Album Review: Kirby Sybert Releases ‘Happy People Make Happy Things’ [Video/Audio]

first_imgContemporary singer, songwriter multi-instrumentalist, photographer, and videographer Kirby Sybert makes his solo full-length debut with Happy People Make Happy Things, which arrived back on August 7th. Kirby sings, plays guitar, keys and drums in addition to recording and producing a large portion of the album from the bedroom of his Philadelphia home. It is a return to the simplicity and joy of creating something on one’s own terms while taking the recordings to fantastic levels despite the lack of fancy, expensive studio gear.Happy People Make Happy Things is an introspective sonic journey highlighted by Sybert’s soulful vocals, psychedelic guitar riffs, rubbery bass lines, and drums that hit right in the pocket. Each of the nine original songs on the album are reflections of the only constant in the human experience–change.The album opens up with the swelling “Ease Fulfillment”, which was written and recorded in one night at home. Kirby sings, “Fighting hard to claim my stake/In an industry I’ve grown to hate/People laugh, but it’s all fake?Whoa-oh, what a waste/Shake my hand and stab my back/Does anyone get anywhere like that?/On that note, I’m headed out, back home to my family”“Winds of Change” would not be out of place on the Band‘s Music From Big Pink and centers around the continual growth experienced by human beings. The song was first conceived during a late-night jam session in Austin, TX when Kirby was on tour playing guitar with Philadelphia favorites, Mo Lowda & The Humble. The track features guest vocals by Mo Lowda’s Jordan Caiola who co-wrote the tune, and reminds the listener of classic Americana as more of a throwback to The Eagles or Tom Petty.“My Maker” has the feel of a Black Crowes song, and Kirby’s vocals sound like Chris Robinson here. Of the track Kirby says, “This is my rumination on death and living in the moment. It’s a constant reminder for me to step back and enjoy what’s going on around me.”Kirby Sybert – “My Maker” [Live][Video: kirby tv]“This Life” is a sparse acoustic number that sounds like it could have been written in the Laurel Canyon artist collective of the 1960s, while “Without You” is more of a funky, 70s-era inspired jam.“I also started writing a lot about love in the familial sense. I was trying to get away from the traditional love type song and exploring more ideas of how I love on a daily basis,” added Kirby. “This Life” is reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, a lovely track with a nice acoustic jam.“Donny” is Kirby’s tribute to Donny Hathaway’s tragic death, how his daughter Layla carries on the Hathaway legacy, and was originally written and recorded with his former project, Kirby and the Vibe Tribe. This song might be confused with some previous Black Keys releases. On the haunting “Better Than I Was”, Kirby experiments with shifting vocal pitches and playfully enjoys playing a sinister role. “I’ll Be There For You” is a clap-along tune, and an anthemic ode to friendship inspired by a car accident Kirby’s roommate was in and how important it is to show up.Happy People Make Happy Things takes listeners back to simpler times, with tracks that throw back to classic artists from an earlier period, as well as more modern artists like Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, or Band Of Horses. Kirby’s style is unique and interesting and broad, and a full listen through the album will take one on a journey.Having grown up in central Pennsylvania, Kirby found himself in New York City for a short stint before settling in Philadelphia where he discovered a scene filled with musicians and creatives that fully embraced him.“This city has really opened me up to being an artist and has allowed me to continue that artistic journey,” he added about his creative journey. “It’s got such a vibrant music scene in all parts of the city, and I’m thankful to be a part of the little sliver myself and my friends have carved out. After moving I really started integrating myself in the scene and playing a lot of shows with a lot of people.”In addition to fronting his own band, Kirby often pops up in other bands around Philadelphia primarily playing guitar, keys, and sometimes finding himself behind the drum kit. He has spent the last several years touring with Mo Lowda and The Humble – at first as a photographer and videographer and currently as a guitar player.“Artistically I have two parallel paths in my creation, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember,” Kirby said. “Both music and photography/videography are constantly changing and evolving. The more I see and hear the more my artistic output changes. It’s cool too, traveling as a musician and meeting other artists who are in a similar boat as I am. I’ve collaborated and made so many relationships with my ability to shoot stuff while out on the road. I feel fortunate to be able to tap into these two very creative outlets and have people respond in such compelling ways to what I create … I want people to take away the positivity that I’m trying to convey and to have them look into themselves to find what their purpose is.”Kirby Sybert will play select shows in support of Happy People Make Happy Things as soon as the world opens back up and fans can gather and bask in the joy that is experiencing live music together.Stream the entire album via the Spotify player below.Kirby Sybert – Happy People Make Happy Thingslast_img read more

