Phish Wraps Mexico Run With First Stand-Alone “Mike’s Groove” In 21 Years, Monstrous “3rd Set” Encore

first_imgOn Saturday night, Phish continued their south of the border excursion with their third and final performance in Riviera Maya, Mexico.Phish opened up their first set with “The Curtain With”, also played in the opening slot at their 1/14/2017 Riviera Maya show. Trey Anastasio took no time to get things fired up, laying down some of his intricate composed work, with Page McConnell following closely behind. With the standard and spot-on “The Curtain With” opener , the quartet smoothly moved forward with “Punch You In The Eye”. Trey and Mike Gordon stepped front and center with smiles from ear-to-ear, breaking down into their signature “Punch” dance, as the beachfront crowd erupted with applause. Page let it all hang out on his grand piano, spitting back jazz-infused licks with Anastasio’s scorching guitar solos.It was clear the band was ready to continue fueling the fire, diving head first into “Blaze On”. Trey couldn’t contain his excitement as he belted out the lyrics, inviting Page to dazzle the crowd with an explosive piano solo. With Jon Fishman and Mike locking into a tight-knit groove pocket, the duo propelled the jam into a rocking segment, before Page took things into his own hands and added a dark and spooky element to the jam’s closure. Mike led the charge into “Destiny Unbound”, dropping some colossal bass bombs before taking the lead on vocals. Trey was out in his finest form on Saturday night, as he ripped through a series of gritty guitar solos backed by Fishman’s hard-hitting beats.With no brief pause or break to catch their breaths so far in the set, Phish smoothly segued into “Most Events Aren’t Planned”, Page’s Vida Blue original that the band has only played live four times since its debut at the band’s iconic Baker’s Dozen run. Page sounded bold and confident with his vocal lead before moving into the tune’s uptempo breakdown. With Page amping things up with a funky synth-infused showdown, Trey took no time to join in the fun, tenaciously charging into a high-voltage, ever-evolving solo. Phish continued pushing forward with a breezy oceanside rendition of “Divided Sky” before taking their first chance to pause and grab a sip of water. Trey let out the opening riff for “Steam”, with Mike and Fishman locking into the tune’s infectious groove. There is no denying Trey was on one last night, as he unleashed his inner “dark and evil” concealed within the theme before the “Steam” disappeared, and Phish triumphantly marched into a set closing “Chalk Dust Torture”.Phish showed no signs of slowing down, as they came back out to open their second set with a bouncy “First Tube”. Trey threw down some sinister wails out of the gates before jumping around like a mad man all over the stage. Fishman and Mike are a rhythmic force to be reckoned with, as they laid down a fierce backbeat for Trey to continue his hot-streak with a scorching guitar peak. As Chris Kuroda’s mind-bending rainbow light patterns reflected off of the Caribbean coastline water, Phish moved forward with “Mike’s Song”. For the first time since 1998, the band decided to toss zilch in the middle of their usual “Mikes Groove” sandwich, moving straight forward with a plinko-heavy “Weekapaug Groove”. With Trey dancing around on his pedals, some hints of “First Tube” reemerged, followed by a ripping finale back into the vocal closing segment of “Weekapaug”.Phish kept it rolling with “Fuego”, igniting a full-fledged dance party for those lucky enough to be boogying under the Spanish moon. A standard but smooth-sailing “Fuego” led way to “Tweezer”, as Trey dialed things in, leading his bandmates into an at first eerie and dark jam, which quickly took a hard-turn into blissful Type II jam territory.  With Fishman laying down the foundation, Page and Trey connected and found their sweet spot, progressively evolving into an earth-shattering peak. Slowing down the tempo coming out of “Tweezer”, and a possible hint of a forthcoming slower tune was the biggest fake out of the evening, as Phish crashed into “Carini”.Last night’s “Carini” was as tender and silky-smooth as it gets, the Phish that every fans travels thousands of miles and through international customs to bask in. With Trey laying down some heavy-fan action on his Languedoc, he quickly spit out the “Tweezer” lick before taking the charge forward with the opening “Ghost” riff. “Ghost” lasted no longer than a few minutes, as the band made the game-time decision to shower the crowd with a set-closing “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.”. Highlighted by Trey’s newly added lyrics of “We are vapor, we are liquid, we are love”, Gordon paved the way into last night’s scorching improvisational “S.A.N.T.O.S” segment, giving Trey once last chance to blaze on with a red-hot solo.Phish returned to the stage with a massive, multi-faceted encore, beginning with “Simple”.  Moving out of “Simple”, the band pushed forward with a “Martian Monster” chock-full of quotes and shenanigans, including “Spanish Moon”, “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”, and “Sanity”. The biggest surprise of the night came next with “Kung”, played last over Phish’s 2016 New Year’s run. “Kung” contained “Shipwreck” teases from Page, followed up by “Big Black Furry Creature from Mars”, which was lathered with “Martian Monster” quotes. Trey took a brief moment to thank C.I.D. Entertainment and founder Dan Berkowitz for putting on such a magical event, before letting Fishman take the lead into a crowd-assisted “Sleeping Monkey”. “Tweezer Reprise” brought the marathon of an encore to a close, capping off undoubtedly Phish’s greatest Mexico run they’ve played.Setlist: Phish | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 2/23/19Set One: The Curtain With > Punch You In The Eye > Blaze On > Destiny Unbound > Most Events Aren’t Planned > Divided Sky, Steam, Chalk Dust TortureSet Two: First Tube, Mike’s Song > Weekapaug Groove, Fuego , Tweezer > Carini , Ghost > Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.Encore: Simple > Martian Monster > Kung > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Repriselast_img read more

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Rodney Hide: Poverty claims show welfare system failure

first_imgNZ Herald 23 Sep 2012“Child poverty’s terrible! Kids hungry! It’s getting worse!“270,000 poor kids. And government? Doing nothing!”But hang on. All kids are poor. Children typically don’t own much beyond a few toys. That’s true in poor families. And it’s true of rich families.Children must rely totally on parents and caregivers. On their own, they’re destitute.And yet we have a report boldly titled Child Poverty. That tugs at the heartstrings and makes great newspaper copy but it’s wrong. The report should properly be titled family or household poverty.But even that’s misleading. The 270,000 “child poverty” figure refers to relative poverty. Your children suffer in “poverty” if your household’s net income is less than 60 per cent of your equivalent household’s median income. The cut-off income for a couple with four children is just over $1000 a week. Net.It’s no wonder that one child in four lives in “poverty” – $1000 a week in the hand is well above any lack of comfort let alone starvation. But for the experts, that’s “poverty”.A windfall that doubled all incomes wouldn’t budge the child “poverty” figure. There would still be 270,000 poverty-stricken children. That’s because experts define “poverty” in reference to the middle income.Making people richer doesn’t fix relative poverty. The only fix is to narrow the spread of income, even if that makes everyone poorer. That’s why experts recommend taking even more income from families above the median income to give to those below it. The fix follows directly from defining “child poverty” as household inequality.News reports now link the poverty report to children turning up to school hungry. But even the gloomiest estimates don’t have 270,000 hungry kids.Labour leader David Shearer quoted a 2002 Ministry of Health survey to say 83,000 children aged 5 to 14 “sometimes or often went to school without breakfast”. That’s well short of the 270,000 “living in poverty”.But even the 83,000 figure is exaggerated. The survey found the equivalent of 83,000 kids in the previous week “not” or “sometimes not” eating or drinking at home before school but 76,000 “usually” or “sometimes” eating or drinking on the way to school. Presumably, they are many of the kids who didn’t eat at home.The survey found that the older the child the more likely they were not to eat at home and the more likely they were to eat on the way to school. Also, girls were more than twice as likely as boys not to eat at home. The sex and age differences suggest forces other than poverty at work.Further, although children from poorer households were more likely not to eat at home before school, they were also more likely to drink Coke and eat chips and be fatter.Poverty can’t be the cause.READ MORE http://www.nzherald.co.nz/social-issues/news/article.cfm?c_id=87&objectid=10835846last_img read more

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Midweek checkers pay big for DeYoung

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 24) – Myron DeYoung raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and picked up a bonus doing it at Tri-City Motor Speedway’s midweek special.DeYoung earned $1,225 for his Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified victory and picked up bonus money on top of that check for ending A.J. Ward’s winning streak.The IMCA Modifieds had 28 drivers check in for the opportunity to win big money by winning their 40-lap feature.Todd Matheson and Chaz Pray brought the field to the initial green flag. Matheson set the early pace before Matt Szecsodi reeled him in and made the pass by lap nine.Defending champion DeYoung eventually overtook Szecsodi just past the halfway point of the race. The 12th starting Ward was having difficulty getting to the front but by the closing laps found himself in the top five.Ward’s run to the front ended when he got tangled up with the lapped car of Rusty Zeigler, went off the top of turn three and was sent to the rear with just three laps remaining.On the restart, DeYoung pulled away from the field to pick up the win and the bounty on Ward.  DeYoung was followed across the stripe by Szecsodi, Brenten DeYoung, Craig Vance and Joe Fowler.last_img read more

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