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first_img Email On the brink of his May residency in NYC’s East Village, Escovedo talks songwriting, future plans, and how “Velvet Underground stole my whole consciousness”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 6:09 pm Tonight in New York’s East Village, acclaimed songwriter Alejandro Escovedo begins his May residency with the first of five shows in the neighborhood. The gritty, vibrant streets exploding with character and nuance suit his music perfectly. I tracked him down during rehearsal at the Bowery Electric, just a few doors down from where CBGB once stood, to ask him about his New York heroes, the making of his latest masterpiece Burn Something Beautiful, and what surprises he’s got in store for his May residency.”I lived right around the corner,” says Escovedo, reflecting on the East Village vibe. “I used to watch the Cramps cross the street every day to go to breakfast, which was at two in the afternoon, and they were amazing, it was just like this movie that opened up in front of you that was incredible. I just have so many memories here, and every time I come back I gravitate to the Lower East Side.”On this particular return to NYC, Escovedo has mapped out an ambitious month-long residency exploring a variety of formats and incorporating a fascinating list of guests such as singer/songwriter and musical historian Richard Barone, Nuggets collection compiler and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. The residency kicks off with a show at Coney Island Baby on May 2 and closes with a special all-star band at Bowery Electric on May 30.”Back in Austin at the Continental Club, I would do residencies. I would always do something different, whether it was acoustic or feedback with strings,” says Escovedo. “The idea came to do one here when Jesse [Malin] and I were playing a lot of gigs together … I love the intimacy of these places, and I thought this would be a great place to do something like that. … I thought, ‘Well, let’s make every week a little different.'””We’re going to pick the songs together,” says Barone, who works and performs with Escovedo often. “We’ll be using our own songs with songs by artists we admire to tell our stories. It’s a biographical show … I’m going to do one of Alejandro’s songs that I always loved because I think it talks about both of us … it really tells our story.” Alejandro Escovedo and Richard BaronePhoto: Nancy Rankin Escovedo”Richard and I have always had that connection,” Escovedo says, talking about his mutual admiration for Barone, his long history with each special guest and teasing the residency’s finale with a knowing smile. His ambition harkens back to how the city of New York originally grabbed his heart.”When I was a kid in high school and that first Velvet Underground album came out, in our little town, Huntington Beach, California, you could go to any party amongst our group of friends and that record was playing, and we’d listen to it from the very beginning to the very end,” says Escovedo. “Growing up, my friends all wanted to travel to Europe … [but] I wanted to go to New York because the Velvet Underground was from New York.”Lou Reed’s influence on Escovedo’s work is clear, yet never feels imitative. As Barone puts it, “There’s a Lou Reed song for every emotion.” He and Escovedo produced a remarkable tribute to Reed during SXSW 2014 following his death.”There’s something about the way Lou Reed wrote about New York and what I was feeling at the time that made me want to experience that more than I wanted to experience the hippie thing that was happening in California,” says Escovedo. “That’s not to say I didn’t have interest in Buffalo Springfield and Love and all those bands. I did, but the Velvet Underground totally stole my whole consciousness.”Escovedo finally made it to New York in 1978 with his band the Nuns after they opened for the Sex Pistols’ historic last show at Winterland in San Francisco. His arrival in New York was, well, epic.”We had the consummate New York experience. We lived in the Chelsea hotel,” he says. “One of the first nights we were here I sat at a table with Deborah Harry, all of Blondie, the Nuns, Andy Warhol, [photographer] Francesco Scavullo, and George Clinton. We watched the Heartbreakers play at Max’s Kansas City. And that was kind of the beginning. Our first gig was at CBGBs — there’s David Byrne, there’s David Johansen. Everybody was there.”This punk-rock sentiment manifests itself in Escovedo’s songs even today — however, in a way that feels fresh as opposed to nostalgic. Case in point, his song “Johnny Volume” has a foot firmly planted in East Village legacy, but the other kicks forward with lyrics like, “I’m going down to Max’s, Fender Twin on 10/ I’m going back to St. Mark’s Place, start all over again.””I wrote it in Portland,” says Escovedo. “It was actually Scott’s initial song idea, and then we completed it. It’s about Johnny Thunders coming back and wanting to get it right this time — not that he got it wrong, but he wanted another shot at it. ‘I’m feeling so better/ It’s time to make amends,’ and ‘if you see me on the corner, I’m waiting on a friend’ was a reference to the Stones video we all saw [that was filmed] in the East Village.””Johnny Volume” is a live-wired cut from Escovedo’s latest album, 2016’s Burn Something Beautiful, which offers an exhibition in rock songwriting, production and arrangement. The album was produced by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and his Pacific Northwest-based partner in crime, bassist Scott McCaughey.”When I made Burn Something Beautiful,” says Escovedo, “I think I got back to where my heart really was with rock and roll, and I think I needed Scott and Peter to do that, and all the musicians who played on that record. … It was liberating.”Escovedo also talks with reverence and candor about his experience working with legendary producer Tony Visconti on his three albums prior to Burn Something Beautiful. Visconti is best known for his work with the incomparable David Bowie, one of Escovedo’s heroes.”[Bowie] passed away on my birthday,” he says. “David had been a major, major influence on me. Not only did he teach me about music, he taught me about art, and books, and theatre, and cinema, and mime, and Buddhism, and [he] taught us how to dress, [and] also how to be a man in a different way. He suddenly opened a door to a world that made it okay to be flamboyant, to be an actor in a way.”With equal parts imagination from Bowie and storytelling from Reed, Escovedo says his songwriting process is all about honesty and imagery.”This last record that I just finished, which is a concept record, it’s telling a story and so people say, ‘Well, the verses don’t rhyme,’ and then I go back and I listen to Lou — he’s telling a story,” says Escovedo. “The images are more important than whether the meter is correct in a poetic sense or lyrical sense. It’s more about the impact of the words and the story and the images that he creates.”I really don’t worry about the craft as much as I worry about making sure that I’m honest about what I’m trying to say and true to what I’m trying to say and not being pretentious in any way.””What sets [Escovedo] apart is how he continues to grow as an artist without losing track of his core musical identity,” says Barone. “He experiments … but it never loses that ethos of the punk era.”Looking forward, Escovedo says he’s writing a book with San Antonio-based author John Phillip Santos, telling his story in what he calls a “mythical memoir.” But he isn’t done making music yet.”I’m going to make another record with Peter and Scott, then I’m making a record of duets, and then I want to make one final record really encompassing the grandness of strings with distortion, almost like orchestrated metal machine music,” Escovedo says. “Then I think it’s time to put my feet up for a little bit. I travel hard and I’ve battled illnesses and whatnot, so it’s time to enjoy the fresh air.”As he runs through a career-spanning set during rehearsal the day before the first show of his May residency in the East Village, Escovedo couldn’t be more relaxed. He stops a song here and there to point out a string line for the guitar player to cover or to lock in a harmony part with his background vocalists, but you get the sense Escovedo is very comfortable yielding to the energy of rock and roll and putting faith in the musicians around him. He asks the band what song is next, they all casually call him “Al,” and his wife Nancy hangs out close by with their pup, Suki. From California to New York, Austin, Texas, and back again — for all of Escovedo’s travels — rock and roll is his true home.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. 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iBall Launches QuadCore Cobalt Andi 47G Smartphone with 42 Jelly Bean OS

