Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer and Studio Membership Special

With the summer membership coming to a close were offering 25% off new members up until the end date August 31st. New hours and rates for the studio membership coming soon!

The Lab Monthly Newsletter: August

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daft Punk: Tron Legacy Theme (Reworked)

B Fish was kind enough to share the Tron HD trailer and here goes the official single release Daft Punk: Tron Legacy. Rumor has it that Daft Punk is producing the soundtrack. Props to Wyatt for the link! Download

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beat the Summer Heat and Let Your Laptop Chill Out

Summer is definitely in full swing as we are about to enter the first (and last) August of 2009! If you own a laptop (as most computer using people do these days) you know that the more you use your machine, the hotter it gets. Unlike humans, machines are not yet able to sweat to cool off. However, machines just like humans do operate better at cool temperatures. Thanks to our friends over at and, check out this cooling rack that you can make at home on a budget. Namaste -Yogi G-

Rock Camp 2009

"Rock Camp provides a forum for students between the ages of 11 - 17 to work closely with area professionals on the fundamentals of rock music performance" (from website)

Hip Hop meets Rock. Derrick and I will be doing a presentation next week at Rock Camp Great program.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nike SB - Today Was a Good Day - P. Rod & Ice Cube

I know a Nike SB commercial with P Rod has nothing to do with the Lab but I like skateboarding and this song is classic

Monday, July 27, 2009

Stones Throw x Serato

Props to Lab student Jonah on this find! "Serato & Stones Throw collabo, a package of 2 discs (music b/w serato tones), and two slipmats" I want

New Rakim Single: Holy Are You

So I just came across this new Rakim single over on Okayplayer's website. The track "Holy Are You" is off of his upcoming album The Seventh Seal, which is going to drop in the fall. Click here for a link to the mp3.



Sunday, July 26, 2009

DJ Q Bert and DJ A Trak: Wash yer Butt Circa 1997

Ahh yes, the good ol days. Scratching for hours in your bedroom and recording sets to cassette tape. This mix is literally one full hour of Q Bert and A Trak scratching to two different beats-side a and side b.
CLICK HERE to download
-A special internuts find brought to you by ZJ

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tron Legacy

What's up everyone? Just wanted to share the sick new trailer for the new Tron movie. How does this relate to music? Well, it is going to feature a soundtrack by Daft Punk. Click the video to watch it on Youtube...the HD version is amazing.



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Serato gets Multi Decked

"About 3 months ago the boys over in Auckland took a small step forward with their ubiquitously conservative software, Serato Scratch. Along with a host of bug fixes and tweaks version 1.9 added 6 samplers, and the ability to record directly into those samplers from a MIC" MORE
Props to

Friday, July 17, 2009

Herbie Hancock on Sesame Street

What's good, everyone? It's BFish. Nothing fancy here, just a quick video of the legendary Herbie Hancock doing his thing back on Sesame Street.



Interview with A-Trak

Here's an interview with A-Trak from about a year ago explaining stuff like how he got his roots in hip-hop, the direction that he's moving in, and why. For those of you who aren't familiar with A-Trak, he won the DMC world championship at age 15, and he's currently the producer for Kid Sister. He toured with Kanye as his DJ for a few years, and I think he's still his DJ but I don't know because now Kanye is singing about this and that, and I don't know if he brings a DJ to his new style of shows. He might. Who knows? A-Trak's brother is Dave 1 from Chromeo.

Anyway, I think it's a good interview that shows how you can start as one thing and adapt it into something completely different while maintaining your roots and keeping it fresh.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Leading Studio Members

So all of the studio members have been coming in and logging their time so that they can win the $200 gift certificate to Well we have an update on the hours of all our studio members. Here are the three with the most hours so far. In first is Pat Wyld with 37.26 hours, in second is Josh Decatur with 36.25 hours, and in third is Janet Laduca with 32.25 hours. It is pretty close so be sure to come in and get your hours up so you can win the gift certificate

P.S. Summer Meberships are now called Studio Memberships because they will continue for the life of the lab.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Funky Drummer

Since ?uestlove is the DJ of the month, I figured that I'd post an entry showing how he is probably the drummer of the month. This video was taken of him by someone else without him knowing. He can keep the beat while eating sandwiches, texting, and tweeting. He truly is the funky drummer.

That brings me to my next point. Questo has been releasing various mixtapes entiled the Funky Drummer Volume 1, The Funky Drummer Volume 2, and so on. He's currently at volume 3, and I uploaded that for your enjoyment. All of the songs on the mixtapes are songs that he has been a part of in one way or another. If there's interest in the other earlier mixtapes, I can definitely post them on the blog. Hope you can dig it. Here's "The Funky Drummer Vol. 3":

Scratching App for your I-Phone!!

What up everyone. It's the scratchaholic, Kanga, bringing you another cool tid-bit on scratching. I saw BFish's post on the application for beat production. Well, of course I had to see if there was a scratching app and low and behold there is! Peep the MixMeister. It uses any sound file off of your I-Phone's library. Check out the video on their site! Just don't forget that vinyl will always be the most original. Respect!!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Finger Beat for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Just came across a dope application for Apple's touch screen gizmos. Watch the video above to see it in action, and although my broke self can't afford an iPod or iPhone, you can download the program here.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Y'all Like Hip Hop?

I know a lot of people want to get hip to good hip hop, but don't necessarily have the fundage to do so...but fortunately for you I came across this fresh site which is chock full of sweet east coast and west coast albums from '84 to can check it out

Much love,


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Producer Of The Month: Deadmau5

We usually post on hip hop producers but I felt like switching things up-besides The Lab is a fan of ALL music types :) Deadmau5 pronounced "dead mouse" is a progressive house and electro house producer from Toronto.
Jump Around Remix and Moar Ghosts N Whatever are sure bangers for your club sets

Music Video Awesomeness...

YouTube won't allow embedding of the actual music video so follow this link to check it out: Dio - Aye ft. Sef

...just a couple dudes from Amsterdam on a trip to Brooklyn, NY to film an old school hip hop style music video...

Props to Chris Parmer for the link!

Yours Truly,

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Nike Mix by A-Dog

Yo guys, you all know who A-dog is. well Nike just flew him out to Portland for the new dope mix that he made. The new mix is called Nike 6.0 and its off the hook. Im stoked for it and you can all check it out and get the link to download it at A-dogs blog. Don't miss out on this mix.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Grandmaster Flash In DJ Hero (Video)

I never got into Guitar Hero but honestly im curious to see how the controller works. Could be fun

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

C2C DMC 2005 (album coming 2010)

What grabs my attention on the group's performance is its turntablism that you can shake yo rump to... style and creativity at its finest. Props to Anaii for sending this my way!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Hey guys, for those of you who didn't know i'm a musician :P
my myspace is VAKKUUM'S MYSPACE
I am featured on two blogs as of now for editing the upcoming Bloody Beetroots remix of The Proxy's "Who Are You"PNYKLB

download at your own risk due to vulgarity and use of the "F" word.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kamaal The Abstract

Yes yes, y'all. Q-Tip is back. His unreleased album Kamaal the Abstract, recorded back in 2001, was picked up by Battery Records and is going to drop September 15th. I got my mitts on it already, and it is definitely worth picking up. And if you can't get enough of Tip you should check out J. Period's Q-Tip tribute mixtape. You can cop that here (link from JP's website)

Hope you guys dig it.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Go Go Gadget: Korg Nano Pad

We purchased two of these for the Lab. Simple midi tool but very effective-nice price too!
Check em out HERE

DJ Of The Month: ?uest Love

A lot of you know Quest Love as the drummer for the famous Roots band. Did you know hes also an ill DJ? This Sunday night July 5th at Craig Mitchell's new night club LIFT DJ Quest Love will be throwing it down (like gravity) ..Cant wait

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SCRATCH Documentary online!!

Happy hump day everyone! Its your friendly neighborhood scratcher Kanga bringing you a little known secret on google video. This was sent to me by someone about a year or so ago. They thought I had never seen it! What's that? You may have not either? Well then you're missing out on the greatest documentary on the art form of Djing! From interviews with originators such as Grandwizard Theodore (the inventor of the scratch) and Grandmixer DXT (Rockit) to innovators such as Craze (3 time world champion) and Q-bert (uh... need I say more?). Don't sleep on this one of a kind, award winning journey through the history of The Dj!


Reflection Eternal (Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli) - Back Again

Whats good y'all? It's BFish again, this time with a fresh video of Reflection Eternal's new single. Talib is maybe getting a little bit ahead of himself with the whole 'you can like rap again' lyric, but it is definitely good to see these two cats back in action. Talib and Tek will be repping their new stuff at Rock the Bells, so if you get a chance, check 'em out.

Hope you enjoy it the video.