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?
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As we reported earlier today, Talib Kweli is the first verified Turntable.fm artist, with his own unique avatar. The folks at TT.FM just released a little video of Mr. Kweli visiting their office.
While celebs get the special avatar treatment for free, its easy to see how Turntable could turn this into a revenue stream, selling users the option to create a more accurate digital likeness.
Hopefully nobody owns a patent on the creation of digital faces…
For Turntable.fm early adopters, sure, Diplo put his flag down first. But the start-up is now verifying artists, as evidenced by the first one—or so he claims—announcing it. And it is?
Betabeat got the heads up yesterday that Talib Kweli was spinning in impromptu A.M. concert in Turntable.fm when investor Chris Sacca tweeted, “Umm, yes. This is really happening” with a link to the System Addict – Idle Warship room.
Since we lasted spotted Mr. Sacca getting his mind blown over magic tricks with Turntable.fm co-founder Seth Goldstein, we took him at his tweet. [Avatar] heads started bouncing when Mr. Kweli put on some “H&O,” which we, naturally, take to mean Hall & Oates. (“I Can’t Go For That”? “Rich Girl”? Wait, wait, no, don’t tell us . . . “Maneater”!)
But apparently not all Turntable.fm’s brushes with fame have ended so pleasantly in the streaming music/chatroom/chance to DJ service. Take, for example, Paul Miller’s account on This My Next of the time he walked into Turntable.fm’s VIPfest room to find Diplo, Gorilla vs. Bear, the founder of Pitchfork, and Carles from Hipster Runoff. “That’s when things got weird.”