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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » 2010 » September » 17

DJ Vinnie Esparza’s Friday Five

Delivered... globalnoize | Scene,This & That | Fri 17 Sep 2010 10:12 pm

Once again, back is the incredible…Friday Five!

Hard not to love this. Peruvian niceness.

Like a ton of bricks.

Do the Shing-a-ling or the Funky Broadway.


Another one for Sunday in the park.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend! www.djvinnie.net

News : Echo Park Retailers Partner With Culture Collide

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 9:18 pm
Echo Park Retailers Partner With Culture Collide

The first FILTER Magazine Culture Collide Festival is just weeks away and we’re happy to announce that the following Echo Park retailers will be celebrating the festival by offering the following promotions to wristband holders. Be sure to check out all that locals have to offer, we’ve got everything covered from coffee to clothing.

The Downbeat Café  - Coffee House/Café
1202 North Alvarado Street
Wristband holders receive a Free Latte with Sandwich purchase

Chango Coffee
1559 Echo Park Ave
Wristband holders receive 1 free small drip coffee to enjoy in house or to go

The Fretted Frog – Music Shop
1200 N Alvarado
Wristband holders receive 10% off strings and accessories

Echo Curio – Art Gallery
1519 Sunset Boulevard
Wristband holders receive free entry to the following events at Echo Curio
October 8th - KILLSONIC ENSEMBLE curates a night of gypsy jazz
October 9th - MOSES CAMPBELL + guests
October 10th - GREEN MACHINE STUDIOS curates a night of out-there experimentation

Origami – Vinyl Record Store
1816 West Sunset Boulevard
Wristband holders receive 10% off all records

Bobbie Boutique – Clothing Store
2213 Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders receive 10% off all purchases

Delilah Bakery
1665 Echo Park Ave
Mention the Culture Collide Special and receive a Free Cupcake with a purchase of $10 or more

Vacation Vinyl
3815 W Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders receive 10% off all vinyl

Blue Collar, For Working Dogs
1533 Echo Park Ave
Wristband holders and dog lovers receive 15% off everything (with the exception of canned food)

Masa Of Echo Park – Restaurant
1800 West Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders who dine at Masa will receive 10% off their meal (excluding beer + wine)

City Sip La – Wine + Beer Bar
2150 West Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders who dine at City Sip will receive 10% off (dining only)

Happy Tom’s – Restaurant
1807 W. Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders receive a 10% discount

Rodeo Mexican Grill – Restaurant
1721 W. Sunset Blvd
Wristband holders receive a 10% discount


For more info on tickets, line-up and all things Culture Collide, Click Here!

Media : The Thermals, Never Listen to Me

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 9:08 pm
The Thermals, Never Listen to Me

The Thermals have released another new single from their recently released album, Personal Life, titled "Never Listen to Me."

Unlike their previous release for "I Don't Believe You", this tune is a bit more mellow but still has that fuzz to it. The single can be downloaded below and can be purchased on 7" when it drops in October which will also include a new song titled "There Is Always a Reason." Download "Never Listen To Me" below courtesy of Pitchfork.

| The Thermals - 'Never Listen To Me' MP3 |

The Thermals have also added a few more dates to their upcoming fall tour. See below.
Pick up Personal Life here.

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

Contests : Win David Bowie “Station To Station” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD/Vinyl Set!

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 7:49 pm
Win David Bowie “Station To Station” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD/Vinyl Set!

“The return of The Thin White Duke…”

So begins David Bowie’s 10th studio album, Station To Station.  In part influenced by his role in Nicolas Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell To Earth, ever the innovator, Bowie became the character The Thin White Duke; a composite, part his character from the film, alien Thomas Jerome Newton, part Buster Keaton and part European cabaret artist. Station To Station became a top 5 success in the UK and US with it's 1976 release.  It would, as many commentators said, divide the decade for Bowie.  He thereafter left the US for Berlin with Iggy Pop and embarked on a journey which saw the creation of his seminal Berlin Trilogy.

Now, almost 35 years since it's release, Virgin/EMI has announced the release of a 3-CD Special Edition and 5-CD, DVD and heavyweight vinyl Deluxe Edition of Station To Station on September 28th. We've teamed up to offer one lucky FILTER reader the Deluxe Edition pack, including the previously unrelease and much sought-after concert "Live Nassau Coliseum 1976"!  As if that weren't enough, we're also throwing in an exclusive Station To Station t-shirt that's not available for purchase. Check out all the goods included in this Deluxe Edition below, and enter for your chance to win today!

