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News : Weekly Picks 09.20.10

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 11:31 pm
Weekly Picks 09.20.10

FILTER likes music. There's no hiding it. We also like our own opinions a whole bunch, so once a week we give the masses a fleeting glimpse into our selective stereos to let them see firsthand what fuels our endless devotion. We like to think of it as community service. We're selfless like that. So without further ado, here are the official, inarguable, objectively good Filter Weekly Picks. And in case you trust our tastes that much, click on the links below for some sample tracks (not all releases have samples available) from these releases, and even buy it if you feel so inclined. Yeah, we're good at what we do:

The Tallest Man on Earth - Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird EP

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

Margot & the nuclear so and so's - Buzzard

Hanni El Khatib - "Dead Wrong"

The Drums - The Drums

It's Kind of a Funny Story - Music From The Motion Picture

Tired Pony - The Place We Ran From

Mackintosh Braun - Where We Are

Suuns - Zeroes EP

S. Carey - All We Grow

Moby salutes San Gennaro

Delivered... Posted by Alex Hughes | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 8:51 pm
If he ever gets tired of making music, Moby could always turn his attentions to being an essayist, perhaps a travel writer. Unlike most artist/celebrity blogs, Moby's is actually worth reading—an ever-engaging view into his, wry, slightly neurotic world. Today's post is a good-natured stab at revisionism, using a video camera and a little background piano to try to redeem Little Italy's San Gennaro festival, once a staple of Italian-American culture, but now "an opportunity for people to come to my neighborhood and eat sausages and throw up on each other while wearing novelty t-shirts." Find more posts like it at www.moby.com/journal.

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Kiko De Gallo Show vol.14 – Heavy Bass Reggae Mix

Delivered... globalnoize | dj mixes,Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 8:13 pm

Kiko De Gallo
has been putting out a steady stream of island and Tropi heavy podcasts at the amazing Groovalizacion site.
Check out his latest Heavy Bass Reggae mix here.
Set list and info after the break.

New Jamaican music mix built with strictly 45’s. You will hear a lot of heavy bass beats, dub productions, and lyrics inspired by the Rastafarian culture and religion. One love, One God, Haile Selassie. Babylon, and the search of Zion.
When you listen, relax and enjoy, and let peace fill your soul.
1- Michael Prophe – Gunman
2- The Heptones – Sufferers Time
3- Barrington Levy – Shine Eye Gal
4- The Silverstones – Jah Jah Children
5- Hugo Mundell – Jaqueline
6- Johnny Osborne – Man Of Jahoviah
7- Barrington Levy – Jah Blacks
8- Michael Prophet – Warn Them Jah
9- Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie
10- Johnny Clarke – African People
11- Barrington Levy – Lose Respect
12- See I – Why Not Tonight
13- Damian Marley & Nas – Road To Zion
14- Anthony B – Woman Dem A Mine
15- Pinchers – Heathen
16- Frost & Wagner – Big Disgrace
17- Little Madness – Mother Country
18- Wailing Souls – Firehouse Souls
19- Michael Prophet – Righteous Are The Conqueror
Special thanks to dj Vinnie Esparza (San Francisco) for helping me to find the gems.

Click HERE or click on this link:http://www.groovalizacion.com/article1632.html?lang=en to listen to this mix, enjoy the Groovalizacion 24/7 web radio, read articles, learn about the charts and more.


Meet Hypno

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 8:11 pm
Sonic Router/The Quietus speaks with breakthrough Icelandic producer Kari Guomundsson, AKA Hypno, whose releases for Haunted Audio and PTN have been catching columnist Oli Marlow's ear. You also get a 14-track Hypno mix for your click-through effort.

Shipping: Magneto Audio Labs VariOhm

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 6:30 pm
The VariOhm is connected between the microphone and the microphone preamp, either the built-in preamp of a mixer or an external mic pre may be used. The concept behind VariOhm is that impedances of microphones and preamps vary considerably. The resulting impedance relationship is a key factor in determining the sound and tonal characteristics of the audio. The central element VariOhm uses are custom-built transformers. These impart much sought after audio characteristics associated with great analog sound.

