Marc Ford Shows Off His Americana Credentials With This Set Of Songs From His Album “The Vulture”[Listen]

first_imgMarc Ford has been a fixture in the live music scene for years. As a seminal guitar player for the Black Crowes in the nineties, Ford went on to record with artists such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Ben Harper and more after leaving the band, forming a succesful career as a studio musician and producer. Recently, Ford has been performing as a solo artist, releasing a bevy of solo albums that culminated with his impressive 2016 release The Vulture, and he’s also a part of Rich Robinson‘s crew of former Black Crowes bandmates called Magpie Salute. Over the years, Ford has proven himself to be an excellent blues guitarist as well as a proficient Americana songwriter.Back in November, Ford stopped by Futureappletree in Rock Island, IL to perform a session for online music subscription service Daytrotter. Ford performed the song’s lead single, “Devils in the Details”, as well as “The Ghetto Is Everywhere”, “The Vulture”, “Same Coming Up”, and “Shalimar Dreams”, all from The Vulture as well. It was a great and stirring performance that truly showcased the best of Marc Ford and what he has to offer.Thankfully for those who don’t subscribe to Daytrotter, Paste Magazine is streaming the show, and all five songs from the set are embedded below for your listening pleasure. Also included below is a recently released video of Ford performing with the Neptune Blues Club performing Deep Water” in a session for Reverb.com./last_img read more

Inside Germany’s football factory

first_img0Shares0000German coach Norbert Elgert is in charge of the Under-19 team at the Schalke’s youth academy, of Germany’s most successful © AFP/File / Ryland JAMESGELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Oct 12 – Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Juventus defender Benedikt Hoewedes and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler all came through the Gelsenkirchen club’s youth set-up.Schalke 04 are nicknamed “The Miners” due to Gelsenkirchen’s industrial setting and their youth academy, called the “Miners’ Forge”, has a long list of talented alumni.Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, 21, Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 26, and Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac, 24, are just some of its graduates.The latest starlet to rise from the academy to Schalke’s senior squad is 19-year-old Weston McKennie, a future US international in the making.But what attributes make a future professional or a World Cup winner?“Talent is important, but that only gets you through the door,” Norbert Elgert, coach of Schalke’s Under-19 team, told AFP.– Have a ‘Plan B’ –“Athleticism and skills as a team player are all important. Then there are also things which are often overlooked — character, personality, desire to improve.“You have to have the confidence to elbow your way up in a squad of 25 to 30 players, or you have no chance, but then you still have to be a team player.”Norbert Elgert, coach of Schalke’s Under-19 team, has seen an impressive list of names roll off the production line at Schalke since 1996 © AFP / Jonathan STOREYThe 60-year-old has seen an impressive list of names roll off the production line at Schalke since 1996.Elgert is passionate about coaching and, with his flowing grey locks, adopts a father-figure role.“We put a lot of emphasis on education, right up to ‘Abitur’ (university entry qualifications),” he said.“We encourage that because what percentage actually make it? — Four or five percent maximum will be Bundesliga footballers.“Whenever I speak to a player about their future, I always ask, ‘what is your Plan B?’“We have to look past football, for those who don’t make it, get injured or get sick.”His success with Schalke attracted an offer a few years ago from Bayern Munich, but Elgert, who was born in Gelsenkirchen, opted to stay.He said Germany’s ability to produce talented young players stems from the lessons learnt from mistakes in years gone by — namely Euro 2004, when die Mannschaft failed to qualify from their group.“It was important for us to learn from the past,” said Elgert.“It wasn’t just enough for German teams to be organised, we were overtaken by countries like Spain, Holland or Italy.“The German Football Association (DFB) has been very innovative with the academies and always kept an eye on what is going on in other countries.”He clearly has strong links to his former players and eagerly asks how Ozil and Kolasinac, who joined Arsenal in June, are regarded in England.His eyes light up when he describes spotting talent — like the teenage Ozil.In fact Elgert receives a text message during the interview — he smiles as he shows the caller ID that reads “Ozil, Mesut”.“He was playing an Under-17 trial here, which I was overseeing as part of a school project,” said Elgert.“It wasn’t just the way he controlled the ball with great technique, it was the way he could read the game.“He was always looking where his players were and making good decisions.”Elgert persuaded Ozil to join the academy at Schalke, where he made his senior debut in 2006, leaving two years later for Werder Bremen in a deal worth five million euros ($5.8m).He went on to Real Madrid and when he joined Arsenal from the Spanish giants in 2013, Ozil cost 47 million euros.Elgert looks pained when discussing Neuer, arguably the world’s top goalkeeper who is currently sidelined with a fractured foot.“It’s just a huge pity, he lives for football and just wants to play football,” said Elgert.“I don’t worry about him. Of all the people this could have happened to, he will come back and be in his best form for Russia” and the World Cup finals.– ‘Welcome home’ –“I have known ‘Manu’ since he was 10 or 12 years old,” Elgert recalled.“He wasn’t fixed in the goalkeeper position then, he trained and played as an outfield player.“He was obsessed with football, in a positive way, he took tremendous pleasure in playing football.“You could see his ambition by the time he reached the Under-19 team.“He wasn’t first-choice, someone else was playing goalkeeper.“I said to him: ‘Manu, with your talent you can decide for yourself when you play.’“He quickly became the first-choice for our Under-19 team, but also for Germany.”Doesn’t it hurt when, after years of investing time and resources in players, they pack their bags for bigger clubs?“When they leave, your heart bleeds. Sead, for example, developed well here, but on the other side you are pleased for him,” admitted Elgert.“I’d rather see him here, like a lot of ‘Schalkers’, but I am pleased to see he has found his feet and is helping his team.”Schalke are currently mediocre and firmly a mid-table side in the Bundesliga.“It would have been an interesting team here if all the boys had stayed,” Elgert said.“We could have challenged the likes of Bayern Munich, but that is the past and the club (Schalke) profited from those who left financially.“You only have a career for a short period of time.“The boys who left, like Manu, will always have a bit of Schalke in them.“When they return to visit, I always greet them with ‘welcome home’.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Focus on Krunal, Shreyas as selectors pick squads for Zimbabwe, West Indies

first_imgThe selectors are expected to reward IPL performers Krunal Pandya and Karun Nair with their maiden call-ups for the short Zimbabwe tour. While Shreyas Iyer for his strong domestic show could find his name for the four-Test series against West Indies, as selectors pick squads for the two tours on Monday.MS Dhoni is expected to say yes for the short Zimbabwe tour and could be his last assignment for this season with India scheduled to play only Test matches starting from the West Indies tour. If Dhoni opts out asking for rest, Ajinkya will be leading a young side to Zimbabwe.However, Virat Kohli would be getting seasoned and experienced players for the Test series at the Caribbean.SHREYAS IYER IN CONTENTIONKohli, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma are some of the certainties in the squad, while the place for extra batsman might go to Iyer, who has amassed 1321 runs at an average of 73.38 in the current Ranji Trophy season having scored 809 runs in the previous one.Naman Ojha is likely to take the second wicketkeeper’s slot while the fight for the third spinner’s slot is between Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja with little to choose between them.Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are likely to be the other three pacers apart from Ishant while it will be interesting if Jasprit Bumrah will be considered for the longer version with his ability to bowl yorkers.SENIOR PLAYERS TO BE RESTED FOR ZIMBABWEadvertisementAccording to BCCI sources, for Zimbabwe, the selectors will not be considering seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan – all of whom have played non-stop for the last six months.For Zimbabwe, KL Rahul, who has scored 348 runs in 13 matches (before the start of DD game,) can be used as wicketkeeper-batsman while Rishabh Pant, whose talent has been the talk of the town, will be a dark horse.With 16 wickets in the IPL, RCB legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal should also fancy his chances for the Zimbabwe tour. In case Dhoni goes, it could be a life-changing opportunity for Pant, who is also a wicketkeeper, to learn from a player of the skipper’s stature.KARUN, KRUNAL IN FRAYKarun Nair, with 346 runs which included a match-winning innings against Sunrisers, is also likely to get the nod. Ambati Rayudu, with a decent IPL, could also be in the Zimbabwe bound squad.But Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians, with 237 runs at a strike-rate of 191 plus and six wickets with flat left-arm spin, could be an ideal replacement for Jadeja.In the pace department, Mohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are certainties while left-arm pacer Barinder Sran with his variety will be a replacement for the injured Ashish Nehra.His fight for the slot will be with Sreenath Aravind. Sandeep Sharma of KXIP could also be a back-up pacer and will fight it out with Bengal’s Ashok Dinda, who has had a decent IPL to be in the mix of things.With dearth of seam bowling allrounders, the fight will be limited between Hardik Pandya and Stuart Binny, both of whom have no notable performance to show for their efforts.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more