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  • WORD: Tennessee Williams Festival celebrates playwright, New Directions taps new publications
    Edited Press Release

    The 21st annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, held March 28 to April 1, will feature its yearly Scholars Conference -- an all-day conference covering a variety of topics related to the playwright and featuring top scholars in the field, New Directions Publishing announced. Events including panels and live performances will take place across New Orleans. Read More
  • WORD: One down, one to go -- Lyons Press picks up notorious Mickey Mantle novel

    When HarperCollins fired Judith Regan and shelved two notorious books that the provocative exec had on tap for ReganBooks, you just knew they  would show up somewhere else. Last week, Globe Pequot Press imprint Lyons Press said it would release author Peter Golenbock’s 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel on April 3, 2007. Read More
  • WORD: Philip Roth scores big, becomes first ever three-time PEN/Faulkner Award winner
    Edited Press Release

    Philip Roth’s novel 'Everyman' (Houghton Mifflin) has won the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, making Roth the first writer to receive the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. Roth took his first win in 1994 for 'Operation Shylock' and again in 2001 for 'The Human Stain'. The announcement was made today (February 26) by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Robert Stone, Chairman. Read More
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS: Armin Van Buuren takes four IDMA award nominations; D&B finally gets own category

    Public voting has begun at the 22nd Annual International Dance Music Awards, and Trance DJ Armin Van Buuren is among the leaders with four nominations, event organizers announced. Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the 2007 Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Here are some of the brightest stars for the year of 2006, as well as the official ballot where you can have your say on the winners. Read More
  • WORD: Momentum for novel ‘Finn’ continues as Jon Clinch road show begins
    A novel that’s garnered considerable buzz since it hit bookstores earlier this month is Finn, a mythic story about iconic literary character Huckleberry Finn’s father by debut author Jon Clinch. He plans on riding that momentum with a national book tour that begins Monday, February 26 and continues through late April. His tour includes a stop here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read More

  • KozeeBASS: Bay Area Drum & Bass benefit party Thursday at Club Compression

    With an eye toward S.F. LoveFest 2007, the Bay Area Drum & Bass co-op is throwing the year’s first benefit party at San Francisco club The Cellar tonight (Thursday, February 22), with proceeds going toward this year’s float and related costs. From 10 pm to 2 am, local D&B DJs who will be spinning during the LoveFest parade are slated to perform, with a tag team lineup that includes Genome & Raise, Ultraviolet & Kozee (pictured left), Canadub & Highside, and hosts Audio Angel and The Colonel MC. A separate room will have Raggae, Dub and Dubstep with Kush Arora, Maneesh The Twister and Ivry performing. This 21-and-up event, hosted by Club Compression, has just a $5 cover. The Cellar is located at 685 Sutter Street at Taylor. Mark your calendars for LoveFest 2007, which is on September 29, 2007.
  • Big BudBASS: Sound Trax launches Big Bud’s ‘Fear of Flying Remix Project’
    Edited Press Release

    Coming after Drum & Bass DJ/producer Big Bud's launch of the successful 'Fear of Flying' double album, Sound Trax Records announced the label’s third CD, the double disc 'Fear of Flying Remix Project' that includes work by remixers from across the globe. Read More
  • WORD: Academic Tiffany Baker to debut as novelist with Warner Books

    California author Tiffany Baker parlayed nearly a decade of studying English literature into a career as a novelist, after Warner Books snapped up her debut novel 'The Little Giant of Aberdeen County.' Writers House literary agent Dan Lazar told WORD’N’BASS.com that the pre-empt is a two-book deal, which will keep the debutant with Warner for her sophomore project. Read More
  • WORD: Marcus Sakey kicks off ‘The Blade Itself’ book tour Friday

    Despite blizzard conditions in the US Midwest, debut author Marcus Sakey announced that he is hitting the road to begin the first of several bookstore signings in support of his novel The Blade Itself, which was recently published by St. Martin’s imprint Minotaur. Beginning today (Friday, February 16), Sakey will hit cities from Indiana to Ohio and Illinois. Read More
  • BASS: Star 69 announces Peter Rauhofer tour dates

    Tribal House DJ/producer Peter Rauhofer is once again embarking on a long worldwide tour. Known for his prolific remixing and breakneck touring schedule, 2007 looks like another busy year for the Grammy Award-winning producer and owner of the Star 69 record label. Read More
  • BreakBeatBudhaBASS: BreakBeatBuddha launches debut album ‘Mind Bomin’’

    Bay Area DJ/producer BreakBeatBuddha launched his debut album Mind Bombin', an explosion of dancefloor grind, social commentary, underground style and seductive sound forged in the fires of dancefloors worldwide, crew Subscience announced. Mind Bombin’ is at record stores and also available for download at the Additech website. Read More
  • WORD: Underdog Stef Penney pulls a surprise, wins 2006 Costa Book of the year

    First-time writer Stef Penney beat best-selling author William Boyd to win the inaugural Costa Book of the Year award for her debut novel 'The Tenderness of Wolves,' (Penguin) a murder mystery set in the snowy landscapes of Canada. Costa officials told Penney of her victory at an awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Central London. Read More
  • WORD: ‘Bitter is the New Black’ author Jen Lancaster earns six-figure deal for third book

    Now that ‘Bitter is the New Black’ author Jen Lancaster’s second book is slated for publication this year, she is focused on churning out even bigger publishing deals. According to a post on Lancaster’s blog, her literary agent Kate Garrick with DeFiore and Company closed a six figure sale with publisher NAL for Lancaster’s third book ‘Pretty Fat,’ which has the subtitle ‘One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big; Or, Why Pie Is Not the Answer.’ The book is about unabashedly-plus-sized Jen’s quest to lose fifty pounds in six months by any means possible. Her sophomore effort, ‘Bright Lights, Big Ass,’ comes out in May 2007, also with NAL.
  • WORD: Fourth Annual San Francisco Writers Conference slated for Feb. 16-18

    The 2007 San Francisco Writer’s Conference takes place from February 16 to 18 at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel in the Nob Hill District, organizers announced. This year’s conference, the fourth annual, is themed ‘Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows’ and includes forty "how to" sessions, panels, and workshops taught by well-known authors. Read More
  • DJ Spin OffBASS: WMC announces DJ Spin-off deadline, record registration numbers

    DJ Shortee and Felix Sama will co-host the 2007 WMC/DMC DJ Spin-off, which kicks off with performances by 2006 DMC Champion Netik and DJ Missil. DJs will battle for first place in two separate categories. Having specific and rigid criteria, official DMC judges will decide who has what it takes to own first place. Read More
  • WORD: 'Keeping Mum' author Brian Thompson favorite to win Costa Book of the Year

    Bettors around the world can wager on this week’s Costa Book Awards, the UK's most prestigious book prize, at online casino William Hill, event organizers announced. The oddsmaker posted Costa Biography Award winner Brian Thompson as a 2/1 favorite to win the overall award for his memoir 'Keeping Mum'. Read More
  • WORD: Gericke to follow ‘Blown Away’ with second crime thriller

    Shane Gericke’s debut novel Blown Away (Kensington Publishing imprint Pinnacle Fiction) -- a crime thriller about a female police detective who solved a brutal case of serial murder -- became a national bestseller just three weeks after it launched in 2006. Gericke is now set to publish his follow-up, Cut to the Bone, as the second part of a two-book deal. Read More
  • BjorkBASS: Electronic music acts take on Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

    It’s not just alternative rock being showcased at a major yearly music festival in Southern California. Bjork, DJ Shadow, Tiesto, and reigning DJ of the year Paul van Dyk are among the electronic music acts slated to perform at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival from April 27-29 in the town of Idio, Calif., event organizers announced. Read More
  • WORD: Backspace co-founder Karen Dionne to debut as novelist with Berkley

    Three years ago Karen Dionne co-founded a popular literary message board Backspace, which was followed by the annual Backspace Writers Conference in New York City. She can add author to her list of titles, now that Berkley Books purchased her debut novel Freezing Point. Read More
  • DJ FreshBASS: Vote now on 2006 International Dance Music Awards

    The public is invited to vote for this past year’s best DJ, producer, album, party organizer, and several other categories that includes Drum & Bass, Progressive House and more at the 22nd Annual International Dance Music Awards. The IDMAs take place during the 2007 Winter Music Conference, which runs from March 20-25 at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa and draws thousands of DJs, producers, record executives and music fans each year. Post your ballot at the conference website by January 31.
  • WORD: Another plagiarist bites the dust as CRP cans ‘Celluloid San Francisco’

    Chicago Review Press killed its 2006 book ‘Celluloid San Francisco’ and removed the title from further sale or distribution after a court judge ruled that author Jim Van Buskirk plagiarized content from a local website MisterSF.com, the site’s founder Hank Donat told WORD’N’BASS.com. Read More
  • BASS: New S.F. Drum & Bass party Blend launches Friday with UFO!, Gridlock

    San Francisco’s Drum & Bass scene has another regular party beginning Friday, Jan. 19, when Blend launches a new monthly at El Rincon with several Bay Area veteran DJ/producers. UFO! headlines along with Gridlock, who released an album with Project 51 last summer. Juju will also perform with MC Duh holding down the mic at this 18-and-up party, which runs from 9 pm to 2 am. El Rincon is at 16th and Harrison Streets... If you need your DNB fix before the weekend, hit up The Cellar tonight (Jan. 18) to see DJ Mal, Rinse, Ivry and others at Compression Thursdays, a 21-and-up event.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith mixes Drum & Bass

    WORD‘N’BASS.com editor BPM Smith, who is also a novelist and DJ, cooked up some Drum & Bass at the 104.1 FM studio during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Here he remixes Sasha and Banco de Gaia during an ethereal intro, and follows with producers like Scaler, Nu:Tone, Loxy & Ink, and Aphrodite. As always, this mix is organically prepared, with no editing of the original live broadcast. New set added on January 15, 2007.  Listen Now
  • WORD: Professor wins ‘Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest,’ HarperCollins deal
    By BPM Smith

    A recent trend in which major publishers find new talent through an online voting platform has its first winner, WORD‘N’BASS.com has learned. Court TV, which launched its ‘Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest’ to help promote the television series ‘Murder by the Book,’ has begun informing finalists of the results. Read More
  • WORD: Simon & Schuster and Gather.com Announce Web-based writing contest
    Edited Press Release

    Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone and Gather.com launched a contest on Jan. 11 where authors can submit fiction manuscripts to be evaluated and voted on by a community of readers, writers and aspiring authors at FirstChapters.gather.com. The Gather.com community will select five finalists through three voting rounds, after which a Grand Prize winner will be chosen and awarded a publishing contract with Touchstone Books. Read More
  • BASS: Mood Wednesdays kicks off in L.A. with MC Lady Sovereign, DJ Crash

    Lady SovereignIn Los Angeles, the Grand Opening of Mood Wednesdays hosted by the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Playboy Playmates of 2006 and MC Lady Sovereign kicks off tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 10) with special musical guests and DJ Crash, who is the resident DJ for the Playboy Mansion. Event organizers are also serving dinner, and WORD’N’BASS.com readers can win seats on the guest list. Read More
  • WORD: Buzz heats up for debut novelist Marcus Sakey's ‘The Blade Itself’

    A new novel that’s gotten considerable pre-release buzz The Blade Itself (St. Martin's Minotaur) launches today (Jan. 9) and is available across America, author Marcus Sakey announced. Sakey kicks off a tour this week in support of his debut work, about a former small time hood from Chicago trying to live down a sketchy past. Read More
  • Top Cat & Tenor FlyBASS: Ragga Drum & Bass drives Top Cat’s new album 'Two Veterans'

    Top Cat, a longtime MC whose ragga style delivery has influenced the UK Drum & Bass scene for a decade, is releasing a new album Two Veterans: Tenor Fly meets Top Cat in June. In an unusual move, copies of the CD are already available on the Internet a full six months before its release date. Read More
  • BASS: Drum & Bass, Trance, House ring in S.F. New Years

