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Decibel Festival 2008: A Review, A Reawakening DAY 2

Posted in Events, Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 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 2:

Decibel Mascot?On Friday I was up and skulking around Cap Hill by noon (after eating breakfast with Jahcoozi a few short hours before) for the lunchtime dB Conference on (duh) music journalism where I got insights from writers from XLR8R, Resident Advisor, the Stranger and more. One striking fact of the panel for me was that in a room of about thirty artists, only two were female, myself included. Where the ladies at? Next year, how about a panel on the dearth of female artists in the electronic arts?

Making my Friday was a delicious French-toast crepe and Wasabi Bloody Mary from Grey Gallery; highly recommended if you like your hangover with pickled okra and a very, very clear head.

That night I returned to Grey to catch a little of the Kulturszene DJ lounge before heading over to Neumos for the Dirty Dancing showcase where Let’s Go Outside was tearing it up. I love this DJ for his music and for this. I wanted to stay but my heady bass-freak self propelled me all the way over to the Baltic Room for the Native State Showcase; this venue is the perfect match for the Dark Lords of Native State. Welder was keeping the crowd wobbling and soon KiloWatts (also performing at dB 2009!) was shaking the whole earth with his structured and driving brand of crunky bass- this sound pioneer gave one of the best performances of Decibel, for sure. The people were lapping it up like kittens. Evil little kittens.

It was hard to pull away but I had to head back over to Neumos for Deadmau5. I lost track of how many times during the festival I went back and forth between the Baltic and the Pike Street area; I walked it at least four times, took a cab twice, drove at least once and bummed a ride a couple of times. Once I took a hoola hoop.

DEADMAU5I really didn’t know what to think of Deadmau5- I am familiar with his music and had done some research for a pre-Decibel article but had never seen him live and really didn’t know what to think of Mr. Joel Zimmerman. Downstairs at Neumos he was chilling and connecting the mad wireage inside his now-blue Mau5head, whose ears are a lovely velour, fun to rub, and insured. He was feeling a little pain from the night before in Edmonton where he and his manager had tied one on, but there was no hint of that at all when the Mau5 took the stage, because-

Deadmau5Deadmau5 completely blew me away. His performance was my biggest surprise of the festival. Dance-floor transcendence, and you know what I mean. I tend to fall into the brainwaves of “oh, everyone in the world likes this artist, so he must really suck”- but Deadmau5 simply wrecked mad destruction; the dance floor was so freaking packed you hardly even had to dance- all the people around you just moved your body around for you, and all you had to do was give yourself to it. I really don’t think Joel knows how good he is, despite all the Beatport awards and accolades; all he cares about is getting back into his studio and making music. No really, that is all he cares about.

However I did convince him to head over to the Church of Bass for the Subsequence afterhours and arrived just in time for the very last of Kris Moon’s set and then proceeded to get sticky with Phidelity whose psychedelic robotty-bass grooved perfectly with the dark dance church, all decked out for the festival with sweet black light art. We then got a second dose of Brendan Angelides aka Welder who performed this time as Eskmo, who is a dreamy poet of electronic intensity- I don’t know what world he comes from, but I want to buy a ticket.

Tune in next time for the Day 3 installment of Decibel Festival 2008: A Review, A Reawakening!

All photos by superfreak Matt Matsuda.

Seattle. REBAR. Tonight! NALEPA, Sleepyhead, Noisemaker, Woo & Northstar

Posted in Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by worldromper

The astrological Age of Aquarius already dawned about nine years ago but screw it, like you can see the stars on a winter night in Seattle anyway! Come say happy birthday to sweetheart Jessica Rabbit and all the other January babies tonight AND experience the best music in town, no question. 

Northstar, otherwise known as the bad-ass glassblower, starts off the evening with his brand of bass which I last enjoyed with a big smile on my face around 9AM one rainy morning. He is followed by Woo, or Andrew Luck, who has already been hailed as the new people’s favorite in Seattle by several dancing freaks. He laid down a set at a New Year’s Eve after after after party that made my head swim and my knees bend down to the floor, again and again.

You all know what I think of Noisemaker who with some help from a fabulous writer and promoter has pioneered the crunkedouthyphyfunkadelicpsybrokenwhomphopmusicforbasssluts sound in Seattle and is currently earning my heart by using some crazy island beats from the South Pacific mixed in with dirty dubstep from the streets of London. His disparate (yet never random) track selection always excites the dance floor; he throws shit down that no one else can get away with, earning him a bold and fearless reputation. Noisemaker does what Noisemaker wants. This kid loves what he does to the crowd, and why not? He does it so well.

Sleepyhead is also a favorite of mine and hails from the Bay Area and I encourage you to click this sentence and listen to some of the fatty tracks on his Myspace page right now. Yeah that’s right! I’m rockin’ out myself this morning and had to take just a little break from this post to get down and dance around my living room for a bit. FEKKING FELTHY.

Rounding out the birthday evening so very nicely out of all this talent is my favorite of all, headliner Steve Nalepa who you may have heard at the Native State Showcase at the 2008 Decibel Festival, a.k.a. one of the best weekends of your year. Steve is from my new hometown of LA and this wave-maker has just completed a tour around the western US with Bass Science, his collaboration with Tokyo-based Matt B. Nalepa is part of a loose-knit group of live mad scientists and future freaks down here in Los Angeles who are changing the evolution of music with each beat they drop; what they are doing now is affecting what the masses will be listening and dancing to in five years. His sound however is like no other, beautifully designed and intelligently assembled, all with plenty of fertile bass guaranteed to make you shake your ass, lift your soul, and down those shitty drinks at Rebar like there’s no tomorrow.

And when you’re the birthday girl, that’s exactly how you should party! 

Happy Birthday Ms. Rabbit! Somebody buy her a drink for me! Nah, how about EVERYBODY just get your ASS on the DANCE FLOOR for me and try not to spend all night in the three thousand car parties in the parking lot. Hey I’ve been to the Rebar once or twice!

Have fun and enjoy the night of future sound in the 206!