Europe invades Miami’s Grand Central with Jacques Lu Cont and Proxy

They’re coming! They’re coming! The Russians and the Brits; they’re coming! OK, maybe just one Russian and one Brit, but they’re armed with destructive bass lines and annihilating rhythms.

Jacques Lu Cont and Proxy will be performing at Grand Central in Miami on July 6 to bring attendees a night of beats galore. But don’t expect this to be like any ordinary show at Grand Central. Proxy is known for his dark and grungy sound and Lu Cont brings electro beats like no one else, making it an assured night of musical perfection.

Tickets are currently $15 and can be found HERE.

From the depths of Russia comes Proxy, also known as Yevgeny Pozharnov, emerging for a small string of shows in the U.S. With him, he brings industrial rhythms, non-generic beats and twisted melodies that distort one’s perception and forces one to contemplate how someone could make such dark and obscure sounds in their right mind. Discovered by Tiga, Proxy creates music with meaning and emotion. He is a puppeteer that has the ability to magically and curiously draw you into his music to indulge in something new and different. Released earlier this year, Music From The Eastblock Jungles Pt. 2 allowed us to plunge deeper into Proxy’s mind with his experimental and genre-defying mannerisms. Musically, he does what he likes and wants, making him one of the unique innovators of our time.

Jacques Lu Cont is the French alias for a British man named Stuart Price, a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with names ranging from Madonna and Lady Gaga to New Order and Keane. He has made a name for himself by becoming one of the pioneers of bringing French house to England in the ’90s. From a very young age, he was immersed with a wide-range of musical influences and since has created multiple other successful monikers including Les Rhythmes Digitales and Thin White Duke. He has worked with the Wall of Sound record label, which boasts artists like Felix Da Housecat, Mogwai and Röyksopp, and many other prominent labels as well. Under any of the aliases he chooses to use, Price has remained a firm influence in electronic music, and music in general, despite remaining underrated to younger audiences in the United States.


via Bionic Beatlab


Tips for entering the career world


We’ve been talking about thank you notes recently, and the more I think about it, the more it sounds like a good idea.

I found an article by Fox Business (posted by Dr. Rodgers) that said one of the single most important things to do when applying for a job is to make sure to follow up with the employer. It shows determination and attentiveness. The article even suggests a hand-written note to set yourself apart from others.

Besides making contact directly after the initial interview, it is good to also follow up two or three times within the first 10 days after talking with a prospective employer. The value of conversation goes a long way at this point. Instead of just continuing to check up on the status of your application, bring up good talking points that allows the company to see how interested you are in its work.

In today’s world, where the job market it not at it’s best, Fox was able to provide some very good tips for students starting the interview process. I was surprised about how much of the information I had heard and talked about in previous classes. The closer I get to graduating, the more nervous I become that I won’t be able to find and start a career. Reading this and hearing Kelsey’s story in class has boosted my confidence that finding work is possible. It just takes a some hard work and creativity.

The end of the article goes into how new graduates should not give up if a couple of companies flat out don’t reply. I agree with this, but I also think that it is just as rude for companies to not respond to applicants as it is for applicants to not follow up with companies. If I’m going out of my way to be polite and respectful, I expect the same decency. Bigger companies may have thousands of applicants, making this process a little harder, but in my opinion, not responding to applicants is not professional in any way, shape or form.

Lucas and Spielberg discuss the future of movies at USC


George Lucas and Steve Spielberg sat down at the University of Southern California to discuss the future of the entertainment industry and movies. Their outlook for the future is something much different than to what we are used to now.

The pair said that in a world where we have an overload of options, the Internet will become the dominant way of viewing cable television. Movies will become more like sporting events or Broadway plays, costing extravagantly more than ticket prices today. There will be a complete shift in the way movies are made and marketed — leaning toward more conservative films that are sure to bring in big bucks instead of  “interesting, deeply personal projects.” Spielberg even goes to say that movies will be available in homes on the same day that they are released in theaters.

While they suggest the movie industry is heading toward a cliff, they say that this change will spur newfound creativity and that we will eventually bounce back.

“But out of that chaos will come some really amazing things. And right now there are amazing opportunities for young people coming into the industry to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to do this and there’s nobody to stop me,'” Lucas was quoted in an article by Bryan Bishop on The Verge. “It’s because all the gatekeepers have been killed!”

As journalists, we think of ourselves as the gatekeepers of news. But in the movie industry, gatekeepers are the people who decide what goes into production and what doesn’t. Sometimes this method filters out abundant amounts of creativity. If the movie industry does bounce back, will there be new gatekeepers to decide what movies will be shown nationwide? If we do see a new set of gatekeepers to Hollywood, I hope to see a drastic change in the selection of movies that are presented to the public.

Today, there are too many generic action movies that follow the same plot. It’s almost as if the movie industry has hit a speed bump for producing quality and compelling movies. Yes, there are still a few directors and producers that know what they’re doing, but for the most part I feel like Hollywood is in a slump when it comes to storytelling.

When it comes to reading, it doesn’t take too much effort or digging to find well-written and gripping article or piece of literature. That’s why I think that reading will always supersede movies. “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were all books before they were movies. It might be a good idea to let our creative writers be the new gatekeepers of Hollywood instead of the business executives.

The AP remembers a Buddhist monk’s fiery suicide


Fifty years ago today, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc committed ritual suicide by setting himself on fire to protest the Diem regime. Associated Press correspondent Malcolm Browne and two other news outlets in Saigon were notified of the memorial service, but Browne was the only one that brought a camera that day. He is credited with taking the horrifying picture of Thich Quang Duc’s suicide that resonates in your mind as soon as you see it.

In remembrance, the AP has put together a very interesting package that outlines Browne’s day on June 11, 1963, and the history behind the event. The piece is very informative, however, I found some misleading information.

While exploring the historical context section, it says that on June 1,1963, two monks notified Browne of the suicides. When you continue to the timeline portion, it says on that on June 10 a monk called Browne and said, “Mr. Browne, I strongly advise you to come. I expect something very important will happen, but I cannot tell you what.” This is confusing because the article mentions that Browne already knew about the suicides, but then goes on to try to create suspense with this quote. Did Browne already know what would happen or was he just lucky to remember the camera?

They show a picture of Browne interviewing the leading spokesman for the Xa Loi Buddhist pagoda, but there is no link to the interview. I was really interested in reading what was said, and surprisingly, it is harder to find than expected.

Besides some minor details, I enjoyed learning more about this defining moment in history. For example, Thich Quang Duc used aviation fuel instead of gasoline because it burns slower, making the image much more gruesome. Because the piece was an interactive multimedia package, the timeline allowed you to go through the events of the day. According to Browne’s notes, it took the monk 13 minutes to collapse to his death.

The image that we think of when we think of this event is one that is now dubbed, “The Ultimate Protest.” However, it was not the original image that was published on the front page. “The Ultimate Protest” was one of the photos that arrived in New York the following days after the suicide.

“In a pre-digital world, it took a remarkable 15 hours over 9,000 miles of AP WirePhoto cable for Malcolm Browne’s Burning Monk to become breaking news,” the article mentioned.

In today’s world, we want immediacy. We can get our news 24 hours a day if we wanted to. In the 1960s, you had to wait until you got the paper the next morning to find out about what happened the previous day. In a short 50 years, our process of consuming news has completely changed.

Text Mania


I think banning texting while driving is a good idea.

But, this new law is just ridiculous. The governor had good intentions, but there are too many loopholes that allow anyone with a brian to get out of a ticket for texting while driving. You can still use radio-listening apps, some of which require you to type. The punishment for violating the law is too lenient for any high-schooler to care.

The University of Wisconsin study makes complete and total sense. An outright ban of handheld devices while driving is more intimidating, and it seems like it would be easier to get caught. The punishment should also be a primary offense if the state really means business.

I don’t think that easing into this law is an option, and it seems like Florida is a little behind on the bandwagon, considering it was the 41st state to do something like this. Studies have shown that texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving. Why were efforts “thwarted by Republican House leaders” and delayed for so long?

I believe this has to tie in with Foer’s article about how technology has led humans to become more reclusive and not care about their immediate surroundings. We have become so emotionless that we don’t care if we put not only ourselves, but also others in fatal danger by not paying attention to the road.

Thank God for people like Jonathan Safran Foer


What a refreshing read!

This opinion piece probes into the psychology behind technology and how it is changing human beings. Written by Jonathan Safran Foer, the article goes into deep detail about how he believes technology has changed our methods of communication and how changing those methods has inevitably made humans more distracted and less emotional.

Foer goes to explain how each step in technology has become a diminished substitute for the previous technology, each step making us more and more reclusive. As we accept these diminished substitutes, we too become diminished substitutes. He says that moving “forward” may mean avoiding emotional efforts between humans and that our new technology makes us forget about our decision to avoid this connection.

I couldn’t agree more. This subjet has been on my mind lately as I lose contact with more and more friends as they leave Gainesville. Why do I communicate solely online with some people and not with others? I have no face-to-face interactions with some of my friends, and sometimes I find that very strange.

I agree with Foer when he says that we have decided to not fully pay attention anymore, even when it comes to family and friends. However, I believe that if someone really meant that much to you, you would make sure to have some sort of meaningful and attentive face-to-face conversation, whether it be through Skype or over a cup of coffee.

Being attentive isn’t as hard as Foer puts it out to be. Putting the phone in your pocket, observing your surroundings and interacting with them as a form of communication is just as easy as sending a text or an email. Technology has made us forget how to communicate in this way, making it easier for us to indulge in our digital worlds and fantasies without any regret.

Think twice before you make that call


Time Magazine did a good job of breaking down what you should know about the NSA collecting phone records. They give you seven quick and understandable facts about the recent cellphone data mining, and even provides you with information that you may not have known.

For example, the order forbids informing anyone that their data is being collected. Also, the US has done this before with AT&T and Bell South as security measures after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In fact, other carriers may be subject to this database. For years, service providers have been giving law enforcement agencies subscriber information on request.

I understand that this is for national security, but why is everything about this issue so secret? Something doesn’t seem right. While Verizon is required to provide “the ingoing and outgoing phone numbers, unique identifiers for individual phones, the time of the call and its duration,” they do not have to provide names, addresses or contact information. Then again, if you were in the FBI or NSA, you probably wouldn’t have a hard time finding that information.

The article mentions that Glenn Greenwald has accused Obama for infringing on civil liberties, and come to think of it, there have been many debates on the subject of violating rights throughout Obama’s presidency. Conspiracy theories are far-fetched and exaggerated, but this situation almost sounds like the government is doing something it’s not supposed to be doing.

So, the next time you pick up that phone to make a call, keep in mind that that call could end up in the NSA database.