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February 18, 1999 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ruth Margraff's "The Elektra Fugues" is a fragmented, poetic vision of history's ultimate dysfunctional family on the eve of its collapse. In this intriguing Bottom's Dream production at the Ivy Substation, Margraff transports Euripides' tragedy "Electra" to America for an opera of emotional discord. Elektra (Alice Dodd), a disenfranchised punk-rock teen, seems repellent beside her good-girl sister, Chrysothemis (Cheryl White).
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October 4, 2012 | By Todd Martens
In early September it was revealed that Jeff Castelaz was parting ways with Silver Lake's Dangerbird Records, the independent label he co-founded about 10 years ago. Today, Castelaz officially joins the ranks of the major label community, as Warner Music Group is set to unveil that Castelaz has been named the president of Elektra Records.  Castelaz at Dangerbird helped foster the careers of local artists such as the Silversun Pickups, Fitz...
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August 31, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Gimmicky at times (the hip-hopped version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," once reggaefied by Bob Marley), the heirs' latest nonetheless strikes a fine balance of Rastafarian righteousness and percolating rhythms. And one gimmicky bit works terrifically: the sample from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and guest rapping by Wyclef Jean add dimension to the sermon-like "Everyone Wants to Be." The group plays Friday at the Greek Theatre.
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March 11, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
In writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez's 2009 feature "Women in Trouble," actress Carla Gugino played a world-weary adult film star named "Elektra Luxx. " The character, with Gugino reprising her role, gets title billing in Gutierrez's newest feature, though she's now a pregnant fledgling sex-educator struggling to find her place in the world in the wake of her notorious former career. A dead musician's unrecorded songs start a roundelay of intrigues, and soon Elektra is encountering a series of offbeat characters who throw the perils of her path to self-discovery into strong relief.
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April 2, 2000 | SOREN BAKER
Hip-hop's thematic emphasis on materialistic spoils has all but banished rap's more original and wide-ranging lyricists. That might change with Rah Digga's debut album (due in stores Tuesday), an 18-song collection that reasserts the appeal and value of pure verbal acrobatics. The husky-voiced, New Jersey-based artist, who recorded with the Fugees in 1996 and is a member of the Busta Rhymes-helmed Flipmode Squad, makes most of her points with her humorous punch lines.
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June 16, 1989 | Kathie Bozanich
Fast-moving compact discs in three neighborhoods. SAM GOODY, 6927 Katella Ave., Cypress. (714) 827-6060. The Other Side of the Mirror, Stevie Nicks (Atlantic) Big Daddy, John Cougar Mellencamp (Mercury) Blind Man's Zoo, 10,000 Maniacs (Elektra) Disintegration, the Cure (Elektra) Three Feet High Rising, De La Soul (Tommy Boy) PEER RECORDS, 14210 Culver Drive, Irvine. (714) 551-1145. . . . And Justice for All, Metallica (Elektra) Sonic Temple, the Cult (Sire)
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April 20, 1986
It is hard to believe in this day of enlightenment (?) that any opera review, but specifically the TV opera review of "Elektra," could not contain the name of the opera's composer, Richard Strauss ("Gory Becomes 'Elektra' in PBS Epic Offering," April 11). Voland was evidently so overcome by the "implied incest and gore galore," the "bloody, scrofulous muck that surrounds and covers the palace's floors and grounds," and feeling "the depravity of these figures" that he could not muster up the strength to write the composer's name in a two-column review.
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July 3, 2008 | Kevin Bronson
Everything about electro-pop trio Hearts of Palm U.K. seems a little coy, except the music. The group hails from Echo Park, not England (keeping the "U.K." appellation draped in mystery), and isn't even a band but more a project of songwriter Erica Elektra -- whose surname, of course, is merely something she adopted after almost being electrocuted while playing bass in the basement of her New York City apartment. Friends Frankie Rose and Billy Kaye (ahem . . . not their real names; they're to Elektra's right in the photo)
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December 18, 1993
I was very pleased with the recent interview I did with Jim Washburn for your paper ("Playing by His Own Rules Now," Nov. 20). However, a quote was taken from that interview and used in the "Highlights" section titled "On the Record." As it reads (out of context), at least to me, it appears as if Elektra/Asylum Records is guilty of some sort of financial sleight of hand. They are not. I simply owe them money for recording costs. The recording cost for the five albums I made for Elektra/Asylum amounted to more than $700,000--quite a tidy sum. My contract with them stipulated that I would repay these costs out of my royalties--which I agreed to do. Although I will probably never see recording royalties for these albums, I have received royalties for original songs on these albums.
