Bangin' the Box at Burt's

Even wet weather couldn't stop the good people from enjoying themselves at ye olde Tiki Hut last night. Many, many thanks to all of you for joining us. I've uploaded my (imperfect at best) live mix for your next headphone dance party. I sure had a great time playing for you and it's these small room parties that I live for. —XO/JW

De-mythologizing Manifest Destiny, Adam Bateman's Westward Attraction

Adam Bateman, Executive Director/Curator at CUAC is leaving today for his summer project of WALKING the MORMON TRAIL... 1100 MILES from Nauvoo, Illinois back to Salt Lake City, Utah in modern times. Follow his progress at Facebook.com/adam.bateman.50 where he posted the following artist statement:

For my project I intend to walk from a spot just outside Omaha, Nebraska, historically known by my Mormon ancestors as Winter Quarters, to my current home (and ancestral home) of Salt Lake City, retracing the footsteps of my great ancestor Thomas Bateman who did this four times starting at my same age in 1850. This is a walk of over 1100 miles. I begin on April 28.
      My art has been an exploration of the aesthetics of the West. I have looked at how we create architectures (physical and cultural) that affect the aesthetic and rhetorical function of the landscape. This has been explored through looks at regional landscape painting, irrigation, and institutional tourism. I have spoken many times about how recreational landscape tourism is a ritualization of westward expansion and manifest destiny. I think the most systematic example of manifest destiny is that of the Mormon settlement of the west. The following is a description of a project I'm looking for help to fund.

Keeping Things Whole
–Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

Travel through space can be an end in itself. The act of walking as art is as much the action of the art-making as it is the product. In a literal sense, the act of walking parts the air and makes a negative-sculpture of the space my body occupies over time. There is a huge precedent for walking as an end. In art there are many examples, most notably Richard Long. Most wilderness/landscape-focused tourism involves travel as an end as do contemporary religious pilgrimages of all types.
     My action is an investigation of the rhetorical and sculptural qualities of tourist and recreational travel in the west. It is an exploration of how a sense of place, and more specifically, travel though space is fundamental to experiencing the American West.
     In addition to the robust history (and industry) of recreational travel in the west (think motorcycle tourism/ATVs/hunting/national parks/wilderness backpacking/roadtripping), there is a strong literary tradition that ties landscape travel to American Identity. This tradition ranges from books like Blood Meridian andThe Road by Cormack McCarthy to Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck and On The Road by Kerouac, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and Desert Solitaire by Edward Abby and the list could go on and on. It also includes immigration narratives by lots of people from the Navajo to John Winthrop to Brigham Young to the current wave of Latino immigration.
     It is central to my thesis that a reason our literature and recreation so often center around travel in the landscape is because of a ritualization of a romantic relationship we have to founding/pioneering-related travel of the past. When we visit national parks we are ritualizing manifest destiny.
     I also have a personal relationship to that historical travel. I have over 60 ancestors who walked the Mormon Trail from Winter Quarters, NE to Salt Lake City, UT. That trail overlaps significantly with the Oregon Trail of video game lore, the Lewis and Clark blazed trail, and the trail used to populate California during the Gold Rush. Among those ancestors is James Morgan Bateman, my namesake and first in a line of six James Batemans of which I am the last (James Adam Bateman). James Morgan was born outside of Nauvoo and lived in Winter Quarters for a couple years then crossed the plains as a child with his father Thomas and mother Mary Street Bateman.
     An effect of our ritualization of landscape travel is a romanticization of past landscape travel and mythologies are built up from the nostalgia surrounding those heroic feats. Part of my intention with this action is to de-mythologize previous travels—to reduce them to actions instead of mythologies.

www.adambateman.com

▶ NCM GUEST MIX 003: CHASEONE2

Having no musical boundaries gives CHASEONE2 all the freedom in the world.

