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Uber-Cool Designs To Wear, Show Your LOVE For HT!!

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

One of my favorite design communities – Threadless – busted out this week with new contests and new releases as part of their Wear I $pent My Summer Vacation Sale. By the end of the weekend, someone is going to win an ipod and digital camera, and everyone will find great designs by so many fabulous artists- on smooth american apparel shirts for as low as $10! Ten frickin US dollars! And they will be releasing another new design everyday until June 3rd.

I’m particularly fond of this one that I bought on sight (I’m actually wearing it as I write this):

Threadless Design Community Summer Sale

Aww YEAH! Iz gonna be a Beat Street Beat Down!!

That’s not all… By coincidence, I submitted a slogan for a tshirt idea this week. It’s a sweet little philosophical one-liner that I have used for years in conjunction with my solo music project. If you want to make a dedicated music journalist super happy, vote to get it printed as a tshirt. Check-check-check it out y’all:

 

Robots don’t leave fingerprints

Click the slogan there to vote!

You need to sign in or sign up for a Threadless account, but go ahead, you’ll need one to order anyhow. If you get a chance to tell them who referred you, my Threadless name is robotanist . For those not familiar with the Threadless community, they RULE! Check out the next contest coming up – they are seeking Tshirt design submissions inspired by “awkward love” in celebration of the quirky romance comedy Eagle vs. Shark… The regular contests are located behind the big red heart at the top of the page. If you don’t see it, hover over “Participate” and you will see the heart to the right.So go ahead, find something cool to wear to the show next weekend, and enter to win some cool prizes! Thanks for your support! If I win this slogan contest, I will have some credit to spend on Tshirts, which means HearingTest will definitely be having a contest with Tshirt prizes!!
Enjoy your Threadless Summer Vacation!

 

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HearingTest Gets A New Look!

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 27May07

Those readers who are visiting this page via the homepage can plainly see (i hope!!), that this site has just had a complete renovation. If you are reading this via a reader or email post, please visit the website at your convenience and let me know how it looks. I hope you are able to see everything well enough. I will be making adjustments and improvements constantly until it looks absolutely fantastic on everyone’s computer, so if anything is not working out in your view of this site – please email me! In the meantime, i just wanted to get this up and running. The colour palette is very dark for a very good reason – these colours are intended to save quite a bit of energy and therefore be more environmentally conservative. It takes more energy/electricity to illuminate a monitor screen to make it appear white, it takes half as much energy to appear dark blue, green, and red, and even less to produce black. In fact, black might be the total absence of light in this case. For more information on low-watt web palettes, visit these pages:

Black Google On TreeHugger

EcoIron Uses Emergy-C

I will be posting more very soon about conserving energy on the internet, blogging on wordpress, CSS control, etc…

So Stay Tuned!
And as always, THANKS FOR VISITING!!!

Molli Fire
~iVi~

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New Colours For Hearing, New Sounds For Viewing

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 9May07

ALLLLL RIGHT!

Please let me know if you prefer this theme/layout/color palette more or less than the previous black and white one. i feel like this one is a little easier to navigate, but i like the style of the other one better. colours on this one are optional. i hope to completely renovate the colour scheme soon, because i want to use an energy-saving palette. that’s where most of the screen is dominated by dark colours, with the text and links in medium-light colours. this significantly reduces the amount of energy used while viewing, because it requires less illumination. so, that will be a big site overhaul, and this one is temporary. i would just like to know what works best for people, and what totally does not work, so i can work those suggestions into the new style…..

and thanks to those who emailed and commented in the last month, your feedback has been delightful!

if you head over to the HearingTest youtube channel, you will get a sneak peak at the videos that i will be posting up soon. they are short little videos taken at the Teen Suicide 002 Record Release Party on April 27, 2007. i will be posting them along with a slideshow of pix as soon as i finish resizing the photos.

enjoy!
~iVi~

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Vera Club- Concert Poster Art Book & DVD

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 3May07

If you love quality concert posters, in the vein of Frank Kozik‘s legendary style, then you will probably love the eye candy that Niek Schutter and Ricky Van Durren have compiled for you. It’s called Rockin’ On Paper, and it’s a collection of vibrant concert posters from the Vera Club in Groningen, Netherlands.
The Vera website describes it best :

Rockin on Paper’ is a 320 pages full color history on the Vera Club and it’s posters. The Vera Club in Groningen has been renowned for being a cool place to perform for the Alternative Music Scene. Part of it’s charm are the posters: silk screened with lots of original artwork. Memento’s for both audience and band. This book contains a broad selection of the archived posters (more than 300) between the really early years and somewhere around 2005. Next to it a short historical overview of the Club and some personal memories on some of the -for a variety of reasons- more memorable performances. Interviews with: Lee Ranaldo, Mick Collins, Lou Barlow, Kim Gordon, David Yow, Ross Knight.
Text is in both Dutch and English.
With the book comes a DVD containing original live footage shot at and by the VERA Club itself. Exciting performances by:the Gunclub, Monster Magnet, Dead Moon,Giant Sand, Sebadoh,Cosmic Psychos, the Gories, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dinosaur jr., Sonic Youth and Beat Happening.

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The DVD is equally exciting, check out this tracklist!

01 The Gun Club – “Ghost on the Highway”
02 Dead Moon – “54/40 or Fight”
03 Dead Moon – “I’m Wise”
04 Dead Moon – “Out on a Wire”
05 The Band of Blacky Ranchette – “Moon Over Memphis”
06 Sebadoh – “Sacred Attention”
07 Sebadoh – “Brand New Love”
08 Sebadoh – “Ride the Darker Wave”
09 Sonic Youth – “Schizophrenia”
10 Sonic Youth – “Expressway to Yr. Skull” (aka “The Crucifixion of Sean Penn” aka “Madonna, Sean and Me”)
11 Sonic Youth – “Pacific Coast Highway”
12 Sonic Youth – “Beauty Lies in the Eye”
13 Sonic Youth – “Tom Violence”
14 Sonic Youth – “White Kross”
15 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Backslider”
16 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “History of Lies”
17 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “The Feeling of Love”
18 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “White Tail”
19 Cosmic Psychos – “Pub”
20 Cosmic Psychos – “Lost Cause”
21 Cosmic Psychos – “David Lee Roth”
22 Dinosaur Jr. – “The Lung”
23 Dinosaur Jr. – “Kracked”
24 The Gories – “To Find Out”
25 The Gories – “He’s Doin’ It”
26 The Gories – “Queenie”
27 Beat Happening – “Revolution Come and Gone”
28 Beat Happening – “Nancy Sin”
29 Beat Happening – “Fortune Cookie Prize”
30 Monster Magnet – “Medicine”

To order, go to this manic page.

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Hacking The Social Network To Get To The Top

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

Before I end the detour into posting about HearingTest and internet technical info, I want to add a few things….

This Here WordPress Blog

I like to read about all kinds of things and i’m fascinated with how things work. I have a terrible habit of dismantling things, especially electronic things, to see how they work. If they weren’t broken to begin with, I am good at getting them back together. One of my many obstacles in life turns up when I take things apart that don’t work for some reason. I leave them “exploded” – scattered bits about 1/16th inch away from where they were nestled together as a cohesive whole. I leave them that way while I try to find the part that will make them work again. This would be fine, except they tend to multiply. Many little unfinished projects with their guts exposed.

I can’t do this with the web. If something can’t be fixed properly, I have to figure out a backup plan that will work. Which brings us to the current design and layout going on here at the HearingTest HQ. WordPress worked on fixing the sidebar/widget problems this morning, and seems to have resolved it. For some reason, it’s not working for me. I have a dead widgets dashboard. I can’t mess with ’em. So what am i going to do now?

(shrugs) nothing.

It really doesn’t bother me too much, as long as all the correct info is there. I’d actually like this layout if the sidebars were on the left. And, i wanted to change the CSS for this site soon enuff anyway. So, maybe this will do until I get a chance to write up a stylesheet, it might increase my motivation to get on that. Or, maybe i will figure out how to get the old design working again. Either way, it means there will be a bit of a construction zone goin on here for a short time. I apologize, I hope no one is actually inconvenienced, though i hardly think a person could be inconvenienced by this site.

Technorati favorites, Digg, Top blogs, And other Social Networking Issues In Web 2.0

I’m A Tinkerer

Part of my fascination with how things work extends to the web. I learned programming at a very early age – I was writing programs on a Commodore 64 that would tutor me on french when I was about 12 – so I am intrigued with SEO, accessibility, user interface, and such things. This is one of the reasons I thoroughly enjoy reading Problogger, even though i have almost no interest in making money from the blog itself. Sure, i have that link to Threadless Tshirts in the sidebar, which generates a whopping $3 credit in the store for me if someone were to use that link AND buy a shirt. (have you seen that link? oh you really should, it’s near the bottom. have you seen Threadless Tshirts? They are SO nice!) ;) But i digress. I read Problogger because I find it interesting. It’s useful, often has specific info on topics that are of interest to any website manager, and I like that he values reader interaction and quality of content more than what the web-surfing robots think. You know, the robots who decide things like blog rank and top posts and such.

Technorati Favorite Swapping

This weekend, I learned of yet another web 2.0 obsession – swapping favorite blog links. It is a game that some people play to get ahead on the web. The idea is to get enough people to add your blog address to their favorite blogs list on Technorati so that you get into the Top 100 Favorited Blogs. Darren, the author of Problogger, wrote a post about the dynamics of this game and whether being in the top 100 was a huge advantage or not. He has a great perspective in this matter, being #3 on the list, and it is valuable to get a glimpse of what he can see from there. Especially because he does not use this swapping method to get ahead in the rank. His post got me thinking about such methods, and I just thought I would put them here for the record. Think of this as an editorial in the Opinion section…

Put Down The Mouse, It’s Time To Get Some Fresh Air

Towards the end of that post, Darren offered up his honest opinion of the tactic. He said “This might not be popular – but I think that the practice of swapping favorites is a little sad and that the energy that some bloggers are putting into doing it could be much better spent by actually engaging with readers and encouraging genuine relationships to be formed.” I couldn’t agree more. The funny thing is that some people got really upset. Some even went so far as to use expletives in their comments! Getting heated about a topic like this displays how some people identify themselves with their blogs too much. MANY people in this cyber world need to step away from their computers and get some air. And some perspective. Take a walk, or a vacation. Seriously, it’s a blog, a web log of some series of events and personal experiences. Blogs may be taking over the web, but they should not be allowed to take over our lives. I say this even as someone who has spent 16 hours/day on my laptop every day for the last 2 weeks. I have not had any day off, I have been eating pizza and chinese, drinking too much coffee, and going insane. However, this is really unusual for me. I love the outside world, I love dancing and kung fu, I love huge stacks of speakers playing dub music, I especially love fresh air!

Every Man And Woman Is A Star

Blogs, writing, coding, programming, designing, and all computer based careers cause pixel burn to the eyes, a lack of social skills, stiff joints, sore backs, and a host of other problems. Why would i want to identify with these things? I find it a little scary that we, as an online population are getting so involved in web 2.0 that some people are beginning to internalize their online personas. Granted, your blog is a personal experience, and it probably follows the same moral standards that you adhere to in “real” life. But really, why take it so seriously?
I can appreciate the spirit of experimentation that this game began with (supposedly), but these types of trading, gaming, etc. is really just cheating. Is it more important to see inflated stats, rather than have any clue if someone actually likes the work being presented? For some, I suppose it is. But in the end, it’s just an illusion. I’d rather have one genuine reader than 100 fake ones. At least I would know if I was blogging to a brick wall in cyberspace. Plus, I hate it when a good idea, and a useful tool gets ruined by people who abuse it and exploit it, thereby making the tool completely inaccurate and useless. Well, for me, and my web persona, we’re gonna stick with integrity and moral highground. Even if it means we look insignificant in the vast universe of the www. Coz we are, we’re VERY insignificant. So is almost everything I post here. Do you think I would care about anything at all on the web if I was hungry from not eating enough for a week? How about a month? A year? Do you think our great great grandchildren will care about how popular our stupid blog was? Maybe it would be better to leave them a healthy environment, or an inspiring educational system.

End : rant transmission

Thanks for reading through all that. I don’t often rant and I’m not sure what has inspired this sudden interest in interacting with fellow bloggers. Today I even found myself going back to the WordPress forum about the broken sidebars and posting the temporary solution that had worked for me. I went back, and shared my insight in the hopes others could benefit as well from my discovery. This is totally my style, but not usually my web style. I hope I haven’t been virtually bit by a link swapping, black hat, blogger vampire!

