Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bathsheba Grossman is an artist exploring the region between art and mathematics... To me, there is nothing more poetic.

Passing the time- anti-gravity while rounding the moon...



nasa notes
tiny demo

Monday, May 30, 2005

I don't think my ears can take another six hours of piched-up squelches and pissed-off drum machines tonight, but this might be worth it just for OOO... and the flyer design is awesome.

On the Matter of Both Teams Playing Hard

You don't love soccer nearly as much as some people do.

The highlight of last night's festivities was Jimmy Edgar's live set at the Detroit Underground showcase. The new material is so freakin' good, Jimmy is officially off the hook for not coming out to play the past few weeks. Other moments of brilliance included Nick's live set and Otto's cover of Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy. Indeed. And GHB successfully left everyone with permanent hearing and nerve damage. Excellent.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Tonight's Burnlab sanctioned Fuse-In afterparty is presented by Detroit Underground at the Magic Stick.

Live performances by:
Apparat
Richard Devine
Otto Von Schirach
Jimmy Edgar
Kero
Derek Michael
Jerry Abstract
OOO (Nick Raftis)
God and His Bitches
Quantazelle
J. Nida
Xanopticon
The Flashbulb

Sunday, May 29th
The Magic Stick, 4120-4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
$20 | 18+ | 9pm - late

Also, Rob Theakston and Allen Goodman will be playing records at the Nefarious stage down at the festival at 4pm this afternoon.

Last night's UNTITLED event was most excellent, but unfortunately broken up by the 'rave task force' at 2:15. Cowboy Mark is the only DJ in the world that can seamlessly mix rockabilly into acid-house. Awesome. Missing: one pair of titanium framed glasses, one pair of pointy black shoes, one pair of about three hours of memory. Please let us know if you find any of the above items in the lost and found.

One last announcement:
Tonight (Sunday, May 29) at City Hall (Rambla de Catalunia, 4)
Metro Area live. Looking forward to this. Been a long time.

Even better than the real thing

Improv Everywhere upstages U2?
Did anyone in NYC catch this?

Primavera Sound 2005

1.

Reciting the line-up on loop was my mantra for mid-way flat tire blues.
Said goodbye to my bike on the beach- and high-tailed it on foot to the Forum.

Just in time for jesu.
Past members of Techno Animal and Napalm Death-
They still enjoy the same sounds without getting stuck in a template of what worked for them.
Nice.

Up next- ran over to beam with pride.
It was a bit strange to see The Arcade Fire on such a giant stage.
but hell- The thousands of screaming, singing, dancing kids kept the outdoor venue just as claustrophobic as if it were the Horseshoe (Toronto).
They killed it! Very excited about this band- "Sleeping is giving in... So lift those heavy eyelids."

Missed Tim Hecker's set- cause my back was letting me know that I shouldn't have passed out sitting up the other night.
(stupid vodka shots).

2.

More disappointing than my flat tire- was failing to assume I had to camp out a night prior to catch Antony and the Johnsons.
Scuffed the ground like a 12 year old, along with about 500 others... Hype is a bitch.
Next time.


Broken Social Scene blew my mind out the back of my head, as usual.
Danced, made a scene- hacky-sacked my brain a bit... tried to axel foley her back in- but Iggy and the Stooges
were next to stage. Ouch. Jumping on strangers always makes me feel alive again. Necessary as the energy that Iggy somehow channels puts me to absolute shame.

--

"This is Transmission, by Joy Division"

Whoa.

Yes- Outside. Beautiful Spring night in Barca- New Order takes the stage.
Despite the floppy reviews of their new album by the Spanish audience affecting some of the tone- They played an incredible set of both new and old material.
Sweet. Pockets of freak-out among the crowd (For some reason Spaniards don't really go nuts at concerts). I had a blast with my cheesy new new-wave niche.

A shade lighter than the mini-mosh I scrambled around in for Psychic TV.
Yes. Psychic TV- Awesome.
Genesis P-Orridge was in top form. Jaws were on the ground- arms in the air.

Had to spread myself a bit thin for Mercury Rev, the Human League and Piano Magic- but them's the beats when dealing with festival schedules.

3.

Spent the day with Geoff "RV-Tour" Blanco at a brilliant conference for AES.
A lot of it was over both our heads- but the next few days look to be pretty damn interesting.

The AES conference is also being held at Forum- which made my evening with Tortoise, The Cheese (keep an ear out for these guys) Echo and the Bunnymen, SONIC YOUTH- and GANG OF FOUR (hell yes) a hop/skip/jump away.

All in all Primavera has been great- AES this afternoon- Then closing party with Broken Social Scene.
Come Tuesday- I might have to chill out and finally get to Napoleon Dynamite.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

A long week of hard work complete, ready to geek out all weekend. The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, a.k.a. Fuse-In kicks off today. Burnlab.net sponsored activities include tonight's UNTITLED Spring Dance Party and a Pool Party Death Match at the Ponchatrain terrace at 9pm this evening. (Thank you Keith Kemp and box wine.)

Friday, May 27, 2005

Please welcome our newest Lab Report editor, NYC-based visual terrorist Tenzin Wangchuk!

work, work, work.
entertain me.

If enough pixels are pushed, tonight I have a Death Wish.

Sounds of Voyager 1

Voyager 1, the probe carrying a time capsule and greetings to other life forms, that were recorded as the craft crossed a turbulent boundary on the fringes of the Solar System.

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 is now 13.92 billion kilometers (8.7 billion miles) from the Sun and has traversed the "termination shock," part of the frontier zone between the Solar System and interstellar space.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Three upcoming Dorkwave events announced:

5.28: Team Dorkwave w/ Tommie Sunshine, Cowboy Mark and Nan-Nan Takatsu @ UNTITLED

6.11: Les Infants Terribles Summer Kick-Off Party @ Corktown Tavern

6.30: Solvent [Ghostly|Suction] live + Team Dorkwave @ the Detroit Tastefest


Have you missed us?

Spicy basil noodle dishes should not come with iceberg lettuce. Isn't there supposed to be good Asian food on the West Coast?

Thank goodness for the new Sleater-Kinney album. Pitchfork called it "fucking supersonic," and for once I agree.

When the invite come directly from Amir Diaz, you know it's going to be a...

...well, it's gonna be something.

Example

There's a blkbx logo on there, so it must be good for something. Have fun in Detroit y'all.


publisher's note:
On the matter of reading the fine print... co-sponsored by burnlab.net
Pool party for the pasty!
- Doyle

Interesting developments: Creator of bit torrent just launched a bit torrent search engine. Not sure if I am supposed to be posting this kind of material- Delete this if necessary.



UNTITLED Spring Dance Party
Saturday | May 28

room 1: your UNTITLED residents
Matthew Dear
Derek Plaslaiko
Ryan Elliott
Mike Servito
joined by your UNTITLED friends
Heartthorb, live [Minus]
Jeff Samuel [Trapez, Spectral]

room 2: Dorkwave presents
Tommie Sunshine [Xylophone Jones, Gigolo]
Cowboy Mark [The Crucial Getdown, NYC]
Theakston + Doyle + Goodman [Dorkwave]
Non-Nan Takatsu [J-pop + more]

555 Gallery
4884 Grand River [at Warren], Detroit MI

$10 | 18+ | 10pm-???

Ghostly + Blackbx

Be legendary.
Be UNTITLED.

Fearless Freaks, the Flaming Lips documentary directed by their long-time collaborator Bradley Beesley, is screening Friday night (05/27/05) at 9:00 PM at the Detroit Film Theatre.

Today (May 26) marks the beginning of Primavera Sound. Looks to be a great weekend- We'll see how this years switch to the FORUM location pans out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

the reds rule europe. i am beside myself with joy.



I know I over-use the term, but the Unusual Cards of Francesca Berrini are like the best thing ever.


Depeche Mode's Martin Gore will be guest DJ'ing in New York on June 1st:

Martin Gore of Depeche Mode with additional DJ sets from Nick Marc (Tiswas) and Alex English (Girls & Boys) at The Hiro Ballroom In the Maritime Hotel 371 West 16th St. at 9th Ave.

On the Matter of Another City's Explore Jockeys

Anyone who reads Burnlab has undoubtedly read many of the sites detailing exploration of Detroit's urban decay, perhaps even participated in some of your own. Maybe even had a blood orgy on top of a Whale-sided building. Don't judge.

Here is site of a Minneapolis group continuing the fine midwestern tradition of B&E.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

On the Matter of The Not-Touched-Touch

THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT HAND, SINGLE HAND, HAND ON FACE AND HEAD, HAND TOUCHING AN OBJECT, TOUCHING ANOTHER HAND OR ARM, ARMS, GESTURES AND POSITIONS, ACTIVITIES, THE NOT-TOUCHED-TOUCH

Thank you Hans Witschi



Fashion+Architecture. Check out the shoe designs of 26 year old Marloes ten Bhomer

A Mad Tea Party



The players:
Alice, as played by Dethany
The Mad Hatter, as played by Doyle
The Cheshire Cat, as played by Doc
The Queen of Hearts, as played by Sneak
and Nick Raftis III, as played by Nick Raftis III

4:00am: Fuel up at base camp with asiago, reggiano and scallion frittata and framboise lambic (we do nothing half-assed.)

4:45am: Pile into Doc's van and scout for an inconspicuous parking location. A wild hare runs in front of the van and enters the building. For real! Serendipity continues...

5:00am: Enter Fisher Body 21 plant... in costume.

5:30am: Eight flights of stairs later and a precarious crossing over a severely water damaged floor, ascend water tower to view the sun rise over downtown Detroit.

6:00am: Tea time. Fine vintage china, embroidered table cloth, and English tea. (Again, we do nothing half-assed.)

6:30am: Urban exploring time. The only thing that compares to the industrial majesty of the Fisher plant is the amount of asbestos and lead paint we probably inhaled... whatever. No beauty without danger.

7:00am: Exit Fisher 21 and return to base camp, much satisfied grins all around from a successful adventure.

295 photos now online. [Many, many thanks to Sneak.]

Monday, May 23, 2005

Illustration coolness compliments of poke design.

On the Matter of Checking the URL, Homeboy

As much as we would love to think of a multitude of midget maulings to cheer us up this fine Monday morning, it just isn't so. In the future please consult Occam's Razor for matters that are so fabulous that they simply cannot be true. See you on the basketball court.

This is how we entertain ourselves on Sunday mornings.



Breaking, entering, exploring, drinking tea and reading Lewis Carroll on the roof of abandoned factories at dawn in absurd costumes. The lines between genius, madness, brilliance and buffoonery lie in the execution.

Over 300 photographs were taken. More soon.

Lion mutilates 42 midgets in Cambodian ring fight

No comment needed or availiable at present time.

[thanks... I think, Jan]

Friday, May 20, 2005

I was very pleased to discover that after 70 years, Tom's Tavern is still going strong (and it's the inspiration for an art show). Tom's was a regular Thursday night destination for architecture students and other delinquents. The adjective "ghetto" is thrown around a lot these days, but this place was pure uncut ghetto. I have fond memories of $0.75 Pabst Blue Ribbons and free boiled eggs at last call.

Now I hear that PBRs cost $1.50. Once again, where is the outrage?

Detroit Artist Activists:
Everyday my beloved city becomes harder to defend.
Where is the outrage?



Recently the Detroit's historical commission decided to allow demolition of the 105 year old Madison Lenox Hotel to make room for a low-end commuter hotel (or a parking lot, depending on who you ask). The destruction of this hotel is a symbol of Detroit's disregard for its architectural heritage. Francis Grunow from Preservation Wayne has organized a rally in front of the hotel on Friday, May 19, at 4:30. Pass it on.

On a semi-related note, it's good to know that Detroit does not have a monopoly on the architecturally-insensitive.

Still seeking a top hat for Saturday's planned adventures in high art, high tea, complete absurdity and misdemeanors. (Thorough documentation promised.)

Also, if anyone has a copy of Electric Dreams, nothing would make me happier right now. mike at burnlab dot net

Thursday, May 19, 2005

barcelonians: tomorrow, friday the 20th is the second edition of the night i´m promoting with martina hauser(promoter of tuesdays in ZENTRAUS), BORN 4 PORN (a pun on the fact that the party is in an area of barcelona called "el born" and that the night deals with "the history of sex". clever). last month was "kamasutra", next month "marquis de sade", and this month "ancient rome", with cut-up projections from the movie "caligula", the music of DJ REBECCA WEST, and me dressed as ceasar and martina as cleopatra. the night promises to deliver at best a seriously fun night and at worst serious personal embarrassment.

borne 4 porn: caligula
diobar
av. marques de l´argentera 27
08003 barcelona
11pm-3am

On the matter of 'hacking anything.'

Hacked highway sign set to read, "Speed limit 100 mph, go go go." In other news, today's commute was surprisingly brisk.

I'm proud this happened in Michigan, but about 12 years late... scroll down to the post from 2005-04-08 05:33:44 PM. Whoever was behind the shenanigans in Fairfield must be some kind of genius.

...or something. ;)

Hacking anything these days is fair game it seems. Take for example these Toyota Prius owners who've discovered how to get more mileage by making a few alterations. (NYTimes login required)

Here's an excerpt:
"Ron Gremban and Felix Kramer have modified a Toyota Prius so it can be plugged into a wall outlet.

This does not make Toyota happy. The company has spent millions of dollars persuading people that hybrid electric cars like the Prius never need to be plugged in and work just like normal cars. So has Honda, which even ran a commercial that showed a guy wandering around his Civic hybrid fruitlessly searching for a plug.

But the idea of making hybrid cars that have the option of being plugged in is supported by a diverse group of interests, from neoconservatives who support greater fuel efficiency to utilities salivating at the chance to supplant oil with electricity. If you were able to plug a hybrid in overnight, you could potentially use a lot less gas by cruising for long stretches on battery power only. But unlike purely electric cars, which take hours to charge and need frequent recharging, you would not have to plug in if you did not want to."

A message from Richard Panic and Nathaniel FH Burgundy:

FREE DANCE PARTY TONIGHT!

Thursday, 5/19 @ Oslo in Detroit:
We R DJ presents
Dance Party Volume II

U R DJ

Bring your favorite dance record. Take a number. Wait your turn. Play your dance song. Impress your friends. DJ Democracy.

This event begins at 10pm & is limited to guests 21 years of age & older. Furthermore, it is FREE.

Your curators for the night will be Richard Panic & Nathaniel FH Burgundy IV of PAS/CAL, Betty Marie Barnes of Saturday Looks Good To Me & Alec Metallic of WHFR's the Metallic K.O.

Oslo is located at 1456 Woodward Ave.

Prepare to dance.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In desperate need of a top hat by Saturday. (A real one... not one of those stupid things hippies and ravers wear.) Eternal gratitude, cash and/or special favors in return. :)

mike at burnlab dot net

DR soon launches a festival for themselves. June 22nd seems particularly nice.



Sweet.

Banksy is at it again.

Urban Dictionary dot com rocks my world.

Endless entertainment! And, um, this is pretty hilarious. For the record, the Michael Doyle responsible for the penis references is NOT me. The dorkwave reference is. Please feel free to add your own definitions.

Bunny!

Despite ongoing debate in both the art and science communities, Alba, the fluorescent rabbit is quite real... we think... well, we have a very good source who thinks so...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005



Calvino meets Gilliam in the bleak and beautiful world of Berlin-based painter Stefan Hoenerloh.

One recognizes the architectures Stefan Hoenerloh puts on canvas, in multiple layers of transparent coatings. And yet one is misled. The buildings, patinated by time, may convince by their detailed correctness in every corner and cornice, but they are not real. Hoenerloh isn't a tourist in Venice, Marseilles or Salamanca who has exchanged the camera for a brush. Even though the oblique lines in the paintings may, at first, suggest a photographic viewpoint, or that we are confronted with photographs or paintings after photographs. His painted buildings are pure fiction. They stand nowhere outside his paintings. And that is why they can speak of more than real architecture is able to, that is why they stand everywhere.

Pleasure & Romance, the long awaited XLOVER LP is the sexiest record I've heard in ages, and just landed itself a spot on my album of the year [so far] list. Bryan Black is freakin' genius. (I have dibs on "Sex Rebel" for the next Dorkrave.)

Speaking of Mr. Black and Mr. Grasset, MOTOR has a redesigned website, a new 12" on NovaMute and two remixes of T. Raumschmiere's excellent new single, Sick Like Me.

Monday, May 16, 2005

ATTN: ICFFersLiving Spaces is taking place at Supreme Trading in Williamsburg this week. The party is tonight, and it's free. Show up for good design, cheap booze and free Altoids.

low morale is a series of animations portraying one man's struggle to cope with the soul-sapping, will-to-live draining, life-force mugging, morale crushing experiences of work. any correlation between events shown and real-life have been personally researched.

their latest creation is a music video based on characters from low morale for the acoustic version of radiohead's creep.

Kill Memory Crash's debut LP American Automatic hits the streets this Tuesday. Buy.

American Automatic record release party this Saturday 5.21.05
The Labyrinth
1703 Cass Ave (at Bagley), Detroit
Kill Memory Crash live
with Richard Devine and Kero
18+ | $7 | 9pm

DAT Politics at Interstate last night were truly amazing. Viva la France.


The Washington Post reports that "Revenge of the Sith," is a cautionary tale for our time -- a blistering critique of the war in Iraq, a reminder of how democracies can give up their freedoms too easily, and an admonition about the seduction of good people by absolute power. Some film critics suggest it could be the biggest anti-Bush blockbuster since "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Beautiful new animation by design collective tokyo plastic. (click on the flower)

I must have cashed in all my karma this week, because every single facet of life, love and work is aesthetically, spiritually and intellectually fulfilling, without compromise. Waiting for a piano to drop on my head or something...

Saturday, May 14, 2005

NYC's great bearded DJ, producer, prankster and 'most popular guy on MySpace' Tommie Sunshine has a brand new website, with illustrations by Kenzo. Sweet.

Friday, May 13, 2005

For all those near Girona this Saturday (May 15) -

Magda, Troy Pierce and Marc Houle play Blau club
(Camp de les lloses, 8.)
Extremely happy to have them here- They will not disappoint in both sound and humor... except for Marc (who is having trouble with "funny".)

Trade-offs are a bitch.


Opening this past monday at Lever House on Park ave. NYC, is Peter Wegner's latest installation called Lever Labyrinth. It's composed of 2.4 million sheets of 12"x12" paper. The installation invokes the experience of walking through the streets of Manhattan.
Wegner states: "In this sculpture, the questions are mediated by paper. It's just ordinary paper, not fine art material. We usually think of paper as nothing but surface, a two-dimensional plane. But paper has a third dimension-the edge. Those edges add up. The sheets become a stack, the stacks become a wall, and the walls become a maze.
Just to give you a sense of scale, the tallest stack is over 5 feet. The installation is in conjunction with the publishing of a limited edition book using the same paper. The exhibition is on view through September.

Oh and congrats Mike, o2 eh?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

the make up.
destination love: live at cold rice! still one of my faves. good call glazer!



good stuff indeed.

Off Tha Wall, a celebration of righteous hip hop culture, opens Saturday, May 14, at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. Doors are at 6PM and performances begin at 8PM.

on bullshit....

the contemporary proliferation of bullshit has deeper sources, in various forms of skepticism which deny that we can have any reliable access to an objective reality, and which therefore reject the possibility of knowing how things truly are. these "antirealist" doctrines undermine confidence in the value of disinterested efforts to determine what is true and what is false, and even in the intelligibility of the notion of objective inquiry. one response to this loss of confidence has been a retreat from the discipline required to dedication to the ideal of correctness to a quite different sort of discipline, which is imposed by pursuit of an alternative ideal of sincerity. rather than seeking primarily to arrive at accurate representations of a common world, the individual turns toward trying to provide honest representations of himself. convinced that reality has no inherent nature, which he might hope to identify as the truth about things, he devotes himself to being true to his own nature. it is as though he decides that it makes no sense to try to be true to the facts, he must therefore try instead to be true to himself.

took about an hour to read this pocketsized book, but made my year thus far.

May 11, 2005 is going down as the most serendipitous afternoon in history.

12:00 Picnic in the rain at Cranbrook with amazing company.
12:30 Organize tour of Cranbrook Degree Show for my department. Only three people show up. Totally pathetic, but I'm not surprised.
2:00 Back to the office. Work, work, work.
4:00 Get fired for something completely petty and stupid.
6:00 Get phone call totally out of the blue from the coolest design firm in the country.
7:00 Offered my dream job.

I think I may have met my match in both life and work.
So ready to kick some ass.

Big [excellent] news today. More later.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The May edition of the Daniel Miller Happy Hour is now online. Brand new T. Raumschmiere, Sick Like Me: total hotness.

Infinite Volume takes form.

"Infinite Volume is Brian Jackson's latest musical incarnation. After having grown up in metro Detroit, spending most of a decade in San Francisco, and then relocating to New York City in 2002, Brian's influences run the gamut of electronic styles. Known for his genre-blurring tendencies, Brian is always moving his musical styles forward. Whether meshing synth-heavy New Wave, Krautrock, and avant-pop experimentalism as co-founder of I Am Spoonbender (1997-2000), or blending Electro, IDM, synth pop, and psychoacoustics as Memory Systems (2001-2003), Brian explores the edges of known genres without ever sounding like any one in particular, but yet presents a cohesive sound."

Click to stream the Infinite Volume Takes Form EP: "...primarily dance-floor driven Detroit-meets-Chicago-meets-Cologne-meets Sheffield style Techno and Acid, filled out with 2 tracks of dark electro and of synth heavy down-tempo respectively."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Nostalgia, anyone?

I just read this from top to bottom, and would venture to say that December 2003 was the best month ever fro Burnlab posts. SO much of what was written about that particular month has come back up in new and interesting ways the past few weeks, and so much of the commentary is just as relevant now as it was then. Some excellent links and writing from the whole team, and I forgot about the short-lived slogan project... brilliant! More wit and wisdom of that caliber - we promise.

Example


How friggin' great were The Nation Of Ulysses


Seriously!

Theakston: What's going on?
Doyle: Workin'... listening to Selzer's mix. you?
Doyle: Do you think Detroit is ready for Dan yet?
Theakston: No fuckin' way. Not even close. I wish they were.

I <3 NY

Check out the superb new mix from Dan and Mike a.k.a. Crazy Rhythms on Tim Sweeny's Beats in Space radio program. (Click on 'playlists')

As part of the Greater New York 2005 live performance series, on Saturday, May 14, P.S.1 will present Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys and motley collaborators in the courtyard playing selections from their new album on Ghostly International, Git .

Starting in Oberlin, Ohio as Matt Mehlan’s solo act with an eclectic cast of occasional collaborators (classically-trained trombonists, punk rock drummers, and a junkyard boy’s choir), Skeletons has evolved into The Girl-Faced Boys (Steve Martinez, Johnny Misheff, Jason McMahon, and Carson Garhart).

P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens NY
Saturday, May 14, 4pm
FREE w/ P.S.1 admission, cash bar

Even knowing you suck can be good publicity.

via psfk.

Monday, May 09, 2005

On the Matter of Pumping Shit Up, Dagwood

It's nearly the middle of may and not too soon to look forward to some summer events in NYC. PS1 has selected LA based xefirotarch to provide the design and fabrication of this years Warm-Up installation. No pics up yet but there will be a review of all five design submissions at MOMA on starting June 22. Warm-Up kicks off on June 26th.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

I must say tonights INTERSTATE in Detroit is going to be quite teh hoot, as the ever infamous Denis Baldwin will be dropping by to spin a few records.



FORANS IRISH PUB $1
10pm-2am
612 WOODWARD AVE. DETROIT

No Beauty Without Danger: Detroit Style



The ADULT. show Friday night was amazing [even better than expected - and that's saying a lot,] but the highlight of the weekend was definitely watching the sunrise from the roof of the Packard Plant this morning. Nothing quite like exploring abandoned buildings at 4am for appeasing the need for both adventure and aesthetic wonder. On the matter of such things, one of my partners in crime has more photographic evidence here.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

No Beauty Without Danger

A Conversation over 25 Years of Einsturzende Neubauten

Blixa Bargeld, Andrew Unruh, Alexander Hacke, Mark Chung, FM Einheit, Rudolf Moser, Jochen Arbeit and numerous other key players speak on dignity, on self-determination and manipulation, on creative discipline and drug excess, on Kango hammers and architectural criticism. Max Dax and Robert Defcon recorded and compiled No Beauty Without Danger based on 43 authorized interviews. Much myth and media hype is revealed as such. At the same time, Einsturzende Neubauten allow deep insight into their working methods, sound research and the band's history - all in their own words.

Hardcover, 304 pages, including previously unreleased photos, notes, documents, and an afterword by Arto Lindsay. The book is strictly limited to 500 copies in each German and English and availiable only through neubauten.org

Friday, May 06, 2005

I think holy effing shite about sums it up

Glitch Art & Design Aesthetics Book

It's pronounced "doom", and it means "death unto my enemies"

There is a brief article about ADULT. in today's Detroit News, only worth mentioning because Tamion 12 Inch is referred to as "electro-pop". Uh, perhaps Tamion is considered pop music in some kind of hallucinogenic induced satanic version of the chocolate factory...

There's a really good interview with ADULT. in the Metro Times this week.

"I think I'm getting more annoying,"Kuperus says, laughing. "People thought I was annoying in monotone, well then when I actually try to sing, it's even more annoying."

ADULT. perform live in Detroit for the first time in... I don't know... a really really long time... with special guests Gold Chains, Sue Cie and Genders at the Magic Stick tonight. 9pm | $12 | 18+

Thursday, May 05, 2005

reminder barcelonites: tomorrow is the start of URBANFUNKE featuring our beautifully-unknown JAHBITAT (regardless of the weak review remember you heard of him here first when he blows up) as well as well-known geoff white under the guise of AEROC as well as RODNEY P.

blame it to fried braincells if this is a repeat, but since i bought it two years ago i cannot stop listening to "voodoo" from D ANGELO. testament to its worth is the fact that i leant it to GEOFF WHITE in reference to his in-the-works r&b/hiphop endeavour (which will blow minds, seriously) and i couldnt manage to wrestle it away from him for months. if nothing else d angelo is my hero for the sleeve photos. can a whiteboy hope to achieve that hyper-buff?(a pessimistically rhetorical question)

The Merry Karnowsky Gallery Presents:
LONESOME
New Work by Richard Colman

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 8 - 11pm



KOZYNDAN
PILGRIMAGE

May 7 - June 4, 2005
Sixspace Gallery
Reception: Saturday, May 7 from 7-10pm (kozyndan will be in attendance)
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 12-6pm


BFF, 2005

On the Matter of Good Grades

We were under the impression that "Punks" did not care about being judged by fascistic authority figures and given some gold star or GPA number. But perhaps we will be proven wrong when Fox launches Punk Idol this fall and gives the talented young punk superstars of tomorrow a chance to strut their stuff!

Duuuuulce Barcelona!
OFFF 2005 May 12.13.14 at CCCB - Festival of Digital Art and Electronic Music.

OFFF brings together each year hundreds of artists and designers from all over the world who exchange opinions and secrets about the new paths being opened up in the digital medium.

Participants:

AMIT PITARU
BRANDEN J HALL
BROKEN SAINTS
CAROLE GUEVIN
COCOE
COMBUSTION
CRANKBUNNY
DANNY BROWN
DAVID CARSON
DOUBLE YOU
OCULART
INKLUDE
INKNOWN+ MR.DOOB
JAMES PATERSON
JARED TARBELL
JOSHUA DAVIS
LE CIEL EST BLEU
NEVILLE BRODY
PERFĂ“RNIKA
PRELOADED
RENASCENTSODA
TOMATO
TRONIC STUDIO
TOORMIX
UMERICU
NOS TIPOS DUROS
WWFTWYSIWYG
YUGO NAKAMURA
ZNKDOJO

Another thing under consideration for L.I.T. Season Two is Dorkwave Bingo. Those who've played Hipster Bingo or Art School Bingo know exactly what I'm talking about. Dorkwavers, please hit me with suggestions for squares: mike@burnlab.net

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

As part of season two of Les Infants Terribles, we are officially reinstating punk rock points.

You know what I'm talking about, right? Everyone in high school kept track of these. For example:
Skinny Puppy logo painted on your leather: 3 points
Dead Kennedys logo: 5 points
Bill Leeb haircut: 3 points
mohawk: points awarded according to inches
[male] wearing a kilt with chombat boots to school: 9 points
Throbbing Gristle logo tattooed on your neck: 50 points
breaking things: 5 - 20 points
messing with cops and getting away with it: 8 - 12 points
actually being able to say you hung out at Neo Tokyo: 4 points
knowing John Tenney, period: 2 points
busting two beer bottles together and chasing off an unwanted guest: 20 points
not finding the humor in poop: minus 2 points
posting pictures of yourself in drag on Burnlab and getting reprimanded by me for using the word "twat": 8 points
reprimanding a Burnlab editor for using said word: minus 8 points
ditching a fancy party and almost getting kicked out of a Korean restaurant: 4 points
really bad English accents: negligible...

guilty of at least half of the above, while effortlessly maintaing a 3.5 or better GPA: no points awarded, but chances are you're on my MySpace friends list and/or a Burnlab editor.

New Fitch site.
Nice.

The Crackers

"The Crackers" is as much a public happening as it is a tasty snack, defying the domino theory. Peanut butter or cheddar cheese. They poured their hearts and souls into the project for over 26 minutes. It required three dozen crackers and spanned over nearly 23 inches along a footbridge in the park at a cost (borne exclusively by the artists) of $2.50. Is it art? You decide.

[Thanks Panico!]

Textura, which is quickly becoming my favorite source to read about new music, just updated their site with their May additions. Not only does Ron Schepper who's runs this informative yet objective site impress me with the direct method of cut-the-scene-crap music journalism, but He themes it to corresponded with whatever the main story is. For example: This month, textura's colour scheme and site imagery honour Deadbeat's New World Observer.

+5 nifty points for Textura

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Mark your calendars NYC design folks....this weekend is the BKLYNDESIGNS show.
"The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Brooklyn Designs 2005 will return to St. Ann's Warehouse and the BKLYN DESIGNS Gallery in DUMBO from May 6 - 8, 2005. The show, already a fixture of the New York design scene, will feature Brooklyn-based designers and manufacturers of contemporary furnishings. It will include indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories."
A ticket for the show is $10 per day and there is a keynote presentation scheduled from sculptor Tom Otterness entitled "From a Studio in DUMBO to Public Spaces Worldwide" on saturday from 5-6pm

Remember also ICFF begins in two weeks.

White Noise / White Light was one of 9 temporary interactive urban installations commissioned and installed for the Athens 2004 Olympics from August 12 - 30, 2004 at the plaza entry to the Theater of Dionysus below the Acropolis as part of the ATHENS 2004: Catch the Light Program

- Activated by the passersby, the fiber optics transmit light from white LEDs while the speakers emit white noise. Just as white light is made of the full spectrum of light, white noise contains every frequency within the range of hearing in equal amounts. The white noise made for the project is based on a physical phenomenon called Johnson noise, where noise arises from the thermal motions of electrons in a resistor carrying current in an electronic circuit. -



Interesting concepts coming from design collective - rAndom international.

pixel roller
(video)
watch paper

On the matter of indulgence: Amazingly productive advanced PhotoShop training yesterday, getting home at the unheard of hour of 5pm, quiche, shiraz, and Scharffen Berger chocolate for dinner, an [unplanned] nap, and a house full of fresh tulips. Things are good. Oh, and swanky Saab party tonight. Wednesday its back to the grindstone. Carry on...

Monday, May 02, 2005

CranbrookDesign.com has releaunched with new features, new functionality, and a new interface.



I whole heartedly urge everyone reading to go purchase themselves a box of Triscuit Rosemary and Olive Oil crackers. I think I just got high off them. This is easily one of the best cracker inventions ever.

Thank you.

Use your dog to make a political statement.

Looks like we're in for four more years of this shit.

I've been graciously asked to escort someone considerably more VIP than myself to a very exclusive party at the General Motors Technical Center on Tuesday evening, which will include a lecture on Eero Saarinen and test drives of upcoming Saab products. This should be quite the swanky affair, (and I'm obviously a HUGE fan of both Saarinen and Saab,) but for some reason I keep envisioning Wednesday's Detroit Free Press headline to read:

Couple [of freaks] Removed from GM Property for Lewd and Insolent Behavior

I did just purchase the ugliest green tweed suit in the world, just for the occasion...

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Monday night in Detroit:

MaYDaY 313
featuring
Fauna & Flora (PL/CZ/USA)
Tyvek (Detroit)
Paris '68 (Detroit)
w/ Colin Zyskowski (Detroit/Barcelona)
The Belmont | 10215 Jos Campau | 871-1966 | 9pm | FREE

info at Paris68.org

Interstate. Tonight. Go.



My friend, the inexplicable Thomas Truax will be performing this Monday night at CB's Gallery in NYC with Revue Noir. Expect to be enchanted, delighted and slightly disturbed by his array of mechanical sound sculptures and dark, romantic lullabies and lively rock melodramas.

Thomas recently performed a sold out show in Boston with one of my current infatuations, punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls - who happen to be on tour with Nine Inch Nails as we speak.