Friday, April 30, 2004

top 10's are overrated.

as promised doyle,

here's my top 8 for april...

a. run stop restore - geometry ep - m_nus
b. chloe - the forgotten ep - karat
c. adam marshall - ant 004 promo - antenna
d. various artists - post office 2 lp - telegraph
e. monobox - the remixes volume 2 - matthew dear / ultrakurt remixes - logistic
f. various artists - post office ep - telegraph
g. peter f. spies vs. jay haze - contexterrior 6 - contexterrior
h. minimal man - chicken store - perlon

seek. listen. enjoy.

The man who knows what's up with what bleeps, our favorite kindly maniac Ryan Elliot submits his top 10 list for the month:

1. Osborn / Afrika / Spectral
2. Turner / After Work (Roman Flugel rmx.) / Ladomat
3. Andre Kraml / Feel Electric / Safari EP /Firm
4. Peter Grummich/ No Reason/ Searoom EP/ Spectral
5. Misc/Return to Sender/ Receiving Data Comp./ Sender
6. James Cotton / Press Your Body / Spectral
7. Vocophon / Konzentrat / Split_2 EP/ Sender
8. Pan Tone / Paper Tiger /Unsubscribe EP/Sub Static
9. ADJD / Belive / Stocktown Bizniz EP / Poker Flat
10.Toro / Jam The Metro Dub / Planet May EP / MBF

Still Burning.....
DJ Minx / A Walk in the Park (Magda's rmx)/ Minus
K.Lakizz & Trike/Suppress/Receiving Data Comp./ Sender

Our talented friends over at Flink have just launched a new microsite for the UseAgain exhibit. UseAgain seeks to establish Belgium in the international design community through this very clever collabrative exhibition.

"It's about time! Flink presents Use Again. Use Again is an initiative by Flink, set to push creative boundaries in Belgium. The objective: accumulate individual vectorized artwork and put them together to produce a final composed wall mural. Featuring more than 500 artworks and 60 contributors around the world, it's a ruckus!" -k10k

As always, you've got to love The Onion.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

A music filled weekend starts in exactly three hours:
Neubauten tonight.
Tamion, Goudron and Dykehouse Friday night.
The Raveonettes Saturday.

this is cool.
this is not.

New chapters added to the HARDAC yearbook. Genius.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

[Regarding an earlier post] Just so you don't think Golan Levin is only concerned with highbrow, downtown digital art, supple new modes of interactive expression and inquiry into non-verbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems: Three Pictures of Finger Spies, presented in "unfathomable resolution."

Then again, stuff like Messa di Voce makes me think there can't be a MacArthur Fellowship far off.

(I just really like this photo of myself and Jon Ozias discussing Dorkwave in Berlin circa 1982.)

(Also, a great photo of Tony Wilson and Nick Cave.)

Bored with Friendster too? Try dodgeball, IMHO, a much more practical and clever implementation for social networking applications.

Benetton's Colors magazine which was first designed and edited by Tibor Kalman, re-launched today with a new editorial director, Kurt Andersen, perhaps best known as a founder of the trouble-making Spy magazine. According to this New York Times article, the new Colors will be less focused on "misery and pain", and future issues would be a blend of old Life magazine and National Geographic.

Cory Arcangel is huge. That should be a remarkable event.

Since we're talking about that scene I should note that Detroit label Feed the Machine will be releasing a 12" from the Bodenstandig2000 crew who is one of the groups responsible for brining 'retro-hacking' to the mainstream, or, er, the underground through their notable work with Rephlex.

Google's master plan and 'giant frickin' computer' to make it happen.

Google's money won't be made with search...that's small peanuts compared to selling access to the world's biggest, best, and most cleverly-utilized map of the web.

ellen allien will be dropping by ny on may 18th at APT...
if you can't get your culture fix on prior to that, you can hop a plane and head here.

Brand new Lineto site.
The best damn type foundy in the whole world.

Our good friend Golan Levin will be performing at The Kitchen in NYC this Friday, April 30th.

Live digital samplings from the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Anti-fi techno-punk feminist Tracy + The Plastics spins a fractured multimedia video art experiment in the politics of identity and sexuality. Golan Levin, creator of the Dialtones Telesymphony (2001), collaborates with artist-engineer Zachary Lieberman on an audiovisual piece probing "the subtleties of manual expression." Topping off the evening is Cory Arcangel from BEIGE, an art group who has pioneered the practice of hacking obsolete 8bit computers and video game systems, and was hailed by the New York Times as one of 2002's "Top Ten Art Moments."

And don't miss Golan's Secret Lives of Numbers project at the Whitney Biennial, on view through May 30th.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

If you haven't already seen it, April's Index magazine features a six-page spread on Ellen Allein. It's an informative look at the Berlin artist and label-owner's past, her love for Berlin and respect for Gold Chains. Also, immediately following the Ellen Allein article is a 10 page photo spread by Mark Borthwick, and while I know Mr. B is supposed to be known as one of the top photographers of avant-garde fashion, and earns great respect from the likes of Martin Margiela and Yoji Yamamoto, I'm just not feeling the love for his work. Maybe the spread in Index isn't among his top work, is there something else of his I should be looking at?

After "Okay", "Coca-Cola" is the second most recognized word in the world. But marketers at Coke aren't resting on their caffeinated laurels. In an effort to refresh the 118 year old brand, they are taking advertising beyond the flat formats of TV spots and billboards and into the third dimension with an array of new products and environments designed by New York architect David Rockwell and his newly established Studio Red. Led by media maverick Craig Kanarick, co founder of Razorfish, this new design think tank includes experts in industrial, graphic, and experience design as well as branding and business strategy.

Speaking of Google: Type "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" Button. The error message is pretty funny.
-->Courtesy of Joe George

With a light snow somehow falling this morning, Iron & Wine's "Our Endless Numbered Days" seems more appropriate than usual keeping up residency in the CD player. The follow-up by Samuel Beam to 2002's sparse "The Creek Drank the Cradle," his brooding and enchanting melodies are a guilty pleasure -- a melancholy collection appropriate for the waning days of autumn, but still satisfying in the spring. The current tour stops in New York on June 25th and 26th, Detroit on July 1st and Chicago on July 2nd.

Also, don't forget to get your tickets for the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, which resumes May 3rd after a nearly 25 year hiatus. Although it includes more touristy fare like a "virtual reality theatre experience" about automobile manufacturing along with the tour of the assembly line for the F-150, a chance to peek inside the historic industrial complex should be worth the trip.

Monday, April 26, 2004

FYI, there's a good reason you're not supposed to use normal dish soap in an automtatic dishwasher. It's like freakin' Ibiza in my kitchen right now.

re: TG post below
That is bad news, as I know a few of our regular readers had ticket reservations. For once my laziness pays off, though going to ATP and a private recording session in London doesn't sound like such a bad compensation package at all.

Hot off the presses:


on behalf of
Throbbing Gristle

We are very sorry to have to announce that it will NOT be possible to
present the RE~TG event as planned on May 14th-16th 2004.

Despite good sales for the event (in excess of 1600 tickets), unexpected
cost rises and scheduling complications would have required the festival
virtually to sell out before enough funds were generated to stage the
RE~TG festival in the manner orginally intended by T.G, Paul Smith and
Foundation .

All ticket holders will be offered a FULL refund from point of purchase OR alternatively you can transfer your tickets to the TG-curated ATP weekend event at the same venue which is confirmed for April 15 - 17th 2005, at which TG have agreed to give their last ever concert performance.

All the other artists on the current RETG bill have been invited to
play and in addition we anticipate the participation of a number of
yet-to-be-confirmed 'high-profile' special guests whose previous
schedules did not allow them to take part in this year's festival.

TG have asked me to pass on their personal apologies to everyone for the
obvious inconvenience these rearrangements will cause and to stress that
this situation was NOT the band's doing.

Mindful that many people will have already booked travel to the UK from afar,TG have decided to invite all CURRENT ticket holders to a PRIVATE
RECORDING SESSION at a secret location in central London on the
AFTERNOON of Sunday May 16th ( the same day they would have played at
RE~TG ).

This invitation is FREE & ONLY available to current ticket holders and
is offered regardless of whether you also select a full refund of your
ticket money or you choose to transfer your ticket to ATP 2005.

RE~TG ticket holders will be notified directly and the details listed on
the ATP and TG website in the next few days.

This recording session event will not be open to the general public.

The result of the recording will be a totally new TG work - & released
as a TG DVD later in the year

Exclusive TG related artifacts, some which were intended for sale @
RE~TG will be available exclusively for sale at the recording session.

All those concerned in the realisation of RE~TG are very sorry to
disappoint all those who were looking forward to RE~TG event, and are
working hard to make up, in whatever practical way we can, to overcome
this otherwise insurmountable problem.

RE~TG has constantly suffered from scurrilous rumours of Throbbing
Gristle playing at other events in various parts of the world.

Please be aware that TG will not be playing at ANY other events
whatsoever & ATP @ Camber Sands on 15-17 April 2005 is TG's only & final
public performance

Barry Hogan
Foundation /ATP
Paul Smith
RE~TG Manager
Monday 26th April


New architecture in Japan
Never mind that you can't read it - just click away.

via Javier/Archinect

Saturday, April 24, 2004

The first batch of photos from LIT2 are up. Check it.

I've added a Google search button at the bottom of this page to help readers find old Lab Report posts. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work very well... er, at all. Still looking for that magic piece of code to help people dig through the thousands of Burnlab entries. Suggestions welcome: mail to

Oh, and I'm a complete dork for sleeping through The Fall concert last night! Gloating reviews from people more punk rock than I also welcome.

Friday, April 23, 2004

this guy should not be designing cars: daniel simon is a former colleague who does the work included on his webpage in his free time...if you too think he should change careers tell him so (many of us have tried and failed):

"I decided I could do better, at least to my own way of thinking. This is not a slam on those who have gone before by any means, just an observation that I could resolve what I saw as deficiencies." that is a quote from one of THE funniest web pages i´ve ever seen, jay maynard's TRON costume. do yourself the favor of not just looking at the pictures but also reading the text. better comments could not be faked even if you tried. this man should be a celebrity

the SONAR 2004 schedule is up, including a suprise (to me) addition of magda, playing friday night before hawtin vs villalobos and matthew dear...say no more, say no more

and, marius, don't you have something to tell us??

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Qualia has been around for a while in's Sony's hyper elite product line. Finally it's making a leap to the US. NY1 reports the Madison Ave store could become the destination for the rich and fabulous bored with everyone else having an ipod. Note the name on the video projector lense.....Dan you are everywhere.

New Nike Ad>>>>>>>> here

Lenora Claire presents Low Brow and High Heels
Los Angeles, CA. April 27th, 2004
Lenora Claire, the Maximalist mastermind who shook up Los Angeles with such events as Apocalipstick, is proud to announce her latest endeavor: "Low Brow and High Heels" at the world famous Conga Room. A world where glitter, glam, and gutter collide, redefining the ABC's of LA nightlife (Art, Burlesque and Cocktails). Lenora has teamed up with the dangerously darling Audrey Deluxe for a nonstop decadent assault on the senses.
Continuing on her quest to mesmerize the masses, Lenora has put together the fantastically ecclectic MK/Ultra Art and Film Lounge; featuring work by such diverse artists as apocalyptic eroticist Chad Michael Ward, revisionist pinup artist Christine Karas, technicolor tantalizer Octavio Winkytiki , thrift shop
visionary Geoff Cordner, spectacularly spooky Dame Darcy, illustrious illustrator Ed Mironiuk, deliciously decadent Danielle Bedics, Avant rtist Heidi Calvert, vintage visionary Don Spiro, the multifascinating Llednor Nadiresh and more.
Screenings by Ramzi Abed, Dean Karr, Michael Medaglia, Otis Johnson and more. Special guest appearance by sideshow legend Tim Cridland aka Zamora The Torture King!
Audrey Deluxe's sexy fun striptease bingo debuted and enjoyed several successful nights at the Viper Room and now Audrey is excited to bring her bevy of burlesque beauties to the Conga Room!
The girls are also proud to present Newer Wave sensation The Von Steins. Fresh from opening for Nina Hagen, these sexy German brothers are here to rock you like a hurricane!
DJ Noah K and Wreckless Derek spin your favorite new wave, indie, punk and BritPop all evening long.
Fantastic prizes including Forbidden Zone tickets courtesy of THE NUART

RainbowPig Productions is creation of Samoa, former guitarist of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.
Samoa's unique art works raises an alternative voice to penetrate and challenge the corporate controlled media.

"Since I came across the Anti-WTO demonstration in Seattle, November of 1999. I realized that many truths were blocked out by the major media and not getting through to the people. Also I saw the corporate media systematically excluding third party candidates from the presidential debates in the election of 2000. The corporate media is only interested in selling SUVs and MacDonalds in between sound bites like car accidents and house fires. Even PBS does not differ from other corporate medias when it comes down to political coverage. We are not getting real news! These are the serious problems in our society today. We must try to see what has not been said."

1. Which Burnlab Editor would most likely win a steel cage death match?
Mike Doyle 36%
Dave Pinter 21%
Allen Goodman 21%
Marius Watz 7%
Derek Plaslaiko 7%
Rob Theakston 7%

2. Which Burnlab Editor would like to see in a sexy photo shoot?
Liz Copeland 50%
Rob Theakston 21%
Mike Doyle 14%
Andy Malone 14%
(Honorable mention: Sam Valenti IV)

3. Which Burnlab Editor would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?
Liz Copeland 57%
Mike Doyle 14%
Rob Theakston 14%
Mike Servito 7%
Josh Glazer 7%

4. Which president would you like to win in November?
Kerry 57%
No opinion 21%
Not Bush 21%

Word up to all those who made yesterday a bit more bearable by calling and voting.

Hmm. What's going on at ? I wonder...

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles have both weighed in on Minimalism (with "Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated)" and "A Minimal Future," respectively) -- now it's the turn of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form 1940s-70s," June 13-Oct. 3, 2004, features nearly 200 works by more than 130 artists from 18 countries, and is broadly international, including South American Concrete Art as well as European and U.S. Kinetic and Op Art, Minimalism and Process and Conceptual

The Brooklyn Museum celebrated its new "front stoop" -- a $63-million, 15,000-square-foot entrance pavilion and lobby renovation, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects -- with a grand open house on the weekend of Apr. 17-18, 2004. The celebration included free admission and some 60 "special events," including dance and music performances, lectures by exhibition curators, performances by artists Christine Hill, Ken Butler and Matt Freedman and a book-signing by Alexis Rockman, who painted a large commissioned mural for the opening. The museum also unveils two special exhibitions -- "Open House: Working in Brooklyn," a survey of some 300 works by 200 borough artists organized by Charlotta Kotik, and a retrospective of the work of African American fashion designer Patrick Kelly, organized by Thelma Golden -- and new installations of the Hall of Americas and the museum's memorial sculpture garden.

Famed L.A.-based street-art curator Aaron Rose, who recently organized the "Beautiful Losers" exhibition at the Cincinnati CAM, is moving on -- to a customized 1963 Airstream trailer. Rose has organized a traveling exhibition in the trailer in conjunction with a 13-city "Youth Invasion Tour," organized by Look-Look Magazine and underwritten by Virgin Mobile. The tour, which is hosted by concert venues, galleries or alternative spaces in each city, is also presenting live performances by two music groups, Electrocute from Berlin and Hawnay Troof from San Francisco.
The bi-annual Look-Look Magazine, founded in 2003 by "cool hunters" DeeDee Gordon and Sharon Lee, showcases uncensored art, photography and writing by amateurs between the ages of 14 and 25. Part of its profits have already gone to underwrite 12 summer residencies for photo students at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The "Youth Invasion Tour" kicks off at the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles on Apr. 20, 2004, before visiting the Glasshouse in Pomona on Apr. 21, the Solar Cultural Gallery in Tucson on Apr. 22, and on to Auston, Denton, Cincinatti, Philadelphia and so on. For details, see

Art insiders have long appreciated the late painter Robert De Niro Sr., for his Matisse-like paintings (now represented by Salander-O'Reilly Galleries in Manhattan), as well as for being a pioneer of art colonies in both SoHo and Provincetown, and father of the actor Robert De Niro Jr. He was also gay, as the New York Post recently pointed out in a Page Six item sourced to De Niro: A Biography, a new book from HarperCollins by film critic and celebrity biographer John Baxter. According to the book, the the poet Robert Duncan was De Niro Sr's long-time paramour but "Tennessee Williams and his lover Kip Kiernan may have initiated him, but it's equally possible that Pollock was among his first lovers." Ah, Pollock. De Niro Sr was studying at Hans Hofmann's school in Provincetown when he and the late painter Virginia Admiral decided to get married, and though the marriage only lasted a few months, they remained friends. De Niro Jr is now executor of his father's estate.

The Museum of Modern Art in Queens is launching a new design exhibition devoted to paper clips, tea bags, chopsticks and roughly 120 other common objects. "Humble Masterpieces," Apr. 8-Sept. 27, 2004, is organized by MoMA design curator and Post-It Note pinup Paola Antonelli. About half the items in the single-gallery show are from MoMA's collection, while the rest are being considered for acquisition

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a set of five first-class stamps honoring Isamu Noguchi on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The set, which is due out May 18, features an Akari lamp, an early portrait head, a mother-and-child abstraction, a biomorphic sculpture from the 1940s and an image of his massive 1969 Black Sun

Just another quick update as of 3:30pm:

1. Which Burnlab Editor would most likely win a steel cage death match?
Mike Doyle 42%
Dave Pinter 25%
Allen Goodman 25%
Marius Watz 8%

2. Which Burnlab Editor would like to see in a sexy photo shoot?
Liz Copeland 58%
Rob Theakston 25%
Mike Doyle 17%
(Honorable mention: Sam Valenti IV)

3. Which Burnlab Editor would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?
Liz Copeland 67%
Mike Doyle 17%
Mike Servito 8%
Rob Theakston 8%

4. Which president would you like to win in November?
Kerry 58%
No opinion 25%
Not Bush 17%

Thanks to my friend Alisa for filling my calendar with fantastic fun:
APRIL 27th
Lenora Claire's Low Brow and High heels Burlesque Bingo, Mkultura art exhibit, guaranteed mind-blowing.
The Conga Room - Tuesday, 5364 Wilshire blvd., Los Angeles - 2 blocks west of La Brea on the Miracle Mile
323 938-1969 - Doors open at 10:00 p.m. 21+, $10
Contact Lenora Claire at for more information

MAY 1st:
Los Angeles-based Anxiety Films is at it again, scheduling their fourth in the series of Mini-Shock short film festivals. The festival will take place at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts (C.I.A.) 11334 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood (818-506-6353). Doors will open at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday and won't close until 2 A.M. Sunday morning early.

MAY 6th
Girly Freak Show with Zamora the Torture King
This is always a treat if you don't mind the threat of having your eyebrows burned off your face.

May 8th
EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN at the El Rey in Los Angeles. I have already got mine, hope your not too late...

MAY 15th & 16th
I know, I know, you think puppet shows are for kids…well, you’re wrong. The Shadow Theater of Anaphoria is proud to present Back by Popular Demand and to the Pacific Asia Museum, the New and Improved FRENZY AT THE ROYAL THRESHOLD The legend behind Anaphoria's most famous marriage starring and assembled by Erin Barnes, Owen Chase, Kraig Grady (Main Director), Rebekah Greeley, Roger Mexico (Theatrical Director), and Tara Tavi (as the Princess) plus others 46 North Los Robles. Pasadena. CA Two Shows! Saturday and Sunday. May 15 & 16 8:00 pm Information /Reservations 323-258-3260 or The Embassy

JUNE 24th
Lucha is coming to the Mayan with Sicodelico Au-Go-Go

For Marius: More Modernist PreFab I think I posted something about the Loft Cube and UP House at some point, or I meant to. This site has some really great prefab dwellings and tracks the development of prototypes.

Just a quick update. Remember: there's still time to weigh in your opinion. Democracy works!

1. Which Burnlab Editor would most likely win a steel cage death match?
Mike Doyle 40%
Dave Pinter 30%
Allen Goodman 30%

2. Which Burnlab Editor would like to see in a sexy photo shoot?
Liz Copeland 70%
Mike Doyle 20%
Rob Theakston 10%

3. Which Burnlab Editor would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?
Liz Copeland 80%
Mike Doyle 20%

4. Which president would you like to win in November?
Not Bush 10%
Kerrey 60%
No opinion 30%

Today is a great day for democracy. Why you ask? Because YOU get to voice your opinions in the first ever international Burnlab phone poll! That's right. For today (4/21) from 9am-1pm and from 2pm-6pm EST I will be tallying your votes to several questions straight from Burnlab poll central (ie: my cubicle). If I'm not at my desk, keep trying. I'm probably either on the other line or getting coffee. My number is (734) 887 8130. Cast your votes and have fun, confident in the knowledge that you participated in the single greatest event of your life.

Burnlab: Where your opinions count as fact. And facts are good.

Brooklyn Designs
April 30 - May 2

Monday, April 19, 2004


Newton ( (on tour from philly)
Cotton Museum ( (mangled sci-fi tones & side burns)
Black Tent ( (shirtless ypsi noise freakout)
FKSCHE ( (bearded electronics)
Genders (ex hpy prty / one man experimental sounds)

En House
4743 Trumbull
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Show starts 9ish
3 bucks

Don't know if this has been poster here before, but LoftCube sounds like a nice solution for cheaper penthouses. Reminds me of the Finnish Futuro house by Matti Suuronen, which looked better to my eye (it was a flying saucer, how can you top that?) Note the great videos on the Futuro site.

Guardian Online has an amusing article on why so many musicians die from drink, drugs and violence - is it a death wish or just bad luck? On a lighter note, the little brother of our very own Chancellor Schröder has decided it's a good idea to participate in the German Big Brother. Think again, dumbass. Reality TV is never a good idea. This could be almost as bad as when the alcoholic father of Norwegian queen-to-be Mette Marit mouths off to the tabloid press.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

A few shows I'm really looking forward to in the next few weeks:

The Fall, 4/23/04 at The Magic Stick
Einsturzende Neubauten, 4/29/04 at The Majestic
Ghostly presents Music From the Wires For Ears Vol. III, featuring Dykehouse, Tamion 12 Inch and Esmae, 4/30/04 at The Magic Stick
CPM presents Positive, featuring Goudron, Keith Kemp and Matt Abbott, 4/30/03 at the 2500 Club (Okay, I'm not sure how I'm going to manage being in two places at once on the 30th, but damn if if I can't pull it off somehow. What's up with booking Tamion and Zakrin on the same night in the same town?!)

Unfortunately they're not coming to Detroit or New York any time soon, but Dorkwave favorites Dance Disaster Movement are doing a west coast stint with Peaches in May. I was fortunate enough to see these nuts at Spaceland in LA last year. Very highly recommended.

I was just informed that Keith Kemp and our own Derek Plaslaiko are doing an all industrial set at The Works on Michigan Ave. right now. If you're one of three people reading this on a Sunday night, see you there in about twenty minutes!

The two best albums of the year will be released on May 18th. Seriously. Listen for yourself at Ersatz Audio. And I'm not just saying that because Tamion and Goudron support our night and Adam and Nicola played a killer set to a packed basement of smiling, alcohol soaked (literally) art school freaks.

So, about that: Huge thanks to Will Calcutt, Mark Lazar, the Ersatz camp, the Ghostly camp, The Peacock and everyone who made Les Infants Terribles edtion 2 the best night out in Detroit (or anywhere for that matter) in a long long time. It certainly tipped toward the punk side of electropunk, and that's defitiely the "Detroitness" of the night coming through in all its seedy, hard-edged glory. I also want to give a big thanks to Motor City Rocks and Gibby for the generous media support. (We're planning to get Gibby's ass out here to DJ very soon.)

A brief sampling from the playlists:
Precious Thing - Big Black
R.O.D. - The Fall
Flash Ram - Brainiac
Until Death - Front 242
Tainted Love (acapella choir cover) - Soft Cell
Velouria - Pixies
L Dopa - Big Black
Mate Spawn and Die - Lard
Smallpox Champion - Fugazi
I Got the Sass - Dance Disaster Movement
Feelin' (I've Got a) - Adult.
California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys
I Am a Cracked Machine - Brainiac
Swampland - The Birthday Party
My Radio (Legowelt remix) - Solvent
Feel - Haloblack
Head On - The Jesus and Mary Chain (from Jon O's original 7")

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Friday, April 16, 2004

karl mentioned digable planets: let me take a moment to give credit where credit is seriously due. the planets were definitely a band ahead of their time... listen to their last, "blowout comb", a full 10 years old, and you´ll hear genius, in no small part due to sampling amazing musicians like bobbi humphrey, roy ayers, donald byrd, and lonnie liston smith. thanks to them i found out about the producers of some of the coolest over-the-top jazz/funk from the mid/late 70´s- the mizell brothers, who produced some of blue note´s finest blaxploitation albums (and they could bust some serious harmonies too)...check out any of the aforementioned artists and you´re in for a treat...

In the Stereolab department, I still love Mars Audiac Quintet, even though Emperor Tomato Ketchup gets the nod from most. ETK is great (the first half may be the best half-LP ever), but MAQ was 2 years earlier and is funnier ("it's only their lives and the lives of their next of kin that they are losing"). Stereolab is a playing at Irving Plaza in NYC the next 3 nights, by the way. Outkast's Aquemini and Genius/GZA's Liquid Swords (bring out the hip-hop haters) still thrill. Autechre's Tri Repetae remains hugely influential and imitated. Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is my favorite album period, although the original release was 11/92, so it doesn't answer the post-1993 question... [only half of the Zeiss brain trust and iTunes ratings were consulted for this opinion]

Speaking of Digable Planets, Kino Glaz's recently redesigned site has a dope mash mp3 of Digable Planets vs. Heib (?!!).

The Brewery Art Walk is Saturday and Sunday from 11-6.
"A twice annual open studio weekend at the world's largest art colony".

The Indian Film Festival is all weekend at the Arclight Cinema on Sunset (conveniently next to Amoeba Records!)
They've got a tremendous lineup of all films of India. This may serve as a great primer for those of you not yet exposed to the really Bollywood.

Its time again for movies under and over the stars at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Chinatown, Directed by Roman Polanski
Saturday, April 24th, 2004 at 8:00 P.M., Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower, No reservation necessary brought to you by Cinespia $10. Tickets sold at gate.
Bring blankets, picnic dinner and cocktails for this special screening below and above the stars. DJ David Hollander spins soundtracks before and after the screening. Pre-show imagery provided by

i have to agree on a lot of the best of so far, especially "loveless" personal choices would have to be two albums that mixed current (at the time) trends with a healthy dose of history: talk talk "laughing stock" (who would have thought a pop band could be capable of such depth) and spiritualized "laser guided melodies" (space rock mixed with gospel, jazz, noise, ambient...jason pierce should pack it in cause his best was his first). if i had to pick a sentimental favorite it would probably be morphine "cure for pain", another band who will undoubtably and unjustly slip into terms of experimentation, any of mouse on mars first four albums would be it for me (a sense of humor mixed with an appreciation for sound)..hey, shit, what about stereolab??? digable planets (the coolest f***ing group of the 90´s no doubt)?????

Thursday, April 15, 2004

I was never the NIN fan that most of my friends were, particularly after the 1989 (!) classic Pretty Hate Machine. But once I got over the fact that Spiderland came out in 1991 and Sheet One in 1993, I started to wonder if perhaps Doyle could be right. Has there been a musically and culturally significant album since The Downward Spiral? Then it hit me...

Bjork- Post (1995)

I'll argue with anyone that "Hyperballad" was the best song of that entire decade. And unlike Mr. Reznor, Bjork didn't go into producing dreck soon after. "Army of Me" could be played against any current electro-industrial revival (listening Dorkwave?) while "It's Oh So Quiet" would be the perfect song for your American Idol audition. Of course, Bjork had sone help- Mark Bell (LFO) Nellee Hooper (Massive Attack, Soul 2 Soul), Howie B, Tavin Singh, Tricky, Graham Massey (808 State). And the Spike Jonez video more or less kick-started that acutely '90s career.

And oh yeah- the lyrics are MUCH better.

I love The Downward Spiral. It came out when I was just becoming a teenager, so really, I couldn't have asked for a more angst-ridden album. Amazingly, sonically it still holds up – even in the current age of 'laptop tomfoolery' when its perfectly fine to use Max/MSP, or hell, SuperCollider or Csound within the realm of pop music. Without a doubt barriers in pop music were completely broken by that album.

The same can’t be said about OK Computer or Kid A.

I should also note, it's a very rare (and special thing) for an album to be herald purely for its insane production value. I have a lot of respect for any album that can tout such ridiculous lyrics and vocals yet come off as extremely compelling.

Best album since '93 is an interesting question though, since that automatically rids the list of safe bets like My Bloody Valentines Loveless (1991), Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted (1992), Pixies Bossanova, Public Enemies Fear of a Black Planet (1990) and of course Nirvana's Nevermind (1991) and In Utero (1993).

Will's choice is a good one, and for me represents something special personally. The late-90’s indie pop scene is something I know that is going to be dissected years down the road, so, it does mean something to me when I can honestly say I was there buying all those records that seemed to be coming out in rapid-succession off of Elephant 6, Merge, and hell, Matador (they were still releasing some interesting stuff). Actually, one of (if not) my favorite albums came from this period Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs.

Magnetic Fields have always been special to me; actually, I would guess the little I do know about love, relationships, etc. was gathered from their music. I could go on and on about which songs matched what moments, but why would I want to share that? Those personal moments that seem to fit within the context of their music is what makes it special to me, and one of my favorites.

God, I love Montreal in the summer. I might go there even if this weren't happening.

Think I'll be seeing quite a few Burnlabbers there.

Always up the task, Will Calcutt answers my question about truly great albums of somewhat recent history with swift precision:

As for LPs, Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" may be one of the most emotionally intense records ever recorded, and it is haunting in a peculiar way, as if Jeff Mangum was possessed by some psychedelic baptist snakehandling ghost when it was recorded. Much like Shields, Mangum hasn't really been able to make anything since making this record. Truly amazing. Plaslaiko always wants to listen to this record. And everyone should feel that way.

Will adds: In 2029, bands better sound like Brainiac or the post apocalypse won't be worth sticking around for.
So true.

And for those irked by our mangling of the beautiful French language, Les Infants Terribles is spelled with an I instead of an E because the initials are L.I.T. Totally dorky, but that's the explanation.

The art of obsessive-compulsives. In Boston, no less.

Burnlab now has a Bavarian coorespondent: I've relocated to Munich for the next few years. Current address is a variety of hotels across the continent. So when in Mainz (just west of Frankfurt A.M.), be sure to check out the tribute to minimalism that is the Quartier 65 Hotel.

Mike, I feel your pain about the S4, but having sacrificed mine in favor of roads worth driving on, I'm appreciating the little A3 turbo I've rented well enough. I'm pissed that I havn't been in town to make Les Infants - can someone set up a DorkwaveCam? If I can't watch you all getting blotto from my laptop across the ocean, then the terrorists have won.

And I need to get this t-shirt.

Has there been a better complete album than The Downward Spiral released since 1993? I really don't think so. OK Computer was a good record, but I can't thnik of anything else that came remotely close. I'll admit that The Fragile sucked as a whole, but so did Kid A (yeah, I get a lot of flame for that opinion form people I have great deal of respect for, but I really hate that album - sorry.) Anyway, if any music producers can think of a better LP than TDS released in the past 11 years, I want to to hear it. Seriously. So good. It's up there with The Wall and Tommy and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardsut and Loveless. (Screw Pitchfork.)

That aside, I think I'm going to play nothing but Brainiac and [early] Thrill Kill Kult on Friday. Probably won't stick to that, but those are two incredibly underrated bands that deserve the attention Dorkwave offers.

Speaking of, all you Dorkwavers missed a superb set from Mr. Ozias last night at The Necto in Ann Arbor. Chaka Kahn meets Tamion 12 Inch, meets KLF meets LCD Soundsystem. Awesome!

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

A good quote sent by an old friend:

"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills, and listening to repetitive electronic music."

- Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc, 1989.

Hmm. Three days and counting until Dorkwave vs. ADULT. I plan to be slightly more composed than last time, and Mr. Theakston will take over the reigns as out-of-control-promoter for the evening.

"Blood is the new bile."

Passion of the Easter Bunny?

Oh, and the new issue of Vice is out. Make sure to check the "World's Greatest Job" article. Or maybe not...

[thanks Gibby]

i do not want to sound like a broken record but you people are forcing me to sound like one: for the love of god/burnlab/kelloggs cornflakes, do whatever you can to come to SONAR2004. it may all seem so trivial now but when your kids are asking you if your going to SONAR2004 was more important than your parents going to woodstock you will think back and exclaim "thank heavens for that burnlabber that lived in barcelona and made me go to SONAR2004!!". your future is in your own hands...SONAR_june 17,18,19_2004

(p.s. my offer from last year of harboring burnlabbers on my floor while putting them through intense sonar training still stands.."the few, the proud, the burnlabbers who have made it through sonar")

Lincoln Center redevelopment press release and images.

Review of Diller+Scofidio's Lincoln Center masterplan from the Times.

A permanent home for the Skyscraper Museum opened in lower Manhattan on April 2nd. New York magazine reviews it here.

New web site for Dr. Evil Jean Nouvel.

[above swiped from Susan, Javier and Mason at Archinect]

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

A symposium involving three of my favorite institutions:
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum presents Creating Cranbrook at The Cooper Union April 30th - May 1st.

This symposium investigates the role of campus planning and architecture in the creation and reinforcement of identity, mission, and a sense of place. In particular, we will look at Cranbrook's comprehensive building plan and hear from the architects that realized it.

Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Cranbrook's Historic Campus Design
Jayne Merkel, architectural critic and author

Academic Institutions as Architecture Patrons
William Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Architectural Advisor to President of MIT

Saturday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cranbrook's Architecture Today & Tomorrow
Dan Hoffman, Former Head, Architecture Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Architects Present their Cranbrook Projects
Steven Holl, addition to the Institute of Science (1999)
Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, Natatorium (2000)
Peter Rose, Brookside School (1996)
Rafael Moneo, Cranbrook Art Museum extension and studio building (2003)

(more info)

In Love With a German Who's Much Too Good For Me

*A Note on Performance: Audi understands that the full enjoyment of this vehicle's performance capabilities cannot be experienced during normal, everyday driving where you must obey local speed and traffic regulations. Maximum performance should be employed only when the location, conditions and roadway permit such driving performance. Drive safely and always use available safety restraints.


Truth is, I'm scared to drive the RS6. (Would end up in jail or dead.) I did however take Audi's second fastest product, a brand new S4 (at a mere 340hp) out for twenty unsupervised minutes the other day, which is not only the fastest, but the most well mannered and unflappable car I've ever driven. Even with more power in reserve than I'd ever know what to do with, I managed to trigger the surprisingly polite rev limiter (going about 100mph in third gear), and my test drive partner Ed Schowalter took the S4 from 80mph to an abrupt halt with no hint of nose-dive, squirming or sqealing whatsoever. Not only does it have giggle-inducing torque and complete composure in situations that would send any other car spinning into a ditch (especially M3s - heh), every inch is crafted like a fine piece of Herman Miller furniture, down to the cast and polished solid aluminum mirror housings. I never thought I'd utter the words "too much power", and perhaps the now permamnent grin betrays that notion, but its probably a good thing I can't afford this car. We'll see how long the local Audi dealer puts up with us taking it out for a spin every lunch hour though...

As Ryan Elliot pointed out, the only thing appropriate to listen to in a car like this [other than the engine] is T Raumschmiere.

Monday, April 12, 2004

re: Metro Times - check under Choice Picks in music>DJ, music>electronic, music>rock/pop and music>rock/pop>industrial.

while checking for the metro times piece on les enfants terribles (which i didn´t find??) i came upon what i somehow missed in my 21 years living in detroit (18 of those at the base of "the avenue of fashion", livernois ave): hair wars. a lot of you may have seen the documentary about it at the "d troit" show in nyc this past winter. i saw it and was kicking myself for never hearing about it while i lived there. anything that includes a founder known as "hump the grinder" and features a hairdresser/professional wrestler legally-named "big bad d" has got to be worth a look. this is serious detroit style

Konsumterror : more new work form AUDC.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Some more nice press for our bad ideas: The second edition of Les Infants Terribles is a Metro Times Choice Pick this week.

OK, I might be behind here, but I caught donnasummer aka jason forrest at Club Bastard here in Prenzl'berg this Friday, and it rocked. What can I say. He's moving to Berlin with his illustrator wife, too. More fun for us.

And then to top it off the DJ played the hilarious "My United States of Whatever" by Liam Lynch in the warmup session. We laughed and laughed.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Why the next few weeks will be sweet:

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

Exhibit C.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Only in America can we all experience the wonders of different cultures weaving together... This may be the finest example yet, Ladies and Gentlemen, the NASCAR ballet.

yet more design porn.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

AUDC follows up its acclaimed The Most Expensive Space in North America project with Ether, an expanded look at the societal cause and effect of telecom hotels and the architecture which houses them. Look for excerpts in the upcoming edition of Textfield.

A ride through Chernobyl. This is really amazing.


This is horrible beyond description and your fault, Mr. President. Thanks for making the world a safer place and sleep well.

The outcome of this silly Flash game becomes more prophetic every day. Ughh... how's life in Germany, fellas? Howard Dean and I are looking for one way tickets.

If you haven't seen the issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring our beloved Detroit weekly UNTITLED, here's the article, courtesy of our friends at Motherfucker NYC, who happen to be throwing a most unholy Easter party this Friday at Centrofly. Michael T. and the usual suspects will be holding down the main room, while musical encyclopedia and dancing fool Dan Selzer and Crazy Rhythms partner Mike Simonetti take over the B-Side Lounge.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Photos of Robert Palmer's Matthew Dear's live vocal debut now available at Ghostly dot com.

Probably the best link I've seen all week: Top ten things they never taught you in design school.

[from Archinect]

The Drama

Nike is not exactly my favorite company for a lot of reasons, but they do pay good money to good people to do good design. Latest example: The Art of Speed for by NYC-based 3D geniuses KDLAB, premiered by our comrades

Monday, April 05, 2004

Mies' Farnsworth House was purchased at auction from Sotheby's by three preservation groups in December, and will open as a museum on May 1st.

Hey, I know I'm far away, and never post. But here's a nice article on Remote on Earplug....

Friday, April 02, 2004

If you haven't heard, Al Franken and others launched a major new progressive radio network this week. One of the big aims of this new radio network is to counter the claims of right-wing politicians and media figures. When a major right-wing figure says something misleading or something so full of holes it can only be described as dumb, Al Franken and other Air America hosts will call them out on it. Check it out at

And if you happen to be in San Francisco (why haven't you called me?) don't miss Seattle's The Fitness at Cafe du Nord.

Comme des Garcons recently introduced a radical new fragrance collection in Synthetc Series Six, an anti-perfume designed to be socialy incorrect. Choices include; Tar, Garage, Skai, Dry-Clean or Soda. Tres bon!

Andrew Zbihlyj's illustrations have been featured in Harper's magazine, including this month's issue. Scorching psychedelic collage/drawings, anyone?

New windows for Lafayette Maison department store from Antione+Manuel. More from them here.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

it is hard to believe no one bit on my overly aggressive last post...are you all a bunch of pansies, or am i just so far out of line as to be dismissed?? anyway, looking forward to my first date with ellen allien this saturday....

Here is a bit more info on Lynnel's post. I am not sure if this is good or really really sad. Maybe DJ Tschumi will spin some hardcore Event beats...
Resonating Frequencies- dialogues on architecture & music, March 31-21 (Wed) 8pm $12
Location: The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC
Ticket Central : 212-279-4200

Curated by Christopher Janney
Hosted by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union
Prominent architects and composers are paired to reflect on architecture and music.
March 31 (Wed): DJ Spooky and Greg Lynn
April 7 (Wed): Philip Glass and Thom Mayne
April 14 (Wed): Laurie Anderson and Martha Schwartz
April 21 (Wed): MOBY and Bernard Tschumi

It is important that a military force has rules.