Great American Taxi transports listeners to the musical intersection of jam band, blues, rock and Americana on their new album, Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show. While it is said that “laughter is the best medicine,” good music is surely comes in a close second. For their latest release, Great American Taxi continue to show that, whoever has their hand on the wheel, the direction and destination stay the same.The twists and turns in the band’s lineup seem to have finally settled into a cohesive unit that is delivering a sound far greater than the sum of its parts. Not to say that newly minted front man Arthur Lee Land, guitarist Jim Lewin, keyboard player Chad Staehly and company ever strayed from the Gram Parsons spirit the band was forged to follow.“We Can Run” opens things up with a blast of honky-tonk blues that serves as a fitting introduction for new vocalist Land. There are similarities to former vocalist Todd Snider in tone, but similarities are just on the surface level. Songs like “Out On The Town” quickly help illuminate the more earnest direction of the band. It’s easy to see a more whimsical take on the tune with previous line-ups but the more heart felt approach presented here is impressive and distinct.The slow burn blues of “Sunshiny Days” shows a understanding of build and release that lets Land and Lewin trade some powerful licks over booming bass and drums. A groovy banjo intro to “All The Angels” is placed perfectly on the track listing, lifting the slowly darkening mood instantly. The religious iconography in the lyrics serve as sparse cover for the universal advice the band is doling out on the track. “Home” keeps the expansive vibe going with jazz brush drumming and banjo counterpointing lilting pedal steel guitar and fiddle that perfectly underscore the melancholy spirit of the tune.The title track, “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show,” comes on like a fever dream version of old-timey carnival music with a psychedelic twist for good measure. The wry songwriting on the album reaches a peak on “Like There’s No Yesterday” giving Jimmy Buffett some unexpected competition in the “Looking back on a life from a pirate’s perspective” sub-genre. Closing out the album, “Mother Lode” unwinds in a flat spiral, evoking a hopeful but weary look at the future.Over the course of Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show, Great American Taxi shows great comfort in a wide variety of song styles and sonic dimensions. Though past iterations have seemed to focus more on the person at the front of the stage this is the first effort that feels like a true group effort. If GAT can continue with this level sanctified mix of righteous music and insightful lyrical content, then let’s hope this configuration is here to stay.
In a summer clouded by the lingering bleak teen employment outlook, Harvard University worked hard to break the trend.Last year reflected the lowest teen employment rate in the history of the United States since the post-World War II era, according to a study from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. The summer jobs outlook for 2012 was also described as “not very bright.”In light of this, Harvard employed more than 150 teenagers from Boston and Cambridge to work throughout the University — in its programs, departments, and Schools.To celebrate the end of the season, Harvard Human Resources and Harvard Public Affairs & Communications hosted a party on Aug. 15. Together, teen employees and their mentors shared pizza and their thoughts on the impact of their summer jobs.More than 150 local teens were hired by Harvard for summer employment. On Aug. 15, a pizza party to honor them was held at the Gutman Library.“It’s not just about working, coming in and doing your job, but you’re finding out who you are, what you want to do, and also learning skills that can apply to school,” said Eunice Offre, a recent Cambridge Rindge & Latin School graduate. Offre spent her summer working at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) doing data entry and research. She has worked two consecutive summers at the University and will be attending Colby-Sawyer College this fall.HGSE was among seven University Schools, Central Administration departments, and the Phillips Brooks House Association to hire local students June through August.According to Boston Private Industry Council (Boston PIC) staffers, who recruit, interview, and prepare Boston teens for their summer jobs, the experience is invaluable today — and in the future.“Our students become valued by their managers, feel valued, and it translates into their performance in school,” said Rose Delorme, a career specialist at Boston PIC.It is also a test drive in the work world and an opportunity to build up and support a young workforce. “We are essentially building a strong future workforce together, teaching them skills and instilling a work ethic and the basic foundation for future job success,” said Roselys Esteve, assistant director of the School-to-Career program at Boston PIC.For more than 10 years, Harvard has been working with the city of Cambridge, through the Summer Youth Employment Program, and the city of Boston, through the Boston Youth Fund and Boston PIC, to link local teens with jobs at the University.“This is a long-term partnership,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. “Harvard believes very strongly in providing employment opportunities for local youth in partnership with Cambridge and Boston, and we benefit greatly from these students, too.”Working with Harvard to make the teen employment program a success were Roselys Esteve (from left), Shannon Carter, and Rose Delorme, all of the Boston Private Industry Council. The Boston PIC staffers recruit, interview, and prepare Boston teens for their summer jobs.“I think Harvard is doing an amazing job with this program, remaining committed to the community and investing in the urban youth who are part of tomorrow’s workforce and who wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to these kinds of opportunities,” said Esteve.For Harvard, the local teen workers were also a big value add.“We are a small school doing important work, and we wanted students who came prepared,” said Lisa Maxwell, assistant director of employment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Our students did great work this summer. In fact, all three managers want their students back next year. We struck gold!”
