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First Avenue at 40

2010 Dec by Mike Davis


photo: Daniel Corrigan

Last night, Minneapolis' favorite nightclub celebrated its 40th birthday party with a celebration featuring performances from Har Mar Superstar, Dessa, Heiruspecs, and many more. At one point during the night, Mayor R.T. Rybak handed the Burlesque-designed and Larry Winship-crafted key to the city to First Avenue general manager Nate Kranz! You might recognize this key from our "Let's Go Crazy" Purple Rain dance party in the summer of 2009.

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CO EXHIBITIONS' FIRST ANNUAL WORLD (craft) FAIR

2010 Dec by Mike Davis

UPDATE!

Due to this past Saturday's SNOWPOCALYPSE, we have rescheduled the fair for today, Tuesday December 14th, 4-9pm!

We are hosting our very own craft fair. We've invited a couple dozen of our favorite local artists and crafters to get together and sell all of their great homemade goods. Looking for some holiday gifts for your art-loving friends and family? There will be everything from screenprinted posters, t-shirts, jewelry, clothing, kids stuff, and beef jerky all available. In addition, we'll have DJs, food, raffles, and all sorts of fun stuff going on all day.

That's Tuesday December 14
4-9pm
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd (corner of Broadway & Stinson in NE Minneapolis)
Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome

RSVP and more info on Facebook

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BEES!

2010 Dec by Mike Davis

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EXTRA LARGE MIX #2

2010 Dec by Mike Davis

In celebration of Friday's forthcoming dance party explosion, I just mixed and uploaded 45 minutes of funk, disco, dancehall, and moombahton... just for you!

EXTRA LARGE II by Mike 2600

Tracklisting:
Human League "Being Boiled"
E-40 "Tell Me When To Go (instrumental)"
Raw DMX "Do It to the Funk"
Jade "Don't Walk Away (Mike 2600 blend)"
Graveleaf "The Crusade (Wax Romeo remix)"
Cameron Paul "Clock Beats"
DJ Day "Kossa"
Jean Buisine "Poids et Mesures"
Pleasure "Let's Dance"
Doug Surreal & Mike 2600 "The Get It Now"
Michael Jackson "Rock With You (instrumental)"
Eric B & Rakim "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em (acapella)"
Mike 2600 "Vibes"
Contents Hot "Boombahton"
Dillon Francis & Dave Nada "Brazzer's Theme"
Pitbull "The Anthem (instrumental)"
Lady Saw "Loser"
Elephant Man "Dis Gone"
Beenie Man "Dance & Killy Dem"
Sean Paul "Hey Ya"
Beenie Man "Yuh Body"
Emynd ft Roundhead "The Most High (Mike 2600 remix)"
Earth Wind & Fire "Brazilian Rhyme"

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Burlesque's Online Super Sale!

2010 Nov by Mike Davis

It's Burlesque's Online Super Sale ... that's B.O.S.S. to you!

Now through Monday, purchase ANY 2 different posters from our online store and choose a 3rd different poster of equal or lesser value for FREE!!! That's three different posters for the price of two!

HOW IT WORKS: Simply add your first two posters to your shopping cart. As you're checking out in Paypal, list the name of your third poster of equal or lesser value and complete your order. That's it!

No repeats please - all three posters must be different.

This super sale will only last through Monday Nov 29th, so act quickly!

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EXTRA LARGE is tonight!

2010 Nov by Mike Davis

Twin Cities party people, tonight is the second episode of my new dance night experience, EXTRA LARGE.

EXTRA LARGE features extended DJ sets from myself and one guest DJ and it goes down the second Friday of each month in the Record Room of historic First Avenue nightclub in beautiful downtown Minneapolis MN. Last month my guest was Jonathan Ackerman and we broke the crowd off with dancehall, classic hip hop, disco house, funk, boogie, and electro stompers. Tonight my guest is BK-One. Some of you might know BK from his decade-long stint DJing for rapper Brother Ali, or maybe you picked up his "Radio do Canibal" album, featuring BK's Brazilian-inspired hip hop beats and raps from Scarface, Freeway, Raekwon, Slug, Ali, and many more. His music and DJ sets are fueled by funk in all forms and he knows how to please a crowd with all flavors of music.