AMA Calls for Ban on E-cigarettes, Vaping Products

first_imgFILE – In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the American Medical Association said it is calling for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarette and vaping devices. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, a pro-vaping advocacy group, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made clear that its focus “is not store-bought nicotine vaping products, but illicit contaminated THC oil cartridges sold by drug dealers.” The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. The AMA policy calls for a ban of vaping products not approved to help people quit. But so far, none have been reviewed or approved for that use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The outbreak has “shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products,” Harris said. About 2,100 people have gotten sick; 42 have died. ___ Stephanie Caccomo, an FDA press officer, said the agency is “committed to doing everything we can to prevent kids from using tobacco products and will continue to develop a policy approach that aligns with that concern.” The doctors’ group said a separate health issue also prompted its action – the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping. Most of those sickened said they vaped THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, not nicotine. Officials believe a thickening agent used in black market THC vaping products may be a culprit. E-cigarettes first appeared in the U.S. more than a decade ago and have grown in popularity despite little research on their long-term effects. The FDA has been widely criticized for repeatedly pushing back its own deadline to begin reviewing thousands of vaping products on the market, at one point until 2022. The deadline is now next May. AP writer Matthew Perrone in Washington contributed to this report. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back. ___ “I would be 100% with the AMA if they were seeking a ban on all tobacco products that are smoked, including e-cigarettes,” said Jonathan Foulds, a tobacco addiction specialist at Penn State University. “But right now, nicotine electronic cigarettes are competing with and replacing the most harmful legal product in this country.” “It would be a mistake for adult smokers and their families to listen to these misguided prohibitionists, as the evidence continues to indicate that adult smokers who switch to nicotine vaping products greatly improve their health,” Conley said. The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. Juul Labs, the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The AMA has previously sought bans on e-cigarette flavors and ads. In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the American Medical Association said it is calling for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarette and vaping devices. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) “It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA’s president, said in a statement. Some observers say the AMA’s position is flawed and has little chance of achieving a sweeping ban. The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

VELOBerlin celebrates 10 years of bike festivals in the German capital

first_img Related From 18-19 April 2020, the VELOBerlin bicycle festival expects over 20,000 bike fans at Tempelhof Airport in the German capital. For the tenth anniversary edition of the show, VELOBerlin is welcoming 300 exhibitors, 500 brands and a full programme of events and test opportunities for all types of bikes. The patron of ‘VELOBerlin 2020. Presented by Brose’ is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.In 2020, VELOBerlin is again playing host to an array of bike brands, ‘for all riders large or small, from full ranges to ultra-specialists, and for all budgets.’ On display in the two hangars and large outside expo area are the ‘latest innovations from the worlds of e-bikes, urban bikes, lightweight kids’ and youth bikes in the YoungStars area and family-friendly cargo bikes, plus the major new trend of gravel bikes for sporty riding in all terrain.’“As sister exhibition to the Eurobike, VELOBerlin with its B2C orientation is the perfect complement to the industry gathering at Lake Constance,” said Stefan Reisinger Head of EUROBIKE at Messe Friedrichshafen, who organises the trade show together with Berlin-based bicycle agency Velokonzept.“We get a fantastic response not only from the bicycle industry and bike scene, but also from politics and the media.”VELOBerlin now has a new and enthusiastic main sponsor – the family-owned business and e-bike system supplier Brose. Well known as an automotive supplier, Brose has a long-standing experience in electric motors and has transferred this expertise to create drive systems for e-bikes, which have been produced in Berlin since 2014.The VELOBerlin Airfield Race will be held for the third year with youth races and hobby races open to all, run by the cycle club Schöneberger Radfahrer Verein Iduna. In the sprint race, there is some tough competition – from German track cycling legend Robert Förstemann. And there is also an internationally-recognised fixed gear criterium race organised by Berlin-Kreuzberg manufacturer 8bar bikes as well as the international cargo bike race event.Two days before the VELOBerlin festival, 200 hardcore riders will be starting out from Hamburg, as part of the bike packing adventure Hansegravel, and then cycling over 600km on trails to Stettin – before riding into Berlin.On the presentation stages and in the VELOSalons there will be talks, discussions and workshops covering a wide range of topics from urban mobility to VELOWomen and extreme adventures. Ultra-endurance athlete Jonas Deichmann will be talking in detail about his 18,000 km and 72 days in the saddle during his ‘Cape to Cape’ world record. Mobility expert Katja Diehl from podcast ‘She Drives Mobility’ will be talking about the bike’s role in mobility change and on Saturday evening from 18:00 CET, bikes will be the centre of celebrations at the jubilee edition party in the Open Air Expo area.Since 2011 VELOBerlin has taken place on a yearly basis – billed as ‘the largest, urban public event in the bike sector’. After seven years at Messe Berlin, VELOBerlin developed a new concept and moved to Tempelhof Airport in 2018. On over approximately 30,000 square metres of exhibition space, test and event areas in atmospheric hangars and a covered outdoor area, 300 exhibitors with 500 brands (2019) showcase their products.VELOBerlin is hosted by Messe Friedrichshafen, which also runs the international Eurobike trade show at Lake Constance, in southern Germany, and the bicycle festival is organised by Berlin-based agency Velokonzept, which also operates further VELO events in Hamburg and Frankfurt. The patron of VELOBerlin 2020 is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.www.veloberlin.comlast_img read more

