XLR8R is a website that covers music, culture and technology. It was also a print magazine. XLR8R was founded as a newsprint zine in 1993 by publisher Andrew Smith in Seattle, it has offices in New York City. While XLR8R’s initial focus was on electronic music, it has widened its scope to include indie rock, hip-hop, reggae/dancehall music as well as related trends in style, art and technology. XLR8R was distributed internationally. Special issues included a Music Technology issue, a year-end "Best Of" issue, an entire issue devoted to the music scene of a particular city. Subscribers receive a free monthly CD of tracks hand-picked by the magazine's editors. Standout features of the publication include "Audiofile," a collection of short pieces on up-and-coming musicians; each issue traditionally has hundreds of reviews of various albums, compilations, DVDs. XLR8R’s website features breaking music and culture news, high-resolution music videos and free weekly MP3 downloads and podcasts. Additionally, back issues of the print magazine are accessible from 2003 to the present as downloadable PDFs.
In March 2007, XLR8R launched XLR8R TV, an internet TV show hosted by Revision3, with a new episode appearing every Tuesday. The show features musicians and scenes covered in the pages of XLR8R magazine. In 2011, XLR8R became a web only publication. In 2012, XLR8R was acquired by Buzz Media. Official website
Time Out (magazine)
Time Out is a global magazine published by Time Out Group. Time Out started its publication in 1968 and has expanded its editorial recommendations to 315 cities in 58 countries worldwide. In 2012, the magazine became a free publication with a weekly readership of over 307,000. Time Out's global market presence includes partnerships with Nokia and mobile apps for iOS and Android operating systems, it was the recipient of the International Consumer Magazine of the Year award in both 2010 and 2011 and the renamed International Consumer Media Brand of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Time Out was first published in 1968 as a London listings magazine by Tony Elliott, who used birthday money to produce a one-sheet pamphlet. With Bob Harris as co-editor; the first product was titled "Where It's At", before being inspired by Dave Brubeck's album Time Out. Time Out began as an alternative magazine alongside other members of the underground press in the UK, but by 1980 it had abandoned its original collective decision-making structure and its commitment to equal pay for all its workers, leading to a strike and the foundation of a competing magazine, City Limits, by former staffers.
By now its former radicalism has all but vanished. As one example of its early editorial stance, in 1976 London's Time Out published the names of 60 purported CIA agents stationed in England. Early issues had a print run of around 5,000 and would evolve to a weekly circulation of 110,000 as it shed its radical roots; the flavour of the magazine was wholly the responsibility of its designer, Pearce Marchbank. Marchbank was invited by Tony Elliott to join the embryonic Time Out in 1971. Turning it into a weekly, he produced its classic logo, established its strong identity and its editorial structure—all still used worldwide to this day, he conceived and designed the first of the Time Out guide books.... He continued to design for Time Out for many years; each week, his witty Time Out covers became an essential part of London life. Elliott launched Time Out New York, his North American magazine debut, in 1995; the magazine procured young and upcoming talent to provide cultural reviews for young New Yorkers at the time.
The success of TONY led to the introduction of Time Out New York Kids, a quarterly magazine aimed at families. The expansion continued with Elliott licensing the Time Out brand worldwide spreading the magazine to 40 cities including Istanbul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Lisbon. Additional Time Out products included travel magazines, city guides, books. In 2010, Time Out became the official publisher of travel guides and tourist books for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Time Out's need to expand to digital platforms led to Elliott, sole owner of the group until November 2010, to sell half of Time Out London and 66 percent of TONY to private equity group Oakley Capital, valuing the company at £20million; the group, founded by Peter Dubens, was owned by Tony Elliott and Oakley Capital until 2016, the agreement provided capital for investment to expand the brand. Time Out has subsequently launched websites for an additional 33 cities including Delhi, Washington D. C. Boston and Bristol; when it was listed on London's AIM stock exchange.
In June 2016, Time Out Group underwent an IPO and is listed on London's AIM stock exchange trading under the ticker symbol'TMO'. The London edition of Time Out became a free magazine in September 2012. Time Out's London magazine was hand distributed at central London stations, received its first official ABC Certificate for October 2012 showing distribution of over 305,000 copies per week, the largest distribution in the history of the brand; this strategy increased revenue by 80 percent with continued upsurge. Time Out has invited a number of guest columnists to write for the magazine; the columnist as of 2014 was Giles Coren. In April 2015, Time Out switched its New York magazine to the free distribution model to increase the reader base and grow brand awareness; this transition doubled circulation by increasing its Web audience, estimated around 3.5 million unique visitors a month. Time Out increased its weekly magazine circulation to over 305,000 copies complementing millions of digital users of Time Out New York.
