Joseph’s New Album, ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not,’ is a Really Big One

first_imgPortland, Oregon trio Joseph, comprised of three sisters (Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner) who grew up in the state, released its sophomore album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, on August 26, 2016. The three sing together on the record, backed by artfully produced pop. The Closners’ voices fit together so naturally that it sounds like the three have been singing together since childhood, though they only began in earnest after the 2014 release of Joseph’s (then Dearborn) debut album, Native Dreamer Kin.In fact, the band went through a wholesale overhaul between Native Dreamer Kin and I’m Alone, No You’re Not. Younger sisters Allison and Meegan took on larger roles. The two had originally focused on backing vocals, but now they sing together with Natalie. They have also begun to take a larger part in writing the music. The sisters refer to “Honest” as the album’s keystone. As Natalie explains, “We were trying really hard to write a song, but nothing was coming. One night, Meegan was working on some lyrics and getting frustrated, so she wrote in the margin of the page, ‘I can’t say a true thing. It’s hard to be that honest.’ Immediately after that, her most honest sentence spilled out—‘There’s always two thoughts, one after the other: I’m alone. No, you’re not.’ And she thought, ‘Oh, there’s the song.’” There is an elegance in the story’s simplicity, and the song matches it with its straightforward and honest refrain.Single “White Flag” is another standout track with an interesting backstory. The song was inspired by, to quote the band’s press release, “an article predicting a massive earthquake for the Pacific Northwest.” (The press release does not name the article, but for the curious, my money is on Kathryn Schulz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Really Big One.”) What makes that background interesting, however, is that the three women took the fear the article created and transformed it into something beautiful. Natalie, again from the press release, explains, “It became clear we had two options: be scared and cowering, backing away from the world into paralysis, or keep moving and live…. Find better ways to love the people in our lives instead of huddling together like frightened sheep thinking about earthquakes.”I’m Alone, No You’re Not finds Joseph reaching into personal depths to incorporate a staggering amount of emotional honesty into the band’s music. The record is a triumph as both a personal expression and a listening experience.Joseph’s I’m Alone, No You’re Not is out now via ATO Records and available through Amazon, ATO’s online store, and iTunes. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 7 of the Best Drink References in Music last_img read more

International Mining highlights coals prominence in global energy mix

first_imgThe August issue will feature International Mining’s annual review of the global coal industry. It uses figues from BP’s recently released world energy report, the BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2010, and much more. The BP report finds that coal continues to represent 29% of global energy consumption, second only to oil, with 34.8% of the total share. World coal production reached 3,408.6 Mt of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2009, up 2.4% from 2008. Growth was driven by the Asia Pacific region’s 8.6% increase – the only region to experience production growth in 2009.The report noted that coal was displaced by hydro as the world’s fastest growing energy in 2009, with global coal consumption remaining essentially flat at 3,278.3 Mtoe. While world hydro consumption was up 1.5% at 740.3 Mtoe, hydro still constitutes less than one fifth of world coal consumption. Due to the global recession, world primary energy consumption fell 1.1% in 2009, the first decline since 1982 and the largest decline (in percentage terms) since 1980.IM’s report notes that coal markets should be strong for the mid-term and that the metallurgical coal market is particularly hot. EIA projects world coal consumption to increase from 132 quadrillion Btu in 2007 to 206 quadrillion Btu in 2035, at an average annual rate of 1.6%. China alone accounts for 78% of the total net increase in world coal use from 2007 to 2035. China and India produce some 80 and 70% of their power, respectively, from coal. China became a net importer of coal for the first time in 2009 and producers are gearing up for increased exports to India.last_img read more

Dolan proves the matchwinner for St Brigids in club final

first_imgSt Brigid’s (Roscommon) 2-11Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 2-10 FRANKIE DOLAN WAS the hero for St Brigid’s as he kicked the match-winning point in injury-time of today’s AIB All-Ireland club senior football final in Croke Park.Dolan shot over off his left to cap a sensational comeback for the Roscommon club after they had trailed by 2-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes.Their All-Ireland dreams looked in ruins at that stage after Dublin champions Ballymun Kickhams had exploded from the starting blocks with early goals from Dean Rock and Philly McMahon.But St Brigid’s, who had suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final two years ago against Crossmaglen Rangers, along with semi-final losses in 2007 and 2012 refused to wilt.Their chances were boosted when Senan Kilbride found the net in the 13th minute while midfielder Karol Mannion kicked some excellent points before the interval.St Brigid’s Senan Kilbride scores their first goal of the game despite the efforts of James Burke of Ballymun Kickhams.Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne Ballymun Kickhams were still in the ascendancy at the midway mark with Ted Furman, who sparkled in the opening-half, notching the final point of the opening period to see them ahead by 2-6 to 1-5 at half-time.However St Brigid’s drew level early in the second-half with Kilbride firing some classy points and then in the 39th minute Mannion did superbly to fist the ball to the net and tie the teams at 2-7 apiece.In a terrific contest, the action ebbed and flowed from there until the final whistle. James Burke and Frankie Dolan traded points before Darragh Donnelly and Dean Rock did likewise.Dolan kicked over a superb point in the 46th minute but Jason Whelan tied the match when he raised a white flag in the 55th minute. A replay looked a possibility until Dolan popped up with the point that delivered St Brigid’s first ever All-Ireland senior club title and ensured they became the first Roscommon club to claim national honours.St Brigid’s Shane Curran and Ian Kilbride celebrate after the gamePic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne St Brigid’s: Senan Kilbride 1-3, Karol Mannion 1-2, Frankie Dolan 0-4 (0-1 ’45), Darragh Donnelly, Richard Blaine 0-1 each.Ballymun Kickhams: Dean Rock 1-3 (1-0f), Philly McMahon 1-0, Ted Furman, James Burke, Jason Whelan 0-2 each, Karl Connolly 0-1.ST BRIGID’S: Shane Curran; Gearoid Cunniffe, Peter Domican, Johnny Murray; Niall Grehan, Darragh Donnelly, Ronan Stack; Karol Mannion, Ian Kilbride; Damien Kelleher, Richard Blaine, Darren Dolan; Cathal McHugh, Senan Kilbride, Frankie Dolan.Subs: Conor McHugh for Blaine, Eoin Sheehy for Cathal McHugh.BALLYMUN KICKHAMS: Sean Currie; Eoin Dolan, Sean George, Enda Dolan; Alan Hubbard, Karl Connolly, James Burke; James McCarthy, Philly McMahon; Davey Byrne, Kevin Leahy, Jason Whelan; Ted Furman, Dean Rock, Elliott Reilly.Subs: Derek Byrne for Leahy, Conor Weir for George, John Small for Reilly.Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)St Thomas claim first ever All-Ireland hurling crownMy club’s greatest day…last_img read more