Bloglikes - Music en-US Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:23:08 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter San Dimas is excited for ‘Bill and Ted 3’ movie and hoping for a cameo this time Bill and Ted fanatics got the most excellent news this week as Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter announced filming would start for a third installment of the movie franchise.

Perhaps no one was more excited by the news than those in San Dimas, the setting for portions of the first two movies, most famously 1989’s “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

  • Then and not now. A Calif. Circle K employee, not pictured, said occasionally people take pictures in front of this San Dimas store, below, believing it’s the one featured in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie was actually filmed in Arizona, above, according to city officials. The first movie, centered around two San Dimas High School teens, put the city on the map. Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music will be released in 2020. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Not quite a selfie. A Calif. Circle K employee, not pictured, said occasionally people take pictures in front of this San Dimas store believing it’s the one featured in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie was actually filmed in Arizona, according to city officials. The first movie, centered around two San Dimas High School teens, put the city on the map. Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music will be released in 2020. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • It’s not Keanu Reeves. This is not part of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but some still think it’s part of the 1989 franchise. San Dimas, Calif. officials look forward to release of the third film. The first movie, centered around two San Dimas High School teens, put the city on the map. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Dimas’ Circle K is a bit country not Arizona. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, first in the franchise, was filmed in Arizona, not San Dimas, Calif. The interior is a little western. This store is in a strip mall at Walnut and E Bonita Avenues, but the other is free standing. The two don’t look alike. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Dimas’ Circle K is mistaken for the one in the movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie was filmed in Arizona, according to city officials. Not sunny Calif. The first movie, about two San Dimas High School teens played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, brought attention to the city. Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music will be released in 2020. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Most excellent could be on minds of San Dimas officials to ‘Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music.’ The movie was actually shot in Arizona, according to city officials. However, many still think San Dimas’ Circle K, Calif. was in the movie stopping to take pictures in front of the store. The first movie, centered around two San Dimas High School teens, put the city on the map. Photographed on Friday March 22, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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News of the third movie quickly circled back to City Hall, where leaders for the past three decades have embraced the cult status the series has brought their quiet town.

“They may have made the announcement in front of the Hollywood Bowl, but all of a sudden, San Dimas is back on the map,” said Councilman Ryan Vienna, who was in elementary school when movie was released.

Some of the articles surrounding “Bill & Ted 3: Face The Music” not only mention that the duo are from San Dimas but lament that the city might not be a setting this time around. Even the first time around, the part of San Dimas was played by versatile settings in Arizona.

Which is why city and school district officials have a message for the two dudes: San Dimas is finally ready for its closeup.

With some self-reflection, Ken Duran, assistant city manager, acknowledged the city has “always been on the coattails of the ‘Bill and Ted’ phenomenon.”

Bill & Ted’s influence about town

And ride it, the city has — most bodaciously. For San Dimas’ 50th anniversary in 2010, officials planned a yearlong celebration inspired by the films, calling it “An Excellent Adventure;” the Chamber of Commerce once teamed up with the historic society to sell commemorative hats; and, to this day, San Dimas High sells $10 T-shirts with the iconic phrase: “San Dimas High School Football Rules!”

In the first movie, William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan, played by Winter and Reeves respectively, are siting in the parking lot of a Circle K when they begin their time travel journey and bring back the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Genghis Khan and Napoleon Bonaparte to help them with their history report.

“It’s really very interesting, a lot of the iconic landmarks in the movie mirror what’s in the city — and it wasn’t even filmed here,” Duran noted. From the sheriff’s station, San Dimas High School and even the water park, Duran said it’s almost as if the crew came to San Dimas, then scouted locations in Arizona which could stand in for the filming.

The film permits department is standing by

Duran is not sure if anyone from the first two productions ever came to the city to request filming permits. If they did today, they’d more than likely get a righteous reception from city staff, he added.

Vienna grew up in San Dimas and attended Glendora High School, but he still remembers all the buzz from friends who did go to San Dimas High. The notoriety grew more when in 1999, The Ataris released a song with the title, “San Dimas High School Football Rules” — which in another slam, doesn’t mention San Dimas or its high school in its lyrics.

On the other hand, “being associated with a cult classic is pretty fun. No matter where I am, if I’m say, ‘I’m from San Dimas,’ the first thing they associate it with is the movie,” Vienna said. “People associate Bill and Ted with San Dimas more than Raging Waters.”

Even though the third installment is slated to be filmed in New Orleans, Duran said the city reached out to the production company Friday afternoon and encouraged them to not only film in the city, but would assist with any marketing of the film.

It could also help Duran with some questions he’s had about the movies.

But why San Dimas? The world may never know

“We’ve never understood why there was so much emphasis on the name of the city,” he said. “I can’t think another movie with a city or location that is so synonymous. It’s really bizarre.

“But we’ll take it.”

For example, in the first movie, a student at an assembly states: “In conclusion, I think Abraham Lincoln would be most impressed with the world of San Dimas.” In another scene, the late George Carlin, who played Rufus, narrates a description of the city in 2688:

“And I’m telling you, it’s great here. The air is clean, the water’s clean. Even the dirt is clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with.”

