first_img4/5Vampire Weekend- Vampire WeekendAfter the buzz generated by the Blue CD-R, a self-produced demo distributed by the band at gigs last year, and a high ranking on the BBC’s Sound of 2008 list, Vampire Weekend’s self-titled has been one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of the year. The finished product builds on the promise of that demo by solidifying the production and adding two new songs, which add variety and round out the record’s sound excellently. Crudely characterised as The Strokes-meet-Paul Simon’s-Graceland, that only captures some of what is going on in their melting pot of African rhythms, warm organ stabs and thick guitar sound. They do share the lo-fi rock sensibilities of The Strokes, as well as the occasionally naive persona of the lyrics: “Why would lie ‘bout something dumb like that?/ Why would you lie, ‘bout anything at all?” from the excellent Oxford Comma being a prime example. But there are also hints of distinctively New York string-adorned pop in the vein of Lou Reed, particularly on the Kids Don’t Have a Chance and M79. The latter, sounding like it has come straight from a Wes Anderson soundtrack, is possibly the highlight of the album.The band has attracted inevitable brickbats for being poshos who met at Columbia University, but there is more than enough charm running through the record to avoid succumbing to accusations of empty hipsterism and cultural tourism. There is a clear affection for the African musical tradition they are borrowing from, and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa displays a sense of playful self-deprecation of their attempt at cross-cultural synthesis: “This feels so unnatural/ Peter Gabriel too.”Coupled with an undoubted knack for melody, this is an extremely assured, consistently entertaining record and a vindication of their undoubted musical ambition. Heavily influenced, yes, but their overall sound is very much their own.by Carl Cullinanelast_img read more

first_imgClark County, In. — Indiana State Police say a Louisville man was arrested on numerous charges following a vehicle pursuit that traveled across three counties and lasted over twenty minutes Monday.The incident began around 7:20 am, when troopers stopped a car driven by Anthony Glenn, 45, on southbound I-65 in Jackson County for a traffic infraction.  Trp. During the contact police determined Glenn was wanted on multiple felony warrants out of Kentucky for evading police and endangerment.Upon asking Glenn to exit the vehicle, he fled from the scene southbound on I-65 in the vehicle.The pursuit traveled through Scott County where Glenn’s vehicle struck a tire deflation device deployed by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.  The pursuit continued southbound on I-65 into Clark County even after the tires on the vehicle had become deflated.  Glenn lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail, overturned and was then taken into custody at the scene.In addition to outstanding warrants, Glenn has been charged with resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, reckless driving, and operating while intoxicated.last_img read more

first_img Sunderland completed their first transfer window signing last week when they paid a reported fee of around £750,000 for former Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff and he could be involved at Swansea. “We’ll train him for the next couple of days and I think we’ll probably take him in the squad,” Allardyce added. “We’ll probably make a decision (on Tuesday) whether we go with him as substitute or whether he starts. “He’ll certainly be involved against Tottenham. Hopefully he can hit the ground running. That’s the hard bit for a young man who enters the Premier League for the first time at this time of year. “Can they hit the ground running and can he produce what we know he can produce straight away? That’s the hard bit. “But it’s the risk we had to take at this moment in time – one, with the quality of the player and two, with the position we’re in – because for me we’ve got to do something more to become more resilient defensively.” Press Association “We hope to pull off a deal until the end of the season with a view to a more permanent move. “He’s experienced the Premier League before with Hull City last season and scored five goals in 12 matches. “I hope he can emulate that for us or maybe do even better.” N’Doye joined Hull from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £3million deal in early 2015 and Allardyce feels the forward’s previous spell in the English top flight will help him settle in quickly as Sunderland bid to beat the drop. “Having had that experience last year, when Hull were struggling, and scoring on a regular basis, it can be very important for him settling in straight away and scoring for us,” said Allardyce, who hopes to further strengthen his squad. “We’ve been linked with 39 players since December and probably 30 of them have been wrong,” he said. Allardyce, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup following the 3-1 weekend defeat at Arsenal, has quickly turned his attentions to Wednesday’s crucial match at relegation rivals Swansea and next Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Tottenham. Victory for the Black Cats, second bottom, would see them close to within a point of the Welsh side, who are one place and two points above the bottom three. Striker N’Doye, 30, sold by Hull to Turkish club Trabzonspor for £2.2million in August, was at the Academy of Light on Monday afternoon to finalise the move. “Dame N’Doye is going through the process,” Allardyce said. “He’s in the building at the moment. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce expects striker Dame N’Doye to complete his move to the Stadium of Light shortly and hopes the Senegal international can have an instant impact on the club’s Barclay’s Premier League survival bid.last_img read more