Raw E-Magazine


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Recently, I was introduced to ‘Raw’, a digital magazine with a diverse range of articles, topics, and discussions.  Raw E-mag is an online publication dedicated to the best in lifestyle, music, and fashion.  Check the method.

68 Flavors of Funk.


Rane and Serato welcome the Rane SIXTY-EIGHT, the ultimate club mixer. Two computers, two USB ports, up to four decks and a range of effects.

The 86 is the first Scratch Live compatible DJ mixer that allows two computers to be connected simultaneously.

Using two USB ports, the new Rane SIXTY-EIGHT mixer lets two DJs play Scratch Live at the same time, allowing for seamless handover from one DJ to another. You can also control up to four decks with a single laptop.

The Rane

Armed with studio-grade phono preamps, USB and S/PDIF inputs, the SIXTY-EIGHT can allow a blend of analog and digital audio sources like never before. The Rane SIXTY-EIGHT features easy to use internal digital effects, and direct control of over 30 Scratch Live library, cue and loop functions.

Features:

  • Two independent USB 2.0 high speed ports, each supporting twenty two, 32-bit floating point audio channels at 48kHz.
  • Support for the connection of two computers simultaneously.
  • Direct control of over 30 Scratch Live Library, Cue and Loop functions.
  • Support for 2, 3 or 4 Virtual Decks in Scratch Live.
  • Flexible USB recording options.
  • 3-band, full cut EQ
  • New High-pass / Low pass Filter
  • Unique FlexFX bus with 6 internal effects plus USB and analog insert support for computer-based effects.

Input Channels

  • Four stereo Phono/CD inputs of Line / Phono or S/PDIF.
  • Four stereo Auxiliary inputs.
  • Four stereo USB playback options.
  • Two independent microphone inputs – one with phantom power and one with line-level input

Batman & Superman… Not Goin’ Down.


Many, many people have been expecting some sort of Batman/Superman team up, much like the recently announced Avengers movie.  But, according the Christopher Nolan, that’s not necessarily going to be the case.

There was a lot of excitement a few months back when Nolan’s name was mentioned as the “godfather” of a Superman reboot at Warner Bros., and speaking on the decision for the first time, Nolan told Boucher that his involvement with the Superman franchise came about from them having reached an impasse on what to do with their third Batman film and David Goyer having an idea of what could be done with the Man of Steel:

“He basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman. I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.

As mentioned previously, Nolan would act as a producer for another director, which has yet to be determined as they develop the script. From there, Nolan’s involvement may be similar to Peter Jackson’s on District 9 as he moves onto the third Batman film. He didn’t have a lot more to say about the Superman reboot except that he did have an appreciation for what Singer tried to do in connecting his film to those of Richard Donner:

“A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do.”

It’s suggested that like his two Batman movies, the Superman story will take place in a world where Superman is the only superhero, so one probably can’t expect this Superman to meet Christian Bale’s Batman or either character to be involved with a future Justice League movie.

“Each serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other,” Nolan told them.

Eventually, the Nolans and Goyer got over the earlier impasse with a second Batman sequel, and things are certainly moving forward on that third movie. Nolan wouldn’t confirm any of the dozens of internet rumors about who might play the villain but he did say:

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story, and in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story. We have a great ensemble, that’s one of the attractions of doing another film, since we’ve been having a great time for years.”

Frame from "I Am Legend"

There have even been massive hints, like the few frames in ‘I Am Legend’ in which a poster is displayed with the classic mashup logo.  But according to the big guns, it won’t be so.  (Sorry Reg)

Lloyd to joint the Interscope roster.


Lloyd recently confirmed that he would be joining Interscope records for the release of his new album.  While most people expected him to sign with Cash Money-Young Money, the 24 year old singer stated that C.M.Y.M.’s proximity to Motown Records was the reason he did not.  Lloyd’s last 2 albums produced under the Motown label were in his opinion, underdistributed.

“I don’t feel the need to rush to release an album. It’ll be out later this year. I got a couple of title options, but I’m not 100 percent sure yet, I love the way Interscope gets down. I love the way Jimmy [Iovine, label head] gets down. I’ve always had a good working relationship with Polow [da Don, producer]. Having that creative partner is something I wanted to have, since the very beginning, to have that one creative partner. Mike [Jackson] had it with Quincy [Jones], Janet [Jackson] had it with Jimmy [Jam] and Terry [Lewis]. Justin has it with Timbaland. I feel that me and Polow have something special. I’m really looking forward to that. I also admire Jimmy [Iovine] as a producer. He loves producers. He’s got Will.I.Am, DR, Dre, Polow, the Neptunes, Timbaland. That’s what he does. I’m looking forward to it.”

Click to download "Set Me Free" ft. Mystikal

Lloyd recently released a new single with samples from Ray Charles ‘Unchain My Hear’, and features a verse from Mystikal (…yeah, I know).   After the release of the single, and question as to his new album, Lloyd stated,  “This year I’m really focused on a classic album and staying in the public eye with more guest features. I have a few surprise collaborations coming. In the past two months I’ve recorded some really surprising features that will shake up the game a little bit.”

Lady Gaga’s Explicit Telephone Video


As many may have heard, E! News premiered the brand new 9 minute video to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” Thursday night.  The super sexual, vulgar, and graphic video is a bit too much for stations like VH1, or MTV, but is here for all to see in its entirety.  Check out the “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce by clicking the pic.

Falling down the Rabbit-Hole


Gnix is throwing yet another crazy 18+ event over at Glas Kat.  Aspara, Justin Peoples, Majestry, and Guenson Lotin will be holding down the fort with progressive, electro, and house.  Glas Kat is located at 540 4th St, and this all goes down Thursday, April 1st.  Click the flyer for details and tickets.

Click Here for Tickets

Audrey Amelie Photography


Photo by Audrey Amelie

Every so often, at a gallery, or art show, a piece of art catches your eye, be it a painting, sketch, or photograph.  Most of the time the artists who produce these pieces and display them for the world, have 2 or 3 out of their entire collection that out shines everything else around it.  It’s very rare to find a painter, sketch artist, or photographer who’s every single piece is a masterful work that grabs your attention, and demonstrates that individual is master of their craft.  Audrey Amelie is the type of photographer that displays this type of rare skill with her photos.  Click the pics to see more of her work.

AudreyAmelie.com

One time, at Band Camp…


Bandcamp.com

Every artist in or out of the game has to have an outlet to publicize their music. For most right now that outlet is the over used, over saturated, easily manipulated myspace music. It’s just as easy to find a person with html knowledge to change the number of page views you have, and the number of daily plays as it is to pose as another artist, or steal their material. And even if an up-and-coming artist was legitimate, he has no way of telling who’s listening to his music and what their responses are to it. The music site Bandcamp.com aims to fix these issues, and has defiantly hit the bullseye. The site provides a clear-cut space to display your music with no limits as to how many songs your allowed. The artist or band can also get a very in-depth look at which songs their fans are listening to all the way through, partially listening to, or are skipping all together. The band has the ability to choose their own price for their song if they wish to charge, (with no money being profiteered by Bamdcamp), and can also see any and all links posted about their music from Bandcamp. This new site will soon become the blueprint by which many other music sites are built, trust me. I’m not just a spokesperson… I’m a member. The site is free, so check out http://www.bandcamp.com to set yours up, or refer a friend with an interest in their music being heard.

I like to Move it, Move it.


Check the video from Gamepro. (And that is NOT me inside the bubble)

Sony recently unveiled their ‘Playstation Move’. Essentially its the Nintendo Wii in the gym… with a protein shake… on steroids… with the combined strength of every Power Ranger… after eating Mister T… and Vin Diesel. Click the picture for an exclusive video from Gamepro.

The Young and The Restless


SamYoung.co.uk

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of partying with one of London’s finest celebrity DJ’s. DJ Sam Young. He’s an amazing cat with ridiculous style, who is crazy on the tables. Click the pic to check out his website. (Shouts to DJ Roy Rovelli)

The wait for Drake is “Over”.


The long awaited, much anticipated Drake album “Thank Me Later” has been the subject of rumor and speculation for months. Finally the first single of the Grammy nominated artists CD, is available for download. Click the pic to download “Over”.

Download 'Over'

City of Owls


DJ Jeff Phantom is back with a new Electro/House mix.  City of Owls.  Click the pic to hear or download the mix.

Jeff Phantom.

First a Cell-Phone… Now a Cell-TV


Cell TV Video

Toshiba introduced their Cell TV recently. It has amazing capabilities, including making bad picture good, and 2D broadcasts 3D. Check the video, prepare to be amazed.

Haiti Aftermath…


On March 5th of this year, I got together with ‘School of the Hellas’ and ‘IzaTrend’ to hold a fundraiser for the Rural Haiti Project. The event was in San Francisco at Element Lounge… Here are a few pics from the event, all photographed by the lovely Ashleigh Reddy.

Click for Pictures

Freaknik Came and Went.


Freaknik as some of us may remember, was the massive party held in ATL during spring break at which students from all the black universities were in attendance. Now, Freaknik has a different meaning to those of us tuned into Adult Swim on the night of March 7th. Freakink was “resurected” in the 1 hour cartoon special ‘Freaknik: The Musical’ staring the voices of T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, DJ Drama, Lil Jon, and many, many more. You can check it out here. But hurry, it expires on March 23rd 2010.

The Musical

Expires March 23rd

Daft Tron


Just as any self-respecting nerd has been doing over the last few days, I too have been trying to dig up as much info as possible about the new ‘Tron Legacy’. Disney’s sequel is set to release Dec. 17th 2010, but even in all its young-Jeff Bridges, and ‘Kid-that-got-shot-up-in-4-Brothers‘ (Garrett Hedlund), disk dodging, light-cycling glory, what I’m the most anxious for is the soundtrack. Produced entirely of brand spanking new Daft Punk tracks, (one of which can be heard in the second half of the new trailer available on http://www.apple.com/trailers). The soundtrack will bring an audience of music lovers in for the film that may not have been enticed otherwise. Not to mention the duo will actually be appearing IN the movie. (Kudos)

View The Trailer Here

Sleepless in Las Vegas


Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

A vacation is something that anyone in the entertainment line of work is lucky to get.  Some of us grind so hard, 20 minutes away from our cell phones is a vacation.  Then there are others who will “eventually get a day to myself… That’s gon’ be the day they burry me, but it’ll come eventually” – Lil Wayne.  I however understand the importance of staying hard at work, but I can never say no to a long weekend in Vegas.  So when my good friend Marqus Crawford offered me a deal on a villa in the Planet Hollywood towers, I obviously said yes.

Above are a few shots of the Villa we will be occupying during our stay.  While I’m alongside Jade Davis, Erik Woodruff, and Marqus, I will be giving you a play by play on the action, activities, and adventures that go down from the 1st to the 4th of April.

Corey Haim dies at 38.


Now

Then

This morning at around 9 a.m. 80’s child star Corey Haim was found dead of an ‘accidental overdose’.  The police have not yet released the details of what he may have overdosed on as of yet.  Some of us may remember Corey Haim from movies like LucasMurphy’s RomanceThe Lost BoysLicense to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

Andrew Winch Designs


Motor Yacht

Andrew Winch Yacht

A luxury yacht, designed by Andrew Winch.  Introduced by Kristy W.  Click the photo for more pictures, and different boats.

You down with A.P.P.?


His work can be viewed here.

Yeah, you know me… But who you may not know is the man behind some of the moving photo effects on djstorm.com, and on the visualizations for the mixes I post on youtube.  Visual effects artist Adam Patton has a long and impressive resume that grows by the second.  (Sorry A.P… I tried to say that without sounding gay)  Having worked with many people, including (but definitely not limited to) League 510, BeatStreetS, (and yours truly DJ Storm), on web design, music videos, and a slew of other digital projects, A.P.P. is someone you should be down with when working in the realm of digital media.

Watch Your A$$ on June 22nd.


A shot from the 6th season finaleAs many people could probably figure, I happen to be an enormous ‘Entourage’ fan.  The 1.20.2010 release of the mashup entitled “Pimpin All Around The World” (that can be listened to here) was my formal way of announcing how much time I spend watching that show while working at home, or when traveling.  I’m even happier now that the most recent 6th season will be arriving on DVD 6.22.2010, and the 7th season is scheduled to begin sometime during early/mid summer of this year.