Travis, Kevin and James are talking all things clothing and what to look for when trying to invest in this very niche and (sometimes) volatile market.
Travis talks about his experience in collecting Supreme branded clothing, James loses out on all the collectible Star Wars jackets and Kevin reminisces on his younger days dressing like Don Johnson to impress the ladies.
The guys also touch on: The influence pop culture and nostalgia has in the sudden shift for the demand of these products The frustrating reality of Bots purchasing exclusive items online How the increase of flippers in the secondary market has effects demand Yeezys and other shoes driven by a celebrity hype machine
New York's music scene offers something for everyone. From hip hop, RnB, and rap to rock, blues, and house, this musical kitchen prepares treats for all. If you ever thought about moving to NYC, you must know what to expect. This alive and bustling city hides many secrets. Over the years it became a home to many famous musicians. Some you heard of, while others may be unfamiliar. Either way, today we'll look at 5 iconic bands from New York City, who shook the world with their music and live performances.
5 Iconic Bands From New York City
When moving to and leaving in Manhattan, you will be exposed to different types of music. With so many quality performers it is hard to pick the top 5, as it mostly depends on peoples' taste in music. However, these musical giants rocked the world in the past decades, and some of them are still performing:
The first on our list of 5 iconic bands from New York City is the Beastie Boys. This hip hop band from NYC is performing since 1981. Original group members were Michael "Mike D" Diamond on vocals and drums, Adam "MCA" Yauch on vocals and bass, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz on vocals and guitar.
Over the years they toured with many great artists, like Madonna. They also sold over 26 million records in the US and over 50 million worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2012. Soon after that Adam Yauch died from cancer. The band finally disbands, which was confirmed by Mike D in 2014.
Beastie Boys left a deep print in NYC's music scene, and many people listen to their songs even today.
Next on our list of 5 iconic bands from New York City is Blondie. Singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein are original creators of the band. They were pioneers in the early American punk and new wave scene. Their first albums contained strong elements of these two genres. Blondie was considered to be an underground band in the US, and they were more popular worldwide. Nevertheless, this changed with the release of Parallel Lines in 1978.
Later, they incorporated musical styles of reggae, disco, pop, and rap into their songs. The band broke apart in 1982 after Chris Stein was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune skin disease. Debbie continued to pursue a solo career, but she also took great care of Chris.
The band re-formed in 1997, and they reached old fame with the hit song Maria in 1999. They are still active, performing worldwide events every year, and they sold over 40 million albums. Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
What can I say about Kiss that isn't already familiar? This rock & roll giant was formed in NYC in January 1973, by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. They are most known for face paint and wild stage outfits. Kiss included fire breathing, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics into their live performance.
The band went through a couple of lineup changes, but Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. When wearing face paint, they were taking personae of comic book-style characters, The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss).
After some time they also performed without costumes, as it was time to move on. Still, it is their signature look, and it's what makes them unique. Currently, they are embarking on their final tour after 45 years of performing. If you want to listen to them today, do not miss the End of the Road World Tour, in 2019.
Another musical giant on our list of 5 iconic bands from New York City is The Ramones. This American punk rock band that formed in the New York City in 1974. Despite being the first real punk-rock group, they achieved only limited commercial success. However, the band was influential in the US and the UK through their nonstop touring over 22 years.
All of the members of the band adopted the Ramone surname, but they were never actually related. They performed a farewell concert in 1996, and in the next 18 years, Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Tommy Ramone died.
Rolling Stones magazine has them on the 26th place of 100 greatest artists of all time. In 2002 they are rated as the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine. They lost the first place to the Beatles. On March 18, 2002, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are influential to many new musicians even today, and if you wish to know more about music and their musical legacy, feel free to search online.
Simon & Garfunkel
I leave the best for last. Again, this is my personal opinion, but Simon & Garfunkel were one of the bestselling music groups of the 1960s. This amazing American folk rock duo consisted of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. Alongside the Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan, they were one of the counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution.
Paul and Art met in elementary school in 1953, where they started working together. In the beginning, they were known as Tom & Jerry, performing in 1957. They changed the name to Simon & Garfunkel in 1963, but their first debut sold out poorly and the group disbanded. Simon continued his solo career at this point.
