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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Haste The Day vs. Haste The Day 6.29.2010

A Squared Industries has worked with the metalcore group Haste The Day for many years. Andy used to work for Kulture Entertainment, their management company, and A2 has booked and/or promoted many Haste The Day shows and still maintains good friendships with many of the band members.

Carmel, Indiana-born Haste The Day originally started out as a three-piece group in 2001 that featured founding members Brennan Chaulk, guitar/vocals, Devin Chaulk, drums/vocals, and Mike Murphy, bass/vocals. Six months after inception, the band added longtime friend Jason Barnes to the group as a second guitarist. Then in 2002, after a series of auditions, the band listed Jimmy Ryan as their lead vocalist. Haste The Day has since released one EP and now five full-length studio albums.

In late 2005, Jimmy Ryan announced his decision to leave Haste The Day. He played his last show with the band on December 30, 2005 in Indianapolis. Soon thereafter he got married and accepted a position at Tooth & Nail Records. The remaining members continued on for the European tour with The Juliana Theory, accompanied by Stephen Keech of the Denver-based band New Day Awakening. On February 23, 2006, Haste The Day stated in a press release that they had officially made Keech their new permanent singer. Haste The Day continued on with a new lead singer, but since has weathered more lineup changes: Jason Barnes was replaced as guitar player by Dave Krysl, and then not long after their fourth album both Chaulk brothers left the band to spend more time with their families and were replaced by Giuseppe Capolupo and Scotty Whelan. Mike Murphy continues to be the sole original member of the band after nine years.

On 6.29.2010 at Rhino's in Bloomington, Indiana, Haste The Day played live with every member past and present getting in on the action. Jimmy Ryan, Devin & Brennan Chaulk, and Jason Barnes joined Mike Murphy, Stephen Keech and all the 'new' Haste The Day band members Dave Krysl, Giuseppe Capolupo and Scotty Whelan for an incredible extra-long set of brand-new tracks off the new HTD studio album alongside classic tracks from the first 4 albums and 1 EP. This is footage from that show, shot by Andy Skinner:

"Blue 42," from the first Haste The Day full-length, performed by all 5 original members of HTD:

"Pressure The Hinges," from the third full-length album, performed by the current 5-member lineup of HTD:

Haste The Day vs. Haste The Day "Pressure The Hinges" 6.29.2010 from A Squared Industries on Vimeo.

"The Closest Thing To Closure," from the first Haste The Day full-length, performed by all 5 original members of HTD:

Haste The Day vs. Haste The Day "The Closest Thing To Closure" 6.29.2010 from A Squared Industries on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Squared On The Air on WITT 91.9FM: May 2010 update

So it is actually now a reality - holy WOW: A2 is hosting our own radio program!A Squared Industries brings you new music from Indy CD & Vinyl, live shows in concert, music from our DJ gigs, and now on the FM airwaves!

Our program will be every weekend: Saturdays at Noon and Sundays at 9pm.

The program will be carried on WITT 91.9 FM in the 9-county Indianapolis metro area, and then eventually streaming on our website and podcasts available for download.

Our good friend Eric Davis has  jumped on board to produce the show! Now we KNOW it's good! We broadcast every weekend from his beautiful studio here in Indianapolis.

We couldn't be more excited about putting this together over the next year. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let us know; also, if you want to advertise on our program it will be quite reasonable and inexpensive to do so. Hit us back about that too!

Track list for our shows on 4.30-5.2.2010:

Crazy Love - Colder
Stick to my side (featuring Panda Bear) - Pantha Du Prince
Ambivalence Avenue - Bibio
Hearts - Blair   
Elephants - Warpaint   
Crash Years - The New Pornographers   
Fake Blues - Real Estate
Heartbeats - José González       
Natural Selection feat. The Black Angels - Unkle
Stay Close - Delorean
Fangela - Here We Go Magic feat. Luke Temple
Hands Up - Big Business   
Voodoo - Ganglians
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
May You Never - Land Of Talk
Baby's On Fire - Brian Eno
Wide Eyes - Local Natives
Vanished - Crystal Castles
Glacially - Asobi Seksu
I Want Some More - Dan Auerbach
ONE - Yeasayer
Smokey Taboo - CocoRosie
Black Grease - The Black Angels
Fading All Away - Jay Reatard

Track list for our shows on 5.7-5.9.2010:

