Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Made in the USA-Karim Rashid has his own reality show on USA
Will someone please ASSASSINATE this jackass...

This Sunday: It's a Burnlab end of summer field trip!

All B'labbers and friends are invited to partake in an adventure to Cedar Point, the "roller coaster capitol of the world". A fun packed afternoon of big metal loopy things, fine amusement park cuisine and excellent people watching awaits!

As we're not very fond of schedules, there is no formal time of departure, but please do contact myself or Bethany if you're planning to go. A group bumper car takeover is a must...

If we all survive Ohio, join us later that Sunday night at the Detroit Eagle to wish dear friend Mike Trombley farewell before he heads off to Philadelphia. Mike will be playing all kinds of disco, postpunk, rock, soul and electro records from his amazing collection, along with Scott Z., Mike Kearns and Josh Dunn. The Eagle is located at 1501 Holden, just off Trumball between W. Grand Blvd. and I-94. It's free, drinks are only $2, and Monday is a holiday. No excuses.

This Friday in Detroit:

Our very own Derek Plaslaiko will be home from NYC and playing records with kindly maniac Ryan Elliott at this month's installment of Vault at Oslo.

Oslo: 1456 Woodward, Detroit | 10pm-late | $5

As previously noted by Doc, Focus Media is hosting Goodnite Comrade: a going away party for the lovable Denis Baldwin, who's moving to Florida for reasons beyond my comprehension. Bethany and I will be playing records along side a cast of characters who's collective genius is matched only by their collective recklessness. God help us.

Focus Media Bunker: 440 E. Lafayette, Detroit | 10pm-later | FREE

New Soviet album due this fall:

Primarily due to masterful song writing and production, Soviet was a refreshing standout among the dozens of electro-pop acts to emerge from Brooklyn around the turn of the millennium. Had he started making music fifteen years earlier, Soviet's Keith Ruggerio could have easily gone toe-to-toe with hypothetical peers on a John Hughes soundtrack album.

After extensive touring, a migration to Los Angeles, and forming the sound design and production company KAR Songs, Ruggerio is currently completing a new Soviet album for Kinetic Media, which released Hong Kong Counterfeit's Counterparts LP earlier this year.

A good night's sleep for the skeletally obsessed [via Josh].

Best Goddamn Wedding DJs Ever!

As expected, Rob and Jon mixed Ride, Sam Cooke, American Mars, and the Roots with ease. Moral support was provided by Doyle, Bethany, Liz, Clark, and a 7 year old girl who insisted on hearing a Lindsay Lohan song.

Elaine and I are slogging through 3500(!) photos right now. I decided to come up for air and share these two with everyone.

MAY 12 THROUGH JULY 30, 2005

High Fashion Crime Scenes is Melanie Pullen's first exhibition since she joined Ace Gallery last spring. The exhibition contains works from Pullen's photographic series of the same title based on vintage crime-scene images, firsthand accounts, and documents Pullen mined from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department, the County Coroner’s Office, and other primary sources. Drawn to the rich details and compelling stories preserved in the criminal records, in 2002 she began restaging the events, outfitting the "victims" (her selected models) in current haute couture, and photographing them in her staged settings. The collection of more than one hundred images has received considerable critical acclaim in the national and international press. The exhibition will include new images shot in Los Angeles and New York City. Pullen's photographs address four dominant themes: death by fire, water, and hanging; and the sometimes-dangerous environment of the taxi. She revisited these situations repeatedly throughout the series. A woman’s legs dangle from a flaming dumpster. The body of a young woman floats amidst a forest of seaweed. And a taxi contains the body a gunshot victim.

Over the past three years the twenty-nine year old artist has occasionally worked as a commercial fashion photographer. She has shot layouts for the likes of Flaunt and Rolling Stone. Photographs from the series employ the power of fashion to disguise and distract, or to draw our attention away from the otherwise gruesome subjects. While representations of violence - including its causes and affects - have always dominated visual culture, artists have long employed the subject to comment on greater social values and taboos. Pullen herself has noted that she takes aim at society's glamorization of violent acts and crimes by iterally re-dressing what are deeply disturbing events. Her forceful juxtaposition of intense colors and sometimes jarring compositions recall aspects of Expressionism and Surrealism as well as deeper art historical precedents. Self-taught and raised in a family of photojournalists, publishers, and artists, she began the present project - her very first multiple series - after seeing a copy of Luc Sante's 1992 book Evidence (1914-1919) about crime scene photos from the New York Police Department. While the disturbing stories behind the pictures intrigued Pullen, she was more interested in the minute details: the material that made up the images and told a story. Prior to the mid-1950s, the nature of criminal photographs was fundamentally different from their present, clinical form.

Given the complexity of cameras earlier in the century, most crime scene photographers had both artistic and professional experience. With an eye for composition, lighting, and drama, photographers like Eugene Atget, Alexander Gardner, Jacob Riis and Arthur Fellig (a.k.a. Weegee) produced crime photos that were artistic and documentary, evocative of tabloid illustrations or film noir. Inspired by such images, Pullen conducted extensive research in the LAPD archives that yielded a wealth of vintage sources to work with.

To create High Fashion Crime Scenes Pullen at times enlisted the help of up to sixty people per shoot: set builders, makeup artists, models, stylists, and stunt crews, among others. Her models have included the actresses Rachel Miner and Juliet Lewis. Many important fashion houses have lent or donated clothes and jewelry for shoots, among them, Louis Verdad, Bulgari, Gucci, Chanel, and Vivien Westwood. In the development stage, Pullen intensifies the colors, which are captured on a highly saturated and high-resolution film commonly used in nature photography. She treats each composition like a still life that both reveals and obscures its content beneath layers of brilliant color, atmosphere, and fabric. For each image she prepares elaborate storyboards, which may include the original photographic source, sketches of the final shot, and myriad production notes. As a result, the viewer’s attention initially focuses more on the setting than the actually "scene".

Pullen enjoys the sense of ambiguity about her works. A given photograph mightaddress the folly of immoderate wealth, the seductiveness of tragedy, or simply the brevity of life. She summed up her intentions in a recent interview in Los Angeles Time: "I took this horrific subject and turned it into something aesthetic. My goal is that the last thing you'll notice is the crime."

The Covers Project is a growing database of songs covered by other artists.

My dad called. Gas right now is $3.30 in Canton, MI for regular unleaded. Looks like things aren't going to get any better either.

Thankfully, Detroit has one of the world's best pubic transporation systems. We may be the poorest city in the nation, but we've got a subway system unlike any other.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

World Changing is also an exceptional blog. There site states, " works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us."

Future Feeder is a blog "feeding technology, design and architecture." Highly recommended for the forward design crew. I could get lost here for quite awhile. Some of the things featured are emergent procedural landscapes, cloning, Lsystems, and sustainable future houses that run on spinach!

Why women live longer.

The Apple Product Cycle

Anyone who followed my blog knows that I am a big fan of It's sharp, pointed writing with an unapologetic lean towards the left. From time to time, Matt and Jason stray and write on other subjects. This time around they pontificate on the upcoming battle between iTunes and the major labels.

Someone needs to sign these guys up for a full time job.

Prints of Jon Wozencroft's beautiful photography are currently on sale over at Touch. His photos have graced the covers of such artists Fennesz, Biosphere and Oren Ambarchi. Buy one and be the envy of all your record collecting geek friends.

Continuing on with my microsound tangent, the fine folks at 12k have redesigned their website and have a slew of new releases coming up in the pipeline from Frank Bretschneider and Ralph Steinbrüchel, Christopher Willits, and many others. Their sublabel, Line, also has new releases by Steve Roden and one from label head himself, Richard Chartier.

A collaboration with Ivan Pavlov, their performance of Chessmachine was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Mutek in 2004. This captures their performance from Los Angeles. A mixture of sound and strategy, it proves you can be high fallutin and artsy while still having a sense of humor about it all.

And finally, I'd like to send shout outs to Kevin McHugh and Will Calcutt.

As one of the most forward thinking, innovative people in electronic music, Carsten Nicolai has made me blush like a school girl several times over with his brand of uber-quiet minimalism, sine waves and soft tones. He's also one hell of a visual artist, and Anti-Reflex is a catalog of Nicolai's installations, all colorful and detailed with explanations into his work.

For those unfamiliar with his audio productions, he put out a collaboration disc (their second) with another student of awesome,Ryuichi Sakamoto.Here's an mp3 snippet.

He's pretty neat.

When You Are Your Own Client, Who Are You Going To Make Fun Of At The Bar?

shoegazers and indie rockers united, and what did you get (circa 95)? THE SWIRLIES, one of several underrated post my bloody valentine bands, like kevin shields�s brother�s band ROLLERSKATE SKINNY. both bands mixed beautiful with harsh like no one does anymore...if you like the idea of nice mixed with hardcore listen to track 2 from "shoulder voices". guaranteed customer satisfaction. and track 4...the beatles and my bloody valentine in a fist fight. and last but not least, label TOO PUREs answer to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, LONG FIN KILLIE. amazingly intense....

Monday, August 29, 2005

Cinespia offers the very Hollywood experience of sitting on a blanket in a cemetery, drinking wine and watching a movie. This is the last week, so grab a merlot.

attention new york city,the go station will departing shortly from their month long residency at arlene's grocery (95 stanton street in the LES) tonight, Monday August 29th. 8:30PM/FREE.

cute boys.

nice coifs.

and they sound good too.

Hey we're throwing a big stinkin going away party for our friend Denis Baldwin
AAAAAnd You're Invited

September 2nd, 2005 (that's this Friday)
10 PM until Denis falls over dead


Our Guest: Denis A. Baldwin (and his gigantic ego)
M.C: Myself, drunk and loud

DJs and other musical types:

- Keith Tucker (Aux88 / Puzzlebox)
- Benji Hayes (Focus Media)
- Darkcube (Detroit Techno Militia)
- Dethlab (Burnlab/GHB)
- Sneak @ Datavibe (.net)
- Stos (Fist Clencher)
- T.Linder (Detroit Techno Militia)

Electro! Chaos! Anarchy! Hair Metal! Makeout Action! Bad 80s Radio Hits! Blood! Booze!

It's free if you love Denis


The Focus Media Bunker
440 E. Lafayette
Bricktown, Detroit 48226

More Info Here

How Will the World End?

(You find the darndest things while Googling for "giant lobsters"...)

1/2 gallon fake blood + 5 hours of electro + 1 room full of art school kids and assorted freaks = fun.

(Now what do we do for the Halloween party??)

GENERATIVE BLOGGERS WANTED. I'm looking for more contributors to the Generator.x blog I edit about generative strategies and the creative use of code in art and design. If you haven't seen the blog (Mike posted it a while back), have a look: Generator.x.

And to make this a bit more on-topic, check out the wonderful Teaching Turing by David Mellis. You need never be afraid of another finite state Turing Machine ever again.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

been listening to old BROADCAST albums after hearing that they have a new one coming. i have decided that, after trying to figure out why i like them so much, they are a perfect mix of the best of STEREOLAB and LOW. weird but true...

a group you have heard sampled by the fugees and de la soul and whose mix of funk, afro, reggae, jazz, and 70s rock should be way better known: CYMANDE,further proof that the 70s were a decade maybe never to be surpassed musically, an idea furthered by the album the digable planets sampled, LONNIE LISTON SMITH's classic album EXPANSIONS. the title track should humble jamiroquai, and any album whose liner notes include the following can�t help but be something special:

"Also many thanks to the Creator for all the beautiful women in the Galaxy. Their inspiration enhanced the creation of this album."

For those who appreciate all things Detroit: "Made in Detroit: A South of 8 Mile Memoir" is out Sept. 13. A taste: here.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

probably old news to detroiters, but i recently saw THE ISLAND with ewan mcgregor and scarlette johansson, shot partially in detroit and featuring such ccs photography department favorite locations as the old train station, the theater/car park (also seen in "8 mile"), and I-75 around the rouge plants. oh, the nostalgia of it all....

and speaking about hotties named scarlette, i hate to be such a loser as to mention this but i just met probably the hottest dj i have ever seen last week in barcelona SCARLETT ETTIENE. shes based in nyc, supposedly good, and, well, hot. painfully hot. (curses to my friend debbie for being with her and introducing me to her)

while blabbling ive been listening to the latest COMMON. not as experimental/interesting as his last but a nice return to soul/hip-hop/r&b which he does better. and shit, i just checked his website and hes got an amazing show coming up for los angeles residents:

Los Angeles, CA / Wiltern Theater
Spin Off Grand Finals w/ Talib Kweli, Madlib & DIPLO

damn.....someone please go if you live there and tell me how it was. what a meeting of some of the best of the best...

Friday, August 26, 2005

This is interesting: The Celebrity Atheist List. From Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to Asia Carrera...

[Given the massive amount of good karma that's come this way the past few months, I'm a little uneasy about even posting this. I guess I'm bumped down to the "ambiguous" list.]

Okay, one more mention...

When did Real Detroit get their website back up?

Thanks to Amy for the very nice mention! [scroll down]

"Ah, amore. From love such beautiful things are created. Presenting Dethlab, the hot new collaboration of creative masterminds Bethany Shorb (Toybreaker/God and His Bitches) and Michael Doyle (Dorkwave/Burnlab). The team plays really good records really badly... and looks good doing it. The two fiends of fancy chocolates and human flesh bring the latest creative offspring Sex and Sedition to Oslo the last Friday of every other month. It kicks off this week with Keith Kemp and Kelly Pink-O joining the mischief on the menu: sleazy electro, post-punk, gnarz-laden techno, theatrics and trainwrecks. Do the math, kiddies... that means there’s a Halloween party in the works. Expect quite the affair from the team that reveres blood as a fashion statement."

Last reminder, I promise.

Friday, August 26: SEX & SEDITION

Dethlab (dj)
and special guests:
Keith Kemp (dj)
Kelly Pink-O (live/dj)

OSLO, 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI
21+ | 10pm | $5

Saturday, August 27: J+J+J & GOUDRON

Goudron (live)
J+J+J (live)
Johnny Sugar Rod (live)
+ members of Dorkwave (dj)

Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI
21+ | 9pm | $7

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Happy birthday Servito!

Celebrate tonight at OSLO
1456 woodward | detroit mi. | 21+ | 9-3am
sushi. sake. champagne. cigars. cupcakes. dancing.
djs rob theakston | mike servito | todd osborn | james teague | patrick russell

[awesome flyer by Bethany]

The Burnlab-enhanced September issue of URB is on news stands now.

I swear the Parting Shot illustration was done before Sex & Sedition was developed, but I tend to work in overlapping themes...

(here is what the tiny blackletter text says.)

Give us it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Beautiful work form Trollback + Company.

Miyakodub presents:

Video Turntable: uses a webcam instead of a phonograph needle, transparent discs with color patterns instead of traditional black discs with grooves, and a digital computer vision system instead of analog circuits to decode and produce sound. Multiple transparent discs can be stacked, creating different combinations of colors and thereby sound.


[via we make money not art]

T.Raumschmiere's new LP Blitzkrieg Pop has apparently been released three weeks ahead of schedule on iTunes.

Speaking of the godfather of Gnarz, here is a scan of the flyer for the Detroit show on Sept. 24th. I can't freakin' wait. :)

Blaze 3, 1963 | Acrylic on board | 37 1/4” x 37 1/4” | Private Collection

Like Op?

coming up at Cranbrook Art Museum:

This exhibition encompasses forty years of uncompromising and remarkable innovation, exploring Bridget Riley's characteristic and distinctive optically vibrant work. Her last exhibition in North America was at the Dia Center, New York, in 2000.

Riley's work is celebrated for its ability to engage the viewer's sensations and perceptions, producing visual experiences that are complex and challenging, subtle and arresting. Her paintings employ a simple vocabulary of colors and abstract shapes to generate sensations of movement, light and space. This exhibition traces the development of Riley's work from the early 1960s to the present day.

The Monster Engine

Comic and video game artist, Dave Devries has come out with a multi media book that brings children's drawings to life.
Monsters, Superheroes- and other scritch treasures.
Shows us how the simplest line can convey the most complex expression.
Great idea!


Earlier Dave McKean mention Parallel:
Simplicity of "Cages" lines -> depth of the "Dust Cover's" detail.

Subject: Reinventing Television

Wired interviews Jon Stewart and Ben Karlin of The Daily Show.


You said there was an emerging recognition that television was just a delivery system, just a box to be filled with content. "The quality of what you do is not diminished by how far you are up on the dial," you said. "It's all just airtime."

Stewart: I agree. I agree with me.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Inspired by a co-worker, I have subscribed to a trivia thing formusic. The questions are pretty pedestrian, but kinda neat.

Join up if your work life needs a bit of a pick me up.

This year's Decibel Festival lineup is quite impressive, and features a showcase of Kranky and Ghostly artists ambienting the fuck out.

And speaking of Kranky, the label is gearing up for some seriously good mope music just in time for the cold rain of autumn, including releases from Dearborn's Windy and Carl and Windsor's Christopher Bissonnette.

Hooray for the state of Michigan.

Reminder: blood and electro at OSLO this Friday.

[Tongues firmly planted in cheeks, but this is serious business.]

It's either embracing the president's society of ownership platform, or just realizing I really don't need to be spending buckets and buckets of money on a shiny new car when my commute is less than two miles: Burnlab HQ has a fancy new set of wheels in the form of an '89 Saab 900 SPG. It's my third classic 900, and a serious collector's item among Saab geeks (only 841 were imported in 1989... considering probably 800 of those went to New England it's quite a find, all of which in Edwardian Grey with a Garrett H20 turbocharger, special Performance Group suspension, and all the goodies of the era.) The thing is faster and more nimble than most modern cars, despite an odometer reading of twohundredfourteenthousand miles(!) The '04 was an awesome piece of Swedish engineering, but this somehow a lot cooler...

Two new videos from the upcoming album by Ladytron are online. They're moving away from the electroclash past and into a far more satisfying early '90s sound. For fans of Curve (isn't that everyone?)

This new material is being called the discovery of the year. Ever heard of the nanoribbon? Jesus, technology is getting so insane. I recommend that everyone check out the home page of this site as well. It tracks the emergence of a whole new paradigm in our world that I firmly believe is going to overtake the old one in our lifetime. The future is going to be so amazing.

Monday, August 22, 2005

I like the way null.lab thinks. (Of course, I like just about everything that ends in -lab.)

null.lab is an architectural and space design, research and execution group based in Los Angeles. Our mission is to fuse the far reaches of human imagination and emotion into realized space. What "could" be possible is no longer accepted by our ideology of what "should" be possible.

Images of null.lab's interior for Bobco Metals at Archinect.

Previously only famous for the nation's top high school marching band, Jason Von Bondie, and enraged husbands stuffing their dead wives in freezers for years, my hometown of Canton does me proud once again by being home to a cottage industry of low budget horror movies.

And finally today, an autographed photo of Billy Dee Williams.

Stations is a new blag by Lee Isles featuring his travels through the NYC subway metropolis.

The amazing Reilly Brennan sent me this equally astounding article regarding the state of oil and its future. It's a lengthy read, so pull up a chair and a coffee.

Also, Peter Maass (the article's author) is said to be today's guest on Fresh Air. Check your local NPR station for listings.

Flicker Peep Show

Open daily from 10AM to 1:30AM until the 18th of June.
Location: Mediamatic ground floor
Post CS building, Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam

This Thursday, if you are in Detroit. No excuses.

(and eating cupcakes)

a pre-birthday celebration for Mike Servito
(and any fellow virgo....)


The Cynic
Rob Theakston
Mike Servito
Todd Osborn
Patrick Russell

1456 woodward
detroit mi.

sushi. saki. champagne. cigars. cupcakes. dancing.

New Franz Ferdinand single up on

And this Thursday...

Sunday, August 21, 2005

This fall promises not one, but two films to influence a new generation of goth kiddies:

From writer Neil Gaiman, designer/director Dave McKean, and Jim Henson Productions, Mirror Mask hits theaters September 30th.

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. Helena searches for the Mirrormask, an object of enormous power that is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands, waking the Queen of Light and returning home.

Word has it that McKean spent 18 months in post-production with a crew of only 17 grad students and spent a mere four million dollars making the film. Unbelievable for a Hollywood feature dripping with so much pure eye candy.

Tim Burton's second stop-motion feature length film Corpse Bride arrives Sptember 23rd and stars the voices of [surprise!] Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Corpse Bride carries on in the dark, romantic tradition of Burton's classic films Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (Bonham-Carter), while his real bride, Victoria (Watson), waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style.

New video for LCD Soundsystem's Tribulations by Doug Wilson. Hot.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Browse the 500,000+ pictures at the recently launched New York Public Library Image Archive. The NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 337,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

D.C. Comics has hit a Chelsea art dealer with a "cease & desist" letter for exhibiting Mark Chamberlain’s watercolors on a "gay Batman" theme. The works, which were exhibited at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art this spring (where they found ready buyers at prices starting at $200), include images of Batman and Robin exchanging a kiss, a watercolor titled Robin’s Baby Pictures depicting the Boy Wonder’s cute rear end, and a rendering of the Caped Crusader, sans shirt but otherwise in costume, striking a languorous pose. "D.C. Comics wants me to hand over all unsold work and invoices for the sold work," exclaimed dealer Kathleen Cullen (the gallery was formerly named Artek Contemporaries). "I’ve spent the last two weeks of my life consulting lawyers!" (Some works are also posted on Artnet, which has received a similar letter.)
The use by fine artists of mass-market and commercial cartoon imagery goes back decades -- both Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol were pursued by photographers for copyright violations (the artists tended to settle), and Jeff Koons famously litigated the String of Puppies case all the way to the Supreme Court (he lost). The Walt Disney Co. brought an infringement suit against Dennis Oppenheim for using small statuettes of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in his sculpture Virus, with mixed results -- the artist was forbidden to sell the work but allowed to exhibit it. Karen Finley’s 1999 book, Pooh Unplugged, a rather scatological version of the children’s classic, forestalled a similar lawsuit by labeling the publication "a parody" on its cover. The issue is a hot one -- more recently, artists including Tom Sachs and Damien Loeb have been touched by copyright (and trademark) disputes - culled from Artnet

editor's note: images here.

Impressed by the wealth of amateur artwork for sale on eBay, San Francisco artist Michael Rosenthal -- former associate vice provost at Stanford University and an exhibiting artist since 1999 -- purchased dozens of "unattributed and affordable" paintings on eBay and invited 33 artists to remake, paint over and otherwise transform the works according to their own vision. Among the participants are Reed Anderson, Edwin Schlossberg, Marta Thoma and Calvin Turnwall. The resulting works go up for resale on eBay on Aug. 23, 2005. For a catalogue of images and further details, see the online catalog here

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the firm led by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Price-Ramus in New York, has been retained to design a new $70-million "museum plaza" near the riverfront in downtown Louisville, Ky. The planned facility combines an art museum and residential condominiums with office space and even a farmer’s market.

The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton has selected Swiss architectural team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron to design the new home for the museum, slated for a 14-acre site in the hamlet of Water Mill on eastern Long Island. The celebrated architects designed the new Tate Modern, which opened in London in 2000, and the expansion of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which opened earlier this year, and are at work on the new de Young Museum, scheduled to open in San Francisco this October.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is welcoming the fall season with a show of journals and collages by Exene Cervenka, a founding member of X, the pioneering Los Angeles punk-rock group. "Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful," Sept. 17-Nov. 26, 2005, features nine journals and a series of 20 collages made between 1974 and 2005 in a show that is guest-curated by Michael Duncan and Kristine McKenna. Cervenka has scheduled a free performance at the Bergamot Café at Bergamot Station on Nov. 3, 2005.

Friday, August 19, 2005

No shortage of Burnlab-enabled elektro-weirdness next weekend in Detroit:

Next Friday Ms. Toybreaker and myself will be launching Sex & Sedition at Oslo, with very special guests Keith Kemp and Kelly Pink-O. Where high art meets sleaze and cheese. See for more details.

Then next Saturday night Goudron [a.k.a. Mr. Ron Zakrin, Ersatz Audio] wraps up his tour with J+J+J at the Lager House in Detroit. Super special additions include Johnny Ryan live, and record playing by members of Team Dorkwave.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Because counting backwards makes the time seem to go faster...

I'm apparently easily amused today.

Marking the beginning of the art season and New York Fashion Week, Deitch Projects is excited to announce THE ART PARADE, an artist parade that will take place Saturday evening, September 10, on Grand Street between Crosby and Wooster. Artists, performers and designers are being invited to create floats, placards, spectacles and street performances. In addition to invited artists there will also be an open call for parade projects... [thanks christina]

This guy is awesome.

(higher rez)

So wrong, yet so good.

[thanks Stephanie]

Hometown Heads-up!

Design Fest 05
Toronto New Media Festival
October 8, 2005


DesignFest '05 Speakers"

Alexandru Costin
"Building Usable Intranets"

Brandon Flowers
"Japanese Girls on Casual Gaming"

Gustavo Machado
"Job Seeking Resources For New Media Professionals"

Jason Chesebrough
"Workflow & Integration in Studio MX 2004"

Jim Babbage
"Creative Masking in Fireworks"

Joseph Lowery
"The Money Train: All Aboard for eCommerce"

Joyce Evans
"Roundtripping with Fireworks, Dreamweaver & Flash"

Julian Dolce
"Extending The IDE"

Kevin Airgid
"Web Designers Success Guide"

LordAlex Leon
"Best Practices with Macromedia Flex 1.5"

Martin Arvisais
"Best Practices with Macromedia Flex 1.5"

Phillip Kerman
"Flash Video: The Whole Story"

Tara Cleveland
"Using Web Standards with Macromedia Contribute"

Tom Green
"Topic TBA"


The aptly-named life straw is an invention that could become one of the greatest life-savers in history. It is a 25 cm long, 29 mm diameter, plastic pipe filter and purchased singly, costs around US2.00.

[via engadget]

env bike

The beauty of env's design is intended to focus on emission-free technology.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

lovers of star wars and future/sci-fi design: check out, again, the work of former car design collegue DANIEL SIMON. he has more talent in his middle finger than, well...he has finally quit his job as a car designer and hopefully will be a visionary for, probably whatever the fuck he chooses.

and by the way, all the work he did for the website was done as a hobby in his free time...

re-reading another classic: joseph conrads HEART OF DARKNESS. besides being the basis of APOCALYPSE NOW its also a work by an author acclaimed as one of the english languages best writers despite being ukranian and speaking english as his third language. not bad.

and oh, an alert to berlin burnlabbers: you have a new detroit boy among you - JASON CLARK - of PAXAHAU fame. MARIUS!!! i emailed jason about you and he is keen to meet up. email him.

Some weekly reading: Model D.

Dorkwave and the damage done: 79 more photos from this past Saturday's Les Infants Terribles. [courtesy of Sneak]

Monday, August 15, 2005

ADULT. will release their new LP Gimmie Trouble October 11th on Thrill Jockey, and will kick offf their largest tour to date in Toronto on October 19th.

"Everything more weird."

Fuck yeah.

Photos from the L.I.T. Summer Finale
[courtesy of Ms. Toybreaker]

Square Root Records' excellent debut compilation Catalog is now available in finer Detroit area record stores, such as Record Time. [Big thanks to Trevor from Spectral Mornings for the press copy.]

Nitrocorpz presents The Designers Mixtape [via Protein OS]

Cool idea - similar to Core77's Designers Playlist project a few years back.

Art Schools and Gambling:

Steven Holl has won the Albert Place Casino design competition, and his new School of Art and Art History building for the University of Iowa is delayed, but nearing completion.

[via Archinect]

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Huge thanks to Dan Selzer for gracing Detroit with his brilliance and everyone who came out and danced like crazy people at the Les Infants Summer Finale last night. Apparenlty there were over 700 people throught the door, which is more than double the Interpol party last October(!) SO much fun.

If you missed it, or can't get enough of Dan, he'll be playing again tonight at the Detroit Eagle with Scott Zacharias and our good friend Mike Trombley. [1501 Holden, off Trumball, between W. Grand Blvd. and I-94]

Documentation soon.

The Maxalot Gallery in Barcelona is really amazing. There's some incredible work on their site.

Cobra Killer , the demented duo of Gina V.D'Orio and Annika Line Trost, first came together in the late 90's for a couple of legendary releases for Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore imprint ( "Right into a Kick for More" recently voted as one of the top 500 singles of all time..). Since then the girls have donned their blood-soaked nurse uniforms and have honed their love of 60's psych rock and freaked out electronic mashups into a glorious display of scuzzy euphoria that couldn't be more fashionable if it tried. And if you think that's a bad thing, gina and Annika ain't gonna tolerate your negative attitude - they've got an ever-increasing possee of fans (Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore recently exclaimed "We played a couple of shows these last few nights in Germany with Cobra Killer that completely knocked us out. It’s two girls and a sampler, and it was just phenomenal, the most inspiring shows" The likes of Thomas Fehlmann and T.Raumschmiere have been hassling the girls to add that disturbed Cobra Killer dimension to their own offerings. The girls have imbued the likes of Peaches with enough confidence to crash into her sampler and beat box without a care in the world, and have at long last delivered a full-length collection of tracks that take that determination to the next level.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

mike, love the photos of you, broad daylight?...amazing...luv it(said with "snatch"-style souf lundun accent)

another plug for my favorite barcelona-based graphic design team INOCUODESIGN who just finished the cd for dj vadims new project ONE SELF (which sounds nice, a flow like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT with newer beats). INOCUODESIGN will also be responsible for the forthcoming AEROC cd packaging from what i understand.


be there.

you won't regret it.

you will regret it if you're not.

we promise.

Les Infants Terribles Summer Finale
Saturday, August 13



(insert bat sounds here.) Detroit: 11.19.05.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Back from 48 hours of excellent art, architecture, food and music in Boston. My better half has a few pics from the new ICA Boston, and of course, the Chemlab show we were so honored to be invited to play at.

You might think not performing live for seven years would make one a bit rusty, but Jared Louche and the current incarnation of the band was on full-power start to finish, tight as the tolerances on a Mercedes Benz, and the set list was dead perfect, ending with Summer of Hate, and an encore that included a cover of Science Fiction Double Feature from Rocky Horror. We were also thoroughly impressed by Scrap EDX a.k.a. Joshua Colella, whose machine music is refreshingly infectious, based on rich layers of mechanical sounds, stripped down, relentless rhythms, and solid compositions, more akin to Terrence Fixmer and early Probe releases than the all too common practice of trying to sound hard by playing breakbeats at ungodly BPMs.

Huge thanks to Bobby and Ellen for the generous hospitality, and to Jared for just being so awesome. For all the Boston kids who requested a set list, we'll post it on the Dethlab site soon.

Oh, one last note: our biggest score of the trip was a roll of skull tape from the Marc Jacobs store for a mere five bucks. Everything is going to be covered in black tape with fashionable little skulls on it! Yay skulls!!!

Berlin Super 80 CD/DVD/Book
A DVD-flashback of early 80s Berlin subculture featuring output by virtuosos of the city's underground movie scene who rediscovered Super 8 as an outlet for their creative endeavours.
Accompanied by a compilation of music, covering a huge range of styles and currents - from punk to ingenious dilettantes, this lavish package recalls the walled-in city's unique feel and lifestyle.
By no means a nostalgic review of times long gone, but rather an appraisal of a creative Berlin which to this day exerts its influence on German pop culture and beyond. Featuring Die Todliche Doris, Einsturzende Neubauten, Malaria and many others of the scene's protagonists.
Besides the DVD featuring elaborately restored Super 8 films (running time: approx. 120 minutes), the luxurious package also contains a CD compilation of Berlin bands from the period 1979 to 1984 as well as a 100 page Book with lyrics, essays, background information and photographs by Peter Gruchot. In addition, the DVD itself features extensive bonus material: discographies and photo series (almost 300 photos!) plus an interview with Wolfgang Muller (of Die Todliche Doris).

Siouxsie & the Banshees
Downside Up
55 tracks on 4 CDs, featuring 34 tracks on CD for the first time, including The Thorn EP. 76-page booklet with an introduction by Siouxsie and full track annotation by all 3 band members plus full lyrics for all B-sides, printed for the first time. Sleevenotes by Mark Paytress. 200

Drawing Restraint 9
DR9 is the latest filmed artwork by the multimedia enfant terrible Matthew Barney, whose romantic relationship with Bjork has spawned a joint creative effort. This intense soundtrack sees Bjork pick up the Japanese threads of Barney's film, writing music for an instrument called the sho and incorporating Noh theatre in the vocals for "Holographic Entrypoint". As challenging a work as any Bjork has produced, DR9 is not easy listening. Set on a Japanese whaling ship, Bjork's soundtrack is a murky mood piece featuring icy string sprays, sonar blips, and Bjork's distressed, often whale-like vocals. The nearest thing to a conventional song is opener 'Gratitude', in which Will Oldham sings the words of a letter written to General MacArthur imploring him to allow whaling to resume off Japan after the war.

For most of us, the joy of flipping through stacks of vinyl records or CDs met its demise at the hands of the digital music revolution. Luckily, for OS X Tiger users, there's a superb new way of browsing your music collection with CoverFlow. It's the next best thing to flipping thru a crate, without all the dust.

Hotspot Bloom is a wearable wifi hotspot detector. The idea for Hotspot Bloom began as a portable sculpture for open parks around Manhattan, as there was little physical demarcation for open wi-fi networks.

I love you, don't you love me too. Its okay to fall down when you're dizzy.
don't be dizzy. you have to look busy, you're not alone you're not alone.

This is the first realisation of a device with Resonant Neuron Synthesis, called the "Resonator Neuronium". The Resonator Neuronium has 6 analog resonant neurons. The net parameters can be programmed by the lefthand structure in form of a hexagon by use of knobs, buttons and LEDs.

Resonator Neuronium

all hail the protein feed

Thursday, August 11, 2005" target="_new">Drivey - a very cool experiment in 2.x graphics!

There was a great show on NPR two days ago on the cultural impact of the atom bomb in post war Japan. They focus a lot on the work of the ever genius Takashi Murakami.

Check It Out, its a good listen

A List Apart

Its weird that... they have a feed via RSS 1.0, and they have a feed via RSS 2.0, but they have yet to upgrade to feed via INTRAVENOUS TUBE DIRECTLY INTO MY CIRCULATORY SYSTEM TO NOURISH MY BODYS NEED FOR WEB STANDARDS FOR FRONT-ENDERS.

which would be sweet

cSs : hXc

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

sk1 posting about mouse on mars (who were my favorites of sonar 2005) made me revisit my favorite album NIUN NIGGUNG. tracks 4 and 7 still kill me.

and a discovery i just made: a dash of red wine with a healthy helping of beer is not half bad. amazing what may lie ahead. the possibilities are endless.

just rereading what is now officially one of my favorite books, MONEY by martin amis. his 80´s social commentary fits beautifully between the 70´s commentary of john updike and the 90´s commentary of chuck palahniuk. one line i´ve just read, speaking about problems in modern cities: "I came of age in the 60´s, when there were chances, when it was all there waiting. Now they seep out of school - to what? To nothing, to fuck-all. The young () - they´ve come up with an appropriate response to this, which is: nothing. Which is nothing, which is fuck-all. The dole-queue starts at the exit to the playground."

(p.s: for a reason which i cannot figure out, all of my apostrophies come out weird due to, i guess, my spanish keyboard.. doh!)

sarah, your chickens scare me.

mike, terrorism does not suit you :)

Chris: Yup- so fake site design styles are amazing-
Also check out the mail order chickens site.

It's funny.

Interesting new selective hearing devices- Great concept that has no doubt gone through all of our minds as we attempt to exchange ideas, in a crowded bar- over the sound of others doing the same.

Will probably take out the type of noises I most enjoy as I walk down the street.
(Appreciating my 12k day)


"Social noise has tripled since the 1980s and most people struggle on a regular basis to have conversations in noisy places," said Neil Thomas, RNID's Head of Product Development. "These products demonstrate a massive potential for everyone to control and enhance their hearing."

The exhibit features personal hearing devices, such as aids that enhance conversational speech or filter out ambient noise in a crowded bar.


Next step: Leave the ambient noise in- Cut the mindless rants of the people around you...

Smile and nod.

The fact that this happened at the exact moment our flight to Boston left Detroit Metropolitan Airport is strictly coincidental. I swear.

(Greetings from Boston, by the way!)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

while going thru banksy links i came across this webpage forBILLY HARVEY, leave the critque up to you musically but nice site

sarah(sk1)! thanks for the banksy post...jayzus that dude is a visionary with a ton of balls. should make fellow graffiti artists, political activists, and, well, anyone with a heart and brain give an incredible amount of respect. with that he has changed the rules of the game. we need more people like that.


Semi-Permanent 05

9 and 10 September 2005
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

Semi-Permanent New York is a design event run by the crew at Design is Kinky, and The Happy Corp Global with the support of presenting partners Diesel.


Charlie White
Chuck Anderson
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Joshua Davis
Paul Pope
The Orphanage
Threadless / Skinnycorp
Speaker 12 TBC

Opening night party
Thursday 8th September - 9pm
Venue -TBC
Sponsored by the KDU & OverAmerica.
- Featuring the Royal Magazine issue launch.

Closing night party
Saturday 10th September - 9pm
Hosted by Vice Magazine.

Here he comes to save the day!

It just might be that the real source of domestic terrorism is not coming from places far overseas but Bentonville Arkansas, home to everyone's favorite, Walmart. The retailer still unhappy with the fact that you can actually buy things at places other than Walmart, has an aggressive plan to open more and more stores in the US. As most know, all sorts of wonderful things happen when the big blue sets up shop in town...smaller stores disappear overnight, 'associates' are paid low wages without the option of having union support, and as Sam Walton believed, associates bear a significant portion of health care costs in the name of 'shared ownership'.

It seems there are more and more storm clouds on Walmart's horizon though. Law suits are piling up as everyone tries to figure out a way to get at some of their 8.9 billion in profits just from last year. And unflattering media coverage is on the rise as well. CNBC has put their 2004 2-hour documentary 'The Age of Walmart" in rerun rotation. There is also a new film by Robert Greenwald called 'Walmart /The high cost of low price' due to premier on November 13. The film is being shown via a grassroots effort during the whole week. Anyone can host a screening and it only costs $10 for the DVD and screening kit. Walmart is already planning a spin summit nine days before the film hits the streets to make sure things are all smiles. If you have the opportunity to host a screening, information can be obtained from the films website above.

Monday, August 08, 2005

For the circuit bender types:

Get LoFi

Circuit bending blog/resource that includes:

Tips, images, audio, and video.
The lowdown on new instruments, Glitch art, Minimalist ideas, electronic music, etc.


side: The name toybreaker rules.

This is old news for many... For the few who haven't yet seen/heard: Gotta prop Banksy again.

I was a mad scavenger hunt kid- I love this guy.

Just returned (dusty and slightly disoriented) from Benicassim (FIB).



Day turns night with the goosebump-cue voice of Erlend Oye- Kings of Convenience were lovely... and a nice ballad balance for the sleazy-tech night to come.

Xiu Xiu moved nicely from subtle to stacked- a nice lead-in to Mouse on Mars. Great to see them again. I admit I enjoy their earlier sound quite a bit more.

Areal label showcase feat. Ada, Basteroid, Metope, Frank Martiniq- Sweaty, packed and SLICK! I love this label.

Shelbono/Sid leROCK- Rocking in style with a mic in one hand- and a bottle of whisky in the other. His cover of the Violent Femmes' "Add it up" was outstanding.

Keep an eye out for Sid's Lado labelmate, Lawrence. Unexpected sounds sprouting up out of each other. The kind of stuff you sketch out in your head. (note: no hallucinogens were used during this observation).


Pan_Sonic. They were great. Felt like a marionette.

Tigersushi's Panico were a definite highlight- Great presence on stage. The guitarist was crafty- definitely not just playing guitar. I appreciate when people cue feedback- no walls.

Ran around the DFA stage.

Proper blow out -> Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Fantastic. I won't say more- the delete key is sore. Hope I retain the whole set.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Airbagcraftworks has beautifully constructed bags that are large enough to fit a laptop, mixer, and rca cables called the nerdbag.... Oh and they also sell this.

need more be said?

Les Infants Terribles Summer Finale
Saturday, August 13


NYC's "Best DJ's DJ", founder of Acute Records, and Alldisco/Beat Club resident, Dan is like a walking encyclopedia of electronic dance music from the early days of NYC ELECTRO, NO WAVE, POST PUNK, and ITALO, on up through the present day.

"Only Dan knows how a synthesizer really feels."

Dorkwave is pleased to bring him to Detroit for the very first time.

Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI
18+ | 10pm - ? | FREE!

Friday, August 05, 2005

i, reporting for burnlab, was lucky enough to be part of a recent meeting of great music-making minds: at CHRISTIAN SMITH´s apartment, christian, myself and JOHN SELWAY were blessed with the wisdom imparted by VINCENZO courtesy of his introduction to us of a higher source of knowledge:


I believe Rob is making reference to New York City's favorite DJ, who 'we hear' will be making his first ever Detroit appearance next Saturday.

More details later today.

I still maintain Detroit is not ready for what's coming to them.

(and I'm not talking about the previous post, either.)

From obscure, blood soaked side project to what promises to be Detroit's hottest new night in less than a month's time... but what else could be expected when you put together two of the city's most hyper-productive artists and shameless self-promoters? ;)

Dethlab presents Sex & Sedition, starting Friday, August 26th at Oslo. An evening of dark, sexy, stylish music and theatrics that will push the envelope of both creativity and everything you've been told is right and good in the world.

Sex & Sedition takes place the last Friday of every other month, alternating with Clark Warner's brilliant new Alpha night.

Not that the name and philosophy behind this project really needs to be explained to Burnlab readers, but here is a great article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that sums up our point of reference quite nicely.

Punk was trash culture gone avant-garde and/or the avant-garde gone trash, and just as Dada had tried to destroy the institution of art, so the punks seemed bent on destroying the very institution of fashion.

What does this mean in the context of the post-everything 21st century? Find out August 26th.

+ don't forget: Dethlab will be in Boston next Wednesday, playing records and twisting knobs at the first live Chemlab performance in seven years. See Angeldustrial for more info.

Don't get any crazy ideas from the impressive flyer, this gathering will be pretty low key (I have to be at the church cleanly shaven at 10 AM on Saturday).

Thursday, August 04, 2005

White Label Detroit: hot.

[thanks Jimmy]


Primary Space, in collaboration with Detroit's own 7TEEN, is proud to present a four artist show featuring the street and graffiti influenced work of 7TEEN, LABRONA, OTHER, and THESIS. "from Four Zero One" will feature painting and installation work by all four artists beginning Saturday, August 6 and continuing through Saturday, August 27.

| 2750 Yemans St. | Hamtramck | Opening Reception Sat. Aug. 6, 6pm-10pm |

In the race to produce the smallest dj rig imaginable, I think we have a new leader.
via Gearjunkies

Tonight in NYC:

First Thursday.
new location!
Iona bar
180 Grand Street, between Bedford & Driggs
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L to Bedford Ave, G to Lorimer St, or J/M/Z to Bedford Ave

More skewed towards type and graphic designers, First Thursday welcomes anyone with an interest in design for a casual evening of cheap drinks and font banter. If you're in Brooklyn this evening, stop by and say thanks to Jesse for organizing this nice monthly.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

On Monday, August 8th, Other Music will be hosting a very special in-store performance by internationally acclaimed Angolan artist, composer, and instrument builder, VICTOR GAMA. Gama is the only non-electronic artist to be signed to Aphex Twin's Rephlex label, and this will be his very first visit to the United States. Since the early-'90s, Gama has been constructing an impressive array of finely handcrafted and beautiful homemade instruments upon which he performs mesmerizing compositions, influenced not only by his own Angolan folk traditions but also those of the entire African diaspora. Gama is one of the most innovative instrument builders since Harry Partch, and this event should prove to be quite unlike any other OM ever hosted.

Monday, August 8 @ 8:00 P.M.

15 East 4th Street NYC
Free Admission/Limited Capacity

The URB Insider

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A couple months late on this one. Sorry. Maybe you haven't seen Daft Punk's video for Technologic? Creppy little robot! eeeee-eeeee!!


World of Mana for Nintendo DS, Bubble Bobble Revolution for Nintendo DS, Advanced Wars: Dual Strike for Nintendo DS, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow for Nintendo DS, Nintendogs for Nintendo DS, Trace Memory for Nintendo DS, Electroplankton for Nintendo DS, Sonic Rush for Nintendo DS, New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS, Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble for Nintendo DS, Mario & Luigi 2 for Nintendo DS, A Boy and His Blob for Nintendo DS, Animal Crossing DS for Nintendo ... uh, DS, Mario Kart DS for Nintendo ... yes, DS, and Metroid Prime: Hunters for Nintendo DS.


Not videogame related, but:

Pure Detroit Design Lab
Presents featured designer

Lauren Joy Casteel

Friday, August 5th, 2005
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

165 W. Congress @ Shelby
(313) 961 8320

This made my day.

...and this one is for Servito.

Silly Pink Bunnies: the work of Jeremy Fish

Also see the Wooster Collective Special Edition of Jeremy's work, I'm With Stupid.

Because skulls are cool.

For those of us on the bunk side of the pond, the time is upon us to begin making plans to attend this years Ars Electronica Festival. I'm way too lazy to tell you about it myself, so I'm gunna Ctrl+V it.

Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been dedicated to the critical discussion of and reflection upon media culture. With its focal point situated at the intersection of art, technology and society, it is above all the endeavor to nurture up-close-and-personal encounters involving artists, designers, philosophers, sociologists, engineers and scientists from all over the world that endow the Festival with its very special character.
This is not solely a matter of the computer as an artistic medium but, above all, of testing how new ideas that are emerging from artistic practice can be applied to science and society in an effort to influence the way in which new technologies are developed, designed and utilized.

- Gerfried Stocker, Christine Schöpf (Directors Ars Electronica)

I really want to go, but I probably wont. Ironic I'm afraid to leave Detroit? Yeah. But if you do go, I've electronically made my propaganda more visible than a 7 mile prostitute, so keep an eye out for it.

The Pentagon's new crowd control ray gun under question. Surprise.

The Active Denial System weapon, classified as "less lethal" by the Pentagon, fires a 95GHz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than five seconds.

Apparenlty rioters should be aware to remove glasses, contact lenses and any metal near their bodies to avoid permanent damage.

High res. full screen QTVR of Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Walter Wasacz (who wrote the now infamous Losing Your Mind in Berlin and Revenge of the Dorks for the Metro Times) just forwarded this [not-so-flattering] photo of Solvent and I from the Detroit TasteFest a few weeks back. We sort of look like we're about to go do some serious investigative reporting or something...

(Thanks Walter, and happy birthday!)

Also, I just finished an illustratuion for the back page of next month's URB Magazine. Think Neubuaten meets World's End run through the Dethlab filter. You'll have to wait to see the whole thing, but I'm really happy with it, so here's a little teaser:

On Techno, Bernstein, Breaking & Entering, Cacao and Dinosaurs:

This past weekend's adventures began with a stop by the aforementioned skate culture exhibit at Detroit by Deisgn and Clark Warner's most excellent new semi-regular Minus night at OSLO on Friday, at which Jesse Siminski a.k.a. Heartthrob played an absolutely brilliant live set.

Saturday evening team Dethlab met up with Mr. Ozias at Campus Martius for an outdoor showing of the classic 1961 film version of West Side Story. (Of course, we came prepared with a picnic of fine cheeses, baguette, fresh plums, red wine and proper stemware for the occasion. If not already blatantly apparent, we do nothing half-assed.) The film is rich with quotes we're alredy scheming to sample for use in upcoming Dorkwave events, especially the dancehall scene featuring John Astin.

After the film, we took a little scouting trip by the abandoned Albert Kahn designed National Theater, which we had considered for a little urban exploration/photo shoot later in the evening. The National has been the subject of quite a bit of activity this past week - to the point where there would be way too much B involved in B&E for our fancy. Unfortunate for us, but I'm glad to see this historic site seems to be getting some much needed attention. (I just hope its being readied for renovation and not demolition, which I wouldn't put past the current city government...) We conceded to a scouting trip, via Saab, of Detroit's much more desolate far west side. Some excellent potential exploration spots you may very well read about here in the coming months.

Sunday was all about dinosaurs and chocolate. Our first stop was the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, which boasts a superb collection of fossils, taxidermy, and 1950s era exhibits, including wonderful dioramas and the sort of hand-placed dimensional text you only find in science museums that have yet to be subject to the tragedy of modernization.

From there it was off to the foodie Mecca known as Zingerman's to procure the finest in cheese, deli sandwiches, and chocolate. We were momentarily disappointed that they did not cary Vosges' Creole Bar I've been raving about, but we did discover the narcotic delight of 100% pure cacao. It's amazing this is legal. Scientific studies have yet to find hard evidence of chocolate causing real biochemical effects, which I say is bullshit. One little nib of this epicurean heaven pumped so much serotonin and endorphins into my system that my face actually went numb, and Bethany was subject to mild visual hallucinations and the condition known as "perma-giggle". (It probably didn't help the cause of objectivity by washing down pure cacao with the most potent espresso this side of Columbia.)

All cracked-out on caffeine and chocolate, we headed west on Michigan Ave. to Irish Hills, to check out some of the roadside attractions burned into my childhood memories. The most significant of these, the Prehistoric Forest has been closed down for several years now. The multitude of No Trespassing signs and flimsy barriers only made it that much more desirable, so of course we walked right in and got up close and personal with the most fantastically bad paper-mache prehistoric creatures to never roam the earth. As surreal as this place was as a child, multiply that by 100 to picture it in its derelict state today. Piles of broken down dinos, mastodon heads, and animatronic pterodactyls aren't something one runs across everyday.

More dino pics here.