Production teams behind stage construction of Coachella are now building coronavirus triage tents

“We can build a small city in a day or two, and that’s a need right now”

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Event production companies usually responsible for building stages at Coachella have now turned their attention to helping build coronavirus triage tents and temporary hospital structures in the US in a bid to combat the deadly disease.

The Indio, California festival was due to be held this year on the weekends of April 10–12 and April 17–19, but on March 10 it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Coachella 2020 is now set to be held on October 9–11 and October 16–18.

A new feature in The LA Times details how production firms such as Choura Events and Gallagher Staging — who normally build tents, staging and facilities for festivals like Coachella and major sporting events — are now utilising their expertise and workforce to help in the fight against coronavirus in the US.

Ryan Choura’s firm is currently constructing triage tents and overflow facilities at the Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center in California, in anticipation of a predicted rise in coronavirus patients in the coming weeks. It’s one of four medical villages in LA that the company has helped to build so far.

“We pivoted so fast to being a rapid-response disaster relief team. If I didn’t know how to do Coachella, I couldn’t do this hospital,” Choura told The LA Times. “I saw patients coming in here and saw what they looked like. This is real, and we’ve got to move.”

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Gallagher Staging, who were set to build the main stage at Coachella this year, have recently built tented patient facilities, foam beds and other hospital structures in the Bay Area, with work set to begin on five further sites in LA.

“We’re an industry that moves faster than anyone. We’ll install an entire city on a blank slate,” Gallagher said. “We have everything available: Wi-Fi, radios, generators, lighting, restrooms and wash stations. We can build a small city in a day or two, and that’s a need right now.”

Choura said that the work that companies like his are doing are “bringing good into a really bad situation”.

“I’ve got 14 guys on this site building who would be sitting at home,” he said. “I’ve been more fulfilled over the last few weeks than over the last decade. It’s very meaningful to feel like you’re part of saving a life.”

Earlier this week, a new trailer for the forthcoming Coachella documentary 20 Years In The Desert was shared.

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The Story Behind Our High Fidelity Oral History

Relevant Content heads to Championship Vinyl.

The Story Behind Our High Fidelity Oral History
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Did you read our definitive oral history of High Fidelity? Still jonesing to hang around Championship Vinyl awhile longer? Find out how it all came together on this week’s episode of Relevant Content, streaming exclusively on Consequence of Sound Radio.

Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman and guest co-host Phillip Roffman are joined by writer Andrew Buss, who shares his own oral history on the oral history. Hear how Jack Black literally stumbled into the project, how Drag City got involved, and how it all started with an e-mail from Nick Hornby. It’s a wild, three-month journey as epic as the story itself.

Join ’em today Wednesday, April 1st, at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT. If you can’t make it, there will be future rebroadcasts at the same times on Friday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 5th. Consult this week’s full schedule of programming.


Relevant Content is a weekly series hosted by Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman, who leads a roundtable of guests to discuss the week’s most topical subject. Never miss an episode by following the series via Consequence of Sound Radio, exclusively on TuneIn.

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Nigel Godrich and Laura Bettinson Premiere New Ultraísta Short Film: Watch

Godrich and Bettinson also detail the origins of their new LP on This Must Be the Gig.

Nigel Godrich and Laura Bettinson Premiere New Ultraísta Short Film: Watch
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Fresh off the March 13th release of their new album, Sister, Nigel Godrich and Laura Bettinson of Ultraísta join This Must Be the Gig to premiere their brand new short film directed by the band and filmed throughout London. Featuring a series of interconnected videos for songs off the record, and using the London Underground as a route between the tracks, Bettinson hops off at appropriately color-coded locales to deliver the vibrant electronic jams in a variety of surreal environments.

The short film fits the wide-screen cinematic heights of Sister, each and every moment composed and controlled by the trio. The album started off as a series of improvisations, Bettinson layering a few vocal loops, Joey Waronker finding a beat to match, and Godrich stitching it all together with galvanized synths and sculpting the arching shapes in the studio.

The video segments for the resulting material feel similarly intimate and organic, and freeze-framing any one moment will reveal an immaculately composed frame. Sister amplifies and strengthens their already assured electronic compositions, a poignant and passionate sci-fi soundtrack for the beautiful surreality of life. The film, then, is a twisting, rhythmic journey with hi-fi production, kinetic turns, and unexpected arrangements.

In the accompanying episode of This Must be the Gig, Godrich and Bettinson dial in with host Lior Phillips to discuss details on the film’s fascinating production, the origins of Sister, their histories as performers and first concerts, and so much more. Watch the short film below, as well as find links to listen to the full conversation wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Larry David records social distancing PSA for “the idiots out there”

“You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me… I’ll never see you”

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Comedian Larry David has recorded a video message urging Californians to stay home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The PSA was released on the Twitter account of the Office of the Governor of California, in which the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor speaks to “the idiots out there”.

“Obviously somebody put me up to this ‘cause it’s generally not the kind of thing I do,” David began. “I basically want to address the idiots out there – you know who you are – you’re going out, I don’t know what you’re doing… you’re socialising too close.”

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The social distancing warning continued with a note on protecting those who are most vulnerable.

“You’re hurting old people like me. Well not like me, I have nothing to do with you, I’ll never see you. But, you know, others – let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives! Who the hell knows,” Larry David continued.

Referring to his bingeable series Curb Your Enthusiasm, the comedian nodded to a way to pass the time in self-isolation.

He said: “The problem is you’re passing up a fantastic opportunity – a once in a lifetime opportunity – to stay in the house sit on the couch and watch TV! I don’t know how you’re passing that up.

“Well… maybe… cause you’re not… you’re not that bright. But here it is. Go home! Watch TV! That’s my advice to you. You know, if you’ve seen my show… nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. There’s just trouble out there. It’s not a good place to be. So stay home… and you know, don’t see anyone.”

With one final note on exceptions to these rules, David finished: “Except maybe if there’s a plumbing emergency then let the plumber in and then, you know, wipe everything down after he leaves. But that’s it.”

Season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm concluded on March 22.

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BON JOVI Releases ‘Limitless’ Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the new BON JOVI song titled “Limitless” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Bon Jovi 2020”, which will be released on May 15. The effort will be made available as a CD, gold vinyl and as …

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The official lyric video for the new BON JOVI song titled "Limitless" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Bon Jovi 2020", which will be released on May 15. The effort will be made available as a CD, gold vinyl and as a digital download. "Bon Jovi 2020" makes a wry reference to an election year with the title, and album art featuring an American flag in the reflection of a pensive Jon Bon Jovi's sunglasses. The first single "Limitless" is an upbeat anthem encouraging optimism in an uncertain world. The May album release will feature a compelling breadth and depth of songwriting from Jon Bon Jovi where he tackles current tough topics such as gun control, veterans' issues, politics, the meaning of family, and much more. As Jon stated: "It encompasses life, love, and loss." This past February, BON JOVI released an instrumental version of "Limitless" and encouraged fans to take a stab at singing it. A winner will get a chance to join the band on stage and perform the song with Jon Bon Jovi himself. Jon Bon Jovi previously said about the album's title: "The meaning behind it — there's the obvious. It's an election year, and I couldn't do any worse. And I also have clear vision. 'This House Is Not For Sale' dealt with a lot of personal matters, and now it's behind us. So, '2020' — of course, it's an election year, but more importantly, it's that I have clear vision going forward." "2020" track listing: 01. Beautiful Drug 02. Unbroken 03. Limitless 04. Luv Can 05. Brothers In Arms 06. Story Of Love 07. Lower The Flag 08. Let It Rain 09. Shine 10. Blood In The Water Last November, BON JOVI released another new song called "Unbroken", which was featured in the documentary "To Be Of Service". Written by Jon Bon Jovi, and produced along with John Shanks, the song shines a spotlight on the thousands of veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since its formation in 1983, BON JOVI has earned its place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalog of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in just the past decade, BON JOVI is the consummate rock and roll band.

DEVIN TOWNSEND To Release ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ In June

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will release “Empath – The Ultimate Edition” on June 5. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CDs, plus 2 Blu-ray discs. The fir…

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Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will release "Empath - The Ultimate Edition" on June 5. This comprehensive version of 2019's acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CDs, plus 2 Blu-ray discs. The first Blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second Blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including "Acoustically Inclined - Live in Leeds", a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including "Love?", "Deadhead", "Thing Beyond Things" and more. It also features the full "Empath" documentary, a "Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson", a full album commentary and more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album. Devin comments of the new 5.1 surround sound mix: "On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic 'stereo' format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers. I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious 'wall of sound' that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast. Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn't quite work for the vision. Although I've managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers. Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more 'kick at the can' when it came to 'Empath'. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it's still pretty 'dense', with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here." Townsend released "Empath" in March 2019 and embarked on the "Empath - European Tour Vol. 1" last November. Since disbanding the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, Devin has been tracking down players of excellence to form a new live band, the initial incarnation of which he presented via a video message in September. "Empath" saw Devin incorporating all the styles that make up his current interests in one place.

