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  • Emily MandelWORD:St. John Mandel inks with Unbridled Books for sophomore novel

    Emily St. John Mandel,coming off high praise for her incredible debut novel "Last Night inMontreal," will have her promising career continue with Unbridled Booksafter the indie publisher snapped up her sophomore work, Emily toldWORD'N'BASS.com. Don’t expect a sophomore slump from St. John Mandel,who appears to have settled into some interesting regular themes suchas criminality and yearning told through quirky characters -- but thistime she has quite a different twist. Read More
  • BASS:Kitsuné Maison 8 launches Nov. 30 -- with audio, video
    Edited Press release

    Kitsuné Records is giving a French twist to global electronicmusic with an eighth Maison compilation the Paris-based label iscalling its "chic and nice issue." The Kitsuné house is nowpacked with friends, girls and boys, new and old. Quiet girls, neuroticboys, Kitsuné mobilizes all that is most passionate andexciting. In annoucing the album, Kitsuné released free audioand video downloads. Read More
  • WORD:ABA asks Department of Justice to investigate bestseller price wars
    Edited Press Release

    The Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Associationannounced it sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct.22, requesting that it investigate practices by Amazon.com, Wal-Mart,and Target that it believes constitute illegal predatory pricing thatis damaging to the book industry and harmful to consumers. Read More
  • WORD:2009 Backspace Agent-Author Seminar Nov. 5-6 in NYC
    Edited Press Release

    The 2009 Backspace Agent-Author Seminar will be held November 5-6 atNew York City's Radisson Martinique. This is the fifth annual event andincludes two days of panels, workshops, and small-group meetings in theheart of the publishing world with more than 20 top literary agents onthe program. Read More
  • WORD:After publishing ruckus, LOA launches ‘Raymond Carver: CollectedStories’

    After sidestepping a dispute involving some of the most powerfulfigures in publishing, The Library of America this month finallylaunched "Raymond Carver: Collected Stories," a comprehensivecollection of work that spans the influential author’s entire career. Read More
  • BASS:Airloom, KC Anderson spin Hed Kandi event at Fashion's Night Out NYC

    In an event that's gaining considerable buzz in the fashion andnightlife scenes, Vogue Magazine is partnering with designers,department stores and boutiques to create a global event calledFashion's Night Out this Thursday, Sept. 10. Readers in New York citywill be interested in the Hed Kandi event, which features two Ministryof Sound DJs. The lifestyle brand is celebrating Fashion's Night Out onboth sides of the pond (NYC and London) with an exclusive look at theHed Kandi clothing line designed for top UK retailer Miss Selfridge.The NYC event, at Meatpacking District club Kiss & Fly,will have sounds provided by Hed Kandi US residents Airloom and KC Anderson,Ministry of Sound America announced today. Doors open at 11 pm for this21-and-up party that goes until 5 am.
  • StarkillersBASS: Starkillers plays SanFrancisco Sept. 5
    Starkillers,aka Nick Terranova, has spent considerable time in the studio in recentyears cutting new House and Techno tracks for a CD/DVD, the hit albumDiscoteka as well as various remix projects with the likes of Paul Oakenfold.Now he's returning to San Francisco this Saturday (Sept. 5) when heheadlines at Ruby Skye. Tall Sashawill open the 21-and-up show beginning at 9 pm. Ruby Skye,located at 420 Mason near Geary, has a dress code of no sports attire.Pre-sale tickets for $15 are available,or you can wait in a long line at the club.
  • BASS:Z-TRIP voted America's Best DJ for 2009

    The votes have all been counted and it's official: Los Angeles-based DJ Z-Triphas been voted America's Best DJ for 2009, contest sponsors DJ Timesmagazine and Pioneer Pro DJ announced. Two DJs with Bay Area ties, Qbert and Kaskade, made the top five but fellshort of winning over the public's vote. Read More
  • WORD:ABA Indie Bookstores to Sell eContent, Sony Reader
    Press Release

    At a press conference in New York City this week, Sony announced thatit is cooperating with the American Booksellers Association, otherretailers, and a variety of traditional and digital publishers to makeavailable a universe of reading material in EPUB format compatible withSony Readers. Among the sites offering EPUB content for sale toconsumers will be more than 200 independent bookstores participating inthe American Booksellers Association's IndieCommerce program. Read More
  • Miguel MigsBASS: Miguel Migs' long awaited 'GetSalted Volume 2' launches in September -- with audio
    Edited Press Release

    It’s been four years since Miguel Migs(pictured left) released the critically acclaimed Get Saltedcompilation on his own Salted Records. A lot’s happened since thelandmark release -- Migs wrote and recorded an album (Those Things),and released a remix album (Those Things Remixed). With Salted’scatalogue growing at a rapid pace there’s now a wealth of greatmaterial to share with the fans, leading to his latest album 'GetSalted Volume 2.' Read More
  • WORD:Frank Portman launches ‘Andromeda Klein;’ Winn Scotch novel goespaperback

    Bay Area author Frank Portmanmade a smashing debut with his novel "King Dork," a quirky and engagingstory about "a typical American high school loser" Tom Henderson whodiscovers JD Slinger’s "Catcher in the Rye." Some said it was onlycategorized as young adult because the age of his protagonist. In hisnew novel "Andromeda Klein" (Random House), out August 25, Portmanseems to have embraced his niche as a popular YA author. Read anexcerpt here.Meantime, his launch party is at popular Oakland watering hole Cato’sAle House (3891 Piedmont) on Aug. 25 at 7 pm, where he'll play songsand read from his latest novel. Check out his blogfor information on his upcoming events... Allison WinnScotch earlier this month announced the paperback release ofher New York Times bestselling novel, "Time of My Life" (Random House).The Today Show named it one of their 10 Must Reads for the fall. Grab acopy at Amazonor at your local bookstore.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo & Electro set

    Don your hangover aviator shades, tap the cappuccino machine and cue up BPM Smith’slatest Downtempo and Electro as he mixes organic, chilled outatmospherics and head-nodding beats. From classic Neotropic and Laurent Garnier to House/Electrostaples like Jondi & Spesh,Gregory Tresher and brand new DJHell, here BPM Smith churns out a mix for party heads in need ofa relaxing hour. Listen Now
  • DJ ShadowBASS:DJ Shadow, Kaskade in ABDJ top 10; voter prizes announced

    America’s Best DJ Competition has a strong San Francisco Bay Areaconnection with locals DJ Shadowand Kaskade making the top 10.ABDJ, the only competition where a House music star like Danny Tenaglia goes head-to-headwith turntablists like QBertand DJ Shadow, announced several prizes available to the public justfor voting. Read More
  • It’s rare that we coverevents outside electronic music but our inbox today includes two itemsof interest: A San Francisco band and free swag for voters.Punk/industrial band Lucabrazzimade the Airwalk Unsigned Hero -- Road to Austin Top 10 Contenderslist. Winning gives an unsigned band an all-expenses paid trip toAustin, Texas, to play the SPIN Music Showcase, the MusicGorilla.comMusic Showcase and $5,000 spending cash. Listen and vote here.For casting a vote you could win an iPod Nano (monthly randomdrawings). Vote daily until September 30, when the polls close.
  • WORD:Sakey launches fourth crime novel ‘The Amateurs’ -- with excerpt

    Crime writer Marcus Sakey isback with his fourth novel in a less than three years. This Thursday(Aug. 6), his latest work "The Amateurs" (Dutton) hits bookstoresacross Ameircan and e-bookstores worldwide, he announced today. TheAmateurs follows the misadventures of four twentysomethings who try tobeat the doldrums of moving into their thirties as failures with a"victimless crime." Read More
  • Debutnovelist Emily St. JohnMandel is making promotional appearances in support of "LastNight in Montreal" (Unbridled Books), including a reading and signingtonight in New Hampshire and a workshop later this month. Catch herTuesday August 4, 7 pm, RiverRun Bookstore located at 20 CongressStreet in Portsmouth, NH.Monday August 17th 2009, 7:30pm, Just WorkingOn My Novel, a low-key partyish mixer type thing for "friends andenemies of modern publishing" at The Tank, 354 West 45th Street, NYC.
  • LantzAUDIO:Lantz mixes breaks and hip hop mash-up set

    Lantz hasrocked the turntables since his first gig at a desert party outside ofPhoenix, Ariz., in 1994. Since then, he has performed at various cluband underground events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and was afounding member of the NetAmp crew that focused on Breakbeats. In thislatest effort, Lantz  mixes producers ranging from Beat Assasins, Mighty Mi, Chemical Brothersand Rae and Christian to oldschool hip hop staples like BeastieBoys and N 2 Deep in anearly two-hour set of Breaks and beats. Listen Now
  • WORD:Amazon CEO apologizes to Kindle users for Big Brother tactics

    Amazon, which recently shocked readers by deleting e-books they’dpurchased such as George Orwell’s"1984" and "Animal Farm" from their Kindle devices, has pulled anabout-face and apologized to consumers -- many of whom complained aboutthe company’s increasingly dogmatic policies. Read More
  • BASS:Ross D goes old school Drum 'n' Bass on debut CD 'Musical D-lite' --with audio
    Edited Press Release

    Playloop Records recording artist and Philadelphia native Ross D is bringing back that classicUK drum n’ bass sound of the mid-90s golden age with his debut artistalbum "Musical D-lite." There are no fads here, no bells or whistlesand no sub-sub-sub genres -- this is simply drum n’ bass at it’s purestand most beautiful. Read More
  • Emily MandelREVIEW:‘Last Night in Montreal’ marks new voice in literature
    Review by BPM Smith
    UNBRIDLED BOOKS; 256 PAGES; $24.95

    Everyone loves a good road novel. It need not pass from the grittyFrancophile streets of Montreal to Arizona’s dust-laden motels, and itdoesn’t even need be a linear journey. Just bring us on a trip and letthe characters transpose readers into your fictional world. Emily St. John Mandel (pictured)does that inher debut novel "Last Night in Montreal" (Unbridled Books) and left meanticipating what’s next from this promising young talent. Read More
  • WORD:Irene Goodman Literary Agency to run Ebay fundraiser/auction
    Press Release

    Ms. Irene Goodman, presidentof the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, will auction a single spaced,half-page critique for 25 partial manuscripts (approximately 50 pagesand a synopsis). This will be done on Ebay from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15,2009. The 25 highest bidders will win. The critiques will all be donepersonally by Ms. Goodman. They will not be farmed out. Ms. Goodmanwill email the completed critiques to each of the authors within onemonth after the auction closing date. Read More
  • DJ DeniseBASS:Denise, Logic Bomb headline PSYMBIOTEK electronic music festival

    A global lineup of DJs and top locals including San Francisco's Denise (pictured left) of MisumoMusic and Antiserum (FullMelt) will play dance and chill grooves outdoors on the Feather Riverin Northern California at the PSYMBIOTEK electronic music festival. Thethree-day event begins this Friday, July 10, event organizersannounced. Read More
  • WORD:Novelists Rash, Cashore among 2009 SIBA Book Award winners
    Edited Press Release

    The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased toannounce the winners of the 2009 SIBA Book Award, celebrating the bestof southern literature. Ron Rash,author of "Serena" (Ecco), took down the fiction award while Kristin Cashore won the YA categoryfor her novel "Graceling" from Harcourt.  Read More
  • Total ScienceBASS:Total Science plays LA partyRespect -- video

    Drum & Bass duo Total Science,whose birthnames are Paul Smith(pictured left) and Jason Greenhalgh,continue driving DNB with their fast and fluidtracks backed by ripping basslines, many of which are mixed into theweekly DNB sets during the WORD’N’BASS Show.They’ve recorded on top DNB labels like BreakbeatScience, Metalheadz and Good Looking among others. Total Sciencerecently played theregular party Respect in Los Angeles -- which DrumNBass TV put onlinein crisp sound and video. Read More
  • WORD:Embracing online exodus, Penguin launches website channels
    By BPM Smith

    Penguin Group USA launched a new series of online channels at itswebsite today that includes video interviews, author readings, audiodiscussions of the classics and excerpts from its latest releases in abid to grab the attention of readers who are increasingly on theInternet. Read More
  • WORD:Scribd inks deal with Simon & Schuster to sell eBooks
    Press Release

    Scribd, the world's largest social publishing company, and Simon &Schuster, a leading global publisher, today announced an agreement tosell Simon & Schuster eBooks in the Scribd Store, an e-commercedestination and publishing marketplace launched last month tocomplement Scribd's already-popular platform for users' sharing theirwritten works. At launch, nearly 5,000 Simon & Schuster eBooktitles will be available on Scribd for purchase and download, makingthem readable on Scribd.com, computer desktops and various mobiledevices. Read More
  • WORD:Litquake welcomes Lewis Black June 28 in fundraiser event
    Edited Press Release
    For its biggest fundraiser of the year, San Francisco literary festivalLitquake announced that comedian, actor, author and Daily Showcontributor Lewis Black willperform on June 28 in the first of several Litfest events taking placethrough August. The performance is Black’s only Bay Area appearance topromote his bestselling book "Me of Little Faith" (Riverhead Books)that was just released in paperback. Read More
  • BASS:Ripple, Dub Pirates, 16bitplay Submelt party in Oakland June 6

    Party promoter Full Melt announced that a Breaks and beats eventfeaturing nearly two dozen DJs from around the world is happening atSUBMELT, a rare 18-and-up event with three rooms of music, a juice bar,"heady" foods and massage chairs tonight (Saturday, June 6) at anunderground location in Oakland, CA. Local beatmasters Plum Loco and Ripple (with MC Chronic), 16bit from the UK, Dub Pirates, Dr. Spook and Rastatronic are just a few of theDJs performing from 10 pm to 6 am Sunday. Call 530-575-6293 to get thelocation and further information.
  • WORD:Marilynne Robinson wins 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction
    Edited Press Release

    American author Marilynne Robinsoncan add another major award to her growing list of accolades now thatshe's won the fourteenth Orange Prize for Fiction with her third novel"Home" (Virago). At an awards ceremony in London, hosted by OrangePrize for Fiction Co-Founder and Honorary Director Kate Mosse, Robinson received a£30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie,’ the award's traditionallimited-edition bronze figurine. Read More
  • Oscar GBASS:Nervous Records tabs Oscar G for artist album 'DJ' (de'ja') - with audio
    Edited Press Release

    At a time when most dance labels are cutting costs, stripping back andgoing digital only, Nervous Records is doing the opposite with Oscar G’s new three-disc effort,"DJ" (de'ja'). Oscar’s project comes without the influence orsuggestions of hit-making Nervous Records, the label said. WORD'N'BASSobtained samples of Oscar's latest House music tracks from his upcomingalbum, which includes a disc of new productions, a live mix and a DVDof Oscar G in concert. Read More
  • WORD:Dennis Cooper kicks of Word for Word reading series in NYC
    Edited Press Release

    At New York City's Bryant Park Reading Room, acclaimed writer Dennis Cooper makes a rareappearance to talk with Tony O’Neill(formerly with the Brian JonesMassacre) about his new short story collection "Ugly Man"(Harper Perennial) that plumbs veins of dark humor amid the sex andgore his fans have come to expect. Other authors appearing through Juneinclude Christopher Buckley, Simon Van Booy and Monica Ali. Read More
  • Roger SanchezBASS:Voting, tour underway for fourth annual 'America's Best DJ' title
    Edited Press Release

    Pioneer Pro DJ and DJ Times magazine announced the launch of the fourthannual America’s Best DJ (ABDJ) competition and summer tour. The SanFrancisco Bay Area's DJ Shadow,Kaskade and Danny Tenagaliaare among the top 10 in the ABDJ current standings while House musicDJs Roger Sanchez (picitured)and SoCal's DJ Dan are makingmoves in the standings. Read More
  • WORD:Authors Egan Gibson, Harwood read at SF Bay Area bookstores

    Two Bay Area authors are reading at local bookstores this week. Tanya Egan Gibson will read fromher debut novel "How to Buy a Love of Reading" (Dutton) at A Great GoodPlace For Books in Montclair, located at 6120 LaSalle Avenue, thisThursday, May 21, at 7 pm. She'll follow with appearances in New YorkCity during June. Checkout her websitefor more information... Seth Harwood,who first released chapters of his novel "Jack Wakes Up" via podcastbefore Random House picked it up, will do 7 pm readings at M is forMystery in San Mateo on Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21, at BooksInc., located at 601 Van Ness in The City. "Jack" is about a one-timeHollywood star trying to cash in on his waning celebrity in SanFrancisco.
  • DJ RalphiBASS: DJ Ralphi killer going toprison

    The family of DJ Ralphifinally has justice. Former professional boxer "Fast" Freddie Cadena, a convicted felonand wife beater, copped a plea bargain for killing popular club DJ Ralph Falcon, according to NewJersey newspaper reports. Falcon, who was known on the club circuit asDJ Ralphi (pictured left), died on October 25, 2005, nine days after Cadena suckerpunched him outside a club where he was performing. DJ Raphileft behind a four-year-old son. Meanwhile, Cadena, once a top boxingprospect who became a perp with four felony convictions on his recordincluding assault, contempt of court, domestic violence and nowmanslaughter, faces up to 13 years in prison when he's sentenced inJuly. Cadena had recently gotten out of jail for beating the mother ofhis children when he killed DJ Ralphi -- who was dating the woman atthe time.
  • WORD:Elmore Leonard launches 43rd novel 'Road Dogs'

    Famed literary crime novelist ElmoreLeonard today launched his latestnovel "Road Dogs" (HarperCollins imprint William Morrow) at the LincolnSquare Barnes & Noble in New York City, where he kicked off a sixcity tour. Road Dogs has Leonard's trademark tight plot and snappydialogue, and includes several characters longtime Leonard fans willrecognize from his prior novels. Read More
  • REVIEW:Brian D’Amato is back, and the Apocalypse is coming
    Review by BPM Smith
    DUTTON, 649 PAGES; HARDCOVER; $29.95

