Trail Mix: Rain Perry

first_imgIncome streams are dwindling. Record sales aren’t what they used to be. The devaluation of music and what it’s now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That’s what one cost in 1960. On my phone, I can get an app for 99 cents that makes fart noises – the same price as the thing I create and speak to the world with. Some would say the fart app is more important. It’s an awkward time. Creative brains are being sorely mistreated. Those words were spoken by Vince Gill in 2012 during an interview with The Boot, during which Gill offered opinions on a variety of concerns regarding the modern country music scene.Gill’s words immediately came to mind when I got word of Rain Perry’s documentary, The Shopkeeper, which chronicles the story of a record studio and cadre of independent musicians in Austin, Texas. First and foremost, first time movie make Perry is a musician, so the subject matter of the film – the often conflicting goals and needs of musicians versus those of the technology industry – hits particularly close to home for her. She has seen first hand the effects – both positive and negative – that the always evolving technological innovation can have on her life and livelihood.What began as a small idea evolved into a poignant and relevant documentary on the struggles of everyday musicians around the country.I recently caught up with Rain Perry about balancing technology with musical tradition, making the movie, and where she goes from here.BRO – What drew you to the story of Mark Hallman?RP – Mark is my own record producer. We’ve done three albums together. He and I were talkign about his plans to celebrate 30-plus years of his studio, Congress House, which evolved into the idea of filming the party. Somehow, that morphed into me making a documentary about him and his studio.BRO – Your biggest challenge as a first time movie maker?RP – Not being a movie maker! When the idea was brewing, I reached out to a talented filmmaker friend, Micah Van Hove, who had directed a music video for me and with whom I had a good working relationship. He became my director of photography and also my own personal film school. We made the movie as a crew of two, which worked very well for a film about a small recording studio. No lighting, no big crew. Just Michael and his shoulder-mounted camera and me asking questions. Also, I just watched a ton of documentaries and studied the best ones for structure and interviewing technique. It was definitely a “learn while you go” situation.BRO – How do you think we should balance the ever changing technological landscape with the real time effects it has on the working musician?RP – First of all, artists should educate themselves. Spotify and the rest of these online platforms have done a masterful job with two things that work against artists. First, they’ve taught a generation of music fans that they have a right to expect access to every song they want to hear and that paying for music is silly. Second, they’ve convinced musicians that they’ve got to be on Spotify to have a career these days. Musicians need to evaluate the pros and cons of allowing Spotify to profit from their work and make strategic decisions for their own careers. It doesn’t need to be a given that they have to make all their own work available for free (or nearly free) streaming.BRO – When you finished this project, would you describe yourself as more hopeful or more worried for the independent musician?RP – I would say I was more hopeful. Every time I would get to a dark place on the topic, Mark would force me to be more optimistic. He sees a lot of good in the current model, that because they don’t expect to profit, artists are freer to make the art they really want to make, instead of chasing a label deal.BRO – Now that you’ve completed your first film, what’s next?RP – It’s time to get busy writing songs for a new record. That and promoting the film and using it to spur conversations like the one we’re having right now.For more information on how to see The Shopkeeper, surf here. You can check it out at home or attend a community screening near you, and feel free to offer up a financial donation for the cause.last_img read more

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Long live King’s Cross

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Cricket News Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets one demerit point for dissent at third umpire decision

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mickey Arthur, the coach of the Pakistan cricket team, has been handed one demerit point and an official warning from the International Cricket Council (ICC) following his team’s defeat to South Africa in the opening Test of the three-match series in Centurion. Pakistan lost the match which lasted just three days by six wickets to trail 0-1 in the series in what was a closely fought match on a difficult wicket in Centurion. According to a statement from the ICC, Arthur accepted his sanction and thus no formal hearing was required. “After the match, the Pakistan coach admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon.The incident took place during the fourth innings of the match. Chasing 149, South Africa had suffered an early jolt and the match was evenly poised. At 16/1, Dean Elgar edged left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi to slip where Azhar Ali claimed the catch. The soft signal was out and it needed conclusive evidence to overturn the decision from the third umpire. Replays increased the doubts whether the catch was clean but third umpire Joel Wilson ruled it not out. Elgar went on to make 50 and his partnership with Hashim Amla (63) gave South Africa victory. However, following the decision, Arthur, seething with rage over the decision, stormed into the third umpire’s room and questioned a decision to deny Azhar the catch at first slip.Read More | Fans evicted from major stand in Melbourne over racist chantsArthur was officially charged by Wilson for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” after questioning the decision and left the room immediately afterwards. The decision might have played a small part in Pakistan continuing their poor run in Tests in the last couple of months, heading into the series after losing a series against New Zealand at home for the first time in 49 years.Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourPakistan batted first and it needed an aggressive 71 from Babar Azam to help Pakistan reach 181. Duanne Olivier took 6/37 while Dale Steyn broke Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 Test wickets. South Africa managed to take a 42-run lead with Temba Bavuma hitting 53 and an aggressive 45 from Quinton de Kock. Imam ul Haq and Shan Masood slammed fifties but another collapse, with Olivier taking five wickets and ending with 11/96 in the match helped South Africa bowl Pakistan out for 190.The second match of the series is in Cape Town in January 03 and Pakistan will be aiming to stay alive in the series. last_img read more

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Supligen dominoes competition set for March month end

first_imgDominoes enthusiasts will have the chance to show their skills when the Lions club of Bell-Air, in collaboration with Beepats through the Supligen brand,hosts a two- day tournament on March 25-26.The tournament, which was officially launched on Friday at the Lions’ headquarters in section K Campbellville, was initially slated for 32 teams, but organisers say they have in excess of that figure.However,they said that provision will be made to accommodate those additional teams that are interested.The tournament will be run under the auspices of the Guyana Dominoes Association and according to vice-president,Rodwell Phillips,his entity was happy to be on board once again.Phillips added that the tournament fits hand-in-glove with their plan to decentralise the sport and have it spread throughout the country.President of the Club,LN Matthew Langevine,contended that they were happy to be joining with the Supligen brand for the tournament, reminding that their friendship goes way back in the areas of benevolence.Meanwhile, Supligen Brand Manager,Michael Gomes contended that the support comes because of the fund-raising nature of the event, adding that the relationship between the company and the organisation has grown over the years.He contended that they are keen on initiatives that support the less fortunate in society,and noted that funding of this nature came ‘without hesitation.’He too called on interested groups,both in the Private and Public Sectors,to come out and support a worthy cause.GDA Special Events Co-ordinator,Orin Boston,contended that there is no shortage of prizes for the event, adding that over $500,000 in total prize money will be up for grabsTeams can uplift registration forms from trophy sponsors,Rays One Stop Auto Parts and Ramchands on Sheriff Street,as well as the Lions club. Entrance fee is $12,000 per team and the Most Valuable Player will receive $10,000 and a case of Supligen.last_img read more

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NBA draft: Will Lakers make their selections or make trades on draft night?

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThursday, the Lakers get another chance to restock their roster with fresh, new faces. As of Wednesday morning, they held the 25th and 47th selections in the draft. Late Wednesday, they reportedly acquired the 39th pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick the Lakers had via the Chicago Bulls and cash.Their free-agent spending spree can wait until the store opens July 1, when they are expected to pursue LeBron James and Paul George, among others.First, the Lakers have another opportunity to add to a deep talent pool that includes Lonzo Ball (second overall pick, 2017; Josh Hart (draft-day trade from Utah, ’17); Brandon Ingram (second overall pick, ’16); Kyle Kuzma (pick acquired in pre-draft trade with Brooklyn, ’17) and Julius Randle (seventh overall pick, ’14).Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Lakers also built their roster by drafting and then trading D’Angelo Russell (second overall selection, ’15) and Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall, ’15). Russell was the first of three consecutive No. 2 picks the Lakers made, a byproduct of seasons in which they won only 21, 17 and 26 games.Russell was traded to Brooklyn two days before the 2017 draft along with Timofey Mozgov in exchange for Brook Lopez and the pick that became Kuzma. Nance and Jordan Clarkson went to Cleveland last February for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the No. 25 pick in Thursday’s draft. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Mitchell Robinson, a 6-foot-11 center from Western Kentucky could fit their needs. Other possibilities include: Keita Bates-Diop, a small forward from Ohio State; Anfernee Simons, a shooting guard from the IMG Academy; and Donte DiVincezo, a point guard from Villanova.Robinson and Simons each skipped college, with Robinson leaving Western Kentucky after he was suspended for violating team rules and Simons opting for a fifth year of high school and attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. USC guard De’Anthony Melton also didn’t play in 2017-18.WILL THEY MAKE A TRADE?It’s possible, perhaps even likely, the Lakers’ management team of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka won’t simply make their three selections and call it a night. They made bold moves to acquire Kuzma and Hart last year and they paid big dividends. They could also clear a small amount of additional salary cap space by trading out of the first round.The addition of the 39th pick could mean a variety of things: the Lakers could be looking to package multiple picks to move up in this draft, acquiring assets to package in a trade to unload Luol Deng’s undesirable contract or simply looking to acquire more young players they feel good about. They worked out 125 players in advance of the draft.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?Anyone who claims to know what will happen is a liar or a fool, or both. Can the Lakers land James? Will they try? Can they swing a deal to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs? Is he worth pursuing? Whatever happens, it figures to be one crazy summer.Related Articles VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The roar from the Staples Center crowd sounded vaguely familiar in 2017-18, especially near the end of the season, when the Lakers resembled a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of random players who showed up for a Saturday afternoon pickup game at the park.The reason the Lakers clicked was obvious.Their youngest players, particularly their recent draft picks, began to find their footing in the NBA. They ran and passed and shot and rebounded and played with a sense of freedom and joy that lifted them to 35 victories, the franchise’s most since 2012-13.Cheers replaced jeers and hope replaced dread. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bottom line: the draft has been good to the Lakers.WHAT ARE THEIR DRAFT NEEDS?Randle’s status as an impending restricted free agent means the Lakers could need help at center. They also could use another shooting guard and more depth off the bench at all positions. The Lakers have plenty of options, which makes this another intriguing draft for them.WHO MIGHT BE AVAILABLE?The Lakers don’t need to hit a home run in this draft, as they have the past few years. They don’t need a budding superstar, although another wouldn’t hurt. Most of all, they could use another rotation player who evolves into a productive asset.Related Articleslast_img read more

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