Overland Park’s plan for new bike lanes highlights dearth of bikeable routes in Prairie Village, says councilor

first_imgPrairie Village has relatively few marked bike routes compared to surrounding communities in Kansas City, Mo., Leawood, and Overland Park.The city of Overland Park’s vote last month to create 165 miles of new bike lanes over the next several years was welcome news to bikeability advocates throughout the metro area. But it also prompted concern from some that northeast Johnson County’s relative dearth of such infrastructure will become all the more pronounced as Overland Park builds out its bike lane network.Prairie Village City Councilor Eric Mikkelson brought up the issue at a recent city council meeting, and says Overland Park’s action should spur Prairie Village to take a serious look at building out its own bike system. He says it’s time for the city to finally take action to fulfilling a goal that was clearly laid out in the Village Vision plan adopted in 2009.“Our residents identified this as their priority in the Village Vision and Parks Master Plans years ago, and many on today’s council were elected based on promises to fulfill those plans,” Mikkelson said. “The Governing Body should resist collective ‘analysis paralysis’ when specific opportunities are presented to make our City significantly more bikeable and walkable.”Mikkelson noted that a current map of the metro area’s bike system paints an unflattering picture of Prairie Village, which is surrounded by cities with many more dedicated bike lanes and marked bike routes.Eric Rogers, the executive director of BikeWalkKC, said it would be important to the bikeability of the entire metro region for different cities and communities to have connecting routes.“Creating bike routes within each community is of course critical for giving residents more options for getting around,” he said. “As many communities in the region make progress, the connections between communities are increasingly important. Connectivity allows for seamless travel between and across communities.”The reconfiguration of Mission Road from 71st Street to 75th Street could present an early, if relatively minor, chance to make headway on the bikeability front in Prairie Village — though Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft told the council earlier this week that he was concerned moving the project to 2016 might hinder efforts to fully assess the possibilities for bike infrastructure on the stretch.Still, Mikkelson is likely to push his council peers to prioritize bike and pedestrians projects in the coming years. It’s a matter of keeping the city attractive to families, he said.“This disconnect limits recreation and transportation options for our residents,” said Mikkelson. “Investing more in safer bike and pedestrian infrastructure would make our City more attractive to the young professionals and families who tend to value it when choosing where to live.”last_img read more

Newport solicitors offer clients HR app

first_imgA top-10 firm in Wales has developed an employment law and human resource advice app to deliver a more interactive service to clients.Newport-based Harding Evans created the app in collaboration with HE Create & Consult, the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services, and the University of South Wales.The app comes in four versions: one sold at £399 per year, a free version, a platinum bespoke option and a white label option.The free app gives guidance notes, checklists to ensure HR processes are in accordance with the law, and a calculator to work out maternity, redundancy and holiday pay.The paid app also offers employment contracts and policies, media learning, and CPD training and key documents.Daniel Wilde, a partner at Harding Evans, said: ‘This project came about following a strategic review into how businesses access employment law and HR advice services. It was through this that we identified a gap in the market for an HR app that offers tools and advice for both HR professionals and those working for SMEs who can’t afford a permanent HR resource.’As of 10 June, the free version had seven downloads, and seven companies had booked appointments to see demonstrations of the paid app.last_img read more

