Loading...

Tech Shit

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PAUL T. BRADLEY
  • Paul T. Bradley
The other day I was walking to my favorite non-corporate coffee shop to get high on beans and think up ways to fight the man when I saw the above box of cassette tapes, just sitting there on the street.

It contained an amazing collection, everything from Portishead to Culture Club to Too $hort. Who would leave this out with the trash? After no one touched a single tape for two days, I began to wonder if there was something wrong with humanity.

Sure, cassettes are no longer a popular way to exchange music, despite the attempts of trendsetters in recent years. But c'mon. Are you telling me all of these old-ass Honda Civics I see everywhere here in the Tri-Hipster Area (Silver Lake / Echo Park / Atwater Village) don't have tape decks? 

I took a closer look at the tapes to get to the bottom of things.

More »

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tech Shit

Our Best Live Band Contest Was Overrun With Cheaters

Comments (18)

By

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 4:15 AM
FROM BLACK MARKET VOTE SELLER FEROZ AHMED'S FACEBOOK PAGE
  • From black market vote seller Feroz Ahmed's Facebook page
This winter at West Coast Sound we've been trying to determine the best live band in L.A.

Because we're into democracy and whatnot, we turned the process over to our readers, and in the beginning that seemed to be working.

In our first round of voting, 67 local acts were nominated, who were then narrowed to 10 in the next round of voting.

The semi-finals kicked off in mid-February, and we were overwhelmed by the levels of participation. So many people voting!

Unfortunately, it quickly became clear that many of the voters were not people at all.

More »

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tech Shit

Snoopify Is a Disaster That's Only Getting Worse

Comments (1)

By

Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:00 AM
SNOOPIFY SCREENCAP
  • Snoopify screencap
Since launching in May, Snoop Dogg's Snoopify app has transformed millions of otherwise boring Instagram photos into virtual g-thangs, with the help of digital "stickers": blunts, cash money and chicken n' waffles.

According to a recent press release from its promoters, it boasts three million downloads and averages 100,000 user-posted photos daily.

Though the app is free, the "stickers" aren't: 99 cent "packs" include the 7 Days of Funk (headphones, keytar, metallic sunglasses), the Riff Raff (gold bars, a neon wristwatch, snake pendant) and the Sticky Icky (40 oz., hair net, stripper, eye drops.) 

The really insane one....

More »

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tech Shit

'Light House' Art Installation Is the Future of EDM Shows

Comments (0)

By

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 3:50 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF SONOS STUDIO
  • Photo Courtesy of Sonos Studio
What's made of 600 lights bulbs and music?

It's Light House, a new light and sound installation debuting this Thursday at music and technology art space Sonos Studio. Designed by New York City-based design firm Softlab, Light House is a high tech art project comprised of rows of tube lights hanging from the ceiling. These bulbs are connected to a laptop and programmed to react to various sounds. Basically, when music is played through the structure, the bulbs make a dazzling synesthesia-style spectacle.

It is, perhaps, the future of EDM stage production. Light House debuts on Thursday evening with a private performance by The Crystal Method. The electronic duo will play new music from their eponymous forthcoming album -- through the installation. (The release on this album, the duo's fifth studio LP, was delayed because Crystal Method member Scott Kirkland had surgery for brain cancer this past May.) Sonos will host additional Light House collaborations from Washed Out and Bleached on July 29 and August 22, respectively.

More »

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tech Shit

L.A. Weekly's Best Of App Just Got Better

Comments (0)

By

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

LosAngelesBestOf.jpg
Want to know where to go and what to do in Los Angeles? Your essential mobile guide--also known as our Best Of app--just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping and nightlife recommendations from L.A. Weekly's expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content. Not only can you find the best burger or martini in town, you can scan critics' picks and other recommended options in those and dozens of other categories. And now that we've combined our Best Of database with our comprehensive local listings, you can always find something nearby. Wherever you are in L.A., the Best Of app is your window to what's around you. It's fast, it's fun, and it's still free. Download it today.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tech Shit

New Survey Gives Beats By Dre Headphones Low Marks

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

FLICKR.COM/SHESARII
Beat By Dre headphones helped buy Dr. Dre his dream home. They're also partly funding the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at USC, as its benefactors, who founded Beats, chipped in $70 million.