If there’s any doubt that the city has developed a cult following, Duran offers up the following: A couple of years ago, a high school in the Midwest was planning a prom centered around Bill and Ted as its theme and contacted the city for street signs they could use for decorations.

That’s not all. Every so often, people come by City Hall’s front desk and ask for the locations spotlighted in the movie such as the Circle K where Bill and Ted get help from Rufus, just so they can say “Something strange is afoot at the Circle K…”

Although the Circle K across from City Hall is not the one from the movie, Vienna said he often sees social media posts with people checking in and quoting the line from the movie.

The one locale they won’t find is the “San Dimas Mall,” where some of the historical figures are detained during the first movie.

An offer they hope isn’t refused

Carl Coles, superintendent of Bonita Unified School District, said every year, San Dimas High School sells about 25 T-shirts with the line, “San Dimas High School Football Rules!” from the movie. The T-shirts are typically sold during football season, he said.

Coles said he too welcomes the production crew to the high school, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in fall 2020.

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“We have beautiful facilities, and we’d be open to providing any backdrop,” he said.

Even if the new movie isn’t formally tied to San Dimas, both Duran and Coles said they would still be open to hosting a screening. Coles suggested the Bonita Center of the Arts, which is on the campus of San Dimas High School.

One thing is for sure: “This new movie will bring us some new notoriety,” Duran said.

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A shipping container might weigh 4000 pounds, but it’s not something you can simply find lying around. There are many challenges to buying shipping or freight containers starting with finding a reliable dealer like Although the internet has made it a lot easier to find items on sale, buying a container online comes with its own risk. One of the most obvious challenges is being unable to inspect the container before it is delivered. This is why the focus isn’t just finding containers but finding reliable dealers with good reputations.

While it is true that buying a container online saves you a lot of time and helps you to avoid stress, we recommend an offline purchase over buying online without inspection. Alternatively, you can simply look for a dealer online make the needed inquires and seal the deal offline in person unless you are absolutely sure of the dealer’s reputation.

Know what you want

40′ Shipping Containers otherwise called 40 footers are among the most common containers out there. But apart from size, there are still a lot of other details to look at when making your choice. Perhaps the most important point to consider is whether you want to purchase a new or used container. New or one trip containers are newly constructed containers or those ones that haven’t been used for shipping more than once. Your choice between these two depends mainly on one how much you are willing to spend on your purchase. However, even if you are constrained by a budget you will still find good quality used containers. Read here to learn more guidelines for buying new or used containers.

Who should you buy from?

As mentioned, the main challenge of finding shipping containers online is finding one that is of good quality. And since you won’t be able to inspect before you purchase, then your focus should be finding a great seller.

As far as the seller is concerned, you have two main options. You can either buy directly from a shipping company or from a distributor (a dealer). However, you should know that buying a 40′ Shipping Container from a shipping company directly is usually more expensive than and not as easy as buying from a reputable dealer. So where exactly can you find these dealers online?

Finding Shipping Containers Online

Online container directories

One of the ways to find stuff for sale online is to check online directories. For shipping containers, there are online directories that can give you access to a collection of regional and national suppliers. Western Container Sales, for example, provides a collection of suppliers in the continental USA.

Another online directory you can check is the Green Cube Network’s Eco, Green and Sustainable Resource Directory. It works like a search engine for finding local container suppliers and dealers around you. Once you open the website you will be able to enter your location and you will be provided with a list of dealers around you. You can then check online for reviews to verify the credibility of the dealers.

Search engines

Another way to find container dealers online is by conducting a local search using a normal search engine. Typically, search results on Google, for example, will show you related results based on your locations. To ensure that the dealers curated by a search engine are nearby, you can be specific in your search by adding location to your specific search term. Your search can be something like “40′ Shipping Container dealers in (your location)” or a variant of it.

Merchant Websites and classified ads directories

Apart from search engines or dedicated directories for searching for containers on sales you can also find used and new shipping containers being advertised for sale on regular merchant sites or on classified ads website. Examples of such websites include


eBay is one of the top websites where you can find containers on sale wherever you are in the world. You can visit the designated eBay site specifically for your country or search directly to find dealers in your location. You can refine your search by location and even set a maximum radius for your search in order to get results for sellers only in your vicinity. You can then contact the dealers and make inquiries about the containers you want to purchase.


Gumtree is another site you can check for shipping containers on sale in your area. The website is a classified ads directory and you visit your country’s version of the website to find dealers and their contact.


Alibaba is China’s version of Amazon. Since China is one of the leading manufacturers of shipping containers in the world, it makes sense to check out this site if you are looking to buy containers. However, Alibaba mostly lists new containers for sale. Thus, you might want to look elsewhere if you are looking for used containers.

Also, since most of the manufacturers on Alibaba are based in China, shipping a container into your country from China might be a bit expensive. Thus, Alibaba isn’t really a recommended choice unless buying containers in bulk.

One point to keep in mind when searching for shipping containers online is to look for dealers rather than specific containers. So even if you want to buy 40′ Shipping Containers, you might have a hard time finding that specific container. But if you find a reliable dealer first, you can simply get in touch and ask about the specific container of your choice.

Read here for a detailed guide on buying shipping containers offline or online.


Finally, if your online search does not yield favorable results (which are quite unlikely) you can always fall back to a more traditional option and try to find sellers offline. Traditional yellow pages, local business directories or even local shipping docks are some of the options you can explore. But in most cases by the time you are done exploring your online options, you should be able to find a dealer around you.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained a 9-year-old girl and U.S. citizen for more than 30 hours because she "provided inconsistent information during her inspection" at a port of entry, NBC7 reports.

Julia Isabel Amparo Medina is a Tijuana resident who attends school in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, CA. The girl was traveling with her mother Thelma Galaxia, her 14-year-old brother Oscar, a family friend, and her two children Monday morning on their way to school.

Galaxia told NBC7 that because traffic was moving slowly at the San Ysidro port of entry, the two women told the children to cross on foot instead so she could call them an Uber that would take them to school on time. (An estimated 25,000 people, including U.S.-born students living in Mexico, cross the border between Tijuana and San Ysidro on foot every day. The Medinas' U.S. citizenship allows them the right to public education.)

But according to Galaxia, her children never made it across to the U.S. because Border Patrol officials detained them. The family alleges CBP accused the girl of lying about her identity after saying she didn't resemble her passport card picture, which was taken when she was younger. Officials allegedly told the 9-year-old that they believed she was someone else.

“My daughter told her brother that the officer told her that if she admitted that she was her cousin, she would be released soon so she could see her mom,” Galaxia told NBC. Officers allegedly made Oscar sign a document stating this, while the teen says he only agreed to it because he wanted to be reunited with his little sister.

Oscar was released later Monday. However, the process of reuniting the girl and her family took a day and a half. Customs and Border Protection stood by its decision to detain Julia. "It’s important that CBP officials positively confirm the identity of a child travelling without a parent or legal guardian,” CBP Public Affairs officer Jackie Wasiluk said in a statement. But the agency has not explained why the process took 32 hours.

“I was scared. I was sad because I didn't have my mom or my brother," Julia told NBC. "I was completely by myself."

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A Week In Los Angeles, CA, On A $73,500 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

Today: a director of annual giving who makes $73,500 per year and spends some of her money this week on iced tea.

Occupation: Director of Annual Giving
Industry: Private Education
Age: 29
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Salary: $73,500
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $2,062

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $600 for my share of a two-bedroom duplex apartment. My husband pays the other half. Our landlord pays for water. This is far below market value, and we count our lucky stars every singe day.
Car Payment: $553
Student Loans: $0 (My loans were relatively modest for undergrad and grad school, thanks to government grants and university scholarships, and attending community college before state universities lowered my costs. I paid off my balance last year with a portion of a gift from my mom after she sold some property. The rest of the gift is in my savings, and I haven't gotten around to properly investing the money.)
Medical, Dental & Supplemental Life Insurance: $57.92
FSA: $54.17
Car Insurance: $114
Cell Phone: $70
Hulu: $11.99
Netflix: $12.99
Electric & Trash: $70-$100
KCRW Membership: $20
ClassPass: $79
Internet, Gas & HBO Go: My husband pays.
Retirement: $151.67 every paycheck. This is matched by my employer.

Annual Expenses
Credit Card Fees: $450 (I pay for nearly everything with my two credit cards throughout the month to rack up points, and I use travel rewards/reimbursements to counterbalance the fee.)
Costco Membership: $60

Day One

8:15 a.m. — We take the dog with us to breakfast. I love bringing him out, even though he is extremely excitable and draws a lot of attention. My husband orders two breakfast burritos ($13.92) and pays while I let our dog sniff around outside. The place is a hole in the wall, but we have been coming here since high school and their breakfast burritos are incredible.

9 a.m. — They finally call our order! We take it to go and stop at our local coffee shop for lattes ($9) before heading home. Husband pays.

11:30 a.m. — While my husband plays a video game, I browse on my iPad. I haven't been shopping for clothes in a couple of months, and I have Banana Republic rewards burning a hole in my pocket. I buy a few tops, a pair of pants, and a dress, which are 50% off, plus an extra 10% off with free shipping for cardholders. After using my rewards, I pay $42.34. I feel so accomplished that I check out Madewell's sale and purchase a dress and a sweater with an additional 15% off code ($134.12). $176.46

2:30 p.m. — I pick a couple of recipes to try this week from Chrissy Teigen's new cookbook, and I head to Trader Joe's for groceries. After shopping at Whole Foods for the past several weeks, I am reminded how awesome and affordable Trader Joe's is in comparison. I stock up on everything, including beer, wine, fruit, veggies, ingredients for a few dinners, and milk-chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzel bites. $158.31

3:30 p.m. — I put away the groceries (my husband already knows I am OCD and like to do this by myself) and make a snack board for us with cucumber, cheese, nuts, hummus, and pita chips.

4:15 p.m. — I caramelize onions for a French onion dip we're bringing to a family dinner tomorrow night while we watch Workin' Moms on Netflix. My husband goes to the grocery store for Stumptown coffee beans and a couple of herbs I needed but TJ's didn't have.

