Fiona Apple, the DIY arena

Sure Fetch the Bolt Cutters (“Bring back the bolt cutters”), composed in the interior of her house, Fiona Apple borrows little from outside. But this title quote came from elsewhere and opens all doors. This is a sentence from an episode of the police series The fall, pronounced by the investigator played by Gillian Anderson in a scene where she finds a raped woman, kidnapped, and requests a bolt cutter to free her. Likewise, the pop of Fiona Apple unscrews. Her anger unlocks, the framework of her songs comes out of the nails, but there is one thing that she knows how to keep firmly fixed: our attention.


The world discovered it in 1996 with its album Tidal. A New York fan of jazz and hip-hop, the daughter of a Broadway actor, she was 18 years old and spoke of the rape she suffered at 12 years old in a stairwell. The album was a phenomenal success, offering him a stage to launch a cry from the heart to the music industry, connected to the MTV image pump: “This world is bullshit.” Articles from his teenage beginnings give momentum to this new album – and turn the guts upside down. Here a journalist talks about his need to take a cold shower. There another signifies his fantasy of sharing his nights with her. Yet another criticizes him for making his rape storytelling, in an article illustrated with photos of Terry Richardson (now banned from fashion magazines). “Hit me under the table as long as you like, I won’t close it”, she roars today on Under the Table, in a triumphant voice that hardens in a crash of percussion.

This release, favored by a climate of confidence and sorority installed with the #MeToo movement, allows him to get out of the state of convalescence of his previous albums. In some aspects, it is indeed a self-defense guide, but it is above all an aesthetic success: 13 titles mounted in power in a reduced space, which reconcile the rough and the worked, and refuse pop constraints such as they were imposed on him. On the album Extraordinary Machine already in 2005, the title Please Please Please sanctioned the obvious: “No more melodies, they lack impact, they are insignificant.” We can see a revenge on this album which had been refused as is by its label, before leaking and then being reworked by Eminem producer, Mike Elizondo.


For once, the American only listens to her apple. She chooses as rhythmic canvas her own bells, pans, bones of her deceased dog (for which she had canceled a tour), various tinkles and perhaps even baby shoes that she used as percussion in a video posted on his blog in 2018. “I’ll give you what you want, house.” I know you deserve to be the record, “ summed up Fiona Apple in the magazine Vulture to explain this voluntary domestic confinement. Since his previous album, The Idler Wheel… in 2012, she kneaded her shortcrust pastry, taking advantage of a long break, free from outside spikes and all expectations. The piano, to which it has always been attached, precedes it with chaotic bursts, in a decadent cabaret style, but also passes over in silence at times, without failing to balance the album. Fetch the Bolt Cutters is mainly articulated by metallic noises from cookware and by top model Cara Delevingne, invited to repeat the key phrase of the album, helping Fiona Apple to get out of her hinges. The heavy subjects, around male abuse most of the time, reach us by his imperious voice and by the grace of several infiltrations of humor. If it surprises at first listen, we quickly integrate the invasion of barking in the sound field, left as is, parasites of home-recording testifying to a denial of perfection. The end of the album, between chanted working song, blues palpitations and jazz digressions, does not resemble any previously decoded formula. This strange mixture, whose most memorable titles rush to the end, has just scored 10/10 on Pitchfork. The benchmark site had previously given this rating only to Kanye West, but it no longer needs such honors. Now immune to attack, Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart, by its full name, is its own firewall, and so is ours now.

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Fiona Apple Fetch The Bolt Cutters (Sony / Epic).


How sports brands try to save their dealers

Munich Amazon? No thanks! Christian Schneidermeier has been concentrating on specialist shops for years. The boss of the popular mountain sports specialist Ortovox consistently refuses to shop online. His highly functional clothing and avalanche transceiver are only available from specialists who offer proper advice.

Now the manager fears that many of the shopkeepers will have to give up because of the corona crisis. It would be a disaster if his distribution network collapsed overnight. Schneider Meier is therefore breaking new ground. He provides merchants with online vouchers that they can pass on to their customers. This is supposed to help people shop in the Ortovox internet store.

A quarter of the revenue then flows to the business owners. “We want to maintain the diversity of the small specialist retailers. That has always been our basis and should remain so, ”explains Schneidermeier.

Like Ortovox, many sports brands are trying to support retailers these days. With good reason: Thousands of shopkeepers fear for their existence because they hardly sell online, but their shops remain closed indefinitely.

The outdoor chain McTrek had to file for bankruptcy on Thursday. The branch operates 43 stores and employs 420 people. The sports brands are therefore afraid of future companies like Amazon or Zalando to be instructed.

Round table planned

The Sport 2000 dealer association is therefore trying these days to get shopkeepers and brands at one table. Managing director Markus Hupach emphasizes that it is about concluding a solidarity pact.

There is a lot to discuss: for example, the question of how the masses of items currently stacked in the warehouse can be dealt with with the lowest possible discounts.

