Aqueous Releases Wave 1 Of New Album, ‘Color Wheel’, Leads River Cleanup Initiative In Their Hometown Of Buffalo

first_imgToday, Buffalo-based groove rock quartet Aqueous has released the Wave 1 EP, following their announcement last week that their newest studio album, Color Wheel, is on its way. Wave 1 includes the first three tracks off of Color Wheel; “Second Sight”, “How How You Fly”, and “Realize Your Light”, with two more Waves expected to be released before the formal release of the band’s LP. The new album, the band’s first full-length studio effort since 2014’s Cycles, is set for an October 12th release. Aqueous’ Color Wheel will be released via digital platforms as well as on vinyl.The first track, “Second Sight”, opens up with a cosmic, groovy intro, before guitarist Mike Gantzer jumps in with his smooth vocals, backed by a steady beat laid down by Evan McPhaden on bass and Rob Houk on drums. Aqueous then moves into a heavy rock segment with Gantzer shredding away on guitar, as multi-instrumentalist David Loss continues to lay down the cosmic synthy-grooves, before Ganzter brings it all back together with the chorus. The second track, “How High You Fly”, starts off with a heavier tone, as Gantzer continues to shine on vocals and displays his dynamic range, hopping around from different keys as his band provides the perfect harmonies. Coming out of the main theme of the song, Aqueous moves in and out of their blissful twilight zone, with hints of hard-rock sprinkled in with Gantzer’s badass guitar work. The third and final track of Wave 1, “Realize Your Light”, opens up with an upbeat, trancey groove, moving into the verse’s slow and powerful buildups into the chorus. Gantzer soars into a solo, with some angel-like harmonies layered behind McPhaden and Houk’s infectious rhythm section, as the song slowly fades out.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Aqueous shared the following about the first three tracks off Color Wheel, dubbed as Wave 1.“Second Sight” deals with the concept of doing everything one can to put aside petty differences and looking for those linings of hope and connection that every human inherently shares, despite living in such divided times. It’s also about appreciating and feeling grateful just to be alive and using that level of gratitude to try to shed cynicism; it’s about connecting with people and recognizing each of our roles in the division and working towards bridging those gaps where possible.”“How High You Fly” is a tribute to a friend we lost to the grips of addiction. The song, lyrically and musically (re-worked entirely for Color Wheel), represents the concept of this person, after passing away, finally being free of their worldly struggle and suffering from addiction; how they could somehow “start again” unshackled by that experience. It goes on to conceptualize that they could, in some way, even connect with other people they knew in life that also passed, but ultimately recognizes that this thought might simply be a comfort to those still here, dealing with the loss themselves.”“Realize Your Light” is a hopeful message of positivity that life is far too short to not live it to the fullest potential, and that if one can recognize their purpose, they could likely achieve anything. It considers the idea that regardless of one’s circumstance, where they have been, and where they are going, that somewhere in the struggle, there’s a path and a calling out there for each person.”Guitarist Mike Gantzer explained regarding the band’s decision to present the new album with three waves of batched releases,There’s a certain continuity to this entire album, and it unfolds in a way that makes the track order important for the experience – there’s an underlying narrative happening throughout the lyrics and themes, and the overarching theme of the story is a strong sense of optimism through the struggle of the realities of life. For this reason, we wanted to release the album in waves, ultimately, to give people a chance to settle into each section of the album and digest it thoroughly before diving into the next.Aqueous is also up to some good charity work, joining forces with their hometown Buffalo Niagra Waterkeeper, for an event promoted as the “Give BAQ” river cleanup. The event takes place Saturday, September 15th at Buffalo’s Cazenovia Park, starting at 10 a.m. The community is invited to help pick up trash and debris along the banks of the river, along with hometown heroes, Aqueous. With a $20 donation, fans will receive an exclusive “Give BAQ” t-shirt, with all profits from the day benefitting Buffalo Niagra Waterkeeper. For more information on the event, head here.You can pre-order for Color Wheel on vinyl now via the band’s Bandcamp page here. See below for a full track listing:Aqueous Color Wheel Tracklist:1. Second Sight2. How High You Fly3. Realize Your Light4. Split The Difference5. Color Wheel6. Good Enough7. Half In, Half out8. Weight Of The Word (feat. Turkuaz Horns)9. Mandela Effect10. In It (For Me)View Track ListingIn support of the new record, Aqueous will also embark on their most extensive headlining tour to date. Find a full list of dates below with more information available via the band’s website. You can check out a list of Aqueous’ upcoming tour dates below:Aqueous Upcoming Tour Dates:9/7 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery **9/20 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *10/6 – Roaring Ranch, PA – Liberty Pumpkin Ball10/19 & 10/20 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater >10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^11/2 – Washington D.C. – Union Stage ^11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore ^11/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #11/6 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall #11/7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House #11/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social #11/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #11/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar #11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In #11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall ^12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $** w/ moe.* w/ ELM> w/ Umphrey’s McGee^ w/ Mungion+ w/ EGI# w/ The Heavy Pets$ w/ GooseView Upcoming Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Rare Unicorns of US Paper Money Could Fetch Millions in Auction

