Sunday, April 23, 2006


Caught some good music this weekend - especially at the 5lowershop shindig - FUNISHMENT.

Was especially happy to see lowtech - the awesome duo from Los Angeles, throw down some punkity-rockity break core hollering fun (even if their gigs are posted on IDM lists, I can't bring myself to use that term. plus it really doesn't capture the delivery and the performance). Also the Stapler (bo! Sofat! soundsystem) and BONK, RType, Megabitch spinning some fine bmore club whatnots. As we left (sadly early, to catch the bridge before all the m-f-in' onramps close which makes it take an extra hour to get out of the city), we heard the sounds of wotyoucallit ghetto tech. I didn't know people still called it that. But I still kind of like the term. and the sounds too.

The first time I heard it was when I lived in London in 1999 and saw DJ Godfather at The Clinic upstairs in the little chinatown by Soho. I loved that bar - always some random weirdness, and the little room upstairs with the window on to chinatown, then farther upstairs a little dancefloor with brits and expat europeans doing their best to move hips independently of shoulders, or giving up and bouncing around with drunken joy.

The best time I heard it was when DJ Assault played in Cambridge. The whole story around that night is pretty awesome (and involved me sweet talking a cop into getting me and my friend into the club after the doorman wouldn't recognize his EU card), but was till topped
by the fact that Assault played one of the best dj sets ever, doing everything djs can do: beatmatching, scratching, cutting up between multiples, and super wacked-out track selection (including the secret weapon of classic dark dnb/jumpup on 33 - something I rock with dubstep). People went nuts. Sadly, a couple years later in NYC he also played the absolute worst dj set I've ever seen (culminating in him rapping over his new cd with the his own vocals on it already). But the cambridge one was mindblowing. Of course, he announced that he was NOT a ghetto tech dj, but was instead playing "accelerated funk" which I guess is less downwardly mobile a term than GT (probably why I like it, being sorta downwardly mobile stylistically myself), but still comes off kind of badly, and as far as I can tell never took off.

On an unrelated note - who is it in Anchorage Alaska who every month or so, loads my page 250 times in 3 days? I don't follow my logs much except to see what kind of funny searches get people here, or what country readers are finding me from.. but anyway it's kind of weird.. Then again, if you want to book me, I'll play Anchorage. But not in the winter..


  1. The first time I heard of ghetto tech was some weeks ago at a private party; lots of (wannabe)(breakcore) djs hanging around, and this one guy spinnning who I know a little, and it is really boring. I go to him and say "Hey, your beats are so straight!" and he goes "Well, that's ghetto tech".

    Maybe djs playing mostly for other djs is simply no good setup for a party.

  2. i tend to agree. most djs don't dance enough to make it fun.

    but re GT music. I dunno.. what gets called that - the beats are often straight or electro-y but with distortion instead of wiggle, the lyrics nasty, the production harsh, and usually it's quite cutup and keeps changing. When I used to hear it 5 or 6 years ago I liked it. the other night it was pretty fun, tho.