Monthly Archives: June 2012

6/28 – TECH NEWS

Microsoft’s Greek headquarters attacked by arsonists, Louis C.K. cuts out the middleman in ticket sales, free speech wins a case in Supreme Court, Facebook now allows you to edit your comment history, inside the mind of a freelancer, BET Awards’ new apps & more!

TYLT Has Sleek New Gadgets For Your Electronics

Microsoft’s Greek Headquarters Attacked By Arsonists

Louis C.K. Sells Show Tickets On His Own Website

Error 451: A Proposed Change To Web Standards Would Make Bradbury’s Story Denote Censored Content

F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

Don’t Delete Your Stupidity. Fix it. Facebook Rolls Out Comment Editing and Edit History

Radio App TuneIn Adds 600 New Stations, Reports 267% YoY Listener Growth On Mobile

Moredays Brings A Digital Journal, Scrapbook & Calendar To iPhone

Chicago’s Impact Engine Accelerator Is Looking For Environmentally & Socially Minded Startups

State Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Facebook

Do You Share Too Much on Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Inside the Mind of a Freelancer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fire Up Your Camping Trips With This Portable Heat Delivery System [VIDEO]

BET Awards App Wields Fun Social Gaming Mechanics [VIDEO]

Instagram Gets First Major Update After Facebook Acquisition

 

 

 

6/28 – FREE DOWNLOADS, MIXTAPES & PODCASTS

FREE DOWNLOADS:

Jonwayne & Jonti, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Cool Nutz featuring Mistah FAB, Showbiz & AG

MIXTAPES & PODCASTS:

Evan Landes, Blood Sugar X, Fitz And The Tantrums, The Couch Sessions, Dom Kennedy, Soulinterviews.com, Kyle Hall, Jay Scarlett, Afromentals x Frolab Radio, frique, Spasmodic Movements Radio, Gensu Dean, BamaLoveSoul, Signator x Elusive, Elephant & Castle


FREE DOWNLOAD: Jonwayne & Jonti, “Uh Oh”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, “Shame”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Cool Nutz featuring Mistah FAB, “Know God”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Showbiz & AG, “Do It 4″

PODCAST: Evan Landes, “Deep House Ecstacy Vol 2″

PODCAST: Blood Sugar X, “The Dead Dumb Happy Life Vol 2″

PODCAST: Fitz And The Tantrums, “Free EP #2″

PODCAST: The Couch Sessions, “Summer Soul Sessions Vol. 1″

PODCAST: Dom Kennedy, “The Yellow Album”

PODCAST: Soulinterviews.com, “Solar Radio Show”

PODCAST: Kyle Hall, “Boiler Room Detroit Set”

PODCAST: Jay Scarlett, “Ben Hereth x ASG”

PODCAST: Afromentals x Frolab Radio, “Fro-Powah Hour #20″

PODCAST: frique, “Bad Behavior”

PODCAST: Spasmodic Movements Radio, “Fusicology Mix 85″

PODCAST: Gensu Dean, “Lo-Fi Fingahz Instrumentals”

PODCAST: BamaLoveSoul,On Deck Mixtape Sampler”

PODCAST: Signator x Elusive, “Cyphers Orbit Of A Circle”

PODCAST: Elephant & Castle, “ArtDontSleep Podcast IV”

 

 

“Spasmodic Movements Radio” Fusicology Podcast [6/28/12]

Stream this week’s Spasmodic Movements Radio for Fusicology!

Playlist:

1.Ofuren- Yahweh (Original Mix)
2.Cuber ft. Andyboi- Saga
3.Black Coffee & Tumelo ft. Deborah Fraser
4.Jovonn- Blues House
5.The Layaouts ft. Portia Monique- Do Better (Reel People Vocal Mix)
6.Two Armadillos- Theme
7.KlevaKeys ft. Diamondancer- Raising Vibrations (Deeper Vibration Mix)
8.DJ Harris ft. D’vine- Get Down (Essential-I Deeper Mix)
9.Jonny Montana & Empress Lebo- Sabela Uthando (Original Mix)
10.At One ft. Wyonna- African Healing (Atjazz Remix)

 

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech / Entertainment In LA

The first-ever Silicon Beach Fest attracted more than 2,000 attendees from LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, New York, Toronto, and London to celebrate LA startups and entertainment with panels, parties, pitch fests, hackathon, and beach games: volleyball, basketball and surfing lessons in Santa Monica and Venice on June 21-23.

