Um novo modo de pensar a música e o mercado independente

História

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.

Elenco

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.

Chiqueti

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.

Aside from Shohei Ohtani, which rookies impressed the most in week 1?

Tristan H. Cockcroft:It’s Jack Flaherty – yes, a guy now in the minor leagues – for me, which probably says more about how uninspiring the besides-Ohtani rookie class has been through 11 days than anything. That’s no knock on Colin Moran, Brian Anderson or Tyler Mahle, each of whom has had his moments, but Flaherty’s nine-strikeout performance against the Milwaukee Brewers on the road (at that hitter-friendly ballpark) stands above the rest as the key Week 1 takeaway.

That said, it’s Yonny Chirinos who gets my nod. The Tampa Bay pitcher, part of manager Kevin Cash’s “No. 4 starter collective,” took the mound twice over the first week of the season, holding the Boston lineup scoreless for nine full frames — striking out seven and allowing just four hits. The injured Brent Honeywell may have been the one getting all the hype, but it was Chirinos who was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2017.

The Rays *should* just place him in the rotation and see what he can do. He’s not likely to continue to outscore the likes of Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco, but he absolutely needs to be on more than just 2.1 percent of rosters, even if Cash continues to use him in his current capacity.

As of Monday morning, the Cowboys were the NFL’s only club not to officially sign a free-agent or re-sign one of their own players since the marketplace opened five days earlier. It’s quite the statement considering even franchises that traditionally are loath to dip into free agency, like Green Bay and Cincinnati, have done just that.

Dallas is hamstrung because of previous decisions that left the Cowboys with less salary cap room (around $2 million) than any other team heading into the NFL’s calendar year. Two recent transactions — cornerback Orlando Scandrick’s release and the restructuring of center Travis Frederick’s contract — have given Dallas a bit more space for moves like the re-signing of long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, which reportedly will happen Monday. Reports say Dallas will be meeting with New England tackles Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle. The arrival of either could pave the way for La’el Collins’ return to left guard.

But as for those top players who were initially available in free agency, that first wave has crested. The Cowboys’ top unsigned player was part of it, as linebacker Anthony Hitchens surfed to a five-year, $45 million deal with Kansas City; Dallas simply could not match.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the only outside marquee talent Dallas reportedly tried to sign, also went to the Chiefs.

Broncos to acquire DB Su’a Cravens in trade with Redskins

Su’a Cravens is getting a fresh start.

The Washington Redskins are trading the 22-year-old safety to the Denver Broncos, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the deal.

After initially announcing in the preseason that he intended to retire for medical and personal reasons, Cravens missed all of last season on the reserve/left squad list. In December, his agent, Fadde Mikhail, announced that Cravens had been medically cleared to resume all football activities.

Football evolution is a history of offensive innovation leading to defensive adjustment. O’Brien has little choice but to stay ahead of the curve before brilliant defensive minds adjust — as they’ve done in the past with dual-threat quarterbacks operating in heavily schemed attacks.

The Giants have hitched their wagon to Manning for at least one more season, and it’s ludicrous for them to believe they have a better chance of maximizing the two-time Super Bowl winner’s window without Beckham. Next, even if New York’s plan is to instead draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and move on from Manning in 2019 when his cap savings will be $17 million, then keeping Beckham is still the most logical option. Paying $20 million to a receiver is a lot more palatable when your starting quarterback is locked into a cheap rookie deal for the foreseeable future

Plus, what better gift could you give to a developing young passer than a game-breaking receiver who’s proven himself capable of carrying an offense And while some may balk at the prospect of paying a non-quarterback/pass-rusher that amount of money, the NFL clearly is valuing receivers more than ever. Beckham’s draftmate Sammy Watkins, who has one 1,000-yard season on his resume, was just given $16 million per season. Paul Richardson received a contract worth $10 million annually, and he has three fewer career receiving yards than Beckham produced in his rookie campaign alone.

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly recovering after 12-hour surgery to remove oral cancer

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a successful 12-hour surgery Wednesday in New York City to remove oral cancer and reconstruct the former Bill’s upper jaw.

We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck, Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West, said in a statement to ESPN. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively.

Earlier this month, Kelly announced that his cancer had returned. He’s now been treated for cancer three times. Kelly had surgery in 2013 to remove oral cancer, then underwent chemotherapy in 2014 when cancer was discovered in his sinuses.