One of the best concerts of Simon & Garfunkel was in 1981 in the Central Park
Later in the future, they formed the band again, working on the hits like The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson. However, they had artistic disagreements, and they broke apart a couple of times. One of their most famous reunions was the concert in Central Park in 1981. With over 500,000 people attending, it was the seventh largest concert in history. With over 100 million sold records and 10 Grammy awards, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Even today they are one of the best music-selling artists of all times.
We can't live without music
Here is where I end my list of 5 iconic bands from New York City. If you ever find a way to NYC, do not miss the opportunity to investigate more about these bands. There are many museums and monuments in honnor of these musical giants. However, if this is your first time hearing for them than you are lucky! You are about to discover true greatness in the musical world of NYC.
Travis, Kevin and James talk with Emilio DiSpirito, Realtor and Leader of The DiSpirito Team - Rhode Island's only team of real estate professionals founded on a strong emphasis on customer care and providing world-class service and experience for our clients. Emilio stops by to talk with the guys about how partnering with a reputable auctioneering company has helped him continue to provide yet another valuable service to his clients.
The guys also talk with Emilio about: A potential market recession for 2020 How you can LOSE money investing in Real Estate How to best prepare home to get ready to sell Travis shares some passionate thoughts about Artist Thomas Kinkade Please be sure to check out Emilio’s podcast, The Round Table!
RI STATE HOUSE – The House this week passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Kislak to honor the lives of the 50 people who died last week in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and to express support to Rhode Island’s Muslim community.
“Here in Rhode Island, which was founded as a haven for religious freedom, we must be clear that people of every faith are absolutely welcome here. As leaders, we must ensure that Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry will never be tolerated in Rhode Island, and that we hold up our rich diversity as something to be celebrated,” said Representative Kislak (D-Dist. 4, Providence).
The House resolution (2019-H 5882), which passed Wednesday, list the names of all 50 of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch attacks, and expresses the House of Representatives’ sympathy. It also extends support to the Muslim community of Rhode Island, saying “Rhode Island stands together against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and hatred around the world, and looks to build community and strength with each other throughout Rhode Island and across the globe.”
Copies of the resolution will be sent to Amjad Kinjawi, President of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, and Mufti Ikam al Haqq, the Imam of Masjid al Islam.
Travis, James & Kevin share their over-50 collective years of experience in the business of collecting. Where is the future taking us? So much is an unknown, but listen in as these powerhouses in the world of collecting talk about their future, and yours – and how you can jump on board some fast moving trends…to your entrepreneurial success.
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New Jersey's rock/pop-noir artist Shayfer James released a new EP titled Hope And A Hand Grenade today. A dramatic and diverse mix of captivating tunes, he seamlessly weaves between soft-spoken ballads and uptempo social anthems. Combining dark, poetic lyrics and swaggering melodies, James enamors audiences in an emotional and moving performance.
Hope And A Hand Grenade comes as Shayfer James' seventh studio release, showcasing his ongoing growth as a singer-songwriter. His music provides a unique blend of catchy unconventionality; bright pop melodies are interwoven with gothic-tinged lyrics and emotive vocals, all delivered with a splash of whiskey humor, smart quip, and air of dark charm. Applauded for his theatrical live performances, James keeps audiences on their feet, with a hint of mystery and surprise.
"I went into the production of this EP with a totally open mind," James shared. "I worked with producer/mixer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Gillespie who has been one of my closest friends for ten years. I trust him with all my heart. Jeremy knows me and understands my artistic approach and arrangements in a way that I think a lot of independent artists can only hope for. He also thinks I’m out of my mind, which is a bonus." Known for his masterful piano work, James challenged himself on this latest release. "I love the piano but it had started to bore me a bit last year so I shifted my focus toward electric guitar. I recruited Corby Hewson on drums (who performed on all my previous recordings) and Caitlin Gray (Hooray For The Riff Raff) on bass as well as T. Fortuna on percussion. Jeremy and I played everything else, other than the viola on "Crack A Bottle, Run A Bath", which was performed by Peter Horn." The EP was mixed and primarily recorded at Mike Ferretti's Self Titled Studios, with additional tracking at Magic Door Recording and Kaleidoscope Sound. It was mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering. James concluded, "Recording this EP was a wonderful experience made incredible by working with some of the best friends I've ever had."