The Betrayer - Kaki King                       
Liar Liar - The Castaways
Bad Kids - The Black Lips
Daisy - Fang Island           
Should Have Taken Acid With You - Neon Indian           
Neptune's Call - The Duke Spirit           
Belong - Washed Out           
Kiss My Name - Antony & The Johnsons           
Venus In Cancer - Amusement Parks On Fire           
The First Vietnamese War - The Black Angels           
My Step - Little Dragon                       
Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem           
Swim Until You Can't See Land - Frightened Rabbit
Black And White Town - Doves           
Bicycle - Memory Tapes           
Bam Bam - Rob Crow           
Mouthful Of Diamonds - Phantogram           
The Music Scene - Blockhead           
Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds           
Klowds - Gonjasufi           
Them That Do Nothing - Field Music           
Feel It All Around - Washed Out           
Summertime Clothes - Animal Collective           
Shelia - Atlas Sound           
Something Of An End - My Brightest Diamond
Drilling - Minus The Bear
Train In Vain - The Clash
29 Acts Of Love - Gliss
Black History Month - Death From Above 1979
I Against I - Bad Brains

Track list for our shows on 5.14-5.16.2010: 

Jealous Of Roses - Bibio
Odessa - Caribou
I Learned The Hard Way - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Heaven's On Fire - The Radio Dept.
Quiet Little Voices - We Were Promised Jetpacks
Rain On - Woods           
When I'm Small - Phantogram
The Dull Flame Of Desire - Björk
The Age Of The Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
Runabout - Little Dragon           
Total Life Forever - Foals           
Deep Red Bells - Neko Case           
Come Saturday - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart           
Andrew - Crystal Antlers
Speak For Me - Cat Power
Rhinestone Eyes - Gorillaz           
10 Mile Stereo - Beach House           
Nothin' but Trouble - The Downtown Struts
Psychic City (Voodoo City) - YACHT           
Shelter - The XX           
Kiss With A Fist - Florence & The Machine
Come On Lets Go - Broadcast
My Girls - Animal Collective           
Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above - CSS           
Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian           
Over And Over - The Booze           
Our Deal - Best Coast           
Track list for our shows on 5.21-5.23.2010:  

Sad Pants - Castle Oldchair           
Atlas - Pravada
Stereo Love - Water Bothers Trust                       
America's Funniest Home Videos - Rodeo Ruby Love
Sandia Mtn. - Dust From 1000 Years           
First Time Again - Everthus The Deadbeats
Pity dance - DM Stith
RITE OF SPRING - Honneycombs                       
Palms Down/Breathe In - Quick Said the Bird
Untitled - Kaiton Slusher ft. Bashiri Asad                       
The Business - J. Brookinz  ft. Rusty Redenbacher
Winona - Totally Michael           
New Shoes - Prizzy Prizzy Please           
Hundred Flowers - Thin Fevers
Cutter/Giver - We Are Hex
UFO Lost - Red Light Driver           
Luton Millwall Riot - Pop Lolita           
Eyes of the Fly - Jookabox                       
New York City Hotel - Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Yoko Box - The Old Flames           
American Gas Jive - Action Strasse           
Soon Enough - Prayer Breakfast
Accelerated Dickery - The Delicious                       
The Spotlight - Abner Trio & Man At Arms           
Fake - SanuK           
Windows And Rattle - Rooms           
MagicSick - Thunders
Where Were You? - Beta Male
*** - Heathens
Love In The Dark - The Downtown Struts

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Squared On The Air, every weekend on WITT 91.9FM

Track list for our shows on 4.2-3.2010:

Jail La La - Dum Dum Girls   
Beat The Devil's Tattoo - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Belong     - Washed Out   
10 Mile Stereo - Beach House
Let Go - jj   
Shelter - The XX
Cult Logic - Miike Snow
West Side - Studio
Promises - The Morning Benders   
Fake Blues - Real Estate   
Swim - Surfer Blood
Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo Remix)     - The Black Lips
Stylo - Gorillaz Feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def
Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games - Of Montreal   
Mongrel Heart - Broken Bells
Freeway - Kurt Vile
When I'm With You - Best Coast   
Melt Down The Knives - Sin Fang Bous
Cassius - Foals
Dominos - The Big Pink

Track list for our shows on 4.9-10.2010:

May You Never - Land Of Talk
Wide Eyes - Local Natives   
Kiara - Bonobo
Boy Lilikoi - Jónsi
C'mon - The Soft Pack   
You Came Out - We Have Band
Triangle Walks (Tiga 1-2-3-4 Mix) - Fever Ray
Keep Slipping Away - A Place To Bury Strangers
Lights - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
It Don't Move Me - Peter Bjorn & John
IRM - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Waves - Holly Miranda
Introducing Palace Players - Mew
Wucan     - Black Mountain
Mama Taught Me Better - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Shake A Fist - Hot Chip
Sun Medallion - King Tuff
Nothing Ever Happened - Deerhunter
Elephants - Warpaint   
Hold My Hand - UNKLE
This Ship Was Built To Last - The Duke Spirit   
Girls' Night Out - The Knife   
Cheap And Cheerful - The Kills

