Dick Dale, “The King Of Surf Guitar,” Dies At Age 81

first_imgDick Dale, the guitarist fondly known as the “King of Surf Guitar,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. His death was confirmed to The Guardian by his touring bassist, Sam Bolle.While his career took off more than 50 years ago with ubiquitous songs like “Let’s Go Trippin’” and his take on “Misirlou” in the early 60s, Dale continued to perform live up until his death. Despite various serious health problems in his later years, Dick Dale consistently played through the pain, with tour dates scheduled throughout this year.Dick Dale and the Del-Tones – “Let’s Go Trippin’”[Video: sandancapistrano]Dale, born Richard Anthony Mansour, helped shape the sound that would become surf rock, utilizing Middle Eastern and Mexican musical influences, and reverb to create a unique approach to the electric guitar. He was also known for his fast, loud playing and his unusual way of holding his guitar. A left-handed player, Dale played a right-handed guitar turned upside down. He also used unusually heavy strings and picks to go along with his frenetic playing style, adding to the distinct quality of his signature sound. As Leo Fender once said of testing new equipment, “When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for human consumption.”Dale also worked closely with Fender to produce and fine-tune their amplifier technology. After frequently blowing out several of his 10-watt amps, he inspired Fender to create the first 85-watt transformer, which peaked at 100 watts. According to Fender, Dale once described this innovation as being “like going from a little VW Bug to a Testarossa.” Dale’s unique combination of powerful equipment, lightning-fast staccato picking and heavy-gauge strings led many to call him the “Father of Heavy Metal.” Dale also enjoyed a late-career spike in popularity when his “Misirlou” was used as the theme song on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction in 1994.Pulp Fiction – Opening Scene/”Misirlou” Theme Song – Dick Dale[Video: IsrFur89]For good measure, you can also watch a video of Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan performing surf rock classic “Pipeline” from 1987 comedy Back To The Beach below:Dick Dale, Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Pipeline”[Video: ClassicVideos80s]Rest in Peace, Dick Dale.last_img read more

New Off-Broadway Drama Our New Girl Begins Performances

first_img Our New Girl will run through June 29 at Atlantic Stage 2. Opening night is set for June 10. Written by Nancy Harris, Our New Girl opens the door to Hazel Robinson’s (McCann) perfect London home, where nothing is as it seems. Hazel’s plastic surgeon husband Richard (Wilson) has embarked on his latest charitable quest in Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on the Robinsons’ doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a perfect stranger with an agenda of her own. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments Our New Girl Related Shows The U.S. premiere of Our New Girl starts preview performances on May 28. The Atlantic Theater Company production, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, stars Mary McCann, Lisa Joyce, CJ Wilson and Henry Kelemen.last_img read more

NCUA institutes encryption protocols for data provided to examiners

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA has instituted data encryption protocols as suggested by its Office of Inspector General this June following review of an examiner’s loss of a thumb drive containing credit union members’ data.The protocols were communicated Aug. 21 in a letter from NCUA Examination and Insurance Director Larry Fazio to the chief executives of federally insured credit unions.The letter says the agency’s examiners now will accept data files from credit unions only if the files are encrypted first by the credit union or, if the credit union is unable or does not wish to do that, via transfer to NCUA’s encrypted equipment. In either case, parties involved will sign a “chain of custody” document. The letter, in a footnote, also advises credit unions against electronically transmitting unencrypted data to examiners.Encryption protocols outlined in the letter will remain in use until the agency acquires a secure file transfer solution that will allow credit unions and exam staff to “securely and efficiently” exchange information, Fazio wrote. That solution is expected to be in place early next year. continue reading »last_img read more

Gold hits record high on haven demand as markets rally sputters

first_imgThe greenback was down against most other currencies, with the euro at its highest since September 2018, while higher-yielding units such as the South Korean won and Indonesian rupiah were also up.Stock markets were mostly up but with little conviction as investors fret over the impact of the virus on the economy.Shanghai was slightly higher, having suffered big losses last week as China and the US closed consulates in Chengdu and Houston, ramping up tensions between the superpowers.Sydney was up 0.2 percent, while Singapore and Jakarta each added 0.3 percent, though Seoul climbed more than one percent and Taipei jumped more than two percent.Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai drifted lower.Investors are growing concerned about lawmakers’ slow progress on a new US stimulus program, with Republicans still to present their proposals worth around $1 trillion, which is less than a third of the plan set out by Democrats.There are concerns an agreement could take some time, hitting millions of Americans whose much-needed extra unemployment benefits are about to come to an end. Eyes are on the Fed’s next policy meeting this week, with some predicting further measures to boost the economy — possibly negative interest rates — that could put more pressure on the dollar and send bullion above $2,000.There are also concerns that a worse-than-forecast reading on second-quarter US gross domestic product could spark another dollar sell-off.While the weak dollar has been a key catalyst for the metal’s advance, gold has also been boosted by its attractiveness as a haven in times of turmoil with China-US relations souring by the day.”Strong gains are inevitable as we enter a period much like the post-global financial crisis environment, where gold prices soared to record levels as a result of copious amounts of Fed money being pumped into the financial system,” said Gavin Wendt, senior resource analyst at MineLife. Key figures around 0400 GMT Gold: UP 2.2 percent at $1,944.71 per ounceTokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.3 percent at 22,685.31Hong Kong – Hang Seng: DOWN 0.1 percent at 24,683.66 (break)Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.1 percent at 3,199.67 (break)Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1715 from $1.1652 at 2100 GMT Dollar/yen: DOWN at 105.56 yen from 105.95 yen Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2848 from $1.2791 Euro/pound: UP at 91.13 pence from 91.07 penceWest Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.3 percent at $41.15 per barrel Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.4 percent at $43.15 per barrelNew York – Dow: DOWN 0.7 percent at 26,469.89 (close)London – FTSE 100: DOWN 1.4 percent at 6,123.82 (close) Gold hit a record high Monday as investors rushed into the safe-haven on concerns about China-US tensions, a spike in virus infections around the world and a lack of progress on a new stimulus bill in Washington.After months of healthy rallies across equity markets, fuelled by trillions of dollars in government and central bank support, traders are beginning to step back as they weigh the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus.With vast monetary easing measures put in place by the Federal Reserve pushing the dollar lower against most other currencies, gold is flying, hitting an all-time high of $1,944.71, well above its previous record of $1,921.18 seen in 2011.center_img Bloomberg News contributed to this story  Topics :last_img read more