    After a hiatus of more than a decade, BrianD’Amato is finally back with his sophomore novel "In the Courtsof the Sun" (Dutton) that is equal parts literary exodus, sciencefiction and thriller, and oh yes -- don’t forget about the Apocalypsethat is coming in the not-too-distant future. Read More
  • WORD:Poet Craig Arnold 1967-2009

    The mystery of what happened to award-winning poet Craig Arnold has been solved andunfortunately it's not good news. Arnold died after falling off a cliffwhile hiking on the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu, according to theUniversity of Wyoming, where he was a professor in the EnglishLiterature department.  Read More
  • BASS:Peter Kruder releases ‘Visions Ltd’ EP
    Edited Press Release

    Peter Kruder,one half of the legendary duo Kruder& Dorfmeister, has launced a melodious EP throughInternational Deejay Gigolo Records that marks his first 12" release inseveral years. The title track ‘Visions LTD’ is a soundscape of dancefloor dreams -- soft yet progressive, a track that commands you todance. Read More
  • WORD:7 Stories Press publishes Nelson Algren 'lost novel'
    Edited Press Release

    To mark Nelson Algren'scentennial birthday, 7 Stories Press announced it has published"Entrapment and Other Writings," a book that includes a long-lostunfinished novel and previously unpublished or uncollected stories,poems, and essays. Read More
  • WORD:ABA announces 2009 Indies Choice Book Award Winners
    Edited Press Release

    The American Booksellers Association announced the winners of theinaugural Indies Choice Book Awards. Formerly the Book Sense Book ofthe Year Awards, the new Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spiritof independent bookstores nationwide through new categories and abroader range of winners and honor books. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes special 420Drum 'N' Bass set

    Continuing the annual tradition here at WORD'N'BASS, BPM Smith mixed aspecial 420 Drum 'N' Bass set for DNB heads who are lighting up intheir silk smoker jackets and green tinted shades. After a StarEncounters intro, BPM Smith keeps the beats slower than usual withproducers Flytronix, ElectrosoulSystem, D-Bridge, Calbre and some surprisinglychilled out Noisia -- againsta backdrop of a DJ Hellinterlude and spaced outeffects throughout. This set's dedicated to the Martians of Earth. Listen Now
  • BASS:Record Store Day celbrates indie stores, vinyl culture
    Today, hundreds of independently-owned music stores around America willparticipate in Record Store Day to celebrate the culture and uniqueplace they occupy both in their local communities and nationally. Inthe San Francisco Bay Area, stores like Amoeba Records and RasputinMusic are going to be bustling as they play host to live music acts andpromotional giveaways. Read More
  • Christopher LawrenceBASS:Christopher Lawrence, Thievery Corp and Crystal Method on Coachellalineup
    Edited Press Release

    Best known for rock headliners PaulMcCartney, The Killers and TheCure, this year's Coachella music festival in SoCal has severaltop electronic music acts including ChristopherLawrence (pictured), ThieveryCorp and Crystal Methodplaying this weekend. Read More
  • BASS:DJ Take mixes ambientDowntempo set

    Los Angeles based DJ Take,whose birthname is Sweatson Klank,recently mixed a live set of Downtempo and broken beats where he worksin a ton of effects from loops to flanger, echos and some subtleturntable scratching. This set,which originally ran at indie online radio site Dublab,is sure to inspire daydreams and visions of ice cold martinis, slippersand incense in an ancient forest. Watch for his upcoming mix cd called"Sweatson's Trajectory" that's set for release in May 2009. Listen Now
  • WORD:Lisa McMann 'Fade' book tour hits SF Bay, ends in NYC

    Lisa McMann'snationwide book tour in support of her bestselling novel "Fade" (SimonPulse) touches down in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, when she'sappearing in El Cerrito and Petaluma. Fade has gotten considerable buzzfor its romantic paranormal elements geared to teen readers. Read More
  • BASS:Nic Fanciulli helms first installment of Global Underground's new mixCD series
    Edited Press Release

    The ever pioneering dance music record label Global Underground isproud to  present its brand new Global Underground DJ Series. Thisnew sonic adventure is all about putting the power in the hands of theDJ to take the listener on a complete introspective musical journeyacross two discs. Read More
  • BASS:The World of Drum & Bass reaches San Francisco

    The World of Drum & Bass, a party series that’s brought top DNBperformers to venues around the world for 10 years, is touching down onThe City this Friday, March 20 with a bevy of UK DJs including Chase & Status, DJ SS, Bailey, KennyKen, Influx and A.I. asthey celebrate a decade of heavy bass. Playing alongside their offshorecounterparts are several local DJs and MCs including Sharp, Sam Supa, The Colonel MCand Audio Angel. MC Tali, MC Biggie and Axiom MC will also perform at thismassive gathering that Compressionand Formation Recs will put on at Temple, located at 540 Howard Street.Pre-sale tickets for $20 are available at WantTickets.com.For a sample of what to expect Friday, check out The World ofDrum & Bass Miami.
  • Karen DionneWORD:Karen Dionne follows 'Freezing Point' momentum with new novel

    What sophomore slump? Just months after the launch of environmentalthriller "Freezing Point," debut novelist Karen Dionne has a deal for hersophomore work after literary agent JeffKleinman sold her second environmental thriller "Boiling Point"to publisher Berkley, Karen told WORD'N'BASS.com. For Karen, thedeal continues her dream of becoming a career thriller author focusedon scientific and environmental issues. Read More
  • BASS:A Sides headlines St.Patrick’s Day DNB party

    London-based DJ/producer A Sides,one of thetrue maestros in Drum & Bass, is playing San Francisco on St.Patrick’s Day (Tuesday, Mar. 17) at Underground SF, where he headlinesa JungleCode/Shelter party with MCDuh holding down the mic. A Sides, who has released over 500tracks since he began producing music in 1990, established EastsideRecords in 1996. Since then the lablel has launched over 75 releasesplus two compilation albums (Eastside Jamz Vol 1 & Vol.2) as wellas A Sides' solo album "Follow The Groove." A Sides, who returns to TheCity for the first time in four years, has had his material released onmany iconic labels such as Metalheadz, True Playaz, Liq-weed Ganja andHospital, among others. Opening acts include The Heights, Big Sounds, and Jet and Noahplaying a tag team set. The 21-and-up show runs from 10 pm to 2 am withjust a $5 cover. Underground SFis located at 424 Haight Street. Weargreen or you'll get pinched!
  • WORD:Novelist Robert Arrelano launches 'Havana Lunar'
    Edited Press Release

    Fresh off the press comes "Havana Lunar," an intriguing Cuban noirnovel by Robert Arellano thatpublisher Akashic Books describes as a literary crime novel on the lastisland of Socialism set during a period of intense desperation.Arellano has readings slated in New York City and San Francisco insupport of this March 2009 release that is set during one hungry,hallucinatory night in the heart of Havana. Read More
  • BASS:UK Dubstep DJ Reso plays SFclub Paradise Lounge

    UK DJ/producer Reso, who hasalready smashed his way through the swathes of middle-of-the-roadDubstep producers to take his place as one of the scene's most originaland technical artists at just 25 years old, plays San Francisco clubParadise Lounge tonight (Thursday, Mar. 12). His anthems such as theseminal "2 Faced Rasta" remix and more recently "If You Can't Beat 'Em"enjoy regular rotation from the likes of Rusko, Benga, N- Type and breaksicon Freq Nasty, Full MeltRecordings noted in a press release. Local DJs Ripple and Blackheart will open the 21-and-upshow, which runs form 9 pm to 2 am. Presale tickets are available for$5 here.Cover is $10 at the door.
  • DJ HellBASS:DJ Hell to release new artist CD 'Teufelswerk'
    Edited Press Release

    Visionary artist and International Deejay Gigolo founder DJ Hell will release his masterpiece"Teufelswerk" (German for "Devil's Work") this April, the record labelannounced. Across 16 exquisite tracks divided into two themes, "Night"and "Day," DJ Hell weaves an intoxicating spell while collaboratingwith renowned artists such as BryanFerry, P. Diddy and Peter Kruder of the famous Kruderand Dorfmeister duo. Read More
  • WORD:Marsal Lyon Literary Agency opens shop, reps genre fiction and NF

    In the latest case in which literary agents departed from anestablished house to form a new venture, Kevan Lyon and Jill Marsal have left SandraDijkstra Agency to start up Marsal Lyon Literary Agency LLC. Authorswill be interested to know they've also put out a call for submisions. Read More
  • WORD:ABA announces finalists for 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards
    Press Release

    The American Booksellers Association unveiled the finalists for theinaugural Indies Choice Book Awards, reflecting the spirit ofindependent bookstores and the IndieBound movement. Voting to choosethe winners in seven categories is now open to the owners and staff atall ABA member bookstores. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:The WORD'N'BASS Show's Internet stream is back

    The WORD'N'BASS Show, broadcast on 104.1 FM in theSan Francisco Bay Area since 2002, is once again streamed live on theInternet. The stream went on temporary hiatus due to technical issues,which did not impact the archived sets on BPM Smith's DJpage. During the program, he mixes Downtempo Electronica andDrum 'N' Bass sets from 10 pm to 12 midnight PST on Friday nights. Click herefor more information about 104.1 FM as well as the fullschedule of DJs and programs. Here is the real-time stream from the104.1 FM studio, which broadcasts 24/7. Listen Now
  • BASS:Volko and Prohypnol drop hardcore DNB, techno bass

    Hungarian record label Black Hoe Alimony announced its latest Drum& Bass releases Project:V8 is ready to conquer the global DNB andtechno scenes. Two thirds of the brand new Hungarian formation -- Volko and Prohypnol -- appear with two seriouscutthroat tunes. Read More
  • WORD:American Booksellers Association to launch Indies Choice Book Awards
    Edited Press Release

    This spring, the American Booksellers Association will launch a newawards program -- the Indies Choice Book Awards. Indie booksellers willselect winners in seven categories highlighting the type of books thatindie booksellers champion best. The Indies Choice Book Awards, whichsupersede the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, reflect the spirit ofABA member booksellers in the IndieBound movement and their dedicationto handselling unique, thought-provoking, engaging fiction andnonfiction, children's and YA titles. Read More
  • BASS:Kikumoto Allstars 'House Music' EP slated for release
    Press Release

    Heading up his forthcoming Gigolo album release,'House Music', comingin May 2009, Australia's KikumotoAllstars brings his second single release to DJ Hell’sInternational Deejay Gigolo imprint: The‘House Music’ EP. Read More
  • DJ NoahAUDIO:DJ Noah spins Drum 'N' Bassset

    DJ Noah is aresident with San Francisco crew JungleCode whose style is fast, fluidand dark with powerful bass lines. DJ Noah, whose birth name is Noah Krause, recorded a Drum 'N'Bass set at the JungleCode studio that WORD'N'BASS is pleased to sharewith readers. DJ Noah opens this set with the churning beats oflongtime faves Psidream and Pacific, then settles into rapidfire DNB bombs ranging from American producers such as AK1200 and Gridlok to offshore counterparts Jade and Vicious Circle. Listen Now
  • WORD:Jenny Gardiner inks Simon& Schuster deal

    Author Jenny Gardiner saidyesterday thather literary agent Holly Rootof the Waxman LiteraryAgency sold her humorous memoir, "Parrothood: Twenty Yearsof Caring for a Vengeful Bird Determined to Kill Me" to Simon &Schuster imprint Simon Spotlight Entertainment for hardback publicationin spring 2010. Read More
  • WORD:Yoko Tawada takes residency at Stanford University, reads Feb. 18

    Anticipating the arrival of "The Naked Eye," her latest novel inEnglish, surrealist author Yoko Tawadais the current writer-in-residence at Stanford University, where shewill do a reading this Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Palo Alto university'sHumanities Center at 7 pm, publisher New Directions announced. On theEast Coast she'll read on March 24 at Cornell University during herresidency, which runs from Mar. 20 to April 12. Japan's Tawada hasoften been compared to prose stylists like Kafka, with her major themescovering gender and cultural identity. The Naked Eye is slated tolaunch in paperback across the USA on May 26, 2009.
  • WORD:Oakland author Yiyun Lee,Lisick, Maravelis top Bay Area literary events

    Oakland-based author Yiyun Lee,who has gotten big time buzz for her debut "The Vagrants: A Novel,"(Random House), is the latest hot novelist to embark on a nationwidebook tour. Bay Area fans -- and students? She's a professor at MillsCollege -- can catch her local appearance at Kepler's Books in MenloPark, where she is signing copies on Monday, February 9, at 7:30 pm.Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real… San Francisco author Beth Lisick,who remains on the meet-and-greet circuit for her book "Helping Me HelpMyself" (HarperCollins), will appear at at Modern Times Bookstore,located at 888 Valencia Street, on Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 7:30 pm…Readers looking for a book party on Valentines Day can catch the launchof "San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics" (Akashic Books), featuringeditor Peter Maravelisand select contributors at Ha Ra Room. The party kicks off at 875 GearyStreet on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm, when they will hopefully serveliquor for those of us preparing to enter a Battle Royale at SanFrancisco's overbooked restaurants.
  • WORD:'Voices of A People's History of the United States' author Howard Zinnto hit SF

    Author Howard Zinn will host aperformance of "Voices of A People’s History of the United States"(Seven Stories Press) with a sterling cast of readers and musiciansincluding Benjamin Bratt, JoshBrolin, Stairwell Sisters, DianeLane and Clarence Thomason Thursday, February 26, event co-producer Haymarket Books announced. Read More
  • KluteBASS:Drum 'N' Bass DJ Klute plays San Francisco Feb. 6

    Klute, one ofthe brightest stars in global Drum 'N' Bass, is flying in from Londonand touches down at San Francisco club Fat City this Friday (February6), where he is playing at the JungleCode party. The CommercialSuicide DJ/producer, well known for critically acclaimed albums such as"The Emperor’sNew Clothes" and "No One's Listening Anymore," headlines abill with fellow UK DJ Sage.Local talents DJ Bicolas and MC Duh are representing SF. The21-and-up show happens from 10 pm to 4 am at Fat City, located at 31411th Street at Folsom. Tickets are $15 at the door. Hit JungleCode.orgfor more information and limited $10 pre-sale tickets.
  • BASS:New Amaning & Stunna 12" out on BS1 Records - with audio

    After making its long-awaited return to the Drum 'N' Bass scene with arelaunch and signing of producers such as Kubiks last year, BS1 Records isback with a hot new 12" from respected producers Amaning & Stunna whocollaborated with renowned producer Blameon a two-side disc. Read More
  • Ricardo CarpenterBASS: DJs, glam mark ChongolizedFilm Festival 09

    The Chongolized Film Festival 09 is happening this Saturday, January 31at San Francisco's Delancey Street Screening Room, when long-awaited "A Hyphy MidlifeCrisis" from budding director Ricardo Carpenter (pictured left)makes its theatric debut along with several films by local independentfilmmakers. Ricardo said a DJ will spin before and after the screeningsat this event, which has a "Hollywood Glam" theme in which attendeesare encouraged to dress up like their favorite Hollywood celebrity.Other short films scheduled include "Greyhounds," "Cooking WithMargarita," "That's Why You Never Drink Red," and Ricardo's previousfilm "Radio Rockers." Ricardo, a longitme Trance DJ who played underthe name Chongo, describes the screening as "an exclusive privateevent" but says the public can join the fun with a $10 cover. TheDelancey Street Screening Room is located at 600 Embarcadero in TheCity.
  • WORD:Ireland's Sebastian Barry wins 2008 Costa Book of the Year
    Edited Press Release

    Irish author Sebastian Barryhas won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year award for "The SecretScripture" (Faber and Faber), a moving account of one woman's stolenlife and her journey to reclaim the past.  The announcement wasmade Tuesday evening (January 27) at theInterContinental Hotel in central London. Read More
  • Just weeks after joiningFoundry Literary + Media, agent Stephen Barbarahas already closed his first deal at the firm, and it includes the "a"word. Barbara announced to Publishers Lunch that he sold the worldwiderights to debut author Sam Munson's"The November Criminals" at auction to to Gerry Howard at Doubleday. Munsonreportedly composed the novel for the University of Chicago's board ofadmissions, answering the application essay question: "What are yourbest and worst qualities?" The novel tells of the protagonist'sdramatic senior year in high school that reveals he has no goodqualities at all.
  • WORD:Japan's Kazuko Shiraishi doespoetry readings in NYC

    Japanese poet Kazuko Shiraishiwill do two poetry readings in New York City this week in support ofher latest book "My Floating Mother, City," New Directions Publishingannounced. Shiraishi, who Donald Keenecalls "The outstanding poetic voice of her generation of disengagementin Japan," will read at the following two events that the publisher ishosting: St. Mark'sPoetry Project, Wednesday, January 28, at 8 pm with poet EdSanders. The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church is located at 131 E.10th St. in NYC. She will also appear at Japan Society,located at 333 East 47th Street, on Friday, January 30 beginning at6:30 pm. Jazz trumpeter Oki Itaruwill accompany her recital, with the event moderated by Forrest Gander. See the two group'swebsites for further information.
  • BASS:Christopher Lawrence remixes Enrique Iglesias #1 worldwide hit 'Hero'
    Press Release

    California DJ and producer ChristopherLawrence has remixed EnriqueIglesias's number one hit 'Hero' for the Latin megastar's'Greatest Hits' album. The widely anticipated album was recentlyreleased in the the United Kingdom and Europe, with additionalcountries to follow. Christopher's impressive remix is the only oneincluded on Enrique's album in these territories. Read More
  • StarkillersBASS:Ministry of Sound sets up residence in NYC's Ultra Lounge
    Edited Press Release

    Ministry of Sound, the world's most recognized and respected name inDance Music, begins its flagship US Residency in New York FridayJanuary 30. Top performers from around the globe are headlining thefirst fully produced residency by the UK brand, with costumes, visualdesign and music programming. Read More
  • WORD:Litquake, Sketchfest partner to combine comedy and literature in SF
    Edited Press Release