Edinburgh’s cultural festivals cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus

The events were set to take place this August

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Edinburgh’s five festivals in August, which were set to welcome over 4.4 million people to the Scottish capital, have been cancelled as the coronavirus crisis continues.

The Fringe, which is the world’s biggest arts festival, has been shelved along with the city’s military tattoo and book, art and international festivals.

In a statement, Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy said: “It’s too early to say what this will look like, but we are confident that as a collective we can find a way to reach through the walls that currently surround us and inspire, cheer and connect.”

More follows…

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DAVE MUSTAINE Is ‘Putting The Final Touches On A New Book And Working On The New MEGADETH Album’

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has urged the band’s fans to do their part in keeping everybody healthy while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has urged the band's fans to do their part in keeping everybody healthy while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last night, Mustaine released a video message via the official MEGADETH YouTube channel in which he said: "Hey, it's Dave Mustaine from MEGADETH. I just wanted to check in with all of you guys and see how you're doing during the quarantine. I hope you guys are taking the time to stay indoors and quarantine yourselves and especially take time to wash your hands a lot. Me, I've been staying indoors — I'm on Day 12 right now — and I've been washing my hands a lot and listening to a lot of MEGADETH music, putting the final touches on a new book and working on the new MEGADETH album. And looking forward to doing our next tour, once this is all over… "I just wanna thank you guys for following us, and check back regularly at Megadeth.com to see what's going on with us. Until then, wash your hands a lot, stay safe and see you soon." As previously reported, Hachette Books has set a September 8 release date for Mustaine's new book, "Building The Perfect Beast". "Building The Perfect Beast" details the making of MEGADETH's iconic record 'Rust In Peace', which was released in 1990, at an incredible time of flux and creativity in the rock world. Relayed by Mustaine, the book covers the process of hiring the band and supporting cast, of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune — which caused the band to finally break up before reforming a couple of years later. Mustaine spent most of 2019 receiving treatment for throat cancer with which he was diagnosed last May. The early sessions for MEGADETH's upcoming 16th studio album took place last year in Franklin, Tennessee with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on 2016's "Dystopia". MEGADETH's next LP will be the first to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band almost four years ago.

Watch comedian Olaf Falafel’s lockdown parody of Billy Joel, ‘We Didn’t Start The Virus’

Something to ease the lockdown woes…

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Comedian Olaf Falafel has shared his coronavirus lockdown-themed take on Billy Joel‘s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ — watch the funny clip for ‘We Didn’t Start The Virus’ below.

The comic, who won the award for Dave’s ‘Joke Of The Fringe’ at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, posted the parody on Monday night (March 30) and it has since been viewed over 100,000 times on Twitter.

Accompanied by the caption “when your grandkids ask you about 2020”, Falafel details a number of humorous aspects about killing time while living in lockdown, such as shaving your head, making bread and believing rumours spread by “my mate in the army” — all to the tune of Joel’s 1989 single.

Watch Falafel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Virus’ clip below.

Falafel has also linked to The Lost Comics YouTube channel, which is housing content being made by comedians who are currently ‘grounded on the runway’ due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Falafel’s parody of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ comes just under a year on from a spoof cover of the track that was recorded by the cast of Avengers: Endgame for The Tonight Show.

Rather than just singing the track in the studio, the cover was presented as if the actors were singing from comic panels between shots from previous MCU movies. At the end of the clip, the panels merged together to form a sweet tribute to the late Marvel boss Stan Lee.

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My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero offers new guitar tutorial for fans at home

Get involved, MCR fans…

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My Chemical Romance‘s Frank Iero has offered a guitar tutorial on how to play some of the band’s biggest hits for fans to learn while they’re stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis.

Broadcasting from his basement as part of Fender’s ‘Artist Check-Ins’ series, Iero offers a step-to-step guide on how to nail the guitar line to My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ and ‘Ghost of You.’

One fan commented: “This was awesome to see. Those octave runs have always been my favourite part about MCR’s music.” You can check out the video in full below.

Iero’s video comes after it was reported that MCR frontman Gerard Way has reportedly registered unreleased songs from the reunited emo heroes online.

An eagle-eyed fan on Reddit pointed out that two new tracks had been added by Way to BMI Repertoire, a platform on which musicians upload tracks to collect revenue and royalties.

One of the two tracks registered is ‘Emily’, a demo of which was shared by the band back in 2016 as part of Living With Ghosts, the band’s 10-year anniversary reissue of The Black Parade.

Other musicians sharing tutorials for fans at home include Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, who recently shared a drum tutorial for fans to learn.

The Foos sticksman appeared in a video posted on the Instagram page of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, where he teaches fans how to perfect a 4/4 beat and add an impressive drum fill.

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