Live review: Jeffrey Lewis

first_imgEarlier this year New York anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis recorded a covers album based on the work of the British anarcho-punk band Crass. Incongruous as it sounded, the resulting album turned out to be a superb collection of intriguing re-interpretations. Oxford’s Exeter Hall was lucky enough to see the last night of the resulting UK tour. After Noah and the Whale’s lovely set of folky shuffling answers the question of what Beirut would sound like if Zach Condon had never visited Eastern Europe, we are treated to the arrival of Jeffrey’s uncle. The academically dubious ‘Professor’ Louie is a grizzled Brooklyn street poet who offers us cautionary tales of ‘cock-a-roaches’ and ‘corporate powah’ before it’s time for his nephews. Jeffrey shuffles on with brother Jack and his band the Jitters. Jeffrey cuts an understated, geeky figure on stage. Surprisingly, given his penchant for lyrical wordiness, he doesn’t interact with the crowd much, which creates something of a barrier in such a small venue. His music predominantly engages with the brain rather than the heart, and the combination of these two factors lead to a low-key atmosphere that settles and spreads like an autumn mist, pervading the evening. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The band are energetic, though they’d benefit from a violin to round out their sound. The Crass section of the show, including the particularly rousing ‘I Ain’t Thick’, is played in front of video footage sent in by fans of fireworks, war and home-made animations. Lewis makes regular use of multimedia, and the two comedic highlights are his illustrated story of Champion Jim and his salad-based nemesis Celery Sam, and part 4 of an endearingly earnest series ambitiously entitled ‘The Complete History of Communism.’The band then launches into the most crowd-pleasing section of the show, starting with ‘Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror’, Lewis’ masterwork. A literate, witty, hyper-self-aware exploration into the consciousness of alternative art, it’s the greatest song ever written about being violated by an alt.country legend. The band and audience finally coalesce, as ‘Posters’, an anthemic version of ‘No LSD Tonight’  and the ex-girlfriend baiting ‘Another Girl’ give the gig a celebratory finale.By Carl Cullinanelast_img read more

West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7

first_img Share Image via: maharashtraspider.comKOLKATA, India — West Indies batsmen have a big day ahead of them on Wednesday when they resume their first innings on the third day of the second Test match at Eden Gardens. The Windies are 34-2 as they go in search of India’s mammoth 631-7.Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, who both played well last month in Bangladesh, will resume the innings when play re-starts at 8.30 am (11 pm Tuesday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).Team manager Richie Richardson, the legend and former captain, said he believes Wednesday could be a breakthrough day for some of the young batsmen in the team and backed them to post a big total as well.“We have got to bat the way India batted. It’s a very good batting wicket. India batted really well. We have got to bat the same way. It’s not going to be easy, the Indian bowlers are going to push us but I believe we have the ammunition to go out and bat for the next two days,” Richardson said.In India’s innings VVS Laxman produced a special knock — an unbeaten 176 not out off 280 balls. He added 224 for the sixth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni who made 144 with five sixes. On the opening day Rahul Dravid crafted 119 — his 36th Test century.“Usually, when you think about such a big total you are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s going to be difficult.’ But you have to assess the situation and tell yourself we can do it yourself too. If two guys get stuck in there and score centuries, then you can bat yourselves into a very good position,” added Richardson, who made 5,949 runs with 16 centuries at 44.39 per innings in 86 Test matches.“If you are batting on a turning wicket and you just stay in there, the bowlers are going to get on top of you. You have to show intent. That is what we have been talking about. You can’t just wait for bad balls as there aren’t going to be too many bad balls from the Indians. You got to take it to them. This is not to say you play rash shots or big shots. It is just that you keep looking for ways to score while keeping your wicket intact.”Richardson, who took over the position of team manager in January, has said he has been enjoying the job and has been encouraged by the level of commitment of the members of the squad. Richardson, who was a key member of the West Indies “glory days” team in the 1980s, said the systems are in place to chart the course back up the International Cricket Council’s rankings.“You can’t be best all the time. When you are down, you have to find a way to get back. In Sammy we have an exceptional leader and he has worked very hard and is doing a fine job. We have been showing that we have been improving all the time. We have no discipline issues. The guys are committed to training and working hard,” he said.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 25 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share NewsSports West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7 by: – November 16, 2011last_img read more

