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Stormy new album wasn't as easy as 1,2,3

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

1231,2,3 — that’s the number of years since we heard from this Pittsburgh indie band that became critical darlings upon releasing 2011’s “New Heaven.”

1,2,3, returns on May 27 with a sophomore double album, “Big Weather,” on their new label American Hermitage.

A second album almost didn’t happen, as frontman Nic Snyder, one of two former members of power-pop band Takeover UK, quit the band in late 2012 due to burn-out from touring and working on the follow-up.

As the label describes it, “Several months later, after a few nights of drunken persuasion, he re-convened with the rest of the band and coaxed them back, wanting to finish what they had started. Snyder had been inspired by ’70s dystopian movies, combined with a pattern of strange weather and its resulting destruction (a tornado ripped through his aunt’s house in Pennsylvania… something that shouldn’t happen in PA), along with the tsunami that devastated Japan two weeks later.”

In the making, the band recorded storms and “listened to nothing but local oldies radio stations,” while recording entirely on primitive gear, using nothing but creaky old guitars, a bass, and things to bang on.”

“This album is undoubtedly ridden with flaws,” Snyder comments, “but so are its creators, and the circumstances under which it was created… and in that regard, this album feels very special to me.”

The band is sharing the first two singles, “Big Weather Pt. 1” “Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair,” both dubbed “disaster ballads,” as free downloads via Soundcloud.

The release show is going to be Friday, May 30 at Brillobox in Bloomfield.

Big Weather Tracklisting: 

1. Big Weather Pt. 1
2. Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair
3. Pontoon Song
4. Waiting For The Horsemen
5. Mile High Grass
6. Bus To Babylon
7. Refusal Bop
8. Shapes of Wrath
9. Fear_Pure Elevation
10. Rebuilding
11. Stone Haus
12. Porch Swing Song
13. Big Black Car
14. Big Weather Pt. 2
15. In The House of The Locust
16. When The Levee Broke at The County Fair
17. Strawberry
18. Faith Hill
19. Where We Lived
20. Sick of the End

 

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Video: Planting planting pansies in containers

Written by Doug Oster on .

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Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live where I plant pansies in containers with Jon Burnett and Kristine Sorensen. Watch it, we have fun!

"Pansies look delicate but are rugged, just like you Jon."

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-03-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-What are Olli Maatta's (right) credentials for the Calder Trophy?

-The Penguins eat healthier than you.

-Penguins forward prospect Bryan Ruster is expected to report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout contract.

-Mike Condon made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-0 shutout of the Toledo Walleye.

 

-Happy 32nd birthday to current Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland. A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Engelland has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in nine games in 2009-10 and recorded two assists while compiling 17 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Engelland played in 63 games, scored 10 points and recorded 123 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 campaign, Engelland set career-highs with 73 games and 17 assists. He appeared in six postseason games in the spring of 2012 and recorded one assist. Last season, Engelland appeared in 42 games while recording six assists. Engelland played in seven postseason games last spring and failed to record a point. This season, Engelland played in 54 games and scored 12 points. In 241 career regular season games, he has scored 47 points and accumulated 306 penalty minutes. In 13 postseason games, he has recorded one assist.

-Happy 81st birthday to former Penguins forward Billy Dea. Claimed from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft, Dea was a member of the Penguins for the first two years of their existence. During the club's inagural season of 1967-68, he appeared in 73 games and netted 28 points. He followed that in 1968-69 by seeing action in 66 games and scoring 18 points.Prior to the 1969-70 season, Dea was traded to the Red Wings for Mike McMahon. In 139 games with the franchise, he had 46 points.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Neil Belland. A free agent signing in the 1986 offseason, Belland appeared in three games and recorded one assist for the 1986-87 Penguins. He joined Lukko Rauma in Finland the following season.

-After the Jump: Ellwood City's Stephen Johns signs with the Blackhawks.

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Robert Morris lands JuCo commit

Written by Craig Meyer on .

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Robert Morris has received a commitment from former Siena and current Cloud City Community College (Kansas) forward Lionel Gomis, according to Andrew Chiappazzi of Rivals.com.

A native of Dakar, Senegal, Gomis' backstory is a unique one, partially because of a little-heard-of NCAA policy that put his long-term eligibility into question. When he arrived in the United States, Gomis was fluent in French, but knew little English, something which caused him to reclassify from a junior to a sophomore. After signing with Siena, he was informed by the NCAA that he effectively had to sit out his freshman season, play as a sophomore, but beyond that, he could no longer play. The rule that prompted that decision states that an athlete must complete their high school core-curriculum requirements no later than the high school graduation date in a five-year period. Basically, the time that he missed not going to school in Senegal were counted against him once he entered college (his final two years) and he would have had to sit out the first year because of his reclassification. In all, it was a pretty bizarre situation.

Siena was able to successfully petition the NCAA's ruling and Gomis was on the team for two seasons. In December of 2012, his sophomore year, he opted to transfer, citing family reasons. He appeared in just one game that season, playing two minutes in the Saints' season-opening loss to Vermont.

At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, it would appear that Gomis could help bolster a Colonials frontcourt that looks pretty thin entering next season. Robert Morris returns six scholarship players from last season and has signed two incoming freshmen, guard Jafar Kinsey and forward Andre Frederick. With forward Jeremiah Worthem and guard Britton Lee suspended until January -- and both of their scholarship statuses up in the air -- Gomis will give the Colonials nine scholarship players (not including Worthem and Lee).

 

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Money and Politics

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The Supreme Court overturned a campaign finance law that limited the number of candidates an individual donor is allowed to support. This, on top of Citizens United (corporations are people too), will continue to pour money into political campaigns. Corruption can't be too far behind. 

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