Track list for our shows on 4.16-17.2010:

You Think You're A Man - The Vaselines   
Bicycle - Memory Tapes
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt - Owen Pallett   
I Got Mine - The Black Keys
Wholehearted Mess - Bear In Heaven
Sister Saviour     - The Rapture
Nothin' but  - The Downtown Struts
Don't Go Phantom - Jookabox
Lisztomania - Phoenix
Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
Dead Sound - The Raveonettes
Light Of The Morning - Band Of Skulls
My Step - Little Dragon
Bayonets - Amazing Baby
Wanderlust - Every Time I Die
Gold Guns Girls - Metric   
New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
Marching Through Your Head - Zeus
In the Trees - Moon Duo
Malko - Russian Circles
Ex Lion Tamer - Wire
Falling Tide - Bad Veins
Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japandroids
Don't Shake Me Lucifer - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
Pacer - Systems Officer
Pray For Rain - Massive Attack Feat. Tunde Adebimpe
Shakespeare's Sister - The Smiths

Our shows on 4.23-24.2010 was curated and sponsored by Musical Family Tree dot com.
All the music was locally based and/or created and provided by MFT.
We will be doing this on the 4th weekend of every month.

Large Hadron Collider - Prizzy Prizzy Please
Gonna Listen To T Rex (All Night Long) - Burnt Ones
Magic Makes You - Marmoset
Junkyard - Accordions
Surplus - Kate Lamont
Beautiful Mind - Sarah Grain
Sugar On the Tongue - TJ Reynolds
The Plan w/ Pravada (MFT Remix) - Mudkids
Good Times - Oreo Jones
Colorful Mask (Remix) ft. Alpha - Grey Granite
New Addiction - Andy D
LIGHT - Jookabox
Save a Life With Diet Chocolate Sprite - Everything, Now!
I've Got a Bullet With Your Name on It - ThunderHawk
Crayola - The Bears of Blue River
A Regal Tomorrow - Amo Joy
Where Were You? - Beta Male
Casual Cruelty - Demilos
Where Only The Graves Are Real - Otis Gibbs
Ready to Go - Kaiser Cartel
Magic - The Academy
Quiet As A Mouse - Margot & The Nuclear So And So's
Laugh Laugh - Sanuk
Coming Out The Closet - Evan Snyder       
Track 02 - Crescent Ulmer
This Could Take Awhile - Re Vera

Track list for our shows on 4.30-5.2.2010:

Crazy Love - Colder
Stick to my side (featuring Panda Bear) - Pantha Du Prince
Ambivalence Avenue - Bibio
Hearts - Blair   
Elephants - Warpaint   
Crash Years - The New Pornographers   
Fake Blues - Real Estate
Heartbeats - José González       
Natural Selection feat. The Black Angels - Unkle
Stay Close - Delorean
Fangela - Here We Go Magic feat. Luke Temple
Hands Up - Big Business   
Voodoo - Ganglians
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
May You Never - Land Of Talk
Baby's On Fire - Brian Eno
Wide Eyes - Local Natives
Vanished - Crystal Castles
Glacially - Asobi Seksu
I Want Some More - Dan Auerbach
ONE - Yeasayer
Smokey Taboo - CocoRosie
Black Grease - The Black Angels
Fading All Away - Jay Reatard

Thank You For Calling Information Dynamics - Movie Premiere and party at Earth House Collective

A Squared Industries has the honor of being involved with the upcoming premiere of the new film short from the guys with Venogram – Alex Johnson, Collin Armstrong, and Dylan Griffith - and were are happy to be DJing and providing the music for the big event.

A Squared Industries is bringing the beats, Sun King Brewery is providing the beer and Dylan, Collin, and Alex want to fill your eyes with a few fruits of their 10 years of movie-making labor. Come down to the Earth House Collective for a night of film, fun, and FANTASY (no actual fantasy will be provided).

The night will feature:


The mundanities of everyday existence dominate the lives of a spread of characters working for a government bureau charged with executing and covering up assassinations in this darkly comic thriller.


An experimental music video for dark weirdo-rock band We Are Hex's upcoming new album Heil The Goer. One of Dylan, Collin, and Alex's favorite bands. Period.


2006's internationally recognized and award winning horror short. A band of drug dealers are driving their supply across the Midwest when they hit SOMETHING with their van. Will they make it out alive?


A man's obsession to ask out a bank teller drives his unstable mind to the brink of insanity in this 2003 psychological thriller.

$5 at the door. $3 Sun Kings inside.


