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Infamous Stringdusters Mashup Entire “Laws Of Gravity” Album In Four Minutes [Watch]

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters continue to impress as one of the finest bluegrass-based ensembles touring today. Soulful songwriting and tight musicianship defines the Stringdusters’ sound, weaving rich harmonies and yearning progressions through every song.The band recently turned heads with the release of their newest album, Laws Of Gravity. To celebrate this new release, the group made a very interesting video performing a medley of original music from the new album. Banjoist Chris Pandolfi tells the story of how it came to be.“We weren’t sure exactly what to think when our manager Alex first hit us with the idea for this medley. It seemed really cool, but potentially impossible to pull off in a fluid, musical way. Then we thought about the nature of an album–a collection of songs that blend a set of native sounds and themes–and it actually made a lot of sense. Electronic acts do this kind of thing, but they have it easy when it comes to the performance/execution part. We had to figure out how to get all the instruments and voices to weave through this maze of different songs and sound cohesive doing it. It’s old school tones meets new school aesthetics, which I guess could be a mantra for almost all the music the Stringdusters make.Andy Hall and I dug into pieces of it on our own and realized that indeed it could be done. From there we put it through our normal band pre-production routine, spending a few sessions working on all the transitions, adjusting a few keys, honing in musical cues and then putting it all together, first in chunks and then as a whole. Much like a good song, it was feeling natural right off the bat, and by the time we went to record, we tuned into the arrangement enough to get it on the first take, which is usually a good sign. It really was a microcosm of the album–same live feel, same musical energy, and hopefully a collection of pieces that work together in some unique way to form a bigger piece of art.”You can watch the new video, streaming below.“We’re always looking to try new things musically,” says Andy Hall. “This EDM style mashup of every tune on Laws Of Gravity is probably the most unique thing we’ve ever done. Not much room for error on this one, but I think we pulled it off!”Keep up with all of the Infamous Stringdusters’ doings on their official website![H/T Rolling Stone Country]last_img read more

LA Clippers’ rebounding being put to the test

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> The first month of the NBA schedule isn’t particularly kind to the Clippers. They play four sets of back-to-backs. They travel to Portland, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Oklahoma City, to Minnesota, to Sacramento, to Dallas, to Detroit, to Indiana and to Brooklyn. The schedule allows for less than a handful of practices.But, in a calendar packed with 19 games in 34 days, coach Doc Rivers might actually have gotten a little lucky. The NBA’s schedule-makers gave him the perfect chance to reinforce the thing the Clippers have spoken about since their very first team meeting in training camp.The Clippers better rebound. If they don’t, their opponents absolutely will.Their first four opponents — Portland, Utah, who they play Sunday, Phoenix and Oklahoma City — all finished in the top seven in offensive rebounding percentage last season. The Clippers were the third-worst defensive rebounding team a year ago. Last year, the Clippers grabbed 15 or more offensive rebounds only four times. “That is not a focus,” Rivers said. “I want to be a better offensive rebounding team, don’t get me wrong. I’d rather not give up points the other way. That statistically is a fact. We know that to be true. “… If they’re under the basket, we want you to go after it. But if you don’t get it, you got to get back.”Bench steps upThe Clippers’ second unit continued to receive praise for its performance in the win at Portland. “I think our second unit really played well defensively the other night,” Jordan said. “They’re guarding Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin every day, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think they did a great job defensively finishing off possessions and limiting those guys to one shot the other night.”Jamal Crawford said the bench played “agenda-free” basketball after his team won in Portland, and Saturday before practice, he continued to speak highly of their play. “Guys who understand their role I think is really, really key for us, because everybody has the right attitude and the right mindset,” Crawford said. “I feel like we’re one of the better second units in the league, even though we haven’t been together that long. If we can just keep getting better and better and keep getting more defined in our roles, I think we’ll be great.”Quick hitsBrice Johnson (back) and Paul Pierce (ankle) are both listed as “Out” on the Clippers’ injury report. … Alan Anderson (ankle) was healthy enough to play Thursday in Portland, but he, along with Brandon Bass and rookie Diamond Stone, didn’t see action. Thursday, they passed the first test, keeping Portland from winning the rebounding battles (the teams tied). But, Rivers said, they should’ve been better. “The ones that we can get, we have to get. I think we had six of them — we do our own count — that we should have got that we didn’t in the Portland game. That’s a lot actually,” Rivers said. “…Those are the ones we still have to get. And we watch film on rebounding now and that’s important.”The Clippers don’t need to see Utah on tape to know what’s in store for them Sunday afternoon in their home opener at Staples Center. They just need to look across the court at 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.“I mean, they got damn near one of the tallest guys in the league in Rudy, and he crashes the glass hard,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Now that (Derrick) Favors is back, he’s going to do the same thing…Whenever we can force those guys to one shot, don’t let them get a second one.”The Clippers have even discussed offensive rebounding, never part of Rivers’ coaching foundation. And while, he said it’s still not a priority, his team still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds in its season-opening win at Portland. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more