Saturday, September 02, 2006

the shuffle. [9/2/06].

Another Saturday night... loads of new tunes, nice cool weather, and a sixer of Heineken Light. This brew is not bad at all --- for the Heineken nut I am, the taste is not that off from the regular Heineken. There is a bit of an after-taste, but I highly recommend this for those who want that great taste without the calories.

Wifey and I finally got my son's heartbeat recorded to the PC, thanks to BébéSounds. It's essentially a radio-frequency mic that pics up the sounds, kind of like an unharmful ultrasound would. I will be uploading the .wav file soon for consumption. So proud.

Oh, I caught Act I of Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke, and it's a great piece of film. It's a standard documentary, but if you ever wanted to learn more about Hurricane Katrina and it's impact on the Gulf States, check it out.

In any case, this week was a doozy on the news, but with the VMAs and other nonsense, we've got some nice pieces to share.

01/During the VMAs, Mos Def got arrested outside of Radio City Music Hall, during an impromptu of his track "Katrina Klap". Word is that Mos had a flatbed pull up outside of the VMAs and was asked if he had a permit. Of course the nigga ain't have one, so they let him finish the track, and proceeded to haul him to jail. His crew says he shut down the performance when he heard of the cops' presence, but they overreacted and took him in. They say video was taken that night, and it will be published somewhere soon (YouTube?), so we'll keep eyes peeled for that.

02/Speaking of the VMAs, I do have one gripe. For the last few years, the Rock artists have always alluded to being proud that there is still a "place for Rock" on MTV, as if the channel is 24/7 Rap & R&B. Now, keep in mind, that guys like James Blunt were winning that night; Panic! At The Disco got mad play as well. Fall Out Boy, Jack White and his house band played in and out of EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK, and they even had the nerve to bring out Axl Rose AND Lou Reed's wrinkled ass on the air, for God knows what reason, but I am to feel sorry for these guys who think MTV has no place for Rock? MTV IS A ROCK STATION THAT HAPPENS TO PLAY URBAN MUSIC. Don't get it twisted. Sucker Free Sunday is one thing; the rest of the week is Emo nonsense, Jared Leto's creepy looking band, and Pop. Give me a fucking break, place for Rock.

03/For a Hip-Hop spin on things, XXL Mag decided to let the world know some of the Rap videos MTV has banned, and why. It's all Rap, varying from things like Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona" to The Pack's "Vans". Check it out.

04/Who knew that Chris Tucker spent the last 5 years doing kid's charity? This week, he spoke on where he's been, his upcoming comedy tour, and the start of shooting on Rush Hour 3, which begins on Sept. 25th in Paris (how that fits into the story, who knows). I do think it's kind of odd that he said Ice Cube wanted to pay him in CDs for Friday sequels, but I would have walked away from that, too. Fucking #25 million for RH3? Smart man...

05/As of right now, you guys feel as though the White People are going to win the Survivor Race War. You can still vote, so please do. Let the world know how you feel... I still say the Whites will win, but who knows!

06/Fucking US b-ball team won a Bronze in the World Championships. They let Greece smack them the other night, which disappointed me, since they were murking any and everyone in the previous games. At least they did better than the team 2 years ago. Is 'Melo set to keep that pace going when the regular season comes to pass? Let's hope so!

07/After all of the bullshit, lies and king prawn, John Mark Karr's DNA did not match, so the charges got dropped. I knew it all along, for his story was being refuted by everyone in his family, but you know, DNA is the final straw. That's not what got me ticked off at this pussy, though... did you hear that, not only has he written a manuscript that he wishes becomes a movie, in which he wants to Johnny Depp to portray him? What kind of shit... it's like he kept this nonsense going for years, just to get some fame. He sure got that infamy, but sick pricks like that only deserve the infamy. I hope he gets arrested doing some foul shit and gets fucked hard.

