Monthly Archives: April 2012

Save the Date: SF Music Tech Summit XI, 10/9

We are thrilled to announce SF MusicTech Summit XI will take place on October 9th at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. Tickets are available for $199 for a very limited time and will be more as we get closer to the Summit. Register here.

Book your hotel room now! The city will be jam packed in October.  The good news is we have worked out an incredible deal for our attendees to use our Hotel Room Block for any contiguous dates (which include the Summit) between October 5 – 14, so you can enjoy these amazing events during your stay ….

October 5 – 7 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

October 8 – Columbus Day Holiday

October 9 – SF MusicTech Summit

October 13 – 14 – Treasure Island Music Festival


We are aiming to turn early October into a full on sfmusicweek.  Stay tuned, and follow @sfmusictech and @sfmusicweek on Twitter for the latest developments and details!


Make a suggestion. If you have suggestions for rock star speakers + hot panel topics, please use our speaker submission form.


Let folks know you’re attending. On our Facebook event click “I’m Attending.”

April 30th is International Jazz Day

In November 2011 during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed April 30th as “International Jazz Day”. This day will bring together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact. This important international art form will be celebrated for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity, eradicating discrimination, promoting freedom of expression, fostering gender equality, and reinforcing the role of youth for social change.

History and Outreach:

Jazz is a unique musical style that originated in the southern part of the United States of America, but has its roots in Africa and merges both African and European music traditions. Years before the integration of social structures such as the work place, education systems, and professional sports teams, the jazz bandstand was an example of tolerance, cooperation, improvisation, and mutual understanding. In addition, jazz provided one of the first forums for freedom of expression and gender empowerment, and is an example of the transformative power of this fundamental human right. During the twentieth century, jazz proved to be a universal language spreading over the continents, influencing and being influenced by other kinds of music, evolving as a merging cultural element for supporters all around the world, with no distinction of race, religion, or national origin.

Jazz music also provided the motivation and opportunity for many women to reach beyond the traditional gender roles designated to them by society, and jazz music was a propelling force in the Women’s Liberation Movement in the United States. Jazz music also helped to provide jobs for women within the music industry, particularly as singers. Prior to the 1920s, almost all popular music was performed exclusively by male musicians.

By celebrating International Jazz Day, UNESCO intends to:

Celebrate the unique musical style that jazz represents!

Raise international awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding;
Mobilize the intellectual community, decision-makers, cultural entrepreneurs, cultural and educational institutions and the media to promote jazz-related values as a vector of UNESCO’s mandate, pioneering role and intellectual mission;

Reinforce international cooperation and communication in the field of jazz music.

Free Download: Jadakiss’ New Mixtape “Consignment”

The new mixtape from Jadakiss “Consignment” Hosted by DJ Drama is now available for free download. Featuring Young Jezzy, Young Gotti, French Montana, Wale, Styles P, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Sheek Louch, Meek Mill & more.

Download “Consignment” here!

For more on Jadakiss, go here.




COACHELLA 2012 | Editorial & Select Photos

In the early morning hours last Friday, I made sure my sunscreen was packed and set off from LA to Indio to attend Coachella for the first time in over a decade.

The weekend kicked off with a Brainfeeder pool party at the Ace Hotel, where Ras G, Samiyam, Jeremiah Jae, and Mono/Poly spun killer sets. The Gaslamp Killer hit the turntables next and kept the vibes high before turning the booth over to Radiohead’s visionary frontman, Thom Yorke. The remainder of the night saw GLK, Thom Yorke, and Flying Lotus going back to back with an eclectic mix of music. At the heart of it all was the love of music…of creating it, discovering it, sharing it, losing a little bit of your mind to it for a few blissful hours.

This love was apparent again on Saturday in the Gobi Tent as Flying Lotus played to an affectionate audience. Two young women seemed astonished as they exchanged words: “Look at his smile!” “I know, he’s so happy!” The joy was infectious. The level of intimacy in the tent was more like a house party full of dear friends than an expansive and expensive festival. At one point, he gave the audience a head’s up as he announced that things were “about to get real emotional”. Not a problem for this crowd who went straight from dutty whining into soft swaying.

The sun finally faded, and the weathered desert dwellers congregated together in front of the main stage for Radiohead’s performance. Even fans at the outskirts of the enormous crowd were treated to beautiful visuals coming from giant tilted square screens set up above the stage. Particularly striking were the extreme close ups of Thom’s left eye, fragmented into quarters.

He was playful as he propositioned the audience to a cup of tea with some mushrooms in it. Eerie and not without humor, much like the entire set. From the first note to the last, the show was euphoric. They played rare tracks with lyrics that reflected just how much and how little has changed in the world since the last time they headlined Coachella in 2004. What remains constant is the band’s singular ability to turn all the ugly affairs of the world, the beautiful feelings between people, the emotions that we all feel into songs that cut straight through. Songs they played for two straight hours. A pregnant woman sat beside me, rubbing her belly calmly. How perfect, this was truly music for the womb.

Sunday found a resilient crowd back again for more. Thundercat, the unconventional alter ego of South Los Angeles native Stephen Bruner, brought his brand of funky spacy bassy soul to the Gobi Tent. He played tunes off his debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse and had the crowd chanting for an encore. It felt wonderful to see somebody who is a disciple of their instrument go in with reckless abandon. Thundercat’s fingers hit the strings and we immediately felt the resulting bass in our gut and beneath our feet.

Following Thundercat was the Gaslamp Killer, who started his set with a nod to Radiohead, playing “Rabbit in the Headlights”. For a moment we saw a reserved sensitivity behind the musician who regularly calls upon death and destruction. The quiet before the storm, if you will. GLK was in touch with his audience and gave them the crazy they came for. For the next hour he played a three-part set, displaying reserves of energy that could only come from pure passion. It took over five signals to the sound guy to turn all levels up before he was happy with the way the sound was reverberating through our bodies. The third part of the set featured new and unheard tracks off his upcoming full-length album.

Company Flow and DJ Shadow wrapped up the weekend in the Gobi Tent and were the perfect precursor to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Company Flow’s performance was bittersweet, as it was the final show they would play together. Thanks to the heat and classic beats, I was struck by memories of the San Fernando Valley in the 90’s. Sitting in the homie’s car, listening to Funcrusher Plus and Endtroducing while trying to get the most out of a busted air conditioning vent.

And then there were Dre and Snoop. Two characters who get love from every kind of person in this world. Even self-respecting women like myself couldn’t help singing along to raunchy lyrics with smiles on our faces. After “California Love”, a sharp comedown clued us in to the appearance of Tupac’s ghost. There was a slight uneasiness you could feel on the fields. To see such a lifelike rendition of a fallen icon was jarring. But the minute the music to “Hail Mary” started, it was easy to focus on the words and sounds that made him such a loved figure. Indio collectively put one in the air for him that night. The rest of the night slipped away into a haze of green smoke, which is probably still billowing over Coachella Valley right now.


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Nasimiyu, Esperanza Spalding, Estelle featuring Janelle Monae, Oveous, Cool Nutz featuring Mikey Vegaz, Danny Brown, Flosstradamus, Kool A.D. featuring Main Attrakionz & Green Ova, DJ Soko featuring Guilty Simpson, Swift of DJN Project & Jeremias Santiago, Dr. Michael White


J Boogie, Soulful House Music Collage, Edamami, Joe Kollege, Shea Alexander, John Kong, DJ Total Eclipse, Serge Severe & Terminill, DJ Vadim, Kenny Bobien & Swift of DJN Project, Dojo Cuts featuring Roxie Ray, Third Coast Kings, DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres

FREE DOWNLOAD: Nasimiyu, “The Spooks”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Esperanza Spalding, “Black Gold”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Estelle featuring Janelle Monåe, “Do My Thing”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Oveous, “Her Recipe (Freestyle)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Cool Nutz featuring Mikey Vegaz, “Superman”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Danny Brown, “Blunt After Blunt (3:33 Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Flosstradamus, “Rollup”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kool A.D. featuring Main Attrakionz & Green Ova, “Ticky Ticky”

FREE DOWNLOAD: DJ Soko featuring Guilty Simpson, “Biters”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Swift of DJN Project & Jeremias Santiago, “Rick James-Ghetto Life (Remixes)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Dr. Michael White, “Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)”

PODCAST: J Boogie, “Tropi-Dub”

PODCAST: Soulful House Music Collage, “The Friday Night Experiment Pt. 2″

PODCAST: Edamami, “Last Queens Volume 1″

PODCAST: Joe Kollege, “Some Other Ish”

PODCAST: Shea Alexander, “Soulaudio Sessions April Mix”

PODCAST: John Kong, “Do Right! Mix #3″

PODCAST: DJ Total Eclipse, “The J Tape”

PODCAST: Serge Severe & Terminill, “Service Without A Smile”

PODCAST: DJ Vadim, “Twist & Grind Blend”

PODCAST: Kenny Bobien & Swift of DJN Project, “What A Way (Remasters) Preview”

PODCAST: Dojo Cuts featuring Roxie Ray, “Take From Me”

PODCAST: Third Coast Kings, “Self-Titled”

PODCAST: DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres, “The Rub April 2012″




How the Digital World May Be Killing Creativity, Brain-Waves and Heart-Beats May Be the Future of Passwords, Obama Wants Sanctions On Those Using Technology In Human Rights Abuses, Tips for Women in the Tech Industry & more!

