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Friday Mix – PRESSHA “Everything In Moderation”

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags on April 27, 2012 by worldromper

As half of dubstep’s unstoppable forward motion has splayed out Skrillex-style into aggressive, mid-range rave sounds dominated by shirtless bros and tweens, the other half has moved towards the more sensual, sexy, melodic side of midtempo bass music for a more holistic experience.

Pressha is one of the most talented DJs I know, always with his ear to the ground for the freshest, newest sounds. In this mix “Everything In Moderation,” he doses out some of the choicest bass music around for your Friday listening pleasure.

Catch Pressha at the following shows in May:

  • May 4: Boom Blap Tour w/ Gladkill, Love and Light @The Hop-Spokane, WA
  • May 5: Boom Blap Tour w/ Love and Light @ Shredder-Boise,ID
  • May 11-13: Emissions Festival, CA
  • May 25: Ruckus @ B.C.’s Portland,OR

Track list & more posted below. Continue reading

Pressha – Simplify Mix Session #9

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , on November 14, 2011 by worldromper

Check out this new mix from Pressha, Seattle DJ with mad mixing skills who ALWAYS has his ear to the ground for new sounds…

Track List:

1.) Did it on em- Nicki Minaj (Lobounce Remix) (Bandcamp)
2.) Trouble Blind-Sugarpill (Subsynthesis)
3.) Money Talks-Deathstar (Bandcamp)
4.) Sun Burst-Minnesota (Tyco Records)
5.) Let me Love You-Stephan Jacobs & Love and Light (Muti Music)
6.) Lucid-Ruff Hauser (Muti Music)
7.) Pretty Boy-Stephan Jacobs & GRiZ (Simplify)
8.) Driving- Sugarpill (Simplify)
9.) Doebd-Sugarpill (Chris B Remix) (Simplify)
10.) Where’s the Love-GRiZ (Soundcloud)
11.) Jewel St-Mimosa (False Idol Muzik)
12.) Dream On- Aerosmith (Griz Remix) (Soundcloud)
13.) Hold up-Minnesota (Mallabel)
14.) Longest Road-Morgan Page ft Lissie (Papa Skunk Remix) (Soundcloud)
15.) Sexy Shapes-iONiK (Simplify)
16.) Activated-Signal Path (Bandcamp)
17) Scheme-STS9 (Polish Ambassador Remix) (Bandcamp)
18.) Fireflies Remax-Lokid (Bandcamp)
18.) Lost in Bass-SuperVison (Pretty Lights Music)
19.) Crunch Pleazer-Freddy Todd (Simplify)
20.) Simmer Gently-Blunt Instrument (Bran Richards Remix) (Simplify)
21.) Phresh- Love and Light (Simplify)
22.) Lightning and Rain- Love and Light (Simplify)
23.) Swamp Gate-Nicoluminous (Subsynthesis)
24.) Rock This-Dj DLG (Lazor Music)
25.) Zingy- Ak’sent (Jantsen and Dirtmonkey’s Boombahton Remix) (Unsigned)
26.) Jump-Kriss Kross (TBMA Remix) (Play Me)
27.) A Bad Place-Mimi Page (Carrier Remix) (Simplify)

Tuesday Music: Simplify Mix Session 4 – PRESSHA

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , on November 23, 2010 by worldromper

This fruity and frothy mix will lift you up. Pressha is one of my favorite DJs and the very best kind – one who furiously follows new tunes coming out in a wide variety of genres from producers all over the world – with an emphasis on the West Coast, of course. Indulge your ears with this fun collection of midtempo mayhem and just try not to dance.

Click the image to listen/download, or continue reading for the download pack & track listing. Continue reading

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: WEST COAST LOVE – dB in the Park (Saturday)

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by worldromper

The West Coast of America has never had a problem with low self-esteem. Referred to as the “Best Coast” by chilled out lefties from sunny San Diego to the emerald city of Seattle, this slice of the country was settled by pioneers and immigrants in search of the boundless opportunities and freedom of lifestyle that this edge of the world provides. Today many dreamers, doers and nature-lovers still flock towards the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean to live in an area that enjoys a laid-back yet dialed-in vibe, progressive cultural attitudes, plenty of wide open spaces and green, green grass. Continue reading

FRIDAY MIX: Partners in Grime 3

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , on July 8, 2010 by worldromper

If you like your bass music thrashingly violent and disturbing like a crack rock sandwich that punches you in the face repeatedly and then slaps your sister on the ass, maybe you should check out this mix from Seattle-based Partners in Grime.

Shoved full of dubstep bangers, popping glitch hop and even some demonwhore drumstep, this is a fine set of choons to start your weekend with:

Track list  —> Continue reading

Bassdrop Music: New Basscast from Partners in Grime

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS, New Media with tags , , , , on May 3, 2010 by worldromper

Some of you may remember the now-defunct Whompcast; the same purveyors of Seattle sound now bring you the Basscast from Bassdrop Music with fat piles of delectable beats for filthy earholes around the world. Continue reading

Get SLIPPERY in Miami: THE ONLY Glitch Hop Show of WMC 2010: Mochipet, Fresh2Death, S.P.E.C.T.R.E, PrEssHa & more!

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by worldromper

Oh I have been dying to announce this show!

Winter Music Conference is known for a lot of fast-flung trance and progressive untz-untz, without too many options on the other end of the spectrum. Ultra Music Festival has booked some mad bass talent like the Glitch Mob and Bassnectar; however outside of the giant rave you are going to have a hard time finding any filthy glitchy whomp.

Luckily for lovers of the low end, SLIPPERY presented by Miami Glitch will be there to bring the bass, featuring heaps of fresh crunk talent from all over the United States.

Loveable freakazoid Mochipet of Daly City Records headlines the party and we also have Fresh2Death from the Denver Bass Squad featuring Ben Samples and Greg Fisk. Adding to the lineup is one of my favorite mixmasters S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and one of my best friends who destroys dance floors everywhere he goes, PrEssHa. Supported by GlitchFM, Slippery is also a showcase of some of the DJ talent that regularly plays on the station, including HipGnosis, Stutterfly and Afro Monk, with locals Munkz, Gooddroid and MC Farfetched rounding things out.

Slippery goes down Saturday March 27 from 10PM to 5AM at Club Cinema upstairs located at 637 Washington Avenue. We will have drink specials all night long and the cover is free with RSVP to Stay tuned on DF5K for all the details and click here for the Facebook event page.

GET LEI’D @ Mike B’s Birthday Party JAN 29 in Seattle

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by worldromper

That’s right, I’m promoting one of my best friend’s birthday parties on my blog!

If you live in Seattle, you know who Michael B is, and there’s a damn good chance you’ve partied in his loft. Possibly multiple times, possibly multiple days.

He is more than a man, he is a theory. Mike B is a way of life.

And he’s celebrating his birthday Friday January 29 in Seattle to the tune of hundreds of party people. You are invited.

It will be a wicked ruckus, a collection of “pimp motherfuckers and lovely ladies” at one of the bigger dance clubs in Seattle, Club Heaven, located in Pioneer Square.

Akin to the always popular techno luau, but more like an everything luau, the party christened “GET LEI’D,” will have a Polynesian theme served with a buffet of beats: dirty dirty house music, dubstep, glitch hop, breaks, FLORIDA breaks, TRIBAL breaks, dark techno and a lot more– enough to grill a pig over. OH AND a Sublime cover band– you guys probably don’t know any of the words to their songs.

Two rooms of action will also showcase a Tahitian dance troupe and their hula dancing, not to mention my friends the GoMeansGo go go dancers. Say that five times fast. Then get in the conga line, or do the limbo, but don’t miss the $4 Long Island Iced Teas, Blue Hawaiians, Sea Breezes and Pina Coladas. I can hear the ocean now.

Door discounts for bikini tops and Hawaiian shirts; you can get on the $8 RSVP list here and read all the details on the FB event page here.


  • Flave
  • PrEssHa
  • Jimni
  • SoulKid
  • Jisaan
  • Goner
  • CreepyTom
  • Godfather
  • Maria

AND MY FAVORITE PART: I will be there, my friends. So come to the party, have a Mai Tai, stay high, say hi to me and:


Shilo’s January Events

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Happy 2010!

I keep this post updated and added to throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

  • Jan 1: Apparat, Bluetech, Deru, Marty Party, Heyoka in SF
  • Jan 2: Beats Antique in SF
  • Jan 5: Mimosa @ Zanzibar
  • Jan 6: Low End Theory with Robot Koch, Co.Fee of My Hollow Drum, MatthewDavid & residents
  • Jan 6: Scion House Party at the Roxy w/Distance, MRK 1 with MC Nika D, Starkey, 12th Planet
  • Jan 7: Respect @ Dragonfly w/R.A.W., US Marshall, Miztah Lex, Machete & MC XYZ
  • Jan 7: Ten Commandments of Dub w/CRS, LA Jae & Remo @ Levels Lounge
  • Jan 8: BASSFACE Reewind @ Lot 613 w/Flying Lotus, Daedelus, 6 Blocc, The Professionals, Jeremy Ellis, Daddy Kev, Ras G & more
  • Jan 9: The Do Lab presents THE GLITCH MOB, Marty Party & Jupit3r @ El Rey Theater
  • Jan 9: Addicted w/Ultrablack, Vaski, Numbernin6, DLX, RudElgin, 007, J-Viz, DemonOne & more @ TBA
  • Jan 9: DROID Interface 30 w/Speedy J, Scott Pagano, Drumcell & more @ TBA
  • Jan 9: Nosaj Thing, Elan, Mike Gao & Osal8 @ The Loft @ UCSD
  • Jan 13: Low End Theory w/Alex B, Dibia$e, Devonwho & residents
  • Jan 14: I AM A LASER w/Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, Strangeloop & Timeboy
  • Jan 15: Friendly Intergration & Droid Behavior present Wham Bam Thank You NAMM: NAMM afterparty w/John Tejada, Henry Strange, Flashbulb, Deru, Richard Devine, Acid Circus, Derek Michael & more @ Downtown Independent
  • Jan 15: Rogue Dubs w/FTSZ, DLX, Austin Speed, Puppy Kicker, EshOne & more @ Kava Lounge (SD)
  • Jan 15: Droog, Simon Baker & Will Saul @ TS2
  • Jan 16: Gettin’ Busy w/Steve Aoki, Emalkay, 16Bit, Original Sin & more @ the Hudson
  • Jan 17: Big Foot Bass w/6 Blocc & more @ The Blu Monkey
  • Jan 20: Low End Theory w/Odd Nosdam, Jel, Jeremy Ellis & residents
  • Jan 22: Calling All Kids One Year Anniversary w/Dntel, Jel, Odd Nosdam, Sodapop & Matthewdavid @ Hyperion Tavern
  • Jan 22: Plump DJs and Steve Aoki @ Avalon
  • Jan 22: Bombadub w/Itchy Robot, 6 Blocc, EMU, Knorsq, Woes, Kemst @ Bordello
  • Jan 26: Dubtroit w/Tes La Rock, EMU, Flinch, Bodie & Sonic D
  • Jan 27: Low End Theory 1320 Records Showcase featuring Nalepa Dub Orchestra, Virtual Boy, St Andrew, Fuzz & residents
  • Jan 29: Skullfucked w/Eprom, Synkro, Liquid Stranger, Saint VII, Kether (Live PA), EMU, RudElgin, DJ 007 @ TBA
  • Jan 29: Get Lei’D in Heaven at Michael B’s birthday party w/Sublime Cover Band, Polynesian Dance Troupe, Flave, PrEssHa, Jimni, SoulKid, Jisaan, Goner, Creepy Tom, Godfather & Maria (Seattle)
  • Jan 30: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE with: JAKES, Take, The Professionals, Jaybird, Elgin, 007, Druley, Kemst, with visuals by Dr. Strangeloop at Lot 613
  • Jan 30: Pantheon Presents: Bollyhood Bass CD release party and Acid Crunk Tour w/David Starfire, an-ten-nae, Oscure, Jesse Wright, Electric Dandelion & much more @ Building 65


Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Signs of the Apocalypse, you know…

In no order, and I am going to update this once a week-ish:

  1. Jazzsteppa
  2. Asura
  3. Jega
  4. The Builder
  5. Kether
  6. Gaslamp Killer
  7. OOah
  8. Ana Sia
  9. Pressha
  10. Eskmo

Photo by Sequoiaemmanuelle

Your Friday Mix: Partners in Grime

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by worldromper

Hey hey! New mix up from Partners in Grime, aka PrEssHa and Kat1lyst of Seattle. For some reason mixes are just more fun to listen to than albums for me; maybe with albums I am trying to pay too much attention or maybe I just like the variety.

Either way this is a fatty dope mix of crunked-out midtempo jammers and exclusive releases to slam you right into the weekend- 26 tracks in 55 minutes. Click here and enjoy!


1.) Rusty Bridges and Greeves – D.O.P.E.
2.) Blue Tech – Waiting For Initiation
3.) Pretty Lights – Keep Em Bouncin
4.) Juvenile – Nolia Clap (Samples Caribbean Heat Mix)
5.) Samples & S.P.E.C.T.R.E. – VIP Bass
6.) Spank Rock and Benny Blanco – Bootay Bitch Beat (Megasoid Remix)
7.) Knight Riderz – 1up
8.) Akira Keteshi – Boom N Pow
9.) Freestylers – Ruffneck (Datsik & Excision Remix)
10.) Vista – Iron Fist
11.) Foreign Beggars – Seven Figure Swagger (bar9 remix)
12.) Syndaesia – Firecracker
13.) DJ Primecuts – Warning feat. Dynamite MC (Eddie K. Remix)
14.) Barbarix – Suck em hard
15.) Subscape – Chomp Stomp
16.) Ollie – You Stupid Cunt (Bare Noize Remix)
17.) Excision- Know You
18.) Datsik & Excision – Swagga
19.) Pretty Lights – If I could feel again
20.) Ben Samples – Oh My
21.) Opiuo – Monkey Crunk
22.) k-Lab Feat MC Analog – Wrecked (Opiuo Remix)
23.) Bill Bless – Fun Is Happy
24.) Vent – Monkey Chew
25.) Kid Sister – Get Fresh
26.) The Builder – Shpongled

Two more partners in grime: me & Pressha on the Playa


Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, My Inspiration, you know…

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

  1. Pantyraid
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Mimosa
  4. Eprom
  5. Gaslamp Killer
  6. Noisemaker
  7. PrEssHa
  8. N-Type
  9. Caspa
  10. Sub Swara


Decibel Festival 2009: Shilo’s Showcase Suggestions

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Due to popular demand I am writing up my showcase suggestions for the 2009 Decibel Festival which begins TOMORROW!

I have been pimping for this festival for a while; I believe strongly in the smart curation of the party. These lineups are not just thrown together, but rather placed with precision into intelligent mixes of eclectic talent. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I write for Decibel, and am honored to be a part of Seattle’s EDM festival.

I have bolded my top pick for each day, and added links in orange to the showcase descriptions that I wrote up.

Happy Decibel everybody!


FRIDAY 9/25:

  • dB DJ Lounge w/Produkt DJs (Goner, PrEssHa, Andrew Luck)
  • dB in duB Part 2: Dubstep Massive (Caspa, N-Type, Juakali, Boxcutter, much more)
  • Dirty Dancing International (Noah Pred, Rob Hood, Alex Under, The Wighnomy Brothers)
  • dB in duB Afterhours: Dub Mutants (DJ G, Pinch, Moldy, KJ Sawka, Dopelabs)
  • Innerflight Red Eye Afterhours (novaTRON, Nerd Revolt, Phil Western)


  • Future Funk H20 – Boat Party (Pezzner, J-Sun, Packy, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail)
  • Bass Lovers Unite (Mala, Mary Anne Hobbs, Megasoid, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus)
  • Disko Cassé (Hookerz N Blow, CLP, Truckasaurus, Brodinski, Recess, MC Anton Bomb)
  • dB Afterhours: The Deep End Part 2 (Voodeux, Move D, Martyn)
  • Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours (Nalepa, Mimosa, Mike Slott, 3WS, Eprom, Skoi Sirius, Take, Kotchy)


Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Finds Her Way Home: Burning Man 2009

Posted in Burning Man, Events, Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by worldromper

I have traveled around the world before, but last week I traveled to another world.

What I experienced out there in the desert of Black Rock City has transformed me as a person and changed the course of my life. How, I don’t know yet. But I do know that my heart was touched in so many different ways by so many people in so many situations, it became impossible for me to remain as I was. I am suffering an acute case of reverse culture shock, which is what happens when you have been traveling for a while and then return home to your life and realize that although nothing there has changed, you have, and now you must figure out how to proceed. One step at a time is always the answer.

Burning Man is not a party, and it certainly isn’t just another party in the desert. The time, effort, and energy that dozens of thousands of people devote to create an arts-based culture rooted in creative self-expression in an epically hostile environment is mind-blowing on a 24/7 basis. I simply could not believe what was unfolding in front of my very eyes, as it was unfolding in front of my very eyes. I am still not too sure that I didn’t dream the whole thing up.

Thanks to the concerns and care of many outstanding human beings, I arrived at the Playa decently prepared and outfitted for the journey. My friend Tricia had typed up a four-page “Shilo’s Virgin Burner Guide” with excellent tips like bringing extra garbage bags and duct tape to cover the net windows in my tent during sandstorms, and my friend Skandar had loaned me some wicked gear from goggles to gas masks. I had read all the information on the Burning Man website as well as multiple other guides for first-timer noobs like me. I had twenty gallons of water, a cooler full of Tecate, comfy walking shoes and two mullet wigs. I was set.

BURN FISHI was advised to bring multiple bandannas, and found the first use for mine when I arrived at the entrance of Burning Man eleven hours after leaving LA, for I burst into tears. I had the overwhelming feeling of returning to a place I had been before, made even more profound once I got out of my car and was greeted by naked men as well as a naked woman wearing a naked man suit who told me, “Welcome Home!” And within five minutes of arriving to the Playa, I was naked myself and rolling around in the Playa dust. It was nothing less than a baptism by dirt.

Driving onto the Playa I started to realize what an insanely huge and massive metropolis I was about to dive into. I could write a thousand pages describing the size of Burning Man, and when you go, you would still be absolutely blown away by its scale. I could post a million pictures and you would still not get an inkling of what goes down on the Playa. It is absolute nonstop madness, from the people roaming the desert dressed as polar bears to the bikes decked out with everything from LED flower strands to Mackie speakers strapped to the frame. Art cars lumber around, golf cart-size to double-decker busses blasting funky house from their second-story balcony bar. I doubt my own recollections even- did this really happen, or was it all one big hallucination? Did I really ride on a hot air balloon art car? Did I chase a Ferris wheel vehicle down in the dust past a paddleboat, aided by a silver and red fish-person and a girl dressed as a kazoo?

if you can't fuck it, burn itI was planning to pitch my tent with some friends from Seattle and was looking for their camp, which was to be anchored with a school bus. I parked my car on the edge of the Playa near their supposed address, was handed a Midori and Jack snow cone and began walking. I couldn’t find them (turns out the school bus had broken down and been left on the side of the road in Portland), and the computer system set up at Center Camp to locate lost parties was down. So I walked. And walked. After wondering around for hours and hours for miles and miles with mouth agape, looking for WA license plates and REI tents, I finally realized there was only one way I was ever going to find my friends: go where the good music is. Sooner or later, they will come. Of course!

My favorite DJ in the world!So I headed over to NeXus where the bass love was flowing freely, and within a few minutes of being at the stage I hear, “SHILO?!?!?” It was my good friend Dylan the Metaphysician! He led me to my camp (which we later christened Whomp Camp) and reunited me with my Seattle tribe. I was ecstatic! Our campsite was sweet and right on 930F: not only did we have booming sound, but my best friend and favorite DJ in the world, Pressha, was camping beside me and spinning the freshest tracks EVER the whole week. A large wooden deck abutted a rental truck with room for three couches as well as a crow’s nest, from which you could look out over the Playa and get a total, complete mindfuck. We had a few domes, a carport, a kitchen, an awesome hammock and many tents. In the dark I popped a tent next to my car, so happy to have found my campsite! After walking around for about seven hours and for many miles looking for my people, I had found them! We raged all night! I swear I must have walked thirty miles that day.

awesomeIt was on my camp’s crow’s nest where I sat two nights later watching the sun set into the mountains beyond, a rainbow dream of an ancient city from the future, a found planet within my very own culture. With every inch the sun sank in the sky, the Playa became a few degrees cooler, and the energy level lifted a notch. By the time the Playa fell into the deep purple of night, a wild circus was rolling all around me. I came down from that crow’s nest a different person.

What else can I tell you about? I feel like I could write forever. The elaborately carved wooden Temple where you say goodbye to friends who have passed to the other side? The insanely huge conflagration as the Man burned on Saturday night to fifty thousand raised voices and a million beats? The water-spraying trucks that troll by a few times a day to keep down the dust and provide Playa showers for naked asses? The giant plumes of pyrotechnics erupting all night long into the sky? The ethos of the gift culture, which permeates every encounter and experience? How people and camps outdo themselves to see what they can best give the world and add to the crazy, trippy, psychedelic experience? Of the days soaked in ritual, set in such stark contrast to mainstream society where prudish graduation ceremonies make do as our rites of passage?

Humans lived for most of our existence as they do on the Playa, and the switch to isolated, modern life has been very quick. Not that I don’t like hot showers, but we have lost a hell of a lot in the transition from a tribe-based culture to our modern world of Twitter and mass consumerism. Burning Man is an attempt to reclaim some of the lost meaning.

jumping circles of light!I feel as though I only experienced maybe 1% of what the Playa had to offer, very similar to the feeling I had when I first returned from Europe. I had dozens and dozens of friends on the Playa I never ran into. I have no pictures save those that my friends took, as my camera quit working the minute I arrived, leaving me only with words to give you. Some of these photos you see are from my Playa Mother Booyah, who had been harassing me for months and months to go to Burning Man, as had many others. Strangers were emailing me and telling me to get another job so I could go to Burning Man and have this experience. At the time it kind of annoyed me, but now all I can say is: thank you. From the bottom of my heart to the soles of my Playa-stained feet, thank you.

Even before I left, I was excited for next year. Like foreign travel, going to Burning Man is just something that you have to do for the first time to even get an idea of what it is or what you need or how it goes down. I was prepared for the party, but not for what I experienced, which was no less than a transformative.

BURNI finally get it. I understand why Burners spend all freaking year planning for and jabbering about and getting excited over Burning Man. I get the hostile environment and why it was chosen for the Burn. Growing up in Texas where the weather tops 100 degrees every day in the summer, I figured the heat and sun would not be a problem and indeed I probably fared better than those from a more pleasant climate, but truly the desert humbled me. It humbled me into taking care of myself. My usual MO is to go balls to the wall as much as possible, knowing I can recuperate the following few days. But on the Playa you cannot do this, or you will die. It would be impossible for any one person to survive out there for a week; we all need each other not just for hugs and companionship, but also to survive the brutal elements. Playa culture is distinct, with its own unique dress, hairstyles, food and behavior. So THAT’s why so many people wear hiking boots, bandannas and dreads to the city clubs- because their heads and hearts are on the Playa. An anthropologist would have a field day with this crazy culture, and this one is. I seriously can’t believe that this shit goes on in the desert every year. Mind = Blown.

Von Dewey- sunrise setThis complete dependency on other human beings stands in giant contrast to contemporary life today, where it would be possible to go through years and maybe even your whole life without ever talking to anyone. Some human beings no doubt go through life without any profound relationships with others, and this is NOT the way we have lived for the vast majority of their existence. For hundreds of thousands of years, we lived in tribes and communal groups where being an asshole meant being ostracized from your group, and most likely dying in the wilderness. Today humans are free to be assholes, and many of them are.

