Alternative Music – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://foxosmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ICON-1.png Alternative Music – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ 32 32 Local students win top honors, including one to perform virtually January 22-24 | Local News https://foxosmusic.com/local-students-win-top-honors-including-one-to-perform-virtually-january-22-24-local-news/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/local-students-win-top-honors-including-one-to-perform-virtually-january-22-24-local-news/ SHERIDAN — By now, Sheridan High School students Ryan Bosley and Keaton Phipps are used to altering COVID-19 plans and reducing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to virtual versions. The most recent experience for the two seniors included the first opportunity for students to compete in national honor sets. Bosley earned trombone 1 for the All-National Concert Band, […]]]>

SHERIDAN — By now, Sheridan High School students Ryan Bosley and Keaton Phipps are used to altering COVID-19 plans and reducing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to virtual versions.

The most recent experience for the two seniors included the first opportunity for students to compete in national honor sets. Bosley earned trombone 1 for the All-National Concert Band, while Phipps earned first alternate French horn for the All-National Concert Band or Symphony Orchestra. The two young men had originally planned a trip to San Diego, Calif., this month, with Phipps not attending unless a space becomes vacant but still able to attend as a back-up.

Now, Phipps will not participate at all and Bosley will virtually compete at All-National with other select musicians nationwide.

While honor band and orchestra opportunities aren’t new for musicians, this was the first year a high school teacher offered the opportunity to try out All-National bands.

“We wouldn’t even have heard of the All-Nationals without (Chad) Rose telling us about it,” Phipps said. “Rose invited us to audition for it. That’s probably the main reason we were able to do it.

The boys have both participated in honor bands and orchestras in every district in every state over the years, but weren’t sure how many attended when asked to count them, saying that it depended on COVID-19 protocols that had canceled events for the past two years. school years. A more unique opportunity – the National Association for Music Education, Northwest Division – hosted the two along with other musical peers from SHS, but COVID-19 kicked in again and organizers canceled the event. .

“(The coronavirus) happened just before we left,” Phipps said. “It was planned to be in Washington.”

While unable to attend in person, Bosley remains optimistic about working with a talented team of conductors and other musical peers across the country.

“It’s really a great honor, and it’s nice to be able to play music with these people,” Bosley said. “It would have been great to go there in person. It’s still great to be able to do it; I’m glad they didn’t cancel it.

The boys credit new teacher and music director Chad Rose for connecting them with new opportunities, as well as athletic trainers allowing them time off from practice to audition and prepare. Rose praised the students for their hard work at a meeting of the Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees in December, which took time to recognize the Broncs’ accomplishments. Rose shared his experience with All-National – having encouraged students from previous districts to try out – and students he taught who were selected in previous years played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the Gaylord Resort in Dallas, Texas.

“During the 2020-2021 school year, talented music students across the United States and abroad at military base schools have been training diligently to earn a pulpit or be part of their ensembles. local, district and state music honor,” Rose explained. “And of the most elite high school musicians who were accepted into their district or into all-state music bands, 550 of them — the ‘best of the best’ — were selected for honor bands. National Association for Music Education 2022 Awards. ”

Bosley and Phipps, while unable to participate in person, remain busy with other musical activities in SHS classes and collaborative community groups under the direction of Sheridan College professor Eric Richards, among other opportunities.

Bosley will participate in the virtual event from January 22-24.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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Indie 102.3 honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day with protest songs https://foxosmusic.com/indie-102-3-honors-martin-luther-king-jr-day-with-protest-songs/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:43:30 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/indie-102-3-honors-martin-luther-king-jr-day-with-protest-songs/ The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is long and complex. Much of what King is known for and why he continues to be celebrated is because of his life’s work with peaceful protest and civil disobedience, fighting for the rights of black Americans in the late 1950s and 60s. . King was, for […]]]>

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is long and complex. Much of what King is known for and why he continues to be celebrated is because of his life’s work with peaceful protest and civil disobedience, fighting for the rights of black Americans in the late 1950s and 60s. .

King was, for a time, the most prominent leader of the civil rights movement, his leadership beginning in 1955 with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. King was already an active member of his community fighting against Jim Crow laws in the South, which legalized racial segregation. But the result of the boycott brought him local and national attention. During the 385-day boycott, King was arrested and his home bombed in opposition to his message of peaceful protest. With case Browder vs. Gayle (1956), segregation ended in the Montgomery bus system, but King continued to work for racial equity in all aspects of life.

Over the next five years, King was monitored by the FBI, assaulted, arrested and imprisoned on several occasions. In 1963, King was a household name and spoke at the (then) largest protest in US history — the March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.” , which is still quoted (and often misquoted) to this day.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize and helped pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He helped expose housing inequality in the country and organized the multiple marches in Selma, Alabama, who finally exposed police brutality against black citizens to the nation. He spoke out against the Vietnam War and started the Poor People’s Campaign.