Now that Mr. BK-One has stepped down as Brother Ali's tour DJ, it's really not every day we get the chance to hear him spin music. Tonight we'll pull out all the stops! Tons of big tunes on a big sound system. Plenty of big fun to be had, so bring your friends!

You can RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

WAIT! THERE'S MORE! I asked BK to share a few songs from his music collection to get everyone in the mood to dance tonight. I actually asked him for five songs, but he gave me SEVEN! Here they are along with commentary from the man himself. Enjoy and hope to see you and your friends on the dancefloor tonight!

1) Darwin Jones Untitled An unreleased disco/boogie bomb from Darwin Jones and his Tulsa buddies. After doing a bunch of session work out in California, Jones was given free reign to noodle around in Sly Stone's home studio. This is the result.

2) Débruit 149 Dalston Airline Debruit's squiggly keys and choppy vocals are easily my favorite discovery of 2010. The Paris-based producer makes amazingly catchy, but bizarre tracks that sound familiar and exotic at the same time.

3) Luiz Carlos Vinhas Yê-Melê The pianist from Bossa Tres goes for dolo. Someone should use those opening vocals. Come to think of it, there's a King Crimson sample that might sound good with them.

4) The Shangri-Las Bull Dog Since I stopped DJing for Ali, I've been working on making my DJ sets more diverse, trying to reflect more and more of the sounds that you might hear playing around my house. I've had an especially good time throwing in oldies (doo-wop, girl groups, original rock & roll, etc...) alongside all the hip hop, funk, and tropical records that I've been playing for years. The Shangri-Las are one of my favorite girl groups. Those hand claps, along with the slightly distorted vocal harmonies and a dope harmonica solo, make this a no-brainer.

5) Ned Doheny Get It Up For Love Can't go wrong with some blue-eyed soul in the mix. This album has an absurdly cheesy cover and homie's name is Ned, but this is undeniably smooth. Co-written by Hammish Stuart (Average White Band).

6) The White Shadow Funk Strut A four minute Troutman-on-meth funk freakout that was inspired by Batman/Jack Nicholson? Yes please!!! The White Shadow is an old school DJ from Norway that was down with BDP and named himself after the late-70's CBS show about a Bulls player turned South Central teacher. Do I really need to say more?

7) Los Silvertons La Moto Earlier this year, I had two back-to-back DJ nights in Arizona. The shows couldn't have been more different from each other (one was a club night full of drunk downtown kids in Tucson, the other was at a dusty saloon full of black cowboys and cross-dressing art kids out in the middle of the desert), but the two crowds shared an attitude that led to some of the most fun I've ever had DJing. They were excited to dance, and open to hearing anything I had for them. By the end of each night, I was pulling stuff like this Peruvian garage rock record out just to see what they would do...and they never disappointed. Wouldn't have ever guessed it, but Arizona set the new standard by which my DJ gigs are judged. Excited to see Minneapolis rise to the challenge this Friday!

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Triple Double all month long!

2010 Nov by Mike Davis

There went October! OK, November is here right now and we figure the best thing to do would be to keep bringing you the best weekly Tuesday night jumpoff in town. Triple Double is the original two-for-one Tuesday night dance party featuring three red hot local DJs bringing you the best in classic and dancefloor-friendly hip hop, funk, dancehall reggae, disco, electro, and more. There is NEVER a cover and we party from 10 until 2am!

Here's this month's lineup:

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BRLSQ x DRAPLIN

2010 Oct by Mike Davis

HUUUUUGE Minnesota tribute poster designed by the legendary Aaron Draplin! We will be screenprinting this bad boy and debuting it at Aaron's "THANKS MPLS" show opening at CO Exhibitions this Saturday night. We'll have these four color prints on hand for $25 each.

Don't miss out!

That's Saturday October 23rd, 7-10pm
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd (corner of Stinson & Broadway in NE Minneapolis)

RSVP on Facebook.

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Kick a Hole in the Speaker...

2010 Oct by Mike Davis

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a few moments of a life too short...

2010 Oct by Mike Davis

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos of Mikey "Eyedea" Larsen. Mike Davis wrote some pretty amazing words in the previous post. Please read them.

Our hearts go out to the Larsen family and friends, Rhymesayers, and music fans everywhere. Eyedea's mother has set up a memorial fundraiser here. Please help if you can.

air mikey

beam1

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Eyedea

2010 Oct by Mike Davis


photo by Ben LaFond

Yesterday afternoon, we were crushed with the news of the sudden passing of Micheal Larsen, better known as rapper Eyedea. The news stung hard, not only as we lost a remarkably talented young man, but as we lost a friend and longtime member of our community.

I first met Mikey in 1998 when he and Abilities came to St. Louis to perform with Atmosphere and a few other Minneapolis acts at a festival near my apartment. He was only 16 years old at the time but showed more genuine passion, hunger, and talent than just about any other rapper I'd seen at that point, twice his age or beyond. At one point during the day, Eyedea, Slug, and Felipé and Bilam (of Minneapolis group Los Nativos) came to my apartment and we filled up at least one side of a blank cassette with them rapping and me DJing. The results were far from listenable, but I doubt I'll ever be a part of anything like that again. You could hear in his voice how much he loved what he did. From that moment on, I knew Eyedea was destined for great things.


a flyer for a show I DJed with my brother, rapper Deerflesh, opening up for Eyedea & Abilities in St. Louis. It was the best show we ever played.

Two years later and Eyedea's racking up rap battle wins left and right, taking out big name cats like Pack FM and P.E.A.C.E. In the Fall of 2000, he cemented his name in the freestyle hall of fame when he won the Blaze Battle on HBO by more than a landslide. His energetic persona, enormous sense of humor and creative vision, and lightning quick wit went on to inspire dozens of great rappers and hundreds of horrible ones, but it was never a debate that this 18 year old kid was a phenomenon.

Burlesque would design a handful of album covers and posters for Eyedea & Abilities, always following their direction to do something wild.

In 2003, I moved to Minneapolis to begin working with Burlesque. In this time, I got to know Mikey better. With the same charisma he had on stage, he was always equally excited to be around his friends. He loved music and was always animated when he talked about whatever new band, gig, or project he was working on at the moment. To say he was full of life would be a huge understatement. Mikey left this world too soon but left behind him a gift of music and inspiration. We will miss his creativity and his showmanship, but more than anything we will miss our friend.

Life can be a lot shorter than we expect. Try to do something constructive with your short time here and be sure to let the people in your life know you love them.

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Arcade Fire: California Dreamin'

2010 Oct by Mike Davis

This Thursday, October 14th, we will be releasing all THREE of our Arcade Fire California posters!

1. Oct 2,3 / Berkeley, designed by Mike Davis
2. Oct 5 / Big Sur, designed by Wes Winship
3. Oct 7 / Los Angeles, designed by Wes Winship
Each print will be available individually for $30 (includes shipping in the US / $35 international).

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We will also be offering a very special CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' COMBO which includes
- all three Calfornia Arcade Fire prints
- a mystery Arcade Fire Scratch + Dent print of our choosing. It may date all the way back to 2005!

This special combo will be $80 (includes shipping in the US / $90 international). It won't last forever, so act quickly on Thursday!

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I am in an art show

2010 Sep by Mike Davis

Friend-of-Burlesque Anton Pearson, who some of you might know as DJ Anton from Wants VS Needs, has organized a group art show entitled SLANGUAGE: A PORTMANSHOW, a collection of typographic art based on portmanteaus, slang, and wordplay. Anyone who knows me knows my pun game is mad strong. I got big puns and fat jokes, son. So anyways, for this show I decided to focus on a more traditional portmanteau and chose the word toujours. A combination of the French "tous" (all / every) and "jours" (days), it means "always." I did a Sharpie freestyle right up on the wall of MCAD's Gallery 148.

The show opens tonight. You should go see it! Read more about it here.


