Who remembers going to shady warehouse foam parties? Where the floating scepter of being stabbed by an A.I.D.S needle haunted you all night on that soapy dancefloor, now that was fun. Too bad a lot of the electronic music newcomers don’t, nor have the appreciation for modern amenities that a dingy, dusty house party at The Munster’s pad would give you. People have their own personal riders now if you want them to go to a show. Places need to have such luxuries like fully cranked air conditioning. They want to cut the line and bring in ten of their friends, including the few who are minors, all of which don’t have I.D.s. Basically, they want to go behind the bar, grab whatever they like and go up to the D.J. and tell them what to play. Well, that coddled, overpopulated club culture of comfort and security isn’t for me; because it’s boring. And boring is lame.
This past weekend, I went to a show in what seemed to be the husk of a business that last functioned during the Eisenhower administration. Despite the setting of asbestos and board nails scratching at my soles, I saw a lot have people having a blast. Even if the headliner wasn’t playing what they expected, I still saw people dancing. There was actually discussion about the music; not about what should be played. For a second, it reminded me of the way things used to be. When the music was the focus, not the social mores of the self-promotion.
Why did we have a better time in the rundown spot than the shiny pet rock of a licensed place? Because, everything had a hint of danger. We didn’t have to worry about the loose neck aggressors that are busy pushing each other out of the way for dance floor supremacy of the spot right under the a/c. We were too busy worried about the tetanus on the toilet seat, or the place being shut down. Rather than everybody else and what they were wearing or what they were doing. It’s that element of the unknown that we crave; because once again, we’re fucking bored. It’s boring because everything has become predictable. Promoters won’t even book a good act because they’ve never played in their city before. So they’ll book a mediocre act, which has played in their city twice in the last year, all just to clear overhead. There’s even one promotional group, that’s brought the same act four times this year. Why? Have people become that predictable that they accept the same stale set over and over again? This type of repetition just supports a drug culture. Like wine before a bland meal, people are going to do drugs to make a stale show into a passably “meh” time. I’m not going to play The Deer Hunter with my people, and ride the Coma Coaster, just to have a possibly good time at a shitty show.
You see, they don’t have me pegged. My breakfast cereal used to come with a choking hazard in each box. I’m ready for anything. Including earthquakes, fires, completely off the wall next wave music, pretty much anything anybody is willing to throw at me. Everything used to be cool when it was dangerous. When’s the last time you went to a show just to check it out? Without any sort of premade assumption of the people playing. Just to check it out to see what it’s about. It’s that sense of adventure we have lost and are so desperately trying to get back. So much polish and veneer has been applied to everything, which has become sanitized, pitiful, and just plain washed out. We’ve had to baby proof our shows for so many reasons, that they’ve lost their soul. Right now, you’re blazing though cold, empty space, on the crusted scabs of a molten, nuclear planet. Safety is just an illusion and the predictability is unacceptable.
This Week In Free Downloads
The name of the game is Free Downloads. Sometimes that gets difficult. Really, the problem is hearing music I like; but also being subjective and trying to put up free downloads that I know/think other people will like. I would say a variable percentage is people telling me they didn’t like one track. Well one track is irrelevant to the five, six, or seven other ones that you might like. Really, the parameters of this column creates a very easy dynamic. I’m trying to give you good tracks that are also free to download. You’re not always going to like all of them, but I’m sure we don’t have the same musical tastes. I expect you to be your own person. I just hope you dig one or two of these tracks. It really makes it worthwhile when people tell me they like a couple.
Jaime Prado – Get Lost (Original Mix)
Not only giving away a nice little EP with four free tracks, this Perfect Driver release shows a lot of style and angles. This is my favorite off the EP. Smooth, but still measured in a partially acid house vibe. Plus I’m a sucker for horns and any sort of jazz.
Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game (Sweater Beats Remix)
Two names I’ve been hearing Future supporters throw around a lot are Flume and Chet Faker; but Sweater Beats is coming up with fantastic compositions. Teetering back and forth with the heavy and the low, this is a great show of talent. The vocal has that backward styling that matches so succinctly. Had this one stuck in my playlist for a while.
Goldroom – Till Sunrise (The Other Tribe Remix)
You know, this song reminds me a lot of the older, more controlled Deep House remixes, before the genre became the modern favorite. Tribal, in a progressive sense, with Disco elements and an almost Techno jump in the synths. This is the dance floor injection of the week. The two breaks and loops are very well composed. I’m quite looking forward to The Other Tribe’s Boiler Room upcoming spot on October 1st. Tune in if you dig the track.
Major Lazer – Get Free (Illo Remix)
Rarely do I find a chill and soft Major Lazer remix, but Illo pulls off this feat like no one else could have. Never over complicating the vocal with too much production, this is a beautiful remix for a victorious sit down after a long day of whatever is it you do.
Marco Violent – Batman Rave
You know, I’m going to save my favorite for last and it’s not a coincidence that it’s a Batman joint. It pulls from the classic theme hums and even as some samples from 70’s show. A little too busy to be Techno, but still with some dark overtones. The lead up is also a bit long, but it damn sure comes together in the precise moments right when I’m about to turn away from it. It’s infectious enough to capture my divine attention and enough of a lark to surprise the room. This is my track of the week.
Next week: Have you ever been eating, and then heard a shitty song which in turn made your food taste bad?
Raul Chacon is a self-aware douchebag, who only listens to bands you’ve probably never heard of. His years of writing for literary reviews and magazines, lead him to a couple of scholarships for his work, which he quickly squandered by moving to Austin and going to shows six days a week(instead of class). Eventually, he became a touring security guard and witnessed hundreds of shows and dozens of festivals firsthand. He would tell you how many shows he’s been to; but there’s too many holes in his brain at this point.
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