Monthly Archives: January 2009

Redux Deluxe: Early 90s Hip-Hop Classics

From the Department of True Classics…

Big ups to @shappy, The Aesthetic Poetic, and James Chutter.

Keep it movin’, y’all.

Gang Starr – “Mass Appeal”

Lords of the Underground – “Chief Rocka”

Das EFX – “Real Hip-Hop”

Common – “Resurrection”

The East Flatbush Project – “Tried by 12”

Keep reading! More bangers after the break

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Animal Collective Announce ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ World Tour Dates

Animal Collective have definitively established themselves as the de facto blogospheric buzzband of 2009 with the release of their much-hyped album Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The band have announced world tour dates that will include an appearance at the New York edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in September.

Animal Collective 2009 Tour Dates

1/20, New York, NY (Grand Ballroom)
1/21, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
1/22, Chicago, IL (Metro)
1/23, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theatre)
1/24, Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour)
5/11, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
5/12, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
5/13, New York, NY (Terminal 5)
5/14, Boston, MA (House of Blues)
5/15, Montreal, Quebec (Metropolis)
5/16, Toronto, Ontario (Sound Academy)
5/18, Royal Oak, MI (Royal Oak Music Hall)
5/19, Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
5/20, Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
5/24, Vancouver, British Columbia (Commodore Ballroom)
5/25, Portland, OR (Roseland Theater)
5/26, Oakland, CA (Fox Theatre)
5/27, Big Sur, CA (Henry Miller Memorial Library)
5/29, Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern)
5/30, Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)
5/31, Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)
6/1, Albuquerque, MN (Sunshine Theater)
6/2, Boulder, CO (Boulder Theatre)
6/4, Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
6/5, Austin, TX (Stubbs)
6/6, Oxford, MS (The Library)
6/8, St. Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)
6/9, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)
6/10, Orlando, FL (Club Firestone)
9/12, Monticello, NY (All Tomorrow’s Parties)

Pres. Obama to Use for ‘Open Sourced Democracy’

UPDATED: Jan 20 | 15:15pm EST — In the wide world of the web, nothing stays the same for long — domains are bought and sold, sites are overhauled and updated, and new applications and technologies are lauded and discarded in the same breath.

But despite shifting technological sands, Barack Obama and his team have proven masterful in their ability to engage the American (and arguably world’s) population online.

By using every available means and mechanism of disseminating information and distributing their message, Obama has successful mobilized a new generation of American netizens to, at least, pay attention to the change that is coming to the White House.

Now, that President Obama has officially taken office as the 44th President of the United States of America on Jan. 20th, change has begun to take place not only in his administration but also in his digital identity and web presence.

As of 12:01pm EST, has officially become and, from this moment on, Obama’s team has pledged to expand its use of the web to promote a strategy of “open sourced democracy” that will allow unprecedented access, insight and, most importantly, input from everyone in the United States with access to an internet connection.

According to the Macon Phillips, the newly appointed Director of New Media for the White House, the Obama administration will focus on three key priorities: Communication, Transparency, and Participation.

Is this the digital future of democratic governance? On this historic day, it certainly feels that way.

For live updates, follow the White House on Twitter @whitehouse_gov or subscribe to the first-ever White House blog:

Here’s more from the White House’s official statement:

I’m Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House’s new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.

Millions of Americans have powered President Obama’s journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country’s future. is just the beginning of the new administration’s efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement.

Just like your new government, and the rest of the Administration’s online programs will put citizens first. Our initial new media efforts will center around three priorities:

Communication —
Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation — President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

In addition, has embraced Creative Commons licensing for all 3rd party content that will be featured on the site.

Except where otherwise noted, third-party content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


At exactly one minute after noon on Tuesday is coming to the White House.

That’s the moment when — the website for the past eight years of President George W. Bush — changes hands and the savvy young New Media webmasters of freshly sworn-in President Barack Obama take over.

The new is expected to be the window for what is being touted as a bold experiment in interactive government based largely on lessons learned during the most successful Internet-driven election campaign in history.

“The White House is going to be a very exciting place,” said Macon Phillips, director of New Media for Obama’s transition team. “We’re pushing the envelope here.”

Since the November 4 election, the transition team has been “looking at government, how we can open it up, how we can engage citizens,” he said.