6:10 p.m. — I look up cool restaurants on Yelp, but of course they are all booked on a Saturday night. My husband and I agree that we're not really hungry, and dealing with traffic and crowds is not appealing. He makes a gin martini for me and bourbon on the rocks for him. This is way better than going out!

7:20 p.m. — I have some fresh veggies that are going bad soon, so I throw them on a sheet pan and roast them for my weekday lunches. I request another martini because why not, so we each have another cocktail and cuddle on the couch.

8:45 p.m. — We're both beginning to fall asleep, so I clean up the kitchen, shower, and get ready for bed.

Daily Total: $334.77

Day Two

8:20 a.m. — I crawl out of bed and go into the kitchen, where my husband is making coffee, bacon, and eggs. Daylight Saving Time is a cruel trick we impose on ourselves. Make it stop. He is going to see Captain Marvel this morning (sorry, but I hate going to the movies), so he wants to get breakfast going early. We enjoy a big breakfast and lounging on a slow morning. The dog gets a couple of slices of bacon.

10 a.m. — I change out of pajamas, say goodbye to my husband, and take the dog for a long walk. I adore our neighborhood and feel so lucky to live here. We moved a lot when I was younger (I attended four different elementary schools), so feeling “at home” is a big deal for me, and I truly love where we live.

10:50 a.m. — I feed the dog and get my stuff together before heading to visit my grandma, who is in an assisted-living home about 40 minutes away.

11:15 a.m. — I stop at Target on my way there and get a few things we need at home, plus a couple of items I noticed my grandma was out of last weekend, like Tums and Purell ($42.91). I always bring her Starbucks, and there's one inside this Target, so I don't have to make an extra stop! I get her a hot Venti decaf vanilla latte with almond milk, a blueberry muffin, and three packages of Madelines ($15.05). I really should get the app, since I'm going to Starbucks almost weekly. $57.96

11:50 a.m. — My grandma and the other residents are having lunch. I sit down next to her, and we chit-chat while she drinks her Starbucks and we share cookies. The caretakers here are saints, and my grandma is finally adjusting after being here a few months. Her humor and personality are coming back. She lived alone for the past few years but increasingly needed more assistance, so I am glad she's here, even though it was a difficult transition.

2:50 p.m. — I arrive home and chat with my husband about the movie and my grandma. I'm always emotional after visiting her and worry about her a lot these days. She helped my single mother raise me, and I lived with her during my four years of college and during my gap year. We can never have enough time together. I jump in the shower and get dressed. Then we throw potato chips, my onion dip, and a bottle of wine in a bag and head to my cousin's house.

3:30 p.m. — We arrive and catch up with everyone, including our goddaughter and her sister. It's a full house, to say the least, and we learn this evening that there's another baby on the way! We polish off the onion dip, plus ribs, coleslaw, scalloped potatoes, and beans.

8:20 p.m. — We arrive home and let the dog run around in the front yard. I ask my husband how he feels about the new baby on the way. We both knew they wanted one more kid, and they are amazing parents, so we're really excited for them. But for most of last year, we were struggling with infertility and wondered how we would become parents ourselves. We are taking a break right now to just enjoy life and save money for IVF, which my insurance does not cover. We both agree that we feel less sad than we expected, which feels great. It's such a crazy mind game, but we really have grown closer and stronger in dealing with this.

Daily Total: $57.96

Day Three

6:37 a.m. — I way overslept. It's dark and I have a headache. I get up and make French press coffee while my husband is in the shower. I would rather be late to work than tackle Monday without good coffee. I throw some random stuff into my lunch box and make our coffees to go. My husband leaves for work and I get ready.

7:20 a.m. — I am running so late. The dog is snoring on our bed, and it takes a lot of effort to get him out in the backyard, but he finally obliges when I put his food out. I wish he could have free rein of the house, but after he destroyed a ton of our stuff when he was a puppy (including a loveseat from CB2), we crate-trained him and he hangs out back when the weather is nice, which it is 90% of the time. If it's raining or too hot, he's indoors in the crate.

7:55 a.m. — I arrive at work early! Traffic was light, PTL. My boss notices immediately that I'm here on time, which is funny and sad. I'm usually here closer to 8:15, and I am so grateful that she's flexible.

9:40 a.m. — I have an apple and a handful of walnuts for breakfast.

11:55 a.m. — I'm thinking about the haphazard lunch waiting for me and consider buying chips or a microwave meal from the cafeteria before my meeting. It is tempting but unnecessary, so I hold back.

1:10 p.m. — Again I second-guess my lunch of roasted veggies, pita chips, ham, and an avocado. I consider going out and picking up my favorite chicken salad, but enjoy my lunch more than expected. Chicken salad is definitely happening soon, though. Maybe Friday.

4:05 p.m. — The afternoon went by pretty fast, thankfully. I have a 5:30 Pilates class, so I head home. On my way, I call my husband to check in about dinner plans, and he is going to make turkey chili that I shopped for this weekend.

7:40 p.m. — After Pilates, I am exhausted. I shower and get into pajamas. My husband serves us big bowls of chili and giant wedges of honey-glazed cornbread. Heaven.

