““Two can play at this game.” Alec had the pleasure of watching Magnus go from confused, to a slow smirk, and understanding coming to his eyes. “I might not be able to kick him out, but I can make him want to leave.”A.K.A The story where Jace keeps interrupting Alec and Magnus’s ‘alone time,’ and they’re both super fed up.“
“Alec, Jace, and Simon go to Vegas for Jace’s bachelor party and things get a little bit ridiculous. Alec wakes up the next morning and…wait a minute, who’s that in his bed?“
Eyes on me-
chapters: 5/5; words:
102,076; Dance AU
“When a new same-sex dancing rule gets people talking, Magnus Bane decides to take the jump from Latin to Ballroom in order to prove that change is a good thing. Looking for a new challenge, he’s determined to win the Ballroom Championships and be crowned victorious in the first same-sex partnership.Now all he needs are the right shoes, the right music, and the right partner.
Alec is well on his way to securing another victory for his parents’ prestigious dance school, yet a new face, and surprising feelings, might change that. When Magnus turns up, he sweeps more than dancing traditions off their feet.As the competition rounds heat up, and dreams hang in the balance, can the pair prove themselves to a worldwide audience of fellow dreamers, critics and cynics?“
“A mysterious letter at the front door, with no indication who might have sent it. And if Alec wants to find that person, he has to solve the puzzle laid-out for him…“
chapters: 17/17; words:
; Criminal AU
“MAIN PAIRING: MalecThe Lightwood family is a ‘mob’ family in several cities. After Alec is released from prison, he has to take charge of the New York based organisation (which is in territory war with the Morgenstern) Magnus works independently with the distribution of several illegal substances and hates the Lightwood family with a passion. Magnus is given a chance to do something about his hate just as Alec comes into town, but will he want to then?Keep in mind: 1. Explicit sexual content in later chapters. (M/M) 2. Sadly not beta-read. 3. Other Pairings might be added to later chapters. 4. Characters are based on how they look in the TV show only, to not get it mixed up.“
When agent Alec Lightwood is given his first kill hit, he doesn’t expect much trouble. Of course, he also doesn’t expect it to be a cheerful assassin who lands him in a whole load of trouble. Enter Magnus Bane: an assassin turned thief who reluctantly teams up with Alec - and The Clave - after he pisses off a very important and powerful crime boss, Valentine Morgenstern. In a world of violence and unjust laws, can the two put aside their differences and work together? Aka: in which Alec is sent to kill Magnus, doesn’t, and then really wishes he had. (but not really). Enemies to friends to lovers.
Clary decides to distract Maryse from her divorce and shows her how to use some mundane apps. Maryse ends up watching Magnus’ snapchat story and seeing malec being dorks. (I suck at descriptions. Also my first fic so be gentle with me)
“The city was torn apart by the fight between the mob families and the vigilantes, but Alec and Magnus were far away from all that. They were just two normal guys in a normal relationship.Number of lies: 3“
“On one fateful Monday, Magnus Bane, store manager of the Starbucks on the corner of 8th and West 23rd, encounters the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, he forgets to get the man’s name. Thus begins the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just can’t seem to get their timing right.
— Magnus distractedly punches in the order. “Name?”“A.”Magnus is curious despite himself.“Just 'A’?” When he finally looks up and sees the man’s face for the first time, Magnus has to pick up his jaw from the floor.“
Magnus returns to the apartment late and drained of magic (i love this trope, just try and stop me reading and writing all the fics about this!!). Alec takes care of him, gets him to bed and looks after him when he wakes in the middle of the night with a fever. It kinda starts with cute, the middle is all practical comfort/care and ends with cute/fluffy. (That’s what i was aiming for anyway!)
“Magnus works part-time in a small, independent coffee shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to support his degree in fashion and business at NYU.Alec only ever seems to run into him when he’s having some sort of water-related disaster.Aka three times that they meet and Alec is soaking wet. One time they get voluntarily wet, together. (Not in the way that you’re thinking, though. Get your minds out of the gutter.)“
On this day - 17th September, 1980 - Oingo Boingo officially released their EP through I.R.S. Records.
In 1979, the first EPs were independently distributed to various radio stations in an attempt to secure a record deal. These versions of the EP were all seperately hand-painted by the band [as in the first line of images] and, as a result, they are considered to be quite valuable. This version of the EP also came with a lyric sheet, decorated as seen in the middle set of images “modern music for modern reptiles.” The backs of the EPs say, “Bounce to the Boingo, Play this Record, Sign this Group!, DON’T WAIT!”
