The weird thing about editing a weekly newspaper is that it totally throws your internal calendar. You're planning two or three weeks ahead at any given time, and sometimes it can be hard to remember what's coming up right in front of you. So it has been with Decibel Festival, this weekend's massive electronic music festival, which takes over multiple venues in Seattle from tomorrow through Sunday (full schedule available at http://www.dbfestival.com/schedule). Decibel is an overwhelming, exhausting, world-class marathon of electronic music of all stripes, and in the last few days (with a little help from a hype-inducing mailing list thread) I've finally started to get appropriately stoked. For your own stoking, in the issue of the Stranger that hits stands today, Donte Parks interrogates Detroit techno godfather Carl Craig and Dave Segal provides a guide to Decibel Festival's many showcases, parties, and BBQs.
In the meantime, some of my own highlights:
Dirty Dancing Showcase - Friday, 9/26 @ Neumos
Segal's not so into Deadmau5, but he's Beatport's most downloaded artist, and on multiple occasions I've found myself asking a DJ what's playing to be greeted with one or another Deadmau5 track. His stuff undoubtedly sounds better in the club than on Segal's or my own home stereo systems.
The Trinity - Friday, 9/26 @ Sole Repair
Jeff Samuel, Derek Plaslaiko, and Jerry Abstract = the truth.
DB in the Park - Saturday, 9/27, 1pm @ Volunteer Park
Techno pranksters Jacob London and Truckasauras blasting their ample beats mid-afternoon on the Volunteer Park lawn. Genius (and all-ages).
Detroit Techno: Past, Present, & Future - Saturday, 9/27 @ Neumos
Carl Craig is a legend, yes, but Audion is hard (or lately more minimal) techno fire. Put your hands up.
2008 Decibel Finale - Sunday, 9/28 @ Neumos
This may be the most eclectic all-star blowout Decibel has ever had, with Kompakt kings Supermayer providing minimal house and tongue-in-cheek disco satisfaction, the Bug trashing dancehall, dub, grime, etc, etc with help from MC Warrior Queen, and Flying Lotus providing his much buzzed-about sun-stoned LA hip hop inflected instrumentals.
And these shows are only the tip of the proverbial ice burg—there's also Dixon, LA Riots, Eluvium, Caro, the Sight Below, Barbara Morgenstern, and countless others. Do yourself a favor and go check out the full schedule and roster of performers over at http://www.dbfestival.com/.