8:15 p.m. — We watch the latest episode of Crashing on HBO, and then I suggest we switch over to part one of The Bachelor finale to see what's happening with Colton and the ladies. The highly anticipated fence-jump aired last week, and we have to see how this concludes. I freaking love that my husband is into the Bachelor franchise. We've been watching it for years, and I don't know how we will ever give it up, unfortunately.

Daily Total: $0

Day Four

6:18 a.m. — I get out of bed and pour myself a cup of coffee while putting together my lunch. It's another mix of things, but I'm into it today. I make our coffees to go, and my husband leaves for work.

7:10 a.m. — Running late again. I just cannot get out the door before 7, no matter how much time I have. I am low on gas but decide to continue on to work. I listen to The Joe Rogan Experience on my drive, which distracts me from the traffic.

10:30 a.m. — After working on a project, I have a pear and almond butter for breakfast. Then I dig into a bag of Belgian waffle cookies I bought at Target over the weekend.

1:30 p.m. — I eat lunch at my desk: pita chips, hummus, cucumber, roasted turkey slices, and a mini Brie wheel from Trader Joe's.

4:30 p.m. — I barely have time to get home and change for a 5 p.m. workout class with my husband, but my gas light is on, so I stop for gas near my house. I always regret not filling up on the weekend. $31.25

6:45 p.m. — On our way home from the workout, we stop at a pet-supply store and stock up on dog treats, and I impulse buy a new toy ($32.82). I clean up the kitchen and start preparing Chrissy Teigen's Spice-Rubbed Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Sautéed Spinach and jasmine rice. I pour a glass of Pinot left over from the other night while I'm cooking. $32.82

8:10 p.m. — Dinner is simple but delicious, and there are no leftovers. We watch The Bachelor and relish in the drama.

9:45 p.m. — I shower and get ready for bed. Then I download the Starbucks Rewards app and load it with $25. $25

Daily Total: $89.07

Day Five

6:20 a.m. — I wake up a bit late and didn't prep any coffee. I'm hoping to stop at Starbucks so I can use my new app and gift card. I rarely go to Starbucks for myself, but there's one on my way to the freeway on-ramp, and I'm craving their sous-vide egg bites.

7:15 a.m. — I don't want to stress even more about being late to work, so I decide against Starbucks. I listen to the finale of The Dropout and plan to make coffee when I get to work.

8:05 a.m. — I'm (basically) on time. I make a cup of coffee and eat a banana and almond butter from home.

10:30 a.m. — I order my lunch to pick up at noon: a Chinese chicken salad with extra chicken, extra lettuce, extra side of dressing, added avocado, and an iced tea ($17.25). This massive salad will last me two days with all the extras, so I don't feel so bad about ordering out. $17.25

1:30 p.m. — I finish half the salad and have a pear with some Belgian waffle cookies for dessert.

5 p.m. — I consider stopping at the store on my way home for toppings for our leftover chili, but decide to go on a family walk to the store, since I don't have a workout class tonight.

6 p.m. — My husband and I walk the dog to the store, and he buys shredded cheese and sour cream for tonight. He pays. It's about 1.5 miles roundtrip. At home, I reheat the leftover chili and cornbread.

8:30 p.m. — After enjoying a giant bowl of chili and wedge of cornbread, I barely make it through the first half of Aquaman and fall asleep on the couch. Though I don't love movies, I enjoyed Jason Momoa being shirtless in the scenes I actually watched.

Daily Total: $17.25

Day Six

6:20 a.m. — Yesterday's coffee was deeply disappointing, so I get out of bed and make French press for us before I shower. I throw a couple of pieces of fruit and a jar of almond butter in my bag for breakfast.

9:40 a.m. — I get distracted at work and find a pair of Cole Haan loafers in sale on Zappos. I have a $5 Zappos reward code, so obviously I have to buy them. $85.40

12 p.m. — I enjoy my leftover salad and then take a walk outside. There are butterflies everywhere! This butterfly migration is seriously good for all of the stressed out people in L.A. (myself included).

2:30 p.m. — I have an apple and a TJ's mini brie wheel at my desk.

4:30 p.m. — At home, I change into gym clothes for my 5:30 Pilates class, and I play with the dog outside while my husband waters our front yard.

6:50 p.m. — On my way home from Pilates, I stop at the pharmacy to pick up my medication. I pay with my fully funded FSA card. I also stop to pick up my dry cleaning. It has been a while, so it's a higher bill than usual, and unfortunately I don't have a coupon. $76.41

7:25 p.m. — My husband is making pepperoni, mushroom, and bell pepper pizza with TJ's herb pizza dough (the best). We nearly finish the entire pizza and each have a Heineken. I eat a few Biscoff cookies, too. I browse online for new workout clothes, but I decide to wait since I've already spent quite a bit on clothes this week. We're planning to take my husband's parents to Austin for the Formula 1 Grand Prix later this year, so I look up itineraries and am pleased that my credit card points will cover all four of our flights!

Daily Total: $161.81

Day Seven

6:30 a.m. — It's dark and cold, and I stay in bed as long as possible. I invite the dog up to cuddle for a few minutes while my husband is in the shower. I pack the single leftover piece of pizza and some fruit and almond butter in my lunch.

