Trail Mix – December 2015

first_img 2:34 Audio PlayerThe Secret StormFast LaneUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:37 Fast Lane The Secret Storm 3:56 Red Letter Ric Todd 4:29 Holy cow! We’ve reached the end of the line for 2015! Hard to believe another twelve months of Trail Mix has passed us by!Somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 songs have been featured here this year, along with scores of artist interviews, ticket giveaways, and insights into the national roots music scene.All in all, it has been a hell of a year and, in keeping with that spirit, it would only be right to bid farewell 2015 with a bang.That means, of course, another collection of killer tunes.Featured this month is Leftover Salmon, the the Colorado godfathers of the jamgrass scene, who released High Country, there most recent record, just last week. Though the line up has seen some transition since the band’s inception in 1989, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt – the driving forces behind the band since its earliest days – remain committed to the band’s singular purpose; hard driving, genre bending acoustic music. Be sure to check out “Gold Hill Line” on this month’s mix.Also on this month’s mix are Jordy Searcy, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice in 2014, and longtime blues master Bobby Rush, who recently released a four disc compilation chronicling his fifty years in the blues game.Be sure to check out brand new tracks from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Wild Child, Barrule, The Secret Storm, The Black Ships, Ric Todd, Husky Rescue, Peter Case, Moa Holmsten, Ben Millburn, Pete Lanctot, Narc Twain, and The Paperboys.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. Upcoming are chats with Town Mountain, up and coming old time musician Sam Gleaves, and Hot Buttered Rum, along with New Years resolutions from musicians and music fans from across the region.And, of course, get out and buy some of the music from these great artists. Tis the season for stocking stuffers and what not. What better way to take care of the music lover in your life than to hit him up with some great music you discovered right here on Trail Mix?Photo by Jay Blakesberg. 4:04 Pelican Bay Peter Case 3:37 Embed You’re Missing mp3 Moa Holmsten Walk Right Pete Lanctot 4:10 2:56 4:10 3:56 Far From The Storm Husky Rescue Ain’t We Brothers (with Tim O’Brien) Sam Gleaves 2:16 4:01 Bone King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Gold Hill Line Leftover Salmon 3:46 Weary Ways Hot Buttered Rum 5:29 3:56 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Big River Town Mountain 4:03 3:35 Seasons Jordy Searcy 3:21 Chicken Heads Bobby Rush Break Bones Wild Child Kinnoull Barrule Twice Born The Black Ships 4:15 Downhill Narc Twain 3:03 Take Me Ben Millburn Back To You The Paperboys last_img read more