Time Out New York is now available for free every other Wednesday in vending boxes and newsstands across New York City. In addition to magazines and travel books and websites, Time Out launched Time Out Market, a food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial creation, starting with the Time Out Market Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. New Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston and Montreal in 2019 and in London-Waterloo and Prague in 2021 – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs and cultural experiences. Time Out Global Homepage "Time Out to cut about 40 staff in UK and US" Time Out Time Out Dubai Time Out Time Out Abu Dhabi Time Out Time Out Bahrain Time Out Time Out Doha
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The San Francisco Bay Guardian was a free alternative newspaper published weekly in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1966 by Bruce B. Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble; the paper was shut down on October 14, 2014. It was relaunched in February 2016 as an online publication; the Bay Guardian was known for reporting and promoting left-wing and progressive issues within San Francisco and around the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole. This included muckraking, legislation to control and limit gentrification, endorsement of political candidates and other laws and policies that fall within its political views, it printed movie and music reviews, an annual nude beaches issue, an annual sex issue. The Bay Guardian was one of several alternative newspapers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including SF Weekly, East Bay Express, Metro Silicon Valley, North Bay Bohemian, Marin's Pacific Sun, Berkeley Daily Planet. Starting in 1974, the Bay Guardian published an annual "Best of The Bay" issue that listed the best restaurants and activities in the Bay Area, based on a readers' poll and staff recommendations.
The Bay Guardian claimed that its "Best Of" issue was the first annual guide of its kind and was copied by other publications. The Bay Guardian handed out "Goldie Awards" annually for excellence in similar areas. In 1971, it published The Ultimate Highrise, on the costs of development to the city. In 1975, it published San Francisco Free & Easy: The Native's Guidebook with a revised edition in 1980, edited by William Ristow; the Bay Guardian put down an attempt by its employees to unionize in the 1970s. In 1975, Bay Guardian staffers, with the aid of Newspaper Guild Local 52 and International Typographical Union Local 21, signed union cards to seek higher wages and benefits; the paper had won a legal settlement and moved to a new building. Publisher Bruce Brugmann claimed there were not enough funds to increase pay or benefits; the day after Thanksgiving, he fired five senior staffers. Newspaper staffers voted to join the Newspaper Guild and, on June 15, 1976, they called a strike to force Brugmann to offer a labor contract.
Brugmann hired strikebreaker replacements. In August, César Chávez offered to mediate the strike. In 1977, another election was called, but this time votes by replacement workers carried the day and the new staff voted not to join a union. In March 2008 the Bay Guardian won a predatory pricing lawsuit against its local rival, SF Weekly, based on allegations that SF Weekly undercut the Bay Guardian by selling display advertisements below cost while supporting itself on cash infusions from its parent, Village Voice Media, in an effort to force the Bay Guardian into bankruptcy. In May 2008 the judge in the case awarded punitive damages, raising the jury's $6.3 million award to $15.9 million, issuing an injunction prohibiting the SF Weekly from selling advertisements below cost. On April 19, 2012, the East Bay Express reported that the Canadian owners of The San Francisco Examiner were in negotiations with the Bay Guardian to buy the newspaper; these rumors were denied by its executive editor Tim Redmond, but the sale went through a week later.
On January 15, 2013, their longstanding rival SF Weekly was sold to the San Francisco Newspaper Group, which publishes the Bay Guardian. In mid-June 2013, San Francisco Business Times and other publications reported that Tim Redmond had "been ousted" as publisher and editor; the Bay Guardian issued a statement quoting new publisher Stephen Buel as saying, "The Guardian has been losing money, we were forced to contemplate some editorial layoffs. Tim decided to resign rather than follow through with what we were discussing." However, Redmond denied resigning. On October 14, 2014, publisher Glenn Zuehls announced that the San Francisco Media Co. which owns SF Weekly, had decided to close the publication. The 40th annual Best of the Bay issue, published on the same day, was the weekly publication's final issue. Following the Bay Guardian's closure, its laid-off staff launched the Bay Guardian-in-Exile Project, which included a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo that raised more than $25,000 to help preserve the paper's archives and produce a final commemorative edition of the Bay Guardian, released on Jan.
