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Casper Skulls Go 'Bonnie and Clyde' in Video for Soaring Indie Rocker 'Lingua Franca': Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:06am
Today’s the day for Toronto quartet Casper Skulls: Their debut LP is arriving on hometown label Buzz Records (Dilly Dally, Weaves), showcasing...
Categories: Music Industry

Weekly Chart Report 11/3/17

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:01am
Blake Shelton takes the No. 1 spot on this week’s MusicRow CountryBreakout chart with [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Above & Beyond Releases 'Ode to Detroit' With Emotional 'Northern Soul' Featuring Richard Bedford

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:54am
Above & Beyond reunites with Richard Bedford to release "Northern Soul", a hard-hitting yet emotional single that will land on...
Categories: Music Industry

Dua Lipa's 'New Rules' Gets a Synth-Heavy '80s Remix

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:48am
Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” just got the ‘80s treatment, after propelling the English singer-songwriter to the top 40 of the Hot...
Categories: Music Industry

iFixit tears down the iPhone X, gives it 6 out of 10 on 'repairability'

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:44am
Image: Ifixit

The brand new Apple iPhone X just got a complete teardown from iFixit.com, which rates the device a 6 out of 10 on its repairability scale, putting it on the same level as the iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL. It's easier to repair than a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 though, which scored only 4 points.

The iFixit team were particularly impressed with the repairability of battery and display; the latter, for example, can be replaced without removing the biometric Face ID hardware. On the downside, the analysis found that unrelated components are tied together by cables, turning them into complex assemblies that are difficult and expensive to replace.

The teardown also gets us a good look at the iPhone X Dual 12 MP cameras—wide-angle and telephoto, with F1.8 and F2.4 apertures and OIS—and the 7 MP TrueDepth front camera with F2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video recording, and Face ID. Head over the ifixit.com for the full report and lots of detail images of iPhone X innards.

Categories: Equipment

TIDAL Now Offers Detailed Artist Credits For Albums, Tracks

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:43am
Music platform TIDAL is now offering subscribers access to extensive artist credits for their favorite [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Hotel Garuda Goes 'Dancing On The Moon' With Lemaitre on Funky Single: Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:34am
Hotel Garuda makes their debut on Mom+Pop -- indie label home to Flume, Alina Baraz, Neon Indian and more -- with "Dancing on the...
Categories: Music Industry

Gay Agenda, Nov. 3: Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic & Jake Shears Go Solo, Plus Sam Smith, Kim Petras & More

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:33am
Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks,...
Categories: Music Industry

Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunk Driving in Brooklyn: Report

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:20am
Fetty Wap was arrested by New York City police in the early hours of Friday morning (Nov. 3), according to TMZ. The New Jersey native was pulled over...
Categories: Music Industry

Miguel Announces New Album 'War & Leisure', Shares 'Told You So' Video

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:18am
After gliding his way back into the R&B scene with his Travis Scott-assisted single "Sky Walker," Miguel is ready to return with his...
Categories: Music Industry

This Week in Photography Books: Misty Keasler

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:16am


Think back to your earliest memories.

They’re always the same, no?

We have so few memories of our youth, and it’s not like we can make more. There is what there is, and we re-scan them from time to time, like popping your favorite DVD into the machine.

(For those of you under the age of 20, DVDs are round, plastic discs that play movies and music. I know you’ve never heard of them before, but until recently, they were good tech, and Netflix used to send them in the mail.)

The few memories we do retain have an outsized role in representing our childhoods. All my memories, until I went to college, probably tab up to a few seconds of brain time; less than .000000000001% of what actually transpired.

So our memories become the Mt. Rushmore of our childhood.

One of my favorites is about the time my Uncle Keith, (who’s due to visit this weekend from New Jersey) came to pick me up at Oakhurst Day Camp, down the shore.

I must have been 5 or 6.

Our big plan was go to the Haunted House nearby at the Long Branch boardwalk. It was open part of the year, jutting well over the Atlantic Ocean.

We were so fired up.

“Those guys, Uncle Keith, they don’t know what’s coming. I’m not scared of them. No way.”

“That’s right, Buddy,” he replied. “You’re not scared of them.”

We’d talked about doing this for a while, and the day had finally arrived. It was a big thing for him to pick me up, so I was super-psyched.

We got the boardwalk, and my anticipation only grew. He was carrying me on his shoulders, so I could see above the crowd, and it felt safe and secure.

Until we got within 100 feet of our destination, when I saw some scary, made-up Frankenstein’s bride standing in front of the door. Really, were not that close. There’s no way I could remember what she actually looked like, now, at 43.

But it scared me shitless.

“Stop,” I yelled.
“Uncle Keith, stop!”

He stopped.

“No way,” I said. “I can’t go in there.”
“But you were so confident,” he replied. “So sure of yourself. You said you weren’t scared.”

“I am. I am scared. We can’t get any closer to that place. We have to leave now.”

“Are you sure,” he asked.

“Yes, please. Maybe when I’m older I can take it. But not now. We have to get out of here.”

So he took me for a Stromboli instead, which was delicious, and I never went back. The entire boardwalk burned down, within a year or two, so I never had the chance to confront the fear.

Instead, I grew up to be someone who doesn’t like horror movies, or being scared. (Sci-fi stuff like “Stranger Things” is the limit of what I can handle.)

So maybe that’s why I don’t love Halloween?

Lots of grownups can’t wait to design their costumes. They go all out, dressing up at work, at parties, or when they take their kids trick or treating.

You know the type.
And there are a lot of people like that.

Probably more than there are Halloween grinches like me.

But this time of year, the cultural aesthetic is so specific.

Ghouls and skeletons.
Monsters and witches.
Guts and blood.

Some people eat that shit up. They love to be scared, and watch faux-killers and dastardly demons tear through high school kids like a Ginsu knife through aluminum. They’ll watch every “SAW” movie, in a marathon, and then go hang out in a graveyard at 3am.

Those people might, realistically, open a Haunted House somewhere, because they still exist.

And someone has to be in charge of organizing the rush of the macabre. The feeling of being awake, in a nightmare. What does it look like, when rendered in plastic, makeup and ketchup?

I’m glad you asked.

Because if this isn’t the perfect week to take a look at Misty Keasler’s new book “Haunt,” published by Archon Projects, then I’m a one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eater. (The book accompanies a solo show at the Ft. Worth Modern through November 26)

The first thing this book makes me wonder: what kind of person is Misty?

Does she like to be scared? Was tracking down these places a way to use her art practice to connect with an existing passion?

Did she name her kid after Wes Craven? (To be honest, I met Misty at a brunch in Dallas last year, and don’t think her baby was called Freddy or Jason.)

Or is she really repelled by these places, but wanted to conquer a deep fear, like driving into a hurricane?

(To use a “Stranger Things 2” reference, spoiler alert, I’d ask if she was like Will, taking Sean Astin’s advice to stand tall and confront the Shadow Monster in the upside-down.)

Because the pictures are unsparing. They stare right into this stuff.

Scary clowns. Dead chickens. Oozing viscera.

These are the things we want OUT of our heads, not in them. Looking at the pictures, I fear, is embedding these photographs
in my subconscious, where they might turn up later, in the night.

(Damn, you, Misty!)

But what is it like, for the aficionados? They must relish the fear, the adrenaline drops, the sense of being alive.

Because people pay money for the feeling. And now that I think about it, anyone who buys one of Misty’s prints will be choosing to have it on the wall at all times.

No thank you.

But as art, I have to give her serious credit. The pictures are well made, and let the subject matter do most of the talking.

(Cue scary music.)

(End scene.)

Bottom Line: Methodical, chilling look at the Haunted House industry

To purchase “Haunt,” click here


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Categories: Business

Listen to Aly & AJ's Dreamy Dance Pop Track 'I Know'

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:14am
The decade-long hiatus from music was well worth the wait, as Aly & AJ return with their second track off upcoming Ten Years EP, titled...
Categories: Music Industry

Victor Manuelle Introduces Bad Bunny to Salsa in New Single 'Mala y Peligrosa'

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:31am
Singer Victor Manuelle has been know as the “sonero de la juventud” for many years. The secret? He keeps the salsa alive by collaborating...
Categories: Music Industry

5 Things We Want to See from Miley Cyrus This Weekend on 'SNL'

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:30am
With Miley Cyrus returning as musical guest on tomorrow (Nov. 4) night's episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm'...
Categories: Music Industry

Russian Digital Services Push Restrictions on Free Music Streaming

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:26am
Major Russian social networking websites, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the music streaming service Boom have introduced restrictions on free...
Categories: Music Industry

Hot 100 Chart Moves: Maroon 5 Scores Record-Extending 14th Airplay Top 10

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:23am
As previously reported, Post Malone's "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (...
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Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM sample gallery updated

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:00am
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The 70-200mm F2.8 is a staple piece of kit for a lot of professional and advanced shooters. Sony's full-frame E-mount version happens to carry the 'GM' logo, designating it one of the brand's highest quality pieces of glass.

We carried it along while exploring the areas in and around Jackson, Wyoming and found it capable of excellent image quality. This is especially true when you stop it down a bit. You can also take a look at our previously-published Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM roller derby gallery.

See our Sony FE 70-200 F2.8 GM sample image gallery

Categories: Equipment

Pressure Mounts on Apple to Live Up to Hype for iPhone X

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:57am
The iPhone X’s lush screen, facial-recognition skills and $1,000 price tag are breaking new ground in Apple’s marquee...
Categories: Music Industry

Eric Clapton Documentary Gets Awards-Qualifying Release in November

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:48am
Eric Clapton is headed to the big screen later this month. Abramorama is partnering with Showtime Networks to release the documentary ...
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Watch Gary Clark Jr. Rip Through His Cover of Beatles' 'Come Together' from 'Justice League' on 'Late Late Show'

Billboard.com - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:47am
Gary Clark Jr. gave his heavy, blues-blasted twist on the The Beatles' classic "Come Together" on The Late Late Show...
Categories: Music Industry