first_imgOSAndroid Jelly Bean 4.2 GPSGPS and A-GPS Battery2220mAh battery The Cobalt Andi 4.7G will directly compete with Samsung Grand Quattro, Lava Xolo Q700, Wicked Leak Wammy Titan and Micromax Canvas A 116. But even with slightly different features, the phone could be considered a bit overpriced compared to its rivals in the Indian market where there is no dearth of quad-core smartphones. Additional FeaturesDual SIM Dual standby; Gyro, Compass Geo Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor and magnetic sensor; OTG Function; Pop Up Play; Flip To Mute, Intelligent Answer and Shake to Answer, Direct Call, Gesture Unlock Screen, Power Saving mode, Boot Accelaration, iBall Connect and Dual MIC fro noise redution. Connectivity3G HSPA downlink 42 Mbps, uplink 11Mbps; Edge/GPRS GSM: 900/1800/1900MHZ; Wi-FI 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 Mumbai-based handset manufacturer iBall expanded its range of Andi smartphones, with the launch of its Cobalt Andi 4.7G running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.The new Andi smartphone priced at ₹19,995 and from e-retailer Tradus it is available for ₹17,990 onwards.The new dual-SIM Cobalt Andi 4.7G smartphone comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHZ Cortex A7 processor backed by 1GB RAM. It sports a 4.7-inch IPS HD (720p) display with a pixel density of 312ppi. The other specs include an internal memory of 16GB which could be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It also supports generic Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot along with OTA updates.The new Andi smartphone sports a massive 12-megapixel auto focus rear camera and a 5-megapixel auto-focus front camera. The 2,200mAh battery allows extended battery life.  On the sensor front, it is equipped with G-sensor, Gryo Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light and Magnetic Sensors.  The USB connector enables it to connect to the keyboard and mouse.Key specs of the new Cobalt Andi 4 7G are:Design and DisplayDesign and Display11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Design and DisplayProcessor11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7processorDesign and DisplayCamera11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Enhanced 12MP AF Camera with Dual LED flash5MP AF Front camera for video Calling.Design and DisplayBattery11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)2220mAh batteryDesign and DisplayRAM and Storage11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)1GBRAM; 16GB internal storage and 32GB external MicroSD card supportDesign and DisplayOS11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Android Jelly Bean 4.2Design and DisplayConnectivity11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)3G HSPA downlink 42 Mbps, uplink 11Mbps; Edge/GPRS GSM: 900/1800/1900MHZ; Wi-FI 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 4.0Design and DisplayGPS11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)GPS and A-GPSDesign and DisplayAdditional Features11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Dual SIM Dual standby; Gyro, Compass Geo Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor and magnetic sensor; OTG Function; Pop Up Play; Flip To Mute, Intelligent Answer and Shake to Answer, Direct Call, Gesture Unlock Screen, Power Saving mode, Boot Accelaration, iBall Connect and Dual MIC fro noise redution.Design and DisplayBundled Accessories11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP)Extra Flip Cover, OTG Cable and Screen Guard.center_img ProcessorQuad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7processor Design and Display11.94 cm (4.7”) IPS HD (720p) 1280×720 (320ppi) displayErgonomic camber-line surface (Curved TP) Bundled AccessoriesExtra Flip Cover, OTG Cable and Screen Guard. RAM and Storage1GBRAM; 16GB internal storage and 32GB external MicroSD card support CameraEnhanced 12MP AF Camera with Dual LED flash5MP AF Front camera for video Calling.last_img read more

