Speedy Ortiz Debuts New Video Ahead of Album Release

The Massachusetts indie rock quartet known as Speedy Ortiz has a colorful new video out for the single “Lean In When I Suffer” that has its fans anticipating the band’s forthcoming new album.

The video features over-the-top eccentric costumes, surreal situations, and animation layered over footage of the group’s members. The protagonist of the video is played by lead singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis.

Dupuis appears to be depressed, and is wearing a bizarre, mostly white-and-grey ensemble that has animated splashes of blue. She is whisked away by a more colorful character to join her bandmates, and together they are trained to become more colorful and happy.

The lyrics and the video suggest that the song is a sarcastic response from the point of view of a depressed person to suggestions from others to try harder to be happy. The video, for example, mocks the recommendation that an activity like yoga can cure depression.

Speedy Ortiz’s new album, “Twerp Verse,” will be released in late April. The indie rockers will shortly thereafter begin a tour.

Prior to “Twerp Verse,” the group released “Foil Deer” in 2015 following its 2013 debut record titled “Major Arcana.”

Dupuis launched Speedy Ortiz as a solo effort while serving as a teacher at a songwriting camp in 2011. Later that year, she put a band behind her. Speedy Ortiz released a few EPs that built anticipation for its eventual first full album, which ended up being reasonably well liked in the indie rock scene.

“Foil Deer,” however, really put the band on the map three years ago. The indie rockers developed a reputation as a group that often gives to charitable causes, spurning the idea that an indie rock band has to cling onto every little piece of revenue it generates.

The release of this new video will likely spark questions in the indie rock community regarding whether or not Speedy Ortiz will be taking another step forward in its development when its new album is soon released.

Inaugural Granfalloon Lineup Announced

Indiana University just announced the musical artist lineup at the inaugural Granfalloon event. The first annual Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence will be held May 10-12 at the university’s main campus in Bloomington, Indiana. The conference is hosted by the school’s Arts and Humanities Council and will celebrate the life of Kurt Vonnegut through a variety of lectures, exhibits, and musical performances. The headliner act is indie artist Father John Misty. The Grammy winner and self-described Vonnegut fan will kick off the musical portion of the festival on Friday at the Upland Brewing Co.

The festival boasts a myriad of upcoming performers including Damien Jurado, Rodeolo, Shabaaz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, Amy O, Waxahatchee, Baths, and Noname. In addition to eclectic performances, the conference will showcase a staged reading of Kurt Vonnegut’s musical “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” at the Cardinal Stage. To celebrate the spirit of Vonnegut, the conference and festival will blend a myriad of demonstrations, exhibits, and musical performance across all genres and cultures. The term “Granfalloon,” originated from Vonnegut’s famous novel “Cat’s Cradle,” and signifies a group of people brought together for an arbitrary yet powerful reason for a shared purpose. In addition to the artistic expressions, a lineup of academic panels and lectures will be hosted at Lilly Library and Bloomington’s City Hall.

Weekend passes are now on sale for $90 and include access to all concerts as well as the staged reading. The Friday performance passes are on sale for $45, while the Saturday club pass will set you back $60. The staged reading ticket is $10. Individual show tickets will go on sale April 6, pending availability after club passes are distributed.

Peter Briger Create Sustainable Energy Technology with Hydromine Inc.

Peter Briger the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group is providing innovative creative ways to produce sustainable energy technology with the founding of Hydromine Inc. Hydromine Inc. is a project development company that specializes in sustainable energy technology natural resources and power generation for the advancement of clean renewable energy sources that will continue to advance the way the world produce and consume energy. Peter Briger serves as Chief Executive Officer of Hydromine Inc. and provides extremely intelligent guidance and leadership for the organization with an intelligent blueprint for expanding the company globally and creating needed infrastructure for producing sustainable energy worldwide.

Hydromine has development projects on 5 continents around the globe with an emphasis on bauxite mining, alumina refinery, and an aluminum smelter. With the leadership of Peter Briger, Hydromine is establishing a culture through research and development expertise that is positioning the company to become a global conglomerate within the energy production industry. Peter Briger was educated at Princeton University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and continued his education at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. After his college, Black accepted a position at Goldman Sachs where he quickly became one of the leaders within the organization by providing high-level analysis and evaluation of alternative asset classes and produces tremendous Returns on investment for the company’s clients. Peter Briger sat on various committees that specialize in underperforming and alternative asset classes. He served as co-head of the fixed-income principal Investment Group the Asian distressed-debt business the whole loan sales trading business the Asian real estate private Equity business and the Special Operations Asian fund LLC where he provided high-level insight and valuable intellectual leadership to propel these committees with tremendous stewardship.