Take it slow,
miss iVi

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Today’s WordPress Problem Fixed With Easy Solution

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

hi there music fans!

if you are viewing this post on the actual webpage, you might notice that HearingTest looks quite different today. it’s true, and hopefully it is only a temporary solution. i dun know what gwan with di wordpress serverisms, but i go lookin at me page and the sidebars are all muckled up something naaasty! it seems that the problem is limited to only 2 or 3 wordpress themes : Andreas 09, which is what i was using, Garland and Freshy. Freshy is causing problems for some but not others. those are 3 out of about 4 total wordpress themes which offer 2 sidebars aka 3 columns. well, it just so happens that wordpress support peeps were away at the moment, perhaps fully aware of the situation and already investigating. so, until dis a figured out, i jes simple changed di theme to somethin similar but totally different, and everything is where it should be, no bugs or nuthin. i decided to use the theme titled “2813” because it has 2 sidebars plus the main column, which is as close to the other theme that i could find. that’s right, i jes change di theme to anything else besides those 2, and all of my sidebar info is restored with no additional work. judging from users feedback in the forum, any 3 column theme is potentially problematic right now. some users were not able to fix the problem with the 2813 theme, but got good results from switching to a 2 column theme. the best advice is – leave those widgets and sidebars alone! there is probably nothing wrong with them, it’s a problem with the theme that is having trouble communicating with them. if you make changes now, you could end up deleting them yourself when they were fine to begin with. if you want to make any changes while wordpress is working on the fix, stick with theme changes and posts, but don’t touch anything else. whew! so glad i dun hafta recreate alla dat. i got nuff work drowning me right now. no time fer di blog.

Report from the HearingTest HQ

i’m almost finished wit what i am writing and contributing for the reggae music and culture book i am collabing on. heaps of amazing research results, and some pretty good rants and tirades about dancehall music, its influence on other styles of music, and its place in the world. i’m writing pages and pages of content about soundsystem culture, the huge part that the dance-as-social-gathering has played in the survival of some of the world’s most oppressed populations, the psychoacoustic effects of riddims, speaker stacks, and repetitive drumming, even some crazy in-depth shizzle about dancing as the antidote to Babylon’s toxins – a fairly thorough exploration into the outmoded fight or flight response, which is more psychoacoustic stuff. you will definitely see some excerpts from alla dat come up soon.

thanks again for bearing through technoccult difficulties over pon HearingTest music brewery…..

a few things that will be revealed on HT this week, for you to anticipate :

  • photos and videos from a killer roots underground sound system party that featured End.User, Dan Doormouse, Arson, Bonk, theStapler, 666 Gangstaz, and Rtype. celebrating the record release of Teen Suicide 002!!
    TS002 is engraved with secret messages from 666 Gangstaz, HRock, the Stapler, and Planetsize. Available in record stores worldwide starting this week!
  • essays and rambling thoughts about dancehall – it’s history, cultural significance, and continuing cross cultural popularity…
  • more news than is worthy of reporting, except everybody likes something different, so hopefully you will enjoy at least one post per day.

and, we’ll just have to see what else happens. hopefully something fantastic and worthy of further discussion.

~have a lovely week~
miss iVi

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My Readers Rock!

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 18April07

hi lovely music enthusiasts!

just wanted to let you know that i am constantly on the look out for bugs to fix on this site, and i have been making some improvements along the way.  if you find a broken link just let me know, either with a comment, or email me.  my email is in the top left corner of every page.

those of you leaving comments, if you include your webpage, i am guaranteed to check it out.  if i find something to talk about, i will leave comments for you too.  (sorry, i don’t leave comments if i don’t have anything to say…)

i fixed up all the subscription links – you can now subscribe to get this blog in any RSS reader that you use, or as emails in your inbox.  what is really cool is that you can use the google button to add it to your google reader or gmail, AND you can even have it show up as a widget on you google homepage.  that way you get a little blog on you g-page!

oh, one more thing – i added the categories buttons back to the right sidebar.  i am going to start tagging posts with the band’s name if they get posted about regularly.  soon you will be able to click on a band’s name and see all the posts on HearingTest about them.  i started with Bjork…

that’s all for now, thanks for reading!

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The Melvins Will Tour With Cartoon Dalek?

