I do not want Sarah Palin to be any government official anywhere near me. I do

want Sarah Palin to be my President nor Vice-President. I do not want Sarah Palin

making any decisions for me. So what is this Ex-Governor good for? I had to ask that

question so many times. But I finally found out what shes good at.    Marketing!!!

palin-gunToday at the CNN Political Ticker and the Daily Beast Sarah Palin changed her

username to @sarahpalinusa. So she tweets, and she also has a very active facebook

account. She received 3000 comments just with in 24hrs for a note about

“death panel.” Her messages are retarded in so many ways, I wouldn’t advice anyone

to listen to her.

^

But she is the first politician, I know of, to fully understand how communication works

in the 21C and the power of it. Politics is all about getting your message out, and getting

as many supporters for you. Just like how musicians create their fan base. Constant

updates about you and your career reminds your fans that you are still

alive and interesting. Through this stream of updates, you and your fans create a

bond beyond rockstar and fan. With this bond, your fans are more likely to donate for

your fundraiser, volunteer for your campaign, go to your shows, buy your

merchandises, and many more.

^

But the greatest part isn’t described yet. You, as a fan, can make meaningful input to

ones career. As a politician, you can hold them accountable for their campaign

promises. As a musician, you can tell them which venue they should play next. The

opportunities are endless.

^

Sarah Palin you are the marketing guru in politics.

listen music

There are many ways to listen to music but this is how I listen to music these days.

1. Listening to Albums not Songs

When one buy/download music, I usually don’t get them by song. I get them in

units of album. The reason behind this is to get to know the artist better. A band

might have the hottest summer track, but can he back it up? Is there more to this

band? or was it a one-hit-wonder. I’m talking about you Passion Pit!

^

2. Background Check

How did they become a band? I go to wikipedia to do a little bit of background

check about the band. Bands like BLK JKS, and The Vanguard has a unique story

makes their music more exciting than the rest of the gang.

^

3. Memorization

If you were like me in the old days, I enjoyed music for the sound of it. But I never

tried to memorize the album name or even the song name. Once you get a habit of

memorizing album names, title names, genre, and published year your brain will

have an organized database of sounds.

^

4. Knowing the Influences

We live in a world where music is no longer original. A different perspective of old

music, a mix of old music is all we got in today’s world. Knowing which band

influences who, and what song did they sample from is not only fun, but gets you

to have RESPECT for the musicians before your time. Influence comes

from all the way back to classical music, to the recent hit of the summer. If you

listened to MSTRKRFT’s recent album, Fist of God, you see a lot of the sounds used

on the Justice album.

^

5. Please see them LIVE!

The only way to listen to music at it’s full potential is listening to it live.

Don’t judge a band before you see them live.

^

QUICKIE. Allmusic.com

If you are like me and have too many albums to listen to, here is quick way.

Allmusic.com is an internet database of all published music. Most of the albums will

be reviewed by the staff of allmusic.com. But the feature I love the most is the

recommendation feature. Once an album is reviewed, the staff chooses 3 songs they

liked the most. Listening to these 3 songs will give you an idea if you dig this band or

not. If you do, please proceed listening to the entire album.

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DJ Lesson #8 + Jangula at Trash Bar

{$56.00/$719.88}

DJ Lesson #7 + DJ Needles + Jangula at Lit Lounge

{$106.00/$663.88}

How do normal citizens become fans of your band? For an indi band back

in the pre-napster era, word of mouth, flyers, and stickers were pretty much the

only method to get your music out. The rate of accurate information transaction

were not perfect. Some will forget the name of the band, some will forget the name

of the venue your band is playing, some will simply forget the TIME you are

playing. This transaction is crucial for those fans who aren’t your friends, your

first true fans.

^

Jangula is a band I heard through word of mouth. If I haven’t known the drummer,

I wouldn’t been able to catch them live yesterday.

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I had one big problem with this band. Their internet present was sloppy. Check

out their myspace. The picture is not put up right, texts are all over the place, and

the background is a plain white color background. I can’t really tell from one show

how serious they are with their musical career, but the impression I get from

myspace is very unprofessional. Most bands list their tour dates on myspace.

Jangula does not even have that.

^

The reason I stress the internet present is because our generation of music listeners

no longer rely on flyers and stickers to get information about a band. All the

information we need should be on the internet. This is what we are used to

and what fans are used to. The better you understand how your fans

communicate, the easier it will be for fans to understand you.

All Point West Tickets + Ferry Ride

{$260.00/$557.88}

IMG_0452Music is always good. But a music festival requires a little bit extra to fully enjoy it.

An outdoor concert for 8 hours is physically challenging. Especially if you like to

dance, jump, skank, and mosh. So here are my tips to fully enjoy a music

festival at the worst conditions.

^

1. Know your limit

Most festivals go on at least for 3 days in a row. Going to all three of them requires a

great amount of stamina and determination. Before you buy the tickets, you should

ask yourself this question, can I go to all 3 days? If the answer is yes, you are a beast.

But for the most of us, a concert a week is all we can handle. Think about your concert

going past, and determine if you have what it takes to fully rock out.

^

2. Be prepared

The weather is always a bitch. I hope your festival experiences were sunny. But most

festivals are in the summer. In the summer, it rains a lot. Wear an outfit not to impress,

but to rock out. I was really surprised at All Points West. A lot of high heels were

walking around. Put on some tennis shoes, get a poncho, be comfortable with what

you are wearing.

^

3. Research

You probably heard about 5 to 8 bands within the lineup. But when there is 40 bands

playing, is 5 to 8 bands enough to fully enjoy the festival? Its hard to become a

die-hard fan within a week. But listening to the music of bands performing in the

festival will increase your festival experience. You need to learn what type of music

other bands play, listen to their most successful songs, and then engage at the festival.