He made plays that I’ve never seen before, Hughes says. A great story, sure. But an NFL player He originally wasn’t invited to the Combine. He said he was disappointed and he posted about it on social media. Then there was an avalanche of anger from supporters. Why wasn’t he given a chance I had an entire nation behind me, Griffin says. He really did. He got his invite late and he wrested all the headlines from the bumper crop of quarterbacks present.

The answer there is an unequivocal yep. Reid, by the way, is about to enter his 20th season as a head coach. He’s done that without ever taking so much as a season off; 14 years in Philadelphia then a jump to Kansas City for the last five seasons and counting. That came after seven years as an offensive assistant under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Yeah, he’s a lifer.

And while we’re on the subject of Super Bowl rings, Reid did get one with the Packers, but he’s still looking for that first elusive ring as a head coach. I asked him in Orlando if he’d give up a pinky toe if it meant a guaranteed Super Bowl victory in the next seven years. He did not hesitate in his answer.

Right now.

Just five months after signing Alec Ogletree to a lucrative new contract extension, the Rams turned around and traded the star linebacker to the Giants.

What did Los Angeles’ brass see down the stretch last season that inspired the sudden about-face

Johnathan Hankins visiting Jets

The Jets are hosting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins today, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports.

Hankins, 26, also has visited Washington.

The Colts, who are converting to a 4-3, cut Hankins last month. He had signed a three-year, $30 million contract, with $10 million guaranteed, a year ago.

Trocheck’s empty-netter with 1:23 left made it score 4-2. O’Reilly’s power-play tally with 15.8 left closed the gap to 4-3.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Huberdeau deflected in a shot from Trocheck during a 5-on-3 power-play at 3:04 of the first. Sceviour made it 2-0 when he deflected a shot by Frank Vatrano at 10:59. Bjugstad then slid a puck under Johnson at 13:39.

Retiring Panthers F Radim Vrbata played his last game. Vrbata played 1,057 career games, including 42 with the Panthers. “I’m glad I got a chance to play and have my family here. My wife, my sons, they got to see me one more time.” … O’Reilly set the NHL record for faceoff wins in a single season with 1,269 — passing Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 FOW in 2005-06). “It’s special. It’s something I take a lot of pride in,” O’Reilly said. … A moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of the lives lost in a traffic accident Friday night involving the Humboldt Broncos, a youth hockey team from Canada.

“I’m not opposed to coming back to Green Bay,” Evans said. “I loved my last year in Green Bay. Green Bay was great. I loved the coaching staff, I loved the locker room. I loved the organization, the community. It was awesome. It was a great fit for me. My goal is, I wanted to win another Super Bowl. I still do. So that’s my focus right now. But, you know, it’s still early. We’re sitting in the first week of April right now. So it’s very early.”

The Packers have talked about having Justin McCray, Lucas Patrick and a potential draft pick compete for the job at right guard, but could change their plans once they see everyone on the field. Evans would likely be able to get up to speed quickly if that’s how things play out and his experience would likely serve him well when it comes to acclimating to any team that might want to add him at some point down the road.

“We’re going back to the original iteration of replay where it was designed to only deal with the most egregious and consequential plays,” said Polian, a longtime member of the NFL’s rule-shaping Competition Committee.

Report: Multiple teams’intrigued’ by Manziel

It appears Johnny Manziel is in fact garnering interest among NFL teams. A source told Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz that multiple clubs remain intrigued with the idea of signing the former Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel has been out of the league since the 2016 offseason due to various off-field issues, but is determined to reshape his image and continue his career. He showcased his skills twice this month, throwing at both San Diego’s and Texas A&M’s pro days.

Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck, Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West, said in a statement, via ESPN. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively. In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill, thanked the doctors and nurses and noted that her husband is entering a very significant time of recovery.

We are certainly aware quarterback deals have evolved since then. We know that at the right time we will have to evolve as well. We don’t think this is the time right now. What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can, said Bengals vice president Troy Blackburn, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Dalton signed a six-year, $96-million extension with the Bengals in advance of the 2014 season, a lofty contract at the time for a 26-year-old who had gone 30-18 in the regular season but 0-3 in the playoffs through his first three campaigns. But the contract now pales in comparison to Dalton’s peers; he ranks as the 21st highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average, according to Spotrac. We didn’t sign the Andy Dalton deal because we thought it was a good deal. At the time, it was an expensive deal. It was a heavy lift, said Blackburn. We did it because Andy was a winning starting quarterback in the National Football League, he had demonstrated that.

