The National

The National
Event on 2013-06-06 17:30:00

Supporting Acts: Dirty Projectors

The National

The National: High Violet

The National’s fifth album, High Violet, was released on 4AD on May 11th, 2010. It was the first to be recorded at the band’s own studio in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, with mixing by long time associate Peter Katis at his Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Pulses and impulses pull against each other creating a balance of tension. Let’s call it musical tensegrity: engineered to stand up in unlikely ways, the album is a triumph of sonic architecture; adorned with unexpected, alchemical, and happenstance details, it is an ornamental wonder. Cathartic, raw and reflective, the record reveals ever deeper musical and lyrical wonders with each listen.

Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Their first full-lengths, The National and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, and a crucial mini-album, Cherry Tree, preceded their signing to Beggars Banquet in 2004. Alligator (2005), included underground anthem “Mr. November,” and raised their profile as the National grew into an incendiary live band. Boxer (2007), featuring songs like “Fake Empire”, “Mistaken For Strangers” and “Start A War,” sold over three times as many copies as its predecessor and saw them transformed from underground stars into an indie rock institution: they began the album cycle opening for the Arcade Fire and with guest appearance on major television shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman. By the time their busy season in support of Boxer came to a close they had become a headline attraction in their own right — REM picked them as a crucial part of a US arena tour; and the Barack Obama campaign turned “Fake Empire” into an unstated anthem for his presidential run, using it in the soundtrack to the promotional video Signs Of Hope And Change, and as background music during his victory rally in Chicago’s Grant Park.

As the first decade of the 21st century came to a close both Boxer and Alligator made countless “album of the decade” lists and their members began to occupy a still larger cultural footprint. In the period between Boxer and High Violet, Aaron and Bryce produced 2009’s Dark Was The Night, a 31-track album to benefit the Red Hot Organization. Featuring contributions from Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, and many others, the record has raised close to ,000,000 for numerous AIDS-related charities, including an emergency grant of 0,000 to Haiti’s Partners In Health after that country’s calamitous earthquake. A related Radio City Music Hall concert quickly sold out and found The National performing alongside David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, Feist, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Next the Brooklyn Academy Of Music commissioned the brothers to write and perform a 70-minute through-composed song cycle at the Howard Gilman Opera House, accompanying a film by visual artist Matthew Ritchie. The piece – titled The Long Count – was performed by a bespoke orchestra and sung by Matt Berninger, Kim and Kelley Deal (Breeders, Pixies) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). More recently, in March 2010, Bryce’s Music Now event, a boutique festival in the band’s hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated its fifth anniversary, and he co-curated the second annual Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Anticipation for The National’s next move has grown to a fever pitch.

“The music for High Violet was made in a parallel time frame to The Long Count so there was some back and forth between the two,” says Aaron. “We were writing and sending stuff to Matt over a period of time.”

“I was stockpiling,” singer Matt Berninger explains. “After all the touring for Boxer, nobody wanted to dive back in to being in a band right away. It took a while to get my brain cooking. Aaron and Bryce always have creative outlets, but my wife and I had a baby girl at the beginning of 2009, so I unplugged from music and focused on family a little. Then gradually I’d walk around writing cornerstones of lyrics for all the sketches they’d sent me. It was a drip-by-drip, trickle-through process.”

What made possible this newly relaxed working method was the construction of the band’s new studio behind Aaron’s old Victorian house. In the summer of 2008, the band decided to invest in improving a garage in his backyard, a long-decaying structure built in the 1920s. “The studio meant things could be done at any pace we wanted,” says Matt. “That the [Dessner] guys had so much on their plate meant less anxiety and more space. There was a different vibe.”

“For the first time, we had access to a really great home studio so we were now creating the shape of the sound-world ourselves,” says Aaron. “We could capture the spontaneity of first takes and preserve the roughness of that but we could also re-do things endlessly if we wanted. The record has texture — a thick, layered, shifting feel that we discovered through that kind of experimentation. The rawness of the garage recordings also gives the whole thing an important sense of humility.” While many of the songs went through successive generations of evolution, a few are based on Aaron’s original demos, when certain “accidents” couldn’t be recaptured. The striking opening track, “Terrible Love,” was based on an “accidental” guitar sound.

When Matt began sifting through these experiments to pick songs for finishing, he was drawn in different directions than the band had been in the past, both sonically and thematically. “I was attracted to more ugly tones and rhythms, not the usual sweet spots the band has liked,” he says. In giving feedback on the initial tracks, he expressed a desire to hear music that sounded more like “hot tar” or “loose wool.”

A personal, confessional element is intrinsic to Matt’s lyricism, but High Violet’s vocals take a more communal perspective this time out. He explains: “There’s more of an ‘us’ than an ‘I.’ The perspective is less singular. “Maybe that has to do with having a baby and family.” This is most evident on “Afraid Of Everyone”, a chilling response to America’s polarized political & civic cultures. The album’s collective aspect extends to the guest appearances from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sufjan Stevens, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Padma Newsome (Clogs), Nico Muhly, and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) – many of whom contribute to the high-voiced chorus that pops up here and again throughout the record. Some of these contributions were coincidental – the outgrowth of social visits to the neighborhood while the recording took place.

“We started out trying to make a light and happy record, but it just didn't happen,” says Matt. “This album is catchier and more fun than our other records, and bleaker in its ideas and themes.” The first single, “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” is a rip-roaring rock song and an elegy to things the realization that you’ll never be a teenager again. “Conversation 16” hovers on the brink of frustration and doom, “Runaway” is the subtlest of love songs, and “Lemonworld” hails the value of hope, fun and fantasy. “I prefer misquotes to the actual lyrics,” says Matt. “It gives the songs more dimensions when people hear something else…”

“We always agonize over what we’re doing,” says Aaron trying to summarize his thoughts about this music. “It’s not hi-fi and orchestral but at the same time it’s not garage rock, even though ideas from both of those worlds are important elements of what we do. Somehow we create our own little world, and it works, even though sometimes it shouldn’t. The process can be difficult, but eventually something beautiful and cohesive will emerge. Making something heartfelt is our only concern.”

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“Meet Lisa Ling’s Daughter, Jett” in Explore Talent’s Blog

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 18, 2013

In new blog from Explore Talent, Lisa Ling shows off daughter, Jett. Read the full blog on Explore Talent, but find clips below.

Lisa Ling and her husband, Paul Song, introduced their daughter, Jett, in the May 20th issue of Us Weekly.

The television journalist and oncologist husband had a tumultuous road leading up to the birth of their daughter. Ling had miscarriages with previous pregnancies in 2010 and 2011.

When she finally got pregnant in 2012, Ling said: “We weren’t trying. My travel schedule is erratic, and I only saw Paul once a month, so it was a shock. We had considered adoption, but we got very lucky. We believe this is the child we were supposed to have.”

When the couple finally found out that they were expecting, they were fearful until they felt the baby kick. “It was incredible — I had never gotten far enough along to feel like anything was in there,” Ling stated. “Paul and I stayed in bed all weekend with our hands on my stomach. It was such a miracle.”

Since its debut in 2003, ExploreTalent has become the Internets largest movie audition, job and casting call resource for actors, models, musicians, dancers, and production crew. Explore Talents proprietary cast match technology is the most advanced entertainment-based technology of its kind. It matches a talents attributes against tens of thousands of audition and job postings every day, helping them to find a job. Explore Talents unique technology sends casting email alerts and posts auditions and jobs directly on talents profiles, saving members hours of time from tedious searching. Explore Talent has proven to be the best possible destination for talents with well over 7.6 million members and over 60,000 auditions, castings, and production jobs listed – 40 times more postings than any other site.

The site’s popularity is based on the fact that there are many ways for talent to network, make friends and connect with other industry players, participate in a wide variety of contests and earn prizes for being active on the site. The online community has been responsible for new collaborations and business ventures in entertainment because of opportunities for individuals to network and chat with each other. Furthermore, the Explore Talent site features celebrity videos, exclusive interviews with actors, actresses, and musicians, such as Akon and T-Pain.

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Advertising Savants Wins 2013 Ogilvy Gold Award in Health and Personal Care

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) March 24, 2013

Advertising Savants, Inc., a strategic marketing agency based in St. Louis, Missouri, won a 2013 Ogilvy Gold Award in the Health and Personal Care category for the Good Health Starts Here advertising campaign it developed for Delta Dental of Missouri. The awards ceremony took place Tuesday night, March 19th, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, NY. The Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in Advertising Research annually honor extraordinary and/or creative use of research in the advertising development process to create powerful, profitable campaigns.

The “Good Health Starts Here” campaign was built around the research finding that the link between good oral health and good overall health was a powerful idea but not well understood by the publicdespite mounting evidence that cues to possible, serious, physical illness could be uncovered during dental examinations.

The multi-platform campaign features two :30 and four :10 TV spots: one :60 radio spot, trade advertisements, a campaign microsite, plus a series of PSAs and a social media initiative. The centerpiece of the campaign is a green toothbrush; a symbol for the trust consumers place in Delta Dental of Missouri for their dental insurance. The :30 television spots, entitled Track and Fence, feature slice-of-life vignettes of people with green toothbrushes in-hand; a metaphor for the role good oral health plays in good overall health. The campaign is running throughout the state of Missouri.

The campaign was a collaborative effort of teams from Advertising Savants, Brand Keys, Inc. of New York, who spearheaded the research and Delta Dental of Missouri. The collaboration among the research, creative and the brand marketing teams has been second to none; the collective dedication to excellence, from consumer insight to strategy, creative execution and production, has resulted in an innovative campaign that is achieving great results for Delta Dental of Missouri, said Monica Green, Manager of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Delta Dental of Missouri.