The thread that runs through all of King’s work is that he simply held up a mirror to the United States, asking its white citizens and leaders to see how black citizens were treated. King made those who thought they were his friends uncomfortable (in the face of more backlash and anger in Chicago than in the South) and conducted his protests peacefully in accordance with his Christian beliefs and inspiration. of Mahatma Gandhi.

After his assassination on April 4, 1968, King was posthumously awarded and applauded by the US government and institutions around the world. In 1971, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day was established as an American national holiday, celebrated on the third Monday of the month (relative to its January 15 birthday).

One of the ways King’s legacy can still be heard today is through music, perhaps one of the most peaceful forms of protest. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, several protest songs were released by black artists around the world. On January 17, 2022, Indie 102.3 pays tribute to King’s work by highlighting music throughout the day that carries his message.

Stream a playlist of songs we’ve compiled to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. From The Temptations and Billie Holiday to Janelle Monae and Anderson .Paak, let this playlist tell a story of the black experience through protest and overcoming and the road ahead.

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Matt Gaetz complains about COVID protocols at 30A Songwriter’s Festival https://foxosmusic.com/matt-gaetz-complains-about-covid-protocols-at-30a-songwriters-festival/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:35:14 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/matt-gaetz-complains-about-covid-protocols-at-30a-songwriters-festival/ SANTA ROSA BEACH – Congressman Matt Gaetz wrote a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis informing him of a “flagrant violation” in Walton County of an executive order issued intended to prevent businesses or government entities to require vaccine passports. The County Cultural Arts Alliance, organizer of the popular 30A Songwriters Festival, found itself in […]]]>

SANTA ROSA BEACH – Congressman Matt Gaetz wrote a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis informing him of a “flagrant violation” in Walton County of an executive order issued intended to prevent businesses or government entities to require vaccine passports.

The County Cultural Arts Alliance, organizer of the popular 30A Songwriters Festival, found itself in Gaetz’s sights when it issued safety protocols requiring event attendees to present proof of a negative test or full vaccination check.

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The music festival, which attracts thousands of people, is slated to start on Friday and last through the weekend.

Gaetz shared his letter with the public in a press release issued Monday.

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“Yellowjackets” Soundtrack: Listen to this nostalgic playlist from Showtime’s brutal thriller https://foxosmusic.com/yellowjackets-soundtrack-listen-to-this-nostalgic-playlist-from-showtimes-brutal-thriller/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/yellowjackets-soundtrack-listen-to-this-nostalgic-playlist-from-showtimes-brutal-thriller/ Showtime’s thriller “Yellowjackets” promises more supernatural ghosts, blood and, of course, human flesh before the highly anticipated finale on January 16. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop then. The show’s Spotify playlist brings its flawed characters to life with a balanced blend of modern indie ballads and ’90s rock tracks. The soundtrack […]]]>

Showtime’s thriller “Yellowjackets” promises more supernatural ghosts, blood and, of course, human flesh before the highly anticipated finale on January 16.

But that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop then. The show’s Spotify playlist brings its flawed characters to life with a balanced blend of modern indie ballads and ’90s rock tracks. The soundtrack screams teenage angst and evokes feelings of invincibility.

In the Showtime series, the toughest members of the Yellowjackets’ women’s soccer team miss the national competition after their plane crashes into the Ontario wilderness. With each new day approaching death for the stranded teens as they grapple with dwindling stocks of food, water and basic provisions. Slowly but surely, the once-binding brotherhood of the team turns to despair in a ruthless game of predator and prey.

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Twenty-five years later, in 2021, most of the surviving members are leading seemingly normal lives. But beneath their facades of wealth, status and harmony, they are all still haunted by their brutal past.


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Tunes like “Mother Mother” by Tracy Bonham and “Firestarter” by The Prodigy capture the recklessness and fury of teenagers. Sinister tracks like “Overture” and “The Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera” are notably played alongside adult Misty (Christina Ricci) during her deranged ploys. She’s not the only one crossing a line though. In total, the songs emphasize how far each of the remaining Yellowjackets will go to erase their names and retreat from an unspeakable past.

The soundtrack also includes “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa, “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette, “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins and the iconic “Dreams” by The Cranberries.

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modern Irish music told in Legacies https://foxosmusic.com/modern-irish-music-told-in-legacies/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/modern-irish-music-told-in-legacies/ LyricFM, 7 p.m. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera, performing Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M Blow’s moving memoir Fire shut up in my bones. This way RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 8 p.m. Weekly, internationally-broadcast LGBT * radio program produced in Los Angeles featuring news, in-depth coverage […]]]>

LyricFM, 7 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera, performing Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M Blow’s moving memoir Fire shut up in my bones.

This way

RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 8 p.m.

Weekly, internationally-broadcast LGBT * radio program produced in Los Angeles featuring news, in-depth coverage of major events, interviews with key queer figures, as well as music, literature and entertainment.

SUNDAY

The lyrical function

LyricFM, 6 p.m.

Goedemorgen, Amsterdam: Laoise O’Brien travels to Amsterdam with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland to follow their musical adventures in this historic and culturally rich city.

Treaty songs

LyricFM, 9 p.m.

Highlights edited from the recent Treaty songs concert at the National Concert Hall, with the Crash Ensemble, Lisa O’Neill, John Spillane, Karan Casey, Duke Special, Jonathan Nangle and special guest Christy Moore.

Lasracha

R na G, 9 p.m.

Seán Ó hÉanaigh takes an Irish look at Gram Parsons’ work as a solo artist, his recordings with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmylou Harris, in another broadcast of his roundup of classic Americana .

MONDAY

Ceol Binn ó na Beanna

R na G, 7 p.m.

All this week on the program, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha will give us a look back on the best traditional music albums of 2021, including the music of Sarah Ghriallais, Aidan Connolly, Hugh Healy, Aggie Whyte, Colm Naughton, and more.

TUESDAY

Happyalone: ​​Father Matthew Street 2020 session revisited on The Alternative; Tuesday, 10 p.m. 2FM

The alternative

2FM, 10 p.m.

Dan Hegarty presents another pair of performances from the RTÉ Session Archives: A 2000 fanning session by alt-rockers Wilt saw former Kerbdog members enter pop territory, while a 2019 session by Cork trio Happyalone is recorded as one of the presenter’s favorites, including a remarkable rendition of “Something in the Way” by Nirvana.

WEDNESDAY

The alternative

2FM, 10 p.m.

Having presented the second LP of British electronic group Death in Vegas Contino sessions All week as Album of the Week, Dan Hegarty talks with frontman Richard Fearless about his writing and recording, including working with punk icon Iggy Pop on the single “Aisha”.

THURSDAY

Bladhair

R na G, 3 p.m.

The team is back in action after the Christmas holidays, and Áine Ní Bhreisleáin puts on an action-packed show as usual, with lots of prizes, great music and lots of laughs.

FRIDAY

Cartlann Bhóthar na Léinsí

R na G, 2:05 p.m.

Dáithí de Mórdha presents gems from the archives of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Munster weekly – demonstrating the traditions, customs, beliefs, lifestyles, hobbies, family and community life of the past in the Gaeltacht.

The lyrical concert

LyricFM, 7 p.m.

Conductor Jaime Martin leads the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring famous pianist Kirill Gerstein in Rachmaninoff’s piece Piano Concerto No.2 live from the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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Heritage

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A four-part look at the evolution of modern Irish music commissioned by RTÉ 2FM: A conversation between The alternative‘s Dan Hegarty and former independent DJ Jenny Huston; a look at the development of Irish hip-hop by Mo-K; The collection of Irish pop songs narrated by Tara Kumar and Stephen Byrne, and Tracy Clifford takes a look at the history of our festival scene.


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Josh Klinghoffer Pays Tribute to Betty White with Cover of “Golden Girls” Theme Song https://foxosmusic.com/josh-klinghoffer-pays-tribute-to-betty-white-with-cover-of-golden-girls-theme-song/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:18:14 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/josh-klinghoffer-pays-tribute-to-betty-white-with-cover-of-golden-girls-theme-song/ Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer paid tribute to Betty White with a cover of the Daddy’s Girls theme song. Betty White died on New Years Eve, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Now Klinghoffer honors the TV star. He shared a guitar cover of the theme song of Daddy’s Girls, the show […]]]>

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer paid tribute to Betty White with a cover of the Daddy’s Girls theme song.

Betty White died on New Years Eve, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Now Klinghoffer honors the TV star. He shared a guitar cover of the theme song of Daddy’s Girls, the show that made White legendary.

“There have been a lot of losses lately, a lot of endings,” Klinghoffer wrote on Instagram. “It happens all the time everywhere, but the last few weeks have seen the loss of a few important people in my life. I rarely feel like I have any wisdom to share, but the show’s creator son who I included the theme song to said so, and I think it’s just awesome. He said (something like), “We’re all experts at being exactly what we were the day before. “

Watch Klinghoffer’s cover of the Daddy’s Girls theme below.

“As it’s kind of a start, tomorrow maybe try to do something different,” Klinghoffer continues. “Make that call. Start this book. Go breathe outside. End this fight. To feel. Try to fix some of the broken things you see around you, inside and out. Live life knowing that you don’t have forever because all lives tend to end.

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CES 2022: Five tech trends to watch in an unusual year https://foxosmusic.com/ces-2022-five-tech-trends-to-watch-in-an-unusual-year/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/ces-2022-five-tech-trends-to-watch-in-an-unusual-year/ Nothing in this year’s CES will be normal. This includes some of the biggest trends expected at the show. However, a long list of tech players have decided not to visit Las Vegas. Strict Covid-19 quarantine requirements in China have made it difficult for many Chinese companies to travel, including popular drone exhibitor and maker […]]]>

Nothing in this year’s CES will be normal. This includes some of the biggest trends expected at the show.

However, a long list of tech players have decided not to visit Las Vegas. Strict Covid-19 quarantine requirements in China have made it difficult for many Chinese companies to travel, including popular drone exhibitor and maker DJI, and Israel in December banned its citizens from traveling to the United States.

