Polaris is an independent rock band, formed as a one-off musical project in the mid-1990s involving members of the New Haven indie rock band Miracle Legion. They were commissioned to produce music for the Nickelodeon television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, compiled into the group's first and only album. Nearly twenty years after the show was cancelled, Polaris reemerged with its first tour and a cassingle of two new songs. Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, the show-runners of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, were fans of Miracle Legion and approached the band to write original music for the series. Miracle Legion was at the time suffering from long-running legal issues with their label, Morgan Creek Records, lead guitarist Ray Neal, disillusioned by the experience and married, opted out of the television project; the remainder of the band - frontman Mark Mulcahy, bassist Dave McCaffrey and drummer Scott Boutier - moved forward with the project under the name Polaris. As the show's "house band", Polaris produced twelve songs over Pete & Pete's three seasons including the theme song, "Hey Sandy."
These tracks included occasional guest contributors such as Joyce Raskin, Dennis Kelly, Buell Thomas. Describing itself as "that band that lives in your TV," the members of Polaris took on "TV names": Mulcahy was "Muggy", Boutier was "Jersey", McCaffrey was "Harris Polaris." In addition to appearing in the opening credits of each show, the band featured prominently in the episode "A Hard Day's Pete", in which Little Pete is mesmerized by a garage band's song and forms his own band to keep the tune in his memory. The group's first release was a 1995 cassette mini-album titled "Happily Deranged" that contained three songs from the television show, including the television show's title song, "Hey Sandy"; the other two songs were "Staggering" and "Coronado II". The versions of these songs differed in both running time and mix from the versions released on their full album; the cassette contained two additional rare tracks, an introduction and closing comments by the older of the two Pete's from the television show.
This cassette was released by Nickelodeon/ Sony Wonder and only available by mail as a promotional tie-in with Frosted Mini Wheats cereal. The offer was promoted during Nickelodeon's SNICK anthology series. After the show was cancelled in 1996, Miracle Legion produced a final album released by Mulcahy's own label, Mezzotint Records. In 1999, the label released Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, containing all twelve of the Polaris tracks and serving as the group's only album. Following the disbandment of both bands, Mulcahy focused on a solo career. From 1997 to 2003, Scott Boutier and Dave McCaffrey played drums & bass for Frank Black and the Catholics. On August 28, 2012, Polaris reunited for a concert at Cinefamily's Everything Is Festival II as part of a Pete & Pete reunion event, adding Henning Ohlenbusch to their roster on guitar and backing vocals; the band claimed. For one song at this concert, the group was joined by Rain Phoenix on vocals. On August 26, 2014, Polaris announced their first tour, Waiting for October, with nine shows in cities such as New York City and Philadelphia.
In October 2014, the band released their first new material since the Nickelodeon show in the form of a digital and cassette single, thus ending their status as a "one-off project". The cassingle, consisting of "Great Big Happy Green Moonface" and "Baby Tae Kwon Do" was made available through the Mezzotint website, it was produced by new member Ohlenbusch. In addition, an animated music video was produced for "Great Big Happy Green Moonface". Polaris continued touring into 2015, their sets including all fourteen Polaris songs and selections from the Miracle Legion discography. On April 18, 2015, Polaris released both a vinyl edition of Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete and the double-CD album, Live at Lincoln Hall, a recording of their concert of October 26, 2014 at the Chicago venue. In 2016, the Miracle Legion discography received a digital re-release and the band planned a brief reunion tour of their own. Deranged Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete "Great Big Happy Green Moonface"/"Baby Tae Kwon Do" "Live at Lincoln Hall" The Mezzotint Label - Record label for Polaris, Miracle Legion, Mark Mulcahy
MGMT is the self-titled third studio album by the American rock band MGMT, released on September 17, 2013 by Columbia Records. On September 27, 2010, an interview article in Spin quoted MGMT as saying that they would have less freedom on this album, claiming that Columbia Records was not happy with the reception of the band's second album Congratulations. MGMT denied these statements in an email to Pitchfork, who cited the article on their own site as a side note to a different story, stating that they were not "even close to starting the process of making a new album," that "label-relations are quite friendly," and telling readers "Don't believe everything that you read."In an interview with American Songwriter published on November 8, 2010, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser said their third album will be self-titled, that "usually if we say something and it gets published, we stick to it. That's what happened with Congratulations." Regarding the content of the album, Goldwasser said "Something that'd be fun to do is have a decent number of songs on the album that can be extended or have sections that could turn into a trance-y, repetitive thing live."When in Argentina to perform on January 22, 2011, they told Rocktails they have worked on some sounds but that there are no clear ideas yet.