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Best Burger Ever: Episode 2

2010 Aug by Mike Davis

The response from the first installment of Best Burger Ever was phenomenal! We had people emailing us suggestions from all over the Twin Cities and trust me, we will definitely be tackling as many of your recommended burgers as can fit in our faces. After the formal French vibes of Vincent and the classic diner atmosphere of Ike's, we decided to take a more casual route for our next burger.

Ladies and gentlemen, sit back and enjoy this second installment of...

Just last year-ish, Denver-based Smashburger landed in the Twin Cities and now has three locations around town (Golden Valley, New Brighton, Roseville). If you're looking to step up your lunch game beyond the regular fast food crap-holes, which it seems many are looking to do these days, put this spot on your radar immediately. These guys know how to make a great classic burger while adding some interesting details and side dishes.


First up was the BBQ Bacon Burger with BBQ sauce, smoked bacon, cheddar, and crispy fried onions.


Joe opted for the top secret Founder's Burger, created by Smashburger's founder Tom Ryan. It's a 1/2 lb beef patty topped with a fried egg and cheese. Joe also had a side of sweet potato fries. Nice work! Oh yeah, so this Tom Ryan guy who created Smashburger is a 20+ year veteran of the restaurant industry and has created such beloved fast food trophies as the McGriddle, the Big N Tasty Menu, and Stuffed Crust Pizza. Like Phife Dawg, his track record's longer than a DC-20 aircraft!


Even the BAWSE wanted a bite!


Fried pickles!


Doin' damage.


Grillmaster Justin showing us how it's done - the patty is smashed down on the grill for 10 seconds to sear the beef and lock in all of those succulent juices.


Magical seasoning.


Boom.

Overall rating for Smashburger is an 8 out of 10.

Don't forget to pick up your very own BEST BURGER EVER t-shirt from our online store!!!

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BRLSQ for Seu Jorge & Almaz

2010 Jul by Mike Davis

Now-Again recording artists Seu Jorge & Almaz begin their Summer tour of North America tonight in Miami. Catch them on the road and pick up one of these posters designed by Mike Davis and printed by Ben LaFond. Can't make it to one of the shows? Once the tour wraps up, we'll have a deluxe BRLSQ-only edition of the print available through our online store!

The folks at Now-Again Records were kind enough to host a collection of photos from the printing process on their website, so go have a look HERE.


 

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BRLSQ x STONES THROW

2010 Jun by Mike Davis

In a long overdue followup to 2006's Chrome Children poster, Burlesque has once again teamed up with our folks over at Stones Throw Records for a brand new screenprinted poster for the supreme boogie funk ruler Dâm FunK's upcoming performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Prints will be available at the show as well as online through Stones Throw's site and our online store.

Check out the photo essay on Stones Throw's site documenting the process of creating this poster, which was designed by Mike and printed by Ben.

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Bonnaroo 2010 poster

2010 Jun by Mike Davis

If you're headed to Bonnaroo or if you're already there, make sure to stop by the merch area and pick up the brand new screenprinted poster designed by Mike and printed by Ben and Wezz. Copies of the print will be available through our online store after the festival is over.

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- Hello – is there anyway this print can be remade on a poster? I’m willing to pay top dollar. Thank you

Darren Weiss on Dec 28 2016

BRLSQ x JUXTAPOZ

2010 May by Mike Davis

After years and years of sending them creepy "PUT US IN YOUR MAGAZINE" letters, the fine folks over at Juxtapoz have finally agreed to feature us! With the help of photographer Daniel Corrigan and designer-turned-interviewer Aaron Draplin, our big feature has arrived on newsstands. Check it ouuuuuut!!!

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Deuce Seven MYSTIC STYLEZ

2010 May by Mike Davis

We don't have too many details on this, but our guy Deuce Seven has an art show in Brooklyn tomorrow night. If you're around, check out Mystic Stylez! Saturday May 15th, 8-10pm show runs through June 12th. Secret Project Robot 210 Kent Ave Ride or die!

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Burlesque in the Land of Giants

2010 May by Mike Davis

Last Thursday, a small but powerful showing of our screenprinted gig posters and test prints opened up at the Giant 45 record & clothing store in Calgary Alberta. Some folks stopped through and picked up some posters before heading over to Hifi Club to jam to the sounds of Smalltown DJs & Team Canada DJs.

The show is still running, so if you're in Calgary, be sure to stop by Giant 45 to see it for yourselves!


Crispy vinyl lettering on the front window.


Dudez & posterz


Team Canada DJs: Grand Theft and (BRLSQ's Petey Wheatstraw lookalike) DR-One.

Also, if you'll still be in Calgary on May 15th, come watch me spin at Hifi Club with the gawd DJ Pump as we pay tribute to Guru! All Gangstarr Foundation jams all night! RSVP on Facebook.

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B-Boy Levitation...

2010 Apr by Mike Davis

caught this dude floatin' at the Afrika Bambaataa show a while back. just found it again. a little out of focus, but i'm ok with that.

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Greg Gossel's Answering Machine - Saturday at First Amendment

2010 Apr by Mike Davis

This Saturday, Minneapolis artist Greg Gossel will be unveiling his "Answering Machine" art show in Minneapolis' Best Art Gallery, our very own First Amendment Arts. He will be covering the walls with his giant, brightly-colored collages made up of recontextualized snippets from vintage comic books, pulp novels, trading cards, and more.

The show will also serve as the release celebration for Gossel's set of brand new art prints, entitled "Crash Landing" and "Midnight," published and printed by Burlesque. Check out these two videos documenting the production of the prints!

Answering Machine opens Saturday April 24, 7-10pm
Live music from Red Pens and BRLSQOTHEQUE DJs.
1101 Stinson Blvd (at Broadway in NE Minneapolis)
all ages, free admission

The show runs through May 25th.

 

 

 

 

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Roadkillin' it!

2010 Apr by Mike Davis

As many of you know, artists Alex Pardee and Dave Correia were in our studio yesterday on their Sketch 4 Sketch tour. Driving cross-country to meet artists, exchange art and ideas, and get inspired, the duo along with their trusty camera crew Damen and Steve, worked on an art print with our whole crew. The process was super loose and spontaneous with lots of drawing, splattering, cutting, pasting, and zero use of the computer! Tons of variations - no two are exactly alike!

The prints go on sale Thursday April 22 at 2:00PM on our online store.
$50 each + shipping.

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Sketch 4 Sketch Tour coming to Minneapolis!

2010 Apr by Mike Davis

Fans and followers of artists Alex Pardee and Dave Correia might know they have embarked on a cross-country road trip in search of creative inspiration.

From city-to-city, they'll be meeting artists and art enthusiasts and trading sketches with anyone who's interested in participating.

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th (4/20 brah), the two will be rolling into Minneapolis where they'll be spending some time at the Burl

Fans and followers of artists Alex Pardee and Dave Correia might know they have embarked on a cross-country road trip in search of creative inspiration.

From city-to-city, they'll be meeting artists and art enthusiasts and trading sketches with anyone who's interested in participating.

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th (4/20 brah), the two will be rolling into Minneapolis where they'll be spending some time at the Burlesque studio. In the morning, they'll be working on a brand new collaborative art print with us. We're really looking forward to a spontaneous creative process and a hot new art print!

From 3-6pm, stop by for a Meet & Greet with the artists where you can trade sketches and pick up a copy of the new print!

Once again, that's:
Tuesday April 20, 3-6pm
Alex Pardee & Dave Correia Meet & Greet
1101 Stinson Blvd NE (at Broadway)
Minneapolis MN
(612) 379-4151

Click HERE for more information on the Sketch 4 Sketch tour!

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Band Practice!

2010 Apr by Mike Davis

Sometimes (most times) I feel blessed to live in Minneapolis. Cuz we get things like this happening....

P.O.S and Building Better Bombs have been playing a string of practice shows this week leading up to Coachella. Last night found the gang at Nick & Eddie....and me in the front row, with camera of course.... Check out the rest here

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Do it To it III CD - a closer look

2010 Mar by Mike Davis

Here's a peek at the packaging for the brand new DO IT TO IT III compilation CD.

The sleeve is screenprinted in two colors (brown & fluorescent green) on CLEAR vinyl sticker paper.

Unfold the sleeve to find two panels of stickers, all with clear backgrounds. Stick them on your laptop, car bumper, phone, Serato box, or anywhere else that needs them.

Do it To it Volume III preview by Mike 2600

Be the first to grab a copy of the CD at the DO IT TO IT party / DJ showcase.

Thursday March 18th
Silhouette (718 Congress Ave)
8pm - 2am
21up / free with RSVP

THE LINEUP!

8:00pm - Jimmy 2 Times (Get Cryphy / MPLS)
8:45 - DJs Pump & Hedspin (Eh! Team DJs / Calgary, Vancouver)
9:30 - DJ Mel (Rock the Casbah / Nasty's / Austin)
10:15 - Mike 2600 (Burlesque / Crossfaded Bacon / MPLS)
11:00 - Prince Klassen (Fully Fitted, Austin)
11:45 - Smalltown Romeo (Hai Karate / Plant Music / Calgary)
12:30 - Cubic Zirconia (live performance / Don't Cry / NYC)
1:15 - Bird Peterson (Undocumented / BP Americo / CA via TX)

After SXSW, the CDs will be available through our online store. Sign up for our mailing list for all the details!

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Southeast Asian psychedelic jam time!

2010 Mar by Mike Davis



DJs Mike 2600 (Burlesque) and Prince Klassen (Fully Fitted / Austin TX) are sharing a brand new mix of '60s and '70s psych rock and funk tunes from Cambodia and Thailand. Named after the Khmer word for fireworks, "Kamchruoch" is 60 minutes of explosive rock, mind-numbing psychedelia, and no-frills funk. Check out the Kamchruoch minisite to download the mix for FREE and to read more about the music: burlesquedesign.com/kamchruoch At the site, you can also read more about Tiny Toones, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching English, Khmer, music, breakdancing, and drug and HIV prevention to at-risk youth in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh. We're asking that anyone who downloads the mix considers making a donation to Tiny Toones.

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An interview with Landland

2010 Feb by Mike Davis

This coming Saturday, February 27th, we are proud to host "Soft Targets," an art show starring Landland, in our First Amendment gallery. Landland has really been doing their thingthing for several years and we have been fans since day one. To make sure everyone knows the deal, we walked down the hall, knocked on their door, and asked Dan Black and Jes Seamans a few questions about their work, their studio, and Saturday's show!

BRLSQ: Tell the readers a little bit about Landland.

DAN BLACK: Landland started in 2007...it was me and Matt Zaun and kind of Jes Seamans (even though she was living in San Francisco at the time). Matt and I had been following each other from job to job for the last seven or so years, and the whole time kinda messing around with screenprinting in different basements and wherever we could set up shop. After moving all of our stuff around a few times, it got old and we set out to find a more permanent space. I knew Wes from around town and at some point asked him if he knew of any spaces that were opening up...that was how we ended up in you guyses' building. I think we got the room that someone was using to store sculpture stuff in...there was nothing built in there at all, so we got to work building all the stuff we'd always complained about not having in our cramped basements and weird garage situations. We spent the first summer just building, and a few months after we'd pretty much moved in, Matt died of a heart attack. I was talking to Jes about it shortly after, and she offered to come back to Minneapolis to help out with things, which is pretty much one of the most amazing things that anyone's ever done for me. So now it's me and Jes, and we're making things all the time and trying to spend as much time in there as we can without pissing off {1101 Stinson-mate and graphic designer Michael} Cina too badly with all of our noisy equipment and me singing along to stuff I listened to in high school.

BRLSQ: How did you end up moving in down the hall from us?

DB: I guess I covered that in the last answer...we really couldn't have ended up with a better setup. The building is great, and it's rad to be next to you guys all the time. Also, with the karate studio upstairs and the armor shop at the other end of the hall, I think it's probably one of the more fortified spots in Minneapolis, so we've got that going for us too.

BRLSQ: Who are your favorite poster artists these days?

