Laptop Musician T-Shirts

Via Musicthing: For the grumpy electronic musician… Fractalspin’s ‘No, I am not checking my email, retard’ t-shirt. For grumpy DJs, they also do ‘This DJ takes requests’ and who could live without ‘I am totally incrementing this value with all my might’? Being a laptop musician myself, I can attest to the need for these t-shirts. At smaller shows where the DJ booth is on the floor of the venue, or in a small club where the DJ is out in the open, it would be not unusual to have people (usually men) coming up to me, thinking that they’re clever and asking me if I’m checking my email. I would like to respond “Wow, that’s about the 100th time I’ve heard that same non-funny joke this month!” … Read More

The Knife: "Heartbeats" and its remixes

Reading the lastest issue of XLR8R over a hurried solo dinner tonight, I scanned the editor’s column that fawned over a recent single by The Knife of Sweden, who graced the cover in black, Salieri-in-Amadeus-masquerade-party-style raven masks. I did a quick google when I got back to the office and stumbled upon the YouTube video of “Heartbeats” (screenshot at top), and it immediately struck a note of recognition: a remix by the excellent Rex the Dog was on the Switch 7, Disc 1 compilation, that caught my ear previously. So here’s the video–a decidedly languid original (as compared to Rex’s version) that uses found footage of barefooted 60s-era California skateboarding kids slaloming down a hill (barefoot–ouch!), interspersed with rudimentarily-animated silouetted crows and a chugging choo-choo poofing out goofy … Read More

Modelling for Mudshark

Likely my favorite online clothing store, Mudshark Streetwear in Toronto, asked me to model one of their Kitchen Orange tops, called “Bangle”–I am just a huge fan of Kitchen Orange. It’s a sexy little white top with an open back, and I paired it with one of my MIDI Cuffs for the photo. Hilariously, when I was on tour with Detroit Underground, we were booked by the owner’s boyfriend and crashed at their pad after the show in Toronto, and I totally didn’t even know it was her. Small friggin’ world. She also wrote a very sweet review of my music in the description. Aww! [tag]fashion, modelling, kitchen orange, toronto, mudshark streetwear, quantazelle, detroit underground, futuristic, sexy[/tag]

SMS (Text-Messaging) Shorthand for Geeks Using Server Response Codes

Instead of awkwardly typing on your phone’s keypad something to the extent of “cant find yr house” or “theyre charging a cover here at this venue,” try using server response codes! 200 = OK The client’s request was successful, and the server’s response contains the requested data. [FRIEND] hows the sushi ovr there? [YOU] 200 or [FRIEND] is it cool if i come over after work w/ a 6pack? [YOU] 200 202 = Accepted The request was accepted but not immediately acted upon. More information about the transaction may be given in the entity body of the server’s response. There is no guarantee that the server will actually honor the request, even though it may seem like a legitimate request at the time of acceptance. [FRIEND] come to … Read More

Birdy Nam Nam – DMC World Champs

Pretty amazing. They’re four French DJs who’ve made a full albums worth of songs created entirely by turntablism. Check out their site and Myspace page.