Last year, Brooklyn Comes Alive brought more than fifty musicians together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a massive day of music, with twenty individual sets spread across three different venues featuring never-before-seen collaborations between some of the most talented artists in the scene. One of the most buzzed-about sets from the festival was the debut of [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, a new supergroup concept consisting of Break Science‘s Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch and The Disco Biscuits‘ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner.Since their debut last fall at BCA, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits has had a number of encore performances—including a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl in May—to satisfy the demands of fans who have been rabid to see the all-star group’s return. [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits more or less functions as a happy synthesis of parent bands, Break Science and the Disco Biscuits. Less clinically exacting than Break Science though certainly not as freeform as the Disco Biscuits, the group has found a happy medium offering their own tight renditions of some of downtempo electronic and trip-hop’s most classic tunes, laying out their own soaring performances of well-loved electronic compositions on the fly without the assistance of backing tracks.As Marc Brownstein told Live For Live Music ahead of the project’s debut last year, “I could not believe how excited people were for Breaking Biscuits. Part of that is [Adam] Deitch and Borahm [Lee]—everyone loves them. . . . I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be the bomb. Deitch is the best. You know anytime you’re playing with Deitch, whatever it is, it’s gonna be great. With those dudes, it’s like butter.”The performance lived up to the lofty expectations, as [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits drew one of the largest crowds of the day to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the high-energy set. Thanks to YouTube user LazyLightning55a, you can enjoy this video of the supergroup performing The Orb‘s 1991 tune, “Little Fluffy Clouds”.You can also listen to their full set from last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive below, courtesy of Moricle.Setlist: Breaking Biscuits | Brooklyn Comes Alive | Music Hall of Williamsburg | New York, NY | 10/22/2016Set: Robot Rock [Daft Punk], La Femme D’argent [Air], Stage Banter, Building Steam with a Grain of Salt [DJ Shadow], Rolf Royce [Tosca], Stage Banter, Little Fluffy Clouds [The Orb], The Horror [RJD2] The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
Governments have work to do to shore up regulatory frameworks and make pension systems more understandable, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).In its Pensions Outlook 2018 report, the economic body made a number of suggestions for improving pension systems, including looking at how large investment institutions were governed for ideas on how to bolster rules, and using mechanisms such as automatic enrolment to make systems more inclusive.Pablo Antolin, principal economist and head of the organisation’s private pension unit, said: “People’s trust in pensions systems is undoubtedly low. There remains significant concern about whether institutions managing their retirement savings actually have their best interests at heart and will deliver on their promises once they reach retirement age.”Even though policymakers had made improvements to the design of funded pensions in recent years to tackle some of the problems related to low levels of financial knowledge and behavioural biases, he said there was more to do. “Essentially, pension reforms need to be better communicated so that the rationale and effects of pension reforms become clearer,” Antolin said. “People need a better understanding of what they themselves can do to secure their retirement incomes, why contributions to all types of pension arrangements are important, which vehicles are available for retirement saving, and how they are protected.” The OECD’s headquarters in ParisMechanisms such as automatic enrolment and escalation of contributions could take advantage of inertia to make pension systems more inclusive and help increase contribution levels, the OECD’s report said.The report also said the governance and investment approaches of “nationally significant investment institutions” provided useful guidelines to strengthen regulatory frameworks.“They have regulatory and legal frameworks at arm’s length from government; clearly stated missions to guide investment policy; an oversight board that is accountable to the competent authorities and to members; and transparency about their governance arrangements and their investment and risk management to keep them accountable to different stakeholders,” the OECD said.These institutions expressed performance aims in terms of their mission, it said, with performance monitoring conducted against this long-term goal, rather than against a market-based benchmark.The OECD also called for more flexibility on default retirement ages and progressive public pensions and tax rules to take account of financial disadvantages for people with expected shorter lives.“Individuals in low socio-economic groups have a lower life expectancy than high socio-economic groups,” it said. “They may be financially disadvantaged if they spend a shorter time in retirement relative to their working life, receiving a lower “return” on contributions made towards their funded pension source.”