First off I have to thank Seth @ Negative Progression for sending me this amazing CD. I find this raw and full of passion, from the heart and painfully honest. This is for fans of: Glassjaw, At The Drive In, Faith No More, Coheed and Cambria and Refused. This is the bands debut EP, songs include: ginger, dick tracy, blasphemy, travelogue and red leather yellow leather. Look for them and expect nothing but the best. I give it a 8.5 out of a possible 10.
LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN – all the things you said…
It’s every once and awhile that a good Rock EMO based band comes along and wows you. This would be this once and awhile.
With the use of a piano guitars being played soft along with taps of the drum the music gives you the ideal like sound of Saves the Day, Junction 18, Something Corporate, and Fairweather. From time to time your hear the beats move to a load up tone sort of sound but it’s mainly kept on a melodic wall of sound. It’s the kind of EMO you love to listen to.
Lyrics are well written and emotional but not cry your eyes EMO giving this song writer great appreciation from people who listen to this album. His voice is soft toned and maybe your hear a scream every once and awhile but he keeps his voice that of Chris from Saves the Day on their album “Stay What You Are.”
In comparison Long Since Forgotten is very close to being like these guys but giving everything their own style making them unique and sound wonderful. Whether or not you’re an EMO type fan this CD is well worth having it gives you up tone with EMO melodic sounds. The mix of genres makes it all come together and the leads voice pulls it in to become one.
LITTLE COMPASS – Discover
I got this Cd in the mail, and to be honest I have never heard of Little Compass before, boy was I missing out. Great stuff here folks. It has what every band today is missing, melody. And boy do they have the melody, along with crushing guitar riffs, pulse pounding bass lines and loud as hell drums to round out the package. This disk is so infectious it is scary, I found myself singing the lyrics at work after only one listen. I can’t put my finger on there sound, and I do not like comparing bands to other bands, so I will not do it this time around. This disc has alot of things going for it, great lyrics, awesome musicianship, melody, and a range of happy and sad songs with a little anger to boost. I do not listen to this style of music often, but this will have a heavy rotation in my CD player. After about 5 or 6 listens I cannot get the songs out of my head, I believe I will sue the band and await the next release. Please don’t be long guys, this is torture.
From a patrons point of view, bartending does not seem like a hard job. After all, a bartenders job is at the centre of a party every night, they get to see great live bands, meet people from all over the world and pour and mix drinks for these people. Actually, to most people, bartending seems like a fun, relaxed job and that is why so many young people become bartenders while in university.
When you are the one mixing the drinks, you realize quickly that the job is not always fun, you can’t enjoy the party, you are always rushed, you have to deal with people who have had a little too much to drink and the pay is usually lousy. That being said, there are things you can do to make your job easier and more enjoyable.
Here are some bartending tips and techniques to help get you through another night at the club:
1) Make sure you are well-rested and ready to deal with your customers.
2) Have ice, garnishes and dishes ready before the bulk of your customers come in through the door.
3) Take courses. There are bartending courses available in every town and city and usually they are just a couple of classes once a week. There are workshops available to in some places and these range from a few hours to a few days. It doesn’t hurt to mention it to your employer and he or she thinks it will help you on the job and therefore help the business, they may even foot the bill.
4) Smile! Your customers will make your night easier to deal with if you open up to them and be friendly. Chat with them about what is going on their lives but don’t ignore other customers who may be waiting in line for drinks.
Bartending is known to be a difficult job at times but it can be fun too and if you go in with the right attitude, you will meet a lot of great people, make some fun memories and most importantly, you will love your job!
Bartending can be a great way to make money and for the right person, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. Don’t pay for an overpriced bartending school, until you’ve read Rapid Bartender Review
From humble beginnings in 1988, Conference Plus has grown into a world wide audio and web conference call provider, whose service line rivals the offerings of any of the conferencing divisions of the large long distance providers. In addition, Conference Plus continues to be an organization that is unencumbered by the multiple levels of red tape that so often frustrate potential and established customers.
Located in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, IL, Conference Plus (or as many clients call it, CPI), the corporate headquarters and flagship call center act as the hub for the majority of the hundreds of thousands of conference minutes CPI successfully processes each day. In fact, CPI is in the distinctive position of being able to boast of a 99.5% customer satisfaction rate on their website. Figures like that don’t come without being very well attuned to the wants and needs of customers.
CPI is not just a US or North American service provider. Through the operations of its Dublin, Ireland call center, CPI offers affordable and reliable services to Europe and other locations around the globe. As examples of the small touches CPI provides, multi-lingual operators accommodate greetings of conference attendees in multiple languages on a single conference call, and interpreters are provided upon request.
As the company nears its twentieth anniversary, CPI shows all the markings of being around for a long, long time.
OPERATOR ATTENDED AND 800 AUTOMATED RESERVED SERVICES
Conference Plus has grouped their various suites of services under branded service types. Audio services fall into the brand name of “AudioPlus”.
Both the Schaumberg and the Dublin offices provide access to their call centers twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Highly trained Reservations personnel help guide new and established clients through the process of can be taken by reservationists around the clock. The Dublin office is provisioned to assist clients in the United Kingdom and in Europe. Freefone numbers (also sometimes referred to as freephone, the UK and European equivalent of a toll free number in the United States and Canada) ensure that all charges associated with the conference call are reflected on the Conference Plus invoice. This is a vast improvement over international conferencing calling in times past, wherein the caller had to use a US-based toll number to reach the conference, or an operator had to dial out to the attendee.
Recurring or calendar teleconferences may be scheduled at regular intervals. Start and end dates may be designated for each calendar conference, making the procedure ideal for projects that have a pre-determined duration.
The AudioPlus package also includes a robust reservationless service, referred to as ConferenceAnytime. . Fully automated, ConferenceAnytime allows a client to establish in advance as many host accounts as needed, for use on an ad hoc basis. This eliminates the need to reserve teleconferences on both a single occasion or on a recurring basis with Conference Plus. The access codes associated with ConferenceAnytime never change – unless the client wishes to have the codes change.
While ConferenceAnytime is a fully automated audio conference solution, a Conference Plus operator can still be reached during a live conference, simply by pressing a couple of keystrokes on a touch tone telephone key pad.
WEB SERVICES – WEBPLUS
With the establishment of a host account on the ConferenceAnytime platform, the customer automatically has access to Conference Plus’ web conference services, utilizing the same sets of passcodes.
Proving that variety is indeed the spice of life, Conference Plus determined to evaluate available web conference services and partner with three different ones, ensuring options that will work well for any situation. This suite of vendor partners allows Conference Plus clients to enjoy everything from a simplistic slide-push technology to a feature rich web conference platform that allows desktop sharing, whiteboarding, document sharing, polling, web tours, and many other features. True to their customer centric operating philosophy, the Conference Plus team is always ready to demonstrate the web services for potential users.
In addition to the web conferencing partners, Conference Plus has also partnered with Streamlogics to provide web streaming. Ideal for a number of uses such as trade shows, keynote addresses, and product launches, web streaming used in conjunction with a web conference can be the difference between a productive meeting and a watershed event for an organization.
GOING VISUAL – CONFERENCE PLUS’ VIDEOPLUS
Just as with all their service offerings, the Conference Plus team will work with your organization to ensure the success of every video conference you make. CPI will help you go through the site certification process, which is key to making sure every location is able to access and participate in your video conference. Reservation lines can be customized with your company logo and other information. There is even a way to make arrangements for a video conference on short notice, something that was impossible to do just a few years ago.
ONLINE MANAGEMENT – CONFERENCE PLUS’ DASHBOARD FOR EXISTING CLIENTS
Once upon a time, the only way to set up a new account, schedule a conference call, or get details about a conference recently held was to call your service provider. Not anymore. CPI’s customer dashboard take care of all those situations. By establishing an authorized person within your organization to handle all these transactions, the dashboard will allow you to establish new ConferenceAnytime accounts, schedule a new reserved conference, and access histories on conferences that took place in the last ninety day period.
The dashboard can be customized to mirror the colors and feel of your own company website. Also, since no special software is required to access and utilize the dashboard, authorized persons can work with the dashboard from just about any computer with an internet connection – ideal for persons who travel.
PAYING UP – BILLING THE CONFERENCE PLUS WAY
Providing flexible solutions to customers does not end with the conference call. When it comes to invoicing, Conference Plus offers several solutions under its ReportsPlus mantle.
The standard Conference Plus invoice is an easy to follow document which breaks down the charges for your conference call line by line, and conference by conference. This format is especially helpful if you have a number of domestic and international locations involved in your conferences, and need to provide support detail to do charge-backs to various units within your company.
Customized Billing by Conference Plus takes into account your own corporate culture and your unique needs to analyze your conference call data. Representatives with Conference Plus will sit down with your team and come up with an invoicing template that works for you.
Standard reports for the services are available online at any time, arranged by calendar month. This allows your billing team to double-check the invoice detail with the online detail at your convenience.
Just as the invoice itself can be customized, Conference Plus will work with clients to arrange an online report format that is ideal for the customer’s needs.
Samples of both the standard invoice and the standard report can be viewed at Conference Plus’ website.
The teleconferencing industry has seen many service providers come and go. The fact that Conference Plus has not only survived for the last seventeen years, but actually expanded and thrived, says a great deal about the mutual commitment between CPI and their customer base. By ensuring that each and every customer has what they need, CPI will be around for a long time to come.
Squonk Opera is a performance music group that has done shows throughout the country. The group is weird but very unique and talented. They have made the Top 48 (the public voting round) for the 6th season of America’s Got Talent.
It is kind of a downer that this group hasn’t been featured yet on AGT. This seems like one of the weirdest but coolest music groups I have seen. It’s not really opera, and there seems to be loads of talent in this group. And the lead singer can actually sing and hit all the notes.
It’s not clear how this will play out in 90 seconds, and that is certainly the problem with some acts on America’s Got Talent. The kind of unique skills achieved by Squonk Opera is typically displayed over the course of several minutes of methodical performance. At least that seems to be the case based on the YouTube videos online (see below).
Honestly, this may be one of the most talented groups to ever appear on AGT. It’s just a question of their ability to display that weird coolness over the course of 90 seconds to 2 minutes. If they can, I see success in the early voting rounds. If they are rushed, however, the viewers at home may just not get the subtle genius and send their votes to other acts.
After seeing the videos online, I am very excited to see this group. But if I had to predict, I would say Squonk Opera will eventually have problems showing their skills over such a short time period. Hopefully, they will come up with a genius plan to fit in their talent in that first group of 12 so we can have a better chance of seeing their range of skills over more than one voting round.