La Crescenta-Montrose, California
La Crescenta-Montrose is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California. The community is bordered by Glendale to the south and west, La Cañada Flintridge to the east, Angeles National Forest to the north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the La Crescenta-Montrose CDP measures about 3.4 square miles, the population was 19,653 at the 2010 census, up from 18,532 in the 2000 census. La Crescenta-Montrose encompasses those parts of the Crescenta Valley, northwestern San Rafael Hills, northeastern Verdugo Mountains not within the cities of Glendale or La Cañada Flintridge. La Crescenta-Montrose is bordered on the north by the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest, on the east by La Cañada Flintridge, on the south by the Verdugo Mountains and central Glendale, the northwest by the Sunland-Tujunga community of Los Angeles; the Foothill Freeway runs through the southern portion of the area. The 2010 United States Census reported that La Crescenta-Montrose had a population of 19,653.
The population density was 5,717.8 people per square mile. The racial makeup of La Crescenta-Montrose was 12,807 White, 142 African American, 70 Native American, 5,375 Asian, 12 Pacific Islander, 533 from other races, 714 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,232 persons; the Census reported that 19,652 people lived in households, 1 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 7,088 households, out of which 2,700 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 4,190 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 784 had a female householder with no husband present, 298 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 212 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 42 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,533 households were made up of individuals and 555 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77. There were 5,272 families; the population distribution was 4,612 people under the age of 18, 1,635 people aged 18 to 24, 4,590 people aged 25 to 44, 6,388 people aged 45 to 64, 2,428 people who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males. There were 7,350 housing units at an average density of 2,138.4 per square mile, of which 4,568 were owner-occupied, 2,520 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.6%. 13,478 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 6,174 people lived in rental housing units. According to the 2010 United States Census, La Crescenta-Montrose had a median household income of $89,375, with 7.4% of the population living below the federal poverty line. As of the census of 2000, there were 18,532 people, 6,945 households, 4,944 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 5,407.0 people per square mile. There were 7,108 housing units at an average density of 2,073.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 72.93% White, 0.52% African American, 0.36% Native American, 18.68% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.69% from other races, 4.78% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.91% of the population. There were 6,945 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.8% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22. In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,089, the median income for a family was $69,381. Males had a median income of $60,027 versus $38,532 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $30,196. About 3.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L. A." project supplied these neighborhood statistics based on the 2000 census. The percentages of Asian and white people in La Crescenta-Montrose were high for the county. Median income at $82,693 was high for the county, The percentages of households that earned $60,000 to $125,000 and $125,000 and up were high for the county. 40.8% of residents 25 and older had a four-year degree, high for the county. The percentages of residents ages 35 to 49 and 50 to 64 were among the county's highest; the single-parent rate was 8.8 percent, low for the county. The percentage of veterans who served during Vietnam was among the county's highest. Comparison of La Crescenta-Montrose with nearby neighborhoods Most percentages are rounded to the nearest whole figure. Schools in La Crescenta-Montrose are a part of the Glendale Unified School District. Elementary Schools La Crescenta Elementary School - California Distinguished School 2008 Dunsmore Elementary School - California Distinguished School 2008 John C.
Fremont Elementary School - California Distinguished School 2006 Abrah
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner. After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released their debut self-titled album known as the "Blue Album", in 1994. Backed by successful music videos for the singles "Buddy Holly", "Undone – The Sweater Song", "Say It Ain't So", the Blue Album became a 3x platinum success, their second album, featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and received mixed reviews, but went on to achieve cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left Weezer went on hiatus. In 2001, Weezer returned with another self-titled album, known as the "Green Album", with new bassist Mikey Welsh. With a more pop sound, promoted by singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun", the album was a commercial success and received positive reviews.
After the Green Album tour, Welsh was replaced by current bassist Scott Shriner. Weezer's fourth album, achieved positive reviews, but weaker sales. Make Believe received mixed reviews, but its single "Beverly Hills" became Weezer's first single to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the first to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, Weezer released a third self-titled album, known as the "Red Album", featuring "TR-808s, Southern rap, baroque counterpoint", its lead single, "Pork and Beans", became the band's third song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a successful Grammy-winning YouTube music video. Raditude and Hurley featured more "modern pop production" and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews and moderate sales; the band's ninth and tenth albums, Everything Will Be Alright in the End and the band's fourth self-titled album, known as the "White Album", returned to a rock style and achieved more positive reviews. Their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream, featured a more mainstream pop sound.