A-Squared Industries
Sun King Brewery
Earth House Collective
We Are Hex
A great photo blog of the movie-making prcoess can be seen here:
J. Horace Black, Judy Bobbitt, Mark Goetzinger, Blaine Hogan, Jen Johansen, Rob Johansen, Doug Johnson, James Leagre, Samantha Simon, Marc Szewczyk
Screenplay By:
Collin Armstrong
Directed By:
Dylan Griffith
Produced By:
Collin Armstrong, Dylan Griffith and Alex Johnson
*The film will be sent to film festivals beginning in late 2009.
Plot Outline:
The script is a homage to the paranoid American thrillers of the 1970's (All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor) and a deconstruction of modern action movie overkill, infused with oddball humor inspired by the work of the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading). The story follows several employees of an organization charged with executing and covering up assassinations and the daily minutiae - familiar to us all - that makes up the bulk of their lives.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"The Hip Drop" & "A Film & Some Funk" at ARTBOX Gallery

ARTBOX Gallery invites you to join us on Friday, April 16th at 9pm when A Film and Some Funk presents a showing of "What's Going On? - the American Masters Documentary" film about Marvin Gaye. All ages are welcome for the film screening.

Immediately following the documentary, Old Soul Entertainment & A Squared Industries present: "The Hip Drop Funk & Soul Jam - Motown Edition" DJ dance night featuring MetroGnome, Salad Bar, Action Jackson and A Squared Industries DJs. Ages 21+ only for this portion of the evening. Cash bar available!  Open until 2am or so...$5 admission at the door.

This event is perfect: it happens once a month on the 3rd Friday of every month at ARTBOX Gallery in the Stutz Building near Downtown. The films begin at 9pm, and are followed by a cash bar-fueled DJ dance party led by Indianapolis' premiere good guy DJ extraordinaire MetroGnome. What more could you want for a measly $5? Cinema, culture, art, dancing and fun with friends!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

JONSI of Sigur Ros new solo album listening party to be held before April's LET GO! at The Lockerbie

Tonight at The Lockerbie Pub is our monthly LET GO! at The Lockerbie dance party... a great place to leave your cares at the door and dance your pants off! This month our special guest DJs are John Larner and Slater Hogan of Muzique Boutique, and we will be kicking off the night by playing some tracks from the new Jónsi ablum and giving away tons of swag and prizes courtesy of Paste Magazine and XL Recordings!

Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is universally known for his soft inimitable falsetto voice. He has also released an album as one half of Jónsi & Alex with his boyfriend Alex Somers, formerly of the band Parachutes. Jónsi’s solo album, Go, was released on April 5th 2010.

In his solo venture Jónsi departs from the ethereal, dreamy landscapes present in Sigur Rós’ music and instead concentrates on shorter, more instant ‘portrait’ tunes. It would still be foolish to place Jónsi in a specific genre, however; he again manages to create an isolated, unique sound which only he could do without being dubbed ‘cheesy’.

Birgisson grew up in Iceland, raised by parents who weren’t particularly musical; his early memories include playing The Beatles at double speed on his turntable and listening to and playing along with Iron Maiden records. You can hear him speak at length about his musical past and loves in an upcoming episode of All Songs Considered on NPR, in which Birgisson plays guest DJ. His history as Sigur Ros’ singer and guitarist spans 16 years, during which time the band has released five studio albums and coined a unique sound that has yet to be matched by any act since.

So come out early to LET GO! at The Lockerbie and check out the new Jónsi album and pick up some cool prizes! Then feel free to dance til we're done with DJs John Larner, Slater Hogan, Scotty Matelic and Annie & Andy of A Squared Industries!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The wonderful world of Aaron Scamihorn

A Squared Industries has had the incredible honor of working with a new friend on a promotion and branding project for our WITT 91.9FM Kickoff Party concert this upcoming April 1st.

Aaron Scamihorn, artist and owner of RONLEWHORN.COM contacted us after designing the poster for the February NAPTOWN ROLLER GIRLS bout to offer his services (and friendship - we're definitely taking him out for good beers and big laughs real soon).

We *kind of* had a vision for our project: the two of us and a microphone... for a poster and flyer campaign. We know: not much to work with, right? It's a good thing Aaron is a champ with this stuff. He came in and first took a ton of photos with his Canon 40d camera, outfitted with a Canon 17-85is lens and Canon Speedlite 420ex flash:

Using these reference photos Aaron blew out the contrast. Then using a Wacom tablet hooked up to his Mac computer Aaron used Adobe Illustrator to make the lines and shapes of the illustration in different layers over the contrasted photograph he chose for the piece:


Moving into Adobe Photoshop Aaron perfected the coloring and textures. He came up with a few incredible variations before laying the type and creating this masterpiece:

Aaron also went to work on some needed tweaks to our logo:


Aaron is such an incredible talent, and one of the nicest people we have met in the Indianapolis scene as well. He isn't limited to what you see here... go to his website to see for yourself all the design work he has done, alongside his portraiture, illustrations, typography, photography, branding and marketing campaigns he has chronicled there.

And if you didn't get the hint, you should definitely check out our radio show (beginning April 2nd on WITT)  and come out to the kickoff party on April 1st!

Thursday April 1st, 2010 9PM
Locals Only Art + Music Pub (21+)
2449 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Click here for a map.

Butler Scion Free Thursdays at Locals Only and A Squared Industries present:

The A-Squared on the Air radio show KICKOFF PARTY!
Come celebrate Annie & Andy launching their own radio show on WITT-FM!


Plus a dance party with your favorite DJs

NO COVER! 21+ with valid ID only please.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


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Win 4 tickets to see RJD2 at The Metro in Chicago on March 13th
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Put in your email address and we will be drawing winners AT RANDOM on Tuesday March 9th. We will contact winners by email on the 9th!

Monday, March 1, 2010

GIRL TALK at The Murat Egyptian Room

A Squared Industries has the honor of presenting GIRL TALK on March 27th at The Murat Egyptian Room!


Gregg Michael Gillis, better known by his stage name Girl Talk, is an American musician specializing in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released four LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles.  Gillis began making music while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts, he started the solo "Girl Talk" project. He continued making music under the Girl Talk alias while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He produces mashup-style remixes, in which he uses often a dozen or more unauthorized samples from different songs to create a new song. The New York Times Magazine has called his music "a lawsuit waiting to happen," a criticism that Gillis has attributed to mainstream media that want "to create controversy where it doesn't really exist," citing fair use as a legal backbone for his sampling practices.
He has given different explanations for the origin of his stage name, once saying that it alluded to a Jim Morrison poem and once saying that it alluded to an early Merzbow side project. Most recently, he attributed the name to a grunge band called TAD, based in Seattle. In a 2009 interview with FMLY, Gillis stated:
[T]he name Girl Talk is a reference to many things, products, magazines, books. It’s a pop culture phrase. The whole point of choosing the name early on was basically to just stir things up a little within the small scene I was operating from. I came from a more experimental background and there were some very overly serious, borderline academic type electronic musicians. I wanted to pick a name that they would be embarrassed to play with. You know Girl Talk sounded exactly the opposite of a man playing a laptop, so that’s what I chose.
Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal reported it this way: "Unlike mash-up makers in it to figure out the lamest way to combine two song titles, justify their existence with cheap mp3 blog Diggs, or wind up in a Cobrasnake shot with some Olsen twin look-a-like, Gillis just really likes stuffing tons of his favorite FM moments into bursts of Top 40 overload. "I'm a pop music enthusiast.""

Check out the show if you were able to get tickets!

Saturday March 27th, 2010 8PM
The Murat Egyptian Room (All-ages)
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Click here for a map.

A Squared Industries, The Butler University SGA Program Board and LiveNation present:

Presale tickets are $15 plus applicable fees and are available online at LiveNation, The Murat Box Office, and at Indy CD & Vinyl in Broad Ripple. This is an all-ages event.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Broad Ripple Brew Pub turns 20 in 2010!


This year the Broad Ripple Brewpub will be celebrating 20 years of serving great food, quality ales, and being the hub of an ever-growing community! The Brew Pub has a special place in our hearts; and, to a fault, we usually drag our friends and bands from out of town to the Pub when they come to Indy. Highly recommended if you haven't been there yet!

To begin the big year the right way, they are kicking it off with $3.00 pints on Mondays, as well as booking a limited-return engagement of their favorite magician Trinity every Wednesday in March. Those of you in the internets might remember Trinity, long ago he was a weekly staple at the Brew Pub, performing tableside magic tricks for the kids (and the whole fan-damnily).

The Brew Pub's actual birth date is in November, but they plan to keep rolling towards the big birthday party on 11.14.2010 with more specials and other surprises (like a commemorative series of brews from years past).

Upcoming events will be posted on their website:,, thier Twitter page, and their Facebook fan page.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Squared in the Metromix, thanks to Rusty Redenbacher


Big thanks to Rusty Redenbacher and Metromix for the kind words in last week's Indianapolis Metromix issue! It is always nice to be recognized for our hard work, and Russ did it so eloquently. Props.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

LOCAL LIFT-OFF at The Vogue on 2.5.2010

The great blizzard of 2010 didn't keep people from descending on The Vogue Theatre on Friday February 5th for an incredible night of locally-grown music on the big stage in Broad Ripple. While we definitley would have filled the place in better weather, 300 strong braved the worst road conditions possible for six hours worth of some of the best hip-hop, rap, trip-hop, dance, electro and indie-experimental music this fair city has to offer. Metromix definitely had it right when it declared that this show was the #1 event to attend this week: Metromix 2.4.2010