Aditi Rao Hydari says she had to make out with stranger during

first_imgAditi Rao Hydari’s wild and sensuous love making sceneYouTube ScreenshotAditi Rao Hydari, who had earlier spoken about losing work after she refused to sexual favours during her struggling days, has revealed that she had to make out with a stranger during the audition of 2011 romantic drama Yeh Saali Zindagi.”I don’t have any whacked out stories from auditions, except the ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ audition where I had to literally make out with someone I didn’t know,” Aditi told Anaita Shroff Adajania in her chat show Feet Up With The Stars season 2.In the film, Aditi was paired opposite actor Arunoday Singh who had made his debut with the film. “But at that point, I didn’t know him and he was a huge hulk of a guy and I was just like, ‘Uh…what’s going on here?'” Aditi said adding that he was very polite.Aditi played the wife of a former convict which was portrayed by Arunoday Singh. The wild and sensuous love making scene between the two had become the talking point in the industry and it also helped Aditi garner immense popularity. In fact, she also won the Screen Award for the Best Supporting Actress in the film.For the uninitiated, Aditi had tied the knot with actor Satyadeep Mishra when she was 21 and later got separated. So when she was asked about dating game, she replied, “If I got into a relationship like that at 21, my dating game would be zero, right? I don’t think I know how to date. After that, I joined the movies. What dating am I going to do? I don’t know how to date.”Watch Aditi and Arunoday’s popular intense love making scene here:(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

96 police officers promoted to SPs

first_imgpoliceIn the latest promotion in the police administration, 96 additional superintendents of police (SPs) have been elevated to the rank of superintendent of police, reports UNB.The home ministry issued a notification on Thursday in this regard.According to the notification signed by deputy secretary Md Ilias Hossain of the home ministry, the order will come into immediate effect.last_img

Arrest in DC Quadruple Shooting

first_imgThe shooter struck four people with gunfire in front of Big Ben Liquor Store, located on the corner of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue in Northwest D.C.Kevin Antonio Cole, 26, of Southeast, has been charged with assault with intent to kill after being arrested on June 15 as the suspected getaway driver during a quadruple shooting in Northwest D.C. on June 8. A person of interest described as a masked man in black is considered the main suspect and, according to the Metro Police, he is still at large.“There have been no additional arrests in this case at this time,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Alice Kim told the AFRO June 20.On June 8, the shooter struck four people with gunfire in front of Big Ben’s Liquor Store, located on the corner of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue, a busy intersection in the late afternoon, police said. Police believe it was not a random shooting and the attacker may have shot his intended target.Video surveillance of the crime scene assisted police in identifying Cole as the suspected driver and provided a description of the shooter.  “This first arrest is a good step in the right direction, but it doesn’t end this investigation,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters at a press conference.Three of the injured were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person is in critical condition.Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D) attended an emergency meeting on June 9 to inform and listen to residents about the crime happening in their part of the city. (Courtesy Photo)On June 9, an emergency community meeting was organized by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District. Commander William Fitzgerald of the Fifth District and Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) were present. Lanier said there is an earlier shift in the time of shootings, but the same amount of shootings are going on in the evenings.An area of about 1,000 feet around the liquor store has seen 38 violent crimes as of June 21 this year. Of those violent crimes two have resulted in homicides, according to data collected by the police department.Police are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting. Anyone with information can call the police at 202-727-9099 or send a text to the Text Tip Line at 50411.last_img read more

Suraksha Diagnostic introduces AI Enabled Smart Lab

first_imgSuraksha Diagnostic Pvt Ltd (SDPL), a centre of innovation, is one of the trusted names in the healthcare industry with its unmatched international standards. Serving for almost three decades through its 41 centres all over the country is now proud to possess almost every possible diagnostic technology.Suraksha recently partnered with Clugenix – a San Francisco based biotech company focused on making translational genomics technologies accessible globally to the Indian population. Led by Dr Joydeep Mukherjee, a globally recognised, multiple award-winning researcher in oncology and infectious diseases genomics in Toronto and UCSF, Cluegenix will make available to Suraksha the latest developments in Molecular Biology. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore importantly, together they will work to set up the protocols for the Indian population in genomics. A lot of this research being done in the house will help to reduce the cost of these expensive tests considerably. They will be launching to design the Next-Gen Sequencing panel for Breast Cancer for Indian women as their first research project out of this JV. Suraksha has come up with ‘Aptio’ automation, the robotic track, as a unified and complete solution to its expanding need. The track is completely AI enabled and runs without human interference. It provides the best therapeutic turnaround time in the industry. In an emergency, it can churn out a report in less than a minute. The entire system is One flow One Touch. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey have laid a track that can do Biochemistry and Haematology at the same time. ‘Aptio’ connects numbers of diagnostic analysers even of different principles or discipline. Its automated sample loading and handling (tube sorting, offloading) feature helps lab staffs to from time-consuming, low-value tasks. Staffs are also spared from segregating different types of samples (EDTA whole blood, serum, urine), one from each other. The track reduces pre-analytical errors by detecting any mismatch between test request and tube type, identifies problem samples and draws the attention of the operator. Simultaneous STAT and routine testing on a single track with optional front-loading for urgent or low volume samples to instruments enable lab supervisors to deal with critical deadlines in a very user-friendly way. With the vision of becoming the first-choice diagnostic among people in Eastern India for both routine and specialised tests, Suraksha has not only focused on the best technology but simultaneously on affordability.last_img read more