Students can best protect themselves while shopping online by paying attention to who they are purchasing from, said David Seidl, Information Security Program Manager for Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, OIT is working to inform students of the dangers that can come from breaches in cyber security, including online shopping. Seidl said the two biggest areas where online shoppers neglect to protect themselves are in checking the credibility of the site they purchase from and the form of payment they use to buy their merchandise. “People will go to one website and get linked over to some fly-by-night site that’s not something like an Amazon,” he said. In order to prevent being scammed, Seidl said students can visit resellerratings.com, a website with ratings on different online retailers. “Resellerrattings.com generally gives you a star-based rating scheme. If you see it has 500 and has been in business for 10 years, then the website is probably okay,” he said. Another general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to think about the type of deal the website is offering. “One of the giveaways is that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t [true],” Seidl said. Another area where online shoppers run into problems is in the way they chose to pay for their purchases. Seidl said the best way to pay for merchandise purchased online is with a one-time use credit card number. “The basic concept is that you are able to go to a credit card companies website and click on a function that can generate a one-time use number,” he said. “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.” As opposed to giving a credit card number, where there is the possibility for someone to steal it and use it until the card expires, a one-time use number will be invalid after the transaction is completed, Seidl said. If, however, an online purchaser must choose between using a credit card or a debit card, Seidl said to opt for the credit card. Aside from potentially giving a website complete access to one’s checking account, there are also more safeguards put into place for credit card theft. “Credit cards have more protections by law so potential issues for you are much smaller,” he said. In addition to offering advice about online shopping, OIT is also hosting a number of speakers Tuesday at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall to advise on different topics related to cyber security. The first portion of the day features two speakers, who will address topics aimed at technologically oriented students and professionals. During the afternoon, events will be geared toward a wider audience, with speakers focusing on securing one’s mobile phone and tips for parents to protect their students online. A complete listing of the day’s events can be found on OIT’s website.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. West End Goes in One DirectionFor all you directioners out there, we’ve got the Best Song News Ever! One Direction are heading to the West End…Sort of. Only One Direction: The One Direction Story, which bills itself as a concert celebrating the music of the biggest boyband in history (what about Take That?) is set to play the Lyric Theatre October 26 through October 28. The tribute act will put on a fully interactive show that features songs from all four of One Direction’s smash hit albums. Probably best if you know all the words to “What Makes You Beautiful” if you’re thinking about taking a trip to this one…The Most-Produced Plays for 2014-15 Are…Interesting little nugget of information here. Courtesy of American Theatre, the top five most-produced plays of 2014-15 were as follows: 1. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, 2. Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted by Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 3. John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee, 5. Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar. You can check out the full list here.Casting Set for Bertie Carvel’s ApeFrom Miss Trunchbull to Hairy Ape?! Adam Burton, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy and Nicholas Karimi will join the previously reported Matilda Tony nominee Bertie Carvel in The Hairy Ape. Directed by Richard Jones, the Eugene O’Neill classic is scheduled to begin previews on October 17 and officially open on October 29 at London’s Old Vic Theatre.Shows to Keep an Eye On? A couple of industry-only readings are on our radar. Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) will headline new musical Date of a Lifetime on September 17. Featuring a book and lyrics by Carl Kissin and music by Rob Baumgartner, Jr., Tony winner Jerry Zaks has been tapped as creative consultant. Meanwhile, Tony winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt), along with Jill Paice (An American in Paris) and more, will star in a re-conceptualization of The Testament of Mary on October 1. Conceived and directed by Michael Rader, this new adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s work will feature five different women sharing the title role of Mary, each representing how different cultures around the world view Mary.NPH’s Best Time Ever’s Solid StartTony winner Neil Patrick Harris’ new NBC series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, premiered on September 15 to a respectable 6.8 million total viewers. According to Deadline, the show had a decent 1.9 rating among the all-important (to advertisers) adults 18-49 demographic. Check out below last night’s finale; eagle-eyed U.K. viewers will be able to spot British national treasures Ant and Dec (Best Time Ever is based on their show Saturday Night Takeaway), along with Harris’ sidekick, Olivier nominee and the potentially Broadway-bound Nicole Scherzinger.
Senior defender Ally Prisock started all 20 games for USC last season at the back line and is currently a member of the U.S. Youth Women’s National Team U-19 Squad. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The Trojans face a tough test this weekend as they travel to Florida to face No. 4 Florida State and No. 22 Florida. The Trojans will look to overcome what appears to be the toughest back-to-back series of the season.USC is coming off an impressive display last weekend when the team added two victories to its record and scored 11 goals in the process. The Trojans moved up in the United Soccer Coaches ranking to No. 7 following their performances against Cal Poly and Pepperdine.The team’s key player was redshirt sophomore Savannah DeMelo who was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. She had a fine performance in the attacking midfield position against Cal Poly and notched 2 goals against Pepperdine over the weekend.“I thought [DeMelo] was really good. She’s got great ability to break people down and dribble,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said after the Cal Poly game. “But I want to see her connect more passes and be a little bit more dangerous on the pass, but all in all, she’s our 10 and she plays that way for sure.”The front three partnership of DeMelo, redshirt junior Natalie Jacobs and senior striker Leah Pruitt has proven to be one of the best in the country. Pruitt has done a great job running the channels and creating open spaces to score or assist goals while Jacobs has impressed by being in the right place to create opportunities to score and work hard off the ball. DeMelo has done her job linking up plays from the top of the midfield to create even more opportunities for Pruitt and Jacobs, as well as creating spaces for other midfielders like sophomore Tara McKeown.“I think [DeMelo and I] work really well off each other,” Pruitt said over the weekend. “We work hard for each other too. And I think having [Jacobs] up top too will be a really good addition. I think we’ll be a cool little trifecta.”Moreover, senior defender and captain Ally Prisock has looked very composed at the back so far this season. Prisock was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list at the start of the season. She looks to maintain solidity at the back and prevent teams from playing any kind of counter-attacking soccer.The Women of Troy will battle the No. 4 Seminoles on Friday at 4 p.m. Like USC, the Seminoles have started the season undefeated with four wins in a row. Most recently, the Seminoles took on Middle Tennessee and Wisconsin and comfortably won each game, 3-0. On Sunday, the Trojans will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators at 3 p.m. Unlike the Seminoles, the Gators lost their last two games to Ohio State and Oklahoma State. They were ranked No. 5 prior to those games, and now face three ranked opponents including USC. “Florida State is always really organized and [a] very technical [team],” McAlpine said. “They have the ability to break you down with the pass, which I think is very unique with teams. We are going to have to be very sharp in our defending and communicate really well to stop them. And Florida is not that different […] Both teams are going to be very, very good opponents that we are going to have to be sharp and they’re really going to test us.”While the Trojans face tough opponents on the road, they look to continue on their impressive form and stay undefeated when they return to Los Angeles.
A 26-year-old miner was sentenced to three years imprisonment when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Twenty-six-year-old, Orin Ridley of Lot 173 Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown , was found guilty on two counts of robberies and assault. He was on trial before Magistrate Annette Singh, who ruled that after perusing the evidence she found him guilty of all four charges.Orin RidleyThe first charge stated that on March 12, 2019 at Lot 173 Campbell and Sussex Streets, Georgetown, Ridley wounded Police Constable Clive Clarke with intent to prevent lawful apprehension.It was further alleged that on the same date and at the same location, Ridley assaulted police constable Nigel Reid with intent to prevent lawful apprehension.The third charge stated that on January 31, 2019 at Albouys Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, Ridley while being armed with a firearm, robbed Saneka Ramlakan of articles amounting to $24,600.The last charge stated that on the same date and location, while being armed with a firearm, he robbed Akash Ramlakan of a pedal cycle valued at $18,000 property of the said Virtual Complainant and used personal violence towards him.The magistrate sentenced Ridley to three years for robbery with violence; three years for robbery under arms, one year for wounding a peace officer and one year for assaulting a peace officer.However, the sentence will run concurrently, which means Ridley will only be spending three years behind bars.