Daft Kanye: leeching or propping?

Posted: February 11th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events | 1 Comment »

Daft Kanye at Grammy Awards

For anyone who still gives a crap about the Grammy Awards, one of the most bizarre moments last night was Kanye West’s live performance with Daft Punk in tow. At least the two robots in the pyramid looked like Daft Punk, though they could have been paid actors. Such is the problem with post-modern robot costumes — how to verify their human authenticity? Read the rest of this entry »


Underworld doing the live thing

Posted: November 9th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Ambient, Ambient Techno, Audio-Visual, Breakbeat, Events, House, Techno, Web Culture | 1 Comment »

Underworld live light installation


Full-On Techno Mayhem at Moontribe's $2 Tuesday Halloween Party

Posted: November 1st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Events, House, Techno | 1 Comment »

Matt Xavier at $2 Tuesdays

Sauced-up party girl gets nasty with DJ Matt Xavier at last $2 Tuesdays at Mor Bar location. Photo by Electrohound.

Trance is on its last legs and the best evidence came in the form of $2 Tuesdays‘ closing night at the Mor Bar location. Resident Moontribe DJs Daniel, John Kelley, Brian, Brad, Matt Xavier and Treavor tore the roof off with blistering beats. That’s right, crunchy, twisted drums and syncopated synth riffs shook the air, and nary a trance pulse was in earshot. Hallelujah!

The original pioneer of the desert trance sound, Daniel Chavez (DJ Daniel), abandoned that beat eons ago, and now in 2007, his banging, sophisticated techno fit perfectly with the other DJs’ selections. Brian and Brad have also pushed electro techno over the last several years, and the more recent addition of Matt Xavier has beefed up the tribal spirit.

$2 Tuesdays Crowd

A packed house goes bonkers as sick record after sick record shakes the room. Photo by Electrohound.

DJ John Kelley, pioneer of the desert breaks sound, turned to more crunked up, meaty fare, and not surprisingly, it fit in perfectly with the acid techno assault. John and Brian’s close ties in the studio seem to have cemented their intuitive re-commitment to unrelenting, dance-floor dynamics.

The DJs switched back and forth all night until Treavor closed with a melodic touch. But the common thread was full-on techno filled with innovative beat change-ups, unexpected turns and innovative sound designs. There was even a hint of nostalgia as John and Daniel’s tracks drew once again from the same psychedelic cloth of Moontribe’s heyday. It was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time. Everyone had a blast, including the DJs, who were smiling and laughing with one another the whole ride.

Many thanks to Petey and Mike for keeping $2 Tuesdays going for so long. The good times are returning. I can only pray they find another location soon.


DJ John Kelley at Moontribe's Last $2 Tuesdays at the Mor Bar

Posted: October 31st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

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DJ Daniel at Moontribe's Last $2 Tuesdays at the Mor Bar

Posted: October 31st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

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DJ Brian at Moontribe's Last $2 Tuesdays at the Mor Bar

Posted: October 31st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

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DJ Brad at Moontribe's Last $2 Tuesdays at the Mor Bar

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Doc Martin and Sublevel's Haunted House

Posted: October 29th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Events, House, Techno | No Comments »

Sublevel Halloween greeting

Halloween cheer greets dancers as they enter Doc Martin and Sublevel’s latest event. Photo by Electrohound.

This past Halloween weekend, a number of good events were on offer, from Droid Behavior‘s 5-year anniversary to Monster Massive. We chose to make our pilgrimage to Doc Martin’s Sublevel event. Located at a new space in the San Fernando Valley, the party felt like an autonomous free zone. Packed by 2 a.m., in fine Sublevel form, the crowd was racially mixed and primed for a good time. Read the rest of this entry »


Underworld launches members' downloads section

Posted: October 29th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Ambient, Ambient Techno, Audio-Visual, Breakbeat, Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno, Web Culture | No Comments »

Underworld circle graphic

You can now start a member’s account on Underworldlive.com to receive special treats and music downloads. According to recent interviews, they have a ton of unreleased stuff up their sleeves, a lot of it banging techno. Apparently they will be dispersing it through their site in the near future. Enjoy!


Justice, ironic angst meets heavy techno

Posted: October 10th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Dance Rock, Events, House, Techno | 2 Comments »

Justice kick off their set at the Music Box

Justice jam behind the Holy Cross, spewing molten beats to the masses. Photo by Electrohound.

After hearing all the hype surrounding Justice I knew I was in for a spectacular show Tuesday at the Music Box. But the night was a spectacle for many questionable reasons. Every generation needs its angry music and today’s kids may have found it in Justice. I base this on the crazed, rough reaction by much of the crowd and the at times incredibly dark, negative vibe of Justice’s freestyle techno. In fact, their music live is more conducive to head-banging than grooving on a dance floor.

This was surprising because of the comparisons with Daft Punk, but Justice have almost nothing to do with that older pair on a spirit level. Daft Punk plays hard, mental techno, but Justice’s version is almost angry, corrosive even, “Tecktonik” as the hip are calling it these days. I’d say it has all the trappings of techno, but is more akin to heavy metal and deathcore. These guys are today’s Kiss with laptops instead of electric guitars. Read the rest of this entry »