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target Three extremely rare U.S. currency notes from the 19th century are expected to fetch up to a combined $8 million in an auction next week.The notes — some of the rarest in existence — are all part of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money listed with auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries.One of the paper bills, the 1891 $1000 Silver Certificate is known by currency aficionados as the “Marcy Note” due to the portrait of William L. Marcy, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It is the only example of the design type in private hands and is one of just two known to exist.  The other example is forever held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Just 8,000 examples of this note were issued.The 1891 $1000 “Marcy Note” once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for a paper bill when it was sold in 2013 for $2.6 million. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This Marcy Note once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for an example of paper money when it was sold by private treaty in 2013 for $2.6 million. The opening bid for this auction is $1.2 million, and it’s expected to fetch up to $3 million.The auction also features the only privately held 1869 $1000 “Rainbow” note. It is only one of two known to exist; the other known note resides in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.A portrait of DeWitt Clinton is featured at center, while to the left is Columbus in His Study, depicting the explorer seated at his desk with a globe nearby on the floor. To the right is a large, pink spiked Treasury Seal. Series of 1869 notes were issued from October 19, 1869 until July 25, 1874, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. There were 74,400 examples of the $1000 note printed.The 1869 $1000 ‘Rainbow’ note is one of just two known to exist,. The other is forever held in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This “Rainbow” note was last sold publicly in a 1946 auction where it fetched a then-impressive sum of $1,200 (when annual average income was around $2,600). It’s known as one of “the ultimate rarities in American numismatics.” The opening bid for this note is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.An 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note is also up for auction — and it’s the only example of its type available to collectors. The note features the allegorical figure Justice at left, holding balance scales in her left hand and an upward pointing sword in her right. The portrait of President John Quincy Adams is in an oval frame at right.This 1869 $500 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note is the only example of its type available to collectors. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)Just 89,360 examples of the 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note were printed, and today only three are known to exist, said Stack’s Bowers Galleries. One lives  in the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution, and the second note is permanently impounded in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The opening bid is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in AuctionSealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for NES Fetches $100,000 in Auction4.5-Billion-Year-Old, Heart-Shaped Meteorite Up for Auctionlast_img read more

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From the Weeping Woman to the Naked Gringo a guide to Costa

