What was once a request for record suggestions has become an invitation to DJ for a bit.
Fun Fact No. One Big Beat was essentially born on Sunday nights in the basement at London's Heavenly Social.
Fun Fact No. Two We never realized that Noel Fielding from 'The Mighty Boosh' was in the song "Midfielding" by Skint Records chief Midfield General, and also did the animation for the video, which is appropriate.
Fun Fact No. Three We've never spun before.
Fun Fact No. Four Everyone seems to want to hear Headrillaz again.
Fun Fact No. Five In the middle of the moment, Bentley Rhythm Ace sounded as future-grappling and bonkers as anyone on the scene, but we're having trouble deciding whether or not time has been the most kind to them.
Fun Fact No. Six We always thought it was "If You Kling To Me I'll Klong You" by Chemical Brothers instead of the actual "If You Kling To Me I'll Klong To You." Which has an entirely different nonsense meaning.
Fun Fact No. Seven While there's the inextricable link between early '90s acid house and late '90s Big Beat, it'd obviously still be better to have separate nights devoted to the two.
Come now, wicked children! Gather close round the fire, and let me tell you a terrifying tale…a tale of The Gayest Halloween Ever, which will be brought to you by several fabulous, scary, and homocentric Halloween happenings!
Foremost amongst these is something called “Magnum VIII, Get your Trick On”—a terrifyingly gay, gay, GAY burlesque and art show and dance party hosted by the towering Sylvia O’Stayformore at Re-Bar.
The event includes erotic art, dancing, an amateur porn called “Filth Element”— allegedly banned from this years HUMP because the film looked "too good to be considered amateur" (or so the legend goes—bwahahahaha!)—Waxie Moon, something called an “Otter-Pop”, and so forth. Plus costume prizes! 10:30pm, $8, Re-Bar 1114 Howell. GHOULISH!
For the lesbocentric, The Wild Rose (God bless it) is hosting their highly costumed Halloween extravaganza called Le Freak, starting at 9pm at, featuring the dancetastic dancey-ness of the DJs Amateur Youth, Blü, Julia & Teenburger. Costume Contest Zombie Dance-Off! Prizes by Vain! JESUS! $5 Cover! 1021 East Pike Street. HORRIFYING!
Off the beaten path (i.e. somewhere in West Seattle, which I guess they’re calling “Youngstown” these days) is the 15th annual Hive Mind Halloween! The lineup of DJs is extensive (over 12 in all!), it starts at 9pm, and don’t come without $20, because that’s the cover. The address is 4408 Delridge Way SW. DEVILISH!
Tonight also marks the opening of The Living Room, a teeny-tiny new little bar (just about the size of your average, yes, living room that features the scary talents of DJ Riz (Rollins), DJ Lady Schick and DeVo! No cover, spinning starts at 8pm, 1355 East Olive Way. PETRIFYING!
by Gina Young
on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM
In my attempt to avoid posting the most obvious Halloween music video of all time*, I wanted to post Dusty Springfield's "Spooky." But not only is the 60s classic YouTube-nonexistant (Seriously? Like, not even a bad recording-of-a-recording of the song under a moving photo montage of Dusty press photos? Has YouTube let me down?); you can't even buy it on iTunes unless you buy the entire Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels soundtrack, which apparently I am too cheap to do.
So sometimes when you set out to find one thing, you find another. In this case, I stumbled upon The Puppini Sisters, an immensely talented and annoyingly-named Verve recording act. Uh, is it weird that I kind of love this? Especially the way they go "mmm-hmm-op" barely moving their lips?
by Gina Young
on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM
If you missed this last night, you have one more chance.
Last night's Moore Theater audience included a preponderance of attractive girls in curious tights, many of whom seemed drunk upon exit. (Which, given that it's a 90 minute performance with no intermission, makes me wonder how. Had they had slammed a few too many at the pre-show bar? Were they tippling in their seats? Or does performance art involving movement, projections, ninjas and not-too-much of a storyline have a salubrious effect?)
I asked a girl dressed like Mozart what she thought of the show. "It was incredible. Amazing." And then a girl dressed like an Oompa Loompa. "I have a lot of complicated thoughts. I'm not sure I want to discuss them at this time."
For the past seven years, Derek Rickard has had only one Halloween costume—Glenn Danzig. As vocalist for Bellingham-based Misfits tribute band Horror Business, Rickard howls the lyrics to 30-or-so of the bands classic anthems, like "Hybrid Moments," "Teenagers from Mars," and "She," alongside unusually deep album cuts from Earth A.D. If it's Danzig-era Misfits, chances are Rickard knows it.
Due to schedule conflicts with original members (bassist playing in Shook Ones, guitarist moving to New York), the band has a semi-rotating lineup. This years line up includes long time friends Joe Olmstead (bass), Bobby Yost (guitar) and Lance Graham (drums).
Rickard spoke to the Stranger via phone this past Thursday.
You actually sound a lot like Glenn Danzig. How long did it take to teach yourself to croon like him?
I'm kind of stuck with it. When I started playing guitar about 13 years ago, I played some punk stuff because it was the easiest stuff to learn. The ones that I really latched onto were Misfits songs. They're really basic chords and structure. Those were the first songs I could play. The band I had would play shows and it would be 70 percent Misfits songs and a few songs of our own stuff.
I never dreamed I would sing for this band, but covering all those Misfits songs is just how I started. As I've grown up I've kind of figured out how to sing without destroying my voice. I haven't had to try to sound like Danzig, it just kind of happens. It comes through in Brownes Condition (Rickard's full-time band) too. I don't have a problem with it. My biggest influence from adolescence on has been Glenn Danzig-era Misfits so it makes sense.
Have you guys ever considered furthering your set list to include Michale Graves-era Misfits?
Absolutely not. Well, on my first practice we talked about doing new Misfits stuff. We may have even tried to play "Dig Up Her Bones," but it was like," Uh..…that feels weird. We're not doing this." That's not the Misfits anyways. I really wish they wouldn't have done that.
Is it weird that I would rather see a Misfits tribute band than the Misfits in 2009?
I don't think so. I don't want to see Misfits in 2009. There are some good things that came along with Jerry Only's extreme marketing of Misfits. I wouldn't have such a collection of Misfits songs if it wasn't for Jerry Only doing all the things he does, but he has just gone way too far with it. I didn't mind Michale Graves-era stuff when it came out. American Psycho wasn't even close to original Misfits but I still liked it. Then each album after that got me more bummed. The more I saw with what was going on inside, I started thinking,"This is terrible." I don't really care to see them, I never have. Jerry Only singing is terrible. Project 1950 is one of the worst things I've ever heard. But the thing is, I keep buying this shit. I can't get away from it.
Horror Business plays tonight at the Old Foundry in Bellingham with Black Eyes and Neckties and tomorrow at the Rogue Hero (Bellingham).
One little party got neglected from our list of Halloween parties in this week's issue—the Century Ballroom is hosting a costume party/Halloween Disco Ball tonight, Oct 30, with music from DJ Jason Reavis. A Thriller dance lesson starts at 9 pm and the disco dancing starts at 9:30. It's 21+ and $10.
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM
It's with some sheepishness that I admit I didn't know the Equals had done the original version of "Police on My Back."DJ Vodka Twist played it last night at Moe Bar and it sounded damn good—almost as good as the Clash's dynamite cover of it from their Sandinista! album. Thank you, Vodka Twist, for the enlightenment and entertainment.
The estimable Vodka Twist will be spinning at the next Studio 66 night ('60s mod, psych rock, soul, Brit pop, acid jazz, international pop, go-go dancers) Sat. Nov. 7 at Lo-Fi. Also on the bill: Phoenix's the Love Me Nots, the Fucking Eagles, DJ Chrispo, DJ Gort, and DJ E-Z Action.
It wouldn't be a Halloween without a hipster hop zombie apocalypse, now would it? Word on the street is that Mad Rad have some truly arresting costumes prepared, and that they're going to be introduced by a very special surprise guest.
Tomorrow night Chop Suey hosts a Halloween party with music from Fascination Street (a Cure cover band) and Leaders of Men (a Joy Division cover band). DJ Randy Travis will also be on hand, spinning between bands. If you wanna go to the show for free (it's $10 at the door), then e-mail your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org RIGHT NOW with Chop Suey Halloween in the subject line.
One lucky winner will get on the list with a +1 for tomorrow's show!
(See all the rest of tonight and tomorrow's party options here, in our complete Halloween listings!)
Run D.M.C. "Jam Master Jay" is hiphop in a state of revolution, a rupture in the continuum of black music. We often remember the late Run D.M.C. and forget the early, innovative trio. Those scratches, big beats, and the raw energy of the raps—this is 1983 in full effect.
First and foremost, this dark, unholy, and most fabulous night unleashes upon the emotionally unprepared world COMEBACK, Annual Halloween Edition at Chop Suey! It’s the slutty gay dance Hallows Eve event to be reckoned with, featuring the ever-so-spinny spinnings of superstar DJs Fucking in the Streets, Colby B and PonyBoy, and also featuring special performances by the lunatics who brought you this thrilling mess…
$7 at the door, event at 9pm!
THEN! Positively the newest event on the calendar tonight is Positive at Re-Bar —a club party for boys and girls both gay and straight who are HIV+. Costume contest, celebrity judges, and the DJs Barbarella and Problematic. $5, 9 pm, 1114 Howell.
And! For the very rich who can float the $25 ticket price, there’s The BUMP, the venerable old annual Halloween Party at the Showbox. This year features DJs King and Kyler and performances by Pure Cirkus—plus, a convinient drunk-enabling shuttle running from Capitol Hill every 20 minutes! (Pick up spots are The Rosebud, The Elite, Julia’s on Broadway, Martin’s off Madison, and RPlace.) Doors at 9pm, $25 a the door. 1426 1st Avenue. Scary!
(OH! And FOLLOWING the BUMP is the GRIND [appropriately enough] an after party at spooky Chapel, from 1am-6am. It’s another $12 at the door to get in if you don’t have BUMP tickets—with an unspecified discount if you’ve got them. 1600 Melrose Avenue. Can you afford it? BOO!)