Um novo modo de pensar a música e o mercado independente


Criar e lançar um selo fonográfico como o Astronauta Discos já era cogitado desde o final de 1996, mas somente em 1999 Leonardo Rivera* o montou.

O selo lança álbuns e artistas que não recebem a devida atenção no departamento artístico das grandes gravadoras; acreditando no equilíbrio entre a música e o mercado; e respeitando expressões artísticas legítimas.

O Astronauta Discos permitiu que inúmeros artistas novos e independentes pudessem lançar seus primeiros álbuns – entre eles Luis Capucho, Autoramas, Saara Saara, Mathilda Kovak, O Divã Intergaláctico, Los Bife, Coyote Valvulado, Ju Martins e Senhor Kalota. Tornou-se uma casa para o artista no início de sua trajetória.

Apostando em novas tendências e valorizando propostas ousadas e criativas, busca coerência e comprometimento com a renovação, mas sem expor o novo artista a programas de caça-talentos na TV ou propostas similares.

* Foi A&R; e Gerente de Produto da PolyGram/Universal Music; colaborador de revistas especializadas como International Magazine, Backstage, Bizz e Billboard Brasil; autor do livro Seu Jorge – A Inteligência é Fundamental e apresentador do programa Mundo Astronauta.


Senhor Kalota

A Senhor Kalota é uma das mais bacanas na mistura de ska com pop e rock, trazendo ainda leves pitadas de blues, dub e reggae. O som da banda mineira promove um resgate aos estilos oitentistas, apostando na liberdade musical e atualizando a linguagem. Integrada por Visso Lana na guitarra e vocal, Alexandre Deléo no baixo e backing vocal e Leo Lago na bateria e backing vocal, realizam uma alquimia rítmica acentuada, mostrando uma música robusta, materializando-se em grooves e riffs repletos sentimentos. O álbum digital está em todas as plataformas de streaming.


Nascido em Lages, SC, começou na música ainda na adolescência. Morando em Floripa desde 1995 e tocando na cena a partir de 1997 em várias bandas cover, sempre como baixista, aventurou-se como vocalista fazendo violão e voz simultaneamente com o trabalho autoral a partir de 2011, quando apresentou a canção Rosa no festival de talentos da UNIVALI. Em 2015 lançou “De Cara”, seu álbum de estréia que mostra o vigor da obra que Chiqueti construiu ao longo de seus anos de carreira. Um álbum denso, vigoroso, forte, flertando com a melancolia e fazendo pensar em amores e superações. O álbum “De cara” já está disponível nas principais plataformas de streaming.

Ju Martins

A cantora, instrumentista e compositora Ju Martins gravou seu álbum de estréia após anos cantando na noite, pesquisando estética e repertórios de pop/rock e MPB. Gravado no estúdio da Warner Chappell, na Gávea (RJ), o álbum canções que refletem suas principais influencias — como Elis Regina, Fátima Guedes, João Gilberto, Cássia Eller, The Beatles, Clube da Esquina, Luiz Gonzaga, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone e Suba, só para citar alguns. O álbum sai no primeiro semestre de 2016.

The Kansas sideline incident cost Mayfield a start in his final home game when coach Lincoln Riley benched him.

This process right now is different than anything of the stuff I’ve been through before because it’s more individualized right now than anything else, Mayfield said. Normally in the offseason, I’m with the team. We’re working toward one goal together.

Mayfield also apologized for the flag plant. But he said that the arrest in Arkansas in February 2017 is what braced him for the Manziel chatter.

I didn’t want to be portrayed as the villain or somebody like that, Mayfield said. I do good things within my community. I’m not trying to say those cover up any mistakes that I’ve made. But there’s always a learning curve when you’re growing up.

The best thing she did was help me create more awareness. I appreciate her for giving me more awareness. For me to be sitting here on the greatest weekend of the NBA All-Star Weekend… the best weekend in he NBA where all the countries all around the world come to watch the greatest players in the world no matter they’re a part of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and I get to talk about social injustice, equality, and why a person on a certain network decided to tell me to shut up and dribble.

So thank you, whatever her name is. I get to talk about what’s really important. and I can help change kids not only in America, but in Brazil and England and Mexico and all over. So thank you.

