One of the biggest breakout acts of 2016 was The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the unanticipated but fully appreciated collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon that produced one of the best albums of the year, Monolith of Phobos. While there’s no telling how long Claypool’s side-projects will ever stick around, we do know that there’s more coming from the band in 2017 – as they detail a new release for an upcoming covers EP, Lime and Limpid Green, out August 4th.The new EP includes psychedelic covers of “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. While the band has played these songs over the past year in their live concerts, this release will newly feature studio versions. The EP was previously issued for 2017 Record Store Day and will become available as a limited-edition run of 3,000 on clear vinyl (with green and double-mint splatter, of course).Rolling Stone has shared the first taste of the new release with a music video for the 1971 “Satori” by the Flower Travellin’ Band. Watch it below:“I think the genesis of this band began with Les and I listening to old records together and feeling like our universes were uncannily intertwined,” Sean Lennon told Rolling Stone. “We were both feeling and hearing something that we wanted to do that was deeply inspired by those people who were the most peculiar in their time, like Syd [Barrett]. Since we only had one album as a band, we wanted to add songs to the live show that would illustrate and elaborate upon what the Delirium were all about.”Les Claypool added, “The thought was to play songs that we hadn’t interpreted in the studio prior. Most of these tunes were played extensively live, so they had time to evolve and develop their own greasy little personalities.” Read the full spread here.
While some might consider it the “chick flick” of books, this month’s selection for #TeamYMC’s Level Up Book Club contained more than a few smack-you-in-the-face points that every leader should take to heart. “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” This quote is just one of the gut-punch truth bombs that Jen Sincero drops in her book, You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. All too often, I see leaders hold themselves back, hold their teams back, and hold their credit unions back from greatness—all by making excuses.“We can’t because…”“…we’re too small.”“…we don’t have the right staff.”“…we can’t afford the technology.”All those reasons may be valid, but over the past few years, we’ve worked with more than two dozen “small” credit unions that found a way to overcome those same challenges, become relevant, and grow beyond their wildest dreams. The phrase “We can’t” usually means “We don’t want to.” In her writing, Sincero maintains that Ego is the underlying challenge for leaders who prefer to bask in the delight of mediocrity. “I always thought that Ego was about being conceited and braggy and all,” she admits early in the book. “In the self-help community, Ego is used to refer to the shadow self, or the false self, or the self that’s acting like a weenie.” With her distinctive candor, Sincero refers to Ego as “The Big Snooze”—or BS for short (because let’s be honest, that’s exactly what it is.) Your Big Snooze, false self, or Ego (whatever you want to call it) operates according to limiting false beliefs. This collection of beliefs includes all of the garbage that was stuffed into your subconscious as a kid and any less-than-empowering decisions you’ve made about yourself since then. Are you living the Big Snooze personally and/or professionally? Are you making excuses for why something can’t be accomplished? Or are you trying to push forward and reach the next level? Maybe you’ve presented big ideas to your board or leadership team only to hear all the reasons why those ideas can’t be done. When this happens, it’s much easier for the Ego to fall back on what’s familiar instead of summoning the courage to try again. (Caution! From time to time, I’ve heard leaders accuse their board of living the Big Snooze, but in reality, those leaders were merely using their board as an excuse.) Sincero likens the Big Snooze to an “over-protective Italian mother who not only doesn’t want you to go outside, but who wants you to live with her forever.” The intentions are good, but they reveal a resistance to change that’s rooted in fear of the unknown. When you refuse to wake up and make bold decisions for your life and your organization, it’s like giving up and living with that well-intentioned mother. Sincero warns against this temptation by pointing out, “As long as you stay inside the familiar, risk-free zone of your present reality, the Big Snooze is content.” While we’re on the subject, I think it’s also worth mentioning that the Big Snooze doesn’t always mean you’re failing. Sometimes it happens during a season of success. Let me share a personal example. For 24 months, things were going really well at YMC. Our company was growing. Life was good. But about halfway through that period, we found ourselves in the middle of our very own Big Snooze. Since things were good, we avoided making some changes that could upset that run of success. In an effort to keep the peace, we failed to hold certain team members accountable. We also wound up working with some abusive clients that were not a good fit for our company. Sure, we made progress. We innovated and grew. But when things got a little uncomfortable, we backed off. While there’s no way she could have known the specifics of our situation, Ms. Sincero hit the nail on the head when she observed, “So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try it until it gets too uncomfortable.”So, what’s keeping you from success right now? Perhaps you’re wondering why your credit union isn’t growing. Or maybe things are going well, and you’re afraid to rock the boat for fear that your run of success could come to an end. Can I offer a little friendly advice? Learn from my mistake. Your run of success will come to an end at some point, but it will end sooner if you stand still, paralyzed by the fear of making decisions. Throughout You are a Badass, we’re reminded that “growth ain’t for weenies.” Yes, growth hurts. But growing pains never hurt as much as the pain of regret you’ll feel if you refuse to move beyond where you are right now. As Ms. Sincero so eloquently phrased it, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Here’s to doing whatever it takes to blossom! 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details
* Mozia Sets New National Shot Put RecordNigeria’s sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be conspicuously absent when top athletes file out at this weekend’s money spinning London Diamond League.The provisional entry list of athletes for the meet released on Monday showed that Okagbare who ran her fastest ever 100m race of 10.79 at the meet to set a new continental record three years ago was missing. Okagbare whose season is gradually gathering momentum to peak at the Rio2016 Games two days ago at the Sóstói Stadion in Budapest, Hungary ducked inside 11 seconds for the first time this 2016. The time was aided by a massive 2.6 metres per second tail wind which makes it illegal for record purposes.It no doubt is heartwarming to athletics officials in the country even though her season’s best remains the 11.02 seconds she ran in Sapele last week to win her seventh 100m title at the All Nigeria Athletics Championships.Double Commonwealth Games triple jump champion, Tosin Oke is Nigeria’s lone flag bearer at the London Meet.He is one of only 14 athletes that have hit and gone beyond 17.00m so far this season confirmed for the event at the event.A look at the schedule of the athletics events of the Rio2016 also showed Okagbare may be forced to choose between competing in either the long jump or 200m events to avoid a repetition of the stress that made her miss the podium at the 2013 IAAF World Championship in Moscow, Russia.Okagbare won a silver in the long jump event and failed to fulfill expectations in the blue ribband event, finishing sixth (11.04 seconds) in the 100m final.She is listed by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for three individual events and the 4x100m relays at the Games.But the timetable of Rio2016 revealed that both the long jump and 200m events will start on the same day.The 200m semi-final and the qualification jumps for the long jump final will both come up on the evening of August 16 (Day 5 of the athletics events) while the finals for both events will be held the next evening, August 17.Meanwhile, Stephen Mozia on Monday in Andújar, a Spanish municipality in the province of Jaén, in Andalusia improved the national shot put record for the second time this year.Mozia, the Cornel University, USA Engineering graduate threw a distance of 20.82m, nine centimetre above the 20.73m record he set in Lexington, Kentucky, USA on May 7.The two-time Nigeria champion in the shot put came into national reckoning in 2014 when, as a student in the USA he broke Chima Ugwu’s 20.26m national record set on July 22, 2000 in Lagos.He first put a distance of 20.38m on May 29, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA before improving it to 20.46m on June 11.That same year he rewrote the national shot put indoor record with a throw of 20.79m and this year, January 30 to be precise in Nashville, Tennessee in the USA became the first Nigerian to hit the 21m mark when he improved his national record to 21.11mA former American junior international, Mozia changed allegiance to Nigeria in 2014, just in time for him to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Sopot Arena in Poland where he failed to make the final.He returned to the World Indoor Championships arena this year at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA and ended up in 12th place.Last month he won a pair of bronze medals in the shot put and discus events at the 20th African Championships in Athletics in Durban, South Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram