Escaper Blasts Into 2021 With ‘Live At Nublu (New York, 12/27/19)’ [Stream]

first_imgThe weeks leading up to a New Year’s Run (be it Phish or The Disco Biscuits) always have a certain electricity in New York City. The jam scene hibernates for the holidays, only to explode into the new year. New York City-based psych-jam band Escaper batted leadoff, playing “night zero” as a precursor to the musical mayhem that would follow over the next four nights.As New Yorkers, the four gentlemen that make up Escaper are no strangers to the tremendous live music performed during the four nights surrounding New Year’s Eve. Having the honor to open up the run, Escaper grabbed their opportunity at Nublu, an East Village hot spot that regularly plays hosts to up-and-coming artists in the scene.Related: Escaper’s Jay Grey Releases Debut Greywolf Single, “Exit Key” [Listen]At the time, no one could’ve predicted the devastation that would befall live music in 2020. This “before times” show occurred in the spirit of optimism and hope and excitement that always comes with a new year. The band was in the midst of recording their next studio album, Apotheosis, which dropped in June 2020, and the performance exhibited the energy and enthusiasm that a band attacks a show with as they’re putting out new material.On this night, the Escaper boys debuted a number of new songs from their forthcoming album, including an extended version of “Open Sky”, which would go on to make waves over the summer. Unique takes on “Vista” and “Res Magna” had the crowd grooving to this funkier, more up-tempo sound. They also revived fan-favorite “Galaxies”, dipping into their back catalog.Escaper also brought up special guest saxophonist Johnny Butler (Beyonce, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds) for two tracks from Edge Detections, including rousing renditions of “Lighthouse” and “Rare Form”. The set also included covers of Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, two covers that this funky psychedelic foursome has given a sound of their own.Escaper set a tone for the New Year’s Run which would be carried throughout the week. They built on that momentum by putting out a stellar album in June of 2020, with new material and added dimensions to their sound and style. They are hard at work again, as always, crafting new material for a new album which they hope to release in 2021. They are excited about the future of their music, their new album, and performing live shows to dancing crowds in the hopefully very near future.Stream the new Escaper live album, Live at Nublu (New York, 12/27/19) via the player below. Scroll down to watch Escaper perform “No Strings” at Nulu, also heard on the live album.Escaper – Live at Nublu (New York, 12/27/19)Escaper – “No Strings” – New York, NY – 12/27/19[Video: Escaper Music]last_img read more

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Peeved commissioner proposes city ‘Green Power Czar’

first_imgConcerned that the Department of Water and Power is moving too slowly to adopt clean energy, a commissioner called Monday for a “Green Power Czar” who would be independent of the utility’s bureaucracy. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s panel of commissioners overseeing the DWP has set a goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2010, several years ahead of a similar state goalpost. However, the panelists have grown frustrated with slower-than-expected progress. The Daily News reported Monday that the utility’s signature Green Power Program, in which customers voluntarily pay extra to fund clean energy, has seen its participation and revenue decline steeply. “It’s unacceptable,” said Commissioner Nick Patsaouras. “It’s one of the mayor’s biggest campaign promises and we are now entering April and I said all along unless everything is in place in 2006 there is no way.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The commissioners expressed disappointment last week when DWP managers delivered a quarterly update on efforts to add power from renewable sources like wind, solar, geothermal and waste-to-energy conversion. The panelists thought progress was too slow and they were dismayed to learn that a wind project would be delayed another year because of problems they were not all aware of. “If we had not asked for the quarterly report, when would we know?” Patsaouras said. Patsaouras said he will seek to give the board more direct control over the renewable power portfolio by making the proposed “Green Power Czar” accountable directly to the panel, not DWP management. Rhonda Mills of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies welcomed the idea. “It couldn’t come soon enough,” she said. “There is a deficit of expertise on these technologies.” Mills cited the delayed wind project – in the works since 2001 – as an example of how the city has discouraged renewable development. Managers approve traditional “dirty” power projects more quickly, she said, because they understand them better and it is what they are used to. “They’re trying to find the solutions but the city system and procedures are antiquated and dense,” she said. “That’s why we’ve been working on one silly little power plant for five years.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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