For this year’s Coachella Music Festival – a holiday of sorts for Los-Angelenos in the music industry – I chose to forgo the long lines, blistering heat and nutty ravers to spend a weekend of leisure in the desert area. And of course hit some pool parties along the way.
I think the decision to sit this years’ fest out was a blessing in disguise. I encountered many up-and-comers at these little parties – too small to hit the festival circuit, but absolutely rockin’ nonetheless.
When I returned to LA a couple of DJ friends at KCRW asked if I had managed to see any good acts. Nosaj Thing immediately came to mind. His glitchy, dub-step, sampled electro groove had the Imeem/Indieoasis party rockin’ and I was transfixed.
It was truly amazing to watch someone so young and forward thinking totally kill it. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
I’m a sucker for streaming content and the possibilities thereof. Not just because having ‘content in a cloud’ sounds sexy or because I don’t have cable at home and want to scratch a pop culture itch.
I believe that media should be accessible anytime, anyplace, from any device of choice.
From a user perspective it’s just convenient that way.
For example I want my music library with me at all times. I want access to my eMusic, Rhapsody, Last.fm, Blip and Slacker accounts and my purchases from Amazon Mp3 and iTunes. In a perfect world I would have all of these things with me at all times so I can cue up a song in the car, at the gym or at home. I want to tag a song on the go, share it with friends, and add it to a playlist to listen to later.
I want to tag a song I hear and reference it later quickly and easily.
I realize that there are many hurdles from both biz and tech standpoints for this to happen anytime soon. But do I think that syndicating content across platforms and creating ops for ad revenue there could be a good thing.
This album makes my list of one of the best hip-hop records of 2008.
MC and hip hop producer Black Milk has worked with Slum Village and other Detroit legends like Phat Kat, Pharoahe Monch and the late J Dilla. Recently he paired with Bishop Lamont to release Caltroit, a great mixtape from ’07. Tronic came out on October 28, 2008.