1. “Hold Me” Beerlover
2. “Hold it now, Hit it (Acapella)” The Beastie Boys
3. “ILYAF” Anna Of The North
4. “Only Years” Edwick John
5. “On My Mind (Acapella)” Soul IV Real
6. “Funbox Party” Copycat
7. “Can't There Be Love (Pilooski Remix)” Dee Edwards
8. “Gangsta (Cut Chemist Remix)” Tune-Yards
9. “Buggin’ (Pickster’s Trick Rubin Remix)” Justin Martin
10. “MTI (TWRK Remix)” Koreless
11. “Estrelar” Marcos Valle
12. “Laid In Full (Rakim Suite) (Qdup & Sons of Satin Re-Twerk)” Eric B & Rakim
13. “Noir” S Strong & Boogie Belgique
14. “Rich Kind Of Poverty (TREW Edit)” Sam &
15. “Soul Clap (Altered Tapes Rework)” Showbiz & AG
16. “People Everyday (Altered Tapes Rework) Arrested Development
17. “Love & Happy” Copycat
18. “The Mother We Share (Moonboots Remix)” Chvrches
19. “Burn (Leo Kalyan Remix)” Ellie Goulding
20. “Groovin’ (Nobley Nobe Edit)” The Young Rascals
21. “My Lady/The Crusaders” Daigo
22. “Raise It Up (Doc Adam Remix)” Slum Village
23. “The Rain” Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
24. “Stoop Rap (Doc Adam & Nick Bike Break)” Double Trouble
25. “Today (Bladerunners Edit)” Tom Scott & The California Dreamers
26. “ Enjoy The Ride” The Social Lovers

Where are you from, have you always lived in Utah?
I was born in Tampa Bay, Florida, then moved to Sacramento, California, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I moved to Salt Lake in 2000 and have moved around a bit (New York, California, New Zealand), but I always find my way back to Utah.

How and when did you become interested in music, was there a specific event or time in your life that made you want to start DJing?
I think my Dad had a lot to do with that. He introduced me to jazz and soul music at an early age. He had a killer 8-track collection we would always listen to in the car. So when I was 16 I basically stole his entire record collection and that's when I started buying records also. My friend had just bought turntables and a mixer so that's what we did everyday. When I was 17 I had finally saved up enough money to buy my own turntables and mixer, and a few months after that I bought my first sampler, an Akai S-20. Around this time is when I was introduced to Z-Trip and Radar, Pickster, Tricky-T, Dj Entrification, and Dj Element( who was a fellow high school classmate). I always loved hip hop, but I was mainly fascinated  on what was going on behind the scenes, the producer, the dj, the records they were sampling to make these songs.

Which bands or artists inspired you when you were younger?
Stevie Wonder, War, Dj Shadow, Cut Chemist, Mark Farina, Jurassic 5, Freestyle Fellowship, Fugazi, KRS One, Richard "Groove" Holmes, The Beastie Boys, Dj Premier, Z-Trip are a few that come to mind.

How did you come up with your DJ name?
This is kind of a funny story actually. So in the early-mid 2000's there were two local deejays going under the name Chaseone, myself and Chase Jensen, aka Street Jesus. It started to get confusing on flyers and the weekly newspapers after a while so I just added a 2 to my name and shortly after Chase Jensen became Street Jesus. Haha.


What do you like (or don’t like) about living in Salt Lake?
There's only one thing I don't like about Salt Lake and that's our terrible air quality in the winter months. I love the people here, the small, but incredibly talented groups of artists and musicians. Salt Lake is a true gem. It often gets overlooked by people, but for the ones that know, it's one of the best kept secrets of the west.

How would you describe the scene to an outsider?
A tight-knitted group of incredibly talented individuals, artists, bands, musicians who all pretty much know each other.

What equipment do you use for DJing (or producing) including for this mix?
For deejaying I normally play off of two Technics 1200's MKII's or two Numark TTX's, a Pioneer DJM-400 or a Rane TTM 54. For producing I've had my share of machines over the years including an Akai S-20 sampler, an Ensoniq ASR-X Pro, an MPC 1000, an MPC 500, but as of lately I enjoy using the Roland SP-404 sampler. I really enjoy analog machines if you couldn't tell. For this mix I used two Numark TTX turntables, a Pioneer DJM-400 mixer, Serato Scratchlive program, a Tascam DP-02 digital 8-track recorder.

