Erik Deutsch Shares Live Video For “Firefly” Ahead Of Album Release [Premiere]

first_imgBrooklyn based pianist Erik Deutsch has played with so many talented musicians and even tours with Leftover Salmon, but, for his next release, the artist is taking a different approach. Due out November 18th, the new album Creatures sees Deutsch as a solo pianist, stripping down his instrumental compositions to their essence. Deutsch was able to break away from his hectic touring schedule, finding time for an intimate performance on a snow-laden night in Boulder, CO.Creatures will be released in both CD and DVD formats, allowing fans to experience this intimate recording and really connect with Deutsch’s sentiments. The pianist bears his soul in each song, including one of his earliest efforts, “Firefly.”Says Deutsch, “‘Firefly’ was one of the first songs I wrote when I moved to NYC. I sat down with the idea of channeling an astral campfire song — as if you were camping on the moon. Unlike most of my songs, this one came right out (I probably finished it within the hour). This is what I’ve always appreciated about this song: it’s quirky simplicity, clarity, and malleability, which over time has translated to a variety of different ensembles and musical situations. With that in mind, there was no question that “Firefly” was the opener for Creatures, for a number of reasons, foremost being my comfort level with the song. The Creatures concert was most definitely a high stress situation: performing, recording, and filming in front of a live audience left only a small margin for error, and admittedly I was feeling that pressure a little more than expected that night. “Firefly”, with its drone-like opening vamp, was the perfect way to ground myself, land in the room, and dive head-first into the concert. I’m happy with how it worked out and I’m excited for people to hear the music that came from that snowy night in Boulder, CO!”You can watch the premiere of Deutsch’s live performance of “Firefly” in the video below.You can find more information about the album in CD form via Bandcamp, and in video form via Vimeo. The full artwork and tracklisting can be seen below.Creatures Tracklisting1. Firefly2. Lover’s Eyes3. Fishmonger4. Tiny Lion5. Black Flies6. Incandescence7. Prayer For Zimewanga8. Doctor’s Demon9. Outlaw Boogie[Photo credit: Sherwin Lainez]last_img read more

New unemployment claims fall from previous week

first_imgWeek Ending April 25, 2009. There were 1,501 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 97 from the week before. Altogether 18,430 new and continuing claims were filed, 561 less than a week ago and 7,397 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,122 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 52 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,299 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 39 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:  http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external).last_img read more

Cops: Couple Tied Up, Robbed by Masked Home Invaders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Farmingdale couple was bound at their hands and feet and had their home robbed Friday night after opening the door expecting trick-or-treaters but instead were confronted by masked thieves, Nassau County police said.The horrifying Halloween home invasion only came to an end when the brave woman was able to free herself and then grabbed her 2-year-old son and ran to a neighbor’s house, where she dialed 911, police said.The family’s ordeal began around 8:45 p.m. when someone rang the doorbell to their Beach Street home. The 34-year-old woman expected to see Halloween revelers, police said, but on the doorstep were three people wearing masks, two of whom were armed with handguns.The intruders forced the door open and demanded the family to sit down. The woman’s husband refused, and was subsequently pistol whipped in the head multiple times, police said. The couple was then tied up with duct tape, police said.Moments later, two more intruders entered to help the group ransack the home, police said.The woman successfully removed the duct tape and fled with her son to the neighbor’s house and called 911, prompting the group to flee the house. Police were unable to say what was stolen.The husband, who suffered head lacerations, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.Below is how each intruder was described to police:Male black, 5-foot-8, 200 pounds with a white mask and dark clothes. Female black, 5-foot-8 with a thin build, afro hair and wearing goggles. Male black, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds with a werewolf mask, black clothes and armed with a handgun Male black wearing a wool hat and a mask. Male, possibly white, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, armed with a handgun.last_img read more

Daughter’s draw puts Smith in right spot to win Empire State Series feature at Skyline

