tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:/posts db does a blog 2019-02-05T16:37:50Z DB Burkeman tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1370380 2019-02-04T17:28:07Z 2019-02-05T16:37:50Z An Evening with Cynthia Bach & Jim Matthews.
Erik Foss’s friend Cecelia invited us to her very small birthday party at her friends house high up in the LA hills of Los Feliz.

The whole bonkers scenario was like something out of a movie, where kookie & different types of people are brought together on a stormy night, in a 1920’s Hollywood house that could easily be a museum of antique religious artifacts & oddities.
What an incredible experience meeting Cynthia Bach & Jim Matthews was. They are true artisans. When she greeted us at the door, Cynthia immediately reminded me of my mother with her charisma & style. When I'm old (sorry, older) I want to be like Jim, to be able to indulge every impulse to collect & curate all sorts of mad things. When we were showed “his area” I was openly jealous.

Instagram has really killed my blogging but there was absolutely no way to even attempt to capture this experience on that platform, and even here, I’m not able to really describe the remarkable conversions that took place, or the strange interactions but I will try my best.
One conversation in the beautiful living room, only lit by candle light & a fire, started with a very touching sensitive description from Cynthia about how she raised holy hell in a hospital ER where Jim was not getting the care he desperately needed. I asked some very personal questions & both were so open with their answers, it made me feel truly let in to such a intimate relationship. Then some others wandered into the room and were loudly arguing about what to my ears sounded like they were both saying exactly the same thing, but neither one was able to hear that because of their volume. Being someone who's uncomfortable with conflict, & coming out of such a sensitive moment, this was jarring & uncomfortable. I just hoped that no one else was as freaked out by the sudden change of atmosphere as I was. I actually don't think anyone even noticed, as the room quickly reverted to questions to our hosts & more story telling. Then most of the group went back into the kitchen & left just Jim, Erik myself & another guest whom we’d not met before the night. Somehow over the next thirty minutes the conversation went from from how we’re all doomed because of capitalism, to future technologies & how they hopefully will, or could save us, to obsession & then to drug addition, with me telling them how I’d attempted suicide 3 times when fighting it.

I actually don't think anyone at the party was even high or drunk.

I captured the video below before these conversations took place & we did not know who was who yet. Erik & I were eating Lucifers Damned Good Pizza in the kitchen & Cynthia instructed “Everyone go down to the alter” Huh?

The house was generally too dark at night to photograph, but I tried to capture some of the details I found so wonderful.

Wanted to show some of Jim's drill bits & the gold filigree work. The ring is there to give an idea of scale.

Thats a dime I put next to this.

Cynthia’s recent promotional documentary. (Defiantly better shot than mine ;)
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1227646 2018-01-07T01:52:55Z 2018-01-07T02:00:06Z BARRY MCGEE at Cheim & Read NYC 1/4/17

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tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1214691 2017-12-11T03:36:40Z 2017-12-11T18:23:40Z iPHONE PHOTO ESSAY of DAN & ELLEN'S BIG SUR HOUSE 12/09/17 Like the post on the Maine trip before this one, Big Sur needs a grander vista than Instagram.
I feel so fortunate to work with one of my oldest, and best, friends Paul, who suggested I do my LA trip on the same days that he was scheduled to also go out there. For me traveling is normally fairly miserable but doing it with a mate can make the whole thing potentially fun.
Paul & I have an incredible history together, and one day I hope write about all our adventures, both the fun music-based ones and also the business ones. 
He told me that after we’d done the two days of work in LA he’d asked Dan & Ellen Weiner if they would mind if I came up with him, & stayed in their Monterey house for one night, and than followed by one night in Big Sur. Having never been to either area, I was obviously psyched. I’ve now met Dan a few times, & he’s not only a legend in the booking agency world with a million jaw-dropping stories, but one of the coolest, most interesting people that has entered my life in the last couple of years. Ellen is also lovely, & sort of Ying to Dan's Yang, somewhat similar to the way Wini is way more fun & nicer to everyone than me. Not that Dan is not fun or nice!

Many people far more apt than I have written about how spectacular the drive to Big Sur is, so I won’t even try.
Below are pics of just a few of the details from their wonderful Big Sur home.

Path to main house.
Porch & view from the guesthouse.
Paul in the swing-chair watching the sunset, contemplating life, & like me, trying to figure out how the fuck we are going to move here.
Another path with another place to chill. 
A few objects collected & perfectly placed.
River seating down at the inn we ate an unbelievable breakfast at.
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1178662 2017-07-30T18:51:55Z 2017-07-31T14:58:44Z iPHONE PHOTO ESSAY of MAINE TRIP JULY 26th-30th 2017 While I’ve really enjoyed using Instagram to share inspirational images & some fun moments, this platform has been neglected.
So having just spent five picture-perfect magical days up in Maine with close friends Tommy, Natalie & Stella Emery, these images needed fuller vista, wider screen technicolor presentation!
Our Max (who chose to stay home) & their Rowan (at camp) were very missed.

Driveway to the beautiful barn -
Lunch at Mothers Kitchen -“mothers little helper” -
Few of the trees downed from previous years storm-
Wild flowers-
Our walk down to Hulls Cove (Hells Cove)
I'll have a Walter on the rocks please.
Fisheye action.
Lunch at the Asticou Hotel (Overlook Hotel)
Magic garden (with no secret door)
Pretty strict rules for the magic garden.
Magic Toadstool.
Setting sun over the bay.
Sunset at the Bar Harbor Club
Fire Starter- (photo credit Tommy Emery)

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1133963 2017-02-24T17:34:23Z 2017-02-24T17:36:09Z RON GALLO : BABY'S ALL RIGHT : 2/23/17
It's always fun to be the first amongst friends to discover a band & watch them gain devoted fans. Joe Bisirri (bass), Dylan Sevey (drums) & Ron Gallo (vicious guitar) returned to NYC, and went from playing a half empty Mercury Lounge last July to selling out Baby's All Right last night.

Ron’s confidence & stage presence has also notably developed. He’s a pretty imposing figure, & when singing songs penned from an angry or sad point of view such as “All the Punks are Domesticated” he can bring the full house of chatter to total silence with his intensity.

I’ve never really been drawn to Rock N’ Roll that has a “message”. Music in general has always simply been a way to escape the harsh realties of life. However Ron’s music is not only danceable and exciting due to the bands primal energy, he’s able to be both, a thought provoking wordsmith/missionary & bad ass rocker.

Ron’s album just dropped, so catch him on tour to buy the vinyl or cassette or simply download it HERE

iPhone clip of "Young Lady You're Scaring Me"

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1129961 2017-02-09T17:21:27Z 2017-02-10T15:53:00Z RAYMOND PETTIBON : NEW MUSEUM
A mind boggling 40 years of work, displayed on 4 floors.
Show is on till April 9th. Full Info HERE 
Just a few of the works that I liked below.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1121574 2017-01-09T03:09:00Z 2017-02-10T16:57:21Z MARILYN MINTER "PRETTY/DIRTY" at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM

The title of the show could not be more appropriate. 

While I've only become a fan of her work in the last 10 years, this retrospective shows her output over some 40 years. Interestingly, the work I was most drawn to today were the early photorealist paintings ones from the 70's & her most recent images. The 70's ones show incredible skill, & I had no idea that she was making works such as the couple of floor studies I show below.

My normal posts of artworks show them in frames with a little wall showing too for scale, but these are all unframed, & I feel some work better here cropped to the edge. 

The 2 rooms with videos are truly mesmerizing, Pretty & Dirty. Its on till April & well worth a visit to the museum!

My shadow in her floor projection  
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1116106 2016-12-16T23:40:45Z 2016-12-16T23:40:45Z BLURRINGRadio # 69 "BEST of 2016"

As with the last five years of "Best of" shows, the name is simply a hook to get you in. Music, like all forms of art, is purely subjective and I feel like terms such as "best" or "worst" should not be applied to it. This is simply some of the music that has inspired me over the last 12 months.