The individually numbered Deluxe Edition is the ultimate fan’s experience, featuring 5 CDs, 3 x 12" heavyweight vinyl, DVD and tons of extras, all housed in a foam-packed box, 325x325x50mm. See full details below:

CD 1: Station To Station (original analogue master)
CD 2: Station To Station (1985 RCA CD master)

CD 3:  Singles Versions E.P.  (see below for further info)
1. Golden Years
2. TVC15
3. Stay
4. Word On A Wing (first time on CD)
CD 4:  Live Nassau Coliseum '76 - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
CD 5: Nassau Coliseum concert continued… PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DVD: Audio only:
Station To Station (original analogue master, 48/24 LPCM stereo)
Station To Station – (new Harry Maslin 5.1 surround sound DTS 48/24 and Dolby digital)
Station To Station (new stereo mix 48/24 LPCM stereo)        
LP 1: Station To Station (original analogue master)
Side 1:
1. Station To Station (10.11)
2. Golden Years (4.02)
3. Word On A Wing (6.01)
Side 2:
1. TVC15 (5.31)
2. Stay (6.12)
3. Wild Is The Wind (6.02)
LP 2:  Live Nassau Coliseum '76 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
(Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY, USA March 23, 1976)
Side 1:
1. Station To Station (11.53)
2. Suffragette City (3.31)
3. Fame (4.02)
Side 2:
1. Word On A Wing (6.06)
2. Stay (7.25)
3. Waiting For The Man (6.20)
4. Queen Bitch (3.12)
LP 3:  Nassau Coliseum concert continued… PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
Side 3:  
1. Life On Mars? (2.13)
2. Five Years (5.03)
3. Panic In Detroit (6.03)
4. Changes (4.11)
5. TVC15 (4.58)
Side 4:
1. Diamond Dogs (6.38)
2. Rebel Rebel (4.07)
3. The Jean Genie (7.28)

A 24-page booklet, including:
NEVER SEEN BEFORE Steve Schapiro photo
Geoff MacCormack photos
Andrew Kent live Nassau photos
Extensive memorabilia from the Bowie.net archives

6 panel folded poster – Steve Schapiro photo

Onstage folder, including:
Replica Backstage pass
Replica Biog
Individually numbered Replica Ticket
3 x 10 x 8” press shots

Replica Fan Club folder, including:
Replica Fan Club Membership card
Replica Fan Club certificate
2 small Collectors cards
2 photo prints
Replica biography
2 Badges

Enter at FILTERmagazine.com

Media : Maximum Balloon, Groove Me

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 7:24 pm
Maximum Balloon, Groove Me

TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek's new project Maximum Balloon has a debut album dropping this coming Tuesday. So far, we have seen a few videos and have heard a few songs from his self-titled record. Today we bring you his new video for "Groove Me."

This time, Sitek recruits Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London to lend his skills to the track who appears in the video in both physical and visual form. The clip follows both London and Sitek from a laundromat to a house party where they boogie down!

Make sure you pick up Maximum Balloon which drops September 21st on DGC/Interscope.

News : New Radiohead Material On Its Way

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 6:04 pm
New Radiohead Material On Its Way

A few months ago, Radiohead hinted at possible new material for later this year. According to this essay by Colin Greenwood, Radiohead's bassist, they have finished recording a bunch of new songs, and are figuring out how to release them.

The essay was done for the UK's Index on Censorship where Greenwood gives the readers a look inside of Radiohead's take on releasing music in 2010. He explains their thoughts on the ins and outs of releasing music, the differences in markets, and record labels.

Read the whole essay right here.

Tascam DR-03

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 5:54 pm
This recorder packs 24-bit recording with built-in stereo mics into a package smaller than an energy bar. The DR-03 records to microSD media, and a 2GB card is included to start capturing audio right away.

Tascam’s New $99 Portable Stereo Recorder, with Pitch Control

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 5:40 pm

There was a time when Tascam was associated with cheap, solid mobile gear for recording, like the Portastudio. The handheld DR-03 could be a landmark for a more digital age. It’s just US$99 for a microSD recorder with built-in stereo mic in a package Tascam describes as “smaller than an energy bar.” It’s designed to be operated handheld without a lot of noise (we’ll have to test that), and – in what I think may be the killer feature – it includes looping and Variable Speed Audition, so you can use it easily as a practice, music transcription, or interview transcription tool. Just slow down the audio, without impacting the pitch.