Syracuse stays alive at ACC Tournament with 73-64 win over Wake Forest

first_imgNEW YORK — A little less than two weeks ago, Duke gave Syracuse an opportunity. In their Feb. 24 matchup in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils missed their first 15 3-pointers. It was probably the worst offensive effort from Duke all season.Syracuse lost that game because it too had an ugly offense. It finished with 44 points, its lowest total of the season. The shortage came because the man in charge of the other bench, Division I all-time wins leader Mike Krzyzewski, threw SU a defense it knows all too well — the 2-3 zone. He knew the blueprint to stopping Syracuse.And during the most worrisome periods of Tuesday night’s 73-64 Syracuse (20-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) win over Wake Forest (11-20, 4-14) in the ACC Tournament’s opening round at the Barclays Center, it was the opponent’s deployment of Boeheim’s patented zone that stifled his Orange. WFU’s own version of the 2-3 helped it climb back after Syracuse started well. SU’s ability to adjust in the second half landed it another game to play Wednesday night.“In the first half, we had a lot of good looks and just couldn’t make anything,” Boeheim said. “I think in the second half we attacked the zone better. I thought Frank (Howard) did a great job, Marek (Dolezaj) was tremendous getting into the open spots.”The win provides relief, albeit not much of it. SU entered this tournament knowing Day 1 was a stepping stone to the matchups that can boost its chances of making the Big Dance. But its first game was also as far as the Orange had ever been. Although it has played deeper in the ACC tournament thanks to a bye, Syracuse never won a game in this setting since joining the conference for the 2013-2014 season. Until now. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo sixth-seeded North Carolina awaits. The Tar Heels came to the Carrier Dome a few weeks ago and survived a late push from SU. They are given the third-best odds of surviving ACC tournament, according to, while SU has just a 17 percent chance of making it to the next round. In uncharted territory, the Orange will have to defy what the numbers say to avoid failing to make the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years — something that has never happened in Jim Boeheim’s 42-year tenure as head coach. Now, SU has the opportunity it missed out on at Duke.An opening similar to Tuesday’s wouldn’t hurt, as it appeared to be Syracuse’s game to lose from the get-go. A hot offensive start, highlighted by a sequence where sophomore guard Tyus Battle stole the ball, dunked it and converted an and-one on the next possession, gave the Orange a 20-4 edge before ten minutes could pass. Howard later said he warned his teammates that margin would shrink.“I told the guys they were going to make a run. They’re an explosive team,” Howard said. “… We knew what they did to us down in their place. We took an L to them.”On the other end, SU’s defense rattled Wake Forest early. The Demon Deacons hit just one 3-pointer before the half, even with some of their 13 attempts wide open. They mailed cross-court passes out of bounds and into the hands of Orange defenders.WFU’s ability to flip to zone made the rubber match between the two teams the close contest it was billed to be. Syracuse cooled, committing a bundle of its nine first-half turnovers. It grew stagnant, freshman forward Oshae Brissett said, because Wake Forest’s stationary zone egged them into it.“You see the defense there standing around,” Brissett said. “If it’s man, you feel like you could beat anybody. But in the zone, it’s like the whole team is guarding you once get the ball. We gotta move around a lot more.” The margin crept closer as Wake Forest attacked SU from the high post, often times with a smaller guard like junior Bryant Crawford. A jumper from him and a Doral Moore posterizing dunk on Matthew Moyer later, the flood of Orange in the seats lost its raucousness. They had a game. With about five minutes left, junior center Paschal Chukwu, at 7-foot-2, swatted a ball way out of bounds. The Barclays Center’s lower bowl full of Orange fans erupted. But the ref called goaltending and Wake Forest was awarded two. A 16-point lead had dipped to four points. From the sideline, head coach Jim Boeheim pushed his palms toward the hardwood and issued a directive to his team: calm down. They took that message to halftime along with a six-point lead.In the second 20 minutes, Syracuse found the movement necessary to best the defense it knows so well. Marek Dolezaj opened the second half with five-straight SU points to pad the lead to nine. The freshman forward had his best game with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He operated within the paint using polished passes and a trigger quicker than it ever has been since he arrived in Syracuse. He dunked thrice.“It makes the game so much easier,” Battle said of Dolezaj’s contributions. “Especially when they’re in that 2-3 zone, teams extending out on Frank and I, trying to not let us shoot. When Marek sits in the middle and developed that 15-footer, he can shoot that shot and make the decisions down low. It makes the game so much easier.”Then Howard added an and-one floater. Battle answered a WFU 3 with one of his own — SU would finish with just four triples on the night. Again, the Orange came out of the locker room playing good basketball. With just over ten minutes to play, Howard ran the fast break. He had numbers. He looked to his left. The ball went the other way, right into the grasp of an ascending Brissett. The freshman forward didn’t have his best day, passing up some open jumpers and electing to drive into missed layups. He did not miss this time, dunking with so much momentum that he pulled his head above the rim. Syracuse led by 15.Wake Forest chiseled. It nailed its 3s and drew a few charges. The lead fell into single digits, but unlike during SU’s trip to Winston-Salem in January, the Orange had answers. It will need a few more on Wednesday to fend off concerns about the most important thing in March. Comments Published on March 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more