    The S.F. Sketchfest is on! Litquake has teamed up this year withSketchfest, the nationally-prominent comedy festival that takes placeeach January at venues around The City. Litquake said in a pressreleaase that it is co-presenting Celebrity Autobiography, the smashhit lit-meets-comedy event from New York City being performed here forthe first time, in which an all-star cast reads hilarious celebritymemoirs live. Read More
  • BASS:R3M, Enduser play SanFrancisco DNB events

    Fresh off its New Years Eve Drum 'N' Bass and fashion show blowout,Nickies in San Francisco's Lower Haight District has R3M headlining The Jungle Loungethis Wednesday (January 14). The free 21-and-up event, which happensevery Wednesday from 10 pm to 2 am, will also have Reflex Crewresidents Sharp, Monk, Lukeinoand Eskae perform. Nickies islocated at 466 Haight Street... Separately, Enduser of Washington, DC, is in SanFrancisco to play the January 15 Trauma Thursdays event at El Rinconthat’s open to fans of DNB, Jungle and Dub age 18 and older -- anincreasingly rare phenomenon for The City’s clubs. Local DJs Arson and Bonk will also hit the turntablesfrom 10 pm to 2 am, with just a $5 cover. El Rincon is at 2700 16thStreet at Harrison.
  • WORD:Flux taps literary agent Diver's novel 'Vamped' for May release
    Edited Press Release
    Lucienne Diver,a long-time book addict who went to work for Spectrum Literary Agencyfifteen years ago to feed her habit, says she has traded in herhigh-rise for a lake view and written a cheeky novel "Vamped" thatpublisher Flux has slated for release on May 1, 2009. Flux is a newimprint geared to teen and young adult readers. Read more
  • Novelist Jayne Anne Phillips, on tour for herfirst novel in nearly a decade, will appear this Wednesday(January 14) at Kepler's Bookstore beginning at 7:30 pm. Hercritically-acclaimed "Lark and Termite" (Random House) is described asa story of thepower of loss and love set against the echoing ramifications of theKorean war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts -- yes, it's a"high-brow"novel. Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
  • WORD:Costa Book Awards 2008 category winners announced
    Edited Press Release

    Costa, the UK's largest and fastest-growing coffee shop chain,announced the Costa Book Awards 2008 winners in the Novel, First Novel,Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book categories. The Costa Book Awardsrecognize the most enjoyable books of the last year by writers based inthe UK and Ireland. Read More
  • WORD:Agents on the move -- Barbara, Stampfel switch NYC firms

    Two literary agents in New York City today started the New Year with abang by changing firms and expressing their interest in signing newauthors -- which is good news for budding novelists in search ofrepresentation. Stephen Barbarajoins Foundry Literary + Media while across town Joanna Stampfel is at Nancy CoffeyLiterary & Media Representation, with both moves effective January5, 2009. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes NYE 2009 Drum 'N' Bass set

    As the clock approaches midnight, BPMSmith cooks up a fresh set of Drum 'N' Bass to properly ring in2009. In this special New Years Eve DNB mix, he merges Luke Slater's atmospherics with awhitelabel DNB before transitioning to today’s finest producers from the UK,Brazil and Europe, including A-Sides,Koop and Chis Su, amongothers. Brace yourself for heavy bass bombs late in this set fromthe likes of Calyx, Laroqueand Vital Elements.As always, this set is organically served, with no editing of theoriginal mix performed live during the WORD'N'Bass Show. Listen Now
  • BASS:NYE 2009 blows up San Francisco with House, DNB, Dubstep

    Every New Years Eve, San Francisco hosts some of America’s mostdecadent parties with world renowned DJs, awe-worthy visusals, andimpressive sound systems. Kaskade,Ghislain Poirier, and Plasticianare just some of the global DJs who have embarked upon The City toperform at NYE 2009 events. Meanwhile Drum & Bass-heads are headingto Lower Haight for an event with a fashion show and local DJs. Read More
  • BASS:Dub and Breaks DJ FreQ Nasty drops Fabric mix; unreleased audio served
    Edited Press Release

    FreQ Nasty’sback and he’s pushing a new sound that’s destroying underground clubsaround the world. Continually shape shifting under the wide umbrella ofbass culture, FreQ Nasty forever stays one-step ahead of its ongoinghype-fueled evolution. From garage, breaks to dubstep FreQ Nasty’s atthe forefront of the freshest beats around. Armed and ready for battle,FreQ Nasty comes at you with a hot new mix for Fabric and an exclusivefree download of "Peacemaker (DUB)" -- a brand new track culled fromhis much-anticipated new artist album. Read More
  • WORD:Akashic slates launch of 'San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics'
    Edited Press Release

    With 2008 coming to a close, publishers are starting to unveil theirupcoming titles for the first quarter 2009. One short story collectionthat will appeal to San Franciscans is "San Francisco Noir 2: TheClassics" (Akashic Books) that follows in the tradition of thepublisher's prior edition and is edited by Peter Maravelis, who will makeseveral appearances in The City and larger Bay Area starting nextmonth. Read More
  • WORD:2009 Backspace Writers Conference announces dates, faculty additions
    Edited Press Release

    Backspace announced that registration has opened for the 2009 BackspaceWriters Conference, which will be held May 29-30 at The RadissonMartinique in New York City, as well as a dozen new literary agentfaculty members. Also, the Backspace Agent-Author Day kicks off theevent on May 28 with small-group meetings that include query lettercritiques and agents' comments on authors' opening pages using a "TwoMinutes, Two Pages" format. Read More
  • BehrouzREVIEW:Behrouz spins a set of 'Pure' addictive House beats
    Review by BPM Smith

    Every year a DJ will spin a mixed album that is so smoothly compiledwith head bobbing tracks that it remains fresh despite getting constantplay in my car stereo. San Francisco DJ/producer Behrouz has compiled just such analbum in "Pure Behrouz NYC" that Nervous Records recently launched instores across the USA. Read More
  • WORD:Authors Richards, Bell,Grilikhes read in San Francisco

    Three local authors tell their San Francisco stories this week in TheCity. Rand Richards willdiscuss his book "Mud, Blood and Gold: San Francisco in 1849"(Heritage) at the SF Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2 beginning at 6pm. He'll read at the Lower Level in the Latino & HispanicCommunity Meeting Room. The SFPL is located at 100 Larkin Street... Janis Bell, author of the writer'sguide "Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences," from W.W. Norton, appears on thesame night at The Booksmith (1644 Haight Street) at 7:30 pm... Then onon Dec. 5, City College of SF's PhyllisGrilikhes will sign her book "To Set A Light In Every Tunnel"(Regent Press) at 6:30 pm at Books Inc., located in Opera Plaza at 601Van Ness, in San Francisco.
  • WORD:Penguin Group builds a school for children in war-torn Afghanistan
    Edited Press Release

    Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season in the USA and wewere pleased to find that book publisher Penguin’s American division isembracing the season of giving on a global scale. Penguin Group (USA)announced that it has built a primary school in Afghanistan, inpartnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United StatesAssociation for UNHCR. Read More
  • BASS:Ruby Skye announces Toys ForTots drive; Le Grande, Dubfire headline

    San Francisco nightclub Ruby Skye and Mixed Elements announced abanging Thanksgiving weekend lineup including Fedde Le Grande on Wednesday night,whose November 26 show has a Toys For Tots drive in which guests gethalf price tickets when they bring a new, unwrapped present. Dancemusic fans can get in the holiday spirit by attending the show anddonating to this localcharity, which provides gifts to children of local families who cannototherwise afford them. House music aficionados who are staying in townduring the long weekend can also catch Dubfire,probably better known as Deep Dishamong longtime fans, who headlines on Saturday, Nov. 29. Both shows are21-and-up and doors open at 9 pm with opening acts on the decks. Formore information about Ruby Skye, located at 420 Mason Street in SF,check out their website.
  • BASS:Cubist launches new 12 inchDNB with Zombie label

    Longtime indie Drum & Bass producer Cubist of Australia, whose album "ANight To Remember" got considerable buzz even without the marketingpush of a record label, has signed with Grid Recordings imprint Zombie.The label announced that it has just released a banging new vinyl 12"by Cubist, whose birthname is EdenKrumins. Click hereto listen to two tracks "Memory Lapse" and "Nautilus" featured on hislatest album, which is available at many record stores worldwide thatcarry DNB as well as at the Grid Recordings website.
  • WORD:Costa Book Awards 2008 shortlists announced
    Edited Press Release

    The Costa Book Awards announced that novelists Sebastian, Chris Cleave, Louis deBernières and PatrickMcGrath were among those shortlisted for its 2008 awards. TheCosta Book Awards recognize the most enjoyable books in five categories-- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book --published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Read More
  • WORD:Authors Neumann, Weinstein sign at SF bookstores

    His book's title alone made us haveto announce the news that Osha Neumannwill do a signing at San Francisco's Modern Times Bookstore Wednesday,November 19 at 7:30 pm. His book? The gritty coming of age tomb "UpAgainst the Wall Motherfucker: A Memoir of the Sixties with Notes forNext Time" from publisher Seven StoriesPress -- sorry, we don't believe in self censorship so thetitle stays as-is. Also, for those of you who actually take lunchbreaks, "It Came From Berkeley" (McNally Robinson)author David Weinstein willappear at Stacey's Bookstore on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 pm. Stacey'sis at 581 Market Street, in the heart of downtown SF. Both authors aremaking a series of Bay Area appearances in support of their newlyreleased titles.
  • Christopher LawrenceBASS:Christopher Lawrence and John "00" Fleming team up for 'Global TranceGrooves Vol 1: Two Tribes'
    Press Release

    Following a series of smash singles and collaborative sell out showstogether, world renowned DJs John 00Fleming and ChristopherLawrence (pictured left) have released a joint mix compilation"Global Trance Grooves: Two Tribes" on New York's Moist Music. Abanging, take no prisoners trip into the powerful world of undergroundtrance, "Global Trance Grooves" features tracks that both DJs sourcedfor their separate sets on opposing sides of the globe - yet reflectsthe parallels that both DJs share in creating their sound. Read More
  • BASS:Lee Coombs drops critically acclaimed 'Lot 49' mix CD
    Edited Press Release

    Lee Coombs hasbeen at the forefront of the electronic music scene for the better partof 15 years. He's released groundbreaking mix CDs, remixed the world'smost acclaimed artists and knocked out dancefloor destroyingproductions considered classics years after their release. While oftenassociated with the Breaks genre, this labeling does not begin to tellthe entire story. A boundary-less approach is truly Coombs' trademarkand he's famous for mixing up breaks, house, electro, techno and acidwith dexterous assurance. Prime example: "Lot49 Presents: Lee Coombs." Read More
  • WORD:Emile Griffith biographer Ross does book singing at boxing card
    Edited Press Release

    As a special treat for boxing fans attending Tuesday, November 11th’s"Bad Boys of Boxing" event at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida,author Ron Ross will be onhand to sign copies of his critically acclaimed new book "Nine... Ten..And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith" (DiBella Entertainment). Read More
  • BASS:Don Rimini announces Fall tour dates in support of 'Kick N' Run' EP,has free mix
    Edited Press Release

    Parisian Jam Master Don Riminiand Delicious Gutter celebrate the release of the "Kick N’ Run" EP byannouncing a massive international tour and offering a fresh new DJ mixjust for the fans. Rimini’s month-long tour hits Europe and NorthAmerica’s most critical markets including San Francisco. In manyinstances, this will be the first time for fans to get out and see DonRimini live. Also, his "Come Get Dirty With Us" DJ mix is available forfree download. Read More
  • Tech ItchBASS:Tech Itch plays new SanFrancisco event LOWpass

    Longtime British Drum & Bass DJ/producion duo TechItch returns to San Francisco this Friday (November 7), wherethey’ll headline along with  Armanni,Breakage and Hive atthe debut of a new regular event series LOWpass, localparty promoter fSound announced. This 21-and-up show features threerooms of heavy bass and a bevy of local and international talent in theDNB, Dubstep and live electronic scenes. Kozee, AXIOMand Audio Angel are among theopeners beginning at 10 pm at the event, which will have video effectsand mixing and lasts till 4 am Saturday. The party is at Fat City,located at 314 11th Street at the corner of Folsom in SF. Longtime DNBfans will remember Tech Itch as Decoderback in the '90s.
  • BASS:Moby 'This Is Last Night' virtual club event on November 3
    Edited Press Release

    Continuing a trend that began in 2006 when Paul Oakenfold and Sandra Collins played the firstever rave on Myspace, Mobyis hosting a virtual club event to help  promote his latest album.Theonine event, Last Night Remixed, sees the cream of the currentelectronic crop enlisted to remix tracks from 'Last Night', which issurely the most dance orientated Moby album this decade and is gettingsolid reviews (4 stars, The Sunday Times. 4 stars, Rolling Stone). Read More
  • WORD:Ready, set, go -- NaNoWriMo 2008 has begun

    November 1 means hangovers and smeared makeup for many Halloweenrevelers, but for some 125,000 authors and wanna-bes it kicks off amonth-long effort to write prose during the 2008 National Novel WritingMonth (NaNoWriMo). Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, NaNoWriMosubgroups have write-ins scheduled, author events, and even their ownwebsite for surviving one of those notorious crashes. Read More
  • BASS:Genome headlines Still' Doin It Halloween DNB party

    Longtime San Francisco Drum 'N' Bass party Still' Doin It returns thisHalloween weekend with a night of tasty old school classics featuringthe return of one of San Francisco's DNB veterans. Genome, who lately has been makingwaves internationally with his Dubstep work as DJG, returns to his DNB roots with abag full of classic tunes. Other DJs playing include Method One, Kuze vs. David Groper who will do atag team set, and AX!OM MCwill hold down the mic. This free 21-and-up party happens from 9 pm to2 am on Saturday, November 1 at Anu Bar, located at 43 6th Streetbetween Market and Mission Streets in SF.
  • Jessica BrodyWORD:Novelist Jessica Brody promoting authors with ‘Free Book Friday’
    Edited Press Release

    Some of the brightest new ideas in book promotion are coming from debutnovelists nowadays. Jessica Brody,author of "The Fidelity Files" (St. Martin’s Press - 2008) wassearching for creative new ways to market her debut novel andcollaborate with fellow authors. She noticed that free giveaways seemedto draw website traffic so she came up with the idea forFreeBookFriday.com, a site that is seeing traffic quickly rise by theweek, the author announced. Read More
  • WORD:The Library of America’s latest a must-read for ‘True Crime’ aficionados

    This fall, The Library of America presents "True Crime: An AmericanAnthology" (October 2008; hardcover; $40.00), the first fullycomprehensive collection of the true crime genre. Ranging from theseventeenth century to the present, from William Bradford to Dominick Dunne, True Crime assemblesaccounts of some of the most notorious criminal cases in Americanhistory. Separately, The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher, hasrecent and upcoming titles on tap from authors as diverse as Phillip K Dick, William Maxwell and Katherine Anne Porter. Read More
  • BASS:Ripple, Lub Dub play ‘Bay AreaDubstep Vol. 2’ release party

    Full Melt Recordings announced that it is hosting a release party forits new album "Bay Area Dubstep Volume 02" tonight (Friday Oct. 24) inSan Francisco at Jelly's, where two rooms of DJs, lights and visualsfeature will Tribal House, Dub, Dancehall and of course Dubstep. SomeDJs slated to hit the decks include Eskmo,Antiserum, Ripple, Lud Dub, and KushArora performing live with Juakali.This late night event is $15 before 11 pm, $20 afterwards. Copies ofBIG UP Magazine & B.A.D. Volume 02 will be available at the party.Jelly's is at Pier 50 in The City.
  • BASS:Surya Dub pres. West Coast's UMOJA Hi-Fi Sound System 15 Year Anniversary
    Edited Press Release

    Hot off last month’s epic Bugand Warrior Queen show, SanFrancisco crew Surya Dub isn't slowing down. We're extremely proud topresent the 15 year anniversary of one of the West Coast's mostendearing, beloved, and diverse crews, the Umoja Hi-Fi Sound System atClub Six in San Francisco Saturday, October 25. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo set

    BPM Smith began mixing Downtempo and Drum & Bass in 2000.Since 2002, his Downtempo sets have traditionally kicked off theWORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco BayArea on 104.1 FM on Friday nights. In this latest Downtempo set hefocuses the show on veteran beat producers like Tosca, DJ Cam, and Lemongrass as well asnewly emerging artists like Idjut Boysand De Spira who are helpingthe lounge scene move in new directions. As always, this set isserved chilled -- with no editing of the original live broadcast. Newmix posted October 11, 2008. Listen Now
  • WORD:Interview with Karen Dionne, author of 'Freezing Point'

    Karen Dionneestablished Backspace, a literary website and message board that hasexpanded to include one of the book scene’s most anticipated yearlyconferences, in 2004. The Minnesota author shared her thoughts withWORD'N'BASS.com Editor BPM Smithabout the environment, the nature of human faults, and thrillers as herdebut novel "Freezing Point" launched this month with Penguin imprintBerkley. Read More
  • WORD:Random House launches Winn Scotch novel 'Time of My Life'

    Allison WinnScotch is a debut author no more. On Wednesday (Oct. 8) hersecond novel was published -- yes, that’s two novels in two years -- asRandom House launched her sophomore title "Time of My Life" atbookstores across the USA. Allison says her latest is "much more than astory about a real life desperate housewife." Rather, it examines thelingering doubts many of us have about the paths we take in life. Isthis a big theme alert? You’ll have to snatch a copy of Time to findout. Also, in an e-mail today Allison noted that The Weinstein Companyis developing her second novel for the big screen. Congrats to Allisonwhose career has now officially taken off like a rocket. In New YorkCity Allison will do a signing and reading next week, on Wednesday,October 15, at the Borders at Time Warner Center at 7 pm. Check out her websitefor more info.
  • Anita AmirrezvaniWORD:Authors Amirrezvani, Gaiman featured at SF Litquake events
    Edited Press Release

    Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, is now underway atvenues across The City with a weeklong series of author readings,presentations and parties. Here are some key Litquake events thatreaders will find interesting. Many Litquake events are free, so checkout their website for a full list of events that range from formalauthor readings and workshops to the chaotic pub crawl with a literaryflavor. Read More
  • WORD:Litquake, ODC/Dance company combine fiction, performance art
    Press release

    Thursday and Friday, Litquake joins forces with San Francisco'sODC/Dance company for two unique performances at Project Artaud. OnOctober 9, "Off Book: Stories That Move" pairs three authors withchoreographers to create "page-to-stage" dance interpretations oforiginal fiction: writers MichelleTea, Alejandro Murguia, and TessUriza Holthe, paired with ScottWells, Erika Chong Shuch, and KatieFaulkner. This night will also feature JoAnn Selisker's OffLeash: Who's a Good Girl?, an ironic performance piece that exploresthe relationship of man and canine. And on Friday October 10, RosannaGamson's Ravish presents a multimedia dance theater piece that examinesthe lives of the Brontë sisters, and the writing of works such as"Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." Tickets are available for bothnights at www.odctheater.org.
  • DJ DeniseBASS:House, DNB, global beats among LoveFest 2008 Afterparties

    Thousands of electronic dance music fans, DJs, and industryparticipants are parading through San Fransisco’s Market Street today(Saturday, Oct. 4) to the Civic Center, where the fifth year of atradition that started with LoveParade continues through LoveFest 2008.When The City shuts down the gridlock of bass-bumping floats, there aredozens of afterparties taking place in San Francisco. Here are someparty announcements we received. Read More
  • BASS:Tek-Thread headlines BADNBbenefit party at El Rincon

    The last Bay Area Drum & Bass benefit party in support of thisSaturday’s LoveFestfloat happens tonight (Thursday, Oct. 2) at San Francisco club ElRincon, where four-time US Battle Champion Tek-Thread headlines with Portland’s DJ Sense at theTrauma party. This event, which has a $5 cover and runs from 10 pmto 2 am, also features several local DJs like Eskae, Kinetik and R3M. El Rincon is located at 270016th Street. BADNB still has several volunteer positions to help withthe float building and logistics from Friday through Sunday. Check outBADNB’s Myspacefor more information. Separately, if you have a LoveFest afterparty toannounce this weekend contact us.
  • WORD:Karen Dionne has online launchparty for novel 'Freezing Point'

    Debut author Karen Dionnecame up with a unique way to launch her novel "Freezing Point," whichPenguin imprint Berkley has available in bookstores nationwidebeginning Oct. 3. Tonight she unveiled an "online launch party" thatruns from Oct. 1-3 where a bevy of authors make virtual appearancesincluding David Morrell, DouglasPreston, Lee Child and JAKonrath,among others. Karen has various promotional giveaways for those whosign her guest book including copies of her environmental thriller,Penguin mugs and DVDs of various flicks. Click hereto enter the siteand help Karen celebrate her new career as a novelist.
  • WORD:Gail Konop Baker memoir ‘Cancer is a Bitch’ getting buzz
    Edited Press Release

    On Valentine's Day 2006, Gail KonopBaker found herself sitting topless in the oncologist's office.Married to a doctor and a health and fitness devotee, Konop Bakerassumed she would know when her body rebelled against her. While hercancer turned out to be highly treatable, she chronicles the ups anddowns of her transformation in "Cancer is a Bitch: Or, I’d Rather BeHaving a Midlife Crisis," which Da Capo Lifelong Books launches onOctober 1. Read More
  • WORD:National Book Foundation announces '5 under 35'
    Edited Press Release

    The National Book Foundation will recognize five young fiction writersat the "5 Under 35" celebration at Tribeca Cinemas on Monday, November17, announced Harold Augenbraum,executive director of the National Book Foundation.  He noted thatthree of this year's young honorees were born outside the UnitedStates. A previous NationalBook Award Finalist or Winner selected each of the five writers assomeone whose work is particularlypromising, exciting and is among the best of a new generation ofwriters. Read More
  • WORD:Matthew Quick debuts novel ‘Silver Linings’ with FSG imprint

    As the football season picks up steam, author Matthew Quick’s debut novel "TheSilver Linings Playbook," a story about love, madness, and Kenny G set against a backdrop of alosing Philadelphia Eagles team could appeal to American readers.Farrar, Straus & Giroux imprint Sarah Crichton Books announced thenovel has just launched at bookstores nationwide. Read More
  • DJ Alley CatBASS: Alley Cat to tour NorthAmerica this fall

    Former San Francisco Drum & Bass DJ Alley Cat,whose career has flourished since relocating to London years ago, saysshe plans to tour North America this fall -- perhaps as soon as October-- in her first homecoming tour in nearly three years. Alley Cat'smixed albums include "Crowd Control" and "No Formalities" (Skunkrock).She has signed with Break Beat Science’s booking agency, and partypromoters interested in having her spin at their events can contactthem at info(at)bbsbookings(dot)com.To hear some of her recent stylings, click herefor a podcast mix she performed this summer. You can also find moreinfo and hear some recent tracks at her Myspace.
  • BASS:Compression reunites for BADNBfund raiser

    The San Francisco Drum & Bass party Compression is reuniting onSunday (Sept. 21) to host a benefit party for Bay Area DNB at their oldhome, The Cellar. DJs spinning include Ivry& Sharp tag teaming the decks, DJ Havoc, 2 Cents and Canadub, among others, while Colonel MC and Audio Angel are holding down themic. Doors open at 9 pm for this 21-and-up party. A $5 cover goestoward funding the BADNB LoveFestfloat. The Cellar,Compression’s weekly venue in past years but reconvening for one nightonly, is located at 685 Sutter at Taylor in downtown SF.
  • WORD:Wesley Strick returns toHollywood, sophomore novel status unknown

    Since WORD'N'BASS.com is now going on four years old, it's time tostart a 'Where are they now?' series. Let's start off with the talented Wesley Strick.When Wesley made a fantastic debut with his novel "Out There in theDark" (St. Martin's) that was set in World War II Hollywood, I felt itwas a sign of promising things to come from the veteran screenwriter.Who would've guessed that his edgy noir story would also be his last? Read More
  • BASS:Catz 'n Dogz debut album 'Stars of Zoo' out this fall on MothershipMusic
    Edited Press Release

    The name is new, but chances are you’ve already heard Catz 'n Dogz. Previously, as 3 Channels, the best friend duo havealready released red-hot club records on some of the most respectedunderground dance labels in the world including Trapez, CrosstownRebels, Pokerflat, Boxer, dirtybird, Leena, Trenton, and their ownimprint, Channels Recordings. After making underground techno for manyyears, the duo have now ventured into new territory. This time, as Catzn' Dogz, the boys have headed towards deep house without losing sightof their harder techno roots -- exploring lush organic soundscapes withlive drums and instrumentation.  Read More
  • WORD:Online community for supporters of indie book retail launches
    Edited Press Release

    The IndieBound.org community, a gathering place for supporters of indieretail businesses, has now launched, the American BooksellersAssociation (ABA) announced. IndieBound, a movement to celebrateindependent bookstores and to encourage shopping locally, kicked off inJune and has become a strong presence in nearly a thousand independentbookstore locations across the country. Read More
  • WORD:Book tour kicks off Susan Wiggs new novel ‘Just Breathe’

    Bestselling author Susan Wiggshas released a new novel, "Just Breathe" (Mira), that the publishernotesis about big themes such as love, loss, second chances, and facing thepast in order to create a new future. In Just Breathe, protagonistSarahMoon returns to the hamlet of Glenmuir, California after suffering adevastating divorce. Read More
  • WORD:San Francisco names TamimAnsary 'One City One Book' author

    Since today is 9/11, it’s appropriate to note that the SanFrancisco Public Library named local author Tamim Ansary’s memoir "West ofKabul, East of New York" (Picador) as its One City One Book title. Theday afterthe World Trade Center was destroyed, when many of us wanted vengeancemore than anything, Ansary sent an e-mail to twenty friends discussingthe attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message wasforwarded until eventually reaching millions, and thesentiments of his earnest note are reflected in Ansary’s memoir. Copiesare available hereat the SF Public Library and in audio format. One City One Book is anannual citywide literary event that encourages the San Franciscocommunity to read the same book simultaneously and discuss it in bookgroups and events throughout the City, in hopes that it will help makereading a lifelong pursuit and build a more literate society.
  • BASS:Trance DJs Lawrence, Persequor play Digitally Imported today

    Fresh off his win at America’s Best DJ contest, Christopher Lawrence returns to theairwaves with the sixth installment of 'Rush Hour' radio on DigitallyImported today (Tuesday Sept. 9) with special guest DJ/producer Persequor. Persequor, whose birthname is Mark Sherwood, has a DJ style ranging from "epic Trance momentsto deep dark techy beats," Lawrence noted on his website. In additionto DJing, Persequor has been producing cutting edge tech trance inrecent years. Catch Lawrence and Persequor on DI’s TranceChannel today starting at 1 pm PST (San Francisco), 4 pm EST(NYC), 9 pm in the UK (London).
  • Christopher LawrenceBASS:Christopher Lawrence named 'America’s Best DJ'
    Edited Press Release

    Trance DJ Christopher Lawrence(pictured left) was named the 2008 winner of the America’s Best DJcontest on Tuesday, September 2, during a ceremony at Rouge at the MGMGrand in Las Vegas. Lawrence was presented with a gold medal and agold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer -- the only one in existence.Turntablist legend DJ Qberttook the silver, and DJ/rock star DJSkribble took the bronze in a Las Vegas ceremony last week. Read More
  • WORD:Marcus Sakey continuesmomentum with latest novel ‘Good People’ 

    Marcus Sakey, anovelist who has been on fire since his debut The Blade Itselfemerged as a favorite of crime aficionados back in 2007, announcedthat  "Good People" (Dutton) -- his second novel to launch thisyear alone -- is now available in bookstores across the USA. Marcusplans a nationwide book tour in support of his latest work and futurestops include Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Ann Arbor, Springfield, NewYork, and Atlanta later in the year. Marcus is being somewhat coy aboutthe premise of his latest but it’s about a couple who stumbles on alife changing opportunity that "puts them square in the path ofruthless men." I've heard rumblings about a suitcase full of cash, drugdealers and thugs. So far the reviews are extremely positive. For moreinformation on Marcus Sakey and his novels, check out his website.
  • BASS:Bryan Harrison Band to play Nomad Cafe benefit in wake of Oaklandrobberies
    Press Release

    In the wake of a spree of "take-over style" robberies plaguing Oaklandin recent weeks, one neighborhood and community has decided to cometogether in support of one of the small businesses victimized by thissenseless violence. The Nomad Café (6500 Shattuck Avenue,Oakland), was robbed at gun point just after closing two weeks ago andwill be the site of a benefit concert this Friday evening, September5th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, in support of those directly affected by therobbery. Read More
  • BASS:"America's Best DJ" to be named Tuesday, Sept. 2 at MGM Grand Las Vegas
    Edited Press Release

    The country's top DJs will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the thirdannual America's Best DJ finals taking place at Rouge at MGM Grand, LasVegas. The invite-only reception and presentation will take place from7 to 9 p.m., followed by an open-to-the-public celebration from 9 p.m.to 1 a.m., featuring some of the top-ranking America's Best DJfinalists spinning live. Read More
  • Vital ElementsBASS:Vital Elements, A-Sides launch new DNB tracks

    Two of my favorite UK Drum & Bass producers are Vital Elements and A-Sides -- whose tracks are oftenheard in my DNB mixes -- but their 12" vinyl releases always getsnapped up fast when they occasionally trickle into San Francisco BayArea record stores. Vital Elements just completed his debut EP for GridRecordings that you can hear and purchase online, along with the latestfrom A-Sides, the record label announced. Read More
  • WORD:Sarah Addison Allen launches ‘In My Dreams’ audio novella
    Press Release

    Charm. Grace. The everyday magic of everyday life. BelleBooks Audiopresents "In My Dreams," by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen, (Garden Spells,Sugar Queen.) This two-CD audio novella captures the same sweet andprofound Southern mystique that has won the author thousands of devotedreaders not only throughout her native South but across the country. Read More
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS:Armin Van Buuren to headline SF LoveFest; BADNB benefits

    The Fifth Annual SF LoveFest will take over downtown San Francisco onOctober 4, 2008 and Armin Van Buuren(pictured left) will appear in the festival and headline the OfficialAfter Party produced by Spundae & Skills, event organizersannounced. America's biggest dance celebration will feature many of thebiggest names in electronic music as well as the usual Bay Area Drum& Bass presence. Separately, BADNB announced they’re holding aseries of benefit parties to cover the cost of their float from nowthrough October. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo and Electro set

    BPM Smith, whofirst hit the turntables in 2000 by mixing Downtempo and broken beats,returns to his roots with a chilled out set during the WORD‘N’BASSShow. Here he starts with Dub and Hip Hop producers like Zeb, Thievery Corporation andOakland’s own Trinidad beforeratcheting up the pacing to the smooth grooves of Ben Wa, Bjorn B and a remix of  Kruder &Dorfmeister, among others. As always, this set is 100% organicand unedited from the original live broadcast. New mix added August 12,2007. Listen Now
  • WORD:JA Konrath spins another liquor soaked tale in ‘Fuzzy Navel’

    Longtime novelist JA Konrath,an Anthony and Macavity Award finalist, told WORD’N’BASS.com that hedecided to throw in some new angles with the latest installation of hisJack Daniels mystery "Fuzzy Navel" (Hyperion). "Lately I've beenreading a lot of thrillers that seem to have forgotten how to thrill,"Konrath said. "So I tried to do a book that begins with a bang and justkeeps picking up speed, like a bobsled, or a runaway train." Read More
  • KozeeBASS:Drum ’N’ Bass crew Redlineholds 2-year anniversary party

    This Saturday, Aug. 9, San Francisco Drum ‘N’ Bass crew Redline willhost a party at club Matador to mark their two-year anniversary.Resident DJs Ultraviolet and Kozee (pictured left) will play atag team set under the pseudonym Tiempo Atractiva, while LosAngeles-based  talent Emu &Pawn are coming North for the event. Other performers include Dymphna, Lords of the Blackheart, and Julez the Huntress and MC Child holding down the mic.Makeout Sessions presents this 21-and-up event from 9 pm till 2 am atMatador, located at 10 6th Street between Market and Mission. If youRSVP at Going.comyou can get in the party for free before 11 pm. Find out more aboutRedline and hear some of the crew’s banging tracks at their Myspace.
  • BASS:France's Don Rimini cuts album with record label Delicious Gutter
    Edited Press Release

    Los Angeles-based record label Delicious Gutter announced that on onAugust 12 it will present some next level blitzkrieg heat. An EP'sworth of intercontinental ballistic beats and sweat-soaked hooks,captained by the new jam master of the Paris underground. It's the"Kick 'N' Run" EP from Don Rimini. Read More
  • WORD:Cosmo’s John Searles to keynote Backspace Writers Conference Aug. 7-8

    John Searles,the deputy editor of Cosmopolitan who oversees book coverage for themagazine, has been added as keynote speaker at the 2008 BackspaceWriters Conference that kicks off this week in New York City, Karen Dionne said. The two-day eventbrings together literary agents, acquisitions editors, best-sellingauthors and publishing professionals for panels and networking atRadisson Martinique in Manhattan from August 7-8. Read More
  • WORD:Nobel laureat Alexander Solzhenitsyn: 1918-2008

    Russian novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died atage 89, Russian news agency Interfax reported late Sunday (Aug. 3).Winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 for his books "The FirstCircle" and "Cancer Ward" landed him worldwide acclaim, but histhree-volume work "The Gulag Archipelago" about the Soviet prison campsystem caused an uproar in his native Russia. In 1974, Solzhenitsyn wasstripped of his citizenship, deported to West Germany and ended up inthe USA. In an interesting local angle, he taught at StanfordUniversity in Palo Alto before eventually settling in Vermont.Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 but still has family who areAmerican citizens. Learn more about Solzhenitsyn in his own words atthe Nobel Prizewebsite.
  • WORD:Danielle Younge-Ullman hits San Francisco in support of novel ‘FallingUnder’

    Debut author Danielle Younge-Ullmansaw her raw, dark novel "Falling Under" published by Penguin Groupimprint Plume today (July 30), and readers can meet her this week inSan Francisco where she’s slated to sign copies at several venues.Later in August she’s hosting launch parties in New York City andToronto. Read More
  • Paul van DykBASS:Paul van Dyk returns to NYC, plays at Pier 54 Aug. 16
    Edited Press Release

    For five consecutive years Paul vanDyk's annual concerts in Central Park have been one of New YorkCity's most anticipated live music events. In 2007, over 10,000 loyalfans from around the world descended upon New York City with the solepurpose of experiencing their favorite artist in this surrealenvironment. This year, van Dyk (pictured left) and Made Event leavethe friendly confines of Central Park and travel west to the famed Pier54 for a waterside dance music extravaganza on August 16 that's neverbeen experienced before. Read More
  • WORD:Kingsolver, Kirby among 2008 SIBA Book Award winners
    Edited Press Release

    The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announced that Sarah Addison Alle, Barbara Kingsolverand David Kirby are among thewinners of the 2008 SIBA Book Award, celebrating the best of southernliterature as chosen by the people who would know: independentbooksellers throughout the US South. Read More
  • Seth GreenlandWORD:Seth Greenland’s novel ‘Shining City’ launches

    "Julian Ripps was too fat to be recliningin a hot tub between a pairof naked women, unless he was rich or they were prostitutes." And sobegins "Shining City," Seth Greenland’s(pictured left) sophomore novel that Bloomsbury USA launches today(July 8) after considerable momentum including a major film deal. Read More
  • BASS:AK1200 and Gridlok tap George Clinton for DNB album ‘Autopsy’
    Edited Press Release

    With a meticulously and deliberately crafted sound harkening back tothe early days of Jungle, AK1200and Gridlok bring the world"Autopsy," a full-length, two-CD album that record label Project 51plans to drop worldwide in September 2008. Birthed from theirunshakable desire to bring Drum ‘N’ Bass back to the forefront of dancemusic, AK and Gridlok set out to deconstruct and rebuild the genre --retaining only its signature elements. Read More
  • Editor’sNote: Beginning June 22, 2008, WORD'N'BASS.com Editor BPM Smithis in Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. WORD'N'BASScontent will be updated upon his return.
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Drum 'N' Bass

    BPM Smithenters the space age once again and cooks up his latest Drum 'N' Bassmix. Here he remixes Star Trek Voiceswith Electrosoul System duringa dreamy intro, before dropping some fast and fluid bass bombs withproducers like Chis Su, Klute, BadRobot, Calyx & Kontrol, Total Science, and Noisia, among others. As always,this mix is 100% organic, with no editing of the original livebroadcast. New set added on June 22, 2008. Listen Now
  • Grid CrewBASS: Skibadee, MC Fun and HarryShotta mix -- the iTunes audio

    UK Drum ‘N’ Bass label Grid Recordingssaid today that it released a free mix with Zen, accompanied by labelmates Skibadee, MC Fun and Harry Shotta (pictured left),performing a tag team set via Podcast. This set includes the hottestnew dubplates from Grid and some forthcoming cuts from Zen’s new labelFlipmode Audio. Podcasts are free downloadable shows available to youriPod through iTunes on PC and Mac, and are also compatible withiTunes-enabled mobile devices. To hear the Grid crew’s latest andgreatest studio set click here.
  • DJ James WilliamsBASS: DJs Emery, Williams to spinTrance at Ruby Skye -- with audio
    European Trance DJ Gareth Emery,whose 2008 plans include a series of events broadcast via Podcast, twonew mix compilations, and possibly a debut artist album, is playing SanFrancisco Club Ruby Skye on Friday, June 20. They say Gareth’s sound is"somewhere between House, Progressive and Trance, but always remainsfocussed on melody and groove." Also playing at the show is talentedlocal Trance DJ/producer JamesWilliams (pictured left). TicketWebis selling $15 pre-sale tickets to this 21-and-up event, which rollsfrom 9 pm until 4 am. Ruby Skye is at 420 Mason Street in downtown. Tohear James Williams’ set from last year’s SF LoveFest click here.
  • WORD:Orange Prize awards ceremony,interviews -- the video

    Considering she opened as a 2/1 favorite at William Hill to win theOrange Prize, we’re probably the only ones who were surprised that Rose Tremainbeat out two of our favorite North American authors 8/1 underdog Patricia Wood and 6/1 Heather O'Neill to win for her novel"The Road Home" (Chatto & Windus). The Orange Prize folks now havevideo of their swanky awards ceremony that took place earlier thismonth. If you’re like us and were unwilling to pay double foreverything in British pounds during a trip to London, click hereto watch Rose receive the prize and speak about her latest honors,check out the gorgeous "Bessie" sculpture and all the surrounding buzz.
  • BASS:New Drum ‘N’ Bass events inNorth, South Bay

    Two new Drum ‘N’ Bass series began earlier this spring just outside theSan Francisco Bay Area, with Releaded happening the third Thursday ofeach month in Petaluma and San Jose club Johnny V’s hosting DNB partieson Monday nights. On Thursday, June 19, Bay Area DJs Arson, Dexx, Strize, Hologram and Grace will play the Reloaded eventat Club Coco’s, located at 21 4th Street in Petaluma. DNB-heads willget their first drink on the house. Meanwhile, check out Johnny V’s at31 E. Santa Clara Street in San Jose from 9 pm to 2 am each Monday(including tonight), where resident DJs Orion and Tarzan play, among others.
  • WORD:Oscar De La Hoya opens‘American Son’ road show

    Oscar De La Hoyakicked off a nationwide book tour in support of his biography "AmericanSon" last week in New York City. He’s currently traveling to severalcities where fans can meet Oscar and get signed copies of the bio.,which was co-written by Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Springer and published byHarperEntertainment. The bio. includes Oscar’s take on a career -- andthe pitfalls of fame and money -- that began in 1992 with an Olympicgoldmedal and continues through his last fight in December 2008. Oscar’sremaining appearances include today (Sunday, June 15) at the Katy,Texas, WalMart at 1 pm and the Houston Barnes & Noble at Westheimerbeginning at 7 pm; June 16 at Borders in Pico Rivera, Calif., at 7 pm;June 17 at 7:30 pm at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles at Grove; andJune 18 at the Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble at 7 pm. As previouslyreported, literary agent LukeJanklow of Janklow/Nesbitbrokered a megadeal for Oscar’s book in a pre-empt with theHarperCollins imprint.
  • WORD:American Booksellers Association announces IndieBound program
    Edited Press Release

    Responding to both the consumer shift toward shopping at independentretailers and the growing emphasis on the ideas of localism andsustainability, the American Booksellers Association launchedIndieBound, a program to bring together booksellers, readers, indieretailers, local business alliances and others who believe that healthylocal economies help communities thrive. Read More
  • BASS:Fifth annual Memories Campout has DNB, Trance, Breaks

    In what’s become a traditional kickoff of the summer camping season formany Bay Area electronic music fans, the Memories Campout is holdingtheir five-year anniversary event from June 27 to 29 Northeast of SanFrancisco where a bevy of DJs will play House, Breaks, Techno, Drum ’N’Bass and Trance all weekend long. Read More
  • WORD:Rose Tremain wins 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction
    Edited Press Release

    British author Rose Tremainwon the thirteenth Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction with her tenthnovel "The Road Home" (Chatto & Windus), the prize committeeannounced today. Tremain was presented with the 30,000- pound prize andthe 'Bessie', a limited edition bronze figurine, at an awards ceremonyat the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London, hosted byOrange Broadband Prize for Fiction co-founder Kate Mosse. Read More
  • WORD:Allison Winn Scotch novel goes to Random House, film rights to Weinstein

    Just weeks after the launch of her debut novel The Departmentof Lost & Found (William Morrow), the story of anambitious 30-year-old woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, author Allison Winn Scotchisn’t sitting on her laurels. "I am thrilled to announce that we haveclosed a film deal for my next book, ‘Time of my Life’… to TheWeinstein Company on behalf of MerylPoster, the former co-president of Miramax," she said in anemail. Allison’s second novel, Time of My Life was earlier sold toRandom House’s Shaye Areheartin a pre-empt. Allison’s literary agent is Elisabeth Weed with Kneerim &Williams. For more information about Allison check out her website.
  • Jessica BrodyWORD:Interview with 'The Fidelity Files' author Jessica Brody

    Los Angeles native Jessica Brodyis a former strategic analyst at MGM Studio whose debut novel "TheFidelity Files" -- about a woman living a double life as an inspectorof men’s wandering eyes -- launches shortly with St. Martin’s Press.Jessica (pictured left) answered some questions with WORD'N'BASS.comEditor BPM Smith, touching onher experiences in the corporate world, the cheaters she's encountered,and how a writer's willingness to adapt could be the difference betweena major publishing deal and lagging in the slush pile. Read More
  • WORD:Agent Lucienne Diver joins TheKnight Agency

    Literary agent Lucienne Diver,whose authors include Marjorie M.Liu, Roberta Gellis, Susan Krinard, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod andmany others, told WORD’N’BASS.com she has joined The KnightAgency and is now based in Florida. Lucienne is a top agentrepresenting commercial fiction, primarily fantasy, science fiction,mystery, suspense and romance. Although she has a pretty full clientlist, she said, "I’m always looking for something that will blow meaway." Authors wanting to pitch her should be aware of her new contactinformation and submission preference via snailmail. Send a queryletter, synopsis, the novel’s first 10 pages and an SASE to P.O. Box2659, Land O Lakes, FL 34639. Luciene previously worked for SpectrumLiterary Agency of NYC.
  • BASS:DJs John Creamer, Stephane K launch boat party series in NYC
    Edited Press Release

    This summer, New York City will literally be engulfed by the sound ofthe planet's finest dance music with NYC-based promotion company GlobalFrequencies hosting the city's first-ever extended series of DJ boatparties every few weeks between May 24 and September 21. Local DJs John Creamer and Stephane K launch the party serieson Saturday, May 24 aboard the 430-capacity Star Of Palm Beach. Read More
  • Ricardo CarpenterBASS:DJs Chongo, Lantz are Peruvatwinz; ‘Hyphy... Crisis’ on tap

    Longtime San Francisco Bay Area DJs Lantzand DJ Chongo have a sideproject going with Lantz producing beats and Chongo whipping out somehilarious rap as the Peruvatwins.Also watch for Chongo (pictured left) to co-star in a new independentfilm "A Hyphy Mid-Life Crisis" later this year along with Bay Arearapper Mike Wright andhigh-profile model Gelusa Zaripovathat's expected to hit the film festival circuit soon. Read More
  • WORD: Sarah Michelle Gellar optionsfilm rights to ‘Lottery’

    Patricia Wood’sbid for an Orange Prize received a shot in the arm after actress Sarah Michelle Gellar optioned thefilm rights to her novel "Lottery" (Putnam). For Gellar, best known forplaying the title role of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and currently withfour films in production, Lottery is apparently a bid to assume moreserious acting roles as her career matures. Patricia, who informedWORD’N’BASS.com about the deal on Monday, declined to disclose terms ofthe deal or whether other actors were attached. The UK version ofLottery is one of six titles nominated for the Orange Prize, whosewinner will get announced June 4. Check out Patricia’s blog here.

  • Tech ItchBASS:Tech Itch, Dieselboy, Moby play Detroit Electronic Music Festival
    Edited Press Release

    Detroit's Electronic Music Festival has become one of the most highlyanticipated annual events for electronic music fans in Detroit andacross the globe, and Movement 08 - coming May 24 to 26 at Detroit'sHart Plaza - is no exception. Britishduo Tech Itch (pictured left)and Dieselboy lead off Drum'N' Bass talent while an impressive lineup of Techno artists like Moby and Ritchie Hawtin plus numerous newelements could make Movement 08 the most exciting, entertaining andinnovative festival yet. Read More <>
  • WORD:Patricia Wood gets Orange Prize nomination for ‘Lottery’

    Debut novelist Patricia Woodwas the only American nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize forFiction, the author told WORD’N’BASS. The Orange Prize, among the mostprestigious literary titles in the UK, recognizes talented womenauthors whose work is published in Great Britain, and Patricia's novel"Lottery" made the cut. Read More
  • RomanceWriters of America announced it's hosting its 28th Annual NationalConference at the San Francisco Mariott from July 30 to Aug. 2.Best-selling author Victoria Alexanderis the Keynote Speaker, and ConnieBrockway is the speaker for the Awards Lucheon. Suzanne Brockmann closes out theConference as emcee for the 2008 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony.Check out the RWA conferencewebsite for information about the conference, hotel,transportation and event schedule.
  • StarkillersBASS:Starkillers has new album, DVD ‘Nervous Nitelife: Vegas’

    New York City underground House music label Nervous Records announcedit’s teaming up with US-based DJ/production/remix team Starkillers and Austin Leeds on a new album and DVD"Nervous Nitelife: Vegas." Their collaborative CD is packed withexclusive Starkillers & Austin Leeds’ original productions andremixes. Read More
  • WORD:HarperCollins launches Hamilton, Thomas novels; Judith Regan doesn’thold grudge

    Author Masha Hamilton launchedthe third book of her career in April, a "wonderfully touching novel"about an American librarian who leaves Brooklyn to work for a relieforganization in Africa that sends books on the backs of camels toforgotten villages, HarperCollins announced. Meanwhile, onetimetelevision heart throb Heather Thomashas reinvented herself as a novelist, and you’ll never guess who’shelping promote her debut. Read More
  • Andrea PortesWORD: Andrea Portes novel ‘Hick’ setto become feature film
    Press Release

    Unbridled Books is pleased to announce that the film rights for Andrea Portes' debut novel, "Hick,"have been sold to producers ChristianTaylor of Taylor Lane Productions and Steven Siebert of LighthouseEntertainment. Hick, which Unbridled Books released in May 2007, was aLos Angeles Times paperback bestseller, a Book Sense Pick, a Book SenseReading Group Pick, and a Midwest Connections Pick. It earned ravereviews nationwide. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes annual 420 Drum ‘N’ Bass set

    It’s become a yearly tradition here at WORD’N’BASS to post a special420 Drum ‘N’ Bass set and today’s no exception. BPM Smith makes a slowtake-off with Banco de Gaiabefore launching into the heavy bass stratosphere with producers like Young Axe, Greg Packer, Kinetic andlongtime favorite Photek,among others. Also listen for some white label surprises and a"Novocaine" chaser with John Rolodex& Synoflex in this smooth round of bass bombs. Listen Now
  • BASS:DJ Times announces 2008 America’s Best DJ nominees, nationwide tour
    Edited Press Release

    As it celebrates 20 years of chronicling United States DJ Culture, DJTimes magazine kicked off its 2008 America’s Best DJ contest on March25 at Miami’s Winter Music Conference by announcing this year’s top 100nominees. For the second consecutive year, Pioneer Pro DJ will serve astitle sponsor for the tour, which will culminate with a closingceremony in Las Vegas early this fall. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo and Electro

    The basslines are low and the energy is high in this BPM Smith Downtempo set, whichmarked his traditional kick-off of the WORD’N’BASS Show last Fridaynight. Hear chilled out producers like TheCinematic Orchestra, Jazzanova and UNCLE as well as Electro pioneersincluding Lorne, Midival Punditz,Petersky and a remix of Neotropic in this session of slow cooking beats. Listen Now
  • WORD:American Lauren Groff shortlisted for Orange Broadband Award for NewWriters
    Edited Press Release

    The Orange Broadband Award for New Writers, launched in 2005 as part ofthe Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, announced that American author Lauren Groff, as well as Joanna Kavenna and Lauren Liebenberg have made thisyear's shortlist. The three writers were chosen because their firstworks of fiction revealed signs of emerging talent and the evidence offuture potential. Read More
  • WORD:Novelist McMann signs inArizona as ‘Wake’ gets ALA nomination

    Lisa McMannsaid her debut novel "Wake," which is already in its third printingafter publisher Simon Pulse released the novel just over a month ago,was nominated by the American Library Association for its Best Booksfor Young Adults list, a compilation of the current year’s books withproven or potential appeal to teens. Lisa’s West Coast book tour iscontinuing this week with three signings in Arizona today throughThursday (April 8 to 10). She’s appearing with New York Timesbestselling author Cassandra Clare,whose works include "City of Bones" and the recently released book"City of Ashes." Check out Lisa’s blogfor her book tour times and locations.
  • WORD:2008 Backspace WritersConference Aug. 7-8

    The 2008 Backspace Writers Conference will be held August 7 and 8 atthe Radisson Martinique in New York City. Keynote Speakers at this yearinclude Mark Tavani, SeniorEditor at Random House, and New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. Cost for the conferenceis $355 for Backspace members, $395 for non-members, and includes theThursday evening cocktail reception and awards presentation. Attendanceis limited to 200. Check the conferencewebsite frequently for updates. Separately, the MysteryWriters of America is offering  a $50 discount off theregistration fee to their members. MWA members should registeraccording to the instructions on the conference website at the fullprice, and then contact Margery Flaxat mwa(at)mysterywriters(dot)org for reimbursement. The Radisson Martinique islocated at 32nd and Broadway.
  • BASS:The Antiserum and Ripple launch new Dubstep with Mode Recordings
    Edited Press Release

    Bristol, England-based label Mode Recordings announced that theirlatest 12" vinyl release, "MODE 06," which features two immaculatelyproduced tunes from The Antiserumand San Francisco DJ/producer Ripple(pictured left) is now available in record stores worldwide. Read More
  • BASS:SF Dubclash party features UK’s Caspa & Rusko
    Edited Press Release

    On Saturday, April 5, SureFire Productions and Full Melt Recordingsjoin forces to present Dubclash, a sublow party of historic proportionsat San Francisco club Jelly’s. The headliners of the night are themighty Caspa & Rusko, twoof dubstep's biggest producer/DJs. Also, the local line-up is a who'swho of the San Francisco dubstep and dub scenes including Ripple, Sam Supa and other talents. Read More
  • KluteBASS:Klute launches new tracks ahead of sixth artist album

    Two of today’s finest Drum ‘N’ Bass producers have new tracks on tapthis spring with Klute(pictured left) and SKC bothreleasing their latest efforts over the next two months, record labelCommercial Suicide announced. April will see the launch of Klute’sfirst work since the massive world tour in support of his last album"The Emperors New Clothes." Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo and Electro

    In this latest Downtempo mix BPM Smithlaunches the WORD’N’BASS Show -- broadcast on 104.1 FM and streamed onthe Internet Friday nights -- into orbit with producers like Dragonfly, Plaid and West Side Chemical while graduallybumping up the BPM to Electro and Breaks artists Starkillers, Aphex Twin and DJ Icey. Watch for an appearance bythe legendary William S. Burroughsand get your latest taste of chilled out beats while they’re hot. Listen Now
  • WORD:Novelist Lisa McMann hits SF Bay Area