Feature set from Tascam:

  • Stereo condenser microphone design
  • Up to 48kHz/24-bit WAV recording or MP3 recording modes
  • Records to microSD media
  • Auto-recording function starts when input exceeds a reference level
  • Limiter, low cut filter and auto gain control for input
  • Variable Speed Audition changes the playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Loop playback mode
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer
  • 1/8″ stereo microphone/line input
  • 1/8″ stereo headphone output
  • 96×96 backlit LCD display
  • Powered by two AAA batteries or USB bus power
  • Built-in speaker
  • Built-in desktop stand
  • Includes 2GB microSD card and AAA batteries

Oh, and the one thing Tascam doesn’t mention, but you can see on their site — the stereo mic flips out like cute Mickey Mouse ears.

Available now.

And yes, there are higher-end options from Tascam if you so choose, though that gets them into competition with Sony, Roland/Edirol, M-Audio, Korg, and Zoom, all of whom make some nice options. I’m guessing the $100 price point and pitch control option could be the winner for a lot of customers.

See also the awesome and likewise adorable Zoom H1:
Zoom H1 @ Samson

Big minus for the H1: no pitch control. Big plus for the H1: a shoe mount for attaching to a camera. That’s probably your deciding point right there. The Tascam only works as a handheld, so you’ll have to prop it up against something. If transcription is your main application, the Tascam wins. If you want to be able to shoot with a camera or put it somewhere other than your hand or balanced on a ledge, the Zoom is a better choice.

SoundCloud + TuneCore Get Your Music Sold Online; Hear Some Artists

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 5:21 pm

Whether or not the ability to use TuneCore as a way to get an iTunes Ping page piqued your interest, if you’re generally interested in selling your music online, here’s some more interesting news. SoundCloud has teamed up with TuneCore to allow you to sell singles and albums in a variety of online stores, including Nokia phones, Amazon MP3, Zune, Emusic, and of course iTunes.

TuneCore’s approach is pretty simple: accounts are free, and you play a flat fee ($9.99 per single, $49.99 per album) to distribute music online in all the stores. You keep all of the royalties; once TuneCore gets their flat fee, they’re out of the picture fee-wise.

Another interesting angle to me of all of this is what it may mean for Creative Commons-licensed music. There’s nothing stopping you from self-releasing an entire album under a permissive CC license, sharing it with communities of samplers and remixers on Creative Commons, but also generating revenue by selling it online.

The SoundCloud angle here isn’t complicated; it’s just some nice integration of the two accounts to save you some time. Given the rabid following SoundCloud has started to generate, though, that’s significant. “Fatigue” is really the largest problem facing social music, as a huge array of competitors try to get the attention of artists – most of them, quite frankly, fairly useless. TuneCore is very much in the non-useless category from where I sit, and getting them and SoundCloud in front of artists could be really valuable (indeed, maybe far more valuable than iTunes Ping).

Here’s the full explanation from the SoundCloud blog:
SoundCloud + TuneCore: Getting your music sold just got easier

If you’re curious who’s using TuneCore, this compilation could give you some idea. In a promotion, Yamaha (yes, the music gear and instrument makers) have worked with Amazon MP3 and TuneCore to put out a free album of TuneCore artists:
26 Free Songs. 26 TuneCore Artists.

Updated – I should note, I do hope this is the first step. The killer feature here would be “buy” links right on SoundCloud, but that doesn’t appear to be implemented yet. And as noted by Steve of sighup in comments, part of the reason you don’t hear more about TuneCore from folks in this community is because, while it covers big-bucket distributors well, it doesn’t cover the kind of niches a lot of readers here want covered. And, indeed, focused retailers – whether direct sales or places like Beatport, Other, 7Digital, and Bleep – often generate more sales within a lot of genres, based on conversations I’ve had with artists. I’ll talk to TuneCore about what their plans may be there. On the other hand, what it illustrates is that there isn’t any one solution that works for everyone – cool as TuneCore is, part of what makes those smaller stores work is the relationships they build directly with labels and artists.

Anyway, enough shilling for TuneCore – let’s hear what you think. Are you currently using TuneCore, or an alternative outlet? What’s your experience been? Or are you leaving this to your label?

Want to Get on iTunes Ping? TuneCore Artist Ping Pages Go Live

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 5:08 pm

Look, it’s not Katy Perry! Yes, individual artist pages are possible on Ping. TuneCore can help make the process easy. Shown here: singer/songwriter Andrew Belle, who helped TuneCore document the process. Check out his artist page in iTunes.

What’s a social network for music discovery if there aren’t any artists? As covered previously, Apple’s Ping on launch was a pretty big flop. With no custom artist pages, artists felt left out of the party – and would-be users found themselves scratching their heads as iTunes mindlessly recommended U2 and Lady Gaga to everyone.

