Last minute heads up New York City: Bethany and I will be in the Big Apple tomorrow through Tuesday. (Woo!)
For those in NYC tonight, birthday boy Derek Plaslaiko is DJing at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum garden party from 6-9pm, and then Marc Houle plays at The Bunker.
Saturday night, we get to see The Hacker (two weeks in in a row!) He will be playing with Smash TV and our gracious host Cowboy Mark at Limelight... er, Avalon. See Bethany's supremely eeeevil flyer for details.
Our only other plans are eating properly, hitting the AngloMania exhibit, and kicking back in CT. Please drop us a note - we'd love to see all our friends.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Last minute heads up New York City: Bethany and I will be in the Big Apple tomorrow through Tuesday. (Woo!)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/30/2006 02:40:00 PM
Thursday, June 29, 2006
This is Electronic Body Music.
New to iTunes this week:
One of my favorites for '06, Perspects' Peopleskills LP - BUY
Motor's absolute monster of a single, Black Powder/Punkture - BUY
Also check out Motor's endlessly entertaining (and nicely designed) game, and the video for Black Powder at their official site.
+ Ian Clark is now officially the last man on MySpace. Show some love.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/29/2006 06:33:00 AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Uh oh - so now i'm just youtubeing™, but is that Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Ice-T playing along to "Head Like A Hole on-stage at Lollapalooza 1991? Hellz fuckin' yeeeah beeyocth it it!
Posted by: joshua at 6/28/2006 08:28:00 PM
You can have your WIlliamsburg. I'll roll Cauhenga to Silverlake.
Posted by: joshua at 6/28/2006 08:17:00 PM
per the last post about willamsburg....i just watched Serpico and it seems NYC hasn't changed much since the 70's...Frank Serpico, after meeting people at a party who introduce themselves as an accountant who is really an actor etc, says "how come all your friends are on their way to being somebody else?"
Posted by: chris at 6/28/2006 02:44:00 PM
Fresh off the SUCIT Tour with Solvent, Ectomorph comes home to Ann Arbor for a free show Thursday night.
Audio Thursdays presents
+ DJs Carlos Souffront and Scott Brandon
PJ's: 102 S. First Street at Huron, Ann Arbor MI
10pm | 21+ | everyone is "on the list!"
Friday night Thinkbox performs at The Art Gallery of Windsor, in conjunction with their current exhibit.
AGW: 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor Ontario
8pm | all ages | $3 museum admission
Also, a preemptive very happy birthday to two of our favorite Burnlabbers: Derek Plaslaiko 6.29 and Lynnel Herrera 6.30. I wish I was in NYC for the certain madness this weekend...
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/28/2006 02:20:00 PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Philip Beesley is a Toronto-based architect and sculptor who creates extraordinary cybernetic systems.
"Implant Matrix is an interactive geotextile that could be used for reinforcing landscapes and buildings of the future. The matrix is capable of mechanical empathy. A network of mechanisms react to human occupants as erotic prey."
The matrix is comprised of a lightweight structural system with sensors, shape-memory alloy wire actuators and distributed microprocessors.
Cybele and Reflexive Membranes pictured above.
Read more about Beesley's work at BLDGBLOG. [Thanks Geoff!]
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/27/2006 09:52:00 AM
Monday, June 26, 2006
This past weekend in Chicago was quite excellent. After making superb time (4 hours flat!) and mistaking AM pulse-static for experimental music (yeah... art fags...), it was a pleasure, as always, to see Adam and Alex of Kill Friday night, and quite a treat to see The Hacker. As Bethany noted, we have never heard a dj who's track selection was so in line with our own tastes. There was a Neon Judgement/Terrence Fixmer/Nitzer Ebb segment that had us busting some utterly ridiculous industrial stomp/ballroom S&M moves. Alex was kind enough to introduce us to Monsieur Amato, who was very enjoyable to talk with, until one of the humorless, 'roided-out bouncers in a black mock turtleneck (I guess these guys are everywhere at downtown Chicago bars) rudely butted in and decided it was time for everyone to go. They even tried to kick out Kill's manager Marlon several times. Other than the security goons, a great night. (Huge thanks to Marlon for taking care of us!)
Good and hung over Saturday, we made our way up to Pick Me Up Cafe on North Clark for strong coffee and killer Eggs Benedict. Usually the term "funky" is a big turn-off for me, but Pick Me Up is funky in the good way (read: "weird.") While I had a meager two shot Red Eye, Bethany opted for The Zombie, which consists of two cups of organic coffee + four shots of espresso + steamed milk and whipped cream in one gargantuan mug. Properly callorized and caffeinated, it was off to Wicker Park. After supplementing our antioxidants with a blueberry smoothie from Earwax, my favorite haunt in all of Chicago, Ms. Toybreaker scored a used a;GRUMH LP at Reckless Records, and an excellent book on circuit-bending from Quimby's. Very pleased with our purchases, it was time top start drinking again, so we settled into an outdoor cafe on Damen. It turned out that A Flock of Seagulls(!) was about to perform at a street fair directly across from us. I swear Chicago is a never-ending John Hughes film...
Next stop was the legendary Metro to see our friend Scott Mason's band Office. They were opening for The Fiery Furnaces (which we, to be honest, could not get into at all.) Office was great as always though, and it was fabulous to catch up with Mr. Mason. We were seriously floored hearing the number of records Office was selling on iTunes... without a record contract mind you. It made us wonder why anyone with a unique, quality product would even need to be signed in the age of digital, but I guess, with the exception of finding that rare label you feel at home with, most people are flat-out too lazy or just not interested in taking on the full time job of self-promotion required to get your work out there.
From there we zagged back to Wicker Park to visit our friend Josh Eustis, who was DJ'ing at Del Toro, a very swanky and nicely designed Spanish-themed tapas bar/lounge on Damen. After catching up with Josh (and a few more cocktails to the likes of Kraftwerk and Daft Punk) we ended the night by doing what all good Goths in Chicago do... we met up with friends at NEO. The Chicago Goth scene isn't nearly as pretty as New York, but it's certainly not City Club (thank god!) The Ladytron and Acid Horse selections were enough to keep us from hanging the DJ during the trancier moments, but nonetheless, we took in some good people watching and didn't press our stay. (Thank you very much to JV for the crash pad and hanging out Saturday night!)
Yummy brunch and a lazy Sunday drive home... ahh. Now back to work!
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/26/2006 07:52:00 PM
Recent studies have shown the many benefits of coffee, such as countering liver damage from alcohol consumption, increasing short term memory, speeding up metabolism, improving reaction time, and possibly preventing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, but few know that coffee is packed with potent antioxidants (many, many times more than fruits and vegetables) which reduce risk of heart disease and cancer, and caffeine appears to stimulate the part of the brain that regulates sexual arousal. Drink up!
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/26/2006 12:54:00 PM
Audi just won 24 Hours of Lemans race in France with their new diesel-engined racecar, the first ever diesel to win a major race. Using diesel technology inables the car to reach peak horsepower at lower rpms...The result, which a friend witnessed, was that the car basically only made a whistling noise while the other cars screamed past. The other amazing thing was that he said that the engine´s torque was so high that the tires literally ripped the asphalt from the track...and the engineers actually had to decrease the potential acceleration because the drivers couldn´t handle physically handle it and got what is called a "red out" from blood rushing to the head. the professional drivers admitted that the car was so powerful in acceleration and breaking that they had to learn how to drive again...leave it to the Germans
Posted by: chris at 6/26/2006 03:49:00 AM
Friday, June 23, 2006
For those in Chicago this weekend (including Toybreaker and I, in about six hours):
Kill Memory Crash and The Hacker TONIGHT at Spy Bar. Free cover before midnight, and open bar until 11pm!
This Saturday night, Office performs at The Metro with Fiery Furnaces and Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and Josh Eustis of Telefon DJs at del Toro (Damen just below North Ave.)
For those in Detoit:
Rob Theakston's going away party tonight, with Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, and master Rob himself at Proof, and the Dorkwave Toasterama Saturday night.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/23/2006 04:56:00 PM
Minimal Wave dot org is now shipping The Lost Tapes, a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks from the European tape scene (1981-1986), with an emphasis on Belgium. The LP is limited to 500 numbered copies with insert, on 180 gram vinyl. Artists include Absolute Body Control, Stratis, Portion Control, Linear Movement, The Neon Judgement and many more. An essential collection of near-impossible to find work by EBM, minimal synth, new wave, cold wave, minimal electronik, post punk, synthpunk, etc. pioneers.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/23/2006 12:26:00 AM
Thursday, June 22, 2006
i just gave in and watched ridley scott's last effort "the kingdom of heaven"...years have gone by begging the question of what happened to the man who revolutionized cinema, and then did it again..first "aliens" and then "blade runner", then "weakly" followed up with the vastly unappreciated (and more importantly the only reason not to despise tom cruise) "legend"? he and his bro tony, who responded with the masterpieces of "true romance" and "crimson tide", must have some congenital deficiency which involves brilliance leading to.....???
Posted by: chris at 6/22/2006 04:13:00 PM
Dethlab is busy busy preparing three very different events, three weekends in a row this summer.
First, we are extremely pleased to bring our Canadian-built robot friend Solvent back to Detroit July 21st - this time for a live show, with featured guest DJ Mr. Brendan M. Gillen of Ectomorph. An evening of infectious electro-pop goodness as only Solvent can create.
Solvent and Ectomorph are wrapping up their whirlwind SUCIT tour this weekend:
June 22 (tonight!): Love, New York City
June 23: Lava, Philadelphia
June 24: The View, Cleveland
Hopefully Solvent and BMG get some good rest, and don't hate each other after spending a month in a van together.
Bethany and I have been invited to curate a four hour segment of the LINK Festival at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. LINK is a 36 hour festival of art and music July 29th-30th. Our program, titled Machines That Feel, will feature media and installation artists, DJs and live bands, including the work of Phoenix Perry, and the debut live performance of electronic-shoegaze-pop project 800 Beloved. We haven't finalized the program yet, and are indeed still open to proposals from artists and performers. I'd explain more, but I think Machines That Feel describes exactly what we're looking for.
Then on Friday, August 4th, Dethlab teams up with Spectral Sound: mashing Vault and Sex & Sedition for one monstrous affair. Unfortunately we can't give you any details quite yet, but we will be trading blood for oil...
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/22/2006 12:50:00 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Lots of news for busy bodies today.
First up, this Saturday is Dorkwave's summer kick off:
LES INFANTS TERRIBLES TOASTERAMA
Featuring the sounds of The Dorkwave Soundsystem & The Back to Basics Egg + Muffin Toaster
Corktown Tavern, Detroit
10pm-late | 18+ | FREE
This is probably the whackiest idea since Lobsterfest.
Bring your own bread.
Back to Basics
Synth freaks unite and salivate. Matrixsynth is a frequently updated blog packed with photos, videos and all sorts of goodies; covering everything from vintage modular beasties, to fun new devices, to quirky DIY projects and items of community interest.
Thanks to Matrixsynth for linking up Burnlab and my new poster design for Solvent! (More on that a little later.)
Bethany has been getting some much deserved attention from the blogosphere today for her latest series of silkscreened neck ties, with features in both the venerable MAKE Magazine and DIY Happy. New Cyberoptix goods will be available next week at The Cranbrook Art Museum Store and Pure Detroit DesignLab. (Oh look... a picture of us playing records in the DesignLab article.)
If the fashion making, pixel pushing, and record playing isn't enough, I came home today with a literal armload of horrible old electronic children's toys in need of circuit bending. When my lovely partner's time allows, items such as "Little Smart Light'n'Smile Farm" will likely join the arsenal of misfit toys. If anyone in interested, there are still plenty of gems left at the Salvation Army thrift shop in Oak Park, Michigan - an impressively sized and not overpicked location. My friend Erick scored a handful of classic Nintendo games in a Nintendo brand leatherette carrying case(!) and Alex picked up the accompanying LP to the animated 1972 film adaptation of Charlotte's Web, including a pop-up Zuckerman's farm in the gatefold. Score!!!
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/21/2006 09:06:00 PM
Time to revive that hackneyed quip about driving/rolling/skating down the famed spiral ramp of the Guggenheim. One star attraction of the forthcoming survey of the architecture and design of "Zaha Hadid," June 3-Oct. 25, 2006, is a full-size scale model of the ostreperous architect’s own Z.Car, a three-wheeled "bespoke" auto designed at the behest of London dealer Kenny Schachter. Powered by an electric fuel cell, the rear-engine vehicle is "shaped like a water drop" for minimum wind resistance -- reducing the number of wheels also reduces friction -- and has a large asymmetric front hatch that gives a panoramic forward view. Smaller than a VW Golf but larger that a Smartcar, the Z.Car runs in two positions -- low like a sports car for highway driving and raised 10 degrees for increased visibility for use in the city. Instead of a rear window, the car displays the view out back via a video screen in the cab.
To accompany the Z.Car, Schachter is putting out a deluxe publication that he calls a cross between a book and a magazine; with luck it is the first of a series, with Vito Acconci designing issue number two. Dubbed Rove (like the gallery), the book-magazine is priced at $15, with a deluxe limited-edition version including a slipcase designed by Hadid costing around $1,000. The editorial matter, which includes a survey of Hadid’s architecture as well as a history of three-wheeled vehicles, asks, as an art dealer might, "If works of art can sell one at a time, why not cars?"
Posted by: Chad at 6/21/2006 11:57:00 AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
On Friday, June 23, weekly Detroit development e-newsletter and Web site Model D celebrates its first anniversary with a party at Campus Martius Park. Details, which include Liz Copeland and Clark Warner on the bill, here. It also marks the start of Fourth Fridays in Detroit.
Posted by: David R. at 6/20/2006 09:50:00 AM
A real blue light special at the former Kmart headquarters in suburban Detroit as the discount retailer's art collection is sold off. Six showings are planned per month through September.
"The gallery contains a wide variety of works such as oils, watercolors, photography, posters, prints, tapestries, and sculptures and even a 15th-Century Chinese Ming Dynasty watercolor on silk. Works of art by artists such as Vasarely, Deperthes, Leger, Loewy, Alvar, Agam, Trova, Bolotowsky, Mayhew, Summers and Zavaro, to name a few, are among the many artists that are featured. There is also a rare Picasso tapestry on display that will be sold on a bid process."
Posted by: David R. at 6/20/2006 09:44:00 AM
Monday, June 19, 2006
Detroit soda bottler Faygo has a great new hometown ad campaign.
This one is hands down my favorite.
[Thanks, Linder... PhotoShop master.]
blood on the wall:
Huge thanks to Kill Memory Crash, Stevo and everyone who came out to this weekend's installment of Sex & Sedition. Bethany has a full recap here with lots of pictures and goodies.
flesh and bone:
Adam and Alex perform live this Friday in Chicago with The Hacker. More info here.
* note: Friday's show is at Spy Bar, not Soundbar as previously posted.
646 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL
10pm | $10 adv./$20 door | 21+
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/19/2006 01:47:00 PM
Reader Rob Buse forwarded this beautiful project: SoniColumn is an interactive sound installation that can be played by a person's touch. Part of artist Jin-Yo Mok's MusicBox Project, it seeks to reproduce "the happy experience with a small toy which was not sublime nor mysterious, but simple and easy."
More of Jin-Yo Mok's work here.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/19/2006 12:43:00 PM
Newsweek's design issue hit the web this week, featuring the magazine's annual Design Dozen, plus 12 must see exhibits, books and media, and more.
MoCo Loco recpas NeoCon 2006, including a very nice booth for sustainability consultancy and product developer Tricycle, and Rem D. Koolhaas' (that would be Remmy Junior) line of architectural shoes, United Nude. (Bethany owns a pair of UN's Eamz, and claims they are extremely comfortable.)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/19/2006 11:53:00 AM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Amnesty International has launched what I think might be one of the most high impact ad campaigns I have ever seen. The design is stunning and concept inescapable. As we all know, we never see things like child soldiers and Chinese human rights abuse on the streets of midtown. With a series of clever ads that has changed. Design problem solving at its finest.
Posted by: phoenix at 6/18/2006 12:57:00 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Burnlab's favorite records of 2006, so far:
Casiotone For the Painfully Alone - Etiquette
Owen Ashworth quit film school in 1997 after he realized that song-making was a far more cost-effective means of storytelling than film-making. We're quite glad he did, and very seriously put him in the same league as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Stephin Merritt. For his third LP, Ashworth expands his sound beyond the basic one man and a Casio schtick that has been hugely effective. The single Young Shields cuts to the heart of hipster culture in a way that leaves you feeling both raw and warm at the same time. Tin-can vocals, dirty, circuit-bent synths, an array of classical instrumentation and raw emotion blend with infectious melodies that are nothing short of arresting.
Perspects - Peopleskills
Three years in the making, the Peopleskills Complex (including the Peopleskills LP and two EPs) is Detroit electro pioneer Ian Clark's opus. Sometimes referencing his early work as Le Car (with Adam Miller of Adult.), sometimes referencing Belgian EBM and proto-industrial, and introducing new elements that are purely Perspects, Clark delivers a fully realized body of work that is pure pleasure and finely crafted from start to finish. The atmospheric interludes and hard rocking dancefloor gems work seamlessly in what will be remembered as one of the most important electronic works of the decade, if not the genre as a whole.
Magas - May I Meet My Accuser
Magas returns for his second full length LP with a vendetta. Take Friends Forever and turn everything up to 11, then run it all though a distortion pedal, and you're about half way there. Jim Magas' "sonic rudeness" is countered by his skillful songwriting and ability to create catchy pop hooks from the screaming vintage ARP and drum machines that help make his unique definition of electronic motor punk. This is music William Gibson and Neal Stephenson could have never even imagined.
The Nice Device - Let The Nightlife Down
Not because I designed the cover art... I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't such an amazing record. The Nice Device stand head and shoulders above the sometimes incestuous sounding Detroit rock scene, delivering a mature and energetic album of pop gems that you can't shake out of your head if you try. But why would you? It's incredibly rare for a band to deliver hard driving rock anthems and delicate electro ballads with such natural ease... sometimes within one song. This is a band bigger than any city or genre can hold. Sit back, enjoy, and rock the fuck out.
Most anticipated record of 2006:
Motor - Klunk
Former Paisley Park sound designer Bryan Black has been making music under various guises for nearly two decades. Last year's X Lover release on DJ Hell's Gigolo label blurred the lines between industrial, disco and electro as never before. Hot on its heels, Mr. Black and partner Mr. No present Klunk on the legendary Mute label: possibly the gnarziest techno LP ever created, in the same league as Alter Ego and T. Raumschmire. Motor is unapologetically and simultaneously a throwback to early electronic body music and the most modern of techno music. This is music to sweat to.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/17/2006 11:15:00 AM
Marius, I would be shocked if there was a single Burnlab reader who's main criteria for bed shopping didn't involve compatibility with handcuffs. (Although I prefer ad-hoc solutions like stockings and neck ties.)
(You're still a perv.)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/17/2006 10:50:00 AM
Yesterday I rescued a lost dog, took a disco nap and had a dream about ski jumps, saw a lot of old friends at the Magas show, and told my girlfriend how much I love her. It was mostly a good day. I offended some good friends with a truthful but poorly worded e-mail. I feel bad about that. Tonight we see our friends from Chicago and rock the Metal-Zone on the new Audion track. I'm excited about that.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/17/2006 10:01:00 AM
I just saw that Passion Boys posted a new blog of a "best of" of comments on their page...hilarious..two of my faves:
"what is a typical day in the life of the passion boys?
is it all just fast cars and laszlo's mom? or do you sometimes just drink coffee in the morning thinking 'i wonder what miklos is going to eat next?'"
"I just wanted to write and tell you guys that I appreciate your music. I am a funk style dancer and this is the type of music that I really enjoy dancing to and practicing to."
Posted by: chris at 6/17/2006 04:36:00 AM
Friday, June 16, 2006
"Now, suppose I told you there was a way to save your little brother Mikey from the noose. Suppose I gave you a horse and a gun. Suppose, Mr. Burns, I was to give both you and your young brother Mikey, here, a pardon. Suppose I said that I could give you the chance to expunge the guilt beneath which you so clearly labour. Suppose I gave you till Christmas. Now, suppose you tell me what it is I want from you."
Screenplay and music by Nick Cave.
This movie is absolutely SUBLIME.
Posted by: Chad at 6/16/2006 11:56:00 AM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
The 2006 Sonar Festival begins today in Barcelona. Our friends at Spectral/Ghostly family have a showcase this Saturday at SonarPub, featuring live sets from Spectral artists Bodycode and Audion, plus a DJ set from maestro Ryan Elliott.
If you're not fortunate enough to be summering in Spain, Ghostly's bad boys Kill Memory Crash will be our special guest DJ's this Saturday night for the fifth installment of Sex & Sedition at OSLO. You can get a bit of your Audion fix, as we'll be playing a very sleazed-up version of Mouth to Mouth, a.k.a. "the bees song", a.k.a. the "it" track from DEMF weekend. If it's good enough for Hawtin, it's good enough for Dethlab... it just needs a lot more distortion. ;)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/15/2006 07:01:00 PM
The Rat Lemur is awesome! Found some more info via Just a Little Guy.
"This is the most bondage fetish gremlin bat looking west-village leather-freak of a lemur I've ever seen... and believe me I've seen a perved out lemur or two in my day."
More cute little fuzzies with excellent commentary here.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/15/2006 04:44:00 PM
Meet the Aye-aye aka "Rat Lemur". The ideal pet for any Dorkwaver.
Posted by: Marius at 6/15/2006 02:37:00 PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Sorry i didn't scroll enough... I should have known Ms Toybreaker would have the 411 on that. There is also a book of the same title which is a nice survey of his work. The molds in my opinion are the best part and are incredibly beautiful.
Next weekend i am heading up the coast to see the opening of DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 which I have been waiting over a year to see.
Friday, June 23, 2006 - Sunday, September 17, 2006
SFMOMA is the only U.S. venue for this full-scale survey, the first to gather together Matthew Barney’s entire DRAWING RESTRAINT series. Spanning almost 20 years, DRAWING RESTRAINT is an ongoing, performance-based project exploring the notion that form emerges through struggle against resistance. A site-specific installation designed by the artist, the exhibition occupies the Museum’s entire fourth floor, which has been reconfigured to eliminate the gallery walls and so encourage a nonlinear experience of the art. The presentation includes DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, a recent project comprising a feature-length film and related photography, drawing, video, and sculpture. DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 is shown daily in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.
Posted by: Chad at 6/14/2006 06:33:00 PM
[re: previous post] We have been talking about the Philip Treacy exhibit for a couple weeks here, but very worthy of a re-post.
Ms. Toybreaker and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Treacy at the opening (and I immediately thought of you, Chad.) Needless to say, he was most charming and dapper. When he asked if we were a band, we were too star-struck to come up with anything more clever than "uh... sort of." Smooth. He was also reportedly too busy smoking out back with the architecture students to be bothered with press photos. We like him! ;)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/14/2006 06:01:00 PM
WHEN PHILIP MET ISABELLA
Philip Treacy's Hats for Isabella Blow
Saturday, June 3, through Sunday, August 27, 2006
Cranbrook Art Museum will present an exhibition of the extraordinary hats that the Irish designer Philip Treacy made for his friend and muse, Isabella Blow. The exhibition, When Philip Met Isabella -- Philip Treacy's Hats for Isabella Blow, draws on work from the private collections of both Treacy and Blow, and opens on June 3, 2006.
Since their first meeting on a fashion shoot in 1989 when Treacy was a student at the Royal College of Art, Blow has been his staunchest supporter and a constant source of inspiration. After leaving the RCA, he lived and worked from the basement of her London house for three years. Many of his most surreal and sculptural hats have been made for her. "Issy never says: "You've gone too far," says Treacy. "She always says: "You haven't gone far enough.""
The presentation of When Philip Met Isabella at Cranbrook Art Museum is generously sponsored by Julia Reyes Taubman.
Posted by: Chad at 6/14/2006 05:21:00 PM
Dabrye's outfuckingstanding Two/Three was released yesterday. It's really good. The latest Ghostly podcast featuresa mega-mix from Dabbles himself doing a sneak peek of the album.
Also, Dave Siska does one hell of a job covering the history of Larry Heard over at Sonic Sunset. Those who disagree with early house music need not click the above link.
Posted by: rob at 6/14/2006 02:33:00 PM
The good and bad sides of car design, the first is a gorgeous collaboration between Ross Lovegrove and Swarovsky Crystal, the second an attempt by Zaha Hadid at a car, ouch. She should have known better after Philipe Stark and his amazingly bad plywood and "Toto la toto" cars.
Posted by: chris at 6/14/2006 06:50:00 AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Magas record release party at CAID this Friday!
I Want To Hurt presents:
Friday, June 16th
10pm | $8 | all ages
Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit MI
Picking up where FRIENDS FOREVER left off, MAY I MEET MY ACCUSER, showcases a harder, more rough-hewn sound. Spraying a layer of sizzling hi-hats atop the thunderous roar of an old ARP, Magas has created a defiant new style of electronic motor-punk.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/13/2006 04:14:00 PM
66 days left until this year's edition of the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Posted by: rob at 6/13/2006 09:53:00 AM
Burnlab supports the the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
Although the tree octopus is not officially listed on the Endangered Species List, we feel that it should be added since its numbers are at a critically low level for its breeding needs. The reasons for this dire situation include: decimation of habitat by logging and suburban encroachment; building of roads that cut off access to the water which it needs for spawning; predation by foreign species such as house cats; and booming populations of its natural predators, including the bald eagle and sasquatch.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/13/2006 01:03:00 AM
Monday, June 12, 2006
We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kanvar is a visualization of how the internet community feels. The program scours across blogs for phrases containing "I feel" and parses them into a field for analysis from many different angles. Brilliant!
Via Future feeder
Posted by: phoenix at 6/12/2006 08:29:00 PM
your first of several reminders this week:
SEX & SEDITION V:
DETHLAB vs. KILL MEMORY CRASH (Ghostly Intl.) w/ STEVO
This Saturday, June 17.06
OSLO: 1456 Woodward, Detroit MI
$7 | 18+ | 10pm
We're working on a new FX set-up, including the return of this nasty thing and other toys that have no business in a DJ booth.
Listen to a Kill Memory Crash DJ set here (RealPlayer format) + rumor has it there will be a gimp...
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/12/2006 11:03:00 AM
Jon Moshier got fired from WDET. That is absolute bullshit.
Posted by: rob at 6/12/2006 10:09:00 AM
A beautiful DIY music video using Fernand Leger's experimental short film Ballet Mechanique and the music of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.
+ this site dedicated to George Antheil's original Ballet Mechanique score, which was envisioned for 16 player pianos playing four separate parts, four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, three different-sized airplane propellers, and two human-played pianos. The composition would never successfully be performed as intended until 1999: 75 years after being written.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/12/2006 01:19:00 AM
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Ikea's new store opened in Canton last week.
Posted by: rob at 6/11/2006 11:19:00 PM
This is greatly amusing/the great rock'n'roll swindle?: Toybreaker and myself featured next to Derrick May and The Orb in Real Detroit Weekly's DEMF recap.
The full page here. (Although not everyone agrees, I think Matt, Rich and Ryan all looked great sporting longer hair.)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/11/2006 06:12:00 AM
Friday, June 09, 2006
Even more art than usual in Detroit this weekend:
Tonight (Friday): The Urban Alchemy Door auction.
Saturday: Game Show Detroit opening reception 6-11 at CAID. Click here for some random photos taken during installation.
...and the Festival, of course...
List of other openings here.
Posted by: Andy Malone at 6/09/2006 11:26:00 AM
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
On the matter of we must schedule a trip to New York NOW...
'Tis the season for artful subversive fashion: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion. May 3, 2006 - September 4, 2006, presented by The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art. The reviews are already flying around the internets: Sex and the Brits: An ode to irony. Westwood, Galliano, McQueen..."Honors go to the two British milliners Treacy and Jones, the latter offering a raven's feather headdress worn with Galliano's Dior gown, with crows cawing on the soundtrack." Images of the opening night "party of the year" from Style.com.
Posted by: toybreaker at 6/07/2006 01:21:00 PM
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/06/2006 01:29:00 AM
Monday, June 05, 2006
We were busy last week, but no excuse for missing this: 35 ft. tall Damien Hirst bronze installed at Royal Academy of Arts in London. Nice.
Also... run, don't walk, to the Philip Treacy exhibit at Cranbrook. (We must borrow some of those hats for photo shoots...)
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/05/2006 12:34:00 AM
Saturday, June 03, 2006
For those of you wondering what I've been working on for the last 9 months, here it is:
Game Show Detroit opens at CAID on June 10, 2006. The show was juried by Fred Goodman, Nick Sousanis, and myself.
The exhibition features games designed by Mark Dancey, Prize Budget for Boys, Alana Bartol and Emily Linn, Alison Byrnes, Sara Blakeman, Krista Connerly, Maurice Greenia Jr., Jack Johnson, Jacque Liu, Andrew Moskalik, Scott Northrup, Teresa Petersen, Sigrid Piroch, Cynthia Randolph and Andrew Simsak, Perry Rath, Mike Richison, Michael Sivak, Jen Thomas, U of M A & D Teams, Sambuddha Saha, and Graem Whyte.
The CAID garden hosts a mini-golf course curated by Graem Whyte. Holes and putters designed by Matt Blake, Chris Benfield, Denise Fanning, Matt Hanna, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Nolan Simon, Clint Snider, and Justin Temple.
Opening night events include interactive performance games with "people as pieces" conducted by Professor Goodman. A theatrical performance, "Play: Games are the Enemies of Beauty, Truth and Sleep" by Donald Barthelme, directed by Maureen Biermann. Also a late night performance by Neil Hennessy as Ms. Pac-Mondrian.
There's a lot more to this show, but I've already taken enough space! Come check it out.
Posted by: Andy Malone at 6/03/2006 11:42:00 PM
Ok here's the SINGLE MOST INTERESTING piece of information I've heard this year. There's a company called Alexa which archives the internet. Now this isn't new information to me or most of you. But did you know there was a way to view what other sites people who visit a site also go to see? I didn't know this. I guess Windows users have had this option for awhile now, but it's never been native in a Mac browser. There's an extension for Firefox however called A9. This is crack people. I've been to so many sites I like to see what else connects to them. Finally, a way to look the reverse way of links. This might not be new to some of you, but I found it very interesting. Everything connecting to Burnlab is architectural. Interesting no?
Also, I am reading this cool book called Emergence, The connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software by Steven Johnson that I found this info in. I started it last night and am now 124 pages in by mid day even with Rob here most of the day. I'll finish it tonight. This is the Di Vinci Code for nerds. Highly recommened. As some of you might of noticed, I am very interested in Emergent Systems Theory and this is the first book I've ever enountered that's connected so many various books and ideas.
Yesterday I also went to Chelsea and saw a few new shows. Two to note are the Jonathan Weiner show at The Jonathan Levine Gallery.
and the Josiah McElheny show at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Posted by: phoenix at 6/03/2006 08:29:00 PM
Friday, June 02, 2006
Daft Punk is playing at your house: a soundboard recording of their life-altering set from last month's Coachella festival. (I have to imagine, even better than the broadcast Ms. Toybreaker and the late night laser cutting team at Cranbrook received from my cell phone.) Get it while it's hot, good robots.
[thanks T. Sunshine]
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/02/2006 04:34:00 PM
Also opening tonight with WHEN PHILIP MET ISABELLA, is an exhibition highlighting Gary Griffin's Career at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cranbrook Art Museum honors retiring Academy of Art Metalsmith-in-Residence Gary Griffin with the exhibition Critical Mass. Celebrating 22 years leading the Metalsmithing Department, Critical Mass also chronicles the careers of 121 students who studied under Griffin from 1985 through 2005, showcasing the influence of this master metalsmith on the young artists he led. Curated by 1992 Academy of Art metalsmithing graduate Ben Wearley, the exhibition opens June 3 and runs through Oct. 15.
Posted by: toybreaker at 6/02/2006 03:59:00 PM
Two great music events in Detroit tonight:
First, a record release party for The Nice Device's debut LP Let the Nightlife Down at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. (A sentiment and body of work I apprecited enough to happily design the album art.) If you're not familiar, imagine a bit of Postal Service, a bit of Ladytron, and a healthy dose of Detroit rock. More info at LISTD.
Also tonight, kindly maniac and player of fine records Ryan Elliott presents the June edition of Vault, featuring special guest DJ Richard Fearless of Death in Vegas at OSLO. More info at LISTD.
+ the lush and seedy music video for the Death in Vegas/Adult. collaboration Hands Around My Throat from 2002's brillinat but schizophrenic Scorpio Rising LP.
Posted by: Michael Doyle at 6/02/2006 02:06:00 PM
Thursday, June 01, 2006
WHEN PHILIP MET ISABELLA - Philip Treacy's Hats for Isabella Blow. Saturday, June 3, through Sunday, August 27, 2006
Friday, June 2, 6:00-8:00pm - ArtMembers' Opening Reception at Cranbrook Art Museum
Saturday, June 3, 4:00pm, Artist's Talk: Philip Treacy (deSalle Auditorium)
(In my not so humble opinion, I think this will be one of the most intriguing exhibitions at the museum all year.)
Cranbrook Art Museum presents an exhibition of extraordinary hats that the Irish designer Philip Treacy made for his friend and muse, Isabella Blow. The exhibition, When Philip Met Isabella -- Philip Treacy's Hats for Isabella Blow, draws on work from the private collections of both Treacy and Blow.
Since their first meeting on a fashion shoot in 1989 when Treacy was a student at the Royal College of Art, Blow has been his staunchest supporter and a constant source of inspiration. After leaving the RCA, he lived and worked from the basement of her London house for three years. Many of his most surreal and sculptural hats have been made for her. "Issy never says: 'You've gone too far,'" says Treacy. "She always says: 'You haven't gone far enough.'"
More about the exhibition:
Milliner's muse (abc.net.au)
Eccentric British style icon Isabella Blow has helped make Irish milliner Philip Treacy a household name by stepping out in his outrageous hats for more than a decade...
Who's who (vogue.co.uk)
A self-confessed eccentric and champion of many of this generation's fashion stars, the career path of Isabella Blow is a true inspiration; from a little girl trying on her mother's hats, she has grown to be one of the industry's most respected stylists...
Blow by Blow(observer.guardian.co.uk)
Isabella Blow, style queen and promotor of fledgling designers including Alexander McQueen, has been a walking billboard for years. Now she's getting her own exhibition at the Design Museum...
When Philip Met Isabella (BBC Radio 4 - Audio Presentation)
The Design Museum is presenting an exhibition of the hats that Philip Treacy has made for his friend and muse Isabella Blow. They talk about their extraordinary relationship and of course hats...
Posted by: toybreaker at 6/01/2006 09:58:00 PM