- While Kid K was rocking Milwaukee and Chicago, I went to a coupla good parties. A Grime City / Subscience do that brought the ill-ustrious DJ Clever (old friendly face from Boston and then NY, running the totally quality Offshore recordings. The new drum&bass i find interesting these days. Clever played a d&b set offshore-style and then a storming dubstep set following the revitalized Juju who played a tight tight set. This was the day after my own gig with Havocsound, and I saw a few of the same peeps.. a couple of whom were kind enough to come up and say hi and they liked my set. nice1. Anyway the sound system was HUGE and not even turned up all the way most of the night. The place wasn't packed, but enough people there to make it bouncy.
- the next night I went to another warehousey noisey event - actually a tribute to a member of the tribe who died recently. (j. Planetsize RIP). I was parking on Bayshore (where I saw some proper sideshow action on the way out!). This was truly great musical experience. and a sweetsadfunny vibe at times. My favorite dj of the 5lowershop crew has got to be Megabitch, throwing down a wicked funny combination of 130-140 bpm tunes with lots of nasty bmore, glitchy breaks, other stuff. Nice and eclectic, always changing, and lots of booty action. But everyone up at this gig was ILL. Eustachian utterly destroyed, well, nearly everyone. But the highlight was as usual Duran Duran Duran: the cat both the nicest to talk to, and frickin crazy producer. Actually there was another highlight. We were SOOOO lucky to have Baseck in town, and he played one of his Gameboy sets, which was awesome musically and hella fun to watch. Well, except for the part where he stripped to his boxers, then pulled out his little fireman and played the gameboy with it. erm. things about him I didn't need to know.
- some weeks later, saw Deadbeat and Richard Devine at Recombinant Media Labs. Holy moly it was the closest thing to a religious experience, not in the mystical way (except in how music gets up in you before you think about it) but really in a social one. The super multi surround sound system, and deadbeats delicious brombips and chks. Everyone was really happy, actively loving the music and the whole experience --people danced because the music was in them, or stood and soaked it in, or wandered around happily checkingout the sound in every part of the space. RD was impressive to watch and unbelievably loud, but it was too nonlinear and yet samey for me, after a while. Loved watching the interface he used. Incomprehensible.
- the next night saw Hatcha + Youngsta (big up! Hatcha especially is one of the earliest names I associated with that nice formerly a dubby 2step label Tempa) with JuaKali and the Grime City peeps at the upstairs space at Club Six. I was still out of it from the night before. The bad: the sound system up there is truly awful, and an insult to dubstep. the good: the vibe was irrepressible, everyone was excited, and the music i COULD hear was pretty great. Juakali kept up on the mic for 2 hours and it wasn't boring. I wish MC Child would stop bringing Bay Area slang into the grimey MCing, at least stop doing it all backwards. "Are you stupid?" "If you don't know this you're DUMB" is so far the opposite of "Go Stupid! Go Dumb!" Wrongfooting the vibe of the original slang. Also it bums me out when MCs (especially english-style party mcs whose job it is to big up the music and the crowd) start insulting the crowd or telling some they aren't cool enough. (Give me TC Islam's cheezy "you are all superstars" over boston-based MC someone or other "this is for those who KNOW")
- some weeks later, this past weekend hit up a lovely renegade with Havocsound peeps, 5lowershoppers, and some friendly faces from new york who were in town! Out on the water.. late at night .. they trucked the little sound system out there again. Highlights were the live set with Nic Fit and SOUR, on the crazy sound-making-think with all the lights and cables. It looks like an oldstyle telephone switchboard.
Usually they are more techno than I like, but this time they kept breaking it up- there were even some basslines! I was happy. Plus it was warm and the ravers' glowsticks made it easier to see. (there was also all this hightech glowing action that made me feel very lo-fi. When I was a raver, all we had were wood and rocks.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I've been seeing a lot of good music in the Bay these past weeks. Problem is I get home too late and wiped out to mention it. No time now for much in the way of storytelling, but suffice to say a few words: