American Dream Tracklist:01. oh baby02. other voices03. i used to04. change yr mind05. how do you sleep?06. tonite07. call the police08. american dream09. emotional haircut10. black screenYou can see a full list of LCD fall dates below:09/08 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega09/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega09/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso09/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso09/13 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia09/14 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia09/16 – Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project09/17 – Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project09/19 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom09/22 – London, UK @ Alexandra Place10/17-18 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*10/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre10/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre10/25 – Miami, FL @ James L. Knight Center Theater10/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience10/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory10/31 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater11/03 – Detroit, MO @ Masonic Temple11/09 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium11/11 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center11/14-15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*11/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium12/02 – Montreal, @ QC @ Bell Arena12/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre12/05-6 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore*12/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore12/08 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena12/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel,American Dream Tracklist:01. oh baby02. other voices03. i used to04. change yr mind05. how do you sleep?06. tonite07. call the police08. american dream09. emotional haircut10. black screenYou can see a full list of LCD fall dates below:09/08 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega09/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega09/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso09/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso09/13 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia09/14 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia09/16 – Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project09/17 – Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project09/19 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom09/22 – London, UK @ Alexandra Place10/17-18 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*10/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre10/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre10/25 – Miami, FL @ James L. Knight Center Theater10/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience10/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory10/31 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater11/03 – Detroit, MO @ Masonic Temple11/09 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium11/11 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center11/14-15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*11/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium12/02 – Montreal, @ QC @ Bell Arena12/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre12/05-6 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore*12/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore12/08 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena12/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel12/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel It took a long time, but LCD Soundsystem is officially on track to release their fourth studio record. American Dream will be released tomorrow, September 1st, via DFA/Columbia Records, marking their first new studio release since 2010’s This Is Happening. The record will include the previously released singles “call the police,” title track “american dream,” and “tonight.” Today, the Brooklyn-based band has shared a new track “pulse (v.1),” which is unlisted as part of American Dream‘s track list but is likely to appear on a separate edition of the record, assuming from the track’s artwork. The “v.1” suggests there will be more versions of this song to come.The 13+ minute track is an electronic instrumental that will hold your excitement over until the new album drops tomorrow. Listen to “pulse (v.1)” below:
There is no shortage of words starting with “re-” that can describe what winter break and Wintersession are meant to achieve. Despite the fact that alliteration makes anything sound more dramatic than it is (cue the title of this piece), the most commonly used descriptions are quite true. In contrast to the semester in full swing, the free time and significant gaps between appointments that mark Wintersession give us ample opportunities to rediscover who we were before Harvard, how it has changed us, and who we are today.And winter break, whether spent launching the next Facebook, skiing overseas, or watching Netflix in bed at home, is a great time to step back from an extremely fulfilling, but also sometimes overwhelming and hectic semester.As a freshman, and especially as an international student who had never spent anything other than short visits in the United States, I relished the time I spent away from Harvard. It was eye-opening to step back and cast off some of the pressures, expectations, and stress surrounding GPAs, internships, and even social life that inevitably mount as we study with highly accomplished people.After a short break, coming back to campus was surreal. Part of the strangeness came from realizing that Harvard actually feels like a second home now ― it is “getting back to Harvard” instead of “going to Harvard.” Campus was not too quiet for the most part, and many people were back as early as Jan. 15, working on various pursuits. I heard tales of practical workshops such as how to manage personal finances, new experiences like taking up kendo, and even intensive academic experiences like a case-study workshop at Harvard Business School. As for me and 50 other freshmen, we chose to take part in the