A festival is a great opportunity to expand your musical knowledge and

taste.

^

4. Schedule ahead

There were 3 stages at All Points West, and there was a fix schedule for every show.

You need to schedule which shows you are going before you arrive at the festival. In a

perfect world, your bands will be playing one after another. However, this is not true

in reality. Your bands might have an overlapping schedule. You also might wanna be

at the front for a superstar. If this is so, you need to understand that you aren’t the

only one trying to be at the front. You might need to forget about a band you like, just

to get in front of the crowd. The best time to get ahead of the crowd is when they are

setting up. Make a solid schedule and stick to it.

^

5. Game plan

Every band has a unique color. And there are ways to maximize your experience. For

example, Gogol Bordello is a gypsy-punk band. The way you fully enjoy this is by

moshing and skanking. MSTRKRFT is a electronic and dancing might be the way to go.

On the other side of rock out, there is Neko Case. Very sentimental soft rock is not a

typical song to go Ape-Shit. You might wanna have a beach towel to sit on and simply

enjoy the music peacefully. Imagine yourself how you are going to have fun

when a band is playing.

^

6. Be determined

You can do all the 5 things I told you, but you still could get lazy and not stick to the

plan. There is no short cut for this. Grow some balls and just do it!

^

I would like to thank Flying Lotus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jay-Z,

MSTRKRFT, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, Crystal Castle, and

Ting Tings for a wonderful festival.

I would like to apologize to The Knux, Vampire Weekend, and MGMT for missing

their show.

The Roots Ticket + 3 Vinyls + #6 DJ Lesson

{$103.80/$297.88}

In about a month, I have to perform a 6 track mix set in front of our class. We could

use Serato. However, I wanted to do it Old School Style. I went to Earwax Records

in Williamsburg, Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies Record, and Turntable Lab, but found

only 2 of the 6 Vinyls I need. Here are the two vinyls.

IMG_0392I also got the RATM remix by Sebastien.

^

In class today, we learned how to EQ Mix. This technique was widely used by House

DJs. Listening to 2 sets of bass drum from one speaker is not a pleasant experience.

To have a smooth transition from one song to the other, the bass drum must not be

too heavy. This is why as you slowly introduce your new song, start removing the

bass of the old song. This sounds easy, and it is easy, but every song has its own way

of entering. Practicing until it sounds perfect is the way to go for this.

^

My current mix is a vocal intro following It Ain’t Love by MSTRKRFT. As the first

song starts to end, the clock sound from Warp 1.9 comes in. As soon as the first song

ends, Warp starts at the 1- 2-Whoo-Whoo part. This sounds amazing.

^

On this same day, I went to the  Roots concert at Highline Ballroom. Racially diverse

crowd, Genre diverse music, with a bit of dancing made the whole night relaxed. I

was very disappointed at Amanda Diva’s performance. But The Roots pulled it all

together at the end.

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I grew up listening to Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, and etc. But I never knew how all of this PUNK movement started. This is why I decided to buy this book.

Please Kill Me (the uncensored oral history of Punk)

{$9.92/$194.08}

IMG_0352Overall, I’m disappointed in PUNK. But I’m satisfied. The PUNK I know is all about

giving the finger to the BIG MAN. You know you can’t beat the BIG MAN, but you

want to do something about those pigs who rip you off. So that started PUNK! I hate

how you are doing things, and I know anything I do won’t change a thing, but this is

how I feel and the only way I know how to express my anger at you.

^

The musicians who first started this sort of movement, The Velvet Underground, was

well tutored by the famous Andy Warhol. After the first generation of pioneers, things

just got bad. Punk stars became junkies and useless. The movement started to be an

act of self destruction. England saw this act of self destruction and magnified this to a

new level of Chaos, and it died.

^

Danny Fields: “…this punk thing wasn’t viable. That they were meant to self-destruct

and so what’s the point in investing in any of them? Why build an audience for the

Ramones or the Pistols or the Clash? Why institutionalize them if they’re just

going to be destroyed, if it’s their nature to destroy others and to destroy

themselves?”

Legs McNeil: “Now that it was here, I didn’t want any part of it. Overnight, punk had

become as stupid as everything else. Punk wasn’t ours anymore. It had become

everything we hated.”

^

POWER ANGER DIY were the things good about PUNK. Let’s leave it at that.

I can’t listen to the Scratch DJ Academy LPs anymore. The bass and snare on that LP

is draining out my brain. Oh someone please help me.

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Another A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks Vinyl at Fat Beats + #5 DJ Lesson

{$63.08/$184.16}

Now I can finally try beat matching with these two vinyl. We learned how to beat

match two different songs. The first step is to know the BPM of the two songs you are

trying to mix. If the leading record is about 90 BPM and the following record is about

87 BPM, you know you have to increase the pitch of the following turntable. Now that

you know which one to increase, put your body in motion with the leading record

beats. This lets your body count while your mind is listening to the

following record to beat match. Once you think you got the beats matching pretty

well, drop it on the one again and repeat beat matching for fine tuning. Laura at

Scratch Academy told me, she does it 5 times.

^

It took me 4 tries to get the second A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks. On Friday, the dude

in front of me took the last copy, but another shipment was suppose to come on

Monday. I went there on Monday, but at 6 PM. I went there at 6PM and he told me

he needed to organize the vinyl to sell. So I came back at 7:30 PM, on finally got my

second A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks. What a journey…

^

Fat Beats is a hip-hop orientated record store, with weekly live DJ spins. On Monday,

DJ Spinna was spinning. I don’t know him much, but HE WAS ILL. A true

master at work.

djspinnaI hope one day I’ll be spinning in front of a live audience.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE