Yanni Hufnagel Making a Name for Himself

***UPDATE*** April 27th, 2017Yanni Hufnagel is proud to share his new Crunchbase profile, highlighting his career in basketball coaching and more. See below for details and more news.

Born and raised in Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel learned by high school that he didn’t have the basketball talent to compete at the highest levels. After getting cut from the high school varsity team, he set his sights on coaching through his education. He attended Penn University for one-year, then transferred to Cornell where he graduated with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.

After graduation, Yanni Hufnagel did a coaching internship with the New Jersey Nets before attending graduate school at Oklahoma University where he got the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant to the basketball coach. He also earned his Master’s in Adult and Higher Education with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.

In June of 2009, he was hired to serve as an assistant coach at Harvard under the direction of former All American Duke point guard Tommy Amaker. At Harvard, he gained a solid reputation as one of the nation’s top recruiters. Despite the inherent difficulties of recruiting for an academic school like Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel was able to locate enough talent to help make the school competitive at the highest levels.

In 2013, he was hired as assistant coach at Vanderbilt. While only there for one-year, he was credited with recruiting key future players like Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis, who became key components in the 29th best recruiting class of 2014.

The following year, he moved on to a similar job with the Pac 12’s California Bears. After successfully recruiting major players like Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, the Bears found themselves in the middle of the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament.

As he inches closer to a head coaching job in his early 30s, Yanni Hufnagel now works as an assistant coach to Eric Musselman and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. It only seems a matter of time before he gets the call; the only question is where he will land.

More about Hufnagel can be found on his Wikipedia page.

New Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/yanni-hufnagel#/entity

Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times Turns 30

Widely considered one of Prince’s greatest albums, Sign ‘O’ the Times celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The album is a masterpiece of Prince’s repertoire, exploring many of his musical interests and different recording concepts. He combines the equipment of the era with his own style he’d developed over the years. It merges psychedelic rock, pop, gospel, funk and his own unique avant-garde experimentation. With this album, he moved past the mainstream music of 1999 and Purple Rain, focusing on bringing his artistic values to a piece that envelopes his confidence with a cutting-edge vision that is uniquely original.

 

This record is an amalgamation of different projects from the artist, a combination of ideas he had at the beginning of 1985 with the conclusion of recording his Parade album. Part of Sign ‘O’ the Times comes from a planned album, Dream Factory. This was supposed to be a double album primarily done in collaboration with the Revolution to be released in 1986. At the same time, he worked with Miles Davis on the song “Can I Play With U?” which influenced him to record an instrumental album known as The Flesh, a jazz-funk piece with Sheila E. and her band.

 

In 1986, Prince opened the doors to his new home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It included a massive home studio with state-of-the-art equipment, allowing the artist to record anytime he desired. His first track was “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” in which Prince plays with different vocal tones and speeds to a slow jam. He claims he had a dream about the song and recorded it in a wild 24-hour session before the equipment was fully tested and calibrated. This set the tone for the recording sessions.

 

Continuing his work on Dream Factory, he went on tour and began recording during soundchecks. He had the number one and number two song, with “Kiss” and the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.” As the tour continued, he began a long string of solo recordings prompting him to make the decision to disband his band, the Revolution. With this move, he scrapped Dream Factory as well and created a project called Camille. This was going to be an album with the main character being a female alter ego. After recording a number of songs, this idea was scrapped as well.

 

His next project was going to be a three-disc album called Crystal Ball. As he recorded, the label itself sent an executive down to convince him to pair down the recording to two discs. This was one of the frictions that helped fan the flames with record companies. Prince combined the work on the various projects into a finished piece. Released to great fanfare, Sign ‘O’ the Times became a seminal work and is on many critics’ lists of top albums. After thirty years and the death of its artist, this album and its accompanying film still stands as a pop culture miracle, a phoenix rising from the ashes of many projects and becoming something of legend.

 

Controversial Singer Lana Del Rey Teases New Album

As a tragic torch singer for the Millennial Generation, Lana Del Rey has not disappointed her fans. When she first came on the scene a few years ago, her exotic looks and awkward demeanor seemed to have been tailor-made for Snapchat, and the controversy surrounding the production of her records proved too irresistible for gossip lovers.

 

Lana Del Rey is now on her fifth album, the follow-up to the lukewarm Honeymoon, which was tepidly released in 2015. The songstress took to Twitter to announce her upcoming Lust for Life album, which appears to have a slightly supernatural and apocalyptic theme.

 

The flagship single for the album will also be named Lust for Life, which should not be confused with the Iggy Pop classic hit that was rediscovered in the 1990s soundtrack to the cult film Trainspotting.

 

Del Rey has continued to embrace themes of Hollywood decadence, nostalgia, and modern hedonism. This formula sits well with her fans who have largely forgotten the minor scandal surrounding her overproduced vocal work. At the recent South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Del Rey played a surprise gig sponsored by Apple Music, and the audience was thoroughly pleased with her performance.

 

At the Apple Music festival, Del Rey took the stage looking radiant in an ethereal white dress. Her band sharply moved through her nine most popular hits, which she sang without any hiccups or nervousness. At one point, she even strapped on a Gibson electric guitar and played her own accompaniment to her hit single “Yayo.”

 

Naturally, Del Rey left her modern classic “Video Games” as the final song; however, she teased the crowd and played her latest single “Love,” which is rumored to be the working foundation of Lust for Life.

 

At this point, music critics have commented that Del Rey would be better off not following the musical style of her Honeymoon album, which sounded a little too cinematic and would serve as a great soundtrack to a David Lynch film. Her best bet would be to produce a Portishead-like album and return to her “Video Games” roots.