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Decibel Festival 2008: A Review, A Reawakening- DAY 3

Posted in Events, Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by worldromper

Last year in between four straight days of partying and boarding a Tuesday morning flight to Thailand, I somehow wrote a review of the epic, amazing time I had at Seattle’s Decibel Festival.

A party like no other, Decibel is a city festival held in the clubs, bars, parks and museums of Seattle, an event for the people, by the people. I will be reposting my review from last year along with photos and links, in five parts: Intro, Day 1, Day 2….you get it.

Decibel Festival 2009 takes place September 24-27 and you can check the lineup and buy tickets here.

DAY 3:

Saturday morning started with a trip to Seatac airport to pick up my very favorite producers in all of the universe- edIT and Boreta of the Glitch Mob. Sadly I missed a lot of Decibel in the Park but I heard that Noisemaker and Manahan laid it down proper, as usual. I rolled up in style with my precious cargo around 4PM just as Jacob London was finishing up and Truckasauras were getting set up with their Americanakitsch: gold Zelda cartridge, Uncle Sam hats and all. Who wants to bet that was Maker’s Mark in that plastic cup?

edit and boretaTruckasauras was good but I live for the Glitch Mob and now my dear children, you can see why. I think I personally called every single one of my friends and told them to go to this performance or I would kill them. And over a dozen of them came up and thanked me afterwards for the mind-blowing experience. edIT and Boreta (and Kraddy and OOah, the missing mobsters) create something new with each live show; you either get it or you don’t, and something tells me the mass of people dancing their asses off for an hour and a half GOT IT. Burner breaks, glitch hop, laser bass, Crunkedouthyphyfunkadelicpsybrokenwhomphopmusicforbasssluts or whatever you want to call it; the Glitch Mob pushes through boundaries like they aren’t even there (like the spoon) and they have a hell of a time doing it.

dB in the parkGreat success! Decibel in the Park was mad fun, just like you knew it would be. The fact that the showcase was free added to the aesthetic and I know of at least one person who asserted that the Glitch Mob changed his life (me too). I hope to see more outdoor shows at Volunteer Park and of course, more freaks.

After a nap and a shower I headed over to Grey Gallery quickly to say hi to the Sweatbox and Knight Riders kids (I LOVE TECHNO) and then got myself to the Baltic Room where I made yet another exciting artist discovery at the Ghostly International Showcase: Deru, who was taking things on a dark and twisty turn there on the dance floor.

The dirty sounds got me all worked up which was just perfect because I hopped a cab up to Chop Suey where things were CRACK-EN’ in mad bottle rocket style. In the hot-as-hell side room Swank was ripping it up like a pirate and Sean Majors followed suite, keeping the energy ramped up, and over in the main room LA Riots started laying crazy on the crowd who flipping loved it.

neumosOnce again I was forced to pull myself away from the bRave New World Showcase and head to Neumos for Carl Craig; the end of Audion’s set had the people bursting in bubbles and then THE DETROIT LEGEND stepped up- and this is where I should stop writing. I danced for his entire set like a raving madwoman, like a lunatic with no lunch, like the insane devotee of the cult of dance that I am. I don’t know what tracks he played, I don’t know what he mixed in or how he did it, I don’t know his no-doubt long list of props, awards, and accolades. I was dripping, dripping with sweat; it was in my fat eyes and in my stupid smile which did not wear off all night (and is in fact still there right now).

This is what I live for. This is why I stay hours late into the night at my office writing for you, why I go out all the time in search of it, why I do what I do- so that I can have this divine experience, and it is no less than that. My brain stops working completely and the music takes me over and I experience something that I cannot find elsewhere- not from a person, not from a drug, not from anything else on earth. THIS IS WHY WE DANCE. THANK YOU CARL CRAIG. No really, I love techno.

After three days of dancing of course I wanted to dance more and headed to a friend’s afterparty first; the dubstep was sticky-icky but just not what I was searching for so I trolled down to the Church of Bass once again for yet another WOW experience and discovered yet another new favorite performer of the festival: Dixon. Oh. My. God. You would think the people on his dance floor had been sleeping for a thousand years instead of going for three days of Decibel. Taimur Agha kept it bangin’ as well and I left after several more hours of epic dance trance- a very very great day in the life, right?

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The 2009 Decibel Festival takes place September 24-27 in Seattle; for tickets and more information please click here.

Photos by Sudapop of Rockit Science and Tap Tap of Tap Tap Productions.

Hookerz & Blow in Seattle w/Deep Child @ Broken Disco

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by worldromper

…with bangface local support from Michael Manahan, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, Awggie, Robb Green, Recess, & Skoi Sirius.

Broken Disco is @ The Chop so go get sweaty. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW SEATTLE PEEPS!

 

Photo by Matsuda

Filastine Frequency

Posted in Artists, Music News with tags , , on February 18, 2009 by worldromper

Filastine has a dirty bomb AND a blog. Read it! That shit is FUNNY.

Filastine Frequency: Observations on the Beginning of the End of the World

I had the extreme pleasure of dancing to Filastine at the super-manky Free Sheep Foundation in Seattle one night; he returns to the city at the UBER-manky Chop Suey on April 11, in Portland April 10, & San Francisco April 3. 