Advertising Savants, Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri, was founded in 1991 by Kevin Reardon. Since its inception, the agency has built a roster of clients in consumer products and services, including household goods, healthcare and financial services. Advertising Savants has received national and international recognition for its creative work. The Ogilvy Gold Award caps off a string of awards for the agency in the past six months, including an Emmy Award for the best television creative concept for its Saint Louis University Cancer Center spots and the 2012 Brass Ring Award, the top creative award by the International Association of Amusement Awards and Attractions (IAPPA) for its television creative work for the Saint Louis Zoo.

Delta Dental is the leading dental benefits provider in the nation. For over 50 years, the organization has been providing access to quality care, comprehensive benefits, oral health information and excellent service. Delta Dental of Missouri offers dental and vision benefits in the states of Missouri and South Carolina, providing coverage to more 1.4 million members through 1800 companies.

Brand Keys, Inc. a New York-based brand research consultancy specializing in predictive consumer behavioral brand equity, loyalty and engagement metrics, spearheaded the research, which included extensive quantitative and qualitative research studies, as well as pre- and post-wave studies and analytics.

Named after advertising legend, David Ogilvy, The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) David Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in Advertising Research annually celebrate his spirited advocacy of research in making good advertising better, recognizing the role of consumer research in creating successful advertising.

Pictured above: From left to Right: Robert Passikoff, President, Brand Keys, Inc.; Tia Liston, Associate Creative Director, Advertising Savants, Inc.; Kevin Reardon, President, Advertising Savants, Inc.; Amy Shea, EVP Global Director of Brand Keys Brand Development, Brand Keys, Inc.; Monica Green, Manager of Corporate Communications and Marketing Delta Dental of Missouri; David Haynes, President of Delta Dental of Missouri; Richard Klassen, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Delta Dental of Missouri; Leigh Benatar, EVP Brand Loyalty & Consumer Insights, Brand Keys, Inc. and Marilyn Davis, also of Brand Keys, Inc.

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Television tickets

Television tickets

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Konserthallen Liseberg. Ingång från Spegeldammen. Visning av TELEVISION tisdagen den 9 maj 1950 kl. 8:30 Obs dag och tid. Entré kr 1:- N:o 49. Obs. Barnförbjudet! Vid "tagning" måste absolut tystnad iakttagas! Till parken erlägges gällande entré.

Google translation: "Concert Hall Liseberg. Input from the Mirror pond. Viewing TELEVISION Tuesday May 9, 1950 kl. 8:30 Note the date and time. Admission kr 1: – N:o 49. Note. Addy! The "shot" must be strictly observed silence! Made applicable to the park entrance."

Wonder where "addy" came from. Barnförbjudet = M rated (or something like that).

Going through stuff, moving to a nicer apartment one block away. Announces Sale of Hip Klip Cell Phone Purse at Indian Wells, California, Festival

Indian Wells, CA (PRWEB) March 09, 2013, the leading online retailer of nifty, innovative products as seen on TV, is excited to announce Hip Klip Cell Phone Purse with competitive coupons will be sold at the prestigious festival at Indian Wells, California. Hip Klip is the solution for keeping cell phone and essentials hands free as the BNP Paribas Tennis Opens comes to Indian Wells, CA. The Hip Klip and Pocket Accessory Cell Phone Purse, showcased online and at Festivals was originally created by Audra Coldiron and is now the solution for carrying cell phones and essentials, hands free, at Nifty-Nifty.

“Having sold the Hip Klip Cell Phone Purse for quite some time,” explained Wendy Miller, co-owner of “We’re excited that we are one of the very few online retailers to offer Hip Klip and Pocket Accessory Cell Phone Purse, the solution for carrying cell phones and essentials, hands free, with no charge shipping to our Canadian and USA customers. Our zero cost shipping makes us competitive with most coupon offers. Our sales program at Indian Wells, California, is second to none.”

For more information on the Hip Klip, go to:

About the Hip Klip

HIP KLIP, the amazing cell phone purse and pocket accessory is the hands free solution for carrying cell phones and the essentials. Hip clip attaches to the waistband, is sometimes called a hip clip bag, a hip clip purse, a hip clip pocket purse or hip pouch, and is an ideal cell phone purse which can add a pocket to workout clothes – its a mini/miniature purse to carry cell phone and the essentials. (People misspell it as hipclip or hipklip as well)

Marc Maron “Out of the Garage Tour” – Ian Karmel

Marc Maron “Out of the Garage Tour” – Ian Karmel
Event on 2013-02-28 19:00:00

Marc Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. His book based on his solo show, The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah, is out of print and overpriced by vendors who think it might have some collectors value'. His three CDs, "Not Sold Out', 'Tickets Still Available' and 'Final Engagement' are comedy cult classics.

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