By the time Thanksgiving Eve rolls around, LCD Soundsystem will have played five straight shows in support new album, “American Dream,” at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. But it took just one set for the reunited rock outfit from Brooklyn to not only send its shockwaves through Southern California, but also shed light on the paradigm behind the cyclicality of music, art and culture.Friday night, the nearly-80-year-old venue on Sunset Boulevard was fraught with 1980s vibes. Everything from the flashing lights and James Murphy’s vocals—part David Byrne, part Fred Schneider—on stage, to the proclivities of the floor in front of it evoked thoughts of what it must have felt like to rock out in Ronald Reagan’s post-disco America.The slow, heavy synth of “Oh Baby” in the opener instantly transformed the circular Hollywood dance hall into the scene of a cheesy prom night. The familiar tones of “I Can Change”—with it’s contradictory yet no less appropriate mantra to “never change”—got the crowd up and moving to the beat immediately thereafter. The set proceeded with a similar seesaw between new tracks and old favorites, lighthearted love songs and more melancholy considerations of longing and regret–or, in the case of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, both at the same time.The packed house featured a cocktail of young EDM fans and more middle-aged listeners seasoned in now-legacy forms of house and electro, but all gladly obliged when Murphy and company implored them all to “Get Innocuous.” The band lured their Palladium audience into purely physical expression with the punk-rock rhythms of “Movement”, then dropped deep into mournful souls with “Someone Great”.LCD Soundsystem Releases First LP In 7 Years, ‘American Dream’ [Full Stream]After a refreshingly brief break, LCD returned to the stage for an energetic encore that ended with two back-to-back Soundsystem standards—”Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”. As fans filed out of the Palladium and into another pleasant night in the heart of Hollywood, they seemed to emerge from a musical time machine that had transported them to an experience from three decades prior……And not by accident, either. Murphy, LCD’s revered frontman, has ranked the Talking Heads and the B-52s among his biggest influences, alongside the likes of the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Yes and, of course, Daft Punk The shoe certainly fits in this case, since Murphy grew up in Princeton, New Jersey during the ‘80s. Chances are, his musical life was steeped in the sounds of that decade, with the Talking Heads and the B-52s leaving arguably the biggest imprints on his own style.LCD Soundsystem Performs “Tonite” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!So it was, then, that Murphy and company helped to revamp and re-popularize ‘80s music during the 2000s, and have once again stoked the embers of that revival in 2017. And so it is that, as the rule of thumb goes, decades seem to recycle themselves every 20 years or so—the ‘70s syncing with the ‘90s, the ‘80s with the aughts, and so on. It’s the constant churn of generations, of one cohort shaping the minds of its successors and, thus, securing its own legacy. And as their five-night run in Hollywood continues, LCD Soundsystem is sure to further their already-indelible mark on whatever music emerges in the 2020s.You can check out photos from last night’s LCD Soundsystem show below, courtesy of Steve Rose.For more information on the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.SETLIST: LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Hollywood, CA | 11/17/17 Load remaining images LCD Soundsystem Hollywood Palladium 5-Night Run11-17 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 Palladium Photo: Steve Rose LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Steve Rose
Since inception in 2014, the overall return was 2.3% at the end of June 2018, it reported.Rather than aiming solely for wealth creation, ISIF has a “double bottom line” objective, whereby it targets investment returns as well as economic impact.By the end of June 2018, ISIF reported a total of €3.8bn of committed capital, which it said had unlocked an additional €6.6bn from co-investors, leading to a total of €10.4bn in capital commitments.The ISIF welcomed the finalisation of its investment strategy review, which it said “takes account of the risks that may be posed by economic overheating and the appropriateness of ISIF’s investment mandate given our current economic performance”.The fund’s double bottom line mandate is not being changed in the review, but in the light of strong economic conditions, it is now to focus on priorities to support “Project Ireland 2040” — a national development plan unveiled in February.This new focus is directed at five key themes: housing, indigenous industry, regional development, Brexit, and climate change.ISIF’s total fund value was €8.7bn at the end of 2017. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) suffered a 1.3% loss on its global portfolio of investments between January and June, while its Irish portfolio made a positive 2.7% return in the period, according to its update for the first half of the year. The sovereign development fund also detailed plans for a strategy rejig in the report, which will see the ISIF shifting its domestic focus to five key themes from now on, away from its hitherto general cross-sectoral approach to investment in Ireland.Overall, ISIF, which was born out of the former National Pensions Reserve Fund, made a 0.3% loss on investments in the first half of this year when returns from the global portfolio and Irish portfolio are combined.In the full year 2017, the fund made a 4.3% overall investment return, composed of a 4.1% gain on its global portfolio and 4.5% on the Irish portfolio.
Game three between the Flyers and Lakeland Eagles wasn’t even close.The final score was 21-7 for the Senior Flyers, as they completed the first round sweep. Dustin Kersey had four goals on the night, while Ian Munro and Matt Shuya had 3 each. Matt Shuya now leads the NPHL, with 18 playoffs points, just ahead of Kersey’s 17. Elsewhere in the NPHL, Spirit River completed the sweep, with 3-1 win over Hythe, while Grande Prairie made short work of High Prairie, winning game three 6-1. The only quarterfinal series still going is Falher vs. Peace River. The Pirates currently lead the series 2 games to 1, with game four scheduled for Tuesday night. If Falher wins it, then the Flyers will face Spirit River in the semi-finals, with game 1 ready to go on Thursday night at the NPA. If Peace River wins, the teams will have to await the result of Thursday’s game 5, because if Peace River wins the series, they will advance to play Fort St. John in the second round.- Advertisement -There’s not much doubt in the Flyers camp who the team hopes to play. With the AAA MacKenzie Cup approaching, the Flyers are hoping to get the toughest competition they can, which would ideally be a semi-final against Spirit River and a final against Grande Prairie. In the final game of the regular season, the Flyers and Rangers combined for nearly 300 minutes in penalties, in an 8-5 Fort St. John win. Matt Shuya broke his nose and put his teeth through his bottom lip on a high-stick from Colin Lefley, so there’s not much doubt who he wants to play. “Spirit River,” says Shuya, “for the challenge, yes. But I’ve got two reasons…”For more information, visit the Peace River Stampeders website – at http://www.stampshockey.com/