On February 28, 2011, they told Coup de Main magazine that they will be on tour until April, when they will begin work on demos for the third album. On January 26, 2012 MGMT confirmed in an interview with Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers in the inaugural issue of Intercourse Magazine that they had started work on the album. VanWyngarden stated that he has written five songs, inspired by R. E. M.. On February 27, the band began recording the album at Tarbox Road Studios with producer Dave Fridmann. On March 1, Andrew VanWyngarden revealed in an interview that they will perform new songs on their upcoming shows in Argentina, Chile, México, Colombia and Puerto Rico. On March 30, the band premiered a new song, "Alien Days", at a show in Colombia. At the Festival Estereo Picnic; the song was played at the following shows in Latin America. On August 3, Andrew VanWyngarden told "The Morning Call" that their new album was "too good not to talk about", he said he was enjoying it, it sounds close to Congratulations, they're "making good songs".
On January 29, 2013, the band told Rolling Stone that they "are not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it." They confirmed that a song entitled "Mystery Disease" and a cover of Faine Jade's 1968 track "Introspection" will be included on the album. On March 4, 2013 MGMT released information about their 2013 tour that started April 26 and ended on May 18. On March 6, 2013 MGMT's producer Dave Fridmann stated on his website that the album was about to be finished. On June 9, the band confirmed on their official Twitter account that they were going to finish the album cover that day. On June 10, Dave Fridmann updated his website with the news that the album could be out sometime in August. On June 25, MGMT revealed via their website that the album is due for release on September 17, 2013; the band confirmed via Twitter that their new video for "Your Life Is a Lie" will come out on August 5, it's accompanied with an interactive kaleidoscopic video embedded on their official website.
MGMT released their full album "MGMT" prematurely via Twitter on September 9 saying they had a "surprise". Days before its official release, was made pre-release of the album in the service Rdio on September 9, 2013; the album's cover photograph was taken outside Stylz Unlimited in Dunkirk, NY near Fredonia, NY, where the album was recorded. On March 22, 2013 the Record Store Day release was confirmed to be a cassette tape containing the studio version of "Alien Days" and was made available on April 20, its video was released on 31 October 2013, was directed by indie director Sam Fleischner. The first video released from the album was for the track "Your Life Is a Lie", directed by Tom Kuntz, was released on August 5, 2013; the album features a variety of unique visual elements to accompany and illuminate the music via "The Optimizer", which provides listeners a aural and optical listening experience featuring video and CGI work, is available as part of an enhanced album package on all commercial formats.
According to review aggregator website Metacritic, the album received an average critic review score of 62/100, based on 32 reviews, indicating favorable reviews. Mike Usinger of Alternative Press said of the album, "Beyond weird? Yes, but in the best, most deliciously mind-bending of ways." Tom Pinnock of NME gave the album an 8/10, saying, "MGMT might be a comfortable journey at times, but it's a transcendental one you've never been on before. Forget the shareholders – it's time for us to give MGMT a proper chance, on their own terms." Spin, called it a "confused, confusing album," and that it will "leave you as confused as they seem to be." All lyrics written by Andrew VanWyngarden. MGMT Andrew VanWyngarden Ben GoldwasserProduction Dave Fridmann – co-production, mixing MGMT – co-production Official website
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
It has been a leading member state of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization; the 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was "Great Britain"; the Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
A boombox is a transistorized portable music player featuring one or two cassette tape recorder/players and AM/FM radio with a carrying handle. Beginning in the mid 1980s, a CD player was included. Sound is delivered through two or more integrated loudspeakers. A boombox is a device capable of receiving radio stations and playing recorded music. Many models are capable of recording onto cassette tapes from radio and other sources. In the 1990s, some boomboxes were available with minidisc players. Designed for portability, boomboxes can be powered by batteries as well as by line current; the boombox was introduced to the American market during the late 1970s. The desire for louder and heavier bass led to heavier boxes; some larger boomboxes contained vertically mounted record turntables. Most boomboxes were battery-operated, leading to heavy, bulky boxes; the boombox became associated with urban society in the United States African American and Hispanic youth. The wide use of boomboxes in urban communities led to the boombox being coined a "ghetto blaster", a pejorative nickname, soon used as part of a backlash against the boombox and hip hop culture.
Some cities petitioned for the banning of boomboxes from public places, they became less acceptable on city streets as time progressed. The boombox became linked to American hip hop culture and was instrumental in the rise of hip hop music; the first boombox was developed by the inventor of the audio compact cassette, Philips of the Netherlands. Their first'Radiorecorder' was released in 1966; the Philips innovation was the first time that radio broadcasts could be recorded onto cassette tapes without the cables or microphones that previous stand-alone cassette tape recorders required. Although the sound quality of early cassette tape recordings was poor, improvements in technology and the introduction of stereo recording, chromium tapes, Dolby noise reduction made hifi quality devices possible. Several European electronics brands, such as Grundig introduced similar devices. Boomboxes were soon developed in Japan in the early 1970s and soon became popular there due to their compact size and impressive sound quality.
The Japanese brands took over a large portion of the European boombox market and were the first Japanese consumer electronics brands that a European household might purchase. The Japanese innovated by creating different sizes, form factors, technology, introducing such advances as stereo boomboxes, removable speakers, in-built TV receivers, inbuilt CD players; the boombox became popular in America during the late 1970s, with most being produced by Panasonic, General Electric and Marantz. It was noticed by the urban adolescent community and soon developed a mass market in large metropolitan centers such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington D. C; the earlier models were a hybrid that combined the booming sound of large in-home stereo systems and the portability of small portable cassette players. The effective AM/FM tuner, standard in all early boomboxes, was the most popular feature of the early boombox up until the incorporation of input and output jacks into the boxes, which allowed for the coupling of devices such as microphones, turntables and CD players.
The development of audio jacks brought the boombox to the height of its popularity, as its popularity rose, so did the level of innovation in the features included in the box. Consumers enjoyed the portability and sound quality of boomboxes, but one of the most important features to the youth market, was the bass; the desire for louder and heavier bass led to heavier boxes. Regardless of the increasing weight and size, the devices continued to become larger to accommodate the increased bass output. A boombox, in its most basic form, is composed of two or more loudspeakers, an amplifier, a radio tuner, a cassette and/or CD player component, all housed in a single plastic or metal case with a handle for portability. Most units can be powered by DC cables in addition to batteries; as boomboxes grew in popularity, they became more complex in design and functionality. By the mid 1980s, many boomboxes included separate high and low frequency speakers and a second tape deck to allow the boombox to record both from the radio and from other pre-recorded cassettes.
Equalizers, balance adjusters, Dolby noise reduction, LED sound gauges were other additions. In the mid 1980s, the boombox began to become a status symbol; the growing popularity of the compact disc in the late 1980s led to the introduction of the CD player in standard boombox design. During the 1990s, boombox manufacturers began designing smaller, more compact boomboxes, which were made out of plastic instead of metal as their counterparts from the previous decade had been; the rectangular, chrome aesthetic of many 1980s models was replaced with black plastic in the 1990s, modern designs are characterized by a rounded, curved appearance instead of sharp angles. However, the designs of the older models are a source of much interest among boombox enthusiasts and collectors, who seek the larger feature-packed models that represented the cutting edge of portable music technology in their day. Today most boomboxes have repl
Shrink wrap shrink film, is a material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied, it shrinks over whatever it is covering. Heat can be applied with a handheld heat gun, or the product and film can pass through a heat tunnel on a conveyor; the most used shrink wrap is polyolefin. It is available in a variety of thicknesses, clarities and shrink ratios; the two primary films can be either crosslinked, or non crosslinked. Other shrink films include PVC, Polyethylene and several other compositions. Coextrusions and laminations are available for specific mechanical and barrier properties for shrink wrapping food. For example, five layers might be configuration as EP/EVA/copolyester/EVA/EP, where EP is ethylene-propylene and EVA is ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer. A shrink film can be made to shrink in both directions. Films are stretched. Cooling the film sets the film's characteristics until it is reheated: this causes it to shrink back toward its initial dimensions. Prior to orientation, the molecules of a sheet or tube are randomly intertwined like a bowl of spaghetti.