After his career at Goldman Sachs, Peter Briger joined the Fortress Investment Group in 2002 and began serving their new credit business where he translated that opportunity into an extremely lucrative windfall for his own personal portfolio and the Fortress Investment Group as well. At Fortress Investment Group Peter Briger lead a staff of more than 500 investment professionals and managers that created strategic opportunities to capitalize on various alternative asset classes and produce High results for the company’s over 1750 institutional and individual clients. Peter Briger served as Co-Chief Executive Officer with Wes Edens the current Co-Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. Peter Briger provided leadership within the credit business while Wes Edens led the private equity portion of the business. Peter Briger also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations an organization that helps government officials, citizens, and professionals better understand foreign policy issues and establish a global perspective on international affairs. He also served as US Treasurer Official for two presidential administrations, Lyndon B Johnson and John F Kennedy’s Administrations. With key insight into global business and infrastructure, Peter Briger has positioned himself as a true innovator by establishing the Hydromine Inc. to create sustainable energy sources and technologies that will continue to produce sustainable energy with the establishment of new energy infrastructure around the globe.

Fortress Investment Group is a Leading Financial Services Firm

Fortress Investment Group LLC is a financial services firm based in New York City. It has a number of other office locations throughout the world. The firm was founded in 1998 and has served as a reputable firm that helps institutional investors manage their capital. As of December of 2017, the firm manages over $43 billion worth of assets. As well as managing a very large sum of assets, Fortress Investment Group also serves 1750 clients that include institutions and private investors throughout the world. The main asset the firm specializes in managing are real estate, credit, private equity and helping investors devise effective capital investment strategies. As part of its mission, Fortress Investment Group strives to maximize investment performance for its clients by generating profitable risk adjusted returns on a consistent basis. The firm also has over 900 employees to help serve clients all over the world.

One of the things that make Fortress Investment Group a highly reputable firm is its core competencies. The first competency that this firm is known for is specializing in asset based securities such as private equity funds and credit funds. It also has a lot of specific industry knowledge where the firm can find investment options in specific industries and advise clients what to invest their capital in. Fortress is also known for operations management where it uses tools to assess operational and strategic issues and manage investments that are complex. Clients can also count on Fortress Investment Group to help with corporate mergers and acquisitions along with capital markets. The leadership of Fortress Investment Group consists of a management committee. This includes three distinct individuals who are also known as the firm’s principles. Peter Briger is the Principal and Co Chief Executive Officer who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has been a member of the board of directors since November of 2006 and a member of the management committee since 2002.

As the principal and co chief executive officer, Briger is responsible for overseeing the credit business of the firm.Wesley Edens is the co founder and co chief executive officer of the firm. Like Peter Briger, he has been part of the board of directors since November of 2006. Edens has served as part of the management committee since the year 1998. At the firm, Wesley is in charge of managing the private equity and publicly traded alternative investment department. He is a graduate of Oregon State University.Randal Nardone is the co founder and principal of the firm and is based in its headquarters in New York City. Along with being the principal and co founder of the firm, he also serves on the board of directors. Nardone has held this position since the late fall of 2006 and has been part of the firm’s management committee since 1998 when the firm was first founded. From 2011 to 2013, he was the interim chief executive officer and attained this position full time in August of 2013.

River Fest Elora Announces 2018 Line-Up

River Fest Elora announced its highly anticipated 2018 lineup this week with much fanfare. The 10th annual Ontario festival will feature headliners Flaming Lips, Carly Rae Jepsen, Blue Rodeo, and July Talk. Other popular indie acts include Wolf Parade, Bedouin Soundclash, Dear Rogue, and Born Ruffians. This year’s event will be held August 17-19 at Bissell Park in Elora. Just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, the scenic Bissell Park is located on the banks of the Grand River. The area is known for its picture perfect weather in August, but festival attendees should come prepared for rain or shine.

Three-day weekend ticket passes are on sale now and start at CA$130.00. One-day tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 24 at 10am. At this time, there will also be options to purchase the after-party tickets at local bars as well as overflow camping passes. Cash tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 26 at a variety of physical locations in Toronto, Elora, Guelph, and surrounding areas. Kids 12 and under will receive free admission if accompanied by a paying adult.

River Fest Elora is heralded for being the ultimate celebration of music, arts, and community, and this year will be no exception. In addition to the eclectic musical performances, the festival offers Artisan Alley, designed to showcase a diverse range of local artists and their work. There will also be a myriad of food truck and beverage offerings sure to satiate any appetite.

Attendees who plan on camping during the festival should not delay in securing campsite reservations. The most popular place to stay is the picturesque Elora Gorge conservation area. The festival will also offer overflow camping near the event for tent campers only. Shuttle services will be provided from the campsite to the festival.

Inaugural Bellwether Line-Up Announced

Excitement has been building for the inaugural Bellwether alternative music festival, set to debut this August in Waynesville, Ohio. On Thursday, event organizers revealed the festival’s headliners as MGMT, Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Local Natives, and Whitney. More acts are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The two-day festival is scheduled for August 10-11 at Renaissance Park in Waynesville, conveniently located near Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

Tickets are available at a variety of price points and packages. Two-day passes at the early bird rate are on sale now for $85 but this price will jump to $105 on March 30. Single day tickets will go on sale for $55 on May 1. Two-day VIP passes are $245 and include access to private viewing areas of each stage, dedicated restrooms, complimentary snacks, and exclusive access to the air-conditioned hospitality tent. For those not needing all the VIP amenities, but still wanting access to shower facilities and dedicated restrooms, there is a “freshen up” pass available for $50. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parking passes will be available for $10.

Camping is an integral part of the Bellwether experience, and as such, the festival organizers are offering a variety of camping options including basic camping, glamping, and RV camping spots. All of these options are on sale now and range in price from $120-600 per space. The festival will feature a variety of eclectic food and beverage vendors sure to satiate any appetite. Bellwether is designed to bring the community together to celebrate music by day and stars by night. Organizers expect between 10,000-15,000 attendees per day.

Wes Anderson’s Indie and Quirky Soundtrack Selections

The cinematic of Wes Anderson, the acclaimed American director whose upcoming “Isle of Dogs” is stirring up discussion among film critics, is filled with quirky soundtracks that manage to both please and confound indie music fans.

Since the fictional backdrop of “Isle of Dogs” is a futuristic Japanese metropolis, it should not be surprising to learn that there is only one English-language song on the film’s soundtrack. What is surprising, however, is Anderson’s pick of “I Won’t Hurt You,” an extremely obscure avant garde single dating back to 1967.

“I Won’t Hurt You” is a single produced and performed by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, a band whose lost recordings can only be found in ultra-rare vinyl collections. Anderson’s choice of an obscure single can be greatly attributed to Randall Poster, a musicologist who has been working with Anderson for more than a decade.

For his film “The Darjeeling Limited,” Anderson asked Poster to track down master tapes of some of the most obscure films directed by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. According to a feature article published by indie music news website Pitchfork, Wes Anderson approaches soundtrack selections with curatorial spirit; such was the effort in choosing Brazilian musician Seu Jorge and his samba-tinged covers of David Bowie songs.

Anderson is not above choosing popular songs for his films; for example, “Rushmore” featured well-known singles by British rock legends the Rolling Stones, the Faces and The Who, but he still managed to sneak “Making Time” by The Creation, an obscure American garage rock band that was somehow missed by major recording studios.

The avant garde rock single that will appear on the “Isle of Dogs” soundtrack has somewhat of a precedent. In 1996, Anderson’s first studio movie “Bottle Rocket,” starring Owen Wilson, featured two songs by the 1960s psychedelic rock band Love.

For “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Anderson chose “Needle in the Hay” by the late Elliott Smith, a beautiful song that caught the attention of indie folk fans. By now, obscure vinyl record collectors are probably eagerly awaiting to hear upcoming soundtracks curated by Anderson.

Nick Vertucci Real Estate Teacher and Investor

Real estate investing is a proven way to help people with their financial situation. Many people struggle to get started investing. Real estate investing is excellent because it allows people to own assets without using a ton of cash. Many banks are willing to lend money to real estate investors.

Nick Vertucci started purchasing real estate many years ago. Since that time, he has amassed a considerable portfolio of properties. He is now using his resources to teach other people the basics of real estate investing. Anyone who wants to learn the basics of real estate investing should work with him.

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A common obstacle for real estate investors is financing. Few people have the cash to purchase a property. As a result, it is vital to work with a bank that has a track record of helping investors. Many banks offer loans that are favorable to real estate investors.

Nick Vertucci believes that real estate investors should borrow money carefully. Having a financial plan is critical for anyone who wants to have investing success. Although borrowing money can be a major part of having success, it is critical to be smart about borrowing strategies.

Helping Others

With his success as an investor, Nick Vertucci is now focused on helping other people with this process. He has a ton of valuable experience with the process. He wants to help people become financially successful. He truly believes that anyone can build wealth when they utilize real estate investing.

Nick Vertucci plans to expand his real estate academy in the coming years. He wants to write several books, and he also wants to offer online courses for people who are interested. Now is an excellent time for people to start investing in the future. Nick is a great teacher and mentor on this subject.

Father John Misty is Back

Since his 2007 release of his album, “Pure Comedy,” Father John Misty has gone relatively quiet. He has scarcely performed shows and has even gone as far as deleting his Twitter account. But this month, he has returned to form with the release of his new song, “Mr. Tillman.”

Referring to his real name, (Joshua Tillman,) Father John Misty takes listeners on a story of his past troubles staying at a hotel. From losing his passport, to leaving his mattress in the rain, to harassing people he believes are filming a movie; Father John Misty helps listeners visualize these scenarios with his detailed and creative lyrics. The chorus follows up with a relaxed and laid back vibe stating, “I’m living on a cloud above an island in my mind / Okay babe, don’t be alarmed this is just my vibe.”

Additionally, Father John Misty has released the video for “Mr. Tillman.” Yet, in a strange twist, there is no music and the video is completely silent. Instead, what viewers see is Father John Misty dancing around silently in front of a green screen for a few minutes. The caption to the video is, “Rip away,” with a link to download the video. Father John Misty has taken his creativity to the next level and expects his listeners to do the same by creating their own custom music video with the green screened resources provided for them.

Overall, Father John Misty continues to push the boundaries and limits of the modern day musician. Whether it is releasing viral videos, creating fake Spotify campaigns, or now releasing a silent green screened video; Father John Misty is always trying something new and, “Mr. Tillman,” is no exception. While there is no announced release date for the follow up album to, “Pure Comedy,” listeners can expect a release date soon. Only time will tell what Father John Misty has next up his creative sleeve.

SideOneDummy Records Restructures Drastically

SideOneDummy Records was the glimpse of hope to many indie music artists and fans. Late December, they announced that they were signing Kississippi and Mom Jeans. They had just relocated from Hollywood Heights to Glendale. The new offices composed of a unique pop-up shop that served as a retail space and as an area for artists to perform. The L.A based label, formed 22 years ago, had a back catalog of music from early artists and bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, and as well as recording groups like PUP, Worriers, and Rozwell Kid. The label had interests with punk veterans, Against Me. The group was on the verge of producing a new album. Top of it all, the label’s staff had successfully created a unique identity and built a crowd of loyal fans.

Unexpectedly, on January 3rd, the founders laid off the entire staff save for Thomas Dreux, the general manager. Armstrong, the co-founder said that the move was necessary as the label was restructuring. He considered the move as an evolution. The label had active projects which were not affected by the restructuring. As Armstrong said, the co-founders were in good terms with its former employees. He has, on a frequent basis, employed Coletta while handling the active projects. On the other hand, Armstrong helped Johns to land a job with Hopeless Records.

Artists signed with SideOneDummy refused to make comments to Noisy as their fate was still under determination. Some are working on promotional strategies with the label while others are working towards obtaining the rights to their music. SideOneDummy was home to mid-level acts and artists. As a result, many of them hardly had lawyers and managers. Lack of legal representation left them to make negotiations on their own. Mom Jeans, a California based band, became a victim of the unfortunate timing. They were left out in the list of active groups in SideOneDummy. The band has since signed with Counter-Intuitive Records. According to Armstrong, the label may sign new bands but will scale back on the number.