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first_imgThere is, quite simply, nothing like an Andy Frasco & The U.N. show. While other bands trudge through their setlists, these renegades fire off the songs from their four studio albums (including 2016’s breakthrough Happy Bastards) with explosive intensity–and leave fans with mile-wide grins. “Basically, we’re trying to freak people out,” explains Frasco. “I want people to be spiritually uplifted and happy–and also make them think a little bit.”On June 30th, Frasco and the U.N. will release a new CD/DVD on Ruf Records that captures all the full-throttle mayhem of the group’s live show. The group’s first live album, entitled Songs From The Road, will be released on June 30th. Says Frasco, “We’ve been asked for years now to make a live record and we’ve been reluctant to make one until we as a band felt we were ready… Well, after 10 years of dive bars and festivals working out all the songs we have written over the years, the day is finally here!” Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a new single, “Make It Work,” from the upcoming album. Says Frasco of the live cut off his 2016 studio LP “‘Make It Work’ was one of the first songs I wrote with my buddy Kenli to start the creation of Happy Bastards. Here’s a live version of my one of my favorite songs!”Stream the live version of “Make It Work” from Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Songs From The Road below:What’s captured on both CD and DVD on Songs From The Road isn’t just a regular show (even as much as no Frasco show is “just a regular show”)–It’s a street party! You join the band on Day 142 of their 2016 world tour, and in the sleepy German town of Bamberg, all hell is breaking loose. Fans invade the stage. Tubas are set on fire. And at the eye of the storm, there’s the frontman himself: a wild-haired whirling dervish who spends opening song “C Boogie” bucking his hips, hammering on his piano keys and dancing in the front row. “We’re recording a live album in your town,” Frasco announces to the crowd. “It’s gonna be awesome…”Live bands don’t get this good overnight. Frasco’s own story goes back to the suburbs of post-millennial Los Angeles, where at the tender age of 13, he used his industrial-strength charm to score a job as a record label executive, fitting math classes around business calls. At the young age of 16, he was touring the States with one of his signings. “I grew up too quickly,” he reflects. “I fell in love with the road and I just kept going. Failure was not an option for me.”In his early years as a hype man, Frasco always had charisma in spades, but he’ll admit that he “bullshitted my way til I finally learned how to sing and play piano”. In 2007, he pulled together The U.N. from the cream of the international scene and set out on a world tour that has never really ended. “This band is a group of gypsies,” he says. “We’ve been living in a van for ten years straight, doing 250 shows a year. That’s really not the norm. We’re basically blue-collar musicians, on the road every day, making a living. We might be sleeping on guitar cases, guitar amps, someone’s floor – but we’re happy. We’re fulfilling our dream.”Since the release of 2016’s Happy Bastards, everyone wants a piece of them. With material that took in funk, soul, rock, roots and the band’s self-styled “party blues,” this was an album that you knew would sound amazing live. Sure enough, when The U.N. took the stage in Bamberg, the songs like “Mature As Fuck” never sounded better. As he tells the crowd in the recording above, after after singing “Make It Work,” “That song was for the ladies. This next song is for the dudes. It’s called “Mature As Fuck.” Says Frasco, “That song is basically about doing stuff for yourself and not worrying what other people think of you, because you’re a grown-ass man.”Something for the ladies, something for the dudes, and a whole lot for anybody who gets their kicks from a cathartically unhinged rock and roll show. That’s what fans have to look forward to on Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s Songs From The Road, available on June 30th.You can see a full list of upcoming tour dates from Andy Frasco & The U.N. below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to Andy’s website.2017 Tour Dates:6/27: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/28: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/30: Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino7/8: Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley PavillionSun Valley, ID – Whiskey Jacques7/20: Victor, ID – Music on Main7/22: Park City, UT – OP Rockwell7/23: Huntsville, UT – Snowbasin7/28: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival7/29: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival8/4: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/5: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/8: Bethlehem, PA – MusikFest8/11: Cedarburg, WI – Summer Sounds Music Series8/12: Cedar Rapids, IA – Concerts on the Creek8/17: Big Sky, MT – Music In The Mountains8/26: Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC9/27: Berlin, Germany – Bassy Club9/28: Hannover, Germany – Lux9/29: Bamberg, Germany – Live Club9/30: Stuttgart, Germany – Universum10/1: Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett10/2: Dortmund, Germany – Blue Notez10/4: Luckenwalde, Germany – WunderBar2018 Tour Dates1/17 – 1/22: Miami, FL – Jam Cruise1/30 – 2/4: New Orleans, LA – The Rock Boat[Cover photo via Kayla Woyak of Emerald Tide Photography]last_img read more

first_imgA third decision was made to reinvest the principal payments on the securities purchased under the asset purchase programme as they matured for as long as necessary.“This will contribute to favourable liquidity conditions and an appropriate monetary policy stance,” Draghi said, adding that technical details would be given later.The central banker made a fourth policy decision to admit regional and local government bonds into the QE programme.“We decided to include euro-denominated marketable debt instruments issued by regional and local governments located in the euro area in the list of assets eligible for purchase by the respective national central banks,” he said.The bank also decided to continue its main refinancing operations and the three-month longer-term refinancing operations as fixed rate tender procedures with full allotment for as long as necessary and at least until the end of the reserve maintenance period of 2017.“Our new measures,” Draghi said, “will ensure accommodative financial conditions and further strengthen the substantial easing impact of the measures taken since June 2014, which have had significant positive effects on financing conditions, on credit and on the real economy.”European stocks rose in early trading today on hopes the ECB would cut rates and announce an increase in the pace of QE.The rate cut was in line with money market expectations.Markets are also keeping a keen eye on US rates, which could be changed by the Federal Reserve at its committee meeting on 15-16 December. The European Central Bank (ECB) is cutting its key deposit rate by 10 basis points to minus 0.30% with effect from 9 December and extending its quantitative easing (QE) programme in several ways, following the meeting of its governing council today.While the size of the asset-buying programme is to be kept at its current pace of €60bn a month, rather than being expanded as some market participants had hoped, the central bank announced several measures to effectively increase it.The deposit rate was the only key rate to be changed, with the interest rate on the ECB’s main refinancing operations, as well as the rate on the marginal lending facility, remaining unchanged at 0.05% and 0.30%, respectively.Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, told a press conference: “The monthly purchases of €60bn under the asset purchase programme are now intended to run until the end of March 2017 or beyond if necessary, or, in any case, until the governing council sees a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its aim of achieving inflation rates below but close to 2% over the medium term.”last_img read more

