Thursday, December 17, 2009

the cop song (at tt's) and voltron (at practice)

the cop song live at tt the bears. (thanks everybody for coming out)

i'm a cop and i went to cop school and i graduated
i'm a cop and i tried to choose public service but i had to learn this....
do you any idea how fast you were going?


voltron (song in progress) live at practice. a small snippet in this movie.

Friday, December 4, 2009

this modern world

this modern world, live from a reverb heavy warehouse in south boston.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We won an award!

Check it out at Boston Band Crush:

Boston Music Awards Crush: Boston Band Crush Style

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tomorrowland Portal :: As Seen @ Disneyland

Look closely...

"You know it's Disco 3000... everyone is beautiful... and they're owned by Monsanto."

Monday, September 28, 2009

October ELP Shows in Boston!

Well it's been a while, and boy-oh-boy how we've missed you!! ELECTRIC LASER PEOPLE will make up for this perverse dereliction of duty by rocking the snot out of October.

How's that for making amends?

First up - -

This Saturday, October 3rd ELP joins St. Helena, Ghost Box Orchestra and I Have Ears at the famed Cantab Lounge in Central Square. We are delighted to have Ted of The Highway as our guest drummer for the evening, filling in for Cullen who is currently exploring distant galaxies in his SpaceDrumRocketMachine.

Sat 10/3

$8, 21+

Next up - -

Thursday, October 15th ELP, Wildebeet and The Highway take over O'Brien's Pub in Allston Rock City. On drums, Captain Cullen returns from his space odyssey, with his moon rock collection and tales of other worlds.

Thu 10/15
O'Brien's Pub (Allston Rock City)

$7, 21+

9p - The Highway
9:55 - Wildebeet
10:50 - Electric Laser People
11:45 - TBA
12:00 MIDNIGHT - LadyLazerJ completes one more life cycle by officially turning 32 years old! She expects everyone to do a birthday shot with her, no exceptions. Her parents will be in attendance, closely monitoring to ensure everyone's participation in the birthday shot exercise.




Thursday, July 16, 2009

Demis Roussos - We Shall Dance

I heard this song at a gas station in Redondo, Portugal, while piled into a car with several of my best friends, trying to find a tiny restaurant in a town where English wasn't spoken.

We got there, thanks to a very friendly local gas station attendant, who was blasting this track on his boombox that warm summer night.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

elp INFLUENZA @ Great Scott, May 28, 2009

Oh really, Swine Flu? Nothing stops the INFLUENZA*. Leave your face masks at home, because the only thing contagious at Great Scott on May 28th is the neon dance party. This is the electro-pop edition of the series. Check out the lineup below...

ETHER FIELD (members of Matters & Dunaway)
Technical yet groove-able, Matters & Dunaway layered vocals with dreamy languor reminiscent of New Order awash with reverb and stab the comfort with vibrant noise. After several solid albums of acclaimed releases these Bostonian gents cranked out tunes equally suited for break-up mix tapes or a dance floor throwdown. Ether Field is this new musical project by André of Matters & Dunaway. Not to be missed!

Lovewhip is dance music. The Boston Globe exclaims “Lovewhip has a celebratory and upbeat feel that has kept crowds dancing everywhere they play!” Lovewhip creates a live show that is rooted in fun with the passionate vocals and dance moves of the “soulful electro-rock diva” (says the Boston Phoenix) Erin Harpe a.k.a. Empress Erin. The project of frontwoman/guitarist/singer Erin Harpe and bassist Jim Countryman combines multicultural influences ranging from Jamaican reggae and dancehall to Nigerian soukous and highlife, afrobeat, and retro 80’s electro. “The overall concept has always been to lift people out of their daily drudgery and get them dancing and feeling good,” says Harpe. And that’s just what they’ve done, touring regularly around the country to great reactions and dancing crowds.

This is smart, fun music for smart, fun minds. The band is made up of MIT graduates who work in bio-instrumentation, prosthetics engineering and robot-building. Singer/bassist Dan Paluska is the co-creator of the Fotron2000, a robotic sketch artist, and created a "Holy Toaster" (a toaster that stamped an image of Christ on slices of bread) for Collision Collective, a group of artists from MIT and the Boston area exploring new technologies ( Dan also helped build Totemobile, a 50-foot-tall, 11,000-pound robotic sculpture -- a giant transformer that unfolds from a car into a totem pole. They play moody synth with heavy influences of rock and hip-hop a la BEASTIE BOYS and new wave, art school neurotics like the TALKING HEADS.

And guest DJ’s for the night…

Hedonistic purveyors of Soul, Afro-Beat, and Electro

As always, Influenza is sponsored by Powderfinger Promotions and Northeast Performer Magazine!

Tickets are $10, and this is an 18+ show. Doors are at 8:00.

* INFLUENZA = Boston's best bands playing 1/2 great original music, and 1/2 covers of the songs that they find most INFLUENtial.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Breaking out in song

Singing feels good...

That's why we've been asking everyone to join us in song at our last few shows.

Down by the Riverside at the Lizard Lounge from Electric Laser People on Vimeo.

Sing Along: Machine and The Cop Song from Electric Laser People on Vimeo.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Live at the Lizard Lounge, May 1 w/ Stephanie's Id

May Day (a.k.a. International Workers' Day) falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.

Traditionally, it's been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations, regardless of the locally prevalent political or religious establishment.

This occasion promises to be no different.

So, gather your compatriots, your fellow labourers, your lovers, and your friends;

Come help us make things raucous and popular.

We'll have our Electric Laser Hymnal, our tambourines, and more on hand so be ready to participate as we continue to experiment with ways to bring this crowdsourcing phenomena to the stage. We need your sound and vision.

We will be joined by our good friends Stephanie's Id on tour all the way from their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.

They're out supporting their new album Warm People (officially out May 19) which is already being hailed as "world class turns hypnotic, anthemic, and contemplative" - Blurt.

Last May when we played with Stephanie at Lizard, we sold the place out. Let's do it again!

Friday, May 1, 2009
Electric Laser People
(Cambridge, MA)
Stephanie's Id (Asheville, NC)


Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA


$10 / 21+

proudly presented by:

*** PLUS: We have a NEW music video!!! Check it OUT ***

electric laser people‘s UPCOMING SHOWS:

Friday, May 8, 2009

for the CNC Music Marathon

All Asia Cafe
334 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
7 / 21+ after 10pm

Thursday, May 28, 2009
"Influenza" presented by Powderfinger Promotions - a new monthly show featuring half cover songs & half originals
w/ Giantess and Lovewhip
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston Rock City

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Electric Laser Hymnal

We've begun our songbook project as an open google doc. You can always see the latest version here and it will update as we edit it.
We'll always plan on bringing a few copies to shows so you can follow along. Feel frint to print and bring your own if you wish. Chords are included as well if you're interested in playing things at home. We're also including several traditional songs we'll be introducing in our live shows. We look forward to engaging our audiences more in the future.
The document is a living thing. The current version is boranj.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Disco 3000: Official Music Video!!!

Behold, the first official music video from our debut album,
Straight Talk on Raising Kids
It features our original song "Disco 3000."

First we painted some walls green:
above: painting walls with green paint, circa June 2008

Then, some raw video footage was filmed by our good pals the Awesome Brothers at our space in South Boston during the summer of 2008.

above: The Awesome Brothers (Ashleigh @ left / Luke @ right)

During the cold dark months that followed, the dynamic digital dream duo that is the Awesome Brothers lovingly and painstakingly manipulated each individual pixel with an uncommon meticulousness.

Now it is spring, the tulips are peeking through the soil, and it is once again time to rock with the ones we love, to share our creative inspirations, to get down, and to boogie.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Copying is fun!

copying isn't theft
stealing a thing leaves one less left
copying it makes one thing more
that's what copying's for

copying isn't theft
if i copy yours you have it too
one for me, one for you
that's what copies can do.

if i steal your bicycle
you have to take the bus
but if i just copy it, there's one for each of us

making more of a thing
that is what we call copying
sharing ideas with everyone
that's why copying is fun!!!!

via boingboing. then a couple other links too.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Extreme LED Sheep Art

Emris, Gerry, Rob, and Bernard make me rather proud to count myself as 1/4 Welsh

Can't sleep?
This is significantly more fun than counting sheep.

What I want to know is, how long did it take to get all those sheep into those LED sweaters?

How do we make models of sharing more successful than models of hiding?

are some dreams more valuable than others?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Art of the video remix

If you pay a lot of attention to the internets, chances are someone has sent you the Kutiman Thru-You videos.
If you haven't seen them, definitely check them out.

Thought it would be nice to compile some of the other examples of this artform.

EBN hit it big (U2 used vid on tour) with a remix of We will rock you using snippets of George Bush Sr.

Lasse Gertsen was the first youtube one that really grabbed me. He is creator of both Hyperactive and Amateur.

This is also a video mashup which is more similar to Kutiman's use of youtube as a sample source rather than your own footage.

Here is Cory talking about the project.

And here's one from Adam Pelling-Deeves that has some similarity to Lasse's work.

Beats Of Boredom from Adam Pelling-Deeves on Vimeo.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you

Werner Heisenberg was right. You can't observe something precisely if you disturb it.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Eating From My Hand (Part One) from Russ Thompson on Vimeo.

Just spotted this one on reddit and had to share because it's just so darn cool and beautiful.

Nature really works. So much to learn from simply observing it in action.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

if you seek amy - britney hits back with radical transparency

love me hate me say what you want about me but all the girls and all the boys want to if=u=cee=kay=me

honesty and transparency is the theme du jour! c'est magnifique!

we will soon know whether she was right.
if she returns to the top of the charts then we know that yes, people do want to "if you seek amy".

failure is not as clear. it could mean multiple things.
1. radical transparency isn't a successful tactic because people aren't ready for the truth or
2. people don't actually want to if you seek amy.
3. the transparency of the lyrics is overwhelmed by the slick pop style and corporate marketing techniques that turn people off.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

this is bacon

Thursday, March 5, 2009

sing us a song, you're the banana man.

sing us a song tonight.

thanks banana man!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash : Green Building Elements

Our friend and host of Design Squad, Nate Ball, checking in on Max Wallack, who's relaxing in the new "Home Dome" he just built in the Model Shop at Continuum

Max Wallack, a 12-year-old inventor from Natick, MA, stole the show at Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions.

Max was here at the Continuum studio last week where we helped him to turn his "Home Dome" concept into a functional prototype in our model shop.

At the end of the day, I had a chance to meet the young inventor so of course I asked him if he had anything in mind for his next invention.
He replied "Yes, but I can't tell you about it."

Oh well, I tried.

He's a super smart and motivated young man, and I hope he continues to inspire people of all ages to embrace the power of design for all things positive.

As for the "Home Dome" - it's quite warm and comfortable - and dare I say mod. With a bit more refinement, I could easily imagine them practically employed as inexpensive, semi-permanent shelters.

See the PBS Design Squad video clip here:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Remix happens...

and that's a great thing! Sampling happens as well.
In this case, our old friend Father Abraham from Indefinite Article (who we played with at The Paradise a couple years ago) just posted a new track of his. He uses a sample from the Makeout Song in the middle. Check it out on his blog.

He's also going to be posting a new track every week so we look forward to rest of the year.

Thanks Abe!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rethinking Green for Lean Times

"Shopping along" in Atlanta

How do consumers see green?

That's a question we asked ourselves at Continuum, the innovation consultancy where I work, a little over a year ago.
Just this week, we officially published our findings, and our friend Jennifer van der Meer shared some great thoughts on the work on the Core77 design blog.

Read the full story here:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tambourine Men @ Thirsty Ear: Feb 13, 2009

We were supremely fortunate to have Rory, Matt, and Al join us for the most rousing version of our tune "Tambourine Man" yet. What a time.

The Thirsty Ear yeah, it rules....!!!!

So do all of our pals who came down for the $6 pitchers, wings, and tambourine solos!

You guys rock!

Matt, Tambourine Al, Rory - you are rock stars! Be the drum. Be the tambourine. Be alive. It's all you.

Peace, people.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

nike women | be transformed

laser people spotted in Asia Pacific Region

Electric Laser People provides the soundtrack for the new Nike Women Spring 09 “Be Transformed” campaign in Asia Pacific -- Nike Women’s largest integrated campaign to date. The campaign celebrates the transformation of women determined to drive their revolution through sport, becoming stronger and more confident.

"Be Transformed" was created by AKQA and will be distributed throughout Asia Pacific in cinema, TV, digital (mobile and website), print, out-of-home and in-store.

For those of you who know our music, you'll recognize the (skeleton of the) track "Guilty" from our debut album, "Straight Talk On Raising Kids," slightly modified for the ad. For those of you who are here by way of the ad itself, you can find the full-on track, as well as the rest of the album(!), for free(!!) download in our... uh, blog-toolbar-thing over there. (Sorry, I'm not the most blogiterate of us.)

Our video is called "Punchbag" (click for 17mb hires clip) and features beach volleyball star Sonia Kong battling a punching-bag-turned-Anime-monster. It's freakin rad.

It's featured on these Nike Women homepages throughout the Asia Pacific region:
Mainland China:
Hong Kong:

More information on the campaign can be found here:

We're super excited to have been given the chance to get the song out there to a new group of people and hope that we'll make some new friends.

Keep rocking!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Glass Music and Quartet coming soon...

Here is a new original track form Brien Engel. Brien is the artist who made the tuned wine glasses for the Absolut Quartet. Brien performs and lectures all over. He is a talented musician and educator. We were fortunate to find him and work with him. You can see more about his music and his lectures and more information about glass as an instrument on his website,

The Quartet machine is now set up and running at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria for all of 2009. The website where you can interact from anywhere should be up by early February. We'll be looking for composers and coders as well. We're going all open source with the project. More soon...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

February 3, 2000: In Charm's Way

This clip just resurfaced when my friend Maiya saw it on
We were just walking down the Infinite with our nerd kits on the way to 2.007 in the Pappalardo Lab. We were no dunderheads.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A New (Old) Model for Farming

Two of my favorite farming experts, Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry, recently shared their thoughts on how to improve America's domestic farming practices. The piece is short and direct, so I won't waste your time paraphrasing it much here.

Check it out.

If all that sounds good to you, then be sure to visit the website for Food Democracy Now and sign the petition to let YOUR government know that you want the USDA to adopt sustainable farming practices going forward. Future generations (and your taste buds) will thank you.