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 5April07

the Speakeasy PR newsletter announced today that The Melvins will return to the road with a mid-September through October 2007 run of dates. but there is something different about this tour – the opening act. it’s a bizarre cartoon character…. read on:

What do Jon Spencer, Grant Hart (Husker Du), The Melvins and David Yow have in common? Dalek.
Dalek, the pop artist best known for his weapon-wielding rodent, alongside Amphetamine Reptile’s Tom Hazelmeyer, brought all of the above musicians together for a soundtrack to animated versions of his highly sought after works. The result is “A Purge Of Dissidents” which is both a CD, DVD and 30+ page book. Release is now JUNE 5 on Ipecac. The animated soundtrack will serve as the opening “act” on The Melvins fall tour.

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it’s actually not the first time that the band has collaborated with a cartoon friend. they have also added their eccentric style to Qee –

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Juxtapoz Magazine recently attended Dalek’s latest art opening and there are lots of fantastic pictures to gawk at on the Jux website as well as the Gallery website.

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Dalek has an exhibit open at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC that will run until April 28th. Mars 1 also has an exhibit at the Gallery that will run until April 28th 2007.

but then, how could you expect anything less from these guys –

more music and info for The Melvins :
http://www.myspace.com/themelvins
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SONAR – Electronic Music Festival Lineup

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 21March07

SONAR, the avant-garde electronic music conference/concert/museum exhibition that takes place every year in Barcelona, has announced its lineup of djs and live bands. The 3 day event takes place June 14th-17th and includes individual showcases by representatives from many different aspects of the music industry.

Think daytime schmoozing with everyone from radio, labels, and bands, to designers, artists, and press. And it’s in Spain, where daytime means after the peak of the day. Imagine warm nights of sizzling concerts by Legends of pop/electronic/rock/funk. For an entire weekend!

This lineup is tugging at my passport. It’s tugging hard! Here is a tiny taste, but you’ll have to go to the Sonar website for the full list.

Beastie Boys – Still rockin the mic!
Devo! Mogwai! Mala Rodriguez! Clark! Dizzee Rascal! Wolf Eyes! Jeff Mills! NYPC! Simian Mobile Disco! oh I have to stop, you *must* go look!

This bare bones list with its tiny font would take up half the blogOsphere : Sonar 2007 Line-Up
once you have seen the entire lineup, you can scope the concert and showcase info here : Concerts & Dj’s

Also, many other artists and musicians will be playing via the individual showcases. Some of the highlights include :

BBC radio – Kode 9, Skream
Ed Banger Recs – Uffie feat. Feadz

oh, how i wish i could teleport. i need a TARDIS. maybe i’ll check ebay this week…..

 

 

 

 

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Graf artist, cartoonist, skate photographer and more NYC march 17th!

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 15March07

Flavorpill announces this event for NYC on March 17th, 2007 :

Conference
SweetTalk 20 NYC
when: Sat 3.17 (2-9pm)
where: Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Pl, 212.683.0023)
price: $20
details: Event Info

In case you need another reason to love the Emerald Isle, Irish indie-design mag CANDY and image specialists Veer present the first stateside installation of their mini-con on St. Paddy’s Day. SweetTalk NYC brings Designers Republic alum and Build founder Michael C. Place, art crusader and irreverent Dubliner cartoonist BrenB, hardcore hero and skater shutterbug Glen E. Friedman, and graf legend Dalek together with three more of their contemporaries for informally curated conversations about inspiration and their respective creations. Past forums have yielded spectacles like black-lit, neon-tagged Perspex walls, hot-seat Q&As, and felt-tipped mural collaborations, and tonight’s alternative to the more pedestrian pub crawl promises to be even more memorable.

– IB

Other speakers include – Michael Gillette, Timothy Saccenti, and Elisabeth Arkiphoff.
Dalek is a big deal out here in SF. We’re big on skate/graf/comic stuff. This is a little conference of all that yumminess. once AgAin, i wish i was in NYC this week for all the amazing art shows going on RIGHT NOW!

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Candy has a great website with more information about the conference. They label themselves as the “world’s largest independent free creative magazine”!

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Banksy Artwork Destroyed in Bristol

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 13March07

BBC News reported today that a “valuable 25ft-long artwork” on the side of a garage in Bristol, was accidentally painted over by graffiti-removal contractors. The giant tag was painted by the infamous artist, Banksy, in his early days. Since then, his artwork has sold to art collectors for 50-100,000 Pounds Sterling.

The mural that was, is now blank :Banksy

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