The Electric Beethoven album Beathoven came out last week, treating fans to jammed out interpretations of the 3rd and 6th Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Spearheaded by bassist Reed Mathis, the foundations of these interpretations were certainly laid down on the album, but they truly come to life in the live setting.The band has spent the last several months debuting this “classical dance music” material to the live setting, with a recent show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven, we can listen to the opening segment, a 17-minute “Finale” from Symphony No.3, remastered from the night’s soundboard audio.We recently sat down with Mathis to discuss the project.”I honestly think that this is the beginning of the most exciting and rewarding music of my life so far,” he explained. Read the full interview here.You can catch Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd, alongside 50+ artists at three beloved Brooklyn venues. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits and more all performing, we can’t wait for this festival! All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York European telecommunications giant Altice’s deal to purchase Bethpage-based Cablevision Systems Corp. for $17 billion including debt raises serious questions about what the acquisition means for Cablevision’s virtual monopoly on Long Island local news.If regulators approve the sale, which is scheduled to close next year, Altice will also take over Cablevision’s media assets: Newsday, LI’s lone daily newspaper; amNew York, a free New York City daily; and seven News12 hyperlocal cable news channels covering the tristate area, including their flagship station on the Island.“We were very focused on keeping control and ownership of…the media assets, which have been loss-making historically, but are extremely attractive as far as being a part of the fiber of the local community,” Altice Chief Executive Officer Dexter Goei said on a conference call Wednesday.Altice’s deal with Cablevision, the nation’s fifth-largest cable company with 3.1 million subscribers, combined with Altice’s $6 billion acquisition earlier this year of St. Louis-based Suddenlink Communications, the seventh-largest cable provider in the country, would make it the fourth-largest cable operator.The announcement comes amid an American media consolidation frenzy this year, with Charter Communications, the nation’s third-largest cable company, purchasing Time Warner Cable, the second largest, and AT&T buying DirecTV, the satellite television company.Cablevision CEO James Dolan issued a statement early Thursday morning calling Altrice “truly worthy successors.” He also noted that the Dolan family will still own their spunoff companies, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks basketball team, the New York Rangers hockey team and AMC Networks, the cable channel company.“We expect that Cablevision will be in excellent hands,” Dolan said of the company that his father, Charles, founded 42 years ago. “We look forward to doing all we can to affect this transition for our customers and employees.”At one point in the negotiations, the Dolans had resisted selling their media properties as a part of the Cablevision deal, but Altice insisted on including them, The New York Times reported. Cablevision bought Newsday for $632 million seven years ago from the Tribune Company, based in Chicago.The acquisitions would not be the first foray into print media for Altice, which is owned by the French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, whom The New York Times described as “a ruthlessly efficient operator who runs a lean business.” Altice Media Group owns about 20 newspapers and magazines in France. Asked during the conference call if Altice planned to sell off Newsday, News12 and amNewYork, Goei said that is not their intention.“We find those businesses to be extremely attractive and a core part of the local community that we would like to continue to invest in and hopefully learn from in many respects,” he said. “We think that we can run those businesses a little bit more efficiently over time, but I think it’s about continuing to invest in the quality content, both on the Newsday side and as well as the News12 side.”Goei noted that Altice found the media assets’ $200 million in annual ad sales “very impressive” despite the $350 million in operating costs. He added that he believes Altice can consolidate the corporate offices of the news outlets without compromising the quality of the news coverage.“A lot of the losses are being generated by an allocation of corporate overhead,” he said. “You can expect us to try and manage those allocations a lot tighter going forward.”The Altice CEO also praised Cablevision’s controversial ownership of Newsday and said the new owner would not interfere with the newsrooms.“We have a huge amount of respect for what the Dolan family has done with those businesses,” he said. “We won’t touch anything to do with editorial content, but we obviously will look to optimize on the losses…There’s a lot of things like duplicative finance staff.”Jaci Clement, executive director of the Bethpage-based Fair Media Council, a local media watchdog group, said that while Goei may be saying all the right things now, only time will tell if Altice will tinker with the news coverage or not.“It’s too early to tell about anything,” she said. “Based on the way this has worked with other companies…you’re probably talking about a year before any changes take place…They want to formulate their own game plan and figure out what their idea of success is.”At Newsday‘s Melville office Wednesday night as news of the Cablevision sale was spreading through the building, staff in the composing room were reportedly joking about learning French.-With additional reporting by Desiree D’iorio and Spencer Rumsey.
The USC baseball team is officially on the schneid.Following a 3-1 start to begin the year, USC has now dropped seven straight games, including all three games of its weekend series against No. 7 Cal State Fullerton.Including Sunday’s showing against the Titans, five of the losses have come by three runs or less, and four have been by one run.“I don’t think anyone who’s watching us play can say we aren’t competing,” said USC coach Frank Cruz.Sunday’s game was a pitchers’ duel with both starters lasting into the eigth. USC senior starter Logan Odom threw 104 pitches over seven and two-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits, while walking just one and striking out three.Odom was overshadowed by Titan starter Colin O’Connell, who threw eight shutout innings, allowing one unearned run on just three hits, all without walking a Trojan batter.Both pitchers were so dominant the game finished in one hour and 52 minutes — USC’s first sub-two hour game since March 4, 2007.“I felt good,” Odom said. “But it’s hard to feel good about a whole lot right now.”Both teams went down in order in the first two innings until a two-out hit, a steal and an error led to the first run of the game and a 1-0 Titan lead.Fullerton scored once more in the fourth with a leadoff triple and a sacrifice-fly, but that would be it for the scoring until the bottom of the eighth.With two down, junior first baseman Matt Foat singled to center and advanced to third when the ball got by the center fielder. Junior left fielder Brandon Garcia followed up with an RBI-groundout to short, and the Trojans were on the board.USC did threaten in the ninth, but at that point, it was too late.Junior preseason All-American first baseman Ricky Oropesa was up with two down and speedy freshman pinch-runner Omar Cotto Lozada on first as the tying run, but the Fullerton closer got Oropesa swinging on a full count to end the game.The first two games of the series were played on Friday and Saturday in Orange County, and the results there were no better for USC.USC was down 2-1 in the fourth when its took its only lead of the series.Oropesa doubled with one down and advanced to third on senior second baseman Joe De Pinto’s single. A passed ball allowed Oropesa to score and De Pinto to move up to second. A wild pitch moved De Pinto to third, and he gave the Trojans the lead on a Foat RBI grounder.But Fullerton put up a four-spot for the second straight game. In the fifth, junior starting pitcher Austin Wood allowed a leadoff walk and then balked, advancing the runner to second. From there, it all fell apart. After a double and an error, Wood was lifted following four-plus innings and four runs (three earned).Junior Ben Mount was brought in to minimize the damage, but it was not his day. He walked the first hitter, allowed a two-RBI single to the next and then allowed a run on a wild pitch before finally getting out of the inning with four on the board and the Trojans down 6-3.The Trojans went down in order in three of their final five innings, only once managing to put a runner in scoring position. Fullerton scored once more in the eighth to make the final 7-3.The opening game in Fullerton on Friday was even worse, as the Titans dominated in every way.Preseason All-American pitcher Noe Ramirez threw eight innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out eight. USC went down in order in six of its nine turns at bat, getting just four men on base the entire game.“Friday we played really, really bad,” Cruz said. “That was our worst game of the season so far.”The Titans jumped out in front early, plating four in the third against junior starter Andrew Triggs, all with two outs.USC didn’t even get its first hit until the fifth, leading to its only run of the game.But the Titans got the run right back in their half of the fifth, and put two more across in the sixth. Following USC’s second error of the game, Triggs was pulled after tossing five and one-third innings and seven runs, but only four earned.Fullerton got three more in the eighth behind a pair of wild pitches and allowing the Trojans’ third error of the game to make the 10-1 final USC’s worst loss of the season.“It’s tough right now,” De Pinto said. “But we gotta focus on ourselves and things will turn around.”The Trojans finally face some unranked competition this week when they travel up the coast to Santa Barbara to take on the Gouchos at 3 p.m. Tuesday.