, of Brookville, was born on April 3, 1932 in Owsley County, Kentucky, a son to Elisha and Oda McDaniel Davidson. He served his country in the United States Army and later married Zola F. Reese on May 24, 1952 in Connersville. Lloyd worked for 43 years at Philco Ford and was a member of Pipe Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He loved gardening, bird-watching, fishing and playing bluegrass music. On Monday, August 10, 2020 at the age of 88, Lloyd passed away at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.Survivors include; one daughter, Jane (James) Henson of Brookville, and one son, Steve (Levan) Davidson of Dillsboro; 4 grandchildren, Marky Browning, Cathi (Tom) McNees, Themmy Nguyen, and Michelle Davidson; 3 great-grandchildren, Shawn and Tori Browning and Stephen Davidson; 8 step great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild, and one brother, Logan (Phyllis) Davidson of Brookville. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; siblings, Jay, Elmer, and Harley as well as an infant sister, Ruth.Friends may visit with the family on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Due to the COVID-19 precautions and state mandates, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol, including wearing a mask. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.Memorial contributions can be directed to the family. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal memory please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Lloyd Davidson.