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 20) – Gary Smith told daughter Danielle before she drew for him that he’d like to start Saturday’s Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series feature on the front row, and preferably on the outside. Danielle obliged and Smith promptly led all 25 laps in winning for the first time of his career in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour at Skyline Raceway. The checkers were good for $400. Keith Lamphere challenged but had to settle for second as Smith stayed strong following a multitude of restarts. Running the high side right to the last lap, Smith switched to the bottom line when the race ended green, white, checkered.Teammate James Cornell, Jared Spaulding and Gary Roberts completed the top five finishers in the Turbo Blue Championship Weekend show. Cornell took over the series point lead; Spalding had made a last-minute decision to race at Skyline and ended up fourth.“I was happy that James finished third,” Smith said after becoming the fifth different winner in as many Empire State Series events so far in 2014. “We both had good runs.”Twenty-eight Modifieds were entered at Skyline, the most for a series event this season.Feature results – 1. Gary Smith; 2. Keith Lamphere; 3. James Cornell; 4. Jared Spaulding; 5. Gary Roberts; 6. Kurt Decker; 7. Dan Ellis; 8. Matt Cole; 9. Rich Keller; 10. Mike Stoddard; 11. Bob Maynard; 12. Josh Ames; 13. Brandon Smith; 14. J.J. Courcy; 15. Ken Buck; 16. Doug McKane; 17. Tyler Stoddard; 18. Jason Amidon; 19. Will Ward; 20. Dan Searls; 21. Bumps Scutt; 22. Bernie Baker; 23. Ray McClure; 24. Chris Fleming.last_img read more

Women of Troy host pair of games at Marks Stadium this weekend

first_imgAfter a strong showing this past weekend in Tempe at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend, where the 16th-ranked Women of Troy clinched a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, USC (3-0) will look to stay in top form as they face St. Mary’s today followed by a match against Pepperdine on Saturday.“We have two challenging matches ahead against St. Mary’s and Pepperdine coming in ranked as well, but I just have confidence that the girls are going to show up and play big,” USC coach Richard Gallien said. “There is a big difference between going through the motions and understanding what is at stake; with only only seven eligible players these girls are  tight-knit group, who really worked hard, and look like they truly enjoy it.”Earning a place in the ITA Indoor Championships, which are Feb. 10 – 13 at the University of Virginia, is a big step for a green USC squad, especially since they missed out on the tournament last season.“Next week we may end up playing three teams in the top 10 in the country [in the ITA tournament] and it will be a big challenge for us,” Gallien said. “I really feel confident that our girls are going to ante up and spill their guts out.”The Women of Troy will be starting their weekend against a talented Lady Gaels team, which is coming off of a tough 4-0 loss to the UCLA Bruins in the ITA Kick-Off. The day prior, though, St. Mary’s took down No. 25 Oklahoma behind sophomore Jenny Jullien.Jullien, who will be slated for the No. 2 spot against USC junior Danielle Lao, ranks No. 68 in the nation for singles. Along with fellow sophomore Jade Frampton, Jullien was named the West Coast Conference Doubles Duo of the Month after going 8-1 in October.In the top spot for singles, St. Mary’s will throw out two-time WCC first-timer junior Catherine Isip. Though Isip may not be currently ranked, she started out at No. 59 in the Fall Rankings and remains a threat for USC freshman Zoë Scandalis.After facing off against St. Mary’s, the Women of Troy will welcome the No. 26 Pepperdine Waves (1-0) into Marks Stadium on Saturday.Pepperdine will be looking for a much-needed victory against USC, something that hasn’t happened since 2001, with an extremely difficult upcoming schedule with games against No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Stanford.The Women of Troy boast four players among the nation’s top 100 singles players, led by freshman Sabrina Santamaria at No. 18 followed closely by Scandalis at No. 19. Lao and sophomore Kaitlyn Christian round out the rest of the group at No. 42 and No. 99 respectively.“Even after I gave them Monday off, I got a phone call that at 9 o’clock, Zoe and Sabrina are out hitting,” Gallein said. “In basketball they say you can’t teach height, in tennis you can’t teach hunger and drive.“While there may be a dearth of experience on Gallien’s squad, especially at the top of both doubles and singles, there is no denying the immense talent on the team. Despite having three freshman among the top 6 singles players (Scandalis, Santamaria, and Gabriella DeSimone), expectations are high for the Women of Troy after a very encouraging fall season.“We’re very young, but very mature,” Gallien said.  “The three girls starting right now are hungry, motivated, and dedicated. They really put a spring in everyone’s step and are not afraid of playing in big situations.”last_img read more