Sunday, July 31, 2005

WHOA

A good resource for both urban and not-so-urban exploring: roadside architecture. (I have a thing for dinosaurs and miniature golf lately.)

Friday, July 29, 2005

MegaManEffect wins the 2005 award for the most useless yet loveable OS X application.




Last-minute addition to the Detroit Institute of Arts' Fifth Fridays *tonight : Kevin Saunderson.

Rob Theakston confirms the earlier comments on Vosges' latest creation...

RT: I just tried a sample of that chocolate. Oh my dear god. You weren't just whistling Dixie.

MD: I used to think Gihraldelli (sp?) was good, but I'm so spoiled now, it's like comparing McDonald's to Red Coat Tavern... Freakin' crack.

RT: I seriously got dizzy about 20 minutes ago.

MD: Rad.


As all of the substance in question at my office has long since been consumed, I'm currently warding off post-lunch sleepies with a 1oz. Sharffen Berger Nibby Bar. Not quite the same serotonin rush, but a formidable and delicious challenger.

Detroit By Design presents
It's Okay, We're Here: Detroit Skate Art and Culture

Guest Curators: Nancy Barr (DIA) and Carlo McCormick. (Paper Mag NYC)
World Famous Skater Bill Danforth and Skull Skates. (Vancouver)
Skate shows by Daykare and Detroit Skate Company.
Runway shows by Superior Belly and Wound's dynamic duo Sarah La and Sarah Lu.
Music and Video by Media Rica, People Mover Productions, Eric Early and Craig Mearns.
Submission sponsors Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and The Dirty Show.
The event will be a live set for an L.A. film crew's documentary on Detroit 'living legend', Camilo Pardo.

Opening reception Friday, July 29, 7:30pm
Detroit By Design [Bankle Building]
2944 Woodward Ave., Detroit


...and after the skate show, get your maximum dose of minimalism:

Minus presents ALPHA

Heartthrob
Clark Warner
Minx
Ryan Crosson

Friday, July 29, 10pm
21+ | $5 before midnight, $10 after
OSLO
1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Mornin' all,
Mercedes Benz has released a new free downloadable mixtape. Maybe a stretch content wise for lab readers but hey, it's free.



Anyone else think the Television room in Wonka was the best part of that film? I was so hoping the 2001 apes would start beating on that kid transported into the TV though.....

From the essential classics of the world wide web collection:
Only Anarchists are Pretty
The story of Malcom McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, Sex, Seditionaries and other ruins, as documented by Andrew Wade.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Gentle reminder: Dethlab at Interstate tonight.

We have new knobs to fuck up your favorite records with.

Fun!

I wish I had a Scottish accent.

CUMMING the Fragrance by Alan Cumming. see the new commercial for his product. wow. pay attention to his last words. [note: not *exactly* work safe...]

I just found this great IGN article from '99 on how to modify your US64 to play JAP64 titles. The best part is that you'll only need 4.5mm Gamebit, a Philips Head screwdriver, and a file. Now everyone can play Sin & Punishment!

Dig!

apparently necessary.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The new crack: Vosges brand new Creole Bar with 70% cacao, espresso, cocoa nibs, chicory, and Sao Thome bittersweet chocolate gives the chemistry department at MIT a serious challenge in arena of euphoria inducing substances. I ate less than a quarter ounce half an hour ago, my eyes are dilated, my fingers are tingly and I can't wipe the grin off my face. Wow. This stuff is so dangerous it makes Scharffenberger Mocha (previously the most potent known chocolate bar) taste like Hershey's. It's a good thing Zingerman's, the only reseller in Michigan, is an hour away...

Bloody hell... I totally forgot The Spits were playing in Detroit this past Saturday. :(

I'm going to play Terrorist Attack over and over and over and over, until someone in the office punches me. (Shouldn't take long.)

"Oh my god, it's techno music!"
(sort of...)
Ego Express combine the best elements of dancefloor and listening music, swaying from thick acid lines to dreamy acoustic numbers on their upcoming LP Hot Wire My Heart on Mute DE.

Fugu is a commandline Secure File Transfer (SFTP) application with an intuitive drag and drop Graphic User Interface for OSX. I've been using Fugu since the Burnlab server transfer a couple weeks ago, and have to say it's one of best designed applications I've ever had the pleasure of using. (It has been around for a couple years, but I'm a little slow on this stuff... Burnlab was run from a dial-up connection until 2003.)

Bad me for not posting this sooner: The July edition of the Daniel Miller Hour includes the track Placita by 2VM, a.k.a. the super-rad duo Veronica Vasicka [East Village Radio] and Marc Houle [Ron.Stop.Restore/Minus], as welll as many other treasures at the monthly holy grail of new music. Check the playlist. Wuzza!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Dorkwave + Dethwave + Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:



Realizing that we've somehow landed two high profile DJ gigs and have only played together once, Ms. Toybreaker and I will be getting some practice in this Wednesday night at Interstate. Come buy us drinks and hear us try to mix the most dangerous and infectiously cheesy records we can find, along with Atsiluth [GHB/LowRes] and Sneak [Datavibe]. More info at the brand spankin' new dethlab dot net.

Alarm Will Sound
Unremixed [ the music of Richard d. James aka Aphex Twin ]
Frederick P. Rose Hall [ Lincoln Center ]

Last night was the premier performance of acoustic versions of Aphex Twin tracks by Dickinson College based Alarm Will Sound. The performance was held at the new Frederick P. Rose Hall overlooking Columbus Circle in NYC. The really cool thing about this space (well worth visiting for any performance) is that the entire wall behind the performance stage is glass. The hall being on the 5th floor, has stunning views of central park south.

Alarm Will Sound is a 20 member band stretching the definition of what contemporary orchestral concert music is. The Unremixed project spawned from a partnership with Michigan native Dennis Desantis who, for a few previous Alarm concerts, did live digital remixes following the acoustic performance. The idea took shape when member Caleb Burhans suggested taking the process one step further. '"Unremixing" was what we called this idea of making arrangements of electronica tracks that were themselves compositions based on sampled music.'

Traditional instruments were used often in untraditional ways. The group had to get creative in order to duplicate some of the digitally manipulated sounds from the source material. Some of my favorites were a water hose, air pump, engraving tool and can of peas, duck call, refrigerator-rack lamellaphone, and cocktail-stirrer kalimba. No detail was overlooked from the original tracks. Members duplicated voice samples themselves. The performers were arranged so that stereo panning could be achieved with similar instruments on opposite sides of the stage.

Every three or so acoustic pieces, Richard Devine took over and did a digital remix using software and gear. There were four total and some used members of Alarm for added sounds. The first of these was viciously dark. Sort of like a Surgeon/Aphex mashup. There were bits of 303/606 and lots of kaos pad processing. The contrast was nice.

As for Alarms versions of Aphex's tracks, all were really interesting and well performed. It has a little bit of a Stomp or Blue Man Group feel but really a great way to appreciate the similarities and differences in the approaches. I think Alarm succeeded in adding their own voice to the originals while being really accurate. Hopefully this will tour more and outside off NYC. It's highly recommended if you can catch a performance. I also believe the album is now on available iTunes.

Here's a tracklist of what they performed

4, Fingerbib, Avril 14th, Prep Gwarlek 3B, blue calx, Mt. St. Michel, Logon Rock Witch, Omgyjya Switch 7, Gwely Mernans, Cocklver 10, cliffs, Meltphace, and Jenweythek Ylow.

Proper Things in Improper Places: Part 2



What better way to spend a Sunday morning than to put a bunch of art school kids in period costumes, walk right into an abandoned factory and play a nice game of croquet?





The Edwardian dress code (obviously...) was chosen because our site of choice, the Albert Kahn designed Packard Motors Plant was constructed in 1907. (We may be crazy, but we are thorough.)

A noble sport notwithstanding, the game of croquet (as played by the official rules) can be quite dull. Thus, we were compelled to make up rules as the game proceeded to keep thing interesting. "Anything you can build from objects found on the course is permissible." This rule led to everything from simple bumper mechanisms, to more elaborate ramp structures for the purpose of jumping balls over piles of debris and toxic standing water hazards. In keeping with the DIY miniature golf direction the game had taken, it was determined that game-play would be concluded not in the usual manner of striking the starting stake, but by each player launching their ball through a decent sized hole in the wall of the factory, four floors up: a much more satisfying way to end the game, which we my submit to the USCA for consideration.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Tonight...

Paxahau presents:

SUPERPITCHER
(Kompakt)

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w/

MIKE SERVITO
(Blackbx/Burnlab)

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--- [dj sets] ---

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at OSLO
1456 Woodward
Detroit, Michigan
music starts at 9
21+
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extremely limited capacity

www.kompakt-net.de
www.paxahau.com
*www.burnlab.net*
www.osloworld.com

we shall drink and dance...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Bronques of Last Night's Party was on hand at... well, last night's party. Prolific, scandalously candid and often downright obscene, LNP is a place of reverence for photobloggers and a source of shame and regret for thousands of trashed Vice-reading scenesters.

"The Detroit afterparty was nice... They played alot of Prince." [NOT workplace appropriate.]

NYC:

Ryan Elliott and Derek Plaslaiko bring the Spectral Sounds Vol. 1 release tour to APT in NYC tonight. Not to be missed!


Ryan Elliott at Sub Tonic NYC, 2005 | photo by Sneak

Read a recent interview with the kindly maniac Mr. Elliott here.


Boston:

Machine-rock pioneers Chemlab will be performing live for the first time in seven years at the Middle East Club in Cambridge MA, August 10th. This is an experimental one-off performance and will feature an all new line-up, new takes on Chemlab classics, and tracks never performed live.


Jared Louche and "fan" at Lit NYC, 2003 | photo by Gibby

Also performing will be You Shriek, One of Us, Scrap.EDX and *ahem* special guest DJs Dethlab. Click here for more details.


Detroit:

There will be a costume workshop tonight in preparation for this weekend's Neo-Dadaists Society Corquet Social. The Croquet Social is the second installment in our Propper Things in Impropper Places art crime series.



In basic terms, a group of gentlemen and ladies are going to play croquet and sip mint juleps in Edwardian period costume at the crack of dawn in an abandoned building, and photograph the hell out of it for an upcoming gallery exhibition. This is expected to be considerably more elaborate, ridiculous and well documented than the Mad Tea Party at Fisher 21.

See the Neo-Dadaists Society MySpace group for details.

How much public space is yielded to advertising is difficult to estimate. Our visual panorama is crowded with written word and images that try to sell, directly or indirectly something to us. It's a considerable percentage of what our eyes succeed to embrace. Delete! by Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf is a plan that has concurred with the artist to cover for three weeks all the advertising in Vienna's 7th District.

Delete!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Want to waste some time? Click me.

Some dude makes Mario 'question blocks' and hangs them around his suburb. Neat.

(I think he's also wearing a Pistons hat in image 4)



The month of July for me traditionally means a bit of summer hibernation in front of the tv every evening watching the Tour de France. This being a 99.9% chance that Lance Armstrong won't be riding in it again, Nike commissioned graf artist Futura to develop graphics for his time trial bike. This has been blogged about elsewhere but it's such an odd combination of characters that's interesting. There's a pretty cool website detailing the icons Futura created to visually tell Lance's story. Each day of the tour, certain stickers are placed on his regular road bike to remind him of both glory and agony.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005



Detroit's weekly home of electro-breakcore-metal-disco-industrial-j pop-acid polka-noise mashups, incendiaries, stage blood and general insolence, INTERSTATE has moved from Sundays to Wednesdays. Check out the brand new website!

Doc sez:

"Me and my hetero-life-partner Denis Baldwin will be DJ'ing (poorly) tonight at Interstate, hosted by the ever scandalous Toybreaker and Atsiluth.

You should come and make fun of our beatmatching skills (or lack thereof)."


INTERSTATE: tonight and every Wednesday
Forans Irish Pub | 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit | 10pm - 2am

What every windows user have been waiting for the last 10 years

Fold n' Drop is a new interaction technique for seamlessly dragging and dropping between overlapping windows. It allows you to fold windows while dragging objects.

The Fold n' Drop Home Page

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A bit of a different perspective on all things lost (souls, not buildings) in Detroit - photographer Ryan Keberly runs The Snowsuit Effort. Updated Monday through Friday, it is an extensive project documenting many of Detroit's homeless. Beautiful and sobering.

© ryan keberly
"I was in an abandoned building, scrapping for aluminum, and the window I was trying to remove shattered. The glass landed in my eye."

Dewayne lives on the streets of Detroit.

Summer of '05 continues to be non-stop ridiculousness...



WeRDJ presents:
Love Bizzare's Lingerie Dance
Thursday, July 21st
21+ | 10pm | FREE
at OSLO, Detroit

Good clean fun.

dork pride

Monday, July 18, 2005



designated studio day today, time for a treat of some detroit blight photography. first it was off to the abandoned kung food chop suey chinese restaurant on east jefferson - somewhere i always waned to document but never got around to it. unfortunately i was not able to google any background information on it.)



with the rate that old buildings are being torched and scandalously razed, there is no time like the present to document. in keeping with the mr. science theme for today, next it was off to the rougher end of the Cass Corridor - and it just so happens someone tore the plywood from some old science/chemistry lab, with the contents spilling right out into the street. well holy christmas in july!

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generally i try to keep my distance from others when photographing/exploring, but this sweet little lady was a joy. she had some interesting commentary on the other locals milling about, to put it mildly:

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more images here.

A little reminder to bookmark Marius' killer new Generator.x blog.

Today's profile on Spanish architect Pablo Miranda Carranza will make your head hurt. In a good way.



pictured above: Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence extends the same space description principle of the tropistic automaton in to tredimensional representations of space. It utilises, instead of a physical body, the search and self-organising capabilities of swarms of digital automata.




Speaking of swarms, now on to today's edition of Mr. Science: While taking an evening walk along Lake St. Clair last night, what we initially assumed were clouds of smoke above the water turned out to be massive swarms of insects. Smoke doesn't tend to expand, contract and shape-shift with such precise rhythm. Realizing it was probably tens or even hundreds of thousands of newly hatched mayflies [Order Ephemeroptera], we were quite creeped out, yet fixated by the patterns - as long as the little buggers kept their distance. A little Google-assisted research revealed that the swarming behavior is actually part of the mayfly mating process, or in plainest terms: bug group sex. I'm not sure I wanted to know that, so of course I'm sharing it with all of you.

The answer to this question:
"Oh my god, what happened to you?!"
Is more often than not:
"Dorkwave."

Regarding Chris' post from Thursday: we have been informed that Plug Research recorcding artist Nobody does indeed have an official website.

[thanks Robert Galo]



loop.pH creates and develops new and reactive surfaces and objects, conducts an extensive range of research activities and collaborates with industry and multi-disciplinary groups.

Based in London Rachel Wingfield set up loop.pH to develop reactive surfaces for the interior and has worked on architectural and fashion commissions, product design and public installations.

wouldn't you agree there's something lovely about knowing people?

Anders Schroder makes me happy to be alive.
The world needs more people like him.

There is a serious motion graphics orgy in his new reel.

get up on it.
get up on it.
get up on it.
get up on it.
get up on it.
get up on it.
get up on it.

PS1 Losing Steam?

This past Saturday I ventured to PS1 for the warm-up with Juan Atkins headlining. I hadn't been over to Long Island City yet for the series now in it's 8th year, and I really had two things on my agenda. First to check out the Installation in the courtyard, and second to see what the scene there has mutated into this year. I heard stories of lines stretching in epic proportions during the opening weekend, so strategically I showed up late (7pm) just to catch Juan. Thankfully, when I arrived there was no line and while the courtyard was crowded, it wasn't the worst I'd seen historically.

Firstly, the installation is really lame. I think that's been sort of the general opinion I've heard from a lot of folks. It's not 'part' of the courtyard like previous ones and really looks cobbled together. When the crowds are there it practically disappears.

Juan set was competient, heavy on the classics...Clear, E2E4, I Feel Love, The Dance, a few Kraftwerk tracks.....pretty predictable. I had hoped he would use the PS1 opportunity to do more of an abstract set....more Model 500 and stuff off Deep Space. Even hearing "The Flow" again would have been nice. Alas, he seemed to get word that the scene at PS1 has gotten pretty mainstream. In fact it has. And even corporate sponsors are prying their way in too. Not that I'd really ever dis Target but the constant littering of beach balls and seat cushion that instantly became projectiles were sad to see. Thankfully there are no vinyl banners hanging about, but I fear it's only a matter of time.

I may give it one more chance when Stacey Pullen plays but I can think of a lot better things to do with $8 at this point.

Funny, we just so happen to be planning a fake indie rock dress up party... ;P

Sunday, July 17, 2005

this coming weekend in Chicago...

july 23rd
BELA LUGOSI'S UNDEAD (the fake goth party, dress up)
lineup:
matthew campari (aka josh glazer)
adam killing + johnny love = love kills
biobooster
ian hicks
jaime valentino

RSVP ONLY to johnnylove-at-theopaqueproject.com w/ RSVP in subject line
DRESS UP AS A GOTH (free beer)

It's a tough life...
Unwind from the weekend by the sea:

Tonight (Sunday, July 17):
Chiringuito Nueva Ola (Nova Mar Bella)

SENSORAL
food and music

Dj Rebecca West (aural-fixations)

dj residente fedx
cocina mr. ja
enlace jero

Friday, July 15, 2005

NYC:

against nature

July 20-26, 2005
theXpo at Gallerie (63 Pearl Street, Brooklyn NY 11201)

Music and artworks inspired by Against Nature, the scandalous fin-de-siecle novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Huysmans' obsessive language, fantastical plotline and bizarre interpretation of nature form the backdrop for a week-long post-modern investigation into the synthetic. New compositions by Tim 'Love' Lee, performances by internationally acclaimed musicians and sonic artists, and accompanying visual exhibition by Eric LoPresti.

Guest Performers:
Nicole Atkins
Tim Goldsworthy of The DFA
Gavin Russom
Gary Hustwit, head honcho of Plexifilms and his experimental ensemble War Slut
Maxime Pasquier
Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson, recently featured in Airborne at the New Museum
Ken Macbeth, Scottish composer, audio engineer and designer of the M5 modular synthesizer
Tony Maimone, veteran bassist with Pere Ubu and proprietor of the infamous Studio G

BCN:

July 15, 16, 17
CCCB (C/ Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona)

copyfight will open for three days several areas for documentation and debate as a contribution to the general effort to inform cultural producers and consumers. Panels and keynote presentations, workshops, screenings, download areas and legal counseling open to all visitors will take place in a decentralized way for three days focused on creativity in such areas as digital production, music, literature, and audiovisual culture.

Participants include:

Lawrence Lessig
Cory Doctorow
Wikipedia
Illegal Art
Downhill Battle
John Perry Barlow

The July edition of Badwidth happens tonight at The Works in Detroit. Many of our favorite D'Luvers will be playing records for your pleasure, including the ever charming man known as Mr. Keith Kemp [live!], the always lovely and awesome Ms. Jan "Champain Killah" D., Mr. "goldmine crates" Ken "Stormy" Electropunk, and my personal favorite [obvs...] the [stage] blood goddess of bass synths and gourmet cheese Ms. Bethany "Toybreaker" Shorb.

Bandwith: "Chinstrokers vs. Poplockers"
Friday, July 15
The Works
1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit
18+ | 10pm | a mere five bucks

p.s. Please save some energy for total Dorkwave birthday madness Saturday night at Les Infants Terribles, up the block at Corktown Tavern.

p.p.s. Wonka!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

tomorrow evening in barcelona, a visit from NOBODY, seems to be a cool dude but couldn´t find an official site so i just linked the spanish promoters write-up (time to learn spanish anyway people, or maybe chinese?). NOBODY has worked with prefuse 73, bla bla, and schmeeer schmeer among others (sorry but these collaboration-based props are beginning to annoy me). should be good nonetheless, with previously-burnlabbed/jocked JAHBITAT opening. check czech it out.

by the way, welcome back burnlab. i missed you.

BACON BATTLE!

Best of luck to our vegan friend Atomly.
You go.

A live action Celebrity Deathmatch must be next.

This is pretty brilliant: Momus' notes towards a definition of 'moronic cynicism'

"The moronic cynic uses cynicism as a way to prepare for the worst. The worst consequently arrives.

Moronic cynicism is still believing that there's a big simple thing called truth, then saying "They're lying to us!"

The moronic cynic's pleasures are always guilty pleasures.

Moronic cynicism is the narcissistic mindset of a fragmented individual in a culture where all individuals resemble each other, and everybody is secretly miserable.

The opposite of moronic cynicism is love."



I personally find the following principles to work quite well:
Prepare for the best.
Truth is a myth.
Find no guilt in pleasure.
Resemble your dreams.
Love.



The work of the 2005 Emerging Artist Mark Moskovitz and nine graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Art will be presented in an exhibition this summer at DaimlerChrysler Services in Berlin. A concurrent exhibition of work by Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman, Head of the Painting Department and a 2005 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship will also be presented.

For those of you in Berlin, Opening Reception: Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:00-7:00 PM. The Atrium of DaimlerChrysler Services, Potsdamer Platz Berlin.

Dearest Dethlab...

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XO

One of the best record labels you probably haven't heard of, Square Root Records release their first compilation this month.

Catalog, the inagural release from Square Root Records, collects two songs from each of the seven artists on the record label. The album serves as an introduction to the label's diverse electronic sound. The music included ranges from the sprawling, epic post-techno of Spectral Mornings to the compact electro-pop of thirty (over) thousand, from the intense post-rock of A Ferret Named Polo to the minimalist-influenced compositions of Padreg Jageillon, and beyond.

Look for several Square Root artists performing at the I Made it Myself Festival August 20th in Bay City Michigan.

addendum to last night's music and culture: In keeping with what appears to be de rigueur for weeknights at Foran's (and who doesn't like a good bloodbath or zombie invasion before work anyway?) Just a little evidence of the fabulous mess that transpired:



Kozmo likes a plentiful helping of brains with his industrial.

And Sam had just collected some blood money:



Unfortunately there is no documentation from this camp of anyone actually performing, the zombies were eating camera batteries along with braaaaiiiins.


The CD Sequencer is an innovative new concept for interactive CD packaging. You can use printed postcards to remix music and store your mixes or share them with friends. Remix uses conductive ink to let you control music using a simple pencil. The object includes cardboard packaging, an enhanced audio CD and a set of printed postcards.

More on the CD Sequencer and other works by recent RCA grad Matthew Falla.

[via ProteinOS]

* tech note: I have no idea why some editors have full names and others have only first names. My best guess is check your Blogger profile settings (make sure your profile is public, for one.)

On to music and culture: Kill Memoery Crash played a killer laptop/DJ set last night. Considering all their live gear was stolen in NYC, Adam, Alex and Kero are major troopers for continuing the tour and kicking serious ass. Also, Kozmo gets a gold star for not only showing up in full-on zombie costume, but for keeping in character all night... on a Wednesday... for no good reason, other than zombies are cool. Photos to come. Detroit art school kids continue to blow my doors off with their absurdist genius and superb execution.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


You can almost see Rove pulling the strings in this photo.

Seems a lot of things have been French infused with me lately. There's the bit of anger I still feel at Michelin for the farce I personally witnessed at the US Formula One race a few weeks ago. But redemption at least comes every evening when I sit down to watch Lance Armstrong obliterate every entrant in this years Tour de France on American flag lined roads. But I do have a bit of envy for the folks over at Qua in the Netherlands who got to take a new Porsche 3.8 Carrera S Convertable out for a weeks spin around France and a good bit of Europe. Thankfully their tour has been nicely documented, cheese purchases and all, for our vacation deprived review. It almost brings me to packing up and going to beg for a job there.





i just returned from chicago for this year's nextfest, where i stumbled upon the juke bot duo from german art group robotlab. the group uses industrial robots, from german manufacturer KUKA, to make various installations and experiments. the juke bots are programmed to spin, mix, scratch and do all the things you'd expect from a typical dj.

robot lab had been working with industrial robots for quite some time and that the point of the art was to take something industrial and not really artful and do something artful with it. the juke bots are not planned for any kind of production and they are not meant to be a replace our superhuman dj friends. they have been displayed in a number of settings from churches to clubs and festivals. the robotlab website has a number of excellent photos and videos from various venues and pictures of other projects the group has done.

Apparently Karl Rove is still feeding information to his allies in the press. He's decided to use (natch) FOX News as his outlet. So while Scott McClench is evading all entreaties from a hostile Press Corps, Rove is surreptitiously getting his spin to his constituents.

The man is resilient enough to make cockroaches look like wimps.

"Not Bigfoot, just a guy in a shaggy outfit"

If that's not enough of a reason to love Michigan, don't forget about the Fourth Street Fair -- starting much earlier than L.I.T. -- on Saturday, July 16. Intersection of Fourth and Holden in Detroit. One of the summer's best gatherings.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I'm thinking about breaking my motor city tether for.... internationally renowned artist, designer, author, and technologist Joshua Davis for a day creative workshop. We've all ripped JD one way or another, we all might as well show up and get it from the source.

Read:// anything you can code, Josh can code better

Toronto, ON Canada
July 29-30, 2005 (Fri-Sat)
9am to 5pm
Location: Ryerson University, Room KHE321(A)

picture of the day:



[via batconservation.org]

it's pretty bad ass when the rza waxes poetic about martial arts and books on boldtype. seriously, i am all about it when big daddy kane steps to the fashion blogs.



wednesday night, 07.13 - get your glitchy industrial thing on. Kill Memory Crash will be at Foran's with special guests Kero, DM and Nida, all of detroit underground infamy.

Foran's Irish Bar | 612 Woodward Ave | Detroit | 313-961-3043 [huge flyer here]

a small side note - i got the unfortunate word last night that their tour vehicle got broken into after their new york show, and EVERYTHING aside from their laptops is gone. the show will go on (half live, half dj), but please come out and support. projectors and analog gear are not fun to replace. at least come buy them a comforting cocktail!

p.s. if anyone has a video projector that they could borrow for the evening, please contact me. bethany@cyberoptix.com

Did you miss us?

Still working out a few bugs, broken links and missing images here and there, but Burnlab is back! Even websites need a little vacation from time to time.

Big thanks to Datavibe for the spiffy new virtual home, and to Bethany for picking up our slack on design, art, music and culture blogging.

Without further ado, this is a fine time to mention that this Saturday night is the July installment of Les Infants Terribles. We'll be celebrating the birthdays of both Rob Theakston and Mark Lazar with special guest Nick Calingaert a.k.a. Common Factor.

Les Infants Terribles: Endless Summer
July 16, 2005
Team Dorkwave vs. Common Factor
Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit
18+ | 10pm-? | always free