More than anything, it’s rejuvenating that we’re expecting to win now and we’re expecting to contend, Braun said. The challenge of playing a new position — it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

During his offseason workouts at Pepperdine University, Braun said he would take ground balls with Rangers third baseman Trevor Plouffe and free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It didn’t feel as foreign to me as I expected it to, Braun said, adding that he plans to borrow a teammate’s glove until his own are broken in and that he’ll seek out others for advice on playing the new position.

Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova were the penultimate team, hoping to surpass a season best of 76.33. They scored a 75.47, putting them in fifth place with one team to go. Luca Lanotte Anna Cappelli of Italy came on, with a season best of 75.87. They beat that, with a 76.57, for fifth place to close out the first part of the ice dancing competition.

The Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense lived up its name against the Broncos, beating up Denver from start to finish in a 27-10 rout.

The offense had a mixed bag of good performances, led by quarterback Roger Staubach, making it hard to find a good MVP on that side of the ball.

White and Martin, however, weren’t exactly the right guys to honor together from the defense. They did dominate up front, combining for three sacks. But Kyle and Barnes, the Cowboys’ starting cornerbacks, helped hold the Broncos to just eight completions and 61 passing yards, and each had an interception.

This is hair-splitting with the first and only split Super Bowl MVP. The right (but impossible) answer would have been naming the entire Dallas D.

“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem,” Trump wrote Monday evening, contradicting not just the stated reasons of the kneeling players but a decades-long tradition of protesting racial injustice from the football field.

Trump kept tweeting about football for days, and his arguments became ever more esoteric. He promoted the hashtag #StandForOurAnthem as an alternative to the megaviral #TakeAKnee. He claimed his chief of staff, John Kelly, “totally agrees w/ my stance on NFL players.”

On Tuesday, Trump wrote that he’d never heard boos as loud as when the Dallas Cowboys took a knee.

On Wednesday, he praised the team’s owner, Jerry Jones: “Players will stand for Country!”

Some players had been kneeling during the pregame national anthem since the beginning of last season. The demonstrations were no longer the spectacle they were when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick inspired them a year ago to protest police killings of unarmed black people.

Nevertheless, Trump repeated his demand on Sunday, just before sunrise at the New Jersey resort where he was weekending, in his first tweet of game day.

Hundreds of players — nearly entire teams in two cases — locked arms or bent a knee that evening. Interest in the kneeling players spiked massively, both on the news and in Web searches.

Executives, owners, coaches and most of the NFL’s 1,664 players “scrambled to figure out an appropriate response,” wrote ESPN: “A small protest .?.?. had now become a leaguewide, nationally polarizing crisis under Trump.”

Last year was a bit of a departure, with some teams accelerating the process by making their moves Sunday night.

Some of this season’s replay rulings have been criticized by Blandino and Mike Pereira, Blandino’s predecessor with the NFL who also is a Fox rules analyst. Some within the league believe that Riveron has, at times, attempted to re-officiate plays from New York rather than adhering to the intended role of replay and merely correcting obvious mistakes while otherwise allowing the calls made on the field to stand.

The competitive advantage is slight; it provides a head start of a half day or so in making plans and lining up candidates. But there’s probably no going back now, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some coaching moves made official Sunday night.

The improbable score set off pandemonium at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where purple-clad fans had appeared set for yet another of the franchise’s brutal postseason defeats. Instead, it was Drew Brees and his shocked teammates, particularly Williams, who will have the offseason and beyond to bemoan a near-certain victory that got away in the final moments.

Adding to the Saints’ misery was the fact that they had staged a terrific comeback just to position themselves for a gut punch. The Vikings had controlled the first half, taking a 17-0 lead, but Brees threw three second-half touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Michael Thomas to take a one-point lead with just over three minutes left in the game.

“I feel like, you know, that’s something that runs through our minds, my mind, especially when you feel like you lost something you should have had,” linebacker Vic Beasley said last week. “You get a chance to play these guys again; you want to give it your best shot.”

Giants receiver Odell Beckham is not expected to see the field on Saturday after suffering an ankle sprain Monday that could reportedly keep him out of action in Week 1 of the regular season. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is also slated to miss Saturday’s game while recovering from a concussion. It’s unclear if the Texans plan to play DeAndre Hopkins after the receiver missed practice this week.

In between several moments of brilliance in the second overtime, Cousins’ body language suggested he could barely stand.

Without Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants struggled to push the ball downfield. Eli Manning managed a mere 198 net passing yards with no touchdowns and an interception and if not for a field goal in the third quarter, Big Blue would have had a big fat zero on the scoreboard.

It’s unknown whether Beckham will be ready to go Monday night, but the Lions finished Week 1 as the seventh-best pass-coverage unit in the league per Pro Football Focus. Plus, during last year’s Week 15 matchup, Lions cornerback Darius Slay and safety Glover Quinn limited Beckham to three catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns.

Strength (and Weakness?): This year’s Saints are a new creation. After eons of relying almost exclusively on Drew Brees and the air game, New Orleans shredded teams on the ground in 2017 with the spicy combination of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. By the numbers, they’re the first pair of teammate backs to each record 1,500-plus scrimmage yards. To the eyes, they’re a brilliant meshing of rare individual gifts.

That included a whopping six takedowns each against the Bucs and Vikings. The Panthers have a shot if they can rattle the likes of Brees, Keenum and Goff when it matters most. I’d also point to a ground game that, when it’s on, can pound away with Jonathan Stewart, a surging Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton doing Cam Newton-like things.

His feet hardly left the floor on a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim and in. He also managed to hit a turnaround jumper and calmly made two free throws to ice the game with 8 seconds left.

Davis, who fouled out in the first overtime, called Cousins’ performance “legendary,” adding that his fellow big man — more than anyone — earned the day off from practice the Pelicans were given on Tuesday.

Marquee teams have not played up to expectations. The New England Patriots, coming off their fifth Super Bowl title with Bill Belichick as their coach and Tom Brady as their quarterback, opened the season with a stunning loss to the Chiefs and have a record of 3-2. The Cowboys, who led a post-election partial recovery in TV viewership last season, are 2-3 following the last-second defeat Sunday to the Packers. The Chiefs remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

This year’s prospect rankings package begins with the first half of my ranking of the top 100 prospects in the minors.

Editor’s note: Age is the player’s age as of July 1, 2018. Players with experience in foreign major leagues like Japan’s NPB or Korea’s KBO, such as Shohei Ohtani, are ineligible for these rankings.

Washington doesn’t run the ball effectively and its Week 11 opponent, the Saints, have been stingy in recent weeks against other talented backs. Despite moving into a larger role, Perine is owned in just over 23 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s certainly worth stashing on one’s roster, but unless you’re in a bad place with RB depth, he’s not an appealing play this weekend.

By August 2016, after the Republican convention, a Post-ABC poll found that 60 percent of Americans thought Trump was biased against women and minorities — including 20 percent of people who planned to vote for him. In August of this year, Fox News asked a similar question, with more than half of the country and 15 percent of Republicans saying he doesn’t respect racial minorities.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” Goodell wrote to NFL club presidents and chief executives. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

He will play on as long as he is able, and the Patriots will have him as long as they can. But so much of the structure around him is about to change, and it is impossible to know how those adjustments will impact him. For a rare moment Sunday, Brady departed from the Patriots’ ruthless focus on what is in front of them and looked back to marvel at the chance to duplicate that first early brick of a dynasty with a second one as he nears the end of the rainbow.

The AFC Championship matchup is now set following Sunday’s showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Jaguars’ 45-42 win sends them to New England, where they will face the Patriots next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

It looked like the Jaguars were going to run away with this one early on. They struck early, going up 14-0 with two Leonard Fournette touchdowns in the first quarter. The Steelers trailed 28-14 going into halftime, but they had plenty of ground to make up, and questionable play calling wasn’t helping them get it done.

Be sure to give Ramsey a mic if there’s a next time, please.

Nine of the defense’s 11 starters were homegrown, and six of those nine have come aboard since Dan Quinn came on in 2015. He and Dimitroff began to push Plan D to the point where it’s become a big part of everything the Falcons do. And those numbers are counting the contributions of 2017 rookies Takk McKinley and Duke Riley, who played key roles as reserves.

