Monday, July 27, 2009


Wonderful animation from Bam Studio of Brazil.

Voltage from Bam Studio on Vimeo.

Just like modular synthesizers, people connect with each other in order to achieve diverse objectives. In Voltage, robots, half-human and half-synthesizer, powered by a huge amount of energy, connect to each other in an electric and chaotic trance.

[Thanks for the link, Jakob Bak!]

New Order vs. Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! deliver either a clever tribute or a complete rip-off of New Order's video for "Confusion". Since I'm fond of their sound, I'd like to believe it's the former.

New Order, Confusion (1983)

Holy Ghost!, I Will Come Back (2009)

Editor's note: Theakston informs us this is indeed a clever tribute, right down to Arthur Baker reprising his role!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Wonderful short film by Terri Timely

Synesthesia from Terri Timely on Vimeo.

syn·es·the·sia syn·aes·the·sia (sĭn'ĭs-thē'zhə)
A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.
A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain.
The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Black Mess

Awesome, defined.

Crossover - Black Mess [2009]

Ghostly Discovery

Ghostly Discovery from Ghostly International on Vimeo.

Ghostly Discovery is the fruit of the latest collaboration between Ghostly International and experience design studio o2 Creative Solutions [full disclosure: I do work for both.] Ghostly Discovery is now available at the iTunes App Store.
"A streaming radio station and mood-based music discovery tool, Ghostly Discovery is a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets you listen to the Ghostly International and Spectral Sound catalogs (full songs, nothing less) and share your favorites with friends."

Press release:
Since 1999, Ghostly International -- along with its dancefloor-oriented counterpart, Spectral Sound -- has been partnering with artists from across the globe, releasing music without the restriction of established genres or classification.

Established in 2001, o2 Creative Solutions is a leader in the field of experience design, seamlessly integrating design, communications, and technology. A truly multidisciplinary studio comprising artists, designers, inventors, producers, technologists, writers, animators, and makers, o2 draws from its wide range of expertise to create compelling communications and memorable experiences -- from interactive art installations at major music festivals such as Coachella, to large-scale event production for automotive clients including Scion.

Ghostly and o2 have come together to create a whole new way to discover the music you love with the GHOSTLY DISCOVERY iPhone app.

DISCOVERY is a 100% free application available through the iTunes store. DISCOVERY is a mood-based radio station featuring the entire Ghostly International and Spectral Sound catalogues as streaming audio. Here's how it works:

Set the MOOD wheel to a color that best reflects your state of mind. Set the DIGITAL / ORGANIC and FASTER / SLOWER sliders to suit your taste. DISCOVERY then builds a playlist of music from Ghostly International's catalogue of vibrant, forward-thinking music -- a playlist that matches exactly how you're feeling, right now.

Once you're enjoying your playlist, you can read up on Ghostly's artists, save your favorite songs, and purchase the songs right from your device via iTunes integration.

Ghostly's roster ranges from Matthew Dear's techno-pop to School of Seven Bells' tribal shoegaze; from The Sight Below's downbeat gloom to Lusine's beautifully fractured beats; from Kate Simko's elegant minimalism to Osborne's classic house anthems.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Ghostly's songs, streaming for free. It's all waiting for you inside DISCOVERY.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dethlab presents MOTOR live in Detroit 8.7.09

Hot off a European stadium tour with Depeche Mode, MOTOR returns to the US for a headlining club tour. Dethlab is pleased to bring Mr. Black and Mr. No back to Detroit - this time around at The Works, with extra sound provided by Source Audio.

MOTOR live w/ Depeche Mode

MOTOR's new album Metal Machine and monstrous industrial-strength acid workout "Death Rave" are out on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label in the US and T. Raumschmiere & Apparat's Shitkatapult label in Europe.

MOTOR live - Mr. No MOTOR live - Bryan Black

As the title suggests, Motor’s new album ‘Metal Machine’ is abrasive metallic music, combining tough techno beats and raw rock riffs, underscored by ‘relentless mechanical grooves that spit blood’

All ten new album tracks retain Motor’s trademark industrial/ rock elements previously showcased on albums 'Klunk' and 'Unhuman', though this time round the emphasis is firmly on the dance-floor.

“We wanted it to carry on the spirit of those first two records, but at the same time we had to break new ground and we knew after producing just a few rough demos that the new record was going to be seriously raw and off the wall,” says the band, “We wanted to get back into the clubs with a fresh sound.”

Dethlab 4.09 portrait 2 crop [websize]

Dethlab has steadfastly been promoting and providing hard, dark electro bangers and "Satan Techno" since 2005. Dethlab has toured with Solvent and Lowfish, DJ'd at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and recently opened for The Prodigy at the official Movement '09 kick-off party. Dethlab has brought the likes of Vitalic, Motor and Fixmer/McCarthy to Detroit for the first time and co-produced 2008's No Way Back/Too Far Gone loft party with dear friends and frequent partners Interdimensional Transmissions. Dethlab sets often include comedic theatrics (such as fake blood loaded penis-shaped squirt guns at Theatre Bizarre,) and innovative media (such as the custom reactive/interactive video projected on weather balloons at the Prodigy show.)

DEATH RAVE: Friday, August 7, 2009

MOTOR live
Dethlab DJs
guest DJs TBA

The Works
1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
10PM-late | 18+ | $10

Dim Mak

Friday, July 17, 2009

Better than chocolate and peanut better: A Place to Bury Strangers cover Love & Rockets

Love & Rockets tribute, cover art by Shepherd Fairey

Download APTBS' cover of Love & Rockets' "The Light" for free.

The track is part of the upcoming tribute album New Tales to Tell, featuring Black Francis, The Flaming Lips, The Dandy Warhols, Dubfire and more + artwork by Shepherd Fairey.

Vicente Sahuc

New York 2008 - V2 from Vicente Sahuc on Vimeo.

Almeria 2008 from Vicente Sahuc on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Marco Polio and the New Vaccines live at the Trumbullplex

The clip below is from the show Dethlab did with Marco Polio, The Funeral and the Twilight and Grace Kulp last week. It was a real pleasure to work with all the bands and meet some new faces at such a quintessentially Detroit space.

More photos and video clips from the show here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today's dose of cosmic awe

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

[Thanks Max]


Papercuts by Matt Shlian

Papercuts is a brand new paper craft book by artist, educator and paper engineer Matt Shlian.

The 68 page full color book includes a CD with PDF files of each design + blank templates and bonus characters. Order directly from the artist! We like that.

Papercuts book by Matt Shlian

[Previously on B'lab]

Friday, July 10, 2009

Front 312 tonight


Front 312

Dethlab [Detroit]
Adam Killing of Kill Memory Crah [Chicago]
Black Automatic [Chicago]
Le Sprite [Chicago]

Friday 7.10.09
Second Story Loft, above Lucky Number Grill
1931 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL
9PM-2AM | free before 11PM

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bless the French for being so awesomely weird - part deux

[Pardon my enthusiasm if I've posted this already.]

Les Petits Pilous - Wake Up from Saturday Fight Never on Vimeo.

The Idiocracy Index

Jeff Hoard's The Idiocracy Index on True/Slant is my newest favorite culture & politics blog.

Recent highlights include Scientists visit the Creation Museum declare it ‘monument to scientific illiteracy’ and Celebrate Free Speech [including nice bit of help from Penn and Teller.]

The Funeral and the Twilight with Dethlab, Marco Polio & Grace Kulp tonight

July 8

The Funeral and the Twilight [Minneapolis]
Dethlab [Detroit]
Marco Polio and the New Vaccines [Detroit]
Grace Kulp [Chicago]

Wednesday 7.8.09
4210 Trumbull Ave., Detroit MI
8PM | $6

Grace Kulp - Hatchetwound [2006]

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Best cartoon ever.

[Okay, but at least the best one I've seen all day.]


by The Rut