Thursday, July 31, 2003

Okay, when did programmers become hipper than designers? Anyways, I�ll be gone for a few days and I expect people to post while I�m gone. ; )

I don't usually post fan mail here, but this one is a keeper:

"i love your site. if i could marry it i would.
at night i wake up from dreams of humping your website.
never change for anyone."

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Fischerspooner Tour Dates:
9-14 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR, 9-15 Fillmore, SF, CA, 9-16 Fillmore, SF, CA, 9-17 4th and B, San Diego, CA, 9-19 House of Blues, Las Vegas, 9-20 House of Blues, Anaheim, 9-21 House of Blues, Los Angeles, 9-22 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ, 9-24 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO, 9-26 Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas, TX, 9-27 Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX, 9-28 Engine Room, Houston, TX, 10-1 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA, 10-2 Earthlink Live, Atlanta, GA, 10-4 Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI, 10-5 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

Staring contest
C'mon... this was so '01.

PerversionTracker: Apparently Useless Software

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Narancic Grafika: hot hot hot 2D design and illustration.

For our European readers: Adult. on tour in August.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Nothing new, but stage4 has posted an excellent interview with Tim O'Reilly.

Just a quick note: my blog is not dead. I'm just having technical difficulties and the admin of the server is being a bit too casual in attending to these problems. So I'll post here momentarily:

For those who grew up in the Detroit area, the name Bill Bonds most likely brings laughter or a shudder of disgust (or both). For those unfamiliar with Billy, he was a local newscaster on local ABC affiliate WXYZ television. His antics include many DUIs, million dollar contracts, diamond studded airbrushed jean jackets, bad toupees and challenging then mayor Coleman Young to a fist fight on the air. He was most likely the inspiration for Simpsons news anchor Kent Brockman. I found this link with a transcript of a Bill Bonds blooper, complete with muddled real video. It's only a small portion of a man whose legacy is far under documented and celebrated.

Bob Hope dead at 100

I know you always wanted to build your own Pixel Punk

Some excellent Scandinavian design over at

Tile Machine: I saw this over at YayHooray and thought it was pretty cute.

Kleber launches Kosheen

This was linked everywhere else, but in case you missed it, the work of Hamada Takeshi.

Mike, us oldsters might want to use this as reference.

The Hipster Shuffle.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

I just saw that Robert Hodgin was linked up on Design is Kinky (about time), I figured I should plug his work too. Besides being a stand-up guy he's also one of the key people in experimental mediums.

Odd that T was brought up being Boltzplatz hasn�t left my table this morning. Whoa!

Anyways, thanks to the power of nanotechnology we now have pants that don�t stain.

(It's not my fault the whole art/design/music community dies on the weekend leaving me nothing relevant to post)

This is mostly relevant for anyone who has to be in a car with me: After two months on almost constant repeat, Charles Manier's At the Bottle (from Idol Tryouts) has been dethroned by T. Raumschmiere's The Game is not Over, featuring Miss Kittin, as favorite new track / thickest synths on the block. Interestingly enough, the Monster Truck Driver EP features an excellent remix by Mr. Manier's distant cousin Dabrye.

T.Raumschmiere is the alias of 27 year-old Berliner, Marco Haas. Gnarled bass-lines, known in German as 'Gnarzigkeit' have become his stylistic device. His brand of 'minimalism' is to achieve the 'maximum' with as few means as possible � with a decidedly punk ethos: why go for sterile minimalism when you can rock out? This bluntness informs the T.Raumschmiere sound: bass sequencing with scratched up, brushed down beats and no unnecessary breaks in the sound. He steers this huge menacing vehicle of a tune with an agility and snotty-nosed impertinence that gets under your fingernails like city grime. T.Raumschmiere cuts a dash as a full-body tattooed, oil stained techno-punk.


Saturday, July 26, 2003

Radar Magazine: perfect bathroom reading material for LA.

My body aches, but I�ll take that as a good thing.


Friday, July 25, 2003

Silas and Maria is the well executed kooky site of the UK hipster store which also has branches in Tokyo. It captures the energy and general wackyness of navigating the streets of Shibuya and Harajuku with its unending seas of urban trendoids, fashion boys, hyper-cute schoolgirls clad in anime-animal graphics and your garden variety uber cool tokyo kids. It's a fun detour, check it out.

Nissan is trying really hard.

An all-day festival of art and music, July 26, 2003, 11am-8pm

Boo-Hooray* is MOCA's largest summer celebration, and MOCA members get in free! MOCA at California Plaza
250 South Grand Avenue, Downtown L.A.
Featuring music by:
Blonde Redhead
DJ Z-Trip
Los Super Elegantes
Vida Vierra and Swing Brazil
String Theory
Plus special surprise guests

Thanks to the Public Art Fund an the Madison Square park Conservacny, Wim Delvoye has sculutres from his "Gothic" series in two of our city's parks for the season. At Doris C Freedman Plaza, in the southeast corner of central Park, the Belgian artis is showing a life-size filigree-perforated steel replica of an excavating machine, caterpillar #5; his Caterpillar #3, in Madison Square Park, is accompnaied by a 'construction site' full of the usual gear - cement mixer, traffic cones, wheelbarrow - that looks like it's left over from the job site at Chartres.

Streaming music returns to WDET FM today... mostly.
Read more here. Tune in here.

Speaking of, Liz Copeland and Clark Warner present their monthly residency Stylus at Buddha Lounge in Detroit tonight.

Thursday, July 24, 2003
(thanks to Steve, our official white-boy-afro Hipster Bingo chip, for the link.)

hippies don't die, they go to hell and regroup.

The New York art scene may go all sleepy during July, but out in Los Angeles things are hopping. The Absolut L.A. International Biennial Art Invitational, July 8-Aug. 16, 2003, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with exhibitions of works by over 200 artists from 30 countries at 75 galleries and art institutions throughout the city and environs. Organized by dealers Robert Berman and William Turner, the biennial concentrates on bringing European artists to L.A., though this year the global migration includes plenty of talent from South America and Asia, too. "The biennial is an idea whose time has come, and its usefulness, to Los Angeles and the art world, remains undiminished," proclaims L.A. Weekly critic Peter Frank
Last weekend Los Angeles hosts the Scope Art Fair, was on view at the Standard hotel downtown. The lively alternative fair includes almost 30 exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada, ranging from 31 Grand (Brooklyn) and Bucheon Gallery (San Francisco) to Slate (Vancouver) and William Fong Curatorial Projects (Hartford).

Opening this fall is the first museum survey of Lee Bontecou (b. 1931), the artist who became known during the 1960s for expressive, emblematic wall reliefs made of canvas stretched over welded metal armatures. "Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective" opens at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Oct. 5, 2003-Jan. 11, 2004, with approximately 60 sculptures and 75 drawings, including works that originally appeared in exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York between 1960 and '71 as well as newer works made at her secluded studio in rural Pennsylvania. The show is organized by Chicago MCA chief curator Elizabeth A.T. Smith in conjunction with Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin. The show subsequently appears at the Chicago MCA, Feb. 14-May 23, 2004, and MoMA QNS, July 28-Sept. 27, 2004.

Several top museums have mounted big shows of Expressionism for the summer. At MoMA QNS is "Max Beckmann" (June 26-Sept. 29, 2003), with a complementary selection of Expressionist works from the Museum of Modern Art on view at the Neue Galerie in Manhattan (June 27-Sept. 15, 2003). Over in London, the Royal Academy of Arts is presenting "Kirchner: Expressionism and the City, Dresden and Berlin 1905-1918" (June 18-Sept. 21, 2003), while the Fondation Beyeler in Basel greeted the spring with an extensive survey show dubbed "Expressiv!" (Mar. 30-Aug. 10, 2003).

At the Design Museum London:
No object tells the history of design more eloquently than the chair. From Michael Thonet's discovery of how to mass-produce chairs in the late 19th century and Marcel Breuer's pioneering use of tubular steel at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, to recent advances by contemporary designers such as Jasper Morrison, Jurgen Bey and the Bouroullec brothers, the chair has long been the focus of experimentation in design. The Design Museum tells the design history of the chair through the classic examples in its collection. Visitors can try out many of the classic chairs in the show - by sitting on them.

One of the most remarkable collaborations in design history was between the Italian designer Flaminio Bertoni and the French car company Citroen. Beginning in 1934 when Bertoni designed the bodywork of the Citroen Traction Avant - reportedly in a single night - it continued in the 1940s with the design of the supremely functional 2CV and in the 1950s with DS19, a car so alluring that it was nicknamed "the goddess". This exhibition will combine sketches, working drawings, models, components and the original cars to explore Bertoni's collaborations with gifted Citroen engineers such as Andre Lefebvre. 1 August to 12 October 2003.
In the Digital Design Museum, Jonathan Ive, winner of Designer of the Year, discusses the development of the iMac, iPod and other Apple products.

Japanese architect Toyo Ito is to create a Glasgow home for department store Selfridges. His plans for the �90million store in the Trongate are shrouded in secrecy - but the design is being hailed as the most spectacular ever seen in Scotland. Award-winning Mr Ito's store will be four or five-storeys high and is expected to take full advantage of the 130-metre Trongate frontage.

Sounds of relief are audible at Disney Hall The polished steel exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall is already familiar. Inside, the paint is dry, and few hard hats are in evidence. But one lingering question has been the most important: How will it sound? On Monday morning, that question was finally, if not conclusively, answered when the Los Angeles Philharmonic had its first rehearsal in what will become its home in October.

Trade Center Memorial Jury to Be Hidden From Scrutiny (Update1)

Bay area readers will recall that Brian and Phoenix of Memory Systems/Form Records ran Synth - SF's most forward thinking and high quality electronic music and multimedia events before their exodus to New York. After a year of ramping up, they are making up for the lapse with three events planned for Gotham City:

Pill : new sonic and visual electronics for covert operators.

Condition : electronic dub and other silicon politics in the sun...

Prescription : Live experimental video for the new millenium with boom boom boom and blip blip bleep.


Wednesday July 30th 10PM � 4AM FREE!
W/ Resident DJs
Brian (form8, Memory Systems)
Bad Bunny (form8, Memory Systems)
+ Special Guests
W/ Resident Video Artists
Phoenix (
C-TRL +- AH (
+ Special Guests

PILL #2 : Wednesday August 27th : guests TBA

PILL at Open Air, 121 ST. MARK'S PLACE AT AVENUE A, NYC | 212-979-1459


Condition � Starting in August � Details TBA

Prescription � Starting in September � Details TBA

The same day the U.S. House voted to block FCC rules easing media ownership restrictions, NPR's Fresh Air had a fine show on consolidation in the radio business and Clear Channel's role in the music industry. Listen to it here.

When asked about the perception that musicians now must deal with the company, its live venues and its concert promotion arm SFX or face not hearing their songs on the radio, Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan said: "There is absolutely, unequivocally no connection between what gets played on the radio and what concert tours or venues are chosen."

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

These sets won't be up for long, so enjoy them while you can ... (Thanks Jared)

1. Line47 (18:32)
2. Enduser (17:56)
3. Baseck (17:54)
4. Doormouse (18:02)

So, my birthday is coming up in 10 months, does anyone want to buy me some of the new Craig Metzger merch?

... Please?

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Get your nerd goggles on. Ready? Okay.

New 12k/Line releases are right around the corner. Also, there some new Tiln releases that have been making the rounds at our office, as well as Tu'm summer catalog, which has mp3s from Christopher Willits, Ghostly artists Twine and electronic music pioneer Kim Cascone and many, many more. Check the archive for a who's who of nerdcore laptop microglitch werp love.

Lastly, check out Matt Tobey's city of floating blogs. He's actually really really funny. Especially when ripping on Ben Aflac

Despite self-aggrandizing headlines claiming that his legendary appetite for drink and drugs had come to a sober end, artist Damien Hirst was spotted in London last week with what appeared to be more than a few drinks in him. Rumor has it that he's found God, too. This apparent conversion to Christianity might explain recent tabloid snaps of Hirst in his newly adopted Messiah-like pose -- arms raised in a crucifix position. ...

A somewhat amusing parody of Mike Cina + Mike Young

Monday, July 21, 2003

Praxis 5 -Yet another fabulous, hip Praxis party...
Architecture After Capitalism
Thursday July 24, 7:00-9:00pm
Municipal Art Society's Urban Center Books
457 Madison Avenue, New York, New York

Presenting Miss Untitled 2003:

doyle and i stomped the dancefloor at insomnia to death...insomnia is one of los angeles' longest running, totally illegal afterhours, and we love it!

Daily nerd supplement: Jon Stokes interviews two core members of the 970 (G5) design team, and thelizman discusses the relationship between science fiction and technology in the next hundred years.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Design is Kinky has updated their focus section with a spotlight on Andrew Pommier. Dig

... and if you're wondering, Paris was saved.

Friday, July 18, 2003

If you can deal with one of the most horribly designed websites (construction gif�s are so 96�) in existence, the Silverstein Gallery has an interesting project running that�s worth a look: 150 shirts from 150 artists

Hipster Bingo Try it out the next time you are in Billyburg.

Mentioned this once before but if you remember things like I do, it takes a lot of repeating. Dance music lovers and jazz aficionados should take note of this free DJ/jazz collaboration in Brooklyn on this Sunday. DJs open the event, followed by percussionist Daniel Moreno, who leads the charge with his masterful playing and gargantuan collection of exotic instruments collected from around the world. Various members of the Spiritual Life record label join Moreno, including jazz musician Adam Holzman and DJ Joe Claussell. All this happens in beautiful Ft. Green park and is Free. The park is easy to get to from the A(Lafayette stop) or G(Fulton) subway stops. The party starts at 3pm and goes till 9pm. Bring Food, Blankets,and Friends is a great photo blog currently featuring a lot of graffiti from around NYC. Dig deeper in the site and you'll find great photo's from every corner of the city from this really talented photographer. Updated often.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

A reporter finds out the truth behind the Iraq antiquities and art lootings

Funniest Internal Memo yet

for those in the detroit area this saturday:

untitled presents

paris hilton is burning

featuring patrick russell wsg derek plaslaiko
special back room sound track of hollywood excess
by mike servito

*the paris hilton party will feature a miss untitled
contest -with celebrity judges allen, birthday boy, rob
theakston, and uber-chic(k) delia (plus others tba).

all interested debutwats are encouraged to compete.

its hip to be a mess.
its good to be untitled.

I feel like rambling, so �

If there�s one question I hate more than anything its �what�s your favorite electronic release?� it�s a complicated and awkward question for me and usually I give up fighting after some pressure and I just spurt off the typical �Brotherhood� or �Selected Ambient Works�. I figure no one will hassle me if I just give them something they own, and it�s kind of true being I really love both records; it�s just not entirely true.

Though every time I�m asked I do think of Jim O�Rourke�s mostly unnoticed (by non-critics that is) Mego release �I�m Happy, and I�m singing, and a 1, 2, 3, 4�. I never say it though because usually when you enter Mego territory one of three things happen: most commonly the person will have never heard of Mego and they can only place O�Rourke because he produced Wilco and is now an official member of Sonic Youth. A little less commonly, they know of Mego and consider it the most ridiculous and pretentious label in existence. Thirdly, and the most rare, they know of Jim O�Rourke�s dealings in electronic music and consider him the greatest producer to ever touch a PowerBook. I fall in that last category (though I won�t deny that Mego is ridiculous).

I�ll admit sonically it isn�t as ground breaking as it was three years ago, but in my opinion it�s irrelevant because of the context this record had in the genre. The last few years we�ve been in this awkward transitional phase, the academic and dance spectrums were blending into one unified genre and the always-restricted electronic music fans were caught buying records they would have never dared touch a few years prior. Academic fans were buying releases from the minimal tech labels, and the dance fans caught themselves listening to the likes of Autechre in their �Confield� era. Ideology was becoming increasingly irrelevant and O�Rourke with his always perfect timing decided to release a purely electronic based record, and if I�m not mistaken, his first.

Timing is O�Rourke�s greatest gift, in the three genres he conquered, rock, avant-jazz, and avant-classical, before setting his foot into electronic music were done with records which fit the moment and gave you an experience which seemed just perfect. I�m often told by my older friends who got to witness O�Rourke play in his Thrill Jockey rock days that he changed everyone in the audience but if you went back and listened to the recordings they almost ruined the experience for you, O�Rourke�s recordings were meant to be heard in a certain time frame and outside of that they would have little relevance.

It�s true too, I don�t listen to �I�m Happy, and I�m Singing, and a 1, 2, 3, 4� much, if at all anymore but it still has this hold, this effect on me which has never let up.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Paper. I would like to say that I never leave the house in the morning without a pen, but sometimes I do make this disastrous mistake. Once I realize my error, the feeling I get is not unlike what a dug addiction must be like. �Must have pen!� is all that runs through my mind as I check my pockets over and over, hoping it might appear by sheer will. The second I satisfy my fix with pen in hand, another fundamental need wells up with equal force, �Must have paper!� However, I find that paper addiction is much easier to satisfy than the pen addiction because in the worst case I can write on a scrap piece of paper from my wallet or the interior of my car, or a napkin or placemat, or, at a last resort, my hands (although recently I have discovered that, depending up on the season, the abdomen can be a flatter surface). To most of us, paper is more a state of mind than an object � it is a place outside our minds to think and reflect. It is unfortunate that the display technology of the computer we use has been designed around the flat, rectangular metaphor of machine-cut paper, instead of the unflat, unrectangular, and infinitely multidimensional space of pure computation.

- Professor John Maeda, from Maeda @ Media

Ninja Tune ringtones

... Okay?

The internet is shit

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Damn! I just downloaded the clean version of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" from Apple's Music Store. Is it sad if I email tech support asking to replace my copy with the good copy?

Whatever, I'm going to bed.

Damn ... this track is a jam, even if it is clean.

t-six-ten, mobile photography from Sony. (thanks K10k!)

This much I know, Tracey Emin

Richard Hamilton, the father of pop art get's a retrospective.

Speaking of dance records, Detroit's own lovable Todd Osborne, known to the peeps as "Soundmurderer" had his Violent Turd (the Kid606 ran mix label) disc reviewed on Pitchfork today. Even the geeks cannot deny the rebirth of jungle. If you haven't heard it (though I suspect most of you have) go, download, enjoy.

Oh, and you have to admit this rebirth of jungle thing is a lot cooler than the rebirth of electro period we just went through. Don't deny

Also on Pitchfork (I swear I'm done): My Bloody Valentine box set with freshly recorded material

Chances are you've never heard of Sonic Terror if you're outside of the mid-west, but, if you're lucky enough to live in Ohio or lower-Michigan their probably your favorite electronic label. They only have a handful of releases which were put out with absolutely no money and an almost punk rock sensibility. They released one of the most breathtaking records in the realm of dance music, Enduser�s "15 Tracks" (which Pitchfork gave a 9, one of, if not, the highest rating for any dance record) and I'm sure there�s more coming.

In fact, there is:

"some people have asked about the bruchstellen double 7" set w/ bong ra, main$tream, strident vortex, and me (enduser). ollie just emailed and said that these 7's were delayed because of a backup w/ the plate peoples - but are on their way to hamburg now to be pressed. shouldn't be long, the shit will be available at wrecked and breakcore when it's out - maybe here, not sure yet...

lynn "


Yes, new Sonic Terror material. Now I'm not saying everyone should go rush out and hear it, it's not for everyone. It's not by any means trendy or hip, this isn't Kompakt or Perlon and chances are you'll rarely hear it at the club (unless I'm playing of course) but if you're interested in where dance music could go, or if you're just looking for people who are still extremely passionate about the music side of things you should pursue it and after you fall in love tell all your friends about it.

Oh, and here are the MP3's.

Monday, July 14, 2003

A friend of mine, Jared Wilson, who in my opinion (with all bias aside) is easily one of the most talented producers in Detroit, posted up a new track on Detroit Luv. It's solid all around and if you have yet to hear his stuff on wax go download it, hell, do it anyways.

I guess I should mention I have a 7" which should be coming out, uh, soon, featuring an outstanding remix from him. Dig

Okay, the Apple Pro Mouse might be the worst mouse ever invented. When will Apple get it right?

Be pretentious and check out the Kevin Drum interview over at Pitchfork. Chin stroking required

Happy Monday! Okay not really--- but get your glitch on with these loops (flash required). Fun fun fun!

Burnlab favorite Tom Muller launched his new portfolio site last week, and there's brand new work from DUOlog partner Stoav.

Allen, Allen... I'll let the nipple thing slide. How about a link for Icarus Line though?

Okay, so Atmosphere really isn't new but aren't you glad you know about it now? To apologize and to prepare you for next Saturday (you know, Paris Hilton) I give you

Design competition winners have been announced by Friends of the High Line. The City of New York has committed $15.75 million to revitalizing the elevated train line on the west side of Manhattan for public use. Design submissions are on view at Grand Central Terminal through July 26th.

Schnack is the only late night spot to get *ahem* artisan sausages, cheap imported beer you've never heard of and tasty little teeny burgers, all within shouting distance of Burnlab HQ. As of July 20th, Schnack will be open until 2am (kitchen until 1am.) Another reason to stray from Smith Street and enjoy our strange little corner of Brooklyn called Red Hook. I don't know which is cooler/geekier: that they have a billboard print of a Black Label ad or that they have a blog.

Speaking of Brooklyn, long time DUMBO cultural institution (largely responsible for the neighborhood's revival) Gale Gates et al. will be closing for good at the end of the month. It will leave a vacuum in the avant garde theatre community for certain.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

So, Jakub Alexander (known to the ladies as the door guy at Untitled) has started what appears will be an interesting night filled with all sorts of A/V greatness. I have no idea what's going on with the visual side of things but if it's half as good as the audio side (Twine, Kero, and Jakub himself will be kicking things off) everyone should be in for a treat. Go check it out, it's monthly, it's Atmosphere.

If you're looking to take a break from downloading the entire Schematic catalog, Hawtin mixes, and 'ultra-rare!!!11" Aphex Twin tracks I suggest you feed your inner hardcore child by downloading the Icarus Line's amazing cover of Spaceman 3's "Walking With Jesus", you'll love it.

Go! Slsk! Now!

These are pretty darn sharp: clear CDs.

Mr. Will Calcutt of drunken photos fame has launched a portfolio of his professional photography and illustration. Very nice. (Having photogenic friends like Magda and Matt Dear makes it hard to go wrong though.)

Hailing from Burnlab's original basecamp of Royal Oak MI, please welcome Allen Goodman to the editorial team, and check out some his his twisted music at Feed the Machine. Hopefully he and the other conspirators can pick up some of the slack as Kritzman and I will be working away in LA the next few weeks.
Timely plug for some of our Los Angeles friends:
The Galactica
Drowning in Culture

More from the Media Lab front:, home of Casey Reas. You may know Reas for being partly responsible for the Processing project.

Saturday, July 12, 2003

While taking a break from my work tonight I have been enjoying the experimental films of James Jung-Hoon Seo, one of the many talented students at the MIT Media Lab. When you're done with those, head over to his blog and read his excellent review of this years Sonar festival.

Friday, July 11, 2003

More bad music than one can handle! James Allenspach, the man behind Dictionaraoke, has a blog filled with all sorts of bad music goodness.

Oh, by the way, hello

This is linked up on Radio Burnlab, but worthy of a reminder: The Daniel Miller Hour on Radio Eins. So good for your ears. T. Raumschmiere, Motor, Anthony Rother, Zeigenbock Koph, Cabaret Voltaire, Non, Bolz Bolz, Nitzer Ebb, Matthew Dear...
Just kill me now.

For even more streaming music, Paxahau has archived Speedy J's live set from his first ever Detroit show (thanks again to Paxahau and Blackbx for making that happen), as well as Derek Plaslaiko's recent four hour birthday set from UNTITLED. Nice.

Looking for the latest fashion news and don't have the patience to wade through page after page of ads at the news stand? JC|Report is a twice monthly mailer to get you on track.

Where have all the free summer parties in NYC gone? Word of mouth has turned what started out as a few one off events last year into a sunday afternoon/evening weekly at Ft Green Park in Brooklyn. Put together by DJ Tabu and a cast of other really great DJ's who know sundays were made for house music. Rumor is there will be a special live performance from a mysterySpiritual Life Music artist on July 20th. Located in my new 'front yard', Ft.Green is easy to get to from the city or Brooklyn: Lafayette stop on the C or Fulton stop on the G and walk 2 blocks north. The party goes from 3 to 9pm. There's lots of grass space for blankets.

Bryan Black of Haloblack and H3LLB3NT has been a long-time collaborator with the likes of Prince and Chemlab. It should be no wonder that he is the first 'industrial' producer to craft a truly spot-on sexy and fresh sounding electropunk crossover. His latest project, XLover has released a small handful of 7"s and 12"s, including a remix of Daniel Diamond's Champu and a remake of Prince's Controversy on City Rockers Records - home of Felix Da Houscat and Tiga+Zyntherius. Watch for the Trash Me EP in early September. Also in the works is a new Haloblack LP titled Throb, described by the band as "deep, hard and bleepy".

On an unrelated note, as all things in the fickle New York City nightlife scene do, electroclash mogul Larry Tee's Berliniamsburg night at Luxx will be coming to an end this month. Many an entertaining Saturday night was spent there, where I've seen some of the best and some of the worst live electro acts ever. Ta ta.

The second annual international ArtBots : The Robot Talent Show will take place at EYEBEAM Gallery in New York City on July 12-13, 2003.
ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show is an international art exhibition for robotic art and art-making robots. This year's show is being curated and produced by Douglas Repetto, Philip Galanter, and Jenny Lee.

Special thanks to all of those who supported Carl/Planet E through the years. This has been one heck of a win.


For Immediate Release


Carl Craig vs. Carol Marvin and Pop Culture Media
Judge: Robert L. Ziolkowski
Court: State of Michigan Wayne County Circuit Court Today eight jurors awarded recording artist/Detroit Electronic Music Festival founder Carl Craig victory in a contract dispute against Pop Culture Media and Carol Marvin.

The law suit was filed in May 2001. With the trial starting July 7, 2003 and ending July 10, 2003

Craig was awarded damages that equal the remainder of his contracted fee in 2001 and all unpaid expenses incurred directly from the 2000 DEMF. These expenses included artist hotel expenses, artist flights, and artist equipment rental fees.

Craig entered into an agreement With Pop Culture Media as Creative Director in 2000.

Since the law suit was filed in 2001 Carol Marvin changed attorneys four (4) different times in a suspected attempt to delay proceedings.

"I'm happy this is over. This is a weight that is lifted from my shoulders and now I can continue to pursue my musical and business endeavors" says Craig

Thursday, July 10, 2003

I'd like to introduce you to my new friend, Bubb Rubb and his friend Lil' Sis.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

You may have already seen this... maybe not.
Interpol's video for 'Obstacle 1'

What a great clip for a great song. Almost makes me want to grow a shag and get an attitude about drum machines....


Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Form:ULA updates yet again.

Here's a real gem found on the Detroit Luv discussion boards, to support all our raving the past few days (no pun intended): An archive of Magda's and Richie Hawtin's set at PS1 in New York. Yeah! This is a four+ hour 57.7MB mp3 file. Safari + broadband strongly suggested. Also two short video clips here and here. Remember, this is at an art museum and it was about 100 degrees out.

Behold Kraftwerk's Tour de France 2003 video.

Reference or rip-off?
The oft-praised Honda Cog ad is coming under fire, according to UK magazine Creative Review, by two Swiss artists, Peter Fischli and David Weiss (you may have seen their recent film, B�si (Kitty) at LA's MOCA). In fact, they've recently instructed their lawyer to send a letter to Honda to complain about alleged similarities between the Cog ad and their experimental 1987 art film, Der Lauf Der Dinge which takes place in a similar artists-studio setting, and documents a series of found objects setting off a complex chain reaction. Weiden + Kennedy London Creative Director Tony Davidson, who was responsible for the Cog ad does not deny seeing Der Lauf Der Dinge, but insists that "there is a difference between copying and being inspired by".

nice idea with the map, mike...good timing for me because in two short days i�ll be able to mark my location from thailand, where i�ll be for at least three weeks. if anyone has been there and has any recommendations give me a shout please!

New at Burnlab: we now have a guest map. This is a free app... not nearly as slick as the custom one at Computerlove, but we'll give it a try. Post a message from your global position for our lovely readers and dedicated conspirators. Scroll to the bottom of this page or click here to view. Enjoy!

If you're attending this year's Macworld CreativePro Conference taking place at New York City's Javits Center you can listen to Warren Fischer, Casey Spooner and other collaborators describe how the use of Apple technology has enhanced Fischerspooner's music and video creation. Fischerspooner's feature presentation will take place on Thursday, July 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Monday, July 07, 2003

Nancy Blum: breathtaking patterns.

INFINITRANSFORMATION is the home of Arnold Steiner - mastermind behind Schematic Records' most twistedly brilliant album covers.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

panOptic: kicking ass and taking names.

Saturday, July 05, 2003

I'm posting between parts one and two of Minus' 2x2x2 events: PS1 was hot as hell, both figuratively and literally. Clark Warner's set at Arc will be from 3am to 8am, so the early-to-bed/early-to-rise readers in New York can still pop down and enjoy some Clark.

[Magda and Rich in Detroit July 3/03, courtesy of John Brandon]

More details on Mr. Hawtin's new album: Closer will be released in October on Minus/NovaMute and will mark the return of the Plastikman moniker. 80 minutes of all new material. Get ready for some very pleasant surprises.

...and happy birthday to conspirator Josh Glazer today!

For those of you in NYC, Minus presents part 2 of their 2x2x2 series tonight. It begins at PS1 with Magda and Richie, and then moves over to Arc joined by Clark Warner. Doors at 11p at Arc, but the Minus posse starts at about 2a.

Friday, July 04, 2003

This is totally last minute, but all you fine people (well, most of you) are invited to the Lab to drink beer and watch stuff blow up tonight. The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will take place south of the Brooklyn Bridge - a short distance from our roof at 9:45pm. E-mail: for directions and details.

The Galactica is an LA-based online magazine for music, art and erotica; designed by our good friend Benny Campa. Get all shoe-gazey and check out featured bands like Univac, Helen Stellar and Benny's own band Israel & Icicle.

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Looks like the summer is starting to shape up in LA. One of my new favorite things to do is movie watching at Hollywood Forever Cemetery . Hang out with LA hipsters for movies under and over the stars.
This month: Sullivan's Travels
Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 8:30 P.M., Admission $10.00
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower
No reservation necessary. Tickets sold at gate Gates open at 7 pm

The California Institute of Abnormalarts (CIA)
This Saturday at 10pm, $10 cover ($2 DISCOUNT for Puppet Karaoke $3 discount with PUPPET)
11334 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, (818)506-6353
performance art & the release of issue #2 of Puppet Terror: The fanzine for anyone who has ever been terrorized by or terrorized others with puppetsfull line-up TBA, July 12th, 2003, 9 pm at the Key Club, Sunset Blvd.West Hollywood, CA
Tix $12 Tickets available at the club and at Ticketmaster

"Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" a female reporter quizzed Beatle Ringo Starr in A HARD DAY�S NIGHT. His famous response � "I�m a Mocker" � neatly summed up the cocky, carefree spirit of the 1960�s, when every teenager with pegged pants and a shag (haircut, that is) started his weekend with "Ready, Steady, Go!" and droves of dollybirds in Twiggy/Suzy Kendall gear roamed the swinging streets of London. The 5th Annual Mods & Rockers Series kicks off with D.A. Pennebaker�s documentary of the landmark 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, followed by a Q&A with Fest co-organizers Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & The Papas and Lou Adler. Highlights of this year�s program include in-person Tributes to musician/actress Nancy Sinatra (THE WILD ANGELS), actress Leigh Taylor-Young (I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS) and director Roger Corman (THE TRIP). Other gems include the L.A. Premiere of a new documentary on influential British singer/songwriter Nick Drake; and 1960�s ultra-rarities like THE MODEL SHOP, JOANNA, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT and PRAISE MARX AND PASS THE AMMUNITION.

Dadaism reminded the world of independent spirits. It was a mixture of outrage, argument and absurdity that involved an almost childlike love of games. It was always driven towards finding a solution to end the war, towards waking people up from the unconscious dream - be it through anger or laughter. It was intentionally without logic at times, driven by chance and fantasy. These goals were pursued with passion, obsession and with a diversity unequaled elsewhere and at no other time in history. The Dadists shows at The Met Theatre in LA celebrate the lives of those artists who gave birth to a movement - for generations to come. They believe that as artists their purpose is to tell the story beautifully, emotionally, and honestly; after all, that is life. After the play follows musical performances by the Cabaret (Voltaire) and Dame Darcy.
Da da Cabaret, Located in Hollywood at the Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave.(1 block east of Western)

Also check out the PS1 summer line-up

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Buck 65 is an odd hip-hop act (er, "hotwired dump-truck funk" as Buck himself says) with a great hand-drawn website. Thanks to Fred at Computerlove for finding this one.

And, Will Calcutt now has around 30,000 photos of drunk friends at Thanks buddy.

more and more, grafitti is becoming an artform. barcelona�s building walls are becoming home to a variety of international grafitti artists. ranging from england�s politically charged banksy to france�s sweetly strange miss van, grafitti is where it�s at...i hope to do a more in depth report of the scene in barcelona in the coming months

Detroit is officially a hostile place for graffiti artists. However, Detroit is still quite accommodating to murderers.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Up Our Sleeve � an exhibit in which the web radio and DJ crew known as dublab invited 100 artists to transform white record sleeves (with a hole in the center) into display art. The show is traveling to NYC and San Francisco this summer.

The New York Sculpture Center held the first annual Blimp Derby last Saturday; event and installation by Olav Westphalen, 2003 artist in residence. The central element of this project was an afternoon of remote-controlled blimp races. Westphalen designed and built a blimp race track within SculptureCenter�s multi-story space. Westphalen and SculptureCenter invited participants and assemble teams to race blimps.

The Swiss art team of Peter Fischli & David Weiss is accusing the Honda motor company of copyright violation over a car commercial that began airing in Britain last April. The two-minute commercial for the Honda Accord, which supposedly took 606 takes to complete and involves disassembled parts of the Accord in an elaborate, Rube Goldberg-like set-up, is very similar to the artists' prize-winning 1987 videotape The Way Things Go. "As far as I know there's no such thing as copyright of an idea," a Honda spokesperson told the Guardian

Make room on your fall travel schedule for a visit to London. The first Frieze Art Fair, organized by the hip London-based contemporary art magazine -- count on art critics for good ideas! -- is set for Oct. 17-20, 2003, in a custom-built structure in London's Regent's Park.

British bad boy Damien Hirst has sworn off alcohol and drugs, and has been on the wagon for six months, according to a report in the London Evening Standard several weeks ago. "I don't think I will give up drinking forever," he said. "But it gets to the point where you can't control it so you've got to do something drastic." Hirst isn't completely done with the sauce, though -- he promises a new work based on the Last Supper, in which Christ and the Apostles are represented by 13 ping pong balls perched atop 13 fountains of red wine spurting out through medical tubing.

Fred Sandback, 59, Minimalist sculptor who shaped imaginary planes in space with taut lines of colored yarn, died at his studio in New York on June 23. He suffered from depression and committed suicide, according to an obituary in the New York Times. A Yale MFA grad, Sandback had one of his first solo shows in 1968 at Heiner Friedrich gallery in Munich. He subsequently opened his own museum, funded by Friedrich's Dia Art Foundation and located in a former bank building in Winchendon, Mass. (it closed in 1996).

Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus
July 1 � October 5, 2003 - Getty Center, Los Angeles
Selected from the Getty's collection of photographs, this exhibition features the black-and-white work of three major American photographers of the second half of the 20th century: Garry Winogrand (1928 � 1984), Diane Arbus (1923 � 1971), and William Eggleston (born 1939). The approximately 90 photographs range in date from 1957 to 1974, spanning the era we think of as the sixties. That turbulent decade of cultural revolution inspired these talented photographers to develop three unique approaches to documenting the social landscape: Winogrand with a manic, amused cynicism; Arbus with an honest, confrontational mode; and Eggleston with the quiet irony of one for whom everything and nothing is significant.

Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection
July 12 � September 21
From Willie Cole�s Domestic Shield comprised of iron scorch marks on an ironing board cover to Yoshitomo Nara�s stylized Little Pilgrims who seem to sleepwalk up the walls, Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection is a dazzling selection of work that reflects various prevailing trends in contemporary art. The Henry Art Gallery is located on the western edge of the University of Washington campus at 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street.

just back from the glastonbury festival...craziness. over one hundred thousand people confined to the same space for more than three days.a topic more than worthy of a shit tv series than big brother.... for the official report check q magazine. for the unofficial american report check back here in the next few days for my side of the story

to wind down from the festivities i just finished watching what should have been made into matrix 2: the animatrix. a dvd featuring short animations in some cases explaining the time before matrix 1 and in some cases being more worthy of a chapter from "the wind-up bird chronicles" from haruki murakami (part seven) (thanks to co-conspirator tony saracino for leaving that book after a visit to espa?a)..there�s even an try at being a new version of the final sequence from 2001 (final part)...infinitely more intellectual and challenging than the actual matrix 2, especially from the side of mixing traditional animation with cgi

Dave Pinter got a photo of the new courtyard installation under construction at PS1 before being yelled at by the guards. Full photo here. This year's installation was designed by Coop Himmelblau collaborator and Emergent founder Tom Wiscombe. More on the Young Architects program from the Times.