Monthly Archives: February 2012

SFMusicTech X Summit: Photos, Videos, and News

Wow!  SF MusicTech Summit X was amazing!  Here are some highlights from the eventful day:


Visit to see a slideshow of all the highly attractive & photogenic participants.


Recordings have begun to be released of the sessions at SF MusicTech Summit X, and will continue to be released more over the coming weeks. To subscribe, visit:

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Here are a few articles and videos …

Rolling Stone, Viral Music Videos are Source for Sponsorships, Not Direct Revenue

SF Weekly, “SF MusicTech 2012: New Technology Isn’t Helping Musicians Make More Money

TechCrunchTV, ” Keen on…Pomplamoose: How Nataly and Jack Are Reinventing The Music Business

Billboard, “Sleigh Bells Leads Bowery Presents’ New YouTube Play at SF MusicTech

Robert Glasper Experiment: ‘Black Radio’ on Blue Note Records


On February 28, 2012, Robert Glasper Experiment will release Black Radio (Blue Note Records/EMI), a future landmark album that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band—saxist/vocoderist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris DaveBlack Radio also features many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), and yasiin bey (Mos Def).

Throughout the Experiment wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new collaborative originals and surprising cover songs. They transform the Afro-Cuban standard “Afro Blue” with Badu, Sade’s “Cherish The Day” with Hathaway, David Bowie’s “Letter to Hermione” with Bilal, and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Benjamin’s vocoder vocal.

Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip hop. His gig at the Blue Note Jazz Club earlier this year became a freestyle jam session when Kanye West, yasiin bey and Lupe Fiasco crashed the stage. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”

The track listing for Black Radio is as follows:

01 Lift Off/Mic Check (featuring Shafiq Husayn)

02 Afro Blue (featuring Erykah Badu)

03 Cherish The Day (featuring Lalah Hathaway)

04 Always Shine (featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal)

05 Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (featuring Ledisi)

06 Move Love (featuring KING)

07 Ah Yeah (featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele)

08 Consequence Of Jealousy (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)

09 Why Do We Try (featuring Stokley Williams)

10 Black Radio (featuring yasiin bey)

11 Letter to Hermione (featuring Bilal)

12 Smells Like Teen Spirit

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother, who played piano and sang gospel music in church as well as in jazz and blues clubs in Houston. By the age of twelve, he was playing piano in church and often accompanied his mother in clubs. Raised on gospel, Motown, and R&B, by his teens he was listening to jazz, rock, pop and hip hop. He attended the Houston High School for the Performing Arts and moved to New York City to study at New School University. While still in school he was already playing with Christian McBride and Kenny Garrett, and went on to play with Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove.

After releasing his debut album Mood on the Fresh Sound label in 2003 followed by two buzzed about Blue Note albums with his acoustic Trio — Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007) — Glasper perfectly captured his unique duality with Double-Booked (2009), an album that juxtaposed his Trio and Experiment bands, and earned the keyboardist his first GRAMMY nomination.

He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s GRAMMY-nominated 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his labelmate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the Music Director in rapper yasiin bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell. New York Magazine has called his music “direct, forceful, inventive, and accessible without pandering.”







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Lee Ritenour’s 3rd Annual Global Music Competition

Lee Ritenour’s 3rd Annual Global Music Competition is now accepting entries in Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drums! Winning musicians of the Rhythm Section will record a track on Lee Ritenour’s 2012 Concord Records album starring a ‘who’s who’ of greats such as: Dave Grusin, Nathan East, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, George Duke, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Larry Goldings, John Beasley, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and many more.  Guitar & Rhythm player winners will also win Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments & endorsements, Crown of the Continent & National Guitar Workshop scholarships for guitar finalists + various other prizes. The 4 winners will have a shot at a Concord Records deal plus professional mentoring. Submit 2 YouTube videos online for your chance to win!


For registration, info & prize details: until May 1, 2012


Sponsors of the competition:  Yamaha; Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop;  National Guitar Workshop;  Berklee College of Music; Concord Records; Monster; Premier Guitar; D’Addario String Company; Jazziz Magazine; Music Connection



*Shon Boublil was the 2010 6 String Theory Guitar Grand Prize winner. Shon played a track on Lee Ritneour’s 2010 album “6 String Theory.” Shon won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music and is in his 2nd year.


*David Brown Murray was the 2011 6 String Theory Guitar Grand Prize winner. David won a Yamaha endorsement; the feature player at the 2012 National Guitar Workshop; professional mentoring from Lee Ritenour; a week vacation for 4 at Flathead Lake Lodge in MT ($8,000 value) as well as the publicity & promotion from his winning performance at Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop & Festival 2011.


*This is the first year of the Rhythm Section competition in piano, bass & drums so we’ll have updates on their success next year!




MUMBLS, Ninjasonik, Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro, Terisa Griffin, Ango, Ekundayo & J-Live, Gensu Dean featuring Roc Marciano, dsteele, Spree Wilson


Peter Oakden, Vinroc & Shortkut, Jayvi Velasco, Erick Sermon, 1-0 A.K., Thavius Beck, The Shift #2 featuring Mr.Choc



FREE DOWNLOAD: Ninjasonik, “Turned Up”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro,

“Look Around The Corner”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Terisa Griffin, “Yes”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Ango, “No Ordinary Love”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Ekundayo & J-Live, “Ascending”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Gensu Dean featuring Roc Marciano, “Yen”

FREE DOWNLOAD: dsteele, “The Detonator Vol. 1-The 40 Year Old Version”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Spree Wilson“Rare Moments”

PODCAST: Peter Oakden, “Deeper Shades Of House #384″

PODCAST: Vinroc & Shortkut, “So Much Soul Vol. 8 Part 2″

PODCAST: Jayvi Velasco, “Words We Say”

PODCAST: Erick Sermon, “Breath Of Fresh Air”

PODCAST: 1-0 A.K., “Special Request”

PODCAST: Thavius Beck, “The Heavens Bleed Sunshine”

PODCAST: The Shift #2, “Mr. Choc”

Announcing the Reel People – US Tour 2012

Li Lazarus & Tony Momrelle’s Reel People make a very welcome to return to the soulful live scene in 2012.

This year also see’s Reel People reach their 10 year anniversary and in conjunction release a ‘Best of Reel People’ CD.

Reel People will be touring the US in May & June this year and will be fronted by main man, Tony Momrelle, fresh from his world tour with the legendary Sade in 2011 and his 10 years as front man for Incognito.

For more info and tour dates, go here.



Fishbone’s Everyday Sunshine Now Out On DVD

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980′s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Jampacked with over 100+ minutes of bonus features, the DVD release includes audio commentary tracks by both the band and filmmakers, deleted scenes, interview outtakes with Fishbone and Rock Stars (No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Brains, Chuck D, Gogol Bordello), special featurettes, and unreleased performance footage of Fishbone’s early years and today.

Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America.  Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California’s legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art.  To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-TBranford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove (The Roots), and more.


Happy 25th Anniversary Fishbone!

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Check out the official documentary website here.



The Makers, Soso, Eric Sermon featuring Jimi Hendrix, Daru featuring Yuki, DâM-FunK, Peter Hadar, Meleni Smith, Pillowtalk mixed by J-Boogie, Oveous Maximus featuring Quetzal Guerrero


DâM-FunK, Salem Psalms/JayForce, Slacker Radio, Ant Marshall, Jaekim, Big O, DJ Doc & Jodine, Lee Bannon, DJ EKO


The Makers, “Don’t Challenge Me”



Soso, “My Women, My Guitars”



Eric Sermon featuring Jimi Hendrix, “A Way Out”



Daru featuring Yuki, “Ru-Kil-La Beatz”



DâM-FunK, “I Gotta Let U Know”



Peter Hadar, “Take Off Victoria”



Meleni Smith, “Ricochet”


FREE DOWNLOAD: Pillow Talk, “Weekend Girl (JBoogie Moombahsoul Edit)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Oveous Maximus featuring Quetzal Guerrero, “Predator (With You)”

PODCAST: DâM-FunK, “Wax Poetics Issue 50 Mix: Prince”

PODCAST: Salem Psalms/JayForce“Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go Vol. 2″



Slacker Radio, “Remembering Whitney Houston”



Ant Marshall, “Mixtape”



Jaekim, “Buildin’ Blox”



Big O, “Akwaba (Afro-Soul)”



DJ Doc & Jodine, “Spasmodic Movements Radio”



Lee Bannon, “The All That Beat Cast”


PODCAST: DJ EKO, “Soultronic”


Movement Electronic Music Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

3-Day Weekend Passes & 3-Day VIP Weekend Passes Now on Sale at

The legendary Rap group Public Enemy will headline the 2012 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend along with renowned Chicago House-music DJ and producer Lil’ Louis. Detroit Techno-music icon The Wizard aka Jeff Mills will close out the festival.

Paxahau Promotions Group today announces the three headliners—Public Enemy, Lil’ Louis, and The Wizard aka Jeff Mills—and a partial lineup of 50 other performances including Juan AtkinsKevin Saunderson, and Mr. Oizo.

On Saturday, May 26, Chicago-born House-music producer and DJ Lil’ Louis will take to the main stage to close out the inaugural night of the 36-hour festival.

Public Enemy’s headlining performance at Movement on Sunday, May 27 will be the first time the group has performed at the Detroit festival and it will be just a month before the scheduled release of their newest album: Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp.

