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.
Liverpool legend Ray Houghton is confident his former side can contend for the Premier League title this season if they can boost their indifferent home form.The Reds are just six points adrift of leaders Manchester City following an impressive turn of fortunes under new manager Jurgen Klopp.They have lost just once in 11 games since the German’s appointment, and their travels on the road have seen the impressive Merseysiders claims some big scalps, including a 3-1 win over Chelsea and a 4-1 drubbing at title favourites City.Their most recent trip away saw Liverpool smash Southampton 6-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals, with Daniel Sturridge scoring a brace on his return from injury and 20-year-old Divock Origi netting a hat-trick.And ex-midfielder Houghton, a League Cup winner with the Reds in 1986, believes they will have the chance to end their long wait for a league crown if Klopp finds a way to transfer their ‘quite brilliant’ away form to their Anfield home.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Houghton said: “Liverpool’s away form this season has been quite brilliant. We’ve beaten Stoke, Chelsea, Man City, had draws at Everton, Spurs and Arsenal and the only defeat they’ve had on the road has been against Manchester United. The points return against the top teams so far has been phenomenal.“But it’s at home where they’ve struggled. We’ve won just three of the seven league games at Anfield and they haven’t scored too many goals. But if they can get a bit of form from last night into their home games, they’ll be up there.“Liverpool are playing with confidence at the moment, we’ve got a bit of momentum and the manager is bright. He just makes the game simple, he doesn’t complicate and he’s not trying to invent something new. He’s very simplistic in his views and what he puts across.“I’ve watched loads of games this season and, for me, there isn’t one team who are running away with it and you could say are definites for the title.“Liverpool are six points off the top now and they’ve played all the top teams away from home, so if they can get their home form sorted out there’s no doubt that they can be up there competing to try and win it. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t think that based on this season’s form.”
PSG ace Marco Verratti insists leaving Paris doesn’t have to happen this summer.Verratti is being linked with Barcelona and Juventus.“I don’t need to leave at all costs, but this time I want to see if Paris Saint-Germain buy champions,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“If that does happen, then I’d be happy to remain.”It’s been revealed president Nasser Al Khelaifi and director of sport Antero Henrique met the Italian on Thursday to propose a €220m transfer strategy.
Travis CI has been acquired by software productivity tools provider Idera. According to Travis CI, it will continue to offer its services to hosted and on-prem users, with the acquisition enabling it to invest in product improvements.It will also continue to be open-source and will keep building features for members of the open-source community.Apache Hadoop 3.2 now availableThe Apache Software Foundation has announced the release of Apache Hadoop 3.2. Apache Hadoop is an open-source framework for distributed computing.New features in this version include support for the latest Azure Datalake Gen2 Storage, an enhanced S3A connector with better resilience to throttled AWS S3 and DynamoDB IO, and node attributes support in YARN. A complete list of features can be found here.“This latest release unlocks the powerful feature set the Apache Hadoop community has been working on for more than nine months,” said Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli, vice president of Apache Hadoop. “It further diversifies the platform by building on the cloud connector enhancements from Apache Hadoop 3.0.0 and opening it up for deep learning use-cases and long-running apps.” Kotlin 1.3.20 now availableKotlin 1.3.20 is now available. According to JetBrains, this release is a bug fix and tooling update for Kotlin 1.3.Other new features include the ability to run Gradle tasks in parallel, the ability to build multiplatform projects using Gradle Kotlin DSL, improvements to inline classes, and a separate command line tool for Kapt.ParallelM launches new versions of MCenterMLOps company ParallelM has announced new updated versions of MCenter that is targeted towards data scientists and data science teams. This includes a free version that can be used to deploy and manage machine learning applications. By releasing several editions of MCenter, the company hopes that organizations will be able to purchase the version that is right for their specific needs.“We are seeing more and more data scientists and data science teams who are responsible for deploying their machine learning projects into production,” said Sivan Metzger, CEO of ParallelM. “Data Scientists are hands-on people, so we wanted to provide products that can solve the deployment problem for individuals and teams that would allow them to start working right away.”