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moving on... [30 Jan 2011|09:40pm]
 I've moved my blogging to another platform... and no it's not Facebook, cause I'm not 12 nor an attention whore...

Aside from a few friends who post regularly here in Live Journal (jehzuhbell as well as and_one_dave in particular) this place is a ghost town. Information and entertainment can be found elsewhere, so see ya...

If you'd like to follow me on my new blog, where I'll be writing plenty,  drop me an email mchurch23@comcast.net and I'll either direct you to the link... or ignore you :p

Will still keep this LJ for archival purposes, but time to start writing the new chapters of my life elsewhere.

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Happy Halloween [31 Oct 2010|03:56pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

 
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Bass in your face! [17 Oct 2010|07:08pm]
 This is just awesome! I can't play upright bass but would still love to own this...

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Mind wanderings [12 Oct 2010|10:02pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Haven't updated this thing in 3 months!!! Been doing a lot, going to a lot of places, observing, thinking, reading, performing, remembering things, taking notes, drawing mental pictures, physically sketching, changing, growing up, standing up, moving on, kicking ass, taking names, progressing, learning, forgetting, laughing, arguing, being a bad ass and more...

here's a bunch of stuff (advice, sayings, written words, thoughts, quotes, etc...) I've rolled across from various sources and sometimes my own head over the last four months.  Some of it resonates only with me, others is universal. Don't read anything more into it than what's randomly there. This is my journal, my thoughts, my observations, my life.  Don't like it. Leave.  Just thought I'd post and let it be a mind cleaner and then get back to regular and more frequent postings.

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Sometimes we all just need a separate place and outlet to get the thoughts out.
There comes a time in your life when you realize who matters, who never did, and who always will. Don't worry about the people from your past, because there is a reason they are not in your future.  Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Speak the truth even if your voice shakes. THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU! You don't deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you. People don't care about you as much as you think they do. Never say anything that doesn't improve on silence. Some bitches should just be mute. YOU'RE NOT DEEP - YOU'RE NOT AN INTELLECTUAL - YOU'RE NOT AN ARTIST - YOU'RE NOT A CRITIC - YOU'RE NOT A POET - YOU JUST HAVE INTERNET ACCESS. Half of life is fucking up, the other half is dealing with it. Never sacrifice who you are just because someone has a problem with it. People don't leave because things are hard - they leave because it is no longer worth it. THE HUMAN BODY RECREATES ITSELF EVERY SIX MONTHS. NEARLY EVERY CELL AND BONE DIES, AND IS REPLACED. YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU WERE LAST NOVEMBER. Music is the bonding factor between pain and happiness. You will never be happy if you don’t stop looking back, if you can’t let go of your past. Things can only haunt you if you let them. Back your shit up or shut the fuck up. People are only remembered if you refuse to forget them. You can either live or survive. You can either be the hero or the victim. It’s your choice. I am who I am, your approval isn't needed! Just know that someone out there has it worse, and you should try to realize that there really is a lot to look forward to. Everything is going to be alright - maybe not today, but eventually. THE SECRET TO CREATIVITY IS KNOWING HOW TO HIDE YOUR SOURCES. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes~art is knowing which ones to keep. Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs. FUCK Yeah tomorrow is Friday. OH SHIT - It's Monday tomorrow. Sarcasm: the ability to insult idiots without them realizing it. The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them. DESTROY WHAT DESTROYS YOU! Fuck the good old days! I come, i fuck shit up, i leave! Take every chance, drop every fear. I am trying to be a better person. Breathe deep and let go of things. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives. You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things. You should save the best part of yourself for the person who deserves you. DON'T REGRET ANYTHING YOU DO CAUSE IN THE END IT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE. Sometimes no matter how much you want things to happen all you can do is wait. CHANGE ATTITUDES - CHANGE BEHAVIORS - CHANGE DIRECTIONS - CHANGE LIVES - CHANGE VOICES. The say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Expect the best, be prepared for the worst, fuck what others think and do your own thing. Whatever you do good or bad, people will always have something negative to say.  Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head. There is a 'lie' in believe, 'over' in lover, 'end' in friend and 'if' in life. Define your life. Trust? Years to earn, seconds to break. If you don't want a sarcastic answer, then don't ask a stupid question. When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. Stop putting everyone else before yourself. Stop doing everything for everyone else. Let them help themselves for once. Fuck everyone else’s needs for once. What about your needs? Who’s looking out for you? Who is putting you before their needs and desires? Thats right, no one. Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for themDeserve more than empty words and empty promises. 

