Consider me dead: young at heart

Consider me dead are one of the best new bands to come out. They have been working hard touring all year in support of their debut album young at heart. The band has been hard at work on bringing their music out to their fans while keeping a busy schedule that will keep them very active in 2016. On a tour stop in New York the band talked to me about their album, tour and plans for next year.

(Photos & Video done by William Olivo)

Angel Alamo: What were your musical influences growing up?

Consider me dead: 30 second to mars a lot of different stuff

 

Angel Alamo: How has life on tour been for the band:

Consider me dead: It’s been great, pretty good. Just tired didn’t sleep at all last night.

 

Angel Alamo: What are your plans for 2016?

Consider me dead: Probably to write and record, write a bunch of new songs. Recording a newrecord and an acoustic E.P.

 

Angel Alamo: How many songs are done for the new record?

Consider me dead: We have six songs completed. We plan to finish the rest when we get off the road. We plan to announce the release date soon?

 

Angel Alamo: Will the record be out next year?

Consider me dead: Yes, we will have the new record and acoustic E.P. we will do some videos.

 

Angel Alamo: If you could tour with anyone who would it be?

Consider me dead: 1975, I would love it, we would not fit on the bill perfectly i would love to meet those guys that would be cool. One direction hopefully. Justin Bieber’s new album is awesome.

 

Angel Alamo: What is the song up all night about?

Consider me dead: It’s about making love. It’s about that special moment staying up all night. It’s all about for lack of a better term sex.

 

Angel Alamo: What songs on the record was the easiest to record?

Consider me dead: Young at heart easiest song to write and that came together. It was purely creative everyone had ideas for that type of song.

 

Angel Alamo: When that song came together did you think that would be a great title for the record (young at heart)?

Consider me dead: We named the record before that song. Then We thought how cool it would be to incorporate the title into the record. The title of the record was going to be self-titled.

 

Angel Alamo: What does young at heart mean to the band?

Consider me dead: It’s really an anthem you are never too old. Young at heart you are never too old to do things. You can always go for it. Age is nothing but a number.

 

Angel Alamo: Has the band toured overseas or any plans?

Consider me dead: That would be awesome. We are working on some stuff for next year a couple of overseas date not really sure yet.

 

Angel Alamo: Anything you want to say to the fans

Consider me dead: We love you guys. We love everyone We hope to see you guys on the back to back tour which we are on now. We have a couple of dates left, get your tickets now on sale on Facebook.

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Bill Belichick: On to Cincinnati

Love or hate Bill Belichick you can’t argue with success. His team wins every year. His biggest challenge will come on the day Tom Brady retires. Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season New England patriots got beaten bad by the Kansas City Chiefs a great team. They lost 41-14 they had a tough road game against Cincinnati Bengals. Everyone was predicting the beginning of the end for New England patriots.
I have followed Coach Bill Belichick. I have seen the documentary a day in the life by NFL network. Watching the press conference it was the most genius thing a coach could have said. Bill Belichick was being asked questions about Tom Brady age and does he have the talent he needs around him. People made fun of that press conference.
Here is my take on it. There was no reason to hit the panic button and send your team into panic mode. A great leader doesn’t do that. He kept it simple by sending a message to his team that hey we are not going to do anything extra special for the Sunday night game at Cincinnati ignore the noise and the hype about the team being done let’s just focus on one game “we’re on to Cincinnati”. He didn’t have his team looking at the past or looking at the future. He had his team focus on the next game. Focusing on the next game is what he has his team do every week.

 

Camden Waterfront 2014 season a success, Thank you for making that happen

I have been waiting 8 months to write this blog. Back in January I read the dumbest thing I have ever read on the internet about Camden Waterfront. This person was going back to an old story in 2012. This is 2014. 2013 was a successful year. We were determined to make 2014 a successful year and we did. This was the year were years of hard work came together. It was a complete team effort. I am Chairman of the Camden Parking Authority. I am passionate about Camden Waterfront. I want all of the events to do well. We had 3 million visitors, we had the most concerts in 5 years. All of the concerts were a success. There was no major problems. The Camden Riversharks attendance was up this year. Adventure Aquarium, Battleship New Jersey, Camden Children’s Garden all did well this season. The free Jazz festival series another major success. The freedom festival.  The fact is what was in the past is in the past. As I said on Latino Motion with Bert Lopez as a leader we want to see an immediate impact on the work that we are doing, sometimes it takes time to see the result. This year we did. It helps that we all worked as a team. I thank our staff at Camden Parking Authority for giving great customer service and all of the hard work that they did. We know it takes one bad incident to get us on the news. This year we had no negative press. We have reason to celebrate for a moment and enjoy this success. Then in 2015 we have to do it all over again. I hate losing. I like proving the critics wrong. To the 3 million visitors who came to the Camden Waterfront THANK YOU for coming to Camden Waterfront. We appreciate that you came to spend your hard earned money with us because we know you could have gone someplace else.

Camden,NJ childhood stories I

One of my favorite memories of growing up in Camden was a man who lived on my block. He was in his late 50s. He lived with his mother. Back then in 1989 I was an 11 year old kid who was into boxing. Me and my friends would go to Jeff’s GYM on Federal Street. Karate classes were too expensive. The guy who ran the gym would charge only $2 a week. Which was a price we could afford. Every few months or so the gym would host boxing matches. We didn’t know who we were going to fight. Everyone wanted to fight the boxer from Atlantic City nicknamed Pretty Boy. We laughed at his nickname but the guy could fight. My friend took the nickname hands of stone. I took the nickname Bad Boy. He was mad at me for a second for not giving him the nickname I chose. Bad Boy was a cool nickname for me. From 4pm-6pm we would practice. The man would always take the time to help me with me with boxing. I got one on one lessons with him. He always took the time teach me the basics about Boxing.  I had the worst jab he would help me improve on it. He did not have to help me. I remember one day he told me the story about growing up in Puerto Rico he told me that he had to fight to eat. They would set up fights. The winner would win a meal. He had a rough life. He was not able to finish school. He didn’t have the same opportunities we take for granted.  What stays with me is the kindness of his heart he mentored me. He was a kind trainer. He was also tough he made sure I was learning and not wasting time.

2014 Camden, NJ Mayor Inaguration

Mayor Dana Redd was sworn in for her 2nd term as Mayor. City Council Vice-President Curtis Jenkins was sworn in for her his 3rd term as City Councilman, Marilyn Torres for her 2nd term as Councilwoman and Aurthur Barclay to his first term as City Councilman. 

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The inaguration signifies a time for change, working together and moving Camden forward. Drop out is still 50%. It was when I was in high school 1994-1998. Crime is a major concern. Bringing jobs to Camden is a major priority for everyone who plays a role in Camden,NJ.

The mayor ended her speech with a question. “Camden are you with me”. In any situation you need to work with your leader and be united. Everyone plays a role in helping make their community better. At times it takes putting aside everyones personal egos and agendas to work together. On a football team you have one quarterback you could never have two quarterbacks or in a band two frontman. Being a leader myself I have all of the respect in the world for all of the Mayors in every city. Most of whom are really trying their best to make their cities better. Mayor Dana Redd is in the same situation. I want to see Mayor Redd succeed and move Camden forward. It’s going to take a team to get the job done. In the next four years its going to happen. I prefer to be have a positive optimistic outlook and do my part.