Is the Digital World Killing Creativity? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Google Searches the Entire Web in Half a Second [VIDEO]

Equally Creepy And Creative, Cheek’d Is Online Dating In Reverse

How Digital Journalists Used Data to Report on Murdoch Scandal

Are Brain Waves and Heartbeats the Future of Passwords? [VIDEO]

The Rise Of Instagram: Tracking The App’s Spread Worldwide

Obama Wants Sanctions On Those Using Technology In Human Rights Abuses

The Facebook Phone Rumor Is Back

Why ‘#420′ Didn’t Trend on Twitter

The More You Sit, the Sooner You’ll Die [VIDEO]

7 Tips for Women in the Tech Industry

How One App Uses Digital to Empower Education



DJ Adrian Loving Commissioned to Perform at 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Reception and Party

District creative DJ Adrian Loving has been commissioned by Thomson Reuters to perform a music program for their pre and post receptions of the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, Saturday, April 28. This year’s highly anticipated dinner will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, and headlined by the late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel.

The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession,

Loving will perform a special curated set of ambient and upbeat music, accompanied by percussionist Thomas Pipkin and violinist Chelsea Green.

“This type of event performance is a lifetime dream of mine. It’s a true honor to be performing my talent as a music artist to this esteemed audience of senior government officials, noted journalists, and celebrities alike. I look to this event as a milestone in my career,” says Loving.

For nearly a decade, Adrian Loving has created the musical soundtrack for coveted events throughout Washington, DC, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and abroad. His resume includes such clients as Pharrell Williams for his DC launch of Qream Liqueur, the W Hotel, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Downtown DC, Art Basel: Miami, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC Modern Luxury, and the House of Sweden. He has also been featured in theWashington PostEbony MagazineWashingtonianDC Modern LuxuryCapitol File, and was the face of a national Verizon ad campaign in 2005.

In 2011, he was selected as the official DC brand ambassador and DJ artist for the Elie Tahari and Rag & Bone district stores. Loving received his BFA in Graphic Design from Howard University and an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design from The University of The Arts, Philadelphia. Loving currently works as an adjunct professor of Graphic Design at Marymount University.

El-P Announces Tour In Support Of New Album, Cancer4Cure

Fresh off the plane from Coachella where he played unprecedented sets both weekends with seminal trio Company Flow, iconic Brooklyn rapper/producer El-P announces a string of headlining dates presented by the global leader of street wear online Karmaloop and supported by a cast of rising hip-hop talent including Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, and Despot.


Before the tour, El-P and Despot kick things off with a C4C release party at Santos Party House in NYC on Monday, May 21st and will be directly supporting Cancer4Cure, his album on Fat Possum Records dropping May 22nd.


In anticipation of the tour, El has chosen to bless listeners with another preview off the album, the steely, speaker-shattering “Tougher Colder Killer” which finds El penning an apology to the mother of a man he killed on the battlefield and descends into a savage back-and-forth between himself, Despot, and Killer Mike (for whom El-P recently produced an entire album).

Listen to “Tougher Colder Killer” here.

Cancer4Cure is among El’s most cohesive accomplishments to date- an unflinching dissection of personal, popular and political conflict from a legendary innovator of the genre, the album is completely self-produced and offers prescience of the next wave of maximal, thought-provoking, hardcore rap that he pioneered, and does so not a moment too soon.




Mon 5/21    New York NY          Santos Party House *#

Tue 6/19    Atlanta GA               Masquerade

Wed 6/20    New Orleans LA      House of Blues

Thu 6/21    Dallas TX                 Granada

Fri 6/22        Houston TX            Warehouse Live

Sat 6/23        Austin TX               Mohawk

Mon 6/25    Phoenix AZ              Crescent

Tue 6/26    San Diego CA            Casbah

Thu 6/28    Los Angeles CA        Echoplex

Fri 6/29        San Francisco CA    Regency

Sat 6/30        Portland OR            Hawthorne

Sun 7/1        Seattle WA              Neumo’s

Mon 7/2        Vancouver BC        Fortune

Thu 7/5        Minneapolis MN       Fineline

Fri 7/6        Chicago IL                 Bottom Lounge

Sat 7/7        Cleveland OH           Grog Shop

Sun 7/8        Ann Arbor MI            Blind Pig

Mon 7/9        Toronto ON              Hoxton*#

Wed 7/11    Boston MA                Paradise

Thu 7/12    Providence RI            The Met

Sat 7/14        Philadelphia PA      Trocadero*

Sun 7/15    Washington DC        Rock and Roll Hotel


*No eXquire

#No Killer Mike


Bracket Madness: 8 Greatest MCs Of The Yo! MTV Raps Era

Now that you’ve had your nostalgia fix with VH1′s 40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments, we’re letting you decide the eight greatest emcees of that era. It’s the ultimate face off! You vote for your favorite contenders hoping they advance to the next round. But only one will walk away with the coveted title of “Greatest MC of the Yo! MTV Raps Era.”

In Round One, Chuck D. takes on KRS-One, and Ice Cube is matched up against Fresh Prince. Both Chuck D. and KRS are said to be at the top of any lyricism list. That will be a close call. With Ice Cube and Fresh Prince you have a west coast, former N.W.A. member versus the fun “Parents Just Don’t Understand” creator. We’re not even sure if that’s a fair match up. How will you decide between LL Cool J vs. Rakim? And, of course, we couldn’t leave out the women of hip-hop with Queen Latifah vs. MC Lyte.

Vote for your favorite emcee if you want to see them take the crown! Round One took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Round two opens from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The final round voting opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Check back daily to see who is on top.

For more info, go here.


11 Graffiti & Street Artists contribute to Ecko Unltd’s newest collection: The Exhibit

11 Graffiti and Street Artists from around the world contribute to Ecko Unltd’s newest collection

Launching in Spring 2012, acclaimed brand, Ecko Unltd presents the 1st edition of The Exhibit series -
collaboration between 11 graffiti artists from around the world and Ecko Unlimited. A year in the making, this project represents the best of what can happen when art, commerce and Marc Ecko collide. The new series is available at Ecko stores nationwide, on, and at select retailers worldwide.

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Conceptualized by Marc Ecko—whose own association with graffiti goes back to his roots as a young
artist and the foundation on which Ecko Unlimited was built— The Exhibit is an opportunity for each of the artists to express him or herself through a specific color on tshirts, fragrance, hats, backpacks, headphones, wallets — whatever inspires them. With the help of famed graffiti artist and outspoken
street art advocate, Alan Ket, Marc asked each artist to revisit Ecko Unlimited’s graffiti-inspired past. The result is a thoroughly modern collection of colorful products — from belts to skateboards—that showcases some of the most original graffiti art that’s being made today.

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The Exhibit series features the art of 123Klan (France) known for mixing graffiti and graphic design with their signature character deisgns, multi-disciplinary artist Askew One (Auckland, New Zealand) renowned for his graffiti art paintings and a driving force in New Zealand’s graffiti scene, Bronx graffiti legend Cope2 (USA) with over 30 years of participation in the graffiti world, graffiti artist and graphic designer Erms (France), street-trained and Barcelona native Kenor (Spain) whose personal style of “color, life, parallel worlds, smiles and light” pushes him to create art for galleries as well as the streets, the infamous fish painter Pez (Spain) from Barcelona whose characters all have huge, infectious smiles, one of most skilled female graffiti artists in the country- Queen Andrea (USA), illustrator and muralist Siloutte (USA) recognized world wide for her portraits, Hiroshima based Suiko (Japan) whose name means “don’t stick to common sense and live how you like”, Berlin-based SuperBlast (Germany) aka Manuel Osterholt known for his unique iconic style and innovative use of color, and the notorious Utah (USA) a female dynamo and one of the most prolific graffiti writers in the world.

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About Ecko Unlimited:

Ecko Unltd. has been the leading face of global youth culture since 1993. Rhinos roam the world on the backs of *ecko unltd.’s forward-thinking consumers, and its diverse brands are omnipresent in visual representations of next-generation culture: from music videos and television programs to catwalks, action sports, and video games. The “World Famous Rhino Brand” has expanded to include t-shirts, denim jeans, hoodies, footwear, watches, hats, bags, and more.

Ecko Unltd has long been the go to brand in all things graffiti so it only makes sense that they would make such a daring initiative come to life. Visit the official site of The Exhibit check out the artists’ artwork, bios, videos, graffiti t-shirts and other customized graffiti clothing. Then shop the actual pieces at