Lemur Music Proves There's Still Nothing Sexier Than An Upright Bass

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Courtesy Lemur Music
"People want to come in and play the basses. I hear this over and over, they say 'I've always wanted to come,' or 'this is the shop! I've always imagined what it looked like,'" says Toni Buffa, who has run Lemur since she and her late husband Jerry purchased the company in 1995.

Players of the upright bass - also known as the standup bass or double bass - know Lemur as the gold standard for the instrument in the western U.S. The company provides basses, bows, amplifiers and accessories to a worldwide clientele.

"When we took over the business in '95, it was the beginning of what I would call a golden age of bass. Buffa says. "It was just booming - our business tripled in less than two years."


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DC Shoes + Wu Tang = Awesome

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DC and Wu-Tang: Together at last
With the wave of awesome '90s album anniversaries, it's about time a group did something besides releasing the super duper gigantic deluxe edition of their classic release. Who better than New York's Wu Tang Clan to think of something creative? Joining forces with DC Shoes to release a limited edition collection that commemorates their debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) that introduced the hip-hop collective to the masses, inspiring an entire generation of up-and-coming rappers. Yet outside of hip-hop heads, Wu Tang found fans in an entirely different group: skateboarders.

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OC Weekly's Best Of Mobile App: Now Even Better!

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Shiny! New!

Want to know where to go and what to do in Orange County? Your essential mobile guide--also known as our Best Of app--just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping and nightlife recommendations from the Weekly's expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content.


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Producer Jon O'Brien: "I have no desire to record a reggae band or a metal band"

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Jon O'Brien Recording

Producer Jon O'Brien's portfolio is busting at the seams, having produced and engineered OC's most prominent indie acts, from Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band, Moostache, Parker Macy, The Gromble, to Young the Giant. Working out of his home studio in Irvine, Jon O'Brien Recording is quickly becoming the go-to studio for local musicians.
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OC Weekly iPhone App: Your New Guide to Everything Orange County

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Need to find the best restaurants, bars, concerts and events? There's an app for that: We're very much excited to announce the launching of the brand new--and free!--OC Weekly iPhone application.

It's here for you when you've got nothing to do. It's here for you when you're hungry. It's here when your Friday night plans fall through. That's already better than, like, 70-percent of your friends, right?

 Get the app here or just search the iTunes store for OC Weekly.

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NAMM and Nerds: And So It Begins!

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THIS GUY!
We're heading out to the weekend-long NAMM Show extravaganza starting today. We'll keep an eye out for the latest gear, software, nerdy musician types, announcements that only the nerdy musician types would enjoy/care about at all--and, most importantly, the burnt out mega rockstars and even the sorta rockstars.

On our grocery list for tomorrow: Ace Frehley, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ted Nugent, Alan White, Dick Dale, Weird Al Yankovic. HELL. YEAH. (ETA: Just found out Sublime, or what's left of Sublime, will be at the Cole Clark booth from 2 to 3 p.m.)

Be sure to follow us on @OCWeeklyMusic for some live tweetin' action, TwitPics and more. We'll also have slideshows of photos by the always awesome Andrew Youssef up here on Sunday night. NAMMMMMMMMM!

Gadgets and Gear: Checking in on CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Las Vegas (Part 5)

Editor's note: Correspondent Nathalie Voirin has fired off her fifth update from the CES show in Las Vegas that took place Jan. 7-10. Stay tuned for more of the must-own and ridiculous stuff she spotted!

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Nathalie Voirin
Now your phone can look like a douchebag too!

Ed Hardy is now in the phone accessory biz with seven tatooed iPhone covers. Don't have an iPhone? Their rhinestone stickers have you covered.

Click for previous CES posts.


Gadgets and Gear: Checking in on CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Las Vegas (Part 4)

Editor's note: Correspondent Nathalie Voirin has fired off her fourth update from the CES show in Las Vegas that took place Jan. 7-10. Stay tuned for more of the must-own and ridiculous stuff she spotted!

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Nathalie Voirin
The Smoothee by Tiffen
If you're an avid iPod videographer, get your hands on one of these. The Smothee is a portable handheld steadicam that takes the nausea factor out of your videos. Other models are also available for flipcam, DSLR and camorder users. Its not available in stores yet, so you have some time to save up.

Click for previous CES posts.


Gadgets and Gear: Checking in on CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Las Vegas (Part 3)

Editor's note: Correspondent Nathalie Voirin has fired off her third update from the CES show in Las Vegas. She's kicking knowledge and taking pics all through the event. Stay tuned for more!

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Nathalie Voirin
Meet the Zikmu Parrot by Starck. This sleek home stereo system connects to your PC or iPod via WiFi or Bluetooth. At 100 watts its powerful enough to immerse you with your fave tunes. What you need to pay to play: $1600.

Click for previous CES posts.


Gadgets and Gear: Checking in on CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Las Vegas (Part 2)

Editor's note: Correspondent Nathalie Voirin has fired off her second update from the CES show in Las Vegas. She's kicking knowledge and taking pics all through the event. Stay tuned for more!

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Here's a cheap fix DJ mixer for $50. It's for the turntablist (or wanna be) who doesn't have it all. This mixes audio from your iPod(s) or computer and comes with a nifty scratch pad.
Available now.

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