Drums on Demand Heartbeat Hip-Hop

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 6:27 pm
This collection offers 800-plus drum loops and single hits in 15 Song Sets® played by a live drummer. Heartbeat Hip-Hop features world-class drummer Eric Valentine, who has toured with artists such as Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Dionne Warwick, Steve Lukather (Toto) and more.

Data+Music: Echo Nest and 7Digital on Discovery, Ping, and Social Music’s Future

Delivered... IE-mAdmin | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 5:28 pm


Remember the music industry? We used to talk about radio play and record deals. Now, we’re talking developers, APIs, and analytics. Of course, the test, now as then, is whether there’s actually substance for music listeners and artists. On Friday, we looked at Apple’s Ping and how, via TuneCore, artists who aren’t Lady Gaga can get their own pages. We also saw some vigorous discussion of TuneCore, which helps you get your music into “big bucket” sites like Amazon and iTunes, and SoundCloud, who together offer integrated sharing and distribution.

The Echo Nest is an unusual animal in this landscape, an “intelligent platform” for other tools built on machine listening. Via algorithms that analyze music and try to absorb human knowledge about music, Echo Nest powers apps that do everything from matching beats to workouts to tracking data for artists and labels. They even apply natural language algorithms to try to absorb text about music, meaning a robot may be … listening to … everything I say. Okay, moving on… (This leads to some interesting sci fi scenarios… No! Robot! Obey your master! You will NOT harm Katy Perry!) Check out how it works.

The latest news from Echo Nest: they’re partnering with online store 7Digital to connect all that data with some actual music sales opportunities. The result: a DIY online music store platform. Developers can create their own applications and music sales websites, drawing on all of the intelligent data on music from Echo Nest – from machine-analyzed news feeds to musical attributes of individual tracks – with the 7Digital store. 7Digital is now up to 10 million songs, with art, previews, and sales. And whereas a lot of deals (like Ping) are closed, in this case the “product” is actually a toolkit that relies on developers to do interesting things. Whether or not this particular idea gets traction, that’s an interesting shift in models.

If you’re skeptical about those machine algorithms, you’ll be gratified to know even Echo Nest’s own Brian Whitman conceded around the Ping launch that he has “a strong aversion to music recommenders and music similarity services.” And Whitman knows his stuff – he’s an MIT Media Lab PhD and co-founder of the company. But there’s no saying this has to be limited to recommendations – as those jogging apps that analyze tempo illustrate.

I spoke to Echo Nest to find out more about the new offering, and to see what they think about other trends, like Apple’s much-hyped – then much-criticized – Ping.

Jim Lucchese of Echo Nest and developer Paul Lamere respond.

CDM: How do the two APIs fit together? That is, given that The Echo Nest and 7digital each have their own open APIs to begin with, what’s unique here about the joint offering?

Paul: We’ve incorporated 7Digital Artist and song IDs into our Rosetta stone system. [Ed. As the name implies, that's a mechanism for translating all the different ID numbers used by music databases for tracking songs, since there's no universal numbering system for music.]

This means that developers can use 7Digital Artist and Song IDs with our APIs, and can instruct our APIs to return 7Digital IDs.

In addition, all Echo Nest results can be limited to the 7Digital ID space. This is useful for tasks such as search and artist similarity. For instance, we can limit the results of an artist similarity query to include just artists that are in the 7Digital catalog.

We have also applied the Echo Nest analyzer to each of the 10 million or so 7Digital tracks. This means that we have a very detailed understanding of what every song in the 7Digital catalog sounds like. We know the tempo, mode, key, time signature. We have a detailed understanding of the loudness profile of the song and of the rhythm structure of the song, we know where all the bars, beats and tatums are. We have a detailed understanding of the harmonic and timbral content of each of the songs. With the Echo Nest / 7Digital partnership, developers can get access to this detailed analysis for any of the 7Digital tracks and use this analysis for all sorts of apps.