In typical Blurring Radio fashion, it is an eclectic contemporary feast of indie and electronic things, some in the mainstream, and some more obscure, that I hope you will enjoy the discovery of 



Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Allah-Las - Could Be You
Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve - Diagram Girl
Bonobo (feat. Rhye) - Break Apart
David Bowie - Lazarus
Wall of Death - How Many Kinds
Shearwater - Filaments
Underworld - Ova Nova
Hælos - Earth Not Above
Kaytranada (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) - Weight Off
Warpaint - New Song
Pional - The Way That You Like feat. Empress Of
Holy Fuck - Xed Eyes
Veils - Swimming with Crocodiles
James Blake - Radio Silence
Burial - Young Death
Ron Gallo - Young Lady, You're Scaring Me
Farao - Hunter
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Mr. Beat
Superhumanoids - Death Rattle
The Weekend (feat. Daft Punk) - I Feel It Coming
The XX- On Hold
GILA - Don't Chirp
Yeasayer - I Am Chemistry
Black Mountain - Constellations
Teleman - Tangerine
The Range - Regular
The National - Morning Dew
Massive Attack & Azekel - Ritual Spirit
Sampha - Blood On Me
Radiohead - The Numbers
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tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1114673 2016-12-12T00:04:11Z 2016-12-12T00:51:49Z FLYER DESIGNS INCLUDED IN NIGHTLIFE HISTORY BOOK.

Being a lover & collector of ephemera, it warms my heart to know there are others out there with the same obsessive gene. Old friend & New York DJ legend Stretch Armstrong, with partner Evan Auerbach have produced a book focusing on club flyers, "No Sleep : NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999". When I learned about the the project, of course I was excited to see it, & that was before I learned that I was to be featured in it. Stretch came to my office & scanned flyers from my scrap books. Thrilled to be included in a publication along side such visual heroes of my own, such as HAZE & Haring

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1112763 2016-12-04T04:29:52Z 2016-12-05T14:44:01Z ART BASEL / MIAMI ART WEEK : 2016 HIGH-SPEED ROUND-UP In previous years I’ve booked my flights & hotel weeks in advance of Art Basel and whats now called Miami Art Week.
However without Gary Pini, who I normally share a room with & who’d decided he wasn’t going, I couldn't decide if I wanted go or not.
Gary suggested I wait till the last minute & see if flights & hotels come down in price. They did! 
So Tues I booked for Wed 8.00am, for just 2 nights. Borrowing another leaf out of Gary’s life-plan-book, I build a tight list & schedule of fairs & events I wanted to see.

Night one I met up with & hung out with David Hershkovits & Brian Antoni, all of us were feeling the absence of Gary.
We all agreed that him not coming was the official notice that "the whole thing is over”.

As with last year one of the strongest exhibitions was the mega-show staged by Jeffrey Deitch & Larry Gagosian, this year curated by Diana Widmaier-Picasso, called “Desire”.
The show is a sexy thrill-ride between iconic works that I’ve only ever read about in books, or seen on screens, combined with a ton of great pieces, some by artists I’ve never heard of. They range in "heat" from simply pretty to straight-up porn.

Allen Jones. Having missed the giant retrospective of Jones in London & New York, super happy to see these in person.

Standing in front of The Brooke Shields photo that helped propel Richard Prince into the world of controversy, Brian introduced me to an old friend of his, Sandra, who told us the incredible story of her time in 1983 when she & a partner ran a gallery in the Lower East Side & showed two unknown, & un-sellable artists, Richard Prince & Jeff Koons. The very same Brooke Shields work below, (which in 2014 sold for close to $4,000,000) sat in the gallery window back then for months with no interest.

Richard Prince
Marilyn Minter
Hajime Sorayama. As a teen, I grew up horny & inspired by his Sexy Robots.
Andy Warhol

From there we grabbed some food & while waiting on our order, David & I jumped across the street to check out Primary Projects (PRIMARY) beautiful new space. 
I really dug Kelly Breez’s B&W pieces. A little reminiscent of classic Raymond Pettibon, or even R. Crumb but with a much younger stance. 
Kelly Breez
From dinner to the Rubell Collection family party, where I found two new names, at least to me, who’s works struck a chord.

Anee Imhof. These were a massive ten foot tall!
Cy Gavin. The figure in the second one is bigger than most people’s rooms!
The next day I braced myself for the miles & miles of galleries that make up the maze of Art Basel itself.
This year I tried to visit the few on my hit list before the art-burn-out-stare set in.
First on my list was Ratio3, who were showing a survey of one of my all time favorite painters, the late Margaret Kilgallen.
Margaret Kilgallen.