first_imgNotably, he talked about Ivica Zubac, the third-year center, who was traded with Michael Beasley to the Clippers in exchange for Muscala. Zubac has overlap as a player with JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler, while Muscala’s shooting and ability to stretch defenses gave the Lakers more versatility.In the end, the Lakers decided Muscala could help the team make the playoffs this season more than Zubac could. That didn’t make the call simple.“There’s not a lot of sleep the week before the trade deadline just kind of thinking through all the scenarios and thinking through how things will fit and thinking through the lives of people that you’ll impact,” he said. “So I would definitely say it’s easier to be on the other side where a decision is made and you just have to respond.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe added: “And then much like Brady did, we let one of the all-time greats – LeBron – take the helm for this team and make some noise.”That’s the Lakers’ organizational attitude after the trade deadline: They made some tweaks, and now it’s time to let the team charge back into the playoffs. After dealing for wing Reggie Bullock and forward Mike Muscala, two players with shooting pedigrees who can space the floor, Pelinka said the expectation is to be among the top eight teams in the Western Conference for the first time since 2013.As Pelinka spoke to reporters via conference call Friday afternoon, the Lakers stood one loss behind the Clippers and the Sacramento Kings in the standings, with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in striking distance as well.With their trades, the Lakers also created an open roster spot that can be used to pull a player off the buyout market. Though Pelinka declined to discuss names, the Lakers are believed to be looking at players such as Carmelo Anthony and Markeiff Morris, both recently waived by their respective teams. Any addition will be made with the hopes of bolstering postseason ambitions.“I think we – really, Jeanie (Buss), Magic (Johnson), Luke (Walton) and I – are all aligned: We really want to make a push to try to make the playoffs this year,” Pelinka said. “It’s been a five-year absence for our fans, and we think that’s an important step to return to contending for a championship and contending forms.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Injuries have cost the team dearly on that front: Notably, James has missed 18 games, during which the team has gone 6-12. Pelinka said the Lakers’ front office desired more shooting as a reaction to losing some of their playmakers for long stretches, including Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball, and seeing the offense struggle.The Lakers took plenty of criticism for not signing 3-point specialists this summer: For years, the game plan around James’ teams has been to surround him with capable shooters and allow him to make plays on a spaced floor. Pelinka said the organization’s view is they’re still trying to build a fast-paced team of long, athletic playmakers, but in light of injuries to their most dynamic players, they had to adapt.“I think when the engine drivers have had lapses of injury, the game can’t go as fast,” he said. “You have to adjust to that. When the game’s not going as fast, spacing becomes important.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Spacing is something James himself cited Thursday night as he publicly approved of the moves, saying that it would free up areas in the paint for him, Rondo, Ingram and other drivers to get to the lane and either score or kick out.James said his degree of confidence in the Lakers, as they look now, is on the rise.“When we’re healthy, my level is high,” he said. “We’re a team that’s built on depth. When we’re healthy, we’re very good.”And yet the biggest talking point of the previous two weeks was whether the Lakers would trade much of their depth for a shot at a superstar. New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis has been the subject of many trade rumors since late January, when he acknowledged he wanted to be dealt. Lakers trade offers were reported left and right, creating a cloud of distraction around the team.After the deadline passed, the Lakers acknowledged it had affected them, particularly during a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. Even James, who put up a stoic front during the stretch, said the trade rumors have “messed with their minds a little bit.” Pelinka acknowledged Johnson would attend Sunday’s game in Philadelphia but declined to say whether it was to allow aggrieved players to clear the air.Asked about the tension created by the environment when trade talks flooded their locker room, Pelinka drew an elongated analogy about an engaged couple on a trolley, attempting to stay together as a flood of other commuters boarded.“And I just think that’s an interesting sort of life metaphor, analogy,” he said. “I think when you go through anything as a team, if you go through adversity, you can choose how to respond: Does it draw you closer together or does it push you further apart?”Keeping the group together might just be the biggest challenge of Pelinka’s two-year tenure as GM, with Johnson as president. He acknowledged the profession he left, as a player agent (most notably for Kobe Bryant), was easier at the trade deadline.Related Articlescenter_img PHILADELPHIA — Amid the disappointment of Super Bowl defeat in Los Angeles, Rob Pelinka found a lesson.He saw the swirling doubt around the aging Tom Brady and the New England Patriots dynasty earlier in the NFL season, and how they overcame it to add another title to their already impressive franchise legacy.And though that might only cause Rams fans angst, the Lakers’ general manager was inspired.“I think when you’re outside of the playoff race, it’s easy for the folks on the outside to say, ‘Oh!’ and writing them off and they’re not going to be good enough,” he said. “But my hope is our story is a little bit, maybe, like that where we’re on the outside but we find a way to get in the playoffs with the skill sets we’ve added.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more