7:20 a.m. — I stop at Starbucks, since traffic is usually light on Fridays and I don't have to rush. I get a Caffè Misto and sous-vide egg-white bites and pay with my gift card on the app.

12 p.m. — Fridays generally fly by because I stay busy wrapping up projects from the week. I warm up my pizza and browse the internet. I have an apple with almond butter as well.

3:25 p.m. — Everyone leaves early on Fridays, so I pack up. The parking lot is nearly empty, which makes me think I should've left even earlier.

5:30 p.m. — After walking the dog, I start a load of laundry and we get ready for dinner. I made reservations at Sawyer in Silverlake, which I've been wanting to try just based on the cute AF branding and décor. The menu looks amazing, too.

9:15 p.m. — Feeling reeeeal good. I've had two martinis and a glass of wine. We shared hush puppies and lamb meatballs, and I ordered poached lobster with buttery potatoes while my husband ordered the NY Strip. We also split a flat white and milk-chocolate mousse with caramel and pralines for dessert. We had great conversation and great food. Husband pays.

10:20 p.m. — We arrive home and end a great date in the best way. I am beyond lucky to have him as a partner, and I go to sleep excited to spend the weekend just doing our thing, which always includes good food.

Daily Total: $0

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As part of the deal with WMG's Art Music division,  the five first albums part of its Sleep series titled Clear Night, Rainy Night, Cloudy Afternoon, Cloudy Night, and Foggy Morning have been released on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer.

They will be releasing their remaining 15 albums for modes Focus, Relax, and On-the-Go throughout the year, with each tailored to specific activities, tasks and goals.

The Alexa Fund, Avex (the biggest music company in Japan) and Major Lazer’s Jillionaire are among the various investors in Endel. The app reached #1 on Top Free Apps for iOS devices in Japan and just launched in November.

[Author: Bruce Houghton]

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:10:19 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Major Labels Music Business Music Tech Streaming app. AI DIY DIY musicians Endel Indie Music Music Industry Musician Musicians Spotify WMG Bruce Houghton
Hypebot, MusicThinkTank Join The Bandsintown Family Hypebot I'm proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown. Both sites will still operate as independent publications, which I will continue to edit.

What excites me most about this partnership is that its purpose is to further our mutual mission of helping artists at all levels grow and sustain a meaningful career in music. Bandsintown large “We believe Indie and emerging artists are a transformative and vibrant component of the music industry” Fabrice Sergent, Managing Partner of Bandsintown said in our launch announcement. “We share the same passion for independent and DIY artists. By welcoming Bruce and Hypebot into the Bandsintown family, we enhance the breadth of our support to the artists and further contribute to artists’ career growth and success.”

I began publishing Hypebot in 2004 in the midst of the music industry meltdown. From Myspace to mp3s, we've seen promising technologies come and go. But with streaming in its ascendancy and the tools that drive music discovery, marketing and monetization maturing, we are fast approaching a time where the vision of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and others "to enable one million artists to live off their work” can be realized.  

Bandsintown is at the forefront of this inflection point.

Revenue related to live performance is the biggest single source of income for most artists; and with 500,000 registered artists and 50 million registered live music fans, Bandsintown is uniquely positioned to help artists build a fanbase and a live touring career. I'll be working alongside this music loving team to leverage that knowledge and community to improve and build tools that can be as important to artists, promoters and labels, as Bandsintown's core concert listings have become.

To early cohort Kyle Bylin and long term believers like Chris Vinson and Dave Cool of Bandzoogle, Mike King at the Berklee College Of Music, Marc Gentilella at CelebrityAccess, current teammate Owen Davie and so many others, as well as, our smart and loyal readers, your support in this journey means a great deal to me.

Now, I add Fabrice Sergent, Mickael Ohana, Julien Mitelberg and Jon Ostrow of Bandsintown to my short list of thank-yous.

I'm excited and grateful to continue Hypebot's mission as a trusted source helping artists and professionals navigate the ever-changing music industry with a newly expanded footprint and partners who care about helping artists as much as I do.

I will continue as President of Skyline Artists Agency and later this year, look forward to launching the Grassroots Touring course I've authored for BerkleeOnline. Both roles keep me grounded in the challenges that musicians face daily and inform the work I do for Hypebot, Music ThinkTank and now proudly at Bandsintown.

Thank-you all for your support.

Bruce Houghton

The Full Press  Release



Bandsintown , the most trusted source for concert discovery, today announced the acquisition of and , leading artists centric and technology news outlets founded in 2004 by music industry veteran Bruce Houghton. The acquisition expands upon Bandsintown’s mission to help musicians grow their careers by offering free tools to over 500,000 registered artists while simultaneously providing a platform for fans and artists to connect.

Having worked closely with independent and emerging artists for many years, the expansion of Bandsintown’s artist platform comes at a time when labels, digital distribution platforms, music streaming services, brands, and live music promoters are all eager to identify and align with the next rising artist.

Launched in 2004, Hypebot chronicles with an artists centric point of view, the rising new music industry and its intersections with technology. With daily editions, Hypebot covers the music business news that matters and serves as a guide to the technologies changing how music is created, marketed and monetized. Hypebot’s MusicThinkTank is an open forum for musicians and music business professionals, dubbed "where the music industry goes to think".

Hypebot and MusicThinkTank will continue to be run by Houghton, who will also step into a adviser role for Bandsintown with a specific focus on artist partnerships. The site will continue to operate as an independent voice and source of news and information, publishing daily and free to all. Houghton will also maintain his role in the live touring business in his continuing role as President of booking agency Skyline Artists Agency which books 2000+ live dates annually.

A recent study by MIDiA Research titled ‘Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine’ noted that “artists without record labels are changing the shape of the market, growing nearly four times as fast as the total market”.* With 93% of registered artists on Bandsintown having less than 100,000 followers, Bandsintown and Hypebot will cater to this specific dynamic artist segment with custom content, breaking industry news, exclusive interviews, guest columns, newsletters, tutorials, and more.

"Hypebot was created as a guide to understanding the new music industry - not just labels and tech companies; but more importantly, the artists and music that give it life,” said Hypebot founder and editor Bruce Houghton. "Working with a successful artist-centric team like Bandsintown will give Hypebot the resources to expand on our mutual mission of empowering artists. I look forward to contributing to

Bandsintown's ongoing effort to help more artists and managers build a successful and sustainable career in music, with live music at its center."

“We believe Indie and emerging artists are a transformative and a vibrant component of the music industry” said Fabrice Sergent, Managing Partner of Bandsintown. “We share the same passion for independent and DIY artists. By welcoming Bruce and Hypebot into the Bandsintown family, we enhance the breadth of our support to the artists and further contribute to artists’ career growth and success.”

Hypebot is also the latest property to join the Bandsintown Amplified advertising platform, which provides over 200 lean-in music properties with unique ad solutions to reach concert goers, super fans, artists and the industry alike. Hypebot will provide Bandsintown’s endemic advertisers the ability to extend their reach to the DIY artist community and music industry via native advertising that keeps the focus on content and user experience.

Bruce Houghton is Publisher and Editor of and , covering the new music industry and how technology is changing the way that music is made, promoted and monetized. He is also the founder and president of Skyline Artists, a nation booking agency representing a diverse roster including Zoe Keating, Poco, Roger McGuinn and Darlingside, Freddie McGregor, The Motels and many others. A sought-after music industry expert and speaker, Houghton has served on the Advisory Boards of SXSW Accelerator, MidemNet and The New Music Seminar. He has appeared or had his writings featured on NPR, CNN, The Financial Times, Billboard, Forbes, Pollstar and more. He is also the founder and president of Skyline Artists, a national booking agency, which he will continue to run, representing a diverse roster including Zoe Keating, Poco, Roger McGuinn and Darlingside, Freddie McGregor, The Motels and many others.

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* Source: MIDiA Research:

About Bandsintown Bandsintown believes that live music brings people together through unique communal experiences and creates happiness and understanding in the world.

Bandsintown celebrates artists and helps them grow their careers. As the most trusted source of concert discovery, Bandsintown is where artists and fans connect.

With a reach of 130M Monthly Active fans globally, 50M registered concert goers and 500k touring artists registered to the platform, Bandsintown offers digital marketing solutions to engage with the most passionate music fans. Bandsintown managing partner Fabrice Sergent was recently named one of The Most Creative People in Business 2018 by Fast Company.

"Changing the concert business, one show at a time." Billboard


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Trail Mix – Jane Kramer The deeper the well, the better the song.

Most of my favorite songwriters have the incredible ability to explore their darkest shadows, those inner nooks and crannies that most of us want hidden or shielded even from those closest to us.

But to dig deep and bare a grief or injustice or turmoil for all the world to hear? That takes a strength many cannot fathom, and – in my mind – it sets apart great songwriters from those who just write songs.

At the outset, I could tell that Valley of the Bones, the latest release from singer/songwriter Jane Kramer, came from somewhere deep. The title alone prepared me for a difficult journey, and Kramer’s songwriting proved me correct, with grief, doubt, and redemption recurring themes throughout the collection of songs that make up the new record.

Kramer continues to be one of my favorite songwriters in the region. She challenges me as a listener and gets me to thinking about the songs she pens.

I recently caught up with Jane to chat about the new record, working with songwriter Mary Gauthier, and how spirituality influences her songcraft.

BRO – The album’s title brings to mind a stark landscape. Is that an indication of from where the inspiration for many of these songs came?

JK – I would definitely say yes to that. The title track to me a long time to write – four years and three different versions before this final one – and it started when I was in a really dark and depressed period of my life. I had experienced a miscarriage and I didn’t know how to move forward, but I desperately wanted to. I had a dream one night that I was sitting on my front porch drinking cheap beer with my friend Matty, who had passed away abotut eight years prior. He was giving me beautiful insight about death, loss, grief, and the afterlife. It was hugely comforting and I believed him. I woke up and started writing this song. About a year later, and feeling it wasn’t finished, I worked on it intensively during a songwriting retreat in Scotland with Mary Gauthier. Mary and I even skipped an outing to see the Queen of England at a local church so that she could help me work on it. I finally finished the last verse this past April and could tell it was an important song byy the way people cried and came up to tell me their own stories of loss and rising when I played it. So, yes, I believe that the stark landscape the title connotes was not only a description of my internal landscape of grief, but also hopefully one of transcendence and understanding. The last image is a white bird flying homeward to the valley of the bones, which I believe is hopeful and spiritual image.