Right from the start patrons knew the night was for real: hip-hop act TWIN MONSTER devoured any negativity brought by the eight inches of fluffy snow piling outside with an incredibly tight, polished act featuring three rappers, keys and a DJ. The live set was remarkable for its expertly performed multi-vocal selections, not an easy task considering the lightning-quick timing the group has perfected. Hours of practice must have gone into creating their set, because not one hiccup was heard in a blistering 35-minute rap extravaganza. TWIN MONSTER definitely set the mood and left the bar high for the next acts. Check out the group online at

Up next was Indianapolis' newest breakout act JOOKABOX (formely known as Grampall Jookabox), the brainchild of David "Moose" Adamson who over the years has taken a one-man programming/performance art/multi-instrumental/strange-yet-uncontrollably-dancy freak show and molded it into a four-piece indie-dance juggernaut. Three full-length albums deep into a career that has taken him around the world, this Vogue event was put together to hail the release of a remix EP put together by the cats at Audio Recon and released by globally-reached but locally-based Asthmatic Kitty Records. This release (which is available for download on the AK website) was the centerpiece of the evening, as it pointed out just how incestuous Indiapolis' music community truly is, even across different genres (hell, just look at the Jookabox lineup - it would be four pages of a tree map and flow charts to show how many bands are connected through these four musicians). Specifically, JOOKABOX's EP was remixed by musicians aligned with Audio Recon, headed up by the drummer of the headlining band MAB LAB, and contains tracks played out at DJ events by yours truly, A SQUARED INDUSTRIES, and the openers TWIN MONSTER helped with the record and is staffed by artists repped by Audio Recon. Confused? Us too. Anyway, check out JOOKABOX online at and check out some video from the show:

JOOKABOX live at The Vogue 2.5.2010 from A Squared Industries on Vimeo.

Headlining the live portion of the show (not that the DJs weren't "live," but, well, you know...) was MAB LAB, pretty much Indy's only trip-hop act for the past 10 or 11 years. A powerhouse of incredible (and famous) musicians in their own right, together as MAB LAB the band is the consummate headlining act with mature, well-written, incredibly performed, and stylistically unique songs that have always made this group ahead of its time here in Naptown. We remember when they used to sell out The Patio (sigh) on Friday nights back in the day, and we couldn't have been more excited to be a part of putting on a big show for them and what they have each done for the music scene here in Indy.  MAB LAB formed in early 1999 by vocalist/organist Kate Lamont and drummer Eric Brown, and were soon joined by MC/DJ/producer/artist Mike Graves. Brown was introduced to Graves through a mutal friend and top indianapolis drummer Devon Ashley. In 2000 they self-released their first album “Features and Controls” and followed that up with 2001’s "The Fadeback EP." Both of these homemade releases earned critical praise and were enough to garner them recognition from some serious industry folks, as they went on to work with producer Chris DeBenideto and bassist Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott (G Love and Special Sauce) as well as engineer/ producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle/Lucinda Williams) and producer Peter Collins (Rush/Indigo Girls/Queensryche). The ML crew has done notable work both musically and culturally in and around Indianpolis. Vocalist Kate Lamont released two albums with her progressive folk group Blueprintmusic and toured extensively. She has also been working on a new solo album with noted producer and musician Vess Ruthenberg (Queen Size Studio/The Pieces/Lemonheads) as well as serving as the director of operations of The Earth House. Mike Graves has been busy in the art and music worlds: in addition to creating new albums by Twilight Sentinels and People vs Radio he has had many successful showings of his art work from Indianapolis to Seattle. Eric Brown started Audio Recon in 2005, formed the glitch clique Post-Lab and released "Manifesto," then went on to release solo digital albums "Mind Film Vols. 1 and 2" in Dec 2007. He is currently working on a new glitch clique album as well as a host of other projects for Audio Recon. Ande Shaul was a integral part of the post-MAB LAB project New Year Revolution w/ Graves and Lamont, as well as playing bass for People vs Radio. He is currently writing material for an upcoming solo project as well as lending his many talents to various sessions around Indianapolis. These are important people who do important things - keep up with what they are doing folks and you will see just how we do it here in the Nap. Check out some video of their performance at The Vogue:

MAB LAB live at The Vogue 2.5.2010 from A Squared Industries on Vimeo.

And lastly, A SQUARED INDUSTRIES had the honor of DJing an incredible party after the bands with our buddy DJ ACTION JACKSON. If you aren't familiar with him, his parties in Indy and Bloomington have a reputation for being OUT OF CONTROL! Personally, we like him so much for being a good dude and good friend, and business-wise for showing how a motivated deejay can make a living through concentrating serious hustle. ACTION JACKSON keeps it real making a living by DJing locally most nights of every week. Kids, watch and learn. Here's some video of ACTION JACKSON for that night at The Vogue:

DJ ACTION JACKSON live at The Vogue 2.5.2010 from A Squared Industries on Vimeo.