08/Digital music has had a few nutty turns this week; to put it another way, album sales look like they will primarily be left up to mp3 purchases, and not CD buys. Big buzz was made this week when a company called Spiral Frog is set to start offering downloads for free, initially with the entire Universal Music Group catalog. The thing is, they are going to be giving the files away with DRM protection, which was recently breeched by some skilled hackers. (In a nutshell, DRM, or digital rights management, makes it hard to copy the music file to CD or other PCs). Microsoft was already set to patch up the DRM holes, but kept it on the DL for some odd reason. The cracks, dubbed Fairuse, also spread to Apple and iTunes, which is just nuts. This should be a strong concern to the record labels, who try to give away music but with the bullshit strings attached (no copying, not really owning them like with Rhapshody)... they need to wake up and realize that niggas will TAKE if they feel they are getting ripped. In other news, which kind of bothered me, Linkin Park has finally let iTunes get access to their albums. I find this odd because LP is so heavy on the web to begin with. *Sigh* someday, these lames will get it...

09/Online readers, Google is changing the online book game! They are letting books be available for FREE, in easy to read and dload .pdf files. As of right now, the selection is full of out-of-copyright books, but word is shit like Dante's "Inferno" and "Hamlet" are available. Check out Google Book Search and get ya read on!

10/Eminem "pranks" this playmate Kendra Wilkinson on the set of this video... *yawn*, right? She looks a bit like Kim, but cuter, but still, skank heaven. She cried about this on some blog she has, but it was taken down a day or so later... in any case, he was nice to her at one point, but then went mean and poured water on her head. I guess them's the breaks, but why Em? What was really good? You wylin' out on those sleeping pills again?

11/Dave Chappelle says he's happy he left Chappelle's Show, even if it does not make sense economically. Well, Dave, I'm downright frustrated. I defended you when you left, but you came back and with each subsequent interview, you had a new reason for leaving tacked on. I was going to review your shows, but 3 posts full of "this shit is trash" seemed counter-productive. I do think it's fucked that Comedy Central aired unfinished shows, but some of that shit did hit the spot. You are missed, nigga... you could have done so much more with that show. Now I can only hope that Paul Mooney gets a TV show. "Negrodamus: The Series"? I'd love to see this every week.

12/There has been a shitload of Pop albums coming out recently, but that does not mean that Rap is gone! Ludacris is set to drop his latest album, Release Therapy, Sept. 26th. This seems to be his most personal yet... even if he is biting off of Busta's formula. Busta cuts his hair, Luda cuts his hair. Busta gets personal, Luda gets personal. Hopefully, Luda will go gold... I don't think Busta has even hit 450K yet! In other news, Fat Joe avoided the Koch by signing to Virgin for his next album, Me, Myself & I. Maybe this means I can get more Fat Joe ringtones for my cell? In a sign of the apocalypse, Kevin Federline scored a record deal! Sony/BMG signed K-Fed's Federation Records label to a deal, so this fruitloop can drop his Playing With Fire (odd choice of title) album on the masses. Does anyone think this wonder bread bastard can do it right? And what happened to the Jive rumors?

13/In the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, All Hip-Hop interviewed Kevin Powell, a man who went from that "crazy black guy" on the first season of The Real World to an acclaimed writer for Vibe magazine to a figurehead for the community. Parts 1 and 2 are both captivating and real. Shouts to Kevin for doing it his way.

14/I wonder who the poor souls were that got ripped off by some Barbra Streisand scammers. Online scams are definitely common, but these fuckers HAD to be some upper-scale cats, cats who thought they were getting a good look and got ripped. Once the lawyers come out, some new precidents might be coming out. My suggestion: know who the fuck you are buying from.

15/Donald Trump fired one of his favored workers, Carolyn Kepcher, for basically doing what contestants on The Apprentice do: fuck up their jobs when in the spotlight. Word is she was doing crazy inspirational speeches and slacking on her golf course macking. I heard words of her trying to "be a star", but I think she just got caught up on tours while not staying on point. Ivanka is replacing her, and while she is great to look at, does not match up to Carolyn's wit and no-nonsense comments. My prediction: Carolyn has a new show in the near future.