Burning Man made me realize how very dependent I am on other people, in particular stronger people who can build big shade structures that I could never accomplish on my own. I have realized how very weird it is, in terms of human existence, for a young single female to be living on her own. Not that it is bad, and in fact it represents a big step forward for women out of the property-status that they existed in for much of history, but it is no doubt different. Much of the pain suffered in our society today is due to this breakdown of the human community. I am not talking nuclear families here either but rather communities, a group of people that you care about and who care about you. Communities were once defined by family, tradition, religion, and geographical location; today they are more likely to be defined by common interests and sadly for many Americans those common interests are not art and music but Lindsay Lohan’s hairdo and Big Macs. For many people, the only culture and community they know is the one that has been fed to them by corporations, one of mass consumerism. Burning Man is the antithesis of this. It is an antidote.

And I finally understand down in my soul what ‘conscious living’ means- it means that every action you ever take affects other human beings as well as the environment, directly or indirectly. You can ignore the fact that eating at Jack in the Box hurts your environment and your fellow human beings, or you can be conscious of it and adapt your behavior accordingly. What do you want your effect on this world to be?

WTH?I know without doubt that I am descended from people of the desert. I know that Bedouin blood runs in my veins, from my gypsy ancestors from Bohemia to those much further beyond, whose names are lost in the dust of history. I have always been a wanderer whose only true home is in her heart; I am a restless soul whose idea of hell is a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence. I have lived in 18 homes since I left my parents’ house at age 18, not counting time spent traveling abroad or couch surfing at uncles’ houses and the like. The only way I can keep myself from completely freaking out when I move into a new place is to sit down, shut my eyes, and visualize the day I will move out. I am a nomad.

I realize I sound like a complete fucking hippie here, but I have never been so overwhelmed by a sense of returning to a lost home before. Maybe it is in part due to growing up on Bible stories, spending hours and hours every week learning about the people of the Old and New Testaments- the desert people- who I was taught were my people too. Though I am an atheist now with no belief in a jealous Judeo-Christian god who tells women they should submit to their husbands, those stories contributed to my identity and are part of who I am. While you travel you sometimes get this feeling, a feeling of returning home to a place you have never been, and you should always take note. This feeling stands in direct contrast to a sensation I also frequently experience, when I am driving in CA or just chilling at home and all of a sudden, I have no idea where the hell I am. At all. I guess a more eloquent way of describing it would be as a geolocational brainfart. When this happens, I have to look at my environment and slowly start to deduce: No pine trees, so I am not up north. No snow. Yes palm trees. Am I in the tropics? No. There is asphalt. Cars. Warm, clear skies. Then after a minute or two I figure it out…okay….I am here, right now, in my home of LA. It always fucks with my head to completely not know where in the world I am, as you can imagine.

hoop!This post is less a review, and more of me sorting through my mind and trying to trap into words the sensations of the past week. I just realized I have barely mentioned the music at all! See how mindfucked I am? I swam in an ocean of music, with waves and waves of a billion varieties, from camps playing acoustic Britney Spears songs to an-ten-nae rocking the dome with perfection (my favorite performance of the week!) to the fat sounds booming from my own camp out of the skilled hands of Pressha and Mike Check. DAMN IT I love all you guys!

awesomeNow my gear is unpacked and laundered, the Playa dust is mostly gone although when I find it, it is with a warm spot in my heart. The Playa! I want to rub it on my face, and deeper into my soul!  My super white skin is a liability in the sun and demands constant reapplication of sunscreen, but on the flip side the white Playa dust blends in and I don’t look so dirty as my suntanned sisters. Since I have been home I have been spending time drawing, painting, sewing, hot gluing shells to mirrors and singing. I am inspired anew, and my faith in humanity has been restored. I am so stoked to return in 2010, excited about doing things a little better and be more prepared. I will be the one harassing my friends to go next year; I felt so lucky and grateful to have been part of this unique culture and event in the desert. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


***All of these sweet photos ganked from my friends and fellow space travelers Dylan aka The Metaphysician and Booyah***


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

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, Desert Shamans, you know…

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

  1. an-ten-nae
  2. Mike Check
  3. Tipper
  4. Flying Lotus
  5. Chase & Status
  6. Pretty Lights
  7. PrEssHa
  8. Boreta
  9. Dorian Concept
  10. Hudson Mohawke