With the first night off on their March 2019 tour, bassist Mike Gordon and his bandmate and keyboardist Robert Walter stopped by Charleston, SC’s Bar Mash for an impromptu jam session with members of Doom Flamingo. The group of five got down to business in the corner of the cozy whiskey and beer bar, settling into a funk-driven 10-minute jam.Watch video of Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, and members of Doom Flamingo jamming in Charleston below:Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, & Members of Doom Flamingo – Jam Session – 3/11/2019[Video: Bryan Austin]Doom Flamingo is a relatively new side project of bassist Ryan Stasik. Rooted in synthwave—a modern genre that recalls the retro, synth-heavy tones of 1980s pop music—Doom Flamingo offers Stasik the opportunity to perform with a local group when home in Charleston, South Carolina, and not touring nationwide with fan-favorite progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee.Next up for Mike Gordon is a performance at Charleston, SC’s Music Hall, tonight, March 12th, followed by stops in Rocky Mount, VA (3/13); Washington, D.C. (3/15); Asbury Park, NJ (3/16); Jersey City, NJ (3/17); Buffalo, NY (3/19); and a four-night tour-closing run at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA March 21st-24th.For a full list of Mike Gordon’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.
The Chilean’s arrival has been widely expected since 2012 Premier League-winning boss Roberto Mancini was sacked a month ago. The 59-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium and will officially take up his post on June 24. Pellegrini arrives from Spanish side Malaga, whom he guided to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season. He said: “I am delighted to accept this hugely-exciting opportunity. The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution. “Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the executive team and the board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support.” Pellegrini has more than 25 years’ managerial experience. Prior to moving to Malaga he led Villarreal to the last four of the Champions League as well as a second-placed finish in La Liga. Those feats attracted the attention of Real Madrid and he spent a single season in charge at the Bernabeu before making way for Jose Mourinho in 2010. He also arrives at City with a good reputation for man-management, something which will have been a key factor in his appointment. The club did have concerns in this area under Mancini. City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record. We have been greatly impressed throughout the selection process by his philosophy, his attitude and his commitment to the long-term development of Manchester City. I am delighted that he has joined us.” Pellegrini will bring with him three members of backroom staff. Long-standing right-hand man Ruben Cousillas, from Argentina, will be his assistant while Xabier Mancisidor will be goalkeeping coach and Jose Cabello fitness coach. Assistant manager Brian Kidd, who took caretaker charge of the team after Mancini’s exit, will also remain as part of the set-up. Pellegrini said: “It is important to me that Brian remains part of the coaching team. He has great football knowledge, knows the league, the players and will be a big part of what we try to achieve. We have spoken and we are all excited to work together.” Press Association Manchester City have finally confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.
Related Stories Shafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinatorUpon Shafer’s promotion, a reflection on the last 64 years of head coachesSyracuse offensive coordinator Hackett to join Marrone with Buffalo Bills, multiple reports state’To My Players’: Full text of Marrone’s email to SU players Facebook Twitter Google+ With the passion that’s marked his career in football, Scott Shafer stepped behind a podium for the first time as Syracuse’s head coach and gave a glimpse of what his players will see and hear in the locker room. He was reflective at times, but the fiery approach he’s looking to take overshadowed it all.Shafer was introduced as the Orange’s next head coach at a press conference in the Iococlano-Petty Football Wing of Manley Field House on Friday. He spoke with excitement and pride of taking over the program where he’s made his imprint as the team’s defensive coordinator for the past four seasons. Now he has the reins of the team, and he outlined how Syracuse will play under his control.“The thing we will talk about most on a daily basis is just that – attitude, effort and enthusiasm,” Shafer said. “It really is the core of my beliefs of how you develop young men. And we talk about controlling the controllables. It’s the most underrated thing going in my opinion.”Shafer was officially named Syracuse’s head coach on Jan. 9, just two days after former head coach Doug Marrone was introduced as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. When Marrone arrived at Syracuse in December 2008, Shafer was one of the first coaches he hired.Shafer thanked Marrone on Friday for the chance to come to SU, and said Marrone built the foundation for Shafer and his staff to build off.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I appreciate the fact the Doug came in here, along with a good group of staff, and took us from the worst to the first,” Shafer said. “He should be commended and he has been because he’s in a position that I know he’ll do great things in Buffalo. Being a head coach in the NFL is something I know he’s aspired to do and I know he’s a perfect fit.”Continuity was a key for Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross. The Orange is coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29. Syracuse is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference with momentum, so finding someone who could continue moving that momentum was priority No. 1.That new coach was already at SU. He helped the program turn around. He transformed the Orange’s defense into one of the best in the country. So when Gross had to find a new coach, Shafer fit the position perfectly.“At the end of the day for the stability, for the job Coach Shafer has done, all the experience that he’s brought to the table for him being our defensive head coach, for the engagement with the kids, for continuity and all those things,” Gross said, “it was the perfect fit to have Coach Shafer.”Shafer said he wants to have an offense that’s inventive and exciting like the one Syracuse had in 2012 that broke program records and ranked at the top of the Big East. Former Orange offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who left to join Marrone and the Bills on Thursday, built that up-tempo, no-huddle attack.His successor has to be able to continue that, Shafer said.“I envision an offense with a lot of juice, a lot of Orange juice. I want an offense that’s fast, that’s fun and inventive,” Shafer said. “I think Coach Hackett did a great job putting that on display, especially the last three quarters of this season. And we want to continue that forward.”But Shafer lit up the room when he talked about the intensity and aggressiveness he wants his team to play with. He said he wants the families of opposing players to cringe when their kid is about to get hit. And he said he wants the Orange to lock its opponents in the Carrier Dome for each game, without letting them “escape.”“We want to put the fear of God into the opposing football player that happens to have the ball underneath his arm,” Shafer said. “That’s what we want to do and we want to continue to play an aggressive style of defense that people love to watch.”Former Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith, who had 114 total tackles for that dominant 2010 unit, said Shafer is the perfect man for the job. His players feed off Shafer’s passion, Smith said, and it shows on the field.“As far as competition and as far competing on every level and just getting the team hyped up,” Smith said. “You could tell that whenever he comes up with a plan and whenever he sits down in his office, he brings his best every single day.”Shafer will have his work cut out for him as Syracuse heads to the ACC, where it’ll play some of the best teams in the country. But the Orange’s newest head coach is confident his team can compete with them.His intensity will lead the way.Said Shafer: “We’re going to go into the damn ACC, and we’re going to storm that conference and we’re going to do better than people think we can in year one.” Comments Published on January 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman
For the first time ever, I felt scandalised upon hearing on Joy FM’s News Night on Monday that the Ghana Football Association had directed ‘returnee players’ of the senior national team – Andre and Jordan Ayew (Marseilles) as well as Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan) – to write to the GFA to officially communicate their return.The GFA’s reason, according to FA Spokesperson Sanni Diarra, the three needed to officially communicate their return to the body that they are available for national duties before the coach could consider whether they can be part of his selection for future games.The second reason Sanni gave was that, the FA can only inform the clubs of these players of their return for national assignments if it received the letters from these players. He claimed the aforementioned players officially wrote to the FA to announce their decision not to play for the Black Stars and must do same on their return.What Mr. Diarra fell short of telling Ghanaians; perhaps the interviewer failed to ask him is, did the FA officially inform the clubs the players play for, when they announced their temporary retirements?On 17th June, 2013, the Daily Graphic – a national newspaper – published an article under the title “GFA explains Kevin’s late return” and was widely circulated in the electronic media. According to the report, FA President “Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed that returnee Kevin-Prince Boateng officially notified the FA and Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah about his intention to return to the national team after nearly three years of self-imposed exile”.The story continued: ” In an interview on the Soccer Africa show on South African Pay-TV, SuperSport, Mr Nyantakyi said that but for a toe injury the AC Milan midfielder could have been available for Ghana’s World Cup qualifiers against The Sudan last week and yesterday’s qualifier against Lesotho in Maseru. “Kevin-Prince Boateng had confirmed to the coach and my good self that he was coming back to play,” the FA boss said last Thursday.“Let me confirm that before Kwasi Appiah selected his team for The Sudan game, Kevin had told the coach and myself that he was available for that game. Unfortunately, a week before that game, he picked up an injury during training with AC Milan but he told us that he would participate in the team’s games in June,” Nyantakyi stressed.Indeed, I do not know much about the Ayews but I remember they, out of respect for the first gentleman on the land – President John Dramani Mahama – whom they had met for talks over their ‘strike’, announced to the world that they have rescinded their decision not to play for Ghana.I hope the Daily Graphic did not misrepresent Mr. Nyantakyi in the above report attributed to him.I’m sure you would know by now the point I am arriving at. What form of “official” communication did Nyantakyi receive from Boateng? How did this communication get to Coach Kwasi Appiah? Did the FA Boss tell Ghanaians and for that matter the whole world a fabrication over the Prince Boateng return or perhaps he could not control his over-excitement at the ‘news’ of Prince Boateng’s return? So who should the world believe; Sanni or Nyantakyi? In today’s world when everyone including the teams the play for, know the circumstances under which the players called it quit, plus the many efforts made by many prominent people including the country’s president and the FA Boss himself, what could the FA lose if it goes ahead to communicate officially to those clubs that they are back for national duties?The GFA capos should bear in mind that they are managing Ghana football and not Gala football where anybody could just jump in and say anything he likes, depending on how well or bad they slept the previous night.My plea to the Ghana (not Gala) Football Association is that, they should streamline their communication channels and not create further problems in our football as far as the national team is concerned. Please Mr. Nyantakyi, spend that 20 minutes to compose and send that letter to Marseilles and AC Milan.Thank you.