Sunday, April 20, 2008

2008 05/16 [] Kind of a Big Deal [] New Work by Bask & Tes One [] Seaside, CA

copied + pasted from Tes One's MySpace blog:
The Gallery at The Alternative Cafe Presents:

Kind of a Big Deal – an exhibit of new works and prints by Bask and Tes One
Curated by Andrew Jackson of Outer Edge Studio

May 16th – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

05.16.08 / Kind of a Big Deal / New Work by Bask & Tes One / Seaside, CA

The Alternative Cafe 1230 Fremont Blvd. Seaside, CA 93955

About the Artists


The work that I create is the line of demarcation between traditional art techniques and digital graphic design. From graffiti art and illustration, to vector graphics and raster images, the fusion of these contrasting elements are a direct representation of my surroundings and how I see them.


From crayons to krylon, Leon "Tes One" Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes became a serious street artist in 1992, painting murals and graffiti art throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida area. In 1999, he began developing compelling graphic design and web pages for a number of clients.

Today, Tes One combines his street-art roots with his digital design experience to create works that reflect his unique worldview. Tes is quickly gaining international recognition as a contemporary artist seamlessly bridging the gap between graphic design and fine art. He has developed his own signature by producing an urban street style with the deliberate and thoughtful technique of a fine draftsman. Tes works with themes such as the contrast between technology and nature, color versus contrast, and grime versus grace. The end result is a compelling mixture of emotion and composition, which reflects on the viewer like an intimate conversation. When experienced, it becomes obvious why such emotionally compelling work is moving from the street and onto the walls of museums and galleries.

Tes One has enjoyed acclaim in places such as London, Miami, Detroit, Cleveland and San Francisco, and his work has been featured in a number of international publications, while his work often finds home in private collections worldwide.


Bask is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America's popular iconic imagery along with the sun. He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. Bask soon discovered that they were simply, two sides of the same coin. Each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism toMcDonalds. Seeking conspiracies-and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, Bask began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime, had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places- The American living room.

The artist's richly textural work imbue his "anti-iconic," sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city's flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image. "My art is a type of deconstruction," says Bask, "I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather then their unachievable perfection."

Bask's imagery has appeared in countless publications in both advertising and editorial capacities. His work has been shown in the Florida International Museum as well as the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art which also has his work in it's permanent collection. Bask has also exhibited his work in solo shows in Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Tampa among others.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

must... cheer... up!

C'mon, James! Positive thoughts, you can do it!
Haha... Anyway... Onto various other random topics.
An idea that I've been considering lately regarding DJing is to record my downloadable mixsets just under 40 minutes. I'd probably be able to fit about 7 or 8 tracks into each set, and it would probably be easier for listeners to sit completely through rather than going through an entire 80 minute set in one sitting. I'd also be able to fit two sets onto one CDR if I were to burn them to hand out at parties. Doing these mini-mixes would also make it easier for me to make themed sets (such as the "chase scene" mixset that I've been dying to compile since before I'd even began DJing) without forcing myself to try to find enough tracks to fill an 80 minute CDR, regardless of how well they'd flow.

Doing these sets would also be good for me if I were to try my hand at various genres. So far, I'd been mostly spinning breaks and electro house, even though I have a pretty good deal of trance and prog tracks at my disposal. I don't want to strictly label myself a breaks DJ, especially if potential club/rave promoters would be looking for someone who spins, say, trance or house. I could ideally fit a trance mini-mix followed by a breaks mini-mix onto one CDR to show listeners what I'm capable of doing with each genre. I'll try recording a couple of these types of sets sometime next week if time allows.

Well, tonight is the last Electro Funk Combustion of the semester. I'm really bummed that I didn't get a slot to spin tonight, but the event is only 4 hours, and we obviously can't have the same DJs over and over at each of these events, so I suppose it's just one of those things can't be helped. I am, however, pretty happy for my friend Mick (a.k.a. DJ Mick Khaos), finally does get a chance to spin a set tonight. He came to the previous two parties to show his support and enjoy the music that everyone else has been spinning, so he really does deserve to be up there.

A fellow named DJ Conspiracy, will also be there, and headlining the event is San Francisco's John Beaver, who spins at tons of Skills events and at 1015 pretty often.

Well, I just got off work a couple hours ago, so I'm really just wanting to put on some music and head to bed. Hope everyone's having a fun Thursday!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

my mixsests from the past two EFCs are up!

I finally got around to getting my mixsets from the past two Electro Funk Combustions online and ready to download!

Keep in mind that these were recorded live... When I'm recording a mixset at home, I have the chance to stop, yell out some curses and start over whenever I start to trainwreck, but when it's live, I just gotta keep going with it and hope that nobody really noticed.

So without further ado, enjoy the mixes! Load them onto your iPod, burn them for your friends, or just bump them on your laptop speakers.

minceyfresh - 2008 03/13 - live @ electro funk combustion

minceyfresh - 2008 03_13 - live @ electro funk combustion

Click here to download the set at Mediafire.
  1. amb - romeo - (edit) - [chi recordings]
  2. move - around the world (way out west remix) - [avex tune]
  3. wiesel & captain koma - nice - [ruff dog recordings]
  4. mighty dub katz - magic carpet ride 07 (shinichi osawa remix) - [southern fried records]
  5. sta - in living colour - [marine parade]
  6. mason - when farmers attack (malente remix) - [unique records]
  7. moby - alice (general midi remix) - [mute]
  8. specimen a - rock this house - [funkatech]
  9. public domain - operation blade [bass in the place] (cut & run bootleg remix) - [cdr]
  10. slyde - kiss kiss bang bang - [finger lickin' records]
  11. brancaccio & aisher - freak around (koma & bones remix) - [burrito records]
  12. ├╝berzone - 4 bit (├╝berzone 2 bit downgrade mix) - [nitrus records]

minceyfresh - 2008 03/27 - live @ electro funk combustion 2

minceyfresh - 2008 03_27 - live @ electro funk combustion 2

Click here to download the set at Mediafire.
  1. plump djs - get kinky - [finger lickin' records]
  2. ed209 vs. ken mac - hell yeah! - [hardcore beats]
  3. ctrl-z - chemistry - [hardcore beats]
  4. nick thayer - mind control - [passenger]
  5. the magnet men - you're the type - [hardcore beats]
  6. aquasky vs. masterblaster - boom! (breakfastaz remix) - [777 records]
  7. noisia - brainstitch (aquasky remix) - [shogun audio]
  8. moby - alice (general midi remix) - [mute]
  9. unbalanced jack - kickin' rhyme steady (aut0b0ts remix) - [broke recordings]
  10. sta - in living colour - [marine parade]
  11. the young punx - rockall (phonat mix) - [mofohifi]
  12. dj stew - funky fresh (shake-n-breaks mix) - [henry street music]