DNA Lounge: Wherein this battle station is now fully operational.

On Tuesday evening, we held our first-ever event in the new Above DNA space: a semi-private party featuring performances by local bands Books on Fate and Happy Fangs (their second-ever show!)

If we didn't invite you, I am terribly sorry, that was an embarrassing oversight! Please stop by on Saturday or Wednesday to see it!

Anyway, it was amazing. It went better than I would have expected in my wildest dreams. Flawless victory. Here are some photos.

The plan had been to finish construction late Sunday night, spend Monday cleaning, and get a nice, long gear-check on Tuesday afternoon. As you might imagine, the reality was very different. Table saws and hammers were still in full effect late Tuesday afternoon, and someone had to go to the store and buy the audio snake about 30 minutes before the first band's sound check.

Despite this, both bands sounded fantastic, the lights looked great, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time! I sure did.

We have a really amazing staff here, and our construction crew (heroically wrangled by Devon over the last couple of months, give him a hand) really pulled it all together at the last minute, and made us all look like we might actually know what we're doing!

The new rooms are awesome. I can't wait until you see them.

Also, the soundproofing turned out shockingly well. Now that we have the duct liner all the way up to the second floor ceiling of the stairwell, once you've taken two steps inside the doorway it sounds like someone has closed the door behind you. You're halfway up the stairs before you're sure that there's a band on stage. Also it kind of looks like one of the interior Death Star chasms, so bonus points for that. And though you can see the band playing from the street, you can't hear them at all through the windows. Yeah, we might know what we're doing!

We started negotiating to buy the pizza restaurant in mid-2010, closed escrow on it in February 2011, and finally began construction upstairs in February 2012, so we've been at this for a bit over two years -- and we're finally done. I don't even know what to make of that.

And the Seven Days of Halloween begin tonight. Gird your loins.


Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #639


3) When your feet start to bleed - and boy, will they ever - don't panic. The hole that appears to be eating its way into the space between your 4th and 5th toes on your right foot won't go any deeper than a full centimeter (you know this because you stuck your finger inside of it and then measured the extent of the bloody seepage on your pinkie finger... the hole is that wide and deep).


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"Click here to continue to the Internet."

I think that one of the Dixie-cups-on-a-string that comprises Metreon's wifi uplink has a hole in it. Or perhaps the Avian Carriers have died. It's cool seeing images load a scan line at a time, though. I can almost hear the modem noises.


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Apparently the only thing that the Metreon Tardis Target did not import from the suburbs was the world's largest supply of Halloween-themed boxer shorts. They have none. None!

Target, I am disappoint.

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mark your calendars

November is not shaping up to be quite as packed as October was, but here's what I've got. What have you got?

Please note that choosing to be anywhere other than DNA Lounge for your Halloween festivities would be a grievous error.

Wed, Oct 24:   Rasputina @ Great American Music Hall
Thu, Oct 25:   Light Asylum @ Popscream
Fri, Oct 26:   Ume @ Independent
Fri, Oct 26:   Trannyshack: Halloween @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Oct 27:   Booootie @ DNA Lounge & Above DNA
Sat, Oct 27:   Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ Fillmore
Wed, Oct 31:   All Hallow's Eve @ DNA Lounge & Above DNA
Thu, Nov 01:   Storm Large @ Red Devil Lounge
Fri, Nov 02:   Twitch @ Above DNA
Wed, Nov 07:   A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow @ Independent
Thu, Nov 08:   The Phenomenauts @ DNA Lounge
Fri, Nov 09:   Mortified @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Nov 10:   Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Great American Music Hall
Fri, Nov 16:   Drop the Lime @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Nov 17:   The Faint, Casket Girls @ Regency
Thu, Nov 22:   A Dark Sparkle Thanksgiving @ Cafe Du Nord
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Witchfinder General unavailable for comment

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

L'Aquila, Italy (Reuters) - An Italian court convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter on Monday and sentenced them to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake which destroyed the central city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people in 2009.
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Parklet Dinosaur Topiary!

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DNA Lounge: Wherein Tyvek Team Six storms the compound.

Above DNA will be open THIS WEEKEND you guys!

You should probably buy your tickets now for Trannyshack, Booootie and Halloween. It's going to be nuts.

Meanwhile, the crew have been busting their butts putting the final finishes on things. Look, we have a stage now! Plus a sound booth, and the speakers are hung. And here's the DNA Lounge HazMat Team lining the stairwell with fiberglass duct liner and wire mesh, to turn it into the same kind of anechoic chamber that the DNA Lounge entryways are. It's a lot of work, because the ceiling of that stairwell goes all the way up to a second floor skylight. Even though it's not all finished, it seems to be working pretty well already: when you step into the alcove, it feels like your ears have suddenly become clogged.

The soundproofing between the two buildings will be a work in progress, since we don't really know what all will be needed until we've had the whole club up and running, but there will probably be more of the duct liner in the doorway alcoves and on the hallway ceiling.

Some recent photos:

Based on these two reviews, I think it's safe to say that reviews of the Das Racist show were... mixed:

Review One: "The performances were all pretty tight, and went off without a hitch. It was a pretty raucous show on stage, and the house was definitely bumping [...] lots of energy and great performances."
Review Two: "They gave me what was by far the worst concert I've attended [...] The only thing I could hope for from these people was that they would stop. On the plus side, [...] meeting people at concerts can be hard, but when you have as good an opening topic as how terrible that DJ was, things become easy."

So there's that.

No photos yet of this week's tragically under-attended Hubba Hubba Revue -- which, to our great sadness, was the last monthly Hubba Hubba Revue at DNA Lounge. They will still be appearing regularly as a part of Bootie, but they're moving their monthly show to more clown-infested waters.

Apparently we're going to be the backdrop in an nVidia commercial (maybe a web-only thing? I'm not sure). Let me know if you see it, because I'm sure they won't remember to tell us that it has aired.


'tis the season

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