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Village Underground Launches ‘Convergence’ + Win Tickets To Kitsuné ‘Easter’ Club Night!

These events cater to people who use technology to innovate: to break the usual beat rather than getting stuck in a loop, presented by Village Underground.

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Artists already involved with Convergence include Jacques Greene, Koreless, Booka Shade,Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Fennesz, Digitalism, Beataucue, Ben Frost, 65 Days of Static with many more artists to be added and a series of talks which will take place at both the Barbican and Village Underground.

It will start at venues across East London, including Village Underground, Barbican, St John’s, Hackney and the ACE Hotel and it promises to bring together promoters and technologists including Black Atlantic, Noise of Art, Bleep and Mixcloud for a bunch of super-cool parties and conferences.

A good rendezvous for music nerds. See you there!

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Update: Coachella 2014 Week 2 Live Stream Line-Up

New Update: Second Week’s Line Up released – See Below

Coachella runs every year between April 11th and April 13th and whether you like it or not you will be subjected to torrents of photos, videos and blog updates from those of your friends who will be lucky enough to attend. Feel jealous?

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You needn’t. This year, the entire event will be streamed on YouTube. Viewers from all around the globe will be able to watch a number of the festival performers in realtime thanks to a live stream that has been promised by web TV channel AXS TV, there will also be artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, and on-demand video playbacks for you to enjoy. The second weekend, April 18th – 20th, will also be broadcast on AXS TV.

A complete lineup of artists scheduled to be appear will be revealed over the coming days. We will update this post as we get more information. For now though, it’s good to know that you don’t have to fly all the way to California to get a front row seat.

The line-up is one of the best yet, even by Coachella standards:

Friday, April 11th:

03:30 – Flatbush Zombies
03:30 – ZZ Ward
03:30 – Jagwar Ma
04:15 – Grouplove
04:20 – Wye Oak
05:15 – MS MR
05:20 – AFI
06:00 – Bastille
06:05 – ASAP Ferg
06:10 – GOAT
07:00 – The Afghan Whigs
07:00 – Kate Nash
07:50 – Neko Case
08:15 – Woodkid
08:40 – Ellie Goulding
09:05 – Chromeo
09:30 – Broken Bells
09:30 – Carnage
09:55 – Bryan Ferry
10:30 – Girl Talk
11:00 – The Cult
11:20 – Martin Garrix
12:00 – Anti-Flag
12:20 – Zedd

Saturday, April 12th:

03:30 – White Lies
03:30 – Bear Hands
03:30 – Foxygen
04:10 – CHVRCHES
04:15 – Temples
04:30 – Ty Segall
05:20 – The Head and the Heart
05:30 – Bombay Bicycle Club
06:10 – City and Colour
06:30 – Washed Out
07:00 – Capital Cities
07:05 – Future Islands
07:55 – Lorde
08:00 – Warpaint
08:25 – Dillon Francis
08:45 – Foster the People
09:00 – Pixies
09:25 – Fatboy Slim
09:40 – Queens of the Stone Age
10:25 – Empire of the Sun
10:35 – Pharrell Williams
10:45 – Sleigh Bells
11:25 – Skrillex
11:35 – Pet Shop Boys
11:35 – Muse

Sunday, April 13th:

03:30 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
03:30 – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
03:30 – Surfer Blood
04:15 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
04:30 – Frank Turner
05:10 – Fishbone
05:30 – Superchunk
06:00 – Blood Orange
06:00 – Flosstradamus
06:30 – The 1975
07:15 – Little Dragon
07:40 – The Naked and Famous
07:50 – Alesso
08:30 – Daughter
08:30 – Calvin Harris
09:00 – Big Gigantic
09:25 – Beck
09:55 – Adventure Club
10:10 – Nas
10:20 – Arcade Fire
10:45 – Duck Sauce
11:10 – Disclosure

Update #2 – The Second

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Alexander Wang x H&M For New Design Collab

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People prepare to shop, the new H&M designer collection has been unveiled! It has been announced that Alexander Wang will be the next prominent designer to work with the Swedish high-street giant.

A master of developing fashion-forward, urban clothes, Wang will be the first American designer to collaborate with H&M.

The news was announced during an event at Coachella Music Festival, the part music part celebrity fashion event, where what you wear is almost as important as who’s headlining.

Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor said, “Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious.”

Wang’s collection for H&M is expected to feature in up to 250  stores and will include a range of accessories and apparel, with online sales start from November 6th.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into a combat-style mission to get hold of the clothes like the video below in which Wang announced that he was letting some shoppers take away his collection for free…

Google Takes No Sides When It Comes To Crimea

Google has included #Crimea as part of Russia on their maps!

Was the message in a tweet on Friday from Nikolay Nikiforov, Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media. With the tweet he sent out a screenshot of Crimea on Google Maps with a thick black line dividing the Crimean peninsula from mainland Ukraine.

Disputed territory on Google maps is usually marked with a dotted line but this line is unbroken meaning that Google has officially recognized Crimea as a part of Russia. However, this picture can only be seen if you log on to Google from a Russian I.P address. If you log on from an America I.P or from mainland Ukraine, you’ll see a very different story.

So whose side is Google really on? Or are they just trying to please everybody?

What Russia Sees

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What America Sees

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What Ukraine Sees

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It might not seem like much but in a world of irrational diplomacy high tension it’s a big deal… looks like the cold war never ended.

Meet The Man Who Wants To Save You From A Zombie Apocalypse

We all hope we would be the person who would not leave anyone behind, but we really don’t know…

…Is the creepy yet poignant opening message from social worker turned lecturer Glenn R. Stutzky in his new video for an online course at Michigan State University.

The course, which is called SW290: Selected Topics in Social Work: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse – Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior, will be available to take online for the first time this year! Now you too can train and prepare for the imminent zombie invasion. If it happens, that is.

The course will offer an in-depth look at how the world would behave socially if zombies were actually trying to eat all of our brains. One thing is certain, if this stuff really does start going down, you need to find Glenn!

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The man himself…

In case you thought that Glenn was just mucking around, this great TED talk from two years ago outlines his plans for the steps needed to be taken to stave off angry hoards of zombies. He is completely serious about the message of his course. Either Glenn is completely mental, or just incredibly well prepared. You decide…

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Soundcloud Under Pressure From Major Labels

Soundcloud is under big pressure from labels like Sony, Warner and Universal after they decided to push for an increase in copyright policing and label licensing. Digital Music News managed to get a few interviews with some industry insiders who explained the ‘serious licensing discussions that have been taking place between major labels and publishers’ recently.

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At the moment, SoundCloud currently operates under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which in theory grants total immunity to sites with user-uploaded content. But soon Soundcloud will be forced to change so that users will only be able host their own copyrighted material on the site. Much like YouTube, this will be a daily battle for the big companies as they search through the site looking for pirates.

SoundCloud was originally started in Stockholm, Sweden, but it was established in Berlin, Germany in August 2007 by Swedish sound designer Alex Ljung and Swedish artist Eric Wahlforss. It was supposed to allow musicians to share recordings with each other quickly, but it later transformed into a full scale publishing tool which also allowed musicians to distribute their music tracks to potential fans.

In April 2009, SoundCloud received €2.5 million in funding from Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. By May 2010, SoundCloud announced it had one million subscribers.In January 2011, it was confirmed that SoundCloud had raised a $10 million in funding round from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures.

Soundcloud was deemed a “threat to peace” by the Turkish government in their recent internet purge. Proving once again how powerful the social media and music tool actually is.Many careers have been launched on Soundcloud. But unfortunately record labels want exclusive control of their artist’s content. Pity… It will be a shame for such a great service to come to an end.

Jedi: The Star Wars Religion

You might be a big fan of Star Wars, but have you heard this before?

There is no emotion ; there is only peace.
There is no Ignorance ; there is only knowledge.
There is no Passion ; there is only Serenity.
There is no Chaos: there is only Harmony.
There is no Death ; there is only the Force.

This is the Jedi code.

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Back in 2001, Jedi (or Jediism) was registered as the fourth largest religion in the United Kingdom. not because people actually believed in it but because of an online hoax that went viral encouraging everyone to list ‘Jedi’ as their official religion in the National Census.