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will deliver her speech virtually. T-Mobile US Inc.‘s

CEO Mike Sievert will not be giving his keynote address at all. Mainstays of the event such as Intel Corp.

, Lenovo Group Ltd.

, LG Electronics Inc.

and Panasonic Corp.

have withdrawn or significantly reduced their in-person staff, and the largest tech companies, including Alphabet Inc.

by Google, Meta Platforms Inc.

(formerly Facebook), Microsoft Corp.

and Amazon.com Inc.

, who usually played smaller roles, decided to stay home. (Our own team canceled their intention to be there in person.)

Yet many companies still want to be in Las Vegas to get that face-to-face contact, said CTA CEO Gary Shapiro. “You can only do a lot by video chat and over the phone,” he said.

An air purifier from Bemis Manufacturing Co.


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While in-person demonstrations and unveilings will be rare, expect plenty of news and not just from the traditional TV, audio, and home appliance categories. The automotive industry has become such an important part of the show that it takes over the new West Hall expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. And many other tech-savvy companies see even uncrowded CES as a chance to grab some attention.

“There’s always a bunch of stuff out there that I never would have considered consumer electronics,” said Tim Bajarin, technical analyst at Creative Strategies. “But it’s a much more diverse spectacle than it’s ever been,” he added. He said he had been to CES 45 times, missing a few in the late ’70s and early’ 80s. He had planned to attend again this year before Omicron stepped in.

Here’s what should be available for this year, from family tech to food, with a sprinkling of metaverse, cryptocurrency, and NFT.

Make yourself comfortable at home

We spent two years mostly hanging out at home, and tech companies took note. They feature products designed to help users relax and decompress when they’re not typing on a computer or zooming in on a meeting. They’ve designed smart beds that can give you a nudge when you wake up, tubs that keep the water temperature constant, and air purifiers that also add scents to a room.

Developers are focusing on sensor-assisted products such as lamps, toilets and tubs that react to time of day, air quality or presence in the room, the latest evolution of the Internet of Things.

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“It’s the shift from a connected home to a smart home that uses environmental signals to signal the sound, the lights, the overall feel of the home,” said Mitch Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance , a smart home standard. organization.

Bemis Manufacturing Co. will introduce a new line of smart air purifiers designed to automatically adapt to indoor air quality and emit essential oil aromas. At night, gadgets detect that the lights are down and reduce noise so you can sleep.

Sleep Corp Number.

and Sleepme Inc. are among the companies unveiling next-generation bed technology with more advanced detection and response capabilities for adults. Cradlewise touts similar technology for babies, using artificial intelligence that can tell when kids wake up, learn what music will soothe them, and smoothly fall back to sleep.

CarePredict Inc. will present an update to its Tempo wrist-worn device.


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Caring for children and parents

CES 2022 will have many technologies for the so-called “sandwich generation”, adults who care for both their children and their parents: a baby monitor equipped with artificial intelligence capable of detecting a covered face or a rollover, room sensors to track the movement of the elderly, and health and activity clothing designed to meet the needs of each age group.

Florida-based CarePredict Inc. will present an update to its wrist-worn Tempo that makes it easier for caregivers to communicate with older loved ones (or ensure they are properly cared for). The new CareVoice feature allows people to send audio messages to the wearer of the watch, whether it’s a greeting from a grandchild or a reminder to take medication.

“It really is a human touch, even when you’re not around,” said CarePredict CEO Satish Movva. “Your voice on their wrist. “

The device already detects falls and can send an alert when the wearer skips meals, sleeps less or has other activity outside of the norm.

Orbisk will offer a device that uses image recognition to help hotels, restaurants and others reduce food waste.


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Save the planet

Many big tech companies have shared their efforts to make their products more environmentally friendly. This means using more recycled materials, making their devices easier to repair, and reducing packaging around products.

Some of the products on display at CES include a hydrogen fuel cell flying car concept from French company Maca and a tabletop washing machine from another French company, Auum, designed to reduce single-use plastic by cleaning and while drying a glass. in 10 seconds.

RanMarine Technology’s WasteShark is a floating autonomous drone that cleans up pollution from waterways and collects water quality data.


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Jong-Hee Han, vice president of Samsung Electronics and head of the company’s new TV, home and mobile device division, will deliver his keynote address on Tuesday outlining Samsung’s plans to create customizable and eco-friendly technologies. environment.

From the Netherlands, RanMarine Technology will present WasteShark, a floating autonomous drone that cleans up pollution from waterways and collects water quality data, while Orbisk will present a device that uses image recognition to help hotels, restaurants and more reduce food waste.

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Cooking and eating

The liveliest thing at CES 2020, the last in-person show before the pandemic, wasn’t a gadget, software, or service, but Impossible Pork from Impossible Foods Inc., a plant-based meat made for cooking. and smell like pig earth.

This year at the show, a half-day food technology conference will showcase advancements in areas such as agriculture, ingredient innovation, meal kits and deliveries, vertical farming and , of course, more plant-based meat. Impossible Foods will be there, as will MycoTechnology, which will launch a mushroom-based meat alternative.

The conference will also cover “how robotics will change the face of food,” said Michael Wolf, founder of The Spoon, an online food technology industry publication that hosts the event. For example, agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co. will discuss how automation can address labor shortages and unpredictable weather conditions.

A tech industry battle is taking shape on the metaverse. WSJ tech reporter Meghan Bobrowsky explains the concept and why tech companies like Facebook, Roblox and Epic Games are investing billions to develop this digital space. Photo: History blocks

Look ahead

The Metaverse is a hot topic right now. In October, Facebook Inc. changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc., in preparation for the Internet’s next chapter: People wear high-tech glasses so their avatars can interact, no matter where they are in the world. At CES 2022, tech companies of all sizes are showcasing tools to build and navigate this virtual future.

Hyundai Motor Group will allow visitors to create avatars and try out new concept cars in cyberspace. Startup Bhaptics will demonstrate gaming gloves designed to replace portable VR controllers. Samsung markets its metaverse ambitions with a virtual reality interior design platform.

And the conference hosts a new program to discuss non-fungible tokens (aka NFT), virtual certificates that show you own a digital item.

“Are we a little ahead of our skis on the themes of the metaverse and the NFT?” Yes, ”said Maribel Lopez, senior analyst at tech industry analysis firm Lopez Research. “But that’s kind of the goal of CES. ”

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From left-wing Jewish roots to an independent music center, at the heart of 4848 St-Laurent is the community https://foxosmusic.com/from-left-wing-jewish-roots-to-an-independent-music-center-at-the-heart-of-4848-st-laurent-is-the-community/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:24:04 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/from-left-wing-jewish-roots-to-an-independent-music-center-at-the-heart-of-4848-st-laurent-is-the-community/ With an elegant gesture, she goes up on stage. The golden curtain reflects a warm glow on her skin as she turns to face the empty concert hall. “My favorite place in the building?” Watch from this scene, ”said Eliza Kaheroton Santos one December afternoon in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood. Santos is the cleaner of […]]]>

With an elegant gesture, she goes up on stage. The golden curtain reflects a warm glow on her skin as she turns to face the empty concert hall.

“My favorite place in the building?” Watch from this scene, ”said Eliza Kaheroton Santos one December afternoon in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood.

Santos is the cleaner of La Sala Rossa, affectionately known by the locals as simply “Sala”.

During the day, she carries crates of drinks up the stairs, the soles of her sneakers leaving marks on the freshly cleaned floors. At night, she stays to watch alternative music numbers with her friends. She is herself an experimental noise musician and knows this scene well, performing several times here.

A familiar sight of the evening before COVID – spectators take in the fresh air on the front porch and sidewalk outside 4848 St-Laurent. (Submitted by Pierre Langlois)

For Santos, Sala is another home outside of the tight-knit community of Kanesatake where she grew up. Many of his friends work – and play – here too. In fact, after several CV submissions and no response, it was his friends who pushed Mauro Pezzente – the man behind La Sala Rossa – to offer him the job.

Dawn of Sala

Like Santos, Pezzente has persistence.

It’s 2001 and the local musician and booker is looking for a big venue.

He had just booked the Scottish slowcore band Arab Strap at Casa del Popolo (known as “Casa” in the town) – their vegetarian resto-bar with a picturesque scene.

The show sold out in an hour.

The problem was that Casa’s capacity is limited to 60 people. Fans who didn’t score tickets were angered that the group wasn’t playing in a larger venue. The rumblings of the Mile End music scene prompted Pezzente to find a new venue for the show.

On a whim, Mauro Pezzente asked the president of Centro Social Español if he could rent the large concert hall in his building. Twenty years later, he rents and still directs the popular concert hall, La Sala Rossa. (Fenn Mayes / CBC)

He glanced at the two-story art-deco brick building facing Casa and crossed Montreal’s main street.

The door clicked open and the president had entered – the president of Centro Social Español, that is.

Pezzente asked if he could rent the concert hall with a capacity of 250 people upstairs for a performance. The president said yes. As fate would have it, the Spanish social club sought to rent the space as memberships and finances dwindled.

A new era – the reigning era of the Sala Rossa – of 4848 St-Laurent was born.

Princess Nokia performed at La Sala Rossa on June 8, 2017 for the Suoni per il Popolo festival. (Submitted by Pierre Langlois)

But filling this building to the brim with music, community and dance didn’t start with Pezzente. Generations of Spanish immigrants have been doing this since the 1970s.

Centro Social Español still owns the building, although in recent years the club has become quieter.

spanish traditions

“There are a lot of memories here,” says Isabel Rodriguez, current president of Centro Social Español, as she gently scans the concert hall, her eyes on fire.

Her father was a founding member of the club when they were operating in the basement of a church on Rachel Street. In 1973, the group needed more space, so they bought 4848 St-Laurent.

“When you are new to you, you need support. So they came together here as a community and helped each other to perpetuate their culture and traditions, ”says Rodriguez.

