Monthly Archives: August 2012


JAMAICA HOUSE was LA’s biggest and longest running urban nightspot of the 90s, lasting over a decade. In this chronicle of the club, you venture behind the velvet rope of Hollywood, with rap & reggae’s golden-era elite. Founded by four boyhood friends, the club was a flashpoint in cultural history, surviving gangs, drugs, the The LA Riots, and growing violence in the culture. This is also a coming of age story for the boyhood founders, and for rap itself. As the music changed, the club ‘blew-up’ beyond it’s underground roots. The founders struggled with money, new fame, old demons, and the trappings of success. Never seen before performances and interviews from TUPAC SHAKUR, NOTORIOUS B.I.G., RUN-DMC, ICE CUBE, W.C., WU-TANG CLAN, THE ROOTS, GANG STAR, THE SUPERCAT, DADDY FREDDY, MR. VEGAS, PHARCYDE and members of NWA highlight the film.



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TECH NEWS:’s New Song Transmitted from Mars, 5 Ways to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media & more!


Sony Mobile to lay off 1,000 people, tumblr vs. twitter, Kodak wants out of the film business, the real value of Apple, ridiculous new words added to Oxford Dictionary, celebrating 25 years of ‘The Garbage Pail Kids’ & more!


New song, “Reach for the Stars” transmitted from Mars Curiosity rover


25 Years Later, Microsoft Unveils A Revamped Corporate Logo


Sony Mobile To Lay Off 1,000 People, Move HQ To Tokyo From Sweden As Part of Restructuring


Tumblr ‘Truly Disappointed’ That Twitter Revoked Its Friend-Finding Privileges


Why The OFT And FTC Let Facebook Buy Instagram: FB Camera Is Tiny, IG Makes No Money, And Google


President Reagan’s Son Wants To Free You From The Shackles Of Liberal Email At


Microsoft’s New Logo Is A Hop, Skip, And Straightened Character Away From Apple’s Typeface


Kodak Wants To Sell Film Business, Focus On Printers


Brain Hacking: Scientists Extract Personal Secrets With Commercial Hardware


Would You Pay $1,000 Per Month for a Private Jet Subscription?


Lolz! Oxford Dictionary Adds Ridic New Words


Dedicate Music to Your Facebook Friends With This Radio App


Celebrating 25 Trashy Years of ‘The Garbage Pail Kids’ [PICS]


Apple Is Ridiculously Valuable [INFOGRAPHIC]


38% of us Would Rather Clean a Toilet Than Think of New Password [STUDY]


5 Ways to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media


Obama Administration finalizes fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for cars sold in model years 2017-2025












Filter + Virgin America Announce ‘I’m With the Band’ Flight To LA For Culture Collide Festival

FILTER Magazine has partnered with Virgin AmericaCulture Collide festival sponsor — to present “I’m With the Band”, the cross-country flight headed to kick-start the highly anticipated music festival taking place October 4 – 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.

For the first time, festival attendees headed from New York to Los Angeles to attend Culture Collide can book a seat on the “I’m With the Band” flight featuring exclusive in-flight intimate live performances and DJ sets from notable talent including of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (DJ Set), School of  Seven Bells (DJ Set) and Penguin Prison (acoustic live set). The “I’m with the Band” experience is presented by Twonky.

“I have no idea what to expect from this 8 mile high DJ performance, my imagination is running wild with the possibilities,” says of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes.

Music fans flying on the Culture Collide “I’m With the Band” experience will receive a four-day wristband to the festival and will also have access to Culture Collide giveaways including signed swag and music from participating artists, “I’m With the Band” gift bags and more.

“Culture Collide is all about providing an incredibly unique experience for music fans, from our internationally eclectic line-up to the intimate and exclusive performances fans can experience while at the festival,” said Alan Miller, creator of Culture Collide and co-founder and co-publisher of FILTER Magazine.  “As the festival has expanded to draw fans from all over the U.S., we’ve partnered with Virgin America to fly fans out to the festival, providing them an unforgettable experience in the sky, and a taste of what they can expect while attending Culture Collide.”


“I’m With the Band” Flight Details:

Date: October 3, 2012


Flight 409

Departure Time: 11:30am

Arrival Time: 2:40 pm


To book the “I’m With the Band” flight, go here.

About FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival

FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide is a four-day international music festival taking place this October 4-7, welcoming artists from 25 countries and counting, bringing their unique perspectives on music and culture to LA’s East Side for a musical melting pot of live performances, film screenings, and happy hours featuring food and drink from around the world.

The festival will once again end with the Block Party, a free all-day event in Echo Park on Sunday, October 7th. This year’s festival features of Montreal, The Wombats, Patrick Wolf, Clinic, Niki and the Dove and many other international buzzworthy artists.

Limited Culture Collide festival wristbands are currently available for purchase priced at just $20 here.

For updated information and additional details on FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide festival, including participating countries, artist line-up and festival activities, please go here.


Aesop Rock Announces Fall Tour


Continuing the momentum of a successful summer tour, Aesop Rock has announced more dates in support of his latest album Skelethon, starting October 1 in Detroit with tickets are on sale today. Aesop is joined by Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz on stage with Dark Time Sunshine providing direct support and the mid-set haircut. Skelethon is out now on Rhymesayers Entertainment and marks Aesop’s first self-produced album, proving to be one of the most acclaimed hip-hop releases of the year.


…he’s arguably more of a one-man solar system than ever before. - PITCHFORK


“Skelethon sits comfortably with his best albums”- AV CLUB


“his darkest yet most accessible material yet”-LA TIMES


Oct 1- Milwaukee- Turner Hall

Oct 2- Detroit- Magic Stick

Oct 4- Pittsburgh- Altar Bar

Oct 5- Indianapolis- the Vogue

Oct 6- Nashville- Exit Inn

Oct 8- Lawrence KS- Granada

Oct 10- Boulder- Fox Theater

Oct 11- Colorado Springs- Black Sheep

Oct 12- Alburquerque NM- Sunshine



Aug 30           Santa Cruz, CA                   The Catalyst

Aug 31           Bakersfield, CA                    B Ryder’s

Sept 1             Las Vegas, NV                    LVCS

Sept 2             Los Angeles, CA                Fuck Yeah Fest

Sept 4             Reno, NV                         Knitting Factory

Sept 7             Spokane WA                     A Club

Sept 8            Yakima WA                        The Seasons

Sept 10          Eugene, OR                        WOW Hall

Sept 12          Arcata, CA                          Van Duzer Theater @ Humboldt State

Sept 13          Sacramento, CA                  Ace of Spades

Sept 14          Chico, CA                           El Rey Theatre

Sept 16          San Francisco, CA              The Fillmore


For more info on Aesop Rock, go here.

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest is back on a bangin’ new remix with Dwele, “What Proift”

For all of you faithful Hip Hop & A Tribe Called Quest fans, this is Phife’s first commercial release appearance since A Tribe Called Quest’s album the Love Movement back in 1998.

Check out the remix to Dwele‘s “What Profit” featuring Phife Dawg below:

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Afrolicious & Muvlikamor, Steven A. Clark, Journalist 103 featuring Freeway 7evenThirty featuring Sleepy Will & Kamikaze, Eddie Logix, DaM-FunK, Kendra Morris, Darnell Levine


DJ Vadim, Mulatto Patriot, Kon, Flying Lotus, The Sol Power All-Stars, Dhundee, Kevin Powell & Ms. Chu

FREE DOWNLOAD: Afrolicious & Muvlikamor, “Blazing in the People”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Steven A. Clark, “Seashore”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Journalist 103 featuring Freeway, “Danger”

FREE DOWNLOAD: 7evenThirty featuring Sleepy Will & Kamikaze, “Mysterious Business”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Eddie Logix, “Fish & Chips”

FREE DOWNLOAD: DaM-FunK, “17 Days”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kendra Morris, “No Love (But Your Love)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Darnell Levine, “Y&NL: Young & N Luv Acapella”

PODCAST: DJ Vadim, “Beautiful Jungle”

PODCAST: Mulatto Patriot, “Dubstep vs. Hip Hop”

PODCAST: Kon, “Kon & The Gang EP”

PODCAST: Flying Lotus, “Lovers Melt 3″

PODCAST: The Sol Power All-Stars,Live at U Street Music Hall”

PODCAST: Dhundee, “Eclectic Relaxation Volume 5″

PODCAST: Kevin Powell & Ms. Chu, “Michael Jackson: The Man, The Magic, The Movement”




Hieroglyphics & Friends Celebrate Hiero Day On September 3rd In Oakland

• All Ages • Free Event •
• Outdoor Concert • Live Performances • Food Trucks • Youth Performances •
• Local Vendors • Children’s Activities • Garden Installations •

This is the inaugural event for what will become an annual celebration showcasing a diversity of innovative, multicultural and local music. The festival will host Bay Area-based acts on the main stage located at the intersection of San Pablo and 17th Street, two blocks away from City Hall in the heart of Downtown Oakland, CA. The block party is designed to celebrate Oakland, support local business, community and underground Hip Hop culture. The all-ages, free festival will set itself apart by showing a commitment to booking independent and emerging artists who live and work in the community. Recognized for fostering a unifying atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music, Hiero Day is a local event with a citywide appeal and audience. The festival will remain free and accessible to all, regardless of income, thanks to generous sponsors who are recognized at the festival and in the lead-up to the event.

Location: On San Pablo Between 17th & 18th, Oakland CA

Hiero Day Line Up:

Planet Asia
Moe Green
Kev Choice
Z Man
Honor Roll
DJ DSharp

& More to be Announced!

SF Music Tech Summit XI Takes Place On October 9th

We are just 50 days away from SF MusicTech Summit XI, which is on October 9, 2012 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. We are doing all we can to make this the best Summit yet, and it’s shaping up to be another jam packed event!

Tickets are just under $300 if you use the discount code “50DAYS” until Thursday 8/23. Due to unprecedented demand, ticket prices will rise until we reach capacity. Register here.

Reserve a room at Hotel Kabuki with our discounted room block rate (registered attendees only). Some nights are almost sold out.So hurry and book your room now.

Are you a music technology early stage start-up? Enter the SF MusicTech Summit Start-Up Challenge for a chance to appear onstage at the next Summit, and/or earn great exposure and fabulous prizes. Apply here.


The speaker line-up is now in development, and includes such luminaries as:

  • Colin Brumelle – Twitter
  • Charles Caldas – Merlin
  • Hisham Dahud - / Fame House
  • Alexandra Greenberg – MSO PR
  • Jim Griffin – OneHouse LLC
  • Genevieve Jewell – The Collective
  • Rob Kaye – MetaBrainz
  • Sahil Lavingia – Gumroad
  • Evan Lowenstein – StageIt
  • David Lowery – Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven
  • Larry Marcus – Walden Venture Capital
  • Erin McKeown – Musician, Writer, Producer
  • Mark Montgomery – FLO {thinkery}
  • Chris Moulios – Mixinto
  • Dave Park – Jambandit
  • Stephen Phillips – We Are Hunted
  • Rob Reid – Author (founder
  • Steve Rennie – REN Management / Incubus
  • Scot Richardson – TicketMob
  • Julie Samuels – Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Theda Sandiford – Universal Republic Records
  • Matt Urmy – Artist Growth
  • Alex White – Next Big Sound
  • Brian Zisk – SF MusicTech Summit
  • And many, many more!
To suggest a speaker, please fill out our speaker application form.

A3C HipHop Fest Now Taking Submissions For Festival Opportunities

Producers, DJs, emcees, b-boys and b-girls from across the country will converge October 11-13, 2012 at the annual A3C Hip Hop Festival participating in a diverse array of events for competitive prize packages and career-breaking opportunities.

The annual iStandard Producer Showcase presented by Native Instruments and Maschine on October 11 places aspiring beatmakers in front of a panel of prominent industry executives like Grammy award-winning judges J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Needlz and Focus to receive constructive feedback and compete for a coveted prize package. go here and select ‘A3C’ for consideration.

The Needle To The Record (N2TR) DJ competition presented by Native Instruments on October 12 celebrates the prolific history of turntablism. Legendary Kool DJ Red Alert is one of the celebrity judges. N2TR will also feature performances by three-time Scribble Jam Champion DJ Presyce, DJ Teddy Two of the Awesome Two and a special live set by DMC Champion DJ Shiftee. DJs submit through August 22 here.

Enter the Cypher by IMSARAHWEST in partnership with V-103’s Greg Street and DJ Jelly features 10 unsigned artists from various regions competing across multiple elimination rounds. The winner performs an original set to culminate the evening in addition to receiving a prize package. A3C artists will also participate in a cypher showcase. Submit for Enter the Cypher before September 1 here.

In partnership with WonderRoot and the Atlanta Film Festival, A3C is seeking submissions for the A3C Film Festival. Submissions should be short films, 20 minutes or less, in digital format related to Hip Hop including narratives, documentaries and video art but excluding music videos. Submit before August 30 here.

Event updates will continue to be announced here through the start of the festival on October 11, 2012. For more information and to purchase passes, go here.

TECH NEWS I Congressman’s Remarks About Rape & Pregnancy Rebuked On Twitter, Judge Says Apple Lawyers Are “Smoking Crack” & more!


Google files new patent lawsuit against Apple, an impotent Facebook army, Pussy Riot’s new anti-Putin song, LMFAO at NASA Mars Rover parody, Anderson Cooper socializes the talk show, Julian Assange urges US to renounce the witch hunt against WikiLeaks & more!


Amazon Prime Instant Video Beefs Up Sports And Documentary Content, Adds ESPN’s 30 For 30 Film Series


Personalize Your Jambox Starting August 28, Jawbone Insiders and Klout Users To Get One Week Head Start


Google Files New Patent Lawsuit Against Apple, Seeks To Block iPhone, iPad & Mac Imports To U.S.


An Impotent Facebook Army: Non-voters Favor Obama 2-1


Facebook’s Stock Price Plunges In Early Trading A Day After The Lockup Expired


Congressman’s Remarks About Rape and Pregnancy Rebuked on Twitter


Silversun Pickups to Romney Campaign: Stop Using Our Song


Listen to Pussy Riot’s New Anti-Putin Song


The Hottest Laptop Bags for the Modern Working Girl [VIDEO]


Turn Your Instagram Pics Into Coasters [VIDEO]


Judge: Apple Lawyers ‘Smoking Crack’


LMFAO at NASA Mars Rover Parody [VIDEO]


How ‘Anderson Live’ Is Socializing the Talk Show


Assange: U.S. ‘Must Renounce Witch Hunt Against WikiLeaks’


Online Petition Urges NBC To Cancel ‘Star Earn Stripes’ For Glorifying War