Aphex Twin Will Hold ‘SYRO’ Listening Parties for Lucky Fans
One-off events being held in the U.S., Canada, and Europe before album’s September 23 release
Aphex Twin’s rollout for SYRO, his first album in 13 years, has been fairly unconventional, what with the blimp teaser, deep web announcement, and barely legible autobiography. But now the “fartist” born Richard D. James is giving some lucky fans the chance to hear the new songs in a more traditional matter. Starting September 5 in London and Paris, with subsequent events in the U.S., Canada, and other European countries, SYRO will be played in its entirety at listening parties, with tickets available to the public via a lottery. According to Warp, the contest “begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4AM PST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT / 1PM CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone.”
400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal
By Rick Noack
Gnomes used by the Social Democrats in Austria. (Social Democratic Party)
Last weekend in the mountainous Austrian state of Vorarlberg, 400 gnomes disappeared. Nobody knows where they have gone. But everyone knows it’s down to politics.
With regional elections set for Sept. 21, the left-wing Social Democratic Party ordered 20,000 gnomes called “Coolmen” earlier this year. The gnomes, toting sunglasses and campaign signs, were the party’s last-ditch effort to prevent an electoral defeat in Vorarlberg. About 400 of the gnomes were attached to lampposts on Saturday as alternatives to traditional posters, but their mass disappearance by Sunday morning was conspicuous.
“I suspect our rival party OeVP [the Austrian People’s Party] to have removed the gnomes,” local Social Democratic Party leader Michael Ritsch told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Ritsch has filed a complaint, and the state’s police forces have launched an investigation.
Speaking to Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the local leadership of the OeVP party denied the allegations. The party’s local general manager told ORF that people who leveled such unfounded accusations were no better than the actual gnome thieves.
But Ritsch persists with his accusations. “All of our gnomes are 40 centimeters tall. The thieves must have needed more than just one truck to steal them,” he said.
A million little gardeners
Seedbed, 2010, by Elliott Arkin. Photograph: Amherst College
A Million Little Pieces author James Frey is set to turn the artist Elliott Arkin’s series of sculptures depicting famous artists as garden gnomes into a children’s book, due to be published in 2016. Four years ago, Frey purchased one of the resin works—a miniature lawn-mowing Picasso—from the series, titled A Peaceable Kingdom, 2004-2012, at New York’s Half Gallery, which he co-owned at the time. “It is one of the most brilliantly funny works of art,” Frey says. So when Arkin later asked the author to write a catalogue essay for his exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice last year, Frey suggested a short story. He wound up with enough material for a book and took an option on the rights from Arkin, who says, “I am thrilled to see what narrative James creates.”
Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast
By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience.
“We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.
Between North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras and Massachusetts’ Georges Bank, 570 methane seeps cluster in about eight regions, according to sonar and video gathered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer between 2011 and 2013. The vast majority of the seeps dot the continental slope break, where the seafloor topography swoops down toward the Atlantic Ocean basin. [Gallery: Amazing images of Atlantic Methane Seeps]
First Superman Comic Breaks $2 Million on eBay
Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
Photo: Via eBay.
With blockbuster superhero movies dominating cinemas this summer, it’s not surprising to see blockbuster comic book sales at auction. Darren Adams, owner of Pristine Comics, is auctioning off a rare copy of the first issue of Action Comics on eBay, and, with a current bid as of this writing of $2,002,038, it could break the record for the most expensive price ever paid for a comic book. Action Comics #1 was first printed in 1938 by DC Comics, and is famous for marking the first appearance of Superman. Another copy of the same comic set the current comic auction record of $2,161,000 in 2011. Adams’s auction ends August 24, leaving it plenty of time to surpass that record.
“It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages,” writes Adams in the auction’s listing. “This is…. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.”
COWBOYS WORTH MORE THAN $3 BILLION, TOPS IN NFL
(AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.
For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.
Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.
B.K.S. Iyengar Dead: Indian Yoga Guru Dies At 95
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and authored 17 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar’s death was reported on his website as well as major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.
Iyengar created his own brand of yoga, called “Iyengar yoga,” and established studios in 72 countries where yoga practitioners are taught ways to improve breathing, concentration and meditation.
In 2004, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96
This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of ‘Saturday Night Live.’Photo: Associated Press
(AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on Saturday Night Live.
Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.
Mr. Pardo—a handsome man with a strong chin and confident smile that were overshadowed by his majestic delivery—graced newscasts, game shows and TV programs for more than 60 years. During the original version of Jeopardy!, his answers to the question, “Tell ’em what they’ve won, Don Pardo,” became a memorable part of the program.
And he was an integral part of Saturday Night Live for heralding the cast’s names to kick off each show, which led former cast member Jimmy Fallon to comment later, “Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name.” Mr. Pardo continued at SNL through the end of last season, when he performed the introductions on the finale in May.
Strictly Critical Video: One Hour Looking at a Jackson Pollock Painting at MoMA
With this week’s video, our two critics embark in a new direction: the hourlong single-work review.
Over the course of a full hour at the Museum of Modern Art, they discuss Jackson Pollock’s One: Number 31, 1950, one of the “official masterpieces of American art” by “the first American artist to affect world art” (as they put it).
Why do Gopnik and Viveros-Fauné spend an entire hour discussing a single work? Because that is what art deserves. Consider that people spend weeks, even months, with a novel; hours with a movie or a play; and countless hours playing video games.
But when it comes to visual art, the treatment—the time devoted to a viewing—can approximate the length of a drive-by shooting or a turn on the catwalk. Too often people literally take a spin around the room of a gallery or a museum and then dine out on the experience—”We saw Pollock!” They say. “And Judd and Albers and Soutine!”