16/Lil' Kim is on the hot seat over some lyrics. Word is that reggae artist Tanya Stephens was called in to do some lyrics years ago, but they never made it to CD. Then, Kim supposedly jacked her vocals for a track entitled "Durty" on The Naked Truth. Tanya wants ownership of the song, as well as past and future royalties... um, didn't her lawyers tell her that Kim did no numbers on that album? Maybe her next lawsuit will be a smarter choice of song/artist...

17/Nobody touched Foxxy Brown's week, however. This deaf chick had the worst week ever by far. Not only did she have trouble withdrawing her guilty plea on some misdemeanor assault charges, she also almost ran over a 17 year old! The straw broke the camel's back when word is that this dizzy bitch stole 2 belts... yes, belts! They were $400 a piece, but belts? Jigga couldn't front you 800 bones for some belts? The owner of the store is pressing charges, even saying that he is "making an example" of her, but really, belts, Fox? We need to start a "buy Fox some belts" fund...

I leave you guys with 2 things... first, with the help for my SBK niggas, I will be able to host some exclusive audio bits (MP3s and shit) for your listening pleasure... more on that soon.

I also want to leave you with Beyonce's explosive performance from the 2006 VMAs... hot pants and all. I didn't like this track until this performance... 1.




Friday, September 01, 2006

rock the dub presents... dubplate digest.

dubplate digest.

I got tired of having to dig through various websites, newsletters, and AIM chats to find out the most upfront dnb news, as I figure many of you heads are.

I told myself I would do something to help combat that. the dubplate digest is the first step in that direction.

I am trying to grab the newest/freshest dnb news (releases/tracks/tours/etc) from one of the most innovative and diverse genres of music out there. It's needed, honestly. No disrespect to DOA or DNBA or any of the other spots, but I feel as though there is a void that I might have a chance filling.

If you are a label, producer, DJ, promoter, or affiliated with anyone and have some fresh dnb news that needs spreading, hit me up. If you are a fan of the site, spread the URL around. I would appreciate it.

I inted to keep this as up-to-date as possible, so definitely check out the blog everyday for new bits.

EASY!

Friday, Sept. 1st 2006 playlist


Weird week for music. I listened to a lot of shit I am too lazy to review... new Kelis, new Roots, new Method Man... I just wasn't into it. Waiting for my unborn to drop. In any case, there's still loads of music out there... check it out:

Drum & Bass:

01/Skitty "Fools Gold" [vandal]
02/Soundclash "All Night Long" [outta london]
03/YT "England Story (DJ Phantasy & Shodan Full Vocal Mix)" [easy]
04/CLS & Wax "Things To Do" [cymbalism liquified]
05/Noisia ft. Phace "Unveil" [virus]
06/Zero Tolerance & Beta2 "Round Table" [advanced]
07/Total Science Ft. MC Conrad "Soul Patrol (Original 12" Mix)" [cia]
08/Mutt "Blue (Logistics Remix)" [crisis]
09/Logistics ft. The Ananda Project "Cascades of Colour" [hospital]
10/Pr0gress "Desert World" [dubplate]

Various:

01/Kelis "Circus" [taken from her Kelis Was Here album. explores the masks we have to wear in life. i like hearing her rap like this...the flow is different but dope.]
02/Fam-Lay "Da Beeper Record" [gotta love those star track niggas. very rich bass.]
03/Defari Ft. Evidence "Make My Own" [i don't even listen to these niggas' raps. Alchemist on the beat once again. beautiful...]
04/50 Cent "The Bomb" [good to hear him go at Diddy. fuck that nigga.]
05/Casper "Rubber Chicken" [taken from the Tempa All Stars vol. 3 EP... gotta love Kids samples...]


Mixes:

*DJ Jeryl, the Ed. In Chief of the Content Section over at DOA, brings us the 2nd Edition of his "Chavsound Gold" series... ROUGH, dancefloor DnB at it's finest. Butter smooth blends as well. Peep game.

*John Rolodex, the Canadian badman who gave us some insane Amen tracks, brings us a new FTS Mix entitled "Tough As Nails". Chock full of dubs and attitude, it is not one to be missed...

SPECIAL -- DJ Q-Bert's "Breaktionary". Original breaks from an original don.


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK... shouts out to Mos Def, who held it down outside of the VMA's (more on that tomorrow...)



enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Akrobatik's new label: PlayAktion

taken from his MySpace bulletin:

September 1, 2006

For Immediate Release -

Boston-based hip-hop artist Akrobatik has inked a deal with Raptivism/Imperial Records for distribution through Caroline/EMI. The label will be called PlayAktion Recordings, and will serve as an outlet for Akrobatik to release his back catalogue as well as new projects from artists to be signed starting in 2007.

With a huge catalogue of music dating back to 1998, as well as an ever-growing fanbase, the deal couldn't have come at a better time for Akro. With the services of Imperial, PlayAktion Recordings will be able to offer top notch recording quality, competitive marketing and promotional budgets, as well as in-house tour booking and photography.

This has been a busy 2006 for Akrobatik, who is also about to embark on a 30-city tour in preparation for an early 2007 release of his Fat Beats Records album, titled Absolute Value. The album will feature appearances from Little Brother, Bumpy Knuckles, Chuck D., B-Real, and Mr. Lif, among others. His 2005 effort as a member of the Perceptionists, Black Dialogue, was named one of
Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 50 Records of the Year.

For more info on Akrobatik, log on to
www.akrobatik.com or www.myspace.com/therealakrobatik


As you may remember, Akrobatik was the 1st Interview on rock the dub. Check it out HERE to get info on his new album, as well as other points of interest. Good luck to him.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

[rock the dub Interview]: Tim Exile


Tim Exile is one of a rare breed of producers in the electronic music scene who not only understands where the music has been, but has a driving urge to explore where the music can go. He has gone from toning down his eccentric DnB tracks to going full on, balls to the wall and not apologizing for it at all. He has created software to help expand on the live DJ experience, turning the art of mixing tracks into a free-form, hands-on collage of sound and personality. He released the critically acclaimed Pro Agonist last year, and now introduced us to the Gabba Lounge. We got the chance to bug him about his past, his present, and a peek into his workings... pull up a chair.

khal: Some people only know you from your recent string of releases, from your output on Evol Intent, Frequency right up to your Planet Mu excursions. You actually had quite a few releases out on Moving Shadow and Beta as well. Were you content putting out “safe” (or as safe as you can get) DnB tracks on those labels? Is that something you might get to in the future? Why or why not?

Tim Exile: For a short while I was yes. Although my first single on Beta (Fatal Exception) was actually pretty extreme for the time. John did ask me to tone it down a bit. From then on John encouraged me to keep other singles a bit more down the beaten track… same as Shadow, and I followed suit. There was a time when I regretted this, but I don’t now. Holding back has forced me into a very critical way of listening when I do let rip. There’s so much electronica out there now that ‘lets rip’ and is very mangled but I think a lot of it lacks fidelity… not necessarily production fidelity, but musical fidelity. I’ve always had a tension between wanting to make accessible music and wanting to make much more personal, less accessible music. There are merits for me and the listener in both. I may or may not return to ‘safe’ dnb. I can never seem to predict what my next musical whim is going to be. At the moment it’s tweaked out pop.

khal: You’ve had a critically acclaimed album, Pro Agonist, and your live shows have become an experimental treat to many heads across the globe. What made you decide to turn your live show into the Tim Exile’s Nuisance Gabbaret Lounge album?

Tim Exile: It made sense. I wasn’t really writing much in the studio at the time. It seemed so laborious after I’d made a machine which allowed me to improvise. The stuff I was making in the studio seemed to lose colour for me in comparison to the vibrant life I was leading travelling around and improvising on stage. It had to go down on plastic in some form. I realise there was no point trying to fight Pro Agonist with another Pro Agonist so I did something totally different. I think this is the best way to keep yourself alive as an artist.

khal: How much of your time is spent programming new and interesting programs/patches for Native Instruments and the other outfits you do work for? Is there anything new you are trying to accomplish that you’d like to share?

Tim Exile: It depends on what’s going on at the time. I’ve been doing the odd bit of sound design & programming for NI recently. Sometimes I don’t touch any programming for a while. I programmed the Bass Boxing game for Glade Festival during the summer. Earlier this year I spent weeks making live machine mk2. It turned out to be a little beyond Reaktor’s capabilities and drove me close to career-killing RSI so I had to downsize. I’m just about to get back into incorporating the progress I made on it into a new live show. It’d be nice to be able to programme in a more powerful language so I really can make the tools I want to, but I’d need a second life to do that. Right now I’m young and need to be a little more frivolous. For the time being I’ve accepted that the tools I want to use don’t exist, and that I don’t have the time or expertise to make them.

khal: When I’ve heard your live performances, I hear you mix in some very familiar tunes, like tracks by Krust and others, into your beautiful chaos. What are some tracks that you always keep in your PC to throw in and manipulate in your sets?

Tim Exile: I don’t know most of them. They just have random file names. I don’t even know who wrote them. Apart from the obvious ones of course…

khal: You don’t just produce DnB and fuck with programs, though. In reading up on you, as well as listening to Pro Agonist, you also produce breakbeat, house, and other types of music. Are there any non-DnB releases out there that people can check out, past or present?

Tim Exile: There are a few errors in the discogs.com discog actually… a couple of breaks tracks that I didn’t write. There’s a techno release that’s worth checking out though on Mosquito the ‘Hanzo Steel Cuts’ EP, if you can find it. The label’s stopped and the distro’s gone down the pan though, so you’ll be pretty lucky to find a hard copy! You can download it from bleep.com I believe. I have a bunch of tracks of lots of different styles on BMG production music compilations as well but you can’t buy these commercially. They’ve been used all over the world on TV though which is quite interesting to see when the PRS statement comes through. One of my tracks has been used loads on Newsround apparently.

khal: Your website mentions something about “Gabba Boxing”… what is this and where did it come from?

Tim Exile: It’s boxing with boxing gloves that trigger gabba kicks. It’s now changed name to Bass Boxing. It debuted at Glade Festival in July this year. There’s a mini documentary about it forthcoming on the Native Instruments website which will explain it in greater detail than I have time to go into here, not unlike the one about my live patch which appeared about this time last year.

khal: I’m also reading that you have a Gabbaret Lounge radio show forthcoming. What made you want to start your own radio show? Are there any surprises you have in store for the listeners? How can people check it out?

Tim Exile: I did the first one for Resonance FM in London. It was to be a run of 6 shows, once a week. Unfortunately the first one took me about 2 days to put together, which I realised I didn’t have time for so I had to pull the rest. I’m now going to do Gabbaret Lounge shows as and when I feel like it and have the time and put them up for download. The second one which is shorter and I spent more time on is up on my website at the moment. The idea is to make it more of a strange variety show with sketches and weird shit and other general headphuq antics.


khal: When looking at the electronic music scene, many see you as a brilliant musical mind that is out there really doing some forward thinking things, technology wise. What would you like to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

Tim Exile: I think it’s up to people to remember me for what they want to in an age of unfettered media. I’m acutely aware of how impossible it is to dictate to people what they should think or remember about what you do. It’s very healthy that way. If artists had complete control not just of their work but the way people reacted to and interpreted it we’d all go insane. It’s hard enough keeping a sane mind manipulating sounds… attempts at manipulating public opinion could send me over the edge. I’ll leave that to the press. In ideal world everyone would remember me for everything I do being amazing but that’s just childish and unrealistic.


khal: Out of all of the tracks you’ve produced that have been released, which one/ones would you consider your best, or your favorites? Why?

Tim Exile:
The most perfect and detailed piece that’s seen the light of day is called Emergence. It was on a free CD of competition shortlists for the 2003 Jeu de Temps composition competition released jointly between Sonic Arts Network and some Canadian organisation. A track called Peristalt on the Hanzo Steel Cuts EP is a close second. Soulwise Slime on Pro Agonist is no 1, as is a track called There’s Nothing Left Of Me But Her And This which was released recently on Si Begg’s Noodles label.

khal:
You mentioned in your Q&A on DOA’s “The Grid” that there is a lot of “turd polishing” going on in DnB, in terms of producers wanting their tunes to sound engineered perfectly, all the while losing something in the creativity and feeling. With each passing year, this trend seems to get worse. Do you think the scene will ever get out of that mode?

Tim Exile: I don’t really know much about the scene these days as I’m pretty distant from it, but from an outside point of view it seems to have cemented itself in its own bunker away from outside influence. If this is the case its unlikely to offer a fertile ground for invention if people who make it only consume the excrement of others. It’s probably a slightly naïve view though as it’s impossible to police the fringes. Some new ideas will undoubtedly leek in through the back door.

khal:
You seem to tour a lot, whether it’s a club night or a big festival. What setting is your most favorite, something massively huge or a more intimate setting?

Tim Exile: I used to prefer the intimate settings as it’s easier to get a rapport going with the crowd in a small venue, but as I’ve got more confident and been playing to bigger crowds I’m beginning to enjoy the challenge of connecting with them more. The idea of playing to 1000 now really appeals to me. You need to be way more theatrical which is great fun. It really appeals to my attention-seeking nature.

khal:
Where do you see yourself, music wise, in the next couple of years?

Tim Exile:
I’m never sure what I’m going to want to do next, but at the moment I’m into writing songs and singing, with tweaked out production. There’ll be a bit more of that I’d imagine. I also want to work on some crazy stage shows, possibly working with other musicians.

khal:
Do you have any tips for budding producers or DJs out there?

Tim Exile: Be careful who you listen to. Make yourself the person you listen to most. Keep at it, don’t lose hope. Don’t try to be original, if you’re an original thinker it’ll just happen. Don’t disregard ideas because you don’t they they’ll work or they’re not allowed. Don’t be bound by your roots. Don’t get a day job.

We would like to thank Tim for answering our questions. Check out more info on him below...

here is a clip from Tim performing live at alt ctrl, circa June 2005:



related links:
Tim Exile on MySpace
Tim Exile's official website
Exile Ensemble for REAKTOR 5
DOA Mix Aug. 2005


Nia sings the hits!

Apparently, this little girl Nia is either a gigantic music fan, or her parents really want her to be a star! Check her out doing "Can't Hide Love" by Earth, Wind & Fire:



That video is how I first heard her perform. You like that attitude, right? Now, I seriously think her parents are trying to bank on her talent... hell, has she/will she be on GMA's YouTube Video of the Week? Peep her resume:

Mary J. Blige "Enough Cryin'", "Ain't Really Love"
Alicia Keys "Fallin'", "If I Ain't Got You"
Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit"
Earth, Wind & Fire "Reasons"
Joss Stone "Dirty Man"
Rick James "Mary Jane" (something about this girl singing Rick James is just not right...)

Brighten up your day watching homegirl shake it and strut with attitude... enjoy!

Monday, August 28, 2006

VOTE ON THE SURVIVOR RACE WAR!

The good folks over at CBS have set up a doozy of a 13th Season of their popular reality competition show, Survivor, pitting 4 teams, separated by race, against each other -- which in turn has caused many differing opinions throughout the world. (Check out the teams HERE)... Being the race-conscious person that I am, I HAVE to find out what you guys think about this. I mean, I don't have a problem with it; I'm actually astonished that this has not happened sooner. They can talk all of that "social politics" hoopla, but we all know we want to see who the superior race is! Vote on this on the poll below, and in the coming weeks we will chart the progress of this new season. I still think the White People are going to win, because they normally do on this show. I love my Black People, but I just don't think they have it. That nigga Osten QUIT, after he proved himself to be one of the more athletic jigs in Survivor history. In any case, please vote (once!) and we'll chart how it flows. Season 13 of Survivor starts on September 14th, 2006.

Which race will win the next Survivor season?
White People
Black People
Asian People
Hispanic People
Free polls from Pollhost.com

TEKDBZ West Coast Commercial

Supporting the TEKDBZ Army Here's a commercial promoting their upcoming shows next month (Sept. 15th and 16th) in California (more info HERE). Photek, Craze, Mental Sharp, Infiltrata, HoChi, Messinian... ROUGH! Cali heads, support!



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