Month: February 2013


Bitter Barista is also a rapper

You may have hard of Bitter Barista.  This Seattle-based anonymous rage blog was the classic tale of an employee ranting about customers and management and working conditions.  What you may not have heard is that Matt Watson, the name behind the blog, was unmasked by a rival coffee blog (which is a ridiculous sentence to […]


Amoeba Records sells digital rarities

Amoeba Music recently relaunched their online presence, but with a much more effective spin.  Beyond the traditional online sales and music downloads, they’ve begun to focus on curated “musical rarities”. …possibly the most intriguing element of that site, and a direct reflection of Amoeba’s dig-deeper philosophy, is the so-called Vinyl Vaults section — thousands of rare […]

Awareness Music

RIP Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, the hugely influential jazz and funk trumpeter, passed away on Monday. Innovative and transcendental, Byrd broke new ground in his exploration of the intersections between bebop, funk, soul and R&B. Byrd’s legacy is firmly entrenched both in the span of his critically-acclaimed discography and in his continued influence on hip-hop, his samples forming […]

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