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Moon Hooch Pushes Sonic Boundaries On New Single, ‘Booty House’ [Premiere]

first_imgThe beloved trio known as Moon Hooch began innocently enough, with three music students busking in the subways of New York City. Those days are long in the past now, however, as their approach to dance music has cemented their place as musical innovators. With two horn players, Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, alongside drummer James Muschler, the band creates an intoxicating sonic display with each and every performance.With two albums in the books, Moon Hooch is gearing up for their third-ever release, Red Sky. Due out on June 10th, Moon Hooch’s new release pushes the boundaries even farther, using electronic technology to add mystifying effects to their organic instrumentation. The new elements of Moon Hooch’s music are almost too innumerable to count: Electronic Wind Instruments, a “Reverse DJ” setup with saxophone sounds running through Ableton, vocal contributions from Wilbur, and more.Not only that, but Muschler travelled to India to immerse himself in percussion-oriented music. The band also champions meditation and environmental causes, and themes of consciousness – both self and environmental – run rampant throughout the release. At the heart of Moon Hooch is dance music, which is the cornerstone of Red Sky.With the new album due out in just a few short weeks, the band has offered us a first listen single premiere. Tune in to “Booty House” from Moon Hooch’s upcoming Red Sky release, below.Wilbur spoke to us about the creation of “Booty House,” saying, “This track was made in our old basement in Brooklyn after smoking a large spliff. It was a time where as a joke I would blast happy hardcore music and dance around the house. I guess that influenced this track.”You can pre-order Red Sky by following this link. Be sure to check out the band on the road throughout Europe and North America; full schedule below.Moon Hooch Tour DatesMay 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts FestivalMay 30 – Bristol, UK – The LanternMay 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts ClubJune 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABCJune 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz FestivalJune 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight FestivalJune 16 – Hammonton, NJ – BearfestJune 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination MoonJune 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly GatheringJune 25 – Stratford, CT – Two Roads Brewing CompanyJune 27 – Edmonton, Canada – TD Edmonton International Jazz FestivalJune 28 – Vancouver, Canada – TD Vancouver International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International Jazz FestivalJune 30 – Montreal, Canada – Montreal Jazz FestivalJuly 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme FestivalJuly 12 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallAugust 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown FestivalAugust 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry JamSeptember 17 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club Loftlast_img read more

The Future of Two National Forests

first_imgSpeak for the TreesAs a veteran section hiker on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Van Horn has plenty of stories about how the world-famous footpath has changed over the years. Although much of the trail lives up to its world-class billing, not everything they saw was worthy of a postcard.“Some places look like someone went in with a mower,” he said. “There are clear postage-stamp boundaries where everything was cut, and it’s not a pretty sight. It’s extremely obvious where they clear-cut and there’s nothing left.”Even so, he recognizes the need for some logging on the public lands that the trail transects, including the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.“I fully believe our forests need to be sustainable and that we need to strike a balance between different uses,” Van Horn said.  “Everyone loses a little bit, but hopefully everyone gains a little bit too.”Public meetings are often divided between outdoor enthusiasts who want to keep the forest intact and loggers and hunters who would like to see it cut.Public meetings are often divided between outdoor enthusiasts who want to keep the forest intact and loggers and hunters who would like to see it cut.That sentiment nicely encapsulates the dilemma facing the U.S. Forest Service as it undertakes an ambitious four-year effort to revise the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan, which will guide management of these public lands for the next two decades. The two contiguous national forests comprise more than one million acres and collectively are among the most visited in the country. Not surprisingly, lots of people have different—and often diametrically opposed—ideas of what to do with them.The forests must simultaneously maintain habitat diversity, improve the health of watersheds, and support multiple uses such as logging and various forms of sustainable recreation. Juggling these goals is a Herculean and thankless task that will satisfy no one completely. In the balance lies the fate of almost 1,900 types of plants, including nearly 130 tree species, and more than 300 species of vertebrate animals. Some of these are found nowhere else on earth.With so much riding on the management plan, the agency has been hosting epic talk-a-thons with as many stakeholders as possible in an effort to see how, and to what extent, competing visions can be reconciled. The effort should inform similar discussions around country about the fate of our public lands.Stevin Westcott, the Forest Service official charged with overseeing the plan revision, is at the forefront of the forest debate. And although he’s taking heat from all sides, he’s okay with that.