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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Concentric Beats- U.S. Drum-n-Bass Documentary (2002)

Los Angeles- Back in 2002, a young aspiring documentary film maker by the name of Valida Carroll, armed with a grant and a vision, set out to capture the essence of the emerging US DnB Scene. With hops in LA, SF, SD, and NYC, she takes viewers on a 60 minute ride across the country and grabs a great slice of American DnB history along the way.

I remember when Valida was in NYC filming and I always had wondered what happened to the footage. For me it was great to see so many of my friends and people that I consider family, so young and ambitious, telling the world why 170-180BPM beats make their worlds go round. Towards the end, there’s also a VERY interesting prophecy about the future of DnB and the re-entry of 140BPM in the scene- see if you can catch it…

Big shouts to everyone that has came, went, stayed in the scene- holding it down proper, I love you all! (and super big shouts to Dave (aka Eecue from JungleScene.com) for posting this up and sharing it with the world!!!)

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Ableton Live Reskin Pack & Custom Editor

If you’ve ever felt like the default UI options that AbletonLive offers left you wanting for more, well my friends, you now have some options!

With the release of the Ableton Live Skin Editor, users can tweak the UI to their heart’s content and set up a myriad of different skins to meet different purposes. For example, you may want a lighter screen for when you are working in your studio, but when you play out in the clubs, that light & bright screen really sucks, so now you can setup a new skin to allow for black, grey, etc. so that you can dim that bad boy down when you’re rinsing out the latest tunes.

If that sounds like a lot of work for you, no worries, I found this reskin pack in the Ableton User Forums that will be sure to please.

Massive shouts to Will Marshall for sharing this & all of the developers and skinners out there that are busily cranking out new, DOPE UI’s for AbletonLive.

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Wu-Tang Clan swarms into SF for their Rebirth Tour (12.02)

San Francisco- That’s right kids, the Wu-Tang Killa Bees are gonna swarm once again! The RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killah are invading San Francisco for one night at Mezzanine SF.

The tix aren’t cheap ($40 for general, $55 for VIP), but when are you EVER going to get to see the Wu in a smaller venue where you can get up close and personal!

You can cop your tickets HERE.

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MIXTAPE MADNESS: Mad Decent & Diplo present “Blow Your Head”

Perennial party fave and recent Blackberry commercial star, Diplo is back with another mix to keep your head nodding and fill with bass heavy goodness to help celebrate his latest release “Blow Your Head Vol 1 –  Dubstep“. While the mix may not appeal to the hardcore trainspotters, we think this one helps illustrate why the dubstep sound has so much crossover appeal.

Big shouts to the family over at Mad Decent for blessing us with another banger!

DIPLO: Blow Your Head Mix:

  1. Girl Unit – Wut
  2. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Boregore Remix)
  3. Claire Mcguire – Aint No Body(Breakage Remix)
  4. Ryan Red – D.I.R.T.
  5. Blue Foundation – Eye On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)
  6. Earz Experiment and DJ Kayper – Engine
  7. Diplo FT. Lil Jon – U Don’t Like Me
  8. Rusko-Cockny Thug (Caspa Remix VIP)
  9. Skream – Raw Dogz
  10. Dr P – Big Boss
  11. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust(Flux Pavillion Remix)
  12. 12th Planet – Reasons (Dr P Mix)
  13. Ginz and Joker – Re-Up
  14. Borgore – Guided Relaxation
  15. Bar 9 – Piano Tune
  16. Crystal Method – Sine Language (Datsik Remix)
  17. DZ and Kozee – Crack VIP
  18. Trey Songs- Bottoms Up Acca
  19. Alix Perez – Untitled
  20. Goth Trad – Smokin’ Water
  21. Orbatak – NRG
  22. Skream – Love The Way
  23. Skrillex- Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
  24. Milanese – the END (Untold Remix)
  25. Jamie Woon – Night Air (Ramadanman Remix)

Mix courtesy of MadDecent.com

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The Bicycle Film Festival Invades SF!

San Francisco- The Bicycle Film Festival is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year and they’re making sure that urban cyclists around the world get to partake in the festivities. With stops throughout the U.S. and international hot spots like Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Paris and Tokyo, the BFF’s mission to celebrate cycling culture is a driving force worldwide.

The BFF-San Francisco kicked off a slew of events & got the party started Wednesday night with the Festival Kick-Off Party at The Knockout and last night Mike Giant ( Rebel 8 ) hosted a group ride from Dolores Park over to The Sports Basement where everyone partied down at “Bikes Rock“.

Tonight the film begins to fly and folks will get a chance to view shorts “On Time”, “Belle Epoch”, & “An Apology” as appetizers to get them ready for the screening of “Empire“.

EMPIRE
USA 2010 | HD 55 min.
Dir. Christian Thormann & Luke Stiles
The long-awaited urban cycling feature following the city’s best riders as they take to the streets of New York City. Riders profiled include Tom Lamarche, WONKA, Dwaine, Yatika Starr Fields, Dagga, John Prolly, Kai Perez and surprise guests.

Peep out the trailer:

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10
BFF Kick Off Party The Knockout | 3233 Mission St.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11
Pre-Party Ride with Mike Giant | Dolores Park
Bikes Rock
Sports Basement | 1590 Bryant St.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12
Program 1: Empire Mission Workshop | 40 Rondel St.
After Party Bender’s | 806 South Van Ness Ave.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13
Bike Movies Victoria Theatre | 2961 16th St.
After Party Sports Basement | 1590 Bryant St.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14
Bike Movies Victoria Theatre | 2961 16th St.
After Party Zeitgeist | Valencia and Duboce

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SHELTER (SF) bringing Squake (Bassdrive), DJ Sharp + more 11.09.10

San Francisco- One of the city’s longest running weekly DnB events, Shelter, is kicking off November by bringing DJ Squake up from down south in Nashville TN, along with local support from DJ Sharp (Compression SF) and I’ll be handling mic duties for the evening.

Squake originally came up in San Diego but moved out to Tennessee back in 2005 and in ’08, he teamed up with Hunter of Legion to start the “Represent” Drum & Bass weekly in Nashville. In the Summer of 09′, Squake launched his weekly show “Represent Radio” on Bassdrive, which he hosts every Friday from 5-7PM CST.

While he spends most of his time doing A&R and Design, he has been busy in the studio working on his Debut EP since being signed to the Sine Language imprint back in 2009.

Look for Squake to step up onto the decks around Midnight.

With Local Support from:

DJ SHARP
[Compression/BADNB]

ZEZO ONE
[Konkrete Jungle Worldwide / Compression / Bassline Rumble]

@Underground SF
10pm-2am
21+
$5