Chicago’s biggest need is finding a head coach who can help mold Trubisky. The Rams and Eagles have served as excellent examples of what an offensively-minded coach (Sean McVay and Doug Pederson, respectively) can do for a blossoming second-year quarterback. The Bears need to find someone who can nurture Trubisky’s development while surrounding him with the talent he needs to succeed.

There will be several hot names on the coaching market associated with the Bears’ vacancy. Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur may not have been successful in his one stint as an NFL head coach — albeit with the black hole of failure known as the Browns — but he’s done wonders developing schemes in which both Sam Bradford and Case Keenum could have the best seasons of their careers. Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ stint as the Broncos head coach was most notable for his feud with a young quarterback Bears fans are plenty familiar with: Jay Cutler. While he didn’t win much in the Rocky Mountains, he’s built his profile back up under Bill Belichick and will be a commodity this offseason.

Say goodbye to Gruden Grinders and all of Jon Gruden’s off-the-wall comments.

The Monday Night Football commentator is leaving the booth to be the Raiders’ next head coach, and their gain is our loss.

We don’t know who will succeed Gruden on MNF yet, but we know Gruden can never be replaced completely. Here are a few things we’ll miss about him on ESPN:

On Saturday, Browns fans held their parade, gathering around FirstEnergy Stadium, despite the freezing temperatures. In fact, hours before the parade began, it was 0 degrees with a wind chill of -16, because even nature felt like joining in on the fun.

Those words from Jerry Jones on Oct. 8 were widely taken as a salvo delivered from an owner to all the players using the national anthem as a platform for protest.

But as I see it, that was no declaration of war on guys kneeling. I don’t think the Cowboys boss was even talking to players. My feeling: he was talking through the players, and hoping his message would land in living rooms from El Paso to Wichita Falls.

And to explain why, I’ll give you the three words that should serve as your guidepost in explaining almost everything NFL: Follow the money.

Of course, not everyone was in support of the parade — especially Browns players. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and defensive tackle Danny Shelton tweeted their frustration with the parade existing in the first place:

That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!

Gruden can do more on his phone than just pull up YouTube highlights, too.

But we’re starting with the NFL’s ratings issue and how the protests during the national anthem have played into it. And there’s a nice jumping off point here in the numbers that were presented to the general assembly in Manhattan this week, and that The MMQB obtained. You may have already seen the figures from Nielsen that show an overall decline of 7.5 percent in total viewership, comparing this year’s ratings to last year’s, which the NFL believed were down from 2015 because of the election.

Lattimore and his millennial cohorts have moved away from old-fashioned channel surfing.

After snatching up the NFC East with three weeks left to play, the Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off a first-round bye and will host the Atlanta Falcons — and their experienced offense — on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC (live streams at, Yahoo! Sports, and FuboTV).

On the other sideline, the visiting Falcons have made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs in part due to their veteran experience in quarterback Matt Ryan and in an offense that can be one of the most explosive in the league. With players like Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu at wideout and Devonta Freeman at running back, there is no shortage of offensive playmakers for Atlanta.

Indeed, A recent Nielsen audience report from the second quarter of 2017 had TV consumption among the 18-34 age group down 37.9% over the last five years.

In 2013, Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the team and said he was the victim of harassment spearheaded by Incognito, beginning with Martin’s rookie season in 2012. An NFL investigator released a report in 2014 that detailed Incognito’s actions, which included homophobic and racist remarks.

A day after his tweet, Ngakoue stood by him claims when he met with reporters.

“He said what he said,” Ngakoue said, via ESPN. “He knows what he said. I don’t have to repeat it.

I understand, like Scot McCloughan and Gruden, it’s all about winning football .

His 24 assists are good enough for fifth on the Pats, and tied for sixth the WHL.

Today such transitions between football, rugby and soccer are not simple, and it’s a rare creature who makes the switch nowadays.Strong said he told his players, You’re going to get a degree and you’re going to go to class and you’re going to represent this university the right way.If he re-signs the offseason, he’ll have 2013 to reach the goal he set 1999 when he was competing for the job here: to surpass Groza for first-place on the Browns all-time scoring list.

