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broadcast yourself with audioboo

if you’re unfamiliar with the world of podcasting, it’s like “social audio” sharing.. you create audio files and people can listen to them on their computer or phone

think of it as your own radio show.. where you can offer interviews, your band’s music, social / political rants, product reviews, tutorials… whatever – you create it and folks can then subscribe to your “station”

audioboo has made creating and listening to podcasts insanely simple – and now you can do it with your iphone ;)

iphone app | audioboo site | audioboo video tutorial

Posted 2866 days ago in Audio, Geek

free solid gold

solid gold is playing a free show @ the uptown bar tonight..

Posted 2867 days ago in Audio

best bests for art-a-whirl

friday…

jennifer davis / Dreamwhirl
what: 3 artists (incl. Jen Davis)
where: hang it gallery 122 8th Street SE, mpls
when: friday, 7-10pm

BURLESQUE OF NORTH AMERICA
what: slumber party – djs & whatnot
where: California Building, 2205 California Street NE
when: 3:00AM (FRI) AND GOES UNTIL 6:00AM (sat)

saturday…

Northrup king building
what: multiple artists, open studios incl. shannyn joy potter (studio #341), Artcrank, Mike Welton and & many other artists on the 3rd floor
where: Northrup king Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE
when: fri 5-10pm, sat 12-8pm, sun 12-5pm

california building
what: open studios, multiple artists incl. erin sayer, james khani & many other cool folks
where: California Building, 2205 California Street NE
when: friday 5-10pm, sat 12-8pm, sun 12-5pm

don’t sleep on it
what: 24 hour painting project / eight groups of artists, including broken crow & BURLESQUE
where: California Building, 2205 California Street NE
when: friday 6pm – sat 6pm, closing party saturday @ 8pm

sunday…

Who Made Who
what: multiple artists, prints and posters that are affordable + raffle + tiny cupcakes :)
where: 13th Avenue NE, mpls (between the Grain Belt Brewery and the 331 Club)
when: friday 5-10pm, sat 12-8pm, sun 12-5pm

Posted 2869 days ago in Visual

broken crow this weekend

amidst all the art-attack craziness, broken crow is doing a couple live / large exterior projects:

shuga records | 165 13th Avenue NE | map
John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons (broken crow) plus guest artists Erik Burke (Overunder) of ny are doing a huge stencil mural on the soon-to-be record shop (former the Minnesota Center for Photography). while the shop is set to open june 1st, the wall project is happening this weekend – saturday, early afternoon & much of sunday..

don’t sleep on it | 2205 California Street NE | map
the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council and mnartists.org present a 24 hour art project… eight groups of artists, including broken crow and burlesque will be mentoring local teens and creating a gigantic art project at the California Building. rumor-mill has broken crow doing it’s part sometime between 3-6pm on saturday..

the finale of the 24 hour art project will take place @ 8pm, with a video presentation of the 24 hours of art-craziness and super-secret rockstar bands and djs performing. a must-hit for the saturday leg of art-attack ;)

Posted 2870 days ago in Visual

Danger Mouse + Sparklehorse + David Lynch

this is one of the coolest things i’ve run across this year.. **EDIT** buy / download the album here

the new album,”Dark Night of the Soul” was written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, but feature a different singer on each track. The album won’t be released until July, and only 5,000 copies will be made available [packaged with a book of photos by director David Lynch] – and read the review

“In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists (..) include: James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils” – NPR

Posted 2870 days ago in Audio

solid gold

if you blew it and didn’t score tickets for gene ween @ the entry this week *jealous sucka?* there is still a chance for you to catch some great live music..

local dark & dreamy synthpop [think LCD soundsystem / love & rockets] solid gold are playing in the mainroom @ first avenue next friday (15th) w/Look Book, Marijuana Death Squad, and DJ Real Jaguar… doors @8pm ($15) | get tickets here

i hate to send anyone to a myspace page but it’s all they have – so – listen to solid gold here

if you can’t make that show (or if, like me, you really dig their dj sets) catch them at the uptown bar “west rocks” party on the 23rd (10pm – prob $5)

Posted 2876 days ago in Audio

grizzly bear coming

definitely near the top of my list of shows to see this summer.. grizzly bear is coming to minneapolis

if you haven’t heard grizzly bear yet, take a moment to listen or just read some of their 8 million rave reviews

Catch the show on Sunday June 07 @ the Cedar Cultural Center
Here We Go Magic opening
get tickets ($15)

Posted 2878 days ago in Audio

rip music from your ipod

the ability to easily rip your ipod to a computer is the number one feature request by ipod users – but – it’s not going to happen, since apple has to play nice with the content providers. okay, piracy is very real concern but there are other, perfectly legit reasons you may need to do this…

if you’re on a mac, simply download senuti and follow the instructions (free 30 trial). all of the songs on the ipod will be auto added to your itunes music folder and your itunes playlist (so they’ll be loaded on the next ipod you sync)

if you’re on a pc it’s not quite so simple but still possible – you can use winamp along with it’s ipod plugins or just do this:
-Connect your iPod to your computer
-Run iTunes if it doesn’t automatically
-Go to Edit – Preferences
-Select “Manually manage songs and playlists”. This also opens up “disk use”
-Open My Computer from your desktop
-Go to the Tools menu, now select “Folder Options”
-Go to the View tab
-Click the radial button that says: “Show hidden files and folders”
- Now click OK on the Folder Options window
- In My Computer locate the iPod storage device (opened via disk use)
-Open the iPod_Control folder
-Inside you’ll find the Music folder..

there you go :)

Posted 2878 days ago in Audio, Geek

download a few free albums

various artists: enjoyed: a tribute to bjork’s post
stereogum brings us another tribute album, this time they took on bjork’s post and asked various artists to covers the songs.. download the entire album for free – but do it soon! they only offer the downloads for a limited time [scroll to the bottom of the article to grab the whole thing]

nine inch nails: the slip
nine inch nails released their last album for free, as a “thank you.. to our fans”. you can buy a limited edition cd/vinyl version of it or download all 10 tracks for free

coldplay: LeftRightLeftRightLeft
this 9 track live album will be made available as a free download on Coldplay’s website, starting on May 15th

know of any other bands offering free album downloads? please let me know – thx!

Posted 2880 days ago in Audio

dirty hands

33 designs gallery | Sat May 2nd | 7pm – 12am

if you missed the opening of this graffiti show, then here’s your chance to redeem yourself.. the show features some of my fav artists, including: , , , Chris Krapohl, Rudy Fig, Danny Sigelman, Erin Sayer and Deuce Seven

the gallery is a bit off the beaten path, but the show is 100% worth it – cross my heart..

there’s also show @ circa and traffic zone is having their spring open studio tonight, with 27 artists participating – including mr ozone

Posted 2882 days ago in Visual

some Urban Visual Resistance

john grider is in NY next week – if you’re lucky enough to be there, check out these shows:

BROKENHORSE | may 1st – 3rd
john grider & logan hicks
498 court street, brooklyn
noon – 6pm
more info

the great outdoors | May 2nd to 29th
john grider and today’s other hottest street artists
195 Grand Street (2nd Floor), Willamsburg, NY
Opening: May 2nd, 6-10pm
more info

Posted 2888 days ago in Visual

we don’t do clever & art crawl

we don’t do clever / first amendment
jennifer davis is having a show with jake keeler on saturday. jen’s work is just.. twisted. yet somehow manages to still comes across as sweet.. you really have to see it in person to get the full effect – but you can sort of get an idea here + jake’s work looks cool from what i have seen (online).. for a wordier, “art review-ish” take on the show – go here and read rod smith’s stuff.. otherwise, just take my word for it that the work is cool enough to take me way out of my way on a busy night

7-9pm @ first amendment
Special debut performance by The Book of Right On and deejays Wes Winship and Mike the 2600 King

st paul art crawl / the northern warehouse
i’m generally too lazy to huff it over to st paul very often but gina louise & other friends are showing at the art crawl today, too.. well worth the trip if i can get another one of gina’s pieces :) 12-8pm @ the northern warehouse building

NOTE: we’re heading over to annie’s b-day bash after these..

Posted 2890 days ago in Visual

vividation

congrats :) chirstopher thaemert (remember him from the vd09 show?) is having his graduate exhibition tomorrow night.. join us in celebrating with him – food, drinks and music @ vesper, 6-9pm

vesper college – “to inspire students to sculpt contemplative space with ecological balance and to impassion those students to teach others”

then head over to the hexegon bar to celebrate 5 years of rift magazine (and rich’s birthday :).. see all the music lined up for the nite here

Posted 2891 days ago in Visual

i ♥ to find new music

finally, the internet has caught up with my need to find new music.. easily. here are my personal top three for it:

blip.fm [website]
blip is freakin awesome and is my new #1 source for new music. simply create an account and click “play” to start listening to songs as they show up (every 5 seconds) in your browser.. to customize it (and get music you’re most likely to like) start searching for songs and play/favorite them and/or start following (i.e. “favorite” on blip) djs that play music you like.. best bet is to do this and then allow their app that suggests djs you’ll like.. amazingly effective way to find new music you love
you can also give/recieve props.. and (if you keep playing music) will start to get a bunch of “listeners” – which..well who cares – the primary use is to find new music

we are hunted [website]
We Are Hunted is an Online Music Chart – they “.. aggregate social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.”… brilliant! why no one thought of this earlier is a mystery.. but thank god someone finally did. just click on the song to play.. like it? click to buy it n itunes or whatever.. or dig it on blip to save for later

shazam [iphone/blackberry app]
oh this is my number one most favorite app that was ever created on earth.. simply click the app & point in the general direction of any music source in the vicinity and it will tell you 1) artists/song title and 2) a link to buy it.. i can’t even begin to tell you how strongly i feel about this app..
now it occasionally cannot find the music you’re hearing – usually this is because 1) the song isn’t on the internet (ie it’s something your friend created with garageband), 2) the clip isn’t long enough (the app needs like 30 sec of a song to process) or 3) there is too much interference (people talking over it or whatnot).. but honestly i don’t get that much – about 90% of the time i get a successful result. try it with CSI NY for great new music

enjoy ;)

Posted 2892 days ago in Audio, Geek

free mnfashion week events

MNFashion Week continues… spend wednesday enjoying these free fashionista events:

2-10pm | start the day off with The Walk @ Cliché
“..owner of the local brand Red Shoe Clothing, Co. – leads “The Walk,” a fashion event promoting Red Shoe and galvanizing the spirits of the fashion conscious” – letoile magazine blog

7-9pm | then head over to the Sky Park Fashion Mixer @ Eitel Building City Apartments [1367 Willow Street]
“Snack on complimentary treats from Joe’s Garage and sip drinks provided by Sacre Bleu wine and Crispin on Ice. While you’re there, enter to win a pair of tix to the most talked-about event of MNfashion Week, Voltage: Fashion Amplified” – letoile magazine blog

click here to get full info & directions

Posted 2893 days ago in Visual

mpls hotdog eating contest

there is no way i would miss this..

kadlac is throwing a hotdog eating contest @ the bulldog (26th/lyndale) today at 2pm (contest starts at 3pm).. the bulldog is sponsoring the craziness and offering mad drink specials to boot.. a guaranteed good time

go here to view interviews with the contestants mpls hotdog eating contest

Posted 2896 days ago in Geek

Paper Toy & Pop Out Show

Paper Craft Toys and Pop Up Book style wall pieces show tomorrow nite..

Cartoonists, designers, and print-makers from around the world cut and fold their work into paper sculpture, toys, and pop-ups that on closer inspection will amaze you or paper-cut your eye.

See full participating artists list (and links) here

Pink Hobo – Geek Art Gallery
507 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis Minnesota
Opening Saturday April 18, 7pm

Posted 2897 days ago in Visual

cradle to cradle

ok mcdonough is pretty pompous (and his nose whistles throughout the entire presentation) but also insanely bright – this is great sustainable design presentation

if you can’t handle mcdonough fo 20 minutes – or you’re short on time – skip to the last 1/4 of the video and at least watch the part about the “green” cities they’re building in china..

Posted 2920 days ago in Geek

pretty please @ rosalux

“Make it pretty, please.” It’s rule one for painters Shawn McNulty and Scott Wenner..

They may maintain disparate styles and approaches but the root philosophy is the same, which is a belief in the power of beauty in art and the necessity of a painting to be first and foremost aesthetically pleasing. Before a work can challenge you, delight you, depress you, or repulse you, it must have your undivided attention. And everyone knows, only the beautiful get attention

both artists offer abstract works that are seemingly simple (at first look, anyway) and beautiful – check it out this saturday @ the opening reception

when : this saturday (03.07.09), 7pm – 11pm
where: rosalux gallery, mpls
show runs march 04th – 31st

Posted 2942 days ago in Visual

i ♥ my iphone apps

pandora
Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio that streams music on your Phone. start with the name of one of a favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora creates a “station” that plays their music and more music like it. .

shazam
With Shazam your phone “listens” to the music playing wherever you are and identifies the track/artist + gives you a link to buy it..

vlingo
true voice recognition – not only can you speak your twitter/facebook updates (rather than type) you can also : initiate calls to anyone in your address book, Search for anything through Yahoo! or Google or Look up and map local listings.. all by just “asking” your phone to do so..

g-park
i have waited my whole life for this… while i’m creeped out by some of the gps apps, this one is dear to my heart – i park my car and tap “Park Me” – on the way back, i hit “Where Did I Park” for turn-by-turn directions back

speakeasy
unlike most recording apps, speakeasy records clearly and has no time limit – i’m a terrible note-taker, so this is my answer for any client meeting. import the recordings directly into itunes (and make ringtones if you like)

snaptell
When you see a book, CD, DVD, or game at a friend’s house you want to look up, use snapTell Explorer to take a photo of it – it looks up your item and gives you links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wikipedia, and straight-up search engines so you can compare prices and find out more about it

quad camera
The most sold camera app in Japan. This application changes your iphone to the fun lomo camera and allows for allowing 4-8 serial (rapid fire, continuous shooting) shots – then use quad-animator to make animated gifs

goodguide
go green – view product “green” ratings and see what’s behind the label of your favorite brands. Quickly check products or browse the top rated products in a category while you’re in the store , Create personalized shopping lists, get product recommendations based on the companies “green rating” and customer reviews

things to look forward to:

Xumii’s free social networking address book
bring Facebook, Google Talk, Flickr and other contacts all in one place – this app sounds unbelievable (so i guess i’ll believe it when i see it)

Flexible Computer Screens
okay this isn’t an iphone app – but i am soooo looking forward to it that i had to mention it

simplify media
this app promises “Access all of your Simplify Media music from your iPhone & iPod Touch” ie stream your entire collection (sans itune purchases – there goes half of mine) from your machine without taking up a ton of (non-existent) space on your phone.. in reality, it takes forever to snag the songs and the plaback is dodgy (lots of pauses) so – useless. but this apps assures us that they’re working on it and we want to believe

Posted 2947 days ago in Audio

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