22, 2015 and distributed in conjunction with the San Francisco Public Press and Gum Road. In October 2015, the Bay Guardian's print and digital archives were handed over to the San Francisco Center for Newspaper Preservation, a newly founded nonprofit organization led by Marke Bieschke and Tim Redmond. In January 2016, they announced that a "Bring Back the Bay Guardian" crowdfunding campaign and other donations had yielded enough funds to secure the archives and relaunch several Bay Guardian features, included "Best of the Bay". Redmond continues to run 48 Hills with Bieschke, a separate site focusing on San Francisco politics that Redmond founded in 2014 after leaving the Bay Guardian. Official website
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U. S. the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento; the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, the country's second most populous, after New York City. California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; the City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. California's $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, the 36th most populous as of 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies, after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 among large PSAs, is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people. California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics, it is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, fast food, the Internet, the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as global centers of the technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.
S. state. California is bordered by Oregon to the north and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; the state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time and wildfires have become more pervasive features. What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries; the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War.
The western portion of Alta California was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom; the word California referred to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The name derived from the mythical island California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo; this work was the fifth in a popular Spanish chivalric romance series that began with Amadis de Gaula. Queen Calafia's kingdom was said to be a remote land rich in gold and pearls, inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and lived like Amazons, as well as griffins and other strange beasts. In the fictional paradise, the ruler Queen Calafia fought alongside Muslims and her name may have been chosen to echo the title of a Muslim leader, the Caliph. It's possible.
Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, inhabited by black women without a single man among them, they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with great virtue; the island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the craggy rocks. Shortened forms of the state's name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, California was one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in pre-Columbian North America. Various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000; the Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, villages, on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash and Salinan.
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Röyksopp are a Norwegian electronic music duo from Tromsø, formed in 1998. The duo consists of Torbjørn Brundtland. Røyksopp is the Norwegian word for the class of mushrooms known as puffballs, but the band's name substitutes ö for the second letter. Berge and Brundtland were introduced to each other through a mutual friend in Norway, they enjoyed the same films and music, shared an interest in electronics. The two experimented with various forms of electronic music, bought a drum machine together during the Tromsø techno scene before going their separate ways. Several years the two met up again and formed Röyksopp during the Bergen Wave. After experimenting with different genres of electronic music, the band solidified their place in the electronica scene with their 2001 debut album, Melody A. M. released on the Wall of Sound record label. Röyksopp has experimented with various genres pertaining to electronic music. Stylistically, the band makes use including ambient, house music and synth-pop.
The band is known for its elaborate concert performances, which feature eccentric outfits. Since their 1998 debut, the duo has gained critical acclaim and popular success around the world. To date, Röyksopp has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, won seven Spellemannprisen awards, performed worldwide tours, produced albums that have topped the charts in several countries, including four consecutive number-one albums in their native country. Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland were introduced at a friend's house in Tromsø, began experimenting with electronic instruments in the early 1990s as a part of the Tromsø techno scene; the two met when Berge was 12 years old and Brundtland was 13, the two began playing music together due to a shared interest in electronica. Their childhood in Tromsø and the natural scenery of Northern Norway have been mentioned as some of their most important inspirations; the pair separated before obtaining any popular success with their music, but reunited with each other in 1998 in Bergen, Norway.
Bergen, a city of 212,944 people in 1990, had overtaken Tromsø's position as the most vital scene for underground electronic music in Norway, Röyksopp worked with other Norwegian musicians like Frost, Those Norwegians, Drum Island, Kings of Convenience's guitarist and singer Erlend Øye in what was called the Bergen Wave. During this time, the duo befriended Geir Jenssen. Under the tutelage of Jenssen, the duo started a band called Aedena Cycle with Gaute Barlindhaug and Kolbjørn Lyslo. In 1994 Aedena Cycle recorded; the EP was released under the R&S Records sublabel Apollo. Following the release of the EP, Jenssen convinced the band to sign a full record deal with Apollo Records. After recording as part of Aedena Cycle and Brundtland left the group to form their own band, Röyksopp; the word röyksopp is a stylized version of the Norwegian word for the puffball mushroom, "røyksopp". The band has stated that the word could evoke the mushroom cloud resulting from an atomic blast. Röyksopp's debut single was released by local Bergen Wave-era independent label Tellé.