Refresh Retreat.The retreat originated as a psychology concentrator’s senior thesis project, and was then adopted by the College. Dean Madeleine Currie of Oak Yard, Paul “Coz” Teplitz of the Freshman Dean’s Office, and 10 upperclassmen facilitators brought us freshman to Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont, where we frolicked in the snow, stayed in warm rustic cabins, and pondered the meaning of life. What I found most rewarding was the opportunity to get out in the countryside and reflect in a group setting.I had never visited Vermont in my life, nor really seen any decent snow, so stepping out of Greater Boston was a magical experience. I and the others immersed ourselves in a winter wonderland of completely frozen lakes, pristine snow, icy meandering creeks, and dazzling night skies. During the several hours of free time we had each day, we sledded along the slopes, sang songs from “Frozen” as we built snowmen, tried to perform gymnastic tricks on slides, and had roasted s’mores with hot chocolate. The unique setting and the special experiences helped me forge friendships with people I had never and would never have met otherwise. Beyond friendships, the setting also contributed significantly to our reflection. I consider myself a fairly reflective person, and I enjoy taking time during each day, or each week, perhaps during the shower or while I’m at the gym, to think about what I have been doing and how I want to go forward. Yet there is something about taking yourself away from your usual physical environment that opens up the mind in new ways. While skating (and trying not to fall) along the plowed paths of Lake Morey, I found myself reflecting on the past semester, how far I’ve come and how far I still need to go, and reaching depths and new insights like I never had before.I was able to reflect so deeply in part due to my facilitators and the wonderful sessions we had in big and small groups. Our reflections were divided neatly into three themes, one for each day — the past, the present, and the future. Sitting inside a cozy cabin with 10 other faces made us all open up to relative strangers in ways that even surprised ourselves. I, and many others, commented how gratified we were to hear about the struggles the others faced. It is often easy at a place like Harvard to assume that everyone is doing fantastically well and that you are the odd one out struggling with sleep, extracurriculars, or procrastination. There was none of the “Duck Syndrome” here (a term coined at Stanford for the façade of calm that people put on to belie their struggles), as people shared genuine fears like falling GPAs, taking on too much, not taking on enough, and blocking drama (that came up a lot). As freshmen, we also had the opportunity to learn from those who had experienced it all before us; our facilitators gave us great tips, like reading a few pages in an assignment to estimate how long it would take to do the whole section, or writing to-do lists manually to avoid getting distracted by electronics ― both strategies that I am excited to implement as the semester rolls ahead.If I had to choose one snapshot to represent our collective reflecting experience, it would be when we sat in a circle around a spitting fire on our last night there. We each held flameless candles, which we switched off as we went around the circle and shared our regrets and fears, and lit as we expressed gratitude and aspirations. It was a deeply emotional experience that I believe connected us seemingly disparate individuals in our collective quest to do better and make the most of this wonderful institution.Heading into the next semester, we all have goals, dreams, and targets. I, for one, have already failed some of mine (looking at you, Annenberg breakfast). But no matter how much you reflect and refresh, you cannot accomplish everything and you won’t be perfect every time. And you know what? That’s completely OK.
King Willem-Alexander will visit several places in Indonesia with one of them being Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Is there any particular reason for choosing Lake Toba? First of all, Lake Toba is very beautiful. But the region is also connected to the subject we spoke about. There is the question of deforestation and sustainability because of intensive agriculture around Lake Toba and the water is getting polluted more and more. And there again we face a very comparable challenge. The Netherlands has a very productive and intensive agricultural sector. But if the farmers don’t treat wastewater in the way they should, our famous canals and rivers will get polluted.Topics : Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will visit Indonesia from March 10 to 13 at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. In the lead-up to the state visit, the Dutch Foreign Ministry recently invited The Jakarta Post’s Yuliasri Perdani and several other Indonesian journalists to the Netherlands to talk with Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok about the two countries’ relationship and future cooperation. Below are excerpts from the interview: Question: Starting this year, the Netherlands has stopped sending development aid to several countries, including Indonesia. What is your hope for this new chapter of bilateral relationship? Answer: I am very positive about it. Essentially, that is good news because Indonesia has become a middle income country, and this doesn’t mean we will cooperate less. A large number of Indonesian students come to the Netherlands each year. Within Europe, we receive most Indonesian students – which makes me very happy because it is one of the strongest people-to-people bonds imaginable.We share the same challenges in important fields like coastal protection, water purification and waste treatment. Of course, Indonesia is much bigger both in surface and population but a large part of Indonesia faces the same challenge as the Netherlands does of having a large population on a limited area of land.For a long time, Indonesia and the Netherlands have been cooperating on the possibility of coastal protection in front of Jakarta and also on providing drinking water and treating waste. What sectors will be prioritized in the agreement? I prefer agreements to be as broad as