Then these new KAWS works caught my eye.
I’m the only one of my fellow old skool KAWS heads/collectors that likes these. Can't explain exactly why, but I do.
Titus Kaphar
Just as I was beginning to fade, my buddy Ronny asked if I was a fan of Sadie Benning. The name meant nothing to me & I said I don’t know her. We walked over to the gallery that had this yellow one & I fell in love. 
My final day I was hoping to hit both NADA & Untitled fairs but I ran late, due to having fun hanging-out with the Harpers Books crew in their suite. NADA was underwhelming to me so I went to have lunch with Paul Weston & his friends, & then I didn’t have time for Untitled, so mad dash to the airport. Guess there's always next year.
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1112761 2016-12-04T04:27:06Z 2016-12-04T04:27:06Z BLURRINGRadio # 68 "VERSIONS & REMIXES "

A mixtape that spotlights the ability of producers and musicians to remix, or create a version from an original, that transforms a piece of music or a song into something that is completely different, and sometimes even better than it once was. For humor, I threw in a couple of early and very cheeky mash-ups also.



Tame Impala - Let it Happen (Soulwax Remix)

Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night" (Burial Remix)

Nouvelle Vague - Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Radiohead - Little By Little (Caribou Remix)
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone Extended Remix)
Jamie xx - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (Skepta Remix)
Rolling Stones & Shanon Mash-Up - Rolling Shannon
Steel Pulse - Can't Stand Losing You
The Clash - Police and Thieves
Battles - Tonto (Four Tet Remix)
Chromatics - Into the Black
Låpsley - Operator (DJ Koze's Disco Edit)
The XX - Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - Diagram Girl Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Reanimation
Foals - Late Night (Solomun Remix)
Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place (Version)
Nouvelle Vague - Teenage Kicks
The Rolling Stones - Imagination
David Bowie - Waiting For The Man
Wooden Ships - Crossing (Andy Weatherall Remix)
The National - Morning Dew
Dsico That No-Talent Hack - Smells like electro
Royksopp & Indeep Mash-Up - Last Night a DJ saved my Eple
Patti Smith - Because the Night
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1107695 2016-11-13T02:12:40Z 2016-11-13T17:30:04Z A RARE DAY OF CULTURE: ROTHKO, MCCARTHY & STRETCH

Normally weekends are reserved for time with the family but today the family had their own plans, so I took the opportunity to take in some art & culture! It was also partly an attempt to escape everyones post election mood & the relentless conversations. 

I met up in Chelsea with Garrett, a recent transplant from LA, who's energy to absorb NYC's culture is energizing. While heading to Printed Matter to see if they had any inexpensive Tom Sachs zines or stickers we saw big signs for a ROTHKO opening today. I remembered reading something about PACE showing some incredible private collection. As I told Garrett, when I was 14, Rothko opened my mind to abstract art & how color is emotional. The exhibition is stunning. We then hit Printed Matter & I scored a NASA shirt for $20 & a TEN BULLETS sticker for $1.

We then headed down to Hauser & Wirth for Paul McCarthy which is hillarious & amazing!

From they had to rush over to Williamsburg to hear old friend, & NY legend, DJ Stretch Armstrong give a talk on his new book. "No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999" Nice surprise to find out I have no less than 6 pages of my own club flyers in the book! Also nice surprise to see that Eric HAZE was on the speaking panel too. HAZE is majorly important to me visually & was huge contributor to my own tome "Stickers" Coincidently Stretch is confirmed as a writer for Vol 2 of Stickers.

Just a few of the MARK ROTHKO'S at PACE. (iPhone pics should be illegal, they do not do these works justice!)

Just a few of the PAUL MCCARTHY'S at Hauser & Wirth. (They are about 5' high)

Old skool NYC crew..

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1107684 2016-11-13T00:33:48Z 2016-11-13T00:33:48Z BLURRINGRadio # 67 "DARK BEATS"

A mixtape of mostly dark groove-based productions.



Massive Attack & Azekel - Ritual Spirit  

Chrome Sparks - All Or Nothing  

Pional - The Way That You Like feat. 

Empress Of  Tensnake - Desire 

The Internet - Just Sayin/I Tried 

Johnny Guitar Watson - A Real Mother For Ya 

Sampha - Blood On Me 

MrSanka- Midnight Air 

Tiga - Blondes Have More Fun (Extended Alternate Mix) 

GILA - Don't Chirp 

Dark0 - Heal 

Kaytranada - WEIGHT OFF (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) 

James Blake - Radio Silence 

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - My Cloud 

Radiohead - Separator (Four Tet RMX) 


Nicolas Jaar - Three Sides of Nazareth 

Jagwa Ma - O B 1 

Holy Fuck - Neon Dad 

Classixx - Faraway Reach 

SpectraSoul - Glimpse feat D. Bridge 

Powell - Big Keith ['Ok Ok' Mix] 

Massive Attack & Burial - Paradise Circus

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1101015 2016-10-22T13:04:09Z 2016-10-25T08:41:27Z MARK LECKEY : RETROSPECTIVE : MoMA PS1

In an effort to distract myself from recent events & the ongoing pain in my back & leg from a pinched nerve, I asked Gary Pini if I could tag/limp along with him the the press preview of "Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers". I fell in love with Leckie's work after seeing his very first film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, & to this date I think it's still my favorite piece of "video art". Leckey is a UK artist that has been making works since 1999, mostly dealing with memories & images, a lot of which are connected to British youth subcultures. He also references imagery from TV or pop culture & repurposes them in very strange & emotive ways.  I don't necessarily understand a lot of the academic & history based "Containers and The Drivers" he's showing us but the the effect is emotionally powerful, ranging from exhilarating & ecstatic to heavy & morbid. 

The exhibition, which is massive, includes huge rooms full of soundsystems, oversized inflatables,16mm projectors, & a motorway underpass. They all come to life on Sunday Oct 24th & runs till March 5th. To understand better, see the MoMA PS1 description HERE.

One of many of the video works.

Ancient artifacts.

Me thinks the oversized Felix the Cat was a little too oversized for the room. Eve was used to show scale.

One of the most emotive pieces for me was this sculptor mashing the head of a Cyberman with something that looks like it was found in the tomb of Ting Tut (Except its florescent pink). Cybermen regularly drove me to hide from the TV during Dr Who as a kid, & still occasionally show up in unsettling dreams.

Two great vintage stickers used as details in a bed piece. One of them a Dalek, also from Dr Who & my childhood fears.

This room is so strange.
Eve in her own PokiemoGo world, & luckily somewhat oblivious to her surroundings.

We got to hear an intersting 45 minute talk with a bit of a Q&A. Leckey in the middle. (Eve-"it was so boring")

If you cant get to PS1, do yourself a favor, give yourself 15 mins & watch Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1100008 2016-10-19T00:53:38Z 2016-10-29T15:04:43Z SARAH BURKEMAN 6th June 1982 - 5th Oct 2016 RIP

What a fucked-up 18 months. First dad, then mom, now saddest & most unfair of all, my beautiful, funny, talented smart sister.

Trying to appreciate & find joy in the little things, like the my wife & kids smiles.

Sarah, we miss you. xx

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1092013 2016-09-20T23:01:22Z 2016-09-20T23:15:24Z BLURRING RADIO show # 66 "Rock N' Roll Revisited" A 20 track mixed tape of wicked guitar riffs.

Click HERE to play.

Trans - Rock Steady
Ron Gallo - Young Lady, You're Scaring Me
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Black Mountain - Constellations
TV On The Radio - Could You
Sun Drug - Soaked
Wall of Death - Blow The Clouds
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Willoughby's Beach
David Bowie - Beauty and the Beast
Teleman - Tangerine
Savages - Evil
The Kills - Siberian Nights
The Rapture - Children
Moon Duo - Sleepwalker
Queens Of The Stone Age - God Is In The Radio
PARTYBABY - Everything's All Right
Temples - The Guesser
The Veils - Sign of Your Love
The Stooges - No Fun
The Damnwells - Sleepsinging
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1091311 2016-09-18T20:42:31Z 2016-09-19T01:15:26Z RAYMOND PETTIBON at SADIE COLES LONDON I forgot to post this at the time but when we were in London earlier this month, Raymond Pettibon was having a big solo show.
In case you don’t know, he was responsible for all the early Black Flack artwork and even created their iconic band logo.
Here are just a few of the works we loved.
When we asked the gallery how much the big wave one was? With out batting an eye, he said its sold but was 650,000 pounds.
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1081226 2016-08-15T01:54:12Z 2016-08-16T01:18:19Z BLURRING RADIO show # 65 "Exclusive Business"

I’ve now been doing this show for over 5 years, and labels & artists have increasingly sent me music in advance of it being publicly available.
Even so, this is the first time that the planets align in such a way to allow me to program a show of all unreleased or exclusive music!