All in all, it was quite a night (blizzard and everything!) Many thanks to NUVO for sponsoring the event, and to Transpanther, Asthmatic Kitty Records, Audio Recon, Musical Family Tree and The Vogue for making it happen.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

GIRLS ROCK Music Camp For Girls (Indianapolis Chapter)

A Squared is now fully behind local efforts of four ladies in town who run the Indianapolis Chapter of GIRLS ROCK, and we hope you find this as exciting as we do! GIRLS ROCK is a great charity that focuses on running summer camps for young women to find identity and self esteem in rock 'n roll music.

The mission statement of Girls Rock is "a Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls, a 501(c)3 non-profit, builds girls self-esteem through music creation and performance.  Providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills."

A Squared is helping out with a few fundraising shows to get the ball rolling on the local chapter having enough funds to operate an Indianapolis camp this summer!

Here is the first one, next week (it's FREE!):

Thursday February 11th, 2010 9PM
Locals Only Art + Music Pub (21+)
2449 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Click here for a map.

Butler Scion Free Thursdays presents a charity event for
GIRLS ROCK Music Camp for Girls

featuring live music from

NO COVER! 21+ with valid ID only please. Come pre-party before the Lucero or The Hood Internet shows for a good cause!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

HOMESPUN: a great idea for a new store in Indy - HELP OUT!

Our friends Amanda and Neal Taflinger, the brains and brawn behind the bi-annual INDIEana Handicraft Exchange (where we at A Squared sponsor and deejay each time) are up for a grant to help make their handicraft store, Homespun, a reality.

It's a project they've been working on for a while, and they are planning to open by July 2010 in Irvington. The store will showcase the work of local, regional and national artists, provide a classroom for low-cost arts workshops for youth and adults, and offer a small gallery space for up-and-coming artists in the Midwest. This grant would get them a little closer to their goal and relieve some of the personal financial burden. However, the grants are awarded based solely on votes acquired, so they need YOUR help.

It won't be difficult or painful, we promise.... all we'd like you to do is click on the link below and vote for the Homespun project. Each voter is able to vote for the project once a day, every day from now through February 28. You can even set a simple notice on your iCal, or similar application, on your phone or computer to remind you to place your vote daily! They are currently ranked #4 in their category, and as long as we remain in the top 10 through the rest of the month, they'll get the money!

While you're voting for Homespun, check out some of the other ideas. There are some fantastic proposals up right now, all ideas on how to "refresh" our world - how to change things or make things better across the USA. 32 projects will win each month. Heck, if you've got a great idea, get your own proposal ready to submit next month! Pepsi has $1.3 million to give away each month for the next year. It's a pretty amazing opportunity, and we know we have motivated friends and family whose brains are brimming with productive, creative ideas! Individuals, non-profits, for-profit businesses and organizations are all eligible to apply. The categories for projects range from Arts & Culture to Health & Nutrition, from The Planet to Neighborhoods and more.

Click on the link below to vote for Homespun today. Save the link in your browser, and vote again tomorrow...and the next day....and the next!

Thanks for your help!


P.S.) A helpful hint: you can vote once a day from a single email you may actually be able to vote twice a day, or more, if you have multiple email addresses! Just sayin'!

P.P.S.) If you have a group of fans or friends you think might be interested in voting for us, please, by all means, repost, repost, repost! Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, your personal blog, whatever. They'll take all the attention we can get! Thanks again!

P.P.P.S) Unfortunately, yes, you will have to "sign up" on Pepsi's website, which will probably put you on a mailing list. But, after you've done this good deed for the month of February, you can certainly unsubscribe! (Or you could just create a new junk mail account for occasions just like this.) Please don't let that stop you.Thanks again!

MUDKIDS - Go Colts! "Do It Again 2010"

Check out our friends Rusty, Elp-Mass and Seanie Mic with their video for the MUDKIDS' 2010 version of their Super Bowl Colts anthem! This is no fly-by-night business here, the 'KIDS have been holding it down on the hip-hop scene in Indy for YEARS! You might rekkinize some of the people and places in the video (*ahem* Annie, Ryan from Thunders, Greg The Mayor, etc)

This video even got picked up by MSNBC and the Rachel Maddow show...

Mudkids on the Rachel Maddow Show - yes, that Rachel Maddow

But wait, there's more! They even got theirs on the Smiley Show!

Way to make it happen Rusty! GO COLTS!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

LET GO! at The Lockerbie /// February 2010 Edition

Dude. Like holy wow dude. LET GO! at The Lockerbie (our monthly freak out dance party) has grown beyond our wildest dreams into an animal all its own...

