Fresh Kitchen: learning experience for Sainsbury’s

first_imgSainsbury’s has confirmed it has closed its concept food shop Fresh Kitchen in London, following a year-long trial.The takeaway shop, which sold everything from sandwiches, pastries and wraps to soups, curries, and salads, opened in January last year, and looked set to heat up competition in the lunchtime market. A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said the retailer had learnt a lot from the trial, such as what the ideal footprint should be, “and we don’t want to compromise on either quality or service by staying in the Fleet Street store”.There was no seating at the store and Sainsbury’s branding was kept to a minimum, with the shop instead highlighting the fact that products were freshly prepared on-site.At the time of the launch last year, Sainsbury’s remained tight-lipped on whether the brand would be rolled out nationally or would appear in its supermarkets, although it did say “watch this space”.“While we may come back to the high street in the future with a bigger and slightly different offering, we are not going to renew the lease for the current store,” said the spokesperson. David Gray, UK retail analyst, Planet Retail, said one of the key points was that the outlet was much smaller than Sainsbury’s was used to operating. “However Sainsbury’s has said it may consider launching a slightly larger outlet in the future,” said Gray. “Location-wise, it was also quite difficult, as there was a lot of competition from well-established sandwich chains.”Gray also questioned its development of a Fresh Kitchen own-brand label, and said he personally would have used the strong Sainsbury’s brand in the outlet. “Sainsbury’s has got a very strong brand. In the past few years, especially, it has really come into its own, with the continued focus on value. It has done a fantastic job in marketing own-label products. Even with the Basics range, it has certain values behind it,” he said.On the positive side, he believed the retailer would take the insights learned from the trial and apply them elsewhere in stores, perhaps by widening its hot food offering in Sainsbury’s Local outlets.Gray added that one of the factors behind Sainsbury’s success could be its focus on food, which he thinks they will maintain. In comparison to retailers like Tesco, Sainsbury’s food/non-food ratio is much greater.>>Sainsbury’s new concept takes on takeaway marketlast_img read more

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Drive for Diversity Combine roster unveiled

first_imgWATCH: Chase Chat: Kyle Busch Thonotosassa, Fla. The 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:  Vancouver, Wash. Nicole Behar, 15 Megan Creech, 20 Rio Rancho, N.M. Paige Decker, 20 Newport News, Va. Sergio Pena, 20 Sam Wright, 18 Kylin Hammer, 11 WATCH: Kansas Preview Show Hollister, Calif. San Clemente, Calif. Ashley Rogero, 15 Carson, Calif. Alhambra, Calif. Las Vegas, Nev. Name & Age Austin Geer, 11 Name & Age City & State Jairo Avila, 17 Claire Decker, 18 Dylan Smith, 21 Blake Kisner, 18 Eagle River, Wis. City & State Twin Falls, Idaho Indianapolis, Ind. Annabeth Barnes, 18 Naples, Fla. Jack Madrid, 18 Eagle River, Wis.center_img Chanute, Kan. Walter Thomas, 15 Randolph, Vt. Kenny Stewart II, 16 Katlynn Leer, 14 Mooresville, N.C. Ryan Bernal, 19 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing.Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and crew members in our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development.“The drivers announced today will have an opportunity to compete at the 2013 D4D Combine and earn a place on the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity/Rev Racing roster.”NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America. “We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing.“They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.” All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez. The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR’s up-and-coming talent. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race No. 4 – will take place at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with additional coverage on An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.   Ruben Garcia, Jr., 17 Devon Amos, 22 Jaiden Reyna, 7 Fremont, Calif. Twenty drivers slated to compete for 2014 seat with Rev Racing Johns Creek, Ga. Otis Orchards, Wash. Mexico City, Mexico St. Moulton, Iowa Meadowview, Va. Enrique Limon, 15 Yorktown, Va. Eagle River, Wis. READ: Paint Scheme Preview for Kansas Ashland, Va. George Beasley, 21 Mexico City, Mexico Hannah Newhouse, 16 Collin Cabre, 19 READ: Tires change along with technology MORE: Catharpin, Va. Cody Thompson, 20 Natalie Decker, 16 Ryleigh Lemonds, 10last_img read more

Facing crocodiles head-on

first_img“One of the really interesting results we found is that, with the exception of two of the most extreme short-snouted forms, all other crocodiles start from the same embryonic starting point,” Morris said. “They’re able to make, as adults, a huge range of functionally different shapes from this same starting point.”And while most crocodiles take very similar paths to get to their adult shape, the study found others take radically different ones.“What we found was that the ontogenetic trajectories of short forms are essentially identical to each other,” Morris said. “But that’s not true for the long-snouted forms. They have very similar adult shapes, but they have very, very different ways of getting there.”Pierce and Morris took their analysis one step further. They used the ontogenetic trajectories of living crocs to backtrack through time to investigate the developmental pattern of the last common ancestor of modern crocodiles.“We have data for how these living animals develop,” Pierce said, “so we thought, ‘Based on their evolutionary relationships, let’s reconstruct how their ancestor developed.’ And then let’s use that to understand how the living animals acquired their ontogenetic trajectories … and how they went about slightly changing their developmental strategy to eventually end up with their long or short snouts.”,What that analysis showed, Morris said, was that the ancestral crocodile was likely moderate-snouted, similar to the generalist crocodiles found today.“So what’s really interesting is if the ancestral trajectory is similar to the generalized crocodiles, then somewhere along the evolutionary branches leading to the short and long forms there must have been changes in the developmental pattern,” Morris said.“Excitingly,” Pierce continued, “We were able to show that short-snouted species slowed down their development from the ancestral crocodile in similar ways, while long-snouted species either sped up development or started off with much longer snouts as embryos. Essentially, slightly dialing up or down the rate and timing of development during evolution resulted in the diversity of skull shapes we see today.”Going forward, Pierce and Morris plan to expand their research as part of an effort to understand the evolution of the entire crocodilian line, and to continue studying embryonic development in modern crocodiles with the goal of identifying the genetic cues that underlie changes in skull shape.“It was important to establish how modern crocodiles generate their skull shapes embryonically, so we can extrapolate from them and make comparisons with the patterns we see in the fossil record,” Morris said. “But we also want to see if we can tie these changes to a specific genetic mechanism, so we can then understand the broader evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to these kinds of convergent patterns.”This research was supported with funding from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Wood Award, and the National Science Foundation. Study examines how mammal backbones changed during evolution How mammals grew diverse Related Study models forelimbs to shed light on evolution The story that’s often told about crocodiles is that they’re among the most perfectly adapted creatures on the planet — living fossils that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years.The reality is far more interesting.Throughout their evolutionary history, crocodiles, alligators, and their kin have repeatedly evolved similar skull shapes in response to dietary specializations: long snouts for eating fish; short snouts for harder prey; and moderate snouts for large prey. But how is such broadscale convergence generated?Research led by Stephanie Pierce, associate professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Zachary Morris, Ph.D. ’20, aims to tackle this question by comparing embryonic development with later growth in all species of living crocodiles. Their work demonstrates that the diversity of skull shapes found today was realized by altering developmental patterns during evolution. The study is described in a Feb. 20 paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.The work was done in collaboration with Arkhat Abzhanov at Imperial College London and Kent Vliet at the University of Florida.“This study is just a snapshot of crocodile evolution,” Pierce said. “But it shows they have been tinkering with their developmental strategy in order to adapt to their environment, so they can be as successful as possible.”,That success, Pierce and Morris said, is due in part to their surprising plasticity.“Crocodiles are often thought to be unchanged by time, but our analysis instead suggests that they have evolved a very flexible developmental tool kit,” Morris said. “So given enough time and selective pressure they are able to alter the rate and timing of development, resulting in ecologically different forms with long, short, and moderate snout shapes.”And importantly, Morris said, those general shapes aren’t limited to living crocodiles. They have evolved independently multiple times in the fossil record.“There’s a great deal of convergence that wasn’t initially appreciated,” Pierce said. “In the past, the shape of the skull was used to assign evolutionary relationships, so if an animal was short-snouted, it was [thought to be] related to all the other short-snouted species. But with modern analyses, we’ve been able to determine that many of the animals that have similarly shaped snouts are actually not related to one another. The independent acquisition of the same snout shape is presumably due to having similar ecological pressures, such as eating similar foods.”Whatever those pressures are, Morris said, the similarities in adult skull shapes must be underpinned by changes in the developmental patterning and growth of the skull.“We know, in a general sense, that an important part of what makes an alligator different from a gharial or a dwarf African crocodile has to do with changes to ontogeny, or the embryonic development and post-hatching growth,” Morris said. “Given that these different forms have evolved independently multiple times, we have the opportunity to see whether there are fundamental mechanisms underlying the evolution of those shapes.”Essentially, Pierce said, that was the question she and Morris set out to answer in the paper — whether the ontogenetic paths various crocodile species take to achieve their adult forms are similar to or different from one another. “What we’re trying to understand,” she said, “is how crocodiles do it — how do they converge, as adults, on these same shapes? Are they doing it very early in embryonic development or does it happen later on?”To get at those questions, Morris CT scanned dozens of crocodile embryos, photographed post-hatching specimens held in museums around the globe, and digitized anatomical coordinates on each skull at specific locations so he could track how their shapes changed through development.“It was not a trivial thing to sort out how to do this,” he said, “because in the very youngest embryonic specimens, they only have very tiny, thin splints of bone.”Eventually, Morris was able to identify “landmarks,” or identifiable points, for every specimen and track how those changed throughout their development as embryos and into adulthood. Breaking down backboneslast_img read more

Winter crops

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaAn ice storm brought nasty, freezing temperatures to Georgia last week. It closed airports, iced roads and knocked out electricity for many. But it did little damage to any crops planted now.The freezing temperatures have been reported to have made some of Georgia’s 8,000 acres of leafy greens a little “blue.”Cool pigmentsWhen they get stressed, as during winter cold snaps, leafy greens like mustards, collards, kale and turnips produce less of the pigments that make them look green, said Terry Kelley, a vegetable horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.When this happens, a pigment in the plant called anthocyanin appears more dominate in relation to the green pigments. It causes plants to look blue instead of the normal green.Soil fertility problems can also cause leafy greens to turn blue. Once the stress has passed, most plants return to their greener hues, he said.To cause severe damage to leafy greens, temperatures would have to stay in the low 20s (Fahrenheit) for 8 to 10 hours straight, he said. This rarely happens in Georgia.”But some of the more tender plants like mustard greens have taken a hit from the cold weeks we’ve had since the first of the year,” Kelley said.Sweet weatherGeorgia farmers plant about 1,500 acres of carrots annually. Carrots are a tough winter crop and don’t mind a little freezing weather. A prolonged freeze can burn the leafy tops. But carrots with a good root system will grow those back. Younger carrots may have more trouble with cold weather, he said.Carrots are planted from late August until January in Georgia. Farmers stagger planting dates to harvest for different market times, Kelley said. Harvest runs from late December through June.Much like carrots, Georgia’s sweet Vidalia onions don’t mind cold weather as long as the ground doesn’t freeze and rupture young bulbs. Temperatures haven’t gotten that cold this year around Toombs and Tattnall counties, where most of the state’s onions are grown, said George Boyhan, a horticulturist with the UGA Extension Service.The icy weather may have hurt some outer quills (onion leaves) on young onions, he said. “But so far, this year’s weather has been good for onions.”It’s uncertain right now how many acres farmers planted, Boyhan said. But estimates range from 13,500 to 16,000 acres.Onion diseases lowGeorgia’s winter has been mostly cool and dry. This has kept disease problems low in the onion crop this year, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service.Growers were concerned last year when two new viruses, iris yellow spot and tomato spotted wilt, were reported in Georgia’s onion crop.IYSV has caused major problems for onion growers in Washington, Colorado and South America. TSWV has caused major problems for other Georgia crops like peanuts, peppers, tomatoes and tobacco.The Plant Pathology Virology Laboratory in Tifton, Ga., tested onion samples last year. About 7 percent of the samples tested positive for IYSV, and 9 percent tested positive for TSWV.”But there was no evidence of yield losses in onions due to these diseases last year,” he said.So far, samples show the same amount of infection for each virus in the crop this year, he said.last_img read more

PREMIUMAXA Mandiri eyes double-digit growth in premium income

first_imgTopics : AXA Mandiri Financial Services (AXA Mandiri), one Indonesia’s major insurance companies, expects to maintain double-digit growth in premium income this year as it taps into the large customer base of its parent company, Bank Mandiri, to attract new policyholders.AXA Mandiri president director Handojo G. Kusuma said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the insurer would market its products more intensively to customers of Bank Mandiri, which had one of the largest customer bases in the country.”We hope to book double-digit growth in premium income by tailoring insurance products to the special needs of Bank Mandiri customers,” he told a press briefing.AXA Mandiri is jointly owned by Bank Maniri, which has a 51 percent stake, and AXA Group’s National Mutual International Pty. Ltd, which holds 49 percent.AXA Mandiri booked gross premium income of Rp 9.5 trillion… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Indonesia finance insurance AXA-Mandiri premium-income profit bank-mandiri customerslast_img read more

Roche enters Giro Hall of Fame

first_img Roche, who won the triple crown of Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and the world road race title in 1987, joined Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi in receiving the accolade. The tribute came in the year Belfast hosts the Giro start, known as the Grande Partenza, with Dublin also on the route. Press Association The 54-year-old said: “I am very honoured by this award because the Giro d’Italia always has a special place in my heart. “The 1987 Giro was a big victory and it opened up that year’s streak of magic (Giro, Tour and Worlds). “With the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza in Ireland next May, it makes me even more proud of this great honour.” center_img Irishman Stephen Roche has been inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. last_img read more

Canaries’ relegation confirmed

first_img Defender Carl Jenkinson swept home another for his first Arsenal goal as the visitors closed out a comfortable victory ahead of their Wembley return, while Norwich, who sacked manager Chris Hughton with just five matches left, must now regroup for life in the Sky Bet Championship along with Cardiff and Fulham. Wilshere made a welcome return to the squad following a fractured foot suffered on international duty against Denmark in March, while with fourth place already secure and perhaps one eye on the FA Cup final, Lukasz Fabianski started in goal. Caretaker Canaries boss Neil Adams found no place in the match-day squad for club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who managed just one goal and along with captain Sebastien Bassong – another conspicuous by his absence – looks set to leave in the summer. With nothing other than pride to play for, Norwich – who actually had a decent home record this season – started brightly. On 17 minutes winger Nathan Redmond – one of the few summer buys to have performed consistently well – cut in from the left and drilled an angled shot from 20 yards which Fabianski palmed behind. The tempo of the match, however, was soon pedestrian again, which in the circumstance of both teams was understandable. Just before the half-hour mark a clever backheel from Olivier Giroud in the left side of the penalty area created space for Lukas Podolski, but goalkeeper Ruddy – the England international another likely to join the summer exodus from Norfolk – was out quickly to make a smart save. The Norwich number one then produced a quite remarkable stop after a neat one-two put Giroud clear, but the Arsenal forward’s chipped drive was pushed over at point-blank range. Norwich’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Carrow Road, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return from injury. Arsenal were finally finding some rhythm, as another quick interchange on the edge of the Norwich box teed up Ramsey, whose snapshot was blocked by Michael Turner. Ruddy was again called into action five minutes from half-time when he tipped over a fine curling 20-yard effort from Giroud. There was not much more enthusiasm following the restart, before a moment of pure quality finally broke the deadlock. Giroud held the ball up on the edge of the Norwich penalty area before chipping a cross to the back post. Ramsey dropped a yard deep and volleyed the ball up over Ruddy into the top-right corner for a strike of the highest technical order. With the game, and ultimately their season, gone, Norwich handed a first-team debut to Jamar Loza, the 19-year-old forward just back from spells at Leyton Orient and Southend. But he was on the pitch just four minuted when Arsenal went 2-0 ahead. Full-back Kieran Gibbs carried the ball to the left touchline before cutting it back into a crowded box, where Jenkinson prodded it home. The life-long Arsenal fan wheeled away to the travelling support in wild celebration of his first goal for the club. Wilshere then replaced Ramsey to give him a run-out ahead of the FA Cup final and a likely summer trip to Brazil. There was also a welcome late cameo for Abou Diaby, the France midfielder recovered from a serious knee injury to play in his first match since March 2013. Fabianski saved bravely at the feet of Robert Snodgrass, the Norwich player of the season in a forgettable campaign, as the Gunners, already assured of a Champions League qualifying place, closed out a fifth straight league win. The Canaries were already all but down – needing to win, West Brom to lose and by a 17-goal swing. Arsenal, who play in the FA Cup final next weekend, were not in a generous mood. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, hoping to be in Roy Hodgson’s England squad along with Wilshere when it is named on Monday, made three impressive saves in the first half before he was beaten by a fine strike by Aaron Ramsey on 53 minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alan Pardew concerned by FA move to stop publication of youth results

first_img “If you ask me, our youth football isn’t competitive enough,” said the Crystal Palace manager, whose team on Saturday host Southampton in the Premier League. “Under-18s, Under-17s, Under-16s, Under-15s should be more competitive. It’s what the game’s all about, and you learn, hone your skills, if it’s more competitive, so I don’t agree with that policy, but they probably did it for the right reasons. “Technically we’re not the best players, trust me, I’ve worked with the best players in the world, and they’re not all English, but what we do have is a spirit and a winning mentality, and it can make up for a lot of technical deficiencies. So I’d be careful to start edging around that. “The problem with youth football is there’s always different views. There’s plenty of people at the FA that sit in little meetings and come up with certain ideas. “I remember, if my team had done well, having a look in the paper if you’d won a medal or something, or if my primary school had done well, of course you do. What’s wrong with that? Where that harms children, I don’t get it. “What you do want to do the English way of playing is to have players who have a fighting spirit in them, and a will to win.” Pardew remains without Bakary Sako, owing to a hamstring injury, while Dwight Gayle, having suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury, and Mile Jedinak, because of an ankle problem picked up this week, will also miss Saturday’s fixture. The manager, who worked at Southampton before his sacking in August 2010, believes Ronald Koeman’s team are still suffering because of the “big blow” of Morgan Schneiderlin’s summer transfer to Manchester United, and has targeted victory in his pursuit of the Premier League’s top six. “I do think they miss him,” Pardew said. “It’s not easy to replace someone as influential as Morgan. That they might be having a struggle with, but they are still a very good side. “This has been a fantastic year for us, 2015. If we can match this year I will be really happy. If we match this year I think we can end up in the top six. “Let’s cement ourselves in sixth. If we win, we are sixth. One hurdle at a time. “We are a long way from European football. Let’s talk in March.” Press Association The FA has advised local newspapers not to publish the results of Under-seven to Under-11 matches amid long-term concerns that an emphasis on winning has undermined English players’ technical development. They wish to make youth football “more child centred and less results orientated”, but Pardew, who already considers English players to possess inferior technical ability to their more successful rivals, believes losing that competitive edge could prove damaging. Alan Pardew is concerned The Football Association’s desire to prevent the publication of youth football scores risks removing one of English football’s greatest strengths.last_img read more

Everything but the Song: The Friday release makes for a lazy music-listener

first_imgToday, as a self-proclaimed music-writer and hip-hop lover, I’m still tired. At some point in many of my conversations with friends on the final day of the work week, I’m asked: “Have you listened to the new *insert artist name who dropped on Friday*?” The answer varies.  Nineteen years ago, when Jay-Z said, (yes, another Jay-Z reference in an “Everything but the Song” column) “Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?” he was asking an important question: Are we actually listening to what’s being rapped or sung about? Are we deciphering the instrumentation of a track? Or are we listening because we have to, because it’s the right or expected thing to do?  The new normal that is the Friday release should be a blessing in disguise for anyone working in a music-related job, right? Your brain works on a schedule. For a writer, Fridays bring opportunities to write reviews, think pieces or listicles or get some funny tweets out.  Yet, over the past few years, my answer to the question has shifted from the affirmative to outright disregarding what’s just dropped. I’ve grown tired of being “in the know” or listening to music as soon as it’s out. If you asked me today about newer releases, you’d learn I haven’t listened to any of my usual pickings. DaBaby’s album is foreign to me, I’ve only listened to three or four tracks from Fiona Apple’s new project and my ears have yet to hear the collaborative effort by Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes.  (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) As someone who has worked in both capacities, in the industry and as a writer, I’ve always hated the Friday release. In an early music-related gig, I’d scoff at having to write mundane news articles about City Girls’ latest single or whatever random joint-album (see: “MihTy”) the industry conceived of that week. There was rarely any thrill associated with the cyclical nature of waiting for new-music Fridays.   I’m not sure if I’ve become a lazy music consumer, too accustomed to the luxury streaming provides, listening to Amerie’s “All I Have” every day. Or, maybe I’m just no longer interested in today’s musical landscape — music and content produced alike. For industry professionals — college street team workers, marketing executives, A&Rs, etc. — it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for. One’s label or artist’s project is out and though a successful single or album is more than just its reception at the release, it’s how it sustains and grows after it: Half of the battle is done once the music is published.  My entire Twitter timeline talks about a project from late Thursday night to about Wednesday of the next week and then we gear up for another round of releases. Yes, there’s lots of music that stands the test of time; I’m still talking about how underrated “K.T.S.E.” is to this day. Though if I solely based my music consumption and engagement on what was popular on social media or music journalism sites, I’d listen to something once or twice and trade it for the next release without full digestion.   I want discussions around artists’ work to last longer. It seems like many listen to music to say they’ve listened, as opposed to listening to enjoy or better understand the work. Reviews from some major music publications seem formulaic, and long-gone are the days when writers would explore themes and motifs deeply rooted in an album after it’s marinated with the world and had a chance to mean something. It bothers me that talented, hardworking artists can sit in the studio for months or years on end and create something that is digested and tossed away so quickly but brought back for quick listicle or end-of-the-year roundups.  It seems like conversations surrounding albums are touch and go. I want to have hour-long discussions with my friends debating the production on Westside Gunn’s latest, but with every Friday slapping me with more to consume, where is the time for it? I remember attempting to do an entire weave on myself in my junior year and waiting to persevere through the hardest part  — sewing in my tracks  —  until Meek Mill’s “Championships” dropped. Consequently, it was an amazing feat on my part, my hair turned out perfect and the album is one I still listen to now when overcoming challenging tasks (like doing sprints outside, instead of on the treadmill during the quarantine).  When you write about music, work in “the industry” or are just a general listener and want to stay up to date on what’s new, Fridays are dreadful. According to Wired, the Friday music release became standard around 2016. As the industry saw an increase in streaming, it needed to optimize the way it released music and curb piracy concerns brought on by staggered release dates. Similar to the reason movies come out on Fridays, fans are also typically more willing to buy music on the weekends.  Ellice Ellis is a senior writing about the music industry and social justice. She is also one of the Arts & Entertainment editors for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Everything but the Song,” typically runs every other Wednesday. Yes, I’d get a rush for highly-anticipated albums such as Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” as I worked on an overarching news piece about the years of hype leading up to the project, but for most other releases, engaging with them felt formulaic. Like cleaning the bathroom, I’d come to work every Friday with my Fabulouso and scrubbing brush, ready to get down and dirty writing about whatever music dropped that day. last_img read more