Today, in celebration of the first-ever live session at KCRW’s brand-new Annenberg Performance Studio, James Blake performed a seven-song live set, and spoke with KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, on the station’s tastemaker music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Joined by bandmates Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter, Blake’s live performance featured songs from his latest album, Assume Form, including the title track, “Barefoot In The Park,” “I’ll Come Too,” and “Don’t Miss It.” Blake also treated listeners and a live in-studio audience to his hit song “Retrograde,” as well as an encore of a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.”
Blake’s gorgeous live version of “I’ll Come Too” can be seen and heard HERE.
The critically acclaimed Assume Form features collaborations with Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, André 3000, Moses Sumney, and Rosalía. Blake, a founding member of the 1-800 Dinosaur label collective, was first introduced to the world with his self-titled debut in 2010. In 2013, he released his follow up, Overgrown, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. His 2016 album The Colour in Anything was a bracing continuation of his work that bent the borders between electronic music, R&B, and U.K. soul. Throughout his career, Blake has established himself as both a highly respected solo artist and one of the music industry’s most influential collaborators, working alongside everyone from Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie among others.
Los Angeles’ premier public radio station, KCRW, recently moved into its new headquarters, the KCRW Media Center on Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus. The 34,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility acts as both a media hub and a cultural one, servicing the greater Los Angeles community, and beyond.
Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 a.m. – Noon) featuring new releases from emerging and established artists, underappreciated gems, live performances and interviews.
Later that day–, YG will host a 4REAL 4REAL album listening and release event in partnership with fashion e-tailer Revolve.com, at the NOVO, located in downtown L.A. YG’s D2C store is now live (https://4real.4hunnid.com/) and consumers purchasing an item from the D2C store will receive a code for early access to purchase tickets for the NOVO event. Tickets are priced at $4 and are limited to two per person. Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, May 22nd.
With “Go Loko” featuring Tyga and Jon Z, YG is looking at one of the biggest records of his career, as the single has topped over 40 million streams in its first two weeks out. The viral “Go Loko” video has over 20 million views to date.
The countdown to the release of 4REAL 4REAL kicked into high gear the night after Cinco de Mayo, at the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where YG performed “Go Loko” with Tyga and Jon Z. Watch their live performance HERE (which has earned almost 2 million views). YG then brought it to Miami, where he stole the show at last weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival. On Friday June 21st, YG is confirmed to perform at the BETX Experience alongside Meek Mill, as part of the 19th annual BET Awards.
YG recently made his ‘Boachella’ performance debut, as second bill headliner, over both weekends of the fest with guests 2 Chainz, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tyga, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “…One of the fest’s finest rap sets to date.”
The arrival of 4REAL 4REAL builds on the extraordinary year that YG experienced in 2018, centering on the August release of his third album, Stay Dangerous, Top 5 follow-up to his critically acclaimed Still Brazy (2016), hailed by the New York Times as “an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record.” The certified gold album Stay Dangerous was preceded by its first official single release in June, the triple-platinum #1 smash “Big Bank” featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Big Sean, one of the biggest single successes of YG’s entire career.
The most dynamic “new” resort hotel on Israel’s Mediterranean shore town of Caesarea was unveiled, combining elegance and luxury with frissons of the playfulness, style, and sophistication evocative of Tel Aviv, one of the world’s hippest cities.
The Dan Caesarea abounds in dazzling Israeli art
The new Dan Caesarea lies 35 miles north of Tel Aviv, adjacent to the artfully preserved aqueduct and amphitheater of the Roman capital of ancient Judea, and to Israel’s only Pete Dye-designed golf course. It represents a head-to-toe transformation of the chic resort opened some 60 years ago by Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
The Dan Caesarea is a member of Israel’s most prestigious hotel group, whose King David Hotel in Jerusalem has been welcoming royals and presidents for 90 years. The redesigned Dan Caesarea sits amid 15 acres of newly landscaped gardens and offers 116 guestrooms and suites. The hotel is rich in contemporary Israeli art, with 15 monumental sculptures by the award-winning Israeli sculptor, Yaakov Dorchin, in the gardens, and works of art in the guestrooms created by the late Rita Alima.
The once sedate lobby is now Salon Bocca, with cocktails curated by Tel Aviv’s hip Suramare group. The multi-angle pool is bordered by the Limonada Bar (soft drinks and more cocktails) and within the swimming pool itself is Israel’s “first pool table in a pool.” A Greek Taverna is the ideal spot for poolside dining or taking an elegant picnic hamper into the gardens – along with the hotel’s more traditional restaurant. A shuttle service is available to the beach, five minutes from the hotel.
The Dan Caesarea – adjacent to Roman ruins, Pete Dye golf course, and the Mediterranean
“We’re proud to unveil a new Dan Caesarea,” says Ronen Nissenbaum, Dan Hotels’ CEO, “a concept conjured up by some of Israel’s most creative architects, designers and style-makers – who have managed to combine stylish guestrooms, fascinating art, a culinary experience with contemporary bars, all set in beautifully landscaped gardens that create a magical atmosphere.”
The complex $25 million project to create a post-modern luxury resort was headed by Daniel Federmann. Iconic Israeli architect Ilan Pivko reimagined all the public areas; and Roni Federmann, the project’s architect, along with Esti Robinson and designers Philippe Boulakia and Dikla Robinson, created a new and refreshing approach that connects the location with nature.
Bentzi Arbel, who is responsible for some of the leading concepts of the Tel Aviv culinary scene, created the concept of Happiness is Around, which describes the spirit of the resort from its design to the service.
Each guestroom opens from a private hallway and has been designed to ensure lightness and airiness. The unique balcony structure gives guests an open view with maximum privacy and a double seating area overlooking the grounds. Fine Italian walnut floors are set at an angle to the view and artist Tzachi Nevo created unique masks to adorn each room. Rooms are equipped with “Bluetooth gramophones,” mood lighting and 55-inch high-end TVs. Immense marble bathrooms have separate bathtubs and shower. All rooms are equipped with a well-stocked bar and a unique coffee machine complete with a selection of fresh coffee beans for grinding.
A corner of the lobby recalls Caesarea’s 2,000-year history
The renovated Dan Caesarea is the perfect location for families, as it provides a wide range of activities for all ages. The spirit of innovation did not overlook the guests’ children, as a new and unique Danyland has been created for a younger generation. This new complex, never seen before in Israel, was designed by Philippe Boulakia and Dikla Robinson, with a deep understanding of what today’s children enjoy, combining a selection of retro games and technological innovations. Among the attractions that the Danyland club offers are a unique aquarium; a world of dinosaurs that combines a classic sandbox with a 3D projection; and a wealth of possibilities for an exciting gaming experience.
There is a variety of sports activities on offer such as a basketball court designed with unique graphics, a soccer field, a tennis court, mini golf, table tennis and more.
Finally, the new Dan Caesarea would not be complete without a pampering spa complex. There are wet and dry saunas and a state-of-the-art gym with high-quality equipment connected to advanced systems. Six advanced treatment rooms offer an exciting and pioneering treatment menu.
For more information, visit https://www.danhotels.com/CaesareaHotels/DanCaesareaHotel.
ABOUT DAN HOTELS:
Dan Hotels Israel is the largest luxury hotel group in the country. The history of the chain dates back to June 1947, when two brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann, purchased a 21-room guest house called the “Kaete Dan” on the Tel Aviv seashore. Today, the chain owns thirteen deluxe and superior first-class hotels in prime locations around the country, an international convention center, and a hotel training school. The collection includes Jerusalem’s legendary King David Hotel, a member of “Leading Hotels of the World” and considered the most prestigious hotel in Israel. Additional luxury hotels include Dan Accadia Hotel Herzliya, Dan Caesarea Hotel, Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel and Dan Eilat Hotel. Dan Hotels places an emphasis on hospitality and warm accommodation with its, “Experience the Best” ethos. Dan Hotels recently expanded overseas with the development and opening of the Den Hotel in Bangalore, India’s capital of high-tech.
CASIO G-SHOCK ANNOUNCES LATEST G-LIDE MODEL IN COLLABORATION WITH PRO SURFER KANOA IGARASHI
New Timepiece Arrives in Translucent Case and Band with Premium Surf Data Tracking Capabilities
Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils an all-new, limited-edition G-LIDE timepiece, in collaboration with professional surfer and G-SHOCK athlete, Kanoa Igarashi. Boasting superior functionality in surf data tracking and performance, the GLX5600KI-7 arrives in a translu1cent case with silver accents and boasts Kanoa’s signature on the case back, face and band.
The new watch is based on the G-LIDE GLX5600 which features a tide graph, an indispensable tool for surfers. The thin, square shape of the watch ensures that it does not obstruct the wrist while surfing. The GLX5600KI-7 features a semi-transparent body that evokes the ocean and is paired with a mirror finish face that gives the watch a simple, cool look. Igarashi’s “Kanoa” signature is inscribed on the upper center of the watch face and on the strap keeper and case back, as well as in illumination when the backlight is turned on.