There should also be talk about when new products will be launched. Because with every novelty, the shirts, shorts and shoes that are not yet sold are worth less. Sport 2000 invited leading running providers to the first conversation, among others Asics, Brooks, New Balance, On and Saucony.

Benedikt Böhm was one of the first in the industry to respond. The head of the Alpine equipment supplier Dynafit announced in March that the 2020 summer collection would also be available next year. He wants to prevent a price battle in the next few months. “This is a clear sign to the stores that our goods are not getting old,” emphasizes Böhm.

But the brands themselves are also under pressure. Because their own logistics centers are full, and the autumn collection will soon come from the factories in Asia. The dealers, on the other hand, cannot currently buy anything. You simply lack the money.

“We have agreed with almost everyone to first suspend the upcoming deliveries until our OK comes,” says Martin Kerner from the Karlsruhe outdoor specialists base camp. “They are forced to join in the hope that an OK will come.”

But that is by no means certain. Because nobody in the industry knows whether customers will buy again as soon as the exit restrictions are lifted. Therefore Kerner is also careful and carefully thinks about what he has in store: “The last thing I want is no or the wrong goods when the shop is open again.”

Numerous sports brands now offer retailers long payment terms, sometimes up to five months. “It sounds good at first, but the day will come when you have to pay,” says Kerner.

70 percent less running shoes

But at the moment people are very unsettled. Since gyms and club sports are currently not an option, many people go jogging. Nonetheless, sales of running shoes in the US dropped 70 percent, according to the latest data from the NPD Group’s market researchers.

This doesn’t even include the recent worsening of the epidemic in America, just the week ending March 21. According to the NPD Group, business with sports equipment for young people has even declined by 90 percent, for example kick boots or baseball shoes. NPD analyst Matt Powell warns that the online stores could not even compensate for the shortfalls in local shops.

The picture in Germany is similar to that in the USA. “Business is still going on in online trading, but at different levels depending on the product group,” says Ortovox boss Schneidermeier. The sneaker manufacturer puma According to the Internet sales do not even reach ten percent of the usual revenue.

Brands like Puma or Adidas but are not as dependent on retailers as smaller labels. You run many of your own shops.

Even medium-sized companies like Ortovox do not have too much scope to stand by the merchants: “We support the dealers as much as possible. On the other hand, of course, we also have to pay our suppliers, ”says Schneidermeier.

Typically, the company leader would sit with dealers in May to discuss spring 2021 orders. Tailor Meier believes that this is currently not even an option.

Because of the crisis, the manager has meanwhile also adjusted the contracts with the dealers: temporarily, they can sell the Ortovox equipment on platforms such as Amazon. With all aversion to the Internet giant: At the moment the dealers can use every turnover, no matter where it comes from.

More: The big discount battle begins in retail.


DOA: “I admit my taste for Murat”

President of the Prix Landerneau Polar 2020 which rewarded Five Burnt Cards by Sophie Loubière (Black River), Hervé Albertazzi aka DOA is one of the most original black novel authors of the last decade: Pukhtu Primo and Pukhtu Secundo have really rocked the genre.

What was the first teen record you bought with your own money?

David Bowie, Scary Monsters, in December 1980, with pocket money received at Christmas. I was 12 years old.

Your favorite way to listen to music?

I have no nostalgia for the support, I have followed the various developments in technology. My only limit to the spirit of the times is that I like the idea of ​​owning my music and not renting it. I am therefore fully converted to digital, in very high quality, but not to streaming.

The last disc you bought?

With much delay, The chief by Jidenna, digitally.

Where do you prefer to listen to music?

While walking.

Do you listen to music while working?


The song you’re ashamed to listen to with pleasure?

I sometimes hesitate to admit my taste for Jean-Louis Murat; I wonder why, in fact.

The record everyone likes and hates?

It is not so much a record as some artists, to whom I remain completely hermetic: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Radiohead … But all hope is not lost. For a long time, I did not understand why Gainsbourg. And I saw the light.

The disc you will need to survive on a desert island?

The compilation Singles Collection maybe Bowie’s?

Is there a label to which you are particularly attached?

In recent years, I have been infatuated with the work of the Americans of Ghostly and the Berliners of Finest Ego, of which I appreciate almost everything.

Which record sleeve do you want to frame at home as a work of art?

The painted portrait of Hendrix for Electric Ladyland or the snapshot of Bashung taken for Recklessness.

A record you would like to hear at your funeral?

Thousand Knives by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Do you prefer records or live music?

The disks.

Your most beautiful concert?

Miles Davis, during his last appearance at Jazz à Vienne in 1991.

Do you go to a club to dance, flirt, listen to music on a good soundsystem or do you never go to a club?

I was going there. My last visit to the club dates back to the summer of 2017. It was the Lab Oratory, at the bottom of the Berghain, and I went there for work. I hardly see any other reason to go to a club, it’s a passion of people younger than me.

Your favorite musical film or your favorite film music?

Absolute Beginners for the musical film, but my culture on the subject is very limited, the genre does not interest me. Heat for B.O.

What is the record that you share with the person who accompanies you in life?

Yppah, In Two, The Weakly.

The piece that drives you crazy?

The message song that is rampant everywhere today, and especially in French-language production. I would like that, failing to keep their opinions to themselves, the interpreters of the moment be at least subtle and poetic in their attempts to build up the masses.

The last disc you listened to repeatedly?

A personal compilation of all the singles of the German DJ Daso.

The group you would have liked to be part of?

None, I do not work very well in band.

The song that always makes you cry?

Lloyd Cole, Downtown. A song associated with a very dear person who died.

Patrice bardot

His favorite titles

Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower (1968)

David Bowie Wild Is The Wind (1976)

Alain Bashung The South (2009)


Nursing homes face unique challenges with Coronavirus – NBC Los Angeles

From Miami to Seattle, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly host stocks of masks and thermometers, preparing staff shortages and checking visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the coronavirus.

In China, where the epidemic started, the disease was basically deadly for the elderly. In Italy, the epicenter of the virus epidemic in Europe, the more than 100 people who died were elderly, suffering from other complications or both.

Of the 19 deaths in the United States since Saturday, at least 14 had been linked to a nursing home in the Seattle area, along with many other infections among residents, staff and family members. The Seattle Times reported that a second nursing home and a retired community in the area had reported a virus case.

This has alerted other structures in the United States, especially in states with large populations of older residents, such as Florida and California. About 2.5 million people live in long-term care facilities in the United States.

“For people over the age of 80 … the death rate could reach 15%,” said Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association nursing homes group.

The federal government is now focusing all inspections of nursing homes on infection control, identifying facilities in the city with confirmed cases and those previously mentioned for not following the protocol.

Federal regulations already require homes to have a specialist in preventing infections in staff, and many have already taken measures to deal with seasonal flow and other ailments that pose a greater risk to the elderly.

Even so, the response of structures to coronavirus has varied across the country.

In Florida, where some 160,000 seniors live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, mandatory screening for visitors is not expected “because we are not at that point,” said Florida Health Care Association spokeswoman Kristen Knapp.

But aged care centers are posting signs that urge visitors to stay away if they have symptoms and are looking for alternative ways to connect to families, such as through video chats, Knapp said.

Concierges in the 14 Florida nursing homes managed by Palm Gardens Corporation are now offering all visitors a short questionnaire asking for information on symptoms, recent trips and contacts with others, said company vice president Luke Neumann.

Neumann said that nursing homes have also purchased additional thermometers in case they have to check visitors’ temperatures and accumulate preventive supplies, including medical masks, protective goggles and clothing. In laundries they make sure to use enough bleach and heat to kill any persistent viral germs, he said.

In the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center south of Boston, patient Leo Marchand holds a container of disinfectant wipes on a shelf near the bed that he uses several times a day. The 71-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired truck driver has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which makes it difficult to breathe. The possibility of contracting the coronavirus scares him.

“It’s a concern,” said Marchand. “Really.”

Many facilities across the country have said they have trouble getting masks and medical clothes because of the shortage.

The more intense screening of visitors, meanwhile, isn’t going well with some.

“Some of the visitors have been quite reluctant to comply, and this has been stressful,” said Janet Snipes, executive director of Denver’s Holly Heights nursing center.

Under federal regulations, nursing homes are considered to be a patient’s residence and facilities want to keep them in contact with the family, especially when they are almost dead.

“I don’t think you can completely prevent visitors,” said Dr. David A. Nace, director of long-term care and flu programs at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. Supervise 300 facilities in Pennsylvania.

For now, facilities in most states are underlining basic precautions, including hand washing and the cough tag.

Centers across the country are also trying to prepare staff for the worst.

An adult daycare center in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami purchased long-lasting ready meals in preparation for possible shortages. The Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York is running nursing staff through exercises to see how they will handle situations in the 750-bed facility if the virus progresses. Their IT department is building an infrastructure to allow staff to work remotely if they get sick.

“If one of our sites has an outbreak, we will quickly run out of staff in that position,” said Randy Bury, CEO of The Good Samaritan Society, one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, with 19,000 employees in 24 states.

Some families are considering withdrawing loved ones from the facilities.

Kathleen Churchyard said her family decided to move her 80-year-old mother out of her retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida, and to her sister’s home nearby if the virus is confirmed in the area.

Churchyard, who lives in Concord, North Carolina, fears that her mother won’t take her seriously, and is particularly concerned about her dining room.

“I tried to get her to buy things to prepare … She said, ‘No. If (the virus) catches me, it takes it,'” said Churchyard.


Associate associate writer Philip Marcelo in Rockland, Massachusetts contributed to this report.


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