    Author Lisa McMann will do areading and signing of her debut novel "Wake" (Simon Pulse) at theWalnut Creek, Calif., Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, March 18 beginningat 7 pm. Lisa told WORD’N’BASS that Wake is a young adult novel about17-year-old Janie, “who lives on the fringe and falls into a gruesomenightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janieis more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche.” B&N islocated at 1149 South Main Street. On Wednesday, Lisa appears at SanMateo High School with Books Inc., where the indie store will sellLisa’s autographed books on-site. Separately, publisher Simon Pulsepicked up Lisa’s follow-up novel "Fade," which it plans to launch inFebruary 2009. Check out Lisa’s websiteto see a Wake trailer and more information.
  • DJ FreshBASS:DJ Fresh, Goldie, Photek play Ultra Music Festival; WMC highlights

    Drum ‘n’ Bass fans are in for a major treat during this month’s UltraMusic Festival in Miami, where many of today’s premier talents are setto play including DJ Fresh(pictured left) and American DJs AK1200 and Dieselboyperforming under pseudonyms. The UMF is just one of many eventshappening in Miami Beach during the Winter Music Conference from Mar.25 to 29. In addition to the long-awaited 23rd Annual InternationalDance Music Awards, there's a bevy of private parties, workshops oneverything from technology, remixing and editing, chances to presentyour demos to major record label execs, and countless networkingopportunities. Read More
  • WORD:Authors Richmond, Cojocaru, Sheikh host events in Oakland, SF

    San Francisco author MichelleRichmond, whose third novel "No One You Know" (Delacorte) isslated for publication in June, will sign copies of her sophomore work"The Year of Fog" this Wednesday (March 12) at Oakland’s A Great GoodPlace for Books beginning at 7 pm. Catch Michelle at 6120 LaSalle Avenue... Separately, "Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of aGlamour Boy" author Steven "Cojo"Cojocaru is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday to benefit theNational Kidney Foundation at SF’s Club Mezzanine at 7 pm. Cover is$85. Mezzanine is at 444 Jessie Street... Also on Thursday beginning at7:30 pm, local author Moazzam Sheikhwill sign copies of "Idol Lover," a collection of sexually chargedtales at Modern TimesBookstore, located at 888 Valencia Street in San Francisco’sMission District.
  • John DigweedBASS:Sasha & Digweed to tourUSA for first time in 6 years
    Edited Press Release

    Sasha & Digweedwill kick off their first North American tour together in six years atthe Winter Music Conference on Thursday, March 27 at Mansion. The duowill then appear again on Saturday at the Ultra Music Festival, andcontinue a month-long tour that will bring them to cities including SanFrancisco, NYC, and even south of the border. Read More
  • WORD:Hunter S. Thompson fans get new book ‘The Kitchen Readings’
    If you’re thirsting for some bushwhacking tales about the late, great Hunter S. Thompson you’ll want topick up a recent release "The Kitchen Readings - Untold Stories ofHunter S. Thompson" by co-authors MichaelCleverly and Bob Braudis(HarperCollins). The two writers - an artist and a cop - were friendsof Thompson’s who visited often at his notorious "fortified compound"in Colorado. Read More
  • Gabriel & DresdenBASS: Gabriel & Dresden ,Zabiela headline Spundae 15 Year Anniversary

    Wow, have 15 years really passed since San Francisco party promoterSpundae did their first event? JamesZabiela, a resident at popular Ibiza club Inside At Space, willheadline Thursday (March 6) at Ruby Skye when the club kicks off twodays of Breakbeats and House music to mark Spundae’s 15 YearAnniversary. On Friday, Gabriel &Dresden (pictured left) will play one of their energeticsets. The duo have ascended to the top of the club scene, and snagged InternationalDance Music Awards the past two years in a row. "We wantedto make an experience of new music, that people are going to remember,with maybe a couple things that they know from the past," said Dresdenin a press release. Catch the fun and games at Ruby Skye, located at420 Mason Street, beginning at 9 pm Mar. 6-7. Single night tickets areavailable at Ticketweb for $20 or both nights for $30. Checkout the Spundaewebsite for more information.
  • Oscar GBASS:Oscar G. to release debut original artist CD ‘Innov8’
    Edited Press Release

    On April 22, NYC underground House music label Nervous Records willrelease Oscar G’s first-everoriginal artist CD, "Innov8." As one-half of landmark Miami-based Murk (along with partner Ralph Falcon), Oscar G. is known asone of the most versatile talents in all of dance music. Over theyears, he’s produced some of dance music’s all-time biggest hits whilealso fashioning a style all his own as a DJ. Read More
  • WORD:Variety Launches ‘The Biz’ social networking website

    If you’re looking to schmooze online with entertainment industryparticipants, a new "in" might have opened up now that leadingentertainment news publication Variety launched an interesting newmessage board and networking website "The Biz." Read More
  • BASS:Grid imprint Zombie signs SFR, releases new DNB tracks
    Press Release

    Another release, another continent as the Grid family continues to grow-- we welcome SFR to the fold,all the way from Cape Town, South Africa. This producer has beenworking away on his beats for a few years now, and with releasesalready on the legendary Trouble on Vinyl, he comes highly recommended. Read More
  • WORD:Jon Clinch hits the road again, ALA Notable Book ‘Finn’ goes paperback

    Author Jon Clinchsaid the trade paperback edition of his highly-touted debut novel"Finn" (Random House), a mythic story about literary characterHuckleberry Finn’s father, is slated for release on March 11. Jon kicksoff a nationawide book tour tonight in Oregon to support the paperbackrelease with the following dates and locations. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Drum ‘N’ Bass

    The Martians are coming! BPM Smithmixes Drum ‘N’ Bass live during the weekly WORD’N’BASS Show, which isstreamed on the Internet and broadcast on 104.1 FM here in the SanFrancisco Bay Area each Friday night. In his latest set, he opened theshow by remixing a surprisingly jazzy track from longtime staple D.Kay, then dropped a series of bassbombs with producers like BSE, Jade,Nu: Tone, Noisia and Klute.Watch for intermittent spaced out effects throughout this mix, plus Morphine’s spoken word transitioncut to DNB beats. As always, this freshly cooked mix is presented withno editing of the original broadcast. Listen Now
  • WORD:HarperCollins to publish Oscar De La Hoya autobiography
    Edited Press Release

    HarperEntertainment, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announcedit has acquired an autobiography by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya. To be called"American Son," De La Hoya’s book will chronicle his rise as one of themost-talked about fighters in the history of boxing, a frank andtouching memoir about his pursuit and achievement of the AmericanDream. Read More
  • WORD:Cezair-Thompson's 'The Pirate's Daughter' wins Essence Literary Awardin Fiction
    Edited Press Release

    Unbridled Books is pleased to announce that Margaret Cezair-Thompson's surprisefall hit, "The Pirate's Daughter," is the winner of the first annualEssence Literary Award in Fiction. Winners were announced at a standingroom only gala event in New York last week. Read More
  • BASS:Cielo Announces 5 Year Anniversary Album on Tommy Boy, February DJline-ups
    Edited Press Release

    In New York City, Cielo continues to celebrate their 5th anniversaryyear this month with an exciting array of DJ dates. The club will alsobe releasing the fifth installment in its critically-acclaimedcompilation series in June 2008. The special album will commemorate theCielo 5 Year Anniversary and for this release, Cielo will join forceswith the ground-breaking label Tommy Boy. Read More
  • WORD:Marcus Sakey book tour hitsCalifornia

    Novelist Marcus Sakeyhas reached the West Coast part of a book tour in support of hissophomore work "At The City’s Edge" (St. Martin’s), a crime thrillerset in the ghettos and ritzy neighborhoods of Chicago that the ChicagoSun-Times described as "a hyperrealistic look at our most downtroddencommunities." Tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 6) Marcus will sign copies atThe Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles at 7 pm. On Thursday he touchesdown in the SF Bay, where he’ll do a signing at M is for Mystery,located at 86 East Third Avenue in San Mateo, beginning at 7 pm. WithMarcus during the road show is novelist Laura Caldwell,author of "The Rome Affair" that was recently published by Mira Books. Click hereto see Marcus' full nationwide book tour schedule.
  • BASS:DJ Mag announces Top 100 clubs poll open for voting
    Press Release

    DJs worldwide are invited to shape DJmag's Top 100 Clubs Poll by simplyvoting for their top three clubs on the planet. While our long-runningTop 100 DJs Poll offers clubbers the opportunity to vote for theirfavourite DJs, this is a chance for DJs to speak out - creating adefinitive list of the best dance clubs and rave spots the world has tooffer. Read More
  • WORD:Plume announces launch of Francis debut novel ‘The Liar’s Diary’
    Press Release

    When new music teacher Ali Mather enters Jeanne Cross’s quiet suburbanlife, she brings a jolt of energy that Jeanne never expected. Ali has amagnetic personality and looks to match, drawing attention from allquarters. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a friendship based ontheir mutual vulnerabilities. "The Liar’s Diary" by Patry Francis (Plume) is the storyof Ali and Jeanne's friendship, and the secrets they both keep. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo set

    It’s time to once again enter the chill out chamber, where loungelizards relax and bass heads settle into ambient beats. Here BPM Smith kicks off his traditionalDowntempo opening to the weekly WORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast on 104.1 FMin the San Francisco Bay Area and streamed live on the Internet eachFriday night. This set includes producers like Air, Kid Loco, A Forest Mighty Blackand Luke Slater, among others.As always, WORD’N’BASS.com presents this to you organically mixed andserved fresh, with no editing of the original broadcast. Listen Now
  • Miguel MigsBASS:San Francisco's Miguel Migs returns with ‘Those ThingsRemixed’
    Edited Press Release

    World-renowned Bay Area DJ/producer MiguelMigs (pictured left) returns with "Those Things Remixed" onApril 22. The CDfeatures 14 unique interpretations of original tracks from Migs’critically acclaimed 2007 album Those Things. The eclectic roster ofartists recruited for remix duty ranges from British house duo Faze Action and Sadeproducer Cottonbelly toSwedish breakbeat artist Rasmus Faber. Read More
  • WORD:A.L. Kennedy wins 2007 Costa Book of the Year
    Press Release

    Scottish author and stand-up comedian A.L.Kennedy has won the 2007 Costa Book of the Year award for herfifth novel, "Day," the story of a former RAF prisoner-of-war returningto Germany to confront his demons. The announcement was made Tuesdaynight at an awards ceremony held at TheIntercontinental Hotel in central London. Read More
  • WORD:San Francisco author Beth Lisick is back to ‘Help’ you

    San Francisco author Beth Lisickhas a new book out called "Helping Me Helping You" from publisherHarperCollins. The former San Francisco Chronicle nightlife columnist’slatest work is about a year-long experiment in which she consults withmultimillion-dollar-earning pros and national experts, not only readingtheir bestselling books but also attending their seminars and classesacross America. Read More
  • LantzAUDIO:Lantz mixes Breakbeat set

    Lantz has spentmore than a decade manning the decks at various club and undergroundevents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, mixing House, Drum ‘N’Bass, and of course his specialty: Breakbeats. In recent years, Lantzhas expressed his dedication to Breaks as co-host of the weekly NetAmpWebcast on PulseRadio.net. In this exclusive WORD’N’BASS set, heremixes classic tracks by MichaelJackson, Prince and Melle Mel & The Furious Five, inaddition to Breakbeat cuts of contemporary producers such as Moloko. Listen Now
  • WORD:William Hill releases latest odds for Costa Book of the Year
    Edited Press Release

    In the UK, where punters bet on book awards like Americans bet sportingevents, oddsmakers William Hill have Costa Novel Award winner A.L. Kennedy as the odds-on favoritewith her fifth novel, "Day," posted at 2-1. While it’s a UK-basedcompany, Americans can bet at William Hill’s cultural and sportingevents. Here’s the lines on several key contenders at the 2007 CostaBook Awards, whose winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 22. Read More
  • BASS:Winter Music Conferencediscounted registration expires Jan. 18

    All DJs, producers, record label execs and party promoters who areattending this year’s Winter Music Conference can still get thecheapest available registration, but you’d better get on it -- thediscounted registration rate of $305 expires today. Registrationincludes entry to WMC poolside events and full access to all panels,seminars, the Ultra Music Festival (UMF), the International Dance MusicAwards (IDMAs) and exhibits. Your badge will also provide complimentaryor reduced admission to WMC official nighttime club events. The WMC,widely considered the year’s most important conference for theelectronic music industry, happens at the Miami Beach Resort & Spafrom Mar. 25 to 28, 2008. Click hereto register or find further information.
  • WORD: Jenny Gardiner debutsnovel 'Sleeping with Ward Cleaver’
    Edited Press Release

    Virginia resident
    JennyGardiner is poised to win the hearts of readers across thecountry with the release of her debut women's fiction book "SleepingWith Ward Cleaver" this February, Dorchester Publishing announced.Gardiner won the North American-wide 2006 American Title III contestsponsored by Dorchester Publishing, leading to her fiction debut withthe firm. Read More
  • BASS:Bay Area’s Christopher Willits, Ryuichi Sakamoto team up for ‘OceanFire’
    Edited Press Release

    Christopher Willitsand Ryuichi Sakamoto’s newrelease, ‘Ocean Fire,’ is a sublime soundtrack for the ocean. It is anintense and stirring wash of cascading tones and textured harmony.Willits + Sakamoto surprise with rare form in this collaboration,creating a sound world unlike anything they have produced previously. Read More
  • BASS:The Chemical Brothers earn Grammy nod for ‘We Are The Night’

    Widely considered one of the most influential groups in Electronicmusic, The Chemical Brothershave two big reasons for a cheerful holiday season. First, theelectronic duo has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for work ontheir sixth album, "We Are The Night" that record label Astralwerkslaunched earlier this year. The album was nominated for BestElectronic/Dance Album, while a single off that album, "Do It Again"was nominated for Best Dance Recording. The Chemical Brothers earlierwon two Grammys including for their track "Galvanize." Separately, theChemical Brothers’ Ed Simonsis reportedly expecting a child with British pop singer Lilly Allen.
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS:Van Buuren launches live album ‘Universal Religion 2008’
    Edited Press Release

    Dutch DJ/producer Armin Van Buuren,who received the yearly award for the #1 most popular global DJ in 2007from well-known British magazine DJ Mag, has released a brand new album"Universal Religion 2008" that features his live set at Club Amnesia inIbiza, Spain. In the influential yearly DJ Mag Top 100, arecord-breaking 345,000 votes were cast by dance music fans from morethan 220 countries. Read More
  • WORD:Tom Waits releases lyricalbiography ‘The Early Years’

    Singer Tom Waits, who garneredfame for his growling vocals and for the distinct poetry of his lyrics,has launched a book of his lyrics called "The Early Years," publisherHarperCollins announced. Since his first album "Closing Time" in 1977,Waits has developed somewhat of a cult following, and longtime fanswill be pleased to find this book includes complete lyrics from hisdebut to 1983. HarperCollins notes the book, which also touches on his1992 album "One from the Heart," is a celebration of both his words andof the artist himself, and that Waits’ lyrical biography adds furtherdimension to this gifted artist.
  • BASS:Temple is this week’s hotspot for authors, Drum ‘N’ Bass

    It looks like Temple is the place to be this week in San Fransico,whether you're into heavy bass or literary events. Tonight (Tuesday,Dec. 11), author Eric Corey Freedhosts a book signing for his new title "Green Building & RemodelingFor Dummies" (Wiley). Then on Friday, Metalheadz DJ and producer Doc Scott will will play his firstSan Francisco show in eight years when he headlines a night of Drum ‘N’Bass along with local DJ Kuze.Popular DJ GeneralMidi and several more turntablists will represent the Breakbeatfront. Read More
  • WORD:Marcus Sakey’s new novel ‘AtThe City’s Edge’ coming soon

    Novelist Marcus Sakeysaid his second novel, "At The City’s Edge," is slated for release onJanuary 22, 2008 from publisher St. Martin's. His sophomore work, thesecond of a two-book deal that his literary agent Scott Miller of Trident Media Groupclosed at auction, is about a discharged soldier who returns from Iraqto find a similar war raging in his Chicago neighborhood. According toSakey, "There’s corruption and politics and gang warfare and love andredemption and car chases and gun fights and Roman history, all the funstuff." Fans can preview the first chapter on his newly revamped website.Separately, Sakey’s debut novel "The Blade Itself" is now available inpaperback just in time for holiday shopping.
  • BASS:Dieselboy returns to San Francisco tonight

    Dieselboy, oneof America’s top Drum ‘N’ Bass DJs, returns to play San Francisco clubTemple tonight (Thursday, Dec. 6), party promoter Compressionannounced. Also playing at the 21-and-up show are residents Ivry, 2 Cents, Manny Vibes and The Colonel MC. Cover is just $5.Temple is located at 540 Howard Street in downtownSan Francisco.
  • BASS:BS1 Records resumes DNB production with Kubiks

    After ceasing production for nearly a year and a half, Davide Carbone’s BS1 Recordsannounced that it is kicking off "a new look, tougher sounding BS1Records" with the involvement of longtime Drum 'N' Bass producer Kubiks. First up from the newBS1 stable is a 12" vinyl release from Kubik with "Mindreader," remixedby one of the leading producers this year, Heist, and backed with a B sidetrack "No Return." Read More
  • WORD:Women lead debut category in Costa Book Awards 2007 Shortlist

    Emigrant writers dominated all-female First Novel category shortlist asCosta, the UK’s fastest-growing coffee shop chain, announced theshortlists for the 2007 Costa Book Awards in the First Novel, Novel,Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book Award categories, recognizing themost enjoyable books of the last year by writers based in the UK andIreland. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith Drum ‘N’ Bass set

    BPM Smith, whobegan mixing Drum ’N’ Bass and Downtempo in 2000, has hosted the WORD‘N’ BASS Show since 2002. In this latest mix, he churns out a fast andfluid DNB set that includes the latest breakthrough producers like Trei and Psidream while giving a nod tolongtime artists from the UK such as Aphroditeand Klute. As always, this mixis presented “unfiltered,” served raw and unedited from the originallive show. The program is broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on104.1 FM and streamed live on the Internet every Friday night. Listen Now
  • BASS:Mlle Caro, Franck Garcia to release ‘Pain Disappears’ on Buzzin’ Fly
    Edited Press Release

