Moon Taxi

first_imgMoon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City.It’s no secret that Nashville is a lot more country than rock ‘n’ roll. But Moon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City, where the guitars have more reverb than twang. For the past five years, the dynamic quintet has built a loyal grassroots following behind an expansive live show that finds balance between rock’s experimental outskirts and tuneful center.The band formed in 2007 when they were students at Belmont University. Soon after, they started building crowds around the Southeast with a steady touring regimen.“We used Nashville as a good springboard and then cut our chops on the road,” says lead singer and main lyricist Trevor Terndrup.While country hit makers on Music Row may dominate Nashville’s music landscape, Moon Taxi has won over sizable crowds at longstanding clubs like the Exit/In with irresistibly energetic live gigs that blend high-minded jam-band bombast with fist-pumping sing-alongs.Blue Grass Band Camp“In Nashville it’s not easily handed to you with this type of music,” adds Terndrup, who’s flanked on stage by bandmates Tom Putnam (bass), Spencer Thomson (lead guitar), Tyler Ritter (drums), and Wes Bailey (keys). “It’s not easy in a town that’s dominated by country, but a good rock scene has definitely developed. We carved it out through hard work and years of playing in town.”A few weeks ago, the band released a new album, Cabaret, which is ripe for a national breakout. While the group’s sound lands squarely between the worlds of jam and indie rock, the new effort leans toward the latter. The record was made at Alex the Great Studios in Nashville with help from producer Hank Sullivant, whose resume includes work with the Whigs and MGMT. As a result, the songs on Cabaret are concise and catchy, while drenched in experimental studio effect.The huge soaring chorus of the opening track, “Mercury,” is enhanced with distorted synth walls, while “Radio” sparkles with an infectious garage pop stomp. On the gritty hip-hop flavored “Hideaway,” Thompson added samples of a chant he recorded on his laptop at an anti-war protest in New York City.“It’s the first time we’ve tried to think about a good studio record on the whole,” Terndrup explains. “We wanted to challenge ourselves with this record to make something cohesive and concise. We’re listening to more current popular music, and that found its way into how we wanted to make the record. We wanted to find unique sounds that we’d never experimented with before.”Even with a wash of hipster edge in the sonic mix, lyrically, Terndrup leans more toward the soul of the South. “Whiskey Sunsets” romanticizes adventurous long nights with a buzz in front of anthemic arena rock riffs, while the intoxication in “Southern Trance” comes just as much from being “naked, lit up by moonshine” as it does from “Georgia jasmine blooms.” Terndrup says his songwriting is influenced by the literary work of Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, and authors “that stretch your imagination and put together wacky metaphors that you wouldn’t think about in a normal state of mind.”With a broad arsenal of appealing sonic characteristics, the band is poised to infiltrate a diverse range of music scenes. The group already has firm footing in the jam band world—sharing the stage with the likes of Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, and Perpetual Groove—and they don’t want to alienate that supportive crowd. But with the new album, the band members believe they can reach new audiences, like they did when they opened for Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu, who delivers a rhyme on the track “Square Circles.”“He’s a really great performer that I’ve always looked up to,” Terndrup says. “Even though he’s coming from a very different genre of music, he gets off on the very same thing that we do, which is the live performance and being there in the moment.“With our live shows we have catered to the jam crowd, and there’s an expectation when people come to our shows for over the top guitar solos and a crazy light show. That’s not something we’re going to aim to change in the future.”Moon Taxi’s Mercury is featured in our March 2012 Trail Mix. Listen or download for free here.last_img read more

Cybersecurity preparedness – Are you prepared for a breach?