Once the band were signed by I.R.S. Records, the official EP release appeared as in the bottom images. In this 1980 release, the track Forbidden Zone was replaced by Violent Love and Johnny Vatos became a permanent member of the group, replacing temporary drummer David Eagle.
The Lightwood family is a ‘mob’ family in several cities. After Alec is released from prison, he has to take charge of the New York based organisation (which is in territory war with the Morgenstern) Magnus works independently with the distribution of several illegal substances and hates the Lightwood family with a passion. Magnus is given a chance to do something about his hate just as Alec comes into town, but will he want to then?
Keep in mind: 1. Explicit sexual content in later chapters. (M/M) 2. Sadly not beta-read. 3. Other Pairings might be added to later chapters.
On this day in music history: September 15, 1983 - “Sports”, the third album by Huey Lewis And The News is released. Produced by Huey Lewis And The News, it is recorded at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA, Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, and The Automatt in San Francisco, CA from Early - Mid 1983. The band’s third release is recorded at a time of uncertainty for them and their label Chrysalis Records. Having achieved success with their second album “Picture This” and the Top 10 hit “Do You Believe In Love?”, palpable pressure is put on the band to match or exceed that success. In the interim, the independently distributed Chrysalis is experiencing financial problems (due to overspending and mismanagement), which are alleviated when it signs a distribution deal with CBS Records prior to the release of “Sports”. Upon its release, it is the Marin County, CA based bands breakthrough, launching them into national and international prominence. It spins off five hit singles including “Heart And Soul” (#8 Pop), “I Want A New Drug” (#6 Pop) and “The Heart Of Rock & Roll” (#6 Pop), becoming the second highest selling album of 1984 (behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”), also becoming one of the most popular and best selling albums of the 80’s. The albums famed cover artwork features a color tinted photo of the band taken at the 2 AM Club, a local bar in Mill Valley, CA where Huey Lewis And The News often performed in their early days. In May of 2013, a 2 CD thirtieth anniversary reissue of “Sports” is released featuring a remastered version of the original album, along with a second disc featuring live versions of the songs recorded during the 80’s and in 2012. “Sports” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200 on June 30, 1984, is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
This article had a lot of general copy that I started to translate and then skipped because it wasn’t really new or relevant information. For reference, the author discusses One More Time’s worldwide success, Daft Punk’s background, and then goes through the tracks of Discovery. As for the actual interview, there’s talk about breaking the rules of music, how Discovery was made, Daft Punk’s feelings about the commercial use of their music, live shows, and the new (at the time) robot personas.
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“Daft Punk Go Back to the Future” by Eric Dahan
The Parisian electronic duo, brought to fame four years ago by the album “Homework”, are putting out “Discovery”, an interstellar voyage into the 80s – the time of Zapp, Human League, Prince, and Van Halen – reintroducing instrumental virtuosity, and a consummate artistry of the change and contrast in house music.
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Breaking the System
Rock&Folk: What strikes you when listening to “Discovery”, musical material aside, is the science of contrast, of change, and other classical compositional techniques. Did you read over your music theory textbooks recently? At the time of the very rudimentary “Homework”, was there a distrust regarding musical virtuosity? Thomas Bangalter: At the time, we were mainly preoccupied with showing that techno and house music weren’t noise confined to being exploited by the independent distribution networks. Electronic music had the chance of breaking the system that was in place. Since then, there are new rules…
Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw) is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Longhouse Media. After having worked with over 2000 youth, since January of 2005, Longhouse Media has seen the artistic and community growth of many young Native filmmakers.
As an educator and co-founder Tracy has worked from the ground level in organizing this success in tandem with her passion for filmmaking. With her first feature projects, Tracy learned how to bring oral tradition into a contemporary storytelling format while also identifying how the Coast Salish communities wanted to be involved in the filmmaking process.
Her films have had national broadcast and distribution with Independent Lens, National PBS, National Geographic’s All Roads Project and on the world festival circuit. In 2009 Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers).
She is a recent Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently works and lives in Seattle with her two boys.
Tracy earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program. She specialized in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. As the co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point and director of Unreserved Tracy has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool.
The Toyota S-FR is a concept vehicle that continues the proud heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars. Pitched as an entry-level model, the new concept emphasizes responsiveness, and aims to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving.