Click HERE to listen.


Ron Gallo  "Poor Traits of the Artist”
Kidnap Kid “Brokenhearted” (Club Mix)
Bryan Kessler  "Power Flower"
Warpaint   "New Song" (Radio Edit)
Digital + Mad Vibes & Audio Habitat  "Rise"
Allah-Las   “Could Be You"
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve  "Diagram Girl"
Kool Clap  “Love Swing"
GILA   "SnoPack"
Hanni El Khatibi   "No Way"
RÜFÜS DU SOL "Be With You" (Booka Shade Remix) [Radio Edit]
London Elektricity "Singing Ringing Tree" (Anile remix)
clipping   "Wake Up"
GOAT   "All-Seeing Eye"
Vessels "BlurringRadio DJ Mix”

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1077049 2016-07-29T01:05:08Z 2016-07-30T01:11:08Z RADIOHEAD : MSG TUES & WED 7/16 It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since Paul Morris and I first saw them play.
That was in Paul’s words the “best gig ever” and it’s definitely in my top 5. Not only was it the OK Computer tour, but it was at Radio City.
I think I’ve been lucky enough to see them do every album since then. In all those years and gigs, only the last one was a bitter disappointment. It was at Roseland, which was one of my fave rooms in NY, so I was so excited for it, but for some reason, there was not nearly enough sound. Plus the band played a super subdued set. So unless you were right at the front, which was totally impossible because the venue had let way too many people in, it was a hot cluster fuck of pissed-off heads. So I’m happy to report these MSG shows were pretty great. Paul was able to get us INCREDIBLE seats for the Tuesday, and I was lucky enough to buy decent ones via the bands awesome management & surprise Max (who had never seen them) on Wednesday.

It’s impossible to pick which day was better. Because our seats on Tuesday were so close to the stage, visibility and sound were definitely better. But I think the band was possibly tighter on Wednesday, plus they played "Weird Fishes” and “Creep" ;)

Below are a couple of snippets of the highlights.

It’s been a pretty amazing week of music for me. On Saturday Paul Instigator Weston braved the ridiculous heat to go see Blood Orange, The National and a little of Kendrick Lamar’s set out on Randall's Island for one of the three days of Panorama Festival. However, the highlight of the day was actually unplanned as we wandered into a tent, only to be confronted by possibly the best dance floor soundsystem I’ve ever witnessed. I was blown away for 20 mins by the sound, and also the track selection: a mix of classic to rare disco tunes, blended with current alt dance like Tame Impala. I was very curious who, like me, had a love of these disparate genres. It was none other than James Murphy. He and 2ManyDJ’s were responsible for the soundsystem itself.

Check this thing out!
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1072140 2016-07-12T16:27:33Z 2016-07-12T16:51:54Z RON GALLO : MERCURY LOUNGE 7/11/16
I hate going to shows where the room feels more empty than full. I always just feel uncomfortable for the artist.
Walking in to Ron Gallo at the Mercury Longe was no exception.
However, as soon as he started playing my discomfort was somewhat lessened. It was so obvious that Ron Gallo would very soon be playing sold-out shows, and that actually Max and I were very fortunate to see him in a room with only 50 people!

His band are as tight as any hard-working outfit I’ve ever seen.
Musically I felt they are drawing influences and inspiration from all over my favorite parts of rock 'n’ roll’s history--from blues-based Zeppelin, to the Cramps’ distorted rockabilly! 
Lyrically, it’s pretty nuts knowing Gallo is only 28. The life experiences and pain dealt with through cathartic songwriting would make one believe he’s much older.
Not only does he have some of the observational skills and earnest intensity of a young Dylan, he has the hair too.

So don’t let anyone tell you rock 'n' roll is dead. Maybe they are.

His debut & cleverly title album "HEAVY META” is due out soon.
Check out more info & merch HERE.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1071053 2016-07-08T18:32:57Z 2016-07-09T01:41:10Z STAR WARS EPHEMERA & MY MOM
Some of you may know my mother Lila Burkeman passed away recently.
My sister Brie has begun the thankless task of sorting though mom’s home, & in doing so found these envelopes below.
If you’ve looked at STAR WARPS you’ll know that our mom was dating Irvin Kershner (Kersh to friends & family) while he was directing The Empire Strikes Back.
That relationship was the genesis for me creating the book over 30 years later.
Below are some of the envelopes sent to Lila from Kerch.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1067660 2016-06-27T20:59:20Z 2016-06-28T17:06:43Z KENZO repurposed my old flyer designs.
In the early 90’s, in addition to being a DJ, I was party promoter, and a frustrated artist & graphic designer (I guess I'm still that frustrated artist).
When throwing our events, I would get my creative jollies by designing the flyers. 
These were mostly done with pencil, pen & ink - doing edits & multiple fixes using white-out & photocopy machines.

A few months ago the design team from KENZO reached out to me asking if I still had my flyers.
In case you don't know, KENZO is a clothing label founded in 1970 by Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzō Takada, & in my youth I was totally in awe of their ad campaigns.
They told me that 1990’s NYC party’s were going to be the main inspiration for their whole next seasons collection.

What a buzz to see bits of my hand drawn designs used as elements for their collection on a Paris runway!

Respect & shout out to Bones and the real Storm Rave crew. Sorry, I’d forgot I’d even thrown a party with Storm as its name!

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1066942 2016-06-25T03:05:26Z 2016-06-25T14:55:32Z FUN IN CHELSEA WITH SOFI TUKKER 6/24/16
It had been months since I’d been to a gallery & I was in a desperate mood to see some art, so I texted Sophie & Tucker who I've also been trying to get together with for weeks in an attempt to kill two birds with one synchronistic stone. It’s very rare that a plan like that comes together but today the planets alined.
Being close to the end of gallery hours we only got to see a couple of places but the MR exhibition at Lehmann Maupin was more than enough to satisfy my craving for paint n canvases. Below are a few images & moments of the fun afternoon.

These four are just details from the massive paintings.

Tucker & Sophie used to show scale.

We then snuck into some galley that was closing & snapped this.. (apologies to artist & gallery for not crediting you!)

Met up with their friends Charlie & Apple at Comme Des Garcon, to try on a ton of clothes that none of us could afford.

ST watching the final edit of the Drinkee video.

Old man hanging with the kids..

Sticker found for photo op.

& the saga of the broken platform on Apple’s brand new boots..
DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1040595 2016-04-25T15:05:08Z 2016-04-25T15:42:34Z BLURRING RADIO show # 63 "Them's The Breaks"

A full two hours of beats & breaks!

Click HERE to listen.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1039187 2016-04-23T01:14:07Z 2016-04-23T02:47:15Z BÄST : BEST STUDIO VISIT OF 2016

I should probably also mention its the only studio visit I’ve been invited to this year.

However being a real fan & follower of BÄST’s since the mid 90’s, I was excited to go over there to take pictures of some of his collage works for the next volume of my book Stickers. I also respect how he's not interested in being a celebrity art-star, he stays anonymous & simply makes emotive art that is beautifully ugly. Below are just a few of the hundreds of works I got to see.

This stencil, almost 5 foot wide from his street days, nearly 20 years old now.
He also kindly donated a few stickers to the project, here's couple I'd not seen before.
The man in his fortress of solitude.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1029883 2016-04-09T20:01:01Z 2016-04-09T23:52:05Z TOM SACHS EXHIBITION at NOGUCHI MUSEUM 4/9/16

Its very rare that the planets (or moods) align that all 4 Burkeman’s will actually agree to go on a suggested weekend outing. However on this rainy Saturday morning Tom Sachs had the power motivate us. I’ve been taking Max to various exhibitions of his since he was very small. The last one, Mission to Mars, being the best publicly funded art event I’ve ever been to, but this was the first time we’ve done one as family.

The show itself is great & has lots for everyone. Its like a mash-up of American pop culture, NASA artifacts & Japanese historical references. The exhibition has both large impressive works & many of what Tom refers to as “nuggets”, his small sculptures.

The title "Tea Ceremony” refers to the traditional Japanese ritualistic procedure that many of the works focus on. There are some dates when Tom will actually be there performing the ceremony himself for people who can sign up in advance. 

Even without the Tom Sachs art, The Noguchi Museum is well worth a visit. But right now it's a win win. Go before July 24th. Here's INFO

Really nice tape dispenser. From Toms love of his sisters Barbie's. TIE Fighter from NBA ball (needs to be added to Star Warps)

TIE Fighter next to child to show scale.