    Whether you’re looking for Drum & Bass, Trance or Ambience tonight, there’s a party in San Francisco to help you ring in the New Year with a bang. At separate clubs across The City, dance floors will bang to the beats of British D&B spinmeisters Dylan and Robyn Chaos, Spesh and Jondi hold down the Progressive House front, and Entropy and Liam Shy bring the Trance scene full force into 2007. Read More
  • WORD: Public voting opens for Court TV’s Next Great Crime Writer contest

    Court TV has opened up public voting in its search for the next great crime writer, contest organizers announced. Nearly a thousand writers submitted their stories, and by last week the panel of judges had narrowed it down to five. Now readers get to choose the next killer crime novel to hit the shelves, so click here to read excerpts and vote on submissions by finalists Wendy Dager -- she gets our vote based on her title I murdered the PTA alone -- Peg Herring, Gordon Hopkins, Hal McDonald and Shirley Mathews. The site also allows you to choose who could win a book deal with Regan, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Update Dec. 31: Voting is now closed and organizers will announce the winner Jan. 22 at the link above.
  • WORD: ‘Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories’ has fresh take on fear, violence

    Once upon a time, climbing those three stairs into the ring with "Iron" Mike Tyson was the most frightening prospect any heavyweight boxer could face. The fear is gone but if you’re looking for a fresh take on the one-time "baddest man on the planet," journalist Ted Kluck’s new book Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories (The Lyons Press) could fit the bill. According to the publisher, Kluck talked to 15 former Tyson opponents in their own environments -- their homes, their gyms, and their streets -- and heard each tell the story of his brush with boxing’s most violent phenomenon of the last couple decades.
  • BPM Smith.45: All the author and DJ buzz that’s unfit to publish!
    By BPM Smith

    Now that 2006 is coming to a close it is time to reflect on the year’s best in the worlds of books and music. Our second year covering the scene at WORD’N’BASS.com saw authors like Walter Satterthwait firm up his status as one of today’s unique crime novelists and so-called ‘mid-list’ author Sara Gruen morph into a star, while the electronic music scene continued evolving thanks to technology and the creative breakthroughs of Chus & Ceballos, Sandra Collins and Nu:Tone. The latest .45 column gives a peek of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Read More
  • WORD: HarperCollins battle with Judith Regan becomes legal punch-out

    One week after publisher HarperCollins terminated the flamboyant Judith Regan for allegedly going on an anti-Jewish rant during a talk with another executive, her lawyer came out firing on Friday, denying the accusations and saying that Regan’s company rival Jane Friedman "couldn't find a legitimate way to get rid of Judith, so they made one up." Read More
  • BASS: 'Carol of the Bass' rings in Christmas with R3M, Company Truck

    In San Francisco, the Elev8 Collective will present "CAROL of The BASS" -- a junglist Xmas story with Drum & Bass DJs R3M, Company Truck, Sik and Koda on Thursday, December 21. This pre-Christmas party is free to D&B-heads 18 and older, with a full bar for those 21 and up. The event runs from 10 pm to 2 am at El Rincon, located at 2700 16th Street at Harrison. El Rincon also serves Cuban food.
  • WORD: Best-selling author sponsors full-tuition scholarships for 2007 Backspace Writers Conference
    Edited Press Release

    A best-selling author is offering two full-tuition scholarships to the 2007 Backspace Writers Conference for promising writers who have completed a novel and are actively seeking an agent to represent them. Scholarships cover the conference registration fee, travel expenses to and from New York City from anywhere in the U.S., and three nights' hotel accommodations. Read More
  • CalculonBASS: Muse of L.A. moves to monthly D&B with Calculon, Kubiks & Lomax; Paradoz hits S.F.

    In Los Angeles, the city’s longest-running Drum & Bass party Muse said they’re moving to a monthly format starting with tonight’s event (Friday, Dec. 15), which has Kubiks & Lomax bringing The Speak Life Tour and San Diego DJ Calculon (pictured left) opening up, along with Muse regulars Origin and Kemst. The event runs from 10 pm to 3 am at Casey’s Irish Bar & Grille, located at 613 S. Grand between 6th & Wilshire… Also on Friday, San Francisco club Li Po Lounge will hold the SOMA Sessions party with Paradoz of the renowned Metalheadz label, DJ M, Sillykid and host MC Duh from 9 pm to 2 am. Li Po Lounge is in Chinatown at 916 Grand Avenue near the corner of Washington.
  • BASS: Future Prophecies of Norway launches new D&B label Berzerk
    Edited Press Release

    Norwegian Drum & Bass producers Future Prophecies kicked off the launch of their new record label Berzerk with a 12-inch vinyl release that includes Black Mamba and Humanoid Invasion, two dark and nasty anthems for any DNB dance floor arsenal. Black Mamba/ Humanoid Invasion is now available at record stores worldwide, Future Prophecies said in an announcement. Read More
  • Maneesh The TwisterBASS: Space Cowboys, Maneesh the Twister play SF Station’s 10 Year Anniversary Party

    SF Station, a website that has covered San Francisco events, music, art and culture since 1996, will throw its 10 year anniversary party and feature a bevy of Bay Area DJs and musical acts including Maneesh the Twister, Sean Hayes, Felonious, BLVD, Sila and Space Cowboys, among others. The event, which takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Mighty Gallery & Nightclub from 10 pm to 3 am, is free to the public when you sign up for their guest list. Read More
  • Walter SatterthwaitWORD: New Walter Satterthwait novel ‘Dead Horse’ spins tale of love and a Colt revolver
    Back in the 1930s, American writer Raoul Whitfield was a pulp fiction star who lived in a villa on the French Riviera, married Emily Davies and soon returned to America where they partied in Vegas and New Mexico. Then the socialite mysteriously died of a gunshot wound. Longtime author Walter Satterthwait’s new novel Dead Horse (Dennis McMillan Publications) just might answer what really happened to Emily Davies. Read More
  • WORD: Novelist Charles Frazier is back; remember the name Sasha Su-Ling Welland
    National Book Award-winning novelist Charles Frazier, whose Cold Mountain was a surprise best seller nine years ago, is back touring the San Francisco Bay Area in support of his latest work Thirteen Moons (Random House), described as an epic story set before the Civil War that indicts America for its treatment of Native Americans. Catch Frazier at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on Tuesday, December 5 beginning at 7:30 pm, or in San Francisco at Books Inc. Wednesday at 6 pm... Is author Sasha Su-Ling Welland the next breakout Chinese American author? On Thursday evening, Dec. 7 you can catch the author discuss her intriguing biography A Thousand Miles of Dreams, which publisher Rowman & Littlefield describes as an "intimate biography of two Chinese sisters who took very different paths in their quest to be independent women," at Books Inc, located at 601 Van Ness in San Francisco.
  • WORD: Whitbread Book Awards new sponsor Costa announces shortlist authors

    Sponsorship of the Whitbread Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious book prizes, has been taken over by UK coffee chain Costa, which announced its 2006 shortlist authors. The Costa Novel Award shortlist includes the following four authors, judges announced on Tuesday. Read More
  • WORD'N'BASS.com would like to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy this time with family and friends, and if you’re traveling please drive safely. Our website will be updated after the holiday on Tuesday, November 28.
  • WORD: O.J. isn’t the first to get pulped; fallout happens when publishers ice books

    When HarperCollins finally decided to pulp O.J. Simpson's train wreck of a book If I Did It earlier this week, the publisher followed a long tradition of withdrawing controversial books before they hit stores. Earlier cases in which publishers canned new books range from the plagiarism of Kaavya Viswanathan to the politically sensitive work of Nancy Kobrin, whose own work scheduled for publication this month has been shelved to little fanfare. Read More
  • BASS: Winter Music Conference announces 2007 dates

    The Winter Music Conference announced that the Miami Beach Resort & Spa will host its 2007 event from March 20 to 25. An early registration rate to the WMC, one of the largest annual events for the electronic music industry, is available through November 30 at $235. Also, discounts are available at the official WMC host hotel starting at $199 per night. See the conference website for registration details. Meanwhile, the Ultra Music Festival, which doubles as the official WMC closing party, will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2007. Hit up their site for more information and tickets.
  • Sandra CollinsBASS: DJs Paul Oakenfold, Sandra Collins and VJ Vello Virkhaus play first ever live broadcast on Myspace Saturday night
    Edited Press Release

    On Saturday, November 18, T-Mobile Sidekick 3 and Myspace.com will present the first ever live broadcast on Myspace, when Trance and Electro DJs Paul Oakenfold and Sandra Collins perform along with VJ Vello Virkhaus as part of a six hour program that includes several DJs and streaming video. The audio/video experience takes place from 8 pm to 2 am PST ( 11 pm to 5 am EST). Read More
  • WORD: Folio Literary Management scores another top agent in Celeste Fine

    Literary agent Celeste Bernadette Fine told WORD’N’BASS.com that she has joined Folio Literary Management, one of New York City’s hottest new agencies. Fine, who has brokered foreign rights deals for rockers like Courtney Love and Scott Weiland, says she is continuing to focus on mostly nonfiction.  Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith Downtempo and Electro set

    BPM Smith first hit the turntables in 2000 by mixing Downtempo and broken beats. Since 2002, he has hosted the WORD’N’BASS Show, a three hour live mix of Downtempo and Drum & Bass broadcast in the S.F. Bay Area on 104.1 FM. He enters the chill out chamber in this mix with hip hop producers like DJ Krush and Bomb the Bass, and slowly raises the beats to Electro pioneers such as Moloko, Sasha and Laurent Garnier. As always, this set is organically cooked without editing of the original live broadcast. New mix added November 12, 2006. Listen Now
  • WORD: When Lotto strikes literature -- publishers go 'Ape' over Sara Gruen’s new novel

    You just knew author Sara Gruen was hot when her latest novel Water For Elephants (Algonquin Books) started getting press in just about every newspaper across America. Little did we know that her breakout work would end up on the New York Times’ best sellers list for 22 weeks and counting, and result in what’s likely the biggest fiction deal of 2006: a cool seven figures for Gruen’s next two books. Read More
  • REVIEW: Sidney Blumenthal has a message in book ‘How Bush Rules’ -- vote Democrat
    Review by Michelle Simon

    Since stepping back from a political career as a former assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal has catalogued how the Bush Administration systematically stripped Americans of their basic freedoms, evoked trickery regarding the invasion of Iraq, and undermined one of the country’s basic tenements: separation of the executive and legislative branches. Blumenthal tackles these issues in his new book How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime (Princeton University Press) in time for this year’s heated midterm elections. Read More
  • Tech ItchBASS: Drum & Bass DJ/producer Decoder is back as Tech Itch

    Back in the late 1990s you’d be hard pressed to find a Drum & Bass DJ who didn’t have at least one Decoder record on their decks. The Bristol, England, production team helped push the genre darker and harder, as D&B sought to define and separate itself from other fast dance music such as Trance. Read More
  • WORD: Junkie no more, Courtney Love hits the promotional trail for memoir ‘Dirty Blonde’

    After months of relative anonymity, Courtney Love is once again hitting the party circuit but this time the former junkie and longtime Hole singer isn’t creating public train wrecks. Instead, she’s out promoting her new memoir, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love that publisher Faber & Faber launched on Oct. 31. She hits Cody’s Books in Berkeley on Saturday, November 4. Read More
  • Alexandra Sokolof, whose book tour in support of her debut novel The Harrowing recently passed through the San Francisco area, is now back at home in Los Angeles. Readers can catch her book signing tonight (November 1) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, located at 189 Grove Drive in L.A.
  • WORD: Get ready for NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month

    It’s almost November and for thousands of novelists that means hell is so close you can just about feel the heat. National Novel Writing Month begins its eighth year in which authors will try to bang out a 175-page (50,000 word) novel in 30 days. NaNoWriMo organizers note that the program effectively "spreads the agony of creation throughout a large community of co-sufferers," an ideal that's apparently sticken a note with would-be authors. The event has grown from just 21 participants in 1999 to over 59,000 participants in 2005. Veteran writers and wanna-be authors who would like to see their social lives ruined, houses turned to shambles and exercise regimines go into the toilet -- all while writing more than they’ll likely ever do in their lifetime -- can register at the NaNoWriMo website by Nov. 1.
  • BASS: Dhamaal Halloween party tonight at Club Six; Lantz and Chongo spin at Glow

    The Dhamaal crew gets in the spirit of Halloween with a party tonight (Saturday, Oct. 28) at San Francisco’s Club Six that features their unique Asian and turntable fusion with Drum & Bass, Dub and Electro in two rooms. In addition to tabla and other traditional Asian instruments, DJs Dragonfly, Maneesh the Twister, Rhythmystic, and Samba Guisse will perform along with MC Daddy Frank. $10-$15 cover at this 10 pm to 3 am party. Club Six is at 60 6th Street in The City… Also in the S.F. Bay, DJs Chongo and Lantz will spin Breakbeats, ’80s music and Trance at a free Halloween party tonight at Glow in San Mateo from 10 pm to 2 am. Glow is located at 76 E. 3rd Ave.
  • WORD: Stephen King’s latest novel ‘Lisey’s Story’ launches with Halloween

    Halloween is just around the corner and longtime horror novelist Stephen King has just the right fix for his readers. But don’t expect buckets of blood or flesh eating dogs in his latest novel Lisey’s Story, which publisher Scribner is launching this week to coincide with the holiday. Read More
  • WORD: Ousted H-P chief Carly Fiorina begins book tour in support of ‘Tough Choices’

    Carly Fiorina, who became a Silicon Valley icon as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO but soon crash-and-burned amid a board room spying scandal, has begun a long nationwide book tour in support of  her new memoir Tough Choices. She’s in the Seattle area beginning Monday (October 23), where she’ll speak in front of Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce beginning at 12 noon at The Grand Hyatt and then hit the University of Washington Bookstore at 3 pm. San Francisco Bay Area fans can catch her on Friday, October 27 when she returns to Books Inc in Mountain View and Nov. 1 at Capitola Books. Check out her website for all of her book tour dates.
  • BjorkBASS: Bjork to reunite with The Sugarcubes ahead of a surprising new album

    Electro singer Bjork, who spawned dozens of copycat singers from the early 90s to this day, will perform a reunion concert in her native Iceland with her former band The Sugarcubes, she announced on her website. Meanwhile, she’s reportedly in the studio putting the final touches on a new album with hip hop producer Timbaland. Read More
  • BASS: Starkillers remixes Paul Oakenfold’s ‘Sex & Money’
    Edited Press release

    Starkillers has just finished his Warner Brothers-commissioned remix of Paul Oakenfold’s new track Sex & Money that features Pharrell Williams, record label Star 69 announced. Paul Oakenfold is the DJ, remixer, and producer who helped break House music in Britain during the late 1980s when the new musical form first emerged. Read More
  • WORD: ‘Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest’ call for entries

    Judith Regan is helming an intriguing contest that could be quite an opportunity for crime writers. Authors are invited to enter the Court TV-sponsored ‘Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest’ for a chance at landing a book deal with ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. To enter, authors should submit a synopsis of their unpublished, original crime-themed work of fiction, plus sample chapters totaling 5,000 to 10,000 words at the contest website by November 27. Submissions will be judged on story concept and structure, communication ability, writing style, originality, character development and usage of the mystery/crime genre. The contest finalists will be announced on December 11.
  • BASS: S.F. Deep House pioneer Miguel Migs touring ahead of new album

    Deep House DJ Miguel Migs is in the middle of a global tour as he puts the final touches on his new full length album featuring guest artists such as Junior Reid, Sadat X, Aya, Lisa shaw, Tim Fuller, Fred Ross and Ivana Santilli. Migs, who founded Om Records’ House imprint Salted Music in 2004 and has been a fixture at S.F. clubs for nearly a decade, plays three shows on the West Coast this month: Oct. 19 at Stingaree in San Diego, Oct. 26 at Las Vegas club Voo Doo Lounge, then at Deep Halloween on Oct. 29 in L.A. Afterwards, he will tour across Asia from Korea to Japan. Look for his new album in early 2007.
  • BASS: ‘Inception’ kicks off new Drum & Bass monthly in S.F.

    San Francisco has yet another regular Drum & Bass party joining the fold. Inception kicks off tonight (October 14) at 550 Barneveld Avenue, which will be home to the Bay Area House and D&B scenes every third Saturday of the month going forward. Tonight’s event, hosted by Audio Angel from 10 pm to 6 am, will see Genome, Atom One, Rinse, Castor and J Lee perform sets. Also in S.F., catch Maneesh the Twister Sundays at the Dub Mission party, the longest-running Dub & Roots Reggae night in the U.S. with rotating DJs Sep, Vinnie Esparza, Ludichris and J Boogie plus guests at the Elbo Room, located at 647 Valencia Street.
  • DJ ShadowBASS: DJ Shadow to close out ‘The Outsider’ U.S. tour in NYC

    Nearing an end to a long tour across the U.S. in support of his new album The Outsider (Universal), DJ Shadow will close out nearly a month straight on the road at New York City club Webster Hall on October 17, tour organizers announced. DJ Shadow’s domestic tour comes after a recent globe-spanning series of dates from the U.K. to Hong Kong in which he sometimes went days without sleeping to play sold out clubs. Read More
  • WORD: Kiran Desai youngest woman to win Booker Prize for novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’

    Underdog writer Kiran Desai became the youngest woman ever to win Britain’s best-known literary award, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, at age 35. In addition to her prize of 50,000 pounds -- about $90,000 in U.S. dollars -- Desai is guaranteed a huge increase in sales and recognition worldwide for her novel The Inheritance of Loss. Read More
  • WORD: Frankfurt Book Fair starts with no Round 2 of fight over English language rights
    Edited Press Release

    With most of the big-name American literary agents and rights managers crossing the Atlantic this week to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, many expected a repeat performance of the angry exchanges that took place earlier this year at Book Expo America (BEA), when senior U.S. and British publishers came to verbal blows over the issue of who should possess the rights to sell English language books in continental Europe. Read More
  • WORD: Alexandra Sokoloff launches debut novel ‘The Harrowing’ with Bay Area tour

    Los Angeles writer Alexandra Sokoloff is in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, where she’s doing several book signings for her new suspense novel The Harrowing (St. Martin's Press). On Wednesday, Sokoloff reads at San Francisco indie Borderland Books from 7 pm to 9 pm and on Friday she makes two stops: M is for Mystery in San Mateo from noon to 2 pm, and Dark Carnival in Berkeley from 5:30 to 7 pm. The Harrowing is Sokoloff's first novel. She previously wrote novel adaptations and original suspense and horror scripts for several Hollywood studios including Sony, Fox, Disney and Miramax. Sokoloff will also appear at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association trade show that takes place this weekend at the Oakland Convention Center from October 6-8.
  • AUDIO: BPM Smith Drum & Bass set

    BPM SmithBPM Smith began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000, and has hosted the WORD'N'BASS Show broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM since 2002. In this set he cooks up some white labels, mixes them with tracks from producers like Cubix and J-Laze, and simmers for one hour before toppping off the D&B smorgasborg with some Total Science and another white label. This mix is presented "unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast. New mix added on Oct. 1, 2006. Listen Now
  • WORD: English blogger Catherine Sanderson goes global again -- with a six figure book deal

    You knew it was just a matter of time before Catherine Sanderson, best known for blogging like a Bridget Jones and then getting canned by her employer, would cash in with a publishing deal. Michael Joseph/Penguin reportedly bought her book Petite Anglaise as part of a two-book deal for roughly a half million bucks at auction. Read More
  • WORD: Chacon to discuss new book ‘No One Is Illegal
    Edited Press Release

    Justin Akers Chacon, author of a bristling new book No One Is Illegal, will discuss his work along side a panel that includes several local activists and SF Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond on Friday evening at New College Theater in San Francisco, Haymarket Books announced. Read More
  • BASS: All Stars Tour hits S.F. club 1015 on Friday during Summer Music Conference week

    The All Stars Tour touches down in San Francisco this Friday, September 29 at club 1015 Folsom with DJs Exacta, Eric Kupper, Mike Giannini and Starkillers -- in support of the new album Discoteka -- on tap to perform from 10 pm to 4 am, record label Star 69 announced. Cover is $20 with a $5 discount for Summer Music Conference badge holders, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Also at 1015, the SMC’s Technology Expo takes place on Thursday from 2 pm to 7 pm, when all access pass holders are invited to submit music for consideration by the INGrooves A&R team. Later that night the SMC has its kick-off party with DJ Q-Bert hitting the decks.
  • Editors note Sept. 20: WORD’N’BASS.com was shuttered from Sept. 18-19 after our previous server terminated operations without warning. We’d like to thank those who continue sending book, music and party announcements. Unfortunately all prior e-mail correspondence, as well as our address book, are now unavailable. Please send your announcements and comments to editor(at)wordnbass(dot)com. Thanks!
  • BASS: Beats coast-to-coast with DJ Charles Feelgood in NYC, Banco de Gaia in S.F.

    Tonight (Saturday, Sept. 16) in New York City, DJ Charles Feelgood headlines the regular event Thump, along with residents DJ DB, Jason Jinx, and party promoter DJ MSG, club Love announced. Also, Ovious Maximus will perform spoken word to open up the event, which has $10 cover before midnight. Party rolls from 10 pm to 6 am at Love, located at 179 Macdougal St. at W 8th…  In San Francisco, UK electronic global beat pioneer Banco de Gaia will perform a mixed set of Banco dance floor classics old and new with a "globe-spanning, total-immersion video performance" at boca: The Bar of Contemporary Art. Boca is located at 414 Jessie Street near 5th. Cover for this event, which runs from 9 pm to 2 am, is just $8 at the door. Banco is touring the West Coast supporting his critically-acclaimed new album Farewell Ferengistan.
  • WORD: Youth Speaks fund raiser at Mezzanine Sept. 14 with spoken word, music

    San Francisco literacy group Youth Speaks will kick off Part II of its Summer Fundraising Series with an evening of music and spoken word at San Francisco club Mezzanine on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 to 9 pm with performances by several National Poetry Slam Champions. Read More
  • REVIEW: Iberican Sound flourishes in Chus & Ceballos album ‘Back 2 Back’
    Review by BPM Smith
    Chus & Ceballos, a Madrid, Spain-based pair of DJs who introduced the "Iberican Sound" to the global Tribal House scene, have launched the homemade genre to an American audience with seemingly effortless remixing in their fourth full-length album, Back 2 Back. Read More
  • BASS: Garth, Maneesh The Twister DJ at Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful Festival

    San Francisco DJs Garth, Maneesh The Twister and several other turtablists are spinning at today’s (Saturday, Sept. 9) Eighth Annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park from 11 am to 5 pm. Michael Franti and his group Spearhead will headline the main stage, while the DJ tent features a bevy of local talent. In addition to music, the free PTTP event features morning yoga, an open-air art gallery, a healing arts tent, vendors and food booths, and social, environmental and political organizations tabling. Tonight, catch the official after party at S.F. club Mezzanine.
  • Maneesh The TwisterAUDIO: Maneesh The Twister mixed beats DJ set

    Maneesh The Twister has been blowing up the San Francisco club scene with The Dhamaal Crew, an eclectic troupe of DJs and musicians that blend the turntable arts with organic accompaniments ranging from tabla players to MCs. In this set, Maneesh seamlessly flows from Dub to Breaks and Drum & Bass with artists like DJ Deekline, Asian Dub Foundation, and PD Syndicate & Shy FxListen Now
  • WORD: Film producer Caroline Wood joins Felicity Bryan Agency

    Up-and-coming novelists will be interested to hear that film producer Caroline Wood has joined the Felicity Bryan Agency as a literary agent, effective September 2006. Wood’s focus is to build a list of new young fiction writers across all genres, according to the agency’s website. While Felicity Bryan is based in Oxford, UK, the firm describes itself "very much as an international agency selling rights in our authors’ books throughout the world."
  • WORD: Backspace Author-Agent Seminar on Nov. 3 in NYC
    Edited Press Release

    Literary website Backspace announced it is holding the Backspace Author-Agent Seminar on November 3 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The one-day event offers an intense program of panels and workshops to educate and assist authors in search of a literary agent to represent their work. Read More
  • BASS: Bay Area Drum & Bass fund raiser at Phuturo Aug. 29

    On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Bay Area Drum & Bass and weekly party Phuturo will host a fund raiser event, with proceeds going to the co-op’s LoveFest 2006 float. Talent performing includes Gridlock, who will drop some tracks from his new album Break The System, along with Echo & Raise, Cubehead & Kiril, Pavel & Dos, MC Duh and Manny Vibes, among others. This 21-and-up event happens at Underground S.F, located at 424 Haight Street in San Francisco, from 10 pm to 2 am. Cover is a $5 donation.
  • Stephanie KleinWORD: Sexy memoir, gay Hollywood, politics among late summer reads
    by BPM Smith

    Summer is almost over, so now’s your last chance to grab a novel and hit the beach for some breezy reading in the sun. Among our top picks are a sexy memoir from blogger Stephanie Klein, Andy Zeffer’s "ultra-explicit" novel about a struggling actor who turns to gay porn, a political thriller by San Francisco’s own U.S Senator Barbara Boxer, and Bay Area rocker Les Claypool’s debut novel that had our book reviewer laughing out loud. Read More
  • BASS: Paul van Dyk plays Central Park Aug. 18-19

    Paul van Dyk, who was voted  the world’s top DJ at this year's International Dance Music Awards, makes his much anticipated return to New York City’s Central Park, where he will perform back-to-back shows over two days beginning Friday, Aug. 18, party promoter Made Event announced. Since 2003, Grammy nominated Paul van Dyk’s annual Central Park performance has become one of New York City’s most popular summer concerts and a testament to the vitality of electronic music. The all-ages show kicks off Friday and Saturday beginning at 4:30 pm EST at Rumsey Playfield, located at Midpark and 69th. This $50 event marks the culmination of the highly acclaimed Politics of Dancing 2 U.S. Tour. For more information about Paul van Dyk, check out his website.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith Drum & Bass set

    BPM Smith cooks up another fast and fluid Drum & Bass set to satisfy your appetite for beats. Taut with remixes of new tracks from D. Kay and A Sides, he also drops in some Klute, Big Bud and AK 1200 that are the staples of every healthy D&B diet. BPM Smith can be heard live during the WORD'N'BASS Show broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM Fridays from 10 pm to 2 am. New mix posted on Aug. 14, 2006. Listen Now
  • WORD: Focus is new writers in Glimmer Train short story contest

    Glimmer Train Press announced its Fall Short Story Award for New Writers competition, which is open to authors whose fiction has not appeared in any publication with a circulation of over 5,000. Writers can submit their unpublished short stories of no longer than 12,000 words here by the Sept. 30 deadline. We don’t typically announce fee-based competitions (entry costs $12), however Glimmer Train is one of the top literary journals and their contest offers a hefty first place prize of $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. Second place pays $500 and third place is $300.
  • Roger SanchezBASS: DJ Roger Sanchez to make big screen debut in ‘Johnny Postal’

    Today’s theme of hyphenated artist continues, as globe trotting House music DJ/producer Roger Sanchez adds ‘actor’ to his resume this fall. The New York-based Sanchez is reportedly slated to make his big screen debut as a "drug-dealing bad-ass pimp" in Universal Studio’s upcoming flick Johnny Postal. Sanchez, who founded Narcotic Records in the ‘90s and has a new album out, won’t get much rest before hitting the Johnny Postal set. Read More
  • WORD: Ecco adds to ‘Pound For Pound’ status with posthumus novel

    Boxing is the most existential of sports, so it’s no surprise that a cutman who spent decades stopping the blood flow of fighters would pen a novel. The late F.X. Toole, who started writing at nearly 70 years old, had his posthumous novel Pound For Pound published by Ecco, the HarperCollins imprint announced. Read More
  • BASS: ‘Full Melt’ has Grime, Dubstep, body painting tonight

    Party promoter Subscience is putting on a Full Melt event tonight (Saturday, July 29) that’s a change of pace from their regular flava: they’re presenting the cutting edge of the UK Dubstep and Grime scenes with headliners DJ Distance and Pinch. Both talents fuse post-breakbeat / post-2-step beats with extreme bass bombs on tap. Other DJs spinning include The Lexxus, DJ Ripple, Lud Dub, Breakbeat Buddah, with Emcee Child holding down the mic. Full Melt will have two rooms of sound, lights and visuals by Eye & Eye and body painting by Clays Painted Bodies. This 18-and-up event, which runs from 10 pm to 6 am, is at an "underground location" in the San Francisco area that is available by calling the info line at (415) 820-1625. $15-$20 cover.
  • WORD: Novel experience after Mr. T

    Primus frontman Les Claypool isn’t the only San Francisco Bay Area rocker who’s recently switched to penning novels. Frank Portman, singer for The Mr. T Experience for over a decade, has released a young adult novel King Dork (Delacorte Books), described as a coming-of-age story about a high school loser who finds his father’s copy of The Catcher in the Rye. Naturally, chaos ensues. And so does one of the best stories we’ve heard about how an author "made it" as a successful novelist. "I had mis-spent pretty much my entire life writing songs for my punk rock band. I had a cult following. One former cult member became a literary agent," says Portman.
  • BASS: Drag queens and tag team DJ line-up at ‘We Like Boys IX Mighty’

    Sisters SF is holding their ninth annual drag party, in which an all-female resident line-up is paired with local male DJs dressed in drag, at Club Mighty tonight (July 22) in San Francisco. This 21-and-up show features Amber vs Ethan Miller, Audio Angel vs Smoove, Forest Green vs Redstickman, New York City’s DJ ICON vs Bam, J-Fi vs Scott Carrelli, Melyss vs Fred Funk, Samira vs A:Dubl and Seraphim Delush vs Trav. The Improbable Orchestra will also make an appearance at the 10 pm to 4 am event. Cover is $10 before 11 pm, $15 after. Club Mighty is located at 119 Utah on the corner of 15th.
  • WORD: Hauser’s ‘Confessions of Super Mom’ goes paperback; sequel planned for ‘07

    Our favorite housewife-slash-author Melanie Hauser says her debut novel Confessions of Super Mom (Dutton Adult), which launched last fall in hardcover and is getting issued in paperback on August 1, now has a sequel. Publisher NAL bought the sequel Super Mom Saves the World and slated a March 2007 release. Meanwhile, Hauser has some contests going on right now in celebration of Super Mom’s going paperback, including one focused on book clubs. Check out her website for all the details, including a list of upcoming appearances.
  • BPM Smith.45: All the author and DJ buzz that’s unfit to publish!
    By BPM Smith

    Replace "hilarious romp" with "tepid humor" and you’ve got the latest post dot-com gimmick posing as a novel. Also, San Francisco is known for its vibrant DJ scene but one local drum & bass spinmeister just graduated to producer status. Plus, blind mentions and the tale of a naked DJ, Russian sexpot, and balls. That’s right, it’s the latest .45 column. Read More
  • BASS: Here’s the down low on ‘Hi-Fi’

    We’ve been wondering why folksy pop/art band Lodger is a huge online phenomenon in Europe -- their site has had 3 million unique visitors so far -- until online record label e-Recall announced the North American release of their latest album Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low and sent us a weird yet creative cartoon video for the track Doorsteps. View their video here with this warning: you will laugh, gasp, and possibly take up cigarette smoking. Read More
  • WORD: The 2006 Backspace Writers Conference July 21-22 in NYC
    Edited Press Release

    Literary agent Richard Curtis will be keynote speaker at the 2006 Backspace Writers Conference, which takes place July 21-22 at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel, conference organizers announced. The event brings together 16 top literary agents, eight editors, eight best-selling authors and many other publishing professionals for a two-day, two-track event in the heart of the publishing world. Read More
  • BASS: Bay Area Drum & Bass benefit party tonight in S.F.

    The Bay Area Drum & Bass crew is having a bang-up party tonight (July 8) to raise funds for their D&B float in this year’s LoveFest parade. Featuring local D&B talent such as Method One, Genome, DJ M, Sam Supa, Femme Fatale and R3M spinning sets, this event will spread the love with gritty and bass-filled tracks these artists throw down at the venue formerly known as the Sublounge. Party goes from 9 pm to 2 am at 628 20th Street in San Francisco.
  • BASS: Dimitri From Paris plays NYC on Saturday

    In New York City, former fashion runway DJ Dimitri From Paris is spinning at club Pacha on Saturday, July 8, party promoter King Street Sounds announced. The French DJ is probably best known for his Playboy Mansion mixed CD series that featured sexy disco with a clubby pulse, but our favorite Dimitri album is by far the catchy Parisian inspired Sacrebleu. Dimitri released a new album  In The House Of Love on Defected Records in January, three CDs of disco and house favorites that are also New York classics, from the likes of Vanessa Daou, Cerrone, Grace Jones and D-Train. $20 advance tickets are available here for the event, which runs from 10 pm until late. Pacha New York is located at 618 W. 46th Street.
  • WORD: Primus frontman Les Claypool debuts with novel ‘South of the Pumphouse’

    Music fans know Les Claypool as one of the most original alt-rock musicians of the 90s, when the bass player fronted the band Primus. This month he reinvents himself as a dark and quirky novelist with his debut South of the Pumphouse from Akashic Books. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith Drum & Bass set

    BPM Smith began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000 and has hosted the WORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM Fridays from 10 pm 2 am, since 2002. He dropped the bass bombs during Fourth of July weekend, remixing tracks by Aquaski and D. Kay with High Contrast and Klute standards. As always, this mix is presented raw and unedited from the original live broadcast on July 1, 2006. Listen Now
  • WORD: Restaurateur Kagen’s 'Whistling in the Dark' goes to NAL/Penguin

    Sometimes you can read just a brief excerpt and know a book’s going to be hot. Lesley Kagen’s literary novel Whistling in the Dark, slated for release in June 2007, appears to be just that. Kagen, who owns Restaurant Hama, one of Milwaukee’s finest eateries, told WORD’N’BASS.com that literary agent William Reiss at John Hawkins & Associates sold her novel to NAL/Penguin in a one-book deal. Check out this one-page teaser for a look at Kagen’s work, narrated by a ten-year old girl during the summer of ‘59 in Milwaukee -- the "summer on Vliet Street everyone started locking their doors."
  • BASS: Fourth of July weekend kicks off with free Saturday beach party

    Ataraxia, Full Melt, and the dRow are getting together for an all-night beach blowout and lugging three Renny systems to a party overlooking the Pacific Ocean that features mental electro breaks, techno/psytrance and a downtempo area on Saturday, July 1. Eskmo, Atomic Dog, DJ Ripple, Michael Liu, Vax, New York City’s Telemorph, DJ Dice and Manx are among the many DJs who will perform. Click this link for directions. Please respect the locale and do not litter at the event. As they say, "pack it in, pack it out."
  • BASS: Elev8 presents free D&B to S.F.; Los Angeles’ Muse residents get ‘Respect’

    Tonight in San Francisco (Thursday, June 29), the Elev8 Collective will blow the walls off El Rincon with a free 18-and-up Drum & Bass party from 10 pm to 2 am. Residents Bscrivn', The Doctor, MissHaze and Munk will perform with MC Manny Vibes. El Rincon is located at 2700 16th Street at Harrison. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Muse D&B resident DJs Origin and Phear will spin at the Respect party along with MC Kemst. Respect resident Machete is also on tap at The Larchmont, located at 5657 Melrose Ave. The 21-and-up event runs from 10 pm to 2 am with a $10 cover. Muse, which is L.A.’s longest-running D&B party, also relocated their regular bi-weekly to The Stock Exchange Nightclub, 618 S. Spring Street.
  • DJ DeniseBASS: San Francisco’s LoveFest slated for Sept. 23
    Love Parade SF is America’s biggest Electronic music event no more. San Francisco’s affiliation with the annual parade that originated in Germany is toast, but the same crew that launched Love Parade SF has renamed themselves San Francisco LoveFest and scheduled their party for Saturday, September 23. Read More
  • BASS: DJ Promo breaks world record for continuous mixing
    by BPM Smith

    DJ Promo has set a new world record for continuous mixing, spinning records for 87 hours straight in Melbourne, Australia, WORD’N’BASS.com learned. "I DJ’ed continuously for 87 hours therefore breaking the Guinness World Record by three hours," said DJ Promo after recovering from the mammoth effort. Read More
  • BASS: San Francisco parties tonight include DJs, art, politics

