... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ...

The header image this month is a shot of a turntable in motion at a random even in 2002.

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With the release of their EP ‘Fracture’ this month on Mad Decent, Slumberjack is hitting the road on tour in support of this production. They are dropping on the most random places along the way too. They made a recent appearance on “Like a Version,” joined by Sydnee Carter for the single ‘Afraid Unafraid.’ Lyricist and producer K. Flay also joined the fray with a string trio, covering M.I.A.’ track ‘Paper Planes.'


Electroland celebrates the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris on July 8, 2016 at the base of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Steve Aoki and Australian duo Nervo are set to perform, with support from French DJs Michael Calfan and Richard Orlinski.  Main rides throughout the park will remain open during the event for a completely PLUR-istic experience at what will likely be the happiest place on planet.


Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and the well-known anthem that was almost never recorded, are the subject in this edition of The Financial Times series, 'The Life of a Song:  The Message',   The podcast is one of many exploring the story of just one track, its origins and early recordings, along with the good and the bad covers. 


Illinois Central - George Josimovich, 1927 - courtesy of Terra Foundation

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art just released a new mini-site to facilitate research into Chicago art history. Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource | Archives of American Art was funded with a grant from the Terra Foundation, part of its 2017 Art Design Chicago initiative. The space will feature special exhibitions, publications, a comprehensive guide to the collections of materials related to Chicago art, and a multitude of related items.


The legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku, fourth from left, photographed in 1921 - Library of Congress
"Thomas Edison and the Origins of Surf Filmography," takes a look at the work of Robert Bonine, As a camera man for the Edison for the production company, he provided the world with its first motion picture look at of surfing in Hawai'i and other cultural aspects of the island chain in 1906.


There is not a lot to report this month that you probably do not already know.  March 2004 is completely restored.  The re-sort of the original zine issues and articles is complete.  Some new albums are coming soon, and we are looking at publishing some of the mixes collected over the years.   New columns are under consideration, and new writers are always welcome.  

We are looking to expand the social aspect of the site currently, with folks interested in writing columns similar to this, or any one of these topics, or pitch us your idea.  Either leave comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.


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