Detroit-born Techno DJ and producer The Wizard aka Jeff Mills will put the finishing touches on the three-day festival on Monday, May 28 on the main stage. He is looking forward to returning to his hometown for a performance at Movement.

“Playing in Detroit has been and continues to be, the highlight of my whole career in music. Our connections run dimensions deep,” said The Wizard aka Jeff Mills. “As always, I look forward to coming back home.”

“Our lineup for 2012 is comprised of artists who are innovators in their own right and who have deep roots within the underground worlds of their respective musical genres,” said Chuck Flask, artist coordinator for the Movement Electronic Music Festival. “With Movement, our goal is always to book artists who represent the purest form of the music we all fell in love with, whether they have been doing it for decades, or are an emerging talent new on the scene. With this announcement, we are well on our way to achieving our goal.”

Tickets for Movement are on sale now and can be purchased by The cost for a three-day weekend pass is just $75 and grants festival-goers general admission access to the festival grounds with in-and-out privileges. The cost for a three-day VIP pass is just $200 and provides festival-goers with many extras that can be found on the web site. 

The Movement Electronic Music Festival features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; free Wi-Fi access on the grounds; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Nearly 100,000 people from across the globe attended the 2011 festival. Learn more at

The 53 performances announced today, in alphabetical order, are as follows:


Busy P

Carl Craig

Carlo Lio


Claude VonStroke

Damian Lazarus

Danny Daze

Davide Squillace

Derrick Carter

DJ Sneak



Earl Mixxin’ McKinney

Eddie Fowlkes

Greg Wilson

Ian Pooley

Jay Haze

Josh Wink

Juan Atkins

Kevin Saunderson

Keys N Krates

Kyle Hall back-to-back with Jay Daniels

Lil’ Louis


Loco Dice Maceo Plex

Major Lazer

Mathew Jonson

Marco Carola

Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz set)

Maya Jane Coles

Michael Mayer

Mike Huckaby

Monty Luke

Mr. Oizo


Nina Kraviz

No Regular Play

Public Enemy Radio Slave

Rick Wilhite

Roni Size

Salva Slow Hands

Stacey Pullen

Steve Bug


Tale of Us

The Martinez Brothers

The Wizard aka Jeff Mills

Todd Terje

Wolf + Lamb


43rd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS: Sanaa Lathan & Anthony Mackie To Host




Confirmed Talent Includes LL Cool J, Paula Patton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Jordin Sparks, Corey Reynolds, Judge Greg Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Archie Panjabi and Hill Harper with Performances by Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin and Ne-Yo and More


The Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association

Will Receive the NAACP President’s Award

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — February 15, 2012 – An all-star line-up is set for the “43RD NAACP Image Awards,” broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, February 17 (8-10 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.


The two-hour live special will be hosted by Sanaa Latham (“Contagion”) and Anthony Mackie (“Hurt Locker,” “Adjustment Bureau”).  Some of the biggest names in film, television and music are schedule to appear including LL Cool J, Paula Patton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Jordin Sparks, Corey Reynolds, Judge Greg Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Archie Panjabi and Hill Harper with performances by Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin, Ne-Yo and more.


In addition, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association will receive the NAACP President’s Award.  The NAACP President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, and most recently, Van Jones.


“I am proud to honor the men and women of the Black Stuntmen’s Association with the NAACP President’s Award,” said Jealous.  “The efforts of these pioneers helped to chip away at the racial barriers that divided not only stuntmen, but the entire entertainment/media industry.”


Founded in 1967, the Black Stuntmen’s Association was created to combat practices that denied black stuntmen the opportunity to perform in Hollywood productions.  Prior to their advocacy and activism, stunts for black actors were done by white performers “painted down” to a darker complexion.  The organization filed lawsuits against several major movie studios to help bring an end the discriminatory practice and to ensure equal opportunity and access to the stunt roles for all races.


Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association went on to redefine the profession, performing in iconic films and television programs such as “Dirty Harry,” “I Spy,” “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Buck and the Preacher.”  Last year at the NAACP 102nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles, representatives of the Black Stuntmen’s Association participated in a panel discussion about the intersection of entertainment professionals and activism. (Watch the panel at


The Smithsonian Institute is currently planning to curate an exhibit to honor the Coalition and the Black Stuntmen’s Association in Washington, D.C.


As previously announced, The Vanguard Award will be presented to George Lucas and Radio One/TV One Founder Cathy Hughes will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award.


The awards event is a production of Vicangelo Films.  The executive producer is Vicangelo Bulluck.


The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show.  It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.  Event sponsors include UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreens, Bank of America, AT&T, American Airlines and Cadillac.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on the NAACP Image Awards, please visit