Pink Floyd / Grateful Dead Campout (7/17-18, Clay’s Park and Resort)

A special tribute to Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead will take place Friday & Saturday, July 17th & 18th at beautiful Clay’s Park and Resort, located in North Lawrence, Ohio, just outside Canton.  The featured act is WISH YOU WERE HERE, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary!  In addition to Wish You Were Here, five Grateful Dead tribute bands will also perform: Sugar Magnolia, The Jimiller Band, Dead Roses, Dead Ahead Ohio and Local Color.  Continue reading “Pink Floyd / Grateful Dead Campout (7/17-18, Clay’s Park and Resort)”

Ferguson, Missouri Riot Potential

The potential for riots in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) are substantial. The jury has decided on a verdict  in the Darren Wilson case and will be announcing it at 9 PM EST. With tensions running high, the decision has potential to throw St. Louis into disarray. Los Angeles police forces are on a high state of readiness with the anticipation of the court verdict, while the current news headlines coming from Cleveland, Ohio surround the murder of 12 year-old Tamir Rice indicate that passions are running high through the rest of the United States.  Continue reading “Ferguson, Missouri Riot Potential”

Tomás Doncker’s True Groove Records Signs Distribution Deal with The Orchard

Lael BlackDress StairsThe Orchard has been working for a few years to further promote the artists which it distributes. What has been a solid set of signings has exceeded even our expectations when True Groove Records (Tomás Doncker’s label) was picked up for distribution today.


Tomás Doncker just signed an exclusive global distribution and licensing deal with The Orchard for his True Groove Label. Founded in 2011 True Groove was born out of what Tomás saw as a need for a forward thinking artist oriented brand where “music comes first”. True Groove and The Orchard’s partnership will begin immediately with the release of 12 new projects from the label’s elite roster of artists within the first quarter of the 2014.

“We are very excited about True Groove moving forward with the Orchard”, says Doncker. “Both of our companies have a similar approach to the new music business model; vibrant, focused, enterprising and creative. And we are both fearless, innovative and love music. We’re thrilled to present a wide range of groundbreaking artists from young soul diva, Lael Summer, to punk legends? Joe Bowie (Defunkt) and James Chance (Contortions).  We believe our relationship with The Orchard is the best possible opportunity to bring our vision of Global Soul to the world.”

The ethos of the label can be found in a statement from Doncker about his “global soul” movement; “Global Soul: The sound of our collective conscious. The unified rhythm of heart beats creating a positive, spiritually uplifting force
for good. Musically speaking it is not genre specific, but in fact genre inclusive.  It is the best of what we have to offer to each other,from Brooklyn to Ethiopia, and every where in Between.”

The confirmed True Groove release schedule so far includes Kevin Jenkins’Step Inside’ (January 7, 2014), Tomás Doncker Band’s ‘Howlin Wolf EP (January 7, 2014), Lael Summer’s ‘Burden to Bear’ (January 21, 2014), and Marla Mase’s ‘Half-Life’ (February 25, 2014). For updates visit

For more specific information, we have included links to the roster of True Groove Records:

The Tomás Doncker Band:,
Marla Mase:,
Kevin Jenkins:
Lael Summer:,

ANIMATIONS present new video for the song “Dawn The Day Before”

Originating from Jaworzno, Poland – progressive metalcore band Animations has recently released their new video promoting latest, third studio album “Private Ghetto”.
Video for the song “Dawn The Day Before” is available here –
“We chose this song for the next video, because it as a bit different from other “Private Ghetto” stuff – when it comes to both sound and atmosphere. However we honour this one very much – still it’s quite challenging song when played live. We took the shots for this video quite a long time before – in December 2012 – in Theater Of Arts in Jaworzno – one of the most amazing places we ever played”- comment Animations members.
In spring 2013, Animations had finished working on their third album entitled Private Ghetto. The album is available both in regular CD format and digitally through every major digital distributor. In addition, Animations has published full version of the album (‘playthrough’) online on band’s Youtube channel –
“We really want the music from Private Ghetto to hit the ears of our listeners as soon as possible, that’s why we’ve decided to distribute the album digitally.”– Animations members say.
Private Ghetto is the result of over a year’s work in the studio. The band’s first album with Frantz Woloch – the new vocalist, and the first one marking such a dramatic genre shift.
The album contains fourteen tracks, three of which are short instrumental interludes. The tracklist is as follows:
1. Mellah
2. Morality Failed
3. Silence
4. My Private Ghetto
5. Dawn The Day Before
6. We Are…
7. Generation Zero
8. Internal Chaos
9. Crystal Lies
10. Thieves of Dreams
11. Epiphany
12. Mea Culpa?
13. Wrath
14. halleM
Animations have also prepared a trailer for the album that is also a short behind the scenes documentary. It can be viewed here:

How to Workout At Home: Beginners Guide


Starting with a workout routine can be a tough decision, especially if you are unsure about going to the gym. Many people are apprehensive regarding this and want to workout in the confines of their own home. There are many benefits of working out and you shouldn’t let your shyness stop you from doing it. There are home workout plans to help you create a perfect workout routine at home, if you need professional advice.

It is necessary to have your doctor’s permission before you start working out at home. After that, get all the necessary equipment you would need for your at-home workout routine. The exercises that you do at home are of three types and they target different important areas. Although these exercises will help you on a basic level, you might want to invest in some dumbbells and exercise machine as you advance further.

  1. Increasing and Improving your Cardiovascular System – Aerobic exercises are necessary for your cardiovascular system. You must make sure that you allot three days every week for doing aerobics. Do anything you like. It could be a walk for 10 minutes at your favorite park. If you like cycling, then you can just ride your bike. If rope jumping rejuvenates you, then you could do that as well.

It is always great to start with 10 – 15 minutes of aerobic exercises and then slowly increase this time to 30 minutes. Juggle between the activities you like and keep it interesting. Look up workout plans online to find an efficient way of exercising.

  1. Improving the Flexibility of your Body – An improved flexibility in your body would be beneficial to your muscles. It will ensure that you don’t get problems like muscle pulls, injuries and other similar issues when you perform your daily activities. You can do some basic stretching as a warm up. Sit on the floor and stretch out to touch your toes. You can also kneel down on the floor in order to stretch and warm up the muscles of your shoulder and neck.
  2. Increasing your Muscle Strength – As a beginner, you don’t need more than 3 sessions a week for strength building exercises. The things you need are – stability or exercise ball and exercise bands. This is all you need for a full body exercise.

The first day of your strength training would focus on your arms and shoulders. Use your rubber exercise bands to perform bicep curls to build strength in your arm. Also perform some triceps extensions. After that, you need to work on your abdominal muscles by doing sit ups using the exercise ball. The second day should be reserved for plank exercises, lunges and leg abduction exercises to work on the muscles of your leg.

Your abdominal exercises should be done in each session but alternate between working out your leg and arm session wise.

Don’t rush your body too much because you might be susceptible to injuries. Start with aerobic exercises to prepare your body in the first week and then graduate to resistance training after 2 weeks. Do some cardio and stretching at first because you don’t want to stress out your body.

Working out at home can be quite fun if you do it the right way. The results would be there to see for all and you would not regret you decision at all. Just put on your favorite music and go for it!

Steinway Repairing

Steinway Piano Restoration should only be done by those individuals and companies that know what they are doing. In the wrong hands, there is no limit to the damage that someone can do in the restoration of a Steinway. There has to be the knowledge present to take the utmost care and utilize the materials that will last just as long as the rest of the piano. Furthermore, the materials must match and fit properly the piano that is being fixed up. There are a few companies that have been tasked with fixing up old Steinways, and I would strongly behoove you to check out their reliability. Continue reading “Steinway Repairing”

Poliça Announces US Tour Dates

3/9 – Snowball Music Festival – Winter Park, CO
4/5 – Neptune – Neptune, WA
4/6 – Wonder Ballroom –  Portland, OR
4/7 – Fortune Sound Club –  Vancouver, BC
4/10 – Rio Theatre –  Santa Cruz, CA
4/11 – Harlows – Sacramento, CA
4/12 – Coachella – Indio, CA
4/13 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
4/15 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
4/16 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/18 – Casbah –  San Diego, CA
4/19 – Coachella – Indio, CA
4/20 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
4/22 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
4/23 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
4/24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
5/10 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre  – Atlanta, GA *
6/6 – Governors Ball – New York, NY
7/27- XPN Festival – Camden, NJ

*with Smashing Pumpkins


Psychological Alterations for Successful Weight Loss

Stretch this, lift that, reduce your calorie consumption, no salt after 7, expel more energy….sounds familiar? Well, this is the typical weight loss advice all dieters hear about on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong. It’s all good advice. But until you consider your weight loss endeavor to revolve around food, exercise, and lifestyle….in short, as long as you treat your weight loss goals as a physiological challenge – you can only get so far.

While all of this is very important and having the right knowledge about them and the right equipment do play their part in the success, but the most important determinant that decides the success of your weight loss endeavor is your mind. Still the right psychology for weight loss is one of the rarely discussed topics by the industry experts. Hence, to lose weight is to first recognize that it’s a psychological process.

We all are very much aware of what we should do. But we still don’t do it. We’re all a lot more educated than ever before. But we’ve all been obese than ever before too. We’ve the best equipment now but we also have endless excuses now.

But as basic as all this may sound, it requires real work, sacrifice, self-control, and efforts. This is the reason why people continuously run to try out the latest weight loss pill that has launched or to buy the new book on 101 ways of losing weight. They want the quick fix, convenient, painless, and easy. They don’t want to accept that if good equipment and education had the answer to their obesity issues, we had not been the fatty generation.

So once you’ve made up your mind that you need the psychological fix up to get started with losing weight, you can start with the psychological approaches for long-term improvements in your diet and weight.  The behavioral and psychological approaches discussed below not only help in changing actions, but also strengthen the confidence level and self image of dieters.

Behavior Management

Most dieters often have a habit of binge eating or indulge in over eating of unhealthy foods, especially when they are feeling low or are stressed. Conscious effort has to be made by these people to replace negative eating habits by constructive activities that actually address their emotional issue.

For example, taking a walk in fresh air with a friend can help you calm down when you’re feeling anxious or sad. You must also try staying away from food on particular times every day when you know you have a craving to munch something, or at least have something healthy ready with you.

Body Image and Self Esteem

When you have poor body image and low self-esteem, feeling positive and confident about your ability to lose weight might not come by easily. Consulting a psychologist can be a good idea in such cases to strengthen your self-esteem as well as chart out your entire success plan for weight management in the long haul. A realistic take on your weaknesses and strengths can help you set and achieve your reasonable weight loss goals.

Motivation and Support

Attitude and motivation can make a great difference to the efforts you put in to reach your goals. Find weight loss buddies who are ready to go exercising with you and share your plans. You may even join online weight loss forums or groups to interact with like-minded people and share your success stories and know about more tips that work for others and exchange feedback. The more you stay excited about your endeavor, the less likely you are expected to fall back on your prior unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits.

Reducing Stress

Apart from taking immediate measures to reduce stress like taking a walk and others, it is highly recommended that you incorporate yoga, meditation, jogging or deep breathing, into your daily routine. This can really help you in staying calm and avoiding emotional eating.

You might bookmark and read several blogs about fitness and blogs about diet programs every day but if you do not have control over the power of your mind, the foundation of your very goal is on dangerous grounds. Going for psychological counseling may seem like going too far, at first. But isn’t it worth finding out who/what your triggers are, that are sabotaging even your best weight loss efforts without you even realizing it? For all you know, the root cause of the problem might not be the wrong food choices but the peers or colleagues who often take you our maybe and doesn’t care about the calories as long as the food tastes good?

A counselor will help you maintain a positive outlook while making you stick to healthy lifestyle choices, ultimately taking you closer to your weight loss goals with every step until you’ve achieved them all.

Marcia Calleiro is a vegan and a successful weight watcher. Calleiro usually orders from any healthy meal delivery as they serve fresh, tasty and nutritious food. She combines this with her fitness program for overall fitness. In her spare time, she likes square-foot gardening, playing games on her Xbox, and spending time with her family. She is single and lives in serene, Michigan, USA. She is currently a contributor to, an online lifestyle magazine.

Top 3 Irritating and Challenging Situations Weight Watchers Often Face

Of all the weight loss mysteries you’ve heard, dieters almost always have some more of their own stories to add onto the list. If your weight loss battle has started to feel like fighting for a lost cause lately, you might have been stuck with any of the common and seemingly-senseless problems that are discussed below:

#1 “I weigh before I go to sleep. And then I weigh again in the morning to see that I’ve lost more than one pound. What’s up with that?”

To start with, don’t weigh yourself so often. Do it just once a week and you’ll be fine. Try doing it naked though, after you’ve done your bathroom business in the morning. About the discrepancy in the day/night weight, blame it on the water.

Your body detoxifies when you’re resting, filtering blood in your kidneys and liver. This is the reason why you need to rush to the bathroom, first thing when you wake up. Water amounting to almost one liter can be equivalent to the weight of almost 2.2 pounds, and you can easily pee it all out at once, in the morning.  Sometimes lost ounces can also be because of nighttime perspiration. So the logic suggests that you’re actually losing 1-2 pounds of fluids and not fat, which is usually easily replaceable when you’ll consume more beverages during the day.

#2 “Is my menstrual cycle derailing my weight loss efforts? Or, is it only the cop out?”

If your bleeding is not normal in any way, be it heavier period or simple spotting between the periods,you know that your hormones are not in line and might be the reason why you’re unable to lose weight despite your best efforts. Bloating is also not unheard of, in such cases. Instability in your progesterone and estrogen can make you retain water, escalating the scale up to 3 to 4 pounds, for you. It wouldn’t also be wrong to bring on your PMS cravings in the blame game.

Serotonin, the believed-to-be “feel good” hormone, produced by the brain can help you deal with this issue. Consume more carbohydrates can certainly increase the production of this hormone. This is why it seems difficult for you to resist that chocolate bar. But if you have to eat it, at least go for the dark variety that keeps your heart-health intact.

On the other hand, there are always calorie-free ways to opt for, that can boost your serotonin levels. You can do stuff that helps you relax and feel better. Like, you can take a long bath, or go for a walk in the woods, read a good book, spend some time with a friend, write your journal, daydream, or anything else really!

#3 “I’m not losing weight anymore when I’m still working out and eating right. What the hell did I do wrong?”

Weight loss plans usually recommend that you lose 2-3 pounds every week. But the unfortunate truth that most of us fail to realize is that losing weight isn’t always a steady downward scale. There will be occasional spikes and dips, and inevitably a lot of plateaus to deal with.

So if sometimes you’re doing everything right and still your weighing scale fail to drop any further, know that you’re not alone and that there’s nowhere you’re going wrong. The important thing is to not lose hope at this time and persevere to get past this stage. The body will lose weight eventually when it’s ready.

Just make sure that you’re still building muscles with exercising and eating right. It might not be sooner sometimes, but eventually you will reap the results of your patience and perseverance.

Although these are just the three of the weight loss problems, there are a lot of challenges that dieters face in their weight loss journey. Important thing is — you shouldn’t let these small hiccups deter you from your goal.

Reducing efforts from your weight loss journey can also help you keep on track without making it seem like too much work. Like, instead of cooking everything at home, you can opt for healthy food delivery services that especially prepare meals by keeping the needs of dieters in mind. You can try this Bistro MD coupon code for 2013 or exclusive Diet to Go discount codes to save huge bucks.

Another important thing to understand is — you don’t have to be too hard on yourself, if you screw up sometimes. It’s human to make errors. Don’t just take that instance as an excuse to say that you cannot do it anymore and start eating your way to glory.

Imagine how great it be to fit into those jeans that you so loved wearing 2 years back. And to have that perfectly toned beach body that you always wanted to have. Keep yourself motivated, confident, and find a weight loss buddy if you can. Don’t ever give up. That’s not the attitude of the winners!

Marcia Calleiro is a vegan and a successful weight watcher. In her free time, she likes square-foot gardening, playing games on her Xbox, and spending time with her family. Calleiro usually orders from any healthy meal delivery as they serve fresh, tasty and nutritious food. She combines this with her fitness program for overall fitness. She is single and lives in serene, Michigan, USA. She is currently a contributor to, an online lifestyle magazine.