Weezer has sold 10.2 million albums over 35 million worldwide. The band released a surprise fifth self-titled album, known as the "Teal Album", on January 24, 2019, which features only cover songs, their sixth self-titled album, known as the "Black Album", was released on March 1, 2019. Vocalist and lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp and guitarist Jason Cropper formed Weezer in 1992, they had their first practice on February 14 of that year. Weezer signed with Geffen Records on June 25, 1993, recorded their debut album with producer Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. During the recording, Cropper was replaced by guitarist Brian Bell. Weezer was released in May 1994. Geffen did not wish to release a single, to see what sales could be generated by word-of-mouth alone. DJ Marco Collins of the Seattle radio station The End started playing "Undone – The Sweater Song", leading Geffen to release it as the first single; the music video was directed by Spike Jonze.
Filmed in an unbroken take, it featured Weezer performing on a sound stage with little action, bar a pack of dogs swarming the set. The video became an instant hit on MTV. Jonze directed Weezer's second video, "Buddy Holly", splicing the band with footage from the 1970s television sitcom Happy Days; the video achieved heavy rotation on MTV and went on to win four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, two Billboard Music Video Awards. The video was featured on the companion CD for the Windows 95 operating system. A third single, "Say It Ain't So". Weezer is certified quadruple platinum in the United States, it is certified quadruple platinum in Canada. In 1994, Weezer took a break from touring for the Christmas holidays. Cuomo began recording demos for Weezer's next album, his original concept was a space-themed rock opera, Songs from the Black Hole, that would express his mixed feelings about success. Weezer developed the concept through intermittent recording sessions through 1995.
At the end of the year, Cuomo enrolled at Harvard University, where his songwriting became "darker, more visceral and exposed, less playful", the Songs from the Black Hole album was abandoned. Weezer's second album, was released on September 24, 1996, it produced three singles: "El Scorcho", "The Good Life", "Pink Triangle". In addition to a lawsuit filed against the band over the title of the album, Pinkerton sold poorly compared to the Blue Album due to its darker, more abrasive sound, it was voted "one of the worst albums of 1996" in a Rolling Stone reader poll. However, the album came to be considered among Weezer's best work. Weezer went on hiatus. Wilson returned to his home in Portland, Oregon to work on his side project, the Special Goodness, Bell worked on his band Space Twins. Sharp left Weezer to complete the follow-up album for his group the Rentals, he said of his departure: "I don't know how to speak on this because I don't know what should be kept private and what
Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop and jazz, Mitchell's songs reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion and joy, she has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century". Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon and throughout western Canada, before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she began touring; some of her original songs were covered by other folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album, Song to a Seagull, in 1968. Settling in Southern California, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation, her 1971 album Blue is cited as one of the best albums of all time.
In 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music". In 2017, NPR ranked Blue Number 1 on a list of Greatest Albums Made By Women. Mitchell's fifth album, For the Roses, was released in 1972, she switched labels and began exploring more jazz-influenced melodic ideas, by way of lush pop textures, on 1974's Court and Spark, which featured the radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris" and became her best-selling album. Around 1975, Mitchell's vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto, her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, as well as Charles Mingus, who asked her to collaborate on his final recordings.
She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, engaged in political protest. In 2002, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. Mitchell is the sole producer credited on most including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell has designed most of her own album covers, she describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance". Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Canada, the daughter of Myrtle Marguerite and William Andrew Anderson, her mother's ancestors were Irish. Her mother was a teacher while her father was a Royal Canadian Air Force flight lieutenant who instructed new pilots at RCAF Station Fort Macleod, she moved with her parents to various bases in western Canada. After the war she settled with her family in Saskatchewan, she sang about her small-town upbringing in several of her songs, including "Song for Sharon".
At school Mitchell struggled. During this time she studied classical piano. At age nine, Mitchell contracted polio in an epidemic, was hospitalised for weeks. Following this incident she focused on her creative talent, considered a singing or dancing career for the first time. By nine, she was a smoker. At 11, she moved with her family to the city of Saskatoon, she responded badly to formal education. One unconventional teacher did manage to make an impact on her, stimulating her to write poetry, her first album includes a dedication to him. In Grade 12, she dropped out and hung out downtown with a rowdy set until deciding that she was getting too close to the criminal world. At this time, country music began to eclipse rock, Mitchell wanted to play the guitar; as her mother disapproved of its hillbilly associations, she settled for the ukulele. She taught herself guitar from a Pete Seeger songbook; the polio had weakened her left hand, so she devised alternative tunings to compensate. Mitchell started singing with her friends at bonfires around Waskesiu Lake, northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Her first paid performance was on October 31, 1962, at a Saskatoon club that featured folk and jazz performers. At 18, she widened her repertoire to include her own favorite performers like Édith Piaf and Miles Davis. Though she never performed jazz herself in those days and her friends sought out gigs by jazz musicians. Mitchell said, "My jazz background began with one of the early Lambert and Ross albums." That album, The Hottest New Group in Jazz, was hard to find in Canada, she says. "So I bought it at a bootleg price. I considered. I learned every song off of it, I don't think there is another album anywhere—including my own—on which I know every note and word of every song."But art was still her chief passion at this stage, when she finished high school at
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts referred to as Lang, is the seminar-style, liberal arts college of The New School. It is located on-campus in Greenwich Village in New York City on West 11th Street off 6th Avenue. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts was founded as the Freshman Year Program at The New School in 1972 as a pre-college program for high school graduates. Three years in 1975, the program was expanded to a full undergraduate program and renamed The Seminar College. In 1985, following a generous donation by a well-known philanthropist and educational visionary Eugene Lang and his wife Theresa, the school was renamed Eugene Lang College; the college has an enrollment of over 1,345 students. In 2005, the phrase "The New School" was inserted into the name of each division of The New School as part of a unification strategy initiated by the University's President Bob Kerrey. In 2015, The New School rebranded again by renaming the schools to better clarify the relationship between the university and its schools.
Eugene Lang College's formal title is The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. The only required classes are an introductory course on New York City, taught from the perspective of the relation of philosophy to the physical; these intensive writing classes – part composition class and part linguistics – have titles such as "Going Underground," "What's Love Got to Do With It?," "Comedy as Critique," and "Cruel Shoes: A Trek Through the Absurd." Students are encouraged to tailor the program to academic goals. Eugene Lang College hosts some of The New School's most experimental and avant-garde courses, including: "Heterodox Identities", "NYC: Graphic Gotham", "Mind-Games and Puzzle Films", "The Illusion of Color", "Punk & Noise", "Masculinity in Asia," "Queer Culture", "Theories of Mind", "Play and Toil in the Digital Sweatshop". Lang offers the following majors, degree programs as of 2013: Lang offers the following minors: The college places emphasis on interdisciplinary learning with a "student-directed" curriculum.
All of its courses are seminars. Students at Lang may cross-register for courses sponsored by other divisions of The New School Parsons School of Design and the School of Drams's new BFA program. Students are allowed to apply for the university's honors program. Several of The New School's major publications are produced by Lang students. Among these are: The New School Free Press, a student-run newspaper published by the journalism concentration of the Writing department, has grown from a DIY zine-style pamphlet to a professionally printed broadsheet in the years since its founding in 2002, when it was known as Inprint, it is published bi-weekly and it aims to serve both Lang and the wider New School community. The Free Press operates a blog and makes digital copies of the newspaper available on the Lang website. 12th Street, nationally distributed literary journal. Distributed via MyNewSchool web portal. In some college ranking programs, The New School's eight divisions are ranked separately, since their attributes and standards of admission differ significantly.
The Princeton Review ranks Eugene Lang among "America's 371 Best Colleges" and the "Best Northeastern Colleges.". Miriam Weinstein cites the Eugene Lang division in her book, Making a Difference Colleges: Distinctive Colleges to Make a Better World. Lang has appeared on The Princeton Review's following national lists: "Dodgeball Targets" "Great College Towns" "Intercollegiate Sports Unpopular Or Nonexistent" "Class Discussions Encouraged" "Long Lines and Red Tape" "Students Most Nostalgic For Bill Clinton Politics" "Least Religious Students" "Nobody Plays Intramural Sports" "Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians" "Most Politically Active" "Town-Gown Relations Are Great" "Gay Community Accepted" "Most Liberal Students" "Students Dissatisfied with Financial Aid" "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" For the past few years, Eugene Lang has ranked at the top of the nation's "Class Discussions Encouraged" list; this can most be attributed to its seminar-style academics. Education in New York City The New York Intellectuals The New York Foundation Project Pericles National Book Award Official website
Sonic Youth was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, rounded out the core line-up. Sonic Youth emerged from the experimental no wave art and music scene in New York before evolving into a more conventional rock band and becoming the most prominent of the American noise rock groups. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do" using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre; the band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the indie rock movements. After gaining a large underground following and critical praise through releases with SST Records in the late 1980s, the band experienced mainstream success throughout the 1990s and 2000s after signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival.