 

TechCrunch, Forbes, and other national and local media covered the fest, centered in Santa Monica and Venice at venues with views of the beach on picture-perfect sunny days.

 

“LA’s best chapter is about to be written,” said Eric Garcetti, LA City Council Member and Mayoral Candidate.  He kicked off the fest with his opening keynote, saying LA is a unique city of mash-ups, where tech, startups and entertainment – plus creativity, cultures, and passion – mix with successful results. “Let us come together and celebrate…”

 

The mashup theme was reflected in the SBF programming, which included panels highlighting accelerators, VCs, startups, developers, movies, TV, music, web content, art, fashion, social good, surf & skate, and more. Panels were based at hubs including Leadership, Branding / Advertising, Social Media, Entrepreneurs, Community and more.

 

Speakers gave engaging insights on panels, from companies including: VCs, accelerators (StartEngine, Amplify, Launchpad, MuckerLab, Originate), entertainment (Sony Pictures, FOX, NBC, The GRAMMYs, Interscope Universal Music Group), startups (BeachMint,

ShoeDazzle, Pose, Viddy, Mogreet, DocStoc, PageWoo, PromoJam, Machinima, Riot Games, SGN), advertising (OMD, Ignited, Deutsch, TBWA \ Chiat \Day, Edelman, engage:BDR), as well as CAA, Klout, Ustream, Rock the Vote, and many more.

 

Silicon Beach Fest, created by Digital LA and presented by engage:BDR, is the first startup / entertainment fest in LA with programming by tech community team effort including companies (Digital LA, engage:BDR, StartEngine, TechZulu, PromoJam, PageWoo, venues (Hotel Erwin, Viceroy Hotel, Cross Campus, Coloft, CoWorks, Working Village, io/LA).

 

“It’s great to get the tech and Hollywood communities together to celebrate digital innovation,” said Kevin Winston, creator of the Silicon Beach Fest, and Digital LA CEO/Founder. “You could feel the energy and excitement from getting everyone together, from the opening party to the inspiring panels; the creative pitches at the hackathon, demo day, angel pitch fest, and student pitch fest; and the good-times bonding from the nightly parties to the beach volleyball court.  Tons of info and tons of fun!”

 

Attendees love the SBF energy. “Thank you for putting together such a fantastic festival with such smart minds and genuinely collaborative people from so many parts of Digital LA and beyond,” said Callie Miller, a panelist on the PR for Startups panel. “I had an incredible time, met so many great people, and I’m inspired by several of my SBF conversations to launch three new projects in LA. This would not have happened without SBF.”

More info can be found here.

Red Bull Music Academy Announce Summer Events Leading Up To Fall Music Series

The 15th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy is descending upon New York City from September 30th to November 2nd 2012. This fall, 60 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists and DJs from 35 countries will set up shop and exchange musical visions with some of the very best trailblazers of today’s musical landscape. Successful applicants will attend private lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-built creative studio space in Chelsea that is being designed by acclaimed architect Jeffrey Inaba and outfitted with several recording studios and multi-purpose workspaces.

 

While creativity is being bred within the Red Bull Music Academy, all New Yorkers will have an opportunity to experience the power and enlightenment of some of the world’s best music acts, across all genres. A series of ticketed and free shows will occur in various venues around town – NYC music festival style. The full schedule of signature concerts and club nights will be announced in late August.

 

Unable to contain our excitement, Red Bull Music Academy is bringing the beat all summer long:

 

NYC…

  • Co-curating the official after party for the Governors BallMusic Festival on June 23 with Nobody Beats the Drum, and Academy alumni Cubic Zirconia, XXXchange & Brenmar.

 

  • Team-up with long-time Red Bull Music Academy affiliate Benji B of BBC Radio 1 fame for the NYC session of his London club night, Deviation, with Kode9 and Academy alum Lunice at Le Poisson Rouge on July 4.

 

  • Screening of Red Bull Music Academy documentary on NYC hip-hop icons Mobb Deep, who are also former Academy lecturers at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 14.

 

  • Red Bull Music Academy’s very own Central Park SummerStage on August 20, talent to be announced very soon.
  • More NYC Festival involvement to come…

 

Elsewhere…

  • ‘Red Bull Music Academy Discotheque’ stage at HARD Summer on August 3 & 4 in LA featuring the likes of Bootsy Collins, Chromeo, James Murphy and Academy graduates Lunice & Brenmar among many others.