“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”
These kids ‘Wannaread’
North Hampton Library’s summer camp book club a hit
Lisa Tetrault-Zhe Photo Fifth-grade North Hampton School students Calvin and Trevor, and sixth-grade student Dasha, with the grand prize for the summer reading program, Scout the Bear.
By Lisa Tetrault-Zhe
NORTH HAMPTON — Readers in the Camp Wannaread book group kept up their skills and got a sneak peak at a new Gordon Korman novel this summer.
The North Hampton School students in grades four through six who participated in the summer reading club finished “‘The Hypnotists” by Korman, and also had a chance to start the sequel, “Memory Maze.”
“We had 23 kids sign up,” explained children’s librarian Lorreen Keating. “The afterschool book club was such a success, we decided to continue it through the summer.”
On Thursday evening, readers broke into two teams (Rainbow Unicorns and Sandmen, both part of the book). The teams came up with trivia questions from the book, and the team with the most points won extra raffle tickets towards the grand prize (a giant stuffed bear, complete with binoculars).
“Every week there would be one winner of a smaller prize,” said Linda Sherouse, North Hampton School librarian (she also works at NHS library). “These included a reading light, movie tickets, a Barnes & Noble gift card, and a pencil pouch with glow-in-the-dark highlighters.”
One girl joined the club because she wanted an opportunity to further discuss books she’s read.
“I often have trouble finding time to talk with Ms. Sherouse about the books that I’ve read,” said sixth-grade student Dasha. “Joining the group, I got to read more and check in with her.”
Dasha, a self-described avid reader, read 400 hours this summer.
“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”
Celebrating Charles Bukowski, ‘poet laureate of L.A. lowlife’
Charles Bukowski, “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” became one of the best-known poets in America. (Richard Robinson / Black Sparrow Press)
Charles Bukowski was called many things: “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” “the enfant terrible of the Meat School poets,” “the prophet of the underemployed” and “a flamboyant provincial.” Those comments are all from our own reporters.
The L.A. Times was slow to warm to Bukowski’s charms. Even in 1985, when he was one of America’s bestselling poets, we were still describing him as “A low-life drifter from out of the ’40s whose gnarled face is to ugliness and abuse what Paul Bunyan’s body was to size and strength.”
Two years later, when Mickey Rourke starred in the semi-biographical film “Barfly” based on Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novels, the Los Angeles cultural establishment finally, grudgingly, came around.
Bukowski was born in Germany on Aug. 16, 1920. His family soon moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up with an abusive father. He was an outcast in school. He started drinking. He moved around the country, living on the margins, during World War II and after. He wound up back in Los Angeles as unlikely a candidate for becoming a poet, much less an acclaimed one, as you might find.
Of course, that was part of his appeal. Plainspoken poetry set in the streets and bars, peopled by shady characters — including his hard-drinking, big-hearted, angry, gambling, womanizing self. One of our readers, upset by seeing him written about in print, called him “an X-rated Oscar the Grouch,” which might actually not be all that insulting after all.
To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the poet laureate of L.A. lowlife, here are 18 things he wrote and said and did –
SDCC: FREY, DASHNER & MORE GO BEYOND THE PAGE
At Comic-Con International 2014, the “Beyond the Page” session featured a panel deep with talent. The artists and writers, which included James Frey, Christ Weitz, James Dashner, Andrew Kaplan, Fred Van Lente, James Silvani, and Melissa De La Cruz, delivered an engaging discussion on the existing and emerging technologies that are transforming the way we both create and consume stories.
Storytelling today can include a myriad of avenues for delivering content from social media, eBooks, webcomics, online video and video games to more traditional forms of media like print, TV and film. However, modern fans are hungry for stories that do more to immerse them in the fictional worlds of the characters.
James Frey of “Endgame” shared his approach to immersing fans into his world saying, “We should be thinking of TV and Movies as parts our toolbox… [but] as we move into the digital future, as writers or story tellers, that we need to start thinking of things beyond the page.”
Frey is a huge advocate of coordinating story content across multiple platforms to deliver strategic pieces of content. “You should be doing things across all [platforms],” Frey said.
Ultimately “Endgame” will feature a cascade of content delivering vehicles: three books, thirty-five novellas, a video game launched by Google, social media featuring character profiles and a YouTube channel. There are three movies in the works at Fox, and a children’s television series. The core of these immersive experiences are the three books that feature puzzles to solve and the hunt for hidden keys that open cases full of money.
In discussing his approach to “Endgame,” Frey explained, “We looked at things like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and thought, “How can we use those to tell additional parts of the story that aren’t on the pages of the book? The thirteen characters in the book have had Twitter feeds, Instagram feeds, and Google Plus feeds for [over] a year. And our You Tube channel has five hours of content on it.”
Teenager Made Corsicana Walmart His Home
by J.D. Miles
CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – His age 14. His address Walmart.
Employees of a Corsicana Walmart were shocked to find a teenage boy secretly living inside the store for a few days.
The teen wasn’t just hiding in the store. He built a secret hidden compound and was able to call the 24-hour store home for 2 1/2 days before being discovered.
CBS 11 News obtained exclusive photos of two campsites at the Walmart in Corsicana. One of them was on the aisle carrying baby products behind boxes of strollers. The other was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper.
Customers who walked down the aisles where the teen was living never noticed two hidden compounds where the boy was able to store necessities, sleep in a makeshift bed and and eat items taken from inside the store.
He created a crack in the back wall of the drink aisle to grab juice and even collected a fish from the pet department.
The photos show the clothing that employees say the boy would change in and out of every few hours to avoid detection.