Tuesday February 2nd 2010 10:00PM
The Lockerbie Pub (21+)
631 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Click here for a map.

NUVO & A Squared Industries present LET GO!

Every first Tuesday of the month is LET GO! at The Lockerbie featuring:
plus special guest on 2/2/2010 CRAIG "DODGE" LILE from My Old Kentucky Blog 

No cover! Beer provided by your local brewer: Sun King Brewery! Appearances from your Naptown Roller Girls Tornado Sirens! 21+ with valid ID only please.

We have been setting sales records at the bar, we've had to start moving tables and chairs out of the place beforehand so there is room for all the people, we ruin Wednesday mornings every damn month - it's just getting to be too much fun. There, we said it: TOO MUCH FUN!

Seriously. In order to spread the fun around like margarine on hot toast, we have begun inviting guest DeeJays each month to spin with us (professional or not) and it has been great! The most rewarding events have been with guest DJs who, well, don't know how to DJ...yet. Picking "tastemakers" and spending a month teaching them how to use the Tech 12's (then stealing their tracks, ha!) and watching them KILL IT in front of their friends has been awesome, to say the least.

Our 2010 schedule of guests so far:

Jan - DJ Action Jackson 

Feb - Craig "Dodge" Lile of MOKB 

Mar - DJ Indiana Jones + DJ Gabby Love 

Apr - Muzique Boutique (John Larner + Slater Hogan) 

May - Bryan Wyatt 

Jun - Liar Mouth 

Jul - Annie Stultz + Amy Crouch 

Aug - Rumi Sakuraeda + Joey Ozinga 

Sep - Marcus Krug 

Oct - George Adrian 

Nov - DJ Stefan

Dec - Rick Eusey

The (Indianapolis) Local Music Git Down - thanks MOKB!

Back on Saturday, January 23rd the nice fellers from My Old Kentucky Blog put together a pretty amazing day of local music with help from Butler Scion, Nuvo, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and LaundroMatinee — along with the special efforts of the local music community including A Squared, Indy CD and Vinyl, Luna, Transpanther, Joyful Noise, IndyMojo, Musical Family Tree, Vibes, and more — appropriately titled the Local Music Git Down at Locals Only.
What will hopefully become a re-occurrence in the city, The Local Music Git Down was a celebration of the local scene with many bands and DJs featured.
The Line-Up:
Now, it could easily be assumed that when you get this many local bands and DJs together on one day for one big shimmy and shake show it might end up as a clusterfuck...the weeble may wobble but it won't fall down, right? Especially when our buddy Eric from Butler Scion loaned MOKB a Toyota Tundra in order to transport fifty 30-packs of free PBR for the bands to drink all day whut whuuuuuut? 
We have the pleasure of telling you that the weeble didn't fall - on the contrary this Git Down might have been one of the best examples of how Indianapolis musicians, artists, promoters and fans continue to coalesce around the vibrant and ever-growing scene we have here in Naptown...and a big fat thank you is in order for Dodge and JB of MOKB for pointing this out once again, in an extremely macro manner.
In addition, a portion of the sponsor money and ticket sales was be donated to Rock For Riley. What a great group of people, right?
All the artists showed up as well, both literally and figuratively, almost like they were in a giant one-upper competition. We Are Hex, Burnt Ones, Pravada, Thunders, Slothpop, America Owns The Moon - not only are all these bands deserving of international acclaim in their own right but they all SLAYED on stage, each putting in performances of the year.
MOKB doubled their pleasure and doubled their fun, renting out the building next door to serve as a giant green room/play pen for the bands and setting up a mobile recording studio so that each band could record their own session for the MOKB-run holy wow, looking forward to seeing those.
Conclusion: for one day this fair city was overflowing with live musical talent and extremely short on crabs in a barrel.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Barfly comic strip in NUVO Newsweekly 1/27/2010

Thanks to Wayne Bertsch for crowning us "Heroes of the Scene!" Pick up your local newsweekly NUVO at newsstands everywhere in Central Indiana!

Andy's Top 20 albums of 2009 (Annie's to be listed soon)


1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

2. A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

3. Major Lazer - Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do

4. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

5. MSTRKRFT – Fist Of God

6. Band Of Skulls - Baby Darling Dollface Honey

7. Converge – Axe To Fall

8. Peter Bjorn and John – Living Thing

9. Russian Circles – Geneva

10. Metric – Fantasies

11. Mew – No More Stories

12. Mastodon – Crack The Skye

13. Blakroc - Blakroc

14. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young

15. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

16. The xx - The xx

17. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

18. White Lies - To Lose My Life

19. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

20. Antony & The Johnsons - The Crying Light