Raiders Restructure Marshawn Lynch’s Contract, New Deal Worth Up TO $9.25M In 2018

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Raiders and RB Marshawn Lynch agreed to a restructured his contract last weekend before his $1 million roster bonus was due.

Lynch’s new contract reduced his base salary to $5.5 million for the 2018 season, but essentially guaranteed him $4.5 million of this figure when had previously had no guaranteed money remaining. In total, Lynch can earn up to $9.25 million total with incentives.

Obviously, Darnold is confident in his ability to deliver in the rain. And if he’s going to wind up in a market like Cleveland, New York or Buffalo, that’ll come in handy.

If it’s raining Wednesday in Los Angeles, there’s an even higher chance Darnold’s pro day performance will make or break him as a potential top pick.

Despite this, the Bengals say they have no intention of releasing the embattled linebacker.

It’s not ideal, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin told The Cincinnati Enquirer. The situation he has put us in is not ideal. We are a player-oriented business. Players that can make a difference are important and we recognize that. The more he’s not available to us the more it hurts us.

It sounds like Cincinnati is simply providing another warning to Burfict without doing anything of substance. When asked if the team has had conversations about releasing Burfict, Tobin responded in the affirmative with a pretty strong caveat.

Trading so-so offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals was a coup for the Buffalo Bills, who are better off with 2017 second-round pickDion Dawkins at left tackle and now hold the No. 12 selection in the draft.

Mejia won’t turn 23 until nearly the end of the 2018 season, so there’s plenty of time for him to develop.

The 11th-ranked prospect on MLB’s list and the top-ranked catching prospect in baseball, Mejia jumped from Double-A Akron to the majors last season. In September, he got the call, but with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez in front of him Mejia didn’t get much opportunity to showcase his skills with the bat. He had only two hits, both singles. However, Mejia is unquestionably the real deal, and his minor league track record speaks for itself.

And with the aforementioned logjam at catcher, he might start at Triple-A this year, but there’s a hint of a possibility that Mejia might find a way to force himself into the lineup at another position.

He carries a $24 million cap hit in 2018, which leaves Minnesota with just over $26 million for the rest of its free-agency needs and to structure contract extensions this offseason.

Cousins earned $44 million playing under the franchise tag in each of his past two seasons in Washington and was a rare commodity as a proven, sub-30-year-old quarterback with very little injury history when he hit the open market.

I asked Laird whether the hype level for Kiyomiya is similar to what he saw with Ohtani the past couple of years. He laughed.

“Oh, yeah. Definitely. I mean, you go out to the back fields and you know where he is. The media’s all over there,” Laird said. “You’ll hear all the pictures getting taken. I mean, he’s supposedly the real deal. To hit 111 home runs in high school over the three years, that’s unheard of.”

This is the third year in a row the Fighters have held a spring camp in Arizona, but their first at Salt River Fields. I was there for an intrasquad game Monday, but didn’t get to see this legendary slugger swing the bat. He’s working his way back from an injured right thumb (he’s close to being back at full strength), so for now it’s just defensive work and soft toss in a cage. He looked fluid and natural with the glove at first base.

Crabtree would fill the possession receiver role that the Ravens had envisioned for Grant.

Johnny Manziel Married Bre Tiesi In Private Wedding Ceremony

Johnny Manziel is officially a MARRIED MAN — tying the knot with Bre Tiesi in a very quiet private ceremony, TMZ Sports has learned.

Manziel had popped the question to Tiesi in March 2017. The 25-year-old has credited Bre with turning his life around and getting him cleaned up after years of craziness.

This is a full-circle move for Robinson, who was a first-round pick of the Saints in 2010. Re-emerging as one of the NFL’s best slot cornerbacks, Robinson now gives New Orleans a stellar option with Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley manning the outside spots. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has other options waiting in the wings with second-year cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas. 

Julius Peppers will return for a 17th NFL season and re-sign with the Panthers, per The Charlotte Observer.

Peppers just turned 38 but is coming off yet another strong season (11 sacks) and is certainly still a force as a pass-rushing specialist. With six more sacks he will pass Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, who has 160, for third place in NFL history. 

Hideki Kuriyama, who was Ohtani’s manager with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, watched from near the backstop (his Fighters are finishing up a spring training trip of their own, up the road in Scottsdale). The list of important, happy people went on and on.

That unpredictable weather Wednesday seems like a fitting beginning to a season that figures to be full of unpredictability for Ohtani and the Angels. It’s not that anyone doubts Ohtani’s baseball talents. His right arm is a thunderbolt on the mound. The baseball jumps off his bat at the plate. These things are undeniable.

Only two other times have proven veteran quarterbacks become free agents in the salary-cap era: in 2006, when Drew Brees transitioned from the Chargers to the Saints, and again in 2012, when Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos.

Brees became a free agent months after he suffered a serious shoulder injury.

We have a lot of respect for C.J. and we support his decision to retire, coach Bill O’Brien said in a statement released by the team.

I know this was a difficult decision for him. C.J. has been a great teammate and we appreciate his efforts over the past four years. We wish him success in the next phase of his life.

It’s a noticeable step down from the $34 million the Saints gave to Larry Warford on a four-year deal last year, and while Warford’s the better player, it wouldn’t have been stunning to see his deal held up as a baseline for non-star interior linemen hitting free agency in a market bereft of useful players this offseason.

OT Nate Solder, Giants Grade: C+ Unlike most teams, the Patriots are comfortable letting their impending free agents hit the market, trusting that they’ll bring an offer back that the Patriots can come close to matching.

In recent years, both Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty were able to solicit offers before coming back to New England.

The solution, then, is for a team to offer so much money that the Patriots simply have to pass.

That appears to be what happened with Solder, who just pushed the left tackle market forward by a significant degree.

Trent Williams held the previous tackle record with an annual average salary of $13.8 million, but after signing a four-year, $62 million deal with $35 million in guarantees, Solder’s kicked the can forward to $15 million per season.

Solder has been an above-average left tackle for the vast majority of his career, with a few blips here and there, and he has stayed relatively healthy outside of the 2015 season.

He was responsible for a career-high nine penalties in 2017, but it’s also fair to note that Solder missed training camp and spent the year helping his son fight cancer, a disease the Colorado product defeated himself before the 2014 campaign.

The Giants would probably admit that they overpaid for Solder, but they needed offensive line help more than anyone else in the league.

Solder will immediately slot in on Eli Manning’s blind side, which allows the Giants to move Ereck Flowers to a position for which he might be more suited, like right tackle or insurance salesman.

Tyrann Mathieu wanted to stay with the Cardinals. Why they released him anyway.

It’s been just two short years since the Arizona Cardinals gave Tyrann Mathieu an extension that made him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. On Wednesday, the Cardinals changed their mind about paying Mathieu big money and decided to move on from the defensive back, the team announced.

“I’ve never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement. “While we all understand this a part of the business, that certainly doesn’t make it any easier. We all wish Tyrann nothing but continued success in his career and beyond.”

The deal Mathieu signed before the 2016 season spanned five years and was worth $62.5 million with $40 million guaranteed. Now he’ll see what he can get on the open market.

The Cardinals will miss Mathieu’s production on the field. But they couldn’t absorb a $14.1 million cap hit for Mathieu this year, either. Here’s why Mathieu’s looking for a new NFL home this offseason.

The following season marked a decline for Mathieu. A shoulder injury plagued him for the last six games of the season, and he landed on injured reserve. He bounced back in 2017, with two picks, seven pass breakups, and a sack. But he’s yet to get back to those pre-extension levels.

The Cardinals were expected to try to negotiate a restructured deal with Mathieu. But he didn’t accept one.

“I think there are different ways you can go about restructuring you contract,” Mathieu said during an appearance on NFL Network. “Some guys like their money up front, some guys put it on the back end. The tough part is when someone asks you to take a pay cut. I don’t think that makes sense for a lot of players.”

Mathieu spent a whole lot of time on the field for the Cardinals last season: 1,261 plays, to be exact. That’s more than any other player in the league. He beat Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who played a little offense, too, by one snap.

Mathieu was second on the team in 2017 with 70 solo tackles. He added eight assists, a sack, a forced fumble, and two picks. That’s production that will be difficult to replace.

But the Cardinals aren’t exactly swimming in cap space. They’re projected to have just under $22.5 million available, and they’ve got a desperate need at quarterback with Carson Palmer retired and no other options on the roster for 2018.

Arizona will still have to eat $9.3 million in dead money. But, despite how important Mathieu has been to the defense, they simply couldn’t afford to let him eat up $14.1 million in cap space for the 2018 season.