It’s time for the playoffs and that means one more edition of the power rankings.

After 17 weeks of regular season action, the defending Super Bowl champions are in the same place they started. The New England Patriots battled through defensive struggles early in the year, but won 11 of their last 12 to guarantee that the road to the Super Bowl will go through Gillette Stadium.

Altuve has more 200-hit seasons than all other players 5′?6″ and under combined in the past hundred years. “Sometimes,” says Houston hitting coach Dave Hudgens, “I swear he’s the one guy who can will himself to get a hit.”

Jaylon Smith is not all the way back. Or close to it. But the fact that the Dallas linebacker—let’s call him a redshirt freshman—was back out there at all, let alone playing 36 of the team’s 53 defensive snaps last Sunday in a rotation with Justin Durant, is absolutely worth your attention. “His spirit to come back and push through it to play, I think everyone has taken notice of it,” said one club source.

Jay Jaffe: The Twins. If they’re ever going to get serious about contending, the Twins have to find pitchers who miss bats; this is a team that has ranked 14th or 15th in the AL in K’s in five of the last six years. Darvish, happens to have the highest career strikeout rate of any active starter in terms of both percentage (29.7%) or per nine (11.0).

In Buffalo’s 17 seasons outside the postseason, it had at least six wins 14 times. The Bills were consistently on the doorstep, unable to do enough to take the leap and keep pace with the Patriots in the AFC East.

That didn’t come crashing down in 2017. New England still comfortably runs the division and the Buffalo team that finally ended the drought wasn’t any better than other versions of the Bills that fell short.

According to FiveThirtyEight, there were 11 times in the last 18 years that the Bills had a higher mathematical win projection than the team did in 2017. The projections say this particular Buffalo team should’ve only won about 6.8 games.

All of a sudden I found myself with a new head coach Butch and I was no longer under the We’re going to start out with you.After this, I’m going to go pick up daughter.But to have a clue you would have to have a brain and that eliminates a lot of athletes.The Sabres used it to snare O’Reilly, but have dangled it to if that would get Frederik Andersen.The point was and is that Gerbe’s heart was unmatched, and a group of players with that kind of intensity and drive to win would be tough to beat.

The players were good about keeping the secret, and it shows just how much respect they have for Arians.

Sure, the Chiefs whooped the Patriots in Week 1. But apparently the Patriots don’t have hard enough feelings about it to keep them from borrowing a play from Kansas City for the second time this season.

The Chiefs ran this one in their Week 5 win over the Texans. The Patriots duplicated it for White’s first touchdown, the little toss that he ran in 5 yards for a score.

We saw this same play — albeit with a slightly different formation — from the Patriots earlier this season, during their Week 7 win over the Falcons.

I wouldn’t expect this area to improve a ton as the year goes on, either. In March, we wrote about the group of coaches who made their case at the league meeting for changing the work rules to allow for better player development. Offensive line play should be Exhibit A for their argument.

In December, Mitchell visited Shazier in the hospital weekly. The two men reminisced about the virtual college football dynasties they’d built on PlayStation, and they laughed about the first time they met, Shazier asking Mitchell to mentor him and starting that conversation: “I want to be a Hall of Famer.”

“I was watching that guy barely be able to sit up in a bed,” Mitchell says. “He’s got RJ, his little boy, and I want him to be able to run and play with him.”

Of far less importance, Shazier’s injury has extensive implications for the Steelers. Their goals—beat the Patriots, win Super Bowl LII—remain unchanged, and their defense still revolves around a passionate 25-year-old inside linebacker. Just not in the same way. Shazier’s injury divided Pittsburgh’s season into two parts: what they did with him, and what they’ll do for him.

On Sundays, I will usually just leave the house and go do something else so I am not tempted to watch. I am an outdoors guy, so I like to go to the woods and the mountains and hang out. I come from a big family and my nephews all play football. My family will get together and have parties to watch the games every week. They don’t even call me to invite me anymore.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-7 lead on the Seahawks, before putting them away for good at 26-24 on a field goal with 2:21 left in the game.

He’s done his fair share of winning in Seattle, and knows it. His opening remark at his press conference was as good as it gets:

Arians opens presser: “Thanks for coming to my house.”