 

  • Recent curated Academy stages at world-renowned festivals: Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, the venerable Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Sónar Festival in Barcelona, where a number of Academy alumni performed on their SônarDome stage.

 

All audio from the above performances and thousands more are available for streaming on www.rbmaradio.com.

 

Blood Sugar X Drops The Dead Dumb Happy Life – Volume 2

Less than two months after its first release in four years, Oakland, California’s Blackball Universe Records is proud to announce the arrival of The Dead Dumb Happy Life – Volume 2 by Blood Sugar X.  It is the band’s second installment of 2012.

Alongside band founder and frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz (lyrics, vocals, keyboard, bass, guitar and drums), The Dead Dumb Happy Life – Volume 2 features performances by Fatlip and Slimkid3 (The Pharcyde), Masa Kohama (guitar), Keenan Ephriam (drums), Cornelius Mims (bass), Yogi Musgrove (bass), Tuesday Gregory (drums) and Jamie Gamble (drums).
The Dead Dumb Happy Life (Vol. 2) will be available for FREE for 30 days starting June 26th on bandcamp.com.
Founded in 2004, Blood Sugar X performed, originally, under the name Blood Sugar.  To coincide with the release of their debut album the band hit the road, touring across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, off and on, for the next three years.  Their success would land them invitations to play at the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, and exclusive venues around London.

Having explored a host of genres (punk, funk, soul, pop) on The Dead Dumb Happy Life – Volume1Blood Sugar X takes a much more hip-hop-inspired approach to the album’s successor.

Fat Lip (Derrick Stewart) and Slimkid3 (Tre Hardson), two founding members of the powerhouse hip-hop group The Pharcyde, joined Blood Sugar X on the track “I’m Sorry.” Dphrepaulezz also pays tribute to legendary Oakland rapper Too $hort with an inventive spin on “Freaky Tales.”

Blackball Universe Records was founded in 2001 by Dphrepaulezz as a vehicle to promote various genres of music including Chocolate Butterfly and Me And This Japanese Guy.  As a young, inspired musician, Dphrepaulezz left Oakland to pursue his dreams in Los Angeles. After a less-than-stellar Hollywood experience with major record labels and the industry, a near-fatal car accident inspired Xavier to found his own label.  From South Central (in conjunction with Club Bingo), to touring around the world, and now back to his roots in Oakland, Xavier continues to manage Blackball Universe Records as a source for unconventional, popular music.

Stay tuned for more releases from Blackball Universe Records in the coming months.  For now, keep up-to-date with what we’re doing by following us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.


And The 2012 Sonar Festival Award Goes To…

Okay. So you’ve been the hot chick in school for the past few years. The jocks, the nerds, the geeks want you…maybe even the girls. You’re the queen of the scene…and then one day, it’s all over, just like (snap) that. First day of school, you see the new girl down the hall—everyone’s clawing at her. And you’re thinking, “Who the hell is that *explicative *?” Sonar Music Festival? Meet The “OFF” Sonar Showcase 2012. The real reason for my trip to Barcelona.

 

For sixteen years, The Sonar Music Festival has been the premiere global electronic music event, boasting only the freshest ear candy and DJ’s for a crowd of one hundred thousand over a four-day weekend in Barcelona. This year was scheduled to be no different, as friends of mine from various cities world wide made plans to meet in the “Rio De Janeiro” of Europe, for a weekend of partying until the church bells rang. Oh, and did we party. But to our surprise, it wasn’t the monster-sized Sonar that had us tumbling out of the clubs in the wee hours, it was Sonar’s “little sister,” the “OFF” Sonar Showcase that had me “sleeping it off” until six p.m. the next evening.

 

The Off Sonar Showcase or “OFF Sonar”, is a compilation of events that range from massive warehouse club nights and evening bar parties to interactive art shows and day time beach parties, thrown by local Barcelona promoters.

 

The showcase is freshly laced with global white-label DJ talent that the Parent Sonar used to cherish until it apparently became too “corporate” to showcase.

 

On our first night in the city, we were quickly ushered by a DJ friend (DC’s DJ Jahsonic) to BE COOL club, where London’s hot boy label HESSLE AUDIO tore the wheels to pieces alongside long standing mind-blower Four Tet.  I stood in line (yes, I did) for this one, as I’ve been trying to catch the Hessle Audio boys in action, but The States has been kind of late (to put it nicely) on their moody mixes of electro, soul, and jungle beats.

 

The next night, after getting lost in La Raval’s endless maze of alleys and bar parties, we ended up at Hot Flush Recordings’ label party, at APOLO, where the sound system was just as sick as its selectors.

 

Saturday, due to a guilty conscience, we decided to pay the parent Sonar Festival a visit.  After all, she is who we hopped on that transatlantic flight to see, right? Deep breath. First, the snobbery of the promoters.  But hey, I can deal with snobs, long lines, I live in LA. Second, all the “rules”… “step here, don’t step there, move here, go there…” when you’re in “higher spirits” (as I like to call it) were super confusing to say the least.

 

We missed Nicolas Jaar’s DJ set, because the arena was so far from where the artists hang out that my buzz was completely blown by the time we arrived. But as it’s become more popular I do understand the need for space (Really? The suburbs, Sonar?) James Blake (a favorite of mine) did an decent job on the wheels, but let’s stay focused here. A singer and a DJ are two very different things. And when you have to sit through an “okay” DJ set for two hours…let’s just say we didn’t even use all of our drink tickets before we were back on La Ramblas, looking for the next Off Sonar joint to head to. I will say however, the bumper cars rocked. If you were there you know what I’m talking about.

 

The crème de la crème of Off Sonar Showcase 2012 had to be Octopus Recordings’ Sunday beach party at Mac Arena Mar Beach Club.  Two thousand people at sunset.  Twelve killer DJ’s.  Sand, sun, killer tunes, beautiful people.  Dopeness. Made the (old) Do—Over (LA heads) look like a glee club choir practice.  And I loved the old Do—Over.  Post sunset we were off to London’s well known joint “Secret Sundaze”.  Then we checked out Brooklyn’s Machinedrum at spot called “Moog” with a sound system that made me think I’d died and gone to BPM heaven.

 

And I could go on. “OFF” Sonar, you’ve got my full attention.  The parties were cheap, the drinks were heavy, and the people were so much fun.  Sonar Music may want to take a few notes from its little sister.  Don’t get too comfortable. And don’t let that corporate ‘ish get to your head.  The global electronic scene is an “at will” employer and you will get replaced.

 

In fair balance, Flying Lotus’ Sonar By Day set was pretty damn dope. And we know what can happen to a party (*clearing throat * pick one), a neighborhood (Uhm…Williamsburg?), or a concept (Oh that’s Vintage, too?) when it gets too much exposure. So by Urban Outfitter’s standards, Sonar was still a great dance party to say the least. But by the standards of the “International Community of What’s Next”, lets just say the jury is still out on that one.

 

Either way, I’m already booked for next year. Hopefully The Sonar Festival gets her swag back.  I have faith. She was one hot you-know-what.

 

–T.P. Carter

T.P. Carter is a novelist by day and a trans-culturalist with an addiction to city hopping and cosmic beats by night. You can visit her at www.tpcarterbooks.com or contact Kensington Books for info on her latest novel “Lovestoned”.


 

Earth Amplified Sounds the Alarm for Global Liberation with New Dubstep/Hip Hop Mixtape & Video

This week as global leaders meet in Rio for the ‘Earth Summit,’ Earth Amplified, the Bay Area’s celebrated, green hip-hop/reggae band releases their new mixtape and music video, “Global WarNing” to call for an end to corporate corruption, pollution and greed and for a people’s movement for global liberation.

 

Earth Amplified Mixtape Vol 1 is mixed by DMC Bay Area Regional Champion, DJ Sol Rising, and features political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, Stic.man from Dead Prez, Zumbi from Zion I, Wisdom, DJ Jing Bong, Vandana Shiva, and Earth Amplified members, Travis De Leon Porter, Seneca Schachter, Ambessa Cantave, J.Bless, DJ Tuffist, and AshEL Seasunz.

 

Earth Amplified teamed up with the celebrated, national organization Green For All to create a powerful, new music video, Global WarNing, which offers a message about the growing climate crisis fueled by the fossil fuel industry. At the end of the video, viewers will have the opportunity to take action and get a free download of Earth Amplified Mixtape Vol 1.