The concept’s compact body is incredibly light, yet offers a smooth driving style. Not just a sports car, it pairs the simplicity of an entry-level model with an intimacy that brings human and machine closer together.
Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album Contrawas released 5 years ago today on January 11, 2010. It debuted at number one on Billboard 200, making it the 12th independently distributed title to hit number one since 1991, when SoundScan started tracking sales. The album sold 124,000 copies in its first week and is certified Gold in the US (sold over 500,000 units). Contra received critical acclaim from music critics and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2011.
Hi, I found myself thinking about political aspect of language barriers today. What are your favourite movies in other languages? Also can you help with movies with strong use of songs (in a Watchmen or Evita way, I don't mind) in other languages?
Oh I have so many thoughts on language, movies and the politics of it all. American cinema is such a dominant force out there and because they’re so big they manage to choke out smaller films from different countries that are doing great work. To get distribution in the U.S. you basically have to be from a European country and win or be nominated for a major award, otherwise no one cares. If they can’t get North American distribution it’s unlikely those films can afford subtitles and no subtitles means that a huge chunk of the world will not be able to see your films. There’s also a big problem with France being a major film industry and blocking distribution from French-speaking African countries the same way the U.S. almost never buys Canadian and Australian films or films from English speaking African countries because they want their culture to be dominant and their films to be the ones that are seen and make money.
It’s so frustrating because there are a lot of great films I find uploaded on youtube from Russia and Germany and Japan but because I don’t speak the languages from those countries I can’t watch them and in a sense it’s almost like they don’t exist. I have hope though. There are a lot of great film fans who do subs on their spare time (bless you) and there are small independent distribution companies that put a lot of love and care into buying non-English films and promoting and subbing them so that English speakers can see them.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of my favourite movies (directed by women) not in the English language. All of these have distribution and can be watched with English subs:
Wadjda (2012), A Simple Life (2011), Open Hearts (2002), Brothers (2004), Sarah Prefers to Run (2013), The Wedding Song (2008), Declaration of War (2011), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), The Gleaners & I (2000), The Forest for the Trees (2003), Zero Motivation (2014), Gett: The Trial of Vivane Amsalem (2014), Fill the Void (2013), Farewell Herr Schwarz (2014), The Ascent, The Headless Woman (2008), Mustang (2015), Clip (2012), Chocolat (1988), I, the Worst of All (1990), The Seven Beauties (1975), Love and Anarchy (1972)
To answer your other question here are some movies directed by women where songs are integral to the films: Marie Antoinette (2006), Eden (2014), Across the Universe (2007), Take This Waltz (2011) (I don’t even like this movie but it forever changed the way I think of Video Killed the Radio Star to the point where I associate the song with the movie even though I was familiar with it for years before I ever saw the film).
I publish comics, music and art books, and so far the biggest problem I have encountered in small & independent publishing is distribution. Starting last fall I began collecting information on every store I could find that sells independent media. Their name. Where they are. Their websites. Email addresses. Phone numbers. What they sell (in the most general sense). Now I have this list of over 1,200 book stores, comic stores and record shops in the United States, and I’m making it available for both public use in hopes that we can work together to find a collective solution. We got all this stuff made, and now what?
On top of the spreadsheet there is a form where you can add information, correct information or throw in general suggestions. If this is something you have a lot to say on the topic please email me at email@example.com.
I think this spreadsheet is useful, but by no means do I view it as a solution. It is the first of four questions that I hope will lead to a larger more useful way to self-distribute.
1. Who & where are the stores?
That is this spreadsheet. Who are our allies? Where are they? How do we contact them?
2. What do these stores sell? What are they like?
Are they record stores that also sell comics? Are they used bookstores that sell some small press? Are they mainstream comic stores that will sell some zines on consignment? Is it a large chain of record stores based out of DC that has one buyer for all of their stores?
We need to track of all of this information on a spreadsheet in a way that is clean and easily searchable.
3. How do I market my art to these stores?
So we know what these stores are like, but how do we know they will like us? How do we know if we will like them? Really, what we need is a matchmaking service from artists and publishers to stores. Nobody benefits from unsold records and books sitting on shelves.
4. Vibes: what are they?
Questions 1, 2 and 3 come together in a way that works for artists and works for stores. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I want to figure it out.
My brother Brandon Duncan is a loving father who is expecting another child in a few months. But there’s a chance he may be in prison in what would be a shocking violation of his right to free speech. He’s a good citizen with no criminal history. A crazy California law is being used to silence his free speech by outrageously suggesting he helped gangs just by making and distributing his independent rap record! Please sign my petition asking the San Diego Superior Court to dismiss this absurd case. I started this petition because my brother is on trial starting February 9, 2015 and is possibly facing 25 years to life under a California law that passed in 2000 (CAL. PEN. CODE § 182.5) which vaguely says someone who “willfully promotes, furthers, assists, or benefits” gangs can be charged with conspiracy. How do you define such vague terms? The law, deliberately vague, must be changed because it makes no sense and is a violation of my brother’s civil liberties. Brandon’s life has been influenced by his surroundings just like all of us. For my brother, the street gang in the neighborhood he grew up in was very visible, but he overcame that adversity and has used music as an outlet. His lyrics represent what he has seen over the years just like other musicians including Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Lil Wayne. And just like artists in other genres and from other socioeconomic backgrounds who write, speak, and create art. The people buying his album support him because they too have grown up in the same neighborhood and have experienced the same problems and hardships as he have. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, even if you’re not a gang member and even if you aren’t the individual who was most directly responsible for committing the underlying felony, you may face life in jail. Are they saying my brother deserves life in prison for being born into a less privileged circumstance than the judge or prosecutor? Again, my brother has no criminal history and this conspiracy talk is a threat to free speech everywhere. This petition can make a difference because this law, depending on how it is interpreted, can violate a person’s First Amendment Rights and Freedom of Speech. No one expects a community like Brandon’s to peacefully and strategically organize to expose institutional discrimination, but I know we can do it. Let’s get this case against Brandon dropped and then work to fix the broken law.
so I emailed Penguin about “The Answer” and I don’t know if its just because I’m in a bad headspace today or what, but I can’t quite tell what they’re saying?
My question was:
Hello. Recently I found a listing on Amazon (its also on iBooks and Google Play) for a book called “The Answer (Steven Universe)” by Rebecca Sugar that lists “Cartoon Network Books” as the publisher and is said to be sold by “Penguin Group (USA) LLC”
I know you publish other Cartoon Network books and have published Steven Universe books in the past. So I’m wondering if you can confirm whether or not this listing is legitimate and if this is indeed an official Cartoon Network Book.
Thank you for your time.
and their response was:
Thank you for contacting Penguin Random House and your interest in our publications.
The title is currently on pre-order and will be released on 9/6/2016 in ebook format.
eBooks are not available from Random House. eBooks are distributed by independent digital retailers who make them available in a variety of file formats, including nook (Barnes & Noble), Kindle (Amazon), iBooks (Apple), ePub and PDF. .
Penguin Random House Consumer Services
and I’m not quite sure if this is a yes or a no, since it kind of sounds like both. I feel like, if it wasn’t their listing, they’d just say ‘no its not’, rather than telling me “the title is currently on pre-order and will be released on 9/6/2016 in ebook format”
but I can’t tell if what they were doing was reciting what the product was and then confirming “this is an ebook and we don’t sell ebooks, so its not ours”. Which is possible.
But they do sell ebooks, both “The Guide to the Crystal Gems” and “What in the Universe?” had ebook releases, so its also possible they’re just saying “this is our book but Random House isn’t the distributor of the ebook copy so don’t contact us about it”
So I dunno. I want to respond to ask for further clarification, but I don’t want to be a bother, especially if their response actually is clear and I’m just not able to understand it for whatever reason
EDIT: I just now realized I forgot to link the book in my original email, so its possible they were just reciting information to verify that they were talking about the same item I was referring to
Now that Indivisible is back on track, there’s one more honest campaign that needs a lot of help.
Dragon’s Lair the Animated film by Don Bluth, which will potentially be the first 2D animated feature film in awhile. It’s based around the Hall of famed Arcade hit ‘Dragons lair’ from about 30 years ago.
The 550,000$ will be used to make a film pitch so they can convince investors and banks to fund the millions required to make it.
Animated motion pictures cost loads of money and time. If you have followed the latest publicity on animated films or checked out boxofficemojo.com you would know that these films, traditional hand-drawn or computer generated can cost anywhere from $55 million to $240 Million, some even more - just on the production. Promoting an animated film could cost an additional $100 Million to market the film worldwide. In order to finance the production, promotion and distribution, independent companies like Don Bluth Films must approach major film studios, private investors, or investment banks for loans and/or equity investment to finance their films.”
Throw them some love! Dragons Lair would be an amazing film.