    In San Francisco, party-goers wanting a change of pace have a bevy of events to choose from tonight (Saturday, June 17) including House music, an art opening, and a political social in the Mission District. The Space Gallery is hosting ‘Cherry Bomb’, which combines Electro music with art work. Seraphim, Delush, White Girl Lust and DJ Audrock will perform amid art by Nishf21 Photo Group. Cover for this 21-and-up event is just $1.50 from 9 pm to 1 am. Space Gallery is located at 1141 Polk Street. House music will happen "all night long" beginning at 9 pm at The Gallery Lounge, with Lowteck, Lachlan, Enrico and guest DJ Grooveline spinning sets at 510 Brannan and 4th Streets. At the ‘Build the Left, Fight the Right Party' they’ll serve up food, drinks and live entertainment with Aeode, Jeff the Juggler and the Mushahadeen Bernstein Affair with hosts United Front Against Fascism. Party runs from 7 pm to midnight at 110 Capp Street. All proceeds from this all-ages event supports local political activists, with a sliding scale of $10-$50.
  • BASS: Tribal House DJ Promo targets world record iron man set

    DJ Promo is playing a monster set of Tribal House music in Australia that could run as long as 100 hours straight and set a new world record. DJ Promo, who has played at many of the globe’s most famous clubs like Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Cream and Liquid, wants to crush the current record of 84 hours by a full 16 hours of live, continuous mixing. According to Guinness World Record rules, he must stand while mixing and take only one 15-minute break each eight hours. Also, he cannot take "artificial stimulants."
  • WORD: Surprise! Stephen Hawking to pen children’s book

    Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has a new book on tap that will surprise followers of his best seller A Brief History of Time. He’s teaming up with his daughter Lucy to write a children’s book about the universe that targets the same age group as the Harry Potter series. Read More
  • BASS: ‘Get Made’ contest winner to bag free trip to DJ Paul van Dyk shows at NYC’s Central Park

    Grammy nominated DJ/producer Paul van Dyk will perform at New York’s Central Park for the fourth year in a row on August 18-19, and promoters are holding a contest that will get the winner an all expenses paid trip to catch his performance. Read More
  • WORD: Zadie Smith takes Orange Prize, debutant Naomi Alderman wins award for new writers

    British authors dominated this year’s Orange Prize for women, as Zadie Smith won the eleventh Orange Prize for Fiction with her third novel On Beauty (Hamish Hamilton) and Naomi Alderman took the Orange Award for New Writers with her debut novel Disobedience (Viking). Read More
  • Seth GreenlandWORD: Sony Pictures shelves ‘The Bones’ project; Greenland in talks with new studios

    When Sony Pictures announced last year that it had optioned Hollywood screenwriter Seth Greenland’s debut novel and tapped John Calley -- who is currently riding a wave of publicity after bringing The Da Vinci Code to the big screen -- as producer, The Bones (Bloomsbury ) appeared on a fast track to the big screen. Not so fast. Sony recently shelved the project and it’s now getting shopped to new studios, WORD’N’BASS.com has learned. Read More
  • BASS: Thievery Corporation launches remix album ‘Versions’

    Downtempo electronic duo Thievery Corporation announced the release of Versions, a new album from record label Eighteenth Street that they call the "ultimate collection of Thievery Corporation remixes." It features 18 dubbed-out versions of songs from The Doors, Sarah McLachlan, Astrud Gilberto, Nouvelle Vague and Transglobal Underground, among others. Thievery Corporation also plans a summer tour in support of the album with West Coast stops at LA’s Hollywood Bowl, Seattle, San Diego. On July 20 they’re hitting the Concourse in San Francisco. San Francisco fans can grab a limited number of discounted pre-sale tickets by clicking this link and entering the (case sensitive) password: versions or version.
  • WORD: Boxing champ Johnny Tapia book tour stops in Los Angeles

    World boxing champion Johnny Tapia is on the road promoting his hardcover autobiography Mi Vida Loca: The Crazy and Unbelievable Life of Johnny Tapia (Volt Press), which catalogues his struggles with bipolar disorder, drug addiction, the rape and murder of his mother, and his rise to the top of the boxing world. Currently in Los Angeles, Tapia will do a book signing tonight (May 31) at 6 pm at the Team L.A. store at Universal CityWalk, located at 1000 Universal Studios Boulevard. According to Fightnews.com, Tapia’s book is being adapted for a movie. Tapia will continue his book tour in San Antonio, Texas, Chicago and New York during June.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith cooks up Drum & Bass

    BPM Smith, host of the WORD'N'BASS Show broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM Fridays from 10 pm 2 am, brings the fun back to Drum & Bass with another woofer-rumbling set. In our latest audio, he cooks up fast and fluid beats with remixes of Nu: Tone, Vice Versa, the E-Z Rollers and more. As always, this mix is presented "unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast on May 19, 2006. Listen Now
  • BASS: Local Drum & Bass DJs launch summer season events

    As the calendar nears June the local Drum & Bass scene is heating up with locals across San Francisco. At Tuesday’s Phuturo party at SF Underground, Method One, DJ M, Silly Kid and Ric will spin sets from 10 pm to 2 am at 425 Haight Street for a $5 cover. On Thursday, May 25, Compression will hold their third annual Drum & BBQ, with Compression and Frost residents such as Ivry, Doc Fu & Gadget hitting the decks at The Cellar, located at 685 Sutter Street. $5 cover until 11, $7 afterwards. This weekend, bass-heads can check out a free party on Treasure Island on Saturday afternoon (May 27), where a bevy of DJs will spin sets at the Dazed event, which rolls all day with a view of The City providing a spectacular backdrop.
  • WORD: NEA launches the ‘Big Read’ with 100 grants across America

    In a time when Web surfing, movies and television pushes literature on the back burner, The National Endowment for the Arts is upping their efforts at bringing back reading to American public culture with the Big Read, a new national program slated for 100 cities across the U.S. Read More
  • REVIEW: Alternative music fans embrace Pixies oral history ‘Fool The World’
    Review by Michelle Simon
    ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN; 336 PAGES; $14.95

    Before Nirvana elevated garage punkers into arena headliners, a handful of artists held down a tradition of hardcore like the Minutemen and Pixies, who are now revered by today’s grunge musicians. Journalists Caryn Ganz and Josh Frank have released a unique and interesting oral history of the Pixies, Fool The World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies (St. Martin’s imprint Griffins). Read More
  • ThailanBASS: Thailan debuts new band A Billion Stars in NYC

    Former San Francisco trip hop singer Thailan says she’s got a new band A Billion Stars that’s about to start playing gigs throughout New York City. On Saturday, May 20, they play Intelligent Design, "an evening of evolutionary entertainment" that includes Electro, Drum & Bass, and live music at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Mental Notes, Tribal Scream and DJ Jimmy Diaz also will perform, with Bobby Omega spinning D&B until late at this free event. Galapagos is located at 70 North 6th Street. Then on June 10, A Billion Stars will play the afterparty of the NYU Non-Profit Conference at Salon, located at 505 West Street. Check out more info on Thailan at her website.
  • BASS: Recall Group launches online imprint e-Recall with NYC party
    Edited Press Release

    Recall Records has launched a new digital-only imprint, e-Recall, which will focus on launching artists and projects in digital-only format using creative marketing and distribution tools within the new media environment. Recall Records'  launch party, Recall Lab #2 , happens on Wednesday May 10, at New York's Hiro Ballroom. Read More
  • WORD: Ally Carter novel launches as Hollywood production moves forward

    Ally Carter’s new young adult novel I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You is now in bookstores after its launch on Monday (May 1), and the prolific author has a second reason to celebrate: her novel is on the fast track to becoming a film. Read More
  • WORD: Viswanathan in doghouse as Little, Brown and Co. dumps plagiarized novel

    Little, Brown and Co. is pulling teen "author" Kaavya Viswanathan’s debut novel from bookshelves after she admitted stealing material from veteran Megan McCafferty’s previously published books. How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life had sold for six figures when the publisher signed Viswanathan to a two-book deal. Read More
  • BASS: DJs Maer, Rithma chill out San Francisco

    Lounge lizards will feel at home this week as Downtempo Electronica DJs Maer and Rithma play separate events in The City. On Wednesday, April 26, Maer will open up the regular Qoöl  early evening party at 111 Minna Street Gallery beginning at 5 pm. Qoöl residents Hyper D, Mark Musselman, and Spesh round out the 21-and-up show. Then on Thursday, Rithma of IDMA-nominated chill out label OM Records will play at Duplex 1525 Mission Street beginning at 9:30 pm. Other DJs performing include Clay Watkins, Bennett and JaredF. Both events have just a $5 cover.
  • WORD: Celebrity poker champions to play benefit tournament for literary magazine Fence
    Edited Press Release

    Top literary journal Fence will hold a poker tournament at the Chelsea Market party space in New York City on Sunday, May 7. The event, hosted by Fence editor Katy Lederer and author of  Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown Publishers), will feature promotional goodies and an exclusive cocktail hour. Read More
  • BASS: Dragn’fly, G.A.M.M.A. spin to benefit homeless in Sacramento

    In Sacramento, Dub Star Universal is putting on a warehouse party with two rooms of booming bass and visuals that features some of the top California jungle, house and trance DJs tonight (April 22). San Francisco house DJs Ron Reeser and Doza will perform along with Splatterhouse from Virginia Beach and junglist DJ Decible all the way from New Orleans. Dragn’fly and G.A.M.M.A. are among Sactown DJs spinning hard core trance. A portion of the proceeds from this all-ages show has been earmarked for Loaves and Fishes to support the homeless in Sacramento. To find the "virgin" location and directions call the info hotline at (916) 760- 0400. Pre-sale tickets for $14 are available here or $20 at the door.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith Special 420 Drum & Bass set

    BPM Smith began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000. He has hosted the WORD'N'BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM Fridays beginning at 10 pm, since 2002. In this set he pulls out the white labels, remixes tracks by Chris Su and and Native Minds, then drops the bass bombs with producers like Sonar and Raw Thang. This mix is presented "unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast on April 14, 2006. Listen Now
  • BASS: Paul van Dyk is tops at IDMA, voted world’s best DJ

    Paul van Dyk won the world’s best DJ honors and three other categories at the International Dance Music Awards, solidifying his status as one of the most prolific club performers and studio talents. The boatload of honors capped a prolific year in which van Dyk banged out mix albums and trotted the globe performing at clubs. Read More
  • WORD: Author Lisa Tucker returns with ‘Once Upon A Day’

    Author Lisa Tucker begins a five-week book tour today (April 11) in Los Angeles to support her break-out novel Once Upon A Day, published by Simon & Schuster's Atria imprint, with an appearance at Duttons Brentwood at 7 pm. Tucker’s latest launch, about a woman who returns to modern day America after years on a secluded estate in a Utopian "Sanctuary," comes after her critically acclaimed The Song Reader. Publicist Megan Underwood Beatie tells us that People Magazine is slated to feature Tucker’s hardcover debut in its Critics Choice section of the April 17 issue. Look for a full review at WORD’N’BASS.com soon.
  • Speaking of Atria, the publisher reportedly bought an eagerly-awaited John Connolly book about Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano for six figures. Connolly, a longtime Vanity Fair reporter, has covered Pellicano since he threatened to beat him up after his first Spy magazine piece ran in 1994, according to the New York Post. Connolly’s book is titled The Sin Eater. Pellicano was jailed on racketeering charges and is said to have illegally wiretapped several celebrities for his clients.
  • WORD: Author Orhan Pamuk to speak at second annual Pen World Voices Festival
    Edited Press Release

    Turkish author Orhan Pamuk will open up the second annual PEN World Voices Festival with a lecture and talk with Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, the PEN American Center announced. Over 100 authors from five continents will attend the gathering, which is being chaired by Salman Rushdie, in New York City from April 25 to 30. Read More
  • WORD: Agent Friedrich to launch new literary agency

    Longtime literary agent Molly Friedrich will reportedly launch her own firm in July. Freidrich, who will open The Friedrich Agency at the same office location as New York City’s The Gernert Company, launches her standalone agency after 28 years at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency. According to Publishers Weekly, all of Friedrich’s client roster -- which includes notable authors such as Sue Grafton and Terry McMillan -- will join her new venture, along with agent Paul Cirone and assistant Andy Marino. No word on whether she’s actively seeking new clients but WORD’N’BASS.com will post an update when Friedrich provides further information.
  • BASS: England’s Baobinga plays ‘Full Melt’ all-ages Breaks party

    Breakbeat DJ/producer Baobinga of Manchester, England will bring his genre mashing style to an all-night party in San Francisco on Friday, April 7, The Subscience Collective announced. DJ Ripple, Aaron Jae, M.O.D. and Lud Dub are among 12 DJs who will spin sets amid wild visuals, with projections by Satsi and Nuclear Dreamer and lights by Eye & Eye. All ages are welcome to the show, which happens from 10 pm to 6 am at a new "virgin" venue. To find the location you must call the info line: 415-820-1625.
  • BPM SmithBASS: DJ Dan, Ed Rush & Optical play ‘Popsicle’ at Bill Graham

    Skills lined up a huge cast of House, Trance and Drum & Bass talent at a big club rave on Saturday, April 1 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Center, where DJ Dan, Doc Martin and Ed Rush & Optical smashed the turntables at the ninth annual Popsicle, an 18-and-over event. DJ Dan (photo by BPM Smith) played one of his lucid Progressive House sets while Doc Martin, who’s been jumping from club performances in Los Angels and New York City recently, also performed. Read More
  • WORD: NBA player Etan Thomas reads poetry in San Francisco

    Was that NBA power forward Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards we saw hanging in the HP on Sunday night? Yes, that was Thomas detouring from the Wizzards’ West Coast road trip for a quick reading from his poetry anthology More Than An Athlete. Read More
  • If you love robots, space travel and sexual ruckus, check out Stephen Harrigan’s new novel Challenger Park, which publisher Knopf launches on April 5. The book is bout two astronauts with messed up marriages and how they handle (metaphor alert) issues of "space."
  • BASS: Future Primitive Sound shutters Haight Street HQ

    Future Primitive Sound, a San Francisco collective promoting the DJ arts, is closing its Lower Haight Headquarters after three years. "We’ve had some good times and great shows but it's been a real labor of love and it’s time to move on to other ventures," said Mark Herlihy of FPS, which is now liquidating the store's inventory. The FPS crew is selling limited edition prints, clothing, music (including vinyl records), retail furniture, and even the store’s sound system at a steep discount over the next week. Sale hours are from 12 pm to 6:30 pm on Sunday, Mar. 26, and Thursday-Friday Mar. 30-31. FPS Headquarters is located at 597 Haight Street. WORD’N’BASS.com wishes everyone at FPS much success and happiness in their future endeavors.
  • WORD: Joyce Carol Oates, Curtis Sittenfeld make Orange Prize longlist

    Eight Americans -- ranging from legendary veteran Joyce Carol Oates to newcomer Curtis Sittenfeld -- and five debutants have made the longlist in The Orange Prize for Fiction, a top annual award for work written by a woman, judges announced. Read More
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS: Paul Van Dyk leads nominees at International Dance Music Awards

    Continuing his dominance in global electronic music, German DJ Paul Van Dyk took a whopping six nominations at the 21st Annual International Dance Music Awards, event organizers announced on Sunday. Public voting has begun in 38 individual categories with winners to be announced at a ceremony during the 2006 Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. Here’s your hookup to all the locals who are making a splash in the global dance community as well as the official ballot where you can have your say on the eventual winners. Read More
  • WORD: Interview with ‘Out There In The Dark’ author Wesley Strick

    Wesley Strick is a longtime script writer who wrote Martin Scorsesi’s Cape Fear and executive produced/co-wrote this year’s Love Is The Drug, among other films. St. Martin’s imprint Thomas Dunne Books just published his debut novel, Out There In The Dark, a neo-noir story set in 1940s Hollywood that’s been compared to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Day of the Locust. Strick talked with WORD’N’BASS.com Editor BPM Smith about Hollywood, the challenges of novel writing, and Ronald Reagan. Read More
  • BASS: David Morales, DJ Rap, Seb Fontaine play Winter Music Conference Mar. 28

    In Miami Beach, the Mixology party at club Nikki Beach will close out the the 2006 Winter Music Conference on Mar. 28 with several DJs from Europe, WMC organizers announced. Talent performing at the official closing party include David Morales, Darren Emerson, Seb Fontaine, Mark Lewis, DJ Rap, Robbie Rivera, Benny Benassi, DJ Collette and Behrouz. The event runs from 6 pm to late and is free to all WMC badge holders, or $30 at the door. Nikki Beach is at One Ocean Drive. Lots more details about this year's WMC are coming soon.
  • Author Wesley Strick, who’s been promoting his debut novel Out There In The Dark in San Francisco and Los Angeles, just arrived in New York City, where he’ll do a reading at Borders on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 pm. Borders is located at Park Avenue and 57th Street.
  • BASS: Cops mum on 1015 Folsom shooting

    Police have refused to release information about a shooting last weekend at San Francisco club 1015 that killed one man and sent a second victim to the hospital "since the investigation is still ongoing" into the incident, a SFPD official told WORD’N’BASS.com. Hao Tri Tu, 29, was shot in the chest at the popular SOMA club’s basement level at 3:30 am on February 19. A second man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for a gunshot to the elbow.
  • BASS: Outside the Box, Dhamaal bring D&B, House, fusion parties

    Saturday night’s (Feb. 25) big parties include a rave with all key electronic genres as well as Dhamaal’s return. At a "secret location," SoCal DJs Inyoung and Markor will spin at a two-room party of Drum & Bass, Trance and House music. Also scheduled at the decks are Audio1 + Doja, Kid Orange, Crackerjack, Second Base, Chromatone, Cyberfyed, Conspiracy, Adam Lost and Denise, fresh off her Friday night performance at 1015 Folsom. $20 at the door. To find the location call the info line at 415.738.4247... At San Francisco’s Club Six, the Dhamaal crew returns after an India tour and album launch to put on their first party in three months, bringing their signature blend of live instrumentation, MCs, and wicked visuals. Surya Vault, Janaka Selekta & Maneesh the Twister and Samba Guisse will perform with Daddy Frank on the Mic. Club Six is located at 60 6th Street between Mission & Market. Both events are 21-and-up.
  • WORD: Screenwriter Strick makes literary debut with ‘Out There’

    Screenwriter Wesley Strick is the latest film industry veteran to jump into fiction writing and we hear his first novel, set in 1940s Hollywood, is making quite a splash already. St. Martin’s Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books just published his debut Out There In The Dark, a juicy combination of rampant paranoia and irony that’s been compared to Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust. Look for an interview with Strick, who penned legendary director Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear among other screenplays, at WORD’N’BASS.com soon.
  • You can pick up a signed copy of Walter Satterthwait’s new novel Perfection at The San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, where he’ll sign the bookstore's inventory on Friday, Feb. 24. On Saturday at 2 pm, Satterthwait will do a longer sit-down signing at "M" is for Mystery Bookstore in downtown San Mateo, a half hour south of San Francisco. "M" is for Mystery Bookstore is located at 86 East Third Avenue.
  • BASS: No suspects in Paul Van Dyk concert shooting death

    Police have no suspects after a man was shot dead at San Francisco club 1015 Folsom early Sunday morning, a tragic close to a night when German star DJ Paul Van Dyk played the venue’s main floor, according to press reports and party promoters. Read More
  • WORD: Comeback of the rock stars on tap as Weiland, Love pen memoirs

    Two of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars -- Courtney Love and Scott Weiland -- are using memoirs to help launch comebacks after years of drug addiction, and literary agent Celeste Bernadette Fine told WORD’N’BASS.com that she cut foreign rights deals for both singers. Read More
  • WORD: Agent Elisabeth Weed now at Trident Media; actively seeking clients

    Literary agent Elisabeth Weed told WORD’N’BASS.com that she joined New York City-based Trident Media Group on February 15. She is looking for authors of narrative nonfiction, memoir, literary and commercial fiction, self-help, humor and pop culture. Weed previously was an agent at Kneerim & Williams, where she recently sold journalist Allison Winn Scotch’s debut novel, among others.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith mixes Dowtempo and Electro

    BPM Smith began mixing Downtempo Electronica in 2000. He has hosted the WORD’N’BASS Show, a three hour live radio mix of Downtempo and Drum & Bass, since 2002. In this set he gradually lifts the BPMs from chill out producers like Peace Orchestra and Boards of Canada to mid-paced Electro tracks from John Digweed and others. This set is served raw, with no editing of the original live broadcast on January 27, 2006. Listen Now
  • BASS: ‘Salted’ celebrates Black History Month with Drum & Bass, Ragga, Hip Hop

    To commemorate Black History Month, the regular Salted party on Saturday, February 18 will feature a bevy of local African American MCs and turntablists in a night of Drum & Bass, Breaks, Ragga, Hip Hop, and the American art form’s UK counterpart, Grime. Artists performing in the By Design-hosted room include Audio Angel, Ax1om, Megatron, Koda, Robynn, Galaxi, Gray, Delon, Monk, Synapz and R3M. In a second room, Joaquin "Joe" Claussell and David Harness will spin House music. The 21-and-up party happens from 10 pm to 4 am at San Francisco club Mighty, located at 119 Utah Street.
  • Walter SatterthwaitWORD: Interview with ‘Perfection’ author Walter Satterthwait

    "He had a pocketful of snow, a pack of killers on his trail, and dreams that were just a deal away…" Since Cocaine Blues marked his debut with that catchy tagline in 1979, Walter Satterthwait has authored a dozen books ranging from crime novels to historical mysteries and thrillers. WORD’N’BASS.com Editor BPM Smith interviewed Satterthwait about black humor, writing and the appeal of Burger King as St. Martin’s Press imprint Minotaur launched his thirteenth novel, Perfection. Read More
  • BASS: Sasha brings Fundacion residency to Los Angeles

    Sasha kicked off his 2006 Fundacion US residency with performances in New York City and Washington, D.C., and is bringing Trance and Electro across the country with a February 18 show at Los Angeles club Avalon, where he’ll play with James Zabiela, Sasha announced. He next returns to NYC on March 31, when he’ll perform with his former playing partner John Digweed at Crowbar. Click here for Sasha's full spring schedule or to get tickets. Separately, Sasha & Digweed’s documentary Delta Heavy, which captured a pivotal moment for electronic music in America during their 2002 tour, is now in stores.
  • BASS: ‘Reflex’ and ‘Monsters of Love’ top Saturday D&B, Techno parties

    At San Francisco club The Shadow Lounge, ‘Reflex’ kicks off its Drum & Bass monthly tonight (Saturday, Feb. 11) with The Bachelors of Science, Company Truck and local MCs Audio Angel, Emcee Child and MC Manny Vibes. Residents Doja, Kinetic and Munk will also spin at the decks. This 21-and-up party runs from 10 pm to 3 am at 199 Folsom Street. $5 cover before 11 pm, $8 after... Across town at a warehouse to be announced, ‘Monsters of Love’ goes from 9 pm until 9 am Sunday. DJ Deuce, K2, 666 Gangstas and Planetsize are among some 20 DJs representing Breaks, Jungle and Techno. $9 sliding scale cover. To find the S.F. location call 415-972-2823.
  • LantzAUDIO: Lantz Breakbeat set

    Lantz has rocked the turntables since his first party gig, when he opened for Simply Jeff at a desert party outside of Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994. Since then, he has performed at various club and underground events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and for the past two years Lantz has continued his dedication to Breaks as co-host of the weekly NetAmp Webcast on PulseRadio.net. Listen Now
  • WORD: Authors Kerouac, Divakaruni buoy interest in Bay Area libraries

    As library use across America ebbs due to the Internet’s easy-access research, Bay Area libraries are bringing in the big guns to raise public interest and foot traffic. In San Francisco, you can see the original scrolls of Jack Kerouac’s One The Road while across the bay, Oakland has become the latest One City, One Book program participant. Read More
  • D-BridgeBASS: Pendulum, D-Bridge, AK1200 play San Francisco this Friday

    If there was ever any doubt that San Francisco is a major Drum & Bass hub, fSOUND’s blowout party on Friday, February 3 settles that once and for all. Pendulum and D-Bridge, two highly respected DJs from the UK, will headline a show that also has American DJ/producer AK1200 hitting the decks at club Blue Cube. Young Drum & Bass fans are welcome at this 18-and-up show, which goes from 10 pm to 4 am. Cover is $20 at the door but click here to access a limited number of cheaper pre-sale tickets. Read More
  • BPM Smith.45: All the DJ and author buzz that’s unfit to publish!
    By BPM Smith

    It’s the year of the sociopath, judging by two hot novels on tap for release in 2006. In one corner is a serial killer who targets obese women and the other has a maniac hounding a female detective. Meanwhile, is someone terrorizing San Francisco’s club scene with the ‘date rape’ drug? Also, blind mentions galore plus the latest celebrity train wreck pawning himself as a 'novelist'. Read More
  • WORD: Biographer Hilary Spurling wins 2005 Whitbread Book of the Year

    Hilary Spurling won the 2005 Whitbread Book of the Year award for the second part of her biography Matisse the Master, beating odds-on favorite The Accidental by Ali Smith and three other finalists, Whitbread PLC announced. Read More
  • BASS: Friday beats include Lantz at Wish, Denise playing LoveParade benefit

    Breakbeat DJ Lantz just told us he’s spinning Friday night (January 27) at San Francisco club Wish, along with resident DJs Seven and Sol. This event runs from 10 pm to 2 am and is free. Wish is located at 1539 Folsom Street between 11th and 12th in the heart of SOMA’s club district… LoveParade S.F. organizers meanwhile announced their first benefit party of the year, co hosted by Skills DJ Workshop. About 50 DJs including Denise, Kid Orange and Bicolas will spin at ‘Giving Back The Love’ from 8pm to 4 am at The SomArts Cultural Center, located at 934 Brannan Street. Cover is $14 pre-sale and $20 at the door… If your Fridays are spent resting up for weekend activities, you can still catch Drum & Bass and Electro by tuning in to 104.1 FM, where BPM Smith will be mixing live from 11 pm to 2 am.
  • BASS: R3M, E$KR, Lexxus to play last ‘Anthem’ session at Sublounge

    The Inneractive Crew is throwing a populist Drum & Bass event at their final ‘Anthem’ this Saturday, January 28 in a blowout session that will include open decks during the first two hours and no cover charge. Headliners include local DJs R3M, E$KR, Lexxus and Robynn. Read More
  • WORD: Journalist Allison Winn Scotch to make literary debut with Morrow imprint

    Journalist Allison Winn Scotch, who writes for several popular culture and health magazines, is set to start a second career after Morrow/Avon snapped up her debut novel The Department of the Lost and Found, the author told WORD’N’BASS.com. Read More
  • Literary agent Erin Reel shuttered the Erin Reel Literary Agency in early January to pursue other interests, she told WORD’N’BASS.com. We’ve heard a handful of the Beverly Hills-based agency’s clients are now seeking representation including Bob Batchelor, whose book Literary Cash is on tap for fall 2006 release with publisher BenBella.
  • AUDIO: BPM Smith Drum & Bass set

    BPM SmithBPM Smith began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000, and has hosted the WORD'N'BASS Show broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM since 2002. In this set he mixes the newest tracks from producers like Sonic and SKC with classic works from DJ Crystl and Klute. This mix is presented "unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast on January 20, 2006. Listen Now
  • BASS: Drum & Bass kicks off at Sublounge; Miguel Migs plays Club Mighty

    The Drum & Bass action on Saturday, January 21 is at Sublounge, where Kid Kameleon, Frankie, Koda, Arson and Choppa will spin sets from 9 pm to 2 am. In the back room, R3M will forego D&B and mix hip hop along with Influ3nz. MC Axiom plays host at this 21-and-up party, which has a $5 cover. Sublounge is located at 628 3rd Street near 20th Street… Separately, if you’re looking for House music catch Miguel Migs at the Salted party. Ruban Mancias and DJ Grey will also perform at the party, which goes all night beginning at 10 pm with a $10 cover. Club Mighty is at 119 Utah Street in The City.
  • WORD: Three veteran agents form Folio Literary Management

    There’s been a migration of uberagents over the past year as established dealmakers decide to form their own ventures. At the latest agency, three veterans are forming Folio Literary Management in an effort to extract "the most value possible from their (clients’) intellectual property." Read More
  • BASS: Voting for International Dance Music Awards underway

    Public voting is underway for the 21st Annual International Dance Music Awards, which will draw thousands of DJs, producers, record executives and music fans to Miami Beach, Fla., this March. Have your say on who was this past year’s best DJ, producer, party organizer, Internet radio station and a bevy of other categories by clicking here. Preliminary voting ends January 31. The IDMA Awards take place during the 2006 Winter Music Conference, which runs from March 24-28 at the Wyndham Resort in Miami Beach.
  • WORD: Charles Bukowski returns with HarperCollins

    HarperCollins announced it is releasing another book of new poems from legendary author Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), with Come On In! published this month in hardcover through imprint Ecco. The late Bukowski authored more than 45 brilliant and crazy books of poetry and prose that catalogued his struggles with poverty, alcohol and women. Read More
  • WORD: J.A. Konrath’s ‘Dirty Martini’ goes to Hyperion in three-book deal

    Here’s a fun book to read while nursing Saphire gin. Dirty Martini, the fourth book in J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series of novels about a female detective, was sold to Leslie Wells at Hyperion, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management announced. Read More
  • St. Martin’s Press plans to release Paul Neilan’s novel Apathy and Other Small Victories, a dark comedy about a drifter who gets framed for the murder of a deaf dental assistant, in hardcover May 2006. As previously reported, Writers House agent Simon Lipskar arranged the deal for debut author Neilan last spring.
  • BASS: Holland's 4 Strings plays ‘Underworld Evolution’ launch party

    DJ 4 Strings of Holland headlines a launch party for the upcoming vampire film Underworld Evolution at San Francisco club 1015 tonight (Saturday, Jan. 14), Sony Pictures announced. In addition to Trance and Progressive House music there will be giveaways including advanced screening passes, t-shirts and fangs. Party organizers say they’ve put together a theatrical laser and liquid cryo display show and assure us that ‘sultry’ female vampires will be there reveling. Clubgoers dressed in Underworld attire get in free before midnight and the cover is $20 otherwise. No word on whether the film’s stars Kate Bekinsale and Scott Speedman will be in attendance. Underworld Evolution opens in theatres January 20. Party goes all night at 1015 Folsom Street.
  • BASS: Lawgiverz, Kosmikneil headline ‘Psychedelic Revival’ Breaks party

    Expect a London invasion, hot tubbing and "mind melting visuals" in San Francisco this Friday night (Jan. 13) when two UK-based performers top a bill at A Psychedelic Revival, party promoter The Subscience Collective announced. Lawgiverz, a scratch-and-beat troupe mixing off several turntables, CDJs and a laptop, as well as Breakbeat DJ Kosmikneil plan on dropping bass bombs. Fifteen local DJs including Atomik Dog, Eskmo, Misha and DJ Ripple will also perform sets amid art work, live painting and body art. Party goers can also soak in a hot tub that opens late at this all-night Breaks and Downtempo Electronica event. Towels will be provided. This party is open to all ages. A Psychedelic Revival happens at 1598 Custer Street, near the corner of Rankin in San Francisco.
  • WORD: Poker champ Hachem, literary agent Clegg join William Morris

    Talent agency William Morris added 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem to its roster and will focus on multimedia, endorsements and a book, according to contacts and media reports. Australia’s Hachem (via Lebanon) emerged as an unknown to win a $7.5 million purse at last summer’s World Series during a time when poker’s popularity has surged worldwide. A William Morris executive didn’t immediately respond regarding the proposed Hachem book. Separately, longtime agent Bill Clegg reportedly joined the New York-based firm, where he will represent literary fiction and narrative non-fiction titles. He’s likely seeking new authors after his former agency Burnes & Clegg shut down last year. Publishers Lunch reported most of his clients, which included Haven Kimmel, Nicole Krauss and Brad Land, have landed other representation since the agency’s closure.
  • WORD: S’Indie Awards, urban literature at forefront of Self-Published Authors Symposium in NYC

    Urban literature is expected to have a strong presence at the Self-Published Authors Symposium in New York City on Mar. 12, 2006, where a series of marketing workshops and the 2005 S’Indie Awards winner will be announced at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Read More
  • WORD: Ali Smith takes Whitbread Award for ‘The Accidental’

    Ali Smith won the 2005 Whitbread Book Award on Tuesday for her first full-length novel The Accidental, a "remarkable novel (that) is at once dazzlingly bright and profoundly dark." For winning Best Novel she was awarded 5,000 pounds and a shot at Whitbread’s Book of the Year. Read More
  • REVIEW: Oscar G buoys Tribal House with studio debut ‘Made in Miami’
    Review by BPM Smith

    Oscar G is a veteran of the Miami club scene whose thumping Tribal House sets have made him one of the city’s most popular DJ/producers. His studio debut Made in Miami showcases a soft touch at the decks that makes you wonder why the record labels didn’t lock this man in a studio years ago. Read More
  • BASS: Klute Drum & Bass 12 inch ‘Suicide 031’ in record stores

    Klute, one of the UK’s top Drum & Bass producers, released a new 12 inch vinyl in early December that is now trickling into record stores, Commercial Suicide announced. Suicide 031 includes two tracks, Learning Curve and Hell Hath No Fury. Both tracks, previewed by WORD’N’BASS.com, are composed in the tightly wound style DJs have come to expect from Klute’s work. However, Leaning Curve departs from his usual style with metal vocal loops while Hell is an intricate track of mixed pacing, bells and soaring drum beats. And yes, this vinyl will quickly find its way on our decks. Preview Klute’s Hell here.
  • WORD: Publishing vets parlay experience into new agency Lyons & Pande

    Two publishing industry veterans, a literary agent and editor, have parlayed their combined 32 years of experience to launch new agency Lyons & Pande International. Founding partner Ayesha Pande told WORD’N’BASS.com that getting more "control over what projects I chose to work on" fueled her move into the agenting business. Read More
  • BASS: Audio Angel to perform new single at Phuturo tonight

    One week after UK-based DJ Alley Cat brought an international flavor to San Francisco’s Drum & Bass scene, on Tuesday (Dec. 27) Phuturo plays host to several local DJs. Tonight's lineup includes  Bachelors of Science as well as tag team sets with Kinetik vs. Brian Frost and Retox vs. Frankie. MC Child will handle mic duties. Audio Angel will also perform her new single Nobody’s Fault, which Santorin Records has tapped for release soon. The D&B weekly happens at Underground SF, at 424 Haight Street, from 10 pm to 2 am. This 21-and-up event has a $5 cover.
  • SashaBASS: 'Delta Heavy' follows Trance duo Sasha & Digweed on tour

    Shortly before dissolving their partnership on the turntables, Tance DJs Sasha & Digweed packed dozens of arenas the U.S. in 2002 in what was effectively the duo’s farewell to an American audience. Nostalgic fans can relive "one of the most important DJ tours ever to hit America" on February 7 when System Recordings releases Delta Heavy, a documentary on their final days together. Read More

  • WORD: Fifi Oscard Agency founder dies; represented top authors, actors

    The Fifi Oscard Agency’s literary division took its second major blow in two years after agency founder Fifi Oscard passed away on November 12 at age 85. A memorial service was held at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City on Friday, Dec. 9, according to local press reports.  Read More
  • BASS: UK Drum & Bass DJ Logistics headlines at El Rincon Saturday

    UK Drum & Bass DJ/producer Logistics will headline an 18-and-up party at San Francisco club El Rincon on Saturday, December 20 in support of his recent EP release the pressure. Local DJs Gridlock, Method One, and two tag team sets -- Mal vs. Sharp and Femme Fatale vs. Ultraviolet -- round out a banging night of D&B. Colonel MC and Audio Angel host the event from 10 pm to 3 am. $10 cover at the door. The El Rincon is located at 2700 16th Street at Harrison.
  • WORD: Surreal scene at San Quentin as prison kills author Stan "Tookie" Williams: 1953-2005
    By BPM Smith and Michelle Simon

    A light atop one of San Quentin State Prison’s towers flashed red at 12:35 am Tuesday morning, signaling the death of author Stan "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the Crips, a Los Angeles street gang that terrorized the city and became a symbol of American-style violence. WORD’N’BASS.com reports from the scene at San Quentin. Read More
  • BASS: House, Electro remixers tap Japanese composer Sakamoto for new album

    After the wildly successful Verve Remixed series and a growing interest in Japanese DJ/producers like DJ Krush, it was only a matter of time before classical musicians entered the Electro scene. Several artists are remixing tracks from Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s acclaimed studio album Chasm, in a worldwide project that will result in a spring 2006 release on Sakamoto’s KAB America label. Read More
  • BASS: S.F.’s 18-and-up event Elev8, Nocturnal Beats in Sac embrace Generation Next

    The younger set of Drum & Bass-heads have a couple places to enjoy bass on Thursday nights, thanks to two weekly events that are turning on a new generation of dance music fans to the DJ arts. Read More
  • BASS: Seismic launches Breakbeat party Shakedown; Prive hosts Trance night

    Shakedown, a new monthly  Breakbeat party at the recently opened San Francisco club Shine, kicks off tonight (Dec. 8) with DJs Samira, Trav and Brett Pinkin, SEISMIC announced. Shakedown takes place on the second Thursday each month. The 21-and-up event will bust out the breaks from 10 pm to 2 am. $5 cover at the door. Shine is located at 1337 Mission Street between 9th and 10th in The City… On Friday, SOMA club Prive will host Winter Wonderland, a night of Trance and Electro-Tech House with DJ Turbine, Kelly Kane, Ismael Rodriguez and Shawn Yapa spinning sets from 9:30 pm till 2 am. Prive is located at 651 Howard Street. $10 for this 21-and-up event.
  • WORD: Film screenings, rallies scheduled for author Stan "Tookie" Williams

    With an execution date looming for Stan "Tookie" Williams at San Quentin prison, anti-death penalty advocates scheduled several events including film screenings and a rally Dec. 8 the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, the site of his clemency hearing. Williams, co-founder of the notorious Crips gang in Los Angeles, was convicted in 1981 of killing four people. He has since authored several novels de-glamorizing gangs and prison life geared to children and young adults. Read More
  • BASS: ‘On The One’ adds Drum & Bass tonight

    In Oakland, tonight’s (Dec. 3) monthly Electro, Funk and Hip Hop event On The One will add Drum & Bass and Dancehall to the mix in celebration of resident Sam "Supa" Arroyo’s birthday. DJs spinning sets include VNA, Sam Supa, Arson, D Funk and Miss Indica. Party runs from 9 pm to 2 am at The Golden Bull in downtown Oakland. One Ronin DJ presents this event on the first Saturday of each month. The Golden Bull is at 412 14th Street. Free cover, 21-and-up. Happy birthday Sam!
  • DJ Alley CatBASS: Homecoming on tap for London expatriate DJ Alley Cat
    By BPM Smith

    After making quite a name for herself playing clubs across Europe, onetime San Francisco DJ Alley Cat is returning to California to play clubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. While Drum & Bass may have sped up and gotten darker since she left The City just before the Millennium, Alley Cat tells WORD’N’BASS.com that the genre will always go "through its phases or trends, but the DJs I look up to don’t really worry about those things, they just play Drum ‘N’ Bass." Read More
  • BASS: Dirty Breakbeat night at Studio Z

    The bass will boom this Saturday, December 3, when several local and national Breakbeat DJs spin at the Dirty party at San Francisco club Studio Z, the Evil Breaks crew announced. Talent scheduled to perform include Davey Dave of Los Angeles, live band Carbon Community with drummer CradleRock from Dallas, and local DJs Janaka Selekta, Smoove vs. Bam, and Aaron Jae vs. DJ Rockit. The 21-and-up event runs from 9 pm to 4 am. Limited pre-sale tickets are $5, with the cover rising to $10 and $15 at the club. Studio Z is at 314 11th Street in The City.
  • WORD: Abani follows ‘Graceland’ breakthrough with new novel

    Talk about a breakthrough year. Chris Abani, whose novel Graceland took Hemingway/PEN and Hurston/Wright awards in 2005, has written a new novel The Virgin of Flames, literary agent Ellen Levine told WORD’N’BASS.com. Levine, executive v.p. at Trident Media Group, sold the manuscript to editor Kathryn Court at Penguin for publication in January 2007. Virgin is a story of love and enduring friendship set against the tarnished City of Angels, addressing themes of race, gender, and sexuality, Levine noted. It looks like the 38-year-old Abani is peaking as an author because we hear he’s already working on another novel. He also has a novella Becoming Abigail slated for 2006 release with publisher Akashic.
  • BASS: By Design brings D&B, Grime, House music to SubLounge

    Club-goers can work off some Thanksgiving calories and bounce to the beats of a dozen Drum & Bass, House and Hip Hop DJs on Saturday when a multi-genre night of banging bass happens at SubLounge in San Francisco. Local MC Audio Angel will host the party, where DJs Megatron, Koda, Robyn, Galaxy, Munk, and R3M will spin sets. In all there will be five kinds of music including D&B/Jungle, Grime, 2 Step, House and Hip Hop in two rooms. Party runs from 9 pm until late. Cover is $5 for this 21-and-up event. SubLounge is located at 628 20th Street near the corner of 3rd in San Francisco.
  • BASS: House DJ Morgan Page album ‘Cease And Desist’ heavy on bootleg remixes

    House DJ Morgan Page -- an emerging Los Angeles producer/remixer whose vinyl tracks John Digweed and Mark Farina are currently working into their club sets -- has released a white label album Cease And Desist, Rephlektor incorporated announced. In an unusual twist that could have pop stars calling their lawyers, Page’s album features 100% unauthorized house music versions of several artists’ tracks. Read More
  • WORD: Producer Niederhoffer’s debut novel continues film industry exodus

    Here’s a novel to watch out for in early 2006. Film producer/screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer will make her literary debut when St. Martin’s publishes her novel A Taxonomy of Barnacles in January, PR firm Goldberg McDuffie Communications said. Taxonomy is about six sisters given one week to "immortalize the family name" after their tycoon father says one winner will receive his entire fortune. Throw six cats into a reading room filled with sardines and you’ve got a fair idea of what to expect, judging by the early buzz we’re getting. Meanwhile Niederhoffer, who just turned the big 3-0, continues a recent film industry exodus to literary endeavors. Hollywood screenwriter Seth Greenland’s The Bones and Tokyo Doesn’t Love Us Anymore by Spanish filmmaker Ray Loriga are two of the best novels we’ve read this year.
  • Stephanie KleinWORD: Stephanie Klein memoir to debut in Europe, U.S. release in spring

    Debut author Stephanie Klein’s Straight Up And Dirty: The Life of a Young New York Divorcee will be published in Germany, the UK, Russia and Italy, Artists Literary Group founder Joe Veltre told WORD’N’BASS.com after the offshore rights were sold by a sub-agent. Regan Books, which originally bought the memoir early this year, has also finalized a U.S. release date of April 2006. Klein is currently working on her sophomore book, a memoir based on her experiences at "fat camp" as a child.
  • WORD: Wayne McCullough publisher working on U.S. deal

    Pro boxer Wayne McCullough told WORD'N'BASS.com that Mainstream Publishing is working on a U.S. deal for his bio. Pocket Rocket: Don’t Quit, which has become a hot topic his native Ireland as he continues a UK book tour. Family members are reportedly incensed after he wrote that his parents are "unappreciative" drunks, and is doing damage control in the wake of McCullough’s media blitz this week. "My book is not available - yet! - in the States. My publisher is trying to get a deal over there," said McCullough, who recently became an American citizen after living in Las Vegas for the past decade. The bio. was co-authored by boxing writer Brian Doogan.
  • BASS: Funky Punk Rockers 2, Serendipity Project top Saturday parties

    Twenty DJs spinning at an all-night House party and hip hop band Serendipity Project are among interesting shows Saturday night (Nov. 19). At a San Francisco Bay Area location, Josh The Funky of Chicago, Filter Freq, Zelda, DJ Venom and Tronic headline the all-ages Funky Punk Rockers 2 event, boasting two rooms of House and Hard House from 8 pm until 6 am Sunday, SF Raves announced. You can pick up pre-sale tickets for $10 at Skills and other nearby record stores or $15 at the door. Call 1-877-695-2280 for the location. Meanwhile, those wanting to hit the road during one of San Francisco’s last sunny weekends can catch Serendipity Project, a live Hip Hop and Dub band at the Ukiah Brewing Company beginning at 9:30pm. The 21-and-over show has a $5 cover. The Ukiah Brewing Co., maker of Red Tail Ale and one of our favorite chill-out zones outside of San Francicso, is an hour north of San Francisco at 102 S. State Street in Ukiah. Serendipity Project also informed WORD’N’BASS.com that they have a new album on tap soon with DJ Spinobi of Ozomatli and Radio Active of Spearhead. They’re coming off a phat show Friday night at The Ashkenaz in Berkeley.
  • WORD: Sylvan ponders rave culture spirituality in ‘Trance Formation’

    Ask someone on the street what they think about raves and they’ll probably say "it’s a great party," unaware that the scene is more than an electronic dance music event. For some it’s become a source of spirituality, a notion that’s analyzed in Robin Sylvan’s new book, Trance Formation: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture (Routledge). In addition to exploring the spiritual and religious dimensions of global rave culture, Trance Formation includes firsthand accounts, interviews, and scholarly analysis that shows raves as a new form of religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century. We hear Sylvan had a book signing at the monthly Triple Power event at San Francisco club Sublounge on Saturday, where House DJs Laird, Kraddy and Shissler performed sets.
  • BASS: 2006 Winter Music Conference slated for Miami Beach Mar. 24-28

    The 2006 Winter Music Conference, one of the biggest annual events in electronic music and site of the International Dance Music Awards, takes place in Miami Beach, Fla., from Mar. 24-28, event organizers said. Many of the world’s top House, Trance, Electro and Drum & Bass DJs will perform during WMC week at several venues. Attendees can get a discounted $175 registration if you do it by November 16, which includes poolside DJ sets, admission to the Ultra Music Festival and IDMA, over 30 demonstrations and panels, and an opportunity to party for a week straight – we mean network. This year also includes a DJ spinoff. Further details are at: www.wintermusicconference.com/
  • DeniseAUDIO: DJ Denise Hard House set

    DJ Denise has been a fixture at raves throughout North America since first hitting the decks in 1998. Her debut album, Hard Dance Sessions Volume One, was released with Tripoli Trax, one of London’s top Hard House labels. Denise’s set combines sharp beatmatching with high energy funk and one of her newly produced tracks. More
  • WORD: Boxing champ McCullough’s bio. ‘Don’t Quit’ released

    World champion boxer Wayne McCullough’s biography Don’t Quit (Mainstream Publishing) was launched on November 10, the author said. McCullough is one of the few European boxers campaigning in the U.S., and legendary trainer Eddie Futch once guided him to a professional world title. Read More
  • Author Marcus Sakey said his debut novel The Blade Itself will be published in the United Kingdom, after his U.S. publisher sold the rights to a Penguin UK imprint. As previously reported, St. Martin’s division Minotaur acquired Sakey's first two novels last month.
  • BASS: Defstar launches again on Thursday; DJ Ralphi killer jealous over ex

    The second edition of Defstar, San Francisco’s newest Drum & Bass monthly, will have DOS and Miss Indica spinning sets, along with residents Sam Supa, Lewt and Happy, One Ronin DJ announced. The free 21-and-over event takes off this Thursday, November 17, at The Knockout from 10 pm to 2 am. The Knockout is located at 3223 Mission Street in The City.
  • In New Jersey, a judge refused to reduce the $1 million bail set for alleged DJ Ralphi killer "Fast" Freddie Cadena because the Puerto Rican is a flight risk. Cadena, a pro boxer and convicted wife-beater, reportedly confronted the Hip Hop and Electro DJ at a Paterson, N.J., nightclub several times for dating his ex-girlfriend and later punched him in the head. Ralphi slipped into a coma and died days later.

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