Burlington, VT electro-soul producer Marvel Years is dropping a hot new EP, Bounce Back, in a very non-traditional way. The 22-year old upstart is releasing one track a week until the entire EP is revealed, and keeping the suspense high and the anticipation intense with this approach. After joining the likes of Pretty Lights and GRiZ onstage in his early efforts, it was time for Marvel Years to break out on his own with an original voice. With Bounce Back he is moving in that direction, with a nod toward his influences as well.Beginning with wah-wah guitars and pounding drums in the Colorado style, Cory Wythe announces a funky breaks groove with “Go for Launch” that is sure to ignite dance floors. The build up is intense, its powerful and it serves to let the listener know that Marvel Years has arrived with maybe not a totally new, but definitely an improved style. The energy that this song will bring to a raging audience is undeniable.Wythe brings a glitch sound, that infuses his guitar prowess with elements of hip-hop, R&B, soul and electronic grooves. The mutiple identities and styles are evident on the second track he has released “Flowing for Eons”, where one can just imagine an emcee jumping on this beat with a proper flow. The electronic flourishes are there, this music definitely comes from the Pretty Lights family tree.Tune in to the two tracks below:With two songs now released to the public, the Bounce Back unveiling is fully underway. Rest assured, Marvel Years will be debuting more of his new mix during his slot at Fool’s Paradise this weekend. We can only imagine it will be more of the new school electro-soul that has put him on the map thus far. He may even have a few surprises in store for the fans as each week, a new song emerges.
Per-Olof Hasselgren already knew English when he arrived to the United States from Sweden 31 years ago, but in his stateside conversations, he couldn’t help but sense an owl in the moss.Befuddled when someone remarked that something was “fishy,” Hasselgren didn’t yet grasp American slang and idiomatic expressions. “Something’s fishy” wouldn’t make much sense directly translated into Swedish, but Hasselgren eventually located its Swedish counterpart, that aforementioned head-scratching phrase involving feathered critters in a bog. (Another American expression, “to beat around the bush,” would mean to “walk like a cat around hot porridge” in Sweden.)The George H. A. Clowes, Jr. Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center began keeping a log of these newfound turns of language as he discovered them, learning that quite a bit of American slang was based on anatomy and body parts, his specialty.Though the surgeon spends most of his days focusing on endocrine organs, phrases like “foot in one’s mouth” and “tongue-tied” truly piqued his interest, along with the idea that expressions can be both funny and educational.“When I have medical students and residents scrubbed in during my cases in the operating room, there are many opportunities to demonstrate and discuss anatomy,” he said. “I often make the point that anatomy matters. I usually also jokingly add, ‘You even need to know your anatomy to be able to speak and understand your language properly.’”About four years ago, Hasselgren realized he had a project on his hands and began shopping around his compendium of expressions. That book, “Body Language — From Head to Toe,” contains more than 2,000 English idioms, words, and expressions related to anatomy.Hasselgren also looked for body-related expressions in Swedish but concluded that more are found in English. “A lot are … butt-related,” he noticed. So many, in fact, that they warranted their own chapter that features expressions like butt out, butthead, butt of a joke, as well as some choice curse words. All are defined, as with any dictionary, and Hasselgren even demonstrates how to use each in a sentence (in case you don’t already know it like the back of your hand).An avid reader, Hasselgren said he’s always enjoyed the writing component of his profession, mostly penning articles for scholastic journals. But “Body Language” is decidedly cheekier work, especially for the often humorless field of medicine.“I like to play with words, and most people pick up on it,” he said. “I often had to get up quite early before going to work to work on this book and then continue late evenings. It took some effort, but I had a lot of fun.”He was, after all, just following his gut.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Affinity Plus FCU campaign spreads awareness—and kindness—throughout MinnesotaEven with its long track record of philanthropic work—which includes establishing a foundation that invests heavily in financial education, and partnering with organizations such as the American Red Cross and Children’s Hospital of Minnesota—Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union wasn’t satisfied.“The conversation was, ‘What else can we do?’” says Kate Lee, marketing manager for the $1.7 billion asset credit union in St. Paul, Minn. “There’s not a limit to how much kindness can be spread, and we were seeing the need for people to be treated better—actions that bring more smiles. The very simple ideas.”That concept bore the “Plus It Forward” campaign, which combines the organic energy of the “pay it forward” movement with Affinity Plus’s marketing power and geographic reach throughout Minnesota.For more than a year now, the credit union has promoted the idea that you can make a significant difference in the lives of members and nonmembers through simple, intentional acts of kindness—and by asking those people to do the same for others.The collective impact of those acts, apparent on the plusitforward. org microsite, embodies one of the three pillars of the Unite for Good campaign by “creating awareness” of Affinity Plus and the “people helping people” philosophy of the credit union movement. continue reading »
Rising Sun, IN—Thursday Morning, Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Nelson Road for a single-vehicle accident. When Deputies arrived they found a 1993 Ford Ranger overturned and over an embankment.The driver, Robert Marksberry, of Florence, IN, was traveling eastbound on Nelson Road when he stated his front wheels started to slide and the back of the truck came around. Marksberry stated that the vehicle rolled three times before coming to rest on its top. Marksberry and his passenger, Julienne Strickling, of Vevay, were uninjured in the crash. The Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Department was on scene to assist with traffic control. Based on the facts from the investigation, deputies believe the primary cause of this crash is traveling too fast for road conditions.