Bigger child next to NASA suite to show scale.

Does the Big Mac come with Soy Sauce? Beautiful handbag.

Yoda shrine.

Working aircraft bathroom with fully functional toilet. The bowls are called Chawan's.

Chop'em out..

Tom's entrance to the garden. Shame it was raining.

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/1008495 2016-03-07T01:15:01Z 2016-04-10T01:44:06Z SOME PRETTY PICTURES AT THE ARMORY SHOW & VOLTA NYC 2016

Also some not so pretty pictures that I liked too..

Tom Sachs 

Clare Rojas

Thomas Bayrle

Fred Tomaselli

Laure Prouvost

Kris Martin (not the singer AND not the American artist Kris Martin)

Erik Parker

fractured personality selfie (forgot who made the piece, sorry)

Richard Patterson

Kara Walker

Adam Brent

Karine Rougier

Cameron Plater

Mike Simi (We are now the proud owners of this fine work)

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/946650 2015-12-09T16:39:31Z 2016-12-04T04:51:57Z Miami Art Basel week 2015 - Part 1
By far the strongest collection of works I saw in Miami in my 4 days during Art Basel, was a show curated by art giants Larry Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch titled UNREALISM. Actually its possibly the strongest figurative collection I’ve ever seen.
Below is just a few of the works I loved, assembled on 4 massive floors of The Moore Building.
Below those are a couple of works from the same night but at the Rubell Collection, at their amazing NO MAN'S LAND, a retrospective on women artists. Maybe its my wife Wini’s influence, or I’m getting in touch my feminine side this late in life but this year I liked more works by women than ever before.

Jamian Juliano-Villani, "The Entertainer" 48” x 40” Acrylic on canvas 2015

David Salle (massive painting- apologies for no more info)

Duane Hanson "Grandma" (1970’s life size sculpture- apologies for no more info)

Lee Quinones (mixed media - apologies for no more info)

Lisa Yuskavage “No Man’s Land” 77” x 70” Oil on linen.  2012 

Dan Colen (Painting - apologies for no more info)

Richard Phillips “Psych Nude” Oil and wax emulsion on linen

Meleko Mokgosi “Terra peicolosa III” Charcoal on paper 72” x 58” 2015
These next four are from NO MAN'S LAND at the Rubell Collection.
Deborah Kass “Gold Barbra" Acrylic & screen print on canvas 50” x 40” 1992

Kaari Upson “Untitled” Charcoal & wax 23” x 96” x 95” 2009

Miriam Cahn ‘’Versehrt” oil on canvas 63” x 34” 1998

Last but not least, my friend Brian crouched behind his sisters body mold piece.
Janine Antoni “Eureka” Bathtub & lard, life-size 2015 (originally done in 1993)

DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/937647 2015-11-22T14:51:35Z 2015-11-22T14:51:35Z BLURRING RADIO 59 "Reflecting Light to Dark"

A two hour eclectic mix mixtape of new treasures.


DB Burkeman
tag:dbdoesablog.com,2013:Post/914929 2015-10-09T20:11:14Z 2015-10-09T20:17:48Z THE WAR ON DRUGS at RADIO CITY 10/8/15

As always the band were so tight, it feels like these guys grew up playing together. The fact that Max & I had been hooked up with front row seats didn't hurt the vibe either.

What's weird though, was In all the years I've been going to shows (which are too many) this was without question the widest spectrum of ages I've ever seen at a gig. Being 15, Max was definitely among the youngest, but there were lots of college kids too. The real shock was at the other end of the age scale - I swear I saw several couples way into their late 50's and 60’s, & maybe even a 70 year old or two. I totally knew the band was finding an audience in their 30’s & 40’s, due to sonic similarities of music that was huge in the 1980’s - Springsteen, Tom Petty, Dire Straits etc. However, I think original Bob Dylan fans from the 60’s & 70’s have found a new artist to embrace. Of course these older people were not at the recent Governors Ball or the North Side Festival shows, but I’m guessing someone smart figured out that Radio City is a comfortable & respectable enough venue to draw a generation who no longer goes to festivals and clubs.

Possibly the highlight of the show for me, other than simply geeking-out watching their incredible drummer Charlie Hall, was the live version of “Burning.” It was like a live remix that had a super funky, dirty, analog pulse running through it.

DB Burkeman