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BRLSQ VS AUSTIN 2010 in photos, part 1 of many...

2010 Mar by Burlesque of North America

It's Saturday morning and I'm beat so I'm short on words. The good news is it's been a very fun year here in Austin for SXSW and Flatstock. Here's some highlights from Thursday's art show at Obsolete Industries with the HazeXXL posse and our Do It To It Vol III party which I'll have to say was official turned out by Cubic Zirconia.

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It was Dre Day 2010 (And Everybody Celebrated)

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

It's February 19th, the day after Dre Day. Nevermind the 18th, today's the day that needs to become a federal holiday. No one's getting any work done and they really need the time to recover. Seems that people nationwide are choosing to celebrate all week long from the slew of parties that have been popping up! We don't even know who some of you guys are but keep spreading the Dre gospel far and wide. Also, get in touch so we can send you stuff! We're gonna put up a world map and stick pins in for each town that's started observing Dre Day. Or maybe a globe so we can spin it. We really haven't thought it through. Kinda like when we first thought of Dre Day back in late 2002. Here's an exclusivo interview I did with Tigger at citypages.com that goes into the Dre Day origins. BTW If you're in Chicago, your celebration is tonight! With Psalm One at Darkroom. Here's a few of Ben's photos from last night at the Triple Rock. Check out his Dre Day 2010 MPLS flickr set for way more. The entire BRLSQ crew was there and had a ton of fun, maybe too much (...the phrase ""Wes! I'm drunk! Gimme the keys to the truck!"" may or may not have been uttered.) Everything went smoothly with setting up, Triple Rock staff was their usual great selves, and the crowd was hellbent on doing nothing but partying all night. Oh, and next year? February 18th, 2011 aka Dre Day falls on a Friday. *Also, keep up to date with Ben's awesome photos with the handy flickr feed on the left. It used to be linked to mine but I haven't uploaded in ages. Once I start adding stuff again, I'll put mine back up. Ben shoots a lot more than party photos too!

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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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Hit It and Quit It

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Coming up this evening we have another edition of the fabulous Tuesday Triple DJ event we put on every week at the Triple Rock Social Club. 2-4-1 drink specials, funny videos, dancing and all around goodtimes. Tonight's lineup- TRL Wzz Wnshp Lenka Paris 9pm-2am If you haven't been yet, get familiar. Facebook rsvp.

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Back to the grill again

2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

A big thank you to everyone who rushed our site for yesterday's big Phish poster onsale! We truly wish we had more prints available for everyone but we gotta work with what we got. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding - THANK YOU! We're back on the grind working on a bunch of new design and print projects, all of which will be available to you very soon! 1) Todd Bratrud's new art print based on his cover art for CLOUT Magazine issue 11. Ten-color screenprint job done by Ben LaFond. 2) Mike Davis' new poster for Fleet Foxes and Dungen's performance tomorrow night at The Metro in Chicago. 2 colors featuring metallic gold, printed by Petey Wheatstraw. We're gonna try to catch their Sunday night appearance at First Avenue! 3) CD and LP artwork designed by Mike Davis for BK-One's ""Radio do Canibal"" album. Rhymesayers will be releasing this collection of Brazilian funk-inspired hip hop beats featuring vocals from an all-star lineup of rappers including Brother Ali, Scarface, Slug, Freeway, P.O.S, Raekwon, Black Thought, and more. Be sure to check out BK's awesome hip hop mix on our BRLSQOTHEQUE podcast.

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DELIRIOUS

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

WOOOOOOOOOOOOW Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to our Let's Go Crazy party last Friday! We packed First Avenue with 700 Prince fanatics who sweated it out to DJ sets from me and Dan Speak. We spun nothing but classic Minneapolis funk all night, mixing all of the legendary Prince songs with bangers from Morris Day & The Time, Jimmy Jamm & Terry Lewis, Mazarati, Cherrelle, S.O.S. Band, Alexander O'Neal, and of course The Twin City Rapper! We were also blessed with a dance performance from Minneapolis' newest red-hot dance troupe The Velvet Whips, and some memorable and meaningful words from Mayor R.T. Rybak. Wezz's dad, Larry Winship, helped us build the Prince symbol-shaped key to the city, which Mayor Rybak presented to First Avenue on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the release of ""Purple Rain."" What a night! photos by Wes Winship and B Fresh Mayor R.T. Rybak presents the new key to the city to Sarah Sandusky from First Avenue. The Velvet Whips heat up the stage.

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Triple Double Tuesdays

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Looks like another great lineup this month for Tuesday nights at Triple Rock. Swing on through for free admission, two-for-one drinks, three outstanding DJs spinning all your favorite hip hop, funk, disco, rock, and dance music, and all your friends on the dancefloor. May 5th features an out-of-town guest DJ - the one and only Mr. Supreme from Seattle. Whether it's rare funk, deep disco, or even bottle service R&B, Supreme does it right. Also there may or may not be a surprise Cinco de Mayo performance from a certain rap group celebrating something large on the 5th. You'll have to come to Triple Double to find out!

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Makin' thangs

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

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Jimmy 2 Times Brings The Dre Day Love

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Here's a Jimmy joke about your Mama that you might not like: We heard she tried to front on Jimmy 2 Times. Check out our main man pullin' off a hoo-ride of a mix of unforgettable Dre classics in honor of our other main man's birthday celebration. It's amazing what one man can do when BRLSQ locks him in a room with a gang of weed and won't let him out till he's finished both the indo and the mix. What up 4am upload? Dre Day VII: Minnesota Love Tracklist- -Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Fuck Wit Dre Day -2Pac - Can't C Me -The Game - Westside Story -50 Cent - Heat -Dr. Dre - Keep Their Heads Ringin' -Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs -Snoop Dogg - Gz & Hustlas -NWA - Dopeman -Eazy-E - Boyz in the Hood(remix) -Eminem f/Dr. Dre - Guilty Conscience -Dr. Dre - Fuck You -Eminem f/Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, & Xzibit - Bitch Please 2 -Obie Trice f/Nate Dogg - The Set Up -Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuthin But a G Thang -Dr. Dre - Housewife -50 Cent - In Da Club -Eminem - Role Model -50 Cent - Gunz Come Out -Dr. Dre, 2Pac & BRLSQ Gangstas - California/Minnesota Love -D.O.C f/NWA - The Grand Finale Length- 43min 42sec • Free BRLSQOTHEQUE Podcast subscription. • Just the direct link to Minnesota Love please.

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Do it to me one more time.

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

If you were at SXSW 2008, you hopefully dropped by our big ass dance party at Silhouette. We had a killer lineup of some of our favorite DJs - Dave Nada, Cosmo Baker, Smalltown DJs, Bird Peterson, DJ Mel, Prince Klassen, and Burlesque's own Mike 2600 - rockin' it all night long. Nada and Cosmo wrapped up the night with an hour-long set of monster Baltimore club stompers and it was just insane. It was a stupid fun party. It was free to get in. Our good friend Drue from Silhouette really hooked it up for us! The DO IT TO IT night was also the release for our vinyl EP of the same name! Here's the promo video we hooked up for it: SO, it's just about time for SXSW 2009 and of course we're gonna do the party all over again! Be sure to visit burlesquedesign.com/doittoit for links to all the different DJs' sites and to RSVP!!! More info and fun stuff coming soon!

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