Daily Archives: June 5, 2017

El mítico escenario del Oracle Arena latió al compás de la música regional mexicana durante el "Día Nacional De La Banda", un concierto totalmente vendido #SOLDOUT

 (PRNewsfoto/Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc)SAN FRANCISCO, 5 de junio de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — La aplicación LaMusica de Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) junto a 93.3FM La Raza, la estación radial de mayor sintonía en el mercado general del Área de la Bahía de San Francisco, San José y Oakland, presentaron un…


Trent Reznor Announces Trilogy of Nine Inch Nails EPs

Nine Inch Nails announced that their 2016 Not the Actual Events EP was the first of a trilogy, according to an email to fans from lead singer, Trent Reznor

“Did you know Not the Actual Events was the first part of a trilogy of related EPs that will be released about 6-8 months apart? Now you do,” he wrote in the message. If the band is on schedule, the second EP should arrive around July 23rd, ahead of Nine Inch Nails’ first scheduled tour date at FYF Fest in Los Angeles. The final EP would come out by the end of 2017. 

So far, fans have little reason to doubt NIN’s release schedule. When Reznor proclaimed that new Nine Inch Nails music would arrive in 2016, he delivered on his promise with Not the Actual Events, which was released digitally Friday ahead of its “physical component” version. 

“A lot of what’s blessed as the cool thing feels pretty generic and also feels, a lot of it, like a desperate plea for commercial airplay and success,” Reznor said of Not the Actual Events. “That combined with just our own worldview and a kind of daydream I was having led to ‘Let’s make a record that feels challenging, and exciting to us …’ I wanted the music to sound kind of ugly and to sound unfriendly not suck you in with a sexy hook.”

Reznor also hinted at plans for 2017 in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. “That will be part of the reveal,” Reznor said. “I don’t want to spoil it. If I’m interested in a film, I prefer not to watch the trailer. We live in overstimulated times.”

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Sign "O" The Times at 30: Prince Scholars, Fans To Celebrate Icon, June 8

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King Bach joins LiveXLive as Contributing Social Editor and Content Creator

King Bach and Rob EllinBEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Loton, Corp’s (OTC: LIVX) LiveXLive Studios announced that Andrew B. Bachelor, better known as the social media star with over 20 million followers, King Bach, has signed on to create original content for LiveXLive, the worldwide premium…


Interscope Geffen A&M Promotes Gary Kelly To Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer

Interscope Geffen A&M Promotes Gary Kelly To Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue OfficerSANTA MONICA, Calif., June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Interscope Geffen A&M promotes Gary Kelly to Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer, as announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman and CEO John Janick and Vice Chairman Steve Berman.
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Two Charged With Manslaughter in Oakland Ghost Ship Fire That Killed 36

Two people have been charged with 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the December Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people inside an Oakland warehouse, the L.A. Times reports.

Ghost Shop operator Derick Ion Almena, who converted the warehouse into an underground venue and living space, was arrested Monday morning, according to Almeda County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick.

Max Harris, Ghost Ship’s creative director who had been living there since 2014, was also arrested. Harris was the doorman on December 2nd, when a fire occurred inside the venue and trapped numerous attendees. Both men face up to 39 years in prison.

“The defendants knowingly created a fire trap with inadequate means of escape,” Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a press conference Monday. “They are now facing the consequences of their actions. The paying guests at the event were faced with a nearly impossible labyrinth of the defendants’ making to get out of that building. Almena and Harris’ actions were reckless, and they created the high risk of death.”

“They allowed individuals to live in the warehouse and decieved the police, fire department and the owners of the building to that fact,” O’Malley said. “They allowed large groups to assemble in the warehouse for unpermitted and unsafe musical events in the space. And on December 2nd, 2016, particularly, they actually blocked one of the points of egress, leaving only one way to get out of the second floor of that building.” 

O’Malley went on to add that “the building had no fire suppression, nor did it have lighted pathways to get out.” “They also conducted unpermitted and uninspected construction in the building, including electrical work,” she said. “And very purposefully they allowed floor-to-ceiling storage of large quantities of highly flammable materials that created a deadly and dangerous space.”

Over 70 people were in attendance for a Golden Donna concert; the 36 victims, whose ages ranged from 17 to 61, all died from smoke inhalation, according to coroner’s reports.

Harris previously claimed he reported electrical issues and power outages, along with crucial upgrades and electrical bills, with the building’s owners, The L.A. Times reports.

But Oakland officials have denied being made aware of dangers inside the crammed, 10,000-square-foot warehouse. The city’s fire chief stated that the department hadn’t inspected the location or responded to dispatches there in over 10 years, adding that city officials were unaware it was being used a concert and living space.

