Dave Jordan & the NIA‘s new release, No Losers Tonight, is chock full of unpretentious songs that don’t try and be anything but honest. There are some tracks that will get toes tapping and boots scooting, as well as a few heartfelt ballads that truly hit home. Choruses that were born to be sung along with thanks to clean, clear production and an undeniably exuberant feeling. Other tunes that were meant to reflect the more introspective moments in life resonate just as powerfully. It’s obvious to anyone listening that this is not a band using their skills for crass commercialism…they simply want to make music that moves the heart and body.Songs like disc opener “Southern Girl” and the title track “No Losers Tonight” are perfect examples of the straight ahead sound this outfit can lay down when they so choose. Rocking guitars, crisp drums and a driving lyrical presence out front, loud and proud. An undercurrent of smoldering organs and rhythm guitar licks open up “Smoke” and give Jordan a chance to focus his energy on the task at hand, telling tales of the difficulty of life and love. With his name out front, this is clearly Jordan’s showcase and though he freely shares the foreground with his backing band he holds court with unshakable confidence that is musically refreshing.There are a few numbers, like “Come A Little Closer” that bring the tempo down to an intimate whisper between two lovers entwined in a dance. The song benefits greatly form the strains of the band’s New Orleans roots showing in the strains of accordian and ragtime jazz time signatures. “Pontchartrain” takes things even lower and slower…showing some impressive blues guitar licks as it meanders along like the waves on the lake the song is named after. It is impressive to see a band feel comfortable enough to take the idea of a ten minute song into their collective hearts and make it so listeners feel sad when it ends. Utilizing folkier instruments for the more introspective pieces creates a rapport with listeners that benefits immensely from the rockier early tunes by simple contrast.The album’s closing tracks take a turn for the melancholy with “Baby I’m Gone” and especially “Dreams So Real” show Jordan at a seeming musical impasse, not sure which direction to take at a crossroads. The blues vibe on “Dreams” is powerful, almost oppressive…as if it was the very clouds during a storm. a clever use of piano bursts against lush bowed notes adds texture to the storm. As they show on No Losers Tonight, Dave Jordan and his band are capable of doing many thing well. It will be interesting to watch this band and see which of their many muses the chose to follow.
There?s a saying in sports: act like you?ve been there. Purdue fans, take note.After watching the Badger basketball team get ?upset? by the Boilermakers 60-56 Saturday, I was just as surprised to see the students rush the court as I was by the final score.If history tells us anything, this home victory shouldn?t have come as much of a shock for Purdue. After all, Saturday marked the 31st time in 32 tries that UW walked out of Mackey Arena on the losing end, with their only win coming in 2005. Talk about domination.And it?s not as if this was a David-versus-Goliath matchup that would warrant the type of post-game celebration that we saw Saturday. The Badgers carried the No. 11 ranking into West Lafayette, but let?s be honest here: they just don?t have the look of a top 10 team. Without the big-game players like Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor of last year?s squad, it?s tough to see them ever reaching the rankings they did in 2007.The Boilermakers, on the other hand, are now 15-5 and 6-1 in the Big Ten, exceeding many people?s preseason expectations. And they?re doing it without a real marquee name on their roster now that Carl Landry, brother of Wisconsin?s Marcus, is gone.Given their record, one could argue that Purdue?s victory over Wisconsin was a much needed ?r?sum? win,? much like the Badgers? upset of Texas was. But if you truly want to be among the conference elite, you have to act as if you belong there.When you storm the court, you clearly don?t.While I appreciate the love the ?Paint Crew? (aptly named after head coach Matt Painter) has for their Boilermakers, I completely disagree with their method of celebration Saturday.In my opinion, there are only a select number of instances where it is appropriate to jump from your seats and run out onto the middle of the court. Obviously, the aforementioned David slaying Goliath example holds true here. And by Goliath, I don?t mean the 11th-ranked team in the country and the third-best team in the conference.Last season, when the Badgers had the No. 2 ranking and a 17-game winning streak, they traveled to one of the most historic venues ? Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. ? to take on the No. 25 Hoosiers. The winning streak came to a screeching halt when Indiana prevailed 71-66.Did this win merit a storming of the court? No. Granted, the Badgers were the second-best team in the country, but the Hoosiers were ranked too.When Kentucky ? a program that has struggled in recent years ? defeated No. 5 Tennessee last Tuesday, I was half-expecting the Wildcat faithful to rush the floor. Certainly, a win like this ? more of an upset than either of the Badger losses mentioned ? was worthy of such action.But they didn?t. As the players celebrated in jubilation at midcourt, the fans remained in their seats.The only other time it should be appropriate for students and fans to do what the Boilermakers did is if the win means something. For instance, when the Badgers clinched the Big Ten title at home in 2003, players were swarmed by adoring fans. Makes sense here, as they not only clinched the conference crown but it was also senior Kirk Penney?s last game at the Kohl Center.The same thing happened to Wisconsin on the road last season against Ohio State. The Buckeye fans rushed the floor after OSU’s victory earned them the Big Ten title.Moments like this are good cause for celebration, but they don’t come along often for any team.I guess you could consider it somewhat of an honor when the opposing team?s fans rush the court after they beat you. It means you?re a team everyone wants to be (and beat). If the fans are ho-hum after a victory over you, it probably means you?re just not that good.When Purdue comes to the Kohl Center Feb. 9 for a rematch, I can guarantee you none of the Grateful Red will rush the court if and when the Badgers avenge their loss.We?ve been there before.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you?ve ever stormed the court or field after a win, let him know your reasoning at [email protected]
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 After trailing 2-1 to unranked Bucknell (4-6, 1-1 Patriot League) at the half, No. 4 Syracuse (10-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) surged back with three second-half goals to secure a 4-3 victory in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday. SU junior back Lies Lagerweij led the charge for SU with two goals in the second frame.Although the Orange narrowly avoided an upset, it dominated play, outshooting the Bison 20-8. Syracuse goalie Regan Spencer had a quiet day, registering two saves. Bucknell goalie Emily Finn came up with 11 saves to thwart the Orange.Syracuse started the game slow, allowing a goal off a Bucknell corner 3:54 into the first half. The Orange tied the game at one with 48 seconds left in the opening half when Serra Degnan picked up a loose ball following an Emma Lamison shot. But 17 seconds later, Bucknell answered with a rebound goal of its own to head into halftime with a 2-1 lead.Lamison got Syracuse on the right track to start the second half with a blast from the top right to tie the game at two. From there, Lagerweij paced Syracuse with two key goals late.Bucknell found the back of the net in the closing seconds of a half again when it converted on a corner with 24 seconds left in the game. But Syracuse was able to hold on to get the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will next host No. 3 Duke (9-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) on Friday at 5 p.m. Comments