At just 21 years old, the Huntington Beach, CA native has been in the professional surf scene for over a decade. Kanoa was an instant talent from the time he first jumped in the water at the age of 3, and by the time he was 11 he set a new record for the most victories in a single season. He has gone on to win a number of major surfing competitions and is currently a world-class professional surfer competing on the World Surf League Championship Tour at the top of the sport.
The new model features technical capabilities to match with Kanoa’s impressive surf skills, including Tide & Moon graphs and a Moon Age data that anchors the face of the timepiece, for anticipating tide and surf swell of the rider’s current location.
A video highlighting the collaboration timepiece has been created – watch here: http://bit.ly/G-SHOCKxKanoa
The new model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:
- 200M water resistance
- Shock resistance
- World time (29 time zones / 48 cities)
- Auto EL backlight
- Flash alert
- Stopwatch and countdown timer
- 2 Multi function alarms
The GLX5600KI-7 will retail for $130 and will be available for purchase starting this July at select jewelers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.
Jackie Jacobson is one of the fastest rising young actresses with an impressive slate on the horizon. Jackie is currently one of the stars of Netflix’s hit teen comedy “Malibu Rescue.” On the show she plays the co-lead role of ‘Dylan;’ a super-cute-but-overwhelmed prefect of the valley pod. A bit of a dork and an infamous scatterbrain, Dylan has been deliberately assigned to teach lifeguard training skills to “The Valley Pod” consisting of Tyler (Ricardo Hurtado from Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock”), Eric (Alkoya Brunson), Gina (Breanna Yde) and Lizzie (Abby Donnelly) to ensure they would fail. Justifiably angry with this realization, Dylan is determined for her valley pod to succeed. “Malibu Rescue” the movie premiered May 13th and the series is set to premiere June 3, 2019 on Netflix!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jackie knew she wanted to be an actress at a young age. After landing her first acting gig at 11 years old with “Criminal Minds,” from there she went on to shoot a variety of roles showcasing her versatility. Past credits include guest-starring roles on “The Night Shift,” “Bella and the Bulldogs,” and “Game Shakers” just to name a few.
When she isn’t acting, Jackie is an outspoken advocate for American Diabetes Association & The Alzheimer’s Foundation, both causes that have directly affected her family.
Jackie resides in LA with her family and toy Pomeranian named Chicken Wings.
“SWOVERALLS” THE COMFIEST THING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED
Athletic Entrepreneur’s Sweatpant Overalls Prove Sharks Wrong with a 1,500% Sales Spike — Designed for All, in Time for Summer
Kyle Bergman, Founder & Chief Swoverall Officer of The Great Fantastic, the brand that created “Swoveralls,” and a member of the Israel Men’s National Lacrosse team, competed on Season 10 of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Sunday, April 21st at 10 p.m. EDT. Designed for all, Swoveralls are cool, functional, and extremely comfortable.
“Our mission is to create the world’s comfiest apparel using sustainable resources and ethical manufacturing processes,” said Bergman. “As an athlete, I recognize comfort is a universal concept that everyone understands and experiences, and Swoveralls make that concept accessible, inclusive, and fun.”
Reasonably priced, for a product locally made with organic fabric, at $95, people can also purchase with AfterPay in four installments of $23.75. Neither masculine nor feminine, Swoveralls are available at The Phluid Project, the world’s first gender-free store.
Since the show, at the time of this release, The Great Fantastic has now sold over $320,000 in Swoveralls, with more than 3,000 happy and comfy customers!
The Great Fantastic – Company Timeline:
•Launched a successful crowdfunding campaign in June 2018, raising $108,000
•Sold $320,000 in Swoveralls, with more than 3,000 comfy, lifetime customers
•Sustainable, organic cotton and recycled polyester – made locally with love in Los Angeles!
•Jogger-pant cuff with adjustable straps, and snap side-waist closures
•Deep front-bib and side pockets with hidden inside zipper pocket to store valuables safely
•Available online at www.swoveralls.com in gender-free styles and multiple colors & sizes — use code “SHARKTANK15” for 15% off the first order
“My god,” said Barbara Corcoran. “Overalls are so popular!”
Daymond John stressed the importance of having “one thing” as a key product to drive the business forward. “You have one thing…the Swoveralls!” responded Lori Greiner.
While the Sharks showed great enthusiasm for Swoveralls, Bergman and The Great Fantastic did not come to terms that night. “Since the show, we have had a 1,500% sales spike in Swoveralls, and are only taking preorders now as we rush to restock inventory — it’s clear there continues to be demand for our product,” said Bergman. “We’re just taking off, and I can’t wait to see where we go. I would have loved to have partnered with one of the Sharks, specifically Lori, Daymond, or Mark, but they’re just going to have to watch from the sidelines.”
Our mission is to create the world’s comfiest apparel using sustainable resources and ethical manufacturing processes. For the fearless who love to zig when others zag, the wise who love mother nature, and the brilliant who know comfort is king, we are The Great Fantastic. Our hero product, Swoveralls, combines two common apparel concepts into one glorious masterpiece. Designed for all, Swoveralls are cool, functional, and extremely comfortable. Engage with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
“Initially, I was trying to solve a problem for myself. Sweatpant overalls didn’t exist, and I wanted a pair! So I created Swoveralls, and discovered along the way there was an opportunity for me to use all of the skills and connections I’ve developed over my career to create a unique brand and story as well. The Great Fantastic is an adventure and experience I’ve created for myself, and anyone who wants to join me, as all are invited to the party!” – Kyle Bergman, Founder & Chief Swoverall Officer
Community + Affiliations: The Great Fantastic is a proud partner and member of 1% for the Planet, Urban Pathways, and the Israel Lacrosse Association — Bergman is currently an active member of the men’s national team and played on the past three world-championship teams. Bergman is also an Orangetheory Coach and 2019 MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business.
5 Tech Trends That Businesses Can’t Afford To Ignore
With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, some business owners are left digitally disoriented as they try to figure out which of the latest innovations they need to invest in and what they can ignore.
It can make for confusing times.
All that bewilderment aside, though, these fast-developing advances also create opportunities that can help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive – if they understand how to seize them.
“Technology exists today that at one time was available only to large corporations with huge technology budgets,” says Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com), an IT consultant who works with small businesses.
“Every year, technology becomes even more accessible to companies of all sizes.”
Hoose says businesses that want to stay on top of their games should make sure they invest in these technological trends, if they haven’t already:
The Internet of Things. Many Internet of Things-connected devices, such as smart refrigerators and thermostats, are designed for home use, but there are also applications for small businesses, Hoose says. Some examples: smart locks use digital keys that can’t be lost or stolen, and log a record of who uses a door and when; RFID tags on merchandise can prevent theft and automatically update inventory; and mobile-card readers can replace cash registers.
Artificial intelligence. Don’t be fooled into thinking that AI is something only the big organizations can afford to use, Hoose says. “It’s making inroads into technologies accessible for businesses of all sizes,” he says. “AI can help you offer increasingly personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry.” AI also can be used to improve decision making, Hoose says. Essentially, AI will help you take that jumble of data most businesses have and analyze it in a way that allows you to make better-informed judgments on the actions you need to take.
Telecommuting. The office world is changing and more workers spend at least a portion of their work week telecommuting. “In many cases remote employees use their own equipment, which can eliminate some of the company’s costs with purchasing and maintaining computers, printers and mobile phones,” Hoose says. Video conferencing, instant messaging and other advances are helping to make telecommuting a viable option, he says.
Customer-relationship-management (CRM) software. Any application that a business uses to interact with customers, analyze data, or recommend products and services to customers is “part of the CRM family,” Hoose says. “This type of software helps your team manage, control and build customer relationships,” he says. “It can log your team’s touchpoints with prospects, including emails, phone calls, voicemails and in-person meetings. You can have a complete record of your team’s interaction with a prospect that’s easy for anyone to access.”
Voice search. Consumers increasingly are making use of such AI assistants as Siri or Alexa to help them do internet searches using their voices. “Voice search is changing the way people find information because these queries are structured differently than when we type terms into a search engine,” Hoose says.
“Organizations of all types can benefit from optimizing their content to improve where they fall in a voice search.”
“To help propel your business going forward, it’s important to stay abreast of technology innovation,” Hoose says. “These technologies will help you expand your customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagement from both customers and staff.”
About Chris Hoose
Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com) is the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.
Nick Cannon is back with a hot new visual for his latest musical effort Nobody Else, an infectious R&B record produced by Grammy Award-winning super producer Hitmaka. Never one to shy away from creatively expressing himself, Nobody Else is Nick Cannon’s debut into the R&B music world. Inspired by the hit 1987 film Three Men & A Baby, watch below as Nick enlists the help of Ty Dolla Sign & Jacquees for his re-imagined version appropriately titled Three Playas & A Baby.