BRO – Can we chat about how bad ass a dobro player Billy Cardine is?

JK – Hah! Yes! He is a bad ass indeed! Billy’s sound is so uniquely his own and I love that there are so many diverse influences that come through in his playing that transcend just mountain or country music. It’s really a gorgeous fusion. He studied dobro under an Indian master and I love those complex, eastern flavors that come through and what his parts add to my songs. He’s a really wonderful, fun human as well. Truly, all of the guys in the band – River Guerguerian, Eliot Wadopian, and Chris Rosser – are just as spectacularly talented and amazing to work with. They are all world class instrumentalists, composers, and golden, solid souls. I feel so lucky to get to make music with this incredible group of musicians and learn so much from them. They truly elevate my songs and lift me up.

BRO – We are featuring “Hymn” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s this about it being a homework assignment from Mary Gauthier?

JK – Mary looked me in the eye and told me that all of my self-deprecation wasn’t cute or charming and asked me when I was going to drop the bullshit and really own my power and talent. She told me that only then would I write the kind of songs that were up to my true potential. She challenged me to write a song from a perspective of self-love. Like full, real, spiritual and true self-love, and to call it “Hymn,” whatever that meant to me. I spent a few weeks after that alone, backpacking around Italy with a little travel guitar. I wrote this song in a little mountain village called Vetulonia, where I slept in a small cottage with a hammock for a bed, looking out over mountains that reminded me of home, and it sunk in then that I couldn’t really come home till I came home to myself. I remember sitting in beautiful olive grove at dusk, it was early summer, and there were fireflies all around me. It was almost too much beauty to take in. I had an epiphany right then, realizing that I did deserve to behold that beauty and that I was actually a part of all of it. That’s when the line “I am the ember of God/lights up the fireflies” came to me. And that was my way into the song. I’m learning more and more that, the older I get, the more I realize that deeper self-love and self-acceptance are inextricable with loving others.

BRO – Did you grow up in church? If so – or even if not – do you have a favorite hymn?

JK – Oh goodness, I definitely didn’t grow up in church. I am 3/4 Jewish and 1/4 Protestant, so my household was partially culturally Jewish, sometimes loosely Christian, the mostly Pagan, vegan, and all free-thinking. I feel grateful that my parents gave me the space as a young person to explore spirituality on my own terms, and it’s still a continuous journey for me. I really don’t feel at home inside of organized religion, but there are elements and ideas from many religions that resonate with me. Nature is my temple and connection to the sacred and spiritual world and you will find that imagery in many of my songs, especially “Hymn” and “Valley of the Bones.” I found myself craving deeper spiritual understanding and connection to help me cope with my grief and come to terms with my loss. I found much of that comfort and solace in nature and in the songs that I began to write about my experience. Even more than that, I felt it in the way that sharing those songs spoke to other people’s hearts and gave them permission to feel and share about their own grief. It’s powerful stuff. But I do have two favorite hymns – “Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me” – that my mom taught me when I was young.

Jane is playing a couple house concerts in the coming weeks, so maybe if you know a guy who knows a guy, you can sneak in and catch her and her gorgeous songs in the comfort of someone’s living room. She’ll also be performing at a songwriters round up on Sunday in Asheville and, in early, will be at LEAF in Black Mountain. For more information on Jane, her new record, and all of her shows, surf over to her website.

And be sure to check out “Hymn,” along with great tracks from The Black Drumset, The Honey Dewdrops, and Matthew Logan Vasquez on this month’s Trail Mix.

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Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One Turns 20 For years I've been toying with two metaphors for Olivia Tremor Control's beguiling, befuddling, bewildering album, Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1. First, a garden: Its mix of brightly melodic, supremely catchy pop songs and unruly sonic experiments sounds like colorful flowers blooming in a bed overgrown with weeds, dead leaves, spider webs, suspicious mushrooms, … More » ]]> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:50:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs The Anniversary Bill Doss Olivia Tremor Control Will Cullen Hart What Happened When I Went Wallet-Less For 5 Days Branded - Try This Challenge: Visible - No Wallet

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I Got This $1,000 Model-Approved Facial To See If It's Worth The Hype Is This $950 Model Facial Worth The Price Tag?

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Sometimes celebrities really are just like us... but more often than not, they aren't. Sure, they've been known to share their favorite under-$20 skin-care buys with the masses, but chances are they're supplementing them with hundreds of dollars' worth of expensive treatments — like the $950 facial at NYDG Integral Health & Wellness.

Perched two floors above Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, the luxe clinic is a skin-care playground that attracts an A-list clientele. There's a cryotherapy chamber, an IV therapy room, and, of course, a facial fit for awards season that dozens of stars swear by (Sienna Miller and Robin Wright are fans). The Model Glow Facial combines localized cryotherapy, LED, and radiofrequency to tighten, brighten, and lift the skin — think of it as a one-and-done for everything you need to get red carpet-ready.

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