With a record-collecting father and a Studio 54-era disco queen mother, DJ Chucky Brown had a musically rich childhood. Originally an NYC native, he frequented fixtures of the early '90s dance scene such as the Paladium and Danceteria, and began his DJ career by leveraging the vast collection of vin ... More >>
It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. "She's gonna come back in a coup ... More >>
Nightlife in San Francisco is a big deal -- we live in the kind of town that takes its partying seriously. Naturally, then, there's a near-obsessive level of detail when it comes to club sound. Look back, and the history of the city is littered with acoustic temples and stories of wild club owners o ... More >>
In case you missed it, Bjork just became the first artist ever to release an album as a series of apps. Depending on your perspective, you're either breathless with the futuristic, multi-media innovation of it all, or -- if you're like me -- it kind of makes you want to stick your head in a bucke ... More >>
In March, Zediva, a really weird online movie-rental service, told Wired that "it doesn't expect legal trouble over its service," which allows users to watch actual DVDs, played on actual DVD players, via the Internet. A couple of weeks later, the Motion Picture Association of America sued Zediv ... More >>
Zune 2Word out of the Seattle area is that Microsoft is finally killing its Zune lineup of MP3 players, opting to fold the media player technology into their Windows Phone 7 devices. While most people shrugged the Zune off as an unworthy MP3 player, the truth is it deserved better. None of the de ... More >>
Note: Nelly Furtado not required to maintain respectabilityiPod gigs don't grow on trees, as much as we've tried to plant lesser MP3 devices in the ground (in hopes of a bountiful Apple product harvest). And until somebody makes an infinite-RAM MP3 player, or we're capable of streaming music from ... More >>
Kid KoalaThere's not much more endearing than a DJ who loves music and muppets. Hailing from Montreal, Kid Koala is known for his whimsical personality and ability to take listeners on a journey with music fit for psychedelic hip hop dreams, sans the acid. Currently on the Ninja Tune label and pr ... More >>
Even if we don't know what will actually happen at Apple's big music announcement next week, we know what we want to happen. The iTunes/iPod combination has long been the standard apparatus for music fans, but as much as we love it, there are things we hate about it, too -- and things we wish it ... More >>
For autistic children, the new iPad is an effective, portable device for teaching communication and social skills. Its also way cool.
In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at lea ... More >>
New iTablet?Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Less than a month until the (possible) Apple Keynote! What will we wear? Who will be speaking? Again, WHAT WILL WE WEAR?Engadget and Mashable reported rumors yesterday of an early September Apple keynote event, causing mass hysteria (sort of) in the tec ... More >>
There are DJs who log a lotta miles, and then there's Nisus. While other vinyl slingers rack up passenger time on airlines, this guy has spent the summer getting between gigs in Germany, France, Spain, and Switzerland by bike. Overall he traveled, (two wheel-style), across 1,300 miles, and ... More >>
DJ Q-Bert The Independent December 26, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold Better than: Leftovers, sweaters from Grandma, reindeer roadkill 'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, no one was unstirred, not even a mouse. The Independent's line up of Q-Bert, Mochipet, and J ... More >>
Don't you just hate those brain hemorrhage-inducing loud-ass car stereos when you pull up at a stop light? Listen buddy, I know 50 Cent gets money and all, but you don't have to freakin' announce it at every intersection. Well now those jerkoffs have the chance to decide who's the ultimate sound-pol ... More >>
Ad Age's poll of the mega-important yet oh-so-serial killable college student demographic yielded some interesting, if a bit obvious answers this week. From Ad Age: Not surprisingly, the brand that ruled with this group was Apple. It ranked as the No. 2 overall best brand by 17% of the students; ra ... More >>
This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about.
Week of Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Podcasting: What it is, how to get it, and what it means for a radio dial near you
Like killer bees and cheap labor, this year's music and fashion trends are charging up from the South (by Southwest)
Once upon a time, DJ Qbert helped define and deify turntablism. That time is over. So what's next?
The Macworld Expo was less about gizmos and more about what every nerd really wants -- lots of sex.
John Digweed and his prodigy spin through town; "Dub Mission" celebrates its eighth chilled out year
Potrero Hill gives new meaning to the term "DJ battle"
How a white punk from Ireland helped jump-start the Bay Area hip hop and turntablist scenes
Why don't you smile now; A Slim's chance.
After 18 years, Crawling With Tarts is still throwing musical elements at the wall to see what sticks
The history of hip hop, at Yerba Buena Center
Live house band Dubtribe Sound System gets older, wiser, and imperial
Live Human proves that turntablism can learn a thing or two from jazz -- or is it the other way around?
What does DJ Marz do as a turntablist? Everything. All the time.
It took a move from New York for Vinroc to become a world champion DJ
Satellite radio brings 100 stations and digital sound to San Francisco's car stereos. Can local broadcasting survive?