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EXTRA LARGE

2010 Oct by Burlesque of North America

This Friday, I'll be pulling back the curtains on my new monthly dance party at First Avenue's Record Room, home to Burlesque-approved dance nights of present day and yesteryear: Get Cryphy, Street Sounds, Honeymoon, and Let's Get Electric! Each second Friday, I'll be inviting a guest DJ to come spin with me. We'll be playing everything from hip hop to disco to dancehall to electro to Afro-funk to Miami Bass and all points inbetween. No gimmicks, no funny business, just big tunes, big bass, and big fun. My guest on Friday October 8th will be Jonathan Ackerman, a man who's made quite the name for himself around town, winning the hearts of dance-hungry music fiends at his own parties like Honeymoon and Hotel, plus as a guest at Wezz's monthly Bomp! party. Listen to / download the mix I put together for the party: EXTRA LARGE mix by Mike 2600 Check out the EXTRA LARGE blog for more free music and fun stuff. RSVP to EXTRA LARGE on Facebook.

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Arcade Fire vs. St. Paul

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Sometimes the first show of a new tour can be nerve-racking for both band & audience. Not this time. The crowd was buzzing with anticipation as the lights dimmed and Arcade Fire took the stage with force. So much action to take photos of! These are a few of my favorites I snapped over the night. Many more can be found on my flickr HERE I'm having a really hard time coming up with the words to describe how much fun this show was. If Arcade Fire is coming to a town near you, do whatever it takes & go.

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Aaron Horkey's Midwestern Heart

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

When most people think of a world-class artist having a gallery opening, fancy spots in New York or L.A. come to mind. Surely the coolest of cool show up in their awesome-pants. This one was a little different. Windom, MN. Population: 4490. Aaron's hometown, and no place more fitting. Hosted by The Remick Gallery at Cottonwood County Historical Society, the happily overwhelming amount work on display ranged from original pen & ink drawings, screen printed concert posters & art prints, skateboard graphics, album artwork, source material & more. Some came from as far as Japan (Hi Shingo!), while others merely walked down the street to see what that Horkey kid was up to these days... It was pretty amazing to see the amount of work all together in one space. I highly recommend taking a day trip from Minneapolis if you can. There really isn't a better time to drive through rural southwestern Minnesota. Take your time to soak in the surroundings that inspired all of this handcrafted mastery. Stop and listen to the wind. The show runs through November 20th. Remick Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm, Sat. 10-4 See more photos from the opening on my Flickr.

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Flatstock 27 @ Bumbershoot!

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Back in Minneapolis after yet another successful Flatstock at Seattle's Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival! These poster conventions/music events are always a little overwhelming. So much to do & see, all crammed into a very short amount of time. I tried to sneak away during the work part of the day every once in awhile to capture some music shots & various Bumbershoot moments. Clickclickclick as fast as possible, then rush back to the Burlesque Flatstock booth to hustle those posters. Big thanks to the Larsen Family for putting us up again this year. So much appreciated! Here's a handful of some of my favorite shots from the weekend. Feast your eyes on the entire set of photos HERE. Booker T. Jones! Napping For America! Mike Davis Ollies! Georgia Anne Muldrow! Ozomatli!

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""My Life as a Number"" by Keegan Wenkman

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

Plain and simple, Keegan Wenkman is one of my favorite artists. I really like making prints for my favorite artists. I am happy to announce the release of ""My Life as a Number"". A six print, 4 color screen printed suite making it's debut TONIGHT at XYandZ Gallery in Minneapolis, in conjunction with Keegan's opening party. 7-11pm. 3258 Minnehaha Ave S. Here's a couple sneak peeks of the prints... I was lucky enough to get a quick look at the gallery yesterday and it is UNREAL. Cash in your piggy banks. Clean out your mattresses! How much plasma do you really need?! More info on the show here and a nice write-up in this weeks Vita.mn And if you happen to live in Minneapolis, there's a handful of ""My Life as a Number"" prints around town...how many can you find?

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How to quit smoking

2010 Apr by Burlesque of North America

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First Look: Broken Crow art print

2010 Mar by Burlesque of North America

We recently featured an interview with John and Mike from Broken Crow and mentioned a new art print of theirs we're printing and co-publishing. Well, printing is wrapping up right NOW and we're thrilled to be sharing images of the soon-to-be diptych! Be the first to grab a copy of these prints at Flatstock 24, Thursday March 18 - Saturday March 20th at the Austin Convention Center. After Flatstock, they will be available through our online store. For all the details, make sure to sign up for our newsletter, where we'll announce everything you need to know! HOLD UP ... this just in!

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Austin, meet Broken Crow

2010 Mar by Burlesque of North America

Those of you living in Minneapolis surely must have come across the larger-than-larger-than-life stencil paintings of giraffes, lions, babies, porcupines, and sharks from the Broken Crow. Those of you living in Austin TX are currently being treated to a brand new slew of paintings put up by the duo just last week and might be wondering what? who? how? huh? Rest easy, we're here to answer your questions and help get everybody familiar with Broken Crow in preparation for brand new art print diptych we'll be screenprinting and publishing! We will be debuting the print set at our booth at Flatstock 24. Drive around Austin and see if you can find all of their new murals, then take the prints home with you.   So just who is Broken Crow? Introduce yourselves! Broken Crow is John and Mike. We cut holes in things and paint through the holes. We like to do this as large as time will allow.   Why stencils? There's really nothing more bad-ass than playing with knives for a living. Cutting stencils is the exact opposite of making artwork in public, and we need balance in our lives.    Can you briefly explain your process? How do you go from the initial idea in your head all the way up to a gigantic painting on the side of a building? We have lots of conversations. Then, we make lots of drawings. Throw in some coffee, some whiskey, some sleep deprivation. We pick the drawings we like the best, spend 20 hours turning them into large-scale stencils, and find a wall to paint it on.  How did the mural project in Austin come out? What is the connection with the art print? Austin came out better than we could have anticipated. We ended up doing 10 walls in 6 days, it's been a total whirlwind. Billy Bishop of Obsolete Industries has been our cultural ambassador down here, and went above and beyond anything we could have expected.  When we were coming up with concepts for what we were going to paint in Austin, we got really excited about the new drawings we were working on. At that point we got ahold of Ben, he was into it, and the rest was history. Broken Crow Stencil Mural - 1 Day Time lapse - Lion Man from The BFC on Vimeo.   What other artists' work have you been enjoying lately? Carrie Thompson, C-215, MF Doom, M-City, Eelus, Logan Hicks, Erik Burke, Doomtree, Blu, Maria Juranic, Elbow Toe, Sten & Lex, The Chicharones, Four Tet, MOP, The Weakerthans, El Mac and Retna, Meggs, Drew Peterson. We could go on and on...

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The Official Dre Day mix is here!!!

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Our man Jimmy 2 Times put together one hell of a mix dedicated to the even mainier man right now - Dr. Dre. One of the DJs performing at this Thursday's Dre Day at Triple Rock Social Club, Jimmy blew the roof off with this one! If you have even one grain of appreciation for the doctor, download this right NOW and get in the spirit! We are just ONE DAY AWAY from Dre Day! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD or you can also grab the mix from our BRLSQOTHEQUE podcast! Go grab your advance tickets for Dre Day at triplerocksocialclub.com - don't get left out in the cold on Thursday!!! Tracklisting for the official Dre Day mix 1. Jimmy2times - Dre Day Intro 2. Blackstreet f/Dr. Dre - No Diggety 3. 50 Cent f/Mobb Deep - Outta Control(Remix) 4. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Tha Next Episode 5. Snoop Dogg - What's My Name 6. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Deep Cover 7. Snoop Dogg - Tha Shiznit 8. Dr. Dre f/Knoc'Turnal - Bad Intentions 9. Dr. Dre - Let's Get High 10. Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice 11. N.W.A. - Gangsta Gangsta 12. N.W.A. - Fuck the Police 13. The D.O.C. - It's Funky Enough 14. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Little Ghetto Boy 15. Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride 16. Snoop Dogg f/Xzibit - Bitch Please 17. Dr. Dre - What's the Difference 18. Dr. Dre f/Hittman - Ackrite 19. Snoop Dogg f/Tha Dogg Pound - Doggy Dogg World 20. Mary J. Blige - Family Affair 21. The Game f/50 Cent - How We Do 22. Snoop Dogg f/The Lady of Rage - G Funk Intro 23. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Still DRE 24. Dr. Dre f/Kurupt, RBX & The Lady of Rage - Lyrical Gangbang 25. Busta Rhymes - Break Ya Neck 26. Eminem f/Dr. Dre & 50 Cent - Crack a Bottle 27. Snoop Dogg - Lodi Dodi

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Get Cryphy turns 2

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

In a total coincidence, two of Minneapolis' best DJ-based dance parties celebrate their two year anniversaries this week. Last night, hundreds of muisc-hungry party people packed the Triple Rock Social Club for the two year anniversary of our weekly Triple Double party. This coming Friday, DJs Plain Ole Bill and Jimmy 2 Times will host the two year anniversary party for Get Cryphy, a monthly party crammed into First Avenue's VIP Room focusing on rap-related dance music. For two years, these fellas have been spinning everything from E-40 to Disco D to Blaqstarr to 2 Live Crew to Paul Wall to Missy Elliot and have featured guest sets from DJ Sega, Low B, Emynd, Prince Klassen, and Burlesque's own Mike 2600 and WZZWNSHP. The result is a big, sweaty, bass-filled mess with one of the most diverse crowds in town. We rides hard for Billy and Jimmy and support everything they put their energy behind, so expect to see many more collaborations between Burlesque and Get Cryphy! photo by Dennis Jeong Plaster Burlesque has been responsible for the design of 23 of the 24 Get Cryphy flyers and also a brand new t-shirt which will be debuting this Friday! Catch a sneak preview below. Get more info and RSVP on Facebook!

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Triple Double at Two

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Tonight we celebrate the two year anniversary of Triple Double. Way back in February 2008, Wezz and I set up a pair of turntables on the floor in front of the stage of Triple Rock Social Club. Along with DJs TRL from Modern Radio and Tanner Klouda (of First Avenue and Triple Rock employment fame), we spun a mix of hip hop, funk, post-punk, '80s, and more. Rockers, rapsters, hipsters, skaters, punkozoids, and b-boys came out to dance, see their friends, and drink 2-for-1 beers. The $0 cover, cheap drinks, relaxed atmosphere, and great music has been the perfect recipe for this long-running weekly dance party. We've heard dozens of DJs spin thousands of songs and seen thousands of dancers do their thing, helping make our Tuesday nights look more like a Friday. Come out to Triple Rock Social Club tonight to hear more of the great dance music you've been loving for the last 103 Tuesday nights. with your DJs: Mike 2600 WzzWnshp Jimmy2Times & Plain Ole Bill Rambo Salinas TRL Shannon Blowtorch King Otto Jeff Dubois 717 Boys

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What 2009 looked like

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

What happened this year? I thought about doing some top 5 lists but nobody wants to read those and people always want to question them and get all judgmental. Does anyone who looks at this blog care if I loved Inglorious Basterds or can't think of any good albums that came out this year off the top of my head? Here is a multimedia chronological look back at some of my memories from 2009. First, I traveled to our nation's capital with my good homie Joe (A.K.A. Bitch Ass Darius) to try to look at the inauguration. This is about how close we got: Joe and I returned home and got real serious with our glockenspiel band, New Kids On The Glock: As a gigantic icicle melted outside our building, our office flooded the week before Dre Day! Ain't no punk ass icicle gonna stop us! Survived yet another brutal winter in Hoth Minneapolis: We rang in another SXSW with our second DO IT TO IT vinyl record, release party, and promo video: Eric Inkala, John Grider, Isaac Arvold, and Keiko Yagishita rocked our First Amendment Arts gallery with their Almost Homeless show. Syl Johnson put on an incredible performance at Numero Group's Eccentric Soul Revue in Chicago: I got to design the poster for the show as well: Traveled to Vancouver BC for a DJ gig and was floored at how gorgeous the city is. My Kidrobot Alphabet keychain series was finally released and I couldn't have been more excited: As part of Walker Art Center's ""Don't Sleep On It"" 24 hour art-making marathon, we led a roomful of high schoolers on a 3-6am adventure filled with building a wall of giant speakerboxes, overlapping video and slide projections, and plenty of BASS! Went to Sedona Arizona for my brother's wedding, stayed for the crystal healing sessions, wizard potions, and magnetic spiritual vortexes... brah. Added another Bonnaroo poster to our repertoire: One week after Michael Jackson died, I was in New York and ended up at an MJ tribute night hosted by the great DJ Spinna. It was one of the best all-Michael DJ sets I've ever heard and one of the most intense experiences I've ever had while listening to a DJ spin. I'm talking like... religious experience level shit here, people. Had to switch gears from Michael to Prince to DJ at the Purple Rain 25th Anniversary dance party at First Avenue. We were honored to have Minneapolis' Mayor R.T. Rybak attend, share his thoughts on Minneapolis' rich musical history, and then hand First Avenue a custom-made key to the city! I spent a year staring at international postage stamps and used all that inspiration to design the packaging for my buddy BK-One's new CD ""Radio do Canibal."" Autumn kicked into gear and things like this happened: The whole BRLSQ team helped put together a crazy art installation at SOO Visual Arts Center for the super cool ""Non-Consensual Constructivist Post-Dada Cerebral Warts"" show with Haze XXL and Aesthetic Apparatus: King Otto and I rocked the crowd at 7th Street Entry for another Halloween night all-oldies Monster Mash dance party! The art school at Illinois Wesleyan University hosted Wes and I for the weekend as we installed and opened our largest gallery show yet, simply titled The Screenprinted Work of Burlesque of North America. My dude Emynd released a digital EP of my music on his Crossfaded Bacon label. ""Ready to Rock"" is my first ever solo EP and I made a video to promote one of the choons: We cut our teeth in the craft fair scene at the No Coast Craftorama. Expect to see us at many more arts & crafts-related events in the near future! We bout that craft, son! 2009 was a year of big changes both good and bad for myself, Burlesque, and my friends. I'm looking forward to a clean slate in 2010 to see what great things will come for everyone. LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Solange on Aug 11 2015

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Solange on Aug 11 2015

Phantom Limb arrives!

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

We couldn't be more excited to finally be releasing these two gorgeous color versions of John Baizley's ""Phantom Limb"" art print. They will both be available on our online store today, December 3, at 2:00pm Central time. John has quickly become one of our favorite illustrators in the world of heavy rock music, as he has created all of the artwork for his group Baroness as well as album packaging and other designs for groups like Darkest Hour, Kylesa, Pig Destroyer, and more. Stay tuned to our newsletter for updates on more prints from John Baizley coming very soon!

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Baroness visits the Triple Rock, Baizley visits BRLSQ

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Last Friday brought the Baroness boys to town. They played a stellar show at the Triple Rock and managed to drop by BRLSQ HQ before hand as well. We put John to work signing his prints, including our version of Phanton Limb which will be going on sale super soon! We'll post images for that momentarily as well. Until then, check out Ben's photoset from the night on his flickr page.

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Bye Bye Inkala

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Our friend Eric Inkala is packing up his paintbrushes and moving to New York. We're sending him off with a proper party and everyone's invited! Saturday September 19th at First Amendment Arts: E-ROCK-OUT? Artwork by Eric Inkala and friends Live music from The Millionth Word DJ set from Paper Tiger 7-10pm free admission all ages welcome RSVP on Facebook

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Flatstock 22!

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Our Flatstock crew has returned to our desks and our presses after a fun filled weekend at Bumbershoot. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth, shared drinks and laughs with us, the wonderful Larsen family for putting up with our posse, Sarah Silverman!, the folks at API for putting together another great Flatstock event, and all the great musicians we saw at Bumbershoot. Here's a small photo gallery of our time in Seattle...more can be found at Ben's Flickr site... See ya next year!

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Deuce Signing

2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

Deuce Seven stopped by our studio to sign and number his new ""Falling Into the Black Hole Sun"" prints. Coming soon to our online store. Sign up for our mailing list to find out first.

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2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

Printing is complete for Deuce Seven's newest art print ""Falling into the Black Hole Sun."" While we wait on the edges of our seats for Mr. Deuce to stop by and sign these bad boys, we wanna take a moment to familiarize all of you with his artwork. Many of you know his two art prints currently available on our online store. Those of you who have lived in NY or Minneapolis in the last few years have likely seen his arts flooding the streets, and those of you who like to go look at freight trains have more than likely seen his art roll by. Here are some of our Deuce Seven favorites, found on Flickr. For details on ""Falling into the Black Hole Sun,"" sign up for our mailing list! Photo credits go to the original photographers. These images and over 2000 others can be found on the Deuce Seven Flickr pool.

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Posters VS the elements

2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

I was just looking through some photos and came across this pic I shot in Philadelphia last December. I saw some 11x17 digital prints I had designed in 2007 for my people Cosmo Baker of The Rub and Jay from Simplefly. Here you can see the original design I submitted and the posters after over one year of straight exposure to snow, rain, sun, and Philly funk.

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Grace From Falling x Fuko part 2.

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

Its officially official! Part two of the two part Fuko print set is available TODAY, July 18th, 17:00 PM (Japan time zone)!! Please visit the Grace From Falling SUB page, or if you are in Tokyo pop into the MEGAFAUNA shop space and pick one up there! Print Details... Print size is 63 x 45.8 (cm) 24 x 18 (inches) 5 color print on French Parchtone Relic Gold Paper. Printed by Burlesque. Hand signed and Numbered, Embossed logo stamp with SPECIAL Fuko signature. ¥6,800 (including in japan tax) + ¥ 840 shipping in Japan, ¥2,500 international. Just so you know Fuko is down, here are a few photos of her literally rocking the hell out of the Todd Bratrud ""4 Boobs are Better than 2 shirt"" (available in the BRLSQ store). if you need a little more info about all this click HERE.

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Wants vs Needs

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

This Friday night myself and a couple of other local DJs/good peoples are throwing a dance party at Club Jäger in Minneapolis. In an effort to add to the good times, we are giving away a limited number of mix cd's and t-shirts for FREE, so get there early to get your hands on some free thangs. You can find more info about the night on our blog. Big thanks to the ever impressive Adam Garcia of The Pressure for designing the flyer/logo for us. Don't forget to download Espada's half of the mix here. See you Friday! Friday June 19th Club Jäger 923 Washington Ave N. 10pm FREE

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Grace From Falling x Fuko

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

ill try keep this short and to the point, altho there are a few points so ill just do my best... Grace From Falling is a project that myself and Shingo (the eyes and ears of BRLSQ in Japan) have started as a vehicle to make handfuls of odd ideas into actual physical objects that you can buy and love for the rest of your life! sound good? yup, you are right, it IS good. first thing out the gates is this Poster i designed for our friend Fuko who because of her modeling has become a bit of an icon in Japan and soon to be the world. if you already get the BRLSQ news letter (if not, see above and get you some), you know all the details, but just to be safe, here's everything you need to know... Going on sale this weekend ONLY IN JAPAN is Todd Bratrud's art print commissioned for Japanese model and mega-celebrity FUKO. The first in Grace From Falling's ""Idol x Art"" project, the posters were printed here at Burlesque and signed both by Bratrud and by Fuko herself. 5 color print on French Parchtone Relic Gold paper. 63 x 45.8cm ¥6,800 + ¥840 shipping in Japan (¥2,500 international) For purchase information, visit gracefromfalling.com

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Fuck Work

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

I recently finished the cover artwork for the debut 12"" single from NY's brand new acid house / deep dance music supergroup Cubic Zirconia. Signed to the Savant Guard label, Cubic Zirconia is headed up by our dude Nick Hook, one of the main brains behind the NYC Dre Day festivities. It's summertime. Go outside:

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Formidable Flat - the opening

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening of Formidable Flat. Drew Peterson and Kristina Paabus truly transformed our gallery into a visual wonderland. We'll have some of the prints from the show available for sale on our website in the coming weeks and the show will be running in our gallery through June 23rd.

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Formidable Flat - Saturday!

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Drew Peterson and Kristina Paabus are hard at work installing their Formidable Flat exhibition in our First Amendment Arts gallery. This one is really shaping up to be something serious. Here are a couple of shots of Drew painting right on the walls. The show opens this Saturday, May 30th from 7-10pm. 1101 Stinson Blvd (corner of Broadway and Stinson in NE Minneapolis) We'll be screenprinting the last color of Drew's new art print LIVE at the opening! Stick around for a live performance by Doomtree's Cecil Otter, freshly signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records! Here's the video for his song ""1999.""

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New Turntable Lab website

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

One of the best-looking online stores just got even better looking. Burlesque homies since day one Turntable Lab have just unveiled their newest website. What is this, the 5th one? Click on over and have a look. Be sure to check out the special Burlesque section for all of our posters, shirts, and sticker packs the Lab has available! Also, don't miss the classic Life Sucks Die Office Check!

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Burlesque for Japanese Burgers

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Our friend Shingo in Tokyo put us up on a new burger restaurant in Japan which houses a couple of Burlesque posters! The sign. Nice outdoor seating. My Bonnaroo 2007 poster! Bjorn's Calvin Johnson poster! and now I'm hungry for a burger...

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YWFT

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Our buddies and down-the-hall neighbors YouWorkForThem have just put up a brand new Profile interview with me (Mike). Ever wonder what my favorite color is? Guilty pleasures? Now's your chance to find out! While you're there, be sure to download YWFT's FREE, yes, FREE font, Skute! It's a beaut!

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Couche Tard

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

Back in the Spring of 2006, I played an opening DJ set at Spankrock's show at the 7th Street Entry while they were on tour supporting their awesome (then brand new) album ""YoYoYoYoYo."" The group's three DJs gave me a copy of their side project mix CD entitled Couche Tard, named after the chain of Canadian convenient stores. It's a solid hour of wild beats, electro-funk, and Huey Lewis. Right up my alley. Three years later, the DJs in question - Devlin, Darko, and XXXchange - asked Burlesque to create some artwork and screenprint the packaging for a reissue of the mix, which would also include a DVD with a video mix to go along with the entire audio track from the CD. Holy moly. Here's a look at the front cover of the CD. I knew I wanted to include the image of the Couche Tard owl character, but beyond that, they pretty much told me to go nuts with the artwork. I think XXXchange specifically requested that Dracula make a cameo appearance and I had no problem with that. Here's a shot of the packaging opened up with inserts for the CD on the left and the DVD on the right. Check out this preview video for the whole package, put together by the creator of the DVD, Caleb Bouchard (no relation to Couche Tard) of {&/or}: You can cop the Couche Tard CD / DVD from the Fully Fitted DJs at Turntable Lab.

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Eccentric Soul Revue pt. 2

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

Just got back from a weekend in Chicago to see the Eccentric Soul Revue. BRLSQ blog devotees will recall the poster I designed for the show a few months ago and typed about here. If you don't remember and don't feel like clicking, here's the poster: Awesome sign above the Park West Theater: The lineup for the night: Renaldo Domino. I was trying to get a good photo of his killer name buckle, but I'm no Wes Winship and my partytime photo skills are elementary. The Notations. Sweet, sweet soul in four party harmony. All of the singers were backed by Chicago's own JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, filled out with a string and horn section. They did a hell of a job of keeping the night not only sounding good, but flowing super smoothly from singer to singer. The man of the hour, Mr. Syl Johnson! He's an incredible performer. 100% dynamite. He performed a lot of songs I was hoping he would, including ""Conrete Reservation"" (which he's only done live a handful of times), ""Come On Sock it to Me,"" the breakbeat classic ""Different Strokes,"" and ""Is It Because I'm Black?"" Syl performing ""Come On Sock it to Me"" Make sure you're sitting down for this one... Syl and the Uptown Sound hit it TEN TIMES: Syl Johnson listing all the rappers who sampled the intro to ""Different Strokes"" The Numero Group merch table, featuring the Brotherman poster and the Eccentric Soul Revue poster, both designed and printed by us! The Eccentric Soul Revue poster will be going onsale at our online store this Thursday along with Aaron Horkey's INITFEST 2009 poster! Be there!

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No Rest For the Weary

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

Just a few days after we get back from SXSW, we are proud to present the sequel to First Amendment Art's ""Almost Famous"" art show from 2007. Isaac Arvold, Eric Inkala, John Grider, Keiko Yagishita return with ""Almost Homeless"". The opening is Saturday, March 28th at 7pm. First Amendment Arts 1101 Stinson Blvd NE Minneapolis, MN

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Kutiman x Youtube

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

Not too long ago, I designed a 12"" label for our friends at Melting Pot Music for their new artist Kutiman, an afro-funk musician from Tel Aviv, Israel who plays all the instruments on his songs. The design was a two color typography workout and turned out about like this: Soon after, Melting Pot asked me to design Kutiman's full length album cover artwork. I loved all of the songs I'd heard from him so far and was really excited to get to work on it. It was a much more involved project: If you haven't heard Kutiman's music, it's more than worth a listen over at the Melting Pot website. We have copies for sale at our online store. So why am I bringing up an album cover I designed like two years ago? Well, Kutiman has just popped up and shared his latest project with the world wide webosphere. Rather than releasing an album on which he's played every instrument, he's released a series of videos on which he's playing ... everyone else's instruments. The project, entitled Thru You, is a series of funk songs made up from Youtube clips of people singing, playing drums, twiddling knobs on synthesizers, clapping their hands, playing trombones, cymbals, and hand drums. Kutiman takes his samples from every type of musician imaginable - old, young, white, black, male, female, amateur, virtuoso, even people using Youtube to sell their instruments on eBay, and blends them all together to make fully cohesive and mindblowingly on-point and enjoyable songs. You really have to see it to believe it. Here are a few favorites: The Mother of All Funk Chords: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tprMEs-zfQA&eurl=http://thru-you.com/&feature=player_embedded Just a Lady: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vch-Z9ccHTk&eurl=http://thru-you.com/&feature=player_embedded

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New P.O.S album

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

Followers of the indie rap universe are hopefully familiar with Minneapolis' own P.O.S. Our homie since day one, we've had the chance to work with Mr. Pissed-Off Stef on a number of occassions. In 2006, we designed and printed his ""P.O.S is Ruining My Life"" tour poster. Here's P.O.S autographing one of the last available copies of said poster at our 2008 SXSW Flatstock booth. He was one of the musical acts at the very very first art show at First Amendment Arts back in September 2006 and he brought the rest of his Doomtree crew with him: Soooo yeah, our folks over at Rhymesayers Entertainment are just a few days away from releasing ""Never Better,"" the new album from the rapper we've been blabbing about this whole time. Not only is the music super damn good (bonus factoid - Burlesque's DJ Mike 2600 did some scratches on one of the songs), but it also features far and away the best album packaging and artwork ever on a Rhymesayers release. Watch this... The art direction and artwork is by Minneapolis' Eric Carlson, a member of the Hardland / Heartland art collective (along with Crystal Quinn and Aaron Anderson). They have installed art exhibits at little ol' First Amendment as well big time Minnesota Institue of Arts and are responsible for some very creative and thought-provoking artwork. Here's the poster they created for their SERIOUS ART exhibit at our gallery. PS - you guys and gals can leave comments on our blog posts, so if you wanna ask a question or type a bunch of jibber jabber at us on any of these entries, go for it!

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