But are the headphones any good? Survey says no. In fact, according to a new report by FixYa, a crowd-sourcing site offering help fixing broken devices, tools, and appliances, users complained of subpar noise-canceling abilities, unreliable sound and malfunctions in one ear or another. We'd imagine that would be frustrating to someone who spent $280 (!) on a pair. The report includes input from 25,000 people, and also tested were headphones endorsed or branded by 50 Cent, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Here are the results:

More »

Friday, May 31, 2013

CREDIT: INEZ VAN LAMSWEERDE & VINOODH MATADIN
  • Credit: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

With her 2011 LP, Biophilia, Icelandic singer and performance art icon Björk turned her avant-garde eye on the natural world, using touch-screen technology to present a fantastical vision of Earth, space and all that lies between. She says it allowed her to express herself more fully than ever before. The critically lauded album was released with a suite of custom apps (conceptualized by Björk herself, of course) that were meant to provide a window into her creative process while educating audiences on the science of music and nature.

We spoke with Björk about her Biophilia live show, the children's educational program touring along with it and how the project is fulfilling her childhood dreams.

More »

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tech Shit

New Commenting System!

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

PIERMARIO/FLICKR
The march of progress continues apace here at LA Weekly, meaning we've got a brand new commenting system in place. What does it mean for our readers?

Real Time Conversations

You can see who is listening to a conversation and read comments in real time, making it easier to jump right into the discussion.

Talk to Your Social Network

When conversation is happening about an article on Facebook or Twitter, you can now see that conversation within the commenting thread. You can also tag and import your friends from Twitter and Facebook within the comment stream yourself.

Notifications

You can choose to be alerted via email when someone replies to or likes your comment.

Follow Your Friends

You'll be able to see what your friends are saying and doing on our publications and Voice Places now with this one account.

To get started with our new commenting section, just click "Sign in" in the new comments section. You can sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or email.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tech Shit

Five Bizarre Social Networking Sites From Musicians

Comments (0)

By

Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

npgmusicclubgrab.jpg
Remember about a decade ago when every rapper had to have his own clothing line? And then remember about four years ago when every rapper had to have his own social networking site? Surprisingly, it turns out that artists from all across the musical spectrum have been impersonating Mark Zuckerberg for years, to varying degrees of success. Here are the five most bizarre examples.

Prince

NPG Music Club

Date launched: January 14, 2001

Before declaring his disdain for music on the internet, Prince was among the first to use the medium to bring himself directly to listeners, sending exclusive music and videos to fans for the low price of $7.77 a month. In July of 2006, however, the site mysteriously shut down. It's unclear why; some speculate it had to do with a trademark dispute with science textbook manufacturers Nature Publishing Group (a different NPG), but Prince's lawyer said that was not the case.

More »

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tech Shit

Cassette Tapes Are Back. Ask Your Mom to Mail Your Old Jambox.

Comments (0)

By

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 5:07 AM

They still make these?!? - REBECCA HAITHCOAT
  • Rebecca Haithcoat
  • They still make these?!?
"I grew up collecting and listening to cassette tapes and records," said Phil Shaheen, drummer for Los Angeles indie band Tijuana Panthers. "I like the fact that cassettes are in again and that cool little labels are putting them out." The band released its album, Max Baker, as a limited-edition tape through Kill/Hurt, a Hollywood cassette-only label.

It's true, cassettes seem a little ridiculous at first. They're bulky, you have to flip them in the middle of an album, and cassette players aren't widely available. But cassettes provide benefits digital media can't, and they're back.

At 70 cents a tape, an artist can get small batches of music in the public's hands for less money than a CD or vinyl record. Michael McKinney, president of M2 Communications, a Pasadena duplication company, puts out between 6,000 and 10,000 tapes each month. Orders have picked up, mostly due to indie bands.

Several record producers in L.A. provide cassette releases. Chris Jahnle and his girlfriend Kat Bouza, founders of Kill/Hurt, started the company dubbing small batches of noise-rock cassettes with a giant grey duplicator they snagged for $200 from eBay. Cassettes naturally have hiss, treble, and distortion, qualities that go along with the mood of garage, punk and other noisy genres, said Bouza.

More »

Now Trending

  • The 10 Best Rock 'n' Roll Pinball Machines

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can...
  • Party Picks of the Week: Jarvis Cocker Alert!

    Summer fun is burning hot about now with a slew of big bashes, many of them marking the not-so-timid Leo birthday contingent. Here, the best of the batch, kicking off what is sure to be an action-packed August. Party with ninjas: Studio 69’s Pirates vs. Ninjas dance and dress-up affair is always...
  • The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

    Dateline, L.A. 2014: Tweeness rules. Experimental indie bands are a dime a dozen. But the Diamond Light aren't about that life. They're purveyors of good old-fashioned blues rock. And it's kind of refreshing. They've been featured in Blind Blind Tiger's Speakeasy Sessions, in Nylon Guys playing a stripped-down version on Daft Punk's "Lose...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets