- Alex Velocity sings The Safety Dance
- Club Play in Minneapolis
- KUNM RADIO – top 10 RPM Chart 4/4/11
- Negative Impact 4 comp CDs arrived today – GET ONE FREE – Tonight at the Chamber
- Review of Apraxia (entire career)
- The library had LAIBACH
- Varry doesn’t watch TV, it watches him!
- One, Two, Three, is Cold War Comedy gold
- Almost 10,000 ‘likes’ on facebook – Everyone invite TWO friends !
- The Best Concert of 2010
This is my first in a series of Karaoke style covers, remakes, what have you. I pledge to never auto-tune a note.
Check it out.
Scroll down to DJ Noise. He played “Suck it Up” last Monday night.
The Compilation CD, Negative Impact Vol 4, is now NUMBER ONE on the RPM charts at KUMN ! Awesome!! Apraxia is featured on Track 10 of the CD.
KUNM RPM CHART for CMJ RPM
4/4/11 ------- Rank Artist Recording Label ========================================================= 1- V/A - NEGATIVE IMPACT VO.4 -PFF RECORDINGS 2- DIVERJE - burn away -DSBP 3- Robert Miles 'Thirteen' -S:alt Records 4- PHILLIP MUNCH - into the absurd -ANT-ZEN 5- MILLIPEDE - powerless -HYMEN 6- V/A - TRANSNATIONAL DUBSTEP -SIX DEGREES 7- WE ARE ENFANT TERRIBLE - exlplicit pictures -LAST GANG 8- JEROME CHASSAGNARD - the time from underneath -HYMEN 9- DEAD VOICES ON AIR - from afar all starts spark and glee -LENS 10-ISZOLOSCOPE - the edge of certainty -ANT-ZEN
I just received my copies of the Negative Impact volume 4 compilation CD.
The CD includes some fresh new tracks by top underground North American dark electro projects. All tracks are radio-friendly and many are perfect for a club scene.
Negative Impact volume 4 is on the DSBP record label under the leadership of Tommy T and Igor Jefe and features 17 tracks.
It’s set to retail at $16 domestically and $24 over sees.
Apraxia invites you to come out to “The Chamber” tonight at The Bolt Underground (club) Get a FREE COPY with admission, even if you show up before they start charging cover! It’s a limited time supply.
I may offer a second chance to get a free copy in the next few weeks but if you just can’t wait, show up tonight! Hope to see you there!
Alex V creates music that seeks actively and knowingly to plug holes in our spirit and psyche, holes like ignorance, alienation, despondency and regret. Every time we laugh along with one of Alex’s ironic social commentaries, we are either benefitting because we needed to know that somebody else knew, or because we didnt know in the first place and welcomed the enlightenment.
Every time we wistfully dwell on some sentiment he drapes across our aurally immersed senses, we share a memory of our common human desires and fixations. Let’s not forget that Alex is an activist as well as a visionary, and that issues we might have developed “mature” or “inf0rmed” views about are revealed to us as still fresh and overflowing with social relevance by Alex’s communiques from his personally chosen hotseat of culture (which is currently the American city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is a place that has made it past many racial, sexual, cultural, and political barriers, in the sense that issues of racial and gender identity and equality, sexual orientation tolerance and exhibition, and human dignity and satisfaction (for better or for worse) are presented by Alex for us to bear.
His message may not alwaysbe presented /in extremis/, and often is filtered through the lens of Alex’s local world, but that would be no different if he were a Native American rain-dancer, or !Kong hunter-shaman, or Irish Czechoslovakian (like me). The fact the he is, and we all are, humans, comes through loud and clear and leaves none of us out. No matter what special group you may be a member of, you and I both know that the pleasure of any group is inhow much it provides for your basically shared human desires. Well that means this is music for the human race, period. How much better can we expect of ourselves?
I made a trip to the East Lake branch of the Hennepin county Library to pick up a few books and DVDs I had on reserve.
While I was there I decided to look through the racks. Each Branch holds a few DVDs but you can borrow from any of the branches. You never know what each branch will have on hand.
Well I found a freakin gem – Laibach ! The DVD came out in 2004 in the USA. I had no idea that there was finally a video collection of Liabach available state-side. I have the DVD playing as I write this and I am in heaven. YAY Laibach!!
This DVD has all of the best original Laibach and some of the best cover-versions as well. I always knew that “Gububert Einer Nation” was a a Germanized remake of Queen’s “One Vision”. I had no idea that Laibach also covered “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones, or “Accross the Universe” by the Beatles.
The Hennepin County Library is just too awesome. Tax dollars at work! How SOCIALIST to have a public resource managed by the government using tax money collected from all social classes, including the rich. We must be a bunch of Commies over here in Minneapolis!
A few years ago I was researching cold war cinema. One, Two, Three staring James Cagney was one of them. Tonight while flipping through channels I happened to catch it on TV. I forgot what a funny movie this is.
I just love the shot-gun fast quips back and forth about capitalism and communism. I love the high-jinx involved when they try to make an eager your East Berliner Communist look like a member of the Upper Class in a hurry. All this is done so that he may defect to the west and marry the heiress to the Coca Cola fortune. Its a gas! If you have a sense of humor, can stand corny jokes and are into the Cold War period of history, this movie is for you!
If you liked “Dr Strangelove” you will likes movie too. I can see how Kubrick might have been informed by this movie while making Strangelove.
I also found that the entire movie is available on YouTube. Just CLICK HERE to start watching the movie in a new widow, full screen.
Here is a clip from the Wikipedia article:
One, Two, Three is a (1961) American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and written by him and I.A.L. Diamond, based on the 1929 Hungarian one-act play Egy, kettö, három by Ferenc Molnár. The comedy features James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Leon Askin, Howard St. John, and others. It would be Cagney’s last film appearance until Ragtime, 20 years later.
The film is primarily set in West Berlin during the Cold War, but before the construction of the Berlin Wall, and politics is predominant in the setup. Diamond and Wilder’s social satire and sharp humor skewers targets on all sides of the divide — capitalists and communists, Americans, Germans, and Russians, men and women alike exhibit their own weaknesses and quirky foibles. As in Avanti! (1972), the humor of the film is partly based on the contrast between people from different cultures.
And it’s driving me crazy. If only we can get passed that threshold. I bet everyone reading this right now knows at least two friends that will like Apraxia. So help us out and turn them on to it!
You can ‘suggest to friends’ on every band/artist profile wall. See below.
Visit the Apraxia profile wall on Facebook.
When you click ‘Suggest to Friends’ a list of your friends will pop up. Just pick two friends that you think will like Apraxia. If you can find more, hey all the better!
Thanks so much for helping out!
If you are done inviting facebook friends to like Apraxia, visit our ReverbNation profile. You can ‘like’ Apraxia there also, not to mention listen to tracks for free.
The hottest show I went to last year would have to be Devo. The photo above is a quick shot I got from my phone. Technically the crowd was forbidden from having cameras. We were to surrender them at the gate. OOPS! lol.
This show seemed like a possible once in a lifetime opportunity, so there was no way I was going to miss it. The tickets were midrange in cost and we got good seats!
I have to hand it to Devo. After being mostly inactive for more than a decade, they pulled it together like true professionals. Not only are they talented and provocative but they have one hell of a work ethic.
They don’t just entertain the crowd with outrageous antics, video, lyrics and instrumentation, they challenge them. Devo wants you to know that mankind is at risk of de-evolution. Many of thier songs fit into this theme, and many are just avante guard.
The show was pure amazement. I was never board. The crowd never sat down in their seats once. For the entire two hour concert, everyone stayed on their feet! The crowd was multicultural and mixed with a slight bent toward nerds and art-hounds.
Devo did at least 3 costume changes and wore several masks. There was a large video screen behind them and the video program was perfect. Everything was perfectly timed to match the lyrics and the feel of the music. The band played flawlessly, and you can tell that most of it was not on a pre-recorded backing track.
They had a new younger drummer who was cool and dorky at the same time, which an odd head movement when he gets in the groove. It seemed like a perfect fit. They
They played most of their best hits from the 80s such as Whip it and my Favorite, Smart Patrol. And they played lots of stuff from the new CD, Something for Everybody.
The new CD is a MUST HAVE. I love how cynical they were in putting it together, asking fans (aka “spuds”) to vote and give opinions on devo.com as to which tracks to keep and which to chuck.
Here are some videos I found from the tour. It looks like the guy who took them had an Ok from the band.
If DJ SLT will let me guest sometime soon, I would love to do a radio show dedicated to the music in these films. Also think of the soundbite potential! This would be one hell of a radio show and if I ever get to do it, I will for sure post it as a podcast.
Here is my list of all time favorite in no particular order.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Ed Wood (the movie)
Bride of the Monster
Revenge of the Nerds
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
War of the Worlds
The Time Machine
Charley & The Chocolate Factory
Headwig & The Angry Inch
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Man Who Fell to Earth
A Color Purple
And the Band Played On
Bowling for Columbine
The sign above is all too familiar. Being from Detroit I grew up drinking Vernor’s. There is simply nothing else like it. Canada Dry always leaves me disappointed.
Today on Facebook I noticed that several of my friends indicated that they liked Vernor’s. Most of these folks are from Detroit.
The modern version of Vernor’s is not quite the magical exiler we drank in the 80s. It’s close but it’s not exact. Once Pepsi took over bottling it they changed the formula to make it more cheeply. This includes moving to Corn Syrup and an altered flavor.
When I was a kid my parents took me to the Detroit Historical Society Museum. At the time they had an exibit in the basement that was set up to look like a city street circa 1880. One of the exibits was a model of the Vernor’s Drug store. Inside was an original dispensor, It had a large tank up top and looked something like a water cooler of today. The yellow liquid had a soft glow that said “Gingery”.
People in the Detroit area have dozens of recepies for drinks and foods that include Vernor’s and ONLY Vernor’s. Try maranating pork ribs in Vernor’s over night. Then bake or grille them. YUM!
If you have a cold in the wintertime, put some Vernor’s in a coffee mug and then put in the microwave for two minutes. Squeeze in some fresh lemon. DELICIOUS!
I found some interesting facts about Vernor’s on Wikipedia.
According to company legend, prior to the start of the American Civil War, while a clerk at the Higby & Sterns drug store in Detroit, James Vernor experimented with flavors in an attempt to duplicate a popular ginger ale imported from Dublin, Ireland. When Vernor was called off to serve in the war, he stored the syrup base of 19 ingredients, including ginger, vanilla and other natural flavorings, in an oak cask.
Vernor opened a drug store of his own on Woodward Avenue, and sold his ginger ale at its soda fountain. According to the 1911 trademark application on “Vernor’s” as a name for ginger ale and extract, Vernors entered commerce in 1880. City by city, Vernor sold bottling franchises, with operators of those franchises required to strictly adhere to the recipe. In 1896, Vernor closed his drugstore to concentrate on the ginger ale business alone. Initially, Vernors was only sold via soda fountain franchises, but later Vernors was bottled for home consumption. James Vernor died Oct. 29, 1927 and was succeeded by his son, James Vernor Jr. Expansion continued throughout Prohibition. In 1962, Vernors introduced Vernors 1-Calorie, now called Diet Vernors. In 1966, the Vernor family sold out to the first of a succession of owners. The company was next acquired by American Consumer Products and then by United Brands before being purchased by A&W Beverages in 1987. A&W was later purchased by Cadbury Schweppes.
The year was 1991. I was listening to a cool show on WDET called Radio Free Earth. WDET is one of the coolest stations in the history of radio. The DJ was giving away tickets to a concert called “Localpalooza”. It was going to take place on the Campus of Oakland University. I had been thinking about going there for college and the concert sounded fun so I called in. Guess what?
I won two tickets!! So I took my buddy Ed, an original member of Apraxia, to this show. His mom drove us. It turns out it that it was taking place at the Oakland Center.
That video shows the place as it looks today. Back in 1991, the idea was the same but dingy and desolate. The place hadn’t been tweeked out with corporate propoganda. It was a basic purpose building with a multipurpose room for a ball room.
The show had about 12 bands and Kid Rock was the headlining act. We’ll get to that in a minute. Some of the other bands I can remember were Keeper Wild, Kevin’s Gounded, The Pedestrians, some band that had some connection to Janes Addiction and Brave New World. I even bought the t-shit. I wish I still had it. I can’t even find a picture of it!
Most of these bands were pretty good and played well. There were about 60-80 people in attendance, mostly college kids. I felt so cool to be hanging out with college kids.
I was struck by Brave New World. They are/were mainly a Depeche Mode reinterpretation and cover band but they did do a few originals.
At the time I hadn’t been exposed to any Depeche Mode. I might have been into them but just as I was getting over Information Society, someone gave me a Dead Kennedies tape. So I was into Punk and Alternative back then.
Brave New World still has a Myspace page floating out in cyberspace. You can here their version of “Shake This Disease“. They have an uncanny immitation of David Gahan. (So please people stop saying that I am a Gahan wanna-be! )
But lets talk about Kid Rock. While I really like the midsection of Kid Rock’s work, I do not like what he is now and I really didn’t like what I saw at Localpalooza.
The young(ish) Kid Rock came out with about 20 people on stage. Very few of them did anything but move around and say “Yeah!”. He sprayed a bunch of underage college kids with 40 oz of Old English. Being from the ghetto myself, I thought this was a bit trite.
All of his songs were simply loops of other popular songs by Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions. His rap skills were poor as well. I thought, “I can’t believe this guy has top billing”.
Apparently 90% of the crowd could not believe it either. He pretty much emptied out the place including Ed and me. I remember flipping him off from the crowd and him saying “Fuck You Too” in response.
Building matenance started putting up chairs durring his set. That’s how empty the place was. How sad was that? Poor Kid!
Unfortunately he did bomb that night as the headliner. I am sure he will admit to it.
Shortly after that however things really started working for him, and I started to like what I heard. These days songs from that period are a guilty pleasure for me which annoys the hell out of my friends in Minnesota.
The video below is Kid Rock playing at Woodstock 99, just 8 years after the show i saw where he bombed. I think he kicked ass here. But that’s just me. Don’t be a hater! lol.
My friend Matt is in from out of town, and as always we went to our favorite local record store, Electric Fetus. While browsing through the electronic section, I found the Apraxia slot and snapped this photo. My, aren’t we in great company!
Remember the Science Fair 160 in One kit? Man did I love this thing. I spent hours a day playing with it. You didn’t need to use a soldering iron because each component has these little springs for contacts. All you had to do was route the wires to the contacts and follow the instructions in the project manual. They made it really easy. It was fun to modify the circuits once you built them.
You could make a theremin, an AM Radio Station, Crystal Radio, Burglar Alarm, Basic oscillators, cool noise makers, a telegraph, even a lie detector. I once made the AM radio station and hooked it up the TV antenna that was on top of our house. I was able to pick up the week signal across the street!
The 160 in One kit came out in 1982. It was an update to the 150 in One kit that came out in 1978. The 160 kit was very cool because it added a Solar Cell, LED digit display and a simple intergrated circuit (also called a microchip).
Those were the days. I eventually wore it out. I wish I could find another one in like-new condition!
Science Fair 160 in One Kit, circa 1982
Apraxia will once again be a featured video artist on the Local Access Cable and internet video program called Style City Music Presents. The video for “Stop” will air on Saturday November 13, 2010 in both the Atlanta GA and Tampa FL areas.
Here are the air-times.
ATLANTA, GA – Comcast Channel 24 People TV – 1:00 am- 1:30 am
TAMPA, FL – Verizon 36, Brighthouse 949 – 10:00pm -10:30pm
This is the video (we think) they are planning to show:
Last time they showed DNA NanoBots
Here is a link to an audio-only preview of the VIDEO show program that will air. As you can see, they are planning on playing “STOP” and once again they have Apraxia following Trina. Outrageous! We’ll put up the link to the archive when it becomes available.
Thanks again to the staff and talent at Style City for having the good sense to feature Apraxia on their programs.
We’d also like to know if you can recommend other TV shows to which we should submit material. Just leave a comment if you have one in mind!
YAY! Steve Jobs got off his self-effacing fascist head trip and recently authorized the use of Adobe’s FLASH technology on iPhones.
I really get a kick out of the fact that Skyfire 2.0, a Flash player application for iPhone, was temporarily taken offline starting today because demand was beyond capacity. Customers were clamouring to download the newest Flash enabled web browser for iPhone. Read all about it on PC World.
If your iPhone is now officially COMPLETELY OPERATIONAL when it comes to using the web, then check out this Flash demonstration Apraxia made in 2001. It’s a little dated but you will love the retro feel on your tiny iPhone screen.
click to allow Apraxia to
TEST YOUR iPHONE
If you see a retro music demonstration your Flash plug-ins are installed correctly. Thank you for testing with Apraxia.
In January 2011, Apraxia is proud to be included in the official compilation release, Negative Impact volume 4.
The compilation features bands such as Apraxia, Alien Implant, Asmodeus X, BIOCARBON13, Concept 7, Infinity Interrupt, THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN and lots more.
On the show “Talk of the Nation” on National Pulblic Radio, an email from Alex was read on the air! Guest, Robert Krulwich, reponds with laughter. Fun !! *(source)
Here is a clip from the transcript:
CONAN: Alexander would like to know about the international space elevator. It’s fascinating. I even wrote a song about it. I hope you use my song in your report. Here’s a quick intro to the whole – and he sent you a link to his song. And thanks…
(Soundbite of laughter)
CONAN: International space elevator.
KRULWICH: I do find the space – first of all, there’s something a little odd about getting in the elevator and going up 20 miles and then stopping. What do you do when you get to the top?
CONAN: I don’t know.
KRULWICH: You’re not allowed out, obviously. Maybe there’s like a lobby up there, like a sky lobby? I mean, they haven’t built it yet. (Unintelligible) make me a little nervous…
CONAN: Didn’t it nearly fall down in the ’80s?
KRULWICH: I would think that if you have a little bulbish(ph) kind of thing on the top of the elevator shaft that you might be a little worried that it would topple. I’m not going to be the first to get on the space elevator.
(Soundbite of laughter)
CONAN: You’ll be the second.
KRULWICH: I think I’ll be the second.
Here is the link to the song/video mentioned
Apraxia – International Space Elevator
This is a slide show presentation made by the band as an excuse to get the song out on YouTube. We hope you like it. Since it’s technically educational we got away with borrowing stuff from all over the web because of the fair use laws in the USA.
International Space Elevator is included on Apraxia’s latest release, The Grid.
Thats a Roland V Drums TD9 kit with the original brain. The newer Roland drum brains have taken a nose dive into total suckage. it’s sad. Lets hope Roland does not become another casualty of globalization.
ReverbNation just charted Apraxia NUMBER ONE Dance/Electronica artist in Minneapolis!
Apraxia hit NUMBER ONE on the ReverbNation local charts for Electronica / Dance in Minneapolis, USA. We’ve been number one on this chart since June 2010 !
See for yourself! http://www.reverbnation.com/apraxia
This is a music film set to “Delicious Vixen” by Apraxia. “Delicious Vixen” is on the album The Grid. This film was directed by Douglas Struble. There is also a DVD available exclusively to VJs, podcasters and community access cable. Just contact Apraxia if you need one.
Every town has a girl like her
Don’t you know she’s a vixen
She’s got a clever pseudonym
You always know what mood she’s in
She’s causing lots of friction
With her cultivated diction
You really want to know her
You want to be her best friend
You know she loves the classics
She’s got a wicked hat trick
You’re paying close attention
To all her little mentions
She’s got top level access
And now your nothing but practice
Sugar and Spice – Delicious
Everything’s nice – She’s Vicious
Ready for a fight – Ballistic
And Everyone wants to get with her
Grips like a vice – She’s red handed
Paid it more than twice – She’s in demand when
You see her at night – You’re enchanted
Cuz everyone wants to get with her
She’ll put you on ice
Sugar and Spice – Delicious
Everything’s nice – She’s Vicious
Ready for a fight – Ballistic
And everyone wants to get with her
Vocals, Keys: Alex V
Backing Vocals: Brooke A
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Style-City Music Presents, An Independent Music Video program, broadcast in the Greater Tampa Bay area, on 5 local cable stations. Show Airs on Brighthouse Channel 949, and Verizon Channel 36 Saturdays at 10:00pm. Show airs again on Brighthouse Channel 950, Verizon Channel 30, and Comcast Channel 20 Sundays at 10:00pm. – Style-City Music Recording Studio, Saint Petersburg, FL
Style-City may be a low budget local cable show but it’s features the hottest unsigned independent bands in all genres. Apraxia is proud to be featured on this fresh new program out of Tampa Bay Florida ! Tell Gramma to tune in!