Just when we thought the summer tours couldn’t get any better, Vampire Weekend surprises us with more tour dates that will extend into the middle of October. We have already reported their US trek, but apparently they weren't stopping there.
Still feeding off Contra which was released at the beginning of the year, concert goers will experience their perfect playlist for any summer show. They are already scheduled to perform with other indie bands, Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, and the Very Best, so there is no doubt that Vampire Weekend’s tour is just going to get hotter throughout the summer.
26 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl $%
28 San Diego, CA - SOMA $%
29 Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl at the Palms $%
03 St Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena $%
04 Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theatre $%
06 Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom $%
07 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre $%
08 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
11 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live $%
13 Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore $%
The KSM42 ($999 retail; $1,249 MSRP; pictured) is a side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for vocal recording that features a tailored frequency response and extensive internal and external pop filtering. The single-pattern, dual-diaphragm design of the KSM42 exhibits an ultra-wide dynamic range and smooth proximity control for studio applications. “
Jordan Rudess, keyboardist/Continuum for prog rock/metal band Dream Theater, has announced his new (and second) App: the MorphWiz from Wizdom Music that he created with Kevin Chartier. MorphWiz is partly inspired by the success of the Haken Continuum Fingerboard
Ellen Allien needs no introduction. In this excellent mix hosted by R.fm, the BPitch Control head honco and Berlin techno queen drops rhythms a bit more on the house side of things: Smash TV:s repetetive deep house and Shit Robot’s old school Chicago vibes, just to nama a few. It’s still Ellen-minimal though – and still freaking awesome.
In a recent speech before the Community Radio Conference, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn suggested that the proposal to reallocate Channels 5 and 6 for FM radio use had merit and should be considered further. That proposal is already before the FCC, and ripe for decision - so it could theoretically be adopted tomorrow. However, the proposal is not backed by all. While Commissioner Clyburn may think that the idea bears more exploration, there seems to be significantly more consideration that is necessary before a decision on the pending proposals can be made. What are these proposals, and what is standing in the way of a reallocation?
As we have written before, the proposals have been made to take TV Channels 5 and 6, which are immediately adjacent to the FM band, and reallocate them to radio broadcasting. The pending proposals include suggestions that LPFM stations could be located on the new FM channels that could be created, that new space for noncommercial radio operations could be created and, if they operated digitally, there would even be room to move the entire AM band to Channel 5. While some have suggested that any relief from such a transition would be long in coming, as radios would need to be manufactured, in fact that process might not be as prolonged as suggested, as the frequencies used by these television channels are already used for FM radio in Asia. Radios already exist that could pick up these channels (at least for analog reception). However, television interests have opposed this reallotment, but it may well be the broadband plan which could have the greatest impact on the consideration of this issue.
The initial objections to the reallotment of these channels to radio came essentially from two groups of television operators. The first were those few full-power stations that were still operating, after the digital television transition, on these channels and either couldn't move to another channel, or were unwilling to do so without getting paid. The second group was low power television operators. Many of these operators are using Channel 6 LPTV stations, which are still operating in an analog mode in many markets, as virtual radio stations, as FM receivers can pick up the audio of these stations. While there will be an eventual transition of these stations to digital which will probably end their use as radio stations, the ultimate transition date has not yet been set.
But the recent proposal for the repurposing of some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband creates a whole new problem for the use of Channels 5 and 6 for FM radio. Those channels might well be needed for television if the FCC seriously forces TV to give up part of the UHF band that is currently used for DTV service. While VHF channels, like 5 and 6, have proved to less than optimal for DTV use, and are not expected to be very good for mobile DTV, television users could be forced to use these channels were the FCC to follow up with its suggestions of taking some of the UHF channels for mobile broadband. These issues are all interrelated - a change in the use of TV channels for broadband may down the road affect the growth of FM. In short, while Commissioner Clyburn may think that the idea has merit - don't look for it to be implemented anytime soon.
