Cabaret Voltaire returns, world trembles: "Please don't fuck this up."

Does Right, Always Works: Richard H Kirk And The Future Of Cabaret Voltaire
"Electronic music is a fairly broad-ranging term but the thing for me is to take Cabaret Voltaire out of rock venues and into maybe galleries and I'm still working on ideas for that and I'm not in a rush. It's been 15-years since the last album and I'm not suddenly going to rush and cobble something together in a half-arsed manner. It's a case of what I'd initially like to do is make it more like an art installation where it's not really like a band playing on stage any more but maybe it's a lot of visual material accompanied by a live soundtrack but with the focus perhaps not on people dancing around or having a front man or traditional kind of rock based performance."


"I said it would be great to reissue Johnny YesNo. The original film was put out on Cabaret Voltaire's Double Vision label; the short film and load of even shorter clips running to about an hour which we originally went out on VHS. I said it would be nice to make that available on DVD because it's not been available since the early 80s. I said we could go and talk to Mute, who issued quite a lot of Cabaret Voltaire's back catalogue and archive stuff. And then said `What about if we make a new version of it? I'll remix the music and you remix the pictures.' We got the project together and basically I did my bit, remixed a selection of music which includes bits and pieces from Voice Of America as well as the Johnny YesNo soundtrack and just sent it to Peter and left it with him. He got a new actor and actress and kind of more or less re-shot the whole thing in LA in a contemporary context. It was finally finished last year. It's been a long, long project this. I think it's going to be released in May and there was a preview screening at the Sensoria Festival in Sheffield this week. So basically that's it. The whole thing is going to be one DVD with Johnny Yes/No and associated material and a new DVD which is going to be about 2.25 hours long with the new version of the film and loads and loads of extras and two CDs as well with all the remixes."
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DNA Lounge: Wherein you vote for us in "Best of SF"

Today's the last day for voting in SF Weekly's Best of SF poll, so please do keep DNA Lounge and our various alumni in mind when you vote, ok? Relevant categories include:

    6.   Best Bartender
    9.   Best Drag Queen
    19. Best Blog
    20. Best Local Comedian / Comedy Troupe
          (closest thing they have to "Best Burlesque Show"?)
    26. Best Place to See Live Music
    27. Best Drag Show
    61. Best Dance Club
    63. Best DJ
    65. Best Club Theme Night
    67. Best Bar
    90. Best Late-Night Eats

We'd like to thank the Academy in advance.


Cullman Liquidations

Making of and regarding t-shirts.

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Just one step away from a robot clown on a unicycle.

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Max Headroom DVD!

Things for you to buy: Max Headroom: The Complete Series, ships Aug 10. Also, Daria: The Complete Animated Series, ships May 11.

By the way, does anyone have a 3D mesh of Max's head? I've long wanted to do a Max screen saver. The swoopy box background is easy, but I haven't been able to find a decent model of his head. (Yes, I know he was a practical effect, not digital. Stay with me here.)

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Synthetic Being

Apparently I needed a tag for "blobs", because:
Previously, previously, previously, previously,
previously, previously and previously.

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Tonga Room saved?

Maybe this report from the Planning Commission says the Tonga Room has been saved? Pages 21-26:

The Tonga Room retains a high level of historical integrity. The objects associated with its significance, including the overall spatial characteristics of its setting, date from the 1967 remodel. There have been some upgrades to the Tonga Room since 1967: it appears that carpeting, furniture upholstery, the dance floor surface, the bar top on the Hurricane Bar, several wall hangings and light fixtures were replaced or upgraded in a 2007-2008 remodel. These non-contributing alterations present only a limited impact on the ability of the original elements' location, setting, design, workmanship, materials, association, and feeling to convey their significance. Thus, the Tonga Room is an historical resource for the purposes of CEQA Section 15064.5(a)(3).

But then it does go on to say on page 37:

If the affected historic resource (Tonga Room) can neither be preserved at its current site, nor moved to an alternate site and it is to be demolished, a conservation team that meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards shall document, stabilize, and salvage the character-defining features, associated with the affected historic resource, for their storage in a secure climate-controlled location and in a manner to be protected from accelerated deterioration, theft, vandalism, damage, rodents and pests, or adverse environmental conditions. [...]

The documentation, stabilization, and salvage program shall remove and retain all of the Tonga Room's character-defining features for public information and education, and/or reuse in an alternate off-site location. Demolition may proceed only after character-defining features have been documented in their historic locations and their removal has been completed. A similar process is outlined in the National Park Service's Preservation Brief 31; Mothballing Historic Buildings.

("Brief 31, Mothballing Historic Buildings!")

Also don't miss pages 1 through 7, which document the Fairmont Hotel's significance through the Terminal Pleistocene and Early, Middle and Late Holocene, as well as its Paleontological and Historic Setting. (I may have to nab some of this for the DNA Lounge Ancient History page...)


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Amazing Adam Ant interview

A Wild Nobility: An Adam Ant Exclusive.
Something very strange has been happening across London clubland this Spring. The Antsignal has gone up over the city, and the Antpeople have crawled out from their mounds to hail the unexpected return of their insect overlord.

Also, if you've never watched the 2004 documentary, "The Madness of Prince Charming", I recommend it. The whole thing is on the youtubes:

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Dali Clock 2.33 now in iPhone store

Dali Clock 2.33 is out now, and is finally installable on your iPhone.

Improvements relevant to other platforms include: keeping the clock centered in the window when only 5 digits are being shown; and the elimination of flicker that happened on OSX only when a transparent clock window was overlaying another window that was playing video.

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Shut your lie hole

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