Britain is obviously a very atheist country and it is safe to assume that this protest was more a reaction against the established church than a love of George Lucas but now similar movements have started springing up all over the world. People claiming to be Jedi knights are all over Reddit and 4chan.

The Temple of the Jedi Order (the TotJO ) is a church and a nonprofit organisation set up online in the State of Texas back in December 25, 2005 . They are officially recognized as a religious group by the U.S Government and are therefore empowered to order clergy and to confer degrees in divinity studies.

The TotJO is a legitimate group. However, the Temple, and the people who meet through it’s website don’t just love Star Wars. In the church a wide range of topics from philosophy to fashion are discussed. They also offer an introductory program for those who wish, which consists of lessons on the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell, the philosopher Alan Watts – The original inspirations for The LucasFilm masterpieces.

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What The Jedi Are Saying…

On the official TotJO website, it says:

We are not ‘Star Wars fans’ who fantasize about spaceships and lightsabers. We have no relation with Star Wars or Lucasfilm, or with other agencies of the film industry . In sum, we are not really inspired by the films themselves, but we share their inspiration (Campbell, Watts, Jung et al. ) That led Lucas to create them. For example, there is no mention of Star Wars , its characters or fictional events in our doctrine, or in studies of program initiation. An exception is the Code. The code comes from a novel or perhaps a Star Wars game, but still well expresses the dualism in the human psyche.

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The Harvard Hip Hop Academy

With interviews from Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh & DJ Premier a new feature documentary called The Hip-Hop Fellow explores the amazing journey of music producer 9th Wonder as he travels to Harvard, teaches a course called ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.

For many people it can be hard to see the connection between Dr. King and Dr. Dre, but for 9th Wonder the two are very much connected in the same musical and cultural struggle for equality. He sees little or no distinction between how James Joyce sampled the work of Homer and how hip-hop producers today sample the lyrics and beats of previous artists.

“T.S. Elliot. Herman Melville, with Moby-Dick. Ulysses by James Joyce is an entire extended riff on The Odyssey by Homer. That’s how literature works — it’s repetition, with a difference,” Gates says. “And sampling is just another word for what, in literary circles, we call intertexuality.”

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The Hip Hop Fellow

The two decade long career of multi-platinum selling Def Jam artist Nas was at the heart of a joint announcement made by the Hiphop Archive and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University when they decided to establish the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship.

The Fellowship provides selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power,” as it invites those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts to join, in particular connection with Hiphop music.

Currently, 9th Wonder is the CEO of Jamla Records and is a lecturer at both Duke University and Harvard University on the History of Hip Hop. You can also follow him on Twitter @9thwondermusic or visit his personal site at www.9thwonder.com.

Google Takes You on a Night Walk Through Marseille

Last year, to celebrate Marseille as the capital of European culture, Julie de Muer of Radio Grenouille was presenting the Promenades Sonores (sound stroll) thanks to what you could experience the city and the villages around it, with an audio walk.

While Julie de Muer kept exploring the city, she managed to create nearly forty audio walks, all tagged on Google Maps. The strollers just had to download the soundtracks and follow Julie’s footsteps in order to discover hidden treasures about the city they thought they knew.

Now, Julie went further with this special way of discovering Marseille; indeed, along with musician Christophe Perruchi, she directed a web-documentary on Google Maps which guides us in the Cours Julien neighborhood.

A 360° night walk in the street of Marseille where you come across street artists secretly working at night. You can dig into these street artworks thanks to videos, photos, or informative maps. There are also some music, cinema and food references, along with a naughty wink at the city’s surveillance system.

Keep your eyes and your ears wide open to discover Marseille, and listen to the walls speak.

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The Many Faces Of Facebook

Proving yet again that Facebook is the scariest thing that has happened to the planet since Hiroshima, a new online feature entitled The Faces Of Facebook has managed to gather the profile pictures and data of every Facebook user in the world. Yes, even you!

It is all stored on this one giant homepage (see below) which looks like some ate the entire PANTONE colour range and then threw it up on you computer screen.

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Don’t worry. You can zoom in too!

Somewhere, in amongst this mass of gritty pixels, is your face. Scary right?

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A zoomed in screenshot of the app.

You can find all your friends and even click straight through to their pages directly – almost like a mega-map of the Facebook community. Try it here!