The Analysis data allows developers to create interesting playlists using the new Echo Nest Playlist API based on the 7Digital catalog. For instance, a developer could create a playlist of songs by artists similar to Lady Gaga with a tempo between 120 and 135 BPMs. You can read more about the playlisting API on my blog [Music Machinery]:

Is that a million songs in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Echo Nest Playlist API Methods

Is this something that might become relevant to other stores, too — provided, of course, they were as open as 7digital is with their data?

Jim: We expect so, though we’ve found that 7Digital is definitely the most forward-thinking around open API access and developer offerings.

You mentioned that monetization for developers could be a big draw. How does that work — is it simply a 7digital affiliate program, essentially?

Jim: Yes. It’s like an uber affiliate network of developers. Sell tracks through your app and get a cut of each sale.

The Echo Nest workshop

Paul addresses London’s Music Hack Day earlier this month, showing off all the machine listening and reading APIs can do. Photo (CC-BY) Thomas Bonte.

What sorts of applications do you imagine this might encourage?

Paul: I see a wide range of possibilities here:

  • Music discovery apps – given the deep data that Echo Nest has about music coupled with the content that 7Digital can provide will make it much easier for developers to create new music discovery and exploration apps – think of a next generation of Ishkur’s guide to electronic music
    [4], or musicovery [mood-based radio search]
  • Music listening apps – Applications that help people listen to music – for instance I can imagine a pandora-style app that gives the user more control over the listening experience – ‘more music like this but with more energy’ or ‘give me music by hair metal bands from the 70s that are from the UK’
  • Music Interaction apps – since developers have access to a detailed analysis of each track, it would be possible for developers to create interesting music visualizers that respond to the music
  • Apps that we can’t even think of – never underestimate the creativity of a developer – someone will create something that we can’t think of around music that we can’t even imagine now, but will become a big part of our music experience.

Artists are becoming increasingly excited about engaging these platforms themselves, particularly as many of them get more savvy about development and use independent distribution to get their work out there. Is there a place for music makers to do something with this kind of technology?

Paul: That’s a big question – some areas where platforms like 7Digital/Echo Nest platform will be relevant to artists are:

  • Interactive media – the recent Arcade Fire interactive video ‘The Wilderness Downtown‘ is an excellent example of the type of interactive app that artists will be able to create on top of platforms like 7Digital/Echo Nest/
  • Analytics about fans – artists are spending more time figuring out how to market their music. APIs around data about who is listening to, going to shows, or writing about an artist will be very useful for artists

What about the end user (that is, the listener) – what will this allow a music lover to do that they couldn’t before?

Paul: As the music app space developers, we will see better applications for music discovery and exploration. A music lover will be able to find more interesting music that they will like.

Music listening apps can be greatly improved with access to all of the contextual information about the artist and the song, along with recommendations for other artists And you can see context-dependent playlisting – a user could create a ‘jogging’ playlist that has songs at just 135 BPM, or a high school reunion playlist of pop songs from 1985.

Team Echo Nest Track Suits

The Echo Nest developer team. Photo (CC-BY) Chris Kelly.

One of the things that struck me about Apple’s Ping announcement was that – while we’re waiting on information about any potential API – the general sense was of something pretty walled-off, specific to just their store, in the client software, and not connected to the Web and across platforms. Do you see a contrast in philosophy here?

Also, the initial reaction of the press surprised me; the first response was that Apple’s installed user base would just wipe everyone else out. I disagree, but how do you see open offerings like this fitting into (or providing alternatives to, or both) that Apple ecosystem?

Paul: There’s no question that Apple’s installed base makes their foray into social music a significant event. Millions of people who would never think of visiting a social music site like Last.fm will now become part of a social music network. That will be good. Music is very social, and one of the best ways to discovery new music is through one’s friends. However, social music systems can have some problems: Feedback loops, decreasing diversity in listening, susceptibility to hacking, schilling and spamming, and the cold start problem (where new artists have no way to break into the listening rotation) are all issues that plague social recommender systems.

Systems that can draw on multiple sources of data – social data, plus other data like curated reviews, blog posts and the content of the music itself can provide a way to avoid the problems inherent in social-only systems. I think that music discovery applications that are built on broad sets of data (like we are building here at the Echo Nest) will ultimately do a better job in helping people finding new music.