UW searching for late-season surge

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWith just four matches remaining in the regular season, the UW volleyball team has much to play for in the next two weeks — second place in the Big Ten, revenge for past defeats and final Field House matches for two seniors.But there is most definitely one word that seems to have become the theme in the Badger locker room: momentum.”Everyone knows they’re huge, since we’re in the race for second place,” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “It’s just huge to get some momentum going into the last part of the season and into the postseason.”No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 19 Minnesota all stand at 11-5 in the Big Ten following Purdue’s (10-6) unexpected loss to Illinois, which dropped the No. 18 Boilermakers a game behind the pack.The No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (25-2, 16-0) wrapped up the conference title long ago, so UW is set upon clinching the runner-up slot going into the opening rounds of the playoffs, beginning Dec. 1.”This weekend, we’re really hoping to get some momentum going into the NCAA tournament with two big wins and carry it over into the tournament,” opposite hitter Audra Jeffers said.Getting two wins in a weekend is always a tall task for teams in the Big Ten. In the past four weekends, the Badgers have split matches, and it all started with a road trip to Michigan State and Michigan. Wisconsin will have a chance against these same teams this Friday and Saturday to put an end to the streak.”They’re both really good teams, so we can’t underestimate them,” said outside hitter Maria Carlini, who came close to playing for the Wolverines three years ago. “We just need to go hard and see if we can carry some momentum into the tournament.”Hmmm … anybody sensing a pattern here?Yes, the Badgers have stumbled in the past month, and momentum has not been on their side during the stretch. But Wisconsin has an opportunity to regain confidence over their final four matches, as none of the last four opponents are currently ranked.Conversely, Minnesota has three ranked opponents on the horizon, including powerhouse Penn State, and the Buckeyes. While the latter matchup is Ohio State’s only remaining ranked competitor, Wisconsin holds the tiebreaker against OSU, meaning the Buckeyes are in need of some help from Badger opponents.Of course, none of this means anything to the UW players, who realize the focus must stay on their play on the Wisconsin side of the court.”We just have to battle and fight hard, just our passing, solid defense,” Carlini said. “We’re known as a blocking team, so we have to live up to that reputation.”Carlini grew up just 45 minutes from Ann Arbor, and planned on attending the University of Michigan when she was younger. However, after being recruited for and deciding to play for Wisconsin, Carlini hit a career-best 29 kills against her hometown team on Oct. 22.But seeing as the Badgers lost 16-14 in the fifth game, Carlini would rather get the victory this next time around.”At Michigan, we were missing (senior) Aubrey (Meierotto), who’s obviously a huge part of our team,” Carlini said. “But Michigan’s always the match that I get really excited about, so I just want to fight hard, and hope we can do well.”Wack, who carries a 56-match double-digit digs streak into the weekend, said the team has worked hard in order to take care of business against MSU and Michigan.”It will be nice to be back in front of our home crowd,” she said. “We were out of sync last time, but you have to give both teams credit, they’re both tough. But I think this time, we’re more prepared, we’re more focused.”Jeffers said there have been some changes on the court in preparation for the home stretch going into the tournament.”We’ve been working a lot on our passing, and I think it’s improved a lot since the last time we played the [Spartans and Wolverines],” she explained. “We’re adding in a back-row attack now, so there are just a few different things that should help us.”And the final bit of incentive of Senior Night cannot be overlooked. Meierotto and Sheila Shaw will be honored on Saturday night before their last regular-season home match.”I’m really sad to have them leave. They just bring so much to our team,” Jeffers said. “They’re great leaders; we can look to them when we need a big point in a match. They’ve done a great job of carrying us this year.”last_img read more

USMNT vet Julian Green signs contract extension with Greuther Furth

first_imgGreuther Furth sits seventh in the 2. Bundesliga table and is nine points back of a promotion spot through 31 matches.Green was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2014 World Cup squad, famously scoring against Belgium in the team’s final match that summer.He has gone on to earn 15 total caps, scoring four goals, but has not made an appearance for the U.S. since 2017. Julian Green has signed a new deal with Greuther Furth, the club announced Monday.The agreement extends the 2014 World Cup veteran’s contract by one season and has the potential to add another season on top of that. According to SBI Soccer, the pact also includes a buyout clause; Green has attracted interest from several clubs in Europe and in MLS. MORE: Bundesliga players from U.S., Canada to know”We have improved every year now and I want to do my part to ensure that we continue to pursue this development,” Green said. “Working with the coaching team, the whole team and everyone in the club has been a lot of fun. I am convinced of the quality that is in our team.”Green has been with Greuther Furth since joining the club on loan in 2017 from Stuttgart. The former Bayern Munich attacker has made 85 appearances for the 2. Bundesliga club, scoring 11 goals, including four this season. The midfielder provided an assist in the team’s recent 1-0 win over Nuremberg.”Julian plays an important role in our planning and he should take on even more responsibility in our team in the coming season,” said managing director Rachid Azzouzi. “We are pleased that we were able to convince him of our path. This means that a large part of our group this year already has valid contracts for the coming season and we can continue on our path with a healthy level of continuity.”Added manager Stefan Leitl: “I am happy that Julian has extended because he is an important player in our system who has had a good season so far despite an injury break. “With his strong right foot, he can not only finish himself, but, as shown on Saturday, can also use his teammates well. We would, of course, like to see scenes like this in the future.”last_img read more