What goals do you have for yourself when it comes to music and in life?
I have one basic motive in life and music and that is the tendency to self-actualize, to fulfill one's potential and achieve the highest level of "human-beingness" I can. Basically, I try to put my best food forward in everything I do in life.

What kinds of activities do you like to do when you’re not playing out?
I enjoy record shopping, skateboarding, reading, homework,painting, watching James Bond movies.

How would you describe your style of selecting and mixing?
I tend to be all over the place at times. I honestly have a hard time staying within the lines or genres. To me deejaying has no lines or boundaries, that's the reason I love it so much you know, you can just take it anywhere you want. I tend to play a lot of loops in my mixes also. That's where the production aspect comes into my mixing.

What is a favorite gig (or two) you've played during your DJ career?
I always have a blast playing in Phoenix with Dj Entrification, But honestly, anytime I get to play alongside my friends Godina, Sneeky Long, Finale, Flare, Matty, and you of course, will always be my favorite.

Anything else you want to share about the mix you made for NCM?
I pieced the songs together in a Psychology class last Thursday afternoon and when I got home I setup and hit record. This is a live one-take mix recorded at my house in the Avenues. It has a little bit of everything on it. After listening to it I realized it has a good spring time vibe to it. Hope you enjoy it.

Ready or Not... Here is comes!

Awesome.

Awesome.

What is PREPPERCON?

As described on their website preppercon.com,  "PrepperCon is the premier event for Preppers of any age or experience.  Not only do we showcase the Prepper Lifestyle, but we combine the best of entertainment, emergency preparedness, gun shows, off-grid living and survival into one incredible experience.  Come see local and international celebrities in the Prepper World.  We'll have stars from Doomsday Preppers and other hit reality and scripted shows.  We'll hold live demonstrations, survival food cooking contests, prizes, and a diverse lineup of amazing people, and even geek-out events like our Zombie and Post-Apocolyptic costume contest.

At PrepperCon you'll find incredible entertainment, cutting-edge gadgets, training and networking opportunities, prepping fundamentals, self-defense and home security, survival gear, food storage, first aid supplies, emergency and disaster response resources, and an unbelievable experience for you, your family, and community."

High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)

From NASA/ISS:  The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the Earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear.

Want to make the live feed your OSX screensaver? Try this, or this (for OSX, hold cntrl key when you click open after unzipping the files)

444 an exhibition by MITT2020


444 an exhibition by MITT2020

Exhibition dates: April 17 – May 9, 2015

Exhibition opening reception: Friday, April 17, 7pm-9pm. 
CUAC hours: T-F 11-6pm, Sat 12-4pm.

CUAC is pleased to present an exhibition by MITT2020: 444

444 (police code for officer involved shooting)

CUAC is pleased to present an exhibition that explores the aesthetic language surrounding the very complicated issue of police shootings. In 444, MITT2020 will present artifacts as well as found photography and video footage from the shootings as art objects. We hope that this exhibition will contribute to this very important public conversation. Our aim is to help identify the rhetorical visual semiotics of the conversation and understand how they function to support or critique various positions in the conversation surrounding this issue.

From MITT2020: 

Our aim is to present artifacts that reflect actual items used in recent police-related homicides, including video footage released by police about those incidents in a way that doesn’t take an ideological position. We feel that presenting those artifacts is a mirror that will reflect what people feel about those events and be a point of departure for conversation about the issue.

As artists who are presenting this exhibition, we have done research about dozens of officer involved shootings in Utah over the past several years. That research has led us to the conclusion that in most cases, we believe the officers were justified in their actions, though there were several we still question. We think the opportunity to exhibit these artifacts in an art gallery context provides a great opportunity for community discussion around an issue that continues to exist in grey area and might need further clarity before there is a final (but needed) resolution.

Mitt2020 is an anonymous group of artists. This is the first public project we’ve undertaken. The anonymity is a convenient way for us to make projects and artworks that don’t affect our own individual practices or sales. Artists, at the end of the day, are brand managers and producers for small-scale retail operations and this gives us an opportunity to step outside that role to address aesthetic, cultural, conceptual, or political issues without affecting our individual brands.
 — MITT2020

More information can be found at www.cuartcenter.org

High Five! Bunny Hop 5th Annual Rewind

Click to play video collection.

