Winter Music Conference 2011 Underway in Miami

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2011 04:30pm | Post a Comment

The Winter Music Conference 2011 (WMC), the annual electronic / dance music industry event in Miami Beach, FL, kicked off last night and goes through the weekend (March 8th - 12th) with an action packed schedule that looks like even more events (parties, panels, etc) this year than any previous year. Even though yesterday was the official first day, today and tomorrow is when most folks typically arrive in South Florida for this annual DJ/producer/radio/media dance music party event that each year conveniently happens within a week of (or overlapping) the more indie rock themed SXSW music & film festival in Austin, TX, which this year runs from Friday, March 11th to March 20th. Many artists and labels attend both events.

The $395 registration fee for the WMC 2011, while not cheap, does gain you admission to a lot of stuff for the five days, including some great DJ parties (countless pool parties) and many very interesting panels about music production and the ever changing music industry. Panels this year include topics like music distribution in the digital age, revenue streams, and one titled Innovations in DJ and Production Technology that is kind of a follow up to the recent NAMM convention in Anaheim with an examination of the very latest in the art of DJ themed production and digital mixing.

There's also panels about getting electronic music on radio that envelopes internet, satellite, and terrestrial formats; and the fundamentals of effectual and solid contracts, copyrights, licensing, online retailing, digital distribution and the intricacies of publishing laws -- all important legal stuff.

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Santa Monica Baykeeper Seeking LA Residents Concerned About Their Environment

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2011 09:29am | Post a Comment
Santa Monica BaykeeperIf you live in the LA area, are concerned about your immediate environment and have a little bit of spare time, you can make a direct contribution to your community by volunteering with SoCal's Santa Monica Baykeeper! The group currently is seeking DrainWatch volunteers to work at their site during the Great LA River Cleanup. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm, this acclaimed coastal conservation nonprofit, who have done so much work for the Santa Monica Bay and surrounding waterways already, is holding a DrainWatch "volunteer social" and inaugural information session at their Santa Monica headquarters (120 Broadway, Suite 105). 

At tomorrow's meeting staff and current volunteers will talk about what it takes to become a volunteer citizen monitor for their new DrainWatch program, which involves getting trained in water sampling techniques and monitoring procedures -- something that ultimately will improve water quality in the region's bays and streams for future generations. Yesterday I caught up with Santa Monica Baykeeper's Lara Meeker, who is the nonprofit's Water Quality Coordinator, to ask her more about the organization, its history & goals, and why LA area residents should become involved.

Amoeblog: How much has pollution control improved over recent decades and how did these improvements initially come about?

Lara Meeker: Since an amendment to the Clean Water Act in the late ‘80s, Los Angeles County and its 88 cities have been issued stormwater permits. These permits play a large role in promoting management of stormwater and urban runoff to ensure safe water quality. In the late ‘90s, Santa Monica Baykeeper used litigation to enforce parts of the Clean Water Act, requiring the establishment and enforcement of safe target levels of pollutants. So far safe target levels of certain pollutants have been established, but we are all still working to make sure they are met – that’s what DrainWatch is all about.

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International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, March 8, 2011 02:24pm | Post a Comment

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and this year is a landmark one since it is the 100th anniversary of this annual event! The day both celebrates the achievements of women and also addresses questions about inequality and discrimination that still exist and concern women around the world today. AboveInternational Women's Day is the captivating video starring James Bond actor Daniel Craig released in the past week for today's 100th anniversary of Women's Day by the UK based collective Equals. Joined together under the leadership of musician / activist Annie Lennox, Equals is a loose knit community of charities including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and CARE, who on their website's homepage today have published many interesting statistics about the inequalities women face, including that fact that rural women produce half the world's food, yet they own only one percent of the farmland.

With ads like the one above, which has been showing on UK TV this week, Equals, whose name is followed by a question mark with the tag "Join The Big Inequality Debate," addresses the still-existent imbalances and unfair gender treatment of women in 2011. For more information on this organization visit And in honor of International Women's Day, below is a sampling of some great empowering-women songs from the past several decades, including the aformentioned Annie Lennox classic "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" in which she collaborated with Aretha Franklin, whose "Respect" is also below along with songs/videos from such other artists as Pink, Queen Latifah, and Ani DiFranco.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 03:04:11: Strong Arm Steady, Cut Chemist, Trackademicks, Beans, Murs & Terrace Martin + More

Posted by Billyjam, March 4, 2011 08:36am | Post a Comment

Murs & Terrace Martin "We On Melrose" (2011) = Number one Hip-Hop release at Amoeba

Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending March 4th 2011

1) Murs & Terrace Martin ...Are Melrose (Murs 316)

2) Livewire I Pledge Alliegance To The WIre (LivewIre Records)

3) Strong Arm Steady Arms & Hammers (Blacksmith/Element 9)

4) Beans End It All (Anticon)

5) Trackademicks State of the Arts (Honor Roll)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart that features the brand new, fun & upbeat collaborative release from Murs and Terrace Martin on the Murs 316 label, Murs & Terrace Martin Are Melrose. On this concept album these two Left Coast talents morph into a pair of party animal alter egos with tales of partying on such tracks as "We Are Melrose" (above), "Fresh Kicks," "We Got Sumthin (feat. Coi Mattison)," and "Ding Dong (feat. Uncle Chucc)."

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Norwegian Duo Röyksopp's Upcoming North American Tour Selling Out Fast

Posted by Billyjam, March 3, 2011 10:04pm | Post a Comment

Röyksopp "Forsaken Cowboy" by video competition winner Matt Phantom

Tickets for Röyksopp’s upcoming North American tour, that kicks off in two weeks, are selling briskly with their Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Montreal concert dates already completely sold out. If you want to try to score tix for their San Francisco show (March 28 at Grand Ballroom @ Regency) or their LA show, the final gig of the tour, on March 29 at The Wiltern (both with Jon Hopkins opening), my advice is get them while you can.

Known for putting on great shows, on this tour the 13 year strong, acclaimed Norwegian electronic two-man group, whose sound has constantly evolved through various strains of electronic styles, will feature a lot of music from their current album, Senior; released in September on Wall of Sound.

Recently, the duo, comprised of high school pals Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland, invited fans to submit music videos for tracks off the ethereal sounding Senoir as part of the competition. The results were wide ranging interpretations including the winning video above for the second single, “Forsaken Cowboy,” and the ones below for the album tracks "The Fear" and  "Coming Home." For more detailed info on the band and their tour click here.    

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