I do believe there is room in there for a stop in LA, ahem…

D.I.M. @ THE Chop in Seattle March 14

Posted in Artists, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by worldromper

OH, you like your techno THAT WAY, do ya? I know what you mean.

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Innerflight (who is the bomb shit of the entire universe just in case you didn’t know) and Decibel present:

Andreas Meid, or D.I.M. to you and me, scrapes the filth off the floor and crams it through the speakers and into your skull piece. His twisted bass and echoing bleeps are covered in stardust- all the better to grind up against the dark parts of your soul. D.I.M.’s thick techno and electro grabs you through the middle of the chest like Mola Ram and just when you think you can’t take any more, another fat, melodic layer drops on your head, contaminating you for the rest of your life. Producing two of the steaziest tracks of 2007 on Turbo Records, “Airbus” and “Sysiphos,” this in-demand artist has been hailed by everyone from Sven Vath to Justice, not to mention his production partner, Boys Noize. Having remixed The Presets, Chromeo, Midnight Juggernauts, Teenage Bad Girl and Franz Shape, D.I.M. is one of the nastiest, freakiest techno bangers on the planet, a statement with which the kids on his dance floor screaming “FILTHY!” will no doubt agree.

D.I.M. does it right on March 14 at Chop Suey along with Jerry Abstract, Anglo Satellite, PrEssHa, Recess, Levi Clark, & Menami.

Ghislain Poirier to play Broken Disco in Seattle April 17

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by worldromper

Sounds like this spring is Berlin-mania for the cats of Broken Disco who have returned from an extended “fishing trip” (yeah some kind of trip) to blast back down in Seattle with some of the TIGHTEST lineups in the city- or quite possibly, THE tightest.

Drawing from four of Seattle’s most active music collectives (Decibel, Fourthcity, Sensory Effect and Shameless) and with lineups of eclectic artists from around the world espousing many electronic music genres, often at the same time, Broken Disco aims to assert Seattle’s place in the West Coast Future Sound Movement by throwing filthy fucking dance parties on a regular basis. Props!

February 20: Jona, Nutown Project, Jacob London, Broken Disconauts, Aurora Diving Club, Skyler, Dr. Mr. M, Eddie, and Mateo

March 14: D.I.M., Jerry Abstract, Anglo Satellite, PrEssHa, Recess, Levi Clark and Menami

April 17: Ghislain Poirier, Thomas Fehlmann, plus more TBA!

AND if you haven’t been to Chop Suey lately, you need to check it out again. They have added hella soundproofing so that condo-owning asshole who moved to Cap Hill and then complained about the noise can’t call the cops anymore, and the sound is better than ever! The second room remains as sweaty as hell, as it shall always be. All is right with the world; carry on.