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Motion senser detects movement by Saint [03 Jul 2010|09:37pm]
 Yup still here.  Long time no update, but it's Summer and well, I like going outside to play...

Things are good.

Job is going well. Have one evil client of 5 otherwise great clients right now. Starting to see the end of the project with the evil client and hopefully soon won't have to think about it and them. The other clients "get it!"

New car is still much fun.

Got a 27" iMac for home and last month purchased the Creative Suite as well.  Designing all day at work, I rarely come home to design anything here, but have been tinkering a bit with some vector ideas for t-shirts or large sized-poster prints.

Still DJ'ing.  Usually at City Club but theres a special event and guest set coming up. The special event is July 24 in Detroit. I'll be spinning at the Corktown Music festival. Corktowns where the old Tiger Stadium was and where the old Michigan Central Train Station still stands in it's decaying beauty. Excited about this festival because not only is the Michigan Central seen below our backdrop (seriously our stage is right in front of the massive fucker)...

 

... But I get to DJ with nearly all my favorite friends and fellow Detroit DJ's: Pleasure Kitten, Nocker, Elektrosonik, Void 6, Pulse State, Aaron Hingst, Scary Guy and more. Going to be a fun day, it's FREE!!! Expect to see the whole scene out there... and then I spin that night at City.
Waiting on the official flyer and then I'll post.

Friday August 20th I'm guest DJ'ing the Dark Cruise as part of the Collectives newish night Resist in Ferndale @  New Way Bar. The world famous Dream Cruise starts officially the following Saturday, but with the popularity of the cruise you can always expect cars beginning on Monday night. Let's hope I can stay focused on DJ'ing while the Mercs, rat rods and roadsters drive by. Void 6 is the other DJ for the night. $7.00 cover 21+ and I'll post more info closer to the date.

September I head off to NYC to join Terrorfakt on stage for their Triton Festival performance. Still need to iron out some details on that but looks good. 

So keeping busy musically.

I haven't updated this thing in so long I'm trying to remember things I need to mention. I encourage you all to check my Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/djsaint where I post photos from the events I go to like Kinetik Festival (Montreal), Car/Bike shows (Sins of Steel and Ton Up) and road trips (Chicago for Die Warzau). Gives you a glimpse into my life without having to read the words I type here and bore you all with  (LOL)

And oh yeah I will be moving shortly. Still in Michigan, just closer to work... not exactly sure exactly where and when, but my minds made up it's time to move. No reason to stay in Ann Arbor.

That's enough for now. I'll try to be a bit more consistent with updating and maybe just maybe I will bite the bullet and get on Facebook.

What's new with you gals and guys? Hope you are all well.

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Been busy.. [31 May 2010|05:00pm]
[ mood | calm ]

 

... updates coming
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They put a hot wire to my head cos of the things I did and said... [30 Apr 2010|11:32am]
[ mood | working ]

Decided to go and check out Public Image Limited Wednesday night at the Crofoot in Pontiac. First stateside tour from P.I.L. in  18 years and having never seen them before was glad I finally got the opportunity. Ran into an old high school friend whose third question after asking how I was and what I'm currently up to was "Are you on Facebook?". Found that rather funny and a sign of the times I suppose. Nope, still not on Facebook but I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard the f-word last night (not the f bomb -LOL) cause I'd be insanely wealthy.

 


The show was especially entertaining. Mr. Rotten looked and sound great. The band behind him talented musicians as well, with both the guitar and bass player occasionally handling other instruments like synths, odd-upright bass thingy, etc..  They opened with "This Is Not a Love Song" and played a 2-hour set that included "Religion", "Public Image", "Rise", "Home", "Bags", "Warrior", "The Body" and "Disappointed" amongst many many others. Strangely omitted from the set was "Seattle", perhaps one of their bigger hits.  Regardless a varied setlist of favorites.

Mr. Rotten has appeared to mellow SLIGHTLY with age, but there were moments he was his typical rebellious self. Click here to read Johnny Rotten calls security guard a 'fat lump' during concert at the Crofoot in Pontiac

There's even a video link. That was pretty funny and perhaps justified as security was a little uptight for an older crowd that was very well behaved.

Snapped a few photos that can be found on my Flickr page here. I also got some great video which I will post later.

All in all a very fun show.  Assemblage 23 is this Saturday at Smalls.  Hope to see many of you.
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Weekend Recap [12 Apr 2010|08:03pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

 A good weekend was recently had.

Friday after work, I zipped back to Ann Arbor.  Haven't done much highway driving with the new car yet, but on my drive home I pushed the accelerator to 100mph for just a few. Handled fine and solid before I dropped it back down to 80mph.  LOVE the new car. Love the fact it also has a CD player and iPod hookup.

Didn't do much Friday night as I was pretty exhausted from work.

Saturday I did some things around the house and then took a trip over to Vault of Midnight in hopes of finding a copy of Jeffrey Browns "Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations" for a workmate. No luck on finding the book as it's on back order, but I did pick up a few other comics. Also got to talk with store owner Curtis about the movie Black Dynamite. He's the one who recommended it to me and I thought it was hilarious. So we compared notes and talked some jive for a while.

Saturday early evening I went to my friend Chris' house warming and birthday party in Detroit. As much as I am not a party person, I was excited for this. Chris had sent me an invite a month or so in advance and in Googling the address I realized his new house was in Detroits New Center area - a part of the city with some great history and even more amazing houses.  Chris' house is no exception. Built in 1910 it's a HUGE place. His attic is bigger than my entire house. 4 bedrooms, wood floors, servants staircases, parlors, wood ornamentation, big front and back porch - absolutely amazing.  And Chris as well as his girlfriend Meghan being collectors of the bizarre have it decorated where everywhere you look theirs something macabre, fascinating, whimsical and more. One of the other unique things about the block that Chris lives on is that years ago the street that ran in front of it was bricked over.  No traffic is allowed whatsoever. It gives the street this very movie-esque vibe to it. If it weren't for the terrific outline of the cities buildings against the night sky you'd think you were not in Detroit.  The company at Chris' party was great as well. Ran into a lot of old mutual friends I haven't seen in many years.  Always good to catch up.  Most of these people were the intellectual punks I ran with in my earlier days. Now these smart kids are smart adults, who own businesses, have families, creative projects, etc... The kind of people you ask what's up and rather than "Nothing" for an answer, give you 20 minutes of something mindblowing they've recently done.  The rest of the people at the party I really enjoyed talking to. Met a guy who was the catalyst for introducing the 2 guys that would later start the Detroit Chapter of the Poor Boys Car Club.  While this guy wasn't as much as a gear head himself he did give me a ton of information on upcoming shows and where I could get some connections in finding a car.  Also got a chance to meet Chris' neighbors from across the street Nicola and Adam otherwise known as the electronic duo ADULT. VERY cool people and spent a good deal of time sharing stories with them.  Sadly I had to leave and go off to DJ at City Club.

Saturday night was the second PROGRESSION night at City Club. The night went very well. Played an entire night of new music. Had many inquiries regarding selections that were played and in general had a good time. Sure some people bitched and complained, there was pre and post drama on the DGN message board, blah, blah, blah... Sometimes I wonder why I bother.  Sometimes I'm driven by that anger. Sometimes it's just the money (which isn't much),   most times it's this crazy motivation mixed with my own personal DJ goals that keep me going. Musically I think things are progressing... 

Headed home after DJ'ing.

Sunday I headed into work for a bit to catch up on some things. After a few hours at the office, made a stop down at Detroit Comics to see if they had the Jeffrey Brown book. No luck there but I did learn he will be at the store on May 1st as part of Free Comic Book day!  Will have to pop over there and get my stuff signed.

Sunday night didn't do much - Simpsons and then some reading.

Have out of town company coming mid week so taking a rare day off and while my friend is in town we'll be seeing David Sedaris.  Saw him a year or more ago and he's another great storyteller and humorist.

OH! My brothers dog is here for dog sitting - time to go play fetch!

laterz

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:: PROGRESSION :: 04.10.10 @ CITY CLUB :: [08 Apr 2010|08:41pm]
[ mood | moody ]

 First off, this:


Saturday, April 10, City Club DJ’s Void 6 and Saint present PROGRESSION – a night devoted to; exposing new music, previewing tracks that may very well be filling the dance floor quickly and playing up-and-coming bands that will be the new lifeblood of the scene.

Excited for the night. Void and I did the first Progression night back in October which was met with a good amount of success and has helped to get many tracks into regular rotation.

Hope to see you out for the night.

And if you'd rather be hearing some alternative retro, Plastic Passion is taking place at Goodnight Gracie in Ann Arbor.  If I wasn't working Saturday night at City, I'd be at Gracies hanging out. So, two great nights of music this Saturday and of course City on Friday with (Elektrosonik and Pleasurekitten this week). There's little to no excuse to stay in.

I had a scene rant all a'brewing but decided to save myself from carpal tunnel and let it slide.  I've actually been rather emotionally here nor there with my DJ'ing lately. I don't feel like I'm pushing myself as I once used to or reaching these short/long term goals I tend to make. Progression is a start to getting back to a bit more focus on DJ'ing.  I plan on recording some new mixes like in years past (been forever since I did one).  I've got a redesign for the DJ Saint site kicking around (the old site is gone).  I'd like to move into DJ'ing some other areas like dark techno/gabber/hardtek. Need to start playing a LOT of different stuff at City regardless of complaints. Would LOVE to do a night with Dethlab again. I've got some plans in my head to bring back Dead-Line for a one-off reunion night. Would be fun to also get another Mechanize night organized.  Lots of plans and just need to work on executing them.  So that's what's kicking around in the DJ part of my brain. Will post what the other parts are thinking sometime later.

gotta run...
 
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Got the new car finally... however it didn't come easily. [06 Apr 2010|10:21pm]
[ mood | good ]

Things are good.

Biggest news is I got a new car finally. Got it last Wednesday, but like everything in my life it seems, it didn't come without some hassle;

here's the story, equal parts WTF, dramatic and funny.

Monday I went and filled out all the paperwork. The car was in, but it still needed all the accessories (ground effects, rear lip spoiler, alarm, etc...) put on. So no point in taking the car home if only to have to bring it back to have the accessories put on the next day. So I left the car and they said they would have all the extras put on by noon on Tuesday.

Well... Tuesday noon rolls around and the dealer calls. It won't be ready until 5 now. So I wait, excited to be getting my new car. 5:30 hits and another phone call. Still working on the alarm system and it'll be ready for sure by noon on Wednesday. Hmmpf. I've already waited a month so what's another day?

Wednesday 12:30 and I get a call from the dealership. They will be on their way shortly to drop my car off at work. Hooray.
So I meet them outside. The salesperson arrives in my car and another shop guy arrives in another car so the salesperson can have a lift back. I'm looking over the car to make sure everything's cool, asking questions. I ask if the alarm is good. The shop guys says yeah. I ask if it's loud and the shop guy says he'll bump into the car to set the alarm off. So mind you this kid is pretty hefty. He throws his body into the side of my car to set the alarm off and... proceeds to PUT A DENT IN THE SIDE OF THE CAR! The look on the kids face was priceless - ever seen anybody turn white?!!! He was apologetic but come on... common sense you know. The salesperson was apologetic as well.

So I just look at the 2 of them and I'm possibly the maddest I've ever been in my life. I order them to take the "car back to the dealership, do whatever it takes to get the dent out TODAY and have it back to me by 5pm or I will be ordering the exact same new car but with the $1700+ navigation system at THEIR cost!" I was so pissed off. I hadn't even driven my new car yet alone sat in it and here I am having a dent taken out of it already.

I head back into work and I calm down a bit later enough to actually start laughing about the situation.

So at 4:15 the dealership brings the car back, the same salesperson and a new guy (who was instructed to wait in the car). I have my buddy from work who I told the story to come out to have a look. I figure if he sees even a trace of a dent  back it goes. We both look at it.  The dent is not even noticeable. I was impressed by how they removed it. I got a written description of what happened and they warrantied it for 6 months on top of the usual warranty. The sales person was again very apologetic and mentioned/joked that as soon as that hefty shop guy got back and had to explain the situation... they sent him for (get this...) a drug test!!! (LOL)

I wish I could make this shit up but nope the oddest things always happen to me.

So Wednesday I got my car after all that. Drive it home. It's awesome. I love it!

Friday I got it out on the e-way for a good spin and that things got speed.
Been watching my lead foot and haven't gotten it above 80mph but really want to go out on some country round somewhere and let it fly.

Time for some road trips too :)

More stuff later. Plenty to write about.

Check out the artwork of Leon Ryan. AWESOME!

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Cool upcoming event [15 Mar 2010|10:44pm]
 

Hmmm... the Trumbullplex is a legit venue/performance space correct? Don't need another incident like the Schizophrenia event
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Recap of Plastic Passion and some other stuffs [15 Mar 2010|08:38pm]
[ mood | content ]

 The guest set at Plastic Passion on Saturday went very well.  Nice to be able to DJ in town, close to the house and to a crowd other than City Club.  Quite the crowd it was too. Gracie's filled up fast and was crowded all night. Seriously, standing room only and the dance floor was always busy. I've done a few nights now in Ann Arbor. The Untergang nights  were by far my favorite. The time Hellraver and I spun another favorite, but Saturdays set at Plastic Passion impressed even my jaded self.  I spun more than just old industrial.  Well dressed, educated crowd, very receptive to everything played and really wanting to dance and party. It was the music that brought everyone together and it was simply about the music.  No drama, no making a scene of one's self, no cliques...  Nice to have a crowd so attentive and waiting on your next song, praising a well beat matched or transitioned mix with cheers and hi-fives. Amazing to look out over a shoulder to shoulder packed dance floor and see the diversity of people having fun and not being so damn critical of what's being played. Excellent night.  Friends showed up, made some new ones too, drank a good amount and went for burritos when it was all over. Will be back for another guest set in a few months. If you haven't checked out Plastic Passion yet, do so... a terrific night that hands down blows away any other current dance night in Ann Arbor.

Been busy otherwise.

Finally got the Mac hooked up to the internet.  Old router wouldn't work, but with new Mac router everything's working as expected. Ordering my Adobe Creative Suite so I will have Photoshop. Illustrator, etc... at home. I'm not able to work on anything at home as a result of not having those programs. I feel at a loss without them.

The last month at work has been very busy. Finished up a hospital site which is too launch tomorrow. Almost entirely Flash and video based the site is a multi-media overload. Perhaps a bit too much for a hospital/doctors site in my opinion,  but that's what the client requested and it's actually kinda cool. I just feel when your looking for a doctor or hospital information yuo don't want all kinds of bells and whistles and alarms and such. May post a link later once it's live. Anyways, a lot of late nights as well as early mornings to get that site going. Things have slowed down this week back to the pace I like things to be at - work to be done but not with insane deadlines and people asking every 20 seconds "when's this going to be done?"

New car has been ordered and just waiting for it to make it's way to Michigan. Not sure if it's coming straight from Japan or if it's at the port in California. Will know tomorrow with a call to the dealership.  Excited for the new ride.

Kinetik fest is nearing closer. Infest is back on for this year as well.  Maybe can scrap together the money in time to get over to Europe again. Fingers crossed and we'll see.

What else... car shows are right around the corner. There's quite a few good ones this year from Marshall to Toledo. Looking forward to a summer of rat rods and custom kulture.  Glad the days are starting to seem longer and the snow is almost out of here. Spring isn't far away.

Oh, I'll be DJ'ing Friday at City Club. Missed last weekend due to the Ann Arbor guest spot, so it'll be nice to get back and play some new goodies.

Alright, take care and see ya later.

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New Mac, New Car, New Music and some retro old school too [03 Mar 2010|11:06pm]
Monday night I went with my mom to the Apple store to help her purchase a MacBook Pro. An hour and a half later we walked out of there with a MacBook for her and a 27" iMac for myself. Had not planned on purchasing it, but got a sweat deal via my moms educator discount.  MEGA AWESOME! So happy to have a Mac for home use after having several at various work places.

Ordering my new car this week or next and should hopefully have it by months end.  Going with the Scion TC after test driving the Nissan Versa, Mazda 3 hatchback, Kia Forte Coupe and others. EXCITED!!!

Met up with DJ's Void 6 and Elektrosonik last night at Voids place in Hamtramck for some beer drinking and DJ Hero.  I REALLY suck at DJ Hero but had a lot of fun hanging out with them outside of a concert/club environment.  Void also has the greatest miniature Greyhound ever. His 3 cats are friendly too.  Makes me miss my doggie and noise cat.

DJ'ing (the real kind not, the Hero kind) this Saturday at City Club.  TONS of new stuff to play and I'm looking forward to it. Early shift this time.

Doing a guest set for the ever popular Plastic Passion night. The event will take place Saturday March 13th at Goodnight Gracies in Ann Arbor. That's right ~ a hometown gig. Unless the scheduling gets changed looks like I'll be doing two sets:
10:45 - 11:30 follow by another from 1:00 - 2:00 a.m.  The bar opens at 8 and the music should be pumping by 9pm.  NO CLUE what I am going to play. Probably won't be all retro industrial in my set but some alternative too as that will give me a chance to play a wider variety of music. Yeah I recently said no more old school, but this night is fun, it's in my hometown and gives me a chance to play some other stuff. If you like retro then head on out. It'll be a fun atmosphere.  Peep the flier below.

Obscenity Trial tour got canceled which means no show this Thursday. But openers (now headliners) D:Konstruct and BMM are still playing this Thursday @ Smalls. $5.00 cover.  DJ Scary Guy is spinning scary music too. I may pop my head in if I get my work projects done.

All kinds of other concert news over at Darque Productions; Assemblage 23, Faith and the Muse, Spiritual Bat, etc... Guess which I am and am not looking forward to :P

Kinetik Festival  in Montreal is nearing closer. Can't wait for that.

Oh and what's this? http://www.infestuk.com/ Perhaps it's back on this year???!!!  Hope so.

That's all for this update. What's new with you peoples?

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Autorama 2010 [28 Feb 2010|07:58pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

Headed downtown to Autorama this Sunday afternoon.  Having never been before, I had no idea what to expect, yet being a hot rod fan I had a feeling I wouldn't be disappointed. Besides, what else goes on on Sundays.

The show takes up two floors at Cobo Hall.  The upstairs features a lot more show cars, pricey hot rods and souped up/modified versions. I made my way across the first floor  towards the back escalator headed for the downstairs area where I knew I could find the rat rods, jalopies, traditional rods, etc...  These vehicles are much more to my liking. They seem more pure. Once downstairs I had to make my way through the amusement that was the tuner car displays, white kids drooling over the "sick bumpin rides" and attention-hungry models to FINALLY get to the good stuff.  Row upon row upon row of some of the most awesome custom kulture cars. Oh, and the Twistin Tarantulas were on stage as well. Always good to hear their brand of rockabilly. Back to the cars ~ the camera came out and I just started taking photo after photo after photo. Here's two favorites from the downstairs area:




 
Along the back wall I noticed several artist and booths which I would check out later.  Starving and thirsty, I had to get some food.
Back upstairs I got myself a $4.00 (!!!) hotdog and a Pepsi. Scarfed that down and figured while I was upstairs I'd have a look around.  The people watching up here was really fun. A very close second to Movement festival.  Lot's of white trash.  There were some really sharp rides upstairs scattered in between some muscle cars, the newest Batmobile (I didn't get any photos), nitrous rice burners, etc...   One of my favs from upstairs;
 
 

 

Also upstairs they had the Red Baron on display (with it's matching golf cart version). This famous hot rod was built in 1969 by Chuck Miller and became popular as a model and Hot Wheels car.  Also on display was his 1968 Firetruck hot rod. Fun cars. Checked out the pinstripers. It amazes me how skilled they are. There was also a huge section for toys and collectibles along with an area that had customized bicycles, some of which were actually rather cool.

Back downstairs to investigate more closely the artist booths I had seen earlier.  I freaked the F out when I saw Keith Weesner had a booth. Weesner's an amazingly talented artist who paints a mean hot rod scene. I've long admired his art and there he was just hanging out, having traveled all the way from California to be in Detroit.  We got to talking and easily spent a good 15 minutes discussing art, Glenn Barr (who's work he admires and is often compared to), his 2 cars and more. Super cool guy. Picked up a t-shirt and the following 10x20 print which he autographed:

 
From there checked out a few more artist and then went spaz when I realized Max Grundy was here!!!  Max Grundy is easily one of my top 5 favorite artist.  Unfamiliar with his work have a look here. Very industrial, gas mask, bomber planes, hot rods, trains, robots, etc... in an almost Brute (KMFDM) style. Gotta admit I went total fan boy. Had no clue he was going to be there (same with Weesner) so an awesome surprise. We must have ended up talking for 30-40 minutes. While he's in town, turns out he was staying right up the road from my Ann Arbor house . Had nice things to say about Detroit as well for his first time here.  He's got a show coming up in New York in September with the aforementioned Brute. Ended up picking up 2 silkscreen prints, a DVD he's profiled in and plenty of stickers.  Just a tremendously nice easy going guy. Mentioned to Max, he needs to contact Rivet Gallery to do a show.

Stopped by the Old Skool Rodz and Custom Kulture booth to pick up some back issues of magazines. Afterwards I'd decided I'd seen what I needed to see and then headed out.

So all in all a good time and a great way to spend a Sunday. I'd go to Autorama again in a minute. Spring with it's abundance of car shows can't come soon enough, however this cured my winter blahs for now.

TONS more photos from Autorama can be found at my Flickr page

More later.
 
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I got me the winter blahs... [16 Feb 2010|10:58pm]
[ mood | winter blah ]


Updating...

Things are good.  Plenty going on as usual... just no real appeal to write anything lengthy in my journal. 

It's been work, City Club and getting through winter... winter blahs have set in.

 Work is going well. Almost had to go to North Carolina this week  to meet with a client, but the company and client realized more frequent communication via phone and ready-client meetings would work just as well.  No worries.

City Club is the same old same old lately it seems. Been playing a lot more new stuff in sets and enjoying it. Realizing the sets and the nigths I DJ are about fun. I find myself joking around a lot more this year and flat out telling people NO when it comes to their shitty request. It shocks them, but then the mystery of whether or not their song is going to get played is solved for them quickly. Supposed to be working this Friday, but may take it off to give myself a rest and give the new alternate a chance to DJ as he's done it once and is itching to get back behind the decks.

Lots of good new music being released and I'm looking forward to picking a lot of that up and playing it.

Also been invited to guest DJ at Plastic Passion in Ann Arbor. Nice because it's very close to the house. The set will be a retro set (cause that's what Plastic Passion focuses on). Not sure if I want to do it straight retro industrial-EBM or go alternative which gives me the chance to play a wider variety of stuff, etc...  we'll see... More info when the date comes closer and the details get sorted out.

Got my ticket for Kinetik Festival in Montreal. Couting down the days. Really need a vacation and really looking forward to 5 days of music.

Winter's slowed down a lot of the activities... I have been walking a mile at night however. Mainly to keep my blood sugars down and well the exercise is needed.

Shag has a show opening this weekend in Chicago. Have loved his artwork for many years now. Would totally make the drive if I had a reliable car and I wasn't saving for extra spending money in Montreal.

Speaking of cars.  Still new car hunting. Will be test driving some cars this week and next and more than likely by the end of the month have a new ride.  Excited for that. Anyone looking for a cheap VW, I'm selling my old car. Needs a bit of electrical work (not as bad as previously mentioned) but $1800 or best reasonable offer and it's yours.  Interior is still in great condition.

And more car related stuff. Autorama @ Cobo is coming up at the end of February. Been checking out a few message boards and have read they expect 125 pinstripers there and will be having an Artist Alley as well.  Recognized a few names and their artwork. One estimate was something like 4,000 hot rods between the 2 floors. I've never been to Autorama but the rat rod and custom kulture enthusiast say it's well worth attending and a great way to fight the winter blahs.

Finally, leave ya with a sweet Ash Woods WWRp Large Martian.  WANT!!!

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worst.business.move.ever! [26 Jan 2010|07:56pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Heidelberg's Club Above drops live music, now a poker venue

http://www.annarbor....me-poker-venue/

What a horrible business move. Ann Arbor can certainly use every live music venue it has. To replace a live music venue with POKER!!!? I don't see poker as being any more of a people draw than say a bar with a consistant calendar of live music which Club Above was constantly booking. The same thing over and over? How about expanding out to having some electronic bands, some indie rock bands, punk shows? Very surprised by this as Heidelberg seemed to have a good attendance for shows and even as expressed back in October of 2009 ~ “Mike Holloway, the Heidelberg's general manager, says attendance for live music has nearly tripled since Leo took over booking the Club Above on Thursdays and Saturdays.”  http://arborweb.com/articles/the_club_above.html.

80's retro Plastic Passion dance nights that were held there are going to be moving it looks like...

Poker may be popular but when the new non-smoking law goes into effect, I doubt anybody is going to want to be a patron of this place. Doesn't poker, smoking, fat stinky cigars and Gin all go together? And if you really want to play poker as a challenge you'd most likely be better off at one of the casinos anyways. Wonder if they got the necessary gambling license needed to operate a poker establishment? Seriously... A TWO year commitment to poker!!!
 
I doubt it will last more than 3 months.

Sad :(

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Restless in Winter [25 Jan 2010|08:29pm]
[ mood | restless ]

Taken to hibernating this winter.

Things are good.

Work is going alright.  Got about 4 HUGE projects right now that are consuming my time and sanity.  Only 1 of the 3 is making me stressed out.  Not bad, not bad.

My VW is on it's final days.  Fried a ciruit board or something a month ago and all the gauges on the dash went out.  Car still runs fine (lights/breaklights, etc all work)  but no telling how fast I'm going, gas used, rpms, engine temparature.  I've driven it a bit durring the day on short trips and it gets me from A to B.  Looked into having it repaired and it would cost me $2000 total.  On a 10 year old car, I'll pass on making any fixes.  Driving it today and the rpm as well as gas gauges start registering again. Seriously the car is f'ing possessed. 

So in March I'll prolly be looking at getting a new car.  Most likely end up with the Scion TC.  For the money I have towards a car, it's the best and most stylish/sporty option I can afford.  Please don't start with the buy American talk.  The patriotic philosphy and economic argument for buying American is a pointless discussion with me. Anyways, looking forward too having a new car soon.

Been DJ'ing still.  Just working City Club these days.  Has it ups and downs.  Any other time a new night  tries to get going in this town it fails miserably.  Recently did an old skool and Wax Trax appreciation night that went over very well.  Dusted off a lot of long forgotten classics from my collection. After the success of that night however my focus is back on playing the new stuff. Really liking thew newest Vomito Negro.

Trying to get  my travel plans to Montreal for Kinetik Festival squared away. Could totally use a vacation.

Working on some side work for Rivet Gallery.

Reading Darwyn Cookes adaptation of Richard Starks 'Parker'. Quite a badass read.

So there's a brief update. Wheeeee.

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Favorite musical releases of 2009 [02 Jan 2010|10:45am]
[ mood | busy ]

So much good music in 2009.

In years past I used to do a top 10 list for several categories. Rather than that, here's a list of favs kinda sorta broken down by category.  There's plenty of reviews, sound clips, MySpaz pages out there for these releases. Check some of them out.

Non- industrial stuff
Creepshow - Run for Your Life
Placebo - Battle for the Sun
The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
Editors - In The Light And On This Evening
KiloWatts & Vanek - Focus & Flow

Future Pop/Synth Pop/whatever it's called this week

Mesh - A Perfect Solution
Project Pitchfork - Feel (single)  / Dreams (Album)
Seabound - When Black Beats Blue
Phaser Kontrol - Electro Warriors
Rotersand - War On Error Ep
Rotersand - Random Is Resistance (Limited Edition)
Assemblage 23 - Spark (CDM)
Assemblage 23 - Compass (2CD Ltd.Ed.) 
Lyronian - Side Scan (2CD Ltd.Ed.)
Implant - Implantology (2CD Limited Edition)
Santa Hates You - Rocket Heart (Limited Edition EP)
Encephalon - Drowner (EP)

Dark Electro
Schallfaktor - Sittenverfall
Alien Vampires - Fuck Off And Die (yeah stupid name, but evil tracks ;) )
Weltkrieg - Weltkrieg
Suicide Commando - Until We Die - Severed Head (Limited Edition Vinyl)
Suicide Commando - Die Motherfucker Die (Limited Edition CDM) (2009)
X-Fusion - Ultima Ratio (2CD Limited Edition) (2009)
[:SITD:] - Rot 2CD
Stahlnebel And Black Selket - Unexpected (2CD Limited Edition)

IDM and related type stuff
Stendeck - Sonnambula
Synapscape - Again
Marching Dynamics - The Workers Party of Haiti
Keef Baker - Pen Fifteen (2CD)
Mika Goedrijk - Pellicules
Tonikom - The Sniper's Veil
Displacer - X Was Never Like This
Access To Arasaka - Oppidan
This Morn' Omina - Momentum of Singular Clarity
Totakeke - The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes (2CD)
Autoclav1.1 - Where Once Were Exit Wounds
Detritus - Things Gone Wrong
Displacer - Lost Mission

Rhytmic Noise stuff
Prometheus Burning - Plague Called HuMANity
S.K.E.T. - Depleted Uranium Weapons
Cenotype - Origins Unfold (2CDR)
Xotox And Detune-X - We Are Deaf (2CD Limited Edition)
The Peoples Republic Of Europe - Babylon
S.K.E.T. - Depleted Uranium Weapons
13th Monkey - Redefining The Paradigm Of Bang
Imminent - Cask Strength
Scrap.Edx - Merciless Protraction
W.A.S.T.E. - A Silent Mantra Of Rage (2CD)

Dark Industrial Dance/Techno
Caustic - This is Jizzcore (2CD Limited Edition)
(x)-Rx - Stage 2
VA - Extreme Suendenfall 8 (2CD)
VA - Extreme Störfrequenz 3
Noorglo - Hard Body Music
Komor Kommando - Das EP (CDM)
Motor - Metal Machine (2009)
Chainreactor - X-Tinction (2009)
Captive Six - Noizemaker (Limited Edition)
Nachtmahr - Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit
00tz 00tz - Death By Numbers
Phosgore - Domination
VA - Extreme Stoerfrequenz Vol.4
Pow[d]er Pussy - Takenoprisoners
Terrorfakt - ReEvolution
C/A/T - We Are Still Alive (EP)
Cervello Elettronico - Process of Elimination
VA - Extreme Lustlieder 3
VA - Extreme Sündenfall 9 (2CD)
Grendel - Chemicals + Circuitry (EP)
Fla Vector - Magnifying Virus State
Noisuf-X - Voodoo Ritual

Welcome back fella's

Nitzer Ebb - Industrial Complex
X Marks the Pewdwalk - Seventeen (can't stop watching the video)

I'm ceratin I've overlooked some things and probably something obvious as well.
And I'll exclude my list of crap releases for 2009, unless you really want to know...

Happy listening

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whoa! [26 Dec 2009|12:05pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Man tries to blow up plane over Detroit, passengers and officials say
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34592031/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts

I know I haven't posted in a month. Will do soon.

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