DB: I think I'm kinda partial to the weirdos lately, and I mean that really affectionately...Sonnenzimmer, Scott Campbell, my roommates Dan (DNML) Luedke and Casey Deming are turning out some amazing stuff. I have really been loving what Jay Ryan has been doing lately...it seems like something snapped in there in a really good way. Ryan Duggan, Nate Duval, people like that. I'm really trying to refrain from saying anything about you guys, because I talk you up a lot when I'm, you know, not talking to you. There's like a million other people that I'm all about. If you want me to keep going, I can.

  BRLSQ: What can people expect when they come to this art show on Saturday?

DB: Every single thing that we've made since moving in, including some new art prints and a bunch of work we've done for out-of-town shows, which is a relatively new thing for us. We're releasing a record on Saturday...it's a split 12" with the incredible Nate Denver's Neck on one side, and Jes' band Best Friends Forever on the other. It's the first release on a kinda separate thing we're doing called "Landland Is Not A Record Label," which seems a little like a record label, but it's not, because I don't have the patience or the time to actually do the all the ugly work of real record labels. We just want to put things out periodically...records, books, whatever. So it's all that stuff, I guess. 

BRLSQ: Isn't Jodi awesome?

DB: Yeah, Jodi's pretty awesome. If I could make a list of five people that I would want to let me into our studio after I've locked myself out, she'd be at least four of them. I have a feeling she also has to deal with me singing along to stuff she probably hates, and she's never once mentioned it, so she's a good person for that too.

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Don't miss Landland's "Soft Targets" show, opening Saturday February 27th
7-10pm at First Amendment Arts (1101 Stinson Blvd at Broadway in NE Minneapolis).
Live music from Best Friends Forever
Free admission / all ages

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Find out more about Landland right here: http://landland.net

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Walking On The Moon

2010 Feb by Mike Davis

Brand new mix from Friend-of-Burlesque DJ Morse Code. Spaced-out indie dance nuevo disco party time music. I designed the cover artwork for this one.

Have a listen right here.




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Happy birthday to The Current!

2010 Jan by Mike Davis

One of our favorite local radio stations, 89.3 The Current, just hit their five year anniversary. Part of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current has been supporting great local music and artists since the beginning. We've had a chance to design a handful of posters, t-shirts, and CD packages for the station and were thrilled to design the poster commemorating five years of music being broadcast through the air of Minnesota.

Wes and I collaborated on the design, passing bits of Illustrator and Photoshop files back and forth until it was just right:

The posters debuted yesterday at the Rock The Cradle event and, if there are any copies left, will be available at The Current's SOLD OUT anniversary concert in the First Avenue mainroom featuring P.O.S, Solid Gold, Lookbook, and more.

If you didn't get tickets to that show but want a poster, The Current will have them available on their website and we will likely be selling a few copies on ours as well.

If you want another chance to catch Solid Gold performing live (they're all the rage right now), they will be co-headlining First Avenue's Gimme Shelter concert on February 6th. Organized by the folks at City Pages, proceeds from the concert will go to the Red Cross' relief efforts in Haiti. Mike 2600 (me) and Jimmy 2 Times will be DJing inbetween acts and I also designed the flyer.

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JUST ADDED - our friends over at Rhymesayers have put together a monster of a concert to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. Check the flyer below for the lineup and meet us at First Ave!

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Plain Ole Bill: The Ultimate Man

2010 Jan by Mike Davis

"The Ultimate Man" t-shirt available in our online store.

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Burlesque in the Bay

2010 Jan by Mike Davis

Will you be in San Francisco this Friday? Stop by Lower Haters store / gallery (597 Haight St). We'll be decking the walls with screenprinted posters new and old and celebrating the new show with an opening party from 7-11pm. I'll be in the building and will be spinning some music for a bit alongside my Bay Area disc jockey brethren King Most, Enki, and Platurn. It's free to get in, so come say what up and pick up some prints!

The following night, I'll be DJing at Triple Crown with Trouble & Bass recording artist Jinder. In town all the way from Stockholm, Jinder will be performing live, so don't miss out! Locals Sticky K, Shane King, and the Goldsweat DJs will also be throwing down, so come celebrate 2010 for the bass odyssey that it is! Last time I was in town, I DJed at a Goldsweat event and it was nuts! These guys know how to throw a party!

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