    After incubating nearly five years, BenWatt’s Buzzin’ Fly Records is set to release its first-everartist album Mlle Caro & FranckGarcia’s "Pain Disappears" on February 12, 2008. A magnificentblend of minimal house, experimental electronica and indie-pop, PainDisappears is an essential piece of music and it’s positioned to be thecrossover album of 2008. Read More
  • WORD:Norman Mailer, 1923-2007

    Norman Mailer,a novelist as famous for arguing publicly with authors, politicalfigures and feminists as his prolific writing, died on Saturday, Nov.10 at age 84. Mailer, who was born in New Jersey on Jan. 31, 1923,exploded on the literary scene at age 25 when his semi-biographicalnovel "The Naked and the Dead" debuted in 1948 and became one ofAmerica’s greatest war novels. Over nearly six decades as a literaryicon, Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize twice (for novels "Armies of theNight" and "The Executioner’s Song"), beefed with authors Charles Bukowski, Truman Capote, WilliamStyron and Tom Wolfe,was associated with the Beat Generation, co-founded the Village Voice, and ran for Mayor ofNYC with a platform of seceding the city into its own state and banningautomobiles. WORD’N’BASS sends condolences to his family.
  • WORD:Former S.F. Police Chief Earl Sanders' book 'Zebra' goes Hollywood

    Another week, another book snapped up by Hollywood. Former SanFrancisco Chief of Police Prentice Earl Sanders'2006 book "The ZebraMurders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights" wassold to DreamWorks and odds are you will see it on the big screen soon,literary agent Jessica Kaye ofBeverly Hills agency Kaye & Millstold WORD'N'BASS.com. Read More
  • BASS:Dubfire announces the launch ofhis new label SCI+TEC
    Edited Press Release

    Dubfire -- onehalf of the Grammy Award winning and four-time nominated electronicmusic duo Deep Dish -- ispleased to announce the launch of his new digital label, Science +Technology Digital Audio (SCI + TEC). The label will act as anexclusive outlet for Dubfire’s original productions and a home for upand coming artists from around the globe. Read More
  • WORD:Cormac McCarthy wins Quills Award; charity auction begins Oct. 22

    Novelist Cormac McCarthy addedThe Quills Award to his ever-growing bag of loot, which has quicklyfilled to the brim thanks to his most recent novel "The Road" (AlfredA. Knopf). Also, The Quills Literacy Foundation said it is auctioning aselection of autographed 2007 Quill Award winner and nominee titles toraise funds for nonprofit organization First Book. Read More
  • Walter SatterthwaitWORD:Updates on authors Satterthwait, Sakey, Cezair-Thompson

    An official release date isn’t yet finalized, but longtime novelist Walter Satterthwait tellsWORD’N’BASS.com that his forthcoming book of short stories "TheMankiller of Poojeegai and Other Mysteries" will come out soon frompublisher Crippen & Landru. Separately, we’ve got the latestupdates on novelist MargaretCezair-Thompson's road show and a smoking hot deal for Marcus Sakey that could see himclinking martini glasses with actor BenAffleck. Read More
  • BPM SmithBASS:BPM Smith mixes DNB live on the Internet Friday nights

    The WORD'N'BASS Show is now streamed live on the Internet from 10:30 pmto 1 am PST on Friday nights. In the program, which also broadcasts inthe Oakland/Berkeley/San Francisco areas on the radio at 104.1 FM,WORD’N’BASS.com Editor BPM Smithmixes a Downtempo Electronica set followed by Drum ‘N’ Bass. Read More
  • WORD: Jon Clinch’s novel ‘Finn’nominated for Sargent Prize
    Jon Clinch,whose novel "Finn" garnered considerable buzz and sparkling reviewsnationwide earlier this year, told WORD’N’BASS.com that his debut isamong seven that were short-listed for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. FirstNovel Prize. The Sargent Prize, created by the Mercantile LibraryCenter for Fiction as part of its mission to promote the art of fictionin the United States, includes a $10,000 cash award. Read More
  • BASS:Sasha and Spooky play NYC’s Webster Hall Friday, Oct. 12
    Edited Press Release

    On Friday, October 12, Webster Hall and clubZone.com brings togethertwo of the most creative forces in modern electronic music -- Tranceand Downtempo DJ/producer Sashaand Spooky, a two-man DJ andproduction crew whose birth names are CharlieMay and Duncan Forbes-- for an evening of sublime sounds enriched by New York City’s finestsound system. Read More
  • WORD:Frank Beddor takes 'Seeing Redd' to bestsellers list with multimedia

    Author Frank Beddor, who hasturned heads with his scintillating take on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel"Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland," has launched a bevy of multimediaofferings that could represent the next wave in author promotions.Check out some of the things he did for his latest novel "Seeing Redd"that has helped make it a smash hit -- his second book to hit the NYTimes Bestsellers list in two years. Read More
  • WORD:Major paperback deal for Cezair-Thompson’s ‘The Pirates Daughter’
    Edited Press Release

    Unbridled Books announced that it has sold the trade paperback rightsfor Margaret Cezair-Thompson’ssurprise fall hit, "The Pirates Daughter," in a significant six-figuredeal to Jane von Mehren atRandom House. Cezair-Thompson’s latest novel was inspired by Errol Flynn’s accidental arrival inJamaica in 1946. Read More
  • BASS:Drum & Bass DJs Photek, Dieselboy return to San Francisco

    In a warm-up before next Saturday’s LoveFest, two of the world’s topDrum & Bass DJ/producers -- Photekand Dieselboy -- are playingat San Francisco club Temple tonight (Sept. 22), party promoter fSoundannounced. Local DJs Gridlokand Genome open the show,while MC Duh and MC Colonel will handle the mic atthis event that commemorates SF-based DNB label Project 51. SanFrancisco Dubstep hosts a second room with JuJu, DJ Unya, Jus Wan and MC Child performing. The 21-and-upparty runs from 10 pm to 4 am with a $15 cover. Temple is located at 55Natoma in the SOMA District.
  • Fontella BassREVIEW:The Cinematic Orchestra leaves SF basking in bass
    Review by BPM Smith

    The Cinematic Orchestraplayed Saturday night at Bimbo’s 365 Club here in San Francisco,and the UK-based troupe sure put on a euphoric show. After a roughpatch in their very first song they recovered to do a fantastic setthat combined tracks from their new album "Ma Fleur" with some old timefavorites from "Man With a Movie Camera" that had catapulted them tocult status among American Downtempo fans and stoners worldwide. Read More
  • Dave EggersWORD:Author Dave Eggers bags $250K for Heinz Award

    San Francisco author Dave Eggers,founder of the 826 Valencia writing laboratories as well as apublishing house for emerging writers, won $250,000 from The HeinzFamily Foundation in its Arts and Humanities award category. Eggers isa novelist whose meteoric commercial and critical success led him intothe worlds of philanthropy, advocacy and education, which helped makehim one of five recipients of 13th annual Heinz Awards. Read More
  • BASS:Downtempo band The Cinematic Orchestra plays SF on Saturday

    The Cinematic Orchestra,one of several breakthrough Downtempo Electonica bands that came toprominence in the late 1990s, is touring across North America inSeptember to support two album released this year, "Live At The BigChill" and their studio album "Ma Fleur."  They will touch down atSan Francisco club Bimbo’s this Saturday, one night after their show atthe El Ray Theater in Los Angeles. Read More
  • BASS:Internet music reactions mixed to SoundExchange offer; kill date ofSept. 14

    It looks like many websites that stream Electronic music will survivethe Draconian new royalty fees that the Copyright Royalty Board triedto push through earlier this year. Internet webcasters have until thisFriday (Sept. 14) to accept a new deal from SoundExchange, the groupresponsible for collecting royalty fees and distributing them tovarious music industry companies. Read More
  • SashaBASS:Sasha launches new lable emFire, plans North American tour

    Longtime Trance and Downtempo DJ and producer Sasha announced the launch of hisbrand new label, Titled emFire, an imprint that will be an exclusiveoutlet for his own material, which has been co-produced with hisrenowned collective that includes CharlieMay, Duncan Forbes and BarryJamieson (aka COMA), a pseudonym that also provides the titlefor the first release. Sasha also announced a North American tourstarting September 27 that will include stops in San Francisco, LosAngeles and New York City. Read More
  • Barnes & Noble, whichlast month said itwouldn’t carry the upcoming O.J.Simpson book."If I Did It" due to "lack of customer demand," haspulled an about-face. The chain told The Associated Press that theghost-written train wreck will appear on its bookshelves after all. As previouslyreported, new publisher Beaufort Books says that OJ will notfinancially benefit from the publication of "If I Did It," whichretells Ron Goldman’s and Nicole Brown Simpson’s murders.Simpson now says he had little do with its creation but the ghostwriter naturally disagrees.
  • WORD:McCafferty’s latest novel ‘Fourth Comings’ captures angst ofmid-twenties

    Megan McCaffertyrecently launched a new novel, "Fourth Comings," from Crown Publishingto continue her Jessica Darling series that‘s garnered praise for itsrefreshing and frank look at young adulthood. This latest installmentfollows Jessica, now a twentysomething woman trying to make it theworld just after college. Read More
  • John DigweedBASS:See Trance DJ John Digweed free in San Francisco

    John Digweed,one of our very favorite Trance music DJs, will play at San Franciscoclub Ruby Skye on Friday, August 31 in what’s sure to be one of TheCity’s most fantastic shows this year. Digweed is touring NorthAmerica in support of his new mixed album "Transitions Vol. 3," slatedfor release Sept. 18. Want to get in free? Read More
  • BASS:Surya Dub hits Club Six tonight; free DNB at Madrone Lounge

    In San Francisco, a bevy of DJs will spin Drum & Bass, Dub,Dancehall and Global Beats at Club Six tonight (Saturday, Aug. 25). Thetwo-room Surya Dub party, which features local spinmeisters like Maneesh TheTwister and Roommate,as well as New York City’s Sub Swaraand several others, kicks off at 10 pm. This 21-and-up show has a $10cover. Club Six is at 60 6th Street between Mission and Market… Then onWednesday, Aug. 29, check out the free Drum & Bass event "Infuzion"where DJs Jus Wan and Kinetic will play early sets duringthe DNB Happy Hour at Madrone Lounge in San Francisco’s Lower HaightDistrict from 6 pm to 9 pm. Madrone Lounge is at 500 Divisadero nearFell.
  • BPM SmithAudio:WORD’N’BASS Show now streamed live on Internet

    Until today, listeners of BPM Smith’sDrum & Bass and Electro mixes had to catch The WORD'N'BASS Showeither live in the Oakland/Berkeley/San Francisco areas every Fridayfrom 10 pm to 1 am PST on 104.1 FM, or an archived set in the audio sectionof this website. Beginning tonight (Friday, Aug. 24) at 10 pm,listeners worldwide can hear the show live on the Internet as well. Inthe program, BPM Smith churns out a Downtempo and Electro set followedby Drum & Bass. Listen Now
  • WORD:Juice is served as Beaufort Books tackles OJ book ‘If I Did It’

    When Beaufort Books finalized a deal with the Goldman familyfor O.J. Simpson’s tell-allbook "If I Did It," the publisher’s president Eric Kampmann probably figuredenough time had passed to avert a repeat of that last year’s firestorm.In late 2006, HarperCollinsdestroyed 400,000 copies of the book, which retells Ron Goldman’s and Nicole Brown Simpson’s murders, asbookstores across the country refused to carry the title. Read More
  • DJ KrushBASS:DJ Krush to release his first-ever DVD set, 3-disc ‘History of DJ Krush’
    Edited Press Release

    On September 18, acclaimed Japanese producer/turntablist DJ Krushwill offer up his first ever DVD entitled "History Of DJ Krush." Thecollection encompasses a whopping three DVDs and features every DJKrush music video to date along with two documentaries that follow DJKrush’s path from the recording of his1995 album "Meiso" through to his 2006 world tour. Read More
  • BASS:Ambi-Sonic 4 year anniversary party features Downtempo Electronica
    Expect the lounge lizzards to be out in force tonight (Saturday, Aug.18) when Ambi-Sonic celebrates its four-year anniversary in SanFrancisco with the finest in Chill Out music and local DJs spinningsmooth lo-fi grooves, as well as some up-and-coming live Downtempobands. Ambi-Sonic will also debut its new compilation album slated forrelease this fall. Performers include MikeBee, DFTram, Saturnia, Cholophil, MAK, Traffic, Future BC, Jump/Cut,Fuzzpod and Submodern.The 21-and-up event runs from 8 pm to 2 am at Retox (formerlySub-Lounge) near Potrero Hill. Retox is at 628 20th Street. Cover is $5before 11, $7 thereafter.
  • Faye KellermanWORD:HarperCollins Publishers to make books excerpts available on iPhone

    In an effort to reach new readers, HarperCollins Publishers said itwill make digital book content available for the iPhone platform,allowing readers to view pages of HarperCollins titles online. Thepublisher’s pilot program will initially include samples from 14 newbooks by authors such as FayeKellerman (pictured left), WilliamLashner and David Mendellin an iPhone-compatible format. Read More
  • On the Road:Beginning Saturday, Aug. 4, WORD’N’BASS Editor BPM Smithis traveling in Europe. New editorial and audio content will resumewhen he returns in mid-August.
  • WORD:Debut novelist Patricia Wood hits publishing ‘Lottery’

    If you’re waiting for the next big thing in summer reading fare, lookno further than Patricia Wood’sdebut novel "Lottery," which Penguin Group imprint Putnam launched onAugust 2. Lottery’s premise -- what happens when Forrest Gump winsPowerball -- is so simple yet volatile it is generating considerablebuzz as copies reach bookstores. Read More
  • WORD:Author Steve Forte drums up publicity for card cheating book - bygetting arrested

    Self-published authors are known to get creative to try and drum upmedia coverage of their books, but two-time author Steve Forte pulled off the mother ofweird publicity stunts by getting arrested in Atlantic City. Forte, whopublished a book this year called "Poker Protection - Cheating and theWorld of Poker," faces charges of conspiracy and using cheating devicesin a theft after allegedly robbing fellow poker players. Read More
  • BASS: Hector Fonseca releases ‘NewYork Club Anthems Vol. 2

    Talented DJ Hector Fonsecalaunched the second installment of "New York Club Anthems," a dirtyElectro mixed album that includes tracks from producers Suzanne Palmer, The Starkillers andeveryone’s favorite transsexual vocalist Amanda Lepore, record label Star 69announced. Read More
  • BASS:Drum & Bass producer SKC drops limited edition 12"

    We’ve snapped up just about every vinyl release we could find from Drum& Bass producer SKC in thepast two years. The Budapest, Hungary-native’s pulsating, bass-heavytracks are perfect when a D&B mix is hitting its mid to late peaklevels, so when record label Commercial Suicide said it’s "very excitedto announce another release from SKC" we got ready for another day ofscouring Bay Area record stores for his latest. Read More
  • WORD:Harry Potter 7 said to be greenest book in publishing history
    Edited Press Release

    The Harry Potter series has galvanized the world’s book industry intogoing green, from spurring the development of 32 new ecological papers,six for Potter exclusively, to igniting a shift where 300 publishershave adopted environmental policies that are helping to protectCanada’s Boreal forest among others, Vancouver-based environmentalgroup Markets Initiative announced. Read More
  • WORD:Roca book ‘The Gleason’s Gym Total Body Workout for Women’ goespaperback

    Simon & Schuster imprint Fireside has issued the trade paperbackedition of professional boxing trainer HectorRoca’s popular fitness book ‘The Gleason’s Gym Total BodyWorkout for Women: A four-week Head-to-Toe Makeover.’ Roca, who wrotethe book with Gleason’s Gym owner BruceSilverglade, gained worldwide recognition after training actress Hilary Swankfor her role in hit film 'Million Dollar Baby.' Read More
  • Editor’s Note: Beginning July 2, BPM Smithis in Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. WORD’N’BASS willget updated upon his return. Happy Fourth of July!
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith mixes Downtempo and Electro set

    BPM Smith began mixing Downtempo, Electro and Drum & Bass in 2000.Since 2002, his Downtempo sets have traditionally kicked off a threehour live mix during the WORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast in the S.F. BayArea on 104.1 FM. Last Friday he started the show with chilled outproducers like Boards of Canada,Tarwater and Tommy Guerro,then transitioned to the quicker beats of Purple, Alchemy and Genetic. As always, this set ischilled without editing of the original live broadcast. Listen Now
  • WORD:Nicholas Christopher launches ‘The Bestiary,’ to read in NYC

    Author Nicholas Christopherhas his fifth novel, ‘The Bestiary,’ launching on July 3 at bookstoresnationwide, publisher The Dial Press announced. The Bestiary is alyrical story about a young Vietnam vet in search of a long-lost bookdetailing the animals left off Noah’s Arc, a journey that takes himfrom the tenements of New York to the ancient libraries of Europe. Read More
  • WORD:Author Dave Zirin begins roadshow for ‘Welcome To The Terrordome’

    Author and journalist Dave Zirinis coming to Cody’s books in Berkeley on July 11 in support of his newbook 'Welcome To The Terror dome - The Pain, Politics, and Promise ofSports’ (Haymarket Books), at 7pm for a signing and discussion.Zirin, who has covered sports for the San Francisco Examiner and whosedebut book was the controversial 'What’s My Name Fool?', takes aprovocative look at the heroes and villains of contemporary sports inhis latest work. We hear he’s also reading at various bookstores in theSan Francisco Bay Area and an announcement is on tap soon. Cody’s islocated at 1730 Fourth Street.
  • BASS:Klute’s US edition of‘Emperor’ has more D&B, less Techno

