Friday, November 17, 2006

For all you lonely boys

One of the ex-DJ founders of the infamous band the Sneaker Pimps (a name coined from an article about the Beastie Boys' dealings with a rare sneaker dealer) is doing quite well on his new project, IAMX. This new band also carries the same haunting harmonies that the Pimps were known for. But IAMX also conjures up strong themes of drug use, bisexuality, sado-massichism, and politics. In interviews Chris claims that this new band is a sort of "act" that destroys the seriousness of creating music. Watch the Video for President.

IAMX's new album has a more aggressive, unhinged, dark-wave influence and they might be worth watching.

IAMX - Missile - (From Kiss and Swallow)

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Last night I went to a Direct Drive Party (Drum 'n' Bass) at Sol on West 29th. I hadn't been to the spot in a long time. The Line Up included:

DJ Dara: Did well early but I was really sad he didn't spin anything really old off his future perfect album. Or maybe he did while I was chillin with the bathroom lady from Senegal. Would have given anything to hear his remix of Kosheen's Slip'n'Slide. Last time I saw him was about 4 years ago. I was his drink bitch at a club I worked at as a performance dancer in Savannah, GA called, "The Zoo".

DJ Odi: Standard D'n'B

DJ Marky: One of the best people there brought his funky Brazilian style out and got the floor moving. Extremely accurate mixing. And a "cool-as-a-pickle" vibe.

Burner Brothers: These guys were a tag team of energy. It was almost scary. Too bad the DJ booth was 20 ft above the dance floor and not lit properly because that magic didn't carry down.

TC Izlam. Ok he is a good MC. Knew how to work the hell out of a crowd. Was up in the DJ booth hanging off the edge. And when he wasn't performing he was slappin hands and workin the floor. He can be a loose cannon at times though. Plus he bigged himself up more than Mike Jones.

MC DYER: TC Izlam's wife and a really cute petite girl from the UK. You wouldn't think all that hollerin' and party control could come out of something so small.

Overall I would give the party a 6.5. The venue was really big but had inferior temperature control. It cost an insulting $20 to get in, a ridiculous $10 a drink, there was an aggressive bathroom attendant, and an appalling $5 for f-ing water. The Dj booth was so high up and not even lit well that there was no connection between audience and musicians. I have to admit since I was friends with some of the performers I did hang out there in the booth for a while and it did feel like a god-like VIP-room in there. But that is not what it should be about! Also, I don't remember the last time my purse was searched so thoroughly at the door. The party lasted till 6--I got bored and left at 3. Most interesting moment: A short girl got hit in the face really hard while watching this breaker do windmills. She was rushed out by security.

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Tonight I may go out tonight for one or both of these 2 parties. Dirty Down at Lit or Pistol Whipped at Fontana's.

Both party throwers are actually friends and associates and I am used to going to their joint events. The one at Fontana is $10 to get in (my new entry max) but Drop the Lime brings mad energy and vibes to the situation so it makes it seem worth it. Also, he is a really good DJ who exhibits a whole lot of personal style in his production work. I could definitely tell if a track was his just by listening.

But at Dirty Down, Captain (great selection--terrible beatmatching) and Shark will be (sober) and krunk as hell at this Lit party. Look like there are also gonna be some special guests coming through.

Captain - Live Extended Club Mix from Kobra Kai Party at Superman Plaza

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