The three professional sidemen who stepped out of the shadows to form WOLF!, are back on the line with their new album, 1 (800) WOLF!. When destiny called guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth to act as a backing band for an artist, they had no way of knowing they would end up forming a new band to fill the void by their prospective employer’s last minute no-show. With no plan, the trio was forced to discover themselves as a band in the heat of the moment. Between the crowd reaction to their efforts and the friendship already shared, the trio decided that maybe they were onto something.Listen to the new album below, and continue reading for the full review!The success of WOLF!’s first album, a self titled 2015 release, helped build the band a dedicated following and their follow up is certain to bring new fans into their pack. “Pork ‘n Slaw” kicks things off with a fitting encapsulation of the fun to come, showcasing jazz and rockabilly elements that will crop up in a variety of ways over the thirteen tracks total. The clean guitar tone on the tune gives a clear look at the work Metzger is doing, and it is a delight to see such skilled fret work on display so naturally.“Tomahawk Chop” runs the opposite direction, as Metzger’s guitar lines are so drenched in reverb you’ll expect your speakers to drip musical sludge. Echo effects give “You Are No Longer My Friend, My Friend” a sound that seems perfectly suited to ring out over a long and lonesome desert on some star filled night. Covering clean jazz, 50’s era garage rock and western music is a serous musical challenge that the rhythm section of Shaw and Floreth show themselves more than capable of handling.On tunes like the surf rock reminiscent “Furry Freedom” and “Whiskey Mister,” Floreth effortlessly cracks the whip and shows a deft precision that surpasses genre requirements. Such crisp percussion allows bassist Shaw to let loose his tone and the wide open mixes provide space for prominent near leads and heavy resonance. “Bohemian Grove” sees Shaw step into a shared lead with Metzger that he nails perfectly, snaking back and forth, evoking tinges of jazz and the sounds of the islands.Often trios find themselves limited in the amount of variety they can produce. Other acts have used sequencers and digital triggers, but not WOLF!. Showing a level of talent and execution that surely hearkens back to their studio work Wolf! manages to vary style and tempo in such a deft manor that each song is complete and unto itself. Another sign of the maturity and musical IQ is the brevity of the pieces themselves. A majority of the compositions presented here are less than two and a half minutes long, and to a one they leave listeners satisfied and ready for more.The brevity of the majority of songs on this disc makes the few longer tunes stand out. Album closer “All Dressed Up (Nowhere To Go)” constructs a rock solid blues foundation, with a riff built upon it as wide as the skies themselves. 1 (800) WOLF! is an impressive album from a trio of deeply talented and versatile musicians clearly enjoying the freedom they have to follow whatever musical whim strikes their fancy. Daring, varied and flawlessly executed, WOLF! raises the stakes with their latest release, and easily shatters expectations and sets the stage for what should be a long and wonderful road ahead.Be sure to catch Metzger at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd, across three venues in the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Metzger will be performing with Joe Russo, Robert Walter and Andy Hess, comprising one of the many wonderful super jam sessions at this unique event. With over 50 musicians on the lineup from bands like The String Cheese Incident, Dead & Company, The Disco Biscuits, Snarky Puppy and more, don’t miss your chance to see your favorite artists let loose! More information can be found here.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Thursday it is setting aside $10 billion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Round 2 funding to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.As of May 14, there are 324 credit unions certified as CDFIs, out of 1,142 total CDFIs.The PPP ran out of its initial $349 billion in funding, and Congress approved a second round of $310 billion in April. Of that, $60 billion is allocated to insured depository institutions with below $50 billion in assets. The $10 billion set aside for CDFIs announced Thursday comes out of that $60 billion. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
According to Department of Health secretary Francisco Duque III the South Koreans in Boracay are among the 26 Korean national that the country are eyeing for a possible coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Barangay health emergency responseteams may also be utilized, Convocar added. She appealed for help from theDepartment of Health (DOH) Western Visayas during yesterday’s meeting of theRegional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council here. PUMs are those with a history oftravel or history of contact with a known confirmed case but do not manifestsigns and symptoms. Interestingly, the 2,000 Boracay PUMswere not included in the DOH Region 6 list it disclosed on Monday, Feb. 3. Itonly reported seven PUMs on top of the eight persons under investigation (PUI). Fulgencio said the Municipal HealthOffice of Malay is having a hard time monitoring the 2,000 PUMs. “If we could change the mindset of thehotel owners, they (PUMs) can still stay in the hotels para ma-monitor ang ila temperatureeveryday in the next 14 days,” said Convocar. The Kalibo International Airport hadsix direct flights weekly to Wuhan City and vice versa operated by two airlines– Pan PacificAirlines and Royal Air Charter. Fulgencio lamented, too, that some ofthe tourism accommodation establishments were reluctant to cooperate with Malayhealth authorities. The virus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptomsusually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Fulgencio revealed one case – a hotelstaff panicked and abruptly left after one Chinese client coughed. Offended,the Chinese national and other clients bolted out of the hotel. According to DOH-6 director MarlynConvocar, the local government of Malay could tap for the PUMs’ monitoring the168 “human resources for health” personnel that the regional health officeassigned to Aklan; 78 of them are nurses. Most of these “persons undermonitoring” (PUMs) are Chinese nationals and staying in various hotels in theworld-famous island, according to Catherine Fulgencio, Malay’s MunicipalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief. Chinesenationals are the top foreign visitors in Boracay. Last year the island wasvisited by 434,175 Chinese tourists – 41.84 percent of the total 1,032,619foreigners that visited Boracay. “They are billeted in various tourismaccommodation establishments. It would be better if these establishments havesafety officers or medical teams regularly reporting to us the health status ofthe PUMs, if these tourists manifest flu-like symptoms,” she said. Fulgencio also expressed concern oversigns of Sinophobia in Boracay due to the nCoV. Where will these PUMs stay if theyhave nowhere else to go, asked Fulgencio. ILOILO City – An estimated 2,000tourists in Boracay Island are being monitored for possible novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV) infection. But the task is overwhelming, according to the localgovernment unit of Malay, Aklan which has jurisdiction over Boracay. It doesnot have the logistics. A day before CAB issued the suspensionorder, the airport on Jan. 23 received a flight from Wuhan, according toEngineer Eusebio Monserate, airport manager. According to Fulgencio, these 2,000PUMs are what remain of the 5,400 tourists who entered Boracay since Jan. 20,2019 prior to the Jan. 24 order of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) suspendingall airline operations between the Chinese city of Wuhan – epicenter of thenCoV outbreak – and any destination in the Philippines. One option is to make the AklanTraining Center a holding area but the center has a capacity of only 200individuals, said Fulgencio. “Probably indi pa gid clear sa ila konano ang role nila when it comesto nCoV monitoring,” she said. Barangay health emergency responseteams can discreetly check the PUMs in hotels, she said. Local residents or domestic touristsappeared to be avoiding Chinese nationals, said Fulgencio, and even the PUMsthemselves appeared hesitant to be interviewed regarding their health andtravel history, among others. If one has a history of travel and hasclose contact with one who is positive for nCoV and manifest fever, cough andcold, he or she is considered a PUI./PN It was unclear while this was beingwritten, whoever, if the three barangays composing Boracay – Yapak, Bulabog andManoc-Manoc – have functional barangay health emergency responseteams. “Once fever or any other health issuesare detected, the hotel management must immediately be informed. If we can dothis, there is no need to make the Aklan Training Center a holding area for thePUMs,” said Convcar.