Missouri, Georgia trying to stay alive in SEC East race

first_imgTigers’ freshman Drew Lock to make his third start at quarterback. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.Tigers’ freshman Drew Lock to make his third start at quarterback. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri and Georgia, who have combined to win the last four SEC East titles, know the loser of Saturday night’s game will be all but eliminated from this year’s race.Georgia (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) has lost two straight games to Alabama and Tennessee entering Saturday night’s game against Missouri. The Bulldogs must play the remainder of the season without their biggest star, tailback Nick Chubb, whose string of 13 straight 100-yard games ended with a left knee injury on the first play of last week’s loss to the Vols.Missouri (4-2, 1-2 SEC) is the two-time defending division champion, but the Tigers are expected to be without suspended quarterback Maty Mauk, leaving freshman Drew Lock to make his third start. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.Georgia won the East in 2011 and 2012 before Missouri’s two-year run. The last team to play in the SEC championship game with more than one conference loss was South Carolina, at 5-3 2010. That extremely rare 2010 season may be cited by the Georgia-Missouri loser as reason for hope, but it seems unlikely an SEC East team with three losses will catch No. 8 Florida (6-0, 4-0).Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Lock’s demeanor “was great” against Florida’s strong defense despite completing only 16 of 39 passes for 151 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Pinkel is hoping the young quarterback learns from the tough day.“That’s how you grow the most,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully you make lessons and you learn, and you don’t make the same mistakes. So that’s what we really want for him.”Georgia also has had up-and-down results from quarterback Greyson Lambert. The Virginia transfer was almost perfect in wins over South Carolina and Southern before completing only 10 of 24 for 86 yards with an interception against Alabama and 15 of 32 for 279 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s 38-31 loss at Tennessee.Lambert’s backup, Brice Ramsey, also has struggled.Some things to watch when Missouri plays Georgia:SONY TIME: Sony Michel, who will replace Chubb as the starting tailback, ran for 145 yards on 22 carries against Tennessee, including a 66-yarder. Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and fullback Quayvon Hicks also could have some carries. Michel had 410 yards rushing last year but he was behind Todd Gurley and Chubb on the depth chart. Now Michel has his chance to be the lead back.TIGERS TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Missouri has not allowed more than 21 points in any game. The Tigers lead the SEC in pass defense and scoring defense, giving up only 13.5 points per game. They rank second in total defense. Missouri will go after Lambert with a pass rush that has produced 18 sacks, including five against Florida. Ends Charles Harris and Walter Brady have combined for 10 sacks.NO HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The road team has three straight wins in the Missouri-Georgia series. The Bulldogs took a 34-0 win at Missouri in 2014.HERSCHEL RAN HERE: Center Evan Boehm was part of the Missouri team that took a 41-21 win at Georgia in 2012. He said he’s telling his younger teammates to “embrace the environment” of Sanford Stadium. “There’s a lot of tradition inside that stadium,” Boehm said. “The fans are crazy. It’s just a fun atmosphere to play football in … the same stadium as Herschel Walker and a lot of other guys.”THIRD-DOWN BLUES: Georgia converted only 4 of 14 third downs against Tennessee after converting 3 of 17 against Alabama. Coach Mark Richt said his staff studied every third-down play of the season “and tried to find the common themes and threads and things that we might be able to do better.”last_img read more

Mike Tyson will KILL Sonny Bill Williams and send rugby star to the morgue if pair seal $1m fight, warns trainer

first_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Source: Boxing – 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4center_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! MIKE TYSON will be up for “manslaughter” if he fights Sonny Bill Williams, claimed former trainer Jeff Fenech.The 53-year-old has been offered $1million to come out of retirement to face the All Blacks legend, Paul Gallen or Barry Hall.Mike Tyson was one of the most feared fighters on the planetCredit: AFP – GettyBut Fenech has urged them not to step into the ring with the heavyweight legend unless they want to end up in a morgue.He told Sydney Morning Herald: “Let me tell you something. If he hits Sonny Bill Williams or Paul Gallen, he will be up for manslaughter.“I’m serious. If he punched Paul Gallen, he could kill him.“These guys have never been punched by somebody like Mike.“You see what he’s doing to the pads, imagine Mike hitting one of those guys with one of those uppercuts.“More than likely they will be in the morgue the next day. “Fighting Sonny Bill? Who has Sonny Bill fought? Sonny Bill won’t even fight Paul Gallen because I don’t believe he can beat him.”Fenech also claimed Tyson is worth a lot more than the $1million offered by Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda.He said: “Great publicity, but it’s not going to happen, they’re offering him half a million or a million dollars.“He could get more than $20million to do it in Saudi Arabia. Why would he come here?“He will do it, probably for charity, it will happen.”Tyson has also been offered £16.2million to make his comeback in a bare knuckle boxing fight.Sonny Bill Williams plays rugby league for Super League side Toronto WolfpackCredit: AFP or licensorsJeff Fenech claimed Mike Tyson is worth more than he has been offered to fightCredit: ReutersMike Tyson, 53, reveals he had stem cell research therapy and hadn’t hit bags for 15 YEARS before returning to training Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more