 

Earth Amplified unites hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, dubstep, ancient chant, soul and funk in their all original songs and bumpin’ live performances to support both social and environmental justice.  With 100% positive lyrics, driving beats, conscious rappers and danceable melodies, they have been performing the past couple of years at dozens of events with causes in the Bay Area and beyond, including Green Festival in San Francisco, Earth Day, Santa Rosa and San Francisco, Fox Studios in Los Angeles, The Maker Faire in San Mateo, Summer of Peace in Oakland, World One Festival in El Cerrito, and more.

 

“This is music for our movement. Earth Amplified is putting the culture back in agriculture.” Van Jones, Founder, Green For All, Former White House Advisor on Green Jobs, author of bestsellers, Green Collar Economy and Rebuild The Dream.

 

 

Global WarNing:

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?uestlove’s Top 15 Summer BBQ Jams

When New York Magazine solicited summer playlists from fourteen different artists, Questlove sent his in with some notes that unfortunately had to be cut for space in the mag. (As is often the case when it comes to print.) But this morning he tweeted that it needed his commentary, and since the Internet has nothing but space, we at Vulture decided to oblige. Here is Questlove’s full annotated playlist:

Songs That Get the Summer Outdoor/BBQ Party Started:

1. If I were DJ’n Jimmy Fallon‘s Yacht Rock Party: “Route 101″ by Herb Alpert. (Every August we get our smooth on. It’s going on our third year, one of my best parties ever.)

2. If I were DJ’n Brian Williams Clam Bake: “Wind Chimes (Version 2 Tag)” by the Beach Boys. (No one tries to “out obscure song reference” you like B Willie, even if said jam is a bunch of studio jabber … He’d call me out if I didn’t play the mono version.)

3. If I were DJ’n Amber Tamblyn‘s wedding reception: “I Gotta Chick” by Tyrese featuring R. Kelly and Rick Ross. (Because it’s only right.)

4. If I were DJ’n Aziz Ansari‘s rooftop ‘que: “Spend It (Riding Round & Getting It)” by 2 Chainz. (Lactose punch lines are the in thing this year.)

5. If I were DJ’n Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz‘s Williamsburg backyard potluck: “Occapella” by Lee Dorsey. (It’s mostly 1972 with these guys.)

6. If I were DJ’n Prince‘s vegan-only after-party: “The Engine in Me” by Graham Central Station. (Good bass work gets his motor running.)

7. If I were DJ’n the Fela Returns to Broadway (did I just leak an exclusive?!?!) preshow BBQ/postshow/after-party: “Beast of No Nation.” (Fela’s last and greatest groove … Throws ‘em off every time I spin it, like “how’d we forget THIS ONE!?!?!”)

8. If I were DJ’n Mick Jagger and L’ren Scott‘s evening ‘que: “I Don’t Know Why” by Delroy Wilson. (Riddems riddems roots all night long.)

9. If I were DJ’n Oprah‘s Fish Fry: “Rock Creek Park” by the Blackbyrds. (This is my version of giving her a free car. If I was given a half-hour more, I swear her and Gayle would be re-creating the subway Bboy battle scene from Beat Street.)

10. If I were DJ’n Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s Garden Party: “Beware” by Louis Jordan. (Jazz with a financial cautionary tale on the side.)

10a. If I were DJ’n Mayor Michael Nutter‘s Jam? (Remember, I did start out a Philadelphian): “Rapper’s Delight.” (Trust me, Nutter’s true calling is being an MC; check YouTube for the one and only Mike Q.S.T. performance of this song.)

11. If I were DJ’n Andy Samberg‘s Summer Jammy Jam: “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel. (Don’t let that digital short bravado fool you, he knows video choreography like the back of his hand.)

12. If I were DJ’n Drake‘s BBQ, I’d rock Drake for all five hours out of fear that he’d walk out on me again for not playing his music.

13. If I were DJ’n Amy Poehler‘s UCBbque, I’d spin “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. (Because come on now … who can resist a chance to re-create this scene if played in public?)

14. If I were DJ’n Janet Jackson‘s beachfront party, I’d play my versions of her brother’s Off the Wall album just so I can watch the slow, “Wait … how’d he get this?!?!?” look she slowly gets anytime I play ‘em.

15. If I were DJ’n for my girlfriend and her best friends, I’d just let ‘em take over the turntables, ’cause I gotta deal with this woman every day.