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My man, my mellow, Six Foot Eight Charlie Tate turns one year younger today. For those of you who don’t know him, one half of King Kooba, one huge Colossus, Charlie Tate has been known to hold down the bass guitar playing with the Big Cheese Allstars, ever so smoothly work the chisel shaping custom furniture for my living room and has been known to make about a 100 beats a day coining the phrase ‘beats department.’ Seriously, i send this dude an accapella in the morning and by 1pm, he’s in my office with a cd of 3 remixes all different styles. More impressive is his catalogue of releases, under two aliases check the King Kooba joints and the Colossus jawns as he began stalking the studio in 1995. From broken beat to hip hop and some straight up soul; the dude produces like a chameleon. So it’s today that we honor Charlie’s born day, representing Londontown and West Oakland alike, you deserve to CRUSH that hamburger, son!

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 23, 2008 @ 12:09 PM
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Meet my man Tony. He has some interesting thoughts on the brazlian wax and politics. One of San Francisco’s many characters hailing from “somewhere.” And if you want to meet another SF scenester, this dude is more famous than Steve Jobs.

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 22, 2008 @ 4:41 PM
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 17, 2008 @ 1:29 PM
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For the first time in Hip-Hop history, a college fraternity is dedicating itself to the four elements of Hip-Hop, and in the process they are becoming the first Hip-Hop fraternity in existence. Eta Iota Rho, also known as HIP, was founded by Quinnton Parker, Justin Wolverton, and Keane Rowley, three young break-dancers who weren’t quite excited about the current state of Hip-Hop. “We’re not here with false intentions, this isn’t a publicity stunt,” Quinnton Parker, one of the founders of Eta Iota Rho told AllHipHop.com. “All the people involved generally want a change in the Hip-Hop community. They don’t want this negative image that comes from the media. They just want everybody to know what Hip-Hop is about.”

For the full story click here.

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 17, 2008 @ 1:21 PM
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 11, 2008 @ 6:18 PM
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This video has been out for a while, but i just heard the story now. A real life girl who was an avid World of War Craft player died of a car accident and her teammates decided to have a funeral for her in the game. They posted notes across the message boards, letting people to know what was going on and to honor her life by a cease fire. The team gathered in a central meeting point in the game without any arms until…well you can probably guess what happened. Check it out.

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 11, 2008 @ 4:46 PM
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 7, 2008 @ 11:48 AM
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Amplive Nixes Radiohead Remixes at Warner’s Demand



Amplive to Radiohead: "Thom, holler at me, man."

Recall wayyyy back in 2007 when we told you about Rainydayz Remixes, the record of Radiohead In Rainbows reworkings put together by Oakland DJ and producer Amplive? The one with Too $hort on it? Sounded pretty cool, and cooler still, Amplive was all set to release it next week using a revolutionary pricing model we like to call FREE.

Was, because one faux-polite cease-and-desist letter later, Amplive won’t be able to put this thing out without unleashing the legal wrath of Warner/Chappell, Radiohead’s longtime publisher.

On December 18, Amplive received a missive from Warner/Chappell informing him that he had "created musical arrangements / remixes" without proper "approval" and must cease distribution of them at once. Rather than tangle with these suits and their armies of lawyers, Amplive has agreed to suspend the project for the time being.

He did, however, express hope that members of Radiohead would hear his remixes and help him gain approval. Radiohead themselves, of course, most likely had nothing to do with the cease-and-desist letter. Check out what Amplive had to say in both a video message and a written statement (reprinted in full below).

"I really feel if Radiohead’s team was able to hear these…remixed songs," writes Amplive, "they would feel differently." Amplive also calls upon others who have posted his remixes— which he acknowledges as "illegal"— to remove them for now.

Amplive maintains that his remix project is intended as a "celebration" of one of his favorite records, and that would seem consistent with the fact that 1.) it’s free, and 2.) he was only going to share it with folks who had supported Radiohead in the past in some fashion via W.A.S.T.E. or donated to Radiohead-approved organization Friends of the Earth.

No word yet what the producer will have to do to gain this elusive "approval" (something tells me it involves $$$), but here’s hoping all parties involved can reach some kind of agreement where art— not profit or bureaucratic malarkey— prevails. [MORE…]


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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 4, 2008 @ 5:59 PM
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The Old Music Industry Is Dead: Apple Launching Record Label With Jay-Z

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Looks like there might another major announcement at MacWorld. BGR says they’ve “confirmed” that Apple is launching a record label with Jay-Z, who’s set to step down from Def Jam. Jay-Z and Jobs are both brilliant businessmen, and the move would make sense on a number of levels: The labels almost view iTunes as a competitor now, the industry landscape is rapidly transforming, and whoever finds the magic formula for a new kind of label/distribution firm stands to make a lot of money as they establish the new paradigm of the industry. And iTunes already is something like a label. This could be megaton big, if the rumor is true. [BGR]

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on January 3, 2008 @ 7:51 PM
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