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2011: You're right Mike, it was pretty nice!

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Here's a few pics of my awesome 2011 summer...



Met Ted bear (eating an avocado) and canoed in Eli MN.



Had a Mississippi lock & dam adventure with these babes!




Dog-parked it up it with Trucky! He climbs trees.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

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2011: It Was A Very Good Year

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

It was a very good year. Time to look back at some of my favorite things that happened from start to finish.

The Permalesque show at CO Exhibitions was a great chance to kick off the year with a nice burst of creativity. It was fun to turn our huge space into our own visual playground.

SXSW was awesome once again. Our booth looked pretty good and of course we went ham on tacos and BBQ, plus our Do It To It party with Telephoned and Dillon Francis was off the charts. Oh and we topped it all off with the Fools Gold / Mad Decent rave inside a mall. What the hell...

Red Bull brought DâM-FunK in to talk about his music career, influences, creative process, and his take on the 1980s Minneapolis funk scene. Egotrip's Chairman Mao did a great job leading the discussion and it all took place in our very own CO Exhibitions. Later that night, DâM took over the turntables at First Avenue.

Mali and I went on an incredible trip to Amsterdam. Looked at buildings, rode bikes around, visited some artist's studios, and enjoyed some perfect Spring weather.

Went to LA for my bachelor party with some of my favorite people in the world. We saw Prince, I DJed at the Do-Over party, we made insane bacon breakfast burgers, and we got a guided tour of the Art In The Streets exhibit from Shepard Fairey and his friend Mr. Billy Idol.

Tied the knot.

Our friend Drew (AKA Get Cryphy's DJ Last Word) flew Mali and I on a tiny little plane to Mackinac Island Michigan for a day of sun, beachtime, and fudge. Tons of fudge.

We went to Seattle for Bumbershoot. We ended up going on a top secret marijuana mission, watching Astronautalis, Little Dragon, Toro Y Moi, Atari Teenage Riot, and Dennis Coffey get busy, got escorted through backstage to see Hall and Oates perform, and I got to lead a panel discussion on autone. What?

This was one of my favorite design projects of the year.

This was one of my other favorites.

Awesome trip to New York with Wezz. We helped set up a group show of our work with Mike King and Hero Design at Tara McPherson's Cotton Candy Machine shop. Also went to a taping of the Colbert Report, DJed at the cool Switchboard party with Sammy Bananas and Cousin Cole, checked out the Museum of Natural History, wandered across the Brooklyn Bridge and around the Occupy Wall Street camp just days before it was torn down, ate a shitload of pizza, and explored empty ass Coney Island at night.

Over one year's worth of scheming, designing, rethinking, and redesigning culminated in the launch of the brand new Burlesque website. I couldn't be more proud of the work everyone did to help get this thing up and running. So awesome. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible and thanks to everyone who continues to support what Burlesque does, allowing us to do these great year-end wrapups full of incredible memories.

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Happy Holidays!

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Hope you had an awesome year. See you dudes in 2012!
Love, Mike, Peter, Jodi, Ben, Sarah, and Wezz.

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New print for Dosh's 2011 Cedar Cultural Center concert

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Yesterday we debuted our newest screenprinted concert poster, created for our friend Dosh's annual winter concert at Cedar Cultural Center. If you've never had the treat of experiencing one of Martin Dosh's live performances, here's a taste of what you've been missing:

Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the making of this print:

Sketching out some rough ideas

Building type in Illustrator.

Colors, patterns, embellishments.

Bennie putting some ink on paper. Two colors down, one to go!

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Record Cases!

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Announcing the first in what will hopefully be a long and fruitful line of home furnishings from us here at Burlesque. We all teamed up to put together these handsome record cases. Organize your vinyl collection in style with these red hot cases featuring awesomely explosive geometric patterns screenprinted onto canvas and stretched across a wooden frame, all made from scratch by the Burlesque crew. Holds approximately 50 standard sized LPs, or can be used to store books and magazines. Two different designs printed on each case, available in two different colorways.

Available EXCLUSIVELY live in person at CO Exhibitions! Stop by our shop to grab one of these record cases.

Design by Mike Davis
Screenprinted by Peter Bekke
Canvas sewn & assemvbled by Jodi Milbert
Wood cut and assembled by Wes & Larry Winship
GO TEAM!

$30

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License to Il

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

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From the BRLSQ Vault! Cubic Zirconia record release party print

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

From deep within the confines of the BRLSQ Vault™ we have pulled Mike Davis' poster designed for afro acid house trailblazers Cubic Zirconia. Holler at it right here.

The print is for the release of their "Fuck Work" 12" single, their very first release. I drew the type and doodads for it:

The release party was about as good as you could dream it to be. I opened up with some funk and disco, spinning alongside my dude Kool Hersh. Hersh and I came up DJing together in St. Louis with Nick from Cubic Zirconia. See how it all makes sense? DâM-FunK went on next and rocked the spot with his cosmic funk and boogie record selections. Chico Mann's Brazilian / Afro funk was a nice suprise - I really dug those guys a lot. I'd heard Cubic Zirconia on record but was NOT prepared for their live show. They blew the roof off of Santos Party House that night with huge beats, backup dancers, and Tiombe Lockhart's super sexified vocal performance.

On the strength of that party, we asked CZ to play at our 2010 Do It To It party in Austin TX. Needless to say, they did the damn thing and almost caved the floor in at Silhouette. Here are a few flicks from their performance at our party and their stop at our Flatstock booth.

BONUS: Nick Hook will be DJing this Saturday at Too Much Love with Sovietpanda at First Avenue. Go go go!

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December Wants VS Needs

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Wants VS Needs is happening again tomorrow night! Our monthly third Friday dance extravaganza is once again upon us. Myself and the rest of the team will be at First Ave's Record Room tomorrow (Friday) night from 10 til 2 playing all your favorite rap/r&b/dance/amazing jams. We're going to be giving away a very limited number of screen printed posters designed by Adam Garcia too. You best get down there! WE PARTY!!

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Busy weekend!

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Lots of exciting things going on this weekend. Here's where to catch us...

FRIDAY NIGHT: After the Doomtree Blowout in the First Avenue mainroom, come upstairs to the Record Room as our own Mike 2600 (me) welcomes Doomtree's Paper Tiger to the turntables. Expect a full night of classic hip hop, funk, and bass-heavy dancefloor-filler-uppers, all expertly sliced up for your listening and dancing pleasure.

$5 at the door, $1 crossover from the mainroom.

SATURDAY: We will be selling all sorts of BRLSQ goodies all day alongside a generous handful of local artisans and craftspeople. Check out that monster lineup! This is the perfect place to knock out a bunch of your holiday shopping while supporting hardworking local artists. That's like killing 10 birds with one stone... but not if you're not into killing birds... or whatever. Anyways, the point we're trying to make is that there is gonna be a ton of cool shit here for you to buy for yourself or for your loved ones.

We'll even be debuting a few brand new items as well as selling a wide variety of our (drumroll please) Scratch + Dent prints!

Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome. That's 10am-6pm at CO Exhibitions!

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Shake 'N Bake: DONUTS

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Hungry? Watch the latest episode of Shake 'N Bake and you will be. Our buds Eunice, Doomtree's P.O.S, and Broken Crow's John Grider are cookin' up a nice big batch of donuts. High five to John for rockin' our Censored Rap Video shirt! Pay close attention to the tunes that Get Cryphy DJs / BRLSQ male models Last Word and Plain Ole Bill are dropping throughout the video. Very clever, those two.

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A Visit to Harmen Liemburg's Studio

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

I first found out about Dutch graphic artist and screenprinter Harmen Liemburg a few years ago when he was a resident faculty member at MCAD and brought his screenprinting class over for a tour of the Burlesque print shop. Since then I've been following his fantastic, brightly-colored, pop-culture-saturated, collage-heavy designs on his website, where he also documents his inspirations and design process for most of his projects. Back in April 2011, my wife and I took a trip to Amsterdam. When I told Harmen I was going to be in town, he invited us to check out his studio, which is right in the middle of a largely artist-populated warehouse district, accessible by ferry from the Northern edge of Amsterdam's central district. Here are a few photos from that visit...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BRLSQ x DOOMTREE

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Our friends Doomtree have released their latest album "No Kings," just in time for their seventh annual Blowout concert at First Avenue. The whole crew is taking over 5 straight nights in the 7th Street Entry and 2 nights in the mainroom. With the help of friends like Brother Ali, Astronautalis, Sage Francis, Kill The Vultures, Andrew Broder, I Self Devine, Ice Rod, and even Hannibal Burress, the crew is really doing something special with these nights.

So with that in mind, we wanted to do something special for the poster. Wes Winship based his art on the "No Kings" album cover and concept, building up an ornate image of a crown made up of all of the show information - and for 7 consecutive nights with a zillion different guests, there is a LOT of show information - and then ghostbustering it out with a series of hand-painted, hand-inked, hand-splattered circle/slash details. After that, each poster had additional black ink painted and dripped on, making each print truly unique.

Have a look at some of the photos of Wes and crew working on some of the prints, available all this week at First Avenue and next week in our online store:

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Lunchbox Awesome

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Check out this incredible collection of bento lunchbox food art! This is a lucky ass kid... lunchboxawesome.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Us Stuff Your Stockings!

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

Looking for some inexpensive items to fill those Christmas stockings with? Look no further! We've got all the sticker packs, miniprints, 40 oz koozies, and NSFW boxcutters your friends and family will love. Read more after the jump...

Pick up these stocking stuffers for just $10 or less each!

Minnesota Pride Miniprint: Share a little bit of Minnesota Love with Peter Bekke's homegrown handstyles.

Dr. Dre Magnetic Refrigerator Poetry: Whether your holiday party fridge is filled with eggnog or malt liquor, it should definitley be covered in your own Dre-inspired rap lyrics.

>Dr. Dre 40 Oz Koozie: Your friends don't want to freeze their hands while enjoying a frosty Olde English, do they? Nope.

Hater Pack: Spread the love by spreading the hate. Perfect for your overly-cynical friends with no good outlets for their dismal view of the world.

Do It To It III CD: Your musically-inclined friend will love our compilation of dancefloor-friendly jams from Nick Catchdubs, Bird Peterson, and Smalltown DJs. Complete with screenprinted sticker packaging!

Dr. Dre 2011 Sticker Pack: Our newest collection of stickers featuring classic quotes from Snoop, Ice Cube, and the Doctor himself.

Fuck You Pay Me Boxcutter: Great for your friends who need help in the self-defense department... or your friends who just suck at opening boxes.

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Burlesque Popup Shop at Turntable Lab LA

2011 Dec by Mike Davis

This Saturday (even though the flyer says Dec 1st) is the grand opening of our month-long popup shop at Turntable Lab LA. If you live in the Los Angeles area, drop over to the Turntable Lab store on Fairfax (across from the Supreme store) to pick up some of our posters, sticker packs, Dre Day stuff, and more! Last year's TTLab popup shop was a smash so we had to do it one mo' gain!

The crew from Turntable Lab has been supportive of Burlesque, Life Sucks Die, and our musical endeavours since way back. It's been great watching these guys grow from super-specialized scratch DJ equipment salesmen into international tastemakers, selling everything from Afro-funk records to sk8 videos to reggae album cover artwork books. The last things I bought from them were a pocket-sized analog synthesizer and a Beach Boys record. Go support these dudes!

 

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From The BRLSQ Vault! Fog ""10th Avenue Freakout"" release print

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

Introducing a new segment we'll be airing from time to time on the ol' Burlesque blog. Here we'll feature posters and older design and print projects which may have been out of the spotlight for a minute but still pack as mean a punch as they did on day one. You could call this a modern day version of "Things You May Have Slept On." (REAL HEADZ KNOW THE DEAL)

Here we have Wes Winship's poster for Fog's "10th Avenue Freakout" album release shows at Minneapolis' 7th Street Entry and Chicago's Empty Bottle. Read more after the jump...

Wes really captured the multi-instrumental musical madness of Andrew Broder's 2005 album. By this time, Broder had moved away from the turntable and sample-based sounds found on the earlier Fog records and had been taking a more rock music approach, a perfect leadup to his current group Cloak Ox. Layers and layers of faces, freaky shapes, and memories all waft out of the window of the little house on 10th Avenue North where Andrew was living while working on this album.

Copies of this poster are still available, so head on over to our online store to grab yourself a copy!

RELATED: I found these two Fog posters at my parents' house over Thanksgiving. On the left is a First Avenue-designed poster for a Fog show in July 2001 featuring Saint Paul's Pizza Boys and an opening set by my younger brother Deerflesh MC with me DJing. Chunks of the night were videotapes and just might have to make their way onto the internet at some point. Everyone brought their A-game to that show. It was my first time DJing in the Entry and the night before I competed in the DMC Regional DJ battle at Quest (now known as Epic) in downtown Minneapolis. The poster on the right is a very early example of Wes Winship's screenprinted work - a three-color print for Fog's May 2001 shows around the Twin Cities. Mega-classic!

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123Klan prints on sale this Thursday!

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

This Thursday, we'll be releasing two brand new prints designed by Scien & Klor of 123Klan. These two prints, "Dirty French" and "One Love," were originally created for their Rien Comme Les Autres show which opened November 19th at CO Exhibitions. While we strongly recommend coming to see the show in all its glory, if you can't be here to experience the graffiti & graphic mayhem firsthand, we do have prints available!

We printed two different color versions - brown and metallic gold, available through our online store starting Thursday December 1st (at 2pm Central) and a blue & fluorescent available through 123Klan's Bandit-1$m online store beginning Thursday as well.

All prints are signed and numbered in editions of 100.
18 x 24"
4 color screenprint on Cougar brand 100lb acid-free paper.
$30 each + shipping
We also have a limited number of uncut sheets (both prints together on a 40 x 26" sheet for $75 + shipping

123Klan's blue edition:

 

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Happy Cyber Monday!

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Cyber Monday!

 

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BRLSQ Fan Art

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

We were pretty excited to receive this photo in our inbox recently. Our friend Sandra over in Ireland sent us this pic of her daughter Anna Mae's drawing of our Sunshine Hot Dog graphic. This gets our full support and we'd love to see more reinterpretations of our work in this style. If your youngster happens to be doodling their own version of an Arcade Fire poster, Alphabet print, or even a certain R. Kelly shirt, send us a photo and we'll share it on our blog!

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Black Tusk Black Friday Is Upon Us!

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

The dark lords of the underworld have summoned us to transform John Baizley's artwork for metal group Black Tusk's "Set The Dial" album into this stunning art print for your visual enjoyment. It serves as the perfect accompaniment to the super-heavy sounds of Black Tusk. John will be selling his own version over at aperfectmonster.com and Black Tusk will be selling a version at their merch table on tour. Here's a full breakdown of the different editions. Please note that we will ONLY be selling the BRLSQ edition at this time.

Our copies of this print will be going on sale FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25 at 2pm CENTRAL, right here at burlesquedesign.com


BRLSQ EDITION
200 signed & numbered prints
8 Artist Proofs
8 Printer Proofs

BLACK TUSK EDITION
Tour exclusive
75 signed & numbered prints
12 Artist Proofs
11 Printer Proofs JOHN BAIZLEY EDITION
features custom bleach-stained paper
25 signed & numbered prints
5 Printer Proofs 29 VARIANT PRINTS
2 one-of-a-kind test prints
2 BRLSQ version on Whitewash
1 BRLSQ on Pop-Tone Orange Fizz
3 Black Tusk version on Whitewash
5 Black Tusk on Pop-Tone Berrylicious
9 Black Tusk on Pop-Tone Orange Fizz
7 BRLSQ on Construction Factory Green

22 x 22"
6 color screenprint on French Charcoal brown paper
screenprinted by Ben LaFond

$50 + shipping

Here are few process photos shot during the printing of the entire series of Black Tusk prints. Enjoy and we'll see you on Friday!

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Minnesota Pride Black Friday Exclusive

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

Our friends at the Fifth Element record store here in Minneapolis asked me to come up with a new colorway for my Minnesota Pride shirt as an exclusive release for their Black Friday sale. I went nice and simple with the colors. Go get you one this Friday!

Fifth Element
2411 Hennepin Avenue South
612-377-0044

 

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123Klan opening this weekend

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

We are getting super excited for the opening of "Rien Comme Les Autres," the new exhibition of graphic art from Montréal's 123Klan at CO Exhibitions this Saturday. Mr. Scien and Mrs. Klor have been in town all week puttin' in work on a huge new graffiti mural and hanging some brand new prints as well as a selection of their classic prints, vinyl toys, Bandit-1sm clothing, and original drawings. Along with the gang from Permanent, we've been showing our French-Canadian friends around town and helping them get situated in the gallery.

Things are looking really good and we highly recommend you come check out the grand opening of "Rien Comme Les Autres!" It all goes down this Saturday, November 19 at CO! 


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Burlesque x Fab

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

We were invited by the great people over at Fab to set up a sale of some of our screenprinted posters and other fun items for their site. Wait, what's Fab.com?!? It's a website filled with short-run sales of smartly-designed household goods, furniture, crafts, and prints all sold at ridiculously low prices. It's a great way to save money on lots of cool stuff for your home or office and an even better way to learn about new designers and artists.

Our sale begins this Wednesday, Nov 16th, so be sure to click on over to catch it! (you will need to register for your free site membership) We will have a few exclusive and never-before-seen items for sale. Don't miss this one!

 

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EXTRA LARGE November 2011

2011 Nov by Mike Davis

Happy to be bringing in DJ B-Stee from Kansas City the next installment of EXTRA LARGE. While I'm out of town, my friend Jonathan Ackerman will be holding down hosting duties. It's gonna be a wild night with tons of raps, slaps, and handclaps. Not to be missed!

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Monster Mash Mix 2011

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

The season of the witch is upon us! It's time to break out your haunted bobby socks for the 5th annual Monster Mash! This Halloween night, King Otto and I return to the 7th Street Entry for the best all-oldies Halloween dance party you could ever hope for. We'll be costumed up and spinning all your favorite Motown, '50s and '60s rock and R&B, doo-wop, surf rock, and malt shop classics.

Download the brand new Monster Mash mix right here! 45 minutes of golden oldies to get you in the mood to boogie with us.

THE SONGS!

OTTO'S MIX:
Dion & the Belmonts "Wanderer"
The Lovin' Spoonful "What a Day for a Day Dream"
Lemon Pipers "Green Tambourine"
Stevie Wonder "Signed Sealed Delivered"
Toris Troy "Just One Look"
Barbara Lewis "Hello Stranger"
Johnny Otis "Willie & the Hand Jive"
Ray Charles "This Little Girl of Mine"
The Dixie Cups "Iko Iko"
Ernie K-Doe "A Certain Girl"
The Marketts "Out of Limits"
The Rooftop Singers "Walk Right In"
The Beach Boys "Catch a Wave"
Herman's Hermits "Into Something Good"
The Association "Windy"
Dusty Springfield "I Only Want To Be With You"
Bobby "Boris" Pickett "Monster Motion"

MIKE'S MIX:
Link Wray "Rumble"
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "You Really Got a Hold On Me"
Quincy Jones "Soul Bossa Nova"
The Ronettes "Do I Love You?"
The Beach Boys "Dance, Dance, Dance"
The Beatles "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You"
Bobby Darin "Dream Lover"
The Crystals "He's Sure The Boy I Love"
Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat"
The Kingsmen "Money"
The Association "Along Comes Mary"

Here's all the info on First Avenue's huge Halloween party - truly the best one in town.

BONUS: I just reupped the 2010 Monster Mash Mix, so CLICK HERE to download it!

 

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Random Pics & Bits of Inspiration

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

 

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Closing Ceremonies for "Things You Carry"

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

Vincent Stall's "Things You Carry" show will be running through Friday November 4th at CO Exhibitions. Still plenty of time to come check out Mr. King Mini's fantastic installation of prints, paintings, drawings, and more. If you can only come by once, we recommend you save it for the grand finale closing ceremonies:

On Thursday November 3rd from 6-9pm, CO will be hosting an artist talk with Vincent Stall. He'll be discussing his career, the work in the show, and his new book "Things You Carry." The book will be available for purchase at the event and Vincent will be signing copies. Bring your comics, bring your questions, bring your curiosity. This is gonna be a good one!

RSVP / more details on Facebook.

 

 

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DDC x PHL: Philadelphia Freedom!

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

This Thursday at 2:00pm Central, we'll be releasing the latest print from Aaron Draplin, a dedication to all of the visual inspiration from the great American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aaron assembled all of his favorite logos, musicians, landmarks, icons, and nuggets from Philadelphia's rich history and fit them all together into this gorgeous poster. Originally released at Aaron's September 28th lecture (sermon?) at Philly's First Unitarian Church, you will soon be able to score a copy of this sweet poster right here! We screenprinted this badboy in four colors including bright metallic gold ink which shines brighter than the liberty bell, brighter than Rocky's championship belt, brighter than the cheez whiz on your Pat's and/or Geno's cheesesteak.

Signed and numbered edition of 300 prints.
4 color print on mixed French Speckletone paper
18 x 24"

See you Thursday at 2!

 

 

 

 

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Eli, no!

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

This is so cool... Friend-of-Burlesque Katie Kirk wrote and illustrated a gorgeous children's book about her unconditional love for Eli, her Chocolate Labrador. A few years ago, some prototypes were produced, but now the book has been officially published by Abrams Books and can be purchased by anyone just about anywhere! We've been a fan of Katie's work for quite some time. She and her husband Nathan run the fantastic Eight Hour Day design studio here in Minneapolis. Together they've been featured in Communication Arts and HOW magazines and you may have seen some of the great work they've created for Target, The New York Times, Wired, or the Minnesota Orchestra.

Want to pick up a copy of the book and meet the author? Maybe even meet Eli? Head over to the Red Balloon Bookstore in Saint Paul this Saturday for the official "Eli, no!" Launch party!

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Apocalyptic Mongoloid Ocular Variant Infestation

2011 Oct by Mike Davis


Our friend Tom "Haze XXL" Hazelmyer approached us about putting on an art show at CO Exhibitions. When Haze puts on an art show, he doesn't just hang up a few drawings and call it a day... he creates a full-on assault of the senses. The walls of CO were covered with one-of-a-kind collaged and printed vinyl jackets for The Melvins, Grant Hart, and Seawhores, prints by Mackie Osbourne, as well as paintings and original poster mechanicals by Japanese pop artist Junko Mizuno, who flew in from her new home in San Francisco to attend the opening.

On stage, a live video feed of Gay Witch Abortion and Seawhores was being projected onto a screen as the groups noise-rocked the night away down below in our screenprinting studio.

Haze's poster for the show started its life as a linoleum block. He cuts and chisels these down by hand, inks the block and uses it to create a linocut print. We took a scan of the black and white print, and, under his direction, scaled and colored the art for the screenprinted posters. That's not one, but two types of printing! These were posted around town and made available at the on October 1st opening. If you missed the one-night-only affair, here's your chance to pick up one of these cool and creepy ass prints!

100 prints, signed and numbered by Haze XXL.
Features metallic gun-metal black and metallic yellow inks!
19 x 25"
4 color print on 100lb acid-free white paper

Copies of this print are available now in our online store!

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Talkin' with Jimmy 2 Times

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

We're close enough to count down the hours until Jimmy 2 Times and I take over First Avenue's Record Room for EXTRA LARGE's big one year anniversary bash. Here's what my esteemed guest had to say about his DJing background and much more. Read up and then don't you dare miss out on EXTRA LARGE this Friday!

MIKE 2600: Please introduce yourself to this corner of the internet, Mr. Two Times.

JIMMY 2 TIMES: Hi corner, I'm Jimmy2times.  I live in Minneapolis and you might have seen me DJ with my crew Get Cryphy at the party of the same name or maybe at BOMP, Triple Double or various other jammy jams. I lived in Brooklyn for awhile and now I live in Minneapolis again. Huzzah!

What is your DJing background? Who are some of your early influences and how did you start collecting and scratching records?

My earliest memory of thinking "hey I wanna do that" was seeing a really shitty bootleg VHS tape of the 92 Supermen battle where DJ 8-ball did his black sabbath and g-thang tone routines.

I grew up in upstate NY (Albany and Rochester) and while I was really into hip hop as a kid, there was no hip hop scene to speak of there. There was however a pretty strong rave scene that spilled over from Buffalo and Toronto so I'd get to see scratch DJs in the jungle room or whatever every so often. Downtown Rochester had some really great record/jewelry/pager repair stores too(The Spot, what up!) and you could grab most of the hot records at the time pretty easily. Since there was a lot of house/techno record stores upstate as well, I had my fair share of house and drum n bass back then too.  I started DJing more and more at the end of high school and came up playing college parties and raves, then later got into battling which I'd say was my main focus for awhile there before I moved on to clubs and throwing parties.

  Get Cryphy is pretty much a household phrase in Minneapolis at this point. Wanna tell us your version of the story of how the night started and how the sound developed?

  Damn that's an ill way to phrase it, thank you!  I'd say you can trace Get Cryphy back to when Bill and I were DJing a Saturday night weekly called Party & Bull$h!t at the now defunct downtown Minneapolis club, Foundation, which closed at the end of 2007.  We had a lot of great experiences at that club, but ultimately we weren't always encouraged to take chances as DJs or even play to the crowd that came regularly. By the time Foundation closed, Party & Bull$h!t had become a regular kick it spot on Saturday nights for a lot of our friends in the local hip hop community. We wanted to be able to have a space where those folks could still come party with us regularly and where we could do us and play the songs and styles we were hyped on that weren't being represented in Twin Cities clubs or dance nights(crunk, hyphy, bmore club, juke, etc.).

At the time (early 2008), First Avenue had first Fridays in the (then) VIP Room open, and they liked what we presented to them and let us have it for a 3 month trial period.  Back then, Bill was "the dude behind the counter" at fifth element, and Cryphy was a word we'd throw around while posted up at the store clowning and watching mad youtube videos, so when it came time to name the night we just went with it. Things were a lot different then too, since the newish dance party scene that's come about over the last few years in the Twin Cities was only just getting off the ground at that point. I can honestly say Get Cryphy hit the ground running and hasn't stopped since then. About a year into the party, our great friends DJ Fundo and DJ Last Word joined the crew and we've continued on with that line up ever since.

The sound has pretty much evolved with our tastes while keeping its basis in high energy rap and party music. As we've all grown into producing our own tracks and remixes, there's been a lot more of our own sounds becoming staples of the party each month as well as in our Get Cryphy mixes.


The flyer for the very first Get Cryphy party.

  You and Plain Ole Bill have been doing the four turntable thing for a while now. How has your chemistry changed since the first times you spun together?

Our first 4 turntable set was at Bill's mix cd release party at the Dinkytowner in June 2005, so we've been at it for a minute. Neither of us got Serato until 2007 so those first few years of DJing on 4 decks together was done on all vinyl. Our backs are both in a lot better shape now, as we'd typically bring anywhere between 4-8 crates between the 2 of us when DJing a party or club night. Back when we started doing 4 turntable sets there was a lot more beat juggling and scratch routines going on, because that's where we were at as DJs at the time, and also a big part of where we both come from in terms of early DJing influences. I'd say we've come a long way since we started doing 2x4 sets because DJing with another person simultaneously definitely takes more concentration than solo DJing. As we've grown into that, its become easier to get into a zone where we can concentrate more on programming our set and getting parties as live as possible, while giving people something to watch too.


photo by Wezz Winship

  So you're kind of a major comic book head. Should we even get into this? What are your favorites? Least favorites? Want me to just open this part of the interview up for like Jimmy 2 Times' comic book rant and rave section? GO!

Yeah "kind of" are definitely the key words there since I sold the majority of the comics I collected as a kid years ago.  There were some really great comic shops that I wandered into when I was staying in Brooklyn for awhile last year (Bergen St. Comics What up!) and just got caught up in reading a few graphic novels, which led to me coming back for new comics every week. I tend to check out anything Garth Ennis writes (Preacher, The Boys, The Punisher, Jennifer Blood) and I also like Mark Millar's stuff (Old Man Logan, Kickass, Nemesis, Superior, Superman: Red Son) despite the comic store dudes saying I shouldn't like him (_____,_______, ever).  I still check out super hero comics like Ultimate Spiderman, and I've also been checking for all the recently relaunched DC comics (Batman, Superman etc). To me those always sucked ass and DC is doing a relatively good job of making those characters relevant again. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go take my allergy medication and play a few hours of World of Warcraft....


Comic Book Guy schooling Milhouse on that real rap shit

  I also know that, like me, you enjoy a nice hamburger. What are some of your favorite Twin Cities burgers?

I definitely have a weak spot for delicious burgers. My favorites are definitely the Ike Burger from Ike's downtown, The Nook's Juicy Lucy, and the Vincent Burger from Vincent (or Target Field!). Goddamn, those are some tasty burgers. nuff said!


Jimmy 2 Times enjoying a Vincent Burger

  Favorite music releases of 2011 thus far?

Right now my favorite things are the Watch the Throne record, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire's Lost in Translation, my man Prof's new record King Gampo and even though it came out in 2010, I wanna get drunk by DJ Felli Fel f/Lil Jon, Fatman Scoop and Three6mafia.

  Any new music projects of yours we should be checking for?

If you haven't already, check out my Soundcloud page, you can find a lot of blends and remixes I've done in the past there. Currently I have some new blends that I'll be posting very soon.  A lot of the new blends utilize the great work Sims and Lazerbeak did recently on their Bad Time Zoo album, combining their beats with vocals from T.I., Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Trae the Truth, Gucci Mane, Bun B, Rick Ross and David Banner. Also, the Get Cryphy 4 year anniversary isn't far off, so the crew and I have started putting our heads together for this year's Get Cryphy megamix.  I'm excited for the colder temperatures to come our way because that's when I get the most work done musically.  Also, don't forget to check out the Get Cryphy blog for a ton of blends edits and remixes from the rest of the Cryphy crew - Plain Ole Bill, Last Word and DJ Fundo).

 See you Friday!

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EXTRA LARGE One Year Anniversary Megamix

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

Thank you to everyone who's helped this party keep moving for the last straight year. I couldn't have done it without all of the great guest DJs (Jonathan Ackerman, BK-One, Wezz Winship, Plain Ole Bill, King Otto, Kevin Beacham, Last Word, Espada, Jeff Dubois, Dudley D, Superbrush, Gigamesh, and Babycakes) and the countless party people who've come to dance their asses off each month.

Here's my thank you gift - the official EXTRA LARGE One Year Anniversary Megamix! It's 32 minutes of beats, breaks, original blends, rappin' and handclappin' all rearranged inna cut & paste fashaaaaan. Featuring bits and pieces from Jazzy Jay, Incredible Bongo Band, Ultramagnetic MCs, Kraftwerk, Beastie Boys, Spoonie Gee, Breakestra, Rare Earth, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Tuff Crew, and so much more.

EXTRA LARGE MEGAMIX by Mike 2600

Don't be a dummy and miss the big celebration this Friday night as Jimmy 2 Times and I rock together on 4 turntables all night long! RSVP / more info on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

2011 Oct by Mike Davis

Autumn is finally here, and one of my favorite things to do when the season hits is to take the drive out to Jordan MN for a visit to Jim's Apple Farm, AKA Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. The BRLSQ crew first discovered this magical place as we were driving out to Windom MN last year for Aaron Horkey's "Midwestern Heart" art opening and we all instantly fell in love. A giant yellow barn on the side of Highway 169 situated about 45 minutes SW of Minneapolis, this is your one stop shop for local apples, homemade pies, pumpkins, smoked meat products, and just about every kind of obscure candy you could imagine.


The giant yellow barn. Hard to miss.


Lots of candy.


Hissee Fit.


More weird candy.


Get off my log.


Pro tip: the light is always on. These are some of the best pies you will ever have. Trust.


Raer soda.


Mutant squash alert.


Some final words of wisdom from Jim.

Check out Jim's Apple Farm on Yelp.

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Draplin Does Philadelphia

2011 Sep by Mike Davis

To coincide with his recent lecture in Philadelphia, friend of Burlesque Aaron Draplin put together this gorgeous poster of some of the best icons and visual memories from the City of Brotherly Love. I mean, just about everything is here from Ben Franklin to Pep Boys to Schoolly D to The Dead Milkmen to Rocky to cheesesteaks to Hall & Oates. Wait, where's Jazzy Jeff?!? OK we'll let that one slide for now. But really, Draplin asked us to print this badboy and we couldn't say no! He had a few copies for sale at his get-down in Philly. In case you weren't there, we will be making this poster available very soon through our online store.

Wanna know all the details? Just be sure to sign up for our mailing list to catch all the pertinent info in your inbox.

18 x 24"
4 color screenprint on mixed French paper
with shiny ass American gold ink

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Say Kids, What Time Is It?

2011 Sep by Mike Davis

It's been a while since I listened to this one... Coldcut's cut & paste masterpiece from 1987, "Say Kids What Time Is It?" Back to back classic breaks, beats, and snippets and sliced together with the most finesse.

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The Pleasure Principals

2011 Sep by Mike Davis

This Friday, my dude DJ Espada and I are kicking off a new monthly party called The Pleasure Principals. That's us. We'll be cuttin' up our (and YOUR) favorite classic hip hop, disco, funk, and feel good party music, whatever it takes to bring you the utmost pleasure. Believe that.

Hit the Facebook jumpoff.

 

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Behind the scenes: The National poster

2011 Sep by Mike Davis

I really enjoyed designing my recent poster for The National's two-night run at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. From the moment I started looking at that 150+ year old building and thinking about all that history in Philadelphia, I got down to sketching out some ideas.

The first thing I looked at was the building. Built in 1857 right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the Academy of Music houses the city's ballet and operas among other high profile music and arts events. It's such a bold and striking building, I felt it deserved to take center stage on this poster.

I wanted the type to have a distinctly old-fashioned feel to it - bold and stylized. Wes and I have been looking at lettering and ornaments on railroad certificates for as long as I can remember. I used the lettering here as a jumping-off point for my letters. Now time to figure out how the building and letters would all fit together into one poster...

The final rough sketch submitted to management.

Here's the original pencil sketch of my National letters. My plan was to draw them in a straight line, clean them up in Illustrator, then add the "flag" curve.

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Building clean versions of my letters in Illustrator.

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After a few quick mockups, I began drawing the building. Using a few different photos from different angles, I started working out the measurements and spacing of the different sections... then remeasuring and redrawing and remeasuring and redrawing several times until everything fit correctly.

The final detail would be to cover the historic building in a wash of colorful patterns. I mean, this is a rock concert after all, right? I wanted the patterns to show up brightly when printed over the off-white building, but to appear really lightly in the background. I created a grid of different patterns and shapes I'd built in Illustrator.



The finished product! I fit all the elements together and added some final details like the hazy clouds, paper folds, and of course the event information. If you haven't picked up a copy of the print yet, there are still some available in our online store. Jump on it!

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Penthouse Mouths

2011 Sep by Mike Davis

Super erotic late '70s illustration for Penthouse by Robert Giusti. This has everything I wanna see in a food-related illustration.

 

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Burlesque Rocks the Fair!

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, the Minnesota State Fair has officially opened the gates! Cheese curds were being guzzled mere minutes after the first ticket stub was ripped. So if you're gonna be down there, be sure to stop by the Minnesota Public Radio booth to pick up a brand new t-shirt and/or poster designed by our own Mike Davis!

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Mike 2600 remixes Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

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Back in 2006, I released a mix CD called Heavy Session - one hour of psychedelic beats, rap remixes, rock breaks, scratching, all that fun stuff. One section of the mix included a remix I put together of Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud's 1988 rap jam "I Gotta Good Thing." A few years later, I rebuilt the remix as its own extended standalone track. Here it is in all its glory with brand new artwork! Enjoy!

 

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DJ Yoda <3s Burlesque

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

London's own DJ Yoda happened to have his Do It To It vinyl EPs laid out while Front Magazine was over at his pad shooting photos. We have a feeling he's been putting those tunes to good use. Can we have some of those Lucky Charms?

Check out the man doing his video-jockey thing and don't miss a chance to see him in your area!

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A Conversation with Hydro74

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

We've been enjoying the artwork of Hydro74 for several years. It was in 2008 that we had our first up-close encounter with his work as we exposed some of his art for onto our screens to create some prints for Upper Playground. After finally meeting in person at SXSW 2011, we decided that a Burlesque-published art print was a must! We had a little digital chat with Mr. Hydro, so read up as we gear up to release Awakening of Aegolius his first official Burlesque art print.

Please introduce yourself to our corner of the internet.

I'm Joshua M. Smith, I run Hydro74 full time independently, focusing on more vector based art. When I first began my plight into design I was a jack of all traits, but it wasn't until about 5-6 years ago that I made the decision to focus strictly on vector-based illustration and typography because that was my first love as well as the idea that I would rather be a professional at one thing than average at everything else.

On my downtime or in-between projects, I love to create fonts and explore different illustrations styles and/or play with toys that are on my desk.

Your illustration style is incredibly ornate. What's your process like of going from initial rough idea to fully polished design with all of the little bits and doodads?

To me it's a puzzle.  It's a mixture of pre-existing and custom created elements that I try to balance. I have always believed a firm central illustration is key and everything else around it is story telling or supporting elements to bring the desired emotion to the piece. Granted, I never really know what I'm doing when I start the process because I feel that the best pieces come into being rather than trying to force it to be something that I've strictly planned out.  It allows the process to be malleable and allows me to create the extra ornate elements around it. Also, those extra elements are great because of late I find myself getting more detailed and structured within the core piece and the embellishments compliment the illustration thus giving it a more organic feeling with a hint of different dated style tones.

In your work, we can see a lot of influences from all over the place - early 20th century typographic design, West Coast cholo graffiti, early '80s cartoons ... What are some of your favorite sources of visual inspiration?

You pretty much said it. What I've discovered and now has become the core root in thinking about projects is finding ways to mix and balance those things that I'm inspired by to come up with something unique in shape and form but yet familiar in tone. Each decade offers up amazing talent and creativity and when researching I find myself embracing their work and mentally thinking how I can accomplish their techniques in Adobe Illustrator. During the 60'- 70's the outlaw DIY style of Rick Griffin, Greg Irons, Ed Roth & Rob't Williams were doing amazing things with pen and ink. There are a lot of iconic poster designers that started pushing new structures that inspire me to find that balance in my work.  As of late I've been more focused on the typographers from the late 70's and early 80's. The more I research the artist and their techniques, the more I want to offer up those structures in my work as well as add that hint of flair that Gerard Huerta, David Quay, & many others added to their work.

I'll be honest. I have no formal education and actually a college dropout that learned everything on my own and by my own research. I take this aspect very seriously and spend at least a good few hours each week reading, looking and trying to figure out new techniques. I know where I'm weak as a designer and looking at those who came before you help guide my idea and own ideology on trying to define and redefine personal techniques and evolving.

What are your favorite types of jobs to work on? Are there any projects you turn down?

I actually love working with Nike, EA Sports and Lucas Films. Their budgets are great per project but also they give a lot of design freedom when working on a project thus making them fully enjoyable to work on. Some of the Style Guide stuff gets weird since it's just coping pre existing styles, but the client gives me free range to throw in my own thoughts no matter how successful or unsuccessful it is.  

Most of the projects I turn down are MMA related and/or Christian brands. I'm not a big fan of violence nor companies spending money to manipulate 'cool factors'. I also turn down anything that begins with the word 'start-up' because I find that is a bigger risk than betting on the Detroit Lions to win the Super Bowl. A lot of the stuff I turn down is mostly based on what I call 'time abuse'. If I feel the project isn't going to be worth the time invested or the time that would be invested, it's wiser for me to turn it down and use that time to focus on my own creations for Hydro74. It's just a way for me to keep my time valued for myself and realize how important that time in so I'm not giving design time to things in my life I value more like family, friends and self.

What's really poppin' in Orlando?

I don't know if you heard, but there is this great spot called Disney. HA! Actually Orlando is great. There is a lot of design culture here and a lot of movement with events. Yes it's a tourist trap in a half, but that is such a small factor and Orland is quite small considering what is here. Most of the attractions are over in Kissimee, which is not Orlando.

There are some great bars down town as well as some galleries. Every month Mother Falcon does a event with shirts and artist and it's a nice little hidden gem of Orlando.

A couple friends locally that are amazing that need a little shout out is Dres13, Horsebites, Scott Donald. There are many others, but those are the my personal friends.

What have you been listening to lately?

I'm a bit old school. A lot of the Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Front 242, Arvo Part, Hammock, etc. But, this takes me back to Junior High we I would trade 2 Live Crew tapes with friends and rap it on the bus.

Chain Swangaz

I'm also a techno/electro/hard core fan. So when I'm no designing, I'm making DJ mixes for the hell of it.  

Stay tuned to our newsletter for all of the release info for Hydro74's Awakening of Aegolius print!

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8-bit Metal

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

We got a little bit obsessed with 8-bit covers of metal songs today... for like an hour. It was an awesome hour.

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Your daily dose of acid, via Mystery Palace and Playatta

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

I've been spending my Sunday evenings contributing to Freaky Deeky, a local cable access and internet phenomenon. It's a chance to work with new mediums, force myself to be creative on the fly, and learn a little about video while I'm at it. I've always loved 60s acid art and wanted to try my hand at colored oil light shows and it's been a great outlet for that. Hal and Matt of Playatta, the wizards behind Freaky Deeky's visual madness invited me to participate on a video shoot for Mystery Palace. I brought the colored oils, Sharpees and watercolors. It was a ton of fun and you can see the results right here.

Mystery Palace - I Thought I Was Right from PLAYATTA on Vimeo.

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National Forest for Puma

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

Check out this incredible video that National Forest (Steven Harrington & crew) put together for Puma.

Wonder if there's any vacancy in any of these letters. I'd move in in a heartbeat.


 

 

 

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A Conversation with Gigamesh

2011 Aug by Mike Davis

I'm more than excited to have my friend Gigamesh join me at EXTRA LARGE this Friday at First Avenue's Record Room. I first heard about this Minneapolis-based musicmaker about two years ago when he sent me some of his remixes and it didn't take long for me to become a believer. Not only is he an incredibly stylish and thoughtful producer / remixer, but he's also a monster behind the turntables. Read what the man had to say for himself and then come party with us on Friday!

Hello. Please introduce yourself to this part of the internet.
 I'm Matt Masurka and I work under the alias Gigamesh.  I'm a full-time music producer and part-time DJ. 

Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Gigamesh Remix) by GIGAMESH

Your music has a lot of '80s inspiration in it, but it's also very new and forward-thinking. Where do you find inspiration and how do you go about churning those ideas into new, original sounds?
I think it's because I have an aversion to dance music that takes itself too seriously and most 80's acts were just about having fun.  I also have a soft spot for great pop songs, which in a lot of ways peaked in the 80's.  However, I'm definitely trying to avoid doing anything overtly retro for too long.  I think the most interesting art and music is stuff that has clear roots in the past but expands on that.

  Can you show us some of your favorite pieces of gear from your studio?
I actually don't have a lot of gear yet, but I do use a Dave Smith Evolver

and a Roland Juno-60 that I just bought.

I plan to buy a couple more hardware synthesizers in the next year.  I've had my eye on this Russian suitcase modular synth for awhile:

  How was Miami? How did you decide to move there & back and what did you learn in the process?
It was cool.  I moved mainly because I wanted a change of scenery and at the time I was planning on working with my brother Joe and our other studio partner Danny, who both live there.  However I realized after a few months that I was stretching myself too thin with different projects and decided to just concentrate on Gigamesh material.  I was also missing friends and family in Minneapolis.  If I make another move like that it will most likely be to LA or NYC because those are much bigger music hubs.

  Talk about Señor Stereo and how you guys linked up with Craze's Slow Roast label. What's up next for you guys?
It's a side project Joe, Danny and I started a couple years ago as an outlet to release disco-influenced material.  Danny has been friends with Craze for a long time being that they're both Miami natives and it got hooked up through him.  At the moment it's kind of on hiatus because we are all really busy with our own projects but I think we're all open to releasing more stuff under that name in the future.

Señor Stereo - Hot Damn! (Gigamesh Remix) by GIGAMESH

  Who are some of your favorite Minneapolis musical acts of the past and the present? How about the future?
Past:  Obvious choices include Prince, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, etc....to be honest other than them I never got into many local acts that made it 'big'.  Presently, I have to give some love to my good friends Estate as well as Grant and Maggie from Lookbook, who are still making music despite that band being done.  And although I don't get into all the music, I have a lot of respect for the local hip-hop scene.

  You have a great eye for goofy GIFs and ridiculous internet-humor images. What are some of your favorite finds?
Haha, I think it just means I have too much time on my hands.  I get them all from a Tumblr that is pretty consistently funny.

Here are some of my favorites:

  Best spots to eat in the Twin Cities?
Sea Salt, Amazing Thailand, The Depot, Bryant Lake Bowl, French Meadow are all good.... it's tough making a list because there are so many places I still need to try!

For more on Gigamesh, check out gigameshmusic.com! See you Friday!

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DJ Scenes in Movies

2011 Jul by Mike Davis

I love music. I love DJing. I love movies. I really love when all of these things come together. Usually DJ scenes in movies tend to be overly cornballed out, but they're still nice to see either way. Here are some of my favorites.

La Haine
1995, France

Wake the town and tell the people! This is a great scene from the intense French film "La Haine (Hate)" about kids clashing with cops. Recommended viewing.

Wild Style
1982, United States

Grandmaster Flash rockin' in the kitchen for Fab Five Freddy while Zoro paints the Hands of Doom mural at the bandshell and the Rocksteady Crew gets down. This is the raer version of this scene with the original "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" break (at the 1:20 mark). The audio was later changed for a homemade version of "Mardi Gras" after Bob James asked to have his tune removed from the film.

Klute
1971, United States

I can't find a clip online, but this Donald Sutherland / Jane Fonda flick features a short scene filmed in the legendary NY nightclub The Sanctuary. Built inside an old German Baptist church, The Sanctuary was the country's first major unrepressed gay discotheque. There's a great description of The Sanctuary in Last Night A DJ Saved My Life which is pretty much required reading. The whole book. Anyways, the club's DJ, Francis Grasso, can be seen DJing at The Sanctuary far off in the background in the scene in Klute. It's a shame the film doesn't capture Francis' DJing in detail as he was one of the first, if not THE first, DJ to beat-match records, especially long percussive breaks on rock records. He'd also get two copies of 7" singles with one song split into two parts (one on each side), wait for part I to wind down, then drop the beginning of part II right on beat... before Technics 1200s, before pitch adjustment, before Serato, before your parents knew what club DJing was. Just read the book and watch the movie!

Rockers
1978, Jamaica

This must be my favorite DJ scene in a movie. This one right here. Watch as the clowntown DJ gets clowned and removed with the quickness.

Party Girl
1995, United States

I can't find a clip online, but this is a great movie starring the wonderfully winsome Parker Posey. There's are a few scenes where the DJ will go through his record collection and describe, in detail, the songs he's planning to spin at a party later that night. The whole movie is fantastic and a great mid-'90s time capsule.

Zebrahead
1992, United States

Nor can I find a clip of this one. Michael Rapaport plays a white high school kid trying to hook up with a black girl at his school. In one scene he tries impressing her by showing off his DJ maneuvers. I forgot what song it is, but he mixes some old country song or jazz song with a beat on top of it. Amusing scene in an overall decent movie.

No discussion of DJ scenes in movies would be complete without mentioning Juice. Even though the audio of the scratch routines and the motions of the actors have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other (similar to the scene in La Haine), this scene still seems to come up in conversation as one of peoples' favorites. WHY IS THAT?

Did I miss any? What are your favorite DJ scenes from movies?

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Chicago! Flatstock! Pitchfork Music Festival!

2011 Jul by Mike Davis

The time has come! We've packed up our bags and our own our way to Chicago for the somethingth annual Pitchfork Music Festival! If you're in Chicago and love music, people, posters, festival food, and being outdoors, well then this is kind of your best bet. Friday July 15 - Sunday July 17th, we'll be posted up at Flatstock 30, displaying and selling our screenprinted posters, t-shirts, sticker packs, Dre Day merch, and more alongside dozens of other talented screenprinted rock poster artists - some of the best in the world!

It's hard to believe this is the 30th Flatstock! Held multiple times throughout the year, it's been an incredible way for us to meet not only some of our favorite poster artists and printers, but also collectors, lovers, and devoted followers of what we do. We're honored to be a part of this festival's history and can't wait for this weekend.

Oh yeah, we're also definitely going to have some Cool Jerk at our booth! Last year at Flatstock Seattle, my wife Mali and I started selling our homemade beef jerky at our booth and the response has been great! We'll be fully stocked with four different flavors, so stop by, try a sample, and grab a pack to snack on while you're walking around.

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Thievery Corporation

2011 Jul by Mike Davis

Exhibit A, designed by me:

Exhibit B, designed by me:

Exhibit C, "designed" by Samantha Cake Robles:

Sooooo does this mean I've finally made it?

PS - I should note that the headliner, Dirty Finger, is a friend of mine and an oustanding DJ. He had nothing to do with the flyer other than being asked to spin at the party.

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BRLSQ x TARGET

2011 Jul by Mike Davis

If you’re around downtown Minneapolis, swing over to 11th & Lasalle to see some new work from Mike Davis. Along with several other local designers and artists (including our buddies Amy Jo, Anton Pearson, Sara Lintner, and Anne Ulku), Mike has If you’re around downtown Minneapolis, swing over to 11th & Lasalle to see some new work from Mike Davis. Along with several other local designers and artists (including our buddies Amy Jo, Anton Pearson, Sara Lintner, and Anne Ulku), Mike has created several original interpretations of Target’s classic bullseye logo which are on display outside Target’s headquarters building. Hats off to Target for showcasing the work of local artists and also supporting art school and elementary school students, whose bullseyes are also on display.

 

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