The goal is to “continue the same spirit, participation and energy that was so essential to us during the campaign,” Phillips said. “But more than that, to continue to expand it.”

The Web will be the laboratory for what some are calling “open sourced democracy” and a glimpse of what the new may look like can be found at, the official transition website.

‘Watchmen’ War is Over: Movie to be Released March 6th

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Fox and Warner Bros. have finally settled their dispute over the Watchmen film — whose spring 2009 release had been put in limbo, as the studios fought over revenue sharing agreements.

But now that an agreement has been reached, the much-anticipated Watchmen movie now has the offical go-ahead for its widespread March 6th release.

The war over Watchmen between Fox and Warner Bros. is over. The settlement, finalized late Thursday, has Warner Bros. forking over a chunk of change (including old development costs, plus interest) and a portion of the film’s theatrical revenues. The L.A. Times reports the cash figure at $1.5 million (though Variety says it could be as much as $10 million), while multiple reports say Warner Bros. might be ceding as much as 8.5 percent of the box office receipts. Fox will also get a piece of future sequels or spin-offs (which are unlikely), but it does not appear that the company will be sharing in revenues generated from DVD sales and licensed merchandise.

And so ends months of enormous free publicity for Watchmen, which not so long ago was deemed a marketing-challenged gamble, being that it’s an R-rated, 2 hour-plus superhero epic based on characters nobody knows. But director Zack Snyder’s dark opus now enjoys intense Must See buzz thanks to the mainstream media’s intense interest in Fox’s dogged pursuit of justice, not to mention Warner Bros.’ decision not resolve the matter until six weeks prior to the movie’s March 6 release, just as billboards and TV ads begin flooding the national mediasphere.

Major Newspapers Join Forces for Global News Coverage

In the face of falling revenue and evaporating advertising revenue, major news media companies including the Tribune Co. and the New York Daily News are seeking partnerships with other media to maintain global and national coverage.

The question is, will this be enough to save them?

Shrinking revenue is the reason that big U.S. newspapers are joining forces to ensure global coverage, per The Wall Street Journal. For example, Tribune–which owns the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune–is in talks with the Washington Post Co. to use its foreign and national coverage. Similarly, the New York Daily News has reached an agreement with start-up GlobalPost to use its network of part-time foreign correspondents. Such agreements would revamp foreign news ops at three of the nation’s 10 largest newspapers.

Oakland BART Officer Arrested in Nevada for Murder of Oscar Grant

Johannes Mehserle, the BART transit police officer who is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day at a BART train station in Oakland, California was arrested Tuesday in Nevada on murder charges.

The former BART police officer accused of shooting and killing a Hayward man will soon return to California.

27-year-old Johannes Mehserle is expected to arrive back in the state by Friday. Wednesday morning, he waived extradition during a hearing in Nevada.

Investigators say he was taken into custody there Tuesday on homicide charges.

The arrest came 12 days after witnesses say he shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant on a BART train platform in Oakland.

The initial shooting death of Grant prompted widespread riots in California in response and, this past Wednesday night, protests continued and, sadly, continued to end in violence.

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall on Wednesday and marched to the Alameda County Courthouse, shouting, “We will march, we will chant, until there’s justice for Oscar Grant!” and “I am Oscar Grant!” Organizers also called for the resignation of county Dist. Atty. Tom Orloff, doubting his ability to successfully prosecute accused police officers. Police in riot gear were out in force.

Addressing the group on Oak Street between the courthouse and the county administration building, Grant’s grandfather rejoiced that “they got the man who killed my grandson.” Oscar Grant Sr. also beseeched the crowd to “keep peace.”

But despite his plea, the demonstration ended violently after a small group splintered off and damaged local businesses and several cars parked along the streets.

It is a rare occurrence for arrested police officers to be convicted of murder charges and one has to wonder whether such a conviction could be possible in this case?

In videos that have been broadcast on television and viewed hundreds of thousands of times on the Internet, a uniformed officer later identified as Mehserle stands over a prostrate Grant, pulls his gun and fires point-blank into Grant’s back.

Although six of the officers involved in the incident gave statements shortly afterward, Mehserle contacted an attorney and refused to comment. Nearly a week after the shooting, he resigned from the BART police force and holed up at a family property near Lake Tahoe.