Isabel Rodriguez, current president of Centro Social Español, sits on the stage inside 4848 St-Laurent, the building her club bought in 1973. It is in this room that she learned traditional Spanish dance. and that she has been performing there since she was little. (Fenn Mayes / CBC)

Rodriguez spent there every weekend with his family and other first and second generation Spanish immigrants; the soft pinch of the Spanish guitar and the convivial communal dinners which echo in the staircase.

“The three floors of the building were packed with people every weekend,” she says. “You always knew someone would be there.”

It is on these solid wood floors that she learns the traditional folk dance. It was here that she developed her first crush.

The Centro Social Español dance troupe that still performs today: Alegria de España. Five dancers pose for a photo downstairs in the main hall circa 1970s. (Submitted by Isabel Rodriguez)

But as she and the founders’ other children entered their teens, the bright downtown lights drove them away. As adults, most moved to the suburbs. Membership fell 80 percent.

History repeats itself today, says Rodriguez, with his children’s interest in the sparkling club.

It’s thanks to Pezzente and Sala’s popularity, she agrees, that Centro Social Español still exists. “They help us pay our bills and we help it have a place.”

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Ludmilla Chiriaeff, founder of the Grands Ballets de Montréal, rented 4848 St-Laurent as a rehearsal room in the 1960s. (Michael Slobodian)

Before Rodriguez and the Spanish community introduced flamenco to 4848 St-Laurent, there was a different type of dance gracing the hardwood floors of Sala in the 1960s.

It is the choreographer of Russian origin Ludmilla Chiriaeff, known under the mononym “Madame”, who installed her troupe – Les Grands Ballets de Montréal – in the building.

Having survived a Nazi labor camp and immigrated to Canada with war refugee status in 1952, Chiriaeff vowed to give the town that took her what she knew best: dancing.

With the great outdoors and the help of her dancers, nicknamed “the locusts of Chiriaeff”, she grew her business and kept her promise. Today, his world-renowned troupe and ballet school, the Quebec Superior Ballet School, continue to thrive in the new downtown and Plateau facilities.

Little known to Sala fans, they dance on the same floors that professional ballet dancers once lived.

The referee’s ring

The initiators of the building, like Chiriaeff, came to Montreal to rebuild.

In 1936, the building, after delays due to the Great Depression, was completed on the former site of the National Coal and Grain Company – at 4848 St-Laurent.

The utilitarian style building was designed by Max Kalman, one of the first Jewish graduates of McGill University’s school of architecture. Kalman was hired by the Arbeter Ring, a welfare organization founded in 1900 in New York City.

Designed by Jewish architect Max Kalman, the art deco-style building was completed in 1936 after delays due to the Great Depression. (Submitted by the Archives of the Jewish Public Library)

The Arbeter Ring – Yiddish for the working class – was inspired by the Bund, a secular Jewish socialist party formed at the turn of the twentieth century in the Russian Empire.

Left-wing immigrant Jews flocked to the organization for health care, social support, and to learn about their rights as workers, as many worked in the garment industry in the Mile End.

“The Jews could be among themselves, speak their own language and feel at ease,” explains Pierre Anctil, professor at the University of Ottawa who wrote History of the Jews in Quebec.

“It was a hive of activity,” says Anctil.

The group has supported workers during times of distress such as economic downturns and strikes, by organizing writers’ conferences, workshops and political discussions. The children, too, took care of the after-school daycare program in the basement, where they learned Jewish history and rehearsed plays on the main stage.

“It was a home away from home,” recalls Rivka Augenfeld, who frequented the building as a girl. “We practically lived there.”

But the same thing that would happen to the Spanish social club decades later, first happened to the Jewish community.

The Jewish community began to move away from Mile End as it was replaced by more recent immigrants. Membership has dropped. The Arbeter Ring therefore rented the space to a ballet troupe. After Chiriaeff and his dancers left, they sold the building to newcomers from Spain.

Students played at Abraham Reisen School at 4848 Saint-Laurent in the 1940s. The “AR” emblem above the stage represents the “Arbeter Ring” – Yiddish for “Workmen’s Circle”, still in operation today like the non-sexist “Worker’s Circle”. (Submitted by the Archives of the Jewish Public Library)

“It’s part of my being”

Fast forward to 2022, and Pezzente still rents La Sala Rossa; he even ran a restaurant on the first floor before the COVID closures.

Before the pandemic, Sala put on shows around 300 evenings a year. Before becoming a mainstream celebrity, artists like Charli XCX, Arcade Fire and Princess Nokia took center stage.

But most of the parties featured underground talent.

Elle Barbara is hosting an event for Lux Magna in 2020 – an independent music festival run primarily by and for women and non-binary artists. (Submitted by Pierre Langlois)

Upstairs, teens are partying for the first time and future lovers meet each other. Outside the building, smokers crouch on the sidewalk and cliques gather ready to dance.

On quieter nights, old-fashioned jazz or classical music warms the room. On weekend afternoons, creators and activists flock to workshops and round tables.

Pezzente knows where every floorboard creaks, where every dust bunny hides, every little hole in the wall.

“It’s part of who I am,” he says.

Local rapper Backxwash takes the freestyle on stage alongside Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta. (Submitted by Pierre Langlois)

If these walls could speak

Santos ends the day. As she heads for the door, Dominique Girard, the technical director, gets ready for tonight’s show; wind up the cords and connect the analog sound card by hand.

“You can feel the story wandering around here,” he said, a serious expression on his face. “Every day that I come here, I feel the energy of the building, the history.”

He says the main concert hall sounds different from other halls. “It’s very hot,” he said. “Emotional things are happening in this room.”

Dominique Girard, Technical Director of La Sala Rossa, presents the old-fashioned soundboard in the main concert hall. Unlike most concert halls in Montreal, this soundboard is analog. Each microphone and instrument is patched by hand. (Fenn Mayes / CBC)

With the ebb and flow of communities in the neighborhood, 4848 St-Laurent has reinvented itself again and again thanks to immigrants, artists and the power of the community.

From its left-wing Jewish origins to the temple of the alternative Montreal music scene that persists today, this brick and mortar shell encapsulates the spirit of unity; a multigenerational pillar for Montrealers to come together.

If these walls could talk, they would sing.

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MG Motor to launch “Taal” initiative to promote independent musicians https://foxosmusic.com/mg-motor-to-launch-taal-initiative-to-promote-independent-musicians/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:18:45 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/mg-motor-to-launch-taal-initiative-to-promote-independent-musicians/ Car maker MG Motor India is ready to launch the “Taal” initiative to promote independent musicians. Since its launch in India, MG Motor has identified music as one of the key elements that brings the customer closer to the brand and has taken various initiatives to integrate music into its marketing strategy. The launch of […]]]>

Car maker MG Motor India is ready to launch the “Taal” initiative to promote independent musicians.

Since its launch in India, MG Motor has identified music as one of the key elements that brings the customer closer to the brand and has taken various initiatives to integrate music into its marketing strategy.

The launch of MG Taal is an extension of MG’s commitment to music. MG Taal intends to play an important role in this transformation process by supporting the growing talent of musicians in the country.

MG was inspired by the word ‘Taal’ (rhythm) to develop the logo for this musical campaign.

It has been carefully crafted, keeping in mind the cultural context and relevance of the Indian genre, synchronizing with its goal of partnering up with selected musicians and enabling them to create, amplify audio content and engaging video.

MG Motor India Commercial Director Gaurav Gupta said: “At MG Motor, we are always looking for ways to deliver unique experiences to our customers and enthusiasts. Music has always been a great way to connect with people, celebrate our brand, and encourage talented musicians to create memorable music. We are delighted to launch Taal and extend our partnership with Songdew to lead this initiative and contribute to the future of music in India ”.

Sunil Khanna, Founder of Songdew, said, “MG has done groundbreaking work in building its sound identity and using music as a strategic tool to strengthen its brand value. We worked with MG to select the two most promising groups in the country – Fiddlecraft from Pune and The Tapi Project from Surat. We are convinced that various initiatives planned by MG (under this program) would help them to realize their potential.

Swati, lead singer of ‘The Tapi Project’, said: “It is encouraging to see MG’s commitment to bringing independent music to the fore. We are delighted to be part of MG Taal and look forward to contributing positively to this campaign. ”

Fiddlecraft’s Gaurav Kadu said: “It couldn’t have happened at a better time. We are thrilled to be a part of MG Taal and look forward to creating exciting content as part of the program. “

With its latest initiative, MG Taal, MG is poised to support a growing independent music community and deliver more exciting experiences to its customers.


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The standard of accidental vacations – Taipei Times https://foxosmusic.com/the-standard-of-accidental-vacations-taipei-times/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/the-standard-of-accidental-vacations-taipei-times/ The Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” was never meant to be a Christmas song, but it’s now There is no mention of holidays or Christmas in the lyrics of the song White Winter Hymnal. Or winter, for that matter. There is a reference to the snow, which has turned “red like strawberries in summer” – […]]]>

The Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” was never meant to be a Christmas song, but it’s now

There is no mention of holidays or Christmas in the lyrics of the song White Winter Hymnal. Or winter, for that matter. There is a reference to the snow, which has turned “red like strawberries in summer” – presumably, with blood.

Nonetheless, the song has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. Its plays on Spotify – over 180 million for the two most popular versions – increase on Christmas Eve.

The story of White Winter Hymnal is a reminder of how songs can take journeys into public consciousness that even their composers cannot comprehend.

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“The universe has a sense of humor. Sometimes it’s just these little cosmic vagaries, ”said Robin Pecknold, who wrote it at the age of 20, sitting on a couch in his parents’ house while The Simpsons played back TV. -plan. He was trying to finish the music for his band’s debut album, Fleet Foxes.

Pecknold estimates it took about 20 minutes.

The result is a composition of simple and ethereal beauty. It consists of a single verse, sung three times in a round or perpetual canon style, with several voices repeating the same melody at a different starting point (“I was following the …”)

The melody climbs to a peak and then tumbles, just as the song’s character, Michael, falls in the snow. In less than two and a half minutes, it’s done.

NOT ON HOLIDAYS

White Winter Hymnal was noticed in the alternative rock world when it was released in the summer of 2008. Pitchfork magazine named the song its second favorite track of the year, with reviewer Stephen Deusner writing, “Its significance may remain. blurry after so many plays. – something about the passage of the seasons – but its charm remains as strong as ever.

Aspiring actor John Frank Lyke was so obsessed with White Winter Hymnal that he made a homemade video featuring a couple walking through the woods through freshly fallen snow. They arrive in a clearing overlooking Lake Champlain and when Pecknold sings the word “Summertime”, the scene abruptly changes the season. Bathed in hot sun, the couple jump into the lake.

The song “has that kind of magical winter wonderland feeling,” Lyke said. “It reminded me of midnight mass when I went with my family.”

Pecknold didn’t have the holidays in mind while writing. But other artists began to cover White Winter Hymnal and one, Kim Wilde, put her version on a 2013 holiday-themed album. Pentatonix did the same a year later for her album, That’s Christmas to Me. .

That’s when the song really took on new life. White Winter Hymnal’s Pentatonix video has been viewed over 96 million times on YouTube; Fleet Foxes’ own video, a clay scene shot by Robin’s brother Sean, has 23 million views.

In some ways, the song changed both context and ownership: Google “White Winter Hymnal lyrics” and it is described as “a song by Pentatonix”.

The performance of a vocal group with a young audience drew his attention to conductors around the world.

“When choirs do it, it’s so lovely to me,” Pecknold said. “It’s kinda heartwarming when someone says to me, ‘I’m at my kid’s recital and they’re doing your song,’ and they’ll send me a video. It’s really lovely, to think it’s living. in this world Nothing beats that.

When Pecknold checks the Spotify metrics for his song, the coins tend to rise with the onset of fall, hitting their outsized peak on Christmas Eve and then dropping dramatically.

WHAT IS IT, THEN?

“Holiday songs tend to lean towards a certain type of musical nostalgia, referring to the palette of acoustic timbre of the canon recorded during the holidays, from Bing Crosby to Eartha Kitt,” said Nathaniel Sloan, musicologist at the University of Southern California and co-host of the “Switched on Pop” Podcast. “The folk-acoustic sound of Fleet Foxes is well suited to these nostalgic tones.

Plus, the song goes back to Christmas traditions deeper in its vocal Christmas carol-like approach, with its layered melodies stacking on top of each other, ”Sloan said.

Then you listen carefully to the lyrics:

“I was following the pack, all engulfed in their coats with red scarves tied around their throats to keep their little heads from falling in the snow, and I turned around and there you are, and Michael you were falling and turning the snow white red like strawberries in summer.

One theory on the internet is that the White Winter Hymnal is about beheading, with the red scarf being a supposed reference to the French Revolution. Michael is led to the guillotine.

Could this be true? What is the song about anyway?

Pecknold pauses the question.

“Another funny aspect,” he said, “is that it’s vaguely nothing about anything.”

A common theme of the songs about the early days of Fleet Foxes was to keep family and friends together as people grew and changed, and that was on his mind when he wrote. While he concedes that the most literal image may be a boy falling from a hill and dying, Pecknold said the song is certainly NOT about beheading.

“The words being vaguely dark kind of cut off the sweetness of the melody,” he said. “This dissonance was interesting. At this point, I’m writing songs in the hopes of having to defend them somehow. But at the time, I certainly wasn’t.

“THE JOY OF PERFORMING”

The ambiguity and potential obscurity certainly make for a screeching start, Sloan said. While heartache is a common theme for some holiday standards, most evoke a warm sense of family and good humor.

However, he expects “White Winter Hymnal” to be durable.

“Not only is it a pleasure to listen to, but it is also a pleasure to play – the chord structure is relatively simple and easy to learn, the unique vocal lines lend themselves to group singing, and the repetition of the lyrics allows anyone to easily join and sing along with them, ”Sloan said.

The song receives more attention every year; Spotify said it aired 30% more in September and October than last year, almost to previous December levels. The Pentatonix recording provided Pecknold with a boon as a songwriter which he largely reinvested in music. This season it is used in advertisements for the Spanish Lottery. The earning potential is only shown to increase.

Pecknold marvels at the randomness of it all.

“That’s what’s funny about it – spending years making music, writing songs, thinking it’s all about hard work and putting in hours,” he said. he declares. “To a large extent it is, but someday you’ll get that random scratch card and find the song that ends up, somewhat by accident, being your best known.” Fleet Foxes has just released a new album, A Very Lonely Solstice, a live recording that features songs meant to evoke a seasonal vibe without explicitly talking about the holidays.

White Winter Hymnal, however, is not included.

“It’s a Christmas song at this point,” Pecknold said with a laugh.

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