The molecules have no particular alignment. However, when a draw force is imposed, the amorphous regions of the chains are straightened and aligned to the direction of orientation. By applying proper cooling, the molecules will be frozen in this state until sufficient heat energy is applied to allow the chains to shrink back. One can visualize this phenomenon by stretching a rubber band and dipping it into liquid nitrogen so as to freeze in the stretched state; the band will remain in this state as long. However, when enough heat energy is applied, the rubber band will shrink back to its original relaxed state. Orientation on a commercial scale can be achieved using either of two processes: a tenterframe or a bubble process. Tenterframe technology is used to produce a variety of “heat-set” products, with biaxially oriented polypropylene being the most common; the second commercial process is the bubble process, sometimes referred to as the tubular process. In this process, a primary tube is produced by either blowing or casting the tube onto an external or internal mandrel, respectively.
It is common to use water to help cool the primary tube at this point. After the primary tube has been cooled, it is reheated and inflated into a second bubble using air much like a balloon is blown. Upon inflation, the tube is oriented in both directions simultaneously; the family of shrink films has broadened over the years with many multilayer constructions being sold today. Shrink film attributes include shrink, optics and slip. With regard to shrink properties, there are onset temperature, free shrink, shrink force, shrink temperature range and overall package appearance. Shrink wrap is applied over or around the intended item by automated equipment, it is heated by a heat gun or sent through a shrink tunnel or oven for shrinking. Shrink wrap can be supplied in several forms. Flat rollstock can be wrapped around a product with heat sealing to tack the film together. Centerfolded film is supplied on a roll with the plastic pre-folded in half, product is placed in the center portion, the remaining three edges are sealed to form a bag, the package heated which causes the bag to shrink and conform to the product.
Pre-formed plastic shrink bags have one end open, the product is placed in the bag and sent for heat shrinking. Shrink wrap can be used to wrap buildings, it can wrap roofs after hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters. Shrink wrap can be used for environmental containments to facilitate safe removal of asbestos and other hazards. Shrink wrap is sometimes used to wrap up books adult-oriented ones and premium comics and manga to preserve their mint condition, as casual previewing prior to purchase wears or damages stock, rendering it unsaleable. Software on carriers such as CDs or DVDs are sold in boxes that are packaged in shrink wrap; the licenses of such software are put inside the boxes, making it impossible to read them before purchasing. This has raised questions about the validity of such shrink wrap licenses. Shrink wrap is used as an overwrap on many types of packaging, including cartons, beverage cans and pallet loads. A variety of products may be enclosed in shrink wrap to stabilize the products, unitize them, keep them clean, or add tamper resistance.
It can be the primary covering for some foods such as cheese, meats and plants. Heat-shrink tubing is used to seal electric wiring. Shrink bands are applied over parts of packages for tamper resistance or labels, it can be used as a Tamper-evident band. It can combine two packages or parts into a Multi-pack. Shrink wrap is commonly used within more industrial applications using a heavier weight shrink film; the principles remain the same with a heat shrinking process using a hand held heat gun. The following shrink wrap applications are becoming more used and accepted: Industrial shrink wrap containment of large plant equipment/components, Scaffold wrap containment of buildings/bridges, Building temporary shrink wrap structures for storage or other business operational uses, Marine shrink wrapping of boats and other vehicles, Shrink wrapping of palletized freight Disaster contingency and relief projects such as damaged buildings/roofs. Multi-pack Overwrap PLA film Plas
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign. While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr