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The Jaded Review’s Guide to Hippie Watching in North America

Posted in New Media with tags , , on September 29, 2010 by worldromper

Life here on the Left Coast necessitates an understanding of the hippie culture that prevails in the forests, beaches and deserts, otherwise you might find yourself in the midst of a circle of chanting humans, confused, naked and on drugs. Continue reading

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: THE ART OF RHYTHM (Beats Antique, Emancipator, Phutureprimitive & Phidelity)

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by worldromper
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The Art of Rhythm showcase will prove beyond a shadow of a beat that electronica can be a deeply powerful emotional motivator when infused with humanity and warmth. Espousing this deeper approach to digital expression along with conscious thought and live arts performance are the neotribal communities of the West Coast, whose influence on the evolution of electronic music increases with each festival season. The Art of Rhythm showcases four live artists whose heartfelt, organic music represents well this uniquely West Coast culture of creativity. Continue reading

Beats Antique and Deru @ The Do Lab (REVIEW)

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by worldromper

The King King in Hollywood is usually overrun with fast-tempo freaks who are out for a shiny razzle-dazzle night on the town, but one night a month The Do Lab takes over the stylish venue and packs the dance floor with Burners and other neo-tribal types who actually care what the artists are playing. As always, you can count on a Do Lab show to bring a deeper element to the party and to inspire heads with ideas just as mouths are filled with shouts of glee.

Such was the case last Thursday night as Jupit3r, Deru, and Beats Antique anti-infected Hollyweird with the ruffling sound of sashaying petticoats, the warm smiles of old friends and a hundred guys in brimmed hats.

I arrived at 9PM sharp to the sold-out show; though I was set, I was hoping to score tickets for my out-of-town house guests who had failed to purchase presales. Luckily we were there just in time for them to cage two of the ten tickets for sale at 9PM. Early birds and the worm and all.

Despite a decently long line to get inside the venue, the King King was empty except for two freaks on the dance floor (and one blogger); the opening DJ Pod was playing an interesting set but I was jonesing for Deru to finish his drink at the bar and play already. In the meantime my friends got in, and we left to party where the drinks were cheaper: our flasks.

The crowd filtered in and the dance floor began to fill up as Deru progressed into his set, riding in on a horse of bass and bringing his delightful version of glitch-out hip hop/IDM to a room full of welcoming ears. I would pay to hear Deru play any day of the week. Maybe every day.

By the time Beats Antique came on, the urban gypsies were out in full force and the dance floor was packed, strutting, and beautiful. Beats Antique’s dark circus music has struck a chord in the electronic music community with it’s three rings of broken beat brass, middle eastern enigmas, and straight up underground West Coast lean. They provide an uplifting and fun performance experience that is not too hard, not too soft. Oh how we love the live instruments fused with forward-thinking electronica! Using a violin, guitar, drum kit, plenty of magic electronic boxes and a feather-wielding dancer, Beats Antique does not rest on it’s obviously stellar reputation with the festie crowd, but delivers a fresh and invigorating round of dance love with every song. Fusing live instrumentation with heavy, bouncing beats, their performance was an intriguing display of infinite possibilities of music from roots to future funk, and of the people who believe in such dreams and nonsense.

And I’m not the only one.

Catch Beats Antique as they tour the West Coast in the upcoming weeks; find more information and tour dates here.

Deru plays in Seattle for Halloween at Feralia Deceptiva with Phidelity

Check out The Do Lab here; their next event at King King features none other than Bluetech, Mimosa and Electric Dandelion.

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Find more pics here.

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.

Random Rab and Phidelity: NEW PODCASTS

Posted in Artists, LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , on April 9, 2009 by worldromper

Hello my friends! I have been listening to some sweet and brain-smoothing mixes this morning, and I just wanted to share them with you.

Voila les links to a couple of podcasts recorded live from Random Rab and Phidelity presented by Designer Minds for your listening pleasure:

1) Random Rab live at Synchromystic 

2) Phidelity live at Synchromystic

10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Cyborgs, you know…

In no order, and I am going to update this once a week. 

  1. novaTRON
  2. Flying Lotus
  3. Kat1lyst
  4. Phidelity
  5. Noisemaker
  6. Mimosa
  7. Deru
  8. Boreta
  9. CLP
  10. PrEssHa

PRESSHA

Phidelity’s Debut Album: “Twilight Audio”

Posted in Artists, Music News with tags , , on March 30, 2009 by worldromper

Fresh off the streets of Portland comes a new album from producer and sound design scientist Kris Northern, better known as Phidelity, a regular performer at unique music shows around the drippy Pacific Northwest. His loving audiences now have a proper album to enjoy the brain drippings of this enigmatic technologist, richly infused with a diverse array of beats and sound engineering.

“Twilight Audio” is a collection of remixes, collaborations, and original productions, a vastly varied work whose deep groove is only matched by its appeal to the heart and the brain, “Twilight Audio” speaks to the complete human, stirring the mind while soothing the spirit. The gossamer vocals of Anahata add to the magical nature of the beats.

This funky psy-tech belongs in the desert, the desert of another planet, that is, where mysterious life forms are dancing and praying to their space gods. Worming its way into you like a smart and squishy alien freak, Phidelity’s album is an echo of a time and age that never happened, twilight in the world of audio.

Get Phidelity’s debut album, “Twilight Audio,” right here.

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