first_imgIt should come as no surprise that an awful lot of organizations are ill-prepared for a cyber attack. Stories of high profile data breaches litter the news seemingly every day, often backed up with alarming statistics about the nature and frequency of cyberattacks in the digital era. For example, a recent IBM study found that healthcare is the most expensive industry for a data breach, standing at $6.45 million. Healthcare also spent the most amount of time in the data breach lifecycle, at 329 days. Finance and payment companies saw the largest drop in share performance following a breach compared with others.However, it’s not all bad news. Recently, we have found that more organizations are investing in getting the fundamentals of cybersecurity right. Companies are increasingly focused on putting the right tools in place to protect against common threats. They are also following best practice guidelines for IT architecture and focusing more on user training, patching, and updating and upgrading equipment. Still, focusing on the fundamentals can only get you so far in a world where cyberattacks are now the third-largest threat to global society. Cybercriminals perfect and advance their techniques as we perfect and advance our protective measures. It’s a constant game of cat and mouse where we must continually strive to improve our practices. One area where there are still considerable gaps is in the fallout of a breach. We found that even companies who excelled at implementing the fundamentals were still ill-equipped to handle a breach when it happened. With this in mind, we’ve compiled some critical considerations for companies looking to be better prepared for a breach. You can find a detailed checklist broken down by department or function at the end of the article that will help you put this advice into practice. Support from Core Teams and Improving Operational ReadinessCore business teams like legal, PR and marketing, and corporate communications must be engaged in the process. It’s paramount that legal teams be well versed in cybersecurity issues and understand their role in preventing and responding to cybersecurity events. This means breaking down silos and ensuring that legal teams are notified of cybersecurity events and activities and are prepared to support your organization in the event of a breach. Similarly, PR and Marketing teams must respond confidently and accurately to the press and broader public. The message must be balanced so that legal obligations are met and so that the message is controlled and rumors don’t run wild. For corporate communication teams, the message needs to be disseminated appropriately. All employees should understand if a breach has occurred but engaging the right teams with the correct information is also critical. Customer service teams need to know what to say to customers, so their information will be tailored to their role. The information given to your vendors will be different again. Lastly, any changes you implement must be documented and widely distributed. There’s no use in your breach team having a communications plan if they haven’t documented it or engaged with the communications team or the wider business. Document your plans for breach events and then continually evaluate, update, and test them accordingly. Forensics and Recovery How quickly you detect and respond to an attack can significantly impact the financial and reputational harm caused by the attack. Put simply, the faster you recover, the more limited the impact. How you handle forensics can make the difference between a big or a small fine. You need to know what you need to produce during a breach, whether you have the level of forensics capabilities you need, or need help from a cyber forensics firm. Insurance It’s a good idea to continually reevaluate and reassess your cyber insurance to see if it’s a good match for your company. Cyber insurance plans vary widely in coverage, and requirements for coverage also change frequently. You need to determine whether your plan meets your legal and regulatory standards and whether there are any stipulations you need to adhere to, such as only using specific security vendors in the event of a breach. Please use this checklist, paying particular attention to the questions to see whether your company is well-prepared for a data breach. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Sachse Chris found his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. He used that vision and drive to found Think|Stack.  Demonstrating the path, while relentlessly moving forward, Chris is passionate about … Web: www.thinkstack.co Detailslast_img read more

Duterte seeks ‘clear proof’ vs Albayalde in ‘ninja cops’ case

first_imgIn a speech following his arrival from Russiaon Sunday, President Duterte said he wants “clearproof” of his embattled police chief’s allegedinvolvement in drug recycling before making any judgment. The President added: “it cannot be transferred from the lowest to the highest-ranking officer unless there is a conspiracy. I have to consult everybody. Maya maya madapa na naman tapos ako ang magkaroon ng problema.” “Eh kung‘yung mga criminal binibigyan mong presumption of innocence…You know, Albayalde is the PNP chief. Give me aclear proof na talagang he was thereon the trafficking of drugs,” Duterte said. “Just give me proof, kasi abogado ako e. You know, there is a legal basis we have to follow. Guilt is personal. That is why you have to hear before you condemn because guilt is personal,” Duterte said. Last week, Baguio City mayor and former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong claimed that Albayalde intervened to stop the dismissal of 13 ninja cops in Pampanga in 2013, when he was the province’s police chief.center_img Meanwhile, the PNP vowed to fully cooperate with the investigations being conducted by the Senate, Department of Justice, and Department of the Interior and Local Government which oversees the police force./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteunderscored the need to respect due process amid the “ninja cops” and drugrecycling controversy hounding the Philippine Nation Police (PNP) and its chiefGeneral Oscar Albayalde. “Give me a clear proof na talagang he was there on the trafficking of drugs,” says President Rodrigo Duterte defending Philippine Nation Police chief General Oscar Albayalde against the drug recycling controversy. last_img read more