October 24, 2013 |
For the last several years, Swedish music company Epidemic Sound has been building a vast library of tracks for producers to use in soundtracks on television shows and online video, amassing 20,000 pieces from more than 100 composers. Now, the company is launching in the United States through a partnership with Maker Studios, which operates some of the biggest video channels on YouTube. “We really want to be the kings of background music," Epidemic Chief Executive Oscar Höglund said.
October 16, 2013 |
Jose says his girlfriend added him to her credit card a few years ago. She proceeded to run up $40,000 in debt, which she didn't pay off. The couple broke up. Now Jose says he's got creditors knocking at his door demanding payment for his ex's spending sprees. What to do? This horror story illustrates why you should never, ever agree to be added to someone else's plastic. Love doesn't always last forever. You don't want an erstwhile sweetie's debt haunting you after a relationship has run its course.
October 16, 2013 |
A hot ticket every fall at California Institute of the Arts is Gary Mairs' weekly silent movie screenings for his film history class. You read that right - silent movie screenings. The Bijou Theater is not packed because students at the Valencia campus are crazy for silent movies necessarily, but because of the live music that accompanies these classics. Since 2004, Mairs has invited students, faculty and alumni at CalArts' Herb Albert School of Music to accompany the films. Over the years, the music has run the gamut from an original string quartet for Carl Theodore Dryer's 1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc" to an improvised accompaniment for D.W. Griffith's 1919 "Broken Blossoms," which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929's "Man With a Movie Camera.
October 14, 2013 |
Great, just what the world needs: more enthusiasm for something Beatles-related. It's a little tiresome, after all, this relentless fawning. Seems like every fiscal quarter something else pops up: an anniversary, reissue, Cirque du Soleil production, documentary, or surprising new solo album. Can't we give it a rest and focus on, say, the Kinks, James Brown or Pulp for a while? PHOTOS: The Early Beatles Collection Not while a Beatle's still making records as consistent and well-crafted as "New.
October 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't so long ago that Europe and its debt troubles were the dominant themes whenever global finance leaders got together. Now the focus -- and pressure -- are squarely on the United States, as the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this week illustrate. The immediate flash point, of course, is the political gridlock in Washington that has shut down big chunks of the federal government and sparked fears that lawmakers will fail to raise the debt ceiling in time, potentially leading to a U.S. default and devastating consequences.
October 8, 2013 |
As rock groups go, tribute bands are low on the totem pole. No record deals, no radio play, no respect from rock critics. Their fans, if they have any, tend to like them not for who they are, but for who they pretend to be. The Fab Faux rise above their caste. The five members, who perform Beatles songs with the power and precision of a symphony orchestra, are appreciated in their own right as virtuoso musicians. They've been written up in Rolling Stone. They play classy venues like the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, and they charge premium prices for tickets.
October 4, 2013
Re "Taking roll in California," Opinion, Sept. 30 It's good to see California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to sound the alarm about truancy. Truancy predicts crime. It's a lot easier to get kids back to school than it is to deal with the aftermath for the rest of their lives. Harris and Duncan suggest a tough policy: "Hold accountable everyone who bears responsibility for getting kids to school. " But as former L.A. Unified School District Supt.
October 4, 2013 |
Matana Roberts does not make easy listening music. Although in mainstream culture jazz is frequently relegated to an awards show backdrop or an oh-so-spooky bit of shading for pay-cable political dramas, the music remains a springboard into avant-garde expression for this Chicago-born saxophonist, who explores both personal and social history on "Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. " A challenging, engrossing listen that follows her ambitious "Chapter One" from 2011, this 49-minute piece (broken into 18 seamless tracks)
October 2, 2013 |
Michael Einziger of the alt-rock band Incubus has listed his Malibu retreat, with a sound studio, for $3.75 million. If you are thinking that a garage band member might live in a grungy pad, think again. This is one classy estate. Set on nearly an acre behind gates, the one-story house was built in 1956 and has been upgraded with such features as a control room and a home theater with a loft viewing lounge. About 3,700 square feet of living space include a great room with a stone fireplace, wood-beam ceilings, four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
October 2, 2013 |
Southern California Edison fired another salvo at its former contractor, demanding that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries pay it $140 million for the cost of investigating the failure of steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Edison on Tuesday released a Sept. 27 letter that accused Mitsubishi of "stonewalling" by continuing to seek more documentation about the cost of the utility's probes. "Your letter makes clear that Mitsubishi has no intention of meeting its contractual obligations to reimburse expenses incurred as a result of the defective replacement steam generators," Edison wrote.