In 2011, Ranaldo announced that the band was "ending for a while" following the separation of married couple Gordon and Moore. Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014: "Sonic Youth is on hiatus; the band is a democracy of sorts, as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can't function reasonably." Gordon refers several times in her 2015 autobiography Girl in a Band to the band having "split up". Shortly after guitarist Thurston Moore moved to New York City in early 1977, he formed a group, Room Tone, with his roommates, who changed their name to the Coachmen. After the breakup of the Coachmen, Moore began jamming with Stanton Miranda, whose band, CKM, featured Kim Gordon. Moore and Gordon formed a band, appearing under names like Male Bonding and Red Milk and the Arcadians, before settling on Sonic Youth just before June 1981; the name came from combining the nickname of MC5's Fred "Sonic" Smith with "Youth" from reggae artist Big Youth. Gordon recalled that "as soon as Thurston came up with the name Sonic Youth, a certain sound, more of what we wanted to do came about."
The band played Noise Fest in June 1981 at New York's White Columns gallery, where Lee Ranaldo was playing as a member of Glenn Branca's electric guitar ensemble. Their performance impressed Moore, who described them as "the most ferocious guitar band that I had seen in my life", he invited Ranaldo to join the band; the new threesome played three songs at the festival in the week without a drummer. Each band member took. Branca signed Sonic Youth as the first act on his record label Neutral Records. In December 1981 the group recorded five songs in a studio in New York's Radio City Music Hall; the material was released as the Sonic Youth that, while ignored, was sent to a few key members of the US press, who gave it uniformly favorable reviews. The album featured a conventional post-punk style, in contrast to their releases. After their first release, Edson was replaced by Bob Bert. During their early days as part of the New York music scene, Sonic Youth formed a friendship with fellow New York noise rock band Swans.
The bands came to share the same rehearsal space, Sonic Youth embarked on its first tour, a two-week journey through the southern United States starting in November 1982, supporting Swans. During a second tour with Swans of the Midwest the following month, tensions ran high and Moore criticized Bert's drumming, which he felt was not "in the pocket". Bert was fired afterwards and replaced by Jim Sclavunos, who played drums on the band's first studio album, 1983's Confusion Is Sex, which featured a louder and more dissonant sound than their debut EP. Sonic Youth set up a two-week tour of Europe for the summer of 1983. Sclavunos, quit after only a few months; the group asked Bert to rejoin, he agreed, on the condition that he would not be fired again after the tour's conclusion. Bert went on to play on the band's Kill Yr Idols EP. Sonic Youth found themselves well received in Europe, but the New York press ignored the local noise rock scene; as the press began to take notice of the genre, Sonic Youth was grouped along with bands like Big Black, the Butthole Surfers and Pussy Galore under the "pigfucker" label by Village Voice editor Robert Christgau.
After a substandard September concert in New York, another critic from The Village Voice panned it. Gordon wrote a scornful letter to the newspaper, criticizing it for not supporting its local music scene, to which Christgau responded by saying they are not obligated to support them. Moore retaliated by renaming the song "Kill Yr Idols" to "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick", before the two sorted out their differences amicably. During another tour of Europe in 1984, Sonic Youth's disastrous London debut resulted in rave reviews in Sounds and the NME. By the time they returned to New York, they were so popular they played shows every week; that same year and Gordon were married, Sonic Youth released Bad Moon Rising, a self-described "Americana" album that served as a reaction to the state of the nation at the time. The album, recorded by Martin Bisi, was built around transitional pieces that Moore and Ranaldo had come up with in order to take up time onstage while the other guitarist was busy tuning his instrument.
The Only Place
The Only Place is the second studio album by American indie rock duo Best Coast, released on May 15, 2012 by Mexican Summer. Produced by Jon Brion, the album was recorded at Capitol Studios in California; the album was inspired by the upheaval following the unexpected success of Crazy for You. To this end, the duo attempted to distance themselves from the lo-fi aesthetic of their first release by working with producer Jon Brion. Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, The Only Place was inspired by 1960s country music and Fleetwood Mac; the record received favorable reviews from music critics, although many reviewers were divided in their reception of the record's polished sound. Following the release of the band's debut album, Crazy for You, the band embarked upon an extensive touring schedule, which subsequently inspired the lyrical content of The Only Place. Cosentino felt that her life had changed in the two years following its release, having never spent so much time away from home. Alongside the quick, thunderous success came an intense level of scrutiny, vocal Internet haters and venom from selected critics, some of whom viewed Cosentino's material as anti-feminist.
Crazy for You and its sound, "simple and pungent songs toying with 1950s and ’60s melodic structures," had become something of a touchstone for Best Coast and adopted by several other bands. Cosentino hid her vocals behind layers of reverb and distortion, an extension of her onstage anxiety; as a result, Cosentino desired to take their sophomore record in a different direction. The Only Place was recorded at Capitol Records Studio B in California. Cosentino and Bruno felt the production process for The Only Place was marked by a level of seriousness. While previous recording sessions were marked by goofing off and drinking, the duo took their sophomore effort more and strove to create a different sound. Cosentino was reluctant to make her lyrics honest, but was inspired by Drake's Take Care to take a chance. "I’m going to make this record like a rapper would make it, or at least how Drake would make it," she found. Cosentino felt being more relatable could better connect the listener; the record was inspired by traditional country music, listened to during its production.
Cosentino wanted to create a "weird spin on'60s country stuff like Loretta Lynn, Dusty Springfield Patsy Cline." The duo cited the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac as influences for the record. Cosentino jokingly compared the production process of The Only Place to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours: "It was epic for us. Except our studio experience was not doing cocaine until five in the morning, and we had parking spaces."The duo had a desire to create a record that "nobody was going to call lo-fi," and Bruno reached out to his former boss, producer/composer Jon Brion, known for his work on Kanye West's Late Registration. Bruno had worked as Brion's personal assistant nearly a decade prior. A; the decision to work with producer Jon Brion was an effort to bring polish to the mixes. Brion, who admired Crazy for You and its production hoped to stay out of the way during sessions, only hoping to bring out Cosentino's vocals and hear the low-end of mixes more. Brion noted that the duo "were curious to not use the reverb thing as a crutch."
Brion equipped the duo with vintage analog gear, attempted to make great use of the studio's Les Paul-designed reverb chambers. Brion noted that Cosentino and Bruno "have a secret language," and he suggested a few different guitars. Title track The Only Place has been described as a "summery, jangly love letter to California", "bigger in sound and scope" than Crazy for You; the cover illustration, a brown bear embracing the state of California, is a modified version of the artwork on the sheet music for the state song, "I Love You, California". The band released a music video for the song, "The Only Place" in June, 2012; the video was directed by Ace Norton and featured Cosentino and Bruno representing California driving with their top down, playing on the sand, make blended beverages out of fruit. According to aggregate website Metacritic, based on 34 professional reviews, the album holds an average score of 66 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews". In his review for Spin, Jon Young writes "The Only Place delivers riveting drama in a rousing pop package, with Brion rescuing Best Coast from the fuzzed-out, lo-fi indie template, cleaning up their sound and enhancing the potential for mainstream appeal exponentially without diminishing their artistic credibility", awarded the album 8 out of a possible 10.
Negative reviews seemed to have focused on Cosentino's lyricism. Ben Hewitt, writing for NME, gave The Only Place 4 out of a possible 10, he stated, "The swoonsome charm of Best Coast’s debut, Crazy For You, was in its feel-good slacker vibes rather than its invention, but here they’re going through the motions...with mechanical jangly pop and the wince-inducing triteness of Cosentino’s lyrics." Mark Richardson, writing for Pitchfork Media, gave The Only Place 6.2 out of a possible 10. He ended his review by describing the album as "...a grinding sense of marks being hit while inspiration is in short order." Evan Rytlewski, writing for The A. V. Club, gave The Only Place a B-, he revealed real emotional range. Maybe on album No. 3 she’ll start practicing some new rhyme schemes, too."The album was listed at number 14 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "
Myspace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, groups, photos and videos. Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, it is headquartered in California. Myspace was acquired by News Corporation in July 2005 for $580 million, in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. In April 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors and was surpassed in the number of unique U. S. visitors in May 2009, though Myspace generated $800 million in revenue during the 2008 fiscal year. Since the number of Myspace users has declined in spite of several redesigns; as of January 2018, Myspace was ranked 4,153 by total Web traffic, 1,657 in the United States. Myspace had a significant influence on pop culture and music and created a computer game platform that launched the successes of Zynga and RockYou, among others. Despite an overall decline, in 2015 Myspace still had 50.6 million unique monthly visitors and had a pool of nearly 1 billion active and inactive registered users.
In June 2009, Myspace employed 1,600 employees. In June 2011, Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake jointly purchased the company for $35 million. On February 11, 2016, it was announced that Myspace and its parent company had been purchased by Time Inc. Time Inc. was in turn purchased by the Meredith Corporation on January 31, 2018. In August 2003, several eUniverse employees with Friendster accounts saw potential in its social networking features; the group decided to mimic the more popular features of the website. Within 10 days, the first version of Myspace was ready for launch, implemented using ColdFusion. A complete infrastructure of finance, human resources, technical expertise and server capacity was available for the site; the project was overseen by Brad Greenspan, who managed Chris DeWolfe, Josh Berman, Tom Anderson, a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse. The first Myspace users were eUniverse employees; the company held contests to see. EUniverse used its 20 million users and e-mail subscribers to breathe life into Myspace, move it to the head of the pack of social networking websites.
A key architect was tech expert Toan Nguyen who helped stabilize the Myspace platform when Brad Greenspan asked him to join the team. Co-founder and CTO Aber Whitcomb played an integral role in software architecture, utilizing the superior development speed of ColdFusion over other dynamic database driven server-side languages of the time. Despite over ten times the number of developers, developed in JavaServer Pages, could not keep up with the speed of development of Myspace and cfm; the MySpace.com domain was owned by YourZ.com, Inc. intended until 2002 for use as an online data storage and sharing site. By late 2003, it was transitioned from a file storage service to a social networking site. A friend, who worked in the data storage business, reminded Chris DeWolfe that he had earlier bought the domain MySpace.com. DeWolfe suggested. Brad Greenspan nixed the idea, believing that keeping Myspace free was necessary to make it a successful community. Myspace gained popularity among teenagers and young adults.
In February 2005, DeWolfe held talks with Mark Zuckerberg over acquiring Facebook but DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's $75 million offer. Some employees of Myspace, including DeWolfe and Berman, were able to purchase equity in the property before MySpace and its parent company eUniverse was bought. In July 2005, in one of the company's first major Internet purchases, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation purchased Myspace for US$580 million. News Corporation had beat out Viacom by offering a higher price for the website, the purchase was seen as a good investment at the time. Of the $580 million purchase price $327 million has been attributed to the value of Myspace according to the financial adviser fairness opinion. Within a year, Myspace had tripled in value from its purchase price. News Corporation saw the purchase as a way to capitalize on Internet advertising and drive traffic to other News Corporation properties. After losing the bidding war for Myspace, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in September 2006 when he fired Tom Freston from the position of CEO. Redstone believed that the failure to acquire MySpace contributed to the 20% drop in Viacom's stock price in 2006 up to the date of Freston's ouster.
Freston's successor as CEO, Philippe Dauman, was quoted as saying "never let another competitor beat us to the trophy". Redstone told interviewer Charlie Rose that losing MySpace had been "humiliating", adding, "MySpace was sitting there for the taking for $500 million" In January 2006, Fox announced plans to launch a UK version of Myspace in a bid to "tap into the UK music scene", which they did, they launched similar versions in other countries. The 100 millionth account was created on August 2006, in the Netherlands. On November 1, 2007, Myspace and Bebo joined the Google-led OpenSocial alliance, which included Friendster, Hi5, LinkedIn, Plaxo and Six Apart. OpenSocial was to promote a common set of standards for software developers to write programs for social networks. Facebook remained independent. Google had been unsuccessful in build