    KluteDrum & Bass producer/DJ Klute,in association with Commercial Suicide and Breakbeat Science, announcedthe release of the US edition of his runaway multi-platinum hit album'The Emperor’s New Clothes.' The US edition comes as a 2 x CD pack butwith an entirely different track listing than the UK version that’s instores across the pond. In the announcement, Klute noted that the USedition has far less Techno than the original release. The album, whichhas 16 tracks in all, is slated to arrive at record stores across theUS in July, or you can score a copy hereat the Breakbeat Science website.
  • WORD:Jane Green launches third novel in as many years with ‘Second Chance’

    Longtime Chic Lit author Jane Greenlaunched a new novel ‘Second Chance’ from publisher Viking this monththat has current events - a terrorist attack on an Amtrak train thatkills a man - lead to a reunion of sorts for four old friends: a drunkactress, a suburban mother, an animal shelter director and a writer whocannot conceive children with his otherwise delightful wife. SecondChance is Jane’s third novel in as many years, and comes after‘Swapping Lives’ and ‘The Other Woman.’
  • DJ Alley CatBASS: DJ Alley Cat Drum & Bassset

    Former San Francisco DJ Alley Cat,who has released two studio albums and been the label manager forSkunkrock Productions since moving to London in 1999, continues usingEurope’s abundance of Drum & Bass events to sharpen her mixingskills. Since moving abroad, she’s played venues in 18 Europeancountries as well as all over the USA, Canada, South Africa and Israel.Alley Cat recently posted a new mix on her websitethat includes tracks by D&B staples such as Klute, Lomax, Spirit and manyothers. We like how she patiently ramps up the beats in an ever slowrise to 170 BPM. Listen Now
  • BASS:House music producer Carl Kennedy to release ‘Ride The Storm’

    In December 2006 Carl Kennedyinvited legendary singer/songwriter AndrewRoachford to record vocals for his new production of "Ride TheStorm," the hypnotic cut from Roachford’s 1994 album "Permanent ShadeOf Blue." The soulful voice and carefully crafted track won immediateattention from top tier House music DJs such as Pete Tongand recent International Dance Music Awards winner Roger Sanchez.Kennedy now has a vinyl release of the track slated for release on June25, Wasted Youth Music and Effin Records announced. Read More
  • WORD:Rachel Vater latest agent to join Folio Literary Management

    Literary agent Rachel Vaterhas joined Folio Literary Management, bringing the number of agents atone of New York City’s fastest-growing agencies to seven and raisingthe firm’s profile in the hot young adult (YA) market. Authors will beinterested to hear Rachel is taking on new clients. Read More
  • BASS:New S.F. Dub party kicks off with DJ Unya, Sam Supa; DJ SS playsCompression

    A new bi-weekly Dub party Brapdem! launches in San Francisco tonight(Wednesday, June 20) at The Transfer with DJ Unya, Enzyme, Antiserum and Sam Supa spinning from 10 pm to 2am, Surefire Productions and One Ronin announced. The event, which hasbooked DJs through September, will continue on the first and thirdWednesday each month thereafter. There is no cover charge for this21-and-up event. The Transfer is located 198 Church Street... OnThursday catch one of the UK's premier Drum & Bass producers as DJ SS, a founder of the World ofDrum & Bass, plays at Club Compression with MC Kay. Compression residents Sharp, Aye-n, Audio Angel and Colonel MC will also perform at theparty, which runs from 10 pm to 2 am at the Cellar, located at 685Sutter Street.
  • SashaBASS:Fan dies, Ornette Coleman collapses on stage at Bonnaroo Music Festival

    At last weekend’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee,where several top DJs including Sasha &Digweed, the San Francisco Bay Area’s DJ Shadow, and Oakland rapper Boots Riley were scheduled toperform, one fan reportedly died and jazz legend Ornette Coleman collapsed during hisperformance. Conditions at Bonnaroo were reportedly hot and dusty, andevent organizers had issued a warning before the event about dryconditions "due to the fact that the State of Tennessee is experiencinga severe drought." Read More
  • WORD:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction
    Edited Press Release

    Nigerian author Chimamanda NgoziAdichie has won the twelfth Orange Broadband Prize for Fictionwith her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate). At anawards ceremony in London, oranizers presented the author with the£30,000 prize and the 'Bessie', a limited edition bronzefigurine. Both are anonymously endowed. Read More
  • WORD:First "Espresso Book Machine" unveiled at BookExpo America Convention
    Press Release

    At the BookExpo America convention in New York City, legendarypublishing executive Jason Epsteinand business partner Dane Nellerunveiled the first "Espresso Book Machine," an ATM vending machine forbooks which will revolutionize publishing by printing and deliveringphysical books to consumers within minutes. Read More
  • WORD:Celebrity journalist Anna David turns novelist with 'Party Girl'

    It seems the trend du jour is gossip reporters turning to the novel asa medium to express the underbelly of fame, decadence and excess. Anna David, who has written fortabloid staples like US Weekly, has a different spin in her novel'PartyGirl,' which HarperCollins launches this month. Read More
  • Paul van DykBASS:Paul van Dyk returns to Central Park with ‘In Between’
    Press Release

    In what has become one of New York City's most highly anticipatedannual summer concert events, Paulvan Dyk returns to the famed Central Park on August 17th &18th. This marks a record 5th consecutive year that Paul van Dyk hasteamed up with Made Event for the production of this truly uniqueoutdoor concert. Read More
  • San FranciscoLoveFest,America's largest dance event, is looking for volunteers, interns, andkey players to help make the 2007 event happen from top to bottom,in both the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Please contactorganizers at info(at)sflovefest(dot)orgif you're interested.
  • BASS:Global Dubwize Vibes & Dread Bass Culture tonight at SF’s Club Six
    Press Release

    This month Surya Dub celebrates the CD Release of resident Kush Arora’s third album ‘FromBrooklyn to SF’ with a series of shows including tonight, Saturday May26, at San Francisco venue Club Six. Appearing alongside Kush is NewYork MC Juakali. And to roundout the night are Special Guests RazMesinai (aka Badawi/Sub Dub) as well as Lady Ra (Beats Without Borders,Vancouver). Read More
  • Andrea PortesWORD:Andrea Portes to attend BEA events in support of ‘Hick'; more tourdates on tap

    With an eye on the BookExpo America conference in New York City, debutauthor Andrea Porteshit the Greenwich Village Barnes & Noble on Tuesday night for areading, discussion and signing in support of her novel ‘Hick’(Unbridled Books). Next week, Andrea will appear at several BookExpoAmerica events beginning June 1 as her road show continues. Also, manyof her nationwide tour dates were announced. Read More
  • WORD:Backspace Writer’s Conference starts May 31; scholarship winnersannounced

    The annual Backspace Writer’s Conference will take place at theAlgonquin Hotel in Manhattan from Thursday, May 31 to Friday, June 1.The event, which brings together best-selling authors, top literaryagents and editors for a two-day, two-track event with paneldiscussions, workshops and socializing, will feature Publisher’s Lunchfounder Michael Cader andauthor David Morrell as keynote speakers. Read More
  • WORD:Alan Greenspan to keynote annual BookExpo America conference
    Edited Press Release

    The former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Alan Greenspan, will kick offBookExpo America’s (BEA’s) author events as Keynote Speaker on Friday,June 1, in New York City. Conference organizers had to move Greenspan’sappearance to alarger venue at the Jacob K. Javits Center convention Facility due to avery large audience expected for Dr. Greenspan’s appearance, the BEAsaid in a press release. Read More
  • KluteREVIEW:Klute’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ has another dose of melody
    Review by BPM Smith

    After launching a fifth Drum & Bass album last month in the UKthrough his record label Commercial Suicide, Klute’s latest is now trickling intorecord stores across the US. ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ coming on theheels of his memorable 2005 release ‘No One’s Listening Anymore,’ haseverything you’d expect from a Klute D&B release: bountifulmelodies, varied drum lines and the occasional bass bomb. Read More
  • BASS:Roommate, Jus Wan play GrimeCity two-year anniversary party on Friday

    Two years ago, the B.I.G. Crew formed to launch the regular Grime Cityparty with the goal of turning San Francisco into a city of grime -- oflow end and massive beats. This Friday (May 18), B.I.G. Crew andSureFire Productions will present a two-year anniversary party with DJs Roommate and Jus Wan spinning Dubstep and Grime,along with residents Enzyme, JaminCreed, and Emcee Childholding down the mic. This free night of beats happens from 10 pm to 2am at Anu, located between Market and Mission at 43 6th Street in SanFrancisco.
  • BASS:Grand National returns with sophomore LP ‘A Drink And A Quick Decision’
    Edited Press Release

    Recall Records is pleased to announce the highly anticipated release of Grand National’ssophomore album ‘A Drink And A Quick Decision.' The album will bereleased in a unique fan-friendly platform format with the digitalversion available on June 18th and a deluxe CD version available onSeptember 10th. The deluxe CD package will feature bonus tracks andremixes not available on the digital release. Read More
  • BASS:Internet radio could play on with Senators Wyden, Brownback bill

    Days after the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) pushed back the due datefor newly inflated royalty payments to kick in for Internet radiobroadcasters, two U.S. Senators --  Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) -- proposedlegislation to keep Internet radio alive by vacating the CRB decisionthat could increase Internet radio sound recording royalties by 300percent to 1,200 percent. Read More
  • WORD:Winn Scotch debuts with ‘Lost and Found’ launch; Portes reading in SFMonday

    The 'Department of the Lost and Found,' an ambitious novel about a30-year-old woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, launched on May8 from publisher HarperCollins imprint William Morrow, author Allison WinnScotch announced. Allison, a longtime journalist whom TheLiterary Guild calls "a writer to watch," says her protagonistreevaluates life and reinvents everything about herself in this debut.Allison has a book signing at the Borders Books in NYC (10 ColumbusCircle) this Wednesday, May 16, at 7 pm. Check out her websitefor more information… Meanwhile, AndreaPortes is reading her debut novel ‘Hick’ on Monday, May 14, inSan Francisco. Catch her beginning at 8 pm at Bazaar Café,located at 5927 California Street.
  • Andrea PortesWORD:Interview with ‘Hick’ author Andrea Portes

    "The bartender looks me up and down. He has salt-and-pepper hair andpiercing green eyes. I can’t bring myself to look at him." Those aren'texactly the comments of your typical thirteen-year-old, but Andrea Portes has a novel'Hick'  that’s anything but routine. As Unbridled Books launchedthis gritty and engaging road novel, WORD’N’BASS.com Editor BPM Smith chatted with Portes aboutthe lowlights of her first book tour, writing semi-autobiographicalmaterial, and why her mom wears sunglasses indoors. Read More
  • WORD:Barbara Kingsolver goes narrative nonfiction with ‘Animal, Vegetable,Miracle’

    Best-selling novelist and essayist BarbaraKingsolver has an unexpected book launching today (May 1). Inher first narrative nonfiction title, ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,’ shedescribes her family’s adventures as they move to a farm and realigntheir lives with their surroundings, publisher HarperCollins announced. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO:BPM Smith special 420 Drum & Bass set

    BPMSmith, who began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000, hashosted theWORD'N'BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FMsince 2002. Last Friday night he whipped out the heavy bassbombs to mark 420 with producers well known for emphasizing the lowssuch as Skc, Calyx and DJ Fresh. Also watch for BPM Smith's remixof Nu: Tone and a notoriouslyblunted track by A-Sides with MC Fats. Naturally he rounds offthis extra long set with Big Bud.This mix is presented"unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast. Listen Now
  • WORD:‘Ask A Ninja’ deal with Crown Publishing could mark new trend

    In what could be the first in a new trend for the book industry, videopodcast ‘Ask A Ninja’ landed a book deal with Crown Publishingfollowing an auction by literary agent JoeVeltre of Artists Literary Group. Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols, the duo behind Ask ANinja, will write the book. Read More
  • WORD:Legendary novelist KurtVonnegut: 1922-2007

    Literary novelist Kurt Vonneguthas died at age 84 in Manhattan. Vonnegut, one of America’s mostcelebrated authors for his sardonic, oftentimes bizarre writing, diedon Wednesday, April 12, weeks after sustaining a brain injury during afall. Vonnegut’s debut novel Player Pianowas published in 1952, and his best-known novel, Slaughterhouse-Five,came in 1969. When Vonnegut served in World War II, he was captured bythe Germans and imprisoned in Dresden, a city American forces bombed tobits in a prolonged attack that killed over 100,000 people.Slaughterhouse-Five, widely considered one of the best American novelsever, was named after a freezer in which he and other POWs hid duringthe bombings. WORD’N’BASS.com sends condolences and best wishes toVonnegut’s family.
  • WORD:Debutant Henderson breaks in novel ‘Tap Root’ at St. Martin’s --without an agent

    It’s not often a first-time novelist gets a major publisher to signthem without a literary agent. When they do, it sets off the ‘hot bookalert’ sirens and we’ve got a feeling SusanHenderson’s debut ‘Tap Root’ could fit the bill. It's acoming-of-age novel set in the 1970s about a young girl who mistakenlybelieves her mother has gone missing, and must come to terms with theirirrevocably changed relationship. Read More
  • WORD:Interview with ‘Con Ed’ author Matthew Klein

    There’s a thousand roads an author can take to becoming a novelist. Charles Bukowskichose the bars and slaughterhouses of cities across America. Wesley Strickwrote Hollywood screenplays for nearly two decades before turning tonovels. Most recently, Matthew Kleinparlayed a decade of raising venture capital and start-up technologyventures into a debut with Warner Books. The setting of his novel, 'ConEd,' will surprise nobody. His solid plot and convincing portrayal ofSilicon Valley led WORD’N’BASS.com Editor BPM Smith to ask some questionsabout how life experience drives prose, the perfect con, and whathappens when you go broke. Read More
  • Gabriel & DresdenBASS:S.F.'s Gabriel & Dresden score two IDMAs, Tiesto is ‘Best Global DJ’

    At the recent 22nd Annual International Dance Music Awards in MiamiBeach, Armin Van Buurenand San Francisco’s own Gabriel &Dresden each took two awards apiece, and Trance DJ Tiesto scored three awards to tiehis results two years ago. Meanwhile, Drum& Bass has its first winner since the genre received its owncategory. Read More
  • WORD:Bay Area author Dave Eggers, Kiran Desai to speak at PEN World Voices
    Edited Press Release

    PEN American Center announced this year’s theme, "Home and Away," andthe program for its third annual PEN World Voices: The New YorkFestival of International Literature, which will draw 162 writers andcultural critics from 45 countries for 67 panels, lectures, tributes,readings, one-on-one conversations, and musical performances. America'sonly festival of international authors, World Voices will occur April24 to 29 in various locations around New York City, including festivalvenues such as the Bowery Ballroom and the Morgan Library. Read More
  • BASS:New Music Royalty Rates May Shut Down Internet Radio
    Edited Press Release

    The U.S. government, through the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), earlierthis month made a determination of the royalty rates Internet Radiowebcasters must pay the owners of sound recording copyrights to licensethe music they webcast for the years 2006-2010. The license is paid toSoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects royalty paymentsfrom digital music broadcasters and distributes them to rights holders.In an open letter, DigitallyImported Founder/Manager AriShohat appealed to the public to help keep Internet radioviable. Read More
  • WORD:‘Con Ed’ author Matthew Kleintrades in venture capital  for pen and paper

    It’s been years since the phrase "dot-bomb" became America’s catchphrase for a minute. Millionaire tech execs in khakis seem to havedisappeared from Silicon Valley and moved on to other projects, likewriting dot-com novels about raising VC and collecting millions. Matthew Klein is one such technologyexile, and his novel Con Edjust debuted with Warner Books. What’s that, you say tech schemesaren’t sexy? Throw in the world’s greatest con man, a hot wife of abillionaire who wants to nab a big score, the Russian Mob and acold-blooded Vegas tycoon. That’s sexy times-two. Look for an exclusiveinterview with Klein next week here at WORD’N’BASS.com.
  • WORD:Delacorte Press announces 26th Annual Contest for a First YoungAdult Novel
    Edited Press Release

    Authors who write young adult novels have a contest to enter that couldsee them making their publishing debut with Delacorte Press Books, adivision of Random House. The publisher announced that for thetwenty-sixth year running, it will hold a contest with the prize of abook contract (on the Publisher’s standard form) for a hardcover and apaperback edition. Read More
  • Electrosoul SystemBASS:D&B label Grid Recordingslaunches Allsorts imprint with Electrosoul System

    After a 2006 that saw Drum & Bass label Grid Recordingsexpand its musical horizons with the launch of the Liquid Allsortsseries, it has kicked off a new imprint Allsorts with Russian producer Electrosoul System (pictured left).The imprintlaunch comes after releases last year from artists such as DJ Marky & Bungle, A Sides, Heistand Electrosoul System. Read More
  • BASS:2007 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair petition drive underway
    Edited Press Release

    Organizers of the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair are asking the public toshow its support for the 2007 event by signing and circulating this petition,which will lobby city officials to grant a permit for the annual streetfair that features arts and crafts, food booths, two musical stages --and a platform that in recent years has brought Drum & Bass to themasses. Read More
  • WORD:O.J.’s ‘If I Did It’ gets second life on judge's ruling, publishersready auction

    Publishers, start your engines -- and get your pocketbooks ready. Justfour months after HarperCollins put O.J.Simpson’s book ‘If I Did It’ on the chopping block along with Judith Regan’s head, a judgereportedly ordered that its rights must be sold at auction to helpsatisfy a civil judgment against the alleged killer. Read More
  • SashaBASS:Sasha & John Digweed to play Miami’s Mansion during Winter MusicConference
    Edited Press Release

    Since Sasha and John Digweed played a few showstogether in 2006 and have at least two scheduled this year, it’s safeto say that the breakup of Trance music’s most accomplished duo isover. Sasha & Digweed will host their own night at Mansion in Miamiduring Winter Music Conference on Thursday, March 22. Read More

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