We have photos and video from the 5th Annual 'Bunny Hop' fundraiser at The Garage for you today. Original photos can be downloaded from Flickr if you see some you want to save or post elsewhere. Please just credit the Bunny Hop in some way. More can be seen on Instagram using #bunnyhopslc.


THANK YOU!

Everyone involved with the Bunny Hop wants to thank those who came out this year to support. Especially the many sponsors, volunteers, DJ's (9 total), performers and staff who made it come together in fine style.

With your help we raised over $3K for the Volunteers of America, Utah – Homeless Youth Resource Center. Twice what we raised last year!

A little about what this VOA chapter does:

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IS ON THE RISE. Last fiscal year, Volunteers of America, Utah’s Homeless Youth Resource Center served 944 individual homeless youth, 80% of whom are from Utah. The majority of these homeless youth suffered from verbal, physical and sexual trauma by those who are supposed to love and protect them. They often reported having parents and caretakers who were addicted to drugs, involved in criminal activity, incarcerated and/or abusive. Economic stress has also been shown to increase violence and substance use in families, resulting in more youth fleeing their homes. Other youth have been kicked out of their homes, have run away from the hurt and/or find themselves alone without resources. About 75% of youth served report physical and sexual abuse, whereas 25% aged out of the foster care system.

These are our most vulnerable youth, age 15-24, who live on our streets, camp in our foothills and have nowhere to go. So we go to them. We bring them food and clothing. Check on their safety. Gain their trust. So eventually, they’ll come to us. At first, it might just be to shower, or do laundry at our Youth Resource Center. Many will stay in our emergency shelter. And once we build a relationship, we can do more than meet their basic needs. We can help them complete their education. Seek employment. Find housing. And get the mental health and addiction counseling they need. This building will enable us to best serve their needs by providing quality, one-on-one time to help them on the path to self-sufficiency.


The VOA has a proposed new location on 9th S. and 400 W. in Salt Lake they are hoping to build in the coming year. You can read more about their mission and the proposed facility in this small brochure online.

THE CENTER SEEKS TO PROVIDE A SAFE TRUSTING ENVIRONMENT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH AND HELP BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MOVING OUT OF HOMELESSNESS AND ONTO THE PATH OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

Justin Godina aka JGODINA was recently the winner of City Weekly's BEST OF UTAH MUSIC award for Best DJ and a long-time veteran of the Bunny Hop. We're excited to have him back and putting a big exclamation point on the end of his birthday week which includes opening for QUANTIC this Thursday at Urban Lounge. You can also hear him and his wax addicted friends at Bar X on Monday nights, or his bread and butter weekend residency at Maxwell's on Main Street. Read Godina's interview with City Weekly to get familiar with possibly the hardest working (and talented) DJ's in the city.

The Dahlia Room, A Grown Up Sex Shop For Salt Lake

Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Celebrate sexuality, freedom, diversity and connection.
— Jennifer Fei

I met Jen several years ago when she was knee deep in leather handbags running her 9th and 9th store Purse Dreams. She won me over with her smile and winning attitude on more than one occasion. Jen is impossibly awesome, that's all there is to it. So when I'd heard she was going to open a sex shop on Broadway I was excited for her and the pleasure deficient people of the Wasatch front. We chatted about Jen's approach to the shop when I popped in to her lovely space earlier this week and she told me the following:

"I opened up The Dahlia Room when I saw that there was a need for a progressive sex shop that catered to adults. Navigating the extensive world of sex toys can be intimidating. I wanted to create a clean and non cluttered space offering a well curated selection of high quality items for people to enjoy. Our focus at The Dahlia Room is education and conversation about all kinds of sex. We know you can purchase most of these items online, so the advantage in shopping with us is the knowledge that we can provide to help you expand your sexual boundaries. From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone and want to make you feel comfortable shopping for your new toy."

Stop in and get to know Jen while perusing the upscale store. One can never have enough toys in the bedroom and she'll give you knowledge you need to wield them expertly.

The Dahlia Room
247 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 953-0088
www.thedahliaroom.com