Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hopefully everyone's serotonin levels are back to normal in Detroit, because we have a big night of music coming up this Saturday:

The godfathers of dark electronic music Skinny Puppy perform live at Saint Andrew's Hall with Otto Von Schirach at 9PM

+ enjoy Otto's video for Laptops & Martinis by Motomichi Nakamura (who later did The Knife's We Share Our Mothers' Health,) and some classic Puppy moments: Smothered Hope, Assimilate live in '88 and Testure live in Dresden.

...and then Daniel Wang and Detroit's own Relaxer play at CAID from midnight to late.

I'm easily 10X more excited about Saturday than for all of last weekend. Not that I didn't have a great time, but... Puppy should have closed out the DEMF. I hated Booka Shade's performance almost as much as I loved Nitzer Ebb's last year, which is saying a lot.

Not to go back and edit this post like five times, but I still can't get over how utterly crap-tastic Booka Shade was. Aside from the music being the worst elements of dime store minimal and cheesy rave aesthetic rolled into one steaming bag of shit, I doubt even Jon Bon Jovi still says things like "put your hands in the air for me Detroit!" Who says that? Ugh. That and the bad Windows screen-saver of a video, which consisted of disembodied hands "flowing" in front of some hyper-space style animation. I can't make this up. How is this any better than Tiesto or Oakenfold? And why is Pitchfork all over them? The aesthetics of big room rave sucked the first time. It's neither charming or ironic.

On the other hand, there were some really stellar moments of the weekend. Among others, Matt played the most rocking live show as Audion I have seen yet, Carlos Souffront was nothing short of perfection on Sunday night, our very own Grant Aaron played one of the best sets of the whole weekend, and it was wonderful to spend time with so many good friends and hear a lot of great music.

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