However, in February, the city released public records showing that the building had received at least 10 code enforcement complaints.

Chor N. Ng owned the warehouse. Her daughter, Eva Ng, previously claimed the building was only leased as a studio space and not as residences. Neither have been charged, however, in connection with the fire.

A lawyer for Almena did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

As demonstrated by photos released before the fire, the building was confusingly structured and crammed with collectibles, instruments and art projects. Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed even described the building as being “like a maze.”

On Monday, the D.A.’s office said that the cause of the fire remains undetermined due, in part, to much of the evidence being lost in the fire.

Ghost Ship was known as a safe haven for local artists. “People are desperate for places,” executive director of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Josette Melchor told CNN. “It’s one of those things where you don’t want to report something you see because you know how hard it is for people to find spaces.”

Artists lived in the warehouse and built lofts between the first and second floors, using two-by-fours and other types of wood. Photographer Bob Mulé, a loft resident, described to Rolling Stone the chaotic scene in the warehouse as the fire began. “There’s fire extinguishers all over the place, but of course, in the moment, it’s like, ‘Where the fuck are they?'” he said.

Days after the tragedy, Almena apologized for the horrific fire during a bizarre interview on Today, though he flinched when asked if he should be held accountable.

“I’m only here to say one thing: I’m incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together,” he said.

“I’m not going to answer these questions on this level,” he responded to questions about possible criminal negligence. “I’d rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents [of the victims]. I’d rather let them tear at my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions.” 

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Watch Mac DeMarco Bond With Grim Reaper in New 'One Another' Video

Mac DeMarco forms a deep, albeit hilarious, bond with the Grim Reaper in the lighthearted new video for “One Another.”

The clip was written and directed by DeMarco’s frequent collaborator, Pierce McGarry. In the video, Death arrives at the musician’s window. DeMarco invites him inside for a grand tour of his home and a MacBook Pro viewing of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The clip flashes forward to the songwriter on his deathbed. 

“Are you still over there, Death?” DeMarco asks. “My time has come. Come here, Death. I guess I’m just an old dog now. Come on, Death – do me in.”

“How about we just rock one more time?” the Reaper responds. 

The breezy “One Another” highlights DeMarco’s recently issued third LP, This Old Dog. The singer-songwriter’s upcoming tour will include a run of dates with the Flaming Lips, along with a newly announced solo show at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on September 22nd.

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Inside the June/July Issue of AARP The Magazine

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Hear Bob Dylan Recite His Nobel Prize in Literature Lecture

Six months after Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony he did not attend, the songwriter has fulfilled the award’s criteria by delivering a lecture on the topic to the Swedish Academy.

Recorded June 4th in Los Angeles, Dylan’s lecture finds the rock legend discussing both his musical influences like Leadbelly and Buddy Holly alongside literary works that informed his songwriting, including Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front and Homer’s The Odyssey.

“The themes from those books worked their way into many of my songs, either knowingly or unintentionally. I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard, and these themes were fundamental,” Dylan says during the 30-minute lecture.

Dylan then summarizes those classic stories and how folk music often cited their themes and motifs.

The Odyssey is a great book whose themes have worked its way into the ballads of a lot of songwriters: ‘Homeward Bound,’ ‘Green, Green Grass of Home,’ ‘Home on the Range,’ and my songs as well,” Dylan said.

The Odyssey is a strange, adventurous tale of a grown man trying to get home after fighting in a war. He’s on that long journey home, and it’s filled with traps and pitfalls. He’s cursed to wander … He’s a travelin’ man, but he’s making a lot of stops,” a nod to the Ricky Nelson single.

When the Swedish Academy initially announced that Dylan was the Nobel Prize recipient, they faced some backlash for including a songwriter among previous winners like Samuel Beckett, Pablo Neruda and Toni Morrison. However, as Dylan explained in his lecture, the songwriter, the poet, the playwright and the storyteller are all similar.

“Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read,” Dylan said.

“The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be acted on the stage. Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page. And I hope some of you get the chance to listen to these lyrics the way they were intended to be heard: in concert or on record or however people are listening to songs these days. I return once again to Homer, who says, ‘Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.'”

While Dylan did not attend the Nobel ceremony and banquet in Stockholm in December, he did pen an acceptance speech that was read by United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji. In April, when Dylan’s European tour reached Sweden, he officially received his Nobel Prize medal and diploma.

By providing a lecture on the subject of literature, Dylan fulfilled all the requisites in order to receive the $900,000 award that accompanies the Nobel Prize.

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