first_imgRelated posts:Tico Times #TBT: The one millionth Tico Throwback Thursday: Roosevelt’s fishing trip to Isla del Coco Throwback Thursday: Bulls from 1981 Throwback Thursday: Making cocktails with Cacique Creepy tales are all a part of folklore.Halloween is not considered a traditional holiday in Costa Rica, but the lore here is rich in scary stories. Although few people truly believe in haunts these days, it never hurts to pay attention. It has been said that these tales are based on incidents that took place in the colonial era, and they are repeated as warnings to follow the straight and narrow. Or else…La SeguaCentral America’s own version of the Sirens. Young men (and perhaps some older ones too) would be riding home on their trusty steed after a late night at the canteen or roadhouse. But then, there along the roadside he comes upon a damsel in distress. And she’s quite fetching. Being a chivalrous fellow, the man helps her climb on the back of the horse and and they start off.Along the way he becomes aware of foul odors and hefty snorting from his passenger. He turns around, and sees that the femme fatal has turned into La Segua, a monster with the head of a putrefied horse.If he doesn’t succumb to a heart attack, he vows to change his flirtatious ways, settle down and marry the plain but respectable girl next door. He also vows to never help a stranger in need again. It’s a somewhat dubious lesson. Although, to be fair, The Tico Times does not condone picking up hitchhikers. “La Segua” A theatrical interpretation of La Segua (Photo Courtesy of Compañía Nacional de Teatro)El CadejoAnother tale from the colonial era, this story is of a defiant young man whose father decides to teach him a lesson. If the young man continued in his life of sin, the father – who was also a wizard, apparently – promised to turn his son into a dog. And not just any canine but a big, black, hairy dog with red eyes and goat feet. So a goat-dog, basically. Which is much worse than a regular dog. The creature also is condemned to dragging a chain behind him (did you know leash laws actually started in the colonial period?). The son ignored his pop’s advice and soon he turned into the devil dog, Cadejo.Many souls swear to have heard Cadejo rattle his chain and growl as they made their way home on rural roads in the dead of night.The Headless PriestGee, life in colonial times must have been wild. There are several versions of headless clerics. Here are some of the most popular versions:One story features a man of the cloth who had his head lopped off over a married lady in his parish. It wasn’t the hand of the Almighty who smote him but the lady’s husband, who ripped the parson’s noggin from his neck. He killed him on the altar just as he was consecrating the host. The headless priest wanders the country looking for his loss cabeza. In Cartago, residents allege this ghost appears in the ruins of the cathedral, which was destroyed by an earthquake, rebuilt and destroyed a second time. A vengeful god seems to shake the earth beneath the church each time it gets rebuilt, and the cathedral remains in ruins to this day.San Ramón has its own version. The priest there loved to gamble and had amassed quite a fortune. He had to make a trip to Nicaragua and secretly buried his hoard under a tree in San Ramón. On his trip, the priest was decapitated. But concerned about his assets, he returned, sans head, to keep an eye on his treasure. To this day he hides in the bushes to see that nobody steals it.In Patarrá, another headless priest hides in the bushes around the church to scare sinners into changing their ways. Because he is hidden in the foliage he is difficult to see, but churchgoers feel his presence. Another tale tells of a priest who was beheaded by the Inquisition for being a skirt chaser and roams the countryside looking for his head. The question is, how many headless priests reside in Costa Rica? That is some powerful Catholic guilt.The Oxen-less CartThis tale too has several versions. Back in 1700s, when San José was just getting settled, it was surrounded by woods. But the trees yielded plenty of timber for the growing town, and part of the woods was reserved for building a church – the most important construction of any community.However, not everybody was satisfied and one man, on the sly, cut and carried off the wood to make himself a new oxcart. It was to be the sturdiest oxcart in town, and everybody was going to be so jealous about this rad new oxcart. He even thought about painting some sick flames on the side of the cart, but before he had a chance Saint Joseph had his vengeance. The patron saint of the city took a tough stand against the wood thieves. As punishment, he forced the thief to roam around the country in his cart until the end of time. The oxen, innocent of any wrongdoing, were released. But the oxen-less cart rumbles along night after night. It is said that the man died years ago but his cadaver remains in the cart. The story concludes with a warning that to look at the cart will result in instant death.Nobody living can claim to have seen the cart without oxen plod by because they were all too afraid to look, but many people claim to have heard it.La LloronaLa Llorona is a weeping woman who wanders along rivers searching for her lost child. There are several versions of this story, but all center around a young woman who, against family wishes and community standards, had a child outside of marriage. In one version she is a young girl from the country who works in a house in San José. There, she is seduced by the owner of the house, who subsequently rejects her when the woman gets knocked up.Ashamed and fearful, she returned home to her parent’s disapproval. On a rainy night she threw the baby into the river. Now and forever, La Llorona walks the shores trying to find her infant and make amends. Her cries of remorse are often heard near rivers.Another version describes her as an Indian maiden who falls in love with a Spanish conquistador. Although they want to get married, her father is against it. But when the maiden gets pregnant, the father throws the baby into a waterfall, where it is carried away. And the tearful Llorona must wander the banks of the country searching for her child.As far as images go, interpretations of La Llorona might be the most frightening. We did a Google image search for you. Click here if you dare.The tale hasn’t been forgotten. In 2019 you can watch the movie “The Curse of La Llorona” and see the legend come to life.Macho ChingoMacho Chingo was either a Gringo or a German who liked to saunter around naked in Atenas due to the heat. (In some versions of the tale he inexplicably wears a necktie.) The word macho is used for blondes with light complexions, while chingo is slang for naked. The foreigner still likes amble through the streets of Atenas in his birthday suit, and there’s even a hill named after the Macho Chingo. But now he’s a ghost. And not just any ghost … a naked ghost.El Puente de PiedraIn Grecia, there is a bridge called Puente de Piedra. Satan constructed this bridge at the behest of a wily Costa Rican who needed to cross the river. The Costa Rican, with no faith in MOPT to get the job done, chose instead to barter his soul if Beezlebub would build a bridge of stone. But the devil had to finish it before the cock crowed at dawn.The devil got busy hauling stones from the river and stacking them to form the bridge, and when he had only one more space to fill, the Tico grabbed a rooster that wandered nearby and squeezed it, making it crow. Thus he cancelled the contract, and outwitted the Dark Lord Satan himself. By looking up at the bridge from down below you can see the space where the last stone should have gone.This story was originally published on Oct. 28, 2013. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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When Its Time To Raise Captial

first_imgA lot of companies that have built up their business through the start-up phase are anxious to find new ways to grow their enterprise even further. They have a solid product or service, a profitable distribution model, but may need to take on some expansion capital to continue to move forward at their desired pace. At this point, management teams start looking for investors and organizing their plans for the future. At OpenView Venture Partners, we do everything we can to help our portfolio companies become more and more successful. We are a unified team of individuals with a wide range of expertise and experience. Building a great company is not an easy task, and keeping the momentum steady can be even more challenging. It is crucial to identify pain points, make sure you have the right players on your team, and search for new ways to improve your business approach. The world is always changing, and to succeed, you have to change with it. If you have reached the expansion stage and are considering raising capital, we’d love to get introduced to see if there’s a potential fit for an investment in your company.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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