Friday, October 31, 2008

I *shoot* Hipsters

hahaha, I got this in an email from Thrillist and followed the link to Hoodman.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


GRADUATES is an exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Matthew Bakkom that presents the 664 graduation portraits of the Tuskegee Air Training Institute to investigate image, memory and race as it exists in our public record.

Starting in 1942, the US Army Air force created a photographic index of each of the graduates of the Air Training Program at the Tuskegee Institute, the official training program for black pilots in what was then still a segregated military.The subsequent performance of these men in WWII achieved legendary status in both social and popular imagination.Their direct participation in the post war civil rights
movement added further to their elevated status.

Bakkom approaches these figures who have been transformed by society and their actions from individuals into myths.The exhaustive specificity of the archive, the powerful plasticity of the photographic image and the sculptural aesthetics of serial
presentation are harnessed to engage the larger questions at hand. As an exhibition, GRADUATES hopes to provide a context for this previously unpublished glimpse of a collective past that might resonate with our attempts to negotiate the challenges of the moment.

"Black Snake Moan" to be Filmed at IN THE MOOD tonight NYC

The day has finally arrived for Idle Warship's video shoot that will going down tonight at Rehab. Be part of something amazing with Res, Tablib Kweli and Graph Nobel as they film "Black Snake Moan" at Kweli's monthly IN THE MOOD. Make sure you wear something sharp or sassy and if you can dance you best show of those moves for the camera!! Dancers and stylistas fashionistas please head to Rehab between 1-4PM or 8PM-Mindnight.

Rehab (the club)
25th Ave B (between 2nd and 3rd) in LES

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Introducing The Fab Four

The latest in reality TV The Fab Four is four students that are currently attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Watch as Catherine, Molly, Matt and Christina face one of their biggest challenges to date, the re-design of a program brochure. Stay tuned for more details!

**Logo/Image created by Molly Hein Design.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York Public Library Puts Historic Cigarette Ads on Display

I was just checking out one of my favorite daily art digs,, and I stumbled across this slide show. Historic Cigarette Ads that are truly ironic...take a look for your self. If you're in NYC stop by the library and see these in person.

New Villains Track Up

Since mama doesn't know how to save/download from a flash player I'm sorry you're all going to have to move it over to Facebook to listen to this track. Villains recently finished a new original track - a collaboration with fellow LA duo Classixx and Atlanta-based MC o8o.

You can hear it exclusively on their Facebook page.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Black Milk Elec

I love Detroit raps and this mix is off the chain! One of my favorite tracks off the album was on Caltroit, "Mouth Music," and is hands down amazing. Don't sleep on this sound because it's some of the best. Enjoy the mix.

1. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Take Control
2. Black Milk - Give the Drummer Sum
3. Caltroit - Go Hard (feat. Ras Kass & Royce Da 5'9")
4. Elzhi - Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5'9")
5. Elzhi - D.E.M.O.N.S.
6. Caltroit - Goatit (feat. Elzhi & Bishop Lamont)
7. Black Milk - Dub Rock
8. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Nothing to Hide
9. Jake One - I'm Comin (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)
10. Dabrye - Special (Black Milk Remix, feat. Guilty Simpson)
11. T3 - Yawl (feat. Elzhi)
12. Caltroit - Mouth Music (feat. Busta Rhymes)
13. Slum Village- Call Me (feat. Dwele)
14. Pharoahe Monch - Bar Tap
15. Young RJ - Welcome to the District (feat. Black Milk)
16. Black Milk - The Matrix (feat. DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price)
17. Slum Village - Bootleggin
18. Genius / GZA - 7 Pounds
19. Caltroit - Bang that Shit Out (feat. Bishop Lamont & DJ Rhetttmatic)
20. Guilty Simpson - My Moment
21. Marv Won - Talk About
22. Caltroit - Everything (feat. Kardinal Offishall)
23. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Get Focus (feat. Phat Kat)
24. Fat Ray & Black Milk - When it Goes Down
25. Caltroit - Inconvenient Truth

Download here

The Roots "Criminial Remix" Contest

Want a chance to showcase your skills and rock with The Legendary Roots crew? Well here is your chance, thanks to Indaba's The Roots "Criminal Remix" contest. You have until November 12th to submit your round one remix to The Roots' "Criminal" off of their latest album Rising Down. Provided are separate tracks from the song including bass, drums, keys, guitar, and vocal, so you can really get busy (no pun intended).

The Top 25 finalists from round 1 will receive autographed copies of Rising Down and move on to Round 2 where they will have another week to remix a second track by The Roots.The winner of round 2 (as selected by Black Thought, ?uestlove and Indaba resident Mantis Evar) will have an opportunity to record an original song with members of The Roots. Hit up Indaba for further details and to get the stems and go to work.

Peep Okay Player for more information as well.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Get Up!

We haven’t heard much from Heiruspecs over the past couple of months but that’s probably because they’ve been busy working on the third self-titled LP set to be release in December. The first single off the album is “Get Up” has a music video that was filmed by John Kingman in St. Paul’s Eclipse records. “Get Up” has a pseudo Obama theme to it with Felix playing the role of the presidential hopeful and the remaining members of the band playing the role of secret service agents. Take a peek and mark your calendar for Heiruspecs CD release party taking place Saturday December 13, 2008 at First Avenue’s Main Room.

Motiongraphic Piece for Obama

Shout out to Molly Hein Design for sending me the link to this youtube. I'm diggin the way it looks and MC Yogi isn't that bad...peep.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beyond Recognition 2: The Election Edition!

This Saturday at First Amendment Arts, we'll be displaying the weird, mix-and-matched, layered up test prints they've been creating by accident this year, most of which will feature images from the Obama posters we printed for Upper Playground.
Their series included designs from David Choe, Ron English, Sam Flores, Datefarmers, Morning Breath, Cody Hudson, and more!

Here's just a tiny taste of things to come...

Saturday October 25 at First Amendment Arts
1101 Stinson Blvd (at Broadway in NE Minneapolis)
free admission, all ages
(612) 379-4151

+ music from the BRLSQOTHEQUE MOBILE SOUNDSYSTEM (Mike 2600, Winship, & Petey Wheatstraw)

Monday, October 20, 2008

M.I.A. feat Jay-Z Boyz (Remix)

I know I'm a lil late on this one, by what? two weeks? YIKES! Anywho if you haven't downloaded the track yet here it is...enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2008


This is how I would love for a night to end or even start! I found this image on the blog

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Vote for Radio K

MTVU has nominated local college radio station RADIO K for a Woodie. Not only am I an alumni dj from the K, I'm also a supporter so go and vote for them! Click here to vote.

Friday, October 10, 2008

"Black Blondie for Obama"

A couple months ago Liz D and Tasha B from Black Blondie called me up and asked if I'd help them create an idea they had for a bumper sticker. I took their idea for this bumper sticker and put my graphic skills to work. The other night Tasha and I were downtown puttin some stickers up and a man walkin down the street looked at us with an agitated look.

"What's that say, BLACK BLONDIE?" he said uneasy.

"Yes," I responded.

"Well what's Black Blondie?" He asked insecurely.

"It's a local band. She's in it..." I stated as I pointed at Tasha. The man let out a sigh of relief and put his arm around me while laughing. This man made it very clear that if that sticker had anything racist to it there would have been some serious issues.

There was another time as well when something like this happened, maybe not in the same capacity but the awkwardness was there. I was one of the first days of Fall semester and we had to do a lil presentation about who we are and blah blah blah. I had used the Black Blondie sticker in some of the things that I've done for the presentation and then handed some of the stickers out to those that wanted them. On break my teacher came over to me and said, "I get it the sticker, am I right in thinking it's white people into black culture?"

bwwwwwwwwwwwwahahahhaaaaaaa, I just started laughing and as soon as I caught my breath I looked at him and said, "Nooooooooo, that's my friends band!"

Get to know Black Blondie here if you don't know them already!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I had the pleasure the other night to hop on MSTRKFRT's tour bus while my girl Jen Boyles interviewed the duo. I was along taking pictures and documenting the evenings debauchery. These guys are a trip! In a good way of course they had me crackin' up most of the night and they also taught me how to play this dice game called c-low. I lost my money to the lucky man Al-P. Peep the slide show over at City Pages.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Black Blondie at Pi Bar This Weekend

URB Next 100’s Black Blondie brings a characteristically unconventional line-up to the Pi Bar in the Seward neighborhood this Saturday. All the way from Brooklyn NYC is Climbing PoeTree, two women, one of Haitian Decent and the other Colombian are know for their poems, performance, prints, murals and design. Bringing their street art and political views to the stage is something not to be missed. Also on the bill is Black Audience recently named “Picked to Click” (Best of New Bands poll of MPLS/St. Paul City Pages), Carpscale Orchester and resident DJ Shannon Blowtorch.

Pi Bar
2532 25th Ave. S. MPLS, MN
Doors: 9PM
Cost: $5
Age: 21+

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Eat Street Font

This is a project I worked on this past summer with a few kids from my class. If you'd like to download the FREE font please visit CHANK'S website here. I also pulled this entry from his website. Enjoy!

by EatStreet Fontmaking Workshop

Have fun with your food and your fonts! Here is the brand-new EatStreet font, a crazy new food font for you to type with. In addition to the regular, type-able TrueType font file, this download also comes with a folder full of food-letter jpgs for you to use in your web design work. You can't type with the full-color pictures, but you can copy and paste 'em in Photoshop to create color-explosive culinary typography. Pow! Send me a link so I can see what you design with this alphabet.

We made a video so you can see how to make a font with your food like we did. It was shot live on location in the cozy ethnic restaurants of Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. Thank you to everybody who helped make this font and video and thanks to Molly who filmed it. Extra-special thanks goes to our star intern Sarah Jean Johnson who directed the video and coordinated the type-dining event with her fellow MCAD students.... good job Sarah!

Watch the video, then download the font below it....