Bombadil: Comeback Kids

first_imgBombadil bassist Daniel Michalak played through the pain until it wasn’t possible anymore. In 2008, the tuneful indie rock quartet from Chapel Hill, N.C., was steadily gaining momentum. The group released a debut album, A Buzz, A Buzz, on Ramseur Records, the independent label owned by longtime Avett Brothers manager, Dolph Ramseur.  A growing cadre of fans was also starting to flock to the band’s energetic live shows, which blended quirky expansive folk with melodic, piano-driven throwback psychedelia.But as Michalak—who suffers from a neural tension condition—gradually lost the use of his hands, it became obvious the band could no longer continue.“We were going full-steam ahead, but it soon became apparent that Daniel was overdoing it,” says Bombadil drummer James Phillips during a recent phone interview. “The pain in his arms got to the point where he was pretty much incapable of doing anything.”The band’s future looked grim. They decided to stop touring indefinitely and members soon moved to various locations across the country. The desire to play together, though, never really waned. Material already recorded came out as 2009’s Tarpits and Canyonlands, and by the next year, after sharing musical ideas consistently via email, the group convened in Phillips’ new home of Portland, Oregon, to record another album—2011’s All That the Rain Promises. Shortly after, the group received an invitation to open for the Avett Brothers.Through rest and physical therapy, Michalak has gotten his condition under control. It’s enabled Bombadil to be on the road consistently since last fall. The prolific studio band, which also includes guitarist Bryan Rahija and Stuart Robinson on piano, is getting ready to release a new album next month. Metrics of Affection was recorded in an old house that the band members now share in Durham, N.C.Lyrically, the effort is surprisingly straightforward and personal for a band who’s always been honest yet at times emotionally cryptic; something Phillips attributes to  “experiencing the disappointment of stopping and getting older.”Michalak unloads some blatant insecurity in “Learning to Let Go” that would almost be cringe-worthy if the song weren’t so catchy. He also laments the frustration of his condition (“Even the best docs and psychiatrists can’t help”) through spoken word, as the British Invasion meets hip-hop in “Isn’t It Funny.”“We all have diverse interests in music,” Phillips adds. “Because Daniel couldn’t use his hands he was looking for different ways to make music. He became inspired both by the attitude of hip-hop and the production strategies—making beats and loops on his laptop without using his hands.”While Bombadil continues to toy with their own sonic boundaries, the group’s foundational dynamics remain intact. With Rahija now off the road pursuing a graduate degree, the band has been reduced to a piano trio and forced to accentuate vocal harmonies—the element that has always been their best first impression.“All of us take singing very seriously and want to be better than we actually are,” Phillips says. “We’re trying to tell stories and share feelings with the music. You have to do that with singing and melody at the forefront.”Bombadil performs at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, N.C., with the Overmountain Men on June 21. The band will also play the Camel in Richmond, Va., on July 26, and an album release show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C., on July 27.Americanarama Rolls into the SouthAn icon and a pair of roots music innovators are teaming up for one of the most anticipated tours of the summer. Visiting amphitheaters across the country, the Americanarama: A Festival of Music will feature Bob Dylan sharing headlining duties with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. The tour includes this triumvirate of Americana heroes with generational differences but similar tendencies towards evolution. Dylan, the 1960s folk bard of yesteryear, has gone through many musical shifts to get to his current state as a scrappy, blues-rock-based song-and-dance bandleader. Expect to hear a few classics, but know that he leans on his later material, which in current context is a good thing. Wilco and My Morning Jacket first emerged seemingly focused on alt-country revivalism, but with subsequent albums and years on the road, both bands have journeyed far beyond the parameters of twang into various realms of experimental rock. At different points in the tour, the three bands will be joined by either British folk hero Richard Thompson or outlaw country torchbearer Ryan Bingham. Stops in the region include Atlanta (June 29), Nashville (June 30), Columbia, Md. (July 23), and Virginia Beach, Va. (July 24).last_img read more

PREMIUMGovernment to unify regional taxes, punish recalcitrant administrations

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? The government plans to unify regional taxes and impose fiscal punishments on regional administrations whose bylaws are not in line with the national policy in a bid to attract investment.Finance Ministry Fiscal Balance Director General Astera Primanto Bhakti said the plan was part of an omnibus bill on taxation that would overhaul regional taxation as the government seeks to provide certainty to investors.“If a regional administration’s policies are not in line with the national fiscal policy then we will impose sanctions, such as by [cutting] the regional transfer amount or revoking the bylaws,” Astera said during a press briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday.“This will prevent excessive tax collection from businesses by the administrations,” he added.Several regional administrations, he went on to say, unnecessarily taxed companies for water use,… Linkedin Topics : taxation tax-reform omnibus-bill regional-administrations bylaws finance-ministry tax-office state-revenue tax-collectionlast_img read more

This Brisbane home is also a boutique cheese factory

first_imgThe specialty goat cheese is available at markets across south east Queensland.“Now, nearly five years later we have 44 goats,” she said.They installed the necessary infrastructure for cheese making and milking and built a loyal customer base around south east Queensland with their well-received Frolicking Goat branded goats cheese.With their cheese winning awards and orders growing, she said they would need to move to a larger property outside of Brisbane to keep their business growing. “I can’t have silos for grain so it is very expensive for us to be in Brisbane,” she said. The specialty goat cheese has won several industry awards.Owners Lyndall Josey said she and her husband Peter Schwenke just wanted a relaxing Brisbane home they bought the property at 200 Kloske Road in Burbank 16 years ago.But when her husband wanted a career change from IT, he decided to learn the art of making goat cheese.“He had no farming background whatsoever,” Ms Josey said. After he learned the basics of making goat cheese, they bought one goat so they would have a steady supply of milk.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago SAY CHEESE: The owners transformed the acreage property into a small goat farm.CHEESE lovers, this house could be for you.An acreage home in Brisbane’s south east comes with one unique addition that is a real rarity in capital city property.With the entire infrastructure for goat farming and milking installed on the property, a new owner could be making their own goats cheese in no time. The goats do not come with the property.Although the goats were not for sale, the goat shed, milking area and hay shed was staying with the home.“It would suit any form of livestock,” she said. As well as the farming facilities, the 1.99 hectare property has a five-bedroom home with solar power and a backyard pool. Acreage with a difference.The property will be auctioned by Ray White Springwood on Friday, May 11 at 10am.last_img read more