RCO meets Fink
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Soul

RCO meets Fink – The concert as an App.

Ever wish you could attend a concert taking place in an other country ? Well, it happened to me this summer, but fortunately “there was an app for that”. For the past few months, I’ve been enjoying an absolutely unique concert app on my iPad. This groundbreaking app featured the …

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Native Instruments Maschine MKII
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Native Instruments Maschine MKII

via TurntableLab.com Today Native Instruments announced the latest version of their popular Maschine. The new model includes updated 1.8 software and their Massive soft synth. For the nice price of $669.00 the Maschine Mk2 will be available in both black and white, multicolored pads with increased sensitivity and can even …

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“Saint Nina” Shirt by Miss Me
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Jazz

“Saint Nina” Shirt by Miss Me

I’m getting a sweet new t-shirt and I thought I should spread the word on this new collection by MISS ME aka Rapha, great designer and illustrator from Montreal (not putting her government name on here heheh). She did an absolutely gorgeous poster for a show of mine a few years back that …

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Wax Poetics Issue #51
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Wax Poetics Issue #51

New issue of Wax Poetics is here! Wax Poetics 51 is an all-hip-hop issue with two different covers. Cover 1: Microphone icon Nas b/w Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Limited-Edition Cover 2: No Limit Records (cover feature on production team Beats by the Pound) b/w Ishmael Butler’s new project, Shabazz Palaces. Features on Kurtis …

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Monkeys VS Synths
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Monkeys VS Synths

via CreateDigitalMusic.com: “Composer and Swedish dance music maestro Håkan Libdo has been a constant source of experimentation. But his latest project yields zoo-like new adventurousness. Six species of monkeys are equipped with synthesizers to test the question of whether playing a synth is really playing music – or if it’s …

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Lee Scratch Perry Doll
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Reggae

The Lee Scratch Perry Doll

via Pitchfork: “Dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry now has a doll of his own, designed by cartoonist and musician Archer Prewitt of the Sea and the Cake. This is a Japanese import from Presspop, and is available in an edition of 1,000 via Aggronautix (who also brought us bobbleheads of J Mascis, Andrew WK, Roky Erickson, G.G. Allin, and more). It has …

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Theo Parrish “Slices DVD Feature”
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House / Techno

Theo Parrish “Slices DVD Feature”

I remember seeing Theo Parrish in Montreal a few years ago, closing up Mutek (an “International Festival Of Digital Creativity And Electronic Music”) with a spectacular all-across-the-board vinyl set. Highlights of the night included Fela Kuti, Roy Ayers‘ “Running Away” (a personal favorite) and even The Police! It was a …

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John Peel’s Record Collection
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John Peel’s Record Collection

As a diehard music lover and DJ / Radio host for quite some years I’ve always been secretly ashamed that I don’t know as much about John Peel as I should. Granted, he was a mainstay on BBC Radio from the 70’s to the late 90’s, long before my time or …

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“All Hail The Beat” TR-808
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“All Hail The Beat” TR-808

The sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine inspire musicians around the world, even though the device hasn’t been made since 1984 and most of its avid users have never actually seen one. Join the conversation and tweet #THEBEAT to have your tweet featured on the Focus Forward website. Go …

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