FILTER likes music. There's no hiding it. We also like our own opinions a whole bunch, so once a week we give the masses a fleeting glimpse into our selective stereos to let them see firsthand what fuels our endless devotion. We like to think of it as community service. We're selfless like that. So without further ado, here are the official, inarguable, objectively good Filter Weekly Picks. And in case you trust our tastes that much, click on the links below for some sample tracks (not all releases have samples available) from these releases, and even buy it if you feel so inclined. Yeah, we're good at what we do:
The Tonelux Tilt EQ plug-in (Mac/PC; VST/AU/RTAS/TDM/VENUE formats) are modeled after the company's original hardware EQ, first featured in the MP1a mic preamp. Its "tilt" design allows simultaneous adjustment of low and high frequencies
If the last decades in technology were about speed, this decade promises to be about power. I don’t mean horsepower: I mean power as in electricity. From concerns environmental to practical, power is now a real variable.
After years of misreading Moore’s Law to mean that all technology would forever double in speed (that would be absurd, and wasn’t what he meant), even those lusting after gadgets have begun to think about power consumption, too. People want longer battery life and leaner energy bills – and psychologically, there is something more than a little ominous about watching an oil well spew petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico. New processor technologies are all about doing more with less, with the lower-voltage chips powering Intel netbooks and longer-life Intel laptops to the ARM architectures inside the iPhone, iPad, Android, and other hot-ticket pocket items.
Music’s part of that trend, too. It’s a natural evolution from production as a room – in the studio – to production anywhere, to production without wall sockets. Musicians are using those other mobile devices (iPhone, etc.), of course, but more conventional, music-specific hardware is getting in on the act, as well. Music industry giant Roland made battery power a feature of their exhibit at the NAMM trade show in January, showing off a whole orchestra worth of battery-powered instruments, and has a new generation of DSP that more easily runs on batteries. Rival Korg has found some of their hottest items, like the compact KAOSSilator, are the ones that you can run even away from a battery socket. And there are many other examples, including mobile recording and practice tools and coach class-ready MPCs. It’s not just about mobile devices: it’s about freedom from wall sockets.
All that is something busking musicians figured out long ago: if you can run on batteries, you can play music anywhere, including outdoors. But this isn’t just for buskers: it can mean impromptu music jams without digging out power strips, the ability to bring a few music gadgets onto a sofa and play with friends, or sitting in bed in the evening with some headphones working out musical ideas – no massive power bricks needed.
So, okay – what can you do on batteries? We’ve seen a number of mobile jams; the latest comes from a group in Spain. Juanjo Javierre writes:
We are five musicians from Huesca (north of Spain) We are member of a workshop called ART LAB Huesca. Last week we play a concert with instruments that works only with batteries: Omnichord, Otamatone, Tenori-on, Nintendo DS, Casiotone, Kalimba, IPad, Stylophone…. An unplugged electronic concert! It´s a joke but we are great fans from your blog and we want that you have the video.
It may be a joke, but it’s something I’m increasingly interested in. The ensemble they’ve entitled “Art Lag Geek Orquestra,” and you can see they’re having a blast. Now they just need a battery-powered mixer and PA, both of which are very possible.
So, I turn the conversation to you: what’s your favorite battery-powered device? iPhone? Casiotone? Got something not mentioned here? (Mobile field recording ought to get a nod, too.) Or do you find for live performance away from the grid, the key word is “generator”?
Bibio's 'Ambivalence Avenue' may be a year old, but here at Beatportal HQ, we sometimes have trouble finding time to listen to anything else. There's something about its feathery textures and lilting rhythms that gives it an air of unflappable calm. With Bibio streaming out of the office speakers, we can almost pretend we're lounging in a park somewhere, grilling corn on the cob and reading trashy summer fiction.
In the five years since Bibio (aka Steven Wilkinson) released his first album for California's leftfield hip-hop label Mush, and then moved on to Warp Records, he's refined his brand of dreamy downtempo into one of the most distinctive sounds going. Given that today is the summer solstice, we figured it was the perfect time to meet the man responsible for such sunset-friendly grooves. Roll out your Pendleton blanket and get cozy.