Dave Matthews Band Releases Two Legendary TRAX Recordings From Early Career

first_imgAfter celebrating their 25th anniversary with an archival recording from their first ever live performance, Dave Matthews Band presents a few more rare recordings from their hometown TRAX venue in Charlottesville, VA. Currently available for download is a special February 22 of 1994 show that marks their last performance at the venue, a place they frequently played in the years prior. Picking through hits like “Typical Situation,” “True Reflections,” and “Jimi Thing” makes this 17-track throwback collection an exciting release for DMB fans, and marks a pivotal moment as the beginning of the band’s extensive touring career. You can purchase the 2/22/94 show here.Also released for listen is a recording from November 11, 1992 of “Help Myself,” which when performed then was called “Desperate Hours.” According to the band’s Facebook page, “By November 1992, Dave Matthews Band had been performing together for just over a year. While the band had consistently made board tapes of their weekly Trax appearances, this show, recorded by John Alagia, is the very first live DMB multitrack recording.” You can stream “Help Myself” and pre-order the full show here.last_img read more

Top 5 compliance issues of September: Supervisory Committee Guide, Truth in Lending

first_imgNAFCU’s award-winning compliance team works daily to offer compliance assistance and services to keep credit unions’ informed of the ever-changing regulatory environment. Each month, the team answers hundreds of compliance-related questions from NAFCU members and blogs on key issues. Here were the five most popular topics in September.The NCUA Supervisory Committee Guide: Following the NCUA Board’s decision to retire the agency’s Supervisory Committee Guide, NAFCU Regulatory Compliance Counsel Reginald Watson discussed the recently issued final rule on Supervisory Committee Audits and Verifications.2020 Truth in Lending Threshold Adjustments: In another blog post, Watson noted the CFPB’s annual inflation-based adjustments to certain thresholds for transactions covered under Regulation Z.Bonuses to members: NAFCU Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel Jennifer Aguilar provided insight into the NCUA’s rules regarding credit unions providing bonuses to members, including an overview of Part 707 of  the agency’s Truth in Savings regulation. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Brandon McCarthy joins Los Angeles Dodgers as a new pitcher

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One stands 6-foot-7, weighs 200-plus pounds and made 32 starts last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees.The other, McCarthy’s trainer told him a year ago, had “the body of a teenage boy.”The knock on McCarthy, even in Oakland, had always been his health. He went on the disabled list six times from 2007 to 2012 with injuries related to a stress fracture in his right shoulder. Prior to 2014, he had never made more than 25 starts in a season.“It’s basically an accumulation of inflammation,” McCarthy said. “Once it heals, it doesn’t come back unless I continue to aggravate it the way I have. It’s not anything like a torn labrum that has residual soreness. Each one is a new episode.”McCarthy believes that he simply didn’t have the upper-body strength to keep his shoulder healthy for a full season. It wasn’t until after he was struck in the head by a line drive in September 2012 that his health, ironically, changed for the better. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi spent 10 years in the Oakland A’s front office in various capacities. He saw Dallas Braden throw a perfect game, Dan Haren in his prime, Brett Anderson — whom the Dodgers are about to sign — and others in a pitching staff that was usually one of the American League’s best.“In my 10 years in Oakland,” Zaidi said, “there was no starting pitcher I felt more comfortable with on the mound than Brandon.”That’s a huge heap of praise. But it’s only part of the reason why the Dodgers were willing to invest $48 million in right-hander Brandon McCarthy over the next four years to fill out their starting rotation. The pitcher that so impressed Zaidi from 2011-12, and the pitcher the Dodgers officially signed Tuesday, are two different men.center_img The line drive, hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar, fractured McCarthy’s skull and caused an epidural hemorrhage. McCarthy needed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain that same day. The injury left him prone to seizures, and he ultimately suffered one away from the field in June 2013.In the aftermath of his seizure, McCarthy said he lost 13 pounds.“I was just under 200 pounds,” he said. “I felt broken. In my mind, I needed to get bigger, get stronger.” So the pitcher turned to one of his neighbors who works at a gym in Dallas. Although he didn’t have a sport-specific training regimen, the neighbor was able to help McCarthy add muscle mass. McCarthy said he continued to lift weights between starts throughout last season.The results were dramatic. McCarthy made 32 starts and pitched 200 innings, both career highs. Despite turning 31 in July — an age when many pitchers are slowing down — McCarthy touched 97 mph with his fastball last season, according to Pitch f/x data on the website BrooksBaseball.net. That’s more than 1 mph faster than he’d ever thrown a baseball in his major-league career.“I could tell from Day 1 of spring that everything felt different,” McCarthy said. “Everything felt stronger. I felt like a stronger person. The velocity went up with it.”If not for the line drive, the skull fracture, the seizure and the subsequent weight loss, McCarthy said he might never have hit the gym in earnest. Call it a blessing in disguise.On paper, in light of his injury history, signing McCarthy required a leap of faith on the Dodgers’ part. But the pitcher believes his shoulder can stay healthy because of his new workout regimen.The Dodgers’ executives apparently agreed.“When we’re evaluating a pitcher, you can’t just evaluate at face value,” Zaidi said. “We’re hoping the way he performed in Oakland and New York is indicative of how he performs in L.A.”There was mutual interest on both sides. McCarthy’s family lived in Pasadena until he was 10 years old. His memories of being a Dodgers fan date to right around 1988. Orel Hershiser was his favorite.The Dodgers were willing to extend their offer to four years because right-hander Zack Greinke can opt out of his contract after next season. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu can opt out of his deal after the 2017 season.Because he’d never spent more than three years with any major-league team, McCarthy said a four-year offer made the Dodgers even more attractive.“Having that stop/start identity with each organization, it wears on you,” he said. “You lose that sense of familiarity. … To make a name for myself somewhere — you pitch well for four years somewhere, you have a chance to leave an identity.”last_img read more