50 Reasons Why I Love Seattle

Posted in Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by worldromper
  1. Walking around Green Lake, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and freaking out all the housemoms running with three dogs, a double stroller and a phone in their faces.
  2. The sweaty, dirty, gnarly second room at Chop Suey .
  3. The party at the abandoned milk factory- one of the best in my life, and I was there for about 3 hours. Still don’t know who the DJ was spinning tight glitch hop.***Amended: I DO NOW! Jesse, from Hawaii- met him at a party at the Adriatica, the abandoned restaurant on Dexter***
  4. Sneaking pallets into Golden Gardens, dodging the cops and partying all night with a big ass bonfire. Ask me how.
  5. The smiling househeads.
  6. The serious techno crowd.
  7. Mount Rainier dominating the skyline; it never fails to drop my jaw.
  8. The Loft, a.k.a. The Produkt Dance Studio. One of those places that belongs to the community and is greater than the sum of  its parts; a moment in time that people will look back on in 50 years as an epicenter of arts culture. For real.
  9. Standing at the very bottom of Gasworks Park and feeling like you are in the middle of the fishbowl of Seattle.
  10. When you are in a really shitty mood and the weather just matches perfectly.
  11. Spy parties at Hengst when the outside stage was open. I met many of my best friends and favorite DJs there, aka: “Who the FUCK is that playing the Glitch Mob???” The Seattle midtempo community was born that night.
  12. The crackheads in Pioneer Square, both the creative (“I’ll trade you 12.5 million dollars in stock options for one cigarette”) and the hackneyed (the guy who tells my own jokes back to me).
  13. Under the 99 on-ramp by Contour where everyone goes to smoke.
  14. The Olympic National Park. If you live in Seattle and have not been out to the peninsula, first slap yourself then GET OUT THERE. One of the most beautiful places in the world is right out your back door.
  15. MC Anton Bomb.
  16. Photosynthesis, one of the best festivals and parties of the summer and where I fell in love with techno!
  17. The small size and intimate nature of the EDM community; headliners perform and you can jump right up on stage after the show and thank them.
  18. Value Village, where I get 99% of my clothes.
  19. The Alaskan Way Viaduct/earthquake thing- every time you drive on it, you know if there is an earthquake you are dead, but you do it anyway.
  20. The Stranger. We can all agree on the declining relevance of print publications, but their passionate adherence to snarky, critical, smart-ass reporting makes me laugh, every week.
  21. Rain. You kind of have to love it to live here, right?
  22. Truckasauras.
  23. How everyone FREAKING HATES the Ducks. The amphibious tour-vehicle kind, not the quacking kind. NON LE CANARD!
  24. Our fair weather sports fans, so very fickle.
  25. DECIBEL FESTIVAL.
  26. How you can smoke weed ANYWHERE in public and no one gives a shit.
  27. City kids putting flyers everywhere, even on tents at festivals and parties WAY out in the boonies.
  28. Hempfest, the largest protestival for the reform of marijuana laws IN THE WORLD.
  29. The Pacific Science Center- lasers and raves and those sweet multi-colored hoop things!
  30. Discovering that friend after friend after friend is a DJ.
  31. The SeaMonster in Wallingford BEFORE Andrew sold it. R.I.P.
  32. Springtime and its accompanying pink, purple, white and yellow trees.
  33. How people put ‘THE’ in front of club names: THE Contour, THE Rebar, THE Chop, THE Noc- you know you’ve done it.
  34. NWTekno.org and the living, vital community it supports.
  35. Sailing, always amazing whether you are on Lake Union, Lake Washington, or Puget Sound.
  36. novaTRON.
  37. How West Seattle is practically BFE- is it even a 206 area code?
  38. Seattle style: city kid hipster with a dash of emo, and rolled up jeans are always okay thanks to the weather.
  39. Broadway. Gritty, colorful, beautiful Broadway.
  40. Doin’ the Tour- popping around Pioneer Square on weeknights, hitting all the dance clubs and saying hi to friends.
  41. The uber-politeness of drivers: you go first, no YOU go first, no you- all the while saying FUCK YOU BASTARD MOTHERFUCKER under their breath.
  42. The dirty, genuine, underbelly feel of the city which is unique in this world. We love the dirt like we love the rain; squeaky clean-green Portland we are NOT (thank God).
  43. Being on the dance floor of Noisemaker’s set one very late afterhours party watching this kid just standing there beside me with his mouth open saying, “WHAT?!?!?”
  44. Seattle cops who, for example, might pull over a license-less friend and passenger wearing a mullet wig and then give them back their bag of Chronic and 12 Xanax and send them on their way with the words, “Don’t kill yourself.” 
  45. RENEGADE PARTIES and dancing on the rocks under 1st Avenue Bridge in February at 5AM in the freezing cold wearing a pink bikini and white net shirt.
  46. Working in Fremont and telling people my office is located between “the troll and the rocket.”
  47. Riding fat snow in the Cascades. Holy shit.
  48. Our progressive, educated, tolerant, liberal, book-reading citizens.
  49. Vito’s- classic Italian gangster kitsch with two disco balls and a bartender who pours ’em right.
  50. The amazing, open, and smiling electronic music community who has made me feel more welcome, loved, at home, and a part of something than I have ever felt before in my life. Thank you.

AND 5 Things I Won’t Miss About Seattle:

  1. Cougars fans. “GO COUGS!” is like the mating call of the asshole. I hear it and run the other way.
  2. Passive-aggressiveness, particularly in those with a Y chromosome. GROW SOME FUCKING BALLS, PEOPLE!
  3. The Noc. 
  4. Overcast weather with no sun for months- makes Shilo want to die.
  5. The lack of media coverage of the electronic music scene in favor of the “roots/folk rock” music scene. BARF.

So I really had trouble thinking of 5 things I do not like about Seattle! I have lived many places in this world (Austin, Maine, Paris, New Zealand) but have never had a home like this. Much love, rainy city!

Space Needle

Going Down This Week (Nov 17-23)

Posted in Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by worldromper

Your weekly rundown of Shilo-approved electronic music events this week. 

Wednesday:

  • VITAL Wednesdays at Contour: Recess, Sonny Chiba, and PrEssHa

Thursday:

  • Hauschka, Tom Brosseau, and The Site Below ambient show at the Triple Door
  • CHROME TOAST: OTT, Phidelity and Skoi Sirius at Nectar Lounge (whomp whomp whomp)
  • KiloWatts and Vibesquad in Bellingham

(I am torn between staying in town for the bomb shows here or heading up to Bellingham and am still undecided!)
Friday: 

  • Shadow Dancer of Boys Noize at Chop Suey. Bangin’ hard techno.
  • Shift Dubstep at Contour with D’Code from the UK

Saturday:

  • Buddhaful Groove Drive with MC Souleye, Vibesquad, Kitty D, Noisemaker, Northstar, Marmalade and more. Last year this party ROCKED. It is a food drive so bring food. I will be here.
  • Uninfected Techno with Adam X and Bryan Zentz (I LOVE TECHNO!)
  • Funk D’Void at SeeSound Lounge. Weird venue but silly awesome music
  • Afterhours at the Clubhouse with Funk D’Void, Dave Pezzner, and Carlos Mendoza of Lawnchair Generals- $5. I will be here too no doubt.