Monday, February 28, 2005


this just in: yours truly will be on hand at the isaloni milan 2005 giving all you foxy burnlabbers a first-hand account of all the design mania. this will prove a difficult task...even drinking will be considered "working". after that is holiday time in stockholm and helsinki!
*any readers in these areas are strongly encouraged to drop me a line.

I am quitting the music business in 5, 4, 3, 2...

2004 Tokyo Design Week slideshow.

I've been too busy to post much lately, but we do have some important Dorkwave news for you:

This Wednesday night Team Dorkwave and Friends will be taking over the Garden Bowl at Detroit's Majestic Complex for the Metro Times BlowOut preview party. We're very flattered to have been asked, and promise to deliver a true Dorkwave experience... Guests to include Mike Trombley (The Sights), Sam Consiglio (Tamion 12 Inch), Jimmy Edgar (Warp Records) and more!

We'll be back on Friday night, DJing in support of Esquire at the Magic Stick. This should be quite a hoot.

Finally, the Les Infants Terribles Anniversary Party has been postponed until April due to a fire at Corktown Tavern. Our best wishes go out to Tom and the staff at our favorite bar, and hope to see the joint re-open soon... so we can get back at it, and finally bring you a live set from Goudron...

Friday, February 25, 2005

Intelligent MIDI Sequencing with Hamster Control

This project was initially fueled by the desire to explore the MIDI protocol. It was decided that this would be accomplished by building a MIDI device. I also aimed to make something novel that had never been done before.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005


I've never heard of Fiat Lux before recieving this comp.
I've never heard of any of their artists.

But this is a damn good label..

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

I know this is a couple days late, but RIP Gonzo.
You are dearly missed.

Deitch web site: now up.

It's about time! (Really nice work though.)

On a slight tangent, I just got an adavance copy of the new Fischerspooner LP at the Lab here. (Thanks, Ryan!) Too soon to give it a fair assesment, but I'm thinking Warren has been either listening to a lot of, or hanging out with Bitshifter, eh?

Bleep, bleep, bloop.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Gasp!! It's new!

(For us geeks, note the book under the alarm clock, and inclusion of Arthur Dent's BBC badge and of course the time.... 7:42 They're on with the details.)

Friday, February 18, 2005

Cooper-Hewitt Proposes $75 Million Expansion

The National Design Museum has outgrown its home, but where to go without major alterations to the Carnegie Mansion or the lovely garden? Build three floors for gallery space, exhibition preparation, conservation and a restaurant under the garden, of course. has a new piece posted about a documentary filmed by Jim Sugar and Brian Lawler on Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites. There are a couple of video clips from the yet to be aired project, the best is the 8-min 'trailer' The article notes that Rutan gave Sugar and Lawler complete access to the facilities and development of Space Ship One. I'm particularly interested in the interviews captured here with Rutan who has that increasingly rare American spirit of dream it and build it. Hopefully a network will grab the opportunity to air this piece soon.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Brendan Dawes

is god.


the "Let's Fucking Rock" tour
with Mr. O (aka Traxx) and Decoy
Saturday, Feb. 19

An innovator in the truest sense, having begun his mixing career while still a teenager, Hell has moved through punk and new wave to electro and hasn't stopped since. He has been DJing around the world for ever it seems and has produced some of Techno's most memorable tracks & owns one of the most important & influential record labels ever, International Deejay Gigolos. Gigolo is more or less the birthplace of modern electro, and has launched the careers of many artists such as Fisherspooner, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Tiga, David Caretta, Vitalic, Zombie Nation, & Crossover, to name a few... Hell returns to Detroit for the first time in 5 years. This is going to be big.

...more great stuff happening in Detroit:

Tamion 12 Inch and Les Georges Leningrad
TONIGHT at The Magic Stick

Ryan Elliot presents VAULT wsg Matt Dear
Friday night at Oslo

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

just getting back from one of the best live shows i have seen in a while: -m-, who i mentioned a week ago...huge in his native france but unjustly unknown otherwise. think jeff buckley mixed with french kitch. grab his record if you find it.

tomorrow in barcelona is the punk-alt-noise-rock band girls against boys
alegre de dalt 55

Clubs and Drugs

Dorkwave Valentine's Ball photos

Oh my...

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wanted: Roommate, someone to move into my 2 bed/2 bath apt

Where: Los Angeles, CA

When: ASAP

Why: er...

if anyone knows anyone who knows anyone, please hit me up ( and i'll give all the details.

i have no money but i am foolish enough to be going to amsterdam this friday to see the digable planets...they better be f***ing good.

not to step on his toes by saying this first, but i have to inform burnlab and its loyal peopleship that burnlabber tony saracino has made the leap and will be marrying his love rachel...ah the beauty of love. (sorry tony but i couldn´t help it!)

als0...a friend, chris hrabalec, will be unveiling his showcar in the geneva autoshow this march. the amazing thing is that he is still in school. besides being a student at london´s royal college of art, chris is also the owner of the largest collection of the amazing lancia stratos and is still in his mid twenties...check out his website

Great interview with Elliott Earls from the AIGA.


Happy birthday Matt Groening.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Last night's Les Infants Terribles Valentine's Ball was absolutely ridiculous. Many thanks to Panic and Burgundy of Pas/Cal for DJing, bringing carnations and helping decorate, Lauren Casteel for baking delicious cupcakes, Dorkette and team for the fabuously over-the-top decorations, gift bags and treats, and to everyone who came out and danced. It was our our biggest night yet and a ton of fun... even crazier than Dorkpol, if you could imagine. The comment was made this morning, "You know that you and Jon have created a whirling dervish here that's out of your control." Perhaps. :)

If you missed out or just can't get enough, we have two big events planned for March:

Dorkwave and Friends will be hosting the Metro Times Blowout preview party at the Garden Bowl in Detroit on Wednesday 3/2/05, with guest DJs Mike Trombley (The Sights), Sam Consiglio (Tamion 12 Inch) and more.

Saturday 3/19/05 is the Les Infants Terribles One Year Anniversary Party at Corktown Tavern. The multi-tallented Ron Zakrin will be performing live as Goudron for the first time in nearly a year. We're working on a few other surprises to celebrate a year of great muisc, building bridges, making dancing fun, keeping everyone guessing, and instigating the kind of good natured debachury that myths are made of. Info at

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Burnlab was on the scene at 7:30am this morning to cover the unveiling of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's ambitious 'Gates' piece in Central Park. We arrived near the Met to see several groups of volunteers pulling the strips of tape that held the fabric panels to the temporary structures(top photo) Walking near the reservoir, we happened to notice a Maybach cruising down the parkway followed by several NYPD cars. Sensing we were in the right place at the right time for a Burnlab exclusive for our beloved readers, we ran down a wooded section to where the car came to a stop. Camera in hand, Christo and Jeanne-Claude stepped out with a camera crew to do a short interview. Jeanne-Claude with freshly dyed saffron colored hair and Christo wearing rather fashionable gardening gloves. They were both greeted with applause from the somewhat stunned group of people who like me, just happened to be there. The rest of the morning was spent trying to wrap our minds around the enormity of this project. The scale of both the beauty and the sheer number is difficult to communicate with words or pictures. This is not something you can evaluate using comparisons to art shows in galleries or museum spaces. You really feel like you have been shrunken down and are walking through a painting. The changing light and a slight breeze translate to dramatic effects. Curiously, I passed not one sad face on my walk from 86th street to 57th street today.
The Gates will be part of Central Park for the next two weeks.

tonight in bcn at sala apolo/nitsa club:

this michael mayer, not this

Friday, February 11, 2005

Honey, you're ridiculous.

I wish they would bring the old ArtKrush back.

pheek's live performance at paxahau last month is being pimped by the sweeties at earplug. can you get any better on a friday?

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Ian&I slowly update for 2005.
Also nice for '05 : 394c

History Tablecloth


Our good friends at Motor City Rocks point out what may be perhaps the most embarrassingly bad headline the Detroit Free Press has ever printed... and the Freep is infamous for bad headlines:

Coffeehouse brings New York style to Taylor

Taylor is a nice enough place, but about as mundane a suburb you will find in the midwest (internet cafe or not,) and "New York style" is a phrase that instantly induces nausea in NYorkers... and just about anyone who has actually been to New York.

(Also see "'s just like New York.")

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Dorkwave receives a nice mention in the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

" Dorkwave's Les Infants Terribles party (yes, they know it should be "Enfants," but "L.I.T." looked better than "L.E.T.") at the Corktown Tavern - a place thick with smoke, heavy on electro and synth pop, but content with its tight, friendly vibe - I finally feel like I'm home again."

"Oi! What's this new wave bullshit?"

The boys from Nebraska encourage you to give them a dropkick to the head.

[via Voltage]

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Monday, February 07, 2005

To counteract the cold grey raininess outside, I'm doing some research on J. Otto Siebold for work (seriously.... this is a good job), listening to Saturday, and feelin' kinda Pumpernickle.

Design Within Reach opened its first Detroit area retail store last week, appropriately just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from Cranbrook.

Tony Wilson, the music mogul who established the influential Factory Records in the 1980s, is to launch a new label - convinced he has discovered his "third major band".
read article

I can't think of a better way to start the week: February edition of the Daniel Miller Hour.

i heart this commercial.

new murakami

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Puppy Bowl 2005.

Much better than any of the other crap on right now. And possibly the most perfect answer to most network's dilemmas on Super Bowl Sunday.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Considering the Last Romantic, Ayn Rand, at 100

Happy (posthumous) birthday to one of the greatest voices for individual liberty and the human spirit of the 20th century.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Dirty monitor? You need a professional screen cleaner.

[thanks Jared]

PAS/CAL - Detroit's dapper, quirky and epigrammatic purveyors of pop have a lovely new website well worth your perusal.

Oh, and PAS/CAL's Richard Panic and Nathan Burgundy IV will be our very special guest DJs at this month's edition of Les Infants Terribles!

Until I finish the Dorkwave version of the flyer this evening, enjoy this one from Richard and Nathan:

Mr. Roboto

of course, it's japanese.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Commander

highlights from the burnlab world HQ move:

the box marked "phone + ties" that ACTUALLY contained a telephone
and a couple dozen neck-ties.

the never-ending supply of apple computer boxes.