To be honest, I made up the term electronic femme-pop. Or at least I think I did. I’ve never heard it used before. But I like the way it sounds.
I also really like the way the music sounds that I’ve placed within the new genre. For the past few months, the satellite radio station I listen to regularly (SiriusXM U) has been playing a good deal of music from three bands that I had never heard of before. The music is catchy, poppy, and upbeat and features lots of drum machines and synths. It sounds like something you would think came from the 1980s club scene.
I don’t know much about the individual bands, as two of them have yet to release a proper LP and one is releasing its first album in four years next week. But because the songs I have heard by these bands are all so enjoyable, I wanted to take some time and share their music with you as well as a little bit about the band.
I sat down with Caleb Sigler of 3artists1yard recently to talk about the innovative initiative started by a group of Memphis musicians to showcase talented acts while bringing communities together.
Tell me about how 3artists1yard got started. Explain the concept and how it came to be.
3artists1yard started in my back yard mid-summer 2012. We had just moved into my current house, and I wanted to play some music in my backyard. I called two good friends (Myla Smith & Noah Glenn) who are incredible local musicians, and we set up a PA and played music for our friends and neighbors. What everyone loved about it was how community-centric it felt. People sitting on blankets and lawn-chairs, talking and eating. Kids were dancing to the music, and everyone was just enjoying the night air. It was an awesome success, and a few other people asked if they could have the same kind of event in their backyard. This kind of snowballed, and we ended up booking a bunch more that summer. Due to the success we were having, we decided to make this more of an organized thing. The concept was simple enough: connect with a host family, bring three local artists/bands, set up an awesome party, invite a bunch of people. While every 3A1Y has been unique in attendance, vibe, etc. we have stuck to the basic rule of three artists in a yard (note: the term “artist” has now developed into bands and groups, and the term “yard” has become a bit more loose with whole neighborhoods booking us).
I don’t have a post to accompany this video and don’t feel I really need one. It’s awesome enough to stand alone. Enjoy.
It’s that time again. That’s right – there are two magical times a year in which a brand new batch of Americans get “marooned” in a remote location that is nearly always an island in a tropical locale. For those of you who haven’t been so lucky to see my blog posts in the past discussing “Why Survivor is Still Relevant”, Survivor Fantasy Teams, and game play analysis, welcome to my guiltiest of pleasures. Either you’re a skeptic and you’re done reading this post now, or there’s something inside of you that also realizes Survivor is one of the best things to ever air on television.
As for this post, I’m previewing the new season, which promises a completely different game from every version we’ve ever seen before. After seasons of tinkering with the structure of the game and experimenting with one twist at a time, this season not only provides a completely new casting concept, but also provides multiple game-changing twists that will ensure this season will be one of the most unique ever. Will it pan out? I’m hopeful. But then again, I’m a Survivor loyalist.
With the arrival of fall, we have a lot of TV shows returning and new series beginning to air. The Wise Guise and Friends decided to share which returning and new TV shows we’re most excited for! So click below to hear why we’re pumped for Brooklyn 99, The Michael J. Fox Show, Nashville, New Girl, and more…
As a conservative Republican, there are many complaints I have against President Obama’s leadership and our expanding federal government. Whether it is the Internal Revenue Service’s unconstitutional targeting of conservative groups, more tax hikes than spending cuts, or rising health care costs even after the passing of ObamaCare, the federal government under President Obama has been expanding, with very little to show for it.
But I’m saddened when some fellow conservatives criticize Common Core State Standards as another example of the centralized federal government taking over education.
There are many ways in which the federal government is infringing upon our freedoms. Common Core State Standards are not one of them.
As a former 11th and 12th grade social studies teacher at Whites Creek High School in Nashville, TN, I experienced firsthand how the educational policies and standards of the past two decades have made equality of opportunity a myth for far too many of our children. I also learned what an educational standard is and is not. Standards are the goals that we set for our students. Curriculum is the path we navigate to get them to those goals. The Common Core State Standards are not a dictation on how we should teach. They are meant to raise the bar to make our students nationally and internationally competitive with higher order thinking and problem solving skills needed to meet the needs of the future.
Week 1 round up:
Let’s recap a wacky week 1 where the underdogs were 11-5 against the spread.
Headlines I thought we wouldn’t see:
“Tom Brady and the Patriots rally in the 4th to beat EJ Manuel and the Bills.”
“Ravens D give up 7 passing touchdowns.”
“Colts struggle to stop Terrelle Pryor.”
“Gino Smith leads the Jets to a game winning field goal.”
“Kaepernick throws for 400+.”
“Eagles blow past RG3.”
Now for headlines I thought we would see:
“Jags score 2 points in opener.”
“Chargers blow a 21 point lead in the second half.”
“Sean Payton flips off Roger Goodell.” (Not exactly true… yet) Read more