Röyksopp's first single "So Easy", re-released on their first album, was the second record released by Tellé. After being used in a UK T-Mobile advertisement, "So Easy" became popular in the UK market and was re-released, combined with their single "Remind Me". After leaving Tellé, the band signed with British label Wall of Sound and released Melody A. M. which became certified platinum in the band's native Norway and sold over a million copies worldwide. The album peaked at number one in Norway, produced the UK Top 40 singles "Eple", "Poor Leno", "Remind Me". A final single, "Sparks", was released. Eple – meaning "apple" in Norwegian – was licensed by Apple Inc. for use as the welcome music to the company's Mac OS X Panther operating system, playing the first time a user booted a new Apple-brand computer. The band's popularity was boosted by several graphically experimental music videos, many of which were put into heavy rotation by MTV; the music video for "Remind Me", featuring an infographic-style video by French company H5, won the 2002 MTV Europe Music Award for best music video.
In this same event the duo was nominated in three more categories: "Best Nordic Act", "Best New Artist" and "Best Dance Act". The duo performed the song "Poor Leno" at the event. One year they received a nomination for "Best Group" at the Brit Awards. During this period Röyksopp gained popularity in the United States. "Remind Me", one of the two Röyksopp and Erlend Øye collaborations found on Melody A. M. was featured in a Geico car insurance commercial. The commercial was the fourth of the "It's so easy a caveman could do it" ads, featured said caveman riding a moving sidewalk in an airport terminal when he comes across a poster displaying the advertisement campaign. During this time, Röyksopp were approached to compose the soundtrack for The Matrix Reloaded, although they declined the offer. Röyksopp's second studio album, The Understanding, was released on 12 July 2005, preceded by the single "Only This Moment" on 27 June 2005; the single managed to peak at number 33 in the United Kingdom. The video for "Only This Moment" is based on the events of the Paris 1968 riots, elements of propaganda are found throughout the video clip.
The album's second single, "49 Percent", with the vocals of Chelonis R. Jones was released on 26 September 2005. A third single, "What Else Is There?", including vocals from Swedish singer Karin Dreijer "Fever Ray" Andersson of The Knife, became the album's biggest single, peaking at number 32 in the Unit
Cyclic Defrost is an Australian specialist electronic music magazine. It was founded and edited by Sebastian Chan, with current editors Bob Baker Fish, Chris Downton and Peter Hollo, it covers avant-rock, experimental sound art and left field hip hop. The magazine started as a photocopied zine in 1998, as an offshoot of the weekly Sydney club night Frigid, run by Chan and co-editor/designer Dale Harrison. Chan and Harrison had edited the university newspaper together. Harrison, now the bass player for Sydney band The Herd, resigned after Issue 12 and was replaced by designer Bim Ricketson. Matthew Levinson joined Chan as editor; each issue featured international music feature articles. Until Issue 16, comprehensive reviews covering CDs, DVDs and vinyl were found in the print version of the magazine. After this issue, these continued on the website; the magazine had a record sleeve design reviews section and a guest cover designer. Past cover designers include Bim Ricketson and Build; the magazine incorporated a music listening club where CDs were posted to subscribers.
The magazine was published three times a year with a print run of 5000. It was available free in selected record stores and other outlets across Australia distributed by Inertia Distribution; the website contains an archive of the issues in PDF format. In 2003, Cyclic Defrost, the Australian youth media art festival's noise project and SBS Radio's Alchemy program worked together on a project called Sonic Allsorts which featured non-English speaking music artists. A CD was produced and distributed in the magazine, the artists were played on SBS Radio; the National Library of Australia's Pandora Archive project has preserved the Cyclic Defrost website since 2004. In 2005, the Australian Council for the Arts and Austrade assisted Cyclic Defrost to attend Sónar electronic music festival in Barcelona. A special sampler CD of music from Australian electronic music artists and producers, as well as the magazine itself, were distributed at the conference to help introduce Australian music and publications to overseas audiences.
Cyclic Defrost was chosen as a case study for the Australia Council for the Arts' Fuel 4 Arts' Protein project in 2005 based on it receiving a'New Audiences' grant in 2002. Anna Poletti, in her book Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture listed Cyclic Defrost as an example of Australian DIY culture, describing it as, Contemporary Australian DIY culture has an strong interest in skill-sharing and development, non-commercial modes of circulation and distribution, practices of craft and thrift as sources of pleasure and community-building which seek no greater effect than their own existence. Sound and media artist Shannon O'Neill, writing for RealTime Arts, called the magazine, a key participant in Australian music discourse. In June 2013, after 47 issues, the final print issue was published; the online version remains in publication. Following Cyclic Defrost's transition to a digital-only magazine in July 2013, Bob Baker Fish, Chris Downton and Peter Hollo assumed editorial duties for the website.