Shayfer James' first single and accompanying music video for "Mercy Down" was released last month, as a powerful social anthem. With a dark cabaret-inspired flair, it takes a critical lens to the negative aspects of humanity and modern America - including references to violence, war, environmental destruction, and a multitude of social and humanitarian crises. Despite the darkness and negativity that is portrayed, he provides listeners with a ray of hope and empowerment, calling for unity, action, and change. James utilities his music to often question and examine the good, bad, and ugly of human nature, across personal and societal levels. A number of additional music videos will be released in the coming weeks. The track "Ophelia," a ballad written for survivors of abuse, will have an accompanying music video released to coincide with Women's History Month in March, raising support and donations for a local charity (details to come).
Hope And A Hand Grenade is available on all major digital retailers today, including Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music.
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PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds local farm and food businesses that $270,000 in grant funding is available to support small businesses and increase the competitiveness of local products in the marketplace. The funding is part of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) and Farm Viability grant programs – which, combined, have invested over $3 million to accelerate growth of Rhode Island's green economy.
"These competitive grants will help farmers, fishers, and food businesses start or expand their operations in Rhode Island," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Farming and fishing are increasingly vital to our economy and an important part of our heritage. With these investments, we're boosting our state's vibrant food economy and supporting Rhode Island-grown agricultural products and local seafood."
LASA Grant Program:
Up to $20,000 awards are available through the LASA grant program to help spur growth of local agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood industries. Eligible entities include new and small farmers, fishers, food producers, and non-profits. Both program and capital projects are eligible for funding. Priority is given to initiatives that: 1. support the entry, growth, and sustainability of small or beginning Rhode Island farmers, aquaculture producers, and fishers; 2. foster new collaborations or share new information among Rhode Island's food partners; 3. support new products or new sales channels for clearly defined markets; 4. enhance access to and availability of agricultural land for producers, including farm transition planning and implementation; or 5. address gap areas or implementation needs identified in Rhode Island's Food Strategy, Relish Rhody (www.relishrhody.com). Now in its sixth year, LASA helps new and existing small businesses and food initiatives prosper in Rhode Island. To date, LASA has provided over $1.1 million – through grants up to $20,000 – to support the growth of Rhode Island's local food economy. The state's food scene is often cited as an area of economic strength ripe for innovation and growth. Already, the local food industry supports 60,000 jobs, and the state's green industries account for more than 15,000 jobs and contribute $2.5 billion to the economy annually.
Farm Viability Grant Program:
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 are available through the Farm Viability Grant Program, made possible by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These grants support local specialty crop production as well as efforts to grow the marketplace for these crops in Rhode Island. USDA defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops, including floriculture and turf grass.
Eligible entities include farmers or community groups engaged in research, marketing, food safety/security, plant health, buy-local initiatives, and/or development of cooperatives. Projects will be funded for up to two years. Funded projects must support the broad competitiveness of locally-grown specialty crops in Rhode Island. Initiatives that benefit a sole commercial product or provide a profit to a single individual or group will not be considered. A total of $150,000 is available for this grant round. To date, over $2 million has been invested through this program to support growth of specialty crops in Rhode Island. For more information on the Farm Viability program, visit DEM's website. Applications accompanied by a W9 form should be mailed to DEM Division of Agriculture, Room 370, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908 and postmarked no later than March 31, 2019.
In addition to these grant programs, DEM continues to work across many fronts to strengthen Rhode Island's green economy and assist local farmers in growing their businesses. Rhode Island is home to a thriving young farmer network, ranking second nationally in percent of farms owned by beginning farmers. And the state is one of few nationally where the number of farms is on the rise. There are more than 1,200 farms in Rhode Island – an increase of 44 percent from 2002. DEM continues to make investments in critical infrastructure as well as provide farm incubation space to new farmers through its Urban Edge Farm and Snake Den Farm properties.
Local seafood is poised to spur the next wave of food-based economic growth. In partnership with the Seafood Marketing Collaborative, DEM developed the RI Seafood brand to uniquely identify Rhode Island seafood in the marketplace and help local fishermen and distributors grow their businesses. In 2016, more than 106 million pounds of seafood arrived at Rhode Island ports, with an export value over $1 billion. For more information on Rhode Island seafood, visit www.seafoodri.com.
To apply, visit DEM's website:
Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 8. The application is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDCZX6C
or on the RI Food Policy Council website's LASA page at: http://rifoodcouncil.org/lasa-grants-program/.
Additional information, including instructions for completing the application is available at: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/agriculture/documents/lasaguidelines.pdf.
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