“The Forest Service is charged with managing for the greatest good,” he explains. “All of the uses in these forests are important. Our goal is to find a middle ground and manage the land and the facilities to meet the needs of all users, and at the same time maintain ecological sustainability.”That means somehow balancing activities that range from bird watching and hiking to ATV riding and logging—a tall order, and some would say an impossible one. But the Forest Service is determined to try by facilitating meetings between different groups.This approach marks something of a departure for the agency. In 1987, when the forest management plan was last revised, competing factions retreated to their corners and yelled at each other. The result was glacial progress and endless plan appeals. Westcott and others are determined to avoid that result this time around. “There’s probably a bigger emphasis on collaboration today than there was years ago,” he said. “We actively encourage stakeholders to talk.”Jill Gottesman, Southern Appalachian outreach coordinator for The Wilderness Society, welcomes the change. Her group is part of the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership, a diverse collection of stakeholders that includes environmental organizations, logging companies, and outdoor recreation groups. Members of the partnership explicitly agree to focus on common interests rather than conflicting positions.“We want to use a better process and work toward a better plan, as well as supplement a Forest Service approach that has been traditionally disappointing,” she said. “We’re doing what the agency really can’t do in terms of tackling the thorny issues that come up to build trust and common ground.”Speaking for The Wilderness Society and not the partnership, Gottesman said she would like to see additional recommendations for new wilderness. She cited 41 places in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests that her group dubs “North Carolina Mountain Treasures” deserving of better protection, either as full-on wilderness or some lesser designation such as national recreation areas.At the same time, she acknowledges the legitimacy of competing uses; the Wilderness Society simply wants input as to where they happen. “We need a good, solid, productive plan that isn’t just going to protect the vulnerable areas, but is also going to identify suitable places for logging and other uses,” Gottesman said. “We think there are places that should be designated as wilderness, but we also recognize there are a lot of other values and needs.”For example, logging could be concentrated near existing roads, which would be cheaper and less environmentally destructive than scarring virgin wilderness. The Wilderness Society even would be willing to help locate suitable logging areas using its considerable mapping expertise. That sort of give-and-take is integral to the new collaborate approach. “In building relationships and trust with other groups, they in turn hopefully will support us in setting aside new wilderness,” she said.Gottesman also would like to count on support from Forest Service managers. Some of these Forest Service managers are from a more progressive school of thought, but there are a lot of local folks who fondly remember very inflated levels of logging in the 1980s and 1990s. As the agency gets more and more younger personnel, their focus is gradually changing away from extractive uses like logging toward more sustainable, non-extractive uses like recreation.Westcott pointed out that logging in the forests is only permitted in four out of the 15 official management areas, and that the final management plan will require sustainable harvesting practices. “The emphasis on logging in the Forest Service is nowhere near what it used to be,” he said. “What we do today is very different from what we did in the late ‘80s.” Timber harvesting is down 35 percent since then, primarily because of slashed federal budgets. Logging methods are different too; clearcuts now are limited to 10 acres and are usually done to diversify wildlife habitat. Today the majority of harvests are of the “two-age” variety where mature trees are left behind. At the same time, 97 percent of North Carolina forests are considered available for timber production—a number that hardly appears balanced to many environmentalists.Still, many of them are hopeful for the future. Josh Kelly, field biologist for the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA), said environmental organizations “pretty much won the argument” over clear cutting on federal lands in the state when the 1987 Nantahala-Pisgah management plan was amended in 1994 to reduce timber harvesting to about 3,000 acres per year. That was a significant change from the ‘80s and ‘90s, when “basically the entire forest was on a regular rotation for logging,” he said. Today, although theoretically the vast majority of the state’s public forests can be logged, 70 to 90 percent of them are now managed for some other use. “Timber sales have plummeted, and even some people outside of the industry are questioning that,” he said. “Some strategic logging should continue in national forests in short-leafed pine and other areas because it’s done with the most environmental controls and maintains traditions of woodcraft.  Prioritizing based on ecological restoration needs can really help eliminate conflicts over land management. We want to work with as many groups as we can to identify the parts of the forest that are appropriate and inappropriate for logging.”Kelly has a laundry list of other priorities he would like to see addressed in the plan revision, including better management of major ecosystems, establishment of migration corridors for key species, and enhanced protection for hundreds of “special biological areas” identified since 1987. “I think public opinion has always been with a use of public lands that doesn’t hand over too much of the forest to industry,” he said. “Most people don’t want an industrialized landscape, and they value clean water and recreational opportunities.”Of course, the debate isn’t limited to environmentalists vs. loggers. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts are also important players who often find themselves at odds with others in their own camps. As Westcott points out, recreation and tourism bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually to Western North Carolina, an amount that dwarfs timber revenues. But it also costs the Forest Service huge amounts to maintain trails, cabins, and other public facilities. And what happens when someone comes bombing down the trail on a mountain bike and scares away the bird that another just spent all day finding? trees3Fault lines between outdoor recreation groups can sometimes seem like unbridgeable chasms. What happens when mountain bikers and hikers collide, literally or figuratively? Are hikers obstructing everyone else and just asking to get plowed over, or are bikers tearing up trails that hikers lovingly maintain? Anglers and boaters are also famously at odds, with the former wanting to limit the latter’s access to some trout waters out of concern that fish don’t take kindly to big rafts and thrill-seeking paddlers. And every outdoor enthusiast in the forest during hunting season is a potential accident waiting to happen.These issues can be resolved if the parties are so inclined. For example, equestrians and mountain bikers have been known to take turns using popular trails, like those at Tsali Recreation Area. But too often disputes degenerate into acrimony when groups don’t focus on common interests, with hiking clubs refusing to help maintain trails unless they’re designated hiking-only and mountain bikers lobbying against wilderness areas where biking is banned. The resulting compromises can end up pleasing no one.Sergio Capozzi, president of Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, agreed that the balance is difficult. “Access is a very broad, very complex term as it relates to recreation, he said.” “The plan revision process should engage as many user groups as possible to avoid issues before they bubble up. Of course, that’s easier said than done.”David Lippy is the current president of the Nantahala Hiking Club, which maintains about 60 miles of the A.T., all of it in the Nantahala National Forest. He wants to ensure that current protections for the A.T. corridor are preserved. “If we come out of this plan revision without losing any ground, we’ll be happy,” he says. “We would always like to see the Forest Service acquire more land next to the trail, but with today’s budget, I don’t know if that will happen.” Although he worries about logging operations visible to hikers, he also wants to maintain bans on bikes and horses from many parts of the trail—within reason, of course. “We’re trying to work with these other groups who have a legitimate need to use the forest, and we try to be good neighbors so they can enjoy their sports without intruding on what we’re trying to do,” he said. “We have members that ride horses, hunt, all the various uses. There’s plenty of forest to go around. We just don’t want activities that aren’t compatible in the same area at the same time. We have a lot common goals, and if we all work together, we’ll probably get a lot further than if everyone demands their little pieces without cooperating.”VOICES FOR THE WILDNow is the time to voice your opinion on the next two decades of forest management. A new 20-year management plan is being developed this spring, and this is the public’s opportunity to chime in. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc for dates and times of public meetings. You also can submit comments or questions about the plan to [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Ladies U14 A Final ReportBy Arlene Gallagher (Naomh Conaill)A Great crowd gathered at St. Mary’s Pitch Convoy, For what I’m sure nobody can dispute turned out to be one of THE BEST games of under age Football seen in a long while. Referee Mr. Gerard Mc Hugh took to the centre of the of the pitch and threw in ball with Naomh Conaill’s Amy Boyle Carr getting first touch of the ball, only to have Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney swoop in with a great tackle which allowed her to change direction and make her run towards the Naomh Conaill’s Goals. However the Naomh Conaill Backs Niamh O’ Donnell, Caoimhe Molloy and Clodagh Boyle were on high alert as Clodagh Boyle stood tall and made her tackle stopping them in there tracks. Clodagh made a great pass to Caoimhe Molloy and Deirbhile Ward and shanan Mc Hugh were on hand to recieve the ball from Caoimhe, with a great pass from Caoimhe Molloy to Shannan Mc Hugh Ellie Mc Innes was already making her speedy run up the field Shannan took a look up and kick passed it on to Ellie, Ellie Pumped the ball in to the forwards who then had a chance a a score but sadly put the ball wide.From the Fanad Gaels kick out Danielle Mc Devitt caught the ball and with a great pass to Stella Greene, Stella made a run at the Fanad Gaels goals and scored the first goal and score of the game. Naomh Conaill Caught a bit of luck from the Fanad Gaels Kick outs with Deirbhile Ward catching a high ball and blasting it over the bar and witha low ball pass from Danielle Mc Devitt to Molly Mc Neilis Scored another goal. Naomh Conaill Seemed to have the upper hand after another kick out by the Fanad Gaels Golie Maria Dougherty, Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner made a great tackle on Fanad Gaels No8 Mairead Coll to score another point. Fanad Gaels were on their toes however for the next kick out, and a great kick out it was by Maria Dougherty to No.8 Mairead Coll catching the ball mid air and making her run down the field No6 Lauren Carr was at her side with a great bit of team work from both girls Mairead Coll Broke through the Naomh Conaill defence and took her try at a goal chance, Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene stood tall and saved Mairead’s chance at goal. Elsa made a quick kick out and Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney was out in front of Naomh Conaill’s Kirsty Gallagher catching the high ball Kirsty made a good job of trying to dispossess Rachel but Rachel kept strong on the ball and made her run again towards the Naomh Conaill back line, But Megan Byrne was right on Rachel’s heels as she swooped in and dispossessed Rachel putting it out for a 45 for Fanad Gaels. Fanad Gaels No.6 Lauren Carr pumped the ball in towards Naomh Conaill’s goals’ and Fanads’ No.11 Mariossa Friel who scored a great point. From Naomh Conaills’ Kick out Fanad Gaels’ Rachel Sweeney won the a speedy run towards Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene and scored a powerful goal. With another goal and 1 point coming from Shannan Mc Hugh and a point scored by Amy Boyle Carr, and 2 more goals scored by Fanad Gaels No.12 Caoimhe Walsh and a point from Fanad’s Mariossa Friel meant that it was all level at half time 3-04 to 3-04.The Second half of the Game Started much the same as the First both teams fighting tooth and nail for the possession of the ball, Fanad Gaels got first touch of the ball with No.13 Fanad Gaels’ Aoife Sweeney working hard to get the ball up the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goal’s with great passing between Hannah Sweeney and Aoife Sweeney which led to Aoife Scoring the First Point and score of the second half. Fanad Gaels had most of the possession in the second half with both teams fighting hard, Fanad Gaels got another point scored by Mariossa Friel. Naomh Conaill got a 45 and Amy Boyle Carr Pumped it towards Fanad Gael’s goals and Naomh Conaill’s Danielle Mc Devitt sent it into the back of the net. Naomh Conaill were 1 point down with 12 minutes to go in the game and from the Fanad Gaels Kick out Fanad Gaels No.10 Caoimhe Walsh made a great run down the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goals and scored a brilliant goal, Leaving Naomh Conaill 1-1 down with 8 mins to go in the game. A Substitution was made and Zoe Campbell came on to replace Molly Mc Neilis with not even her first minute gone in the game Zoe Campbell dispossessed Aoife Sweeney and had a try at a point that sadly went wide. From another Naomh Conaill kick out Shana Quinn was on hand to help Amy Boyle Carr to make a run up the field towards Fanad Gaels goals which followed with Amy Scoring a goal, Naomh Conaill came back with a vengeance putting every bit of fight they had left into the game with 4 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 1 point down, but Fanad were not about to give it away, From Fanad’s own kick out Mairead Coll and Rachel Sweeney showed a great bit of team work up again towards the Naomh Conaill goals, witha mighty pass from Fanad’s Rachel Sweeney to Caoimhe Walsh, Caoimhe to the dismay of the Naomh Conaill players sent the ball over the bar. With 2 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 2 points down but this only seemed to rally the Naomh Conaill mid fielders and from the Naomh Conaill Kick out golie Elsa Greene made a mighty kick out to Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner and with a great show of team work from Arianna and Ellie Mc Innes worked the ball well back towards the Fanad Gael goals Ellie with her keen eye Spotted Amy Boyle Carr Making a dash towards the Fanad Gael goals and kick passed it over the head of the Fanad Gael Players Amy was on her own making the dash towards the goals and had one final hurdle to get passed and that was Fanad Gaels Mighty Goal Keeper Maria Dougherty sadly Maria was no match for Amy’s Skill and Amy Drove the ball into the back of the net putting Naomh Conaill 1 point up and winning the game for Naomh Conaill. The Final score of the game was Naomh Conaill 6-5 to Fanad Gaels 5-7. As I said at the start this was one of THE BEST and most Exciting game of Under age Football both sides have seen in a while. Fanad Gaels are a credit to their Club and themselves. Congratulations Girls You All Did Yourselves, Manager’s, Mentors And Club Very Proud. And So To Are Naomh Conaill U-14 County Champions, It’s An Honour To Be Involved With Such A Great Club, Girls You All Played With Such Heart, Skill and Hunger That It Was No Wonder You All Triumphed in The End. You All Did The Club Yourselves And Us All Very Proud.NAOMH CONAILL ABU. LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LEAGUE FINAL U-14A MATCH REPORT was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more