possible. Agreements like this have to be beneficial to all parties involved – European countries and Indonesia. Indonesia and the European Union (EU) are in negotiations on the Indonesia-European Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA). What do you think of this expected partnership? I think it will be very beneficial both to Indonesia and the Netherlands if there is a trade agreement between the EU and Indonesia.Indonesia has a strong presence as an exporting country here in the Netherlands. I believe we are the eleventh country of destination for Indonesian goods. And we are number 66 in the world according to population size – meaning we have strong trading relations. The Netherlands is also the largest European investor in Indonesia.The trade agreement can only help us. As an EU member, trade agreements on behalf of the Netherlands are always negotiated by the EU. I understand that there will be new rounds of talks in March, and I sincerely hope that it will be successful. Here in the Netherlands we are crowded with more than 17 million people on a very tiny piece of land – most of it beneath sea level. The experience we have here can be shared with Indonesia. There has been frictions between Indonesia and the EU over Indonesia’s curbs on exporting nickel and other raw materials and the EU’s palm oil policy, which Indonesia has deemed discriminatory to its palm oil sector. Do you have any suggestions on how to resolve this dispute? Of course, I regret that there is a dispute. But now that there is a dispute, it is wise that those subjects have been put in the hands of the World Trade Organization (WTO). There should be consultations now and to find a way forward.When I visited Indonesia much more than a year ago, we spoke extensively about palm oil. And I realize that a large number of Indonesian companies – especially small holders – are very much dependent on palm oil. So the Netherlands is not in favor of a ban on the import of palm oil. We are cooperating with Indonesia. We signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable palm oil production and especially could benefit those small holders. I am convinced that the only way forward is to work towards sustainable palm oil production. Consumers in Europe – also in the United States and Canada – want the products they buy to be produced in a sustainable way.The Indonesian government is in the process of moving the capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan. How do the Netherlands see it in terms of business and investment opportunities? Creating a whole new city offers the possibility of creating a completely sustainable city. In the Netherlands, we put a lot of effort to create what people call a smart city – that means not only making the city sustainable but also integrating Information Technology (IT), for instance, to handle traffic congestion. Of course, it will be worthwhile to avoid this in the new capital. The other sectors include water treatment and implementing renewable energy. These are challenges both for universities to contribute their knowledge and for the private sector. The new capital, no doubt, will be an interesting subject for the representatives of Dutch companies who will be joining the state visit to Indonesia.
By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – There’s plenty to be done as the borough continues to work its way back after Super Storm Sandy and Mayor Dina Long is glad for the help Sea Bright received from a handful of county inmates.“There is no shortage of projects in Sea Bright,” Long said as she and representatives from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office joined seven inmates from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, as the inmates provided the labor for some work on the borough’s beachfront.Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Johnson is joined by Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long while overseeing inmates from the county correctional institution cleaning the beach in Sea Bright.Five to seven inmates traveled to the borough for much of the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1 and cleared mounds of sand; cleaned up debris and trash; shoveled sand off of walkways along the borough’s sea wall along Ocean Avenue; and other needed work, according to Cynthia Scott, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.The group also worked on cleaning up the borough’s police headquarters that had been damaged in the late October storm, Long noted.The seven men, clad in orange jumpsuits, were stringing a length of dune fencing on Thursday, Jan. 31, along a section of beach located behind the borough hall and the former Donovan’s Reef bar site on Ocean Avenue.The fence is being erected in a zigzag pattern along that stretch to catch shifting sand and to build up the dunes. It’s an important step in helping rebuild the beaches, Long said.The mayor was happy to get the help. “We’re real lucky that Monmouth County has this program,” Long said.Over the last few weeks crews from the sheriff’s Inmate Labor Program have been working in Belmar and Bradley Beach, helping with those towns’ recovery and cleanup efforts. They are scheduled to be in Millstone the next week, Scott said.“I think this program is a good opportunity to help these towns” impacted by Sandy, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said in a phone interview.The sheriff’s office has had the labor program for about 10 years. During his time as sheriff, Golden, who was elected in 2010, said he has increased it, with an average of three crews of five to eight inmates each, out in the field in any given week.The sheriff’s office operates the county’s 1,328-bed correctional facility and permits inmates incarcerated for minor offenses, usually first-time offenders, to participate in the program. It allows the inmates access outside of the facility, usually for five to six hours a day, and permits them to accumulate credits which could result in an overall reduction of their sentences, Golden said.The workforce is available at no cost to the communities, according to Scott.Sea Bright has benefitted from the program previously with crews coming to the borough to participate in the annual spring Project Clean Shores program, according to Long.