The most interesting possibility I see with the opening up of all the different music-oriented APIs is the emergence of a thriving music application developer community – (like we are starting to see coming out of the Music Hack Days). This developer community is ultra creative and they love music. They love to listen to it, and they love to create it. I am convinced that these developers are going to have as much of an impact on the future of music as the iPod did. These developers will be creating the applications that will help all of us to create, to discover, to interact with and to listen to music.

News : The Orbans Drop Debut Album, Play Viper Room 9/22

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 5:00 pm
The Orbans Drop Debut Album, Play Viper Room 9/22

Hailing from Fort Worth Texas, The Orbans are set to release their debut album, When We Were Wild.

The catchy album is full of energy and pop hooks that grab you at first listen. NPR says that the record is "a tasteful brand of lush, roots-tinged indie-folk, the band is about as far from trendy as Fort Worth is from Brooklyn, and songs like "Like a Liar" sound all the more engaging for it."

Want to hear it for yourself? The Orbans When We Were Wild is available right now at iTunes!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can catch The Orbans at the Viper Room on September 22nd.

See the show details HERE.

Pick up When We Were Wild right here.

See Sleigh Bells’ Infinity Guitars

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 4:42 pm
The former stars of RA's Breaking through feature turn pyromaniacs on the video for their latest single "Infinity Guitars."

Galaktika launch new label

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 4:30 pm

Stalwart house & techno label Galaktika are joining an ever increasing number of imprints who are setting up vinyl only sub-labels, and flying in the face of accepted logic that the days of physical record sales are numbered. However, Galaktika are not taking the 100 copies, mysterious producer route with their Apersonal label which has been set up by Andres Vegas and Maurice Aymard.

Supported and presented as a proper label, with artwork and press, the first release is a a slice of stripped back slab of kosmiche from Venezuelan pridcuer Trujillo. Baby You are Still the Same is also backed up by remixes from Portugal’s Social Disco Club and Mark E who does his best Newworldaquarium impression. Expect big things to come from Apersonal.

APERSONAL001 is released on October 4th.

Steve Lawler announces fall tour

Delivered... Posted by Beatportal | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 1:26 pm
Steve Lawler will be hitting the high road in style this fall, as he charters a bus to take him on a North American tour hitting 13 cities. He'll be accompanied by VIVa MUSiC artists Leon and David Pher, kicking off in Vancouver, BC on October 20 and wraps up on November 6 in New York. Lawler has been bringing the VIVs spirit truly alive at his Space residency on Ibiza this summer, earning a nomination as Best Tech House DJ at Pacha's 2010 DJ Awards, and now he'll bring that energy to four corners of the continent, from Vancouver to Baja Mexico, and from Miami to Montreal. VIVa itself has had a productive summer, averaging two releases per month. The newest, Horatio and Sinc's "Ramayana," is out today, featuring remixes from Carlo Lio and Darius Syrossian & Nyra. And coming up in October, Lawler drops "Gimme Some More," a collaboration with Atlanta's Roland Clark that features remixes from Audiofly, Guti, And.id, Mendo, David K, Daniel Dubb, and Sean Miller alongside three original versions from Lawler himself.

Read more on Beatportal

Octave One talk Tokyo

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 12:28 pm
The Detroit duo give their thoughts about performing at the first Audio Tokyo Electronic Music Festival and the state of the Tokyo music scene in general.

Outlook in four minutes

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 7:30 am
Pry Media's VJing team have compiled a short video of the Croatian dubstep festival, utilising time-lapse and and rapid fire photography to capture the likes of Scuba, Mala and Mungo's Hi-Fi.

Trent Reznor Unleashes The Social Network Film Score EP for Free

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 7:00 am
You can finally get yer digital mitts on songs from Trent Reznor's film score for The Social Network that he worked on with Atticus Ross. He's offering a free 5 song EP.

Bestival 2011 Puts Early Bird Tickets on Sale

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 20 Sep 2010 7:00 am
This year's Bestival may have just happened a little over a week ago, but the 2011 Bestival is already gearing up by placing early bird tickets on sale.
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