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August 22, 2010 | By Chris Martins, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Part of a series of occasional articles. Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs. " For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top in a country hopelessly devoted to Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga looked to be one of those watershed moments when art trumps commerce and some sort of musical reboot occurs. For North Carolina independent label Merge Records, which signed Arcade Fire in 2004 and released "The Suburbs," the coup served as a reminder that a tectonic shift has taken place in the music business.
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September 11, 2010
STAGE "Elektra" A new translation of Sophocles' "Elektra" springs to life on the Getty Villa's outdoor stage. Starring Tyrees Allen and Olympia Dukakis, the spare and modern interpretation tells the tragic tale of willful memory, vengeance and the damage that happens to someone who refuses to forget. Getty Villa Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. Ends Oct. 2. $42, (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu. EVENTS HempCon Amid the controversy surrounding medical marijuana, pot dispensaries and Proposition 19 (which would legalize possession in California)
BUSINESS
September 2, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Jac Holzman, who founded Elektra Records 60 years ago with $600 — half from his bar mitzvah money — should by all rights be sipping mai tais on a tropical island at this point in his career. Instead, the 79-year-old is exactly where he likes to be: in the thick of a technological tidal wave that's crashed over the very industry he helped to build. Holzman is senior advisor to Edgar Bronfman Jr., the chief executive of Warner Music Group Corp. who asked the veteran to return to the label that bought Elektra in 1970, along with Nonesuch Records, which Holzman launched in 1964.
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August 22, 2010 | By Chris Martins, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Part of a series of occasional articles. Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs. " For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top in a country hopelessly devoted to Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga looked to be one of those watershed moments when art trumps commerce and some sort of musical reboot occurs. For North Carolina independent label Merge Records, which signed Arcade Fire in 2004 and released "The Suburbs," the coup served as a reminder that a tectonic shift has taken place in the music business.
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January 20, 2010 | By David Budin >>>
Nina Lamb may be partially responsible for some of the greatest rock music ever recorded. Her contribution? Cheese-and-spinach phyllo rolls. "The Doors would go into their studio to rehearse or record," Lamb says, "and they'd get hungry and they'd call me at, maybe, midnight. They'd say, 'Can you bring us down some phyllo?' So I'd bake a bunch and take it down to them. I started making it and keeping it in my freezer." As the wife, and then ex-wife, of the legendary Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, Lamb served as the label's de facto chef, preparing food not only for industry parties for artists as diverse as Jim Morrison and Judy Collins, but also sending over snacks whenever her favorite acts felt the urge.
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July 3, 2008 | Kevin Bronson
Everything about electro-pop trio Hearts of Palm U.K. seems a little coy, except the music. The group hails from Echo Park, not England (keeping the "U.K." appellation draped in mystery), and isn't even a band but more a project of songwriter Erica Elektra -- whose surname, of course, is merely something she adopted after almost being electrocuted while playing bass in the basement of her New York City apartment. Friends Frankie Rose and Billy Kaye (ahem . . . not their real names; they're to Elektra's right in the photo)
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November 23, 2007 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Mexico's largest specialty retailer said Thursday that it was partnering with one of China's Big Three automakers to build a plant in central Mexico that would have the capacity to produce 100,000 vehicles a year. Appliance and electronics giant Grupo Elektra and Beijing-based First Automobile Works Group are scheduled to hold a groundbreaking in the state of Michoacan today, when the companies will detail their plans to build and finance low-cost cars aimed at Mexico's emerging middle class.
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March 11, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
In writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez's 2009 feature "Women in Trouble," actress Carla Gugino played a world-weary adult film star named "Elektra Luxx. " The character, with Gugino reprising her role, gets title billing in Gutierrez's newest feature, though she's now a pregnant fledgling sex-educator struggling to find her place in the world in the wake of her notorious former career. A dead musician's unrecorded songs start a roundelay of intrigues, and soon Elektra is encountering a series of offbeat characters who throw the perils of her path to self-discovery into strong relief.
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June 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A court has ordered descendants of composer Richard Strauss to share royalties with the heirs of librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal for nine collaborations, including the popular operas "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Elektra." In a decision made public Thursday, the Munich state court found that letters and agreements between the men made it clear they intended to share the income.
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December 16, 2006 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
Whenever the '60s glory days of Elektra Records are mentioned, it's usually in terms of the daring artists on the culture-bending label, including the Doors, Love, Tim Buckley and the Stooges. But the real hero of the Elektra story is Jac Holzman, a brilliant young visionary who started the label at 19, driven by his love of folk music and audio engineering.
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