Friday, January 27, 2012

08/08/08 88boadrum w/Gang Gang Dance @ East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY

The original boadrum took place in Brooklyn Bridge Park at exactly 7:07pm on the 7th day of the 7th month in the 2007th year after jeebus. A concept of the Japanese noise psych freak whatever rockers The Boredoms, the boadrum incorporated 77 drums and a sort of composed accompaniment by the band. The spectacle drew unforeseen crowds, and many were relegated to bird's eye views from the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. Not wanting to fight the masses, we wandered elsewhere and stumbled upon a Korean gallery opening with a delicious buffet.

By 2008, the trinumeral event was a bi-coastal, Nike-sponsored affair. The Boredoms held down Los Angeles and enlisted local noiseniks Gang Gang Dance to conduct the concurrent New York performance. In order to stem the crowds of 2007, the New York event was moved to the larger East River State Park and employed a free ticketing system.

Forecast rains never materialized, but Nike was kind enough to provide 88boadrum ponchos, a unique memento. As for the music, the band seemed nearly inconsequential anchoring a cacophonous rumble of 88 drum kits spiraling outward across the East River under a perfect July night sky. It stands as one of my most memorable musical experiences.

08/07/08 Chromeo DJ set @ warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

This otherwise nondescript warehouse throwdown, complete with an unnecessarily lengthy entry line, inadequate bathrooms, and all the Colt '45 cans we could carry home, was made memorable by the left-field appearance of costume-clad members of Kaiju Big Battel on the dance floor, which erupted when Chromeo dropped "Killing In The Name".

08/06/08 Soulwax/Dave P./JDH/Alex English @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY

Soulwax is the live band project of Belgian DJ mash-up duo 2 Many DJs. Here, their explosive live set was paired with local DJs about town Dave P. and JDH of Fixed.

08/05/08 Strawberry Fields (Beatles tribute) @ BB King's Blues Club, New York, NY

This "Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band" features members of the Broadway show Beatlemania and performs the Fab Four's chronologically, complete with era-appropriate costume changes from mop tops to Sgt. Pepper.

Monday, January 23, 2012

08/01/08 Booka Shade/Michna @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY

This German electronic duo's live act is way more energetic than their borderline ambient recorded material, and that's not bad.

07/??/08 Consider the Source @ Mehanata, New York, NY

At some point during CtS's weekly residency at the L.E.S. Bulgarian bar, Mehanata, we caught up with our Baller BBQ buddies. A sign at the downstairs bar promised a free shot to those willing to disrobe (and a bottle for a couple willing to partake in coitus on the spot).