AS THE TABLE TURNS. How hot is Turntable.fm? Not hot enough for Talib Kweli, reports a Betabeat tipster. More than 100 people showed up at the Turntable.fm party last night for the CMJ music festival, where the rapper was supposed to laptop-DJ along with foursquare’s Naveen Selvadurai, Sterogum’s Amrit Singh and LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Wang.
Mr. Kweli was a no-show; Mr. Selvadurai was also nowhere to be seen. “Furthermore, no one at the event that I spoke to had ever heard of Turntable.fm or understood why they were just looking at five people playing songs from a laptop,” our tipster writes. “They were clearly expecting some Talib Kweli turntablism. To make matters worse, their showcase was in between an amazing turntablism set by AraabMuzik and an anticipated set by indie band The Dum Dum Girls, which left the turntable.fm as a head scratcher for people attending CMJ.”
Why would Mr. Kweli, who has shown TT love before, drop out of the mix?
7. Sick of Turntable hype.
6. Afraid of the gingers.
5. Intimidated by DJ Wooooooo.
4. Had some bad Chinese.
3. At Occupy Wall Street.
2. BlackBerry died, didn’t get the Google Calendar reminder, thought it was tomorrow.
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