At the very least, as expected, we should start to see artists appear on Ping – and now there’s a way for you to be one of those artists, if you desire.

Ping’s reliance on the iTunes client and exclusively music purchased from the iTunes store remains worrisome, but if you’re an artist whose music is on iTunes and want to get in front of some extra eyeballs, we’ve got good news. TuneCore is a service designed to help artists distribute their music by managing the complexities of the various digital storefronts out there. That makes them a natural choice for helping get artists onto Ping – even if your music is in other places, too (like eMusic, Amazon, and Amie Street).

TuneCore was apparently on the phone with Apple the day Ping launched. And they now have Artist Ping accounts live. Here’s the full story, with some additional thoughts from TuneCore for CDM.

TuneCore posted an update at the beginning of this week announcing that they had set up Ping artist pages for their TuneCore artists:
Artist Ping Accounts [TuneCore blog]


First an artist, or their representative, is verified as the authorized person to control the Artist Ping account (i.e. no, you cannot pretend to be Iggy Pop). This is done via TuneCore coordinating with TuneCore Artists and then relaying information to Apple.

Once this info is received by Apple, Apple emails out a unique url link specific to the artist, this link is then clicked on, when its clicked on the iTunes software opens in your browser and says “Ping Aritst Account” – it will ask you to log in with your iTunes user name/password or you can create a new iTunes account just for your Ping Artist account.

Whatever account you use to log in will be part of your Ping Artist Account. One of the things the Ping Artist and People account will do is display what you bought via that account on your Ping page.

So, if you are Motorhead and you buy the Strawberry shortcake “Rockaberry Roll” album (and yes, that is the name of a real album, I just looked it up) – this will appear on your Ping Artist Page.

Once in your Ping account you will be able to upload assets, etc. There may be a slight delay before they appear as Apple will check to assure the movies/images are not pornographic.

So, the bad news here to me is that there’s not really a whole lot of interaction on the page – for now, at least, a lot of this is just you buying music from iTunes. But if you’re willing to put in the time, and you have a lot of fans or listeners on iTunes, at least you now have a pretty easy avenue to get there. (Many readers’ response to Ping was, in part, social network fatigue, so I think it’s really in Apple’s court to provide more compelling reasons for artists to bother. Then again, you know your iTunes sales, and that may be the deciding factor.)

For their part, TuneCore defends the added work for the verification process:

There are literally millions of bands on iTunes. Apple has to come up with a way to authenticate that the entity that lays claim to the Radiohead etc Ping Artist page is actually authorized to do so.

To control this, there has to be a manual process (at least at inception) where Apple literally reaches out to an artist via the entity that provided iTunes the music so they can assure the control for that Artist’s Ping page is actually the person/entity that has the right to do so.

This would be consistent with the high quality experience that Apple provides. It’s an Apple process that many others do not do.

That makes some sense – see also the verified accounts on Twitter. On the other hand, to me the real challenge on Ping isn’t only opening up artist accounts, but providing a reason for artists to go there, and that remains to be seen.

Jeff Prince from TuneCore provided some additional information on how this works, including some best-guess attempts outside TuneCore.

CDM: Can you tell me – obviously there are advantages to going through TuneCore, but how would an artist work directly with Apple if they don’t work with TuneCore?

Jeff: Whatever entity the artist used to get their music into iTunes would be the default go to – there are exceptions (i.e. a huge multi-national act signed to a major may have its own pre-existing relationship with Apple where the management company has previously been verified).

As for TuneCore’s part, can any TuneCore artist go through your process — assuming their music is on iTunes?


Any indication yet whether this will start to correct the current follower suggestions from Apple (i.e., the fact that everyone is supposed to be a Lady Gaga fan)? ;)

My guess is that the algorithm’s need information/data to get more accurate. As more people sign up and use Ping, there is more data which allows the suggestions to get more accurate/interesting. But to me the real value is in the curated suggestions by People/Artists, not so much the automated recommendations.

Thanks, Chris. Well, so, folks, if you do hop on there and like what you see, feel free to share your experiences and Ping artist pages. And if you’re still unimpressed, well, of course, we’ll continue to look at other options for social music online, of which Ping is just one.

Focus on France: Sety/Circus Company

Delivered... Posted by Beatportal | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 4:26 pm
Circus Company started out in the early '00s as a home for the rough-cut funk and lopsided minimal techno of artists like Ark, Isolee, Krikor, and a then-unknown group called Noze, and over the years they've evolved into one of Paris' most exciting labels, reaching far beyond the city's borders to bring us artists like Samim, MyMy, Dave Aju, and Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts. 2010 has found the label on a serious roll, ranging from Seth Troxler & Deetron to the up-and-coming Nicolas Jaar to GATCDs' boundary-pushing Breaking the Fourth Wall. The label will soon release dOP's debut album, Greatest Hits, which is likely to turn up on many a best-of-2010 list. For our latest installment of the Focus on France series, we checked in with Circus Company head Mathias Duchemin, aka DJ/producer Sety. Read on for the interview, and don't forget to get your free copy of our Focus on France compilation featuring dOP, Cassius, Handycraft, Dan Ghenacia, Arandel, and Martin Solveig remixed by the Bloody Beetroots.

Read more on Beatportal

Album of the Week: Rick Wilhite presents Vibes New & Rare Music

Delivered... Posted by Philip Sherburne | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 4:05 pm
We usually reserve the Album of the Week spot for "artist albums"—that is, the work of a single producer or group—but this week we turn our attention to a compilation: Rush Hour's Vibes New & Rare Music. Named after the Detroit record store run by Rick Wilhite (aka the Godson), Vibes New & Rare showcases new and exclusive material from Wilhite's friends and peers. Alongside established (even legendary) figures like Theo Parrish, Sherard Ingram's Urban Tribe, Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka Moodymann) and Glenn Underground, you'll find up-and-comers like Kyle Hall and other relatively unfamiliar names (Raybone, Derwin Hall). What they all share in common is an approach to Midwestern house and techno that's classic without getting mired in tradition. Many of these tracks sound like they could have been recorded at any point in the past decade and a half—in the best way. They don't play at being soulful; they take "soul" as a point of departure for some truly out-there grooves. A world away from the pristine, sample-CD-based productions of so much contemporary deep house, these artists aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, with plenty of grit and discord underlying even the sweetest chord progression. Simply put, anyone into old-school-yet-adventurous house and techno needs to check this out. You'll find audio clips of all 14 tracks after the jump.

Read more on Beatportal

Holy Ghost! in the machines

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 4:02 pm
Alex and Nick from DFA duo Holy Ghost! talk Spank! Records through the impressive selection of hardware they have collected to create their studio, and talk about what gear they have used on various tracks.

Premium Members winner: Alexander Fog

Delivered... Stefski | Scene,This & That | Fri 17 Sep 2010 3:44 pm


Guess who just won the Premium members contest on Let’s Mix? Alexander Fog, that’s who! Here’s a glimpse of what the feature will look like once DJ Mag hits the stands.

We ran out of space for the interview, but we wanted to share this part of the Q&A with you guys.

Looking at some of your promo pics… what do you do to stay fit and avoid bad food on tour? How can we have a belly which is not flappy like ours?

- Ha ha, I need to say that I’m not putting in too many hours of gym, now that studio time consumes all my days. So maybe my belly has got a little bigger too.
- Eating and drinking on the fly makes you fat, and fat fast. The best rule is to sleep well, and have a good session in the gym to throw the stress of your body. Try stay away from carbs. Pizza… whoa. And also, have a very good sexual life.

Get the full story in the forthcoming issue of DJ Mag!

Alexander Fog TMR @ DjMag Comp from technomafia at Letsmix.com

Alexander Fog TMR @ DjMag Comp from technomafia at Letsmix.com.

Welcome to the world of Marcel The Shell

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Fri 17 Sep 2010 1:28 pm

Certain things on the Internet posses a life of its own, viral videos like the Evian Baby (record-breaking 28 million YouTube views) or the Star Wars Kid (18 million YouTube views) or even the Justin Beiber drone craze, instantly connect with people.

It’s usually hard to put a finger on why things seem to stick and others not. But we can definitely see why Marcel the shell With Shoes On has exploded. It has short video that possesses intelligence, ingenuity and brilliant humor.

Based on the life of a snail shell called Marcel, the camera follows Marcel inside its intimate world, a hilarious and quirky peek at what its like being a snail shell with shoes on. Marcel is the product of director Dean Fleischer-Camp who has worked with Zach Galifianakis and TV station Comedy Central alongside Saturday Night Live‘s Jenny Slate who provided the voice.
Slate’s inimitable voice provides Marcel with a brilliant Wes Anderson/Charlie Brown affection that hits every nail on the head.

It’s really hard to explain just how strange, funny and brilliant it really is, the video is fast approaching 1 million hits on YouTube and we can probably expect a run-off TV show with accompanying merchandise very soon.
My favorite line, well we have a few, but one being, "One time I nibbled on a piece of cheese and my cholesterol went up to 900" or "Guess what I use as a bean bag? A raisin "

Just have a look for yourself:

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